Finally On Board the Loving Tan Train

I feel as though I am about three years late with this but I finally went and bought myself Loving Tan yesterday.

As someone who lives on the Gold Coast, there is definitely a bit of pressure to have that fresh off a tropical holiday golden glow. If you are like me and can only develop a natural tan after an entire summers worth of pool and beach days (using the proper SPF protection) we have to get a bit more creative.

The solution? TAN IN A CAN.tumblr_inline_myg7wpk4zj1rlpk9c

Not all tans are the same however, and I have tried my fair share of tans and can say hand on heart, from 5 minutes after I put this on, Loving Tan went to #1.

  •  This beauty dried in 5 minutes with zero post application stickiness!
  • The guide colour is nice and dark so you can easily see where you are applying it (which makes it much less likely you’ll make mistakes),
  • It doesn’t have an offensive fake tan smell to it.
  • The colour is a natural olive so you don’t have to worry about looking like a walking cheesy puff.
  • It comes in 8hour and 2hour developing times with medium, dark and ultra dark finishes.
  • It is safe to use on your face and will not block pores.
  • It is the only at professional strength at home fake tan

Jump online and have a look at what the company also have to offer with their tanning accessories. Im personally a fan of their tan removing and skin polishing glove that scrubs off old fake tan and leaves your skin super soft!

*Make sure you moisturise with a fragrance free moisturiser everyday to ensure the tans longevity!*

Enjoy your bronzed skin beauties!

Microdermabrasion 101

More popular than an acai bowl with a low fat soy mocchachino on the Gold Coast, microdermabrasion’s are fast becoming the trendy new pamper procedure, but what exactly is it doing? How regularly should you be getting it done? When will my boyfriend notice my new haircut? Grab yourselves a pen and paper, I’m about to unmask a few of these mysteries.

Microdermabrasion- lets just break down the word Micro (small) Derm (skin) Abrasion (Abrasion-but you got that part). A microdermabrasion is a procedure in which very, very, very small crystals are sprayed on the skin to gently remove the outer layer of the skin. Simply put, it is a skin rejuvenation procedure. It feels like a vacuum moving over your face and you leave feeling like you’ve really revitalised your skin. If your regular physical at home exfoliation is level 1, a microdermabrasion is a level 4. Not as strong as a straight dermabrasion (lets call that level 8) but definitely a major step up from your at home situation.

It helps with things like;

  • Minimising pore size
  • Decrease the appearance of superficial hyper pigmentation
  • Improve the absorption of skin care by up to 50%
  • Diminish fine lines
  • Shallow acne scarring

 

Is it an essential?

In Short:

Clients under 25 not necessarily….

Clients over 25 yes!

For anyone under 25, your skin regenerates by itself on a monthly cycle. New skin cells rise to the surface of the dermis all by themselves (cleaver little cells). Sometimes,  microdermabrasion can have a stressing effect on young skin, as it tries to keep up the production of cells, and create more trouble than good.

Over 25’s are starting to develop different skin. By the time they reach 40, their skin turn over process will start to become more of a 2 monthly cycle. Microderm’s will help speed this up- which is why clients will say it makes their skin look younger! Eureka!

My best recommendation for younger skins is to think about the other amazing facials and exfoliation procedures out there! I would highly recommend facials that contain fruit enzyme peels they are gentle but still tick all of the big boxes (pore minimising, brightening, scar reducing).

Obviously its up to you what you do with your skin, you know it best and are the best person to asses weather a procedure like this is good or bad for you skin.

 

Your New Go-To

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If Australia were to have their own Kate and Wills, I’m going to say it would be Hamish Blake and Zoë Foster-Blake. The comedic couple reign supreme over most of Australia’s hearts and well they should. Talented, funny, parents to the most adorable most adorable son(ny), down to earth (plus Hamish even has a bit more hair than William).

As if being the Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t enough, Zoë has gone and created a Go-To skin care solution for women everywhere. After spending years as a beauty editor and receiving feedback that women were confused and overwhelmed with all the beauty choices on the market, she decided to create a skincare brand that was easy to follow, natural yet powerful and a little bit cheeky. She even recently created a line for her more manly customers called Bro-To, because men have manly skincare needs, and sometimes a cute peach bottle just doesn’t cut it. What an angel.

(Here’s a picture of another blessing to the Australian social sphere holding his Bro-To Press release kit)

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Pinky Nudie Lips!  Was my first Go-To Skincare purchase. I wanted something that I could wear hassle free that would look pretty, but would also do some cosmetic heavy lifting and give my lips some lurve during the cold winter months. The colour has been tested on light skins to dark skins to ensure it looks universally flattering. I was so impressed by this I had to buy  Lips! which is it’s slightly more plain but equally as restorative and hydrating sister.

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Next cab off the rank was Face Hero, and man was I impressed. This was my first face oil (that wasn’t a cleanser). Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that something like this would solve most of my skincare problems. This was during a time my skin was punishing me for some unknown reason and I was experiencing a bit of a breakout. I popped this on the night I received it in the mail and I kid you not, my skin was 50% back to normal the next morning. (So much so I remember doing a double take in the mirror). It smells beautiful and contains no nasties that irritate the skin (PEGs, Petrochemicals, synthetic colours and fragrances, mineral oils sulfates, silicones, GMOs) making it perfect  for anyone with sensitive skin. Full of antioxidants, this deeply hydrating oil is your skins new bff.

Bonus Tip: Anti-oxidants prevent free radical damage. Put simply, free radicals run around stealing your skins youth. (Not totally the same but not dissimilar to the hamburgler).

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My latest purchase is the very useful face cream. what really intrigued me about this product was how protective it is. For me, ‘protective’ has never been a buzz word when it comes to skincare. I don’t know why though because it damn well makes sense! (Especially with all those nasty hamburglers   free radicals running around. It’s only a new product for me, so before I rave about it- which I’m sure I will, let me put it through its paces.

I don’t know what the official royal thank-you is in Australia, but holy moly go-to is a great brand.

I Always Fall For Your Type…

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The makeup world is full of beautiful colors, from fire hydrant reds to deep plums and vibrant oranges. Yet here I am having to openly admit that yes, I bypass these beautiful colours and am immediately drawn to the earthy tones and  end up falling for the same damn colour I fell for last time. I, Madeline, admit, most of my lipsticks and eye shadows range from brown, to taupe, to cream to nude. How thrilling.

Nude colors definitely do have their place in your makeup bag though. Particularly in Australia, many of our major faces are fans of nude shades. Unlike some of the more exciting colour choices, nudes give you a more natural earthy feel that feed right into the classic Australian beachy/girl next door vibe we see splashed all over Marie Claire, Harpers Bazar and Vogue Australia. See Below for some Australian beachy/girl next door vibe inspo (aka vibespo)

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The beauty industry has figured out a million shades of (lets call it what it is) brown, and you have the luxury of picking ones that were practically made for you.

Have fun with nude colours, they enhance beauty in ways other shades could only dream of. Think about your eye colour, skin undertone or if you don’t know that, your preferred jewellery colour (silver – cool toned nudes or gold- warm toned nudes) when choosing your perfect hues and don’t stop looking till you find it!

(And no matter how many times your family rolls your eyes at you because you’ve bought home another lipstick that “looks like all of your other bloody lipsticks” I’m right there with you, keep on collecting sista).

 Here are my top picks for nude shades.

Pinky Nudie’s:

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LEFT TO RIGHT:

Suratte Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon- Celestine 

Chanticaille Hydro Chic – Fairy Moss 

MAC Glaze- Hue 

Hourglass- Femme Nude Stylo- No. 6

Brownie Nudie’s

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LEFT TO RIGHT 

MAC Luster- Jubilee 

NARS Audacious Lipstick- Barbra 

Ultimate Companions

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MAC Lip Pencil- Spice (remember when Kylie Jenner mentioned this and there was a world wide shortage..)

MAC Lip Pencil -Soar 

Shadows

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Stilla Eye’s are the Window to the Soul Palette- Mind 

Too Faced Natural Matte 

 *INSERT DEVIL WEARS PRADA MEME*

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I can’t ‘Bare-live’ I’ve Never Used This Before

 

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As the title suggests… I can’t believe its not butter I’ve never used this brand before. In particular, the foundation and concealer. Sure I’ve seen it around on YouTube and whenever I walk into a Mecca Maxima/Cosmetica store but it’s never been more than a bit of a flirt (colour swatch here and there) . A few days ago, I decided to take our relationship to the next level and I’m pleased to announce that (unlike some of my previous relationship decisions) I’m extremely pleased with the result.

  • Full Coverage
  • Kind To Skin
  • Easy To apply
  • Non-‘cakey’
  • SPF15

 

Although I’m in a committed relationship with NARS Sheer Glow and the other products I discussed in my post on how to Ace The Base last week, summer in Australia can sometimes be challenging for makeup lovers due to the fact we are located approximately 1.5km away from the sun. Which is why I am so glad I have stumbled across this gem.

In summer, because of the heat, sun and humidity, your skin can find itself in a less than ideal state and the last thing it needs is foundation’s suffocating it making matters worse. The beauty of the Bare Minerals- Mineral Powder Foundation is that the minerals in the foundation are nothing but GOOD for your skin. It provides full coverage whilst still being light enough to allow your skin to breath and blurs any lines or imperfections (but somehow still allows those cute lil’ freckles on the nose that practically scream summer to come through) providing the perfect no-makeup look.

How To Use for Optimum Amazing-ness.

  1. Prep skin according to skin type for ultimate longevity

 

(Dry Skins Prep with moisturizer & hydrating primer, I also recommend using the Original Formula of the mineral foundation. Combo/Oily Skins, prep skin using moisturizer and blurring or pore refining primers. I recommend using the Matte formula if you want a matte finish/slightly more longevity and the Original Formula if you love a bit of a glow)

  1. Tap Product into the lid and using a brush, swirl and then tap the excess off.
  1. Starting from the outside of your face, work in towards the center of your face to make sure you get the most warmed up and creamy minerals in the center of your face
  1. Evenly spread the powder over the face repeating steps 2 &3 when necessary
  1. If you feel like you have too much product, clean your brush off and start buffing over the areas you feel that you need to remove product. (Um how good is this?! What other foundation can you tone down once you’ve gone OTT without ruining the rest of the foundation?!)
  1. Admire your flawless skin in the mirror and wonder when you’ll get the call to be the next face of Victoria’s Secret you naturally beautiful bastard.

 

As for the concealer, the combination of its lightweight serum consistency and its full coverage makes it a total winner for me. It also works amazingly on top of the mineral foundations! Who’d have thought it!

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Add it to your shopping list for summer and check out all the other Bare Minerals items that are summer ready too! (Complexion Rescue is next on my hit list…)

Ace That Base

If there’s one thing that can transform any makeup look from drab to fab it’s having an amazing base. Think about it. I know a lot of emphasis can be put on smokin’ out the eye, fleekin’ the brow or contouring till your nana wouldn’t recognize you, but if your skin looks ‘cake-y’ enough to be given the blue ribbon at the gold coast show, none of that is going to matter. Recently we’ve seen the fresh skin trending, so if you’re sick of having foundation thick enough to scrap off with an acrylic nail and want to look like the glowing goddess you know damn well you are, here’s the 411.

 Eve Lom Tinted Moisturiser.

This stuff is pure gold. Gold I say… GOLD. Famous for her cleanser (its been the Vogue #1 since before I was even born… consecutively), Eve Lom has produced a new holy grail for all the tinted moisturizer fans out there. This bad boy is skin care in disguise. Full of hyaluronic acid to add moisture and Vitamin C+E to fade dark spots, brighten and nourish the skin. It also boasts (arrogant little tinted moisturizer) SPF 15+ protecting against UVA,UVB and general environmental nasty’s, perfect for days spent mostly indoors.Another thing- it comes in a range of 12 shades but also auto-corrects to match your natural skin colour perfectly, providing a barley there makeup-less finish… See… Gold.

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NARS Sheer Glow: 

For anyone who feels like they need a bit more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, or need something for nights spent out on the town but still want that dewy, god your skins naturally amazing radiance… NARS Sheer Glow is your new best friend. Mr Nars believes that makeup is designed purely to enhance, never to cover, which is exactly what this foundation does…genius, take a bow Mr Nars. The colour range is also excellent so you’re definitely not at risk of looking a) like a ghost or b) like a member of the Jersey Shore cast. It is a medium-to- full build able coverage, and also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric, which is wonderful if the reason you are wearing foundation is to cover a breakout.

(Bonus tip: If you feel as though you could wear a tinted moisturizer but need a bit more coverage through the center of the face, use your Eve Lom (or other) tinted moisturiser and then buff a teeny amount of sheer glow down the center of your face.)

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NARS Copacabana Illuminator:

This glittery piece of makeup is a fantastic piece to have in your makeup arsenal. Use it as a highlighter; mix it in with your foundation or even moisturizer to give that glow. A few quick tips:

  • Don’t use it over top of your foundation/tinted moisturizer unless you are extremely careful. It’s greedy and will eat away your foundation leaving it patchy and not at all appealing.
  • When mixing it in with your foundation, go on a 1:4 ratio, unless you want to go full disco ball, if so, by all means, go to town.
  • If you are trying to impress someone, stand in the sun so the illumination bounces off your cheek bones, leaving said ‘impresee’ blinded by your beauty.

The Nars illuminators also come in a few other colours to suit different skin undertones. Ce Magnifique.

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Ellis Faas Concealer:

I’m going to tell a story here: So one day, I was in a Mecca trying on lipsticks. Anyone who’s tried on a lipstick before knows that you need to touch up any kind of base that’s around your mouth as you wipe off different colours and I happened to reach for the Ellis Faas concealer for a quick touch up. I didn’t notice until I got home how freaking amazing my skin looked. There’s something about this that just looks like skin. It has wonderful coverage and the packaging is super chic to whip out of your clutch when touching up. I do recommend setting it with a powder after applying though to ensure longevity. This product also contains Vitamin C- To help fade whatever it is you’re covering. Vitamin E- To protect and nourish whatever it is you’re covering. Karite Oil (other wise known as shea butter) to moisturize whatever it is you’re covering and Rice Wax as a natural product thickener. B-E-A-UTIFUL.

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Above everything though. Make sure your base routine includes an SPF. If your taking all these steps to ensure your skins glowing and wonderful, why would you let it get burnt?! If you are after the fountain of youth, it’s here. It’s sunscreen. FACT: Most UVA (Ultra Violet Ageing) rays come from inside (Lights, Computers,Phones). If you want to make sure you look as good as Rhianna or Will Smith (two people that know the benefits of good sun protection) find yourself a good SPF.

(Bonus Tip: The Mecca Cosmetica to save face in SPF 30+ is an awesome makeup base.)

(Bonus, Bonus Tip: in an SPF the 30/40/50 is an indication to how strongly it will protect against UVB rays, how many ++ is an indication to how strongly it will protect against ageing rays.)

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NEW IN BEAUTY: Lit From Within Sheet Masks from Mecca Cosmetica Signature Line

If you are after a face-mask that illuminates, brightens, freshens and creates that lit from within glow… you’ve come to the right place.

If you are after a face-mask that makes you look even more like a serial killer than your run of the mill charcoal mask… you’ve also come to the right place.

A new launch for the Mecca Cosmetica Signature Line, the Lit From Within gel sheet mask oozes with skin loving white flower brightening and vitamin c ingredients to create a b.y.o wind machine worthy luminosity (you know what I mean). The hydro-gel delivery system evenly distributes all that goodness across your skin, fading scarring and pigmentation to deliver a bright, radiant and more even skin tone…. sign me up, amiright?!

After taking off in Korea, sheet masks have been dubbed the d.i.y spa. Besides creating a slight resemblance to something from silence of the lambs, sheet masks have few downsides. Particularly when, like the lit from within masks, they are gel and can mold to even the tiniest of pea heads *cough cough*. To help with this, the sheet mask is separated into two parts, allowing it to be adjusted, because lord knows if you share the pea head gene you look like a damn child in regular ‘human sized’ sheet masks.. pfft…

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See two parts! Amazing! Ground Breaking! Pea-Head safe! 

 

Check it out and give it a go before your next big event. Just be sure to apply that SPF ++ to protect against UVA & UVB rays to ensure that glow isn’t stolen and turned into scarring or hyper pigmentation by that giant glow ball in the sky (the sun for those who didn’t follow my stunning description there).