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Nature’s Miracle: Rosehip Oil

Treat your skin, hair and nails with Mother Nature’s best-kept secret.

For those battling one, two, or a multitude of pesky beauty-related hiccups – from acne, acne scarring, ageing, pigmentation and uneven skin tone to lifeless locks or neglected nails – you’re not alone. We are human after all, and these are all common conditions turning our smiles upside down every day.

Before you go broke splurging on fancy products, or break the Internet in an attempt to Google your beauty woes away, meet your new best friend – organic rosehip oil. A genuine 100% natural multi-tasking saviour, rosehip oil has a long list of uses to achieve healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Rosehip Oil

Skin

The ultimate multivitamin for your skin, Rosehip oil contains a multitude of fatty acids, as well as antioxidants, beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamin. Rosehip oil can be used as a natural moisturiser for dry flaky skin (take that, winter!). It doesn’t stop there. It also improves the overall appearance of acne and psoriasis scars and aids in reducing rosacea marks. Furthermore, studies have revealed that it improves the quality of acne-prone skin, and reduces the appearance of premature ageing.

Hair

Move aside overpriced salon treatments and make room for the au natural hair care solution. If you suffer from dandruff, dry hair, or damaged hair (put down the heating tools), rosehip oil contains several nutrients to help regenerate your lifeless locks. If used regularly, you can look forward to nourished hair that’s always shiny, voluminous and silky soft.

Nails

Are you a nail biter? Or do you just suffer from brittle, damaged nails? By applying rosehip oil to your nails morning and night, it will work its magic to strengthen them, and give them that natural shine we all try to fake with glossy nail polish!

Now that’s what we like to call an “all-rounder.”

Kim Kardashian’s Secret to Glowing Skin

The innovative Facial Cleansing Brush celebs are snapchatting…

Forget the ghoulish vampire facial, Kim Kardashian has a simpler approach to beautiful skin these days. She’s made the FOREO LUNA face brush a staple in her beauty kit, taking advantage of the cute and compact deep cleaning solution when it comes to being selfie-ready.

And it’s not just the Kardashian “kween” that’s keen on this revolutionary gadget. Beauty junkies, beauty bloggers, and famous glossies around the globe are obsessed with the handy face brush, too. So much so it’s not uncommon to see it sell out instantly when it hits retail stores. But fear not, there’s no need to stand in line for this savvy beauty essential here. Brands Exclusive is excited to share the FOREO LUNA Facial Cleansing Brush with its members for less!

Shop FOREO’s award-winning products now

Foreo LUNA Mini Face Cleaner

Why we love the LUNA Facial Cleansing Brush
The revolutionary anti-aging and facial-cleansing system is recommended by beauty professionals worldwide as a convenient way to get cleaner, firmer, more youthful looking skin. By combining smooth silicone with T-Sonic pulsations, the LUNA gently lifts away dirt, oil, and makeup residue leaving skin smoother and brighter.

Just two minutes in the morning is all it takes for your face to reap the beautiful benefits including improved absorption of skincare products (talk about smart investing!), radiant skin, reduced blemishes, unclogged pores, reduction of dead skin cells, and healthier looking skin. The waterproof design makes it easy to work into your daily routine – be it at the basin or in the shower – and its compact nature makes it an easy tool to toss in your toiletries bag when travelling.

Foreo Luna Face Cleaner

About FOREO
FOREO is all about self-confidence. It specialises in innovative beauty and well-being products that help you put your best self forward! The Swedish brand was founded in 2013 under the motto of: confidence makes life more vibrant, and it’s the recipient of numerous awards for revolutionary technology and design. It pairs world-class experts and engineers at the FOREO Institute to make your morning routine easier, faster, and brighter!

Foreo Face Cleanser

The Benefits Of Coconut Oil

We’re going nuts for this all-purpose beauty treatment…

Being winter and all, it’s highly likely you’ve already decided to flee to some deserted tropical island, but in case you need another reason to make a sea-change, here it is. Coconut oil.

Coconut oil is one of the best sources of healthy fats, which help with digestion, immunity, mental performance, weight loss and hormone support to name but a few. Studies have shown that communities in the South Pacific where coconuts are a dietary staple enjoy excellent health with almost no evidence of heart disease. While we certainly don’t discourage the eating of coconuts, we’re here to talk about the benefits of coconut oil when it’s slathered all over your body.

From natural sunscreen to moisturiser, this multi-purpose miracle worker is more than deserving of all the attention it’s received of late. But truth be told, smelling like a Pina Colada is more than enough payoff for us! Here are a few topical uses that your body (and nostrils) will thank you for.

Makeup Remover: Not only will your skin thank you for actually removing your makeup before you go to bed, it’ll feel much softer and hydrated if you use coconut oil over alcohol-based wipes which can dry out your skin. A few drops will even remove stubborn waterproof makeup.

Cleanser: Coconut oil with a little water will gently remove dirt without stripping your skin of its natural oils, which can seriously dry it out and lead to skin issues.

Moisturiser or Night Cream: Whether you apply it at night to work its magic while you sleep, or as a daily facial moisturiser, dry skin will drink it up! You can rub coconut oil into your cuticles, dry elbows or use it as a whole body lotion. Consider adding a few drops to your regular body lotion.

Hair Oil: Tame your mane by using coconut oil as a frizz fighter! A few drops will nourish dry ends and smooth down fly-aways. It’s also thought to offer low UV protection, and work well as an intensive conditioning mask – just be sure to shampoo well afterwards.

Shaving Cream: Best used for a wet shave, make sure you soften up your follicles with warm water before applying enough coconut oil to coat your skin. Not only will you enjoy a super close shave, coconut oil can help prevent dry skin and irritations thanks to its antimicrobial properties.

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Cool Winter Hairstyles

Loose, straight up or with a twist, it’s time to update your locks…

Tired of sporting the same old ‘do each day? Changing your hairstyle can give you a whole new look, leaving you feeling confident enough to take on anything. Loose and lofty, straight up or with a twist, it’s time to update your locks with the latest winter hairstyles for 2016.

The High Pony

Whether sleek and sophisticated, tousled and untamed or beautifully braided, this is the season to take your ponytail to new heights. The high pony has been featured atop celebs like Rihanna, Beyoncé and Bella Hadid, and even made bouncy waves on the spring/summer 2016 runways. If you need a little assistance achieving this style, check out this nifty YouTube tutorial.

Winter Hair Trends 2016

The Bob

Sick of tirelessly nurturing your long locks? Then why not join the bob brigade? A classic cut that will forever stand the test of time, the bob is short, sharp and chic – and on trend for 2016. Make the bob your own by styling it in a few different ways; whip out the curling iron for touchable waves and that special je ne sais quoi – go retro with pin curls – or keep it sleek by blow-drying it pin straight.

Winter Hair Trends 2016

Bangs

Bold and blunt to swift and sultry or fiercely framed, there are so many bang on styles to try this season (see what we did there?). If you have naturally straight, medium density hair, then opt for a blunt cut. For angular or square faces, add softness and texture with a straight across fringe.

And if bangs aren’t your thing? Curtain bangs are perfect for those face shapes that fear a solid, straight across look.

Winter Hair Trends 2016

Textured Layers

Meet ‘The Rachel’ haircut of 2016. Think shaggy, choppy, or feathered layers that give an edgier nod to the iconic 1990s’ hairstyle. A fresh way to spruce up shoulder length hair, or for adding extra oomph to lifeless locks, textured layers are a universally flattering style that require very little fussing.

How to achieve this look? Product is your friend. Try a sea salt spray for straight strands, or mouse for hair with more bend. For au naturale waves, execute the ‘braid and sleep’ technique – you won’t be disappointed.

Fight the frizz by adding a shine serum to your ends.

Winter Hair Trends 2016

Winter hair, solved.

A Buyer’s Guide to Winter Skin

Our Beauty Buyer shares how to keep your skin healthy in the cold…

We all know the cold weather is bad news for our skin. But fear not, we’re coming to the rescue. With a little help from our Beauty Buyer, Jess Travers, who we caught up with to get the lowdown on protecting your skin from the chill.

Read on to find out how to refresh your routine this winter, with a selection of skincare superstars that will defeat your cold-weather woes in no time!

Mask it up

If hydration is what you’re after, then look no further. These masks are great for creating that spa experience at home or even for a mid-week treat to tackle fatigue. These masks are jam-packed full of hydrating ingredients so addictive, you’ll want to use one every day!

Rehydrating Mask

Christian Dior | Skin Hydrating Mask | 75ml | $49.95

Ren | Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask | 50ml | $39.95

 

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

Other than keeping up a healthy H2O intake, the next best thing to treat dull or dry skin in these colder months is to pick a great moisturiser to become your best friend. If no other steps in your routine stick except one, make it your moisturiser and repeat twice daily for optimum results.

Moisturiser

Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream | 50ml | $59.95

Eve Lom | TLC Cream | 50ml | $89.95

 

Super serum

Serums are packed full of either natural or high-tech ingredients to target the overall health of your skin. Best used under your moisturiser morning and night, serums do wonderful things such as improving skin tone and luminosity to ensure you keep a glow all winter long.

Before your eyes pop out at the price of the La Mer serum, we can assure you it’s worth every cent. This little serum superstar is simply a saviour for the skin, as the concentrate complements the skin’s natural healing process with the restorative power of the sea. We couldn’t recommend it enough!

Serum

La Mer | The Concentrate | 30ml | $439

 

Be kind to those eyes

Some say that eyes are the windows to our soul, which means they deserve some pampering and protection too! There’s nothing worse than waking up early on a cold July morning to dry, tired eyes so here’s the best eye cream to keep them fresh and alert – ready to see your way through any of life’s obstacles, even a blizzard!

Eyecare

Dr. Dennis Gross | Lift & Lighten Eye Cream | 15ml | $64.95

 

Prime every time

To maintain a dewy appearance and prevent that flaky foundation look, your go-to product is the primer. The primer is designed to layer on top of your moisturiser and work with your foundation, to provide the professional makeup application look that will last you all day long. Once a secret tool of celebrity makeup artists, Primers have now become a staple in every cosmetic bag.

Primer

Christian Dior | Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer | 30ml | $49.95

Behind the Brand: ModelCo

How do you create something women want before they know they want it?

How do you create something women want before they even know they want it? In Shelley Barrett’s case, it was eight years as a model agent that sowed the seeds for her iconic Australian beauty brand, ModelCo, which did just that!

Surrounded by models, makeup artists, and stylists on a daily basis, Shelley Barrett was face-to-face with the best (and worst!) of the beauty industry. She listened to models complain about the quick-fix, multipurpose products they wish existed, and was privy to the tricky nature of applying makeup and tanning products on set. After years of seeing the big brands fail to meet these needs, she took matters into her own hands and launched the first ModelCo product in 2002: the LASHWAND Heated Eyelash Curler. It was the only product of its kind, and an instant hit with everyone from celebrities to international beauty experts.

Did you know? One unit of ModelCo TAN Airbrush in Can is sold every 36 seconds worldwide.

The success of the LASHWAND proved innovation and smart design were the industry’s missing links, and when ModelCo launched its next product, The TAN Airbrush in Can, there was no mistaking cutting-edge creativity had become the root of the brand. Another world first, the tanning can dazzled the industry and revolutionised the way women self-tanned with its unique aerosol packaging, and blue-green formula that did away with the undesirable ‘orange’ shade. The Tan Airbrush in a Can put the brand on the map, and what had started as a self-professed ‘pet project’ catapulted Shelley into the world of running a global beauty brand.

ModelCo has set itself apart from the rest with a focus on practical innovation as opposed to fleeting trends. It has injected every corner of the cosmetics and self-tanning categories with smart products that make beauty fuss free. Notable designs include the LIP LIGHTS Lip Gloss, which has its own built-in LED lights for application; and lip liners and eyeliners with inbuilt sharpeners. Famous ambassadors have helped promote hundreds of unique ModelCo products like these over the years including: Elle Macpherson, Dannii and Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham, Lilly Allen, Jade Jagger, Cheyenne Tozzi, and more, with the beautiful Rosie Huntington-Whiteley currently carrying the baton.

“Rosie is wonderful to work with. We love that she makes everything look so effortless and glamorous, and that’s what ModelCo is about: achievable, everyday glamour.” Shelley Barrett

There’s no sign of slowing down on the ModelCo front. Each year the brand continues to push boundaries when it comes to smart products, and 2016/2017 will be no different. Whether it’s makeup, skincare or beauty accessories, innovation is at the heart of the business, and ModelCo is committed to solving your everyday beauty problems with research and development.

ModelCo CEO, Shelley Barrett, spills on what’s in her beauty bag and trends to watch.

What’s the one ModelCo product you can’t live without?
Definitely Tan Airbrush in a Can – I love a good self-tan! When it hit the market as the world’s first airbrush ‘tan in a can’, it truly changed the way woman self – tanned, delivering professional results with the convenience of an at-home application. When the product first launched we could not keep up with the demand for orders.

Which on-the-go beauty products would we find in your handbag?
I love to play up my eyes, so I always keep a ModelCo Lash & Line Superlash Mascara and Liquid Eyeliner in my bag. The handy 2-in-1 feature is perfect for on-the-go touch ups. I am constantly reapplying lip gloss throughout the day, too. At the moment I am obsessed with ModelCo Lip Lacquer in Morocco. ModelCo Double Sided Exfoliate Wipes are super handy to cleanse my face before I hit the gym after work. And hydrating your skin from the inside is key, so you will always find a bottle of water in my bag.

What are the three beauty trends we need to keep an eye out for next season?
Brows are still huge. Every ModelCo brow product we launch flies! I love to use ModelCo More Brows for thickening and colouring my brows, and then I apply ModelCo Eye & Brow Duo Highlighter for definition.

Lip liner is back! This was definitely a 90’s trend that is now back in fashion. It is such a crucial part of perfecting your pout. ModelCo Illusion Lip Liner gives you naturally fuller lips which is what every girl wants.

Glowing, dewy, bronzed skin. The natural sun-kissed look has never been so hot. Key is to exfoliate your skin so that your self-tan looks as effortless as possible.

Which celebrity’s beauty style have you been admiring lately?
I love Hailey Baldwin. Her understated, cool, effortless beauty has me captivated.

 

Winter Makeup Trends

We break down the season’s most-wanted makeup trends…

Fashion week may be over, but thankfully the major event has left in its wake a kaleidoscope of inspiring winter makeup trends to try. From twisted hair and cool ponytails to electric eyes and glitter tears, there’s a lot to get excited about this season.

Whether you’re more polished than punk or fiercely feminine, we break down our top beauty trends you need to try now.

Eye Catching

Go beyond basic black eyeliner and make a graphic statement with the trending hue of cobalt blue. For a more seductive and slightly dishevelled look, work your liner in layers and smudge it along the way. Go abstract and accentuate the eye without mascara. Instead, curl your lashes and sweep shimmery eye shadow over the upper lids to make an impact.
Fashion Week Eye Makeup

Lip Service

The general take-home message from Fashion Week is to undoubtedly go bold or go home. Givenchy, Anna Sui and DKNY left us with a renewed interest in dark, romantic beauty by perfecting the pout with shades of crimson, oxblood and plum purple, while Victoria Beckham turned the heat up with fiery orange-red. For an instant boost of confidence, put down the foundation brush and mascara, and let your lips do all the talking.
Fashion Week Bold Lip

Skinspiration

You can thank your lucky pores this season, because heavy, caked-on foundation is a thing of the past. Fresh faced with silky smooth skin and brushed up brows is making a welcome comeback. Achieve a radiant, refreshing winter makeup look with just a touch of concealer and either a liquid or powder highlighter. Lightly cover imperfections and dark circles with your concealer, and achieve a naturally flawless glow by applying your highlighter to the bridge of your nose and above your cheekbones. To finish things off, add a swipe of peachy blush to bring back your youthful flush!
Fashion Week Makeup

Feeling inspired? Head over to our beauty section on Brands Exclusive to try out these trends yourself! Once you’ve got your beauty needs covered, head over to our previous post on winter fashion trends to nail your wardrobe for the colder months too!

Your Winter Beauty Regime

We round up how to combat the cold so you don’t lose face this winter…

Once winter arrives, it’s important to not only adapt your wardrobe; your beauty products need to be ready to combat the cold too! Here are our top tips on how to get your beauty regime winter ready:

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
During winter, your skin needs some extra care. The exposure of unprotected skin to cold air can be very damaging, so swap your thin lotions for creamier options. This will help keep your skin moisturised when winter dries it out and makes it itch. The key really is to keep doing it, so moisturise at any opportunity you get throughout the day!

The power of a lip balm
Winter is definitely a dry season, so all areas of your skin will be a little parched. Start with a high-quality lip balm with SPF to keep your lips soft and supple. The main purpose of lip balm is to provide an occlusive layer on the lip to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure, such as cold wind throughout the winter months. Opt for a balm that contains beeswax or carnauba wax for added health benefits.

Condition your hair
Skin is not the only thing getting dehydrated during the winter months. Your hair also gets drier, tending to be too brittle and (on occasions) even falling out (something you obviously want to avoid!). Many of us regularly wash our hair and skip the conditioner, but conditioner gives extra nutrition to your hair, which is essential during the winter months.

Say goodbye to flakes
We all have a tendency to turn the heat up a little higher in the shower when the temperatures plummet, which is why our scalp can end up feeling dry and itchy. Avoid the issue of flakiness by moisturising down to the root – you can start by applying oil to the scalp at night. Massage in a drop of Moroccan oil treatment before bed to relieve a dry and itchy scalp.

 

7 Beauty Items You Need in Your Handbag

From eye drops to dry shampoo, always be prepared for beauty emergencies…

Let’s be honest, we’d pack our entire makeup kit into our handbag every time we left the house if we could… you know, just in case we get invited to an impromptu awards night or on a last minute Tinder date. Unfortunately, that’s just not a practical way to live our lives, so some compromises need to be made and those non-essentials weeded out.

But figuring out what classifies as a beauty essential … that’s the difficult part, right? Well not anymore, because we’ve done all the hard work for you, carefully compiling this list of seven beauty items that you should never leave the house without!

Eye Drops
Dry, irritated and red eyes aren’t a good look (not to mention they’re uncomfortable!). Whether you suffer from allergies or you find that staring at your computer screen all day is wreaking havoc on your poor peepers, eye drops in your handbag are here to save the day!

BB Cream
The all-rounder of your beauty kit, BB Cream is a true beauty essential. It’s designed to be the only product you’ll need after you wash your face – perfect for anyone trying to cram exercise, showering and makeup application into their lunch break! A good BB cream is a moisturiser, primer, sunscreen, concealer and foundation, all in one. Choose wisely.

Lip Balm (with SPF)
Chapped lips are never a good time. Keep them soft and protected with a good quality lip balm with SPF protection.

Perfume
Smell is a powerful sense, and an awesome mood lifter. Grab a travel-sized bottle of your fave perfume and keep it on hand for a quick spritz when you need a pick-me-up.

Red Lipstick
Nothing can take your look from day to night like a bold red lip. It can quickly and easily dress up jeans and a white tee or enhance your favourite LBD, and there’s a shade for everyone!

Sunscreen
Think the layer you’re putting on under your foundation in the morning is enough? Think again. Sunscreen should be applied liberally to all exposed skin 20-30 minutes before sun exposure, and re-applied every two hours after that. Use SPF 30+ or 50+ for maximum available protection – there are plenty of non-greasy, high-quality options available for all skin types, so no excuses!

Dry Shampoo
Never underestimate the power of dry shampoo. Throw a travel-sized can in your bag and take your hair from limp to voluminous in 60 seconds.

What do you consider to be your number one beauty essential? Let us know on our Facebook page!