While it's hard to sum up a year in the beauty world, it's safe to say celebrities chopping off their hair, new additions to the alphabet cream family and nail art have reigned supreme. But while the more mainstream trends steal the spotlight, there's been a few more buzz words doing the rounds this year. Let's reminisce. . .
On Pregnancy Beauty
"I maintained my normal skincare routine while I was pregnant but found myself using less products. I've always been pretty healthy but while pregnant, I made it an even greater priority to drink lots of water and eat loads of veggies, get fresh air and sun every day, sleep well and relax my body. I think this all contributes to the skin's condition."
On Her Relationship With Makeup
"I love the effects makeup can create. I think it's fun getting creative and it can certainly make you feel beautiful and more confident. I enjoy wearing makeup that isn't heavy and overly noticeable, so on a day off I'll apply mascara, a light mineral powder and a balm or gloss on my lips. I love the selection of lip care at The Body Shop."
Lessons in Beauty
"Mum always taught me the importance of taking pride in my appearance and treating my body with care. I used to love watching her get ready for work in the morning and smelling her perfume around the house. I always wanted to wax my eyebrows super thin, I'm glad I listened to her when she told me not to!"
"The best thing about being a woman is getting to experience motherhood. Welcoming Violet into the world has been an experience I can not measure anything against, with it brings joy beyond words. I can't wait to watch her grow and guide her through anything that life brings although no doubt it will be challenging. I hope she always asks for my help and is never afraid to speak her mind. I think having an inner confidence is very beautiful."
— As told to POPSUGAR Australia Beauty
From Beyoncé's fan incident to Miley's alien-esque bleached brows, we're recapping all the major beauty moments from 2013. Jennifer Lawrence shocked everyone with her pixie cut, while Jennifer Aniston combined her beauty knowledge with her business savvy by working with Aveeno and as co-owner of Living Proof. Marc Jacobs blew us away with his massive beauty line, a 33-year-old Justin Bieber fan received $100,000 in plastic surgery to look like his idol, and Miley, well, was just bein' Miley. Which moments were your favourite? See them all in our breakdown.
Say what you will about Lady Gaga, but the girl has the best wigs in show business — better than Cher and Liza Minnelli combined. This year, she kicked off her ARTPOP album tour, giving us the best hair Gaga had to offer. For her performance at the VMAs, she sang and danced while changing her look five times. We don't know how much of her touring budget is devoted to hair, but there's no doubt that she is the queen of hairpieces. See the most gorgeous (and ghastly) of Gaga's wigs ahead.
We ladies aren't that difficult to buy for, really. We like it bright, we like it luminous and we all want perfect hair. But nails? Just give us options! Some of us change our polish us much as our knickers, so why not give the gift of the perfect manicure all year round? For the nail polish lover in your life, we have many options. . .
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Re-creating the style at home starts with a solid blow-dry. Use the concentrator attachment on your blow-dryer along with a slim round brush to style hair forward in a downward motion. You don't want to create too much volume. You can use a half-inch flat iron to refine the pieces around the face. Resist the urge to curl under, and keep the ends stick straight or even flipped out a touch. Even though it appears to be a basic middle part, a zigzag line is the key to getting Jennifer's chunky, layered look. Start by using the long end of a rat-tail comb in the centre of the hairline, and part right to left in a Z shape. Finally, finger-comb hair with a dollop of pomade. Shop all the tools you need to get this style below.
"A combination of different brands make up my must-have [products] list, and after chatting with Tash one day we were like — imagine if you could get everything in one place, essentially buy your look in a kit. . . And that's how the It Kits were born," says visual merchandiser and style blogger Elle Ferguson. One tanned and toned half of the popular Sydney-based blog, They All Hate Us, Elle and her partner in fashion, Tash Sefton, have teamed up with makeup artist (and recent POPSUGAR Australia Beauty Awards judge) Max May to produce bi-monthly get-the-look kits. Aptly named the Elle Kit and the Tash Kit, brands on board include St. Tropez, Dermalogica, Giorgio Armani and Benefit Cosmetics.
"We met Max last year when he did our makeup for a photo shoot," Tash says of their relationship with celebrity and editorial makeup artist, Max. (Beauty note: He's known in all the right circles as the skin king for his ability to achieve a stunningly luminous finish. See Lara Bingle.) "He really is an amazing makeup artist and has taught us so much about how to get the right look the right way, while still remaining us,” she says.
"We always ask him so many questions about his secrets, and thought it would be great to share these with our readers. We have filmed him teaching us so now our readers can watch him in action [in the new e-magazine, The Beauty Edit] and learn what we have. The Kits are also a way to try out new products you may not have known about."
Click through for a special, behind-the-scenes look at the girls and Max on set shooting for the It Kits, and if you’d like to bag your very own Elle or Tash Kit ($129.95 each), stayed tuned over at maxmade.theyallhateus.com.
With a surprising amount of new launches every year and veteran scent stars like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, celebrity fragrances are in a category of their own. This year, we've seen One Direction expand its stardom with Our Moment, which made for a hilarious ad, and Justin Bieber released a new scent, The Key, with an equally interesting short film. This year marks Britney Spears's 10-year milestone in the fragrance industry, and she didn't miss out on the opportunity to launch Island Fantasy and her song "Perfume." But that's just the tip of the iceberg in all the celebrity fragrance launches this year. We're narrowing it down to the top 10, but who gets your vote for the best perfume launch of the year?