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Have you ever painstakingly applied your makeup, taking the time to follow all the steps everyone has told you about only to have the end result looking less than put together? It can be easy to get lost in the […]

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Flawless Makeup Step by Step

Have you ever painstakingly applied your makeup, taking the time to follow all the steps everyone has told you about only to have the end result looking less than put together? It can be easy to get lost in the routine without realising what you’re actually applying and why you’re doing it.

Keep reading for an easy process to produce flawless makeup under any circumstance, with some tips that maybe you haven’t heard before!

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Flawless Makeup Step by Step

1. Make sure your canvas is clean. There’s nothing worse than trying to apply makeup over a face that’s got remnants of yesterdays makeup still lingering or dirt and grime of your night/ day. Make sure you cleanse your skin properly and apply a moisturiser to begin. Let your moisturiser sink in for at least 5 minutes before applying foundation to ensure the foundation stays all day. AdobeStock_66600701 (1)

2. Apply a primer to make foundation application easier with increased longevity. Most primers are easily applied with fingertips, if you take care to lightly pat and smooth the product on instead of viciously rubbing.

3. Blend foundation over face and down neck with a flat top brush. The bigger the surface of your brush, the easier to blend – just make sure the bristles are tightly packed enough so it’s not just swirling product around – it’s actually covering what you want it to cover.

4. Apply concealer under your eyes in upside down triangles to provide more shape and definition to your face. Also apply concealer in a thin stripe up your nose and dot a bit on your chin and forehead if you want more structure. This is the concealer Kylie Jenner swears by.

5. Do your brows before you powder! It makes all the difference. Your brow products tend to apply and stick better to non powdered skin so it will make drawing on and filling in brows a breeze!

6. Apply powder now. Depending on your skin type you might want to skip this step or apply powder everywhere. Or you just set the under eye concealer with a setting powder to keep this area from creasing.

7. Bronzing time! Bronzer brings the life back into your face with some much needed colour. You can opt to swirl it over your cheeks, temples and forehead for an all round glow, or use a matte bronzer and chisel it in to your cheekbones. TIP: Use an eyeshadow palette as a guide, line it up under your cheekbone then apply bronzer in line with this to ensure no fall out or muddiness.

Bronzer8. Lightly dust blush on to apples of cheeks. Don’t know where your apples are? Give the mirror your cheesiest grin then apply where your cheeks puff out.

9. Get your glow on. When is it NOT a good occasion to don highlighter?  You can get away with a light dusting every day for an added boost to your look. Apply on cheekbones, nose, forehead, chin and the likes.

10. Make your eyes pop. There are so many different eye looks you can create of course but for a flawless makeup look it’s just about making your eyes pop. Blend a matte brown eyeshadow in your crease and under the eye for definition, then use a shimmery shade on the lid.

11. Lashings of mascara is a must.

12. Swipe on your favourite pinky nude lipstick and get ready to go!

Is there any steps that you use in your flawless face that you’d recommend?

What’s your favourite product to achieve a flawless face?

Hair

ghd has been at the top of the hair game for the longest time – pioneers in the hair straightening industry, ghd stylers changed the game in hair nearly two decades ago. However, over the last couple of years there has […]

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ghd Plates – Why They Won’t Touch

ghd has been at the top of the hair game for the longest time – pioneers in the hair straightening industry, ghd stylers changed the game in hair nearly two decades ago.

However, over the last couple of years there has been some controversy on the new design of ghd stylers including the temperature (which has been reduced to 185 from a previous scorching 230 to reduce heat damage) and of course the plates.

It seems you can’t look anywhere without reading about the dreaded ghd plates that don’t touch – but as with everything there is a perfectly good explanation. You shouldn’t be concerned that you’ve received a fake or faulty ghd if the plates don’t touch – it is the design and it was made this way for a reason (Read Here to find out how to spot a fake ghd).

We don’t settle for anything less than quality from ghd so keep reading to find the reasoning behind the plates that won’t touch.

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ghd Plates – Why They Won’t Touch

1. Expand as Heated

ghd straightener plates are high gloss to ensure high shine and less hair breakage, but as with most materials that heat up, the plates tend to expand a bit. Even while super hot the plates still won’t touch perfectly, but this does explain the small gap as the straightener needs to give some room for the plates to move.

2. Perfect Curls!

If you struggle to create the perfect ghd curls that look so easy on the tutorials (sigh) it may be because you are squeezing your plates to tight. This stops hair from being able to flow freely through the straightener, which is what you need for the the perfect curl. ghd take this problem out of the equation by providing the little gap which allows the plates to glide through hair more easily, making curls simpler than ever!

3. They Don’t Need To

Fancy that! Is this a case of well everyone else is doing it so I am doing it too? Every other straightening iron you’ve ever owned had plates that perfectly line up – so it makes sense to think that there’s something wrong with your ghd because it doesn’t. However, straightening plates that touch clamp down on the hair which can create excessive pulling and tugging, in turn damaging your hair. The small gap between your ghd plates allow your hair to feel the affects of heat styling, but also allows the plates to glide through hair easily without damaging the follicle. If your straightener is of a high quality (like ghd are) the heat will be evenly distributed between the plates so you don’t have to squeeze them together to generate the heat your hair is after. You will be able to create shiny, pin straight hair easily without your ghd plates touching!

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Still not convinced by the non touching plates? It appears ghd has listened to the feedback (since it was huge and it was everywhere) and made the new ghd Platinum with a wish bone hinge to ensure the plates are perfectly aligned. Who said brands don’t listen to our feedback!

Shop the Platinum here.

Copper Luxe

ghd is also available in gorgeous Copper Luxe gift sets for Christmas – get your hands on one now!

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Are you a fan of active skincare? We love active ingredients that really get to the root cause of your skin concerns, and visibly improve skins condition. It’s important that we understand the science behind some of our favourite skincare […]

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Glycolic Acid – What’s it good for?

Are you a fan of active skincare?

We love active ingredients that really get to the root cause of your skin concerns, and visibly improve skins condition. It’s important that we understand the science behind some of our favourite skincare so you can benefit from high quality, active ingredients that will help your skin. We’re all on the quest for beautiful, bright, youthful looking skin but just throwing a dozen products on your face that all claim to be “anti-ageing” “brightening” “clearing” isn’t always the answer.

Sometimes it only takes one key ingredient to unlock and harness the power of beautiful skin.

Introducing: Glycolic Acid.

Glycolic Acid – What’s it good for?

Absolutely everything. Joking! (but not really)

Glycolic Acid belongs to the powerful AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) family and is derived from sugar cane though often made synthetically for skincare. Other acids in this family include lactic acid, citric acid, malic aicd & tartaric acids. It’s the most common AHA and it’s also the safest AHA which means it has the least amount of side effects and will cause the least amount of skin irritation. Like all of our favourite ingredients – it doesn’t have one benefit, it has numerous!

Glycolic Acid Benefits

Glycolic Acid helps radically change the texture of your skin, making it much smoother and also more youthful looking.

Exfoliation –

It’s main benefit is that of an exfoliator, as Glycolic Acid gets deep beneath the skin to shift dead skin cells to bring fresh, new skin to the surface. Glycolic Acid speeds up cell turnover to remove dead skin cells that congest the skin.

Hydration –

Glycolic Acid helps to keep skins moisture levels up if used constantly.

Firms –

Glycolic Acid stimulates collagen production therefore helping to soften fine lines and wrinkles to make skin appear more firm.

Lessens Pigmentation –

Helps to fade and melt away skin pigmentation to a reveal a more even skin tone.

Delves Deep into Skin –

Glycolic Acid penetrates skin with ease which helps antioxidants, botanicals and peptides also go deep beneath the skin to allow cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers to work better.

Best products with Glycolic Acid –

Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12%

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The perfect cleanser for acne prone skin that experiences breakouts often – this cleanser works to draw out impurities and clogged pores to leave skin clearer, more calm and comfortable.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Cleanser

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Formulated for acne-prone skin, Clarifying Cleanser combines salicylic acid, an FDA-approved acne treatment, with the exfoliating powers of micro beads.

NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate

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A hyper-concentrated bio-serum for the eye contour, FECC combines 28 clinical technologies to target all aspects of under-eye and above-eye ageing in one treatment.

Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% 

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This scrub works to slough through dead skin cells left on the skin surface and all other nasties. Skin is left smooth and glowing, with a nice fresh, clean feeling.

Have you tried Glycolic Acid before?

What’s your favourite Glycolic Skincare product?

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We’ve been seeing some gorgeous snaps of our favourite makeup brand BECCA around and we wanted to share! MUAs, Beauty Bloggers & Makeup Addicts across the globe love BECCA for their great range of shades, natural makeup looks and gorgeous […]

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The Makeup Brand Everyone is Talking About

We’ve been seeing some gorgeous snaps of our favourite makeup brand BECCA around and we wanted to share! MUAs, Beauty Bloggers & Makeup Addicts across the globe love BECCA for their great range of shades, natural makeup looks and gorgeous highlighters.

Have you been loving BECCA? Share your favourite BECCA look with us!

@mimsymakeup created the below look with Aqua Luminous Foundation and Backlight Priming Filter.

Mimsymakeup BECCA

@makeupbyliz created a stunning flawless face with the Ultimate Complexion Creme!

Makeup By Liz BECCA

Check out this shimmering rose gold perfection that is @danaes.insta. Get your own Rose Gold Fix with the Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured.

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Or shake things up with Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector like @ladyave

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And last but not least, the stunning @kysander rocking your ultimate spring essentials Afterglow Highlight & Blush Palette

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It’s no surprise we’re seeing BECCA everywhere – these are high quality products that create breath taking looks!

What’s your favourite look from above?

Shop the whole BECCA range here.

Skin care products

It can be tricky with all the wonderful (and weird) skincare on the market to figure out exactly what you need in your arsenal, what you should be using for your skin type and the like. Luckily Skinstitut have made […]

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Your Biggest Skincare Concern – Answered!

It can be tricky with all the wonderful (and weird) skincare on the market to figure out exactly what you need in your arsenal, what you should be using for your skin type and the like. Luckily Skinstitut have made it easy for you! They’ve created their 5 a day program which incorporates a skincare product from each of the following categories: Cleansing, Exfoliating, Correcting, Hydrating & Protecting. This means that you can use just 5 products a day to achieve your best skin, depending on your skin concern. So keep reading the steps below to see which 5 products are best for you!

Skin Concern

HYDRATION

This is for if your skin is feeling a bit tight, dry and looks dull. You need a moisture boost fast!

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Skinstitut Cleanse

Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser OR Skinstitut L-Lactic Acid

Skinstitut ExfoliateSkinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel

Skinstitut Correct

Skinstitut Multi-Active Mist OR Skinstitut Multi-Active Oil OR Skinstitut Rejuvenate 15

Skinstitut HydrateSkinstitut Moisture Defence Ultra Dry OR Skinstitut Hydrating Mask

Skinstitut Protect

Skinstitut Age Defence SPF50+ OR Skinstitut Repair Balm

BRIGHTENING

Is you skin looking a bit tired or dull? Brighten lack luster skin – Fast!

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Skinstitut Cleanse

Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser OR Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser OR Skinstitut L-Lactic Acid

Skinstitut Exfoliate

Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel OR Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub

Skinstitut Correct

Skinstitut Even Blend Serum OR Skinstitut Vitamin C 100% OR Skinstitut Retinol

Skinstitut HydrateSkinstitut Moisture Defence – Normal Skin

Skinstitut ProtectSkinstitut Age Defence SPF50+

CALMING

Red flare ups and skin that just won’t chill out? These five are for you.

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Skinstitut CleanseSkinstitut Gentle Cleanser OR Skinstitut L-Lactic Acid

Skinstitut ExfoliateSkinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel

Skinstitut CorrectSkinstitut Multi-Active Mist OR Skinstitut Rejuvenate 15 OR Skinstitut Vitamin C 100%

Skinstitut Hydrate

Skinstitut Moisture Defence – Oily Skin

Skinstitut Protect

Skinstitut Age Defence SPF50+ OR Skinstitut Laser Aid OR Repair Balm

CLEARING

Pesky breakouts and acne can bother us from our teen years well into adult hood. If blemishes are number one fear, try the below:

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Skinstitut CleanseSkinstitut Glycolic Cleanser OR Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser OR Skinstitut L-Lactic Acid

Skinstitut ExfoliateSkinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel OR Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub

Skinstitut CorrectSkinstitut Multi-Active Mist OR Skinstitut Rejuvenate15 OR Even Blend Serum

Skinstitut Hydrate

Skinstitut Moisture Defence – Oily Skin

Skinstitut Protect

Skinstitut Age Defence SPF50+ OR Skinstitut Laser Aid

Anti-Ageing

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Skinstitut CleanseSkinstitut Glycolic Cleanser OR Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser OR Skinstitut L-Lactic Acid

Skinstitut ExfoliateSkinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel OR Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub

Skinstitut CorrectSkinstitut Rejuvenate15 OR Skinstitut Eye Believe OR Skinstitut Ultra Firming Eye & Neck Cream

Skinstitut Hydrate

Skinstitut Moisture Defence – Normal Skin OR Skinstitut Hydrating Mask

Skinstitut Protect

Skinstitut Age Defence SPF50+ OR Skinstitut Repair Balm

How’d you go? Do you know the perfect 5 skincare products you need?

Skinstitut 5 a day takes the guessing work out of your skincare routine.

Shop the whole Skinstitut Range here.

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There are very few products that come along in the beauty community that EVERYONE seems to love. It’s hard with so many different skin types, tones and concerns to find a product that works with every skin tone/ skin type. […]

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Review

There are very few products that come along in the beauty community that EVERYONE seems to love. It’s hard with so many different skin types, tones and concerns to find a product that works with every skin tone/ skin type. But there is one product that has continued to be hyped for well over a year now that I figured it couldn’t just be a phase. So I tried it and realised – this is the real deal people. And that little wonder is the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

So what is it? It’s exactly as this product reads. Your skin will be shimmering perfection. This is a highlighting product at it’s best. The highlighting trend blew up last year and it seems that it’s not going anywhere. And why would you want it to?  A small amount of this finely milled powder will leave your skin looking lit from within – no shiny disco balls here! Who doesn’t love glowing, radiant skin? It’s what we crave – and this little baby from BECCA can help you achieve the best looking skin in minutes. The pressed compact allows for easy application and comes in a variety of colours for any skin tone.

Pearl – The palest of all the perfectors, pearl is frosted white in colour which gives the perfect pop of shimmer.

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Moonstone – The palest of the original released perfectors, Moonstone throws pale gold which blends seamlessly into skin for a subtle glow.

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Opal – Possibly the most popular, this champagne coloured powder perfectly reflects the light to set the mood. There’s no other shade quite like it.

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Rose Gold – This shade speaks for itself and can be worked as a highlight or if you’re a bit more pale the perfect shimmery blush!

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Topaz – Great for deeper skin tones this bronze shade ticks all the boxes.

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Texture

These powders are so finely milled when you touch them, they almost feel creamy. So silky like butter, the finely milled process helps to prevent big chunks of glitter standing out on your face. Some highlighters can also emphasise pores or breakouts – but not these. Becca’s aim is to make your skin look more smooth and radiant than before.

Application

In terms of application – the colour pay off is real. You will be best off by utilising a soft hand as it is easy to accidentally overdose. A soft fan brush will work better than your standard blush or highlighting brush.

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Longevity

Can you believe you can make it through a whole day’s work – or a whole night out – with one tiny application of this highlighter? You better believe it. Even when my foundation had faded, my eyeshadow was creased and my eyeliner had ran, I could still see the little twinkle of shimmering skin perfector going strong. These will easily last 8 hours on the skin.

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Dupes

It can be hard to beat BECCA on the range of shades, texture & wearability but there are a few similar products on the market you could try and compare!

1. The Balm Mary-Lou

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Probably the most contested, Mary-Lou looks most similar to BECCA Opal and wears just as nice!

2. Curtis Collection Illuminating Bronzer – Sun Goddess

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A lovely highlighter that throws a similar bronze hue as Topaz, this is sure to be a hit!

3. W3LL PEOPLE Luminist Mineral Glow – Gold Glow

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This is more of a subtle glow but the pay off is similar to that of Moonstone!

 

How do you get your glow on?

Have you tried a BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector before?

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Laser Resurfacing is a skin treatment that treats a range of dermal concerns including the visible signs of ageing & blemishes or acne. Laser treatments use the power of light to either tighten skin and stimulate collagen growth or remove […]

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Are Laser Treatments Worth the Hype?

Laser Resurfacing is a skin treatment that treats a range of dermal concerns including the visible signs of ageing & blemishes or acne. Laser treatments use the power of light to either tighten skin and stimulate collagen growth or remove a the top few thin layers of skin to reveal fresh, new skin underneath. This treatment sounds great- who doesn’t want fresh, radiant looking skin?

But I wanted to know a few things before I delve into a serious skin treatment like this. Does it hurt? Is it worth the money? Is there something I could use at home instead?

Keep reading to discover what I found out and make the decision for yourself!

Are Laser Treatments Worth the Hype?

Cost

A full face of laser resurfacing starts from around $120 – depending on where you go. The treatments do claim to keep your skin looking amazing for YEARS. Yes you read – years.

Pain

You can receive a light anesthetic or numbing cream if you are going to receive a full face of laser resurfacing which I would definitely be saying yes to as I have a very low pain threshold. Apparently the most painful part is the hours after according to Dr. Daniel Lanzer but there shouldn’t be any pain after that other than maybe some slight irritation and itchiness. If any further pain occurs you should go back to the clinic or salon you got the treatment from immediately.

Risks

The risks are now actually fairly minimal with the new lasers and technology available but if you are feeling nervous you can ask for a test patch to see how the laser works on your skin. People with fair skin who tend to burn easily are probably the most prone to infection, continuous redness and increased pigmentation and scarring.

Benefits

The benefits are numerous including:

– rejuvenated appearance

– less pigmentation and dark spots from blemishes or acne

– wrinkles and fine lines are visibly reduced

– the lasers have the ability to focus on different skin concerns on different areas of the face

– targeted skin treatment that goes deep into different areas of the face

– laser is able to vary the depth of skin resurfacing from a computer generator, so you get the most controlled, smooth results

– no nerve damage

– quick recovery

– little pain

– long lasting

Laser or Nothing?

Laser resurfacing is not the only skin treatment that can provide the benefits you are after. If it sounds a little too invasive for you, Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peels are another good option. Microdermabrasion is a face massage that works to remove layers of dead skin and cells to reveal fresh new skin – this is fairly comfortable and relaxing. A Chemical Peel works to reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and ageing, improve the appearance of mild scars, treat certain types of acne, reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches and improve the overall look and feel of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin which makes it peel off (sounds fun right!) revealing the new skin underneath.

At Home Treatments

If it’s all sounding a little overwhelming at this point – a really good at home skincare routine is essential for great skin. The Skinstitut range are really great, high quality products at an affordable price.

Skinstitut Vitamin C

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This vitamin c powder is best mixed into your favourite serum to give strength and structure to your skin by boosting collagen and protecting against free radical damage.

Skinstitut Even Blend Serum

even_blend_serum_1This is a great little serum that visibly reduces the appearance of uneven tone caused by sun exposure, skin inflammation or hormone imbalance by exfoliating and smoothing for a softer & more refined skin texture.

Skinstitut Ultra Firming Eye & Neck Cream

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Targets the visible signs of premature ageing, sun damage, and fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production to help repair the delicate skin around the eye and neck area.

Skinsitut Enzymatic Micro Peel

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The less harsh alternative of a Chemial Peel – this micro peel soothes, hydrates and renews dry, flaking and sensitised skin for a smoother, brighter complexion. This can also be used after your Chemical Peel to enhance the effects.

Have you had Laser Resurfacing before?

Have you thought about it?

Hopefully you know a bit more about your options now to make the right decision for you and your skin!

Makeup tools

Ever bought an $80 makeup product that you’ve heard everyone and their mum harping on about only to get it home, try it out and find that it’s a complete dud? With so many self-confessed beauty junkies and lots of […]

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The Products on Every Beauty Addicts Lips

Ever bought an $80 makeup product that you’ve heard everyone and their mum harping on about only to get it home, try it out and find that it’s a complete dud? With so many self-confessed beauty junkies and lots of beauty influencers giving conflicting opinions on all the new products coming out, it can be hard to figure out what’s good.

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We’ve searched high and low to do that hard work for you, and these cult products have stood the test of time. They are worth the crazy hype around them for various reasons! So check out our list of products on every beauty addicts lips and stress no more!

The Products on Every Beauty Addicts Lips:

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

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These highlighters take glowing skin to the next level. The powders are so creamy you avoid the chunky, glittering, disco ball appearance and create a more ethereal glow that makes you look lit from the inside. Jaclyn Hill loves BECCA so much she had her own collab.

2. Gerard Cosmetics Lip Gloss

With a really high level of pigmentation that means just one swipe application gives you a full coverage of colour, these lip glosses aren’t tacky either – your lips won’t be left dry or cakey. Plus every lip gloss has a light and mirror so you can apply wherever you are. @lateciat loves 1995!

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3. The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer

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This is the perfect matte bronzer for contouring as it is has no glitter and no orange undertone – only a nice cool tone which will make cheek bones pop and can be used as the perfect transition colour in the crease.

4. L.A. Girl Concealer

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This concealer seems too good to be true at this price but get it straight – this concealer means business. Great for highlighting under the eyes, this concealer evens out skin tone and hides dark circles and fine lines. @sincerely_mels conceals with creamy beige.

 

5. Maybelline Blushed Nudes

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This affordable eyeshadow product contains the perfect array of neutral shades to create countless looks. Great shades to compliment any skin tone this is a true winner in the shadow world. Gemma Barrett Loves the Blushed Nudes AND original The Nudes palette. Which ones your favourite?

6. Lime Crime Velvetine Lipstick

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Not your average lipstick – these velvetines dry to a soft velvet finish and stays all day long. Your lips will look as soft a rose petal. @linabugz is down with the Lime Crime Velvetines.

7. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

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The perfect brush for flawless foundation. This face brush kicks goals as it doesn’t just apply foundation, it blends as it goes creating less work for you!

8. Poni Cosmetics White Knight Mascara

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This is Zoe Foster-Blake‘s favourite mascara for a reason. Tubular and waterproof, this mascara creates big volume without any of the mess, and what’s better – you can actually wash it off your face at the end of the day.

9. Essie – Mademoiselle

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The pink for any occasion, not too in your face, not too pale – this is a great pearlescent nail polish. Plus all the formulas from Essie are streak free and chip proof so your pink nails will go the extra mile.

With these 9 little babies in your arsenal, you have the beginnings of any great makeup look.

What’s your fave cult classic? Did we miss it? Let me know below.

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We’ve all been known to smear various amounts of goo on your face and bodies in our quest for younger, clearer, more beautiful looking skin. It seems many will go to any length to achieve skin perfection from vampire facials […]

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The Strangest Ingredient You’ll Put On Your Skin This Year

We’ve all been known to smear various amounts of goo on your face and bodies in our quest for younger, clearer, more beautiful looking skin. It seems many will go to any length to achieve skin perfection from vampire facials to wrapping your whole body in cling wrap as a miracle weight loss cure. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the latest craze comes from Snake Venom. Before you start freaking out about putting something so weird and seemingly dangerous on your face – read below to find out the facts and benefits of this awesome new skincare technology.

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Why Snake Venom?

It actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it – a Snake uses its venom as a last line of defence for its prey. It immobilises its enemies with the poison, freezing their muscles. So the beauty industry created a completely safe, synthetic version to mimic this muscle freezing ability (SYN-ake). The SYN-ake works to smooth lines and wrinkles and won’t leave you expressionless like botox. The venom blocks nerve signals telling the muscles to contract which helps wrinkles stop forming. It’s the perfect anti-ageing product for those who want to steer clear of injectables.

Applying Snake Venom

As with anything that you haven’t applied to your skin before, it’s best to take it slow as to avoid adverse reactions. Use SYN-ake combined in your favourite moisturiser, thin serum or any water based skincare at a low concentration to ensure your skin won’t react poorly. If any redness, rashes or stinging occurs it’s best to stop using immediately.

Best Snake Venom Products

1. Skinstitut Moisture Defence – Oily Skin 

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The Skinstitut range are known for the use of the SYN-ake in some key products. The Skinstitut range is affordable and readily available so why not give it a go! This moisturiser contains 1.5% SYN-ake as well as Kakadu Plum extract & Peptides to aid a firm, clear complexion.

2. Prime Youth SYN-ake Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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A powerful anti-ageing wrinkle cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to unveil a softer more even complexion.

3. Skinstitut Hydrating Mask

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Take the benefits of SYN-ake up a notch with a mask. Providing relief to irritated skin while nourishing and repairing damage caused by dehydration and minimising fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Secret Key – SYN-AKE Anti Wrinkle & Whitening Ampoule 30ml

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This Korean serum features intensive wrinkle care, skin elasticity improvement, brightening and moisturising. With SYN-ake, a peptide that has similar structure to snake poison, this product helps reducing skin ageing by treating both fine and deep wrinkles.

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There you have it – I bet Snake Venom doesn’t sound so scary anymore!

Try it today to knock your wrinkles out of the park.

Kylie Jenner Flawless Skin

Kylie Jenner is basically the it girl of the minute, month, year. Everything she touches turns to gold (literally, if you have a look at her highly coveted Birthday Collection). It was those lips that put her on the map, […]

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Kylie Jenner’s Secret to Flawless Skin

Kylie Jenner is basically the it girl of the minute, month, year. Everything she touches turns to gold (literally, if you have a look at her highly coveted Birthday Collection).

It was those lips that put her on the map, so when she came out with her Lip Kit it was the must have on everyone’s makeup wish list. It is no surprise that although the Kardashian-Jenner Fam have the ultimate Glam Squad on stand-by at all times, Kylie has become a pro at doing her own makeup. You can tell she loves and lives for everything beauty related and she basically has taught herself how to do her makeup better at 18 years old than some beauty veterans in the industry. She shut down snap chat a few weeks ago when she posted a step by step tutorial on her every day makeup. The tutorial would take you quite a while to re-create and no average non-Kardashian has that kind of time in the morning, so I’ve pinpointed a few key steps that you can use to amp up your daily glam!

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Kylie Jenner’s Secret to Flawless Skin

The first little nugget of information we learned is that Kylie combines a foundation and a BB cream together. Sound a bit heavy for your everyday? Well wanting to look like Kylie ain’t a lightweight task (you didn’t think anything Jenner related would involve a ‘natural’ look did you?). But she’s right on the money for flawless skin. BB cream works to blur imperfections while still giving your skin the benefits of hydration and radiance while foundation helps to further even out skin tones and create a perfect coverage.

Try Curtis Collection BB Cream with Airbrush Finish Foundation. If you use a smaller concentration of both products you won’t end up looking cakey.

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The second secret that I now incorporate everyday into my own brow routine is the concealer cleanup. It’s a little time consuming especially if brows take up the majority of your routine anyway – but I promise it makes all the difference. Take an angled brow brush and a cream concealer and carefully outline the shape you’ve just created with your brow products. This works wonders to clear up any places you’ve gone a little OTT with the brow pencil and you can create the sharpest point too! Kylie used the Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealing Cream and so can you.

 

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Kylie Concealer Cleanup – thank me later

The third thing we can take away from this tutorial is that you should set, set and set everything again. This includes your concealer around your eyebrows and especially your eyes. This helps all products including eyeshadow stick around all day long. Kylie sets these areas first, then she sets everything else again right at the end. Try Curtis Collection Deluxe Mineral Powder Foundation with finely milled powders that help minimise fine lines and pores.

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Kylie also switches things up by applying her under eye concealer AFTER she’s done her full face and eyes. This is a great tip as it will clean up any fall out from eyeshadow/ eyeliner/ brow powder that you’ve used previous (concealer cleanup round 2 anyone?)

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I mean I’m not saying you’re going to look like her but you can feel a little bit like Kylie for the day!

What are your tips for achieving flawless skin every day?

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Are you guilty of falling face first into your bed at the end of a long day – makeup still on? It can seem like such an effort to drag yourself ALL the way to the sink and complete a […]

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Lazy Girl Guide to Makeup Removal

Are you guilty of falling face first into your bed at the end of a long day – makeup still on? It can seem like such an effort to drag yourself ALL the way to the sink and complete a 7 step skincare routine. But it doesn’t have to be that hard! Good skin is the best foundation for makeup, and not taking off your makeup at the end of the day wreaks havoc on your skin. Hmmm the circle of life. Keep reading to find out quick tips on makeup removal – even if you’re sleepy (*cough* lazy).

Leaving Your Makeup on Overnight

The more you start falling into this pattern of not removing your makeup at night, the worse your skin can get. Even leaving it on for just one night can cause more damage than good.

Here’s what happens:

1. Heavy foundations and concealers that are on your skin all day trap bacteria and don’t allow for the normal skin renewal process overnight creating blocked pores, wrinkles and breakouts

2. Wearing drying lip products through out the night like thick, matte lipsticks can create dry and chapped lips

3. Mascara that is left on all night is dangerous! You run the risk of eye infection from clogged follicles. Can also cause your lashes to become more brittle and break more easily

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Lazy Girl Guide to Makeup Removal

LAZY GIRL LEVEL 5 –

This is for when you’re feeling next level lazy to the point you can’t even move from your bed, can’t take your bra off and you only just kick your shoes off with your feet. Or when you’ve smashed 3 bottles of wine. Keep a package of face wipes by your bed. Face Wipes are not the ideal makeup remover, as they tend to shift product all over your face instead of fully removing it, but as a last resort they are better than nothing. Try Wot Not Dry/ Sensitive Skin Wipes that are 100% natural and won’t irritate even the most sensitive of skin.

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Lazy Girl Level 4 –

You’ve had a crappy day but have still managed to get changed into your favourite comfy pajamas and have a cup of tea before bed. Grab some coconut oil and literally smear it around your face. Coconut oil is a great, natural, cheap way to get every bit of your makeup off, but if you want to eliminate the mess made you could try the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Cleansing Balm 90ml containing plant saponins that work to clean the surface of dead cells without peeling or drying out skin. A cleansing balm should usually be followed up with another cleanser to eliminate oils but if you’re a Level 4 Lazy Girl I’m going to assume ain’t nobody got time for double cleanse.

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Lazy Girl Level 3 –

Oh so you’ve had time to cook yourself dinner (even if it is a cheese toastie) and can now fathom the thought of standing in the shower for a few minutes (hours) pondering life? Well you’re in luck here because steam is not your makeups best friend. Try filling your basin up with piping hot water then shoving your face over it. The steam will unclog your pores allowing for WAY easier makeup removal with soap or your favourite cleanser.

Lazy Girl Level 2 –

You still want to cook something nutritious for dinner even though you’re feeling down and you’re in a kitchen whipping up a storm. The good news is whipping up something to remove your makeup is pretty easy. Simply combine some honey and some baking soda together to make an ideal cleansing AND exfoliating paste. Sounds a bit strange but the baking soda works to exfoliate the skin so you eliminate the need for harsh rubbing and your face will feel so refreshed after.

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By this point are you even lazy at all? All the other lazy girls are envious of your ability to not only remove makeup, but to wash your face as well before getting into bed. Use a makeup remover to speed up the process of tough makeup around the eye area such as Comfort Zone Gentle Biphasic Eye Make-Up Remover which is unscented and free from aggressive cleansing agents, recommended for all eyes. Follow up with a gentle cleanser to make your skin feel fresh and hydrated – allowing for the perfect sleep. Comfort Zone Active Pureness Purifying Rebalancing Cleansing Gel removes make-up and excess sebum from the pores allowing for a breakout free sleep.

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Removing your makeup doesn’t have to be cumbersome or a chore! No matter how tired or what level of lazy you’re feeling there are some easy ways to make sure you always remove your makeup, every night, to keep your skin looking great!

What’s your tip for easy makeup removal?

Let me know below!

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Damaged hair is common in this age of over processing, over colouring and over heat styling. As we know hair is made of proteins and overtime excessive processing, colouring and heat styling breaks down these proteins causing your hair strands […]

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Protein for Your Hair – What does it do?

Damaged hair is common in this age of over processing, over colouring and over heat styling. As we know hair is made of proteins and overtime excessive processing, colouring and heat styling breaks down these proteins causing your hair strands to feel weak and brittle. However – some hair is just lacking moisture and trying to use protein-boosting products can actually make your hair look and feel worse. Although you know your hair might be split or have dead ends and FEELS damaged it is important to determine whether it’s actually moisture your hair is lacking, or does it need more protein.

Protein for Your Hair

When your hair is ultra fine and so damaged by processing that it starts to feel not like hair at all and more like wet hay – you need some protein girl! This can occur in hair of any type (straight, wavy, curly) of any density.  The right protein in a shampoo, conditioner or treatment will help to temporarily restore and restructure damaged strands, creating stronger, healthier hair.

The Stretch Test

Take an inch of your hair and pull it. If your hair stretches a little but returns to its original state – never fear. Your hair is both moisturised and has the correct protein balance. If your hair stretches far and doesn’t return, breaks off or starts to feel gummy or mushy – protein is your new best friend. If it won’t stretch and feels rough and brittle – you need moisturiser. Got it?

Rebuild Protein with K-Pak

The best selling range from Joico K-Pak contains revolutionary Bio-Advanced Peptide™ and Quadramine® complexes—the most powerful reconstructive technologies known to hair—to repair and strengthen hair precisely where it needs it, when it needs it. K-Pak will make your hair feel soft and shiny, and more than that – your hair health and strength is increased.

Several of our fave beauty bloggers LOVE the Joico K-Pak range – and you should too. The benefits are so great.

1. Vanessa Gollasch @flipandstyle

Snapped this shot of the K-PAK range + Gold Dust Shimmer Spray… And said goodbye to damaged hair!joico2

2. Lauren Perla @laurenperla –

Uses Joico K-Pak as her number one shampoo

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3. Shaaanxo

Our fave NZ blonde babe restored her over processed locks with K-Pak. Watch her full video below to see her thoughts.

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Shop the whole K-Pak range here and experience the difference!

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There are so many hair products on the market – what we love the most is something that provides multiple benefits while being easy to use. Hair oil anyone? The number of benefits from a hair oil are numerous and […]

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How to Use a Hair Oil

There are so many hair products on the market – what we love the most is something that provides multiple benefits while being easy to use.

Hair oil anyone?

The number of benefits from a hair oil are numerous and there’s so many ways you can use them depending on your hair type and level of laziness.

Benefits of a Hair Oil

Hair oils are rich in vitamins and minerals that help to keep hair healthy. Healthy hair is stronger, less prone to split ends and breakage and looks shiny and more beautiful. Hair oils also help to condition hair and detangle hair allowing for easier comb through and is great for ultimate hydration. If your hair is fine or already quite oily, you may have been scared to try oils in the past – but the new formulas on the market leave you with nothing to fear. They’re lightweight, leave no residue and won’t leave your hair feeling weighed down.

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How to Use a Hair Oil

There are so many ways to use a hair oil depending on what you’re trying to achieve for your hair.

1. The first is after you wash your hair, grab a pea sized amount of your favourite hair oil, and rub into the ends of your hair. Try to keep away from scalp if possible as that area generates its own natural oils. Comb through – this is important for even distribution of product to make sure you don’t end up with really oily hunks in your hair. This helps to detangle hair before styling, seal the cuticle and protect the hair from further heat damage like straightening or blow drying.

2. Use your hair oil as a weekly treatment. Just as good as a hair mask – without the heavy feeling. Do as above, but really lock the moisture in by wrapping your damp, well oiled hair in a towel for 10-20 minutes. You’ll be surprised at how soft your hair feels!

3. Apply to dry hair to smooth away frizz and flyaways.

4. Apply the night before your colour appointment at the hair salon to ensure your hair isn’t damaged from processing.

5. Hair oil works as a great curl definer too. If you’ve got curly hair, scrunch a bit of hair oil into damp hair and then let air dry – no more frizzy mess!

6. Use before shampoo to prevent hair from drying out. Just evenly distribute on dry hair before jumping in the shower and say goodbye to tangled hair in the shower.

7. Use a thicker, more heavy duty oil if your hair is very dense or coarse. If your hair is thinner you should opt for a lighter version. Personalise your hair oil to work for you.

Best Hair Oils

1. Joico K-pak Colour Therapy Restorative Styling Oil $21.38

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Joico says emulsify a drop or two in your hands and apply to damp hair, starting from the ends up. Style and dry as usual… but then go back and add a tiny drop more for a one-two punch of shine.

2. Joico K-pak Colour Therapy Dry Oil Spray $22.91

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Thick oily products that weigh down your hair be gone! With just the lightest spritz of this spray your hair will be replenished with a silky shine to your hair that protects colour and fights flyaways.

3. Moroccanoil Original Oil Treatment  $49.50

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Probably one of the more well-known hair oils, people swear by Moroccanoil for a reason. That reason is it’s the lightest, most nourishing oil for hair and is suitable for basically any hair type. It blends perfectly with other products and even speeds up drying time.

4. Tigi S-Factor True Lasting Colour Hair Oil $29.01

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This is a lovely lightweight formula which smoothes the hair cuticle for all day frizz control. Adds glossy shine and silky softness.

 

So if you’re not using a hair oil already – what are you waiting for?

Get ready for the softest, shiniest hair ever.

Prevent Chapped Lips This Winter

Most people on this side of the world are waiting with abated breath for Spring for the chirping of birds, the blooming of flowers, the warming of the weather. Me – I’m waiting for the change in air so I […]

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How to Prevent Chapped Lips This Winter

Most people on this side of the world are waiting with abated breath for Spring for the chirping of birds, the blooming of flowers, the warming of the weather. Me – I’m waiting for the change in air so I can actually go outside without being laden with lip products to avoid looking like The Joker.

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Oh my lips are bleeding? I had no idea.

The winter air seems to get the best of our skin, the dryness is manageable on our body and even on our face. I love slathering on heaps of different creams, moisturisers, and body oils and feeling the smoothness of my skin. But how come it doesn’t matter how much moisturiser and chap stick we put on our lips – they won’t stop cracking. Nothing makes you feel or look worse than cracked, dry, or flakey lips. Especially when you want to wear your favourite lipstick! So keep reading to find out the best ways to prevent chapped lips this winter and how to heal them once they’re already cracked.

Prevent Chapped Lips This Winter

1. Apply lip balm before you feel your lips getting dry. Obviously when your lips start cracking everyones reaching for their lip balm. But if you take steps to nourish and protect your lips at all times – you might prevent them from chapping at all. Not all lip balms are made the same. For instance – avoid those with petroleum jelly (bye vaseline) as that only tends to make your lips MORE dry. For one that works – try Dermalogica Climate Control Lip Treatment.

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2. Don’t lick your lips. It is so tempting to lick dry lips because hey, moisture = hydration right? Not in this case. The enzymes contained in saliva break down your food so saliva is actually dehydrating your lips. It’s best to not touch your lips at all. Or your entire face. Which is entirely possible and not habit breaking at all….

3. Drink loads of water. Hydrate from the inside out. The first sign of dehydration is being thirsty, then parched, then your whole mouth is dry (including your lips). Stop this at the first signs of thirst by drinking water (2-3L per day please).

4. Turn on a humidifier at night. This helps to bring some of the moisture in the air overnight. Unless you want to set an alarm for every hour to apply more lip balm as you sleep… but we value our sleep too much. It also helps to not be in air conditioning. So fight for your right to the air conditioning remote at work and try to keep the air circulating as naturally as possible.

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The air’s best friend. 

5. Wear sunscreen! Make sure it’s SPF50+ and make sure it’s on your lips. The biggest cause of lip dryness is sunburn so keep the SPF close. We love Alpha-H protection plus daily SPF 50 because it’s non greasy and also boosts skin health.

6. Steer clear of matte lipsticks. This one is the hardest for me to follow as the matte berry/ brown lip trend is here and I am among it. However by 11am this lipstick is peeling off my lips and looking horrible anyway so one day I might learn my lesson and stick to a nourishing lipstick. Comfort Zone have a good one that contains no silicone, only nourishing oils and butters for the smoothest lips. Sacred Nature Bio-Certified Lipstick shop it here.

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7. Stay away from hot or salty foods. What a bummer – just when you were looking forward to that Butter Chicken extra hot on a cold Sunday Night. These foods only work to dry out lips.

Heal Chapped Lips

If you ignored all of 1-7 (guilty) and have found yourself with chapping lips – it’s not all bad news. You can help ease some of the pain and dryness with the following:

1. Step your lip care up a notch. Your average chapstick ain’t gonna cut it anymore. The Comfort Zone Regimen Juvenate Lip Balm contains no nasties, acts as a natural emollient to heal over cuts and cracks and will stay on your lips without feeling sticky. Apply before bed too for best results.

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2. Remember step two of no licking or touching your lips – especially if they’re peeling. This will just cause them to bleed or peel further. Instead get a lip scrub to help exfoliate away any annoying dead skin. Then re-apply your amazing lip treatment.

3. Avoid all citrus foods including orange juice as this creates more dryness and chapping.

4. If your chapping still persists after all of this, it’s best to speak to a doctor, as you could be having an allergic reaction to a lipstick, face cream or even your toothpaste.

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Here’s to happy mouths this winter!

I hope you can save your lips before it’s too late.

Curtis Collection Feature

We are so proud to announce Curtis Collection is now available exclusively online at RY.com.au. This range of mineral makeup is really something else. Great for your skin – this range can be considered the last step in your skincare routine, […]

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How to get the Curtis Collection Signature Glow with Victoria Curtis

We are so proud to announce Curtis Collection is now available exclusively online at RY.com.au. This range of mineral makeup is really something else. Great for your skin – this range can be considered the last step in your skincare routine, while still offering the flawless coverage we expect of our makeup.
But don’t take our word for it – we spoke to Victoria – the brains (and the beauty) behind the range to find out more about this great range. Plus she tells us how to get the Curtis Collection Signature Glow.

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Stop Blemishes

The dreaded lumps, bumps, whiteheads, blackheads and everything in between that break through and attempt to ruin your skins clear complexion. Usually these intruders come right when you don’t need them – ie the day before a big event on […]

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Stop Blemishes Before They Get Angry

The dreaded lumps, bumps, whiteheads, blackheads and everything in between that break through and attempt to ruin your skins clear complexion. Usually these intruders come right when you don’t need them – ie the day before a big event on the weekend, when you’ve got an important presentation at work or a date with that guy you’ve had your eye on forever! If you can see (or feel – ouch!) the onslaught of blemishes attempting to ruin your day, week or life – there are somethings you can do to stop blemishes in their tracks. If you do it properly – you can even stop them from breaking through the skin. Wouldn’t that be nice! So keep reading for some tips to stop blemishes before they get angry.

It is important to note that not all blemishes are the same breed. They come in various forms of evil and therefore various methods need to be employed to combat them.

Blackheads

What are they? Blackheads are small black bumps that appear on the skin due to clogged hair follicles. Most blackheads form because of a build up of oil on the skin or because your skin cells aren’t shedding on a regular basis. Blackheads are very common and are probably the least concerning blemish but it is still good to remove them!

How can I get rid of them? To remove blackheads you can use a cleanser or mask that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as these ingredients clear up extra oil on the skin and encourage new cell turnover. The Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque is a good option. You can also try the ever popular blackhead clearing masks that visibly extract the blackheads from your skin. Not just good for your skin – but entirely satisfying to watch.

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Whiteheads

What are they? Whiteheads are similar to blackheads in that they form when dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria become trapped within one of your pores. They are more annoying then blackheads, however, as they poke their little white heads up at the worst times.

How can I get rid of them? Whiteheads are still considered a mild form of acne that you can treat whiteheads with similar skincare to blackheads. Try washing your face with a cleanser such as Comfort Zone Active Pureness Purifying Rebalancing Cleansing Gel.  It can take up to 8 weeks to treat whiteheads, to stick with your skincare. If you still find you’re breaking out you can talk to a doctor about going on an acne medication which is usually a retinoid.

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Nodules

What are they? Now we’re heading into danger territory. These are those pimples that you can feel before you see, your face starts throbbing and it feels hard to touch. The nodule lurks under the skin until boom! It explodes on your face. There are a number of steps you can take to stop the nodule from becoming a full blown pimple.

How can I get rid of them? When you first feel the nodule pulsing beneath the skin, there are a few things you can do. The reason you can feel it pulsing on your face is because it’s so deep it’s touching your nerves. Firstly – don’t pick, poke or attempt to pop this bad boy. Stay away (this is so hard but you can do it). Get an ice cube and press on the area for five minutes, take off for a few minutes, reapply for five minutes. Attempt to do this at least three times. This method CAN prevent the pimple from coming to the surface but it may not.

In the case of the latter, once the head is starting to show you can now draw it out. Attempt this by either using a face steamer, a drawing paste or a hot compress (or a combo of all 3). Comfort Zone Pureness Corrector Blemish Treatment is a great gel treatment that acts quick to visibly improve skin blemishes. Apply the treatment at night and the next morning you should be able to see a very obvious white head (or possibly just a faint redness if the treatment worked THAT well). If the bump is still taught and shiny – it is still not ready. Repeat this process again the following night.

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Now you’re ready to pop! I only recommend doing this if you REALLY need to go somewhere – otherwise just continue with your night time treatment until the pimple fades away. If you’re desperate to pop make sure you are very gentle! You shouldn’t bleed or leave horrible nail marks around the area. Squeeze the full head out and then clean up any excess goo and apply a toner to keep away any bacteria that could cause an infection.

Leave the blemish alone now for a couple of hours. It might start to flake in which case you can use an emollient to cover the flakiness and prevent scarring such as the Comfort Zone HydraMemory Hydration Face Cream Gel.

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Those are the three most common forms of blemishes that irritate us the most.

There are some lifestyle methods to reduce blemishes appearing on the skin – but remember a lot of breakouts are due to hormones and genetics so lifestyle changes don’t always help.

But to keep body and mind healthy you can try:

1. Drinking loads of water – the key to skin hydration which in turn helps reduce clogging pores.

2. Staying away from sugary and fatty foods (this means crisps and chocolate). There is not LOADS of research backing this but it makes sense in the simplest form – more sugar boosts insulin levels which increases skins oil levels. More fat also causes skins pores to clog. Everything in moderation!

3. Wipe your makeup off before you go to bed – or switch to oil-free or natural makeup solutions.

4. Exercise regularly – sweat is good to generate skin cell turnover, and exercise is proven to reduce stress that might be causing acne flareups.

So there you have it – most of us encounter the odd blemish (or a lot of blemishes) at some point in our lives. The good news is you’re not alone, and there are steps you can take to stop blemishes before they get angry. Always consult a doctor if your acne persists.

Let me know your tips to stopping breakouts below!