How-to: get photo-ready for race day

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If you’ve ever been to the races, you’ll know that while the high calibre of the horses is pretty much guaranteed, the weather can be a tad unpredictable. You’ll also know it can be challenging to look fresh and fabulous in photos all. day. long. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure you look consistently gorgeous by the track. Without further ado, here are my top six tips for presenting as prettily as Lauren Conrad (above) in each and every snap, rain, hail or shine.

#1: Prep your peepers

The key to a picture-perfect spring racing snap is a fresh face, so having a good sleep the night before is essential. To prep your skin for its trackside debut, leave a hydrating face mask on overnight. I like Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. To further reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles (which camera flashes can sneakily highlight), an eye cream such as Indeed Labs’ Eysilix™ will work wonders. Simply apply it first thing in the morning for a firmer, more rejuvenated-looking eye area. As a bonus, it will create the kind of make-up base that brightens skin.

#2: Fight the frizz

Since the races are an outdoor event, you’ll need to be prepared to be exposed to the elements! To prevent your ‘do from being battered around by the weather and looking messy in photos, use a hairspray with a good, strong hold. I recommend the shine-enhancing Cedel Firm Hairspray or Aveda’s Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray. To tame pesky flyaways (and make sure your mane is camera-ready), apply a smoothing crème such as John Frieda’s FRIZZ-EASE® Straight Fixation™ Smoothing Crème to wet or damp hair prior to styling.


#3: Make a make-up statement

The races are all about showcasing classic beauty, so it’s best to keep your make-up fresh and dewy rather than heavy. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with a bit of colour though; for a trackside-worthy pout that’ll pop in photos, take inspiration from lipstick lover Olivia Munn and try a bright semi-matte shade such as Australis Go Long Longwear Lipstick in ‘Trendy’. To help your lip look last despite copious cocktails and canapés, seal it with a longwearing lip liner such as Revlon ColourStay Lipliner or Innoxa Super Smooth Lipliner. Then all you need is a little highlighter on your cheeks and voila – you’re races ready! by the track. by the track.

#4: Get your glow on

There’s no point in making an effort with your make-up if the rest of your body is lacklustre – especially when the flash is likely to wash you out even more. If you have the time, consider a spray tan or a gradual tanning product such as ModelCo’s GRADUAL TAN. If you’ve left it till the last minute, no-fuss instant tanners such as Le Tan’s Jet Dry or St Tropez’s Instant Tan Wash Off Face & Body Lotion are a great alternative. Just be sure to wait a good half an hour after application before putting on your dress – nothing is less photogenic than a dirty tan stain! by the track.


#5: Nail your nails

Once you’ve got your hair and make-up sorted, it’s time to turn your attention to the finer details. Close-up photos (especially those involving champagne-holding) will expose less-than-luxe nails, so choose a bright nail polish in a shade that complements your dress – and don’t forget to apply a good topcoat such Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat to prevent chipping.  We love Essie’s Spring Collection for a super stylish mani or for something brighter, Maybelline Color Show Nail Color in ‘Keep Up The Flame’ or ‘Corals Up’.

#6: Treat your tootsies

When it comes to race day photo blunders, there’s arguably none worse than the look of ladies grimacing in uncomfortable high heels. To continue looking poised and pretty (rather than in pain) in every picture, support your soles with some non-slip, near invisible foot cushions such as Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions. Hollywood Feet™ Ultra Comfort Velvet Foot Cushions are also ideal for aching heels (and lightly scented with lavender, so you wont have to deal with sweaty-smelling feet!).  


Have you ever had a beauty mishap at the races? What’s your best ever trackside beauty tip?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Growing old (Australia)

Great tips!!!

Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 9:14am)

Posted by: dream-angels (Australia)

Great selection of tips, I would love to attend the races someday

Posted on: October 09, 2014 (Oct 9, 2014 9:57am)

Study shows the vaginal orgasm doesn’t exist

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For years, women have boasted they can orgasm solely through penetrative sex. But new research suggests many of us may have been mistaken.

According to the US study, there’s no such thing as the vaginal orgasm or even the G-spot – implying countless women have believed they have sexual health problems based on a complete myth.

Writing in the journal Clinical Anatomy, the researchers claim the human female’s most erogenous zone – the clitoris and surrounding erectile tissue – is the true source of female orgasm.

So ladies, if you’ve ever worried about why you struggle to achieve climax during sex, you can breathe a sigh of relief!

The good news? While the size and position of the clitoris can impact our ability to reach climax, according to the study, almost all women can orgasm if their erectile organs are effectively stimulated.

For a little extra help getting there, you can’t go past LELO’s Liv 2 vibrator. If you want more advice on how to reach the ‘Big O’, check out our fool-proof guide: ‘5 ways to help you reach orgasm’.   

Do you have difficulty achieving orgasm? What are your top tips for reaching the ‘Big O’?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I think the study must have asked the wrong women because I've got news for the study.

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 4:48pm)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

I have heard both sides of the argument and I don't know which to believe

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 5:03pm)

Hair problems solved

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If you’ve got 99 problems and your hair isn’t one, you, my friend, are extremely lucky.

For the rest of us mere human beings, the problems can range from a few stray flyways to toes so hairy they make Big Foot look groomed.

In my 23 furry years of existence alone, I can think of five reoccurring hair problems that plague me. But at least they’re consistent, so I can come up with some truly genius solutions (if I do say so myself).


Problem #1

Forgetting to shave your legs in the shower so you can wear that cute skirt tomorrow. You realise your mistake as soon as you’re snuggled up on the couch ready to watch Gilmore Girls reruns.


Invest in an Epilady. You may have to turn up the TV volume a bit, but you won’t have to leave the couch, so it’s really not much of a sacrifice.


Problem #2 

Consistently forgetting to use heat protectant. The result? Hair that’s as dry as the Sahara desert.



Replenish lost moisture and prevent further breakage by applying Schwarzkopf Extra Care BB Cream. Trust me, it’s much more effective than just piling on the conditioner.


Problem #3

Not being able to resist the urge to pick at­­ an ingrown hair in an inappropriate location. And now it looks like something a lot more alarming.



Apply Bump eRaiser Medi Paste as soon as the ingrown hair appears. This will reduce swelling and draw out the impurity without breaking the skin.


Problem #4

Putting off a hair appointment for too long and then having to attend a party with your greys and regrowth on show.



Instead of doing a rushed dye job (which will only end in disaster), simply cover the offending bits using 1000 Hour Touch Up Stick.


Problem #5

Your roots are as greasy as a deep fryer and there’s no dry shampoo in sight.



If you’re able to locate some baby powder, shake some onto your roots and then rub into the scalp. It’s just as effective as dry shampoo.


What is your biggest problem when it comes to hair? Have you ever tried any of the above solutions?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I must say, I'm intrigued by the Schwarzkopf BB cream. I really need to try that.

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 4:09pm)

Posted by: maydayismyday (Australia)

I need a product like that touch up stick as my hair grows stupidly fast and regrowth looks awful :(

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 4:14pm)

3 hot weather hair and make-up tricks to save you this summer

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It’s a glorious time of year, filled with sunshine, barbecues and balmy nights. It’s when fun is at an all-time high – and unfortunately for some of us, so is the heat.

Humidity is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to looking hot (not literally) during the summer months. But that doesn’t mean your hair and make-up needs to suffer. Arm yourself with these summer-saving tricks to stay fabulous (not frazzled) when the temperature soars.

#1: Combat flatness

In summer, hair tends to take on a signature look: flat, dull and a little sticky. Be proactive and prep your strands with a set of hair heightening products that give your hair the kind of volume we all know and love. We like Fudge Big Hair Mega Hair Milk, as it works to tame frizz and smooth hair, leaving it with increased volume and mega shine. To give your tresses an instant refresh – and a little volume at the roots to boot – try Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo - Original Fresh. It uses tapioca to absorb oil and freshen up hair.


#2: Sweep it off your neck

Nothing’s worse than having your hair hanging around your neck and shoulders when it’s a billion degrees outside. It makes you feel gross and sweaty – when you are anything but! Nix that feeling by exploring summer-ready styles that sweep your strands off your face, such as high buns, ponytails, and side braids. To make any style sit perfectly, try the VS Sassoon Curl Secret. It works to create perfect curls and just the right amount of movement – without any skill from you!

#3: Make it sweat-proof

When you’re out and about in the sun, it pays to look for products that defend against sweat. Ultraderm All In One Balm SPF15+ is a skin-enhancing cream containing moisturisers and antioxidants to make sure skin looks and feels fresh and healthy. It’ll also help to keep your foundation in place all day. If you’re after a foundation to go with your balm, Lycogel Breathable Camouflage is a special formulation that not only allows skin to breathe, but also provides a natural, flawless finish that won’t budge! For long-lasting eye make-up, try Australis Cray for Colour Eyeshadow Sticks. With bold pigment and a waterproof formula, they’re the perfect product for any summer eye look. For a bit of added movement, try using nak body•n•shine sea salt root lift, as it delivers a sea-soaked effect and helps to protect your hair from humidity.


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Member Comments

Posted by: ray_jay (Member since 2008, Australia)

Sure beats winter and people look healthier in summer even with flat shinny skin

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 12:11pm)

Posted by: Belle88 (Member since 2008, Australia)

I always tie my hair up in summer. I can't stand having any hair resting on my neck or back when it's so damn hot. I am now on the lookout for a budge-proof foundation for the hot days.

Posted on: October 08, 2014 (Oct 8, 2014 12:11pm)

Chanel Spring 2015’s psychedelic make-up

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It may have been a fashion spectacle, but we think the make-up well and truly stole the limelight at Chanel’s Spring 2015 runway show.

The models’ colourful, up-to-the-brows eye shadow was something to behold, not to mention their oh-so-cute oversized frames, which gave the look a distinctly retro feel.

According to the show’s make-up artist Nick Barose, the key to getting these pretty peepers is using an eye shadow with a shimmery powder formula. We recommend Minerologie Mineral Eye Shadow, which comes in a variety of shimmer colours. Alternatively, Designer Brands’ 48 Mineral Eye Shadow Palette has an even greater number of rich shades with just a hint of sheen.

To get the models’ lush, long lashes, Barose recommends using a mascara with a lengthening formula (as opposed to a volumising one). Our members love COVERGIRL LashBlast Length Mascara for a dramatic lash effect. They also rate freezeframe®’s INSTANT LASH Extensions mascara, which deposits tiny fibres to the tips of your lashes to give them even more length.

As for the rest of your make-up, this look’s all about eyes, so go easy on lip colour and blush to avoid looking more ridiculous than retro-chic.

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Member Comments

Posted by: ray_jay (Member since 2008, Australia)

Wow those colors look amazing love it

Posted on: October 02, 2014 (Oct 2, 2014 5:16pm)

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

I would tone down the look and use pink eyeliner on top and green eyeliner in the lower lashline for a fun spring look

Posted on: October 02, 2014 (Oct 2, 2014 5:54pm)