Style shaper: How to match your haircut to your face shape

By (DDG$: 81480) , on 20.08.14 3 comments

Style shaper: How to match your haircut to your face shape | galleries feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Here's how to match your haircut to your face shape

While it can be tempting to test run whatever hairstyle is trending at the mo, take a sec to think twice: "Will blunt bangs really work for me?" or "could I totes rock a pixie crop and therefore enhance my insane jawline?" Decisions, decisions.

Here's the solution: work with what you've got and choose a style that highlights your best assets and downplays your not-so-loved features. Lord knows I wish more women could have completed this simple exercise in the 80s perm days!

Below, we've made it easy for you to match the perfect hairstyle with your face shape.

Find your best style now and don't look back!



Image courtesy of L'Oreal Professionnel

Did you learn something new about how to match your haircut to your face shape? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG DIY: Easy Personalised Notebook tutorial from Minted Strawberry | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

DDG DIY: Easy Personalised Notebook tutorial from Minted Strawberry

I am a massive notebook hoarder. For some reason I am given pretty notebooks all the time but constantly forget to take them anywhere and then when I'm out and need something to take notes in, I buy a new one to add to the collection. Some of them have writing on a few pages but a lot of them are entirely empty. To avoiding feeling like the most wasteful human on the planet I prefer to think that I'm stockpiling in preparation for the technological apocalypse, because as a writer I rank the ability to scribble on a piece of paper higher than most things.

WANT MORE? If you liked this personalised notebook tutorial, then check out more DIYs here.

While a large majority of my notebooks are just too pretty to throw away, a fair few of them are the plainest, cheapest type I could find at the newsagent and that's where this awesome tutorial from Minted Strawberry comes in handy. Personalise your notebook with a spray painted message to really get your point across.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Blank notebooks
  • Letter stickers
  • Transfer paper
  • Cheap matte spray paint
  • X-acto knife
  • Painter's tape

Head over to mintedstrawberry.blogspot.com.au for the full instructions and more awesome tutorials.

What are your thoughts on this Personalised Notebook tutorial? What would your notebook say? Tell us in the comments below!

Spring fashion: 10 things you need to buy to be in style next season | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

A clear advantage of being across the pond is seeing our American pals rock the best of Spring and Summer style before our sun rolls around. Yes, it's painful watching everyone soak up 38 degree Miami days and drink nothing but cocktails, but now it's our time (muahahaha).

For more new season buys click here!

So while the other side of the world will soon be stowing their bikinis away for another year, we will be dusting off our togs (well not quite yet), and taking advantage of their Spring sales *squeals*. All that Instagram scrolling has finally been put to good use, so check out what I've scoped out to be the 10 picks of the season and how you can work them!



Image courtesy of Juliett Kuczynska

Which Spring fashion buy will you add to cart? Tell us in the comments below!

Sweet treats: 6 of the best chocolate skincare prods for a healthy (fat free!) glow | skincare make your mug glow galleries beauty 2  pictures

6 of the best chocolate skincare prods

Despite being bad for the hips, applying chocolate to the skin (or namely, cacao compounds) is actually the secret to a glowing visage. Heck yes! This delicious treat is chock full (see what I did there) of potent antioxidants and essential nutrients needed to promote radiant skin. How, you ask? Enter the science lab, please.

Because cacao is very high in Vitamin E, when applied to the skin it provides stellar anti-ageing properties that fight the activity of free radicals and help skin remain supple and young (minus the weight gain). Better yet, some cacao solids contain high levels of caffeine and theobromine, which are great at banishing cellulite by firming and breaking down fatty cells. To take it one step further, the flavonols in cacao can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase hydration. It's all very delicious, isn't it?

Go loco for cocoa by shopping the choc-infused prods below!



Image courtesy of May Lindstrom via Belletristic Beauty

Are you salivating over these best chocolate skincare prods? Tell us in the comments below!

Exercise test dummy round up: Which of these exercise classes is right for you? | lifestyle health and happines feature  pictures

Exercise test dummy round up: Which of these classes is right for you?

Over the past couple of months I've tried a whole range of exercise classes and while I wouldn't say that all of them were right for me, that doesn't mean you won't love it. The key with getting into a good routine is to find exercise classes that you enjoy (because what's the point of exercising if you're hating life while you're doing it!?), but that also challenge you every time you attend.

I've divided the classes we've previously tried into four categories depending on the main thing you want to get out of your exercise time (flexibility, strength, a cardio workout or to tone up), but do keep in mind that most of these classes will have aspects that trickle into other categories as well (but drawing that out would have been a huge, confusing mess!).

Have a look at the image above and figure out which class would suit you, then use the links below to check out the write up of my experience in the class (the good, the bad and the ugly!).

CARDIO WORK OUTS

For solid cardio (which is pretty much my least favourite type of exercise because I have no stamina whatsoever!) check out our write ups for Spinstar and Rope Burn.

FLEXIBILITY

We've tried our hand at a fair few yoga styles at Kaya Health Clubs (Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa) plus a sweaty Bikram yoga class in Yarraville. If meditation isn't your bag then check out Reformer Pilates.

BUILD STRENGTH

If you're not big on lifting weights (holla!) there are still ways for you to build strength. Have a look at antigravity (aerial) yoga or start training for a bootcamp-style obstacle course this week!

TONE UP

Barre classes take the best parts of ballet training and inject them with a personal training edge. Check out KX Barre and Xtend Barre for classes. If you need to get rid of some of that aggression, then give boxing a go — you wouldn't believe the results you'll achieve!

We're still trying new classes every week, so if you've got any suggestions for a class you'd like me to try, then hit up the comments!

Which of these exercise classes was your favourite? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

 

Get the look: Chrissy Teigens Dewy Skin | how tos feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Chrissy Teigen, the hottie married to John Legend, is known for her beautifully dewy-fresh skin and natural yet breathtaking makeup. Today we're walking you through how to recreate this bombshell babe's red carpet look.

1. Start with your eye makeup first to avoid pigments falling onto your base.  Apply Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in No.23 Dark Sable (deep brown) onto the top lid and smudge very gently all around the eye, including the lower eye line. Tightline the upper lid with Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner and add one coat of Ere Perez Natural Waterproof Mascara — it's all about keeping the eyes subtle to accentuate your healthy glow.

2. Next, apply Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant all over the face for a hydration hit and press into the skin with hands.

3. Use Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Concealer & Brightener under the eyes to spot cover any blemishes and draw light to the eyes.

4. Apply Clinique Supermoisture Makeup with a damp beauty blender sponge for a sheer, dewy finish.

5. Add a sweeping of Lancome Star Bronzer Intense to the high planes of your face with a fluffy, round bristled brush.

6. Apply some rouge to your cheeks. Simply dab a small amount of By Terry Hyaluronic Blush directly onto the apples of your cheeks and blend.

7. To amp up the dewiness, add Benefit High Beam Highlighter on top of the cheekbones, above your top lip, in the centre of your chin, to the bridge of your nose and to your temples. Tap with your fingertips to blend.

8. Banish unwanted shine with a translucent powder over the face. The sheer pigments will ensure you still maintain that dewy effect.

9. Skimp on the brow gel, simply sweep a spoolie brush through your arches for a polished look minus the maintenance.

10. To keep this look day time apropes yet still fitting for evening, whack on a rosy nude semi-matte lipstick like Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in Rose Ruban 211.

11. To get Chrissy's messy beach waves, apply a generous dollop of Pureology Highlight Stylist Bodifying Luminator Texturizing Shine-Foam (perfect for highlighted hair) to damp strands and dry them with the hair upside down. Once dry, wrap a few strands around a curling iron and then spritz Toni & Guy Sea Salt Spray through the locks before tousling with your fingers to create a textured, voluminous finish.

Go get 'em, girl!

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Love Chrissy's makeup? Are you a fan of dewy makeup? Tell us in the comments below!

Get it while its hot: 11 of the best roast recipes to give your oven a work out | lifestyle galleries feature recipes  pictures

Get it while it's hot: 11 of the best roast recipes to give your oven a work out

I think we can all be a little bit lazy when it comes to cooking. That might be one reason we find ourselves reaching for the take-out menus more often than we'd like, but just because you don't want to stand at the stove and monitor your meal all night doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on flavour or quality. I love roasting my food. I am especially obsessed with roast potatoes and their crispy deliciousness, but I think I just generally love foods more if they've been roasted.

WANT MORE? If you liked these roast recipes, then check out more of our picks here.

From the perfect sides to a good selection of meat options you can mix and match these roast recipes for the perfect mid-week meal or even just for a delicious snack. The best thing about roasting is that you basically just throw all the ingredients into a dish and chuck it all in the oven. Sure, you might need to occasionally check on it, but it beats standing and stirring any day of the week!



Image courtesy of Gourmande In The Kitchen

What are your favourite roast recipes? Tell us in the comments below!

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Peter Alexander | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

 

Yep, storm trooper leggings. I mean, I could elaborate. I could say yep, they're a killer cut and perfect for all year round. But I think it's better we just stare longingly at their awesomeness.

SHOP IT: Star Wars Storm Trooper Leggings, $69.95, peteralexander.com.au

 

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Peter Alexander | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

Embroidered slipper game strong. R2-D2 and C-3PO make the perfect scuff pair and I can't help but love the fairy floss pink colour.

SHOP IT: Women's Star Wars Scuffs in Pink, $39.95, peteralexander.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Peter Alexander | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

I'm pants free all year round, so oversized tops speak to me like a tuxedo would to Lord Disick. Pair my passion with this charcoal shade and I'm smitten.

SHOP IT: Star Wars DarTH Vader Sleep Tee in Charcoal, $69.95, peteralexander.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Peter Alexander | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

Become team Princess Leia with these busy printed pyjama pants. I'm thinking ugg boots, popcorn, black forest chocolate and Ghost. Yep, the perfect night in.

SHOP IT: Star Wars Princess Leia PJ Pant in Red, $59.95, peteralexander.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Peter Alexander | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

 

Father's day is around the corner and what better gift than a pair of slippers! Just think of all the playful references you could make, 'You are my Father, enjoy these novelty slippers'.

SHOP IT: Men's Star Wars Darth Scuffs, $39.95, peteralexander.com.au

What do you think of this week's Australian fashion guide? Which Star Wars novelty PJs will you rock? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Butter London Brick Lane Collection  | nail it feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

 

This just in! We are lo-vin’ the new Butter London Brick Lane Collection.

Be transported to ultra-hip bustling London with these brand spankin’ new polish, lip, eye and cheek beauties. With shades inspired by exotic spices and bold street art, this collection begs for experimentation. Warm yo-self with the hot autumnal colours and rad textures for an ultimate winter pop.

This new kid on the block hasn’t even landed in Oz yet, but keep your fingertips ready for its arrival! Have a peep now at http://www.butterlondon.com/Collections/Brick-Lane-Collection/

Butter London Brick Lane Collection  | nail it feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

Have you got your eye on any pieces from Butter London's new collection? Tell us your favourites in the comments below!

Good enough to eat: 9 gourmet dog treats for your furry little human | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Good enough to eat: 9 gourmet dog treats for your furry little human

Here's a fun fact for all of you playing along at home: my dog Dexter doesn't like dog treats. Well, I'm not sure if he doesn't like them or just doesn't trust them because they usually follow a visit to the vet, but either way 90% of the time he won't eat it. Bits of carrot that I drop on the floor he'll eat and if I leave a chocolate biscuit on the coffee table unattended he'll eat that, but if I buy dog specific treats, he won't touch them.

WANT MORE? If you liked these gourmet dog treats, then check out more pet products here.

Lots of dogs have this thing where they seem to prefer human food over their meaty treats, and while some of these are very bad for them (such as the time our childhood dogs ate an entire box of giant Freddos that I was meant to sell for charity ... and then got terribly sick all over our house) as long as they don't involve things like chocolate, macadamia nuts or onions, then your pooch should be fine to eat them. With that said, a much safer option is to buy gourmet dog treats that just look like human foods (like cupcakes or donuts) and they'll never know the difference. Just be careful, some of these look so delicious you might find yourself stealing your dog's food!



Image courtesy of Sweet Chops

What are your thoughts on these gourmet dog treats? Tell us in the comments below!

Crop to it: 3 ways to work cropped pants into your wardrobe | working it what to wear fashion daily night owl feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Whether you prefer culottes or fitted trousers, there's no denying cropped pants are having a moment in the spotlight. Mixing up the fits is half the fun; try to play up loose pants with a cropped tee or working a fitted pair with an oversized blouse. Or scrap the rule book and go loose x2 (see easy-breezy). Whatever your flavour, join the pants party with these three looks!

Easy-breezy: It's like resort-wear meets holidays meets "it's too early for Summer, the body's not ready". Sophisticated but understated makes this all black ensemble a stand out.

SHOP IT: Topshop HI Pool Sliders in Black, GBP12.00, topshop.comRiver Island Black Large Asymmetric Zip Clutch Bag, $36.00, riverisland.comCountry Road Silk Shell Top in Black, $129.00, countryroad.com.auElizabeth and James Trenton Wide-Leg Cropped Trousers in Black, $359.00, matchesfashion.com

Back to school: Printed culottes are bang on trend, but making it casual with a crop tee is pure brilliance. Slides or loafers are a winner here and don't forget to wear with confidence!

SHOP IT: Topshop Petite Rib Crop Tee in White, GBP8.00, topshop.com, Witchery Ava Loafer in Black, $129.95, witchery.com.auQuay Austin Sunglasses in Tortoise, $39.95, theiconic.com.au, Hoshiko Patchwork Culottes in Purple Multi, GBP195.00, whistles.com

Nautical vibes: Ahoy, sailor! Sunday relaxing by the beach. Is there anything better? Well yeah, cropped white culottes (duh). Lovin' the playful printed heel to clash it up!

SHOP IT: Bardot Greta Culotte in White, $89.95, bardot.com.auSportsgirl Hello Sailor Tee, $39.95, sportsgirl.com.auTopshop Gallop Court Shoes in Blue, GBP58.00, topshop.comRiver Island Black Triangle Repeat Necklace, $12.00, riverisland.com

Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Kaitlyn Ham, Brooke Testoni & Tina Astra

For more outfit ideas click here!

What do you think of these cropped pants outfits? Tell us in the comments below!

New & Noteworthy: 12 superhero new beauty products to kickstart the week | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty news beauty 2  pictures

It's no secret that I live for testing fresh lipstick shades, deliciously scented perfumes, glow-getting skincare potions, and top-of-the-line lengthening mascaras, and this week's crop of newbies has been a total bombshell in all primping departments.

Prepare yourself for some very exciting makeup launches, hair colour saviours and loads of other awesome anticipated beauty buys!



Which new beauty products are you going to be spending your savings on? Tell us in the comments below!

Lunch club: A healthy baked potato | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Lunch club: A healthy baked potato

We know that some of you are trying to eat a little bit healthier, which is why we like to occasionally take a break from our more indulgent menu options to bring you something that will satisfy without giving you post-lunch thigh anxiety. This break in our baked potato lunch series features a sweet potato instead of the regular old starchy kind and you can stuff it with all your favourite vegetables for a delicious and healthy lunch. A side of broccolini ups your greens intake for the day (while just being flat-out delicious), but if you're looking for a way to add a hit of protein I'd recommend adding a tin of tuna & chilli, which is a quick and tasty addition that packs a flavour punch.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccolini
  • (Tuna optional)

When baking your sweet potato in the microwave, be sure to prick all over with a fork and turn after 5 minutes. Also keep an eye on it while cooking as the cooking time may be increased. You should be able to easily stick a fork into it when it is done.

What are your thoughts on our healthy baked potato? What would you stuff yours with? Tell us in the comments below!

Transeasonal trend setter: Three looks to get you ready for Spring! | what to wear fashion daily night owl finds feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Moodier than the cast of Real Housewives of New York, it's that time of the month for weather. It's sunshine and birds chirping one minute, and drizzly and cold the next. So rather than shake your fist violently in the air in a fit of rage, try these three outfits designed for 'wtf weather' — wherever you are.

On your high horse: Over the knee boots were a Winter staple, so take them to Spring with a pair of leather shorts, white top and textured or printed jacket! Side note: yes, this means you can keep your Winter legs.

SHOP IT: Tony Bianco Genevar Over The Knee Boots in Black Jetta, $150, tonybianco.com.auTopshop Classic Leather Satchel in Black, GBP65.00, topshop.comBardot Gaga Shorts in Black $79.95, bardot.com.auCountry Road Soft Printed Jacket in Antique White, $149.00, countryroad.com.au

White where I want you: Beat the heat in crisp white on white. But remember to drape an oversized black coat/blazer for when the afternoon takes a turn for the worse.

SHOP IT: Topshop Mensy Blazer by Boutique in Black, GBP120.00, topshop.comCountry Road Harriet Sandal in White, $80, countryroad.com.auWitchery Milano Tank in White, $99.95, witchery.com.auRiver Island White Reform Amelie Super Skinny Jeans, $80.00, riverisland.com

Mama taught me: Mom jeans? Hell yes. Casual jeans go for a relaxed roll up and the button up shirt turns slouchy chic. Throw a sandy beige blazer into the mix for some crisp layering.

SHOP IT: Topshop MOTO Raw Hem Mom Jean, GBP25.00, topshop.comRiver Island White Asymmetric Pointed Court Shoes, $100.00, riverisland.comBardot Drape Back Shirt in Ivory, $69.95, bardot.com.auWitchery Linen Kick Back Blazer in Sand, $189.95, witchery.com.au

Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Brooke Testoni, Lian Galliard & Anastasia U.

For more outfit ideas click here!

What do you think of these transeasonal trend looks? Tell us in the comments below!

The Block weekly winners: steal Dee & Darrens signature style | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

The Block weekly winners: steal Dee & Darren's signature style

Even if you're not a massive fan of reality shows, you've got to give The Block credit for always serving up awesome home design and decor ideas. Not only do they give you ideas, but they also mention where they get most of their items from so that if there's something you absolutely adore you can go out and pick it up for yourself (personally I'm still obsessing over the concrete kitchen countertop from last season but am keeping that for my future dream home).

WANT MORE? If you liked these picks from the latest episode of The Block then check out more homewares here.

Last night's winners, Dee & Darren, served up a super sophisticated bedroom and study with a deep grey and blue colour palette, wooden accents and the some super awesome pendant lights that I couldn't find anywhere! (I will update you if I manage to find them!) The cloth canopy hanging from the ceiling that acted as a bed head of sorts was definitely a winning feature.



Image courtesy of The Block

What did you like about this room from Darren and Dee on The Block? Tell us your favourite parts in the comments below!

New York style: How to be downtown with the cool crowd  | feature fashion news fashion daily sponsored  pictures

 

Post brought to you by DKNY #MYNY & E!Online

After giving you the 411 on what's hot and what's not for our uptowners, we thought it was only fair to give our downtown babes the same treatment. If you're not one to shy away from a hipster accessory (see: clear glasses), a flannel shirt tied around your waist, a topknot and a kale popsicle, then maybe you need to go down ... to downtown (no, not funky town).

See how your style rates against our super-scientific quiz below!

1. Grunge, boho, dishevelled, rocker, indie are the adjectives you live (or rather dress) for. YES/NO.

2. If you're not carrying an underground designer bag on your arm, you're carrying the latest book to be seen reading. YES/NO.

3. Third day hair is your favourite style to rock (next to a topknot of course!). YES/NO.

4. Food vans and the latest Ethiopian cafe in secret locations are only the coolest places to grab a bite. YES/NO.

5. You're all about a subtle single-word tattoo, multiple ear studs and just the right amount of leather. YES/NO.

How down are you for the downtown lifestyle? If you nodded to the computer screen and gushed quietly more than three times, it looks like you were built for the Boroughs. Now, we know you shudder at the idea of anything generic, so here's how to dress to subtly impress your cool as a cucumber neighbours.

WEAR!

Jessica Hart is a resident cool bean with the downtown girl style down pat. Take a leaf out of her book for your next night out to a dimly lit bar where the likes of Zoe Kravitz hang.

New York style: How to be downtown with the cool crowd  | feature fashion news fashion daily sponsored  pictures

SHOP IT: DKNY Shoe Boot in Black, $194.00, yoox.comDiane Von Furstenberg Mae Mikado Striped Wool-Silk Miniskirt, GBP120.00, brownsfashion.comBardot Tropez Blazer in Black, $99.95, bardot.com.auOlympia Le-Tan L'arrache Leather Book Clutch, $2011, luisaviaroma.comKomono Allen Wayfarer Sunglasses in Blue, $41.51, asos.com

Leandra Medine (aka The Man Repeller) is New York quirky style in a nutshell. She wears what the 'with it' crowd could only dream of putting together and she does it a year in advance:

SHOP IT: Rag & Bone Em Leather Shorts, $238.00, shoplesnouvelles.comDKNY Runway Rissa Peep Toe Bootie in Black/White, $143.90, dkny.comTopshop Mini Lasercut Holdall in Teal, GBP38.00, topshop.comAR SRPLS Star Print Vest in Olive, $169.65, aloharag.comColette Metal Bauble Necklace, $14.95, colettehayman.com.au

DO!

The Lower East Side is getting a serious face-lift of hip on trend boutiques, nothing generic or been-done here! The pinnacle of alterna-shops. You want to head to Reed Space for the best fix of cool lifestyle buys, where you can find local and international designers, along with art, music, books, and magazines. Don't forget to visit the neighborhood referred to as Nolita (North of Little Italy) for underground designer goodness and then take a visit to the East Village for a dose of boho.

EAT!

Fill up at the place where boho Astorians gather for the best authentic Mexican feast at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant. After you feast, head to Sweet Revenge for a cupcake you won't be able to resist Instagramming!

DRINK!

For a delicious cocktail in the suavest underground nook, head to Raines Law Room where after ringing the bell and entering an unmarked door, you will officially be at an out of this world secret bar!

WIN A TRIP TO NYC!!

So you think you're ready to get down? Want to explore all the quirky nooks and crannies New York has to offer? Eat more ramen noodles than you can imagine? Well, now you can!

DKNY, with the launch of the new women’s scent, MYNY, is giving you the chance to fly to New York (where you belong) to do as the New Yorker's do.

Yep, everything from high tea at The Plaza to Broadway!

Click here for all the competition details and good luck.

If you missed our uptown NYC wrap up, click here!

Images courtesy of Mr Newton. Thumbnail courtesy of Mr Newton. Post Coordinated by The Remarkables Group

 

Bargain buys: 10 of the best Spring heels under $100  | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

Blushing nudes, raspberry pinks and pastel hues are just a few of our favourite things this Spring. But no one wants to feel guilty about a heel purchase or feel the unwelcoming pang of PPD (post-purchase depression).

Want more bargain buys? Click here!

Well, to help your wallet out we have tracked down the 10 most vibrant and feel-good heels to get you excited for weddings, weekends, Spring Racing and everything about the sun coming out (yippeeee!).



Image courtesy of Margaret Zhang

 

WIN WIN WIN!

For your chance to WIN a $2000 shopping voucher to get you all ready for Spring thanks to Compeed®, upload your shoe selfie directly to the  Compeed® shoe wall here now! of span & share on instagram and tag it with hashtag #racedayshoes

Post coordinated by The Remarkables Group

Which bargain buys would you step into? Tell us in the comments below!

Green Tea and Mint Mojito cocktail recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Green Tea and Mint Mojito cocktail recipe: It's happy hour at DDG!

I'm all about combining the good with the bad — how else do you think we came up with our immune boosting cocktail? — which is why I don't reserve my green tea for morning pick me ups. I love the taste of green tea and love to use it in cocktails all the time. In the spirit of our mojito madness we made this cocktail extra minty by using a green tea & mint tea bag rather than plain mint.

WANT MORE? If you liked this green tea and mint mojito cocktail recipe then check out more mojitos here.

If you're not after an insane amount of minty freshness then stick with a regular green tea (or mix it up with another flavoured one — you're the boss of your taste buds, not me!) but don't worry about the fresh mint — it isn't overpowering so you can pack it in. Keep an eye on your tea while cooling it so that it doesn't turn into a slushie — unless that's what you want?
Green Tea and Mint Mojito cocktail recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Green tea & mint tea bags
  • Mint leaves
  • Sugar
  • Limes

HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  1. Brew your tea to your desired strength and allow it to cool to room temperature before putting it in the fridge or freezer.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine your mint leaves with a teaspoon of sugar and the juice of half a lime and muddle with a wooden spoon to help break up the leaves and dissolve the sugar.
  3. Add a shot of rum, your green tea and some ice and shake what your mama gave ya (assuming she bought you the cocktail shaker).
  4. Pour into the glass and serve with a mint leaf or a wedge of lime for extra freshness.

Green Tea and Mint Mojito cocktail recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

What are your thoughts on our green tea and mint mojito cocktail recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

Product smackdown: Chemical vs natural eye liner | feature eye makeup and trends beauty 2  pictures

Each week the DDG office will be testing an all-natural beauty product against its chemical counterpart to see which is most effective. Today we're reviewing SCOUT Cosmetics Mineral Eye Liner Pencil which is said to glide on effortlessly to outline and define your eyes. Is it better than traditional liners? Find out what the office gals had to say below!

KRISTINA (BEAUTY EDITOR)

I normally use: NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner

What I thought of SCOUT Cosmetics Mineral Eye Liner Pencil: I'm actually a real fan of this liner. It's more like a chunky crayon and glides onto the lid seamlessly, without dragging on the skin. I've been experimenting with smokey looks and I find that the soft, creamy formula makes blending a cinch. While it doesn't last very long, it's a great addition to any sultry stare.

MADDIE (FASHION EDITOR)

I normally use: Clinique Cream Shaper for Eyes

What I thought of SCOUT Cosmetics Mineral Eye Liner Pencil: If you're after a smokey look this is the liner to go to. I love how easily it is to apply as it's naturally softer than most waxy crayons so you only need to lightly line the eye to get a high pigment. Although, because it's so creamy it got under my eyes upon applying and later my brow bone and eyelid. I will definitely use this if I'm already putting on eyeshadow for a night out but I think I'll stick to my brown eyeliner for everyday.

LARISSA (LIVING EDITOR)

I normally use: Pretty much any liquid eyeliner

What I thought of SCOUT Cosmetics Mineral Eye Liner Pencil: My struggles with eyeliner are well documented on this site — I have the awesome double whammy combo of hooded lids that are also greasy which means that the second I open my eyes my eyeliner spreads all over my lid. It's for this reason that I tend to stay away from pencils that are made to smudge because I look like I got punched in the face within a few seconds of the application. In the spirit of fair testing I thought I'd try the SCOUT liner for a week to really give it a chance and while there were things that I liked (buildable colour and how easily it slid onto my lid without catching my skin) the fact that it disappeared from my lashline entirely (blame the eyelids!) when I used a lighter touch and I had full blown panda eyes when I went really dark or attempted a semi-smokey eye means that this just isn't the product for me.

SHOP IT: SCOUT Cosmetics Mineral Eye Liner Pencil, $24.95, scoutcosmetics.com

Have you used this brand before? Would you swap over to an all-natural eye liner? Tell us in the comments below!

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This week on the trialling block ... Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara

FEATURED REVIEW

Roadtested: Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... Angela Dennis

And I have/am ... very short lashes

I just tested ... Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara

Here's what I thought ...

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"OMG this product is amazing. No more clumping, smudging or panda eyes. I only needed to apply one coat to transform my lashes into long, luxurious, luscious lashes. Best of all there was no smudging at all and no next morning panda eyes. I would highly recommend this product and will never use anything else again."

Would you buy it? Definitely

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Roadtested: Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... Joanne Cardamone

And I have/am ... Love to try, love to talk, love to pass on what I find

I just tested ... Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara in Lustre Noir

Here's what I thought ...

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"This mascara is amazing, so easy to apply, I have very straight eyelashes (the Asian part of me inherited it) and I find that it's hard to find a mascara which will actually help curl them a little without me having to use a lash curler (which with a toddler, these days I really need to save time). I found it gave my lashes a little bit of a rise which is enough for me for an everyday look.

I also have serious allergy eyes (i.e. hay fever, dust etc cause me to constantly rub them). This mascara is the one and only true non-smudgeable mascara, no more panda eyes for me!!! And also there's no irritation to my eyes either, I can still put in eye drops when needed and still no smudging.

The colouring is quite dramatic; I already have dark eye lashes but this really intensifies them and seems to add some shine as well which looks amazing.

It really does have staying power — it doesn't budge. Like I mentioned before, non-smudgeable but it also just stays on your lashes ALL DAY!!! This is really fantastic. All you need to do is remove with warm water and you fingertips slightly rubbing them for the tubes to fall off. This is great so I don't have to spend money on makeup remover either.

I have really found this to be one of the best mascaras around. The only thing is I probably need to perfect using this to get longer lashes (or perhaps be tempted to try their other mascaras in their range as their pricing is quite reasonable for the effect and the long lasting). You need to work fast as it does dry quite fast but this is also great because if you just want a one quick coat it's done so quickly and you won't ruin your makeup in the process.

Love this mascara and will be definitely buying this again!!!"

Would you buy it? Definitely

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Roadtested: Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... chocolatelace

And I have/am ... sparse, thin and straight lashes

I just tested ... Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara in Lustre Noir

Here's what I thought ...

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"Thank you for sending me the new Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara Lustre Noir to trial (that was a mouthful!)

The mascara comes in a curvaceous, fancy tube with a voluminous, angled wand for maximum volume. The formula is a great consistency — not too wet, yet buildable. There was no offensive smell, and the pigment was intense with excellent long-wearing capabilities. As I have very short and sparse lashes, I usually wear a ton of mascara so in the photos I pretty much have 4-5 coats! The formula helped to lift my lashes and volumise them for a thicker, longer and more luscious look. Some clumpiness was noted — but that happens because I am generally over-zealous with my mascara application!

I also liked the bristly wand — the tapered tip was great for the inner corners whilst the wider portion of the brush was great for the rest of the lashes.

In addition, this mascara is rather innovative — it has a 'tubing' formula which means that the mascara comes off in warm water, in little tubes! I loved how this didn't cause smearing and left no residue around my eyes after removal. This also meant that I didn't get any panda eyes throughout the day, even after 6-8 hours of wear. Thumbs up for that one!

This is overall a wonderful addition to my mascara collection thanks to the high performing formula, pretty packaging and easy-to-use brush. Loved it!"

Would you buy it? Definitely

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Roadtested: Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... Adelae

And I have/am ... I crave the perfect mascara to achieve the results of long, all-encompassing lashes.

I just tested ... Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara

Here's what I thought ...

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In my quest for the perfect mascara I was given the pleasure of testing this lovely product by Mirenesse called the 'Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara'. On first opening, I was impressed with the packaging as it comes with a large, clear description on the back of the packet which entails everything you need to know about the application and removal of your product, plus how to care for it. The bottle is beautiful, like a little perfume stick with a round egg shape on top of the lid. Gold sparkles cover the bottle, which is a brilliant girly touch that I haven't seen on any other mascara.

I found the fragrance of the mascara quite chemically strong, and usually I don't note that mascara has a smell. I thought it might be because it hadn't been opened before but it is more pungent than most mascaras. The wand itself is shaped like a large carrot with many bristles, which I like and is a straight wand with no flexibility. I also liked this feature as in the past I have found flexible wands unpredictable when applying, leaving smudges to clear afterwards.

The application before and after photos I have taken with no makeup so you can see the complete effect of the product without any shadowing or blending. I did not curl them for the testing either as my lashes are naturally very long but also capricious so I thought it would be a good way to see  how well the product can hold them. To begin with, the mascara glides on quite thick so you have to open your eyes right up to fit the wand under. It comes out extremely coated so you can feel the dense texture when you apply it. Because the bristles on the wand hold so much, you don't need to go over your lashes too many times. I literally did one lick in the centre and sides and then carefully used the end to get the fine inner lashes. For the bottom ashes I only needed two strokes to cover everything.

This has got to be the longest lash lengthening mascara I have used to date. It drew my lashes out so far both on top and bottom and I LOVED the result — it worked almost a little too well. As you can see, however, I did not quite reach the roots but I think this was mainly due to me being nervous about how thick the wand was and not wanting to hit my eyeball! I really love the effect this mascara has and I highly recommend it for those lashes on the shorter side. The one down point for me was that it was slightly clumpy, not overly but enough to make them stick together in a way that they appeared a little sparse so for a full-brimmed lash I'm not confident Mirenesse has my vote for this effect. Lengthwise, as I mentioned above — they have it down pat.

The product does say on the back of the packet 'So safe you can sleep in it'. I never go to sleep with makeup of any kind on; however, I did test it out and the next day woke up with slightly sticky eyes and a little dry mascara dust on my cheeks. It wasn't painful and wasn't smudged so the statement proved right. It wore all day with no smudging either which was great to feel comfortable knowing my mascara was on dry and stable. The one thing I noticed throughout the day was the smell occasionally as it is a heavy mascara and I would get a little whiff of the chemical scent.

Finally, the removal of the product was incredibly easy. Mirenesse is not water proof so I followed the instructions of 'no makeup remover necessary' and splashed lots of water onto my lashes, using a cotton pad wipe careful to grab any excess. No worries. I would rate this product a 4 out of 5 stars as it has by far the best extending lash ability I have seen. It is an excellent mascara; however, I am still on the search for one with this ability but also one that can separate my lashes properly and make them look more abundant.

WARNING: PEOPLE WILL TAKE NOTICE OF HOW LONG YOUR LASHES LOOK."

Would you buy it? Definitely

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Roadtested: Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... Michelle

And I have/am ... Wear both contacts and glasses

I just tested ... Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24 Hour mascara

Here's what I thought ...

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"Secret Weapon Supreme conjures up long lush lashes and the 24 Hours sounds even better. The packaging certainly lives up to the name. Black with glitter, definitely would catch my eye. Was comfortable in my hand so would appear to be a breeze to use. Unfortunately, that's where it all ended. I should have guessed when there were instructions on how to put on the mascara. It wasn't intuitive for me and took a few days to get used to. Even after a week of using I still don't think I have gotten it right. On the plus side, it does wash off easily in warm water, which can save you in eye makeup remover. If you look for pretty packaging and don't mind about the result then this is definitely one to look for; however, there are better functioning mascaras on the market. "

Would you buy it? Never

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Have you tried Mirenesse Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara? Tell us your opinion in the comments below!

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