Common Eyeshadow Mistakes And How To Fix Them

While we’ve all made a makeup mistake at one point in our lives, there are simple ways to fix them. Eyeshadow can be a tricky technique to master, especially a classic smokey eye which requires lots of practice! We show you just how to fix those common mistakes without removing your entire makeup.

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Blending

Too often eyeshadows are not actually blended enough, and can leave a visible line on your eyelid. To correct this error, use a clean, fluffy brush to create a smooth transition between the eyeshadow and your eyelid. A transitional shade is also a great way to create a neutral base for your lid.

Primer

We’re all guilty of forgetting to prime before applying eyeshadow. This is an essential part of making any look last, especially during the warmer and more humid weather. Apply a cream primer to your lid, let it set for a few minutes, then apply your eyeshadow as usual.

Flimsy eyeliner

Eyeliner is a sensitive issue for most women because it’s almost impossible to match both eyes. Look down into a mirror and carefully draw a flick starting from the beginner of your lower lash-line. Extend it outwards then slowly fill in any gaps with a liquid liner.

Excess eyeshadow

Creating a smokey can feel a little tricky, especially since the fall-out goes everywhere. To keep this from happening, there are are shadow shields which pick up excess fall-out and keep your makeup looking flawless.

Foundation as primer

Many women make the mistake of using their foundation as an eye primer. Not only is this not good for your eyes (especially in regards to foundation with added SPF), but it also doesn’t do much in terms of priming. If you can, use a cream eyeshadow which will stay on for longer in comparison to powder.

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Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Summer-Ready Makeup

Get ready for summer with one of our favourite trends of the season: red lipstick. This simple makeup product is ideal in transforming your look from day to night and looks flattering on everyone!

RELATED: 5 Lipstick Shades For Summer

Instructions

1. Embrace your healthy summer glow by emphasising your freckles with a light, tinted moisturiser. Apply it only over your problem areas (such as pimples and spots) and by using a damp cosmetic sponge.

Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow's Summer-Ready Makeup

Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturiser, $81

2. Lightly dust a shimmery eyeshadow over your lids to makeup your eyes pop. Use a blending brush to smooth-out any harsh lines.

Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow's Summer-Ready Makeup

STILA Eyes Are The Window Eyeshadow Palette, $72

3. Dust a matte bronzer over your forehead, chin and cheeks to even-out that summer glow. Matte formulas are best since they make your tan look natural!

Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow's Summer-Ready Makeup

Too Faced Sunny Bunny Bronzer, $39

4. Finish off your look with a thin layer of mascara and top it with a matte lip. Pencils are great since they can define the lips without taking too long to apply. If the shade is too pigmented, rub-off the excess with your finger. Easy!

Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow's Summer-Ready Makeup

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, $39

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Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Trends come and go – and this certainly applies to funky wallpaper which seems to be a staple in the world of interior design. Rather than keeping that floral print from the fifties in your home, we show you how to incorporate some of the coolest designs around.

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Palm trees

Transform your living room into a 1970s cabana with this stunning print featuring palm trees. Not only is it easy to apply, but it fits so well with various design aesthetics.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Stripes

Make your room look stylish with these vertical stripes, which can also act as a feature wall. The wallpaper looks stunning with white accents or cream ceilings to tie in the relaxed feel of the room.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Animal prints

If animal prints just aren’t your style, this modern twist certainly will be! The neutral colours are perfect since they don’t overpower the room.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Geometric prints

Nothing beats a classic geometric print for the bedroom or living room, especially if you want a subtle pop of colour.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Marble

Marble prints are just one of the biggest design trends of 2015, with everything revolving around this humble print. Try a beautiful feature wall which is best suited for the bathroom, hallway, or living room.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Images via Harpers Bazaar, Knight Moves Blog, Etsy, Babble

Easy Caprese Salad Recipe

A healthy caprese salad is a staple for any summer get-together. The dish itself requires just 5 ingredients and is easy enough for beginners (with no troubles in the kitchen!).

RELATED: Light Guacamole Salad Recipe

Ingredients

3 cups cherry tomatoes

1 cup bocconcini

Fresh basil leaves

Balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes and bocconcini in half and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add the basil, balsamic vinegar, then season with salt and pepper.

Image via The Healthy Foodie

Get The Look: Cara Delevingne’s Pastel Pink Hair

Supermodel turned actress Cara Delevingne has abandoned her bronde locks in favour of something a little more festival for summer. She was recently spotted at the Osheaga music festival in Montreal supporting girlfriend, St Vincent. Get this cotton candy hair colour, which is also temporary, with a few of our tips.

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Instructions

1. Make sure your hair is light enough to take in the colour. There are a number of pre-lightening formulas available from the supermarket or the drugstore which are easy to try at home.

Get The Look: Cara Delevingne's Pastel Pink Hair

L’Oréal Feria Extra Bleach Blonde, $9.99

2. If you’re using a cream colour, apply it first to your scalp then onto the ends of your hair. Use a comb to evenly distribute the colour without leaving any patches of hair uncoloured.

Get The Look: Cara Delevingne's Pastel Pink Hair

Manic Panic Classic Semi Permanent Vegan Hair Colour in Cotton Candy Pink, $19.95

3. Another way to wear this trend is with hair chalk. It’s a great alternative if you want to test out the colour for one night – it’ll wash-off in the shower. Apply the chalk directly onto your hair, then rub it in gently to become more pigmented.

Get The Look: Cara Delevingne's Pastel Pink Hair

Splat Hair Chalk in Dusty Rose, $5.99

How To Tame Adult Acne

Adult acne can often feel a little embarrassing, especially if spots show up in time for work events or special functions. It is important to stick to a solid skincare routine which regulates the natural production of oils, but also keeps your skin looking its best. Try a few of our favourite treatments and tricks below to tame acne without letting it ruin your social life.

RELATED: How To Eliminate Back Acne

Exfoliate regularly

To remove the build-up of excess skin from your face, make sure to use a light exfoliator at least once per week. Stay away from abrasive scrubs which could actually be aggravating your acne and use lightweight formulas with warm flannels to carefully cleanse the skin.

Apply a toner

Toners usually have a bad reputation as alcohol-heavy treatments that only emphasise the scars on your skin. Make sure you’re using a lightweight formula on selected areas of your face such as the nose and forehead. Toners are used to minimise the appearance of pores and prep the skin before applying a serum or moisturiser, so there is simply no need to apply them all over your face! Instead, think of a toner as a concentrated spot treatment.

Hydrate the skin

Follow-up an exfoliator with a hydrating moisturiser that won’t leave skin feeling tight afterwards. Apply it in an upwards motion onto the skin and pay special attention to your eyes and neck – they are the most sensitive areas!

Remove your makeup

This tip might seem a little obvious, but removing your makeup with a wipe just isn’t enough. For those lazy days, use a micellar water to pick-up any excess makeup and dirt from clogging your pores.

Use a serum

Get into the habit of using a facial serum which can dramatically alter the appearance of your skin, especially if you’re suffering from premature sun damage. Just 2-3 drops is enough to nourish the face, neck and decolletage area. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive either – rosehip oil is a fantastic serum that is available at the supermarket.

Apply a daily SPF

While SPF won’t heal your acne-prone skin, it can save it from scarring due to overexposure of the suns rays. Make sure your foundation is equipped with at least an SPF of 15+ to protect your skin from premature sun damage.

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The Beauty Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

Move over coconut oil, a new beauty secret has us all talking this season and it’s grapeseed oil! Why? It’s good for cooking, skincare, beauty and even pain relief since it’s packed with high levels of vitamin E – a must-have for healthy skin!

RELATED: Essential Oils For Women’s Health

Hair growth

Massage grapeseed oil slowly through your roots to stimulate hair growth and awaken the follicle.

Serum

Apply it all over your face and neck as an evening skincare serum to deeply hydrate your skin. It’s ideal for all skin types and won’t make you break out!

Body scrub

Combine one part castor oil and two parts grapeseed oil to create a luxurious body scrub that will leave your skin looking glowing and vibrant.

Leave-in conditioner

Use it as a hair mask to repair split ends, give your hair some extra shine and make it look super-sleek and smooth. Rinse with shampoo and cold water for best results.

Sun burn

Spent a little too much time in the sun? Mix a few drops of grapeseed oil into your sunscreen for ultimate protection. It can also help to minimise the appearance of age spots after extended use.

Stretch marks

Skip the usual moisturiser in favour of natural grapeseed oil which can decrease the severity of stretch marks.

Muscle Rub

Create your own homemade muscle scrub by combining coconut oil, castor oil and grapeseed oil, and rubbing onto freshly washed skin.

Acne treatment

Apply grapeseed oil as a concentrated spot treatment for acne spots and existing scars. It helps to regulate your natural oil production and will prevent future breakouts.

Makeup remover

Just 2-3 drops of grapeseed oil onto a cotton pad will remove even waterproof mascara – without any leftover residue. The extremely concentrated formula means that a little goes a long way!

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Does Oil Cleansing Help Oily Skin?

For years, skincare specialists have advised that women (and men) who suffer from oily skin should steer clear from oil-based skincare and makeup products. This couldn’t be further from the truth nowadays, since the very same products have been known to actually help the problem at hand.

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Long story short: oil-based skincare won’t make your skin look and feel oilier. Research suggest that serums and face oils are better absorbed by oily skin types, and can actually help it in the long-run.

Don’t believe us? Here are a few products you need to try (even if you have oily skin!). They won’t clog your pores, or create excess sebum on the surface.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil, $48

One of the best treatment oils to apply on your skin is the Maracuja Oil by Tarte. The benefits? It’s super-soft on the skin, extremely lightweight, and absorbs almost instantly. Layer it with your eye cream and nightly moisturisers, or apply it solo before going to bed.

Does Oil Cleansing Help Oily Skin?

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $105

A little bit on the pricey side is Luna by Sunday Riley. This relatively new release comes with a bunch of positive reviews by beauty bloggers across the globe. The extremely concentrated formula means that only a few drops are ideal to hydrate the entire face. Just beware, it might leave a light residue on your pillow the morning after, the serum itself is actually blue!

Does Oil Cleansing Help Oily Skin?

Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum, $74

Soothe even oily skin types with this gentle face oil which is packed with all natural ingredients. Use it as a primer to illuminate the skin in winter, apply it before bed, or layer it with your other skincare essentials for best results.

Does Oil Cleansing Help Oily Skin?

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, $32

Who said that argan oil was just for your hair? Take off your makeup with this gentle cleansing oil to remove excess impurities from the skin. Apply onto a full (dry) face of makeup, and wet a damp cloth to exfoliate the skin.

Does Oil Cleansing Help Oily Skin?

Do you have any experiences with oil-based skincare products?

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6 Beautiful Bridal Bouquets

Bridal bouquets are like the centre piece of the entire wedding – they’re in every single photo, they should complement your dress (without taking away the focus from the bride), and they look so pretty! We have compiled a few of our favourite styles as inspiration for wedding plans.

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Rustic

Try this rustic-looking bouquet with violet, lavender and greens for an autumn/winter wedding.

6 Beautiful Bridal Bouquets

Roses

Choose some muted roses which can also be coloured for your wedding day, to match the decor as well as the bridesmaid’s dresses.

6 Beautiful Bridal Bouquets

Spring peonies

Nothing screams spring-time more than peonies, and this bouquet is ideal for all of the bridal party.

6 Beautiful Bridal Bouquets

Daisies

Who said there’s anything wrong with daisies on your wedding day? This charming little bouquet would look amazing with an embellished gown.

6 Beautiful Bridal Bouquets

Winter wedding

If your wedding is taking place during the colder months , choose a bouquet featuring lots of greenery to balance out the colour! One of our favourites features stunning eucalyptus leaves with waratahs.

6 Beautiful Bridal Bouquets

Baby’s breath

Not only is baby’s breath available all year-round, but it’s so light when compared to a traditional bouquet. This makes it perfect for even the flower girls to hold!

6 Beautiful Bridal Bouquets

What are your favourite bouquets from our list?

Images via Lucy G Photography, Wedding Chicks, Style Me Pretty, Two Little Owls In Love, Burnett’s Boards, Mondo Floral Designs

Sportscraft Collaborates With Naomi Watts For Spring

Sportscraft have continued their collaboration with actress Naomi Watts for Spring 2015. The changing seasons are reflected in the summery campaign which features lightweight and colourful fabrics, ideal for the warmer weather and reinforces Sportscraft’s commitment to the quintessential Australian lifestyle.

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“It’s so great to be back with Sportscraft for the Spring/Summer season. I’ll never forget growing up in Australian by the beach. Shooting this campaign brought up treasured memories and feelings of nostalgia,” said Watts.

Sportscraft Collaborates With Naomi Watts For Spring

The campaign was very much a family affair with Naomi’s photographer brother Ben Watts shooting the stunning images featuring must-haves from the new collection.

Sportscraft have continued their collaboration with actress Naomi Watts for Spring 2015. The changing seasons are reflected in the summery campaign

What can you expect from the new collection? With a focus on impeccable tailoring and sophistication, the garments are all about textures and uplifting colour to signify the start of spring.

Visit sportscraft.com.au for more info.

Healthy Homemade Falafel Recipe

Not only is falafel a great dish for those light summer nights, but it’s also really quick and easy to make from scratch. Enjoy with a side of salad or in pita bread with red onion and lettuce if you’re on-the-go.

RELATED: Healthy Snack Recipe – Falafel

Ingredients

1 cup chickpeas (cooked)

1 onion, coarsely chopped

2 large cloves of garlic, smashed

1.5 tsp ground cumin

1.5 tsp ground coriander

3/4 tsp cayenne pepper

½ bunch coriander stalks

1 lemon (juiced)

1-2 tbsp plain flour

Salt

Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Drain the cooked chickpeas in a colander until there is no excess water left in the chickpeas.
  2. Put chickpeas into the food processor along with onion, garlic, coriander stalks, lemon juice and spices.
  3. Blitz until combined without using any water, scraping down the sides of the processor if needed. The mixture will not be smooth, but it should not have large chunks.
  4. Scrape out the mixture into a clean bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the chickpea mixture from the refrigerator. Add enough oil to a large saute pan so it reaches 1/2-inch up the sides and heat it over medium-high heat
  6. Meanwhile, drop spoonfuls of the chickpea mixture onto a plate with 1/4 cup flour. Roll into balls on the floured plate and press gently into patties of about about 1.5cm thickness.
  7. Shallow fry in hot pan for 5 minutes on each side or until golden on crisp on both sides and drain on absorbent papers.
  8. Serve with pita bread, Greek yoghurt, fresh vegetables, and sliced tomato.

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How To Get Runway Lashes

Ever wanted to get long, luscious runway lashes at home? SHESAID has enlisted the help of makeup artist, Helen Dowsley, who has created beauty looks for celebrities and reality shows around the world. Some key faces Helen has worked on include Jennifer Hawkins, Ruby Rose, Michael Buble, Jackie O, Kate Ritchie and even Ed Sheeran.

Most recently, Helen Dowsley is the chief makeup artist for The Bachelorette and Celebrity Apprentice Australia.

RELATED: Interview – Fashion Designer Jennifer McCloy

How can women get runway-ready lashes at home? 

False lashes are key here! I would apply the Helen Dowsley Lashes ‘Natural’ Lash. Cut it to the eye to fit, and then cut it in half to make application easier.

My hot tip? If you apply under your natural lash, it saves time and gives a nice natural lift to your own lash. This ultimately thickens and lengthens your lashes in quick, easy steps.

How To Get Runway Lashes

How do women choose the right lashes for them off the shelf? 

The first thing to ask yourself is whether you would like a natural look or do you want to make a statement? For a day look, choose something simpler that thickens your natural lashes such as my ‘New Loves’ lashes, which open your eyes when applied. For evening, or to make a more almond-shaped eye, try the Helen Dowsley ‘Favourites’, which have a built-in eyeliner and will hide a hooded eye in seconds.

What is the benefit of ethically sourced lashes over non-ethically sourced ones? 

I didn’t originally go looking for ‘ethical products’ when travelling to find my lashes and I didn’t like some of the things I saw. Being a woman and an animal lover, I want to protect and empower rather than take advantage and I believe everyone should be more mindful about where our beauty products – and all things we consumer – come from.

How To Get Runway Lashes

What lashes do the contestants on Celebrity Apprentice love? 

It depends on the day, however the ‘New Loves’ are always the go to lash. Teagan Martin (Miss Universe Australia) wears anything from a ‘Natural’ lash to a ‘Funtimes’ lash. Sophie Monk looks great with my ‘Favourites’ and ‘Flirt’ underneath. If I’m really smoking the eye up, I’ll apply ‘Smokey’ and to give a more separated look, I’ll layer ‘Fablash’ over the top.

What is the trick to making blue eyes pop? 

Think of the colour wheel when you did art at school. To make blue eyes pop, oranges and browns in warm tones are best. Opposites attract!

What is the trick to making brown eyes pop? 

As above, purples and pinks make brown eyes really pop!

How can women make their lipstick last? 

The stronger the pigment, the better lasting on the lips but the more drying it can be. Prep your lips prior – when brushing your teeth in the morning, lightly brush your lips to take away dead cells. Apply a lip balm (Perry’s Lemon Myrtle is the best) and then apply lip liner all over your lip. Apply your lipstick, tear tissue in half and lay over the lips, before applying translucent powder over this with a brush. Removing the tissue, this will make colour really last all night.

How To Get Runway Lashes

What is The Bachelorette Sam Frost’s favourite makeup look and how can we copy it? 

I love Sammi and it is an absolute delight to have her in my chair! Sammi does the natural look really well and the ‘Rose Ceremony’ look even better! Sammi loves my ‘In Love’ lash and I always apply these daily, for both day and evening. In the evening, I would also apply ‘Flirt’ under the lash. Let’s face it, every girl loves a bit of drama and so Sammi’s evening look is always a hit.

To copy it, apply your foundation as you would normally apply your base. Highlight under your eyes and down your T-zone. Use blush to contour your cheeks and then apply a black gel inner-eye liner on the top and bottom lash lines. Colour in your brow using a similar colour-way to your natural brow, and apply your lipstick in a natural colour (the same colour as your mouth, not always ‘nude’) in the method explained above. Voila! Simple, sexy Sammi beauty.

Through her work as a makeup artist, Helen Dowsley saw a niche for an ethically-sourced faux lash product and created the incomparable Helen Dowsley Lashes. Easy to apply and created with light-weight, hand-made synthetic fibre, Helen Dowsley Lashes are available in 14 styles, while individual lashes are also available in short, medium or long lengths.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Looking for a healthy snack which takes just minuets to prepare? Stock-up on fresh fruits and create these delicious spring rolls which are ideal for lunch, a quick snack, or even if you’re on-the-go.

RELATED: Rainbow Spring Rolls Recipe

Strawberry and mango

These delicious rolls are made from freshly sliced strawberries, mangoes, and served with a side of honey and lime dressing.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Peach and avocado

Enjoy these delicious spring rolls which are so unique and tasty. Add a few greens such as baby spinach, rocket, and pistachio nuts along with the peach slices for a filling meal.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Kiwi fruit, blackberry and Greek yoghurt

For extra flavour, add one teaspoon of Greek yoghurt into each spring roll and refrigerate until it sets. These are made from kiwi fruit, mango and blackberries.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Melon and basil

Finely slice your melon, red cabbage and carrot then add some basil for truly fresh snack at any time of the day. Perfect for vegans!

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Mixed fruit rolls

If you can’t choose just two fruits, why not have them all? Strawberries, kiwi fruits, peaches, nectarines, and banana slices make for a tasty snack even the kids will enjoy. Serve with delicious ginger sauce for extra flavour.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

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5 Reasons To Visit The Snow This Winter

With lots of snow expected to fall over the next few weeks, now is the best time to pack your bags and head to Perisher or Thredbo over the weekend. There are a bunch of activities for kids, parents and everyone in between!

RELATED: The SHESAID Guide To The Best Winter Boots

Tube Town

If you’re heading down to Perisher with the entire family, Tube Town is the place to be. The specially groomed lanes allow participants of all ages to enjoy the slopes, plus catch a purpose built lift back up! Ideal for first-time skiers or those who want to enjoy a relaxed environment.

5 Reasons To Visit The Snow This Winter

Wombat World

Bring the kids for their first taste of the snow to Wombat World at Perisher where they can learn the ropes. They can practice techniques such as freestyle, small jumps and get used to the snow.

5 Reasons To Visit The Snow This Winter

Apres Ski

It’s not all about skiing and enjoying the physical side of your weekend away! Indulge in one of the many restaurants, bars and cafes at Thredbo. Treat yourself to a pampering massage or facial after a long day of snow sports.

5 Reasons To Visit The Snow This Winter

Perisher Night Skiing

Enjoy Perishers night skiing activities which will allow you to see the stars. The slopes are open from 6:30pm-9:00pm where a chairlift will transport you directly to the top of Front Valley.

5 Reasons To Visit The Snow This Winter

Thredbo Leisure Centre

Relax and take it easy at Thredbo Leisure Centre which is filled with countless activities for the entire family. Go to the gym, take a dip in the heated indoor pool (with a water slide), or play a game of basketball. It’ll be a nice change from the chilly weather outside!

5 Reasons To Visit The Snow This Winter

Images via Trip Advisor, Visit NSW, Australian Traveller, Absolute Alpine

What is Squinch And Why Are Celebrities Doing It?

Forget about the pout, squinch is the latest way our favourite celebrities are posing for photos from Instagram to the red carpet.

Squinching is all about narrowing the eyes, and curving the lips into a tight smile. It also lifts your cheekbones into a flattering shape which looks stunning from every angle! Don’t purse your lips too much; try to keep them relaxed enough to define your jawline.

This technique was actually used by supermodels to perfect their look for editorial and campaign photoshoots. But this doesn’t mean it should be their little secret to a flawless photograph!

RELATED: How To Make Your Pout Look Fabulous

Still not convinced? We have before and after shots of your favourite celebrities, and the results speak for themselves!

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Do you dare to squinch?

Images via Harpers Bazaar, Healthy Celeb, Bustle, Getty Images, We Heart It, Irish Mirror, Twist Magazine, Tumblr, Pinterest

7 Things Not To Pack While Travelling

While an upcoming trip can have us all a little over-excited, packing in excess is something we’ve all done at least once. Rather than telling you what to pack (don’t forget that passport), this general guide is all about things you should leave at home.

RELATED: Travel Essentials – What To Pack In Your Suitcase

Unnecessary makeup and skincare

Most airlines only allow 100ml worth of liquids in your checked luggage, so don’t over-do it and pay the extra baggage fees, or worse, have your items confiscated at the airport. De-pot your favourite foundation into a lighter, plastic bottle so you’ll have more space in your luggage. Plus, you can always re-purchase these products at a pharmacy when you land.

Books

It might feel a little tempting (especially if you’re on a long-hair flight), but lugging around a book won’t make your suitcase or hand luggage any lighter. If you’re bringing a tablet, load it with various books to keep you occupied during the trip.

Clothes you’ve never worn

Bringing along that sundress you’ve been hoarding since 2009 isn’t exactly an efficient way to pack your luggage. Make sure your outfits can be worn in a variety of different ways, and that you will actually wear them. Otherwise, just remember all the shopping you will do when you arrive!

Hair straighteners

It might seem you can’t live without your hair drier, straightening irons, and curling wands… trust us, you can. Embrace beach-hair and save that room for other things in your luggage. Plus, most hotels are equipped with a hair drier, so don’t worry too much.

Towels

Most hotels, beaches and resorts come with complimentary towels to use on your stay. Keep a small hand towel in your hand luggage if you absolutely need to, just make sure it dries before packing it again.

Guidebooks

Instead of lugging around a string of books in your bag, store it all electronically in your phone. This way, you can easily browse, compare, and travel light!

Digital camera

If your phone is equipped with memory, won’t shut down randomly, and has great optical zoom, them its best to leave the bulky DSLR at home.

Image via Late Rooms

Get The Look: How To Wear 70s Fashion Trends

Whether we love it or not, 70s fashion trends are back in style yet again. This doesn’t mean you should be in head-to-toe Woodstock gear, however! With help from our friends at THE ICONIC, we show you a few main pieces inspired by the 1970s that should be in your wardrobe right now.

RELATED: Get The Look – The Festival Edit

Simply click directly onto the image to purchase the item, happy shopping!

Dresses

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Jackets

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Skirts

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Hats

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7 Reasons Chia Seeds Are Good For You

Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods you can add into your diet. They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial for healthy brain function. Add just a one tablespoon of chia seeds into your diet to receive all the benefits of this remarkable superfood.

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Weight loss

Chia seeds are associated with weight loss since they are packed with fibre and provide more than 40 per cent of your daily intake. It can help to decrease bloating and will keep you fuller for longer.

Good fat

They are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids which assist in healthy brain and heart health.

Blood sugar

Chia seeds are also beneficial when it comes to keeping blood sugar at a healthy level. Enjoy them in your breakfast cereal, in your smoothie, or even in a glass of water.

Arthritis

Who knew that chia seeds are also rich in calcium and phosphorus? They are ideal for someone suffering from arthritis and can assist in healthy bone function.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Incorporate chia seeds into your diet if you are suffering from a cold or flu. They boast many anti-inflammatory properties which can help to get your health back on track.

Improves digestion

Ever feel sluggish or bloated after a big meal? Enjoy one glass of water with chia seeds to regulate your body from the inside out.

Energy

For a boost of energy in the afternoon, enjoy a snack with added chia seeds to get you past 3:30itis.

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Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Spruce up your living room, dining area, or even the bedroom with lucite furniture. Lucite is easy to adapt into an existing space because it goes with almost anything! From an office table to a ghost chair, or even a stool, there are so many ways to style lucite future in any modern space.

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Tray

Update your coffee table with a funky lucite tray which acts as the perfect layering piece. Use it to store your magazines, trinkets, or even as a coaster!

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Chair

Lucite chairs is currently one of the biggest interior trends everyone is raving about. Purchase a set for your living room or swap your desk chair for a cool lucite number. They are formally referred to as ghost chairs and come in a variety of clear colours.

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Tables

To make any room look bigger than it actually is, a lucite table is the best option. Just be careful not to crash into it when the lights are turned off!

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Makeup storage

If you’re rather meticulous with your makeup, lucite storage is just one way to make it look neat and tidy. Lipstick holders, brush holders and even lucite drawers are all popular ways to store your makeup without looking too cluttered.

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Stools

Finish off your bar with a few lucite stools that are completely on trend! They match really well with marble or white interiors, but look great when paired with anything!

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

How To Style Graphic Playsuits

Playsuits and rompers are ideal for summer heat-waves since they’re so light and easy to wear. If you really want to make a statement, a graphic romper is great piece to add to your summer wardrobe for the beach, parties, or even going out for a drink. If you’re finding it difficult to style your own playsuit, try a few of our favourite outfits below for additional inspiration.

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Nude heels

A pair of nude heels is the perfect way to update your playsuit for the evening. Not to mention, they can also make your legs look lean and long!

How To Style Graphic Playsuits

Cross-body bag

Make sure you’re prepped with the essentials for a big night out with a classic cross-body bag. This holds your wallet, phone, and a lip gloss to touch-up during an evening out.

How To Style Graphic Playsuits

Fedora

For a festival or day at the beach, make sure your skin is protected under a large fedora hat. Choose a colour which complements your playsuit, or stick with tan or black since it’s so versatile.

How To Style Graphic Playsuits

Statement sunglasses

Who has time to be subtle in a graphic playsuit or romper? Finish off your look with a pair of look-at-me sunglasses which will also keep the sun from your eyes!

How To Style Graphic Playsuits

Arm candy

Don’t forget to finish off your summer look with a few bracelets and bangles on each arm. Feel free to wear your watch, beaded bracelets or anything which makes your standard outfit pop.

How To Style Graphic Playsuits

Sneakers

For more of a day-time look, complete the outfit with a pair of comfy sneakers. They are perfect if you’re exploring a new city, and you need to keep comfortable for long hours at a time.

How To Style Graphic Playsuits

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5 Quirky Housewarming Gifts

Celebrate a housewarming party in style with some of the best (and non-cliché gifts) we could source from the internet. If you’re looking for something personalised and one-of-a-kind, online stores such as Etsy and Not From The High Street are always a good place for inspiration.

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Kitchen utensils

This funky ‘I could eat a horse’ spaghetti measure by Stefan Petur is one of the cutest kitchen gadgets we’ve ever seen. It provides you with an estimate of how much pasta is ideal for children, couples, or the entire family.

5 Quirky Housewarming Gifts

Tea towels

Purchase a set of personalised tea towels which will surely be used around the kitchen. Who ever said that dad jokes were a bad thing?

5 Quirky Housewarming Gifts

Snoop Dogg is good, but Michael Jackson is better! What do you think of these kitchen tea towels?

5 Quirky Housewarming Gifts

Book ends

Keep all your books and magazines looking neat and tidy with the help of some stylish book ends. These are ideal for someone who cannot get enough of cute pugs!

5 Quirky Housewarming Gifts

Wine

Relax and get the party started with a bottle of wine for all your guests. Personalise the label with a little help from Etsy, or just write a cute letter which everyone is sure to love.

5 Quirky Housewarming Gifts

Wall pockets

If all else fails, this cute gift is sure to be loved by everyone – even the kids! Plant your favourite herbs in these little pockets and watch them grow. They are ideal for apartments or smaller houses with no access to a garden.

5 Quirky Housewarming Gifts

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7 Foods To Beat The Bloat

Feeling bloated even when it’s not that time of the month? It is probably due to the food you’re eating on a daily or weekly basis. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative this summer, try the following foods which are proven to beat the bloat.

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Parsley

Who knew that parsley could be so good for a bloated belly? Enjoy some of this fresh herb in your salad, sandwich or even a healthy quiche to enjoy its diuretic benefits.

7 Foods To Beat The Bloat

Water

Stick to the standard 8 glasses of water each day to help flush out those toxins from your kidneys. You can also enjoy a cup of green tea to help de-bloat your belly after a filling meal.

7 Foods To Beat The Bloat

Pineapple

Enjoy a pineapple and papaya tropical salad to help break down the food in your body. These fruits are packed with enzymes to help aid digestion, and also keep your body looking trim and healthy.

7 Foods To Beat The Bloat

Peppermint tea

A warm cup of peppermint tea is another great way to kick-off your metabolism after lunch or dinner. It helps to relax your muscles, and breaks down gas.

7 Foods To Beat The Bloat

Probiotic yoghurt

Treat yourself to a few scoops of probiotic yoghurt with fruits to decrease gas after a filling meal. Yoghurt is also packed with good bacteria which will settle an upset stomach.

7 Foods To Beat The Bloat

Brown rice

Swap the white rice for brown rice which are rich in fibre and won’t have your body feeling too congested.

7 Foods To Beat The Bloat

Fresh vegetables

Most fresh vegetables are packed with digestive enzymes to help combat against a bloated stomach. A fresh summer salad is a lightweight meal option which won’t leave you unbuttoning your pants soon afterwards!

7 Foods To Beat The Bloat

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Beauty Hack: What Is Multimasking?

The beauty community is buzzing about one of the newest skincare trends – multimasking. Similar to clown-contouring, this skincare trend is all about layering your masks, creams and sheets all at once. The result? It might look a little ridiculous at first, but it’s the best way to maximise on time and target your problem areas at once.

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Where to start? Here are some of the best ways to make the most of multimasking and pave the way to clear skin!

T-zone

The t-zone is usually a problem area that all women suffer from, regardless of age and skin tone. It can be too oily, too dry, dehydrated and the occasional blackhead will sometimes call it home.

What to use: A mask with salicylic acid that dissolves bacteria and leaves your skin feeling healthy and clear.

Beauty Hack: What Is Multimasking?

Cheeks and chin

You might want to be a little more gentle on these areas since they are prone to some of the worst breakouts. Use fragrance-free products that will feed your skin and help to kill the surrounding bacteria.

What to use: Sheet masks are always a great way to hydrate the skin if you have some extra time on your hands. If you’re looking for a quick-fix, peptides and products with vitamin C will leave your skin with a healthy glow.

Beauty Hack: What Is Multimasking?

Eyes

Decrease black circles around your eyes by using a highly concentrated serum or eye cream that is deeply hydrating. Serums can be applied as a spot treatment or used overnight to quench the skin and put a halt to dry patches.

What to use: Small doses of retinol are best to combat fine lines and dark circles.

Beauty Hack: What Is Multimasking?

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5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Looking for a way to beat 3:30itis without snacking on everything in the pantry? We are sharing some of the tastiest vegan snacks even the kids would enjoy! Simply prepare them the night before and pack in an air-tight container if you’re on-the-go.

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No-bake bites

Prepare these healthy energy balls made from oatmeal, coconut flakes, peanut butter, flax seed, cocoa, honey, chia seeds and vanilla extract. Let them cool in the fridge overnight, then serve!

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Zucchini chips

Indulge in a handful of healthy zucchini chips the next time you want something healthy to snack on. Add some chilli flakes over the top if you like yours extra spicy!

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Tomato, mint and avocado bites

Take a 5 minute lunch break to enjoy these juice bites which are made from avocado, tomato and fresh mint. Drizzle some lemon juice over the top before serving.

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Salt and vinegar sweet potato chips

Or you can make these crispy sweet potato chips for the kids as a healthy snack for their school lunchbox. They only require 3 ingredients and no deep-fryer!

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Blueberry bars

We’ve definitely saved the best until last! These raw vegan bars are made from fresh blueberries, a nutty base and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or even a sneaky afternoon snack.

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

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RACHELALEX Spring Racing Must-Haves

Who else is looking for items to add to their summer wardrobe? Australian fashion brand RACHELALEX has just released their new lookbook and we’re already lusting over the pieces (and how to wear them for the upcoming summer).

Created by sisters Rachel and Alex, the collection has a strong focus on occasion wear and is perfect for Spring Racing and summer cocktail events, which are luckily just around the corner!

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Stuck on what to wear? We have picked some of our favourite pieces from the new collection, which is set to hit stores over the next few months.

Strapless dress

Make this special piece your spring racing outfit which is the perfect way to welcome the warmer weather. Wear with slicked-back locks or a classic updo with minimalist jewellery.

RachelAlex Resort Collection Must-Haves

Shirt dress

Every girl needs a shirt dress in their wardrobe and this one by RACHELALEX provides a fresh twist to an old classic. The three-quarter sleeves are perfect lengths for all occasions and are so flattering!

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

Crop top

A crop top is a summer essential since it’s so easy to style with almost anything. This vibrant blue colour in a navy pleated print makes for a stunning statement piece.

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

Spaghetti-strap dress

Don’t be alarmed, we have just found the perfect dress for spring racing season! This stunning dress is flattering for all skin tones and falls beautifully around the hips and waist.

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

Sleeveless dress

Finish off your spring/summer wardrobe with this stunning sleeveless dress. The colour is on-trend for the warmer weather and would look amazing with heels, flats, or anything in between.

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

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