Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Beauty, Make Up

Valentine’s Day may be just another day for some, but for those who like to spend the day showering your nearest and dearest with love, it’s also an opportunity to up the ante on your beauty regime.  

Whether you’re going out for a romantic dinner for two, meeting up with your best girlfriends or having a quiet night in, these beauty looks are all you need to get in the mood for love.

 

Bobbi Brown Soft Smokey Shadow & Mascara Palette $56 and Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner $39.

 

Lancôme Rouge in Love lipstick in Fall Rose $50, David Jones; Two Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow, $44, Mecca.

 

Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette $69 and Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Peche, $40.

 

Guerlain Terracotta – The Bronzing Powder $74; Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio $79.

 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red $11.48, David Jones; NWX Professional Makeup Wicked lashes $7.95, Priceline.

 

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Beauty

All devotees of the fake tan, look away now (or perhaps forward this link on to your girlfriends).

You already know about the benefits of a great spray tan, but for those of you that have not yet discovered this instant confidence booster, please read on.

Did you know that a fan take can make you look slimmer, disguise blemishes and even out skin tone? Hurrah! Lumps and bumps disguised with just a few sweeps of glorious golden glow!

A spray tan is the first thing I book when I’m going on summer holidays or an important event. When when of my clients needs an instant confidence boost, I book them for an appointment with my favourite tanner pronto!

One of the most common reasons why many over-40 women don’t partake in a spray tan is that they feel embarrassed and self-conscious about standing in front of a stranger (usually a young 20-something) stripped down to their undies. They feel they are being judged. To that I very kindly reply “get over it”!

I asked my favourite tanning professional about what it was like to see so many women near-naked to which she replied “I don’t really think about it that way, I focus more on the quality of service I’m providing”.

There is also a misconception that a spray tan will leave you with a Donald-Trump-shade-of-orange. This is simply not the case. Tanning products and formulas are much more improved and provide a natural-looking golden glow. Furthermore, most tanning professionals are experts at choosing the right shade to match your skin type.

If you’re still unconvinced, here are five more benefits of a spray-tan:

1. No Sun Exposure

A spray tanning provides a lovely golden glow without putting your health in danger.

2. It’s Instant

No need to spend hours in the sun (which is a health risk) or in your bathroom to obtain a sun-kissed glow – a spray tan takes about 10 to 15 minutes. 

3. Streak-Free and Even Coverage

An experienced and reputable spray tan professional will provide a streak-free and even tan that will provide a bronzed, natural looking tan. 

4. Choose Your Shade

With off-the-shelf tanning products it can be difficult to find the right shade. You have to buy and then try and if you buy the wrong shade you can spend hours scrubbing it off. A qualified tanning expert will be familiar with their products and tailor the shade to suit you.

5. Boost Your Confidence

A spray tan is an instant confidence booster. A tan has the power to make you feel slimmer and more confident about your their body. How fabulous is that!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Beauty, Make Up

As you age, your lips can lose fullness and form a thinner appearance.

So when it comes to choosing lipstick for mature lips, shade selection is vital to make lips look fuller. If you love a bright lip by all means go for it, however for a universally flattering flush, neutral shades are generally more flattering and youthful – and choosing one staple shade for day and night makes your daily beauty routine quicker and easier!


Beauty tip: The first step to healthy, fuller lips is to apply a hydrating balm daily. Keep one in your bag and apply as needed throughout the day.

Welleco Organic Cacao Lip Balm, $29


CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEUTRAL FOR YOUR SKIN TONE

  • Neutrals and nude shades for mature women are completely different to younger women which are usually light and beige in tone – and on mature skins are very unforgiving and can make teeth look yellow.
  • Mature nudes and neutrals are soft shades include caramel, peaches, roses that provide a natural flush to the lip (rather than a ‘painted on’ effect).
  • The general rule of thumb to find the perfect neutral or nude shade, choose a colour that is two shades darker than your natural lip.

LIGHT/FAIR SKINTONE

Best neutrals for fair and fair skin tones include peaches, apricots, light or rose pinks.

Kat Von D Beauty lipstick in Melancholia, $30, Sephora

MEDIUM SKIN TONES

Beige nudes similar to a dusty rose will flatter medium tones. Avoid cool undertones that run the risk of washing out your complexion.

Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani lipstick No. 103, $55, David Jones

OLIVE OR LIGHT BROWN

Caramel-toned nudes with peachy bases complement olive or light brown skin tones.

Stila Shimmer Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $32, Mecca

DARK SKIN TONES

Warm shades flatter dark skins as does nude/neutral shades in the plum family. Avoid matte formulas and opt for creamy, hydrating or gloss finishes.

Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in ‘Liberator’ $46, Mecca

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Beauty, Hair

We all love the look of sun-kissed and tousled waves but long days on the beach can leave hair dry and damaged.

If you’re planning a beach getaway this long weekend, these five easy beauty hacks will ensure hair remains healthy and shiny all day – and night – long.

PRE-BEACH

Sun exposure from long days at the beach can leave hair dry and brittle. Before heading to the beach, protect hair from harsh UV rays with a quick spritz with heat protector – it also helps to prevent colour fading.

Bumble & Bumble Daytime Protective Repair Fluid, $66, Mecca

WET HAIR CARE

Hair is weakest when it’s wet and much easier to damage. To gently detangle wet hair, use a wide-tooth comb (or your fingers). Work in sections – start with the ends of your hair, then the middle to the ends, and finally roots-to-tips.

Mason Pearson detangling comb $39.95, David Jones Tangle Teezer $21.99, Priceline

FROM BEACH TO BAR

If you’re rushing from beach to bar, recreate a natural beach tousle with a spritz of sea-salt-infused texturising spray to add texture and volume to hair with the added benefit of adding moisture lost from the sun and sea.

French Girl Sea Spray $18, Mecca

PROTECT, REPAIR AND ILLUMINATE

Beach life can strip and split hair. Reduce the effects of chlorine and salt water with a deep cleansing shampoo followed by a conditioner or cream to rejuvenate hair exposed to sun.

 

SEXY EVENING HAIR

A sexy, tousled undo goes hand-in-hand with beach life. Après-beach create a quick and sexy updo with a texturising spray that offers natural looking hold and texture. Finish by pulling out some soft wisps around the face to soften and flatter. 

Hair by Sam McKnight Easy-Up Do Texture Spray, $49, Mecca

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Beauty, Red Carpet

Over-40 celebrities shone on the red carpet at this year’s Golden Globe awards and matched stunning fashion choices with beauty looks that outclassed the younger celebrity set.

From Thandie Newton’s resplendent ‘Diana Ross channelling’ curled locks, to Nicole Kidman’s feminine tendrils finished with a pretty velvet bow and to Jamie Lee Curtis’ smoky eyes and white-white angular cut, over-40 celebrities proved that beauty is ageless – and powerful.

My favourite was Julia Roberts whose screen-star waves and soft, glowing makeup perfectly matched her Stella McCartney ensemble of tailored black trousers and a flowing champagne tulle top with delicate rhinestone detailing underneath.

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Beauty, Hair, Make Up

The new year is the perfect time to undertake an audit of your beauty cabinet to ensure products are up-to-date and working for you to create healthy, flawless skin – and not causing your skin irritation or harm due to expired toxic ingredients or unclean beauty tools.

These simple beauty hacks will ensure you’re polished to perfection this new year.

Beauty and Makeup Stocktake
Do an audit of your beauty cabinet and throw out any expired or old products.  Products such as foundation, moisturisers and eye cream have a use-by date. Throw out anything over 12 months old and replace with new.

Re-Brand
Skincare products are constantly improving and the new year is a good time to re-assess your skincare and makeup brands. What worked for you 2, 5, 10 years ago is almost certainly not right for you now.

Clean Your Brushes
Unwashed makeup brushes can stimulate harmful bacteria and cause skin problems.  Rinse your brushes in warm water and a gentle shampoo or cleanser and pat dry.  (I leave mine to air-dry on a towel).

Get a Facial – ASAP!
Sun exposure and heavy-duty sunscreens can wreak havoc on skin over the summer holidays.  Book yourself in for a facial asap and maintain regular treatments (every 6 to 8 weeks) for optimum health and vitality.

Hair Care
Build up of shampoo, conditioners and styling products takes a toll on your hair which can lead to dandruff and other scalp conditions. Change your shampoo brand and also treat dry, sun-damaged hair to a conditioning treatment and repeat every 4 to 6 weeks.

Brow Power
Well-shaped and groomed brows are vital to balance and frame a woman’s face and to counteract the appearance of ageing. Book a brow shaping treatment with your favourite brow artist now to tidy and reshape your brows.

Clean Your Phone
I dare you to google what bacteria and germs are on living on your phone right now. Regular cleaning of your phone is vital for your skin’s sake.

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