Nail-polish

17 Nail Art Ideas That Are So Cool It’s Criminal

This is why it’s called nail art.

January 23, 2017

19 Luxe Christmas Gifts For Women Who Are Hard AF To Impress

Christmas can’t come soon enough with gifts like these.

December 5, 2016

17 Creepily Cool Halloween Nail Art Ideas

Your costume won’t be complete without these.

October 26, 2016

7 Vaseline Beauty Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

The cult product is more versatile than you think.

July 6, 2016

Your Nail Polish Is Making You Fat (Really)

Decorated digits never looked so unappealing…

April 1, 2016

Spray-On Nail Polish Is Here And It’s Glorious

Say hello to a lightning fast, flawless mani.

January 14, 2016

What Your Current Nail Polish Color Reveals About You

Like a mood ring for your digits.

December 22, 2015

Nail Polish Shades For The Fall

Whether you love to paint your own nails at home, or prefer to have them handled by the professionals, it’s important to understand which colours are in this season. Pack away all those corals, glitters and neon shades in favour of a mature colour palette which will suit all skin tones. We’ve also added a fun little instructional video at the end, just to give you some extra tips for that at-home mani-pedi.

RELATED: The Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

Wine

The colour, not the drink! A deep red is perfect all year-round, although it’s most prominent during the colder seasons. Just one coat is enough to give you great coverage, but if you apply another and add a top coat soon afterwards, your nails will shine.

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Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Wine and Dine, $15

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Option 2: Zoya Nail Polish in Pepper, $9

Dark green

If you’re too scared to make the transition to a darker shade, dry a deep emerald green instead. It will still give your nails a subtle pop of colour without being too inappropriate for all events.

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Option 1: Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer, $15

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Option 2: ModelCo Nail Polish in Envy, $15

Plum

A beautiful shade of plum is also in the same category as green, it looks darker during the night and picks up more light during the day. Have fun with this shade and pair it with fun nail art to give your look a bit of extra character.

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Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Midnight Affair, $15

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Option 2: Nars Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Endless Night, $30

Nude

Pass on that traditional French manicure and give your nails a splash of colour with a nude shade. Not only is it appropriate for the office, but it’s discreet if the colour starts to chip after one week of wear.

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Option 1: OPI Samoan Sand, $19.95

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Option 2: ModelCo Nail Polish in Nude Attitude, $15

Violet

Some might say this is similar to purple, but we love these colours so much that we couldn’t leave it out! This is a perfect option if you want a pop of colour with just one coat. Apply a glossy or matte top coat before leaving the house for extra drama.

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Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Nude Attitude, $15

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Option 2: Essie Bahama Mama, $16.95

If you’re finding it hard to start with your own manicure or pedicure, watch the video below for insider tips.


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September 3, 2015

6 Must-Have Summer Nail Colours

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to pack away those dark nail polish shades in favour of something a little more appropriate. We have teamed up with ORLY to bring you just some of our favourite nail polish options for summer. You’ll find the perfect shades of pink, purple, and everything in between.

RELATED: Quick Nail Polish Tips and Tricks

Each shade in the collection is specially formulated without DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. In addition, each cap is equipped with ORLY’s famous gripper cap for easier application and control.

Melon

This bright shade is perfect for the warmer weather, and complements a healthy summer glow. Just 2 coats is enough, and the formula dries super-quick!

6 Must-Have Summer Nail Colours

Bright green

If you aren’t daring enough to paint your nails in Thrill Seeker, you can easily use it on a feature nail. Make sure to prep your nails with a base coat, and let the formula dry completely before applying a second layer.

6 Must-Have Summer Nail Colours

Vibrant purple

Paint your nails a this vibrant shade of purple for the beach, or even the bar. The formula itself so so pigmented, so you won’t need to apply 3-4 coats to get a great colour.

6 Must-Have Summer Nail Colours

Atomic red

Who can resist a classic shade of red? This shade has a slight twist which leaves nails looking their best for days on end. Tiny shimmer particles make your nails shine in the sun!

6 Must-Have Summer Nail Colours

Intense mauve

A pink nail polish never goes out of style, and this one is definitely a must-have on our list. Layer 2-3 coats for the best shine and colour, or use it for nail art!

6 Must-Have Summer Nail Colours

Ocean blue

And finally we’re wrapping up the list with a classic ocean blue. This shade looks amazing with a shimmery sun-tan, and is perfect for a pedicure as well!

6 Must-Have Summer Nail Colours

What’s your favourite shade for summer?

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May 27, 2015

Uncover What Your Nails Say About Your Health

Most of us ladies have our nails covered up with polish or acrylics, so we rarely see what our natural nails look like. Thank gosh, right? Besides, your natural nails aren’t half as pretty as your glittery, gel-covered nails, but it is important to check what your nails look like, because they often show signs of your health that you may not realise.

RELATED: 6 Easy Tips For Stronger Nails

The colour of your nails, or the condition that they are in can let you know of health issues that you might have no idea about. While you should regularly visit your doctor for a check up (prevention over cure people!), it’s important to recognise potential harms your body is suffering from.

Nails should be a healthy pink colour, indicating that blood supply is good and that your body is absorbing nutrients well. Nails that are whiter could mean poor circulation and a lack of iron, while dark red nails can mean a high absorption of fatty acids and cholesterols, which can cause damage to your liver and arteries. Purple on the other hand, indicates an upset digestive system that may be caused by an over consumption of sugar or pharmaceutical drugs. Yellow nails may indicate problems in the lungs, while brown nails may indicate problems with the thyroid.

The texture of your nails can also be an indicator of your internal health. Brittle nails can indicate liver congestion and a lack of nutrients in the body that can be sourced from vegetables and fish. Flakey nails also show that you’ve been eating too much sugar or too many additives, or it can be a side effect of the pharmaceutical tablets you’re taking.

The horizontal ridges that you get in your nails are due to stress, while the vertical ridges come from kidney, liver and digestive tract issues.

While nails of course are only one indicator that could mean many things, it’s a good idea to take off the polish and look at your natural nails to see what they might be telling you. See your doctor for any concerns.

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March 18, 2015

Quick Nail Polish Tips and Tricks

Creating the perfect DIY manicure and pedicure is a lot easier than you think, and will save you some money as well.

We have compiled a list of our personal tips and tricks so you can get a flawless polish each and every time.

RELATED: 5 Quick Ways To Dry Nail Polish

Start on fresh nails

Don’t go moisturising your hands beforehand thinking that this will soften the cuticle. Nail polish applies much evenly on nails which have been freshly washed and properly dried.

If your cuticle or nail bed is rather damaged, apply a nourishing cuticle oil the night before, and this should solve all your problems. Otherwise, the nail polish will just slip and slide all over your nail bed.

One coat at a time

Some lighter polishes are not as opaque and therefore require a few extra layers to achieve a vibrant colour.

While it might feel tempting to layer all your nail polish on at once and hope for the best, this will only result in a thick, blotchy colour. Apply one coat of nail polish at a time, and wait at least 30 minutes before applying another.

Orange stains

If you love red and black nail polish a little too much, then you’re probably familiar with the orange stain it can leave on your nails. You have two options here:

1. Remove all traces of nail polish with an acetone-free remover, and let your nails breathe for a few weeks.

2. Rub half of a lemon onto the nail bed to decrease the orange stain.

Either way, your nails are telling you that they need a break! In the meantime, apply a nourishing cuticle oil every night to improve the state of your nails, and take a break from those darker shades for a while.

Empty polish

If your nail polish is nearing the end of its life, use these tricks to make the most of what you already have.

Put your nail polish in the fridge for 15 minutes, this will smoothen out any clumps, and will ensure an even application. You can also add a tiny splash of acetone into the polish, then shake well and apply onto your nails.

Application

To ensure that your nail polish distributes evenly across the nail bed, start from the middle and swipe in an upwards motion. Go back down to the cuticle, then turn the brush upwards and fill in any gaps on each side. You might also find that this method saves you from dipping your brush into the polish – score!

Dry your nails

There are a few different ways to dry your nails, all of which we’ve mentioned in a previous post. But our favourite has got to be ice water.

Fill a small bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes, then submerge your fingers by rotating every few seconds. Pat dry with a towel, then wait for the water to dry naturally from the nail bed.

Mistakes

Who isn’t guilty of painting outside of the nail bed, especially with darker colours which are more noticeable?!

All you need to do is dip a cotton tip into nail polish remover, and press it over the spot of colour. Don’t swipe or rub it back and forth since it can catch onto the nail bed and completely ruin your manicure.

DIY nail art

If you do want to try an intricate design, use something with a sharp tip such as a toothpick, pin, or even a cuticle stick for a precise dot or line. After each colour, clean with acetone and soak in soapy water so you can use them again.

What are some of your nail polish tricks?

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March 12, 2015

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

If you’re completely new to the world of Essie nail polishes, then you’re definitely in for a treat! Not only do they dry really fast, but also last forever when paired with a shiny or even matte top coat (which ever is your preference).

Rather than starting out clueless, we’ll share with you some of our favourite Essie shades for all seasons.

RELATED: Nail Polish Colours For Summer

Fiji

There’s a reason everyone loves Fiji. Not only is the soft pink really easy to apply (you only need two coats for a thick, opaque shine), but it lasts forever. Every girl needs a baby pink shade in her collection, and Fiji doesn’t disappoint.

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Geranium

A pop of red is perfect with a tan, and Geranium is the best fusion of orange and red that we’ve ever seen. If you do suffer from breakage, carry the polish in your handbag to disguise any cracks ASAP!

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

Sand Tropez

Not only is Sand Tropez the perfect shade of nude, but it’s also really quick and easy to apply. Just one coat gives a ‘your nails but better look’ which is ideal for the office or corporate world.

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

Wicked

Every girl needs a shade like Wicked in their collection. Not only does it suit every skin tone, but it’s a great alternative to black which is often a harsh shade for the office.

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

Splash of Grenadine

The perfect flirty pink/purple shade which brings a unique splash of colour to your nails.

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

Bordeaux

Just as the name suggests, this shade is a deep red wine which is beautiful in the winter months. Just one coat is enough to look opaque, but double it for a moody red.

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

Marshmallow

This shade gives you white with a twist, and looks incredible on short, groomed nails all year round. You might need to apply a few coats for a pigmented colour, but the pay off is truly one of a kind.

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

A Cut Above

If a glitter top coat is your kind of thing, then you’ve probably heard about this shade before. The pink diamond lacquer is completely on trend, and dries super-fast!

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

Maximillian Strasse-Her

A unique shade of blue-green-grey which is best for achieving a fresh, polished manicure. Don’t forget to apply a glossy top coat for best results.

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

Ballet Slippers

One of their most iconic shades, Ballet Slippers is a classic pale pink which has a sheer finish. Ideal for all seasons, and all skin tones.

Top 10 Essie Nail Polishes

What are your favourites?

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February 25, 2015

Nail Polish Colours For Summer

Confused about which nail polish colours are perfect for summer? From monochrome to pastels, almost anything matches a (faux) summer-glow, and neatly groomed nails. All you need is a fresh base coat, and you can easily create the foundation for any shade this summer.

RELATED: How To Get Ombré Nails at Home

White

Who said that white is only a winter colour? White nails perfectly compliment a darker skin tone, and can match almost any outfit. Apply two coats for an opaque colour which won’t look streaky, and make sure to wait until each layer has dried completely before using a top coat.

Nail Polish Colours For Summer

Nars Opaque Nail Polish in Ecume, $19

Pink

Wear a baby-pink shade all summer long and your nails will surely thank you! A colour like this is perfect on every skin tone, and isn’t a nightmare to touch-up if it does crack. Simply fill in the gaps with soft brush strokes, and set with a subtle top coat for extra shine.

Nail Polish Colours For Summer

OPI Mod About You, $19.95

Grey/Green

Even if you you’re not the biggest fan of too much colour on your nails, you can get away with this grey/green combination (at least on your toes). Just one coat will give you a subdued colour, and it’s enough to last without chipping off straight away.

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Essie Maximillian Strasse Her, $16.95

Dark brown

If black nails are something you just can’t jump on board with, try a dark brown colour instead. They’re easier to apply (and remove), and won’t leave your nail beds with a dark black residue either. Just two coats is enough to give you that extra shine, without waiting hours for your nails to dry.

Nail Polish Colours For Summer

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Bittersweet, $14.95

Coral

Nothing beats a soft coral shade in the summer-time! Another colour which suits every skin tone is a fun coral shade which is really easy to apply. Simply coat your nails, and apply a glossy shade over the top for that wet-look.

Nail Polish Colours For Summer

Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour in Hot Salsa, $7.95

Beige

Create a ‘your nails but better’ look with a beige-coloured nail polish for the summer. Shades like this are really easy to apply, (even for those who find painting their own nails a complete bore). The touch-ups are really simple, and the colour should last you a full week before cracking.

Nail Polish Colours For Summer

OPI Samoan Sand, $19.95

Orange-red

If a bright red nail polish is out of the question, try a toned-down version instead. An orange-red shade is ideal for women with a yellow based skin tone, and looks amazing when paired with a holiday tan. If you do find yourself in a bit of a mess, simply take a cotton bud and dip it into nail polish remover to get rid of any excess colour on your skin.

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Essie Fifth Avenue, $16.95

What is your favourite nail polish this summer?

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November 15, 2014

Nail It With Over The Rainbow Hues

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new-season brights. Never worn bright yellow or dark bottle green nail polish before? No problem – be bold and step outside of your style comfort zone in these beautiful, new on-trend spring/summer nail polishes. Talk about nailing it… Shop all these fabulous finds at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au. Phone 133 357 for more details.

Related: New-Season Make-up Trends: Summer Brights

Green with envy: Turn heads in the Burberry Nail Polish Iconic Colour in Dark Bottle Green, $29, a lovely spring shade that’s perfect for garden parties and complementing new-season floral maxi dresses. Burberry polishes are good bang for your buck because they have a protective and long-lasting, high-gloss finish with accelerated drying and hardening times. Gorgeous!

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Yellow brick road: Your nails will shine like the sun in this super-fun bright shade – OPI I Just Can’t Cope-acabana, $14.96. Part of OPI’s Brazil collection, it’s even currently on sale. Winning! Yellow is a wonderful happy colour that’s sure to lift your spirits, and your style, this spring. Nothing mellow about this shade, too!

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Nectar of the gods: Punctuate your beauty look with Bobbi Brown’s divine, long-lasting Nectar colour, $26, from its delectable, new Nectar & Nudes collection. This classic, high-shine formula certainly makes for a vibrant manicure this spring. It’s such a delicious coral colour it practically begs you to take yourself out dancing.

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Get a rosy glow: I love me a perfect shade of pink and this is my new summer fave: Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in 11 Rose Futuriste, $42. It’s shiny, elegant and fast-drying – love! Inspired by YSL’s iconic runway collection, this nail polish range is bright, bright, bright! Wall flowers need not apply.

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Hot chilli woman: You can’t beat a hot red polish and this Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Indiscretion, $45, is my top pick of the bunch this summer. This gloss and shine nail lacquer has pink undertones and a hybrid cream-jelly finish. Just add hot shoes and a cocktail and go!

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October 1, 2014

On-Trend Nail Polish Colours For Winter

The seasons changing just gives us another good excuse to stock up on some brand new nail polish. It is an easy (and affordable) way to spice up your outfit without draining your entire back account. Rather than sticking with the traditional dark winter shades, experiment with some fabulous colours which are sure to brighten your mood, and make any outfit pop!

White

A far cry from deep red’s and blacks, white is a fantastic colour if you aren’t scared of dealing with the possibility of chipped nails. Rather, think of it as a neutral shade; it goes with almost any outfit, and is subtle enough to wear at work or any other special occasion you’ve got going on.

Essie Nail Colour in Marshmallow $16.95.

Blood Red

Darker colours such as burgundy or blood red fit in better with a winter wardrobe. These colours are easy to find, and are available in a number of shades to suit your particular skin type. If you want to be super-trendy, try out a matte shade which has winter written all over it! Matte nail polishes not only dry faster, but are a nice change if you’re over the glossy finish.

Sinful Colours Nail Enamel in Sugar Sugar $4.95.

Navy

Navy shades are beautiful for anyone who isn’t daring enough for a brown/black polish. They still give off a strong winter vibe, but aren’t overwhelming for the daytime either. Don’t forget to apply a coat of shiny-gloss to make your nails last longer, and add an extra sparkle.

OPI Russian Navy $19.95.

Dark Purple

Probably the staple and most on-trend nail polish of the season, dark purple shades glimmer in the light and give off an amazing colour for any skin type. Equipped with a glittery formula, they suit both matte and glossy finishes which can be achieved with almost any top coat on the market.

Our pick is definitely OPI Lincoln Park After Dark $19.95.

Metallics

Shades of silver, gold and almost anything in between embody the most trendiest polishes for winter. They offer a sophisticated sparkle which is weather appropriate, and are probably defined best as glitter for adults. The creamy lacquers are easy to apply, dry in an instant and will last you a very long time without chipping.

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer $22.

Tips

  • For an at-home manicure, exfoliate your hands to achieve the best possible application. Exfoliating gloves are great for washing away dry skin, and will leave your hands (and cuticles) feeling soft and luxurious.
  • Shape your nails, push back your cuticles and file down any areas before putting on polish. This will save you the hassle of removing nail polish down the line.
  • If you’ve made a mistake, quickly dip a cotton tip into the nail polish remover. This is a quick way to fix any errors you’ve made, rather than starting over.
  • To achieve a flawless finish, wait until the previous layer has dried before painting your nails again. This could cause bubbles and make it that much longer to dry.
  • Use a spray or oil to get your nails to dry faster. Oils are great to use since they nourish cuticles with vitamin E and repair dry skin around the nail. Try, Essence Express Dry Drops $3.50.
  • Moisturise your hands after the nail polish has dried. This won’t interfere with the application, but nourish dry or cracked skin.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 19, 2014

5 Quick Ways To Dry Nail Polish

At home do-it-yourself manicures are a great option to save some money, and also get creative with your nail art. The downside to this, is waiting for your nails to dry completely. We’ve all had those experiences when we think the nail polish has dried, but get a dent (or two) on freshly painted nails, oh the agony! Here are some quick ways to dry your nail polish, which won’t feel like an eternity.

1. Cooking spray

Pop into your local hair and beauty supplier and grab a can of nail enamel dryer. This miracle spray is cheap and cheerful, and will dry your nails in no time. If you find yourself without this miracle in a can, head into your kitchen and look for some cooking spray. Yes, cooking spray. Lightly spray a coat onto your nails and sit back and watch them dry in no-time. The mixture also works wonders on repairing broken cuticles.

2. Ice

Running your hands under cold water helps the polish to dry faster, but if you have a little more time on your hands, use ice instead. Fill up a small bowl with water and ice, and keep your fingertips dipped in for about 2 minutes. Beauty is definitely pain! Remember to moisturise your hands after this step, to avoid any cracks or broken skin in the making.

3. Hair dryer

Using your hair drier on the cool function will help to dry nails faster than ever before. Remember not to focus just on one area, and hold the hair drier 30cm away from your nails for best results.

4. Freezer

This step is similar to trick number two, but probably a little less painful. Stick your hands in the freezer for a few minutes, and quickly watch how fast your nail polish sets and dries. This is a great tip if you’re on-the-go, and need to head out of the house as soon as possible. Leave out the top coat if you’re short on time.

5. Wait it out

If you choose to apply 1-2 layers of nail polish, try and wait until the previous layer has dried completely before adding a new one. This will prevent any smudging down the line, and will help to set and dry faster than just layering everything on at once. Stick to thin layers of polish, and if the consistency is thick, it’s time to throw the polish out.

Do you have any tips to dry nail polish?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 26, 2014

Top Spring/Summer Nail Trends from NYFW

So many gorgeous nail looks at New York Fashion Week to inspire your next visit to the salon, from barely there blush to the hottest new twist on the classic French manicure.

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Barely there blush

The fresh and clean nails at the Reem Acra show are the perfect polished look for spring. Models’ nails were painted in  OPI’s You Callin’ Me a Lyre? a sheer, soft pastel pink hue.

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Sidewards French manicure

Designers Katie Holmes and Jeanne Yang trended the hot new sidewards French manicure selecting sheer creamy off-white nude OPI’s So Many Clowns…So Little Time for nails, adding a unique slanted French tip in deep blue in OPI’s I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw for a pop of colour.

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Classic chic French manicure

Joie’s spring/summer 2014 fashion show was inspired by the Mediterranean and a trip off the Amalfi Coast, with a pretty collection focusing on shades of white, a theme that was carried through to the nails.

Models wore natural nails but given crisp, classic white tips using OPI’s Alpine Snow; nails were then finished with a glossy coat of OPI Top Coat.

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Soft neutrals

The fun BCBGMAXAZRIA show, with its ladylike patterns and cuts, was complimented by the perfect soft neutral shade OPI’s Samoan Sand. How pretty will this polish look with a tan?

Which is your favourite spring nail trend?

September 15, 2013

“I wore glittery blue eyeshadow!” (and other confessions)


Most women can recall their first flirtation with makeup. A sickly sweet lip gloss that you wore to death one summer? A very trendy (and expensive) bright green mascara – what was I thinking? Or perhaps call-girl red lipstick on a way to young face… We’ve all been there. So, tell us about the first item of makeup you ever bought…

Alex: “It was a duo eye shadow that was electric blue and bright pink!”

Dee: “A revolting candy pink lipstick that I thought was gorgeous at the time.”

Leanne: “Blue eyeshadow with glitter – it was a fashion disaster but at the time my friends and I thought we looked very cool.”

Kylie: “Opal coloured lipstick I totally loved it it was purple and shiny I was 16 and thought I was sooo cool…”

Loredana: “My grown-up cousin gave me mascara on my 13th birthday. I loved it and went overboard! I wore it to school and was given detention.”

Karen: “Red peel-off nail polish. Very sophisticated – aged 7.”

Zoe: “It was a Strawberry Shortcake set, with a cute little pink lipstick, which smelled divine, and lovely bubble bath. I was about 5 at the time!”

Jacqui: “Being a nail biter, I bought a packet of Krazy Nails in bright red and thought they looked so hot!”

Briellen: “A lip smackers lip balm in strawberry and i was in year five and I thought that I was the luckiest girl ever and I applied so much that it ran out within weeks!”

Cynthia: “Sparkly gold mascara – not a good look!”

Sarah: “It was a kiwi-fruit lip balm from The Body Shop, about 20 years ago! I still remember it. I loved it so much!! It was fruity and shiny and SO girlie!”

Kathryn: “I bought some eye shadow in a delightful shade of purple to go with my black nail polish and fluoro purple hair band. I thought I was SO cool and hip! – Got to love the Eighties!”

January 13, 2004

Hair there and everywhere

Hair there and everywhere

Lush lips forever

There was a time when you had to choose between long-lasting lippy or perfectly moisturised lips. Not any more. L’Oreal Endless Lip Colour (around $22) gives you up to eight hours of gorgeous lip colour with a beautiful satiny finish that won’t dry out your lips. Choose from 24 a range of sensational colours from neutrals and pretty pinks to something totally sexy like the killer red Crimson Joy. Milla Jovavich is a fan too: “It does not budge or feather, and stays colour-true all day long as if I had just put it on,” she says. See for yourself. Available from selected pharmacies, department and variety stores.



Say no to chips

If you’re short on time and find that your nail polish maintenance is usually the last thing you get to look after, you’re going to love ColorStay Always On Nail Enamel ($14.95) from Revlon. Imagine applying a nail polish safe in the knowledge that it would resist chipping for up to 10 days. What a beauty boon! Apply a coat of the rich acrylic colour and finish with a coat of the clear sealant for the ultimate high-endurance, high-performance manicure! Your nails will have that shiny, freshly polished look for days. Available in ten cross-seasonal shades from department stores, mass variety retailers and pharmacies nationwide.



Hair there and everywhere

The new David Jones Specialty Hair Care range has products for every cleansing and styling situation. Top-shelf finishing products include the fabulous De Frizzing Serum ($14.95) and the wave taming Straightening Balm ($16.95) both can transform unruly, flyaway hair into a sleek, manageable mane. No products in the David Jones range are tested on animals and they are all made right here in sunny Australia. Available at David Jones stores nationally.



Rebel yell!

Break the rules this season with a wild slash of colour from Rimmel. Smoky eyes teamed with cool pastels give you an edgy and hyper-modern look. And girls with a kick-ass attitude need no-nonsense beauty solutions. Rimmel delivers with their Shade and Define two-tone eye pencil ($15.95) that offer a seductive shimmery eyeshadow at one and a totally dependable, blendable eyeliner at the other. In three serious colour combos – Regal Anarchy, Punk Princess and Tough Glam, check them out now – they’re limited edition! Available in Priceline stores nationally.

Super-charged colour

Multi-faceted, intense autumn hair colours are within easy reach with L’Oreal’s vibrant permanent color range Feria Color Booster (around $15). You’re sure to turn heads with these six ultra sexy autumnal shades including Pure Spice Power (intense pure red) and Pure Copper Power (intense rich copper red). These colours are designed to deliver a powerful burst of colour with great shine and shimmering highlights – they’re not for the faint-hearted. The secret is the innovative Color Booster that ensures colour purity, intensity and staying power. Just what a girl needs… Available from pharmacies, department stores, variety stores and supermarkets.

April 15, 2003

Spring Clean Your Make-up bag

Make-up bag makeover

The crusty old mascara, that leaking lip-gloss and that ancient oxidised concealer that has been sitting in the bottom of your make-up bag now for three years – ringing any bells ladies? You’re not alone. Our make-up bags are part of who we are. There comes a time when they need a clean out too. The time is now. Spring in the air and love on the way, an organised kit is part of the package. Grab a wine, a plastic bag, some antiseptic wipes, (this is to clean your make-up and any leaking make-up) and pen and paper to finally get the make-up kit you always dreamt about.Also don’t forget to choose a make-up bag that is strong enough to withstand the sea, sand and travel, and fashionable enough to double as an evening bag for apres-beach cocktails. Our favourites are Bloom, Uchi, and for total deluxe chic, check out Christian Dior’s cosmetic bag.

Here’s the list of the top products you may just need in your make-up bag:

Lip Gloss

Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment ($20)

Lancome Juicy Tube in Cerise ($35)

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($28)

Nail Polish

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in clear ($7.95)

Estee Lauder Nail Polish in Rosy Pink ($31)

Tony & Tina’s Millennium Key Nail Polish ($50). The best nail polish if you’re in a hurry. The clever bottle is designed so you hold it between two fingers. For stockists telephone George Giavis salon (02) 9328 6700.

Eyeshadow

Maybeline 8-Pan Designer Selections Shadows ($13.50)

Clinique High Impact Eye Shadow Trio in Walk in The Park ($43)

Foundation

Prescriptives Luxe Soft Glow Moisture Makeup ($65)

Becca Luminous Skin Colour in Nude ($58) from Mecca Cosmetica

Concealer

YSL Touche Eclat concealer pen ($70)

Avon Flawless Face Concealing stick ($14.95)

Blush

Orlane Blush in Orange Doree ($59)

Red Earth Duo Blush in C1001 ($16)

Lipstick

Avon Beyond Colour Nutralush in Uptown Pink ($24.95)

Maybelline Wet Shine Lipcolour in Nude Glow ($10.95)

No7 Colour Lock Lipcolour in Moulin Rouge ($17.95)

Bronzer

Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder in No 4 ($74)

Pencils

Maybelline Eye Duets in Double Latte ($13.50)

Kiss NYC Eyeliner in Black ($7.95)

BeneFit Sketching Pencil in Sable ($28)

Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($12.95)

CoverGirl Professional Mascara ($10.95)

September 3, 2002