Nicole Richie: the colour chameleon

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It’s official. Nicole is the ultimate hair chameleon. She changes her hair colour (and length) about as often as we change our underwear (daily people, come on), and it always looks flawless. Her recent spate of daring hair shades read like hues from a crayon box: lilac, grey, teal, midnight blue, bubblegum pink… You name it, she’s done it - and it looks freakin’ fabulous every time.

Come, let us fawn over these head-turning ‘dos…



Rewind to March 2014,when Nicole dyed her hair purple - at the request of her six-year-old daughter. She’d had plenty of hair change-ups before, but none like this. When she stepped out with these lilac locks, she bowled us over completely (*insert purple love heart emoji*).

Get the look: Schwarzkopf Live Colour Ultra Brights Magnetic Purple, Vidal Sassoon Pro Series London Luxe London Lilac, Fudge Paintbox Purple Haze


Four months later, Nicole debuted peacock-blue strands (which lasted about 2.5 seconds) before reverting back to lavender. The change was so swift, we thought we’d hallucinated the whole Smurf-inspired incident - until poof! It was blue again. Someone clearly had a change of heart about their azure strands. Are you still with us?

Get the look: Schwarzkopf Live Colour Ultra Brights Electric Blue, Fudge Paintbox Blue Velvet


Another month, another gobsmackingly beautiful hue. In October, Nicole decided to experiment with another shade on the colour chart: midnight blue. So dark, so mysterious, so-damn-awesome:


Then, in January (and in the spirit of ‘new year, new you’), Nicole took Instagram with a snap of her newly teal tresses. As it turned out, her vibrant mane was a wig, but it was one seriously dreamy shade:

Get the look: Beserk Green Envy


Nicole shocked us all when she took her blue-toned strands for a walk over to the feminine side, dyeing them bubblegum pink a few weeks ago. Drastic, much? Whether you love it or hate it, you gotta admit - she looks mighty pretty.

Get the look: Schwarzkopf Live Colour Ultra Brights Shocking Pink, Fudge Paintbox Pretty Flamingo, Beserk Pink Kiss, Pink Kiss Magenta Mania


Who could forget this moment? The mother-of-two made a jaw-dropping appearance at the 2013 Met Gala with a ghostly grey updo that made our hearts pound right out of our chests. Nicole’s greying strands were next-level punk, but they didn’t stick around for too long. While a fair few celebs have gone grey since, we loved her take on ‘granny chic’ the most.

Get the look: If you want to make like Nicole and wear your hair grey for an evening, try the KEVIN.MURPHY WHITE.BUG. It's a chalk, so it’s temporary, and works especially well on brunettes. Go on, get your nanna on!


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Chalking it up

Love Nicole’s bold hues? If, like me, you love the idea of a bit o’colour but are a commitment-phobe, go for hair chalk. It will give you vibrantly coloured hair instantly that’s easily washed out. Pop it on your ends or all over for a bolder finish, and have fun experimenting with colour! These are some of our favourite temporary fixes:

Vixen Hair Colour Chalks
Fudge Urban Hair Chalk
Scunci Hair Chalk
Redken 5th Avenue NYC Colour Rebel
Lady Jayne Colour Bomb Hair Chalk


After a quick poll in the office, we’re predicting Nicole will flaunt canary yellow or raspberry red locks next!

Which of these colours do you love most on Nicole Richie? Would you ever try a non-traditional hair colour?




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Member Comments

Posted by: Ajax (Australia)

I love the blue and purple. Not too keen on the white or pink though.

Posted on: March 14, 2015 (Mar 14, 2015 12:51pm)

Posted by: Belle88 (Member since 2008, Australia)

Omg. She seriously rocks every colour!!! I wouldn't do this, but she kills it!!Love!

Posted on: March 14, 2015 (Mar 14, 2015 1:03pm)

How to get better skin as you sleep

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When it comes to skincare, if there’s a way around it, I’ll take it. Make-up wipes are my best friend, and I struggle to stick to a routine with any more than two steps. I’ve spent a good portion of my life looking for an easy, effective way to get a glowing complexion and I’ve finally found my answer – sleep! Here’s how to put the ‘beauty’ back into ‘beauty sleep’ (as if you needed another excuse to hit that snooze button)…

#1 Rest easy

Have you ever noticed when you don’t get enough sleep, it shows on your face? Puffy eyes, dark circles and lacklustre skin are all signs that you missed out on some vital zzz’s.

As you sleep, your skin renews itself. New skin cells grow and replace older ones. Scientists say we need seven to nine hours of sleep every night, but we all know getting a good night’s rest is much easier said than done. I’ve found that switching off all electronic devices, drinking a cup of chamomile tea and heading to bed at a similar time every night all help me to fill my quota.

#2 Turn off the air con

Sleeping with the air conditioner on full blast can be very tempting (especially during a hot Australian summer!) but it’s doing your skin more harm than good. Air conditioning can leave skin extremely dry, and contributes to premature ageing in a big way. Instead, use a rotating fan to circulate air around your room.

#3 Wash your face

As pretty as it looks, we all know that sleeping with make-up on is a beauty no-no. It clogs pores, which often leads to imperfections. During the night, skin undergoes a renewal process and in order to regenerate to the best of its ability, it must first be clean. We recommend using Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water before bed as it removes even the most stubborn of make-up. For those nights when you just can’t be bothered, keep a pack of Biore Gentle Make-up Removing Wipes on your nightstand.

#4 Invest in a silk pillowcase

Swapping your regular pillowcase for a silk one is an amazing thing you can do for your skin. Silk pillowcases are suitable for all skin types, but especially ideal for those concerned with premature ageing. The natural fabric does not scratch or tug on the skin, or cause sleep-crease lines (which often turn into permanent crease lines). Slip offers a range of silk pillowcases in several colours to match most bed linens. ($79.95,

#5 Sleep on your back

If you can’t justify the cost of a silk pillowcase (or want to be certain you aren’t creating dreaded wrinkles as you sleep), then lay on your back. If you’re a natural stomach or side sleeper, this one takes a bit of work, but you’ll get there – I promise! Your face will be open to apt airflow, with nothing pushing against it.

#6 Apply a treatment

There’s honestly no better time to apply a treatment than overnight. Whether your skin is prone to blemishes, dryness or wrinkles, pop on a treatment before lights out to target your specific skin care needs.

For oily and blemish-prone skin, try Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment. If you suffer from dry skin, give The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment a go. And if anti-ageing is a priority, apply ALPHA-H Age Delay Intensive Anti Wrinkle Night Treatment each night.

Have you tried any of the above tricks? What do you do to improve your skin as you sleep?



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Member Comments

Posted by: MelissaFay89 (Australia)

Really great tips :) Ive heard silk pillowcases are amazing for de-frizzing hair as well

Posted on: March 13, 2015 (Mar 13, 2015 4:37pm)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

I've been wanting to get a silk pillowcase for ages. I think I'll add it to my birthday wish list.

Posted on: March 13, 2015 (Mar 13, 2015 5:00pm)

The best beauty looks from Paris Fashion Week

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What a whirlwind Paris Fashion Week has been! Kim Kardashian debuted her platinum blonde hair, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson strutted their stuff as their Zoolander characters and Lady Gaga rocked new, fiery-red locks. All the celebrity madness aside, there were some seriously stunning beauty looks that caught our attention. While many of the shows went for OTT beauty, these three looks are totally wearable - and best of all, can be easily recreated at home. Here’s how…


LOOK #1 Peach perfection


Step 1. Pat some matte, peach eyeshadow over your entire eyelid. We used L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Matte 07.


Step 2. Layer the outer corners of each eyelid with a slightly pinker peach eyeshadow and blend. Then, using the same colour, subtly line underneath the eye. We used Arbonne Eye Shadow in Petal.


Step 3. Sweep a peach blush across the apples of your cheeks towards your ears. We used Essence Silky Touch Blush in Autumn Peach.


Step 4. Lastly, pop on a peach-coloured lippy or lip stain. We used Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick in Hibiscus.



LOOK #2 Subtle eyeliner flick


Step 1. Use sticky tape to create a barrier for your flicks. This will make sure the line is clean and even on both eyes, as well as prevent any smudging.


Step 2. Using an angled brush and gel eyeliner (we’ve used the Rimmel London Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner), create your flick on the outer edge of your eye, starting from the outside and working your way in. Begin with a thin line, increasing the thickness as you get closer to the eyelid. Repeat on both sides.


Step 3. Line the rest of your eyelid, starting a few millimetres away from the inner corner of your eye and working your way towards the flick. Once you’ve reached the flick, go over the joint so it looks smooth and natural.

Step 4. Remove the sticky tape and you’re done!


LOOK #3 Slick side pony


Step 1. Part your hair to the side with a comb. Straighten in that direction, combing as you go to make your hair as smooth as possible.

Step 2. Tie your hair in a low ponytail on the same side as most of the hair.


Step 3. Separate some hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie. Secure with bobby pins.


Step 4. Finish with a quick smooth-over and spritz of VO5 Smoothly Does it Tame & Shine Spray.

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Member Comments

Posted by: TheUglyDuckling (Australia)

I can't use tape around my eye. It takes my foundation off.

Posted on: March 13, 2015 (Mar 13, 2015 9:55am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love the slicked side pony - it's just so right 'right now'!

Posted on: March 13, 2015 (Mar 13, 2015 12:54pm)

Beauty contradictions that don’t make sense

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Irony; it’s a funny thing, isn’t it? Alanis Morissette summed it up perfectly back in the 90s with her roll-down-the-car-windows-and-pump-it song, ‘Ironic’ - “it’s like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife" - and we can’t help but sing it whenever we come across another life-puzzling contradiction.

But beauty doesn’t have to be bewildering. It’s meant to be fun! So here, we clear up the beauty dos, don’ts and myths that might be baffling you…


Starting an anti-ageing regimen too early can backfire

This is the subject of much debate in the skin care world. Some experts swear by starting an anti-ageing program in your 20s, while others argue that overusing products containing retinol and alpha hydroxy acids thin skin over time, making you more susceptible to UVA rays, inflammation and discolouration. The solution? Compromise. You know your own skin best. If you’re quite young, stick to trusty moisturisers and sunscreens, and introduce specific anti-ageing products when you feel the need.


The best hair colour is the one you were born with

Sure, it might not be as fun as your new purple bob or tumbling tangerine tresses, but in most cases, you’re born with a certain hair colour for a reason (although we’d argue that hair chameleon Nicole Richie is an exception to the rule). In fact, many hairdressers recommend staying within two shades either side of your natural hue. You might not quite remember what that colour is (shock, horror) - but is there anything wrong with going back to your roots? Pardon the pun.


Applying lip balm too often has the reverse effect

Step away from the paw paw, people - it turns out the formulation of some lip balms perpetuate the need for crazy-obsessive application. Keep an eye out for ingredients like salicylic acid - they exfoliate dead cells from the surface of lips, but also tend to cause irritation, dryness and flaking if overused, so, the more you use it, the more you'll need it. Yep, it’s a vicious cycle. Get your mitts on a balm that’s paraben- and sulfate-free, like the Kora Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm, and feel the difference.


Cut your hair to make it grow

Going backwards to go forward? It sounds odd, but the truth is, the longer you put off getting the snip, the further the split ends and damage travel up the hair follicle - meaning you’ll end up needing to get more lopped off in the long run. So if you want long, luscious locks, commit to regular trims. (And ps. You can start your hair repair routine here.)


Squeezing pimples is bad, very bad

We know, we know. It doesn’t sound ideal to allow a pus-filled pimple to sit on your face until it disappears (where does it go if you don’t squeeze it? Back into your skin? *shudders*) and we are just as guilty of a pick-fest. But it’s been proven: the more you squeeze, the worse it will get. Promise. Obsessive popping can lead to scarring and breakouts - which is much, much worse than one measly little blemish, right? 

bh tip: Let’s be honest - we know there are going to be times when you just can’t help yourself. So, here are some tips on how to squeeze a pimple the right way. Ahhh.. satisfaction.


‘No make-up’ make-up

#iwokeuplikethis = lies.

Despite what their Instagram caption says, they did not just jump out of bed with flawless, radiant-looking skin. They called on a few clever make-up products to make them look that natural. Applying make-up in such a way that it looks like you’re not wearing any sounds confusing, but it just requires a little practice. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to fake it, baby.


Fight oil with oil

It may seem counterintuitive to apply more oil to skin that’s already plagued by shine, but it just so happens that using oil to treat an oily complexion has some real merit. Here’s the 411 on using oil-based facial products: our skin produces oil to protect, moisturise and clean, so without this natural sebum, our skin would not survive. So it makes sense that when we use harsh cleansers on our skin, it has to compensate by going into overdrive to produce more oil to make up for its losses. Bad, very bad. Hence why it’s so great for oily skin types to use gentle yet effective oils.

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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I was born with black hair but then around my first birthday it went blonde. As much as I would love to try the colour I was born with, it just wouldn't suit me. I guess even Mother Nature gets it wrong sometimes.

Posted on: March 12, 2015 (Mar 12, 2015 5:54pm)

Posted by: Joole (Australia)

I can't think of any beauty contradictions but I completely believe all those listed above. I have oily skin and I used to think that it was counter intuitive to use facial oils but I love them now! I also feel like I'm less oily in summer compared to last year.

Posted on: March 12, 2015 (Mar 12, 2015 6:06pm)

Paolo Ballesteros’ latest make-up transformations

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Paolo Ballesteros blew us away last year with his incredible male make-up transformations – and now he’s at it again!

The Filipino TV host has impersonated a new set of 2015’s biggest stars, using his signature make-up, wigs and coloured contact lenses to recreate their looks.

With nearly 750,000 Instagram followers (more than double the number we noted in October), it’s safe to say the 31-year-old actor has hit the social media big time!

Without further ado, here are some of his latest creations. I think you’ll agree the likenesses are uncanny…

First up is Ballesteros’ sultry interpretation of Kylie Jenner (it’s all in the lips):

As a newly platinum blonde Kim Kardashian (thankfully, he didn’t mimic her bleached eyebrows):

Channelling 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson:

Rocking a seriously glam updo, a la Cate Blanchett:

You can check out the rest of Ballesteros’ transformations here. One thing’s for sure: they’re a real testament to the incredible power of make-up!

Which of Paolo’s male make-up transformations is your favourite? Who would you like to see him channel next?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Wow! Amazing.

Posted on: March 12, 2015 (Mar 12, 2015 12:29pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

It's pretty crazy how make-up can be so powerful and so deceiving at first glance. I bet it looks super thick when up close though - great for arty photos but not much else?!

Posted on: March 12, 2015 (Mar 12, 2015 12:34pm)