May 06, 2021
Meet the two beauty editors behind Australia’s first, subscriber-only beauty newsletter, gloss etc. Sarah Tarca and Sherine Youssef have over two decades of experience in the beauty industry between them, having both worked as beauty directors at marie claire and written for titles such as Madison, Cosmo, Gritty Pretty, Broadsheet and more. In November last year they decided to put all that beauty knowledge to good use, creating gloss etc, an Australian-first subscriber only beauty newsletter that lands in inboxes weekly (you can subscribe here). It’s what they call “an extension of the WhatsApp groups they have with their friends” – no BS reviews, tips from the industry’s best, and advice that they’ve gathered and honed over the years. It’s the stuff they recommend to their mums, the advice they dish to their besties. Everything that gets a place in their newsletter (which looks like a magazine beauty page) is something they’ve personally tried, tested and loved. It’s like being a part of their inner beauty circle, and you know they won’t lead you astray. Here, we chat to the girls about all things beauty and have them shop our site for their top beauty buys.
What do you think is the most overrated beauty product?
Sherine: I don't like answering this because what I personally is overrated/has no place in my life, might be someone else's lifesaver. But if I had to say one, it would be neck cream. I don’t get it, if it’s good enough for my face, it’s good enough for my neck too.
Sarah: Eye cream. Yes they feel nice to apply and all that, but does it do something that your moisturiser can’t do? Probably not. That said, I’ve used and liked a few over the years because they feel good on tired eyes (and that’s enough sometimes) so I’m not immune to their allure.
Why do you love working in beauty?
Sherine: The innovation and technology keeps it from being boring and cyclical. There's always a new angle to the product or the category.
Sarah: Ditto. Just when you think you can’t possibly write about another cream, some crazy new research comes out (stem cell research applied to beauty is huge right now) or new categories are born (epigenetics, ingestibles) and it hooks you back in. Plus, it’s FUN. It’s fun to try these innovations first hand, and however trivial it may seem, beauty makes you feel good. I love recommending a product to someone and it really working for them/their skin.
What is your go-to method for winding down after a long day?
Sherine: A bath. I do the whole thing - candle, headrest, music.
Sarah: It used to be a bath before I had my two kids… generally now it’s a 10 minute yoga nidra meditation before bed, and maybe a little gua sha before hand (I often do this while watching TV and find it strangely relaxing).
What product do you have way too much of?
Sherine: Ummm, honestly? Probably all of them. But they're half-used and in various stages of testing. It's my job, leave me alone!
Sarah: Lip products. Specifically in shades of red and pinky-nude. A friend looked in my bag the other day and was horrified that I carry around 20ish in various formulas (gloss, matt, shine – you name it) “just in case”. I don’t know what “just in case” scenario is, or why it would require so many (am I really hungry? Am I running a triathlon? Am I about to be invited to a ball? Am I drinking a lot and need to reapply? who knows?!). But every time I take one out, they seem to multiply. I also hoard sunscreen, because I live in fear of it running out, and my skin being bare before the sun.
If you could pick one product only to use for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sherine: SPF. It's the single best thing you can do for your skin. All skin types, all ages, always. Every day. Forever. The end.
Sarah: See above. Every beauty ed will tell you the same. The almighty Oz has spoken.
// Sarah and Sherine Shop our site: Here are their top picks:
Ere Perez All Beauty Cream - I like using this if I'm going at night as a base instead of foundation (if I'm having a good skin day). I'll do a quick double cleanse to get rid of sunscreen, oil etc, and then massage this in and my skin drinks it right up.
We Are Feel Good Signature Sunscreen Lotion - I love that this works on both the face and body, and I also appreciate that there's no scent (am not a fan of fragranced sunscreen on my face).
Soak Society Sleep Wellness Soak - I love a bath, and this one is especially delicious before bed. It combines epsom salts with colloidal oatmeal to soothe skin, and lavender and chamomile to calm frazzled nerves.
Weleda Skin Food - I’m a mum so if something is multi-purpose just sign me up and take my money. Is it a mask? A moisturiser? A cuticle cream? It’s EVERYTHING! This is cult for a reason: it works everywhere, is super nourishing, hydrating on even the roughest skin and is great for protecting the skin barrier – especially needed now we’re heading into winter.
Ere Perez Beetroot Lip and Cheek Tint in Joy - You know the 20 or so lip products that live in my bag? This is one of them. The pigment is insanely rich and a little goes a long way, but it’s also buildable. For more subtle colour dab on with your finger to spread the colour out, for more intensity, apply with the applicator. To be honest, I love the whole Ere Perez and am always pleasantly surprised by the quality and longevity of her products (try the Oat Milk Foundation too – another fave of mine).
We Are Feel Good Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+ - I know I know, Sherine beat me to it and recommended a sunscreen too. But this is just so good. I use it for both me and my kids – the no fragrance means it’s great for their delicate skin, plus it soaks in fast (essential for toddler wrangling) , doesn’t sting eyes and isn’t greasy. Have even happily used on my face without an issue. This is one I buy again and again.
The Unnamed Brightening and Anti Aging Sheet Mask - Probably one of my favourite ways to terrorise my kids is to walk around with a face mask - it’s just a bonus that this actually works too. Seriously though, I’m so time poor and tired right now (my baby is five months old) that my entire beauty routine is focussed on making myself look alive, and serving myself some self care. This ticks both those boxes, plus has a couple of my favourite ingredients (peptides, niancinamide) to help my skin get back to its former glory.