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WATCH: The iconic Yves Saint Laurent woman

28 October 2014 4:48:02 PM AEDT

Take yourself back to the days when fashion was all about glamour, revolutionary designers and la dolce vita - with a pinch of scandal for good measure!

Re-create the ever-edgy Yves Saint Laurent femme fatale look, in our exclusive video tutorials with State Make-up Artist, Phoebe Witney. Get instant icon status with the Couture Palette, then master a classic lip with the Dangerous Reds collection!

Want more make-up tips? Head to the official Adore Beauty You Tube channel here

Wedding Season: Help! My skin is....

27 October 2014 10:47:23 AM AEDT

It's that time of year again! That period from about November to April where it's all tulle, tiaras, tantrums, teas, tuxedos, tears and til death do us part - it's wedding season. If you're not preparing for your own nuptials, chances are you're getting ready for somebody else's.

Although I won't be getting married until next year, this season, I'll be attending three and counting. For brides-to-be, it's a good chance to gauge trends in make-up, hair and fashion but one thing that's never out of style is a clear complexion. And because it's never too early to begin your wedding prep, I caught up with Adore Beauty Skin Centre therapist, Kristina, for some valuable advice.

She recommends getting professionally analysed 12 months out, so you can individually tailor a plan as to when treatments should be and what sort of products to use at home.

"It gives you enough time to discover what works best for you," Kristina says. "It usually takes about three months to see the FULL effect of a completely new regime."

Here's what we recommend if your skin is...

You need to be using a good cleanser that's going to mop up your skin's excess oil without stripping it. Look for a gel formulation with lactic acid or a gentle foam, like Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Foaming Cleanser.
If your breakouts are large, red, sore and whitehead-free, try vitamin A to help kill off bacteria.
Make sure to keep your skin hydrated with a good moisturiser that isn't too thick. For very oily skin, a hydrating serum like Medik8 b5 serum, can be used instead.


A cleanser with some lactic acid is a good start; gel consistency in particular is great for this sort of skin.
You tend to get little lumps and bumps under the skin, plus blackheads. Combat those nasties with a daily exfoliant in a serum form, looking for products with some salicylic and even niacinamide to help even out the tone and texture.
It's important to keep your complexion hydrated, so a light moisturiser like Dermalogica Active Moist, with its watery consistency, is ideal.


Go for a milky cleanser, especially one that contains lactic acid to help give you that bright, healthy complexion with even tone.
Combat pigmentation with Ultraceuticals' Brightening Serum, renowned for its exfoliating ingredients that block further damage.
Lastly, moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!! A nice thick one with a butter base (like shea) will nourish your skin, leaving you looking nice and dewy.


Don't miss Ultraceuticals Energizing Mask. It can be left on overnight and even used under the eye area, to brighten up your peepers. You'll get that beautiful glow you want on your big day - what more could a bride ask for?!


"Remember, 80% of your skincare results come from what you do at home," Kristina stresses. "There's no point going into the salon for treatments if you're not doing the up-keep before and after."

Shop the very best in bridal skincare here

Kérastase Paris' guide to beautiful, swishy hair

23 October 2014 1:04:33 PM AEDT

Think beautiful hair comes down to genetics? Think again (I hear that collective sigh of relief!)

As Kérastase Paris' Creative Stylist, Sarah Laidlaw, explains, a gorgeous mane is 99 per cent excellent products and maintenance - and as the 2014 Australian Hair Fashion Awards Session Stylist of the Year, we're lapping up her every word.


Sarah Laidlaw

Getting your chic, slow-mo swish hair is as easy as following Sarah's 1-2-3 method:

1. Haircare rules you should follow everyday
- Protect your hair from damage from styling tools with a heat protectant. Try Kérastase Paris Elixir Ultime
- Keep your locks hydrated with a moisture treatment. We love the Nutritive Collection
- Be gentle when you're handling your hair. Brushing, putting it up and towel drying roughly put a lot of strain on those fine little strands.


Kérastase Paris Lift Vertige

2. Product rotation
If you're using a high quality product like Kérastase Paris, and you're using a prescribed bath and care that is well suited to your hair, you won't need to rotate shampoos and conditioners. However, as your hair quality improves, you should change products to suit the current state of your hair.


Kérastase Paris Mousse Bouffante

3. The top  tip for fabulous hair
A lot of people want their hair to look fabulous without doing anything. Hmmm... maybe about one per cent of people can get away with that! Firstly, make the most of what you've got by keeping the quality of your hair at its optimum, then no matter what style you choose, your hair will have that healthy shine and bounce. Secondly, use a good foundation product so that when you style your hair, it lasts all day. Try Kérastase Paris Lift Vertige for impressive root lift, and Kérastase Paris Mousse Bouffante for lightweight body.

Shop Kérastase Paris here