• 4 makeup mistakes I've been making...

    by Wendy, GF Editorial co-ordinator | Feb 18, 2014 you never have to make the same ones.


    If only I knew use all these wonderful beauty instruments properly
    Ooh! So pretteh! If only I knew use all these wonderful beauty instruments properly.

    Growing up, I thought there were only three occasions where you’d get your makeup done professionally: (1) your wedding day (2) if you were a celebrity, and (3) if you were a millionaire with cash to burn. Mistake numero uno (or trio) because, as it turns out, you can actually get your makeup done at many a department store beauty counter. What’s more, the price of these one-on-one sessions are completely redeemable for product – so, getting your makeup done by a trained pro is basically free, and you get prodz to keep to replicate the look at home. Super convenient for formals, job interviews or if you just want to learn how to do everyday makeup, which was exactly what I needed.


    Oh hey, that’s me in the M.A.C. makeup chair!
    Oh hey, that’s me in the M.A.C. makeup chair!

    I chose M.A.C. – one of my fave beauty brands. On the day of my appointment, I was met by one of their talented artists, Jeanette Serrano (holla!), who not only gave me the most well-blended base in this history of my face, but gave me tips to correct a few other makeup mistakes I’d been making…

    Mistake #1: Using BB cream as a moisturiser
    BB creams do a lot of things including moisturise, but they’re not moisturisers. I’ve got oily skin, so I  do this very secret naughty thing where I skimp on the creams and go straight for the coverage. Like I said, naughty. Properly moisturising your skin not only gives it the hydration it needs, but it helps your makeup sit better too. Jeanette suggests a gel moisturiser instead of a cream one if you want something lightweight that’ll absorb fast.

    Mistake #2: Putting concealer on before foundation
    Save time. Save product. Save money. If you apply concealer first, you’ll end up using a lot more of it to cover the spot. And then if you slap foundation over that, chances are you’ll wipe away all your concealing handiwork (concealer is really made to sit on top of the skin). For even coverage, apply foundation (or BB/CC/tinted moisturiser) and finish off by dabbing a small amount of concealer on any spots that are still visible.


    Base done!
    Base done!


    Mistake #3: Applying mascara to the tips of my lashes
    If your lashes flop by midday like mine, it’s probably because you’ve put too much mascara on the tips, instead of the roots. Jeanette suggests holding a mirror under your chin, looking down, and really getting in under the roots with your mascara wand. While you’re there, zigzag the wand to separate and really lift.

    Mistake #4: Making eyeliner exactly the same on both eyes
    No-one’s got symmetrical eyes, I certainly don’t (one’s lazy – most noticeable in the morning), so putting on the same thick liner on both eyes and the same 1cm flick just accentuates the wonkiness. The technique here is perception, not preciseness. After each stroke, look into the mirror and see what you need to do to adapt the line (thicker line here, shorter flick there) so that your eyes look the same. 


    Taa-da! Super smiley about my cat’s eye
    Taa-da! Super smiley about my cat’s eye - how symmetrical do my eyes look!


    What areas of makeup do you find tricky? Have you ever had your makeup done professionally? What’d you think? Also, how awesome is M.A.C? Type your thoughts into the comments box and let’s chat!

  • KK's top 5 best-dressed Valentine's Day couples

    by Kristy, Fashion Ed | Feb 14, 2014

    OK lets be real, GFs - on Valentine's Day I spend most of my time people-watching. Not so I can be all judgemental and wish I were in a couple getting a gift, oh hellz no. I sit and stare and work out the best-dressed couples "in a totally non-creepy way". You see, on Valentine's Day, everyone brings out the fashion big guns and peeps take a little extra care while deciding what to wear. So in the spirit of being creepy I think it's only fitting I talk about my top five best-dressed couples this Valentine's Day. 


    Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler
    Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler. Pic: Getty

    1. Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler 
    I could sit and stare at them for days, and that's why they are number one on my list. They match without being totally dorky, yet each has a sick personal style that complements the other. She's got this cool rock boho thing going on and he is just so dreamy with a beanie on. Oh and have you seen the pic of them wearing matching fedora hats? I mean, I die from their cuteness. Also a special mention to all their Coachella outfits. They make me want to skip my hair appointment, listen to rock music and wear floral print.


    Kimye. Pic: Getty

    2. Kim and Kanye  
    He wears Balmain, she wears Balmain, he wears Celine, she wears Celine, he buys Chanel, she will wear the Chanel. I mean, she has it good and they're a designer's dream. Their sleek styling and tonal outfits make me want to find a rapper boyfriend and go to Paris, or just go to Paris, whichever comes first. And yes, sometimes I find myself wishing I was Nori – but that’s a whole different blog post. 


    Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik
    Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik. Pic:

    3. Zayn and Perrie 
    I love them. I think they are the best couple to come out of The X Factor and I'll tell you why: They both love beanies, yep beanies. I love beanies so so much, that any couple who can put together the most awesome outfit with a slight London vibe with some epic beanies on, totally wins my vote. 


    Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
    Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. Pic: Getty

    4. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield 
    One word describes this awesome couple and it is PARIS. Yep, it was when they were in Paris for the opening of their movie The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 that I fell in love. He was wearing a red skinny-leg suit, blue shirt and matching tie and she looked ever so Parisian chic in her black sheer and glitter dress. That look gave me butterflies. 


    Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran
    Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Pic: Getty

    5. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran
    Ok, I know in real time they're not a couple BUT I'm on a mission to make this happen, coz they're perfect for each other. She likes wearing red, he has ginger hair - it's totally a match made in heaven. And if they ever broke up, they'd make the best break-up music EVER. Maybe they’d record a single together – here's hoping. 

    BTW if you're not in a couple, who cares! Today is really code for You're Awesome-ness Day (I just made it a word) and YOU should celebrate how cool you are! 

  • Three tricks to disguise dirty hair

    by Sarah, Girlfriend Editor | Feb 11, 2014
    Awesome hair can be yours!

    Coz cute hair styles can happen, even after hitting snooze.
    You told yourself you’d get up early and wash it. You even set your alarm. But, see, your alarm is on your phone and your phone has Instagram on it, and the cute animals on Insta are just way more exciting than the shower… And then BAM! An hour passes, and you’re late. For the third day in a row.
    Ladies, I totally get it. As founder of the I hate washing my hair club, finding ways to get just one more day out of my hair is always a top priority. And I have to say, I’ve become quite good at it. In the five years I spent on the beauty desk, I mastered the art of the dirty hairdo. What can I say? I like to push the boundaries. And I took great pleasure in the compliments from peeps who liked my style on the days when it really should’ve been washed. I was smugly high-fiving myself for such great hair deception. Which is why I wanted to share with you guys. Coz who doesn’t love a smug hair secret, right?! Behold! The dirty hairdos.
    1. The front braid.
    I truly believe everyone can learn how to braid. And I believe this because I taught myself, and basically if I can do it, a three-year-old could do it – and with more skill. So here goes:

    - Deep side-part your hair and pick up a small section of it with your thumb that sections back towards the crown of the head.


    front braid step 1
    Front braid: Step 1

    - Divide that section into three equal pieces, as you would a plait.

    front braid step 2
    Front braid: Step 2

    - Like a plait, take the section closest to your forehead and weave over the top of the middle piece. Then take the section closest to the back of your head and weave that over the middle piece.


    Front braid: Step 3
    Front braid: Step 3


    - Next, take a small 1cm x 1cm section from the hair remaining at the front, and join that to the front section. Weave those combined pieces over the top of the middle piece. Repeat on the other side.


    Front braid: Step 4
    Front braid: Step 4


    - Continue this pattern until you reach the top of the ear, and then plait the rest of the tail without including new pieces. Secure at the back of your head with bobby pins. EASY!


    Front Braid: the final look
    Front Braid: the final look


    2. The do-rag 'do.
    How amazing are bandanas? They can make you look gun-slingin' country or badass rapper and even '50s pin-up chic. Yeah versatility! Anyway, this look is ridiculously easy.


    Do-rag: Step 1
    Do-rag: Step 1

    - Fold your bandana diagonally in half.


    Do-rag: Step 2
    Do-rag: Step 2


    - Fold the point inwards, to the folded half.


    Do-rag: Step 3
    Do-rag: Step 3


    - Fold three more times until it resembles a skinny scarf.


    Do-rag: Step 4

    Do-rag: Step 4 continued
    Do-rag: Step 4 


    - Put hair up into messy bun. Fix with bobby pins, but don’t spend too much time on it – the key is “thrown together” messiness.

    - Wrap bandana around your head and tie in a knot at the front, just past your hair line.


    Do-rag: Marvel at your cuteness

    Marvel at your cuteness. And the fact that it took, like, three minutes. More Instagram for you!
    3. Messy beachy waves
    Here’s a secret about undone hair. It actually needs to be done. No-one ever just woke up like that. Unless you’re Bellatrix Lestrange, then you just woke up looking like that hot mess. So first things' first, if you don’t have naturally wavy hair you can’t get this look naturally. But you CAN cheat! Here’s how.

    - Spray sea salt spray through mid lengths and ends.
    - Use a scrunching motion to scrunch big sections of hair so it creates a wave.


    Beachy Waves: Step 1


    - Then, if you have straight hair (like me) you’ll need a curling tong around 25cm wide. Grab random sections of hair and wrap around the outside of the wand, leaving the ends free. Hold the hair at the tip around the wand for a few seconds. Drop. Repeat.
    - Don’t do this for all of your hair – just around 3 sections of varying sizes on each side. Curling all over will look too done, and the idea is for it to be haphazard.
    - Once the hair is cool, separate with fingers.
    - Look in mirror and give yourself a wink. Yeah, you’re hot.


    Beachy waves final look


    Told you they were easy. But also, if you're prone to a bit of non-washing, you really need some dry shampoo in your life. I have like 10 because I’m terrified of what running out will mean for me. Never used one? Get on board! It’s a magical spray that not only breathes new life (and an extra non-washing day) into your hair, but it also adds volume. Blonde girls can use the original, but brunettes might like to try a coloured variant so hair doesn’t appear chalky.
    And y’know, if all else fails… just wash it. You’re worth it.
    Q: Got a sneaky beauty trick you love to use? Or maybe there’s something you want to know how to do? Share with us! 

  • Kristy explains how to do the waist tie

    by Kristy, Fashion Ed | Feb 07, 2014
    Hailee Steinfeld. Pic: Getty
    Hailee Steinfeld. Pic: Getty

    Kanye’s done it, Hailee tried it, Bieber perfected it, and let’s be real, I kinda blushed a bit when I saw Harry Styles do it.

    No idea what I’m on about? It's the waist tie, obviously.

    It was first spotted on my hero Kanye West. Naturally I adopted this bad boy early on in the game, coz I wanted to be just like him. So I literally copied him and wrapped a denim shirt around my then outfit of baggy jeans, polo shirt and baseball jacket (don’t judge me, he was sitting front row at fashion week with his old missus Amber Rose… a long, long time ago), and I never looked back. Passed around from urban rapper to grunge rocker to style blogger, this style trick will never leave and I'm going to show you how to do it perfectly.


    One Direction. Pic: Getty
    One Direction. Pic: Getty

    Step one:
    Work out your base outfit! You can do this look in your skinnys, cool tee and boots but you can also rock it out in a leather skirt and basic white top. As long as your outfit is fitted, you got it. Why? Coz you don’t want to add bulk to your frame — then you will turn out looking like a bag lady, and in this case, bag lady = bad.

    Step two:
    Open your shirt and wrap it around your lower waist till the arms are even and then tie this bad boy up loosely in a “I didn’t style this purposely but it looks ohh so natural" kind of way.

    Step three:
    Look in the mirror. You’ve actually done it. It was that Yeeazy. See what I did there? Funny!!! Note, if red plaid isn’t your style, you can do the same thing with absolutely anything. I’ve tried it with leather jackets, coloured knitwear, varsity bombers and even my old mate denim.

    You can always wear this look with an LBD, or a dressy skirt for that fun hipster vibe. If that's not your style, boyfriend jeans can cover this look! Better yet, mix prints — go on, I dare ya!


    Denim Shirt, Stylemology
    Denim Shirt, Stylemology, $59.95

    Red Plaid Shirt, Missguided
    Red Plaid Shirt, Missguided, $51.65

    Denim Shirt, Mix @ Coles
    Denim Shirt, Mix @ Coles, $25

    Green Plaid Shirt, Missguided
    Green Plaid Shirt, Missguided, $47.50

  • Mel's Top 3 fave lip balms

    by Mel, Beauty Ed | Feb 05, 2014
    Ah, lip balm. Since I was eight and given my first ever Lip Smackers, it’s been love at every swipe. Sure, I might have moved on from actually eating it (sorry stomach for all those tubes of flavoured waxy stuff), but my obsession will never die. These are my current favourites, but I mean really, if I actually found all my balms and put them on a table, the table would collapse. 


    Lip balm: Blistex Tangy Mango Mania SPF 15
    Blistex Tangy Mango Mania SPF 15, set of 2, $3.95, (02) 8113 6200

    1. Blistex Tangy Mango Mania
    Okay so it already wins points because it tastes like mango, which is the best fruit in the world and don’t try and convince me otherwise. It also has SPF 15, something I enjoy in a balm, because once I burnt my lips so badly they blew up and I looked like a I’d had bad plastic surgery. But the best thing about this guy? The fact that I can do THIS. Selfies for the win.


    Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Cherry Velvet
    Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Cherry Velvet, $3.95, 1300 369 327

    2. Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Velvet
    The Baby Lips range has long been a fave of mine. They make my lips suuuper soft and just the teensiest bit glossy. They also look pretty, so I get a “whee!” feeling when I pull one out of my bag. But this particular one is my current obsession because it smells like Yumtown. It’s not even a cherry smell… its like… BETTER than cherry. I can’t explain it, just trust me.


    Lucas’ Papaw Ointment
    Lucas’ Papaw Ointment, $5.99,

    3. Lucas Papaw Ointment
    I go through phases with old Lucas. I’m sure you would have heard of him, he’s very popular and a bit OTT with his looks – bright red packaging, OH HEY! Anyway I am really enjoying this guy right now. A lot of it has to do with its versatility – doesn’t just stop at lips. You can also heal dry elbows and sunburn, among other things. Pretty cool, right?

    This topic caused LOTS of heated discussion in GF HQ. Here’s some of our office faves – let us know yours in comments!

    Sarah T: Lanolips 101 Ointment
    Grace: The Body Shop Born Lippy in Plum
    Dan: Jurlique Rose Love Balm
    Kelsey: Lucas Papaw Ointment 
    Wendy: Blistex Lip Conditioner
    Jillesa: Strawberry Carmex

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