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      Skin

      THE 5 UNDERGROUND AUSSIE BEAUTY BRANDS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

      With a bevy of beauty brands out on the market, sometimes it can be hard to figure out which is best for you.

      Here, we’ve edited an impressive list of new kids on the beauty block that are pushing the boundaries — yes, it’s time to ditch your old skincare and stock up on these bad boys.

      You can thank us later…

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      Humanité Skincare

      Humanité Skincare is Australia’s first Fairtrade certified skincare —a rare find in the beauty sphere. With a mission to help the millions of producers in developing countries who struggle to earn a livelihood, the delightful and innovative natural range includes your everyday beauty essentials — day cream, hand cream and body cream. Your skin will be left feeling deliciously smooth and smelling positively delicious. Skincare with a conscience? You betcha.

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      ROHR Remedy

      Whilst ROHR Remedy’s natural skincare products are made in our sister country, New Zealand, the brand celebrates Indigenous Australian people – with all ingredients extracted from Australian bushland. Combining the power of natural medicine with scientifically proven pharmaceutical formulas, the brand nails it in crafting an ethical, soothing and natural range, that will leave skin feeling visibly improved. Oh, the packaging is on point. Our pick? The Boab & Rosehip with Vitamin E Oil. Baob oil comes from the baobab tree which blooms once a year, often at night, and is native to Australia, Africa, and Madagascar. It’s acclaimed for its ability to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, reduce scarring and help ease stretch marks. It is also marvellous for moisturising dry, brittle hair. We likey.

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      Atom

      With their signature ingredient argan oil, Atom are a a socially responsible beauty company, that have developed effective products that actually work. The Australian-owned company is a conscious beauty player, with no testing on animals, suitable for sensitive skin and free of all sorts of nasties. The minimal two product range – the Ghassoul Clay Mask and 100% Moroccan Argan Oil – embrace the cosmetic and therapeutic value of argan oil which is sourced straight from Morocco. Perfect for the ethical consumer, who is looking for a range that rejuvenates both skin and hair.

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      Musq

      Put black, white and a sexy font into the mix and you have us at hellooooo. Well, at least new beauty brand Musq did. The extensive range, which consists of cosmetics (shea butter and jojoba-infused foundation, anyone?), makeup brushes, skincare and candles, proves this locals-only brand is successfully going up against the big guns. Our top choice, though, is the Face & Body Exfoliant. A revitalising and gentle physical exfoliant, it’s enriched with rose, rice and clay to leave your complexion feeling smooth and supple with a radiant glow.

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      DnA Elements

      We are not vain but we are suckers for pretty packaging — and it’s just an added bonus when the products happen to work a treat. Enter DnA Elements. If anyone knows good skincare it’s pharmacist Danielle Glover and designer Amanda Muir. Realising there was a gap in the skincare market for certified organic products that are packaged up beautifully, the duo created a simple range that embraces the power of natural ingredients —packed with vitamins, fatty acids and anti-oxidants the products will soothe, hydrate and kick ageing in the butt. The Antioxidant Body Oil harnesses green tea and pomegranate oil to nourish, tone and rehydrate while the French White Clay Mask is perfect for all skin types as it gently cleanses and exfoliates while helping to stimulate circulation to the skin. Did we mention the bottles look cute? Oh, we did? OK, great… Just checking.

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      Body

      THE BEAUTY OF BODY OIL

      If the Devil wears Prada, then surely God wears Tom Ford…?

      Now, the 54-year-old fashion designer has answered our beauty prayers with his Scented Shimmering Body Oil.

      Helping achieve a sun-kissed glow, this luxuriously silky and lightweight oil is packed with shimmers of gold and platinum leaf, leaving skin looking believably bronze – minus the typical tanning streaks.

      Best applied to the centre of legs, arms and decolletage, this show-stopping oil also features an addictive holiday-like fragrance of coconut, amber, sandalwood and white floral notes.

      In typical Tom Ford fashion, the packaging is minimal and the silhouette strong. Housed in a retro ivory and gold case, this glass bottle will spruce up any dresser.

      A tan enhancer, nourishing oil and perfume all in one.

      Yeah, we’ll be taking two, thanks….

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      Fragrance

      THE NEW FRAGRANCE THAT WILL GET YOU REALLY EXCITED FOR SUMMER

      What’s that? It’s the smell of spring.

      To mark the change of seasons, switch out the fragrance you’ve been wearing all winter and replace it with something fresh and unexpected.

      Our pick? Jo Malone’s new Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne — an enticing and delicate oriental, floral fragrance, which will leave you longing for summer. Cocktails and holidays, anyone?

      The surprising top note of cardamom is spicy, mesmerising and all kinds of lovely. At the heart of this fragrance, honey-glazed, golden mimosa and Damask rose bursts open before it’s soon grounded by warm tonka bean and sandalwood — the ultimate juxtaposition to the refreshing spice that unravels in the beginning.

      With just one spritz, Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne will transport you to hot sunny days and balmy evenings. The only thing missing? A secluded beach dotted along Morocco.

      As an added bonus, this fragrance – like most Jo Malone scents – is designed for both ladies and gents so both you and your man can experience this irresistible mist.

      To shop Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne, click here.

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      Hair

      SHOULD YOU REALLY USE A HAIR MASK?

      Do you remember brushing your hair 50 times before bed as a young girl in the hope that one day you will have a luscious, long mane like Marcia Brady?

      Well, for those who don’t have time to be brushing for hours on end, there are hair masks.

      Sure, some may be skeptical about spreading a thick cream over their hair, but treatment masks are renowned for being highly-effective at not only supporting and even speeding up hair growth but also making strands stronger, silkier and smooth.

      If you dye, blow-dry, or flatiron your locks on a regular basis (chances are if you are human then you do!), it’s likely your hair deserves a little TLC. To that end, environmental factors like sun exposure, wind, pollution and even air-conditioning or heating can cause your hair to become dry and damaged.

      The long and the short of it? Having a regular quality hair care regime is great, but adding a hair mask into the mix once a week can take you from okay hair to hair supremacy. By using incorporating one into your weekly beauty routine, you can help repair and protect your hair’s natural barrier. The end result? TV commercial-worthy hair that is easy to style every morning.

      Here, we’ve rounded up three of the best game-changing masks to help your hair reach its potential. Yeah, you can thank us later.

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      O&M Project Sukuroi Gold Smoothing Balm

      If your hair is feeling a little on the parched side, then look no further than this smoothing balm. Packed with gold oil and nourishing ceramides, this shine-enhancing formula conditions the heck out of colour-treated hair. The pay off is smoother strands that reflect shine. Completely addictive.

      Kérastase Paris Chronologiste Le Parfum En Huile

      Kérastase Paris’ premier hair fragrance is a luxurious oil inspired by Parisian rose gardens bursting with an addictive blend of tea rose, blonde wood and musk. This fragrance is bottled into Le Parfum En Huile and is designed to be applied as the final step after heat styling. Why? It enriches the hair with the perfect hint of hydration and aromatics. We suggest you start stocking up now.

      Oribe Signature Moisture Masque

      They call it a miracle, we call it Oribe. This crème de la crème deeply hydrating masque turns frazzled strands remarkably soft. Sure, you’ll be left with enviable, silky ends but the plus side is your hair won’t become flat or weighed down. Instead, it will have serious volume at the roots. We’ll take two tubs, thanks.

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      Hair

      HOW TO CREATE PERFECT BRAIDS

      No time to shampoo? Great! Braids can be your new best friend because they work better with second or third day hair.

      It’s true: the messier it gets, the better it looks. Braids have been having their moment for way longer than, well, a moment. And, judging by the range in the upcoming Free People August magalog  ‘The Great Escape’, they’re not going away any time soon.

      You already know how to plait but there’s a few styling secrets when it comes to braiding. Here, Amy Farid from Suite Caroline Salon who created these looks, speaks exclusively to Gritty Pretty and reveals her top tips for recreating them:

      1.  

      Instead of a roller set, do braid sets. Spray a texturising or sea salt spray (try: Balmain Texturizing Salt Spray) into the hair, braid, and then let the hair dry. When you take out the braids you will have the most perfect mermaid texture. 

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      It is easier to braid dirty hair, which is great if you don’t have time to wash your hair. However, if your hair is clean, spray in some dry shampoo (try: Charles Worthington Style Setter Dry Shampoo) – it will give your hair some texture. Then, start braiding away! Be fun and experimental with it – use different sized-sections and braid in different directions.

      3.

      Backcomb the hair instead of using an elastic or rubber band to hold the braid. Yes, you read right. After braiding, backcomb the ends with a tail comb. Give the ends a good blast of hairspray (try: TONI&GUY Firm Hold Hairspray) and it will magically hold.

      Tell us, have you been bold enough to try out braids?

      Any advice for those new to the braiding game?

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      Makeup

      BACKSTAGE BEAUTY: CHANEL F/W 15-16

      In recent times, CHANEL has taken its fashion show audiences to a supermarket, a pop-up brasserie and a faux street protest to present its clothes.

      On July 7, the French design house tempted show-goers with gambling at a makeshift casino at the Grand Palais in Paris to reveal its highly-anticipated CHANEL Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015-16 runway show.

      The luxury label hosted its couture collection amid roulette and cards tables, manned by smartly dressed dealers, as well as slot machines, where models and Hollywood celebrities including Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Rita Ora had a role – all wearing Chanel outfits and jewellery – and placing bets.

      To compliment the collection of embroidery, lace, satin and braided leather detailing, models’ hair and makeup appeared to be a natural evolution from the previous CHANEL Cruise Collection 2015/2016 presented in Seoul, Korea – think slanted blunt bobs, thick brows, flushed rosy cheeks and ruby red lips.

      Creating a doll-like quality, cheeks were sculpted slightly underneath the cheekbone using a combination of CHANEL Rouge Coco in Coco, CHANEL Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Ultra Rose and Frivole while lips were lined in CHANEL Le Crayon Lèvres in Rouge Profond and CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Bouleversante (available August 2nd).

      Closing the runway was none other than model-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner wearing a white satin wedding suit, accompanied by a long embroidered tulle veil – a true appropriation of both femininity and masculinity.

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      Skin

      ONE FOR THE BOYS

      Alright ladies, show of hands if you are sick of the men in your life obliviously using your most prized crème de la crème? We hear you!

      For the record, men’s skin is significantly different to women’s – their skin produces more oil, as well as being thicker and having a tougher skin texture. This is why men sometimes need a little help when it comes to choosing skincare for themselves. And, the other obvious added bonus? You can stop them from raiding your treasured beauty cupboard and using your favourite products when you’re not looking.

      Enter Hunter Lab – the 100% Australian-owned, Melbourne-based company who have crafted a natural skincare range specifically for guys which will help your boyfriend/brother/father protect, hydrate and care for their skin.

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      Hunter Lab Hand & Body Wash is an addictive multi-purpose wash made up of a blend of tangerine and grapefruit essential oils, it’s also topped off with a subtle hint of caramel and vanilla. Delicious. His skin will feel instantly fresh and clean. Plus, the modern matte black packaging will look slick in any bathroom – his or hers.

      The real cream of the crop is Hunter Lab Cleansing Facial Scrub. Packed full of skin-nourishing goodies like sugarcane and macrobiotic sea minerals, this exfoliant will remove dirt, restore moisture and stimulate cell renewal. Worth every darn penny. 

      The perfect partner to this is Hunter Lab Daily Face Fuel Moisturiser (aka the perfect answer to your man’s dry, dull or damaged skin). The addition of macadamia and passionfruit seed oil will keep his skin’s moisture levels in check (without leaving any sticky or oily residue).

      But, the real work horse of this skincare range is Hunter Lab Anti-Aging Elixir – a potent, lightweight gel serum. This bad boy will kick start cell renewal and we guarantee he’ll be scoring compliment from dudes and dames.

      The fifth and final product of the range – and don’t be scared off by this one, fellas – is the Hunter Lab Matte Lip Balm (the key word here being matte). Whether he works in an air-conditioned office or outdoors rain, hail or shine, chances are his lips are dry, chapped or cracked (particularly during the cooler months). That’s where this salve comes in handy. There’s nothing florally or fruity about it – just castor oil, beeswax and vitamin E – meaning he won’t just wear it, he’ll actually go back for more. The best part is it’s completely matte so no one, except for him, will none the wiser.

      Instead of your man stealing skincare from you, you might even find yourself doing the same. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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      Skin

      5 FACE OILS TO TRY THIS WINTER

      If you’re one of those people who believe facial oils can do more harm than good to your skin, then keep reading…

      While cleanser, serum, moisturiser and sunscreen are no doubt apart of your daily beauty routine, lots of women are yet to embrace the high-performance benefits of facial oils. And, we know exactly what your thinking: “Isn’t oil the enemy of skin and the primary cause of excess shine?”

      We know using a face oil can seem counterintuitive — especially if you’re breakout-prone — but this one is an age old beauty myth.

      The short answer: face oils are excellent for all different skin types. They help to repair and protect your skin’s natural barrier.

      Still can’t commit to the slick? Just add one or two drops into your moisturiser for an extra boost of hydration to your skin. Alternatively, go The Full Monty and apply a face oil all over your naked face for a luxurious night skin treatment. You’ll awake to find glowing skin full of moisture, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘beauty sleep’.

      Here, we’ve tried and tested five of the best face oils to ensure you’ll never be caught with a dry and dull complexion this winter. All you have to do is choose.

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      1. The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Jojoba + Rosehip Oil

      Got tired, dull skin? No worries. Natural Australian jojoba is a wonder ingredient. Why? Well, here’s why: it is the only plant in the world known to produce a liquid wax like that is found in healthy, young human skin. It works to restructure and rejuvenate skin — even aiding the healing process of scars and stretch marks. Cool, eh? In the Gritty Pretty office, we’re hooked on this beautifully light and silky face oil, which when combined with the antioxidant benefits of rosehip, provides an indulgent experience that produces visible results and long term benefits. Stock up now.

      Overall rating: 8/10

      2. Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil 

      Sure, chia seeds might make for a delicious pudding or a healthy breakfast smoothie but these tiny pips can also help nourish your skin with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which fight off free radicals — one of the main causes of skin ageing. In fact, these tiny little seeds of goodness are the highest known plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids. This little vial sees 1kg of chia seeds pressed to produce 250ml of chia seed oil. The result is a pale yellow, super fine, dry-like texture means it doesn’t clog pores and can be worn by combination skin types. How do you apply it? Well, first, clean your face. Then pat/gently press on a few drops. Next, apply your moisturiser and SPF … or apply makeup … or go to bed … or drop the kids off at school … or read a book … or go stand up paddle boarding … you get the drift. It’s an all-round lifesaver.

      Overall rating: 9/10

      3. Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

      Face oils are like fragrances — they’re made up of raw ingredients and the more rare, pure or sustainably sourced these ingredients, the more costly the final formula can be. This means some face oils can set you back some coin but more often than not, they are a luxury worth investing in. Enter this impressive dry oil by Sunday Riley that is packed full of amino acids, Vitamin C and Omega 3, 6, & 9. Bursting with an addictive smell, this liquid gold is versatile and easy to slip into your beauty routine. It sinks deeply (and quickly) into skin leaving a velvety finish. Watch it work its magic in a matter of weeks. Oh, and did we mention this bad boy was a backstage favourite at Stella McCartney? Yeah, we’ll take two, thanks.

      Overall rating: 8.5/10

      4. L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil

      Beauty juggernaut L’Oréal Paris has carefully selected eight essential oils including lavender, orange and rosemary — all renowned for their anti-ageing properties. With its indulgent, subtle fragrance, this golden elixir will leave your face and neck feeling rejuvenated and nourished with each drop. Glowing, radiant skin is rapidly restored with just two drops each day. Yeah, this beauty is worth every penny.

      Overall rating: 7.5/10

      5. Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil

      Want a brighter, fresher and more youthful complexion? Meet Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil. With a delightful nourishing texture, this supercharged formula sinks into skin perfectly. Overflowing with skin-gobbling goodies such as Vitamin C and other powerful healing properties, regular use of this delicate oil supports strong, tighter collagen for smoother looking skin and boost’s skin metabolism to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s soft floral fragrance — hello rosehip, evening primrose, rose damascena and rose geranium — will leave you wanting to drain every last drop. Add this to your skin care regimen for an added (and oh, so welcome) moisture boost.

      Overall rating: 8/10

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      Tell us, do you use a face oil?

      Which one do you recommend?

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      Lips Nails

      ONE COLOUR TO RULE THEM ALL

      Under the impression that beige is boring? Think again…

      If Les Beiges de CHANEL were a woman, she’d be an effortless French beauty with an impeccable wardrobe – a woman who possesses a contagious charm to create style that is her’s alone.

      In paying homage to Gabrielle Coco Chanel’s gift for bringing together function and aesthetic, the updated collection continues a legacy of effortless elegance.

      With a carefully chosen edit of modern textures in beige hues, CHANEL has created a collection that is set to heighten the power of the neutrals – think classic nail polish shades but still with a hint of grunge – with a more spontaneous, less considered approach to style.

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      The skin is not the only part of the face we want to glow with radiance – your lips also need some TLC, particularly in the cooler months. In fact, lips, along with eyes, are one of the first features of the face to show signs of ageing.

      If bolder, brighter shaded lipsticks aren’t really your thing but you still want to add that extra spark to your makeup CHANEL Les Beiges Moisturizing Healthy Glow Lip Balm might be just what you’re looking for. Available in one single, essential pink-beige hue, the balm offers sheer coverage that protects your pout all season long.

      To complete the collection, CHANEL have also developed four key Le Vernis nail lacquers – Beige Rosé; a soft veil of pink, Beige Pur; a sheer darker shade of tan, Precious Beige; a warm matte neutral hue and Lovely Beige; a deeper variation of pink. Each have nailed it in creating the perfect shade of neutrals to suit all skin tones.

      One thing is for sure, this collection offers some must-have beauty items for your handbag. Believe us when we say, once hooked, you will find it difficult to go back from beige.

      Yeah, you’ve been warned…

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      Nails

      VICTORIA BECKHAM NAILS IT‏

      Ladies, it’s time to put your perfectly-manicured hands up!

      Victoria Beckham has created her first beauty collection, teaming up with Nails Inc.

      Exclusive to SEPHORA Australia, the highly-anticipated new nail duo is available now.

      The exclusive limited edition collection, which consists of two key nail polish shades – Bamboo White, a classic nude and Judo Red, a poppy red – are inspired by leading pieces from her spring/summer 2015.

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      The latest runway collection, which is influenced by Japanese elements, sees a mix of fluid silhouettes – think classic shift dresses, slight flare skirts and playsuits – that come in an array of abstract prints in an orange and pink colour palette.

      Both polish shades have been developed with an exclusive formula including stretch-to-fit technology and bamboo extract with added silicia to help build healthy nails, restore natural shine and eliminate any imperfections. Resulting in a smooth, easy-to-apply application, the bottle design – created by Fabien Baron and customised by Mrs Beckham herself – includes an original concave glass bottle with a slight window at the sides – subtly exposing the classic colours within.

      #Nailedit

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