Beauty

A simple & cheap guide to cleaning makeup brushes

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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

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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

Instagrammer Anna Victoria exposes #fitsporation

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I don't know about you, but when I hear the term fitsporation I immediately think of thigh gaps, acai bowls, flat abs and green smoothies. But maybe that's just me?

With the popularity of Instagram rapidly increasing in our society the more #fitsporation content such as selfies of fitspo models in bikinis with taut tummies, toned arms and not to mention kitted out in the latest exercise gear can often be a little overwhelming for followers.

But are these posts from fitspo go'ers truly promoting a healthy message to their followers or are they merely having a negative influence on viewers, making them feel insecure about their own personal appearance?

Instagrammer Anna Victoria and founder of Fit Body Guide, recently took to her instagram posting an image some have deemed controversial and different from her usual fitspo content. Anna demonstrated how even those who are extremely well regarded within the fitsporation family aren't perfect.

 

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Her latest post has left us here at Fashion Weekly feeling empowered after her explanations behind the post summarises the real meaning of fitsporation over the commercial “perfect bod” pics. In a nutshell, Anna summarised how even the most toned of people still have skin that folds over on their stomachs when they sit down and that having this is nothing to be ashamed of! I know right? A real life fitspo model admits to having what she deems to be a flaw with her “already” perfect body? Thus proving that no one is perfect and that minor “imperfections” should be embraced rather than edited out!

Thank you Anna Victoria for being bold enough to own it!

Words: Isla Perrett

11 Beauty do’s and don’ts to keep in mind for a first date

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DON’T try a new beauty treatment

This is not the time to be adventurous with your skincare routine.

DO ensure you have well-manicured nails

No chipped nail polish allowed.

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DON’T try a new perfume

You never know whether you might develop an allergic reaction to a new perfume or how the scent will change on your skin.

DO use whitening toothpaste

So you feel confident flashing those pearly whites.

DON’T try a new hairstyle

Keep your hairstyle simple and rock a style you feel confident and sexy with. For a chic yet sexy look try casual curls or a bouncy blow-dry.. and do practice that fierce hair flick in the mirror! 

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DON’T slick on too much lip-gloss or a bright lipstick

Whether you get a surprise goodnight kiss or a lipstick slip while you’re eating, sticking to less bold lipstick colours will prevent any disasters and save you from worrying all night.

DO fake tan at least a day or two before the date

For streak free glowing skin make sure you shave, exfoliate and moisturise your skin thoroughly a day before tanning.

DON’T squeeze that spot

Nothing good ever comes from picking at your skin. Instead use a spot treatment with salicylic acid to reduce blemishes.

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DO wear a nude lip or lip stain

Add some colour and shine to your lips with a no fuss formula and colour.

DON’T try microdermabrasion or peel treatments

... Because your face peeling off might scare him away.

DON’T get your brows waxed on the day

To ensure your face is not red and irritated avoid waxing right before your date.

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Words: Frances van Eeden

Sephora to finally land in Queensland early this year

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Makeup giant Sephora needs little introduction, the name alone can have a woman’s heart beating a million miles an hour.

The French-born beauty mecca opened its introductory Australian store in 2014 in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall, followed by two store openings in Macquarie Centre last September and Melbourne in December 2015.

Last year Queenslanders finally gained access to what the makeup giant has to offer with the launch of its online store in Australia. However, many customers were left disappointed as Sephora’s full offering of brands is not available on the website.

Now the word is out that Sephora is finally opening a bricks-and-mortar store in Queensland! Sephora have advertised career opportunities for their upcoming Gold Coast store on recruitment website Seek. We wonder if the LVMH owned store is following in clothing retailer Zara’s footsteps and plans to open in Robina Town Centre...

The Gold Coast store is allegedly set to open in mid-late April this year. The Courier Mail has further reported that Sephora's Brisbane store is in the works. While no location or date is confirmed, the store is rumoured to be in the CBD.

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Words: Frances van Eeden

Amber Walker talks body image and how to achieve a sexy soul

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Over dinner the night before New Year's Eve, a girlfriend of mine explained her fitspo plans for 2016. It was a difficult conversation for me to be apart of as I had to control myself not to blurt out exactly what I was thinking.

She often praised the athletically perfect models and aspired to create an aesthetic that resembled their ways.

But that's the problem with social media. It's an unrealistic platform that paints distorted and plastic versions of people's lives.

I recently had a chat with Personal Trainer and Holistic Nutritionist, Amber Walker about her views on the influence faking-it-fit really has on today's modern society.

"I've always been very fit and active," said Walker. "I was a bit of a science nerd, (she laughs) I've always loved health and fitness and as I've grown up I noticed the importance of it," said Walker.

Though she has chosen a life that focuses on physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, the journey has come with its challenges.

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"In my late teens and and early twenties I suffered from severe depression. I'd lost a couple of friends early on in life."

By the the time she was 22, Walker had been hopsitalised four times. Deemed beyond help by many medical experts, she used her Personal Trainer background and knowledge to seek out alternative ways to get through the days.

With a complete lifestyle overhaul that focused on nourishing foods and physical movement, Walker transformed her health and began to see a brighter future for herself, one of helping others.

"I discovered that I needed to look after myself in all facets, not just nutrition and exercise.

"You need to take time to find what makes your soul happy. We live in a society where that is not encouraged. We're encouraged to do other things that are materialistic and measurable. Sometimes it's about giving yourself 10 minutes where you can just think."

With her knowledge and dedication to positively influencing our society, Walker has created an online wellness program called 60 Days To A Sexy Soul.

When asked about the inspiration behind the name she said, "I wanted to combine wellness as something that is desirable. Who doesn't want a sexy soul?"

Amber Walker takes a complete holistic approach to her coaching, looking at a persons health and wellness from the combined physical, mental, emotional and spiritual view so as to treat the whole person.

"I don't tell my clients what to do. It's all about educating them about what they should be doing ... I'm empowering them."

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Sadly, many young women are being negatively impacted as our society puts aspirations on being visually pleasing rather than praising or celebrating one's talents, personality and internal beauty.

"There are some great fitspo accounts out there but there are also more accounts out there who have the right lighting and the right angle. They take the photo, go away and then ... get those hideous apps that can enhance features and not just put a filter on it.

"You can make your boobs and butt bigger and make your tummy smaller and do all that sort of stuff and then they post them. They are unrealistic. These [images] are about looking fit but not feeling fit."

In a world where we are obsessed with double tapping the latest superfoods, colourful smoothies and yoga poses in our feeds, maybe it's time to find another form of inspiration?

“Only when you start looking at your health from a holistic 360 degree view, understanding how all these elements are intertwined, will you begin to see and feel really dramatic life changing results.”

For more information visit www.60daystoasexysoul.com or www.amberwalker.com.

Amber Walker would love to offer you 25% off her next course, 60 Days To A Sexy Soul.

All you have to do is enter fashionweekly as your special code at the checkout.

Natural beauty products for a complete body detox

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Have you made your New Year resolutions? If your goals for 2016 are to get fit and lead a healthier lifestyle, there is one thing you are missing. It’s time to start looking after your body from the outside.

Our skin acts like a sponge, which means it absorbs all the toxins and chemicals that we are exposed to. Using natural beauty products is the best decision you can make for your health. There’s no doubt that natural ingredients are the future of the beauty industry. These products are formulated to eliminate any nasties which can be harmful to our bodies and only contain the good stuff.

Biology Smart Skincare is a results driven company, using natural ingredients, made right here in Australia. With a variety of beauty products on offer, Biology Smart Skincare works in synergy with your body’s natural processes to achieve healthy and hydrated skin and hair.

The range utilises natural Australian ingredients and combines advanced pH-balanced formulas, active plant-derived DNA complexes and steam-distilled essential oil blends, to create beautiful products that deliver results.

Free from parabens, sulfate detergents, synthetic fragrances and animal derived ingredients, Biology Smart Skincare is a great option for conscious consumers or people with sensitive skin.


If you've indulged a little too much in the Christmas cheer, treat your body to an at-home relaxation routine with the Biology Smart Skincare spa range.

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Step 1: For a thorough cleanse that will eliminate impurities from the outside, the Biology Moisture Therapy Body Wash ($27.00) combines powerful natural extracts to brighten and nourish your body, while the oil blends of lemongrass and pink grapefruit create a refreshing experience.

Step 2: Banish dry and flaky skin by exfoliating with the Biology Skin Smoothing Body Buff ($40.00), which is designed to stimulate blood circulation. Regular exfoliation not only leaves your skin silky smooth but can also help to reduce the appearance of scarring and cellulite.

Step 3: Immerse yourself in a relaxing bath with the Biology Oil Infused Bath Soak ($38.00). Simply scatter the salts in warm water to create a balancing tonic bath that will leave you glowing.

Step 4: Ensure your body stays supple with the Biology Ultra Hydrate Body Butter ($45.00). The luxurious blend of shea butter and sweet almond oil restores your skin’s hydration and prevents dryness.

The Biology Smart Skincare range is not only for indulging. From body wash to hair care, the brand offers a range of daily beauty essentials that are great for your body, the environment and are sure to deliver results.

Today's Beauty Post is proudly sponsored by Biology Smart Skincare and endorsed by Fashion Weekly. Thank-you for supporting the sponsors who make Fashion Weekly possible.


Words: Frances van Eeden

The 10 commandments of dating a beauty junkie

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1. Never question why we need “another pink lipstick”.

Unless you want to hear all about the various undertones in lipstick colours and the difference between a matte, cream or liquid formula... Yeah we didn't think so.

2. Accept that all travel plans will include multiple stops at stores like Sephora, Ulta or French pharmacies.

No all makeup is not the same, no we can’t get this back home.

3. We won’t give in, so just join our pamper nights.

Whether we want to share our face masks with you or pluck your eyebrows, you will eventually submit to being well groomed (and you'll be better for it!).

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4. Travelling with hand luggage only is out of the question!

Most countries have restrictions on the amount of liquids you can carry onto the plane, and there is no way we are going to risk losing our stash at the security gates.

5. Buying a product just because our favourite YouTuber recommended it is totally acceptable.

If Jaclyn (yes, we are on first name terms) says we need it then we totally do!

6. Similarly, buying a product solely because of its pretty or unique packaging is a necessity.

We’re building a collection here okay...

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7. Never comment about our skincare routine being excessive.

If you do, we will lecture you about the importance of double cleansing, exfoliating, serums, oils and the many more steps.

8. Makeup is an art, and we’d appreciate it if you appreciate it!

Want to make us weak at the knees? Just comment on how even our winged liner is!

9. We can easily spend a whole Sunday holed up in bed watching YouTube tutorials and reading beauty blogs.

Don’t judge our browser history!

10. If we ever move in together, you are taking on our beauty collection too.

Just like you don’t want to part with that weird soccer poster, there is no way we are reducing our beauty stash, and we will require a beauty room.

Words: Frances van Eeden


Words: Frances van Eeden

Beauty Tutorial: Full Coverage Glam Party Look

So you’ve dressed to impress but you’re not sure what to do with your makeup this party season? Whether you are looking for date night makeup inspiration or simply want to hit the town looking fab, this makeup look is sure to turn heads!

The warm, golden eyeshadows, winged liner and full lashes create a sultry look while a bright lipstick adds a pop of colour for an overall sexy vibe.


Items used:
-MAC Prep and Prime Fix +
-Benefit POREfessional
-Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
-Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
-Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
-Revlon Photoready Eye Art in Burnished Bling
-Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
-Maybelline Volum' Express Lash Sensational Waterproof
-Eylure Katy Perry Lashes
-Smashbox High Definition Concealer
-Bonjour Healthy Balance Powder
-Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
-MAC Crème Blend Blush in Something Special
-MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle
-Ardell Mechanical Brow Pencil
-MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set
-Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square
-Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave


Words: Frances van Eeden

Flaunt a flawless mani and pedi this summer with Scholl

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Booking weekly manicures at a beauty salon sounds like a great idea, but let’s get real – no one has the time for that! I don't have the patience to file my nails with an emery board and clipping the nail causes it to split, so I've always had to embrace short nails. Which is why I was beyond excited when the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System landed on my desk.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System is one device that electronically files, buffs and polishes the nails – why has no one thought of this sooner?

The device is unique to the at-home market; an electronic beauty tool which comes with three detachable nail care heads to:

  • File: Used to shorten your nails or create a desired nail shape.
  • Buff: Used to even out irregularities and create a smooth surface on the nail bed.
  • Polish: Used to create a natural shine on the nail bed.

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The three step routine of the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System works together to create a flawless base for your nail colour or allows you to embrace the natural nail trend. The heads can be easily fitted onto the device and operated at two speeds to evenly file, buff and polish your nails into a manicure or pedicure that you’ll want to flaunt this summer.

However, using the device does require patience and is not a speedy process. While this device is more convenient than booking an appointment at your beautician, taking your time and using the lowest speed will provide the best results.

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The device (with one set of heads) retails for $59.99 while the refill heads are available for $19.99 a set. The only negative comment I have about this device is the cost of the refills and how often they need to be replaced. I have been using the nail care system frequently for the past two months and I have had to replace the heads twice. If you want to use the device frequently, I would recommend having a set of heads for your manicure and a separate set to use for your pedicure.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System is an essential for your at-home beauty routine to ensure you boast a flawless pedicure and manicure all summer long!

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System is now available in all good pharmacies and supermarkets.


Words: Frances van Eeden

Are flawless selfies portraying the right message?

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With iPhone and Android cameras improving every day, it’s clear that selfies are here to stay. To help us get the best out of our devices, there are literally hundreds of selfie apps to aid in:

• Taking selfies
• Editing selfies
• Sharing selfies

In the selfie-driven world of celebrities , the ultimate app is one that you can use to tweak portraits of your face so the images you upload are flawless. Costhetics, Australia’s premiere online resource for information about cosmetic surgery and aesthetic enhancement, recently took a snapshot of what’s happening online in Hollywood.

The App Kim Kardashian Uses to Look Selfie-Perfect from Every Angle

“If Kim Kardashian is using it, everyone wants it,” reports Louisa McKay, the managing director at Costhetics. “Perfect365 is a perfect example.”

"Kim and all the Kardashians use the app Perfect365 to touch up their photos before they post them on social media. (They) have gotten all of their friends into it." – Us Magazine

Touting over 60 million users, Perfect365 is loaded with nearly two dozen make-up tools. You can snap, refine, and then share your selfies, experimenting with the hottest styles and newest trends in tweaking:

• Obliterate skin imperfections
• Whiten teeth
• Sculpt brows
• Add lip gloss
• Add eyeliner
• Add glow to dry complexion

These on-the-spot makeover tricks provide instant enhancement. That’s essential when you’re a star like Kim Kardashian who has to work hard to feed her hungry social media machine. Kardashian has 27 million followers on Instagram alone and uploads new images hundreds of time each day. Each spontaneous image is carefully messaged before going live to her fans.

For users whose retouching skills are not as advanced as Kardashian’s, Perfect365 also has pre-set makeup templates that provide an instant makeover. You can save your customisations to make it even easier to re-touch selfies in the future.

Cost: FREE (iOS and Android).

Top 3 Portrait Editing iPhone Apps for 2015

Once upon a time, only professionals had the tools and skills to enhance pictures. Those days are so over! 21st Century photo-tweaking apps can turn anyone into a master retoucher who can give selfie portraits an instant digital makeover.

These apps are ideal for anyone who hasn’t yet mastered Photoshop or doesn’t want to invest in expensive photo-editing software. At the moment they are only available for iPhones.

• FaceTune – The #1 photo app in 127 countries and a favourite of folks with acne. It has great share options, linking you to top sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. Cost: $2.99

• Pixtr – Like having your own personal retoucher, the app automatically detects what needs to be corrected. Special bonus: Pixtr links to Facebook and allows you to upload your re-touched photo directly from your app. Cost: FREE

• Photo Makeover – Turn that frown upside down and change other expressions with this app. You can also use it to make other adjustments to the face, including adding symmetry, just like a facelift! Cost: $0.99

3 Apps for Editing Selfies on an Android Phone

Take heart, Android fans. Though offering limited functionality compared to their iOS cousins, these apps are Android-friendly and FREE, too.

• Beauty Camera – Your new BFF if you have skin discolouration. This app smooths out skin tone and removes dark spots. It works with new photos and ones already stored on your camera.

• Visage Lab – The automatic retouching may not be as subtle as you’d like, but it’s great for removing wrinkles. It also offers email and direct upload options for easy sharing.

• Pimple Remover Photo Retouch – Simply highlight the areas where blemishes appear, and this app will give a beautiful complexion without laser skin resurfacing.

How to Raise Self(ie) Esteem

Selfies may come and go instantly on Snapchat, but elsewhere on the Internet they can live forever. What’s exciting about portrait-editing apps is that they allow you to create a great photograph that you’ll always enjoy seeing. It’s what magazine editors do every day.

There’s no reason to let an imperfection like a sunspot, a bad hair day, or an acne flare-up spoil an otherwise wonderful selfie. So grab one of the new apps and make yourself memorable. Then share your face with the world.

Costhetics is Australia's leading independent information source for cosmetic surgery, non-surgical cosmetic treatments and the latest in industry advancements. The online portal aims to inform and educate Australians on all aspects of cosmetic enhancement, by providing detailed and unbiased information.
For information on procedures, pre and post op care, surgeon profiles, and articles visit www.costhetics.com.au

Do you think selfie-esteem is building up confidence or breaking it down? {jcomments on}

Top 3 Portrait-Editing iPhone Apps for 2015

Escape the end of year madness and refresh at Waterlily boutique

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Among the hustle and bustle of James Street lies the ultimate relaxation escape; the Waterlily flagship boutique.

Waterlily is a leading spa wellness and artisan skin and body care brand that develops natural products and aromatic treatment rituals. The Waterlily range contains active botanical ingredients and the hands-on spa treatments are both result-driven and focused on total relaxation.

As the end of 2015 approaches and our stress levels are high, it is essential to take time out and indulge in me-time... which is exactly what I recently did! I was invited to experience Waterlily's Spring Summer Apple Collagen Spa Facial at the New Farm boutique.

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Entering the concept store is like being transported to a beauty oasis, where I was treated to a warm aromatherapy compress infused with lime, geranium and grapefruit and a herbal tea.

The treatment took place in Waterlily’s beautiful VIP Spa Suite; a sanctuary where being 'in the moment' and completely relaxed is encouraged, and easily achieved with comfort, aromatic fragrances and calming music.

The ritual I experienced is a professional facial treatment tailored for all skin types that actively hydrates, firms, tones and brightens while purifying and refining the skin.

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Layered with apple concentrate rich in malic acid - a natural enzyme used to refine and exfoliate skin - silk peptides to rejuvenate, ginseng extract used to soothe redness and inflammation and marine collagen to lock in moisture, boost hydration, even skin tone and firm skin texture; the professional spa facial is an hour of pure regeneration and relaxation.

The customised treatments are created to target seasonal-specific skin requirements and the Apple Collagen Facial left my skin feeling plump, hydrated and radiant. The aromatic fragrance of each product and the oasis of the treatment room truly creates an indulgent experience, while the active botanical ingredients deliver visible results.

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The Apple Collagen Spa Facial is available at Waterlily’s flagship boutique as well as through select stockists nationwide. Visit Waterlily Skin Body Spa for more information.


Words: Frances van Eeden

Miranda Kerr's naked front cover proves nudity is the new norm

This week Australian fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar released its January/February 2016 issue, starring a completely nude Miranda Kerr on the front cover. Wearing nothing but a pair of Louboutin heels, Kerr is posed on a railing exposing her bare body to the camera.

Harper’s Bazaar reveals the cover shot was more spontaneous than planned. Editor-in-Chief Kellie Hush wrote in the issue: "What we captured between outfit changes was a woman who is incredibly comfortable in her own skin."

The cover has been praised, however here at Fashion Weekly we can’t help but voice our concerns. Why is this not a controversial cover and when did nudity become the new norm?

While we are totally for equality and female empowerment, we don’t understand when exposing young generations to full nude images became a socially acceptable thing to do.

Harper’s Bazaar is an Australian magazine sold in grocery stores nationally, where any person of any age has access to it. Not to mention that it is a fashion magazine featuring no fashion on its front cover.

Exposing full nude images like this cover also impacts young girls’ unrealistic body images and amplifies insecurities. This not only leads to an unhealthy lifestyle but can also be the trigger for eating disorders and mental problems.

With the 2015 Victoria’s Secret runway show streaming and the magazine issue reveal in the same week, we wonder if the ex-VS Angel is making sure the world has not forgotten about her. Or is baring all an act of desperation?


Words: Frances van Eeden

5 inflight travel beauty tips from a flight attendant

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Looking your best after a long haul flight is no easy feat, even for the most seasoned travellers. Flying 35,000 feet and above with the harsh cabin air can often leave our skin looking dry and lustreless. For all the beauty enthusiasts out there, don’t despair. If there’s anyone who knows about looking fresh-faced and immaculately groomed after flying long haul, it’s a flight attendant.

Margaret Lai, Flight Purser at Cathay Pacific reveals her top inflight travel beauty tips on how to come out of a long haul flight and still look incredibly immaculate.

Do your beauty prep
All liquids in your carry on need to be under 100mL on international flights.

So prior to flying, buy travel size skincare and makeup, or empty your favourite products into sample size bottles, so that you can access all your favourite beauty necessities inflight. My tip is to always pack a good moisturiser, face wipes, a rich hand cream and a sheet mask.

Make wise food and drink choices
Most people remember to up their water intake inflight but it’s also important to stay hydrated pre, during and post flight. Avoid alcohol completely and ditch the salty chips, as these can dehydrate your skin and body. Rather, bring your own healthy snacks and stick to water as the only liquid of choice. Your skin will thank you for it!

Set up a hydration routine
Drinking water can boost your hydration from within but what you put on your skin is equally important. Once you’ve boarded, start setting up a hydration routine or schedule. For example, start off by applying a sheet mask to replenish moisture back into your skin. These are disposable, making them great for travel. Then, apply moisturiser all over your face. Before you doze off to sleep, don’t forget to moisturise your hands as well. Slipping on some cotton gloves will lock in the moisture, making your hands extra soft and smooth. You can repeat the above more than once if you have really dry skin.

Don’t skimp on your beauty sleep
It can be tempting to stay up and watch movies for the entire flight, but if you really want your skin to look healthy and glowing by the time you land, I recommend getting a decent shut-eye. If you’re a light sleeper, pack ear plugs and a silk eye mask (this can help decrease crinkles from sleeping). A soothing lavender spray can also help. Ultimately, no skincare or makeup can compete against a good night’s sleep.

Be smart about makeup
I wear makeup when I’m working however, when I travel as a passenger, I always remove my makeup and go bare. This gives my skin a chance to breathe and makes it easier for me to apply moisturiser on my face repeatedly throughout the flight. Apply makeup 30 minutes before you land so it looks nice and fresh.


Info from Margaret Lai, Flight Purser at Cathay Pacific
Margaret Lai is a Flight Purser at Cathay Pacific. She has been part of the in-flight crew for 7 years and flies mainly between Hong Kong to New York/Toronto (15-16-hour flight)

7 Crazy beauty trends from 2015

As with fashion, beauty trends come and go and more often than not, we cringe as we look back at the trends we have embraced. You might remember the too dark lip liner from the 90s or the crazy crimped hair from the 80s... These are the top seven crazy beauty trends of 2015 that we will soon look back on and wonder, "what we were thinking"!

1. Thigh brows

Thigh brows were one of the biggest celebrity trends in 2015. This trend encourages curves by embracing the roll of skin that appears at the top of the thigh when wearing high cut swimwear and underwear.

 

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2. Strobing

Strobing was without a doubt the biggest skin trend of 2015. Strobing involves highlighting on the highpoints of your face; down the nose, the cupid's-bow, just below the eye and a little bit on the chin. According to MAC Senior Artist Carol Mackie, makeup artists have been strobing for many years but it became a big trend in 2015.

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 3. Kylie Jenner lip challenge

Social media feeds were flooded with seriously swollen lip pics earlier in 2015. The crazy trend started as the youngest of the Jenner sisters denied lip enhancements and attributed her full lips to ‘suction cups’. Girls used anything from plastic cups to shot glasses to ‘plump’ their lips, until it was finally revealed Jenner did in fact have cosmetic lip enhancers. This is one trend we are so glad to see gone!

 

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4. Multi-masking

Multi-masking is the trend of applying multiple masks to different areas of the face to target various concerns. While this trend is rather logical, applying too many products to the face at once can seriously overload the skin and cause a reaction.

 

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 5. Glass nails

This magical nail trend is inspired by glass and born out Korea. Don’t worry, no actual glass is involved! The trend involves mismatched pieces of cellophane which reflect light and mimic glass.

 6. Ombré lips

Ombré lips subtly contours your lips to create a fuller look. Use a darker shade to ‘line’ the lips with a bright pop of colour and illuminate the center of the lips with a light shade.

 7. Hair tattoos

Yep, another beauty trend started by the Kardashian-Jenner 'klan'! Everyone’s favourite beauty guru sister, Kylie Jenner sported a metallic hair design and the trend picked up from there. The tattoos are temporary and applied the same way you would temporary skin tattoos.

 

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 We can't wait to see what crazy trends 2016 brings!

Words: Frances van Eeden

A beauty editor's summer must-haves

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The warmer months are upon us and of course that means a complete change in beauty, fashion and lifestyle favourites.

Summer calls for no-fuss beauty products and pops of colour. The Anastasia Brow Wiz (1) is a life changer for beauty lovers as the tiny nib of the crayon allows you to draw in fine lines, mimicking eyebrow hairs. Brush through your brows with the spooly end for flawless arches. For a creamy yet opaque lip colour we love the Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating lipstick (2). The creamy formula can easily be applied without a mirror and leaves your lips feeling plump.

To rock that summer glow without the effort of fake tan, the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower (3) is a summer essential! The tanning lotion is used in the shower with a wait time of only three minutes and provides a beautiful bronzed glow.

This season we are seeing a lot of blue and aqua tones. The Clinique Eyeshadow Quad in Galaxy (4) has a combination of matte and shimmery shades with which you can create a variety of eye makeup looks. Adding a bright pop of colour to your makeup is a great way to take your look from office to drinks.

The accessory of the season has got to be a bold pair of sunglasses! These Karen Walker sunnies (5) are equal part chic, fun and on-trend. They are sure to make a statement.

A great fashion read is a must to accompany lazy summer days. Love x Style x Life by Garance Doré (6) is a must-read read for any aspiring fashionista. Love x Style x Life is part-style guide, visual diary and a peak into the world of one of fashion's most powerful influencers.

Let us know, what are your favourites this summer season? {jcomments on}

Words: Frances van Eeden

How to sculpt your face like a pro

Sculpting your face with makeup products has the ability to mimic perfect lighting on your skin. The Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio contains three shades for contouring, highlighting and bronzing the complexion. The creamy consistency of the crayons ensures they are easy to blend and can be used for either a dramatic or sheer look.

Contour

Contouring create the illusion of defined cheekbones, a sculpted jawline and the perfect nose shape without the need for nip and tuck. Your contour shade should be cool toned with grey undertones to create the illusion of shadow, depth and dimension.

Bronze

Bronzers are warmer with more of an orange undertone than contour colours. Apply your bronzer slightly higher than your contour to add warmth to your complexion and eliminate harsh lines by blending the contour and highlight together.

Highlight

Highlighters work to illuminate certain parts of the face. Depending on your face shape, highlighter should be applied where the light naturally hits; including the cheekbones, along the nose, centre of the forehead, on the cupids bow and around the chin.

TOP TIP: To cover dark circles under the eyes create a triangular shape with a yellow toned, creamy highlighter.

Words: Frances van Eeden

Lara Worthington brings the pixie cut back

Lara Worthington has shocked the world with a dramatic but chic pixie cut. The haircut, dubbed The Bingle, is sure to be the next big thing this summer. Worthington entrusted her chop to celebrity hairstylist Travis Balcke with the whole process time lapsed on Instagram.

 The fresh change comes a year after Worthington decided to chop her locks into a wispy bob. While we loved her stylish WOB, Worthington looks sophisticated and mature with her new do.

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How to become (more of) a morning person

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The title says it all - some of us are just never going to enjoy early mornings but luckily there are habits you can take up to help you become more acceptant of early mornings. If like us, you resemble some form of cave creature in the morning and only manage to grumble a few words, these 5 tips can help you become a better version of yourself during those early morning hours.

1. Go to sleep early enough so you can get at least eight hours sleep and keep that bedtime consistent! This will allow your body to get into a routine meaning instead of wanting to hit snooze in the morning you will wake up with energy.

2. Allow natural light into your bedroom to let your body know when it is time to wake up.

3. When you set your alarm, keep your phone away from your beside so that you have to physically get up to turn off the beeping. Once you are out of bed the hardest part of waking up is over!

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4. Do something you love! Make your morning routine something you look forward to by doing something you enjoy while getting ready, this could be watching your favourite YouTube video, listening to a motivational podcast or pumping out some upbeat tunes.

5. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day; we have had it drilled into us since a young age, why do so many of us still not listen? Try mashed avocado on toast for a meal that is both delicious and filled with good fat to get your brain working.

Words: Frances van Eeden

Jessica Mauboy talks new fragrance and summer beauty

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Australian music sensation Jessica Mauboy excites fans with the release of her debut fragrance, BE BEAUTIFUL. The aquatic, fresh yet floral scent of BE BEAUTIFUL is equally at home on a summer day as it is on a glamorous, sophisticated evening out on the town. Making BE BEAUTIFUL the ultimate addition to your summer beauty routine.

Fashion Weekly chat to Mauboy on what the fragrance embodies for her and what being beautiful truly means.

Your new fragrance launch is very exciting! Can you tell us a little bit about what the fragrance embodies for you?

JM: Thank you! This fragrance embodies everything I love; it’s fresh, earthy and natural and reminds me of where I grew up in Darwin.

The packaging is beautiful. What inspired the emerald fragrance bottle with the diamond top?

JM: The packaging is a reflection of the inspiration [behind] the scent. The bottle is an aquamarine shade to represent the ocean and gold is my favourite colour!

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How do you want women to feel when wearing the ‘Be Beautiful’ fragrance?

JM: I want women who wear this fragrance to be feminine, alluring, feel empowered and also connected to nature and the world around them. I was also conscious that it was reasonably priced and accessible for all my fans.

The fresh, fruity apple scent with base notes of spicy musk makes the ‘Be Beautiful’ an ideal fragrance for a spring date. What does your ideal spring/summer date involve?

JM: My ideal date involves my longtime partner [and I] on a beach with a beautiful sunset.

What is one beauty item that makes you feel instantly beautiful?

JM: A great body moisturizer ... bare legs and arms [with] sandals on a bright blue day is heaven, but your skin has to glow (and of course the moment summer arrives a pedicure is essential)! Whatever shape, size [or] age you are, if you skin is glowing and your eyes are bright, that is beauty. Oh and of course a beautiful fragrance.

What is your favourite thing about the Australian summer season?

JM: The total joy of an Australian summer day [is the] blue sky, a gentle breeze, fresh tropical fruit, water ready to swim in – [we’re] the lucky country indeed!

Following this launch, do you have any other exciting plans for the rest of 2015?

JM: I have lots of exciting things coming; more music and a new album as well as a role on Channel 7’s Secret Daughter in the New Year.

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Pretty pressure in the fashion industry

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Women are often expected to be multi-tasking wonders; take care of your home and family, work hard and don’t forget to look great as you do it!

It is a well-known stereotype that females can be judgmental, with movies like Mean Girls, Clueless and the latest hit Scream Queen’s to thank. Too many women are resenting others for what they achieved.

Looks and appearances increasingly matter in the workplace, particularly if you are a female looking to succeed. The promise of gender equality seems closer than ever but the question remains whether this pressure is placed on women by men or whether we are placing it on ourselves.

Former Miss World Australia, Courtney Thorpe, has put aside her interests in the fashion and beauty industry to pursue a career in law. When asked about the pressure of shifting to a male-dominant industry, Thorpe told Fashion Weekly that it wasn’t what she expected.

“I thought stereotypically that working as a woman in a male dominant environment would cause a lot of pressure,” said Thorpe.

Although working with predominantly men is a different experience for Thorpe, she explains why she prefers it, “Working in fashion, as much as I would love to say that women support each other and in some instances we do, women can be judgemental and catty. I felt more pressure having to prove myself in a group of women.”

The various forms of media that are consumed daily have led women to believe that in order to look good, they have to fit a certain mold. Sure it makes sense that looking your best has a positive effect on your self-confidence but real confidence comes from finding and embracing who you are.

“Once you know who you are and how you want to be perceived, everything seems a lot clearer and you will be more confident,” says Thorpe.

The former Miss World Australia recommends not getting too caught up in fashion and beauty trends. Instead work to perfect your personal style and you will find you are no longer comparing yourself to others.

Ladies, the time has come for us to build each other up! You can admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.

Words: Frances van Eeden

Celebrities unapproved Photoshop scandals

Keira Knightly, arguably one of the most beautiful women of our time, is an outspoken opponent of Photoshop, as well as one of its best-known victims. In 2004, a movie poster for the film King Arthur was manipulated by designers to give the actress, among other attributes, significantly larger breasts.

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Infuriated by the changes that were made without her approval, Knightley came out with arrows flying against retouching. It started a backlash against unrealistic depictions of women.

More recently, she put her money makers where their mouth is with a love-me-as-I-am photo shoot. In 2014, the 29-year old actress agreed to pose topless for Interview magazine. Her only demand for baring it all:

“...don’t make them any bigger or retouch. Because it does feel important to say that it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.” – Kiera Knightley

Does the trend towards no retouching herald the end of cosmetic surgery in Hollywood? Louisa McKay, Managing Director at Costhetics, Australia’s leading source of news and information concerning cosmetic surgery, says no. Photo-shopping may be out in Hollywood, but aesthetic enhancement is still very much in.

“For an increasing number of stars, cosmetic surgery remains a necessary tool of their trade and an acceptable antidote to the inequity of nature.” Louisa McKay, Costhetics

Jamie Lee Curtis & 4 “Flawless” Celebrities Who Embrace Their Imperfections

Knightley isn’t the first woman to argue against the use of Photoshop to depict women’s bodies in ways that Nature never could. Many consider Jamie Lee Curtis the brave pioneer in letting it all hang out. In 2002 at the age of 50, she posed in a sports bra and underwear for More magazine. She wore no make-up and the photo was not re-touched.

“There’s a reality to the way I look without my clothes on. I don’t have great thighs. I have very big breasts and a soft, fatty little tummy. And I’ve got back fat. People assume that I’m walking around in little spaghetti-strap dresses. I don’t want the unsuspecting forty-year-old women of the world to think that I’ve got it going on. It’s such a fraud. And I’m the one perpetuating it.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

Other beauties willing to reveal their imperfections in the hope of changing the world’s unrealistic expectations about women’s faces and bodies include:

  • Ashley Benson – “Please don’t ever try and look like the people you see in magazines or posters because it’s fake,” wrote the star of Pretty Little Liars on Instagram. In solidarity, her co-star Troian Bellisario tweeted, “Why can’t we just look like us? Once.”
  • Lady Gaga – Glam gal Gaga blasted Glamour magazine for its overuse of Photoshop after her image appeared on the cover. At an industry awards event, she said that Photoshop was damaging to readers’ self-esteem and called on her fans to “fight back against the forces that make them feel like they’re not beautiful.”
  • Lorde – The singer tweeted “Remember flaws are okay” after two photos surfaced that showed her before and after being Photoshoped.
  • Kate Winslet – Expressed a wonderful level of self-acceptance and love when she told the BBC, “For my money it looks pretty good the way it was taken” after she was Photoshoped for the cover of GQ magazine.

Photoshop Erases While Cosmetic Surgery Enhances

Photoshop fails are infamous, making stars understandably reluctant to put their images in the hands of retouchers. The beautiful figures and faces they work so hard to maintain can go from fabulous to frightening with just one click of the mouse.

Take the case of a super-slim Victoria’s Secret model. Posing as part of a campaign that features the slogan “Truly. Madly. Cheeky,” she found herself missing a butt cheek when the photo was published.

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Detractors say that Photoshop homogenises the physical characteristics of models to make their images conform to a single, albeit often unrealistic, beauty ideal. “Cosmetic enhancement was never intended to make us all look the same,” says McKay, noting that Costhetics actively promotes the idea of achieving a personal best when it comes to beauty. “The things that make us different—that some people call imperfection—are what make us individuals” says McKay. “And individuality is the most beautiful thing of all.”

Costhetics is Australia's leading independent information source for cosmetic surgery, non-surgical cosmetic treatments and the latest in industry advancements. The online portal aims to inform and educate Australians on all aspects of cosmetic enhancement, by providing detailed and unbiased information.
For information on procedures, pre and post op care, surgeon profiles, and articles visit www.costhetics.com.au

Spray on nails will change your life!

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The world’s fastest manicure has arrived!

From at-home gel nails to glass manicures, nail trends and techniques have been popping up rapidly but the latest trend has got to be the best of 2015. Nail Inc.’s new Paint Can allows you to spray on your polish. This will not only save you a lot of time and effort, it will leave you with a flawless manicure!

To coat your nails, firstly apply a base coat then spray your nails using the canister for 20-seconds followed with a top coat. Yes, your hands will be covered in paint which can be easily washed off with soapy water once the top coat dries.

We can’t wait to get our hands on this clever creation.

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Words: Frances van Eeden

Here's how your favourite VS Angels workout

The countdown is on for the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show! The full cast list has been released and everyone is excited to see both favourites return and fresh faces join. Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are among the newest Angels that will grace the runway this year. Fashion Weekly have uncovered some of the Angels’ most loved workouts to achieve their angelic bodies.

Barre Body

This ballet inspired workout is a favourite among the Angels. Barre Body is a complete body workout fusing together ballet, yoga and pilates to create a stronger core and lean muscles.

 

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Pilates Reformer

Pilates has recently become a trendy way to stay fit! Many of our favourite celebrities love it too. The workout builds endurance, creates leaner muscles and strengthens your core while burning calories.

 

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Sculpt classes

Utilizing a series of bands, weights and sliding disks, this class works your entire body to sculpt your muscles and create stability. Similar to pilates, this workout focusses on smaller muscles around your hips, butt, thighs, abs, lower back and arms.

 

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Boxing

A favourite among many celebrities, boxing is a great cardio workout. Boxing training involves the co-ordination of many muscle groups working at a will-breaking pace. We can see why the Victoria’s Secret Angels love this workout as it is a great way to burn fat fast!

 

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Circuit training

An oldie-but-a-goodie, circuit training involves a range of high-intensity aerobic exercises. This workout combines strength and cardio to target various parts of your body.

 

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6 Reasons Gigi Hadid is your ultimate summer beauty crush

Gigi Hadid seriously killed it during Fashion Month but it is her natural beauty and body views that has us crushing on the American IT-girl. Hadid has the style, the banging body and the natural glow! She encapsulates the beach babe vibe and that is exactly why Australia loves her.

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She’s an angel! Hadid recently revealed that she cried tears of joy when she found out she would be walking the runway for Victoria Secret 2015.

Hadid provides serious fitspo, just looking at her toned body makes us want to run to the gym.

 

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She's a natural beauty. Hadid doesn't need layers of makeup to look beautiful, and she knows it!

 

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On the other hand, she looks amazing full glammed up!

 

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Hadid says no to body-shamers! During Paris Fashion Week, Hadid posted an open letter on Instagram calling a stop to people hating on her body. 

 

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The Fashion Weekly team scrub up with Soda & Co

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Sugar is mostly a naughty treat when it comes to achieving that elusive summer body. You'll be surprised to find that sugar can be just as delicious on the outside as it is on the inside by serving as an effective yet gentle skin exfoliating ingredient. SODA & Co has harnessed the simple power of sugar in its range of all-natural body scrubs. Combined with vitamins A, C and E, the scrubs help naturally increase elasticity and tone skin while soothing redness, dryness and scarring for a smoother, more even complexion.

 Read on as the Fashion Weekly team put to test the SODA & Co Mint Burst, Orange Splash and Pink Lemonade sugar scrubs.

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Tried: SODA & Co Scrub Orange Splash Sugar Scrub

As soon as I opened the gorgeously packaged jar by SODA & Co, I was welcomed with a zesty and citrusy, orange smelling scrub. It reminded me of sunkissed skin and summer cocktails.

The texture is perfectly balanced, the fragrance isn't overpowering and the rich oils didn't leave my skin too dry or too oily. In fact, my skin was left feeling polished and luxurious.

Liked: A small amount goes a long way.

Disliked: My shower needed to be cleaned afterwards because of the scrubs leftover residue.

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Jessica Lunan - Fashion Editor

Tried: SODA & Co Scrub Mint Burst Sugar Scrub

The awakening minty fragrance of the Soda & Co Mint Burst Sugar Scrub is definitely one suitable for the morning. The sugar crystals give a deep, satisfying scrub whilst the minty fragrance leaves you feeling minty-fresh to tackle your day. I usually don’t enjoy the oily feeling after using a scrub, however SODA & Co Mint Burst Sugar Scrub left my skin feeling hydrated and soft.

Liked: The sugar crystals provided really good exfoliation on my skin.

Disliked: Wouldn’t recommend for sensitive skin as it did leave my skin slightly irritated (I might have gotten a big carried away with the scrubbing). I also recommend opening before getting in the shower, as the screw top lid will not budge as soon as your hands are wet.

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Frances van Eeden - Beauty Editor

Tried: SODA & Co Scrub Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub

As an avid beauty lover, I have tried a multitude of body scrubs but I’ve never found The One. They are either too messy (yes coffee scrub I am looking at you!), not abrasive enough or too harsh on the skin.

The SODA & Co Pink Lemonade scrub has a pleasantly sweet but fruity scent. I love the texture of the scrub! It has just the right balance of sugary granules and a slightly oily liquid. It provides a really thorough scrub but at the same time it moisturizes your skin. The scrub does leave a slight residue on your skin and while I enjoy this nourishing aspect, some people might not enjoy it.

Liked: The scrub exfoliates your skin really well but doesn’t leave the skin looking and feeling dry after your shower. The sugar formula is much easier to use than a dry scrub.

Disliked: The packaging makes it hard to use the scrub in your shower. I wish someone would create a scrub in more practical packaging, as I find tubs very messy!

Words: Frances van Eeden

Three stylish hairstyles to transform your man with Jules Tognini

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How stylish is your other half? Do you wish he would put more effort into his appearance?
Jules Tognini, renowned hairstylist and winner of three categories at the 2015 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Australia Awards, has the answer! Tognini has created a series of cool and easy to follow YouTube videos on men’s hairstyles.

For a catch-up with friends: The half top knot

Tognini predicts that long hair on men is going to be massive this season! Guys like the versatility that this longer length provides. The half top knot is a great way to stay on trend but in a more subtle way. This look works best with a texturising product for gritt and control.

To meet the parents: The low man bun

The man bun has been trending for a while and they are here to stay for another season. The hairstyle will have a refreshed look as the bun is worn low, at the nape of the neck. Complete the look with a middle part, which will ensure a smart finish.

 For the fancy dinner-date: The slick hair look

Women love the slick hair look... probably because it reminds us of heartthrob Ryan Gosling. This hairstyle is a great option if you want your man looking sexy as you head out for a romantic night on the town. For this hairstyle, make sure to apply a styling product to the hair while it is wet. Using the hands work the product through your whole head and let the hair dry naturally. 

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Australians rejoice as Sephora offers online shopping!

Sephora... One word that can have a woman’s heart beating a million miles an hour. Being in a Sephora store is like being a kid in a toyshop. You feel this overwhelming joy and for a moment, the world is perfect. Okay, maybe we are being a little melodramatic but Sephora is undoubtedly the worlds’ beauty mecca.

The French-born makeup giant opened its first Australian store last December in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall, followed by the second store opening of Macquarie Centre in September 2015. Sephora’s next Australian stop will be Melbourne, with promises of a store opening in time for your Christmas shopping needs.

Finally those of us who don’t live in Sydney or Melbourne can shop from Sephora too!

The whole of Australia can experience what Sephora has to offer as the beauty mecca’s Australian website has undergone a major makeover and is now home to an online store. Yes you read that right; Australians can now shop online at Sephora! The website offers exclusive brands like BECCA Cosmetics, Bite Beauty, Nudestix, Make Up Forever and so much more with free delivery over $55.00.

You’re welcome and yes, you may go ‘treat yo self’!

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A look into the hairstyles of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

Go behind the scenes at the Spring/Summer 2015 runway show for Collins Place and Rokk Ebony. The event was hosted at the Paris end of Collins Street during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week to predict the top hair trends for both women and men this summer season.

Watch the clip to find out where hairstylists get their hair inspiration from, what the top hair trends of the season are and why a good hairstyle is key to looking stylish.

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