Category: Beauty

Hairstylin 2015

hair 2015

 

Hair colour Verses skin colour.

Changing up your hair colour is never as simple as pointing at a model on the front of a magazine and proclaiming, “I want that!”

Your skin tone plays a major part in choosing the right colour for you, In fact, it’s less about the hair colour you like and more about what hair colour will suit your skin tone. The perfect hair colour will not only complement your skin-tone and make your best facial features pop, it also help you look years younger if its done right!   Lets face it, none of us want to look tired, un-natural, old or washed out…REally!

Skin Undertones and Hair Colour.

Your skin tone contains underlying pigments and less or more melanin. Naturally black or brown haired peeps will likely have warmer, earthy undertones in your skin like orange, brown, gold or orange-based red. Blondies or redheads will probably have cooler skin undertones like blue, green, pink or blue-based red.

So peeps with warmer skin tones will look better with a warmer hair color, like golden blondes or honey browns and orange reds. Those with cooler undertones in their skin will look better with cooler hair colors, like ash blonde, black or auburn browns

So here is an inside of whats ahead in the world of colour, Cheer’s to rockin’ 2015.

HAIRCOLOUR FOR 2015

Dark Highlights

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All-over dark colour is a little solid but breaking it up with subtle tonal highlights softly brightens and adds gorgeous dimension. Upkeep is very minimal, since the highlights look most natural when they start mid-shaft and frame the face. Lily Aldridge is a perfect example of the trend. I don’t think Balyage will ever die out… Its such minimal upkeep!

Colour treatment: Free lights mid-legths to ends for a face framing effect, all over gloss injected with an colour-tone of colour to suit your skin.

Maintenance: Very low maintenance.  Only requires 4 visit a year to your salon, maybe gloss and a toner in-between

Cost:  from $150 – $300

 

Golden Brown

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The soft spot between brown and red? Auburn, like Cara Delevingne’, she’s a chameleon we’ve seen her with every colour under the sun.. And Blake Lively here looks gorgeous as ever, always looks amazing!  Evan Rachael Wood rockin’ gorgeous auburn with golden highlights and pixie cut! Ask for subtle, thin chestnut highlights.

Colour treatment: Auburn all over & compliment with chestnut highlights to break it up.

Maintenance: Medium Every 6 – 8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.

Cost: from $250 – $300

Dirty Blonde

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Going from brunette to blonde? Easing into a lighter colour  will be much better on your hair. Keep the roots darker and blended in with warm caramel and caramel highlights through the length. Love this look!

Colour Treatment: Tint or semi on the roots with Wella Freelights on the ends and possibly a toner.

Maintenance: Medium 8 – 10 weeks visits

Cost: $250 – $300

Bright Blonde

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Bright, buttery blonde color, like sexy Gigi here, tends to be more flattering (and less maintenance) than platinum and much nicer on the skin. Look how her skin is glowing!

Colour Treatment: Lots of fine highlights with a few colour’s with soft tonal differences.

Maintenance: High maintenance visits to the salon every 6 weeks.

Cost: $200 – $300

Rose Gold

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“This season is all about rose-golden locks,” .  It flatters all skin tones but looks best on pale skin.  Well I think so anyway.. You all know I’m a fan of the pale

Colour Treatment: Beautiful copper tint with some wella free lights to create texture.

Maintenance: High maintenance salon visits every 4 – 6 weeks.

Cost: First initial visit $250 then $150 – $200

Fashion colours

Guys these sorts of colours are very high maintenance. But if you have the patience you could be walking around with a very cool lookin colour!

Pastel colour. Grey – Blue – Purple are the most popular a Esstudio.   The hair needs to be lifted to a very light blonde before applying the fashion colour. A favorite of ours right now is a beautiful clean Grey!! Believe it or not!  This one looks best on pretty young things haha.

Love this ombre grey with a darker root and the Denim blue.

Why not try this colour at Esstudio
We were voted one of the top salons by Urbanlist!

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Colour Treatment: Depends on what your colour is when you start – Lift your colour to the palest colour of blonde and apply high fashion colours to achieve the colour chosen.

Maintenance: Extremely high maintenance 4 weekly salon visits

Cost: Initial cost $300 – $500 and maintenance $200

Hairs Styles Verses Face Shapes

Coming into autumn soon, we think it’s the perfect time to heat things up with a new look. This season is all about texture, from fuzzy sweaters to fresh bouncy layers in our hair.

The secret to wearing a hairstyle trend lies in the cut and your hair texture and your face shape. e.g. a long bob works much better on a rounder face than the classic, chin-length bob. And when it comes to bangs, side-swept is your best bet if you have a long face.

Here are examples of a few face shapes.

Round face shape

If you have a round face, You should have your hair cut that hits below the chin or longer. You want to add a little length to your face.

Hairstyles with height and fullness at the crown will give the illusion of a narrower face shape, particularly those short in length.
Longer hairstyles or ones that are kept close to the cheeks with no width will look better.
Middle parts are great for creating the illusion of narrow length.

Oval face shape

Oval faces tend to look good in everything, but their faces can appear long with the wrong haircut.

Any shape and style can be worn, whether it’s short, long, layered or bobbed.
The thing to consider with an oval face shape is what part of your face you want to accentuate. This is where you can get creative with bangs and layers or how you style your hair everyday.

Long/Oblong face

Hairstyle that are short to medium in length with longer top layers without height are best suited.

Chin and shoulder length looks that turn under or kick out also work very well to add width.  Straight across bangs with side parts work best.
Layered styles in medium and long lengths that add body in with wavy and curly textures are great for softening the straight long lines of oblong face shapes.

HAIRCUTS FOR 2015

Pixie Rock

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This season the usually sweet pixie cut gets a bad-arse makeover with shaved sides, spikes which really accentuate the sexiness of your cheekbones, neck, and jawline.

A little Ruffled up

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Say goodbye to those stick straight angled bobs! This season is all about short, defined waves (like Sienna Miller’s) that effortlessly frame your face, or peek out from underneath your favourite Hat.

The Modern 70’s

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This popular cut takes inspiration from the 1970s beauty icon, but is still running strong and looks fab. The shoulder-length feathery layers will work with or without bangs like Taylor Swift’s and complement all face shapes.

The Blunt Cut

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Though texture is trending, this blunt mid-length style is having a major moment, too. It has absolutely no layers, just a straight across cut with a bit of feathering at the ends, and works best on those with an oval face shape like Kendall Jenner.

Modern Beach waves

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Instead of the been there, done that, mermaid waves that we usually see on the red carpet are in this season.

Expect to see choppy front pieces or bangs with some long layers adding lots of fabulous texture. This look has natural volume and an effortlessly easy, yet sexy vibe.

JAX XX

 

 

7 Beauty Essentials For Summer

Now that the blitz has gone, ok slight exaggeration there but hey no one likes winter and boy am I glad its gone! It’s time to make some changes in your beauty regimen for summer. Here are 7 beauty essentials for summer

1. Mattifying Primer

 

If you already use primers, that’s great but opt for one that’s mattifying because this Aussie heat will have your makeup dripping  down your face. My favorite is Mac Prep + Prime.

2.Blotting Paper

 

Listen, If I’m going to expend blood, sweat and tears it’s not going to be over if my makeup is going to withstand the rigors of the day. So get yourself some blotting paper and take it with you everywhere! The Clean & Clear Instant Oil Absorbing Oil Sheets are great, inexpensive too!

3. Waterproof Formulas

Sweat is part water and you don’t want racoon eyes by the time 5 o’clock rolls by. So switch to waterproof mascara,eyeliner,foundation,eyeshadow, lipstick, blusher- Basically, what I’m trying to say here is waterproof everything!  Try Mac’s Zoom Waterfast  Lash Mascara

4. Mineral Makeup

I hardly wear makeup during the hot months of summer but when I do its very minimal and light and the best way to get this is by using mineral makeup makeup. Its very light and doesn’t make you look cakey. I love Nude by Nature, they have wide range mineral makeup to choose from

5. SPF

This is non-negotiable. No matter what the weather, slap that sunscreen on! Even if its a cold and cloudy day you can risk the chances of premature aging skin if you don’t apply sunscreen. Moisturisers with SPF are great to, try  La Clinica’s Sunscreen Lotion

6.Pretty Paws & Claws

People will hardly notice you are sweating when your nails look amazing! It’s scientifically proven. Ok, fine, it’s not, but I still say book an appointment with Jax and she will have your nails looking awesome.

7. Moisturisring Hair Treatment

With all the swimming and heat from the sun, your hair is going to get dryer than the Sahara Desert . So give your hair some tender loving care and apply a hair moisturising treatment once a week. The O&M  Seven Day Miracle masque is great for an once a week treatment, it gives your hair a shot of intense moisture  that it needs with the blend of unique organic oils. We actually stock O&M at Esstudio too! Continue reading

Which Foundation is Right or You?

Picking the perfect foundation makeup for your skin can be daunting if you don’t know what your doing.

The Best Coloured Foundation Will Disappear on Your Face

If you take anything at all away from this blog, remember this: the right foundation shade will disappear onto your skin. It won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles or highlight large pores. It will lightly cover up any redness or unevenness but it will do so without being obvious. It will look like your natural skin tone. Don’t use darker foundations than your skin colour to get that tan, nothing looks worse EVER than the obvious foundation line. Use bronzer on top to bronze yourself up. Check out one of my other blog on Bronzer.

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Test before you buy.
You should do this to see what looks best on your skin. Most colours actually look different out of the bottle so test test test!
Not only the colour but the thickness/lightness of it. Also whether you want a liquid, cream or powder.

Testing Out Different Shades

When testing out shades, it’s best to do this at the makeup counter or in the right light with a clean, fresh face.

The best shade for you is one that disappears on your face. To test, apply a stroke of up to three colors on your jawline (the inner wrist or hand aren’t the best spots, contrary to popular belief) try it on your face as you will be wearing it there! 🙂

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The second shade from the left is the right one.. You can hardly see it!
Once you find that perfect fit, check it out in natural light. Ask to borrow a hand mirror and stand near a doorway, or step outside, to see which foundation looks best in the natural light.

What’s the Right Formula for Your Skin?

When choosing a foundation it’s best to try and know your skin type. Foundations are formulated for oily, dry, mature, normal, sensitive skin. Keep in mind that most your skin type changes with the weather. In winter, you might be dry, while in summer you might be oily. Also, lots of women actually have combination skin, which means they are oily in the T-zone and dry everywhere else.

If your skin is oily, look for words like “oil-free,” “oil-control” or “mattifying” on the bottle.

Women with dry skin should look for moisturizing foundations with “hydrating” or “moisture-rich” wording on the bottle. Foundations containing glycerin glide on easily.

For combination skin, determine if you’re more oily or dry and go from there. Cream-to-powder bases work great for combination skin. Mineral foundations work well on all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

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Coverage: Do You Want Light, Medium or Heavy?

When choosing a foundation figure out the what coverage you want. This may also be seasonal. You may choose lighter coverage in summer and a heavier, creamier coverage in colder months. A SPF foundation would be great for summer too!

If you have good skin, but want to even out a few ruddy areas, consider a light coverage, tinted moisturizers or light powders. If your skin tone is uneven and you have blemishes, consider a medium-coverage foundation. Most medium-coverage foundations a liquid or a creme and can be built upon to create a heavier coverage.

Yellow Vs. Pink Shades?

If you read about foundations in any beauty book or magazine, you will likely read about yellow- and pink-based shades. Women with olive skin should use yellow-based foundations, which look most natural on all skin tones. Pink shades can be better for women with very fair skin.

Last of all if you are still baffled.  Why not pop in and see me and we could do a private makeup tutorial!  Give me a call.

Jax xx

 

 

New York Fashion week.. Beauty

The beauty of New York fashion week.  Well our favorites anyway!!

Nicolas K
Heavy black liner under the eyes.
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Honor
Blue eyes and nails w/pearls!
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Ann Yee

Blue and white nail wraps.  Red lips and low ponies!
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Peter Som
Red liner.
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Jason Wu
Side parted low ponies and beautiful natural makeup.
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Actually there was low ponies everywhere!!
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And some with wet fringes and zagged parts.

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There was heaps of inspiration… And some yes strange that I wouldn’t be so inclined to try!!  Stay tune for London!!

 

I’m excited to try some of the cute nails @ esstudio!

Jax xx

Blush or Bronzer??? What do you use?

Let’s get ready!
First apply some primer then your regular foundation.  Now use a foundation colour to totally match your natural skin colour.. If you want a bit of the sun-kissed look or some colour to your cheeks.  This is where we would use blush or bronzer.
But which do you grab????  Your blush or your bronzer?

Tricky situation, right? You almost feel like you should use one or the other?  Or do you even own both?  Wowzez!! Break them rules!

But guess what! You can actually use both 🙂  But it must be down right.  Who likes that look of a orange face when used too much bronzer???  Not me!

Bad bronzing!
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Here’s a super-quick guide to work out the colour your cheeks should be sporting.

If you want to look like you have been to Hawaii.

Go for a little bronzer. The brown pigments will give your skin that I’ve-just-spent-a-week-in-the-Caribbean glow and if you choose one with some shimmer in it, it will give your skin an instant hit of radiance.

Apply your bronzer under your cheekbones, around your jawline, by your hairline and on your nose and chin. Lightly dust some on your neck, chest and décolletage for good measure and to make it all look natural.   Do not over do this step… sometimes bronzer can go terribly wrong!

Good bronzing.

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If you want to contour:

Reach for the bronzer or a darker foundation.  Powder or creme, but make sure its free from any shimmer or glitter. The natural hue will help bring out your angles while adding warmth to your face.

Starting at your temples by the top of your ears and draw a three and coming down just under the chin line. Apply the bronzer or creme in the hollows of your cheeks.  Blend blend blend into your foundation so there is no harsh lines.  You can also apply the colour on either side of the bridge of your nose and at your temples. Your skin will look fabulous after this!

The three rule.. (done in blue here.. just so you can see) 🙂 This is where you should contour.

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If you want your skin to look ‘awake’:

Blush time! Pink and peach blushes will help give your skin a wonderfully natural flush that almost looks like you’ve run all the way to work.  (without doing it) hehe

The key to a great blush application is to keep the colour light and not too brightly pigmented, otherwise you’ll lose that natural look.  And it will turn clown like!

If your face is round or oval, apply your blush on your cheekbones up towards your ears as this will help lengthen your face and add definition. For longer faces, apply your blush on the apples of your cheeks and extend the colour horizontally towards your ears.

Great Blushing!

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If you want an overall natural finish:

Use both!!  Wowzez… Who would have known. 🙂

Just make sure you don’t go overboard with how much you apply and make sure you blend the colour in properly.

Queen of Contouring

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There you go!!  Viola!
And if you are still unsure why not come in for a little makeup course and I can give you a few tips and tricks!

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Jax xox