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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.


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?

How to get messy, GHD curls

We all love that relaxed, bed-head look but how hard it is to achieve? Just like no make-up make-up takes longer to do than actually appearing to be wearing make-up, tousled tresses are the bane of many a woman’s morning – until now!

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Let Styled by Phillips show you how ghd can help you create messy curls in a flash…

Step one

I always curl my hair after I’ve washed it. So I give it a quick, yet immaculate blow-dry using a professional hairdryer, which will help to reduce frizz and flyaways.

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Step two

Part your hair into sections, if you have really thick hair like me this makes it easier to navigate. Now that my hair is short I can now get away with parting it into two sections and keeping one held in place with a styling clip. But for those with the long mane I suggest 3 sections. One top bun for the upper part of your hair and two buns either side of your head, a bit like the Princess Leia look!

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Step three

Grab the section of hair you want to curl. How much hair you include in each curl is up to you, but remember – smaller sections make smaller, tighter curls. Larger sections result in bouncier, looser looking waves. For me, I normally do about 3 large sections (each side). Wrap each section of hair around the barrel of your ghd curve classic wave wand starting from the bottom of the barrel to the top and hold for 5-8 seconds.

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Step four

To create a bit of depth to the style and that messy look that I love, I add some flicks and waves in random sections using my ghd platinum styler. Each creates a slightly different look, so try both to see what works best on your hair.

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Start half-way down the length of hair, place the ghd platinum styler in at the mid lengths and turn it back on itself in a half turn away from your face. Keeping the styler on that half-turn angle, slowly move it down the length of the hair. The faster you move the styler, the less pronounced the flick will be.

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Starting from the root, place the styler into the hair and turn it back on itself at a half turn (the same as with flicks). Run the styler slowly down the hair to the end, this will create more of a bouncy wave, than the flick. Top tip: Remember always hold the styler on an angle away from your face.

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Step five

Once you have finished, use a paddle brush to softly brush out those curls. Then run your fingers through separating the pieces, to add texture and create that undone finish. Finish with a hint of hairspray.

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There you have it, messy, ghd curls! Perfect for summer, why not add a ghd styler to your Christmas wishlist?

BECCA makes summer make-up a breeze

Nothing screams holidays more than a sunkissed glow and a breezy make-up routine. Get ready for some fun in the sun with this simple BECCA tutorial from The Blonde Silhouette.

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For eyes

“Prepare to see a return of the shimmer! I’ve developed a bit of a metallic quad obsession, highlighting shimmery nudes, pastels and charcoals. With the rise in nude lip looks, I’de recommend putting a little more emphasis on the peepers with a classic, shimmery, smokey eye. You’ll see me blending using Becca Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Night Star.”
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For lips

“I never thought I’de say this, but I’m really into the whole Kylie Jenner nude lip, so much so that I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick to enhance my fair skin – Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Flamingo Crush.”
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For cheeks

“Now that I’ve mastered the contour and illuminating process, I’m concentrating on the apples of my cheeks, favouring warm terracotta bronzers and soft, subtle blushes, to get that glow! Check out my favourite mousse, Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Watermelon/Moonstone.”

Melissa’s expert tip

Want to really take your look to the next level? Check out Adore Beauty’s range of make-up brushes, including those from BECCA itself. Not only will you be getting expert application, but they’re so soft and beautiful, it makes putting on make-up truly luxurious!

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Shop BECCA here.

Your party season cheat sheet

The end of the year is fast-approaching, so it’s time to start sorting out your beauty looks! From work ‘dos to Christmas, barbecues to New Years Eve parties, here are five products that help you get through the silly season…


Clarins Instant Light Brush-on Perfector
Get ready for your close-up with this illuminating pen. It magically melts into the skin, using a light optimising complex to achieve radiance and conceal imperfections and wrinkles, with every stroke! Not only does it instantly make you look flawless, the formula is light-weight and hydrating – just what you need in summer.
How to apply it: Brush onto any areas that naturally catch light, like the middle of the forehead, bridge of the nose and cheekbones.


Evo Mane Prescription Protein Treatment
I don’t know about your locks, but mine go through a lot at this time of year – heat-styling, ocean water and sun. Plus it’s naturally thin and highlighted *hears hair crying* This intense treatment strengths the strands, giving them a dose of much-needed protein and hydration. Whether your crowning glory is coloured, damaged, fine or not, it’ll definitely be thanking you after using this restorative conditioner!

How to apply it: Comb through damp, shampooed hair. Leave on for 3 – 5 minutes before rinsing off.

Lips and cheeks

BECCA Beach Tint
When a product has a seaside word in it, you know it’s perfect for summer. Fully blendable and long-lasting, this creme stain will take you from party to party without drying your skin, feeling greasy or getting streaks. Highly-pigmented, it smells delicious and comes in a variety of shades to suit all your make-up looks. Better yet, it’s waterproof… and kiss-proof!

How to apply it: Use fingers or a make-up brush to apply onto lips and cheeks.


Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lash-Enhancing Mascara
Get your eyes right and you’ll be positively pretty – especially if you opt for this volumising, curling and lengthening mascara! With a formulation that’s free from clumps and flakes, it’s been clinically-proven to enhance the look of lashes with continued use, so you look perfectly polished every time.

How to apply it: Wiggle the wand from root to tip of the eyelashes, repeating the number of coats in quick succession, until desired effect has been achieved.

At the end of the night

Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-up Remover
All good things must come to an end – but luckily, we’ve saved the best until last. This oil- and alcohol-free formula takes off all types of make-up, even stubborn eye and lip products, and waterproof mascara, without dehydrating the skin or irritating contact lenses.

How to apply it: Pour a small amount onto a fibrella and gently massage over the face, concentrating on areas with particularly heavy make-up. Rinse thoroughly and continue with your normal skincare routine.

Shu Uemura Essential Drops: 6 reasons to love this hair saviour

Looking for a miracle in a bottle? You’d better believe that it is possible – and won’t your hair know it! With Shu Uemura Essential Drops, you can treat, style and protect. Read on to learn how to get the most out of each application…

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They’re ideal for sensitive skin

Find that hair products make your scalp flake, your skin redden and itchy inflammation galore? You can breathe a sigh of relief as this silky formula is silicone-, paraben- and sulfalte-free.

It’s therapy for your senses and your hair

Drawing on aromatherapy, this sense-awakening product infuses your strands with powerful essential oils. Expert blends like peppermint, jasmine and musk calm, give clarity and beautify in every drop.

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Mess-free and fun to use

There’s something so enticing about a dropper! This clinical-esque type of application not only adds a sense of austerity to your haircare but is so much neater and hygienic than an open tub or squeezy tube.

Scalp-loving properties

Each ingredient in Essential Drops is there for a reason – to create the best environment in which to grow hair. The scalp is where healthy, strong strands begin, so optimum conditions equals an optimum crowning glory!

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Your hair will never look more beautiful

With an oil-based formulation, your hair will be left silky-soft and beautifully perfumed. Brimming with nourishment, you may see body, lustre and smoothness with every drop.

Targetted concerns

No matter your hair type there’s a blend that’s just right for you. Choose Purifying for hair in need of a really deep cleanse (grease or product build-up) or Relaxing for hair in need of some TLC (unruliness or dehydration).

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New to Shu Uemura Art of Hair?

Read what our customers have to say about the brand here:
“Love it …. smells divine, easy to use, don’t get product build up. Is expensive initially but I don’t need to use much so will last for ages. $$ well spent as far as I am concerned. So happy Adore are stocking Shu Uemura products. The service and delivery from Adore is fabulous, thank you all for providing a great service for ladies in a rural community.” – Sue
“My hair was left as soft and as smooth as silk! Although the texture is oil-esque, it really nourishes the scalp. It’s not heavily scented, so would be good for people sensitive to such things. I highly recommend it for an out-of-the-ordinary, luxurious hair treatment!” – Melissa
Shop Shu Uemura Art of Hair here.

The beauty products Kylie Jenner actually uses

Stars get paid to endorse products all the time, but what do they really use behind closed doors? Our friends at Vogue gave us the scoop on Kylie Jenner’s personal favourites…

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It’s no secret Miss Jenner changes her hair colour as often as her undies, but it’s okay! Nourishing it with Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner keeps strands strong, healthy and shiny.



What would the Kardashian-Jenner clan be without their doe eyes? Comb on length, thickness and curl with Lancome Hypnose Drama Fully Body Volume Mascara.



With a half-sister like Kim Kardashian, only the best highlighting/lowlighting products will do for Kylie – which is why she uses Anastasia Beverly Hills to contour.



Keep flawless make-up in place with Kylie’s setters of choice, Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder and Laura Mercier Pressed Translucent Setting Powder.

Kylie Jenner’s had many different looks – which do you prefer?

Cara Delevingne’s YSL look for Women in the World 2015

As Cara Delevingne delivered her speech at the 2015 Women in the World Summit, Yves Saint Laurent was there to make sure she put her best face forward.

Fred Letailleur, Northern European Make-up Artist for YSL, took inspiration from the sombre yet uplifting tone of the event, creating a look that was clean and radiant.

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A flawless complexion was achieved with YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in B30 and the iconic YSL Touche Eclat Pen in #1 to add light.


To keep it natural, yet still defining Cara’s eye shape, YSL Couture Palette #5 and #11 were applied to the lids.


Three coats of YSL False Lash Effect #1 were combed on, to give lift, length and separation.


The YSL Pur Couture collection‘s#70 Le Nu gave a subtle finish to the pout.

Shop YSL here.