Spring Racing season made simple (and stylish!)

By (DDG$: 23982) , on 20.10.14 3 comments

Spring Racing season made simple (and stylish!) | what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily sponsored  pictures

Spring Racing season made simple (and stylish!)

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It’s not hard to talk the girls of this office into buying a fancy new dress and spending the day acting like a lady (well, most of the day anyway), but Spring Racing season is an open invitation for us ladies to really go all out in the wardrobe department, let our hair down and start to enjoy the sunny season.

Whether you're a relative newbie to the season or you have an impressive collection of hats from attending every trackside event from Derby Day to the Melbourne Cup, there’s a lot more to think about when it comes to planning your day out at the races than simply matching your fascinator to your dress. But don't worry, dear readers, because we're here to help you plan your day perfectly!

  1. Always wear sunscreen

You know what's not a good look? Sunburn. Not only will you seriously regret the crazy straps on your dress, which lead to ridiculous tan lines, but surely we don’t have to tell you all by now how bad sun damage is for your skin. You will be standing in the sun all day long so make sure you not only apply in the morning but take it with you and reapply during the day. Your skin will thank you!

  1. Take care of your feet

We all promise that we're not going to be one of those girls at the end of the day walking through the city barefoot with your shoes in your hand, but sometimes you don't realise just how painful your shoes are going to be until it's too late. To avoid at least some of that embarrassment, you will never regret purchasing a pair of fold-up flats — they can usually fit in the smallest of purses and if you have enough room for an additional canvas bag for your heels, then nobody has to know you took them off at all!

  1. Prepare for the weather

While we're on the subject of preparing for the worst, you need to take into account the fact that Melbourne has wildly unpredictable weather, so bring a light cardigan or wrap for when the weather turns sour — because we all know it eventually will!

  1. Pack your own esky

One of the main reasons why so many of us get a little bit disgraced at the races is a lack of food because we so don’t want to waste the day standing in line. Pack a little esky with some sandwiches and snacks for the day, plus a few bottles of water, and you'll still be a lady when the last race is over.

  1. Join Sportsbet.com.au

Since we've already established that waiting in line is not how you want to be spending your day, there's really no reason to waste half your time there just to have a flutter. Since you're no doubt going to have your smart phone in your hand all day anyway (I mean how else are you going to get all those Instagram snaps up?) it just makes sense to sign up with Sportsbet (you can sign up here) so you can have all the races at your fingertips.

 

WIN WITH SPORTSBET

Since all our interstate friends don't get a chance to actually attend the Spring Racing Carnival we want you to share in the excitement us Melbournians feel by joining Sportsbet via Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily.  Every qualified customer who places a $5 flutter using our link will receive a Spring-themed Violet Box valued at over $90.

Please note: Violet Box offer is only available to Australian residents from QLD/TAS/NT/ACT

Do you have any survival tips for Spring Racing season? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty hype: Introducing Glossier by Emily Weiss | feature beauty trends 2 beauty news beauty 2  pictures

With its brand motto 'skin first, makeup second, smile always' you're pretty much sold before you even begin to delve into the products themselves. Ladies, introducing Glossier: the brainchild of beauty guru Emily Weiss from one of my favourite blogs, Into The Gloss.

I have looked up to this lass for eons, and not just because she had a quick stint in what used to be my favourite reality TV show, The Hills (miss you Spencer ... naht), but because her website bashes out real, raw beauty advice and fantastic imagery that caters to the primping masses and features some of the best prods in the world. Her talented team has developed a sixth sense for what's relevant and what works when it comes to beauty, and the Glossier brand could not be more of a reflection of this.

The newly released range represents fun and freedom, and is the result of years of recommendations from the coolest girls on the planet. With a soothing face mist, priming moisturiser, do-it-all balm aptly named Balm Dot Com (hehe) and a perfecting skin tint, it's safe to say that girls worldwide are going to become ridiculously smitten over this stuff.

Unfortunately, there's no international shipping as yet, but when that day rolls around, you can have my credit card, Emily — take it! 

Beauty hype: Introducing Glossier by Emily Weiss | feature beauty trends 2 beauty news beauty 2  pictures

Have you read Into The Gloss? Will you be purchasing products from this exciting new brand? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG TV: Ariana Grande hair tutorial | how tos hair styles beauty 2 feature ddg tv beauty 2  pictures

While rumours circulate that Ariana Grande is a bit of a diva, we've been too preoccupied with her enviable tresses to really give a fug. The pint-sized starlet makes up for what she lacks in height in hair (and attitude), and one style she's perpetually seen sporting is the preppy-chic one half-up high ponytail. Adorable, right?

Below, we've sought out the incredibly talented Heidi Hamoud to show us how to recreate this exact style. Sorry short-haired babes, next time.

Tutorial via Heidi Hamoud

Learn something new from this Ariana Grande hair tutorial? Tell us in the comments below!

Bargain buys: 10 pieces under $50 to get you into the Spring of things | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

I'm all for a new outfit, in fact the high I get from shopping is not unlike the high I get from eating half a baked cheesecake or seeing a Friends marathon lined up on Foxtel. Yep, my middle name is new outfit. But I can't help but think not every situation requires new attire (oh yeah ... I said it). There's nothing quite as soul crushing as your outfit game being on point and not getting a photo (ouch — I shaved for this!).

Find more snazzy saves here!

Not to mention that a bargain dress somehow looks fresh off the runway in photos! What kind of sorcery is this? OK, maybe I'm a touch bitter thanks to nights out in my Sunday best, when that moolah could be used to buy the essentials ... milkshakes, new shoes, a nutri-bullet (only joking). All I know is the sun's out and it's time to get your save on. Don't be like me, kids; spend wisely on everything (and ask for a damn photo when you're out).



Image courtesy of Konstantina Tzagaraki

What do you think of this week's bargain buys? Tell us in the comments below!

Spook street: 10 of the best Halloween makeup tutorials on the interwebs | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Quite frankly, I think the most exciting part of Halloween, aside from carving out pumpkins and then throwing them until they smash (not actually sure if this is normal protocol, but it's definitely on my bucket list), is sussing out other people's themed get-ups. But if I'm going to be even more frank, it can get a little boring? I mean, there's only so many sexy Superwoman and nurse costumes I can take! Which brings me to the next best thing: Halloween-themed makeup. Oh yes, this stuff is what dreams ... I mean nightmares ... are made of!

WANT MORE? Take a peek at these scary-as Halloween makeup tutorials.

Below, check out some of the most talented makeup artists from the interwebs pulling together their most scariest and intricate cosmetic masterpieces right in time for fright night.



Which of these Halloween makeup tutorials is your fave? Tell us in the comments below!

What we wear: Jumpsuits + bombers | what we wear what to wear fashion daily featured hp main feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Playsuits, jumpsuits, bodysuits ... onesies — I'm all about an all in one. Clearly some differ on the sexy scale but I like to think there's a right place and right time for a bum flap (in the trash and never) — only kidding! But this jumpsuit by Keepsake The Label is my latest all in one obsession. I can't wait to take it out for a night on the town with a pair of points.

What we wear: Jumpsuits + bombers | what we wear what to wear fashion daily featured hp main feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Something about this Ruby Sees All bomber just reminds me of Gwen Stefani and I love it. Decided to opt for a casual drape of the shoulders and layered the jumpsuit with a tee to keep it low key.

What we wear: Jumpsuits + bombers | what we wear what to wear fashion daily featured hp main feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

I really hope the retirement village slides and slip ons never go out of fashion, I can see why they're a hit at the ol' folks home — comfort and ease for days. These are my die-hard faves by Sol Sana.

What did you think of this week's what we wear look? Tell us in the comments below!

Eat this: Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Muffin recipe from Love & Lemons | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Eat this: Gluten-Free Blueberry Banana Muffin recipe from Love & Lemons

I'll admit that I know very little about gluten and gluten-free diets apart from the fact they involve avoiding wheat-based products including most breads and pastas. For a while there I thought this meant you had an incredibly restrictive diet but it turns out that there are gluten-free options available for pretty much every gluten-packed food you can think of — including flour, which is especially important if you're an avid baker!

WANT MORE? If you liked the look of this Gluten-Free Blueberry Banana Muffin recipe, then check out more from Love & Lemons here!

This Gluten-Free Blueberry Banana Muffin recipe from Love & Lemons is a flavourful recipe that will satisfy your sweet cravings without weighing you down. It replaces regular old flour with a gluten-free pancake mix that is basically magic in a packet (one of my gluten-free friends uses it in everything!) and gets all your dry ingredients ready to go in one simple place. I know what I'll be taking for my snacks this week!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1 3/4 cups Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Head over to loveandlemons.com for the full instructions and more delicious recipes!

What are your thoughts on this Gluten-Free Blueberry Banana Muffins recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty Editors letter: Advanced Avenue Skincare HydraFacial review | feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

INTRODUCTORY BEAUTY RANT

My skin has been dyinggggg for a VIP treatment lately, so when I was offered a complimentary HydraFacial treatment at Advanced Avenue Skincare, I couldn't have been more psyched. Thank you, work perks! Interestingly enough, I've actually been to the clinic a few times in the past, so I knew I was in for totally professional, top-tier service.

As a guide, the HydraFacial promises clearer, more hydrated, younger-looking skin immediately, and has often been billed as an anti-acne treatment. It uses a technology-based, medical-inspired instrument that's a bit like a vacuum with different interchangeable nozzles that help treat the surface layers of the skin.

THE REVIEW

To begin, my facialist was an absolute darling with the most PERFECT eyebrows (it's honestly the first thing I notice about people these days). She immediately got to work at gently cleansing my face and prepping it for the machine.

The facial itself is fuss-free. The machine uses suction and tiny bristles to exfoliate the skin, shift lymph for a de-puffing effect, deep-cleanse the pores and remove impurities.  I couldn't believe how painless the extractions were. My previous experiences with microdermabrasions have often been somewhat uncomfortable, but this was awesome. It felt like a gentle vacuum-like wand was being gently pressed against my face and sucking all the gunk out, while imparting a cooling sensation almost immediately after from anti-ageing serums being pushed into the skin.

Next, a gentle acid peel was applied to loosen dirt and debris from the pores, and amazingly enough, my skin experienced no irritation whatsoever. Winning.

Once this was done, a super bright lamp was placed over my face to kill harmful bacteria and boost collagen production.

Afterwards, my lovely facialist slathered on loads of plumping hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich serums, and as she did this, she really educated me on which skincare formulas would be suited to my skin type (a non-physical sunscreen is everything!) and how to apply them properly. I was really grateful for those little vessels of information as I personally think a key component to a great facial is having an in-the-know expert tending to you. It's always nice to absorb new information, given that my brain is an ever-expanding sponge of primping tips.

THE VERDICT

All in all, I felt like my visage was uber-glowy for maybe the first couple of days. I honestly could not stop marveling at how flawless my forehead looked and how blackhead-free my nose was. There was almost no redness on any part of my face and I also was pleased to see how smoothly my makeup glided on.

Having said that, it's been about four days and my complexion has kind of lost its lustre. That could be due to the fact that I overloaded my pores with beauty products over the weekend, or I haven't been downing enough water, but now that I've had a taste for that ever-elusive glow, I want it back. My facialist did mention that it takes about five or six treatments to see long-term results, so I guess I'll just have to go back for more!

For anyone in need of a brightening boost, I'd definitely recommend this deep cleansing treatment. It's the quickest way to achieve a skin pick-me-up and revive a tired, ageing or dull visage effortlessly. While it's not a traditional massage-based, relaxing facial, you will definitely walk away feeling a million bucks.

Visit skincaremelbourne.com.au to book in your glow-enhancing HydraFacial.

Image courtesy of HydraFacial

Have you ever been for a HydraFacial, beauties? Tell me in the comments below!

Keep your phone fresh: 5 of the best safety cases for iPhones | tech talk lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Keep your phone fresh: 5 of the best safety cases for iPhones

The past ten years have seen the world of mobile phones take great leaps and bounds with their capabilities. They've gone from being simply a way to call people to our constant companions that hold our most precious memories and are even responsible for waking us up in the morning. But the one thing that makes me long for my old Nokia is how easy the damn things break. I couldn't even tell you how many people I know have smashed or cracked their phone screens (including myself) and my phone currently even has a dented volume button, which means I can't adjust the volume without going through settings (a minor annoyance, I know). They're so thin and slippery it's like they were designed to slip right through our fingertips and smash so we have to buy new ones (I'm on to you, Apple!).

WANT MORE? If you liked the look of these safety cases for iPhones, then check out more tech stuff here.

We were recently sent one of Griffin Technology's Survivor Slim iPhone cases to try, and if you're serious about wanting to protect your phone, then it is just silly not to get a proper protective case. While we struggled to test the full extent of its protective powers (because, let's be honest, nobody wants to risk smashing their phone just to see how far you can drop it without damaging it) we did do a few experimental tumbles and after the initial heart attack subsided we realised that the phone was still in excellent condition. These cases aren't bulky or hard to handle like some of the older safety cases; they're slim and can easily fit in your pocket. This one is made with a combination of tough, resilient silicone with a protective polycarbonate shell, so it can provide you with effective shock and drop protection. These cases will definitely help to prolong the life of your phone if you've got butter fingers like myself.

SHOP IT: Survivor Slim iPhone case, $39.99, griffintechnology.com



Image courtesy of Griffin Technology

Have you tried any safety cases for iPhones? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Spooksville: 18 Halloween nail art designs for trick or treat enthusiasts | nail it galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Check out this Halloween nail art!

Halloween costumes. Meh. Halloween nail art — now that's what I'm talking about! Indeed, dressing up your digits for Spooksday is not only super creative, but loads of fun and you can get away with pretty much any design you want (blood stains, anyone?).

WANT MORE? Check out this Halloween nail art!

Below, get inspired from our fellow Instagrammers who have ingeniously decided to reveal their scare-tastic nail art to the world. Consider these the ultimate costumes — for your nails!



Love a bit of Halloween nail art? Which is your favourite design? Tell us in the comments below!

Luxe to less: 13 SPF moisturisers for a sun savvy base | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

When it comes to fighting wrinkles, sunscreen and hydrating moisturisers are the most potent weapons, so you'd be silly to skimp on these crucial steps. But because mornings can be tough, multiple face products don't always make the cut. Enter: time-saving moisturisers with SPF and we're ready to go!

The merging of the two skincare necessities means you can safeguard your skin from ageing UV rays all year round, and still receive ample moisture so your visage looks radiant at all times.

Below, check out a range of our favourite healthy hydrators across all budgets which make slathering on SPF so easy, you won't think twice. Apply all over from your hairline, down to your neck, then to your chest and don't forget the tops of your ears!



Image courtesy of dollarphotoclub.com

Which of these face-saving SPF moisturisers will you be buying this season? Tell us in the comments below!

Halloween costume ideas: Get spooky, sexy and so fetch | what to wear fashion daily night owl feature fashion daily  pictures

In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total ... well, you know the rest. Aussies don't have much to do with Halloween and it sucks. Totally sucks. I want to dress as an emoji or something ironic, scary or even sexy. So this is for all the people celebrating this spooky holiday, whether you're throwing together something last minute or going all in — I'm so freakin' jealous.

Regina George: Ok, so this is right up there with throwing a white sheet over your head in terms of lazy costume dressing (more time scouring the streets for candy, I say). All you need is a pair of pumps, a mini skirt, purple bra and of course the white singlet with the nips cut out. Bonus points if you get your craft on and DIY a burn book.

SHOP IT: Zu Louis Light Pink Patent Point Pump, $90.00, zushoe.com.auForever New Gwen Fluted Panelled Skirt in Cornflower Blue, $69.99, forevernew.com.auSportsgirl Linen Tank in White, $34.95, sportsgirl.com.auStella McCartney Lingerie Cherie Sneezing Balconnet in Electric Purple, $20.99, bendonlingerie.com.au

Miley Cyrus: Love her or hate her, Miley had a great year and what better way to get some giggles than to chuck on some booty shorts and a wacky cat crop paired with that infamous foam finger. Twerking and top knots optional.

SHOP IT: Amazon Miley Cyrus Twerk Foam Finger, $9.95, amazon.com, Jeffrey Campbell Quilted Platform Sneaker, $121.79, farfetch.comRomwe Striped Drawstring Grey Shorts, $27.99, romwe.com, Romwe Cute Cat Print Bandeau , $35.99, romwe.com

Maleficent: For those opting for traditional scary and moody costumes, Maleficent is my pick. Deck yourself head to toe with leather, add some black wings (or opt for the cane and cloak). Don't forget the red lips, heavy contouring and of course get creative with some DIY horns!

SHOP IT: Tony Bianco Friski Boots in Black Vanquish, $120.00, tonybianco.com.auMsgm Leather Effect Leggings, $228.06, farfetch.com, Black 36" Feather Wings, $24.99, costumesupercentre.comForever New Anthea Leather Waterfall Biker Jacket in Black, $269.99, forevernew.com.au

Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Paramount Pictures, One Popz, Walt Disney Pictures & MIND THE MUSTARD

For more outfit ideas, click here!

Which Halloween costume ideas are you fond of? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG DIY: Modern concrete planters tutorial from Paper & Stitch | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

DDG DIY: Modern concrete planters tutorial from Paper & Stitch

So often DIY tutorials claim to be easy but are in fact only easy if, like Liam Neeson in Taken, you have a very particular set of skills. I couldn't sew my way out of a paper bag (also that sounds like it would be counter productive) and have the shakiest hands of all time so most things that require careful painting are pretty much out of the equation; for a DIY to be really easy in my eyes it needs to have limited steps and minimal fiddly parts, so this one gets the go ahead in my book.

WANT MORE? If you liked this modern concrete planters tutorial then check out more awesome DIYs here.

This modern concrete planters tutorial from Paper & Stitch is super quick and doesn't involve any special skill. While I'm not sure if my local hardware store would have these exact concrete sprinkler guards, it has inspired me to at least spend the day there seeing what is on offer and figuring out exactly which items can be repurposed as a planter. Lucky that giant new multi-level Bunnings just opened up around the corner!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 7 inch round sprinkler guard  (2 needed per planter)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Small plants or succulents

Head over to papernstitchblog.com for the full instructions and more awesome tutorials!

What are your thoughts on this modern concrete planters tutorial? Tell us in the comments below!

Exercise test dummy: Shape Shifter class at Acumotum in Prahran | lifestyle health and happines feature  pictures

With so many different exercise options out there these days, hating the gym is no longer a good enough reason to not get moving. So to inspire you to try new things, our chronically unfit lifestyle editor is lacing up her runners and trying out every type of exercise we can find in Melbourne — from Yoga to Boot Camps and every crazy thing in between.

Got a class you want us to try for you? Hit up the comments and we'll give it a go. Think of me as your exercise guinea pig.

Shape Shifter at Acumotum, Prahran

Despite running this segment for the better part of a year I remain fairly unfit — who would have thought that sporadically doing one random exercise class a week wouldn't turn you into Michelle Bridges? — but I have been into a lot of gyms. While the majority of the classes I've tried have been a little different to your standard gym session, none have really managed to be different in every aspect of their programs from equipment and layout through to the exercises, but Acumotum does just that.

Before we even get to the class that I tried (and died a little bit in, but more on that later), I would like to mention their awesome setup. The room where their group fitness sessions take place is covered in a soft, springy synthetic grass (I can't tell you exactly what it is made out of but it was so comfortable and felt much nicer than carpet on your feet!) that allows them to conduct their sessions sans shoes without the possibility of you slipping over — plus training barefoot is said to be better for your posture and reduces the risk of ankle sprains (among other benefits!). It's stuff like this that helps Acumotum add a little fun into their sessions while still giving you the best workout possible for your level.

Acumotum excel at creating classes that give you the same type of hardcore workout you might get from an outdoor bootcamp session but with a good balance of fun which helps to keep you going when you want to collapse in a heap. I'll admit that when I signed up for their Shape Shifter class I legitimately had no idea what I was in for. Judging by the photos on their website they do a lot of bootcamp-style exercises with serious equipment that I'm not used to handling, so I was a little bit nervous heading in, and while I was right about certain bootcamp parallels, this class was so much more.

Shape Shifter is perfect for people like me who want to build their fitness while also working on their coordination. If you're new to exercising and need to get in shape it's a great beginners class because it gets your heart rate up and works your muscles while also working on your coordination — that's not to say it isn't challenging, though; I was bright red and puffing less than 10 minutes into the class. My class had one of the most broad ranges of attendees of any I've ever been to — all ages, genders, body types and fitness levels were represented in a fairly small eight person class.

When the session started off we eased into moving with a fun session of batting a balloon back and forth with another participant. See what I mean about keeping their classes fun? Chasing after a balloon and running back and forth gets your heart rate going and gets you warmed up for the tough stuff that comes later. The rest of the class then consisted of challenging circuits with a partner that included everything from running on the spot to duelling with weighted logs.

Exercise test dummy: Shape Shifter class at Acumotum in Prahran | lifestyle health and happines feature  pictures

This 45 minute class saw me scrambling across the room on all fours (gorilla running is incredibly hard!), trying out push ups using the TRX equipment and getting super excited (okay, maybe a little bit too excited) about catching a sandbag in mid-air. At no point in the class was I bored or feeling as though I could be pushed harder. Sure, my lack of stamina did make certain parts of the class a bit difficult (read: wanting to die from exhaustion) but a quick rest, a good drink of water and a new set of exercises was the solution I needed.

After trying the class my quads were a little bit sore the next day — and really sore the day after that! — but some stretching and light exercise helped that to go away fairly quickly. The gang at Acumotum are all very friendly and I'm excited to head back and try more of their classes. While they're currently only based in Prahran, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they start popping up all over the country soon!

Head over to acumotum.com to check out their timetable and all the other classes they have on offer!

What are your thoughts on the Shape Shifter class at Acumotum? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Testers needed: Colgate Optic White Toothpaste | test me feature beauty 2  picturesWant to try some amazing beauty goodies? Well, you're in the right place. Register your interest for this DDG Trial Team below, and you could be receiving some gorgeous beauty prodz to test and review in your postbox very soon.

Here's what needs testing this week: Colgate Optic White Toothpaste

Price: RRP$5.99

Brand: Colgate Optic White Toothpaste

What is it?

The must-have toothpaste for your daily beauty regime.

With regular use, this revolutionary whitening toothpaste containing the whitening ingredient that dentists use (although the formula has a lower 1% peroxide formula to make it suitable for everyday use):

  • Goes beyond surface stain removal to deeply whiten teeth
  • Removes stains ordinary toothpastes don't
  • Whitens teeth by 3 shades (after 4 weeks use)

Plus, its special enamel safe formula provides all of the benefits of standard fluoride toothpaste for daily use.

Testers will be required to submit before and after photos of the progress of the whitening toothpaste so please only apply if you're happy to do this!

You can win a Style Your Smile beauty pack thanks to Colgate Optic White before 9th November. To enter, take a photograph of yourself showing your Optic White smile and upload the photograph including the hashtag #OpticWhiteSmile to the Optic White Australia Facebook page. Head here for all the terms and conditions.

 

Here's how you get to test it:

1 - Make sure you are signed in (or you won't see the form below).

2 - Quickly, quickly fill out the form, and we will select 5 eligible submissions at random for this week's testing panel.

3 - Once we have all five sets of details, we'll get the products and further instructions on their way out to you.

You must be a member of DDG to be added to the Trial Team

Here are a few other important bits and pieces you should know:

1 - You have to be a signed in member of DDGD to be a tester.

2 - You have to live in Australia to be able to be a tester.

3 - You must have at least 300 DDG$ to be selected for this trial team.

4 - You have to submit your review within 5 days of receiving the product (or you won't be able to do any more testing, swag claiming, or anything else fun on DDGD).

5 - As well as scoring some fab freebies, you also get DDG$20 for submitting a review

 

Web want: Queen Beyonce nail decals | nail it feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Boring nails? Put a Yonce on it — quite literally. Yes indeedy, you can now whack Bey Bey onto your claws thanks to a set of flawless nail decals by talented artist Sara M Lyons for Emerging Thoughts. Each pack contains 42 decals, with 21 different designs including Jay Z's mug, 'Bow Down' (bitches) and a few signature icons from Beyonce's most famous film clips. There's even a #surfbort! Genius.  

So what are you waiting for? Go and get a pack of these babies, FAST! I mean, why wouldn't you want Queen B staring up at you? It's all you really need to run the world (GIRLS!). Okay, I'll stop.

Web want: Queen Beyonce nail decals | nail it feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

SHOP IT:

Emerging Thoughts Queen Beyonce Nail Decals, $11, emergingthoughts.com

Will you be upgrading your nail game with Beyonce digit decorations? Tell us in the comments below!

In the bag: 15 Spring bag styles to snatch up now | galleries feature fashion daily bag ladies  pictures

With George Clooney hitched and Ryan Gosling fathered it's a classic case of where has all the good arm candy gone. Well file this under: hunk substitute. Seeing as linking arms with Dave Franco isn't plausible (I'd spread him on a cracker ... ah hem), why not fill that empty hand with a new season clutch or link arms with an OTT tote or snuggle with carry on luggage?

Want more arm candy? Click here.

There's no judgement here when it comes to filling the void with this season's third best accessory (after the above). Whether you want to ride the trend train and opt for a fringed bag or would rather opt for a novel clutch (personality takes compacted square form), whatever your style and whoever your celebrity clutch, it's time to move on to prettier hand-stitched pastures.



Image courtesy of Zina CH

Which Spring bag styles are you lovin'? Tell us in the comments below!

We love vintage denim and considering Jeanswest kicked off our love of jeans way back when (40 years ago to be exact - but who's counting), this homegrown label offers so much more than killer denim pieces. This week I scoped the new Spring styles dropping now and found the five best printed, boho and easy-breezy buys you won't be able to resist!

Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from Jeanswest | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

This dress was made for day to night antics! Whether you pair it with boots for festival days or a pair of wedges for balmy nights on the town, I'm lovin' the multiple straps and v-neckline — oh so flattering.

SHOP IT: Zahara Printed Panel Dress in Black Multi, $79.99, jeanswest.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from Jeanswest | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

Seventies flares and a hippie print are spot on this Spring. This design goes splendidly with a pair of sandals or laid back tan heels — plus the elastic waistband makes for beach to bar comfort.

SHOP IT: Bahamas Beach Pant in Teal Multi, $59.99, jeanswest.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from Jeanswest | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

This all black kaftan is your beach bud this Summer. Perfect for a cover up at the beach and off to afternoon beverages in the sun. Team this free-spirited number with sandals and a floppy hat.

SHOP IT: Cancun Embroidered Kaftan in Black, $49.99, jeanswest.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from Jeanswest | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

Finally a beach bag that looks the part while being practical! Not only does it have a nifty zip to keep the sand-in-the-bag drama to a minimum, but the handy compartments help keep sunblock from exploding all over everything ... oh, the joys of a day at the beach.

SHOP IT: Salvador Beach Bag in Natural Multi, $39.99, jeanswest.com.au

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Where would a stinking hot day be without a chilled out playsuit? A bright print and cute back design make this all-in-one a hole in one (a-thank-you).

SHOP IT: Katerina Printed Playsuit in Black Multi, $59.99, jeanswest.com.au

What do you think of this week's Australian fashion guide? Which Jeanswest piece is your pick? Tell us in the comments below!

Wild & free: How to take care of curly hair | hair styles beauty 2 galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Curly-haired babes should know that taking care of those coiled tresses can be hard work. In fact, it often takes quite a few Holy Grail products to keep things in check and even then, the hair can look like a force field of frizz. But fear not, we've got all the advice you need to keep that fabulous mane looking fine.

Whether you've got ringlets, major waves, or some seriously big hair, here are a few tips and tricks to give your locks the special treatment they deserve. 



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What are your tips on how to take care of curly hair? Tell us in the comments below!

Shake it off: 9 crazy delicious milkshake recipes to try this weekend | lifestyle galleries feature recipes  pictures

Shake it off: 9 crazy-delicious milkshake recipes to try this weekend

Let's start this post off with a disclaimer: these recipes aren't good for you. Sure, they're amazingly delicious and will definitely improve your mental state if your favourite thing in the world is to indulge in sweets (holla!), but in terms of calorie content and sugar levels it's best not to think about it (and in my opinion, as long as you're not drinking these guys with every meal then you're in the clear health-wise). Now that we've got the nitty gritty details out of the way, we should start talking about how delicious these milkshake recipes are. Infinitely delicious? That sounds about right.

WANT MORE? If you liked the look of these delicious milkshake recipes, then check out more food stuff here.

The thing that takes a milkshake from a barely flavoured beverage fresh from the udder to a mind-blowingly delicious concoction that you never want to stop drinking is the mix-ins. You better have a damn good blender because you know what's amazing? When you crush up your favourite chocolate bars to steal their delicious flavours. From cookies and cream heaven to caramel popcorn in liquid form, no flavour combination is too far fetched in the world of milkshakes. Find your flavour combo, shake it up and enjoy!



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Which of these delicious milkshake recipes tickled your fancy? Tell us in the comments below!

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