Jennifer Connelly: the ultimate anti-ageing muse

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Sandra Bullock has been my ultimate anti-ageing muse for years. Her flawless skin, exceptional use of colourful make-up and glossy brunette strands allow the 49-year-old actress to give even models like Miranda Kerr a run for their money.

However, my eye has started to wander a little lately, and I can now officially confirm Sandra’s got some serious competition when it comes to claiming this honourable title. Her fierce rival is currently this stunning lady: Jennifer Connelly.

Now, before I start raving and ranting about why Jennifer Connelly is the epitome of an age-defying celebrity, here is the photographic proof that swayed me:

Jennifer Connelly in June 2005, aged 34

Jennifer Connelly in April 2014, aged 43

I know you have eyes and can see for yourself that Jennifer Connelly appears to have not aged one single bit in the last 10 years but here’s a proper rundown of why:


#1. She has thick, natural eyebrows

“Her brows themselves look youthful,” says Charmilla Herath, internationally trained hair, brow and make-up artist, and the owner and CEO of Jet Set Go Express Beauty Bar. Jennifer has maintained them in a way that looks natural and almost untamed, explains Charmilla, leaving her with full, thick full set that is reminiscent of untouched teenage brows. Yes, over-plucking is the enemy, as are overly high arches.

#2. She has stayed out of the sun

If Jennifer Connelly isn’t a walking, talking advert for sunscreen, I don’t know what is. Her even complexion and lack of any obvious pigmentation confirms she’s a vigilant user of sunscreen and will never be caught lying on a beach naughtily frying her skin.

#3. She choses her make-up wisely

“Jennifer has not tried to add colour by fake tanning or applying foundation or bronzers in an unnatural darker shade,” says Charmilla. “She has kept true to her skin tone and worked with cooler colour tones on eyes, lips and cheeks. It’s a very fresh look.” Charmilla recommends those with mature skins should always apply a hydrating primer before make-up application, and opt for liquid foundations for a dewy, healthy glow that also minimises the look of pores and fine lines.

#4. She embraces a feminine updo

A bun or ponytail that is secured high on the crown acts like an instant facelift. It gently pulls back any slackening skin around the forehead and eyes, giving the face a smoother, more lifted appearance.

Who is your ultimate anti-ageing muse? Do you think Jennifer Connelly looks incredible at 43? Will you be stealing any of her youthful beauty tricks?



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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Good call! I think she's amazing too.

Posted on: April 11, 2014 (Apr 11, 2014 9:36am)

Posted by: Seezora (Australia)

Great article. I already do most of those things, so here's hoping I look as great ;D

Posted on: April 11, 2014 (Apr 11, 2014 9:44am)

The simple way to refine enlarged pores

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Every lady wants small, refined pores. Every. Single. One. This is because they truly are the key to a smooth, youthful-looking complexion.

But how does a lady effectively tighten her pores? She tones. Yes, tones. It’s a very important step when it comes to refining pores, especially when you’re armed with a product that targets this specific skin concern.

Why toning is important

Toners do wonderful things for the skin, yet they’re often excluded from the modern woman’s daily beauty routine. This needs to change, though, because using a toner removes any leftover traces of dirt and make-up. This then allows your serums, oils and moisturisers to penetrate deeper into your skin cells, giving you a healthier-looking, more youthful complexion.

Why toning can help refine enlarged pores

Some variations go beyond the normal responsibilities of a toner and actually purify your skin as well as prepare it for other products. They sweep away dead skin cells and debris that clog your pores and cause them to stretch and become enlarged, as well as tighten your pore walls, allowing them to appear smaller and more refined.

The must-have pore-refining toner

There are lots of toners on the market, but not all of them will do great things for your pores. If you’re concerned with enlarged pores, you need a toner that contains intelligent ingredients to help tighten them with every use, making your pores appear smaller and less obvious. Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner does just that because of its alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids. Both of these ingredients sweep away dead skin cells without over-drying your skin, helping to unclog and refine your pores. The result is clearer, smoother, more even-toned skin for you, which means you’ll be more confident going barefaced as well as help create a better canvas for make-up application. Brilliant, huh?

Do you suffer from enlarged pores? Do you wish your pores were tighter and more refined? And do you forget to tone on a daily basis?


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Posted by: Seezora (Australia)

I use a toner as part of my morning and night cleansing routine. I don't have enlarged pores, but I do have sensitive skin, so have to use a gentle toner.

Posted on: April 10, 2014 (Apr 10, 2014 4:11pm)

Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I don't always use a toner, and don't really notice a difference when I do. I do use AHAs in my skincare routine though.

Posted on: April 10, 2014 (Apr 10, 2014 4:25pm)

Our favourite front row looks from MBFWA

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Where there’s a fashion show, there are celebrities.

And this week’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia was no exception. With hundreds of stunning models and new release fashion lines being revealed left, right and centre, every celebrity was on their A game when it came to the fashion and more importantly, beauty stakes.


Jodi Gordon

The former Home and Away star gave birth to her first child just over a month ago, but the 29-year-old was showing no signs of sleepless nights as she sat looking stunning at the Ellery show. The actress showcased beautiful sleek and subtle balayaged hair, a natural smokey eye and matte pink lipstick.


Shanina Shaik

The Victoria's Secret super model kept it simple with a slicked back high pony, sultry smokey eye and a nude lip. But what made this look a complete winner was her dewy complexion and the amazing contouring of her cheekbones.


Nikki Phillips

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a red lip. And fashion blogger Nikki Phillips wears it well. Plus I’m totally in love with her blonde locks, having them swept to one side with outward curls is a look that everyone with long hair should try for themselves at home.

Which of the above looks is your favourite? Have you been following the MBFWA? Do you prefer runway beauty or every day looks?



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Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I'm loving the looks, the girls have done themselves proud. I love the pop of colour on lips, love the nude lip as well.

Posted on: April 10, 2014 (Apr 10, 2014 4:06pm)

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

All the girls look stunning don't they!

Posted on: April 10, 2014 (Apr 10, 2014 4:28pm)

The difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin

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Dry skin is the same as dehydrated skin, right? Um, nope. However, many find themselves confused about these two skin terms, often because their symptoms – tightness, dullness and flakiness – are very similar.

What is the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?

The most notable variance between these two terms is that dry skin is a skin type, and dehydrated skin is a skin condition. It is this difference that dictates how often and how long you suffer from each issue.

What causes dry skin?

Dry skin isn’t actually caused by a lack of water content in the skin; it’s caused by the outer layers of your skin and their inability to maintain normal moisture levels. This damage can be caused by anything from sun damage and overexposure to water to irritating or drying skin care products. This means upping your H2O intake won’t actually improve dry skin – you need to constantly help repair your skin from the outside in order to keep this skin type under control.

What causes dehydrated skin?

Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin is a condition that’s often temporary and more easily fixed. It can be brought on by a change in season and spending too much time in an air conditioned environment, as well as overly drying skin care products, such as those loaded with alcohol. Oily, blemish-prone skin types are more likely to suffer from dehydration when they’re using oil-stripping skin care products, as well as those whose anti-ageing skin care regimen includes too many active ingredients. So, if you stop using the products causing your skin to feel stripped of its moisturise – and limit exposure to harsh environments – you’ll stop impairing your skin’s function, allowing it to return to its normal, hydrated self.

How do you treat both dry and dehydrated skin?

Despite their differences, dry and dehydrated skin can be treated using similar products. Both require skin-repairing, hydrating ingredients that will rebuild your skin barrier and boost its ability to hold on to moisture, however, dry skin requires you to use these products on an ongoing basis, while dehydrated skin can divert back to its regular regimen once it’s returned to it’s normal, non-dehydrated state.


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Did you know there is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin? Do you suffer from either of these skin concerns?



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Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I didn't know the difference between dry and dehydrated skin was before reading this article. I've got dehydrated skin at the moment.

Posted on: April 09, 2014 (Apr 9, 2014 4:04pm)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

I had no idea there was a difference. Good to know!

Posted on: April 09, 2014 (Apr 9, 2014 4:07pm)

Sephora is coming to Australia!

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Yes, you read that right. And yes, all your dreams are officially coming true. Beauty store giant Sephora will indeed be setting up shop in Australia, possibly even as early as the beginning of next year. Hurrah!

According to The Australian Financial Review, Sephora plans to open its first store in Sydney in the first half of 2015, followed by a number of other store openings in Australia’s major capital cities. Awesome, huh?

So, now all that’s left for us to do to help pass the time is to start writing our ultimate Sephora wish lists. Well, that’s what I’ll be doing. And boy, my haul is going to be HUGE.

Are you excited to hear Sephora is officially coming to Australia? Will you shop there? What beauty products are on our wish list?



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Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Yes, I read about this on one of the forums and am delighted. Hopefully we will be able to purchase brands not available here and at reasonable prices.

Posted on: April 09, 2014 (Apr 9, 2014 2:41pm)

Posted by: MoniqueKerstin (Australia)

WHAT, i would be more excited but im guessing the prices will still be 3 times more expensive

Posted on: April 09, 2014 (Apr 9, 2014 2:43pm)