Last year was all about fixing my skin. I've told you all about my struggle with hormonal acne after coming off the pill (it made me feel a little loopy and moody), and it's been a bumpy ride to get to my destination — supermodel skin. Ambitious? Why yes. But with all the products on the market, why can't we all be free of acne, blackheads, pigmentation, dark circles and large pores? We spend the money, we should get the results. Keep reading.
As one of the world's most beautiful women — I mean really, those lips are criminal — Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is kind of otherworldly. She has near-perfect hair and skin, and after seeing her appearances at London fashion week for Burberry and then again at the Oscars, I decided it was time to investigate. I'd heard in the past she follows the same diet as Elle Macpherson, Clean & Lean by James Duigan, so we asked her what it's all about. Keep reading.
The year 2012 was all about the beauty/blemish balm — BB cream — and now, we're going porcelain skin crazy for CC cream. A little while back we explained the difference between BB and CC cream, and one of the first cabs off the rank with an Aussie release is L'Oréal Paris. Their Nude Magique BB Cream was a huge hit internationally, and in keeping in-line with the winning formula, the L'Oréal Paris Anti-Redness CC Cream ($26.95) is just as good. To see my review, keep reading.
Oh yes, that's right — 10 years younger! I'm only 27 so I'm not entirely sure I want to look 17 again (over-plucked brows and glitter eyeshadow rejoice!), but admittedly, my skin was certainly tighter and I had less pigmentation and sun damage. I've seen and heard the reviews for Nanoblur, and the claim to make someone look a decade younger in less than a minute is quite a big one. So, like any good beauty editor, I tried it for myself. Keep reading.
Toss aside that glossy magazine you're fawning over — that flawless skin that seems so far out of reach has been bottled up and made available to the masses. Ck One Color's 3-in-1 Face Makeup ($55) has all four of the components you need for awe-inducing skin rolled into one: a serum, a primer, face makeup, and SPF. No first step needed. The lightweight, oil-free makeup smooths onto your skin in a thin layer and can be spread about like a moisturiser. But instead of the barely there coverage you get with a tinted moisturiser, Ck One's makeup gets into the nooks and crannies, covering everything from blemishes to dark spots. It's like giving yourself a mini facial every morning. And with eight different shades that you can be blend to match your skin tone, you'll be ready for your close-up in no time.
Big call, I know. I'm pretty particular about my topcoat, so after hearing the buzz about French offering Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (approx $18.23), I just had to try it. Now this glossy star isn't new at all — it's actually been around for over a decade and still claims to be "the finest and most highly acclaimed top coat for nail polish in the world". So modest. But jokes aside, I love a proud product, so my expectations were high... Keep reading.
Last week revealed Illamasqua's new Rubber Brights Nail Varnish, and this week, we bring you Speckled Nail Varnish ($22.50 each). Limited edition and reminiscent of a speckled egg, we've got an exclusive look at the collection, set to drop in store at Myer on January 31. The polish is semi-sheer on the first coat, but you'll have the full effect by the second. Be sure to add a high-shine top coat for maximum mani power, and why not mix the colours and wear a cute combination across both hands? Pastels are great like that. Click through to see the colours up close — we know what we'll be wearing on our talons this Easter...
What in the world is Hypoxi, you ask? Well it's a bum-smoothing, thigh reducing machine. Yes, that exists. Towards the end of last year I wasn't feeling my best, and when I was offered to trial the 12-week Hypoxi exercise program — I nearly ran there. Nearly. But instead I took a cab and herein lies my problem, I'm lazy. As it turns out, the program was practically invented for me. You see, you perform 30 minutes of cycling — ideally three times a week for a month — while lying down inside a vacuum-like egg. Before each session, I was fitted with a compression skirt and slotted (almost like a jigsaw piece) into the machine where I then pedalled like a mad woman inside my maximum fat burning zone. The results were kind of amazing, so to find out how many centimetres I lost from my most stubborn areas, keep reading.
When a new fragrance lands on the Bella beauty desk, it's always a happy moment. Picking a new perfume is such an intimate, personal experience, because everyone has their own idea of what smells good and what smells terrible. So we thought, what better way to review four, soon-to-be released perfumes than to get the Sugar editors to do a blind sniff test? They weren't allowed to Google the fragrance or read the accompanying press release — they had only their inner-head nose to guide them... Click through to see the results!
After dabbling with matte nail polish and not feeling overly impressed with the end result, I was really curious to try the new rubber finish. I'd read a bit about it and knew Illamasqua had a really cool collection coming out, so I'm delighted to introduce to you: Rubber Brights Nail Varnish ($21 each). We have a sneaky first look at the range up close, and I think nail polish aficionados will be really impressed. After your base coat, you only need two thin coats to get the full gumboot effect, and its super fast drying. Like, to the tune of 30 seconds per coat.
My heart went straight for Prosperity — the royal purple — and if you keep clicking, you can see it on my nails. The colours were inspired by the dominatrix Rubber Boot Girl of 1920s Berlin fame, which is very Illamasqua. Always loud, always proud. Love it.
Illamasqua stockists: Myer