Beauty

10 beauty ‘cheats’ for the time-poor woman

These beauty cheat tips will change your life...

These beauty cheat tips will change your life...

Life's no easy walk in the park. With our never-ending lists, demanding careers, family commitments and the rest - it seems that most of the time we are running through life and forgetting to take any time to spoil ourselves. When things get chaotic the first thing to move down our priority list is our beauty regime.

There's no greater feeling of having your life together than when your skin is glowing, your nails are manicured and your hair is styled like a Victoria's Secret model. But time doesn't always permit and we're often left with chipped nail polish, pale skin and our hair thrown up in a messy bun.

But before summer creeps up on us, let's try and change some things to prevent the latter from haunting us. We spoke with the founder of Sydney’s newest spray tan salon Beach St, Lauren Capelin about beauty cheats for the time-poor woman and they're soooo good that we had to share it with you.

timepoorbeauty04Left to right: Lauren Capelin and Giuliana Benedet


1) “A manicure in your lunch break is an absolute luxury, and most would agree that it’s simply not realistic. An at home mani will suffice provided you’re equipped with high-quality polish and a steady hand. Avoid ruining all your hard work in a matter of seconds with this sneaky tip – dip each hand in a bowl of ice water for one minute each to dry nails and go about your day with full use of your hands!”

2) “Many people agree that the signature sign of health, beauty and confidence is glowing, sun-kissed skin. However, most would agree that they do not have the time to lounge about on the beach all day building up a healthy glow – not to mention the health risks involved! A spray tan is the quickest, safest way to feel like your best self. Some of our customers swear they look 10kgs lighter after a spray!”

3) “Dry shampoo – enough said! This god-send should be in every busy woman’s bathroom cabinet and work drawer.”

4) “You were born with hands for a reason – use them! If you’re in a hurry, put your brushes away and apply eyeshadow with your index finger, blush with two fingers (moving in a circular motion on the apples of your cheeks) and foundation with all four fingers. Most beauty-lovers are either for or against using fingers over brushes or beauty blenders. The big pro of applying foundation with the hands is that the heat from our skin melts the product and allows it to be applied smoothly and seamlessly.”

5) “A fabulous winged eye can be the bane of a woman’s existence, evidenced by the amount of memes online stating ‘Never ask a woman with winged eyeliner why she is late’. You’ll have no excuse for not being punctual if you use a small amount of sticky tape applied along the eye. It acts as a guide to ensure your liner is straight, even, and going in the right direction. You can be as messy as you want as the excess ink will fall on the tape.”

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6) “The worst thing to realise before a hot date is that you’ve forgotten to shave your legs. Thank goodness for on-the-go shaving cream! You can simply apply the cream and shave in five minutes flat. Always avoid dry shaving, even in dire situations, because it can cause serious skin irritation.”

7) “Embrace the 2-in-1 or even 3-in-1 nature of some beauty products. Most nude eyeshadows with a shimmer make excellent highlighter and illuminator for cheekbones and cupid bows. Glossy pink or orange-toned lipsticks make for creamy, lasting blushes and a clean mascara brush works as a brow brush in a pinch!”

8) “My new favourite thing is micellar water. Some nights cleansing the face just seems like far too much effort and it’s easy to fall into the trap of sleeping with your make-up on which most people know is torture for the skin. Simply apply micellar water to a beauty pad and swipe over the face.”

9) “Limit salon visits by investing in a product such as the Beach St Body Conditioner. It extends the life of your spray tan or, if used daily, you can build a gradual glow.”

10) “If you know you have an event the following day (or you just feel like looking fabulous, no event necessary), sleep with your hair in braids for easy, wavy in the morning. For a less dramatic look, twist your hair into two Princess Leia-style buns and spray each with sea salt spray. This will result in a beachy effect and you can literally say you did just ‘wake up like this’.”

The secret is out: all you need is The Body Bar

Written by Jessica Lunan

Beauty emergency? Put The Body Bar on speed dial and solve all of your beauty woes.

Beauty emergency? Put The Body Bar on speed dial and solve all of your beauty woes.

Left to right - Kristina Kljajic, Tara Shaw and Chloe Laing.

Can you relate that as women we’ve all been stuck in a hairy situation before? Let us paint the picture, you’re a busy girlboss who has been frantically meeting deadlines all week. Quickly, you realise that you haven’t had a chance to give your body the TLC that it deserves in time for tonight’s hot date - and you don’t have the time to rush into the City to visit a salon! It’s a dilemma, right?

Introducing The Body Bar, the Redlands’ answer to a deluxe beauty service that can help you look your best for those last minute or unexpected occasions. Nestled in the heart of Capalaba – the secret is out and we need to share this local suburban solution with you.

Owner, Tara Shaw and her leading team of therapists resemble a tight-knit family, welcoming each client through their doors to experience a quality service in a pleasant and relaxing environment. The Body Bar’s highly-skilled technicians are passionate about pampering you to ensure you’ll walk in and float out.

Feel like you need an excuse to relax your mind and body? Well, the salons clinically based, result-driven treatments will do exactly that. Whether you’re after a quick pick me up or have acne or pigmentation concerns, there is a targeted service available that will leave you feeling invigorated, irresistible and flawless.

Beauty emergency? Put The Body Bar on speed dial and solve all of your beauty woes.

As well as traditional beauty offerings, the clinic boasts an array of unique services that you didn’t know you needed - until now. These include ear candling which stimulates the immune system, DNA skin testing to discover which products are perfect for your regime and they also have laser free tattoo removal launching in September! So mark this in your calendars because come next month it's sure to be a popular service particularly because there's no-one else in the Bayside offering this treatment.

The Body Bar’s popular facials will rejuvenate the complexion and cleanse away impurities leaving you with a refreshed base. The Revitalising Facial is customised to your specific needs, replenishing and balancing the skin. While The Body Bar Signature Facial offers the complete package, including a lush facial and unwinding massage.

Besides creating a superb salon experience for you, they believe in the importance of looking after your skin at home. The salon offers two premium ranges by O Cosmedics and Aspect. These luxurious products will boost your daily beauty regime and will not go astray on your vanity.

Beauty emergency? Put The Body Bar on speed dial and solve all of your beauty woes.

Now you no longer need to travel and rush into the City centre to unwind, be well pampered and have an unforgettable experience. So whether you have a hot date on the weekend, need a quick spray tan for girls night out or are looking for a targeted treatment plan for problematic skin – The Body Bar will help solve those worries.

So what are you waiting for? Be sure to experience the goodness that The Body Bar has to offer and book a treatment today! For more information visit thebodybar.com.au and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


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7 ways to beat body hate and love thy curves

Barre Body founder, Emma Seibold shares her wisdom on loving your body.

Barre Body founder, Emma Seibold shares her wisdom on loving your body.

Your body truly is a temple, in more ways than one. It is the beautiful vehicle you have been given to travel and enjoy life in, so it’s only natural that you should nurture, love and worship it.

After my second baby was born I was left with abdominal separation, a saggy tummy, two hernias and very painful knees. Having had such a healthy and active lifestyle throughout both my pregnancies and in between with Barre Body, it was a real shock to not feel strong or fit.

I understand how hard we can be on ourselves (us women especially), and it’s time to shift this thinking and begin embracing ourselves and our bodies. Here are my 7 tips to loving your body.


1. Move your body.

First and most importantly, move your body every single day. Even if it is just for 10 or 20 minutes, move your lovely body. Once you get started, you’ll want to keep going for longer and you’ll find you enjoy yourself (trust me, it’s true). Exercise releases feel good endorphins, so you’ll get an extra mood boost too.

2. Find a regular form of exercise you love.

It’s so much easier to have motivation when you find a style of exercise or a workout studio that you love. Of course I recommend you try Barre Body. It’s a body-loving, self-kindness environment that will support you to really enjoy working out. However, you need to find a different exercise that you truly love so I recommend you have a go at different routines until you find something that fits.

3. Eat it all with love.

My manifesto when it comes to eating (such an integral part of body love and acceptance) comes from my favourite nutrition book, Food Rules by Michael Pollan. A quote that’s stuck with me is, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Meaning, you should eat whole foods rather than processed foods, you should eat moderate portions and eat mindfully, and you should eat a primarily plant-based diet. I just love this. It’s so simple and so true. I also believe that you should eat with love – eat pizza or chocolate (not too much) and make it a self-loving experience without any guilt.

Barre Body founder, Emma Seibold shares her wisdom on loving your body.

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4. Be grateful.

Be grateful for this magical, beautiful, healthy body you have been given. Even on the days when my knees were at their worst, I was grateful that I could get out of bed and still move around. What a gift our precious body and state of health is. Try to shift your focus from what you don’t like into what you do. We spend so much time and negative energy on hating certain things about ourselves, but by becoming aware of this self-talk we can consciously stop it.

5. Let go of wanting to lose weight.

Just let go. The very energy of letting go is much more conducive to losing weight than a tightly held belief like “I have to lose weight.” We all know what we need to do to be healthy, but instead, we seem to become obsessed with counting calories. This is certainly not going to support your journey to wellness and loving your body. So let go of these beliefs and work on what makes you feel heathy.

6. Throw out any clothes that don't fit or flatter you.

It’s simple, buy new clothes that fit your body now, not the body you think you want or used to have.

7. Buy yourself a super cute workout outfit.

Because you deserve it, and it will give you the motivation to workout and show off your new active wear wardrobe.

Written by Emma Seibold.

The blonde spring summer 2016/17 hair trend report

Which blonde are you? Paul Mitchell reveals the season's hottest colour in this Fashion Weekly exclusive Spring Summer 2016/17 hair trend report.

Gwen Stafani Blonde from Paul Mitchell's blonde spring summer 2016 17 hair trend report

The new season, Spring Summer 2016/17 calls for the perfect time to lighten your locks, so we’ve pulled some of our favourite variations from the blonde spectrum to get you inspired for the warmer months ahead. Whether you love bold cool tones or subtle honey hues, these four variations will help you narrow down the right shade of blonde for you.


Gwen Stafani Blonde

Gwen Stafani Blonde from Paul Mitchell's blonde spring summer 2016 17 hair trend report

Vibrant statement blonde is right on trend for summer 2016/17 and who wears the look better than Gwen Stafani, the ultimate blonde bombshell.

Platinum Blonde is a head turning shade on any wearer when the colour is created perfectly. It takes time and of course, a trained professional to be able to create a fresh, clean and vibrant shade of platinum.

It can be worn by women of all ages, but be warned it takes a lot of commitment to maintain. Because the colour is created for a full head, roots begin to show quickly and regular trips to the stylist are needed to ensure the shade remains flawless.

Paul Mitchel Pro Tip: Once you’ve ventured to the lighter side, protect your investment and keep your lightened locks healthy and bright with Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde® products.

California Blonde

California Blonde from Paul Mitchell's blonde spring summer 2016 17 hair trend report

Sunny light locks like those seen on Kate Hudson are the epitome of the true California beach blonde. This pale gold shade is great for those with naturally lighter hair and is perfect for summer.

Paul Mitchel Pro Tip:

Just like platinum blonde this shade requires a generous amount of upkeep and regular salon visits, something to be mindful of before investing the time and money on this level of lightening.

  • A quick visit to the salon for a toner is a great way to freshen your locks between colour visits.
  • The use of professional blonde specific home care products is MUST.
  • Regular treatments such as Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair will help keep your hair in optimal condition throughout summer.
  • When your regrowth starts to show, braid your hair in various styles until your next salon appointment.

Beach Blonde

Beach blonde from Paul Mitchell's blonde spring summer 2016 17 hair trend report

Nothing says summer 2016/17 like blonde beach hair. Texture and natural movement is still a major trend but this summer, why not add in a few sun-kissed natural highlights to accentuate your beach babe hair.

Your stylist can help you achieve this look with a combination of highlight thicknesses and colour tones which will create variation to your overall colour.

If you are after natural look without as much upkeep, then this blonde shade is for you!

Paul Mitchel Pro Tip:

  • Invest in a high quality sea spray like Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray to perfect your “just left the beach” windswept texturised hair .
  • Protect your hair colour during the hair with Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray.

Beyonce Bronde

Beyonce blonde from Paul Mitchell's blonde spring summer 2016 17 hair trend report

It's without question that Beyonce is one of our favourite IT girls! If we were to name just one reason why we love her, it would have to because she can wear nearly any hair colour! And she is fearless when it comes to experimenting with styles. Her perfect bronde hue is a gorgeous mixture of soft light browns with subtle blonde highlights and is a great blonde variation for those with naturally darker hair.

Paul Mitchel Pro Tip:

  • If you are naturally darker and wanting to lighten up your hair for summer, Bronde is a fantastic shade to opt for. But remember, lightening of any kind takes time, so consult your stylist to create an action plan to lighten your overall colour gradually to maintain your hair health.
  • Invest in a professional reparative shampoo, conditioner and treatment such as Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo, Rinse & Mask to extend the lift of your hair colour and repair the health of your hair between salon visits.

Thanks to our friends at Paul Mitchell for sharing this exclusive Spring Summer 2016/17 hair trend report with us.

For more information on Paul Mitchel visit their website.

The quick beauty pick me ups every vanity needs

Written by Jessica Lunan

Time. It’s the one thing that as much as we try, we can never control. Yet one thing that we can master is our beauty routines, and the essential products that will not only make you feel amazing, but will give you extra time to enjoy your morning coffee (or get extra sleep).

Time. It’s the one thing that as much as we try, we can never control. Yet one thing that we can master is our beauty routines, and the essential products that will not only make you feel amazing, but will give you extra time to enjoy your morning coffee.

Spray on nail polish

The dilemma: you’re rushing to get ready for your important meeting when disaster strikes- you realise the mani you got just 2 days ago is already chipped! The answer is spray on nail polish. Yep, you read that right- there is such a thing as spray paint for your nails. What’s more, the formula is quick drying and comes in a range of on trend colours. What’s more to love?

Dry shampoo

Who would we be without dry shampoo? The torturous procedure of washing, blow drying and styling our hair is diminished thanks to this miracle product. Simply spray on your roots where your hair may be greasy, gently tousle in with your fingertips and brush through. Your hair will instantly be voluminous and fresh as a daisy.

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Makeup wipes

Ok, we understand that makeup wipes are decidedly a beauty no-no as a sole skincare routine, yet you can’t deny that these aren’t handy. There’s nothing better than taking your makeup off after a long day before starting your beauty ritual at night, or even a quick refresh in the morning. Plus, it’s amazing for any minor clean ups (especially the daily smudge of our mascara that we always seems to create).

Matte lipstick

We love any dual action product, and matte lipsticks are one of those products which you wouldn’t think could be used for multiple purposes. Applying with stippling blush it can be used for a blush or a darker shade as a bronzer, and even an eye shadow.

Bronzing cream

Bronzing cream is definitely a holy grail product! If you’ve just gotten a tan, you can easily mix the product with your foundation to give your face an instant glow, or to fix up any patches as your tan wears off. For a dewy look, you can also use bronzing cream for your subtle contour.

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Like a virgin: your first Brazilian wax thoughts

Written by Jessica Lunan

It’s one of those evil necessities that every woman experiences at least once in their life. This strange beauty regime (or should we say torture procedure?) has somehow become one of key ways for us women to tame our body hair.

Here are the thoughts you have when you get your first Brazilian wax.


Here are the thoughts you have when you get your first Brazilian wax.

1. Everyone gets a Brazilian so it couldn’t be that bad... could it? *gulp*.

2. I mean it’ll just be like getting my brows done... even though my eyes always end up watering but it’s not like I’m crying... ok I might be crying.

3. OK, don't cry (makes promise to self).

4. Oh no, what underwear do I have on again? Washing day was last week... please don’t be those old granny knickers!

5. *Subtly checks* OK phew, the underwear situation is fine.

6. Oh no what if it doesn't smell like a bed of roses?!

7. No one has complained before....

8. Were they just being polite? *starts panicking*

9. Ohhh noooo.

10. But wait she does this all of the time and it’s not like she’ll be sniffing around there? Keep it professional, it’s fine.

11. I wonder how much it’s going to hurt.

12. Now I’m sooo nervous. I think I need to go to the bathroom.

13. I wonder if everyone else in this waiting room are getting Brazilians too?

14. Oh no, the receptionist is calling my name.

15. Maybe I can just pretend it’s not me?

16. Don’t be silly you told her your name when you arrived.

17. Ugh, time to face the pain.

18. I feel like I’m going into battle or something.

19. Battle of the Brazilians.

20. She seems really nice and this music is so calming.

21. Stop blushing, she does this all of the time.

22. Oh no the crinkly paper... always awkward.

23. She wants me to do what?

24. Butterfly my legs?

25. I can hardly keep that pose in yoga class?

26. Ok, she’s seeing everything now.

27. Deep breaths, if all goes wrong you’ll never have to see her again.

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28. Who convinced me to do this again?

29. She is really mixing that pot of wax.

30. Now she’s asking me how my weekend was... how is she so calm?!

31. My heart is beating SO loud... can she hear it?

32. Is it weird if I close my eyes?

33. Ooo the warm wax actually feels nice.

34. Ok it’s on now there’s no going back but ripping it off.

35. Ok breathe breathe breathe breathe.

36. I can do this.

37. I’m sure childbirth would be way more painful. This is nothing...

38. Just do it!

39. OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

40. WHY AM I TORTURING MYSELF.

41. Did she take off some skin? I’m sure I’m missing skin!

42. She’s still going.

43. OK she’s getting verrrrrry close to... I'm not sure if I've even gone there.

44. The anticipation!

Here are the thoughts you have when you get your first Brazilian wax.

45. Am I holding my breath?!

46. I am definitely holding my breath.

47. She’s still talking, can’t she see how much pain I’m in?

48. This has to be almost over by now?

49. Did I just make that noise in my head or out loud?

50. I think I just made it out loud!

51. OMG cringe.

52. How do people do this all the time?

53. Ow ow ow ow.

54. She seems to be stopping now?

55. Wait she’s wanting me to lift my knees up?

56. She wants to wax my butt?!

57. Do I have to?

58. It’s normal?

59. Why?

60. Ugh, ok she might as well see my whole nether regions.

61. Ok I’m definitely never ever doing this again!

62. OW.

63. It’s over!

64. I can breathe.

65. Is it weird that I feel like I need to give her a hug? Like I feel we went through something major together.

66. Oh, nope she’s still talking about her boyfriend.

67. OMG so smooth.

68. Wow this feels incredible.

69. So smooooooth.

70. I feel amazing.

71. I look amazing!

72. This was so worth it.

73. Pain, schmain.

74. She’s asking if I want to book my next appointment?

75. Yes please!

Here are the thoughts you have when you get your first Brazilian wax.

Skin, hair & nails: Qsilica leads the beauty glow

Written by Jessica Lunan

Don’t fall victim to the hype of the latest beauty products. Instead let us introduce you to Qsilica, a heavenly beauty range that will elevate your glow.

Don’t fall victim to the hype of the latest beauty products. Instead let us introduce you to Qsilica, a heavenly beauty range that will elevate your glow.

Whatever your age, there's no denying that we all want luscious hair, luminous skin and strong, healthy nails. While we desperately lather ourselves in products and treatments to help with our concerns, many of us don’t realise that flawless beauty is created from within. That’s where Australian made Qsilica will transform your beauty regime so you can achieve a youthful, deeply nourished complexion.

If you are searching for a beauty and health range that prides itself on bringing the best of nature into skincare without sacrificing on quality- then look no further. With their striking packaging, Qsilica is the perfect addition to your vanity and kitchen counter.

Boasting a special hero ingredient, the Australian brand is most famous for utilising the powerful super mineral, colloidal silica. Renowned for its healing and strengthening properties, the mineral supports the cell renewal process so you can say hello to vibrant, plump skin. This unique addition is expertly blended with natural, botanical ingredients, antioxidants and nutrients throughout Qsilica’s supplements and skincare range. The expert combination results in a total supplement and skincare system that has an inside and out approach to beauty.

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Looking after your skin is paramount and for a tailor made experience Qsilica skincare is best used in conjunction with Qsilica Colloidal Silica dietary supplements. Together they work as a force that assists in promoting healthy cell renewal and collagen production for the skin, hair and nails.

As an ecological, vegan company that is free from petrochemicals and parabens, you’ll be able to banish dead skin cells and enjoy a radiant, glowing complexion without the worry of any nasty ingredients. The prestigious brand also has a powerful stance against animal testing, so you can confidently enjoy the range knowing that it is cruelty-free.

Don’t fall victim to the hype of the latest beauty products. Instead let us introduce you to Qsilica, a heavenly beauty range that will elevate your glow.

Qsilica has also built a cult following with beauty lovers internationally because of their array of products that treat skin concerns. No matter what you would like to target, they have a product suitable for you. Their award winning Beauty Sleep products will help you relax and sleep soundly thanks to the chamomile and magnesium found within the supplements. While your body rests and repairs your skin will be nourished and hydrated.

Beauty and wellbeing doesn’t end there as Qsilica can fit into your daily beauty routine through liquid formulas, tablets, capsules, skincare and the most recent addition of a beauty superfood powder.

To create your own shot of beauty, simply combine 1-heaped teaspoon of the Beauty Elixir with cocoa powder, vanilla extract, soaked cashews and medjool dates. Ta-da! Now all you have to do is kick back and enjoy sipping on your delicious drink while this super-product does its magic.

Qsilica truly believes in beauty from the inside out and currently have a competition on their Facebook page for #TrueBeauty. Simply upload a photo of what true beauty means to you for your chance to win an amazing Qsilica Prize Pack.

Can you believe it? The full circle of beauty has never been so obtainable! To transform your regime be sure to visit www.qsilica.com.au and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


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5 of the latest, craziest beauty trends

Written by Jessica Lunan

From the highlighter challenge to confetti eyeliner, here’s the latest makeup trends that are taking the beauty world by storm!

The highlighter challenge

This look is perfect for anyone wanting to create a blinding glow (seriously, for health and safety reasons please warn everyone around you to wear sunglasses asap!) First created by YouTuber, Mariya, this look involves using different highlighters to create your whole face of makeup, including the base, contour and highlight. Yep, you read that right, highlight on highlight! While it’s not an everyday look, for those obsessed with shimmer, this is one for you. Plus, the results are divine!

Marble lipstick

 

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Marble has been dominating the interior scene for a while, and now the beauty industry has created their own take. Illamasqua’s Lava Lip’s formula blends the two shades together when applying, meaning that with every wear a completely unique shade is created.

Confetti eyeliner

There is a new liner trend making waves within the beauty industry. Confetti eyeliner takes the traditional cat eye and gives it a shockingly bright twist. Like the recent bubble liner trend, confetti liner will inject instant, bold colour into a monochrome outfit. To create, simply dot an array of coloured liners in a winged liner shape. For extra glam, incorporate glitter and metallic liners into your look.

Gold mascara

 

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If you love the metallic trend, yet you just want to dip your toe into the glitter, then gold mascara is for you. To wear, simply apply your usual mascara and then apply the golden product to the tips of your lashes. Like they say, if the eyes are the window to the soul then you might as well make them memorable.

 Tonal look

 

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Thanks to the Kardashian-Jenner’s, tonal dressing has been one trend that everyone has been coveting. Tonal makeup is the process of using colours of the same shade throughout your whole look, including lips, eyes and cheeks. While it does sound crazy, the results are beautiful. Pro tip: Use your matte liquid lipstick as liner. Simply apply with angle brush and viola- instant tonal winged liner.

Nails Inc. spray-on nail polish is a game changer

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Welcome to 2016 where spray on nail polish is not a delusion, it is a reality.

Welcome to 2016 where spray on nail polish is not a delusion, it is a reality. Watch our video to see how it works.

Thank the heavens because they’ve heard our prayers and delivered you pretty paint in a tiny can.

It would only be a matter of time until a revolutionary product like this would hit the market and fulfill our fantasies. Now you can enjoy freshly coated nails within minutes. *praise-hands emoji*

Let’s be honest, getting your nails done is a luxury and sometimes life doesn’t permit you to run to your local salon. Or worst yet, you attempt a speedy polish at home and have zero chill which leaves you with a messy finish.

If you’re like us and somtimes find yourself too lazy busy to coat your fingertips with a gorgeous colour for a night out; then don’t worry, because girl this product will solve those dilemmas.

Repeat this motto after me. “Shake it. Spray it. Wash it. Wear it.”

And that’s it! Why are we raving? Because right now, it’s all about an innovative, spray-on nail polish that will give you the result of perfect polished nails in seconds! This never-before-seen technique evenly and efficiently applies colour to your nails so you can be out the door in no time.

We couldn't just take their word for it, we had to give this product a whirl to see if it is as good as it looks. Porchester Square (muted mushroom colour) was our go-to and the results were beyond impressive. Take look...


Nails Inc Spray on nail polish product review. Watch our video here.

Step 1: Apply Nails Inc 2 in 1 base coat.

Nails Inc Spray on nail polish product review. Watch our video here.

Step 2: Spray your nails using the canister and wait a minute or two.

Nails Inc Spray on nail polish product review. Watch our video here.

Step 3: Apply Nails Inc 2 in 1 top coat.

Nails Inc Spray on nail polish product review. Watch our video here.

Step 4: Yes, your hands will be covered in paint! But... it washes off easily with warm soapy water.

Nails Inc Spray on nail polish product review. Watch our video here.

Step 5: Voila! Admire your perfectly applied polish in a heartbeat.

Seriously, it was that easy. But what we quickly realised is that this product is great for a fast paint job but isn’t meant to replace the typical salon style manicure. In a way, it resembles dry shampoo. A quick fix so you can be instantly glam.

Available at www.stylepatisserie.com in 4 colours the price is only $33 each. The 2 in 1 base and top coat is an easy $15 which will have your polish lasting up to 2-4 days.

We’d love to hear if you’re as obsessed as we are! So make sure you check it out and tag us in your photos on Instagram. Which colour will you choose?


Watch our video below. 

Beauty Wars: Which state leads in brow or contouring

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There's no denying that Australians are beauty addicts but you wouldn't have expected this... 

There's no denying that Australians are beauty addicts but you won't expect this...

Fashion Weekly has collaborated with our friends at Adore Beauty to pull data on Australia's beauty habits. As our Country's leading online shopping destination for beauty products and cosmetics they have some pretty impressive statistics to reveal.

Now, it shouldn't surprise you that Australian women are some of the most glamorous in the world. Why? Because we spend a whopping 370million a year on lotions, creams and serums! To say we're beauty obsessed is an understatement.

From beauty scrubbers to contouring queens our Country happens to be a little fanatical. We're not going to lie, when these statistics hit our inboxes we didn't' expect Tasmania to be the curling divas or Western Australia to dominate in the brow arena. Curious to know more? Well read on to see each states favourite beauty trend.


Queensland: Beauty Scrubbers

Leading the way with a flawless base - Queenslanders are raving about face and body scrubs. If looking poolside ready isn't motivation enough, then the warm weather demands minimum makeup so these ladies are steering clear of dead skin cells ensuring their radiant skin looks fresh and fab all year long. 

New South Wales: Sun Smart

It might not sound like the sexiest of topics, but being sun smart is exactly that... SMART. NSW buys the most amount of SPF beauty products with their favourites being SPF moisturisers. They'll be glowing and protected meaning they're total sun smart babes.

Victoria: Contouring Capital

Many of us have tried contouring at least once with the popular trend growing dramatically over the last 24 months. But no matter how much we try, Victorians are currently paving the way with their defined cheek bones proving that they are the contour queens.

South Australia: Sexy Hair

Luscious locks and sassy hair flicks are flooding South Australia. They have bought the most designer hair products, especially shampoos and conditioners. They say your hair is your crown, South Australian's seem to live by this ethos.

Northern Territory: Cleansing

Dominating the clear skin game, NT has their cleansing routine down pat. Drinking up the nutrients and vibrantly radiating - they're showing us how much they look after their skin. 

Western Australia: All About The Brows

We all covet perfect brows. And so does WA who is leading the pack with the most amount of eyebrow products sold nationwide. Ahh, Cara Delevingne should watch out - there is some fierce competition in the room. 

Tasmania: Curling Quarter

Tasmania is reigning supreme with sexy curls and natural beach waves. Hair curling tongs have been the most popular products sold in this state. They have been able to nail the highly coveted tresses sported down the runway of a Victoria's Secret runway show. Totes jealous! 


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Trend Alert: Crazy colourful festival braids

Now you can try crazy colours without the commitment!

Now you can try crazy colours without the commitment - Fashion Weekly's Editor Stacey O'Keeffe

Festival season is upon us and it's the perfect time to experiment and see where your locks will take you.

If you're like us and adore looking at crazy coloured hair but are a little too afraid to give it a whirl - then we have found the perfect solution.

Last week our Editor, Stacey O'Keeffe went bold and bright without the strings or damage attached!

She gave Joico's new InstaTint Temporary Colour Shimmer Sprays a try and the result was vibrant and totally festival worthy!

Impressively, all you have to do is spray these pigment-packed beauties directly onto the finished dos for an iridescent, insta-fabulous pop of colour. Or mix and mingle all five shades to create your own custom tint.

Our Editor gave Joico's new InstaTint Temporary Colour Shimmer Sprays a try and the result was vibrant and totally festival worthy!

You'll be shimmering, shining and dazzling for up to three days! And when you're ready, simply wash out the spray and you'll be back to your normal colour. It's such a fun way to try out the haute hue trends of the moment without getting too attached!

Here's how you can get Stacey's look in eight easy step.


PREP

Apply a mousse through the lengths and ends of towel-dried hair before blow drying to create texture and grip for styling.

STEP 1

Spray an array of Joico's InstaTint Temporary Colour Shimmer Sprays individually through the hair.

STEP 2

Part the hair and split the section into three strands for braiding.

STEP 3

Braid the three sections once with the two outside sections always moving under the middle section.

STEP 4

Scoop up sections of the hair and incorporate into the braid and repeat.

STEP 5

Tie off with an elastic band.

STEP 6

Loosely pull out on the braid to cause a fuller look.

STEP 7

Use bobby pins to clean up any loose hairs.

STEP 8

Lightly hairspray into place.

FINISH

Finally, spray Joico's InstaTint Temporary Colour Shimmer Sprays on the sections of coloured hair to enhance the colour.


Ta-da!

Now you can try crazy colours without the commitment - Fashion Weekly's Editor Stacey O'Keeffe

Royals Hair is revolutionising the hair industry

Written by Jessica Lunan

A majestic service is guaranteed with a visit to Royals Hair salon.

A majestic service is guaranteed with a visit to Royals Hair salon.

It’s rare to find a hair salon that creates a complete sensory experience. With a bright, eclectic interior, virtuous customer service and a leading team of cutting and colouring specialists, Royals Hair does exactly that. What’s more, their recent empire expansion, training academy and industry wins proves that Royals Hair is leading the mane game.

Renowned for their Moroccan inspired salons, the Sydney based hair specialists welcome every client through Moorish doors like an honoured guest; instantly treating them as part of the Royals’ ‘family’ to ensure their experience is like no other.

Now, a brand new Cherrybrook salon has been added to the Royals Hair dynasty. Located strategically between the first salon in Castle Hill, and the second in Hornsby; the Cherrybrook salon means you can let the experts refresh and revamp your locks, all while you relax with an exotic tea, Middle Eastern sweets and enjoy the aroma of lushly fragranced candles.

A majestic service is guaranteed with a visit to Royals Hair salon.

Led by Director and Colour Expert, Joseph Anania, and a team of highly experienced, in-house trained hair artisans, we can assure you that the Cherrybrook crew will create the hair of your dreams.

The ability to generate high-end, on-trend cut, coloured and styled hair, is one of the salon’s top priorities. The Royals Hair Training and Education Academy, in collaboration with Hollywood Hair Extensions, ensures that every team member has superior skills; and that clients receive the same, idyllic experience and results across all three salons.

Located in Castle Hill, the Royals Hair Training and Education Academy offers extensive training in cutting, styling, colour work, hair extensions and workshops for competition editorials. They also provide creative workshops for those unable to travel to the city, and hands-on, salon-friendly programs.

A majestic service is guaranteed with a visit to Royals Hair salon.

Thanks to the team’s extensive list of accolades and achievements, the skills learnt through the academy will not go unnoticed. Royals' most recent honour was awarded to Owner and Creative Director, Mary Alamine, who won the 2016 Hair Expo NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year for her creative collection, Gozen. This is the second win for Alamine this year, as she was also crowned the 2016 Australian Hair Fashion Awards NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year.

Inspired by the 12th Century, female Samuri Warrior, Tomoe Gozen, the namesake collection explores the concepts of strength and bravery. Featuring avant garde jagged cuts, braids, and experimental bursts of neon and soft pastel colours; it verifies that Royals Hair is a trailblazer in Australia’s hair industry.

A majestic service is guaranteed with a visit to Royals Hair salon.

Experience the warm, vibrant and exceptional service for yourself and book an appointment with a Royals Hair expert today.

For more information, salon locations or to book your appointment visit www.royalshair.com.au and follow them on Facebook and Instagram

See their award winning collection below.


  • Collection GozenPhotographer: Daniel Knott | MUA: Mikele Simone & Karina Marchetta | Stylist: Jana Bartolo | Hair: Mary Alamine
  • Collection GozenPhotographer: Daniel Knott | MUA: Mikele Simone & Karina Marchetta | Stylist: Jana Bartolo | Hair: Mary Alamine
  • Collection GozenPhotographer: Daniel Knott | MUA: Mikele Simone & Karina Marchetta | Stylist: Jana Bartolo | Hair: Mary Alamine
  • Collection GozenPhotographer: Daniel Knott | MUA: Mikele Simone & Karina Marchetta | Stylist: Jana Bartolo | Hair: Mary Alamine
  • Collection GozenPhotographer: Daniel Knott | MUA: Mikele Simone & Karina Marchetta | Stylist: Jana Bartolo | Hair: Mary Alamine
  • Collection GozenPhotographer: Daniel Knott | MUA: Mikele Simone & Karina Marchetta | Stylist: Jana Bartolo | Hair: Mary Alamine


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Why the opening of QLD's Sephora is the craziest

Written by Jessica Lunan

Everything you need to know about the crazy opening of the Gold Coast’s first Sephora.

Everything you need to know about the crazy opening of the Gold Coast’s Sephora.

Queensland’s very first Sephora has officially opened their magical beauty doors at the Gold Coasts Pacific Fair today, Friday the 15th of July. We have formally crowned today as every beauty lovers Christmas.

As anyone knows, if there’s one thing us fashion women love more than style, it’s beauty. So of course the opening of the world’s largest cosmetic mega-brand has met an incredible amount of excitement and chaos.

Everything you need to know about the crazy opening of the Gold Coast’s Sephora.

At 9am there was over 700 people in que awaiting the beauty havens doors opening to the public at 12pm. One thing for sure is that makeup enthusiasts are a dedicated bunch, with 60 people beginning to que overnight at 12 am.

Not only does Sephora offer over 100 exclusive beauty brands including Tarte and Kat Von D, whose products have been on our wish lists since forever; but those waiting in line have not been bored thanks to the live DJ at the front of the store who’s been dropping beats since 8am. There’s also complimentary beauty services and special offers happening throughout the day.

Everything you need to know about the crazy opening of the Gold Coast’s Sephora.

So if you need us, you’ll know where to find us!

Be sure to stay tuned for more Sephora related news.

Rhys Williams talks Gilded Cage and what's next

Written by Jessica Lunan

We caught up with the creator of Australian makeup brand, Gilded Cage, to talk all things beauty!

Rhys Williams talks Gilded Cage

Rhys Williams was working in the mines in Czech Republic when a close call urged him to change careers and create Australian beauty brand, Gilded Cage. We caught up with Williams to talk beauty trends, starting a cosmetic brand and what the future holds.

You were working in a mine when you experienced the life-changing moment that led to launching your Australian beauty brand, Gilded Cage. Tell us a little bit about this journey?

RW: I was in Czech Republic, in over 50°C heat, 1.2 kilometres underground. I suddenly heard the earth cracking and caving behind the longwall supports, and I thought that I might vanish forever. I’d worked in many underground mines, but that was the first time I thought if something goes wrong, it’d be all over. That’s when I decided to do something more creative. Beauty was a way to channel my interests as a child and has become a career that I can build for the next thirty or forty years. I’ve never looked back.

How would you describe Gilded Cage?

RW: Singular Beauty.

As a recently launched brand, what do you bring to the beauty industry?

RW: Our brand is competing against a universal, one size fits all beauty format. Instead, we focus on charm, wit and the combined elements that make a woman beautiful. Gilded Cage protects, glorifies and highlights natural beauty. There’s so many ways to be beautiful which is why we believe that smooth, commercial beauty is boring.

Gilded Cage currently offers a selection of lipsticks, lip glosses and eye colours – what is your most popular product so far?

RW: Our Revelation long wear cream eyeshadows have recently taken over the sales of our Unleashed lipstick collection. I am incredibly excited about this, because the formula in terms of innovation and technology currently leads the world.

Women are embracing our timeless beyond trend shades and we are receiving great feedback on the unique felt tip applicator. What is most exciting, is that whether you use the applicator, your fingertip or an eyeshadow brush you can create high end, fool proof and lasting smoky eyes in minutes.

Gilded Cag owner talks creating makeup business

What do you predict to be the top beauty trend for the season ahead?

RW: Heavy contouring textures will face more competition from formulations that uses light to define and sculpt a woman’s face.

What is your recipe for success in the beauty world and what are your words of wisdom for others wanting to launch their own brand?

RW: Success takes a lifetime to build, it rarely happens overnight. My approach is that you build success every day through your actions. Success is often a painful, exhausting road that asks you to make many sacrifices along the way. In terms of advice, if you don’t love what you do, or believe in it then it’s time to find a new career.

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Are you working on anything exciting in the near future?

RW: We have several exciting new formulations that will enter the market over the next three years. In some cases, there will be new additions to our existing collection, and completely new categories. We are also looking into creating fragrances when the time is right. It is always in the timing when you are building a brand.

For the ultimate pieces for your makeup collection, be sure to visit the Gilded Cage website. To keep up to date with everything Gilded Cage, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Unrefined Health & Wellness ignites change

Written by Jessica Lunan

Are you looking to take the first step to living a well-balanced lifestyle?

Are you looking to take the first step to living a well-balanced lifestyle

How often have you made resolutions to ramp up your fitness and nutrition routine for summer, only to find the temptations of comfort food and Netflix too great to resist? It’s time to clear your movie calendar and kick start your health journey, because the Winter Wellness Workshop by Unrefined Health and Wellness is one event that will ignite a lifestyle change.

Founded by Emma Tarrant, Unrefined Health and Wellness is Brisbane’s leading health and fitness hub who specialises in creating an experience that not only promotes physical wellbeing but a positive mindset.

Tarrant's holistic approach and goal to educate others about the benefits of a balanced life puts her at the industry's forefront. Rather than individually focusing on fitness, nutrition, or mental health, Tarrant believes that combining all of these areas will help achieve optimal results.

Feeling physically fit and having a great mind space is never out of style. That's why we're excited to share this golden gem with you. Unrefined Health and Wellness' Winter Wellness Workshop will motivate and inspire you to be your very best - just in time for summer!

Join them on Saturday, 23rd July, 2016 at Spring Hill where you will have the opportunity to learn what foods you should be eating to boost your immune system, improve allergy symptoms with a healthy gut and how to incorporate herbs and spices into meals to speed up healing time. You'll also learn how to cook dishes with medicinal properties to help reduce symptoms during cold and flu season, plus you'll be able to indulge in a little taste test! If you have any questions, Unrefined Health and Wellness' Director, Emma Tarrant will also be hosting a Q&A on nutrition, wellness and mental health.

Are you looking to take the first step to living a well-balanced lifestyle

Alongside this comprehensive workshop, they continue to breathe fresh air into the repetitive nature of the gym life. Bootcamp classes are hosted in the great outdoors! You will use your own bodyweight, weights, kettlebells, ropes, tyres, med balls and more to keep your body guessing! With classes running weekly you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded people all while having a blast.

"I am a big believer that health shouldn’t be hard; it should be an enjoyable process and it is most definitely a journey in which you are constantly learning about yourself," says Tarrant.

A positive, encouraging environment for everyone to reach their health goals is something that Tarrant is passionate about creating. With their range of services available you can choose from personal training sessions, nutritional and goal-setting consultations - proving it's never too early or too late to be all you can be.

New members to Unrefined Health and Wellness will receive a complimentary session with Tarrant to voice their goals and why they’re wanting to undergo a health and wellness transformation. Throughout their journey, members have regular check-ins to ensure they are on the right path to obtaining a well-balanced life both physically and mentally.

The details:

Date: Saturday 23rd of July, 2016.
Time: 10am to 12pm.
Location: The Happiness Hub, 1/10 Albion Rd, Albion QLD 4010.
Cost: $29.99.

For more information about Unrefined Health and Wellness and their fitness and nutrition services visit www.unrefinedhealthandwellness.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Waist trainer review: the cursed hourglass figure

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Welcome to 2016 where the ideal bodyshape is more unrealistic and unattainable than ever before.

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Thanks to celebs like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, us mere mortal are sucking, pulling and sweating the small stuff in hopes to attain the accentuated figure-of-the-moment. With today's ideal bodyshape of bigger lips, wider hips, DD perky breasts, tiny waists and toned thighs (with a thigh gap) - it only proves that the hourglass figure is cursed.

Celebrating curves is one thing but idolising them as society's new perfect has put enormous pressures on women to diet and exercise in unjustly ways.

Which is why I controversially conformed to the trend and decided to try the coveted waist trainer. My nervous self willingly gave it a go and documented the experience so you could be kept in the loop and know the honest truth.

Would this experience give me the curves that everyone desires? And was it worth it?


Day 1 | Time: 4 hours

Eager and enthusiastic to see what Kimmy K and celebs alike have been fussing about, I attempted to waist-train it up. But I was quickly left disappointed with the struggle to put the corset on by myself. I had to call in assistance because seeing over my boobs was impossible and it was so tight I needed teamwork to suck myself in and clip it up.

Positive: My posture was on point.
Negative: My breathing was a little shorter and to my despair, I only ate half of my dinner. Why? Because eating more was asking to amplify the uncomfortable feeling.

Day 2 | Time: 3.5 hours

Putting together my outfit while trying to hide this undergarment was a challenge in itself.

The drive to work was slightly awkward. I've never sat so upright in my life.

Similarly, whilst I usually slouch at my desk all day long, I found myself fighting against my new restriction. I had to consciously adjust myself to correct my spinal alignment. That's good, right?

Positive: I walked taller and sat up straighter.
Negative: By the 3 hour mark I started to feel discomfort in my lower abdomen which resulted in a slight thumping sensation. I immediately took off the waist trainer and gave my body a rest.

Day 5 | Time: 5 hours

By this point I'm feeling a little more accustomed to my new frenemy.

Lunch was an effort as - once again I only ate half of my meal. Feeling full is the awful part - it's a gross feeling where you're not sure if the food is going down or coming back up!

Positive: My posture is slightly improving without the trainer on.
Negative: Back rolls and a muffin top is a serious issue.

Day 7: Time: 4 hours

By this point I feel as if I'm in a love hate relationship. I do like how it shapes my waist into an enviable Kimmy K figure - but without out it - I'm totally regular. On the plus side, I found myself standing and sitting straighter and naturally pulling in my stomach.

I went for a brisk walk where I was left panting from the lack of oxygen flowing through my lungs. (my brisk walk didn't last very long)

Honestly, I don't see how it's supposed to mould your body - because as soon as I take off the corset everything bursts back into position (yes, tummy out!).

Final thoughts:

Honestly, the over exaggerated hour glass figure seems like wishful thinking.

The only way your body will adapt to these extremes is via a strict exercise routine, healthy diet and maybe sculpting or surgery.

In my opinion, waist training is an illusive idea to convince women that they can achieve some 'perfect' figure through dramatic measures.

I did lose a little weight but that's because I couldn't eat a full meal. And I struggled to keep it on for longer than 5 hours. The discomfort and constrictions were a real problem. I found myself count downing the hours because I couldn't wait to rip it off.


 

 

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Sephora set to open at Pacific Fair mid July

Written by Jessica Lunan

Queensland beauty lovers rejoice! Sephora is finally gracing the sunshine state, and its magical doors are set to open on the 15th of July, 2016.

Queensland beauty lovers rejoice. Sephora is finally gracing the sunshine state, and its magical doors are set to open on the 15th of July, 2016.

The beauty haven, which will be located at the newly redeveloped Gold Coast’s Pacific Fair, will be the fourth Sephora store to grace Australia; with two being located in Sydney and one in Melbourne.

The Country Manager of Sephora Australia, Libby Amelia, stated that the beauty giant is excited to finally give Queenslanders a taste of the wonderful world of Sephora beauty.

“It is a very exciting time for Sephora Australia with the announcement of our new store. After such great success with our first three stores, there has been much anticipation and demand for Sephora from beauty lovers across the nation...There has been high-demand by Gold Coast consumers for some time and we are so excited to finally share this journey with them as the global beauty authority,” said Ms Amelia.

The self-serve nature of Sephora, and the unique, high-end products sold only by the store in Australia, including Tarte and Kat Von D, creates a premium, one of a kind experience for consumers. What’s more, the 445 square meter store will include a beauty studio for Sephora’s complementary and paid services.

“The store experience at Sephora is unrivalled. We operate a self-service model, where the customer is encouraged to play, try and explore on their own! Alternatively, beauty advisers are always available for customers seekinginformation, service and expertise,” said Ms Amelia.

The global beauty brand is just one of the deluxe stores to grace Pacific Fair after their $670 million expansion. Pacific Fair General Manager, Brett Clarke, stated that the broad range of retail stores located at Pacific Fair creates an experience like no other in Queensland.

“We are delighted to announce that Sephora will be joining the enviable range of retailers to open at Pacific Fair in 2016...We know that the introduction of a global beauty megabrand such as Sephora will generate much excitement amongst our shoppers, and we are thrilled that they have chosen Pacific Fair as the location for their first store in Queensland,” said Mr Clarke.

In celebration of the first Queensland store, the Pacific Fair Sephora will be offering 2 exclusive brands, including the Kardashian’s favourite hairdresser, Jen Atkins latest haircare products, Oaui, and perfume brand, Commodity Goods.

We can’t contain our excitement over this news! From July 15th you’ll know where to find us.

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Fingermouthing: This trend will lift your selfie game

Written by Jessica Lunan

We’ve all heard of (and perfected) the duck face and the fish gape. Now there’s a new pose to lift your selfie game, introducing fingermouthing.

We’ve all heard of (and perfected) the duck face and the fish gape. Now there’s a new pose to lift your selfie game, introducing fingermouthing.

Sported by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Ashley Benson and Khloe Kardashian, fingermouthing is the method of strategically dangling a finger in front of your lips to create a completely off guard, candid pose (although we know that it’s the 100th selfie you’ve taken, don’t lie).

 

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Pioneer of the questionably named trend, Kylie Jenner revealed in an interview with Elle UK that she began posing with her fingers in front of her mouth because she felt self-conscious about her lips.

“I was so insecure about my lips. Even now I always post photos where my finger is always in front of my mouth...it’s a habit. I would always cover my lips. couldn’t even talk to people,” said Jenner.

We’re happy that King Kylie has now found peace with her enviable lips, and we would also like to thank her for providing us with yet another, seductive pose to perfect.

 

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What’s more, fingermouthing is the perfect way to subtly show off your fresh manicure, especially if your nails match your pout- what more can you love?

We're off to pretend like we're not practicing our fingermouthing pose. If you need us, you'll know where to find us.

The glaring truth about 'body positivity'

What really comes to mind when we use this ever-ambiguous term?

What really comes to mind when we use this ever-ambiguous term?

Gone are the days when a 'bikini body' was a carefully curated physique we all slaved away to cultivate before summer crept around the corner. Finally, we have come to the realisation that anyone can (and should) wear a bikini, thank you very much.

The fashion industry (and the entire world for that matter) has undergone a recent, radical paradigm shift and the sketch of the 'ideal' female physique has been completely scrapped and re-drawn.

Over the years, we have been presented with a vast range of predominately unobtainable (and frankly unhealthy) images of the perfect body. From scary skinny supermodels such as Kate Moss to impossibly curvaceous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, young girls have always been encouraged to alter their bodies in order to feel beautiful.

However, the new age supermodel is rather about a healthy, fit physique to aspire to. Instead of starving themselves, girls are encouraged to hit the gym and aim to change their lifestyles, not just their bodies.

Designers all over the globe have jumped on board this fantastic new initiative and are refusing to hire the overly gaunt young models that were once so highly coveted. The industry is not only promoting beauty, but health, and we couldn't be happier about it.

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Despite this emphasis on health and fitness, as a culture we’re more accepting of everyone's differing lifestyle choices and corresponding physiques.

Dresses do not simply come in sizes 0, 2 and 4 any more. We are slowly breaking down stereotypes and celebrating beauty at every size.

Of course, we all still feel the sometimes insurmountable pressure to look like the prototypical, beautiful girl, but body positivity is no longer the responsibility of the industry. It is up to us to embrace our bodies, bumps and all and be confident in our own skin.

Body positivity is a necessary quality for every strong, young woman battling it out in our ever changing society. No one can predict what weight, height, hair colour or clothing will be desirable 10 years from now. But we can control our opinion of ourselves. Be confident, be positive and be proud of your body; you are beautiful.

Words: Sophie Catsoulis

10 tracks to get you in the exercise mood

Written by Jessica Lunan

With winter come's countless of excuses not to exercise. These tracks will keep you motivated and moving all season long.

 With winter come's countless of excuses not to exercise. These tracks will keep you motivated and moving all season long

Ahh, winter. We love the break you give us from the sweltering heat (especially here in Brisbane), and you give us an excuse to rug up, stay home and eat all the comfort food we can imagine. However, with winter comes the countless excuses as to why we don’t need to exercise. It’s too cold to go for a run. Who needs a bikini body in winter anyways? Sound familiar? Here’s our top 10 tracks to get you in the exercise mood this winter.

Sorry by Beyoncé.

Yep, we’re still not over the surprise drop of Queen Bey’s album, Lemonade. There’s something about this track that just makes us feel so fierce. When summer rolls around you won’t be sorry for working it!

Work by Iggy Azalea

It’s a golden classic, and will get you through the toughest of squats. Just think of Azalea’s enviable booty as you’re work, work, working on your sh*t.

Grown by Little Mix

UK girl band, Little Mix, have definitely been making waves within Australia of late, with their hits Hair and Secret Love Song being played on the Australian radios non stop. This track isn’t as well known, but we can guarantee it’ll be the next Little Mix hit!

[RELATED: Stress is to blame for stubborn, hard to lose kilos]

Runnin’ (Lose It All) by Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé

Ok, we admit that Beyoncé is our number one workout Queen. If the track’s name doesn’t give it away, it has the perfect tempo to set your pace while working on your cardio.

Started from the Bottom by Drake

Everyone loves a little bit of Drake, and this is a throwback to his first album. It’ll remind you that everyone starts somewhere.

Work by Rihanna

It’s an obvious one, but this is a workout anthem that we can’t miss out on. After all, Bad Gal RiRi is body goals!

10 tracks to get you in the exercise mood

The Sound by The 1975

This little known tune is definitely one to listen to. The 80’s nostalgia is strong, but if the aerobics classes of that era is anything to go off, you’ll have buns of steel in no time by listening to this track.

Sorry by Justin Beiber

Yep, you read that right. We’re still obsessing over Beib’s latest album, especially this track. Maybe it’s because the dancing film clip is still our favourite thing ever.

This Is What You Came for by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

Calvin Harris and Rihanna have the unique ability to make incredible tunes that we can’t help to get obsessed with. Also, the electropop beats will help you get through the hardest of workouts.

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

We couldn’t list our favourite workout tracks without T-Swizzle! This song will help you  forget the haters and focus your breakup anger into an incredible workout. Hey, at least you’re putting it to something productive.

SculpSure targets problem areas for a sexier you

SculpSure is the talk of the town! Who knew there would be a non-invasive way to target those body blues.

SculpSure is the talk of the town! Who knew there would be a non-invasive way to target those body blues.

Have you heard of SculpSure? Well, it's the latest beauty innovation to hit our Queensland shores. In a nutshell, it's a non-invasive, body contouring treatment that can assist you in removing stubborn fat cells with little to no effort required.

SculpSure is an effortless and effective way to look and feel your best. In less than half an hour (25 minutes to be exact), the treatment can destroy those pesky fat cells that have plagued you for years.

This procedure is perfect for the busy, working girl, as it can even be squeezed into a lunch hour – it really is that quick! Conveniently located at Aesthetix on 80 Chasley Street in Auchenflower, the studio is easily accessible for all.

The treatment essentially works by treating several areas at the same time, permanently destroying 24% of the fat cells in its wake. There is no surgery required, and you will leave the clinic ready to continue your day.

SculpSure is becoming increasingly popular with health conscious women all over the country who are looking for a less invasive, simple and stress free solution to their body blues.

Being significantly cheaper than surgical options such as liposuction, SculpSure treatments also offer impeccable value for money. Results begin to be visible within 6 weeks of your initial treatment, with optimal results achieved after12 weeks.

SculpSure offers a safe, surgery free, great value treatment with indisputable results. If you're constantly struggling with stubborn trouble spots, this could certainly be your ticket to a slimmer, sexier you!


The all natural beauty brands you need to know

Revamp your beauty regime and gain an environmental conscious with Erica Brooke Skincare and Goodness Natural Beauty Lab; two unique, all natural beauty brands that will transform your life.

 Revamp your beauty regime and gain an environmental conscious with Erica Brooke Skincare and Goodness Natural Beauty Lab; the two unique, all natural beauty brands that will transform your life

Have you thought about what exactly is in the products you are applying to your face each day? Hiding behind the labels there are often harmful toxins and ingredients that aren’t beneficial to your skin. So how do we know which products are free of nasties? Easy, opt for all natural-ingredient beauty brands.

Natural beauty products are not only great for your skin and overall wellbeing, but better for our planet too. Read on to find out why you need these gorgeous natural and certified organic beauty brands in your beauty-drobe, stat!


Erica Brooke Skincare

 Revamp your beauty regime and gain an environmental conscious with Erica Brooke Skincare and Goodness Natural Beauty Lab; the two unique, all natural beauty brands that will transform your life 

Introducing Erica Brooke Skincare, the boutique brand whose mission is to transform your current beauty regime into an environmentally conscious one, resulting in flawless, pampered skin.

The eco luxe Australian brand utilises unrefined, organic ingredients to create their extensive, 100% natural skincare range. Specialising in multi use products to nourish the face and body, Erica’s skincare line will repair and restore without the harmful toxins.

Through green chemistry, Erica Brooke Skincare proves that when carefully chosen natural and organic ingredients are expertly fused together they can diminish skin concerns and issues. This really shines through in the range. By sharing the skincare with a wide audience, Erica’s mission is to create awareness that together we can help rid the world of unnecessary, toxic chemicals in skincare, misconceptions about ingredients and put an end to animal testing.

The most popular sellers in the range are gaining a cult like following and, of course, we had to share. The Honey Cream Cleanser is so lush and nourishing, smells like heaven and flies off the shelf. While the Deodorant Crèmes are a natural alternative to traditional roll-ons and sprays, whose hardworking ingredients hold up in the Queensland summers like no other!

If you’re unsure where to begin, then the trial packs are for you. Inside you will discover four of Erica Brooke Skincare’s most popular products, and with three packs to choose from, we can guarantee there’s one to help you acquire enriched and radiant skin.

The minimalist, chic packaging has an impressive, luxurious quality that will not go astray on your vanity - proving that natural skincare is a complete sensory experience.

Visit www.ericabrooke.com.au and follow Erica Brooke Skincare in Facebook and Instagram.

Photography by Renee Bell


Goodness Natural Beauty Lab

 Revamp your beauty regime and gain an environmental conscious with Erica Brooke Skincare and Goodness Natural Beauty Lab; the two unique, all natural beauty brands that will transform your life

Good for your skin, the planet and your pocket; Goodness Natural Beauty Lab specialise in creating ethically made, environmentally friendly beauty products that will craft your best skin - all at an affordable price!

Featuring five super-products within the range, only the highest quality sustainable sources are used for the vegan brand’s skincare, which are biodegradable with a grey water safe formulation. Avocado, coconut and chia seed oil take centre stage as key ingredients to ensure your skin is nourished, plump and glowing.

The New Zealand-born brand’s hero product, the Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil, was announced the Top Face Oil at the 2016 NZ Bauer Best in Beauty Awards, being nominated by over 200,000 voters.

Goodness Natural Beauty Lab takes the fuss out of deciding which products to choose for your skin. The range – featuring a day moisturiser and night cream, an oil serum, a cream cleanser and a facial scrub - works in unison to create a complete skincare regime.

You’ll fall in love with all the goodness this natural beauty brand has to offer!

Visit www.goodnessproducts.com and follow Goodness Natural Beauty Lab on Facebook and Instagram. Stockists: Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and Priceline Pharmacy.


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Words: Frances van Eeden

Beauty trend revival: Bleaching body hair is back

Bleaching your body hair is back, here's what it is and how to do it!

Bleaching your body hair is back, here what is it and how to do it

In the modern day we are blessed with a variety of options when it comes to dealing with body hair.

From shaving, waxing and removal creams to more permanent laser treatments, there are a number of ways to get rid of those fuzzy hairs. However the latter all have a shortcoming – whether it be pain, cost or the hair growing back.

This is why we’re introducing you to a beauty trend which is making a revival – bleaching. While bleaching your body hair is not a recent invention, in fact it is widely popular in South American countries where the 'peachy fuzz' (or golden veil) is considered sexy; it is not as commonly discussed as say, waxing.


So what is it?

Basically, this is just lightening your body hair and making it appear more golden and less visible, however this treatment won’t remove your hair.

Who can do it?

This treatment works best if you ahve darker hair and on spots where you have fine hair, like your arms or on your tummy.

There are a number of at-home kits available which shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes.

What are the advantages?

Lightening your body hair is an affordable and fast DIY beauty treatment (done from the comfort of your own home) in which, unlike hair removal methods, the hair doesn’t leave the follicle which means no stubbly regrowth. Plus some believe with a beautiful tan, golden body hair looks sexy!

What are the disadvantages?

While the appearance of the hair changes and it is less visible there is in reality just as much hair as before the treatment – meaning no hair-free smooth skin. Be aware that bleaching your body hair can also temporarily lighten your skin tone. Finally it is always a good idea to conduct a patch test to ensure to your skin doesn’t react to the formula.

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Glow from the inside with The Beauty Chef

Fashion Weekly chatted with Carla Oates, known as ‘The Beauty Chef’ about taking care of your skin from the ‘inside’.

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Based in Sydney, Carla Oates has been researching and writing about organic beauty and health for the last fifteen years. This passion and knowledge led to the creation of The Beauty Chef brand.

Utilising the power of prebiotics, probiotics and bio-fermentation, The Beauty Chef Inner Beauty Powders and liquid Boosts use an exclusive Flora Culture™ process with 25 years of research behind it, to create supercharged whole food supplements that address inner gut health for beautiful and radiant skin.


Where does your passion and interest in organic health and beauty stem from?

CO: I published a book, Feeding Your Skin, and had a DIY beauty column for The Sunday Telegraph for eight years, as well as being the Natural Beauty Editor for Wellbeing Magazine. During this time I made all my own skincare from scratch and was giving them to friends and family to use. I created quite a demand and that demand grew to friends of friends.

Creating The Beauty Chef brand seemed like a natural progression. I started experimenting with lacto-fermenting different blends of skin-loving ingredients, and the result was my Inner Beauty Powder, now named Glow, which promotes skin radiance from the inside out.

What does the term ‘beauty begins in the belly’ mean to you?

CO: This is our trademark mantra: Digestive health is key for healthy, radiant skin.

What makes The Beauty Chef Inner Beauty Powders different to regular health-food supplements?

CO: We were the first to create a bio-fermented inner beauty powder, and we also use our own unique fermentation process called FLORA CULTURE.

We are very focused on getting nutrients from whole foods and natural probiotics. Our products are literally alive with beneficial bacteria that help to balance digestive health, plus all the bio-available nutrients from superfoods that nourish the skin.

You have developed the world's first 'living skincare range', what exactly does that mean?

CO: It is ‘living’ because of the live enzymes and probiotics, as well as fermentation making the ingredients more bio-available for the skin to use.

The ingredients have been broken down to be more easily absorbed as well as more nutritious and active.

What is your favourite go-to healthy snack for when you’re on the go?

CO: I love these Bliss Balls that I have made using The Beauty Chef GLOW.

The Beauty Chef bliss balls recipe

As an advocate for healthy living, what would we find in your fridge or pantry on a regular day?

CO: In my fridge I always have filtered water, lots of greens like veggies and seasonal fruits, bircher muesli and yoghurt, Meredith Valley goats cheese, organic chicken, coconut milk, herbs and spices like garlic, fresh turmeric, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves for curry.

In the pantry I keep quinoa, chia seeds, canned sardines, tamari almonds, organic nuts like almonds and brazil nuts and dark chocolate.

Do you have any exciting ventures coming up?

CO: We are expanding globally with a new stockist and have additions and updates to the range to announce soon.


Words: Frances van Eeden

3 of Melbourne’s best facials and skin treatments

Refresh your skin with a facial treatment at Aurora Spa, La Face Beauty Clinic or Miss Eyelash & Beauty Spa; three of Melbourne’s best beauty spas.

Refresh your skin with a facial treatment at Aurora Spa, La Face Beauty Clinic or Miss Eyelash and Beauty Spa, three of Melbourne’s best beauty spas.

The harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, making it the ideal time to invest in professional facial treatments.

From targeted skin treatments to relaxing facials, Aurora Spa, La Face Beauty and Miss Eyelash & Beauty Spa are three of Melbourne’s best beauty spas where you will find a facial and skin treatment to suit your needs. Radiant, glowing skin is only an appointment away. 


Aurora Spa

Aurora Spa invites you to indulge in the ultimate luxury escape and enjoy one of Melbourne’s best facials.

A world of wellness and wonder; Aurora Spa invites you to indulge in the ultimate luxury escape and enjoy one of Melbourne’s best facials.

The spa offers 3 distinctive facial treatments, perfect for refreshing tired and troublesome skin. The Cellular Hydrating Facial (90 mins) is result driven and offers a complete skin rejuvenation for renewed and radiant skin. The Active Botanical Facial (60 mins) will help balance and nourish all skin types and The Refresher Facial (30 mins) promises to hydrate and renew weary skin.

Aurora Spa offers a wide range of treatments ranging from relaxing massages, steams and soaks to hair treatments and body exfoliation. Their award winning Kitya Karnu™ treatment is a must for anyone in need of a complete body, hair and mind pampering experience.

Aurora Spa also offers a complete beauty range, ASPAR. Visit www.aspar.com.au and continue your pampering right from the comfort of your own home.

Visit www.auroraspa.com.au and follow Aurora Spa on Facebook and Instagram.

Locations:
Prince Hotel, 2 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182 | 03 9536 1130
Palazzo Versace, 94 Sea World Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217 | 07 5532 6464
Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney & Melbourne International Airports


La Face Beauty Clinic

La Face Beauty Clinic 

Located in the heart of Lygon Street you’ll find one of Melbourne’s best kept beauty secrets, La Face Beauty Clinic.

Abiding by the strong belief that the way you present your face to the world says a lot about you, the experienced therapists at La Face Beauty Clinic specialise in a range of facial treatments personalised to each client’s skin concerns.

At La Face Beauty Clinic you will receive a thorough consultation and skin diagnosis prior to each facial. This ultimately ensures you receive a targeted and personalised treatment from their vast selection of facials and advanced anti-aging therapies.

Along with result driven skin treatments, La Face Beauty Clinic offers ultimate relaxation as each facial includes a luxurious head and shoulder massage to calm your mind and get you in the zone. Following your treatment, the experienced team will provide complementary product recommendations and ongoing guidance for your at-home skin care regime, ensuring you continue your glow at home.

La Face Beauty Clinic also offers IPL treatments, hair removal and body treatments as well as an extensive range of makeup and eyelash treatments.

Visit www.lafacebeauty.com.au and follow La Face Beauty Clinic on Facebook and Instagram.

Location: 380 Lygon Street Carlton, Lygon Court, Melbourne VIC 3053 | 03 9349 2116


Miss Eyelash & Beauty Spa

Miss Eyelash and Beauty Spa

Miss Eyelash has become a familiar name amongst Melbourne women as one of the city's premier destinations for specialist beauty treatments.

Having built a strong industry respected eyelash extension company, now in their 7th year, Miss Eyelash is proud to offer a select menu of specialist treatments under four carefully curated beauty departments of eyelashes, eyebrows, makeup and skin.

Their dedicated skin department at Miss Eyelash has quickly gained an equal cult following, and, as winter zaps the life out of our skin, particular attention is now on their new DermaFrac™ treatments, offering maximum results with minimum downtime.

DermaFrac™ is a breakthrough dermal micro-channeling system, which offers simultaneous delivery of infused ingredients in a pain-free, no downtime treatment! The optimal absorption of serums stimulates a positive natural response by the body while delivering a gentle healthy change to the way your skin looks and feels. It is safe for many skin types and has shown to significantly improve conditions such as stretch marks, skin hydration, superficial lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, sun spots and uneven skin tones. The required number of treatments will vary, but typically, DermaFrac™ is administered in six treatments every two weeks followed by maintenance visits every one to two months.

Miss Eyelash epitomises style, sophistication and class and this certainly reflects the look that Emma and her team are able to create for you across all treatments.

Visit www.misseyelash.com.au and follow Miss Eyelash & Beauty Spa on Facebook and Instagram.

Locations: 16 Ormond Road, Elwood, VIC 3184 | 0427 975 486 25 Ranelagh Drive, Mt Eliza, VIC 3930| 0438 163 419


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Words: Frances van Eeden