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Tried + Tested By Beauty Experts

Founder of The Edit Green + Organic Makeup Artist Cathy Tolpigin and New York City based Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Laura Burns met over 20 years ago on set in Sydney's Channel Nine studios. They instantly bonded over their passion for making women look and feel their absolute best and for their obsession of high performance and luxurious beauty products.

Here they share their Tried + Tested clean beauty products. Their edit includes only the products that make it into their professional makeup kits and personal beauty bags. Keep scrolling to shop their edit...

Laura Burns and Cathy Tolpigin


As a professional makeup artist who only uses clean, ethical products on both herself and clients, Cathy is passionate about making green beauty mainstream.

Over the last 8 years, Cathy has researched, tried and tested hundreds of beauty and lifestyle products to find the best high performance, ethical and clean options on the market. The best of the best is what earns a place on The Green Edit.

When it comes to her professional makeup kit and personal beauty bag, Cathy seeks the whole package: truly natural products formulated with organic and botanical ingredients. They must be high performance, innovative, beautifully packaged and luxurious, all without compromising on the important aspects of sustainability, health and ethics.


Laura is a professional hair and makeup artist working in TV, Fashion and Film for over 20 years. Originally from Australia and currently living and working in NYC, Laura’s celebrity clients include Susan Sarandan, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller, Annabelle Wallis, Jon Legend, Rosario Dawson and many more.

Laura’s professional makeup kit has always been cruelty-free, however she is stepping it up by switching out her skincare, makeup and hair products to clean beauty. Join Laura on her journey as she tests, tries, reviews and discovers our curated edit of our trusted beauty products and brands.


New York Fashion Shoot 2015


I was late to the party to add an eye cream to my beauty routine - about 36 years old. Since then I have been on the hunt for a product that could do it all - brighten, de-puff and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

So when Anna Mitsios, founder of Edible Beauty send me her newest creation the Edible Beauty Diamond Rush Eye Serum I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test it prior to its official launch. As I share this I have been using it everyday for four weeks. It is a gorgeous addition to my nightly skincare routine - I gently pat it on with my ring finger on top of my serum and under my hydrating face oil - I'm currently using The Edible Beauty Snowflower Oil.

It really is beautiful - for more reasons than one - Anna has formulated it it with real crushed diamond powder to boost collagen production, enhance circulation to the under eye area and illuminate the eyes.

It also contains Peptides – clinically proven to smooth fine lines and wrinkles in as little as 7 days, peptides are amino acids which in addition to diamonds really are a girl’s best friend when it comes to youthful eyes.

Over the last four weeks I have noticed that my under eye area is significantly brighter, less puffy and feeling very hydrated. As the skin around my eye is well hydrated, I have noticed that when I apply my concealer it goes on smoothly and does not set in the fine lines around my eye over the day. I will definitely keep using it.


Having tried several organic spa products over the years, the new organicsceuticals active brightening serum peaked my interest as it’s created by biochemists and is scientifically formulated with 85% Certified Organic ingredients and hard working actives for those of us looking for real results:

▪️Tomato Fruit Extract which boosts skin resilience, resulting in plumper skin with reduced lines.

▪️Ascorbyl Glycoside (AA2G), Kakadu Plum Extract and Hyaluronic Acid. Combining stable forms of Vitamin C with a collagen-building superpower for rapid results.

▪️Certified Organic Baobab Seed Oil - averts trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) by creating a protective layer on your skin, strengthening your skin's lipid barrier.

The serum has a silky texture, a slight floral scent, is lightweight, antioxidant-rich and slots effortlessly into my daily skincare routine: after cleansing and before moisturising - twice daily.

This milky treatment serum is said to reduce pigmentation, brighten skin tone, reduce signs of photoaging, stimulate collagen and promote skin luminosity. Exactly what I look for in a serum.

Whether you are in front of a screen all day or out in the Australian elements, active brightening serum is scientifically and thoughtfully formulated to help you achieve brighter, smoother skin fast.


In a radical addition to Biologi’s revolutionary range of clean cosmeceutical products, the last piece to your supercharged skincare ritual is here!

Here's what you need to know about this powerful phyto-active powder exfoliant:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

▪️It is a triple action supercharged plant phyto-active rich exfoliant made from Kakadu Plum and rice powder.

▪️It has been formulated to be suitable for all skin types to use and those with sensitive skins who were part of our trial reported incredible results.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

▪️For best results, we recommended mixing it with the Bc Refresh Cleanser.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Here is what the trial team had to say about it:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

“My skin was glowing”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

”Didn’t irritate my sensitive skin -no redness”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

“So smooth”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

“My makeup glided on afterwards”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

“Skin was so soft”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

“My serum absorbed so well”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish

This one is definitely a new favourite of mine, particularly coming in to the NYC winter. Creamy texture. Natural lip pigment. And on a superficial level - I LOVED the smooth action of the magnetic packaging - I kept wanting to open and close it!

Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish is full of lovely ingredients like cacao butter, vitamin E and avocado oil, lips are instantly nourished as if feels much like a rich balm. A great combination of moisture and sheer natural cover.

I would use this on clients/talent who love a subtle tint and great hydration. It has just enough pigment to give your natural lip colour a little boost. It requires reapplication just as any conventional sheer lipstick does. Overall a lovely product and a great new addition to my professional kit!


Introducing the new Ipsum Best Skin Enzyme MicroPolish with Caviar Lime and Lemon Myrtle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


Gentle and thorough, this enzyme-active, polishing formulation features pure and organic, Australian grown and harvested native botanical extracts, to clarify, smooth, brighten, hydrate and refine skin texture and tone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


The ritual: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


Activate a teaspoon amount of Enzyme MicroPolish in your palm with water or mix with the Ipsum Skin Cleansing Oil Balm, then gently massage all over face. Rinse away with warm water.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


The Ipsum Skin Best Skin Enzyme MicroPolish is featured in our recent journal post:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


The 11 Best Natural Exfoliators For Face & Body ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


What I loved most the Retreatment Botanics Instant Glow Masque was it’s beautiful texture. A gorgeous silky clay that did not dry rock hard and crack, which some do - making you feel 100 years old! I left it on for the recommended 20 minutes and felt a ‘an invigorating cool tingle’.

Based on other masques I have previously used, I expected to be spending quite a bit of time removing it with a face cloth. Not the case… it washed off seamlessly and left my skin feeling ultra clean, hydrated and fresh. As I’m in my forties, I love products that keep my skin hydrated, that is a definite plus! I used the masque first thing in the morning and my skin felt bright and glowy all day.

The Retreatment Botanics Instant Glow Masque is a product I would definitely recommend to talent to apply at home at the end of a week of makeup applications and long days on set, to hydrate, refresh and renew skin - as well as the restorative benefits that this self-care ritual provides.


Congratulations Anna for this exciting new product launch! I know you have been formulating and perfecting it for over a year and it is incredible!

I had the pleasure of road testing it pre-launch and I LOVE the fact that this is zero waste. The deodorant comes in the form of a bar, a little like soap, it glides on easily and feels great on the skin. The first time a used it, I road tested it via a Dance Mix Jazzersize class and although I did sweat, which is absolutely normal - no smell at all.

It works so well day to day also and unlike other deodorants I have tried, it didn't leave marks on my clothes. This one was gifted, I would definitely purchase another


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