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The manicure taking Hollywood by storm

3 November 2014 11:11:47 AM AEDT

I have a confession to make.

You know that old adage about neat shoes and clean nails? I sometimes break it. And by sometimes, I mean pretty often. Especially the latter. Oh, what the heck - I'M A BEAUTY EDITOR AND I WEAR CHIPPED POLISH. (As for the shoes, I love high heels too much to care about whether they're considered "neat").

Now, let me clarify one thing: my unsightly manicure is not by choice. Because, seriously, how exhausting is nail-painting? By the time you apply all the various coats (base, layers one and two, then top), an hour has passed and all you can do is touch your nails. Nothing else! No sleeping, eating, getting dressed or JUST GENERALLY USING YOUR HANDS. 

After the varnish has finally set and you can return to a normal, functioning human you get this lovely little frame of , I don't know - an hour? - where your manicure is intact. Do something as shocking as rummage around your handbag, and it's all over. Yes, in a split second, your painstakingly applied polish is RUINED.

Luckily for you guys, life is about to change right now. Let me introduce you to the aptly-named Red Carpet Manicure, a world-first gel polish system that Hollywood is ob-sessed with and so are we. Why?

1. Nails are dazzling and CHIP-FREE for days on end. Get used to these gorgeous colours because you'll be seeing a lot of them (squeee!)

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2. The application process is a cinch. The starter pack gives you everything you need, including varnishes and UV lamp, so that your manicure is ready in as little as 30 seconds!

3. You can do the whole thing in your pyjamas (or a ballgown, if you really want to get into the red carpet spirit). That's right - no leaving the house for expensive salon treatments. Can you say happy bank balance?

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4. There's no down-time. Right after painting, eat, sleep, forage around and live a normal human life to your heart's delight because guess what? The days of smearing, imprinting or scoring your nail polish are over!

5. When celebrities and style icons, who have the best-of-the-best at their disposal, choose to wear this brand, it's pretty much the beauty gods' way of saying "Go forth and buy this NOW!"

 

See how simple beautiful nails are with this Red Carpet Manicure tutorial:

Shop Red Carpet Manicure here

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!

Products used in video to create this look:
Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette - No. 10 Lumieres Majorelle
Yves Saint Laurent SHOCKING Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Des Sourcils Eyebrow Pencil
Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Du Regard Eye Liner - No. 1 Velvet Black
Yves Saint Laurent BABYDOLL Eyeliner - Black

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat No. 2 Luminous Ivory
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture No 1. Le Rouge
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain No. 9

 

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

If you liked this article, check out:
Kérastase Paris' Guide to Beautiful, Swishy Hair
YSL Touche Eclat - Not Just a Concealer

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...

OILY AND PRONE TO BREAK-OUTS
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.

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COMBINATION
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.

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DEHYDRATED AND PREMATURELY-AGED
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.

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IN NEED OF A HERO
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?!

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"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