Best bright lip looks of 2012

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If there’s one thing I’m guaranteed to go truly bonkers over, it’s a bold, kick-ass, bright lip. A punchy, in-your-face hue that demands attention. It can lift an outfit to the very peak of awesomeness and it can propel your spirits high into the heavens. Yes, a bright lip totally has the power to do all that – and much more.

So, because I’m feeling so jolly at this time of year (and because I’m very impressed with Hollywood’s recent display of bright lip hues), I thought I’d give a shout out to the top five bright lip looks of 2012. Let’s see if you agree that they’re pretty much perfect…

In the #1 spot: Taylor Swift
The country crooner shows us her vibrant, colourful side with an orange-based red lip that soaks up all the attention in the room. Matched with T-Swift’s signature eyeliner flick, this beautiful bold lip hue is well worthy of the top gong in our book. Try: Revlon Luxurious Living Lipsticks in Orange Flip.

In the #2 spot: Nicki Minaj
If you’re hoping to look sugary sweet this silly season, then you can’t go past a fabulous pastel lip colour. Nicki shows us that a girl can never have too much pink. Try: Australis Show Stopper Gloss Sticks in Fairy Floss.

In the 3# spot: Christina Hendricks
This vampy red lip is just about as show-stopping as they come. The blood-red hue is perfect for when you want to add a touch of glamour to your ensemble. Snaps to Christina for being so bold! Try: Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Venice.

In the #4 spot: Tulisa Contostavlos
Are you all about a fabulous purple/fuchsia combo? So is Tulisa – and there’s good reason for it. Not only is this punchy purple hue on trend this season, it’s also a brilliant colour for those with pink-based undertones in their skin who want to rock a coloured lip. Try: Hello Kitty Lip Balm in Kawai Kiss.

In the #5 spot: Florence Welch
This is the perfect pink party hue to match Florence’s red crop. It’s a creamy, dreamy hot pink hue that will work to properly propel you into the festive season, headfirst. Try: MAC VIVA GLAM Nicki Lipstick.

Which celebrity bright lip look is your favourite? Which hue are you most likely to rock yourself?

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Posted by: Tashii (Australia)

If anything i think i might maybe just be able to pull off the red as bright colours are a bit out there for me..even the hubby thinks im better nude....my lips that is ;)

Posted on: December 19, 2012 (Dec 19, 2012 5:16pm)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I really like nicki minaj's lip! I'm a sucker for pink lips, and that shade is so pretty!

Posted on: December 19, 2012 (Dec 19, 2012 5:44pm)

Five bad bedtime habits to break

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent way too many days yawning every three minutes and exclaiming, “I just want to go to bed and sleep for a hundred years!”

And the thing is, sometimes it doesn’t matter what time I’ve gone to bed. Whether I’ve put my weary head to rest at 9pm or midnight, there are just some days where I’ve felt like I haven’t even slept at all.

So why is it that I (and you) might not be getting such a restful night’s sleep? Well, dear friends, it could be because we’re doing some of these really silly things before going to bed. And we need to stop. Like, right now.

BAD HABIT TO BREAK #1: WATCHING TV IN BED BEFORE FALLING ASLEEP
Your bed seems like a great place to relax with an episode Revenge or Homeland, doesn’t it? But the problem is that light from your screen is actually tricking your brain into thinking that it isn’t bedtime just yet, making it harder for you to nod off. The glow from your TV can also disturb your melatonin levels, and with melatonin being the hormone that helps you fall and stay asleep, well… you can see why that would be a problem.

BAD HABIT TO BREAK #2: CHECKING THE TIME WHEN YOU CAN’T SLEEP
It happens to all of us – you’re having trouble falling asleep so you constantly check the time to see how many hours of sleep you can still fit in before your alarm goes off. Big mistake. All you’re doing is increasing your anxiety and reducing the chance of a restful night’s sleep. If you’ve got a digital clock in your room, turn it around so you can’t see the numbers, and for the love of beauty sleep – don’t check your phone!

BAD HABIT TO BREAK #3: HAVING A CUP OF TEA OR COFFEE BEFORE BED
You probably already know that caffeine – be it in tea, coffee, or even Coke – is a bad idea before bed. But did you know that even having a coffee in the late afternoon can still affect your sleep? It’s recommended that you stop having caffeinated drinks up to eight hours before bed. If you’re really hankering for some tea before bed, trying something a bit more natural, like chamomile or green tea.

BAD HABIT TO BREAK #4: SLEEPING IN A TOASTY ROOM
Your brain is pretty clever. So clever in fact, that if your room is above a certain temperature (about 20 degrees Celsius), it won’t receive the right signals to fall into a deep sleep. It shouldn’t be a problem to make sure your bedroom is nice and cool during the summer, but resist the temptation to crank up the heater and layer your bed with blankets come winter.

BAD HABIT TO BREAK #5: TRYING TO FALL ASLEEP AFTER DRINKING ALCOHOL
This may be a tough one to tackle during the party season, but try and head to bed booze-free as often as possible. Although alcohol can make you quite sleepy initially, you’ll find that after a few hours your blood alcohol level will drop and will wake you up again. Your best bet for having a good night’s sleep after a night out is to have your last drink two or three hours before bedtime.


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Posted by: AraBella95 (Australia)

I have to definitely move my alarm clock now, i'm always checking the time

Posted on: December 20, 2012 (Dec 20, 2012 5:43pm)

Posted by: Tinaaa (Australia)

ah watching the tv in my room is the worst habit! no wonder i can fall asleep for ages after watching a good tv show lol

Posted on: December 20, 2012 (Dec 20, 2012 6:34pm)

Top five in 2012: top knots and twists

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Goodness, I love a good top knot. Or a good twist. There’s just something magical about them – they conceal frizz, flyaways and dirty hair, and they also give your mug a mighty fresh facelift without opting for painful measures. Yep, they are full-fledged geniuses.

And while they’re a staple in my hair wardrobe, they’re also adored by the Hollywood folk. Be it a messy, loosely-tamed top knot, or one incorporating a braid, or even a sleek, sophisticated and smooth twist, those celebrities have worn – and rocked – them all.

But which bun-esque ‘dos tickled our fancy most in 2012? These pretty little guys, actually. As seen on equally gorgeous celebs, each ‘do was creative and stylish in its own way, while also delivering a new and ingenious tweak on the regular ballerina bun…
 

TERRIFIC TOP KNOT #1: Julianne Hough
Wow. Just wow. It’s hard to draw your eyes away from Jules’ crystal blue peepers and phenomenal tomato red lip, but if you do, you’ll notice her stunning top knot. What makes this so top spot-worthy is the messy texture in the knot, the slightly off-side positioning, and naturally wispy bits. It’s exceptionally imperfect. 

 TERRIFIC TOP KNOT #2: Diane Kruger
In a complete flip, here we have a sleek and very sophisticated top knot. It’s tight, it’s slick and it’s ravishing. To keep the bun smooth, Di would’ve applied a smooth serum to her ponytail before twisting and pinning in place. My only gripe with the ‘do is the ‘bits’ by her ears. Wispy bits are grand, but these are edging on the 90s. In a bad way. Props for the glowy skin, brilliant brows and fluttery lashes, though, Di.

TERRIFIC TOP KNOT #3: Nicole Richie
Nic is never one to stick to the straight and narrow when it comes to fashion and beauty, and this braided top knot proves her leadership in the field. Although quite sleek and prim and proper, the addition of the braid creates a dinner texture, a different finish, and a different edge. It’s quirky and feminine at the same time. Love the softness the sweeping fringe creates, too.

TERRIFIC TOP KNOT #4: Cara Delevingne
She’s got the best brows in the biz, but Cara proves she’s not just a one-trick beach babe wonder with this sleek twisted knot. It’s flat yet textured, and grungy yet ladylike. The deep bronze smoky eye adds a fierce touch, while the wispy bits keep it a little ballerina-esque. And although I am still opposed to these ‘bits’ they do make her less look less ‘harsh’.

TERRIFIC TOP KNOT #5: Kristen Stewart
K-Stew claimed a spot in the top eyeliner looks of 2012, and her textured top knot is one of the best too. Wonderfully wispy and utterly feminine, this ‘do actually incorporates a braid up from the nape of the neck and up to the crown. Genius, huh?

Which celebrity top knot or twist do you like best? Are these styles worthy of the top five of 2012 crown? Which style would you like to recreate most?

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Posted by: Chickybabe1 (Australia)

Dianne Kruger and Julianne Hough both look amazing and pull this look off really well I think :)

Posted on: December 20, 2012 (Dec 20, 2012 12:08pm)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Nicole richie's is my fave. Id love to copy that hair style.

Posted on: December 20, 2012 (Dec 20, 2012 12:22pm)

'Tis the season to be sparkly

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The holidays are upon us and this calls for some fun and festive make-up. If you don't quite have the eyeshadows or skills to do anything really dramatic, don't worry - there’s a quick and simple way to get your make-up ready for all those gatherings with family and friends.

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your eye make-up is to use glitter eyeliner. Chi Chi makes great Glitter Eyeliners in a beautiful range of shades for only $9.95 each.  Even better would be to get your hands on the Chi Chi Glitter Eyeliner Set that contains six smaller (but still very decent-sized) liners for only $19.95 (also an awesome Christmas gift).

Glitter eyeliner doesn't have to be wild and crazy or only for young girls; older women can pull it off too. It can look quite elegant and classy if neutral colours are used. Remember, with any glitter eyeliner, it's best to use black or a similar-coloured eyeliner underneath first as a base. This way you won't need to waste time and product going over the line to get it bold and solid.

The easiest colour to wear would be black glitter. Just sweep it over your regular eyeliner for a bit of extra sparkle and to complement any look.

Bronze, silver and gold eyeliners are also relatively easy to pull off and beautiful for the holiday season. They go really well with neutral eye looks if you're not into the bright vibrant colours. 

A good thing to remember with these shades is that they don't define your eyes as well as dark colours, so if you want a more dramatic look they look best with false lashes. Try Manicare Glameyes Fashion Lashes in Jessica. They come with a mini glue that has an applicator wand perfect for touching up.


Are you a fan of glitter eyeshadow and eyeliner? How do you add a bit of festive sparkle to your make-up look?

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Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

I love glitter in eye-makeup, I usually just do glitter eyeliner :) Or, some of my smokey eye has a shade on the outer corner that has glitter in it. I don't do a whole glitter eye, I just use a little bit for sparkle.

Posted on: December 20, 2012 (Dec 20, 2012 6:51am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Glitter eyeliner was one of my most fun discoveries this year - it really gives a pretty boost to my eye looks, and wearing glasses I can get away with it, even at my age, lol... Can vouch for the Chi Chi glitter liners - they come in such pretty colours and never irritate my eyes, plus they stay put. And because they have a clear base, they enhance whatever shadow or liner I'm wearing rather than take over the show...

Posted on: December 20, 2012 (Dec 20, 2012 7:06am)

How-to: look summer radiant sans the tan

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Take a look at Anne Hathaway, will you? Look how she glows. Look at how radiance is practically seeping from her skin. You can almost smell it, can’t you?

Many people think the epitome of a radiant summer beauty is a beautiful bronzed tan – but I’m slowly realising that it’s not all about a golden glow at all. Summer radiance is about looking healthy, having silky skin and highlights in all the right places.

So thank you, Anne, you giant babe. We’ll now be stealing tips on how to look as amazing and radiant as you without having to reach for the faux tan.

TIP TO TAKE FROM ANNE #1: hydrated skin is happy skin
Baring your shoulders during the summer months is pretty much inevitable. Make sure you’re showing off your best bits by keeping up a regular moisturising routine. That means top-to-toe body moisturising once a day, every day. Not only will your skin feel silky smooth, the benefits will begin to pay off when your body starts to look as though it’s been properly polished. We love Dove Visible Beauty Body Lotion for its patented multi-layer complex that hydrates deep into your skin.

TIP TO TAKE FROM ANNE #2: highlight to look bright
Anne has taken the concept of highlighters and applied it to her own skin very cleverly indeed. She has applied a touch of summer to the areas of her skin that the sun would naturally hit, think shoulders, décolletage, collarbone and cheekbones. You can use a powder highlighter to showcase the areas of your skin that need it most, or apply a body shimmer cream to your whole body to be dazzling and hydrated all over. We love Prestige Cosmetics Skin Loving Minerals Sun Baked Highlighter and glo minerals Body Glisten.

TIP TO TAKE FROM ANNE #3: wear lighter hues right
Fairer skinned ladies need not fear wearing lighter hues in summer. All you need is a touch of a darker hue to provide balance to your outfit. Take Anne in the image above. Without the dark embellishment on her dress, the champagne frock may look as though it blends into her fair skin a little too much. This is a common worry for all lily-white ladies, but is easily resolved by adding just a touch of a darker hue to your ensemble. Think a black belt, dark shoes or a statement coloured necklace.

How do you like to rock a summer glow?

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Posted by: Tashii (Australia)

Oh liv why say this 2 days before im booked in for my very first professional spray tan >.< uhhh! she does look drop dead gorgeous though :) but then again Anne always looks smokin being as white as a ghost.

Posted on: December 19, 2012 (Dec 19, 2012 5:12pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

My idea of summer radiant is the appearance of nice sunkissed skin.
Body shimmer and light gradual tanning creams or mousse are the beauty items I use to make my skin more radiant.
I find body scrubs, exfoliants and moisturisers all beneficial in helping to keep skin radiant, tan or no tan. A good massage does wonders for skin circulation.
SandraXxX

Posted on: December 19, 2012 (Dec 19, 2012 5:45pm)