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Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Beauty, Make Up

With summer well and truly behind us, it’s time to transition our makeup look from sun-kissed to a more classic, defined style.

In the cooler months, rich shades of rose, burgundy and plum suit all eye colours and skin tones and can be worn on eyes, lips and nails.

(Burgundy is also one of the hottest fashion trends).

These beauty tips will help you to wear this gorgeous colour for day and night:

Choosing the Right Shade:

  • Though burgandy/plum shades are universally flattering, consider not only the shade, but also the finish. Satin and cream lipsticks have lots of moisturizing properties which are perfect for mature lips. Matt finishes make a bold evening statement.
  • Burgundies with pink undertones look best on fairer skinned people. Additionally, pink-based burgundy lipsticks flatter light-haired and light-eyed beauties, as they make the color of the eyes instantly pop.
  • A blue-based burgundy, isn’t too light or too dark, so it can be worn by women with light or dark eye colors
  • True burgundy and maroon-based wine lipsticks are the best for medium skin tones. Avoid brown-based tones.
  • Brown and red undertones of burgundy lipsticks look best on darker skin, and on those with dark eyes and dark hair.

Lip Tips:

  • When wearing darker lipstick always exfoliate and moisturise your lips. Darker lipstick will highlight if your lips are dry or chapped.
  • Eliminate any redness on your skin before swiping on a burgundy shade as a red or wine-colored tint on your lips will immediately call more attention to the redness on your skin. Reduce any redness with concealer before applying your favorite deep red lip color.
  • Liner is essential to ensure lipstick doesn’t bleed

  • When wearing burgundy lips by day, keep rest of makeup understated and minimal.  Perfectly groomed eyebrows, mascara and a subtle pink blush on cheeks is all you need.
  • To wear burgundy lipstick to the office, stick to the sheerest finish, like a stain, a lip balm or a gloss. A sheer balm is best for ageing or thin lips.

Burgundy Eyes:

  • By day, keep plum tones subtle by simply adding a sweep of colour to eyes
  • By night, go for drama with smokey eyes or metallic shades of copper or gold eye makeup
  • For evening, use a tonal burgundy colour on lips

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad ‘Honeymoon’ $122

Burgundy, wine, oxblood and plum colours suit all nail lengths and make a dramatic statement.

Final tip – though dark lips look fabulous on 20-somethings like Rihanna, all over 40 women should resist the temptation at all costs!

[This post has been edited and was first published on this site on 01/05/18].




Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Fashion

Dressing for Autumn can be tricky as the weather can be unpredictable switching between warm and chilly.

My no-fail tips for great Autumn style include:

  • investing in ‘seasonless’ pieces which can be styled a number of different ways
  • base your Autumn wardrobe around classic styles which provide the perfect opportunity to layer
  • have fun with style by adding pops of colour and trend-inspired accessories

Following on from my ‘How to Master Transeasonal Dressing’ tips, here are more Autumn style essentials that you can wear now:


Autumn dressing does not have to mean dark colours and prints. Choose bold and bright colours for a modern spin on traditional autumn dressing.

Witchery gathered waist dress $149.95


For chic seasonless style you can’t go past a fluid skirt. Pleated skirts remain high on the must-have list and cross between work to play so effortlessly. Wear with sneakers, flats, heels or boots.

Seed Heritage pleated crinkle skirt $129.95


Since Audrey Hepburn made it famous in Funny Face, the black turtleneck remains a wardrobe classic. For both day or night, a silk knit elbow-length version is both chic and lightweight and can be worn with just about anything.

Country Road wool silk knit $119


Swap your summer florals for more autumnal prints likes checks and plaids. Checked blazers are a current major fashion trend for Autumn/Winter. Worn in the boardroom with tailored pants (a checked suit for work is tres chic) or on the weekend with jeans, a checked blazer is timeless Autumn dressing at it’s best.

Style Note: Plaid needn’t be all black and white, opt for colour.

Left to right: Portmans ‘Time Is Now’ blazer sale $74.96  Forever New ‘Emily’ high-waisted pant sale $49.95; Cotton On check pleat skirt $39.99


Yes you can wear skinny jeans! No matter your age, body shape or style personality, you CAN skinny jeans AND wear them well. Post 40, a higher-waist version that is both both comfortable and flattering on the tummy. Autumn is the perfect time for ankle-baring cropped versions.

Style note: Lightweight jeggings versions are a comfortable alternative to classic denim styles. 

Jeans West Freeform 360 Curve Embracer High Waisted jean sale $97.30



Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Beauty, Make Up

Did you know that removing eye makeup can promote wrinkles?

We spend so much of our hard-earned money on what we are putting on our skin but often neglect the importance of taking it off properly.

Removing eye makeup in the most gentle way possible is vital to avoid damage to the thinnest layer of skin on our entire body – around the eyes. Removing eye makeup too harshly or with incorrect products can cause irritation and worst of all promote wrinkles.

The most gentle way to remove eye makeup is to soak an organic cotton round with remover, leave on eye for a few seconds (or as long as can) and swipe gently from inner to outer corner.  For stubborn mascara and liner around the eyes, soak a Q-tip with remover and dab or wipe gently around the eye.

When it comes to choosing the best remover for you, consider:

  • are you prone to sensitivity in and around the eyes
  • does it remove makeup in one go – you don’t want to rub or pull the skin too much
  • is it right for your skin type
  • doesn’t clog pores or leave an oily residue
  • do you need a product that will remove the toughest waterproof mascara

With so many formulas to choose from including creams, micellar waters, cleansing waters and makeup-removing wipes you can find the best product for your lifestyle and budget.  Organic and chemical free options are becoming popular and many are infused with ingredients such as cornflower water, aloe vera and cucumber to brighten and restore moisture; soothing chamomile and marshmallow root extracts to reduce acengenic bacteria, and almond kernals to redness and inflammation and nourishing oak kernel extract to reduce fine lines.

As equally important to the product is using quality cotton rounds or balls and many ranges are now organic and bleach free.

A little research will go a long way in ensuring you find a gentle but effective remover that doesn’t add lines to your face – leave that to Mother Nature.

Beauty info, clockwise from left: Lancome Bi-Facil Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover $55, and Chantecaille Rose Eye Makeup Remover $58,; Inika Certified Organic Eye Makeup Remover $25.95,; The Balm Balms Away Eye Makeup Remover $24.95,; Simple Kind to Skin Eye Makeup Remover Wipes $7.99, Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, $10.89,


Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Fashion

No matter what you’re wearing, accessories can completely transform and elevate any outfit.

And one of summer’s biggest – and ageless – fashion trends, resin/tortoise, is here to stay for Autumn.

In rich jewel tones like green, cobalt and orange in marbled effects or patterns, resin will modernise your everyday wardrobe. From chunky hoops (Insta stars’ favourite) to bangles or necklaces, it’s a statement piece that women of all ages can wear for weekend or work.  Style note: Hoops and geometric shapes are the hottest resin looks right now. 

What I love most about resin is that it’s lightweight, easy-to-wear and an inexpensive addition to any outfit.

For a timeless and modern take on Autumn dressing, throw away your delicate and dainty accessories and opt for statement-making resin instead.

Image: Jaeger


Adorne ‘Aria’ linked short resin necklace $34.95

Colette Hayman two-tone resin bracelet $14.99


Country Road ‘Jemima’ hoop $29.95

Image: Mimco

Mimco ‘Cubism’ ring duo $129

Country Road tote $119