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Always wear a sunscreen

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When I was a kid growing up in the ’70s, sunscreen was something that was marketed more as something that could help you get a tan while at the beach. If you’re of my vintage and ever holidayed on the Gold Coast during that era you would remember the billboard that showed a dog on

This is what smoking does to your skin

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Sponsored by Queensland Health I do not know how I did NOT become a smoker. At one point in my young life, my boyfriend, both parents and two brothers all smoked. Inside the house. When I started work as a journo, many of my colleagues smoked. At their desks. It’s quite incredulous today to believe

15 fake tan tips

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As you know, I’m vain. This very fact ensures that I put a fake tan on my list of beauty things to do throughout spring and summer. I understand this is not for everyone. And that’s ok. I have many a pale-skinned friend who is very happy in their porcelain perfect skin – I wish

Indulge with new NIVEA in-shower body lotion

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Sponsored by NIVEA Australia Oh HAI! So you’re new around these parts? Welcome. Depending on just how new you are, you may or may not be aware of my lazy-girl beauty tendencies. I’m not so lazy-girl that I don’t do anything in the beauty department. No, I’m too vain for that. My lazy-girl tendencies are

Beauty favourites September 2014

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Technically it’s October but stick with me … I’m playing catch-up here. September just disappeared and I hadn’t had a chance to share with you my beauty favourites for September 2014. And they call me a beauty write. SHEESH. Pick up your game, Parko. I’ve got a mixed bunch for your this month, so let’s

My travel beauty essentials

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Sponsored by The Body Shop I’m a notorious over-packer … but you already knew that didn’t you? I’m not just talking about things in the clothes department either. No, my girlfriends joke that they don’t bother packing any beauty products when they go away with me as I have my needs – and theirs –

Before and after: NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream


Sponsored by NIVEA Australia You know when you try and use a skincare product, you like it but for some reason move on to something else, forgetting just how good that skincare product was for your skin? That’s what hasĀ happened to me over the past few weeks. I first trialled and used NIVEA Q10 Plus

5 home hair care products to try now

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Last week I ended up with some strange eye condition. I don’t know what it was or what caused it but the result was a very sore, very red and very puffy eye, out of which I could see very little. The receptionist at the doctor’s surgery paid me a compliment about my hair. Immediately

How to create a simple red lip look

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Do you use YouTube tutorials for makeup application tips? I do. Especially when the women delivering those tips into my computer or tablet screen are relatable to me and my lifestyle. As you know I’m all about the simple beauty routine. I’m not a young, single woman with time on her hands. I need quick

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Sponsored by NIVEA Australia It’s a funny thing, the change in seasons. I don’t know about you, but for me it prompts me to make changes in my life. Not necessarily big stuff, just stuff that I like to change up a bit every so often. My wardrobe is an obvious one as the weather

Beauty favourites August 2014

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Last week at an Unlock Your Style book event, a lovely reader told me that these monthly beauty favourite posts were some of her favourites. They helped her think outside the square and seek out beauty products beyond the ones she normally bought. This was music to my ears and a kick up the butt

The Body Shop is falling for you

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Sponsored by The Body Shop The year was 1986. I was a fresh-faced 19-year-old uni student travelling in the UK. My obsession with fashion and beauty shopping had well and truly kicked in, fuelled in this moment by the fact that I had access to shops and brands I’d only ever read about. The Body

Help! My skin looks stressed

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It’s been a full-on couple of months. Nothing traumatic, just intensely busy. Whenever I find myself in these kind of intensely busy times, guess where it shows up physically? Yep, my skin. TheĀ psoriasis on my scalp has flared up like it’s been fed a super growth fertiliser, which I guess it has … in the

How to get the Nina Proudman new-mum hairstyle

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Sponsored by ghd Australia Tonight is the night that we potentially say goodbye to Nina Proudman and Offspring for good. I’m not sure I’m ready. I really do hope they sign on for another season. You? This season has all been about Nina’s grief after losing Patrick and joy at giving birth to baby Zoe.

#iDiscovered Dr. LeWinn’s

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Sponsored by Dr. LeWinn’s When I wrote this post a few weeks ago, I didn’t realise how good it would feel to write down those words. Just stopping, pausing and reflecting is not something I’m in the regular habit of doing but it’s something I realise I should do. As busy women we are quick

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