Blurred lines: 8 best anti-ageing products that remove wrinkles in a flash

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Best anti-ageing products to help turn back the hands of time

"I just love having wrinkles" –said no one ever — hence why there is such high demand for quick fix, pain-free and affordable products that can transport the skin back in time to when it was in its prime.

Don't get me wrong, ageing naturally is a beautiful thing, but sometimes a lass wants a little extra somethin' to look her sunny-faced best and prove she can stand the test of time without looking "plastic fantastic" via surgery (which doesn't look all that fantastic, ladies!).

You might want to restore suppleness and defy gravity by tightening your outer layer, embrace your natural beauty while buffing out a few of those fine lines or simply get that 'glow' back. Well, now you can do all this and more, and all thanks to these quick fix prods that help blur lines and imperfections in a pinch. Look as young as you feel by checking out the superstar products below. Thank us later.



By Jessica Savoia

Image courtesy of istockphoto.com

Which of these best anti-ageing products are you excited to try out the most? Tell us in the comments below!

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Bar cart essentials for the host with the most

If you've been following along with our Friday night cocktail series, you're probably just itching to throw a fancy cocktail party to show off your new mixology skills. But before you start handing out invitations, you need to make sure your house is stocked with all the bar cart essentials to make your party a success.

WANT MORE? Even with all your bar cart essentials, no party is complete without a water balloon ice bucket.

Okay, I'm not saying that if you don't have a fully stocked bar cart it's going to bring about the end of the world or anything (especially coming from somebody who flinches at the thought of spending $15 on a bottle of wine at the moment), but you just can't fathom that warm feeling of smugness you get to experience when your friends stare in awe at your amazing bar. I know parties aren't a competition but, trust me, you'll win.



Image courtesy of Anthropologie

What are 3 of your bar cart essentials? Tell us in the comments below!

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INTRODUCTORY BEAUTY RANT

You know beach hair? Those effortlessly gorgeous wavy locks that appear naturally after a dip in the salty sea? Yeah, I don't get that. At best my hair will stay slicked back and plastered to my head however I came out of the water, and at worst it is crispy in a way that calls to mind the super gelled strands of dudes in 90s boy bands. Either way, not cute. Add to that the fact that my hair is thin, brittle and prone to damage (mostly thanks to years of bleaching it — the damage literally has years to grow out before it will be fully gone!) and you have a recipe for staying on the sand to save my strands. I was pretty psyched to try this leave-in masque from Davroe and couldn't wait to test it out in the surf (unfortunately Melbourne weather had other plans).

THE REVIEW

Okay, firstly, the colourful tube is just the thing to brighten your day. Seriously, just try looking at it without smiling (especially when you think about the fact that a percentage of the sales supports breast cancer research). Next up is the amazing scent. Delicious mangoes all around your head that keeps you perky all day long (I kinda wanted to eat it, but managed to have enough willpower to resist).

Now as for the testing. Since the moment this tube arrived on my desk I've had no real "beach weather" days (and I'm not a surfer so I need the heat to get out into the water). However, I did manage to brave one quick dip in the water, slathering the masque all through my strands, and found that the product absorbed so quickly into my hair that I would have forgotten it was in there if I couldn't smell the mangoes. I didn't think it would provide any protection against the elements but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of my hair when I got out. It wasn't as nice as after I wash it, but was a far cry from my usual horrid state after the beach.

I also tried it on its own, sans swim, and found it to be delightful. My hair gets incredibly knotty at the back from tossing and turning in my sleep, so I usually wash it every day to keep it looking nice. I put this product in my dry hair and before I knew it, my tangles came out in my fingers and my hair went soft. It wasn't heavy or greasy, and actually looked really nice.

VERDICT

I probably could not rave more about this product if I tried. The smell, the texture, the way my hair feels! It's a dream come true. This will be a staple in my beach bag for sure, and I'm probably going to cry when it runs out (luckily my hair is short, so it should be a long way off).

Shop IT: Davroe Luxe Leave-In Masque, $22.95, dresslier.com

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And here's what our trial team thought...

Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is... Lynda Cotching

And I have/am... fine wavy hair that is coloured.

I just tested... Davroe Luxe Leave-In Hair Masque

Here's what I thought...

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"I loved this product. From the pretty tube, a peachy colour with bright pink cap (supporting the McGrath Foundation), to the lovely smell of mango as you opened the tube. It did not feel sticky or leave residue on my hands. I spread a small amount through my hair after washing. My hair was left soft and silky, my fly aways reduced and my colour had extra shine. It wore well too and did not start to feel greasy or lank after a couple of days as some products do. It is also Australian made and owned, with no parabens or petrochemicals and no animal testing. It is also meant to protect your hair from chlorine — I can't wait to try it out."

Would you buy it? Definitely

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Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is... Cherie

And I have/am... My hair needed a serious cuddle after a week spent under the water in Bali; sun, salt and general abuse has left it messy and stressy :S

I just tested... Davroe Luxe Leave-In Masque

Here's what I thought...

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"YUM! The first thing that hits you is that luscious smell! The texture is light, not like the usual thick leave-ins I am used to ... so far I am impressed! After application to my (wet) hair it still felt light and absorbed nicely, not greasy or heavy. After my hair dried (naturally) I curled it with the straightener as usual. I found the curl fell out more so throughout the day than it normally does but it didn't go frizzy or look bad, just didn't stay curled (no huge drama). I was concerned that the product would make my blonde hair brassy and maybe it's just my paranoia but I thought it may appear a bit (slight bit) more brassy than usual (in the photos it appears much brassier than it is). I also used the product on my dry hair before a long hike (camping) and it kept it feeling soft and tangle free Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  pictures WIN!
I have squeezed out some (in various travel containers) for all the ladies in my work office and all were equally impressed with the product Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  pictures There was the obvious comment on the fantastic scent and one woman said normally if she spends time in the hot sun with conditioning products in her hair it makes it smell sweaty/dirty quickly but this product didn't do that. She has coarse naturally curly (aged) hair and said the product really kept down the frizz. All (and myself) were very impressed that Davroe supports the McGrath foundation and was a real selling point over other brands. The price point of this product is great value for money and everyone who has used it has said they would purchase this product Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  pictures YAY!"

Would you buy it? Definitely

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Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is... Brooke

And I have/am... Annoyingly thin mid length hair — dry ends, oily roots

I just tested... Davroe Luxe Hair Masque

Here's what I thought...

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"I have used Davroe products before so was happy to be selected to trial this one out.

Packaging it lovely, as with all their products. The fragrance is fruity but not overwhelming. I used it on both wet and dry hair.

Wet hair – added it to bottom 1/3 of my hair, ran through and let dry naturally (as shown in picture). Helped to keep fuzz away, tamed any flyaways and was really happy with the product. I tried it a few times and one day put a bit too much and it left my hair feeling lank and like it needed to be washed again. So start small and work more in later if you need it!

Dry – washed and blow dried hair. After dry I rubbed this product into my palms and through bottom 1/3 of hair to smooth out my frizzy dry ends. Again loved this but go light — with thin hair it can be a bit of a thick product.

Both times it wore well during the day, was very happy with it and will continue to use. Whilst it's a good product it wasn't ground breaking and I believe there are others very similar on the market, but it does the job and left my hair feeling great."

Would you buy it? Probably

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Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is... Brooke Clark

And I have/am... I have a long bob that gets heat treated a LOT, so I'm all about the moisture Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  pictures

I just tested... Davroe Luxe Leave-In Masque

Here's what I thought...

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"So ... I have extremely colour treated hair that is heat treated fairly regularly (I'm all about the curls). With that in mind, I love to throw as much moisture as I can at my hair Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  pictures

This product did it in DROVES. You only need the tiniest amount and it makes your hair super duper soft (and smell amazing). My hair feels lovely even after curling it and attacking it with hairspray ... I've been popping a little bit into my hair just before styling (with a thermal spray, naturally) and my hair hasn't been sizzling. You also don't need much (I've attached how much I use on my hair)

I've trained my hair into only needing to be washed once a week (gotta keep that red!), so I was really concerned that my hair would be left greasy if I used this, because so many of these products that promise not to leave hair shiny but not oily LIE and make your hair dull and horrible in a day. This stuff must be made out of ... unicorn sweat or something, because it doesn't at all. My hair can still handle waiting a week for a wash. Highly impressed!

I've attached an after shot of hair that is curly but still shiny and healthy Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  pictures (plus my totes rad strawberry dress Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  pictures )

AND IT SMELLS SUPER YUMMY! You should get some ... immediately. "

Would you buy it? Definitely

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Roadtested: Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque | test me feature beauty 2  picturesMy name is... Claudia

And I have/am... very frizz-prone, thick, medium length hair

I just tested... Davroe Luxe Leave-In Masque

Here's what I thought...

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"Me and my hair definitely have a love hate relationship. I seem to have a lot of days where I just want to cut it all off so I can just get up and walk out the door (guys have it pretty easy in this department). I seem to struggle finding time in the morning just to eat breakfast, let alone make my hair presentable and tamed. I've gone through so many products to stop the frizz monster from appearing during the day to protecting my hair from nasty wind that comes out of nowhere. Luckily after trying this little mask I have solved a few of these problems.

The leave-in masque is simple enough to use and I love how you don't have to wash it out after (hence the leave-in part) all you do is put a small amount in your hand and comb through either after the shower when your hair is wet or during the day when you need some extra 'oomf' for styling. It comes in a nice little squeezy tube and I love that the company is against animal testing and is vegan! The formula itself is pretty standard with a non-greasy consistency and smells like mango which is a big plus in my opinion. After applying it to wet hair and going through my normal hair routine at night, the next morning I woke up to much tamer and silkier hair. It definitely had a nice shine to it. As far as wear during the day I didn't experience any problems with frizz or flyaways like I usually do, which gave me peace of mind as I was out and about. As far as colour fade goes I can't say much as I still have my natural hair colour and I didn't use it when I was swimming as it is also supposed to protect against those elements!

Overall, this masque is going to be a great addition to my hair care routine and has already saved me a lot of time in the morning now that I don't have to worry about all those serums and gels. It smells divine and supports a good cause so you can't really get much better than that! Definitely give this a go if you're looking for a nice hair protectant that makes hair silky and shiny!"

Would you buy it? Definitely

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Have you tried the Davroe Luxe Leave-in Masque? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below!

Hey baby: There’s no Muumuu in maternity wear! | win 2 what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily sponsored  pictures
Post brought to you by Blackmores 

Is it just me, or does there seem to suddenly be babies, and baby bumps, and baby stores, and baby commercials absolutely everywhere right now? The fact I am 31, as are most of my friends, probably has something to do with it, I'm sure (shhhh ovaries!!).

And along with the excitement, and the way-too-fun buying of mini versions of everything, there is also a bit of a new challenge I've witnessed a lot of my friends struggle through. And that is how exactly does a lover of style keep that love alive while pregnant?

Your body is suddenly a completely different and constantly changing shape. You always feel hot. Your feet swell. So do your boobs. And your once favourite heels now seem more like medieval torture devices.

If there was any justice in the world then having a bun in the oven would be a free-pass to wear PJs and Uggs in public for 9 months, but sadly that is just not the case.

There also seems to be two camps for what is the best/worst season to be heavily pregnant in (and it usually depends on which one the person you are chatting to you was preggo in themselves — they will then say the better season is of course the other one).

In Winter you have to deal with feeling like a Michelin man as you layer up, and also the realisation that your favourite coats, pants, jackets and boots are about as comfortable as watching a Miley Cyrus film clip with your gran (that is, if you can even get into them!).

In Summer you are just too hot to even want to wear clothes, and as you are a little (ok a lot) bigger than normal, flashing extra flesh is probably the last thing you want to do.

But being pregnant and being stylish can exist hand-in-hand. I’ve seen it done! And I took notes. So here is our mini guide for nailing pregnancy style gorgeously (and comfortably, of course!).

 Winter essentials

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Winter inspiration via mychicbump.com, thedaybookblog.commychicbump.com

Fun flats — I’m a big believer in shoes making an outfit, and there are so, so many gorgeous ballet flats, brogues and loafers around right now, I highly suggest you stock up!

SHOP IT: Coral flats, US$60, asos.com

Comfy/goes with everything booties — Look for a mid-to-low block heel or wedge for extra comfort, and pick a colour that goes with everything and a shape that works with your skinny jeans too!

SHOP IT: Grey suede western booties, £159, topshop.com

Blazers – A well cut blazer will instantly remind you, and everyone around you, that you do still have a waist, while still flaunting your beautiful baby bump at the same time.

SHOP IT:  Bright blazer, US$240, asos.com

 

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Skinny jeans & leggings (the maternity kind) — In at least one neutral (aka black, grey or indigo), and one bright or print pair (or all of the above).

SHOP IT: Cobalt maternity skinnies, $59.95 (on sale), queenbee.com.au

Oversized knits — You don't have to worry about losing your shape so much when you are preggers (because it’s right there for everyone to see!). Go over-sized with your knits and cardis, and team with some thick black leggings or denims for simple, yet comfortable chic.

SHOP IT: Foil dot knit, $129.95, seedheritage.com 

Loose & fun print tops and frocks — If there was ever a time to rock joyful colour and prints, pregnancy is it.

SHOP IT: Striped slub top, $84.95, queenbee.com.au

 

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Summer essentials

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Get more Summer inspiration via michellesstylefile.com, whatwouldkarldo.com, www.cottonandcurls.com

Stretchy skirts — Aren't you lucky, ruched jersey skirts are kind of a thing right now, and they are a fantastic maternity staple too.

SHOP IT: Cross over grey marl maternity skirt, $29.95 (on sale), asos.com

Wedge sandals — Simple, comfy and classic. What more could you want?

SHOP IT: Two tone wedges, $119.95, styletread.com.au

Maternity tees — Just like in your non-up-the-duff days, you're going to need a good selection of tees, just with a bit more belly room. White, black, grey and Breton stripe are a good place to start.

SHOP IT:  Maternity stripe tee, $49.95, sussan.com.au

 

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Denim shorts — Your casual weekend go-to, everyone needs at least one pair of these (pregnant or not!)

SHOP IT: Rolled denim maternity shorts, $59.99, jeanswest.com.au 

Loose & bright frocks — And the more the merrier. Look for baby-doll, trapeze, full-skirted and stretchy maxis, and jersey t-shirt styles (and the best bit is you can wear these all again post-bub too!)

SHOP IT: La Flor tina dress, $112 (on sale), misterzimi.com

Sleeveless jackets & Kimonos — Perfect for when you want a bit of coverage, but not the extra insulation. Look for light-weight fabrics in easily matched hues.

SHOP IT: Sleeveless blazer, $62, missguided.co.uk

 

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And of course the most important part of looking amazing throughout your pregnancy is to feel amazing as well. Which is why the lovely folks at Blackmores have developed a new range of pregnancy care vitamins designed with Aussie mums and Aussie lifestyles in mind. For more details head to www.blackmores.com.au/mumslikeyou  

 

PLUS Blackmores are giving away an awesome Mums in Australia Prize Pack, valued at $167.85, to one lucky DDG reader! To WIN all you have to do is tell us in the comments below your top maternity fashion tips!

Winner will be selected March 11th 2014. 

 Top & thumbnail image via Ripe Maternity, Coordinated by The Remarkables Group

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This outfit combines all the things you wear when you can't be bothered putting in any effort, but in a magically stylish and inexpensive way. Throw an oversized denim jacket over a t-shirt dress, pair with leggings and ankle boots, and you're good to go. It doesn't get easier than that!

 

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SHOP IT:  Denim jacket, $25, wholesale7.net , T-shirt dress, $25, boohoo.comSuspender leggings, $31.69, asos.comAnkle boot, $40, betts.com.au

 Image courtesy of Ruxandra I @lookbook.nu

 

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Cheap fashion: 10 knock out style steals for under $50 | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

Cheap fashion doesn't have to mean jeggings and a 'Mrs Timberlake' tee from Supre

So in case you missed the premiere of the year (big call), the Real Housewives of Melbourne aired Sunday night and I was so super psyched to see how it shaped up against the US botox Barbies — let's just say I wasn't disappointed. With enough plastic surgery combined to recreate the 'I'm melting scene' in The Wizard of Oz, it was trash TV at its best (aka its worst).

Want more cheap fashion buys? Click here!

But in case you don't have a personal shopper, pocket sized pooch and the money to visit your hairdresser every time you want to wash your hair (Janet, you are living every woman's dream), here are my 10 picks to feel fashionable and luxurious without the price-tag — because who needs a fridge of entirely French champagne anyway? Everyone. The answer is everyone.



Image courtesy of sincerelyjules.com

Which cheap fashion buy are you smitten for? Tell us in the comments below!

Eaux so in love: The perfect sprays for every chapter of your love story | galleries smell this feature beauty 2  pictures

All the best perfumes to get his heart racing

Ever wanted to follow someone down the street because they smelt simply delicious? Don't lie, we know you have (stalker), and there's a reason for that. Scent is a powerful weapon when it comes to the art of seduction — the nose can pinpoint up to 10,000 smells and some aromas can actually stimulate parts of the brain directly connected to desire. One delicate spritz can make your man's pulse race or cause that cute barista you've been eyeing off to spill his freshly made brew everywhere.

So given that fragrance and the feeling of lurve are so interlinked, it's only natural you'd want to sport the perfect perfume for every single loved-up occasion you enter into (even the dreaded breakup! Gulp). 

But where does a gal start, when she's so spoiled for choice? We've created this epic go-to guide that will have you prepared for every single heartbreak/tear-gushing-proposal/super-hot-holiday-fling that comes your way. Whether you're after something classic, contemporary, sexy or romantic, these scents will never go unnoticed. Think he doesn't give a damn about your perfume? Think again. Time to knock his socks off!



By Hazal Ozturk & Kristina Ioannou

Which of these loveable best perfumes do you love the most? Tell us in the comments below!

NYFW trends: The pieces you need according to the fashion elite | weekly wrap galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

As we say catch-ya to the fashion month that was, I decided to mush together all the must-have pieces, trending themes and 'ok, that's a thing' looks from the street style ensembles that stopped me in my tracks (well ... stopped me scrolling) and the breath-taking runway moments that made me salivate a tiny bit.

Firstly, it seems everyone got the yellow sticky note about pastel (never thought I would see the Man Repeller in a soft pink blazer! To-die) so it seems soft blushing pinks and sky blues are a must-have this Winter (yay, colour!). We also saw lots of '70s comebacks, but in a good way — think Mom-style, patched and flared jeans, blue clashing with orange (and we mean BRIGHT), turtlenecks galore, burnt oranges and camel browns, plus even some Almost Famous-esque lunchbox bags (which you can swing while singing Tiny Dancer for major nostalgia).

So to save yourself 50 hours of viewing style.com, why not blaze through this gallery of all things NYFW trends (I promise you will be able to taste the Magnolia red velvet cupcakes from here).



Image courtesy of carolinesmode.com

Which NYFW trends have you giddy? Tell us in the comments below!

Going green: 12 facts about toxic free natural beauty products you probably didnt know | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

If you've ever thought about 'going green' with your beauty regime, now is definitely prime time. As more and more studies surface about the harmful effects of chemical-laden beauty prods (gulp ...), it's no wonder so many beauty-loving dames are making the all-natural, toxin-free primping switch.

WANT MORE? Get a load of these toxic-free natural beauty products 

But the whole shemozzle can be quite confusing. What's the difference between organic and certified organic? If a product says 'natural' on the packaging, does that mean that it's all natural? Do organic and raw beauty prods last as long as the synthetic versions? I hear you, beauties, I do, which is why I've gone and tracked down Australia's very own green beauty guru, Irene Falcone from Nourished Life, to answer all of our most asked questions. Read on to get schooled on greening out your beauty bag.



Have you made the swap to toxic-free natural beauty products? Tell us in the comments below!

High shine: Silver homewares for you inner space cadet | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Silver homewares so bright you'll need sunnies to view them

Apart from the horse of a different colour, the Tin Man was always my favourite part of The Wizard of Oz. I just really like all things silver, and I can't help that. I was a little bit disappointed when I discovered that Dorothy's ruby slippers were originally silver (they were changed for the movie to make better use of the new technicolour technology), because I would have loved to see that. In fact, to this day I collect silver shoes and knick-knacks like a magpie, and I don't think my collection will ever be complete.

WANT MORE? These silver specimens fit nicely with this silver homewares trend

I love the look of silver homewares almost as much as I like the shoes. Mirrored surfaces just have a super expensive look about them, and giving anything a silver sheen — even if it's a pair of eyeglasses — instantly turns it into something special. Basically I'm obsessing over anything shiny at the moment, and can you blame me?



Image courtesy of Z Gallerie

What are your favourite silver homewares? Did I miss anything? Tell me in the comments below!

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The easiest DIY lip exfoliant trick you'll ever learn

So you want smooth, kissable lips — I get it. A parched, chapped pout just isn't going to cut it anymore, and how else is your lipstick supposed to glide on smoothly? The beauty secret to getting your kissers from dry as a bone to soft 'n' supple resides in this 30 second lip exfoliant trick, which is guaranteed to make your pout look all plump and pretty within moments. Don't believe me? Try it!

YOU'LL NEED

- Clean disposable mascara brush/spoolie brush (we used a Manicare Disposable Mascara Wand). If you don't have one of these handy, use a soft bristled toothbrush to achieve the same effect.

- Lip balm (we used Smith's Rosebud Salve, which leaves the pout smelling DELISH!)

DIRECTIONS

1. Dip your disposable mascara wand into the balm and coat the bristles fully.

2. Scrub the brush over your lips in small circular motions until the flaky bits start to peel off. Be as gentle as possible, though — the lips are delicate and need a similarly gentle touch!

3. Use a small face towel soaked with warm water to gently remove any flaky residue.

4. Apply an extra layer of balm over the top to smooth things out. Now flash your biggest, most cheesiest smile!

Oh DIY exfoliation ... we could extol your virtues for hours!

Have you tried this DIY lip exfoliation trick before? Tell us in the comments below!

Eat this: Citrus & Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Tart from Sweet Sugar Bean | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Citrus & Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Tart from Sweet Sugar Bean

In Melbourne at the moment we're toeing the line between seasons (Actually, I guess that's always the case here, but it's definitely more obvious right now since it went from sweltering hot to pouring with rain and freezing cold in the blink of an eye the other day), so one day I'll be wanting bucket loads of fresh fruit and the next I want to curl up with a blanket and something stuffed with chocolate. Luckily this Citrus & Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Tart from Sweet Sugar Bean has got me covered no matter the weather.

WANT MORE? If this citrus & dark chocolate mascaRpone tart got you craving mascaRpone, then try this recipe TOO!

While the blood orange season isn't until later in the year in Australia, this recipe would work just as well with any other sweet citrus (or if you don't mind it I'm sure you could buy them imported from the big chain supermarkets who import everything!) Add to that a delicious mixture of a dark chocolate and mascarpone to get my heart racing and my mouth salivating, and this is the perfect transeasonal recipe.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1 box of puff pastry (containing two sheets)
  • 1/2 cup melted dark chocolate
  • 1 egg yolk, whisked
  • 1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tbsp cane sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 oranges (navel, Cara Cara, blood), peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup

Head over to www.sweetsugarbean.com for the full instructions and more awesome baking.

Beauty Editors letter: Ive fallen in love ... with Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water EDP | smell this feature beauty 2  pictures

Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water EDP: A love story

So when did my love affair with Byredo Parfum Gypsy Water really begin? If I really trawl back down memory lane, it started when I entered Mecca Cosmetica's mystical shop during one of my spend-every-single-paycheck-penny rampages. I remember asking the sales lady to show me the VERY BEST perfume she had in stock because a) I was trying to impress a lad at the time and needed a new olfactory addition that would WOW him, and b) I was kind of over my Calvin Klein Euphoria — that relationship had long expired. Moments later, as she spritzed Gypsy Water into the air, I was suddenly being enveloped in a deliciously intoxicating veil of sweet amber and vanilla, mixed with a hint of invigorating lemon, which made me shriek 'Eaux ma gawd!' (see what I did there?). I'm pretty scent-sitive (har, har) when it comes to fragrance, and it normally takes me a little while to adapt to a new smell, but this was instant, head-over-heels, batshit-crazy-for-ya love. I once read that when you find the perfect fragrance, it's like seeing colour in a room full of black and white silhouettes. Well ... there was a whole lotta colour going on there, I can tell you that!

You might think this little anecdote has a happy ending, but it actually doesn't. I saw the price tag, shrieked, and rushed out the door. PLOT SPIN!

But fast forward to a year or so later, my darling friend Ana, knowing just how insanely obsessed I was with said perfume, decided to present it to me as a special little early Christmas gift. Bless. So now here we are today, children, and I'm ready to convince you that you should gather all your coinage together and spoil yourself rotten by investing in one of the most divine fragrances of yo' life!

WHAT DOES IT SMELL LIKE? It's supposed to smell like 'fresh soil, deep forests and campfires', and it's pretty close to it. Foremost, there's an instant expulsion of crisp, citrusy notes, intermingled with floral accords that draw from lemon, juniper berries and bergamot top notes. As these start to wear, the base notes of vanilla and sandalwood become prominent, especially when warmed by the skin, before melting into a pure, clean aroma (think: fresh laundry, green leaves, dewy moss). 

I like how it's not too sweet, not too feminine or masculine, and definitely not cloying so it won't overpower your senses. The orris and incense give it a warm depth that's both sophisticated and slightly bewitching, while the pine needles at its heart keep it fresh and enticing. It's a gentle fragrance that hovers faintly just above the skin, with an aura-like sensation, and the result of a couple of sprays on the wrist is simply magical. My favourite part is that it smells slightly like the outdoors without that all-too-common sickly floral overlay. 

WHAT DOES IT REMIND ME OF? It reminds me kind of like what being outside actually feels like, a winding forest path that you can't stop walking down. It definitely is a tribute to the free-spirited gypsy or tree-loving hippy dippy lifestyle, but it's also just as suited to city dwellers with a bohemian edge. I don't know why, but I keep thinking of Pochantas and her hair blowing in the wind, I guess because there's a definite earthy feel to it and it embodies all things close to nature. It's woodsy and mystical, airy and light like sweet water, sheer and delicate like pine needles on the skin, and warm and youthful at its heart, like sunshine bouncing off an SPF-covered face.

WHO WOULD WEAR IT? Those who are fans of 'mass fragrances' probably won't drift towards this semi under-the-radar aroma, but any serious perfume lover will be hooked. It can be worn anywhere — to your 9–5 gig, to your weekly evening drinks, to your first date with Max/Buster/Beethoven (yes, I'm aware these are all dog names). Consider it the Chanel or Cartier of the indie perfume world because it's well crafted, interesting, and it boasts an air of mystery and luxury, without being too mainstream. Whiff-obsessives will be hooked, swear it.

IS IT REALLY WORTH ALL THOSE BUCKEROOS? Uh, yeah. This killer juice is definitely one that you actually want to be inhaling for the better part of a day, and the scent will leave people trailing after you, wondering what hit them. Word on the street is that wearers are loyal to the point of fanaticism, so you can see why it's worth the splurge. One star does come off because it doesn't last as long as other fragrances, but I'm just going to have to add that star right back on because the flacon is so damn awesome — minimalistic and monochrome, just the way I like my beauty gems, and swaddled in a super chic box that has a starring place on my vanity.

THE VERDICT: This super fresh fragrance is an eaux-enthusiast's dream come true. There's definitely an intangible quality about the blend that makes you feel like you were meant to wear it. Not only does it celebrate the boho, free-livin', gypsy lifestyle in all its glory, but it sets the mind flickering between reality and dreams. One spritz and you'll be dancing around with tambourines like the travelling folk in Chocolat and swaying away as though you're at a Woodstock concert with daisy chains in your hair. I highly recommend you add it to your frag-family soon so we can swoon over it together. Do it!

SHOP IT:

Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water EDP, $158 - $235, meccacosmetica.com.au

Have you had a whiff of Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water EDP? Tell us in the comments below!

How we wear: Urban style | what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Half of me is the type of person to wear well-fitting denim jeans, a pair of converses and a basic tee. The other half is a Rihanna-obsessed, R'n'b listening gangster who loves nothing more than a generous gold hoop earring and a pair of killer kicks. So this week the urban part of me won, and I ain't even mad!

How we wear: Urban style | what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Hoops are from Nasty Gal (if you haven't tried a hoop since the 90s, do it!), cut-out crop top is also by Nasty Gal and the headphones are Monster Diamond Tears and are so insane — instant fashion upgrade!

How we wear: Urban style | what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

Skirt is again by Nasty Gal (I account for 40% of their net-profit weekly), clutch is by Friend of Mine.

How we wear: Urban style | what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

I've had these shoes forever! I'm selling them on eBay so I thought I'd take them out for one last hoorah. These are Jeffrey Campbell but you can find similar ones here.

What do you think of this How We Wear look? Tell us in the comments below!

Testers needed: Conair True Glow | 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: Conair True Glow

Price: RRP$119.00

Brand: Conair

What is it?

Take your daily cleansing ritual to the next level with the Conair True Glow Sonic Cleansing Brush. The cordless brush helps you to get a deeper clean, rotating to cleanse deep within your pores. If you’ve already got a cleansing product you can’t live without, you’ll love the added boost you get by applying it to this hardworking brush.

With two heads (one for the body and one for the face), multiple settings and a timer to tell you when to move on this is the cleansing product to take your routine to the next level.

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 5 eligible submissions at random for this week's testing panel.

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

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

 

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

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

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

3 - You must have at least 500 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

Top notch: 10 stellar beauty products experts swear by | galleries feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Beauty products experts swear by

Ever wondered which products beauty experts and makeup artists use to doll up celebrities, models and even themselves? We're taking the guesswork out of the equation for you today by revealing the wunderprods used and adored by some of Australia's most talented beauty insiders.

We've included everyone from top makeup artist Rae Morris to YouTube darlings Chloe Morello and Lauren Curtis, so you can get a glimpse of the magical lotions and potions that currently reign supreme in Beauty Land.

Whip out those credit cards and click on to get in-the-know!



Image courtesy of mbrown_beauty

So these are the beauty products experts swear by ... now it's time to tell us what are YOUR favourites?

DDG TV: The sleekest Kim Kardashian makeup tutorial EVER! | how tos feature ddg tv beauty 2  pictures

We all know who the Kardashian clan are (I think even the Amish know who they are!) and it's the infamous Kim who has become something of a beauty icon when it comes to styling her hair and makeup. So naturally we want to share with you yet another fabulous KK makeup tutorial because they seem to be our most requested (we don't blame you ladies!).

Often highlighting her eyes and lips, Kanye's first lady commonly sports smoky shadows across the lids teamed with a statement lustrous pout and uses contouring techniques to emphasise her defined cheek bones. While I’m certain Ms. K would be given a little help from her posse of styling troops, you too can learn how to master her look all on your own.

This Kim Kardashian makeup tutorial by American makeup guru, Carli Bybel, gives a step by step guide on how to nail one of Kim’s red carpet looks, the bronze smoky eye and red lip. You could of course team this with a nude lip if you want to be a bit more subtle with your visage, but here at DDGD we are loving the WOW factor of the bold pout! Werrrrrk it.

Tutorial courtesy of Carli Bybel

By Jessica Savoia

Love or loathe this Kim Kardashian makeup tutorial? Tell us in the comments below!

Strapless dresses: Step into these knockout frocks! | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

From cocktail parties, to after dinner drinks, weddings, and everything in-between ... Strapless dresses are so-hot-right-now!

The strapless dress gets reinvented every decade into another incredible design, whether it's the 1950s prom style, 1960s delicate lace, 1980s bold floral with a full skirt or the minimalist 1990s. There is definitely a strapless dress for every soul, shape and size and it's all we're seeing sashay down the runways at the moment.

You can grunge up your minimal black strapless with a leather jacket or a sheer spot blouse over the top, or opt for a floral full skirt and some seriously colourful pumps to take it to the next level. With a buffet of dresses, as Craig David would say, 'What's your flavourrrr?'



Image courtesy of louisvuitton.com.au

Which strapless dress do you adore? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty recipe: Make your own DIY acne serum a la Queen Coco | skincare make your mug glow how tos feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

The queen of holistic health and beauty — Teisha Lowry — has been kind enough to share one of her favourite all-natural acne serum treatments today, the perfect skin pick-me-up for any lacklustre complexion. Here's what she had to say:

"Treating acne naturally can be challenging, but what most people don't realise is that acne, pimples and blemishes are a hormonal imbalance inside your body, not your skin going all crazy because it's trying to peeve you off. Many people, especially teenagers or young adults, treat acne and pimples with harsh cleansers and prescription medication, but the side effects of these treatments is a little scary. If you are suffering from acne, you need more than just a pill and some antibiotic creams.

Acne needs a much gentler approach when treating it topically. Gels, serums or tonics are a great treatment for that ... but one of the most overlooked medicinal oils is Tea Tree. This oil is native to Australia and has some astronomical healing powers — especially for acne sufferers, because its antimicrobial and antifungal properties clean, speed up and draw out the infection. It also smells refreshing. When you combine Tea Tree and Coconut Oil (at the correct ratio) it produces a serum, which makes the oil feel lighter on the skin. You'll notice the redness reduce straight away as the antiseptic properties go to work immediately and evenly. Your skin will also feel really cool and less irritated! Here’s a great little treatment I use on my friends and family for when they have some unwanted blemishes." 

YOU'LL NEED

- Indah Virgin Coconut Oil

- Organic, premium grade Tea Tree oil

DIRECTIONS 

- Mix 6 drops of Tea Tree oil to 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil. If you feel it stinging too much, take the drops back to 5 or 4, as you don't want to irritate the skin. If your Coconut Oil is solid, you can warm the jar in a bowl of hot water – do not microwave! Stir in really well until you can see it go super clear or the consistency looks thinner.

- Apply to face before bed and let it absorb into your skin overnight.

- Rinse with warm water in the morning.

Behold ... soothed, healed, glowy skin!

Tutorial courtesy of Queen Coco aka Teisha Lowry

Are you going to try out this DIY acne serum? Tell us in the comments below!

Mane event: 11 new hair products you need now | hair styles beauty 2 galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

New hair products to add to your beauty shelf

There's a surplus of flashy follicle enhancers that have been hitting the shelves lately, so we've decided to throw some of our all-time favourites into one big gallery for your viewing pleasure.

If you're looking to tame a wayward mane, we've got the perfect leave-in lotion for that. In split-end central? There's a magical serum that will deep-condition war-torn tresses. And how about that colour fade? Don't fret, we've found the perfect treatment to refresh your dye job almost instantly.

WANT MORE? Have a gander at these new hair products, too!

It's time to fill that empty space on your hair care shelf with new products that actually work with one or more these super stylin' hair weapons.



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

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