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The It List 31 March 2022

Cream of the Crop: Team Monde Share Their Beauty Essentials

If you could only take 5 beauty items with you to a deserted island, what would you take?

We all have that perfect collection of products, no matter how big or small, that we truly couldn’t live without. The creams that add the right amount of radiance to our face, or the perfumes that carry a scent synonymous with who we are. To give you some inspiration to your daily beauty regime, the Monde team share their ride or die beauty products below.


Words By Ruby Staley

Alexandra, Founder

Although my beauty regime has become more complex over time, there’s a small selection of products that I just couldn’t go without.

Starting off strong with a scent, I absolutely adore Who Is Elijah’s Her Her perfume that comes in a beautiful and functional spray bottle.

A light and summery scent, Her Her contains fresh citrus notes from blooming orange blossoms that smell both nostalgic and modern in their invigorating appeal.

Although I like to keep my makeup minimal on a day to day, Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation gives me the perfect amount of coverage, while also adding a touch of radiance.

When I have an evening event on, it’s easy to layer and creates a silky finish that looks stunning under any lighting.

For a touch of youthful freshness to the face, Westman Atelier’s iconic Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Minette is a lovely peachy tone to add to the cheeks over foundation and to bare skin, to the lips and even the eyelids.

Taking it back to the base, La Mer’s Moisturizing Soft Cream is the perfect moisturizer in my eyes.

Helping to strengthen skin, heal dryness, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, the rich cream is luxurious in every way.

Paired with Bobbi Brown’s iconic Vitamin Enriched Eye Base, it’s an unfaultable hydrating combination that I simply cannot live without.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $105 – available at The Iconic

Ruby, Content Manager

Just because I may be stranded on a deserted island doesn’t mean I can’t look good, right?

I love a cute and fresh face that’s natural above all and completely radiant, and these are my favourite products to achieve it.

First up, Clinique’s Chubby Stick Sculpting Stick is the greatest cream contour I have ever tried.

The stick applicator adds a sheer wash of coverage either on top of foundation or applied directly to bare skin and chisels exactly where you want it to with ease.

No matter if I’m out in the elements or sitting in front of my computer screen all day, good sunscreen is an absolute must.

Australian brands, Ultra Violette, creates luxurious and incredible formulas with their Queen Screen being my everyday favourite.

Applied on top of moisturiser, it’s perfect under makeup base for glowy, healthy-looking skin while also protecting you from the suns pesky UV rays.

Perfect for combatting dry lips, Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a one-stop solution to hydrated and plump lips.

To enhance the beautiful base I’ve laid down, I can never go past Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Sky High mascara to add length and body to my lashes and Giorgio Armani’s Lip Power to add to my cheeks, lips and eyes for a wash of colour.

Easy as that!

Ultra Violette Queen Screen SPF50+, $47 – available at The Iconic

Julie, Content Producer

Even when I’m stuck out on a deserted island, I love ensuring I’m smelling sweet and feeling my best.

A perfect addition to my handbag and work desk, Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is incredibly nourishing and has a gorgeous citrus scent that lasts all day long. No need for re-applications.

For all over body hydration I look to, Byredo’s La Tulipe Body Lotion to keep my skin feeling fresh and moisturised.

With a subtle floral scent with notes of rhubarb and blond woods, this body lotion is luxurious in all of the right ways.

In addition to both of those glorious creams, my signature scent that I simply could not go without is Jo Malone London’s English Pear & Freesia perfume.

With a fresh top note of pear, as well as touches of freesia and patchouli, the scent instantly takes me away to a perfect spring day.

For the face, I can’t go past the tried-and-true formula of Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay In Place foundation which gives me the perfect amount of coverage for me.

Finishing off strong, I love Clarins Lip Comfort Oil formulas to keep my lips hydrated, plump, and slightly tinted.

The pinky rose colour is my absolute favourite to add a subtle gloss to my fuss-free day-to-day makeup looks.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, $35 – available at The Iconic

Britt, Head of Community

For me, being stuck somewhere doesn’t have to be as dramatic as one might think, as long as I have a goody bag full of comforts. With learnings from watching copious seasons of Survivor under my belt, I’m quite confident we could quickly change this rescue mission into a comfortable island getaway if I have these 5 beauty goodies in tow.

Whack me on a deserted island or smack bang in the middle of a metropolis and my stance on sunscreen won’t change at all. That’s why I’ve included both my current pigment inhibiting facial SPF as well as my all-over sunscreen at the top of my list.

I’ve chosen my all-time favourite body sunscreen by Ultra Violette in the biggest size available because who knows how long I’m going to be here right? A day or a week, this half litre of SPF should do me for at least an application and reapplication per day. I’d obviously fashion a sunhat from driftwood or some leaves if I wasn’t stranded with one.

A foaming cleanser for both my face and body is a necessity to not only rid my skin of all the SPF, sweat and seawater but to bring a moment of home comfort via their heavenly scents. Speaking of, my signature fragrance by Maison Louis Marie is always with me so she absolutely had to make the cut.

To top everything off, we’re finishing with my all-time brow product because the fleek mustn’t quit no matter how dire my situation may be!

Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois De Balincourt Perfume Oil, $90 – available at SSENSE