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5 House-Warming Gifts Your Friends Actually Want

Let’s face it – your friends don’t want a cutlery set when they move into their new place. Get them some homely products they’ll actually love!

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Glasshouse Diffuser – Tahaa

Glasshouse’s Tahaa Diffuser embodies the signature fragrance of the original best-selling Tahaa candle. With notes of pineapple, coconut, caramel and vanilla, the Tahaa Diffuser makes your home smell like freshly baked cookies. Perfect for a little self indulgence or as a gift for any fragrance lover.

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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

A superior cleansing gel for hard-working hands, Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash has been designed for outstanding hand cleansing with the benefits of skin-softening ingredients. This stylish, native-scented gel hand wash is perfect for hands prone to dryness and subjected to frequent washing.

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Lumira Glass Candle – Tunisian Mint Tea

Lumira’s Tunisian Mint Tea candle is a sophisticated and alluring scent infused with Spearmint Tea, Rosemary and Sage that will elevate mood and make any space feel serene and inviting. Everybody will be asking about this scent!

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Bondi Wash Bench Spray – Sydney Peppermint & Rosemary

Bondi Wash combines the amazing power and fragrance of unique Australian Bush Oils with a luxurious mix of other essential oils and natural ingredients to deliver products that are good for the planet and your home. This beautifully scented non-toxic bench spray energises, uplifts and leaves surfaces smelling clean while killing 99.99% of germs naturally.

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Aesop Post-Poo Drops

Aesop’s Post-Poo Drops are an aromatic botanical bathroom deodoriser to neutralise disagreeable smells. Crisp citrus peel notes, fortified with rich floral elements rid your bathroom of offensive scents. Simply dispense three drops into the toilet bowl post-flush.

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Rihanna’s Edgy Beauty Looks You Can Do Too

RiRi is a major style and beauty icon –  she can do no wrong. Regardless of what look she goes for, Rihanna seems to nail it every single time, from girl-next-door to edgy glam. We’ve got some insider professional tips on how you can achieve RiRi’s looks yourself:

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Simple, elegant and stylish. This girl-next-door beauty look is super easy to recreate yourself. To emulate RiRi’s soft, dewy skin, opt for BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation mixed with a pump of BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector for a natural glow. Softly define your brows with Benefit Instant Eyebrow Pencil and give them an instant lift with Benefit High Brow GLOW Brow Lifting Pencil. Create a very simple wing with Estée Lauder Little Black Liner, and enhance your eyes with Artémes mink lashes.

 

All Class

Classy, chic and feminine. This is a different type of beauty look for Rihanna, but the soft pink is definitely agreeing with her beautiful skin tone. Use Bobbi Brown Instant Pretty Eye Palette to achieve Rihanna’s pink-toned lids, and Inika Mineral Lip Liner with Clinique Lip Pop in Sugar Pop to give your lips soft definition and tint. Don’t go too overboard with your lashes, let your eyeshadow shine, use Blinc Smudgeproof Mascara.

 

Edgy Glam

We couldn’t ignore classic ‘bad gal’ RiRi’s look. This one is all about the dark eyes – don’t even try to take the focus elsewhere. You’ll need Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Graphite Shimmer ink – with this liquid eyeliner you’ll be able to create the very defined shape of this eye look. Dab theBalm shadyLady Powder Eye Shadow in Sexy Stacy over the gel eyeliner base for deeper pigment. Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Cocoa will give you that perfect nude finish to your lips.

 

Pop Of Colour

Those lips and lashes though! This orange lippy on Rihanna is absolutely stunning – if only all of us could pull off orange that well. If you think your complexion can handle the orange, use Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in Orange for lusciously smooth and hydrated lips with a pop of colour. Wow the crowd with full-on falsies like Gorgeous Cosmetics Madam Lash False Lashes.

 

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Which celebrity brows to suit your face shape?

Whether you have a round, oval, square or heart-shaped face, we’ve investigated which brow shape will suit you based on some of our fave celebs. Stay tuned for the release of Benefit’s NEW amazing brow products in July!

Round Face: High Arches

Kirsten Dunst

Round faces often lack the definition of pronounced cheekbones and angular contours, so you can bring some definition to your face with the addition of highly arched brows.

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Oval Face: Slightly Arched

Eva Mendes

The lucky people blessed with oval faces are likely to have well-proportioned features – slightly arched brows compliment oval faces nicely without being too overbearing and taking away attention from other features.

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Square Face: Softly Rounded

Kiera Knighley

Square faces are characterised by a sharp, angular jaw line, so softly rounded brows are the best option to soften and feminise the facial shape.

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Heart-Shaped Face: Manicured Brows

Scarlett Johansson

Heart-shaped faces commonly lack a defined jawline, and stronger cheek bones, so our attention is drawn to the upper half of the face. Most brow shapes are suitable on heart-shaped faces, but ensuring they’re well-manicured is a must – everybody’s eyes will be on your brows.

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#SheWorksWonders May Winner: Claire Vickery

You might have heard or read our our #SheWorksWonders campaign by now, but if not, we’ll give you a run down. Every month, #SheWorksWonders profiles a woman who is pushing boundaries with her ground-breaking work. Whether it’s through medical advances, charitable good deeds, technology, entrepreneurship, politics, design, leadership, sport or business, Adore Beauty is paying tribute – and this month’s winner of our pamper pack is Claire Vickery. We spoke to Claire about the work she does in mental health.

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Tell us about some of your recent projects:

Recently I have been very active in setting up a new foundation for mental health. Australians For Mental Health (AFMH) . Prof Pat McGorry and myself over the past few years have been incredibly angered by the inequity of funding for mental health in relation to acute medical or physical health. So, we decided to start a grassroots movement led by people who have had or have a lived experience of mental health. We are now an incorporated Association and are planning a massive campaign coming up to the election to lobby for increased funding for mental health. Too many Australians quite simply cannot access effective treatment and support for mental illness and I wish to change this.

Prior to this I founded The Butterfly Foundation to improve the lives of people in Australia who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image. This was in 2002 so it is becoming a lifelong passion! My aim was to change the culture surrounding this issue and to push back on the insidious value in our society that your value lies in the way you look – we are more than that and I love to inspire people to value themselves for so much more than simply how they look on the outside.  I remain on the Board of Butterfly.

A few years ago I was a founding Director of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation – to raise awareness of all 7 gynae cancers afflicting women, and recently I have joined the Epworth Hospital fundraising committee which I am passionate about.

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What are some examples of difficulties you have overcome?

As a teenager I suffered from anxiety and bulimia. Back in 1972 when I became sick, bulimia wasn’t even a word! Then I had two daughters who had anorexia when they were in their late teens. We now know there is a genetic link. In addition to that I have survived cancer, a marriage breakdown, depression and anxiety. My mother fell from a cliff and became paralysed when she was 71 which really robbed her of all things she enjoyed and watching her become frailer and frailer was heartbreaking. The death of my father in 2006 also broke my heart.

Who inspires you and why?

Kareen Fitzgerald AC inspired me – she started SIDS and prior to her very premature death from cancer. I was lucky enough to meet her and be inspired by her legacy. She really taught me that you can do anything no matter how big or impossible it may seem. My maternal grandmother was such a wonderful woman who never ceased to give to others. From an early age I was inspired by her selflessness. She taught me that it is much more fulfilling to give than receive.

My father was a doctor and a winemaker – he was a perfectionist, fiercely intelligent and highly opinionated – I would have to say he inspired me to stand up for what you believe and DO IT!

What advice do you give women in Australia who are seeking to be successful like yourself?

The most important message is that if you feel passionate enough about an issue, and you want to make a difference – you can.  Follow your heart, don’t listen to the nay sayers and never give up. Be a good listener – really try and understand why people behave in the way they do and rather than having a top down attitude to changing the world encourage others to follow you and bring the change you believe is needed together. See yourself as a Butterfly, open your wings and fly, believe in yourself and practice self love. I like to run up every burrow and see where it may lead before I act – explore, value others opinions but in the end be guided by your own judgement. Be Brave!

If you could have dinner with three influential women, who would they be?

Joan of Arc, Catherine of Sienna, An Sung Su Chi.

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At-Home Luxury: Your Instagram Cheat Sheet

Who else loves to fill every room in the house with a luxurious scent? If you’re a fellow candle collector, we’ve found the most popular scented candles featuring on Instagram right now:

Cocolux Candle – Island Fig, Cassis & Peach 350g

Encapsulated in a pure copper vessel, Cocolux Australia Island Fig, Cassis & Peach is a rich, spicy fragrance. Hand-poured in Australia from a completely natural and sustainable proprietary coconut wax blend. Each candle is clean burning, with a pure cotton wick and is infused with a hint of the finest fragrance. Island Fig, Cassis & Peach, like all other Cocolux Australia candles, is free from paraffin wax, free from palm wax & oils, and free from soy wax.

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Lumira Glass Candle – Tunisian Mint Tea

This sophisticated and alluring Lumira scent is infused with Spearmint Tea, Rosemary and Sage that will elevate mood and make any space feel serene and inviting. Other fragrance notes also include Chinese Ginger, Lemon Zest and White Cotton. With 80 hours of burning time, you can rely on your Lumira Glass Candle to last!  

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La Maison Glasshouse Candle – No.5 Fleurs Musquees

La Maison Glasshouse Candle – No.5 Fleurs Musquees is honest, authentic and sophisticated.  Hints of Orange blossom, Balsamic Resin, Amber and Rose, as well as Cedar Wood, Neroli and Musk. This hand-poured, triple-scented La Maison range candle will be a living room staple. Beautifully presented in a 300g black angular glass jar which can be reused as stylish decor.

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Glasshouse Kyoto Candle – Camellia & Lotus 350g

Kyoto is a sensual blend of Camellia, Lotus and Amber. Inspired by the ancient Zen Temple of The Golden Pavilion and it’s magnificent strolling garden, Kyoto combines exotic scents for a truly sacred experience. With notes of Fresh Lime, Bergamot, Citrus and Vanilla, this indulgently sweet and invigorating scent envelops even the largest of spaces. Triple-scented and handmade in Australia.  


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How-To: Get Kendall’s ‘No Makeup’ Look On A Budget

She’s the queen of the au naturel beauty look, and she pulls it off ever so elegantly. Kendall Jenner’s approach to beauty is based around the ‘less is more’ concept, so we’ve put together an affordable guide to help you with your new ‘effortless’ beauty routine.

 

Skin is in

Don’t be afraid of baring all when it comes to your face. Gone are the days of full coverage foundation – our skin loves to breathe, so let it. Getting on top of your skincare routine will give you more confidence to embrace the ‘less is more’ motto. A great starting point is clean skin – a good cleanser will remove excess oil, dirt and makeup, we love philosophy purity made simple 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes. Next, you want to remove dead cell build-up and even out your skin tone with Alpha-H Liquid Gold. This Glycolic Acid solution is an Adore Beauty best-seller that delivers firmer, smoother skin overnight. You can’t forget about hydration – asap super b complex will renew the skin’s appearance almost immediately, boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of pigmentation.

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Invest in a tint

A tinted moisturiser may be your new best friend. It provides hydration, and a touch of healthy colour to your skin, without congesting pores. We love Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer. To add a little bit of extra coverage, or a matte finish, top with a dusting of Inika Mineral Powder Foundation. This mineral powder can double as a concealer and is suitable for acne-prone and sensitive skin types. Using lightweight formulas like tinted moisturisers, BB and CC creams, as well as mineral powders will help to keep your skin clear and uncongested.

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Highlighting will help

If you feel like your skin is looking a little dull, apply your highlighter above your cheekbones, on your brow bone under your brows, your Cupid’s Bow, and down the bridge of your nose. The pearlised illuminators in the highlighter will be picked up whenever light hits these areas of your face, giving you a healthy-looking glow. One of our favourite highlighters is BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed.

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Pamper your pout

Dry, chapped lips are not flattering! Layering your lips with a hydrating, slightly tinted balm or gloss like Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector. The winter months can be particularly cruel on our delicate lip area, so extra protection from the elements is a must. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Lip Balm should do the trick.

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The KEVIN.MURPHY VAMFF look that’s a cinch to ‘do’ at home

If you’re suffering from Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival withdrawals, fear not: KEVIN.MURPHY‘s coiffure couture is not only easy to replicate yourself, but super stylish I.R.L., too!

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Melissa chatted to the brand’s session master, James Nicholson, as he prepared models for the Autumn 2016 Contemporary Brands Launch, and discovered that this season is all about nurturing the hair.

“We’re seeing a lot of natural ‘dos and colour palettes at this time of year,” Nicholson pointed out. “Summer can be really damaging for the hair in terms of sea salt, bleaching and chlorine, so autumn is a chance to give it a little more care. Even if the style is simple, it can be made fun and personal with a small embellishment.”

He said a looped ponytail can be jazzed up with some detail, like loose waves, as witnessed at the VAMFF show. He shared tips to achieving this look with us here…

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1. Apply KEVIN.MURPHY Staying.Alive and KEVIN.MURPHY Anti.Gravity.Spray to damp or dry hair and blow-wave with a large KEVIN.MURPHY Roll.Brush.

2. Working from the nape towards a centre parting, laminate large, uneven sections of hair with KEVIN.MURPHY Motion.Lotion and leave to rest.

3. Finish the look by securing the hair below the nape with an elastic, ensuring to catch the ends in a looped way. Spray with small bursts of KEVIN.MURPHY Doo.Over.

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