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DB Cosmetics Luminous Hydrating Foundation

DB Cosmetics Luminous Hydrating Foundation

Australian brand DB Cosmetics, has added more shades to its best-selling Luminous Hydrating Foundation (RRP AUD $19.99/NZD $24.99) and Longwear 24 Hour Foundation (RRP AUD $16.99/NZD $19.99) collections.

As with all DB Cosmetics products, the entire collection is Certified Cruelty-free and Certified Vegan too!

There are 6 NEW shades now available, for a total of 12 shades in each collection. Each shade can be mixed together to create even more tones and a customised shade.

DB Cosmetics is on a mission to #MAKEEVERYDAYBEAUTIFUL and this is just one more step towards our goal.

Match Your Highlighter

Match Your Highlighter

Match Your Highlighter To Your Skin Tone This Season

Want to be #GLOWGOALS but don't know how to match your highlighter to your skin tone?

Read on to find out all the tips and tricks from LUMA Founder Jess Hart's go-to makeup artist Sarah Tammer.

Fair Skin Tones
Tammer recommends: Ivory shades
"As a general rule you should opt for a highlighter two shades LIGHTER than your skin-tone - that's where a lot of people go wrong. Those with fair skin should opt for light and bright highlighters or illuminators with a pearlescent finish, such as LUMA Illuminating Highlighter in Moonlit Ivory. "

Medium/Olive Skin Tones
Tammer recommends: Gold shades
"Warmer, golden tones work well with girls and guys who have a medium-olive complexion as it will make you look like a glowing goddess (not a frost queen)! Try LUMA On The Glow Highlighter in Bronze Voyage."

Darker Skin Tones
Tammer recommends: Rose-gold shades
"Avoid looking ashy by opting for rich rose-gold tones such as LUMA On The Glow Highlighter in Blushed Nomad.

www.lumabeauty.com

ulta3 Go From Zero to Gifting Hero

ulta3 Go From Zero to Gifting Hero

High Quality. Vegan. Cruelty-Free.

ulta3 ramps up the gifting game with quality, on-trend gifts at incredible key price points. ulta3 Gifting is a complete range of value gift sets across all cosmetci categories - from eyes, to lips, nails and implements.

When it comes to gifts you know won't be re-gifted, you simply cannot go past this new product range with the latest prestige, cosmetic innovations for a value price.

Beauty lovers of all ages will love the Creamy Matte Liquid Lipsticks in current neutral shades. For those who like to experiment with their makeup, ulta3's first baked and marbled eyeshadow palettes are a great choice, boasting a high-quality formulation with intense pigments. Not to mention, gifts ulta3 is renowned for - quality nail colour in the latest fashion colours.

With bright, eye-catching packaging, these are the gifts that everyone will be jealous of whether it's a stocking filler, for the sister who has everything, or the difficult office KK.... not to mention at this price, you can grab a few for yourself. And as an added bonus, all gift sets in the range are cruelty free and vegan friendly.

The Essential 5 Pce Brush Kit
Master your makeup artistry skills with the The Essential 5 Pce Brush Kit. Featuring 5 ultra-soft synthetic makeup brushes perfect for applying your liquid, cream or powdered makeup for every occasion.

This kit comes complete with:
- Contour Brush
- Blush Brush
- Blending Brush
- Eyeshadow Brush
- Liner Brush

This brush kit is a makeup must-have and will have you looking flawless in a flash.
$19.95

Perfect Duo Matte Lip Cream Set
Featuring 2 Liquid Lip Creams, the Perfect Duo Matte Lip Cream Set are made from flattering neutral shades, perfect for your everyday look and achieving effortless glam in an instant. Its long-wear formula delivers super matte & high intensity pigment for hours of pout perfection.

This lip pack contains:
- 1x Lip Cream in Myth
- 1x Lip Cream in Folklore
$9.95

Pastel Perfection Nail Polish Set
Featuring 5 on-trend pretty pastel shades, the Pastel Perfection Nail Polish Set will catch the eye of those who love a pop of colour!

This nail polish set contains 5 x pastel shades:
- Cotton Candy
- Pom Pom
- Ultra Violet
- Sky Blue
- Atlantis
$9.95

Glam Goals Nail Polish Set
Featuring 5 high-shine metallic shades, the Glam Goals Nail Polish Set will be a winner for those that love to make a statement!

This nail polish set contains 5 x metallic shades:
- Black Magic
- Spell
- Galaxy
- Stardust
- Glamourpuss
$9.95

Neutral Vibes Nail Polish Set
Featuring 5 super wearable nude shades, the Neutral Vibes Nail Polish Set will be a favourite for those who prefer a more natural look!

This nail polish set contains 5 x neutral shades:
- In The Buff
- Neutral Vibes
- Understated
- Blind Date
- Espresso
$9.95

The Element Baked Eyeshadow Palette
Inspired by the natural, earthy elements, The Element Baked Eyeshadow Palette of 15 neutral baked & marbled eyeshadows are the perfect natural shades to take you from dreamy daytime eyes to striking night-time glam.

These versatile shimmery shades are highly pigmented & super blendable to create endless eye looks.

TIP: Intensify colour by using a slightly dampened brush to apply eyeshadows for a long-wearing & dramatic look.
$19.95

The Vivid Baked Eyeshadow Palette
Designed for those who dare to dabble in colour, The Vivid Baked Eyeshadow Palette has the ultimate collection of POP colours to create bold & dramatic eye looks.

Containing 15 shimmery shades of baked & marbled eyeshadow, this bright & highly pigmented palette is perfect for the colour obsessed!

TIP: Intensify colour by using a slightly dampened brush to apply eyeshadows for a long-wearing & dramatic look.
$19.95

www.ulta3.com.au

Colour Bloom Collection

Colour Bloom Collection

Get a nail look that will make the roses blush, with these new French-formula nail colours from Colour by TBN. With an entrie bouquet of colours to choose from, this collection features 9 pastel and bright opaques to give a springtime feel to your nails. Pair these with 3 special effect polishes; glitter shades Lotus Love and Look Me in the Iris as well as unique duochrome shade, Eucalyptus Rave.

The Colour Bloom Collection comes with a free set of cute nail transfer stickers, in a variety of insta-worthy graphics (FREE with any 3 Colour Bloom purchases).

The new Colour Bloom Collection will be available nationally from October 2018 in all good pharmacies.

RRP: $2.95

Rock GRLBOSS Your Way

Rock GRLBOSS Your Way

Nothing makes you feel confident quite like a swipe of lip colour. GRLBOSS' 50 shades of empowerment are custom created to dial up confidence to the full.


The soft demi-matte lip cream is lightweight and long-lasting so you can feel like a queen/boss and slay all day.

Hello Ombre!
Add a lighter shade to the centre of your lips to create a fierce new ombre look.

Bold Beauty
Go bold by pairing two different colours, you'll have everyone turning heads...

Rock your fave shade from the australis 50 shades of GRLBOSS range or mix and match to create endless colour combos for your perfect pout.
RRP: $14.95

www.australiscosmetics.com.au

Pure Paw Paw Flavours

Pure Paw Paw Flavours

Brighten up your Spring/Summer with fun & flavoured Pure Paw Paw Ointment

 

Available in the deliciously-classic original flavour as well as four fruity variations, Pure Paw Paw contains a high concentration of Australian papaya sourced from Tropical North Queensland, making it as paw paw as it gets.

 

Infused with fresh fermented fruit for a moisture-rich balm packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, this new and improved skin-loving formulation gently repairs, conditions and prevents dry skin from the inside-out.

 

Available in grape, watermelon, strawberry and passionfruit

RRP: $4.95

http://www.purepawpawointment.com.au/


essence WOW Spring Summer 2018

essence WOW Spring Summer 2018

But First, MAKE-UP!

Beauty products with a focus on trends, uniqueness and highly quality - that is what essence stands for.

be an original! eyeshadow box
make your own magic eyeshadow box
Each of the extraordinary palettes not only offers a selection of highly pigmented shades, but also lets your eye make-up tell its very own story. All palettes contain ten highly pigmented, long-lasting eyeshadows with matt and pearly effects.
RRP: $8.50

 

I love extreme
curl and volume mascara

A hair curler for the lashes! The new mascara in the popular 'I love exteme' family ensures extreme volume and a gorgeous curl with its large, twisted plastic brush. The deep-black texture has a push-up effect for the lashes and creates an eye-opening effect.
RRP: $6.00

colour boost
mas about matte liquid lipstick
The liquid lipstick dries into a powdery-matte finish and covers the lips in high-coverage colours like nude, red or dark purple. The texture feels lovely and light on the lips and won't stain once dry.
RRP: $6.00

 

glitter on glitter off
peel off nail polish
The solvent-based peel off nail polish in colours like rose gold, purple and multi-glitter can simply be peeled off to remove after wear! Here's how it works: it's best to apply two thin coats. Once dry, the nail polish can be peeled off whenever you like. Now, even glitter styles are easy to remove.
RRP: $5.00

I need a miracle! volumizing and strengthening mascara
The mascara with a special 'peanut shaped' brush provides long lashes with thick, breathtaking volume. With a specially developed tint complex, the mascara strengthens the lashes and covers them with colour with just one application.
RRP: $7.00

#insta perfect liquid make up
The make-up in a practical drop-packaging ensures a matte and flawless complexion. The liquid texture is waterproof and the coverage is buildable drop-by-drop. Five different shades can be mixed and matched to create the perfect colour for all skin types. And are sure to make all girls #instaperfect.
RRP: $9.00

 

camoflage+ matte concealer
The waterproof concealer mattifies the skin and covers dark circles and shadows under the eyes thanks to its high-coverage. Even tattoos can temporarily be concealed.
RRP: $6.00

 

https://www.essence.eu/au/home/

australis Metal & Matte Eyeshadow Palette

australis Metal & Matte Eyeshadow Palette

This palette features an explosive lineup of six shimmery, metallic shades that are complimented by six warm-toned, buttery mattes. Shades range from neutral tones to burgundy hues. Perfect for creating a glam look that can be transitioned from day to night!

RRP: $19.95

Live Loud Collection

Live Loud Collection

Embrace big bold colours with the new Live Loud Collection. French-forumla nail shades in 4 poppin' opaques; Electric Feels, Green Machine, Carrie Me Away and Poolside Popsicle. Add some 80's nostalgia to your nail look with 4 special effect polishes; Dorothy, Lady Marilyn and Interstellar with funfetti glitter shade, Glass Slipper.

Pair bold nails and a bright lip with 6 of the most popular Vegan Lipsticks in a variety of fun and wearable shades. Go monochromatic or mix and match your look with these show-stopping colours.

Nails RRP: $2.95
Lips RRP: $3.95

Stockist: 1300 765 332



Emporio Armani Spring Summer 2019

Emporio Armani Spring Summer 2019

Giorgio Armani presents the Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2019 collections in the hangar of Milano Linate Airport

Giorgio Armani is pleased to announce Emporio Armani Boarding, a major show event to be held on 20th September 2018 in the hangar of the Milano Linate Airport.

For the first time, the airport will host a fashion show, turning into an unexpected backdrop to the Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2019 Men's and Women's collections. Exceptionally, the two collections will be shown together this season. The fashion show will culminate with the performance of an international pop star.

Giorgio Armani says, 'Airports are places full of symbolism. They suggest unbounded openness to the world outside. You take off to discover and learn, or come back after experiencing countless adventures. I liked the idea of staging this event in the same hangar which has been labelled with the "Emporio Armani" insigna and its iconic eagle logo since 1996 " an image that welcomes the thousands of travellers who land at Linate Airport or functions as a farewell as they depart from Milan. The airport is the perfect space for Emporio Armani, the brand that embodies a free, adventurous spirit and continually reasserts its essence through a contemporary style.'

The eagle-topped hangar is now part of the collective imagination and one of the many locations linked to Emporio Armani since its inception, representing a "geography" of the brand, such as via Broletto, whose 1984 giant poster site has become part of Milan's urban iconography, via Durini, where the brand opened its first store in 1981, via Bergognone, site of the Armani/Teatro, home of the brand's fashion shows, and via Manzoni 31, with its large concept store and Emporio Armani Caffè.

Launched in 1981 as a collection targeting a younger audience, today Emporio Armani is a brand that works as a hub. It matches the way people move in the urban environment, and is inspired by an inclusive, democratic attitude. After the Paris and London show-events of recent seasons, the new destination of Emporio Armani's journey is Milan, where it will occupy an emblematic space and will be presented through an innovative format.

The brand's signature democratic spirit will drive the event, which will be attended by a crowd of 2,300, including invited guests, staff and press, as well as a number of members of the public.

Tickets for the public will be available via a special contest, held throughout the city of Milan, using a game-like format. The first one hundred randomly selected names, among holders of "passport" - those taking part in the contest will have to collect a series of stamps for in a special "passport" - will be the lucky winners who, accompanied by a guest, will be admitted to the soirée.

The event has been anticipated with a billboard campaign and the customization of the Linate Airport, as well as advertised on tram and buses throughout Milan. A special Emporio Armani Boarding capsule collection has been created for the occasion: sweatshirts, T-shirts and accessories inspired by the event-theme. The capsule will go on sale on 13th September in Milan and in the main Emporio Armani flagship stores worldwide later on, as well as on armani.com.

All "behind the scenes" activities associated with #EABoarding and live streaming of the show will be available for viewing on @emporioarmani through the main social networks.

Dusty Girls Makeup by MooGoo

Dusty Girls Makeup by MooGoo

Why You Need To Choose Makeup That is Good For You

Skin issues like adult acne have increased 200 percent in the last 12 months forcing many women to take a closer look at the products they put on their face and body.

Dusty Girls Makeup brand manager Gabby Ruiz said the demand for mineral, and vegan, cosmetics has been driven by an increase in consumer knowledge and a shift towards natural products.

"The average woman uses 12 personal care products containing 168 unique ingredients every day – for someone with sensitive skin that can make a big impact," said Ms Ruiz.

"Many commercial makeup brands are made from ingredients such as talc, bismuth, parabens, UV filters and silicones which can irritate sensitive skin," she said.

"These ingredients are commonly found in cosmetics as they are cost effective, however often they can trigger skin troubles."

"Traditional mascara, for example, is made with pine tar. This is a common irritant, often causing itchy and watery eyes. Our mascara is made with Acacia Gum – which means people with sensitive eyes can use it."

"Research suggest that mineral makeup is better for your skin, mainly because of the ingredients that are not used. There are plenty of alternative ingredients available, ones which won't cause your skin to flare up if you suffer acne or sensitive skin."

The main ingredients to look out for in makeup include:

Talc: Used in personal care products like eye shadows to absorb moisture and prevent caking. Some talc is also known to contain carcinogen asbestos, therefore is best avoided unless it's known to be asbestos-free.
Bismouth: Naturally occurring very heavy element found in nickel, tin and silver and commonly found in many cosmetics – in particular foundations giving that 'glowy' finish.
Parabens: These are a class of chemicals used to preserve makeup and curb bacterial growth. While it's certainly important to extend the shelf-life, and curb bacterial growth, a side-affect can be the disruptions of hormonal functions.
UV filters: Studies have shown that several sunscreen chemicals indicate they mimic hormones and disrupt the hormone system.
Silicones: Ensures makeup spreads better but it can accumulate on the skin and clog pores.

Ms Ruiz said makeup doesn't necessary need artificial colour, oils, perfumes (number one cause of irritation or allergies) or preservatives, which clog pores and irritate the skin.

"At Dusty Girls we use a combination of natural micas, zinc oxide, iron oxides and titanium dioxide, which has anti-inflammatory properties, making it perfect for those with problematic skin, or skin that is sensitive to sunlight following invasive procedures like chemical peels," she said.

"This kind if makeup actually has a calming effect on the skin."

"The main benefits of using mineral makeup is that it doesn't prolong, or worsen, irritations such as redness, dryness and blemishes by preventing the skin from breathing under the makeup."

"It also doesn't encourage bacterial growth and it's non-comedongenic, meaning it won't clog your pores."

"There is this misconnection that because is natural, it won't work as well as regular makeup. It actually gives great coverage and colour but at the same time is taking care of the skin health."

According to the International Dermal Institute, chronic stress is a big factor in the rising number of people suffering adult acne.

Dusty Girls MakeUp Tips

Face:

Earth Cream
Suitable for normal to oily skin.
Earth Cream is a sheer to light coverage product, this is best applied with either fingers or flat foundation brush.
When colour matching the Earth Cream, apply small streak along jaw line and down the neck. Make sure to blend it in using either brush or cotton tip.
For extra hydration apply either the Skin Milk Udder Cream or Full Cream moisturiser as a primer.

Available in Light, Medium & Medium/Dark
SPF5

Features & Benefits:
- Anti-Bacterial
- Anti-Inflammatory
- Anti-Fungal
- SPF Protection
- Lightweight
- 3 in 1: moisturise + cover + protect

Mineral Foundation Powder
Suitable for combination to oily skin. Dry skin will need to moisturise.
The Mineral Foundation Powder is a medium coverage, best applied with the Kabuki Brush.
Same method as the earth cream for colour matching, apply colours along the jaw line and blend in with either Flat Foundation Brush or Kabuki Brush.
This foundation works best when pressed into the skin, not swiped.
Pour product into lid and swirl brush into product to ensure the kabuki brush is evenly coated.
This product can be layered on top of the Earth Cream or worn by itself, depending on the customers desire.

Features & Benefits:
- Toxic-Free
- Lightweight
- SPF protection
- Hypo-Allergenic
- Water-Resistant

Available in 6 shades
SPF15

Mineral Bronzer Sunshine
This bronzer is best applied with a large fluffy brush (Kabuki or Powder Brush)
The more compact the brush is, the more product that will be applied to the skin, this bronzer is very pigmented, ensure you tap off the excess on the side of the packaging.
The '3' application (as displayed in photo) is the best way to apply and contour the face.
If used as an eyeshadow, use the small blending brush and sweep into crease, eyelid and lower lash line.

Cheeks:

Mineral Blush Pink Ladies & Golden Delicious
We currently have two blushes in our Dusty Girl range – Pink Ladies (all skin tones) and Golden Delicious (medium – dark skin tones ideally) if a customer with fair – light skin prefers this colour, apply with a very light hand.
After your customer has chosen her preferred colour, apply with the contour brush. Get your customer to smile and apply on the apples of cheek and blend back towards the ears.

Mineral Highlighter Glowing Goddess
The highlighter is very versatile, you can apply it in a few different areas of the face. The colour is a light golden champagne, this will suit fair – medium skin tones.
Apply it with either the flat foundation brush or small blending eyeshadow brush to the highpoints of the face (cheek bones, above the eyebrow, bridge of the nose and cupids bow)
You can also use this as an eyeshadow, apply to eyelid, inner corner and brow bone.
Can be used on the body. Apply to collarbone, top of the shoulders & down the front of your legs for extra glow.

3 Reasons to use highlighter:
1. Opens up your eyes
2. Will make you look awake & fresh
3. Adds dimension to your face.

Eyes:

Mineral Eye Shadow Going Buff, Paper Bark, Summer Tan & Dark Cacao
Before applying your eyeshadow, apply a light layer of the mineral powder to ensure you have an even base, this will help eyeshadows blend easier and ensure they are as pigmented as possible.

Three Simple Eye Looks:

'Bronze Goddess'

1. Apply sunshine bronzer in crease with fluffy blending brush
2. Apply 'Summer Tan' all over eyelid
3. Mix 'Dark Cacao' and 'Sunshine Bronzer' on lower lash line
4. Apply 'Glowing Goddess' in the inner corner and brow bone

'Easy Nighttime Smokey Eye'
1. Apply 'Dark Cacao' all over eyelid
2. Apply 'Sunshine Bronzer' with fluffy blending brush into crease and lower lash line
3. Apply 'Glowing Goddess' to inner corner and brow bone for a shimmer highlight or apply 'Going Buff' to inner corner and brow bone for a matte highlight

'Easy Day Time Smokey Eye'
1. Apply 'Dark Cacao' on the outer corner of eye with fluffy blending brush
2. Apply Paper Bark from the middle to the inner third of eye with smaller eyeshadow brush)
3. Apply 'Dark Cacao' on lower lash line
4. Apply 'Going Buff' to inner corner and brow bone for a matte highlight

and...
Always apply a moisturiser underneath the Earth Cream and Mineral Foundation, if you have a good base everything will blend and sit better on the skin!
Colour matching the Earth Cream and Mineral Foundation, apply two – three colours along jaw line and neck and blend in a brush to see which colour suit their skin tone the best.
Always apply the Mineral Foundation with the Kabuki Brush.
Mix in any moisturiser with the Earth Cream to lighten it slightly is the colour is to dark.
Use a shade lighter of Mineral Foundation underneath the eyes to use it as concealer.
Use Chia Seeds Lipstick on cheeks as a cream blush (this will work for light to medium skin tones). Apply to back of hand first and use either fingertips or Flat Foundation Brush to apply.

What's our number one beauty tip? Smile!

Dusty Girls is created by Australian skin care range, MooGoo which has developed a cult-like following with one of its eczema creams snapped up every two minutes.

Product include Mineral Foundation Powder, Earth Cream Tinted Moisturiser, Mineral Bronzer, Mineral Eye Shadows, Mineral Mascara, Vegan Lip Shine and more.

For more information visit dustygirls.com.au

DB Cosmetics Day Dreamer Brush Set

DB Cosmetics Day Dreamer Brush Set

Freshen Up Your Collection

A complete set of fresh white makeup brushes with a soft pink gradient. With soft synthetic fibres that are perfect for both powder and liquid formulas, these unique looking brushes are an essential addition to any makeup kit. Each brush is individually labelled for easy identification and use. Store and carry using the included matching brush roll with its cute quilted pattern.

Includes (left to right):
Ultimate Brow Brush
Deluxe Crease Brush
Foundation/Buffing Brush
Tapered Powder Brush
Illuminating/Fan Brush
Large Powder/Blush Brush
Angled Contour Brush
Eye Shadow Blending Brush
Eye Shadow Brush
Liner Brush

Review: I've fallen in love with the DB Cosmetics Day Dreamer Brush Set not only for the gorgeous quilted case that lays the brushes out ever so gorgeously but suitably for an amateur like me, the brushes are all engraved with their name and use (otherwise I'd have surely confused the Foundation/Buffing brush with a Large Powder/Blush brush or Tapered Powder brush)!

I've been using the DB Cosmetics Day Dreamer brush set with the Keep Em' Klean Citrus Brush Cleaner which is AMAZING; it smells delicious and dries very fast on the easy to spread bristles of the brush collection.

At $29.99 the DB Cosmetics Day Dreamer brush set is an absolute bargain and did I mention they are vegan!
- Brooke Hunter

RRP $29.99

www.dbcosmetics.com.au

DB Cosmetics Lip Products

DB Cosmetics Lip Products

Take Your Lips To The Next Level

Matte and satin lip crayons with a luscious lip scrub to prep and primp your pout.

 

Lip Cocktail Delicious Lip Scrub

Prep and prime your pout with 4 delicious NEW lip scrubs. This sugar-based exfoliator buffs and polishes the lip surface to create a smooth finish that is perfect for applying any lip colour. With no greasy residue, this lip scrub washes off without a trace and since it smells good enough to eat, go ahead and lick your lips clean!
YUM!
RRP $9.99

Lip Stix Creamy Lip Crayon

Add a dose of gorgeous colour to your look with 8 NEW shades of lightweight lip crayons. With a highly pigmented formula for maximum colour payoff, this creamy crayon has a non-drying finish for comfortable all day wear. Use the built-in sharpener at the end of the crayon to finesse the shape of the retractable colour tip, keeping your application on point.

With a mix of matte and satin finishes  and shades, this lip crayon is slimline and will leave your pout hydrated to perfection.

RRP $9.99

www.dbcosmetics.com.au

Fashion Palette

Fashion Palette

Australian Swim Brands to Unveil Their Creations at the Inaugural Fashion Palette Miami Swim Week Show

Miami's summer fashion is heating up with five Australian designers showcasing their Spring/Summer 2019 collections on the international stage.

Australian events production company, Fashion Palette, is thrilled to announce its rst inaugural swimwear collection show featuring the Spring/Summer 2019 collections of ve Australian designers on one runway with the line-up made of Aqua Blu, TJ Swim, Lil & Emm, VDM the Label and Frankie Swimwear. Taking place Sunday 15 July in Miami surrounded by an oasis of tranquility and architectural beauty at The Setai Hotel.

Fashion Palette continues to serve as a podium for contemporary Australian fashion by offering international opportunities for designers to network and establish an array of connections within the global market. After being held for Seven years in New York, Fashion Palette is expanding into the Miami market to give Australian designers a chance to expose their labels to buyers, media and industry insiders.

"Australia has some of the world's best swim brands and I am proud to be representing such an amazing cross section of local talent in Miami for the rst time. From timeless pieces designed by TJ Swim to the bold feminine cuts by Aqua Blu, the much-loved styles by Lil & Emm and Frankie Swimwear through to the eco-friendly swimwear designed by VDM the Label," says Fashion Palette Founder, Sonya Mefaddi.

Founded in 2009, Fashion Palette is one of Australia's leading fashion agencies, focused on establishing innovative independent Australian labels into the US market. Connecting designers with global buyers, media, stylists, bloggers and industry professionals to help designers gain a bigger slice of their market. For more information visit http://www.fashionpalette.com.au
@FashionPalette

Spectrum Aurora Ring Lights

Spectrum Aurora Ring Lights

These Influencers All Have The Same Secret Weapon. And It's Not What You'd Expect.

 

If you've ever scrolled through Instagram and wondered why influencers always look so good, you might have caught yourself wondering what camera they use or what make up they're wearing. But the truth is, for the top beauty, fashion and even fitness influencers, many of them have the same secret weapon; lighting.

Forget filters – the go-to product in a professional influencer's toolkit are Spectrum Aurora ring lights. Used by top influencers from Cheryl Maitland to Roxy Jacenko, ring lights help create the perfect image by eliminating skin imperfections such as blemishes and wrinkles.

How does it work? It's all in the design - the unique circle shape creates a wrap around effect casting a soft halo of light across your face. The dimmable control allows you to adjust the brightness to your desired output and effect.

Spectrum Aurora co-founder, Christine Nguyen, said her ring lights are extremely popular amongst influencers.

"You'd be hard pressed to come across a serious influencer on YouTube or Instagram who didn't use a ring light – these are some of our biggest customers. It's because the lights produce the colour temperature you'll find from natural daylight, so it's perfect for anyone wanting to mimic natural light conditions."

Celebrity makeup artist, Michael Brown, who regularly works with high profile names like Jesinta Franklin, says, "We all know that the best lighting is natural sunlight but we don't always have access to it – I'm often working in hotels with clients in low light, doing makeup at night or early morning, so I use my ring light to help me work as well as take an amazing snap for social."

Fitness influencer and YouTuber, Georgie Stevenson said, "In social media, visuals are everything and followers expect your content to be of the highest quality or they just won't engage. It's amazing how professional your videos can look just with the addition of a right light."

According to Christine Nguyen, ring lights are also perfect for flat lay photography, the staple shot used by influencers to showcase products. But it's not just beauty and lifestyle influencers jumping on the ring light trend.

"With Facebook Live becoming more popular, we're starting to see ring lights being used by businesses, entrepreneurs and life coaches – really anyone who's creating regular content that needs to look professional."

Spectrum Aurora offers a wide range of LED ring lights, starting from $329.99 through to $1,069.99 for a full studio kit with light stands and LED panels. And those looking for something a little smaller, the Spectrum Aurora selfie ring-light attaches to your phone, available for just $39.99.

Spectrum Aurora is Australia's premium ring light company, led by a team of professional photographers. Offering a range of products for make up, beauty, hair salons, flat lay photography, vloggers, social media influencers, creative agencies, tattoo artists, brow & lashes and more, Spectrum Aurora stocks the largest range of LED ring lights and studio ring light kits in Australia.
https://spectrum-brand.com

australis Make Me Matte Liquid Eyeliner

australis Make Me Matte Liquid Eyeliner

No-mess liquid liner? You'll want to see this...

This new eyeliner provides a comfortable, easy and mess-free application that allows anyone to achieve the perfect bold, matte lines.

RRP: $13.95

High Roller Diamond Makeup Sponge

High Roller Diamond Makeup Sponge

This soft, sponge helps to blend liquid and cream makeup products on the face.

The unique diamond shape allows liquid and cream products to be blended easily in hard to reach places to ensure that you are left with a flawless finish!

RRP: $12.95
www.australiscosmetics.com.au

Australis Stayput Foundation

Australis Stayput Foundation

Find Your Perfect Shade

A long-lasting, smudge-free foundation that contains moisturising multivitamins, antioxidants and broad spectrum SPF 15. A medium-full coverage for a radiant matte finish and suitable for all skin types.

RRP: $16.95
www.australiscosmetics.com.au

Get Glow Game Limited Edition Face Palette

Get Glow Game Limited Edition Face Palette

Glow Game On!

This Limited Edition Palette provides a variety of different shades to provide a flawless and glowing highlight, bronze or blush to any skin tone.

RRP: $24.95
www.australiscosmetics.com.au

P'ure Papaya Lip

P'ure Papaya Lip

Soothing Protection and Relief for Dry Lips this Winter, Naturally

Winter isn't much fun for our skin and our lips aren't immune from the damaging effects of dry, cold air and wind. In fact, given that the skin on our lips is much thinner than the skin on the rest of our bodies, with no oil glands or ability to make moisture of their own, they're usually the first to suffer when the temperature and humidity drops.  

 

To prevent and treat chapping, cracking and (gasp) bleeding lips this winter, P'ure Papayacare has revamped its original all-natural formula to create P'ure Papaya Lips.  The much loved, all-natural papaya ointment is now vegan, and comes in a lip-friendly tube with an applicator, to specifically soothe and hydrate lips this winter.

 

To keep your pout in perfect form, P'ure Papayacare's resident naturopath, Melissa Argiro shares her top tips for taking care of lips this winter, and some of them might surprise you.


Beware Petroleum Based Lip Balms

Regular lip balm offers the fastest remedy for chapped, dry lips, but according to Argiro, many lip balms can actually dehydrate your lips. "Lip balms containing a base of petroleum jelly create a physical barrier against the skin which prevents moisture from being absorbed," says Argiro. "Although lip balms containing petroleum may feel nice and smooth on your lips when first applied, in the end they will dry out your lips, so look for a lip balm free from petroleum, like our P'ure Papaya Ointment," she says.

 

Designed to moisturise, nourish and protect lips, P'ure Papaya Lips uses a unique, natural formula comprising of five key ingredients: papaya, shea butter, calendula, macadamia oil and jojoba oil. Additionally, it's completely free from petrochemicals, preservatives and artificial fragrances commonly found in other lip balms, including other -pawpaw' ointments, which can contain only a small trace of papaya, and up to 96 percent petroleum jelly.

Leave The Lip Licking

If you're stuck without your Papaya Ointment, it can be tempting to lick your lips to give them a quick hit of moisture, however Argiro says that this is a sure way to dry them out.  "Many people think that licking their lips will moisturise dry skin, however, saliva contains acids that break down food, which can also dry and irritate the lips."

 

Do Not Exfoliate Your Lips with a Toothbrush

"Ouch! Please don't do this," says Argiro. "Brushing your chapped lips with a toothbrush can often worsen the condition and lead to cracking your chapped lips, which is not only painful but can make your lips prone to infections. "The skin on our lips is extremely soft and fragile and the bristles on a toothbrush are much too harsh on the delicate skin," she says. Instead, Argiro advises opting for a lip balm containing calendula and jojoba oils, which aid in healing and regenerating skin cells.

 

Watch Your Caffeine Intake

Winter sees most of us increasing our coffee intake, which can also contribute to dry, chapped lips, according to Argiro.  "Consuming large amounts of caffeine can leach moisture from the inside, and the skin on our lips, being so thin, is highly susceptible to dehydration.  Try swapping out some of your caffeinated beverages for a herbal tea which boost your hydration levels, rather than sapping them," she says.

 

Outrule Any Other Underlying Causes

There are a number of other factors that could be causing or worsening your dry lips, says Argiro.  "Allergies to harsh ingredients in your lip balm or cosmetics, your nutritional intake, certain foods, poor hydration levels and even snoring can cause or worsen dry lips," she says. "If you suffer chronic chapped lips, there might be something else at play that you need to investigate.  Are you drinking enough water? Are you eating well?  Do you need to sleep with a humidifier on?"  In other words, rather than only treating the symptoms, try to look at the big picture.

 

P'ure Papaya Lips is a vegan friendly formula and is available in 10g tubes from selected pharmacies and health food stockists, both in store and online.

P'ure Papaya Lips
RRP $5.99/10g
www.purepapayacare.com.au/

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