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      When the names Katherine Power, Hilary Kerr and Alex Taylor pop up, I go into fangirl mode.

      So when the team behind the newly-launched Who What Wear Australia approached me a few months ago to come on board as a fashion contributor, I leapt at the chance.

      In my first column, I’m getting down to discuss an important issue: jumpsuits.

      The truth is there are two things that I always thought I could never get right: jumpsuits and flare jeans. When it comes to the latter, my fashionable friend Sara Donaldson of Harper & Harley taught me otherwise and thanks to her, flares are now one of my wardrobe staples.

      I never thought jumpsuits would suit me (read: NEVER). Why? Well, let’s just say I’m on a first name basis with my tailor because getting pants taken up is a more than regular occurrence for me.

      So in a bid to find the perfect pair, I tried a few before settling on this ASOS blue denim cut out version (gracias, ASOS!). For those who prefer the dark side, it also comes in dark blue and black.

      Click here to read my tips on how to pull the jumpsuit look off – no matter your body shape.

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      Interviews Style


      It’s not often that I use Gritty Pretty as a platform to write a “personal” post…

      But, Gritty Pretty is my brand and I’ll do whatever the heck I want.

      For this particular post though, if I’m honest, I’m not even quite sure where to start. I’m sure she doesn’t know this (up until now!) but Lisa Messenger, serial entrepreneur and founder of The Collective, has inadvertently become a mentor of mine.

      Call it a culmination of mysterious workings by The Universe but I’ve actually been a fan and follower of Lisa’s work for about 5 or 6 years now. At the time I first came across Lisa’s work, I was working as Beauty Editor at FAMOUS magazine and received a copy of one of her books, Books to Boost Your Brand. Now, let me point out that I’m sent beauty products – not books – so as fate would have it, I picked it up at the magazine’s book sale that happened every now and then when the Features Editor needed to clear his desk from underneath the masses.

      Since then, Lisa and her experiences (in both business and life) really struck a cord with me. As a beauty journalist and now as an editor myself, I’m incredibly self-motivated and I often seek inspiration from the authors of self-help books. Knowledge is, after all, power.

      After that non-physical run in with Lisa, well, life happened. I continued working for a variety of magazines. I found love. I found myself and I completely and comfortably came into my own.

      Fast forward to June earlier this year and it seemed The Universe was ready to bring Lisa back into my life – and this time in more of an impactful way.

      An email from Lisa’s creative director, Jade Dunwoody wrote, “We’d love for you to be on the cover of The Collective’s September issue.” I almost fell off my bloody chair. And, if I didn’t, I certainly needed help getting up off it.

      I. Could. Not. Believe. It.

      Could this fiercely intelligent, trailblazing businesswoman really want ME on the cover of her awe-inspiring, collectively empowering and forward-thinking publication?

      She did because this happened…

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      When it came to meeting Lisa for the first time, it felt like I’d know her for years. Perhaps, through her books, I had. We discussed what it meant to run a business without absolutely no outside investment or equity partners and we basically continued to fan-girl each other with shrieks of admiration for a good half hour. It was in that moment – and also in the moments during a two week sabbatical in Bali when I read her other books Daring & Disruptive and Money & Mindfulness – that I realised this woman had unwittingly become a mentor of mine. A woman I don’t just look up to professionally but personally. A woman who grabs life by the balls, giving herself wholly and freely to the world and whom makes a conscious effort to leave a positive effect on other people.

      One of my personal mantras to live by is to work hard and be successful while remaining kind and respectful. I’ve seen how business can be done – and how it shouldn’t – and one of the most important business lessons I’ve learned is that there is more power in partnerships. Why drag others down when raising them up requires far less effort and gives a much greater sense of reward?

      This post, in which Lisa will give you her own pockets of fashion and beauty wisdom, is about celebrating a woman who dedicates her life to celebrating others.

      As I said, it’s quite rare that I use Gritty Pretty to publish anything other than beauty but when it comes to Lisa Messenger, well, I’m the boss so I’m making an exception!

      I hope you enjoy.

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      GRITTY PRETTY: What is your favourite fragrance?
      I have so many but right now its CHANEL Chance Eau de Parfum.

      GP: What are your 3 makeup essentials?
      Inika Truly Organic Liquid Foundation, Ultraceuticals Ultra CC Powder and MAC Bronzing Powder.

      GP: What is your morning and night skin care routine?
      I use Rationale Super Antioxidant ACE Rejuvenating Serum, Rationale PhotoDynamic Light Activated Day Cream SPF 15 and Rationale Nutrify SPF 3O Mineral Sunscreen every morning. At night, I use Rationale ProCeramide Emulsion Preparatory Cleanser, Rationale Catalyst Skin Refining Serum and Rationale DNA Reactivating Night Cream.

      GP: OK, you’ve got a Very Important Meeting. What’s your go-to outfit that always makes you feel confident?
      At the moment, I’m loving IRO Paris, Aje, Alice McCall and Manning Cartell – these are my go-to brands at the moment that make me feel amazing and totally on brand.

      GP: Which beauty product that appears in this month’s The Collective magazine will you be personally stocking up on?
      I’ve got the whole set of The Body Shop’s Spa of the World range (seriously – I’m loving it!). I also really enjoy the CLINIQUE Smart Custom-Repair range. Eleanor was also our guest Beauty Editor this issue and she sparked my curiosity with O&M Project Sukuroi Gold Smoothing Balm – my hair takes a beating so anything that’s going to restore my hair, I’ll take three!

      GP: Alright then, let’s talk pampering. Where you go to unwind and relax?
      LM: My new fave getaway are the spas in Daylesford, Victoria.

      GP: We’re loving your fresh ‘lob’ hair cut. Who regularly cuts and colours your hair?
      Robbie at Halt Hair, Surry Hills – I’ve been going there for eight years.

      GP: You featured Gritty Pretty’s Eleanor Pendleton on this month’s cover of The Collective. Why did you choose Eleanor?
      When we decided we wanted to feature real entrepreneurs that are reviving their industries, Eleanor was one of the first cover stars we were adamant about. She’s injected excitement and a new grit to an industry that would normally be called “traditional.” She shows the everyday person that with perseverance and passion then anything is possible!

      Lisa Messenger’s new book Money & Mindfulness is available now.

      On Thursday 29 October, Lisa Messenger and The Collective September cover stars Eleanor Pendleton, Samantha Wills, Luc Wiesman and Toby & Pete will be hosting a special one-time only event in Sydney, Australia to discuss how to disrupt, innovate and succeed in business. Tickets are limited. Click here to book now.


      SÌ, SÌ, MIU MIU

      Mix a bunch of jasmine with a handful of rose absolute, herbaceous green leaves and just a pinch of pepper and what do you get?

      Miu Miu.

      To the delight of fashion diehards around the globe,  Miu Miu – the sister brand of Prada – has released its first-ever fragrance, and in traditional cool-girl style, the eponymous eau de parfum is what one might expect from the deeply feminine brand; clean, complicated, and feminine, while also managing to be a bit showy.

      Fronting the fragrance’s campaign is Stacy Martin, French-English model turned actress turned model again. Martin is pictured playing with the retro-inspired bottle and a super cute ragdoll kitten, bringing a fun, youthful spirit to the fragrance. Playing strongly on green and crisp outdoorsy accords, the fragrance and its campaign is downright difficult not to adore.

      Have you tried Miu Miu Eau de Parfum yet?

      Click here and you can.

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      Cheeks Makeup


      If there are just three powders on this Earth you must try, we’ve found them.

      When it comes to makeup, we’ll go to extreme lengths to find the perfect product. That one bronzer that suits every single skin tone and gives the face just the right amount of glow. That one blush that suits every body – pink or yellow skin tones – and instantly brightens your mood. And, of course, that one eye shadow which every makeup artist can’t live without.

      In order to put an end to this madness and to hopefully save you a few bucks, we thought we’d share a list of the top-rated makeup powders.


      A cult product that has risen very quickly to global success.

      Since 2013, when British celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury launched her eponymous range (Tilbury is responsible for also helping Tom Ford create his own range), the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (in Light & Medium) product has quite literally flown off the shelves. In Australia, the range is only available online but fortunately that hasn’t stopped local makeup artists like Max May from using it on celebrity clients including Jesinta Campbell and Jodi Gordon.

      Now, as Gritty Pretty isn’t one to buy into hype but rather into honest, efficacious products; we quickly jumped on the bandwagon and can confidently report this bronzer is worth every buck.

      Housed in a rose gold compact, this 2-in-1 face powder can be used on both cheeks and eye lids and will contour and illuminate your complexion beautifully.

      Get it now. End of story.


      In the US, this pretty powder attracted a month-long wait list. Here’s why: Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush (in Diffused Heat) uses Photo-luminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. This handmade (yes, handmade!) powder is also formulated using an advanced Miscelare technique – which means “to mix” in Italian – creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, set in a unique marble finish.

      The result? No two powders look the same.

      When applying, we suggest softly smiling (to pronounce the apples of your cheeks) and sweep on using Hourglass Powder Brush. Perfection.


      Francois Nars has a habit of drawing you in with his brand’s often unusual, but always fascinating colour pairings. This boiling orange duo – St Paul de Vence – is no different. Crease-resistant and versatile, it can be used on eye lids for a summer glow or on cheeks as an apricot flush.

      Created using micro-fine powders, this eyeshadow is highly pigmented, glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly to create an endless array of eye looks from subtle to striking. Each shadow is easily buildable and can be applied dry or wet using a damp brush for a more bold, dramatic effect.

      The best part about this powder? There are no limitations.

      Feel free to add to the list in the comments section below. Go on, sharing is caring.

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      Hallelujah! Glossier, the beauty brainchild of Into The Gloss founder Emily Weiss, is now available outside of the US.

      This week, NET-A-PORTER announced it will be the first global retailer to launch the new cult beauty brand’s Balm Dotcom 3-Pack.

      Housed in a kitsch cigarette style pink box in the brand’s signature pink, this fragrance- and colour-free balm can slathered onto lips, cuticles, elbows, brows and even be used as a highlighter on cheekbones, brow bones and eyelids.

      “It is the thickest, most emollient balm out there and acts as a kind of mask for your lips,” says Weiss. “You never want to be without your favourite lip stuff, so we packaged ours in a set of three to keep at least one with you wherever you go.”

      “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Glossier, bringing this highly coveted brand to a global audience for the first time,” says David Olsen, NET-A-PORTER Vice President for Beauty & Grooming.

      While the trio of do-it-all skin salves is the first and only product available from the range (which also includes a Perfecting Skin Tint, Priming Moisturizer and Soothing Face Mist), we expect it won’t be the last.

      To shop Glossier Balm Dotcom 3-Pack, click here.

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      If your face is itching, stinging or burning on a regular basis, and you can’t point the finger of blame at anything in particular, you could be one of many who suffer from sensitive skin.

      In a bid to ease your pain, we’ve rounded up some of the most gentle and effective skin care products for those with sensitivity.


      “Sensitive skin is reactive and prone to redness,” says Jocelyn Petroni, skin expert and founder of Jocelyn Petroni. She explains it’s not a skin type but rather a skin condition, something of which that can come and go. The good news, Petroni says, is “it can be treated either topically or with lifestyle changes”. Petroni adds, “A lot of people think they are sensitive and limit their skin care routine as a result.”


      The telltale signs of sensitive skin are what you would expect: redness, inflammation, dryness and soreness. Because sensitive skin is prone to redness, it can also be easily irritated. The science of it, is this: “The natural acid mantle on the skin’s surface may be compromised and weak and thus needs strengthening and repair,” says Petroni. Some sensitive skins have ingredients their skin simply can’t tolerate and suffer an allergic reaction, while others flush red on a continual basis. If you’re unsure of what exactly you’re sensitive – whether it be fragrance or a particular active or natural ingredient – consider getting tested at your local dermatology centre.


      Petroni says there is a common misconception that if you have sensitive skin, you can’t use strong predicts and active ingredients. “No skin is alike and each skin is sensitive to different ingrediens and lifestyle factors so getting to know your skin and what makes your sensitivity flare up is the key,” says Petroni. “As a general rule, sensitive skins should use products that don’t contain ingredients such as perfume, alcohol, parabens, soaps and other irritants.”


      “Sensitive skin tends to have a weak hydro-lipid barrier than normal skin,” explains Petroni. “Strengthening the barrier naturally strengthens skin’s resilience and ability to ward off allergens.”

      If you have any further skin concerns, contact your local dermatologist.

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      [L to R]:

      Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser, QV Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Bioderma AtoDerm Intensive & Uriage Crème Lavante



      Our love for The Originals actress and Witchery Balance ambassador, Phoebe Tonkin, reached new heights with our exclusive cover shoot for Gritty Pretty Magazine’s latest spring 2015 issue.

      Hair stylist, Keiren Street, who created these wearable looks on Tonkin gave us the low-down so you can recreate them home. Yeah, you can thank us later!

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      Phoebe wears: Witchery Balance Trench, Acler Pants & Acne Sneakers.


      “The key to this look is not to try hard at creating it,” says Street. “Essentially, it’s an inside-out braid but only using the top section of the head.”

      1. When sectioning the top hair of the hair, use your eyebrows as a guide.

      2. Braid down from the top of the head to the crown and secure.

      3. To finish, spray Wella Professional Ocean Spritz or Joico Hair Shake to give this textured look a dishevelled finish.

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      Phoebe wears: Acne Jacket.

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      Phoebe wears: Witchery Balance Crop & Acler Shirt.


      “Girls on the go love this look,” says Street. “Perfect for post-work out or nonchalantly throwing it back, this hair style is simple, which is what makes it beautiful.” Street adds, “Overdone hair is just that – overdone!”

      1. Just like the half braid, use your eye brows as a point to balance the top and bottom section.

      2. Gather top section into a ponytail and secure using an elastic band.

      3. Loosen the top section by running the palm of your hand over the section and towards the face.

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      Phoebe wears: [L]: Witchery Balance Trench. [R]: Witchery Balance Crop, Acler Shirt, Witchery Balance Pants & CHANEL Sneakers.


      One of Street’s favourite looks, he says this style worn by Tonkin is “cool, understated and exudes a hint of mystery.”

      1. To start, comb hair with a wide tooth comb.

      2. Spray Wella SP Shine Define all over – focusing on the roots and mid-lengths – and continue combing through.

      Hint: If you don’t have a shine serum or spray, Street recommends using Johnson’s Baby Oil. “It will give a sleek finish while still allowing the hair to retain its natural shape and volume. “Just don’t try this if you’re wearing silk as it can stain.”

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      Phoebe wears: Acne JumperBy Charlotte Earrings & By Charlotte Necklace.

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      We get it. We’re all busy and not everyone has the time or money to go to the spa regularly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a day of beauty pampering.

      You deserve to relax and de-stress so here’s how (without having to spend a small fortune or even leave the house)… Brilliant!

      SOAK IT UP

      It’s Friday or Sunday night. You’re positively exhausted but you’ve survived the week. With just an hour spare to yourself, the first thing to do is run a hot bath. To add to the spa experience – candles and herbal tea are recommended – add a few spoonfuls of The Body Shop Spa of the World Egyptian Milk & Honey Bath to the water. This powder-to-milk bath soaks your cares (and aches and pains) and intensely hydrates your skin while you listen to Spotify’s The Weekend Wind Down playlist. Switch off the lights, grab your favourite book and unwind – that’s an order!


      Once you’ve soaked, it’s time to buff and polish. A salt scrub like The Body Shop Spa of the World Dead Sea Salt Scrub will gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it looking younger and feeling fresher. Natural coarse salt crystals effectively remove dead skin while an aromatic blend of oils calm and rehydrate skin. When scrubbing all over, remember to remove any rings or jewellery so it doesn’t scratch.

      THE MASK

      Once skin has been scrubbed smooth, it’s time to jump out of the bath and remove any impurities or toxins caused by environmental aggressors like sun, pollution and wind. The Body Shop Spa of the World Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay is a clay body mask, which when applied all over, helps improve the look of the skin by helping to drawing out nasties thanks to added charcoal clay from The Himalayas, India. Simply spread a thin layer all over – paying particular attention to dull and tired areas such as the back of arms, knees, décolletage and forearms. Let dry for about 5-10 minutes and rinse off in the shower with warm water.


      We’ve done it. Sometimes you’re too rushed (or it’s too cold) and you forget to apply body moisturiser but it’s a very important step in keeping skin healthy. Remember: your skin doesn’t stop at your face. While indulging in a little ‘you time’, opt for something more decadent and luxurious than your regular ol’ body lotion. The Body Shop Spa of the World Hawaiian Kukui Cream is a butter-textured cream featuring kukui oil – a nut oil used by Hawaiian natives for hundreds of years. Rich in natural fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid, this super oil is quickly absorbed and deeply hydrating while the addictive holiday scent will evoke an idle spa experience… wherever you are.


      Now that you’ve completely indulged and your skin is silky and smooth, you can’t neglect your hair. To finish your at-home spa experience, add a few drops of The Body Shop Spa of the World Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil into the palm of your hands. Rub hands together to warm the oil and apply to the ends of your hair. This golden elixir, which is a beautiful blend of virgin coconut oil, sweet almond oil and tiare flowers, can also be applied to the body. We recommend it also as a nail, cuticle, elbow and foot treatment.

      To celebrate the launch of The Body Shop’s new Spa of the World range, you can win the entire collection (valued at $431.40!). To enter, click here.

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      We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but here it is…. cosmetics don’t last forever, friends.

      Although it may be tempting to hold on to every last inch of powder or drop of lotion, it may be time to live and let go.

      Consider this your tough love wake up call! It’s time to be strong and throw out all those discoloured, runny or lumpy cosmetics that are clogging up your beauty cupboard and potentially causing blemishes and even infection.

      Here, we bring you a breakdown of beauty product expiration dates. Good riddance!


      It sounds gross but your mascara is a breeding ground for bacteria. This is why it should be replaced every four to six months, when it starts getting clumpy and drying out. Liquid eyeliner also has the same lifespan, but your pencil should last up to a year.

      The same rule applies to your loofah. If you use it in the shower every day, it should be replaced way more frequently than you probably do. Think about it: you use it to slough off dead skin and the day’s dirt, so it can quickly become home to all sorts of nasties like bacteria and mould.


      Anything dry like powdered foundation, blush and eye shadows can last up to two years, if they’re kept out of the sun while their liquid, compact or creme counterparts generally last for a year.

      Lipstick and lipliners should be good for up to two years, but just keep an eye on how well they apply. If they’ve been subjected to heat and have melted slightly, they might not going to be as smooth and may even turn out streaky. Of course, lipsticks are another hiding place for bacteria, so keep that mind whenever lending your lipstick to a friend.

      One thing that offers longevity and is worth investing in is makeup brushes – if you buy good quality brushes, and you clean them with shampoo regularly. If your brushes start to shed or become stiff after cleaning, then it’s time to bin them.

      Nail polishes might seem like they last forever but the truth is they too have an end date. After a year or two, they can become streaky, running and the colours can separate. TIP: Try storing them in the fridge to maximise the lifespan of your favourite polishes.

      Perfume is another beauty essential that benefits from being stored in the fridge – never keep them in the sun or on a windowsill. When kept in a cool, dark corner, the scent will keep fresh and won’t sour.


      Mascara (regular or waterproof): 6 months

      Liquid, pencil and gel eyeliners: 6-12 months

      Concealers and cream, liquid and stick foundations: 6 months to 1 year

      Powder-based products: 12-18 months

      Lipsticks, lip gloss, and lip pencils: 12-18 months

      Lips balms: 6 months

      Bronzers and blush: 24 months


      Serum: 6-12 months

      Cleanser: 12 months

      Eye cream: 6-12months

      Day cream/night cream: 12months


      Shampoo and conditioners: 12-18months

      Masks and leave-in treatments: 12 months

      Dry shampoo: 12months


      • Unusually discoloured, runny or lumpy.
      • Strange odour, strong alcoholic scent.
      • Different texture on the skin.
      • Packaging that is deteriorating.
      • Dries out, becomes clunky.
      • Colour separates (foundation and nail polish) .
      • The product stops performing as best as it used to.


      • Tighten lid of product after each use.
      • Wash your hands before use.
      • Ensure each product is stored in the correct climate or humidity (best stored in dark places).
      • Write the date of purchase in permanent ink.
      • Toss out any eye products after any infections.
      • Don’t share your beauty products.

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      And, after all of that, if you forget the purchase date, don’t fret. Just look out for the period-after-opening symbol (PAO)  — a number followed by an M with an open jar symbol — usually located on the back of packaging.

      So, a “12M” with an open jar symbol means you should throw the product out 12 months after you’ve opened it. Pretty handy, huh?

      Now, who’s keen to spring clean…?

      Interviews Style


      Margaret Zhang is a young woman of many, many talents: writer, photographer, stylist, model, blogger and creative.

      She’s also the brains behind the lens of Gritty Pretty Magazine’s most recent cover shoot featuring Australian supermodel, Jessica Hart.

      Hot on the heels of Zhang’s announcement as global ambassador for CLINIQUE, we caught up with the 22-year-old super star and founder of Shine by Three to chat all things digital, fashion and of course, beauty.

      GP: Congratulations! You’re the new global face of CLINIQUE alongside Tavi Gevinson and Hannah Bronfman. You must get approached by beauty brands all the time. How important is it to you to turn down work in order to retain integrity?
      I probably say no to about 80% – 90% of opportunities that come my way, mostly because companies don’t do the kind of research that CLINIQUE did. They approached Tavi [Gevinson], Hannah [Bronfman] and myself with the complete understanding of who we were, what our interests were and what kind of brands we work with. They presented the ambassadorship to us as a partnership that we would’ve envisioned. I think that’s really unique and it goes several steps further than any other brand campaign. All three of us have an interest in fashion and beauty that is fundamentally undercurrent to what we do. We all have very individual personal styles and different beauty regimes but for us, they’re lifestyle facets rather than the be-all and end-all. Tavi is obviously doing a lot of acting now and Hannah is more into the fitness side of things so we all bring something really different and unique to this campaign.

      GP: It’s true you have many different hats. Do you think having just one skills set is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about you?
      One hundred percent. As a fashion blogger, which is what most people like to label it, the industry has almost gotten their head around what that means. There are a lot of bloggers who have photographer boyfriends so people either assume I have that or that I have a massive team behind me. It’s just me. I did a photo exhibition earlier this year and it was the first time people in this industry even realised I’m a photographer. That naivety can be disillusioning at times because I’ve been working on Shine by Three for so many years. You think that people know what’s up and then suddenly someone says, “Oh, you take pictures?” Then, I’ll be banging my head against a wall [laughs]. But, I do have to take that with a grain of salt, and the people that matter know how multi-faceted my and I brand are. The “slashie” tag has always had a less credible connotation to it because it’s hard for people to digest that it’s possible for one person to do many, many different things.

      GP: You’re also studying a combined commerce and law degree at the University of Sydney. Do you plan on practising law after graduation?
       I have one semester left but I think I might extend it and take an extra one just because I’m working so much at the moment. I don’t think I want to work in a law firm straight away as I’m really focused on fashion. But when I do, I think I’d like to work in intellectual property law. It’s is a really grey, unchartered area particularly as online expands. It kind of goes hand in hand with what I do. It’s also a space where I think it needs someone to spearhead it because the judges and people setting the law don’t necessarily understand what “online” means (aside from basic contractual terms, conditions and licensing). I recently studied a defamation case – and this is the law here in Australia – that defamation only occurs when an article is “downloaded”. What does that mean? Did they read it, save it, bookmark it or download it as a PDF? It’s such a grey space that I feel like someone needs to do something to help create guidelines. I’m also interested in media law as well. It’s a strange time because suddenly the line between advertising and editorial has become blurred. Soon, the lines between print and online will also become very blurred so when that happens, the question is: who is going to regulate that?

      GP: Within the media industry, there is the concept of ‘ageism’ and the attitude that youth reflects immaturity. What are your thoughts on this?
      MZ: I think there’s this assumption that young people can’t think for themselves because of this formula that people give you in life. Some people believe it’s your job to listen and you do everything that you’re told until you’re instructed that it’s your time to move forward. It’s a right of passage whereby if someone is treated poorly as an intern, they go on to become a manager who treats their interns poorly later in life. I think it’s a self-perpuating cycle where people think I can’t possibly have five or six years experience in the industry because I’m only 22 and when they were my age they weren’t doing what I am. I don’t think it’s necessarily an insecurity on their part but it can be very frustrating for me. Equally, people who judge anyone on age, gender or race are people who you don’t want to be working with anyway. I know it seems like a throw away approach but you do accept that in this industry, not everyone is as open minded as people like us.

      GP: You’re incredibly successful. Do you ever give yourself the time to stop and reflect on how much you’ve achieved?
      MZ: To tell you the truth, I probably don’t enough. In the past six months, I’ve realised that I live so much of my life behind a screen or a lens and it’s so important to live life in reality, which is ironic because you want to be real. In this industry, it’s easy to get caught up in the storm. We’re constantly living in the future and thinking about tomorrow. Even though I’m in digital, the rest of the industry works 3 to 6 months ahead so I’m often working to those timelines. It’s my goal this year to be more reflective particularly for self growth. How can I improve if I’m not sitting down, looking back and asking myself, “How could I have executed that job better?” “What would I do differently next time?”

      GP: You started Shine by Three six years ago now. Did you ever imagine you’d be sitting here today as one of the global faces of CLINIQUE? And, where do you hope to see Shine by Three in another six years?
      MZ: Gosh, no. No one can ever anticipate this. When it comes to Shine by Three, I’ll always have my personal content but I’d love to be sharing more of my photography work and editorial exclusive content – ensuring that all of my articles are really substantial. At the moment, I know where I want it to be but I’m really limited with time so I’m only blogging once a week. Instagram has changed the nature of blogging and when it comes to blogs, I think you need to produce actual substantial content, heavily interviewed and well written articles while short, sharp and fast content is solely for platforms like Instagram and Twitter. I’m a control freak when it comes to my content – I should probably grow my team to more than one [laughs]. I think that’s probably a good next step. I’d also like to develop Shine by Three to become almost like an agency which creates content for brands – they may not necessarily be aligned with my personal style but that wouldn’t matter as I’d be separating my personal brand and the Shine by Three brand in order to provide content creation and a digital strategy service.

      GP: Having experienced so much creative freedom, do you ever think you could work a 9am – 5pm job for an employer?
      No, I don’t think that I could. Having someone else’s priorities as my priorities would kill me.

      GP: You just returned from LA, New York, Paris and Austria. You must have flying down pat! Tell us, what are your in-flight essentials?
      I always take an empty 1.5ml water bottle and ask the flight attendants to constantly fill it up. On a long haul flight, I try to drink three of those. I always board a flight with clean skin (no makeup) and I take CLINIQUE Turnaround Revitalising Instant Facial mask instead of moisturiser. I find that if I apply layers of moisturiser, I’ll break out. And for extra hydration, I also take CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Face Spray.

      GP: Do you get a lot of your ideas when travelling?
      I always get on a plane with a check list of things to do. I generally get through half of it and the other half of the time, I write down things I think of. I also have a habit of writing down paragraphs of experiences I might have. I guess it’s like keeping a journal but I tend to write it from a removed, third-party perspective. Day to day, I do have a notebook with all of my editorial ideas and if I meet a model or a location that’s perfect for something, I’ll slot them in. I also think a lot on planes because I’m not a good sleeper. I think about big life questions like spontaneity and how not spontaneous I am [laughs].

      GP: You have over half a million followers on Instagram. Tell us, who do you follow?
      I really love following @drawroberston. He’s an artist who is also a roving creative director at Estée Lauder. He makes art out of everything – duct tape, his kids Cheerios, bed sheets. He’s really quirky and super funny. He also has really cute twin kids. I like following @knightcat. She hasn’t blogged in a long time but she posts a lot of beautiful and ambient seascapes and landscapes. I also like following @michaelzavros, who is another artist and a dear friend of mine.

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      We know sleep is important – it’s not rocket science.

      But getting a full eight hours at night doesn’t just keeps our bodies and brains healthy, it also has a direct effect on our skin too.

      Listen up, here’s how it works: While we sleep, our cells go into overdrive helping to repair the damage incurred during the day (from bad stuff like pollution, air conditioning and free radicals). Our blood vessels dilate, allowing an increased flow of good stuff like nutrients and oxygen to the skin, which helps stimulate the removal of toxic cellular products.

      So before you go to bed, it’s the perfect time to feed your skin cells the stuff they need to heal. You can pump ’em with antioxidants to fight UV and free-radical damage, moisturise for improved barrier function and less flakes and regulate oil production to banish blemishes. At the very least (on those nights when you’re not in bed until the wee hours), you can wash off the day’s grime to create a clean slate.

      To send you off to sleep easier, you need to be relaxed and Moon Juice Goodnight Dust helps you say goodnight to nerves, uneasy thoughts and having a topsy-turvy fight with the duvet (you know the one…). As a natural nightcap, it tranquilises blood flow, promotes natural melatonin release and even stabilises rapid eye movement. As you sleep soundly, your pancreas and liver are gently led to a nocturnal detox, helping you to wake up feeling refreshed.

      To use, simply add one teaspoon to 200mls of any hot or cold liquid. We recommend making a Goodnight Dust chocolate milk. Mix 1 teaspoon of Goodnight Dust with 200mls of almond milk, 1 tablespoon of raw cacao and 1 teaspoon of honey. Sounds like a dream, right? It isn’t but it will help you have plenty of them.

      Once you’re tucked in and ready for some shuteye, massage Caolion Goodnight Sleeping Pack onto your skin. Refreshing and lightweight (sometimes heavy oils and rich creams can be too much every night), it plumps and energises skin as you sleep. Apply a generous layer before bed, then rinse with water in the morning. Use it up to three times a week to turn dull skin into a radiant, even complexion.

      Now that’s something worth dreaming about.

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      [L to R]: Moon Juice Goodnight Dust & Caolion Goodnight Sleeping Pack (both available from Urban Outfitters)

      Lips Makeup Style


      Have you ever woken up one morning midweek and felt… flat?

      Perhaps you had a bad sleep, perhaps your skin looks dull because forgot to apply a night moisturiser (naughty!) or perhaps you simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed?

      I haveand I find the perfect pick me up is lipstick. Whether it’s a deep berry plum, a striking matte red or a creamy pink nude, lipstick is a surefire way to boost your mood and make your day.

      Got an important work meeting which you need to be all Girl Boss for? Apply a strong slick of rouge and suddenly ‘Confidence’ becomes your middle name.

      Throughout the week, I personally wear lipsticks according to my mood, my outfit and even the weather. To show you exactly what a week of my life looks like as a beauty editor, I’ve directed this short film (see below).

      I hope you enjoy watching! Let me know what you think.

      Tell me, do you wear lipstick as a reflection of your personality?

      What’s your favourite colour to wear?

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      Wearing: Karla Spetic Sofie Body Curves Dress & L’Orèal Paris ColourRiche Lipstick in 461 Crème De Rouge 640 Matte Erotique.

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      Wearing: Viktoria + Woods Blazer, Viktoria + Woods Shorts, MANGO Sandals & L’Orèal Paris ColourRiche Lipstick in 461 Crème De Rouge.

      Wearing: ACLER Sleeveless Coat.

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      Wearing: ACLER Sleevless Coat, Frame Le High Jeans, Givenchy Antigona Bag & L’Orèal Paris ColourRiche Lipstick in 630 Beige A Nu.

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      Wearing: LIFEwithBIRD Top & L’Orèal Paris ColourRiche Lipstick in 374 Intense Plum.

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      Wearing: LIFEwithBIRD Pants & Valentino Bag.

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      Wearing: ASOS Black Belt Top.

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      Wearing: Kenzo Crepe Skirt & Cèline Trapeze Bag.