Products that work better together

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Some things in life just work better when they’re together. Like ice cream and cookie dough; Ryan Gosling movies and a night with the girls; Posh and Becks. And the same goes for certain beauty products, too. Shampoo and conditioner; cleanser and toner; toothpaste and floss – all great products in their own right, but even better when used together, right? So which other beauty buys work harder, faster and better in a pair? Here are our pick of the products that produce enhanced results when used as a duo…

Lancôme Super Serums and Teint Visionnaire

Prepping your skin before you apply your foundation is the best way to guarantee a smooth-looking, long lasting result. And if age fighting is on your product checklist, then you’ll definitely need to add these goodies to your beauty kit. Used individually, Lancôme’s newest ‘Super Serums’ – Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate and Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector – will work to over time to minimise lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and improve skin texture and clarity. But used in conjunction, the benefits are boosted to provide accelerated, visible anti-ageing results in just one week! So you can only imagine how awesome your skin will look if you first prep with the Super Serums, and then apply Teint Visionnaire – Lancôme’s latest make-up must-have that incorporates all the advanced skin correcting technology of the Visionnaire serum into a long lasting, natural-looking, flawless-face-achieving foundation. Phew! There’s no doubt you’ll be putting your best face forward with this combo!

Jo Malone Cologne and matching Body Crème

While moisturising your skin with a yummy-smelling lotion is great in terms of hydration, the scent will fade shortly after application. Likewise, perfume is fabulous for, well, perfuming your skin, but it does pretty much nothing in terms of keeping you moisturised. Plus, it too fades over time. However, pairing your perfume with a matching body moisturiser – now that’s an ingenious idea! Not only will your skin stay hydrated, but the scent of the lotion will also work with your perfume to provide a subtle fragrance that lingers for longer. Jo Malone fragrances are designed to be layered over one another – using the other fragrances and/or the matching body creams – so you can use the products in conjunction to intensify a particular perfume, or to create a unique scent combination of your own. Now that’s what we call a signature scent!

Lash curler and mascara

Never used a lash curler before? Boy, are you missing a trick. I literally won’t leave the house without curling my lashes – even when I don’t wear any make-up, it’s the one step I don’t forfeit. Why? Well, as you curl your lashes you help to push them upwards from the root, giving the appearance of longer, beautifully fanned-out lashes, which in turn opens up your eyes, making your entire face look more alive. Sounds pretty spectacular, right? It is. And trust me when I say it’s even better when you complement your curled lashes with a coat of mascara. It accentuates your already-elongated lashes, makes them look thicker, glossier and more luscious in general. It really does give them that ‘wow’ factor! Try: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($40, together with one of my newest fave mascaras, Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara.

Have you tried any of these power couples? Which beauty products do you think work better in a pair?

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Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

I always find that when i use a fragranced body cream and then spritz a matching perfume, the scent lingers for longer then if i were to apply straight on. I always use my lash curler and then the mascara, the curl is sensational, my eyelash curler is so old lol but still does the job.

Posted on: March 15, 2013 (Mar 15, 2013 7:31am)

Posted by: notsojayne (Member since 2007, Australia)

I like to use matching fragrance products, like body wash, lotion and then perfume.

Posted on: March 15, 2013 (Mar 15, 2013 8:49am)

Your bridal party gifts sorted

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Your bridesmaids have been champions, haven’t they? From organising your hen’s night and kitchen tea, to happily going along with every single one of your wedding requests, no doubt they really have been fabulous.

So we’re guessing you want to give each of them a small gift to show how much you appreciate all that they’ve done, right? Well, if the sentiment is there but the gifting inspiration has you at a loss, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you out:

Give…a gift that they can use on your wedding day.

Some brides want their bridesmaids to look unified – same dress, same hair, same shoes – while others aren’t too fussed if they look a little different. Whatever your preference, it’s always nice to have something that ties the bridesmaids together, no matter how small. Gift each of them with a pair of beautifully sparkling, yet still subtle (don’t want to outshine the bride!), Blomdahl Medical Grade studs with Swarovski Crystals. A nice touch would also be to give each bridesmaid the same shade of sheer lipstick so that touch-ups can be quick and easy during the night. ARTISTRY Lip Colour Sheer SPF 15 in Princess is the perfect soft pink hue that will suit all skin tones.

Give...a gift that pampers

There’s no doubt that your bridesmaids have worked hard and may need some time to rest after your big day, so why not make that post-wedding relaxation that much more special for them? MOR has created an entire section on their website called Destination Bride, which will have all your gifting needs sorted. For example, the MOR To Rome with Love gift packs contain, amongst other things, a decadent Body Butter, a fragrant Petite Candle, and a luxurious Hand Cream. Plus, who doesn’t love a gorgeous cosmetics case that can be used again and again?

Give…a post-wedding treat

Do some of your bridesmaids love getting a fake tan every few weeks? Or maybe some get their nails done regularly? Give each bridesmaid a voucher for the kind of beauty treatment that they just can’t get enough of.
Tuscan Tan Original 8 Hour Spray Tan is the perfect gift for the girl who loves a subtle, bronzed glow, while an endota spa face gift voucher is just the thing for the bridesmaid who can’t go a month without a facial. And if one of your friends is the kind of lady who treats herself to a two-week chip-free mani on the regular, a voucher to get a Bio Sculpture Non-Chip Longer Lasting Manicure and Pedicure done will leave her feeling pleased as punch.

The finishing touch:
No matter what gift you give your bridesmaids, why not make sure you give them a thank-you card as beautiful as the gift itself? Cristina Re DIY Stationery Collection ‘The Art of Elegance’ features gorgeous cards with lace patterns, white peonies, Asian-inspired cranes, and silver peacock motifs to make any girl swoon. The hand-created and customised bespoke cards will be just as treasured as the gifts.

What gifts would/did you give your bridesmaids? As a bridesmaid, what gifts have you received?
The ultimate hens day indulgence…
Essential pre-wedding prep…

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Posted by: Hayley_22 (Australia)

i think i'd rather gift my bridesmaids something they can keep rather then a disposable.

Posted on: March 14, 2013 (Mar 14, 2013 5:49pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Gosh, I have been a bridesmaid several times and never received a decent gift!

Posted on: March 14, 2013 (Mar 14, 2013 6:24pm)

Kim Kardashian tries the ‘vampire facial’

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We all want to look younger. I get that. Even at 24 I’m cautious of impending lines around my eyes, and I know I need to start my battle against crow’s feet by applying preventative products now (hello, anumi Selections Eye Contour Gel). I get that, I really do. Still, I can’t help but think Kim Kardashian has taken her battle against ageing a little too far.

No stranger to botox, Kim certainly seems to be trying hard to maintain her youthful good looks, but after recent images surfaced of her with a face covered in blood… well, the world cringed just a little bit.

But is it as scary as it seems? What’s been dubbed as the ‘vampire facial’ is actually called the PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment – and is available in many salons globally, like the Skin Renu laser & skin rejuvenation clinic in Sydney’s Balmain.

Skin Renu describes the treatment as skin regeneration with your own cells, using platelet-rich plasma (in the form of your blood) that is collected (normally from your arm) and injected into your face as a way of stimulating collagen production and re-energising your cells into rejuvenating themselves in a simple one-hour appointment in clinic.

The clinic also says that PRP is a more natural method to facial rejuvenation as it’s your own enriched plasma used in the treatment. This means it will never be rejected by your body as some botox and fillers can be. We spoke to Sylvia, Practice Manager and part-owner of Skin Renu, who confirmed that no client ever looks like the blood-stained image of Kim Kardashian that the world was presented with as the legions created by the needle during PRP are so small that they heal almost straight away! Plus, she assured me that any blood seen during the treatment is always swiftly cleaned up. Phew! Sylvia also shared that PRP is actually a very simple procedure that’s often used for wound and burn recovery. Awesome!

So what do you think? Is Kim Kardashian too obsessed with looking younger? Would you ever try this treatment over botox or fillers?

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Posted by: Trudz (Australia)

Not a treatment I would personally have done, but I think Kim feels the Hollywood pressure to stay younger (she is doing a fair job of it too). In a way it kind of highlights the crazy stuff woman and some men do to not look their age.

Posted on: March 14, 2013 (Mar 14, 2013 12:32pm)

Posted by: Walshy (Australia)

I love her in the left picture, it is way less barbie dollish than the one on the right. It looks like she has trouble with face movement in the right picture...

Posted on: March 14, 2013 (Mar 14, 2013 12:41pm)

Do you have a difficult hair type?

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It seems we’re never happy with the hair we’ve got, and while dealing with a bad hair day is hard enough, suffering from a difficult hair type can make it almost impossible to work with and style your hair.

Fortunately there are plenty of products and remedies to treat your troubled tresses. Here, we give you a breakdown of some of the most common hair dilemmas and what you can do to help your issue.

You suffer from: a dry, flaky scalp

We all know that skin cells shed, but sometimes the skin on our scalp sheds so much that we’re left with tiny white flakes in our hair and on our shoulders – not really an ideal look.

Too much heat on the scalp can irritate it causing it to flake – so be sure not to overuse your hair dryer and straighter and shower with warm, not hot water. Also, shampooing your hair too frequently can strip the scalp of its natural oils and moisture and failing to properly rinse the product out of your hair can cause it to dry and flake off. For an at-home treatment, massage coconut oil into your scalp and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes before shampooing out.

You suffer from: oily roots and dry ends

This frustrating in-between hair type can make it difficult to figure out what products you should be using. First of all, damaged ends could be making your hair look more dry and ragged than it actually is – so the first step is to get rid of them with a trim. When choosing a shampoo, shop for your scalp – not your dry hair type. Try: Al’chemy Lemongrass Shampoo.

Your conditioner on the other hand should be a rich, nourishing formula as it should only be applied from your ears down – it does NOT need to touch your scalp at all, and this goes for all hair types!

You suffer from: hair loss / thinning

It’s normal to lose about 50 to100 strands of hair a day, although some of us may notice more hair in our brushes and on our pillowcases than we’d like.  Hair loss or breakage can be due to the use of harsh products but can also be a side effect of certain medications, stress, genetics and hormone imbalances. If you’re really worried about an increase in hair shedding be sure to consult your doctor to determine any underlying causes

Eating the right foods such as fruit and vegetables, whole grains, essential fatty acids can assist in balancing out your hormones and preventing hair loss. There are also a number of supplements and multivitamins on the market to encourage hair growth. Look for one that contains biotin, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese and zinc.

You can also promote healthy hair growth by treating your scalp to a massage every time you shampoo – as this increases the blood flow to your hair follicles - and look for a serum such as Head of Hair Follicle Boosting Serum, which works to protect and repair the hair follicle.

Do you suffer from any difficult hair types? What are you tips for treating your hair type?

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Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

Great article Lauren. I suffer from dry hair and oily roots. The boosting serum sounds just like what my hair needs desperately!

Posted on: March 14, 2013 (Mar 14, 2013 6:26am)

Posted by: Emily151 (Australia)

Really great article! I suffer from oily roots and dry ends! It sucks because I need to usually use masks or oils on the ends of my hair

Posted on: March 14, 2013 (Mar 14, 2013 6:46am)

Dead easy winged eyeliner

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Hey there beauty lover,

Have you been trying to master winged eyeliner for as long as you can remember? While traditional liquid liners are awesome, being like a paintbrush they can sometimes give you too much freedom, so unless you know exactly what you’re doing, it can be difficult to construct the purrrrfect cat eye with no guidance.

Pen liners are also fabulous. When they first launched they allowed many eyeliner novices (just like me) to rock a winged liner look without dealing with any smudges or wobbly lines – and we were beyond grateful. But again, although pen liners were a huge advancement in liner land, for some it’s still hard to achieve a simple winged liner look.

So I am ecstatic to reveal that there is now an answer for everyone. Please join me in welcoming the Australis Curve Eyeliner to beauty land. We’ve been waiting for it’s arrival for some time now, because it’s guaranteed to spell the end of all of your winged liner-related worries. I bet you’re wondering why it’s just so good? We’ve got the 411…

(Check out the awesome how-to guide that can help you achieve the perfect winged liner look for yourself!)

If the shape is puzzling you, I can explain. The new Curve Eyeliner features an ergonomic shape, as if it’s been DESIGNED to sit snuggly in your hand. The curved shape also allows you to have better control of the liner and assists with precision application as you get to work on your wing. Plus, it’s suitable for lefties and righties!
The skinny tip of the liner features a handy dandy grip zone to ensure your fingers don’t slip – and you’re not left with a hot mess all over your eyes.

Hooray! Australis Curve Eyeliner is free of the nasties! That means no parabens and no formaldehydes. The formula is also water-resistant, quick-drying, and smudge-proof, so you don’t need to worry about it going anywhere until you want it to.

It costs just $14.95.

What do you think of this revolutionary liner? Are you keen to start creating a few winged liner looks for yourself?

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Posted by: Elissa351 (Australia)

I am so sold, can't wait to get my hands on one!!!

Posted on: March 13, 2013 (Mar 13, 2013 12:13pm)

Posted by: iluvfacialz (Member since 2007, Australia)

Do definately want to try this one.....I need all the help I can get when it comes to eyeliner.

Posted on: March 13, 2013 (Mar 13, 2013 12:25pm)