New & Noteworthy: 21 must-have new beauty products for September

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 New & Noteworthy: 21 must have new beauty products for September | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Most women have the exact same problem: a cosmetic bag and bathroom cupboard overflowing with products. So here's the solution — chuck it all out and upgrade! Well, not necessarily all of it, but if anything is expired or smells a bit funky, it's time to go. In the process, feel free to replace your old loot with this gleaming pile of new beauty treasures.

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From scent-sational fragrances to lust-worthy makeup shades and skincare warriors, Spring cleaning your beauty-drobe has never seemed like such a great idea. Just don't blame the credit card damage on us!



Which of these new beauty products will you be adding to cart? Tell us in the comments below!

Free spirit fashion: 5 boho style looks for Spring | galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

If it's not Nicole Richie teaming vintage Levi's with a relaxed kimono, it's Mimie Lashiry and Rocky Barnes showing us how it's done in ankle boots and eclectic style this Spring/Summer. Pros of this look: comfort, ease and everything inbetween. Cons: nadda.

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Whether you dig fringed shorts, or nordic prints float your boat, this trend is easy-breezy! Just grab some loose, worn-in threads in neat graphics and layer it up for bohemian vibes this Spring. So take a look at the outfits below and remember to clash 'til you crash!



Image courtesy of Josefin Dahlberg

Which boho style looks are your fave? Tell us in the comments below!

Get the look: Rita Oras statement eyes & lips | feature beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2 extra love  picturesShe's a go-getter, a show-stopper and an all-around bad-ass and today we're showing you how to get singing starlet Rita Ora's classic red lip and sultry feline flicks.

GET THE LOOK

1. Prime the face with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir which instantly wakes up the skin and imparts a silky-smooth texture. 

2. To keep skin young, youthful and positively flawless, opt for MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm instead of a foundation. Apply with fingertips all over the face, being sure to blend under the jaw line, to achieve Rita's creamy-smooth texture. Your skin will look completely perfected without feeling like you have any makeup on.

3. Under the eyes, dab on MAC Studio Finish Concealer with your ring finger and tap gently until fully blended.

4. For a bit of added dimension, shade the face with a light bronzer and a tapered brush. Swish on MAC's Bronzing Powder to the temples, cheeks, and jaw line to create warmth and shape while emphasising your bone structure.

5. Now for the eyes! To enhance your eye shape in a very polished and natural way, apply MAC Eyeshadow in 'Brule' (a soft muted creamy-beige) over the entire eyelid, in the crease and just above the eye, being sure to blend slightly towards the eyebrow line for a soft finish.

6.  Time to create your feline flick with MAC's Fluidline Gel Liner in 'Blacktrack' over the top of your eyeshadow. Taking your ring finger at the temple, stretch your eyelid straight out. Keep your eyelid mostly closed, and then draw a straight line from the middle of your lash line and outwards just past your eye liner towards your temple in a slight upwards flick. Next, traces a thin line from the inner corner of your eye until it meets the beginning of the line you just created. Keep it thin as you want the wing to look thicker. Lastly, draw a line from the lower lash line and connect it to the outer wing you created, and fill in the little triangular corner.  

7. Curl the lashes with MAC Full Lash Curler and apply a generous coating of MAC Studiofix Boldblack Lash. Wiggle it from the base of your lashes all the way to the ends for a fluttery fringe like Rita's.

8. Complete the eyes by grooming the brows with MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set. Simply brush brows in place and shade as desired.

9. Finally, finish your look with Rita's statement smile. Line the lips with MAC's 'Redd' Lip Pencil, then for a precise application use a lip brush to apply MAC Lipstick in 'Dangerous'. Blot with a tissue and then add another layer for extra staying power.

Now you're ready to woo them all!

And don't forget, if you LOVE Rita's NYC Style, you could WIN an amazing trip to NYC for two, click here for full details! 

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Eat this: Double Chocolate Espresso Crackle Cookies recipe from Sweet Sugar Bean | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Eat this: Double Chocolate Espresso Crackle Cookies from Sweet Sugar Bean

My sweet tooth is legendary but these days I'm finding myself basking less and less for one main reason: I eat all of it. If it is a packet of store bought biscuits there is a chance that I will eat half a packet and then feel pretty terrible for the next hour (I get over these things quickly), but if I baked a tray of cookies than I'll feel duty-bound to make sure they're all eat that day.

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This Double Chocolate Espresso Crackle Cookies recipe from Sweet Sugar Bean falls firmly into the "would eat all of them in a heartbeat" category but they just look far too delicious not to give the recipe a crack. Coffee tends to make chocolate taste even richer so these cookies are sure to be mindblowingly delicious.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups (312ml) semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 300ml can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk chocolate chunks/chips
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar, sifted

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

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The ultimate first date prep guide to make him fall for you | feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2 sponsored  pictures

The ultimate first date prep guide to make him fall for you

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In my 26 years on this planet I've only ever been on one first date. Don't feel bad for me folks, because 8 years after that one date we're still together. With this in mind, plus all the dates I've helped my friends prepare for, I like to think I know a thing or two about how to make a guy fall for — and while I will never tell you how you should act or what you should wear, a well thought-out beauty routine before your date will help clear away some of those pre-date butterflies.

Whether you tend to meet your prospective beaus at a bar or online, the time leading up to your first date is always filled with that weird combination of excitement and anxiety over every little detail from what to wear to how you should do your hair. For me this included bright red gumboots and my usual messy crop of hair — but that was the style I was going for at the time, so I totally rocked it (I was only 17 and we were going to the movies so formal attire would have been a bit weird). While we would all love to imagine that we can turn up in our daggiest sweatpants with our flaws on full display and still rock the hell out of the date (and really, if he's worth it you probably can!), there’s a special kind of confidence that comes from being perfectly prepped and primped for your date.

I'm not suggesting you pretend to be something you're not, but being the best version of you is exactly what makes guys fall for you in the first place. Then — once he’s madly in love with you — that’s when you break out those daggy sweatpants.

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Get bubbly with it

We don't have to tell you that you should be showering at some point on the day of a date, right? Good, I'm glad we've got that sorted. Since everybody is unique in their hair washing routine (I'm an everyday gal, but some people swear day three is the best for their hair) and hair removal methods — ­we'll leave those up to you, but in the very least you should use a subtly scented body wash (such as The Body Shop's Moringa Shower Gel) to get your skin clean and to create a base for your scent to build off. Follow it up with The Body Shop's Coconut Body Scrub to make your skin irresistibly soft and touchable.

Primped, primed and radiant

Build on that amazing skin softness with an all-over body moisturiser (like The Body Shop's Shea Body Butter ) — not only will you be amping up the touchability factor, but taking the time to really massage that moisturiser in will help to eliminate jitters and get you feeling relaxed. Spritz your perfume on straight away — the excess heat in your body from the shower can help keep the scent of your perfume stronger for longer without having to spray half the bottle (we love The Body Shop's Madagascan Vanilla Flower Eau De Toilette).

Start prepping your face with the soothing Vitamin C Skin Boost serum from The Body Shop to get your skin looking as radiant as possible (to help you save on makeup later on!) and moisturiser (such as The Body Shop's Vitamin E Cream) for a perfectly hydrated base.

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The finishing touches

When the time comes to apply your makeup, remember that less is more — your makeup should make him think that you're just naturally gorgeous and you couldn't possibly get morning breath or panda eyes. Start off with a skin perfector (The Body Shop's All-In-One Instablur) to disguise imperfections and get your skin looking selfie ready. Then, if you’ve got any blemishes or dark circles that are screaming for attention, you can follow it up with a little concealer.

Skip the eyeliner for a more subtle look and apply a shimmery eyeshadow (The Body Shop's Shimmer Cubes Warm Palette) in an earthy shade to the whole lid. Opt for a slightly darker shade towards the outer corner of the eye for a bit of definition before applying your favourite mascara. Finish the look with a light sweeping of pink blush on the apples of the cheeks and a nourishing lipstick in a dark rose colour (we love The Body Shop's Colour Crush Lipsticks) — it is deeper than natural to draw his eye to your lips but not so dark or bright that he wouldn’t want to kiss you.

 

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SHOP IT: The Body Shop Moringa Body Wash, $9.95; Madagascan Vanilla Flower Eau De Toilette, $27.95; Coconut Body Scrub, $23.95; Vitamin C Skin Boost, $29.95; Shea Body Butter, $23.95; Nutriganics Drops of Youth, $47.95; Vitamin E Moisture Cream, $20.95; All-In-One Instablur, $21.95; Shimmer Cubes Warm Palette, $29.95; Colour Crush Lipsticks, $19.95, All available from thebodyshop.com.au.

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To celebrate the fact that they’re reducing their prices across the board (seriously, their colour crush lipstick has gone from $23.95 to $19.95 and just became my new favourite!) The Body Shop wants to give 4 fans the chance to receive their own Body Shop Package including all the products mentioned above (and more!).

Since The Body Shop is all about doing good (which is why they’re against animal testing and are constantly striving to protect the planet, defending human rights, supporting fair trade and making their products more affordable for their customers), we want to hear about something nice you’ve done recently that made you feel good for doing good.

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What prepping do you do before a big date? Tell us about your essentials in the comments below!

Classic Margarita recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Classic Margarita recipe: It's happy hour at DDG!

While we love throwing together a mish-mash of ingredients to create our own concoctions, there's something to be said for the classics — and it doesn't get much more classic than the margarita. This tangy tipple is for the tequila lovers and takes the traditional route with the recipe — that means none of that mysterious 'sour mix'.

WANT MORE? If you liked this classic margarita recipe, then check out more cocktails here.

You'll need lots of fresh juicy limes to get the most out of your margarita and a good quality tequila, otherwise you'll start to feel sick before you even get through it. We'll be giving this classic recipe a twist in the coming weeks but it always pays to master the original before you start breaking the rules.

Classic Margarita recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Ice
  • Salt
  • Limes
  • Blu Tequila
  • Cointreau

HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  1. To prepare your glass, start by covering a small plate with fine salt, then run a wedge of lime around the edge of your glass before dipping it in the salt. Twist it around so that the salt completely covers the rim.
  2. The amount of limes you'll need to fill your glass depends on how juicy they are and the depth of your glass, but we used the juice of 3 limes. Whether you strain the pulpy parts is also up to you!
  3. Add the lime juice, a shot of tequila and half a shot of Cointreau to a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously.
  4. Strain into your glass, being careful not to disrupt the salted rim, and garnish with a wedge of lime.

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Web want: A beautiful cockatoo print from Erstwhile | home sweet home lifestyle feature daily want  pictures

Web want: A beautiful cockatoo print from Erstwhile

In the area we live my boyfriend's dad is quite well known for wandering around with a cockatoo on his shoulder (occasionally wearing a sarong but that's another matter entirely) — I can't tell you how many people have mentioned "the cockatoo guy" to me, forcing me to admit that I lived with him for two years and am dating his son (hardly anyone believes me, though). Unfortunately, he recently lost his beloved cockatoo to a feral cat after moving to the country and I was surprised by how sad this made me.

I hate birds. They freak me out really bad and I have no desire to touch them. Apparently his cockatoo could sense this because she'd always fixate on me and try to get me to talk to her. I rarely did, but she did give me a bit of an appreciation for the beauty of birds — when they're not flying at your face at least. This Cockatoo print is a reproduction of an original illustration of a Salmon-crested Cockatoo by Edward Lear circa 1812-1888. It's hand mounted to aged timber and is a breath of fresh air in the world of art.

SHOP IT: Cockatoo print on Airtex canvas with aged timber batons & 100% cotton rope, $249, erstwhile.com.au

What are your thoughts on this cockatoo print? Tell us in the comments below!

Bargain buys: 10 fresh finds for the new season under $50 | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

With warm weather on the horizon it's high time we had a look at some of the cheap thrills rocking the web this week. If you're anything like me, the first sign of a Spring day (see: above 18 degrees) gets you giddy with glee, and you would have nearly whipped out your one piece when it got to 20 degrees in Melbourne recently (just me? ok ...)

Want more cheap thrills? Click here!

Whether a pair of flippy shorts and pullover knit with ankle boots floats your boat or espadrilles and a printed crop, let the sun shine down on your skin (your very very pale skin, no doubt).



Image courtesy of Lian Galliard

What bargain buys are pushing your buttons? Tell us in the comments below!

Magnificent mani: 11 new nail polishes to go buy now | nail it galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Looking for new mani looks to nail? Need a new talon fix? So totally over your boring French mani? You're in good hands!

WANT MORE? Check out these new nail polishes!

From glitz 'n' glam top coats to fresh pastels and attention-grabbing hues, we've rounded up 11 of the latest lacquers to give you some inspo before you hit the salon. After all, what's a great outfit without a fabulous set of digits to match?



Image courtesy of Essie

Which of these new nail polishes will you be coating your talons in? Tell us in the comments below!

What we wear: Casual work attire | working it what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Nothing says wardrobe staple like a white cotton shirt. Whether you layer it up with a knit in Winter or pair with denim cut-offs in Summer, it's the bees knees. Today I was feeling 'sassy business woman' vibes so I threw together a black and white combo with my favourite leather jacket.

What we wear: Casual work attire | working it what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Specs are by Ksubi and shirt is vintage (your local opp shop is the best bet!).

What we wear: Casual work attire | working it what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

My go-to H&M jeans, Sol Sana slides and Givenchy bag (find similar here).

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

Shop your shape: 5 essential closet items for pear shaped women | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

Shop your shape: 5 essential closet items for pear shaped women

While I think we all hate the term "pear shaped" there's no denying that it is the most instantly recognisable term for the bootylicious ladies, so at least for the time being I think we're stuck with it. If you've got a small chest and a bigger bum, hips and thighs, then you fall into the poorly named pear shaped category, which puts you in the good company of ladies like Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea and the flawless lady herself, Beyonce. If you're looking to build your wardrobe then, beyond the standard wardrobe staples that get pedalled to all body shapes, there are certain items you should be looking to buy to make best use of your envy inducing curves.

Shop your shape: 5 essential closet items for pear shaped women | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

Join the peplum party

If you haven't already jumped aboard the peplum bandwagon, then it's time to start considering them your new best friend. The peplum part of a peplum top accentuates your waist and does the double duty of making you appear slimmer (just look at that waist!) while also accentuating the curves of your upper body to balance out your silhouette. These days your peplum options are wide ranging and can be found on tops, dresses and even jumpers like the one pictured above. Have a play around with materials and silhouettes to discover different looks.

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The everyday LBD

The great thing about everyone's favourite wardrobe staple — the little black dress — is that depending on the style you go for, you can make them work for day or for night. Sometimes we don't want a tight-fitting dress — especially in the day time — but for a more flattering fit look for slightly flippy skirts that exaggerate the shape of your hips in a way that actually disguises the shape of your body a little bit. To help balance out the silhouette, look for detailing around the shoulders or cap sleeves.

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A light jacket for the cooler weather

With the first signs of Spring already creeping up on us the time for heavy coats is drawing to a close and we need to start looking for good casual jackets for the Spring months. Ideally you'll look for jackets that are either cropped super short at the waist or that skim the bum. Jackets with a defined collar or hood help to balance out your proportions, but look for jackets that tie or belt at the waist for the most flattering fit.

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Your perfect skirt

Pear shaped ladies can rock the hell out of a skirt no matter the cut but generally look best in styles that start at the waist. Pencil and A-line skirts both accentuate your figure in equally beautiful ways, but I love the new style that sits somewhere in between. Fluted skirts that skim over the hips and flare out at the knees like the one pictured above are going to be huge in the coming months and are just made for your figure!

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And finally ... the bikini

Bikini season is almost upon us and I'm tired of hearing ladies say (and yes, I'm counting myself in there because I've definitely been caught saying it myself on many occasions!) that there's no way I'm getting in a bikini this Summer. Let's embrace our curves and stop keeping our best bits hidden under wraps. Vintage-style bikinis with a higher waist really throw back to the time when beautiful curvy women like Marilyn Monroe made bikinis iconic. They were just made to flatter your figure — and I mean, if it ain't broke then why fix it? — but when it comes to tops you've got your pick of the litter. If you've got smaller breasts bra-style tops support the bumps you've got, but the rounded shape will make them appear a bit fuller. Let's all just agree to don those bikinis the first chance we get!

Images courtesy of The Pear Shape, Sizeable, Pear Shaped Girl, The Pear Shape and Nadia Aboulhosn.

What would you consider to be essential closet items for pear shaped women? Tell us your tips in the comments below!

Eat this: Sauteed Zucchini with Mint, Basil and Pine Nuts recipe from Alexandra Cooks | uncategorized  pictures

Eat this: Sauteed Zucchini with Mint, Basil and Pine Nuts recipe from Alexandra Cooks

Zucchini is one of the exciting new vegetables I've been able to trick my boyfriend into eating by grating it finely (man I love my food processor!) and adding it to things like spaghetti bolognese. It basically breaks down during the cooking process and is invisible to the eye (but hopefully gives that nutritional boost I'm after), but I'm working my way up to incorporating it more obviously into other meals.

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I don't think we're quite at the level where I'll be able to sneak this recipe past the meal censors, but it is definitely a good one to have in my back pocket. This Sauteed Zucchini with Mint, Basil and Pine Nuts recipe from Alexandra Cooks is probably going to be at least served at all my Summer BBQs this year until I get him used to eating the damn things!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1 pound zucchini (or any summer squash), sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 3 tablespoons (or less) olive oil, divided
  • 3 small cloves garlic
  • 10 (or more) mint leaves
  • 5 (or more) basil leaves
  • 1 heaping tablespoon capers, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar or white balsamic or whatever vinegar you have
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Additional mint and basil, torn, to garnish (optional — I omit because I go big on the knife pesto)
  • homemade ricotta and your favourite bread (optional, for serving)

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

What are your thoughts on this Sauteed Zucchini with Mint, Basil and Pine Nuts recipe? Tell us in the comments below.

5 of the best: Spring perfumes to spritz on in the sunshine | galleries smell this feature beauty 2  pictures

Just as our moods vary from day to day (sometimes minute to minute!), so do fragrances for different seasons. In Summer, we want lightweight perfumes that remind us of beachscapes and sipping on virgin coconut milk. With Winter comes deep, dark olfactory tones while Autumn emanates warm, crisp aromas. And now that Spring is just around the corner, we crave fragrances that have a sunny, languid aura. Potions that remind us of sunshine, pretty florals, refreshing fruit and flowy cotton dresses with open sandals are right on point.

Below, you'll find all of that and more in our hand-picked five best perfumes for the season ahead. From flowery mists to sexy parfums, there were so many fabulous picks, we had a hard time choosing which ones we wanted to wear all season long — so we chose them all! You're just going to have to sniff-test them to know what we mean.



Image courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

Which of these Spring perfumes are you loving the sounds of? What's your signature scent? Tell us in the comments below!

Mummy dearest: 5 of the best parenting apps | lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Mummy dearest: 5 of the best parenting apps

It constantly freaks me out to think that at my age my mum had been married for a few years and had a baby to look after — I mean I still feel like I'm basically a teenager (a teenager who is just about to hit the old side of 25) and the thought of having another person to look after freaks me out. I also don't understand how my parents managed to survive with three noisy, rowdy kids and minimal technology to entertain them with. I mean I know I read a lot of books, but there's only a finite amount of time any child will sit still and read no matter how much they enjoy it.

WANT MORE? If you liked our picks for the top parenting apps, then check out more tech stuff here.

Some people consider the amount of technology the younger generations are consuming to be a sign of humankind's downfall, but there's no denying that the world is going to look insanely different in ten years time. I mean have you seen how easily toddlers can navigate iPhones? They understand them better than I do. Even if you're stopping shy of letting your kids handle your tech devices, there are so many apps out there that will kick your parenting skills up to eleven and make you the envy of all the other parents on the playground.



Image courtesy of Dollar Photo

Do you have any favourite parenting apps? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Woke up like this: 9 of the best skincare products for a flawless face | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

I was recently vacaying in Italy (soz not soz) and noticed something seriously cool: my skin was starting to look JLO-at-the-VMAs awesome! Now, I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I honestly woke up one day, glanced in the mirror and marveled at the fact there was not one blemish on my visage, which was odd because when I landed in too-hot-to-handle Europe, my skin went a bit nuts. Heat rash, sweat pimples and dehydrated surfaces galore! But fast forward two weeks, and my skin had begun to, well, glow. 'What is this sorcery?' you ask. Y'see, when I'm in "zen" mode (aka have more time to actually breathe and do basic tasks like brush my hair and eat bucketloads of gelato), I like to take good care of myself, and it seems my skincare efforts were slowly paying off.

WANT MORE? These are also the best skincare products!

Day by day, I was partaking in skin rituals that lasted more than a millisecond and using quality products that were giving my skin all of the nutrients and nourishment it needed in the scorching hot temps, and it was working! The truth is, the more tender love and care you provide your body's largest organ, the better. But you don't need to spend all your money on weekly salon treatments or seek out magical unicorn tears to achieve blemish-free skin. A healthy lifestyle coupled with good grooming techniques and appropriate prods for your skin type will work wonders on your visage.

On that note, today I'm going to walk you through the exact products and skincare routine I used during my expedition abroad, so that maybe you too can parade around screeching, 'I woke up like this! I woke up like this!'



Image courtesy of Redken

Which are the best skincare products that you use? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Spring Racing style: 15 frocks and fascinators for fun on the field | pretty things jewellery galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

The horses are a yawn, betting gets old as soon as you realise you lose money from your 'shoe fund' and the food's a bit 'eh'. So why do we do it every year? The fashion. It's the best excuse to get dolled up in your Sunday best and eye off Bec Judd, Jennifer Hawkins or whoever's style you crush on come race day.

Want more Spring style buys? Click here!

Whether you prefer a champagne breakfast at Ladies' Day or brushing up against celebs in the Birdcage, everyone has a soft spot for those feet crushing, yellow bubble drinking, Spring Racing Carnival days. See my favourite frocks and fascinators to get you turning heads on the field!



Image courtesy of Melissa Mould

Which Spring Racing style frock and fascinator is your cup of tea? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty essentials: The 13 best makeup products every gal should own | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Best makeup products every lass should own

The perfect pair of heels or a well-fitted pair of jeans can pull together an outfit like magic, and the same principle can be applied to makeup. Thanks to a few essential prods, you can look amazing in the nick of time.

WANT MORE? These really are the best makeup products!

Below, we bring you a list of the top makeup products every girl should have on hand at all times. From blush to eyeshadow and everything in between, you'll be surprised to find out what you're missing from your makeup bag.



Which of these best makeup products do you already own? Tell us in the comments below!

 

DDG DIY: Animal Butt Push Pins for a pinboard menagerie | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

DDG DIY: Animal Butt Push Pins for a pinboard menagerie

After recently making my golden animal menagerie piece of wall art I was left with a fair few animal butts floating around my desk and no idea what to do with them. After considering my options for the past few weeks (which was something I never considered before) I've decided to turn them into push pins for my office pin board and am probably more excited about it than I should be.

WANT MORE? If you liked our animal butt push pins, then check out the original menagerie here.

Okay, so this isn't the most grown up thing to be doing with my time, but it makes my pin board a hell of a lot more fun and quirky. You could also use magnets instead of pins so they can be used for the fridge if you don't have a pin board in need of brightening up.

DDG DIY: Animal Butt Push Pins for a pinboard menagerie | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Plastic animals
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Glue
  • Push pins / small round magnets

HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  1. Take the leftover butts from the wall art menagerie tutorial and spray paint them if you're wanting to change the colour. You'll need to do at least two coats, allowing the paint to dry completely between coats.
  2. Once the paint is dry, put a small dab of glue on the flat part of the animal and stick it to the head of one of your pins/magnets. Complete this with all of them.
  3. Wait for the glue to dry (overnight to be safe!) and you've got some funny animal butt push pins!

What are your thoughts on my animal butt push pins? Tell us in the comments below!

Exercise test dummy: Adult Ballet at Xtend Barre | 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.

Adult Ballet at Xtend Barre, Melbourne

This whole exercise experiment really started because I realised that even though I was never a prima ballerina in my prime, I have gotten incredibly unfit, inflexible and, well, a little bit chunkier since I quit ballet at 18 and instead took up ... nothing. As somebody whose sole form of exercise for over 15 years was dancing of some variety, I'm not exactly equipped for most other forms of exercise (I am hit in the face with a ball on a painfully regular basis) so I had been hunting for something that would give me that stretched and strong feeling you get from ballet. After hunting for six months it turns out the exercise I was looking for was actually ballet. Who would've thunk it?

Ballet is a fantastic form of exercise because it helps you build new muscles that you might not really use when jogging, but while strengthening your body you also get a cardio workout and increase your flexibility. It really is an all over body workout!

Now Xtend Barre offer two levels of ballet — the first level is for absolute beginners and they teach you proper ballet technique (but don't think that just because you won't be pirouetting straight away that you won't be getting a workout — ballet technique is hard work! Just try doing 25 rises on one foot and you'll see how difficult the basics can be!), but the second level is for people who have done ballet before (so you know the terminology and the general techniques) but might be a tad out of shape. I went straight into the second class and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of French terminology I still remember.

Our class was run by a proper ballerina (who is currently dancing for Australian Ballet) and I had an amazing time. I've missed turning (and have lost all my balancing abilities which is a bit shattering), so my favourite part of the class was definitely the turns from the corner. Considering I grew up doing 3-5 dance classes a week, I don't think I considered it that difficult as a form of exercise, but now that I'm officially unfit I can appreciate just how hard it really is.

Adult ballet is fantastic for everybody — whether you danced as a kid and miss it or always wanted to be a ballerina but never had the chance, then this is for you. Some of the women in the level two class only took their first ballet class last year and have worked their little butts off so hard over the past year that they're currently working towards going up en pointe!

If you want to tone up, improve your posture, build strength and increase your flexibility, while also getting to jump and spin, then you've got to give ballet a try!

Have you tried or do you do adult ballet? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!

 

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For when you want to put your best leg forward, the split skirt is the way to go. A clever refresh of your favourite pencil skirt is all you need to feel instantly bangin'; pair that with its easy wearability and comfort and you have this weekend's getup sorted!

Grunge vibes: The staple saucy leather skirt gets a refresh with a side split. By teaming with a printed sweater and heels you get a "I tried without trying" look that's warm enough for this transeasonal weather and will take you to cocktails and beyond.

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Spring monochrome: Spring is in the air, so brighten up with a white front split skirt and sandals or opt for heels for a night out on the town! This look is a fab day to night ensemble, plus a white skirt is right up there with a LBD in terms of versatility.

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Street chic: A modest knee length skirt dials up the sex appeal with a side thigh split and fire engine red. To add some urban street to your tank and skirt combo opt for a slogan sweater! Whether you tie it around your waist or pair it with your skirt, its bound to add some edge.

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Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Camille Charriere, Charlotte Hellberg & Friend in Fashion

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What do you think of these split skirt styles? Tell us in the comments below!

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