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      Yeah, yeah, we know face masks can seem cumbersome – especially for those who are time-poor (let’s be real – all of us!).

      It’s an extra skincare step that can require up to 15 minutes of downtime.

      So, why bother? Well, here’s why: face masks can leave your complexion even, glowing and wrinkle-free — much like a pricey facial would — but at a fraction of the cost and time.

      When our skin is acting up — be it dullness, dryness or redness — it’s time to bring in the big guns: face masks.

      Here, we’ve rounded up four miracle face masks to decongest, hydrate, soothe, and treat skin. All that’s left up to you is to pick and choose by clicking on the picture icons below. Sheesh, talk about us doing the hard yards for you! We’re good like that…


      Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow
      Created by celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and used backstage at photo shoots and runway shows, this oversized pot of goodness is a serious skin saviour. The pale pink crème-gel is powered by natural skin-nourishing ingredients such as cranberry seed oil, rosehip oil and frangipani flower. But, aside from the rejuvenating and refreshing effect it has on the face, the best part is this mask’s multi-use. Use it weekly overnight, apply it as a gentle cleanser or slather it on for an emergency treatment on dry, cracked skin. Good one, Charlotte. Good one!



      Eve Lom Age Defying Treatment
      Now this might sound like a biology lesson but please stay with us. These little gold capsules contain a skin-changing cocktail of hexapeptide (a combination of six naturally-derived amino acids) and tocotrienol (an antioxidant and natural member of the Vitamin E family). Yes, it is hella pricy but dare we say that this fancy-pants treatment is worth the coin. Your complexion will be better-looking skin in the 15 minutes it spends on your face. End of story.



      Coast to Coast Skin Brightening Red Clay Mask
      It looks like plum jam, but don’t try spreading this pretty peel on your morning toast. You’ll be wasting all of its skin-smoothing, pore-unclogging, radiance-restoring wonderfulness. It’s packed with potent antioxidants (antioxidants fight free radicals, which are the little suckers that break down our skin and cause visible signs of ageing, FYI) including kakadu plum, desert lime and desert quandong. Used weekly and left on for 10 minutes, skin will be even, rehydrated and rejuvenated. But, don’t blame us if you put it on and suddenly start craving something sweet.



      SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
      Ever bought a face mask, used it, and then saw no noticeable difference in your skin afterwards? Yeah, this isn’t that kind of face mask! Developed by scientists who noticed elderly workers at a Japanese sake brewery had extraordinarily youthful-looking hands, this celebrity cult product contains patented Pitera, which uses an exclusive blend of amino acids, vitamins and minerals to boost hydration, fade pigmentation and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Just 20 minutes of your time with this disposable cloth (on the lounge, in front of the TV, will do the trick) will see your skin sing (tip: pop it in the fridge first for a refreshing cooling effect). Just don’t wipe off or waste the excess – apply the liquid gel all over your neck, decolletage and arms. Anywhere, really. Leave it on because this stuff is worth every cent!

      Tell us, what are some of your favourite face masks?



      It’s hard to believe that CHANEL’s popular CHANCE fragrance has been around for 12 years. Seriously though… where did the time go?

      Now the brand celebrates its joyous olfactory creation with the addition of a brand new interpretation of the scent, CHANCE Eau Vive.

      Joining the CHANCE family – that also includes CHANCE Eau Fraîche and CHANCE Eau Tendre – the new fragrance is delicately sparkling and endlessly romantic and is the first interpretation created for CHANEL by perfumer Olivier Polge (son of legendary French perfumer, Jacques Polge).

      This oversized version, which sadly isn’t available for sale, was too beautiful not to shoot. Accompanied by blooms arranged by Myra Perez, talented floral artist and founder of Sydney’s My Violet, an hour in her creative space had me suddenly feeling like I had been transported to a Parisian marche aux fleurs.

      A concentration of youthful energy, the fragrance sweeps you up in a burst of grapefruit and revitalizing blood orange. Gradually, the scent reveals jasmine and musk, already found in the first CHANCE fragrance, before settling with a sillage of fresh vetiver and cedar-iris accord.

      If you’re going to take a chance on a new fragrance, you might as well take it on CHANEL. Don’t you agree?

      To shop the new CHANEL CHANCE Eau Vive, click here.

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      The internet, it goes without saying, has changed the way in which we live. 

      I, for one, get my daily world news courtesy of my iPhone 6 first thing in the morning when I switch off my alarm (which is set on my smartphone, no less).

      Yes, it’s a hard truth. Digital media encompasses a whole host of innovations that drastically differentiate it from the traditional print medium. Newspapers aren’t simply a slab of text coupled with an accompanying image. In the digital world; they have been transformed into an audio-visual experience, complete with slide shows, videos, animations, infographics and above all, verified analytics. Articles can be bookmarked for later with the click of a button. Published work is instantly available to readers – there is no waiting for it to hit the newstands.

      As a beauty journalist who has spent equal years in both print and in digital, I’ll be the first to admit I find immense pleasure in cosying up to a monthly glossy magazines, I’ve been savouring since spending my $10 on. No, I don’t believe print is dead. But, I do believe it is changing. We only have to look to game changers such as Instagram, which now has 300 million users, as pixelated proof. Indeed nowadays, followers are considered a form of currency.

      Someone who only too well knows the power of using Instagram to connect with followers and fans is Jessica Hart, supermodel-turned-beauty entrepreneur (Hart launched her own successful makeup line, LUMA cosmetics) and cover star of our latest issue (page 14). At last count, Hart (@1jessicahart) has just shy of 200,000 followers while her cosmetics brand (@lumacosmetics) has a respectable 6,500.

      As well as our story on Hart – lensed by digital creative, Margaret Zhang – this issue is brimming with beautiful pages or screens (whatever you want to call them).  But, because I believe knowledge and information pertaining to beauty should be free for all, my team and I strive tireslessly to bring you 60-plus pages every quarter – free to view, at any time, on any device, anywhere in the world.

      As Australia’s first interactive digital publication dedicated to beauty, we pride ourselves on innovation; on firsts; and creating content that is not only engaging but different. We bring together a community of those who want to learn more about beauty, style and wellbeing.

      And while I am absolutely biased, I do believe this issue is our best yet. From a completely original and animated hair editorial coiffed by hair genius and ghd Hair Director, Alan White, featuring David Jones ambassador and beauty, Jessica Gomes (page 23) to your favourite skincare products that have been reformulated to be bigger and better (page 36) and a round up of Australia’s top spa retreats, which you can book within two quick clicks and a Paypal deposit (page 51), there is something in this issue for everyone.

      As always, I hope you enjoy the issue! Email me and let me know what you think:

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      While working your way up the corporate ladder, you might want to reassess the contents of your makeup bag.

      Unless your office is a nightclub, forget dramatic smokey eyes and dark burgundy lips. Instead, think in favour of natural-looking skin, flushed cheeks and soft pink lips for office-appropriate beauty.

      Here, we reveal the makeup shades to get you through the daily grind.


      Fact: fluorescent office lighting can lend a greenish cast to your complexion. Beat its ghastly glare, between the hours of 9AM and 5PM, by wearing a liquid foundation that’s a half shade darker than your natural skin tone. Choose a medium-coverage formula that evens out skin without looking streaky or cakey. Try NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.


      We’ve all experienced one of those mornings when we come into work, spot our reflection and wonder, ‘Great Odin’s raven! Did I do my makeup in the dark?’. During winter, chances are you did. Peach blush tones are your saving grace – they keep skin from looking sallow or grey. Plus, it compliments just about any warm eye shadow such as bronze, copper, rose-gold, or champagne. We love Becca Mineral Blush in Songbird for its healthy-looking, flushed finish. Plus, it’s nearly impossible to overdo. Your boss will never know.


      Before you call beige boring, think again. Urban Decay Naked 3 Eye Shadow Palette allows you to transform your daytime neutral eye base to absolutely bangin’. Try adding a touch of rose gold eye shadow to the inner corners. It’s still a neutral, but a tinge of pink and a hint of shimmer will help lift even the most conservative office uniforms. Dust it all over the eye lids and finish with a dark brown pencil and lashings of black mascara.


      We’re not suggesting you toss your staple black liner – we would never! – but open yourself up to the idea of working a new but still subdued shade. Two shades that are office-proof are MAC Eye Pencil in Grey Utility and Dior Diorliner Precision Liner in Brown. Both give eyes definition without looking harsh. To apply, line along the top lash line, making sure there’s no gaps in between the lashes, and gently smudge with your pinkie finger. You can thank us later.


      An office-friendly lip colour is always a hot topic for debate. Depending on the culture of your office place, you might have more scope to play with poppy reds and statement pinks – go you! However, for those who prefer more of a fail-safe shade that is universal for all ages, skin tones and industries, try CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm (which is worn favourably below). It’s the perfect mix of beige and pink. Plus, it’s ultra nourishing. Use it to enhance your existing natural lip colour and work what your mama gave you.

      Ultimately though, when it comes to cosmetics in the work place, Robbie Myers, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE US put it perfectly.

      Quote: “Do you have to wear makeup to be taken more seriously? No. It’s just a matter of what your look is and how you feel about it.”

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      Lips Makeup


      Every day this month, my dear friend Sara Donaldson (the beauty and brains behind fashion blog, Harper & Harley) has been sharing her favourite red lip shades to support MS Research Australia’s annual Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign.

      If you’re a fan of Harper & Harley (if you’re not, you really should be), you’ll know that Sara’s mother, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 11 years ago, is the reason Sara is embarking on this worthy cause to help raise awareness, start the conversation about what exactly MS is and, more importantly, to raise funds to help find a cure.

      Did you know? MS is a chronic disease that affects 23, 000 Australians via the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS can not be predicted, there is no known cause and currently no cure. To that end, MS affects three times as many women as men, with the average age of diagnosis being 30-years-old.

      As we’re coming up to the tail end of the month, I’m making a last minute attempt to help spread the word for Sara. Here, I’m pictured wearing MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Russian Red, which is the perfect blue-based red (it even makes your teeth appear whiter).

      You can donate to Sara’s fundraising page through her MS donation page, and please join me in spreading the love by posting your own red lip selfie before June 1 with the hashtag #kissgoodbyetoMS.

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      Being one half Filipino and one half Australian (with a dash of English, Irish and German thrown somewhere into the mix), my issue with dark spots is one born from genetics.

      Yes, for me, skin pigmentation is a Real Life Issue.

      Don’t get me wrong. I have good skin (I really look after it – inside and out) but, for me, treating pigmentation is an ongoing battle. Whether it be dark, purple-like scaring from a blemish gone bad, a freckle that’s surfaced after 10 minutes in direct sunlight or simply my hormones taking a turn; pigmentation is my skin’s one downfall.

      So, what exactly is pigmentation?

      First of all, there are four different types:

      Sun spots, or solar keratoses, are skin lesions that develop as a result of exposure to the sun’s UV rays. And, skin doesn’t necessarily have to burn to become damaged either. While most sun spots appear in a field or cloud of damaged skin cells, there are also sun spots of the invisible kind, that are found underneath the skin. These invisible sun spots are estimated to be 10 times more frequent than visible sun spots – some even develop during our childhood but don’t become visible on the surface until adulthood.

      Freckles are believed to be an inherited skin characteristic, due to overactive melanocytes. They generally become less noticeable with age and usually appear during sun exposure but can also fade in winter.

      Melasma, which are random spots usually found on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip, are hormone-related, often emerging during pregnancy. This type of pigmentation is best treated by a dermatologist.

      And finally, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (which is what I often fall victim to). A PIH spot looks a little like a scar but is actually the pigment that is produced when skin – usually Asian or darker –  is inflamed by an injury or a swollen pimple.

      Fortunately, most types of pigmentation are treatable.

      It’s no secret I’m a huge advocate for what truly works, which is why my loyalty for the past 8 years or so to prestige skincare brand SK-II is well known. But lately, I decided to switch it up from my go-tos to tackle a dark grey-looking cloud that has been growing on my left cheek.

      I decided to take a break from my regular morning and night skincare routine of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence followed by SK-II Stempower Essence, SK-II Stempower Eye Cream and SK-II Stempower Face Cream to something a little, well, hardcore.

      Prescribed for me by SK-II Training Manager, Diana Russon, three weeks ago I began applying SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist (a serum – the workhorse and hero of any skincare routine) followed by SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Brightener (a morning and night face cream) and SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist Concentrate (an intense 28-day course leave-on skin treatment which really targets pigmentation and is best applied before bed). And of course, I have kept using my ol’ faithful SK-II Facial Treatment Essence after cleansing and before my serum.

      Within 14 days of use – and two 10 minute IPL sessions at Mosman’s Clean, Clear and Correct later – I began to notice my pigmentation fade.

      The purple-like tone of my complexion has noticeably subsided and my skin has since started to feel more even and glowy again. Now by all means, my pigmentation hasn’t disappeared entirely – it’s certainly still there – but there’s definitely a visible difference.

      Given that our skin operates on a 28 day cell turnover cycle, I’m committing to this prescription of products for the next three months (at least!) before I check back in with you for an update.

      Tell me, do you have dark spots or pigmentation?

      Have you tried SK-II’s Whitening Source range?

      What do you recommend to treat pigmentation?

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      This week, I made the decision to grow my hair out.

      I made the call, oh, maybe 0.34 seconds after I had it chopped short. Good timing, Eleanor.

      Don’t get me wrong – the cut itself is great; excellent even. But, subconsciously, I think I had been missing my long hair (when it was like this) for some time and it just so happened that right then and there, I decided I wanted to revert back to longer-looking strands.

      Now before you say anything, there is such thing as hair being too long and I definitely had my moment (which I won’t be reliving – FYI). In fact, that’s not what I’m aiming for here.

      What I’m seeking is healthy, luscious and thick mid-length locks. You know the kind when you see a beautiful woman crossing the street and after she’s moved on, you later keep having flashbacks of the way her hair moved perfectly as she walked. And no, that’s not creepy at all.

      While I’m on the tedious quest of getting some length back (sans hair extensions and complete with regular 8 week salon trims), I’ve enlisted the help of Katy Reeve, National Creative Director at TONI&GUY Australia, to offer some tips on how to make hair grow faster…

      TIP #1

      Get your hands in there. “Massaging promotes blood flow to the scalp, which in turn stimulates the hair follicles to make the hair grow faster,” says Reeve. Label.M Warming Oil Treatment is a conditioning treatment that promotes optimal scalp health and hair growth. “This self-heating oil boosts circulation to the scalp and helps to restore damaged hair to a healthier state,” she says.

      TIP #2

      Take a chill pill. Reeve says, “Stress is one of the most important factors that contribute to hair loss.” And, she’s right. Some trichologists (which are doctors who specialise in hair and scalp) believe stress can disrupt the normal hair cycle and trigger hair follicles to either enter the telogen phases (also known as the fall-out phase). Reeve recommends trying to minimise stress whether it be through yoga or meditation and to ensure you have a good night’s sleep – this will encourage good hair growth.

      TIP #3

      Rosemary isn’t excellent just for lamb roasts. “Rosemary is great for hair growth because it stimulates the hair follicles,” says Reeve. “Drinking herbal and green tea also can also improve circulation and promote new hair growth.”

      TIP #4

      When in doubt, try a treatment. Nioxin Scalp Renew Therapy Treatment is a facial for your scalp. It removes dead skin cells and excess sebum to renew scalp skin and provide the perfect foundation for thicker, fuller, stronger hair. Reeve says it’s also a good idea to use the Nioxin range of shampoo and conditioner to encourage thicker, denser hair.

      So, is anyone else out there with me at the moment?

      Rather than seeing the next six to twelve months as a depressing, laborious process, let’s band together, take on these tips and wait it out until we’re swishing our strands like in those cheesy infomercials.

      After all, we’re in this together…

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      Let’s face it: when it comes to fragrance, what makes you feel like a goddess may make another feel not so dandy.

      Over a two year process, founders of Elizabeth and James, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, wanted to explore the idea of experiencing fragrance nirvana. Realising that everyone’s idea of nirvana is different, the result was not one but two fragrances…

      Elizabeth and James Nirvana White is both sophisticated and captivating and perfect for daytime. At first, this fragrance bursts open with the floral top note of peony rose before muguet – also known as lily of the valley – shines through. Soon, the scent is grounded by a charming hint of musk.

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      The yin to yang is Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and it’s what you imagine; the warmer, richer of the two. Infused with enticing violet, sultry sandalwood and lavishing vanilla, Black strikes the ultimate balance between femininity and masculinity, uptown and downtown. If you aren’t a fan of summery, fruity or girlie scents and consider yourself to be bold, assertive and confident, this fragrance with edgy undertones could be for you.

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      The simple, architectural bottle design – inspired by a vintage cigarette case – will look perfect either on your dressing table or in your handbag.

      And, while one might consider the two Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrances to be polar opposites, one similarity is for sure: each are completely and utterly addictive.

      To shop Elizabeth and James Nirvana in Black or White, click here.

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      Want to see if a smokey eye or red lip will suit you – without having to buy it first?

      Well, now – thanks to the App Store – you can.

      Here, we introduce a new crop of next-level beauty apps to help you up your beauty game. Warning: some of them are addictive!

      Makeup Genius by L’Oréal Paris
      Make-up Genius by L’Oréal Paris allows you try on makeup without the commitment. With a life-like make-up mirror (trust us – do yourself a favour and try this one next time you’re with your girlfriends!), this app helps you try on everything from a winged liner to red lip while allowing you to watch your style move with your own face and expressions! In fact, it’s so real, it’s almost freaky. You can even share some of your looks in photo or video form on your social media platforms too.

      Glamazon is a revolutionary new way to discover, book and pay for same-day and next-day beauty services. It’s one of those, “Why didn’t I think of this?”, kind of apps. Simply search for your desired beauty treatment in your location, choose a vacant appointment from one of Australia’s most prestigious salons and add it to your calendar. And, as peace of mind, each salon has been hand-selected to ensure customers have a positive (and glamorous!) experience. Winning.

      Amazing Face
      AU $4.99
      Want to know how to do the perfect sexy-but-pretty smokey eye, or how to choose the best shade of lipstick or eye shadow for your skin tone, or how to curl your hair with a curling tong, or which foundation or moisturiser you need to glow? TERRIFIC! Because all the answers are here, in beauty guru Zoë Foster Blake’s app which comes complete with step-by-step instructions, stunning photography and exclusive how-to videos.

      Beauty Product Reviews
      Shopping for a new foundation, shampoo, or mascara (and read Gritty Pretty – sorry, we had to!) and still not sure which one to buy? No biggie.‘s app gives you more than 280,000 unbiased consumer reviews and ratings on 45,000 beauty products.

      Indulge: The Nail Snob
      Have you ever gone into a nail salon, had a manicure done, picked the perfect nail polish colour and forgot to check the shade name? Now, thanks to this app, you’ll never forgot another beautiful nail colour again. Simply take a photo of the barcode of the nail polish bottle once you settle on a colour. The app will display the nail polish brand, name and image. And, if there is no barcode available on the bottle, you can search the nail polish info by typing the model number or nail polish name. Genius, huh?


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      Forget chai lattes and cozy knitted throws.

      This fragrance – Aerin Amber Musk Eau de Parfum – is the type of wintry comfort you’ll want to wrap yourself in.

      Inspired by Aerin’s heritage – Aerin is the grand daughter of beauty icon, Estée Lauder – this modern fragrance is both inviting and addictive.

      Ambrox makes a velvety first impression, which is quickly contrasted by a refreshing burst of coconut water and feminine rose before eventually settling on the skin with the lingering notes of benzoin and of course the scent’s signature, musk.

      Both rich and luminous, “[It’s] like a soft cozy blanket on a cold snowy night,” says Lauder.

      Yeah, we’re sold for Autumn. You?

      To shop Aerin Amber Musk EDP, click here.

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      Lips Makeup


      Forget about your notions of pink as sweet and girlie — it’s time to embrace pink lip colours that pack a punch.

      Fuchsia, in particular, is like red’s cooler, younger sister. Yeah, it’s bold for sure, but it’s easier to wear than red and there’s a version for every skin tone – fair, medium or dark.

      Here, you’ll find some of our top pink picks…

      Maybelline New York Color Elixir Color Sensational Creamy Lip Colour in Blush Essence

      For those who want to tiptoe into in the trend but not go full-force, this gloss from the makeup masters at Maybelline New York is the perfect solution. It’s light and bright thanks to a lip balm formula and it clings to lips like a primer for a smooth, hydrated finish.

      Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil in Boundless Berry

      When your lip colour is packed with antioxidant-rich argan oil, sunflower oil and tangerine and orange extract, you just know you’re going to be licking your hydrated lips. Starting off as a cream and finishing as an oil, this shade will give you a pink that’s not too neon and not too shy. The colour is insanely creamy and a little bit sheer, but there there will be no mistaking the fact that it’s there.

      Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mimosa

      This product is genius in several ways. It goes on like a crayon but has the finish of a balm. It doesn’t require a lot of precision to apply, which makes it perfect for on-the-go touch ups. It’s creamy and oh so addictive. Oh, and it’s loaded with mango and shea butters, Vitamin C and jojoba seed oil to help hydrate and moisturise lips. Deeeeeelicious.

      Lancôme Lip Lover in Rose Des Nymphes

      Once you paint this one on, you’re committed. The blush hue – which is creamy, not sticky – will stay put, even through several mojitos. But, aside from the too-cute packaging, what really makes this pink lip colour a keeper is its applicator. Shaped like an elongated arrow and curved profile, it glides on like a dream.

      Tom Ford Lip Color in Flamingo

      A traditional lipstick with exotic ingredients: Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower extract. With elegant black and gold packaging and that sophisticated “click” at every close, you’ll be proud to pull this lippie out.

      Gone are the days of your mum’s drying, moisturise-sucking lipsticks. Now, Revlon’s new HD Lipstick takes creamy lip colours to the next level thanks to high-definition gel technology. Only one coat is required and its smooth and even enough that feels like next to nothing on the lips. Oh, and it’s wax-free. Winner.

      To shop any these pretty pink lip colours, click on the products below.


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      At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, the runways were chock a block full of 1970s-inspired looks .

      Stevie Nicks-style strands were everywhere with hair stylists recreating seventies ‘dos with modern finishes such as softer side parts, nonchalant hair flicks and double-twisted top knots. Oh, and styling products that provided plenty of hold without weighing hair down. No folks, no “helmet hair” here.

      The good news for us is that the modern 70s-style hair look is easy to replicate on your own. Here’s how to copy it…



      STEP 1
      Starting with shampooed hair, make a clean middle part and apply O&M Rootalicious Root Lift Mousse all over.

      STEP 2
      Rough dry hair with finger tips using a hair-dryer like ghd Air.

      STEP 3
      Next, comb hair to smooth out any tangles.

      STEP 4
      Starting from mid-lengths to ends, and then from roots to ends, spray hair with ghd Heat Protect Spray before spritzing Label.M Hairspray – this will give your hair some grit.

      STEP 5
      Using your fingers as a comb, separate hair from the right ear around to the left ear so you have a top and bottom section. Clip the top section on top of the head so it’s out of the way.

      STEP 6
      Using a Cloud Nine Wide Iron, take 5cm sections from the bottom and curl.

      STEP  7
      Unclip the top section of hair and repeat curling all over.

      STEP 8
      Now, spray hair all over Evo Water Killer Dry Shampoo to give hair a matte texture.

      STEP 9
      Follow with Sachajuan Ocean Mist all over. Flip your head over and continue spraying generously.

      STEP 10
      While your hair is flipped over, use your hands to muss it all up.

      STEP 11
      Flip your hair back over and create a low side part by flicking hair over to your side of choice.

      STEP 12
      To finish, seal with Label.M Hairspray for extra hold.


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