Beauty icons who break the mould

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Think about it, there’s rarely ever a beauty brand that doesn’t employ a flawless beauty from the silver screen to promote a product. From Julia Roberts to Blake Lively, we’ve seen the prettiest of ‘em all.

But every so often, the beauty industry does something really innovative. Some brands pick ambassadors who are unique and get everyone talking for the right reasons. 

So when CoverGirl, this week, unveiled Pink as their new face, we were delighted. She’s beautiful, no doubt, but in a strong, striking confident way. And there’s no mistaking her original sense of style.

But CoverGirl isn’t the only brand to prove that we don’t have to look like a stereotype to wear a red lipstick. Others have chosen models who have taught us we don’t have to have perfect skin to try the latest foundation. And a crooked tooth here and a gap there is always a beautiful quirk.

These brands and women are saying that beauty lies in individuality. And that’s what we love!

Click through the gallery to see our pick of the most interesting and iconic beauty brand models.

Who is your favourite beauty icon from our gallery, and why?

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Posted by: LisOnLife (Australia)

Yay miss piggy!

Posted on: August 12, 2012 (Aug 12, 2012 10:31am)

Posted by: MissChriss (Australia)

Gotta love miss piggy..

Posted on: August 12, 2012 (Aug 12, 2012 10:36am)

Wicked new trend: velvet nails

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Are you in the market for a new nail trend that's sure to set you well apart from the pack? With nail art's popularity hitting an all time high thanks to easy-to-use stencils and innovations a'plenty coming at us, it's getting a little tricky to discover a cool new trend that you won't see on the digits of every second girl you pass on the street.

Enter velvet nails.

WHAT YOU TALKING' ABOUT? I can almost hear your disbelief through the screen. It seems preposterous, doesn't it? I mean we've dallied with different finishes before – don't get me wrong – but capturing the short, fuzzy feeling of velvet on your nails? Surely it can't be done? Oh, but it can.

Like a lot of memorable trends, velvet nails kicked off in the UK, and I first clapped eyes on this terrific trend while browsing through some mags and newspapers in London.

UK nail varnish brand Ciaté has released a DIY velvet manicure kit that comes in three different shades and includes three pieces (nail varnish, a tube of same-coloured velvet fibres and an application brush). The idea is to coat your nails with the polish, then apply the fibres with a brush for a luxurious, velvety finish.

I reckon mind-blowing textured manicures will be making it big over here, too. The Ciaté kits aren’t available in Australia yet, but the brand does deliver here (visit www.ciate.co.uk for details).

In the market for a hot new nail trend? Here’s some more inspiration to take your nails to the next dimension:

1)    Show your support for the Australian Olympics team with some patriotic yet classy nail art. Try our Chanel-esque green and gold mani.

2)    Snakeskin nails: this daring look is easier than you think with the help of 1000 Hour Nail Foils in Cobra.

3)    Nail art novice? The sticky tape manicure anyone can try.

4)    Newspaper nails: one of our simplest how-tos ever.

How daring are you with your nail looks? What's the nail art trend you most want to try?

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Posted by: Crystaltipps (Australia)

I'm quite daring but I wish I was more talented and had more time to create the designs I want to do.

Posted on: August 10, 2012 (Aug 10, 2012 9:42am)

Posted by: Patricia :) (Australia)

oohhhh I so love this! I want it now :)

Posted on: August 10, 2012 (Aug 10, 2012 10:39am)

Anti-ageing from the inside

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You’ve heard it before but I’ll say it again, beauty comes from within.

Yes, a stroke of mascara here or a dab of concealer there can camouflage a few unwanted lines. But what a handful of blueberries and dark green leafy vegetables can do, no amount of foundation can.

Your doctor might advise a healthy diet for a slim waistline, but he’s also doing your skin a favour. While we don’t know of any magic pill or potion that fights ageing, there are nutrients in certain food that can slow down the visible signs of ageing… and even reverse them. Phew! 

Stock your pantry with these four super foods and watch your skin radiate youth:

1.) Load up on antioxidants: Blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates or strawberries – these fruits have more benefits than you can imagine. The Vitamin C in them helps smooth fine lines, and the antioxidant chemicals act as age-defying warriors. Add berries to your morning cereal or smoothies.  

2.) Drink tea: So, we know that caffeine helps naturally renew stem cells and increase blood circulation, right? But if drinking coffee makes you sprint around the block, then convert to tea. Both white and green teas are supremely beneficial for your skin while providing the same dose of caffeine as a small cup of coffee. Salubre Longevi – Tea is a gorgeous mix of goji berries, blueberries, white tea and ginseng – a must try!

3.) Eat more fish: The omega-3 fatty acids in oily fishes help the skin retain moisture and delay the visible signs of ageing. Salmon, mackerel, sardines and oysters are all rich in this essential fatty acid. Want a fish oil supplement instead? Give Pretorius Super Omega-3 Maxi Fish oil Brain Smart a go. If you want a stronger formula, try Taut Gold Standard Collagen Orange Drink that works internally to replenish depleted collagen.

4.) Dark chocolate: Need an excuse to eat chocolate? Okay. Add lots of dark chocolate to your shopping basket and wave crow’s feet goodbye. No, not the delicious white or caramel kind. 70% dark chocolate has proven to be most beneficial in keeping your skin looking younger. Indulge, ladies!

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Which of these food groups do you regularly consume? Do you have any anti-ageing tips?

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Posted by: Princess75 (Member since 2007, Australia)

I drink tea, mostly herbal but if I need a big pick me up I have normal tea. I would love to eat more fish, but the fish I like, such as salmon etc is so expensive, I take fish oil instead when I remember.

Posted on: August 10, 2012 (Aug 10, 2012 12:14pm)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

These are great tips. I love drinking tea and i love berries. I guess ill have to get used to the taste of dark chocolate

Posted on: August 10, 2012 (Aug 10, 2012 12:22pm)

Add some magic to your night

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Winter nights aren’t quite the same as summer nights – they’re cold, they’re dreary, and they lack the passion and magic of a summer night.

Although we’ve got a good few months to wait for a balmy summer eve, there’s nothing stopping us from adding a bit of passion to our nights. Perhaps even a bit of mystery and some intrigue.

Avon’s latest perfume, Christian Lacroix Nuit, is all about embracing the magic of night. The fragrance, which embodies opulent luxury through beautiful and intoxicating florals, mysterious amber, and midnight musk, manages to stir your senses through its provocative notes.

There’s purple peony, which gives the fragrance it’s feminine, yet oh-so seductive scent, night blooming tuberose, which adds some intensity and allure to the scent, and a blend of smoky musk and warm amber to add some long-lasting passion.

That’s all sounding pretty good, right? Well, the best bit is that you can get your hot little hands on a free sample of Avon Christian Lacroix Nuit – all you have to do is click here. And if like it, you can get a 3-piece gift set (complete with the Christian Lacroix Nuit EDP, a Body Lotion, and a Shower Gel) for just $59.99.
Oh, and if you’re looking to add that extra bit of magic to your life, Avon is giving you the chance to win a cool $10,000 to create your own fantasy. So what are you waiting for??? Grab your free sample now!

 

How would you add some magic to your life?

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Posted by: Sumaya (Australia)

I love that Avon has many great and affordable products.

Posted on: August 10, 2012 (Aug 10, 2012 6:00am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

With a flaming red lippy. lol. I love avon. Thanks for the article on the new perfume.

Posted on: August 10, 2012 (Aug 10, 2012 6:54am)

Four ways caffeine can be good for you

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Are you a major caffeine addict, unable to start your day without some latte lovin’? Or maybe you can’t stand the stuff, preferring to steer clear of caffeine altogether? Well, regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, you’re about to learn a few secrets about caffeine that may help boost its image. Here, we have the beauty and body bonuses of caffeine, where you’ll find it and how it’s made its way into our favourite beauty products.

1) It helps banish dark circles

If bags under your eyes are not the most welcome wake-up call, then Garnier Youthful Radiance Caffeine Eye Roll-On is your saviour! Using caffeine’s anti-inflammatory components, this wonder product will have you saying goodbye to dark, puffy eyes and hello to a brighter morning.

2) It’s great for firming skin

So you say ageing is not your thing? Well, we have the products to prevent it (or at least slow those wrinkles down). Caffeine is known to help stimulate your circulation as well as assist with the body’s natural cell renewal process, so it’s perfect for anti-ageing and anti-cellulite products. We love: Priori CoffeeBerry Brightening Facial Complex and Elixia BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème.

3) It has hidden health benefits

With caffeine such a big part of our daily lives, there have been a bunch of studies conducted to discover both the good and bad side effects it has on us. Fortunately for all us coffee drinkers, a large portion of the findings has been positive. Recent studies have shown that coffee reduces your risk of depression, cancer and cardiovascular disease, while an Australian study showed for every cup drunk each day there was a seven per cent drop in the odds of having diabetes.

4) It helps perk up your complexion

Are you searching for a way to combine your daily make-up routine and your anti-ageing remedies? Well, now you have caffeine to thank for making the whole process a little bit easier. We’ve found a few of our favourite foundations that incorporate caffeine to prevent things like irritation and inflammation while stimulating your senses and keeping your skin spritely! We love: Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Foundation and Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup.


Are you a coffee lover? Do you like to use beauty products with a hit of caffeine in them?

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Posted by: AmberB (Australia)

I hate the taste of coffee, but beauty products that use caffiene it work really well.

Posted on: August 09, 2012 (Aug 9, 2012 12:37pm)

Posted by: LisOnLife (Australia)

Yuck I hate drinking coffee too but maybe those products are worth a look!

Posted on: August 09, 2012 (Aug 9, 2012 1:12pm)