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  • Beauty How-To: Using shimmer without looking ridic.

    by Mel, Beauty Writer | Mar 18, 2014


    I'm kind of obsessed with looking glossy. You know that shimmery glow celebs always have on the red carpet? Yeah, I want that. All the time. It's like, if no one restrained me I'd probably dive head first into a vat of glitter and live life as a sparkle princess. But since that's not really acceptable life behaviour, here are my (normal person) tips for getting your glow on in the raddest way possible.


    On your body
    Shimmering body oil is the coolest. Why? Cos its moisturizing AND makes you look like an extra from Twilight. The best way to apply body oil is in a light line up the front of your legs. It'll make them seem longer - bonus!, and also highlights them without giving a greasy look or feel. For arms, a light layer from shoulder to wrist is best. You can emphasise your collarbone with it, too ñ just follow the bone line with a drop on your finger. My fave is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or, because it smells like angels from heaven as well as giving the perf gold glow.

     

    Nuxe @ Priceline Huile Prodigieuse Or, $29.99, priceline.com.au

     
    On your face
    Face, meet illuminator. This is going to be the start of a very intense love story. If there's one thing that can give you a celeb-level makeover, it's emphasized cheekbones, and illuminator can give you that in a flash. An illuminator stick is probably easiest for newbies - I love Benefit Watts Up - because then it's just a case of running the stick along your cheekbones. Start at the top, so in line with the end of your eye, and follow the curved bone, finishing underneath your iris. Easy! Blend in with your fingers so you look glowy, not like "chick with weird shimmer lines on her face".

     

    Benefit Watts Up!, $53, 02 8353 5000

    In your hair
    A little hair shimmer never hurt nobody - except when it comes to breaking boys hearts! BOOM! But srsly, hair shimmers have come a long way in the last few years - as in, they don't just spurt chunks of glitter randomly on your head, but mist little flecks of stardust in the loveliest of ways. You'll end up with locks that look extra shiny if you apply a light mist all over, or concentrate the spray on your ends for the ombre of your party dreams. My spray of choice? ModelCo Shimmer - you can use it on your body, too!





    ModelCo Shimmer Illuminser Mini, $11.95, modelcocosmetics.com.au

    Got any awesome shimmering tips you want to share? Comment below!



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  • Girlfriend chats to Isabelle Cornish

    by Carina Rossi, Entertainment Editor | Mar 17, 2014

    How awesome is gym gear? Apart from the feeling you get after a workout, it’s one of the coolest things about exercising. For this reason we caught up with Aussie actress and Adidas #mygirls ambassador Isabelle Cornish to chat about keeping healthy and looking cool while working out — you know, the important things.

     

     

    Isabelle Cornish for Adidas
    (Source: Adidas)


    Tell us about your new gig as the Adidas #mygirl ambassador.

    It’s just perfect for me. I’ve always really loved Adidas and their campaigns appeal to real girls. I love how this campaign shows girls to get out and be active and the range is lots of fun. This campaign is all about inspiring Australian girls to keep active and showing girls how much fun you can have with your friends. You can do sports together and keep healthy and fit.

    On an average day what’s your exercise plan?
    When I’m working it’s always my first priority, if I don’t exercise or eat well then everything else fails for me. I like to go running outside or walking along the beach. On the weekends it’s an opportunity to play basketball. I like exercising outdoors a lot more than going to a gym, especially in summer.

    What do you love wearing while working out?

    I’m all about comfort and style and that’s the good thing about Adidas - everything is stylish and comfy. I love my trainers a lot. That’s always my favourite part of the outfit. I’ll wear leggings, a crop top and a singlet or a tee and I always like to have comfy bright trainers.

    What’s your go-to snack?
    I always have almonds and fruit in my bag. It’s just so easy to have an apple or a bag of almonds in your bag while on the go.

     

    Isabelle Cornish for Adidas
    (Source: Adidas)

     

    Having your friends star in the commercial with you, what was that like?
    It was a breeze, it felt so natural and real and we just had so much fun. We were playing basketball games versing each other and playing wall ball, it was such a great day for me. It’s so different to working with actors and people you don’t know.

    What makes a good best friend?
    A great friend is someone you can hang out with and while you’re together escape anything that is stressing you out. A good friend is someone who can take your troubles away and help you de-stress.

    What makes a bad friend?
    What I’ve learnt in life is that everything has a date, including friendships. And if you grow apart you grow apart and that’s something I’ve had to learn to accept. So I think if someone doesn’t make you feel good and puts pressure on you I think it’s time to let that friendship go.




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  • A day in the life of a Girlfriend Magazine Fashion Editor

    by Kristy, Fashion Editor | Mar 14, 2014

    The question I get asked a thousand times (OK maybe my dad asks me this every day) is… What did you do today? I'm not saying I hate it, I'm just saying I can't give you a direct and correct answer, coz honestly girls, every day is sooo different in the land of magazines. So instead I'm giving you a run through of what a normal day may look like at GF HQ. (DAD please read this, coz I can't be bothered to give you a run through when I get home.) 

     

    KK and Lisa in the new Zara Sydney Pitt Street Store
    I can see you... KK and Lisa checking out the Zara Pitt Street Store display 

     

    7.45am 

    Today we start early, YEP sometimes we have events before 9am. Lisa and myself meet up to head into the re-opening of the Zara Sydney's Pitt Street Store. 

    Can I just say it's AMAZING. I fell in love with the new layout instantly and — I did my research — it has more change rooms, ladies, so fingers crossed no more lines. I also found a few pieces that I heart like this matching floral twosie suit, the golden mules and brocade blazer. Killin' it.

     

    KK loving this floral twosie suit at ZARA
    Loving this twosie suit at ZARA

     

     

    10.30am 

    After our lovely Zara-filled morning we headed into Polkadot PR to check out the cool new online brand on the scene, Show Po

    Rummaging through all the racks filled with fun clothes (five to be exact, yes I love my job ), we pulled some winners for a few top secret shoots coming up for Girlfriend magazine. I fell in heart deeply for this clear clutch — it had a diamond spider as the clasp!!!

     

     

     

    Lisa looking through the racks at Polkadot PR
    Lisa looking through the racks at Polkadot PR

     

    11.30am 

    After a morning out of the office I head back indoors and check all my emails. I spend a good part of my day checking emails (see I told you it's not all that glamorous). Sometimes they're about organising shoots, liaising with photographers, hunting down the perfect leather skirt, calling clothes in from fab designers or replying to our lovely readers, YES YOU! I spend a good chunk of my day tweeting you, giving you fashion advice or better yet telling you to come along to our reader girl shoots. 

     

     

     

    Just typing away ...
    Just typing away at my desk, with my thinking hat on ...

     

     

     

    2pm 

    After a good ol' lunch break of salad lets be real HOT CHIPS. I play dress-ups in the fashion cupboard. sometimes I need full silence to style, other times I need my iPod on and it's almost always blaring Kanye West. 

     

     

     

    Oh look at me i'm styling oh yeah ...
    Look at me, I'm styling

     

     

     

    4pm 

    As 4pm rolls around it's time to meet with boss lady Sarah to chat about ideas for the July issue of GF. The exciting thing is creating ideas in that meeting that come to life in the mag. If you think about it, it's a three month process from first initial idea, to the meeting, to calling in product, to the shoot date, to the day the issue comes out . It's such a cool thing to be a part of!!!

     

     

     

    Having a meeting with the Boss Lady

     

    6pm

    I do a quick once-over on the emails to see if anything drastic has happened like that one time that certain celeb did that one thing with that one other celeb.

     

    So I hope I gave you a brief idea of what I do get up to being the Fashion Editor at the coolest mag on Earth!

     

    P.S. Don’t forget to tweet me, I’m more than happy to help out on any fashion advice you may need @gf_kristyk





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  • Wendy's 4 fave nail art trends right now

    by Wendy, Editorial Co-Ordinator | Mar 13, 2014

    In the name of research (which I’m a boss at) and this blog, I trawled through a bazillion images of nail art to compile this super inspiring list! Everything here has me wanting to pedal out to the nearest Priceline for 28 bottles of polish and a few fine tip brushes so I can replicate. Check it out…

    1. Draw something
    As a “really amateur” DIY nail artist, intricate masterpieces like these are completely out of my skill range – but still so pretty to look at, and if you have the monies, so worth paying a professional to do.

    Difficulty rating: ★★★★★
    Who would wear it? Cool and quirky individuals like Willow Smith, Zoe Kravitz, Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel, and Ariana Grande.

     

    1. Draw something - nail art
    Sources: mpnails.com; nancymcnails.co.uk; mrcandiipants.tumrblr.com; Alexandra.pallagi.buzznet.com; asos.com


    2. My friend, Matte
    Even though glossy polishes still rule the shelves, matte is having a moment. Orly and Topshop do a great matte. O.P.I does too, and they also have a topcoat that turns your gloss polishes into matte, which is great for girls on a budget.

    Difficulty rating: ★
    Who would wear it? Eccentric or alterative individuals with an air of mystery – like Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, and Lorde. 

     

    2. My friend, Matte - nail art
    Sources: chloesnails.blogspot.com.au; beautylish.com; weheartit.com

     


    3. Tri-fecta!
    Triangles really are the most versatile and interesting shape. I wonder how many I can fit onto my tiny digits? Do stars count? They’re basically triangles, right?

    Difficulty rating: ★★★
    Who would wear it? Fun-loving, smart girls who like experimenting with their style, but always look super polished - think Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld.

     

    3. Tri-fecta!  nail art
    Sources: beautifulandhair.com; mpnails.com; theillustratednail.com

     


    4. Eye Spy Fingers
    Eye motifs are cool, alright? Fashion fave, Alexa Chung, rocked them last season, which means everyone else is ready to wear them this one! I say do it, do it, do it.

    Difficulty rating: ★★★★
    Who would wear it? Edgy ladies who own street style, like Kylie Jenner, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Alexa Chung, me, and hopefully you?

     

    4. Eye Spy Fingers - nail art
    Sources: Thelittlecanvas.com; sheleftthehouse.com; mpnails; style.mtv.com

     

    TAKE IT OFF
    There are two types of nail polish removers: Acetone and Non-Acetone. Both use chemical solvents to break down the plastic elements in polish for easy removal off your nails.

    Acetone: is harsher on your digits, and with frequent use, likely to dry them of their natural oils. But, it’s grade-A stuff and does the job on darker colours or if you’ve layered on a whole bunch of coats.
    Non-Acetone: is gentler on your nails and cuticles, but you’ll need to work those arms to get off stubborn nail lacquer. It’s effective on lighter colours, though.

    Love nail art? Share some of your fave websites and designs below! 



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  • 5 highlights from the Bruno Mars concert

    by Sarah, Girlfriend Editor | Mar 10, 2014
     
    Sarah goes to see Bruno Mars
    Here’s me with my “tired but excited” face.
     
    I’ve always liked a bit of Bruno Mars in my life. And it’s not just that his songs are so.damn.catchy, but I also get the feeling that he’d be so smooth and cheeky-charming in real life and totally make you blush when he said your name.
     
    I’m also notoriously forgetful and lazy when it comes to buying concert tickets to anything because, well, just because I’m crap. It’s a thing. So I was lamenting the fact that I hadn’t gotten around to buying Bruno Mars tix last week, when GF Entertainment Ed Carina said she has some to give away. So after the appropriate amount of squealing and feet-kissing I got in the Bruno mood by watching his performance at the Super Bowl. Basically, it was brilliant. Just in case you were in hibernation for the summer and missed the greatest show on Earth, the trusty internet has provided a recap here:
     

     

     

    Anyway, so I went to the concert. I was super tired on account of being a loser and doing chores all day (yeah! My life is COOL) but excited because it was BRUNO MARS.

     

    And as soon as I got there I forgot about the whole tired thing because it was just so much fun. Here are the five best bits.
     
    1. When he played every song I wanted to hear ever.
    I think Bruno (we’re totally on first name basis) is one of those dudes where you think you only know a couple of his songs, but then you realise every song that’s been a hit in the last couple of years was sung by him. And he played all of them! It wasn’t one of those concerts where the artists goes all “listen to my B-sides” and plays wack stuff you’ve never heard before. He played everything awesome, and I hurt my face with smiles.
     
    2. When I looked around and saw the crowd… and realised everyone loves Bruno.
    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a concert where there was that much diversity. I shared an aisle with a couple of 20-something dudes, behind me was an old couple who looked like they were on a date, there were a whole bunch of girls who looked like GF readers, and my favourite was this big dude in front of me with a Ned Kelly beard and long flowing hair, who looked like he’d be into death metal (I know, I know, stereotype city) who was definitely dancing like nobody was watching (except, I was).

     

    Bruno Mars at the 2014 BAFTAs. Pic: Getty
    Bruno Mars at the 2014 BAFTAs. Pic: Getty

     

     
    3. When his band showed us what awesome looked like.
    I didn’t realise how many people contribute to the experience that is Mr Mars IRL. I now do, and I want to hire them to come into the GF office once a week to entertain us. Not only are the dudes seriously talented, they can all move in ways that make me want to quit my job and become a backup dancer. Also they just all looked like they were having so much fun, it was basically impossible not to love every second.
     
    4. When he made everyone get up and dance.
    You know at the start of a concert where everyone is really shy and doesn’t want to be the first to dance? Well, Bruno fixed that nice and early by ordering everyone to get up and dance when he played Treasure. And as if you’re going to argue with the man himself, right? So everyone did, and then no-one stopped dancing until the show was over.
     
    5. When it was all over too quickly.
    This was one of those best/worst moments where you’re having the most amazing time, and you’re loving life and you think your dance moves are worthy of SYTYCD and then he announces that it’s the last song and you feel like this.

     

    Grumpy Cat
    Source: socialeyezer.com

     
    It felt like it was over in like two songs, even though it was almost two hours. I guess that’s the mark of a good show though, right? That and I’d forgotten all about my supposed tiredness and was ready to dance all night. Props, Mr Mars, you sure know how to put on a show. 



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