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A Beauty Instagrammer’s Skincare Secrets

Marta Michaels offers her top tips on looking after your skin this spring.

As we transition from winter to spring, we can finally shed the warm layers of clothing and winter boots. Our wardrobe gets an immediate exciting makeover, but we often neglect to remember to do the same for our skin.

Throughout the colder months, our skin suffers from low moisture levels from increased use of indoor heating, strong winds, heavier foundations and concealers and air pollution. This results in dull, flaky and congested skin.

With the shift into warmer weather, our beauty regimen needs to be adjusted accordingly to renew that glow we are all after. That includes an overhaul in both skincare and makeup.

We caught up with beauty Instagrammer, Marta Michaels, who offered us her top tips on looking after your skin as we bid farewell to the cold and say hello to spring!

Exfoliate your skin

The most important step to glowy summer skin and a flawless base for makeup application is exfoliation. Exfoliating works to help rid your skin of any dry, rough layers left over from the winter.

Avoid grainy and abrasive scrubs as they could irritate dry and sensitive skin. Instead, look for Glycolic and Salicylic Acid containing products.

Start incorporating glycolic acid (AHA) to naturally slough off dead skin and Salicylic Acid (BHA) to unblock and cleanse pores.

Keep your skin hydrated with serums and light moisturisers

Our skin holds more water in the warmer months so you won’t need heavy moisturisers, which could increase oiliness during the day.

A hot ingredient right now is Hyaluronic Acid. As it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, it will make your skin appear immediately more plump and hydrated.

Wear sunscreen

As we start to spend more time outdoors, increasing your SPF to 50+ is a must. The use of acid exfoliation also makes skin more sensitive to the sun. Always look for physical sunscreens with ingredients like titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, as these do not react with skin the way chemical sunscreens do.

“If you’re not ready to let go of your full coverage foundations, try mixing in a bit of luminising primer to give a more radiant finish.”

Ditch the heavy foundation

It’s the perfect time to introduce a tinted moisturiser, BB cream or a water based foundation. These products will help blur imperfections while introducing more moisture back into your skin.

If you’re not ready to let go of your full coverage foundations, try mixing in a bit of luminising primer to give a more radiant finish.

Switch powders to creams

In general, cream products give a more natural appearance. Add some extra glow with cream or liquid highlighters, blushes and bronzers.

If you like to set your foundation with a powder, do so only in your T-zone. And don’t fear, you don’t have to give up contouring just yet. There are a lot of cream contouring kits popping up now, right in time for summer.

Put away darker colours

And finally, have some fun with colour. Put away your vampy matte lipsticks and switch to soft nudes, corals and pinks in sheer or creamy formulas. For something different, try the new trend of coloured eye liners and mascaras to add a bit of fun.

It’s all about a natural glow and less about the matte mask we hide behind during winter.

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Your Spring Skin Survival Kit

Check out our top tips to reclaim your beautiful, radiant skin.

As we endure the various changes in weather throughout the year, it’s inevitable that our skin will take a beating (or two). If we’re not battling dull, dry and cracked skin during winter, we’re fighting off unwanted allergies and eczema during the warmer months. The good news is that you can fix these pesky issues with the right regimes and products. Spring is creeping up, and now is the best time to start prepping your skin for the warmer months ahead. Check out our top tips below to reclaim your beautiful, radiant skin.

Cleanse

The first rule of thumb when preparing your skin for spring is to cleanse – and cleanse well. Oils build up overnight, and those same oils and pollutants will make an unwelcome return during the day, so it’s vital for the survival of your precious skin to cleanse morning and night. FYI – if you’re wearing makeup during the day, your evening regime will require a double cleanse session. The first cleanse will remove the makeup, and the second cleanse will thoroughly remove any impurities still lurking.

Exfoliate

Brisk winds, freezing temperatures and over usage of the heater during winter can cause our skin to become dehydrated, dull, rough and sensitive. The solution? Exfoliation. Bring back your youthful, radiant glow by regularly exfoliating off dead, dry surface cells. The benefits of exfoliating are manifold; think smoother, suppler skin, a more even complexion, increased circulation and fewer ingrown hairs and blemishes.

If you have normal and combination skin, you should be exfoliating two to three times a week, and only once a week for sensitive skin.

Moisturise

No matter your skin type – oily or dry, a good moisturiser is an essential ingredient to any skincare regime. Like a protective layer for your skin, your moisturiser aids in forming a barrier between your skin and other pesky environmental issues. But like any beauty product on the shelves, you need to pick the right one to reap the benefits. As temperatures rise, you’ll need to switch your heavy winter moisturiser to something lighter.

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Top 3 YouTube Beauty Vloggers

Check out our favourite beauty vloggers trending on YouTube…

YouTube has become more than just a place to watch cat videos. For all of the budding beauty enthusiasts out there, you’ll be delighted to know that there’s a whole community of makeup artists and YouTube beauty gurus taking the platform by storm, and their sole mission is to post amazing tutorials that feature the best and latest tips, reviews, product advice, and looks for you to try.

From learning how to apply eye shadow like a pro to enhancing your natural beauty, or replicating that must-have red carpet look, they have your every occasion, query, and future makeup hack covered.

Check out our favourites below:

Lisa Eldridge

Mum, mentor and professional makeup artist Lisa Eldridge has worked with the world’s top A-list celebs, models, magazines and brands. So it comes as no surprise that her YouTube channel is just as impressive as her CV. With over one million subscribers and 245 videos ready to binge, Lisa’s tutorials cater to every age, skin type, and event. With an average video length of around fifteen minutes, each clip is informative, nurturing and easy to follow.

Charlotte Tilbury

With over twenty years experience to her name, Charlotte has worked her magic on some of the best faces in the biz; think Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen and Sienna Miller. A God-send to us beauty buffs, Charlotte’s YouTube channel offers unique videos on mastering the feline flick, banishing blemishes, and replicating the most iconic looks of all time.

Estée Lalonde

Honest, knowledgeable and relatable – these are just a few words for which beauty vlogger, Estée Lalonde can be summed up. Her channel is everything a girl could want and more. With videos covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle, Estelle’s bubbly personality and insightful chitchat is the perfect antidote to your morning makeup session.

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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!

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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!