There’s no denying that every woman desires full, high impact lashes. Yet, rather than being blessed with luscious, natural flutters, for the majority of us they’re more barely there than defined. While there is an array of beauty treatments to help emphasise our lashes, we’re after an out of salon solution that can quickly and effortlessly fit into our at-home regimens. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that we’ve found a range of products that do just that. Introducing Sarah Jean, the Australian beauty brand that will take your lashes to new heights.
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If you shudder at the mere thought of applying a set of falsies, fear not as Sarah Jean’s products have been created out of the very frustration of failing to apply fiddly, sticky false eyelashes. Founder of Sarah Jean, Sarah Baker was applying tricky peeper framers when she thought ‘there has to be an easier way’. Wanting to simplify her fellow lash lover’s beauty routines, Baker has created a range of party lashes that are effortless to apply and leaves every wearer looking and feeling a little flirtier and totally fabulous.
So, what makes these lightweight, vegan holy grails so easy to apply? It’s Sarah Jean’s revolutionary range that actually sticks to your eyelashes. Gone are the days of being personally victimised by intimidating falsies! Apply the Sarah Jean Adhesive like a normal mascara, a method that’s the secret to the brands success. Then using the Tweezer Applicator Tool, the falsies are gently pressed onto your natural lashes. And viola- you instantly have a voluminous, fuller makeover.
Coming in 5 different styles there is an array of options. Whether you favour a classic chic look, retro pin up or full glam, there is a lash for you. Plus, they’re just as easy to remove as they are to apply! Simply peel off and massage your real eyelashes for 20 seconds. And with Sarah Jean’s on trend, blush toned packaging, they look incredible on every vanity.
What are you waiting for? As they say, if the eyes are the window to the soul, why not frame them with something mesmerising?
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While we’re currently on the cusp of autumn, it’s no secret that we’re all dreaming of ways to create an eternal summer. There’s just something about the warmer months that makes us feel so alive. Perhaps it’s the vibrancy of sun kissed days or the freedom that comes from an effortless, floaty wardrobe. But how do we continue these tropicana vibes while the temperature is dropping? Our answer is Miss Rosa Boutique.
As an Australian online boutique, Miss Rosa specialises in providing luxe, destination worthy pieces for your summer hopping escapades. Whether that be a Santorini staycation or a Fiji fiesta, they have your cocktail dress desires and playsuit plannings covered.
With designs embodying the daring, Miss Rosa Boutique are known for their alluring silhouettes that emphasise feminine beauty. Think fashion forward details, unique cuts and flirty additions to spice up your wardrobe. Plus, with their modest price tag you’ll acquire new, lavish wardrobe favourites that won't break the bank.
What we love about Miss Rosa is they understand what the contemporary woman desires - functionality. If you're like us then you'll appreciate the power that comes from having a hero piece that transcends from the Monday to Saturday night. Yes, we're talking about cocktail and party wear that demands attention on the dance floor, yet can also been worn in the office! Simply pair your new favourite with a structured blazer and watch the transformation. Miss Rosa dresses can go from being the life of the party to boardroom chic in an instant.
More than just an online boutique, they're also a shopping destination who has devoted themselves to giving back. With every purchase, $1 is donated to your charity of choice upon checkout. Not only will you be ready to #slay in your latest Miss Rosa pieces, but there’s just something amazing about positively impacting someone else’s life.
What are you waiting for? Dare to dream with Miss Rosa and unlock a world of ceaseless charm, sophistication and hot summer nights.
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It’s no secret that holistic living has risen to popularity over the past few years. From clean eating, veganism and even crystal alchemy- it seems that everyone is aspiring for a healthier life. But an area that many of us overlook when undertaking a wellbeing overhaul is our beauty routine. Yes, our daily rituals are one of the most effective ways to deliver replenishing goodness for a healthier complexion. Yet so many skincare products include hidden nasties that are doing more harm than good.
We’ve been on the hunt for ethical, organic treatments that will give both our skin and bodies a boost. And we’re so excited to announce that we’ve found a range to answer our green beauty prayers. Introducing Manda Made, the all-natural skincare brand who will treat you from the outside in.
Working off the ethos of delivering kindness to ourselves, Mother Nature and our animals, all Manda Made products are lovingly handmade within Australia. True skincare artisans, the Manda Made team expertly mix a variety of quality raw and organic ingredients together to create nourishing treatments for your face, body and skin. Plus, it’s all served in completely recyclable packaging.
With these natural ingredients, you’re forgiven for believing they’re good enough to eat. For our fellow chocolate addicts, you can’t go past the Moisturising Body Scrub in Chocolate for a soothing, rejuvenating glow. Looking for an awakening burst? The Replenishing Hair Treatment in Tea Tree and the Moisturising Organic Body Scrub in Mint will refresh your senses and tend to your every need.
For an extra indulgence, why not run a bath, light some candles and enjoy the Rejuvenating Face Mask. Made from 100% rose petal powder, this toning mask will transform your skins texture and leave you smelling of fragrant blooms.
In addition to their divine skincare range, what we love about Manda Made is their ethics. With every Manda Made purchase a 5% donation is made to Animals Australia, an organisation helping to end animal cruelty. Not only will Manda Made replenish your skin, but you can rest assured knowing you’re pampering yourself with a positive conscious.
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After having a hiatus in 2016, MBFF is back for 2017 and is set to be bigger than ever. Commencing on Sunday the 27th of August to Thursday the 31st of August, the festival will be hosted at Old Government House.
The Festival Director, Lindsay Bennett, has stated that MBFF will celebrate Queensland and Australian designers through runway shows and other audience favourites.
“We are absolutely delighted to announce the return of this premier Spring/Summer fashion showcase to Queensland. The 2017 MBFF will be unique to previous years, as we present a refined program that will nonetheless shine a national spotlight on Queensland’s talented fashion industry,” said Bennett.
Once again partnering with Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific, CEO and Managing Director, Horst van Sanden stated that they’re happy to be highlighting Queensland’s fashion industry.
“Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is a fantastic platform for the Queensland fashion industry and we are proud to renew our association with this highly anticipated and reputable event. We look forward to once again partnering with the Fashion Festival and helping to drive fashion retail for Queensland,” Mr von Sanden said.
Be sure to clear your schedules for late August! Stay tuned for additional information on the program, designers and tickets in the coming months.
There’s a lot of buzz in the beauty industry about chemical exfoliants. “They’re so good!” “They make my skin light up!” and “What the hell is a chemical exfoliant?”
To be honest, it’s the industry insiders saying the first two things, and most ladies I know saying the last one. My friends don’t seem to know what a chemical exfoliator is, they don’t know how to use it, and they certainly don’t want to give up their precious exfoliating scrub.
Well let me enlighten you, my pretties, because this news could brighten your complexion overnight.
Dead skin cells aren’t just the flaky bits of skin we can see peeling off every now and then. Sneaky skin cells that have passed their use-by date stay on the surface of skin and cause your complexion to look dull and lacklustre. Exfoliation gets rid of these dead skin cells, leaving only the healthy skin behind, which gives you a glow. Buffing your skin regularly can also promote new cell growth, which gives you that plump, dewy complexion everyone goes nuts over.
Chemical exfoliation is another name for what is essentially a chemical peel. But if I say chemical peel, people tend to freak out, mainly because they’ve seen that episode of Sex and the City where Samantha burned her face off. I promise you, chemical exfoliants are not like that.
A chemical peel is basically using acids to essentially dissolve your dead skin cells and really get in there to wash the gunk out of your pores. But get the images of acid melting skin off faces out of your head right this second! Acids are not as harsh as you might think; your regular toner probably has acid in it and you didn’t even notice.
There are two types of acids in chemical exfoliant: Alphy Hydroxy Acids (AHA) or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA). The most commonly used AHAs are glycolic acid and lactic acid. If you suffer from acne, you’ll already be familiar with the most popular BHA: salicylic acid.
AHAs are like teeny tiny little skin ninja molecules that get into the upper layer of your skin, dissolving and dislodging all your dead skin cells and generally kicking dull skin’s ass. This formula also promotes healthy cell turnover, leading to that dewy look we all love. Glycolic tends to penetrate that little bit deeper than lactic acid but realistically it’s much of a muchness.
Salicylic acids are a tiny bit different; they do mostly the same thing but they can also get deep into your pores, making it great for people with breakouts but not so great for those with semi-sensitive skin.
There are a few things that aren’t so great about using manual exfoliants. Firstly, a lot of popular brands use evil little things called “microbeads” to smooth over your skin. These are tiny plastic beads that, when washed down the sink can do a real number on the environment. Firstly, they’re not biodegradable. Secondly, they’re exactly the right size to be swallowed by marine life, stopping them from getting essential nutrients and potentially killing them, and lastly, plastics soaks up all the toxins it comes across into the sewer and delivers them into the bellies of animals who eat them. Not fun.
Eco-friendly scrubs often use natural exfoliating elements such as crushed walnut shell or apricot seed but these can often have pesky jagged edges that can damage and irritate your skin, and cause micro-tears. Chemical scrubs get in there and give a far more thorough, even result with much less damage.
Simple! After cleansing, before serums or moisturisers. Pretty much where toner would normally go... and since some toners have exfoliating acids in them already, this makes a whole lot of sense. Try Clinque’s Clarifying Lotion 2 (from $29) for skin smoothing, and pore refining. And even though it’s sort of cheating, I would recommend Alpha-H Liquid Gold ($59.95, AlphaH.com). Technically it’s an “overnight treatment” but it can act as a toner because of its similar ingredients. It’s a cult product for a reason, and uses glycolic acid to hydrate, firm and smooth your skin like magic.
But the real holy grail of chemical exfoliation products lies in their at-home peel-style products. You know those pesky blackhead bumps over your nose and between your lip and chin? GONE with the power of AHA acids. Unlike scrubs, these peel treatments can also deliver much needed moisture-locking and healing properties.
How often you should use these treatments depends on your skin type, but usually every second day, or three times a week is fairly standard.
I would definitely put Dr Denis Gross’s Alpha-Beta Peel (from $23, Mecca) and Go-To Skincare’s Exfoliating Swipeys ($46, GoToSkincare.com) on that list. The Alpha-Beta Peel is a two-step process that has both AHAs and BHAs combined to improve skin texture, firmness, radiance and moisture. Exfoliating Swipeys are the brainchild of Zoe Foster-Blake and just require you to swipe and go. Easy peasy, and my skin is smooth and perfectly prepped to take in all the goodness of my serums and moisturisers. I’m also a huge fan of Ole Henrikson’s PowerPeel ($64) and PowerBright ($68 both Sephora) ranges. Each of these is a three-step spa-grade (aka super fancy) treatment, that involves a microdermabrasion exfoliating step, an acidic peel to address skin concerns, and a comfort mask. Other amazing honourable mentions go to DrJart+ Derma@home Peeling (price to come, Sephora), Sunday Riley Good Genes ($154) and Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads ($34.99, Priceline)
Elizabeth Best is a beauty expert and writer with more than a decade of experience working for some of Australia’s most prolific media outlets. She enjoys long romantic walks along the makeup aisle, and fully expects for her profound love of travel and food to bankrupt her one day. You can follow her never-ending obsession with food and makeup on Instagram.
It’s back to work and no play ladies, but have no fear! Spruce up this dreary time of year with a practical yet Instagrammable desk space to ensure you keep an eye on the prize!
We've hunted down our favourite pieces from Typo to ensure our work environment is inspiring, practical and motivational. Read on to see how you can do the same.
Not only are metallic colours super trendy right now, but this pop of colour will totally brighten your day and your desk. Think flashy gold pen holders, copper stationary and rose-gold frames to make your desk snap-able at any moment.
If ‘in your face’ colours aren’t your thing, or you simply want to complement statement colours on your desk, pastel tones are perfect. Baby blue creates a chilled out vibe, white is a must for clarity and pink…well who doesn’t love pink? Find pastel tones on stationary, and other essential knick-knacks like post-it notes, pencil cases, decorative folders (and more!).
While you want your study space to be picture perfect, it needs to be insta-workable. Organisation is the key to success. Accomplish this with a diary that looks fab but also includes a to-do list, note page and other stylish sections. A calendar and a cute notebook to write all of your thoughts and ideas in will also make the long hours of work manageable.
Do you ever feel like you can’t breathe in your office? Instead of running out of the door for some fresh air, bring the freshness to you with a pot plant (or two, you do you). Plants will not only bring simplicity to your desk (for a great photo of course) but they will make you feel calm and collected. And if you struggle to remember to feed your goldfish, maybe opt for some fake plants…no one will tell the difference.
We have all been guilty of dreaming about lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand instead of focusing on something that’s due in an hour. You can curb those feels by removing distracting desk photos and artwork by replacing them with motivational quotes. Look out for wall art, bold prints on notebooks, nifty décor and even stickers for some #inspo. So say goodbye to Liam Hemsworth and Zac Efron and say hello to Socrates and Gandhi- they’re your new BFFS.
The best way to make sure your desk is totally insta-amazing is to make sure it defines you! Not only will your followers love it but more importantly, so will you!
Words: Grace Holgate
In a day and age where Tinder is the norm, a text message has replaced a written love letter and a date consists of two people with their faces buried in their phones, do we really wonder why people question whether romance is dead?
With Valentine’s Day approaching, most people are preparing for romantic dates with their partner but we should ask ourselves why?
Tala Scott, founder of Evolve Today, relationship expert and author, believes that Valentine’s Day is an outdated tradition and says that it shouldn’t be the only time couples celebrate their relationship.
“As important as it is to celebrate your partnership we should all be making an effort to show our partner how much we value them every day not just on February 14th. Valentine’s Day is helping to create negative habits in which partners believe they only need to celebrate their relationship on Valentine’s Day and for the rest of the year they can be complacent, which is not keeping the flame of love alive,” says Tala.
Tala has listed her tips on how to strengthen your relationship throughout the year not just on Valentine’s Day. These include:
So often couples take each other for granted and don’t acknowledge everything they do for one another. It is important to make an effort to show your partner how much they mean to you and sometimes this simply means giving them time and attention. Life gets so busy that sometimes we forget to stop, feel and smile. If you’re busy then make the time. Relationships are important and need nurturing.
As we get older people assume that we have to act a certain age. This is nonsense! The best way to celebrate your partner is by re-living that feeling of falling in love. Go on an adventure, laugh, love and act like an 18 year old couple falling hopelessly in love. Couples need this time out as an opportunity to connect, to talk, to listen, to share, to support, to empathise, to laugh and to simply enjoy each other’s company.
In a healthy loving relationship, every day should be Valentine’s Day. Every day should be a declaration of how we really feel. We shouldn’t keep love in a bottle of our favourite scent or cologne to be used on special occasions. It’s doing the big things and the little things and appreciating the difference. It’s important not to take the little things for granted. Appreciating the gesture is golden.
Everyone has a different language of love according to Gary Chapman, a way in which they show and accept love. This can be through physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, or receiving gifts. Learn what your partner’s language of love is and work with it. Men and women think and feel differently so this can be hard at first to figure out but is vital to ensure the happiness of the relationship.
Sometimes you need a break from being a responsible parent and just have fun together. Set time aside for romance and intimacy. Expressing sexuality is healthy and balances your heart, body, mind and soul.
Put yourself in their shoes so you can acknowledge what they go through at work or home
Feeling supported by each other is like a gemstone in a relationship – valuable and precious. Make sure you understand the amount of work they do, whether in an office or at home with the children. Sometimes when we are stressed we can make rash judgements or build resentments based on work load. Make sure to empathise and see the situation through their eyes. Acknowledge and support them for the work they do.
It’s been said time and time again, in every conceivable language, that heart-felt communication is imperative in a relationship and needs to be expressed every day. Whether you’re feeling happy or sad, excited or frustrated, tell your partner how you feel. Open communication is vital to a healthy relationship and will allow it to grow and blossom. Make sure to tell your special someone “I love you” and say it from the heart.
Don’t go to sleep on an argument. The energy of anger keeps circulating in your system long after the last word has been shouted. If you can’t find a resolution, agree to disagree, which allows you both to settle. Make sure when you argue that you discuss matters at hand and avoid hitting below the belt to hurt the partner. This never resolves anything and can cause resentment to build within the relationship.
Self-love is one of the most sacred gifts you can give your partner. When you self-renew and re-energise you have so much more to give and share with another.
If you and your partner are experiencing difficulties in your relationship the most valuable and loving gift you can offer each other is to seek professional help. Too often the love we feel can become entangled in limiting patterns and beliefs. Love is the sacred gift that unites us. Love needs to be treated with the respect and honour that it deserves.
For more information visit www.evolvetoday.com.au
So, you finally met up with the hottie you swiped right for, and had an amazing date that led to a grown-up sleepover. Sure, sometimes in the light of day you decide he isn’t Mr Right, or maybe you aren’t really on the hunt for that right now. It’s all about what you want, queen! But if you are catching feelings, we have some advice on how to turn one night into one true love!
First up, try not to be too awkward in the morning. Maybe you’ve never been in this situation before, or you’re just not sure how to communicate that you don’t want to leave it there. Here’s the trick: act natural and comfortable, and he will follow suit. If you want to start a relationship with this guy, chances are you’re feeling comfortable around him already. So don’t get nervous! Be your fun self like last night. It’s especially important to not act like you’re embarrassed or ashamed. That will tell him that you have some sort of regrets, which will make him feel hurt and unwanted. It happened, and you’re adults. You can go forward together (if that’s what you both want).
Secondly, don’t hang around too long. We know, we know – playing hard to get is a little clichéd. But you’ve just spent all night with each other, and some space will allow you to maintain your independence. Don’t appear to be rushing out the door either, though. Simply say something like, “I wish I didn’t have that meeting to get to! I’m so comfy here.” And snuggle up. You’re showing that you’re enjoying being with him, but that you’re not going to hang around and become the person he has to get rid of.
Once you’ve made your exit, go about your day like the #girlboss you are. Then, send him a text later. Tailor it to him specifically (e.g. “I hope your pitch was a hit!” is more personal than “How was your day?”) so he knows you paid him attention. Then add that you’d love to see him again soon, and suggest a cool new bar you’d love to check out together.
Showing genuine interest and taking initiative is the best way to go forward and turn your night together into something more. Show him how fabulous you are and he’ll be hooked!
Words: Hannah Sloan
Even if your latest Instagram post is preaching the power of positive thinking, are your thoughts reflecting the same?
Self-acceptance is when you finally stop comparing yourself to others. It’s when you start allowing yourself to be who you really are instead of who you think others want you to be. We spend such a large part of our lives trying to fit in, eventually it becomes exhausting. But once you realise you'll be spending your entire life with yourself - wasting time obsessing over your flaws and failures suddenly seems absurd.
So in 2017, instead of focusing on being a good friend to others, it’s time to work on being a good friend to yourself.
First, explore your many amazing qualities. I can see you cringing now and I know, it can seem a bit silly. But do me a favour, try to focus on the things you do well and let go of the things you can’t. Maybe you’re an amazing dancer or song-writer or musician. Maybe you’re a good listener or you can squat your body weight. Whatever it is, if you’re good at it, acknowledge it. And everything you’re not great at, let it go. Your faults don’t define you.
Second, you need to get used to being alone. Learning to enjoy your own company is so important. We are rarely alone these days because even when we’re physically by ourselves, we’re still connected with others through text and social media. So if even just for twenty minutes put your phone down and take yourself for a walk outside. Enjoy the silence. Really focus on your thoughts. Are they positive or negative? Do you belittle yourself or uplift yourself? Accepting who you are becomes so much easier when you learn to ignore those voices in your head that only ever try to bring you down.
Third, do things for yourself and no one else. We are so good at putting other people’s needs over our own. I’m not telling you to become selfish. Just make sure the things you do for others balances out with things you do for yourself. Dedicate one day a week to yourself. Go for coffee or a run along the beach. Take a yoga class or just take a nap. Spend time doing whatever makes you happy simply because it makes you happy. You don’t need a better reason than that.
Finally, the big one. Letting go of your physical insecurities. As much as we don’t like to admit it, we rarely think kind thoughts about ourselves. We think we’re too fat, too thin, our eyebrows aren’t perfectly even. Our inner monologue can be so harsh. We say things about ourselves that we’d never even dream of saying to others. So before you berate yourself for anything, run it through what I like to call The Stranger Filter. Would you say it to a stranger? No? Then don’t say it to yourself.
Loving yourself takes a lot of hard work and patience. It doesn’t happen overnight. Luckily, you have the rest of your life to perfect it. But there’s no better time to start than right now.
Words: Elizabeth Clinen
Elizabeth is a young mother, writer and editor living by the beach on the west coast of Australia. An aspiring polyglot, she is currently learning Russian and her life goal is to read War & Peace in its native language. Elizabeth prides herself on her voracious appetite for food and knowledge. She enjoys doing yoga, smelling good and being happy. You can usually find her in the sun, writing, reading or breastfeeding. Sometimes all at once.