What we wear: Double denim

By (DDG$: 9740) , on 24.07.14 2 comments

What we wear: Double denim | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

While a loose chambray shirt and distressed denim short is one thing, wearing what can sometimes be referred to as a 'Canadian tuxedo' is quite another. This week I decided it was time to do the double denim (Winter edition). Of course I was a bit nervous so I layered with a scarf and anorak to play it down but I still felt totally fearless like some sort of Western super hero.

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I'm so smitten with this watch by The Horse which the girls at DDG gifted me for my birthday! Amazing quality and design, plus it could go with anything you pair it with. Anorak is by Nasty Gal but find similar here.

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This scarf has been a godsend the past 5 years or so. I snapped it up at Bardot once upon a time and the size, fabric and reversible neutral leopard print is seriously a wardrobe must-have (find a similar one here). Denim shirt is by Topshop (honestly the best investment!).

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Jeans are by RES Denim and of course to cap it all off my fave Senso boots!

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

Eat this: Roasted Baby Beetroot with Grilled Freshwater Salmon recipe from Petite Kitchen | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Eat this: Roasted Baby Beetroot with Grilled Freshwater Salmon recipe from Petite Kitchen

My fish intake is incredibly minimal. Apart from the occasional tin of tuna for lunch or grilled flake from the fish and chip shop, I stick to the land and leave seafood in the sea. I'm aware of the many benefits of fish though and am doing my best to integrate it into my cooking routine (much to the chagrin of my fish-phobic other half), which is why I'm relying on delicious salmon recipes that are on the easy side.

WANT MORE? If you liked the sound of this Roasted Baby Beetroot with Grilled Freshwater Salmon recipe, then check out more from Petite Kitchen here.

This flavoursome recipe from Petite Kitchen celebrates the ingredients — as they'd say on MasterChef — and is a great way to get yourself used to the flavour of salmon if you're a newbie to fish. This is also more inspiration than recipe so you'd have to figure out the times and whatnot, but definitely head over to her site to check out more mouth-watering inspiration. I'd also recommend buying her cookbook because the recipes are delicious and stuff you'd actually want to make!

Head over to petite-kitchen.com for more delicious recipes or to purchase her amazing cookbook.

How do you normally prepare your salmon? Share your tips and tricks (or your thoughts on this recipe) in the comments below!

 

Match maker: 10 super flattering eyeshadow and lipstick combinations | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Fancy-up with these eyeshadow and lipstick combinations

Ever discovered the most perfect lipstick only to realise you have no idea which eyeshadow to pair it with? You run the risk of going over the top with a shadow that's too dramatic or selecting a colour that's utterly mismatched.

But don't fret; experimenting with new makeup combinations can actually be quite fun, and today we're walking you through some of our favourite lipstick and eyeshadow duos that work so well together, you'll want to sport them every day of the week.



Image courtesy of Guerlain

Which eyeshadow and lipstick combinations do you love wearing? Tell us in the comments below!

Work those thumbs: 5 of the best home fitness apps | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Work those thumbs: 5 of the best home fitness apps

Going to the gym regularly is hard enough for most of us folk, but combine the fact that it is just so damn cold outside with increased chocolate consumption (or is that just me?) and you have a recipe for piling on those Winter pounds. Luckily the wide world of technology has got you covered with all the exercising you could want right on your smartphone (well, it will be on your phone once you download them).

WANT MORE? If you liked these picks for home fitness apps, then check out our favourite organisational apps here.

These apps have everything you need to work out in your loungeroom — whether you're after a relaxing yoga session, a burst of cardio or some equipment-free strength training. I personally like anything that lets you set a Tabata timer (that's where you do interval training in short, but insanely intense 4 minute bursts) but that's mostly so I can get some exercises done during my TV ad breaks. Isn't that all you really want a fitness routine anyway?



Image courtesy of Pocket Yoga

Have you tried any of these home fitness apps? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Beauty Editors letter: Three glorious days in the desert (aka Uluru) | feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

Let's set the scene: a stretch of burnt orange sand peppered with bristly spinifex plants that seep endlessly into the horizon and a ginormous terracotta-tinged rock rising from the plains, lending itself to the already breathtaking landscape. Ayers Rock, peeps, Ayers Rock.

I was recently given the incredible opportunity to go on an impromptu vacay to Uluru thanks to Jetstar's newest Melbourne to Ayers Rock direct flights, and I jumped at the chance — who wouldn't?! Despite never actually visiting any kind of desert before, I was keen to explore a bit of Australian native culture and break away from the drone of Melbourne's non-stop city noise, so going to the middle of nowhere suited me just fine.

Beauty Editors letter: Three glorious days in the desert (aka Uluru) | feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

I think what got my blood racing from the very beginning was spotting the great monolith thousands of miles in the sky. As our plane soared over Australia's ancient heart, I was absolutely blown away. Even from high up in the sky, it looked positively ginormous, and I felt touched if not a little humbled to bear witness to one of Australia's most recognisable World Heritage listed icons.

I definitely wasn't expecting it to be negative 1000 degrees when exiting the plane though — aren't deserts always dry and hot? — but luckily I came prepared with Winter gear from head-to-toe.

Our super friendly, super informative Voyage Indigenous Tourism Australia hosts planted us at Sails in the Desert Hotel, a recently refurbished resort boasting 228 luxury five star rooms and suites, and decor that features traditional Anangu creation stories and complemented by the desert landscape outside and Indigenous artwork and artifacts. Read: luxe oasis.

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I was lucky enough to trial one of the resort's beauty treatments at Red Ochre Spa, and lemme tell you, it was something else. From the deliciously relaxing scalp and aromatherapy massage that helped dissolve aches and pains in an instant, topped off by a super hydrating Elemis facial which gave my skin a kiss of radiance, it's no wonder I fell asleep and snored in my poor facialist's face. The modern decor coupled with energising scents of essential oils made the retreat a true sanctuary to attend, enhanced by the tranquility of the desert silence.

Beauty Editors letter: Three glorious days in the desert (aka Uluru) | feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

Over the three days of desert bliss, I was able to experience some of the rare beauties of Uluru including cultural performances by the Wakagetti Dance Troupe, garden walks through local native flora, a stargazing adventure of the southern night sky, camel rides (I aptly named mine 2Pac) to remote desert dune tops where I watched the sun set over Uluru and munched on bush inspired delicacies (and a little too much bubbly), meandering walks observing the many changing colours and moods of the awe-inspiring rock and — my all-time fave — Harley rides around Ayers Rock Sunset Strip, where I experienced a bit of Sons of Anarchy moment (see below).

Beauty Editors letter: Three glorious days in the desert (aka Uluru) | feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

Uluru has so much deep cultural significance to it and a particular sense of peaceful stillness that's all-encompassing and wondrously soothing for the soul — it almost feels like a dream. It's no wonder Prince William, who visited the Northern Territory earlier in the year with wifey Kate Middleton, said, 'It's nice and peaceful down there, very peaceful'. Right you are, Will, right you are.

Beauty Editors letter: Three glorious days in the desert (aka Uluru) | feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

You haven't truly experienced the great Australian Outback until you've seen Ayers Rock, and thanks to the legends over at Jetstar, this is now all the more possible. I'll defs be back soon.

Visit Jetstar to book your next vacay to Uluru's epic Sails in the Desert Resort.

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Featured images courtesy of Discover Uluru

Have you been to Uluru before? What do you think of the new Melb - Uluru direct flights? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG DIY: The liquid liner credit card trick | how tos feature eye makeup and trends ddg diy beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Try this liquid liner credit card trick

Liquid liner is like the LBD of beauty; a surefire makeup staple. But if you haven't yet mastered the perfect flick, today we're teaching you a quick and easy fool-proof way to create the perfect cat eye silhouette without smudges or spills.

YOU'LL NEED

- Liquid liner pen

- A credit card/debit card (any kind of card really!)

WANT MORE? If you think this liquid liner credit card trick is cool, you're going to love this!

DIRECTIONS

1. Hold a credit card flat against your cheekbone on an angle and veering upwards past the tip of your eye out to your hairline.

2. With your liquid liner pen, trace along your upper eye line, and once you reach the corner of your eye, trace along the card's edge to create your flick.

3. Remove the card and there you have it! A polished winged line with perfect definition.

Ta daaaaa!

Have you tried this liquid liner credit card trick before? How do you create the perfect winged liner? Tell us in the comments below!

Trench coats: The 15 dapper designs to have you looking swanky | how to wear galleries featured hp main feature fashion daily  pictures

There's something about a trench that always makes me think of London town (the place I stalk on Pinterest and will one day visit). This staple coat can be seen as proper and timeless but lately style gurus have been pairing the all-time-fave piece with ankle booties and shorts (granted, us Aussies have been leading the way due to our "Winter weather").

Find more Winter style inspiration here!

While the trench is usually reserved for casual layering with jeans and boots you can switch it up and take a leaf out of Victoria Beckham's book by pairing with heels and a dress (I'm assuming as you can't actually see it). Or even work the coat open with a smock dress — the options are endless! So embrace the transeasonal treasure and get trenched!



Image courtesy of Aliya Akhmedeeva

Which trench coats do you adore? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG DIY: Make your own studded beanie tutorial | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

DDG DIY: Make your own studded beanie tutorial

I was like a kid in a candy store when I went to spotlight to find ways to decorate my beanie (honestly, there were so many options I could probably keep doing this every week for the rest of the year!) but one of the things I was most excited about were the press studs. Personally, I've never been much of a rhinestone gal and all my years of dancing competitions dulled any excitement I had for sequins and tiaras, but studs have always held a special place in my heart.

WANT MORE? If you liked this studded beanie tutorial, then check out another beanie DIY here.

Blame it on rock music or the fact that I was an absolute bedazzling fiend growing up (seriously, what happened to my bedazzler?) but this was my favourite DIY yet! This studded beanie tutorial is super easy because all you need to do is line up the studs and push them in and hey! Presto! You've just studded something, no bedazzler required!

DDG DIY: Make your own studded beanie tutorial | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • A beanie
  • Claw-clasp studs (I have pyramid and round)

DDG DIY: Make your own studded beanie tutorial | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  1. Start by arranging your studs on your beanie to get an idea of how you want to lay out your design. I personally favour symmetrical designs because I'm a little OCD like that but I have seen some beautiful clusters of studs on some beanies. Basically do what you think looks good (you can always change it later!)
  2. When you've got your design in your head remove the studs, unfold the brim of your beanie and flip it inside out so that you only put the studs through the one layer of beanie and they don't scratch your head!
  3. Lay out your studs again and start pushing them through — the table should bend the claws inwards with a little bit of pressure so that they grip on to your material.
  4. Use needle nosed pliers to remove any studs you don't like without damaging your beanie. Fold and flip your beanie and you're done!

What are your thoughts on this studded beanie tutorial? Tell us in the comments below!

Spa chic: How to be your own at home facialist | skincare make your mug glow galleries featured hp main feature beauty 2  pictures

How to be your own at-home facialist

I gotta confess something. I'm usually pretty OCD about my skin health, but the past few weeks I've been neglecting my mug in favour of being a total lazy pants. Each night, there's nothing more I want than to sink into my sheets and not have to worry about any kind of primping or preening, mainly because I'm so damn tired. Save for maybe whacking on some moisturiser at night and SPF during the day, makeup wipes have suddenly became my new best friend, and my lonesome bottle of cleanser is beginning to gather dust. As for that vessel of exfoliant and the exxy face masque sitting on my basin? Pft. Totally cannot be bothered.

Biggest. Mistake. Ever.

My skin has gone into full-blown meltdown mode and is currently sprouting all sorts of nasties like a veggie patch on pesticide steroids. We're talking pimples — but those really nasty ones that bubble under the skin and refuse to pop — and dry patches galore. Gulp.

WANT MORE? Even more advice on how to be your own at-home facialist here

And so after this little fortnight of dermal abuse, I've decided to get back into my strict skincare routine, and treat my mug with full respect, starting with a mini at-home facial each week. I've done it before and the results have been epic. I highly recommend you do the same, especially if you're trying to combat certain skin woes that just won't go away.

Below check out my step by step guide to being your own at-home facialist. It's easier and quicker than you think, plus cheap and totally zen-worthy.



Image courtesy of dollarphotoclub

Did you pick up any handy tips on how to be your own at-home facialist? Will you be indulging in some DIY zen time? Tell us in the comments below!

5 Charity supporting fitness events that will make money from your pain | lifestyle health and happines feature  pictures

5 Charity supporting fitness events that will make money from your pain

Sometimes the promise of tighter buns or the ability to run 50 m for your train without collapsing from exhaustion isn't enough to motivate us to get out there and exercise. Even if you're of the extra lazy couch potato variety where the only thing that will motivate you is having people dressed as zombies chase you through the course as though your life depended on it (which incidentally is totally a thing and actually sounds like lots of fun!) there's a fun charity event that will get you moving while also raising money for a good cause (which actually earns you lazy points for knocking off two things at once!).

While some of these events definitely fall into the hardcore exercise category (meaning you'll need to train for a while to compete or else risk your limbs falling off from overuse; I assume that's what happens from exercise, I personally have never worked that hard), there are options for all fitness levels to compete in most of them. You can also participate in a lot of them as teams so it can turn into a fun day out for you and your friends. So start working out so you can take part and support your favourite charity (or go be a spectator and donate if you're basically a professional couch potato).

 



Image courtesy of Tough Mudder

Have you participated in any charity supporting fitness events? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Always feminine and elegant, Forever New knows how to make a girl feel like a million bucks. Whether you have a wedding, a graduation or special occasion, these designs are always flattering — plus they do some killer casual wear! See our five favourite picks from Forever New's current collections and embrace these ladylike looks.

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This vivid emerald green is an out-of-this-world party dress. While the hue is eye-catching the never fail cut is super flattering, modern and timeless (think: Kate Middleton).

SHOP IT: Bailey Tiered Short Sleeve Dress in Vivid Green, $89.99, forevernew.com.au

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So we're all obsessing over the midi skirt right now and this fluted style skirt fits the bill. Featuring voluminous fabric to create the perfect A-line silhouette its besties include (but are not limited to) a black cropped evening top, a printed casual tee and cons and of course a pastel knit.

SHOP IT: Sophia Fluted Midi Skirt, $79.99, forevernew.com.au

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Print parties are better with a white sweater! We can't get enough of this transeasonal floral design. Work it with shorts or jeans for a more casual look and a skirt to add some effort (see: skirt above).

SHOP IT: Leonie Printed Sweat Top in Dark Floral, $59.99, forevernew.com.au

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Show off your womanly curves with this all over lace pencil skirt featuring a trending sheer bottom panel. Style it with sandals in Summer or with a black cropped top and a killer set of heels for a night out!

SHOP IT: Cara Lace Pencil Skirt in Black, $79.99, forevernew.com.au

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The do it all basic works its way seamlessly into your wardrobe with its trending characteristics and flattering fabric. We love this top matched with highwaisted black jeans, heavy boots and a shaggy cardigan or with a pencil skirt for cocktails.

SHOP IT: Milly Long Sleeve Crop Top in Black, $39.99, forevernew.com.au

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

Real Girl Beauty: 5 minutes with Trophy Wife nail artist Chelsea Bagan | feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

1. Can you chat a bit about your career as a nail artist?

I started as a total hobbyist, I doubted myself for a long time that it could become anything too serious, but I threw my whole self into it and am so proud of where it has gotten to. We are just about to open our first street fronted salon!

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

- Bloom Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Black

- Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub

- Clinique Pore Refining Serum

- Chi Chi Matte Lipstick in 'Bling It On' (the colour is amazzzing and lasts so long!)

- Clinique Exfoliating Face Scrub

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

I usually just rock a messy bob, it looks good and is super low maintenance.

4. How do you keep your skin in shape?

My face does not like too much going on, I usually just wash my face with water and then apply a moisturiser, and drink lots of water. Once a week I use Clinique Exfoliating Face Scrub.

5. Which beauty secret do you swear by?

Lip liner is a true god!

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

Less is more. I am a big fan of blusher, and I've been taught to not go too overboard.

7. How do you unwind on the weekends?

I like to get out of the city for a night or two away with friends, sometimes we camp or rent a house in the middle of the country to relax. But if I'm in the city, I love a good brunch and some Game of Thrones!

8. Describe a typical working day.

Lots of nail painting, lots of emails, lots of social media, phone calls, admin. DIY — it's a one stop shop around here.

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

I really loved Jil by Jil Sander. It is hard to get ahold of these days, but it reminds me of Summer and fun times!

10. Favourite beauty brand and why?

I think Illamasqua is really great. They always have really great bold coloured lips and nails.

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

A little bit of self promo here but Trophy Wife x Kester Black 'Gold Digger'. I've always hated glitter polishes that are sparse with glitter; this one pretty much fills you nail with glitter after just one coat!

12. Walk us through your daily makeup application.

Wash with water or exfoliate, then moisturise. I use a primer by Too Faced, a little cover up to hide the sleep bags under my eyes, and sometimes I use a Bobbi Brown Mineral Powder Foundation, or nothing, followed with some pink blush, a volumising mascara and either a black cat's eye or bright lip.

13. Who inspires you?

My parents are the best, they both have their own businesses and work SO hard and expect so little in return. To me they are the ultimate success.

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

Getting to try new colours every day and meeting so many new people!

15. Favourite celebrity hunk?

Hmmmm, I feel a bit cliche saying this but who doesn't love Ryan Gosling?!

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

Wonderwoman, what a babe!

Visit trophywifenailart.com and don't forget to follow Chelsea on Insta @trophywifenailart

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

Some like it hot: Poached fruits to keep you warm this Winter | lifestyle galleries feature recipes  pictures

Some like it hot: Poached fruits to keep you warm this Winter

I have always been terrible at eating fruit because I forget that I have it in my bag until it has been squished. I just never remember to eat an apple. Ever since I started eating my yogurt and berries in the morning over the Summer I finally feel as though I'm at least nudging my fruit target, but now that Winter is upon us and the idea of cold fruit and yogurt is significantly less appetising (not to mention the fact that a punnet of raspberries costs like $10 and lasts me only 3 days max!) I've been hunting for a delicious alternative.

WANT MORE? If you liked these poached fruits recipes, then check out these recipes.

Luckily I discovered the greatness of poached fruits. While I would typically have reserved things like poached pears for fancy desserts, it turns out that they would also work quite well with breakfast options like yogurt, porridge or even waffles. I like to make enough to get me through a week (which, even though most of my favourite poaching fruits are not technically in season, still works out to be cheaper than my berry obsession) and reheat them before serving for a warm and filling breakfast. Or just have them for dessert with ice cream, because you should always have ice cream.



Image courtesy of Island Menu

What are your favourite types of poached fruits? Tell us in the comments below!

Lift those dogs: 11 handbags that are actually dog carriers | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Lift those dogs: 11 handbags that are actually dog carriers

I can't be the only one who spent many a night watching The Simple Life and laughing at their clueless antics and about how money can't buy you common sense. Since those simpler days, Nicole Richie has become a style star, trendsetter, purple-haired mumma and all round amazing person and Paris Hilton has ... well she's pretty much continued doing whatever it is that Paris Hilton does. While I've never particularly liked Ms Hilton, I have always enjoyed the whole 'tiny dog in my handbag' thing that she does, but unfortunately my pooch Dexter is just a little bit too big for my bags.

WANT MORE? If you liked the look of these pet carriers, then check out our favourite pooch harnesses here.

By no means do I want to carry Dexter everywhere all the time (I'm far too weak for that), but there have been times when I wished I had a dog-sized tote to pop him into. If you find yourself carrying your little pooch often enough to think, "I wish I had a handbag that had a little groove for my dog's head or a flap so they can get some air," then boy do we have the bags for you. I think it goes without saying that these dog carriers are not made for Great Danes, but if you can even carry a Great Dane then you're a hell of a lot stronger than I am.



Image courtesy of Lavish Tails

Which of these dog carriers would you pop your little pooch into? Tell us your favourite in the comments below!

Home run: Three baseball cap outfit ideas to get you inspired | what to wear fashion daily night owl featured hp main feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Every season one hat is dubbed with the title of most trend-worthy. Previous winners include Miss Summer 13/14 awarded to the visor *applause* and while there are strong predictions for the bucket hat to take out this year's Miss Summer title, it's the baseball cap that's held the throne throughout the transeasonal and cooler months. With bomber jackets and boyfriend jeans being obvious sidekicks, you might be surprised to see how preppy and pretty this little hat can be.

Cheetah chillin': Casual and comfy, this outfit is great for an off duty look and running errands. The animal print coat and specs make this look more glam than sporty plus the sandals equal legs eleven.

SHOP IT: Topshop Faux Fur Animal Print Coat, GBP89.00, topshop.com, Topshop Ponyhair Cap in Black, GBP25.00, topshop.comKaren Walker Tortoiseshell Angular Frames Number One Sunglasses, GBP165.00, liberty.co.ukTopshop Nic Chunky Heel Sandals in Black, GBP52.00, topshop.com

Monochrome MVP: Black and white asymmetric designs and sporty influenced detailing make this ensemble athletic and chic. You're bound to turn heads in this day to night look.

SHOP IT: Sportsgirl Slogan Zip Back Pullover in Mono, $79.95, sportsgirl.com.au, Topshop Suede Front Cap in Black, GBP16.00, topshop.comBardot Leatherette Skort in White, $79.95, bardot.com.auJeffrey Campbell Alva Sneaker in Navy Pony Hair, $105.00, nastygal.com

Polished preppy: Leather baseball caps are everywhere. But how to work them with a skirt and tights? A tennis vibe skirt ties the quilted sweater together while the tights and suede boots dial up the feminine feels. Think upper east side.

SHOP IT: Bardot Black Leatherette Baseball Cap, $24.95, bardot.com.auTopshop Folk Embroidered Jumper, GBP55.00, topshop.comWitchery Fishtail Peplum Skirt, $99.95, witchery.com.auSol Sana Maddox Boot in Black, $179.95, urbanoutfitters.com

Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Jenny Ong, Maya Lorelei & Anouska Proetta Brandon. Thumbnail courtesy of Victoria Tornegren

For more outfit ideas click here!

What do you think of these baseball cap outfit ideas? Tell us in the comments below!

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.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

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

HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  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!

GET THE LOOK

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!

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