CLINIQUE SALE! GET 10% OFF THE ENTIRE RANGE!

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Here’s something to brighten up your weekend: Fresh has 10% off the entire Clinique range. Use the code CLQ12 at the checkout.

Click here to nab yourself a bunch of bargain goodies.

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 us on Instagram – @freshdiscoverbeauty – & Twitter@fresh_fragrances.

Guest Post: How to shape and groom your eyebrows

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GUESS POST BY HAZAL OZTURK

We always seem to forget about them but eyebrows are one of the most fundamental parts of your look. A face without eyebrows is like Batman without Robin, Kim Kardashian without false eyelashes and a painting without a frame. Actually, that’s probably the best analogy to use in reference to eyebrows — they frame your face and seeing as every face is different (compare Kiera Knightley’s eyebrows to say Lily Collins), they all need to be treated with consideration to your face and natural brow shape. While that stuff is best left to the professionals, there are also some super easy tricks we can use at home to groom our little brow pals (left is Fred, right is Wilma, since you were wondering).

HOW TO GROOM YOUR BROWS

When working out the shape of your eyebrow, there are four main steps.

STEP ONE: This may not be a necessary step for those with sparse or fine brows, but very necessary for those with coarse and/or unruly, bushy brows. Use your spoolie and brush your eyebrows upward. Now take a small set of scissors, and line them across the topmost, thickest part of the brow. Trim any hairs that are too long.

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STEP TWO: See where your eyebrows start. Grab a pen (brush/crayon/wand) and hold it vertically on the side of your nose. Where the pen meets your eyebrow is where your brow should start. Where your pen overlaps with your pupil is where your arch should be. finally, slide the pen so it’s next to the outermost corner of your eye. When the outer tip rests is where your brow should end. Easy peasy (with corn and rice, please!).

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STEP THREE: If you don’t want to fiddle with the shape of your eyebrows, there are plenty of ways to alter what they look like without pulling out the tweezers. The easiest and most foolproof way to do this is by filling in your eyebrows using a subtly darker shade of brow powder with an angled brush in the direction of your hair growth. Think of the top and bottom of your brows as borders, and you need to colour in between the lines of your brow with whatever residue is on your brush.

STEP FOUR: You can also shade your brows in with an eyebrow pencil. It’s best to start from the outer brow and arch and then work your way towards the inner part, that way you can avoid having too much product where you want it to look the most natural, and not ‘done’. Next, brush upwards lightly through your brows and set it with some brow gel or clear mascara (no one will ever know).

Damn, Fred and Wilma, you guys are looking mighty fine!

Here’s a more detailed guide about how to shape and fill in your arches:

Hope you enjoyed and let us know if you have any questions in the comments below!

hazalHazal Ozturk is a beauty journalist and resident product aficionado at Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily. When Hazal isn’t ranting and raving about the latest and greatest in the beauty world or making sure her arches are in tip top shape, she’s decking out her digits in fancy nail art and sussing out new and awesome ways to perfect the art of winged liner.

Complexion Perfection: The easy 6-step skincare routine

I get it. Creating the perfect skincare routine for yourself can be a battle and a half, particularly with so many product options out there. Does the moisturiser or the serum go on first? Do I really need an eye cream? Does toner even do anything? Why do I need a cleanser when I can just use wipes? Yup, the very thought can be overwhelming.

But don’t fret, this easy peasy video that I’ve compiled for all you beauty mavens will take you step by step through the process of a perfect skincare routine so you can emerge each night with a flawless, glowing canvas. Press play to achieve clear skin nirvana!

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SKINCARE STEPS

Step 1: Remove your makeup with wipes or a gentle makeup removing formula.

Product used in video: Bare Escentuals i.d. Take Off Facial Wipes, $19

Step 2: Apply cleanser to remove the residue of the wipes and get rid of daily grime, makeup, dead skin cells, and oxidised sebum. Build into a lather before rinsing off and then pat dry with a soft towel or cloth. Choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin or a clear cleanser if you have oily skin.

Product used in video: Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, $47

Step 3: To remove any leftover traces of dirt, add a little bit of toner to some cotton pads and wipe gently across your face before rinsing. Pat dry.

Product used in video: Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Toner, $27

Step 4: Apply an antioxidant-infused serum to the skin and let it soak in for five minutes.

Product used in video: Perricone MD Chia Serum, $97

Step 5: Massage a dollop of moisturiser into your visage once the serum has fully absorbed.

Product used in video: La Mer Creme De La Mer, $251

Step 6: Dab eye cream around the orbital socket of the eyes and pat it into the skin until fully blended. Don’t rub as this can damage the delicate skin around the eye area.

Product used in video: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream, $67

EXTRA STEPS: Exfoliate once or twice per week on clean skin and apply a purifying or hydrating mask once per week on evenings that you don’t exfoliate.

❤ 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.

Hey There, Bright Eyes! How to make your peepers appears wide awake

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Late nights, icky winter weather — there’s lots of reasons why your peepers may be looking a little lacklustre. Luckily for you, there exists a few simple makeup tricks that can take your peepers from half asleep to wide awake in moments. Read ahead to learn how to how to troubleshoot tired eyes (something I’ve been seriously trying to exercise lately to banish my dark shadows… and it’s been working!).

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ELONGATE THE LASHES

A few lashings of mascara will instantly make your blinkers appear larger than life. To get your longest-looking lashes, start by taking the tip of the mascara wand and apply the formula directly to the ends of your lashes in an upwards direction. Then, continue to apply mascara to the base of the lashes using quick right-to-left strokes to coat the lashes as much as possible.

I love Bare Escentuals i.d. Weather Everything Waterproof Mascara, especially perfect for all this rainy weather.

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ADD SHIMMER TO YOUR LIDS

To appear more doe-eyed, concentrate on applying an opalescent or shimmery shadow to the middle of the lash line to emphasise the widest section of your eye shape.

Reach for Kevyn Aucoin The Loose Shimmer Shadow in Citrine. 

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ENHANCE THE EYE SHAPE

Experiment with blue-hued eyeliner as the cooler tones will make the whites of your eyes appear brighter. You can also brighten the inner corner of the eye and the water line with flesh-toned eyeliner. Remember – light colours open up the eye! To fully enhance the eye shape, softy smudge eye shadow along the bottom lash line. This will make your blinkers appear larger, especially with the contrast of the nude liner.

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CURL YOUR LASHES

Curling your lashes will work wonders on your eyes. Start at the root of your lash and gently pulse the curler shut three times.

PRO TIP: If you have stick-straight eyelashes one of the best ways to curl them is to heat your eyelash curler with a hair dryer for 5-8 seconds. Heating it will act like a curling iron and that paired with waterproof mascara (which dries faster) will give you perfect eyelashes.

My choice is Tweezerman Professional ProCurl Curler.

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CONCEAL IT

Use peachy, pink concealers, instead of yellow-based ones, to erase under-eye circles as the orange undertones are better at camouflaging blue tones.

PRO TIP: After you apply concealer to your under-eye area, use a makeup sponge to lightly buff out any globs. To prevent distracting streaks, you should blend all the way out to your temples to catch any lingering foundation traces.

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ILLUMINATE AND HIGHLIGHT

Use a light, illuminating highlighter to open up the eye area. Brimming soft, light reflective pigments along the inner corner of the eyes and the contour of your brow bones will make your peepers pop.

Now go and bat those lashes to the world!

❤ 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.

How-to: Neon Tip Nails

neon how toAre your nails starting to look like a crime scene? Colourless, lifeless, dull? I hear ya, sister, I hear ya. But what better way to inject a dose of awesomness into your mani than with some stylish neon ascents?! Follow these simple steps to achieve a set of fabulous fingertips — consider it the modern day French Manicure.

GET THE LOOK

Step 1: Apply a base coat and let it dry. It’s important that it is completely dry before you proceed.

Step 2: Paint your nails with a nude or skin-toned varnish. Let it dry.

Step 3: Apply paper reinforcements to your nail.

Step 4: Paint a neon color on the tip, or whatever color you would like to use. Use 2 light coats for coverage.

Step 5: Remove tape or reinforcement AFTER the polish has dried.

Step 6: Apply a top coat.

Enjoy lacquer lovers!

❤ 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.

Congratulations to Kerry Santillo for winning our Mother’s Day competition!

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gitIt was soooooo hard to choose through the vast array of amazing entries from all of you lovely ladies in our Mother’s Day giveaway, but after hemming and hawwing over some standout favourites, I’m happy to announce that the wonderful winner of the Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector is Kerry Santillo for her clever (and oh-so-true) entry about mum’s best beauty advice:

Never leave the house without a lipstick. Not only is it key to making any outfit look instantly polished and put-together, but it also moonlights as the perfect blush (or rouge as Mum likes to call it).

Congrats Kerry! Please email kristina@fragrancesandcosmetics.com.au to claim your prize.

And a huge thanks to everyone else for taking the time to submit your entries. They were a pleasure to read.

Here are some other awesome mum-inspired answers full of incredible tips, tricks and beauty mantras:

MUM’S BEST BEAUTY ADVICE

“My grandmother was my best friend, and the one who gave me beauty advice: she said oatmeal sewn into a muslin bag was perfect for a bath soak, but she also said to use it as a scrubbing pad to keep hands and face soft and white. Everyone knows how good an oatmeal bath is for sensitive and painful skin, but the new trend is muslin face cloths for exfoliation and cleansing! My grandmother was way ahead of her time, I miss her every day.” — Kristine

“Mum always said Beauty comes from within
Not just on your outer skin
Always said Walk and Stand Proud with a smile
And your Inner Beauty will take style.” — Nichole Mckee

“Mum always told me to put a cold compress on my face to soothe acne and inflammation  I’d dampen it, put it over sliced cucumbers so the antioxidants were infused in the material and then leave it in the freezer for an hour before gently applying it to my face. Strangely worked wonders!” — Chiara Lee

“My Mum taught me that when you have a great life full of fun, you’ll probably have to spend a lot on skincare to take care of the laughter lines…but it’s worth every cent!” — Glenda McDonnell

“Winter, with socks & stockings, always dries out my heels but Mum told me to moisturise (heavily), straight after my shower then put on my bed socks  … the heat, moisturiser & fluffy socks means no cracked heels come summer sandals.” — Sue Bou

“My mother always said that Tea Tree Oil would clear up any skin problem, acne, pimples, blemishes and dry skin. It really did work.” — Michelle Green

“Stay out of the sun, it’s really simple but it’s the best anti-ageing tool there is out there.” — Anna

“Always smile, it is the best make-up a girl can have. Have you ever seen a smiling face that was not beautiful?” — Johanna Rees

“The best beauty advice that my mother gave me is to clean my skin with Rose Water. It’s cheap, you can buy it in any supermarket, cleans, tones and refresh your skin like no other! Use it everyday.” — Marta

“My mum tells me that I don’t need lots of makeup to look beautiful. What makes me beautiful is from the inside.” — Ina J

“An eyebrow pencil is your best friend. A nice shaped brow frames your best feature – your eyes.” — Leila

“Mum told me to always try to be positive, kind and happy on the inside – as being a happy and caring person always makes you look beautiful, no matter what your age.” — Margaret Chafer

“The best thing you can put on your face is a smile and sunscreen – every day of the year.” — Tracey Pinny

“BEAUTY is power; but the best MAKEUP any woman can wear is a SMILE. And, the best ACCESSORY a woman can own is CONFIDENCE; it brings out the GODDESS, and makes any woman SHINE from within!” — Renata

“My mother always told me that ‘Beauty is when you radiate happiness’ and so you should always wear makeup that makes you feel happy, confident and beautiful because you will radiate it outwards as well, and it will change your perceptive on everything.” — Una Chen

“My Mum taught me to use lemons for their bleaching effect – for the dark skin on your elbows, on freckles and sunspots on your face, – add lemon in your hair and the sun will give you that bleached sunkissed look.” — Pernilla S

“My mum always told me if I want to keep wrinkles at bay invest in a great toner, eye cream and moisturiser with SPF.” — Nicole Latham

“Green toned concealer for red blemishes and salmon toned concealer for dark under-eye circles!” — Sophie

“My mum is nuts. Some of her advice: smearing honey on cold-sores, rubbing acne with a fresh cut potato, mashed banana face-mask, exfoliating with sugar… if she was coming at me with food I wasn’t sure if I’d be eating or wearing it!” — Bibi

“Always use moisturiser and sunscreen on the back of your hands.” — Sarah

“My mother taught me not to squeeze pimples instead steam face and put a hot face cloth on it to bring it to a head and then apply toothpaste to dry it out.” — Melanie Scott

❤ 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.

Mother’s Day Beauty Gifts: Pressies under $50 to suit every type of mum

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Okay folk, Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 12th in case you’ve forgotten!), meaning if you haven’t yet bought your leading lady a present, now is the perfect time.

But rather than trawl through endless shops trying to find your ma the perfect gift, save yourself the effort by enlisting the help of this so-simple gift guide. The best part? Everything’s under $50 (particularly after the member loyalty discount is applied) and there’s a pressie to suit every type of mum, so rest assured you’ll hunt down something your mummy dearest will adore.

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THE CLASSIC MUM

She falls under this category if… She’s always been into all the classic beauty staples across a range of iconic shades and textures (think: Chanel, Estee Lauder, Olay, Lancome, Dior).

SHOP IT: 1. Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in # 09 Organdi Rose, $50, 2. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Super Cream, $41, 3. Christian Dior DiorBlush Glowing Color Powder Blush in 839 Vintage Pink, $59

THE GLAMOROUS MUM

She falls under this category if… She loves getting dolled up and often indulges in life’s most lavish treasures.

SHOP IT: 4. Moschino Glamour Perfumed Body Lotion, $28, 5. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in # 01 Extreme Black, $42, 6. Yves St Laurent Pure Lipstick in No.68 Venetian Red, $24

THE FEMININE MUM

She falls under this category if… She fancies herself a girly girl, loves the colour pink and enjoys flower-infused fragrances.

SHOP IT: 7. L’Occitane Rose 4 Reines Bath & Shower Gel, $29, 8. Clinique Chubby Stick in No. 15 Pudgy Peony, $27, 9. Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely Eau De Parfum Spray, $45

THE NATURAL MUM

She falls under this category if… She only uses organic and/or all-natural products and lives a holistic lifestyle.

SHOP IT: 10. Bloom Organics Scented Soap in Fresh Citrus, $24, 11. L’Occitane Verbena Harvest Body Salt Scrub With Organic Verbena Extract, $56, 12. Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate, $45

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THE DESIGNER MUM

She falls under this category if… She’s obsessed with labels and would rather be caught dead than be seen without the latest designer handbag hanging off her arm. She feels much the same about her beauty collection!

SHOP IT: 1. Burberry Eau De Parfum Spray, $49, 2. Christian Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in No. 555 Dolce Vita Pink, $44, 3. Giorgio Armani Eyelash Curler, $43

THE VINTAGE MUM

She falls under this category if… She’s rather old-fashioned and gets inspired by the era of Old Hollywood glamour.

SHOP IT: 4. Kate Moss Vintage Eau De Toilette Spray, $29, 5. Fusion Beauty The Ultimate Jet Black Eyeliner Collection, $40, 6. Lauren Luke My Vintage Glams Complete Makeup Palette, $32

THE INDULGENT MUM

She falls under this category if… She loves a good pampering session and can’t go a week without a facial or spa treatment.

SHOP IT: 7. Cowshed Gorgeous Cow Blissful Time Duo Set, $32, 8. Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Bath & Shower Gel, $32, 9. Estee Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask, $54

THE ALL-IN-ONE MUM

She falls under this category if… She embodies every kind of quality in her own special way!

SHOP IT: 10. Elizabeth Arden Day Essential Color Collection, $46, 11. Clarins Wonder Length Set, $43, 12. Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Kit, $50

❤ 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.

Masterclass: Get Cara Delevingne’s fun ‘n’ flirty beauty look

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cara1 Cara Delevingne is hands down my biggest girl crush at the moment. From all the wild and wacky poses she pulls to the hilarious slogan t-shirts she rocks and those perfectly groomed arches — it’s fair to say that this British supe du jour is a beauty to behold!

And considering this gal has well and truly exploded onto the fashion and beauty landscape, leaving a trail of chaos and eyebrow envy in her wake, I think it’s only fair that I bring all you Cara lovers out there ye olde’ makeup tutorial which features one of my favourite looks from the young supermodel.

GET THE LOOK

1. Prep the skin with a hydrating moisturiser and let it really sink into your visage before you start to apply your makeup, so as to smooth out your base.

2. To achieve Cara’s matte golden glow, smooth on a coin-sized amount of Calvin Klein Runway Radiance Illuminating Cream. The light-diffusing, long wear formula will act as a primer by locking your makeup into place and will also provide just the right amount of coverage.

3. Add a layer of Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation over the top of your illuminating cream. The glow-getting, moisturising formula will make your features come to life while the sheer finish will accentuate your best bits. Apply with a foundation brush to avoid any heaviness. If you’re using a stippling brush, dab the brush into the foundation and tap it all over your face a circular motion for even application. You might want to also dab lightly around your nose and under your eyes with a sponge afterwards to conceal every corner and crevice.

4. Apply a correcting concealer to any blemishes or dark circles by dabbing the product into your skin (never swipe it across!).

5. Add the finishing touches to your complexion with a swipe of translucent finishing powder to set your handiwork into place and also create a matte finish.

6. For a next-level glow, add a dash of GloMinerals GloHighlighter along your cheekbones or right above them if you want to sculpt out your cheeks. Just blend well so you don’t look like you have a weirdly shiny line across your face. You can also add some down the center of your nose to visually slim it slightly, on your browbone, in the inner corners of your eyes to make your peepers look bigger and right in the dip of your cupid’s bow to accentuate your lips.

7. Achieve a warm glow by brushing Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Bronzer along the jawline from the ears to the corners of the lips. Make sure to blend with soft brush strokes upwards and inwards. You can also use the bronzer to create a wash of warmth over your eyelids before you apply your liquid liner. This offers subtle definition as opposed to the punch you get from shadow.

8. Line your upper lash line with a black liquid liner, such as By Terry Ligne Blackstar Intense. Layer it, and then create a dramatic flick outwards (for a more detailed guide on how to do this, click here). Then, lightly line the lower inner rim of the eye with black kohl.

9. Finish with several lashings of Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long Wear Mascara on the upper and lower lashes. Start at the roots and use a zigzag motion all the way toward the ends, this way you’ll fully cover the lashes while keeping them separated.

10. Now time for the best bit – recreating Cara’s bold brows! Using Calvin Klein Duo Brow Palette, lightly coat the brush bristles in the shadow that perfectly matches the colour of your hair. Then, use a lighter touch to ensure the pigment coats your hairs, not your skin, and always make sure you’re brushing in the direction of the hair’s growth. Continue to coat your brows until you create your perfect bold shape. You can also use the tweezers in the set to pluck away any strays.

11. Complete Cara’s iconic look with several strokes of bright, punchy matte lipstick. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Provocative is almost spot on to the shade in the image above. The trick is to apply some foundation on your kissers before you swipe on your lippie so the colour shows up bold and doesn’t rub off easily.

Now all you need to do is strike a crazy Cara-like pose and you’re done!

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❤ 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.

Beauty Without Botox: How to fake looking like you’ve just had a face lift

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It seems like every woman’s greatest fear is to look gasp, her actual age. But fighting the hands of time doesn’t have to be about hating the changes your skin and body are undergoing. Rather, the aging process should be about embracing and enhancing your best bits without the need for invasive surgery or needles. After all, ageless beauty is about feeling good in your skin, right?

This particular mentality is starting to be adopted by some of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers. Gwenyth Paltrow recently announced she was giving up botox in favour of more natural beauty processes. Similarly, Nicole Kidman is also taking the no-needle pledge.

According to The Age, the big skincare shift is toward preservation and nourishment as opposed to the ‘burn baby burn’ approach of previous decades. Beauty gurus are now touting the benefits of investing in good skincare products from an early age that come turbo charged with active ingredients like peptides, stem cells and antioxidants as opposed to being frozen-into-oblivion or having to go under the knife.

In light of this, read ahead to learn how you can get similar youth-boosting effects with less invasive tactics. From correcting crow’s feet to covering pigmentation and wrinkles, consider this the ultimate anti-aging bible!

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ISSUE: FINE LINES AND WRINKLES

As we age, the skin begins to lose its elasticity due to dehydration and the constant contracting of facial muscles. Sun damage can also contribute to creating pronounced creases in the skin. Your eyes, mouth and forehead are often the most common areas to cop it.

CURE:  When it comes to warding away wrinkles, it’s important to stimulate the formation of new collagen and hyaluronic acid (a natural sugar in the skin that attracts and binds water, keeping it soft, smooth and firm) with the right products. A hydrating day cream with plumping properties such as peptides and silicone derivatives will provide instant gratification to the skin by filling in lines and crevices. Serums and treatment masques infused with antioxidants are equally as important in helping to rebuild the skin while protecting it against future damage. Finally, a night cream containing retinoids, which are derived from vitamin A, will stimulate circulation and increase cell growth, which speeds up the skin’s regeneration process and ultimately its metabolism. Because retinoids can be irritating, first timers should prep skin for 2 weeks with an antioxidant such as coffeeberry or green tea.

SHOP IT: 1. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Super Cream, $42, 2. Prevage Anti-Aging Intensive Repair Daily Serum, $261, 3. SK-II Stempower Rich Cream, $232, 4. Priori CoffeeBerry Day Complex, $105

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ISSUE: SUN DAMAGE

Most of the UV rays that bombard us on a daily basis are UVA, which penetrates deeply into the skin and ravages collagen, thus producing age spots, wrinkles and dry areas.

CURE: The one product that will help stave off the years is a broad-spectrum sunscreen. The skin has an incredible ability to heal itself once you start blocking UVA and UVB rays and you’ll see an improvement in both texture and tone. To boost protection, choose a sunscreen or an additional topical product that contains antioxidants such as green tea, pomegranate, and vitamins C and E. Research shows that these supercharged products offer extra insurance against the onslaught of UV-produced free radicals

SHOP IT: 1. Peter Thomas Roth Sheer Liquid SPF 50 Anti-Aging Sunscreen, $67, 2. John Masters Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, $51, 3. Orlane Extreme Anti-Wrinkle Care Sunscreen SPF 30, $213, 4. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, $70

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ISSUE: AGING LIPS

Over time the area on and around our lips begins to lose its youthful convexity. Fine lines, sagging, loss of volume, thinning and pigmentation begin to appear and lack of moisture and suppleness is evident.

CURE: It’s important to employ a daily ritual to help rejuvenate the lip’s vitality. Look for products that contain hydrators like shea butter and sunflower oil or antioxidants like rosehip. To disguise lost collagen and lip thinning, enlist the help of a treatment that contains hyaluronic acid fillers which help boost volume beneath the skin’s surface to smooth the lips and the surrounding areas. Products that lift and tighten the kissers, while providing the perfect surface for lipstick are also imperative.

SHOP IT: 1. La Prairie Cellular Lip Line Plumper, $112, 2. Swissline Cell Shock Cellular Lip Zone Corrective Complex, $98, 3. Bloom Organics Soothing Lip Balm – Beeswax & Shea Butter, $18, 4. Once Upon A Time Anti-Wrinkle Plumping-Smoothing Lip Balm, $20

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ISSUE: SAGGING SKIN

Ageing causes a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin, as well as the amount of natural moisture, leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity which in turn produces a sagging effect.

CURE: Your focus should mainly be on rebuilding the skin so look for products that contain retinol (vitamin A) or hydroquinone, as well as antixoidants like Vitamin C and coenzyme Q10. You can also replenish your skin with products containing lactic acid for hydration.

SHOP IT: 1. Cellex-C Formulations Advanced-C Skin Tightening Cream, $164, 2. Adrien Arpel Cellular PPRX, $49, 3. Dr. Brandt Time Arrest Cream, $125, 4. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme, $354

pigmentation

ISSUE: PIGMENTATION

Sunlight, environmental factors and the natural passage of time all contribute to the development of dark spots, skin pigmentation and uneven skin tone. There’s also emotional stress and hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause to contend with.

CURE: Key ingredients to consider when trying to control hyperpigmentation are Vitamin C and hydroquinone which improve irregularities and the appearance of  dark spots, while evening out the skin tone. Similarly, retinol-based products makes the skin smoother, firmer, and more even-toned. Exfoliation is also pivotal to the facial rejuvenation process. It increases dermal volume, making skin look less wrinkly and uneven and will also help fade brown spots and redness. A scrub or a chemical exfoliant, such as a glycolic peel or a lactic-acid cleanser are great at curing the effects of age-induced pigmentation. 

SHOP IT: 1. Jan Marini Age Intervention Enlighten Plus, $136, 2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $82, 3. Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, $47, 4. EmerginC Complexion Perfection, $109

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ISSUE: UNDER EYE BAGS

It’s normal for eyes to bag slightly due to decreased elasticity of the skin as you age. Stray blood cells leak out of under-eye vessels, potentially causing the area beneath to darken and appear bruised.

CURE: Eye creams or serums containing retinol can help thicken the thin skin under the eyes, making it look less transparent. Anti-aging eye cream products containing vitamin K will also help dark circles fade. It’s also important to boost the  circulation underneath your eyes to brighten the area and reduce puffiness. Try an eye cream with a metal applicator to help this process. Also, don’t ever underestimate the power of a good concealer! Start by putting on eye cream—concealer can settle into fine lines of all skin types, especially drier complexions. Then apply a generous layer of concealer from the inner corner of the eye around to the outer corner with a concealer brush. Pat and press the product into the skin to blend. If there’s still any darkness visible, apply a second layer of concealer. Set the concealer with a dusting of face powder that matches your foundation.

SHOP IT: 1. Dr. Dennis Gross Lift & Lighten Eye Cream, $79, 2. Olay Rejuvenating Eye Roller, $33, 3. Jouer Age Repairing Concealer, $34, 4. Eve Lom Eye Lift, $112

crows feet

ISSUE: CROW’S FEET

The lack of a fatty tissue layer is what causes crow’s feet around the eyes to become visible. Eventually, the fatty tissue layer is lost or becomes thinner as time progresses, hence how creases start to appear. Constant muscle contraction from smiling or squinting as well free radicals and UV exposure can damage cellular DNA and lead to eye crevices.

CURE: Amino acids called hexapeptides can block the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract around the eyes, as they work on the same principle as Botox. When applied, the ingredients subtly inhibit muscle movements to soften wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming around the blinkers. The ingredient retinol also helps to tighten and smooth out smile lines.

SHOP IT: 1. Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum, $315, 2. Pevonia Evolutive Eye Cream, $81, 3. SK-II Wrinkle Specialist, $190, 4. Guinot Hydrazone Eye Contour Serum Cream, $58

brow

ISSUE: AGING EYEBROWS

Like your skin and hair, your brows can start to show their age. They can thin out, become coarse and unruly, or turn gray.

CURE: Just as a new hairstyle can trim away the years, a well-groomed, well-defined brow can lend your face a years-younger look. Use a brow powder to fill in patchy spots and make your arches look thicker or lengthen your brow tails with a pencil. If your brows are mostly gray, dyeing them is the best fix. Ask your stylist if your salon offers the service (it’s often free when you get your hair coloured).

SHOP IT: 1. Laura Mercier Eye Brow Groomer Brush, $19, 2. Jane Iredale Super Shape Me Eyebrow Kit, $88, 3. Lashem Measurable Difference Eyelash & Brow Enhancing Serum, $86, 4. Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil, $31

PRO TIP: Your skin reflects what you eat. Chemicals and processed foods are toxic to your cells and cause degeneration, making you look older. Your skin is an eliminating organ, and if you’ve got a poor diet or are dehydrated, your complexion will show it. Plenty of fresh fruit, veggies and water will help alleviate dull skin and the overall aging process.

❤ 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.

Weekend DIY: Colour code your keys using nail polish!

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keysI am the absolute worst when it comes to my keys. I have a gazillion and one different types so when I need to actually unlock something, it can take ages to find the right one. Totally annoying!

So after scrambling around in the dark the other night outside my apartment, I realised it was time to get my butt organised and establish a way of deciphering between each key… using nail polish!

I’ve amassed an endless supply of varnishes, but most I just don’t ever use. So this weekend I thought I’d utilise as many as possible with a little DIY session.  I decided to paint each individual key a separate colour using my polishes to make all of my unlocking woes a little bit easier.

It’s easy, pretty and fun to do so I thought I’d share a few simple instructions of how you too can get organised.

HOW TO COLOUR CODE YOUR KEYS

1. Lay out a napkin or piece of newspaper to ensure you don’t spill any polish on the surface that you’re working from.

2. Wipe down the key using some water and a cotton bud to get rid of any dirt or grime.

3. Paint the top of each key a bright colour. 2 – 3 coats should do the trick.

4. Wait at least half an hour for each to dry.

5. Set with a top coat – just as you would your nails!

6. Make sure you keep a colour guide somewhere as a reference if you ever forget what each key is for!

That’s it! Now you have a set of colour coded keys so you’ll never have to waste time fumbling around in your bag for the right one. You can even add a layer of glitter over the top to funk things up a bit. Have fun!

❤ 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.