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Hey beauties! Following our new, shiny website we have decided to move the Fresh Beauty Insider Blog over to a new home, fresh-beauty.com.au! From now on, all our beauty news, updates, giveaways, tutorials etc will be found at this new address.

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❤ Kristina xo

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Loving… Gatsby-inspired everything!

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Not long now before the darling Ms. Buchanan (aka Carey Mulligan) oozes the glamour of the ’20s with her cropped ‘do and swishing flapper frocks on the silver screen — all of which I can’t wait to see!

But until then, here’s some Great Gatsby inspiration to get your heart racing (or should I say ‘roaring’).

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When it comes to nails from the Jazz age, it’s all about digits that represent a touch of art deco. Metallic finishes with gilded gold ascents and rich, jewel tones are what you can expect (and adore).

Forget the fake tan: the roaring 20s were all about porcelain complexions teamed with dark, moody lips and precise brow application. Despite Carey Mulligan channeling a peaches-and-cream skin tone and pale rosy kissers, this tutorial will strike a more winter-appropriate chord with all you makeup mavens out there.

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Prepare for the comeback of twenties-inspired bobs and Marcel waves. You can’t get more Gatsby than that. eal everything in with your favourite top coat, throw on a sparkling headband, and you’re ready to hit a Gatsby party.

Click here for more Gatsby goodness via Pinterest.

❤ Kristina xo

PS. In a beauty fix and need some advice? Or maybe you just want to chat about all things pretty? Drop me a line: kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Or, if you’re in the mood for some eye candy, come and see what I’ve been Pinning over at www.pinterest.com/freshdiscover. Better yet – join me on Facebook for more beauty fun www.facebook.com/freshfragrances. And for a plain old good time, come and follow Fresh on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.

Cover It: The ultimate guide to concealer

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Turns out the secret to having flawless skin is knowing how to apply concealer. Read on to find out how to brush up on your camouflaging skills.

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How to conceal puffiness

You need: highlighter + liquid concealer

Mix a liquid concealer with a tiny bit of highlighter, and dab it on the puffy areas of your face. This will help reflect light and give the effect of smooth skin. I recommend recommend Peter Thomas Roth Un Wrinkle Concealer & Brightener, $55.

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How to conceal redness around the nose

You need: cream concealer + latex sponge+ loose powder

It’s a known fact that the area around your nose gets oily quickly, so it’s best to use an oil-free cream concealer for heavier coverage. Use your ring finger to pat and blend the concealer into the crease around the nose. Then take a damp makeup sponge, dip in loose powder, and blend. Try Youngblood Ultimate Concealer, $43 coupled with Lavera Fine Loose Mineral Powder, $38.

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How to conceal a pimple

You need: green concealer + concealer pencil + latex sponge + translucent powder

Pencils are best at coating blemishes because the pointy shape allows you to go on the pimple and around it easily. Reach for RMK Concealer Pencil, $51. Then take a damp sponge and powder over the area. If your pimple is red, try neutralising the color by using a green concealer first.

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How to conceal scars or dark spots

You need: cream pot + lifting concealer + concealer brush + latex sponge+ loose powder

To completely erase dark pigment or scars, the heavy coverage of a cream concealer works best thanks to the thicker texture which contains less oil than liquid and therefore lasts longer. Apply the concealer with a brush over the problem area and then apply a dab of lifting concealer, which will provide a highlight. Finish with a damp sponge and loose powder to blend it all together. Try Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, $40.

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How to conceal under-eye bags

You need: liquid concealer with lifting ingredients + latex sponge + loose powder

To counteract the yellow, bluish hues under the eyes the key is to use a peach-based concealer as it brings warmth to the area. A lifting ingredient like vitamin A prevents the concealer from settling into creases and fine lines. Another key trick is to dip a damp makeup sponge into loose powder and then dab over the under eye area to set the concealer.  Try Diorskin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer, $56.

❤ Kristina xo

PS. In a beauty fix and need some advice? Or maybe you just want to chat about all things pretty? Drop me a line: kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Or, if you’re in the mood for some eye candy, come and see what I’ve been Pinning over at www.pinterest.com/freshdiscover. Better yet – join me on Facebook for more beauty fun www.facebook.com/freshfragrances. And for a plain old good time, come and follow Fresh on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.

Cannes Film Festival 2013 Makeup How-To: Cara Delevingne

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I’m simply besotted by British model Cara Delevingne at last week’s Cannes Film Festival 2013 red carpet. The runway starlet embraced the evening’s vintage theme with a daring black lace Burberry number teamed with dazzling jewels and flawless make-up.

Not many people can pull of lips, tips, brows and a smoky eye, but this beauty pulled it off with ultimate style. Hats off to you, Cara!

Learn how to get her awe-inspiring look below:

GET THE LOOK

STEP ONE: Get a radiant canvas by prepping your skin with Glamglow’s Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask (celebrities go crazy for this stuff, especially before red carpet appearances!).

STEP TWO: Mix equal parts of Yves St Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation with NARS Illuminator in Copacabana and then apply to your face using a makeup sponge or Kevyn Aucoin Super Soft Buff Powder BrushBlend outwards towards the hairline. Dab some concealer under your eye area to disguise dark circles if needed.

STEP THREE: Add a touch of soft, just-pinched colour to your cheeks with Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush. Apply lightly onto the upper part of your cheekbones and dab outwards and upwards until fully blended.

STEP FOUR: Achieve the model’s smouldering smokey eye make-up with a hint of iridescent silver sparkle at the inner corners of the eyes thanks to RMK’s Ingenious Powder Eye. This will help bring out the brightness in your peepers. Complement this by lining the eyes with a gel liner and then add a few dustings of Pixi Smoky Eye Wand on the outer corners of the eye. 

STEP FIVE: Apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes with a lengthening formula like Sisley Phyto Mascara Ultra Stretch.

STEP SIX: Get Cara’s famous eyebrows by brushing them upwards with a tinted brow gel such as GloMinerals GloBrow Gel.

STEP SEVEN: Finish with a dark, sensuous red lip with Lancome La Laque Fever Lipshine in #104 Simply Red and pucker up.

Don’t forget to leave your tresses loosely teased and tumbled for a take on the more sophisticated blow-wave.

Now you’re ready to shut the whole red carpet down!

❤ Kristina xo

PS. In a beauty fix and need some advice? Or maybe you just want to chat about all things pretty? Drop me a line: kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Or, if you’re in the mood for some eye candy, come and see what I’ve been Pinning over at www.pinterest.com/freshdiscover. Better yet – join me on Facebook for more beauty fun www.facebook.com/freshfragrances. And for a plain old good time, come and follow Fresh on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.

Take a further 10% off all makeup at Fresh!

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Happy Hump Day!

Turn that frown upside down with the latest sale from http://www.fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Take a further 10% off all makeup and nab yourself some pretty essentials. This fabulous deal ends 26th of May so get in quick, beauties!

To redeem, enter the code MAKE10 in the coupon box at checkout.

Happy Shopping!

❤ Kristina xo

PS. In a beauty fix and need some advice? Or maybe you just want to chat about all things pretty? Drop me a line: kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Or, if you’re in the mood for some eye candy, come and see what I’ve been Pinning over at www.pinterest.com/freshdiscover. Better yet – join me on Facebook for more beauty fun www.facebook.com/freshfragrances. And for a plain old good time, come and follow Fresh on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.

Cannes Film Festival Makeup How-To: Lana Del Rey

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I’m obsessing over Lana Del Rey’s nude-brown lips, which are offset perfectly by a matching smoky brown eye and chic, filled-in brows. And check out those Gatsby-inspried finger waves! Seriously sexy, I say.

Lana debuted this sultry style at last week’s Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony red carpet, stunning the crowd with an embroidered detailed gown that dragged behind her. Hats off to you, Miss Del Rey!

GET THE LOOK – MAKEUP

STEP ONE: We’re going to begin with eye makeup first. This means you can get away with a bit of trial and error and wipe everything off if anything goes wrong or dust away the residue from your cheeks without messing up your base. Start by priming your entire eyelid and along your lower lashline.

STEP TWO: Put a light slightly shimmery white color all over the lid, such as Korres Sunflower & Evening Primrose Eye Shadow in #10 White.

STEP THREE: Take a black liquid liner pen (I love Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Eye Linerand line the upper lashline with a sharp cat eye and continue it on the lower lashline until the eye is fully lined. Create a dramatic flick on the end that extends out and upwards. For any mistakes, use a bit of makeup remover on a q-tip to clean up the line.

STEP FOUR: Place a chocolate brown eyeshadow, like Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in #86 Eblouiin your crease as a transition colour. Blend outwards until it connects with the winged liner. You can also draw a white eye pencil in your waterline to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter.

STEP FIVE: Make sure skin is prepped with a moisturiser or illuminating primer before applying your foundation. Once that’s done, spread Laura Mericer Moisture Supreme Foundation (or a similarly hydrating formula) onto your face with a makeup sponge to recreate Lana’s fresh, glowy base. To get an airbrushed finish, blend makeup all over, including the eye area, starting in the middle and working your way out.

STEP SIX: Look for a lightweight concealer in a colour one shade lighter than your skin. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Finish Concealer is lightweight and creamy and will blend into the skin crease-free. Cover the darkest part of under-eye circles—usually right below the inner and outer corners. If other little skin flaws aren’t quite covered by your foundation, dab on a tiny bit of concealer there too.

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PRO TIP: Apply your under-eye brightener in an inverted triangle under the eye to lift and light up your face.

STEP SEVEN: Contour your face with a cream blush for a subtly dewy finish. Smile and lightly apply the blush stick to the apples of the cheeks and blend the colour backward. If you feel you have applied too much, use a clean makeup sponge to pat over the top to pick up some of the colour until you get your desired result.

STEP EIGHT: To imitate Lana’s perfectly groomed arches, pluck out any strays and brush the hairs into their natural shape. Then select a matte shadow (reach for Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit) in a shade that matches your brow colour and use light, brisk motions to brush the colour over your hairs. Blend well. Use an eyebrow brush to gently brush your brows back into place once you’re done with the shadow.

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STEP NINE: Line the lips with True Lips Lip Liner Smudger Pencil in #17 (almost exact to Lana’s lip colour). Take the liner and put two dots in the two highest parts of the cupids bow on your lip. On the bottom lip, put a horizontal dash in the center of the lip, as close to the edge as possible. Then connect the three marks together with short strokes of the pencil against the edges of your lips. Take it slow so you get a precise shape. Don’t forget the corners of your mouth!

STEP TEN: Finish with a lick of Christian Dior Rouge Dior Voluptuous Care Lipcolor in No. 428 Pisanelle Pink to get Lana’s red carpet-worthy pout in a flash.

Don’t forget to slick on some false lashes and smile for the papparazzi!

Do you love this look? Would you try it? Yes or no?

❤ Kristina xo

PS. In a beauty fix and need some advice? Or maybe you just want to chat about all things pretty? Drop me a line: kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Or, if you’re in the mood for some eye candy, come and see what I’ve been Pinning over at www.pinterest.com/freshdiscover. Better yet – join me on Facebook for more beauty fun www.facebook.com/freshfragrances. And for a plain old good time, come and follow Fresh on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.

Your Autumn/Winter perfume wardrobe, sorted!

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There’s something about the change in weather that always summons a change in my signature fragrance, particularly during autumn and winter. It just seems a little wrong to be spritzing sweet, tropical scents (hello CK One Summer) over my skin, especially when the temps are anything but sunny. But that doesn’t mean my new season perfumes need to be drab and dreary. Au contraire, my collection of archival eaux for the colder seasons are always spicy, sensual and enticing.

Below I’ve listed the alluring designer essences which are my current favourites. Expect warm, rich, musky, woody and oriental notes to perfectly complement frosty days and nights. Trust me when I say, they’ll leave you smelling as divine as you look!

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CHANEL COCO NOIR EAU DE PARFUM, $232

The third and newest perfume in the Coco collection, this is as warming as the original two (Coco and Coco Mademoiselle) but comes with a luxury base of rich rose, jasmine and patchouli for something all together more sexy, sultry and grown up. It’s magnetic, mysterious and intensely brilliant. A cult buy for the lady who loves to exude a bit of seductive mystery.

CHRISTIAN DIOR J’ADORE EAU DE PARFUM, $153

This fragrance imbues a medley of floral, fruity and musk notes which denote the contrasting sweet/sexy side to every foxy lady worth her salt.  One spritz of this mandarin, ivy, woodsy and blackberry tonic will leave you feeling (and smelling) like a Hollywood-born femme fatale.

TOM FORD WHITE PATCHOULI EAU DE PARFUM, $164

A woodsy-floral fragrance that smells just like it translates. Encompasses a bold mélange of bergamot, peony, coriander, night jasmine with base notes of patchouli, blonde woods, incense and ambrette seed, making it a sensual scent which is a total winter winner.

CLINIQUE AROMATICS ELIXIR PARFUM SPRAY, $68

Fresh and woody, oakmoss, white jasmine, chamomile and patchouliber are all fused together in one elegantly sexy aroma. Touches the senses and spirit in a subtle, pleasing way and speaks volumes about what it truly means to be a woman.

DOLCE & GABBANA THE ONE EAU DE PARFUM, $117

Who’s that girl? If that’s the question you want to hear as soon as you enter the room, D&G’s super-alluring scent, The One, is for you. Contains a seductive and intense facet of the oriental flower with a velvety, powdery interior. Bergamot, mandarin, lychee, peach sparkle in the top with madonna lily, muguet and jasmine in the heart, finished off with etyver, vanilla and sweetened ambery-musk in the base. A fragrance with a strong personality, and a contrasting golden sweetness (sound familiar?).

What’s your favourite winter/autumn scent?

❤ Kristina xo

Ps. In a beauty fix and need some advice? Or maybe you just want to chat about all things pretty? Drop me a line: kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Or, if you’re in the mood for some eye candy, come and see what I’ve been Pinning over at www.pinterest.com/freshdiscover. Better yet – join me on Facebook for more beauty fun www.facebook.com/freshfragrances. And for a plain old good time, come and follow Fresh on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.

Get The Look: Weekend party makeup

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TGIF! It’s almost the weekend which means it’s time to set aside your office-appropriate makeup in favour of a more bold and glamorous look. The star of the show? A blue winged liner! Yes, you heard correctly. This runway trend can easily be fused with your weekend (or dancefloor) attire. Here’s how:

1) For sheer, dewy coverage mix equal parts illuminator with a tinted moisturiser and apply with your hands. The heat from your fingertips will help the formula soak into the skin seamlessly.

2) Draw a fine line of electric blue eyeliner onto the top lid.

3) Shade in silver eye pencil on the inner corners of the eyes.

4) Apply blue mascara on the lash tips only: try applying with a fan brush.

5) Define the brows with powder or a pencil.

6) Lightly highlight down the center of nose & above the cupid’s bow.

6) Brush some soft rose blush across the cheek bones.

7) Finish with a lip balm.

Too easy!

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1. Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Color in # 01 Lovely Rose, $49, 2. NARS Illuminator – Laguna, $45, 3. Becca Luminous Skin Colour Tinted Moisturiser SPF 25+, $64, 4. Estee Lauder Shimmering Powder – Pearl, $47, 5. Jane Iredale Super Shape Me Eyebrow Kit, $93, 6. Korres Soft Eyeliner Pencil in # 5S Silver, $10, 7. Yves St Laurent Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Long Lasting Eye Pencil in No. 9 Azure Blue, $39, 8. L’Occitane Shea Butter Organic Moisturizing Lip Balm, $20, 9. Yves St Laurent Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Long Lasting Eye Pencil in No. 9 Azure Blue, $39

Would you wear a blue winged liner?

❤ Kristina xo

PS. In a beauty fix and need some advice? Or maybe you just want to chat about all things pretty? Drop me a line: kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Or, if you’re in the mood for some eye candy, come and see what I’ve been Pinning over at www.pinterest.com/freshdiscover. Better yet – join me on Facebook for more beauty fun www.facebook.com/freshfragrances. And for a plain old good time, come and follow Fresh on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.

The New Kids On The Block: Face-saving Serums

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Unless you’re a true skin care maven, chances are that you may not have thought to include a serum in your daily beauty routine. Well I beg you to reconsider! Serums are the wunderkinds of the skincare world, and it’s time for you to get on board.

Lightweight and efficacious, a serum is the the one-two punch your complexion is probably begging for. They provide potent treatment benefits and can penetrate more effectively into the skin than most heavy creams do. Not only do they fix dullness and dryness as well as oversized pores and dark spots but they contain incredible anti-aging benefits also.

In Fresh’s beauty school, you’ll find a range of the latest high-end potions which have just landed in store that will address all of your worst skin bummers. Pick the one that’s right for you and watch your visage perk up, pronto.

Start shopping now!

❤ Kristina xo

Ps. In a beauty fix and need some advice? Or maybe you just want to chat about all things pretty? Drop me a line: kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Or, if you’re in the mood for some eye candy, come and see what I’ve been Pinning over at www.pinterest.com/freshdiscover. Better yet – join me on Facebook for more beauty fun www.facebook.com/freshfragrances. And for a plain old good time, come and follow us on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.

The eyeliner trick every lass should know about

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Tightlining is the kind of genius beauty tip you’ll have wished you discovered earlier – it makes that much of a difference. Smaller eyes appear larger, narrow peepers appear wider and it also adds a dose of joie de vivre to any beauty look. It’s amazing what a little eyeliner and know-how can do for your peepers!

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Above are step-by-step instructions from Beautylish of how you can tightline your blinkers and below is a video tutorial from one of my favourite Youtube v-loggers, Pixiewoo, which walks you through the whole star-gazing process.

 

Here’s an array of mega awesome eye pencils you can nab to get the look:

eyeliner1SHOP IT: 1. Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil, $31, 2. Helena Rubinstein Feline Blacks Eye Pencil, $33, 3. Youngblood Extreme Pigment Eye Pencil, $22

❤ Kristina xo

Ps. In a beauty fix and need some advice? Or maybe you just want to chat about all things pretty? Drop me a line: kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au. Or, if you’re in the mood for some eye candy, come and see what I’ve been Pinning over at www.pinterest.com/freshdiscover. Better yet – join me on Facebook for more beauty fun www.facebook.com/freshfragrances. And for a plain old good time, come and follow us on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.