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Kevin Murphy reveals this summer’s hottest ‘dos – and avoid hat hair!

Summer is the season we’re all out about, attending barbecues, holidaying or catching up with friends of a balmy evening… so make sure you’re looking on point with these warm weather haircare tips from the stylist to the stars, Kevin Murphy.

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What are your tips for keeping hair in good condition during summer?

Making sure you switch to a more hydrating shampoo and conditioner, and incorporate a masque once a week, especially if you are swimming a lot. You could even use a leave-in treatment if your hair is quite moisture-depleted, as you generally spend more time outside in the warmer weather, and the sun can really dry out your hair. You need to make sure you are replacing that hydration constantly.
 

What are shaping up to be summer’s hottest hairdos?

It’s all about curls and texture this season. Hair is looking more natural than ever!
 

How can I recreate these at home?

Easily! You need to make sure you use the right product that enhances and works with your natural texture.
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Where have these trends come from?

Trends start everywhere. I can take inspiration from a lot of different places and create a hair shape out of it. Looking at fashion runways every season from around the world, you start to see what necklines, colours and eras are coming through and I like to play around with shapes that work with that, or go completely opposite. It really depends. I am lucky I get to travel so much and I love people-watching – you see a lot of inspiration on the streets.
 

Finally, your insights into the eternal hair struggle – how do I get rid of hat hair fast??

I think the only way is, if you wear a hat, you need to carry a dry shampoo with you and the second you remove the hat, freshen your hair up with KEVIN.MURPHY FRESH.HAIR dry shampoo. Shake it through and get rid of hat hair by adding some texture.

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Easy-peasy, beachy waves with NEW ghd arctic gold

Best way to achieve no-fuss beach waves? ghd has the answer! They teamed up with BOYBYHER to showcase the new arctic gold collection and create this effortless hairstyle.

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The key is to kink the mid section of your hair and leaving the ends straight, using your curling wand. Here we have used the ghd creative curl wand to show you how you can achieve your best sea-inspired locks.

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  • Section your hair into quarters
  • Starting from the back take small 2-3cm sections wrap the mid section of your hair around your tong or wand and hold for 7-10 seconds (leave the ends straight)

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  • Throughout the back, change up the direction you are wrapping the hair and on both sides of the front take the curls back off the face.
  • Shake it out (just like T-Swizz)

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  • If the curl is tighter than desired pull the hair tight and run the wand under the hair for about 3 seconds to help flatten it out.
  • Finish with a ghd final fix hair spray.
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Best of beauty: spoiled for choice!

Happy Friday, Adorable!

That’s it, it’s officially December and that means it’s officially the party season! For some, this time of year can cause a constant feeling of butterflies and stress – all of those parties, family gathering, presents to buy, meals to plan – it can get too much!

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At Adore Beauty, we’re here to help. Our Christmas gift edit will get you sorted with gifts for everyone from your Secret Santa to your Mum and partner. And, with our current VIP Shopping Event, you can stock up on goodies to keep you looking fresh and fabulous all season.

With the Christmas rush starting, it seems the bloggersphere is getting right into the swing of things – we’ve been absolutely spoiled for choice with fabulous blog posts this week. We’ve got Christmas gift guides, tutorials and beauty inspiration galore!
 
Beauty Gift Ideas for Christmas – The Beauty Vine
Christmas is undoubtedly expensive! That’s why we were so excited when Lou from The Beauty Vine put together this gorgeous gift edit, including plenty of Adore Beauty favs, with all gifts under $60. Lou includes our favourite Nuxe With Love Gift Set along with the Clinique Moisture Favourites set and the seriously delicious MOR Marshmallow Smitten With You Trio – yum!

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The Checks and Spots Christmas Gift Guide – Checks and Spots
There will always be that one person in your life that isn’t into beauty, so we’ve included Clare from Checks and Spots’ gorgeous gift guide which is full of gorgeous knick-knacks and perfect Secret Santa presents – did we mention everything here is under $25?!
 
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 – Lab Muffin
The final gift guide in our Best of Beauty this week is this fabulous edit from one of our favourite blogs, Lab Muffin. We love this gift guide so much simply because Michelle has included Benefit’s fantastic gift range for 2015 right at the top!

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10 Bizarre Celebrity Beauty Confessions – The Sunday Girl
We’ve all got our weird and wacky beauty habits, so it’s always nice to know that our favourite celebrities do too! We absolutely giggled our way through this post, and even took away a little bit of out of the box beauty advice!
 
17 Summer Beauty Tips – Styling You
Summer has its own special set of skin-care and beauty needs. We go from the chill of winter, where dry, flaky skin rules, to the challenges of a hot and humid summer! These simple beauty tips from Nikki at Styling You is summer beauty advice to live by.
 
Brigitte Bardot, Actress and Icon – Beauticate
We are loving the series of retrospective WHO’S that are happening over at Beaticate at the moment, and this profile on the stunning Brigitte Bardot is no exception. Brigitte’s iconic look will live on through the ages, and now we know how to re-create it using our favourite Lancôme and Bobbi Brown products!

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Beauty DIY: Super-Glowy Skin Recipe – BellaMumma
We love a little bit of DIY here at Adore Beauty, and if you’re one for having fun in the kitchen and making your own skin care products, then this is the post for you! Two very interesting home-made face masks to try.

If you’re sceptical about putting sour cream on your face, why not browse Adore Beauty’s range of face masks to give your skin a refresher!
 
Deep Dark Lipstick and Lots of Chat – Sharon the Makeup Artist

Sharon is one of our favourite beauty vloggers, and her latest video proves why! Sharon shows off loads of personality, tests out plenty of products, and also shows off the best way to use your Sigma brushes!

Our favourite beauty looks from Miranda Kerr

Sure, supermodels have scooped the gene pool, but that doesn’t mean they always wake up looking ready for the close-up! Here, Miranda Kerr, the star behind KORA Organics, shares the products and techniques she uses to achieve some of her iconic looks – from chic After 8, to natural, and beachy bronzed, there’s a Miranda Kerr beauty style to suit your every mood.

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I love wearing a statement red lip, I find it brightens your complexion and also your mood! One of my favourites is called ‘Walk of Shame’ by my friend Charlotte Tilbury. To refine my skin for a polished look I use KORA Organics Exfoliating Cream, followed by KORA Organics Hydrating Day & Night Cream to moisturise and prime my skin.

 

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To achieve a natural look I use the KORA Organics Tinted Day Cream for a light, even coverage, KORA Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm and one coat of mascara.

 

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To keep my skin smooth and moisturised I dry body brush each morning and then use KORA Organics Enriched Body Lotion. I apply KORA Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm to my lips and also to highlight my cheek- and brow-bones.

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Best of Beauty: Christmas Cheer!

Happy Friday, Adorables!

Can you believe it is the last week of November?! This year has absolutely flown by, and things are starting to get a bit crazy here at Adore Beauty HQ with loads of you snapping up some fab Christmas gifts for your friends and family (and hopefully there’s something in the cart for you!).

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We’re spreading a little cheer this week with our bloggers, along with some fab reviews and a sneak peek into the lives of our favourite celebs.
 
Little Ways to Make Someone’s Day – The Sunday Chapter
This time of year can be undoubtedly stressful and it seems all of us are under the pump at work and at home!

That’s why we love this post from The Sunday Chapter for its simplicity – it really is very easy to spread a little cheer this time of year. And, making someone else feel special can always makes us feel special too.
 
The 6 Best Beauty Advent Calendars – The Glow
We we’re so excited this week when we found out our gorgeous Advent Calendar topped The Glow’s list of best beauty advent calendars!

We’re so excited to finally start opening ours on Tuesday!!

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Style and Beauty Tips from Amy and Emma, Sheppard – An Australian Wintour
There’s nothing better than getting a little peek into a celebrities beauty routine. We love to the look of the girls from Aussie band Sheppard – they’re bright, colourful and have personality to boot!

This quick interview gives a little insight into their beauty routine, including their love of sheet masks such as our favourites from SK-II.
 
Fun Things with Bobby Pins – Hair Romance
If you’re anything like me, you have purchased at least 2000 bobby pins in your lifetime and can currently only locate four of them…

This post from Hair Romance is a very good reminder as to why you should take better care of your bobby pins – you can do so much more with them than simply secure hair! These gorgeous little patterns are the perfect way to update your favourite braid or hair style, and are super easy to achieve.

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7 Beauty Products to Throw Out Immediately – SheSaid
Any beauty addict would wince at the mere thought of having to throw out beauty product – it just sounds too outrageous!

But, we think Isabelle from She’Said’ might have a point on this one. We’ve all got old products and random perfumes we never use (or shouldn’t be using!) that need to be thrown out. Perhaps now is the time to do a quick clean out to make room for all those Christmas goodies?
 
Hyaluronic Acid: Worth the Hype? – Breakfast with Audrey
One of the most asked about ingredients has to be Hyaluronic Acid. So many of our skin care products list Hyaluronic Acid as a hero ingredient, but, what does it actually do?

We love this article from the team at Breakfast with Audrey who have given the perfect breakdown of this fabulous ingredient that is definitely worth the hype!

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Home Tour – Miranda Kerr’s Malibu Beach House – bellaMUMMA
We are big fans of Miranda Kerr here at Adore Beauty, not only is she a home-grown super star, she’s the creator of one of our favourite organic skincare ranges, KORA Organics.

This colourful article from BellaMUMMA takes a look into Miranda’s stunning beach side home in Malibu. This really is the stuff that dreams are made of.
 
 

Tell us, which beauty muse’s house would you like to peer into?

Our wedding comp winner re-lives her big day!

The winner of our Re-live Your Wedding Day competition has just returned from Sydney, where she and her husband were treated to a ghd and Lancome make-over, harbour-side dining at Quay and beautiful Diane Khoury blooms – and a fabulous suite at Pier One to boot.

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Jodie and her husband ready to re-live their wedding day

 
Melissa chatted to Jodie about her experience… and although we were left super jealous, we can’t think of anybody more deserving of a pampering holiday than this beautiful bride!
 

How did you find out about the contest and why did you decide to enter?

I was on Facebook on Grand Final day and I came across this lady asking for votes so she could re-live her wedding. I looked into it further and thought “I wish I could re-live mine,” because our wedding wasn’t that enjoyable. I was 20 weeks pregnant and then on our honeymoon in Bali we lost the baby (I already had two children from a previous relationship).

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Make-up courtesy of Lancome

 

How did you react once you found out you’d won? What did your husband say?

I was so shocked when I won because I was a bit cynical thinking these competitions are just spam! My husband was over the moon, as when I entered, he really promoted our story and it pretty much went viral through all our Facebook contacts.
 

What was it like getting your hair and make-up done? Did you have a set look you wanted to re-create?

I felt like a princess getting pampered. I didn’t have a particular look, I just wanted to feel glamorous because I didn’t feel so at our original wedding five years ago.

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The view from Quay

 

What was the dinner at Quay like?

The desserts there were amazing and the view from our table was pretty spectacular.
 

What part of the experience did you enjoy the most and why?

Definitely the holiday part of it; it was like having a second honeymoon and the hotel was spectacular! Since getting married five years ago, we have had a couple more kids, so we have four altogether and both of us work full-time. Being able to spend a couple of days together relaxing with no screaming children was bliss!

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Hair courtesy of ghd

 

Had you travelled to Sydney before? Did you get to do any touristy activities?

We have only ever driven through Sydney; we have never actually stopped in the city. We were so amazed by the sights and its beauty. We loved walking around the harbour near our hotel and loved taking ferry trips. We caught a ferry to Watsons Bay and had an amazing lunch.
 

Did you feel like a bride again? It certainly must have been fun having a “wedding” without all the organisation or stress!

I felt pretty glamorous being dressed up like that, and it was a very fun experience. I only wished there was a wedding photographer there to take proper photos rather than the blurry ones we got on our phones!

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Cocktails at Pier One Hotel

 

Why do you think it’s important for women to get dressed up and feel beautiful every now and then?

Women get so busy looking after other people, working and having children, that it is very easy for them  to forget about themselves. Everyone told me that I deserved this prize, but I am a very humble person and don’t believe I was worthy of it any more than anybody else. Everyone has had bad things happen to them in life – unfortunately mine occurred on our wedding!

Your beauty zodiac: sagittarius
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You love sniffing out an adventure, don’t you, Sagittarius?

With a kind heart and independent spirit, you approach each facet of life with an open mind and even more open arms. While some may call you scatter-brained, it’s only because you don’t conform to structure – you operate on your own time!

Beauty is only skin-deep? Nuh-uh…you’re always looking to add another dimension to your style, focussing on the internal as well as the external. You take a holistic approach to looking good – the old adage that happy people are the most beautiful is your mantra.

Never without a smile on your face, you opt for cosmetics that highlight – and care for – your natural gorgeousness.

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Looks you’ll love

Keep it simple with a lick of mascara (asap mineral mascara) and vegan lipstick (Bite Beauty)

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