Whether you’re planning a Halloween look early or need to do makeup for a dance concert, play or musical, it’s important to go bold–after all, how else will you stand out from the crowd? It’s a well-known fact that stage […]

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Your Theatre Makeup Cheat Sheet

Whether you’re planning a Halloween look early or need to do makeup for a dance concert, play or musical, it’s important to go bold–after all, how else will you stand out from the crowd? It’s a well-known fact that stage lights have an innate (and very frustrating) ability to wash out your skin tone and features, making you appear as if you have teeny eyes and no lips. That’s what everyone wants, right? Yeah, think again.

So, the key, like in the theatre itself, is to dramatise. Instead of accentuating one part of the face like you would for a regular makeup look, you’re gonna need to focus on practically everything–lips, eyes, cheeks, we’re talking about the whole nine yards.

Your Theatre Makeup Cheat Sheet

If you’re a theatre newbie or have been entrusted with someone else’s on-stage look, don’t stress–here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a basic yet full face, from start to finish. We’ve also chosen our three faves that range from el cheapo (yet very high quality!) through to higher-end, so no matter your price point, you’ll have options.

1. Primer

There’s no point putting on heaps of ‘slap’, as they call it in the theatre, if you’re not creating a base for it to stick to and stay throughout your performance! Use a primer with a bit of grip to help foundation, contour and more stay in place and look dimensional and HD. If you’ve got redness in the face that you want to correct, grab a green primer to help neutralise those areas.

Top picks: 

$: The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer ($8.80)
$$elf Cosmetics Face Primer in Neutralizing Green ($16)
$$$Kryolan High Definition Makeup Primer ($56)

2. Foundation

Foundation is a very necessary step if you’re going to be on stage, as it’ll help even out skin tone and create a uniform base, which we can then add dimension to later. Pick a colour closest to your skin tone, matching to your neck. A foundation stick is always a handy tool to have in your theatre-makeup kit, as it’s high coverage, easily applied and blended out in a matter of seconds. Here’s a handy hint–if you’re going to be doing bulk makeup, grab a pack full of cheap makeup sponges for application. Then, have two or three handy brushes that you can spot clean in between jobs that can be used to blend out any rough areas.

Top picks:

$Mehron Celebre-Pro-HD Cream Foundation ($22)
$$: Kryolan TV Paint Stick Foundation ($45)
$$$Napoleon Perdis Foundation Stick ($69)

3. Contour + Highlight

Okay, you’re probably thinking that I’m a tad crazy, but trust a highly seasoned, former child performer–contour! When we apply a blanket of foundation to our faces, we’re essentially creating a beautiful, uniform canvas, but all of your facial definition will be sucked out and replaced with one neutral colour. This isn’t how our faces are naturally, so mimicking shade and light using makeup becomes pretty important. Carve out cheekbones with a brown shade, and dab a brighter colour on facial high points to bring the face back to life. We love cream contour for extra emphasis and lasting power.

Top picks: 

$elf Cosmetics Cream Contour Palette ($16)
$$: The Balm The Manizer Sisters Palette ($29.95)
$$$Garbo & Kelly Millennial Girl Cream Contour Kit ($70)

4. Blush + Bronzer

Now’s the time to rosy up those cheeks, because after all, you’ll look like a ghost if you don’t. Seriously, though–if I haven’t said it enough times, theatre lights seriously wash you out! Pop a little colour on your apples to brighten up the whole face. Then, if you’ve used a neutral or cool-coloured contour, brush a little warm bronzer onto the temples and into the hollows of the cheeks for that sunkissed glow.

Top picks: 

$: elf Cosmetics Blush With a Brush ($6.01)
$$: Ofra Cosmetics Pressed Blush ($19)
$$$: Gorgeous Cosmetics Endless Summer Bronzer ($39)

5. Brows

Brows are a crucial part of any look, especially nowadays when a brow trend seems to pop out of the Instagram woodwork every second day. Make sure to define yours so that they stand out, like the rest of your makeup needs to–after all, what good is a face with no brows? That’s the result you’ll get if you don’t use a brow pencil, powder or pomade to sculpt them out for a bit of definition. Depending on the look you’re going for, you may want to thicken them up or use a darker-than-usual colour to help them pop.

Top picks: 

$: elf Cosmetics Gel & Powder Eyebrow Kit ($9)
$$: Garbo & Kelly Brow Perfection Pencil ($38)
$$$: Poni Cosmetics Brow Kit ($69)

6. Eyeshadow

Now comes the part where you get to exercise your creative side and reflect your character, theme or costume with your eye makeup! We’ve all had a foray into the blue eyeshadow trend for a amateur production or school disco (#throwback), so maybe now’s the time to bring it back? Theatre makeup is all about colour and packing on the product, so don’t waste your time creating a flawless cut crease–instead, pick two or three basic colours and layer them, with the darkest on the outer corner and lightest on the inner part of the lid.

Top picks:

$: Mehron E.Y.E Powder ($15.40)
$$: Curtis Collection Mineral Velvet Shadow ($27.50)
$$$: Gorgeous Cosmetics 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette – Neon ($58.99)

7. Mascara

Make sure lashes look thick and fluttery so they’re visible on-stage, even to those sitting right in the back row! It’s your choice whether or not to use falsies–if you’re a main dancer or playing a lead role, you may want to consider this to help you stand out as a major character. Mascara is a must, though. Go for something very voluminous, as lash separation isn’t particularly important–it’s likely no one will be close enough to notice slightly clumpy lashes.

Top picks: 

$: L.A. Girl Super Mega Mascara ($13)
$$: Poni Cosmetics The White Knight Mascara ($30)
$$$: Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara ($39.95)

8. Lipstick

Perfect that pout with a matte lipstick that’ll top of your entire look. Red is definitely a theatre staple–it’s timeless, goes with most costumes and definitely stands out! Be sure to stay away from nudes and really neutral colours, as anything too close in shade to your foundation will blend in with the rest of your face. If the theatrical occasion you’re getting dolled up for is a little less traditional, you could always opt for a purple, orange or pink lippie. Go wild!

Top picks:

$elf Cosmetics Matte Lip Colour Pencil ($9)
$$: The Balm Girls Lipstick – Mia Moore ($19.95)
$$$: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($36.95)

9. Finishing

When you’re on the stage, especially for high-energy productions like musicals and dance concerts, sweat is an evil you just have to put up with. Stage lights are often burning hot, plus the adrenaline’s pumping–you’d be superhuman if you didn’t perspire a little! That’s why it’s so important to set your makeup, so it stays in place while you’re on-stage for what can be hours at a time. You’ve got the option of powders, sprays and gels, all of which have their pros and cons. Powder is great to just buff on with a brush, so if you’re doing makeup on lots of people, this could be the way to go. Sprays have the same benefits, whereas gels need to be applied to the face individually–but often help set makeup a lot more effectively.

Top picks: 

$Mehron TouchUp Matte Finishing Gel ($15.40)
$$: Kryolan Ultra Setting Spray ($30)
$$$: Mirenesse Studio Magic Face BB Pore Powder ($49.50)

There you have it–9 steps that’ll help you get yourself, or your clients, gorgeous for their on-stage debut. Whether it’s for a musical, play, dance concert or something else entirely, you can manipulate each part of the look to suit the occasion and, of course, your costume! Let us know–what are your favourite products and brands for creating stunning, long-lasting theatre makeup looks? Plus, don’t forget to check out the Theatrical & Halloween section of our MUA Shop for more amazing brands and products!

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Splendour weekend is right around the corner, so I’m sure you’re frantically prepping your outfits, makeup, and of course, your hair! We’ve predicted that this year’s biggest hair trend (as it has been for quite some time, now) will be […]

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5 Braids You’ll Meet at Splendour in the Grass

Splendour weekend is right around the corner, so I’m sure you’re frantically prepping your outfits, makeup, and of course, your hair! We’ve predicted that this year’s biggest hair trend (as it has been for quite some time, now) will be braids. Seeing as they’re adored by the Kardashians, Jenners, Hailey Baldwin and many a beauty influencer, it’s no surprise that braids are having a very extended moment.

If you’re not sure which braided style is best, we’ve compiled a list of our absolute faves–you’re guaranteed to spot these ‘dos at least once or twice over your festy weekend. Whether they’re paired with a cute baker cap or just a few kilos worth of glitter, they’re all perfect for standing out in the crowd.

5 Braids You’ll Meet at Splendour in the Grass

1. The Boho Braid

Go with the flow and construct a relaxed braid or two in loose, wavy hair. Use your favourite iron to create some soft, beachy waves–we love the Cloud Nine Waving Wand–and then select pieces to plait or fishtail. Pull a few strands out if you’re going for a lived-in look. You can even make like this babe and twist braided sections into a loose knot or bun, giving your style even more dimension and life.

2. The Side-Swept Braid

Make like the gorgeous Priyanka Chopra and create a braid up one side of your head for a cool, rocker-chic look. Slick hair back using a smoothing treatment or spray like the Evo Lockdown Smoothing Treatment and then get to working on a small, intricate braid that pulls hair from the front. Tease hair a little for a messier look, and you’re good to go–if you’re a wild dancer, this style will keep hair semi-tamed while complementing your carefree festival outfit.

3. The Braided Space Bun

Space buns are a serious thing this festival season–we saw them everywhere at Coachella, on celebs, YouTube personalities and regular festival goers alike. This is perhaps because they’re super easy to dress up or down, Splendour-style. Keep it simple like our inspo above, or go full out with glitter, rings, diamantes, clips and more. If you’ve got long, thick hair, braid from the front into two small buns, then leave the rest of the hair loose and wavy. Use the Evo Mister Fantastic ties for seamless hair styling.

4. The Braided Updo

We’ve seen rings, delicate jewellery and other little trinkets infiltrate the hair world recently, and they look pretty darn cool–especially when they’re braided into a fun updo like this one. Start from the front of your head and work back as you would when creating two regular braids, and then loop around the head or tuck under at the bottom, depending on how long your hair is. It’s pretty much guaranteed hair will stay where you put it in this style, so rave as much as you like–this one’s festival-proof! Make sure you use an anti-frizz spray or serum to keep this look super sleek.

5. The Traditional Braids–With a Twist

You can never go wrong with two simple braids–they’re a Kimmy K favourite for a reason, after all! Not only are these braids easy to create, but they’re pretty simple to customise if you’re so inclined, too. We’re currently obsessed with the above from Spell Designs, who used a wraparound crown braid technique to spice up their model’s look. Just add glitter for the perfect festival hairstyle. The best part is, you won’t need to take them out, meaning your style is set on Day 1 and will last through ’til the very early hours of Monday morning!

If you’re going to create a few fun and funky styles for romping around Byron Parklands, let us know–what’s your go-to hair look?

By now, I’m sure you’ve all witnessed the NARS drama that’s been going down in the beauty-sphere, especially if you’re a hardcore high-end brand lover. If not, though, here’s the low-down–essentially, NARS have gone back on their promise and are […]

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Cruelty-Free Beauty We Can Get Behind

By now, I’m sure you’ve all witnessed the NARS drama that’s been going down in the beauty-sphere, especially if you’re a hardcore high-end brand lover. If not, though, here’s the low-down–essentially, NARS have gone back on their promise and are now going to animal-test in order to sell in China. Cue very sad bunnies crying.

Animal testing is a pretty contentious topic nowadays, especially as more people begin to recognise it as a pretty serious yet somewhat condoned form of animal cruelty. We support any brand striving to be more considerate and ethical, so if you’re all about cruelty-free as well, here are our favourite, go-to brands.

Cruelty-Free Beauty We Can Get Behind

Mehron

It’s the professional makeup brand the Kardashians use on the daily–we’re talking about Mehron. Ideal for the stage and screen or simply a full face, their products are must-haves if you want full coverage, a wide shade range and long-lasting formulas. Colour us surprised when we discovered Mehron are entirely cruelty-free and ethical–even though they originated almost 100 years ago, painting famous faces such as Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland, Mehron have made it their mission to never test on animals. Plus, a good majority of their products are vegan!

If you’re not sure to start with Mehron, perhaps the most popular product in their range is the Celebre-Pro-HD Cream Foundation. This high-coverage foundation is ideal if you want to cover up blemishes or dark spots, and it’s also great to contour with to create dimension in the face! Eyeshadow lovers will adore the E.Y.E Powder, which has a blendable and highly pigmented formula.

The Ordinary, NIOD & Hylamide

Super-scientific and very no nonsense, the products from each brand under the DECIEM umbrella are effective and highly potent. Despite being chemical by nature, you’ll be pleased to know their products are never tested on animals. Manufactured in DECIEM’s lab in Toronto, they exercise high levels of quality control and are certified cruelty-free and vegan. With a curated range full of products that really work due to featuring a small number of active ingredients, The Ordinary in particular has made waves in the beauty community. Everyone from bloggers and pros to regular folk have added a few products from The Ordinary into their routine!

Vegan beauty blogger Hayley of A Better Kind has called The Ordinary anything but ordinary, referring to them as “the beauty brand that has everyone shook!” As Hayley so gleefully put it, “EVERY SINGLE ITEM in The Ordinary line is vegan. YAY for not having to check every label!”

We’re currently obsessed with their primers, along with the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% for treating blemishes, and the Natural Moisturising Factors + HA for giving dry skin a much-needed hydration boost.

OFRA Cosmetics

With hit formulas and a stunning range of highlighters, liquid lipsticks and more, OFRA Cosmetics were an instant hit in the beauty community! Now, they’ve collabed with big names like Nikkie Tutorials, Manny MUA and more on some gorgeous collections. Created by beauty professional Ofra Gaito and originating in California, OFRA’s mission has always been to formulate high quality products without the use of animal testing or animal-derived ingredients. OFRA are Leaping Bunny Certified, so you’ll have peace of mind when purchasing that they’re 100% ethical.

Shop OFRA’s bestsellers today, including the Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick, beloved by Bella Fiori, Kathleen Lights and more. Another fan fave is, of course, the Beverly Hills Highlighter–with five shades all encapsulated in the one portable compact, it’s versatile enough for everyday use.

De Lorenzo

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Let’s switch gears a little here and move onto haircare! When it comes to finding a cruelty-free haircare brand, the pool to choose from is unfortunately a little slimmer. Quite a large percentage of the main brands in the haircare game are owned by parent companies who animal test. Even though the brand may not test themselves, if they’re owned by one of these major conglomerates, you can guarantee animal testing is going on somewhere along the chain of command. Enter De Lorenzo!

This truly Australian brand takes pride in deriving ingredients from nature, rather than overloading their products with chemicals that originate from goodness knows where. With a keen eye for hair trends and gorgeous treatments that’ll re-instil the balance back into your tresses, these guys are worth checking out. Plus, all products in their range are entirely vegan and cruelty free!

Hear what RY customer Myriam had to say about the De Lorenzo Instant Rejuven8 The Ends Sealer:

“I love love love this product. Since I’ve been bleaching my hair and colouring it various colours of the rainbow these past few years, my split ends have been pretty horrendous. Glad I found this product. I really like the fact that the ingredients are natural. Apparently, it’s something the creator Vincent De Lorenzo puts some heavy emphasis on. Works great, smells great and has no funky ingredients.”

Skinstitut

One of our most beloved skincare brands, Skinstitut are an Australian-owned company with super-effective products that help clear up acne, prevent against ageing signs and much more. They’ve got a very dedicated following that includes beauty bloggers Shani Grimmond, Rachel Aust, Jaz Hand and Sammy Robinson. Thankfully, they’re also cruelty-free and vegan–yay! One major question Skinstitut get from their customer base is how products containing lactic acid, ‘snake venom’ and more manage to not include ingredients derived from animals. Well, we’re here to confirm that these products actually used chemically synthesised ingredients as opposed to the real thing, so all you vegan beauties can shop with ease! Check out our 5 most popular products here, including the L-Lactic Cleanser formulated with synthetically replicated lactic acid. Save the bunnies and go cruelty-free!

Let us know your thoughts on cruelty-free products–do you consciously buy products from brands that are against animal testing? Plus, don’t forget to check out our Spotlight on Vegan Beauty Brands to find out which RY favourites are suitable if you’re plant based!

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So, you’ve checked out The Ordinary and you’re already hooked–between the insane price points and the high-grade formulations on offer, it’s hard to say no. That’s why over the past few weeks, I’ve very guiltily amassed practically the whole range! […]

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Primer vs. Primer – The Ordinary Skincare

So, you’ve checked out The Ordinary and you’re already hooked–between the insane price points and the high-grade formulations on offer, it’s hard to say no. That’s why over the past few weeks, I’ve very guiltily amassed practically the whole range! Although this brand are renowned for skincare products filled with active-ingredient goodness, they’re also beginning to branch out into makeup and makeup prep. One product range that’s made serious waves in the beauty industry is the primers available from The Ordinary.

Primer vs. Primer – The Ordinary Skincare

The Breakdown

If you’re a regular makeup wearer, you’ll know the importance of priming before you start slapping on your foundation, contour and more. We’ve already sussed out which primers we love the most for each skin type, one being The Ordinary’s High-Spreadability Fluid Primer. But, there’s also another talked-about primer in the range–the High Adherence Silicone Primer! We’re here to break down the difference between these two super-effective primers so you know which one will suit your skin type and makeup needs.

High Adherence Silicone Primer ($8.80)

Right off the bat, this may be the cheapest primer I’ve ever tried. As someone with oily skin, I’m always looking for mattifying primers that’ll make my very obvious pores disappear into oblivion, giving that airbrushed, perfect-skinned finish. Often, finding something that even remotely works is going to set you back $50+, but not this little gem–it’s less than two cups of coffee, and truly does the job, so you have no excuse!

What it does: 

– Mattifies for an oil-controlling base

– Blurs pores by filling them, thanks to advanced adaptive silicones

– Gives foundation a super-HD look

Who it’s for: 

– anyone looking for a flawless, matte base

– oily skin types will benefit from its oil-control properties

★★★★★
“This primer makes my makeup apply and stay so nicely! I can put it on first thing in the morning and my face will still look really good at the end of the day, when usually, makeup will have slid off my face leaving behind a greasy mess. So impressed! – Chloe, RY Customer

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer ($13.90)

At $13.90, this primer retails at a grand total of three cups of coffee–although it isn’t as cheap as High Adherence, it’s still pretty unbelievable. With a thinner, gel-like consistency that blends like a dream, this product is super lightweight on the skin and helps makeup glide on easily.

What it does: 

– smooths out your skin for an even base

– stops foundation, concealer etc. from sticking to dry patches

– hydrates and brightens the skin tone

Who it’s for:

– someone who wants a slightly more radiant base

– ideal for dry/combo skin, as it’ll help foundation apply more smoothly

★★★★★
“What an amazing product, have used several others but this is silky smooth and foundation just glides over it. Such a great price and it will last for ages.” – Lisa, RY customer

The Verdict

So, what are the major differences between the two?

Consistency: The High Adherence Primer is reminiscent of a regular primer cross with your favourite everyday moisturiser. Meanwhile, the dropper-style applicator of the High-Spreadability Primer definitely brings a far more science-y feel to mind, as does the thin serum-like consistency.

Skin Type: Try High Adherence if you’re oily, prone to breakouts or have combination skin with an oily T-zone. It’ll control any greasiness from peeking through and keep makeup looking flawless. Meanwhile, if you’re on the dry side, we recommend High-Spreadability–ideal for combo and mature skins, too, this will allow product to go on smoothly despite any flakiness or dry patches.

Price: At $8.80, the High Adherence Primer is everything you want from your makeup–high return for a super low investment. Although the $13.90 for High-Spreadability is a small hike up, it’s still nothing compared to other high-end, quality primers. The glass bottle and pipette applicator make this your ‘luxury’ option.

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So, you’ve worked out which The Ordinary primer is right for your skin! Now all that’s left to do is buy–shop The Ordinary here.

Let us know your favourite of the two in the comments below. Happy priming, lovelies!

Off to a festival like Splendour in the Grass, Tomorrowland or Lollapalooza but not sure what the vibe will be like? Or, perhaps you’re just stuck for a little inspiration when it comes to creating a hair and beauty look […]

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10 Stunning Festival Makeup Looks

Off to a festival like Splendour in the Grass, Tomorrowland or Lollapalooza but not sure what the vibe will be like? Or, perhaps you’re just stuck for a little inspiration when it comes to creating a hair and beauty look that’ll have everyone staring your way in admiration… After all, festivals are about fun with friends and great music, but they’re also a time to show off your personal style and make an impression!

Thankfully, festival beauty is definitely having a moment, especially amongst some of our favourite Instagram and YouTube personalities. We’ve rounded up our top trends and the products you’ll need to create them, so that when it’s time for you to get festival-ready, you’ll know exactly what to do!

Featuring gorgeous glitters, sprays to keep hair locked in place while you rave, and of course, long-lasting lipsticks and iridescent highlighters, here’s our guide to your next festival look.

10 Stunning Festival Makeup Looks

If you’re off to a festival this year, what looks will you be rocking? Maybe you’re one to go all-out with rhinestones, shimmery nails and a pop of colour–live your best life, because if you can’t do it at a festival, when can you, right? Say you’re more into the natural look–embrace your inner boho babe and run wild and free for the weekend. Whatever your style, and wherever you’re going, we hope it’s magical!

For more pre-Splendour in the Grass inspiration, make sure to check out our Festival Beauty Hacks guide.

Plus, which of the above looks are you most likely to put to the test at the next festival you attend? Let us know in the comments!

Ever boarded a long-haul flight with clear, glowing skin and emerged hours later a dry, flaky mess? We know the feeling! Sometimes flying for a few hours or more can totally ruin all of the progress you’ve made on your […]

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RY Travel Edit: On-Flight Skin Tips

Ever boarded a long-haul flight with clear, glowing skin and emerged hours later a dry, flaky mess? We know the feeling! Sometimes flying for a few hours or more can totally ruin all of the progress you’ve made on your skin for at least a few days, as the lack of airflow essentially sucks all of the moisture out of our bodies! Even as someone with super oily skin, I know that embarking for a new destination is a sure-fire way to bring on itchy, irritated breakouts and scaly bits. The worst, right?

Just as we make sure to drink lots of water and stretch our legs on flights to maintain our body’s health, it’s also important to look after your skin! If you’re a regular skincare addict with a set routine, it doesn’t make much sense to abandon this even when travelling. The constraints are a lot more intense than your bathroom at home, though, so here are a few tips you can put into practice that are easy, flight-friendly and will reduce any flare-ups you experience.

RY Travel Edit: On-Flight Skin Tips

1. Drink lots of water

This is a pretty easy one, that we all hopefully do on every flight we board! Keeping your body nice and hydrated will help prevent your skin against becoming dry and dehydrated, which of course, is extremely important. Forego known culprits like coffee and alcohol, or at least, limit your intake – after all, how do you say no to a sneaky free wine on-flight! Bring an empty water bottle in your handbag or carry-on and ask for it to be filled up and you’re good to go!

2. Opt for an oil

1. The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil, 30ml ($19.95); 2. The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil, 30ml ($12.90), 3. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, 20ml ($21.95). 

Although it’s super important to moisturise while you’re up in the air, sometimes your skin needs that little extra drop of hydration to keep it feeling soft and supple. Depending on your skin type and concerns, there’s probably an oil out there that’ll do this for you. Rosehip, jojoba or tea tree are all fantastic for maintaining the skin’s moisture levels. Pop a little on, rub in luxuriously and then nod off to sleep, letting it work its magic!

The Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil ($21.95) comes in a 20ml size that’s ideal for travelling. Rosehip oil is a lifesaver if you’ve got dry or mature skin as it helps lock in hydration and work to prevent against fine lines. We also love the Moroccan Argan Oil from The Ordinary ($12.90)–this two in one product helps prevent against flakiness and can also be used to add sheen to the hair after flying leaves it looking lifeless!

3. Don’t be afraid to exfoliate

 

1. Coast to Coast Deep Pore Purifying Polish, 100ml ($22.95); 2. Asap Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub, 50ml ($21.75); 3. Alpha-H Liquid Gold, 100ml ($47.96)

Exfoliants are a tricky one to use mid-flight, but trust us–any dry, scaly patches are sure to thank you! If you’re not adverse to a little mess, go the traditional route with an exfoliating scrub such as the asap Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($21.75). You can pick this one up in a 50ml size that’ll fit perfectly in your travel toiletries bag! Although it may not be the most well-lit beauty room we’ve ever seen, the plane bathroom will do just fine as a makeshift spot for your scrubbing.

For something chemical that you can just leave while you rest mid-flight, we love the Alpha-H Liquid Gold ($47.96), or Liquid Gold Rose ($49.60) if your skin is sensitive. You’ll need to pack a few cotton pads to apply this to the skin, but trust us–the effects of this product are too good to miss. Let HAs and other active ingredients resurface your skin as you sleep or while the time away watching movies.

4. Pick the right wipes

Makeup wipes are a girl’s best friend, especially when you’re up in the air and don’t have access to all the tools you may need to give your face a proper clean. Don’t use cheap, abrasive wipes from the supermarket–if you want to keep your skin’s health in check without creating any redness, irritation or dryness, you’ll want to go for something a little more advanced. We love the EmerginC Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes ($29.95) for an organic alternative with no nasties. The Wotnot Facial Wipes are cheap but cheerful and won’t dry out skin. Grab a travel kit for a few extra dollars, such as the Wotnot Facial Wipes for Oily/Sensitive Skin ($13.95).

5. Refresh yourself

1. Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist, 50ml ($14.41); 2. KORA Organics Energising Citrus Mist, 100ml ($39.95); 3. DnA Elements Bulgarian Rose Mist, 50ml ($19.95).

I know that when I’m flying, I find it super difficult to fall asleep, so after a few hours, everything just feels awful. Eyes are tired and dry, skin feels clammy or dried-out and nothing seems to work as a pick-me-up. To fight off this feeling, one of the things that works wonders is a quick spritz of something rejuvenating and freshly scented. It’s also a welcome boost of moisture for parched skin! The Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist ($14.41) has been a total godsend for me whilst flying–the gentle mist and soothing scent help take you to that place of relaxation, all the while giving skin some much-needed moisture.

6. Pack it all up

Sometimes cramming all of your favourite products into your travel makeup bag can be quite the task, especially if you need to decant product into smaller bottles that are suitable for on the plane. That’s where skin kits and packs come in! Perfect for travelling, there are quite a few customer-fave brands out there that cater to the frequent flyers on board. Dermalogica offer skin kits suited to practically every skin type, from oily to mature. With around a month’s worth of product, these are sure to see you through your next vacay!

Another handy pack is the Skinstitut Starter Kit ($68.30). The savings on this baby are incredible, and you’ll be able to pick up four excellent products that are ideal for when you’re up in the air, including a cleanser, scrub, moisturiser and mist.

What’s your favourite product to bring on holidays? Whether you’re road tripping down the coast or gallivanting around Europe, you’re sure to have a few tricks up your sleeve–let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to check out the RY Travel Edit now:

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If you’re a fan of salon-quality haircare brand Juuce, you’ll know just how amazing their products are – they’re the ultimate when it comes to keeping your colour fresh, imparting amazing hydration, and overall, just ensuring your locks always look […]

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A Guide to the New Juuce Products

If you’re a fan of salon-quality haircare brand Juuce, you’ll know just how amazing their products are – they’re the ultimate when it comes to keeping your colour fresh, imparting amazing hydration, and overall, just ensuring your locks always look fresh and fab! However, you may have noticed they’ve shaken things up a bit recently, and that their products are looking a little different.

Juuce Conversion Guide

Take all the stress out of trying to work out which products fit with our handy Juuce Conversion Guide. Designed to make your haircare experience just that little bit easier, we’ve collated all of the old products and paired them with their brand-spanking new counterparts. Keep reading to find out whether your favourite Juuce product has received a little makeover!

Juuce Colour Vamp →
Colour Life Shampoo & Conditioner

– Dry to very dry, colour treated hair

– Provides colour protection and repairs

– Adds shine and moisture to hair


Juuce Silk Pash →
Silk Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner


– Dry to very dry, chemically treated hair

– Hydrates, strengthens against breakage


Juuce Rehab →
Ultra Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

– Very dry to ultra dry hair

– Restores, strengthens and smoothes


Juuce Miracle D. Frizz →
Miracle D. Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner
(new packaging)

– Dry to very dry, frizzy hair

– Smoothing and calming

– Minimises volume


Juuce Full Volume →
Full Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
(new packaging)

– Limp, lifeless hair

– Thickens and conditions


Juuce Argan Soft →
Argan Soft Shampoo & Conditioner
(new packaging)

– Frizzy, fragile, dry hair

– Adds shine and manageability


Juuce Kool Blonde (discontinued) →
Silver Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner
(best alternative)

– Brassy blonde hair, wanting to tone to silvery blonde

– Tones for an ideal silver blonde, reduces gold, conditions


Juuce Ultimate Blonde →
Ultra Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner

– Brassy blonde, wanting to tone to light, ashy blonde

– Tones to a perfect blonde, reduces gold, nourishes hair

A ton of other Juuce products have also received this treatment, but their names have stayed the same – it’s just the gorgeous new packaging that sets them apart from their old counterparts! If you have any questions regarding the Juuce product changes, feel free to leave us a comment or ask our friendly customer service team. Happy shopping!

Nothing conjures mixed feelings more than knowing a new, coveted beauty product is selling out. On one hand, you’ll need no further reassurance that you need to grab a hold of it, but actually doing so? Well, that’s another story. Sticking to […]

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These Cult Skincare Products Keep Selling Out

Nothing conjures mixed feelings more than knowing a new, coveted beauty product is selling out. On one hand, you’ll need no further reassurance that you need to grab a hold of it, but actually doing so? Well, that’s another story. Sticking to the positives, though – if something is constantly selling out then it has to be nothing short of miraculous. Lately, one particular brand has been flying off the shelves quicker than we can restock them!

The cult skincare brand we’re talking about is (drumroll, please)….The Ordinary!


If you’re a skincare buff or love to keep up to date with what’s hot, you probably guessed it. From the parent company DECIEM, who themselves are known for innovative skincare, The Ordinary combines science and skincare at an extremely low price point. We’re talking as low as $8.80 AUD. To me, that price point is pretty insane, considering I will up and spend triple that amount on brunch without batting an eyelid. The fact that I could pick up an entire skincare routine for practically the same price is disarming yet very, very welcomed!

As many devotees have realised, these products are anything but ‘Ordinary’. But what exactly makes a select few products instant sell-outs? Keep on reading to find out which products are hot commodities and why.

These Cult Skincare Products Keep Selling Out

Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum ($24.90)

Aptly named, this product is a little bit of everything. It seems to be The Ordinary’s best selling product primarily for this reason – perfect for combatting or preventing against the visible signs of ageing, the Buffet includes ingredients such as Matrixyl and SYN-AKE synthetic snake venom. This product keeps selling out because it includes quite a few active ingredients, yet only retails at $24.90. That’s practically a quarter of what you’ll pay for some traditionally ‘higher-end’ skincare brands offering very similar results. What a win!

Apply: Twice daily (AM & PM)
Use if you’re: concerned about the visible signs of ageing.

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution ($8.80)

Salicylic Acid-based products will be your new lifesavers if you’re prone to acne, breakouts or clogged pores. This exfoliating serum takes the place of harsh, often irritating physical exfoliants and instead, works chemically to promote cell turnover. It’s able to really get inside the walls of your pores, meaning that less junk (dirt and so on) accrues in them, leading to fewer pesky spots. Salicylic Acid is used as an ingredient in a lot of anti-acne creams and gels, however in order to harness its full potential, The Ordinary have instead chosen to market the solution in as pure a form as possible. There’s the key to why this product is a total sellout – because it’s quite potent, it’ll help relieve skin irritations quicker and with more efficacy. Say goodbye to breakouts forever!

Apply: Twice daily (AM & PM)
Use if you’re: prone to breakouts and acne.

100% Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil

Slathering oils all over your face is a sure-fire way to ensure skin stays smooth and supple, but you’ve got to be using the right oil in the first place! We love the effects of Rosehip Oil, especially the Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil 100% by The Ordinary. This bad boy is a best-seller because of a few factors. Firstly, it’s cold-pressed, meaning that the antioxidant effect of the Vitamin A present in this formula performs at its best. When oils are pressed using heat, the efficacy of the nutrients can be easily compromised. It’s also 100% in concentration, which ensures you’re getting a rich, high potency product. Rosehip oil has been known to work wonders for the signs of photo-ageing, as well as dryness and dehydration.

Apply: Once daily (PM) following water-based products
Use if you’re: concerned about the visible signs of ageing; prone to dry/dehydrated skin.

High Adherence Silicone Primer ($8.80)

This primer is honestly a wonder. If you’re oily, prone to breakouts or suffer from acne, you’ll know silicone primers aren’t always your friend, as they can clog pores easily. A staunch advocate against silicone primers, I hesitantly decided to give this product a go after hearing it didn’t take on the same feel most others did. Fast forward and now I can’t live without this. It’s creamy and light, and feels almost like a moisturiser that then goes tacky a few minutes following application. My makeup really sticks to this product. Usually, give it an hour or two and it’s already slipping, even in the dead of winter, but this product prolongs the slippage ’til the end of the day at least. It’s pretty obvious why this baby is a true cult fave!

Apply: Prior to makeup application
Use if you’re: oily, greasy or prone to acne/breakouts, and want your makeup to stick.

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ($14.50)

Anyone who has used Glycolic Acid before knows that it’s an expert exfoliator. Instead of scrubbing away at your skin with harsh little beads, encourage cell turnover with this chemical exfoliant, in the form of a toner from The Ordinary. Glycolic Acid is everywhere now, though, so what makes this particular product a sell-out that sits head and shoulders above the rest? Well, both the pH and pKa of this solution have been regulated to provide optimum results without irritation. It’s also infused with Tasmanian Pepperberry to help sooth skin and prevent against the sore feeling some acids can cause. Watch as skin appears clearer, smoother and more radiant after just a few uses.

Apply: Only once daily (PM)
Use if you’re:
prone to dry, flaky or dull skin.
Do not use if you have sensitive or peeling skin.

Natural Moisturising Factors + HA ($9.80)

Featuring amino and fatty acids, just to name a few, this product is more than just a moisturiser. Perhaps the most versatile product in The Ordinary’s current range when it comes to skin type, practically anyone who needs a little hydration should give this product a go. Natural Moisturising Factors, or NMF, actually exist in our skin’s make-up. This product attempts to supplement and mimic those factors, which is why it’s so effective. It’s also light, feels soft to the touch and won’t ever go greasy or weigh down the skin. Another active ingredient in this product is HA (Hyaluronic Acid) which also helps lock in hydration. Whether you’re super dry, oily or somewhere in between, this one is worth your $9.80 (seriously, what a bargain).

Apply: Twice daily (AM & PM)
Use if you’re: wanting to restore some moisture to the skin.
All skin types allowed!

Have you tried to get your hands on products from The Ordinary to no avail? We’re restocking as fast as we can, so keep checking back to find out whether all of these cult faves and more are back in stock. If you’re already a dedicated user, what’s your most beloved product in the range so far? Leave a comment below to let us know!

Ugh, Splendour. Everyone’s heading off to gallivant in a field, watching their favourite artists perform live and wearing bangin’ clothes–to say I’m jealous is an understatement. It’s one of the most magical times of the year, and often features wild styles, […]

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Festival Beauty Hacks for Your Splendour Weekend

Ugh, Splendour. Everyone’s heading off to gallivant in a field, watching their favourite artists perform live and wearing bangin’ clothes–to say I’m jealous is an understatement. It’s one of the most magical times of the year, and often features wild styles, your fave pair of gumboots and a ton of glitter that is sure to end up absolutely everywhere.

Splendour in the Grass 2017 kicks off on July 21, so to help you prep, we’ve put together a list of a few festival beauty hacks that’ll have you looking your best as you romp around Byron Parklands (hopefully jamming out to some HAIM–I have faith in your music tastes). From overt facial rhinestones to Rihanna-esque coloured contouring, this Splendour will confidently be the most out-there yet.

Festival Beauty Hacks for Your Splendour Weekend

1. Embrace third-day hair

Credit: @thegypsyshrine Instagram

We don’t know if this babe has washed her hair in a week, and frankly–we don’t really care. Braids are such an easy way to disguise any oiliness, so tuck your locks up into something fun and intricate that’ll see you through the whole festival. You can use space buns or mini ponytails to give the whole look a funky vibe, or braid your whole head so you look like a Kardashian. Up to you–the only required step is a little sprinkling of glitter or some fun gems.

To define braids, we love the Redken Braid Defining Lotion–simply smooth through hair to create added grip and keep braids or plaits looking sleek. These little adjustable hair grips from Evo are a mystery until you’ve actually used them on your hair, but once you’ve tried them out, you’ll be sold. Simply twist hair into place and secure, without all the drama of snagging your hair or trying to hide hair ties. Make sure you have a dry shampoo like the Evo Water Killer (available in a handy travel size!) on hand for root touch-ups.

2. Be glitter-savvy

Credit: Sophie Hannah Richardson

Okay, I’m aware that glitter is pretty massive this festy season. If Coachella is anything to go by, there’ll be more pink glitter strewn across the grass than…well, actual grass, by the time Splendour weekend is done. This doesn’t mean you can’t be a little more sensible with your glitter consumption, though. Seeing as you’ll most likely be sharing a bathroom or tent with half of Australia for the duration of Splendour, it’s probably a good idea to minimise your time spent applying while still maximising your on-trend look.

We’re obsessed with the Lit Cosmetics Mini-Me Lit Kits for practically every festival, from now ’til the end of time. In fact, I’m hereby declaring this little pack a festival must-have. Featuring a water-based adhesive, your fave glitter and a brush for application, you’ll cut down time when you’re trying to get your sparkle on–anything that means more time dancing or eating some of the ridiculous Splendour foods on offer is a win in my book. Apply to the high points of the cheeks as a full-on highlight, or dust on the eyes for a shimmery pop of colour.

3. Pack up your fave skincare

Who looks after their skin during festivals? If I wasn’t writing a blog right now and actually posing this question to a crowd of beauty addicts, I could assume that the turnout of hands would be meagre to say the least. We’re bound to neglect our skin when camping out in Byron for a music festival, and for good reason–there’s barely any time, nor space, to give skin a proper clean. Instead of relying on shoddy-quality makeup wipes, though, here are a few little babies you can pack up and take with you to maintain your skin.

The Skinstitut Starter Kit is my go-to for a long weekend away a la Splendour or your festival of choice. Featuring a cleanser, moisturiser, scrub and mist toner, it’s got everything that you’ll need conveniently housed in 50ml or 100ml bottles. Share with your tent-mates and get the most out of this handy pack, which comes complete with a travel bag ready to go! Make sure to check out our RY Travel Edit for more portable faves–after all, just because you’re not boarding a plane doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the most of those minis!

4. Go for multipurpose products

Credit: @bybrookelle Instagram

The last thing you want to do during a festival is lug around half of your bathroom cabinet, although it seems like a lot of girls do just that. Our advice is to stick to products you can get lots of use out of and can be on-hand for whatever makeup look you want to create that day. Quality products that are eye-safe are usually your best bet–we love the whole range from Lime Crime for well-priced, Splendour-ready cosmetics. Pick up a few go-to shades in their Velvetines lipsticks and marvel at the fact that you can use them as liquid eyeliners too. Yep, we’re not lying (and I’m just as shocked and intrigued as you are).

The Lime Crime Venus Palette is also pretty ideal for Splendour or your next festival, as it features eight colours that can be used as warm-toned shadows, highlighters, blushes and more. If you’re just as obsessed with this look by Brookelle above as I am, you’ll wanna grab the stunning peachy-pink in this palette and use it as a fun contour!

5. Run wild, free and natural

Credit: @rocky_barnes Instagram

If you’re a hardcore fashionista who uses Splendour as your opportunity to showcase your uniqueness to the world, well…perhaps this tip isn’t for you. If you’re there for music and good vibes, and just happen to enjoy doing makeup, though, take our advice and go natural! Nothing looks more gorgeous than simple, glowy skin–picture a Victoria’s Secret model ‘without makeup’ and you’ll know where I’m going with this.

Pop on tinted moisturiser, a liquid highlight and your favourite mascara for that radiant, ‘no-makeup makeup’ look. Your skin will appear fresh, dewy and lit from within, as if you’ve just been having an amazing time raving about in the mud. Give your brows that unkempt, Cara Delevingne feel with a few quick swipes of a brow pencil like this one from Poni Cosmetics. Finally, make like this babe and chuck on a few rhinestones so you fit in with the crowds, and you’re ready for a day full of good vibes.

Tell us–are you off to Splendour in the Grass this year? What’s your go-to look, or perhaps your fave products to take with you for your long weekend away? Leave a comment and let us know!

We all remember the hair straightening brush hype that engulfed the beauty world just over a year ago. Instagrammers and YouTube stars were all over it, brushing through frizzy, wavy hair to reveal silky smooth locks in just minutes. It […]

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This Hair Straightening Brush Legitimately Works

We all remember the hair straightening brush hype that engulfed the beauty world just over a year ago. Instagrammers and YouTube stars were all over it, brushing through frizzy, wavy hair to reveal silky smooth locks in just minutes. It seemed to take all of the double-handling out of your morning routine…well, until it didn’t. Occasionally, things don’t work as fantastically as they appear to on-screen, which was an understatement in this case.

Curly-haired girls took their brand new straightening brushes home and ended up in a mess of tangles, frizz and static. Without all the bright lights and post-production of a YouTube tutorial, most customers found that this gadget was more of a gag gift than a new go-to. Alas, we’ve all retreated back to our straightener-hair brush combo routine, adding an extra few minutes back onto the morning rush to work or school. Until now, that is!

This Hair Straightening Brush Legitimately Works

Behold, the Silver Bullet Hybrid Ceramic and Ionic Straightening Brush. Yes, the name is a bit of a tongue-twister, but this product is anything but complicated. Run it through your hair in the morning and cut out a whole portion of your regimen when getting ready! Say goodbye to frizz, those pesky ponytail kinks and more.

You’re probably wondering what makes this product so different from the duds out there, but we’re two steps ahead of you. Here’s why the Silver Bullet is head and shoulders above the rest of the hair straightening brushes on the market.

1. It’s got heat control settings

A key flaw other models have is that their temperature is static, usually hovering around 180 degrees. The ingenious folks over at Silver Bullet instead decided to give users control over the temperature/s they use on their hair, with a variable range from 160-210 degrees. This ultimately lets you straighten with more or less speed, depending on how thick your hair is. If you’ve got thin or short hair, use a lower temp. This will be all you need to get the job done without causing any breakage or ‘frying’! Those with thicker or curlier locks can opt for something a little hotter, as this will penetrate the hair shaft quicker. Make sure to use a heat protectant whenever you’re using heated tools directly on your hair!

2. You use it on dry hair


One of the biggest ‘grabs’ of straightening brushes was that they could also straighten your hair from wet to dry. We were all so enthralled by this claim that we didn’t even think about the repercussions it could have for our hair…big mistake. Silver Bullet have foregone a wet-to-dry straightening brush because this can practically double the damage done to your hair. Instead, let hair air dry and then jump on in with your hair straightening brush. Ceramic and ionic technologies ensure all frizz is banished, so even if your hair air-dries a little curly or unruly, the brush will go in and tame it for amazing results.

3. It’s been built with convenience in mind

Get ready and out the door in half your usual time–this is one of the claims a lot of hair straightening brushes have made during their time in the spotlight. However, it seems as if quite a few models have been criticised for taking aeons to heat up and even longer to actually tug through and smooth down frizzy or thick hair. The Silver Bullet straightening brush has been designed to make your journey from bed to the door quicker than ever, which is definitely a welcome change. It heats up super speedily and has been engineered with a slender brush head that allows you to brush from root to tip in one go. Anything that gives me a few extra minutes sleep-in is a success in my eyes!

“I just know that this is going to get used to death! Was so easy to use and love the fact that I don’t get “kinks” in my hair like I do with my straightener. Used it all over on the lowest setting and then cranked it up a little bit just to finish off. Great value for money!” – Lisi, RY Customer

“Absolutely love it! I have shoulder length hair and it took me under five minutes to get my hair straight. Wish I’d purchased sooner!” – Millie, RY Customer

What do you think of the Silver Bullet Hybrid Ceramic and Ionic Hair Straightening Brush? Have you ever tried a straightening brush before? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

I’m sure you’re all aware by now that brows are a pretty big deal. Gone are the days of over plucked, pencil-thin strips of hair that do nothing for your face. The past few years have been all about thick, […]

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The Best Brands for On-Fleek Brows

I’m sure you’re all aware by now that brows are a pretty big deal. Gone are the days of over plucked, pencil-thin strips of hair that do nothing for your face. The past few years have been all about thick, luscious brows sculpted and shaped to your specifications, whether you prefer something expertly manicured or are more into the wild, Cara Delevingne-esque look.

The Best Brands for On-Fleek Brows

Just knowing that super defined brows are the in thing isn’t enough, though – they take quite a lot of maintenance, love and time to look perfect. If you’ve got no idea where to start, don’t you worry. We’ve put together a list of our favourite brow brands, carrying products that cover every base, from sculpting tools to those that’ll give your brows colour and definition.

Garbo & Kelly

New brand on site Garbo & Kelly are all about helping today’s makeup addicts achieve glittering old-world glamour, reminiscent of Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly and more. They’re primarily a brow-oriented brand, with a massive selection of tools that’ll help you perfect your brows. If you’re a total newbie, the Garbo & Kelly Brow Guides are a handy little accessory to have. Use these stencils to sketch out your best brow, taking into consideration your face and existing arch. We also love their Brow Pomade for high-def colour. Pick the colour that suits you best and get to defining, using a brow brush like the Garbo & Kelly Brow Brush to create little ‘hairs’. Don’t forget to grab a pair of their Cosmetic Tweezers for easy, pain-free brow maintenance!

Poni Cosmetics

Perhaps our best-selling brow product is the Poni Cosmetics Brow Magic. This nifty eyebrow pencil is a one shade fits all kinda deal, which when it comes to brow colouring, is practically a miracle. If you’re all about the natural brow look then pop this one into your morning makeup routine and notice how well-groomed yet effortless brows look. Enriched with biotin, brows will also look and feel more luscious after just a few weeks of use. Another Poni brow fave is the Zebra Brow Gel, a setting product that applies with a mascara-like wand.

Curtis Collection

Known for creating stunning fluffy brows, Victoria Curtis of Curtis Collection is all about framing the eyes using this facial feature. She’s developed a range of brow products that are suited to a variety of hair and skin tones, and will help you achieve whatever brow look your heart desires! The Curtis Collection Brow Tint is a great trick to have up your sleeve if you’ve got sparse brows. Simply apply and watch colour appear more evenly, giving the illusion of a thicker, well-maintained brow. The Brow Perfector is an easy-to-use, marker-style tool that’s great for beginners. Feather on colour lightly and build up pigment as desired.

Mirenesse

Up your brow game everywhere you go with the high quality yet travel-worthy brow products on offer from Mirenesse. Sketch and fill your brows as desired using the Mirenesse 3D Multishade Brow Express, an tool that everyone should have in their makeup arsenal! This easy to operate brow pencil helps impart a 3D effect by giving the illusion of real, individual brow hairs. Pick up the universal shade without having to work out what your colour is! If you’ve got a little sparseness, or just need something to help you redefine your brows on the go, we recommend the Mirenesse Touch Up Brow Sculptor. This nifty gel pencil helps hold brows in place while imparting a little colour.

Let us know – will you be picking up any of our brow faves? What’s your go-to brand for brows?

Ever wanted to replicate the stunning waves Jaclyn Hill manages to execute perfectly every day? Well, you’ve got to get on board with her secret weapon, then! One of the brands Jaclyn says is her go-to for haircare that doesn’t cost and […]

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This Affordable Haircare Brand is a YouTuber Fave

Ever wanted to replicate the stunning waves Jaclyn Hill manages to execute perfectly every day? Well, you’ve got to get on board with her secret weapon, then! One of the brands Jaclyn says is her go-to for haircare that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg is VERB, a Texas-based company who’ve been churning out stunning products for the past couple of years. Their main focus is creating effortless styles using products that are suitable both for in-salon and at-home use.

This Affordable Haircare Brand is a YouTuber Fave

VERB are now reaching new heights, with a ton of celebrities and personalities on their side. We’re pretty excited to have them exclusively joining the ranks at RY, so to help you fill up that cart with all the information you need, here’s a little run down on the hottest items from VERB and why everyone seems to adore them.

VERB Sea Collection

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The newest product line from VERB, their Sea Collection has taken off. Home to the Sea Spray, a definite blogger fave, this is how Jaclyn gets those messy waves. Spritz the Sea Spray into your locks of a morning and scrunch or curl as desired, or use to lift tired hair after a long day. The shampoo and conditioner from this range are ideal for achieving that voluminous, straight from the beach kinda look without any tangles or mess. Perfect for gals and guys who want to carry the sea breeze with them wherever they go!

VERB Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

For hair that’s thick and voluptuous, we can’t go past the VERB Volume Shampoo & Conditioner. Inject your locks full of new life (especially if they’re a little on the limp side). You’ll be obsessed with how these products manage to instil density into the hair without compromising hydration, softness or shine.

VERB Ghost Collection

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Another range with a cult-like following is the VERB Ghost Collection. Named after its barely-there weight and feel, the two products in this range will never leave hair feeling weighed down or greasy. Instead, they’re on-hand to give your locks stunning shine and smoothness, taming frizz with Moringa Oil. We love the Ghost Oil for a little hair pick me up – simply spritz a little on for hydrated, shiny hair that’s expertly tamed. If you’re into creating stunning styles, make sure to add the Ghost Hairspray into your routine. This medium hold product is practically weightless and never leaves hair feeling crunchy or sticky.

Verb Styling Products

Along with their beloved shampoos, conditioners and leave-in sprays, VERB carry a cool range of styling products tailored to your every need. From waxes and pomades that’ll give short hair a bit of sass, to brushes ideal for various hair types that won’t ever pull or snag, it’s safe to say we’re a little obsessed with VERB. Grab a hold of the VERB Blow Dry Brush to help replicate salon hair at home, or the VERB Styling Cream to define waves and curls with ease.

Will you be checking out this cool, laid-back brand? Let us know whether any VERB products will be joining your haircare arsenal in the comments below.

Picking out the right dryer for you is pretty important, as it’s quite the investment! When it comes to the mighty Parlux, we’re often fielding questions left and right about the difference between each of the six models. From humble […]

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How to Choose The Perfect Parlux

Picking out the right dryer for you is pretty important, as it’s quite the investment! When it comes to the mighty Parlux, we’re often fielding questions left and right about the difference between each of the six models. From humble origins with the Parlux 1800 to the brand-spanking new Parlux Advance Light, you’ve got quite a bit of choice, so it’s time to get it right!

How To Choose the Perfect Parlux

For your buying pleasure, we’ve put together a simple way to compare your Parlux models. Whether you’re looking for economy, portability, speed or some combination of the three, check out the below guide and we guarantee buying your new hair dryer will be a breeze!

As you can see, you’ve got quite a few options. If you’re looking for a cheap yet effective dryer, the 1800, 3200 and 3500 still receive rave reviews to this date, despite being on the market for a few years now. Maybe you’re a regular traveller? Grab a hold of the 3500 or the 385 and pop them in your carry on for total ease. Finally, if you’re after the top of the top when it comes to quality, airflow and speed, we can’t go past the newest Parlux on the market, the Advance Light. This baby is everything you’ll ever need in a hair dryer – trust us! Available in 10 beautiful colours, it’s more than just the dryer of choice for hairdressers around the globe – it’ll also become a feature in your bathroom cabinet!

For more handy info on why a Parlux should be the one for you, don’t forget to check out our Parlux Advance Light vs. Supermarket Dryer comparison.

Do you own a Parlux hair dryer? If so, let us know which model and why you love it in the comments below!

Nope, it’s not just all about eating your oranges! Vitamin C is a necessary element our bodies need, but have you ever thought about applying it to your skin? Well, we’re here to tell you that you definitely should. Just as your body […]

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How Vitamin C Powder Can Save Your Skin

Nope, it’s not just all about eating your oranges! Vitamin C is a necessary element our bodies need, but have you ever thought about applying it to your skin? Well, we’re here to tell you that you definitely should. Just as your body needs vitamins to help maintain the right balance, so does your skin. Vitamin serums and treatments are hot items in the skincare world at the moment, and for good reason – their effects are incredible.

So, why is Vitamin C so important? Also known as ascorbic acid, this compound is the key to cell regeneration and the production of collagen. All skincare buffs will know that the more collagen our skin has, the more plump and youthful-looking it appears. By applying this in serum or powder form to the face, your complexion will look brighter, have more elasticity, and fine lines and wrinkles will be blurred.

How Vitamin C Powder Can Save Your Skin

Our favourite Vitamin C product actually comes in powder form, AKA the most effective, potent way your skin can absorb the nutrients it needs. The Skinstitut Vitamin C Powder 100% is super high grade and very cheap compared to a lot of other vitamin products on the market currently. So, what’s the catch?

From what we’ve managed to observe, absolutely nothing. This product is simply a miraculous little skincare gem that everyone needs to incorporate into their routine, ASAP! Of course, the powder isn’t going to absorb into the skin (nor will it stick) if you apply it directly to the face. Here’s a little run-down of how to make this cool, innovative product work best for your skin!

Skinstitut Vitamin C Powder How To

1. Grab your Skinstitut Vitamin C Powder and shake a tiny amount out onto your hand. We’re talking the size of a few grains of rice. After all, you can always add more product, but taking it away is a far more difficult task.

2. Locate your favourite serum or moisturiser and squeeze out just a little, next to your Vitamin C powder on the hand. We recommend using any product that will ‘stick’ to the skin, that is, won’t wear off during the day but instead will absorb into the skin. A moisturiser is usually a safe bet! Our customers love mixing their Vitamin C Powder with the Skinstitut Moisture Defence or Retinol, but you can use any similar product from your favourite brands. Be careful not to use a product that contains copper.

3. Mix the two products together using a clean finger or brush.

4. Apply to the face as desired, either covering the entire surface or topically to specific areas.

What To Expect

The results we’ve noticed after using the Skinstitut Vitamin C Powder are nothing short of amazing. This product is definitely ideal for those with ageing, dull or dry skin, however anyone and everyone will be able to use it regularly without issues. The purity of Vitamin C in this product means that it’s highly effective, so wait just a few weeks and you’ll really notice the difference!

The main properties it will have include protecting the skin against free radical damage, plumping and firming the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evening out the skin tone and brightening the complexion. That’s a whole lot of benefits for the one product, especially something that can only be used very sparingly! Make sure not to overdo it with this product, as excessive use could cause peeling or irritation on the skin. Start out with half the recommended amount as a test, or even leave the product to absorb on the hand before applying to the face.

“I have been searching for a good Vitamin C product to use, and when I came across this, I was super happy at the low price and decided to give it a try. I love that it is not activated until it is combined with your moisturiser, so it doesn’t “go bad.” Other Vitamin C products not only are much more expensive, but always have this strong citrus/orange smell. This powder doesn’t have any smell, and works amazingly! I shake out a little and mix it with the Skinstitut Retinol cream, and I can feel it tightening my skin. I use it every other night, and within a few days, saw results – brighter skin and a smoother look! I would definitely buy this product again and again!” – Ana, RY Reviewer

Other Vitamin C faves include the Hylamide C25 Stabilized Vitamin C Booster, the EmerginC Vitamin C Serum 20% and the Medik8 Glow Oil Facial Oil with Vitamin C!

So, what’s your verdict? Have you used the Skinstitut Vitamin C Powder before? If so, let us know your results in the comments! If not, make sure to grab this baby for just $30.15 from Skinstitut. The perfect balance of price and efficacy, this isn’t one to forego. Your skin will love you for it, trust us!

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Spotlight On Vegan Beauty Brands

If you’re a vegan, we’re sure you do your research before buying most things, cosmetics included! But, there may still be a few brands out there that have slipped under your radar. Here’s a list of our favourite brands that are either entirely vegan, or feature vegan products in their range.

Inika

Inika are an 100% Australian owned brand of cosmetics that started up over a decade ago in Sydney. Since then, they’ve made a name for themselves in the world of mineral cosmetics, with their high quality products and huge selection of shades, finishes and more. All of their products are vegan, halal, cruelty free and organic certified. Seeing as the majority of their makeup is also mineral, they’re perfect for daily use, even if you’ve got acne prone or sensitive skin.

Some of our favourite Inika products include their Baked Mineral Foundation, their Certified Organic Vegan Lipsticks and their Loose Mineral Blush. Plus, Inika offer a great range of professional-grade makeup brushes that are also certified vegan, so if you need some new tools to improve your daily makeup application or build up a kit, make sure to check these out! We love their Vegan Fan Brush.

KORA Organics

If you haven’t yet tried any of the products from Miranda Kerr’s organic skincare range, KORA Organics, firstly – where have you been? Secondly, now’s the time to try them, as all but two of their stunning skincare options are in fact, certified vegan! RY love the gentle feel their cleansers, moisturisers, masks and more have on the skin. They’re never overwhelming or thick-feeling, but still manage to really work.

If you have no idea where to start, we suggest giving one of their 3 Step Systems a trial run! These are catered to various skin types like oily, dry or normal, and feature three products that are sure to help relieve whatever skincare concerns you’re currently facing. Other best-selling products include the Clay Purifying Mask, the Blemish Gel and the Energising Citrus Mist.

Pureology

Vegan haircare can be quite hard to find, especially if you’re one to lean towards salon-quality products. Never fear, though! Salon quality brand Pureology stock a full range of vegan, cruelty-free products that’ll give your tresses a beautiful boost without harming the environment or any animals. They’ve got some amazing colour-saving products in their range, and regimes suited to various hair types that have been designed to take all the guesswork out of purchasing.

Customer favourites include their Hydrate Shampoo and Hydrate Conditioner, the Strength Cure Restorative Masque and the Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo. Test out some of their quality products and see how your hair responds – from what we’ve heard, you’ll be running your hands through soft, silky hair all day long!

Lime Crime

Okay, so we’re aware that Lime Crime have been the subject of quite a lot of controversy in recent years, but one thing that we’ve never seen disputed is their 100% vegan and cruelty-free status. These guys are certified by Leaping Bunny and PETA, so rest assured no animals were harmed in the making of their beautiful lipsticks, palettes and other cosmetics! They’re known for going all-out when it comes to colour and quality, so essentially, you’re getting products that are just that little bit daring with an ethical edge.

Everyone’s been absolutely raving about their Unicorn Hair Semi-Permanent Hair Colour, which has just recently hit shelves! We’re also really into the Venus II Eyeshadow Palette, the Perlees Lipsticks and any of the gorgeous Velve-tins Mini Velvetines Sets.

Aside from these four fantastic brands, we stock so many more that are also certified vegan or carry vegan products! Check the list below to see if your favourites are included, and don’t forget to have a peek in our Natural & Organic category.

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Ardell, Babyliss, Becca, Bite Beauty, Burt’s Bees, Cedar + Stone, Dermalogica, Dr. Hauschka, Eco Tan, EcoTools, Eye of Horus, Foreo, Gerard Cosmetics, Hurraw!, Jane Iredale, Jeffree Star, Lavanila, Loving Tan, Manic Panic, Mirenesse, ModelCo, Moroccanoil, Napoleon Perdis, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Ofra, Paul Mitchell, Pixi by Petra, Real Techniques, Sigma, Simplicite, The Balm, W3LL PEOPLE, Youngblood.

Are you a vegan or do you purchase vegan and cruelty-free products? Let us know in the comments!

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RY MUA Shop: Hit Brands Perfect For Your Kit

If you’re a professional makeup artist, then you know the importance of having a few high quality, go-to brands in your everyday kit to use on clients. After all, there’s literally nothing worse than receiving negative feedback that your application didn’t last as long as it should or didn’t meet the client’s expectations. Our new MUA Shop has been designed to be an easy one-stop shop for all the MUAs out there, as it features some amazing HD products and brands that the big names actually use. Kit looking a little worse for wear? Well, you know where to stock up, right?

Maybe you’re unsure of which brands are going to really give your kit that extra edge, or you’re stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to straying from your tried and tested favourites. Here are our recommendations for pro brands to include in your kit, no matter whether you’re looking to bring out a client’s natural beauty, create an intricate Halloween or theatrical look, or something else entirely!

The Hit Brands MUAs Keep in Their Kits

Kryolan

Go bold or go home with Kryolan’s range of professional-grade products. Often used on movie sets, in the drag performance world and on stage, Kryolan offers major pigmentation and insane coverage with everything that they do. Instagrammers have taken to this brand recently, using their weird and wonderful products to design and execute elaborate looks like the one above! Grab a few of the Kryolan TV Paint Sticks – one for foundation, one to highlight and another to contour – and sketch out the planes of the face with total ease. Their products aren’t just for crazy looks, though! The Eyebrow Forming Gel and High Definition Micro Primer have been applauded for being some of the most long-lasting cosmetics in the biz, so they’re ideal for any kit, no matter the makeup style you’re into!

Becca

An avenue many MUAs go down is the wedding makeup route. Creating beautiful, soft looks on clients for their big day is a super rewarding track for your career to take, so to complement your skills, you’ll need some high grade products. We absolutely adore Becca for wedding and formal events makeup application, as their range is full of options, all of which can be used to create natural, glowy and flawless looks. Use the ever-popular Backlight Priming Filter to give skin that lit from within look prior to applying your foundation. Then, if that’s not enough luminosity for you, dabble a little of the Shimmering Skin Perfector on the cheekbones and watch that goddess-like glow appear.

Mehron

For high-def makeup that professional MUAs around the world are using, Mehron is your best bet! They’re perfect for anyone looking to create a wide range of looks, as their products can be used sparingly for natural makeup, or built to full coverage when you want to amp up the drama. Some of their best-sellers have been used on movie sets, such as the Oscar-winning smash hit Black Swan, as well as on Broadway and television. These guys have been developing cosmetics for almost 100 years, so you know they’ve got to be good! For a foundation that Kylie Jenner’s makeup artist absolutely adores, look no further than the Celebre-Pro-HD Cream Foundation, a blendable and buildable creme that is also ideal for contouring and highlighting. Another gem that’s perfect for MUAs is the Matte Finishing Anti-Shine Gel Treatment, a post-application product that’ll make on the go touch-ups a dream.

Ofra

Buying new makeup constantly can get expensive, so if you’re after a brand that maintains quality at a more wallet-friendly price point, Ofra have got you covered! Each product you purchase will last quite the while, especially their stunning highlighters and blushes – these are so pigmented, just a quick swipe will do for a rosy glow. Ofra are super MUA-friendly, with a whole heap of palettes that include lip products, shadows, contour powders, or a mixture of both! We know we’d love to get our hands on the On the Glow Magnetic Palette, a highlighter/bronzer/blush combo that will fit into your kit with ease. Say goodbye to carrying around tons of clunky compacts! Another MUA favourite is the Absolute Cover Silk Peptide Foundation, a breathable foundation that is friendly on the skin and can be built from medium up to full coverage.

If you’re a makeup artist, tell us – do any of these brands already hold a special place in your kit? Or, maybe you’re now inclined to grab a few of their hit products! Let us know in the comments.