Beauty

Skinstitut Ageless Peel treatment experience & review

An honest review on our experience of the Skinstitut Ageless Peel at Australian Skin Clinics.

Skinstitut Ageless Peel skin treatment review

Facial peels are undeniably becoming more popular. Until recently, the term made me think of that episode in Sex and the City where Samantha Jones has a facial peel which results in red and blistering skin.

I was recently invited to experience Skinstitut’s Ageless Peel from Australian Skin Clinics and I’m happy to report that a facial peel does not necessarily have to result in red skin, which is physically peeling.


The treatment

The Ageless Peel is a medical grade restructuring treatment, which works on the dermal level of the skin – deeper than the surface of your skin - and encourages normalised cell production. The treatment works on a range of skin concerns including signs of ageing, hyperpigmentation, dry skin conditions as well as acne related symptoms.

My skin

While I’m only in my early twenties and ageing is not a major skin concern, I do have sun pigmentation, fine lines and scarring that I would love to see reduced. Another skin concern for me is dull skin and dry patches.

The experience

My treatment was done by the Qld Business Development Manager of Skinstitut, Zoe Devine. The initial consultation was done a month before the peel and included Zoe assessing my skin and asking questions about my routine, diet and lifestyle. These questions would later help Zoe determine how the peel would best work for me.

For optimal results, I was instructed to use Skinstitut’s skincare range prior to- and post treatment, and I would personally recommend their active ingredient products.

My favourite products

Skinstitut Ageless Peel skin treatment and skincare products review

Skinstitut Multi-Active Mist: I will definetely be repurchasing this product! The mist hydrates and brightens the skin but it is the refreshing smell and how invigorated it makes your skin feel that I love the most.

Skinstitut Even Blend Serum: This serum clarifies pigmentation and uneven skin tones.

Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel: An at-home soothing micro exfoliant which is suitable for sensitive skin. It works great to get rid of dead skin cells if you have dry and dehydrated skin.

Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser: This daily gel cleanser exfoliates and refines without dehydrating the skin; great for the Queensland heat and humidity.

The peel step-by-step

1. Firstly the skin is double cleansed to prepare it for the peel.

2. The Skinstitut Peel Accelerator is applied which renews, brightens and smooths the skin while providing antibacterial support and improving hydration.

3. Next the Ageless Peel is applied and massaged into the skin for up to 20 minutes. Due to the intensity of the active ingredients, your beautician will customise the time of the massage to your skin requirements.

Unlike peels that work on the surface on your skin, there is little downtime following the treatment. Right after my peel my skin looked oily and felt tight but it was not overly red and did not look raw at all. The following day however my skin was looking red, bumpy and felt irritated.

Light flaking that looks dusty on the skin is normal the week after the peel however I did not experience too much of this. Three weeks after the peel, the skin is meant to look radiant, glowing, even and clear.

In my personal experience, my skin has had more blemishes in the months following my peel than it did prior to the treatment. It is advised by Skinstitut that you have a minimum of three peels for best results. 

The Skinstitut Ageless Peel retails for $150.00 per treatment and can be booked at Australian Skin Clinics.

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Words: Frances van Eeden

Makeup artist Liz Kelsh talks Manicare collaboration

Celebrity makeup artist Liz Kelsh talks Manicare collaboration and what it takes to make it in the beauty industry.

Celebrity makeup artist Liz Kelsh on her collaboration with Manicare Next Generation brushes

With over 20 years in the industry, makeup artist Liz Kelsh has worked with a long list of celebrities and fashion elite, released her makeup guide and partnered with an array of beauty brands. The most recent collaboration has seen Kelsh work with Australian beauty care accessories brand Manicare.

Featuring improved bristles, light-weight handles and a new modernised design, the Next Generation brushes will be your secret weapons to create drop-dead gorgeous makeup looks.

We caught up with Kelsh to talk all things beauty and find out what the secret is to her success.


You’ve worked with many well-known fabulous women, what was the moment when you first realised that you’d made it as a celebrity makeup artist?

LK: Although I've never had an individual 'I've made it moment' having my first book published 'Makeup by Liz Kelsh' was a definite career highlight.

Have you ever experienced a ‘fan girl’ moment when meeting a celebrity?

LK: I've never had a [particular] 'fan girl' moment [but] I am definitely a fan of all my clients and consider myself very fortunate to work with such amazing talents.

You recently collaborated on a makeup brush range with Manicure. Tell us about your involvement and your favourite brush?

LK: I was very excited when asked by Manicare to consult with them on their Next Generation brushes. The high quality hair makes them a dream for blending and the crimped ferrules makes them long lasting. [These are] two of the most important things I look for in a brush.

I also helped curate the collection, taking the guess work out of brush purchasing for the consumer with tips on application on each brush. If I had to pick a favourite it would be the eye blending brush, a must for every makeup bag.

Can you share your most unconventional beauty tip that you swear by?

LK: Natural yogurt on sunburn, works every time!

What is one beauty look or blunder that makes you cringe?

LK: Over plucking your brows is never a good idea. Your eyebrows frame and give balance to your face and add polish to even the simplest of makeup [looks].

Is there a secret to your success?

LK: I think as with the secret to anything, hard work followed by more hard work. But I do love my job and I'm a believer that if you find a job that you love you'll never work a day in your life.

The Manicare x Liz Kelsh collaboration brush range features ten makeup brushes ranging from powder- to eyeshadow brushes and is available at www.manicare.com.au.


Words: Frances van Eeden

Loco for Coco: A product review of H2Coco Coconut oil

This season's beauty essential is coconut oil. Surprised? So were we! Read our coconut oil product review to see why we're loco for H2Coco Coconut Oil.

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Move over argan oil, there is a new 'liquid gold' on the beauty scene!

Technically a 'superfood', coconut oil is all the rage right now thanks to its countless health and beauty benefits. Despite little scientific evidence, coconut oil's unique combination of fatty acids have been known to have profound effects on brain function, harmful micro-organisms, hair and skincare and even the rate off fat loss.

I decided to put all the hype to the test and review H2Coco's organic virgin coconut oil. Before this product review, I wasn’t sure how to use coconut oil so I did some research and tried everything from cooking to teeth whitening. After walking around all weekend smelling like a giant Bounty chocolate bar, I found there where a lot of hits as well as some misses. If you are looking for some coconut oil beauty tips , want to know how to use coconut oil or just an honest review of what works and what doesn't, then read on!


Coconut oil for... Cooking

The best thing about this product is that there is no end to its uses! Baked sweet potato chips are one of my favourite snacks and I have always used olive oil to make them. This time, I switched to coconut oil and I am so glad I did! I covered all of my sweet potato discs with the oil and baked them until they were crisped to perfection. My tip would be to serve them warm with a dash of salt ... delish! The coconut oil surprisingly adds a subtle flavour, there's an emphasis on the crunch and there isn't any oily residue left on your fingers as evidence from your cheeky snack!

Coconut oil as... Make up remover

I have always struggled to find a make up remover that works for me. Honestly, I had low expectations to use coconut oil as part of beauty routine. However, I was blown away! I used oil covered makeup pads and gently wiped my waterproof eye-liner and mascara covered eyes. Within two wipes of each I was totally bright eyed with not a trace of any dark make up. I did find, however, that my skin needed a good cleanse after removing the make up as it was left feeling clogged and extra oily.

Coconut oil as... Hair mask

Anyone with frizzy hair like mine knows how hard it is to find a product that tames the mane without breaking the bank. I have read many reviews about coconut oil as a hair treatment so I thought what the heck! I applied it quite liberally to the ends of my hair and attempted to brush it through as you would a normal hair mask. This was a struggle as it made my hair quite coarse. I slept with it in over night hoping it it would become softer. However, my hair was left feeling like straw. After washing the oil out and using a considerable amount of conditioner, I found the coconut oil made did make my hair extra shiny.

Coconut oil as... Body scrub

Soft, exfoliated skin, what more can I say... The sweet and tropical combination of coconut oil and sugar (you could also use salt) left my skin feeling bright and revitalised. This is my top coconut oil beauty tip as it just makes you feel so fresh and radiant- perfect for first date or job interview prep! The only cons about this method is that the shower needs a good wash after to get rid of the sugar residue.

Coconut oil as... Moisturiser

My favourite part of using coconut oil on my skin is how smooth and sexy it leaves me feeling. Before bed, I covered myself head to toe in coconut oil, making sure that I rubbed it in as best I could to save my sheets from oil stains. Whilst it did wonders for my body, I wouldn't suggest using it as a face moisturiser as it caused me to break out and made my make up appear oily after a while.

Overall, I loved trying all of the different uses for coconut oil and have made it a permanent part of my cooking and beauty routine. If you love the smell of coconut and are always looking for new beauty tips and tricks, I definitely recommend giving these a go and finding out what works for you.

Words: Taylah Scanlon

Cut above the rest: Queensland’s best hair salons

There is something about the change of season that has us lusting after an updated hair-do...

Queensland's best hair salon girl getting hair washed at basin

If you’ve left the hair salon in tears one too many times, and trusting someone to tame your mane is the same as trusting someone with your life; it can be tricky when you’re on the hunt for a new hairdresser.

That is why we’ve collated the best hair salons in Queensland with experienced and award-winning stylists, who will bring your hair dreams to life!

Take your pick and book an appointment then sit back and relax; your mane is in the hands of the experts.

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Ette Studio

Queensland's best hair salon Ette Studio Gold Coast

Queensland’s answer to glamourous Hollywood hair, Ette Studio believes every woman has an inner goddess just waiting to be revealed.

Salon owners Kristina Koncova and Eugene Sokolovs, and their team of internationally trained and award winning hair stylists, masterfully reveal the ‘Beyoncé’ in every one of their clients. Situated in Main Beach, the stunning salon - with chic white and gold décor - will leave you feeling like you are living the LA life.

Offering imaginative style cuts, glamorous blow drys and up-styles, on-trend colouring, colour corrections, keratin smoothing and Olaplex treatments; the salon provides perfectly executed services tailored to your needs.

Using only the best and most exclusive hair styling products, you will leave Ette Studio feeling glamorous and ready to ‘run the world’!

For more information or to book your appointment visit www.ettestudio.com.au or contact 07 5527 0077.

Location: 26 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach, QLD 4217

Follow Ette Studio on Facebook and Instagram.


Papas and Pace

Queensland's best hair salon Papas and Pace

Sick and tired of leaving the salon with empty pockets and a disheartening feeling of disappointment? Let us introduce you to Brisbane’s best hair salon; and we don’t say that lightly, there is proof to back it up!

Papas and Pace is Brisbane’s most advanced cutting and colouring salon. Created by multi-award winning hairdressers Dmitri Papas (Australian Hairdresser of the Year 2015) and Justin Pace (Australian Colourist of the Year 2014), an uncompromising standard of excellence is the hallmark of the Papas and Pace experience.

The team pride themselves on their exceptional client services, making you feel welcome from the moment you walk through the door. Committed to nurturing your individuality, a visit to Papas and Pace will bring out your best, with stylish and fashion-forward hair services coupled with exceptional hair products and the highest standard of after-care possible.

For more information or to book your appointment visit papasandpace.com or contact 07 3229 1000.

Location: 160 Ann St, Brisbane, Australia 4000

Follow Papas and Pace on Facebook and Instagram.


Paul and Paul

Well, let us introduce you to the multi-award-winning salon, Paul & Paul, who has opened their decadent doors in the bustling Brisbane suburb of Paddington and in Southport on the Gold Coast.

Are you looking to acquire a desirable new hair look complemented by an immaculate experience? Well, let us introduce you to the multi-award-winning salon, Paul & Paul, who has opened their decadent doors in the bustling Brisbane suburb of Paddington and in Southport on the Gold Coast.

Founded by salon namesakes, Paul James Graham and Paul Philip Dumenil, these two internationally trained and celebrated artisans are part of the Australian hair elite. In demand and highly skilled, they have both worked with many celebrity sensations such as singer superstar, Katy Perry, and Australian fashion designer, Alex Perry.

You can trust the expert stylists with your hair transformation and relax at their chic and sophisticated salon. The Paul & Paul team are passionate about putting your needs and tresses first, while they elevate your hair game and confidence. Supreme luxury is just an appointment away!

For more information or to make a booking visit www.paulandpaulsalon.com.

Brisbane: Shop 3 139 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington | 07 3076 6208
Gold Coast: Shop 2 7-9 Stevens Street, Southport | 07 5527 1523

Follow Paul and Paul Salon on Facebook and Instagram.


Rokstar Salon

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Are you looking for a salon experience that will have you feeling like a total ‘Rokstar’ when you walk out the door? If you said, yes, then you cannot go past this award winning gem!

Rokstar Salon Director Brodie-lee Stubbins – winner of the 2016 AHIA Rising Star Female Award - and her team of exceptionally trained staff are committed to creating an on-trend, wearable hairstyle personalised to YOU; ultimately ensuring you feel and look fabulous!

Regularly travelling abroad to work on various projects, Brodie has a one-of-a-kind innate ability to take looks from the catwalk to the street. Rest assured the team will transform that on-trend hairstyle to perfectly suit your personality; whether you’re a funky fashionista, a street style maven or professional career gal.

Voted winner of the AHIA Best Salon Design Award 2016, we aren’t lying when we say Rokstar is Brisbane’s most stylish salon. If you are lucky you will also meet Rokstar resident, Armani; a totally cute and curly pup.

As a finalist for the QLD Hairdresser of the Year Award, Brodie ensures her salon encapsulates what makes a great experience; an award-winning team, a fabulous salon aesthetic and exceptional customer service.

For more information or to book your treatment visit rokstar.com.au or contact 07 3846 5636.

Location: The Glass Factory, Lot 2, 57 Vulture St, West End, QLD 4101

Follow Rokstar Salon on Facebook and Instagram.


Urban Chic

Queensland's best hair salon Urban Chic

While the end results of your appointment is vital, Urban Chic knows that the little details are what creates a worthy hair experience.

Director, Amy Gaudie and her team of multi award winning stylists pride themselves on making your ‘hair dreams’ come true.

With a wealth of knowledge on the latest trends, techniques and result driven products, the team at Urban Chic are able to provide a hairstyle curated to your lifestyle.

When it comes to splashing cash, we know you appreciate a good incentive for your loyalty, which is why Urban Chic offers their clients a VIP membership program where you can earn points each time you visit the salon.

From award winning stylists and exceptional customer service, to the complimentary coffees and teas, it’s the little points of difference that make Urban Chic a must-visit.

For more information or to book your treatment visit www.urbanchic.com.au or contact 07 3366 9200.

Location: 487 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD 4060

Follow Urban Chic on Facebook and Instagram.


Vogue Nationale

Queensland's best hair salons Vogue Nationale

If an inviting luxury oasis is what comes to mind when you think ‘hair salon’, you will love what we have instore...

Vogue Nationale embodies a fashion-forward sensibility alongside a unique salon experience and welcoming, attentive team that are foremost committed to highlighting your personal style.

Led by award winning Directors Todd Arndt and Jim Skordou, the team prides themselves on being Brisbane’s accessible luxury destination for beautiful balayage, smoothing keratin treatments, bespoke style cuts and flawless hair extensions.

As a long-established boutique brand, Vogue Nationale has consistently contributed to Brisbane’s evolving street style and the Australian fashion scene, with a backstage presence at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

For more information or to book your treatment visit www.voguenationale.com.au or contact (07) 3854 1883.

Location: Gasworks Plaza, 76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead

Follow Vogue Nationale on Facebook and Instagram.


Please note: This list appears in alphabetical order and is in no way listed in numerical preference.


Words: Frances van Eeden

The Kardashian-Jenner beauty habits we are so over seeing

Kardashian-Jenner beauty trends we are over seeing

It’s frightful, the influence that the Kardashian sisters have over so many young women...

Think about it, one sighting of Kim Kardashian rocking braids and all of a sudden she is being credited the "Queen of Braids"... REALLY?!

It seems whatever the sisters do when it comes to hair and beauty, the world follows hot on their heels.

The following are Kardashian-Jenner beauty habits that we are so over seeing. ENOUGH ALREADY!


The French pigtail braids

 

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Pufferfish lips

 

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Kylie’s lip kits

 

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And not to mention her disproportionate rear...

 

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Khloe’s over-edited selfies

 

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Kim’s nude selfies

 The slicked-back wet hair look

 

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We wonder, what will be the next cray-cray Kardashian-Jenner trend that comes around?


Words: Frances van Eeden

Why Alicia Vikander should be your new beauty crush

Written by Jessica Lunan

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Alicia Vikander rose to fame for her Academy Award winning appearance in The Danish Girl, and since then the Swedish beauty has set our hearts racing with her bronzed glow and natural allure. Here is why Alicia Vikander will be your new beauty crush.


The Glow

Alicia Vikander obtains an irresistible, healthy glow that has inspired us to drink 2 litters of water a day to (hopefully) recreate it. At least our girl crushes have health benefits.

Barely There

Vikander is all about bronzed skin and neutral makeup, which compared to the Kardashian contoured reign, is a breath of fresh air.

Up Do

She has the ability to rock the messy up-do like no other, and still looks put together.

Down Do

Yet she can flaunt her tousled, loose locks effortlessly.

Bold Lips

Vikander’s ability to pull off a bold lip gives us ultimate #beautygoals.

Cool Girl

Vikander is self-assured in herself and her style choices, which allows her to look effortlessly chic in everything. After all, confidence is the key to exuding natural beauty.

Skin rejuvenating treatments to fall for this autumn

Woman enjoying skin treatments from Australian Skin Clinics

If you’re starting to feel the effects of the change in season on your skin – you’re not alone! The on-set of autumn can make a significant difference to how skin looks and feels, with dull patches, scaly skin and breakouts.

Fashion Weekly chatted with Australian Skin Clinics National Training Manager, Darlene O’Gara, to discover the best skin treatments for autumn.

Warning: The amazing results may cause you to fall for more than one treatment!


9-Step Microdermabrasion

Does it feel like no matter how many products you use, they are never quite as effective as they should be? This can be a combination of dry skin and blocked pores which prevent absorption of the vitamins, minerals and moisture – a common result of slathering on sunscreen throughout the warmer summer months.

It is important to eliminate any build up of dry, dead skin cells from your face, as they will soak up any moisturiser applied. Australian Skin Clinics’ 9-Step Microdermabrasion is a fantastic solution that can make a significant difference to your autumn skin. It will also improve circulation and stimulate collagen for a renewed, revitalized and clear complexion – win, win!

Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel

A must for the cooler months, the Enzymatic Micro Peel is the perfect home skincare product to help maximise the benefits of your 9-Step Microdermabrasion.

Not only can the Enzymatic Micro Peel be used for all skin types, it is especially effective for dry, dehydrated skin which is usually the uninvited guest of cooler autumn weather.

Ageless Peel

If you’re beginning to notice pigmentation and uneven skin tone from too much time in the sun this summer, then autumn is the perfect time to consider an Ageless Peel.

Your skin will thank you for the revitalising treatment which features cosmedical grade Vitamin A, amino acids and marine collagen. The strength of your Ageless Peel is customised to fit the unique needs of your skin to ensure your skin is strengthened, restructured and receives maximum hydration. Kiss those dull patches and scaly skin goodbye.

Fractional RF

Fractional RF is the queen of expert multi-tasking - treating multiple skin concerns such as open pores, fine lines, wrinkles, general redness, loose skin, stretch marks, acne and poor skin tone.

The treatment utilises fractional radio frequency and dermal stamping to direct micro channels of energy into the layers of your skin. This direct energy is in a controlled setting in order to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. In turn, your skin becomes healthier, firmer and more refined. Your skin texture and tone becomes more even with a visible reduction of scars and stretch marks.

As Fractional RF requires avoiding excessive sun exposure and tanning solariums 48 hours post treatment, it’s the perfect treatment to try this autumn.


For more information or to book your complimentary advanced skin consultation visit www.ozskin.com or call 1300 303 014.


Words: Frances van Eeden

Tantouring: The art of makeup to get a Kardashian body

Kardashian sisters on boat body contoured with tan

This just in: the latest Kardashian beauty secret has been revealed!

Joyce Bonelli, make-up artist to the sisters and close friend of the family, has finally invited us in to see first-hand how those contoured collar bones and toned tummies we all crave, are carefully crafted.

'Tantouring', or body contouring, is basically the process of applying self-tanner to parts of the face and body to create highlight and definition. This new craze is popular with countless celebs (including the ever stunning Kardashian sisters).

Read on to find out how to achieve this show stopping look from the comfort of your very own bathroom.


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Step 1: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Ensure you scrub your body so it's smooth, clean of any residue and prepared for the tan.

We suggest: Payot, Gommage Mineral Brown Sugar Body Scrub $78.00

Step 2: Bronze your body.

Before we get to the contouring, start off by tanning your entire body with your favourite self-tanning mousse to get that beautiful, sun-kissed shade.

We recommend: St Tropez, Self Tan Bronzing Mousse $39.95

Step 3: Darken and define.

Next, take a second shade of tan (one that is considerably darker than the one you used for the previous step) and use a foundation brush to outline and accentuate sections of your face and body that you want to stand out.

Focus on your cheekbones, collar bones, decolletage, the bridge of your nose, top of your forehead and shoulders and down either side of your arms and legs - and if you're planning on showing some skin, your abs (or faux abs) too!

We use: St Tropez, Self Tan Dark Mousse $59.95

Step 4: Get that glow.

Finally, use a highlighter to illuminate the cheeks, brows and cleavage and get that gorgeous glow.

We love: Napoleon Perdis, Reflective Refiner Bright Light Highlight Powder $50.00


So there you have it! Use this sexy new trend to slim your silhouette, contour critical parts of your face and we can promise that we will have you feeling camera ready in seconds.

Words: Sophie Catsoulis

Lanolips creator Kirsten Carriol talks global launch

Lanolips creator Kirsten Carriol

Iconic beauty brand Lanolips has launched onto online shopping mecca Net-A-Porter; finally you can add a multi-purpose balm into your shopping basket alongside your Mui Mui and Lanvin! 

To celebrate this news, we chatted with creator Kirsten Carriol to find out how she took Lanolips from a capsule collection to an internationally renowned beauty brand.


What inspired you to begin this journey and start your own lip-care line?

KC: I spent a lot of time on my grandparents' sheep farm as a child, so I always knew lanolin was the best moisturiser. I was fighting chapped lips on an international flight when I remembered the feel of lanolin, and the idea for Lanolips was born.

What do you love most about having your own Award Winning line that is highly coveted by International celebrities?

KC: I won’t lie, it is a massive thrill to know something I created is in the handbag of Drew Barrymore, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Sienna Miller!

But I take after my mother, and have a deep desire just to be ‘useful’, and to make something that is useful to others - including celebrities - is really the most satisfying.

Being a consumer come creator, what is it like to be able to devise a product that meets the needs that previously, the market hasn't?

KC: It's magic; I feel so lucky that people have embraced the brand! The path was clear after my lightbulb moment ... the week before Lanolips first launched I decided if it failed I would be ‘okay’ with that, as I produced exactly what I set out to create. And I also love that I gave my grandparents something to boast about with their friends.

What sets Lanolips apart?

KC: Our high concentration of lanolin [combined with] incredibly high quality natural formulas [sets Lanolips apart]. Along with our honesty and transparency.

Lanolips 101 Ointment new packaging

Lanolips has recently launched an iconic new look! Where did you get the inspiration for your new packaging?

KC: I wanted it to look like it has been around forever without looking old fashioned; [therefore] iconic.

The colours [are] appealing but natural and non-clinical, like they had been sitting in the sun all day and had faded right out. Our new blue is inspired by hard working faded blue denim jeans, like farmers may wear.

What is your top beauty tip?

KC: Use lip balm and smile.

What is your favourite use for the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm?

KC: My 3 steps before bed every night; [apply] lots on the lips, little on the cuticles, then dab the rest around the eyes.

What is your ultimate beauty essential that you carry in your handbag at all times?

KC: Lanolips 101 Ointment and a nail file.

What can we look forward to from Lanolips?

KC: More multitasking lanolin skincare, there is a full top to toe offering to come!


Words: Frances van Eeden

Celebrity makeup artist Gina Brooke talks confidence

Gina Brooke applies makeup

Gina Brooke is a celebrity makeup artist that has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

Brooke has over 25 years of experience as an internationally acclaimed makeup artist, is a Brand Ambassador for Australian skincare brand Intraceuticals and is the mastermind behind the key makeup looks for Madonna’s iconic Rebel Hearts tour.

We caught up with Brooke to find out whether her job is really as glamorous as it seems along with what it really takes to make it!


Madonna takes the stage

Where did you find inspiration for the makeup looks you created for Madonna’s upcoming Rebel Hearts Tour?

GB: Love and Romance was the central theme of this show... the original looks stemmed from the work that Madonna and I created around the promotion of her Rebel Heart album.

Some of her makeup has been modified by the artist I trained on tour. [The finished look had] more of a matte finish and heavier brows than what I had originally created.

Although this is my fifth world tour, as a working mother, I opted to not go on the last two tours and focus my time and creativity towards consulting for tours and with comsmetic brands along with editorial work.

Is the life of a celebrity makeup artist as glamorous as it would appear?

GB: It's actually completely the opposite of what people may think... The life of a celebrity makeup artist is inundated with long hours, lots of organisation and endless travel.

However, there are some amazing moments. For example, expressing your creativity and seeing it published is a wonderful feeling. Most recently, I created real gold eyeshadow with an artisan jeweller for Madonna and seeing it on her is extremely rewarding as an artist.

What does it take to be the best?

GB: Hard work, dedication, passion, organisation and most of all, being a professional.

What is your top beauty tip for a glamorous night out?

GB: My top beauty tip for a glamorous night out is flawless skin, enhancing bone structure and a bold lip.

Have you ever experienced a ‘diva moment’ when working with a celebrity?

GB: People tend to forget that celebrities are real people... There’s certainly more pressure being in the spotlight with many people waiting for them to be seen as less than perfect. It is my job not to judge them and offer a service that empowers them to look and feel their best!

[RELATED: The secret to naturally younger looking skin]

You’re often the celebrity’s last contact before they go on stage; do you believe that you impact the star’s confidence?

GB: I believe that beautiful skin and makeup provides [my clients] with the confidence to be the character they need to play on stage.

Something I remember that Anthony McMahon, CEO and Founder of Intraceuticals always says is;

"It doesn't matter whether you’re the most famous star in the world or a mom taking her child to school, it's really about the last look in the mirror that gives you the confidence to be who you need to be."

With over 25 years of experience as an internationally acclaimed makeup artist, what is your secret to success?

GB: My secret to success is being open to learning and recognising the endless possibilities that the beauty industry has to offer.

I truly believe that success in any field is the interconnection between luck and being prepared when the opportunity presents itself.

[RELATED: Renowned makeup artist Carol Mackie talks top beauty trends]

What has been the most memorable moment of your career to date?

GB: The highlight of my career was developing diamond lashes with Mr. Shu Uemura, which became the most expensive lashes in the world. Shu Uemura was the very first makeup I purchased when starting out as a makeup artist [and] having the opportunity to represent the brand as the artistic director was an unforgettable experience.

Do you have anything exciting coming up after the tour?

GB: There are a lot of exciting projects in the works. I have a book coming out, I’m developing a TV show and as always, continuing to create new and innovative products for my brands.


Words: Frances van Eeden

The secret to naturally younger looking skin

Miranda Kerr with beautiful youthful skin

There are numerous beauty treatments and cosmetic enhancements to make you look younger. But if you are after a natural treatment to looking your best for no cost at all, these are the lifestyle changes you should be making.


1. Sleep more

What happens:

A lack of sleep saps your glow; instantly aging you (think dull skin and puffy eyes). Fatigue causes cortisol, the stress hormone, to rise sharply which can break down the natural collagen in skin.. eek!

What to try:

No more scrolling through social media in bed for hours. Instead, go to bed at a reasonable time, read a book to tire you out and get those eight hours of sleep.

2. Invest in skincare

What happens:

Even in your twenties, it is important to follow a curated skin care routine to ensure you are looking after your face by repairing and protecting your skin. Using peels, potent serums and exfoliants can help boost your complexion from dull to radiant.

What to try:

Put together a skincare routine suited to your skin type. You will need a complete routine form a cleanser, to an exfoliant, to serums and moisturisers. Here's a list of products to kick start your routine.

Alpha-H, Triple Action Cleanser $57.00

Alpha-H, Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream $127.00

Luzern, Micro Exfoliant $74.00

Dr Jart, Radiance Beauty Balm $63.00

3. Meditation

What happens:

Regularly practicing meditation can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and subside depression and anxiety. Stress and hormonal imbalance is a big factor in what your skin looks like, therefore a calmer mind will result in radiant skin.

What to try:

Take a few minutes out of your day to clear your mind and focus on your breathing, letting go of all negative energy.

4. Shape your brows

What happens:

Fuller brows that are well shaped to suit your facial features can take years off the face and enhance your bone structure.

What to try:

Grow out your brows to a point where they are thick enough to be threaded, waxed or plucked professionally to create a shape to match your face. When doing your makeup in the morning, don’t forget about your brows; use a brow pencil to fill in any sparse areas.

5. Diet

What happens:

What you put in your mouth plays a significant role in your skin’s appearance.

What to try:

Numerous foods have been proven to prevent aging, here are a few we have compiled...

Pomegranates - bursting with antioxidants, like Vitamin C, that prevent fine lines, wrinkles and dryness by neutralising the free radicals that weather skin.

Blueberries - much like the antioxidants found in pomegranates, blueberries also contain Vitamin C and E that work in tandem to brighten skin and even out skin tone.

Kale - contains iron which can prevent tiredness and encourage radiant skin.

Avocado - high in healthy fats that help the skin retain moisture in the outer lay to keep it soft, plump and supple

Water- staying hydrated promotes skin circulation.

6. Exercise

What happens:

Moderate amounts of exercise can shave years off your ‘skin’ age. Exercising encourages blood-flow to the skin giving it a healthy, youth-enhancing glow. By exercising regularly you are also slimming down, toning up, improving your posture and keeping your youthful glow!

What to try:

Grab your headphones and play your favourite feel good tunes as you briskly walk or jog around the block.. Even if it's for 15 minutes a day! Get that blood pumping girl.

7. More than just a pretty face

What happens:

When looking for anti-aging solutions - whether it be beauty related or not - often people forget that the skin on your neck is the exact same as the skin on your face! Only it doesn't get as much TLC.

What to try:

Take your facial serums, moisturisers and SPF, and apply it to your décolletage and neck in an upward sweep motion to prevent wrinkles on your neck and repair and protect the skin.

Words: Isla Perrett

Lush Brisbane blow dry salons that won't break the bank

Blonde blow-dried hair

Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend; we say a weekly, bouncy blowout is any power woman's ammo!

We have uncovered three of the best Brisbane salons to visit for an amazing blow dry experience that won’t break the bank; so a glam blowout will be more of an everyday beauty essential rather than a luxury.


Blow Dry Bar

Red head model for Blow Dry Bar

Glossy, bouncy, full-bodied hair can instantly transform your mood and look – whether it is for the office, a girl’s night out or a special occasion.

Famous for their signature blow out, Blow Dry Bar is a one stop destination for divine pampering, exceptional customer service and a beautiful hair-do no matter what the occasion.

Book in for a Signature Blow Dry and for only $50 you will be treated to a shampoo, head massage, glass of bubbles and of course an amazing bouncy hair-do!

With nine salons located across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne; Blow Dry Bar is one of Australia’s leading hair salons.

Aside from providing you with an amazing blow out, the professional team at Blow Dry Bar also specialise in style cuts, fashion colours and highlights, hair lightening and hair extensions.

For more information or to book your appointment online now, visit www.blowdrybar.com.au.

Locations: Emporium Fortitude Valley, Brisbane CBD, Port Melbourne, Collins St Melbourne, Macquarie Centre, Drummoyne, MLC Centre, Potts Point and Camberwell.

Follow Blow Dry Bar on Facebook and Instagram.


Blow Inn

Hair being done at Blow Inn

Say goodbye to bad hair days for good – once we introduce you to Blow Inn, untamed locks will be a distant memory!

Champions of the round brush, queens of the blow dryer and magicians with a wand; the team at Blow Inn will have you feeling and looking fabulous.

Providing the ultimate express blow dry at one set rate, Blow Inn is faster, more affordable, and so much more fun than your typical salon!

To suit your many moods (and you’re entitled to each and every one) Blow Inn’s express blow dry styles – featured in the Little Black Book of blow dry's- range from flirty, to sophisticated, to sexy and each style is customised to suit you.

An Original Blow Out is priced at $50.00, regardless of your hair type or length and includes 45 minutes of pure pampering; including a glass of French bubbles, a mini Indian scalp massage and finished with a styling of your choice.

Fulfil all your beauty needs with Blow Inn’s makeup and nail services post-blow dry.

Book your appointment online now at blowinn.com.au or contact 1300 857 447.

Location: Shop 2, Riverside Hamilton Harbour, 6 Harbour Road, Hamilton, QLD

Follow Blow Inn on Facebook and Instagram.


Brush Bar

Hairdressing at Brush Bar

Have you overslept AGAIN with no time to wash your hair? Has the infamous top knot become your daily hairstyle? It’s time to embrace those beautiful locks of yours! Ultimately, with Brush Bar, looking fabulous will become your everyday norm.

The salon, conveniently located on level three of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, offers a serene escape from the bustling shopping destination.

Renowned for blow dry and up-style services, Brush Bar is a unique concept where you can relax at the bar with a complimentary cocktail in hand and enjoy the pamper experience while the team get to work on refreshing your hairstyle.

The salon also specialises in colour corrections and style cuts, and also offers make-up and beauty services to suite any occasion.

Whether you are after a glamorous blow out, or looking to revive your colour, the internationally qualified team of stylists are committed to providing you with the very best salon experience.

Book your appointment online now at www.brushbar.com.au or contact 07 3878 2250.

Location: Shop 3088 Level 3, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 322 Moggil Road, Indooroopilly, 4068 QLD

Follow Brush Bar on Facebook and Instagram.


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Words: Frances van Eeden

The top tips to keep your beauty collection organised

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As each new season approaches, we have the sudden desire to sort out our lives. Fashion Weekly has provided you with endless tips to clear out your wardrobe and keep it organised, but how often do you tidy up your beauty products?

Whether it be makeup, your cluttered hair tools, fragrances or body products; these genius storage hacks will help keep your beauty-drobe organised.


1. Store your regularly used makeup products in acrylic drawers placed on your vanity.

 

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2. Divide and conquer! Place dividers in your beauty drawers to section off your makeup into categories.

 

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3. See more, use more. Store your makeup palettes in stationary organisers.

 

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4. Use chic mugs or mason jars to store your makeup brushes upright and avoid your brushes shedding hairs or losing shape.

 

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5. Separate your lipsticks to avoid being overwhelmed by the clutter when picking a shade. A good way to organise your lipsticks is to categorise them by colour or formula.

 

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6. Present your impressive nail polish collection by mounting the display on the wall.


What are your beauty storage tips and tricks? 

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Words: Frances van Eeden

An interview with Barre Brisbane creator Ash Daniec

Ballerina from Barre Brisbane poses

We all know A-list models and celebs love their Barre classes, some of your favourite Victoria Secret Angels even credit the workout for their bombshell bodies! The workout - which is a fusion of yoga, Pilates and ballet conditioning exercises – is becoming more popular in Brisbane, with the West End Studio of Barre Brisbane opening in March.

We chatted with Barre Brisbane Director Ash Daniec to find out exactly why this exercise is so popular.

What does a Barre Brisbane class involve?

AD: Barre Brisbane classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.

Don’t be surprised if your class incorporates light weights to ‘bring the burn’ during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.

What motivated you to open up a barre studio in Brisbane?

AD: My partner travels a lot for work and I had been lucky enough to travel with him to places like New York, LA, Sydney and Melbourne. Whilst he was working during the day I had a lot of free time and I stumbled across barre.

I fell head over heels for this workout, I could relive my childhood dream of being a ballet dancer (well pretend to be anyway) and I was shocked when I struggled to find a barre studio in Brisbane. One thing led to another and BOOM Barre Brisbane was created.

What are some of the benefits of this workout and how quickly can our readers expect to see results?

AD: Barre can visibly transform your body [by] sculpting and strengthening your muscles and targeting troubled spots with a fun approach to toning your arms, stomach, hips, thighs and butt. I recommend attending 4-5 classes a week and you should start to see a change in your body within a fortnight.

What type of music do you play during a barre class?

AD: Our classes are very music based. Ideally at the start of the class the music should motivate and empower you to feel stronger and work harder. We play songs that are “charting now” and have a high bpm. During the end of the class we usually listen to an old school/ classic/ acoustic cover to wind down into our relaxation.

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How does the aesthetic of the space influence mindfulness during classes?

AD: The aesthetic is very important to me as I feel it’s a place people come to let go and relax. White walls, timber flooring and white linen curtains create a blank canvas for the mind to reboot. We don’t have mirrors in the studio as we really are trying to encourage the mind body connection.

Can you tell us about the various types of classes offered at Barre Brisbane?

AD: Barre Classic is predominately at the barre finished with some floor work on a mat. This class is great for beginners through to intermediate.

Barre Stretch is great to do after a Barre Classic class or great for runners or athletes. I discuss with the class if they have any concerns or tight areas. The class has a barre warm up, 6 stretches holding for 5 mins in each stretch and a relaxation. The lights a dimmed and we play really relaxing music.

Barre Cardio is very upbeat a lot more leg work at a faster pace, which is really good if you want to get your heart rate pumping.

Barre Endurance is perfect for toning and core strengthening. We use weights and resistance – increasing the intensity of eachposition.

Do you think barre is the new fitness trend for 2016?

AD: Barre has actually been around for quite a number of years – I do think there is a bit of hype in Brisbane at the moment as various studios are opening up but it has been around for quite some time.

What advice do you have for our readers who might be nervous about trying barre for the first time?

AD: We don’t take ourselves too seriously at Barre Brisbane. If you want to exercise and have a fun time doing it, our barre community if perfect for you.

Following the West End studio opening, do you have any exciting plans for the year ahead?

AD: Yes, hopefully by the end of the year we would like to start Barre Brisbane Retreats to places like Byron, Sunshine Coast and overseas places like Bali, Thailand and NZ.

Follow Barre Brisbane on Facebook and Instagram.


Words: Frances van Eeden

Brisbane's best brow & lash specialists you have to try

It is said that your eyes are the windows to your soul... 

Beautiful brown eyes and brows

It is understandable then that impeccably shaped brows and luscious lashes are so highly coveted! 

With modern enhancements in the beauty industry, you no longer have to rock what you were born with. From eyebrow artistry and feather touch tattooing, to eyelash lifts and extensions, there is a treatment to match your beauty concern.

Fashion Weekly has discovered six of Brisbane’s best beauty boutiques that specialise in perfecting eyebrows and eyelashes.


Brow Mantra

Brow Mantra Salon

Brow Mantra before and after shots

Owner of Brow Mantra, Nikki Randhawa believes well-shaped eyebrows have the power to completely transform your look by lifting and framing your face. After working in the beauty industry for twenty years, Nikki discovered her passion for perfecting eyebrows, and her niche for feather touch tattooing.

At Brow Mantra, the art of eyebrow shaping comes down to eight steps; a personalised one-on-one consultation, waxing, threading, tweezing, trimming, tinting, a soothing after-wax gel and brow makeup application.

Along with eyebrow shaping, Brow Mantra offers a range of beauty treatments including eyelash services like tinting, lash extensions and the revolutionary Volume Lashes – a dramatic fibre lash extension service – as well as cosmetic tattooing which can enhance your eyebrows, lips and eyes.

For more information or to book your treatment visit browmantra.com.au or contact 07 3397 6111.

Location: 2/380 Logan Road, Stones Corner, Greenslopes, QLD, 4120

Follow Brow Mantra on Facebook and Instagram


Brow-Zing

Brow Zing

Brow Zing before and after shots

Do your eyebrows have a mind of their own? Don’t fret! Perfecting troublesome brows is an obsession for the team at Brow-Zing.

Brow-Zing owner, Helen Harper and her team openly admit that eyebrows and lashes are their world and they are infatuated with creating your ideal brow shape and giving you beautiful lashes.

Coming up to ten years in business, Brow-Zing was one of Australia’s first studios solely devoted to the art of Eyebrow Sculpting. Helen has spent over 18 years perfecting her technique, seeking out new and improved ways to shape and sculpt eyebrows.

The team at Brow-Zing focus on delivering full, perfectly defined brows that accentuate your eyes and frame your face. The Hawthorne studio with its gorgeous, homely interior will have you feeling at ease and comfortable as soon as you step through the bright pink door, ready to be pampered!

Using the latest techniques and technology, Helen and her team are confident they can perfect even the most unruly and unrepentant brows.

For more information or to book your treatment visit www.browzing.com.au or contact 07 3899 4222.

Location: 2/134 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, QLD, 4171

Follow Brow-Zing on Facebook and Instagram.


I Boutique

I Boutique salons

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Have you always dreamt of having bold eyebrows that rivals Cara Delevingne's? With feather touch tattooing, you can have amazing brows regardless of your natural shape.

I Boutique is a Brisbane beauty salon specialising in perfecting cosmetic tattoo artistry for eyebrows, lips and eyeliners. Feather Touch brows is their hero beauty treatment which enhances your brow shape by creating semi-permanent tattoo strokes.

The appointment starts with a consultation, after which your technician will measure your brows and draw on the shape you’ve discussed to ensure you will be happy with the results. A microblade is used to create hair like strokes which is filled with micropigment.

I Boutique DirectorBree Cowen has been specialising in brow shaping for over ten years and has treated influential digital personalities Michelle McNamee, Karren Jade, Shani Grimmond and Chloe Szepanowski as well as Sabo Skirt designers Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas to name a few.

For more information or to book your treatment visit iboutiqueau.com or contact 0413 407 232.

Location: 11 Dutton Street, Hawthorne, QLD, 4171

Follow I Boutique on Facebook and Instagram


LashXtend & Beauty

Lash Xtend and beauty salon

Lash Xtend and beauty before and after

Long and luscious lashes can have you feeling instantly glam! But we all know the process of applying falsies can be, quite literally, a painstaking chore.

We are excited to have found the answer to all your lash worries; a hidden gem in the heart of Ascot, as well as a treat for you - our beautiful readers - that you simply won't be able to resist!

Founded by Amy Stamford, LashXtend specialises in eyelash extensions and eyebrow sculptures and also offer the essential beauty services to ensure you are totally beautified - including facials, waxing, tinting and microdermabrasion.

The team at LashXtend have one goal - to make sure you are feeling happy and absolutely fabulous inside and out.

Which is why LashXtend is offering Fashion Weekly readers an exclusive deal including a full set of 100% silk eyelash extensions and an eyebrow sculpt to shape and tint your brows for only $99 (usually $150)!

To take advantage of this exclusive deal head to www.lashxtendbeauty.com.au or contact 07 3630 2240 and mention the code: FASHIONWEEKLY.

Location: Shop 5, 160 Racecourse Road, Ascot, QLD, 4007

Follow LashXtend & Beauty on Facebook and Instagram


The Brow Specialist

The Brow Specialist

The Brow Specialist before and after

When a passion and business collide, success is bound to happen! Rhina Yaqub has been working in the beauty industry for over 13 years and has developed a particular passion for eyebrow shaping, leading her to become ‘The Eyebrow Specialist’.

Spanning across two Brisbane locations, The Eyebrow Specialist is committed to giving you the beautiful yet natural looking brows you have always wanted.

Rhina highlights, “Our signature treatment is Eyebrow Artistry and Design. Whatever the natural shape, thickness or colour your eyebrows are currently, with the right attention and grooming... your eyebrows can be improved dramatically, giving you an instant facelift. I don’t see beautiful well shaped brows as a luxury, but rather an essential treatment to complete one’s overall look”.

Although specialising brows, The Eyebrow Specialist also offers eyelash lift- and tint services, facial treatments and waxing, as well as manicures and pedicures.

For more information or to book your treatment visit www.theeyebrowspecialistbrisbane.com.au or contact 0404 793 746.

Location: 132 Morden Road, Sunnybank Hills, QLD, 4109 or Wellwood Health, 3918 Pacific Highway, Loganholme

Follow The Eyebrow Specialist on Facebook and Instagram


Visual Beauty

Visual Beauty Australia brows

Visual Beauty Australia brows before and after

Do you spend way too much time each morning trying to fill in your eyebrows only to end up with a shape that looks unnatural? Cosmetic Tattooing is the answer to saying “I woke up like this” every day and meaning it!

Katie Stevens, Director at Visual Beauty Australia specialises in cosmetic tattooing that enhances your natural features; including eyebrows, eyeliner and lips.

Whether you desire brows with a more defined arch, a longer length or a fuller look, Visual Beauty Australia’s 3D Feathertouch Tattoo treatment can help you achieve your dream shape. The tattoo creates fine strokes that mimic eyebrow hair, for a completely natural looking finish.

Brows aren’t the only focus at Visual Beauty Australia; lip blend tattoos create a fuller pout while lash line enhancements and tattooed eyeliner define your eyes.

For more information or to book your treatment visit visualbeautyaustralia.com.au or contact 0447 663 357.

Location: 1566 Creek Rd, Carina, QLD, 4152

Follow Visual Beauty Australia on Facebook and Instagram


Please note: This list appears in alphabetical order and is in no way listed in numerical preference.


Words: Frances van Eeden

The inspiring fitness Instagram accounts to follow

Fit girls pose for Instagram

How are your 2016 fitness goals going? If your mentality is shifting more towards ‘pour a glass’ rather than ‘yoga class’ after work, we have the answer to resetting your mindset.

A simple scroll through the Instagram feed of #fitspo influencers can be the motivation you need to get off the couch and into the gym. In celebration of #MotivationalMarch we share the best of the best fitness account you HAVE to follow on Instagram.

From celebrity trainers to booty-enthusiasts and yogis, these fit women and men show off the best workout motivation on Instagram.


@lyzabethlopez

Lyzabeth Lopez has an enviable booty that rivals that of the other famous Lopez. Lyzabeth is a trainer, gym owner and creator of the Hourglass Workout; a guide of booty building, waist-cinching workouts.

 

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@chrisisupsidedown

Managed by exercise science student, Chris McComb, this account will have you equally in awe of his muscles and Pilates abilities.

 

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@hannahbronfman

This girl is a multitasking wonder - fashionista, DJ and fitness influencer. Follow #HBfit for endless healthy food inspo, dance class videos and workout motivation.

 

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@annavictoria

Anna Victoria is the creator of The Fit Body Guides; a 12-week meal plan and workout schedule. Her clients before-and-after's will motivate you to continue your own health and fitness journey.

 

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@yoga_girl

Rachel Brathen is a New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker and international yoga teacher. She explores the world's best yoga retreats and documents her journey through yoga pose snaps.


@kayla_itsines

Kayla Itsines is the creator of the #BBG movement; the Bikini Body Guide. The Gold Coast beauty has secured a global cult-like following and her client transformations speak for themselves.

 

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@jenselter

In 2015 Jen Selter made headlines with her enviable behind. Follow her Instagram to see exactly what she does to achieve her booty-goals.

 

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@emilyskyefit

With a following of over one million, Emily Skye inspires for women and men worldwide to live a fit life. We love her for her easy to follow workout videos. 

 

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@mistyonpointe

Misty Copeland is a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, her toned body will have you booking a Barre class in no time!

 

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@bretcontreras1

Bret Contreras is the creator of workout program, Strong by Bret - an online strength and conditioning program created specifically for women.


@msjeanettejenkins

Hollywood trainer, Jeanette Jenkins is known for her specialty in toned abs and bikini bootcamp.


Now you have no excuse to not be motivated!


Words: Frances van Eeden

Recreate Sibling London's wild and undone hair look

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TONI&GUY have seriously dominated London Fashion Week with their unique hair styles! Partnering up with Sibling London for their AW16 collection, TONI&GUY created the perfect hair do to match the cool, bad girl vibes the show seemed to rock.

The hair look was perfectly twisted up into a neat spiral cone with a couple of loose ringlets which means it's super easy to recreate! The models demonstrated a rebellious attitude of an 'up all night look'. In other words, are you ready to look.. edgy and undone with a whole lot of attitude?


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PREP
Apply TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse through the lengths and ends of towel-dried hair before blow drying to create texture and grip for styling.

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STEP 1
Leaving two lower sections of the hair loose either side of the head, twist the rest of the hair towards the crown in a French pleat and secure with pins. Leave the ends of the hair draped across the top of the head to create a fringe.

STEP 2
Using the loose lengths of hair, cover the French pleat by wrapping hair across the back of the head, leaving out one small section of hair near the nape of the head.

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STEP 3
With the loose section, create small ringlets using the TONI&GUY Style Fix Curler, as well as curling two small sections within the fringe.

STEP 4
Tease hair with TONI&GUY Creative Style Spray Wax to add texture and definition.

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FINISH
Finally, spray TONI&GUY Creative Extreme Hold Hairspray to add further texture and to ensure hair stays in place.

STYLIST'S TIP
The key to this look is tightening the French pleat, as this will create a shorter fringe and enable you to easily style the fringe to sit around your face. Ensure you spritz TONI&GUY Creative Style Spray Wax through hair lengths for the appearance of a slept-in look'.

Words: Isla Perrett

Vivienne Westwood's Red Label AW16 hair how to

Vivienne Westwood's Red Label AW16 hair

Here at Fashion Weekly we understand the that your hair do can perfectly complete an outfit.

TONI & GUY's Lead Stylist and Global Ambassador, Mark Hampton, partnered up with Vivienne Westwood for her Red Label AW16 show to encapsulate the look of 'The Joker'- a strong presence in medieval and Renaissance history, which was embodied through the entire collection in print, tartans and knitwear.

The hair look for the collection drew inspiration from angels that had fallen from heaven and landed on Vivienne Westwood's Red Label runway for AW16 to create a formation of intellectuals.


So without further ado you can get this hair look in 4 easy steps:

Vivienne Westwood's Red Label AW16 hair

PREP
Apply TONI&GUY Prep Volume Plumping Mousse to damp hair to create body and grip for styling. Blow-dry thoroughly.

STEP 1
Once hair is dry, take a section of hair from the crown and twist, flattening to the head using pins. Spritz TONI&GUY Glamour 3D Volumiser from root to tip to give curls an added shine.

Vivienne Westwood's Red Label AW16 hair

STEP 2
Divide the rest of the hair into sections and tong using the TONI&GUY Style Fix Curler. Roll sections up and pin to the head, securing with a sectioning clip. Repeat all over until the full head of hair is curled.

Vivienne Westwood's Red Label AW16 hair

STEP 3
Once hair has cooled, remove sectioning clips one by one and allow the hair to fall free. Wrap each section around your finger, creating tight baby curls and re-pin intermittently. Ensure the ends of the hair are loose to create a textured layer of curls.

Vivienne Westwood's Red Label AW16 hair

FINISH
After pinning, slightly tease the hair to create more volume for a baby kiss-curl look. Fix with TONI&GUY Firm Hair Spray to ensure curls stay in place.

STYLIST'S TIP
To create this look quickly, take a section of hair from the back of the crown, twisting and flattening it against the head before pinning in place. This reduces the amount of hair you need to curl as you can cover over it.

Words: Isla Perrett

A complete guide to dermal fillers and lip injections

Girl pouting to show lip fillers

In the world of beauty, it seems you don't have to be older to be wiser!

Dermal fillers can create natural plump and smooth skin to give you a fresh appearance regardless of your age. We quizzed the experts at Australian Skin Clinics on what you really need to know about dermal fillers.


What are dermal fillers and what does it involve?

ASC: Dermal fillers are a facial treatment that adds volume to an area on your face. A gel based treatment - based on a substance that occurs naturally in your body - is injected into your skin using a very fine needle.

How do dermal fillers differ to traditional anti-wrinkle treatments?

ASC: Anti-wrinkle injections block the chemical signal that the brain sends to your muscle telling the muscle to contract. This means when the brain says ‘squint, it’s sunny’, the muscles are saying ‘I can’t hear you’. The best thing about dermal filler is that they do not affect facial expressions, they are fast treatments - typically 30 minutes - and they also provide instant results.

How long do dermal fillers last?

ASC: Depending on your metabolism, the thickness of the product and a number of personal factors, dermal fillers can last for around six to twelve months.

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Which areas of the face do dermal fillers target?

ASC: The most popular area for dermal fillers are lips; as it helps to restore your shape and banish bleeding lip lines. Dermal fillers can also restore volume in your cheeks, under the eyes, and the laugh lines around your mouth.

Is twenty too young an age to be getting dermal fillers?

ASC: Dermal fillers are safe for younger woman too as it is made from a substance natural occurring in the body. One of the most popular dermal filler treatments amongst young people is lip enhancement as it can instantly create a full, sexy pout.

How can dermal fillers compliment the skin of a woman in her twenties?

ASC: Dermal fillers can help enhance a youthful look by restoring volume in the cheeks, lips and other areas if needed. It can also help encourage a young woman’s collagen to renew and help her skin stay revitalized because it retains water and helps with skin hydration.

What does a typical procedure involve?

ASC: A consultation is conducted prior to any treatment. It is also advised you should avoid blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin and Nurofen, as well as alcohol, for four days prior to your treatment in order to maximise your results and minimise any risk of bruising.

Vitamin and herb supplements should be skipped the week beforehand as many can often thin your blood too. One of the best things about dermal filler treatments is that they do not affect facial expression, they are fast (typically a 30 minute procedure) and they also provide instant results. During treatment, the dermal filler is injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle.

What can you expect after a dermal filler treatment?

ASC: You may experience tenderness, redness and swelling during the first 24-48 hours, yet these are normal reactions which will resolve over the next two to four days.

For more information or to book your complimentary advanced skin consultation visit www.ozskin.com or call 1300 303 014.


Words: Frances van Eeden

5 Brisbane beauty spas to visit for an indulgent experience

Ladies, you deserve to be pampered!

Girl at spa getting temple massage

Tired, run down and in need of some “me time”? What you need is to unwind and destress with a luxurious beauty treatment; be it a facial, massage or a complete day spa package.

We understand that life can get busy but it is essential for your body and mind to indulge in a pamper experience every so often. Fashion Weekly have collated five of the best beauty boutiques and day spas across Brisbane, where you can leave your worries at the door.


Brooklyn Beauty Bar

Girls getting pampered at Brooklyn Beauty Bar

Located in the heart of the James Street shopping precinct in Fortitude Valley, Brooklyn Beauty Bar is the ideal pamper destination to indulge in a beauty treatment after a hard day of retail therapy. Sit back and relax as the experts work their magic while you sip on a cocktail or two in their licensed beauty bar.

Channel your inner Sex and The City characters with your girlfriends and enjoy one of three specialised Nail Party packages offered at Brooklyn Beauty Bar. Pamper yourself with the Manhattan Mani Party, the Queens Pedi Party or go all-out with The Brooklyn Experience; which includes a manicure, pedicure, brow sculpt and a glass of champagne to enjoy in a private suite.

With over fifteen years’ experience in the industry, owner Brooke Jesberg and her staff are famous for their express treatments - like the ‘Glow & Go Facial’, fake tans and their eyebrow and lash services – that deliver perfect results every time.

For more information or to book an appointment visit www.brooklynbeautybar.com.au or call 0421 202 447.

Location: Shop 5, 15 James Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

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One Wybelenna Spa

Girl relaxing by pool at One Wybelenna Spa

If a complete relaxation experience for your body as well as your mind is what you are after, we have the answer. One Wybelenna is a boutique luxury day spa in the western suburbs of Brisbane, only 12 kilometres from the city.

The sanctuary offers a comprehensive range of curated treatment packages to suit your beauty needs; from facials to indulgent massages, waxing and nail treatments.

The spa uses luxury range, Germaine de Capuccini, for results driven beauty care. One Wybelenna’s highly trained therapists are also skilled in Ayurvedic practices using the ‘Subtle Energies’ range of products which promote grounding, balancing and improved focus.

The beauty and holistic treatments are complimented by the spa’s tranquil surroundings, set on 1.7 acres amongst beautifully landscaped award winning gardens.

By reservation you can enjoy the magnesium spa and infinity pool prior to your treatment, or gather your thoughts with a cup of herbal tea after your treatment in the relaxation lounge.

For more information or to book an appointment visit www.onewybelenna.com or call 07 3878 7549.

Location: 1 Wybelenna Street, Brookfield, QLD, 4069

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SkinSpirit® Day Spa

Massage at Skin Spirit Day Spa

A hidden oasis situated in Calamvale, SkinSpirit® Day Spa pride themselves on being Brisbane’s best kept secret day spa!™

Focused on a holistic approach to beauty & well-being, the professional spa therapists at SkinSpirit® will help you achieve your skin priorities with results driven, quality skin care treatments.

The team at SkinSpirit® know that the only thing better than a pamper day is sharing that experience with a friend or loved one! This multi-award winning spa offers customised packages and specialised dual treatments to enjoy. To ensure you feel totally pampered, all packages include complimentary Tea Tonic herbal tea to savour in the relaxation lounge after your treatment. SkinSpirit® Day Spa Platinum package also includes a seasonal fruit platter as the perfect finish to a day at the spa.

From high performance facial treatments, to waxing, hot stone body massage and luxurious day spa packages, SkinSpirit® caters for all your indulgent beauty needs.

For more information or to book an appointment visit www.skinspirit.com.au or call 07 3272 1144.

Location: Cnr Kameruka St & Beaudesert Rd, Calamvale, QLD, 4116

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Stephanies Vintage Spa

Girls getting Manicure at Stephanie's Vintage Spa

Are you looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life... even if it’s only for a few hours? We have uncovered the ultimate relaxation destination merely a few minutes’ drive out of Brisbane.

If you are feeling overworked, take time out to rejuvenate your senses and recharge your spirit in the luxurious comfort of Stephanies Vintage Spa.

The opulent day spa - located in Cleveland - is a one-stop pamper destination; with the quaint cottage style shop front opening through to a magnificent eight treatment suite spa and vintage inspired lounge.

The spa is complete with numerous open fireplaces that create a welcoming space for you to enjoy a private one on one treatment, spa party or a romantic couples escape.

For more information or to book an appointment visit stephaniesvintagespa.com.au or call 07 3488 0300.

Location: 200 Middle Street, Cleveland, Qld, 4163

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Waterlily Concept Boutique

Beautiful massage at Waterlily Concept Boutique

Hidden among the hustle and bustle of James Street lies the Waterlily flagship boutique; a destination for pampering and relaxation. Waterlily is a leading spa wellness and artisan skincare brand that develops natural products and aromatic treatment rituals.

The James Street concept store boasts a beautiful VIP Spa Suite - a sanctuary where being 'in the moment' and completely relaxed is encouraged – for guests to enjoy customised treatments that are created to target seasonal specific skin requirements. The hands on spa treatments are both result-driven and focused on total relaxation.

Waterlily's concept store is a world of natural luxury, you will find yourself in a haven where your skin can be nourished and your soul can be nurtured.

For more information or to book an appointment visit waterlilyskinbodyspa.com.au or call
07 3390 3988.

Location: Waterlily Concept Store, 76 James Street, New Farm, 4005.

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Please note: This list appears in alphabetical order and is in no way listed in numerical preference.


Words: Frances van Eeden

The ultimate guide to fake tanning for a bronze glow

Written by Jessica Lunan

Tanned model gets out of pool

We all love bronzed skin. It can make you feel healthier, more confident, and reportedly can make you look slimmer. However as we farewell summer, many of us say goodbye to our tanned skin. But fear not; this guide will ensure you have an immaculate, bronzed glow all year round.


1. The golden, or bronzed, rule to a streak-free tan is exfoliating. The Hot Sugar Scrub is the perfect exfoliator pre-tan. The scrubs thermal zeolite’s warms the skin while exfoliation which helps to open pores for a deeper scrub.

Sanctuary Spa, Hot Sugar Scrub

Sanctuary Spa, Hot Sugar Scrub, $19.95.

2. After exfoliating, hydrate your body with a rich moisturiser, such as the Ultra Hydrating Body Cream by Trilogy. The formula will leave your skin super smooth and incredibly hydrated to ensure there are no dry patches for the fake tan to stick to.

Trilogy, Ultra Hydrating Body Cream

Trilogy, Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, $25.95.

Tanning Tip: It is important not to use any beauty products that will leave a residue on your skin right before tanning.

3. Begin applying the fake tan in sections. A general rule is to use 3 pumps of tan per limb, and then adjust the amount if you need to as you go. The Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam is fuss free and dries quickly. Plus the Aloe Vera and coconut fragrance smells just like summer!

Bondi Sands, Self Tanning Foam

Bondi Sands, Self Tanning Foam, $19.95.

4. The fake tan’s success all lies in how the tan is applied. For an even, streak free tan ensure you use the Bondi Sands self-tanning mitt to achieve an even bronze, and lessen your chances of staining your hands. The thought of fake tanning can be a scary, however the Bondi Sands Back Applicator will ensure you have an effortless tan every time, and also means you avoid doing interesting yoga positions to achieve an immaculate result.

Bondi Sands, Application Mitt

Bondi Sands, Application Mitt, $9.95.

 Bondi Sands, Back Applicator Bondi Sands, Back Applicator, $14.95.
Tanning Tip: If you’re planning on sleeping in your fake tan, apply baby powder on top of the tan to ensure that your sheets don’t get stained.

5. To maintain your fauxe glow, make sure to moisturise daily. For a long-lasting tan try the Bondi Sands Liquid Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk. The formula hydrates the skin while creating an extra glow.

Bondi Sands, Gradual Tanning Milk

Bondi Sands, Gradual Tanning Milk, $17.95.

Here's what is currently trending in the beauty world

Model poses for Zac Posen and Mac Cosmetics collaboration

From Kylie Jenner's new line to L'Oréal Australia's Makeup Designer Contest, this is the latest beauty industry news you have to know!


Zac Posen x Mac Cosmetics: The Designer Dabbles in Beauty

Zac Posen has ventured into the beauty industry, debuting his collaboration with longstanding partner, MAC Cosmetics.

Given their history, it was only natural that Posen would team up with MAC Cosmetics for his first signature beauty collection.

Launching next week, 25th February, beautyholics will be able to shop Posen's glam-ready, limited edition makeup collection.

To find out more visit www.maccosmetics.com.au.


L'Oréal Australia Makeup Designer Contest

Do you think you have what it takes to make it as a pro in the beauty industry?

L'Oréal Australia has launched the first nation-wide search to discover its next Make-Up Director. The competition offers a 12-month contract with L'Oréal, over $5000 worth of L'Oréal Paris products, and a $5000 Priceline gift card.

Entry is simple, create the L'Oréal Paris look of 2016, upload a video to your YouTube channel, and apply by completing the form & submitting your video online at www.makeupdesigner.com.au. The top 10 finalists will showcase their individually created looks to a jury of esteemed beauty experts.

So ladies and gentlemen of the beauty world submit your entry and possibly pursue your beauty career dreams. The winner will be announced at the final event on March 23, 2016.


Keeping Up With Kylie Jenner: Sinful Colors Nail Polish Line

Kylie Jenner poses for Sinful Shine nail polish

It seems King Kylie is planning on dominating the world of beauty and she is one step closer to fulfilling that dream!

After the success of Kylie's Lip Kits selling out within 30 seconds consecutively, it is only fitting that her product range expands. The collaboration, with high-street nail polish company, Sinful Colours is set to be the launch of three exclusive limited-edition ranges, fittingly titled 'King Kylie Collection'.

With the nail polish line set to hit the stores in early March, we are already placing bets on how fast these beauty bits will sell out.


'Tomboy': Bringing an Edge to the Beauty Industry

Tomboy’ is a newly launched online destination that is carefully curated by digital influencer Chloe Brinklow.

Created for the effortless, daring and fearless girl, 'Tomboy' promises to offer a fresh and edgy approach to the world of beauty. Offering a raw, unique, and sexy aesthetic, Brinklow launched the site in full force with an awe-inspiring photo shoot featuring Nicole Warne - the 'it' girl behind Garry Pepper Girl - styled by Karla Clarke, and shot by international sensation, Simon Upton.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Launches a Beauty Line

Rosie Huntinton Whiteley's partnership with Mark and Spencer continues to flourish. Since 2012, this daring duo have launched lingerie, fragrance, active-wear, and sleepwear ranges, and now, have released a make-up collection; Rosie for Autograph Cosmetics.

The line includes all the beauty necessities a girl needs; from foundation and concealer, to lipstick, eye shadow, mascara and skincare.

The British beauty explains,

“The inspiration behind Rosie for Autograph make-up is all about the girl on the go”.

With Mark and Spencer anticipating its first Australian store, it won’t be long until Australian beauty lovers can get their hands on the line.

Words: Claudine Blondeau

Image: Credit

3 Hair looks to try inspired by Evo Hair x Tome's at NYFW

Evo Hair NYFW looks

This NYFW Evo Hair's Director, Kenna, has allowed 3 practical runway ready looks to compliment Tome's Collection through Winter 2016, so stay tuned to learn how to get your very own runway ready hair do!

Drawing inspiration from the iconic American artist Barbara Kruger and Lebanese born Palestinian Mona Hatoum the winter collection is inspired purely by femininity.

The simplistic yet striking colour pallete of blood red, black and grey is emulated from Kruger's renowned newsprint work, while the contradicting bold shapes and clean cuts of the collection are embodied by Hatoum's sharp political standing.

While channelling the real life feminist this season, Evo Hair is celebrating the real woman with soft natural hair while ultimately respecting the integrity of all hair styles and shapes.

The first look is the raw curl and is believed to enhance a natural and graceful wave, using the Evo Hair curl range to protect and control the hair for maximum impact.

  • Work a palm size of liquid rollers curl balm through wet hair
  • Squeeze a pale size of whip it good styling mousse through the hair
  • Comb through with an evo fabulosa de-tangling comb
  • Diffuse the hair slowly with a blow dryer

The second runway look is fringed, which uses more Evo Hair styling products to create a workable texture and powerful shape for those flyaway bangs!

  • Wet the hair using day of grace leave in conditioner
  • Apply mister fantastic blow out spray evenly throughout the hair
  • Use a blow dryer to dry the hair completely, using hands for texture
  • Apply shebang-a-bang dry spray wax to add workable texture with a satin finish

Last but certainly not least is the free fall style which was created to heighten the feminine side of straight locks using Evo Hair products to provide subtle textures and smooth ends for an effortless finish.

  • Apply mister fantastic blowout spray to damp hair and use roy wide-tooth comb to comb through
  • Use a blow dryer to dry the hair completely, use fingers to de-tangle
  • Apply shebang-a-bang dry spray wax evenly throughout to create workable texture
  • Apply end doctor smoothing sealant to smooth and seal the ends

There you have it! Your very own 3 runway ready, practical hairstyles for you to rock this season!

Words: Isla Perrett

Furry nails craziest and hairiest trend of the moment!

Girl poses with new brown furry nails

If you think you've seen it all when it comes to nail art... then think again! The new latest eh.. trend in nail art has us all scratching our heads here at Fashion Weekly. Are you ready? Welcome to 2016 where furry nails has everyone going crazy.

Jan Arnold, Style Director and Co-Founder of CND nail polish, sent her models down the runway at Libertine's Fall/Winter 2016 rocking faux fur on their nails.

Now we aren't just talking a smidgen of fur - we are talking.. full, furry nails!

I know, how is this even considered practical? Could you wash your hands? Apply your own make-up? HOW WOULD YOU EAT?

This new trend certainly throws practicality out of the window and better yet down the drain and is a little more.. aspirational shall we say? But in a world that creates bubble nails and aquarium nails, the faux fur nail trend will certainly make a controversial appearance on social media.

While the results are bizarre and the logic behind it is well.. non-existent, you can't help but take your hat off to Jan Arnold for a new “talk of the town” trend (that's if you could do anything with those nails).

One can only wonder what is next..


 

A photo posted by FIMELA GIRL (@fimelagirl) on

 

Latest Nail Trend.... a tad unsure of this one!! #furrynails #beauty #ladies #nailsoftheday #fashionweek #furry

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Words: Frances van Eeden

5 Ways to avoid that dreaded afternoon brain drain at work

Pretty girl poses with laptop at work

Picture this; you arrive at work in the morning brimming with energy after a coffee-hit however that feeling slowly diminishes as the day progresses and the deadlines loom. Your productivity drops to an all-time low and you struggle to focus on any task at hand.

Does this sound like you?

The truth is, you’re not just physically tired but your brain is exhausted. Luckily avoiding that slump is easier than you think. Dr Jenny Brockis, medical practitioner and author of Future Brain, unveils her top five tips on how to avoid the brain drain so that you’re always on your A game.


1. EAT WISELY

What we choose to eat has a direct impact on our brain health. Bottom line is - stick to ‘real foods’ and minimise processed foods. It may be tempting to order fast food for dinner or snack on a donut in the afternoon, but fast or sugary foods has been associated with reduced verbal memory and lower mood which stops us from performing our best.

Opt for nutrient dense food choices like leafy greens and oily fish instead, and healthy snacks like berries, dark chocolate (minimum 70%) and chopped nuts.

2. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS

While we may worry that taking breaks will invite judgement from our colleagues on our productivity, regular brain breaks will actually keep our concentration and focus on point. Our brain is designed to pay focused attention in relatively short chunks of time, between 60-90 minutes. Prioritise your work into focused blocks, separated by regular 10-15-minute brain breaks. You’ll be able to get more done, to a higher level and with fewer mistakes.

3. GET MOVING

Sitting has been labelled as the new smoking. When you sit at your desk for prolonged periods, you are denying your brain the oxygen and nutrients it needs to think well, resulting in loss of focus and concentration.

Get up and move every hour for a couple of minutes. Try a standing desk if your work permits or call a standing (or walking) meeting. Also take your phone calls standing up. It’s also ideal to fit in 30 minutes of exercise before work every day to prime your brain for best performance.

4. SCHEDULE THINKING SPACE

Being busy means finding the time to think can be a challenge. Our thinking space is that quiet reflective place when we check in that we’re on the right track, that things are going as expected and what else we need to prioritise or do.

Where you find this space doesn’t matter, it could be in the park, while listening to some music, meditating or exercising. Schedule in 15 minutes a day in your diary, that’s enough to set you up to be ready to do your best work.

5. GET YOUR ZZZ’S

Always sleep deprived and feeling chronically tired? Having a decent amount of shuteye every night is the ultimate energy booster you need.

Seven to eight hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep is best for cognition and is the perfect time for you to take out the brain’s trash and regulate emotion.

When we don’t get enough sleep, we feel immensely tired the next day. This then makes us cranky and can inhibit our ability to manage stress and make good decisions.


ABOUT DR JENNY BROCKIS

Dr. Jenny Brockis is a medical practitioner, speaker and author who specialises in brain health and the science of high performance thinking. Her new book Future Brain: The 12 Keys To Create A High Performance Brain is now available online and at all good bookstores including Dymocks.


Words: Frances van Eeden

Your complete Valentine's Day 2016 beauty checklist

Women hugs man with red nails and lips for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day 2016 is just around the corner and, if you’re anything like us, you’ve left it to the last minute to prepare! Looking and feeling fabulous on a date is all about the preparation, so we turned to the experts at Australian Skin Clinics to create the ultimate beauty checklist for Valentine’s Day 2016. Ready, set, glow!


Glowing complexion – check!

Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s a microdermabrasion! For skin that glows this Valentine’s Day, look no further than a microdermabrasion treatment. Not only will it treat bad breakouts, it can also treat sun damage, dry skin, blemish scars and fine lines. Australian Skin Clinics offers a gold standard 9-step microdermabrasion which includes cleanse, exfoliation, AHA/BHA mask, microdermabrasion, extractions, peel (after careful assessment of suitability), nourishment, hydration and protection.

The 45-minute treatment removes the dead outer surface of your skin with light abrasion, unclogging your pores and leaving your skin clear and renewed. It will also improve your skin’s circulation and stimulate its collagen simultaneously.

[RELATED: Kiss proof your makeup for unlimited smooching]

Kissable lips – check!

Have the plump pout you’ve always dreamed of this Valentine’s Day 2016 with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can restore and boost volume in naturally thin lips for up to six months, depending on your metabolism and other factors. Results are instant, however it is strongly recommended that you book this treatment five to seven days before your hot Valentine’s date.

Hair free – check!

Remember that time someone rubbed your leg and you realised you forgot to shave? Guilty! Fear no more ladies - laser hair removal treatments can be tailored to eradicate hair from nearly all areas of your face and body fast.

[RELATED: The ultimate single girl's guide to Valentine’s Day 2016]

Whether you want no hair down there, smooth underarms or silky smooth legs, you can be hair free in less than 10 minutes depending on your treatment area! Australian Skin Clinics use only medical-grade laser hair removal equipment by fully trained technicians and any hair colour can be targeted, except for grey, white and white blonde.

Smooth skin – check!

Ensure your skin is silky smooth this Valentine’s Day by using Skinstitut 14% Glycolic Scrub. Apply the scrub to dry skin, and leave for ten minutes before washing off. The Glycolic breaks down the glue that holds dead skin cells together making them fall away easily, revealing softer, smoother skin. Lastly, apply a body cream immediately after your shower to help lock in the moisture on date night!


No matter what your beauty needs, the team at Australian Skin Clinics have a suitable treatment to ensure you stun on Valentine’s Day 2016.


Words: Frances van Eeden

Kiss proof your makeup for unlimited smooching

The notebook kiss

It’s the month of love! Whether you are taken or single, most of us can expect to do a bit of smooching! This doesn’t mean your beauty look should suffer. How many times have you given up that sexy red lip to avoid a makeup-mishap 'just in case' you do end the night with a kiss ... or two?


Follow these tried-and-tested tips and tricks for kiss proof lips that will stay all night so that you can seduce him with a colourful pout!

Lipstick should have layers

Layering is the key to making a lip product last! Line and fill your lips with a lip liner, then apply your first coat of lipstick. Blot your lips on a tissue a few times and leave your lips to air for a second before applying another coat on top.

A matte formula does the trick

Lipstick with a matte formula will last longer than a glossy or creamy type as it sticks to your lips rather than just sit on top of them. You can mattify any of your lipsticks by taking a thin layer of a tissue and placing it over your mouth then dusting your lips with a fluffy makeup brush and a translucent setting powder.

Liquid lipsticks last

Liquid lipstick is a long-lasting bright lip saviour, it contains the pigment of a lipstick but applies like a gloss and feels comfortable on the lips. Liquid lipsticks provide an opaque and vivid colour but the formula can be slightly drying and often hard to remove.

Lip liner, stick and gloss

1. Tarte, Amazonian Clay Universal Lip Liner $26.00

2. Tom Ford, Lip Color Matte $75.00

3. Kat Von D, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick $30.00

These products and tips will ensure you never have to endure a smeared lipstick mishap again!


Words: Frances van Eeden

Barbie finally says goodbye to unrealistic standards

New Barbie dolls

Growing up, we all had to adhere to social standards and the perceptions of others. Always wanting something you didn't have, wishing you looked a certain way...

I remember the day I received my first Barbie doll, handed down to me by my cousin. It was a dream come true, well for a 5 year old me at least.

The Barbie I remember had never ending long legs, a petite cinched in waist, long luscious blonde locks and blue eyes. Not to mention that she wore very little.

Barbie set the norm when it came to looks and body shapes, what girl didn't at some point in her childhood wish to be as 'beautiful' as her new best friend, Barbie?

Are you nodding your head with me on this one? What an unrealistic standards we grew up with by aspiring to look like Barbie.

Not to mention the controversial stir caused by Mattel, Barbie's brand, last year when they cast a male in a Moschino Barbie campaign.

Without placing a complete sour note on things, Mattel has certainly found a positive way to kick off 2016! The company have announced the release of a whole new Barbie range featuring varying body shapes, skin tones, eye colours and hairstyles.

Ultimately giving not only Barbie herself one hell of a makeover, but the brand too!

Evelyn Mazzocco Global General Manager for Mattel stated, “We are excited to literally be changing the face of the brand - these new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them”.

While the release of the new Barbie's will cause a stir in society, it's definitely a healthier promotion of body image for our youth!

 
The Evolution of Barbie

#TheDollEvolves

Posted by Barbie on Thursday, January 28, 2016

 Words: Isla Perrett


Words: Frances van Eeden

A simple & cheap guide to cleaning makeup brushes

Makeup Brush

Honestly, how often do you wash your makeup brushes?

Our brushes and sponges come into contact with our skin and beauty products daily, and although you might not be aware of it, there are bacteria growing on them.

You probably know by now that makeup brushes should be an investment. There is no point spending hundreds of dollars on expensive beauty products but not having the proper tools to apply it.

It is equally as important to frequently sanitise and wash your brushes. This will not only prolong the life of your brushes but also help avoid breakouts on your skin.


Washing your makeup brushes does not have to be a time-consuming and expensive task. It can be really simple and inexpensive.

How to clean a Makeup Brush

What you need:

- Dirty makeup brushes

- Access to a sink

- Johnson’s Baby Shampoo 

- Towel

Step 1:

Fill the sink halfway with luke warm water. Dip the bristles of your brushes into the water to remove the first layer of product.

Step 2:

Line your brushes on the edge of the sink. Dispense some Johnson’s Baby Shampoo into the palm of your hand and swirl the bristles of your brush in the shampoo using circular motions.

Step 3:

Rinse the bristles under a running tap until the water comes out clear (if the water is still coloured go ahead and repeat step 2). Keep your brushes facing down and ensure only the bristles are getting wet. This will prevent any liquid from coming into contact the the glue and keep your brushes from shedding.

Step 4:

Gently squeeze the excess water out of the bristles. Roll a towel and place your brushes balancing at a downward facing angle to dry.

How often should I wash my brushes?

Ideally, your brushes should be washed weekly however, as long as you don't have an infection or severe breakout on your face, you can get away with washing your brushes once or twice a month. To keep your tools sanitised in between washes you can use a brush cleansing spray and a tissue to spot clean. 


Words: Frances van Eeden

Why a relationship is not the answer to finding happiness

FindHappiness02

I have a confession... I am shamefully addicted to the US Bachelor. One contestant in particular caught my attention from the first rose ceremony.

This girl constantly made negative remarks about the other women and frequently acted in a way she later regretted. It was clear that she had issues that she needed to sort out with herself before she could find any sort of stability in a relationship, and that had me thinking about our constant need of reassurance in others.

I have watched many women in my life jump from one relationship to the other. Always trying to find happiness - and the confidence they lack in themselves - through another man, only for it to fall apart time and time again.

Ladies, it’s time to face the truth; you HAVE to love yourself unconditionally before you can try to make it work with a significant other. The happiness you are searching for is within you.


4 Ways to love yourself and find your happiness

1. Accept your flaws and downfalls but focus on improvement

Perfection is an illusion, not even your favourite celebrities are perfect. Don’t strive to be what society has defined, accept who you are, flaws and all, but focus on your strengths. Accept your failures as teaching moments, guiding you to be the best version of yourself.

 

2. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone

This one is much harder said than done. It is easy to get caught up in your routine and stick what you know but you only grow when you are challenged.

 

3. Don’t be closed minded on new adventures and new possibilities

Change is scary to even the most confident of people. But life has a way of placing you where you need to be, so open yourself up to new possibilities. Take up a group sport or hobby that you have been curious about or go out with your friends from work that have been asking you every Friday. This will not only help boost your confidence but you will learn more about yourself.

 

4. Don’t keep the past in the past

Until you learn to forgive yourself for your mistakes and forgive others who have hurt you, you will continue to dwell on your past. By letting go of resentment and past anger you will be able to focus on what lies ahead instead. 


Words: Frances van Eeden