Monday, 19 December 2016

Our Top 12 Beauty Beauty Stocking Fillers

What’s small and fits in a soft boot looking thing that hangs over the fireplace?
Stocking fillers.
Lame ‘joke’ I know but seriously it’s pretty hard to find a good, useful stocking filler these days and are you not already out of ideas after buying other presents?
That’s where I come in.
I have 12 options (you know – because of the 12 days of Christmas).

1. VO5 hot oils. I’m a big believer in hair treatments and this is what I use as a quick one when I haven’t had time to leave a mask in overnight. You get 4 tubes in a pack and they contain avocado, apricot, grape seed, jojoba and rosemary leaf oils.

2. Swarovski crystal earrings – ok so this isn’t a beauty product but these are beauties. I got a pair for my birthday and now live in them. Who doesn’t love a bit of understated bling and these earrings will catch the sun and shine.

3. Rimmel Wonderfull mascara. I am using this mascara right now and love it. It has argan oil in it and with its moisturising properties, is great for stopping those lashes from falling out. It doesn’t clump and defines my lashes well.

4. Skin Republic collagen hydrogel under eye patch. All you need to do is leave them on for 30 minutes to add a bit of intense hydration to a very delicate area. You get 3 in a pack. I use it just before I’m going out or just when I feel it’s a little dry under the eyes. They’re pretty comfy to wear too. 

5. Nars laguna bronzer is my go to for a natural bit of all over colour. I have used it for years and will last a while. Nars has also brought it out in a liquid form. You can also use it as a blush, on top of a little highlighter on your cheekbones.

6. A hair perfume is a little indulgent I know but this is what you get for the person who perhaps has everything else. Hair perfumes just need to be sprayed about 2 inches from the hair. A few sprays should do the trick.

7. Mac mineralize skin finish powder in soft and gentle is a beautiful highlighter and perfect for a little shimmer across the cheeks and temples. Highlighting is all the rage right now and this makes it easy to achieve.

8. Sinful colors is Kylie Jenner’s nail polish collection and there is such a big range of colours to choose from. The polish stays on quite well too.

9. Jurlique rose hand cream is beautifully scented and seriously – who doesn’t need another hand cream?

10. L’Occitane rose perfume roller is a subtle but gorgeous smell and can fit into most little handbags.

11. Lancome juicy shakers are actually lip oils and add a hint of colour with a bit of shine. There are so many shades in the range.

12. Shanghai Suzy lipsticks are one of my favourite brands. They all have individual, amazing scents and glide on so nicely. They have just brought out an essentials range in addition to their limited edition seasonal collections.

Happy shopping, Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Debby Vilensky xox


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

5 ways to stay looking, and feeling fabulous this Christmas

Christmas festivities have begun – and between work parties, family lunches, and drink catch ups with friends, it’s easy to see why, come January – our clothes are a little tight and we feel more sluggish than hoped. It’s hard to balance looking fabulous in your summer dresses, sandals and statement jewellery, with making smart choices around food and alcohol consumption. So I’ve put together a cheat sheet for you, because I am a strong believer in moderation and if I asked you to cut out everything this Christmas, I know exactly where you would tell me to go!  The key to continue looking fabulous this party season is to adopt the mantra, “swap it; don’t stop it!” By making some simple swaps and choosing healthier options, you won’t have to fear fitting into those skinny jeans come 1 January 2017.   
1. Switch it up when your hosting a party
Instead of having chocolates, lollies and potato chips for guests this holiday season, try substituting them for some simple, yummy and healthy canapés! They are better for your waistline and are sure to increase your “host with the most” status. Some examples include:
Silverside, ricotta and dill canapés
Thickly slice and de-seed a Lebanese cucumber, sliced beef silverside from the deli is great to use, and goes a long way! Cut silverside into 2x2cm squares, place on top of cucumber slices, then add your ricotta mixture on top, consisting of low fat ricotta, a squeeze of lemon juice and a clove of crushed garlic mixed together. Top with a sprig of dill.   

Spiced chickpeas
Rinse and strain a can of chickpeas. Coat them in a combination of your favourite spices, and bake in a moderately hot (180°c) oven for 30-40 minutes. My favourite mix is ground cumin and coriander, nutmeg, a pinch of salt and garam masala. If you don’t like chickpeas, try this exact recipe with cubed sweet potato! When you take the sweet potato out of the oven, stick a tooth pick in each – and you have yourself another delicious canape!
Tomato, Haloumi and basil skewers
Fry haloumi and cut to squares to fit nicely inside halved cherry tomatoes, stick a tooth pick and top with basil.  
Get creative and play around with fruit and vegetables, a little goes a long way and they are colourful, flavoursome and healthier options than traditional canapes and snacks.  
2. Swap your alcoholic drinks
Overindulging is never a good idea when it comes to alcohol, but if you are going to drink, making some simple changes to the drinks you consume can save you between 200-400 kilojoules (50-100 calories) per drink!  Try swapping your sugar laden cocktails for a mimosa or a sparkling wine, ciders for a rosé or gin (or vodka!) and soda with fresh lime, and if you’re really daring try a whiskey or scotch on the rocks – cutting out mixers altogether helps you pace your drinking a bit better. Remember to always have a glass of water in between drinks.  
3. Choose healthier options when eating out
When you eat out, opt for the meat or fish with vegetables or salad option as opposed to the pasta, risotto, pizza, or noodle dish.  Serving sizes in your favourite brunch spots, cafes and eateries can sometimes be almost twice the size they should be. If there are small dishes, or light meals opt for those instead. 
4. Make time to move 
It’s the perfect time of year to swap that extra sleep in and get up 20-30 minutes earlier to move. Whether it’s for a run, walk, swim or HIIT session, keeping active actually makes you more inclined to behave when eating out.
5. Eat slowly, and listen to your body
It’s easy to forget how hungry you actually are when you’re catching up with family and friends. Try to stay mindful, eat slowly and listen to your body. The slower you eat, the more likely you are to recognise when your body sending you signals that you’re full.  
Remember that when you feel fabulous from the inside, you look fabulous on the outside. 
By Ashley Cox from @bodymindfull

Activated Charcoal – A Beauty Detox

It’s possibly one of the most bizarre but effective beauty products and has been around for centuries. 

You’ve got to love a product that stands the test of time.

It’s activated charcoal and before you get all freaked out, it is carbon but it’s treated and processed to make it face friendly. 

It’s so good for the body it’s used in the emergency departments of hospitals to treat people who’ve been poisoned – food, drugs, alcohol – because it draws out the toxins and impurities and removes them from the body.

This is pretty powerful stuff and the beauty version pretty much does the same thing.
The charcoal is one of many ingredients in a product and it attracts dirt, oil and other impurities for a good detox and thorough cleanse.

It unclogs and tightens pores, improves skin texture, reduces the appearance of fine lines, helps treat acne, whitens teeth, can lighten the skin and exfoliates because of its grainy texture.

Being black, it’ll look pretty gross and is a bit messy but when you rinse it off, you rinse off the bad stuff to leave your skin looking amazing.

Once all the dirt is gone, it’s the perfect, clean base so other products you use will work better because they can penetrate deeper. That only means better results.
Here are some of the products on the market that will cover almost every aspect of your beauty routine.

Biore deep pore charcoal cleanser foams up and draws out impurities for a clean feel.

Boscia’s charcoal pore miminising hydrogel mask contains bamboo charcoal, offers a deep cleanse, focusing on your pores which will improve your overall complexion and skin tone.

Clinique also does a mask. The pore refining solutions charcoal mask is a complete skin detox, getting right down into the layers of the skin for an improved complexion. It absorbs oil for a mattifying result.

IT Cosmetics has its bye bye pores primer. It’s anti-ageing and hydrating and is ideal under makeup.

Warpaint charcoal tooth polish is to be honest a little gross because your mouth will go black and look really weird. It’s effective though and completely non-toxic, rather containing 100% natural ingredients. It’s a teeth whitener and will also strengthen enamel and remove toxins. If you’re not keen on this, you can get yourself a charcoal toothbrush.

Available from The Body Shop is Spa of the World – a Himalayan charcoal body clay so the rest of your body can look as good and be as healthy as your face. If the full body clay is too much for you, there are a heap of charcoal soaps you can buy.

Hask has come up with a purifying charcoal shampoo. It also contains lemon and grapefruit oils to clean and clarify the hair. These shampoos will be great for people with dry scalp.

I recommend you start small with charcoal, perhaps with a single sachet mask to see how you like it. While most of the products out there are all natural, you should patch test on your skin before using anything new.

Debby Vilensky xo


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Easy Tips and Tricks to Effortless Summer Hair

The right hairstyle can sometimes help you a great deal in achieving a fab look. We have some good news for all the ladies who prefer casual chic: hairstyle trends for this season are all about effortless curls and loose buns. Although these styles aren’t too demanding, here are some tips on how to get the most out of them with minimal effort.

“I woke-up like this” look
Many would agree that the curly hair is the hottest one. It’s compatible with almost every look, giving it the perfect final touch. It’s especially good for everyday combinations: it can light up a classic business outfit or give extra fun to a more casual look when going for a coffee with friends.

The best versions of wavy and curly hair don’t require special skills. The main rule is that there is no rule, so you can experiment with these hairstyles as much as you like without worrying that you’ll do something wrong - quite the opposite, imperfections are more than welcome.

You can curl your hair by dividing it into small buns which should be fixed with a hair mousse (the size of the curls will depend on the size of the buns). Sleep with them on and, in the morning, just loosen your hair and shake it a little bit to get this cool look.
To get a romantic, wavy hairstyle use a hair straightener you probably already have. If you don’t, consider getting a GHD hair straightener, from one of the leading brands of hair styling products, well-known for its high performances. Start from bottom layers toward upper ones and simply clamp a cowlick, flip the barrel of a straightener and run it up your hair. You can also use a flat iron for creating waves by clamping it a few inches from the root of your hair and rotate it with your hand. Unclamp it after several seconds and reposition it below the previous one (and so on). When the waves are completely cool, gently shake them with your fingers (don’t use a brush under any circumstance, otherwise you’ll look puffy).  By using a straightener, you won’t damage your hair too much and you’ll get a more natural look.
If you have a center parted haircut, try to move it on one side. This asymmetry will give you an unconventional look and it can also add a unique effect to your appearance.

Effortless elegance
One of the most elegant hairstyles – buns - are coming back this season with a twist, in form of effortless knots. They’re most suitable for medium or long hair, so if you find yourself in this group, you should definitely try out some of these looks:

Grab a section of the upper hair layer and divide it into two parts. Tie them in a knot and leave one of them hanging loose, while the other should be secured with bobby pins.
Make a knotted ponytail by knotting two sections of your hair and then knotting it once more. Secure it with bobby pins and, if you like, make a plait.
If that sounds like too much effort, knot the simplest low bun and enhance your look with one of the hottest trends from this season’s runways - boho and baroque style hair accessories: headbands, tiaras, jeweled bobbies, etc. This way you’ll make any outfit glamorous and chic. 

With these simple tricks, you can follow the latest hairstyle trends without having any trouble with it at all. Find the one that suits you best, but also feel free to improvise. After all, what is an effortless look if you have to put a lot effort in it?

By Guest Blogger - Sophia Smith xo

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty makeup. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Be festival ready!! Spilt Milk here we come!

Here are our top 5 tips to get yourself ‘Spilt Milk’ ready!
1. Wear sunscreen. Thanks to the Cancer Council, you can slip, slop, slap and be protected from the sun. You can find the sunscreen near the information booth and the Helping Hands tents.

2. Fake tan it up! Our skin hasn’t really seen the sun for a while so avoid the pale skin look – tan it up with our new fave, Rimmel tan (I’m wearing the dark one).
3. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated!! In between all of the delicious refreshments, be sure to top up on the waters too! There will be free water station’s around the event site, keep a lookout for those.

Left leg, no tan and right leg tanned.

4. Make your eyes POP! Seeing as though you will be in a sea of people, I think the only thing that really will be seen will be our beaming, happy, faces SO make sure your eye game is strong. We will be wearing some of the new shades from Rimmel’s Magnify ‘eyes, eye shadow pallet (Insert WINK here).

5. DON’T FORGET TO… Screen shot the copy of the set times and the map, so you can run from stage to stage and know exactly when sticky fingers will play!
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