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10 Celebrity Beauty Tricks Every Woman Should Know November 03, 2015 13:00

Celebrities are constantly under pressure about their looks and regularly work with make-up artist, stylists and people in the fashion and beauty industry. So they pick up tips and learn how to maximise their beauty efforts, even when tight with time, on-the-go, or without all their beauty products immediately available. So watch out for their beauty tips: they are more practical (and cheaper) than you might expect.

1. Candice Swanepoel’s eyes: If you want to look a little more awake use a cream pencil on the inside of your eye, it opens up your eyes, says Candice. Put a shimmer in the corners…it makes it pop.

The inner part of Candice’s eyes is cream/white, and the area between her eyes and nose highlighted with a dash of shine. Photo:

2. Taylor Swift’s red lips: There are tricks I’ve learned from makeup artists on shoots. They put on the red lipstick, then blot it with a tissue, then they put powder over the tissue and sort of press it onto your lips. Then re-apply. It turns it into a stain that lasts much longer.

Taylor Swift’s signature red lips. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

3. Isla Fisher’s gorgeous eyelashes: To make lashes curl better, take a hair dryer to your eyelash curler for one or two seconds before using it.

Perfectly curled eyelashes for Isla. Photo:

4. Sandra Bullock de-puff (it works!): Preparation H.  It might sound odd, but  putting butt cream under my eyes is one of my best beauty secrets, and stops me from getting lines.

Sandra Bullock in a beautiful portrait. Photo:

5. Lucy Liu’s freshness secret: When I was shooting a movie in Montreal, it was freezing. If you take a little bit of Aquaphor and dab it on your face, it keeps your skin looking fresh. I dubbed it Aqua For Everything.

Ageless Lucy Liu. Photo:

6Olivia Palermo’s evening ritual: Vaseline really helps remove excess make-up. It’s the best trick. I never go to bed without removing my make-up.

Vaselin trick for Olivia Palermo. Photo:

7. Liv Tyler’s rosy skin: After applying foundation and a little blush, dust your face with translucent powder, then mist skin with a rosewater spray and lay a Kleenex over for a second. It makes your face seem flawless in a way that looks as if you aren’t wearing any makeup.

Liv has the perfect skin – and a tip for that too. Photo:

8. Freida Pinto’s dewy eyes: If you use petroleum jelly on your lids, it gives you a dewy, angelic look.

Freida loves dewy eyes. Photo:

9. Emma Watson’s face editor. Makeup artist Linda Cantello taught me this tip: If you make a mistake with your mascara, dip a cotton ball into some foundation to remove it and conceal at the same time.

Emma learns from her make-up artist. Photo:

10. Rachel Bilson’s pick-me-up tipI dust my cheeks and eyelids with bronzing powder for a natural glow.

Natural beauty for Rachel Bilson. Photo:

Finally, as a little bonus, Lily Collins’ tipLearn to accept your “flaws.”   says Lily, who is known for her bushy eyebrows. Now I embrace them. I’ve realised the quirky things that make you different are what make you beautiful.

Lily’s trademark thick eyebrows. Photo:

Teen Fashion Trends and Gift Ideas November 02, 2015 14:17

If you pay any attention to the world of fashion, then you’ll know that popular trends ebb and flow like the tides, and while some styles do manage to stick around for the long haul, most are only in the spotlight for a few short months before fizzling out again. And honestly, this constant change in popularity makes it quite difficult for parents to shop for their always-trendy teenagers.

Sure, you could just take your teenage daughter shopping with you, but what about when it comes to gift buying season or birthdays? How do you know what she’ll like when even she gets disappointed with her closet? Well, you’ll be happy to know that I’m here to give you the inside scoop you need to make the purchases that she’ll love—and don’t worry; you can thank me later.

A Splash of Neon

This year, some of the most popular trends from the 80s are coming back in full force, and if you’re looking to liven up your teen’s wardrobe with pieces that she’ll love, then keep your eyes open for bright pops of neon colour. Whether you gift her with a black dress with neon splotches, a bright neon tee to pair with blue jeans, or a pair of spunky neon tube socks, she’ll be sure to love them. With so many different colours and clothing options for you to choose from, you won’t have a problem finding something both trendy and unique to her own personal sense of style.

A Touch of Attitude

Another fashion trend that’s on the rise is a return to the periods of glam rock and grunge. We’re talking leather jackets, lace-up boots, band t-shirts, and anything with a hint (or more) of attitude. To capture this edgy trend without tipping your teenager into full-on rebellion (you know, unless she’s into that), I’d say to go for one or two of the items mentioned. Since leather jackets are my personal favourite, I’ll use them to transition into my next trend: layering pieces.

Jackets and Fashion Scarves Galore

From chilly nights next to the bonfire to early mornings spent trekking to school, layering pieces are a girl’s best friend–and because they can be paired with so many different combinations, they’re one of the most versatile fashion trends out there. Have your daughter pair her favourite comfy top with a good leather jacket, a chic fitted blazer, a colourful cardigan, or even a knit sweater.

When you’re not looking for a jacket, check out a layering piece that’s more fashionable than practical, such as a trendy scarf. Made from a variety of materials and featuring many colours, textures, and prints, fashion scarves are the perfect accessory. When paired with a cute jacket, your daughter’s bound to be a showstopper.

All Hail the Textured Leggings

While basic black leggings are still a staple for any teen’s wardrobe and can be worn in almost every outfit, this season, instead of just switching up the pairings, it’s also fashionable to switch up the fabric. The most fashionable teens have moved on to leggings that are a little bit more edgy, such as jeggings—or leggings that are made from super thin, stretchy denim—super shiny PVC, leather, and even suede. Leggings are no longer just a piece of an outfit—they make the outfit.

Military Styles

Another popular teen fashion trend that’s a little more on the edgy side is embracing the uniformed look of military coats and jackets. These military-inspired styles have been around for a while now, but with every season they’re adapting and becoming something new to get excited about. Available in a variety of cuts, fabrics, and colours, there’s a military jacket out there that meshes well with every individual’s fashion sense, making them a fashionable and practical gift in the 2015 holiday season.

When you’re shopping for a loved one in the coming months, make sure that you keep your eyes open for one of these popular fashion trends. If you’re really looking to go all out, combine a few of them! Many of the styles on our list work very well together, and your teen is bound to be thankful. Who knows, you might even get a hug out of it.

How to make your shoes last - a simple care guide September 05, 2015 10:59

A well-maintained pair of shoes can make the walk a memorable and happy one. Maintaining your shoes should start from the time you purchase a pair. If you haven't done it yet, it is still not too late to do so. Cleaning depends on the type of fabric and material your shoes are made of and below are just some ways to clean and maintain them.


Leather is expensive. To prolong your leather, always keep it clean. Use a dry cloth to wipe the dirt and debris before using leather cleaner to totally clean the material. It is important that you do not get the leather too wet as it would destroy the quality. If you get the leather wet, dry it by putting old newspapers inside the shoes to absorb the moisture. If your leather looks dull, you can use a leather conditioner to bring back the shine. Remember also not to put it in direct heat as this would dry it out and make the material brittle and cause it to crack. Unfinished leather should be allow to air dry and to maintain its quality, use a mink oil to preserve and maintain the material.


Suede will make you look good but is quite a nightmare when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. To protect it from water damage, spray the item with a protectant before wearing it. As suede is delicate, store shoes in places where they can breathe and away from any damp conditions that can cause molds and mildews. Scuff marks can easily be removed by using a specialized brush or even an eraser which is widely available from any shoe store. If your shoes get wet, use a clean towel or newspaper to absorb the moisture. As with leather, have it dry naturally and brush it once completely dry to restore its original look.


Canvas sneakers are easier to clean and would only require you to use every day cleaning items. To remove dirt and mud from the shoes, simply wait for them to dry out. Once completely dried up, remove the dirt with a brush. Use warm water and some detergent to clean the remaining stain(s). Afterwards, place a clean towel to absorb the moisture and hang to dry.


Some shoes have mesh fabrics on them and although it might look hard to clean, it is really easy. Simply clean the surrounding area first then clean the mesh with soft soap and warm water. Air dry the shoes to remove excess water.


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