When youre a mother, its essential you take time out from the kids and theres nothing better than an afternoon spent with your friends or partner. Which is why the Spring Racing carnival is so much fun: its a chance to get dressed up and have the day off (and not have someone smearing banana all over you). So what are my beauty and fashion essentials for getting race-ready? Nothing fussy or time consuming. My beauty routine has to be quick and effective and always involves my daughters rummaging through my makeup drawer or trying on my shoes. As for fashion? My outfit is always put on just before I head out the door – see above note about banana smearing. We’re also excited that Colgate is offering our readers the chance to win ‘A VIP race day package in Sydney for two‘. See below for details.
SHOP: Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Cream SPF 35, $89. Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation, $50. Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.3 – Plush Shadow, $39. Diptyque Eau Rose Roll-On Eau De Parfum, $62. Colgate Optic White Express White, $9.99. Chloe Roses De Chloe Eau De Parfum from My Little Chloé Trio Set, $120.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.3 – Plush Shadow
This petite set of three plush eye shadows fits in a small bag and comes with a mirror for touch-ups. Ive always worn natural, earthy shades (lets just say Ive attempted a smoky eye before and it looked like I was punched in the face).
Purse sized perfume
Perfume is a race-day essential, but it needs to be small enough to fit easily into a clutch bag. I love Diptyque Eau Rose Roll-On Eau De Parfum or Chloes My Little Chloe Trio Set, which contains three of Chloe’s most popular fragrances such as Roses De Chloe Eau De Parfum.
Colgate Optic White Express White
Whiter teeth in three days just by brushing? Yes please. This is the ultimate beauty essential to get race day ready. The breakthrough formula contains twice the whitening ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, as compared to regular Optic White, for faster whiter results and is safe to use daily (for best results, use for four weeks). It also fortifies enamel and goes beyond surface stain removal to deeply whiten teeth.
If Ive got an event on, Ill go for a Spraytoniqs tan. Even if youve had a terrible nights sleep, itll make you feel amazing. Theyve developed the first ever Spray selector app, which guides you through the tan colour selection process based on your skin tone and type to achieve brilliant results.
Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Cream SPF 35
This cream was made for mothers: apparently its a good night sleep in a cream. Luminessence CC Cream is a colour control bright moisturiser with SPF 35 that will make your skin glow while also giving you sun protection. Tick, tick.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation
Were all about time saving beauty tricks and Clinques newest formula is a foundation-and-concealer in one, allowing for long-lasting, skin-matching, barely there coverage.
Nerida Winter hats and fascinators
Nerdia Winter is renowned for her fusion of haute couture and racewear and her chic Double Bay boutique has attracted celebrities such as Princess Mary, Miranda Kerr and Dannii Minogue. Just remember that straw hats are strictly for the spring season.
Feeling race-ready? Heres how to win a trip to the races:
Win a VIP Race Day package in Sydney for Two
National Colgate Optic White
Competition Start date: 9am AEST 1 September 2015. Close date: 5pm AEST 30 September 2015.
Purchase any Colgate Optic White product
Go online to www.theraces.com.au/ColgateComp
Enter the last 4 digits of the product barcode and complete the entry form (keep your receipt!)
Go into the draw for your chance to win
You must be an Australian resident 18 years and over. Drawn 1/10/15. Winners notified by 3/10/15
2 nights accommodation at The Star, Hotel Sydney (2 people twin share) (RRP $500)
MJ Bale voucher (RRP $500)
MYER gift voucher (RRP $300)
Clinique gift pack (RRP $400)
Joh Bailey blow dry experience (RRP $300)
1.5L magnum of Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial RRP ($200)
Premium race day dining experience for two in the exclusive hospitality precinct at The Stables Sydney at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 3rd November, 2015 (RRP $2078)
Exclusive and privileged behind the scenes inner sanctum tour at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Melbourne Cup day Tuesday 3rd November, 2015 (RRP $4,000)
Colgate Optic White product pack (RRP $85.92 2 x Colgate Optic White Express Toothpaste 85g, 2 x Colgate Optic White Mouthwash 500ml, 2 x Colgate Optic White Toothbrush RRP, 2 x Colgate Optic White Whitening Pen)
2 x domestic return flights and transfers from your nearest city to Sydney (max $1,700)
Total RRP value of prizes is up to AUD$10,000 depending on residential address of winner and date and point of departure
Promoter is Colgate-Palmolive Pty Ltd (ABN 79 002 792 163). Authorised under – NSW Permit No. LTPS/15/05852, SA T15/1318 & ACT TP 15/06806.
Photography: Grace Alyssa Kyo Words: Georgie Abay. Colgate Advertising Feature.