Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Supre

By (DDG$: 9220) , on 9.07.14 6 comments

With two amazing collections dropping in stores right now it was impossible not to feature Supre in this week's Australian Fashion Guide! Whether you're strapped for cash and need a new dress pronto or would rather spend your hard earned coin on dinner and drinks than an exxy pair of jeans — it's all here.

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Galaxy graphic teamed with a water coloured print makes this number a stand out! The long sleeves are on point for Winter while the colourway means no boring greys and blacks to be seen — hoorah!

SHOP IT: Arty Long Sleeve Bodycon Dress, $31, supre.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Supre | feature fashion news fashion daily bargain buy  pictures

Whether it's your second skin in Summer (or on a sneaky mid-year vacay), layered under a knit or sweater in Winter, or paired with a lace pencil skirt for a night out, this shirt has a serious fashion resume.

SHOP IT: Miranda Denim Shirt in Mid-Blue, $27, supre.com.au

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Sundays are hard enough without having to change out of your trackies to entertain or go shopping. Enter the relaxed cuff pant. Pair with a basic white tee and blazer with Converses or flats and you're set for couch surfing to brunch.

SHOP IT: Relaxed Cuff Pant in Chambray, $37, supre.com.au

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Since eyeing off the J-Brand ankle grazing jeans in Autumn I've been losing sleep over their amazing cut and style. But trying to justify spending that much on a pair of jeans seemed ridiculous. These cost-less clones are the perfect jean for every occasion, plus with a discrete grazed knee it's the 50/50 balance of edgy and polished.

SHOP IT: Grazed Knee Jeans in Black Wash, $40, supre.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Supre | feature fashion news fashion daily bargain buy  picturesWho doesn't love a marshmallowy soft sweater to cuddle them through the chill of Winter? A quirky print never went astray either.

SHOP IT: Wonder Woman Crew Sweater in White, $27, supre.com.au

What do you think of this week's Australian Fashion Guide? Which Supre piece is your fave? Tell us in the comments below!

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

Here's what needs testing this week: L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Heat Styling Spray

Price: RRP$12.00

Brand: L'Oreal Paris

What is it?

This heat styling spray protects against damage to the hair caused by using heated appliances while locking out flyaways and the effects of humidity for a bouncy, volumised blow-dry that lasts up to 3 days.

 

Advanced triple-action formula:

  • Enriched with Heat-Protect Technology, an active ingredient known for its heat protecting properties. The formula leaves your hair shiny and soft like satin
  • Helps create a voluptuous bouncy blow dry and lock out flyaways and humidity
  • Locks in a voluminous style for up to 3 days

Here's how you get to test it:

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

2 - Quickly, quickly fill out the form, and we will select 10 eligible submissions at random for this week's testing panel.

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

 

  • Testers must live in Australia
  • ... And just to be safe (and keep our lawyers happy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 - You must be happy to submit before and after photos of your face, that may be used on the Mirenesse website as testimonials also, to be part of this review.

DDG DIY: Caviar stripes nail art tutorial | nail it how tos featured hp main feature ddg diy beauty 2  pictures

Caviar beads, metallic silver stripes and pastel purple claws = the raddest mani ever! Today we school you on how to dress up your digits for the weekend with a semi futuristic style using the downright easiest nail art tutorial around.

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YOU'LL NEED

- 1 nail polish for your base colour

- A second nail polish for your centre strip

- Caviar beads (we used Nail Rock's Caviar Bead Nail Kit)

- Two thin strips of sticky tape + scissors

DDG DIY: Caviar stripes nail art tutorial | nail it how tos featured hp main feature ddg diy beauty 2  pictures

DIRECTIONS

STEP ONE: Paint each nail in a base colour of your choice.

STEP TWO: Apply two thin strips of sticky tape to either side of your nail, leaving a centre strip blank. Remember the key to nail art and sticky tape is to ensure the adhesive isn't too sticky so it doesn't remove polish. You can ensure this by tapping the sticky part on the back of your hand a few times before placing it onto your nails.

STEP THREE: Paint over the centre strip with a second polish, preferably in the same shade as your beads. Don't be afraid to paint over the sticky tape to master your straight line.

WANT MORE? Check out this nail art tutorial!

STEP FOUR: While the varnish is still wet, dip your nail into the beads.

STEP FIVE: Almost immediately, remove both sticky tape strips in careful, slick motions to create a defined line.

STEP SIX: Seal your handiwork with a top coat so your nail art can last.

Radness!

Will you be trying your hand at this nail art tutorial? Tell us in the comments below!

One hit wonders: One pan meals for people who hate washing up | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature recipes  pictures

One hit wonders: One pan meals that will save you washing up

I'm not the greatest cook in the world. There are a few things I can make that taste delicious but everything is fairly ordinary and simple. With that said I am fantastic at using every single dish in my house during the cooking process. Don't ask me how I do it, or how I manage to spill half the ingredients on the bench or forget to turn one stove jet on until everything else is ready. Basically, when I finish cooking our kitchen looks like the scene of a particularly messy food fight.

WANT MORE? If you're loving these one pan meals, then check out more great recipes here.

That's the exact reason why I learned to love one pan meals. These magical gems of recipes basically involve throwing all your ingredients together in a pot, pan, skillet or oven dish and basically just letting them all cook together until they magically become a meal. Not only does this save on your washing up, but it also lets all the flavours blend together and can even be a much faster way to make your dinner. Bonus points if you're dining solo and can eat straight out of the pan too.



Image courtesy of Jessie Monds

Which of these one pan meals will you be trying this week? Tell us your favourites in the comments below!

White on white outfits: Frost yourself 3 ways | what to wear fashion daily night owl finds featured hp main feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Crisp, fresh and clean are the adjectives and key ingredients to this look. It may look tricky and a bit err ... cautious (steer clear of jam donuts) but it's a modern and simple way to make an impact with your threads, so white out your wardrobe now!

Lady in lace: A white lace dress is the simplest way to channel a feminine chic look while the structured blazer adds depths and edge. Make sure you keep focus on the garments with minimalist accessories.

SHOP IT: Bardot Tropez Blazer in White, $99.95, bardot.com.au, Forever New Nikki Lace Bodycon Dress in Porcelain, $149.99, forevernew.com.au, Colette Gina Hardcase Clutch in Silver, $24.95, colettehayman.com.au, Tony Bianco Kindle Heel in Clear Vinalyte/White Capretto, $159.95, tonybianco.com.au

Structured vs. oversized: Tailored trousers teamed with a boxy crop give a very structured and hard feel but team with red suede points and a loose polka dot shirt and you have a weekend ensemble worthy of any occasion!

SHOP IT: River Island White Textured Stripe Slim Cigarette Pants, $60.00, riverisland.com.au, Whistles Evie Dart Detail Cropped Top in White, GBP40.00, johnlewis.com, People Tree Gina Shirt in Polka Dot, GBP54.60, houseoffraser.co.ukShoesissima Phoenix Red Suede Heeled Court Shoes in Red, $123.53, asos.com

Snowy metallic: Opt for ski bunny meets space age with a reflective pair of specs, high neck blouse and pencil skirt with a touch of metallic.

SHOP IT: Witchery Sheer Sleeve High Neck Top in White, $149.95, witchery.com.au, Nine West Edelyn Envelope Clutch in Silver, $69.95, ninewest.com.au, River Island White Mesh Hem Textured Pencil Skirt, $44.00, riverisland.com, Marc by Marc Jacobs Sharp Square Sunglasses in Crystal, $161, shopbop.com

Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Andra Spencer, Deea C & Dasha Li

Want more outfit inspiration? Click here!

Which of the three white on white outfits would you rock? Tell us in the comments below!

Real Girl Beauty: 5 minutes with stylist Nicole Lucas | feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

1. Can you chat a bit about your career so far?

I started interning when I was 17 and worked for various magazines, PR companies and stylists until I knew what I wanted to do. I landed my first real magazine job as Fashion Assistant at Shop Til You Drop Magazine. I then moved to London and worked as a Senior Stylist at Net-A-Porter. Once my visa was over I moved back to sunny Australia and started as Junior Fashion Editor at Cosmopolitan. There was a lot in between to get me where I am but that is it in a nutshell.

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

- Mascara – I like a mascara that lengthens and brings out my eyes.
- Bronzer – I’m naturally olive so I like to keep tanned in the colder months.
- Body moisturiser – I have been moisturising my body twice a day since the age of 12; weird I know but I feel incomplete unless I have done it.
- Hair chalk – I love coloured hair and unfortunately I just made a mistake by putting permanent purple colour in my hair so chalk is perfect as it washes out.
- Red lipstick – As I don't like to wear a lot of makeup I often wear a bright red lip.

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

I mostly leave my hair natural as I have a beach texture, other than that in a high messy bun; I’m very low maintenance with my hair.

4. How do you keep your skin in shape?

I wash my face twice a day and exfoliate twice a week. I use a night cream and a simple moisturiser. I did have terrible skin a year ago and by doing this along with lots of water and gym sessions my skin is in great condition.

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

Less is more.

6. How do you unwind on the weekends?

Walking & swimming, a few wines with friends and cleaning (yes, that is correct, I'm OCD.)

7. Describe a typical working day.

There isn't a typical day in the world of styling and magazines. But coming up with ideas, calling in product, attending events and showings, styling and shooting fashion shoots. There is so much to do but every day is different, which is why I love it so much!

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

Florabotanica Balenciaga – I just love the freshness of the fragrance. 

9. Favourite beauty brand and why?

I don't have a specific favourite as I use such a variety. Makeup-wise, anything that isn't too heavy. I love an amazing smelling moisturiser! 

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

OPI mod about you, it is the perfect pink!

11. Walk us through your daily makeup application.

I only really apply makeup when I go out. Firstly I put strobe cream on and then foundation. I then conceal and use translucent powder. Next I put bronzer on and then some illuminator and shimmer on my cheeks. I do my mascara last and depending where I'm going I put liquid liner on and bronze or gold eye shadow. I finish with using a bit of powder to define my brows.

12. Who inspires you?

Rihanna. She can pull off so many looks and is just flawless. I'm always so inspired by her day to day.

13. What's the best thing about being a stylist?

Every day is different. I'm extremely creative and styling & fashion is something that I'm so passionate about. I wouldn't want to do anything else. The thrill of producing an amazing shoot makes my day.

14. Favourite celebrity hunk?

Channing Tatum 

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

Sailor Moon, just because I like her outfits and her wand. 

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

Overnight hairstyles: 5 ways to style your hair while you sleep | how tos hair styles beauty 2 galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Welcome to the pillow salon for overnight hairstyles

Nothing lets the world know you hit the snooze button a thousand times like frizzy hair, oily strands and noticeable dry shampoo residue. But imagine if you could slip into bed the night before only to awake to tresses that looked as though you spent hours wielding a blow dryer and curling iron through them. Well, you can. It's called 'overnight' hairstyles, and they're damn awesome.

Below, browse through five well-coiffed styles you can achieve while you catch some Zs. Go ahead, sleep on it.



Image courtesy of dollarphotoclub.com

Out of these overnight hairstyles, which is your fave? Tell us in the comments below!

The Westeros woes: 7 fantasy books to help you through your Game Of Thrones withdrawals | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature book club  pictures

Curing the Westeros woes: 7 fantasy books to help you through your Game Of Thrones withdrawals

Despite what my good looks, chiseled body and unwavering modesty (okay, so I have none of those things) may lead you to believe, behind my overtly confident exterior beats the heart of a true fantasy nerd. Growing up I would devour fantasy stories faster than any other type of book — it didn't matter if it was shorter and intended for kids (like Harry Potter) or longer adult stories (such as The Mists Of Avalon), there's nothing that gets my mind racing quite like a little dose of the supernatural.

WANT MORE? If you're loving these fantasy books then check out more of our reading picks here.

This love of the supernatural extends to TV shows as well so it's really no surprise that I instantly fell in love with the complex story lines and subtle supernatural elements (subtle early on at least) of Game Of Thrones. Once I became obsessed with the TV show I refused to read the books because I didn't want to spoil anything that might happen and know I can't be trusted to stop at the point where the show has reached. With the gap between this season that just ended and the next one stretching away before me like an unbearably steep and treacherous mountain, I'm looking for any distraction I can to keep me sane before the next season starts. These fantasy books are definitely filling that void.



Image courtesy of HBO

Do you have any fantasy books to recommend? Tell us your picks in the comments below!

Lunch club: Grilled vegetable toastie | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Lunch club: Grilled vegetable toastie

This month we're dedicating our lunch club to the humble toastie. Toasting your sandwich is the best way to turn a bland lunch into something warm and amazing that can pick up your spirits on a dreary Winter afternoon. This particular toastie combines grilled vegetables with feta for a cheesy meal that won't weigh you down. Use leftover grilled veggies from the night before or grill up a big batch and have your lunch set for a few days. While any kind of sandwich press will do the trick, you can't quite go past a classic jaffle maker when it comes to sealed and stuffed toastie perfection.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Pesto
  • Grilled capsicum (or any grilled veggies of your choosing)
  • Grilled pumpkin
  • Tomato
  • Feta

Assemble and toast! (It doesn't get much easier than that!)

What do you think of our grilled vegetable toastie? Which veggies would you add? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

WIN: A  Brite Organix hair care pack and afternoon at Endota for you & a friend | win 2 subscribe comp  pictures
Hair care is about so much more than just washing those strands on a semi-regular basis, it's also about finding products that work with the nature of your hair so that it can be in the most incredible condition of your life. Do you know what makes good hair care even better? If the products your use are as ethical as possible which means they're gentle on people, are not tested on animals and kind to the earth. Luckily there are brands like Brite Organix who are working hard to create the most awesome ethical products on the market.
Their lines of hair colour cover everything from wash out shadows to one day colours and even semi permanent colours that can last up to 30 days. Their colours are vibrant while treating your hair right and are perfect for injecting some colour into your do without ruining your hair. Brite Organix have teamed up with Endota Day Spa to give you this truly awesome competition!

WHAT CAN I WIN?

The first 100 valid entries will be sent a free Brite Organix hair shadow to try (but anyone can pop into Woolworths and grab some Brite Organix if you want to enter that way, or if you want to use multiple products in your entry! The semi permanent and one day colours are $8 and the hair shadow is two for $10!) and submit their review to be in the running for the major prize.

Plus

The best product review will receive a  Brite Organix hair care pack and afternoon at Endota for you & a friend!
(Major Prize includes Face & Body Pamper Package for you and a friend and Brite Organix Hair Package:
  • hour spa package (each) made specifically for you and a friend at any Endota Spa Australia wide.
  • Choice of 2 treatments each from organic facial, Glycolic peel facial, Massage, Body wrap & skin nourishment, Body scrub & moisturising, Body exfoliation & hydrating cocoon, Manicure. (RRP $480)
  • Plus Brite Organix Hair Package including 4x hair shadows, 4x semi’s and 3x One Day Colour (RRP $115).)

HOW DO I ENTER?

Fill in the form below (and make sure you tell us your hair colour so we can send you an appropriate product) and the first 100 valid entries will receive a Brite Organix product to sample.
Once you've tried the product you can submit your review one of 3 ways to be in the running for the major prize:
  1. Via Instagram -  submit a photo and review on Instargam, and tag #DDGBriteOrganix and #Colouredhair and  us @ddgdaily
  2. Youtube - submit  a video review on Youtube and be sure to include the tags - #DDGBriteOrganix and #Colouredhair  in the title of the review
  3. Here on DDG, we will provide a post where you can leave your reviews in the comments
  • Please note we cannot gaurantee you will get your exact preference, but we will do our best

Competition conditions:

  1. Entries open 10am, 29th July, 2014 and close 10am, 18th August, 2014 (Australia EST). Winners will be announced here, and via email by 25th August, 2014. (All reviews must be submitted by 7th July to be eligible for the Major Prize)
  2. This competition is open to Australian residents only.
  3. You must be a current, valid DDGDaily.com email subscriber to be eligible to win (if you are not already subscribed, by entering this subscriber only comp you are also giving permission to be added to our weekly email updates list).
  4. One entry per form (per person).
  5. This is a game of skill — so put your thinking caps on and get creative with your reviews!

Click here to get the full terms and conditions (it makes great bed time reading...)

Now that you've entered why don't you head over to the Brite Organix website to check out their awesome range of products?

Get the look: Inside the home of Claire Aristides | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Get the look: Inside the home of Claire Aristides

There is just something about jewellery designers that makes them particularly prone to having great taste in home decor and Claire Aristides of Aristides Fine Jewels is no different. Her home is stylish without being too over-decorated (although that may also have something to do with the small child scrambling all over the furniture making any vases a smashing hazard) and has that simplicity to it that is easy to replicate.

There's a Scandinavian feel to her home but with a little more colour and warmth. If you're having trouble finding decor middle ground with the man in your life, then look no further than this home for inspiration. I doubt any man would even object to those throw pillows. Head over to Citizens Of The World to see more photos of her house.



Image courtesy of Dominic Loneragan via Citizens Of The World

What do you think of Claire Aristides home? Tell us in the comments below!

Sporty style: Take a cue from Sporty Spice with these five looks | how to wear hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

Sporty style has been solid throughout Summer with Adidas slides, neoprene and visors being a couple of sporting highlights. But how to keep the trend running (pun intended) throughout Winter?

The answer isn't a full body wet-suit, it's layers of sporty accents. Whether it's a varsity bomber, a pleated skater skirt or a logo tee, it's all in the details with this look. I'll be the first to put my hand up and say I get lazy and just chuck on a pair of trainers, but this Winter I'm vowing to invest in a satin bomber and do an off the shoulder drape featuring a maxi (a la Rihanna).



Image courtesy of lookbook.nu

Which sporty style ensemble is your pick? Tell us in the comments below!

New & Noteworthy: 14 brand spankin new beauty products | feature beauty trends 2 beauty news beauty 2  pictures

Just like the opening of Doughboys Doughnuts caused a drool-infused frenzy amongst food lovers in Melbourne (honestly ... you need to check it out), this throng of new beauty products will indeed similarly excite avid cosmetics lovers and most likely cause more than a few drool piles.

Expect flawless skin contraptions, a dry shampoo that smells like a lime cocktail and loads of radiance-boosters. Happy shopping, beauty buffs!



Which of these new beauty products will be making its way to your lust list this week? Tell us in the comments below!

Get the look: Shailene Woodleys barely there dewy makeup | how tos feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Shailene Woodley is a natural beauty force to be reckoned with. Since hitting the Hollywood scene in a big way, this naturally gorgeous lass has us lusting after her glowy, flawless complexion and minimal makeup looks every single time she steps out onto the red carpet. Below, learn how to get her look at home.

GET THE LOOK

STEP ONE: Pat a hydrating moisturiser, like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Cream, into the skin with fingertips to encourage blood flow and circulation.

STEP TWO: Apply a primer that will give you a soft holographic glow and brighten the complexion, while imparting that perfect texture for makeup. Reach for Benefit That Gal Brightening Primer.

STEP THREE: A great way to avoid looking overly made up is to swap foundation for a sheer tinted moisturiser, so the face appears naturally radiant and skin can retain moisture levels. Try mixing Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector with Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturiser and apply to the face with a foundation brush or with your fingertips. If you want extra coverage, opt for YSL's Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation.

STEP FOUR: Skip powder, and enhance your dewy base with 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Brightening Concealer. The light reflecting properties can also be used as a highlighter on cheek and brow bones.

STEP FIVE: Apply Jane Iredale In touch Cream Blush in Chemistry and blend fully by tapping the pigment into the skin to add a soft glow to the cheeks and give your face a more radiant appearance.

STEP SIX: Define the eyes with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Dark Brown, smudging the pigment gently with a slanted eyeshadow brush.

STEP SEVEN: Apply a few licks of BYS Original Mascara in Dark Brown to the lashes for depth and definition.

STEP EIGHT: Run MAC Brow Finisher through the brows to define and groom the hairs.

STEP NINE: Add a light layer of Lavera Lipstick in 'Sunset Orange' to the lips and pucker up. The sheer, slightly glossy tint of warm, poppy pigment will complete the look perfectly!

Love or loathe Shailene Woodley's natural beauty look? Tell us in the comments below!

Maple hot toddy cocktail recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Maple hot toddy cocktail recipe: It's happy hour at DDG!

It's that miserable time of year when most of us get sick or at the very least start getting that annoying tickle in the back of your throat that never worsens or gets better but just continues to scratch for months on end. On those shivery cold nights when your teeth won't stop chattering and your throat keeps aching but you still want to enjoy an after work drink there's nothing better than a hot toddy.

WANT MORE? If you liked this maple hot todd cocktail recipe then check out more winter warmers here.

A hot toddy generally involves whiskey, hot water, lemon and honey but this version swaps out the honey for runny maple syrup. The maple syrup has a deeper flavour and compliments the whiskey without being too overpowering.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Hot water
  • Maple Syrup
  • Lemon
  • Whiskey

Maple hot toddy cocktail recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

HOW YOU MAKE IT

  1. Boil some hot water and slice your lemon.
  2. Add a shot of whiskey to a cup or mug.
  3. Top with boiling water.
  4. Squeeze in some lemon juice and add a slice to the glass to let the lemon flavour develop.
  5. Sweeten with maple syrup to taste (start with about a teaspoon).

Maple hot toddy cocktail recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

What do you think of our maple hot toddy cocktail recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

Roadtested: Glaze Me Gel nail kit | nail it feature beauty 2  pictures

Each week it is our pleasure to send groups of DDG readers the latest and greatest goodies to try for themselves and share their experiences with the rest of the DDG community. If you want to be included just make sure you sign up for our call outs each week and get involved with the site so we know you're as serious about all things DDG as we are!

This week we had a special one person trial team testing ... Glaze Me Gel Nail Kit

Roadtested: Glaze Me Gel nail kit | nail it feature beauty 2  pictures

My name is ... Gillian Meers

And I have/am ... I like to keep things simple but fun Roadtested: Glaze Me Gel nail kit | nail it feature beauty 2  pictures

I just tested ... Glaze Me Gel nail starter kit

Here's what I thought...

My rating: Roadtested: Glaze Me Gel nail kit | nail it feature beauty 2  pictures

"Having three kids and one income, getting to the salon is not something I do. Just not a priority in terms of time or money, but gosh it would be nice! I like looking as polished as the next girl. So when I got this enormous package in the mail from DDGD, I will confess I got a bit emotional. Silly? Maybe. But I was seriously excited. Gel manicures at home? I could even have friends over and we could do manis together over coffee and cake! The possibilities were endless! Ok, so I might have been getting a bit carried away. But this sets the scene: I had high expectations!
So, on to the trial. The instructions were straightforward (even having trouble-shooting tips at the bottom of the page, handily) and the process of preparing and doing the manicure took only slightly longer than choosing which of the 4 nail colours provided I wanted to use first. The machine itself took a second to work out, as the instructions didn't have quite enough detail on which setting to switch it to, but I worked it out and as I said, the whole process was pretty quick. However, I am not the neatest person, and doing my nails is no different. Whereas I have an acetone pen that I use to neaten up normal nail polish blunders, I quickly discovered that wasn't going to help with cured gel nails ... as you'll see from my swatches, I learned to 'tidy up' the nails as I went, which worked well. I'm still learning, but so far I've loved the results, especially the depth of colour and the longevity of the manicure. Plus, the lack of strong nail varnish smell!
One last note: where it says in the instructions not to peel the gel off your nails? Yeah, yeah of course. Just makes sense. Well I was out to dinner and one nail looked a bit ragged and I just tried to neaten it up and then ... yep. Don't peel the gel off your nails, girls, no matter how tempting it is! I damaged one nail, and after that I soaked the rest off properly, and it's worth the effort!

The verdict: Despite the fact that it didn't automatically turn me into a nail artist, I loved the Glaze Me home gel nail manicure kit. It was easy to use, the kit comes with everything you need to start up, the manicure itself lasted well and looked great (especially once I improved my technique!) And yes, I do look forward to having little manicure afternoon teas with fellow frugal mummies so we can have fun and feel good sporting our (almost) salon-like talons Roadtested: Glaze Me Gel nail kit | nail it feature beauty 2  pictures "

Would you buy it? Probably

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Want to try the Glaze Me gel nail kit for yourself? We've got one set available in our SWAG section right now!

If you've tried this product before then tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Bargain buys: 10 of the snazziest finds under 50 bucks | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

Along with Jaffles, my recent obsession has been bling of the ear variety. I don't dabble in jewellery often and rarely wear earrings (except for a pair of microscopic triangle studs) so to be suddenly smitten by the smorgest board of ear glitz available online is totally out of character.

Maybe it's the eye-massagingly pretty Pinterest pics showcasing cool studs, cuffs and even multiple piercings or maybe it's a combo of this and my love for Zoe Kravitz. All I know is chic punk is the talk of the town and you should get your ears in check!



Image courtesy of lookbook.nu

Which bargain buys are you smitten over? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty product smackdown: Chemical vs natural body butter | feature 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 Metta Body Butter from mettaskincare.com. Shea, cocoa butter, grapeseed oil and jojoba oil combine to make this a rich and nourishing body butter that is said to renew and replenish the skin instantly. It sounds delicious but does the skin drink it up as willingly as they say? Find out what the office gals had to say below!

KRISTINA (BEAUTY EDITOR)

I normally use: Origins A Perfect World Intensely Hydrating Body Cream

What I thought of Metta Skincare Body Butter: "To begin, you whip the lid off and immediately feel as though you've just entered some kind of plush day spa. The mix of essential oils makes the aroma both energising and deeply relaxing, and the buttery consistency means that applying this is like running through a cloud; a soft, decadent cloud of happiness (I imagine all clouds to be happy for some reason). As you massage it into the skin, it melts into a beautifully fine serum-like lotion and works immediately at hydrating and soothing any parched areas. Bonus: it doesn't leave any kind of sticky residue and dries easily, and you wake up with super silky-smooth limbs. I cannot express enough how crazy I am for this skin-salving body butter. And I love that it's made from certified organic fairly traded shea and cocoa butter and other skin-boosting oils, which makes everything feel lovely and soft. This is definitely never leaving my side!"

MADDIE (FASHION EDITOR)

I normally use: Coconut Revolution Coconut Body Cream Original

What I thought of Metta Skincare Body Butter: Being biased to all things coconut, it was tough competition for the Metta Body Butter from the get-go! But I'm a sucker for delightful packaging you could display in your bathroom and this glass jar featuring an arty print fits the bill. The aromas when you first open the jar take over and you feel as though you've stepped into a deluxe day spa! The residue kept my skin plump and hydrated with a healthy glow and the fact that it's based in Melbourne sealed the deal — I'm a convert.

LARISSA (LIVING EDITOR)

I normally use: Nivea Body In Shower Rich Skin Conditioner

What I thought of Metta Skincare Body Butter: "Despite being constantly scolded for admitting it, I don't moisturise my body. I have this weird thing where I start sneezing hysterically once I get even a little cold so my post-shower routine involves drying myself with the world's biggest bath sheet as quickly as possible and immediately putting on my dressing gown. In the name of natural beauty I attempted to try this thick body butter but couldn't get past my legs before I had to start getting dressed to stop the sneezing. The cream is incredibly thick but melts instantly and was absorbed very quickly into my skin and whenever I felt my legs later in the day they were incredibly smooth. Until we get heating in the bathroom I'll probably continue avoiding the moisturising stage, but will definitely keep using it after I shave my legs."

SHOP IT

Metta Skincare Body Butter, $42.73, mettaskincare.com

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

Best before: All you need to know about makeup expiration | galleries feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Just like you wouldn't drink off milk, it's important not to put makeup on your face that's past its use-by date. "What if I can't remember where I bought it", you ask? Well that's really a sign in itself and therefore you should kick it to the curb! But in all seriousness, this is where a girl's gotta put her senses into play.

How does it smell? Does it feel on your skin the way it did when you first bought it? Is it not doing what it used to? All can be signs of a product that needs to be purged — and fast!

A handy hint is to mark your makeup with the date you bought it so you can keep tabs on how long you have been using it, because the last thing you want is to transfer bacteria onto the skin especially around the delicate eye area and mouth, where you're most likely to contract infections or breakouts. It's also important to note that all-natural products won't last as long as their chemical counterparts. Less preservatives = less longevity.

While it can be a lot harder to judge if your foundation isn't quite what it used to be compared to the obvious signs of an NQR Moo Juice, we've made it simpler thanks to this little guide on how to know when your fave prodz are ready to be sent to beauty heaven.



By Jessica Savoia

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Your official makeup brush cheat sheet

Exactly how many brushes do you really need? Well, unless you're vying for a spot on TV, only a few basic tools should help you execute your daily best. In fact, there's just 7 top makeup brushes every chick should own, and we've mapped out a guide that explains exactly what they do and how to use them. Stock your beauty arsenal with these bad boys and say goodbye to bad makeup days!

FOUNDATION BRUSH

This brush is typically used to apply any foundation all over the face. The flat bristles provide effortless application and create a smooth and flawless canvas, while the ends of the brush allow you to apply the product to those hard to reach areas like around the corners of the nose, and around the eyes and hairline. There are two types — tapered and rounded. Tapered is best for blending liquid and cream foundations while rounded contain densely packed bristles that blend as they brush and impart a smoother, more natural appearance.

APPLICATION TIP: It is important to note when applying foundation with this type of brush that you don't drag the product along your face as this often creates a streaky look. Instead you should use a foundation brush with gentle tapping or stippling motions to create a more natural and even finish, or if you're using a tapered foundation brush, use downward strokes for seamless application. And be sure to check your makeup in natural sunlight for any streaks or lines.

STIPPLING BRUSH

Also known as the duo-fibre brush, this brush is commonly used for liquid foundation. The flat, feathery head evenly distributes the product and provides a gorgeous airbrushed effect. It can be used to apply blush, blend, clean up excess powder and highlight the cheekbones. This brush is also commonly used for cream blush and bronzer.

APPLICATION TIP: Gradually build up the product using gentle stippling motions all over the skin to create the most natural and flawless finish.

CONCEALER BRUSH

Concealer brushes are essentially just a smaller version of a flat foundation brush. They are usually used to apply concealer to any pesky blemishes to cover redness or can be used under the eyes to mask the appearance of dark circles. Concealer brushes can also be used to apply eyeshadow to the centre of the eyelid.

APPLICATION TIP: When concealing, use a light hand when initially applying the product, then feather the product out at the edges to create a seamless look without disturbing the foundation or moving around the concealer.

BLUSH BRUSH 

Blush brushes are typically full, fluffy and round, making it easy to pick up any powder based product. They distribute any cheek colour flawlessly and can evenly cover large areas of the face. This type of brush can be used for powder, bronzer and highlighter also.

APPLICATION TIP: Always start with a minimal amount of powder, tapping off the excess to avoid too much colour being applied at once.

CONTOUR BRUSH

The slanted bristles in a contour brush allow you to achieve dimension and definition with your facial features, as the bristles mimic the angle of your cheek bones, enabling you to really sculpt and chisel the hollows of your cheeks with your bronzer or blush. This brush can also be used to bronze up the forehead and temples to create an overall sunkissed look.

APPLICATION TIP: Locate the hollows of your cheeks by lining the brush from the corner of your mouth up to the ear. You can then slowly apply product in a straight line, then go back and haze out the edges with the bristles to create flawless results.

EYE SHADOW BRUSH

This is an essential brush for creating any eye look. The small, tapered, fluffy brush is best used to pack on colour all over the lid to give a wash of colour to the entire eye and create depth and definition. It can also be used to apply concealer or highlighter to the top of cheekbones!

APPLICATION TIP: For a more intense colour payoff from your shadows, try wetting the brush before applying eyeshadow to help the eye shadow show up much more vibrant and opaque.

EYEBROW BRUSH

This firm, dense, angled brush helps you create precise lines when filling in your eyebrows with a gel, powder or wax. This type of brush can also be used for eyeliner.

APPLICATION TIP: Start with light feathery strokes to avoid making the brows too dark or harsh-looking. Opt for a more natural appearance with light, feathery strokes in the direction of hair growth.

Written by Molly Jones & Kristina Ioannou

Graphic by Elise Patience

Which makeup brushes do you own? Tell us in the comments below!

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