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  • InCelebrity, Hair, Make Up

    John Frieda® x Glamazon at The Iconic Swim Event


    Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach turned up the heat this morning for The Iconic Swim event. The first event of it’s kind held on Bondi on November 30th 2016, models showcased The Iconic 2017 Swimwear to over 100 media, influencers and celebrities.

    John Frieda® exclusively in conjunction with Glamazon created two hair looks that will be the must-have looks of the summer, led by hair stylist Isabelle Jackson and makeup artist Samantha Symonds for Glamazon.

    John Frieda’s award-winning Beach Blonde® Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray was the hero product that transformed 16 models to Bondi beauties. “Everyone’s loving braids and wild messy texture. It’s a raw and undone look, girls have stepped from the festival to the sand, typical of Bondi” Isabelle Jackson for John Frieda & Glamazon.

    The makeup is all about the glow  as “given the location the models need to look fresh and luminous with that gorgeous Aussie beach girl glow. A natural look that doesn’t look like you are wearing any makeup” Samantha Symonds for Glamazon.

    Look 1 – Hair – Statement Curls

    Curls of all kinds from tighter to spiral to brushed out and wild.


    For naturally curly hair apply to damp hair the Frizz Ease® Dream Curls Perfecting Spray, to restore definition and elasticity to curls. Dry off naturally or with a diffuser.

    For tight spiraled or brushed and wild curls, prep damp hair with Frizz Ease® Heat Defeat Protecting Spray, to condition and protect hair against heated stylers. Follow with Beach Blonde® Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray for texture and movement. Dry hair off loosely and use a small curling tong, about the size of your index finger. Divide the hair in to small sections and wrap the hair tightly around the tong, from top to tip Leave for 8-10 seconds and release.

    For the tighter curl look, leave curl in until just before parade then separate loosely with your fingers. For the wild curl pull apart or brush the curls out and spray finely with Frizz Ease® Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray,Tease around the forehead if required.

    Finish all looks with the Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum to add shine and protect hair against humidity and fly-aways.

    Stylist tip: For extra volume use two different sized curling tongs and alternate the direction in which you curl.


    Makeup – Peachy Keen

    Start with an illuminator mixed with foundation for an all over glow. Brows are brushed up and filled with natural colour. Bronzer is applied to all areas the sun naturally hits.

    A wash of peach eye shadow taken all the way to the inner eye, finished with lashings of black mascara and a natural glossy lip.

    Look 2 -Hair – Tribal Braids

    Tribal girl meets Bondi babe.


    Volume is key Start with the Luxurious Volume® Root Booster Blowout Spray which boosts your hairs volume at the roots. Follow with Beach Blonde® Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray through strands, crunching hair as you blow dry. For extra volume part hair on opposite side to normal and section blow dry.

    Leave front halo of hair pulled out, teasing from the crown, into quiff. Lightly spray with Frizz Ease® Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray. Start braid over one ear to base of head then bring in more strands for a fuller ponytail.

    Stylist tip: For best results recreating this look work with two-day-old hair.


    Makeup – Bronze Metallic

    Similar to look 1, start with an illuminator mixed with foundation for an all over glow. A highlighting bronzer is applied all over the face, around the cheekbone and outer eye. Brows are messy and brushed up.

    A metallic bronze eye shadow is swept to just under the brow bone and carried down under the lower eye rim. A super fine black liner is used for definition followed with loads of black mascara.

    A soft and subtle powder peach blush. The entire lip is coloured with a peach lip-liner, blotted and then touched up with a peach matte lipstick.

    *Photography by @latessaphotography

  • InCelebrity, Entertainment, Lifestyle

    Why We Should Care About What Happened To Kim Kardashian West

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT … by Shevonne Joyce, founder of Yellow Palomino

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Kanye West (L) and Kim Kardashian attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

    NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Kanye West (L) and Kim Kardashian attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

    Unless you’ve been on holidays at the Sea of Tranquillity (that’s right, on the Moon), you have probably heard about the Kim Kardashian West robbery and the extensive media storm and public debate that has ensued. From what I’ve seen it appears people are divided on this topic. Some asking why anyone cares about this, others suggesting it’s her own fault and then there’s a tribe of supporters who are sending well wishes and hoping she is okay.

    What interests me about people in the public eye, and particularly celebrities, is that for some reason, as their profile in public life grows, they seem to lose their humanity. People seem to lose all sense of the fact that they are a human being, like the rest of us, who think, feel, make mistakes and deserve compassion and basic decency. They become commodities and sources of entertainment, idolisation and ridicule. Let’s remember that, notwithstanding the fact French police are still investigating and the details pertaining to this case are still evolving, a woman has been allegedly bound and robbed at gunpoint and some of us are suggesting she is responsible for the crime committed against her? This is victim blaming if ever I have seen it.

    Regardless of whether Kim Kardashian is your cup of tea or not, the fact remains she is a very smart business woman and a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter. She has built an empire of her lifestyle and monetized her very existence. The fact that she has in excess of 84 million, yes MILLION, followers on Instagram alone indicates that people are very interested in what she’s eating for breakfast, her outfits, her travels, photographs of her flicking her luscious locks and of course, her jewels. Naturally, part of her branding is documenting her daily frivolities. A question has arisen regarding whether she perhaps “brought it on herself” by posting images of the $4 million bling that Kanye gave her. Firstly, we can’t say that’s true for sure because we don’t actually know, however it opens a few great talking points.

    Firstly, how many of us are sharing details of our everyday lives on social media? We share images of inside our houses, our location, our cars, our travels, our families, our businesses, the places we love to eat. In fact, if you are in the business of being in business, extensive documentation and content creation online is touted as necessary for business success. Quite honestly, it could happen to any one of us. Secondly, we are all learning the exact ways in which social media is blurring our personal, professional and public lives, including Kim herself. She hasn’t been social media-ing any longer than the rest of us and quite understandably her Instagram feed has been silent since this incident occurred. Let’s be kind to humanity and give the woman some compassion. From all accounts, she is lucky to be alive. People make mistakes but that does not mean they deserve to be victims of crime. If we were to apply the same logic to women who post photos of themselves on Instagram in their bikinis, do they deserve to be sexually assaulted? Of course they don’t. Would we say a man who shares a photo of his Lamborghini deserves to be car jacked? No! So why is it okay to suggest Kim is responsible for what happened to her?

    Am I suggesting that we should all cease using social media immediately? No, of course I am not. Social media has made many positive contributions to connecting the world and will continue to do so. What I am saying is it’s a great opportunity to stop and think about how we utilise social media and what parts of ourselves we are comfortable with sharing. This is an individual decision. It’s also a great opportunity to re-assess the way we view and talk about people in the public domain, particularly women. These are some of the #girlbosses amongst us. Yes, being in the public eye comes with great responsibility, but it also comes with sacrifice. This is why we should all care about what allegedly happened to Kim. At the end of the day, those in the public eye are people like the rest of us and they deserve our respect, compassion and understanding – even if we don’t necessarily dig what they do.

    Shevonne Joyce is the Founder of Yellow Palomino and the Co-Founder of The Business Experiment. She works with womenpreneurs to assist them with achieving in business and life. She also co-hosts a weekly podcast about the real of starting a business for the first time and has listeners in 12 countries.

    Tell me, what are your thoughts on this situation? Do you agree with what is said above?

  • InCelebrity, Make Up

    Achieve Kim Kardashian West’s 2016 VMA Makeup Look

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

    I’ve got the low down on how celebrity makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic achieved Kim’s flawless dewy complexion and natural glow for the 2016 Video Music Awards. Read on to be in the know to recreate this glam style yourself!

    Kim Kardashian West

    • To prep the skin, Dedivanovic used Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Cream to give Kim’s skin a soft, moisturized base.

    • To give Kim a natural look, Dedivanovic applied Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation in Maple ($65) to even out her complexion and give her a “lit from within” glow.
    • To ensure her flawless look lasted all night, he dusted Laura Mercer Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($62) all over her t-zone.
    • Dedivanovic contoured Kim’s hairline, nose and cheekbones using Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze-03 ($50) to give her skin a sun-kissed, radiant glow.
    • To give the cheeks a summery, peach flush, Dedivanovic lightly dusted Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper ($40). This added a pop of color to Kim’s face, without distracting from her lustrous skin.
    • Dedivanovic applied Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Addiction ($50) to the inner corners of Kim’s eyes and on her cupid’s bow to brighten her complexion. He then dusted Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Devotion ($50) along her cheeks to highlight her striking cheekbones.
    • He then gave Kim’s skin a warm glow using Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in both Addiction and Devotion on her chest, collarbone and legs.
    • Finally, Dedivanovic lightly spritzed Kim’s complexion with Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, giving her skin a fresh gleam.

    • To make Kim’s eyes look sultry and bronzed, Dedivanovic lightly swept Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sand Glow ($45) across the lid. He then applied the Copper shade from the Laura Mercier Eye Art Caviar Colour-Inspired Palette on the outer corners of the eye and across the lower lash line to make her eyes pop.
    • In creating Kim’s signature bold brows, Dedivanovic applied Laura Mercier Brow Dimension Fiber Infused Colour Gel in Brunette to the outer corners of her brows, using a mascara wand to create more drama and apply a thicker layer of product. He then colored the middle of the brows with gel, using light strokes to create a softer look.

    • Dedivanovic lined the lips with Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Hazelnut Tea ($35) to keep Kim’s lips looking soft and natural.
    • Finally, he applied Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Sensual ($40) to give her a perfect nude pout.

  • InCelebrity, Product Reviews, Skin

    Lusting Over Jurlique Skincare

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

    When I think of Australian skincare, my first thought is Jurlique. I remember reading Cosmopolitan magazine years back when Teresa Palmer was an ambassador and being just in awe of the simple yet glamorous packaging that was Jurlique.


    Nowadays my heart is lusting over the Limited Edition Rosewater Balancing Mist. The facial spritz is the definite showstopper of the range, with its stunning pink packaging that encloses luxurious rose extracts to revitalize and balance your skin and of course, that must sit front and centre in your bathroom! I’ve also noticed a just-as-beautiful Limited Edition Precious Rose Hand Cream is now available online, which worries me as now my wishlist is getting quite long….

    Lusting now aside, I have been using the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Cleansing Mousse daily in the shower for a quick yet efficient morning cleanse. It’s silky foam texture is non-drying and leaves my skin feeling fresh and ready for makeup application. Although my skin is on the drier side, especially in the cooler months, and doesn’t always react well to foaming cleansers, I’ve not noticed any of the drying out that has occurred with different cleansers in the past. It also has makeup removing properties so if you’re looking for a cleanser that you can use both AM & PM – you’re in luck!

    Who knows, maybe my next Jurlique blog post will be a review of the Limited Edition Rosewater Balancing Mist as a special Christmas present – ahhhh fingers and toes crossed!