Beauty Editor’s letter: How to be a lipstick chameleon like Rihanna

By (DDG$: 95303) , on 29.05.14 4 comments

Beauty Editors letter: How to be a lipstick chameleon like Rihanna | lip service feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

If there's one thing we can learn from Rihanna, aside from staying away from men with the initials C.B. and keeping our Insta pics G rated, it's that bold lipstick can work just as well in real life as it can on the runways and red carpet. Yes, RiRi is a celeb, so is probably more inclined to get away with wearing outlandish pigment on her pout, but that's not to say you can't swipe on some insane shade and rock it in a big way. Green, blue, burgundy and vixen red — here's how you can become a certified lipstick chameleon like bad gal RiRi!

Beauty Editors letter: How to be a lipstick chameleon like Rihanna | lip service feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Exhibit A: The red lip - A bold red lip can be the ultimate exclamation point to your look. You could be sporting the rattiest jacket, but team it with a rouge lip and BOOM, suddenly you're all 'look at me with my fancy makeup!'. Plus, if you choose a red with a cooler blue undertone, it'll contrast the yellow in your teeth and bring out the white, making your teeth appear brighter. How cool is that?

SHOP IT: Revlon Matte Lipstick in 'Really Red', $21.95, priceline.com.au

Beauty Editors letter: How to be a lipstick chameleon like Rihanna | lip service feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Exhibit B: The blue lip - As we can see here, Rihanna's matte blue lip is entering Smurf territory but doesn't it just look oh-so-rad balanced out with those big, fluttery lashes, a touch of bronzer and perfectly groomed brows? Slam dunk! I love that she's completely fearless when it comes to her makeup, because there really aren't many of us that wouldn't think twice about reaching for a blue lipstick. If you're one of the few that would wear this look, make sure you evenly apply your blue color so there are no clumps (which will look freaky!) by using a napkin to lightly blot your lips. This will prevent any excess product from smearing onto your teeth too, because blue gnashers aren't really a pretty sight. And with so much going on around the mouth, it's also a wise idea to keep the rest of the face makeup down to a bare minimum.

SHOP IT: Lipstick Queen in 'Hello Sailor', $25, barneys.com

Beauty Editors letter: How to be a lipstick chameleon like Rihanna | lip service feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Exhibit C: The burgundy lip - I've had an absolute ball playing with this year's dark, moody lippie shades. Berry, black orchid, plum, bordeaux, burgundy — they're all the rage, and they exude an almost gothic feel which is huge for 2014. But if I'm being honest, they can be a real biatch to apply. A tip: apply the color with a brush to keep it neat and polished, and layer on the pigment depending on how deep you want the colour to go. It's also a wise idea to use a lip pencil in small strokes around the mouth to help define the shape of your lips and keep the colour in one place, just be sure to choose a shade of pencil that blends well with your lipstick. Top it off with similar berry-brown tones on your cheeks to add warmth to your whole face, and complete the look with a backwards cap, plaid top tied around the waist and loads of attitude.

SHOP IT: Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Colour in 'Bordeaux' (Deep Wine), $28.95, meccacosmetica.com.au

Beauty Editors letter: How to be a lipstick chameleon like Rihanna | lip service feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Exhibit D: The green lip - This is a definite throwback to the 90s (TLC, anyone?), and I think it freakin' rocks (okay ... maybe not the hair)! If you want to make metallic green kissers work for you, use a lip primer to get the hue to stay on longer.  Green can have the uncanny ability of highlighting imperfections so swipe on a chapstick prior to lipstick application so your pout is nice and smooth and bump-free. Anytime you wear a bold lip it draws attention to your mouth, so it's always important to follow this step before creating your masterpiece. To neutralise the tint of your lips and make it slightly more subtle or matte, you might want to apply some foundation to your pout before the lipstick itself to stay modern with your totally out-of-the-box lips.

SHOP IT: Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Lipstick, GPB18.50, debenhams.com

 

Beauty Editors letter: How to be a lipstick chameleon like Rihanna | lip service feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Here's a (grainy) #selfie I took a few weeks back of my bold plum pout. I find that matte lipstick tends to dry out my lips, so I've applied a dark berry gloss in the middle of my lips — it's also a great volume booster! What do you think?

SHOP IT: Clarins Rouge Joli Lipstick in 'Plum', $34.20, ry.com.au

Image 1. Shutterstock, 2. Instagram, 3. Shutterstock, 4. Instagram, 4. Shutterstock, 5. Kristina's iPhone

Which Rihanna lip look is your fave? Tell us in the comments below!

Jumpin jumpin: Jumpsuits to suit every body shape | what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

More than just your regular playsuit, the jumpsuit — the romper's long distant cousin — screams sass more than possibly any other full piece item in your closet. Undeniably bold and sexy, it's more than the little 'ahem' the midi ring on your left finger can mumble. It's more like if Samantha and Miranda from Sex and the City moulded together to make the perfect blend of bold and corporate chic. Prett-y fierce. You don't want to mess with a woman in a jumpsuit, which is what makes them a little intimidating to shop for, almost in the same vein as jeans and bather shopping, if you ask me. So, let’s talk about which one will suit your body the best, shall we?

Awesome.

You have a pear shaped body:

Hey gurrl, with your super small waist and well-endowed bum, you want to show off those curves. Look for jumpsuits that are tailored at the waist to make your best assets stand out. Wear cropped with heels to make your legs look suuuper long.

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You're straight up and down:

You're pretty lucky straight up and down sisters; you can wear a wide leg or a skinny leg jumpsuit and still look amaze-balls. If you're going for a wide leg, make sure it's super long and just grazing the ground with heels on — none of this floating about on top of your shoes business (it will make your awesome pins look shorter). If you’re lacking in the top half region, try printed, colourful or textured materials on your top half to create the illusion of larger, erm, assets.

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You’re an hourglass:

Like our pear shaped friends, you want to show off your curves by opting for cinched in jumpsuits. Go for darker colours and stay away from prints on your bottom half. If you’re conscious of your arms, go for winged sleeves and a deep-v neckline to show off your best assets.

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Images courtesy of Fashion On Your Feet, Fake Leather & The Item

There you have it, lovely ladies — what do you think, going to give le jumpsuit a try? Tell us below!

Skincare meets makeup: 5 of the best serum foundations thatll make you look #flawless | skincare make your mug glow galleries featured hp main feature beauty 2 extra love  pictures

What the heck are serum foundations? Well, to state the obvious, they're a combination of supercharged ingredients mixed with skin-smoothing makeup particles which in turn produces one jam-packed foundation on steroids.

Since their inception not so long ago, serum foundations are now everywhere and they come with a wide range of complexion-boosting benefits including helping to target pigmentation and fine lines, and relieving the skin of dryness and congestion. Plus they make the visage look positively flawless, all while allowing the skin to lap up important antioxidants and vitamins.

Ahead, get familiar with the six superheroes of the serum foundation world and set aside your average face base for good.



Image courtesy of Napoleon Perdis

Do you like the idea of serum foundations? Have you used one before? Tell us in the comments below!

How we wear: Sporty x street | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

This week I'm showing off my latest purchase! The new L'America collection has dropped and I couldn't wait to get my mitts on this tee. I was stoked to see it was top notch quality and the text is velvet (it's the little things). I wasn't sure how I would style it as I didn't have a printed skirt to clash it with, so I opted for sporty vibes with a grey skirt (similar here) and my quilted bomber (similar here).

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 My fave Ksubi specs got dusted off this week to bring a bit of street flare to this look.

How we wear: Sporty x street | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

 Random rings from Colette are the best way to accessorize a sporty look.

How we wear: Sporty x street | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

 My babies ... the Sol Sana boots that I dubbed from the beginning "my Winter boot". Oh, how I love you so.

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

Web Want: Cute as pie cacti necklace | pretty things jewellery feature fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

Tacos, jalapenos, more tacos... I mean try and find something not to love about Mexico! I'm a sucker for a dainty jewel and this one caught my eye with its super original design, quirky cacti and interesting chain. Perfect as a little gift for that amigo si?

SHOP IT: Cinquante Cacti Necklace in Brass/Taupe, $39.00, fashionbunker.com

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

DDG DIY: Use our free daily planner printable to get your life in order | lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

DDG DIY: Use our daily planner printable to get your life in order

It may not seem like it, but you really do have as many hours in the day as Beyonce. While it should seem easy enough to get everything you need to do done in your allotted hours, for most of us procrastination is inevitable. Personally I am a chronic list maker but if it isn't written down there's a 90% chance it won't get done. In fact not only will it not get done, but it will be instantly forgotten. Luckily we've created this handy dandy day planner so you can manage every aspect of your day in one spot.

Need somewhere to write a shopping list? Your to-dos? That phone number you need to remember for later? Or even just a reminder to drink your recommended number of glasses of water each day (that part is what I'm especially excited about!)? This planner has got everything. Print out a couple and give them a try for a week — I bet by the time Friday comes you'll be the new Queen Bey.

Download the daily planner printable here:

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What do you think of our daily planner printable? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

DDG DIY: How to hide a cold sore with makeup | feature ddg diy beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

How to hide a cold sore with makeup

Cold sores have a nasty habit of popping up at the worst of times times — date night, on the day of a special event, during a very important meeting, right before you're about to snap a selfie — total buzz kill! But don't freak out just yet, because you can easily disguise these little buggers with a bit of makeup magic. Ain't no shame in your beauty game! Here's how:

YOU'LL NEED

- Tea tree oil (we used: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil)

- Creamy concealer (we used: Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer)

- A bold lipstick or gloss (we used: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in '22')

DIRECTIONS

STEP ONE: As soon as you feel your skin tingling, cleanse the area with a cotton bud dipped in antiseptic tea tree oil to help prevent the virus from spreading. Press the cotton bud on the sore for about 10 - 20 seconds.

STEP TWO: Once the cold sore has dried out, it's time to cover it! A heavy-duty, camouflaging, creamy concealer such as Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer will hide redness and won't highlight flaky areas. Gently pat the concealer onto the area with your finger and layer until completely hidden. If the cold sore is right near the lips, then layer the pout with concealer all over to create an even canvas.

TIP: If you have a lot of redness, you might want to use a concealer in two different shades; yellow to neutralise redness and a concealer that matches your exact skin tone over the top.

STEP THREE: To detract from the sore, apply a lipstick or gloss to your lips in, preferably deep red or plum. To ensure you don't infect your lippie, make sure you apply the pigment with a cotton bud.

Cold sore, who?

Did you learn something new about how to hide a cold sore with makeup? Tell us in the comments below!

Exercise test dummy: Bikram Yoga | lifestyle health and happines feature  pictures

With so many different exercise options out there these days, hating the gym is no longer a good enough reason to not get moving. So to inspire you to try new things, our chronically unfit lifestyle editor is lacing up her runners and trying out every type of exercise we can find in Melbourne — from Yoga to Boot Camps and every crazy thing in between.

Got a class you want us to try for you? Hit up the comments and we'll give it a go. Think of her as your exercise guinea pig.

Bikram Yoga, Yarraville

There are so many types of yoga out there it can be hard to keep up and figure out what all the small differences are about, but Bikram Yoga is more than slightly different exercises — it's a whole other experience altogether. While I'm definitely not a yogi, I have tried my fair share of yoga classes and can tell you that none of them prepared me for this experience. If you're not familiar with it, Bikram Yoga (or 'hot yoga') is a structured yoga class that takes place in a hot room to encourage sweating and help detoxify the body. You run through a set series of exercises (and repeat each exercise twice) with semi-regular breaks to rest and have a sip of water.

While I knew it wasn't called hot yoga for nothing I definitely underestimated just how warm the room would be. I was in the room 5 minutes before the class started just lying on my mat on the ground and was sweating bullets by the time the teacher walked into the room. Now your first couple of classes (and probably quite a few classes after that for some of us) are more about getting used to the temperature than nailing the exercises so resting whenever you feel you need it is definitely encouraged, but with that said you are encouraged to attempt as many as you can.

I definitely felt like I spent more time lying on the ground than actually standing or exercising, but still managed to have aching muscles for days afterwards. Because their classes are so structured, pretty much any of their classes are suitable for a beginner — you just rest when you need to and try not to be intimidated by the fit girl twisting herself into a pretzel in front of you.

Exercise test dummy: Bikram Yoga | lifestyle health and happines feature  pictures

I'll admit, I left my Bikram Yoga experience with fairly mixed feelings. I love a challenge with my exercises but this felt less like pushing my limits and more like trying desperately not to faint. I found myself essentially lying in the foetal position for the whole 90 minute class (yes, 90 minutes!) watching the seconds tick by and thinking to myself that I would probably give up my first born for a light breeze. With that said, leaving the class and walking home in the cool air was pretty high on my list of all time most enjoyable experiences. I also had a niggle in my back when I went in that had vanished by the time I left the class, plus my skin felt insanely incredible all day afterwards.

Ultimately, I feel like Bikram just isn't for me. I spoke to a couple of devotees while there who said that you've got to keep pushing through your first few classes because once you can make it through a whole class without taking any unscheduled breaks you get an incredible rush and a feeling of accomplishment. To give them the benefit of the doubt I'm going to head back for a few more sessions and see how I fare.

If you're interested in trying Bikram, I recommend drinking at least a litre of water (and no, coffee doesn't count!) before your class and taking along your own yoga mat and towel (seriously the amount of sweat is insane and I'd hate to think of using something someone else has sweated on so substantially even if it has been cleaned). You'll also need to make sure you rehydrate after your class or you will get seriously dehydrated (can you say 'massive headache'?).

Head over to www.likebikramyoga.com.au for more information about sessions and where you can book in for a class.

Have you tried Bikram Yoga before? Tell us about your experience (and your tips for survival) in the comments below!

Eyes wide awake: 25 best eye creams for every skin concern | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Best eye creams to help pep up your star-gazers

Being a grown up isn't easy. As we get older, that youthful twinkle we used to have as a child begins to fade around our eyes, making way for dark circles and fine lines. That being said, there's no shame in turning to a decidedly adult-like product to disguise those pesky half moons and transform ourselves from angry zombie to lovely lady.

But don't just slather on any old prod. Figure out which concern you'd like to target first so you're only applying what your skin actually needs as opposed to a product that's all wrong. Do you want firmer skin, brighter eyes, de-puffed lids or all of the above?

Once you've figured out what you'd like to target the most around your peepers, browse ahead to find your perfect eye cream. We've included every kind of formula across all price points to help sweep away fine lines and wrinkles, and banish zonked-out, puffy, irritated eyes for good. Consider them spanx for the blinkers!



Which of these best eye creams has taken your fancy? Tell us in the comments below!

Testers needed: GlazeMe UV Nail Polish Kit | test me feature  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: GlazeMe UV Nail Polish Kit

Price: RRP $159

Brand: GlazeMe

What is it?

GlazeMe is the solution to beautiful, long lasting salon nails from the comfort of your own home. This premium Australian product brings you the best in UV nail polish so you can get that fresh, brilliant sheen time after time.

 

This premium kit includes:

- 1 x 12 watt LED UV lamp

- 10 x orange sticks

- 20 x Isopropyl alcohol wipes (medical grade rubbing alcohol)

- 1 x 125ml of Acetone

- 1 x GlazeMe UV Top Coat

- 1 x GlazeMe UV Base Coat

- 4 x the most popular GlazeMe colour polishes including:  Fairy Floss,  Hard Candy,  Red Carpet,  Regal Red

 

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 1 eligible submission at random for this week's testing panel.

3 - Once we have all your 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 photos of you and your finished nails!

Metallic fashion: Shine bright like a diamond in these glitzy garments | galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

This is about as close to heavy metal as I will ever get — poor attempt I know, but this luminous look does have a badass vibe to it. With 70s rocker influences you might be one skinny pair of gold trousers paired with a band tee away from becoming a groupie (hey Jared Leto, sup?).

But it's also a glam look loved by Kate Moss, J-Law and Nicole Richie (search Met Gala for some serious frock envy!). Whether you prefer to deck yourself to the nines (in which case check our Miss Moss's latest collab with Topshop), or you prefer tailored designs, pleats and sporty cuts or girly accents, find all the glistening goodness you need to add a little sparkle to your wardrobe below!



Image courtesy of stylescrapbook.com

Which metallic fashion piece do you adore? Tell us in the comments below!

Strike a pose: 10 tips for taking the ultimate selfie (Plus WIN awesome prizes from Schwarzkopf) | hair styles beauty 2 featured hp main feature beauty news beauty 2 sponsored  pictures

Post brought to you by Schwarzkopf

Is your hair your “thing”? Want to score loads of awesome prizes? Then you simply have to enter Schwarzkopf’s 5th annual Search for Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair competition.

The competition has a category for everyone this year so there’s absolutely no excuse not to show off your lovely locks! Whether you’ve got curly, straight, long, short or coloured hair, there’s defs a chance you could win big and be crowned the ‘Hot Hair’ queen.

What’s up for grabs? Uh, the most incredible prize-pack EVER! The winner of Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair 2014 will be treated as a style icon for a day in a profesh photo shoot with a Elle Ferguson & Tash Sefton from style blog They All Hate Us PLUS $2,000 spending money.

All you have to do to enter is upload your best hair selfie here  – but before you do, check out our top tips for taking the ultimate selfie (maybe even the winning selfie!) by clicking here

 

Strike a pose: 10 tips for taking the ultimate selfie (Plus WIN awesome prizes from Schwarzkopf) | hair styles beauty 2 featured hp main feature beauty news beauty 2 sponsored  pictures

 

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Got any other selfie tips? Share them with us in the comments below!

Health hacking: Simple food swaps to help you eat better without missing out! | lifestyle health and happines feature recipes extra love  pictures

Health hacking: Simple food swaps to help you eat better

I've always been of the mind that diets are a naughty word. I hate the fact that the way we eat can be affected by stupid fads that (most of the time) end up being really bad for you. So I completely subscribe to the idea that the best way to get healthy and lose weight (if that's your goal) is to eat a balanced, varied diet. With that in mind, I'm 100% against anybody who tells me to eat less chocolate — even if it will save my thighs — because balance means having the bad things when you feel like it. Since giving up the things I love (Toasted sandwiches! Chips! Rice!) is almost impossible with the wilting willpower I have to resist their starchy siren song, I devised these oh so simple food swaps that will allow you to continue eating the things you love while getting bonus nutritional benefits.

Health hacking: Simple food swaps to help you eat better without missing out! | lifestyle health and happines feature recipes extra love  pictures

Swap white bread for Protein bread

Okay this one seems like a bit of a no brainer these days since every nutritionist is screaming to stay away from the white stuff, but swapping over to protein bread means you get a significantly lower dose of carbohydrates (92% less in fact) plus the added benefits of seeds and nuts including sesame, chia and sunflower seeds. (Although it contains almonds and egg so is unsuitable for anybody with a nut allergy or on a vegan diet).

Health hacking: Simple food swaps to help you eat better without missing out! | lifestyle health and happines feature recipes extra love  pictures

Swap fried potato chips for Popped Vege Chips

Sometimes your taste buds have a void that only something crunchy and salty can fill which is that precise moment in the afternoon when one reaches for a bag of potato chips. But those bags of flavour are working against you with a high fat content and other nasty no-nos. Next time try reaching for a bag of popped vege chips — they're air popped rather than fried so they are 90% fat free plus gluten, nut, dairy and egg free with no preservatives. They aren't missing out on any flavour either.

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Swap sour cream for Greek Style Natural Yogurt

When you're cooking, some recipes call for a little cooling down which is where the incredibly rich and fattening sour cream tends to come in, but you can always swap it out with a little Greek yogurt. With a mild taste that slides easily into any recipe, Greek yogurt is such an easy alternative that is high in protein and a good source of calcium. Apart from also being able to eat it with your breakfast, yogurt can also be used when cooking curries, creamy pasta and some baked goods.

Health hacking: Simple food swaps to help you eat better without missing out! | lifestyle health and happines feature recipes extra love  pictures

Swap cordial (and soft drinks) for fruit infused water (Define Bottle Fruit Infused water bottles, from $14.99, definebottle.com)

I am a sucker for a drink filled with flavour, which is why it is so hard to heed the warnings about fruit juices just being liquid sugar. When you're thirsty but also searching for a flavour hit, consider swapping out your juices, cordials and soft drinks with some homemade fruit infused water. You get a subtle flavour that you can customise yourself with almost no sugar and no preservatives, plus you can still eat the fruit afterwards. It's a win all round.

Health hacking: Simple food swaps to help you eat better without missing out! | lifestyle health and happines feature recipes extra love  pictures

Swap white rice for Slendier Rice Style

Hopefully you're getting the message by now: super processed, bleached "white" products (bread, rice and pasta) should be swapped out with their whole grain variety. If you're not big on brown rice (based on its taste/cooking time) then check out this rice style alternative made from Konjac (a high fibre, low calorie and low carbohydrate whole food that has been consumed in Asia for centuries) and give your diet a little boost.

Do you have any simple food swaps that we missed? Tell us your favourite swaps in the comments below!

Shoulder grazing: How to make the long bob trend work for you | hair styles beauty 2 galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

All aboard the long bob trend train!

Dear Long Bob (or lob), I love you. I love you so so so so much! I love you so much in fact, that I'd probably trade in my right arm just to be able to pull a 'do like you off. Yours truly, a hair maven in need. 

In case you weren't aware, the long bob is kind of a big deal right now. Not only is it a surefire celebrity favourite, but it looks super chic, modern and lends itself to easy styling. It sits somewhere in between long and short hair, cut blunt just above the shoulders and is the perfect accompaniment to a fierce and fabulous outfit.

From Nicole Richie to Taylor Swift, the moment of this angular 'do has returned full force and this time it's not all thanks to Posh Spice.

If you're looking for a good reason to make the chop, read up on what to discuss with your hairstylist before for taking the 'lob' plunge.



Love or loathe the long bob trend? Tell us in the comments below!

Mani of the week: Metallic french tip nails | nail it how tos featured hp main feature ddg diy beauty 2  pictures

How to get Metallic French Tip Nails

Considering metallic touches are just about everywhere these days — on our shoes, clothes, bags and even eyelashes! — there's never been a more perfect time to jump on board the molten metal train with a bit of easy nail art that'll get photographed more than the hors d'oeuvres at your next party.

Here's how you can give your mani a modern twist with metallic French tips:

YOU'LL NEED

- Sticky tape

- Metallic nail polish (we used Essie Nail Polish in 'Sand Tropez' and Essie Nail Polish in 'Snake, Rattle & Roll')

Mani of the week: Metallic french tip nails | nail it how tos featured hp main feature ddg diy beauty 2  pictures

DIRECTIONS

STEP ONE: Paint on your base coat, preferably two layers for a budge-proof finish. Wait until this fully dries (at least 5 - 10 minutes each coat).

STEP TWO: Get a piece of tape and tap the adhesive part onto the back of your hand to make it less sticky so it doesn't rip off any polish. Then, apply it near the top of your nail, leaving a tiny gap for the french tip.

STEP THREE: Paint on your contrasting metallic nail polish over the gap. It's okay if the lacquer gets onto the sticky tape.

STEP FOUR: Right before the polish dries, peel off the sticky tape in one clean, easy stroke so it leaves behind a sharp line.

Repeat these steps for each nail and you'll have some insane digit art in no time!

Have you tried mastering Metallic French Tip Nails? Tell us in the comments below!

Book club: 7 books to get you through True Detective withdrawals | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature book club  pictures

7 books to get you through True Detective withdrawals

You know those people who have never owned a TV? Or if they do it is only ever on the ABC? Yeah, I'm not one of those people. In fact I'd say I easily surpass the recommended maximum number of viewing hours many times throughout a standard week. I just really, really enjoy watching TV. Along with all your standard garbage reality shows (hey, I never said I spend that time watching good television) and sitcoms, a large percentage of my TV viewing is comprised of crime shows (Criminal Minds, CSI and every iteration of Law & Order to be exact), so you can imagine my delight when HBO delivered True Detective.

WANT MORE? If you've made it through your True Detective withdrawals then maybe you'd enjoy these books.

Apart from fulfilling my general need for horrific crime shows that might make me need to sleep with the light on if I watch them by myself, True Detective delivered a high quality show that even my boyfriend was happy to watch. The only down side? The incredibly short season (especially when compared to my usual crime shows). As soon as those end credits rolled on the last episode I no longer knew what to do with myself. If you're suffering in the same way these books will definitely help you out. The crimes are gritty and terrifying and there are twists and turns aplenty in these fine examples of crime novels.



Image courtesy of HBO

Have you read any of these books? Tell us your thoughts on it (or True Detective) in the comments below!

Mules: How to work them into your wardrobe 3 ways! | what to wear fashion daily sole mates night owl finds feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Mules are kind of a niche trend; they can look super intimidating to pull off and that's because they require some serious styling and confidence! But they are such a fun heel to rock so we have broken it down into plain English, with the three ways to wear a mule through the weekend. From your lazy Saturday, ladies' night and finally to cheese and wine Sundays — mmm.

Casual Saturdays: Beginners take note! Just because Vogue Italy's Fashion Ed is rocking her mules with culottes and a fuzzy sweater doesn't mean you have to make life hard for yourself. Ease into this trend with some comforting wardrobe staples like a black knit, boyfriend jeans and a cool pair of specs!

SHOP IT: Topshop Revolver Metal Heel Mules in Nude, GBP65.00, topshop.com, JBRAND Relaxed Skinny Boyfriend Jean, $448.00, boutique1.com, Spijkers En Spijkers Knit Sweater in Black, $282.96, farfetch.com, Quay Eyeware Bailey Sunglasses, $45.00, quayeyeware.com.au

Ladies' Night: These mules are edgy and sophisticated (perfect for painting the town red!). The midi skirt with some flare teams perfectly with a white crop — oh so chic.

SHOP IT: Aldo Acaren Heeled Mule Shoes, $156.50, asos.com, H&M Jersey Skirt in Black, EURO14.99, hm.com, Evie Dart Detail Cropped Top GBP65.00, whistles.co.ukJeepers Peepers Casper Round Sunglasses, $35, asos.com

Sunday Wines: A bit of leopard never hurt nobody. This look is about classic cuts and one trending piece in a favourite print. The fedora finishes off the look so don't forget to cap it off!

SHOP IT: Senso Uki II Maple Leopard Pony Mule, $259.00, senso.com.auTheory Nenan Top in Black, $252.25, farfetch.com, Current Elliott Ankle Low-Rise Skinny Jeans in Charcoal, $120.00, theoutnet.comWarehouse Fedora Hat in Black, GBP25.00, warehouse.co.uk

 

Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Sarah Nait, Jillian LanskyAnn Kim & thumbnail courtesy of Sincerely Jules

How would you style your mules? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Real Girl Beauty: 5 minutes with celebrity hair stylist Renya Xydis | feature beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Today we're delighted to feature the marvelous Renya Xydis, the Creative Director and owner of Sydney’s premier hairdressing salons: Valonz, Renya Xydis City, Miss Frou Frou and most recently Salon X by Renya Xydis.

Away from the salon, each year Xydis acts as Hair Director on both Australian and New York Fashion Weeks, creating hairstyles for the most stellar designers, including Sass & Bide and Willow internationally and locally Collette Dinnigan, Easton Pearson, Daniel Avakian and Kirrily Johnston. She's also had the pleasure of styling the manes of a few notable celebs and today she tells all!

1. What does your job title involve?

I am an Editorial Hairstylist & the owner of three Sydney based salons, Salon X, Valonz and Renya Xydis City Salon and can often be found styling for clients at my Valonz salon in Paddington.

Outside of the salon, I take on the a creative role working on multiple photo shoots with media, fashion designers and makeup artists, all of whom have become great friends of mine over the years. In addition to this, one of the busiest times of the year for me is Fashion Week, participating in both New York Fashion Week and Sydney’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. I also work with celebrities on advertising campaigns, press junkets and red carpet appearances both locally & internationally.

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

- Wella Professional Luxe Oil

- Cloud Nine Touch

- Wella Professional Absolute Set Finishing Spray

- Miss Frou Frou Absolutely Black Nail Polish

- SK-II Facial Treatment Masks

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

I always wear my hair out so the easiest way to style it in the morning is by running a Cloud Nine Waving Wand over it so it has some movement. To stop any flyaways I run my fingers through my hair with some Wella Professional Luxe Oil which also adds a little bit of shine!

4. How do you keep your skin in shape?

SK-II and The Clinic in Double Bay for specific skin treatments & for facials and massages my beauty therapist Gabriella Menegon at Miss Frou Frou beauty parlour.

5. Which beauty secret do you swear by?

I love the smell of fig oil — it is great for the hands and is a great multi-purpose beauty product, I mix this scent with other essential oils and use it as a scent in my hair & skin.

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

Sleep & water is the key to good skin and general well being – you just can't function without these.

7. How do you unwind on the weekends?

By spending quality time with my family.

8. Describe a typical working day.

No two days are ever the same which is why I love what I do! I can go from working in the salon to styling hair for a shoot with a top designer to the runways of fashion week to an education workshop.

9. Favourite fragrance?

Fig Oil from Kleins in Melbourne, it reminds me of my husband's family farm in Greece.

10. Favourite beauty brand and why?

I love Tom Ford makeup, right down to the packaging!

11. If you could style anyone's hair who it would be and why?

I have been lucky enough to work with celebrities throughout my career, including Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett. I would love the opportunity to work with Jennifer Lawrence — she has taken more risks with her styles lately and I'd love see what we could create together.

12. What is your favourite hair trend at the moment?

I am a big fan of braiding and recently created 21 different braided looks at MBFW for the Di$count Univer$e show.

13. Who inspires you?

Eugene Souleiman and Cate Blanchett

14. What’s the best thing about your job?

That I am able to express my creativity through my work on a day to day basis, I have also been fortunate enough to have seen the world through my career.

15. Favourite celebrity hunk?

Hugh Jackman

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

Invisible Women from The Fantastic Four for obvious reasons

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

Day to night outfits: Get to happy hour on the double (for a double) | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

In an age of fashion freedom, it's time to make use of our versatile wardrobes and switch it up with some day to night outfits. It's one of my fave strategies because you get bang for your buck by wearing your outfit twice and it makes you look at your wardrobe in a whole new way.

I'm normally rocking some sort of sneaker variety come Saturday, so when I get asked to go for an afternoon coffee (jokes, it's froyo, I'm a child), I love pairing a skirt with my high-tops and then adding a sweater and necklace. Then once we're all hyped up on sugar and decide to head to cocktails I can simply slip on some heeled boots, add a clutch and pull up my sleeves — thank me later.



Image courtesy of lookbook.nu

Which day to night outfits will you rock this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

Get the look: Monica Rouse and her travel inspired home | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Monica Rouse and her travel inspired home

If you've ever been to Miss Moncur, the website of travel junkie Monica Rouse, you've probably been awestruck by her impeccable sense of style that translates into a perfectly curated collection of travel worthy clothes that will suit any stylish person from London to Sydney. That innate sense of style, subtly inspired by her jetsetting lifestyle, translates beautifully into Monica Rouse's home.

WANT MORE? If you loved looking at the home of Monica Rouse then check out Charlie Brown's digs.

Her home has a crisp white base that toys the line between beachy and nordic, with bold pops of black and the occasional natural wood accessory. It is a bright, warm and welcoming home and her style is very easy to replicate in your own home.



Image courtesy of Photographer Dominic Loneragan for Citizens of the World

What are your thoughts on the home of Monica Rouse? Tell us in the comments below!

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