The perfect product pairs you need in your beauty routine

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Many of our favourite beauty products are total stand-alones. Take that long-lasting lippie, or fail-safe body lotion. But in some cases, it takes more than one product to get the result you really want. Cue the product pairings you need in your beauty regime – because sometimes, it takes two…


Pair #1: Face cream + eye cream

You’re probably already in the habit of using a face cream (nice work!), but to prevent premature ageing, it’s important to pay special attention to your eyes, too. An eye cream such as Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate is the missing piece in your moisturising puzzle. Sure, it may add a few extra seconds to your skincare routine right now, but trust me, your peepers will thank you for it later on!


Pair #2: Nail colour + top coat

A vibrant nail hue without a glossy finish is like banana cake without cream cheese icing – just a bit of a letdown. Granted, some nail polishes do deliver decent shine on their own (Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Polish, for example), but for a salon-worthy mani, a top coat such as Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base and Top Coat is key.


Pair #3: Shampoo + conditioner

Okay, this one’s a tad obvious, but unless you’ve jumped on the co-washing bandwagon, you’ll find neither product works as well without the other. In fact, skipping conditioner can cause your hair to get oilier quicker – meaning you’ll have to wash it twice as often anyway. The same goes for men (although blokes with very short hair can get away with just a moisturising hair cleanser, such as GAIA Made for Men Shampoo).


Pair #4: Bronzer + illuminator

A sweep of bronzer is beautiful, but combine it with an illuminator and you’ll end up with a seriously luminous glow, a la Jessica Alba. To prevent the combo from looking cakey, brush a powder bronzer across your cheekbones and a more dewy liquid illuminator above. We love using jane iredale So-Bronze® Bronzing Powder and Benefit Sun Beam liquid highlighter together.


Pair #5: Fake tan + mitt

If there’s one thing bh’s Sam knows a bit about, it’s how to apply fake tan properly. Her secret weapon? A mitt. Not only will it stop you from getting self-tan all over your hand, but it’ll also help you to buff it in properly, ensuring an even application with zero streaks. The St Tropez Applicator Mitt and 1000 Hour Self Tan Applicator Mitt are both machine-washable, so they’re perfect for repeat use!




Do you use any of these perfect pairs? What other beauty products do you like to use together?

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Linda_Vesinger (Australia)

Wouldn't dream of doing my nails minus a decent top coat, or shampooing without conditioning.

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 4:02pm)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Eyeliner and mascara are a duo I use most of the time.

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 4:11pm)

The beauty step 70% of Aussies are forgetting

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Although we recently discovered Aussies’ oral hygiene is worse than the Brits, it still comes as a surprise that we’re really not taking proper care of their pearly whites.

Research has revealed people in a staggering 70 per cent of Australian households fail to complete a twice-daily oral care routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, so LISTERINE (www.listerine.com.au) is taking action with its 21 Day Challenge.

In an effort to change our dodgy dental habits, LISTERINE is encouraging everyone to start – and stick to – a good oral health routine in just three weeks. And with today being World Oral Health Day, what better time than now to starting improving your oral health?

After brush and flossing (we love Pronamel Daily Toothpaste and Colgate Total Dental Ribbon), rinse with the LISTERINE Total Care Mouthwash ($9.45, www.listerine.com.au). Not only will this super-charged routine help to strengthen your teeth, it’ll also control plaque and kill germs that cause bad breath, giving you a smile you’ll want to show off.

Are you a bit lazy when it comes to looking after your teeth? Are you up for the LISTERINE 21 Day Challenge?

 

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

I had no idea it was Oral Heath Day! An excellent idea - our teeth really do effect us in so many different ways.

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 2:29pm)

Posted by: JaneyPooh (Australia)

I used to be lazy with dental hygiene but then when my gums started bleeding regularly I started flossing daily.

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 2:29pm)

Urban Decay Australian prices revealed

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Oh hey there, Urban Decay fans! Did you know that we’re just one week away from the UD products hitting Australian shelves? True story. Urban Decay goodies will be available at all Mecca Maxima stores (and online) from Friday March 27.

But you probably already knew that. What you’re actually dyyyyyying to know is what you can expect to pay for some of your Urban Decay faves (which obvs includes Naked, Naked 2 and Naked 3).

So here are the price tags. For your convenience, I’ve taken the liberty of calculating how the Australian prices compare to the US prices once tax has been added (I’ve used an average of eight per cent, seeing as every state in the US has a different rate) and the currency converted (using the exchange rate of today). Yep, I had a lot of fun with my calculator this morning!

URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTES
URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTES AUSTRALIA

Australian price: $78
US price: $54
US price + tax, converted to AUD: $76.30

URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW PRIMER POTION
URBAN DECAY PRIMER POTION

Australian price: From $30
US price: From $20
US price + tax, converted to AUD: From $28.25

URBAN DECAY MAKEUP SETTING SPRAYS
URBAN DECAY SETTING SPRAY

Australian price: $44
US price: $30
US price + tax, converted to AUD: $42.35

URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE-ON EYE PENCIL
URBAN DECAY GLIDE ON EYELINER

Australian price: $30
US price: $20
US price + tax, converted to AUD: $28.25

URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA
URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA

Australian price: $32
US price: $22
US price + tax, converted to AUD: $31.05

URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSHED
URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSH

Australian price: $46
US price: $32
US price + tax, converted to AUD: $45.15

URBAN DECAY GOOD KARMA OPTICAL BLURRING BRUSH
URBAN DECAY OPTICAL BLURRING

Australian price: $35
US price: $25
US price + tax, converted to AUD: $35.30

What will be your first Urban Decay purchase you make when it arrives in Australia? Have you bought anything from Urban Decay while overseas?

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Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

Cool! Not much more expensive at all! :) I think I am going to get myself one of the naked palettes. :)

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 12:36pm)

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

Ive been wanting to get my hands on one of those naked palettes for awhile!

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 12:43pm)

How-to: Use an IPL device

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Now that you know exactly what IPL is and what the Philips Lumea Precision Plus does (if you missed it, catch up here), it’s time to learn how to use the IPL device. Once you’ve got the technique down pat, you’ll be able to remove pesky hair in a flash - and in the comfort of your own home! See for yourself in the video above or check out our step-by-step guide below.

 

#1 Shave the areas you’re going to use the Philips Lumea on and make sure your skin is clean, dry and free from lotion, perfume, self-tan and deodorant.

 

#2 Turn on the device and select the intensity level that suits your skin tone (according to the instructions).

 

 

#3 Place the device against your skin, applying slight pressure. Once there is full skin contact, the light will turn green. The device will only work once this happens, which is a great safety feature.

 

 

#4 When you’re doing your legs, simply slide the device along the skin, pressing the flash button as you go.

 

#5 When you get to tricky areas like the knees, you can lift and press the Lumea down instead.

 

#6 To ensure you don’t miss any spots, go back and overlap where necessary. It’s completely safe to do so (again, props to Philips!).

 

 

If you’re doing both legs, it should only take around 15 minutes. As for the underarms and bikini line, they can take as little as two minutes.

 

 

Have you ever tried an at-home IPL device? Are you surprised by how easy it is to use?


 

 

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Posted by: Jlgaddes (Australia)

I have never tried anything like this....does look easy to use though

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 8:46am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

It does look easy (although 15 minutes for IPL vs 5 for shaving?), but I don't think I'll be running out to buy one.

Posted on: March 20, 2015 (Mar 20, 2015 9:41am)

Hilarious tweets by celeb parents

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Kids may say and do the darndest things, but it’s the parents who tweet about their antics that really have us in stitches. Scroll down to read the most hilarious quips documented on Twitter from celebrity parents. We dare you not to laugh!

 

 

What hilarious things have your kids done that make you laugh?


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Posted by: Misy Rose (Australia)

My favourite has to be Olivia Wilde's tweet, that is not something I would have thought about!

Posted on: March 19, 2015 (Mar 19, 2015 4:28pm)

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

Kids really do say the cutest things!

Posted on: March 19, 2015 (Mar 19, 2015 4:51pm)