Sydney fashion is at the Top of its game

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Now I know I’ve just returned from a stint across the pond, but I’m thrilled to report that I’ve brought a piece of London back with me.

Okay, so not me personally – but is it a coincidence that I hear news that Topshop, the UK’s most fashionable retailer, is setting up shop in Sydney the moment I touch down back home? I think not.

Yep, no need to rub your eyes. You heard right! Topshop and Topman are opening their doors at the legendary Gowings building on George St in the Sydney CBD. Today! This means that Sydney shoppers will be free to browse the fashions that until now only Brit IT girls and lucky Melbourne fashionistas have had access to (unless you shopped online of course – but going in store is always so nice!).

Not too long ago I gave you the lowdown on Melbourne being the first uber lucky Australian city to nab its piece of the Topshop pie, but I’m so thrilled to announce that Sydney’s Topshop will be spread out over a whopping four floors! Talk about exciting. Take that, Melbourne!

The Sydney flagship store will stock the all the Topshop goodness we’ve come to love, including the brand's Boutique, Dress Up, Petite, Tall, Unique and Collaborative lines, as well the main-line apparel, shoes and accessories collections.

If you’re more into make-up than shopping for the latest fashion trends, fear not! Topshop will be coming complete with its signature beauty range! Not sure what’s on offer? Check out my video that showcases the bits and pieces I picked up on my trip over to Ol’ Blighty last year.

Also, if you're keen as mustard to get in-store, it'll be well worth your trouble. Check out just some of the special events and exclusives they've organised to coincide with the launch of their flagship Sydney store.

1. First in Best Dressed - The first 20 customers in the queue to enter Topshop Topman on October 4th will win a free Topshop Topman outfit to the value of $100 styled head-to-toe by the Personal Shoppers!

2. Love Topshop - Upload an Instagram of yourself at the new Topshop Sydney store and tag @topshop_au with #lovetopshop for your chance to win a $500 shopping spree. 

3. Exclusive Gifts - To celebrate the arrival of Topshop Topman Sydney, pick up an exclusive printed Topshop pouch – perfect for your iPad or as a clutch – with every $100 spent instore, or a Topman tote bag with any purchase over opening weekend. While stocks last.

4. Photo Me - Shop us your Topshop style in our pop up photo booth. Take your picture home as a souvenir and leave one on our ‘Best In Show’ wall for your chance to win a $500 shopping spree with a Personal Shopper.

5. Instore Makeovers - All weekend the Topshop beauty queens will be in-store offering complimentary makeovers for all customers. Appointments are limited so get in early to get the Topshop look.


Which overseas brand do you wish would come to Australia?

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Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Sounds awesome. Ill check it out if i ever go to sydney

Posted on: October 04, 2012 (Oct 4, 2012 7:28am)

Posted by: Bkz1 (Australia)

How exciting!!!

Posted on: October 04, 2012 (Oct 4, 2012 8:35am)

Is this skin care product an absolute genius?

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By simply casting your eyes over this jar, you’ll never guess that underneath its pretty turquoise outfit is one of the niftiest creams ever invented. Cast your eyes a little further to the right and you’ll notice the equally as colourful and intelligent paddle-type tool sitting next to said jar. Oh, the intrigue!

Lancome Visionnaire Correcting Polishing Cream is a wee bit of a genius, beauties. In fact, you may have heard of its sister, Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, which has scored a whopping 50 awards for its wrinkle-fighting, radiance-boosting and pore-shrinking awesomeness. But this new kid on the block, which contains the same molecule that took 10 years to create, is possibly even spiffier than its predecessor. Here’s why…

Not only does this cream correct skin tone and texture, but its active ingredients act on all skin levels to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles at the same time. This is HUGE, beauties, as usually you’d need to reach for two different products to target these separate issues. So, this means that with regular use you’ll find yourself sporting luminous, radiant skin that is also seriously smooth and refined. Love.

Used alone as a regular moisturiser, it’ll help you regain a more even skin tone and natural rosy glow. But you know the little paddle-like gadget I spoke about earlier? This is the key to this product’s intelligence.

In a nutshell, the polishing tool (that’s its real name) is used in three ways to help you get maximum benefits out of the cream. There’s a flat side with a grainy finish, which is ideal for gently exfoliating and resurfacing damp skin after cleansing; a smooth, rounded side, which is used to apply the cream to the larger areas of your face in circular motions to encourage lymphatic drainage; and a small handle-like tip, which can be used around the nooks and crannies near your eyes and nose. It’s an ergonomically-designed dream, really, and your skin will glow as a result of all the extra stimulation. Seriously.

Oh, and before you crinkle your nose up at the thought of using the exfoliating side of the polishing tool on your skin, trust us when we say no caution is needed. It’s seriously gentle, yet also super-effective. In fact, it works amazingly well on congested skin (my chin area adores it!), so it’s perfect for those suffering from the first signs of ageing, through to those with deep wrinkles and heavily-pigmented skin.

Go, go, gadget, go!





Have you heard much about the Lancome Visionnaire Correcting Polishing Cream? Does it sound rather nifty to you, too? Are you keen to try out?

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Posted by: Senorita (Australia)

I am using Lancome Visionnaire serum and i love it, i would really like to try this too

Posted on: October 03, 2012 (Oct 3, 2012 5:31pm)

Posted by: Madi678 (Australia)

Thats so nifty! I'd love to try the applicator lol.

Posted on: October 03, 2012 (Oct 3, 2012 6:22pm)

The ultimate hens day indulgence...

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If you’re getting married (or have a friend that’s about to tie the knot), you’ll know that a hens night basically goes hand-in-hand with the big day. And if you’re not a massive fan of buff strippers, drinking games, and penis-shaped paraphernalia, your hens night can seem about as fun as watching your wedding dress get splattered in paint.

But fear not, because if you’re the kind of girl who would rather spend your hens in the company of good friends, enjoying your time in a low-key way, you don’t have to wrack your brain for an alternative to a wild, Vegas-style night. We’ve done the hard work for you and come up with the perfect hens day activity: spending the day with your closest girl friends at CHI, The Spa at Shangri La.

And we’re not just talking about your run-of-the-mill massage. With the spa’s Bridal Package, we’re talking major indulgence and a day of utter pampering. And what more could you want in the lead-up to your wedding?

So here’s the deal: each person in your group will be treated to a welcome foot refresh (always a good start), a 30-minute revitalising body scrub, and a 30-minute relaxation massage. As well all this pampering, you’ll each receive a half-day pass to the health club and swimming pool and can treat yourselves to a delicious high tea in the Shangri-La’s Lobby Lounge.

See? The perfect package for the bride (and her entourage) seeking a little bit of indulgence before the big day.

The wedding prep you DON’T want to forget…

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What’s your hens day/night style? How would you like to indulge before your wedding?

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Posted by: Marza (Australia)


Posted on: October 03, 2012 (Oct 3, 2012 12:30pm)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

Oh how I love a beautiful spa treatment in a fancy hotel.

Posted on: October 03, 2012 (Oct 3, 2012 12:36pm)

How-to: banish bad hair days – and celebrate the great

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If you’re a girl, then odds are you’re always striving to achieve the same thing as every other red-blooded female. A good hair day. Not always easy to fake, waking up to a good hair day really is a major win in the beauty stakes, but let’s be realistic – without a little help, how often does that happen? 

Well, it got a whole lot easier to ensure a good hair day in 2001, when cult hair styling brand ghd launched the first salon-professional hair straightener – the ghd styler. Suddenly, women all over the world realised that achieving a salon-quality style at home no longer had to be such a headache – and we’re all the less stressed for it.

So beauties, in celebration of ghd and its incredible contribution to the hair industry, the brand has named 4 October 2012 as the inaugural National Good Hair Day. The brand is even thanking its fans with a competition that gives you the chance to showcase your good hair day and win! You could score heaps of prizes, including flights and accommodation in Sydney, a ksubi voucher and ghd goodies to boot! Check ghd’s Facebook page for more details on how to enter.

Still looking for ways to banish dreaded bad hair days? There are tonnes of quick fixes and saviours out there that are perfect to keep handy in case a horrendous hair day hits. Have a look through our gallery to see what you should arm yourself with to blitz bad hair days into oblivion…

The ghd IV styler

bhave™ smoothe therapy professional in-salon curl smoothing service

John Frieda Full Repair™ Touch-up Flyaway Tamer

Scunci Bun Maker

David Babaii Bohemian Beach Spray

How do you ensure a good hair day?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I just twist it up in a jaw clip and go!

Posted on: October 03, 2012 (Oct 3, 2012 5:37am)

Posted by: ohmygrace (Australia)

my bad hair days can always be quickly solved with a messy hair bun! :D

Posted on: October 03, 2012 (Oct 3, 2012 6:16am)

The super serum for natural product lovers

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If you haven’t yet heard about Botani’s wonder serum, the Olive Skin Serum, it’s time you found out exactly what it’s all about and why so many people are loving it.

The Olive Skin Serum, an all-natural, multipurpose, and ultra-moisturising serum, has been formulated with one main focus: to keep that skin of yours hydrated – because we all know that dehydration does nothing to keep those signs of premature ageing at bay. Containing olive squalene, which resembles human squalene (the skin’s own built-in moisturiser), combined with other potent plant extracts, the serum helps to lock in moisture and give your skin 50 per cent boost in hydration within 24 hours. Not too shabby, right?

Want to find out more about Botani Olive Skin Serum? Check out the video below, and make sure to read what some of our beautyheaven members’ reviews:

“…I was super impressed with this serum and absolutely loved how it left my skin looking and feeling. I especially loved how natural it is, given that I was using it whilst pregnant. I would definitely buy thus again and highly recommend it to anyone who is after a natural serum that will hydrate their skin and leave it glowing and soft to touch.” – beautystar

“I've been using this consistently for the past week and a half and I can say that the redness and irritation I've experienced as a result of using Retin-A has improved 100%. It has lived up to its promises of hydrating and moisturising my skin even though I still use a moisturiser over the top. The Olive Squalene in this is rich in Vitamins E & C and has had several benefits for skin such as increased clarity, smoothness and also helps to soften fine lines…” – Beautylicious

“My face has this nice glow to it now that it has never had before (I didn't even get that pregnancy glow when I was pregnant) and my skin just looks and feels soo much healthier and clearer, and talk about soft, my face is nice and smooth thanks to this little gem.” – MissChriss

Read more reviews…

Are you stumped by serums?...

Have you tried any of Botani’s products? What’s your ultimate skin hydrator?

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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I've tried a few Botani products and they are lovely - really worth trying.

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 5:06pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

I do love serums and have used various brands but not Botani.

Posted on: October 02, 2012 (Oct 2, 2012 5:17pm)