Beauty

5 ways to relax after a hard week of work

In today’s fast paced world, it is important to remember to take the time to relax after a long week of work. What's even more important? Knowing that you’re ALLOWED to relax!

Brisbane's new leading salon: Paul & Paul Paddington

Written by Jessica Lunan

Sleek strand lovers rejoice! Brisbane is warmly welcoming the new, gorgeously glam Paul & Paul salon to Paddington. A truly indulgent escape where supreme customer service, luscious locks and mesmerising décor take centre stage.

7 things you need to stop to accept and love your body

How many of these things do you need to quit?

How many of these things do you need to quit?

Self-love and acceptance is the first step in finding true happiness. You have all heard it before and you know it’s true. But what you might not know is HOW to reach a level of self-love and acceptance. Here is a quick guide to help you get on track.

Follow these 7 tips and you will be on that road to happiness in no time!


Stop letting the scale number or clothing size define you

Every woman is a different shape and size and every woman is built differently. Height, muscle and many other factors go into how much you weigh, so don’t let that scale number bring you down. It is the same with clothing. A size 10 in one store could be a size 8 in another. Make sure to try on the clothes and decide how comfortable you feel rather than focusing on the size.

Stop hating on your body

We all have parts of ourselves that we dislike. Rather than putting your attention on that, look at the things you do like. Do you have amazing eyes? Do you love your legs? What is it about your body that you are proud of? Focus on those aspects and you will see your confidence skyrocket.

Stop bringing yourself down

Take time to notice when those negative thoughts are happening and actively do your best to change them into something positive. If you notice that it is only during particular activities or around specific people that you feel those negative thoughts, it might be time to make some changes and prioritise yourself first.

Stop comparing yourself to others

On a similar note, stop the comparisons. Whether it’s from the picture perfect Instagram or the girl you sit across from at work. Stop comparing yourself. It’s important to remember that you only see what these people allow you to see. You’re comparing yourself to an idea that you have and not to a person. Nobody is perfect.

Start celebrating your strengths and skills

Learn to know what it is that you are really good at and celebrate it. You will feel better thinking about the positive things you can do rather than something that you can’t.

Learn to compliment yourself

Don’t rely on compliments from others to feel good. Each morning look in the mirror and give yourself a compliment. It sounds cringe-y but the more you do it, the more confident you will become.

Know your worth

Finally, know your worth. Don’t let anyone make you feel less than what you are. Whether it’s a guy, a friend, or a co-worker- know your worth and how much you have to offer.

Start practicing these tips daily and you will soon be on the path of self-love and acceptance.

Words: Jade Byers-Pointer

'Great Hair, Designed Expertly': Amanda Hair Design

Written by Jessica Lunan

Are you craving a total hair refresh complete with a relaxing experience like no other? Amanda Hair Design is the one for you.

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We’ve all experienced the unwavering desire to completely transform our look. Perhaps we’re searching for a confidence boost, new season rejuvenation or are in desperate need of a change; one of the easiest ways to do so is through undergoing a complete hairformation. But who can we entrust with our strands, knowing we’ll receive the results of our dreams? Introducing Amanda Hair Design, the multi-award winning salon dedicated to creating exceptional looks complete with an unparalleled customer experience.

Salon Director, owner and namesake, Amanda Oxley harnessed her unmatched colouring and precision cutting skills through her apprenticeship at London’s world-famous salon, Daniel Galvin. Having worked as an educator for the likes of Toni and Guy, as well as having big industry names coming across the seas to educate the team, it’s safe to say good hair days can happen everyday thanks to Amanda Hair Design’s combined 60 years’ experience.

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Located on the Sunshine Coast, this edgy, London inspired salon is your ultimate escape from the daily hustle and bustle. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be pampered like a valued guest. The extra details such as chilled water in stunning crystal glasses, the latest magazines, heated, luxe reclining massage chairs and harmonious environment is what sets the salon apart from the rest.

With their tag line, 'Great Hair, Designed Expertly', you can rest assured that they will help you achieve gorgeous, glossy hair to suit you and your lifestyle. Each visit includes a free consultation to discuss your hair desires with your stylist to ensure the style is right for you. They'll also provide advice on the right aftercare products needed to maintain your new look everyday.

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Whether you are after a dramatic lob, refreshing flaxen tresses or a bouncy blow dry, the salon has you covered. In addition, they also provide leading services in bridal hair, smoothing treatments and colour detox to ensure your strands shine to their full potential. Plus, with their in-house beauty therapist, Amanda Hair Design truly is your one stop destination for a total refresh and revamp.

For more information and to book your appointment at Amanda Hair Design visit www.amandahairdesign.com.au and follow them on Facebook.


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A day in the life of Adore Beauty CEO Kate Morris

No two days are the same.

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Kate Morris is the founder, CEO, and all round powerhouse of leading Australian online beauty boutique, Adore Beauty. After noticing that many women were intimidated to step thier manicured toes into department stores, Morris decided to create an online site in 1999 dedicated to all things beauty. Operating from her humble garage, Adore Beauty became Australia’s first online beauty boutique. Now with a mulitude of awards, thousands of customers and stocking over 160 renowned brands and 12,000 products, it’s safe to say Adore Beauty is truly on its way to world domination.

We caught up with Morris to talk her secrets of multitasking, what’s in store for Adore Beauty and a glimpse into the typical day of the mother and successful business babe.


How do you create space to allow wonderful opportunities to come into your life?

KM: I try and say “yes” as much as I can, particularly to things that scare me. I also try and make sure I allocate time to meeting new people and taking the time to listen to others’ stories. Challenges always lead to good things.

If you had to list only one thing, what is your secret to success?

KM: Tenacity. Once I set myself to achieving a particular thing, no amount of rejection and setback can stop me.

You’re a multi-tasking wonder, how do you keep it together and manage stress when it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day?

KM: Sometimes I find it’s best not to think about it. If you think about the enormity of the tasks ahead of you, it can be overwhelming. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Dory’s advice from Finding Nemo is pretty helpful: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...”

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, and the last thing you do before bed every day?

KM: Check my phone. It’s a really bad habit and I need to stop doing it.

What big plans do you have for Adore Beauty in the near future?

KM: I’m massively excited about some of the new brands we will be bringing on board this year, but I can’t tell you about them yet! Aside from that: world domination, obviously.

A Day In The Life of Kate Morris

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7am: Alarm off, feed and change the baby (Esther, 10 months), drag Anna (6yrs) out of bed and make her breakfast. After breakfast, pack lunchboxes, and try and get Anna ready for school.

8am: Have the world’s quickest shower and throw on some clothes and makeup ready for work.

8.30am: Our amazing nanny arrives to look after Esther. Leave the house to do the school run.

9am: Get to work, check emails and to-do lists, try and prioritise my day so that I can get some important things (not just urgent things) done.

9.30am – 5pm: Each workday is different but usually will include some internal meetings, as well as getting out and about with lunch or coffee meetings.

5.30pm: Get home, wrangle the kids through bathtime and into PJs.

6.45pm: Read “Where Is The Green Sheep?” for the 300th time to Esther before putting her to bed.

7pm: Have dinner with partner and daughter.

7.45pm: Read books with Anna and kiss her goodnight.

8pm: Little bit of work, maybe just sending a few emails or doing some reading. I’m about to do the AICD Company Directors course and have a massive stack of pre-reading to do!

9.30pm: Watch a bit of mindless TV to rinse the work out of my brain. Loving “Billions” at the moment.

10pm: Bed.

To overhaul your skincare and beauty regime head to Adore Beauty now!