The make-up brush that comes with a waiting list

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We often hear of women waiting months for the latest fashion accessories, but now a beauty tool has a following to rival that of even the trendiest designer handbag.   

Yep, make-up artist Wayne Goss’ ‘The Holiday Brush’ has a waiting list of more than 13,000 women – and counting.

The coveted brush is handmade in Kumano, Japan – a region known for its expert craftsmanship of beauty accessories – with 100 per cent cruelty-free natural hair.

Thanks to its fluffy, slightly tapered shape, it’s apparently perfect for applying all types of powder including blush, highlighter and bronzer (which is just as well, because at $85, it doesn’t come cheap).

The demand for the brush is rather unprecedented, although Goss’ 1.8 million YouTube followers may have something to do with it.

UK vloggers and bloggers have also been giving it rave reviews, which also explains the hype.   

If you’re interested in trying the brush for yourself, it’s available at international retailer Beautylish – although you might have to wait a while!

In the meantime, I recommend Artiste Popping Pink Duo Stippling + All Over Shadow Brush and Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Cosmetic Stippling Brush. They’re a bit more affordable and just as versatile.

After all, there’s no doubt a basic make-up brush kit is a must for any beauty – but I’m just not prepared to vie with 13,000 women for one!

Would you go on a waiting list for a make-up brush? Have you ever gone to extreme lengths to get hold of a beauty product?



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Posted by: MoniqueKerstin (Australia)

Thats a bit ridiculous!

Posted on: December 15, 2014 (Dec 15, 2014 2:28pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I am happy with a good product, the brand in general isn't that important to me. I will not be on that waiting list. I'm sure it's great, but I'm also sure that there'd be a brush available now that's just as good, and a fraction of the price :)

Posted on: December 15, 2014 (Dec 15, 2014 2:35pm)

Fight blemishes, fast

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Unfortunately for most of us, blemishes seem to be a fact of life. Whether they pop up thanks to hormones, a poor diet, stress, or because of that time of the month, dealing with blemishes can be tricky.

So, what’s the best way to handle them? Arming yourself with an effective range of products that specifically target blemishes is a great start, and skin care brand Bioré® is here to help.

Your first weapon in the fight against blemishes is the Bioré® Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser. Formulated with salicylic acid, this cleanser is perfect for clearing blemishes and deep-cleaning pores to help prevent future breakouts. Enriched with menthol and eucalyptus, this cleanser goes one step further to refresh and cool the skin, all while providing a deep clean.

Next in your pimple-fighting arsenal is the Bioré® Blemish Clearing Scrub. This deep cleansing scrub features polishing beads that target and exfoliate dirt and oil deep down in the pores, all without disrupting the skin’s moisture. Featuring a fresh mandarin scent, this scrub is ideal for giving your skin the deep cleanse it needs to reveal a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

Rounding up this pimple-fighting routine is the Bioré® Triple Action Toner – a triple-action product that cleanses, tightens and clears skin in a simple swipe over your face using a cotton pad. Also containing salicylic acid, this toner whisks away dirt, oil, shine all while unclogging pores.

If you think these Bioré® blemish-clearing products would make the perfect addition to your skin care routine, check out what our members who recently trialled the range had to say:

“I have been using the Bioré® blemish system for a week now and I have noticed a huge difference to my skin. It is clearer and smoother. I love the feel of the cleanser – it feels so soft and doesn’t dry the skin out.” – Deeknight

“Impressed by the fresh, menthol feeling [of the cleanser], how it made my skin feel soft and clean after washing, and how it seemed to prevent break outs. The pump bottle makes it easier to use and it smells great - fresh and organic smelling.” – shana-may smiles

“After having the scrub over a period of two weeks I can say that my blemishes have noticeably cleared up and my complexion is looking much clearer. I love how my skin looks a lot even and smoother in appearance from using the Bioré's blemish clearing scrub in combination with the cleanser and toner.” – Amanda738

Do you suffer from blemishes? Would you like to try these Bioré® products to help clear up your skin?




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Posted by: Beckky (Australia)

Personally, I only use Biore pore-strips. I've found their cleansers and scrubs really drying on my skin and seems to make me break out more :(

Posted on: October 28, 2014 (Oct 28, 2014 5:32pm)

Posted by: Joole (Australia)

I haven't used the Biore products mentioned above but I'm a huge fan of the deep pore charcoal cleanser :D The one that people don't like because apparently it stings but it makes my skin feel icy cool and refreshed <3

Posted on: October 28, 2014 (Oct 28, 2014 5:42pm)

The beauty must-haves for any beach day

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Brand new bikini? Check. Wide-brimmed hat? Check. Now that your get-up is sorted, it’s time to pack your beach bag with products that’ll help you beat the heat – and look damn good while you’re at it!.

So what needs to take pride of place in your beach bag this summer? Read on to find out…


There’s nothing better than catching the waft of a fruity or floral fragrance while lazing in the sun. Now, we’re not suggesting that you lug your fave full-size perfume in your bag – instead, opt for a cute and compact roll-on or gel scent for touch-ups throughout the day.

bh product picks: MOR Little Luxuries Perfume Oil – Lychee Flower, Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow Perfume Gel


Even if you “never get burnt”, there is no excuse not to slather yourself with high broad-spectrum sunscreen before hitting the beach, and every hour or so while you’re there. For convenience, choose a sunscreen that can be used on both the face and body – who doesn’t love a multi-tasker?

bh product picks: Neutrogena Beach Defence Sunscreen Lotion – Broad Spectrum, SUNSENSE Bronze Shield SPF 30+


Under a veil of sunscreen, your face can look a little, well, dull, so why not make an impact with a pop of colour on your lips? For a pout that stands out, leave the lipstick and shiny lip gloss at home, and apply a tinted lip balm in a pretty pink hue. As an added bonus, a balm will protect your lips from the wind and keep them super nourished. Win!

bh product picks: Yes To Carrots C Me Blush Lip Tint, Lush It Started with a Kiss Tinted Lip Balm


Planning on taking a dip or two in the ocean? Give your skin a hit of hydration by spritzing on a refreshing face mist. Not only will a face mist cool your skin and leave a lovely lingering fragrance, but it will also soften it and replenish lost moisture. No one wants a dry, flaky and parched complexion!

bh product picks: Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray, L’Occitane Verbana Fresh Summer Mist


Skin’s not the only thing that falls victim to sun damage – your hair can cop a bit of a beating when exposed to the sun’s harsh rays. Before leaving the house, smooth a serum with UV protection through your hair, and throw a sun protection spray into your bag to spritz on after swimming.

bh product picks: Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, SunSilk Co-creations Frizz & Weather Defence Weather Protection & Shine Serum

What are your beach bag essentials? Will you be packing any of these goodies?



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Posted by: CrystalP (Australia)

Sunscreen and lipgloss are my must haves!

Posted on: December 14, 2014 (Dec 14, 2014 12:33pm)

Posted by: Kassalee (Australia)

Sunscreen and an SPF lip balm are my essentials at the beach and those other items sound like good ones to add to my beach bag.

Posted on: December 14, 2014 (Dec 14, 2014 12:35pm)

How to give your hair a right royal makeover

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Kate Middleton seems like she has it all, doesn’t she? While she’s not exactly like every other mum on the planet, she still struggles to keep up with a clever, escape artist of a toddler (George, we’re looking at you!).

Sure, she has a team of stylists and nannies to help her look her best and deal with temper tantrums, but she’s a beauty icon because she knows what works. And what’s the key to her polished, fresh look? A gorgeously glossy mane. Always.

The best part is, with the right products in your kit, you can also get lustrous locks fit for a royal.

Fact: A bouncy, shiny head of hair will always make you feel good, even if you’re covered in pureed pumpkin or whatever else your cute-as-pie bub has dished up.


ESSENTIAL SHINE-ENHANCING PRODUCT #1 A super glossy hair colour

The trick is finding a hair colour that ticks all the right boxes: adds shine, covers greys, and lifts the complexion. This will give you a more youthful appearance overall, and make your hair a fuss-free asset. I love Garnier Olia as it’s powered by oil (not ammonia); John Frieda Precision Foam Colour as its non-drop formula covers 100 per cent of greys; and NaturStyle Permanent Hair Colourant as it’s made with active vegetable-based ingredients such as oats, wheat, soy and corn.



Even with the glossiest hair colour, unhealthy strands will never look as good as a healthy mane. The important thing to do is make sure you have a few nourishing treatments on hand to replenish any lost moisture, stat. I love ELEVEN Australia Miracle Hair Treatment for delivering 11 benefits to locks; Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask as it penetrates deeply to repair hair; and Carelli Gloss Treatment that’s part of their three-step system hair care pack formulated to increase shine and reconstruct the hair. If you’re short on time, try Pantene 3 Minute Miracle, which treats damaged hair in three minutes flat – great for the girl on the go.


If I could add my own commandment to the existing 10, it would be ‘thou shalt never leave thy damp hair free from serum’. To me, it’s a major sin, as serum does so much to improve the health and manageability of your hair, not to mention its shininess! I love TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Glamour Serum Drops for preventing frizz and flyaways; Wella Professionals Oil Reflections for deep conditioning and protecting colour; and Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Oil Elixir serum, as it provides shine like no other!


Are you a fan of Kate Middleton’s hair? Have you tried any of these products?



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Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

Kate really is beautiful isn't she. I'm not really interested in celebrities and/or royals, but she is the exception.

Posted on: December 13, 2014 (Dec 13, 2014 12:27pm)

Posted by: Stephanie885 (Australia)

I love the bounce in her hair.

Posted on: December 13, 2014 (Dec 13, 2014 12:35pm)

New lipsticks put to the test

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Sometimes I get a bit antsy at my desk. Being in the beauty biz does involve a bit more admin than you’d expect, and when I have 300 emails to deal with, all I want to do is go play with new beauty releases.

A few days ago, that’s exactly what I did. I took myself down to our beauty cupboard, picked four new lip products and tried them out. For the first time. On camera.

So check out the video above to see my genuine reactions to trying Rimmel London Keep Calm Lip Balm, Face of Australia Lip Paint, Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayon and Rubi Lipstick.

For those who want to save the video to watch later, here are the main points:

Rimmel London Keep Calm And Kiss Lip Balm in Pink Blush
rimmel keep calm balm

It appears to be a dark pink in this picture, but it’s actually a Barbie-pink colour in real life. I was expecting it to come out looking a little pastel, but it just gave my lips the slightest hint of pink. As the name suggests, it feels really balm-y. It’s the kind of thing I’d use if my lips felt dry but I still wanted a touch of colour.

Rubi Lipstick in Coral Haze, $6.95,
rubi lipstick

Yep, Rubi Shoes does lipstick! Isn’t that cool? The colour went on beautifully and was really pigmented. It’s a pretty shade of coral, the kind of colour that would suit almost any skin tone and complement most summer make-up looks. It’s not the most long-lasting lippie (as I discovered after filming), but I’m a big enough fan of the colour to let that go.

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard
burts bees natural lip colour

Looking at the crayon, I thought this would glide on like a balm, but it actually tugged a tiny bit. Not a crisis, though. The colour was incredibly pigmented and an excellent shade of red if you’re looking for something a little punchy. The colour lasted for ages, too, which is a massive plus in my book (I drink a lot of tea, which isn’t so good for lip colour maintenance).

Face of Australia Lip Paint in Fired Up Fuchsia
face of australia lip paint

I’ll be honest: I was expecting this to be a really pigmented gloss. The colour was quite pigmented and a really beautiful pink, but wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be. It’s actually a great product for those who want some colour but are too afraid to go for a full-on lipstick. It also felt really nice on my lips; soft, and not tacky like many other glosses.

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Posted by: Beckky (Australia)

The Burts Bees one looks wonderful. I didn't know they had come out with a crayon :)

Posted on: December 12, 2014 (Dec 12, 2014 4:05pm)

Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

Well done, as always, Carli. Great read!!

Posted on: December 12, 2014 (Dec 12, 2014 4:17pm)