[EMPOWER YOURSELF & OTHERS WITH A ROSEWATER MIST]

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Flawless skin can be so empowering. You know, that confidence that you exude when you just know your skin is positively glowing?

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Jurlique products – and namely, the Rosewater Mist Intense. It’s a must-have product for me that’s earned a prime position on my vanity.
In case that’s not enough to convince you how great a Rosewater mist is, now is probably a good time to mention that Rosewater mist is one of the very few products that Olivia Palermo swears by…

Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense provides hydration, protection and conditions the skin all in one quick spritz.
The mist features a limited edition rose blend consisting of five precious rose extracts, aloe vera and marshmallow (which offers intense hydration and softening properties!).

On no makeup days, I love spritzing it all over my face post moisturiser to give a dewy glow or using 3-4 sprays mid afternoon to revive a tired or dull complexion.
Rosewater mist is also perfect to keep on hand when your skin is being a little temperamental, nothing soothes like it. Whether it’s super dry from cold wind or a long flight or a little burnt from the sun or red and raw from a series of breakouts – a few spritzes will calm the skin in less than a minute.

So, why am I telling you about a Rosewater mist right now!? For 2014, Jurlique has released a Limited Edition of this miracle mist that gives back.
The revolutionary brand has established the Jurlique ‘Ideas of Beauty Fund‘ – to support beautiful ideas that empower and educate women and children globally.
Your shiny new mist features words of empowerment that inspire women globally – think strength, liberty, hopeconfidence and knowledge.
And the best bit? From each 200ml Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Deluxe (RRP $74) sold – Jurlique will make a contribution to the Ideas of Beauty fund.

We shared our words of empowerment with the wonderful Jurlique team, our favourite word being ‘sparkle‘ – so make your skin sparkle and add a little sparkle to the lives of others through your purchase. It’s not just a beauty product – it’s a movement!

Visit the Jurlique Ideas of Beauty site to purchase your Rosewater Mist Intense Deluxe Edition (it’s available today!!) and to also find out more about Jurlique’s Ideas of Beauty Fund and the charities they support and people they empower.


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[TIMELESS ESSENTIALS]

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The perfect LBD is absolutely timeless, but sometimes it’s how you put the dress together that makes all the difference.
Inspired by Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2013 Collection (see below runway pics – THAT  flawless impeccably dewy skin, flushed lips and lightly tousled hair) – we compiled our must-have accessories and finishing touches to a timeless outfit.

A perfect dewy pink lip is essential, Max Factor’s Lipfinity range literally lasts ALL day, so need to re-apply from desk to drinks (in case you don’t believe me, check out this quick video of us road testing the Lipfinity shade ‘Just in Love’).

When it comes to your skin, hydration is key – Jurlique’s latest Rose Moisture Plus Serum enriches the skin and ensures skin stays dewy all day.
Danne Montague King’s Herb & Mineral Mist packs a serious punch, this little miracle worker is enriched with vitamins and minerals to enrich the skin and to active ingredients in your skin care, it is also perfect to revive tired or heavy makeup. Definitely one to keep in the handbag or carry-on during even the shortest flights!

Amazing hair isn’t even questionable when it comes to the perfect complement to an LBD. Whether it’s up or down, it’ll be glossy and gorgeous. For long locks, turn to one of my absolute favourite haircare ranges, Kerastase Cristalliste. One of their latest products is their dual sculpting serum that consists of oil gloss to build hair fibres and an aqueous serum. The result? Hydrated, glossy, luxe locks.

Laura Mercier launches an amazing new high-coverage concealer on July 7th (mark in diary. NOW!) The concealer is designed to completely cover dark under eye circles. Hello make-up bag must have and Monday morning saviour!! The concealer is highly pigmented so just a little goes a long way.

CHANEL’s Healthy Glow Multi-Colour is a one-and-done kind of product, it combines a bronzer, highlighter and blush all in one, to give a healthy glowing flush in one big swoop of a powder brush.

Benefit’s They’re Real push-up liner is truly revolutionary! How many times has a 10-minute makeup look turned into 45-minutes due to a wonky liquid liner… This one-of-a-kind liner is the only fail-proof trick you need to achieve Bridget Bardot doe-eyes in just a minute.

Finish your look with your favourite LBD, and accessorise with edgy flats and a scarf or statement necklace for evenings.

Giambattista Valli


Max Factor Lipfinity in Endlessly Mesmerizing | Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer | CHANEL Healthy Glow Multi-Colour | Kerastase Cristalliste Dual Sculpting SerumDanne Montague King Herb & Mineral Mist | Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum | Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner | Alexander Wang Chastity Clutch | Givenchy Mermaid Roses Scarf | Dannijo Gabby Necklace | Maje Dress | Valentino Noir Rockstud Flats


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[FLAWLESS SKIN with DMK]

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If you have read this blog for more than 5 minutes, you’ll know that we are all about flawless, glowing skin.
So, who is Danné Montague King and what is this secret we speak of!?

Danné Montague-King is a pioneer in the skincare industry who has devoted his life to the quest of maintain beautiful, youthful, glowing skin. DMK is a leader in cosmeceutical skin care and they believe with working with the skin according to its’ unique biochemistry as opposed to simply acting on it.

And the big secret? Enzyme Therapy - Danné Montague King’s signature treatment that is unlike anything else on the market.
It’s a facial, but not a fluffy, girls-day-the-spa facial. No rose petals or cucumbers found here!
DMK Enzyme Therapy treatments dissolve dead skin cells which oxygenates the skin and improves overall skin nutrition while stimulating collagen. The treatment is suitable for all skin types and concerns ranging from aging skin to sun damaged to acne-prone skin as DMK therapists customise a treatment according to your needs.

So, the process… I visited the Danné Montague King Clinic in Sydney’s Crows Nest to see what this Enzyme Therapy was all about, after just one treatment – I was completely blown away!
The DMK therapists are so incredibly knowledgeable about skin (if you are in Sydney and able to visit the Crows Nest Clinic, visit Lowri!)

The treatment begins with a pre-exfoliation therapy which involves a deep-pore cleanse, a dermatox and a desquamate exfoliation (think of this phase of the pre-exfoliation as a fruit-acid peel). Your skin will be feeling fresh, revitalized and a just little ‘tingly’.

DMK Enzyme Therapy Early Stages
The Enzyme Masque is then applied; it’ll be staying on for 45 minutes. The first 10 minutes, the mask feels like a thick cleanser on your face before developing into what feels similar to a mud mask just a few minutes later.
Around 20 minutes is where the mask seriously kicks in, the only way to describe this feeling is cement setting on your face; pulling it back toward your scalp. It’s intense, but take great satisfaction in that the therapy is working wonders!!
During this time, the masque is working your facial muscles quite intensely which leaves your skin feeling incredibly firm.
The Enzyme Masque removes dead skin cells, oxygenates the blood and activates nutrients and collagen in the skin while also improving lymphatic drainage which detoxifies the skin.

DMK Enzyme Mask 35 Minutes

The masque is removed after 45 minutes by your lovely therapist, the skin is cleansed again and followed with an transdermal infusion – a cocktail of active ingredients to nourish and protect your skin. My infusion consisted of the following;
- Melanoplex drops (Melanin Inhibitor)
- Pore reduction drops
- Betagel (to boost the skins immune and defence system)
- Direct delivery Vitamin-C (to replenish and boost antioxidants)
- Seba E (to replace the skins acid mantle post Enzyme Therapy and intense exfoliation)
- Creme Citrique (A hydrating, brightening moisturiser unique to DMK)
- Herb & Mineral Mist (A hydrating mist to drive active ingredients in the products deep into the skin)
- Finished with a Hydrophilic Creme to lock in all the products and finishes with an SPF 50.

Directly post treatment, my skin is feeling incredibly smooth and supple; it’s a little red and tender and there is a plasmatic effect on the skin – which essentially means that many little red veins have risen to the skins’ surface.

A couple of days post my treatment, my skin is feeling a little dry and it’s surface is a little uneven, I have had a few breakouts where I normally wouldn’t – but my skin is overall looking substantially more radiant.

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DMK products must be prescribed by one of their incredibly knowledgeable therapists. The range is so large that it can be a little overwhelming and the names of the products don’t necessarily disclose what they do!

Danne Montague KingIf you are anything like me, you’ll be guilty of thinking the most “luxe” skincare products must be best, however, most high-end skincare products sometimes have only 20% active ingredients in them which means they feel amazing on your skin, but that is exactly what they are doing, sitting on top. DMK products have up to 90% active ingredients, so they penetrate deep into your skin to improve your skin in many ways.

I have been prescribed an at-home regime to improve my skin [click each product to learn a little more about each!], which consists of;
- EFA+ Vitamin E Supplement
- Deep Pore Pure Cleanser
- Beta Gel
- Creme Citrique
- Herb & Mineral Mist

Almost 2 weeks post treatment and religiously using my at-home regime – pigmentation on my skin has improved drastically, I have previously had very subtle acne scarring (guilty pimple squeezer right here) and they have now completely vanished! I have also noticed an improvement in the hydration of my skin as it’s feeling much more supple and much more radiant.

The verdict thus far? Well, I think I am a Danné Montague King devotee!
If you are facial-aficionado who has not seen results from your treatments, I am so sure that you will LOVE Enzyme Therapy.
If you a little like me, a product-addict who has been combining different lotions and potions without any real knowledge of what your skin actually needs, a visit to a Danné Montague King is absolutely essential.

Check back within the coming weeks as I will share a little share an update on my Danné Montague King at-home regime.

x B

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[NUDE]

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A perfect nude nail is timelessly elegant. There will never be reason quickly change your nail colour in a mad dash when you realise it clashes with your outfit.

We’ve also seen ‘the return of the nude’ this season, from runways to red carpets, when we’re used to being inundated with the likes of deep burgundies and rich jewel tones during this (chilly!) time of year, the humble nude is standing strong.

Always, always start with a flawless base, this is the trick to perfect nude nails! Try Dior Diorlisse, a nourishing, ridge and imperfection filling base coat. It can be worn alone to give nails a natural, clean ‘glow’ or worn under your favourite nude to create a perfect base.

When selecting your nude shade, keep your skin tone in mind.
Paler skin tones with blue undertones work best with cool toned nudes – this is generally most nudes that a little pinker in appearance. Creamy beige shades will also work beautifully!
For more olive or darker skin tones, most nudes will look great on you (lucky you!).

You can always ascertain what kind of shade is best for you by the jewellery you wear – if you’re a gold girl, go for warmer shades. While if silver looks best on you, opt for cooler shades that a slightly pinker with silver or blue undertones.

Personally, I have olive skin with a pink undertone and love opting for a creamy pale beige tone as opposed to a shade with a very warm base, this is simply because I like to brighten the pink undertone in my skin and give my nails a clean, fresh look.

Don’t ever forget to seal your shade with an impeccably glossy top coat. My favourites are  “gel” appearance top coats as I find they give manicures the most longevity (while keeping them mirror-shiny!).
Dior Gel Coat and Julep Polymere Top Coat are my picks.

Check out our favourite shades above, with stockist details below.

DiorDiorlisse - (02) 9695 4800 for your nearist stockist / BurberryNude Beige – available at select DAVID JONES stores / Tom FordNaked – available at DAVID JONES stores, 1800 061 326 for your nearest stockist / OrlyPink Nude / OPISamoan Sand / ModelCoTourmina Sands / JulepFreedom Polymer Top Coat / Dior Gel Coat(02) 9695 4800 for your nearist stockist

 


 

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[LONDON RAIN]

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There is something so special about the world of Jo Malone, that iconic shade of pale yellow has the ability to make you feel as though you’ve immersed yourself (and your home) into a glamorous, sophisticated mansion right in the heart of London.

And what could be more British than London Rain? London Raise is Jo Malone’s latest limited edition collection of fragrances that have been created by Master Perfumer, Christine Nagel. The collection mimics the different moods of rain – from a wild downpour to a soft Summer sparkle.

There collection is comprised of four unique scents; Rain & Angelica, Wisteria & Violet, White Jasmine & Mint and Black Cedarwood & Juniper.


RAIN & ANGELICA

Rain & Angelica is my favourite scent in the collection, the bright blue bottle is iconically Jo Malone – the scent is fresh, light and awakens the senses – think of it like a kiss of fresh lime in your sparkling water on a crisp Spring morning after just a light sun shower. This scent would layer perfectly with a strong floral fragrance to give it a fresh, citrus twist – as Jo Malone describes this scent, ‘fresh and clear. While the scent is light and not overwhelming in anyway, it is surprising long lasting.


 

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White Jasmine & Mint has always been a favourite Jo Malone scent of mine, I have replaced my Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint candle many times over! This scent mimics an afternoon cloudburst that drenches gardens. A refreshing and invigorating scent; this cologne is filled with jasmine, lily, orange flower and rose with a revitalising splash of mint.

 


 

WISTERIA & VIOLET


Wisteria & Violet
 mimics a soft morning shower on a Winter morning; ‘soaking purple wisteria cascading over London stone walls with the wet-petal scent of violets and waterlily’. The top note of Wisteria is reminiscent of a London country garden, while the underlying scent of patchouli and violet warms the overall scent.


JO MALONE JUNIPER CEDARWOOD

The Black Cedarwood & Juniper scent mimics midnight rain; it’s the richest, most intense scent of the collection and would be mimics layered on your skin when you’re wrapped in a luxe cashmere knit on a Winter evening. The seductive scent encompasses cumin, chilli leaves, juniper and cedarwood – a woody, aromatic scent with just the right amount of spice. The scent starts as a woody, powerful fragrance with some light masculine influence – but fades into being a fresh scent with a hint of cedarwood spice. It would layer perfectly with a fruity or citrus based scent.


LONDON RAIN

The London Rain collection is available at Jo Malone stockists and boutiques nationwide now.
Don’t forget, Jo Malone has opened a gorgeous flagship boutique in the heart of Mosman – right amidst a little mecca of must-stop-shops including T2, MAC and Bobbi Brown. Whether it be a little treat for yourself on a girls shopping day or if you’re hunting for the perfect gift – this beautiful store is a must visit.

The new Jo Malone Mosman store is at Shop 3, 1-5 Mandolong Road, Mosman (just off Military Road).
Visit Jo Malone for further information.


 

 

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[IN THE NAVY]

IN-THE-NAVY NAVY

Equipment - Signature Shirt in Navy | Lanvin – Crystal Embellished Necklace | Joico – Mothers’ Day Gift Pack | Obagi – Professional-C Serum | Bobbi Brown – Nude & Navy Eye Shadow Palette | Laura Mercier – Lip Glace in Bare Naked | OPI – Nail lacquer in Russian Navy | Balmain – Extatic Eau de Parfum – (02) 9695 5678

We’ve taken inspiration from what I’m dubbing the “it” shade from the Met Gala. Marion Cotillard, Kimmy K, Karolina Kurkova all sported touches of navy – and looked amazing!

Equipment signature silk shirts, you can never have enough. A statement necklace layered around a buttoned-up silk blouse = perfection! This baby from Lanvin is an investment, but it will see you through seasons and seasons. The Reed Krakoff tote takes that off-duty ‘double-denim’ look to another level.

Joico’s Mothers Day pack is the perfect gift for you AND Mum! It features Joico’s Moisture Recovery shampoo and conditioner, moisture recovery treatment balm and K-Pak Color therapy restorative styling oil AND, Power Spray finishing spray – intensely hydrated hair styled to perfection? You can’t go wrong.

A skincare range I am absolutely LOVING is Obagi, granted, it’s not the prettiest looking, but this stuff seriously works. I have been using many products from the range (stay tuned for an in-depth review), however one of my favourites is the Professional C-Complexe 15% Vitamin C Serum. It should be applied in the morning, underneath your moisturiser. It protects our skin from the harmful sun while promoting skin regeneration. In just a few weeks, my skin has become noticeably more radiant – and I can really feel the difference in skin hydration levels if I have a few days off it. In case you didn’t think your skin needed Vitamin C, think again! 

For your finishing touches, Bobbi Brown’s Nude & Navy eyeshadow palette is sure to become a staple in your makeup bag as it features shades that are universally flattering. 

Laura Mercier, is my #1 for achieving a natural radiant complexion. Laura Mercier has recently added a plethora of new shades to their signature Lip Glace range – a pigmented lip gloss that is ever so long lasting without being too sticky. This fail-proof nude shade isn’t a newbie, but it’s wonderful for wearing on it’s own or layered on top of many different lipstick shades.

Balmain’s latest fragrance, Extatic, is a fresh, floral scent that encompasses crystalline rose, nashi pear and chocolate scented Sharry Baby orchid with just a touch of Barenia leather. The black and gold bottle has been designed under the direction of Olivier Rousteing.

Finish your nails with a gorgeous shade of… navy, of course! Russian Navy is a great alternative to black or a deep red. It has a subtle shimmer so it looks flawless and shiny for much longer that matte shades. This is going to be my signature Winter shade!!

Have a great weekend,
B x

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[THE SCENT OF CELEBRATION]

CANDLE CELEBRATION

Candles can change instantly change your mood; scent has the ability to evoke memories and create everlasting new ones.
We’re sure you remember the scent of cotton candy at your 7th birthday soiree.

It’s no secret that I LOVE candles – and, it’s now no secret that Ecoya fans LOVE candles too!
Did you know that 1 Ecoya product is now sold every 45 seconds. Yes, 45 seconds!

For occasions that are worth remembering, Ecoya introduces the gorgeous new Celebration Candle.
The most perfect gift – Mother’s Day is around the corner!! Or, the perfect treat for yourself; to bring a touch of home to your house – who said your apartment can’t have a signature scent…

ECOYA Celebration Candle

Introducing The Celebration Candle from ECOYA, housed in a simple yet chic, white cut glass jar.
The Celebration Candle scent was created by master perfumer and nose of ECOYA, Isaac Sinclair. The candles’ fragrance is vanilla and white musk. The freshness of citrus and leafy greens is perfectly contrasted against a mossy floral heart and a creamy base of vanilla, sandalwood and musk.

Have a celebration to commemorate? We won’t tell if that celebration is a night at home on your couch with a bottle of wine!

Purchase The ECOYA Celebration Candle here.


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