Fast facts on: Australia's beauty newbie, philosophy

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By now you may have heard of the beauty brand philosophy. Having only hit Australian shores earlier this year, the skin care, body care, hair care, fragrance, AND make-up brand is already making waves in our beauty industry, and for good reason too.

So how much do you know about that brand? If you’re thinking, “not all that much (other than that that packaging is positively adorable and the products a pleasure to use)”, then allow us to give you the low-down on philosophy.

Facts about philosophy:
- Its products are based on a rich, scientific heritage. The development of ALL philosophy products is overseen by a contingent of doctors and scientists, so you know they’re products that work (and are good for you).
- philosophy uses children’s pictures and lowercase writing on its packaging to remind us of the genuine curiosity, wisdom, and joy that exists within our childhood consciousness. It also features inspirational messages to create a fresh, approachable attitude towards beauty.
- The purity cleanser was one of the first philosophy products ever made and its formulation hasn’t been changed. Considering it was voted the ‘best facial cleanser’ in the US by Sephora in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008, and has won US Allure’s readers’ choice award four times, we don’t think it needs to be!
- The hope in a jar moisturiser was originally created for the medical market and recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists to improve the look of multiple skin concerns, including wrinkles, discolouration, and dehydration. But it became so widely used that Oprah herself listed it amongst her top ten favourite things a whopping six times. And you know what they say, if Oprah likes it, it’s basically worth its weight in gold.

It's our 5th birthday this week and to celebrate we're giving YOU the chance to win some awesome beauty prizes – hooray!
So if you’ve just been convinced that the philosophy is the next beauty brand to join your daily routine, you’ll love this comp!
For your chance to win one of five philosophy prize packs (which includes purity and hope in a jar), valued at $227, simply answer the questions below.
Competition ends: midnight 25th October 2012
NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694 / Class: Type C
ACT Permit Number: ACT TP 11/03451

Have you tried any philosophy products? What’s your philosophy or motto in life?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I am yet to try philosophy, but I had heard that Oprah had recommended it.

My philosophy or motto? I like "Be the change you want to see on the world." Although Miss Piggy's "Never eat more than you can lift" is a close second! 😄

Posted on: October 13, 2012 (Oct 13, 2012 6:14am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Haven't had the pleasure to experience philosophy products as yet, but hope in a jar has been on my wish-list (and my bh Favourites) for months...

There's a long list of mottos that I live by - "you get what you give" is a biggie though, and the one that's tattooed on my heart ♥

Posted on: October 13, 2012 (Oct 13, 2012 7:14am)

Five scents to enhance your mood

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Your sense of smell is potentially the most powerful of all the five senses. It can differentiate between hundreds of thousands of different aromas and can detect the vague whiff of a scent that can trigger long-forgotten memories buried deep in time. Pretty amazing, eh?

But what’s even more intriguing is the impact your sense of smell can have on your mood.  Have you walked down the street recently to be greeted by a scent of spring that has added an air of lightness and contentment to your day? That’s your sense of smell doing its best to remind you of all those lovely times you’ve had in springtimes past.

Unfortunately it’s not always possible to lift your spirits with a fresh springtime stroll, but you can incorporate the power of nature’s most evocative aromas into your home and your daily routine to lift your mood entirely. From selecting hand washes, shower gels and candles with natural fragrances, to picking up a bunch of flowers or herbs to scent your home – it’s easy to infuse your day with uplifting aromas.

Below we reveal five scents that have the power to boost your mood...

Citrus – uplifting
Lime, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit: these zesty, energising scents can rouse you from a lethargic slump and are great for injecting some happiness into your day. We like: Evodia Coconut and Lime Body Mist as a revitalising spritz for your skin and your room.

Peppermint – stimulating and reviving
Got something you need to concentrate on? Try brewing some peppermint tea or lighting a mint-infused candle to really get your brain working.

Rose – calming
As well as looking beautiful in a vase around your home, roses are also great to have around during times of stress. The beautiful floral scent is known to ease tension and can even relieve headaches.

Vanilla – arousing
Got a romantic dinner planned for your other half? Try lighting a vanilla candle. Its aphrodisiac powers and sensual scent will set the scene perfectly. And if you’ve got a hot date planned and want to be irresistible, try dabbing Evodia’s Vanilla Addict Fragrance Roll-On on to your pulse points.

Lavender – soothing and relaxing
Lavender is nature’s gift to restless sleepers. Dot a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on to your pillow to send you into a peaceful sleep, or use a lavender-filled bag to scent the drawer where you keep your nightwear.

WIN! It's our 5th birthday this week and to celebrate we're giving YOU the chance to win some awesome beauty prizes – hooray!
If you want to infuse your life with some sumptuous scents, we’re giving you the chance to get your hands on some of Evodia’s gorgeous nature-based products. For your chance to win one of five Evodia packs, simply answer the question below. 

Competition ends: midnight 26th October 2012
NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694 / Class: Type C
ACT Permit Number: ACT TP 11/03451

 Which scent has the power to boost your mood? Is there an aroma that evokes a particular memory for you? 

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Posted by: beautyqueen95♥ (Australia)

Yum! Anything citrus makes me so happy :)

Posted on: October 12, 2012 (Oct 12, 2012 5:01pm)

Posted by: beautyqueen95♥ (Australia)

Lemongrass reminds me of thailand.

Posted on: October 12, 2012 (Oct 12, 2012 5:01pm)

How-to: get pretty with pastels

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Springtime is the perfect season for incorporating pretty pastels in to your look – they’re flirty, they’re feminine, and they’ll mirror the sweet smelling blossoms blooming all around you. If you’ve never experimented with coloured shadows, pastels are also the best way to introduce a touch of brightness to your repertoire, as they’ll never leave you looking OTT.

1.) Sweep a soft pastel pink shimmer shadow across your entire eyelid, taking the shade into the inner corner of your eye and under your lower lash line.
2.) Pick a contrasting pastel colour (try mint green, baby blue or soft lilac) and apply it around the outer corner of each eye and halfway along your lower lash line. Top make-up tip: for a more intense and pearlier result, apply the eyeshadow wet!
3.) Dip your brush back into the same shade and softly blend it into the inner corner of your eyes, before finishing your eye look with a slick of black mascara.
Top make-up tip: if you want to take the look full throttle, you can then sweep some of your pink blush from the crease of your eyelids, right up to your brow bone (but make sure your brows are well groomed as you will be drawing attention to them!)
4.) Complement your pretty pastel eyes with a soft pink blush to the cheeks, a subtle berry tint to the lips, and a pop of sorbet-hued polish to your nails.

Products used to create this look:
Bourjois Little Round Pot in 01 Lime and 05 Pink from the Sweet Paris Collection
Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Mascara from the Sweet Paris Collection
Bourjois Effet Little Round Pot Blush in 34 Rose D’Or from the Sweet Paris Collection
Bourjois 3D Lipgloss in 03 Brun Rose from the Sweet Paris Collection
Bourjois 10 Days Nail Enamel in 25 from the Sweet Paris Collection


WIN! It's our 5th birthday this week and to celebrate we're giving YOU the chance to win some awesome beauty prizes – hooray! 
For your chance to win one of five prize packs containing the ENTIRE Bourjois Sweet Paris Collection, valued at $150 each, simply answer the question below.
Competition ends: midnight 26th October 2012

NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694 / Class: Type C

ACT Permit Number: ACT TP 11/03451

What gives you springtime inspiration?

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Posted by: Christy01 (Australia)

Love love love!

Posted on: October 12, 2012 (Oct 12, 2012 12:31pm)

Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

Pastel colours are spring time hot,
not just clothes, makeup is hot to trot.
Soft pink and baby blues,
are my two favourite hues.

Posted on: October 12, 2012 (Oct 12, 2012 12:31pm)

Do you exfoliate this body part?

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We’ve already stressed the importance of using a hand cream that contains sunscreen, but have we stepped on our soapbox and rammed home the importance of giving your paws a good old exfoliation on a regular basis? I’m not sure we have, actually.

Like your eye area, your hands age fast. Like, really fast. The skin is thinner, and they’re constantly exposed to sunlight and other severe environments (hello, harsh cleaning products!). But the sad truth is this: we tend to ignore them. And it’s a shame, really. That’s exactly why we’re suggestion you amp up the benefits of your regular hand cream by adding in a few extra skin smoothing steps…

WASH YOUR HANDS WITH THIS: Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Deep Cleansing Hand Wash
This delicious-smelling gem contains natural exfoliants that remove impurities and polish away any rough patches while deeply cleansing the hands at the same time. Pop it in your bathroom for daily use and you’ll be helping your hands without even realising it.

EXFOLIATE YOUR HANDS WITH THIS: Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Hand Recovery
Squeeze a little of this polishing formula onto your hands to exfoliate and re-texturise the skin. Once they’re washed clean, be prepared to be blown away by how soft and smooth your skin really is. This wonder also contains emollients to condition your paws, too, so they’ll be left feeling hydrated as well. Love.

HYDRATE YOUR HANDS WITH THIS: Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Hand Therapy
To extend that super-soft feeling, apply this sweet-smelling goodie after you’ve finished exfoliating, and after each time you wash. Containing macadamia nut, pomegranate, grapeseed, and argan oils, it’s one hard working cream that’ll leave your paws intensely nourished.  

WIN! WIN! WIN! It's our 5th birthday this week and to celebrate we're giving YOU the chance to snag some awesome beauty prizes. Yippee!

For your chance to win one of five Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Hand Packs valued at $85 each, simply answer the questions below…

Competition ends: midnight 25th October 2012
NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694 / Class: Type C
ACT Permit Number: ACT TP 11/03451

 
Do you exfoliate your hands? Will you polish them regularly from now on?


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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

No...well not specifically - I use a body exfoliator in the shower, and a I do rub a little onto the backs of my hands, but I've not used a proper hand scrub or polish before, what a great idea! I've been using a handcream with suncscreen for the past 3 months, and they've been looking a lot more cared for since then, but could sure do with this addtional attention. And pomegranate just happens to be my favourite bathroom scent so the answer to the second question is yes, as soon as I get my mits on some of these gorgeous sounding products. The colours of the packs will go perfectly with my bathroom decor too - thanks for bringing these goodies to my attention bh ♥

Posted on: October 12, 2012 (Oct 12, 2012 5:38am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Ive never exfoliate my hands or considered it. Thank you for bringing it to my attention bh. The pack above looks so yummy, i want to eat a pomegrante right now. It does make sense why you should exfoliate your skin, it would be very benefitial for skin regrowth and recovery. Im very interested in the above products now.

Posted on: October 12, 2012 (Oct 12, 2012 7:27am)

How-to: neutral nails with a twist

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m a massive lover of a neutral nail. Sometimes the perfect nude or taupe is just the thing to leaving you feeling lady-like and put-together. But sometimes, a nude nail needs a bit more. A bit more colour, a bit more vibrancy, a bit more oomph. So we’ve come up with the perfect way to take this low-key look to the next level. All you’ll need to get your hands on is a nude polish, a bright nail polish, and some sticky tape, then follow the how-to below (hover your mouse over the stars to get the deets)...

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  1. Step one

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    Paint two coats of your nude polish and wait for them to dry completely. We used Ulta3 PRO Nail Polish in Café au Lait.

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    Once your nails are dry, take two pieces of tape. Remove the stickiness by pressing them into the palm of your hand. Stick them over the bottom of your nail in a V-shape. Make sure the tape goes from the middle of your cuticle up to the edge of the nail t

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    Take another piece of stape and stick it on your nail parallel to one of the bottom 'V' pieces, leaving a small gap. Paint the gap with your bright colour. We used Ulta3 PRO Nail Polish in Coral Crush. Once dry, remove the sticky tape and repeat for the o

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  4. Step four

    Remove the tape after a few minutes and leave to dry for about 10 minutes.

Bonus: Each Ulta3 PRO Salon Manicure nail polish is a nail colour, base coat, and topcoat in one, so you’ve just saved yourself some time. Win!

It's our 5th birthday this week and to celebrate we're giving YOU the chance to win some awesome beauty prizes – hooray!
And if you love a bit of nail art, you’ll love this prize.
For your chance to win one of five Ulta3 PRO Salon Manicure prize packs, valued at $20 (so you’ll get a cool four shades), simply answer the question below.
Competition ends: midnight 25th October 2012
NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694 / Class: Type C
ACT Permit Number: ACT TP 11/03451

Do you like to keep your nail look simple, or do you prefer to play around with colours and styles? What’s your can’t-live-without nail shade?

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Posted by: Isabelle135 ()

I love just having a nude nail-so chic and simple

Posted on: October 11, 2012 (Oct 11, 2012 5:04pm)

Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I'm hopeless at polish, my preference is for buffing to a high shine because its the only thing I can get right!

Posted on: October 11, 2012 (Oct 11, 2012 5:18pm)