ONE of the biggest events on the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras calendar is just around the corner, and if you’re single, chances are you’re ready to mingle.

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Whether you’re looking for a commitment or a brief encounter, appearances say a lot about who we are. The good news is by taking care of ourselves and our complexion we can all be more attractive. When you look good, you feel great and as a result, your mannerisms change, and people take notice.

Here is my shortlist of products to keep you looking fabulous no matter what the Mardi Gras Parade and Party throws at you this weekend.

Evo Box O Bollox

Slicked, spiked or textured, Evo Box O Bollox will adapt to your ever changing look and keep your crown and glory in check. This life changing texturizing paste offers a strong hold with an extremely matt finish. A great product for those of us with thick hair and its malleable formulation will satisfy even those who like to restyle throughout the day.

Evo Box O Bollox 90ml, RRP $29.95

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M.A.C Strobe Cream

Long days and big nights take their toll on the skin. Thankfully M.A.C has created Strobe Cream, super-powered with potent botanicals to boost and refresh the look of dull, tired or flat-looking skin. This life changing cream also brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles (light reflector particles) and antioxidants to enhance the effects of light on the skin, eliminating the need for good lighting forever.

M.A.C Strobe Cream 50ml, RRP $55

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John Varvatos Dark Rebel

Many will agree that there’s nothing sexier than a rebel. Stand out from the crowd and ignite your inner bad boy with the latest scent by John Varvatos. Dark Rebel features notes of golden Jamaican Rum, Kentucky bourbon, exotic dragon skull flower, leather, followed by Mexican blackened vanilla bean and tobacco at its base. This intoxicating scent is destined to turn a few heads.

John Varvatos Dark Rebel 125ml RRP $115

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Lab Series Skincare for Men – New Max LS Power V Lifting Serum

Defy the effects gravity with Lab Series Skincare for Men Max LS Power V Lifting serum. As the name suggests, this product provides a visible lift allowing men to turn back the hands of time almost instantly. The Max LS Power V range takes a five-dimensional approach in combating the effects of ageing by boosting moisture, repairing the look of wrinkles, supporting collagen production, tightening the look of contours and lifting skins appearance, revealing a redefined and youthful appearance.

Lab Series Skincare for Men – New Max LS Power V Lifting Serum 30ml, RRP $115

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

A cult beauty product for both men and women you can’t afford to be caught without. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is a miracle wand formulated to enhance radiance and awaken the complexion, allowing you to brush away signs of fatigue and fade out imperfections. Use it to eliminate dark circles, lift eyebrows; enhance cheekbones and conceal signs of fatigue from the night before.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat RRP $55

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Clarisonic Mia 2

The answer to clear skin is a minute away with the new Clarisonic Mia 2 cleansing brush. Developed initially for use by skin care professionals, this brush utilises a sonic skincare system which gently massages away impurities trapped within pores in just one minute. Oscillating at a speed of 300 movements per second, the brush works on the skin’s surface and beneath to transform skin’s texture, reducing the appearance of pore size, fine lines and wrinkles. The Clarisonic also prepares skin for better absorption of skincare products such as serums and moisturisers.

Clarisonic Mia 2 RRP $190

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Dolce & Gabbana The One Essence

Be the unmistakable woman in the room with Dolce & Gabbana The One Essence. Combining refreshing citrus notes with a bouquet of white flowers, this feminine scent is alluring and timeless. Featuring accords of bergamot, lychee, Madonna Lily, Jasmine and vanilla at its base, this rich scent is both luxurious and long lasting.

Dolce & Gabbana The One Essence 50ml $118

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Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum

Whether you believe the eyes are the windows to the soul or not, they are the first thing we notice about others. Keep your eyes looking dreamy with Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum. This multipurpose treatment is formulated to firm and lift skin while sodium hyaluronate visibly smooths wrinkles, and skin-illuminating minerals brighten the eye contours.

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Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream

One of my favourite beauty products that I can’t live without is BB cream. Light enough to be worn daily and virtually undetectable, these miracle working creams provide a flawless complexion. One of my favourites is Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream. Combining the power of skincare and make-up, it makes lines and wrinkles less noticeable, while dull and tired looking skin is instantly revitalised. It also contains SPF to protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream 45ml, RRP $50

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Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

Like many of us during Mardi Gras you’re likely to need a detox, so why not start with your skin? Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque works to detoxify, brighten and invigorate by drawing out excess oil and impurities, refining pores, calming redness and improving skin texture. It addresses skin concerns of ageing, dullness, breakouts and sensitivity, and best of all,  it can be used up to four times a week to give skin that much needed boost.

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque 75ml, RRP $65

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Mr Neo Luxe is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger based in Sydney. He spent his early working years being trained by large cosmetic houses on their products and their benefits. Having a passion for skincare, he spends many hours researching products and chatting to industry professionals about achieving a flawless complexion. Follow him on Instagram @mrneoluxe or visit his website mrneoluxe.com

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