Beauty

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...

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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

The best beauty hacks to simplify your life

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Beauty Editors love to keep up to date the latest and shiniest (yes we have crow-like tendencies) beauty products on the market, but even we sometimes need to get by in a pinch! These beauty hacks are some of the best makeup and skincare shortcuts and money-saving cheats!

For an alternative eyebrow-setting product, spray hairspray on a spoolie and brush through your eyebrows to set them in place.

Hate that sticky feeling when you apply moisturiser in Summer? For smooth skin without the residue, apply baby oil onto wet skin as soon as you step out of the shower, then pat your skin dry with your towel for instantly soft pins.

To avoid the powdery residue often caused by dry shampoo, spray the product into your hair the night before so that it can work into your scalp while you sleep.

Most of your makeup products are multi-tasking without you even realising! Did you know that you can use bronzer as an eyeshadow, cream blush as a lip tint or lipstick as a blush?

To instantly de-puff your under-eye area, store your eye cream in the fridge. The cooling feeling under your eyes will make you feel more awake!

A great alcohol and paraben free primer that is suitable for sensitive skin AND really affordable is mens aftershave! Try the Nivea for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm – sounds weird but works great as a primer!

Hold a tablespoon above your eyelashes as you apply mascara to avoid any smudges on your eyelid.

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Place sticky tape at an angle, from the corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow, to stop any fallout from your eyeshadow.

Twist small sections of your hair and run over it with a straightener to create effortless soft waves.

To create the illusion of bigger eyes, run a nude eyeliner along the tight line of your bottom lashes.

For serious curl, heat your eyelash curler with your hairdryer for 5 seconds before use. It goes without saying that you should feel the temperature with your finger to avoid burning your eye!

If you run out of makeup remover, grab the coconut oil that we know has been sitting in your pantry since you binge shopped for your ‘healthy lifestyle’ and use it as a makeup remover!

Fix smashed powder compacts by applying a rubbing alcohol over the powder and pressing it into place.

Words: Frances van Eeden

The real reason Instagram banned female nipples

When it comes to violating the rules of Instagram, posting a photo of a female nipple is a big no-no! You are most likely to get your photo removed. Just ask Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, or Chelsea Handler along with all the other females who had their photos removed.

 

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The issue of male nipple versus female nipple has caused many users to rally against this double standard, bringing forth the #freethenipple hashtag! Advocates are Photoshopping male nipples onto female bodies and posting images where female nipples are covered with X’s, all to make a point.

 

#regram @vixenityrose #freethenipple #equality

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This has been going on for almost a year and finally, Instagram has responded! Business Insider reports that Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has finally explained one of the key reasons that the company censors pictures of female nipples! And it is not quite what you would have expected... Blame the iPhone is what Instagram has said! Apple’s App Store has strict guidelines on what kind of content is allowed and violating these rules could cause the app to be removed. In order to keep Instagram available for iPhones, it has to abide by the company's standards. Unless the app is specifically restricted for adults only, it can’t feature any nudity.

Despite the censorship, Instagram remains “committed to artistic freedom,” according to Systrom. He continued that “in order to scale effectively there are [some] tough calls.” For Instagram, banning #FreeTheNipple is one of these tough calls. Apple has not yet responded but we are interested to see how they receive the blame.

Words: Frances van Eeden

Dior embraces natural beauty at Paris Fashion Week

Natural beauty is on the rise! As it turns out, the ‘no makeup’ makeup look is the biggest beauty look of the season. Models strutting the Paris Fashion Week runway for Dior S/S 2016 collection sported pale faces, minimal eye shadow, bare lashes and just bitten glossy lips.

The natural beauty perfectly complimented the feminine but modern silhouettes seen on the runway, which was set among a meadow of violet flowers. Dior built the meadow-like mound outside the Louvre along with another installation covered in delphiniums inside from which the models emerged. Along with the natural makeup, low maintenance hairstyles are back. Dior’s models wore their hair in sleek, low ponytails with subtle side parts.

This is a beauty look we can totally rock in the summer heat!

Words: Frances van Eeden

Interview with YouTube's beauty queen Lauren Curtis

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YouTube has become one of the biggest platforms for sharing beauty knowledge. Australia's top beauty vlogger (video blogger) Lauren Curtis, has a following of more than 3 million devoted subscribers and is renowned for her fabulous beauty tutorials that can transform you from drab to totally-fab in a matter of minutes! Read on as we chat to Curtis about her top beauty and style tips.

Hi Lauren, thank you for chatting to us today! Congratulations on being a part of the amazing YouTube Beacon Campaign. Can you tell us a bit about how you first became involved with creating YouTube videos?

LC: Thank you so much! It all started back in 2011... I was studying photography; something I was obsessed with at the time. My interest in makeup was growing and so I started watching YouTube videos in my spare time. I didn't have many hobbies back then so the idea of joining my love of photography and filming with my blossoming love of makeup seemed like a fun idea!

You have over three million followers looking towards you for beauty advice. Can you share your top beauty secret with us?

LC: That's a tough one! My favourite tip would probably be applying mascara in the opposite direction most people do - pulling your lashes towards your nose rather than your ears... [this] makes them appear longer, it almost fulfils the role of a lash curler without the risk of snipping your lashes off!

 

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With such a jam-packed schedule, what does a typical day in your life look like?

LC: Life has changed a bit since moving back to Perth from Sydney (where everything's go-go-go!) but a typical filming day would consist of the usuals; breakfast, shower, skincare routine and then I'll head to my filming room... [I] set up my camera and lighting, and start to film. I never really plan my videos out too much before I film because it usually changes so quickly! Once that's done I'll have a little break ... [then] it's time to edit! This is my least favourite part of the process as it's very tedious and time consuming; I've actually fallen asleep a few times whilst editing! I'll proceed by uploading the video to YouTube (usually for a few days in advance), and then I might watch a few trashy reality TV shows (don't judge!) to unwind... I'll head to the gym to do some weight training and a bit of cardio - this is another great way to unwind! I'll follow this with my usual night time shower and skincare routine, then cook dinner with my boyfriend, answer some more comments and emails, watch some TV then off to bed!

As the warmer months approach, is there is a new release product that you are super excited about for summer?

LC: I just got my hands on the Smashbox BB Water - it's meant to be a super light water-based BB cream with SPF, so it sounds perfect for summer!

You’ve only recently launched your website, LoveLoz, how has this changed the content you are creating?

LC: It's allowed me to post about non-beauty related topics, which has been really great. Talking about makeup and beauty is fun, but it's nice to switch it up now and then.

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We love your fashion style! What is your must-have wardrobe item to complete an outfit?

LC: Thank you! A leather/pleather jacket for sure. It can be worn casually with ripped jeans or it can take a LBD to the next level by adding a bit of edge.

 

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What is the one item that you think all women should have in their makeup bag to easily take their look from day to night?

LC: Red lipstick! It can transform a look in seconds. Usually red lips look best with understated eyes, which is generally a 'day' look for most people.

You have just recently been a part of a massive campaign with YouTube, what is the next big thing to come for you?

LC: I've got something super exciting in the works but unfortunately I can't talk about it just yet. You'll have to keep your eyes peeled!

Keeping our eyes peeled is what we will be doing for sure, we can't wait to see what is next for this beauty maven!

Words: Frances van Eeden

How to take the perfect sexy selfie minus the duck face

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Attempting to take the perfect selfie can be such a time waster. After you've tried to snap at least 50 different angles and find the right backdrop and lighting, you finally end up choosing the one that best shows off your features.

And if you're anything like us, you would agree that the famous duck face has quickly become exhausted. But that is why there's a new face in town and it's also named after an animal.

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That's right ladies, the duck face is no longer a thing, the new look is now the fish gape. Best seen on the red carpets and on famous Instagram feeds worldwide, our favourite celebrities have conquered this look to be picture perfect and flawless at all times.

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So what are they actually doing here? Well, The Daily Mail have pointed out that they are sucking in their cheeks while keeping their lips slightly parted which results in the fish gape.

It's seriously fierce and so damn sexy. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jennifer Lopez and Gigi Hadid have owned the look like no other. So, excuse us while we go and take another 50 selfies to work this fish gape like a pro before the next trend pops up.

Kendall Jenner and Estée Lauder poke fun at smartphone addictions

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The Kardasian-Jenner sisters are renowned for their #selfie skills, but in her latest campaign for Estée Lauder, Kendall Jenner is all about putting aside the smartphones and partying old school style!

Kendall Jenner’s latest adventure takes her to a dull party scene where everyone is almost robotically glued to their phones. Simultaneously everyone’s phone dies and... shock horror they have to mingle!

The film is a campaign for Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Makeup To Go, the iconic foundation formula in a portable spill-proof compact, which is clearly all you need to give you the confidence to mingle... well, that and a dead phone battery.

The campaign gives us total Scream Queen vibes and we rate it!

Words: Frances van Eeden

Gigi Hadid defends her body and career on Instagram

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Good on you Gigi Hadid for standing up for yourself. I don't know about you, but why do people have to be so harsh?

The gorgeous, international model took a stand on Instagram and told those body shamers that she 'is not going anywhere.'

You go girl! We're just surprised that those internet trolls can be so outspoken and rude. She is stunning and we know the industry thinks so too.

Regardless, Hadid gave the whole criticism thing a thought and responded to the haters with this message.

 

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She wrapped up the post on a positive note. "I hope everyone gets to a place in their life where they'd rather talk about things that inspire them over things that bring them down."

With over 12,031 comments and 250k likes in less than 24 hours, the conversation is definitely in the spotlight.

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5 Beauty apps that will make your life easier

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As we all lead increasingly busier lifestyles and have less time on our hands, beauty companies are incorporating digital technology into their services. This technology is merging convenience and connectivity. It is transforming the way we interact with beauty products and services.

Technology has become intertwined with our beauty routines to bring a level of personalisation. Mobile apps are changing the way we interact with beauty products and services on a day-to-day basis. In the click of a button, anyone can virtually 'try on' cosmetics with their smartphone or erase that dark spot on our selfies. We have collated five fbeauty apps that are guaranteed to make your life (well at least the beauty aspect) much easier. Plus they are all free!

Makeup Genius

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Created by French beauty brand L’Oreal Paris, the Makeup Genius app has revolutionised the way consumers research makeup looks. This app allows users to virtually apply makeup and yes, it works! Your smartphone camera acts as a mirror and ‘applies’ makeup over your lips, eyes and skin. Not sure whether that deep plum L’Oreal lipstick will suit your features? Now you can try it on!

TryItOn Makeup

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Similar to the first app, the TryItOn Makeup app allows users to virtually try on makeup. This app, however, contains makeup looks from nine popular beauty brands. The app claims to be so smart that it can analyse your skin pigments to accurately display what shade of foundation will suit you best. We’d say it is best to do this in natural lighting for the most accurate shade match. Finally, no more wasting money on products only to find out they don’t suit your complexion.

Beautylish: Makeup Beauty Tips

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The Beautylish app is an online beauty community where users can find product reviews, recommendations and tips from other app users. The app even hosts video makeup tutorials! Once you are convinced of your purchase, you can even shop the Beautylish site within the app. The home for all your beauty needs!

Perfect365: One Tap Makeover

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Perfect 365 is a photo editing app that allows users to remove blemishes, erase under-eye circles, brighten skin, and whiten teeth plus so much more! Use this app to get your makeup selfies on fleek!

Beauty Product Reviews by TotalBeauty.com

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With more than 280’000 consumer reviews on up to 70’000 beauty products, this app is your go-to for seeing what products other beauty-lovers rate or hate. The only way to avoid buyers regret is to research all the product features and find honest reviews!

Technology is leading the way in the beauty industry and has us wondering... what's next?

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Review: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Trio

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Summer is a great time, right? Summer brings longer days and fun times spent at the beach. Summer ALSO means hot weather... and humidity. Where are my frizzy-haired girls at? I know you feel my pain when it comes to humidity and unruly hair, which is why I was really excited to test out the Paul Mitchell smoothing range.

The smoothing trio that I tried consists of the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Shampoo $23.90, Super Skinny Daily Treatment $24.90 and the Super Skinny Serum $27.95. This range is created to smooth, soften and protect the hair. The Daily Treatment contains heat activated conditioners and thermal protectants, making it the ideal product if you are frequently using heat tools. The serum also contains a unique humidity resistant resin to smooth the hair.

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What I love:

The first thing I love about these products is the smell; the shampoo smells like a field of crisp green apples – mmm!

The conditioner works really well to hydrate and smooth your strands. Hot tip: Remember to always apply conditioner from the mid-length of your hair and avoid your scalp so as not to weigh your hair down.

My favourite product from this trio is without a doubt the hair serum. I apply this product after blow-drying my hair to seal the ends and smooth flyaway’s. It is not at all heavy, which means it provides smoothing properties without making your hair look oily or weighed-down.

What I don’t love:

Sadly, I found shampoo is not quite suited to my hair. As much as my split ends need smoothing, my scalp needs a thorough cleanse. Although I always make sure to double cleanse with shampoo, I feel like this product does not clean my hair properly. Right after blow-drying my hair it looked oily again, with no bounce or volume at the roots.

Overall, I think the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny range is great! However if you tend to get oily at the roots, give the shampoo a miss. The Daily Treatment and Super Skinny Serum are definitely worth a try. I totally believe in mixing products from various ranges to best suit your hair. Try a clarifying shampoo to deep cleanse your scalp, combined with the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment to smooth through the length of your hair.

Words: Frances van Eeden

Why Isn’t Kim Kardashian Smiling Anymore?

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Followers of all things Kardashian have noticed a change in photos posted by the selfie-obsessed celebrity. Kim’s cheerful smile is nowhere to be seen. Instead, she is keeping her pearly whites hidden behind pursed lips. Costhetics what’s to know; what’s up with that? Bad oral hygiene? Wine-stained teeth?

The reason Kim has gone from grin to grim, it turns out, isn’t dental, it’s mental.

Kardashian explains that she once loved having her picture taken and her exuberant smile was a natural reflection of the fun she was having. When celebrity watchers and online haters began to mock her figure when she became pregnant, Kardashian found she didn’t have much to smile about. In an August interview published in C Magazine.

“I just didn’t feel like being that girl who was going to be smiling for every photo. It changed my mood; it changed who I was; it changed my personality a lot.” – Kim Kardashian

The experience permanently altered Kim’s perspective on her relationship with the media:

“After I had the baby, I was like, these are the same people that made fun of me, and posted the stories that were so awful, calling me fat for something I couldn’t control. I don’t want to smile for them.”

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Kardashian is no stranger to body shaming. She’s been scrutinised and criticised for her love affair with plastic surgery, particularly with regard to butt enhancement. However, after the birth of her first baby with husband Kanye West, Kim was widely criticised for her fashion choices, as well as her weight.

At that time, Kardashian put her wardrobe in the hands of stylists who pushed her post-pregnancy body into outrageous, high fashion garments. The blowback from the media was immediate and extremely negative. She admits that it “probably wasn’t the best time to be experimenting.”

Kardashian was devastated, in part, because she knew that her weight issues were out of her control. During her 2013 pregnancy, she suffered from preeclampsia, which caused her body to bloat even more than it would during pregnancy. It has turned her into an advocate on the issue, calling for understanding and compassion, rather than shaming for women who are troubled by the same problem.

Kim Doesn’t Let Extra Pounds Weigh Her Down
Kardashian has 43 million Instagram followers and a knack for igniting polarising perceptions about women, nudity, and the body beautiful. She has been approached by weight-loss giants like Weight Watchers to become a spokesperson for their products and services. To date, she has declined.

“Kim’s...not interested. A source very close to Kim tells us she actually doesn’t want to be on a timeline or pressured to lose weight, she doesn’t think it’s good for her to worry about.” – The Gossip Table

Karshashian says she is also less interested in being in front of the cameras and more interested in working behind the scenes. She’s got plenty to work on with a clothing line, a beauty line, and a new website: KimKardahsianWest.com.

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Selena Gomez shows off thigh brows in super sexy swimsuit

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The hottest beauty trend of Spring/Summer 2016 is brows! You might be thinking that brows are not a new trend, but we're not talking about the brows on your face.

Thigh brows are the latest celebrity Instagram trend, going against #thinspo and encouraging curves by embracing the roll of skin that appears at the top of the thigh when wearing high cut swimwear and underwear.

While in Miami last week to promote her lastest movie, Selena Gomez took a dip in the ocean sporting a very 80s inspired swimsuit and flaunting her ‘thigh brows’. The high-cut black one-piece bathing suit, detailed with a low-cut neckline looks seriously smoking on Gomez! The A-list celebrity also sported a healthy glow, full puckered lips and long lustrous lashes. Big lips and long lashes are all the rage for summer.

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Can we all agree that Gomez is really working the latest ‘thigh brow’ trend and that risky bathing suit?

Words: Frances van Eeden

A guide to shipwrecked hair seen at London Fashion Week

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It’s time to let your inner shipwrecked-girl loose!

The Vivienne Westwood SS16 show at London Fashion Week is all about the Vivienne Westwood woman’s travels and being shipwrecked on a desert island. The collection features various contrasting textures, from embellished crystals to laser cut cottons, styled with sea-swept hair and minimal makeup.

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The lead hairstylist for the show and Global Ambassador for TONI&GUY, Mark Hampton, took inspiration from a sixteenth century shipwreck painting. The hair is meant to look as if it had been submerged in the sea tides and dried naturally from the sun on a desert island. According to Hampton the key to sea-swept hair is texture.

“The waves are natural and uneven, as if the hair has dried naturally in the sun. Sea Salt Texturising Spray gives you the perfect ‘holiday’ texture without the crunch of hair that’s been damaged by the sun. My tip is to dry the product in with a diffuser to stop the hair looking too wet,” Said Hampton.

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4 Steps to achieve the look with Mark Hampton:

  1. Prep your hair by applying TONI&GUY Prep Volume Plumping Mousse to damp hair, apply away from the face.
  2. Section the top half of the hair from temple to temple and secure with a hair elastic.
  3. Apply TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray to the lower half of the hair and work through to separate the strands. Create a bun by wrapping the hair in the elastic around itself and secure with a hairpin.
  4. To complete the look, take a section of hair from just behind one ear and pink across the forehead. Spray TONI&GUY Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray to seal the strand and secure the ultimate look.

This minimal-effort look is super stylish and easy to recreate! Now you too, can rock runway hair.

Words: Frances van Eeden

The best celebrity beauty looks from the Emmy Awards 2015

All fashion and beauty lovers will agree that the rep carpet main event is the most exciting part of the Emmy Awards. We love seeing our favourite celebrities get glammed up! This year the dresses stunned and despite the heat, all the stars looked radiant! Without a doubt the most popular beauty look on the red carpet this year was full lashes, dramatic eyes and neutral lips.

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Sarah Hyland
Bed-head waves and dramatic eyes make the perfect pair. To compliment her gown, Hyland opted for mauve, shimmery eyeshadows and strong brows.

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Kerry Washington
We love the glamorous hair; Washington’s pinned do creates a faux asymmetric bob-look! The combination of serious glow, big lashes and nude lips looks great on the Scandal star.

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Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was all elegance on the red carpet. Ditching her usual crazy look, the star opted for porcelain-like skin, bold lashes and a nude lip. The makeup perfectly complimented by her platinum bob.

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Kiernan Shipka
The young Mad Men star’s natural beauty is perfectly complimented with bold brows, long lashes and rosy cheeks.

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Amy Poehler
Beauty and brains! Our favourite comedian rocked the red carpet in smoky black liner and glossy rose lips.

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Jaimie Alexander
Slicked-back hair is trending on fashion runways and will be big for summer this year. The effortless do is perfect for the warmer months and looks great with a statement outfit.

We're so excited that beauty this summer is all about lashes, glowing skin and glossy lips!

Words: Frances van Eeden

The hottest hair looks for Spring Summer 2015 with Cloud Nine

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Rokstar Salon Director, Brodie-Lee Stubbins has predicted the top hair trends for Spring Summer 2015. This season's hottest looks are all about braids, blondes and middle parts, “We’re going to see some pretty strong centre parts this season – it’s all about the centre part, blondes and braids that are definitely here to stay,” said Stubbins.

"The introduction of the latest revolution in hair lightening, OLAPLEX, is a game changer. This product is the insurance policy for all blondes - a lightening system that enables the colourist to go lighter without compromising the integrity of the hair. Leading up to summer, it’s the perfect reason for a big change!"

"We’re expecting to see lots of platinum blondes; think Rhianna’s latest cool white look along with Gwenyth Paltrow’s cool blonde enhanced with ‘babylights’. For spring and summer we will still see a lot of pastels and soft hues, which is a fun way to experiment on light-coloured hair with fashion colours that require little maintenance," said Stubbins.

The top hair trends for the season

BRAIDS
Braids, any shape and any sort - its all about the braid!

CENTRE PARTS
Centre parts worn clean and strong to really enhance the facial features.

LOW TAILS
The low pony is back, sweeping from a nice strong centre part back into a low pony or bun.

BOHO WAVES
For a free-spirited, bohemian moment style carefree, barely-there waves best achieved with the Cloud Nine Waving Wand.

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Achieve the Boho Wave in 6 steps

The Boho Wave is easy to do and can look a million dollars! This style requires a styling product for hold and the Cloud Nine wand, you can also use a sea salt mist for extra texture.

  1. Start by working a sea salt mist into the hair and giving it a good texture dry with your hair dryer.
  2. Divide the hair into four sections. This works best if you divide ear to ear and centre part from the nose to the back of the neck.
  3. Using your Cloud Nine wand on a low heat setting, wind the sections back off the face and wrap hair around the wand leaving the ends out.
  4. Hold until hair feels hot then release.
  5. Use your fingers to manipulate the curl whilst it is still warm - by doing this, the hair will cool and set in the same way. Repeat throughout the back sections then use a dressing brush such as a Mason Pearson to smooth.
  6. Spray in some light hold hairspray and your look will be complete.

About Brodie-Lee Stubbins

Stubbins, Chief Rokstar babe, sleeps and breathes hair and fashion, her passion and love for the hair and beauty industry is unwavering. As the Rokstar Director, ANZ Sebastian Design Team artist and Cloud 9 Ambassador, Brodie makes it a point to constantly educate herself and her dedicated team to bring to you the latest trends in Hair and fashion. Brodie has a particular love for working with soft, long hair as well as on-trend shorter looks, keeping a close eye on high-fashion trends generated in Europe, the UK and America. Regularly travelling abroad to work on various Fashion Weeks and projects behind the scenes, Brodie possesses a one-of-a-kind, innate ability to take looks from the catwalk to the street; ensuring your hairstyle perfectly complements your particular brand of funky fashionista steet style or professional career gal, to a tee.

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10 Questions with popular Instagrammer Ashleigh D'Mello

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Popular Instagrammers have celebrity-like status these days. Fashion Weekly caught up with Ashleigh D'Mello, Australian personal-style Instagrammer and blogger residing part-time in New York.

You grew up in Perth, but now live between Australia and New York. What are the biggest differences you have found living between the two cities and do you have a favourite?

AD: As you can imagine, Perth and New York are the absolute polar opposites of each other ... I love the buzz and excitement that exists in only a place like New York [but] I love that in Perth life is a little more laid back. Both cities have their positives and negatives and feel like home to me in different ways, so I don’t think I could pick a favourite!

Your Instagram selfies almost always include a winged-liner look, what are some of your go-to makeup items?

AD: Makeup is one of those things I am trying to learn more of [from] my favourite beauty YouTubers and make up artists. My favourite makeup item at the moment is definitely highlighter ... The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is incredible ... I’m really loving the Fit Me ‘Dewy and Smooth’ foundation. I have a beauty post coming on my blog soon which covers my daily makeup products - the beauty space is really exciting and I can’t wait to jump into it.

Almost every one of your Instagram images has a comment regarding your hair! Do you have any tips for achieving voluminous, silky locks?

AD: I have so much hair, it’s ridiculous! I think the two important things are to find an incredible hairdresser and to also ensure you consistently use high quality hair products to take care of your hair yourself. At the moment, my favourites are definitely The Therapist Shampoo and Conditioner from Evo, The Great Hydrator hair mask ... and the Olaplaex take home treatment.

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Your eyebrows are so 'on fleek' they deserve an Instagram account! How do you maintain your brows and do you have any makeup tips regarding brows?

AD: The key to brow maintenance is to find someone who specialises in eyebrows, and not to be tempted to play around with them yourself - I’ve done some damage before, oops! My eyebrow girl is Alison Jade and she is the greatest, I highly recommend [her]! I also use the Alison Jade Cosmetics eyebrow palette and highlighter for my brows.

You mention in a blog post that since a young age, your mother has taught you to take good care of your skin. Do you have any skincare secrets or top tips to pass along?

AD: Thank god for mothers and the lessons they teach you... huh! The most important tips for skincare are to stick to a consistent routine and to use quality products. My current routine involves cleansing and moisturising... applying an eye cream before I go to bed [and] a few times a week I apply a serum on my face to work overnight... I think it’s [important] to invest in good skincare products - there’s a lot to be said for quality!

Your Instagram followers have reached over 11'000, what do you think it is that attracts your followers?

AD: I appear much cooler on the internet... [I] try to maintain a casual and interactive vibe on my Instagram... If someone feels like they are following and interacting with [Instagrammers] who feels like a friend, you are going to have that extra special engagement.

Your Instagram is beautiful with a variety of image styles. How much behind-the-scenes work goes into each image you upload?

AD: It’s crazy how much goes on behind the scenes ... it definitely doesn’t help that I’m an extreme perfectionist. For an outfit post, there’s the outfit planning, location scouting ... ensuring the lighting is good, getting the perfect angle, ensuring my face doesn’t look weird (which happens all the time) and then actually taking the perfect image after [many] attempts! All for a tiny square on a phone app... I’d rather take 100 photos to get the perfect one than upload something I’m not happy with!

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Your Instagram flatlay images always get a ton of likes. How do you create the perfect flatlay?

AD: So here’s the thing about flatlays - they look like they are easy to create, but they are one of the hardest... the key is to choose what the focus of the flatlay is and curate visually appealing items that compliment... gather everything you want to include, find the perfect lighting, start styling, continuously test what it looks like on camera... until you’ve found what works best.

Which photo editing apps do you recommend to edit Instagram photos?

AD: My favourite photo editing apps are Afterlight and VSCOcam, although... most of my photos I just use some of the settings in the Instagram.

You began your blog recently, what exciting projects do you have to come for the rest of the year?

AD: I actually started my original blog back in 2012 [but] I didn’t really promote its existence... I relaunched and re branded my blog [because] I wanted a fresh start for my now serious life as a blogger! I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year brings. Perth Fashion Festival begins [soon], there’s [many] events that I’ll be making my way to! I’m focusing on my YouTube... there’s a few awesome collaborations in the works. My rule is to always enjoy what I do...I definitely am at the moment. I’m just going to embrace the fun, work hard and hopefully the possibilities from there will be endless!

Ashleigh's online presence is huge and is sure to keep growing with the expansion of her YouTube channel - we can't wait to see what comes next for her!

Interview: Frances van Eeden

Kylie Jenner spills beauty secrets to her flawless look

Think you spend a lot on your beauty regime? Well you won’t believe what 18-year-old Kylie Jenner spends on hers! Why is it that we just can’t get enough of the beautiful Kardashian-Jenner clan?

It is obvious that Kylie has made her mark in the beauty world. When it was revealed what lip products Kylie used to achieve her ‘full’ lips, MAC soon sold out of both the lip liner and lipstick. Now, the celebrity will delve deeper into the beauty world as she is set to launch both a beauty website and lipstick set.

Kylie has unveiled her complete beauty routine to The New York Times, including the exact products she uses!  Kylie insists she does not wear heavy makeup on a daily basis and that the ‘done-up’ Instagram photos are usually taken prior to professional photo shoots. The star’s everyday go-to makeup consists of a light coverage foundation, big lashes, lip liner and bronzer.

 

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The tanned star further revealed that she gets her faux glow from Jimmy Coco, where she goes to get a fake tan, and that she is still getting cosmetic fillers in her lips.

Kylie sneaked in a mention of a beauty project she is working on. “I’m in the middle of creating my own lip kit, and I’m doing my three favorite colours: nude, a sepia colour and a true brown,” she said. Supporting this, Kylie posted a photo to Instagram of eight unlabeled lip products captioned, “Picking the perfect shade #KylieLipKit”.

 

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The Daily Mail reports that fans of Kylie who want to recreate her exact beauty look is set to pay upwards of US$3’500 for the complete routine. 

Words: Frances van Eeden

Snapchat enables users to have the first look at NYFW backstage beauty

Snapchat is to the beauty industry what Instagram is to fashion world.

Social media messaging app Snapchat has recently revealed that its users are now viewing 4 billion videos per day. Snapchat allows users to send photos and 10-second videos directly or publicly and has only recently become a popular social media platform.

It’s okay though, if like us, you only have Snapchat to stalk the Kardashians! Snapchat has become a popular medium for celebrities and influential people to engage with their followers on a more personal, casual level.

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Snapchat has changed the way beauty lovers are keeping up-to-date with runway beauty looks. Anyone around the world who has access to the Internet can watch front row fashion through Instagram. Now, Snapchat is allowing beauty lovers to visually ‘go backstage’ through the Snapchat accounts of beauty editors and influential bloggers.

Beauty fanatics can watch live snaps of the latest runway beauty looks up-close and before they make an appearance on the runway. Makeup artists can talk through the products and processes they use by combining short snaps into a ‘story’.

Snapchat is also a valuable tool for beauty YouTubers and bloggers to engage with their audience. Street style bloggers often post Instagram photos as a tease to their latest style lookbooks, similarly many beauty YouTubers now feature ‘mail hauls’ where they open PR mail and show products they have received and which they will be testing for review.

With Instagram recently making changes to its direct messaging we wonder what is next for Snapchat.

Words: Frances van Eeden

Quick morning makeup tutorial for a natural look

Getting yourself ready for the day can be a little daunting with the thousands of beauty products out there on the market, you might be thinking 'where do I begin'? There are so many steps to think of when you are getting ready in the morning, but you no longer have to stress over beauty because Fashion Weekly's beauty editor, Frances, is here to help. This easy to follow, 8-step video helps you achieve a full face makeup that will have you out the door in less than 5 minutes.

A great base is always key to a natural everyday look. That doesn't mean you have to pack your face in thick layers of foundation. A mineral powder is a more natural and less heavy alternative to liquid foundation which is easily applied by a simple blend of the brush. Don't blow your budget on expensive beauty items, you'll find that most products are multipurpose and can be reinvented into a completely new product! Bronzers and blushes can even be used as eyeshadows, making your daily beauty routine that much quicker and easier. This easy, go-to makeup look will have you ready to face the day in no time, watch the video for some tips and tricks!

Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting videos to come!

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YouTuber Fleur De Force has released a makeup line you'll love

YouTubers are taking over the beauty world! Fleur De Force is the latest beauty YouTuber to release her own makeup line. This comes just days after Fleur's collaboration with eyelash company, Eylure.

Fleur is a UK-based vlogger, blogger, and author of The Glam Guide. The blonde beauty's YouTube channel has a following of more than a million! So it is no wonder her makeup line has attracted so much attention!

The makeup line focusses on lip and eye products offering 6 lip glosses and 2 eyeshadow quads. The lip glosses are available in 6 shades and cover every colour you could ever need; from a nude to fuchsia pink. The formula of the lip gloss offers both the pigmentation of a liquid lipstick and the glossy finish of a lip gloss, with a vanilla scent that Fleur insists is her favourite scent for beauty products.

 

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Along with the lip products, the makeup line features two eyeshadow quads. The first contains four neutral brown shades while the other contains four mauve-toned shades. Each quad contains matte and shimmer shades, making it all you need for a complete eye look! Fleur's makeup line also offers a spacious makeup bag with her signature watercolour-and-stars design, because of course you will need a place to home your new products!

The makeup line is exclusive to online store feelunique.com, which offers affordable shipping to Australia (beauty-lovers rejoice!). The collection will be released September 17. Who else will be counting down the days?

Words: Frances van Eeden

‘Make Up Your Own Rules' with Lauren Curtis

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There is no doubt that YouTube is huge right now. Lauren Curtis is Australia’s top beauty YouTuber, more on that here. Now, Curtis’ YouTube career has her appearing on the biggest digital platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

Like many other vloggers, Curtis started her YouTube channel as a hobby, which soon turned into a full-blown career – one at which she has excelled! Therefore it makes sense for Lauren to front a major YouTube campaign.

 

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The campaign has seen Lauren Curtis appear on larger than life billboards, digital platforms and print publications across Australia, alongside the slogan ‘Make Up Your Own Rules’. The digital platforms host a short clip where Curtis encourages confidence and self-esteem in viewers, and inspires them to ‘accept every version of themselves’.

Curtis has stated that she is thrilled to be working with the company that helped her grow her beauty hobby into a worldwide digital business.

As part of the collaboration, Curtis will appear at YouTube FanFest on September 11. The festival, held at Qantas Credit Union Arena, will give popular YouTube stars with celebrity-like status the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their fans.

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Mia Connor Announced AU's Makeup Artist of the Year 2015

Mia Connor Talks Australian Makeup Artist of the Year 2015

The makeup industry can be one of the most hardest and competitive industries to break in to. We caught up with this year’s Australian Makeup Artist of the Year, Mia Connor, about her new title, what her bright future holds and the main beauty products she can’t live without.

Congratulations on winning Australian Makeup Artist of the Year at the 2015 Australian Industry Makeup Awards! How does it feel being crowned Australia’s best makeup artist?

MC: Thank you! This has honestly been the biggest career milestone to date for me and definitely something I have been working towards for some time. I am so excited for what the future holds!

Your looks are known for glowing skin, perfect blending shadows and flawless clean lines. Where do you gain your inspiration to create such looks?

MC: I gain a lot of my inspiration from other artists whose work I admire, whether by following them on social media or looking through magazines. I’m a bit of a perfectionist though, so I have always been quite particular with blending and the like.

If you had to choose only 3 makeup products to use for the rest of your life, what would they be?
MC: Mascara, liner and a fabulous highlighter.

Your high demand ‘Beautiful Brides’ and ‘Smoke Bomb Eyes’ Masterclasses sell out as soon as you announce them. What are your top tips for creating the perfect smokey eye?
MC: Do your eyes before your base to easily wipe away any fallout. Build your depth rather than going in too strong – we can easily add but it’s much harder to take away. Use eye primers or paint pots to ensure a perfect base for your Smokey Eye, avoid creasing and guarantee longetivity.

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You’re hoping to break into the US market with your Masterclasses. What is it about your makeup style that will bring something different to the US industry?
MC: Yes! I get requests from USA artists almost weekly to go over to the States to run my Masterclasses. I like to think my style is an infusion of elegance meets dramatic and I feel this would be well suited to the US market.

You have 14,000 likes on her Facebook Page and over 34,000 followers on Instagram. What do you love most about posting finished works on social media?
MC: I pride myself on posting the majority of my content as unedited, raw images, most of which I take myself. I don’t like to edit my images as I feel this is misleading and I know people appreciate to see the makeup for what it actually is. I love reading comments from followers saying that I inspire them – it’s a great feeling to know that you are someone’s inspiration.

You’ve worked with some major names within the Australian makeup industry, including successful YouTube star Loz Curtis. What is it like working with such talented individuals?
MC: Yes, I have worked with Lauren Curtis a couple of times as well as other celebrities such as Jesinta Campbell, Jodi Gordon & Imogen Anthony. They are all fantastic and a pleasure to work with!

What exciting plans does the future have in store for you?
MC: I will hopefully break into the US market by 2016. I’m in the process of creating my own YouTube channel and hopefully taking my Masterclasses online with eBooks to go worldwide. I’m also working on a very exciting project at the moment which unfortunately I can’t talk about just yet, so stay tuned!

To find out about Mia’s upcoming projects, gain makeup inspiration, and to generally be in awe of Mia’s creations, be sure to follow her Instagram.

Interview: Jessica Lunan

Youtube’s world of beauty

YouTube video bloggers, known to insiders as vloggers, are the new form of 'celebrity'. Beauty fanatics will know if Jaclyn Hill tells you to buy that Chanel foundation, you’re going to splurge your hard earned money and buy that damn foundation!

Recently in Australia, there has been an influx in the popularity of beauty videos on YouTube. The first comprehensive survey into the lucrativeness of the Australian blogging industry has revealed that 70% of bloggers are making money from their websites or YouTube channels. Vloggers and bloggers are becoming more proactive in establishing themselves as a business by affiliating with brands, becoming brand ambassadors and releasing their own products. Yes, that is why you have seen Lauren Curtis on TV holding a Colgate toothbrush next to her sparkling smile!

One thing is evident; Youtubers are leading the way in the beauty industry. Here are our top 7 to watch!

Lauren Curtis
Lauren Curtis is Australia's top beauty vlogger, with more than 3,000,000 devoted subscribers to her channel. Lauren is renowned for her fabulous beauty tutorials that can transform you from drab to totally-fab in a matter of minutes!

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Chloe Morello
Chloe is another Australian YouTuber whose channel features great makeup tips, tutorials and hauls. However, the reason she has a cult following of more than 1,000,000 followers, is her quirky personality and great sense of humour. Chloe is not afraid to make fun of herself, which make her 'follow me around' lifestyle videos a hoot!

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Beauty Life Michelle
This Australian based YouTube channel is run by the Irish born beauty, Michelle. With over 90,000 subscribers, Michelle is popular for her down-to-earth demeanour and honest opinions. She also always manages to create an enviable flawless base for her makeup looks!

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Karissa Pukas
Canadian based but currently living in Australia, Karissa, has a following of over 600,000 subscribers. Karissa’s popularity is due not only to her beauty videos, but also video-style fashion lookbooks. Karissa's no-nonsense attitude and bubbly personality makes for a great watch. Also the owner of her own false lash range, Social Eyes.

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Shani Grimmond
Brisbane's own vlogger, Shani, is just shy of 500,000 subscribers. Shani is young and full of life. This channel features a range of videos from makeup tutorials to great self-tanning how-to's.

First Impression and One Brand Tutorial

Jaclyn Hill
The woman many consider the Queen of the YouTube beauty community, Jaclyn Hill has a cult following of more than 2,000,000 subscribers, and channel views reaching over 100,000,000! Jaclyn is known for her top video quality and stunning makeup tutorials. She has collaborated with beauty brands, Becca and Morphe Brushes, to create sold-out products. Jaclyn is popular for the sayings ‘blend until you think you can’t blend no more’ (referring to eyeshadow application) and ‘highlight on fleek’.

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Kathleen Lights
Watching Kathleen's channel, which has over 1,000,000 followers, is like watching a younger version of J-Lo; with impeccable eye shadow skills and sass to match. This Miami-based channel is a great watch for warm-toned, super shimmery eye looks and honest product reviews.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

An insider’s guide to beauty terminology:
Tutorial: A beauty tutorial is a video 'how-to' that most commonly features step-by-step instructions to achieving a specific makeup look.
Haul: Haul videos feature a collection of newly purchased beauty products. Products are shown and briefly mentioned in the video.
Empties: In the beauty world an 'empties' video features a range of beauty products that have been used up, including opinions on the products.
First Impression: This is the term for a YouTuber's initial opinion whilst using a product for the first time.

Do you have a YouTube beauty favourite that you could share with us?

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Words: Frances van Eeden