Tasmanian Beauty. Or, How to Get a Princess Mary Glow!

Sun, 11 November 2012 8:56AM

So, what’s going on down south?

Now, now Primpers I’m not talking about your lady garden but there is whole other how-to on down there maintenance over here. I’m talking about the ACTUAL map of Tasmania, the only island state, the state I have happily called my temporary home these past months.

You see, I was lucky enough to have the chance to get all snazzie in Tassie on a recent work placement when I moved from the warm sands of Bondi to the cool shores of Hobart in February and have relished every moment of it.

Tasmania is a refreshingly down-to-earth and friendly place and a welcome change of pace from the hustle of a busy metropolis like Sydney. Not only is it epically beautiful in its surrounds and scenery but a place that seems to inspire beauty, too. An amble down Salamanca markets on a Saturday morning is enough to send this cosmetic hound into a tail spin. On every stall some DIY beauty inspiration. Raw honey, organic natural yoghurt, locally farmed lavender… Local produce that is just asking to be whipped into a face mask, don’t you think? You can’t blame me really.

Perhaps it’s all this amazing produce and locally produced ‘skin foods’ such as salmon, olive oil, avocadoes and blueberries that gives the Tassie lassies their glow. Just think of the island’s most famous export, Princess Mary of Denmark:

Maybe it’s the fact that Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world, but one thing is for sure: there is lots and lots of beautiful, glowy, clear skin down this way.

The make-up vibe is definitely more relaxed, the natural state knows how to work a minimal make-up look very well indeed – and rightly so with those banging complexions.

Is it any wonder why Princess Mary is the apple of the apple isle’s eye and the perfect poster girl for working that Tassie understated makeup look? Almost like Princess Kate’s more natural and down-to-earth older sister, Mary is still all about that classy, swishy, glossy, dark Princess hair but a tad less bronzed and kohled and a bit more blushing apple cheeks and rosebud tinted lips.

It seemed only fitting that my everyday beauty look acclimatised and I channelled my inner Princess. I took the plunge and went from a Bondi Blonde to Hobart Brunette to coincide with my geographical shift. Corals and golds took a back seat and beach-ready fake tan became a more subtle glow. My Hobart everyday look now looks a little less beach glam and a bit more natural and fresh. Less Kate, more Mary!

A quick buff of Priori Coffeeberry Natureceuticals Natural Perfecting Minerals Foundation SPF15+, $70, 1800 808 993, and a smudge of Benefit’s Benetint, $55, from Myer, on my cheeks to emulate a flush that only a walk in the fresh coastal air can give. As for bronzer, it’s now downplayed – and I find Arbonne’s Bronzer, $46, 1800 650 760, suitably subtle and sheer.

I still play up my eyes but in cooler matte tones – M.A.C Paint Pot in Groundwork, $35, M.A.C, worked into the lid for some day-friendly cool, taupe definition that I find really plays up the blue tone in my eyes. (By the way, believe the Paint Pot hype – this magic cream-shadow-meets-primer will set to an unmoveable, smooth base colour that will last the whole day and possibly night – plus it’s great on its own or if you want to add some va-va-voom with shadow layered on top).

Finally, a quick lick of Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose, $14.95, from David Jones and pharmacies, to give me that just-been-eating-farm-fresh-berries stain (maybe I was, it’s highly likely) and I’m ready to track me down a scallop pie to devour with my own Prince.

Calling all Tassie Lassies – do you agree? What is the secret to those beautiful complexions?

Have you ever got snazzie in Tassie and been lucky enough to visit?

Princess Mary or Princess Kate?

- Julie Wakely, Me, My best & I

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  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Sun, 11 November 2012 10:30am

    Im Danish, and Im NOT a fan of Mary…..so for me, definitely Kate!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Sun, 11 November 2012 10:35am

    hehe…lady garden. :)
    Wow, tassie sounds like the most beautiful place in the world to live, its so dreamy.
    I feel like i can relate to kate more and i love how she is like a normal lady and dosnt have to have the most expensive clothes and beauty that money can buy.

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Sun, 11 November 2012 11:43am

    I can’t choose between the two as both Princess Mary and Kate have such great fashion sense! I love all their makeup looks and outfits!

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Sun, 11 November 2012 11:44am

    I visited Hobart a couple of years ago and I thought it was a really beautiful city. I’d love to go back and explore some more.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Sun, 11 November 2012 01:55pm

    Tasmania is a must visit place on my list of destinations!
    Princess Mary always dresses beautifully. Love the idea of the raw honey, lavender and yogurt face mask.

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Sun, 11 November 2012 09:44pm

    I can’t choose between Kate and Mary. I like them both :) And Hobart does sound like a lovely place to holiday. I seems very underrated!

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Mon, 12 November 2012 12:33am

    I like princess Mary’s mor natural look, but really don’t think I could pick between them both as they are such gorgeous ladies.
    I’ve never been to tassie, but my parents went at the start of the year and loved it..

  • Posted by: SophYesterday Enthusiast // Mon, 12 November 2012 08:23am

    Mary is gorgeous and that Burt’s Bees balm is one of my beauty staples but I cannot get on board the Tassie bandwagon. Let’s just say I’ve been there once and have no desire to go there again. :)

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Mon, 12 November 2012 09:54am

    Both, for different reasons.mary looks amazing here, hard to believe she’s had 4 children :)

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Mon, 12 November 2012 10:44am

    omg she looks amazing, and she’s such a lovely lady

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Mon, 12 November 2012 11:17am

    they both look great

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Mon, 12 November 2012 05:46pm

    I think that they are both very classy and elegant ladies, so it is even stevens for me

  • Posted by: Mariah // Wed, 14 November 2012 05:54am

    I prefer Kate, she looks humble, approachable look with a great smile, and a sophisticated woman. Whereas, Mary looks like becoming a princess gets into her head, she smiles but looks so fake. She is okay in fashion, but not her personality look. 100 % KATE.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Thu, 15 November 2012 12:58pm

    I’ve been lucky enough to visit Tassie and really loved it, would love to go back and experience more of it! I like the style of both Mary and Kate, I think in many ways their styles are similiar, polished and elegant.

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 15 November 2012 03:28pm

    Princess Kate wins hands down for me :)

  • Posted by: Sarah // Thu, 15 November 2012 11:28pm

    Kate Middleton all the way.

  • Posted by: missselin Devotee // Fri, 16 November 2012 09:57am

    I love both, I met Princess Mary when she visited Sydney years and years ago. She has a lovely glow that you can see in all of her photos. But I also admire Kate very much, so it is a bit hard to pick.

  • Posted by: Emily // Mon, 19 November 2012 12:43pm

    I am a Tassie girl born and bred and whilst I absolutely adore amazing Hobart, you would’ve discovered a whole different world if you had made your way to my home town of Launceston – definitely more ‘Kate’s up North! I love them both – I can’t choose!

  • Posted by: MissJo Devotee // Tue, 20 November 2012 12:00pm

    I love Mary – her skin is perfection!

  • Posted by: beauty3122 Enthusiast // Tue, 20 November 2012 03:02pm

    Would love to visit tassie. Mary for sure

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Sat, 8 December 2012 05:41pm

    One more vote for Kate!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 23 February 2013 12:09pm

    she’s got a great complexion

  • Posted by: MissJo Devotee // Mon, 1 April 2013 02:04pm

    I love Mary’s skin – so dewy. And don’t get me started on that perfect blush and lip colour!

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Wed, 24 April 2013 09:24am

    mary looks so pretty in that pic, like a perfect princess

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 28 April 2013 04:57pm

    i would also love to visit tassie

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 15 December 2013 03:42pm

    vote for kate

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 20 December 2013 04:40pm

    Princess Mary has super skin. Her makeup is nice and natural.

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