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The Dark Side: Top 5 Autumn/Winter Beauty Products

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 9, 2015

Beauty Etiquette 101: Make-up Application Dos and Don’ts

Should you pop a pimple on a train? Is it OK to re-apply make-up at work in full view of your colleagues? And what about applying a whole face of make-up on the bus?

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Beauty etiquette can be a minefield, especially given we’re all so time poor and rushing from one job to the next.
I myself am often guilty of hurriedly reapplying make-up in the car, while at a red-light, on the way to various tasks. Rush, rush, rush!
And, I have in the past, reapplied make-up at my desk many times without thinking it through as to whether it was offending anyone in my male-dominated workplace. So, should I have cared?
For expert beauty etiquette advice, I turned to Queensland’s etiquette queen, Jodie Bache-McLean. As Director of both June Dally-Watkins (JDW) and Dallys Model Management, Jodie (pictured) is well-schooled on good manners, deportment and grooming.

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Here’s what she had to say on these beauty etiquette dilemmas:

Q: Is it OK to reapply make-up at work? Are there any exceptions?

Wearing make-up is a personal preference; however in my opinion a professional woman should wear at least a minimum of a lipstick that suits your complexion. Research has proven that an essential part of being a well-groomed professional is wearing a little make-up, which will add to a powerful first impression.

If you wear make-up, it does need to be re-applied throughout the day. Depending on where you are positioned in your work environment, common sense would dictate if it is appropriate to reapply. For example, if you are the face of the company – the receptionist – I think it would be inappropriate to apply make-up while sitting on front desk.

Alternatively, if you see clients in face-to-face interactions, a quick touch-up and mirror check would be very appropriate. Remember: 55 per cent of your first impression is based on your appearance.

Q: What is the appropriate etiquette surrounding applying make-up on public transport?

I personally would not reapply make-up on public transport, one of the main reasons being: the stop-start of traffic can lead to many a catastrophe when applying lipstick!

I think you need to be mindful and courteous of your audience: a quick make-up touch-up is fine, on say a bus or train, but if you have to spread your full make-up kit out on the poor person sitting next to you, you’ve gone too far.

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Q: Why does applying make-up at work make some men feel uncomfortable and should businesswomen care?

I must admit I have never asked the question about whether or not men feel comfortable around a woman applying make-up in their presence. If we reversed the situation, how would we feel, if a man groomed his beard or shaved around us, what would our reaction be?

Make-up application is deemed a part of our overall grooming, however perhaps it is best saved for the privacy of our homes or the bathroom within our offices. I do feel a quick lipstick reapply at our desk is harmless and saves time, especially if we are running out the door to an appointment.

Q: Are there any strict beauty etiquette dos and don’ts you’d recommend?

Try to apply or reapply your make-up without an audience; pick your moment. I once witnessed a colleague reapply lipstick in a meeting: the implied message was that this person was disinterested in what was going on and was more focused on the lipstick being applied, and it did make a few of the gentlemen present uncomfortable.

I am an old-fashioned gal and believe that my grooming is my business, so I am happy to go to the bathroom or an area of privacy where I can touch up my make-up and then proceed to the meeting or the appointment feeling confident in my professional appearance.

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February 28, 2015

The Hot List: Luxury Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Spoil yourself, or add these highly covetable items to your wish list this Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 14. Flowers are so 2014. And who doesn’t love a little gift to self, or from a loved one? Of course, true love is the greatest gift of all. Happy V Day!

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Supermodel style: The new feminine and elegant Heidi Klum Intimates range is certainly causing a stir; knock his socks off in this stunning Valerie set featuring underwire bra, $119.95 (pictured at top), and suspender belt, $69.95, and thong, $54.95 (pictured). I’m loving the stunning eyelash lace mixed with silk and chiffon for a textural twist. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Sparkle and shine: Make your skin glow on Valentine’s Day date night with Bare Blossom’s divine mineral Body Shimmer Cream, $31.99. Available in three beautiful, shimmery shades of pink, gold and translucent, this baby will add a delicate sparkle to your skin. The added bonus is all Bare Blossom products are made from natural ingredients, are gluten-free and vegan. Visit www.bareblossom.com.au.

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Velvet goldmine: Perfect your complexion via Issada Cosmetics’s new Mineral Velvet Cream Foundation, $69. On-counter in February, the triple-whipped, mousse-like cream texture is said to give weightless, flawless coverage. The 12 shades are paraben-free, vegan, gluten-free and contain natural mineral sunscreen. Fun fact: each shade is named after a different international city, and in a nod to the brand’s heritage, there’s a shade called Brisbane. Cute. Visit www.issada.com.

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Edible blooms: I’m loving this adorable Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom 2-Tiered Cake Stand, reduced to $139. Have him serve you some sweet treats, or treat your lady friends this Valentine’s Day on this gorgeous, hand-drawn beauty, complete with an intricately detailed pattern featuring English and oriental flowers and butterflies. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Say I do: Love a pink lippy? Pink Holiday Lipsticks from NYC celebrate women’s love affair with pink. From soft pale to vibrant, high-energy pinks, there’s a perfect shade for everyone. The creamy formula delivers highly pigmented, full-coverage colour for a luxe, long-wearing look. My top picks for V Day include Wedding Day, $28.75, the perfect blush pink shade, and Marry Me, $28.75, (pictured) a bright, deep geranium pink with a hint of coral. Gorgeous! Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.

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The black arts: No one does lingerie better than the Italians; case in point: luxury label La Perla, which will have you looking a million bucks in this divine Maison Paragina Chemise, $699. This silk beauty, which also comes in a range of colours, features intricate embroidery and adjustable, over-the-shoulder straps. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Pocket rocket: This swoon-worthy Valentino Rockstud Wristlet Nappa Flap Clutch, $1999, is small but mighty! Exclusive to David Jones, its silky smooth leather has a studded trim and it also comes in an array of colours. Love! There are three compartments too, for all your lady needs. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

Valentine's Day, V Day gift guide, loveThe cat’s pyjamas: This iconic Kitty Flat from Charlotte Olympia, $949, is pure perfection. Even your hardest-to-buy for fashionista will adore these! Exclusive to David Jones, these fancy leather flats feature a luxe velvet finish, gold-tone heel and the brand’s signature embroidered cat face on a rounded toe. Want! Find them at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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January 29, 2015

Get Gorgeous: Valentine’s Day Lust-Haves

Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 14, is a great excuse to get glam, grab your beloved, and hit the town for a date night, so here’s some handy, new tools for your beauty arsenal. Single and ready to mingle? Fear not – the celebration of romantic love is also an opportune time to pamper and gift thyself! These are a few of my favourite things, new-to-counter. Here’s hoping they help you activate your mojo! Love (and good beauty products) is all your need…

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Love me, thrill me: Pucker up, baby, with the new Guerlain Kisskiss Lipstick, $41, in bold, vampy 324 Red Love. The elegant and versatile lipstick has a silky texture, ensuring softness and long-lasting comfort. What’s more, it’s the perfect, easy-wearing shade of red. Va va voom! Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Fifty shades of sex: The clever people at OPI are cashing in on the February 12 film release of Fifty Shades of Grey with six new limited-edition nail lacquers, including five grey nail lacquers in varying shades and textures, along with one rich red hue. Sexy stuff! Individual nail lacquers are $19.95, or a Fifty Shades of Grey Mini Pack, containing six nail lacquers, is $29.95. The collection will be on-counter from late January at selected Myer, David Jones, Sephora stores and salons nationally.

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Smoking hot scents: The latest fragrance collection by Juliette Has A Gun – The Luxury Collection – which features seductive, new scents Oil Fiction Eau de Parfum, $390 (pictured at top), and Moon Dance Eau de Parfum, $350 (pictured), is a great way to spoil yourself this V Day. Oil Fiction plays with oriental notes of saffron amber and iris, whereas Moon Dance is an extravagant mix of violet, bergamot, rose and Aphrodite’s flower, heightened by a touch of musk. Find them at Libertine Parfumerie via www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, selected David Jones and Myer department stores and niche perfumeries.

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A crowning glory: Shower time doesn’t have to be boring – add some razzle dazzle to your routine, and protect your blow-dry, with the divine Louvelle Dahlia Turban, $40, at Lulu and Lipstick. Created from stretch, quick-dry fabric with waterproof lining, the pleated turban style is fabulously fun and practical; it also doubles as a hair protector when removing or applying make-up. Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.

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Fresh as a daisy: You’ll be irresistibly sweet thanks to the new Daisy Marc Jacobs Sorbet Editions: two seasonal scents on-counter this February. The first, Daisy Marc Jacobs Sorbet Edition Eau De Toilette Spray, $79 (pictured), is a succulent blend of sheer florals with a hint of fruit. Lush and playfully fresh, it opens with a juicy blend of pear and passion fruit, as crisp jasmine brightens the floral muguet and woody notes leave a warm dry down on the skin. Next up, Daisy Eau So Fresh Marc Jacobs Sorbet Edition Eau De Toilette Spray, $89, is dewy, fresh and fun and said to evoke happiness with a sweet blend of fruity florals. Find the collection at major department stores. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Eyes on the prize: Your beloved may be spellbound by your mesmerising eyes this Valentine’s Day thanks to Issada’s pretty, new Ultimate Eyeliner collection of mineral gel eyeliner pencils, $36 each. On-counter in February, this baby is said to deliver the budge-proof benefits of a gel with the versatility and ease of a pencil. What’s more, it treats the delicate eye area with anti-aging botanicals and minerals. The 10 runway-inspired colours include turquoise, emerald, gold and more. Gorgeous! Paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan, find them at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. Visit www.issada.com.

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Colour your world: Love yourself sick this V Day with the new Juuce Love Conditioning Colour Treatment, $25.95. An Australian hair care brand, Juuce blends quality ingredients with styling performance and is developed by hair care experts. Its Love Conditioning Colour Treatments are infused with Argan Oil and said to restore colour intensity and shine, refresh brightness and tone in between salon visits, and revitalise dry and dull hair. The colour treatment comes in seven colour levels for all hair types. Find it at Price Attack stores, salons and stockists nationally.

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January 27, 2015

Become A Make-up Ninja With Glam Affair

When Brisbane’s Crystal Dawson, 33, had her first baby, she gained new insight into how and why motherhood and a busy lifestyle can cause many women to neglect their own self-care.

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Having studied make-up and personal styling  at the Australian Institute of Creative Design, Crystal (pictured below) achieved a long-held dream when she launched her professional make-up parties, workshops and tutorials business/etailer Glam Affair soon after in 2009.

As Creative Director of Glam Affair, via www.glamaffair.com.au, Crystal takes great pleasure in showing women how to skilfully apply and choose make-up correctly.

“At Glam Affair, we believe that by highlighting her best features, every woman can look and feel amazing,” she says. “Now, Glam Affair is a leader in pop-up make-up workshops for all ages across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney.”

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Crystal relishes the freedom of running her own business, which allows her to care for her two children at home during the week. “I love teaching – it’s what I’m good at,” she says, “Glam Affair doesn’t feel like a job to me.

“You meet lots of interesting people, the classes are fun and we always have a giggle, and you even get a few men coming through.”

The workshops are aimed at busy people in need of a total makeover, beauty boost, or just a new style. “Glam Affair is on a mission to ensure all women (and men) feel glamorous and special by imparting professional knowledge of make-up application, colour analysis and image,” Crystal says.

Even better, the creative director believes you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a hot, new on-trend look. Her three-hour workshops, which attract women from varied backgrounds and ages, offer expert advice on topics such as make-up brushes and how to care for them; basic skin care and then step-by-step make-up application.

Participants come out with a full face of make-up, having learnt how to apply: primer, concealer, foundation, highlighter and contour, three-step eye technique, eyebrows, eyeliner, mascara and lips.

“There’s nothing like a little make-up wizardry to boost your confidence and lift your spirits,” she says.

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Crystal’s own professional mineral make-up range, which is suitable for any skin type – especially those with ultra-sensitive skin – is for sale at events and via her website.

In addition, given she believes “every woman loves a party”, Cystal offers people the chance to host their own make-up parties to experience her products in a fun, informal and relaxed setting.

For more information, visit www.glamaffair.com.au or phone 1300 033 635.

December 30, 2014

Hot New Beauty Trend Alert: Ombre Eyebrows

Forget the ombré or sombre hair trends as recently favoured by A-list celebs – ombré eyebrows are so hot right now. It’s the newest trend in precision perfect eyebrows, creating a subtle yet full and lush effect – perfect for standing out in the crowd during the festive party season!

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Now, SHESAID readers, you can try the trend too, thanks to the talented brow technicians from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Here, (see below) the eyebrow artists have shared their top tips to create an ombré look using their Brow Kit, $99, (pictured) available in an array of colours at beauty e-tailer Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit contains five essential products to achieve perfectly arched and sculpted brows: precision tweezers, brow powder duo, brow stencils, mini duo brush and clear brow gel.

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Ombre Eyebrows 101

  1. Measure from the inside crease of the nose up and make a slight mark. When holding your Anastasia stencil make sure the brow is inside your shape. Hold firmly to avoid smudging. Apply the darker side of the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo 1cm into the brow with strong strokes, following down to the tail on the bottom row of the brow.
  2. Blend the lighter and darker side of your Anastasia Duo Powder back to the beginning of the brow where you have made your original measurement. Blend through to the top of the brow to join into the stronger tone to fill your arch and the tail.
  3. For an accentuated and defined look, use the Anastasia Brow Wiz to fill any gaps or holes. This slim pencil creates precise lines for a strong and elegant finish.eyebrows, celebrity style, beauty tips
  4. Apply one coat of the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, using upward strokes to lift the Brow hairs to widen and neaten the brow. Blend your Anastasia Brow Powder Duo for a perfect ombré finish. The Brow Gel is also available in tinted tones for touch-ups and a more dense finish.
  5. For lift and an elegant profile, apply Anastasia Duality Highlighter – this will define the finish of your perfect brow and gives a 3D affect.
    Next, lightly apply the matte end of your Duality Highlighter, aligning around the brow for coverage and a clean, defined finish. Finally, apply the shimmer end of your highlighter above the eye and follow the tail to lift the brow and open the eye.
  6. Lastly, apply a second coat of the Clear Brow Gel to set, blend and finish your beautiful ombré brow finish.

Main image via chloegormanbeauty.blogspot.com, secondary image via www.dermstore.com and final image via rodeo.net.

December 25, 2014

SHESAID Roadtests Cherry Blooms Fibre Lash Extensions

If you’ve ever wished you were a natural blonde, this may cause a rethink: whenever I don’t tint my eyelashes darker or wear black/brown mascara, people think I’m sick.

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Yep, the hair on my head may be naturally fair (although I’ve had to lighten it over the years, too), but I look like an albino without eye makeup. “OMG what is that thing!?” people have been known to cry upon seeing (or not seeing, to be accurate) my naked, blonde eyelashes and eyebrows (OK, not quite).

As a result, I became obsessed with trying the latest and greatest mascaras and now, the wonderful invention of eyelash extensions. And so it was that I agreed to test-run the Cherry Blooms Australia Brush On Fibre Lash Extensions In 60 Seconds, $69 (pictured), at fab, new beauty etailer Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

This baby promises to thicken and extend your natural lashes by up to 300 per cent. Even better, there’s no yucky industrial-grade glue, no mess, no fuss and no irritation – just two products to apply in three steps. The result: instant eyelash extensions in 60 seconds!

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So, how does it work? You first apply a generous coating of Transplanting Mascara Gel to clean, dry eyelashes.

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Next, you quickly apply the Fibres before the gel dries, brushing your eyelashes to the ends just as you would a normal mascara, but taking extra care not to get the fibres to close to your eyeball.

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And finally, step three is to seal the lashes with another coat of the Transplanting Mascara Gel to lock them into place. Voila!

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It’s all about the product’s high-potency beeswax, which helps the fibres stick to the lashes to make them stay put all day. The beeswax also has high moisturising properties, acting as a leave-in conditioner for your lashes, and is said to even stimulate lash growth, so you can wear it on its own.
And if Beyonce-style showgirl lasses are your bag, you can even repeat the three-step process for a more dramatic look.

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The result? I was pleasantly surprised by my new, more voluptuous, longer and thicker eyelashes (NB: that’s not me in the model pictures, above) – it’s not too OTT either, a more natural, lightweight look you could easily try to pull off as your own peepers. “Yes, I woke up looking like this”.

Another thing that impressed me about the Cherry Blooms eyelash extensions is that they’re very easy to remove – all you need is warm water, which causes the lashes to soften and melt without hideous panda eyes. They’re also all natural and non-toxic and so suitable for those with sensitive eyes and contact lenses.

Cherry Blooms also claims the lashes are water-resistant, so won’t smudge or run and are cry-proof, laugh-proof and sweat-proof too. Not that I was about to sweat on them – I took mine straight out for a night on the town, batting my pretty, new eyelashes at anyone within sight.

Purchase them via www.luluandlipstick.com. And for more information, visit www.CherryBlooms.com.au.

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December 5, 2014

Bare Blossom’s Blooming Business

When Brisbane lawyer Adriana Woolf, 35, discovered she had an autoimmune condition and needed to limit the amount of toxins and chemicals she used on her skin, due to the increased risk to her organs, her entrepreneurial instincts kicked in.

A huge make-up lover, Adriana (pictured) set to work researching make-up ranges on the market and, unable to find a complete range that was low-toxin and chemical-free, she decided to make her own. She launched her natural mineral makeup and cosmetics company, Bare Blossom, in March 2013 after recognising a gap in the market for pregnancy-safe and vegan cosmetics like hers.

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“Apart from having an endless array of make-up on hand, the best thing about running Bare Blossom is knowing that I am giving people a healthier alternative to what is on the market,” Adriana says.

“My mission has become educating the world about toxins in make-up and cosmetics and providing an alternative. I get extreme joy when Bare Blossom receives an email thanking us for providing a quality, toxin-free make-up line suitable for everyone from pregnant women to those with sensitive skin and autoimmune diseases. They are so happy that they can use make-up again.”

Now, with Bare Blossom ambassador, Miss World Queensland and model/presenter and producer Hailey Wilson (pictured) at the helm, Bare Blossom is a triumph of hard work and passion.

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With degrees in both psychology and law, Adriana works as a lawyer alongside her husband Shawn at their Brisbane law firm. Somehow, the busy businesswoman also finds time to run Bare Blossom, a small, family-run business, which is seeing healthy sales in its first year of trade.

With repeat customers from as far away as New Zealand and the UK, Adriana is dreaming big, with expansion plans in place for national and international stockists. After being diagnosed with secondary Raynaud’s which is why she must wear gloves and a connective tissue disorder, Adriana’s new business venture made her more aware of her health. “It has made me more aware the importance of looking after yourself and your body. I think it’s important that this translates into all aspects of our life, including cosmetics and make-up,” she says.

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“With an autoimmune illness, you have to deal with episodes (called flares) of being well and not being well – basically your body attacks you from the inside out.

“The hardest thing about this is constantly having to pay attention to your body and notice the early warning signs. If you don’t you end up having a flare that lasts for months at a time, which is exhausting.

“I find that extended periods of stress, not exercising and eating the “wrong” foods (specifically gluten and casein) will set my autoimmune system into overdrive. The main symptoms which I personally experience are joint pain, pins and needles and numbness in my hands and feet, as well as swelling of my fingers and feet. I also get psoriasis on my elbows, which I cover up with Bare Blossom!

“I think having a background in psychology has given me the understanding of the mental and emotional effects of not making time for your health and wellness.”

And in case you’re wondering what Adriana’s favourite Bare Blossom products are, she says she can’t live without the Mineral Foundation Powder, which has SPF15 and is gluten-free and vegan; Mineral Mascara, which has a rich colour and is long-lasting; and Mineral Lipstick, which gives lips a luscious feeling and glides on smoothly.

Bare Blossom beauty products do not contain any animal products or derivatives and common cosmetic nasties such as: bismuth oxychloride, ferric ferrocyanide, harsh chemicals, parabens, talc and more.

Visit www.bareblossom.com.au for more information and to order online.

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October 15, 2014

Top 5 New Summer Concealers

Want luminous, glowing skin this summer, with barely-there, understated make-up just like the latest runway beauty looks from New York Fashion Week? Honey, you’re going to need a good concealer. Being fair-skinned and prone to the dreaded dark circles, I can never leave the house without first applying concealer. Here are some of the latest and greatest ones to try, beauties. Shop to it!

Three times a lady: Brisbane-based natural cosmetics and mineral make-up brand, Bare Blossom, is a small but mighty one to watch. Formulated for use by most skin types (including allergy prone), this organic skincare and make-up range doesn’t contain any of the common “nasties” found in some big-name beauty brands. I’m a big fan of Bare Blossom’s Mineral Cream Concealers, $25 each, which you apply after foundation, to banish blemishes, spots and dark circles. Pictured here in natural beige, true tan and green, this hard-working trio will do the trick, trust me. I love the products’ creamy texture and good coverage. Natural beige is perfect for light skin tones, the darker true tan is good for covering pigmentation and the funky green one, believe it or not, corrects red blemishes including rosacea, pimples and acne (pictured below, left to right). Magic! To order, visit www.bareblossom.com.au.

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Animal instincts: Grrr like a tiger this spring/summer with this divine, new limited edition leopard-print Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Collector, $57. This baby also comes in a bejewelled version, just to liven up your make-up kit. The original, and still arguably one of the best, high-end, luxury pen concealers, this moisturising and ultra-fluid emulsion promises to eliminate shadows from the side of the nose, the corners of the mouth and the hollow of the chin and expression lines. In just one click, it embellishes the eye area, making you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even if you’ve been up all night, dancing on tables until 3am (half your luck). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.

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Mineral magic: I’m a huge Issada fan and I adore the Brisbane beauty brand’s new Mineral Heal And Conceal Anti-Aging Skin Perfecting Concealer, $45. It’s a big product name with results to match – it’s like a secret weapon for a flawless complexion! This baby is the ultimate blemish-blitzing, scar-healing, redness-reducing, line-diffusing, eye-brightening skin treatment. It comes in a creamy, self-adjusting mineral pigment which easily melts into the skin. And there’s nothing better than a concealer that’s invisible. What’s more, it’s enriched with vitamin E, jojoba, rosemary, shea butter and more goodness. Use a lighter shade under eyes, a deeper shade for facial blemishes, and blend shades for in-between tans or on trans-seasonal skin tones. Find Issada at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. For stockists, phone (07) 3904 2288 or visit www.issada.com.

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Walk the line: If you’re looking for good bang for your buck, and don’t like spending a fortune on make-up basics, the Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, $36, is a good mid-budget option. This concealer minimises the look of fine lines and wrinkles, brightening the eye area, and can be used anywhere on the face that needs concealing: eyes, your outer lip line and spot areas on the face. A liquid concealer with moderate coverage, it can be used over or under make-up. I find this one is very effective on my dark circles and a little goes a long way. Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.

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Make like a pro: The Lancome Le Eye Corrector Pro, $55, will conceal dark circles and dullness faster than the speed of light (OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). I like the professional feel of this concealer palette which brightens the eyes, leaving skin more supple and radiant. You can also use it to conceal all manner of skin imperfections such as my slight skin pigmentation which I’m still sporting thanks to my recent pregnancies (damn children). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.

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September 13, 2014