Flats amore!: 20 pairs of flats to put your best foot forward

By (DDG$: 8380) , on 11.06.14 5 comments

Flats amore!: 20 pairs of flats to put your best foot forward  | sole mates galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

Not unlike the vast options available in the toothpaste section of the supermarket (seriously, just the one that cleans your teeth?) there are a variety of styles, colours and cuts to suit every flavour when it comes to flats. These comfy, edgy and sophisticated numbers are Winter's answer to sandals, and frankly I would choose a flat over a sandal any day!

With brogues, points and even cut-outs trending this season, let your tootsies do the talkin' with a snug refresh on your Winter wardrobe — after all, flats what shoes are for (HA!).

Image courtesy of damselindior.com

Which flats are you favouring? Tell us in the comments below!

Winter beets: 8 Beetroot recipes youll be loving this Winter | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature recipes  pictures

8 Beetroot recipes you'll be loving this Winter

I am sure I've mentioned this before, but I freaking love beetroot. For some reason it's not up there with the other vegetables that I eat on the regular (shout out to my pal potato!) but every time I do find myself eating it I begin to wonder why I don't eat this versatile veggie every damn day of the week.

WANT MORE? If you're loving these beetroot recipes then check out this delicious beetroot recipe from Merci Mama.

These beetroot recipes cover everything you could want to eat this Winter — from the obvious rustic tarte and soup (sprinkled with herbed feta because we're not beasts!) to the downright genius — dumplings anyone? Apart from just being plain delicious and adding some kickass sweetness to your meals, beetroot would also have to be the prettiest vegetable going round. Just try to stare at a bright pink bowl full o' soup and not have a grin on your face!

Image courtesy of Mowielicious

What are your favourite beetroot recipes? tell us in the comments below!

Real Girl Beauty (intern edition): 5 minutes with Jessica Savoia | feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Meet another of our gorgeous interns, Jessica Savoia, the chick who can do it all! Whether it's whip up a gallery about what's trending in Beauty Land or play stylist during one of the many hair tutorials we host here at DDG, this young gun is a surefire gem and today she's walking us through her grooming routine and then some.

1.  What does your internship at DDG involve?

As a Beauty Intern a lot of my day revolves around researching and writing about beauty products, whether that be what's hot on the shelves or the best ways to use them. As a qualified hairdresser and avid makeup fan, writing about the latest trends in these areas would have to be my fave thing to do!

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

Beaute Rroir Liquid Eyeliner in Black: My eyes feel naked without a swoosh of this bad boy along my upper eyelid, with a cheeky flick on the end to top it off.

Maybelline Define-A-Lash in Black: By far my favourite mascara. Inexpensive and makes my lashes look full, long and curled without clumps.

- Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It: Literally magic powder! I shake it on my crown at the roots for added oomph and it even takes away that greasy look which means I can leave my hair that extra day between washes.

Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick in 107: Nothing like a sultry red pout. Bold colour that packs a punch without the greasy finish or sheen that is affordable and long-lasting.

- Nars Bronzer in Laguna: A stroke of bronzer on my cheek bones is a must if I don't want to look like I have a Vitamin D deficiency! NARS bronzer adds the perfect amount of colour and shimmer to look naturally sun kissed without sparkling like a disco ball.

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

Because I wear my hair so short I generally just have it straight with loads of dust it at the crown so it's voluminous and textured at the back. I always like it to look classy and sleek.

4. How do you keep your skin in shape?

I'm actually quite lazy and standard with my skin care *cringe* (don't hurt me Kristina!). I cleanse in the shower with Biotherm Hydrating Mousse in the morning and follow with Nivea Moisturising Fluid.

5. Which beauty secret do you swear by?

Brow gel! Having naturally such dark brows I always thought I was immune to having to apply any extra product to them. But a clear brow gel to set them in place and avoid any long strays curling downwards has been a godsend!

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

Combining a highlighter with my bronzer instead of just throwing bronzer all over my face for a contoured look!

7. How do you unwind on the weekends?

By not waking up before 11 am and not getting out of my pyjamas before 4 pm. I call it “Sloth Sundays”.

8. Favourite fragrance? What does it remind you of?

Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. It's all I have worn for the last three years straight! I can't even smell it on myself anymore but when I get a whiff of someone else wearing it I'm reminded why I love it so much! It's just so girly and elegant and I can't bring myself to change.

9. Favourite beauty brand and why?

Kerastase. The hair products are just so luxurious!

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

Nude. If I had to wear it for the rest of my life that means it would never not go with my outfit.

11. Walk us through your daily makeup application.

I'm very simple actually. Slap on some foundation, gel the brows in place, swipe on some eyeliner on my upper eyelid, coat my lashes in mascara, a little highlighter on my forehead, nose and cheeks and finally some bronzer on the cheekbones, neck and chest.

12. Who inspires you?

Anyone more motivated than me!

13. Favourite celebrity hunk?

Aidan from Revenge! Every time I watch that show I wish it were me in his arms, listening to his sexy Irish or English accent! Don't even know where it's from but it's definitely hot!

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

Well, I don't know if they count as superheroes but I've always wanted to be one of the Charmed sisters! And then I could fall for a sexy demon!

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

Tomboy style: Ditch the glamour girl with these 3 looks | what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Tomboy style isn't just a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors and overalls. It can be a cool slogan sweater, a turtleneck or even a skirt! Whether your style is more polished and preppy, tough girly or channels some urban feels, this look can cater to anyone!

Skirt revamp: There is nothing more badass than contrasting a skirt with Cons. By replacing one element of this tomboy outfit with a feminine feel you get a seriously original look AND another way to wear that skirt you wore once to that party ...

SHOP IT: Forever New Celeste Denim Jacket, $79.99, forevernew.com.au, Pansy Print Fit & Flare Skirt in Green/Multi, GBP115.00, whistles.co.uk, Westward Leaning No 9 12 Color Revolution Sunglasses in Matte Tortoise, $180.00, bluefly.com, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Eyelet-Canvas Sneakers in Black, GBP50.00, net-a-porter.com

Urban street: An oversized sweater with rolled up sleeves keeps the look relaxed while the wedged Nikes make it fierce! A slogan sweater that spells out what look you're going for helps as well.

SHOP IT: Filles a Papa Tomboy Sweatshirt in White/Black, EURO160.00, fillesapapa.comJ-Brand Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jeans, $337.00, mytheresa.com, Foxlane Collective Five To One Large Leather Tote in White, $140.20, thegrandsocial.com.au, Nike Dunk Sky Hi in Black/Sail, $208.00, blueandcream.com

Chic Parisian: Mess up a stiff turtleneck with slouchy overalls and a slide. Monochrome and minimalist are the flavours for this ensemble so keep it fresh and clean!

SHOP IT: Whistles Silk Mix Roll Neck in Black, GBP45.00, whistles.co.uk, Le Garcon 711 Overall in White, $481.00, matchesfashion.comMarie Turnor Accessories The Lunch Clutch in Black, $243, shopbop.com, Ray-Ban RB4175 Clubmaster Oversized, $179.95, visiondirect.com.au


Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Montse O, Cindy & Look de Pernille

What do you think of these tomboy style looks? Tell us in the comments below!

Web Want: Hairy Maclary boots | sole mates feature fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures


So we all know the furry, fuzzy and fluffy trend this winter. From bags to boots it's the texture to be trekking in. Needless to say Senso have nailed this trend, with a soft grey hue workable with anything and a subtle pony fur it's the perfect bootie to rock with a pair of skinnys and a big coat!

SHOP IT: SENSO Ramsey III Soot Pony, $259.00, senso.com.au

What do you think of this web want? Tell us in the comments below!

Mani of the week: Gold triangles & plum claws nail tutorial | nail it how tos feature beauty 2  pictures

Gold and plum are totally trending for this season, and we think there couldn't be a more decadent and romantic colour pairing. So naturally we decided to pair the two together to create a simmering hot nail art tutorial that anyone can try at home. Below, learn how to create a very simple, very chic set of digits using our favourite nail art tool: sticky tape!

Mani of the week: Gold triangles & plum claws nail tutorial | nail it how tos feature beauty 2  pictures


- Base colour (we used Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in 'Bordeaux')

- Second colour for the triangles (we used Essence Dark Romance Nail Polish in 'Gothic Gold')

- Sticky tape + scissors

Mani of the week: Gold triangles & plum claws nail tutorial | nail it how tos feature beauty 2  pictures


1. Paint on several coats of your base colour.

2. Once fully dry, cut out two small strips of sticky tape (tap on the back of your hand to ensure the adhesive won't cling to your varnish) and then criss cross them across the nail, being sure to leave a small area exposed for the triangle.

3. Paint over the exposed triangle with your second polish.

4. Before it dries completely, pull off the first then second piece of sticky tape in quick, sweeping motions to create defined lines.

And that's how it's done! If you end up trying this, don't forget to tag us on Insta so we can have a peek – @ddgdaily

Will this nail tutorial be tonight's beauty project? Tell us in the comments below!

New & Noteworthy: 14 new beauty products worthy of some lovin | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

New beauty products trending this week

It can sometimes be really hard to decipher which beauty products are actually worth the spend and which should be left on the shelves to perish. I mean, is that eye cream really going to make you look ten years younger and will that fake tan give you a JLo-worthy faux glow?

Thankfully each week, we do gads of road-testing to bring you the very best crop of grooming goodies that we know you're going to love. No BS here!

Which new beauty product is making it to your shopping list this week? Tell us in the comments below!

Web Want: Make A Wish necklace | pretty things jewellery feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

You know that hunky-dory feeling when you purchase something (one or twice, right?), well imagine that feeling on top of the feeling of knowing you are helping to bring hope, strength & joy to the lives of children facing life-threatening illnesses. Yep, not even an ice-cream scoop of Nutella could top that feel. With gold, rose-gold and silver to choose from, these designs are beautifully unique. Whether it's a spontaneous gift to your friend, Mum or a treat for yourself, it's the gift of giving.

What do you think of this weeks web want? Tell us about it in the comments below!

SHOP IT: Sass & Bide Make A Wish Necklace in Silver, $35.00, sassandbide.com

In the navy: Navy homewares that are better than black | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Navy homewares that are better than black

There is something so sophisticated about the colour navy. It's deep and dark but without that brooding, Addams Family feeling that black can leave you with. It complements most colour schemes — from all white rooms to gilded edges or even a dark and stormy colour palette. It is a pop of colour that is less in your face and more of a surprising whisper when you realise the depth of the colour.

WANT MORE? If you loved these navy homewares then you should check out these ones!

Navy homewares are basically the new neutral. I'm loving seeing this colour (at least my favourite colour of the month!) in everything from bed linen to serving ware, and yes I'm already planning on painting one of my walls navy. Black is just so over.

Image courtesy of West Elm

What are your thoughts on navy homewares? Tell us in the comments below!

Lunch club: Chorizo paella recipe | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Lunch club: Chorizo paella recipe

I'm somewhere middle of the lane when it comes to my cooking skills. I have the ability to make some fairly delicious things, but in general don't make anything fancy or overly difficult, and have a habit of sticking to the same old recipes (which are mostly chicken based). This chorizo paella recipe is probably the most impressive thing I can make and the easiest to make for a larger group of people (it can easily be bulked out with more rice or a nice side salad).

Generally I make this recipe for my boyfriend and myself, then we both have large servings of it for lunch the next day (which is hard because I definitely don't want to share it), but it could easily work as a whole week's worth of lunches just as easily as you could feed six people with it. Delicious chorizo with bursts of cooked tomato and capsicum make it a flavoursome lunch you won't soon forget.


  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 2-3 chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 3 chorizos (sliced 1 cm thick)
  • 1 large capsicum (slice)
  • 1 small onion (finely diced)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups medium grain rice
  • 4 tomatoes (chopped)
  • chopped spring onion


  1. Bring 4 cups of chicken stock to the boil then take off the heat, add a pinch of saffron and cover.
  2. Cook chicken until lightly brown then set aside.
  3. Using the same pan, cook the chorizo for about 2 minutes each side or until it starts to brown.
  4. Add the onion, capsicum and garlic to the pan and cook for 3 minutes (moving everything around constantly) before adding a teaspoon of paprika.
  5. Add rice to the pan and stir until completely covered in oil and lightly golden.
  6. Add stock to the fry pan and bring to the boil (be sure to make sure everything is evenly distributed around the pan before boiling).
  7. Transfer to an oven safe dish (or if you're using a paella pan just add the chicken to the pan) and stir through the chicken. Make sure there's an even distribution of everything through the pan.
  8. Cover with tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Cook in a hot oven (approx. 200C) for 25 minutes. A good paella should be a little bit crispy around the edges and a yellowish-golden colour.
  10. Cover with sliced spring onions before serving.

What do you think of my chorizo paella recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

Get the look: Smokey eyed vixen Araya Hargate | how tos feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Bold framed eyes and seductive rouged lips — damn, Araya Hargate! You sure know how to work that red carpet. Here’s our how to get this sexy vixen's makeup look:


STEP ONE: This look requires high coverage and a budge-free base, so prep the face with Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer. It's a double duty beauty that's super hydrating and beneficial to the skin.

STEP TWO: Buff the skin with Chantecaille Compact Makeup to layer the coverage and create a creamy, semi-matte effect.

STEP THREE: Disguise any blemishes or dark areas with Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer. The creamy consistency means it won't get lodged awkwardly into any creases.

STEP FOUR: This look is about natural contouring, so sweep Urban Decay Naked Illuminating Shimmering Powder on the top of the cheekbones and over the forehead. Dust some over your decolletage too for that angelic glow.

STEP FIVE: Brush the brows upwards for a lifted effect and seal them with a brow gel like Essence Clear Lash and Brow Gel.

STEP SIX: Pencil on L’oreal Colour Riche Kohl Midnight Black along your upper lash line in a 'tight-lined' effect. Start lightly on the inner corner and work outwards, then draw inwards from the outermost points with an elongated wing. Smudge the lines with Laura Mercier Smudge Brush to get the smokey finish. Lash it up with Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves in Extreme Black. The intense brush will lift and volumise the hairs so they flutter over the liner.

STEP SEVEN: To avoid any smudging or feathering of your lippie, line your lips with L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner and blend it inwards towards the centre of your mouth before loading on the lipstick. Get a gorgeous matte yet moisturised pout with L’Oreal Colour Riche Moisture Matte in Flaming Kiss. Apply the pigment with a lip brush to get perfect definition and fill in your lips entirely. The blue-based red shade will contrast your teeth to make them look whiter. 

Now blow a kiss to the crowd!

By Adriana Maiolo

Image courtesy of L'Oreal via Getty Images

Got a girl crush on Araya Hargate? Tell us in the comments below!

What to wear to work: Noteworthy neutrals with Sincerely Jules | working it what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily  pictures

Today we are getting all work inspired thanks to the very stylish stylings of blogger Sincerely Jules, for even more style inspo check out her style blog here.  

Ever have those no fuss days, when you just want to keep things simple and understated? Neutral pieces should fill the bulk of your workplace wardrobe; they effortlessly transfer from day to night, are trend-proof, timeless and are flexible fashion pieces.

This outfit incorporates all of the best basics a working gal should have: the perfect white shirt, a nude structured blazer, black skinny trousers, a leather holdall and loafers. With these five extra simple and underrated pieces, you'll be feeling less ugh and more uh-mazing when rocking up to your 9-5.



What to wear to work: Noteworthy neutrals with Sincerely Jules | working it what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily  pictures


SHOP IT: De'Ville long sleeved shirt in ivory, $139.00, mlmlabel.com, Nude suit blazer, £65.00, topshop.com, Slim panel pant, $215.00, cue.cc, Kaley leather handbag, $279.00, countryroad.com.au, Madhatter leather flat shoes, $88.24, asos.com

Image courtesy of Sincerely Jules, words by Kate Harper

What do you think of this low-key office look? Would you rock it? Tell us in the comments below!

Hot apple cider: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Hot Apple Cider: It's happy hour at DDG!

This Winter weather is really starting to chill me to my bones — and that's really saying something considering it actually hasn't been that cold or rainy yet. With that said, 20 degrees in June is definitely different to 20 degrees in January and once that chill sets in it can be hard to keep the shivers at bay. So with that in mind, this Winter we're bringing you our favourite Winter drinks and cocktails that will warm you up from the inside out. We're starting this off with the easiest possible Winter drink: hot apple cider.

WANT MORE? If you liked this hot apple cider then check out this cocktail recipe!

Rekorderlig, the Swedish Cider company with flavours so delicious you forget that you're drinking alcohol half the time, have brought out their seasonal cider in anticipation of the frosty season. This apple cider can be enjoyed hot or cold and has been infused with cinnamon and vanilla for that perfect, wintery apple pie-like flavour.

Hot apple cider: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures


  • Rekorderlig Premium Winter Cider


  1. Shake the bottle to distribute spices.
  2. Heat in a small saucepan over a medium/low heat — do not boil.
  3. Enjoy in a mug and let your tummy enjoy the warmth!
  4. If you like, garnish with a cinnamon stick for extra flavour.

Hot apple cider: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

What are your thoughts on hot apple cider? Tell us in the comment below!

Bargain buys: 10 mouth watering purchases to fatten up your wardrobe | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

When it comes to my undergarments I'm a little neglecting, which is to say I head to K-Mart twice a year and stock up on those Grandma cotton brief packs four sizes too big and call it a night. Yep, my future is looking to be catarific (Bridget Jones, eat your heart out).

I usually rely solely on my trendy Aunty to supply a couple special occasion briefs come Chrissy, with the cute designs, snappy cuts and expensive fabrics. But when it comes to the Peter Alexander pair below, I just might have to make an exception.

Image courtesy of lookbook.nu

Which bargain buys are your fave? Tell us in the comments below!

What to wear (under $200): All rugged up with Atlantic Pacific | what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday bargain buy  pictures


We are literally a week into Winter and this weather has already got me depressed; the only thing that is getting me through these challenging times is Winter fashion and street style. We are no longer in that odd in between, am I hot or am I cold state, we are in full blown I can't feel my freaking feet weather.

The only way to combat the cold? Rug up, girl. It's all about adding this season — add a scarf, add a beanie and add cardigans under your coats. Don't be afraid to layer up! I love this look because it is so damn simple yet stylish. Coated jeans are an amazing piece for everyone's wardrobe and to add a hint of grunge chic to your style, add stripes, cons, a fail-safe coat and a big woolly scarf, and you're done.

 For more everyday style inspo check out the very gorgeous Atlantic Pacific now!


What to wear (under $200): All rugged up with Atlantic Pacific | what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday bargain buy  pictures


SHOP IT: Cross over snood, $25, asos.comSlubby stripe t-shirt, $25, Daisy Street, asos.comNavy blue jacket, $80.00, riverisland.comCoated high rise pants, US$17.80, forever21.comChuck Taylor All Star Women's Low-Top Sneaker, US$45.00, Converse, urbanoutfitters.com

Image & inspo courtesy of Atlantic Pacific, words by Kate Harper

What are your wardrobe staples for looking cool while staying warm? Tell us below!

Beauty product smackdown: Natural vs. chemical deodorant  | skincare make your mug glow feature beauty 2  pictures

Each week we'll be testing an all-natural beauty product against its chemical counterpart to see which is most effective. Today's topic is deodorant! A boring one to kick things off with, yes, but deodorant is one of those staple items that the majority of women can't go a day without so I thought it would be an interesting one to run through.


- Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Passion fruit: This all-natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odour protection. Essential oils of passion fruit, guava and peach nectar step into a warm base of sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla for an uplifting burst of freshness that lasts all day.

- Rexona Clear Aqua Crystal 48 Hour Anti-Perspirant Deodorant: Unlike an ordinary deodorant, Rexona Crystal gives you complete protection: 48 hour protection, freshness and anti-white marks and has a crisp, cool floral fragrance.


A full day and night for each product.


With so many rumours about natural deodorant being completely ineffective, I had my doubts, but the rumours were wrong. In terms of longevity, I honestly could not tell the difference. They each seemed to last as long as the other, although Rexona's scent was a little more soapy and therefore detectable, while Lavanila's was a little more subdued. 

The consistency of the Rexona stick was a lot more smooth and creamy, and therefore easier to apply, mainly because the rollerball dispensed the liquid almost instantly while the Lavanila was a solid stick that was completely dry (to cater for those who do not like a 'wet feel' deodorant), and you had to really push down to get the product onto the skin. But once it did, it melted into a moisturising balm that felt fab while the Rexona was far too sticky and didn't absorb as well.

When it came to scent, I definitely preferred the smell of LaVanila — softly tropical and tasty without being overpowering with a baby-powder-fresh lingering finish, while the Rexona was a little soapy and boring.

Both products kept me from sweating and smelling for hours on end so it was difficult to distinguish which was the reigning champion in terms of lasting results as they both came pretty close to the finish line.


Without sounding biased, I'm choosing natural all the way! I like the idea of switching up a daily staple item with an all natural and gentle alternative that smells like a tropical cocktail and therefore makes me feel less like a hippie. It's also peace of mind for me because apparently there's a risk in applying chemicals like aluminum and parabens to the open pores of your armpits. And plus, I kind of like my pits smelling all fruity (soz for the visual). 


1. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Solid Stick Vanilla Passion Fruit, $24.95, iamnaturalstore.com.au, 2. Rexona Clear Aqua Crystal 48 Hour Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, $4.49, priceline.com.au

What deodorant do you use? Would you ever consider going all-natural? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG TV: How to look like Beyonce | feature ddg tv beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

How to look like Beyonce

Beyonce is trending a big way this year. There was her surprise album launch, a saucy appearance on stage where she debuted a stellar new bod and of course, the (freakin' hilarious) Solange-attacks-Jay Z debacle. But despite it all, Beyonce is known for looking #flawless, and today you get to learn the tricks of the glamorous trade with a little help from Youtube sensation dope2111.

Press play to enter the world of Queen B and emerge as your very own version of Sasha Fierce.

Tutorial courtesy of Dope2111

Are you now a pro on how to look like Beyonce? Love or loathe Queen B? Tell us in the comments below!

Just jeanius: Best jeans for your body shape | what to wear fashion daily featured hp main feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

Open any person you know's closet and you're sure to find at least one pair there (and no, jeggings don't count, nor do leggings with faux pockets and rivets spray painted on them). Jeans hit their peak popularity when cool boys like James Dean and Bruce Springsteen wore them and made them look super sleek and well, Kanye wears them and it still doesn't look like they're going anywhere soon. They're just pretty darn difficult to shop for if you don't know what styles, cuts and type of denim suit you best. Not to worry, your weekly update on clothing to suit you is here and we're going to smash this out of the ballpark. Let's get going …

Just jeanius: Best jeans for your body shape | what to wear fashion daily featured hp main feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

Best jeans for your body shape if you're an hourglass:

So you have a small waist and a Beyonce booty; you probably find that your jeans gape in the back, huh? Yep, what you want to do is go for jeans with a bit of stretch that sit higher on the waist to cinch that in. To balance out your proportions you can wear a slim leg or skinny jean with heels — you want the hem to be long, but not too long; if it's too short or too long, it'll make your legs look shorter than they are. That's the point where you get your lovely sales assistants a shout out if you need a second opinion. If you don't want to draw attention to your hips and thighs, stay away from lighter denim or denim with any kind of whiskering or distressed look as that will draw attention to them.

Just jeanius: Best jeans for your body shape | what to wear fashion daily featured hp main feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

You're straight up and down: 

Boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, mum jeans … you've got dibs on the lot. If you want to accentuate your thin pins, reach for the skinny jeans. If you're looking to detract from your legs, opt for a boyfriend jean, which will give you a relaxed, ‘I'm not even trying’ look. You probably want to stay away from jeans that are too straight or shapeless as you might get lost in them. Go all in on this one; commit to the really skinny or the really baggy (not like MC Hammer baggy, let's not get crazy) and you've got this, erm … in the bag.

Just jeanius: Best jeans for your body shape | what to wear fashion daily featured hp main feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

You're a pear (not a real pear — though delicious, probably not ideal as a body type):

Hey, ladies, you want to take a cue from the hourglass girl and go for a slim, skinny or boot cut jean. When shopping for bootcut jeans make sure they don't flare out a crazy amount; you want it to be subtle, less John Travolta circa Saturday Night Fever more ‘oh, those are boot cut jeans?! I didn't really notice 'til you pointed that out’. The reason for this is because a big flare has a tendency to make your legs look shorter, unless you have long, gorgeous Candice Swanepoel legs in which case, who am I to advise you not to go Travolta all the way!

Hope this helps a lady out. There are a few simple things to keep in mind when going jean shopping. Always buy half a size down (wiggle into them, they will stretch!), get them altered about 1 cm longer than you normally would because they tend to shrink in length after first wash (also don't wash them too often, it makes the denim sad and they live longer if you wash them less frequently) and finally, don't give up trying on jeans if the first pair doesn't work out; most people need to try on heaps of pairs before they find the perfect pair.

It's kind of like dating: you just keep going till you find the perfect fit. See? Jeanius.

Images courtesy of LouHayHay, fashionvibe & Jag Lever.

Got any other other tips for finding the best jeans for your body shape? Share them below!

Face base camp: Everything you need to know about foundation | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

TRIVIA TIME: Which product can you apply all over the face to achieve the appearance of smooth, even, pore-less skin? If you answered with 'chocolate' we don't blame you #wishfulthinking. If you answered with foundation, we're sending you a virtual hug because that answer is CORRECT. If you didn't answer with either ... dude, really?

Foundation is the best kind of cosmetic magic, with each formulation boasting a different miracle. Whether it be cover, correct, conceal, smooth or mop the floor, these bad boys are the essential disciplinary tool for making the skin behave and look beautiful. But because not all foundations are created equal, and there exists more than a dozen variations on the market, we've assembled a lengthy guide that will teach you all you need to know about the different types. Gel, liquid, powder, mousse, cream ... bring it on!

Which type of foundation is your fave to use? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty Editors letter: Its time to embrace gel liner | feature eye makeup and trends beauty 2  pictures

I'll be the first to admit that my liquid liner pen is getting a little snoozy  — as in, major boring. Swishes and swoops are generally my secret talent and should anyone dare to pry the pen away from my fingertips, they'll have me to answer to, but lately I've been seriously sick of constantly having to reapply my liner around midday. Why? Because even the liquid formulas that claim to be budge proof are cheeky and like to go walkabouts every so often.

So when Rimmel ScandalEyes 24 Hour Gel Liner landed on my desk, I couldn't help but eye it off with some curiosity. A lot of my friends and quite a few makeup artists I know dabble with gel liners, mainly because they're allegedly supposed to stay put for hours upon hours and are much easier to maneuver than their liquid counterpart, so you can understand my sudden interest.

The last time I'd experimented with a brush and little pot of liner, I ended up with streaks from my peepers to my brows (yes, even Beauty Eds eff up makeup application at times!), but my inner voice reassured me this time would be different. And alas, wasn't that wise old voice correct!


Well for one, it's long wearing — I got a whole 9 hours of budge-proof wear out of it and the colour payoff was rich and intense, just the way I like my wings! I didn't need to apply a lid primer, nor was I wearing any kind of eyeshadow, so the fact that it surpassed my eyelids' extreme oil excretion (that sounds gross) was a miracle. To scrub it off, I needed to use heavy duty eye makeup remover so it's obvs this prod would be perfect for those glamorous events that require some heavy duty face painting.

I also loved how you didn't need the steady hands of a surgeon in order to make the line look nice and straight — it provided precise application thanks to the little tapered brush. With liquid liners, I find that I have to pull my eyes taut in order to get the perfect line and we all know how bad that is for crow's feet. I also hate how the fine sponge tip applicator on liquid liners have the tendency to smudge easily, meaning you often have to get it right the first time, while this gel liner was completely buildable so I was able to slowly layer and sculpt it to the shape and thickness that I desired easily and effectively without any kind of straying.

Beauty Editors letter: Its time to embrace gel liner | feature eye makeup and trends beauty 2  pictures

The top swatch is gel liner & the bottom is a texta liquid liner


This bad boy is cheap as chips and high quality. It's a no mess, no fuss product and so perfect for those serious lines or a slick cat's eye, so yes, it's defs worth it.


Close to it!


This is a nifty buy for those of us who have trouble with a traditional liquid liner wand or who want something to actually stay put around their peepers, but just be warned you need loads of patience to pull gel liner off as mastering the perfect silhouette takes skill and dedication.

The only downside is that pot liners require you to clean your brush after every application, which isn't ideal if you like to keep your makeup routine short and sweet. If you're a little on the lazy side, try a gel liner in pencil form instead.

Beauty Editors letter: Its time to embrace gel liner | feature eye makeup and trends beauty 2  pictures


Now for many girls, even the most beauty savvy of the bunch, liquid eyeliner can be a hard nut to crack so the very fact that I cracked this mystical nut will always live on in my heart forever. But because there's so many new takes on the mod cat's eye (hello rich plum and metallic bronze shades!), and I want results that actually last, I'm going to have to choose gel liner for the time being.

It's goodbye for now liquid liner, just not forever.

Keen to try this? Do you prefer gel liners or liquid liners? Tell us in the comments below!

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