The father of all book lists: 8 books to buy for your dad this Father’s Day

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The father of all book lists: 8 books to buy for your dad this Fathers Day | lifestyle galleries feature book club  pictures

The father of all book lists: 8 books to buy for your dad this Father's Day

Shopping for my dad is a painful and infuriating task. It's not that he's the type of person who doesn't need anything (the fact that his loungeroom contains just a banana lounge and a TV is testament to that), it's that he doesn't want to need anything and won't bring himself to use anything we get him unless it is absolutely necessary. Give him a voucher and it will expire. Buy him clothing and he might wear it — in 5 years time when every other item of clothing is falling apart at the seams.

WANT MORE? If you liked our reading picks for Father's Day, then check out more books here.

Basically there are just two things that you can get him and be certain that six months from now you won't turn up to his house to find it still sitting in the box it came in: photos of my sisters and I, or books. We've given him so many photos of us over the years that his house looks like a really weird art gallery that trades exclusively in photographs of my family, so I tend to go the book route whenever possible. Books are a safe and easy option because you can quickly get to the core of a person's personality with one simple reading pick, plus you can pick something that you'd both enjoy and have your own family book club.



Image courtesy of Dollar Photo

Would you buy any of these books for your dad (or husband) this Father's Day? Tell us which one (or your suggestions) in the comments below!

The Block Breakdown: Shop Max & Karstans winning master bedroom | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

The Block Breakdown: Shop Max & Karstan's winning master bedroom

While bedroom decor is usually something so personal to a person (or couple) that the vibe can't be replicated by another person without feeling like a movie set, one of the reasons why Max & Karstan's winning master bedroom was so successful was that it used beautiful yet basic items as a base and let the artwork (AKA your own personal signature) really do the talking.

WANT MORE? If you liked this room from The Block, then check out more rooms here.

The bold blacks fit in with most styles and tastes and help to create the perfect base for any bedroom. Add your own flare with the artwork and then match your textiles (the cushions, bed spreads or curtains) to the artwork to pull the whole room together.



Image courtesy of The Block

What are your thoughts on Max & Karstan's bedroom from this season of The Block? Tell us in the comments below!

Pencil skirt outfits: Find your super slimming skirt match | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

There's some trends you just think 'can anyone pull that off?' e.g. silk night gown dresses and Converses. Maybe those looks can only be reserved for the fashion rebels (aka Rihanna) but when it comes to a fail safe trend that makes you look and feel a million bucks, you can't go past the pencil skirt.



With a tonne of mix and match combinations, prints and lengths it's the perfect day to night, work to weekend and 'what the hell do I wear' superhero garment. With one simple skirt your legs will look longer and tummy flatter (plus shapewear is so easily hidden), so get your slender on for your next night out with this slimming skirt!

Image courtesy of Danielle A

Which pencil skirt outfits would you rock this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

Get the look: Paula Patton | how tos feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

While Robin Thicke hasn't managed to blow us away with any of his releases since the infamous 'Blurred Lines', his ex, Paula Patton, has definitely been making an impression with her classic good looks and flawless makeup mastery. Here, her natural caramel skin tone is played up with loads of highlighting and a pop of pink blush, something that can be incorporated into any makeup routine for an ultra-fem, sheer finish. Here's how you can nail this brunette beauty's look and rock it in your own right!

GET THE LOOK

1. Prep your skin with your usual cleanser, toner and moisturiser trio. Dab on some Essano Rosehip Oil on any dry spots for a smoother foundation application.

2. Apply Scout Mineral Crème Foundation all over the face, not forgetting to blend the line from the chin to the neck. This foundation is ideal as it glides on yet dries and sets with a powdery finish, perfect for achieving a canvas like Paula's.

3. When applying Revlon ColorStay Blemish Concealer, concentrate on getting an even coverage under the eyes, along the bridge of the nose and on the chin (and of course on any blemishes that need to be hidden) and set with a loose powder.

4. With your Too Faced Bulletproof Brows Kit, fill in any sparse areas and direct the hairs outwards towards the temples.

5. Time to shine! Highlight in between your brows and above them from the arch along to the top of your cheekbones with Essence Metal Glam highlighter powder. Also dab a little on your chin.

6. Dust on some Bella Pierre Mineral Eye Shimmer in Snowflake in the corners of the inner eye, covering the edge of the top lid and stopping before you reach your lower lash line. Cover the rest of the lid with Bella Pierre Mineral Eye Shimmer in Twilight.

7. Trace your Australis Tiny Tip Liquid Eyeliner along the lash line of your upper eyelid and coat your lashes with NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara.

8. Smile into the mirror and brush on some Benefit CORALista Face Powder onto the apples of your cheeks and nail the nude lip with some Napoleon Perdis In the Flesh Luminous Lip Veil.

Hold up ... Paula, is that you!?

By Jessica Savoia

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Love Paula Patton's beautiful makeup look? Thoughts on Robin Thicke's, er, relationship blunder? Tell us in the comments below!

Lunch club: Tomato Basil and Ricotta Baked Potato recipe | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Lunch club: Tomato Basil and Ricotta Baked Potato recipe

I have a bit of an obsession with potatoes. For some reason they don't fill me up, which means that when I make a particularly delicious batch of baked potatoes I wind up eating way more of them than I planned on, which means my thighs probably don't appreciate them half as much as my stomach does! With that said, sometimes baked potatoes can be a bit heavy with their toppings and don't leave you with that light yet satisfied feeling that you can get from other lunches.

WANT MORE? If you liked this Tomato Basil and Ricotta baked potato recipe, then check out more lunch ideas here.

The creamy ricotta is filling without weighing you down with cheese, and the tomato slices and basil add a whole other layer of freshness to the potato. Topped with good quality olive oil as well as salt and pepper makes this feel more like an authentic pizza than a baked potato.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • A potato
  • Ricotta
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Bake your potato (prick it with a fork and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes each side) then split open. Spoon on some ricotta, then top with slices of tomato and torn up basil. Drizzle over some olive oil and some salt and pepper, and you're good to go!

What are your thoughts on our Tomato Basil and Ricotta Baked Potato recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

5 of the best: Skincare boosters for a super glow | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Skincare boosters for serious results, seriously fast

Sometimes your moisturiser just won't cut it. Sometimes it needs a little push in the right direction, a helping hand if you will. That's where boosters come in, the reigning champions of the skincare world that will help amp up your existing regimen.

For those times where you want a flawless complexion, a booster intensifies results by adding a bit of extra pizzazz to your regular formulas, whether it's whisking away signs of fatigue and dullness or hydrating super parched surfaces and even blurring out fine lines.

Below, check out five must-have performance enhancers for supercharged skin.



Image courtesy of I Am Natural Store via Genuine Glow

Do you use skincare boosters in your beauty regimen? Tell us in the comments below!

NYC Style Muse: How to be downtown with the cool crowd | feature fashion news fashion daily sponsored  pictures

 

Post brought to you by DKNY #MYNY & E!Online

After giving you the 411 on what's hot and what's not for our uptowners, we thought it was only fair to give our downtown babes the same treatment. If you're not one to shy away from a hipster accessory (see: clear glasses), a flannel shirt tied around your waist, a topknot and a kale popsicle, then maybe you need to go down ... to downtown (no, not funky town).

See how your style rates against our super-scientific quiz below!

1. Grunge, boho, dishevelled, rocker, indie are the adjectives you live (or rather dress) for. YES/NO.

2. If you're not carrying an underground designer bag on your arm, you're carrying the latest book to be seen reading. YES/NO.

3. Third day hair is your favourite style to rock (next to a topknot of course!). YES/NO.

4. Food vans and the latest Ethiopian cafe in secret locations are only the coolest places to grab a bite. YES/NO.

5. You're all about a subtle single-word tattoo, multiple ear studs and just the right amount of leather. YES/NO.

How down are you for the downtown lifestyle? If you nodded to the computer screen and gushed quietly more than three times, it looks like you were built for the Boroughs. Now, we know you shudder at the idea of anything generic, so here's how to dress to subtly impress your cool as a cucumber neighbours.

WEAR!

Jessica Hart is a resident cool bean with the downtown girl style down pat. Take a leaf out of her book for your next night out to a dimly lit bar where the likes of Zoe Kravitz hang.

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SHOP IT: DKNY Shoe Boot in Black, $194.00, yoox.comDiane Von Furstenberg Mae Mikado Striped Wool-Silk Miniskirt, GBP120.00, brownsfashion.comBardot Tropez Blazer in Black, $99.95, bardot.com.auOlympia Le-Tan L'arrache Leather Book Clutch, $2011, luisaviaroma.comKomono Allen Wayfarer Sunglasses in Blue, $41.51, asos.com

Leandra Medine (aka The Man Repeller) is New York quirky style in a nutshell. She wears what the 'with it' crowd could only dream of putting together and she does it a year in advance:

SHOP IT: Rag & Bone Em Leather Shorts, $238.00, shoplesnouvelles.comDKNY Runway Rissa Peep Toe Bootie in Black/White, $143.90, dkny.comTopshop Mini Lasercut Holdall in Teal, GBP38.00, topshop.comAR SRPLS Star Print Vest in Olive, $169.65, aloharag.comColette Metal Bauble Necklace, $14.95, colettehayman.com.au

DO!

The Lower East Side is getting a serious face-lift of hip on trend boutiques, nothing generic or been-done here! The pinnacle of alterna-shops. You want to head to Reed Space for the best fix of cool lifestyle buys, where you can find local and international designers, along with art, music, books, and magazines. Don't forget to visit the neighborhood referred to as Nolita (North of Little Italy) for underground designer goodness and then take a visit to the East Village for a dose of boho.

EAT!

Fill up at the place where boho Astorians gather for the best authentic Mexican feast at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant. After you feast, head to Sweet Revenge for a cupcake you won't be able to resist Instagramming!

DRINK!

For a delicious cocktail in the suavest underground nook, head to Raines Law Room where after ringing the bell and entering an unmarked door, you will officially be at an out of this world secret bar!

WIN A TRIP TO NYC!!

So you think you're ready to get down? Want to explore all the quirky nooks and crannies New York has to offer? Eat more ramen noodles than you can imagine? Well, now you can!

DKNY, with the launch of the new women’s scent, MYNY, is giving you the chance to fly to New York (where you belong) to do as the New Yorker's do.

Yep, everything from high tea at The Plaza to Broadway!

Click here for all the competition details and good luck.

If you missed our uptown NYC wrap up, click here!

Images courtesy of Mr Newton. Thumbnail courtesy of Mr Newton. Post Coordinated by The Remarkables Group

 

Lychee Mojito Cocktail Recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Lychee Mojito Cocktail Recipe: It's happy hour at DDG!

It is all well and good to squeeze some fresh orange juice into your cocktail for a zesty hit of freshness, but in my mind you really can't go past lychees when it comes to the ultimate fruit to add to cocktails. Apart from just generally looking like an alien fruit (which is kinda cool) they have a more subtle flavour than other fruits and provide you with a deliciously sweet flavour.

WANT MORE? If you liked our Lychee Mojito Cocktail Recipe then check out more of our mojitos here.

Okay, so calling this cocktail a mojito is getting to be a bit of a stretch, but I like being broad with my descriptions - it's the same reason I refer to all large black dogs as Labradors even thought they're probably not really Labradors 90% of the time - it's just that in this instance I'm referring more to the method than the flavour or ingredients. Sure you still have mojito stalwarts rum, sugar, lime and mint but with lychees and ginger beer you've got a flavour that's out of this world.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Ice
  • Tinned Lychees
  • Limes
  • Mint
  • Sugar
  • Ginger Beer
  • Rum

HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  1. Like all my regular mojitos, start by muddling some mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with a teaspoon of sugar and the juice of half a lime (add more if needed) using a wooden spoon.
  2. Add in a couple of lychees and roughly crush them and break them down.
  3. Mix in a shot of rum to help it absorb some of the flavours.
  4. Pour in about a quarter of the juice from the lychee can, a shot of ginger beer and some ice.
  5. Shake vigorously.
  6. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top up with some more ginger beer.

*You don't have to strain it, you can leave it chunky but I liked to just eat the lychees as a side snack to my cocktail because they're delicious.

Lychee Mojito Cocktail Recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

What are your thoughts on our Lychee Mojito Cocktail Recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

Product smackdown: Chemical vs natural multi purpose moisturiser  | skincare make your mug glow feature beauty 2  pictures

Each week the DDG office will be testing an all-natural beauty product against its chemical counterpart to see which is most effective. Today we're reviewing Weleda Skin Food, a whole body cream for everyday care of dry and rough skin at any age. Find out what the office gals had to say below!

KRISTINA (BEAUTY EDITOR)

I normally use: Kiehl's Creme De Corps Whipped Body Butter

What I thought of Weleda Skin Food: The effervescent green packaging coupled with the butter-soft, creamy formula and intensely moisturising results makes this a multitasking powerhouse of hydrating goodness. I'm seriously addicted. I'd always read fabulous reviews on this stuff (apaz Adele, Rihanna and Victoria Beckham are all fans), but I guess it took trialling it myself to really understand why this natural emollient is so damn good. It heals parched, cracked surfaces and can easily be applied all over the body. The scent is faintly citrusy and green and despite using it every day, the tube feels practically full. I'm yet to use it on my face, as it's quite thick, but I like the idea that it can be used from head-to-toe. Weleda, I'm in lurve.

MADDIE (FASHION EDITOR)

I normally use: Korres Santorini Vine Body Milk

What I thought of Weleda Skin Food: Not unlike an Arnott's biscuit, my skin is dry and cracks easily all Winter long (oh, joy). With naturally parched/sensitive skin at the best of times, I was ready to basically shower in this stuff due to its high profile rep! The fragrance is delish and after I found it to be quite literally skin food in the way that it nourished my body I soon opted to use it as a night moisturiser, and I've never looked back. For dry skin, you don't need much of this highly concentrated cream — for low maintenance gals this multi-purpose cream is a wonder.

LARISSA (LIVING EDITOR)

I normally use: L'Occitane Shea Butter

What I thought of Weleda Skin Food: As I may have mentioned in an earlier post, I am severely lacking in the moisturising department (out of laziness) so while I don't religiously moisturise my body I do have a tendency to get quite dry hands (a side effect of walking through the cold all the time) and use shea butter to keep scaliness at bay. I really liked this cream — it makes my hands silky smooth and happens to be a much more convenient size to carry around than my usual tin, which means I've been applying it way more frequently. And yes, the cream is steadily creeping up my arms so I'm sure that by the time I restock I'll be moisturising my whole body like a champ.

SHOP IT:

Weleda Skin Food, $19.95, bellabox.com.au

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

Bargain buys: 10 ace pieces under $50 to save you big bucks | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller recently spoke some serious truths in an Instagram post of her decked out in Nike free runs, compression leggings and the staple Nike hooded jacket stating, "If the 90s equivalent of 'The Rachel' was a haircut, in 2014 it's recreational exercise clothing".

For more cheap thrills click here!

I don't think truer words have ever been spoken; it's literally everyone's go-to getup! Well, in case you haven't gotten on the bandwagon yet I've chucked in some seriously cool Adidas zebra leggings for your next acrobatic pilates or bikram yoga class — yay for feeling fitter than you are!



Image courtesy of Lena Antonacci

Which bargain buys will you save on? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG TV: How to fade acne scars the natural way | skincare make your mug glow how tos feature ddg tv beauty 2  pictures

How to fade acne scars naturally

Those puberty blues and breakouts may be a thing of the past, but if they've "kindly" left you with a constant reminder of where they once were, it’s time to kick those pesky scars to the curb! And we aren't talking about anything invasive or treatments that will break the bank.

This DIY mask will have you eating the ingredients as you apply! It’s equally delicious as it is effective for helping clear and exfoliate your face of acne-induced blemishes. Skin guru Andrea shares useful tips and tricks so you can make sure those little critter pimples remain in the long gone past.

Ladies, it’s time to put your best face forward!

Tutorial courtesy of AndreasChoice

Image courtesy of dollarphotoclub.com

By Jessica Savoia

Are you now in-the-know about how to fade acne scars? Will you be concocting up this natural face mask? Tell us in the comments below!

What we wear: Oversized denim | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily daily want daily love casual friday  pictures

Saying adios to Winter in this double denim ensemble. Nothing like kicking back in some loose chambray pants and a denim shirt when it starts to heat up!

What we wear: Oversized denim | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily daily want daily love casual friday  pictures

This denim shirt from Topshop is one of my all time fave wardrobe pieces; I wear it all year round whether I layer it with a leather jacket or over my bikini at the beach. T-Shirt is by One Teaspoon.

What we wear: Oversized denim | what we wear what to wear fashion daily feature fashion daily daily want daily love casual friday  pictures

These Maurie & Eve chambray pants are going to get a serious workout this Summer — so light and comfy! Slides are by Sol Sana.

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

Eat this: Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Burritos with Pumpkin Goat Cheese Cream Sauce from Cooking For Keeps | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Eat this: Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Burritos with Pumpkin Goat Cheese Cream Sauce from Cooking For Keeps

I'm always looking for delicious things to make for breakfast that are a bit more interesting than my standard poached eggs on toast, and I'm a magnet for chorizo. Seriously, if I go out for breakfast and there is anything on the menu that has chorizo, then I'll get that. Because chorizo is damn delicious.

WANT MORE? If you liked these Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Burritos then check out more from Cooking For Keeps here.

With that in mind, I am obsessed with these Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Burritos with Pumpkin Goat Cheese Cream Sauce from Cooking For Keeps. It's got everything I love: chorizo, eggs, avocado and that Mexican edge that instantly makes everything more delicious. And that Pumpkin Goat Cheese cream sauce? Prepare to want it on EVERYTHING!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 4 eggs + 4 egg whites
  • 5 ounces chorizo
  • ½ onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 cup + 4 tablespoons milk (1 cup of milk should be hot)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ + ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of sugar

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

What are your thoughts on this Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Burrito? Tell us in the comments below!

White out: 4 of the best at home teeth whitening kits for brighter chompers | galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Let's face it — we'd all love a dazzling set of Hollywood chompers; it completes a done-up face and enhances your features for a more beautiful you. But unless you're rolling in it, chances are you can't necessarily afford to dole out thousands on getting your teeth in tip top shape.

But fear not! The dental makeover doesn't have to cost $500+, or even require you to leave the comfort and privacy of your home. With so many teeth whitening options on the market, you're in luck and we've gone and sifted out the winners from the duds.

Below, check out the best DIY teeth whitening systems with everything from no-fuss application to an easy three-part process, so you can find one that's right for you. That's enough to get you smiling!



By Adriana Maiolo

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Have you tried at-home teeth whitening before? Tell us in the comments below!

One for the night owls: 5 must have big night out apps | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

One for the night owls: 5 must-have big night out apps

I honestly have no idea how people of my parents' generation were able to coordinate their plans. I mean I'm young enough for mobile phones to have been commonplace (although we still called people's landlines), but I can't imagine how you ever made plans with people if they weren't right in front of your face. These days there's an app for everything and that includes all stages of planning your night out and even getting you home.

WANT MORE? If you liked these big night out apps, then check out more tech picks here.

It is weird to think that there's a whole generation of kids who could possibly never receive a paper invitation, considering evites are pretty much how parties are done these days. And hailing a cab? There was once a time when you needed a landline or to stand on street corner, but these days you can sit inside and watch your cab approach. If you're planning a big night out, you really can't go past these apps to get you through the planning stages, the best drink deals, and then get you home safely when you're a drunken mess.



Image courtesy of Dollar Photo

What are your favourite big night out apps? Tell us in the comments below!

Blouse confidential: How to find the right blouse to flatter your figure | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

Blouse confidential: How to find the right blouse to flatter your figure

It's no secret that I can be a little bit lazy when it comes to day to day dressing, and it can be quite easy for me to fall in the trap of just wearing jeans, t-shirts and sneakers every day. Which is fun for a while, but I'm not one of those girls who can look polished or stylish when dressed like that. A whole new world was opened up to me when I bought my first nice blouse. Without straying too far from my daggy norm, I can still look presentable and all I have to do is keep the black skinny jeans, swap my sneakers for a nice pair of flats and throw on a bold-patterned blouse, and I'm ready for any situation. So if you're hunting for a new blouse, what type should you buy to flatter your shape? Well, I'm glad you asked.

Blouse confidential: How to find the right blouse to flatter your figure | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

The best kind of blouse if you're a curvy lady

If you're one of my ladies with a fuller bust, then you'll no doubt know the struggle that comes with finding the right buttoned shirt — too big and you'll look much bigger than you are, but too small and you get the gaping button hole. Neither option is ideal. So if you're rocking it in the cup-size department I have a few suggestions for you. Firstly, try to avoid high, tight necklines as these can make your bust look even bigger, and look for scoop necks and v-necks to highlight your gorgeous neck and collarbones. Floaty styles also work well if you've got any tummy issues (or, you know, if you plan on having a burrito baby after lunch), plus they look killer with a pair of skinny jeans.

Blouse confidential: How to find the right blouse to flatter your figure | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

The best kind of blouse if you're bottom heavy

If you're packing a booty but are a little light in the bust department, then I say you should take full advantage of your smaller cup size with plunging styles that bustier ladies can't get away with (especially in the daytime!). Open or asymmetrical/crossover styles look fantastic with a smaller bust and can help balance out your shape by adding volume to the top. Alternatively, look for styles that expose a lot of your shoulders with thin straps and deep v-necks or off the shoulder designs, as they can create the illusion of a fuller bust.

Blouse confidential: How to find the right blouse to flatter your figure | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

The best kind of blouse if you're petite

Petite girls are lucky — generally speaking, you can wear any type of blouse because they'll each flatter you in different ways. However, we think you can't go past t-shirt style blouses. They won't swamp your shape, and if worn tucked into a high-waisted skirt, then they can give an illusion of a fuller figure. Finding a pattern with a larger design will also make you look a bit bigger in a good way.

Images courtesy of Shapely Chic By Sheri, Oroma Rukevwe and Alice Cross.

Have you got any tips for finding a flattering blouse for your shape? Share your wisdom in the comments below!

DDG DIY: How to get rid of blackheads at home | skincare make your mug glow how tos feature ddg diy beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

How to get rid of blackheads in the comfort of your own crib

Blackheads — the little bastards that never seem to go away, no matter how many pore strips I apply, no matter how obsessively I exfoliate my skin. It seems they've found a permanent home (my nose) and are refusing to vacate the premises. Well, sorry guys, but it's time to get the hell outta here and leave me and my noggin in peace.

I've been reading up on tried-and-true ways of minimising blackheads and even preventing them from returning for good, and it seems extractions are the way to go. But if you can't afford to see a facialist, try this at-home trick below to unclog the pores.

YOU'LL NEED

- A piece of clear plastic (we used Gladwrap)

- 2 small washcloths

- Tissue

- Moisturiser/balm (we used Vaseline)

DIRECTIONS

1. It's best to do this once you've jumped out of the shower while your skin's temperature is higher as pores will be open, making it easier for you to extract dirt and grime.

2. Apply a thick coat of moisturiser to the area that needs to be treated to create a temporary seal, trapping the heat in the skin. Vaseline works well for this as a quick little skin salve.

3. Cover the area with a piece of Gladwrap and apply two hot, damp washcloths for five minutes to help the area retain its heat longer and soften the pores and blackheads.

4. Once the washcloths are removed, wrap a tissue over each forefinger and gently squeeze the skin where the blackheads are clogging your pores to remove them. Widen your fingers so the blackhead will be effectively removed from underneath. To avoid red marks, be gentle and keep repositioning your fingers.

TIP: If the blackhead doesn't come out after three attempts, leave it to avoid breaking a capillary.

5. Follow up your extractions with skincare products containing acids, such as AHAs and BHAs, which absorb directly into the pores and keep them clean.

Blackheads be gone!

Did you know this was how to get rid of blackheads? Have you tried this trick? Tell us in the comments below!

Style shaper: How to match your haircut to your face shape | galleries feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Here's how to match your haircut to your face shape

While it can be tempting to test run whatever hairstyle is trending at the mo, take a sec to think twice: "Will blunt bangs really work for me?" or "could I totes rock a pixie crop and therefore enhance my insane jawline?" Decisions, decisions.

Here's the solution: work with what you've got and choose a style that highlights your best assets and downplays your not-so-loved features. Lord knows I wish more women could have completed this simple exercise in the 80s perm days!

Below, we've made it easy for you to match the perfect hairstyle with your face shape.

Find your best style now and don't look back!



Image courtesy of L'Oreal Professionnel

Did you learn something new about how to match your haircut to your face shape? Tell us in the comments below!

DDG DIY: Easy Personalised Notebook tutorial from Minted Strawberry | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

DDG DIY: Easy Personalised Notebook tutorial from Minted Strawberry

I am a massive notebook hoarder. For some reason I am given pretty notebooks all the time but constantly forget to take them anywhere and then when I'm out and need something to take notes in, I buy a new one to add to the collection. Some of them have writing on a few pages but a lot of them are entirely empty. To avoiding feeling like the most wasteful human on the planet I prefer to think that I'm stockpiling in preparation for the technological apocalypse, because as a writer I rank the ability to scribble on a piece of paper higher than most things.

WANT MORE? If you liked this personalised notebook tutorial, then check out more DIYs here.

While a large majority of my notebooks are just too pretty to throw away, a fair few of them are the plainest, cheapest type I could find at the newsagent and that's where this awesome tutorial from Minted Strawberry comes in handy. Personalise your notebook with a spray painted message to really get your point across.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Blank notebooks
  • Letter stickers
  • Transfer paper
  • Cheap matte spray paint
  • X-acto knife
  • Painter's tape

Head over to mintedstrawberry.blogspot.com.au for the full instructions and more awesome tutorials.

What are your thoughts on this Personalised Notebook tutorial? What would your notebook say? Tell us in the comments below!

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A clear advantage of being across the pond is seeing our American pals rock the best of Spring and Summer style before our sun rolls around. Yes, it's painful watching everyone soak up 38 degree Miami days and drink nothing but cocktails, but now it's our time (muahahaha).

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So while the other side of the world will soon be stowing their bikinis away for another year, we will be dusting off our togs (well not quite yet), and taking advantage of their Spring sales *squeals*. All that Instagram scrolling has finally been put to good use, so check out what I've scoped out to be the 10 picks of the season and how you can work them!



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Which Spring fashion buy will you add to cart? Tell us in the comments below!

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