The 100% Natural Way To Create A Pouty Nude Lip
Joanna Fleming

Having worked in the beauty industry for a number of years now, it’s clear that we’re a lot more conscious about the products we use these days.

Since we get so many questions about natural makeup, I thought what better time than introduce you to Nude By Nature’s new lip products. Pssst… they’re all under $25.


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What You Need To Know:

Considering the amount of lipstick we ingest in a lifetime, you probably want something that’s non-toxic, right?

Good news – Nude By Nature’s Moisture Shine Lipstick, Defining Lip Liner and Moisture Infusion Lip Gloss are all made from natural, non-toxic ingredients. And they’re cruelty-free. So, why do you need to invest in all three?

Moisture Shine Lipstick

– Gives the lips an effortless sweep of colour, shine & a boost of moisture

– The smooth, creamy texture feels lightweight & comfortable to wear

– Contains active natural extracts & antioxidants to protect the lips

– Enriched with nourishing Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil & Hyaluronic Acid microspheres

★★★★★ Best lipstick  Yasemin

“I am absolutely sold on this lipstick. The consistency of this lipstick is super creamy and luxe. It feels like a high end product, the packaging is gorgeous and the pigmentation of the product is so high end, amazing quality.”

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Defining Lip Liner

– Allows you to sculpt, enhance & define the lips

– The smooth, creamy & pigmented formula glides onto the lips

– It’s long-wearing & can be worn alone or layered with other products

– The Defining Lip Pencil also contains ingredients to nourish & condition

★★★★★ Love!!  Lily-Rose

“This is such a great product! It’s a great price and really easy to use for a vibrant look or something more natural.”

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Moisture Infusion Lip Gloss

– Create vibrant glossy colour with weightless shine

– This formula glides on smoothly & enhances the fullness of the lips

– Moisturising Hyaluronic Acid microspheres hydrate & plump lips with no irritation

– It has a non-sticky texture infused with ingredients to protect the lips

★★★★★ Lovely shade Ashleigh

“This lip gloss in nude is the perfect natural gloss shade. I love the shine and pigment this product has, whilst still keeping a natural/neutral-toned look. Would recommend.”

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Pro Tip:

I actually use all three of these products together (and separately) to create pouty, full-looking lips. Firstly, I line my lip border with the Lip Defining Pencil, bringing the liner into the body of the lip (this helps your lipstick and lip gloss last longer).

I then apply the Moisture Shine Lipstick for pigmented colour, before topping it with the Moisture Infusion Lip Gloss for additional hydration and shine. So what are you waiting for?!

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The Product Celebs Are Wearing On Every Red Carpet
Joanna Fleming

I feel like I should’ve known about this product before now – but I can’t be the only one who wasn’t aware of Hollywood’s best-kept beauty secret, right?

Not surprisingly, this real-life skin filter has won Allure’s Best of Beauty Award two years running. So let’s find out why Hailey Baldwin, Olivia Culpo, Jenna Dewan and Kate Beckinsale all use Vita Liberata’s Body Blur.

PS: I could’ve kept going with the name-dropping.


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Why Is It So Good?

Body Blur is basically foundation for your body that gives your skin a flawless, airbrushed finish while disguising imperfections like blemishes and spider veins at the same time.

– This silky lotion gives an instant photo-ready tint to the skin

– It contains light-reflecting particles & provides medium coverage to the skin

– Can be used on both the face & body

– An alternative to other tanning products for special events (it washes off easily)

– Locks in moisture for 72 hours so your skin feels hydrated & comfortable

– Available in 3 shades to cater from fair to deep skin tones

– Made from certified organic & natural ingredients

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What’s In It?

Vita Liberata’s Body Blur contains organic Aloe Leaf Juice to soothe and soften, Hyaluronic Acid to keep the skin hydrated and supple, plus Shea Butter and Vitamin E to condition and smooth, while protecting the skin with antioxidants.

Packed full of natural and organic ingredients, Body Blur is cruelty-free, and doesn’t contain parabens, alcohol, sulphates or silicones.


How To Use:

For smooth, streak-free application, use a tanning mitt to apply Body Blur in circular motions on clean, exfoliated skin. Just like a regular tanner, use Body Blur sparingly on areas like the knees and elbows (a little bit goes a long way).

To remove, simply wash with soap and water and it’ll come right off!


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What’s Everyone Saying?

★★★★★ So in love with this product! – Odette

“It gives you an amazing natural looking glow. It isn’t harsh on the skin either. It has a lightweight formula that enhances your natural skin tone. It doesn’t feel sticky or greasy on your skin and it washes off easily in the shower. Definitely will re buy this product! Looks great on its own on the face without any foundation, which is a plus!”

★★★★★ Wow – Nathalie

“This stuff is killer, wow. Instantly tans your skin. Dries down and leaves your skin feeling super soft. Non-sticky. Great colour and washes off really easily! So happy I made this purchase.”

★★★★★ Last minute tan – Dominique

“This is a very nice product for a quick bronzing on the face and body. If you blend it into the skin well you won’t get streaks and there is very little transfer. It is great for one night or when you need colour quickly and you don’t have hours to wait for a self tan to develop.”

★★★★★ This product is a game changer! – Laurie

“It is like the best foundation for your body! I used this on vacation and it deepened my tan, hid imperfections and gave me a beautiful glow! I want to dip my whole body in this stuff every day!”


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We Swear By This Product For Banishing Dull Skin
Joanna Fleming

It’s not just our in-house makeup artist @vanessawalshartistry that keeps multiple tubes of this stuff in her kit at all times. It’s pretty much a staple for every makeup artist if they want to meet the glowy skin brief.

MAC’s Strobe Cream gives dull, tired-looking complexions an instant boost of radiance, and it’s pretty versatile as well.


Tell Me More:

– This brightening & hydrating balm adds a soft radiant glow to the skin

– Strobe Cream smooths the appearance of the skin while improving clarity

– It’s infused with antioxidants, botanicals & nutrient-rich vitamins

– Contains ultra-fine iridescent particles to add a natural-looking glow to the skin

– It’s available in four shades & is suitable for all skin types

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What’s In It?

Part makeup, part skincare. Strobe Cream contains antioxidant Green Tea to protect the skin from environmental damage, Jojoba Oil to brighten and hydrate dull complexions, and Mulberry Root Extract to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.

How To Use It:

Strobe Cream can be used pre-foundation in place of a primer, mixed with your liquid or cream foundation for dewy radiance, or as a face and body highlighter.

I personally wear light coverage foundations and tinted moisturisers, so I like to mix Strobe Cream with my moisturiser as I prep my skin (can never have enough hydration), before I apply everything else.


The Reviews:

★★★★★ Love a dewy base  Rose

“I love to use this under my foundation to give a subtle glow – I love a dewy makeup look and this works so well to achieve that. I also apply to brow bone, upper lip and nose for a natural, dewy highlight.”

★★★★★ Luminous moisturiser  Amy

“I use this on almost every person I do makeup on. I love the shade Goldlite and Peachlite for a warmer look. I prefer to use this as a moisturiser and then apply a primer on top for longevity.”

★★★★★ Love it Yoshie

“This product is honestly amazing. I use it to mix into matte foundations to make my makeup look more glowy/dewy and less chalky. Or I use it on its own when I’m not wearing makeup to give my skin an extra glow.”

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Eyeliner Every Way: Classic, Glossy, Glitter
Joanna Fleming

A trend I’ve been noticing lately is the classic liquid winged eyeliner is being replaced by the less refined (and a lot easier to use) pencil.

This is a trend I’ve noticed myself evolving into – winged liner used to be my signature, and now I find myself turning to a brown smudged out pencil to enhance my peepers instead.

But pencil liner doesn’t have to be bland – in fact, 3INA has every pencil liner option you could possibly want (plus, they’re all under $20). And don’t be afraid to experiment outside black and brown, Allure’s Editor In Chief Michelle Lee nails the coloured liner trend.

The Classic:

3INA’s The Eye Pencil is a double-ended classic. I use this one in brown and trace it along my upper lash line, before smudging it out with the sponge tip for an understated smoky eye.

– The oil & wax formula of this pencil keeps your waterproof look in place all day

– This pencil allows you to create versatile looks & can also be used in the waterline

– It has a long-lasting, easily blendable & foolproof formula

– Features your pencil on one end and your built-in smudger on the other

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The Glitter:

This new pencil from 3INA is perfect for statement-makers and for taking your glam to the next level. But don’t let that stop you from wearing it to work if you’re feelin’ it.

– It’s a rich, glitter-infused matte kohl pencil

The Glitter Eye Pencil is highly pigmented, long-lasting & water-resistant

– It goes on smoothly and is easily to apply in whichever way you choose

– The cruelty-free formula features a creamy blend of vegetable waxes

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The Glossy:

The glossy lid trend is taken to a whole new level with 3INA’s The Glossy Eye Pencil. This glide-on pencil eyeliner (yes, pencil) dries to a high-shine finish. I know.

– It has an easy to apply, creamy formula that lasts incredibly well

– Draw on like a regular eyeliner & watch it dry to an oil-slick finish

– It’s drag-free, water resistant & highly pigmented

– Pair it with a matte shadow over the lid first for ultimate impact

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What Happened When Our Customers Used This Foundation For A Month?
Joanna Fleming

Pigmentation is right up there with the most common skin concerns we hear about from our customers. A lot of us here in Australia are sun worshippers, and unfortunately that can come back to bite us in the form of discoloured patches, age spots and uneven skin tone.

So we asked three customers to trial Clinique’s Even Better Makeup SPF15 – a foundation formula designed to treat pigmentation concerns over time, all while giving the skin a beautiful natural-looking finish.


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What You Need To Know:

– Even Better Makeup is a lightweight, oil-free liquid formula

– Helps to clarify skin tone & fade the appearance of discolouration over time

– Includes broad spectrum SPF 15 in a blend of chemical & physical sunscreens

– This long-wearing, buildable foundation feels comfortable & breathable on the skin

– Provides moderate to full coverage with a natural & smooth, matte finish

– Conceals the appearance of pigmentation-related concerns without looking cakey

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What Ingredients Are In There?

If a product claims to be proven to treat a concern, you can bet I’m checking the ingredient list. Clinique’s Even Better Makeup SPF15 contains a blend of antioxidant-rich ingredients including an active Vitamin C complex which helps correct uneven skin tone over time, and promotes a brighter, more radiant complexion.

Coupled with Vitamin E, mushroom yeast extract, natural grapefruit peel and white birch extracts, these ingredients combine to help break up and banish the appearance of existing uneven skin tone, helping to prevent future discolouration. Plus, this formula is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.


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What’s The Verdict?

Sophie, 27

“I have normal/dry skin with discolouration and post partum hyperpigmentation predominately on my cheeks and forehead. I had no issues introducing the Even Better foundation to my routine and it did not cause any breakouts. It was easy to apply with a beauty blender and provided light/medium, easily buildable coverage with a satin-matte finish. I loved the finish and it was very comfortable to wear. It hid my discolouration and pigmentation well and wore for 8-10 hours before beginning to wear off. Unfortunately over the four weeks I did not notice a visible difference in my discolouration issues, despite this I will be repurchasing as I’m in love with the way the foundation makes me skin look.”


Andrea, 43

“I’m blessed with awful hyper pigmentation, and this year it went a bit crazy . So when the opportunity arose to trial the Even Better foundation I jumped at it. I have been using the shade Honey for several weeks. Firstly, I was impressed with the coverage and texture – it sinks into your skin and leaves a lovely dewy finish (a no make up makeup look) perfect for everyday use. For nighttime outings, I simply add a bit of concealer and use a stippling brush for the extra coverage . As far as reducing my pigmentation I have noticed a subtle difference, I wasn’t expecting miracles but it has definitely softened the blotches and now they are almost invisible when I apply the foundation, so it’s definitely doing something.”


Christina, 42

“Clinique Even Better Foundation applies lightly and evenly, provides great coverage and feels like I am wearing a moisturiser rather than a foundation. Every time I have worn the foundation I get comments on how great my skin looks. In terms of my pigmentation, over the past 4 weeks I’ve noticed a slight improvement in the evenness and clarity of my skin, so I’ll continue to use the Even Better foundation as my go-to.”


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The Multi-Use Must-Haves Our Editor Takes On Holiday
Joanna Fleming

I’m not one to wear a full face of makeup on holidays. But that doesn’t mean I won’t insist on taking a whole makeup bag full of products I won’t use on my trip.

However, this time around I limited myself to only three makeup products – with the end goal of looking radiant and sunkissed (and not at all like I’d been in transit for 10 hours).


So, What Did I Take?

Well, I needed to address three things with these products. I want to look sunkissed and subtly sculpted, with naturally rosy cheeks and a dewy glow. So what exactly did I use to achieve all of the above?

Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder

Hands down, this is my favourite bronzer of all time. I also use it to contour and as an eyeshadow when I don’t want to drag a palette around with me.

– It’s a universally flattering shade which works on most skin tones

– Has a matte finish with no shimmery finish (my fave thing about it)

– Easily buildable & blends seamlessly onto the skin for a natural look

★★★★★ Great bronzer – Kellee

“I was a makeup newbie when I started using this product about a year ago and I am in love! It’s so easy to apply and blends out well. It’s also a great size and has lasted me about a year.”

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Clarins Water Lip Stain

This new multi-use product is super easy when you’re on the go. I lightly dabbed shade 04 Violet Water on both my lips and cheeks for a natural flush (I put Lanolips on my lips before applying for a glossier finish).

– Has a customisable sheer or vibrant pigment depending on how you apply

– The colour payoff is long-wearing & feels undetectable on the lips

– This formula has a lightweight water texture with a matte finish

★★★★★ Love this!  Alex

“This lip stain is incredible! I have naturally red lips and medium skin, and I love the violet colour! I apply it in the morning and it doesn’t fade whatsoever. You can eat, drink, workout, shower, and it stays on your lips for the day. Overall, I highly recommend this!”

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KORA Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer

I couldn’t go without some form of highlighter, so I chose KORA Organics Luminizer in Rose Quartz. It has a really soft pink tint to it, which I figured would only add to my holiday skin vibe.

– Instantly boosts radiance for a glowy & brightened complexion

– Enriched with skin-loving ingredients & crushed rose quartz crystal

– The creamy formula blends beautifully onto the skin for a natural finish

★★★★★ Beautiful, natural highlighter Nora

“Firstly, I love the clean ingredients used in all KORA products. Secondly, this highlighter provides a natural, healthy glow for those of us who don’t want the obvious harshness of too much product. I mix this with a tinted CC cream [to even out skintone] and my skin glows all day long. Loooove it!!”

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MAC-Hacks: All The Ways You Can Use Your Fave Products
Joanna Fleming

I really should write a book on all the tips and tricks I’ve learnt from professional makeup artists over the years. Who knew there were so many shortcuts we didn’t know about?

Turns out, a lipstick isn’t just for your lips – keep reading to find out how you can use your favourite MAC products in different ways.


Product #1: Lipstick

Believe it or not, the humble lipstick boasts more uses than you think – in fact, your favourite lippy shades can essentially replace another 3 products in your makeup bag.


You can use any pink, peach, red or orange based shades as a cream blush. Simply dot a small amount of lipstick onto the apples of your cheeks and use a fluffy brush to sheer it out towards your temples. This will create a really natural-looking flushed cheek, and looks especially beautiful paired with dewy, glowing skin.


This is a little on-the-go trick I’d never even thought of. Lipstick can act as a base to other powder shadows, or as a cream shadow on its own. I’d suggest using a dense packing brush to apply across the lid, then a fluffy blending brush to diffuse it out.

Colour Corrector:

On fair to medium skin tones, peachy tones can neutralise darkness, dullness and blue tones particularly under the eyes. You can apply a peach-toned lipstick prior to concealer to further disguise dark circles.

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Product #2: Prep + Prime Fix+

Just a setting spray, you reckon? Nope, MAC’s best-seller has cult status for a reason (and not just because it’s an awesome setting spray).

Go Sheer:

Customise the finish of your foundation and opt for lighter coverage by incorporating Fix+. You can either douse your skin in it before you apply your foundation, or add a couple of sprays directly to your foundation before buffing it into the skin. Finish with a spritz for a dewy complexion.


For a popping highlight, ultra-metallic shadow or glitter adhesive, Fix+ is your go-to. To intensify the payoff of your highlighter, lightly spritz your brush with Fix+ before picking up the product and applying to the high points of your face. For eyeshadows or glitter, drench a dense shadow brush in Fix+ and press the product onto the desired area.


Fix+ can also allow you to transform other products. To turn your favourite eyeshadow into a liner, wet an angled eyeliner brush with Fix+, pick up your shadow on the brush and use however you like!

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Product #3: Strobe Cream

Ahhh, now to my favourite product from MAC’s range: Strobe Cream. This multi-purpose glow balm guarantees radiant skin no matter how you use it.


Perfect for applying before foundation, this illuminating moisturising cream instantly brightens dullness and adds a soft glow to the skin. Essentially, it makes anything you apply on top of it look good.


If you’re looking for that natural, dewy radiance, add a small amount of Strobe Cream to your foundation before you apply it. Not only will it give you a glowing finish, it can also help you to sheer out your foundation for more natural coverage.


The super fine iridescent particles in Strobe Cream make it an awesome cream highlighter. I recommend using fingertips or a sponge to apply Strobe Cream to the high points of your face, building up the intensity as you go.

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