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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

CHOP SHOP

I don’t know if it’s the heat of the Aussie Summer or what, but lately the salon has been overrun with ladies looking to lop off their luscious locks. It’s a super easy way to beat the heat, cut styling time down by like a billion percent AND if you have Virgin Hair* that is 20cm or longer, you can donate your hair to organisations like Pantene  Beautiful Lengths to be made into a wig for women undergoing cancer treatment.

shorthair *Virgin Hair is hair that has not been coloured or chemically treated.

FA-BLUE-OUS

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This nail art is really easy to achieve as long as you have some tape (even a Post-It will do) and some spare time to kill. Start with your typical base coat and two coats of colour – in this case white. Then wait 30 minutes or so for the white to dry before applying your tape in a triangle pattern – or if you’re super organised you can pant the white the night before. Apply one coat of light blue polish (Chanel’s Coco Blue) and after 10 seconds remove the tape. Wait another 10 minutes for the polish to dry before applying two new pieces of tape about 1mm further towards the free edge of the nail. Apply one coat of a darker blue polish (Chanel’s Blue Rebel). Once again, wait 10 seconds before peeling away the tape. Wait 15 minutes before applying tape another 1mm closer and then apply the metallic blue polish (Chanel’s Azure). Wait – you guessed it – another 10 seconds before removing the tape and then finish with a top coat!

If you don’t have this much time, but you have a steady hand and a striping brush handy then you can work from the inside out rather than the outside in. Start with your base coat and then two coats of white polish. Then paint the metallic blue triangle. After that you will need your striping brush to paint the two borders – first the darker blue and then the light blue. Finish with a top coat and Voila! Picture perfect nails!

If you don’t have the patience or just don’t trust yourself, pop by Esstudio Galleria and take advantage of our extensive range of Chanel polishes while we paint your nails to perfection!

TIPS FOR TANNERS

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Now that Summer has arrived, a spray tan is pretty much a necessity to ease you back into lazy days at the beach. I mean, nobody wants to be that pasty girl on the sand, sparkling like a disco ball, right? But with a spray tan comes that niggling doubt of what if – what if I go orange? What if I go patchy? Or streaky? Well below I have written my very own guide to the ultimate spray tan so that you can make the most out of this summer.

First of all, exfoliation is key. A spray tan works by staining the outer layer of your skin cells darker (not as scary as it sounds – trust me). By exfoliating, you are removing the dead skin cells that would have flaked off in a couple of days and leaving behind younger skin cells that will stick around much longer which means a more even and longer lasting tan.

On the day of your spray tan, don’t wear any deodorant, perfume or moisturizer to your appointment. Not only do these products create a barrier between your skin and the tan (and only where you have applied it – hello patchy tan!), but deodorant can also turn your tan green! Not a good look.

Once your tan has been applied, don’t swim, shower or sweat until the development time is over. This can range anywhere from 30 minutes to eight hours, so make sure that you check before you leave your appointment! Make sure that if you have an Express Tan (30mins-4 hours) that you don’t leave it on longer than the recommended development time – it can overdevelop and may go orange. If you have a 6-8 hour tan then this won’t overdevelop and can be left overnight.

Once your tan has developed, jump in the shower and use a sulphate-free shower gel to cleanse your skin as sulphates found in other body wash products can strip your tan. After showering, pat your skin dry with your towel rather than rub so that you don’t prematurely fade the tan.

Make sure that you use a body butter every day – morning and night – to keep your skin hydrated as this will prevent dead skin cells flaking off and taking your tan with them!

Avoid chlorinated pools, the beach and hot showers as these can all cause premature fading.

Enjoy your summer!

FAUX GLOW

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Now, I’m sure that by now you are more than aware that tanning is skin cells in trauma and that skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in Australia. Which is definitely scary but admittedly never stopped me from laying out in the sun for hours on end trying to achieve the perfect bronzed bod.

We all strive for the ultimate golden complexion because we want to look beautiful, right? Well, what if I told you that sun damage is the number one reason for premature ageing in Australia? Don’t believe me? Well get this – I have a friend who is six years older than me; her entire life she has been extremely aware of applying sunblock every day before she leaves the house and again around lunch time. I did not. And now, she looks younger than me. I’m talking about a twenty-four year old woman being asked for ID when entering a pub because she looks sixteen or seventeen. It’s ridiculous.

Not ready to pass up on a tanned bikini body this summer? Don’t stress – spray tans are the easiest (and safest) way to get your glow on! Technology has come a long way in the past few years so you needn’t freak about looking like an oompa-loompa. It’s all about choosing the right base tone for your colouring. If you have a pale complexion, then a product with a green base will give your skin some warmth underneath the brown. If you already have a warm skin tone then you should use a product with a blue or violet base to avoid looking too yellow. Because jaundice is never a good look.

At Esstudio we use Techno Tan for our spray tans – it comes in a wide variety of colours and in both express tans and long-wear 8-hour options. It lasts between 5 and 10 days, depending on your natural colouring and how well you maintain your tan! (Stay tuned for a post on the best ways to get the most wear out of your spray tan)