Beauty Beat: Scents for the festive season

Keep it fresh with this season’s popular scents.Credit:Florian Sommet/Trunk Archive/Snapper Images

Trend: Christmas Loot

Our three top seasonal scents start with Penhaligon’s, which features lush notes of mandarin and tuberose. Jean Paul Gaultier mixes artemisia, lavender, mint and cinnamon, while Carolina Herrera’s smells as good as it looks.

Ask Stephanie

Can you recommend a make-up remover that won’t sting my sensitive eyes?
I have tried many different brands of eye make-up removers and one of my all-time favourites is Caudalie Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil (, $38).

Penhaligon’s Portraits Heartless Helen (EDP, 75ml), $379. Credit:Jennifer Soo

Road Test

This week I try …the Liquid Facelift

The lowdown I am in dire need of a facial refresh, so am heading straight to Dr Joseph Hkeik for his Botox-and-filler facelift. First comes Botox to lift my brows and open up tired eyes.

Two weeks later, elastic dermal fillers are injected into trouble spots where volume has been lost and to improve the definition of my chin and jawline.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Glorious Gold (EDP, 80ml), $198. Credit:Jennifer Soo

Lastly, Dr Hkeik injects my lips with soft filler to make them look plumper and more hydrated.

Pain factor

Slight discomfort is a more accurate description. There is a touch of redness with the filler but this settles within a few hours.

Downtime Each session takes about 45 minutes.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Collector’s Snow Globe (EDT, 125ml), $137. Credit:Jennifer Soo

Results The Botox takes a few days to work, but once it does my eyes look more open, my face more relaxed and my complexion fresher. Effects can last for up to 18 months.

Where to get it Sydney: All Saints Skin Clinic, Cost: from $1200. Melbourne: Victorian Cosmetic Institute, Cost: from $1200.

At home Try Ultraceuticals Ultra C23+ Firming Concentrate (, $138).

Add to Cart

Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour in Richness.Credit:Jennifer Soo

Be bold and embrace the perfect red of Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour in Richness (, $41) for some eye-catching Christmas cheer.

To keep the colour looking even, start with a base coat and follow it with two coats of colour, waiting two minutes between each application.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale December 1.

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