The arrival of a royal baby, the unexpected deaths of actors taken too soon, an Oscar-winning actress tripping on the way to the stage, and a former Disney starlet gone wild — these are just some of the celebrity headlines that had us talking in 2013. It was certainly an eventful year but there are some stories that stuck with us more than others. Click through for the top 10 moments that captured our attention, and be sure to check out the rest of our Best of 2013 content!
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
With a responsibility to promote his Broadway production Romeo and Juliet and his big screen return as Legolas in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Orlando Bloom has done lots of press following the news in late October that he and Miranda Kerr had formalised their separation. It means that he has been the main voice for the former couple in dealing with questions about their current relationship status — following the split the two were spotted looking friendly in NYC with their son, Flynn, multiple times — saying that they “love each other. We’re a family, and we’re going to be in each other's lives for the rest of our lives.”
Now Miranda has opened up on the topic in the January/February issue of Harper’s Bazaar (on sale now), echoing what Orlando has stated before. Miranda told the magazine, “It’s difficult for anyone to go through a separation, whether it’s on a public scale or not. It was very important for us long-term to preserve our friendship and the dynamic of being loving parents to Flynn so we dealt with everything openly and honestly. We respect each other and with respect comes understanding. When there’s understanding, I guess everything is a little more harmonious.” She also revealed that the family of three will still be a unit at Christmas because she and Orlando are “trying to do our best to support each other.”
As 2013 draws to a close, it's time to reflect on the stars we couldn't get enough of throughout the year. Music veterans such as Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé continued their world domination and a New Zealand teenager was anointed the new darling of pop; Jennifer Lawrence cemented herself as one of Hollywood's most talented and likeable personalities, and Kate Middleton handled her pregnancy, the most-watched in the world, with grace and poise. These aren't the only stars who made 2013 a memorable one — click through to find out who else got us excited and talking this year.
Don't forget to check out the rest of our Best of 2013 content!
Every year there are the supermodels that stop us in our tracks. Whether it's a newsworthy runway return (Miranda Kerr for Stella McCartney), the models turning their hand at design (Lara Bingle), or Australian supermodels causing a stir internationally (Jessica Hart) these homegrown beauties got us talking this year.
As 2013 comes to an end, take some time to reflect on the women we spoke about — and looked at — the most this year. And if you're feeling a little nostalgic about the the year that was, get more of our 2013 recaps here.
"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?
If there's one thing that Nicki Minaj is known for (aside from her catchy music, that is), it's her over-the-top beauty looks. You have to give the girl credit: she continually ups the ante by wearing a variety of makeup palettes and extreme hairstyles. The raptress celebrated her 31st birthday on the weekend, so to celebrate, take a look back at some of the best beauty moments of her career. Happy birthday, Nicki!
Come now, admit it. You outfit repeat. Whether you have that go-to outfit to pull on Monday mornings (or Friday nights) or you own that signature piece you can’t stop wearing, we know you do it too. In fact, despite having walk-in wardrobes (and stylists) that any fashion girl would kill for, celebrities do it as well. Yep, even Miranda Kerr, Jessica Hart, Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne and Keira Knightley recycle like the rest of us.
Hollywood glamazon Keira Knightley wore her vintage Chanel wedding dress not once, but three times, taking out our prize for the most laid-back bride ever. And with outfits that amazing, why not get your wear out of them? Head into the gallery to see all the celebrities who re-wear their favourite pieces time, and time again.