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      Fragrance

      In Bloom: Jasmine Fragrances You Need

      Revered for its gritty, grounded sweetness, it’s no surprise that jasmine is one of the most popular fragrance notes.

      Just when you thought you’d seen it all, these new iterations of the popular white floral will take you to a whole new world.

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      Giorgio Armani

      An homage to the golden hour, Giorgio Armani’s Light Di Gioia—translating to light of joy—is just that. With gardenia and jasmine pairing with a woody base, it exudes an elegant sillage that is as bright and warming as the fading sun on summer’s day.

      L’Artisan Parfumeur

      An intoxicating mix of banana flower and jasmine, this composition is a unique journey from first spritz. Opening with bracing pepper and fresh violet leaf, the scent leads into gardenia and jasmine, revealing base notes of musk and amber, creating a beautifully paradoxical fragrance.

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      Rochas

      Reminiscent of fragrant French garden in the summertime, it is both energetic and cheerful. With tangy, sweet candied apples and blackcurrant pairing with feminine rose petals and Egyptian jasmine, the scent is both elegant and magnetic.

      Ellis Brooklyn

      Bedded on a hyaluronic acid base, it becomes a second-skin scent with a refined woman in mind. The airy aroma of jasmine combines with musk and white cedar to create a concoction that is both feminine and alluring yet delivered with subtlety.

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      BDK Parfums

      Be transported to the gardens of Palais Royal with this veritable buffet of Turkish roses and jasmine. Delicate and romantic, floral notes are punctuated with fresh pear, strawberry and blackcurrant notes, creating an airy sophistication that is emblematic of the Parisian woman.

      Gucci

      Akin to smelling a bouquet of fresh florals, the trio of jasmine bud, tuberose and Chinese honeysuckle impact immediately, subverting the traditional fragrance composition of top, heart and base notes. Inspired by the heightened sense of rebirth and promise at the dawn of spring, you’ll be transported to the flower fields where buds are preparing to bloom.

       

      This article originally appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of Gritty Pretty Magazine.

      WINTER 2019 ISSUE OF GRITTY PRETTY MAGAZINE

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      Hair

      No Sweat: Behind the Anti Humidity Hair Trend

      These days you can’t swing a ponytail inside Priceline without hitting an anti-humidity product. But what’s their deal? And do they even work? We spoke to some hair gods to find out.

      Anyone who’s ever holidayed in Bali will understand the abject fear that humidity strikes into the hearts – and hair follicles – of us beauty lovers. Mention the word to a curly-haired friend and it’s enough to send them quivering to the corner in the fetal position. It’s no surprise then that hair companies have cottoned on, and responded with a deluge of anti-humidity and anti-frizz products.

      But the thing is, both frizz and humidity are not new concepts (as any north Queenslander will tell you), so why is it now raining product? Richi Grisillo, Session Stylist and Creative Director for Academie Salon and Wella Professional says it follows all the recent hair trends: “lately there had been a huge drive towards a ‘glass-like’ finish to hair that has an element of flawlessness… a huge shift away from the messy, dry textured hair we’ve seen for years,” he says. 

       

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      Products clockwise from left: Kevin Murphy Smooth.Again Anti-Frizz Treatment, Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray, Living Proof Humidity Shield.

       

      So if it’s a trend is it something we need in our life? Well, that will depend on both your hair type and where you live (or, like to holiday). Hair is porous, which means liquid – or in this case moisture – can penetrate it, which is how the frizz begins. But interestingly, it’s actually dry (typically chemically treated or curly) hair that gets hit the most. Joey Scandizzo, Co-Creative Director ELEVEN Australia saysthere are many different reasons for frizzing hair, but the main one is due to a lack of moisture which can make it more susceptible to humidity.” 

      Want more? Continue reading in the Summer 2020 issue of Gritty Pretty Magazine.

       

      GRITTY PRETTY MAGAZINE
      SUMMER 2020

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      Body Skin

      5 Steps To Your Best-Ever Fake Tan

      Life’s better with a tan — a fake tan, that is.

      A tint of colour adds glow and gives tired, dull skin the appearance of health — meaning, you’ll look like you’ve just come back from a month-long vacay on the Amalfi Coast, as opposed to being holed up in the office thanks to the pre-Christmas rush (the struggle is real).

      It clearly goes without saying that sunbathing is completely off the table. Fortunately for us, sunless tanners have vastly improved over the last few years (seeya, patchy orange-based tan, hello, long-lasting, golden colour). 

      Regardless, fake tan is a notoriously tricky category to navigate — there are a world of errors that can make the difference between a great tan and a bad tan. But fret not, for we have called on the experts to share their top tips for the ultimate at-home tan. 

       

      Choose your weapon

      Take a quick look down the tanning aisle in your local Priceline and you’ll find an unprecedented number of tanning formulations, undertones and textures. If you don’t know where to start, the amount of choice can be overwhelming.

      “Gradual tanners are a great starting point for someone who has never tried tanning before, or for someone who just wants a natural, sunkissed glow,” says Gina Cook, Ella Baché Skin Expert. (We love Tan-Luxe’s Illuminating Gradual Tan Lotion). If you’re more adept at the self-tan game?Tanning creams are one of my favourites, as well as a tanning mousse.” 

      While mousses are great as they are quick-drying, steer clear if you have a drier skin type, suggests St. Tropez Tanning Expert, Jayne Cooper. “Instead, I recommend lotions or a gel-based option, such as St. Tropez’s Self Tan Purity Gel, to give you that added hydration. Mists are also quick to use and get to those hard to reach places.” 

      Alright, we’ve got the formula down. As for the level of colour? “Look to the DHA percentage,” says Cook. “It will help to determine the depth and strength of your tan — the higher the percentage, the deeper the tan.” 

      “It’s also worth noting the pH level of the tanning formulation — alkaline pH formulas tend to look more orange and more acidic formulas avoid this,” shares Cook. To keep the undertone looking natural, opt for more ash-based tanners if you’re fair-skinned, green-based formulations for light to medium skin tones, and purple-based options for those with medium to dark skin tones.

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      Yes, preparation truly is key…

      We all know the number one rule touted by tanning experts: that the right skin prep is crucial to a great fake tan. Well, we’re sorry to inform last-minute tanners and prep-procrastinators (guilty) that this advice stills very much holds true.

      “The key to a flawless, long-lasting tan is definitely the right preparation,” shares Cooper. “Skin should be exfoliated and hair removal is undertaken at least 24 hours prior (waxing, 48 hours prior) to ensure you have a good, even base, pores are closed and there’s no skin irritation.”

      Cook agrees that ample exfoliation is needed. “A lot of people don’t spend the extra time exfoliating knees, elbows and ankles, says Cook. “Additional to your body exfoliator, I recommend placing a small amount of heavier-duty chemical exfoliant such as our Resurfacing Peel on these areas pre-tan. AHAs are stronger at breaking down the skin on these areas where the skin tends to be thicker — this will help to ensure an even tan.”

      While hydrated skin yields better results, resist applying moisturiser on tanning day — especially those that are oil-based.They create a film on the skin, preventing the tan from developing,” explains Cook.

      That’s not all you should avoid pre-tan: “Make sure your skin is free from any moisturiser, aftershave, deodorant and essential oils and ensure your skin and hair is dry before tanning,” adds Cooper.

      It’s tan time

      Now, for the main event — it’s tanning hour. Instead of cherry-picking the advice, we’ll give you the experts’ top tanning tips to you straight. 

       

      1. “For optimum results and minimal product wastage, use a tanning mitt to protect hands from unwanted stains and to achieve an even finish,” recommends Cook. “Compared to your hand, a mitt has a much larger surface area, which speeds up the application process and makes reaching your back a lot easier. To fix any staining, take a slightly damp sponge with a little bit of tan on and blend into the problem area, patting it down to help fix any streaking.” 
      2. Apply fake tan in an upwards, sweeping movement ensuring you overlap each area,” says Cooper. “To achieve a flawless finish on the hands, ensure you’ve exfoliated them well and just before tanning, apply a small amount of moisturiser to hands, elbows, knees and feet and any other dry patches — this will ensure the tan doesn’t overdevelop. You only want to apply a small amount of tan to the hands and feet. Apply your tan with a tanning mitt to the arm and then lightly glide the excess tan onto the hands and don’t forget to claw them to make sure you get into the creases. Clean the palms of the hands, finger and toenails with a wet wipe and apply a small amount of moisturiser to the inside wrist area to give a seamless finish and you can repeat this on the feet.” 
      3. “After tanning drier spots (such as elbows, knees and feet), buff these areas with a mitt of soft flannel and add a little more moisturiser to blend the tan,” suggests Cooper. “I also add a little moisturiser to the inside wrist area after tanning to give a seamless finish.”
      4. “Most good quality tanning products these days allow you to wash off after two to four hours — I don’t recommend sleeping in your tan overnight as it can come out patchy in the morning,” shares Cook. “With the advancements in tan technology, mousse tans are great because you can put them on in the morning, go about your day and wash off at night (just don’t wear white clothes that day). Mousse tans also dry quickly so if you’d prefer, you can put them on early at night and wash them off after a couple of hours before bed. If you do want to apply or sleep in your tan overnight, is to use a single doona cover and sleep inside it to prevent transferring any fake tan to your sheets.” 
      5. “It almost goes without saying, but while your tan is on the skin developing, wear loose dark clothing; do not get the skin wet and avoid exercise,” says Cooper. “Our tans have minimal transfer but you can apply a small amount of translucent powder to the areas you sweat — this is a good tip for anyone who goes to the gym as well.”

       

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      Face the facts

      With the growing prevalence of face tan serums, concentrates and mists, should you bother using a separate self-tanner for your face? The short answer: yes.

      Why so? “The skin on your face is so much more sensitive and thinner than the rest of your body, so it’s important that your tanning product reflects this,” explains Cook. “I always suggest purchasing a separate face tan rather than using body-specific fake tan, as it can often dry out your skin — which is the last thing you want before a big event!”

      Cooper also encourages using a separate face tanning product, given that they apply more evenly and tanners run less risk of going overboard (we’ve all been there). “St. Tropez has specifically designed formulations to use on the face and I would always recommend these; they don’t clog pores and give a natural finish,” says Cooper. “I love the Self Tan Purity Face Mist, it is ultra lightweight and is infused with hyaluronic acid for additional hydration.” Our other top face-tanning picks? James Read H2O Face Tan Mist and ModelCo Tan Water — both of which are colourless and provide a seamless, healthy glow. 

       

      Consider your post-tan regime

      So, you’ve prepped like a pro and tanned according to expert guidelines. However, a good tan doesn’t stop there. What you do post-tan can help it last longer and fade more evenly.

      “When rinsing off your tan in the shower, I would always recommend warm water to shower as hot water can dry your skin and the key to a longer-lasting tan is keeping the tan hydrated and moisturised,” says Cooper.

      After rinsing, the colour will continue to develop for the next few hours, so treat skin with caution. “Post-shower, pat dry your skin with a towel instead of rubbing (which can cause premature fading) and moisturise straight after jumping out of the shower,” recommends Cook.

      Keeping your skin hydrated is essential to ensuring a longer-lasting tan that fades evenly — provided you’re using the right moisturiser. “Some moisturisers can contain physical or chemical exfoliants (like AHAs, BHAs, as well as retinol), which will prematurely wear away your tan,” shares Cook. (Yet another reason to add a separate face tan to your regime, as they are easy to reapply.) “Fragrance contains alcohol which will also affect your tan, so spray your favourite scent on your clothes and hair instead, and opt for fragrance-free formulations.”

      Cooper’s last word of advice? “While moisturising is key to prolonging your tan, make sure to avoid hot showers and swimming pools (the chlorine can lead to a faster fade), and gently exfoliate the skin every two to three days to get a nice, even fade.”

       

      Tell us, what are your go-to fake tanning products? Which tips are you going to implement during your next self-tan?

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      Fragrance

      CELINE’s New Fragrance Collection: A Breakdown

      CELINE, one of the world’s most revered fashion houses, has finally made the announcement that all beauty-lovers were waiting for: the brand will be making their first foray into the perfume world in well over 50 years.

      Yep, you’ve heard (er, read) correctly. Titled ‘Haute Parfumerie’, CELINE has released a curated fragrance collection comprising of 11 unique fragrances (two of which are due to launch in 2020), created under the direction of Creative Director, Hedi Slimane.

      True to its famous modus operandi — i.e. questioning traditional gender norms through both design and fashion direction — the perfumes are gender-neutral: blending stereotypically ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ notes to create surprising, beautifully refined scents that feel oh so Parisian.

      Housed in a luxurious art-deco inspired bottle, designed in line with French glassmaking tradition, CELINE’s new fragrances are very easy on the eye; they’d look phenomenal on any beauty vanity. So, without further ado: a breakdown of each of CELINE’s highly covetable perfumes.

       

       

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      Notes: BERGAMOT, NEROLI, VETIVER, MUSK, OAK MOSS

      Slimane describes this fragrance as a tribute to the greatest ‘dandies’ (read: trendy, appearance-focused young men) ranging from 19th-century literature up to rock and pop figures of the 1960s — think Oscar Wilde, Mick Jagger and David Bowie. Starring musk and oak moss, the scent also leaves a feminine-like trail, thanks to bergamot and neroli.

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      Notes: NEROLI, PETIT GRAIN, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, HELIOTROPE, VANILLA

      Named after the chic Saint-Germain-Des-Prés in Paris’ 6th Arrondissement south of the River Seine (Slimane’s favourite part of Paris), this fragrance is as stylish as its namesake. An ode to youth, it features an arrangement of bold petit grain, sweet, decadent vanilla and heliotrope, as well as orris which rounds out the scent with an air of refinement.

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      Notes: NEROLI, FIG TREE, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, TREE MOSS, MUSK

      Striking in profile, Cologne Française plays on what are thought to be inharmonious notes, challenging traditional notions of masculine and feminine accords. At the forefront is citrusy and romantic neroli with complex, green fig tree — its powderiness highlighted by opulent orris butter and musk. Distinctive yet refined, this one has to be experienced to be fully appreciated — much like the country itself. Vive la France!

       

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      Notes: BERGAMOT, CORIANDER SEED, LAUREL BLOSSOM, MUSK, VANILLA

      Translating to ‘In Paris’, this eau de parfum seeks to capture the alluring spirit and promise that Paris holds in the eyes of a young adult. Vibrant bergamot blended with fresh coriander seed, powdery laurel blossom and vanilla is described as akin to a journey of “a boat trip along the Seine in radiant sunlight; like a tracking shot from a movie on Parisian facades, leaving you floating on air”. If that doesn’t sell you, we don’t know what will.

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      Notes: BERGAMOT, ROSE ABSOLUTE, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, RICE POWDER. VETIVER

      A tribute to glamorous leading ladies of the 1970s, La Peau Nue (translating to ‘the naked skin’) is both elegant and alluring. With a smooth accord of rose and orris blended with intoxicating vetiver, it is feminine sensuality in a bottle — reminiscent of iconic French women such as Brigitte Bardot, Betty Catroux and Anna Karina. Can you say ‘je ne sais quoi?’

       

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      Notes: BERGAMOT, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, PALO SANTO, TREE MOSS, PATCHOULI

      A love letter to California (where Slimane called home for more than a decade), Eau de Californie is both earthy and creamy in profile thanks to palo santo, a tree native to the dry, tropical forests of Mexico that are now found in abundance in the Golden State. Warming yet fresh with notes of bergamot, white orris butter and patchouli, this one’s for the California dreamers.

       

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      Notes: CEDAR, PEPPER, TREE MOSS, LEATHER, MUSK

      Would it be an Hedi Slimane collection without reference to leather? This perfume is described as the ‘twin’ of the rock star image and design direction that he has carried throughout his career — and we would have to agree. With a hero — you guessed it — leather accord, Reptile embarks on a multifaceted melody of moodiness: think an elegant blend of pepper, tree moss, cedar and musk.

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      Notes: WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, CEDAR, TREE MOSS, VANILLA, MUSK

      Slimane refers to this perfume as an olfactory replica of his style in a nutshell: classic, tailored lines. Centred around crispy, creamy vanilla, it is complemented with rich, powdery white orris butter and a spicy earthiness courtesy of cedar and tree moss. Sophistication bottled, this one’s best saved for those rare nights of total extravagance.

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      Notes: GALBANUM, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, PATCHOULI, TREE MOSS, VANILLA, MUSK

      It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out the influence for CELINE’s final ‘night’ perfume, with Slimane alluding to iconic Parisian nightspots Le Palace and Les Bains Douches as inspiration — the latter of which attracted it-crowd clientele such as Yves Saint Laurent, Mick Jagger, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp during its heyday. Nightclubbing stars earthy, yet fresh and spicy galbanum, alongside musk and vanilla — communicating the sense of mystery and adventure that preludes any promising night on the town.

      As if these fragrances aren’t enough to get excited about — the house has announced two additional launches planned for next year — Bois Dormant and Rimbaud. Stay tuned!

      The Haute Parfumerie collection is available exclusively in-boutique at CELINE Collins Street, Melbourne and CELINE Westfield Sydney.

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      Skin Travel

      Meet The Facialists That Treat Hollywood’s Most High-Profile Celebrities

      They’re the women who are on speed dial for L.A.’s elite, trusted to fix, enhance and transform celebrity skin year-round — think Emily Ratajowski, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Meghan Markle, Kate Hudson and Bella Hadid.

      Luckily these facialists, while notoriously in-demand, aren’t available exclusively to the A-List, so you too can get that Hollywood glow (given that you book your appointment well in advance). Behold: our round-up of the women who keep Hollywood’s skin in check. 

       

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      Clocking over 20 years of experience, Melanie Grant is one of Australia’s most renowned facialists, with clinics in both Melbourne and Sydney. Grant has an ultra-exclusive list of clientele — including homegrown talent such as Georgia Fowler, Lara Worthington, Nicole Trunfio, and Gritty Pretty’s Spring 2019 covergirl, Phoebe Tonkin — all of whom sing her praises.

      It was only a matter of time before she took her talented hands across the Pacific, opening her Los Angeles skin studio earlier this year on the iconic Melrose Place. Before long, Hollywood heavyweights such as Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian, came knocking.

      What is it about Grant’s skin philosophy that garners so much adoration? “I combine clinical efficacy with my heritage in beauty,” Grant recently shared with Gritty Pretty. “I have seen the true benefits of peels, lasers, light therapy, and ultrasound, but there is something to be said for the healing and healthful benefits for the skin when incorporating traditional beauty practices.” 

      If you book in with Melanie, don’t expect any old thing off the treatment menu. “I don’t have signature treatments, just a signature result — healthy, glowing, natural skin,” says Grant. “We have a great repertoire of products and modalities to perfectly customise our treatments.”

       

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      Ask anyone in the L.A.-know for their most trustworthy skin destination and we guarantee that esthetician Shani Darden will be mentioned more than once.

      With Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen and Emily Ratajowski counted as regular clientele, it’s safe to say that Darden is in demand year-round — and for good reason, too. Her results-driven approach to skin is simple, yet effective, utilising her years of experience alongside noted dermatologist Dr. Erma Benitez.

      Specialising in problem skin conditions such as acne, pigmentation and rosacea, there is no case too extreme for Darden’s talented hands. A claim that one Kelly Rowland can back up: “After I had my baby, my skin just turned weird with the hormonal changes. I went to see a facialist my friend Jen Atkin recommended—Shani Darden. She literally fixed my face in a day… I felt like overnight everything changed on my skin.” If it’s good enough for Kelly…

      Her eponymous line of skincare products, launched in 2013, also regularly graces celebrities’ top shelves (see: Shay Mitchell’s top five beauty picks), with Suki Waterhouse, Phoebe Tonkin also counted as devoted fans.

       

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      A bonafide legend of the skin game, Mila Moursi made a name for herself by bringing her signature European touch stateside in 1981, setting up shop in Los Angeles after years of training in the UK and Paris. 

      Since then, Moursi has amassed following of Hollywood elite, including Charlize Theron, Sandra Bullock, Jane Fonda, Courteney Cox, Matthew McConaughey and Sia. No biggie. And, given her no-nonsense approach to skin, it’s clear as to why. “I believe in the powerful combination of product and treatments for long-term skin vitality — I don’t believe in quick fixes,” Moursi recently shared with Gritty Pretty. “My philosophy for rejuvenating and maintaining radiant skin is about a customised daily regimen to connect with the skin to enhance our products’ top-performing active ingredients that encourage a natural, healthy glow and keep skin firm and supple.”

      Her advice to those who unfortunately can’t make it to her West Hollywood clinic? “Maintain a healthy lifestyle that employs the discipline of a daily regimen of synergistic inner and outer beauty methods,” says Moursi. “Your skin can be a mirror of what is going on with you health-wise. Spend time for self-care. Deep breathing, exercise, positive outlook, good sleep, managing stress and proper hydration and diet for the inner you. Pamper your skin with a dedicated morning and evening routine with periodic regenerating spa treatments.” Well, you heard the woman!

       

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      A favourite of celebrities and L.A. locals alike, Biba de Sousa has built a reputation not only for her ability to transform problem skin, but also for her down-to-earth character. Hailing from Belgrade, Serbia, De Sousa has long been a devout fan of facials, booking in for her first facial at age 14 — and from there, the love affair continued.

      “I studied law, art and language, but I always the most enjoyed my time off to experience spas, water treatments and retreats,” de Sousa explains on her website. “Finally, 15 years ago it became clear that my love of hands-on disciplines really fused into one: the art of touch, the art of giving a facial treatment and sculpting clear, beautiful, healthy skin.”

      Blending Eastern European with western techniques and technologies such as reiki, light therapy, cryotherapy, Pressotherapy, OxyGeneo, as well as microcurrent and modeling masks, de Sousa’s holistic approach to wellness and skin has picked up loyal devotees such as Emily Blunt, Miley Cyrus, Shailene Woodley and Emma Roberts.

      “In the last couple of years, it became [clear] to me that I had to steer my business to a holistic practice, with a major accent on wellness and health,” says de Sousa. “I have the ‘dewy’ and ‘clear’ skin part down, but I have noticed how much un-wellness there is in Los Angeles and in the busy lives of so many women and men and how I actually have the perfect set of skills to help people.”

      If you manage to nab a spot in de Sousa’s busy books, lock yourself in for her Signature Facial, which includes gentle exfoliation, an Oxygeneo treatment, lymphatic drainage and gua sha (as well as, uh, ear extractions). Safe to say you’ll have never had a facial like this!

       

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      You’d be remiss if you didn’t know the name of this famed L.A. skin expert. Boasting top-tier clients such as Kate Hudson, Olivia Wilde, Kirsten Dunst, Eva Mendez and Demi Moore, Kate Somerville has become somewhat of a household name, thanks to her foolproof approach to treating the faces of Hollywood elite and ‘regular folk’ since 2004. Oh, did we mention that she’s also Meghan Markle’s go-to L.A. facialist? If that doesn’t sell you, we don’t know what will.

      She’s also famous worldwide for her eponymous skincare line, which has produced cult products including her Goat Milk Moisturising range, DermalQuench range, as well as ExfoliKate — the latter of which was inspired by one of her celebrity clients who wanted to take Kate’s in-clinic peel with her on location.

      So, what was the driving force for Somerville setting up shop on Melrose Place? “I wanted to create something new, where clients could experience cutting-edge medical technologies and advanced facial treatments – a one-stop shop,” Somerville recently said on her blog. “I wanted to…not only change my client’s skin, but also empower them to take control of their lives. Seeing someone overcome their skin challenges and feeling more confident and happier is what this is all about for me. It feeds my soul and is what I love most about what I do.”

      If you’ve just touched down in L.A., try the Kate Somerville Signature Facial which soothes, brightens and hydrates tired, jet-lagged skin — or, if you’re feeling congested and are acne-prone, opt for the EradiKate Acne Light Stim Facial, which combines exfoliation, a blemish-busting mask and LED light therapy.

       

      Tell us, who is your go-to skin guru? Who is next on your list of facialists to visit?

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      Skin

      Nature’s Finest: Your Guide to Superfood-Infused Skin Care

      From honey to turmeric and antioxidant-packed noni juice, superfood-infused skin care could be the key to a youthful complexion.

      The concept of eating your way to glowing skin isn’t new. But what about putting food… on your face? While food extracts have long been a mainstay on beauty product ingredient lists, the industry has recently taken its gastronomic influence to another level. With the ‘clean’, organic and wellness movements now permanent fixtures in the beauty zeitgeist, superfoods are increasingly replacing the old-school ‘wonder’ ingredients of the past. So, how do these naturally derived ingredients (and the products that contain them) stack up?

      Honey

      Powered by New Zealand-native manuka honey, this hair oil by COMB makes us want to hit the upper octaves à la Mariah. A natural humectant, honey holds onto moisture, hydrating the hair cuticle without causing any silicone or oil-based build-up. Whether you massage onto strands post-wash, boost your mask with a couple of drops or leave in as an overnight treatment, your hair is in for a sweet treat.

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      Spirulina

      Usually sprinkled into your green smoothie, spirulina is an edible blue-green algae (scientific name: cyanobacteria) that doubles as an anti-ageing powerhouse. Boasting a plethora of vitamins and both amino and fatty acids, it helps to accelerate skin cell turnover. Ella Bache Spirulines Firming Day Cream combines spirulina with tried-and-tested hyaluronic acid to create a more radiant, bouncy complexion.

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      Turmeric

      An anti-inflammatory spice, turmeric has been used for its beauty-boosting properties for centuries. Bacteria-busting and acne-fighting, turmeric clarifies while simultaneously brightening the skin. The Sunday Riley C.E.O. Oil, bolstered with vitamin C, will take the radiance to the extreme, as well as providing vital defence against airborne nasties.

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      Pineapple

      If you like piña coladas, you’ll love the skin-boosting benefits of pineapple in the Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Moisturiser. Containing vitamin C and bromelain (an enzyme derived from the pineapple stem and juice), this gel crème both brightens and gently exfoliates while it hydrates. The result? Skin that is even, bright and balanced.

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      Avocado

      Cute packaging, tick. Does good stuff for your skin, double tick. Rich in good fats, such as linoleic and oleic acids, the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Eye Mask is uber-nourishing and firming. Hero ingredient avocado helps to restore essential moisture to the delicate eye area. There may be a better way to have avocado than smashed on toast, after all.

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      Noni Berry

      A cousin of the god-tier coffee bean, noni berry is similarly divine. Containing over 100 minerals and vitamins (including our fave vitamins A and C), it nourishes and shields the skin from pollutants, while its anti-inflammatory properties also benefit acne-prone skin. A hero of Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics, this wonder-ingredient is found in a number of their offerings, from cult-status Noni Glow Oil to their newer Lip Treatment.
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      Grapefruit

      Tropical vibes, minus the Maldives vacay. Grapefruit is a sensorial delight within the KEVIN.MURPHY Hair.Resort. Scent aside, it serves a more serious function, too; as a potent source of vitamins C and E, grapefruit extract works to repair damaged hair. Bursting with antioxidants, it also helps to protect against environmental damage. Why let your skin have all the fun?

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      Goji Berry

      Native to China, this super-berry is super-packed with amino acids and antioxidants; goji berry helps to protect against ageing free radicals while also supporting collagen production. A serious source of vitamin C, Kat Burki Goji Essence also contains lactic acid and plant stem cells. The result? A smooth complexion that is brighter than your future.

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      This article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 Gritty Pretty Magazine. 

      GRITTY PRETTY MAGAZINE
      SPRING 2019

      Categories
      Hair Interviews Lifestyle

      Meet The (Ultra-Creative) Duo Behind Sydney’s A-H SHOP | SALON

      At Gritty Pretty, it’s fair to say we like, well, pretty things. However, as our readers know, there is always more to those pretty things than first meets the eye.

      This is particularly the case when it comes to design. Beautifully designed salons and spaces don’t just appear; they are carefully created with attention-to-detail and hard work.

      And design is something that A-H SHOP | SALON has in spades. This unique business is set within a former post office in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Newtown. Tuesday through Saturday, the salon is a bustling community hub where the clientele is just as likely to stop by for a chat as they are for a haircut.

      A-H SHOP | SALON partners Rubi Fernandes and Chad Wijayatilake have thoughtfully (and painstakingly) planned out every detail of the brand experience – both in-salon and online. As true creatives, the pair are constantly evolving the business and the space it resides in. Here, Rubi and Chad have a two-way conversation with Gritty Pretty Art Director Amie Jones (another true creative) about design, fostering a sense of community and finding inspiration in the every day.

       

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      Amie Jones: “Hi guys! What are your roles here and when did you get your start in this space?”

      Rubi Fernandes: “I co-founded the salon, and Chad is one of our salon partners — we are coming into our third year this year in November. The original salon did start in Newtown but it was a six-chair salon so it was quite small. After so many years we just outgrew that space and needed to expand.”

      Chad Wijayatilake: “It’s a great team, everyone is slightly different. It’s like a big puzzle, everyone has their own piece of the puzzle and it works really well. We like that because it creates a really nice flow and no one is in direct competition with one another. If there’s something I’m not that strong at, I’ll tell our clients that should see another specific person because they are amazing at that particular thing.”

       

      AJ: “There’s a similar environment at Gritty Pretty – we all have our own unique strengths that come together to create something special. We all work together and support each other.”

      RF: “We wanted to create that culture where there is a bit more freedom. We do a lot of things outside the salon. It is really important to keep that family feeling within the salon.”

      CW: “We also wanted to create that welcoming, family-like feeling in our design and layout up here, which is why we have put so much thought and consideration behind it.”

       

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      AJ: “The space does feel very curated, but also homely — which isn’t easy to do. Why are design aesthetics so important to A-H?”

      RF: “I think that for us, the aesthetics of the salon are important because we had the community in mind when we were building the space.”

      CW: “Our building is really special to the history of Newtown. This building was purposely built to be a post office in 1860. This top level, where our salon is, is where the postmaster would live with his family. The building also has a clock — it’s the only town clock in Newtown, so we keep the time of Newtown.”

      RF: “It’s just a really special building, so for people to be able to come through and share that history is pretty incredible. We are a high-end salon, but clients don’t feel like that have to dress up to walk in here. From the feedback we get, people don’t feel intimidated coming in, yet they are in a very beautiful space. Everything has been carefully curated to make people feel more welcome.”

       

      AJ: “Well you have definitely have achieved that because that’s exactly how I felt when I walked in!”

      RF: “Sometimes going into a big, shiny warehouse space can be very intimidating, so we wanted to keep a sense of warmth and we put a lot of thought into the materials. For example, we added texture to the walls to give it that very Newtown feel.”

      CW: “It does feel homely. To walk in everyday and feel that light coming in — you’re never in a bad mood when you see that light.”

       

      AJ: “Totally. Lighting plays such a big part in your mood. You need that natural light.”

      CW: “Yes! Lighting plays a huge part for me.”

      RF: “We have done everything so it is all modular — so basically all the mirrors and everything can be moved. We have had book launches and photoshoots up here. We just had a big fashion launch up here not long ago, and one of our clients actually used the space for her 40th birthday party! The space is so versatile.”

      CW: “I find it funny, because when we get clients in they love reorganising the space, saying, ‘Oh my god, this would make the most amazing loft apartment!’. People run crazy with the ideas of what they can do in here. It’s also able to evolve with us as our vision grows and changes.”

       

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      Pictured: A-H Salon | Shop in Newtown, Sydney.

       

      AJ: “That’s also the beauty with having a digital platform — The Gritty Pretty aesthetic is pretty unique, minimal, and forward-thinking. We are always looking at new ways to move and grow.”

      RF: “How did Gritty Pretty get to where you are now from your beginnings?”

      AJ: “We started as a blog — Morgan (our previous Creative Director) and Eleanor often spoke of their late weekend nights working on it together in their apartments. They built such an amazing foundation for the business. And now look where it is! The business has definitely grown up, as most businesses do. We veer across so many channels now — we have the blog, the magazine, the e-store, and a more recent aspect of our business are the incredible reader events we get to create.”

      CW: “What inspires your creative and editorial team as you continue to create fresh, engaging content?”

       

      AJ: “I’d say for the team, we’re all inspired most by real women, innovation and universal beauty. 

      Personally, I am constantly being inspired, I can’t help it. My mind is always seeing and hearing things — I had to give up carrying a notebook because I couldn’t keep up with myself writing things down. The web is a quick hit; the best ideas stem from simple things in my day-to-day.”

      RF: “I agree, sometimes the best inspiration comes from the everyday.”

       

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      Pictured: Gritty Pretty HQ in Rosebery, Sydney.

       

      AJ: “Totally. As an editorial team, we bounce off each other. It’s so nice to work with a team of like-minded women and collaborating on everything we do. Everyone brings something to the table.

      I am more of a purist and prefer things to be minimal, whereas others in the office are different entirely, so the outcome is usually a nice blend. Does that make sense? But we usually all crush on the same stuff! Our Editorial & Beauty Assistant Hannah and I are always looking to the runway and the shows — their colours, shapes, and styles.

      Most importantly though, our readers are such a huge inspiration. It’s so important to listen to your community and understand what keeps them inspired.”

      CW: “Our clients are also at the front and center of what we do. A lot of our clientele have been coming for a really long time. I think a big part of that is that we give back to the community, we are such an open space. We find a lot of our clients just pop in to hang out.”

      RF: “But I think the biggest thing is the fact that our customers feel nurtured when they come in. And we get feedback that it feels genuine, which it is, it’s not just a put-on thing. And I think that you can’t buy that.”

       

      AJ: “Speaking of buying — how did that idea for your e-store come about?”

      CW: “Online is the future. It just felt like the next step for the salon — our clients love that if they’re running low on a product they’ve picked up from, they don’t have to drop in to get it.”

      RF: “It’s also quite unique for our industry because it’s not just about hair. We have different lifestyle categories — we have skin products, candles, watches and homewares. We did a beautiful collaboration Naomi from Studio Enti to create exclusive cups.

       

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      AJ: “So where do you see yourselves and the business in 5 years’ time?”

      RF: “There’s many things we’d love to do, but right now, we are just focusing on our online store — it’s still fairly new thing for us so we are still really in love with that and putting a lot of effort into that.”

      CW: “I mean in 5 years’ time, we might be a one-stop shop for hair and the works. What does the future hold for Gritty Pretty?

      AJ: “I love the idea of your one-stop shop! For us, it’s important for Gritty Pretty to connect with our audience both online and offline. Creating reader events and experiences is a major priority for us — it allows us to take that two-way dialogue we have with our readers online and via social platforms like Instagram and Facebook and move them to face-to-face conversation. We’re just had our One Night Only Beauty Basics Masterclass events in Melbourne and Sydney, with our Brisbane event scheduled in a couple of weeks time — it’s really important for us to create these luxury opportunities where we can immerse our readers into the Gritty Pretty brand for a few hours. They connect us with our amazing community and readers which is great for us, plus they get a fun night and a glass of champagne while they are at it!”

       

      A-H SHOP | SALON can be found on Gritty Pretty’s Little Black Book of Beauty. Click here to book an appointment.

      Categories
      Hair

      These Blonde Treatments Will Give You Your Best-Ever Hair

       

      It ain’t easy being green blonde. While it’s claimed that blondes have more fun, this isn’t always the case.

      Maintaining highlights takes work, especially if you weren’t born that way. Bleaching hair causes it to become more prone to breakage and split ends. This means treatments to strengthen strands, inject moisture and nix brassy tones are mandatory for bottle blondes. But don’t just take our word for it — Jaye Edwards, colourist and founder of EdwardsAndCo, and Sheree Knobel, director and founder of Bixie Colour, agree. Here, they share their top tips for a top-notch blonde.

      Sort out your regime

      Why are blondes at risk of damage? (Great question!) In short, lightening is the strongest chemical process that hair can undergo. “Bleaching products penetrate the core of the hair’s structure to remove all of the natural pigment — as a consequence, the cuticle can be open and feel rough to the touch,” explains Knobel. Translation? Your hair care regime needs to be thorough in order to replace the nutrients removed through bleaching.

      As for what this regime looks like? Jaye Edwards explains that it doesn’t have to be complicated, however, high-quality products are a must. “Your regime at a minimum should include a good shampoo, conditioner, mask, a bond repairer such as Olaplex, a leave-in treatment and a heat protector,” shares Edwards.

      Consider a leave-in treatment

      Gone are the days when leave-in conditioners and masks were heavy and greasy. The technology has come a long way, making it easier to integrate into your hair care regime. And according to the experts, if healthy hair is your end-goal (which we’re assuming it is) this is a step you cannot skip. 

      “Leave-in treatments are non-negotiables for my blonde clientele, as are the appropriate professional shampoo and conditioner,” says Knobel. “I always recommend a weekly bond treatment for my clients.”

      Post-wash, she recommends the refreshingly lightweight Redken One United One United Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray. “Apply it to wet or dry hair for a multitude of benefits including heat protection, breakage prevention, smoothness and manageability, and detangling,” explains Knobel.

      If you need something a little more heavy duty, Edwards highly recommends the Virtue Labs Split End Serum, which contains the groundbreaking, split-end-repairing Alpha Keratin 60ku protein. “Ideally, you should be applying a leave-in treatment after every wash — either the Split End Serum, or my other favourite, Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother.”

      Let’s talk about bonds

      Speaking of bonds, bond-building hair treatments are relatively new to the game; this new technology repairs and rebuilds colour-damaged cuticles. 

      “Bonds are responsible for your hair’s natural strength and elasticity, and you can’t lighten hair without breaking bonds,” says Knobel. “At Bixie, we add pH-BONDER into the bleach to protect and actively repair the bonds during the lightening process. The added layer of safety means blonde can be pushed further whilst maintaining the integrity of the hair.”

      Edwards’ weapon of choice is the OG in bond repair technology, Olaplex. “It has the ability to repair hair during your colour service, as well as afterwards, courtesy of their at-home care,” he says. “We also use Virtue Labs’ Color Kick, which is a pure human keratin extracted extensions and wigs,” explains Edwards. Leftovers from the hair extensions and wig industry are recycled and reused for this purpose. “Your hair strands recognise the keratin within the product as part of itself, so [the keratin] attaches to the hair and repairs it.”

      Time to tone

      “First, it’s important that we dispel the myth that toners are only used to correct the hair,” states Knobel. “It is true that toner can be used to counteract unwanted tones, but toners are at their prime when adding tone to blonde hair. Bleach is not colour. Bleach is colour remover that leaves us with yellow, yellow-blonde, or white.”

      “Toner is how we achieve, for example, beige blonde, champagne blonde, honey blonde, ash blonde — it adds the specific tone or shade of blonde. So, your first port-of-call for toner should be at the basin in-salon to achieve the desired colour. This will last six to eight washes.” 

      When should you reach for a toner? “[Use a] salon-grade purple treatments when you notice brassiness — over-using purple shampoo can make blonde hair look dark and murky,” explains Knobel. According to Edwards, using a toning shampoo or conditioner every two weeks should do the trick.

      Not all toners are created equal. “It’s a jungle out there when it comes to choosing a toner,” says Knobel. (Preach!) “You have to be careful because most toners are activated with a peroxide, which can start to act like a permanent colour.” Her treatment of choice? Redken Shades EQ. “It doesn’t change the hair’s natural colour or expose warmth — it’s a godsend.” Edwards recommends Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care range: “they are amazing.”

      One last thing…

      We’ll leave you with three final tidbits of advice:

      1. Avoid getting your hair done too often. “If you’re over-exposed or over-processed, no treatment will save you,” says Knobel. 
      2. “Protect [your hair] from unnecessary heat exposure,” warns Edwards, “and use a heat protectant when you style your hair.”
      3. Always shampoo your hair after swimming. “Never let the chlorine minerals or salt water stay in your hair,” Knobel explains. “They will cause build up and strip out your blonde tone.”

      What are your holy grail blonde hair treatments? Which of these tips and tricks will you be adding to your hair regime?

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      Cheeks Interviews Makeup Skin

      How To Create Dewy Dumpling Skin, According To Insta-Famous Makeup Artist Nam Vo

      If you’re in the know when it comes to glow, then we’d hazard a guess that you’re likely already following LA-based makeup artist Nam Vo on Instagram. Her ability to create radiant, dewy skin goodness is so out-of-this-world, Vo has inspired her own movement (#dewydumplings, anyone?).

      The Marc Jacobs Beauty Global Artistry Ambassador has worked with some of the biggest names in beauty from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Chrissy Teigen, Georgia Fowler and more. (No biggie). Recently, we sat down with Vo to uncover her tips and tricks on how to create that trademark glow.

       

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      Skincare is the key to giving good glow

      While many are quick to assume that the #dewydumpling look centres around highlighters and illuminators, Vo insists that a lit-from-within glow starts with a good skincare regime.

      “I would say that my obsession for the glow is rooted in my childhood,” shares Vo. “My Vietnamese mother had bad melanoma and sun spots, so she taught me how to be mindful about taking care of my skin. Ever since I was a child I have cared for my skin and loved caring for other’s skin. 

      “I simply love glowing, healthy skin — it is not only a sign of good health, but is also beautiful to look at!”

      As for her go-to product of choice to create an even, plumped base? “I am loving the Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème Moisturiser,” says Vo. “It’s extremely hydrating and has a unique pineapple enzyme to help exfoliate the skin as well. I love how it quickly absorbs without leaving any residue behind.”

       

      Layering highlighters is essential

      If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent the last few years in search of a holy grail highlighter to create glassy, dewy skin that beams brighter than your future — à la Vo’s signature look. However, it might be time we all stopped searching for the one. Nam’s trick? Layering different textures of illuminators and highlighters. “When applying highlighter to the high points of the face, I love to use a cream or liquid highlighter first (her current favourite picks being the Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter and Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator), and to give the skin an extra pop, I layer a powder highlighter over the top with a medium-sized, round fluffy brush to set it!”

      If you’re unsure of which highlighters to opt for, Vo’s Instagram is a goldmine of the latest and greatest in illuminating makeup — get ready for your shopping list to grow exponentially!

       

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      Add dimension with blush and bronzer

      An underrated hero of creating good glow, blush adds depth to the face, with a natural flush making your #dewydumpling look appear more believable. Choosing the right blush for your skin type and colour is vital. From there, the real trick is in the application.

      Often I see blush misplaced on the face,” shares Vo. “I love to apply blush directly on the apples of the cheeks. I always tell people to smile and pinch that meaty part of your cheek — that is where blush should be applied, blending in an upward motion towards the temple.” To add extra dimension, Vo also uses a cream bronzer to contour using her ‘burnt toast’ technique — applying colour to the outer perimeters of the face. 

       

      Set for success

      There’s no point in creating the dewy makeup of dreams if it won’t last throughout the day; thankfully, Vo has a few tricks up her sleeve to ensure a long-lasting glow. First up? Primer. “I have an oily skin type, so I know first-hand that the right prep is essential to ensuring an all-day glow,” explains Vo. “The Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Blurring Coconut Face Primer is great, as it helps makeup to keep longer by absorbing oils that your skin produces throughout the day, reducing any unwanted shine.”

      For Vo, the pièce de résistance of any #dewydumpling look is setting powder. Drop your large, fluffy face brush — Vo uses a targeted technique to minimise shine without taking away from the overall glow and radiance. “My go-to technique is ‘precision powdering’,” says Vo. “I take a small, rounded eyeshadow brush and target only the ‘hot spots on my face — which is the T-zone and the sides of the nose. I like to take away oil, not glow!”

       

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      Categories
      Cheeks Eyes Interviews Lifestyle Makeup

      The Only Makeup Brushes You’ll Ever Need

      They say that an artist is only as good as their tools.

      Makeup brushes are without a doubt an unsung hero of a seamless makeup application — have you ever seen our lord-and-saviour Lisa Eldridge apply makeup with a flimsy, dirty old makeup brush? No. No you haven’t.

      However, you don’t need a million brushes to ace your makeup. Hell, you don’t even need ten. What you do need is to give closer consideration to the brushes you actually use for your daily makeup application, and what’s just fluff (pun intended). And, what better time than spring to ‘Marie Kondo’ your brush set, and inch your way closer to living an #edited life.

      To give us the lowdown on all things brushes, we spoke to makeup artist Jasmin Lo to find out the essentials that never leave her kit, as well as her personal makeup case. The streamlined life will soon be yours, my friend.

       

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      “I recommend quality over quantity always! It’s much better to invest in a select curation of good-quality brushes, rather having a lot of ‘just okay’ brushes. Having a nice little edit of brushes means you can’t get carried away or confused about which to use and how to use it, which will keep your everyday makeup routine simple, glowing and fresh.

      “Good brushes will make your makeup application a breeze. Having the correct size and hair density can make all the difference to the way your makeup sits on your face, how much product it picks up and disperses, as well as how long your makeup will last throughout the day. So, it’s safe to say that you should definitely consider your makeup brushes carefully!” 

      “Another reason to invest in a smaller number of good-quality brushes is that they are built to endure — they can last you a lifetime if you look after them, which will save you money in the long run. Some brush types can also work for multiple purposes — for example, a small concealer brush can also be used as a lip brush (after being cleaned, of course!)”

       

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      “Starting with the base, I’d say that a synthetic foundation brush is essential,” says Lo. “You always want synthetic bristles for any liquid or creamy foundations, as they soak up much less product than brushes with natural hair fibres.” Opting for a synthetic brush means less product wastage, which is especially important when you invest money in your foundation, a well as a better application. “My personal go-to is the BareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush, as it diffuses foundation for a soft, natural finish,” shares Lo.

       

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      Next up: a bronzer brush. “This can be a medium to large fluffy brush — my favourite being the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder Brush,” says Lo. “You can use this type of brush two ways: one, to dust a sheer, sun-kissed wash of bronzer over the face; and two, to shape underneath the cheekbones for subtle contouring, just gently squeeze the bristles to flatten out the dome and create a more traditionally-shaped contour brush.”

       

       

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      Your blush brush needs to be a second medium-sized round, fluffy brush. “You need one for bronzer, and one for blush,” she explains. “If you use the same brush your cheek colour can appear muddied and much less seamless.” Lo’s personal pick for blush application? The Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush.

       

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      For eyes, Lo believes that a fluffy eyeshadow crease brush such as the NARS Blending Eye Brush 42 is essential. “The small soft dome shape creates a gorgeous wash of colour on the eyelid, which is the most wearable way to wear eyeshadow,” she says. “Anything too dense or small will deposit too much pigment and make it hard to disperse evenly.”

       

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      The final brush that Lo couldn’t go without? A small pointed synthetic brush. “I use this style of brush for spot-concealing little blemishes, which is a more accurate and targeted way to hide pesky pimples,” explains Lo. “My current go-to is the Make Up For Ever Precision Lip Brush, which is the perfect density and size.” If you’re wondering which brush to use for the under-eye area, Lo suggests ditching one altogether. “I find it best to use my ring finger to melt concealer into the skin under the eye,” she says.

       

       

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      Brushes by nature are delicate and need to be treated and stored with care to ensure their longevity. Lo’s recommendation? A case or holder (such as The Daily Edited x Gritty Pretty Makeup Brush Holder), which comfortably holds up to nine makeup brushes.

      Lo explains, “Brushes are best stored in a case or holder  that allows the bristles to lay smooth and not get crinkled. The tips of the bristles are the most important section of the brush, so you don’t want them pushed out of shape.”

      As for the question of cleaning and maintenance? “To clean your brushes, gently wash them once per week with warm water and a gentle soap or shampoo such as Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap — swirling the bristles in the palm of your hand with the soapy water, then rinsing out and gently squeezing out the excess water,” explains Lo.

      After shaping the bristles back to its original shape gently with your fingers, lay the brushes flat over edge of a table to dry overnight. “Always dry your brushes like this rather than standing up, as you don’t want the water to leak down into the wooden handle.”

       

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      The 6 Best Beauty Looks From The Runways Of NYFW

      New York Fashion Week is here and for us beauty-lovers, that can only mean one thing — a host of on-trend #inspo to add to our Pinterest boards.

      We know you’re busy so we’ll cut right to the chase. From Tibi to Proenza Schouler, here are six of our favourite looks from the runway. You’re so welcome.

       

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      KHAITE

       

      Talk about regal feels. New-York based brand Khaite’s beauty look focused around opulent pearls and headpieces adorned with Swarovski crystals, complemented by minimal makeup and glowing skin.

      The models’ skin was prepped using Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Mask, massaging it into the skin to provide a bouncy, glowing base. Gucci Westman, founder of Westman Atelier, added a flush of dewy colour to the skin with a touch of cream blush, blending it seamlessly into the skin.“Really, the trick is all about blending it in and making it seem as if it’s your skin,” Westman told VOGUE. She finished finished the look with a coat of mascara, courtesy of the new Eye Love You Mascara (on MECCA counters from October).

      To create the hair look, Wella Professionals hairstylist Eugene Souleiman applied Wella mousse the roots of the models’ hair to create a lived-in, yet polished look, leaving the strands free and flowing. The head bling was also accompanied with a classic French manicure courtesy of Essie.

       

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      BRANDON MAXWELL

       

      It’s official — un-kissed skin is in. Faux sun-kissed skin, that is. The makeup look at Brandon Maxwell centred around a healthy bronzed glow, starting with MAC Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick in three shades to contour and highlight. The Hyper Real Glow Palette was then dusted across the cheeks to create a luminous sheen, and finished with a smattering of faux freckles, drawn on with the M.A.C Eye Brow Styler to give a raw, undone look to the skin.

      The eye look gave off serious ’70s vibes, with MAC Spellbinder Shadows in Wishful Thinking and Swing On A Star (part of the soon-to-be-released Holiday collection) used to create a sultry wash, with MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon (a classic) used in the outer corners to elongate the eyes.

      Hair was simple and elegant, with the likes of Bella Hadid, Irina Shayk and Lameka Fox hitting the runway with clean, wavy blowouts which gave some serious supermodel-esque windswept action. Big #mood.

       

       

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      PROENZA SCHOULER

       

      Bold eyes were centre stage at Proenza Schouler. Maybelline’s Diane Kendal blended charcoal and brown shadows across the lid, before going in with Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Quench to create a lived-in shine. Eyebrows were groomed and bronzer was lightly applied to the cheeks — with Kendal telling VOGUE she wanted to “hint at the ‘80s”.

      The slicked-back ponytail was created by Redken’s Guido Palau — who blow-dried hair away from the face, and straightened any kinks, bends or wave with a flat iron. He then applied the Redken Hardwear 16 gel through the roots to create a wet look and then finished the look with hairspray. These women mean business.

       

       

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      TIBI

       

      Aveda’s Guest Artist Frank Rizzeri created this sleek hair look for Tibi’s show. He started by blowing out any texture in the models’ hair with the Aveda Speed of Light Blow Dry Accelerator Spray. Then, Rizzeri added Thickening Tonic to the ends for texture, parted the hair and tucked it behind the ears.

      “I really focused on creating contrasting textures for this look,” said Frank. “When talking with Amy [Smilovic] about the collection, she explained how she used a lot of different fabrics — some shiny, some matte — and we decided it would be fun to represent that in the hair, too. We have the hair looking slicked and wet on the top with dry texture in the back, really showing the contrasting textures.” 

       

       

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      Images courtesy of Wella Professionals and Bobbi Brown.

       

      ZIMMERMANN

       

      Local hair hero and Wella Professionals Global Creative Artist, Renya Xdis, created the quintessential Australian summer hair look for Zimmermann — loose, undone beach waves. Inspired by ’60s and ’70s beach culture, hair was tousled, sexy and wearable, with a touch of cool-girl grit.

      Xdis first prepped the models’ hair with the EIMI Ocean Spritz salt spray to create texture at the roots before using a wand to create a soft wave. She then used EIMI Mistify Me Strong to set the hair and EIMI Dry Me for matte texture. To add a touch of shine, the hair was finished with Wella SP Luxe Oil

      “I wanted to create something that refreshed and modernised the surf wave to evoke a true Aussie vibe, while also celebrating the beautiful and effortless style of Zimmermann’s beach girl,” says Xdis. We’re adding this to our Pinterest boards, stat.

      For the makeup look, created by Bobbi Brown, it was all about fresh, dewy skin — starting with the Extra Repair Moisture Cream and Vitamin Enriched Face Base to create a bouncy, hydrated canvas. The iconic Longwear Weightless Foundation was then used to even out the skin tone, with powder applied only where needed to set. Eyes and lips were kept sheer with minimal colour, except for the lash line which was accentuated with a rich, mahogany eyeshadow. Clear brow gel gave the lashes subtle definition. Let us not forget about the glow — oh lord, that glow — cheekbones and high points were given a glossy-looking sheen with the Moon Glow Highlighter.

       

      Which runway looks were you crushing on the most? (We can’t decide — we love them all!) Call out your favourites in the comments below. 

       

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      Acid Trip: A Definitive Guide To The Different Types of Skincare Acids

      Acid. The word itself is as intimidating as Anna Wintour and the category more difficult to navigate than the roads of Sydney’s CBD.

      However, the right acid—whether it be exfoliating, purifying, hydrating or regenerating—has the ability to transform good skin into jaw-dropping, amazing skin. Like, Miranda Kerr-level skin.

      “Acids can be transformative with the capacity to yield magnificent results, however, they can also be destructive if not used correctly,” explains Melanie Grant, renowned facialist to the stars—including Gritty Pretty cover girl Phoebe Tonkin. “Every complexion is different. Although a particular ingredient may work wonderfully for your friend, sister or mother, it may not work for you.”

      The good news? Once you find the right acids for your skin, there’s no turning back. To help you sort the must-haves from the maybe-nots, we’ve asked the experts to break down azelaic to hyaluronic (and everything in between).

       

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      PHAs

      A next-gen group of acids, PHAs (real name: polyhydroxy acids) have a multitude of skin benefits: they exfoliate, encourage cell turnover and hydrate.

       “PHAs are the most gentle in the exfoliating acid family,” explains Grant. “They are suitable for more sensitive skin types as the molecular size is larger, resulting in slower penetration at a more surface level.” Translation? PHA-based products slowly dissolve the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin to our face and body—meaning the likelihood of a reaction is much lower than with other, faster-moving acids (glycolic acid, we’re looking at you). 

      PHAs—including gluconolactone, lactobionic acid and galactose—are “perfect for drier skin types” says Grant, as they promote hydration and attract moisture to the skin. Our favourite product? Ole Henriksen PHAT Glow Facial. 

      Lactic

      Got milk? Lactic acid is an (underappreciated) AHA that brings the glow by gently exfoliating dead cells on the surface of the skin. “Lactic acid is a hydroxy acid derived from sour milk,” says Dr. Hkeik. “It dissolves the bonds that hold skin cells together but is also extremely hydrating; it is anti-inflammatory with antibacterial properties as well.” According to Dr. Hkeik, lactic acid is suitable for all skin types.

      Lactic acid could be the most hydrating chemical exfoliant: it boosts the level of ceramides—hydrating lipids—that sit on the skin’s surface and increases water retention. However, gentle as it might be, use with caution. “Though lactic acid is on the gentle end of the spectrum, like any acid, you should be careful of overuse,” says Grant. “Personally, I love a low-strength lactic acid peel for instant radiance.” Our holy grail is the ever-popular Sunday Riley Good Genes.

      Glycolic

      One of the most potent of AHAs, glycolic acid is one to reach for when you’re after J-Lo levels of radiance. Penetrating deep into the skin, it’s a wonder-acid that treats a number of skin concerns.

      “Glycolic acid is most effective for correcting sun damage, smoothing fine lines, as well as reducing acne, dullness, oiliness and uneven skin texture,” explains Dr Hkeik. “Congested and oily skin types respond particularly well to glycolic acid.”

      However, proceed with caution: being a smaller molecule, glycolic acid can penetrate skin at speed and could irritate sensitive skin types if overused. Introduce it to your routine slowly, okay?

      Wondering where to get your glycolic fix? “Glycolic acid can be found in a variety of cleansers, serums and moisturisers,” says Grant. “It is perfect for those of us looking to increase skin cell renewal or with maturing skin and pigmentation.” Our all-time favourite Alpha-H Liquid Gold is, quite literally, liquid gold.

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      Salicylic

      Another blemish-buster, you’ll often find salicylic acid near the top of the ingredient lists of acne-targeting skincare, such as the Dermalogica AGE Bright Clearing Serum.

      “Salicylic acid is a lipophilic (oil-soluble) ingredient, meaning it is able to penetrate pores deeply to clear sebum and dirt,” explains Grant. “It neutralises bacteria from within the pores before it develops into a blemish. It also attacks the skin’s ‘glue’, allowing it to eliminate dead skin cells while clearing congestion and soothing irritated skin.”

      If next-level clarity is what you’re after, salicylic acid is one of your best bets, advises Dr Hkeik. “Salicylic acid works best for oily, acne-prone, congested skin. Its anti-inflammatory profile makes it suitable for sensitive skin types.”

      Kojic

      We promise we’re not making these names up as we go along. Kojic acid is derived from the fermentation of rice used for Japanese rice wine, sake – and, if the J-Beauty hype train is anything to go by, then they’re onto a damn good thing with this acid.

      “Kojic acid is most powerful as a post-spot treatment (such as the 111SKIN 3 Phase Anti Blemish Booster),” advises Grant. Why? “It inhibits melanin production which causes dark spots, as well as diminishing existing hyperpigmentation.” See ya, spots!

      Azelaic

      Meet the acne-busting ingredient you’ve (probably) never heard of. Relatively new to the scene, azelaic acid is an anti-inflammatory wonder ingredient that is much less drying than traditional acne treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide. So, how does it work? “Azelaic acid reduces the production of keratin, which can block pores and lead to congestion,” explains Grant.

      Prone to pigmentation? Azelaic-based products, including Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster, can help with that. “Azelaic acid is a pigment-inhibiting ingredient, so it is excellent for the management of dark spots and all pigmentary concerns, including melasma,” says Dr Hkeik.

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      Hyaluronic

      If you haven’t heard of HA (hyaluronic acid), could you please promptly come out from beneath the rock you’ve been living under? This acid is life changing. A hardcore hydrator, HA will almost instantly turn your skin into that of a plump, dewy goddess.

      “Hyaluronic acid is a sugary molecule that binds to water,” explains neuroscientist Dr Claudia Aguirre, co-developer of skincare brand Skin Regimen. “HA is highly hygroscopic, meaning it can hold up to 1,000-fold more water than its own weight, boosting the skin’s moisture content and reducing inflammation.”

      Although the human body produces hyaluronic acid, pollutants and environmental aggressors deplete our stores over time. The solution? Daily topical application of a HA-based serum.

      “HA is one of the most beneficial skin care ingredients, encouraging long-lasting hydration and padding out fine lines and wrinkles,” says Grant. “It is best applied morning and evening as the first step after you cleanse – this will give it the greatest chance of penetration, with the added bonus of it drawing in further moisture from the products you layer on top of it.”

      Does your skin err on the sensitive side? Grant suggests you try a formula that combines ultra-soothing HA with anti-inflammatory vitamin B, such as Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense Serum.

      Polyglutamic

      New kid on the block polyglumatic acid (PGA) is perfect for dehydrated skin. Obtained from fermented soybeans, it can retain 10 times more water than hyaluronic acid. (Refresher: HA can hold 1,000 times its weight in water). Yep. But don’t go ditching your HA just yet… “Hyaluronic and polyglutamic acids work synergistically together, as HA works to hydrate deep into the skin, while polyglutamic acid targets the outer layers to create a seal,” explains Grant.

      While it is suitable for every skin type, Dr Hkeik recommends products such as The Inkey List’s Polyglutamic Acid for ageing skin. “Polyglutamic acid minimises signs of ageing such as lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, by smoothing lines and texture.”

      Mandelic

      If your skin is as irritable as this author before her morning coffee, try mandelic acid. As Grant explains, “Mandelic acid is best suited to anyone with sensitive or reactive skin who would still like to experience the benefits of chemical exfoliation.”

      Over time, mandelic acid brightens skin, smooths wrinkles, unclogs pores and nixes pimples.  So, why should those with more sensitive skin opt for mandelic over other exfoliants? Much like PHAs, it’s all down to size. “Mandelic acid is gentler due to its larger molecular size,” explains Dr Hkeik. “By taking longer to penetrate the skin, it’s not as potentially irritating.”

      Consider us sold.

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      Alpha Lipoic

      A considerably new player, alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is lauded for its ability to boost glow and improve texture. “Alpha lipoic acid works on an enzymatic level to provide antioxidant benefits to the skin – defending against free radicals, preventing premature ageing and brightening,” says Grant.

      As a compound produced naturally in the human body, as well as in food, ALA doesn’t require everyday application, explains Dr Hkeik. “In skin products, it is a highly potent antioxidant used for improvement of skin texture and appearance.” We love The Ordinary’s Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% – use every two to three days for a pick-me-up.

      Retinoic

      Being a Gritty Pretty reader, we assume you’ve heard of retinol. Now, meet retinoic acid, the most active form of vitamin A. (Interestingly, retinol converts into retinoic when it makes contact with the skin.) One of the most transformative acids, retinoic acid fixes a multitude of skin sins.

      “The greatest gift of retinoic acid, while being a great resurfacing agent, is that it also stimulates collagen and elastin proteins,” shares Dr Hkeik. In short, skin will be smoother, tighter and healthier.

      Consider this your warning not to go HAM: retinoic acid is seriously active. Dr Hkeik suggests you start small, mixing a few drops of Skin Regimen’s 1.5 Retinol Booster into your night cream: “Retinoic acid is best tolerated by thickened, sun-damaged and generally non-sensitive skin types.”

      Ferulic

      Want to look younger for longer? Meet ferulic acid. This antioxidant does a little bit of everything, explains Grant. “Ferulic acid is an antioxidant derived from the seeds of fruit such as apples and oranges, as well as the cell walls of plants and vegetables like oats and seeds,” says Grant. “It halts the ageing process by reducing the impact of free radicals and protecting against sun damage, as well as offering regenerative properties to repair skin.”

      Ferulic acid plays well with others; it boosts the stability and efficacy of certain antioxidants in skin care. “Ferulic acid combines particularly well with vitamin C (for example, in the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum), as it boosts photo-protection as well as stabilising the notoriously fickle antioxidant,” says Dr Hkeik. “However, there also are certainly great benefits of using it alone.”

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      This article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Gritty Pretty Magazine.

      THE SPRING 2019 ISSUE OF GRITTY PRETTY MAGAZINE

       

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