The celebrity bob craze continues…

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Hollywood’s still mad about the Bingle bob, but Dakota Johnson and Lily Allen have taken their cropped cuts in a slightly different direction.

Dakota, who used to have shoulder-length strands, just debuted her newly lobbed ‘do. It’s quite a change from her former girlish look, but personally, I love it. 

           Photo credit: @dakotajohnsons Instagram

Miss Johnson paired the new style with a fitting man-style jacket and trendy retro shades. Love.

But the actress’ new look could be short-lived, as she’ll have to grow her long hair back again in time to film the second 50 Shades of Grey movie. That is, unless she wears a wig like Jourdan Dunn!

In the meantime, I love that she’s still kept her signature fringe.

Not to be outdone by Dakota, Lily Allen’s taken her bob to new heights. Previously, she rocked this glossy blonde crop:

           Photo credit: @lilyallen Instagram

But the singer’s traded in her platinum bob for a green to fuchsia graduation. It’s quite possibly the most vibrant hairdo ever:

           Photo credit: @lilyallen Instagram

Of course, this isn’t the singer’s first daring lock look.

She’s experimented with pink, silver, orange, and purple hair – but two daring dyes combined? Well, it’s bold, even for Lily.

The carefree celeb captioned the picture with this hilarious quip: "Not long till I'm 30, one last hurrah on the hair front. watermelon hurr dun care."

Love it or loathe it, she’s certainly proved that it’s never too late to change up your beauty look!

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Posted by: Beautybabe140194 (Australia)

I would not try this

Posted on: April 17, 2015 (Apr 17, 2015 12:59pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Those photos of Lily aren't inspiring me to go and get the chop. lol I don't think L.Allen is inspiring to do anything actually!

Posted on: April 17, 2015 (Apr 17, 2015 1:18pm)

Major hair moments from MBFWA 2015

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Ok, so we know MBFWA is meant to be all about the clothes, but we’re always way too distracted by the jaw-dropping beauty. Duh. Without further ado, these are the ‘dos that had us ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ all week (and subsequently adding a fair few products to our carts). Ladies, you ain’t ever seen hair like this before...



A lot of pretty ponytails went down the catwalks this week (Ellery, Macgraw and Zhivago to name a few), starting with this gritty number at Aje. Goldwell created an elegant and eclectic that screamed chic, and we’re betting it becomes a MAJOR trend. Dale Delaporte was in charge of styling, while Kate McQuitty was responsible for those rebelliously coloured ends.


Create the look

The style

  1. Form a natural centre part with your fingers. Apply StyleSign Power Whip evenly throughout the hair and blast until 90% dry, maintaining the part.

  2. Starting 2cm away from the hairline, part hair in two horizontal sections and mid-way behind the ear in a curved shape.

  3. Take the bottom section and tie into a secure ponytail at the nape of your neck. Lightly backcomb the mid-lengths and ends of the pony, then wrap into a bun. Use bobby pins to attach a coloured weft around the bun and secure tightly.

bh tip: A weft is a hair extension that is glued directly to natural hair.

  1. Dry remaining hair with a medium-sized round brush, paying attention to the ends, as well as the root direction around the face. Root lift should be natural, with some body through mid-lengths and ends.

  2. Using a 3cm curling tong, curl sections of hair in a random but consistently dense pattern, directing hair away from the face. Allow to cool and then run a wide-toothed comb through hair to break up the style. Add StyleSign Naturally Full and gently backcomb for extra volume and lift.

  3. Loosely pull hair back and secure with a loose hair tie. Delicately pull hair above the ears to allow those naturally shorter hairs around the face to fall away from the bulk of the hair for a slightly 'undone' finish.

  4. Lightly spray with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold the style.


The colour

  1. Take an 18-inch weft and carefully distort the middle part to prepare for balayage.

  2. Using Goldwell Colorance, have the darkest colour ready first and apply evenly and precisely.

  3. Once the colour has developed, rinse with Dualsenses Color Fade Stop Shampoo and towel-dry.

  4. Prepare the lighter colour. Apply to the weft where needed and then process again.

  5. When ready, remove the colouring product and shampoo and condition using Dualsenses Color Fade Stop Shampoo and Dualsenses Color Detangling Conditioner.

  6. Dry the weft to 70%. Apply StyleSign Power Whip mousse for hold, then blow-dry until fully dry.



What’s your favourite hair look from MBFWA? Do you want to recreate any of these styles?



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Member Comments

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

The second one seems pretty do-able

Posted on: April 17, 2015 (Apr 17, 2015 11:23am)

Posted by: GildedButterflies (Australia)

I love the low pony at Aje, but the rest of them are a tad scary.

Posted on: April 17, 2015 (Apr 17, 2015 11:26am)

Why does my skin need protection?

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There are many different factors that cause your skin to age. Over time, the sun’s harmful UV rays, pollution and stress can speed up ageing, leaving you with fine lines, dullness and uneven skin texture a little earlier than expected.

Rather than panicking and slathering your face with every anti-ageing lotion and potion under the sun, invest in a quality that works to protect your skin from the outside in. It’s your best defence against ageing.

Our pick? The Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum. Bursting with antioxidant-rich herbal extracts, it is formulated to deeply hydrate skin, making it look radiant and youthful.

A more potent form of the original Jurlique Herbal Recovery Serum, this formulation contains the Naturadiance PB18+ complex, which helps to boost skin recovery by delivering antioxidants to skin. It also features fifteen Bio-Intrinsic botanicals, including licorice, rosemary and chamomile, to rebalance, soothe and hydrate skin. The result? A protected, revitalised complexion.

That’s not all. Jurlique has amped up the formula by adding three powerful anti-ageing ingredients: Persian silk extract to strengthen skin cells against environmental stress, wu-zhu-yu extract to promote microcirculation and smooth skin, and peach leaf extract to restore skin vitality and boost cell regeneration.

So, now the science is out of the way, how do you apply this serum? After cleansing morning and night, gently press one or two pumps over your face, neck and décolletage and go about your business knowing you’re helping to protect your skin from the outside in. Oh, and that youthful glow? It’ll be well worth showing off.

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Posted by: Snyman (Australia)

this sounds like a magificently simple way to treat my skin

Posted on: April 17, 2015 (Apr 17, 2015 9:18am)

Posted by: aleksandra (Member since 2008, Australia)

The Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum sounds like such a wonderful product. I love serums - sometimes I skip moisturiser because I find the right serum provides the perfect amount of hydration in the warmer months.

Posted on: April 17, 2015 (Apr 17, 2015 9:24am)

Wearable beauty looks from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia kicked off on Sunday night and since then, we’ve seen A LOT of incredible make-up looks. Runway make-up is usually a little ‘out there’, but this year, as I made my way around backstage, I was surprised and inspired by how wearable the looks were. Here are some of the stand-outs and where/how I’d wear them in real life.



The look: Cleopatra with a Las Vegas flavour

Where I’d wear it: On a night out

Image: beautydirectory

Ignore the crazy black bob wig and just LOOK at the eyes. I’d definitely rock this on a girls’ night out. Victoria Curtis, make-up director and creator of Curtis Collection, said the make-up artists used a kohl pencil to create the smoky base, and then went over it with both bronze and gold shimmer pigments. To do it myself, I’d ease up a little with the kohl pencil but still use the gold pigments for the glam effect. I’d keep the lip simple by using a nude stain like NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Lip Pencil in Pecan.

Curtis Collection Mineral Pigments in Exotic Airess (left) and Yellow Diamonds (right), which were used on the models' eyes. ($27.50,

Michael Lo Sordo

The look: Polished and chic

Where I’d wear it: On a date

Image: beautydirectory

I absolutely love the combination of a velvety complexion, contoured cheek and berry lip. I think it’s a very romantic look and exactly the kind of hair and make-up I’d wear for a date. For the eyes, I’d opt for a single bronze matte shadow (from a palette like Bobbi Brown Hot Nudes) with a few coats of mascara. I’d replicate the models’ pouts with the help of Maybelline New York Color Drama Lip Pencil in Berry Much all over the lip. I’d also try to copy the effortless bun by first pulling my hair back smoothly and then using my fingers to release the layered, wispy bits.


Daniel Avakian

The look: Soft and simple

Where I’d wear it: A job interview

Yes, this is a look from fashion week! It’s hard to believe, given it’s incredibly wearable and natural just as it is. This is the kind of look I would wear to work or a job interview. I’d use a BB cream for light and natural coverage (something like jane iredale Glow Time ™ Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream), then a mixture of bronze and dark brown shadows on my eyes (from a handy palette like Paula’s Choice The Nude Mattes). I’d finish off with a few coats of mascara (Lancôme Grandiose was the one used on the models).




The look: Light reflective and textural

Where I’d wear it: A music festival

While this look is OTT for an ordinary day, it’s pretty perfect for a music festival. The sequins were placed over the models’ eyebrows, but if I were to recreate it, I’d stick them above my brows to accentuate my eyes. I’d keep the red lip (M.A.C used Lady Danger) and white sequins, but if you wanted to change it up with different coloured sequins, just go for a neutral colour on your lips.


Which of the above looks is your favourite? Would you ever recreate any?



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Posted by: Johanna823 (Australia)

Cleopatra and polished look, my fav!

Posted on: April 16, 2015 (Apr 16, 2015 4:05pm)

Posted by: Lily141 (Australia)

Michael Lo Sordo and Daniel Avakian are my favourites, so subtle, and wearable by the rest of us. Not over the top at all for a change. Even the others are quite nice in their special place.

Posted on: April 16, 2015 (Apr 16, 2015 4:06pm)

Kim Kardashian reveals exactly what she eats in a day

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 Kim Kardashian’s got it all – a multi-million dollar empire, a megastar hubby, cute bub, flawless skin, glossy hair, and a beautiful body to boot. With such a jam-packed life, how does she find the time to eat, let alone eat healthily?

Harper’s Bazaar has released an excerpt from the reality star’s upcoming book, Selfish, which dishes on her daily diet. So what’s her secret? It’s all about mixing it up. Oh, and having a chef to do the cooking for you doesn’t hurt…

Kim Kardashian reveals exactly what she eats in a day

Image credit: Instagram/@kimkardashian

After rising at 6am, Kim hits the pavement for a run, and squeezes in brekkie before baby North wakes up. “I’ll usually have scrambled eggs or oatmeal, or a protein shake with fruit. Kanye loves to eat really healthy and is always on different diets. He has a chef who comes in the morning and cooks breakfast for both of us and gets our meal plans together for the day. We just started seeing a nutritionist who changes our diet every 10 days.”

And lunch? “I prefer to have the chef make my lunch because it'll be healthier. Lately it's been fish and vegetables, or chicken and vegetables—something like that.” Admittedly, she’s a fan of the sweet stuff, but limits herself to one sugary snack a day: “If I need a sweet tooth fix, I'll have those Justin's peanut butter packs. The almond butter is also really good. I'll just eat it plain.”

But keep her away from the iced tea. She’s known to go a little overboard: “I used to drink a ton of iced tea, but I've cut back. I had the craziest addiction to Equal – I'd put 10 Equals in every iced tea. My sister [Kourtney Kardashian] would always say, ‘You can't have that much sweetener!’ I’ve trained myself to have just one iced tea a week, and I'm down to three Equals.” Yikes!

Since she’s always on the run, you’d think she’d be partial to a caffeine hit, but that isn’t the case: “I’m not really a coffee drinker. I like it, and I'll have some when I'm really jetlagged, maybe once a month. I try to drink water. I think after you have a baby you want everything to be as pure as possible. I want to set an example and to be natural and healthy. It’s a decision Kanye and I made: to see a nutritionist together. Also, I think anything could help if I’m trying to get pregnant.”

Dinnertime in the Kardashian-West household is pretty simple with a serve of “vegetables and fish or chicken”. But like all of us, the celeb has a dessert vice: “Haagen-Dazs is my biggest indulgence – their Dulce de Leche flavour is my favourite thing in life.” We feel you, girl.

Kim Kardashian reveals exactly what she eats in a dayImage credit: Instagram/@kimkardashian

The verdict? Kimmy K’s pretty damn healthy, but we love that she treats herself – and now we don’t feel so bad about our afternoon trips to the biscuit jar!

What do you think of Kim Kardashian’s daily diet? Do you have a sweet tooth like her?




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Posted by: GildedButterflies (Australia)

With the exception of a chef, the meals sound super do-able.

Posted on: April 16, 2015 (Apr 16, 2015 12:43pm)

Posted by: imalittleteapot (Australia)

I wish I had someone to do all of my cooking & meal planning. My diet these days sounds very similar to Ms Kardashian's. It's very high protein based.

Posted on: April 16, 2015 (Apr 16, 2015 12:48pm)