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Roadtest: Canberra Centre’s Beauty Bar

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Like a side of pampering with your shopping? Say hello to Canberra Centre’s brand new pop up Beauty Bar.

Officially launched today, the Beauty Bar will be available on selected Saturdays, offering guests a choice between a mini-makeover or a make-up touch-up and a glass of champagne – all free of charge. Ahead of its launch, HerCanberra’s Beatrice Smith and Molly McLaughlin were lucky enough to have their faces pampered by two Beauty Bar makeup experts from David Jones.


Style your eyes – Estee Lauder


Estee Lauder’s Beauty Bar offerings revolve mostly around their new campaign featuring a sultry, youthful Kendall Jenner. Customers can try out the new Sumptuous Knockout mascara which fans, lifts and defines and their newest blush, the Pure Colour Envy blush stick – a cream formula that blends seamlessly into foundation for a dewy look which works really well with contouring (a Kardashian favourite!)

The blush is perfect for winter because of the creamy formula and there are a variety of shades to suit every skin tone. Blush has somehow ended up the most under-appreciated Millennial beauty product but hopefully products like the Pure Colour Envy stick show it’s not to be feared and can be blended to great effect.

After applying some light shading around my eyes and a flared cat eye in liquid liner, a coat of the Sumptuous Knockout mascara was applied to my upper lashes before using excess product from the brush and an angled eyeshadow brush to coat my lower lashes for a much thicker effect than normal. I’d never seen this technique before but I’ll definitely be using it again – it’s an easy way to create volume in an area that has little naturally.


Face mapping – Dermalogica


I was happy to discover face mapping wasn’t nearly as scary as it sounds. Katie from Dermalogica explained that it is essentially a skin analysis where the therapist looks over the different zones of your face and works out any concerns or problem areas.

With a little interrogating, I admitted that I usually only wash my face daily and moisturise occasionally, and Katie could see the effects of this. By looking through a magnifying lens with bright light on my skin, Katie explained that my skin was dehydrated around my cheeks and chin and there was congestion in my T-zone that was causing the weird oily/dry combination I had going on.

Katie then worked out a plan of attack, and she was happy to accommodate my time limit of 10 minutes morning and night to make my skin pretty. She recommended the foaming special cleansing gel, which felt super silky, and a toner that can be spritzed on over or under make up to hydrate. She also gave me a light SPF moisturiser called the solar defence booster, because I get sunburnt even in winter, and the overnight clearing gel to apply on areas that are prone to breakouts, which is basically my whole face. Dermalogica recommends that you can receive a face mapping every 4 to 6 weeks to check the accuracy and your progress, so I’ll definitely be back to show off my (hopefully) perfect skin.


Both of the brands above are available from David Jones at Canberra Centre.

the essentials

What: Canberra Centre’s Beauty Bar
Where: Outside Witchery on Level 1
When: From 11am to 4.30pm on Saturday 16 April, Saturday 14 May and Saturday 25 June. Please note a selection of Canberra Centre’s retailers will host the bar from 11am – however, not all retailers will be available at all times.
How much: Free

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