The less is more approach can sometimes work wonders.
It’s time to lay those old makeup brushes to rest.
Is this real life or is this fantasy?
Repurposing products is the key.
We CAN NOT stop watching these videos.
Because ain’t nobody got time for touch-ups.
Why only wear one shade when you can wear all of them?
We want all of them.
If you’re thinking about giving your beauty bag a makeover, these product gems are a must.
The UK cosmetics industry is worth an estimated £4.5 billion but an article in the Daily Mail shows that added toxic ingredients present in some forms of make up can cause danger. Although the UK Government regulates these products there are always loopholes that can be exploited. Here are ten chemicals and products to avoid.
1. Dying your hair
Latex Gloves from Brosch Direct are an excellent way to protect your hands when using hair dyes and other chemicals, but they don’t stop your scalp from being damaged during the dying process. Although hair products have changed drastically over the years there are still certain compounds such as coal-tar, which can cause bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
2. Aluminium pigments
Most skin care products are safe; mascara, eye shadow and eye pencils all contain aluminium powder, which can lead to neurotoxicity and cancer. There is a misconception that high cost and quality products are safe but these products are just as dangerous as their cheaper counterparts.
3. Sunscreens and vitamin A
Half of all sunscreens on the market contain an ingredient known as retinyl palmitate, or vitamin A palmitate. This chemical should not be put onto skin if you are going to be in direct sunlight, it is used in many night creams due to the fact that you can’t use it in daylight. If you use a sunscreen with this additive you can develop tumours.
4. Perfumes and fragrances
Any product that has the word fragrant on the advertising is probably not going to be good for your skin. Some alcohols used in the manufacture of perfumes have been known to cause hormone disruption and allergic reactions.
5. Propylene glycol
This clear odourless, tasteless liquid is used in food and cosmetics and is classed as safe, but it can cause brain, liver and kidney disorders if used incorrectly or regularly. When used in the chemical industry as revealed on the mindbodygreen website it is treated with great care by the people working with it.
6. Benzoyl peroxides and acne
Acne can be a horrendous problem for the young and old but most creams contain the chemical benzoyl peroxide which can cause cancers and also become a skin irritant.
7. Teeth cleaning
Brushing your teeth twice a day or maybe more should be a safe process but the toothpaste itself contains a chemical called triclosan which is linked to cancer cell growth and can cause damage to the gums and premature births if used long term.
8. Hair straightening
Some people prefer straight hair others curly; if you are using chemical hair straightening products you may not realise the damage you are doing to your hair and also your body. These products contain keratin which can cause nerve, chest pain and rashes.
9. Green isn’t always safe
Some so-called green products can still contain harmful chemicals such as chlorphenesin and neurotoxin. When buying cosmetics even reading the label won’t give you all the information you need. Some chemicals are left out.
All of us use some form of anti-perspirant and don’t realise the possible dangers of the aluminium salts that are present which can cause of breast cancer and skin irritation.
It should come as no surprise that styling your hair with heat – straightening irons in particular – can potentially damage it. But what happens when you straighten your hair everyday?
A third of all women own a hair straightener to smooth down unruly hairs, but the hair-raising facts behind using a straightener might make you think twice before reaching for your heated tongs.
Brace yourself ladies, because yes, your hair straightener can cause some serious breakage that could potentially lead to your tresses falling out!
According to Dr. Tim Moore, Chief Technical Officer at ghd’s Research and Development Facility in Cambridge, “A lot of irons on the market have temperature dials up to 230 degrees, which is very bad for hair… it literally melts it.”
Consistently styling your hair at these high temperatures can change the colour of your hair permanently and dramatically reduce its ‘tensile strength’ – meaning that your hair strands will break halfway and then fall out. So basically, all that hair breakage that’s living in your brush is actually avoidable. But before you freak out and think you have to toss your beloved hair straightener, you can still use it, just on a lower heat setting.
When it comes to overheating, women with thick or curly hair tend to be the worst culprits. It’s a common misconception that going hotter will wield better results, when in fact more pressure will see your hair flattening a lot better than pumping up the heat.
“This is a physics thing – there’s a difference between temperature and heat,” explains Dr Moore. “When you’ve got really thick hair, you need to pump in more energy, but you don’t need any more temperature.”For the best results, use a straightener that responds quickly but maintains a consistent heat level.
The worst thing you can do for your hair is straightening it while it’s still wet or damp. You know that cringe worthy sizzling sound you hear when you clamp down on damp hair? That’s not supposed to happen.
“The temperature at which damage to your hair occurs actually drops with wetness. The glass transition phase temperature does the same thing. So for instance, if hair is 50 per cent wet, the temperature at which you can damage it has dropped to around about 100 degrees celcius,” he explains.
“So if you put a styler, even one of ours at 185 degrees, onto wet hair you’ll cause considerable damage. Essentially, water in the hair is suddenly expanding, it’s basically exploding the hair.”
He also warns that although some hair straightener available claim to work from wet to dry – this technology doesn’t actually exist. You should always ensure your hair is completely dry before exposing it to any heat based styling.
To try an overcome the damaging effects of hair straightening, deep conditioning treatment, or simple hair TLC can make a difference. When you wash your hair, leave your conditioner in for 5-minutes so your locks can soak in the extra moisture. Although, once you damage your hair too much, the only way to repair it is to grow it out entirely.
As much as we might want to – it’s probably best to air on the side of caution when it comes to using heated products.
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We all know sticking to a beauty regimen can wreak havoc on our bank accounts, not to mention a lot of those costly products are filled with chemicals that do god only knows what. But, us mere mortals can finally rejoice because household beauty hacks can save us some serious time and money!
From apple cider vinegar to coffee filters, using everyday products, we can spruce up our regular beauty routines and liven up our hair and skin with little to no effort on our behalf.
We’ve all been having the benefits of coconut oil drummed into us, but did you know that it works wonders to soften your hair and save split ends, without giving them the cut. Using it as a conditioning treatment softens the look of split ends when it’s dry and helps add moisture to your hair before you wash it. Washing your hair strips it of its essential oils, so it’s important for us to replace them. Pure coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, so you can expect your hair to look healthy, shiny, and hydrated.
Use a homemade salt spray to create texture
Soda water and a teaspoon of salt is all you need to get that gorgeous post-beach look all year-round. Mix 600ml of the soda water with a teaspoon of rock salt in a spray bottle to make your own ocean spritz at home.
Lemon and sugar facial scrubs
Fashion blogger Zanita swears by this! All you have to do is mix lemon juice with caster sugar until you achieve a scrub consistency. It works to de-clog your pores and leaves your skin looking bright and fresh. Plus, for an added bonus it helps to clear pimple prone skin.
Apple cider vinegar that doubles as toner
Yes ladies, this is true and it works! Apple cider vinegar is a putrefying agent and acts as an astringent. So you can use it as toner and to fend of nasty breakouts or acne.
Blot your face with coffee filters
These are actually made from similar ingredients as blotting paper – but are a lot cheaper! Just stash them away and get blotting when you need to reduce shine.
De-puff your eyes with green tea
Green tea bags quickly de-puffs and tightens your under eye area. Applying cold caffeine based products under your eyes for five-to-six minutes can work wonders on tired, droopy eyes and serve as an instant pick-me-up.
Listerine and vinegar foot scrub
This at home foot treatment gently removes the dead skin from your feet, particularly the nasty hard skin that has a habit of forming on our heels. Mix the following ingredients together in a bucket and then soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.
1/4 cup of antiseptic mouthwash (Avoid blue as it can stain your skin).
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup of warm water
Use plain yoghurt on burns
You’re casually straightening your hair, or adding some volume with your favourite curling iron, when you slip up and burn your ear. Ouch! But instead of spending the rest of the day complaining about your burn, try soothing it with some plain yoghurt. Immediately after you scorch yourself, apply it thickly over the surface of your burn and leave it for approximately 10 minutes. Yoghurt contains a lot of natural probiotics so it helps to restore your skins natural barrier.
Wash your face with olive oil
You’re probably thinking who the hell in their right mind would was their face with oil? Well, it’s more effective than you may think! The oil acts as a magnet for the oil in your skin and pores, it draws the oil out and leaves with you with softer skin and an extra glow.
Use sticky tape for perfect eyeliner application
Nail the tail of your smoking cat-eye look every time by placing some clear sticky tape in line with the end of your brow you can get a perfect flick by tracing your upper lash line along the edge of the tape. It’s that easy!
You can finally quit wasting hours standing in the beauty aisles at your local supermarket, everything you need is already in your cupboards.
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Human beings are the most destructive creatures on the planet. We pollute our environment, we hurt each other, we start wars, and we leave derelict ugly buildings in every town in the world. Strangely, for a species that has rational thought, we also hurt ourselves, by mistake or by intention. Those actions limit our lives and sometimes reduce them in numerous ways – here are eight of the most common.
When it comes to calorie consumption no nation does it quite like the US, but according to a recent study British residents scoff an average of 3440 calories a day – well above the recommended intake. A poor diet combined with a lack of exercise is an accident waiting to happen for well being, and also affects a person’s confidence and social life. Obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and numerous other life-shortening effects are the by-products to gluttony and lethargy.
Lack of sleep
Poor sleeping can also lead to serious health problems, and there are numerous other possibilities – such as forgetfulness or accidents – that might have dire consequences. A consistent lack of sleep will cause your body to release more cortisol, a hormone associated with stress that damages the skin and makes you look older.
Where to start? A little wine or beer every day won’t hurt, but anything over 2-3 units per day (3-4 for men), equating to a standard glass of wine or pint of beer respectively, can damage internal organs and the nervous system. It’s also been linked with a decline in IQ and possible early onset of dementia.
Smoking 20 packets of poisonous chemicals a day will wreck your lungs and heart, and leave you with numerous symptoms of ageing such as dry, yellow skin, and bad teeth. Moderation, and combining smoking with vaping through Phoenix e-cig batteries, e-liquids and starter packs, will help.
We’ve already looked at how the stress hormone cortisol can affect the human body. While small increases do also have some benefits (preparing us for action, lower sensitivity to pain), long spells of anger or worry can impair cognitive function and send blood pressure rocketing.
Exposing ourselves to illness/pollution
Much of the human environment, particularly industrial or urban areas, is not conducive to long health – so why do so few people wear masks or protect themselves? As evidence, London’s air quality is the filthiest in Europe and a planned Heathrow expansion which could cost the UK £300m in fines from the EU, could only make it worse.
Drinking excessive tea and coffee
There is contradictory evidence on the consumption of several cups of tea and coffee. What is true is that at least some studies have shown desperate negative effects, from headaches and depression to high blood pressure and early death according to Mayo Clinic.
Lack of mental stimulation
Mundane work, boredom, and a lack of new experiences and mental tests can be deadly. Puzzles and reading increase the flow of blood to the brain, and promote and increase in protective chemicals. There’s also significant evidence that problem solving can lessen the risk of dementia. Think again when you pass through a day where you feel you haven’t learned anything.
What a beauty! Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10, with these super-luxe, unique and hard-to-find brands from around the world via top, new beauty e-tailer, Lulu and Lipstick. With these varied and beautiful gift ideas, there’s bound to be something perfect here for even the fussiest mum. She’ll love you for it…
- Lulu and Lipstick She is Adored Gift Set, $70: This gorgeous gift set is a must-have for mums who love a little luxury. And who doesn’t, right? It contains a 72 per cent organic Olivine Atelier Body Lotion; a Love + Roses Beauty Mist – a divine blend of natural anti-aging beautifiers, essential oils, sacred flower essences and waters used to soften the skin and hair; and a Lulu and Lipstick Limited Edition Lilac Powder Brush to give you a flawless finish. Love!
- Sara Happ Confetti Cake Gift Set, $55: Treat your beloved mum to some lip-smacking dessert that’s almost-good-enough to eat with this divine lip care gift set. It features the brand’s much-loved, The Lip Scrub, blended with sugar crystals to exfoliate dry flaky skin and The Lip Slip, which contains rich ingredients to keep her lips hydrated. Warning: you may still need to take your mum out for actual dessert she can eat afterwards.
- Alpha-H Beauty By Day By Night Gift Set, $59.95: Help your mum to achieve that coveted holiday glow with this three-piece skincare collection. This popular luxury beauty brand is said to combine the latest in peptide technology, glycolic acid and active ingredients to restore a youthful glow. The set contains a Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear for a fresh, dewy and flawless complexion; The Liquid Gold Intensive Night RepairSerum to restore suppleness and elasticity; and the velvety Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream, which is said to rejuvenate dull skin.
- Simplicite ‘Simply Essential’ Gift Set, $110: Simplicite’s medicinal-quality, plant-based skin saviours will help your mum to look and feel her best. This gift set includes the Plant Gel Cleanser, Hydrating Floral Toning Lotion, Results Lift Gel and the Damask Rose Dry Crème – all handmade in Australia with 100 per cent natural ingredients.
- Lulu and Lipstick Kisses with Love Gift Set, $60: Does your mum adore her pink lippies? Chances are then that she’ll love this pretty gift set which includes two fabulous, new Pink Holiday lipsticks: Lunch at 21, a beautiful baby-pink shade and Honeymoon in Rome, a deep blush shade, plus a Lulu and Lipstick Limited Edition Lilac Powder Brush for a flawless finish. Pink Holiday’s creamy formula offers highly pigmented, full-coverage colour for a luxe, long-wearing look.
- Lit Cosmetics Mini Me Kit in Champagne Wishes, $29.95: Give your mum’s eye make-up an added touch of magic with this kit. With a pot of loose gold glitter and a liquid base which can adhere glitter to any surface, this kit gives her the ability to add a hint of sparkle, at will. And what woman doesn’t want that?
- Olivine Atelier Love + Salt Beach Hair and Body Mist, $25: Want divine beach waves, straight out of Vogue? Gift your mum this vegan, volume-enhancing mist she can also spray all over her body for beautifully hydrated skin thanks to its “good” hydrating salts like Himalayan Pink Salt! Love + Salt is 100 per cent natural, vegan, cruelty free and eco-friendly.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express Starter Brow Kit, $70: All good beauty begins with brows, so gift your mum this awesome kit from the world-famous authority on the topic, Anastasia Soare. If it’s good enough for Oprah, it may just be good enough for your mum. The kit contains essential tools to help her create and maintain perfectly-shaped, beautiful brows on her own, or in-between salon appointments.
- Louvelle Dahlia Turban Shower Cap in marrakesh mauve, $40: There’s nothing worse than ruining a perfect hair day when you take a bath or shower, and/or are applying make-up. Louvelle’s Dahlia Turban Shower Cap is the answer: created with stretch, quick-drying fabric, it will keep your mum’s blow dry looking fab at all times. You’re eseentially giving her the gift of looking chic, even when she’s in the shower.
- Sara Happ The Nude Slip: One Luxe Gloss, $33: This delectable, neutral lip gloss is sure to prove a hit with your mum; it will help keep her pout hydrated and sparkling all-day long. Heralded as the only lip gloss you’ll ever need, this top-selling beauty can be worn for a tint during the day, or keep it on all night for a moisture treatment.
It’s never too early to start shopping for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10.
Here are our top decadent, divine and luxurious picks from beauty land with which to pamper your beloved mum. After all, there’s no better time than Mother’s Day to honour your mum; motherhood; maternal bonds; and the great and important influence of mothers on our society. Here’s hoping these fabulous gifts put a smile on her dial; crack the champagne too, baby!
Lip saviour: This beauty is for a good cause: Issada Cosmetics is partnering with the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation on a charity campaign which will include the launch of a Limited Edition Issada Gallipoli Poppy Lipstick, to help raise funds and awareness for victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and their families. The Brisbane boutique mineral makeup brand is also donating a percentage of their Poppy lipstick sales to support the PTSD research. For stockists phone (07) 3904 2288 or visit Issada Cosmetics.
Gallipoli Poppy, $42
A top bird: I’m in love with this amazing, new offering from Glasshouse Fragrances, the charity Birds of a Feather Pink Sorbet Candle, and I reckon your mum will love it too. This stunning, pink, triple-scented candle is a limited-edition launch for Mother’s Day in partnership with The McGrath Foundation.
This means that while your mum is enjoying its sumptuous, summery blend of grapefruit, lemon and watermelon, five per cent of every sale is directed to the McGrath Foundation to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia. Find it at selected department stores and online now.
Birds of a Feather Pink Sorbet Candle, $42.95
Sweet music: The first scent in the latest Song Collection by industry maverick Chantal Roos and daughter Alexandra’s fragrance house Dear Rose, Song For A Queen is said to be a rich harmony of heliotrope, osmanthus and white musk notes. With top notes of bergamot and jasmine, it comes in a luxurious and elegant black glass flacon. Song For A Queen EDP can be found via Libertine Parfumerie, as well as other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Song For A Queen EDP 100ml, $340
Face off: This Jurlique Indulgent Face Care Gift Set is sure to help make your mum feel a million bucks. The gorgeous botanical rose gift set features three items for well-rounded face care: a moisturising rose face treatment oil, a soft rose lip balm and a fresh, rosewater balancing mist. And if you need a reason to buy your mum Jurlique, the beauty brand is all about the purest skincare products available based on the healing properties of nature. What’s not to love? Find it at David Jones.
Jurlique Indulgent Face Care Gift Set, $110
Set, game, match: You’ll get your mum good bang for your buck with this stunning Mother’s Day Lancome La Vie Est Belle EDP and Lip Gloss Set. La Vie Est Belle introduces a new olfactive story, the first ever iris gourmand. The juice is made with the most precious natural ingredients, a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance with a twist of gourmand. And to top it all off, your adored mum gets three gorgeous, mini Gloss in Love Lip Glosses. Find it at David Jones.
Lancome La Vie Est Belle EDP and Lip Gloss Set, $192
Two for one: Gift yourself and your mum this Mother’s Day with these beautiful gift sets from Circa Home. Available in two top-selling fragrances, you can choose from the 1961 Jasmine & Magnolia or the 1998 Mango & Papaya. Each gift set contains a classic candle, hand wash and complimentary miniature 1981 Neroli & Vanilla Candle.
1961 Jasmine & Magnolia or 1998 Mango & Papaya, $49.90
London calling: English perfume house Penhaligon’s has introduced The Trade Routes Collection, inspired by the luxurious and decadent commodities, which were traded through London’s historic docks at the turn of the 19th century.
Feminine and fruity, Empressa EDP, 100ml, includes top notes of blood orange, mandarin and bergamot, while its floral heart is lustrous with the dusky pinks and soft whites of rose and neroli. And the packaging is equally gorgeous too, in unique luxury boxes. Find it via Libertine Parfumerie, as well as other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Empressa EDP 100ml, $279
Flower power: There’s something so lovely about a candle gift; it offers relaxation, ambience and a beautiful scent. Gift your mum Glasshouse Fragrances’ fabulous, new Santorini Blue Jasmine & Hedera Triple-Scented Candle. Your mum can unleash her inner Greek goddess with an ethereal mix of sweet blue jasmine draped in cool, refreshing ivy. With top notes of bergamot and orange peel, this floral fragrance is a winner. Find it via Glasshouse Fragrances and selected boutiques.
Santorini Blue Jasmine & Hedera Triple-Scented Candle, $39.95
High-end makeup might not be a reality for most of us on a daily basis, but sometimes it’s nice to splurge on a luxury product every now and then.
Rather than taking a leap of faith and buying anything in sight, we have compiled our list of the top ten tried and tested luxury products which are worth every cent.
A creamy, pigmented lipstick is a must-have in every girl’s makeup collection, especially a bright red or burgundy shade for those special events. Givenchy has a large collection of matte lip colours which look and feel luxurious (with leather packaging) and will last you for years to come.
Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick – 304 Mandarin Bolero, $63
Keep that skin looking sun-kissed all year round with a shimmering, lightweight bronzer. Rather than some drugstore formulas which are heavy and difficult to blend, Chanel have made the perfect cream bronzer which melts seamlessly into the skin.
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, $67
Every woman needs a luxury eyeshadow quad which boasts at least one shimmery shade for a special event, and Charlotte Tilbury certainly doesn’t disappoint. The Dolce Vita palette comes with 4 matte and 1 shimmery shades and shows you exactly how to use them.
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Colour Coded Eyeshadow The Dolce Vita, $74.48
A good highlighting shade is a must-have since it creates a subtle glow without making your skin look too greasy. Hourglass are renowned for their collection of shimmery highlighters, which glide on easily and last for ages.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, $59
If you’re not the type of girl who wants to splurge on a product to never use it, then a sheer, everyday lipstick is just for you. The sheer lip colours by Tom Ford are available in a multitude of colours and give a glow to your everyday appearance. The packaging is also super-luxurious and feels amazing!
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer, $68
A flawless foundation for those special events such as a wedding or graduation is a must-have, especially one which doesn’t leave a white caste. The Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani comes in over 12 shades to suit your skin-tone, and is suitable for all skin types.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $92
The secret to larger, luscious lips all comes down to a killer lip liner, namely, one by Charlotte Tilbury. The creamy formula glides seamlessly and gives your lips a natural look for all occasions.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, $31.72
Give your lashes a boost of volume with a concentrated formula by YSL. The mascara boasts a clump-free formula which lengthens your lashes without the use of falsies.
YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis Shocking, $55
Prep your base with a light-reflecting primer which offers maximum protection and also boasts some serious skin-loving benefits. The Veil Mineral Primer is oil-free and creates a porcelain-smooth complexion for all skin types.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, $96
A bronze and blush duo, which is just too cute to handle (see below), adds the finishing touches to any makeup look. Combine the colours for a sun-kissed glow, or just use the corner for more of a concentrated finish.
Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer, $46
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The big chill’s coming, baby, and with it a plethora of fab, new autumn/winter beauty products to love, on-counter now. It’s time to embrace your dark side with sexy, new, heavier fragrances and makeup in these gorgeous, darker hues. You’ll also need some TLC in the colder weather, so it’s an ideal time to invest in some lush body-care products. These are a few of my favourite things!
Go for gold: Soccer star and doting dad, David Beckham, has never looked hotter. His secret? It’s allegedly Instinct Gold Edition, which was recently launched to celebrate 10 years of the sexy men’s fragrance. This limited-edition fragrance is said to capture “the elegance, style and modern masculinity that is synonymous with David himself,” according to the PR, so you might want to get it for your man, girlfriend!
The new fragrance is a classic fougère, blending an instant flash of freshness with a vibrant heart. Dynamic and masculine, Instinct Gold Edition has an invigorating blend of lemon and bergamot oil. David Beckham Instinct Gold Edition Eau de Toilette, 50ml, is $39 at leading department stores.
Pure velvet: Rimmel has launched a new era of matte colour with the launch of Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet and Velvet Matte Nail Collection. This means ‘the London look’ just got sassier. The Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet, $15.95, has a new, mousse-like texture which is said to quickly set to a unique velvety matte finish with a flattering soft-focus effect. It comes in a powerful palette of four volcanic shades from rose through to a zesty orange.
Meanwhile, the Velvet Matte Nail Collection, $8.95, has some of the most opulent jewel shades of the season. I love them! These fashion-forward nails are the business, ladies – no top coat needed. Choose from slate grey, purply red, dark cobalt or inky black. Put it in your diary, ladies: these babies will be on-counter from March.
Killer moves: There’s not a pop star alive, at the top of her game, who doesn’t have her own fragrance. So, try Killer Queen’s Spring Reign by Katy Perry for something different this autumn. The fourth fragrance to join Katy Perry’s royal fragrance family, Spring Reign is a fresh and fruity floral featuring notes of pink freesia, may flower rose and violet petals. Housed in a pretty jewel-shaped bottle, Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign Eau de Parfum, 100ml, is available for $69.
Flower power: Waterlily Skin Body Spa, a new, luxury skin and body-care brand formulated with the purest botanical ingredients, will help save your skin this autumn. The Waterlily collection features a vast selection of daily cleansers, hydrating toners, smoothing exfoliants, rich mineral masques, performance serums, moisturisers, eye treatments and lip and blemish repair, all formulated with the highest quality aromaceutical essential oils and exotic infusions.
My top pick is the Pink Frangipani Collection, which has lashings of exotic frangipani absolute coupled with neroli blossom and sweet orange rind to promote beautifully rejuvenated skin. The Pink Frangipani Collection Body Wash is $37; Body polish is $50.50; Infused Salt Glow is $59; Body Balm is $53; and the Pink Frangipani and Pineapple Hand & Body Créme is $49.50.
The NYC nail trends forecast for 2015 is hot, hot, hot! In the lead-up to New York Fashion Week 2015, from February 12-19, celebrity nail artists have been hard at work backstage fine-tuning their handiwork on the plethora of new nail trends for 2015.
Here, Nicole Lee, co-founder of NYC-based cosmetic brand LAQA & Co. Cosmetics gives SHESAID readers the low-down on what varnishes we need to buy now to stay on-trend.
“This year we’ll be seeing sweet pastels, metallic hues, clean whites and the new favourite, negative space: graphic polish designs that show a little bit of naked nail,” Nicole says. “We’ve also seen huge requests for subtle spring sparkles, a classic white with a touch of gold.”
Top 3 hot US nail brands you need now:
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Created with the editorial manicurist in mind, the NYC brand’s Nail Lacquer range is densely pigmented, quick-drying and super long-lasting. The result is lots of colour using very little product, for nails that are camera-ready just moments after application. Best of all, the OCC range is 100 per cent vegan and cruelty free.
Top picks include Pool Boy, $24, an opaque turquoise, which is akin to a summer holiday in a bottle. Cheaper than a plane ticket, spoil yourself with this adventurous blue!Next up, Black Metal Dahlia, $24, is perfect for a powerful handshake. This red demands attention and is pretty, deep and long-lasting.
- Lime Crime: Founded by make-up renegades from Los Angeles, Lime Crime is committed to producing the most kick-arse, true-to-colour, cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics possible.
Top picks include Milky Ways, $15, a glam, creamy, vanilla splash of white. This is effortless chic for off-duty glam.
Next up, Parfait Day, $15, is a delicious candy-sweet pink akin to a strawberry milkshake. This baby is perfect with the “bambi eyes” trend and a nude lip.
- LAQA & Co.: This NYC-based cosmetic brand aims to deliver convenient products with an effortless, professional result. Packaged in unique artwork by young, emerging artists, these babies are precious, little pieces of art with a percentage of every product purchased contributed towards the artists themselves to further their potential.Top picks include the Gold Fleck + Pink Manicure Duo, $22, a double-ended polish pen with random-cut gold fleck. Simply brush over touch-dry nails for the latest nail trend. Love!Next up, check out pretty melon shade Tweedledee Nail Polish, $18, an awesome shade perfect for pool parties, cocktail hour and the list goes on.Finally, the fabulously named, Ankle Biter Nail Polish, $18, (pictured) is worthy of attention for its divine, rose-gold hue.
All nail brands are available for sale at Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.
While we are already familiar with BB, CC, and even DD, the EE cream is sure to change the face of makeup and skincare as we know it.
Formulated by Estée Lauder, the miracle cream stands for Enlighten Even Effect which helps skin in a variety of different ways, and aims to decrease the amount of unnecessary products you buy each year.
What does it do?
EE creams help to diminish the appearance of common fine lines around the face, while also acting as a neutral barrier for clear, healthy skin. The lightweight formula boasts an SPF of 30, which is perfect if you need something quick and easy to apply before heading out the door.
Just like a CC cream, it aims to correct uneven skin tones with a light coverage finish which feels like wearing no makeup at all. Apply generously onto problem areas such as the t-zone, chin, and cheeks for an instant glow without a cakey finish.
Who can use a EE cream?
There is no age limit when it comes to taking care of your skin, and the EE cream certainly does not discriminate. The formula is gentle enough to use on any skin type, and won’t disrupt your skincare routine – rather, it enhances it! Use over a nourishing moisturiser or skin primer for best results, and remember to blend into your neck and hairline so it looks like your own skin!
How does it compare to other creams on the market?
Rather than focusing on just one main skincare issue, the EE cream comes with a string of different benefits if you decide to take the plunge.
Colour corrector: Create an even base by using an EE cream on clean skin to cover hyperpigmentation spots and uneven skin tone. Apply generously onto these areas, and let the product soak into the skin before proceeding with cosmetics.
Moisturiser: Almost all beauty creams come with an added SPF which is an essential in protecting skin on a day-to-day basis. Don’t worry about that subtle sheen which most products have; the EE cream is light and creamy without creating any additional shine on oily skin.
Primer: Use as a primer to prep the skin for other makeup or cosmetics. If you need your makeup to last the distance, follow-up with a solid cleansing routine which will create a flawless base.
EE creams are designed to be used in a variety of ways, so you can cut down the cost on your other products!
Where can I try an EE cream?
If you are unsure about your first EE cream, ask for a sample the next time you’re at the beauty counter. Another alternative is using a few inexpensive products from the drugstore which will give your skin a sense of what the EE cream is like. Some of our cheap and cheerful favourites include:
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Who said the drugstore couldn’t dish out some amazing products for clear, smooth skin? Make the most of your money, and invest in some affordable skin-loving products which won’t break the bank!
Nuxe Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.99
A luxurious product packed with skin-loving nutrients to repair damaged and dry lips. The subtle grapefruit, lemon, and honey fragrance makes the perfect lip balm which can be applied at any time of day.
La Roche-Posay Thermal Water, $9.99
Just one spray of thermal water restores the pH levels in your skin, and is perfect for combating redness and inflammation. Use as a gentle toner to prep skin for makeup and moisturiser, or simply as a touch-up throughout the day.
Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, $9.74
Use on your face and neck every night to nourish skin, and keep everything hydrated as you sleep. The rich formula is packed with vitamins and natural lotus extract to keep skin smooth and supple.
Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner, $9.99
An alcohol-free formula which tones skin, and minimises pores without additional irritation. Best for hot days, long flights, or simply used to cool tired and dry skin.
Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream, $15.99
A rich formula which is soothes dry skin, and helps to heal redness or acne sores. Fragrance-free which is perfect for those who suffer from sensitive skin.
Puretopia Instant Moisture Skin Quenching Protecting SPF15, $10.49
The lightweight formula makes it easy to apply a generous amount of SPF for maximum protection against the sun. Use under your foundation without fear of creating a dreadful white cast on your face.
Antipodes Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream, $19.99
Treat your hands to a luxurious cream which locks in moisture, and helps even sensitive skin.
PanOxyl Acne Gel 10, $12.99
Apply just a tiny bit of the formula onto a cotton bud then concentrate on irritable acne spots to heal them in just a matter of hours. Make sure you remove the product well – follow up with a gentle cleanser and moisturiser to keep skin clean.
Garner Micellar Cleansing Water, $11.99
An alternative to makeup wipes, use this gentle water to remove your makeup and clean skin without needing to rinse. Apply onto a cotton pad, and smooth over skin for best results.
Milk & Co by Lindy Klim Face Cleanser, $16.99
Cleanse your skin and remove your makeup with this lightweight cleansing gel. Simply let it foam up, and apply onto your face and neck. Then wash off with tepid water, and pat your face dry with a towel.
Yes To Tomatoes Acne Spot Stick, $14.95
Use on your blemishes to safely reduce redness and scarring before going to bed. The gentle formula contains salicylic acid which helps to break down acne and blackheads instantly.
ModelCo Rosehip + Luxury Facial Oil Hydrate & Balance, $13.99
Packed with skin-loving antioxidants, use just 3 drops on your entire face to lock-in moisture and hydration. Free from synthetic ingredients, harmful chemicals, and parabens.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream, $10.39
A gentle, hydrating cream which soothes the under-eye area without irritating the skins pH levels. Use around the entire eye area both day and night for best results.
QV Intensive Body Moisturiser, $8.49
If you suffer from dry hands during the winter, then this is your lifesaver! QV have an extra rich formula for people suffering from extremely dry hands and legs. The clear gel is fragrance-free, and sinks into the skin almost instantly.
Natio Facial Cleansing Gel, $16.95
Ideal for all skin types, wash your face every morning and night with a gentle cleansing gel. It removes impurities such as bacteria and makeup without leaving skin feeling dry.
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, $11.24
Treat your dry cuticles with a nourishing cream before painting your nails. The quick-drying formula is perfect if you’re on-the-go, and leaves nails looking bright and soft.
Puretopia Refresh & Balance Hydrating Soothing Mist & Toner, $10.49
A lightweight toner which features soothing aloe vera and witch hazel to purify skin in no-time. Just a quick spray over the face or into a cotton pad is the best way to use this product.
Swisspers Rosehip Rejuvenating Facial Cleansing Wipes, $6.29
A quick and easy way to remove makeup, and cleanse your skin all-in-one! The gentle rosehip oil formula soothes tired skin, and helps to hydrate dry patches or dehydrated areas.
Formula 10.0.6 Skin Clarifying Mud Mask, $8.99
Treat your skin to a luxury mud mask which minimises pores, and clears away blackheads in one motion. The sweet-smelling product is also perfect for all skin types.
Swisse Maracuja Face Oil, $19.99
The Marajuca passionfruit seed oil helps to brighten dull skin, and nourish any dry patches due to sun damage.
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