Cel­e­brate a nec­es­sary breakup with some beauty good­ies.

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY, HARRIET PUDNEY -

It’s been years since I’ve had a ter­ri­ble boyfriend, but there was a time when I was ab­so­lutely ad­dicted to them. Un­re­li­able, con­de­scend­ing, and quick to anger? Sign me up.

So while it’s been a while since I’ve felt the com­bi­na­tion of stress, hurt feel­ings and sweet relief that comes from end­ing a bad re­la­tion­ship, I re­mem­ber it well. Sud­denly your time is your own again and no one is tak­ing up space in your home, be­ing a pain. Sure it’s sad too, but for the most part the mood is that one pic­ture of Ni­cole Kid­man leav­ing her lawyer’s of­fice af­ter di­vorc­ing Tom Cruise. Sweet free­dom.

If this is your cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, first of all, con­grat­u­la­tions. That can’t have been easy, but I’m al­most 100 per cent cer­tain you’ve made the right call. It is lit­er­ally al­ways bet­ter to be sin­gle than tied to some­one who doesn’t have your best in­ter­ests at heart.

Se­condly, have you con­sid­ered treat­ing your­self? Don’t go too wild – you don’t need credit card debt on top of your cur­rent ex­penses – but get­ting a lux­ury mois­turiser or that one lip­stick you’ve had your eye on might feel pretty great. Es­pe­cially when there’s now no chance some­one will make you feel guilty about spend­ing your own money.

You might be in­ter­ested in the new Ur­ban De­cay Naked Cherry Eye­shadow Pal­ette, $91. This ever-pop­u­lar se­ries of pal­ettes has strayed a long way from its ini­tial nude-shad­ows ter­ri­tory and the lat­est edi­tion is a win­ner. If you’re ready for rosy, shim­mery eye looks, step this way. The 12 shades are end­lessly adapt­able, and there are enough mattes in there to make the whole lot very us­able. A de­light.

A lit­tle more af­ford­able but just as lovely to use is Lush’s Full of Grace solid serum bar, $20. Made with calamine pow­der and por­to­bello mush­rooms (ap­par­ently they’re pro­tec­tive and nour­ish­ing on skin- who knew?) it’s ex­actly the thing to mas­sage into your face and neck be­fore climb­ing into your glo­ri­ously spa­cious bed. Al­ter­na­tively, go luxe with Drunk Ele­phant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream, $95. Its blend of African oils and fer­mented green tea is beau­ti­ful on dry skin.

Last up, I’ve got to rec­om­mend a fancy shower gel, since you know your now-ex won’t use it all. Dr Hauschka Laven­der San­dal­wood Calm­ing Body Wash, $30, smells di­vine and is su­per gen­tle. Win­ner.

In­grid Starnes

Iniko top, $299

Marle Ju­lia silk pants, $260

Maaike Archive top, $335

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