Glowing skin is a #lyfegoal for most of us young ladies getting about town. And while having a good skin routine is important in keeping our skin free from outbreaks, enjoying a healthy diet is second-to-none in getting that glowing skin. What some of us tend to forget is that eating for #freshtodeath skin is just as important as a good cleansing routine if not more important. Given that new skin cells are constantly being replaced (out with the old and in with the new, every month!) – having a healthy diet free from toxins is no surprise in fuelling healthy cell renewal. With only 8% of Australian adults meeting the recommended 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit a day (as per Australia’s Health, 2014), more often than not you’ll be missing out on the key nutrients that important for good health, particularly for healthy skin renewal.
I know what you’re thinking… isn’t Brazilian Beauty for, well, Brazilian waxing. Nope! They do a whole lot more than just a Brazilian.
The wonderful team at Brazilian Beauty invited me into my local salon at Mt Gravatt for a treatment of my choice. I’ve always wondered how eyebrow and eyelash tinting works, and because I’m quite pasty with essentially white hair at 23 years old (not grew, childish white) I was quite curious about what it could do for me and my invisible eyebrows and eyelashes.
Although summer might have just come and gone in what feels like a blink of an eye, for us Brisbane girls, summer seems to linger right through to April and May some days. So, while our southern sisters in Melbourne and Sydney are pulling out their jeans and knits, we’ve still got the short shorts on and our legs out (woohoo!) for at least a couple more weeks. If you’re a born and bred Brisbanite, you’re probably wondering why I’m pointing out the blatantly obvious… but there is a reason to this madness I promise. We’re excited to introduce you to Charlotte Tilbury’s NEW Beach Stick range!
I recently came across Uni Organics through my day job, and as soon as I learnt a little about this amazing Australian brand I couldn’t help but fall in love.
This week for Beauty Tuesday, we’ve handed the stage over to Francesca Webster, Founder of Brazilian Beauty and self-confessed Beauty Guru. We caught up with Fran recently to chat about the Brazilian Beauty empire, her favourite beauty treatments and her top tips to help you prepare for a night out on the town. Let’s get straight into it!
Brisbane Threads: How has the start of 2016 been for you and Brazilian Beauty?
FW: 2016 has been exciting so far! Brazilian Beauty has some big changes coming this year which we are extremely excited about. Our focus for this year is change and development and I think I have tried to take this on board as well for myself on a personal development level.
BT: What are your beauty tips to help women prepare for a night out?
FW: We know confidence is key, so when preparing for a night out make sure you are feeling 100% confident in the way you look and feel. Make sure you are not worrying about those stray hairs on your eyebrows, underarms or down there. The best confidence boost for me is a spray tan, it makes me look and feel toned and healthy. I always have a LED treatment the day before a big event because I can immediately see my skin glowing.
BT: How about in the week leading up to a big event… What beauty treatments and services do you recommend women do to prepare?
FW: The week leading up to an event would look something like this: 7 Days Before Event – Professional Skin Treatment, either Dermal rolling, Microdermabrasion or a Peel with an added LED treatment. 4 Days Before Event – All Hair Removal and Eyelash extensions. Two Days Before Event – LED Treatment. One Day Before Event – Spray Tan. Day Of Event – Professional Makeup application.BT: Tell us about Brazilian Beauty and what makes it different to other salons…
Brazilian Beauty is a leading Australian beauty salon franchise, with a national network of 21 independently operated luxurious salons. Our extensive range of treatments and services are performed by qualified, highly professional therapists who aim only for the best results. At Brazilian Beauty, we are dedicated to helping you Look, Live and Feel Gorgeous.
BT: What are the top three services at Brazilian Beauty?
BT: Finally, do you have any makeup advice for Brisbane ladies?
FW: Here’s what I have learnt:
- Never be afraid to try something new.
- Know your skin tone and play off your hair and eye colours.
- Make sure your main focus is on eyes OR lips, never both.
- Do not conceal – accentuate your features and uniqueness.
- Enhancing your natural beauty will always be more flattering than a heavy canvas of makeup.
Thanks Fran for stopping by Brisbane Threads this week for Beauty Tuesday! You can read more about Brazilian Beauty, the services they offer and locate your closest salon here. I’m stopping by my local salon this week for a treatment, so I’ll let you know how it goes… stay tuned!
Heya! How’s your week going? Have you recovered from the short week last week? We have, and we’re back into things full swing, but the patriotism hasn’t waived one bit. So, for Beauty Tuesday today, we’re rounding up and talking about our favourite Australian beauty brands. Did your favourite homegrown brand make the list?
Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr – when it comes to Australians flying the flag internationally, no one comes to mind faster than Miranda Kerr. Not only is she gorgeous, she’s built a brand from the ground up. Kora is a certified organic skincare brand that is made cruelty-free in Australia to replenish, protect, nourish and detoxify.
Grown Alchemist – I’ve only recently come across Grown Alchemist, and I’m dang glad I did. Grown Alchemist is a new generation of skincare formulations based on new and natural technologies. Plus, black and white packaging is always a big tick of approval.
Frank Body – Frank Body has a cult following of 675,000 Instagram followers, so if that’s anything to go by, you need to get on board too. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Frank Body is the coffee-based body scrub that works to target stretch marks, acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Kester Black – Australian made, cruelty-free and vegan nail polish in a range of pastel and bright colours. Yep, we’ll have some of that thanks. Kester Black is proudly Australian made and founded on the importance of moral purchasing decisions.
Aesop – Everyone who is anyone knows and loves Aesop, whether they’ve used it or lust over it, everyone seems to be a fan of this homegrown talent. They look dreamy on your bathroom counter, ultra-chic spilling out of your handbag and totally nourishing on your skin.
JBronze by Jennifer Hawkins – If a former Miss Universe is using it, then heck, so should you! JBronze is just one part of Jen’s entrepreneurial empire, and in our opinion, it’s her best yet! I’ve been using JBronze for years, in fact it was the first tanning product I ever used, and I still reach for it today despite trying lots of other brands. If that’s not an Australian endorsement, I don’t know what is.
Jurlique – Born and bred in Australia, Jurlique is a powerhouse in the beauty industry worldwide, and we’re stoked to see Jurlique flying the Aussie flag and representing our great nation. Jurlique is skincare and cosmetics that connects people with nature through the organic and biodynamic ingredients the brand is best known for.
Skinstitut – Our love of Skinstitut is pretty clear (you can read more here) and we kind of dig the fact that they’re the skin experts. Skinstitut products are made from effective formulations and scientifically proven ingredients, and the price point is accessible to everyone who is keen to invest in their skin.
Lulu & Lipstick – If you think Elle Woods is your soul sister, then you’re going to LOVE Lulu & Lipstick products. The Lulu & Lipstick store sells a wide range of products from some great brands, but it’s their own products that really shine. The hot pink brush sets are unbelievably gorgeous,
Napoleon Perdis – The cosmetics giant of tweens and teens in Australia, Napoleon Perdis is a household name for anyone growing up with daughters or sisters. The price point is good, you can’t fault the products, and they’re so readily available in your closest shopping centre, so get on board.
LUMA Cosmetics by Jess Hart – Aussie girl Jess Hart has become an icon for her beaming smile that made gapped teeth somewhat cool ever since she started gracing the catwalks and magazine pages. We love LUMA because it is a nourishing range of naturally derived cosmetics that are designed to enhance natural beauty.
The Base by Lara Bingle – The Base burst onto the scene a couple of years ago now and is another Australian beauty brand founded by an international model from the land downunder. The Base is a collection of bronzing and tanning products dreamed up by Lara Bingle in 2013 to help women achieve a healthy, natural glow. If you’re not using it, then where the bloody hell are ya?
De Lorenzo – One Aussie brand you might not know was born here is De Lorenzo, the great Australian haircare brand known for their expertise in hairdressing around the world. De Lorenzo is the only Australian haircare brand to develop and produce their entire range here, from fruition to completion, so they deserve a massive kudos for being one of our great Australian beauty brands.
Uni Organics – Certified Organic, accredited with Safe Cosmetics Australia (SCA) and listed with Choose Cruelty Free (CCF), Uni Organics is as good for the world as it is for your skin. Uni Organics guarantees quality, integrity and purity when it comes to organic skincare, so you know you are in good hands with them.
Go-To Skincare – I couldn’t finish this round-up of great Australian beauty brands without including one of my personal favourites, Go-To Skincare by Zoe Foster Blake. There’s no denying I have a big girl crush on the brands leading lady (read more here), but her products are just amazing. Truly amazing. And the peachy packaging… yep, I’m a huge fan!
Dis we miss one of your favourite Australian beauty brands? Give them a shout out in the comments below and we’ll include them in our round-up!
To celebrate Australia Day today, we’ve put an Australiana spin on our regular Beauty Tuesday series. So, to celebrate our patriotism, we’ve put together a round-up of the best beauty bloggers in Australia. We love a good beauty blog as much as the next gal, so we did some hard research and put our heads together to come up with this list of Australian beauty bloggers. Let the countdown begin (in no particular order)!
Do you want super cute makeup tutorials with some life commentary thrown in. Look no further than Chloe Morello. She’s worked with everyone in the beauty industry it seems, putting big international brands as well as local favourites to the beauty test to give us all of the beauty info we need.
She’s at the top of the pack when it comes to the best beauty bloggers in Australia and it’s pretty obvious why, with 1.4 million followers on Instagram, over 3.3 million Youtube subscribers and an epic beauty haul in her bathroom. We also love her sweet personality and fun makeup tutorials. You can check out her blog here.
The Raw Edit
Steph is originally from Las Vegas (!!) and now calls the Sunshine Coast home. She’s a bright lip kind of gal, and even guest posted on Brisbane Threads last year, telling you lucky folks how she creates a statement red lip.
The Daily Mark
Madeleine is an all-round #girlboss, mastering beauty at The Daily Mark with some tech and lifestyle tips thrown in, and then her other bloggy business, Be A Blogger Boss, looks ace for start-up bloggers. She can also take a realllll good Insta-flatlay!
Stephanie’s “Ugly Without Makeup” is the best, check it out, should be sitting at the top of her Youtube channel. Go girl! You just have to keep up with her fast talking! Also, stop by Stephanie’s Youtube channel if you’re interested in getting your lips done – she’s just gone through the experience and talks about it in a recent vlog. You can also catch her on Instagram here.
This gal has mastered the beauty flatlay for Instagram like no other, so do stop by to see what products she’s lusting over right now.
Empowering women with the world of cosmetics is what Sigourney from Beauticate is all about. Having held top jobs at Beauty Journalist for over 15 years, including a recent stint at Vogue Australia, this beauty knows what she’s talking about!
Sharon The Makeup Artist
I first met Sharon (very) briefly at ProBlogger 2015, and I can assure you she loves what she’s doing. Her blog and Youtube tutorials are full of helpful tips and techniques, and she’s not afraid to put a crazy look together either.
If you’re into gorgeous braids and intricate up-do’s with a hint of gypsy-chic, I can almost guarantee you’ve stumbled across Christina and Hair Romance. If not, you’re missing out! Check out Hair Romance on Instagram for the ultimate in hair-spiration.
Beauty Life Michelle
Another beauty influencer to add to your follower list is Michelle from Beauty Life Michelle. She’s Irish-born, but one-to-watch when it comes to Australian beauty bloggers, so don’t let that accent fool you. Follow Michelle on Youtube and Instagram.
Eleanor Pendleton can do no wrong if you ask me! She’s taking on the digital space and disrupting the industry like a true #girlboss. Eleanor founded Gritty Pretty, a website dedicated to beauty, in 2010 and for the last 5 years has seen the digital publication go from strength to strength as the world’s top beauty brands line up to work with her. Check out her Gritty Pretty on Instagram and Youtube.
Oz Beauty Expert
They don’t call her the Oz Beauty Expert for nothing! Bonnie is a qualified makeup artist, working in the field for over 10 years, so she’s got heaps of industry experience to bring to the blogging world. Fun fact: according to her ‘about’ page, she was appointed as the personal beauty adviser to the Queen’s lady in waiting of Buckingham Palace.
Another super cute beauty blogger who I briefly crossed paths with at ProBlogger last year was Karima from Shameless Fripperies. Stop by her Youtube and Instagram for tips and tricks on the latest products, and how to do everyday makeup looks like a pro.
Finally, we couldn’t round out this piece without a special mention to two of my favourite Beauty Editors and all-round beauty gurus – Leigh Campbell (former Cosmopolitan Beauty Editor) and Zoe Foster Blake, an absolute gem, witty as all hell and a Go-To beauty gal. While they may not necessarily be the best beauty bloggers in Australia, they sure do know what they talking about, and we couldn’t love them any harder if we tried.
So there you have it, the best beauty bloggers in Australia right now! Do you have a favourite Australian beauty influencer? We’d love to hear who you follow!
Following on from last week’s Beauty Tuesday post on summer hair trends, we’ve got a round-up of the hair products you need on hand this summer. From washing and styling to a good DIY treatment,
Sea Salt Spray
For locks that look like you’ve just stepped off the beach, sea salt spray is a must. Spray some into your freshly washed hair to rough it up a bit, or squirt on after an ocean dip to keep your do’ looking fresh and ‘done.’ I’ve been using the Pure Elements Thyme and Clary Salt Water Spray after creating some loose ghd waves, and the LUSH Sea Spray Hair Mist for a perfect weekend look. Beach Babe Waves? Heck yes!Hair Spray and Heat Protection
We all love a Brisbane summer as much as the next person, but humidity and friz ain’t no fun. That’s where hairspray becomes your BFF. tackle #qldsummer with hairspray that boasts a strong, firm hold to ensure your curls don’t droop, your slick side part stays polished and that messy bun remains effortlessly chic. We’re loving the Pure Elements Lime Blossom Medium Hold Finishing Spray for holding your style in place, and Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off The Press that also protects hair from heat styling.A Good Conditioner
When it comes to washing your hair, you need something that cleans and rejuvenates your locks and preps them for the days ahead. Wash twice with shampoo for best results, and then lather in a condition and leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing. We’re currently using Paul Mitchell’s Instant Moisture Daily treatment to rehydrate and the American Cream Hair Conditioner from LUSH, because who doesn’t love a good LUSH product that works!
A Weekend Treatment
A good ol’ home treatment is just what the hair doctor (if only that was a real thing!) to keep your hair looking and feeling like that of a VS model. We were recently gifted the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger 3-Pack Collection from some lovely PR folk to trial and we think it’s pretty darn good for some TLC. There’s a shampoo, conditioner and high glossprimer, so it’s the perfect pick-me-up after a week of using products and heat styling wands.
Of course, a round-up wouldn’t be complete without a few honourable mentions that help to tame the mane in summertime. TIGI’s new Bed Head range is perfect for creating volume and texture, and doubles to firmly hold your do’ in place. Mermaid Perfume’s Conditioner (available via Lulu & Lipstick) is also one to watch, because who doesn’t want to have mermaid hair! And then there’s the evo hair brushes (pictures below) and ghd hair straighteners that win the MVP awards in the brush and heat styling categories respectively.
And that’s a wrap!