Friday, March 30, 2012

Winter Skincare Tips From Essential Stuff

The winter season is approaching and for many people, the cold dry winter climates may bring uncomfortable and unwanted skin conditions such as flaking skin, skin allergies, eczema and chapped hands. With a few simple tricks, you can keep skin silky smooth till spring. 

Marie Otty, founder of Essential Stuff, says that low temperatures, low humidity and strong, harsh winds suck away the moisture in our bodies and deplete our skin of its natural lipid layer which keeps the skin from drying out. “More attention is required during the winter months to help you achieve optimal soft skin suppleness,” she says.
Marie’s shares her five simple tips for a new winter regime:

1. Give your hands extra love
The skin on our hands are extremely thin, which means they already have a limited amount of moisture. Apply hand cream frequently, especially after washing your hands, and avoid cotton gloves, which absorb moisture and stay wet.

2. Hydrate skin while it's damp
Apply a rich body butter immediately after taking a shower to help lock-in moisture. Consider products with natural ingredients like macadamia, rosehip and pomegranate. These will soften the skin, giving it a refreshing and healthy glow.

3. Avoid very hot water
It may feel good, but never shower, bathe or wash your face with extremely hot water. It can not only break the capillaries in the face, but also break down the lipid barriers in the skin, which will lead to a loss of moisture. Cleanse the skin in warm water with a rich and gentle body wash enriched with Aloe Vera and pomegranate will hydrate the skin and protect against ageing.

4. Don’t neglect the feet
Dry cracked heels can be painful and unattractive – and only get worse in winter. Unfortunately regular creams won’t penetrate the dry, dead, thick skin on our heels so soak the feet first then apply a dedicated foot balm with strong antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to nourish the skin. Keep this routine for 2-3 days and the benefits will be noticed in no time.

5. Apply sunscreen
Just because it's cold out doesn't mean the sun isn't strong. Apply an SPF 15-30 to the face and hands about 30 minutes before going outside. Don’t forget to reapply if outside for long periods of time.

To ease you into a new winter regime, Essential Stuff, the world’s first skincare range based on the superfruit, the pomegranate is offering 2-for-1 products exclusively for online beauty shoppers.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Oroton's After Dark Collection

Set out in style with Oroton's winter apparel collection. Filled with elegant essentials to take you from day to night…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Refine, Remove, Rejuvenate With KORA Organics

KORA Organics now offers the certified organic solution to dry and dull skin with the KORA Organicss Hydrating Mask, a uniquely formulated mask that cleans, re-hydrates and protects the skin. Containing Noni Extract, Vitamins and minerals, the KORA Organics Hydrating Mask refines the pores, removes dead skin cells and promotes healthy tissue rejuvenation.

“I use the KORA Organics Hydrating Mask weekly and especially just before a runway show, after plane travel and during winter. It leaves my face and décolletage glowing and feeling soft and smooth.” Says Miranda Kerr.

Founded by Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr and consisting of Twenty-one certified organic face and body care products, the KORA Organics range is a reflection of Miranda’s holistic approach to health and well-being and is 100% Australian Made and contains no Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS, Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde. All products are vegan and not tested on animals.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Versace Yellow Diamond

"The yellow colour recalls the brightness, sensuality and great energy of this fragrance, able to depict and emphasize the charm and femininity of a woman" - Donatella Versace
Versace Yellow Diamond is the new luxury fragrance by Versace. Pure as sunlight, an extraordinary bright hue that radiates with a fiery intensity, sparkling the way that only a diamond can. Pure sensuality, pure transparency, pure light: once more an authentic jewel of rare beauty unveiled in a fresh and vivid floral perfume; a new, captivating and voluptuous fragrance of true femininity, confident in her charm, in harmony with the unmistakable glamour of Versace. 

Versace Yellow Diamond EDT will be on-counters from April 1 2012. Available from Versace stores, Myer and David Jones. Stockist enquiries: 02 9663 4277

Monday, March 26, 2012

PANDORA's New Season 2012 Collection

PANDORA's new season 2012 collection is full of delicate, floral, feminine, pretty pieces you'll love. This feminine collection blooms with vintage charm and all inspired by nature. There's a wealth of bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces, charms and pendants to choose from. 


Friday, March 23, 2012

Organic Rosehip 100% Pure Seed Oil

Organic Rosehip, the perfect winter-busting skin fix! Originating in Chile, Organic Rosehip 100% Pure Seed Oil is made in Australia. High in Vitamins A and E, Essential Fatty Acids, the oil assists in the skin’s ability to repair and regenerate, whilst also building collagen. Organic Rosehip 100% Pure Seed Oil is RRP $22.00.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kate Moss Introduces Lilabelle

Kate Moss; world famous supermodel, style icon and fashion designer. Now, Kate introduces
Lilabelle, her delicate new fragrance with a sparkling and audacious character, which is dedicated to, her daughter Lila – her Lilabelle. 

Capturing the beauty of youth and femininity Lilabelle is Kate’s perfect gift to her daughter, for her to enjoy in years to come. Her most personal fragrance to date, Lilabelle is true to Kate’s personality and is a beautifully feminine, delicate, youthful fragrance that fuses contemporary and baroque infl uences to create a timeless unforgettable experience. 

Talking about the launch, Kate Moss says, “Lilabelle is my most personal fragrance yet, inspired by my daughter Lila. It is a really soft and gentle scent yet also a bit daring. I created it for both for grown women who want to remain young at heart and teens who want glamour and sophistication. It’s my gift to every woman and girl who lives life to the full". 

A pretty, soft fruity floriental, Lilabelle opens with an effervescent blend of fruity-floral osmanthus, zesty juicy mandarin and dewy freesia, immediately delivering a richness and modernity. At its heart, a striking and bouquet of white flowers – night blooming jasmine, white lily and plumeria – evokes a luxurious, timeless elegance. 

This ultra-feminine floral accord melts into the sensual drydown, which fuses a vibrant blend of rare and unique ingredients: sensual musk, sandalwood, heliotrope, glowing amber and creamy suede combine to create an extreme lingering effect that envelops the senses. 

Lilabelle EDT 30ml $30 and Lilabelle EDT 50ml $39

Kate Moss Lilabelle is available now at Priceline, Target and selected pharmacies nationally. For stockists call 1800 812 663.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Ultimate All Over Skin Saviour

With summer officially over, it’s time to really give our skin some TLC. For skin that is dry, overexposed to the elements or suffering loss of elasticity – Kosmea’s Skin Clinic™ Rescue Body Cream will be your ultimate saviour. Combining ultimate luxury with intense hydration and nourishment.

Apply all over for a restorative healing treatment and let your skin soak up the benefits of this rich soothing indulgent body cream that contains 100% Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil. A multi-purpose product that not only calms and soothes your skin, but also treats many skin concerns including:
· Skin irritations
· Loss of skin elasticity
· Appearance of stretch marks
· Minor burns including sunburn
· Sore, tired and aching muscles
· Dry, sensitive skin

With ingredients including Rose Hip Oil, Certified Organic Everlasting Oil, Carrot Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Chamomile Essential Oil – you’ll be protecting yourself from the winter skin woes.

Kosmea is available nationally in selected pharmacies, health food stores and David Jones or call 1300 130 320 for your nearest stockist,

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Ultimate Race Day Chic

With the Autumn Carnival fast approaching, make sure you back the right trends when planning your outfit. Net-a-Porter have given the low-down on the hottest trends for the racing season…

Floral Display – A feminine floral dress is a perennially chic race day look. For the most modern take, mix it up with monochrome stripe wedges or studded heels and a flash of colour in your accessories. 

Dress; Vionnet, Earrings; Chan Luu, Bag; Marni

Dress; Mulberry, Earrings; Kenneth Jay Lane, Shoes; Giuseppe Zanotti

Hot Topic – This season's chicest colour combination is neutrals and super bright! Work the trend in a high voltage dress with a nude clutch and gold jewels for a glamorous edge. 

Dress; Roksanda Ilincic, Shoes; Gucci, Bag; DKNY,

Monochrome Match – Create ladylike silhouette's in black or white dresses with lace detailing or simple shoes and accessories. Don't forget the vintage inspired shades.

Dress; Nina Ricci, Sunglasses; Linda Farrow Luxe, Shoes;

Monday, March 12, 2012

Golden Treasures from Estée Lauder

Of all the ways to make a personal statement, one of the most telling is a woman’s compact. Such a subtle, quiet accessory, yet it’s chosen with care and elegance and asserts volumes about tastes and attitudes.

Estée Lauder’s compacts, have become collector’s items each year, and are every woman’s perfect handbag accessory. Whether you are known for “handbag elegance” or are waiting for the opportunity to treat yourself to something very special, this exclusive jeweller’s designs – filled with Lucidity Pressed Powder – are made to be loved.

Of course, they all have the “click and flick” quality. The click is just the right sound of substance when you snap open the clasp. Only compacts worth carrying have it, a signal as important as the way a luxury car door closes. And when a compact opens the flick also has to be perfect, “like an oyster, offering an invitation to discover what’s inside,” one expert has said. 

On the most wanted list is Estée Lauder’s Golden Alligator compact, a perfectly elegant powder compact for that quick touch up.

Visit Estée Lauder or call 1800 061 326.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow's Fashion Tips

One of BD's favourite celebrities, Gwyneth Paltrow, has given her tips on shopping with an edit of her favorite key pieces for the season. The idea is to mix and match high and low with your own personal style. Here are our favourite looks…

The boyfriend jeans with a cropped jacket is a cool way to dress up your usual jeans for day. Jacket; Boy. by Band of Outsiders Linen schoolboy blazer, Shirt; MiH Jeans Birkin cotton shirt, Jeans; Current/Elliott The Boyfriend cropped low-rise tapered jeans, Shoes; Pierre Hardy Leather and canvas sandals

The jumpsuit can be worn on the weekend for a casual get-together with friends and family. Jumpsuit; Étoile Isabel Marant Iron linen-blend playsuit, Necklace; Lanvin Swarovski crystal charm necklace

The gathered skirt is outfit that takes you from work straight out to a dinner or drinks on the town at night. Skirt; Acne Romantic leather skirt, Jacket; Paul & Joe Sister Perceval bouclé-tweed jacket, Shirt; Kain Modal and silk-blend T-shirt, Necklace; Lanvin Swarovski crystal and cord chain necklace

The jeans can be worn for a day full of meetings – the perfect formal/informal outfit. Jeans; Mother The Looker mid-rise skinny jeans, Shirt; Sandro Cléo paneled washed-silk shirt, Shoes; Jimmy Choo Denton neoprene scuba peep-toe sandals

The orange dress can be worn to a cocktail party with a statement necklace and some platform pumps. Dress; Diane von Furstenberg Double-zip stretch-jersey dress

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Aje Winter 2012

Aje is all about cool, chic luxury, delivering effortless dressing that is unique to the individual. Extracting beauty from unique places around the globe, each collection is hand crafted and designed with modern sophistication, elegance and considered luxury. 

Aje's Winter 2012 collection is features luxurious fabrics, elegant silk cropped blouses, beautiful woolen coats with hand stitched sequins and python details and leathers with metal zippers and quilted patches.

Here are some of our favourite pieces from the collection…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

2012 A/W Paris Fashion Week: Chloé

Chloé's designer, Clare Waight Keller, showed an effortlessly chic collection at the 2012 Autumn/Winter Paris fashion week. Chloé's A/W 2012 collection was filled with full and knee-length skirts, pantaloon style shorts and soft wool trousers.

There was an array of luxurious over-sized military coats and capes splashed in pastel pink and blue hues. Dresses ranged from feminine lace to a black silk taffeta. Accessories included colour-blocked satchels and oversized clutches as well as ankle-strap pumps and wide belts.
Visit for a full wrap up of 2012 A/W Paris Fashion Week.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Colour Your World

In collaboration with the iconic Australian interior and exterior paint brand, Porter’s Paints, MOR invites you to ‘Colour Your World’.

To celebrate the design and artisanal process behind the MOR brand, an artistic narrative was brought to life in the latest creative campaign. Drawing inspiration from the natural and raw elements of paint, MOR used colour to inspire and generate emotion through each image.

Using a selection of Por ter’s Paint signature and complimentary colours, MOR experimented with both wet and dry paint to craft a minimal yet alluring ambience, highlighting the MOR Collections in their most beautiful and true form.

With an innate love of art and design, ‘Colour Your World’ captures the essence of MOR Essentials, Little Luxuries, Emporium, Marshmallow, Lip Macarons and the latest addition, the Destination Cosmetic Bag Collection in a creative form.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

The Perfect Tote Bag

Mimco's Tote Imperialia is decadence refined. Featuring durable soft cow leather with a front flap treated with a crocodile emboss and distressed gold metallic Italian lambskin in combination with our new tort turnlock and super luxe metal tipping. Tubular handles for superior shoulder comfort.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

OPI Holland Collection

Immerse yourself in the vibrant beauty that is Holland, one of the most colour-abundant and famously open-minded cultures in the world. The range of stunning shades in the Holland Collection by OPI consists of sophisticated neutrals and larger-than-life brights.

A sequence of electric brights, including a sun-lit orange (A Roll in The Hague), a hot coral-red (Red Lights Ahead…Where?) and two pretty pinks (Kiss Me on My Tulips and a light-catching Pedal Faster Suzi!) complement their cooler counterparts in hues of glistening purple (Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI? and Vampsterdam), while elegant neutrals (Gouda Gouda Two Shoes, Did You 'ear About Van Gogh? and Wooden Shoe Like to Know?) meet two shimmer-laced blues (I Have a Herring Problem and I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!) and a creamy sea green (Thanks a WindMillion).

Wear these colours on fingertips and toes to accessorize the season’s most talked-about trends, where explosions of vibrant colour continue to dominate. These fashion-savvy shades grant you instant style, and accentuate the coloured pants, sheer tops with long, blousy sleeves, ladylike frocks and punchy patterns that so gorgeously rule the runways.

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