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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    The Benefits of Vegan Beauty

    With World Vegan Day coming up on the 1st November 2018, I wanted to take the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of vegan beauty products as this is certainly a hot topic right now within the #beautycommunity. I was lucky enough to speak with the founder Lux Aestiva in Katie Blyth, who is wealth of knowledge in this very subject.

    Lux Aestiva creates 100% vegan, natural and highly effective artisan skin and hair care products from original formulations that are bursting with omega fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins, proteins and minerals. Lux Aestiva’s botanical, hand made, small batch products are created using only the finest, ethically sourced raw ingredients which means there will never be any nasties in any Lux Aestiva products.

    What does the term vegan beauty actually refer to, is it simply that no animals were harmed in the making of this product? Yes, vegan beauty is definitely about not harming animals, but it’s also about not using any animal derived ingredients. So that’s avoiding animal products all together, including things like honey (which sometimes people forget comes from an animal)! I think today vegan beauty encapsulates a whole lot more than only being about the animals, it’s also about sustainability and being kinder to ourselves and the environment.

    Which vegan ingredients are the most effective for skin and haircare? A great one is nature’s own ‘Botox plant’ – the Hibiscus Flower, which combats ageing by limiting the activity of elastase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down the elastin that keeps our skin firm and healthy. It’s also a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which which is effective for it’s ability to not only unclog pores and treat oily skin, but the malic acid and citric acid found in AHAs, gently exfoliate and brighten the skin. Lux Aestiva’s Wild At Heart Scrub contains the Hibiscus Flower, along with a host of other beneficial vegan ingredients. There’s also Prickly Pear Oil, the hero ingredient in our luxe oil of the same name, which comes from the plant of a cactus and is used for its hydrating and anti-ageing products. Then there’s a host of other great oils, such as Grape Seed Oil in our Wildflower Oil, which is packed full of antioxidants and linoleic acid, which helps reduce clogged pores. Or Hazelnut Oil which naturally helps to reduce oil production and strengthens skins elasticity. Or Marigold Flower, known for its antibacterial and immunostimulant properties, which also helps stimulate the production of collagen. The list is seemingly endless and when combined together, some of these ingredients are incredibly powerful!

    Which ingredients should we be especially mindful of to avoid when selecting skincare or haircare? Well for starters, always avoid skincare that has been tested on animals (that’s rule number one)! Then look out for ingredients that contain animal derivatives, such as animal fats like Squalene which is derived from shark liver. Or ‘Tallow’ which is an animal fat used to make soaps. Then there’s emu oil, mink oil and musk oil, all animal fats typically used in beauty. Then there’s bee products such as waxes and honey, and hyaluronic acid which can be derived from rooster combs (the red crown that mounts the head of a rooster). However, not all hyaluronic acid is animal-derived and safer versions can be manufactured via biofermentation. Keratin is another ingredient that is often found in a lot of haircare products, and mostly derived from the hooves, quills, and hair of animals (eek). If you’re in doubt, be sure to do your research and google the ingredients!

    Can becoming a vegan, or using solely vegan products, positively impact the community and/or the environment? Yes, I believe so. Whilst a vegan lifestyle is certainly not for everyone, it is important to try and do your bit wherever possible. If the idea of going completely vegan is just not possible, try to just cut back when you can. If it’s just choosing some days of the week to go animal product free or making the switch to vegan beauty, you are at least contributing in some way. The cosmetics and skincare industries have a dramatic impact on our environment, particularly affecting the hormone systems of animals who are agitated by personal care products that rinse down our drains and into our natural waterways. Then of course there’s the impact of the cosmetic and beauty industry’s heavy use of plastics in their packaging, which can of course affect our wildlife in numerous ways. So try to choose natural, vegan and sustainable brands whenever you can.

    If people are interested in learning more about vegan beauty, where should they begin? Start by familiarizing yourself with the vegan beauty brands that are available and try to make a switch (even if only slowly)! The term ‘vegan’ sometimes gets a bad rap but there are so many incredible vegan brands out there that often have great websites full of information for anyone looking to learn more. Also try to familiarize yourself with the ingredients that are definitely not vegan, and avoid them wherever possible!

    Are you a vegan, or is this something you’ve been considering? I’d love to know, so share your thoughts below!

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  • InBeauty

    My Laser Clinics Australia Experience

    Every year around October / November I find my skin seems to play up, and acts a little out of sorts. I usually put it down to the weather, you know coming out of the freezing Tasmanian winter to warmer days or even hayfever season, but when Laser Clinics Australia reached out to invite me to experience a treatment in store in September, I jumped at the opportunity. The newest Laser Clinic has just opened in Launceston, which is just an hour or so away from me in northern Tasmania, so it was perfect timing and was something to look forward to during this awkward skin-time-of-year.

    Last Friday, I met with my therapist Bec when I arrived at the clinic, and got to have a little peek around while I filled out the obligatory paperwork. The space in Launceston has such a great location, with big windows filling the clinic with natural light, and was certainly very aesthetically pleasing. Bec and I went into a treatment room and discussed my skin and everything contributing to it at length. Bec had a fantastic knowledge of skin, as well as the Skinstitut skincare range which is used throughout the clinic. Although I had previously organised for the Enzymatic Skin Peel, a gentle micro-exfoliating treatment that’s designed to soothe, hydrate and micro-exfoliate dry, flaking and sensitive skin (perfect for my rosacea-prone skin), Bec confirmed in person that this was the best way forward for visible results.

    The Enzymatic Skin Peel Treatment

    • Bec gave my skin an initial cleanse with the Skinsitutut Gentle Cleanser, and used the Glycolic Cleanser as the second cleanse, both rinsed with cool water.
    • My skin was dried with a tissue, and the Peel Accelator was applied and rubbed into the skin with a piece of gauze.
    • Bec applied Repair Balm over sensitive areas of my face; including eyebrows, lips and around the eyes, prior to the application of the Enzymatic Micro Peel.
    • This was then rinsed off, and my skin was cleansed of all products with the Gentle Cleanser to remove everything, before being popped under the in-salon yellow LED light for 13 minutes.
    • Treatment concluded with a spritz of the Multi-Active Mist, and the application of Rejuvenate 15, Laser Aid and Age Defence SPF 50+.

    I found the treatment completely comfortable and never felt anything above a slight tingle, although my skin was left a little extra and sensitive for a few days. It’s now 6 days post treatment and the minimal peeling I experienced has vanished and I can now see my skins texture has improved, and the redness associated with my rosacea has been reduced significantly. The products I’ve used post treatment feel like they’ve been absorbed quicker than before, and my makeup is gliding on and wearing much better.

    Key ingredients within the Enzymatic Micro Peel include niacinamide for strengthening skin and reducing sensitivity, hydrating hylauronic acid and chamomile, for soothing and calming reactive skin. Speaking of reactive skin, Bec was kind enough to provide some extra information on reducing redness and the symptoms of rosacea for me to use as a reference in the future.

    This was the first time I’d experienced being placed under a LED light, and it was such a relaxing 13 minutes spent. The light has such a calming effect, and almost made me fall asleep but I’ve since read the light also helps aid healing of the skin post professional treatments, and increasing skin hydration and overall health of the skin. Although this was the first time, I suspect it won’t be the last ….

    Laser Clinics Australia offer all customers, new or existing, a free consultation to discuss their skin journey, so pop over to this link if you’re interested, and make sure you squeeze in a little extra LED light time for a cosy cat nap!

     

     

    *While the skin treatment was kindly gifted for review, the thoughts and opinions remains are that of mine. 

    This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

     

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  • InBeauty

    Luxurious Beauty

    Growing up, I always felt drawn to the world of beauty and especially loved going to department stores to see all the different brands and products available, while watching the glamorous ladies in white coats working the counters. As I got older, I found myself gravitating to smaller gift shops on lunch breaks to sneak around the beauty corner and play with all the testers of cult products, from brands including Crabtree & Evelyn. If I had a dollar for every time I tested hand creams in these shops, I’d probably be very close to being a millionaire but alas I’m not, but I have carried that love of hand cream through to adulthood.

    While Crabtree & Evelyn still have that classically simple packaging that remains quite similar to how I remember it, the brand have since released many new products to totally transform your mind, body and spirit, by pairing beautiful scents with effective products that I want to share with you all.

    Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn is such a gorgeous range, and my personal favourite – and I have to say, it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s bang on trend with its #millennialpink packaging. With products including Hydrating Body Gel, Hydrating Soap and Hydrating Hand Therapy, the delicate scent is intoxicating and the unique formulas leave skin feeling super soft and dewy, without the tackiness or greasiness other products may leave behind.

    For something a little different, the Lavender & Espresso range combines the relaxing qualities of lavender with the glorious scent of coffee beans, and by now we are all well aware of the benefits of coffee when applied to the skin, but if you’re not – coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants and magnesium, and work hard to smooth the appearance of dark spots, blemishes and scars, especially when used over periods of time. Try the Lavender & Espresso Calming Hand Wash and Lavender & Espresso Calming Body Wash to add a little luxury to the small things in life.

    With many more products available – think exfoliators, haircare, candles and fragrances, and even tea – your home can smell as good as you do!

     

     

     

    *This post is sponsored, but all words and opinions remain 100% of Emily Crawford, and Why Hello Beauty.

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

     

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  • InBeauty

    Frank Body Anti’s | Review

    New frank body products make me happy, especially when the juice inside is as good as the aesthically pleasing packaging. The self-proclaimed no-bullshit Anti’s are here, and we’re talking three new products, in a Cleansing Oil, Face Mist and Face Mask; which much like Frank itself, are clean, effective and oh-so fun.

    Priced between $14.95 and $23.95, this range is completely affordable and if you sign up to be a frankfurt (a newsletter subscriber) you’ll receive 10% off your first order. Interested? Let’s run through the products!

    Anti-Makeup Cleansing Oil

    A natural oil cleanser that removes makeup with a swift swipe or two, and is easily rinsed with water – no cloth required! A typical oil when first applied but once massaged, morphes into a milky liquid, and thanks to the combination of grapeseed oil, coffee seed oil, BHA acid and Vitamin E, my skin is is left completely makeup-free and crystal clean with no additional laundry to boot!

    Anti-Angry Face Mist

    I am absolutely obsessed with the 3PM pep-up face spritz and this little guy freshens me up perfectly, and my makeup. It cools skin down without leaving it parched, and thanks to rose water and aloe, hydration levels are given a boost too. A summer staple, especially for the office desk.

    The lush blend of charcoal, chamomile, honey and lavender removes dirt and detoxifies the skin, while the addition of evening primrose oil maintains hydration and ensures my skin doesn’t become irritated or aggravated. Within 15 minutes and once removed, my skin is left fresher and brighter and ready for ‘beauty’ sleep on my silky soft pillowcase….

    frank is one of my favourite ranges, and voices, in Australian beauty and with a range of hero products – the OG coffee scrub anyone – now available at Mecca, this is a brand that I have no doubt will remain in the forefront and continue to surprise and excite the beauty community in years to come.

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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  • InBeauty

    What We’re Using On Our Brows

    Brows are definitely a hot topic right now and are something I think about often throughout the day, as I’m all about creating and maintaining a perfect brow shape. In the past, I’ve spoken with Gabby Sullivan of Brow Hub about brow rehab, Instagram brow guru Charleen Martinez and even the founder of Hello Brows (an oil formulated for encouraging the growth of healthier, fuller-looking brows) but let’s chat about brows in October 2018.

    With the effect of Glossier and its minimalist mantra spoken worldwide; brows are now fuller, less manicured and simply more natural than they have been previously and I for one, am totally here for it. Let’s speak to some pros about what they are currently using:

    @beautybytifini says “I use Kelley Baker brow products and have been obsessing over her tinted brow gel and I feel like that’s where brow trends have started to head. I’m still highlighting underneath the brow but tinted brow gels add volume and create that “fluffy” brow rather than something overly manicured. It’s also great for microbladed brows which a lot of people have – adds the perfect touch if they are starting to fade or want to darken the actual brow hair! Additionally, I’ve been trying to let the tops of the brow hairs grow in naturally to give that fluffy effect and keeping the bottom line cleaned up … but still ensuring my clients do not tweeze between appointments if they want the best for their brows!

    Charleen Martinez: “When it comes to maintaining brows, as a brow artist/ esthetician I recommend an appointment every 4 weeks as a maintenance regiment to ensure that the shape is always well groomed and maintained.”

    @iambethallen: “Castor oil is fantastic for promoting hair growth. It conditions the follicles as well as the existing hair. You can get it from any local drugstore and for best results, use it twice daily by applying a small amount over your whole brow area, focusing on your natural eyebrow bone. Do this for 2 minutes then wash it off completely. I am a HD Brow Stylist in the UK and we actually sell a lash and brow booster which again promotes hair growth and I’ve seen some amazing regrowth from using this product. There are lots of different products on the market for filling in sparse brows and it definitely depends on what you’re comfortable using. I personally prefer to use a pencil but I know a lot of people use pomades and powders. I think a pencil is the most natural as you can create hair strokes with it. My favourite is the Pro Pencil, which you sharpen using a crafting blade and use that to create thin hair-like strokes.”

    What’s your biggest tip for great brows, share below in the comments!

    *featured image via Coveteur

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  • InNails

    How To: DIY Gel Manicure

    I’m addicted to the feeling of freshly manicured nails, but let’s face it – my budget doesn’t always allow for it. So when Opallac reached out with a request to collab, I thought this was the perfect chance to nail the DIY gel manicure once and for all. Here a picture of how they turned out – good, right? Here’s how I did it!

    The Opallac Gel Polish Kit comes with literally everything you need – tools, polish and even the LED lamp – and the only extra thing I had on hand was paper towel to dry my hands before and after washing, plus it gives a great sturdy foundation to paint nails on.

    PREP: I started by filing my nails with the file included in the kit (black side), and then buffing the nail surface with the black side of the emery board. I then washed my hands with soap and water and dried with the paper towel. Now you’re ready to start the fun part!

    DURING: I begun by applying one thin coat of the Gel Base Coat and curing for 90 secs under the LED lamp. I then applied two coats of the Seductress Opallac Gel Colour, with the first coat thinner than the second. Each layer is again cured for 90 secs, with the Gel Top Coat then applied and cured. In this instance, I cured for a little longer than advised just to make sure it was completely dry. Gel polishes always leave a tacky reside on the nails, so Opallac have included a Shine & Soak liquid to wipe over each nail for a flawless finish. And voila – it’s as easy as that and can take as little as 20 minutes once you’ve nailed the process. *Opallac also advise to wash hands with soap after using the Shine & Soak.

    REMOVAL: Unlike many kits, Opallac have also included 30 finger pads, that when soaked in the Shine & Soak solution, can be applied to the nails to lift the gel from the nail for easy removal. For better results, use the nail file to gently file the polish down to begin to break it down.

    The more you practice this gel manicure ritual, the better you get and learning how the brush actually strokes the nail (as each brand and brush are different) allows you to apply the product precisely and swiftly, avoiding ‘colouring outside the lines’.

    If you mess up your application and get product on the surrounding skin, just use your other hands thumbnail to clean up as the product remains wet until cured under the light. I also use the nail file to clean up the nails once cured, as sometimes I’ve got random little bits sticking to the ends of the polish and this works a treat.

    Opallac Gel Polish Kit  They’ve made it completely fool-proof and provide you with all you need, and as you can see, my nails look fantastic!

    Do you DIY your manicure, or are you pro-only? Tell me in the comments!

     

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  • InNails

    Expert Advice for Your Healthiest Nails Yet

    While I was a life-long nail biter until about the age of about 20 years of age, I was somehow able to cut the habit cold turkey and have enjoyed the time experiencing the most luxurious experience of manicures and freshly painted nails. But recently I’ve found myself nibbling on my cuticles (maybe due to stress or anxiety) so I’ve been forcing myself to – firstly stop – but also apply a cuticle oil all around each nail and surrounding skin morning and night, which has greatly improved the condition and appearance of my my nails and hands. Inspired by this small step yet vast improvement to my nails, I have since reached out to Anna Lajourdie, a nail technician based in Ontario, to speak more about all things nail and nail care. If you’re obsessed with your weekly manicure, you’ll love this!

    Anna Lajourdie is a world-renowned nail technician, consultant, international educator and competition winner. A 22-year veteran of the nail industry, Anna has been featured and published in an array of magazines (Beauty Cosmedica, Nailpro, Scratch, and Nails Magazine—to name a few). In addition to working in her private manicure/pedicure studio located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada Anna actively works with various products manufactures, distributors and other industry leaders to raise industry standards.

    Please give Anna a follow at https://www.instagram.com/polished.ca/, her work is exceptional and is a reminder to me to always consider the hygiene of the salons I visit, and the health of your nails at all times. New or properly sanitised tools and equipment, fresh towels for every client and a spotless environment, before being treated with a superior treatment should be non-negotiable in nail salons, and I personally find that visiting mass nail chains – it’s simply not. We must expect better, and treat ourselves with the best of the best. Ok, let’s get into it!

    Hi Anna, and thank you for speaking with Why Hello Beauty. I’d love to know, first and foremost as it’s seen ALL over Instagram right now – is trimming or cutting the cuticle a do or huge don’t?

    This has been a super hot topic in the industry for a while now. Here is the funny thing. Most of people have the c word very confused. Turns out, that there is 2 “skins” around the nail. What an average person thinks of a cuticle, is, in fact- Proximal Nail Fold. And that ladies and gentlemen is… living skin. Cuticle is the thin film of skin cells that peaks from underneath of Proximal Nail Fold. That is dead (skin). Proximal Nail Fold can be gently nudged back, exposing the cuticle. Cuticle then can be and should be removed before of application of any nail polish/gel polish/enhancements or just to make the nail look neat. But what if the Proximal Nail Fold is ugly and thick and cracked? Well, if the PNF was cut, it does grow back thicker because the living skin is trying to protect the vulnerable area around the nail. When the skin is left alone and protected and cared for, it starts to grow in a more normal manner. When the PNF is pushed back gently (like after a shower, when the skin is softened) once or twice a week, and it’s protected with oil, the skin regains the flexibility and it starts to grow in a more appealing manner. Trust me on that. I had many clients with damaged skin around the nails. With gentle care, I’ve seen great improvement. Without any cutting.

    And speaking of nail care, what benefits will we use from regular cuticle oil application? 

    So many!! Oil sounds so simple and too good to be true but…. it’s true! Oil makes a huge difference! It mostly protects the skin from irritants and water loss (and excessive water absorption- too much water is not good either!). It plasticizes the nail plate and the product if you are wearing it (polish or gel polish). My fav oil at the moment is Dadi Oil by Famous Names. Look for something with a mixture of oils like avocado oil, almost oil, olive oil, rice bran oil as first ingredients. Even castor oil is a good addition to an oil in the winter (it’s heavier so it can feel little sticky though) it’s great for skin protection. I suggest using it minimum 2-3 times a day. More if your skin is dry.

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    🔥Hot topic right now🔥. Should we cut/remove cuticle? Well, the problem is that majority of people are super confused what cuticle actually is. Cuticle is the dead, flaky, impacted skin that is stuck to the nail. 💡 The part what often gets cut is NOT cuticle but rather living skin (technical/“nail nerd” term: Proximal Nail Fold). The living skin should not be cut because it will grow back thicker and calloused. And that is not pretty. ✅DEAD SKIN— CUTICLE—- REMOVE ❌LIVING SKIN— PROXIMAL NAIL FOLD- DO NOT CUT Instead, after a shower push the skin gently with a towel and use a good quality nail treatment oil to protect it and soften it. Swipe⬅️➡️ to see this clients progress Ps. Don’t file the heck out of the living skin either. It’s as bad as cutting. It will get thicker and calloused! ****PLEASE SHARE************ #NonInvasiveManicures #oakville #downtownoakville @doug_schoon @nailsmagazine @ibxnails @nail.kandy

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    I also have to ask, when painting our nails at home, do we really need a base coat AND a top coat?

    Yes, for sure! Go with what the manufacturer tells you. Some polishes now do not need a base coat so it can be skipped. The base in that case is built into the color coat. The results are actually impressive when it comes to lasting power. I do find that some darker colors and bright reds stain the nails if no base is used so I still add the base to protect the nails from staining in that case.

    Top coat is needed for shine. 100%. I haven’t found polish (or gel polish for that matter) that dries as shiny as top coat. My all time favourite quick dry top coat for pedicures is not Seche Vite… it’s Dior Abricot Top Coat. It does not shrink, doesn’t thicken up until about 70% used up. I use it on all my client’s pedicures. And yes, I buy it at full price at $30 a bottle. To use in my salon. It’s that good.

    For hands I like to stick with full systems. My favourite, longest lasting brands are OPI Infinite Shine (LOVE the ProStay base and top) and Essie Couture and of course Vinylux by CND. I don’t use Vinylux for pedicures often because after 4 weeks it’s very difficult to remove. I love the brushes on Essie Couture and the new Vinylux.

    Do you have a preference to a specific nail brand or range?

    Overall, I love working with CND, I respect for what they do for the industry and how the company markets their products. They never utilize any shady fear tactics that are so popular in the cosmetic world. Also Dior for their nail polish range. Great shades. Excellent formula. The quickest drying top coat (that doesn’t shrink).

    Gel polish, acrylics or SNS – what’s your expert opinion on these treatments Anna?

    They are all as good as the nail tech who uses them. They are all “healthy” when used as directed and bought from reputable companies. I don’t buy into fear marketing at all. One thing to remember: Enhancements are for the look. They look pretty. They should not be used to “make the nails stronger”. If people choose the enhancements mainly for the strength they usually ending up damaging their nails. If the product doesn’t break, the surface of the nail suffers. They also have to be maintained every 2-3 weeks. I don’t recommend enhancements to people who are not into caring for their nails and not willing to maintain their nails.

    What design trends or colour selections are your clients drawn to at the moment? 

    This is the first year in my 20+ year career that I did tremendous amount of light pink manicures. Everyone was and still is crazy about it. Like CND Winter Glow. Or OPI Infinite Shine “Pretty Pink Perseveres” and “Beyond The Pale Pink”. The New CND Shellac Luxe “Aurora” is one of the best looking pinks too! Also nudes and other softer pinks….. but my clientele is the “natural type” which is totally up my alley…. I’m all into minimalistic nail style. The “clean look” is also very requested. Very chic.

    Are there any nail art designs or styles that you are completely over, and can’t wait to see it gone forever? 

    French. I’m over it. And Russian Manicures (it’s when they use electric file to file the dry skin away). Dangerous and the puffy, swollen skin looks bad.

    What nail care products could you not live without, and recommend to everyone?

    Dadi Oil. Also Dior Abricot Top Coat. And I tried them all.

    And finally, what is the one thing we can all do for healthier, more polished nails and hands? 

    Gloves. They protect our hands from irritants (like dishwashing detergent) and water. I always wear the thin, nitrile disposable gloves when doing dishes. Wearing gloves in the winter to protect skin from cold is a must. Also if you are wearing gel polish or any type of enhancement it will benefit from that protection too! Also barrier cream! And sunscreen. Sorry, that was 3.

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  • InBeauty

    New and Worthy To Talk About

    Another chatty kind of post today, to mention a few newbies that have arrived at Why Hello Beauty and maybe an oldie-but-a-goodie thrown in for good luck. But do share with me below in the comments, what’s new in your beauty stash and do I too need it?

    1. While it’s not a new product per say, I’ve discovered (through someone else) a new use for the M·A·C False Lashes Maximizer, which is as a brow gel. While it goes on bright white, it dries *almost* clear and gives the fluffiest brows I’ve ever had. Paired with the Eye of Horus brown pencil that was in the August Petit Vour box, these two are my go-to brow prods right now. 
    2. And speaking of Petit Vour, this is a U.S based luxury-curated, cruelty-free beauty box that ships worldwide, and each month customers receive 4 products ($45-$60 value) of non-toxic and plant-based beauty, curated to your beauty profile. The August box was my first box and I’m intrigued to see what arrives each month!
    3. Keeping on the subscription box chain, I have just been introduced to Twelve which is an Australian monthly sheet mask subscription box. Keep an eye on my Instagram stories for my thoughts in the coming weeks!
    4. Because I’m obsessed with all things pink, this week I’ve drinking Rose Lemonade water by popping a Twinning Infuser into my cold drinks and it’s delish. Rose scented water for $5 – bargain.
    5. I’ve been burning a candle with the scent of champagne, and you know I’m a lover of champagne so it’s a match made in heaven. Candle by Noelle Australia
    6. The Nars Climax mascara arrived in my hot little hands Monday afternoon, and I’ve worn it twice since and let me tell you, it’s true love. I was actually complimented on the curl in my lashes on the first wear, and when you combine it with the ability to give serious volume to the lashes – it’s a winner. The packaging itself is also insane, and photographs SO well.
    7. And while this is not new whatsoever, I’ve recently re-discovered my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone and had completely forgotten how beautiful of a highlight it is. A subtle glow with the ability to build if desired, a stunning sheen with the slightest shimmer in a gold tone – perfect.

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  • InBeauty

    My Beauty File

    After recently writing for Top Shelf Beaute and spending far too much time reading everyone’s articles, I felt inspired to share my own beaute file – narcissistic much? Ignore the fact that I’m asking myself these questions, and who knows – you might enjoy learning more about me!

    What is my skin type? On the drier side, with rosecea on my cheeks, nose and chin. My skin loves rich and nourishing creams and oils, and hydrating foundations that give a beautiful sheen.

    My morning routine: Of a morning, I skip cleansing and after I shower, I apply a toner or spritz, then moisturiser with a drop of facial oil- at the moment, I’m using Dermatonics Beauty Elixir and Essano Rosehip Oil– and finish with Elizabeth Arden’s PREVAGE® City Smart with DNA Repair Complex for my daily suncreen and protectant. Next I apply makeup, and I begin with a variety of BB creams or foundations, but those worthy of a mention include IT Cosmetics CC Cream, Aevitas Active BB Finish and YSL Beauty All Hours Foundation, and I depending how I feel I’ll apply these with either my hands or a buffing brush. I then swipe on my Clarins bronzer and Loreal La Vie En Glow Highlight, fill in my brows with Eye of Horus pencil and Glossier’s Boy Brow and apply eyeshadow (always a dusty neutral shade) and mascara. Right now I’m loving Jane Iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara, still, and Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes. Lips also depend on the day, but generally a dusty pink or for a hot night out, a red lip.

    My evening routine: Cleanse one is usually an oil of sorts, and second cleanse is always with Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap, it’s such a gentle formaula. I spritz with a mist again – at the moment it’s Jurlique’s Limited Edition Rose Water– then apply a serum, then the Dermatonics Beauty Elixir again. Last is either Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator or Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Face Cream and I finish with both the rosehip oil and Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème around the eyes.

    What’s on my wish list currently? Umm off the top of my head I’ve got Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm, Glossier’s Lash Slick, and many many Christmas 2018 Beauty Advent calenders. I’m hoping to pick up Jo Malones, Diptyque or Charlotte Tilburys…

    My best skincare tip: Naturally, always drink more H20 but remember that generally speaking, oils are not the enemy. Use an oil morning and night if you suffer from dryness at all, and thank me later.

    My signature scent is: Narciso Eau De Parfum, but I do have a soft spot for Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse

    Face mask or sheet mask? I tend to prefer mud or cream face masks, especially the Generation Clay Urban Defence Purifying Pink Clay Mask, as I don’t feel the majority of sheet masks leave me as hydrated as a night cream and oil do – but maybe if I try the La Mer sheet mask I’ll feel differently! #theluxelife

    What’s on my nails right now? I’ve been wearing O.P.I Somewhere Over The Rainbow Mountains for the last three weeks constantly, it’s a beautiful sheer yet stunning natural pink/nude.

    Speaking of, if you’re interested, take a peek at some of my contributions to Top Shelf Beaute below;

    THE SKINCARE PRODUCTS THAT ALWAYS APPEAR IN YOUR IG FEED

    Tell me about your Top Shelf by commenting below!

     

     

     

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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    Links I Love

    I’ve lost count which edition of Links I Love this is, but enjoy nonetheless.

    Rachel’s dress still gives me life…

    1. 25 Rachel Green Fashion Moments You Were Obsessed With: https://www.bustle.com/articles/174137-25-rachel-green-fashion-moments-you-were-obsessed-with-photos
    2. Why You Should Own A Jade Roller: https://www.topshelfbeaute.com/skincare/whyyoushouldownajaderoller/
    3. This Sydney PR Leader Shares Her Bedtime Skincare Routine: https://www.byrdie.com.au/montarna-mcdonald-nighttime-skincare-routine
    4. This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake: https://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-wiest/2017/11/this-is-what-self-care-really-means-because-its-not-all-salt-baths-and-chocolate-cake/
    5. Highlighter queen Nam Vo’s guide to having a #glowgasm: https://roseinc.com/highlighter-queen-nam-vos-guide-to-having-a-glowgasm/
    6. People & Places: Tina Leung, New York City: https://yoyokulala.com/travel/tina-leung-new-york-city-travel-guide/
    7. What We’re Really Talking About When We Talk About Natural Beauty: http://coveteur.com/2018/08/10/natural-safe-skin-care-products-new-wave/
    8. An Oslo Home With A Peach Pink Palette: https://www.thecut.com/2018/08/an-oslo-home-with-a-peach-pink-palette.html

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    New Obsessions | Cream Eyeshadow Sticks

    I am such an obsessive person and go through fads with products all the time. Once I find a product I love, I will literally wear it everyday until I get bored and then find something new to focus my energy on. So it’s now happened again, and my newest love is cream eyeshadows. I know, they are certainly not a new thing at all but I feel they’ve had a bit of a resurgence lately, and current love is the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow Sticks – thanks to the uber-gorgeous Allana Davison ….

    I find I really love how buildable cream eyeshadows are, for turning day makeup into night, and above all, I enjoy the texture and sheen they give to the eye area. Right now I’m wearing the shade Heather Steel for the deep purpley/brown colour payoff and the fact it effortlessly glides over my eyes without tugging. Other sticks can often slough along the eye causing uneven pigmentation, but not this little guy – he’s easily blended out with a shadow brush. This one is also water-resistant without feeling sticky and tacky, it’s a rave review all round. 

    With a total of 19 shades available in the range, I’ve got a new mission to swatch ’em all – I might need more than 2 hands!

    Enjoy the week ahead,

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    Enjoy Quiet Self Care Time with New Moon Blends

    While Why Hello Beauty is primarily a beauty blog, I see having a beautiful space and atmosphere an extension of beauty. With that said, I like to keep my home filled with beautiful products and packaging, gorgeous scents and aromas, and the odd crystal or two for an eye-catching piece. Recently New Moon Blends came onto my radar, and I wanted to share some of their beautiful products with you.

    New Moon Blends is a natural and organic quality chemical-free range of skin, body and spirit products, with items including bath salts, skincare and spirit mixes and spritzes for an all over feeling of contentment. Alana Kaye, the founder and creator of New Moon Blends says “I created New Moon Blends because I was frustrated at my inability to find reasonably-priced beauty products free of chemicals but with medicinal qualities. This spurred me to develop my own range of natural, organic products made with no additives or preservatives. I wanted to go back to the basics – so my products use plants for their healing properties, nourishing and feeding the skin. Being vegan, I also wanted them to be cruelty free – so they are only tested on humans! I use mostly Australian oils, herbs and flowers, and source all my packaging locally. All my products are crafted in small batches by me personally and sold in recyclable or refillable glass containers.”

    Here’s what I’m currently coveting…

    FULL MOON BATH SOAK

    This luxurious blend of Himalayan salts, epsom salts and botanicals is made for the intention of cleansing yourself during the full moon cycle. This blend is perfect for meditation uses or for general cleansing the mind, body & soul. The addition of jasmine essential oil and rose essential oil blend is very relaxing and uplifting.

    I’M IN LOVE WITH THE COCO HYDRATING MIST

    This is an all-natural face mist with coconut water, rose, aloe vera and witch hazel to refresh and hydrate the skin.

    SACRED SMUDGING SMOKE

    Loose incense is the most ancient form there is. This handmade incense blend is all about creating a nice, peaceful and calming environment for your space and home.  This blend is made for the purpose of protecting, purifying and clearing the space of negative energy.

    PALO SANTO

    Palo Santo or otherwise known as “holy wood” is native to South America and is traditionally used during ceremony or for healing rituals. The smoke from the wood is said to clear negative energy in your body or environment whilst alleviating stress and calming the nervous system. Palo Santo has a beautiful woodsy yet sweet aroma when burnt. It is believed to have many healing and spirtual properties.  The Palo Santo is harvested from fallen branches which have aged naturally in Ecuador. All Palo Santo comes with a crystal for further enlightenment and protection. Palo Santo is also great for cleansing the crystals.

    FEELING QUARTZY CRYSTAL MIST

    Harvested over the full moon, these sprays are made to calm your body, mind & spirit. Aquamarine is a stone of eternal youth, strength & courage. Rose quartz helps with protection. Contains jasmine essential oil for a delightful scent and to aid with soothing and improving mood. Each blend is created with intention.

     

    Alana encourages customers to reuse the empty bottles, and offer 20% off your next order when you return your bottle.  Please keep in mind that all products are handmade and there could be slight variations in colour from batch to batch and as all products are natural and without preservatives, she suggests using the products within 6-12 months.

    Wishing you a smooth run to the weekend,

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  • InBeauty

    Dermatonics Review | Part Two

    A beauty elixir sounds magical doesn’t it, like something you just have to have. And have I do, as this little guy and his friend made an appearance at Why Hello Beauty HQ a few weeks back, and I’m so happy I can now share what I think. While the technical description for the Dermatonics’ Beauty Elixir is ‘an advanced, age defying, wrinkle refining and collagen boosting moisturiser that’s infused with native medicinal plant extracts to help promote cellular repair mechanisms’; I simply say it’s just a damn good moisturizer that feels like heaven on the skin.

    The ingredients in Beauty Elixir are scientifically proven to help assist in boosting collagen and elasticity while protecting cellular components, to help skin look younger, and the consistency almost has a pearl-esque shine to it which I’m sure adds an extra little something to the face once applied. It’s has a pump dispenser which is my favourite kind of packaging, as it just makes it easier to control how much you’re using and feels much more hygienic than pots. It glides over damp or dry skin effortlessly, and I actually prefer using it of an evening as it’s a teeny bit thicker than a normal day cream, and when I mix in a touch of rosehip oil, it’s even better.

    RELATED: My Dermatonics Skincare Review

    It’s only been a few weeks but I can see my fine lines around my eye area are diminished when I use this product, and I’m hoping this will only continue over extended use – and maybe a few extra glasses of water!

    Now on to the other product, Dermatonics Hand & Body Nutrition. I’ve been using this on my hands as they’re as dry as the Sahara Desert in this weather, and while it packs a punch of hydration – it’s completely non greasy which I love. The cream is formulated with specially chosen ingredients to assist in the management of dry skin, and to help improve the appearance of ageing skin – which I’ll take all I can with my 30th birthday fast approaching in October …

    I have noticed that my rosecea doesn’t seem to flare up when I use Dermatonics products and not one product has ever given me a reaction or irritation, just the glow of good skin. As I’ve mentioned previously, Dermatonics is completely vegan friendly and proudly Australia made and owned clinical-grade skincare that I recommend you try in 2018.

    *This is a sponsored article, yet all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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  • InBeauty

    An Update

    Because I really quite enjoyed writing the last chatty post (A Bit of a Ramble) and it was very well received, I’m back with another one today. Here’s what’s new;

    While I’ve long wanted to experience an Aveda hair salon – and I am just really slack to be honest, as there are plenty of spots around in Australia – I’ve not yet tried any Aveda products but thankfully, everything changed recently. I was gifted a sample set of the damage remedy shampoo and conditioner, and if only you could smell these little guys. The scent of these two are next level, and rather than have me try and explain it – Aveda say  ‘our own pure-fume aroma consists of certified organic bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang and other pure flower and plant essences.’ YUM. Oh, and of course my hair is left scrumptiously soft but that’s no surprise right?

    Next up is a new product I’ve been enjoying, which is Dr Roebucks Byron is a 2-In-1 cleansing mask and exfoliating scrub that is filled to the brim with extremely gentle biodegradable eco beads to target clogged pores, lift away impurities and remove dead skin cells, which in turns leaves my face feeling like velvet. I also have ordered REN Clean Skincare’s Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic after seeing it all over Instagram (Emma Hoareau I’m looking at you, you #skincareguru) and the rave reviews of smoother and brighter skin so stayed tuned!

    Speaking ordering, I’m also looking forward to Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Contour Wand in Fair/Medium to arrive, and am excited for what I hope is carving the best cheekbones of my life – time will tell but the hype is real. I also grabbed a fresh beautyblender as I think my usual is on it’s way out, it’s almost 10 months old or so, definitely time to upgrade…

    Lastly, a new lipstick has arrived at my desk from Bobbi Brown, in a gorgeous berry shade from the Crushed Lip Colour range, which will be just perfect for the chilly winter days with a scarf and muted makeup at a aesthetically pleasing cafe … *swoon*

    Other than beauty, it’s now Friday and I wish you all a great weekend, wherever in the world you are!

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    Links I Love

    Put simply, a handful of links to the pieces I’ve enjoyed recently.

     

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    From the Bathroom to Poolside

    The bathroom is my favourite room of the house, other than the bedroom thanks to our amazing king bed, and now that renovations have finally finished, I can finally enjoy this special space. I haven’t had a bath in years, so this really is a treat. And speaking of treats, the Louvelle showerwear range is just that.

    I’ve been using my Louvelle shower turban for a few years now, whenever I apply a face mask or don’t want to wash my hair in the shower, but I’m so excited to now be able to slip into in the bath leisurely feeling like an absolute vintage goddess. Louvelle’s luxurious turbans are made from a stretchy quick dry fabric with waterproof lining, that works perfectly for applying facemasks as it does to preserve blowdries, and would not look out of place at an exclusive resort or deserted beach. It was also named one of Oprah’s favourite things just last year – which is quite a coup!

    For a further touch of glamour each and every day, Louvelle are releasing the Riva Hair Towel Wrap on July 18th, which differs from the shower turban in the fact that it actually dries hair gently but quickly, but is as gorgeous as any of the other products available; including eye masks, robes, headbands and hairscarves. The Towel Wrap is made from a lightweight material with button closure that reduces blow dry time and subsequent heat damage. Available in exclusive designer prints inspired by a tropical vacation at Louvelle and MYER stores for $35, I guarantee you need this in your life! #notsponsored #justgood

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  • InBeauty

    Trinny London | Cute and Practical

    While many may remember Trinny Woodall as one part of Trinny and Susannah from the hit ’00 show What Not to Wear, you may not be aware that she has recently branched out into makeup, creating her own line of cream-based products. But this time it’s a little different, as this range is completely portal and travel friendly, with products clicking together to create the most practical makeup kit ever.

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  • InBeauty

    Decoding Beauty Masks

    With a multitude of beauty masks available right now, you’ve only got to jump on Instagram to see that everyone is on the masking train. I mean, it’s almost as if you’re not sharing the experience on Instagram, are you really masking? But between sheet masks to hair masks, and peel off masks to mud masks; exactly what do each actaually do, how do we actually use them and how often? Time to break it down..

    Facial Sheet Masks

    • Seals in water, therefore leaving skin intensely hydrated.
    • Practical for everyday use, with fantastic results in 15 mins or less!
    • Apply after cleansing and toning and before moisturiser / night cream.

    TRY: Skinvitals Masks – Select 4 masks and receive 20% off!

    Face Peel Masks

    • Goes deep into the skin to to attract and bind dirt that is clogged deep within your pores.
    • Absorbs impurities and toxins and lightly exfoliates the skin.
    • Apply to dry skin after cleansing, and moisturize after removal of mask. 

    TRY: Formula 10.0.6

    Face Mud Masks

    • Deeply cleansing and helps to decongest pores, while helping control oillness.
    • Exfoliates for a brightener complexion.
    • Apply to dry skin after cleansing, and moisturize after removal of mask.

    TRY:  Formula 10.0.6

    Hair Masks

    • Provides detangling and protective benefits while leaving locks smooth and shiny.
    • Cream hair masks to be used in the shower, while oils to be used of an evening and shampooed out the next day!

    TRY: For an intensive treatment, try Lux Aestiva Aphrodite Hair Oil

    My pick of the bunch is a sheet mask, they’re just so quick and really pack quite a punch. As Lynne Meaney, Skinvitals founder says, “sheet masks are particularly beneficial because they can saturate the skin to increase water content. The masks push ingredients into the skin for maximum absorption and then act like a seal to prevent evaporation. Sheet masks don’t dry out the skin like some other types of masks and depending on which one you buy – some are now quite technologically advanced providing some really excellent results. They are extremely practical and easy to use, as they can leave your skin fresh and glowing after just 15 mins and you don’t need to wash your face after using!”

    Yours in masking glory,

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    A Beauty Chat

    Wow, thank goodness EOFY is over – such a crazy time – but I guess that also means the year is half over, we’re in July already! There have been lots of new things arriving on the beauty front lately, and products to share so let’s get into it. First up, I need to mention the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand as it’s the most incredible contouring product I’ve ever used, and I’ve used a looottttt over the years. It’s so creamy and blendable, yet easily buildable, and gives the most natural flawless contour ever, period. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it – it’s worth the splurge. *Cult Beauty gives Australians free shipping on on all orders over £40, which is about $70odd AUD dollars roughly. 

    After recently falling in love with Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, I was reminded how much my skin loves it when I double cleanse of an evening, especially with an oil based product. This little guy dissolves makeup almost instantly upon contact without leaving a sticky residue, and is working an absolute treat alongside my current cleanser in Paula’s Choice CALM Redness Relief Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. Actually this cleanser also deserves a mention, as it’s so light and milky yet really gives the skin a good cleanse – so if you’re slightly sensitive or prone to redness, investigate this one. Ooo, I also want to mention Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Serum + Activator that works to brighten, even and retexturize skin when 2 drops are mixed in with moisturiser morning and night, which I’ve used in the past and also rediscovered its power recently.

    After speaking of my love for Aveda in a recent post, I wanted to give a shoutout to the damage remedy daily hair repair for the protection of my locks it gives from heat styling but also its ability to detangle, therefore reducing further damage to my mop. I’ll ramble on about the Aveda scent all day long, but seriously, try the travel sets and you’ll know what I’m on about.

    Just last night I gave in to all the hype and placed an order at Sephora for the It Cosmetics CC Cream in the shade Light, which I hope matches my skin tone, so do stay tuned for my first impressions and review of that once it arrives. And just because I’m excited, I want to share that Bobbi Brown Australia recently reposted my image of their Hydrating Face Cream, which must mean I’m doing something right – not bad for an iPhone 8!

     

    Do comment below or on Instagram and lemme know what you’re using this week, or what’s new in your makeup bag!

     

     

     

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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  • InHair

    Review | EVO Haircare

    One of the most comprehensive Australian beauty retailers is RY.com.au, with over 250 brands available at the online store. evo is just one of these brands, and I’m excited to share my review on the two brands products recently trialled, the Ritual Salvation Shampoo and Conditioner.

    Bursting with personality, evo are a luxury salon quality hair care products that are also sulphate, paraben and propylene glycol free. In the Ritual Salvation range, the treatment shampoo and and rich conditioner work to strengthen hair while protecting the fading of hair colour, i.e great for weak and brittle locks. A huge tick for me is the fact the shampoo has a low foaming action, which gives a gentler cleanse and of course much better for the environment. Even though I am definately a gal who loves the sensation of a great shampoo lather, these two products together leave me with the shinest and softest locks that I don’t even mind this minor detail.

    Both the shampoo and conditioner smell just like a hair salon – think luxuriously expensive – and the packaging is both stylishly minimalist yet witty enough to re-read each time the products are reached for. I really enjoy the especially yummy feeling once I’ve rinsed the conditioner out, and once my hair is dry I could literally play with my hair ALL day, it just feels like velvet. I’ve noticed enhanced shine using these two little guys, and I’m always reminded how important salon quality haircare is when I drop back to supermarkets brands – I’ll admit it!

    I am a daily hair washer and these products have had 10+ applications and I’m yet to feel a dent has been made inside, the containers still feel as heavy as the first day – the products are very concentrated that only a little bit is required each time.

    With many brands available on RY.com.au, including Alpha H, Bareminerals, Bioderma, BECCA, Christophe Robin, Deciem, ghd, Lanolips, La Roche-Posay, NUXE and Olaplex – this is your first stop for beauty in Australia.

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