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


  • 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.


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

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


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


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

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


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.


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


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


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


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.



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.

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.

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Beauty, Make Up

Complement Christmas Day style with beauty that reflects your mood and ocassion (and that fabulous red dress!).

A bronzed and dewy look is the perfect option for daytime celebrations, or if partying into the night is more your thing, opt for a statement-making red lip and winged eyes.

Either look will ensure you’re festively beautiful all the day long.

Beauty Info, left:  Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette ‘La Dolce Vita’, $78,; Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips lipstick in Penelope Pink $48, as before; L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Touch of Highlighter pen $27.95,; Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush $44,;

Beauty Info, right:  Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Colour in ‘Triton’ $49,; Gorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnet #400 ‘Four Hundred For All’, $58,; Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes Mascara $19.95,; Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner $38,


Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Beauty, Make Up

One of THE most essential beauty steps that the over-40 woman simply cannot miss is wearing mascara. With just a few waves of the wand, you can look ‘wide awake and alert’ in an instant.

New Age Mascara

If you are still using your favourite brand from 25 years ago, it’s time for a change. Mascara is no longer a little tube of black liquid with a basic brush – it’s a technologically advanced beauty product that can lengthen, lift, curl, add volume or literally grow your lashes with just a few sweeps.

And a one-size-fits-all basic brush? Mais non. Today’s wands resemble space-age tools that are designed for your specific needs. Curled, separation, lengthening or fullness – there’s a wand to suit every lash type.

How to Choose the Right Mascara

With so many brands and products on the market, how do you choose the right one? These simple tricks will take the guesswork out of choosing a mascara to suits your needs:

1.  Firstly consider what you want your mascara to do. Are you eyelashes straight and need a lift? Do you like the look of curled lashes? Do you have thin lashes and need volume? Or are your lashes short and need lengthening. Once you understand the look you want to create, choosing the right mascara will be easier.


2.  The style of brush generally determines the look of the mascara:

If your lashes are on the thinner, shorter side, a mascara brush shaped like a comb will help grab and coat every single lash with minimal clumping.

Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara $44, Mecca

Tapered wands are great to plumpen and separate lashes due to the volume at the base and thinning out towards the tip. It’s also particularly good for getting in the corner of eye and also along the lower lash line.

Lancôme Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara, $52, David Jones

To add lift and curl to lashes, choose a curved wand.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, $56, David Jones

To add volume and fullness choose a brush that is large and fat.

Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara, $19.95, Priceline

If you need to lengthen lashes, opt for a thicker brush with a tapered tip.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, $42, Bobbi Brown

3. Tips and Tricks

  • For best results, apply two or three coats
  • 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.