4 things to do the night before race day

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If you’ve ever planned a daytime event with your girlfriends, you’ll know that they come with their fair share of hurdles – many more than a standard night out. For one, they tend to be much longer days, and you usually have to deal with the sun. This means you can often feel like your hair and make-up are doing a shocking job of keeping up with you throughout the day.

The secret is to spend some time the night before taking steps to ensure you have a fuss-free, enjoyable day, complete with well-behaved hair, skin and shoes, for that matter! If you do nothing else before a big day event, make sure you have these four bases covered…

#1: Treat your tresses

Nothing will make your hair look as luscious (or keep your styles in place for longer) than a proper pamper session. When in the shower, shampoo your hair with a clarifying product, like Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo, to rid your hair of any product build-up. Then, instead of your regular conditioner, use a nourishing mask that you can leave on for 10 minutes. We recommend Kérastase Discipline Maskertine as it works overtime to help restore moisture and rejuvenate damaged hair.

#2: Makeover your mani

Some people wouldn’t agree with applying an acrylic mani the night before a big event, but I think it’s the most effective method. No-one wants their acrylics flinging off throughout the day, so by applying them at night, you’re giving them more than enough time to adhere to your properly prepared nail (who has time to prep in the morning, anyway?). Likewise, you can rest assured that any nails that make it through the night are more than likely to last the day, too! We love Elegant Touch House of Holland Classy Nude nails. They’re the perfect nude hue and almond shape, meaning they’ll go with any race day outfit.

#3: Prep your skin right

Want your make-up to look perfectly polished, and stay that way throughout the day? This comes down to the steps you take the night before. Start with a scrub to gently slough away the dead skin cells from your complexion and reveal a radiant layer of skin underneath. We love RACINNE Gentle Refining Scrub as it contains lemongrass, peach extract and ultra-fine exfoliating beads to remove impurities. Next, pamper your freshly exfoliated skin with a nourishing face mask. This will help to even out your skin tone and replenish dehydrated skin. We recommend Essenzza Health Moisturise + Smooth as it’s a Japanese silk facial mask formulated with carrot seed and coconut oil to soothe skin and slow down the ageing process. Finish with a generous helping of Neutrogena Hydroboost, a clever gel that works to double your skin’s moisture level and by doing so, help your make-up stay put while you’re trackside.

#4: Pack the essentials

Unfortunately, getting sore feet is almost a certainty during daytime events. Be proactive and pack your clutch with essentials to help walk you through the day with ease – all puns intended. Compeed® Blister Patches work to combat pain in around 10 seconds, and repel water, dirt and germs. If you’re really concerned with how your feet will hold up in your brand new heels, throw in a pair of Hollywood Fashion Secrets Fashionista Flats. It’s good to tick these things off your to-do list the night before, as chances are, the stress of doing your hair and make-up in the morning will consume you to the point where you forget all of the really important things – like being comfortable!

 

Which steps would you be sure not to miss the night before a big event? Which essentials do you need for a day at the races?

 

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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I try to focus on my skin every day, but especially before a special event. A great face mask always makes me feel and look my best.

Posted on: September 10, 2014 (Sep 10, 2014 11:14am)

Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

I really think they're all important those little flats would come in handy as it can get a bit messy by the end of the day.

Posted on: September 10, 2014 (Sep 10, 2014 11:41am)

Marvellous manis from New York Fashion Week

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Although I may not necessarily be able to afford the designer threads on show at NewYork Fashion Week, one of my favourite things about it is the far more accessible (but still completely inspiring) beauty looks on offer. Case in point: essie’s amazing nail art, which took my breath away. The nail brand was flat out sponsoring 18 designers (that’s alotta shows!) but here are my personal favourites:




A great way to jazz up a boring nude, this cool criss-cross effect was also bang-on trend.



This watercolour-esque manicure is pure perfection. Who knew pastels could look this pretty?


This icy sky blue is the perfect spring shade and will be sure to keep you in a chipper mood.

 

Which nail look do you like the most? Are you a fan of experimenting with nail art, or do you prefer to keep it simple?

 

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Posted by: Beckky (Australia)

Love all those mani's especially the second and third ones :)

Posted on: September 09, 2014 (Sep 9, 2014 6:03pm)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

Some lovely looks here. I prefer to keep it simple for my own nails. I tend to wear pinks mostly.

Posted on: September 09, 2014 (Sep 9, 2014 6:04pm)

DIY tricks for feeding your skin from the outside

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We love getting a little DIY-happy here at beautyheaven, so when it comes to creating skin care with food, we’re all for it.

There are plenty of foods that do an amazing job of nourishing your skin when you eat them, but you may be surprised at how these everyday foods can feed your skin from the outside too.

Better yet, you can save yourself some pretty pennies as well, so go on – treat your skin to these delicious eats!

Potatoes

Believe it or not, the humble potato boasts a high vitamin C content, making it a natural skin brightener. To create a fantastic face mask, rinse and peel one large potato, grate it finely, and then mash with a potato masher or a fork. Smooth the mixture over clean, dry skin, and sit with your head tilted back so it doesn’t slide off. After 30 minutes, rinse off the mask to reveal a smooth, bright and soothed complexion.

Tea bags

Keen to de-puff those tell-tale bags under your eyes? Brew and wring out two tea bags, then let them cool before popping them over your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes. The caffeine in tea helps to shrink the blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate toxins and darkness under the eyes, leaving you with brighter, perkier peepers.

Avocado

If you’ve never treated your skin to a DIY avocado mask, put it at the top of your beauty to-do list, stat! Bursting with the goodness of antioxidants, monounsaturated fatty acids, and vitamins C and E, avocado firms, hydrates and softens the skin, protects it from environmental damage, and regenerates damaged cells. To whip up this multi-tasking mask, mash a ripe avocado, add a quarter of a cup of corn starch, and one tablespoon each of lemon juice and olive oil. Apply to your face, and leave for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with water.

Honey

With a ton of health benefits to its name, like reducing inflammation and improving immune function, it comes as no surprise that the sweet stuff does wonders for your skin too! A natural antibacterial and rich in antioxidants, honey is great for treating acne, slowing down the ageing process, and unclogging pores. Carefully smooth a thin layer on your skin and leave it for 30 minutes. When the time’s up, rinse off with warm water and watch your skin glow – and let the compliments roll in!

Coffee

After you brew your next pot of coffee, don’t throw away those delicious-smelling coffee grounds. Jump in the shower and treat your bod to a massage with the grounds to gently slough away dead skin cells. Not only is coffee a great exfoliator, it’s also rich in skin-loving vitamin E and antioxidants. The result? Super smooth, lush skin that smells as good as it feels.

Do you like to use kitchen ingredients as skin care products? Do you have any DIY beauty tips?

 

 

 

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Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

Not sure - sounds like an excellent idea but I sort of like my skin care made up for me!

Posted on: September 09, 2014 (Sep 9, 2014 4:23pm)

Posted by: Oonga (Australia)

I think i like the idea of natural kitchen ingredients as beauty products more than the reality LOL!

Posted on: September 09, 2014 (Sep 9, 2014 4:43pm)

Have you won the 30 Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Polishes?

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A couple of weeks ago we challenged you to channel your inner nail artist and come up with creative nail looks featuring Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ colours we nominated each week.

Now, after four weeks and four different nail combos to play around with, we have selected one winner for each week and have all of the entries ready for you to select an overall winner.

But before we reveal the winners and put it to you to vote, let’s recap what each will win for submitting their entries with the hasthtags #gelenvy (or #nailenvy) and #NOTW:
-    Each weekly winner will score themselves a Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel pack containing a few of the polishes and the Revlon ColorStay Diamond Top Coat™
-    The overall winner – voted for by you – will score themselves a pack containing every.single.shade of the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel. That’s 30 vibrant colours that will be made even more gorgeously glossy when paired with the Revlon ColorStay Diamond Top Coat™

So here we go…


WEEK 1: PINK AND PURPLE

Winner: nailpolishiscool
Nail look:



WEEK 2: BLUE AND GREEN

Winner: adajetish
Nail look:


WEEK 3: ORANGE AND RED

Winner: Claire88
Nail look:



WEEK 4: BLACK AND METALLIC

Winner: Coconal
Nail look:


Congrats to the winners!

Take a look through the gallery below and vote for your favourite overall nail look in the form below. Can't see the form? Click here.

Which is your favourite nail look? What’s your favourite nail colour combo?

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Posted by: Tee631 (Australia)

I'm seeing some amazing skills here

Posted on: September 09, 2014 (Sep 9, 2014 9:09am)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

There are some wonderful painted nails, we have some clever BH members, well done. Congrats to the winners.

Posted on: September 09, 2014 (Sep 9, 2014 9:23am)

The runway make-up trends you never thought you’d see

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Have you ever wanted to replicate a runway beauty look, but felt intimidated by the hair and/or make-up artistry involved?

Well, we’ve got two catwalk-approved (albeit slightly unconventional) beauty looks any girl is sure to nail with ease.

First let me introduce the ‘sweaty-faced’ base. Yep, you read that correctly. Not just a bit dewy, the perspiration-inspired sheen seen on the Alexander Wang, Creatures of the Wind and Prabal Gurung New York Fashion Week spring runways was spectacularly shiny. In fact, it looked like the models had gone straight to work from a workout. Forget your fancy illuminator: the only thing you need for this look is a raised heart rate.

 

 

Not convinced about giving up your matte base in favour of seriously sweaty-looking skin? I feel you, but don’t despair; you can still get your runway beauty fix with a subtler lipstick-free lip. Seen at Alexander Wang as well as Thakoon and Jason Wu, plain pouts were a refreshing departure from the bolder lippie we’ve coveted in previous seasons. The best thing? Nothing more than a slick of plain lip balm such as Carmex® lip balm jar or Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil is required to achieve the look.

 

 

Unfortunately, with Liptember in full swing, we can’t be giving up our pretty bright lippies any time soon – even if the top designers demand it!


Would you work either of these unconventional ‘beauty’ looks? When it comes to make-up, do you like to go all out, or is your mantra ‘less-is-more’?

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Not keen on these looks at all, I prefer a bit of mascara and lip gloss at least. I think the look is to bland.

Posted on: September 08, 2014 (Sep 8, 2014 6:47pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I'm not a fan of either, to be honest

Posted on: September 08, 2014 (Sep 8, 2014 7:12pm)