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    Beauty Tips I Swear By

    Ever heard something one day that made immediate sense, and then you wondered how you never thought of this yourself? Me too. Well, here are some of the beauty tips that I’ve learnt over the years and who knows, maybe you’ll pick something up that completely changes your life! Or at least, solves a makeup dilemma.

    • Try using a makeup setting spray to dampen your beauty blender, before applying foundation, instead of regular water or a face mist. I find I need less powder when I use this technique.
    • If you struggle with panda eyes twenty minutes after applying mascara, like me, don’t apply mascara to your lower lashes. Sounds simple but it’s something I’ve always done and always whinged about, and when I stopped – it was life changing.
    • Use a hair dryer for a few seconds to heat up your lash curler before curling your lashes, voila – you have a heated lash curler!
    • If your face feels dry mid afternoon, and maybe your makeup is beginning to separate slowly, spritz on a face mist for instant hydration and a dewy glow. I’d highly doubt you can over apply spritz’s, so go for your life.
    • For the last few months I’ve been applying my eye cream once in bed, on clean dry skin, rather than patting on immediately after applying my night cream. Obviously this is something that works for me and may not for you, but give it a go.
    • Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are the most hydrating cream lipsticks I’ve ever come across, with Lou Lou Lips a few very close second. I’ve very dry lips and these lipsticks actually feel like a lip balm on me.
    • Combing your hair with a wide tooth comb or a detangling brush whilst the conditioner is soaking into your hair will make brushing your post-shower so much easier. I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager and the longer my hair, the less stressful it is.
    • For an extra special cheekbone highlight, apply a cream highlight followed by a light dusting of a powder highlight. You can never have too much glow, right?
    • When brushing your teeth, ensure you are brushing your tongue as well as your teeth. So much bad bacteria and odour is sitting on your tongue, and I noticed such a difference once I started this technique.
    • Use a cuticle oil for the best nails of your life, your nails and hands will look so much better for it. My personal favourite is CND Rescue Rxx.
    • And at the risk of sounding like a broken record, wear sunscreen. Every day. You will thank me, I promise.

    What’s your biggest beauty tip? Share below in the comments!

  • InBeauty, Hair, Make Up, Style

    Kookai’s Spring/Summer 2016/2017 Collection Beauty

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    On Tuesday the 4th of October, aboard Seadeck, cruising around Sydney’s Darling Harbour at sunset, KOOKAI unveiled their latest Cruise Spring Summer 2016 collection in the most stunning of ways. KOOKAÏ, known for their large production seasonal runway shows, have taken their launch in a new direction for this collection, reserving it for an intimate crowd of carefully selected guests from the city’s A-list.


    Fresh from New York Fashion Week’s front row, Australian rising star Gabby Westbrook Shone as the show’s opener, alongside local favourites Astrid Holler, Georgie Perkins, Cassie Lapthorne and Amy Pejkovic. Guests on the night included Ksenija Lukich, Laura Dundovic, Bachelor beauties Anna Heinrich and Olena Khamula, Monika Radulovic, Charlotte Best and social media stars Pia Muehlenbeck, Natalie Roser, Aisha Jade and Ryan Ginns.

    KOOKAÏ’s Cruise Collection was created by the brand’s Melbourne-based design team, taking inspiration from European summers spent sunning on the Amalfi Coast and Isle of Capri. The season’s colour palette is bright and bold, with tiled prints and rich laces fashioned into playsuits, bustiers and off the shoulder styles. The theme of the night, in line with the collection, was playful, vibrant and indulgent. Guests aboard the floating venue, itself European-styled, were treated to summery cocktails on arrival.



    For lustworthy skin, begin by cleansing with Auto Pilot Hydrating Milk Cleanser; massage into skin using your fingertips, spritz the face with Auto Pilot Moisture Mist and massage further for a deeper clean.

    Plump and perfect with Auto Pilot Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum; massage into the skin using fingertips or buff with Complexion Perfection Brush 23s.

    Boost under eye hydration with Supreme Eye Cream. Pat over the under eye area using your fingertips.

    Add luminosity and an extra shot of hydration with Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Primer; apply using Complexion Perfection Brush 23s.

    Frame the face by defining the brows with Eyebrow Pencil Pale Rider. Set in place with Wand-er Brow Clear to Go. Extend your lashes with Total Bae Own It! Mascara Jet. For added volume apply a second coat.

    Lighten and brighten eyes with eyes with The One Concealer. Tap around the eyes and any areas of concern. Fuse into the skin using Correct & Conceal Brush g14.

    Achieve a dewy finish using Auto Pilot BBB Cream. Blend over your skin using fingertips or High Definition Concealer/Foundation Brush g20.

    Set and perfect the base with Camera Finish Powder Foundation. Dust over the feature focus area.


    Add warmth to the eyes using Color Disc Tawny Temptress over the mobile lid, blending upwards past the socket of the eye for a fused finish. Add a soft sweep along the lower lash line for subtle definition.

    Sculpt the eyes further by sweeping Color Disc Espresso to Go softly through the socket and along the lower lash line for a smokey effect using Sculpting Brush 10r.

    Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with Loose Eye Dust Mosaic Gold.

    To brighten the eyes, tap Loose Eye Dust Star Light onto the mobile lid.

    Add a flushed hint of pink to the cheeks with a sweep of Blush It! Blush Powder Cheeky using Chisel Blush Brush 22b.

    Using Matte Bronze, sculpt the face and create a sun kissed look by applying to the high points of the face.

    Create golden highlights using Light Switch Luminizer Pallette Gold on the top of the cheekbones, cupids bow and down the bridge of the nose.

    Layer with a generous amount of Loose Eye Dust Honey Child for intense sparkle and shine.

    Team your bronze eye with an application of DeVine Goddess Lipstick Electra.


    For added volume and definition, style eyes with a pair of Lashes Zinnia. Cut to customise, coat the lash band with glue, position and pinch into place!

    To subtly blend the false lash into the natural lash, apply a thin line of Neo Noir Liner to the top lash line.

    Get creative and layer Luminous Lip Veil Pretty in Peach onto lips for a perfect blend of pink and peach.


    To complement the tailored playsuits and breezy sun dressers, Peter Thomsen of Chelsea Hairdressing created two stunning pony tails to help women take their style from beach to bar over the warmer months.

    “The hair has a beautiful nautical, relaxed and windswept feel to it. It’s quite windy on the boat tonight so we need a style that not only works with the clothes but also works with the elements.   The pony tail is a really versatile and practical hair look for summer. It can be simple but also looks incredibly chic,” explains Peter Thomsen. “We have two looks here tonight, both ponytails. One has a beautiful soft wave through the lengths while the other is straight and has a great dry natural texture to it. The key to both of these styles in is the preparation and positioning.  It’s really important to build texture into the hair as you blow dry.”

    Peter Thomsen, L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Director



    Apply L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Volume Lift from roots to ends and blast dry.

    Spray lengths and ends with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair to create a dry texture and brush through to distribute the product evenly.

    Take small sections of hair, spray with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Wild Stylers Beach Waves and then curl the section from eye level down, horizontally using a medium sized curling tong.

    Brush the hair back off the face and tie lengths into a pony tail just above the occipital bone.

    Finish with L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray to hold the style in place.


    Apply L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Pli to roots to ends. Blow dry the hair straight without curving the ends.

    Follow with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair and brush through to distribute the product evenly.

    Brush the hair back away from the face and secure into a ponytail just above the nape.

    Spray L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray to hold the style in place.

    And that’s your 2016/17 Spring Summer clothing, dress and makeup sorted!