Product Reviews

Summer beauty

Do you need a 'naked pedicure' this summer?

The cuticles are meticulously cleaned and neatened: a key to the success of the naked pedicure.

Stephanie Darling Stephanie Darling tries a "naked pedicure" and chooses new favourite after-dark fragrances.

Thrifty beauty

This makeup tutorial only uses kitchen pantry products


Kathleen Lee Joe Delicious, natural and cheap, what more could you want?

Nasty Gal x MAC

Girl bosses rejoice, MAC is teaming up with Nasty Gal

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  Nasty Gal Founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso attends a signing for her new book

KATHLEEN LEE JOE MAC Cosmetics and #GIRLBOSS Nasty Gal are collaborating on a four-piece beauty collection.

Organic beauty

Why organic skincare may not be better for you

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE Going organic certainly sounds more holistic and Goop-approved, but are the products as effective as their mainstream counterparts? And what exactly makes a product organic anyway?

Beauty nostalgia

Which beauty products make you feel nostalgic?

Kate Moss

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Return to a period when half-up, half-down hairstyles fixed with a thousand claw clips, cloyingly sweet vanilla-scented body spray and multiple shades of mascara were the height of sophistication.

Faux tan trial

Prep your skin for summer's best fake-tanners


Stephanie Darling Stephanie Darling enjoys a skin-sloughing body treatment and unveils the latest in fake tanning.

Beauty beat

Prep for spring with glowing skin and a super long-lasting manicure

Alexa Chung

Stephanie Darling The week's beauty run down courtesy of Stephanie Darling.

Famous faces

Get excited about these celebrity makeup lines

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE We’ve just caught word that two of our favourite beauty icons are making makeup now.

Sneak preview: check out the beauty products Sephora is bringing to Australia

Sephora Australia will open in December in Sydney's Pitt Street Mall.

JENNA CLARKE Sephora has given beauty fans a sneak preview of what to expect from its first Australian store.

Beauty buzzwords

Your guide to reading beauty labels

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE You try to avoid foods with preservatives, flavour enhancers and other nasty E-numbers, but how about your beauty products? When it comes to reading labels on eye creams and makeup, things get very complex indeed.

Heel and toe

Christian Louboutin matches your nails to your shoe soles

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10:  Christian Louboutin attends at 'Chambre Syndicale De La Haute Couture' Cocktail in Hotel Salomon de Rotschild, in Paris on July 10, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)

Kathleen Lee Joe The standout shade is, of course, Rouge Louboutin.

Beauty beat

Try winter-chic elfin nails and gold-toned highlighter


Stephanie Darling Stephanie Darling discovers a cult serum, indulges in a facial and shows it's easy to be green with the latest nail colours.

Beauty tips

You should really try this beauty trick

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07:  A model gets makeup applied backstage at the Cushnie Et Ochs fashion show during MADE Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Milk Studios on February 7, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

Leonie Barlow A misunderstood beauty product that might just solve your eye-makeup woes.

Marge Simpson x MAC

Check out 'The Simpson's' themed MAC collection

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Effie Mann Marge Simpson branches out with a new makeup collaboration.

Alphabet beauty

Confused about BB, CC and DD face creams?


Leonie Barlow We thought it was about time we cleared up any confusion.

Beauty beat

The best new floral fragrances


Stephanie Darling Stephanie Darling gets a much-needed hair treat, sniff tests the latest floral fragrances and talks to Lancome's super scientist.

Beauty beat

We find the solution for tired eyes, a tonic for healthy skin and give facial threading a try

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Stephanie Darling Stephanie Darling tries the ancient technique of threading and finds the best eye creams.

Beauty Beat

Essential travel items, expert advice and the latest in hot-iron technology

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Stephanie Darling Stephanie Darling becomes a willing guinea pig, with uplifting results – and discovers life's little travel essentials.

Beauty beat

Flawless matte foundation and a dainty nail-art pedicure


Stephanie Darling heads feet first into nail-art nirvana and finds a flawless finish for her foundation.

Beauty beat

Nude lips teamed with smoky eyes form a winning combination

Backstage at Zimmerman at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York S/S 2014


Stephanie Darling Stephanie Darling embraces the latest nude lip trend and sees the (infrared) light.

Beauty staples

Replenish your beauty kit with these four staples

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GENEVIEVE ROSEN Eye drops and paper towels might not be glamorous, but at least they’re hard-working.

Beauty beat

How to extend your summer glow


Stephanie Darling Stephanie Darling goes for gold, discovers the unexpected, and finds a winning treatment to boost winter skin.

Sephora debut

Rejoice! Sephora is coming to Australia!

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 30:  General view of atmoshphere during the Sephora VIB Rouge Spring Social at Sephora Downtown Seattle on March 30, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Sephora)

EFFIE MANN Overseas panic buys could be a thing of the past with the powerhouse beauty retailer Australia-bound.

Celebrity fragrances

Why we can't get enough of celebrity fragrances

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 11:  Karl Lagerfeld attends his new perfume launch party at Palais Brongniart on March 11, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julien Hekimian/Getty Images)

ELEANOR PENDLETON People really, really want to smell like their favourite celebrities.

Nail colour

The season's hottest nail shades

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Melissa Williams-King You might not be ready for winter clothes, but new nail polish shades are an easy autumn accessory to try.

Beauty muse

Perfect 90s preppy with Cher from Clueless


NICOLE ELPHICK Cher’s style was influenced by nineties minimalism, a fairly pronounced preppy streak and a touch of Beverly Hills glamour.

Bathroom luxe

Why not beautify your bathroom?

Woman showing how to take a bath.

NICOLE ELPHICK Fancied-up bathroom products needn't just be for holidays.

Fig season

Beauty products that harness the deliciousness of figs


NICOLE ELPHICK Let's celebrate the ancient fruit beloved by Cleopatra and Buddha.


The products beauty editors swear by

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Eleanor Pendleton Eleanor Pendleton reveals the must-haves beauty editors favour.

Fair-trade beauty

Do you have a fair-trade beauty routine?


NICOLE ELPHICK You probably have fair-trade coffee in your plunger and fair-trade chocolate as a treat, but how about the products you use on your skin?

Cosmetic lust

The beauty products we're pining for


Love, by its very definition, requires a degree of faithfulness. When it comes to beauty, however, fidelity can be vastly overrated.

Coming up roses

Don't limit yourself to flowers this Valentine's Day


NICOLE ELPHICK Roses are one of the most multitasking, sweet smelling beauty ingredients around.

Scented nails

Scented nail polishes: great or gimmick?


Melissa Williams-King Now that everyone is getting gel manicures, regular nail polish brands need to get even more inventive to entice us.

Beauty collab

Derek Lam x Estee Lauder is casually luxurious


NICOLE ELPHICK A limited edition five-piece make-up set will be debuted at the designer's Spring 2014 show.

Gwen for OPI

Check out Gwen Stefani's new beauty venture


NICOLE ELPHICK The pop star teams with OPI for her cosmetic debut.

Natural deodorants

You should switch to a natural deodorant


NICOLE ELPHICK Our aluminium-free picks to ward off any potential summer stink.

Best scents 2013

Our 2013 perfume round-up


NICOLE ELPHICK Five fragrances that will have you obsessively sniffing your wrist.

Aussie beauty

Who is Vanessa Megan?


NICOLE ELPHICK We’re always keeping an eye out for local, all-natural beauty products - and this skincare range pinged our radar.

Limited edition

Limited edition beauty


NICOLE ELPHICK These products are here for a good time, not a long time.

Uniqlo Hairdo

Uniqlo matches your clothes to your hair style


NICOLE ELPHICK And it's both adorable and useful.

Beauty road test

Beauty road test: Lanolips 101 ointment

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25:  Model Erin Heatherton attends M Missoni is for Music Summer Event at Le Bain & Rooftop at The Standard on July 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Missoni)

NICOLE ELPHICK We trial a simple product that might just change your life.

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Beauty road test

Cleansing oil

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NICOLE ELPHICK We trial a fancy cleansing oil from an established brand.

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Blush Cheek Creme

Dior creme blush

NICOLE ELPHICK We get our glow on with this new blush range from Dior.

Beauty road test

MAC Powerchrome eye pencil

MAC Eye pencil

NICOLE ELPHICK Should you make space in your cosmetics case for MAC’s hottest eye product?

Beauty road test

Bond Girls nail polish

Bond nail polish

NICOLE ELPHICK We have licence to try out a nail polish collection that pays homage to the Bond girl.

Beauty road test

Hair Volume Maker

Big hair beauty road test

NICOLE ELPHICK We try out a volumising powder for those whose hair mantra is “Go big or go home”.

Beauty road test

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant


NICOLE ELPHICK We try out an all-natural deoderant that doesn't look like it's sold at a health food market.

Beauty road test

ck one shine lipstick


NICOLE ELPHICK The king of minimalism has released a lipstick/gloss hybrid. We take it for a spin

beauty road test

Clarisonic Mia 2

Natural beauty shot of young brunette woman

NICOLE ELPHICK We try out the whirring little face cleaning machine that has the beauty world abuzz.

beauty road test

Road Test: Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration treatment mask

Beauty portrait of young brunette woman

NICOLE ELPHICK We give a replenishing mask for dry skin a spin.

beauty road test

Road Test: Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover

Smoky eyes

NICOLE ELPHICK We try out a make-up remover designed to extinguish even the smokiest eye.

Road Test: GHD

Road Test: New GHD

Long straight hair/beauty road test

NICOLE ELPHICK The most famous brand in hair straightening has a new product that promises sleeker hair in record time. We take it for a spin.

beauty road test

Road Test: Benefit Do the Bright Thing make-up kit

Beauty road test

NICOLE ELPHICK We try out a makeup kit to see if it will deliver that all-important glow.

Beauty road test

Road Test: Muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Shampoo


NICOLE ELPHICK An argan oil infused shampoo designed to repair dehydrated, damaged and brittle hair.

Product review

Road test: Kit & Gorman Nail Strips

Gorman Kit nails

NICOLE ELPHICK We try out a new collaboration between fashion label Gorman and Kit cosmetics - press-on nails.

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Road Test: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup

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NICOLE ELPHICK Skin looking more orange peel than peachy? This foundation minimises the look of pores, both instantly and over time.

Beauty roadtest

Road Test: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum

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NICOLE ELPHICK A potent serum made specifically for the delicate eye area in a new lightweight, refreshing texture.

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Road Test: Joico Instant refresh

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NATALIE REILLY We try out an Australian first - a dry shampoo that sprays on clear.

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