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What’s So Remarkable About These Award-Winning Tweezers?
Joanna Fleming

Answer me this: how does a pair of tweezers get over 50 reviews? Who is writing reviews about tweezers?! How much can you even say about tweezers? A lot, apparently. See Exhibit A below:

★★★★★ Worth the price – Chantelle

“Why would you use any other tweezer but these? I absolutely love plucking my own eyebrows and the precision edge of these tweezers grabs every stray hair, even ones that have just broken through the skin’s surface. They are quality and last years. Sure, you could get other tweezers for cheaper but they don’t have the grabbing power of these and after a year or so they begin to lose their shape and aren’t effective at all.”

Why You Need Them:

Used by celebrity makeup artists on clients like Olivia Munn, Tina Fey and Elizabeth Olsen, Tweezerman’s Slant Tweezers have quite the reputation. In fact, these tweezers have won Allure’s ‘Best of Beauty’ award every year since 2001.

– The 25° slanted tip is the perfect angle for achieving high definition brows

– Leading brow & makeup artists recommend it for its unmatched quality

– Features calibrated tension with perfectly aligned tips

– The hand-filed tips ensure the tweezers firmly & precisely grip brow hairs

– Stainless steel tips are durable & easy to clean (ideal for professionals)

– Available in 4 colours: silver, geranium, rose gold & pink

Shop here

Tweezing Tips:

1. For easier, less painful tweezing, pluck hair after a warm shower

2. Always tweeze in the direction of hair growth to avoid breakage (basically, the opposite advice to waxing)

3. Avoid yanking or tugging on brow hairs – always use the tweezers precision tip to isolate, lift and then grab the hair from the root.

More Reviews…

★★★★★ Love them – Deborah

“I’ve had numerous tweezers over the years, many of which don’t last very long, twisting out of shape, rendering them unable to grab onto hairs! However, I have had this pair for years and they’re still as good as they were when I first got them. The slant helps grab onto tiny hairs and I have not had to look elsewhere for a replacement and I’m sure I won’t have to for years to come.”

★★★★★ The best! – Christy

“A great fun colour to make these already amazing tweezers even better! I thought all tweezers were the same until I tried Tweezerman! The slant of the tip allows me to get the smallest hairs. The tweezers are strong and give a great grip of the hair – stopping hair breakage. Can’t recommend enough!”

★★★★★ Worth the price –  Leanne

“These tweezers are the best I’ve ever used, I’ve been using them for a few years now and they are still not blunt. I have very thick brow hairs and these remove all those stubborn hairs with ease. SO worth the investment.”

 

Shop Tweezerman Here

 

Pigmentation Problems? I’ve Got A Serum For That
Joanna Fleming

You might’ve noticed our Live chats on Instagram in recent weeks (you can follow us here if you’re not already) – and one particular skin concern keeps popping up: pigmentation.

I mentioned a few of our best-selling pigmentation serums in a Live last week, but there’s one I wanted to highlight for those of you on the search. Introducing Cosmedix Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum.

Tell Me More:

Designed to treat photodamage and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, this serum acts as a gentle yet potent brightening treatment.

– It’s packed with ten plant-based brightening ingredients (plus AHA & BHA)

– Targets existing pigmentation while preventing further damage

– Helps to firm skin and smooth fine lines & wrinkles

– Improves uneven skin tone, reducing the appearance of discolouration

– Gently exfoliates the skin, stimulating cell turnover

– Acts as a Tyrosinase inhibitor to curb the development of unwanted pigment

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What’s In It?

Cosmedix Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum is a gentler alternative to skin-lightening treatments that contain ingredients Arbutin or Hydroquinone.

Whitonyl & Waltheria: visibly yet gently brighten and even the complexion, and help prevent future pigmentation.

L-Lactic Acid & Salicylic Acid: exfoliate the skin & encourage cell turnover for a brighter, smoother and more even-toned appearance

Green Tea & Ferulic Acid: defend skin against age-accelerating free radicals, protecting against future pigmentation

Niacinamide: reduces inflammation in the skin, while improving the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and dullness

The Reviews:

★★★★★ LOVE – Maddison

“I use this product every morning and on alternate evenings and my slight pigmentation and moderate acne scarring are nearly all gone. It’s expensive for such a small bottle, but results speak for themselves I suppose!”

★★★★★ Worth the money – Olivia

“Seriously, my old acne scars I’ve been trying to get rid of for years are nearly gone after using this for about a month, I will never buy anything else. This has brightened my face so well. Has a slightly weird scent to it but for how good the results are it’s not even an issue.”

★★★★★ Instantly brightening – Daniela

“Within a single overnight use, I noticed a difference in my complexion. This serum is packed with incredible active ingredients. With continuous use, I have seen a rapid decrease in acne scarring, pore size and overall texture. My skin looks plumper and brighter with every use.”

 

Buy Cosmedix Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum Here

 

I’m Turning 26: These Are The Skincare Changes I’m Making
Joanna Fleming

I know 26 is still very young in the big scheme of life, but I can’t help feeling like I was 19 last week and how the hell did I get here?! All of a sudden I’m a year closer to 30 *deep breathing*.

When we reach our thirties, the structures that form youthful skin begin to change. Our collagen and elastin production slows, meaning we can lose firmness and develop visible lines and wrinkles, our body doesn’t produce as much natural hyaluronic acid (cue dehydration), plus our cell turnover also slows.

Anyway, enough of the scary stuff – what am I actually doing to combat those impending changes to my skin?

First And Foremost, Sunscreen

I cannot stress this enough: you will regret not wearing sunscreen. Please trust me on this. A tan might look nice now, but later it’ll look like leathery, sun-spotted skin (I’m not even going to mention the melanoma factor).

While I already use sunscreen, I’m going to make an effort to apply it down my neck and chest daily (which I always forget about).

What I’m using: Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+

– Offers SPF50 protection against damaging UVA & UVB rays

– It has a matte, non-greasy finish, goes on tinted & blends out clear

– Absorbs quickly & easily with no overpowering sunscreen smell

– Boosts hydration & sits well under makeup

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Prevent The Damage

Boy, this one’s an investment but according to all sources – it’s definitely worth it. Instead of adding this into my routine when I’m 40, I’m going to start now – prevention is key, right? FYI, this serum smells like deli meat.

What I’m using: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

– It’s a high potency treatment featuring concentrated Vitamins C & E

– Protects against photoaging with a gentle yet effective antioxidant formula

– Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles & pigmentation

– Brightens dull, lacklustre skin while stimulating collagen production

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Amp Up The Actives

I’ve been putting this off for a while – along with Botox. But it’s time to amp up my Vitamin A to a stronger formulation. It’s the ultimate anti-ageing ingredient, and should be in everyone’s routines over the age of 30 (in my honest opinion).

What I’m using: Medik8 Retinol 6TR Advanced 0.6% Serum

– Helps to reduce fine lines, wrinkles & uneven skin tone

– Improves skin texture for a smoother, more radiant complexion

– Speeds up the natural exfoliation process, leaving skin soft & hydrated

– Helps to regulate oil production & combat congestion

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Focus On The Eyes

It’s usually the first area we start to notice our age catching up with us (that, and when makeup starts settling in our forehead lines). So I’m making a commitment to using my eye cream every single night without fail.

What I’m using: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye

– Works to support & nourish your skin while it repairs itself overnight

– Improves circulation, reducing inflammation & puffiness

– Works to improve firmness & elasticity around the delicate eye area

– Leaves the skin feeling smooth, soft, hydrated and plump

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This Foundation Contains SPF50…And It’s Actually Good
Joanna Fleming

I know people can get scared off by foundations that contain SPF, but as I sit here writing this article in 44 degree heat, I’d like to remind you that your concerns should be less about flashback, and more about sun protection.

After all, if you’re not wearing your SPF foundation at night in front of a camera flash, we won’t have an issue. And when it comes to Ella Baché’s Suncover Great SPF50 Foundation, I can also assure you this is one of the best high protection formulas going around.

What You Need To Know:

– Ella Baché’s Suncover Great SPF50 Foundation has a light-medium coverage

– Hydrates, protects & promotes an even complexion with its light-diffusing formula

– It has a natural, dewy finish which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines

– Protects skin against harmful UVA/UVB damage thanks to its SPF50 rating

– Enriched with antioxidant Green Tea to help combat free radical damage

– Has a creamy, blendable texture that melts into the skin leaving it hydrated & glowing

– Jojoba & Lanolin protect, moisturise & comfort the skin

Buy it here

The Shades:

Usually when reviewing a foundation, I’d expect there to be an extensive shade range of at least 20+ shades, but on this occasion I’m happy to excuse the fact that Ella Baché’s Suncover Great SPF50 Foundation is currently only available in four shades – cream beige, light beige, medium beige and dark beige. Yep, that’s a lot of beige.

I know how tricky it is to formulate products with such a high SPF and still have them turn out as they should, so kudos to Ella Baché for being able to formulate such a nice foundation that caters to Aussie conditions. Fingers crossed we see some more shades in the future.

The Verdict:

I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t expecting to love this product. When I first swatched it on my hand, I thought for sure that it’d be too thick for me.

But I was proven wrong. The formula actually glided on much smoother than I expected, and as I buffed it in with my Expert Face Brush, it gave my skin a naturally dewy, healthy-looking finish which is exactly what I look for in a foundation. It was also easily buildable in areas I wanted more coverage.

With the added bonus of broad-spectrum sun protection, surprisingly it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin, plus it has a pleasant (only slightly sunscreen-y) smell.

Buy Ella Baché Suncover Great SPF50 Foundation Here

This Supermodel’s Favourite Moisturiser Is More Affordable Than You’d Think
Joanna Fleming

She’s one of the most recognisable supermodels on the planet right now, having appeared on America’s Next Top Model, countless international runways, and in the most recent Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Yet despite Winnie Harlow‘s celebrity status, her skincare regime doesn’t amount to a regular person’s annual salary like some A-listers. In fact, her go-to moisturiser is under $40.

Tell Me More:

Winnie told Vogue, “I try to keep my skincare routine very simple and don’t put too much on my face. I love Eau Thermale Avène’s Skin Recovery Cream. It’s the only one I’ve used which doesn’t make me break me out and completely calms down my skin.”

– It’s ideal for soothing irritated & sensitive skin

– Formulated with the fewest ingredients possible to minimise reactions

– This cream calms inflammation, redness, and irritation instantly.

– Packed with rich, nourishing ingredients to hydrate & strengthen the skin

– Restores the skin’s natural moisture barrier, preventing water loss and dehydration

Buy it here

Why Is Our Moisture Barrier So Important?

To understand your skin and learn how to treat it accordingly, it’s really important to understand the inner workings of our skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Our moisture barrier is the outermost layer of the epidermis, which protects skin from moisture loss, environmental damage, and microbial invasion (which can lead to irritation and infection).

Keeping the moisture barrier healthy and functional is vital to optimal skin health. An impaired barrier can increase the occurence of sensitivity and irritation – Avène’s Skin Recovery Cream is a great product for restoring and supporting your skin’s moisture barrier.

The Reviews:

★★★★★ A must for sensitive skin! – Coco

“If you have irritable, sensitive skin that breaks out or (worse!) has allergic reactions to perfumed creams, this is the one for you. It does not irritate skin and keeps you hydrated and perfectly balanced. Good to use under makeup as well.”

★★★★★ Best face cream I’ve ever used – Leonie

“It is the first moisturiser I have ever used that 1) doesn’t aggravate my skin in any way, 2) calms it & minimises the redness & bumps SO well, and 3) keeps my skin hydrated like no other product I have ever used before. I plan on buying this moisturiser & this one only for the rest of my life.”

★★★★★ Amazing! – Jane

“Had my doubts but this is amazing for my dehydrated and oily skin! This is a total godsend! It calms and protects the skin and retains moisture from any serums you use before, leaving the skin smooth and plump!. It doesn’t leave you too shiny or greasy and it the perfect makeup base. Buy the tube and never look back!”

 

Buy Avène Skin Recovery Cream Here

 

How To Get Rid Of Acne According To A Real Life Customer
Joanna Fleming

This guest post is written by Adore Beauty customer and lifestyle blogger, Bronte Allen. Find her on Instagram here or visit her website.

My skin was never that big of an issue until I had my son Bear three years ago, and then it turned to absolute poop.

I have tried 8 major skincare brands over the last 3 years and had absolutely no luck until recently. You can imagine my joy when I discovered Skinstitut – a range that actually works for my skin!

Finding The Right Products For Me:

I live in the middle of nowhere, so seeing a consultant or going into a store to have my skin assessed wasn’t really an option – plus, I found that I actually didn’t need to.

The Skinstitut products all have really clear descriptions of what they do and when you should use them (however if you still find yourself unsure, you can take their online consultation quiz here).

In a nutshell, this is kickass skincare that actually does its job! Each product is about $30 which I think is super reasonable for what you are getting & how long it will last you – unless you’re currently paying $10 for a cleanser, then you might disagree.

The results really do speak for themselves though, this is my skin before & after 14 days of use. Obviously, I’m stoked.

My Skin Type & Routine:

I have combination skin which is particularly acne-prone on the hormonal lower half of my face. I’m not an expert, just a very real human with troubled skin that finally found something that works – so I’m sharing it with you!

I’m currently using the Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12%, Retinol, Skin-Inject DNC Derma Roller 0.25mm, Moisture Defence – Normal Skin, Even Blend Serum, Vitamin C 100% and the Rejuvenate 15 which I bought online at Adore Beauty. See my step-by-step routine below.

The Positives:

– In my experience, this range actually works & has really improved my skin

– The pricing is reasonable & the directions are super simple to follow

– You only need the tiniest amount of product per cleanse.. like really, pea-sized!

– The Glycolic Cleanser 12% will change your life (it changed mine)

– Adore Beauty have Afterpay & you get a free Tim Tam, winning!

I cannot recommend Skinstitut enough, I’m completely sold! There’s no going back for me now. You can shop my routine below at Adore Beauty.

Shop Skinstitut Here

 

Are You Making This Fake Tan Mistake?
Joanna Fleming

I’ve made a few skincare mistakes in my lifetime, including using a solarium at a young age and spending hours laying in the sun, which I now deeply regret.

So, in a bid to reverse my bad habits from the past, I now exclusively use fake tan instead. But this has been a learning curve in itself, and I realised I’d been making a (not so obvious) mistake.

What I Did Wrong:

Most of us already know we should apply moisturiser to our elbows, knees, feet, hands and underarms before applying fake tan, right?

But did you know you shouldn’t moisturise after your first shower when you’re using an express tan? ‘Cause I didn’t!

The reason you shouldn’t moisturise after using an express tan is that the product is still developing on the skin for another 4-8 hours. Applying a moisturiser after rinsing the tan off stunts its development, meaning it won’t turn out as dark as it should.

This rule also applies for professional spray tans. If you can wash it off in 2 hours or less, don’t moisturise after your first shower.

 

 

 
 
 
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My Go-To Express Tan:

I’ve mentioned it before, and it’s been my favourite for a long time. It’s Loving Tan’s 2HR Express mousse.

– Loving Tan products give your skin a natural-looking olive tan (sans sun)

– The mousses include a topical bronzer which acts as a guide for even application

– The professional-strength formula contains organic DHA & natural eurythrulose

– Loving Tan’s 2HR Express continues to develop after you’ve rinsed it off

– It’s easy to create an even, streak-free finish (you need the mitt, it’s the BEST!)

– The versatile green base of Loving Tan is suitable for all fair-medium skin tones

– You can expect your tan to last 7-10 days, I find it fades really evenly too

Buy it here

 

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