Create your own deluxe gift

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It’s that time again, beauties! David Jones and Estée Lauder have teamed up once more to bring you an awesome special offer – and since this Gift With Purchase is one that you can create yourself, you definitely won’t want to miss out. Simply spend $75 or more* at the Estée Lauder counter at David Jones, and it’s all yours!

Not only do you get a super-handy cosmetics gift bag (and let’s face it, any woman worth her weight in beauty buys knows that these are invaluable when it comes to storing and transporting all your prods), and the brand’s multi-award-winning Advanced Night Repair serum (7mL), but you also get to choose five other amazing Estée Lauder skin care and make-up products to go in it!

Here’s what you can choose from:
1.) An Estée Lauder 5mL Eye Crème (choose between Resilience Lift, Time Zone or Advanced Night Repair)
2.) An Estée Lauder 15mL Moisturiser (choose between Resilience Lift, Time Zone, or DayWear)
3.) An Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick (choose between Warm or Cool)
6.) An Estée Lauder Deluxe Pure Color EyeShadow Palette (choose between Warm or Cool)
7.) An Estée Lauder Sumptuous Mascara (choose between Bold Volume Lifting, or Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume)

*Click here for more information and GWP terms and conditions

Have you tried any of the products in this GWP? Which would you choose to go into your deluxe gift?

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Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I haven't had a chance to check this one out yet - DJ's is half an hour drive away so I'm not sure if I will get to but will be atleast considering it! I'd choose the Time Zone personally and the Warm colouring products. So you see I have already thought about grabbing this great deal!! : )

Posted on: July 23, 2012 (Jul 23, 2012 12:04pm)

Posted by: Josie1993 (Australia)

I want to get my hands on this set, it looks amazing!

Posted on: July 23, 2012 (Jul 23, 2012 12:05pm)

Awesome make-up multi-taskers

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Life as a university student is wonderful but tough, especially for those who have left the nest and are braving the world on their own. With rent, fees, textbooks, food, and transport, things tend to get expensive pretty quickly. This leaves us with very little money left for “luxuries”. And with all the great parties, outings, and social events that come with being a student, make-up often tops the “must-have” list. With a tight budget, there is only one way to optimise our spending: buy multi-tasking products!

Swap your sunscreen, moisturiser and foundation for a bottle of BB cream. There are so many good ones on the market now and there will be more to come. Most have additional benefits such as brightening your complexion and repairing sun damaged areas of the skin. A good BB cream would be one from Missha, which you can buy online, or the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, which you can pick up from your local pharmacy.

The next item may seem more like a splurge than a saving, but it’s such a great multi-tasker that I think it’s worth it in the long run. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks can be used as a blush, eye shadow or highlighter/illuminator. The colours are relatively neutral so they can be used for practically any look!

Tints and stains are very good multi-tasking products as well. You can apply them on your cheeks and lips. The one I use is Benefit Benetint. Glamourflage also has a lovely lip/cheek stain (Glamourflage Sultry Sophie Lip/Cheek Stain) and it’s not as pricey. If tints and stains aren’t your style, lipsticks can do similar things. Simply dab/dot a little onto your cheeks and blend it out. To avoid looking like a clown, don’t pick colours that are too strong. Lovely matte pinks should do the trick.

So the saying “less is more” is true after all. Another plus to having very few but very good products is that you can easily take them with you everywhere. Also you will spend less time rummaging through your make-up drawers or bags and spend more time enjoying student life!






What are your favourite multi-tasking products? I’d love to learn of more…

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Posted by: Michelle Sweetheart (United States)

I think cream products tend be user friendly and have multiple uses. My Shiseido hydro powder eye shadows come to mind as well as my MAC creme blushes. If I have a neutral or coral color I can put it on my eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Posted on: July 23, 2012 (Jul 23, 2012 6:15am)

Posted by: Jen87 (Australia)

I use my white gel eyeliner as a base for eyeshadows, and I mix it with lipstick to make new colours. I also use eyeshadows as highlighters and blushes.

Posted on: July 23, 2012 (Jul 23, 2012 6:16am)

Hair transformations: four things you need to know

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From long to short, blonde to brunette, red to purple… celebrities love teasing us, with their hair, don’t they?

One day Kim Kardashian has a fringe, the next day she doesn’t; Kate Hudson jumps from bombshell blonde to auburn tresses every six months – and don’t even get us started on Drew Barrymore!

Can you imagine if there was a memory game for keeping track of these makeovers? Oh, I’d lose so badly.  I mean, look at the likes of Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, these ladies suffer from a serious case of hair chameleon syndrome.

It’s really fascinating how Hollywood’s A-listers hop from one hairstyle to another, every few months. A lot of them manage to hit the nail in the head with perfect styling, but, truth be told, we have seen some equally amazing disasters, as well.

But hey, think of it this way, if it weren’t for Victoria Beckham, we probably would’ve never seen the ‘pob’ (posh bob) come to life.

Artistic Director of Barney Martin salon in Sydney, Shukeel Murpaza, says it’s very important to revitalise your old self every so often. Whether you do it for a new season or a fresh start in your career, a style change is vital for women.  
But he says women should be a little cautious before chopping their hair – especially when going from long to short – as that is a lot more dramatic and risky.

“I get a lot of women who’ve recently experienced a break-up and they ask for a crazy change in their hairstyle. I get very worried for them. Most of these women aren’t even thinking, they would then go home and cry about having no hair,” he says.

Shukeel also gets a lot of clients who bring in photos, and currently the most popular celebrity hairstyle at Barney Martin’s salon is Emma Watson’s short crop pixie hair. Great if it’s a style that suits you, but keep in mind that not all celeb haircuts suit the average Joe.

I know I’m definitely guilty of taking a photo of my favourite celebrity hairstyle to my hairdresser and expecting to be transformed into Eva Longoria within minutes. (Errr, it failed, just so you know.)

So before you plant your tooshie on that salon chair, here are Shukeel’s top four hair transformation tips that you should follow:

1.)    Know your face shape: Heart, oval, round… every face shape suits a different hairstyle.
2.)    Know your hair type: Even the texture of hair matters for the kind of cut you get.
3.)    Know your personality: Don’t just blindly follow celebrity styles. They are great for inspiration but you need to know what suits your personal style. The way you walk, the way you talk… you need to be able to work that haircut!
4.)    Listen to your hairstylist: They’re the experts and they know what’s good for you. Be a good student, it’ll work in your favour.

Have you ever gone through a dramatic hair transformation? Was it good or bad?

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Posted by: Jenniqua (Australia)

This article is very helpful about the shape of your face and the way you walk and talk. When I was very little my mum cut my sisters and my hair really short and a man that lived down the road, told us boys to go home when we were playing out the front of his house (grumpy old man syndrome). I was horrified and said we are girls anyway you stupid old man, however this has scarred me for life of ever having short hair. It will forever remain long.

Posted on: July 21, 2012 (Jul 21, 2012 8:50am)

Posted by: RetroD11 (Australia)

Anne and Emma look beautiful, regardless of whether their hair is long or short!

Posted on: July 21, 2012 (Jul 21, 2012 9:02am)

Top 5 tips for better beauty sleep

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Do you struggle to get your 8 hours of sleep each night? Are you waking up feeling worse than when you went to bed? Looking for a way to nab a few extra hours of shut-eye? Well look no further, because we’ve got five top tips for getting better beauty sleep. Follow these little beauties to ensure you get a decent sleep and wake up feeling fresh as a daisy – everyday.

Beauty sleep tip #1: Lavender

Lavender is renowned for being a sleep saviour. Studies have shown that its aroma works to slow your heart rate and blood pressure, lulling you into a state of relaxation. We love: The Body Shop Wellbeing Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist. Just give your pillow a quick spritz before bed and let the snoozing begin!

Beauty sleep tip #2: Meditation

We all lead busy lives, and with all of the thoughts racing through our heads its no wonder we can’t get to sleep at night! About 20 minutes before hitting the hay, take some quiet time to empty your mind of anything that might keep you up at night. Ensure you let go of any of the stress and anxiety you have whizzing around in your head and focus on the silence. Doing this each day will help you get into a routine, and help you to unwind before going to bed.

Beauty sleep tip #3: Hot baths

Nothing beats a hot, soothing bath after a hard days’ work, and if you’re looking to improve your shut-eye, then this could be just the trick! Try adding The Aromatherapy Company Therapy Lavender Pure Essential Oil to your bath to calm and relax the senses, or use L’Occitane Lavender Organic Shower Gel to help send you into ‘sleepy land’ and promote a good night’s sleep.

Beauty sleep tip #4: Food and drink

In the lead up to going to bed, be mindful of eating heavy, carb-loaded meals, or drinking too much caffeine and alcohol, as these can all reduce your sleep quality. Top tip: a warm glass of milk is a sure fire way to stop you counting sheep and help you unwind. Alternatively, try Pretorius Sleep Better – it’s a natural supplement that uses only the good stuff to naturally enhance sleep.

Beauty sleep tip #5: Pamper yourself

What if there was a way to improve your sleep and skin with just the one product? Well, say goodbye to scaly skin and hello to newfound softness (and a better sleep to boot) thanks to products like Decleor Paris Aroma Night Regenerating Night Beauty Cream, which helps nourish skin and promote relaxation with its aromatherapy properties, as well as a subtle blend of freesia, sweet almond and cherry blossom.






Do you fall asleep easily or do you struggle to get a good night's sleep? What are your tips for falling asleep more easily?

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Posted by: Brinsley (Australia)

Lavender really does help with sleeping, my husband puts a couple of drops of pure lavender oil on his pillow every night without fail and since he's been doing it he's sleeping MUCH better and going to sleep much quicker and the bed smells lovely! :)

Posted on: July 20, 2012 (Jul 20, 2012 5:10pm)

Posted by: Lucinda27 (Australia)

It takes me a long time to fall asleep but once I'm asleep I'm out till my alarm goes off

Posted on: July 20, 2012 (Jul 20, 2012 5:16pm)

Why Man Flu could save the day (and your office)

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Man Flu: a rare strain of the common cold that is so painful it can only be compared to childbirth. (In fact, if you ask any man, they usually think it’s worse.) It is also known as 'fishing for sympathy' and 'chronic exaggeration'. The female race appears to be immune to unusual strain of flu; however, the male species are particularly vulnerable to its wrath.

All jokes aside, I actually want to get serious with you for a moment: did you know men actually have a ridiculously good thing going when it comes to playing up their Man Flu? Other than the bouts of love and attention they receive from their lady, there's another grand result that comes from playing the sympathy card and staying home on the couch at the first sign of a sniffle – they’re preventing the spread of germs at their work place. Yep, by resting at home they're ensuring they get healthy sooner, and they're stopping their illness from doing the rounds at work, too.

We women must learn from this. Truly we must. Why? Well, Chemist’s Own pharmacy brand found they spend over $1.6 billion per year covering employee sick leave – a figure that could be cut dramatically if people didn’t wait so long to get treatment or rest their bodies at home when struck down with a cold.

The moral of this story is this: instead of pushing on and heading into work when you can't leave the box of tissues alone for more than two minutes and you're an awful spluttering mess, stop. Yes, stop! Take your suit off, put your feet up, call in sick and visit your doctor for treatment (or reach for something like Boiron Coldcalm). And better yet, don't feel guilty about it. Everyone gets sick at some point, but taking your colleagues down with you is just plain nasty.

So, embrace the Man Flu behaviour, and listen to your body when it’s asking you to rest. Got it, ladies? Good.

And while you’ve got your feet up on the couch, Chemist’s Own Pharmacist Gerald Quigley recommends drinking loads of water to maintain hydration, increasing your intake of vitamin A and C, eating garlic and onions to help fight the bug (can’t stomach them? Try Pretorius Garlic + C & Horseradish tablets), and sleeping on two pillows to assist sinus drainage. Do this and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you, quick smart. Brilliant.

Now you’ve learned your lesson, it’s time for some utterly delightful Man Flu facts…

FUN FACT #1: Man Flu is more painful than childbirth. This is an irrefutable scientific fact*.
(*Based on a survey of over 100,000 men.)

FUN FACT #2: Man Flu is not 'just a cold'. It is a condition so severe that the germs from a single Man Flu sneeze could wipe out entire tribes of people living in the rainforest. And probably loads of monkeys, too.

FUN FACT #3: Men do not 'moan' when they have Man Flu. They emit involuntary groans of agony that are entirely in proportion to the unbearable pain they are in.

FUN FACT #4: More men die each year from MFN (Man Flu Neglect) than lots and lots of other things (like rabbit attacks or choking on toast).

FUN FACT #5: Man Flu germs are more powerful than Rambo, Batman and The A-Team combined. They are too strong for weak, nasty tasting 'lady medicines' like Lemsip, so don't bother trying to force them on a victim of Man Flu.

Cherie Herrmann






Does your man suffer from Man Flu? Are you going to adopt the rest-up-and-get-better-sooner traits of the Man Flu from now on? You should. The dishes can wait. Seriously.


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Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

haha. how funny. This cracked me up big time

Posted on: July 20, 2012 (Jul 20, 2012 12:08pm)

Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

Haha, so true, and I love point #4 in particular!

I just caught the most awful flu from one of my colleagues, he really should have stayed home! Instead, he passed it to me AND then called in sick! MEN!

Posted on: July 20, 2012 (Jul 20, 2012 12:09pm)