Nail files: 8 unusual ways to use nail polish

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Nail files: 8 unusual ways to use nail polish  | nail it galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Unusual ways to use nail polish

If I were to count the amount of nail polishes sitting in the DDG office right now, I know I'd be here all night. And in all honesty, sometimes it pains to me to see some of my favourite lacquer potions dry up right before my very eyes, never to be used again *wipes tear away*.

But lately, in an attempt to be more 'productive' with my beauty product obsession and make the most of each bottle, I've been experimenting with various ways to recycle these bad boys. Yup, did you know there are tons of unconventional ways to use your polishes and not just for DIY nail art? You can do everything from glam up your fashion loveables to make repairs and protect household items. Genius.

Ahead, get clued in on some of the clever uses for wielding that little varnish wand.

Ever heard of these unusual ways to use nail polish? Tell us in the comments below!

Date night outfits: How to dress for a date when you are fashion obsessed (without scaring him away!) | what to wear fashion daily night owl galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

Alluring outfits are an art and when it comes to date night these looks are what show confidence (but not the whole package). Just the right amount of skin could be anything from a slit skirt to a lace top or off the shoulder dress!

Get inspired whether you prefer pretty and polished or dark and modern, find the right fit for your style and shape!

Image courtesy of Lian Galliard

Which date night outfits would you rock? Tell us in the comments below!

New & Noteworthy: 12 hot new beauty products to cater for everyone | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty news beauty 2  pictures

On our radar: New beauty products

While everyone leaves the country for their usual mid-year jet-setting holiday (jealous), we get to meander with zillions of beauty newbies and share them with you all, so suck on that, vacationers!

WANT MORE? Suss out these new beauty products

This week, we've got some revived classics and the perfect shade of lipstick that has the ability to nudge a casual outfit into cocktail territory. There are also makeup staples to make you look pulled-together on days when you're feeling anything but and skincare essentials to cure your visage of lacklustre skin. Happy browsing!

Image via Benefit Cosmetics

Eyeing off any of these new beauty products? Tell us in the comments below!

Lunch club: Saucy meatball toasted sandwich recipe | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Lunch Club: Saucy Meatball Toasted Sandwich recipe

Let's just start this post with some straight up truths: I'm not the healthiest person in the world. Sure I might sit somewhere in the middle of the healthy eating scale (if that scale starts at somebody who eats McDonalds for every single meal and ends with nutritionists who know what they're talking about) but let's just say that there are some days where I definitely don't get anywhere near my full recommended vegetable intake. So while you might make meatballs to have with spaghetti and vegetables, we recently decided to make our own saucy meatball subs for dinner and I'm totally okay with that because that dinner was delicious.

Since I had lots of meatballs leftover I decided to throw them in a jaffle maker with some cheese, fresh basil and diced tomatoes for what has to come close to the greatest jaffle of all time. This is my plain meatball recipe (sometimes I like to pimp them out a bit and add some finely grated carrot and zucchini to the balls for a vege hit but I didn't do that this time because I was embracing my unhealthy, comfort-eating side) that you should definitely put in a toastie because it is straight up delicious.


For the meatballs:

  • Mince
  • Breadcrumbs
  • An egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Passata (tomato pasta sauce)
  • Mixed herbs (oregano and basil especially)

For the toastie:

  • Cheese
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Basil leaves


  1. Throw your mince in a bowl and add about a 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs, an egg, chilli flakes, a tablespoon of worcestershire sauce, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. With clean hands roughly scrunch the ingredients until they are well combined (you should no longer be able to see any egg or crumbs at least).
  3. Roughly roll the mince mixture into small balls about 2 cm in diameter.
  4. Fry your meatballs until golden brown on the outside.
  5. Add your passata and herbs and simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes.
  6. For a delicious toastie made from leftover meatballs, add cheese, tomatoes and basil to your meatballs and toast.

What do you think of my saucy meatball toasted sandwich recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

Get the look: Ariana Grande | how tos feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Rocking a faux glow isn't always easy, but Ariana Grande time and time again makes it looks effortless. The budding singer, and former Nickelodeon star, is making some serious waves in the music industry and turning more than a few heads. So today's Get The Look post is dedicated to all things Ariana, because who wouldn't want to rock that flawless, sunkissed visage on the daily!


1. After cleansing and toning, massage an oil-free moisturiser into the skin to give yourself a clear, hydrated canvas to work with.

2. Mix a dollop of The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Face Gel in with L'Oreal True Match Foundation to keep the skin glowing. Apply to the face evenly, starting from the centre and moving outwards towards the hairline and jawline, being sure to blend under the neck to avoid a mask-like effect. Blend with a slightly damp sponge for a more dewy effect.

3. Apply Benefit Fake Up Concealer under the eyes in an inverted triangle shape and blend by tapping the pigment into the skin. Set with Loose Translucent Face Powder.

4. Dust Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sculpting Powder along the jawline and under the cheekbones, then reach for Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzing Powder and apply all over the face.

5. Highlight the top of the cheekbones with Natio Blusher in 'Peach Glow', using a fluffy blush brush in light circular motions.

6. For the eyes, layer a mix of light bronze hues from the L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Palette in #E3 Infiniment Bronze over the entire lid with a small tapered eyeshadow brush.

7. Next, using Chi Chi Automatic Eyeliner in 'All Night Long', draw a line from the inner corner and out with a small flick at the end and then smudge the outer corner slightly to open the eye up. Line the bottom lash line for added depth.

8. To get Ariana's thick, full lashes swipe on two coats of Lancome’s Virtuose Black Carat Mascara which will help feather the lashes out nicely and add loads of volume.

9. Brush your brows with a clean mascara wand to tame the hairs, and then using a natural brow pencil in a shade lighter than your brows, fill in any blank areas in light, upwards strokes. Blend the pigment again with the same mascara wand.

10. Finish with a layer of Clinique Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick for a sumptuous, peach pout. Add a layer of concealer beneath the colour to increase the longevity of your lippie.

And you're done! Now strike a pose.

Will you be recreating this Ariana Grande makeup look? Tell us in the comments below!

Childs play: Kids furniture that wont disrupt your decor | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Child's play: Kids furniture that won't disrupt your decor

It's a little bit terrifying, but my friendship group has started to reach that grownup age where the trickle of wedding invitations is starting to turn into an avalanche and suddenly babies are popping up all over the place. With our whole generation taking longer to do everything (like moving out or having babies) by the time we finally start to feel like a proper adult with a real grown up house (complete with planned decor and real furniture that was bought brand new and has no food stains) the babies follow so quickly afterwards that we don't get the time to enjoy the beauty of a kid-free home before it transforms back to the rabble we were living in straight outta high school.

WANT MORE? If you're loving this kids furniture then check out our picks for baby shower gifts here.

Just because you or a loved one are 'in a family way' doesn't mean that your house suddenly has to look like a Fisher & Paykel bomb went off. In fact, kids furniture has gotten so awesome and on-trend that you might even be able to kit your kids out with a whole miniature version of your real furniture and keep your decor themes running throughout the whole house! It's nice to see that kids furniture can be fun and kid friendly while still being stylish (and secretly I'm a little obsessed with the mini replica Eames furniture!). Although just like with kids clothing, just because something is mini doesn't necessarily mean it is going to be cheap!

Image courtesy of Zanui

What are your thoughts on this kids furniture? Tell us in the comments below!

Mulled Sangria cocktail recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Mulled Sangria cocktail recipe: It's happy hour at DDG!

One of my favourite things to drink in the summertime is a delicious fruity sangria. The variety that I make at home veers a little bit from the traditional recipes - packing in an insane amount of fresh fruits that are in season (oh the joys of summer!) and going light on the red wine to avoid make it a fresher summertime tipple. But when we're stuck in the dead of winter like now I always thought that sangria was just a warm weather thing, but then Yellow Tail introduced us to the combination that is Mulled Sangria.

WANT MORE? If you liked this Mulled Sangria cocktail recipe then check out more winter cocktails here.

It seems so simple - combining Yellow Tail's Sangria mix with citrus, sugar, cinnamon and star anise and warming that whole mother up for a deliciously fruity winter cocktail that won't give you frostbite in your fingertips.


  • Yellow Tail Sangria
  • Orange Juice
  • Sugar
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star Anise


  1. Combine Sangria, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat until sugar has melted.
  2. Add 1 sliced lemon, a cinnamon stick and star of anise and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Serve in heat resistant glasses.

Mulled Sangria cocktail recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

What are your thoughts on this Mulled Sangria cocktail recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

Natures best: 6 green DIY beauty recipes for glowing skin | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

There's a bit of a green revolution going on right now, and peeps are taking it pretty seriously. Green juices, green detox meal plans, green living ... heck, even green Nike kicks are the 'thing' these days. The 'going green' manifesto has also extended to the beauty realm, with more than a few DIY beauty recipes popping up all over the place.

So to celebrate Mother Nature and some of the delicious, healthy ingredients scattered around our kitchens, we've whipped up 6 skin-loving recipes that will do everything from treat acne to smooth out bumpy patches and give you that radiant glow back. Mix 'em up and watch the green particles work their magic!

Images courtesy of

Will you be mixing up any of these green DIY beauty recipes? Tell us in the comments below!

Bargain buys: 10 hunky dory fashion finds under $50 | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

We all know the cardinal rule of style revamping is to add accessories. Besides giving your get-up a Carson Kressley level makeover it's an affordable way to be copacetic all year round. Whether you add a chunky gold link bracelet or a bad ass panama — it's all gravy, baby!

Want more cheap fashion finds? Click here!

But when your budget's tighter than Kris Kardashian's face post-surgery it can be hard to embrace the add-ons. So in honour of the struggle, this week's best buys feature the perfect black tote, a bad ass panama (duh), man sandals and some serious bling (among other rad steals) so get shopping!

Image courtesy of Isabella Thordsen

Which bargain buys are you lovin'? Tell us in the comments below!

Eat this: Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries & Rhubarb recipe from Sweet Sugar Bean | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries & Rhubarb recipe from Sweet Sugar Bean

Sometimes we forget that an excellent dessert doesn't have to be insanely rich and hard to get through to be delicious. In fact, sometimes the best things to have for dessert are more often relegated to morning tea. I'm talking about delicious scones and shortbread with homemade toppings and a generous serving of cream (just how all the greatest desserts are served).

WANT MORE? If you liked this Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries & Rhubarb recipe from Sweet Sugar Bean, then check out more of her recipes here.

This Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries & Rhubarb recipe from Sweet Sugar Bean isn't as unhealthy as it could be, and you can make enough to freeze for another time (because baking is hard work and double batches are life saving). The roasted strawberries and rhubarb are definitely the reason I eat and when combined with thick cream and perfect shortbread, you've got the perfect thing to eat any time of the day from breakfast to dessert.

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

What do you think of this Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries & Rhubarb recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty product smackdown: Chemical vs natural eye cream | 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 AUM Firming Eye Cream from Anti Age Organics, shortened to AUM, is a range of all-natural products specifically for helping the skin stand the test of time. Their firming eye cream contains Okra and Argan to help tighten the muscles around the eye and lift and firm the skin. AUM says visible results are instant!? Find out what the office gals had to say below!


I normally use: Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair

What I thought of AUM Firming Eye Cream: This prod is definitely a lot more gentle than the eye lotions I'm usually used to, and does not sting or irritate the peepers one little bit. I love how the dropper lid picks up just the right amount of product to pat on just beneath the eye area. The scent is energising and botanical, while the consistency is light and syrupy, without being too heavy. I haven't really noticed a difference after consistent use though, aside from the fact that the parched skin around my eye area seems to be more hydrated by morning. Here's to hoping it works its magic at nixing my eye bags!


I normally use: None

What I thought of AUM Firming Eye Cream: My skincare routine can get a little "relaxed" at times (see: lazy) and often I will leave my eye area unattended. However, with the chilly dry wind (my skin lovessss humidity!) I've had more skin issues than you could apply a serum to. I love this product for three simple reasons ... 1) It's a light consistency 2) A simple dot of the applicator is the perfect amount 3) It makes my eye area soft and supple during this hella cold season. Although I think I'm a couple years off taking this eye stuff seriously, it does feel good to treat my peepers right.


I normally use: Dr Lewinn's Firming Eye Cream (sporadically)

What I thought of AUM Firming Eye Cream: I'm not great at remembering to apply my eye cream (as you can probably tell from my crow's-feet addled eyes) and tend to throw out almost full eye creams when their expiry date hits. I was very good about applying this eye cream (I left it next to my toothbrush to remind me) and think it was lovely to use. My eyes are very sensitive and I find that most 'gentle' eye products are too tingly to use but this one had no ill effects and I totally forgot I had it on. My one main complaint is that it comes in a stopper bottle that I found to be completely useless — nothing would come out of the stopper so I'd basically just rub it on my finger to get some product. For now my eyes feel moisturised and I think I can see a bit of an improvement but only time will tell how my wrinkles fare.


AUM Firming Eye Cream, $26.95,

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

Web want: The sexiest crop youll ever see | fashion daily daily want  pictures

This label has my heart: delicate lace, peek-a-boo sheer panels and sexy silhouettes. For Love & Lemons are absolutely killing it!  I want  NEED this blouse on my back; it is absolute sheer perfection (pun intended). So when pay day rolls round I'll be ditching the supermarket and plonking this baby right in my virtual basket. Fashion over food ladies, amiright? Totally have my priorities in check.

SHOP IT: Antigua crop top, $154, For Love & Lemons,

Pimp my beanie: A super easy no sew veiled beanie DIY | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

Pimp my beanie: A super easy no sew veiled beanie DIY

Ever since the creation of my unnecessarily large pom pom the other week I've become obsessed with finding new ways to pimp out my beanie without completely defacing it with something that I might get bored with the next day (actually I know I'll get bored with it because that's how I roll). So it is times like this that I'm glad safety pins were invented so that I could add a little bit of fancy to my beanies in less than five minutes without ever having to thread a needle.

WANT MORE? If you liked this veiled beanie DIY, then check out my giant pom pom too.

Veiled beanies add a little bit of glamour and mystery to an otherwise boring beanie and can make even the most ugly beanies a little bit more girly. They're also great because you can completely customise the look depending on the type of tulle/mesh you buy, where you get it to start and how much of your face you want it to cover. Some people prefer a thinner, more widely spaced netting for the veil but I couldn't go past this polka dotted tulle. I also went for a full face veil rather than the standard eye mask that is most popular but I definitely recommend having a play around and seeing what worked best with your tulle/beanie/makeup.

Pimp my beanie: A super easy no sew veiled beanie DIY | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures


  • A beanie
  • Some tulle, mesh or netting (about 1 square foot)
  • Some safety pins

Pimp my beanie: A super easy no sew veiled beanie DIY | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures


  1. I recommend starting with the full length of tulle so you can get a feel for how it will sit, then cutting it off in small layers until you get the desired length.
  2. Fold together one side of the tulle like a fan until you have it all grouped in a little bunch. Make sure both ends point back in the same way so that it curls around your face once connected.
  3. Take a large safety pin and poke it through the top of your beanie, straight through the gathered tulle (I left a little bunch of it poking up the top like a mini pom pom) and back through the beanie before closing. You shouldn't be able to see any of the pin.
  4. Pull your veil down and check the length (please remove the beanie from your head before cutting any off because we don't want you to poke your eyes out!). Secure with small safety pins on the side to stop it from blowing up in the wind.

What do you think of my veiled beanie DIY? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Getting appy with it: Fat Mum Slim wants you to up your Instagram game | lifestyle health and happines feature  pictures

Getting appy with it: Fat Mum Slim wants you to up your Instagram game with her Little Moments app

In the world of Australian "lifestyle" bloggers (and in this instance I'm talking about those bloggers that share a little insight into every aspect of their lives from what they're cooking for their kids to their social media tips) it really doesn't get much better than Fat Mum Slim.

Chantelle (the lovely lady behind the blog) is living proof that to make it in the blogging world all you really need is to be authentic and connect with your community. Her blog just screams joy at every turn with bright colours and gorgeous photos, plus with her beautifully written and insightful posts she covers all the bases for a top blog.

WANT MORE? If you liked the sound of Fat Mum Slim's Little Moments app, then check out more of our favourite apps here!

Now she has launched a new app called Little Moments to complement her photo a day challenge. The app not only gives you the prompts to take part in the challenge, it also pre-writes the caption for you so you don't have to remember how to hashtag it properly. With great fonts and images to add to your photos as well as great filters created by top photographers, your Instagram feed is going to be prettier than ever.

Getting appy with it: Fat Mum Slim wants you to up your Instagram game | lifestyle health and happines feature  pictures

The app is already exploding in popularity all over the world, so jump on board and sign up now!

SHOP IT: Little Moments, $2.49, app store

Have you tried Fat Mum Slim's Little Moments app? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Travel scents: Destination inspired fragrances to wear on your next vacay | galleries smell this feature beauty 2  pictures

Destination-inspired fragrances for your next adventure

Whether you're jetting off overseas or hunkering down somewhere nearby for a relaxing staycation, it's fair to say your holiday experience just won't be the same without a signature scent. In fact, it would be sadly bland.

Fragrance has the ability to instantly transport our heart and mind to times gone by. One spritz and our senses are instantly enhanced, and one sniff upon returning home will help draw up fond memories that bring on a reminiscent smile.

But if you're a bit unsure which perfume to take with you on your next trip, we've assembled a little guide that will help you indulge your wanderlust with the perfect kind of aroma. Happy travels!

Image courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela

Which of these destination-inspired fragrances can you see yourself wearing? Tell us in the comments below!

Sneak peek: Get a load of the new MAC Simpsons Collection | feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

The MAC Simpsons Collection looks seriously epic!

I've always been a die hard Simpsons fan since forever. My entire childhood was spent watching Foxtel's Saturday Simpson Special marathons and I'd vote Homer over Peter Griffin any day.

So when MAC announced they were going to be stamping their latest collection with Marge Simpson's face, I pretty much had a seizure of excitement.

The ten-piece collection includes nail stickers, eye shadows, lip glosses and lashes in signature Marge hues right down to the blue powder that's awfully similar to that tall 'do the husky-voiced beauty rocks. The only thing missing is the yellow lipstick!

Keep your eyes glued to the MAC website for the release, which should be towards the end of August.

What will they come up with next, honestly?

Are you pumped for the MAC Simpsons collection? Tell us in the comments below!

What we wear: #freethenipple | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

What the hell is free the nipple? It's a lil something backed by celebs (mainly in the US), a campaign that uses social media to fight against nudity censorship laws, it's all about equality! This top is a little bit cheeky but I love the design; it's fun and refreshing. It's called the breast tee and it's by Maurie & Eve.

What we wear: #freethenipple | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

I'm draping my fave Sass & Bide bomber and for those with a keen eye for detail that's a Baby Anything ring.

What we wear: #freethenipple | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

These denim pants are sooo comfy, kinda like fisherman pants. Probably more of a Summer staple but who can refuse a Maurie & Eve sale? Flannel shirt is Cotton On.

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

Web want: Desk inspiration | feature daily want  pictures

If you are anything like 99% of the population, you are a master procrastinator. Googling and pinning until your heart is content and filled with words of wisdom — that you'll probably forget in five minutes. Well, here we give you some desk inspiration, in the form of motivational quotes, of course. Forget pinterest (well, maybe just sideline it for bedtime scrolling) and pop this baby on your wall. Decide. Commit. Succeed. Not only will this quote leave you inspired, it will also look pretty sweet on your desk.



Werk it out: Gym gear to get your ass into a squat position | galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

We've all been there. Weighing up the gym sesh. You know you SHOULD but you also know Cadbury's Black Forest chocolate is back and OITNB is waiting for you — deciding to get to the gym can be more painful than Bikram Yoga.

Want to see how to style your sporty pieces off duty? Click here!

When I'm feeling more couch potato than Cathy Freeman, nothing gets my lazy bum into gear like a fresh purchase, especially if it's a new pair of kicks. Once I open that box I nearly skip to the rowing machine (nobody does that but you get the idea). Pumping out the weekend's sins in a body attack class wearing a colourful pair of printed pants and crop will have you feeling sky high, so give TV the cold shoulder and read a few motivational quotes on Pinterest, and you're set.

All the gear and no idea never looked so good.

Image courtesy of

What gym gear would motivate you to work it out? Tell us in the comments below!

Hydration hit: How to find the best moisturiser for your skin type | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

How to find the best moisturiser for your skin type

Moisturiser is pretty much a no-brainer but the quest to finding the perfect one is not always an easy task since there seems to be more formulas coming out every day than there are selfies on Instagram. It's enough to make your head spin!

But rather than wistfully pray for a one-size-fits-all formulation (that'll be the day) or use an onslaught of ingredients that are all wrong for your visage, try to figure out what exactly your skin type is. Are you normal, dry, oily, mature, sensitive or combination?

A quick tip is to wash your face with a mild cleanser, pat dry and wait for 15 minutes. After this period of time, if your skin feels a little tight then you have a dry skin type. If you can feel oil on your fingers after you touch your nose then it's an oily skin type. Combination skin types may find that the skin feels oily down the centre of the face but the rest is normal. Mature skin types can be determined by prominent fine lines, pigmentation and/or sagging skin while sensitive skin has a tendency to flare up easily, with irritated skin and redness being a common side effect. Acne-prone skin is commonly characterised by whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.

Once you've deciphered which category you fall under, use the guide below to select the best moisturiser for you!

Image courtesy of dollarphotoclub

Have you discovered what the best moisturiser for your skin type is? Tell us in the comments below!

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