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      Two Cult Beauty Brands FINALLY Coming To Australia

      Christmas has come early.

      Two of the most buzzed-about brands are making their Australian debut this week (insert dancing lady emoji here). One is from the world’s most influential makeup artist, the other from a skincare start-up.

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      First up, Pat McGrath. For most of us, that’s pretty much all we need to know. For everyone else: where have you been hiding? Pat McGrath is the British makeup artist that is single-handedly responsible for the some of the most iconic beauty looks of the last two decades. Glitter red lips, bleached brows, hyper-real highlighted skin—that’s all Pat.

      McGrath works around 80 fashion shows every year (including Prada, Versace and Givenchy), often toting 50+ suitcases (!) of cosmetics, feathers and sequins, which she uses to create gorgeous looks that filter from the runways to real life. Basically, where McGrath’s imagination goes, the rest of the beauty-obsessed follow.

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      So it’s not surprising that when she launched Pat McGrath Labs in 2015, the 1000 units of metallic Gold 001 pigment sold out in six minutes flat. Today, the range has expanded to include lipsticks, highlighters and eyeshadows, and are sold both on her website and at Sephora. What hasn’t changed: they still sell out super fast. Which is why we advise you log on early to Sephora’s website this Thursday December 6 (that’s tomorrow) to pick up one of the limited-edition Christmas packs (don’t despair if you miss out, because a wider selection of Pat McGrath Lab products should hit Sephora early 2019).

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      Don’t let your laptop or mobile stray too far, though, because this Friday December 7, the first Friday of summer, is when Mecca will launch Summer Fridays (see what they did there?).

      The brand was born on social media, and created by LA-based beauty and lifestyle influencers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores Ireland. The duo were looking for a quick solution to their tired, dull, stressed-out skin, and came up with the Jet Lag Mask, a creamy combination of brightening vitamin C, smoothing niacinamide, antioxidant green tea, and exfoliating chestnut extract.

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      Thanks to the fun name, Instagrammable blue aluminum packaging, and clean and vegan ingredients, plus a dedicated and engaged following, the product was a sell-out in the States. Jet Lag works as a leave-on mask (it goes on clear, so you can safely wear it in public), a heavy-duty moisturiser for thirsty skin, or as leave-on or overnight mask, and delivers that summer Friday feeling to skin. And there are plans to launch the brand’s other instant best-seller, the orange-hued Overtime Mask, early 2019.

      Meet you guys at check-out.

      Tell us, have you tried either of these brands? Which products are you most excited for?

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      Beauty Editor’s Top Picks – November 2018

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

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      R+Co Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion, $41

      If you’re a fine-haired girl who loves R+Co’s High Dive Moisture + Shine Creme but find it juuuuust the slightest bit heavy (or was that just us?), then this one’s for you. It has all the same benefits as High Dive – it mosturizes fried hair, tames frizz, and leaves behind a nice glossy sheen – but in a lighter lotion formula. There’s zero stickiness, and it works on damp hair pre-blowdry, or on dry hair to tame pesky flyaways and hydrate raggedy ends.

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      Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Mail Order Bride and Forever Fades Fast, $32 each

      We love that this nail polish delivers the pigment-rich, opaque colour and shine of a gel mani, minus the damaging side-effects, and we really love the two, summer-ready takes on pink, from the punchy pastel Mail Order Bride, to the pale rose of Forever Fades Fast.

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      Lanolips Rose Gold 101 Ointment, $19

      The cult multi-purpose balm gets an infusion of on-trend rose gold. Use as a tint on lips and cheeks for that rosy, you-think-I-just-came-back-from-Pilates-but-really-I-was-sprawling-on-the-sofa flush.

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      Gallinée Face Vinegar, $44

      A face vinegar? Colour us intrigued. This product brings together two buzzy beauty topics – the resurgence of toners and emergence of probiotic skincare – in one nifty formula. Rather than stripping skin, this uses hibiscus vinegar to gently purify and soothe the skin, while prebiotics and postbiotics keep skin’s natural bacteria at healthy levels to minimise irritation and inflammation. Soak a cotton pad, and sweep it over the face after cleansing and before your serums (and no, there’s no stinky, astringent-y smell or feel).

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      Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush The Riviera Collection, $20 each, December 1 at Priceline

      We admit it: we’re suckers for pretty packaging. So while we’re already fans of these iconic blushers (first launched in 1863, the powder incorporates water and mother-of-pearl for a deliciously light and silky formula, and sheer colour) the limited-edition Parisian-inspired illustrated pot puts a smile on our faces every single morning.

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      Amouage Love Tuberose 100ml EDP, $499

      Christmas is coming up fast, and we would hate for you to forget to gift yourself, so might we suggest this splurge-worthy scent? A floral, fruity gourmand, it has notes of tuberose and gardenia, chantilly cream and sandalwood.

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      Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Lavender and Maple, $40 each

      The super-hydrating lip mask has two new delectable varieties. It’s the same organic agave nectar, jojoba oil and trans-resveratrol goodness, but now in a relaxing lavender (perfect pre-bedtime) or bronze maple shade.

      Tell us, are you planning to add any of these to your wish list?


      Why We’re So Fascinated By French Girl Beauty 

      It’s practically a cliché.

      We know what they say about assuming things, but we’re going to go ahead anyway. Think French girl beauty and what pops into your head? We’re guessing curtain bangs, matte red lipstick, bare and glowing skin, full eyebrows… are we on the right track?

      But that’s the thing, clichés become clichés because they are true. Australian women like their skin glossy and bronzed, New York women are sleek and polished, and the French look effortlessly elegant. And while some clichés don’t hold up (we’ve never seen a Breton-top-and-beret wearing woman bicycling through Paris with baguettes under her arm), the beauty one certainly does. And it can be boiled down to couple of key points. 

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      Model wears: Max Mara turtleneck and Scanlon & Theodore Jacket.

      Skin is king

      French women know that everything begins with good skin. It’s very much a cultural thing, and girls start the process early in life, investing time and money in proper skincare products and treatments (it’s why they can skip the foundation). 

      Quality, not quantity

      The French diet focus is low-sugar, not low-fat, and they consume everything in moderation. So, yes, they will eat croissants for breakfast and drink red wine with dinner, but they remember that what goes inside shows up on the outside. 

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      [LEFT]: Model wears KITX Bodysuit, Max Mara Turtleneck and Boots, Voodoo Totally Tights Hosiery, and Clyde Hat. [RIGHT]: Scanlon & Theodore Coat. 

      Makeup is fun

      With good skin (see above), makeup becomes an accessory. A red lip is not essential, but it sure looks glamorous with glowing skin. And they love a multitasker: one tint that can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks, is the ideal. 

      Leave hair alone

      The less French women have to worry about their hair, the better. That means air-drying, not blow-drying, hydrating hair masks, and stretching out colourist appointments. They like their fringes slightly grown-out, and messy ballerina buns when they need to get shit done.

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      Model wears: Max Mara turtleneck, Scanlon & Theodore Jacket and Skirt, and Furla Bag. 

      Perfection is overrated

      Authenticity is the name of the game, so if your smoky eye is less than precise, or your hair is not bending the right way, c’est excellent. And French women are not obsessed with fighting the ageing process or looking younger – they would much rather age gracefully and look good at all stages of life. 

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      [LEFT]: Model wears Ellery Coat, Max Mara Turtleneck, Pants and Bag. [RIGHT]: Clyde Hat and Scanlon & Theodore Coat.

      Want to inject a little of that French je ne sais quoi into your beauty routine? Here are five ways to start:

      Bioderma Sensibo H2O

      The product that brought micellar water to the masses, it was first spotted backstage, then name checked by all the big models. It cleans skin without stripping, makes easy work of waterproof makeup, and is gentle enough for sensitive types. 

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      Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentrate

      Another fashion week must-have, this cult cream works as a primer, a super-rich moisturiser, makeup remover, or mask. Dermatologists love the plant extract, fatty acid and vitamin-packed formula, while makeup artists love the satin finish. 

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      Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil

      Remember what we said about French girls loving multitaskers? This lightweight, fast-absorbing elixir is made of six plant oils (including macadamia, hazelnut and sweet almond) and can be used on the face, body and hair. All glow, no grease. 

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      David Mallett Mask No 1 L’Hydratation

      OK, so this one is a halfie. David Mallett was born in Perth but he lives in Paris, so we’re calling it a cult French beauty buy. The moisturising mask nourishes hair without weighing it down, so it does that cool, French-girl-texture thing all on its own. 

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      Juliette Has A Gun Not A Perfume

      Romano Ricci is the nose behind this niche brand, and he’s well versed in fragrance (his great-grandmother: Nina Ricci). All the scents are heaven, but if we had to pick one, it’s the clean, musky-amber Not A Perfume, a game changing scent composed of a single note, cetalox. 

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       Tell us, what are your favourite French beauty products?


      So You Just Spent $300+ On Your Salon Hair Colour – Here’s How To Make It Last

      We’re not made of money.

      You best believe that if we pay top dollar for something, we want to get our money’s worth. Take our hair: we’re willing to spend on a quality colour job (we subscribe to the theory that you wear your hair every day, so it’s worth the investment), but there’s something heartbreaking about washing your hair after spending a day at the salon and knowing you’re undoing all that good work. Sob. There are a couple of things we (and you) can do to hold on to that colour a little longer – colourist Tracey Cunningham (she works with Emma Stone, who always gives good colour) shares.

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      Sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners are not a marketing gimmick—use them! “These won’t strip your hair colour and will ensure it lasts a lot longer between each salon visit,” explains Cunningham. “Another mistake I find is that women don’t ‘live’ with their colour for long enough—embrace your new/refreshed colour for a while, especially if you’ve made a clear change, and decide on your next visit whether you want to push the envelope a little, or a lot, further.”

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      Make a treatment part of your me-time. “Using Olaplex No.3 Home Treatment at least once per week will keep your colour lustrous,” advises Cunningham (she’s an Olaplex international ambassador). “All my gorgeous clients have been using Olaplex for some years now—it is a real game changer for those who have frequent colouring without compromising your hair.” Also, rethink your shower head: “I absolutely believe a filter in your shower head will reduce the amount of gritty mineral deposits and colour stripping.”

      Do some crafty concealing. “When your time between salon appointments is just about up, use a root touch-up kit,” suggests Cunningham.

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      Tell us, how do you maintain your hair colour at home?

      Do you have any favourite products?


      Beauty Q&A: Does My Concealer Go Before Or After Foundation?

      We’ve heard conflicting answers over the years…

      But RiRi always looks flawless, so we figured Fenty Beauty global makeup artist Hector Espinal would know a thing or two (or five).


      You’ve spent hours camouflaging that zit but by lunchtime, it’s there for all the world to see. That’s not just you. “Concealer often wears off the quickest,” confirms Espinal, “so I always recommend applying it last to ensure it stays put as long as possible.” Choose one with a longwearing formula, like Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick.


      Brush, sponge or digits? Espinal prefers his fingers, which “helps warm up the product so it applies better,” he says. His other tip: don’t be heavy-handed, but rather, build up coverage in thin layers.

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      To ensure you don’t get a nasty surprise when you look in the mirror at 3pm, “use a light brush or damp sponge with translucent powder to set the concealer,” suggests Espinal.


      The other areas Espinal conceals for selfie-ready skin? “Around the edges of the nose, the tear duct and the bridge of the nose,” he shares.

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      It’s one of those pro tips that will take your makeup skills to the next level. “This is essential, especially on dark circles,” says Espinal. “Colour-correcting will neutralise the area so you won’t need to use too much concealer on top.”

      Try one of these new concealer formulas on for size…

      MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix 24HR Smooth Wear Concealer is super lightweight but has a buildable, long-lasting finish.

      If you love a creamy formula, Mecca Max Life Proof Cream Concealer is not only affordable, it blends beautifully with foundation for a seamless result.

      Tell us, do you apply concealer before or after foundation?

      What is your favourite concealer?

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      These Body Washes Will Make Your Bathroom Look Luxe

      We all get seduced by pretty packaging.

      Look, we’re not shallow (much), but sometimes we buy that lipstick because it will look good when we whip it out of our bag for a touch-up, or we splurge on that fragrance because it will turn our dressing table into an art set piece. So sue us.

      But you’re getting a two-for-one here: these body washes not only make your bathroom look a little chic-er, they also do nice things for your skin.

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      Anything and everything from this cult French brand is guaranteed to instantly jazz up a room, but the peppermint, bergamot and green mandarin-laced Diptyque Revitalizing Shower Gel for Body and Hair will also add some zest to your morning.

      Jurlique Restoring Lemon, Geranium & Clary Sage Shower Gel is soap-, sulphate- and silicone-free, making it perfect for sensitive types.

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      Part of the cult Creme de Corps range, the indulgent Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-To-Foam Body Cleanser (shown top right) lathers up before rinsing clean, leaving behind soft skin and a faint vanilla scent.

      The citrusy notes of Italian lemon, orange and grapefruit in Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel (shown top left) will turn your bathroom into a Mediterranean getaway.

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      Remember what we said about two-for-one? Philosophy Amazing Grace Ballet Rose Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel goes one step further and can be used as a shampoo, too. You’ll smell of delicate rose, lychee and pink musk, from the top of your head, to the tips of your (pointe) toes.

      Made with over 90% natural ingredients, Bastide Figue D’Ete Body Wash features olive oil sourced from the south of France (c’est bon!) and a gorgeous fig scent.

      Tell us, do you have a favourite body wash? 

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      The Best Beauty Destinations in Byron Bay

      What do Isabel Lucas, Chris Hemsworth and Gemma Ward have in common?

      They’re all gorgeous Aussies, obvi, but they’ve also been seduced by the staggering beauty of the NSW north coast. Hemsworth ditched Hollywood and settled in Byron Bay with his family (which includes the equally-stunning Elsa Pataky), as has Gritty Pretty Magazine covergirl Lucas. And while supermodel Ward has since relocated to New York, she’s holding on to her holiday house.

      This slice of heaven in the hinterland of northern NSW has long been a destination for anyone seeking a blissful life by the sea, but with our current interest in all things wellness, the area and its close surrounds are brimming with skin clinics, day spas and retreats that offer a relaxing, holistic escape from the hustle of modern life.

      Ready to reset? Book an appointment at one of these boutique beauty destinations, and you can thank us later.

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      The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa

      Real talk: you’re not going to have a bad experience here. The spa is situated amongst the rainforest, lake and Tallow Beach, so your gorgeous views are taken care of, and the menu is chock-full of facials and body treatments, plus private yoga and guided meditation sessions. But for our money, the one treatment you simply must experience is the Rainforest Couples Retreat. It’s two hours of body scrubbing and massage performed on beds, under a wooden pergola…inside the rainforest. Beauty bucket list stuff.

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      Skin Divinity

      This clinic specialises in the kind of skin that looks right at home in Byron Bay – clean, fresh, happy. There’s a range of vitamin facials, skin peels and microdermabrasion, plus the more intense Dermapen, and they also offer the buzzy dermaplaning treatment. Also known as face shaving, this gentle exfoliation uses a surgical blade to remove the top layers of dead skin cells and fine hair, leaving behind a crazy smooth surface. Pair it with an LED light session for a grab-your-sunnies glow.

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      Rae’s on Wategos

      Another Aussie who knows Byron Bay is Elle Macpherson, and she’s been a guest at this iconic Byron Bay retreat. It’s an intimate space, with just seven Moroccan-inspired treatment rooms, and the products used are from cult Italian pharmacy brand Santa Maria Novella (so good). But what really gets us excited is the 60 minute Vichy Shower Ritual. Vichy is not widely used at Australian spas, and that makes us sad because the shower jets gush forth warm water while you’re lying down on a shallow, padded bed. It helps boost circulation and reduce stress, and is just glorious.

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      Step back from the beach and you’ll find this hidden gem. Tucked away in an industrial estate just outside Byron Bay, Comma specialises in the kind of holistic massages that will leave you melting into the table. There are treatments tailored to every ache and pain, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes, and you’ll find all products used during your session available to buy out front just in case you wanted to try and recreate the experience at home (good luck with that!).

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      Bende Byron Bay

      Barre Body founder Emma Seibold is another Aussie who now calls Byron Bay home, and it’s where she set up this sanctuary. There’s something for everyone—mediation, mat and reformer Pilates, yoga, and, of course, barre. Sign up for Seibold’s signature Bende Flow class, which she describes as a combination of slow and conscious movement incorporating dance, cardio, mindfulness and connection to self, that helps improve strength, tone and overall wellbeing.

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      Halcyon Spa

      It’s no secret that we’re Sodashi fans (hello, you can shop the range right here at Gritty Pretty). So it’s not at all surprising that we love the offerings at this Cabarita Beach day spa, just a 40 minute drive from Byron Bay. The menu is  stacked with treatments that harness the power of nature (Sodashi is 100% natural) to help bring balance back to your face and body. And glow. You can reclaim your glow with the spa’s Signature Radiance Facial, which includes a luxe face massage and mask.

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      Aleshia Marie Spa

      There is something so indulgent, so delicious, about having the sanctuary come to you. Which is exactly what this freelance spa service does (it’s also a 100% plant based business that only supports sustainable companies). Once you’ve decided whether you’re having a facial, massage, hand and foot therapy or makeup application, the most effort that will be required from you is rolling into bed straight after. And don’t worry, if your Airbnb is not quite the zen den you had imagined, you can get your massage at their Bangalow HQ.

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      The Little Company

      With destinations in both Byron Bay and Melbourne, the premise behind The Little Company is caring for your complexion from the inside out. Utilising natural and organic product ranges from the likes of Sodashi, what we love most about this destination is the way the treatments are tailored to you and your specific needs at the time of your treatment, whether it be seasonal skin issues or even if you just need a little extra TLC. Plus, you can book in for a session of Light Therapy in the light room whenever you have the time, and when you and your skin just need to hit recharge.

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      Gaia Retreat & Spa

      Olivia Newton-John is a co-owner of this classic Byron sanctuary, and if that’s not good enough for you, it’s also played host to the one and only Oprah, who stopped by when she trekked Down Under. To really reap the nurturing and holistic benefits of this magical escape, book in for at least a two night stay, and you’ll get to experience a range of services from the onsite healers and therapists including intuitive and Aboriginal sound healings, counselling and hypnotherapy, to help you get back on track physically, spiritually and mentally. 

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      Juliet Durham Makeup

      You’re relaxed. You’re glowing. Now is not the time to trouble yourself with hair straighteners and liquid eyeliner. Instead, dial up Durham. This mobile hair and makeup artist will come straight to your door and can give you an undone, beachy look, or turn up the glam factor with a more polished feel (Durham has worked with many Byron Bay brides).

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      The South African Skincare Ingredient Going Nuts

      Move over rosehip …

      Africa does it again. After wowing us with the wonderful argan oil, the continent has delivered another ingredient that is doing all kinds of amazing things for our skin.

      Meet marula oil. It’s harvested from the nut inside the fruit of the drought-resistant marula tree, which is native to Southern Africa and Madagascar. The healing, multi-purpose oil is cold-pressed and has a nutty-sweet scent, and has been used for centuries by locals for both medicinal and beauty purposes.

      It packs a double-punch: not only is marula oil loaded with skin-loving vitamins C and E, fatty acids and 60% more antioxidants than argan, it’s also extremely lightweight, so it absorbs deeper and faster, and won’t just sit on top of your skin or leave behind a greasy film. Win win.

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      Marula oil is included in every single Drunk Elephant and African Botanics product, and it was also the subject of a bizarre social media jab by The Ordinary. But that’s another story for another time.

      What you need to know is this: marula oil is suitable for all skin types – dry, sensitive, oily, you name it – and is a legit miracle worker. Not only does it nourish and hydrate skin, it also repairs free radical damage, provides antioxidant protection, reduces the appearance of fine lines and scars, soothes redness and irritation, offers anti-inflammatory benefits, and boosts elasticity. Got oily or acne-prone skin? Don’t even worry about it, as marula is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores, and has antimicrobial properties, so it will actually help treat and heal blemishes.

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      Overachiever, much?

      African Botanics Pure Marula Cleansing Oil gently cleanses skin minus that tight feeling.

      Salt by Hendrix Luxe Oil in Jasmine + Marula delivers marula goodness to your decolletage (which is really just an extension of your face).

      The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil, is just that. You only need a 2-3 drops.

      La Mav Intense Moisture Nightly Repair Nectar works overnight on dehydrated skin.

      Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum has a cult following for a very good reason: it brightens skin like nobody’s business.

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      Health Skin

      Can A Supplement Make Your Skin Better?

      Fish oil, turmeric, collagen, probiotics … in the battle for bathroom shelf space, supplements are giving serums a run for their money. But what are they actually doing to make your complexion clearer? We asked four health experts to give it to us straight.

      Why the sudden interest in supplements?

      Unless you’ve been hibernating, you’ve heard of the wellness movement. It’s everywhere from fashion (hello, athleisure) to food (cold-pressed green juice, anyone?), and now, beauty. It’s an evolution Carla Oates has witnessed firsthand: when she launched The Beauty Chef in 2009, her first-to-market inner beauty products were considered too left of field for most stores, but “there has been a shift in the industry with more women taking a holistic view of their health and beauty routine,” she explains. Chef and nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin agrees that “we’re more interested in preventative medicine, nourishing from within, and using natural products to support health.”

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      OK, how does it all work?

      “Minerals and nutrients play a huge role in skin health and appearance,” explains clinical nutritionist and health blogger Jessica Sepel. If things are off-kilter inside, it can lead to issues on the outside. Take your belly. “Seventy percent of our immune system lies in the gut, making nutrients and antioxidants that help synthesise collagen, metabolise hormones and neutralise pathogens,” explains Oates. “Studies show that gut inflammation often corresponds with skin inflammation, rosacea and acne are linked to a lack of hydrochloric acid in the gut, and those with a healthy gut microbiota have a better fatty acid profile in their skin, which makes it more hydrated.”

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      So what am I looking for?

      To enhance collagen production, skin barrier function and the natural healing process, and decrease inflammation and free radical formation, “fish oil, zinc, the B vitamins, vitamin E, and collagen are all great,” says nutritionist Lola Berry. Bingley-Pullin adds antioxidant-powerhouse vitamins A and C to that list, while Oates pinpoints prebiotics and probiotics to boost the immune system, improve gut health, and aid the body’s detoxification, and spirulina and chlorella to help reduce tissue acidity.

      The thought of popping a pill makes me want to gag – is my skin doomed?

      No, you big drama queen. It depends on which supplement you’re taking. “Fish oil is best in capsule or liquid form, probiotics are often capsules to get past the hydrochloric acid in the small intestine, while collagen and vitamin C are usually in powder form,” explains Berry. Bingley-Pullin notes that if the supplement contains fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, a capsule means that oil can be added to increase the absorption rate, while liquids and powders are more readily absorbed and don’t require the stomach to break them down, says Sepel, making them ideal for those with digestion issues.

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      A final note …

      It’s the cause of your complexion concerns that will determine whether a supplement will make things better. So if you’re vitamin or mineral deficient, a supplement may improve your skin, but remember that “diet, exercise, stress, genetics, hormones and lifestyle, all play a role in skin health, so don’t neglect any of these areas and put all your hope solely on a supplement,” cautions Bingley-Pullin.

      What ‘sup?

      The Beauty Chef Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost, $39.95 (500ml), boasts bio-fermented papaya to neutralize free radical damage

      JS Health Hair & Energy Formula, $29.99 (30 capsules), contains zinc for healthy skin and hair.

      Vida Glow Blueberry Marine Collagen, $54.95 (30 sachets), helps replenish the body’s collagen levels.

      Beauty Boosters Complexion Perfection, $59.95 (120 capsules), delivers fish oil, plus skin-nourishing evening primrose oil.

      With 45 ingredients, WelleCo Super Elixir Greens, $145 (300g), ticks off lots of boxes: turmeric, omega 3, pro and prebiotics …

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      Interviews Lifestyle

      Jessica Hart Is Just Like Us*

      *Except for that supermodel thing

      When New York-based, Aussie model and founder of LUMA Beauty, Jessica Hart made a flying visit home last month, we got her into a studio where she posed for our cameras and shared a few of her favourite things, like meat pies, checking in with her mum and movie marathons (yep, we have so much in common).

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      Liner notes: Makeup artist Filomena Natoli used Dior Diorshow Pro Liner to trace a line that ended around the tear duct, which she softened with a brush, Diorshow Mascara, LUMA Just A Touch Lip & Cheek Tint in Muse on Jess’ eyelids, and LUMA Beyond the Brow Gel.

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      Golden girl: After prepping Jess’ skin with Dr Barbara Sturm Face Cream, Natoli mixed Dr Barbara Sturm Glow Drops with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation to create a sheer finish, and applied Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric Bronzer and LUMA On The Glow Highlighter in Cashmere Casbah for extra radiance. That perfect nude lip? Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Dreamgirl.

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      Body beautiful: For those lustrous limbs, Natoli coated Jess in LUMA Beach Beauty Body Oil and On The Glow Highlighter in Cashmere Casbah. Love those locks? Hairstylist and Moroccanoil ambassador Peter Beckett used one pump of Moroccanoil Treatment on damp mid-lengths and ends, before working a mixture of Texture Clay and Styling Gel Strong through the roots and mid-lengths (and avoiding the ends). He then dried Jess’ hair using a diffuser (keeping the head tilted back slightly to enhance that pushed-back vibe).


      Hart to Hart


      Best bits about being back home: It’s my chance to eat all of my favourite Aussie childhood food like Ribena, lollies and meat pies! When I’m here I just try and spend as much time as possible with family and friends. I always love to check out new restaurants and pay a visit to Icebergs down in Bondi.

      First person I call: Always my mum – I have to let her know that I’m safe. Then, it’s to White Rabbit in Double Bay for a coffee. That’s where you’ll find me as soon as I land.

      How I stay fit: Lately I’ve been really into boxing. I love the physicality of it. I train with Eric Kelly at SouthBoX in The Bronx.

      How I unwind: I love Mubi. It’s a selection of movies that expire after 30 days, so you get access to 30 new titles every month. The films are curated by people who work in the industry and are all really unique, from old and new, to international and arthouse films. The past month has been really crazy as I’ve been travelling a lot. I finally got to spend some time at home in New York and then in Los Angeles with my sister. Oh… and I broke my arm roller skating.

      Current location: I’m on holiday at the moment in the Hamptons for the (northern) summer. Next on my travel checklist is maybe Italy or Greece for the European summer. I’m going with the flow this year.

      In my shopping bag: I can’t stop buying Helmut Lang leather pants and Nikes. I have so many pairs.

      What I’ve been working on: Our LUMA Liquid Light Illuminating Primer was a massive hit so we are developing new shades. We haven’t quite perfected the new colour and formula just yet. We want to get it right and these things take time, but I’m hoping it will be ready for the Australian summer. I’m super excited.

      Interviews Lifestyle

      At Home with La Porte Space Creative Director, Hayley Bonham

      ­Complete with overwhelmingly high ceilings, designer furniture and a balcony draped with bougainvillea, Hayley Bonham’s luxury apartment in Sydney’s East is an interiors delight.

      If you’ve ever swooned over the interiors at La Porte Space — either in real life or via your Instagram feed — you’ll be unsurprised to learn that its co-founder and creative director, Hayley Bonham, resides in a home that gives the boutique luxury co-working and event space a run for its money when it comes to dream-like interiors.

      Bonham has occupied the two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment for almost two years now and admits she fell in love with the Victorian-style residence and it’s undeniable European charm the moment she saw it. “I fell in love with the building and apartment as soon as I walked through the gate,” says Bonham. “I travel to Paris regularly with work and it reminds me of the apartment I stayed during my most recent visit.”

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      Curls Gone Wild

      Let’s hear it for the curls.

      To those girls who dutifully straighten their strands into submission every single morning, please stop.

      “Curly hair is having a comeback because it’s gotten so much easier to style and maintain curls, so women are willing to embrace their natural texture, rather than work against it,” explains Acadèmie Salon hair and makeup artist Mikele Simone, who styled the hair on this shoot with Maya Stepper, model of the moment (and the next).


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      Maya wears: Aje top, Pfeiffer trousers, Dinosaur Designs earrings.

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      Maya wears: Pfeiffer dress, Dinosaur Designs earrings.

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      Maya wears: Pfeiffer top, Alice McCall skirt, Dinosaur Designs earrings, Dinosaur Designs ring.

      And it’s not the only thing staging a revival: perms are back, too. Yes, really. But it’s not the perms you (or Elle Woods) remember. “Perming products have evolved to become more nourishing and less damaging to hair,” explains Simone. “Perms have also changed in terms of the end result, giving clients the option of going for the traditional tight curl or a more relaxed wave for those with very straight hair.”

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      Maya wears: Dinosaur Designs earrings.

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      Maya wears: Aje top, Pfeiffer trousers, Dinosaur Designs earrings.

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      Maya wears: Aje top, Pfeiffer trousers, Albus Lumen hat via MyChameleon


      Simone says…


      Don’t go to bed with wet hair. “It will leave your curls a mess in the morning,” he warns. Instead, use a water-wicking towel, like Aquis Lisse Luxe, post-shower to cut down on drying time without messing your natural curl pattern.

      Get a diffuser. “Use it to dry your but only until it’s 80% dry, which will help minimise frizzing,” advises Simone (he loves the one that comes with the Dyson Supersonic).

      But don’t fight the frizz too much. “A little bit of frizz can definitely work, so let your hair do its thing and tame it slightly using a hydrating curl product,” suggests Simone. Moroccanoil Curl Re-energizing Spray has argan oil and aloe leaf juice to put a spring back into slept-on spirals.

      Moisturize your curls. This will give your coils a little bounce. “Wella System Professional Beautiful Base Curl Definer gives hair the right nutrients and tames frizz, but doesn’t corrupt the natural curl,” he says.

      Wear your curls in the evening. For a more polished look, Simone recommends starting with dry hair and using BaByliss Tight Curls Wand to tweak and define your natural curls in the top layer.