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How I do my hair in a few easy steps

1st July, 2020

When I decided to cut my hair into a short bob it required a few adjustments in terms of how I was going to style my hair. I often go between a low ponytail or this undone waves hairstyle.

This has been my go-to style for shoots and events so armed with a few tips from the experts, and also a little trial and error at home, I’ve honed this routine down to a short amount of time. In fact, I can usually do this in around 10-15 minutes. The best bit is, it always helps me look and feel polished but I’ve not had to spend ages getting ready — as a mum, I just don’t have the same amount of time as I used to!

Try this yourself with the help of my my tutorial above. I’ve also included what you’ll need and a few of my tips below. Happy styling!

What you’ll need

Curling tong

Straightening iron

Dry shampoo

Dry powder finishing hairspray

My styling tips:

I part my hair to the side when I do this as it helps to achieve that tousled hair effect (also great for hiding roots in case you’re in between colour appointments).

You need a little grit to your hair for this style as clean hair is quite slippery and won’t hold a curl as well. For this reason I always prep my hair with dry shampoo before I start curling it. I also make sure to spray all around the roots to add texture and body.

Don’t curl hair all the way to the end. I like to keep the ends straight as it has a more undone feel.

Make sure to curl away from the face as it sits better, and spend a bit more time curling the hair around your fave. Curl it in the direction that you want the hair to fall. And don’t forget the back! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked out of the house to discover I have straight hair in parts.

Run your hands through your hair once you’ve finished curling and mess it up a little. You don’t want curls that are too perfect. This is all about effortless, undone waves.

Use a dry powder finishing spray at the one to add a little extra grittiness and texture.

I like the ends quite blunt so I’ll often go over them again with a straightening iron to achieve that effect and finish off the style.

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How to rescue your lips this winter

23rd June, 2016


Chilly weather can often mean that my lips get really dry and are often in dire need of some TLC. These are the tricks I have learnt over the years to bring chapped lips to life in winter!

Add some moisture 

The wind and cool air can take its toll on your lips so make sure you add moisture back throughout the day. Quench your thirsty lips with a lanolin-based lip balm. Lano Lanolin’s balm is blended with pure lanolin and a bit of banana extract which mimics the skin’s natural oils to protect your lips. As a bonus it also has a subtle sheen.

A trick I learnt awhile ago was to apply balm to the lips prior to washing off makeup. Facial cleansers can dry out your lips which can in turn cause  and cause chapping.

Exfoliate regularly

Just like you would exfoliate your face to get rid of dead skin the same applies for your lips. First, create your own lip scrub using brown sugar mixed with olive oil or honey to bind the mixture together.

Apply to your lips and using a soft toothbrush (make sure it’s a new one and not the one you use to brush your teeth!) rub it into your lips using a circular motion. As the skin on your lips is quite thin be gentle and don’t rub too vigorously. Leave the scrub on for a minute then wipe it off using a damp washcloth. Aim to do this at least once a week.

Pucker up pink

When the weather is dreary a little colour is the perfect solution for a lift to your complexion. I like to choose a pink which is a shade or two lighter than my natural lip colour.

If pink is not your thing, you can try something more minimalist with Napolean’s lightweight gloss and lipstick hybrid which offers a sheer, natural looking finish.

Magic gloss

If your lips are quite dry avoid matte lipsticks as it can sink into your lip lines and make them more pronounced. It is better to opt for a lip-plumping gloss if you suffer from dry lips.

If you prefer something less sticky, go for this gloss from Red Earth which contains vitamins to smooth and soothe lips.


‘How To’ Beauty Video Tutorial

28th February, 2014

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I recently invited into my home to give an insight into few of my beautify tips and tricks that never let me down. is a new beauty website devoted to the “who’s” and the “how to’s” of beauty, founded by Sigourney Cantelo. Sigourney has worked as a Beauty journalist for 14 years and is presently Beauty & Health Director at Vogue Australia. Over the years, she has been awarded six Star Beauty Awards and four Jasmine Awards including the coveted Jasmine Award for Journalistic Excellence. I recently caught up with Sigourney to show her how I like to do a ‘quick smokey eye’ for a night out and how I ‘prep my skin for an event’. Watch the ‘how to video’s’ here…


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