Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Beauty, Must Have

[Repost – this article was previously published on this site.]

During the winter months we pamper our faces with extra care and products to ward off the effects of the colder and drier weather but rugged up in layers of clothing we often forget our bodies.  Just like the skin on our face, our body needs extra TLC in cooler weather.

If you don’t have the time or budget for lavish body-beauty routines, with just four easy steps and a regular routine, you can have soft and supple skin all winter long:

1.  Avoid scalding hot showers.

Water that is too hot will make your skin even drier.  Try to reduce heat and the length of your shower or bath.  (Hard to do I know).

2.  Exfoliate Regularly

Regular body exfoliation is imperative to boost circulation and slough off dead skins cells.  Some beauty and skin experts state that over-exfoliation is harmful and recommend only three times per week; other beauty and health-conscious celebrities such as Elle MacPherson swear by the invigorating and skin-renewing effects that a daily and gentle exfoliation provide.  Whatever frequency you choose, regular exfoliation with a gentle formulation and a soft body brush is a must for keeping skin smooth and supple during winter.

Beauty Note: Celebrities such as Miranda Kerr and Elle Macpherson espouse the benefits of dry body brushing which as described on Kerr’s Kora Organics website is ‘a traditional natural health practice which involves brushing over the dry skin followed by a bath or shower’. Dry body brushing is said to alleviate cellulite, rid the body of toxins and help with lymphatic drainage. I personally cannot recommend this treatment but there are many devotees of this practice. For more information go to www.koraorganics.com.au.

3.  The Good Oil

A non-greasy body oil will leave your skin soft and supple.  To lock in moisture, apply body oil after your shower whilst skin is damp (pat drying is best).  If you like a subtle and lingering scent opt for a perfumed oil.  For those that prefer a more natural approach try an aromatherapy or organic blend and for a 100% natural option try coconut, avocado, or extra-virgin olive oil.

4.  Moisturise

Do this one step if nothing else.  A daily habit of moisturising your entire body will leave your skin soft and supple.  I moisturise my body everyday and I cannot count how many times over the years people have said to me “you skin is so soft”.  I swear by Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E, now a cult product, which sells from $8 and upwards depending on bottle size.  Get into the daily habit and reap the rewards.

[Image credit:  Annie Leibovitz]

Product Info, top row:  Palmolive Body Butter Coconut Butter Scrub $5.95; Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Oil $9.95, www.palmersaustralia.comThe Body Shop cactus brush $19.95, The Body ShopPalmer’s Cocoa Butter  Formula with Vitamin E, as before.

Product Info, bottom row:  Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub, $155, www.myer.com.auDiptyque Art of Body Care Satin Oil $79, www.mecca.com.auClarisonic SMART Profile Turbo brush head $38, www.mecca.com.au; Josie Maran Vanilla Apricot Body Butter $52, www.mecca.com.au.

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Beauty, Must Have

During the winter months we pamper our faces with extra care and products to ward off the effects of the colder and drier weather but rugged up in layers of clothing we often forget our bodies.  Just like the skin on our face, our body needs extra TLC in cooler weather.

If you don’t have the time or budget for lavish body-beauty routines, with just four easy steps and a regular routine, you can have soft and supple skin all winter long:

1.  Avoid scalding hot showers.

Water that is too hot will make your skin even drier.  Try to reduce heat and the length of your shower or bath.  (Hard to do I know).

2.  Exfoliate Regularly

Regular body exfoliation is imperative to boost circulation and slough off dead skins cells.  Some beauty and skin experts state that over-exfoliation is harmful and recommend only three times per week; other beauty and health-conscious celebrities such as Elle MacPherson swear by the invigorating and skin-renewing effects that a daily and gentle exfoliation provide.  Whatever frequency you choose, regular exfoliation with a gentle formulation and a soft body brush is a must for keeping skin smooth and supple during winter.

Beauty Note:  Celebrities such as Miranda Kerr and Elle MacPherson espouse the benefits of dry body brushing which as described on Kerr’s Kora Organics website is ‘a traditional natural health practice which involves brushing over the dry skin followed by a bath or shower’.  Dry body brushing is said to alleviate cellulite, rid the body of toxins and help with lymphatic drainage.  I personally cannot recommend this treatment but there are many devotees of this practice.  For more information go to www.koraorganics.com.au.

3.  The Good Oil

A non-greasy body oil will leave your skin soft and supple.  To lock in moisture, apply body oil after your shower whilst skin is damp (pat drying is best).  If you like a subtle and lingering scent opt for a perfumed oil.  For those that prefer a more natural approach try an aromatherapy or organic blend and for a 100% natural option try coconut, avocado, or extra-virgin olive oil.

4.  Moisturise

Do this one step if nothing else.  A daily habit of moisturising your entire body will leave your skin soft and supple.  I moisturise my body everyday and I cannot count how many times over the years people have said to me “you skin is so soft”.  I swear by Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E, now a cult product, which sells from $8 and upwards depending on bottle size.  Get into the daily habit and reap the rewards.

Product Info, top row:  Palmolive Body Butter Coconut Butter Scrub $5.95; Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Oil $9.95, www.palmersaustralia.comThe Body Shop cactus brush $19.95, The Body Shop ; Palmer’s Cocoa Butter  Formula with Vitamin E, as before.

Product Info, bottom row:  Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub, $155, www.myer.com.au; Diptyque Art of Body Care Satin Oil $79, www.mecca.com.au; Clarisonic SMART Profile Turbo brush head $38, www.mecca.com.au; Josie Maran Vanilla Apricot Body Butter $52, www.mecca.com.au.

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Balanced Beauty, Beauty, Make Up, Must Have

There are few beauty steps that a girl over 40 just can’t do without – one of the most essential is mascara.   If you want to look wide awake and alert (who doesn’t), a few waves of the magic mascara wand is a must.

Mascara in the 21st century is no longer a little tube of black liquid with a basic brush to apply  – it’s a technologically advanced beauty product that can lengthen, lift, curl, add volume or literally grow your lashes with brushes that now look like tools that Dr Spock would use on the Starfleet Enterprise.

With so many brands and products on the market, how do you choose the right one?  I have a compiled a few tips to make it a little easier to choose a mascara to suits your needs:

  • firstly consider what you want your mascara to do – lift, curl, add volume, lengthen?
  • the style of brush generally determines the look of the mascara:
    • e.g. to add volume and thickness choose a brush that is large and fat;
    • to define and lengthen choose a smaller brush with closely-spaced bristles (some look like miniature combs);
    • to curl and lift choose a brush that is curved
  • for voluminous lashes, regardless of brush type or formula, you have to apply 2 or 3  coats.  Always end your makeup routine with a final coat of mascara
  • If your lashes are sparse, consider using a lash primer to promote lash growth
  • Try a lash lift which can last up to 12 weeks and alleviates the need to apply mascara everyday.  Caution – may not be good for those with sensitive eyes

Here are my all-time favs, but there are many more great brands on the market and with a little research you too will be fluttering long and full lashes in the blink of an eye.

Beauty info:  Dior Diorshow mascara $55, www.myer.com.au; Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara $44, www.mecca.com.au; Max Factor Velvet Volume False Lash Effect, $27.95, www.priceline.com.au; Maybelline Great Lash mascara, $12.50, www.priceline.com.au.

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Balanced Beauty, Beauty, Make Up, Must Have

We all want to look our best, even when we’re exercising and leading a more active life doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your beauty routine.

To look fresh and fabulous whilst working out all you need is 5 minutes and these great beauty tips from beauty expert Kristy Terriss of Raising The Brow:

Bases Covered

Kristy recommends a Colour Correcting Cream, or CC Cream, for a super-light coverage and to even out skin tone.  Kristy says “a CC cream provides a light coverage that allows your skin to breathe and sweat”.

Kristy’s recommends:  Stila One Step Correct, $52 at Mecca, www.mecca.com.auSmashbox Camera Ready CC Cream, $60 at Mecca, www.mecca.com.au

Bright Eyes

An eyelash tint and lash lift will instantly ‘open and brighten’ eyes without the need for mascara.  Kristy says “a lash lift can last up to 12 weeks which frees up time when you’re rushing out for your early morning workout”.

[N.B.  Ask your trusted beauty consultant if this is right for you before proceeding].

Double Duty Beauty

If you want to add a hint of colour to your face before heading out to gym, Kristy recommends a cheek and lip stain to brighten and add a youthful glow.  “For mature skins, I highly recommend Becca’s Beach Tint which has a good colour range and is so easy to apply”.

Becca Beach Tint, $42, www.beccacosmetics.com.au

 

Keep up to date with the latest brow, beauty and skin news and advice by visiting Kristy’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RaisingTheBrow

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Beauty, Must Have

If, like me, you have sensitive skin you would understand how difficult it is to find beauty products that don’t irritate or have a reaction on your skin.  Over the years I’ve tried dozens of products ranging from ridiculously expensive to under $10 and two years ago thanks to Dr Paula Begoun’s recommendation in her book Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, I have found a cleanser that I can use without fear of irritating my often already irritated skin.  Featured in this month’s Australian Vogue Brides magazines, Neutrogena’s Extra Gentle Cleanser is recommended as a mild, soap-free cleanser and notes “the PH balance means the product mimics the acidity of the skin, thereby not disrupting it”.  Although the price of $11.25 at chemists and supermarkets is low, it’s benefits is high.

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Beauty, Must Have

Mecca Cosmetica have just released their 2013 Beauty Election Winners Top 10 products voted by Mecca readers and I’ve highlighted three of these which are tried and tested and I cannot live without.  Go to www.meccacosmetica.com.au for further info.

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