It's our job to pick the brains of the top professionals in the beauty industry, so we think it's high time to share the best tips we've heard over the years. From runway makeup artists to celebrity hairstylists, we've picked out the best of the best when it comes to tricks of the trade. Get all the beauty secrets you never knew after the jump.
Day cream is one of the most-used skincare products in our routine because it's an essential step — it can never be skipped! For that reason, we tend to go through a lot of it. This high turnover pulls at the purse strings but it doesn't have to be this way. There's some stellar (and arguably better) face creams under $25 that we think you should try. The most important thing? That you still apply a normal, 50+ sunscreen as well. Look no further than the supermarket or your local chemist for these budget skincare steals.
- Asymmetry: If one half of the mole does not match the other half, then it's asymmetrical and should be checked.
- Border: Look at the border of your mole. Is it ragged, blurred, or irregular? If yes, then go in for a checkup.
- Color: Healthy moles are one consistent color. But moles that have different colors or varying shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red can be dangerous.
- Diameter: Pull out your ruler. If your mole is larger than 6 mm, then make an appointment with your doctor.
- Elevation: Moles that are raised above the skin can be a sign of melanoma and should be checked.
Now, don't be nervous; not all moles that display these signs are linked to melanoma. But it's always a good idea to be safe rather than sorry, as skin cancer is usually fairly easy to treat and cure if it's caught early. Always keep an eye on irregular moles, and if you see a new mole appear, then go in for a check as soon as you can. Not sure where to get screened? Visit the Cancer Council's website to find a free screening centre near you. So heed Hugh's advice, and don't put off that visit to the dermatologist any longer . . . or skimp on the sunscreen.
A new month means new beauty products and November is rocking our socks off in the cosmetics department. Nude by Nature has launched a decadent skincare range that comes at a price point we can all indulge in, and Nars wows with a collaboration with infamous photographer Guy Bourdin. COVERGIRL's best-selling mascara has had a makeover, and get ready for the next phase of no-water hair washing — dry conditioner. Step right in to see 25 new beauty products you need to know about.
It's time to add to cart! Asos is having a two-day flash sale with 30 percent off clothes and beauty products. The online retail giant stocks a very cool edit of brands including Paul & Joe, Stila and SteamCream, and we've narrowed the offerings down to our favourite 10. Ready for a beauty bargain? Click through to find the special check-out code and shop our picks.
Today marks approximately six weeks until Christmas (we know), so we're getting organised early in the gift department. For those of you dating Mr Right, we have 10 ideas that will make for very stylish and cool Christmas presents. Remember, socks and jocks aren't sexy or romantic. No main man? Consider these for your bro.
When we first met Kerrie Hess, we walked away wishing we were artistically talented! Speaking about her collaboration with Shiseido, the beautiful blonde told us tales of late-night calls from the Whitehouse (yes, she drew for Michelle Obama), and high profile clients including Tiffany and Chanel. Le sigh. She's also recently completed a collaboration with ModelCo, and we're calling it the perfect Christmas present. After seeing her sumptuous illustrations earlier today, we're now going inside her beauty cupboard.
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Here in Australia, using paw paw on lips, elbows, scratches and burns is by no means a new skincare discovery — in fact, we're practically famous for using it everywhere and on anything. But what you might not realise is some popular paw paw balms and ointments contain not just nasty petrochemicals, but have a low dose of the key healing ingredient — paw paw. This magical fruit contains a stack of vitamins including A, C, E, as well as BH complex, calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine. Phew! Paw paw also has powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties but a lesser known fact about the fruit is that it contains a proteolytic enzyme called papain. Papain can assist our very own enzymes to extract the maximum nutritional value from foods when we eat them. We know, magical.
We've got Nature's Care Paw Paw Balm 30g ($3.79) on high rotation right now for a few reasons. While paw paw grows throughout Australia, South America, Africa and Mexico, Nature’s Care only uses Australian paw paw. It also harvests and dries the beautifully exotic scent (no artificial fragrances needed here!) to add to its product range — deliciously natural, right? The Nature's Care Paw Paw range wouldn't be complete without a lip balm, and its petrochemical-free formula is super hydrating thanks to the added papaya extract and oil, sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil, shea butter and beeswax. So it's time to think pink and pop one of these rescue balms in your handbag today. You'll soon wonder how you survived without it!