Please allow us to have another indulgent Cara Delevingne moment, won't you? After taking out the gong for Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, we can't help but stare lustfully at her metallic green Burberry shift dress. The silver shoes are all kinds good, too, but it's that particular shade of gold-y green that has us, well, green with envy. While we can't exactly afford new Burberry, we can paint our nails in homage to the metallic goodness that is Miss CD. Follow us...
It's easy to wrack up your beauty bills, but there are plenty of great finds at the chemist. While there are some beauty buys that are worth the investment, other times it's wise to be a bit more savvy with your makeup dollars. Discover what products are worth shopping the chemist aisles for when you keep reading.
As one of Australia's most beautiful rising stars, Samara Weaving has everything going for her. The successful Home and Away actress is also the Bonds Youth Ambassador for the Summer 2012-13 campaign and it's no wonder, her bod is amazing! Samara rocks that natural Aussie beach babe look like a pro, so we've been dying to find out what products are on high rotation in her beauty cupboard. And what about her workout regime — how does one stay looking so trim and toned? Click through to hear it all from the star herself.
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We might be dipping our bare toe nails into all things bright and Spring-like, but browns, bronze and taupe are three strong Autumnal colours we're going to carry with us as we head into Summer. Taupe eyeshadow, along with cream-based eye products were all the buzz at New York fashion week with designers including Charlotte Ronson and Rebecca Taylor bringing earthy, tonal looks to the eyes. And while nail polish is taking us all the way to the fun side of the colour wheel with neon, we're also seeing a push towards bronze and brown shades, most notably from Orly, Sally Hansen and Mr Tom Ford (and when he talks, we listen!). So if you want to get all earthy, bronzed, brazen goddess on your bad self, let's do this.
With Spring just over three weeks away, we're starting to think about exposed skin. And when we think exposed skin, we think firming and tightening, please! For this week's cash or credit, we're honing in on firming creams for all different parts of your body — whether your problem area is thighs and bottom or breasts or hands, there's a cream in here that will help. But the real key to using firming creams is consistency and the way you apply. Most have active ingredients, like caffeine for example, which aids circulation and drainage. Remember to apply in a firm (funny that) circular motions, and try to do this for a few minutes at a time. Ready to get firm? Let's go!
From the polish with the cutest name going around, I couldn't wait to try Hello Darling's Rockcandy manicure. The effect is almost like yummy hundreds and thousands on your nails! I used a new colour from the Spring collection available online from September 1 called The First Corsage ($18.95), and Millions & Billions Rockcandy ($24.95 when sold with the Wednesday lacquer). My base coat was Orly's new mini offering of Top 2 Bottom ($10.95) — also available from September 1, along with my old favourite, Sally Hansen Extended Wear Top Coat ($11.45) to finish. This one is super easy and quick, so click through to see how it's done!
It might sound simple, but applying nail art water decals to freshly painted nails is one of the easiest ways to create a nail art look. I used a set of under-the-sea water decals I already had at home, but you can buy similar from craft stores and most large chemists.
I used a base coat, Australis Streak Free Nail Colour in Sweet Pea ($7.95), Sally Hansen Extended Wear Top Coat ($11.45) and Sally Hansen nail art water decals. Other than that, you'll need water, tweezers and some scissors — too easy. Let's go!
Yes, that's right — magnetic nail polish! In a nutshell, Orly's new Magnetic FX Nail Polish ($24.95) contains magnetic particles that move and lift when you hover the accompanying magnet over the top of a freshly painted nail. Each of the three colours comes with its own magnet creating a unique galaxy-like pattern. Amazing, right?! I trialled Opposites Attract (navy blue), but you can also buy Paint On Electron (silver) and Force Field (purple). I used my trusty Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat ($12.28) to finish and I got a bit excited with the galaxy theme and dabbled with some Ulta3 silver glitter... Click through to see the results!
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We're getting fancy for this week's DIY manicure with some added bling — diamante feature nails! You could go all the way and apply on all nails, but I decided to keep it simple, and fast. I purchased my diamantes at a craft store for (practically) peanuts, which makes this manicure not only easy to do, but affordable as well. I used a base coat, two coats of Kit Cosmetics nail polish in New Attitude ($15.95) and finished with a generous application of Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat ($12.28). You'll also need a stylus tool, also available at craft stores. Want to pimp out your nails? Click through...
Yes, sticky tape. It might sound a bit strange, but it's officially my new secret weapon to creating clean, straight stripes on my nails. Using sticky tape is a great alternative if you can't get your hands on a nail pen, and we all have a roll sitting at home (I found mine in with the Christmas wrapping paper). I used colours I had at home: Australis Streak Free Nail Polish in Sweet Pea ($7.95), Utla3 Nail Polish in Sunset Pink (approx $2) and Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat ($14.95). Other than that, grab your roll of tape, some clean, sharp scissors and a pinch of patience — and let's go!