THE ART OF ILLUMINATOR

"A little goes a long way," says every makeup artist and beauty editor that's ever lived (including moi) when it comes to illuminator.

The key to getting the luminous look right is knowing the difference between glowy and oily and, of course, how to avoid the latter.

To create a deliciously dewy and radiant complexion, I've got a couple of tricks to share with you.

To start, blend a...

IS REMOVING YOUR MAKEUP REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

We've all been there.

You get home late, and the last – the last – thing you want to do is wash your face and take off your makeup.

But, is it really that bad to go to bed with your makeup on? Uh, in a word, YES!

Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to free radicals. These free radical nasties cause the breakdown of healthy...

VIDEO: HOW TO APPLY BB CREAM

Want to know the difference between BB creams, CC creams and even DD creams?

First of all, DD creams – the latest to join the alphabet party – stands for 'daily defence'. They tend to have a creamier, hydrating texture and to be honest, they aren't all that different to their predecessors. However, DD's focus more on shielding the skin with things like sunscreen and protecting the skin's barrier from moisture...

FOUND: THE PERFECT EYESHADOW PALETTE

You know what's really annoying?

When you fork out the cash to buy a shiny new eyeshadow palette – only to discover a couple of weeks down the track that you only use one, maybe two, of the three or four shades on offer while the others go to waste.

The unfavoured eyeshadow shades – who by no fault but their own – sit there idle, lonely and never being...

LIGHT UP

1.Aug

Ever wondered why a whiff of a musky perfume worn by someone passing in the street can conjur up memories of your grandmother? Or how the smell of home cooking can elicit warm childhood fuzzies? Or even a first boyfriend?

Well, it's all to do with one of the most primal senses – smell.

In fact, it's this olfaction that is most closely related to memory.

So with fragrance...

FRENCH PHARMACY BEAUTY PRODUCTS: WHAT’S THE FUSS ALL ABOUT?

Today I'm flying to Paris for a three week European sojourn. And, the first store I'll be heading straight to from Charles de Gaulle won't be Céline, Isabel Marant or even Colette. No, it won't be Chanel either.

It will be Citypharma (conveniently located near Café de Flore where after a big day of shopping, one can refuel on glass of red bordeaux and recharge thanks to a basket...

5 FACE MASKS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR SKIN

If you're one of those people who forgo face masks as part of your regular skin care routine, then keep reading.

Face masks are an important part of any skin care regimen because they offer an added skin boost from the usual cleanser and moisturiser routine.

Sure, they can seem somewhat inconvenient for the time-poor — they are an extra skin-care step that requires up to 20 minutes of downtime...

MEET THE 4 HAIR PRODUCTS YOU’LL ONLY EVER NEED

Sometimes life can be complicated. But, your hair shouldn't be.

Essentially, your hair care should be kept very black and white: just four easy-to-use products which clean, condition, treat and style your strands.

Enter eponymous hair care brand, David Mallett.

Born in Australia but now based in Paris, Mallett – who calls Kate Winslet, Natalie Portman and Diane Kruger some of his regular clients – is considered...

10 (REALLY GOOD) REASONS WHY YOU NEED THIS OIL IN YOUR LIFE

Depending on where you are in the world, you could be sunning yourself in Greece, lapping up some Vitamin D in New York's Central Park or breathing in the fresh ocean air of the Maldives.

But for us here in Australia, winter is upon us. Sure, it's considered "mild" as opposed to the rest of the world but here's the thing: regardless of whether it's cold and windy or hot and...

BLUE JEAN BABY

If you've been waiting for a legitimate reason to wear denim on denim since, well, Justin and Britney stepped out in that outfit, then here's one: Jeans for Genes Day.

Jeans for Genes is an Australian charity, which raises funds to help support the vital work of Children’s Research Medical Institute (CMRI) for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer and epilepsy. This selfless work is in...

COULD THIS WATER CHANGE YOUR SKIN?

To be perfectly frank, yes it could.

In France, thermal spring water is treated with reverential awe. So much so, legendary French pharmacy brand Uriage has its own thermal spa centre located at the foot of the French Alps and has been tending to the sensitive skin of thousands of people since 1823.

Do you live in France and have chronic eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin, arthritis or even...

INSTAGRAM DIARY: BALI

If you follow me me on Instagram, you would know I was extremely lucky to travel to The Mulia Resort & Villas located in Nusa Dua on Bali's south coast for #InstaMeet – a gathering of social media personalities.

Together with fashion blogger Nadia Bartel, hottest-mother-on-Earth Lindy Klim, Big Brother contestant Tully Smyth, health and...

ART ATTACK

3.Jul

Makeup giant, Napoleon Perdis, has collaborated with iconic American photographer Slim Aarons.

The legendary lens man, who died in 2006, spent his life taking photos of "attractive people, doing attractive things, in attractive places" and is often considered one of the greatest photographers of his time.

As a long-time fan of Aarons' work, Perdis secured the exclusive rights to Poolside Gossip (pictured left)which was...

5 MINUTES WITH ZOË FOSTER BLAKE

At 33, Zoë Foster-Blake has a CV that reads like a seasoned veteran’s: beauty editor, columnist, author of Air Kisses; Textbook Romance; Amazing Face; Playing the Field; The Younger Man and The Wrong Girl; and of course, avid lover of orangutans.

As a new mother to 7-week-old son, Sonny, the beauty expert – who...

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