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Make a Difference with Oxfam and Adore Beauty
Joanna Fleming

We’re very excited to announce that we are partnering with Oxfam to offer our customers the opportunity to lend a helping help to those who need it, and make a difference to people living in poverty.

Oxfam Unwrapped is a great initiative which allows supporters to add a gift card purchase to their Adore Beauty order, donating a sum of their choice directly to Oxfam. The range of cards gives people a tangible example of how Oxfam tackles poverty and helps to engage new supporters with their work.

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I spoke to Founder & CEO of Adore Beauty, Kate Morris, and Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive, Dr Helen Szoke about the impact this initiative can have on women and girls in poor communities across the world.

Kate Morris

Founder & CEO of Adore Beauty

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Why did Adore Beauty choose to partner with Oxfam?

Oxfam is a wonderful organization that has been empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty for over 60 years.  Their approach is not just about short term relief, but building for the long term – lasting solutions that can address the root causes of poverty.

Why is this cause important to you personally?

I feel extremely fortunate to have been born into a life of privilege. I’ve always been able to take clean water, food, and education for granted; my two children will never go to bed hungry.

It’s the least we can do to try and help those who were not born into this privilege.  I have been a supporter of Oxfam for many years, and I particularly admire the work they do towards gender justice and empowerment for women and girls.

What can customers do to get involved in this initiative?

It’s really easy – just tack on an Oxfam gift card with your next beauty purchase!  All proceeds from these cards now go directly to Oxfam, and there’s a range of donation options from $5 to $55.  Every little bit extra counts.

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Dr Helen Szoke

Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia

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What kind of female focussed projects are Oxfam currently working on?

Gender equality is a key focus across all Oxfam’s programs whether in disaster response situations or in our long term development work, it is at the heart of our philosophy that all lives are equal and no-one should live in poverty.

In Pakistan for instance, we’re providing women with practical training to become leaders in their communities and promoting gender justice through media events, the distribution of educational materials, and research on women’s rights and violence against women.

In Indonesia, we’re promoting women’s rights and equality by increasing women’s political participation and reducing levels of violence through education, influencing and better legal services to the community.

How do these projects benefit women and children in disadvantaged communities?

Discrimination and injustice are major causes of poverty worldwide, and women and girls bear the brunt of it in all aspects of their lives.

You’re more likely to be poor if you’re a woman. And if you’re a woman, you’re also likely to be doing most of the work.

With your support, we can help women earn an income, access decent work, and reduce and redistribute the burden of unpaid work. We can empower women to take leadership positions within their communities and speak on issues that affect them. And we can work with governments to support and promote gender equality within communities to create long-term lasting change for women and girls.

What does Oxfam’s Unwrapped gift card initiative involve?

The Oxfam Unwrapped gift card initiative has been running in Australia for 13 years and – thanks to the generosity of ordinary Australians – has raised an incredible $50 million to tackle poverty worldwide.

When you give an Unwrapped gift card to your family or friends, you are contributing a donation to a specific type of project that empowers communities to tackle poverty by providing education, clean water and other life-changing essentials.

We are overjoyed to have Adore Beauty promoting the Oxfam Unwrapped range at their checkout and look forward to continuing to work together to help empower communities to tackle poverty.

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The 7-Days of Colour Lipstick Challenge
Joanna Fleming

We’re inviting you to take part in the Adore Beauty 7-Days of Colour Lipstick Challenge. Each day, wear a new fabulous lip colour and post about it on your Instagram using the hashtag #AB7daysofcolour. We asked a few of the girls in the office to give it a go, so if you need a little inspiration, read on!

Day #1 Natural in Nude


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[Left] Shannon wears:
Napoleon Perdis Mattetastic Lipstick – Lauren

“Nude lips go with everything but it’s a look I used to struggle with, as I kept buying shades that were wrong for my skin tone. If your skin is fair, avoid shades that have white notes – I look for shades with rose, brown or deep coral undertones, like this comfortable stunner from Napoleon.”

[Middle] Bec wears:
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Love – Raw Sugar

“As I have a medium skin tone with a pink undertone, I go for a warmer nude. Raw Sugar is perfect for this! Pure Color Envy Love is definitely one of my favourite lipstick formulas as it is super creamy, and semi matte so it won’t dry out your lips, and the nude looks nude!”

[Right] Shanthi wears:
Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour – Carolina

“This has been my everyday lip colour for the past year. The formula is super nourishing and the sheer hint of colour works perfectly if you’re after a ‘no makeup’ makeup look [my go-to]. My natural lip colour runs a little darker than I like, so my trick is to first apply a bit of concealer and then pop this sheer colour over the top. If worn alone, this colour is more raisin than what you see here.”

Day #2 Romantic in Red


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[Left] Shannon wears:
MODELROCK Liquid to Matte Lipstick – Major Betsy

“MODELROCK nailed it with this one. I’m hard pressed to think of something more versatile than this neutral-toned, flattering red. The formula is fantastic too – it’s matte but not dehydrating, and stays put all day long. You could wear this for a night out, or out to brunch.”

[Middle] Bec wears:
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick – Immortal

“If I wear a red lip, it must be 3 things: matte and bright with an orange undertone. Gerard Liquid Lipstick in Immortal ticks all of these boxes. I love matte red lips as you can over-line your lips so they look super plump. Immortal is very bright and has more of an orange undertone rather than many reds that usually have a blue undertone. I prefer orange undertones as I feel they make my teeth look whiter, and I love how the colour looks with my green eyes.”

[Right] Shanthi wears:
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Love Lipstick – Bar Red

“I love the Pure Color Envy Love shade range. The colours are rich and vibrant. I’m often told I should wear more colour because it will compliment my skin tone, and trying on this shade actually surprised me – I love it. This red works perfectly with darker skin tones, so if you’re looking for a signature red – this is definitely a winner!”

Day #3 Polished in Plum


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[Left] Shannon wears:
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick – Cher

“A colour that well lives up to the iconic name! This shade is eye-catching without drawing attention away from everything else you’re wearing, and works well with minimal or heavy makeup looks.”

[Middle] Bec wears:
Shanghai Suzy Whipped Matte Lipstick – Miss Kitty Black Plum

“I usually don’t wear too deep of a lip, as I think a dark lip looks too dressy on me! I like Miss Kitty Black Plum by Shanghai Suzy, as it’s not too dark of a plum for my skin tone and I still feel like I look youthful.”

[Right] Shanthi wears:
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick – Wine Down

“Normally, if you had shown me this shade in it’s gorgeous frosted tube packaging, I would have laughed and told you, you were dreaming. But by day three, I was starting to become a little more experimental with my choices. The colour of the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte lipsticks gives you a super rich, dense pigment that literally will.not.budge. Three chai lattes later, promise.”

Day #4 Pretty in Pink


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[Left] Shannon wears:
Dr Hauschka Lipstick – Camellia

“The colour of this lipstick is what originally attracted me to it – an office-safe pinky rose. But wow is this lipstick comfortable. I use this in place of a lip balm, and no matter how dehydrated my lips are, this makes fine lines disappear.”

[Middle] Bec wears:
Napoleon Perdis Mattetastic Lipstick – Lana

“Pinks are pretty much my nudes! When I wear Lana, I feel a little more girly and dressy than I do wearing my usual nude lippies. Lana is a warmer pink which I prefer to cool pinks as I have a pink undertone to my skin. Also, I think this pink makes my green eyes pop! The formula is matte but does not dry my lips out – which is key.”

[Right] Shanthi wears:
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color – Cosmic Pink 

“I find pink shades which work well on fairer skin tones can look quite washed out when applied to darker skin, so I usually opt for something that packs a bit more punch. Cosmic Pink is gorgeous and looks almost hot pink when you look at it in it’s tube. This formula is super moisturising. Bobbi Brown really knows how to cater to all skin tones, so this one is a big thumbs up from me!”

Day #5 Radiant in Rose


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[Left] Shannon wears:
Inika Vegan Natural Lipstick – Dark Cherry

“My skin is yellow with blue undertones, which for some reason means most lipsticks turn plummy on me. Dark Cherry is a great choice if you’re interested in the metallic lip trend but you’re worried it wont suit you – easy to wear and beautiful.”

[Middle] Bec wears:
MODELROCK Mega Modern Metal Lipstick – Mauvetallic

“I find most rose lip shades are quite cool-toned which I don’t think suits my warmer skin undertones. I love this metallic shade by MODELROCK because even though it is a cooler tone, the metallic finish picks up on my warmer makeup. I love that it’s such a different finish. I did not expect a metallic lipstick to be as wearable as this is!”

[Right] Shanthi wears:
Nouba Millebaci Longwear Matte Lipstick – Shade #20

“Not usually a colour I would pick, but this rose also works well as an alternative to a nude for darker skin. The colour is more muted and because of the matte finish I feel like my lips look fuller than usual – win! I’d recommend wearing this for darker skin tones when paired with a light, neutral wardrobe for understated elegance that doesn’t look dull.”

Day #6 Fiery in Fuchsia


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[Left] Shannon wears:
Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip – Fuchsia Fever

“Want compliments on your lipstick? This vibrant pink really packs a punch! I prefer to blend both shades together for a slightly deeper pink.”

[Middle] Bec wears:
Lancôme Rouge in Love 6 Hour – Midnight Rose

“Midnight Rose is a dressy deep fuchsia which I prefer to bright fuchsias. When I wear this lipstick, my lips always feel super hydrated and the colour pay off is incredible.”

[Right] Shanthi wears:
Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color – Brocade 

“Of the seven days, this shade is by far my favourite! The Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colours are non-drying and wear extremely well throughout the day. I feel like this colour just brightens up my skin tone, I usually pair this with a touch of Bobbi Brown blush in Clementine. The perfect combination!”

Day #7 Outrageous in Orange


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[Left] Shannon wears:
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Love – Hot Rumour

“I’m obsessed with this shade! A gorgeous fiery orange that gives a more plump look to the lips. This is one of my favourites for when I look in the mirror before I leave and realise I’m accidentally wearing all black (again) – it instantly brightens up your look.”

[Middle] Bec wears:
Benefit They’re Real Double The Lip – Criminally Coral

“I love to wear a coral lip when I have a tan, (fake or real), or when I wear a summery colourful outfit. No black. My tip for applying the Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip lipstick: use your fingers or a lip brush to blend the colour together nicely instead of wearing it as a liner and lipstick duo.”

[Right] Shanthi wears:
BECCA Beach Tint – Papaya

“Ending the week with a lip tint in Papaya; a glorious orange hue that works wonders to brighten up a casual look. My favourite thing about these Beach Tint’s are their versatility, you can add a pinch to your cheeks for a flushed look and pop the same colour over your lips – two products in one tiny tube. And don’t be fooled, a little goes a long way!”

Want to take on the challenge? 

The 7-Days of Colour Lipstick Challenge starts now! In fact, you can start the challenge on any day, just don’t forget to hashtag #AB7daysofcolour

Your posts may inspire others, and who knows, you could even find your holy-grail lip colour if you haven’t found it already! So, what are you waiting for?

Shop all Lipstick here

Get amongst the 7 day lipstick challenge with our Adore Beauty community and show us what shade you’re rocking today with a little lipstick selfie on our Adore Beauty forum over here.

 

I Tried Aqua Eyeshadow And Here’s What Happened…
Joanna Fleming

Colour is splashed across every fashion runway this season, and we can’t help but be tempted to try this trend.

Colour is risky, and other factors like your skin tone, eye colour and outfit need to be considered before you select your colour of choice.

We decided to get a little creative with Garbo & Kelly’s Overnight Sensation palette, making the Cosmo shade is the palette the hero of this look.

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Products Used:

Garbo & Kelly Overnight Sensation Palette (shop here)

Vanessa uses shade Venus over the whole lid, and Cosmo in the waterline and lower lash line.

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Garbo & Kelly Master of Illumination Highlighting Kit (shop here)

Vanessa uses shade Garland to highlight above the cheekbones around to the temples. Shade Ava is applied to the apples of the cheeks, high points of the face and collarbones.

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Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick (shop here)

The shade Immortal was used for this look. Vanessa uses a lip brush to apply it in this tutorial, however the applicator tip inside the product makes is super easy to apply the formula.

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ARTÉMES Twice Bitten False Lashes (shop here)

These high quality mink lashes are our go-to false lashes for evening glam looks. They are medium volume, so they don’t look too ‘fake’, but they provide the perfect volume and length.

Shop This Look Here

The Eyeliner Looks The Internet Is Obsessed With
Joanna Fleming

Addicted to beauty? Then liquid eyeliner is probably right up your alley. By now, you’ve probably perfected the art of liquid eyeliner application – but these 2017 trends are set to change the way we do our liner.

Thin Wing

The thin wing is an ideal look for everyday wear if you prefer to add a little something extra to your everyday makeup. To achieve this look, use Napoleon Perdis Neo Noir Liquid Liner. This jet black liner gives you precise control over the style and thickness of the wing you’re creating, so you don’t spend extra time trying to correct mistakes!

Buy Napoleon Perdis Neo Noir Liquid Liner here

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Smoked Out Wing

A great addition to a sultry makeup look is smoked out liner. You can still get that winged look, without it looking too precise. Recreate this look with Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil. This long-wearing eyeliner features a smudging tool on one end and the pencil on the other, allowing you to blend out the liner with ease.

Buy Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil here

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Colourful Wing

Colour is all over the runways right now, across eyes, lips and cheeks. Be bold and change up your standard makeup look – add a pop of colour with Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Belief Push Up Liner. Available in five shades, this gel liner is super easy to apply with its pen applicator, and gives you the flexibility to create a bold vibrant wing, or a simple ‘barely there’ flick.

Buy Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Belief Push Up Liner here

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Negative Space Wing

So this one’s a little different, but if you have a favourite beauty guru, chances are this is the latest trend they’re experimenting with. Not this one isn’t for beginners, it does require a steady hand and refined liquid eyeliner skills, but the results are eye-catching. You can get this look using theBalm Schwing Liquid Eyeliner. Smudge-proof and fast drying, the applicator brush has been specially designed to make liquid eyeliner a breeze.

Buy theBalm Schwing Liquid Eyeliner here

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At The In-Laws For Christmas? Here’s How To Win Brownie Points…
Joanna Fleming

At this in-laws for Christmas this year? It’s time to impress the family with a seriously good Christmas gift for the host. Trust us, these gifts will not disappoint…

Circa Home Electric Wax Warmer

A safer, flameless way to enjoy your favourite fragrance, this wax warmer is child and pet-friendly – perfect for Christmas Day celebrations. This stylish alternative to candles will delight your guests and create beautiful fragrance, with a soft warm glow. Get up to 96 hours of lingering scent from your wax melts. Pair with Creme Brulee Scented Soy Wax Melts for a ‘freshly baked sweets’ smell.

Shop here

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Aesop Resurrection Duet

A superior hand cleansing gel, accompanied by the perfect moisturising balm for hands and cuticles – this gift is bound to impress even the hard-to-buy-for. The in-laws can proudly display this beautifully packaged best-selling duet in their bathroom, just in time to host a convoy of guests on Christmas Day.

Shop here

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Nuxe Love from Paris Parfum Gift Set

Already beautiful gift wrapped, Nuxe Love From Paris gift set boasts a feminine blend of sunshine, orange blossom and warm sand. Containing Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum EDP 50ml and Nuxe Bougie Prodigieuse Candle 70g, this gift is ideal for the mother-in-law.

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Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet

And for the man of the house, Aesop’s Shaving Duet is the ideal classy gift that he probably never would’ve treated himself to.  Suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive, the Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum is used during shaving, followed by the Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion to hydrate and soothe.

Shop here

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The Kris Kringle Gifts That Everyone Wants This Christmas
Joanna Fleming

Buying Kris Kringle gifts at Christmas time can be draining – especially when you have so many other gifts to shop for. So whether it’s for a work colleague or family member, we’ve put together some of our favourite KK gifts from our Holiday Collection that will fit into any budget!

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Budget: $20.00

Nuxe Christmas Cracker

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RRP $19.95 | Buy here

Contains:

Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil 30ml

Reve de Miel Hand & Nail Cream 75ml


 

Budget: $30.00

Glasshouse Fragrances Limited Edition Travel Essentials Pack

GH Xmas 16 Travel Essentials Bag & Extras

RRP $29.95 | Buy here

Contains:

Amalfi Coast Sea Mist Mini Candle

Amalfi Coast Sea Mist Hand Creme


 

Budget: $50.00

Clarins Heavenly Hands Collection

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RRP $45.00 | Buy here

Contains:

3 x Hand & Nail Treatment Cream 50ml


 

Budget: $80.00

Elizabeth Arden Christmas Colour Blockbuster

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RRP $79.00 | Buy here

Contains:

8-piece Eyeshadow Palette

Beautiful Colour Blush in Sunburst 2g

Simmer Powder in Nude Shimmer 2g

2 x Beautiful Colour Lipsticks

2 x Beautiful Colour Luminous Lipgloss

Beautiful Colour Mascara

3-piece Brush Set


 

Budget: $100.00

Inika Face In A Box

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RRP $99.00 | Buy here

Contains:

Loose Mineral Foundation SPF25 3g

Loose Mineral Bronzer 3.5g

Vegan Kabuki Brush

Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation 10ml

Certified Organic Perfection Concealer 4ml

Certified Organic Pure Primer 10ml

Certified Organic BB Cream 4ml

Mineral Mattifying Powder 0.7g

Loose Mineral Blush 0.7g


 

Budget: $200.00

Aesop Classic Skin Care 2016 – The Persistent Collector

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RRP $185.00 | Buy here

Contains:

Fabulous Face Cleanser 100 ml

B & Tea Balancing Toner 100 ml

Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream 60 ml

Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque 60 ml

Face Cloth

Shop Our Holiday Collection here

The Sumptuous Scents You’ll Want In Your Home This Spring
Joanna Fleming

Spring is here and it’s time to introduce bursts of floral notes, earthy green fragrances and  subtle seaside scents to your home. Glasshouse Fragrances sumptuous spring-inspired range allows you to embrace the transition to longer days, crisp mornings and days filled with new life.

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CYPRUS – Sea Salt & Saffron

This limited edition fragrance boasts notes of Sea Salt, Saffron and Lavender. Reminisce on windswept beaches, sultry evenings and salty skin with mid-notes of Cedarwood and deep base notes of Amber and Moss.

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KAKADU – Water Lily

A rich floral scent complimented by woody undertones, Kakadu’s exotic blend of Water Lily, Spring Orange Blossom, Precious Woods and Amber will refresh any space with a flourishing sense of growth.

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AMALFI COAST – Sea Mist

Amalfi Coast’s revitalising fragrance features top notes of Freesia, Thyme and Tarragon over a Musk and Patchouli base. It’s gorgeously floral and masculine, channelling the Italian destination and stimulating revitalisation to the senses.

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OAHU – Ilima Milk & Honey

Hints of Rose and Violet transform a room into an exotic Hawaiian destination with mid-notes of Orange Blossom and base notes of Powdery Musk and Vanilla.

★★★★★ Nice clean smell  by Anna

“A nice clean powdery smell I think this smell suits a baby’s nursery perfectly. I was a bit excited about burning this candle that I’ve already finished it lol, but the quality is amazing can’t wait to try out glasshouse’s other scents. The best thing about this candle is that you can smell it even after you extinguish the flame and it can really add enough fragrance to a room just by keeping the lid off. Definitely going to buy more!”

Buy here

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