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Met Gala beauty inspiration

4th May, 2017

The Met Gala is often referred to as the fashion Oscars with its incredible red carpet line up and next level outfits. And it’s not surprising. Under Vogue Editor Anna Wintour’s no doubt watchful eye you’d definitely want to be bringing your fashion A-game. This year’s Costume Institute Exhbition and Met Gala theme was Rei Kawakubo and Commes des Garçons: The Art Inbetween which called for avante garde outfits in a nod to the influential designer. Whilst there were some daring and experimental looks (hello, Rihanna!) that definitely made their mark, the beauty was also on point. Just take these ladies for example…

Kate Bosworth does a severe scraped back bun and bold lip to perfection. It’s just further proof of the power of a really striking pout.

Selena Gomez did simple and sleek for her ‘do but it shows that the lob may well be making a comeback. Poker straight and parted down the middle, this sophisticated hairstyle definitely commands attention.

If you’re in the market for an up-do why not try Reese Witherspoon’s pinned back pony. The clips and looped through features just elevates it from an ol’ ordinary red carpet hairstyle.

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You can always count on Jennifer Lopez to bring ample levels of glamour wherever she goes. This look has a decidedly vintage vibe with the bold Bambi lashes and the 60s style tresses and looks classic with just the right dosage of drama.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum Alexa Chung opted for her signature tousled hairstyle and minimal barely there makeup. Perfect for the woman who wants to look polished without looking like she spent an inordinate amount of time getting dolled up.

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Never underestimate the appeal of a high pony with loose, relaxed waves. It looks red carpet ready but easily transitions to after party mode seamlessly. A bold smoky eye and nude lip come together for a look that’s pretty and understated.

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What you need to know about hair colour contouring (and why you need to try it)

27th April, 2017

I have my hair coloured regularly and I have to say that my recent salon experience produced by far one of the best results I’ve ever seen. What did I do differently? Enter Wella Professionals Colour Contouring. This new technique is similar in concept to makeup contouring in that it works to enhance and highlight certain aspects of my face by the colour of my hair. The process involved working with my hair colour to complement my eyes and skin tone, to produce a result that was quite flattering to me specifically. According to Stuart Bane, the stylist who coloured my hair at Valonz in Sydney, colour contouring also takes into account face shape and how hair colour can balance it. He says, it’s about “creating the illusion of an oval [as it is] believed to be the ‘perfect’ face shape.”

What I loved about the Wella Professionals colour contouring service is that it’s bespoke – the colour is specifically tailored to me. Stuart really analysed my locks and not only took into account things like my skin tone and eye colour, he also worked with my style and what I wear on a regular basis to ensure my hair colour was complementary to my wardrobe (I particularly loved that aspect of it). In fact, it was so personalised that when I mentioned that I part my hair both down the middle and to the side Stuart made sure that the colour would look great from all angles no matter how I wore my hair. I knew that from the attention to detail given throughout my consultation, that this was going to be a different experience to all the other times I’ve had my hair coloured.

Needless to say, I was right! I’m a big believer that when anything is customised it’s guaranteed to produce amazing results so it’s no surprise that this was by far one of the best colour jobs I have ever experienced. The colour just worked perfectly with all aspects of my look even right down to my outfit and I was so pleased with the outcome that I’d happily go back and do it all again. How often can you honestly say that after a visit to the hairdresser?

 

This post was produced in collaboration with Wella Professionals. To find your nearest Wella Professionals Colour Contouring Salon, logon to www.wella.com/professional/en-EN/salon-finder – / and book an appointment, today.

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A day in the life of my beauty routine

25th April, 2017

I am the first to admit that my days of having an extensive beauty routine are over as I simply have way too much to do in my day to spend it dealing with a huge arsenal of products. I’m all about a regimen that is quick, simple but most of all, effective. This is what I do in a day…

My morning starts with cleansing my face, applying Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum and then finishing with a hydrating moisturiser. I’m all about great skin and the most important step in my skincare regimen, is serum. The Advanced Ceramide Capsules conveniently comes in single-dose capsules which makes it easy to use. It’s highly potent and I’ve found my skin just drinks it up and my complexion has improved as a result. I’m all about great skin so this step is important. Now that Sophia is a little older she loves to watch as I go about my routine so we always spend the morning together as I get ready.

My day is varied so I could be spending it at work one minute, shooting a What I Wore post for the blog or hanging out with the girls the next so my makeup has to be appropriate for several different scenarios. My makeup routine mostly consists of applying a good base then applying eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, then curling my lashes. I also apply a highlighter to my cheekbones to accentuate them. I’ve managed to get this down to as short a time as possible as I need to get out the door fast!

Given I’m all about a quick beauty regimen I’ve managed to whittle down my top shelf beauty products to a few key beauty items – essentially what I can’t live without. What are they? Check out the video below to find out what gets my tick of approval and gets prime position in my beauty collection.

At the end of the day I like to unwind and prep for bed by taking my makeup off then cleansing my skin. I’ll then apply the same Advanced Ceramide Capsules to help my skin restore and replenish overnight. After that it’s lights out in preparation to do it all again the next day!

This post was created in collaboration with Elizabeth Arden.

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The hair treatment that’s worth the splurge

13th April, 2017

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I tried a new personalised hair care treatment and at-home regime by System Professional and how impressed I was with the results.

Going through the extensive EnergyCodeTM mapping session and pinpointing my hair concerns really allowed for the treatment to specifically tackle these issues which meant the results were all the more effective. The in-salon treatment was great but I think that the extension of having a tailored routine to follow at home really allowed for amazing results.

One of my favourite things about these products is the great price (starting at $42) and the convenience of being able to do post-treatment maintenance at home. Being so busy with Grace and Sophia these days, a personalised hair care routine does wonders for me inbetween visits to the salon. My specific EnergyCode™ is one of over 174 million possible combinations.  I’ve been using the System Professional Hydrate Shampoo, Silver Shampoo and Colorsave Conditioner. I’m hooked on the ‘Intense’ system treatment in the range which treats split ends and has really made a noticeable difference to my locks. I’m also a fan of the shampoo, which compared to other products I’ve tried, does an amazing job of cleansing and soothing my scalp.

In the past I’ve found that if a treatment is put through my hair, it usually results in my locks feeling just that little bit too silky afterwards, in turn causing my hair to look somewhat flat, however I didn’t experience that this time around. My hair still had texture and body but it was smooth and sleek in appearance. I don’t always put a treatment through my hair at every visit to the hairdresser, but I think I will actually do this one again as the results last a few weeks and I definitely saw an improvement in the condition of my hair. I think being able to personalise the treatment and addressing my specific hair concerns really made all the difference. It’s definitely worth the splurge if you’re after something that delivers real results.

Want to experience this treatment for yourself? Head to systemprofessional.com for more info and use the salon finder to locate your nearest salon.

Having my hair analysed before the treatment

The System Professional EnergyCode complex really targeted all my hair concerns

The extensive System Professional range meant I was able to take home product that worked perfectly with my unique hair issues

This post was created in collaboration with System Professional

 

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How a new personalised hair treatment has changed my locks

9th March, 2017

Personalisation is everywhere these days. You can personalise everything from bags to shoes to fragrances so why not your hair treatment too?

Everyone has their own unique concerns about their hair, whether it’s battling split ends or brittle strands, so it stands to reason that there shouldn’t be a one size fits all policy when it comes to hair treatments. Enter new System Professional. I recently road-tested this new range via a treatment at Sydney’s Valonz and there’s definitely something to be said for extending a little personalisation into hair maintenance.

When it comes to my hair, my key issues are mostly split ends and dryness. I have found that some treatments can leave my hair a little bit too silky and can in turn leave it limp so I wanted to ensure that my hair still had a bit of texture. All of this was taken into account during my EnergyCodeTM Mapping session which involved filling in a detailed questionnaire with the help from a System Professional trained hair stylist, via an in-salon app. This digital app has been designed to assess my hair and scalp concerns and in turn offer up a bespoke haircare prescription, which comprised of a perfectly tailored in-salon treatment and the ideal products to use at home.

The questionnaire asked me how I felt about my hair, what results I wanted from the treatment and the current state of my hair; from whether my hair dried straight or curly to if I had a dry or oily scalp… (when I say detailed, I mean detailed). System Professional discovered that everyone’s hair has its own unique “hair energy” which is as unique as a fingerprint, and by filling in the questionnaire it can identify a bespoke hair care regime for me containing EnergyCodeTM Complex, a combination of five naturally occurring lipids and ingredients that can boost hair quality and restore hair’s energy.

After filling out the app along with discussions about my hair woes, my stylist Stuart and the proprietary tool determined the correct hair perfecting treatment regimen to use on my hair, and it was perfectly suited to address my individual concerns. I had the treatment performed during the course of a haircut so there was no need to book in a separate appointment. The treatment was simple, it involved painting on the solution to my hair using a small brush and leaving it in for a while, after which the solution was washed out. Already my hair felt noticeably different – soft, smooth and just the right level of silky.

To keep the effect of virgin-like hair going I was prescribed my EnergyCode™ to use at home, which I’m currently using. I usually find that the effects of a treatment disappear a day or two after I have it done, so I’m currently trialling this new haircare system to see if it will prolong salon-fresh hair after being exposed to my usual day-to-day styling. Stay tuned to hear the results…

Find your nearest System Professional salon here: systemprofessional.com

Discussing my hair concerns during my initial consultation

Each energy code is as unique as a fingerprint

Discussing my hair concerns

The treatment in action

My personal prescription for great hair

The finished result

This post was created in collaboration with System Professional 

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Get a designer beauty fix that won’t break the bank

2nd March, 2017

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Who says a designer fix has to involve dropping four figures on a handbag? If you’re in the mood to treat yourself then why not get a hit of luxury in the form of designer beauty. I know one of my all time fave additions to my makeup bag is Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation and Chanel’s Vitalumiere – it’s a designer hit minus the big dent on the credit card, and hey, it’s great cost per wear as they’re both definitely something I use on an almost daily basis.

Designers such as Givenchy, Burberry and Tom Ford have distilled their chic aesthetic into quality beauty ranges that look pretty fabulous, too (in this instance you can totally judge a book by it’s cover). With each brand expanding into everything from lipsticks to eye shadows, I’ve picked out a few of my faves for a beauty hit that will definitely dial up the glamour…

 

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The beauty products I always have on hand

23rd February, 2017

I know some women tend to have a lot in their beauty kit but I’ve managed to keep it down to only the essentials to ensure that I can get through my makeup routine fast! I don’t have a lot of time to spend getting ready these days so the less steps I have to go through the better and these are the products I always have on hand…

Foundation: I buy a quality foundation to ensure a great finish. My favourites are Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and Chanel Vitalumière.

Mascara: This is a constant in my kit as it really helps to give my eyes some definition once I’ve applied my eye makeup. I use ModelCo LashXtend.

Eyebrow gel: I use the a clear brow gel by M.A.C to keep brows in place after I’ve filled them in with a pencil.

Eyeshadow: M.A.C eyeshadows are my favourite. I always tend to go for neutral colours as I find I can wear it naturally or build up the colour for a slightly smokier eye.

Cream blush: I love the consistency of M.A.C Cremeblend blush as it gives a really great hit of colour but is really easy to apply. I use the shade Something Special.

Moisturiser: I am constantly going through moisturiser so I don’t spend too much on them. At the moment I’m using QV cream and Nivea Moisturising Fluid.

Lip balm: My lips can get a little dry so I always make sure I have a lip gloss on hand but also Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment to keep my lips hydrated.

What beauty products do you always have on hand?

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The one beauty thing I do without fail

22nd February, 2017

What’s the number one aspect of my beauty routine? It definitely has to be skincare. I follow my routine religiously. I believe amazing skin gives you a great foundation to start from and if your complexion is in top condition then your makeup will, by default, look good too.

My skincare routine is pretty simple as I like to keep it quite streamlined and not have too many steps. All I do is cleanse my skin morning and night and make sure I remove my makeup at the end of each day. I moisturise twice a day too and ensure I apply an eye cream to hydrate my skin. I’m also quite particular about applying sunscreen; I do it every day, no matter the weather. Other than that I ensure I drink plenty of water to keep my skin hydrated. It’s quite a straightforward regimen but I find it definitely works and keeps my skin in top condition.

What’s the one beauty thing you do without fail?

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My current hair routine

20th February, 2017

I’ll let you in on a little secret: when it comes to my hair I’m really low maintenance. I’m lucky enough to have the kind of hair that has a bit of texture to it so I can wash and wear it without having to do too much to it. However there are certain things I have built into my hair routine:

I don’t go too long between a cut and colour

I get my hair cut by Renya Xydis at her salon, Valonz in Sydney’s Paddington along with getting my hair coloured (Dan at the salon does my colour) and I try and do this every 6-8 weeks so my hair looks fresh which I find means I don’t need to do too much to it.

I put a treatment in through my hair

If I can I’ll sometimes do a treatment in my hair when I’m at the hairdresser. If I don’t have the time I’ll just buy a leave-in treatment from the supermarket and I’ll just pop it in my hair when I’m washing it.

I don’t use too much product

To get a little body and texture in my hair I’ll use a volume powder when I’m styling it. Also I recently discovered Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray at a photo shoot I was on so I have started using it to help protect may hair from heat damage.

I wear it up or curly 

My hair doesn’t require too much fuss so I tend to just roughly blow dry it to get the moisture out of it. Truth be told I don’t have much time to do my hair so most of the time I will just put it up in a ponytail when I’m on the go. Otherwise I find it easier to curl it than blow dry it straight so I just do loose curls or tie it back in a low bun or a top knot.

What are some of your hair essentials?

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The one beauty thing I don’t splurge on

15th February, 2017

When it comes to my beauty kit I don’t mind splurging on things like perfume and foundation which at times can admittedly be a luxurious treat but I also consider them to be the building block and finishing touch of my look and I use them all the time. However there are certain things I don’t spend a fortune on and that one thing has to be moisturiser. The array of moisturisers available out there is extensive and let’s face it they can also be quite expensive too depending on the brand you go for. Lately however I have found that a moisturiser from the supermarket and chemist does the job just as well. It’s hard to beat a beauty buy that’s effective but also inexpensive too.

So what am I using? At the moment I’m juggling QV Cream and Nivea Moisturising Fluid (pictured above). I use QV on the girls so I’ve found myself using it too and have found it to be quite nourishing and hydrating and works well with my complexion. I also sometimes use a simple moisturiser by Nivea which is lightweight and is quite refreshing for my skin, and it contains an inbuilt SPF which is a plus. They’re both bargain buys but they earn my tick of approval.

What are some of your favourite cheap and cheerful beauty buys?