Beauty Challenge: Time to detox my handbag thanks to Burt’s Bees.

By (DDG$: 236546) , on 17.04.14 19 comments

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A very wise (and very healthy) friend once said to me that you shouldn't put anything on your skin you wouldn't be happy to also put in your mouth. Because up to 60% of what you put on your mug, arms, legs, hands etc.. may absorb through into your system almost like you had actually eaten it. Yikes!

And while I get all super excited about any new-fangled beauty development that will nix my wrinkles, plump my skin, and generally make me wake up looking more like Miranda Kerr than I did previously, the idea of actually chowing down on any of the unpronounceable ingredients in the latest wonder cream was pretty unappetising.

So I have been on a bit of a quest lately to start (slowly) replacing my not-so-natural beauty loot for products that are more natural. And while I am not quite ready to give up my favourite eye cream or night serum just yet (baby steps), I am more than happy to start swapping my other day-to-day prodz around.

And that’s where Burt’s Bees comes in.

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You see Burt’s Bees and their cult status beeswax lip balm (above) has been a handbag staple of mine for years (there really is nothing better for a dry, chapped pout!), and I didn't even realise it was 100% natural.

So naturally (see what I did there), this was my first stop when I started my harsh-chemical phase out, and they did not let me down!

The Mission: New naturally-nice hand cream

I detest the feeling of dry hands. It’s like fingers down a chalkboard, but on everything you touch. So I am mega fussy on what I use to give my digits a moisture boost.

Overly scented hand products are also a pet hate of mine (who goes around sniffing people’s hands?), as is anything that leaves your hands feeling really greasy, sticky or like they've been dipped in silicone.

Yep, I am a tough customer (so sue me!), but what better place to start my handbag detox?

The contenders:

-        Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream ($29.95)

-        Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream ($19.95)

-        Burt’s Bees Hand Salve ($24.95)

 

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The winner:

This was a tough one, but I have to go for the Hand Salve; which I didn’t think I would like at all because it’s actually a wax and not a cream. But this adorable little tin doesn't just look fantastic in my tote, but it also gives your hands (or any body part really) baby-soft skin, minus any grease or stickiness. And it’s almost odorless too, so that’s a big tick from me!

Phew, so that’s one product down, about 130 to go, but I think I feel better already, don’t you?

And if you’d like to know more about the Burt’s Bees range then head over to the Burt's Bees Australia Facebook page, enter the competition and you'll be in the running to win 1 of 10,000 samples: https://www.facebook.com/BurtsBeesAus?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Are you a Burt’s Bees fan? Got any fave prodz? Tell us in the comments below!

And the award for Shoes I’d gladly have a leg reduction for this season goes to… | win 2 subscribe comp sole mates finds featured hp main feature fashion daily sponsored  pictures

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In case we’ve never met, I thought you probably should know that I am tall. As in, really, really most-people-make-eye-contact-with-my-boobs kind of tall (six foot one and a bit to be precise!).

And because of this, and the danger of smacking my head on low hanging branches or door frames, I tend to wear a lot of flats. It just makes life easier.

But despite rarely ever wearing heels, that doesn’t mean that my heart doesn’t beat that little bit faster whenever I encounter a particularly spectacular pair. And every season (at least once), I block out that little voice that chants “but you’ll never, ever, ever wear them” (in a kind of Taylor Swift-ish way), and I treat myself to a pair of purely decorative feet treats, and this season I am pretty sure it is going to be these!

SHOP IT:  Pom-pom heels, $128.73, asos.com.au

  

WIN WIN WIN!

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What do you think of the outrageous heels? Love them or loathe them? Tell me in the comments below x

 

Web want: Elegant Touch x House of Holland Nail Wraps | nail it feature beauty news beauty 2  picturesNail art has always been a great outfit accessory and never fails to add that cheeky lil’ something to your style get-up. I mean, how can your entire mood not be lifted when there’s a teeny tiny party happening on the ends of your fingers?! 

So it's safe to say that the fun and playful new designer nail stickers by House of Holland for Elegant Touch are the bomb-diggity! Inspired by Henry Holland’s London Fashion Week collections, you can now experience the pops of colour, graphic prints and even textures as seen on the runways for yourself (and for a fraction of the price, I might add).

With some 18 different designs, it’s gotta be one of the cheapest and easiest ways to razz up your look for the weekend. Massive rad overload!

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SHOP IT

Elegant Touch Henry Holland Collection, asos.com

By Adriana Maiolo

How do you feel about these new nail stickers? Tell us in the comments below

DDG DIY: A printable shopping list to finally get your shopping trips organised | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

DDG's Shopping List: More printables to finally get your shopping trips organised

Okay, so you might not be big on going full OCD and planning all your meals out in advance — after all, life is full of unexpected surprises and sometimes they involve your partner ordering pizza on a night when you really can't be bothered cooking and sometimes they involve a quick after-work drink evolving into a boozy dinner. Either way, sticking to a set meal plan can be difficult if you plan on leaving the house at all.

WANT MORE? If you loved this shopping list printable then check out the DDG Meal Planner.

But that's no reason to go into a supermarket without a plan. Wandering aimlessly around a supermarket is the main reason you get a full trolley of stuff you don't need, then get home to realise you forgot the milk. By keeping one of our handy shopping lists on the fridge you can make sure you never forget the important things and can also help you curb your impulse purchases — although if you happen to wander into the confectionery aisle you're on your own!

Download the DDG printable shopping lists here:

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What's the one item you always forget at the supermarket? Tell us in the comments below!

Eyebrow trends: What do Bambi, Cara and Jennifer all have in common? | galleries feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

If you pride yourself on being bang-on all the fashion trends, then you would have noticed the latest wave of models have been flaunting decidedly beautiful eyebrows on the runways and the covers of glossy magazines, and thanks to Veet Australia's  Beauty Director, Amy Erbacher, we're going to walk you through them today so you know what kind of arch silhouette to channel for the season ahead.

Who says you can't create these high-fashion looks at home? Go get your Bambi on, gurrrrl!



By Jessica Savoia

Which of these brows would you most likely re-create for yourself? Tell us in the comments below.

Cheap fashion: 10 bang on trend buys under $50! | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

This Winter I have made a vow to invest in a quality bag, a pair of street style kicks and a pair of leopard boots (the essentials). But all this investing has my leftover fashion funds empty, and with weddings, events and general gimme-gimme items on my wish list it can be hard to fight the urge to crack and dip my fingers into the savings.

But I made a vow, much like Channing Tatum did for Rachel McAdams, and following in his beautifully shaped footsteps I will stick to my promise and buy the odd cheap fashion item to keep my thirst for trending fashion at bay — #fashiontactics101.



Image courtesy of carolinesmode.com

Which cheap fashion buy will you snap up? Tell us in the comments below!

How we wear: Fashion week (Day One) | what we wear what to wear fashion daily finds feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

I attended Sydney Fashion Week for the first time (actually it was my first fashion runway experience!) and I absolutely loved it. The celeb spotting, the outfit crushes and of course the runways. The whole atmosphere is so inspiring and being in Sydney you definitely got a sense of the beach culture.

I wore a white Bardot shirt layered with a Bardot bustier, then I threw on my trusty Ksubi's jeans (similar pair here) and leather jacket.

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This cross-body bag is from h&m, it has come in handy so many times in the past week I'm thinking of dubbing it a wardrobe essential already!

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My Nasty Gal sunnies are a little bit left of centre which is always a good thing — especially around the fashion elite.

How we wear: Fashion week (Day One) | what we wear what to wear fashion daily finds feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

At my short stature I can't ditch the heels altogether, so I opted for these Sol Sana boots which have a decent height but are comfortable enough to last 17 hours on your feet (coming from experience); can't thank these boots enough for a blister free start to MBFWA.

What do you think of this how we wear look? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG DIY: The easiest gradient nail tutorial EVER | nail it how tos featured hp main feature ddg diy beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Whenever Easter starts to approach, I always become suddenly obsessed with the idea of dabbling with nail art. Call me old-school, but decorated tips are my favourite way to celebrate anything festive. This time around, though, I'm playing it safe with pastel gradient digits that can be easily taken from your daytime BBQ with the fam to night time drinks (and I've got quite a few of those kind of events over the long weekend!).

Ahead, learn how to master the easiest sponging gradient nail tutorial out there.

YOU'LL NEED

- 3 nail polish shades in varying colours (we used Kit Cosmetics Nail Polish in 'Shine On', 'Phase In' & 'Big Bang'

- Makeup sponge

- Base coat

- Top coat

- Cotton bud & nail polish remover to clean up any spills

DIRECTIONS

STEP ONE: Apply your base coat and brush it over each nail in even strokes.

STEP TWO: Paint your nails with two coats of your base colour and allow to fully dry.

STEP THREE: Cut a piece of sponge the size of your nail.

STEP FOUR: Get a piece of plastic or paper, and paint the three polish shades in horizontal lines. Make sure that they gently overlap.

STEP FIVE: Dab the sponge into the polish and then lightly roll straight onto your nail until you get a gradient effect. Allow to dry.

STEP SIX: Clean up the residue around your nail with a cotton bud and a teensy bit of nail polish remover.

STEP SEVEN: Paint on your top coat to seal the lacquer into place.

Voila!

Will you be trying this gradient nail tutorial for the Easter long weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

Easter cocktail recipe: Its choc tail oclock!  | lifestyle featured hp main feature recipes  pictures

Caramel Cream Egg Easter cocktail recipe: It's an Easter happy hour at DDG!

Easter is a wonderful time of year because not only do you get a super fabulous four day weekend but you're also encouraged — if not forced — to eat as much chocolate as humanly possible. In keeping with this idea and taking full advantage of the abundance of chocolate eggs that have found their way into our office we decided to come up with a delicious Easter-themed cocktail for all you chocoholics out there.

WANT MORE? If you want more ideas of how to reuse your Easter Chocolates other than our Caramel Cream Egg cocktail recipe, then check out these amazing ideas.

This silky smooth, milky drink is inspired by the joy that is Cadbury Creme Eggs (I'm fairly certain they were meant to be an Easter-only thing but were so crazily popular they are now available year round) — but if they were filled with booze.

The combination of caramel, crème de cacao, cream (yeah ... this is not a diet drink!) and Baileys Irish Cream. We served ours in hollow chocolates (bunnies for full drinks and eggs for shots) but if you wanted to serve it in a glass we'd definitely recommend rimming the glass with melted chocolate. Because ... well, why not?

 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Caramel sauce or topping
  • Crème de cacao
  • Cream
  • Hollow chocolate bunnies/eggs (for melting/serving/eating)

HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  1. Prepare your chocolate by sawing the tops/ears off. Running the knife under hot water first helps to cut through without the chocolate breaking/cracking.
  2. Eat some.
  3. Add all ingredients (for 2 medium bunnies use 1 cup cream, 1/2 cup Baileys, and 2 tablespoons crème de cacao) to a martini shaker and shake vigorously.
  4. Pour into eggs/bunnies to serve.
  5. Eat more eggs.
  6. Add a dollop of caramel topping into each egg/bunny/glass
  7. Tell everyone you are preparing the drinks and they taste awful (they don't!).
  8. Drink/eat them all.

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What do you think of our Easter cocktail recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Brushes 101: The best hair brushes for styling and taming your tresses | hair styles beauty 2 galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

The very best hair brushes — and how they work!

Just like your man has a tool kit of all his screwdrivers and nails and whatever else dudes use, we're of the belief that every girl should be equally equipped with her own "toolbox" (or drawer) filled to the brim with hair brushes perfect for styling and taming tresses err-day!

Whether your aim is to master a bouncy blow wave, or simply control a mop riddled with knots without any ouchies, then this is your ultimate guide to achieving luscious locks with ease and without that expensive salon appointment. Thank us later.



Image courtesy of dollarphotoclub.com

By Jessica Savoia

Which of these best hair brushes must you have? Tell us in the comments below.

Web want: Gold tipped skulls from the Assembly Hall | home sweet home lifestyle feature  pictures

By now I'm sure you're all well aware of a particular penchant for skulls that is harboured around the DDG office, and I have to say this obsession with skull-shaped objects is probably starting to spiral out of control (just check out some of our previous rantings on the subject here, here and here if you need an example). I just can't help it though, whether they're natural-looking or painted in a million different colours I think skulls manage to be both tough and delicate, which makes them the perfect way to decorate a space.

So it's fairly obvious that when I happened to stroll into The Assembly Hall's pop-up store in the Yarraville Village the other day I instantly fell in love with this collection of gold-tipped porcelain skulls (Among so many other things! The store is so beautiful I could live there — they've even set up a bed for me!). The bird skulls were cute and dainty, while the larger goat and boar skulls somehow had a cheeky air to them — but maybe it was just the boar's golden grill that gave me that impression. It's safe to assume that I have a few more skulls to be adding to this collection.

SHOP IT: Crow Skull with gold teeth, $100 & Goat Skull with gold horns, $365, both from theassemblyhall.com.au

The Assembly Hall pop up store is located at 2-4 Ballarat St, Yarraville (so if you're Melbourne based or visiting in the next month I thoroughly recommend popping in to check out their amazing range!), but if you're not able to get down to Yarraville any time soon you can still purchase most of their stock online!

What do you think of these gold tipped skulls? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

So smooth: How to even out your skin tone | galleries feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

How to even out your skin tone

Whatever your skin tone, you want it to be even and flawless, but brown spots, bumpy patches, deep-set wrinkles and large freckles can make it all the more harder to achieve. Don't despair — a flawless complexion isn't all that difficult to master! A clever makeup job plus some very nifty skincare tricks can hide anything and everything and leave you with a silky-smooth base.

Learn how to achieve perfect skin every single time with the help of these makeup artist approved tips and hard-working prods.



Image courtesy of Curtis Collection

Learn something new about how to even out your skin tone? Tell us in the comments below!

Blogger breakdown: By Barber | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

Melbourne stylist Josie Barber (aka By Barber) has dubbed her personal style as "rough luxe" (I dig it) with her outfits combining a mix of affordable pieces and luxe items (think Sportsgirl teamed with Eska Alikai), she provides endless outspo (outfit x inspo) with a clean palette and fresh cuts and textures.

Whether you need pointers on wearing those leather look pants, or you weren't sure what to pair that leather midi skirt with — Josie's got you.



Image courtesy of bybarber.com.au

Which By Barber look is your fave? Tell us in the comments below!

New & Noteworthy: New season beauty staples to go cray cray over | galleries featured hp main feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

I love that when a new season rolls around, there's suddenly an onslaught of new beauty products, always brighter and better than their predecessors. Such is the case with this bundle of 'just landed' bad boys, which go above and beyond the prettifying norm and are sure to excite.

From a holographic lip gloss to the cutest little nail collection you'll ever lay your eyes on, presenting this week's tried and tested grooming newbies.



Which product has gotten your heart thumping with excitement? Tell us in the comments below!

Big bags: Carry the world on your shoulders in style | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily bag ladies  pictures

Trends come and go, but big bags are forever. For all the clutch converts and cross-body conformists, I know it seems like you're happy and in love now but you don't know real accessory love until you find that one big bag that just seems to pull through in any situation — it's what the perfect jeans are in the accessory world.

The super hero arm candy works through the week with your diary, lunches and three changes of shoes, and then doubles as a weekend overnight bag — and more recently the perfect flight companion. What else can I say? The Mary Poppins bag is as practical as it is stylish!



Image courtesy of lookbook.nu

Which big bags would you cart around? Tell us in the comments below!

Editors favourites: Winter moisturisers | skincare make your mug glow feature beauty 2  pictures

It's transitional skincare season, meaning it's time to swap those lightweight, silky moisturisers you've been using in previous months with thick, deliciously creamy formulas. I've been experimenting with loads of product in my hunt for the perfect one to see me through the next six or so months, and I've hit the beauty lottery with these ones:

KIEHL'S ULTRA FACIAL CREAM: Kiehl's has always been a surefire fave of mine, but I especially love their super hydrating Ultra Facial Cream, perfect for when the skin is looking dull and drab.

EVE LOM TLC RADIANCE CREAM: My oh my is this stuff the bomb. Just as the name implies, it imparts a veil of radiance and acts as the perfect primer to makeup application.

MAY LINDSTROM THE BLUE COCOON BEAUTY BALM CONCENTRATE: The mystical blue concoction feels as thick as cake batter but melts upon contact with the skin, transforming into a silky fluid potion that provides pure nourishment and relief to dry patches and inflamed areas. I love the scent, which always leaves me feeling calm and energised.

WELEDA SKIN FOOD: I've been using this on both my face and body, and it's killer stuff! The ingredients are 100% natural and include extracts of organic chamomile, calendula and wild pansy to soothe rough skin, while rosemary revitalises and boosts the complexion. A great little skin pick-me-up.

DR ALKAITIS ORGANIC DAY CREME: This stuff is a god send. It's been formulated with raw, holistic, natural, certified organic ingredients and helps heal, strengthen and protect the skin. It does everything from promoting cell renewal to stimulating oxygen supply and ridding the skin's surface of environmental damage. The very fact that it's completely nasty-free makes me want to coat my skin in it every second of the day. Pure ingredients, pure results.

ARGENTUM LA POTION INFINIE: The most luxurious drink my skin has ever sipped. Contains Silver Hydrosol and DNA HP, fancy ingredients that are super hydrating, restorative, and anti-ageing. So worth the price tag, if not for the magical formula, then definitely for the fabulous black vessel.

What's your favourite Winter moisturiser? Tell us in the comments below!

Roadtested: Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads review | nail it feature beauty 2 sponsored  pictures

Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads review

Each week it is our pleasure to send groups of DDG readers the latest and greatest beauty goodies to try for themselves and share their experiences with the rest of the DDG community. If you want to be included just make sure you sign up for our call outs each week and get involved with the site so we know you're as serious about all things DDG as we are!

This week on the trialing block ... Manicare Scented Nail Polish Remover Pads

FEATURED REVIEW

My name is ... Liz O'Reilly

And I have/am ... Nail fanatic, I change colour/design all the time.

I just tested ... Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"I was really excited to try the Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads as I am constantly changing nail polishes and getting Shellac done so I take nail care seriously.

I received the Floral and the Coconut scented pads, the packaging is very convenient small and round, easy to throw in my handbag and not worry about leaking bottles. The smell of both is quite nice, like you expect from a scented moisturiser. Great for doing my nails at work without stinking out the office.

Nail polish is removed relatively easily, I even tried a glitter top coat which is notoriously hard to remove; it also came off easily with some added pressure. At first my nails and finger tips felt a bit greasy but this soon settled and my nails felt nicely moisturised.

Overall I am very happy and will be using this over my old bottled nail polish remover any day. "

Would you buy it? Definitely

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And here's what the rest of our trial team thought...

My name is ... Cherie

And I have/am ... I wear nail polish often on my fingers and my toes. I like sparkles and fluro colours and everything that is difficult to remove easily.

I just tested ... Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"I painted one nail with colour and "fuzzy" texture polish over, next with polish and chunky sparkles over, middle nail with magnetic polish (2 coats), next nail micro sparkle (2 coats) and thumb with colour then black crackle ... so basically I covered all the "hard to remove" polishes Roadtested: Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads review | nail it feature beauty 2 sponsored  pictures
I used only 1 of the coconut scented remover pads to remove ALL the colour from my one hand. I was pretty impressed! The pads are very thin and I found it a bit difficult to separate them to get just one. There was an ample amount of remover in that one little pad, I was quite impressed that it removed all that polish with only one pad. The sparkles and fuzzy texture took a bit of rubbing before it came off but the other nails rubbed off easily. The moisturisers we apparent; they left a glossy grease feel to my nails and smelt coconutty, mmmmmmm. My nails and cuticles didn't seem as dry as they do when I use other removers so I am overall very impressed! I like the small compact container and think they would be great for travelling. I used the floral scent on my fluro orange toes and same result, 1 pad to remove 5 digits of polish. They wiped clean with no left over polish however I didn't really like the smell of the floral but that just my personal opinion, not much for frangipani smelly things. I would definitely purchase these and recommend them to my friends Roadtested: Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads review | nail it feature beauty 2 sponsored  pictures Thanx for the trial, DDG!"

Would you buy it? Definitely

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My name is ... Frances Lodge

And I have/am ... Nail polish addict!

I just tested ... Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"I am lucky enough to be testing Manicare's Nail Polish Remover Pads.

The two containers I received were coconut-scented and floral-scented and my gosh, they do not smell like nail varnish remover! I loved the smell of both.

The pads themselves are a bit thinner than I am used to but they are seriously effective.

I decided to test on a really easy to remove nude and a few of the varnishes that require a bit of effort to remove with my usual remover. My test varnishes were (from left to right):

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Scarab
Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Arm Candy
A England in Perceval
Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Mermaid's Tale
OPI Liquid Sand in The Impossible

Arm Candy removed in two swipes. Easy. Next up, Scarab. It took about three swipes and a small bit of cuticle tidy up. Same for the Perceval, which normally stains my cuticles and my fingers as I remove it.

Mermaid's Tale is an absolute nightmare to remove with an acetone-based nail varnish remover and it did take a tiny bit of effort with the Manicare pads, but it came off cleanly, with very little glitter fallout.

The Impossible required a bit of extra time to remove, but came off cleanly. When I tested removing a full manicure of Liquid Sand a little extra scrubbing was required. To be fair, Liquid Sand is a challenge to remove with most nail varnish removers so these did a great job.

A single wipe deals with two hands if using a lighter colour, two wipes for darker and textured shades. The pads leave an oily sheen, as seen in the after picture, which made my nails feel moisturised.

To summarise — I loved the Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads. They will be great to have in my work desk for emergency removals due to their great scent and will be a regular feature in my manicure kit."

Would you buy it? Definitely

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My name is ... Danielle

And I have/am ... I hate removing my polish properly!

I just tested ... Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"My nails were already looking adequately skanky (yes, that term can be applied to chipped nails) so I was thrilled when I opened the post and saw these babies! I've used remover pads before and found them oily and weirdly scented so I perked up when I saw these were nourishing and coconut and frangipani (two scents I have heard of, like and want to smell)
They removed the nail art really easily despite it being thick paint rather than straight polish. I opted for the coconut scent and was not disappointed! It smelt amazinggggggggg! Despite my nails feeling nourished, I did still wash my hands afterwards though as they felt ... weird ... I think that's a personal thing though.
I was so pleased when my nails felt 'healthy' for lack of a better term afterwards rather than dry and brittle like they do after using harsh acetone based removers. Never looking back and using them now!"

Would you buy it? Definitely

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My name is ... Miss Rikki

And I have/am ... Slow growing nails constantly covered in remnants of nail polishes past

I just tested ... Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"I'll start off by telling you that I'm a lazy nail polish remover. I'm a lover of all the colours known to mankind, and I want to wear them all — I swear! But part of me just gets lazy at the end of their life span and leaves them on that little too long. Want an example? I was painting my bedroom white and my boyfriend thought I must have roller brushed over my nail and the wall paint wasn't coming off. Nope, it was Essie's Blanc still on my hands. I have a horrible habit of picking at the polish once it's started to chip. *smacks hand*

When I got these in the mail, it was actually a blessing from above. I opened up the package like a happy child and set about opening the nail polish pads. Literally my only quarrel with the entire design of this is: the plastic wrap that keeps the entire package "sealed" didn't have a little perforation and I struggled to find where to hack into it. Read: I used my teeth.

I loved the smell of the coconut variant (love love love love love) but the floral scent I wasn't as much a fan of. I prefer coconut over everything though so it wasn't a fair competition to start with. I love that the wipes themselves are a lot more moisturising than the cheap $2 ones you would normally see me using. The wipe itself was a lot more moist, while others have a dry oily feel. I loved that the wipe was smooth and silky but still textured enough to grip the polish and melt it off.

It didn't take me much more than 20 seconds to remove my nail polish — and that was like my entire hand! They're fabulous, honestly, go buy them. But buy the coconut one, it's yummy."

Would you buy it? Definitely

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My name is ... Whitney

And I have/am ... I have natural nails

I just tested ... Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"These Manicare remover pads will be a handbag saviour! For the last year, I have been getting Gel nails as my lovely husband bought me a year long voucher for them last Christmas, so I have recently been experimenting with normal nail polish, removers etc. And now that my polish chips a lot more than it used to, these remover pads will definitely be in close proximity to me at all times! They come in a small, easy to transport circular container, which will fit in the glove box, nappy bag or pretty much anywhere! The smell of the coconut scented ones is heavenly! The floral is nice too, but I am a coconut kinda girl. The remover pads promise to be moisturizing and they deliver without being too oily! The only con — they take a little more rubbing than some of the more potent, acetone ones! But I easily did one hand with one pad! So they will last quite a while! So basically, a must for every woman on the go! x"

Would you buy it? Definitely

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My name is ... Lisa

And I have/am ... dry nails that tend to break easily but being nail polish obsessed, I still paint them all the pretty colours weekly

I just tested ... Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"I should preface this by saying that I love, love, love nail polish and spend way too much dosh on millions of colours from my favorite brands (OPI, Essie, Butter London). Despite having become something of a pro at applying nail polish I am utterly rubbish at keeping my nails from chipping after 48 hours. As a result, I am often removing and reapplying nail polish. Most polish removers leave my nails looking weak and practically sheer — obviously not in optimal health. The Manicare nail polish remover wipes are absolutely incredible. They smell fantastic (i.e. NOT like paint stripper) and are really effective at removing the polish — one pad covered all 10 fingers. I will definitely be purchasing these once my precious supply has disappeared."

Would you buy it? Definitely

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My name is ... Ange

And I have/am ... I love painting my nails so you will rarely catch me with plain nails.

I just tested ... Manicare Moisturising Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"These nail polish remover pads come in a small round plastic tub with a screw on lid which contains 32 moist pads.

The pre-moistened pads make it so much quicker and easier to remove my nail polish. I love how they are nicely scented as opposed to the normal unpleasant smell of regular nail polish remover. These pads left my nails and cuticles feeling much more moisturised than after I use regular nail polish remover.

I received these nail polish remover pads in coconut scented and floral scented. Both of the scents are lovely and fresh but my personal preference is the coconut scent.

This is a much more convenient and pleasant smelling alternative to normal nail polish remover and I would happily recommend this product to others. Good on Manicare for coming up with an innovative new way to remove nail polish which makes the process quicker and more pleasant."

Would you buy it? Definitely

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My name is ... chocolatelace

And I have/am ... Nail polish lover, red-obsessed.

I just tested ... Manicare Moisturising Nail Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"Thank you to the fabulous DDGD and Manicare for sending these to me for review. These are new offerings from Manicare, which are pre-soaked nail polish remover pads housed in a handy little pot. I trialled two scents — Coconut and Floral.

The first thing that I liked about this product was the smell — it doesn't have the awful, I'm-going-to-really-gag-now typical remover smell. The scents are pleasant and it was nice to not to pong up the house and make my other half wheeze and sneeze.

As the pads are pre-soaked, they're super convenient to carry in the purse as well. The pads make nail polish removing a breeze and they even remove difficult colours like red. Each pack comes with 32 so this is a pretty economical way to remove polish on the go. I found that holding the pad against the nail for 5-10 seconds made removal extra easy.

Overall, this is a great, affordable product that's easily accessible as well. I highly recommend these, particularly if you often sport chipped nail polish because you forget to remove it. We all know that's a big beauty boo-boo Roadtested: Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads review | nail it feature beauty 2 sponsored  pictures "

Would you buy it? Definitely

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My name is ... Chris

And I have/am ... I love wearing bright nail polishes so I need a hard working nail polish remover!

I just tested ... Manicare Moisturising Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"These nail polish remover pads come in a small plastic tub with 32 pre-moistened pads which is very convenient and would also be perfect for use when travelling. I was impressed by how these pads made removing my nail polish so much faster and easier.

They have a really pleasant scent, which I am not used to when removing my nail polish; this is certainly a welcome change! I received these nail polish remover pads in two different scented versions — coconut scented and floral scented. I found both of the scents to be very pleasant, summery and fresh.

These pads left my nails and cuticles feeling so much more nourished and in better condition than when I used a normal nail polish remover in the past. This is a great new product which is very handy and I will be purchasing them in the future."

Would you buy it? Definitely

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My name is ... Aisha

And I have/am ... a nail art addict in search of a nail colour remover

I just tested ... Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads

Here's what I thought...

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"Manicare nail polish remover pads are the best solution for nail addicts like me who are concerned for skin damage caused by frequent use of ordinary remover liquids.
Its small and handy packaging is quite suited for use on the go also, saving time for busy lovely ladies.
It's available in two different fragrances keeping you rid of that awful smell of ordinary removers simultaneously moisturising skin.
I am enjoying this lovely product which is worth buying.
Recommended for beauties of all ages."

Would you buy it? Definitely

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Has this Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads review convinced you to give these a try? Have you already? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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Crispy Almond Coated Chicken recipe from Petite Kitchen

When your sweet tooth is so serious that your mouth is essentially just filled with gummi teeth, the world of savoury foods (AKA 90% of your meals) is a little less appetising. For me, I just can't go past a good serving of crispy chicken (and roast potatoes, but that's another story altogether) which is why I'm constantly searching for new ways to prepare my all time favourite dinner option. This Crispy Almond Coated Chicken recipe from Petite Kitchen is actually the stuff of dreams.

WANT MORE? If you loved this Crispy Almond Coated chicken recipe, then check out more of our favourite recipes from Petite Kitchen here.

Roasting the chicken helps seal in the juices and stops the meat from drying out too much, not to mention saving you a bundle in money/calories by not frying those suckers. Plus adding in artichokes, fresh herbs and a good squeeze of lemon adds an amazing amount of freshness to a recipe that would normally be very heavy. Well done, Petite Kitchen. We salute you!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 6-8 chicken drumsticks
  • Almond meal
  • Jar of marinated artichokes
  • Fresh oregano
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sea salt & black peppercorns
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon

Head over to www.petite-kitchen.com for the full instructions and more delicious recipes.

What do you think of this Crispy Almond Coated Chicken recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

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How to cleanse your face — the right way!

Even if you've been blessed with a clear visage by the good-skin-gods, it pays to cleanse your face each day. Why? Cleansing is a hugely important step in your skin's health, so dedicating more than 10 seconds to this routine each day will be of great benefit. Not only does it remove the dirt, grime, dead skin cells and importantly any sunscreen off the surface of the skin, but it also prevents congestion, breakouts, dull rough textured skin and even in the long term, premature ageing. But a quick rub-around with your cleanser just won't cut it anymore. Today, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica Emma Hobson teaches us how to get a squeaky clean mug the right way.

CLEANSING TIPS & TRICKS

STEP ONE: Firstly ensure you have your hair back from the perimeters of your face; this will enable you to clean the often neglected hairline and around the ears.

STEP TWO: Pre-cleanse the face. Pre-cleansing oils are fantastic for your first cleanse as they ‘power through’ and remove the initial surface makeup, debris and oils. They work on the principle that like attracts like, the oil in the product attracts and ‘grabs’ the oil on the skin's surface as well as the dirt, makeup and debris. Therefore, when you wash off the cleansing oil you will thoroughly wash it all off the skin surface. Using a cleansing oil ensures your second cleanse with your normal cleanser can work to its full potential leaving the skin ‘squeaky clean’. The great thing about this type of product is that it’s very good at removing sunscreens, stubborn lipsticks, heavy oil based foundations and waterproof mascara.

STEP THREE: Apply the correct amount of cleansing product (check product instructions) to the skin with clean hands. With a facial brush or your fingers, work the cleanser into your skin in light circular motions from top to bottom or vice versa. Pay special attention to the areas where you have congestion such as the nose, forehead, neck or chin. Ensure you take your cleanser right up to your hairline and around to the back of your ears and under your jaw line and down the neck as these are common areas for congestion, often due to poor cleansing.

TIP: If you have oily skin you need a cleanser with a stronger surfactant (degreasing agent) and one that does not strip the skin of oils (i.e. soap). These normally come in the form of a clay based cleanser or a gel facial wash. If you have an oil dry skin you will need to use a milder cleanser with less surfactant; they often come in the form of a milky, creamy cleanser. For a combination skin the cleanser sits in the middle of the cleansing spectrum (regarding surfactant) and can be a light milky cleanser or a gel facial wash. If you experience sensitivity, choose a cleanser ensuring it has no known skin irritants (free from artificial colours and fragrance) and has calming, anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients. These are often free of water, between a milk and a gel consistency and can, for very sensitive skin challenged by water, be removed with a tissue.

STEP FOUR: Wash away the residue with sufficient water. Most cleansers these days can be used in the shower as they are easily washed off. There are some cleansers which have been developed for environmentally sensitised skin, these are for people who can’t tolerate water on their skin so they can be completely removed with tissues instead.

TIP: If it is a gel cleanser, wash off with enough water, otherwise the gel remains too concentrated and can result in irritation, dehydration or poor results.

Remember, it’s important to cleanse in the morning as skin collects dirt, debris and grime (especially off our pillows) during our sleep as well as removing last night’s residue of moisturiser. By cleansing the skin you ensure the skin remains healthy, clean and smooth and you have a fresh canvas to apply your skin care products. Cleansing in the evening removes the dirt and grime the skin collects throughout the day as well as the residue of dead skin cells the skin naturally sheds; this is often combined with the excess oil the skin secretes throughout the day. This cleanse importantly also removes sunscreen and any makeup you applied that morning.

Image courtesy of Dermalogica

Learn something new about how to cleanse your face? Tell us in the comments below!

Real Girl Beauty: 5 minutes with fashion stylist Jesse Hart | feature beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

1. What are your top 5 can't-live-without beauty products? 

1. Nars Blush/Bronzer in Orgasm & Laguna

2. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara

3. La Mer Lip Balm

4. Goe Oil: it's 100% natural and you can use it as anything. It's also great in hair.

5. Chanel Tinted Moisturiser Ultra light in Beige Pastel

2. Tell us a bit about your career and how you got started in the fashion industry.

After travelling and living overseas I came back to Sydney and knew I wanted to get into the fashion side of magazines. I got an internship with Cosmo Australia and then two days later they offered me a job. For the next 10 years I worked for some of the biggest mags in women’s fashion and worked my way up to being the fashion director across SHOP til you drop and Cleo. At the end of last year I left mags and am now freelance, which I love! I love that every day is different and you don't know what is around the corner!

3. What's your favourite hairstyle to rock during the week?

Fresh out of the shower, dried el natural, not brushed and worn down. I never use conditioner and love the messy unkempt hair vibe.

4. How do you keep your skin in shape?

Loads of water, a little bit of vitamin D each day and a good moisturiser — I use Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream.

5. Which beauty secret do you swear by?

Less is more! Don't over do it.

6. What's the best beauty advice you've ever been given?

From my mum, she always said I should blast my face in the sun for at least 10 minutes every day — it's good for your skin and will give you a delicious healthy glow.

7. How do you unwind on the weekends?

Having lazy mornings at home, spending the afternoon in sun and then dinner and drinks with my fiancé. Our favourite thing to do is play cards, drink beers and then eat a delicious meal. The Appollo is my favourite!

8. Describe a typical working day.

Every day is so different, but it normally starts with a meeting with a client, then running around to PRs sourcing clothes, castings with models, location scouting, mood boarding and then finally the fun part — styling and waking early the next morning for a full shoot day.

9. Favourite fragrance?

Diptyque (Philosykos) Fig — reminds me of when I first met my fiancé.

10. Favourite beauty and fashion brand and why?

Fashion – Isabel Marant. She makes clothes that girls just want to wear all the time. She is that perfect mix of sexy, bohemia tomboy. Beauty – I love NARS. It's always light to apply and it’s the only brand I buy when I am stocking up.

11. If you could wear one colour of polish for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

Pale pink on my fingers and then a bright red on my toes. Classic always.

12. Walk us through your daily makeup application.

It's pretty straight forward. I apply a little bit of tinted moisturiser and then mascara, a little bit of bronzer blush on my cheekbones and on the top of my eyelids and then a little bit of balm on the lip and I am out the door. I don't wear makeup every day but when I do it’s always super minimal.

13. Who inspires you?

For style Jane Birkin and Sofia Coppola, I love the laid backness of the both. Bruce Weber an American photographer. He captures the most magic moments and they are always spirited and free. I always aspire to get what he gets out of his pictures whenever I am working.

14. What’s the best thing about your job?

Working with amazing people who are creative and inspire me. That every day is different. The travelling and playing dress ups all the time!

15. Favourite celebrity hunk?

Leonardo DiCaprio always and forever!!

16. If you could be any superhero, who would it be and why?

Batman!! Cool outfit!!

Head to www.jesse-hart.com to view more of Jesse's amazing fash-un work!

Got a question for Jesse? Ask away in the comments below!

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