[COORDINATING SHADES OF RED]

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Some things never go out of style, like bronzed limbs or face-framing highlights.Colours of the season are ever-changing, but a perfect red manicure complimented with a bold red lip is without question, timeless. It’s also the perfect way to revamp your favourite LBD for the festive season.

OPI have recently released a fabulous trio of nail polishes – the ‘Red Over Heels VIP Set‘ features Cajun ShrimpBig Apple Red and Malaga Wine.

If you’re like me and can never decide between a luxe deep berry red or a super bright pop red – you’re in luck – because you can have them all!
The best part? The set is only $39.95, that’s essentially 3 for the price for 2 polishes. One for you and one for your each of your girlfriends.

As for your lips, the choice between gloss, lipstick or a clever new hybrid is all yours.

If matte, bold colour is your pick – MAC’s lipstick in Relentlessly Red is the perfect shade that sits between a classic red and a bright pink, its’ matte finish means it has great staying power.

If you’re all about the gloss, Laura Mercier has you covered with their Lip Glacé in Poppy. The perfect ruby red shade with an ever-so-subtle-shimmer, this gloss can be applied sparingly to give a rosy tint or generously applied to create a perfect red pout. It’s incredibly nourishing but not at all sticky. It’s also perfect to layer over the top of your favourite red lipstick shade to prevent drying.

If you want the best of both worlds or perhaps you’re on the fence, Dior’s Dior Addict Fluid Stick is the answer to all your [lip] prayers. Pictured here in Pandore – a bright coral-red, it is a revolutionary lip formula that has all the benefits of your shiniest gloss, with the pigment and staying power of a lipstick. The fluid stick is lightweight, not one bit sticky but packs a serious punch in the colour department, with just one swipe of your applicator, you’ll have perfect red lips. The packaging is also incredibly beautiful – the perfect addition to your evening clutch!

Clutch | Saint Laurent
Hero image via | Elele Magazine Turkey, shot by Firat Kocak


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[SUMMER HAIR MUST-HAVES]

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Summer. It’s all about sunshine, salty water  and relaxed glamour, and even though it’s aptly coined the silly season – keeping your tresses looking worthy of that amazing new dress you spent your last pay cheque on should be anything but [silly] – be it in time spent, money spent and or the amount of products you have to use.

When you think Summer hair – you think sea salt spray and highlights – well I am all for sunkissed locks – but as for the sea salt spray, it’s never worked for me.

To keep things short and sweet – because you’ve probably got your hair to tousle and drinks in 35 minutes – here’s why you should never be without these 5 hair products featured above.

 

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Let’s be honest, who really enjoys blow drying their hair? So when there’s one product that does about nine things you ordinarily would pay your hairdresser for, it sure sounds like a winner to us. This product is a genius – it’s heat protectant, detangler, frizz-smoother that almosts cuts your blowdry time in half. Unlike many other ‘blowout creams’ definitely speed up styling time but leave your hair so dry and lifeless in the process – this perfecting creme does anything but – it’s a secret weapon that can be layered with other products until your hearts content. An extra 15 minutes up your sleeve to perfect those un-done curls, yes please.

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Kerastase
 – Lift Vertige [from the Couturing Styling range]
A little volume goes a long way, sexy Summer hair should never be lifeless and pasted to your scalp, no matter how fine your hair.
Kerastase’s Lift Vertige is a gel formula that should be applied to the roots before styling, a quick blast upside down with your hairdryer and the product is instantaneously absorbed, leaving absolutely no sticky or heavy residue – but leaving hair full and bouncy. Think of the effect that this product has like applying a volumising/texturising spray to your hair – but without all the residue that leaves hair needing to be washed in a matter of hours.

THREE
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Moisture Kick Beauty Balm [from the Bonacure Range]
We all love a multi-tasker, especially when time is of the essence! This Beauty Balm is a moisturizing cream that tames frizz and protects hair from heat and humidity. Just like a do-it-all serum for your skin, this balm smooths strands and leaves them looking lush and frizz-free, no matter what style you opt for.

FOUR
Living Proof –
Prime – Style Extender
Just like you prep your face to make your makeup last longer, yes, they make a primer for your hair too! So why should you use it? It keeps your hair cleaner for longer by repelling dirt and excess oil, it also preps the hair for styling and is proven to make your style last at least twice as long. You only need a small 20c piece dollop of product – apply to damp hair before anything else.

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Flip Turn – Volumising Finishing Spray
Once your style is good-to-go, you’re going to need to set it so it lasts as long as possible. You want to steer clear of traditional, heavy, sticky hairsprays that leave your fringe without.any.movement or leave your curls looking like Debutante-curls from the late 90’s. Not cute! I don’t even care how long you spent styling your tresses.
I love this product for many reasons, the ridiculously super-fine mist of this finishing spray is near the top of the list. It’s also weightless and will never leave hair without movement. You can layer it and restyle and it never goes crunchy, it’s also volumising so whether your hair is styled straight, tousled or curled – it will always look full of life.
It also claims to hold any style for 72 hours, protects hair from frizz and delivers shine - I don’t even know how I lived without this super-styler!

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[IT’S ALL IN THE INGREDIENTS]

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As we approach December, my hope is that you’re not going into panic mode and trying to fix all your skin woes within the next three weeks in time to look gorgeous and glowing for the plethora of special celebrations that are filling your diary. 

However, if this sounds all a little too familiar and you’re really wishing you started a skincare regime months ago, don’t fret, a few new additions to your vanity and a little discipline and you’ll see results just in time for Christmas!

Cheryl Ross is a skin goddess, her passion for all things skincare and her extensive knowledge of the unique benefits and healing powers of natural ingredients has left her in high demand to consult skincare companies over the past decade. Her career as an International model means that she understands the importance of having you skin look it’s best at all times; it also means, when she launches a skincare range, you know it’s going to be good!

CR FORMULATIONS was conceptualized in 2013, a range of serums, creams, cleansers and lotions, that can only be likened to what Cheryl describes herself as, [what CR Formulations is to skincare] – ‘haute couture is to fashion’.

Having treated my skin to The One and Creme Absolute over the past weeks; if you’re looking for a new moisturizer, cleanser or perhaps want to give your existing routine a boost; look no further.

The One serum is literally just that – all you need! A potent blend of active ingredients that claim to plump, tighten and fortify thanks for super peptides, Edelweiss and Hylauronic Acid.
The One absorbs immediately, leaving your skin with a hydrated, dewy appearance and almost an ever-so-subtle tightening feeling.
It’s perfect to use in conjuction with any products within the CR Formulations range, however it would be a perfect addition to your skincare regime if you are not already using a serum.

Creme Absolute is the most luxurious treat for your skin come bedtime, enriched with Vitamin B3, Vitamin A, beta glucan, marine collagen and seabuckthorn – there is no complexion – no matter how dry or aggravated that Creme Absolute won’t nourish and soothe.
Creme Absolute is a true ‘sleeping beauty’ potion – it’s incredibly rich [so a tiny bit goes a very long way] and within just minutes, your skin feels so much more hydrated – and when you wake in the morning, your skin will be smooth, soft, plump and glowing.
This is the perfect lotion to get your skin in tip-top shape stat! 


So with that said, Cheryl has been ever so kind to share her unparalleled knowledge and tips to get your skin glowing in time for the silly season…

As Summer and the ‘party season’ approaches, everyone is looking for their complexion to be flawless and radiant, what are your top tips to make your skin glow?
As Summer and the Party Season approaches a good ‘Spring’ clean is definitely the starting point.  Exfoliating the skin is fundamental to healthy skin. This should be done well and regularly – at least twice a week.

The skin produces in excess of 40,000 dead cells a minute. Yes a minute. Dead skin cells act like a barrier that clogs the pores and the sweat glands and prevents the absorption of vitamins and nutrients from your skincare. This can cause dehydration, dull and congested skin and breakouts.

By exfoliating your skin, new skin is exposed, leaving a smooth, glowing and healthy look. Then a good serum is what I suggest. One containing multiple antioxidants, peptides and moisture retaining ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.

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From your range, do you have a favourite product?
It’s difficult to choose a favourite product because they all do different things but if I had to I would choose Crème Absolute – because it represents ‘Me Time’.  It is pure indulgence, a truly sensory experience. With all the magnificent ingredients contained within it provides a deeply nourishing protective shield on my skin. Every woman has some sort of skincare at night and Crème Absolute is the highlight of mine.

And in case your in need of a skincare overhaul and are looking to invest in new must-have products – from your range, are their any products that compliment each other particularly well?
Two products that are great together are Saving Face and Berry Boost. Saving Face is a gel serum that delivers the world’s most powerful antioxidant Astaxanthin deep into the skin. It is an ideal serum to hydrate and protect the skin from environmental pollution. The ultra-moisturising Berry Boost has a synergistic blend of Cranberry, Raspberry, Kiwi seed and Blackcurrant to reduce those fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth area.

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[FLAWLESSLY RADIANT SKIN]

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I have a confession; I am a little obsessed with all-things-skin. Flawless, radiant skin is the epitome of beauty in my books – no matter what makeup you wear, what outfit you wear – if your skin is glowing [OK, this one is a perhaps a little debatable]; you can pull off anything.

No one knows skin better than DMK. If you have ready my previous posts about DMK Enzyme Therapy, you’ll know that their treatments deliver real results.
I have had 5 Enzyme Therapy treatments and the results speak for themselves, my skin is smoother, clearer, heals faster and generally just has more of a natural glow to it. That’s thanks to the Enzyme Therapy treatments removing dead skin and toxins, oxygenating the skin, the increased production of collagen and the multiple intense boosts of antioxidants.
There is no denying that this particular ‘facial journey’ requires commitment, both in time and money –  you’ll need a minimum of 4 treatments to see real improvements, but give yourself this time, and the improvement you’ll see in your skin will be worth 100 relaxing-spa facials [that can also be quite expensive and boost hydration in your skin for only a matter of days, resulting very little long-term skin improvement].

As December approaches and the social calendar fills up fast, many of us might be looking into indulging in a facial or are searching for any possible way to look our very best come Christmas time or to be ready to ring in yet another new year.
Perhaps you’ve tried DMK Enzyme Therapy and are ready for ‘the next step’ or perhaps you’re looking for something to deliver “harder hitting” results. The latest wonderful skin treat I can’t recommend enough is DMK’s Muscle Banding Enzyme Treatment; a treatment that offers all the same elements as the Enzyme Therapy that also lifts and firms the skin.

2014112099126167This treatment works by deeply contracting the facial muscles while repairing and strengthening tissue – check our the mask in action to your left!
Yes, the mask that is left on your face for 45 minutes still feels like cold-hard concrete is setting on your face… sorry! Yes it’s green and YES you will look like this during your treatment – but in more positive news, it doesn’t hurt a single bit and the results will be worth it!
This treatment is perfect for every age, in your 20’s and early 30’s – it works as a preventative to delay the onset of premature aging, while plumping and repairing any fine lines you might have from spending too much time in the sun or simply not showing you skin as much love as you should.
You will see results in 1-2 treatments that will leave your skin looking plumper, smoother and any fine lines appear as though you’re wearing a light layer of foundation. While in your 40’s, 50’s or 70’s – 5 to 12 treatments may be required to see optimal results, but from treatment one, you’ll see wonderful improvements in your skin.

Whether to want to look a few years younger as another year draws to a close or just want gorgeously glowing skin, with just over 6 weeks left for 2014, it’s the perfect time to start a little skin-journey!

Social calendar too full to squeeze in a series of in-clinic treatments? No problems! These at-home masks are the crème of the crop.

MASKS

DMK’s Hydrating Masque is a jelly-like texture that feels a lot like applying aloe-vera gel to sunburnt skin. It removes dead skin cells and repairs damaged skin – leave it on for 20-30 minutes to reveal skin that looks like you’ve drunk 3L of water and had 9 hours sleep. I love applying a little bit of this mask as a lip balm before bed, it absorbs immediately and you’ll woke with super smooth lips to rival Ange’s,

Jurlique’s Rose Moisture Plus Cream Mask is a deeply hydrating mask with a creamy clay-like texture, it is perfect for when your skin is very dry and dehydrated and needs a little TLC, stat! A plethora of natural ingredients ranging from rose to honey nourishes and protects skin. You’ll need to leave it on for 10-15 minutes.

Clinique’s Turnaround Instant Facial is perfect if your skin is already hydrated but a little “rough around the edges”. This super hard working mask dramatically boots skin radiance and vitality in just 5 minutes. A cream mask with an extremely fine sand-like texture removes dead skin cells and reveals a smoother, brighter complexion; perfect to use before applying your makeup for a night out or for when you’re complexion is a little dull.


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[pre-SUMMER Essentials]

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The humidity is rising and Summer just around the corner [less than a month to go!] – the perfect time to start gathering your Summer essentials; you know, the perfect bikini, your signature Summer scent to accompany your signature Summer beverage, perfectly complemented by the best skin you’ve ever had and the smoothest legs of your life.

Here are some of our essentials.

Don’t even think about inviting around your friends for a casual Sunday afternoon soiree unless your house smells amazing! ECOYA has you covered with their latest limited edition fragrances, their Guava & Lychee Sorbet Madison Jar matches any interior and smells like a bowl of fresh berries and melted popsicles. Delicious! (and perfect to complement that jug of sangria you’ve just whipped up).

As far as a signature scent goes, how could you go past a perfume aptly named Modern Muse Chic!? Leave the fruity, citrus scents for the beach and opt for a vibrant floral scent with rich woody undertones for after dark. Modern Muse Chic features scents of tuberose, lillies, juicy plum, cashmere wood, patchouli and vanilla; it’s unique and bold – just like you. It’s also brand new for Summer, hitting counters November 2nd.

And for your luscious locks, everyone’s hair looks better with a little volume. Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Volume Boost Daily Refresher is a refreshing spray that boosts body. It’s like a dry shampoo, only finer, minus any powdery residue, with added volume! Perfect to get a tousled look [that’s never flat] to take you from beach to bar.

Smooth, hydrated skin is an absolute MUST as the weather warms up. No, you cannot get away with moisturizing your legs every 3 days! Ella Bache’s Water Source Crème is my absolute favourite body moisturizer at the moment, it is so rich but not at all greasy or sticky. It’s absorbed almost immediately and leaves skin ever-so-smooth.

One of my favourite products for your face is Danne Montague King’s Seba E Hydrating Oil – it’s the finest blend of Vitamin E and herbal oils. Perfect for combating dryness and dehydration. No matter your skin type, do not be scared to put OIL on your face! It penetrates deep within the epidermis and plumps skin, if you’ve ever wondered how those girls get dewy, glowing skin – this is it.

All that’s left is your bikini of choice, oversized sunglasses, a designer beach towel and a chilled bottle of your favourite Champagne… Summer weekend, sorted!



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– Guava & Lychee Sorbet Madison Jar | CELINE – Thin Preppy Sunglasses, (02) 9540 0500 | Estee Lauder – Modern Muse Chic EDP (available November 2nd) | Schwarzkopf Professional – Volume Boost Refresher from the BC Bonacure range | Danne Montague King – Seba E Hydrating Oil | Ella Bache – Water Source Crème  | Veuve Cliqquot Champagne | Seafolly Bikini Top | Missoni Beach Towel


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[HELLO HALO]

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There are small handful of things every, single girl – just simply shouldn’t live without – a killer hair straightener is pretty high on that list!

Perhaps you’re in the market for a new straightener or you simply just want to try something new? Halo Hair Tools are one of the latest, greatest must-have collections of magic wands to transform your hair any which way you desire – from sleek and polished to full of volume and lush curls. With hair stylers named after iconic starlets ranging from The Kate to The Alexa or The Marilyn – there’s a tool for every style and every facet of your personality.

Every Halo hair styler is created with Japanese Kyocera technology, which basically means that you hair won’t be damaged by the heat passing over it.

The Kate has been my hair straightener of choice lately, and here are just a few things I love about it:

  • It leaves my hair ridiculously smooth and shiny with just one pass
  • It has a temperature dial so you can select the appropriate temperature pending on which area of your hair you are styling, for example, I have highlights around my face – so I’ll dial down the temperature to protect these parts of my hair that are slightly more damaged than others – to keep my locks super smooth
  • It has universal voltage, so unlike a lot of other hair stylers – you can take it anywhere in the world and it’s performance won’t be comprised
  • It’s unique swivel cord makes it super easy to create any style you want – no getting caught or tangled when trying to give your locks a bit of movement at the ends

The über talented Carl Reeves is the local ambassador for Halo hair tools – a hair stylist for over 20 years and having styled the locks of Jessica Alba to the Pussycat Dolls to having worked on International fashion shows ranging from Chanel to Givenchy to Burberry to directing shows for the likes of Dion Lee and Alex Perry – when Carl talks hair – you listen!

We are so thrilled to have the rare opportunity to share these exclusive insider tips and tricks from Carl…

What are your top tips for using heat stylers (in particular, the Halo ‘Kate’) to create a perfectly smooth, sleek, straight hair look?
​The Kate is such an easy straightener to use. Once i have prepped the hair with a heat protector it’s a matter of taking manageable sized sections and running The Kate from roots to ends slowly to get an amazing smooth shinny result. I also use a large toothed comb to help me guild The Kate down the length of the hair.​

Do you have any tips for ensuring that your sleek, straight look has staying power?
That’s the best thing about The Kate. Because of the technology, you only have to pass The Kate once slowly down the hair shaft. Once you have straightened the whole head I would run a light serum though the ends for shine. If you have frizzy hair naturally, blow dry your roots just a little to help keep it smooth and straight all day.​

Many people think of a straight hair look as dull and a little boring. Are there any tricks of the trade to ensure your straight hair looks healthy and volumized (as opposed to flat and lifeless)
When I straighten hair I lift the roots with the iron rather then pull flat. This helps give me more volume. Because The Kate is 1 Pass technology you don’t over dry or flatten your hair either. Sometimes its nicer to not pull the hair too hard and straight down as well. Try starting the section you are straightening by pulling it forward from your face, then move in a circular motion so the iron is now moving back away from you. This way your hair is smooth but with a slight movement.​

A straightener is a hair-kit staple for any girl. Is there anything that sets Halo hair tools apart from other straighteners in the market? 
The technology sets it a part for sure. The Kate locks in the nutrients and to a point repairs the dry ends.. Also because it is 1 pass and not 4 or 5 passes over the same area, your hair will always be in amazing condition.​
[I couldn’t agree MORE with this, I have naturally quite thick and super long hair – and almost every hair straightener I have used requires me to go over the hair at least 3-4 times before it’s smooth and sleek, with The Kate – one slow pass and I’m done – saving me at least 15-20 minutes styling time!]

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[SHINY NEW ECOYA]

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ECOYA Brand Shoot 2014 - Pls credit Photographer Olivia Hemus

Our beautiful friends at ECOYA have recently unveiled their new brand imagery – and it’s nothing short of absolutely stunning!

The brand imagery depicts how Ecoya has evolved as a brand since 2004, going from strength to strength. Ecoya is sold right here in Australia in David Jones and also Liberty on London as well as the iconic Bloomingdales in the US. And, wait for it – now sell a product every 45 seconds (can you believe Ecoya has only been around for 10 years – and is so iconic!?)

The stunning imagery was shot by fashion photographer, Olivia Hemus and styled by Rachel Morton – depicting the Ecoya “family” amongst a whimsical set that features some of the scents and ingredients found within Ecoya products.

The imagery just oozes sophistication and encapsulates refined elegance, without being too precious – just how you want your home and all your treasures within in it to be!
The imagery makes me wish I was having a little afternoon soiree with my best girlfriends (favourite Ecoya scent burning in the background, of course!)

We’re thrilled to share this little behind the scenes snippet from this stunning ECOYA shoot…


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