Author Archives: Kristina Ioannou (Beauty Editor)

DDG DIY: The easiest gradient nail tutorial EVER

DDG DIY: The easiest gradient nail tutorial EVER

Whenever Easter starts to approach, I always become suddenly obsessed with the idea of dabbling with nail art. Call me old-school, but decorated tips are my favourite way to celebrate anything festive. This time around, though, I’m playing it safe with pastel gradient digits that can be easily taken from your daytime BBQ with theREAD ME>>

So smooth: How to even out your skin tone

So smooth: How to even out your skin tone

How to even out your skin tone Whatever your skin tone, you want it to be even and flawless, but brown spots, bumpy patches, deep-set wrinkles and large freckles can make it all the more harder to achieve. Don’t despair — a flawless complexion isn’t all that difficult to master! A clever makeup job plus someREAD ME>>

New & Noteworthy: New season beauty staples to go cray-cray over

New & Noteworthy: New season beauty staples to go cray-cray over

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

Editor’s favourites: Winter moisturisers

Editor’s favourites: Winter moisturisers

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

Scrub-a-dub-dub: How to cleanse your face properly

Scrub-a-dub-dub: How to cleanse your face properly

How to cleanse your face — the right way! Even if you’ve been blessed with a clear visage by the good-skin-gods, it pays to cleanse your face each day. Why? Cleansing is a hugely important step in your skin’s health, so dedicating more than 10 seconds to this routine each day will be of greatREAD ME>>

Real Girl Beauty: 5 minutes with fashion stylist Jesse Hart

Real Girl Beauty: 5 minutes with fashion stylist Jesse Hart

1. What are your top 5 can’t-live-without beauty products?  1. Nars Blush/Bronzer in Orgasm & Laguna 2. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara 3. La Mer Lip Balm 4. Goe Oil: it’s 100% natural and you can use it as anything. It’s also great in hair. 5. Chanel Tinted Moisturiser Ultra light in Beige Pastel 2. Tell us a bit about yourREAD ME>>

Time fighters: 7 quick makeup tips to look younger

Time fighters: 7 quick makeup tips to look younger

Handy makeup tips to look younger While we’re totally all for laugh lines and ageing gracefully, we won’t lie when we say we get a secret thrill each time we discover new ways to to shed the years off with makeup. So rather than use makeup shades that look garish and work to enhance fine linesREAD ME>>

5 of the best: Ways to rock a set of statement red lips this season

5 of the best: Ways to rock a set of statement red lips this season

This season’s take on red lips is smokin’ hot Red lips and me have a long-standing love affair, stemming from my days as a child destroying playing with my mum’s lipstick collection. So each time the scarlet lip makes a bold comeback, I can’t help but go a little cray with excitement. WANT MORE? Learn howREAD ME>>

Beauty food: 5 essential vitamins for clear skin

Beauty food: 5 essential vitamins for clear skin

Want to know the best vitamins for clear skin… read on! The ever-elusive glow — we all want it, but it’s almost impossible to find without piling on a tonne of makeup and skincare products. But did you know that the answer lies within your diet? Your skin is a reflection of underlying health, so good nutritionREAD ME>>

DDG TV: DIY hair growth treatment … using onions?

DDG TV: DIY hair growth treatment … using onions?

A DIY hair growth treatment using … onions?! Step aside, coconut oil — apparently onion juice is the reigning champion when it comes to making the hair grow faster. Who would have thought that the stinky stuff we throw into our bolognese sauce is actually one of the best natural remedies for fighting hair fall andREAD ME>>

DDG DIY: How to reshape your eyebrows

DDG DIY: How to reshape your eyebrows

How to reshape your eyebrows Completely stumped on how to shape your brows?  Unsure sure about which shape will work in harmony with your features? It’s time to school you on the perfect arch for your face shape! You might have noticed I’ve got quite the obsession with eyebrows, mainly because I used to sportREAD ME>>

Hair haven: 10 under $10 cheap hair products that actually work!

Hair haven: 10 under $10 cheap hair products that actually work!

Cheap hair products that actually work! Doubly great news for your hair and your wallet: the latest slew of mane tools are not only affordable but they actually WORK. We’re talking strong hold hair sprays, strengthening treatments for brittle ends and fabulous frizz-fighters, some for less money than it costs to buy your daily chaiREAD ME>>

Real Girl Beauty: 5 minute with media personality Boog

Real Girl Beauty: 5 minute with media personality Boog

She played a starring role in last year’s Big Brother as the show’s ‘funny-gal’, and now Boog Roe is set to make waves on radio stations and theatre stages. She’s just recently joined the Casanova team at Nova 100 and is about to start a stream of motivational talks at schools about her BB experience, workingREAD ME>>

DDG DIY: How to fix a broken nail with a teabag

DDG DIY: How to fix a broken nail with a teabag

  How to fix a broken nail with a teabag Worst feeling in the world: you’ve just groomed your claws to perfection — we’re talking buffed, filed, painted, THE WORKS! — and not even 24 hours later you notice a chip in one of the nails. Cue: mini meltdown! But before you go about choppingREAD ME>>

Designer dreams: 10 luxury beauty buys to splurge on

Designer dreams: 10 luxury beauty buys to splurge on

Luxury beauty products from your fave high-end designer labels While the Chanel bag and Gucci heels may still be a pipe dream, at least you can fulfill all of your high-end beauty needs right here, right now. From gorgeous gold embossed compacts to exceedingly pretty palettes and lipsticks that can glam up a pout withinREAD ME>>

Take no prisoners: The best beauty essentials to store in your emergency kit

Take no prisoners: The best beauty essentials to store in your emergency kit

Pack your emergency kit with these best beauty essentials I know I’m not alone when I say that there’s nothing worse than going on a toilet break during a date/work function/family soiree and realising your mascara is smudged halfway down your face and there’s lipstick all over your teeth. Cringe. That’s why it pays to have anREAD ME>>

Bridal beauty tips: How to look glam for your wedding snaps

Bridal beauty tips: How to look glam for your wedding snaps

Best bridal beauty tips for taking a stellar wedding day selfie When it comes to your wedding snaps, you want them to look perfect. I recall being a bridesmaid for my cousin’s wedding last year and the entire day involved me barking orders for her to pose for Facebook/Instasgram/Twitter. “Lift your chin slightly upwards, stareREAD ME>>

Colour code: 5 Autumn/Winter 2014 makeup trends to rock now

Colour code: 5 Autumn/Winter 2014 makeup trends to rock now

Autumn/Winter 2014 makeup trends I can’t believe another season of beauty has wrapped up, and we’re about to enter into Autumn/Winter’s more demure colour palette. Wowee, time flies. And although the sun is still shining, it’s never too early to start gawking at the pretty primpers and gorgeous beauty looks you’ll be sporting in the newREAD ME>>

Beauty Editor’s letter: 5 glorious ways to use oils in your beauty routine

Beauty Editor’s letter: 5 glorious ways to use oils in your beauty routine

Hi, I’m Kristina, and I’m an oil-a-holic. That sounded less sexier than planned. What I meant to say was that I’m pretty obsessed with using beauty oils. Whether it’s smoothing out my strands, fighting free radicals (aka pesky premature lines) or hydrating my skin, there are so many marvelous ways I use these magical elixirs, andREAD ME>>

Beauty gems: All hail the new Mecca Cosmetica Signature Line Collection

Beauty gems: All hail the new Mecca Cosmetica Signature Line Collection

This is probably incredibly obnoxious sounding, but as a Beauty Editor I think I may just have just about tried every primping product on the market. Well, maybe not every single product but definitely most of the brands, so I can safely say I know my shizen about what’s good and what’s not. When itREAD ME>>

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