jane iredale

It’s easy to fall in love with so many beauty products! The packaging, the gleam, the pigments… But sometimes you can be caught up in the hype of products that sadly don’t live up to their name. That’s why it’s […]

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Beauty Bloggers are loving…

It’s easy to fall in love with so many beauty products! The packaging, the gleam, the pigments… But sometimes you can be caught up in the hype of products that sadly don’t live up to their name. That’s why it’s good to see reviews on products before you buy them – and even better, see people you love using them.

This month we’ve spotted a lot of Beauty Bloggers loving…. Jane Iredale!

With this beautiful, natural, mineral makeup that offers flawless coverage and a huge range of products, it’s easy to see why Jane Iredale is a hit!

The first makeup line to contain skincare benefits, Jane Iredale stays ahead in the Mineral Makeup game with innovative and fresh products suitable for any age or occasion.

Check it out:

Bloggers Loving Jane Iredale

Ally Hayward – Founder of Fashion and Fitness website Substance Blog number one pick for vegan and cruelty free makeup is Jane Iredale. See her full list here.

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WA Beauty Blogger Diary of Ange is loving her Naturally Matte Eyeshadow Palette and Glow Time!

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Natural Beauty Expert Liv Lundelius  gave us a glimpse of her Jane Iredale collection in this stunning flat lay featuring the PlayOn Lip Crayon, Flawless Blush and Moonglow Quad Bronzer.

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Australia’s Next Top Model favourite and now David Jones Ambassador Montanna Cox is also showing the love for Jane Iredale. Below she’s featured wearing the Intouch Highlighter for that perfect glow this Autumn!

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Molly Greaves @mollyx recommends Jane Iredale for it’s cruelty free certification, vegan friendliness and of course that packaging that photographs flawlessly!

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What’s your favourite product from Jane Iredale?

Is it the same as the Beauty Bloggers pick?

shaaanxo RY

Shannon Harris is New Zealand’s number one Youtube star – you might know her as Shaaanxo. Known for her bombshell blonde hair and her killer make-up looks, Shan is a home grown, self taught MUA that inspire millions around the […]

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Shaaanxo RY Haul

Shannon Harris is New Zealand’s number one Youtube star – you might know her as Shaaanxo. Known for her bombshell blonde hair and her killer make-up looks, Shan is a home grown, self taught MUA that inspire millions around the globe every day with affordable makeup tutorials, high end product reviews and amazing lip swatches.
With over 2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, 1.2 million followers on Instagram, as well as her own brand of makeup brushes and accessories, this 20-something is definitely killing it at the moment.

Recently, here at RY we were lucky enough to have the chance to work with Shan herself!

Keep reading below to see Shan’s favourite RY products or watch the full video below.

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The first item Shan loves is the Napoleon Perdis Mosaic Powder in Blushing $60.00 – a beautiful glowing blush that works as a two-in-one blush and highlight for a flawless complexion.

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Bring a little bronze gleam into your complexion like it’s Summer all year long with Napoleon Perdis Cheek Patrol in Bronze $60.00. These baked powders deliver instant glamification.

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil‘s always pack a punch, and Shan’s pick of Corvina is the perfect bright coral pink to suit most complexions. All Bite products are made with all natural ingredients and are good enough to eat. $36.95 each.

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Shan is a big highlighter lover just like us and picked up the Gorgeous Cosmetics Prism Highlighter $49 which really speaks for itself – it’s gorgeous!

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Eyeshadow palettes make everything more convenient – you can create so many looks out of one handy case making it the perfect travel companion. Shan hit the nail on the head with the Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette – the shades are absolutely stunning. $57.61.

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Napoleon Perdis Reflective Refiner Powder Blush is a staple in every beauty kit. The blush melts into the skin refracting and enhancing your complexion. Try it for just $50.00.

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Youngblood is a pure mineral makeup brand that creates beautiful products including these pressed blushes. Shan’s pick Blossom is a great medium pink that can be built up for more intensity. $40.96 each.

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Youngblood Mineral Primer is a great staple to have in your beauty collection. The primer is lightweight, non-greasy and contains no nasties so it’s perfect for even sensitive skin. $65.56

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Shan’s hair is super blonde and beautiful but with bleaching comes dryness, split ends and hard to manage hair. The perfect thing for hair like that is the evo Mane Attention Protein Treatment $28.46 that strengthens and restores health into tired hair.

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Moroccanoil Root Boost $47.50 gives volume to flat or dull looking hair. Simply spray into damp hair and style as normal.

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Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer is another great mineral option for priming! Skipping primer might cause your makeup to fade faster, become patchy and flake off. Eliminate these concerns by trying the Smooth Affair Primer by Jane Iredale $63.97 for a bright & flawless base.

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Watch the full video below to hear Shan’s thoughts on each product.

https://youtu.be/HfucNrpFf9c

What was your favourite product from the haul?

GlamPalm

I’m sure you’ve heard of the top big name hair straighteners and thought “Wow – that’s expensive, is it really worth the price?” Most of us are on a journey for sleek, shiny hair and we sure as hell don’t […]

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The Secret Hair Tool for Fabulous Hair

I’m sure you’ve heard of the top big name hair straighteners and thought “Wow – that’s expensive, is it really worth the price?”

Most of us are on a journey for sleek, shiny hair and we sure as hell don’t want to be damaging our precious locks. I think I can narrow it down to three things you’re really looking for in a hair tool:  It works fast, it works effectively and it doesn’t ruin your hair with heat.

Introducing GlamPalm:

Designed by professionals, GlamPalm launched in 2008 to critical acclaim. GlamPalm is now used in 70% of salons around the world.

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What makes GlamPalm Great:

Healing Stone Technology – Hair Styling without damage has been made a reality with GlamPalm. All GlamPalm products have been scientifically tested to ensure quality. The test subjects said their hair was smoother, glossier and less damaged with GlamPalm then other hair straighteners.

Ceramic Plates – Glide through hair easier for smooth sliding. These plates are unusual as they were independently developed by GlamPalm and prevent hair from pulling as you style.

Far-Infrared Rays – These rays are omitted from the ceramic coated plates that are made of a mixture of natural materials including mineral and alumina powder and help to protect hair from heat damage, while sealing cuticles to eliminate split ends.

Efficient Heat Transfer – The balancing of heat on GlamPalm plates means that you can style your hair effectively on a lower heat setting, therefore saving your hair from extreme temperatures.

Temperature Control System – Adjustable temperature controls means you are able to select the heat based on the style you desire – all at the touch of a button!

Simple Design – Ergonomic AND sweat-absorbing, GlamPalm has thought of it all. Never be uncomfortable while styling again.

Swivel Cord – Tangle free styling at your service PLUS the lifespan on your product is increased due to the flexibility.

Saftey Settings – Automatic shut off after 30 minutes of non-use plus GlamPalm products are designed with heat resistance caps to minimise heat transfer to the hands.

Top GlamPalm Products:

GlamPalm GP201 Ceramic Hair Straightener

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No heat protection spray required! Heat damage is a thing of the past with this little beauty from GlamPalm. Straighten or curls any hair type – suitable for those with long hair too!

GlamPalm GP709 Hair Dryer

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This is not your ordinary hair dryer. This innovative dryer is completely anti-frizz while enhancing and protecting coloured hair. Dries the hair, doesn’t dry it out!

GlamPalm The Magic Wand

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Sculpt beautiful, professional curls – whatever your hair type, whatever your style. The Magic Wand will gift you with curls you’ve only ever dreamt of. With a tapered and super smooth barrel, this curler allows you to create loose beach curls with that extra hold factor you have been looking for or soft tousled waves and much, much more.

Watch the whole range of GlamPalm in action:

Have you heard of GlamPalm before? It might be hairs best kept secret!

Shop the whole range here.

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The biggest event to hit the country this July is Splendour in the Grass! Held yearly in beautiful Byron Bay, thousands travel far and wide with swags on their backs, tents in tow and vans a plenty! It’s a 3 […]

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Trend Alert – Pearlescent for Splendour

The biggest event to hit the country this July is Splendour in the Grass! Held yearly in beautiful Byron Bay, thousands travel far and wide with swags on their backs, tents in tow and vans a plenty! It’s a 3 day music festival featuring great acts like The Strokes, The Cure, Flume, Hermitude, The Avalanches, Sigur Ros, Duke Dumont and Matt Corby just to name a few.

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This year Splendour in the Grass will be held July 22-24 and will include the Tipi Forest where you can chill out to eclectic music, dance to the transcendental light show, get colourful in the art happenings, or just chill and dream the night away under the stars or in an intimate tipi; plus there’s the double story Smirnoff bar to keep the party going all night long.

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The best thing that comes out of Splendour has to be the fashion and beauty! You can really throw your all into it and let go of inhibitions! Splendour is your time to experiment, and what we’re seeing already is a Pearlescent trend. Pastel hair, bright, glowy makeup and light breezy clothes!

Splendour Pastel

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Pastel or Bright Pearl? We love both.

Pearlescent for Splendour

Complete your pearl look with the following:

1. No pearl look is complete without glowing highlighter! Apply on cheekbones, bridge of your nose, top lip, chin, collar bones and everywhere in between. More is more.

The Balm Cindy-Loumaniser
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2. Your hair may not be exactly on point 3 days in, but it can definitely start out that way. Staying with the pearl theme try the…

ghd Platinum in the limited edition Azores Serene Pearl

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3. Nail art has never been more on trend and Splendour is the best time to experiment. We’re loving white nails!

opi Pearls of Wisdom

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4. Give your hair a little bit of love right before you leave for Splendour and I promise it will thank you. This gorgeous hair mask is a definite miracle, and will restore strength and shininess to lack luster hair.

Pure Pearl Miracle Milk Leave in Treatment

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Of course remember to stay hydrated, stay together and have fun.

Who’s going to Splendour 2016? Party hard….

Poni Cosmetics

We were all set to Giddy-up and ride off into the sunset with the release of this hot new brand EXCLUSIVE online to RY – PONi Cosmetics. We knew this trendy range would be a hit with young and old […]

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Celebs LOVE PONi Cosmetics <3

We were all set to Giddy-up and ride off into the sunset with the release of this hot new brand EXCLUSIVE online to RY – PONi Cosmetics. We knew this trendy range would be a hit with young and old with on point brow, contour and highlighting products. But we didn’t know just how many celebs are loving PONi! Check out below to see some fabulous images of gals around the globe rocking PONi Cosmetics.

We asked PONi Founder Evette Hess just what makes her products so popular and here’s what she has to say:

Why Everyone is Loving PONi Cosmetics:

RY: What do you think set’s Poni apart from other products on the market at the moment?

E.H: Firstly, our products are cruelty free and second they always offer user benefits that cannot be found in other ranges. Plus, PONi products are designed for easy and quick application and our quality and price is bang on point!

RY: I know it’s hard to pick favourites but what product from the range can you not live without?

E.H: Definitely our new brow kits with our new stencil kit! They are value packed and make brows quick and easy to do each morning. No skill or time needed, just a quick minute and you have perfect brows ready for your day! Our brow kit includes: brow powder, pro brow brush, brow pop (highlighter/concealer) and a setting wax all in a cute bag! The stencil kits contains 9 different stencils which includes: 3 petite, 3 medium and 3 thick.

Celebs Loving PONi Cosmetics:

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The one and only author, beauty guru and founder of best selling skincare line Go-To Skincare Zoe Foster Blake swears by The White Knight Tubular Mascara saying:

“Most tubular mascaras are low on volume for some reason, as if us tubey girls aren’t interested in fat lashes, but this gives a shittonne of thickness.”

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Australia’s biggest beauty blogger Lauren Curtis was also spotted wearing the White Knight Mascara when Gold Coast’s own Mia Connor did her makeup. Mia says”I use this on all my clients as it is smudge proof on even the most panda inclined eyes”. Mia also love Brow Magic – “I personally love the Brow Magic brow pencil and use it on myself. It’s a great pencil that is the perfect shade for me and super easy to use and it isn’t too soft so there is less room for error! I never used eye pencils until this.”

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@chels.randall whole face on fleek thanks to PONi Cosmetics

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Have you tried PONi Cosmetics yet?

For a limited time you can receive a FREE Brow Pop when you buy any two PONi products.

Shop the range here.

Fall Beauty

Autumn is one of our favourite seasons here on the coast. The sun is shining, the humidity is not making you want to kill yourself and the crisp evenings make for cosy nights in with homemade soup and hot chocolate. […]

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Autumn Beauty Trends 2016

Autumn is one of our favourite seasons here on the coast. The sun is shining, the humidity is not making you want to kill yourself and the crisp evenings make for cosy nights in with homemade soup and hot chocolate. The lack of seasons here in Australia means it’s not exactly like the leaves are changing and there’s pumpkin spiced lattes everywhere – but we do love the Autumn beauty trends that pop up.

Any excuse to give your makeup a shake-up!

Keep reading for our 10 favourite Autumn Beauty Trends 2016

1. Thick Brows

Is is just me or do you thick brows look so warm and cosy like you’re giving a big hug with your eyes? Pencil thin brows are so out – but don’t think you need Instagram block brows. The messier the better! Try the Jane Iredale Purebrow Gel for an easy no fuss way to comb brows into place and also encourage brow growth.

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2. Lazy Girl Balm for Chapped Lips

Everyone loves a bold lip (more on that below) but there’s nothing worse than lipstick sticking in all your dry chapped lips. The best, lazy girl solution to this is chapstick! Your lips will look shiny without the stickiness of a gloss, and you’re healing your lips in the process.

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3. Smokey Matte Eyes

Black smokey eyes are all the range but I might be bias in thinking that a brown smokey eye suits everyone. It makes brown eyes browner, blue eyes pop and green eyes sparkle. Matte eyeshadows are perfect for Autumn, not too intense and not too shimmery, but still makes your eyes stand out. Try the Jane Iredale Naturally Matte Eyeshadow Kit for 5 beautiful matte shades in one convenient palette.

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4. Blushing Cheeks

Nothing screams Autumn like the natural blush on your cheeks from a harsh wind. If you – like me – hate being out in harsh winds you can create this look with a pop of colour from the Napoleon Perdis Light Switch Luminizer Palette.

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6. Glitter

Okay, okay I can hear you screaming glitter has been out since the 90s! But glitter is back in a big way – probably thanks to that SnapChat filter (you know the one). Now glitter is not reserved for your body or your collar bones circa Brittney Spears 1994 – it can be done around your eyes for an actually really cool effect.

 

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7. Bold Lips

This is a given. Autumn means berry is back, baby! So apply your deep plums, your purples, your deep reds and the like. I love Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lip Colour in Ashley.

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8. Dark Hair

It’s time to swap those beachy blonde locks for a darker shade. If you’re a little scared you could try Bronde (mix of blonde and brunette) or some low lights for a big of edge this Autumn.

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9. Nail Art

Don’t forget your nails! I’m terrible at remembering to paint mine but if you do remember – dark shades are a must. I also love taupe or the silver glitter trend!

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10. Natural Glow

And if all else fails, just try and rely on your own natural glow. Nothing is more beautiful than beauty from within. So rock no makeup, let your skin breathe and your complexion shine.

What’s your favourite beauty trend from above?

Are you going to shake it up this Autumn?

anti ageing

When you’re in your early 20s you can feel invincible. Nothing is going to bring you down – age is but a number and “old” still seems like a lifetime away. This can carry into your 30s and 40s or […]

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Are You Too Young To Be Age Smart?

When you’re in your early 20s you can feel invincible. Nothing is going to bring you down – age is but a number and “old” still seems like a lifetime away. This can carry into your 30s and 40s or even 50s if you’re REALLY young at heart. But is it ever really to early to worry about skin ageing?

Some say that ant-ageing skincare can be too harsh for young skin, leading to breakouts and the like. But I honestly never think it’s too early to start protecting your skin – it is your largest organism after all.

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How to Prevent Skin Ageing:

1. Get your beauty sleep pronto! It’s the age of staying up all night and sleeping in late but it’s super important to make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

2. Hydrate. Skin dehydration leads to fine lines and wrinkles so make sure you drink 6-8 cups of water per day and incorporate a moisturiser into your skincare routine day and night. Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 50ml is a great medium weight moisturiser that helps your skin achieve absolute hydration and help defend against the internal and external causes of skin ageing. It also contains SPF50 which brings me to my next point…

3. Wear sunscreen! All Day. Every Day. Even when you THINK you’re going to be inside. Nothing accelerates the visible signs of ageing like UVA/B rays.

4. Try an anti-wrinkle serum – the results might surprise you. This supercharged peptide serum from Dermalogica helps stimulate collagen production to help firm and renew skin resilience and smooth away fine lines.

5. Eat a balanced diet. When you’re a teenager saying “yuck” to veges and “gross” to fruit might be okay – but once you hit your 20s you’ll definitely notice the difference in your skin AND body if you don’t incorporate anti-oxidant rich foods into your diet. The best are leafy green vegetables and potassium heavy fruits.

6. Make sure you wash your face every night before you go to bed – and make sure your cleanser & exfoliator are good quality! No more whatever-is-on-sale-at-woollies harsh face scrubs. The Dermalogica Age Smart range has you covered with the Skin Resurfacing Cleanser that helps re-texturise skin suffering from visible signs of ageing by removing dulling surface debris and helping accelerate cell turnover.

Dermalogica Age SmartIn summary – it’s never too early to start the war on ageing (the visible signs anyway)

Be beautiful and confident in your skin no matter how old you are with the Dermalogica Age Smart range.

Shop the whole range here.

mineral makeup

I know it sounds like it’s good for you – who doesn’t want their daily minerals? But is mineral makeup really better for you and your skin? Mineral makeup is not new and was originally created as an alternative to […]

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Why Mineral Makeup is Better

I know it sounds like it’s good for you – who doesn’t want their daily minerals? But is mineral makeup really better for you and your skin?

Mineral makeup is not new and was originally created as an alternative to standard foundations.  More mineral makeup is flooding the market place recently driven by consumer demand for products that contain as little artificial properties as possible. The major difference is the absence of chemicals, talc, dyes and preservatives that traditional makeup contain. This means numerous health benefits for your skin.

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Mineral Makeup Benefits

1. Mineral makeup provides just as good coverage as traditional makeup, but with care for your skin. Traditional makeup can prevent the skin from breathing, clogging pores and exaggerating redness and dryness. This in turn makes you want to cover up more and you end up applying a lot more makeup than you need. But Mineral Makeup allows your skin to breathe and look it’s best.

2. Many claim that mineral makeup looks more natural – almost like a second skin. It creates a flawless base but without the heavy, cakiness of traditional makeup.

3. Mineral makeup also prevents bacteria growth due to the make which is good news for your skin!

4. Hang on to your makeup a little longer, and make it stretch the extra mile – Mineral makeup has an extended shelf life compared to other makeup which means no wastage!

5. Does your current makeup hang on to fine lines and sink into wrinkles? The way mineral makeup works is that it interacts with light to bounce off the skin and creates a soft focus effect which in turn hides the visible signs of ageing.

Best Mineral Products

Jane Iredale – Liquid Minerals $74.62

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Ace the base – the beads or spheres you can see in the airless pump are actually liposomes encapsulating liposomes that minimise pores and creates a flawless base by itself – or ready for foundation over the top.

Jane Iredale – Purepressed Base $59.04

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A foundation, concealer, sunscreen and active skin care benefits all in one. Provides Broad Spectrum SPF 15 & SPF 20 and UVA P+ protection that is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. Layer over the top of Liquid Minerals for a full coverage finish.

Youngblood – Pressed Mineral Blush $40.96

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These pure mineral pigments mean you can build your colour from sweet to sophisticated, using only the tiniest amount of product, while a luscious texture ensures easy blend-ability.

 

Glo Minerals Lash Boosting Mascara $23.40

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Containing lash conditioners and film-forming polymers, this mascara is formulated for optimum performance and will volumise, thicken, lengthen, strengthen and condition your lashes all at once!

Jane Iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumpers $47.56

Not your average lipstick! These lip plumpers contain unique, time-released peptides that have been shown to increase hydration and stimulate collagen synthesis. As well as spearmint and peppermint oils to gently stimulate circulation making lips fuller, faster. Shea butter, sunflower oil and aloe vera soften and hydrate. Essential oils of lemon and tangerine help to exfoliate dead skin cells. That’s one multi-tasking lip product!

Have you tried mineral makeup before?

What’s your favourite mineral makeup product?

hydrating primer

The cooler weather (for those in the southern hemisphere) can often wreak havoc on your skin. My skin is already experiencing the dreaded dryness, the feared flakiness and unbecoming breakouts. It’s super important to keep hydrated and you’ve probably thought of […]

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The Best Primer for Luminous Skin this Winter

The cooler weather (for those in the southern hemisphere) can often wreak havoc on your skin. My skin is already experiencing the dreaded dryness, the feared flakiness and unbecoming breakouts. It’s super important to keep hydrated and you’ve probably thought of the most common ways to combat dryness; eg water, moisturiser, face oils and the like. But you might be missing one important step – particularly if you are wearing make-up in the winter.

Primer!

Your primer helps smooth your skin to help keep your make-up longer and make it look better. But did you know there are different types of primers that combat different skin concerns? For the cooler month’s it’s best to pick one that’s hydrating or brightening.

Dermalogica have got you covered with their NEW Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer.

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer:

Dermalogica claims that this new primer instantly hydrates and refines skin for a flawless finish. It’s lightweight, non greasy formula means it’s great for oily skin too, but will leave skin soft and luminous.

Beauty Blogger Reviews:

Beauty Bucketeer Primer

Stephanie from the Beauty Bucketeer says:

“Dermalogica Hydrablur smoothed out my pores, slightly brightens my complexion, and makes foundation application a breeze. I’ve been using this primer nonstop for over a week, and as much as I wanted to change it up and try other primers in my stash, I just keep going back to this primer – and that’s how I know I am in love with this primer.

The results I see in my skin after applying this on my skin are:

  • Refined pores
  • Blurred hyperpigmentation
  • Smoother texture (smooths out dry patches)
  • Less congestions even after wearing makeup for over 8 hours

This primer is easy to apply, you can’t go wrong with it – and it also surprisingly helped my makeup last so much longer!”

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Reika from Front Row Beauty says:

“As a makeup primer, the Dermalogica Hydrablur formula works cohesively with all types of foundations (I have tried liquid, cream, powder and cushion!), and it allows the foundation to glide on more smoothly, and keeping it from creasing for the whole day.

It is wonderful as a mattifying primer – for my oily t-zone it is able to control the oil for a whole day. In terms of ingredients, this product is formulated without artificial fragrances, colours or parabens.”

Do you agree with the beauty bloggers?

What are your thoughts on the new Dermalogica Primer?

autumn skincare

The weather might not have cooled TOO much here on the sunny Gold Coast (beach this weekend anyone?) but there is definitely a change in the air, and with it should come a change in your skincare. Here’s how you […]

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Autumn Skincare Edit

The weather might not have cooled TOO much here on the sunny Gold Coast (beach this weekend anyone?) but there is definitely a change in the air, and with it should come a change in your skincare.

Here’s how you can adjust your skincare routine for fabulous fall skin!

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Autumn Skincare Tips:

1. Sun, chlorine and salt have probably taken a toll on your skin throughout the summer so the first thing you can do in the Autumn is exfoliate that dead skin away! This will reveal fresh, glowing skin!

2. Say no to soap! Your favourite fragranced soap might smell amazing but it is super drying on your skin. Switch to a soap free cleanser or even better a cleansing oil! Use a cleansing oil such as the Napoloen Perdis Birth of Venus Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil without water to get rid of all makeup, grime and dirt of the day. The oil is also super moisturising and will impart a natural glow on your skin.

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3.  Up the anti with your moisturiser. You need something more heavy duty then the lightweight moisturiser you used in Summer. Try the asap Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser for rich, luxurious cream that deeply penetrates the skin. You could also incorporate a serum underneath your moisturiser for double hydration. Napoleon Perdis Complex Skin Renewal Serum is a good one that not only hydrates the complexion and improves skin elasticity, but also reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

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4. Don’t forget your lips! Chapped, dry, cracked lips is probably one of THE worst feelings and nothing looks worse under your lipstick than flaking lips. The Napoleon Perdis Overnight Auto Pilot Lip Balm takes all the hard work out with a luxe-feel balm that protects and moisturises dry lips while you sleep.

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5. Removing your makeup at the end of each day should be priority no matter the season! It can be the last thing on your mind at the end of a long, cool day but removing your makeup doesn’t have to be difficult. Try the Napoleon Perdis Balm Voyage Moisture Complex Cleanser and Makeup Remover for a cleansing balm that boasts all-natural goodies to soothe, moisturise, and pamper tired skin –all while wiping the day away. Your skin will be left fresh and clean without the drying feeling so many alcohol-filled makeup removers leave behind.

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It’s more important then ever to stay hydrated internally as the weather cools down! It’s easy to forget when you’re not feeling hot but remember 6-8 glasses per day is recommended!

What do you change in Autumn to keep your skin hydrated?

Let me know below!

brow poni

Your brows have probably taken a beating the last couple of years. In the 90s we plucked them real thin. Then suddenly girls like Cara Delavigne popped up and thick brows were back. You can’t (unfortunately) click your fingers and […]

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Best New Brow Products – Just Landed

Your brows have probably taken a beating the last couple of years. In the 90s we plucked them real thin. Then suddenly girls like Cara Delavigne popped up and thick brows were back. You can’t (unfortunately) click your fingers and take back years of over-plucking. But fortunately the influx of brow pencils, brow powders and brow gels on the market have helped fake it til you make it!

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The stunning brow products from PONi Cosmetics are no exception! You can have flawless brows in minutes – as these proudly Australia made products were made for the busy woman who wants professional results from home.

The range from PONi Cosmetics features:

Brow Magic Brow Pencil

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Brow Pop 3-in-1 Brow Highlighter

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Brow Powder

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Brow Wax

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& even Brow & Lash Serum

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My favourite is the Brow Kit which contains everything you need to create perfect brows including a double ended brush!

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Pro Brow Tips:

Evette Hess, founder and creator of PONi Cosmetics has four tips for great looking brows.

  1. Stick to your natural brow shape – You were born that way baby! The most flattering brow shape is the one that naturally occurs on your face. Many women try and alter their natural shape too severely which can end up looking harsh and fake.
  2. Leave the shaping to the pros! This is especially crucial if you are trying to grow out those over plucked bad boys. See a professional eyebrow shaper who can give guidance on how to keep them tidy as they grow out to eliminate brow nightmares!
  3. Try filling in with a powder. If you’re a beginner, brow powder is the easiest and most natural way to create full looking brows without going overboard.
  4. Avoid Instagram block brows. You know what I’m talking about. Evette says you can avoid this by only filling in the last half of your brows, then just running your spoolie through the first half to create a natural gradient.

There you go – now you’ve got the tips AND the tools of the trade.

Fabulous brows start now.

For a limited time only receive your FREE PONi Cosmetics Brow Pop when you purchase any 2 or more PONi products.

Shop the full range here.

frizzy hair

If you thought your hair only got frizzy in the heat – you thought wrong. The joys of frizz can strike you at any season and even in the Winter. Why? Because the air is so dry and cold in […]

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Beat the Frizz this Winter

If you thought your hair only got frizzy in the heat – you thought wrong. The joys of frizz can strike you at any season and even in the Winter.

Why?

Because the air is so dry and cold in the Winter – it actually pulls moisture away from the hair, leaving hair dry and brittle and more prone to puffing out. If you work in an office you’re even more prone to frizz as you move from the harsh, cold air outside to the more-than-likely over heated indoor air that is moisture less, wreaking havoc on your hair.

You can beat the frizz this winter with a few simple steps. Keep reading to find out how!

Beat the Frizz this Winter:

1. Lock moisture into your hair with a silicone based hair treatment. The silicone helps to seal hair cuticles, keeping moisture in and stopping dry air from pulling it back out. Try a serum like the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum that smoothes, conditions and seals strands, leaving hair silky, shiny and frizz-free in any weather or a treatment that prevents frizz damage.

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2. Apply a deep conditioning treatment 1-2 times per week. A moisturising one such as Davines MOMO Hair Potion is great as it is really hydrating but won’t weight your hair down – and it’s all natural!

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3. Quit drying towel drying your hair. You heard. Your towel can be super rough in the winter, making your hair frizz up. Try a softer material like the cotton jersey of a t-shirt.

4. Sleep on a beautiful silk pillowcase. Slip pillowcases are designed to eliminate frizz that occurs from tossing and turning through the night – and as a bonus these pillowcases also reduce your wrinkles!

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5. If all else fails – a messy bun has never been so fashionable. Learn how to do a quick messy bun here and never see frizz again!

 

Do you experience frizzy hair in the winter?

How do you combat hair frizz?

Let me know below…

keratin

We’ve heard celebs raving over Keratin treatments, and how straight and smooth they can make your hair. But do Keratin treatments actually live up to the hype? And what is Keratin anyway. Is this the new Kale of haircare? What […]

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Keratin – What is it and Why is it Good for Your Hair?

We’ve heard celebs raving over Keratin treatments, and how straight and smooth they can make your hair. But do Keratin treatments actually live up to the hype? And what is Keratin anyway. Is this the new Kale of haircare?

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What is Keratin?

Keratin is a protein and major component in skin, hair and nails. Hair is mainly made up of keratin-associated proteins. The Keratin acts both as an external protective protein in the cuticle (outer layers of hair) and as an internal structural protein in the cortex (inner core of hair).

Why Does Your Hair Need Keratin?

Keratin in hair is depleted when the hair is damaged physically, chemically or from external factors such as the sun or salt water. Keratin loss exposes the hair’s cortex and makes hair more susceptible to damage like dead and split ends and frizzing. Replenishing this lost keratin helps to restore the hair strands, making them smooth and whole again.

Keratin Treatments:

You can restore keratin in your hair by receive a keratin smoothing treatment at a salon. The hair smoothing treatment works by binding a liquid version of keratin combined with a chemical preservative to the hair, blow drying it into the hair, and then flat ironing the strand straight into position. This process helps prevent humidity from penetrating the hair and therefore locking out frizz. If your hair is super curly please be aware that a keratin smoothing treatment won’t completely straighten your hair but it will soften the curls and make your hair easier to style and work with. Keratin smoothing is a semi-permanent solution that will keep your hair smooth and sleek for up to four months.

If you weren’t after such a permanent (or expensive) solution – you can use hair care products that contain keratin such as the Keratin Earth Hair Straightening and Smoothing System. This system does not contain any formaldehyde which makes it safer for your hair. Some hair straightening systems can be highly damaging to the hair and very irritating to the skin, but Keratin Earth provides all the straightening effects without these disadvantages.

OR you could try the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin range which contains a KeraTriplex blend that helps repair every hair strand and protects against damage. Shop the full range here.

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Have you tired a Keratin Smoothing Treatment before?

Let me know below if you loved it!

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Paul Mitchell is an amazing hair care range known around the world for it’s innovative products and use of unique ingredients including Hawaiin Awapuhi Ginger. But there’s probably a lot you didn’t know about the man behind Paul Mitchell; The […]

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Paul Mitchell – Behind The Brand

Paul Mitchell is an amazing hair care range known around the world for it’s innovative products and use of unique ingredients including Hawaiin Awapuhi Ginger.

But there’s probably a lot you didn’t know about the man behind Paul Mitchell; The first being that his name is not even Paul!

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Paul Mitchell – Behind the Brand

Cyril Mitchell was born in Carnwarth, Scotland in 1936. Hairdressing was obviously in his blood with his mother being the first ever hairdresser in Carnwarth. Soon after he was born, the Mitchell family packed up and moved to London where Cyril spend most of his childhood. Originally interested in silversmithing, it was only a matter of time before Mitchell followed his true passion, enrolling in Morris School of Hairdressing in London’s West End in 1952.

By the time he was 18, Cyril had started winning not just British but International Hairdressing competitions. In 1954 Cyril joins a Mayfair hair salon and decides to start going by the name Paul, a name which one of his bosses used to call him. Paul takes his talent to the Vidal Sassoon Salon that were making history at the time, where he is then invited to New York City. Once he arrived, Paul decided to make America his new home.

In the US Paul helps launch Crimpers Salon in Bendel’s Department Store. This is where he starts introducing the world to his wash and wear hairstyles. During his time in America Paul Mitchell opens SuperHair Salon, creates Hair Cutting clubs, works in Fashion Shows and hair shows in Hawaii. After visiting Hawaii, Paul decides to move there and begins hosting week-long Paul Mitchell in Hawaii Seminars that hair dressers from all over the world fly in to.

In 1980 Paul teams up with long-term friend and hairdresser John Paul DeJoria to create their very own hair care system on the back of $700. The hair care system contains the now famous Hawaiin Awapuhi Ginger created on their very own self-sustaining, solar powered farm. The awapuhi used in Paul Mitchell products today are still harvested there.

In 1989 at only 53 years of age Paul Mitchell died from Pancreatic Cancer. Luckily his legacy and vision lives on through his son Angus.

Interesting Facts

Paul Mitchell was a true performer on stage during his hair shows. He had a stage partner Jeanne Braa and together the iconic duo would wear outfits like the ones below during his seminars.

Paul Mitchell Stage Partner

In 1987 Paul and his business partner John Paul DeJoria created one of the world’s first solar and wind-powered race cars and entered it in the World Solar Challenge in Australia.

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Paul featured in a national campaign in 1987 for the Paul Mitchell sculpting foam which is still a Paul Mitchell favourite.

Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam

The last ad featuring Paul Mitchell himself appeared in 1989.

Paul Mitchell Ad

Paul Mitchell are also dedicated to making the world a more beautiful place by planting trees, protecting animals and preserving native resources. All Paul Mitchell products are not tested on animals.

Shop the whole range here.

effortless waves

This week we were lucky enough to have founder of fashion and fitness blog Substance; Ally Hayward teach us how to create Perfect Effortless Waves with the ghdCurve Wave Wand. Keep reading below for her step by step tutorial so you too can […]

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Effortless Waves ft ghdCurve Wave Wand with Ally Hayward from Substance

This week we were lucky enough to have founder of fashion and fitness blog Substance; Ally Hayward teach us how to create Perfect Effortless Waves with the ghdCurve Wave Wand.

Keep reading below for her step by step tutorial so you too can create Effortless Curls.

How to get Effortless Waves – Ally Hayward:

The thing I have to keep in mind when I buy hair product or new hair tools online is that the model’s hair isn’t included in purchase…

So this tutorial is basically the next best thing.
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photo credit: Ally Hayward

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  1. Curling iron or something similar to the GHD Curve Wave Wand
  2. Styling powder
  3. Dry Shampoo
  4. Hairspray
  5. Brush
  6. Hairdryer

 

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 HOW TO DO YOUR HAIR

(OR ATTEMPT TO DO IT, IF YOU’RE ME)

I am by no means a professional when it comes to styling my hair. If I ever receive a comment on “how nice my hair looks“, it generally means I have either freshly washed it, or I have brushed the knots out. I am very effortless when it comes to hair, as I like a messy,  tousled look, over curls that fall perfectly into one another.

See below for my tutorial!

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 1: Clean your hair. I am 100% sure you would know how to shampoo and conditioner your hair by now, if not Billy Madison explains it pretty well, so maybe spend 21 seconds watching this YouTube video.

STEP 2: Towel dry and then roughly dry with a hairdryer. If like me, you end up looking like Cowardly Lion after using a hairdryer, it’s all good, I promise you’ll look amazing by the end.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 3: Brush it out, we want the natural texture of your hair. This will make the waves stay in and it will give the look dimension.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 4: Second off your hair into three sections, like so.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 5. Turn on curler – like this isn’t obvious – but I have been known to wait and wait and then realise I haven’t even plugged it in yet. I blame early mornings.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 6: Taking small sections wrap your hair around the barrel of your curler or GHD wave wand. I tend to start at the front and make my way backwards because then I can see how the waves are looking and how big I want to create them.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 7:  Spray with hairspray and texture spray or dry shampoo.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 8: Let your next section down and repeat step 6.

STEP 9: Repeat step 7.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 10: Mess it up with fingers and brush lightly, then add in a hair powder to create volume and texture.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 11: Voila! You’re now looking less Cowardly Lion, more like Dorothy. If it didn’t turn out how you like, then call me, we can emotionally eat through a packet of donuts or something.

I really like the size wave the GHD wave creates – it’s undone which is what I really like! You don’t have to spend too long brushing out the curls afterwards.

Thanks Ally!

Have you tried any of the curlers from ghdCurve range?

Check them out here today…

skin glowing

The air drops 2 degrees cooler and my skin is already freaking out! Flakiness across my cheeks and foreheads, my lips are chapped and my makeup is sitting on top of my skin. Longing for the days of dewy, sun kissed […]

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How to Keep Skin Glowing as the Temperature Cools

The air drops 2 degrees cooler and my skin is already freaking out! Flakiness across my cheeks and foreheads, my lips are chapped and my makeup is sitting on top of my skin.

Longing for the days of dewy, sun kissed faces have begun. But you can keep your skin glowing naturally as the temperature cools with some simple steps.

And if that doesn’t work – you can definitely fake glowing skin using some clever makeup tricks.

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Keep reading for your most beautiful skin yet.

Keep Skin Glowing

  1. Stay Hydrated. This means outside as well as inside. It can be hard to remember to drink the recommended 8 cups per day when it’s not as hot – but it’s just as important in the cooler months! Plus your skin needs extra moisturising so load up! If you don’t like the sticky, gooey feeling moisturiser can sometimes leave try a lightweight solution like Coast to Coast Lightweight Moisture Lotion.
  2. Keep a balanced diet. It can be easy to load up on carb-heavy, warm, fatty foods as it cools down. But keeping a balanced diet with healthy servings of fruit and vegetables will keep your skin looking it’s best.
  3. Exercise! Don’t fall off the wagon in winter. Pumping some cardio keeps your blood circulating and in turn, your skin looking in prime shape.
  4. Wash your face every night. If your summer cleanser seems to be stripping away the natural oils your skin desperately craves in the cold, switch to a more gentle option like Antipodes Grace Cream Cleanser.

Fake Glowing Skin with Makeup

  1. Use a primer underneath your makeup. Try a one that promotes skin brightening and steer clear of any “mattifying” products. A good one to try is the new Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Brightening Skin Primer.
  2. A soft blush is your new best friend. Blush brings life, and glow to your face. Don’t go overboard – try Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Light #20 Pink Rose 9g that is a light-boosting blush and bronzer palette with an expert balance of 4 shades + shimmer for a natural glow.
  3. If soft blush is your best friend, highlighter is your lover. There’s never NOT a good time to overdose on highlighter – but winter is your time to shine (literally). For the extra dewy look hit the cheekbones, but also don’t forget the inner corner of the eyes, the tip of your nose and chin. Our favourite is The Balms Cindy-Lou
  4. The perfect finish to any dewy look is a slick, reflective shine on the lips. ModelCo Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in Strip Tease is a great reflective, shimmering gloss.

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Now you’ve got your skin glowing, you’re ready to conquer winter.

Brrrr.. who else’s skin is experiencing the effects of the cool weather?

Let me know below how you combat it!