Four beauty products no girl should be without

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Let’s face it, we all own a lot of beauty products. Make-up alone could account for at least 10 products, so when you factor in all the skin, body, hair, and other miscellaneous items you need, you’re looking at a pretty hefty total.

And while we’re sure you’ve got all your bases covered, here are a few products that should most definitely, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt be a part of your beauty arsenal:

1) Blotting paper

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as having your perfectly applied make-up ruined by shine and oil halfway through the day. So instead of a) putting up with a less-than-stellar complexion or b) ruining your make-up by wiping the shine away, always keep some blotting paper handy. Sheer Cover® Blotting Papers will help absorb all excess oil on your skin without compromising your foundation. Absolute lifesavers!

2) Double-sided tape

While not strictly part of an everyday beauty routine, double-sided tape is the kind of thing you’ll want to have around for a night out or a big event to make sure you don’t suffer from any unwanted wardrobe malfunctions. Hollywood Fashion Secrets Fashion Tape combines the stickiness and hold of sticky tape with the gentle texture of fabric to make sure that your clothes stay exactly where they need to be without feeling uncomfortable.

3) Blister patches

Blisters on your feet are about as fun as pouring lemon juice on an open wound. And while a regular plaster can help cover the blister for a little while, it doesn’t do much for healing and protecting the area in the long term. So if you’ve found that those new shoes or that extra-long run have left your feet a little tender, use COMPEED® Blister Patches to help heal the area and alleviate the pain.

4) A really good eye make-up remover

Eyeliner and mascara can be sneaky. You think you’ve removed all traces before you head to bed, yet you still wake up in the morning with smudges under your eye. Annoying, right? That’s why it’s time you got your hands on a super-effective make-up remover that’s been specially designed for the eye area. Not only has Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover been formulated to remove eye make-up (including waterproof make-up), but it’s also gentle enough to care for the eye area, too.

What are your four can’t-live-without beauty products? Do you own any of the above?

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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Yes to Oil-free anything, Compeed Blister bandaids and Hollywood Fashion Tape. I haven't tried the blotting papers but I know I need them!

Posted on: February 20, 2013 (Feb 20, 2013 12:11pm)

Posted by: Muser (Australia)

I can't live without Mac Blot Powder, it is perfect for combating shine throughout the day. I am currently trialling the Compeed Blister Patches and I have found them to be a great product! I think I'll be keeping a packet in my handbag from now on.

Posted on: February 20, 2013 (Feb 20, 2013 12:13pm)

When a basic cleanse isn’t enough...

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Who’s heard of pre-cleansers? What about cleansing oils? Oh, and do you know what a cleansing water is? Don’t feel silly if you have no idea. Truly. They are all rather confusing, really, but each has a genuine role to play in your skin care routine, depending on your skin type and concerns.

But instead of reaching for a non-existent beauty dictionary (the Macquarie team really should get on to that…), we’ve nutted out what each of these genius products does and how it does it, so you can make one very informed decision as to whether any of them deserves a coveted place in your bathroom cabinet…


What is a pre-cleanser?

Pre-cleansing products are designed to be used before your regular cleanser, and are generally oil-based. As oils are able to penetrate the skin and attract dirt, oil, and make-up, pre-cleansers allow you to remove impurities first, so your proper cleanser is able to do what it was intended to do – clean your actual skin. You see, once the surface dirt and grime is removed, your targeted facial cleanser is able to clean deeper and more effectively, encouraging clearer, healthier skin and fewer breakouts. To use, apply to dry skin and emulsify using a little water before rinsing clean and following up with your regular cleanser.
Ideal for:
those who wear make-up or sunscreen on a daily basis, and those wanting a clearer, healthier complexion.
Wonderful pre-cleansers to try:
ENVIRON AVST Pre-Cleanser and Dermalogica PreCleanse. Alternatively, you could try Eve Lom Cleanser ($115, as part of a pre-cleanse routine as its oil-based formula helps extract impurities, too.
(Note: although using a pre-cleanser means you’re using two products, this routine is not to be confused with double cleansing, which actually refers to washing the face twice using the same product – once to remove impurities and once to clean the skin.)


What is a cleansing oil?

Cleansing oils are similar to most pre-cleansers, however they are completely oil-based. They are perfect for those with oily or problem complexions, as they work on a “like attracts like” basis. This means they rid the skin of excess oil, but they do so without stripping the skin or leaving a filmy residue behind. They are equally as brilliant at dissolving and grabbing on to make-up and other impurities, too, which means your eye creams, serums and moisturiser will be able to penetrate deeper into the skin once the product is removed with water. Cleansing oils can be a little drying on dehydrated skins, so opt for a hydrating formula if your skin is on the dry side. To use, apply to dry skin and emulsify on the skin before rinsing clean.
Ideal for:
oily, problem skins, and those looking for a more thorough cleanse.
Wonderful cleansing oils to try: SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil, shu uemura Enriched High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($52, 1300 651 991), and MAC Cleanse Off Oil.


What is a cleansing water?

No, it is not ideal for nourishing your insides, but it is the perfect cleansing drink for sensitive, easily-irritated skin. Or for those who sometimes make mistakes and need to remove make-up quickly and without leaving a mess behind. These types of waters are infused with teeny tiny molecules that help absorb as well as dissolve dirt, make-up and oil, so they’ll never leave make-up smears behind. For this reason, they are absolutely adored by make-up artists, as they’re the perfect instant make-up removal product for between shows, and they won’t redden the models’ skin either. They leave the skin feeling refreshed and clean, without irritation. To use, simply squirt the product on to a cotton pad or cotton tip and wipe it over the area to be cleansed. However, if you’re using one at night, I’d recommend you follow up with a creamy cleanser to ensure your skin is thoroughly clean.
Ideal for:
sensitive skins, and quick touch-ups.
Wonderful cleansing waters to try:
BIODERMA Créaline H2O, Guinot One Step Cleansing Water, and Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture Infusion Cleansing Water.


Have you heard of double cleansing? Have you used a pre-cleaser, cleansing oil or cleansing water before? Are you intrigued to try any of them now?







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Posted by: Pixiealso (Australia)

When I'm wearing over a very tiny amount of makeup (i.e. tinted moisturiser, mascara & lip balm for arguments sake) I like to use a Cleansing Oil before I use my "proper" enzyme-based micro-exfoliator or other cleanser. That's because my skin is due to dryness & the result of trial & error!

Posted on: February 20, 2013 (Feb 20, 2013 7:07am)

Posted by: lynx (Member since 2008, Australia)

I've only ever heard of them in the expensive brands, so it is really great to see that Garnier have now got one out too. Realistically for me, that would be the one I should try as I could afford to keep buying it..

Posted on: February 20, 2013 (Feb 20, 2013 8:10am)

Why Kate Moss is a hair icon

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You know what’s a real day maker? A good hair day.

Kate Moss would know all about that, she has lots of them. Which is rather fortunate really, because she’s just been named the new face (or, erm, head) of Kérastase Paris.

You see, Kérastase is an iconic hair care brand, what with the luxurious and innovative range of hair care products it has on offer, so it’s only natural that it recruits an ambassador just as iconic. (Maybe even a little more so.)

So, in honour of Kérastase, Kate and the no-doubt ravishing display of imagery we’re likely to be graced with in the not too distant future thanks to this union, I thought I’d spoil you with five of Kate Moss’s best hair looks for you to fawn over.

-    It’s chic and shaggy all at the same time.
-    It’s balayaged – just a little bit.
-    She does brushed-out curls really well
-    She has the ability to make blonde hair look shiny. Amazing.
-    She teams different shades of blonde together to create a natural-looking highlighted mop.

Which Kate Moss look is your favourite? How do you ensure a good hair day?

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Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

An English goddess who can do no wrong I. adore Kate

Posted on: February 19, 2013 (Feb 19, 2013 5:53pm)

Posted by: FeatheredBeauty (Australia)

I like the second look the best. The colour is to die for.

Posted on: February 19, 2013 (Feb 19, 2013 6:11pm)

Fashion Week’s weirdest beauty looks

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I absolutely adore Fashion Week. However, said affection has absolutely nothing to do with the clothes. Zip. Zilch. Nada. It is the hair that I love. And the make-up. Why? Well, the looks that hit the catwalk during this time actually dictate the trends you and I will be wearing during the season ahead. True story.

New York is now done and dusted for another six months. And the next stop on the autumn/winter 2013 Fashion Week train? London, followed by Milan and Paris. And while we at bh HQ will bring you a collection of dazzling hair and make-up looks you’ll actually find yourself wanting to copy, today is not about the gleaming skin. Or the brilliant brows. Or the glossy pouts. It’s about the frightful and the weird looks; the looks that are wonderfully entertaining to look at, but not exactly wearable.

So, put those pens and notepads away for the moment, because this is not an inspirational beauty gallery. But that was never the intention. From Moschino Cheap and Chic’s black glossy lips and Vivienne Westwood Red Label’s white eyebrows, to Jeremy Scott‘s Harry Potter-esque lighting strikes and KTZ’s 50 Shades of Grey-inspired masks, these are the most outlandish hair and make-up looks to take to the A/W ’13 Fashion Week runway so far…

Are you interested in Fashion Week? What do you find more interesting: hair or make-up? And which beauty look from the autumn/winter 2013 runways do you find most shocking?






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Posted by: Shelleypelley (Australia)

Gosh! The Vivenne Westwood one looks like she has a white moustache...not exactly flattering! I love to see the makeup throughout fashion week, not only on the models but on those who go to the events as well (because it's usually much more wearable!)

Posted on: February 19, 2013 (Feb 19, 2013 6:55am)

Posted by: Life of Luxury xox (Australia)

I love Fashion Week it is so exciting! I hate our seasons don't make up with Europe and America. But I enjoy the make-up looks a little more than the hair, but love to see what the stylists and make-up artists do. I don't find any of those looks too wierd if you saw
J.W Anderson's menswear Autumn/Winter this year the menwears had knee high boots and dresses I found it to be most bizarre. I love now on twitter how quickly we can see pictures from the shows! Just saw the Burberry video.. Love it... xox

Posted on: February 19, 2013 (Feb 19, 2013 7:29am)

How-to: gorgeous Gorman manicure

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Calling all fashion enthusiasts! Calling all nail art aficionados! Oh, you’re both? Then you’re just who we’re looking for. You see, we have a new set of fantastic nail stickers for you, exclusively designed in Gorman prints. Want to know how you can get them for yourself? Hover over the pink stars to find out how to apply them to your digits…

  1. STEP 1:

    Begin by removing your nail strips from the packet and lining up each strip to your nominated nail to see which size would be the best fit.

  2. STEP 2:

    Cut off your chosen strip and peel off the clear plastic from both the top and bottom of the strip. Hold on to the silver end of the strip so you don’t remove the stickiness of the strip.

  3. STEP 3:

    Carefully line up the rounded edge of the strip to your cuticle and lay the strip down over your nail bed. Use your thumb to firmly press down so that the entire strip lays flat and even on your nail with no air bubbles.

  4. STEP 4:

    Use your finger to bend the strip over the edge of your nail and then use the nail file provided to file off the excess. You should be left with a clean line that perfectly covers your whole nail.

Voila! Simply apply these steps to each nail and you should be left with a set of oh-so awesome, show-stopping nails that pack a serious punch! Ka-pow!

What do you think of these Gorman print nails? Which style do you think you would wear and why?

kit & gorman Nail Strips, $9.95,
Available in store and online from 25 February 2013.

Member Comments

Posted by: junebug (Australia)

My favourite one is Shape Up!

Posted on: February 18, 2013 (Feb 18, 2013 5:05pm)

Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

love stick on nails, less work and so much variety!

Posted on: February 18, 2013 (Feb 18, 2013 5:13pm)