Australian drugstore buys

Today I thought I’d share with you a few beauty buys I’ve picked up so far in Melbourne. A lot of brands you’d see in England are stocked out here which is great, but there are also loads of cool new Aussie products to discover. I’ve got a bit of a mixture here of Australian brands and products that are available in the UK, but it will give you an idea of what is stocked in the stores over here.

When in Rome! I heard loads about this Aussie product back home but never got round to trying it, and since I’m here on the ground I thought it would be rude not to. Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is a balm that can be used to soothe chapped lips, dry skin and any other irritations (along the lines of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream). It’s really reasonably priced – only around $5, which is about £2.50 in English money – and it’s bloody great! My dry lips were transformed with the very first use. I have a feeling this one will become a staple in my beauty collection!

Okay, okay, I’m at it again buying English brands away from home! I’ve never tried Butter London nail polish before and I was drawn to this gorgeous warm pink shade, so I decided the time to try it was now.

This one applied really nicely and has a lovely glossy finish. I’d heard that because Butter London polish doesn’t contain the same unpleasant chemicals as other nail polishes it doesn’t tend to last as well, but I’m one day in so far without any major chips, so it’s already performed better than I expected. A glossy pink thumbs-up for this one!

La Roche Posay was one of my favourite skincare brands in the UK and I’m very happy to report the drugstores here have an abundance of its products – yippee! I picked up this daily UV protection fluid in preparation for a trip I’m going on up the coast next week where I’ll likely be exposed to some strong sunshine. I wanted something light that will sit easily on my skin under make up rather than a thick, greasy sunscreen which I hate slathering on my face. Ick. I’ll continue using this daily in Melbourne, too – apparently as the ozone layer is thin here, people are exposed to much higher levels of UVA and UVB, so even on a cloudy day when the sun isn’t out you are still at risk.

Strictly speaking this wasn’t from a drugstore as it was from a hair salon, but as an Australian brand I thought it would fit nicely into this edit. Yesterday I went for the chop and had a good few inches off my hair, so I’m going to have to put a little more effort than usual into my styling. I’ll use this Sea Salt Texture Spray by Eleven to add thickness and lift at the roots of my new ‘do.

My final product is this Blue Cypress Blonde Shampoo by Marc Daniels, another buy to maintain my new hair look! I’ve gone for a pale, ashy blonde so this purple-toned shampoo will keep the dreaded yellowy, brassy tones at bay. Pretty pleased with this one so far. They do an accompanying conditioner, too, but I personally like to have a hint of silver in my tone rather than a lot, so I’ve just been using this and a regular conditioner to avoid silver overload.

The hair in question! It took a while to settle on a hairdresser as there are so many options out here, but I had Joey Scandizzo in South Yarra recommended to me so I decided to give it a whirl. I was really pleased with the service and the finished result, so I’d definitely go back again. Follow them on Instagram to see some of their amazing creations @JoeyScandizzoSalon!

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