Beauty Editor’s letter: Found — the most incredible nail polish remover, EVER!

By (DDG$: 98523) , on 4.09.14 3 comments

Beauty Editors letter: Found — the most incredible nail polish remover, EVER! | feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

L'Oreal Le Flash Manicure Remover Dissolvant: It's love!

When it comes to painting my nails, the results seem to always closely resemble a piece of kindergarten artwork (read: abstract, disastrous, kind of cute?). But because I'm a lacquer chameleon — meaning I need to switch up my digit art at least once per day — I've learnt to deal with the mess.

Beauty Editors letter: Found — the most incredible nail polish remover, EVER! | feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

So when L'Oreal Le Flash Manicure Remover Dissolvant landed on my desk, I was all eyes (or in this case, fingers). The jar contains a sponge soaked in a nourishing, acetone-free nail polish remover infused with avocado oil to cleanse and clean the nails all at once, negating the need for cotton wool. While the scent is pretty overpowering, and the concoction quite potent (the skin around my nails was a little dry afterwards), this stuff is pure bliss and almost too good to be true.

Beauty Editors letter: Found — the most incredible nail polish remover, EVER! | feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

The above pic is the result after one dunk. As you can see, almost flawless. I made sure to wriggle my finger around in the jar to ensure the potion adequately dissolved the varnish before removing my talon, and I was gobsmacked. This beats scrubbing away at my claws the usual way, that's for sure. Never before has a polish remover worked so quickly and effectively — hats off to you, L'Oreal. Now which colour to paint my digits in next ...

SHOP IT:

L'Oreal Le Flash Manicure Remover Dissolvant, loreal.com.au

Have you tried L'Oreal Le Flash Manicure Remover Dissolvant yet? Tell us in the comments below!

All that glitters: 3 ways to add some sparkle to your wardrobe | what to wear fashion daily night owl feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

For when you need to up the pizzazz and add a bit of glitz and glam to your outfit (but not in a Dame Edna way) these looks make it easy to channel a little razzle-dazzle. Whether you're set for a night out or coffee date with friends, remember to add some sparkle.

Paint the town: Nicole Warne shows us how it's done in this gorgeous gold sequin mini teamed with strappy black heels. Nothing like a crisp white blouse to complement an OTT skirt.

SHOP IT: Bardot Drape Tank in Ivory, $79.95, bardot.com.au, River Island Gold Sequin Mini Skirt, $50.00, riverisland.com, Colette by Colette Hayman Plate Tab Peta Crossbody, $16.95, colettehayman.com.au, Topshop Ripple Skinny Strap Sandals in Black, GBP58.00, topshop.com

Easy peasy glamAdding a subtle shimmer to your shorts is super simple, and why stop there? We are crushing over these trainers to up the sparkle-larkle. Keep this look neutral in soft dusty pinks, nudes and white.

SHOP IT: Topshop Embroidered Metallic Bug Runner Shorts in Charcoal, GBP16.00, topshop.comWarehouse Cropped Button Through Shirt in Neutral, GBP32.00, warehouse.co.ukLipsy Esme High Top Trainers in Pink, GBP36.00, zalando.co.ukSportsgirl Alondro Sugar Sunglasses, $39.95, sportsgirl.com.au

A little sparkle: Not quite ready to dive head first into a sea of sequins? Why not opt for a gold clutch and let that little light of yours shine? Black leather and a striped tee are the perfect complement.

SHOP IT: Witchery Zip Detail Mini Skirt in Black, $99.95, witchery.com.auSportsgirl Block Stripe Top in Black/White, $39.95, sportsgirl.com.auColette By Colette Hayman Basic Oval Frame Clutch in Gold, $49.95, colettehayman.com.auRubi Shoes Mara Boot in Black, $49.95, cottonon.com

Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Nicole Warne, My Showroom Priscila & Konstantina Tzagaraki

For more outfit ideas click here!

What do you think of these easy ways to add some sparkle to your wardrobe? Tell us in the comments below!

Windsor Smith always brings the goods, so this season is no exception! With on trend styles in black leather, pony, leopard and white, it's hard to look past these staple soles. Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Windsor Smith | uncategorized  pictures Heel height. Tick. Comfy. Tick. All year round wearability. Tick. These babies can be worn with a hippy frock or with leather pants (that's just how versatile they are).

SHOP IT: Nikita Boot in Black, $189.95, windsorsmith.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Windsor Smith | uncategorized  pictures Slip into something more comfortable with these leopard print sandals. From poolside cocktail sippin' to dinner and well ... more cocktails. These slides are made for lazy Summers.

SHOP IT: Yang Sandals in Ocelot, $99.95, windsorsmith.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Windsor Smith | uncategorized  pictures Stacked heel means a bit of extra height that you won't even feel, but the supportive design means you can ditch online sale shopping and take to the racks (with no blisters holding you back).

SHOP IT: Wendi Sandal in Black Leather, $139.95, windsorsmith.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Windsor Smith | uncategorized  pictures For those who love the Nike slide comeback but aren't ready to commit, try this chic alternative. Perfect to pair with cropped skinnies or denim cut-offs.

SHOP IT: Ying Slides in Black Pony Hair, $99.95, windsorsmith.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Windsor Smith | uncategorized  pictures   Sophistication and a classic cut. I'm sold! These nifty numbers are great for hitting the office in style but don't be afraid to take them to the weekend with an all black ensemble.

SHOP IT: Baben Loafer in Black Leather, $109.95, windsorsmith.com.au

What do you think of this week's Australian fashion guide? Which Windsor Smith shoes are your pick? Tell us in the comments below!

What we wear: Mourning Winter | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

As we say sayonara to the Winter that was, it's only right to reflect and appreciate the freezing Melbourne weather with one last all black look before we head into sunshine and rainbows this Spring.

What we wear: Mourning Winter | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Lovin' these Cheap Monday glasses from Specsavers— the perfect shape and colour! Leather jacket is by All Saints.

What we wear: Mourning Winter | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Jeans are by H&M, top is Bassike and I've tied my go-to Sass & Bide knit around my waist.

What we wear: Mourning Winter | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

My fave rubber Converses making another appearance this week — obviously the first choice for an all black look.

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

Shop your shape: The best Spring jackets for your body | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures Shop your shape: The best Spring jackets for your body We're officially entering the weird in between season where it's not quite freezing but the sun hasn't started coming out often enough to actually keep us warm, so finding the right outfit can be a tricky task. Once you've packed away your cozy Winter coats you're still going to need a little cover-up to get you through those frosty mornings and chilly evenings when the sun isn't shining, so shopping for Spring jackets is just another opportunity to find clothes that emphasise (or disguise if that's what you prefer!) your shape. Ahead are my picks for the best styles for your shape. Shop your shape: The best Spring jackets for your body | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures The best Spring jackets for bootylicious babes Whether you prefer to hide your hips or want to embrace those banging curves, if you're significantly smaller up top then the first thing you'll need to look for is a jacket that balances out your top half — so embellished shoulders, wide lapels (like the one pictured above), contrast sleeves or even a print that is heavier up top will instantly balance out your bum. Finding styles that hit just above your bum at the back but hang lower at the front will give you the most flattering fit (and you won't have to struggle with trying to get your jacket zipped over your bum!), while you should also look for looser "waterfall" designs as completely fitted or zipped up styles can draw attention to the size disparity. Shop your shape: The best Spring jackets for your body | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures The best Spring jackets to give the illusion of curves If you're looking to add the illusion of curves to your midsection — either because you're "apple" shaped or straight up and down — then you should look for jackets that can be tightened, tied or just nip in at the waits. Anoraks with ruching or a string tightener around the centre will stop those shapes from getting too baggy and will make you appear curvier than you are. Another good choice is to pick a jacket with a peplum as the flaring at the waist will make it look as though you've got an hourglass figure. Shop your shape: The best Spring jackets for your body | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures The best Spring jackets for petite gals As somebody who literally comes from a family of jockeys, I understand all too well the struggle that exists in finding jackets that don't completely swamp you and have to be rolled up a million times to regain the use of your hands. I believe, folks, that's why cropped jackets were invented. Not only will cropped sleeves hit you somewhere in the mid-forearm region rather than a foot past your fingertips, but jackets cropped in length (to hit you right at the waist) will make your legs look heaps longer especially if paired with dresses that disguise where your hips are. Cropped styles are easy to find in leather, denim or bomber jacket styles and will all suit your needs perfectly! Shop your shape: The best Spring jackets for your body | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures The best Spring jackets for ladies with big busts While ladies with a larger bust are often the envy of their braless counterparts, there are lots of issues that can come with a cup that runs over. I'm not just talking about potential back pain and the horrors of finding a sports bra that can stop you from smacking yourself in the face when on the treadmill, but even finding a jacket that is both fitted and able to be zipped completely is a long and arduous task. I believe you have two perfect options available to you: tie-waisted trenches or — my personal favourite — moto jackets. A short, lightweight trench that lands at about mid-bum and can be tied up around your waist will always be flattering, but if you're looking for something a little bit edgier then moto jackets are for you. Not only does this style of jacket come in a myriad of textiles and colours (pastel pink? yes please!), but the asymmetrical is actually super flattering for curvy gals. They also tend to be cut in such a way as to subtly nip in at the waist which just adds an extra level of loveliness to your look. Images courtesy of My Voguish Diaries, Love Chic Styling, Rachel Martino and Marloes K.

What are your tips for finding Spring jackets? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Top tech picks: Run trackers to record your progress | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Top tech picks: Run trackers to record your progress

Whether you're training for your regular marathon or are just getting into running to start working off your Winter weight, there's no point in running if you're not keeping track of your progress. I mean, you might notice that your regular route is getting faster or easier, but it is so much better to be able to say that you're running this much further every day.

WANT MORE? If you liked the look of these running trackers, then check out more tech products here.

Running trackers have gotten so high tech these days that your old pedometer looks like something from The Flintstones. Depending on your needs they can track you via GPS, monitor your heart rate and wirelessly connect back to your smartphone or computer so you can track your progress over the long term. Get ready to start running into the future, guys!



Image courtesy of Dollar Photo

Do you use running trackers? Tell us about your favourites (or your thoughts on these products) in the comments below!

Pop lock and box it: Boxy bags to get your outfit into shape | galleries feature fashion daily bag ladies  pictures

I've always been an advocate of the bite-size bag. It's deceptively roomy for all your needs (especially a wider one) so while it may look as though you are totally carefree and low-maintenance ... we all know you have three makeup brushes stashed away (not including the countless lippies).

Want more bags to hoard? Click here!

If you're a first time small bagger long time large lugger, then take a cue from this season's Louis Vuitton it-bag and go boxy, be a square and follow the street style that is boxy bags!



Image courtesy of Laura Hayden

Which boxy bags are you lusting over? Tell us in the comments below!

Superfood skincare: 5 antioxidant rich ingredients to help give you flawless skin | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

We all know how fabulous superfoods are for our insides, but did you know these magical ingredients work just as well for our skin? Yep, all of these buzz words Oprah and Dr. Oz rave on about really do work wonders on your dermal layers.

Whether you're trying to protect yourself against sun damage, banish fine lines or clear up acne, these 5 superfood ingredients are what to watch out for when it comes to your skincare products and will assist you on the way to a glowing visage. After all, you are what you eat ... or in this case, apply!



Image courtesy of Perricone MD

Have you jumped on the superfood skincare bandwagon yet? Tell us in the comments below!

Exercise test dummy: Aerial Hoops at Pole Divas | 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 me as your exercise guinea pig.

Aerial Hoops (Aerial Divas) at Pole Divas, Richmond

I have always been fascinated with circus arts and seriously regret not starting training as a teenager when learning new skills seemed so much easier and I was stronger and fitter, so it was an absolute dream come true to try my first (of what I anticipate will be many!) Aerial Hoops class at Pole Divas in Richmond.

At first glance the hoops are intimidating — suspended from the ceiling at a height that you can only reach with your hand straight up in the air — and that feeling is intensified if you happen to catch some of the more experienced girls practicing their skills before your class. My first thought was that I definitely don't have enough strength to get my body up there, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I was only half right (I'll explain in a minute).

The class is broken into four sections: warm up, strength training, learning tricks and a little dance at the end. The warm up is just as you'd expect from any exercise class and involved lots of stretching and jumping to get the muscles warmed and ready. The strength training was fairly embarrassing for a weakling like me but wasn't designed to be painfully difficult but to build your strength slowly over time so that the exercises become easier. The class did short bursts (ten seconds) of holding your body suspended from the hoop. The trick was in keep your whole body supported (and not letting your shoulders pop out and hang loose), but that also happened to be what made these short bursts so difficult.

Obviously my favourite part of the class was learning the tricks. In this class we learnt how to do a compass turn (which gets you spinning and was what hooked me into wanting to come back for more!) and a move where you use your arm strength (or try to if you're weak like me!) to pull your body up and hook one leg over the hoop for a beginners mount. The dance at the end combined the tricks we'd learnt and got the whole class jamming to Beyonce which is always a fun way to end any class.

The Aerial Divas class was heaps of fun, but it was also challenging in a way that made you really satisfied with yourself when you left. Since I have extreme difficulty doing a single chin up (yep, I'm that weak!) the lifts were fairly hard for me, but if you're the type of person who can at least lift their own body weight then you'll probably find this class a bit easier (coordination aside, that is!). This is a great class for somebody who is looking to improve their upper body and core strength but gets bored in other styles of exercise.

Have you tried an aerial hoops class before? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

DDG DIY: Scented soy candles tutorial from Paper & Stitch | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

DDG DIY: Scented soy candles tutorial from Paper & Stitch

I've been on a massive blog and shopping site binge lately because I've started to feel as though my go-to blogs for DIY inspiration are either slowing down or throwing out the same old things time and time again. To me, for DIYs to be successful they need to be instantly visually appealing and also fairly easy to do (since I have little to no skills to actually do them myself) and on both fronts Paper & Stitch has me covered.

WANT MORE? If you liked the look of this scented soy candles tutorial, then check out more DIYs here.

Not only are the photos so beautiful and whimsical (how you can make a close up shot of a table setting look whimsical is completely beyond me but they manage it easily!) that I get caught up just looking at them, but the tutorials are easy to follow (with step by step pictures!) and are generally within my skillset. This scented soy candles tutorial is so good I think it's fairly safe to say all my friends and family should know what to expect from me for their next few gifts.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Small decorative containers
  • Soy wax flakes (1 lb bag for up to nine small votives)
  • Pouring pot (you can buy one like mine on Amazon for $13)
  • Wooden spoon for mixing
  • Pre-waxed wire wicks w/ clips (again, available on Amazon)
  • Coconut oil scent

Head over to papernstitchblog.com for the full instructions and more beautiful DIYs.

What are your thoughts on this scented soy candle tutorial? Tell us in the comments below!

Tressed for success: 7 of the best first interview hairstyle ideas to help you nail the job | how tos hair styles beauty 2 galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Trying to land your dream job? Believe it or not, your beauty look has a lot to do with whether or not you land the role. A well-groomed, neat and tidy appearance is a key aspect for making a fantastic first impression, and it's all about keeping it simple and sassy. Sure, a good resume and interview skills are also essential, but let's be honest — a killer hairstyle is the cherry on top of the cake!

Below we walk you through 7 well-coiffed styles that will help you seal the deal and score the gig of your dreams.



Which of these first interview hairstyle ideas are you loving? Tell us in the comments below!

10 of the best: Swanky Spring eyeshadow palettes | galleries feature eye makeup and trends beauty 2  pictures

The very best Spring eyeshadow palettes to feast your eyes on

It's obvious that Spring's exciting new palettes have been warming up more than a few makeup counters, and we're super excited to reveal the very best to you right here, right now. To help you get through this metamorphosis of beauty trends just in time for the season change over, we've sifted through gads of beautiful eyeshadows and sussed out the top 10 swanky primpers that will put you in a sunny state of mind, thanks to their feel-good hues and luxurious textures.

WANT MORE? Check out these Spring eyeshadow palettes!

From embossed compacts to eyeshadows that look artistic and almost too pretty to use, these gorgeous little gems are definitely worth stashing in your cosmetics case for the easy breezy months ahead.



Image courtesy of MAC

Which of these Spring eyeshadow palettes will you be adorning your lids with? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty fans, rejoice! Sephora is coming | feature beauty trends 2 beauty news beauty 2  picturesBeauty nuts, it's time to get damn excited — Sephora is on its way! The cosmetics powerhouse will soon be hitting Oz in December, and we can bet our bottom dollar it will fast become a haven for beauty-obsessed Aussies.

While Sydney are the lucky ducks that get to have the beauty emporium all to themselves, the rest of Australia can hang tight because there will be at least 25 stores opening up across the nation. Yippee!

We're ready to cause some serious credit card damage, especially when it comes to stocking up on Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever and Sephora Collection home brand products, but until then, we'll just have to settle on stalking their Down Under Instagram page.

First H&M, now this? It's too much for our shopping-addicted hearts to handle!

Are you excited for the Sephora opening? Which brands will you be getting your mitts on first? Tell us in the comments below!

Embrace meat free Mondays: 7 vegetarian versions of your favourite meaty meals | lifestyle galleries feature recipes  pictures

Meat free Mondays: 7 vegetarian versions of your favourite meaty meals

While I am a dyed-in-the-wool meat eater — I mean I'm the type of person who considers deli meats a snack on their own — I have been attempting to embrace meat free Mondays as much as possible and I find that the best way to ease into it is to create vegetarian versions of my favourite meaty meals. While most vegetarians and vegans will attest that there are incredibly delicious meals to be made that don't involve faux meat, these meals are more meat free homages to the classics.

WANT MORE? If you enjoyed these meat free meals, then check out more recipe posts here.

From meatballs to shepherd's pie, these are super tasty recipes that will get your taste buds tingling while leading you on a journey down memory lane of your mum's cooking when your were a kid. Nobody ever said that all flavour for a meal comes from the meat so don't be surprised if these recipes start invading the rest of your week and before you know it, meat free Mondays have extended to all the time!



Image courtesy of Heather's French Press

What are your favourite meat free recipes? Tell us in the comments below!

Editors picks: Fathers Day gifts for the first man in your life | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Editor's picks: Father's Day gifts for the first man in your life

I've already mentioned how I tend to not buy my dad anything these days because it is such a waste of money — I may as well just buy him an empty box filled with rocks (for weight) because he would never get around to taking it out and finding out that it isn't the same as pictured on the box (unless flat screen TVs these days look an awful lot like a pile of rocks). With that said, I am just full of ideas for gifts that other dads would use and appreciate.

WANT MORE? If you liked our picks for Father's Day gifts then check out more lifestyle products here.

This collection of gifts spans various price points and has you covered no matter what your dad is into. There are games and sporting products for dads with hobbies or cufflinks for the classy dad. When I was a kid my dad used to get me to walk on his back all the time and while I think that sometimes I might have been less than helpful (while impersonating an elephant on his back for example), I think he definitely would have appreciated the train track T-shirt for a toy train back massage. Maybe I'll just keep that one in my back pocket for when one of us has small kids so that he can wear it around.



Image courtesy of Etsy

Which of these Father's Day gifts did you like best? Tell us in the comments below!

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures Each week it is our pleasure to send groups of DDG readers the latest and greatest goodies to try for themselves and share their experiences with the rest of the DDG community. If you want to be included, just make sure you sign up for our call outs each week and get involved with the site so we know you're as serious about all things DDG as we are!

This week on the trialling block ... L'Oreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray

FEATURED REVIEW

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... Karolina And I have/am ... I have a lot of fine long blonde hair needing some taming I just tested ... L'Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Styling Spray

Here's what I thought...

My rating: Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures "My hair is long, fine and blonde. To add to the mix I have a lot of hair which gives the appearance of having thick hair. Styling my hair can be a pain in the you-know-what, so most of the time I don't put too much effort into my hair because of an obstacle I like to call 'time'. I know that L'Oreal's Elnett hairspray is pretty popular so I had high hopes for their heat styling spray. The bottle is a typical Elnett gold but with a clear plastic overlay which definitely gives the spray a higher end look. At the neck of the bottle there is a little 'lock' button which is handy if you plan on travelling with it or keeping it somewhere where kids might get to it. It smells similar to a hairspray only a little more fragrant and definitely not overpowering — I actually quite like it and it doesn't give me a headache like some fragrances in products. The heat styling spray applies as it implies ... a spray. I just spray it over my damp hair and then I brush it through. To activate it you use a heat styling tool. I went two ways; from damp hair to hair dryer, or, letting my hair dry naturally with the spray on it and then straightening it. After doing it both of these ways I had some friends ask if I had my hair done recently, or told me that my hair looked nice that day. Given how easily the spray can be combed through the hair I was happy to have these compliments despite knowing I had only spent 20 minutes on my hair (which in terms of my hair feels like 2 minutes as it usually take me an hour to style). The spray made my hair feel nice and soft and definitely didn't weigh it down which other products tend to do since I have so much hair. Even though I had used a product in my hair it still looked and felt natural, which is how I love my hair to look — let's all pretend that this is natural, ladies! I'm generally pretty picky when it comes to hair products and was excited to try this one. Now I have a full size product to keep and will definitely buy it in the future knowing I have good reliable results. I can't say that there is anything negative about this product in terms of my personal use. I think other people may find the bottle a bit big to take travelling — but I think that this product is worthy enough of having a travel handbag size made." Would you buy it? Definitely Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesRoadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... Rachel Kapsalakis And I have/am ... Hi, I'm Rachel, a 42-year-old female, married with no children. I have a furbaby named Felix and yes he's a cat! I'm a real foodie and love dining out and cooking. I also love keeping up with new makeup, fragrances and fashion! I just tested ... L'Oreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray

Here's what I thought...

My rating: Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures "I was lucky enough to be chosen to trial L'Oreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Spray. At first I was sceptical that it would be able to provide both heat protection and lock out flyaways and humidity but I was excited to give it a go. I love the stylish look of the bottle and the locking button on the lid is a great safety mechanism for children. How I used it: My hair is really curly and fine but there is a lot of it and I am constantly looking for products to tame it straight but still give me some amount of volume. Since the product is heat activated I decided it was best to use it on wet hair. After washing and combing my hair I applied it into the roots and around my head by lifting up sections of hair and spraying. I then blow dried and styled my hair straight with a round brush to get some volume. The result was a light and airy feel with no claggy or pasty feeling and my hair did not feel weighed down at all. It gave me just the right amount of volume from the roots and a little texture which I like. As for its claim of "three days" volume I would have to say I only got two days out of it but I do toss a lot at night and my hair is really unruly so other people may find they get three. Overall I am really happy with this product and it exceeded my expectations. It is an enjoyable and easy to use product and it will certainly be replacing my regular mousse. " Would you buy it? Definitely Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesRoadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... Angela And I have/am ... I am always heat styling my hair so I need a hard working heat styling spray! I just tested ... L’Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Styling Spray

Here's what I thought...

My rating: Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures "I received the L’Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Styling Spray to trial. There are three options in this range suited to different hair needs: Volume, Straight and Curls. This review is on the Volume version. My first impression of the product was that the packaging was good quality and had a very sleek and stylish design. It comes nicely packaged in a shiny gold and black 170 ml spray bottle. An added feature of the packaging is that it gives the option to lock and unlock the spray nozzle function. This is a very handy function to use when travelling to avoid product leakage. I like the look I get after blow drying and straightening my hair, but I also know that heat styling damages my hair, so I need a good quality thermal spray to protect my hair from damage. I have always preferred spray thermal protectors as I find them more convenient and quicker to apply. This heat styling spray has a very appealing and light fragrance. I soon discovered that it was a little multi-tasking wonder product; it acts as a thermal protector, locks out flyaways and the effects of humidity, whilst also delivering volumised hair that lasts up to three days. I love how many uses and benefits this one product has. This spray has a lovely lightweight formula so it doesn’t weigh my hair down at all. Take a look at the after photo of my hair to see the sleek and shiny results. My hair was so sleek and straight, yet still had a healthy amount of volume, after using the thermal spray while heat styling my hair. After using the heat styling spray my hair felt softer, smoother and just generally more manageable. I felt good knowing that I had used a good quality thermal spray to protect my hair from the damage of heat styling. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a hard working thermal spray which will also provide multiple benefits for your hair. At just $12 for a good sized 170 ml bottle, this represents very good value for money. This is my new go-to heat styling spray!" Would you buy it? Definitely Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesRoadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... Melissa Robinson And I have/am. .. Long, fine hair which is hard to manage; flyaways. I just tested ... L'Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Styling Spray

Here's what I thought...

My rating: Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures "I was really excited to be a part of this trial. I have really long hair which I struggle to manage most of the time. I live in Northern NT so the heat dehydrates my hair and I am forever trying to smooth out flyaways. This product was really good. I was a little concerned at first as I'm not a fan of anything which will leave a residue or stickiness on my hair however this found the perfect balance. The instructions on the bottle said to spray onto damp hair, comb through then blow dry; however, this method didn't work for me as my hair is very fine so I used it on dry hair with my straightener and it worked wonders. It has a faint texturing feel left behind by the spray but hair can freely move on its own (not glued down). The product itself comes in a hard clear plastic outer casing which seems almost indestructible so won't be breaking in your overnight bag or if dropped onto bathroom tiles. The nozzle has this ingenious switch which you flick between open and closed so that the product doesn't leak or spray when not wanted. The spray itself has a pleasant, light scent. The product lasts a long time (longer than I am willing to wait between washes) and you don't need a lot of the product per use. The product size is 170 ml so will last a while if you use it daily." Would you buy it? Probably Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesRoadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

My name is ... jessikins And I have/am ... wavy hair I just tested ... L'Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Styling Spray

Here's what I thought...

My rating: Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures "Thanks DDGD for this trial. I use a hair straightener and blow dryer a fair bit, so a heat protectant spray is a must have for me. So I was excited to try the L'Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Styling Spray for Volume. The spray is designed to reduce heat damage and fight frizz and humidity to lock in style for up to three days. The spray comes in a plastic bottle that has a gold background. It’s an easy to hold and stand bottle. To use I sprayed on damp hair and then blow dried and styled as normal. It has a light fragrance that fades after a while. After blow drying my hair, the spray leaves it feeling soft and light. It did leave my hair with a bit more volume for the day and it also helped reduce flyaways. I found that it lasted all day for me and at the end of day my hair still felt soft and there was no residue. I would have liked a bit more volume but overall I think this spray did a good job and at this price it's good value. It’s also good to know that the spray has a heat protectant in it, so I don’t need to use another product for that. " Would you buy it? Probably Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesRoadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is ... Anita And I have/am ... I have very long, fine colour treated hair. Naturally a bit wavy and tends to get frizzy with any sign of moisture I just tested ... L'Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Styling Spray

Here's what I thought...

My rating: Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures "This product is a lightweight heat styling spray designed to protect your hair from heated appliances while helping to give a voluptuous bouncy blow dry, leaving your hair shiny and soft, locking in volume for up to three days and keeping out flyaways and frizz from humidity. It is packaged in a hard plastic bottle with a trigger nozzle. There is a small rectangle button on the stem of the nozzle that you can press from either side to lock or unlock the trigger; I really liked this feature as I often travel with hair products and most other ways to lock sprays aren't designed so well. I wanted to trial L'Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Styling Spray as I have trouble with my hair getting frizzy because I am often working outdoors; I also have trouble maintaining any volume or thickness as although I have a lot of hair it's quite fine and very long so it gets weighed down easily. The spray is a very lightweight mist with a subtle smell and it doesn't weigh the hair down at all or make it feel oily, in fact it gives a little bit of texture to the roots of the hair but still keeping it soft. I followed the instructions which say to spray on damp hair from 15 cm away from root to tip, comb through and then blow dry with a round brush. For extra volume focus on the roots and blow dry with your head upside down. I also ran a straightener through my ends after as I currently struggle with drying with a round brush due to shoulder injuries. I have used this product after a few washes now and find it keeps my hair from going too flat and also helps keep the frizzies at bay and maintains a bit of extra volume without feeling like there is product in your hair which I really really like as I usually avoid using styling products as I don't like feeling them in my hair. Anything that helps protect from heat styling while giving a bit of oomph volume-wise and keeping frizzies at bay while also not feeling like noticeable product in my hair is a big winner for me Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures " Would you buy it? Definitely Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  picturesRoadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Roadtested: LOreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray | feature beauty 2  pictures

Have you tried L'Oreal Elnett Satin Volume Heat Styling Spray? Tell us your thoughts on this product in the comments below!

 New & Noteworthy: 21 must have new beauty products for September | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Most women have the exact same problem: a cosmetic bag and bathroom cupboard overflowing with products. So here's the solution — chuck it all out and upgrade! Well, not necessarily all of it, but if anything is expired or smells a bit funky, it's time to go. In the process, feel free to replace your old loot with this gleaming pile of new beauty treasures.

WANT MORE? Suss out even more new beauty products here.

From scent-sational fragrances to lust-worthy makeup shades and skincare warriors, Spring cleaning your beauty-drobe has never seemed like such a great idea. Just don't blame the credit card damage on us!



Which of these new beauty products will you be adding to cart? Tell us in the comments below!

Free spirit fashion: 5 boho style looks for Spring | galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

If it's not Nicole Richie teaming vintage Levi's with a relaxed kimono, it's Mimie Lashiry and Rocky Barnes showing us how it's done in ankle boots and eclectic style this Spring/Summer. Pros of this look: comfort, ease and everything inbetween. Cons: nadda.

Want more style inspo? Click here!

Whether you dig fringed shorts, or nordic prints float your boat, this trend is easy-breezy! Just grab some loose, worn-in threads in neat graphics and layer it up for bohemian vibes this Spring. So take a look at the outfits below and remember to clash 'til you crash!



Image courtesy of Josefin Dahlberg

Which boho style looks are your fave? Tell us in the comments below!

Get the look: Rita Oras statement eyes & lips | feature beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2 extra love  picturesShe's a go-getter, a show-stopper and an all-around bad-ass and today we're showing you how to get singing starlet Rita Ora's classic red lip and sultry feline flicks.

GET THE LOOK

1. Prime the face with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir which instantly wakes up the skin and imparts a silky-smooth texture. 

2. To keep skin young, youthful and positively flawless, opt for MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm instead of a foundation. Apply with fingertips all over the face, being sure to blend under the jaw line, to achieve Rita's creamy-smooth texture. Your skin will look completely perfected without feeling like you have any makeup on.

3. Under the eyes, dab on MAC Studio Finish Concealer with your ring finger and tap gently until fully blended.

4. For a bit of added dimension, shade the face with a light bronzer and a tapered brush. Swish on MAC's Bronzing Powder to the temples, cheeks, and jaw line to create warmth and shape while emphasising your bone structure.

5. Now for the eyes! To enhance your eye shape in a very polished and natural way, apply MAC Eyeshadow in 'Brule' (a soft muted creamy-beige) over the entire eyelid, in the crease and just above the eye, being sure to blend slightly towards the eyebrow line for a soft finish.

6.  Time to create your feline flick with MAC's Fluidline Gel Liner in 'Blacktrack' over the top of your eyeshadow. Taking your ring finger at the temple, stretch your eyelid straight out. Keep your eyelid mostly closed, and then draw a straight line from the middle of your lash line and outwards just past your eye liner towards your temple in a slight upwards flick. Next, traces a thin line from the inner corner of your eye until it meets the beginning of the line you just created. Keep it thin as you want the wing to look thicker. Lastly, draw a line from the lower lash line and connect it to the outer wing you created, and fill in the little triangular corner.  

7. Curl the lashes with MAC Full Lash Curler and apply a generous coating of MAC Studiofix Boldblack Lash. Wiggle it from the base of your lashes all the way to the ends for a fluttery fringe like Rita's.

8. Complete the eyes by grooming the brows with MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set. Simply brush brows in place and shade as desired.

9. Finally, finish your look with Rita's statement smile. Line the lips with MAC's 'Redd' Lip Pencil, then for a precise application use a lip brush to apply MAC Lipstick in 'Dangerous'. Blot with a tissue and then add another layer for extra staying power.

Now you're ready to woo them all!

And don't forget, if you LOVE Rita's NYC Style, you could WIN an amazing trip to NYC for two, click here for full details! 

Image courtesy of DKNY

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Eat this: Double Chocolate Espresso Crackle Cookies recipe from Sweet Sugar Bean | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Eat this: Double Chocolate Espresso Crackle Cookies from Sweet Sugar Bean

My sweet tooth is legendary, but these days I'm finding myself basking less and less for one main reason: I eat all of it. If it is a packet of store bought biscuits there is a chance that I will eat half a packet and then feel pretty terrible for the next hour (I get over these things quickly), but if I baked a tray of cookies then I'll feel duty-bound to make sure they're all eaten that day.

WANT MORE? If you liked this Double Chocolate Espresso Crackle Cookies recipe then check out more recipes here.

This Double Chocolate Espresso Crackle Cookies recipe from Sweet Sugar Bean falls firmly into the "would eat all of them in a heartbeat" category but they just look far too delicious not to give the recipe a crack. Coffee tends to make chocolate taste even richer so these cookies are sure to be mindblowingly delicious.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups (312 mL) semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 300 mL can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) milk chocolate chunks/chips
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar, sifted

Head over to sweetsugarbean.com for the full instructions and more delicious recipes!

What are your thoughts on this Double Chocolate Espresso Crackle Cookies recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

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