We've been having a very intimate love affair with body oils this Winter — there's no better way to keep your skin hydrated and plump. Plus, using a rich oil after a bath or shower has that relaxing day spa vibe, and who doesn't want that? But the best reason to try one on for size? Financial. Oil is thick, so just a tiny bit goes a very long way and you won't need to buy it as often as a body moisturiser. Or, you can mix some with your favourite body moisturiser for extra hydration. Get into the habit of using all over your body every night, and you'll look younger, for longer! Here's some budget body oils we've tried and loved, and we think you will, too.
We've hit fever pitch when it comes to dry, irritated, Winter skin. Whether it's an oldie but a goodie like Bepanthen, or a newbie dry skin saviour from the likes of Perricone MD, we all have a couple of go-to products during the cooler months. This week the POPSUGAR Australia editors' reveal their favourites, so don't be flaky and follow us.
If you haven't tried beauty oils yet, get thee to your nearest cosmetics aisle. The benefits of oils are endless. Not only do they hydrate and add sheen to skin and hair, but they also create a natural protecting barrier. From your scalp to your heels, see the many reasons why you'll love beauty oils.
If you're always envious of people with neat manicures in cool colours that don't ever seem to chip, we hear you. But the key to a dark and moody Winter manicure is not the polish you use or any crazy application tricks — it's the condition of your nails. They needn't be too long, but they'll ideally be strong. Winter can some play havoc with skin, but don't underestimate Mother Nature's power to weaken your spirit fingers, too. Apply a nail strengthener once a day for two weeks, or if very weak, use for a month. Then, watch those babies grow into rock solid stars.
The spotlight may be on the clothes, but New York fashion week is also where the new nail art and colour trends emerge. From intricate, hand-painted designs to ways to play with colour, texture, and shapes, we present the fashionable nail looks that have been designer approved to wear right now!
We've hit the middle of Winter, so you might be feeling a little blah in the hair department. Hair tends to dry out from harsh weather and environmental damage, feel a little limp and lose its vitality (come back sun-kissed highlights!). But don't worry, there's a few things you can do to pump some life back into those locks. Tresemmé's Joh Bailey talks optimal Winter washes, hair oils, heat protectants and more, inside.
Today we revealed our celebrity hair crushes for the chilly season, but it's time to get serious. There's some pretty strong hair trends turning heads at the moment and today, hairstylist to the stars Alan White of Alan White Anthology, tells us all about them. We quizzed him about the cuts to try now, what is most definitely out, and how to tell a good cut from a bad one. Come on, we've all been there. . . Click through to get in the know!
Matted, limp, lifeless hair is the downside of donning a cute chapeau this Winter, right? Not necessarily. Reviving your locks post-hat is easier than you'd think. Follow these tips, and kiss lacklustre, frizzy hat hair good bye.
- Consider the material: The fabric of your hat has a lot to do with whether or not you'll fall victim to matted hair. Avoid synthetics, and reach for a cap made from natural fibres: wool, cashmere, and cotton are best for avoiding frizz. Also, make sure your hair sits loosely against your head — skull caps and the like press your hair against your scalp, causing perspiration and matted locks.
- Pre-style your hair: A hat warms your head, and warm hair holds whatever style it's in. So putting a hat over hair that's already set in place will help ensure you'll have the style you want when it's time to take off your hat. Long hair can be twisted into a bun and secured with either a fabric hair tie or hair pins. Shorter styles should add volume beforehand with a root-boosting hair spray, like David Babaii Finished Styling Spray ($24.99).
- Add back volume: Once your hat comes off, a little extra volume may be in order. Evo Haze Styling Powder ($29.95) is small enough to fit in your purse and cranks out an invisible powder that adds some serious lift. Just add a dusting to your roots post-hat, and you'll be good to go.
Tanning in Winter can be tricky. You don't want to be too dark, but you most definitely want to glow. A gradual tanning cream is perfect, but don't be scared to take things up a notch and actually continue using a full tan, just like you would in Spring and Summer. While there will always be a special spot in our hearts for Modelco Tan Airbrush in a Can ($22), the tanning foam, Super Tan Instant Self Tan ($39), is just as easy to apply.
The colour intensity is quite deep, but remember you can layer if you're not happy on first application. Less is always more when it comes to self-tan! We used Modelco's Blend Buffing Mit which helps even out coverage enormously, and of course we exfoliated well beforehand. The foam provides instant colour (with a very faint scent), and it is recommended you let the tan develop for at least two hours before showering. If you're waiting to get to bed though, an hour-and-a-half will do just fine.
The formula includes macadamia oil and pomegranate extract so it'll leave you feeling soft and silky, and the added Melatime will accelerate your tan naturally, as it works on increasing the body’s Melanin levels.