Beauty

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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Words: Frances van Eeden

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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Words: Frances van Eeden

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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Words: Frances van Eeden

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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Words: Frances van Eeden

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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Renowned makeup artist Carol Mackie talks top beauty trends

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Fashion Weekly caught up with makeup genius Carol Mackie right as she returned from Paris Fashion Week. Mackie is a renowned makeup artist with over seventeen years' experience in the industry and has worked at International Fashion Week's accross the globe. The MAC Cosmetics Senior Makeup Artist visited Brisbane to host a masterclass in collaboration with RESORT on James Street. Read on to find out what the biggest beauty trends of the season are and how you can get the look!

You’ve just returned from Paris Fashion Week! What are the top three beauty trends that were evident and how can our readers adapt these trends?

CM:

  1. This season it is less about the wet-skin look with more focus on a satin finish. You know that the product is there but you can’t really see it because it is blended very well, creating a soft focus on the face.
  2. A big trend that I noticed at shows is that makeup was being switched up. Where one model might have a bold lip, the other will have [dramatic] eyes. It is all about individual style, personality and working with [different] face shapes.
  3. There is a lot of colour coming through this season with nods to brights and glitter. Carrying on from last season we saw worn-in eyeliner. This modern grunge look involves putting makeup on and blending it out with a cotton bud to look like the makeup has been slept in.

Strobing is talked about a lot at the moment! What exactly is this and how can we achieve it?

CM: We have been strobing forever and suddenly it has become a trend! Strobing is 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. The MAC Strobe Cream is what we call the Barocca for the skin because you put it on and your skin looks ten times better! It has a pigment in it which creates a beautiful luminosity.

Why do you think events like RESORT is important for Brisbane and what does it mean for our fashion scene?

CM: I think it is important because it is merging fashion and beauty... it is important to bring people who have the same aesthetic together in order to collaborate.

Can you run us through some of the stand-out products included in the RESORT collection, and how they are used?

CM: The collection has a very summery feel to it. The Eye Shadow X9 palette can be used in so many ways and there is a variety of lipstick shades in the collection as well as the Mineralised Skin Finish. With a collection like this it can be overwhelming to know how to use each product so I recommend booking in for a makeup lesson at the MAC store which can then be redeemed on products.

What is your ultimate beauty secret that you can share with our readers?

CM: A product that has always been a favourite of mine is the MAC Cream Colour Base. It comes in a variety of shades. I think cream products are great because they are less ageing than powders and I always get asked how people can look younger.

What is next for you?

CM: I am going to Melbourne to host student night events in our MAC Pro Stores and then I am travelling to Western Australia for a bridal masterclass.

What advice would you give aspiring makeup artists?

CM: When you are working as a makeup artist it is all about condensing your products and being smart with what you use and how you use it. That is the same for the everyday women; they want things that easy to apply in different ways. I often apply lipstick then pop a brush in my lipstick and apply it on my cheeks. Also invest in great brushes. If you look after them and wash them they will last for a long time.

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Words: Frances van Eeden

Your ultimate guide to fake tan with Bondi Sands

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Fake tan can be beautiful but also at times disastrous! Never fear, Owner and Co-Founder of Bondi Sands, Blair James, shares his tips on you can how prevent looking like you rolled in dirt.

STEP 1: Before applying fake tan James recommends exfoliating your skin, but make sure not to apply any creams or oils right before application as this will cause the tan to apply uneven.

STEP 2: In sections, start applying your fake tan to your whole body. PRO TIP: When applying fake tan always use a fake tan mitt, like the Bondi Sands Application Mitt, to ensure your tan is streak free. This will save your hands from getting stained too! If it is your first time fake tanning, James recommends using a foam formula as it is fuss free and dries quickly.

STEP 3: James says applying fake tan to your face is a personal preference. Bondi Sands Everyday Face Gradual Tan is a great product that works like an everyday tinted moisturiser and gradually builds a tan. PRO TIP: Apply baby powder on top of your tan to avoid it transferring if you decide you want to sleep in it over night.

STEP 4: To prolong your fake tan and maintain a beautiful glow try the Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk and lightly pat yourself dry after a shower. This will make your tan last as long as possible.

The best fake tan requires planning and prep but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a beautiful glow for your last minute plans. The Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry Oil is a life saver when you need glowing skin fast! This product dries quickly, develops within an hour and requires no rinsing, ensuring you are ready to go looking tanned and radiant!

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The Halloween makeup tutorials you have to try

Halloween is right around the corner! Although we don’t traditionally celebrate Halloween in Australia, this weekend is your chance to have some fun or scare the bejesus out of your girlfriends. These makeup tutorials are also great for any dress up celebration you attend this party season.

The easy quirky look: Pop Art Halloween Makeup Tutorial

This Pop Art makeup tutorial looks stunning and is easily achievable! You are sure to stand out with this unique tutorial and don’t even need much in terms of an outfit, just throw on a feminine party dress.

The scary but still somehow sexy look: Vampire Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Vampires these days look nothing like the pale lifeless creatures they are supposed to be. Anyone obsessed with Vampire Diaries and The Originals will know that the modern vampire is always hot! With the help of pale foundation and cool-toned eyeshadows Christen Dominique shows step-by-step how you can transform yourself into a creepy but sexy blood-sucking creature.

The tutorial that will have everyone doing a double take: Trippy Double Vision Makeup Look

This look is completely unique and peculiar. You are guaranteed everyone’s eyes will be on you while they try to figure out whether they have had one to many drinks! We have a hard enough time applying eyeliner to our eyes let alone creating two new ones.

The tutorial for those who are social media obsessed: Snapchat Halloween Costumes

A few weeks ago we were all foolishly sticking out our tongues at our smartphones hoping to vomit rainbows... download Snapchat right now if you don’t know what we are talking about. It’s only fitting that this year you can recreate these Snapchat filters for Halloween.

Words: Frances van Eeden

The tutorial for those who are social media obsessed: Snapchat Halloween Costumes

A few weeks ago we were all foolishly sticking out our tongue at our smartphone camera hoping to vomit rainbows… download Snapchat right now if you don’t know what we are talking about. It’s only fitting that this year you can recreate these Snapchat filters for Halloween.

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Australian model Elyse Taylor as the face of Nude by Nature

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The company that dominates the natural cosmetic market, Nude by Nature, has signed their first official face of the brand. Renowned model Elyse Taylor is the obvious choice to face Nude by Nature's latest campaign as she embodies Australian beauty.

Taylor is a young mother with a holistic approach to life, which mimics Nude by Nature’s commitment to create beautiful products that not only make you look good, but are good for your skin too.

Nude by Nature’s mineral cosmetic range has grown to encompass a full selection of liquid and powder foundations, concealers, bronzers, blush, finishing powders, primers, illuminators and professional brushes.

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“Although [Taylor’s] career has led her to the other side of the world, it only seemed fitting that she shared the same birthplace as Nude by Nature – Sydney, Australia” said Nude by Nature Marketing & Product Development Director, Kristina Kunkel.

The new campaign, shot by renowned Australian fashion photographer Stephen Chee, is set on the vast sand dunes in Newcastle where Taylor looks radiant against the stunning natural backdrop. With soft tousled hair and a gorgeous, barely there makeup look, Taylor epitomises the Nude by Nature beauty philosophy.

With images of Taylor and other models running through the dunes, carefree and relaxed, the campaign is all about embracing health, freedom and natural beauty.

Words: Frances van Eeden

Why the French should be your beauty muse

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There is something about French women. They are so effortlessly chic, their je ne sais quoi as some would say. But it’s not only their fashion choices you should draw inspiration from. Here’s why you should adapt the French woman’s approach to beauty.

Don’t rinse: Many French women don’t wash their faces with tap water as it is known to dry out your skin. Instead remove your makeup with Bioderma Micellar Solution followed by a spritz of thermal water and pat dry with a tissue.

Massage is a routine not indulgence: French women take time to apply their facial creams and serums in a massaging motion, moving slowly and work upwards from your chin to temples. Continue this technique onto the body to increase blood circulation, which will leave your skin smooth. Apply the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil in circular motions all over your body for a radiant glow.

Leave it as is: French women are known for their effortless looks, you won’t easily spot a French beauty with a glamorous blow-dry. Letting your hair air dry with a texturizing product will achieve this undone look.

Less is more: When it comes to makeup, French women often have a ‘done-but-not-done-up’ look. The emphasis here is on enhancing natural beauty rather than covering up imperfections. Use the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm as a base for your makeup to achieve a radiant glow, smudge a L’Oréal Paris Superliner onto your eyes and swipe on a red lip for an easy French beauty look.

Everything in moderation: We have all heard that ‘beauty comes from within’. The French hardly overindulge in their food and instead eat a balanced diet, which results in glowing, clear skin.

A wine a day (may) keep the wrinkles at bay: French women enjoy a glass of red wine on the daily – it is part of their culture. Red wine is filled with antioxidants and contains anti-inflammatory properties, great for clear skin and a glowing complexion (user discretion is advised)!

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Hair how to: The double side-braid

There is no denying that braids are big this season! Braided hairstyles were popular on Spring Fashion Week runways around the world. Various braided looks were seen on the runway for designers like Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Céline and Gucci.

Braids are a great way to add some interest to your look. Soft, loose braids create a feminine touch while tight, small braids can grunge up any style!

Watch as hairstylist Melanie Bowden, from The Mobile Hair Room, shows how you can recreate one of the hottest looks this season. Whether you are looking for a spring racing hairstyle or something for a summer soiree, the double side-braid is a hairstyle you can easily recreate at home.

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Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair skincare duo review

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A recent weekend trip to the countryside provided the perfect opportunity to trial a selection of the Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair range.

The first product that I trialled is the Grown Alchemist Tinted Hydra-Repair Day Cream: Camellia & Geranium Blossom ($49.95). Apart from dark spots and the random blemish, my skin is usually clear which means I can get away with wearing only a tinted moisturiser on low-maintenance days. In the evening I like to lather on layers of hydration to ensure I wake up with glowing skin, so I was excited to also try the Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Cream-Masque: Olive-Polyphenol & Babassu ($69.95).

Tinted creams come in a variety of formulations, I’ve tried ‘tinted moisturisers’ that were basically just light coverage foundations, but the Grown Alchemist Tinted Hydra-Repair Day Cream encapsulates the words tinted moisturiser. The product is ultimately a facial moisturiser that provides a slight tint of colour to the skin. I love this product for a natural look and to add some colour to my face. It provides decent hydration but I would suggest dry skin types use a separate moisturiser underneath as I do.

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Call me strange but I love products that smell good! When browsing the isles of any beauty store I am always sniffing the testers. The Grown Alchemist products smell AMAZING and contain only natural ingredients. Back on topic, I discovered the tinted moisturiser looks great worn under a mineral powder foundation for more coverage. It provides a radiant glow to your face.

The Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Cream-Masque is a multi-tasking product, doubling as a daily moisturiser and hydrating face mask. This cream contains a range of natural skin-loving ingredients like extracts from olive oil which is meant to visibly firm the skin, geranium oil which helps improve the appearance of pores and camellia oil to protect the skin against UV damage and premature ageing. I highly recommend using a hydrating mask like this one on flights or in cold climates, as the ingredients assist your skin in retaining moisture. As a moisturiser, this cream is best for dry or ageing skin types as it is a thick consistency. Personally I enjoy using this cream in the evening, when I’m not worried about the shiny residue it leaves on my face. This cream leaves my face feeling plump, hydrated and glowing in the morning.

Both of these Grown Alchemist products have secured a spot in my regular beauty routine – and the absolutely beautiful packaging looks great on my vanity. The tinted day cream comes in a 45ml glass bottle with a pump for easy application while the cream-masque is packaged in a 50ml glass jar that comes with a tiny spoon-like applicator to avoid harvesting bacteria in the tub. Both products have a luxurious look and would make great gifts for any beauty-lovers in your life... or as a treat to yourself.

Words: Frances van Eeden

1 body 126 Photoshopped images show the diverse expectations of ‘beauty’

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – it’s an age old saying but how often do we think about what it really means? Photographer and video artist, Kelsey Higley, is showing just how much the perceptions of beauty really differ across the world.

For her University project titled Manipulated, Higley took one photo of herself and digitally altered it 126 different ways to fit different beauty ideals. The video illustrates the effect media has on women’s opinions of their own bodies and what they should strive to look like.

“The video loop is a stop motion self-portrait created by combining roughly 126 digitally manipulated photos that create the illusion that I am molding my body like modeling clay. The video goes through several stages of “beauty” as I receive conflicting opinions on what true beauty is,” Higley writes in her artist’s statement.

“The work is a commentary on not only these unrealistic idealizations of beauty, but also the women’s desire to be attractive. The women in these photographs and video have an unnerving and unreal quality created by digital manipulation of the body shape, skin and hair, demonstrating how many women will go through great lengths (starving themselves, undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery, removing hair, etc.) to modify their natural body and achieve what society believes is beautiful.”

As this project goes viral we hope it will inspire more women to embrace their bodies as they are.

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Crazy Celebrity Weight-Loss Diets

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What do you see when you look at a jar of baby food on the shelf? If you’re like us at Costhetics, you see unappetising puree of strangely coloured “mystery food.” If you’re a Hollywood celebrity or international singing sensation, however, you may see a quick and easy way to lose weight.

The baby food diet is just one of the mad fads that A-listers are using to get runway-ready in just seven days. Here’s the scoop...

Can You Take 2 Baby Steps & Lose 3 Kilograms in One Week?

Head-turner Jennifer Aniston, she of the sleek body and enviable tresses, is the most recent celebrity to talk about the baby food diet. She joins Lady Gaga, Madonna and other figure-focused stars who keep their weight in check with a week-long devotion to this two-step plan:

  • Step 1: Meal Replacement – Instead of breakfast and lunch, dieters eat 14 servings of pureed baby food (about 1000 calories worth).
  • Step 2: Dine Lean – Dieters eat an evening meal that centres around high-nutrition vegetables and holds back on fatty meat.

Simple, yes...but it is effective? That depends on who you ask. Anniston says the diet helped her drop seven pounds in quick order to prepare for filming a new movie. It’s easy on the digestive track and can serve as a cleanse.

On the other hand, baby food lacks the adult RDA for nutrition, including dietary fibre and fat, essentially starving the body for a week. This lack is one of the reasons that The British Dietetic Association ranked the baby food diet as one of the five worst fad diets out there.

Hall of Fame: 6 Wacky Celebrity Diets

Celebrities are notorious for the lengths they go to in order to drop weight.

  1. Anne Hathaway’s Oatmeal Paste Diet – Anne Hathaway ate nothing but two squares of dried oatmeal paste in order to lose 15 lbs. “The idea was to look near death,” she said of her decision to “starve herself” (under doctor’s supervision) for her role in Les Miserables.
  2. Liz Hurley’s Watercress Soup Diet – Liz Hurley has been linked to odd men and odd diets, since she retreated to Elton John’s house and ate nothing but oatcakes to lose her baby weight. More recently, she admits to drinking six cups of watercress soup a day when she wants to lose a few pounds.
  3. Beyonce’s Master Cleanse Lemon Diet – Losing 20 pounds in 14 days made Beyonce Knowles a true believer in the power of lemon juice. The leggy songbird sips a lemonade made with purified water, lemon juice, dark maple syrup, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Fat-Slaying Cabbage Soup Diet – To keep in top vampire-slaying shape, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar sometimes relies on a diet of unlimited cabbage soup plus a limited amount of low-cal fruits and veggies.
  5. Brook Shields Grapefruit Diet – It’s not easy to be in the public eye your whole life, but Brooke Shields is still looking good. The actress and former Calvin Klein model eats half a grapefruit before every meal.
  6. Christina Aguilera’s Seven-Day Colour Diet – Can’t be bothered reading complicated diet plans? With this approach, you simply eat foods of a different colour on each day of the week. Red foods on Monday, white foods on Tuesday, green foods on Friday.

Is everyone in Hollywood diet-obsessed? Not in the least. Then there’s Jennifer Lawrence who achieved iconic status as the famished star of “The Hunger Games.” She has vowed never to lose weight for a role.

It takes all kinds!

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A guide to clear skin for summer with Holistic Skin Expert Fiona Tuck

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Fiona Tuck is a holistic skin expert and the Managing Director of Skinstitut Australia. Passionate about dispelling the myths in the health and beauty industry, Tuck writes a weekly blog that promotes a holistic approach to skincare. The Myth Minx offers simple and easy-to-follow advice that will have women looking and feeling better on the inside and out. Tuck shares her knowledge from over 25 years’ experience in the skincare industry on how you can get clear skin for summer.

No matter how many layers of foundation we apply, our skin looks bumpy and uneven, how can we improve this?
FT: Uneven bumps on the skin are a sign of overuse of... skin clogging makeup. Some makeup [products] can cause a skin condition called acne cosmetic, [causing] tiny bumps on the skin due to skin clogging ingredients. Keep heavy makeup for evenings or special events and choose a lightweight mineral makeup [for everyday] which will avoid congestion forming in the skin. Regular exfoliation with a hydroxy acid based scrub, such as the Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%, will help to remove any pre-existing congestion.

If we have a hot date coming up and suddenly feel a massive crater of a pimple form under the skin, what can we do to get rid of it quickly?
FT: Avoid feeding the monster with oil based products such as face oils [and] heavy makeup ... use calming, anti-inflammatory spot treatment products. A quick home treatment that works a treat is to apply Manuka honey to the inflamed lesion and leave overnight.

If we want to wear a light coverage foundation in summer, but we are feeling self-conscious about dark patches of skin, how can it be improved?
FT: Dark patches of skin can be caused by hormones, a diet high in sugar and low in antioxidants, and exposure to ultra violet light. Eat a wholefood diet devoid of junk food with plenty of fruits and vegetables and be sure to wear an SPF 50 every day... to prevent more dark areas from appearing. Ingredients such as vitamin C, daisy flower extract and vitamin B3 can help to reduce uneven skin pigment which will give you back a smooth even skin clear skin.

Blackheads are a problem many women struggle with and no matter how much we scrub at it, they often won’t go away! What else can we do to remove these?
FT: A series of professional skin treatments, such as microdermabrasion, will help to exfoliate the skin and keep blackheads at bay. Blackheads can be quite easily removed by a professional skin therapist but it usually takes a couple of treatments depending on how many blackheads are already present.

During summer, our face tends to get really oily. What should we do daily to avoid this leading to breakouts?
FT: In summer we need to switch our skincare regime to more lightweight products. Our skin needs less oil based products... so look at using antioxidant hydrating sprays like the Skinstitut Multi Active Mist, instead of heavy moisturisers. Avoid bronzing powders and mineral oil based SPF’s which can aggravate breakout prone skin.

Fiona Tuck worked closely with Australia’s leading cosmetic pharmacists to create Skinstitut, Australia’s most cost effective and active cosmedical skincare range. Tuck believes that quality skincare should be accessible to everyone, and in a holistic approach to skincare focusing on lifestyle and nutrition as essential to healthy looking skin!

Words: Frances van Eeden