Tax time might just be the only time we feel slightly rich — and even that's an exaggeration! But it's true that if we've played by all the rules, we might just see a little reward from Mr Taxman in our bank accounts over the next couple of months. If you're wondering what to spend your extra cash on, we think now is the perfect time to invest in some beauty tools, products and procedures that will set your beauty routine in very good stead. Check out our top five picks for treating yourself and your beauty cupboard.
Mother's Day is all about spoiling, so why not treat mum to something that you know she'll treasure — a little luxury! If she's a fan of La Mer, Sisley and La Prairie, then you know she'll appreciate it. Better still, if she'd never dream of spending that much on herself then it's the perfect way to say "you're worth it, mum." From designer cosmetic cases to lust-have candles, savvy skincare and a makeup collab. with an Aussie design duo, there's plenty to pick from!
Max May's life is a busy one. The sought-after Aussie makeup artist squeezes Grazia, Harper's BAZAAR and Russh shoots in between his work with celebrities such as Sarah Murdoch, Jennifer Hawkins, Helena Christensen and of course, his bestie Lara Bingle. Then there's the campaigns for Jigsaw, Dion Lee, Oroton and many more which see him paint such famous faces as Daria Werbowy and Jacquetta Wheeler. It's surprising he found the time to share with us what's in his kit really, but then that's Max — always happy to share his secrets to lush lashes or effortlessly chic hair. So what are you waiting for? Go and snoop now!
We're drawing inspiration from Chanel show at Paris Spring Fashion Week for this week's top ten — the hair and makeup teams continued the under-the-sea theme with the models sporting glowing complexions, pearl hair accessories and opalescent nail polish. To recreate this gorgeous beauty look, have a browse through our fave pearl products. What catches your eye?
Since we're experiencing some of the coldest Winter weather on record, we thought we'd give you a hand by finding you the richest, most nourishing products to keep your skin hydrated through the chilly season. We've included a few cult faves — Kiehl's Crème de Corps and Lanolips lip ointment — so whether you're looking for the perfect moisturising foundation, or a skin-soothing product full of healing ingredients to give your complexion a boost, we've covered all bases. Check out our top ten!
Ever wanted to peek inside a celeb's makeup bag? Well now you can with our weekly feature What's in Her Makeup Bag. We're kicking things off with Bella fave and Dancing With the Stars contestant Lara Bingle, who's known for nailing the bronze-a-licious beach babe look. But what's her secret? Here she reveals her top five beauty buys, including the best bronzer for the "perfect colour" and a luxe lust-have she calls her "number one product."
Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz played up her prettiness with a super colourful makeup palette. To find out how to recreate the look at home, we spoke with makeup artist Patrick de Fontbrune, who created the look for Jenna.
Face: de Fontbrune used two shades of MAC Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation (NC 42 and NC 40, $48 each) to shade and highlight. On cheeks, he applied MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty ($43), then highlighted Jenna's cheekbones. To set the makeup, he dusted her face with La Prairie Cellular Treatment Loose Powder ($130).
Eyes: After applying MAC Prep+Prime For Eyes on Jenna's lids, he dusted Dior Couture Colour Eye Shadow in INcognito ($99) all over the eyelid, then used a wet brush to apply it along the lash line. Using a fine liner brush, he drew a thin line of MAC Fluidline eyeliner in Blacktrack ($32) and finished with several layers of MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara ($42).
I can't imagine ever tiring of beautiful things. It's in my genes. I have a glam Nan. And I intend to be one, one day. Far from being dowdy and sitting in a corner, glamorous grans are often the ones responsible for our love of beauty. I have a girlfriend whose grandmother taught her everything she knows about fragrance. And she knows a LOT. And it's impossible for me to use a hand cream around my Nan—she steals it right off me and claims that religious application of it is what leads her to constantly be asked if she's really old enough to have a granddaughter that's in her late twenties. So indulge her this Christmas with these gorgeous gifts. Some are exxy, some not so much, but whatever your budget, there's certainly something to keep a glamorous gran very, very happy this year!
Even though I am constantly going on about beauty being fun and there being no rules, there are certain things that are frowned upon. Let's call them The Don'ts. Trouble is, like anything forbidden, you'll always find yourself doing them . . .
The Don't: Ironing with your ghd
Why you do it: Because the iron is all the way over there
The Don't: See a bobby pin . . . steal a bobby pin
Why you do it: Because someone's obviously doing it to you. Your collection should total at least 8,973 by now
June 8 marked World Oceans Day. Remember me telling you about it and La Mer's fancy limited edition blue pot? It's really quite a big deal, so GQ, Nautica and Oceana, the world's leading ocean advocacy organisation, threw a little party in its honour. In attendance was my BFF and fellow orange lipstick lover, January Jones. She's the Oceana spokesperson. So it would've been nice for us to talk about this sooner but man, have we been snowed under with awards shows. First there were the MTV Movie Awards, then the CFDA Fashion Awards, then the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Now the Country Music Awards. Glam-o-rama. But anywayz, back to Jan. Are you digging her look? I love the soft and bouncy baby curls and that lavender shadow is the bomb. And even though I love her with a bold lip, the soft gloss and gentle wash of peach blush make it a winning day-to-night look for me. You?