Elizabeth Arden's cult favourite Eight Hour Cream has been around since the 1930s, but a new product in the line, Intensive Lip Repair Balm ($25) is about to hit shelves. Nestled in this portable jar are shea butter and arnica flower oil, which combine to bolster the moisture in your lips. But what has us most impressed is this product's staying power. Hours after applying the menthol-infused balm, you'll be surprised to find your lips are still supple and soft. While the instructions recommend overnight use, consider it an all-day essential to kiss chapped lips goodbye.
The question on everyone's mind — can the ghd get any better than it already is? The answer? Yes. The Eclipse ($300) has been three years in the making, and the main point of difference from the original styler is a greater focus on protecting the hair. That's right, we've moved on from frying our strands, now we're merely taming them. The Eclipse has patented tri-zone technology which sounds very fancy because it is. Just like smartphones, stylers are becoming intuitive and more efficient.
Now, the clincher. The Eclipse has just one heat setting: 185ºC. Unruly-haired women do not fret — there's good reason. Because the snag-free plates consist of six "quick thinking sensors", the styler delivers precise thermal control. What this means is different hair types take only the heat they need. You? You'll probably take most of the heat, and ghd claims 185ºC is optimal for styling and straightening. Other things to note: The Eclipse takes just 20 seconds to heat up, and is cold to touch thanks to aerogel insulation. Click through for more Eclipse facts from ghd.
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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.