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My top 5 lipstick colours

My top 5 lipstick colours

There’s a reason that if you look in any of my handbags, makeup kits or on my desk you’ll always find more than one lipstick floating around. You’ll also find lip balms and glosses. My lips feel bare without something on them. I’ve even been known to turn around should I find I’ve left home

Beauty favourites March 2014

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Any talk of beauty products here on Styling You is always with simplicity in mind. Our lives are generally busier than we’d like them to be. Bathroom time is at a premium. Me, I’m a card-carrying member of the I’m So Vain Society and do make my bathroom time a priority so have had to

How to save money on makeup

How to save money on makeup

The Lipstick Index was a phrase coined by Estee Lauder’s Leonard Lauder in the early 2000s. The phrase was based on a perhaps surprising economic indicator – surprising to men and economists maybe. In a nutshell, when times were and are tough, cosmetic sales were said to increase. The theory was that when budgets are

The one minute makeup

1 minute makeup

You know I’m not one to fuss around when it comes to spending time on my everyday makeup routine don’t you? Sure, if I need to get my fancy schmancy on then I’ll go all out and allocate appropriate time or out-source to achieve the required level of makeup brilliance to suit the occasion. But

5 minutes with Zoe Foster Blake

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I’m sitting writing this post at the hairdressers. The morning after I met beauty guru and all-round fabulous woman Zoe Foster Blake. Of all the possible bad timings that could occur in my hair-colouring maintenance cycle, this was the worst. On Tuesday night my roots were boasting 5 weeks and 6 days of re-growth. Oh, the

Beauty favourites February 2014

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My husband jokes that living with me is like living in a combination of Priceline, Mecca Maxima and the whole beauty floor at Myers AND David Jones. Except he’s not really joking. I am surrounded my new potions and lotions and lippies and nail polishes. And I like it very much, thank-you. I’m very grateful

11 ways to shake up your beauty routine

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I had a facial last week. No biggie, you say? Well, yes … and no. See, the thing is I actually do believe that I deserve a bit of regular pampering (budget permitting). And my skin is not getting any younger. Yes, I’m generally happy with how it looks and I am Miss Good Two

6 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

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WARNING: this post comes with a High Schmaltz Content alert Most people I know either fall into two camps: the pro-Valentine’s Day camp or the against-Valentine’s Day camp. Me? I’m very much with the pros. Love me a bit of romance. Yes, I do. And thankfully so does Mr SY. We may have an aversion

GlamPalm hair iron: is this your new styler?


Sponsored by GlamPalm Australia I blame my hair. I do. I’m no expert in this hair styling game but what I do know is that my hair has been responsible for my never-ending quest to find and adopt solutions that wrangle it into some kind of shape. I don’t have curly hair. I don’t have

How to change hairdressers

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There’s a lot to be sorted when moving. A lot. You’ve all played along with my internet saga? Well yes, that’s kind of fixed. I have internet but the accounts and plans are still all mixed up. They keep phoning Mr SY who’s successfully delegated all communication about communication to me for the past decade

A simple summer makeup look

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I’m almost there. Packing and unpacking is bad enough but add in record January temperatures and then yesterday’s humidity of a gazillion percent and, let’s just say, I’m a little over it. Call me crazy but do you know what’s getting me through … apart from nightly glasses of icy cold Villa Maria Sauv Blanc?

It’s Christmas time

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I was flying back from my quick trip to Sydney last week and was flicking through the inflight channels when, lo and behold, I found the Max channel was streaming some 1980s Christmas gold. George Michael appeared giving his heart only to have it taken away. And then the original BandAid song, Do They Know

How to shop for beauty gifts for women

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I know that there are very few men who read Styling You (if you ARE male and read here, it’s time to de-lurk in the comments below … we promise we’ll be kind) so this post is the kind that you might want to print out or send a link to the gift-buying male in your

A hair makeover for a mum in need


Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Australia I’ve been talking quite a bit here about the power of a beauty boost. That it’s ok to do things that make us feel good about ourselves. We’ve been confessing those things here. That it’s ok to compliment our sisters, mothers and girlfriends about the way they look. That it’s ok

How to cope with stress at Christmas

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Sponsored by NIVEA Australia It’s December. There is no longer any hiding from Christmas and all the silliness that goes with it. I’m guessing that most of you are thick in the middle of the silliness right now. If you’ve got kids, school has either finished or you’re spending every second evening at end-of-year concerts.

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