Our fashion editor Ali has spent her week preparing for a friend's wedding. And when we say prepare, we mean facials, lash and brow tinting, a spray tan — you name the beauty treatment, she's had it! But when it comes to a big event, the most important beauty stuff happens the night before. We're talking skin prep, hydrating and relaxing the body so it can look its best. Now, what better way to end the week than with a budget buys gallery dedicated to the night before the big day? So whether you've got a wedding — perhaps your own?! — a special birthday party or you just want to look amazing for no reason at all (you go gurl), click through to find out your beauty to-do list and the corresponding products.
Putting her skills to work on famous faces including Miranda Kerr, Jocelyn Petroni is one of Sydney's most in-demand beauticians. Founder of The Facial Room in Woollahra, Jocelyn has over a decade of experience in the industry and is best known for her prescription facials and precision manicures and pedicures. An ambassador for Mecca Cosmetica (she even has a nail polish named after her!), one session with Jocelyn will leave you feeling like you've just spent a week in France (including French music, we die). Now most beauticians we meet have amazing skin and always look polished, but there is something particularly glowy about Jocelyn — seriously, she radiates health and vitality. Click through to find out her top five products, her daily skincare routine and more.
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Pacific Islanders have long counted on monoï oil for a variety of needs, from curative to cosmetic. And once you get a whiff of the scented oil, your vanity — and skin — will never be the same. Learn how monoï is made, and how this beauty bigwig can contribute to your daily routine, when you keep reading.
Last week it was all about hair and eyes, and this week we're all about cult buys and celebrity favourites (hey, if it's is good enough for Madonna...). From Victoria Beckham's favourite cleanser to Alexa Chung's signature scent, our five must-have beauty products this week will have you seeing stars, literally!
Beauty Twitpics were in high volume this week with America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks tweeting that she'd been doing the "red lip thang," while Hilary Rhoda busted out the brights in an editorial shoot and nail guru Sophy Robson gave us a new nail trend to try. You can also check out Posh's pregnancy must-have and see Bar Refaeli and Alessandra Ambrosio posing for some pics!
What's Victoria Beckham's secret to a stretch mark-free belly? Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil Blend ($68). The singer and designer hasn't said much about her pregnancy publicly, but she did head to Twitter last night to show off her favourite stretch mark prevention product tweeting, "Pregnancy tip!!!! I have used this through every pregnancy, it's amazing!! X VB" The sweet almond oil-infused product is rich in plant collagen and helps to keep skin moisturised throughout pregnancy, claiming to help improve skin's elasticity. While I can't personally vouch for it, I can't imagine that Posh Spice would continue using a product through four pregnancies if it didn't work a treat! Have you got other stretch mark miracle workers you'd like to share?
Stockists: 1300 820 430
The Argan tree comes from southwest regions of Morocco, where it can withstand harsh environments like extreme heat, drought and poor soil. It grows a round fleshy fruit that has an olive-like texture and inside there's a nut where the oil comes from.
Argan oil is believed to have medicinal benefits such as lowering cholesterol, improving circulation and building up the immune system. It has mild anti-inflammatory properties, protects the skin from free radical damage and also helps to nourish dry, hydrated skin because it's rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
Try Elemis Anti-Ageing Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask ($120), The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Morocco Argan Oil & Orange Blossom Body Souffle ($32.95), Aveda Green Science™ Firming Eye Creme ($99.95), Schwarzkopf Extra Care Oil Nutritive Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.79 each).
Stockists: Aveda (1300 300 054), Schwarzkopf (1800 022 219).
Those of you with an interest in natural remedies probably already check The New York Times Well Blog religiously – I know I do.
I was particularly interested in a recent article by Anahad O’Connor that explored the healing powers of marigold extract (aka calendula) in skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.
I’d heard of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, but was surprised to learn that as well as being an effective treatment for acne, a study has shown that women receiving radiation treatment for breast cancer found that calendula cream worked to reduce pain, redness and irritation.