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Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

Do you find that your face often looks red, blotchy, and even itchy after a day out in the sun? This is probably because you’re not wearing enough SPF – even when the sun isn’t shining!

To protect your skin on a daily basis, use a foundation with at least 20+ SPF, or layer one of your favourites under your usual makeup for extra protection.

RELATED: How To Choose The Right SPF In Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s

Foundations

Dr Jart Gold Label Premium Beauty Balm, $58.41

Featuring medium coverage and an SPF of 45+, this is the perfect BB cream to use on a daily basis. The formula is lightweight, so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing layers of makeup, and is ideal for all skin types.

If your face is on the oily side, remember to use a translucent setting powder before leaving the house.

Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, $59

If you’re looking for something with a little less coverage for the office, then a tinted moisturiser is the best option. They come in many different colours to suit your skin tone (you can also blend them to create a bespoke shade).

Most tinted moisturisers can also be applied without brushes, so they’re easy to keep in your handbag if you’re on-the-go.

Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

MAC MatchMaster SPF 15 Foundation, $59

For something a little more full coverage, try the reliable MatchMaster by MAC Cosmetics. This is the best product for an outdoor wedding, pool party, or even gathering during the warmer months.

The foundation might feel a little dehydrating for dry skin tones, so make sure to apply a nourishing serum underneath.

Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

La Roche-Pose Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid, $27.99

One of the best drugstore sunscreens without that terrible white caste has to be Anthelios by La Roche-Posay. Not only does it layer well under your makeup, but it provides your skin with an SPF of 50+ and protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Are You Wearing Enough SPF?

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May 21, 2015

Holy Grail Beauty Tips For Fair Skin

Sometimes fair skin requires a little extra TLC, especially during the summer when sea salt and exposure to the sun can leave it looking less than perfect.

If you have fair skin, brush-up on your skincare and try some of our tips so it looks amazing all year round.

RELATED: Haircare Tips For Redheads

Sunscreen

Even if the sun isn’t shining, it doesn’t mean that the rays won’t harm your sensitive skin! Make sure your moisturiser and foundation have at least an SPF of 20 added into the formula. Carry some additional product into your handbag if you feel the need to touch-up through the day.

Tip: Use a translucent formula which won’t leave a white, thick caste on your face all day long. This might involve using a lightweight moisturiser underneath your foundation for ultimate protection against the sun.

Hat

Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you will be out in direct sunlight. Not only will it protect your scalp against sunburn, but also your decolletage and shoulders from sun damage.

Remember to apply additional sunscreen to your neck and ears since these are painful places to burn.

Foundation

If your skin is quite light, odds are that it won’t be easy to find a foundation which suits your colour seamlessly. Search for BB creams or light perfecting formulas which are pink-based, lightweight, and will improve the look of your skin. They are also packed with high volumes of SPF to fight against imminent skin damage.

Tip: Most concealers also feature SPF, so apply onto your problem areas and follow up with a moisturiser to hydrate the skin.

Exfoliate

Most harsh exfoliators can leave fair skin looking rough, especially if you already suffer from regular red patches or eczema.

Exfoliate in a gentle way by using a flannel and carefully remove the scrub in an upwards motion. This won’t leave your skin red and flakey afterwards, but will remove excess skin and dirt without the additional unpleasantness.

Pores

Avoid rinsing your face and body with hot water since it can open your pores and soak in bacteria and grime. Get into the habit of washing your face with cold-lukewarm water which keeps the pores tight and firm.

Tip: Use pore strips a few times a month to open the pores in a safe way (and in concentrated areas of your face such as the forehead and nose).

Razor burn

If you have fair skin, then the hair on your arms and legs is probably blonde or light brown. Rather than shaving and causing any inevitable razor bumps on your fair skin, wax once a month. Not only does this remove the hair from the follicle, but it will be better for your skin in the long run.

If you do suffer from razor burn, cleanse the area with natural aloe vera then rinse with cold water. Apply a nourishing moisturiser over your legs and relax as the pain subsides. Also, never apply fake tan onto skin which is damaged since it can cause a severe allergic reaction.

Brown mascara

Most women with fair skin find that using a traditional black mascara often looks too harsh on their skin tone. Why not switch it up and use a brown formula, instead? It makes your lashes look natural and won’t look too weird if you have little to no makeup on.

Tip: Use a waterproof formula to make your lashes last for longer and wiggle the applicator from root to tip for best coverage and lift.

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March 10, 2015

Top 5 Non-Greasy Sunscreens

Since we are already in the midst of summer, it is more than important to slip-slop-slap before heading out into the hot sun.

While most sunscreens can feel super-greasy and cast a white shadow on both the face and body, there are a few select products which are worth the extra dollars.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid, $27.99

A lightweight, holy grail formula which has been used for years on movie sets, photo-shoots, and even on a daily basis. Apply a thin layer under your makeup to protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, and possible sun damage.

Top 5 Non-Greasy Sunscreens

Sisley Paris Super Stick Solaire Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $163

While this might seem a little excessive for a sunscreen – you can never be too safe with your skincare! The holly grail formula comes in both a nude and colourless shade for discrete protection during the summer. Apply over the lips, nose, cheekbones, and around the eyes for best results.

Top 5 Non-Greasy Sunscreens

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA, $80

A powerful antioxidant-rich formula ideal for men and women who want a grease-free finish which is also waterproof. Apply generously over the face, neck, and entire body to keep your skin safe against potential sun damage.

Top 5 Non-Greasy Sunscreens

You, Me and Everybody Shady Lady Daily Dace Milk SPF 30, $19.99

Protect your skin from sun damage by applying a pea-sized amount of this product under your makeup. The grease-free formula is perfect for those who already suffer from oily skin, since it won’t interfere with your current routine. Feel free to apply to to your neck, chest, and other areas exposed to the sun.

Top 5 Non-Greasy Sunscreens

Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25, $36

One of the best sheer, broad-spectrum SPF formulas which is gentle on skin, and won’t clog your pores. Use on the delicate areas of your skin such as the mouth and around the eyes for extra protection against the sun.

Top 5 Non-Greasy Sunscreens

What are some of your favourite non-greasy sunscreen formulas?

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February 1, 2015

What Is An EE Cream?

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.

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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:

What Is An EE Cream?

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January 8, 2015

The Best Makeup For Flash Photography

Do you want to know the secret to flawless makeup for formal events such as a wedding, baptism or simply just a picture-perfect photo? It’s true, you do have to pay more attention to detail when getting ready – but it’s all worth it when the pictures come out truly flawless!

Use these tips the next time you’re getting ready for an event that requires lots of flash photography.

RELATED: Essential Makeup Tips For Beginners

Get matched

If this is your first time doing your own makeup for a formal event, then it’s always a good idea to get your skin matched by a professional. Not only will they recommend a shade that is close to your skin tone, but it will actually blend in with your neck and the rest of your body. Foundations are either pink or yellow based depending on the undertones of your skin, and a professional makeup artist will guide you through the colour process as best they can. This process might take a little longer, but is so much better than just purchasing any colour via the internet because you can’t see how it interacts with your skin.

Stay matte

Regardless of oily, dry, or combination skin, it’s always good to keep your foundation matte if you want an airbrushed look in your photos. Always carry around a compact powder, or blotting pads so you can easily remove the shine from problem areas such as the chin, forehead, and cheeks.

No SPF

Stick to SPF-free foundation and primer if you know that you will be photographed for an event. Products containing SPF can result in a white and shiny cast on the face, which show-up in photos like a ghost-like colour if you’re using flash photography.

Oil-free primer

Use a primer to even out your skin tone, and act as a base for the rest of your makeup. It’s best to use an oil-free alternative since this will work to keep your skin matte and shine-free. Only apply a face primer to your cheeks, nose, and forehead. Applying this over your eyes can make the area look oily.

Blend it out

To avoid any harsh lines of contour from showing up on camera, it’s a good idea to invest in high quality brushes which won’t have your makeup looking too dramatic. Make sure to properly blend out your bronzer, highlighter, concealer, and apply blush with a light hand, building up the colour instead of packing it all on at the same time.

Set your makeup

Keep your makeup looking fresh and matte by setting with a translucent powder or even with a spray. This will keep your foundation from oiling up throughout the day, but also won’t have your under-eye makeup from creasing either.

If you are going to use a setting spray, make sure to apply your mascara after you’ve sprayed your face. If applied to freshly painted lashes, this can often ruin the formula and make your lashes look and feel clumpy which makes them hard to manage.

Long-lasting makeup

The secret to flawless makeup in photos is by using high-quality products that are made to last. Foundation, concealer, and eyeshadows are all important products to invest in, since they will really allow your makeup to look flawless regardless of the weather. Keep a small mirror in your handbag to quickly touch-up any problem areas throughout the day.

Natural light

When applying your makeup, choose a setting which is filled with natural light. Any artificial light or filters can often give the wrong impression of how your makeup will actually look.

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November 4, 2014

How to Treat Pigmentation

Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, shares her best skincare tips to treat pigmentation.

Pigmentation and discolouration are actually the very first signs of ageing on the skin. It is caused by numerous factors – the number one being U.V. exposure – and other factors include hormone imbalance due to stress, pregnancy, the contraceptive pill or antibiotics (which make the skin more photosensitive), or artificial fragrance in such things as your perfume (which also affects the photosensitivity of your skin). Trauma to, and inflammation of the skin can also lead to discolouration.

If you’re looking to treat your pigmentation, the optimal time to start would be in the cooler months when UV exposure is at its minimum.

To effectively treat pigmentation, you will need skin lightening/brightening products which contain active ingredients that primarily act as melanin suppressors (the skin pigment) that can effectively lighten the skin and even out skin hyper pigmentation. Various ingredients are affective in the different stages of melanin production, so a combined ‘task force’ is the best treatment option, as opposed to, say, using just Vitamin C. Exfoliation is also a key component  as it ensures  speedy cell turnover and the removal of surface dehydration, dry and old pigmented cells. Exfoliation also enables the more efficient penetration of pigment lightening actives into the skin.

The three must-have products you will need are;

An Exfoliant (preferably Lactic Acid based), used 2 to 3 times per week

An active skin lightening treatment product (e.g. a concentrate used twice per day)

An SPF 30 – 50+ used throughout the day

Your ingredient guide (the key ingredients that will help target and treat pigmentation):

Oligopeptide 34
Palmaria palmata  a red algae
Vitamin C
Zinc Glyconate
Glucosamine
Lactic Acid
Niacinamide
Licorice

Treating pigmentation takes daily diligence with your home care products, and application of a sun screen SPF 30-50+ is an absolute must. As well as at-home treatment, look at investing in regular professional skin treatments, including light therapy.

March 28, 2014

A Beauty Therapist’s Guide to Spring Cleaning – Part One


We asked our friends at The Harem Beauty and Wellbeing for Women in Sydney’s CBD to give us the low-down on what a gal needs to know to prepare to bare her winter body this spring.

Wear Sunscreen

I’ve made this statement constantly since becoming a therapist (I’m sure I must mouth it in my sleep!). Still, we live in a society where people continually ignore information on the damaging effects the sun has on us. Let’s face it, we all love a tan, but it’s time to jump into the 21st century, girls.

Sunscreen is the only anti-aging cream on the market!

Australians suffers from premature aging of the skin more than any other country, and our sun is 70% responsible. Excuses, excuses! For those of you who would argue sunscreens are too oily or too heavy, Dermalogica have 5 sunscreens available which cater for all skin types. There’s a formulation for oily or dry skins; sensitivity; people who like a sheer tint; a booster 30+ that can be added to moisturisers; as well as full spectrum body wipes for quick applications, and a fake tan that contains a 15+. Phew! That pretty much covers everyone. Now you just need to get into a good habit. Leave your sunscreen it in the bathroom then after you’ve showered, you can apply it each morning after drying yourself. Easy!

What to look for

Get yourself a sunscreen that you are happy wearing. There is no use forcing yourself to wear one that doesn’t feel good, as that will be a short-lived phase. You need one that is therapeutic as well as SPF efficient, one that you can trust to do good things to your skin. Once you find it, make it your best friend, and you’ll develop a great lifelong habit.

Fake Tan

Get cheeky and fake it! Fake tans have come a long way. They no longer make you look like you’ve overdosed on carrots or have an odour that would keep even your dog away. Most tans are now developed to react with molanacites in the skin which is exactly what the sun does to darken the colour of skin giving a truly natural result that you can lie through your teeth about and no one need know! Dermalogica fake tan has a SPF 15+, so not only will it give you a great natural looking tan, but it will also protect your skin from the sun.

Most salons offer fake tan application treatments, and for those new to faking it, this is an excellent way of demonstrating preparation of the skin before self-tan application. It will also show you just how easy and quick it is to fake it. Treatments are usually an hour and range from around $65.00 to $120.00.

by Natalie Lehrer, Head Therapist, and Rita Paul, Director and Founder, The Harem, Sydney – where ‘Every Woman is a Goddess’.

The Harem is Sydney CBD’s most exotic beauty boutique. For more information or to make a booking, email feelgood@theharem.com.au, and receive The Harem’s full price list and awesome Spring Clean Specials. Or phone 02 9262 3466 for information on to make a booking. The Harem is located on Level 6, 99 York Street, Sydney.

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