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      Gritty Pretty Radio Ep 05: Lili Reinhart

      The Riverdale star chats being a role model, finding her feet in fame and her gig as COVERGIRL ambassador.

      PSA: we weren’t kidding when we said that we had the biggest stars lined up for Gritty Pretty Radio. With over 24 million Instagram followers, actress and COVERGIRL ambassador, Lili Reinhart knows a thing or two about being in the spotlight. Hosted by our Founder & Editor-In-Chief, Eleanor Pendleton and Beauty Director, Erin Cook, this episode is raw, eye opening and downright inspirational. From why Reinhart strives to use her platform for good to body positivity and everything in between, we’ve got it all covered.

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      Since landing the role of Betty Cooper on hit Netflix series, Riverdale in 2016, it’s safe to say that Reinhart’s profile has been steadily on the rise. In between attending red carpet events (hello, Met Gala, Oscars and various fashion weeks) the actress has has cemented herself as a key role model in the social media space. Reinhart consciously uses her platform for good. “I think if you have millions of people watching you, you need to make sure that what you’re saying is important,” she says. “And that’s a lot of pressure but it also isn’t that hard.”

      Reinhart was the obvious choice for COVERGIRL’s newest ambassador: “It was such an honour to be partnered with such an iconic company that everyone knows but also a company that has been so inclusive for so long.” We hope you enjoy the episode…

      Click here to listen to Episode 5 of Gritty Pretty Radio featuring Lili Reinhart – and don’t forget to leave a review & subscribe.

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      Hair

      This Will Be The Most Popular Haircut Of The Summer

      Short, chic and Aussie summer approved.

      Guys, we’re officially in August. With two months of winter down and only one to go, we’ve almost made it through. And if the next few months whizz by like the previous, we’ll be back in denim cutoffs, bikini tops and Havaianas in no time. 

      With summer basically upon us (see previous paragraph – we’re being optimistic, okay?), it’s the perfect time to start thinking about a new season hair refresh. Here, we ask Paloma Rose Garcia, founder of Paloma Salon and one of Australia’s most well known hairdressers, to stare into her crystal ball and share her top prediction for the haircut of summer 2021.

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      Introducing the cool girl cut of summer: the Kaia Gerber bob. Ultra-90s, ultra-simple and ultra-striking, this hair trend is here to stay. Sometimes, simple is best: “It’s great because it’s all one length, there’s no shape in it, it’s completely blunt and can sit anywhere from the jawline to the shoulder.”

      It’s a dramatic chop. Before you jump in scissors first, have an honest chat with your hairdresser. “The most ideal hair type is a fine texture of hair of medium density,” says Garcia. “But, then again, I have super wavy hair that I smooth a little with keratin and I just got the chop myself!” Short hair needs to be styled each morning; throwing your hair in a messy bun won’t be an option. Are you ready for the adjustment? If so, go for it!

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      Speaking of styling… Fortunately, this cut can be styled in a number of ways from super sleek and shiny to wash-and-wear shaggy. 

      “Your hair has to be reflective of you and your lifestyle,” says Garcia. “You’ve got to be comfortable with it when you’re fresh out of the shower and letting it air dry as that’s what will make it yours.”

      Our biggest tip? Let your hair air dry after the first wash post-cut so you know what you’re working with. From there, you can tweak and style until it looks its best.

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      Shorter styles need conditioning and styling products that do the job without weighing hair down. “I love Oribe’s Supershine Moisturising Cream ($78) and their Sculpting Cream ($48),” Garcia says. 

      The hair guru also recommends an anti-humidity spray (particularly if you live in one of the more humid states) to prevent frizz. “Just keep it moisturised,” she tells Gritty Pretty.

      Yes, ma’am.

      Are you ahead of the trend and rocking a Kaia bob already? Leave your top tips for maintaining the blunt cut in the comments below!

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      Lifestyle Makeup Skin

      A Foolproof Guide To Organising And Storing Your Beauty Products

      Your dream shelfie can now be a reality.

      We’ve all been there — scrolling through Instagram drooling (metaphorically, of course) over the ultra-organised and perfectly stored beauty products on many an influencers’ page. Whether its a photo of their crisp white shelving unit with 1000 empty Diptyque jars and Byredo perfumes a-plenty or a ‘draw-fie’ (à la Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), showing a perfectly divided space for all your makeup and skincare products, storage jealousy is definitely a thing. 

      The good news? You don’t have to have the perfect storage unit to be able to create the perfect storage system. You just have to know how to make what you’ve got, work for you — and that’s where we come in. Here, your step-by-step guide to culling, designing and organising your beauty products to ensure they’re stored to perfection and ready for use.

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      Step 1: Take Everything Out

      Before you even begin to think about organising your beauty products, you must first take them all out of their current crevices. And we mean all of them. Starting out this way will help you see not only how many products you actually have but will also allow you to clean (!) and reevaluate your storage. More often than not we aren’t using what we have to its fullest potential so this step is a non-negotiable.

      Step 2: Clear Everything Out

      Now that you have a mound of products stacked on the floor (and a large amount of anxiety about the task ahead) it’s time to cull. And be hard on yourself. Any beauty product that has been sitting untouched for longer than two months is a goner, no arguments. Then look to see what is out of date (chuck) and what no longer brings you joy (see ya). Now you’ll be left with just the bare essentials i.e. what you actually use.

      Step 3: Divide And Conquer

      In order to fully understand how to organise, you have to be aware of how many products you have in each category. For example, if you have 35 foundations that you can’t part with (no judgement here) they may require their own drawer or shelf. But if you only have three, they can bunk in with your concealers and powders. Grouping each category together will let you examine which products can fit together and which need to ride solo. 

      Step 4: Consider How You Use Your Space

      And by this we mean, consider how you actually operate when looking for beauty products. If you have a set of double doored shelves in your bathroom but only ever open one door (hence forgetting about what is on the other side) make sure the products you love and use are on the side you reach for most. Same goes for drawers. If you only ever open the top two, reserve them for your most loved and pop the rest down the bottom.

      Step 5: Choose Your Storage

      Overwhelmed? Don’t be. We’re almost at the end. The next step is to pick a storage solution. Whether you venture to Ikea or Howard’s Storage World or reuse some old jars and candles, it’s important to know how much storage you need and where it’s coming from. The most important thing is to keep anything that comes in contact with your skin (BeautyBlenders, makeup brushes, tweezers etc.) in a bag or box that is covered to avoid them coming in contact with excess bacteria or dust. Oh, also — make sure your products aren’t sitting in direct sunlight.

      Step 6: Evaluate What’s Left

      Before you put everything into your newly organised cupboard or drawer, it’s time to evaluate what you have left and where it would make sense for it to go. Beauty products don’t exclusively belong in the bathroom, you know. So, rethink your system and make it work for you. If you like the lighting in your bedroom more, keep your makeup in there. If you like to do your skincare fresh out of the shower, keeping your goodies in the cabinet would make sense. Make it work for you.

      Step 7: Organise!

      Now it’s time to put it all together. You’ve got this girlfriend (just think of the shelfie)!

      Do you have any makeup storage tips that have changed your life? Don’t keep them a secret! Leave them in the comments below.

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      Skin

      PSA: Rihanna Has Just Launched A Skincare Line (And We’re Obsessed)

      Superstar skin? Yes please.

      Just when we thought we’d seen it all from Rihanna (she did nail basically every makeup product, ever) the singer went one step further and graced us with Fenty Skin. Created based off of her own difficulties navigating the skincare industry, the songstress wanted to create an accessible, effective and easy line that everyone could use – and that she did.

      Tested on all skin types and skin tones to ensure it’s efficacy, the range is also oil-free, vegan and gluten-free which means you can feel good about what you’re putting on your face. Oh, and the best part? The packaging is earth-conscious which means the products come housed in recycled bottles and in refillable packs. She really has thought of everything…

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      The Cleanser

      Step one of her three step offering, the Total Cleans’r Remove It All Cleanser ($36) is a multi-tasker to say the least. Containing barbados cherry, which is packed full of skin brightening vitamin C, green tea, to defend against environmental stressors and gingko biloba to help control oil and clarify, this formula goes from day to night with ease.

      The Toner

      Up next? The Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum ($39). This secret weapon is designed to instantly refine the look of pores, reduce the appearance of dark spots and even skin tone. Formulated with niacinamide to help protect and even the skin, cactus flower to hydrate and Australian lemon myrtle to reduce oil and refine pores, this is a real game changer.

      The Moisturiser

      Rounding out the range with a product that both hydrates the skin and protects it from harmful UV rays, the Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen ($52) is a new bathroom cabinet staple. Nailing the balance between sun protection and a lightweight, invisible texture, the formula is ideal for under makeup. The packaging is also refillable so you can restock with ease.

      Which Fenty Skin product are you most excited for? Leave it in the comments below!

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      Body Hair Health Makeup Skin

      Beauty Editors’ Top Picks: July 2020

      What we’re loving, coveting and “borrowing” from the Gritty Pretty beauty cupboard this month.

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      I hope I’m not alone in saying that COVID-19 lockdown has lead to a few too many health slip ups on my behalf. Something about being home all the time seems to make me constantly hungry (what’s with that?) and it’s taken a toll on my skin. So, as you can imagine, I was delighted when the new Kora Organics Noni Glow Skinfood With Prebiotics Powder ($70) landed on my desk. Formulated to help support cellular health and digestive functions, the inclusion of powerhouse ingredients such as noni fruit, acai, blueberry, mangosteen and pomegranate, has meant that my skin is already back on track. Packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, it’s no wonder I’ve got my glow back. And the best bit? It tastes amazing, so you actually remember to take it. I just need to master my downward dog and I’ll look like Miranda Kerr, right? – Rose Garnett, Beauty Assistant

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      If you, like me, are very much a texture person than this product is for you. The Avène DermAbsolu Serum ($59.99) is both moisturising but not too heavy to layer with other skincare products or under makeup. It’s also a bonus that the brand doesn’t break the bank but will always deliver on what they promise. My only gripe in this instance was that the dispenser makes it a little tricky to get enough product out. And when trying to race out the door in the morning, this isn’t very ideal. – Sue Hoffman, Brand Partnerships Manager

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      Any lip gloss that smells chocolate-y takes me back to the best times of my youth. This delicious non-sticky, ultra-creamy Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminiser ($31) comes in one universal pink shade – and is designed to suit all skin tones. It wears beautifully on its own or over the top of a lipstick. For a gloss, it feels grown up as it doesn’t make your lips look ultra shiny and it lasts considerably well before re-applying. Rihanna nailed it. – Eleanor Pendleton, Founder & Editor-In-Chief

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      Serum for the body – a new one for me. Since my baby bump has popped, I’ve been using different serums and oils at night in an attempt to avoid stretch marks. Plus, after a long day of feeling heavy, it’s a nice moment to myself to rub things all over the ever growing bod. The Biologi Body Serum ($72) is full of phenolic acids rich in antioxidants, which leave my skin feeling super smooth and supple every time I use (every 2-3 nights). It behaves similarly to that of a face serum; once absorbed, it leaves a nice sheen. I am careful not to miss a spot, as I want to be covered in it, head to toe. However it is on the thicker side, so it does need a tiny bit of time before bed (if you are using at night) to seep in properly. – Amie Jones, Art Director

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      As we entered into both COVID-19 lockdown and the cooler months, my skin certainly suffered. Experiencing more irritation and redness than usual I was down to try anything that would reduce the inflammation and get my skin back to its best self. So, when the Dr Dennis Gross Stress Repair Face Cream ($115) was resting on my keyboard, I couldn’t get home fast enough. In just one week this nutrient-rich moisturiser had reduced inflammation and brought hydration back to my skin. Coupled with the SuperFoods serum, the formula works to fight against oxidative stress. And work it did. – Eliza Hynd, Head Of Partnerships

      Do you have a product you’d like us to try next? Leave it in the comments below!

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      Interviews

      Insider Profile: Violette

      Ever heard the phrase ‘je ne sais quoi’? We think the term was invented to describe French makeup artist Violette.

      Appointed Estée Lauder’s global beauty director in 2017, this Parisian-turned-New Yorker is all talent, no ego. When she’s not creating new products for Estée Lauder, you’ll find Violette painting the faces of your favourite celebrities (think: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) or filming for her YouTube channel. Here, the 31-year-old creative talks about trusting her instincts, finding balance as a working mother and why she’s proud to be a French cliché.

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      Gritty Pretty: You’re a woman of many talents (and job titles!). What has been the best and hardest thing about your role as global beauty director of Estée Lauder? And how do you balance this full-time gig with being a creator in your own right?

      Violette: As a creative, the hardest thing is to have money in order to create content but to simultaneously ‘forget’ about the money when it comes to making decisions on which brands to work with, so your voice can still be genuine. To help with this, I only work with brands I love, share products I love and only do what is 100 per cent sincere to me. Even with Estée, I had told them at the beginning that I only wanted to talk about what I love and they have never pushed me to support a product that I didn’t truly adore. So, authenticity – it’s the hardest but the best thing at the same time.

      GP: How would you describe your role at Estée Lauder to someone who is unfamiliar with how the beauty industry operates?

      V: My role at Estée Lauder has stayed relatively the same over the years in that it is always different. I get to do a lot of exciting things. My first focus is always to create very strong products that are as good as having a makeup artist in your bathroom, so you don’t have to overthink it. Now I am also creating content and tutorials for women that will help them apply the makeup. My greatest role is to make [women] feel more empowered so they can break free from the standardised beauty rules.

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      GP: What has been the biggest learning curve of your career so far?

      V: To expand and be open. Five years ago, I felt a real shift in the industry. YouTube wasn’t really cool in the fashion industry yet but I was finding that the more I was posting my looks on social media, the more women would ask me how I achieved those looks. From there I started to do collaborations with fashion brands, becoming more of an ‘influencer’ which was not common as a makeup artist in the fashion industry. It’s important to embrace shifts, or learning curves, in a really sincere way. You have to trust your instincts.

      GP: Now that you are a (relatively) new mother to your beautiful daughter Inès, how do you balance life as a working mother?

      V: One thing that’s true is that once you give birth, you’re so much more productive! Once you have kids, you have so much less time that you just try to jam everything you can into one day. I’d also say choosing a ‘switch-off’ time and sticking to it has helped me. Every day at 5:30pm exactly I stop my work and focus on my daughter until she goes to bed, then I focus on my partner and myself. I also have one day a week where I don’t work, and the weekends, so I try to maximise family time.

      GP: Where do you find your inspiration?

      V: I’m inspired by all women. Everywhere I go. Always. The ’60s and ’70s are also a huge era of inspiration for me. My fine arts background opened my eyes to really be inspired by everything. Women, nature, things on the wall – it’s being trained to have your eyes open and alert.

      Want more? Continue reading this interview in the Winter 2020 issue of Gritty Pretty Magazine.

      THE WINTER 2020 ISSUE OF GRITTY PRETTY MAGAZINE

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      Eyes Makeup

      Forget Statement Lips, A Statement Eye Is Your New Beauty BFF

      They say the eyes are the window to the soul…

      And we would have to agree. If you’re anything like us and stalk runway makeup looks for months after they debut, you would have noticed that for the last year or so, eyes were a hot commodity. Gone are the days of a bold lip eye makeup is where it’s at.

      Between glossy lids, colour blocking and smokey (coloured) eyes, a statement eye look is not only versatile but also wearable. But there’s a right and a wrong way to do it (wrong way = any matching eye makeup to your clothes à la 1990s Britney). Here, we speak to the makeup artist behind the incredible looks you’ll see below, Ashleigh Carpenter, and discover the different ways to pull off a statement eye.  

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      A classic, a favourite, a trusted source of eye drama, a glittery lid is no new look. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great way to add a little lift to an everyday face. For daytime we suggest opting for a subtle wash of sparkle across the lid, with the potential to build to a dramatic glitter look by the evening. Found inspo via the runways? Carpenter suggests to make it wearable, “take an element that you love from the look and simplify the rest. If it’s a really strong eye, keep the skin fresh and natural.”

      Gritty Pretty Loves: CHANEL Ombre Premiere Top Coat ($54) (pictured here), Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow ($38)

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      A more recent development on the statement eye makeup front, a glossy lid is a subtle yet sultry way to amp up the eye area. Whether you opt for a naked lid and gloss over the top or take it one step further and combine colour and shine, this look is perfect for the lazy girl who still wants a hint of glamour. Why? You can create the look using a swipe of your favourite lip gloss. Winning.

      Gritty Pretty Loves: CHANEL Le Gel Pailetté ($62) (pictured here), MAC Studio Eye Gloss ($45)

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      Especially now-a-days with the wearing of masks, making your eyes pop is key. And for those bold babes out there, colour blocking is the way to go. To make sure this look appears polished, Carpenter suggests keeping your brows in check, “a good brow creates the framing for a great eye”. Then, whether it’s sharp or soft, adding a complimentary colour to your eye shade all over the lid and crease will give you a fun look in no time.

      Gritty Pretty Loves: MAC Art Library Palette ($89) (pictured here), Morphe 35B Colour Burst Artistry Palette ($36)

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      Who doesn’t love a sexy smokey eye every now and then? And with the recent trends, they’re about to get a whole lot cooler. Skip the black and grey tones for a bronzed, orange-based colour to give the smokey eye a brighter, more elevated lift. And don’t forget the lower lash line, the more you smoke it, the more wispy and effortless it looks.

      Gritty Pretty Loves: NARS Single Eyeshadow in Persia Paprika ($30) (pictured here), Mecca Max Single Shadow in Rogue ($8)

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      But not just any wing – a fresh take on the feline flick. Whether you make it graphic or choose a fun colour, a spiced up wing has been all over the editorials and runways. One tip to make the application process a little easier? “Always opt for products that immediately give a pop of colour without having to layer and layer,” says Carpenter. This will ensure you don’t have to go over the area multiple times, risking a thicker, messier wing. 

      Gritty Pretty Loves: MAC Pro Palette Paint Stick ($115) (pictured here), Sephora Collection Colourful Eyeshadow Mono ($13)

      Do you have a go-to statement eye look that you can’t get enough of? Leave it in the comments below!

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      Fragrance Health Makeup Skin

      What’s New Now: July 2020

      The latest and greatest beauty products to hit the shelves – and why they warrant an ‘add to cart’.

      The beauty of, well, beauty products is that they only demand a short-term commitment. No matter the product – be it a shampoo, serum, eye cream or foundation – eventually, it will run out. The plus side? It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new.

      And there’s no time like the present to refresh your look. We can’t be the only ones who feel like a brand new person after spritzing on a new scent or applying a swipe of lipstick.

      On that note, we’d like to welcome you back to What’s New Now. A monthly round-up of the latest and greatest products to hit the shelves. Whether you’re searching for a few hints to drop, a gift for your best girlfriend or just want to try something that you haven’t before – you will find everything you need, right here.

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      Malin + Goetz Resurfacing Face Serum

      If you’re feeling the effects of winter skin as much as we are then the new Malin + Goetz Resurfacing Face Serum is for you. Containing glycolic and lactic acids to gently exfoliate and clarify the skin as well as vitamin C to brighten and even-out skin tone, this serum is baby skin in a bottle. The inclusion of niacinamide also helps to protect the skin and keep it balanced. Talk about multitasking!

      Buy now: $112 at Mecca.

      Breeze Balm Lanolin Ointment

      For those days when chapped lips simply won’t do, the new Breeze Balm Lanolin Ointment is your knight in shining armour. Formulated with lanolin and beeswax, this hardworking formula treats dry lips by keeping them both hydrated and protected, at the same time. Rich in vitamin A, the balm is able to lock in moisture and smooth the skin, leaving your lips supple and juicy.

      Buy now: $19.95 at Breeze Balm.

      The Jojoba Company Calming Jojoba Oil

      A new take on their cult-favourite Jojoba oil, the new Calming Oil is a must-have. Enriched with bisabolol to help reduce tension, alleviate stress and deeply hydrate and soothe, the formula is a bedtime essential. An added bonus? Jojoba oil helps mimic your body’s natural oils which activates your skin’s natural intelligence to help it heal itself. Mind = blown.

      Buy now: $39.95 at The Jojoba Company.

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      McoBeauty Mini Lip Crayons

      A new limited edition offering from the budget-friendly brand, these lip crayons by McoBeauty belong in every possible corner of your life. Be it in the handbag, in your car or on your desk, these crayons are versatile and pigmented, meaning every look can be nailed in a matter of seconds. Available in six shades with a satin finish, these bad boys are the epitome of bang for your buck.

      Buy now: $20 at Woolworths

      NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

      Perfect for those no makeup makeup days, the new NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil is a lightweight formula that helps even the skin without any cakey aftermath. Containing cucumber and aloe extract to keep the skin hydrated for up to eight hours, the formula is available in eight shades and provides a sumptuous satin finish. Need we say more?

      Buy now: $24.95 at Priceline.

      Chantecaille Radiance Chic Cheek And Highlight Duo

      If you’re after a natural yet striking highlight and blush duo, this is the answer. Chantecaille’s newest palette is both paraben-free and fragrance-free and is essential for creating that naturally flushed and sculpted complexion. With limited edition packaging, proceeds from this palette also go towards supporting WildAid in their mission to reduce global consumption of wildlife products. Good for you and the planet.

      Buy now: $135 at Mecca

      Marc Jacobs At Lash’d Mascara

      When Marc Jacobs Beauty releases a new product, we pay attention. And the launch of their new mascara, At Lash’d, was no different. The lifting and volumising formula contains peptides and antioxidants to curl and lengthen with ease. The unique wavy-bristled wand is also great for separating and helps deliver the ideal amount of mascara to avoid clumping and fall out. Genius.

      Buy now: $41 at Sephora

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      Glasshouse A Moment In Tokyo Candle

      A limited edition, triple scented soy candle, this new Glasshouse treasure is one for the mantelpiece. With top notes of incense and rose petals, middle notes of leather and violet and rounding out with base notes of ebony wood and birch, this scent is dark, sexy and mysterious. Housed in a newly redesigned Glasshouse Fragrances jar, the frosted blue and green candle not only smells amazing, but also adds a daring pop of colour to any room.

      Buy now: $49.95 at Glasshouse Fragrances.

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      REN & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray

      We all want sleep. We all need sleep. But some of us, don’t get enough sleep. Cue: the REN & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray. This vegan and paraben-free formula is the ultimate in calming mists. Blending notes of lavender with deeply restful frankincense to relax the mind and body, this fragrance will have you slipping into the land of nod in no time. Oh, and the chic packaging doesn’t go unnoticed, either.

      Buy now: $40 at Mecca.

      Kora Organics Noni Glow Skinfood With Prebiotics Dietary Supplement Powder

      If you, like the rest of the world, would die for skin à la Miranda Kerr, then this one is for you. The newest product from the supermodel’s certified organic skincare company Kora Organics, this dietary skin supplement helps to support cellular health and digestive functions. Containing noni extract as the core ingredient, which contains over 100 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, this powder will serve you all the dewy skin realness.

      Buy now: $70 at Sephora

      Have you got a favourite product that has just hit the shelves? Leave it in the comments below!

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      Interviews

      Gritty Pretty Radio Ep 03: Beauty Talk With Eleanor Pendleton & Erin Cook

      Bonus episode alert!

      Gritty Pretty Founder & Editor-In-Chief, Eleanor Pendleton, and Beauty Director, Erin Cook, team up to bring you a bonus Gritty Pretty Radio episode filled with beauty, beauty and, you guessed it, more beauty.

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      You’ve heard them host interviews with savvy business woman and supermodel, Miranda Kerr and one of Queer Eye’s most notable stars, Jonathan Van Ness, but who are the hosts of Gritty Pretty Radio, really? Beauty Talk, a series of Gritty Pretty Radio bonus episodes, will help you discover just that.

      In today’s episode, both women discuss how they got their start in the world of publishing and chat through the challenges and triumphs of their careers. Their budget and boujee products of the week also make an appearance (spoiler alert: Erin’s favourite, the NYX Dewy Setting Spray, is a steal at just $14.95) and they even answer one of your beauty-related questions. To ask your own beauty question, leave us a comment on our Facebook page here.

      Whether you’re starting to commute back into the office or have just found a spare 20 minutes since the kids have gone back to school (hallelujah!), this episode will teleport you directly into Gritty Pretty HQ. Think of it like a beauty chat with your girlfriends. We hope you enjoy.

      Click here to listen to Episode 3 of Gritty Pretty Radio featuring Eleanor Pendleton and Erin Cook – and don’t forget to leave a review and subscribe. 

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      Layer Up: How To Layer Fragrance The Right Way

      Consider this: winter layering sans the knitwear.

      We’ll pause while you wrap your head around that notion. Whether you want to elevate an old favourite, spice up a lighter scent or breathe new life into your collection, fragrance layering is this winter’s answer to last spring’s perfume purchases.

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      It’s human nature to constantly crave the next best thing – be it the next rung on the career ladder, the next milestone in your child’s life or your next big purchase. We aren’t known for our ability to stop and smell the roses, or, for that matter, the multitude of fragrances that sit upon our vanity. Often, said vanity is home to spades of unlocked potential – but we’re just too busy to notice. Cue: fragrance layering. Not only does layering your scents give you waaay more bang for your buck, it also creates something totally new and unique to you. A real signature scent; one that no one else can emulate.

      According to Nick Smart, founder and CEO of Agence de Parfum and Libertine Parfumerie, layering gives old scents new depth. “Layering fragrances is great because you can interchange them throughout the day,” says Smart. “For example, the lighter, fresher scents may predominate the day and the more opulent scents may be better suited to night.”

      Much like traditional winter layering with clothing, Smart recommends understanding the notes of the fragrances you have before you begin. This will give you a guide as to which are your base fragrances (read: your thermals and knitwear) and which fragrances should be layered on top (aka your coats and scarves). Fragrance notes are broken down into five main categories: fresh, floral, citrus, oriental and woody. Once you learn to sort your florals from your woods, you’re well on your way to nailing your next fragrance combination.

      Woody

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      The deeper, warmer fragrances that are often rooted in sandalwood, juniper or cedar.

      On Our Vanity:

      L’Artisan Parfumer Couleur Vanille, $219/100mL

      Bottega Veneta Illusione For Her, $185/75mL

      Floral

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      The smell of fresh-cut flowers. Most commonly, these notes are made up of lily, rose or jasmine.

      On Our Vanity:

      Marc Jacobs Daisy Petals Compact Fragrances, $50/20mL 

      Lancôme Idôle, $150/75mL

      Fresh

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      Aquatic, marine scents interspersed with hints of lemon and lime.

      On Our Vanity:

      Maison Margiela Replica Bubble Bath, $180/100mL

      Byredo La Tulipe, $332/100mL

      Want more? Continue reading this interview in the Winter 2020 issue of Gritty Pretty Magazine.

      THE WINTER 2020 ISSUE OF GRITTY PRETTY MAGAZINE

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      Interviews

      Gritty Pretty Radio Ep 02: Jonathan Van Ness

      Fierce, talented, unapologetic – that’s Jonathan Van Ness.

      As the second instalment of our newly launched podcast, Gritty Pretty Radio, our interview with Queer Eye Grooming Expert and Biossance Global Ambassador, Jonathan Van Ness was a ball of laughs. Hosted by our Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Eleanor Pendleton, and Beauty Director, Erin Cook, this podcast episode had everything you could ever want – from JVN’s favourite beauty products, to why he’s passionate about clean beauty and why we should all want to be f**kable at every age.

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      A fan favourite on the Netflix series, Queer Eye, JVN is known for his confidence and flair but reveals to Gritty Pretty that he isn’t always his most confident self – and that’s okay. “Our worth is not wrapped up in how confident we feel,” he says. “We are worthy of love and acceptance despite what our feelings about ourselves say.”

      It’s this philosophy that he takes into all facets of life, whether it’s his personal relationships or his job, and what led him to become an ambassador of the now cult-favourite clean beauty brand, Biossance. Admitting he isn’t always perfect when it comes to sustainability, JVN’s action starts in his bathroom. And great skin? Just a bonus. Spending his downtime in 2020 ice-skating and having constant solo dance parties in his kitchen, JVN truly is a force to be reckoned with. And, there’s so much more to come…

      Click here to listen to Episode 2 of Gritty Pretty Radio featuring Jonathan Van Ness – and don’t forget to leave a review & subscribe.

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      Interviews

      5 Minutes With Uzo, NARS Global Artistry Director

      From runways to magazines, if the look is NARS, we have Uzo to thank for that.

      When NARS products arrive at Gritty Pretty HQ, we pay attention (too obvious?) No matter the look, this French brand, founded by makeup artist François Nars in 1994, has the tools you need.

      On the runways, NARS push the boundaries of beauty – and we have NARS Global Artistry Director Uzo to thank for that. Since taking over the artistic helm in 2017, Uzo has sparked global trends, including that blue eyeliner moment, and is the driving force behind NARS’ sought after limited edition collections.

      Recently, we sat down with Uzo to celebrate the launch of OrgasmX Collection and talk all things makeup, creativity and how she fosters her creativity.

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      Hi Uzo! As Global Artistry Director at NARS, your job is pretty phenomenal. How long have you been working for NARS?

      I’ve been with NARS for over twenty years and became the brand’s Global Artistry Director in 2017.

      I’m sure a lot of people would be intrigued as to what your job actually involves. What is something surprising about your job that not many people would know?

      There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that I get to dip my toes into! Not only do I come up with ideas for shoots, collections and runways but I am also part of a special panel that works directly with NARS Product Development team. Here, we’re involved with the ideation, development and testing of new products.

      NARS is a go-to brand for many labels at Fashion Weeks, including Erdem, Rixo and Tory Burch. How do you go about creating looks for shows, celebrities and editorials? What does your creative process look like?

      For fashion shows and editorials, the process is definitely more primal where the fashion designer or photographer may provide an abstract idea, specific concept or reference for you to interpret. It may require additional research and several hair and makeup tests to create a look that totally captures the vision of the designer, or long hours on set to create different looks that embody the theme of the editorial. Celebrity makeup is a lot more straight-forward as you are creating a beauty look that centres on a specific personality and brand, especially if it is a celebrity who is well-known and has an established beauty look and aesthetic.

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      Why do you think NARS has remained one of the most iconic makeup brands for so many years?

      I find that NARS’ ability to empower women to embrace their individual beauty and at the same time encourage them to have fun and experiment with makeup is quite iconic. How many brands out there that offer modern and audacious beauty products that truly inspire, push and challenge you to create your own unique look that is undeniably you?   

      We couldn’t agree more! There really is something for everyone – from the natural girl to the makeup extraordinaire who loves playing with colour, NARS has it all. Arguably, though, the most iconic product would be the Orgasm blush. And with the recent release of the OrgasmX collection, what do you think makes this product so special?

      Orgasm Blush has deservedly earned its iconic status due to its universal appeal. The pinky-peach combo is truly flattering because of the unique balance of warm and cool undertones, allowing the blush to compliment all complexions while the subtle golden shimmer subtly enhances the skin leaving it looking polished and luminous.

      And to finish, because we are nosy, what are your top five NARS products?

      My top five would definitely be the Radiant Creamy Concealer, the Soft Matte Complete Concealer, the Orgasm X Blush, the High Pigment Longwear Eyeliner in Gran Via and the Afterglow Lip Balm in Fast Lane. 

      Thank you Uzo! Don’t mind us, we’re just going to go add all those items to our cart.

      Are there any experts you’re dying to hear from? Leave them in the comments below!