Ever find yourself frantically trying to pick a colour for your pedicure while the manicurist taps her foot impatiently? Talk about stressful! You want to get it right and try to visualise any social plans for the next fortnight and oh dear, she's still waiting. We're taking the hard work out of picking a pedi colour by featuring our ultimate top 10 toe nail favourites. Click through and you'll never get it wrong again.
Fast-forward to your wedding day but more precisely, the morning of. After a not-so-great sleep and dealing with any last minute dramas, your skin might need a little TLC. Actually, even if you think it doesn't, it does! If you want to look plump and glowing, you'll need to hydrate (and relax). Facial cloth masks are perfect for brides because you generally need to leave them on for 20 or so minutes, which gives you an excuse to get horizontal and take some deep breaths. Cleanse and tone, then apply one of these puppies. . .
- Bloom Cosmetics Bloom Nail Polish by Emily Green
- Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer Red Hautes Collection
- Maybelline NY Color Show Nail Color
- Modelco Nail Polish Collection
- Orly Flash Glam Lacquer Collection
Editor's Pick: Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer Red Hautes Collection. "There's really nothing quite like wearing red nail polish, it so feminine and sexy. These bottles are heavy and luxe, and make me feel like a real grown-up when applying. Two thin coats is all you need, not a chip in sight." — Alison Larsen, POPSUGAR Australia health and beauty editor
Which one gets your vote?
If you haven't already heard, using rosehip oil as a serum under your moisturiser at night is one of the best skincare decisions you'll ever make. Known for its healing properties, high dose of vitamin A (perfect for congested skin), ability to lighten imperfections like acne scarring and sun spots, super anti-aging benefits and much, much more; it is a cheap but very effective alternative to a standard serum. Two things to note:
Pay attention to the label. You want good quality rosehip (Chile and South Africa supply to a lot of brands), and a solvent-free extraction process. The benefits of the rosehip bud can be near obsolete if it isn't extracted properly. Look out for words like certified organic, cold-pressed and wild harvested.
Remember to exfoliate. While oily, congested skin will really benefit from using rosehip oil (the vitamin A helps aid cell turnover), it's important you exfoliate weekly to help move any build-up. Try a chemical exfoliant as its less traumatising to already agitated skin.
So you know we're going a little loco on the Australiana theme this week — but what better time to celebrate all that is great about Aussie celebs and products made Down Under than the lead-up to Australia Day? We always look forward to events like the Logies and any Australian film premiere, because we get to see stars including Jodi Gordon, Lara Bingle and Rose Byrne flexing their makeup muscles. We asked the Sugar eds to pick their all-time favourite Australian beauty moment; plus the product they'll be purchasing to get thy look at home.
"The seven colours are a mix of my favourite Summer brights — a pale mint, bright melon and ochre — as well as a pale grey, dark blue grey and navy to balance the palette," says Emily.
The collection has that real "pairs" feel, so you can choose one shade for your fingernails and one for your toes and know that you'll still match (it's the little things!). You can also go into the running to win one of three, limited edition Emily Green beaded necklaces made up of the same colours as her Bloom Cosmetics nail polish collection.
- Leave it be: It's been said before, but it's still true: do not pop or pick at your pimple. Not only does it spread bacteria, but it makes it practically impossible to cover.
- Go green: After washing your hands, apply a green-tinted concealer, like the one in the Bloom Cosmetics Secret Weapon Concealer Kit ($20), to neutralise the red of the blemish. Pat it on with a clean makeup sponge, but do not rub.
- Conceal: Generously layer your regular concealer on top of the green with a clean sponge or brush, blending away any harsh edges left behind by the green.
- Powder: Dip a small brush into your regular powder and gently pat it on and around the blemish to set the concealers. Use a light, tapping motion to get full coverage from the powder.
- Finishing touch: If you still feel like you need some coverage, add a second layer of your flesh-toned concealer, but avoid another powder layer to avoid looking cakey.
As we walk bronzed pins first into Summer (we're using Alessandra Ambrosio's as our inspo — ha!), all things metallic come to mind. When it's warm out, we want to look shiny. And dewy. And glowy. Metallic makeup is universally flattering, just stick to the warm and cool skin rules and you really can't go wrong. Keep it simple, though, as metallic makeup catches the light (amazing) and you don't want to look too sparkly vampire. Save that for your dreams feat. Edward Cullen. You know the drill beauties, get clickin'.
Model-turned-snapper-turned-blogger, Zanita Morgan, is quite possibly one of the coolest girls we know. Just take her blog intro, for example. It reads: "I divide my time between snapping outfits and testing models, travelling overseas and collaborating with fellow bloggers to create personalised editorials. My blog is the story of my progression as a self-taught photographer." Um, can we please have her life?! Naturally, we wanted to know exactly how she keeps her skin so clear and what prods she likes to use daily, click through to find out.
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