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The DJs Beauty Team

Tried & Tested: ELLE International Beauty Awards 2016 Winners

ELLE Australia recently released their fourth annual International Beauty Awards winners in their January 2016 issue (we read our copy while lounging poolside over the Christmas holidays). The winners, reviewed and tested by their esteemed editors all over the world, ranged from best new moisturiser to best new mask to most iconic product. It's a best of the best list, and we here at the Beauty Tribe team wanted to get in on the fun and review the winning products ourselves, from an everywoman's perspective, if you will. 

Here our group of intrepid testers - some beauty junkies, some not - test and trial eight of the winning products and told us what they thought:


Best New Moisturiser - Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum

Tested by: Kristine Fernandez, Social Marketing Coordinator

Her beauty routine: I keep it fairly basic but I've always moisturised in the morning and before I go to bed.

Her review: I've always used a serum before applying a moisturiser but this product was all I needed to keep my face soft and well-hydrated. It's one of the first skincare products to introduce microfluidics so it also protected my skin while keeping it radiant, and the camellia oil left it feeling plump and incredibly supple.

Shop Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum


Best New Foundation — Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation              

Tested by: Marnie Jervis, Marketing Specialist, CRM

Her beauty routine: I LOVE a red lip, but I like to keep it quick and simple so I can get out the door quickly.

Her review: I prefer a light coverage with my foundation and this product made me feel like I was wearing nothing at all. Plus I love the dewy glow it gave me. The mirrored compact and sponge were very easy to use, and the sponge didn't leave any streaks!

Shop Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation.


Iconic Product - YSL Touche Éclat

Tested by: Sydney Brady, PR Coordinator

Her beauty routine: I keep it pretty basic during the week and I'm very adamant about my anti-aging skincare regimen. When I'm heading somewhere special, I use high quality makeup products.

Her review: I really put this product through its paces, using it to conceal, contour, highlight and even on the weekends, when I "wasn't wearing any makeup." This product really deserves its iconic status as it's very easy to use and it's impossible to screw up, all while making you look radiant and luminous!

Shop Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat.


Best New Mascara - DIOR Diorshow Mascara

Tested by: Sophie Kalofonos, General Manager, Beauty

Her beauty routine: For me, cleansing is key, in the morning and at night, so that your skin is fresh and getting the full effect of your beauty products. Applying a good moisturiser and eye cream are also part of my beauty regimen.

Her review: I've trialled and tested many mascaras over the years and DIOR's Diorshow mascara is by far, one of my favourites. It really lengthens your lashes, creating a brightening effect on your face. I also always apply the Diorshow Lash Plumping Serum before my mascara which magnifies its effect, making my lashes look naturally longer and thicker.

Shop DIOR Diorshow Mascara.


Best New Mask - L'Occitane Divine Immortelle Cream Mask 

Tested by: Dannie Chaisumdet, Online Marketing Coordinator

Her beauty routine: My morning routine entails warm water and moisturiser, and my night routine includes cleanser, toner, eye cream and moisturiser. 

Her review: I used this mask twice a week before bedtime and as a moisturiser for a few days in between, and found it extremely moisturising. And you don't need to use too much of it; a small tub would go a very long way. I sometimes have redness around my eyes and this cream was incredibly soothing and visibly reduced [the redness].

Shop L'Occitane.


Best New Lip Colour - Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer

Tested by: Christine Lee, Beauty Omni-Channel Specialist

Her beauty routine: Advanced. My morning routine is pretty thorough from skincare protection prior to putting on makeup, and I always make sure to use cleansing oil at night. I also love a face scrub and a mask once a week to keep my skin polished. 

Her review: I love wearing lipstick but I didn't know what to expect with these because I've never used one with a primer before. I was amazed at the results as my lipstick stayed on after many cups of coffee and water throughout my work day, my lips remained moist and the colour vibrant.  

Shop Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer.


Best New Suncare - Clarins Sunscreen Care Spray SPF50+

Tested by: Patricia Madrid, Online Marketing Analyst

Her beauty routine: I live near the beach so I always, always wear some form of sun protection.

Her review: I've typically used cream-based suncare products so I just loved that this came in a spray. It was very light and easy to spread on my skin, and the smell was absolutely beautiful.  

Shop Clarins Sunscreen Care Body Spray SPF50+.


Best New Fragrance - ALAÏA Paris EDP

Tested by: Larissa Vesse, Tina Andrews and Kate Porteous, Beauty Advisors

Their beauty routines: 
Larissa: There is nothing better than making yourself feel good by looking good and having nice skin.
Tina: My skincare routine helps me wind down at night, but when it comes to makeup, I love a good smoky eye.
Kate: I do my research when it comes to beauty, and really appreciate seeing the difference a new product or technique makes me feel.

Their reviews:
Larissa: It had a fresh yet light musky fragrance, and I'd personally wear it during the summer months.
Tina: I sprayed this in the morning for work, it stayed on my skin for hours and I could still smell the base note when I got home. I do use a similar fragrance but this one definitely got me more compliments!
Kate: The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous bottle, it is honestly like a piece of art, which really resembles Azzedine Alaia's unique style seen in his couture collections. I found it interesting how the smell changed on my skin throughout the day, and it made me feel very elegant and confident.

Shop Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum.