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Charlotte Dawson

This past weekend Australia was in a state of shock after hearing that media personality Charlotte Dawson had taken her own life. Nearly every person with a social media account or a blog has written something about how they have reacted to the news, or how Charlotte was an incredible person or to throw blame at the trolls that bullied her for years ….. but that is not what my post, this post, is about. I’ve made no secret of my battle with depression, having talked about it numerous times on this very blog and constantly on social media. Admittedly, I haven’t spoken about it much over the past year and it’s for a good reason …. or so I thought.

Charlotte was a gorgeous, talented, funny woman as well as a warrior for human rights, compassion and equality. By all accounts, she should have been very happy with her success in life and for her memorable impact as a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model. She had fans, friends, family, loyal followers and she made a nice dollar or two. Why would someone with all that commit suicide? Well, that’s the thing, a lot of people who commit suicide have no reason that others would consider justifiable. Depression, mental illness, suicidal tendencies … they don’t discriminate. They’re an equal opportunist that can touch anyone and everyone. It’s this fact that most people are taking away from Charlotte’s death but in my case it’s something completely different. The news of Charlotte Dawson’s final act made me realise something massive in my life had changed. Something I never thought would happen.

I don’t want to kill myself…… anymore. Continue Reading

ANTM Makeover Header

Australia’s Next Top Model is one of my favourite reality shows. I have never quite come to terms with the fact I stopped growing at 11 years old because it is was my life goal to be a supermodel. Watching ANTM is as close as I can get to living the real experience so I embrace it like a drug addiction each year. If I was only allowed to watch 1 hours of TV per year I would most definitely pick the “makeover episode” of Australia’s Next Top Model. Makeovers make thrilling TV and I love seeing how much a person’s appearance can change with a bit of a hair cut or splash of hair dye.

This year Troy Thompson, TRESemme’s ANTM Hair Director, was in charge of the makeovers and I think he did a spectacular job on the girls. We have been lucky enough to get Troy to spill the beans on what he did to some of our favourite model-contestants. Continue Reading

If I were to ever subject myself to the tortures of throwing a big wedding, there is no doubt in my mind I would invest in an Alex Perry wedding dress. If I could afford it, I would invest in an Alex Perry dress every time he released a collection. I love his collections that much. Alex Perry is one of those rare male designers who totally understands the body shape of a real woman. The curves, the bumps and how to hold everything in place. There is just no feeling like wearing an Alex Perry dress.

For those of you overseas who haven’t heard of Alex Perry, he is considered the designer of choice for Australian celebrities when it comes to red carpet dressing and their lavish weddings. He is Australia’s best couturier in my opinion. Alex is the design mentor on Project Runway and is a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model (and has been every season since it commenced!). Most recently he has done a few brand collaborations but in my opinion none have really captured the essence of what an Alex Perry design is all about.

Magnolia Silver Jewellery seem to understand that feeling a woman gets when wearing an Alex Perry design and what makes them special. This season they made a move to impress me (yes, I am sure they did it just for me) by collaborating with Alex Perry on a special jewellery collection. Now for a fraction of the cost of one of Alex’s dresses, you can achieve the same joyous emotion by wearing one of his handcrafted luxury jewellery pieces.

Today I want to show you what I consider to be my first piece from the Alex Perry for Magnolia collection. I have no doubt I will be back for more and with Christmas so close I am hoping a few family and friends get this vocal hint about what I want coming my way.  Continue Reading

If you are a reality TV lover than there is no doubt you saw the devastating series final of Australia’s Next Top Model. Like a typical narcissist I loved every second of it. Honestly, I didn’t really care who won but I thought Amanda definitely had the right mix of commercial modelling and runway skills. There, that is my 2 cents worth.

ChapStick seem to like Amanda’s commercial look as well, so they have just announced her appointment as their official campaign face for 2011. I think it is a great match for the 20 year old because it is a realistic alignment. In my opinion the worst thing you can do with celebrity endorsements, or ambassadorships, is to pair a product with a person you know would never use it. For example, if Celebrity Slim came out with Amanda being their ambassador that would just be ridiculous, but they have Ricki-Lee Coulter (and after seeing her at RAFW last month may I say she is looking damn fine!!) which is a perfect match. Point is, I totally see Amanda using the ChapStick products and it does inspire me to want to try them. After all, isn’t that what celebrity endorsements are about?

The official quote from Amanda in regards to this campaign Continue Reading

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Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty September 2017 beauty products

Wow, guys. This month is absolute madness in the beauty launch calendar. The best new beauty September launches have come in strong from the likes of Fenty Beauty, Too Faced, St Tropez, Nip + Fab, Katy Perry and more.

Discover the best of the best new beauty products with my Best New Beauty September round-up. Continue Reading

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