Friday, June 28, 2013

The Products Nailing it When it Comes to Manis and Pedis!

A study by The Beauty Company in the US found nail polish is the "favourite beauty addiction for 99 per cent of all women,” which explains why nail polish sales received a 32 per cent growth in year-on-year sales in the US for 2012. But it's not just the States that are witnessing this sudden surge in popularity.

"The nail segment has experienced growth season-on-season for the past few years and doesn't appear to be haltering,” reveals Myer general manager, cosmetics and concessions, Liz Webster. Here are some of the innovative new products driving the nail industry to new heights:

CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish and CND Solar Oil.

CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish
The CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish formula introduces a new self-adhering technology, which eliminates the need for a base coat without yellowing the nails. The innovative CND VINYLUX Top Coat incorporates a network of cross-linked polymer bonds to protect the colour underneath by gradually building up resistance to chipping and smudging through exposure to natural light. The best bit? It promises week-long wear.

CND SolarOil
CND Creative Nail Design SolarOil helps to repair, condition, soften, soothe and moisturise nails. It is formulated with vitamin E, plus rice bran, sweet almond and Jojoba oils.

Elegant Touch Design Nails Lace, Manicare Miracle Growth Booster and Manicare Flash Dry Top Coat.

Elegant Touch Design Nails Lace
Designed with UV Gel technology that protects nails from chipping, scratching and fading, Design Nails last up to seven days. The lace design is one of the brand's best-sellers and features a black and white lace pattern.

Manicare Miracle Growth Booster
A treatment that helps nails to grow with salon strength, the Miracle Growth Booster is formulated with silk protein and helps improve nail flexibility and strength with vitamins A and E.

Manicare Flash Dry Top Coat
This top coat nail polish has a salon-strength formula and dries in 60 seconds, as well as adding gloss and helping to protect against chipping.

Mavala Switzerland Lightening Scrub Mask for Nails and Mavala Switzerland Nail Polish.

Mavala Switzerland Lightening Scrub Mask for Nails
This mask exfoliates any impurities from the nail and its contour, smooths the nail plate while preserving its flexibility, softens cuticles, and helps eliminate dead skin.

Mavala Switzerland Nail Polish
Mavala Switzerland Nail Polishes offer a wide range of professional quality, long-lasting nail colours that are rich in pigment. Mavala Switzerland Nail Polishes are available in a range of shades and are formulated to resist chipping and peeling for longer-lasting manicures.

Miss Shop Cosmetics Nail Polish - Pastels, Pelactiv Precious Oils and Pelactiv Hand Cream.

Miss Shop Cosmetics Nail Polish - Pastels
Miss Shop Nail Polish combines a premium formula with a slimline brush applicator that offers easy, controlled and streak-free application. The formula has strengthening qualities, while its colour goes on bold.

Pelactiv Precious Oils and Hand Cream
Adding just a few drops of Pelactiv Precious Oils to your Pelactiv Hand Cream creates a rich and intense treatment that acts as a food source for your hands and nails.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Transform Your Nails with Revitanail®’s Ground-Breaking New Products

Introducing three exciting new products from Australia’s leading brand in nail treatment*, Revitanail. Revitanail Keratin Strengthening Serum, Revitanail 3D Top Coat and Revitanail Stop Bite & Protect will repair, protect and finish nails, leaving them looking and feeling healthy and strong.

Transform damaged nails and cuticles with Revitanail Keratin Strengthening Serum. This innovative new product and soon to be cult item is enriched with Keratin Peptide (ProSina), clinically proven to strengthen, protect and hydrate nails. Revitanail Keratin Strengthening Serum is a water-based formula allowing it to act as a protective base coat under polish. DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free, the serum can be applied 2-3 times daily or as often as required onto polished or clean nails promising to leave them nourished, hydrated and protected against daily wear and tear.

Teresa Hryniewiecka, Product Development Manager for Revitanail says: “We always look to create new products with innovative and unique ingredients that fill a gap in the nail treatment category and will have a positive impact on women's lives. Our new Keratin Strengthening Serum is a ground-breaking product, which promises to be a great tool to achieve stronger, healthier looking nails. It features ProSina, a clinically trialled, highly efficacious ingredient and has not been seen in this format in Australia, until now. The launch of this product is a large step for Revitanail and reiterates its stronghold in nail strengthening products.”

Want instant salon results at home? Enhance your colour and achieve a high-impact three dimensional sheen using Revitanail 3D Top Coat. The thick formula will help to prevent chipping and peeling, while providing a salon, gel-like finish. Simply apply one thick coat onto polished or clean nails, let dry for 3-5 minutes and voilà!

Break the habit of nail biting and help to repair and protect nails Revitanail Stop Bite & Protect. Enriched with Ceramium® Red Algae, which works to retain water in the nail cells and Cactus extract to moisturise, condition and protect nails, this unpleasant tasting formula will be sure to prevent putting hand to mouth and allow nails to recover and repair.

Whether needing to transform nails from rough to radiant, frail to firm or simply extend the life of a manicure, Revitanail can turn your nails around.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Top Five Ankle Boots for Winter from DUO Boots

The ‘Top Five Ankle Boots’ from DUO Boots features this season’s hottest styles as seen on celebrities including Eva Mendes and Kirsten Dunst. All ankle boots from DUO are available in three widths; narrow, regular and wide.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Rescue Remedy for the Most Damaged Hair

With Indola’s new Innova Repair Keratin Filler, restoring the natural beauty of severely damaged hair has never been so easy. This fabulous formula is enriched with hydrolysed keratin and works on three levels to actively repair the cuticle, fibre and matrix of each strand for instant silky smooth tangle-free hair.

Ideal for any degree of damaged hair this latest addition to the Innova range brings an intensive restructuring formulation that delivers a caring, leave-in treatment that results in soft, smooth, healthy hair with a great shine. Perfect for continuing the restorative process between salon visits and so easy to use.

After shampooing with the Innova Repair Shampoo, spray the Innova Repair Keratin Filler onto towel dried hair. Comb and massage the hair to evenly distribute and leave in to allow the product to penetrate over time. 

Packaged in a 250ml bottle, the Innova Repair Keratin Filler retails for $17.95. A perfect product to ensure sustained remedial results.

Think smart, think Indola.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

ORLY's New Secret Society Collection

Be transported to the intoxicating world of the dramatic, the aristocratic and the captivatingly lavish with ORLY’s new limited edition colour collection, Secret Society. 

The six-piece collection features a rich palette of bold and seductive tones, while offering a variety of finishes - from shimmers to a crème and even glitters. Whichever shade you choose to covet your nails, you’ll be radiating glamour and sophistication.

Choose from six alluring shades to dial up your manicure this season:
  • Macabre Masquerade: Midnight blue with red and silver glitter.
  • What’s the Password: Burnt orange with golden shimmer.
  • Lavish Bash: Clear base with tiny gold and silver glitter flecks.
  • Masked Ceremony: Sophisticated charcoal with holographic shimmer.
  • Voyeuristic Adventure: Ultra glam taupe foil shimmer.
  • Risqué Encounter: Perfect strong red crème.
ORLY Australia Ambassador and celebrity manicurist, Fiona Hay says: “This collection – with its variety of colours and finishes – is so versatile. The shades can spice up your staple winter wardrobe, complement on trend pieces you buy this season, or if you’re feeling more daring, can be used in your next nail art design.”

One way to use the collection in nail art is to spice up the half-moon manicure look, as Fiona summarises: “First, paint two coats of Risqué Encounter after your basecoat. Then carefully apply What’s The Password to the base of nail in a ‘half-moon’ shape (you can use ORLY halfmoon guide stickers to help). To finish off, apply a high-shine topcoat, like ORLY Glosser.”

Whether it’s for everyday wear or a more intricate nail art design, take the plunge this winter and introduce your nails to a different world with ORLY’s Secret Society collection.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Rapid Renewal Complex Featuring Lg-Retinex from CosMedix

Introducing Serum 16 by CosMedix, a potent anti-ageing serum using LG Retinex, a superior encapsulated delivery technology that promotes accelerated cell renewal and rejuvenation. This proprietary blend is proven to deliver enhanced skin results.

What is LG Retinex? 

LG Retinex uses 'intelligent encapsulation' that not only protects ingredients for maximum long-term potency and efficacy, but also instructs the skin to act younger through a supercharged combination of retinol and retinaldehyde. Retinol and retinaldehyde are the gold standards in skin rejuvenation, improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles while stimulating those processes vital to achieving a more youthful looking skin. LG-Retinex offers the most potent Vitamin A cocktail available without a prescription.

  • Increases cellular turnover.
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improves skin texture and tone.
  • Boosts vital hydration.
  • Moisturises.
  • Brightens the look of age spots and discoloration.
  • Helps lift away visible signs of damage.
  • Less irritation / redness than traditional retinoids.
Active ingredients:
  • Retinol 
  • Retinaldehyde
  • Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)
  • Phospholipids
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Squalane
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Sodium Lactate
CosMedix Serum 16 RRP $123.20. Available at selected Skin Rejuvenation Centres nationally. For stockists telephone 1800 648 851.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Reverse the Signs of Aging and Reveal Youthful Skin with Dr. LeWinn's Reversaderm

Recognising that dull, sun damaged and pigmented skin is an increasing concern for Australian women, the nation’s favourite anti-ageing skin care brand, Dr LeWinn's is releasing its most innovative range yet. Dr LeWinn's Reversaderm is a resurfacing treatment range that promises to diminish the appearance of imperfections including sun spots, fine lines and acne scars for brighter, smoother and more youthful looking skin.

Dr LeWinn's Reversaderm, a cost effective 5 step system with salon-quality results, can be used as an alternative to more painful and expensive treatments such as microdermabrasion and some chemical peels. Designed to be used together in a two week treatment cycle, the cleanser, peel, serum, regenerative cream and mask all contain a variety of potent and highly effective ingredients that ensure the renourishing and renewal of damaged and ageing skin.

Teresa Hryniewiecka, Product Development Manager for Dr LeWinn's said; “We spent a long time sourcing unique and extremely effective ingredients to ensure that Reversaderm is the most effective at-home treatment range on the market. A very potent dose of the antioxidant and free radical scavenger, vitamin C was the key ingredient in each of the five products to encourage cell regeneration for firmer, more resilient skin.”

In addition to vitamin C, each of the products contains the following ingredients to ensure the best results:
  • Glycolic Clarifying Cleanser - 12% Glycolic Acid – An invigorating AHA cleanser that removes makeup and daily residue, without drying or causing irritation. Helps improve the appearance of photo-aged, sun damaged and acne-scarred skin.
  • Micro-Cellular Age Correcting Peel – 15% GLM Acid Complex- A unique and effective combination of glycolic, lactic and mandelic acids that encourages deep, micro-cellular exfoliation. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and diminishes the appearance of brown spots while evening out skin tone and improving skin radiance.
  • Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask - Enzyme complex, Macadamia Oil and French Saffron - Helps achieve a gentle micro-cellular exfoliation that leaves the complexion smoother and brighter while visibly reducing pore size and fine lines.
  • Tri-Collagen Accelerating Serum - Vitamin C, Oligopeptide-24, Resveratrol and French Saffron (Red Gold) - A concentration of brightening and anti-aging ingredients that provides intense nourishment and encourages cell regeneration for radiant and youthful looking skin. Antioxidant Regenerative Cream - Second Skin technology, Shea Butter and French Saffron – This moisturiser is rich in antioxidants and deeply conditions the skin. It uses ‘second skin technology’ which acts as a veil on the skin mimicking the skin’s lipid structure and helping restore the protective skin barrier. 
Ensure dull and damaged skin is a plight of the past with Dr LeWinn's® Reversaderm, for radiant and rejuvenated skin. Dr LeWinn's® Reversaderm will be available from Priceline stores, leading pharmacies Australia-wide and Myer from 1 October 2012. For stockist information call toll free 1800 630 056.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hand-Crafted Accessories from NOOSA-Amsterdam

NOOSA-Amsterdam is a womens’ fashion accessories brand with a unique twist – each item in the range (bracelets, scarves, belts, bags, sandals) is customised by picking and choosing unique ‘chunks’ to create an item that is truly one of a kind.

Each of these hand-crafted chunks tells a different story, allowing for the creation of a personalised accessory. Each chunk is attached with a specially designed click system and is easily interchangeable, to suit one’s outfit and mood. 

The NOOSA-Amsterdam range is available to buy online or in-stores across Australia.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Hair-Free Guide for Bride's to Be!

Just as important as being hair free for the big day, is being hair free for the honeymoon! No new bride wants to waste time at a beautician or in the bathroom shaving while their hubby lounges by the hotel pool sipping a Mojito. With the popularity of Laser Hair Removal growing across Australia, trusted leaders in hair removal, Nad's Laser Clinic highlight 10 things every bride should know about the time saving treatment, before embarking on a hair free honeymoon.

1. Start ASAP. To ensure the best possible results in time for the wedding, soon to be brides should begin laser treatments as soon as they’re engaged or have booked the date. 

2. Hair won’t be rushing back in a hurry. To begin laser hair removal can last up to 6 weeks, however as your treatments progress hair will be less visible and removal can last up to 8 weeks.

3. Stay out of the sun. It’s best to avoid the sun before and after laser treatments. The skin needs to be of a natural skin colour to be treated.

4. Blonde and grey hairs are not suitable for laser treatment. Laser works off the darker pigment found in darker hair. With blonde and grey hairs being lighter in colour, the laser cannot pick up the pigment of the hair.

5. Get your shave on. For the best results it is recommended you shave the night before your laser treatment, the closer the shave the better. If hair removal is required in between treatments shave is best.

6. Your big day is a big deal, so do your research! Make sure to choose a reputable clinic/therapist before you decide to undertake laser. Lasers are sophisticated surgical equipment, requiring skill and experience to operate to maximum potential.

7. Don’t waste your money. Find out if you are a suitable candidate for laser hair removal before hand- a great laser facility should offer a free full consultation before you start your treatment.

8. Adjust your expectations. Laser is not a one off hair removal cure. It will give you permanent hair reduction, not permanent hair removal.

9. Keep up the good work. The more consistent you are with treatments, the greater the results.

10. A bargain isn’t always best. Don’t decide based on the cheapest price, you may find you get what you pay for when it comes to results.

If laser isn’t your thing, being prepared to tackle unwanted hair on your honeymoon can still be made easy. Nad's Laser Clinic’s CEO and founder, Sue Ismiel highlights 5 hair removal products every bride should include in their beauty travel pack, to stay bikini/lingerie ready at all times. 
  • Nad’s Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper - Perfect for maintaining smooth facial skin! Simple and effective to use on eyebrows, chin and upper lip hairs.  
  • Nad’s Bikini & Underarm Strips - Perfect for sensitive areas, these easy to use and gentle wax strips will ensure your bikini line and underarms don’t get in the way of your trips to the pool. The pack includes Nad’s Calming Oil Wipes, and a special moisture and soothing balm for after hair removal.
  •  Nad’s Body Wax Strips - Containing natural beeswax, this is a perfect quick fix for large areas on the body such as legs and arms.
  • Nad’s Ingrow Solution - If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, this is essential for post hair removal. Apply the solution directly onto affected areas, or on a cotton ball. This is effective for ingrown hairs, razor burns, and razor bumps.
  • Nad’s For Men Hair Removal Cream – You’re not the only person who should be maintaining themselves on this trip. For hubby hair maintenance, Nad’s Hair Removal Cream is the quickest and easiest way to keep him smooth.
Visit Nad's Laser Clinic.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Clearasil Daily Clear Perfecta Wash - At Last, The Perfect Balance for Perfect Skin

Measuring the right balance of beauty product to apply to your skin can be difficult, often resulting in a beauty overdose. Introducing Clearasil Daily Clear Perfecta Wash; the first product to the market that’s scientifically developed to dispense the perfect balance of nourishing skin nutrients combined with active ingredient for visibly clear, beautiful skin.

A first for skincare in Australia, Clearasil Daily Clear Perfecta Wash comes with a unique automated face wash dispenser designed to deliver exactly 1.5mL of product each time to cleanse and help soothe skin while still helping protect and prevent against pimples, meaning the perfect balance is delivered to your skin with no wastage and no beauty overdose. 

Available in Super Fruit Extract and Soothing Plant Extract, both unique formulas are suitable for young adults of all skin types with a formula that is dermatologist tested and contains levels of antioxidants and Vitamin E known for their soothing properties, meaning they are gentle enough to be used every day. 

The Super Fruit Extract formula smells delicious and contains raspberry and cranberry extracts known for its antioxidant properties to help keep skin looking healthy and radiant. The Soothing Plant Extract formula contains active ingredient strong enough to help clear breakouts with the added benefit of skin-soothing ingredients for a gentle but effective daily cleanse. 

A recent Clearasil scientific trial revealed that 1 in 3 people over-dose on face wash when it comes to washing their face. 

“When it comes to active skincare, a dosage system is a great idea. Applying excess active ingredient risks irritating the skin and drying it out which can often make your problems worse,” says Cosmetic Chemist Amanda Foxon-Hill from Blue Sky Laboratories. 

Clearasil’s Daily Clear Perfecta Wash is a perfect daily cleansing routine for all young adult skin types that helps deliver glowing skin thanks to the combination of beneficial nutrients and skin clearing ingredient so you have the confidence to put your best face forward every day.

  • Clearasil Daily Clear Perfecta Wash with Super Fruit Extracts RRP $19.99
  • Clearasil Daily Clear Perfecta Wash Super Fruit refills RRP $11.99
  • Clearasil Daily Clear Perfecta Wash Soothing Plant refills RRP $11.99
Available from all leading Australian supermarkets, pharmacies and independent retailers. For stockist details, please contact: 1800 226 766.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Veet Salon-Smooth Legs at Your Finger-Tips

Long lasting, impeccably smooth skin and salon professional results are now easily achievable in the comfort of your own home with the new Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit - a unique and innovative hot wax system from Australia’s leading depilatories expert, Veet.

One of the most innovative products to launch into the grocery channel to date, the Electrical Roll-On Kit takes the hassle and guesswork out of hair removal offering you perfectly smooth results every time without the effort or cost of going to the salon. EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit not only minimises the cost of regular in-salon waxing, it also helps you to achieve salon wax results so you have the confidence to put your ‘best leg’ forward all season through.

Created to provide the ultimate at-home waxing device the EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit comes with a handy wax cartridge that clicks into a self-heating applicator, which warms the wax to the right temperature every time. Thanks to the clever design of the EasyWax Roll-On applicator, you can be assured of clean, thin layers of wax for total and even coverage with every application. Once applied, you simply remove wax in a swift and fluid motion using the Veet reusable strips provided. Then simply remove any wax residue with a perfect finish wipe provided. 

Formulated with the same ingredients as the waxes used in waxing salons, Veet EasyWax removes hair from the root at first application and is effective on hair as short as 2mm. It is specifically formulated with natural beeswax for all skin types, including sensitive, and leaves skin feeling moisturised and impeccably smooth for up to 4 weeks. 

Convenient, easy to use and offering long lasting, silky smooth results every time, EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit enables you to be the expert and achieve salon perfect legs when you need them this summer! 

8 out o f 10 Australian women would use EasyWax Electrical Roll-On again. Two types of refills are available – one for legs and another for the bikini and underarm area. 
  • EasyWax Electrical Roll-on Kit (RRP: $39.99)
  • EasyWax Refills (RRP: $14.99)
The new EasyWax Electrical Roll-on Kit will be available from September 2012 in leading supermarkets, pharmacies and independent retailers nationwide.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

MOR Essentials - Now Available Nationwide at Priceline

MOR Essentials collection is designed to embrace everyday quality self indulgence with rich beneficial formulations presented in mesmerising packaging. This bright & colourful collection offers five memorable fragrances presented in an assortment of Fragrant Candles, Soap Bars, Hand & Body Washes and Lotions, Hand Creams, Body Butters and Body Scrubs.

MOR Essentials was designed and introduced to MOR to embrace everyday living with a contemporary look and feel, and has been re-designed to complement and reflect the mesmerising Art-Deco period. The packaging concept is to transport you to an era of eclectic style characterised by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish prints. Each fragrance also has its own icon, a unique illustration to further define the fragrance personality.
  • Presented in brightly coloured packaging, for a great statement in any interior.
  • Affordable for everyday use.
  • Available in 5 unique fragrances: Honey Nectar, Neroli Clementine, Basil & Grape, Black Currant Iris and Sugar Rose Tiger Lily.
  • The collection offers Vitamin rich Triple-Milled Soaps, soothing Hand Creams, fragrant Soy-Wax Candles, Washes and Lotions containing nourishing blends of Oils and Vitamins, invigorating Salt & Sugar Body Scrubs with oils and anti-oxidants, and decadent moisturising and softening Body Butters.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

ORLY's Flash Glam Winter Collection

With winter approaching it’s time to put your bright, eye-catching nail colours away until next summer, right? Wrong! ORLY Professional Nail Care believes your manicure shouldn’t turn demure with the weather, instead its new Flash Glam Winter Collection of prismatic glitter polishes will transform your manicure from drab to fab this winter!

The bright and bold range includes five, chunky glitter style shades in fiery tones - warm gold, bronze, red, chocolate brown and charcoal grey – plus a pure black for a base colour. The collection features:
  • Too Fab: Gold Glitter
  • Watch It Glitter: Bronze Glitter
  • So Go-Diva: Chocolate Brown Glitter
  • Rockets Red Glare: Red Glitter
  • Atomic Splash: Gunmetal Glitter
  • Liquid Vinyl: Black Crème
ORLY Australia Ambassador and Celebrity Manicurist Fiona Hay explains why glitter polishes are in hot demand this winter:

“Nails played a very strong role in this year’s New York Fashion Week shows - not only as a beauty look, but fashion accessory. Colours seen on the talons of top models were deep oxblood red, charcoal greys, and lots of metallic and glitters used in a variety of ways, which is why this latest Flash Glam collection from ORLY is right on trend.”

ORLY’s Flash Glam glitters can be worn over the top of your favourite winter crème polish for an overall splash of glitter or, if you’re feeling creative and embracing the nail art trend – in a multitude of ways.

Fiona explains: “Accent half-moon manis with a fierce glitter tip or apply a  light coat just at the cuticle and blend up, spreading the glitter particles lightly over the top of the nail plate.

“For an even more intense, vibrant glitter look, try wearing Flash Glam without a base colour. Simply layer three to four coats until the nail is completely covered and finish off with your favourite ORLY topcoat – try Glosser to make those glitter particles shine! And remember, glitter polishes are very long wearing, so great if you have trouble keeping your polish on,” Fiona adds.

With multiple ways of wearing ORLY Flash Glam, you can enjoy a manicure with maximum glam and full-spectrum shine all winter long.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Laura Ashley's Best Buds Fashion Collections

We are delighted to introduce Laura Ashley's Best Buds fashion collection. This collection combines a delicate cosmetic colour palette of blush, rose and shades of claret with softly blurred and pixelated black, grey and ecru florals on washed silks and tactile knits.

Stretch cords, chunky, fine knits and printed tees making pairing or budding up easy! Floral printed silk pants and boiled wool capes in black and claret are highlights.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Introducing Tom Ford's Sahara Noir

Tom Ford presents his new fragrance inspired by the mystery and luxury of the Middle East. Evoking the untamed beauty of the Arabian peninsula, Sahara Noir is Tom Ford’s ode to the enchanting power of one of that land’s most treasured ingredients: Frankincense, a precious desert resin.

Tom Ford says, "Sahara Noir is rich and exotic; it wraps the balsamic, incense-touched notes of frankincense in gold and honey-colored light." He adds, "Middle Eastern culture has an extraordinary appreciation for the luxurious, emotional and memorable qualities of fragrance; perfume is worn there in a way that feels very familiar to me. Sahara Noir is my interpretation of this heritage. It is a deep and substantial perfume that caresses the senses."

Sahara Noir is an Oriental Woody fragrance crafted around a heart of frankincense, an ingredient that has been used for millennia in ceremony, offered as a gift of devotion, and worn to enhance beauty. Its balsamic, resinous aroma transports the imagination to far-off lands and evokes a hypnotizing mood of mystery and reverence. 

Spirited notes of cistus essence Orpur® and bitter orange open the fragrance (the word "orpur" denotes a natural ingredient of exceptional quality and purity). Jordanian calamus—an unusual, oasis sweet grass—and Levantine cypress, famed for growing in the gardens of the 1001 Arabian Nights, lend a fresh yet sweet richness. 

The heart of frankincense essence Orpur® is accented by delicate cinnamon from Laos, cool papyrus extract, Egyptian jasmine templar and rose absolute from Morocco. A beeswax extraction from Burma lends body and a supple, honeyed-animalic richness. 

The dry down is amber-laced and warm. It is formed by a special blend of two facets of labdanum—labdanum absolute and a uniquely rich natural fraction of labdanum known as ambreinol—with rich benzoin from Laos and vanilla bean from Madagascar. Lebanese cedar, frankincense resin, agarwood and Peru balsam add luxurious substance and lasting presence.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Stay-On Shadow Paint

"I wanted to experiment with texture and create a new way of playing with makeup. Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints are great for mixing and are an especially easy way to apply makeup there are infinite possibilities." - Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder.

Estée Lauder introduces a new unparalleled texture, extreme performance and intense colour in creme eyeshadow; Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint. Whether it is a bold, right off the runway flash of colour or a soft, sophisticated wash of watercolour, this high style collection will drench eyes in a silky smooth buildable mousse creme and captivate with rich pigments to create eye-catching looks that last all day!

Buildable Texture
Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints include a range of long lasting hues in a creamy and richly pigmented formula that glides onto the lids with mousse-like softness. Worn alone or mixed to create infinite seductive and sophisticated looks, the truly versatile formula features buildable pigments that envelop lids for seamless, stunning depths of colour.

Pure Performance

With unbelievable 12-hour wear, the hybrid texture is comfortable, non-creasing and non-fading. Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints wrap lids in a smooth creme that glides on and blends easily for pure pigments and light reflecting pearls that stay shimmering all day and well into the night.

Pure Pigments

Infused with True Vision Technology a unique concept of wrapping concentrated pigments into a crystalline laminate to create a multidimensional look colour is amplified and magnified with a glowing metallic finish. Mousse-like creme lays down a layer of pure pigments to recreate and redefine eyes, while prismatic light reflecting pearls add dazzle to each shade, for glimmering effects ranging from a subtle sheen to a dazzling shimmer finish.

Eye Art: Mix, Match, Mesmerise
Eyes are the canvas, now create. Complete your makeup art kit with Sumptuous ExtremeLash Multiplying Volume Mascara and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Gel Eyeliner in two limited edition hues, Bold Cobalt and Extreme Emerald. Partnered with Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints, lids are dramatically shaded, lashes are decadently decorated and eyes are lavishly lined. Choose one shade or mix and match them all. It's all about creating and playing with a paint box of bold and bright colours to create a mesmerizing look.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Growing a Second Skin with Oxy Foundation - Oxygenetix

Oxygenetix breathable foundation was initially created for movie stars and those in the public eye to camouflage and heal the signs of cosmetic medical procedures, under the harshest of studio lights.

Camouflaging, healing make-up can be applied immediately after treatment, to sensitive faces that have undergone injections, peels and lasers and you can leave it on your skin as Oxygenetix is aloe based, (unlike ‘usual’ foundations which are water based and thus attract bacteria which is why you have to be so scrupulous about pore clogging etc and you can’t put them on after a medical treatment) doctor’s leave the Oxygenetix foundation on your skin to encourage healing. 

What doctors and patients soon discovered was that Oxygenetix, which uses a super-charged deep-moisturising oxygen complex, Ceravitae, comprising hyaluronic acid and soothing aloe sped up the healing process too. The formulae increases oxygen uptake and supports cell production acting as a ‘second-skin’. Furthermore the make-up has a SP 25 factor and is water resistant for nine hours.

This translates into reduced down time after a cosmetic procedure, even aggressive resurfacing and minimises days hiding indoors or going out with scarves, sunglasses and hats. 

As stimulated tissue growth is the answer to ageing or fatigued skin, Oxygenetix is effective for wounds, scars, rashes, injuries, bruises, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis as well as sensitive, ulcerated, painful or cracked dry skin. Post recovery and for everyday use, breathable make-up protects and improves skin tone. 

Importantly, non-drying protective make-up allows for the retention of natural fluids and can be worn 24 hours a day and won’t come off on clothes or sheets.

There are a long list of celebrities that use Oxygenetix and such famous faces as Jennifer Aniston, Brooke Shields, Paula Abdul, Jeremy Piven, Elizabeth Rohm and Nancy O’Dell and it is the official make up of several Hollywood studios including CBS and Paramount. 

Dr Joseph Hkeik, Director and founder of All Saints Cosmedical Clinics in Sydney, first saw Oxygenetix at the Aesthetics Show in Las Vegas in April 2013.

“I couldn’t wait to introduce the make-up to patients at my clinics in Sydney to speed up the healing process and minimise down time – this has been a terrific breakthrough for both male and female patients who want to get back to their day to day lives after a procedure," added Dr Hkeik.

Designed by Los Angeles’s Barry Knapp who was a celebrity make-up artist together with a roll call of cosmetic surgeons and doctors to help their patients with skin issues, irritations and post procedure. What doctors and patients soon noticed was that skin looked flawless so not only is it for post-procedure but also minimises flaws while providing healthy and healing coverage.

Oxygenetix is the next best thing to growing a second skin,” adds Barry.

Comes in 10 blendable colour corrective tones:
  1. SPF25 sun block.
  2. Mineral based.
  3. Oil free.
  4. Fragrance free.
  5. Non-irritating.
  6. Hyproallergenic.
  7. Non comedogenic.
  8. Organically certified ingredients.
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Mimco Release Limited Edition 'Love Conquers Tote'

To celebrate their partnership with L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) 2013, iconic Australian accessories label Mimco has designed a luxe limited edition tote as a part of their new season collection.

Mimco's 'Paradise Battalion' collection takes inspiration from an uber romantic view of the future, where the brutality of war and industrialisation has been replaced by an overwhelming and intoxicating beauty. Academies, platoons, armies and cadets, have been festooned with glamour and romance. 

With only 50 created, the 'Love Conquers Tote' is a truly limited piece from the Mimco 'Paradise Battalion' collection.

 Cathryn Wills, Mimco Creative Director, is delighted to launch the exclusive bag and states "The 'Love Conquers Tote' was created to encapsulate our gothic meets glam, Frankenstein and the showgirl story, in one luxurious and multi-medium piece." 

"From the handmade gunmetal plate and box fold straps, to the industrial, but whimsical, Frankie bag charm to the combination of ostrich emboss, patent and drum dyed cowhide - there's a lot of love in this very limited style," said Wills. 

Only 50 of the limited edition 'love Conquers Tote' will be available for purchase, via and selected Mimco boutiques. RRP $799.00.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bold in Brights with Jimmy Choo

Make a statement with a pop of new season colour from Jimmy Choo. You can easily update your winter wardrobe with a pair of coloured heels or a clutch!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Derma E - The New, All-Natural Solution to Skincare

People with sensitive skin needn't fear winter with the launch of new Derma e, a Vitamin E-packed natural skincare range scientifically proven to provide safe, effective skincare solutions for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

After 27 years of trading in the US, Derma e is now bringing its expertise in skincare to the Australian market. Both Derma e Vitamin E Skin Oil and Vitamin E Crème work to prevent signs of distress in the skin and heal skin damage. By delivering and sealing in moisture, Derma e reduces all visible signs of ageing as well as preventing stretch marks and repairing scar tissue. 

Coined Œthe original antioxidant, Vitamin E Skin Oil heals dry and chapped skin, providing much-needed relief to all those who suffer from Œflaky skin syndrome in the cooler months. It does so by protecting vital cellular membrane against the harmful effects of the environment.

"Unfortunately, the world is not kind to our skin. Pollution, harsh cold and wind and other environmental factors all work to age and damage our skin. Vitamin E is scientifically proven to protect the cellular membrane against these factors, meaning skin looks younger, healthier and plumper," says Derma e Australia Brand Manager, Marc Shrapnel. 

Both Vitamin E Crème and Oil products are made from safflower seed oil which is naturally moisturising and aids with absorption into the skin, ensuring maximum effectiveness. 

The Vitamin E 14,000IU (international unit) Skin Oil is rich in both linoleic acid and omega-3 to nourish the skin. This means that the oil is ideal for scars, stretch marks and skin affected by the elements. 

The Vitamin E 12,000IU Crème can be used on the face and the body, leaving skin radiant and smooth all over. As well as potent vitamin E, the crème contains Vitamin A to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and panthenol to promote cell revitalisation. 

Both products absorb quickly into the skin, leaving no greasy residue, and work to soothe irritation while softening and smoothing skin. Derma e products contain no mineral oil, lanolin or artificial colours and are free of parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulphate and petrolatum. Eco-friendly, cruelty-free and 100% vegan, Derma e is the simple solution to skincare.

Derma e Vitamin E is part of a wider range of therapeutic products that work together to provide holistic solutions for all skin issues.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Get the Look with Polka Dot Nail Art from Opallac

Opallac Get the Look – to recreate Katy Perry’s fun polka dot nails with a finish that will last, use Cosmolicious and So Soiree.

Founder of Opallac, Ruby Serobian, explains how to steal Katy’s style "Start by applying Opallac base coat, follow with two layers of our hot pink Cosmolicious. When each layer has cured, grab a toothpick, hair grip or small paintbrush and dab So Soiree to create polka dots on each nail. Cure the colour under the Opallac UV lamp and finish with a top coat!"

Voila – fun nail art that will last for up to 14 days. All Opallac UV gel nail products are available nationwide at Priceline.