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!

Runway Makeup to Real Life

We love binge watching the latest fashion and beauty looks that hit the runway shows. Some are so out there and creative while others have us thinking “Hmmm… I wonder how that would look on me”. Well thanks for Curtis Collection […]

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Runway Makeup to Real Life

We love binge watching the latest fashion and beauty looks that hit the runway shows. Some are so out there and creative while others have us thinking “Hmmm… I wonder how that would look on me”. Well thanks for Curtis Collection by Victoria you don’t have to wonder any more. Her great range of cosmetics are made runway ready. Curtis Collection has even been featured behind the scenes of Sydney Fashion Week – and Victoria Curtis, makeup artist extraordinaire. has the best tips and tricks to create the looks yourself at home.

Runway Makeup to Real Life

1. Summer 2016 Trends

Smokey bronze eyes, sun kissed, flawless skin and a soft nude lip – ideal for summer. This was the look on the runway this summer, featuring structured shapes and geometric forms in a gorgeous palette of monochrome, gold, bright yellow and leopard print, which goes perfectly with this summer makeup look.

USE:

Airbrush Mineral Foundation to create a flawless base – just as the foundation describes your skin will look airbrushed with light reflecting spheres.

curtis_collection_by_victoria_airbrush_finish_mineral_foundation_30mlSignature Mineral Eye Shadow Quad – London Collection for the perfect smokey bronze eyes. This handy quad has everything you need to create a lot of different looks – for a smokey bronze eye apply the top right hand shade over the lid, deepen the crease with the bottom right, darkest shade, and highlight the inner corner and brow bone with the highlighting shade in the top left. curtis_collection_by_victoria_signature_mineral_eye_shadow_quad_-_london_collection_7g

Bring the sun-kissed look into your flawless skin with an Illuminating Bronzer applied on your cheekbones, cupids bow, nose and forehead.

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The perfect nude lip starts with the perfect nude lip liner. Over draw your lips to give the impression of a plump pout, then fill in with this creamy lip liner for a stunning finish!

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2. Winter 2016

It’s important to remember that as the seasons change, so should our makeup. Goodbye bronzed goddess, hello porcelain princess. The theme this winter was bold, berry lips with neutral eyes and a paired back, matte base, finished with a pop of blush in mauve or coral.

1. To get that matte base, first prime with a mattifying primer that will keep your makeup on all day and stop it from sliding around. It’s okay to dial down the glow in Winter so the best base is a matte base! Use the Skin Refining Face Primer for three essential benefits – reduces shine, refines pores and colour corrects all at once!

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2. Cover up any blemishes and bring to life the under eye area with concealer to provide a lit from within illumination – different from the all over glow of the summer look. Try Airbrush Finish Mineral Concealer with Optically Activated Particles that emit and diffuse light taking focus away from skin imperfections.

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3. Bring some colour back to those cheeks with a light sweep of blush. Shake it up this winter with a beautiful mauve or a gorgeous coral. We love the Mineral Matte Blush in Baby Doll.curtis_collection_by_victoria_perfect_mineral_matte_blush_-_baby_doll_3.4g

4. Finish the look off with a bold lip, berry is all the range but we can’t go past the iconic red lip. If you were scared to rock a red lip in the past, don’t be! Curtis Collections lipsticks are formulated so smooth and pigmented making them so easy to apply, even for a beginner. Try: Glam Lips – Captivate for a true blue based red that is sure to suit most complexions.

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Curtis Collection Winter Makeup

3. Spring 2016

As the dreaded cold of Winter fades into the background – we’re about to welcome spring here in Australia with open arms. To best embrace the warmer weather coming back, try a Fresh Glow. Nothing too heavy for this season ladies! Let your natural beauty shine.

USE:

1. Naked Glow CC Cream to cover any imperfections but still let your natural skin texture show. This CC cream will bring a natural glow back to dull skin that’s been put through the ringer, and even better the range of shades makes it this seasons handbag must have!

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2. Radiant Glow Illuminator – Pink Diamond Drops. This breathtaking, incandescent liquid imparts a subtle glowing veil over the skin, instantly transforming your complexion!

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3. A sweep of shimmering blush will bring some colour and natural glimmer back to your face, without the need of heavy bronzer. We love the Baked Blush in Bombshell.

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4. No messing around with lipstick for this look. Complete the look with a swipe of clear gloss and you’re ready to go!

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Curtis Collection Spring Runway Makeup

Which look do you love best?

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Eddy & Patsy are back in Absolutely Fabulous – the movie. Hitting Australian shores this week, the movie picks up right where the TV show left off – in all its hilarious glory. If you missed the era (*coughs* me), Ab […]

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ghd & AbFab – Iconic Hairstyles!

Eddy & Patsy are back in Absolutely Fabulous – the movie. Hitting Australian shores this week, the movie picks up right where the TV show left off – in all its hilarious glory. If you missed the era (*coughs* me), Ab Fab is about the dysfunctional friendship of Edina Monsoon & Patsy Stone (Jennifer Saunders & Joanna Lumley) who drink heavily, abuse drugs and are constantly chasing fads in their quest to stay young and hip forever. In the movie, Eddy & Patsy are blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party. The focus of hundreds of paparazzi, the two flee the event and have to somehow navigate the French Riviera – playground of the rich and famous without a penny between them!

The two are high powered career women in the London Fashion Scene and their iconic, outlandish style captured the nation, and is still remembered.

With the movie upon us, we want to re-create the various hair styles of Eddy & Patsy. And the good news is – thanks to ghd & AbFab, you can! The go-to styling tools of this movie are from ghd – without these iconic styling tools, the amazing looks could not have been achieved.  ghd teamed up with Ab Fab the movie, so all styling tools used in the film were the best selling ghd products you can get right from RY!

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Keep reading to find out how to achieve the looks of Eddy and Patsy with ghd.

How to get Patsy’s Hair with ghd & AbFab:

1. Back comb your crown with the ghd Natural Bristle Radial Brush in Size 3 to create the perfect quiff.

2. Secure your quiff with a LOT of ghd Final Fix Hairspray

3. Keep your bangs and pony sleek with the ghd Platinum Straightener – Pearl

How to get Eddy’s Hair with ghd & AbFab:

1. Create Eddy’s tight curls that last wherever your crazy day or night takes you with the ghd Curve Classic Curl Tong

2. Keep your curls in place with the ghd Curl Hold Spray

3. Comb curls while ensuring they don’t fall out with the wide tooth ghd Detangling Comb

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Get in the sale, Quick Sweetie! We are selling ghd reduced to celebrate the launch of this Absolutely Fabulous movie so you can grab your favourite ghd products for less!

ghd Air Electric Pink Hairdryer was $200 now $180

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ghd Black Platinum Styler was $315 now $279

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ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand was $220 now $209

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Now you’ve got everything you need to be Absolutely Fabulous with the help of ghd.

Get into cinemas today to see the movie – launched in Australia on August 4th 2016.

Get Hair Volume

It’s not often you hear people say “Man, I wish my hair were thinner”. More manageable – sure; Straighter? No problem. Shinier – definitely. But most gals (and guys) want thick, voluminous hair. And if you were born with dreaded […]

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How to get Hair Volume – Fast

It’s not often you hear people say “Man, I wish my hair were thinner”. More manageable – sure; Straighter? No problem. Shinier – definitely. But most gals (and guys) want thick, voluminous hair.

And if you were born with dreaded thin hair, your hair seems to be thinning over time from colour and heat damage or you just want to add a bit more volume in your hair – there are some fast methods you can utilise to increase the look of your hair volume.

Even girls who are gifted with naturally big hair need a little help on how to tame it or how to make big hair work best – so keep reading for tips on How to get Hair Volume – Fast.

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How to get Hair Volume – Fast

1. Get a Volumising Hair Cut.

This does not necessarily mean getting layers. Layers can increase the look of hair thickness, but more often then not layers make your hair look thinner – particularly at the bottom. A good hair cut to get rid of any split or dead ends is ideal, with a blunt edge. It might also be time to get rid of those long tresses – as super long hair can weigh down the strands – creating a flat look at the crown. The best cut for thick hair is around the shoulders or a tiny bit longer.

2. Incorporate Volumising Products into your Hair Care Routine.

If you’re struggling to find volumising products that do what they say they do you should start with the Joico Body Luxe Range. Joico hair care is affordable and produces real results.

Try: Joico Body Luxe Shampoo & Conditioner $20.63ea

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The shampoo and conditioner powers up the body, volume, and thickness of the finest strands without weighing hair down. You watch your hair texture transform before your very eyes.

Joico Body Luxe Root Lift Volumising Foam $20.63

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This gets your hair pumped up in an instant! Root Lift is highly targeted, firm-hold formula that lifts and spots you with support from scalp to ends.

3. Hair Styling

The way you style your hair can help greatly in boosting volume.

  1. Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down – if you’re hair is curly and frizzy like mine you might be a little scared of this initially. But once brushed out this is a big hair dream!
  2. Back Comb – Carefully though. Rough, excessive back combing can damage your hair so just focus on areas that need the most attention like the crown of your hair. Section into 2-3cm sections and lightly backcomb, spritzing hair spray as you do.
  3. Change the way you part your hair. If you always part closer to the right, try parting the other side. As your hair is not used to falling this way it creates a boost your flat hair needs!

4. Minimise Heat Damage

More often then not, straightening or heat drying your hair every day can cause your hair strands to become brittle and break off. Try going a week or so without using any heat tools – you will be astounded by the results.

5. Minimise Towel Dry Damage

Although the quickest method of drying might be to rub your towel through your hair as hard and rough as possible – this is actually quite damaging to your hair. When your hair is wet it is at it’s most fragile state so you have to be careful with it! Try lightly patting and squeezing your hair dry with your towel instead to minimise excessive hair breakage or fall out.

6. Switch up your Do

Constantly making your hair into a pin straight form might be sleek and sexy – but try curling your hair for a more volumising result! Curls are back baby. Shop our great range of hair curling tools here.

7. Don’t forget the Finishing Touches.

Dry Shampoo is a flat haired gals best friend. Spritz your favourite dry shampoo about 2cm away from the roots, scrunch into the hair with fingertips and then comb through to make sure it’s distributed evenly. Hair Spray also helps keep volume in hair. Once you’ve finished drying, back combing and applying dry shampoo, spritz some hairspray in your hair to ensure your style stays all day long.

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Shop the full Joico range including Body Luxe here.

There you have our top 7 fastest ways to get Hair Volume back into flat or tired hair.

What’s your favourite volumising hair product?

Let me know below.

Sheet Mask - Comfort Zone

To say that masks have been the skincare must-have of 2016 is a serious under statement. There was multi-masking, charcoal masks, peel off masks and everything in between. But I don’t anything has made as big as wave as the […]

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The Reign of the Sheet Mask

To say that masks have been the skincare must-have of 2016 is a serious under statement. There was multi-masking, charcoal masks, peel off masks and everything in between. But I don’t anything has made as big as wave as the Sheet Mask. With the domination of K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) upon us, it is easy to see why. Korea and other parts of South-East Asia are releasing the most innovative and technologically advanced skincare we’ve ever seen – every minute. The amount of different kinds of sheet masks that are coming out of this area of the world is insane, and of course other brands are jumping aboard, eager to be a part of this craze. The idea of the Sheet Mask appears simple – open it, spread it across your face a la Jason and you’re ready to go.

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One moment please, just applying my mask.

But we want to know if the benefits for your skin are real – is this a good step for your skincare? Can you replace your normal mask with a sheet mask? Keep reading to find out the answers to these questions and more.

Benefits of Using a Sheet Mask

1. Moisture is penetrated deep into the skin, delivered in this way because of the cover the mask creates, increasing penetration.

2. Most masks (the good ones) contain key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid which is perfect to hydrate dry or tired skin.

3. Hyaluronic acid combined with ingredients such as caffeine can also benefit the skin by de-puffing to minimise swelling or irritation.

4. There are so many different kinds of sheet masks you can basically combat any skin concern. This includes ageing skin that sags or needs a bit of a tighten. Skin masks can repair, tighten and improve skin elasticity.

5. Skin will experience an increased glow from frequent use of hydrating sheet masks.

Sheet Mask Hacks

1. Sheet Masks are a great, fast and fun skin pick me up but they shouldn’t replace traditional skincare. Most of the sheets are soaked in a serum based formula so they don’t have the benefits of a traditional mask to cleanse, exfoliate or purify the skin. They do contain a number of vitamins, minerals and amino acids and won’t try your skin out like a traditional clay or charcoal mask.

2. Take a mask on board a long distance flight (or short distance, for that matter). At high altitude combined with the horrible plane air conditioning, your skin tends to dry out or puff up – a sheet mask can combat both of these issues.

3. Sheet Masks should be a little luxury addition to your skincare routine – not a daily event. You should still use your serum every day to maintain skins hydration levels and your all round glow – using a sheet mask every day works out very costly.

4. If you’ve got acne prone skin it might be best to avoid sheet masks as they can increase the bacteria count in your skin and cause breakouts. It might be best to use a section of sheet masks.

5. To apply properly, start at the forehead and line up with your hair line and eyes to ensure no air bubbles, then pat the mask down over your cheeks toward the chin. It’s best to lie down with your mask on, or at least have your neck tilted back to ensure the mask doesn’t move around.

6. The ingredient list is key avoid sheet masks that contain parabens, mineral oil & synthetic dye free to minimise irritation.

7. Use the best sheet mask for your skin concern – eg if you’re looking for ultimate hydration then a skin brightening mask is not your best choice and vice versa. There’s so many on the market now it’s easy to find one suitable for you!

Best Sheet Masks

1. Comfort Zone Sublime Skin Eye Patch Masks $84.00

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Ideal as a weekly treatment for tired or dull skin with wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Contains innovative hydrogel and peptides for an immediate cosmetic action.

2. Decleor Paris Aroma White C+ Intense Brightening Mask – 5 Sachets $56.00

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Your complexion will be instantly clearer and more vibrant thanks to these badboys! Contain sodium hyaluronate and liquorice for skin that glows.

3. Tony Moly: I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet $3.00

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Formulated with red wine extract to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores while tightening and purifying skin, these sheet masks give you a healthier looking complexion in as little as 20 minutes.

Have you tried a Sheet Mask yet?

Try one today for a multitude of benefits!

Treat Yourself - Endota Spa

Treating yourself isn’t always easy when there you’re time or money poor. Fortunately there are a number of easy ways to treat yourself without spending a lot of time or money that you might have not even thought of. So […]

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Treat Yourself – Fast Ways to Relieve Stress

Treating yourself isn’t always easy when there you’re time or money poor. Fortunately there are a number of easy ways to treat yourself without spending a lot of time or money that you might have not even thought of. So if you’re a busy mum, busy at work, or just generally busy as we all are most of the time, keep reading for our list of fast ways to de-stress.

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Fast Ways to Treat Yourself

1. Take a walk. How often do you get outside and just breath the fresh air. Exercise is good for the mind, body and soul, and it’s even better when it’s out in the great outdoors. You’ll be surprised how much better you can feel even after a 15 minute walk.

2. Re-read a favourite book. All though most of us use TV or the internet (hello cat videos) to unwind most days – it’s still very straining on the brain. Sometimes losing yourself in a good book is the best cure.

3. Give yourself a mani or a pedi. Clean hands and feet = clean soul. If you’re looking for a lovely hand or foot cream, endota spa have a great range that aren’t too expensive.

4. Take a hot bath. Sooooo relaxing. Try light some candles or use a lovely smelling body wash for a great aroma.

5. Listen to your favourite music. Your ACTUAL favourite music – you know all the stuff your partner/ mother/ friends make fun of you for. I find the best place to listen to music is the car, but any place you can plug your music in and let go is great.

6. Go window shopping. Emphasis on WINDOW. Spending money you don’t have is definitely only going to increase stress levels, so try and stop yourself from spending. If this is out of your control – skip to number 7.

7. Apply a face mask. This is a little luxury that is reserved for – um never? Who has the time. Make the time to apply a nice face mask and actually chill out for 20 minutes while it works its magic. This could be done in co-operation with 2, 3, 4 & 5 (or even 6 if you’re that game).

8. Take the time to do your hair and makeup. You’ll be surprised how good you can feel by actually spending the 20 minutes to present your best self in the morning. An all round boost for the rest of the day.

Treat Yourself

What’s your favourite way to Treat Yourself?

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Curtis Collection Foundation Guide

We’re so excited to welcome Curtis Collection into our range of fabulous make-up brands. Right on trend with the current highlighting, glowy, stunning makeup products on the market, Curtis Collection provides high quality products in a huge range of shades […]

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Find Your Foundation Shade

We’re so excited to welcome Curtis Collection into our range of fabulous make-up brands. Right on trend with the current highlighting, glowy, stunning makeup products on the market, Curtis Collection provides high quality products in a huge range of shades that will suit most skin types. Curtis Collection is fast becoming Australia’s hottest make up brand and it’s not hard to see why. The range features a dedicated mineral collection that treats the skin with powerful natural ingredients and still delivers on coverage. The Curtis Collection products contain luxurious formulas containing highest grade minerals along with chic, sophisticated packaging that even Australia’s number one beauty blogger Lauren Curtis love!

It can difficult to find the right make-up shade (especially shopping online) but Victoria, the make-up artist and brains behind Curtis Collection, has made it easy for you! Keep reading to find out the perfect Curtis Collection products for you!

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Find Your Foundation Shade

BB Cream

BB Cream

It’s your skincare and makeup in just one step. This BB Cream moisturises like a cream, preps like a primer and covers like a foundation! Finish: Dewy/ Luminous Coverage: Sheer to Full.

Try Light for light skin with a neutral undertone, Medium for medium skin with neutral undertone and Medium/Deep for deep skin with a neutral undertone.

CC Cream

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Naked Glow CC Cream instantly colour corrects your complexion with the lightest, most natural looking coverage ever! Finish: Naked Dewy Glow Coverage: Sheer to Medium.

Try Light for ivory skin with neutral undertones, Fair for light skin with pink undertones, Medium for medium skin with yellow undertones, & Medium/Deep for deep skin with yellow undertones.

Airbrush Finish Mineral Foundation

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Stay picture perfect all day long with this virtually weightless, airbrush finish foundation. Finish: Dewy/Radiant airbrushed glow Coverage: Medium to Full

Try Tender Beige for light/medium skin with yellow undertones, Vanilla Cream for light/medium skin with a yellow undertones, Porcelain for light skin with pink undertones or Pale Beige for light/medium skin with pink undertones.

Matte Perfection Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation SPF15

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A luxurious liquid to powder foundation with sheer to full coverage and a semi-matte flawless finish! Finish: Semi-Matte Coverage: Medium to Full

Try Fair 101 for light skin with yellow undertone, Cream 102 for light/medium skin with yellow undertones, Light Beige 103 for light/medium skin with yellow undertones, Vanilla 104 for light/medium skin with yellow undertones, Golden 105 for medium skin with yellow undertones, Caramel 106 for deep skin with yellow undertones, Ivory 201 for light skin with pink undertones, Honey 222 for medium skin with pink undertones or Warm Honey 203 for medium/deep skin with pink undertones.

Deluxe Mineral Powder Foundation

Curtis Collection Mineral Powder Foundation

This powder contains skin soothing ingredients and jet milled powders that work together to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines leaving skin looking effortlessly flawless. Finish: Matte, Coverage: Sheer to Full

Try Cream for light/medium skin with yellow undertones, Beige for medium skin with yellow undertones, Sand for medium/deep skin with yellow undertones, Golden for medium/tanned skin with yellow undertones, Shell for light skin with pink undertones and Sunlit for medium/deep skin with pink undertones.

Curtis Collection have also provided all the info you need for the perfect concealer so have a look at the graphic below:

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And all you need to complete your perfect bold lip:

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We hope you love Curtis Collection as much as we do!

Have you tried Curtis Collection before?

Let me know your thoughts below.

Viviscal Grow Your Hair

Trying to figure out how to grow longer, stronger hair? You’re not alone. Many women (and men) spend hours researching the newest methods and best products to use, but usually the results are underwhelming. Why? Most people over-complicate the hair […]

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How to Grow Your Hair Longer

Trying to figure out how to grow longer, stronger hair? You’re not alone. Many women (and men) spend hours researching the newest methods and best products to use, but usually the results are underwhelming. Why? Most people over-complicate the hair growth process. If you really want to grow thicker, stronger hair, stick to a few key principles.

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1. Protect the Hair You Have

We often get caught up in the best ways to grow more hair and forget to protect the hair that we already have. Protective hairstyles are some of the most effective ways to make sure your hair stays thick and strong. Certain hairstyles like the french braid and even the classic bun are great at protecting your ends, the most fragile part of your hair. Keeping your ends safe lets your hair grow without disturbances. Minimise pulling and tugging whenever possible.

2. Stay Hydrated

If you really want to grow long and strong hair, drink more water. It doesn’t need to be stated how important water is for your overall well-being, but it plays a bigger part in hair growth than many realise. When you don’t drink enough water, your roots become dehydrated. When your roots are dehydrated, your tresses become brittle and dry, and your hair growth cycle gets interrupted. Not good. Your roots are the only source of moisture for your hair, so guzzle down the H20 whenever you can.

3. Wash Your Hair Less

Over-washing has become sort of epidemic. The number of women who wash their hair every single day is staggering. Unless you have extremely oily hair, you should only wash your hair a couple of times per week. Ordinary shampoo has gotten really good at cleaning away dirt and oil, but it can’t distinguish good oils from bad. Washing too often strips your hair and scalp of the essential oils it needs to stay strong, healthy and hydrated. When you do need to wash it use Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo combined with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner which gently cleanse the hair and scalp, leaving your hair looking fuller and thicker. Only the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying collection contains Ana:Tel™, a proprietary complex that includes clinically tested ingredients derived from natural sources such as pea sprouts.

 4. Eat More Protein

If you want to get stronger from your workouts, you need to eat protein. Growing strong hair is no different. Protein helps you produce keratin, the fundamental protein in the hair structure. When keratin weakens, hair strands are more prone to breakage. To nourish hair with protein, eat a diet that includes high-quality, lean protein. According to the USDA, women ages 31-50 should get 5 ounces of protein, younger women ages 19-30 can have 5 1/2 ounces. To give your hair a boost from the outside try Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir . Combined with Biotin, Keratin and Zinc, the Gorgeous Growth Elixir promotes the appearance of healthy looking hair growth.

5.Use a Hair Growth Supplement

Adding a supplement to your diet is one of the easiest and most effective ways to promote and grow stronger hair. A complete supplement like Viviscal Maximum Strength hair growth supplement gives your follicles exactly what they need to stay strong and extend the hair growth cycle. Essential growth vitamins like biotin, vitamins B and C, and minerals are often missing from our diets, and can be the difference-makers in healthy hair. This is an easy addition for anyone who is serious about their hair growth.

6. Lay Off the Heat

As satisfying as it is to use your flat iron to get your hair super-straight, you need to cut down on the heat styling if you really want to grow your hair. The truth is that your hair can burn just like your skin. It’s even more dangerous because you can’t feel it being damaged. Over-applying heat when it is already dry makes it brittle, dull, and prone to breakage. When you do need to straighten your hair, make sure to use a heat protectant product and, if you can, a Teflon-coated flat iron.

7. Find Your Happy Place

Simply put, getting stressed about hair growth will not make it grow any faster. This is not to downplay any stressful event or situation that you have to deal with, but having a positive approach can actually make the hair growth process more enjoyable.

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Shop the full Viviscal range here.

Take comfort in knowing that you’re actively taking steps to grow stronger hair. You could have let nature run its course, but you’re doing something about it, and that’s great. Find ways to reduce your stress. Protect your hair, keep your body running at 100% with a good diet and a complete supplement, and enjoy the ride.

Sustainability

It can be sometimes troubling to think about how caught up we are in our day to day lives. Working, family, eating, exercising, spending time with friends – our world is busy and it’s only getting busier. It can be […]

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Environmental Impact – What’s Your Damage?

It can be sometimes troubling to think about how caught up we are in our day to day lives. Working, family, eating, exercising, spending time with friends – our world is busy and it’s only getting busier. It can be difficult to take the time and step back and think about how we are affecting the environment around us. Environmental Impact looks at the adverse effects of the release of substances in the world around us. Everything you do, or buy contributes to your environmental impact or carbon footprint in one way or another. And there are lots of easy things you can do to reduce your impact, not just for you but for generations to come. It is easy to take this world for granted, but we need to keep the natural beauty alive for your children and children’s children.

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Environmental Impact – What’s Your Damage?

RUBBISH

Aussies generate over 2000kg of rubbish every year.

FOOD

We throw away over $2.5 billion worth of food every year

WATER

Australians Use Over 1 Million Litres of Fresh Water per person every year

PLASTIC

Australians use over 3.92 billion plastic bags every year. 50 million bags enter the Australian litter stream every year. Unless they are collected, they remain in the environment and accumulate at a staggering rate. Energy is lost from the resource chain every time plastic is not recycled.

ANIMAL CRUELTY

More than six million animals are used annually in research and teaching in Australia and New Zealand.

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What Can You Do?

RUBBISH

Dispose of rubbish correctly NO LITTERING.

FOOD

We throw away over $2.5 billion worth of food every year.

Recycle food scraps for compost in the garden.

Avoid purchasing products with excess packaging or excess plastic.

Buy Australian Made – think how far your products have travelled otherwise.

WATER

Switch to WELS rated Shower head to save more than 50L every time you shower.

PLASTIC

Recycle all plastic to reduce your footprint, or better yet switch to glass.

Shop brands that also use sustainable practices like Davines Haircare.

ANIMAL CRUELTY

Find out the full list of products that are tested on animals here and make a conscious effort not to purchase.

HOME

Properly insulate your home to cut toxins from air conditioning by 40%.

Check out our infographic below to see your impact!

Remember if you liked it and found it handy to share it with your friends!

By making some small changes you can definitely reduce your environmental impact tremendously. Let’s keep the earth beautiful together.

Do you have any good tips for reducing your Environmental Impact?

Let me know below.

Retinol

Many skincare ingredients can look and sound scary – what with so many myths around what you should and shouldn’t put on your face. Some people go by natural is best, some love the highly active skincare ingredients. No matter […]

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Hero Skincare Ingredient You NEED

Many skincare ingredients can look and sound scary – what with so many myths around what you should and shouldn’t put on your face. Some people go by natural is best, some love the highly active skincare ingredients. No matter which way, you should always consult a professional as skin tends to change as you get older and what your skin needs changes too.

One ingredient that gets talked about particularly often is Retinol.

What is it, what can it do and what are the side effects? Keep reading to find out.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, basically. Vitamin A is not found actively in skin, but when applied topically can provide the skin with a number of benefits.

Retinol for Anti-Ageing

Retinol is a cell-communicating ingredient that binds to cell receptors and basically helps cells stay youthful. Retinol also functions as an antioxidant helps prevent free-radical damage that causes wrinkling and other skin ageing effects. It is shown to increase collagen production, help fade discolouration from sun damage, and helps re-build skin elastin. It’s important to note that Retinol alone may not produce the results you’re looking for – it’s not an all-in-one-miracle guys. Retinol should be used in conjunction with other skincare, namely preventative agents such as antioxidants and signalling agents such as peptides, stem cell technologies and DNA repair.

Retinol for Acne

Once absorbed into the skin, Retinol performs as prescription version retinoids which have proven records of acne clearing treatments. Also, applied topically Retinol carries less of the side effects as oral Retinol Acne medication. Retinol also helps to reduce pores that can be enlarged due to sun damage and clogging by improving pore function and shrinking enlarged pores back down to size.

Retinol Side Effects

It’s all relative – Retinol can affect different people differently as everyones skin is different. It is particularly crucial to take care when applying Retinol if you have sensitive skin. Applying Retinol topically can cause minor skin irritation as well as dryness and flaking, peeling and redness. This can often be confused with skin exfoliating, but really it’s just a side effect of the Retinol. That’s why it is recommended to start slowly with Retinol products, and start probably in the Summer as skin is more prone to dryness in the Winter. It is usual to build up Retinol dosages by starting applying once a week, every second day and then gradually every day. Of course if irritation becomes too much you can dial back your usage. Make sure the rest of your skincare is soothing and irritation free as you don’t want to aggravate your skin any more than needed. And it’s important to note you NEED to wear SPF when applying Retinol topically or taking Retinol tablets. Vitaman A makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage and you will definitely know when you’re only outside for a few minutes and your skin starts turning pink!

Best Retinol Products

Medik8 Retinol 6 TR Advanced Night Serum 15ml $89.00

Medik8 Retinol

This little beauty is youth in a jar! It’s a lightweight and super fast absorbing serum that rejuvenates skin at its most optimal time – at night. Contains 0.6% retinol supported by vitamin E for significantly enhanced stability as compared to other retinol products.

Skinstitut Retinol 30ml $30.15

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Skinstitut’s Retinol promotes cell renewal in the skin by increasing collagen and elastin production, which contribute to younger, healthier skin.

Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Retinol Repair 30ml And Buffer Cream 15ml $108.00

Dermalogica Retinol

Dermalogica’s little duo is unique in that you can tailor your retinol dosage to suit your skin – perfect for retinol beginners. Containing Dermalogica’s most technologically-advanced Retinol treatment containing 0.5% microencapsulated Retinol, to fiercely fight anti-aging head on. Read more about this product here.

Medik8 Retinol Eye Tr 10ml $91.00

Medik8 Retinol Eye TR Serum

This little baby is targeted at your eyes – remember fine lines and crows feet tend to start at the eyes first and give away your age! Contains highly stable, pure, encapsulated all-trans retinol at 0.1% concentration with a powder dry finish. Retinol Eye TR is a supreme age-defence serum charged with a multitude of benefits to provide the eye area with a bright, vivid, revitalised appearance.

Have you tried Retinol before or were you too scared?

Let me know if you’re willing to give it a go now…