January 26th is the Aussie day to shine, and with a piece of the jacflash family down under for the winter, why not warm you up with some of Australia’s best kept beauty secrets! Below you will find my personal top 5 tips that have kept supermodels like Abbey Lee, Elle MacPherson and Miranda Kerr at the top of the industry. With all the sun and salt water we knew there had to be some special tricks to keep them as stunning as they are...
1)Tea Tree Oil – As Canadians may already know, Tea Tree Oil is a great treatment for dry skin problems and fighting off colds and viruses. But down in Oz this oil is used as a prime beauty supply. Australian women apply tea tree oil to the hair to nourish and prevent dandruff. Try mixing it into a leave in conditioner and combing through damp hair. This can help with damaged broken hair and split ends. Mixing tea tree oil in moisturizer and applying on skin reduces sunburn and acne. Even pets can benefit by mixing some of the oil into their shampoo to prevent shedding and odour!
2)Tahitian Noni Juice – Miranda Kerr (Australia’s hottest new Victoria Secret model) swears by this juice as her number one beauty tip and secret.
This juice derived from the South Pacific Noni fruit is a natural energy drink that also contains immune boosting minerals and flushes the body from unhealthy toxins. Canadians can order this juice at (www.nonijuiceint.ca). Australian born swimsuit model (and Diddy’s hot girl in the controversial “Unforgiveable” video) Jessica Gomes has an easier to find solution with the same results; fish oil supplements! This is a know beauty pill among the model elite for its shiny hair benefits and glowing skin effects.
3)MAC Care Blends Essential Oil in Sweet Orange and Lavender – This teeny bottle was one of the secret sensations of the runways this season, and is being featured in this month’s Australia Vogue. MAC artist Gordon Espinet massaged a few drops if the face-plumping oils into models’ skin to get it gleaming for the runway. The citrus-scented plant-based oil can be used as a primer, face treatment oil or mixed in with your liquid base for a healthy, dewy sheen. Kylie Minogue, and Abbey Lee Kershaw are just a couple of the Australian Goddesses that are already swearing by this new product!
4)Solid Fragrances – Australian women know that when the sun is shining, your skin is sweating. And a secret way to keep your fragrance on you all day long is to go for a solid perfume bar instead of your normal spray. Aussie supermodel Elle Macpherson’s favourite scent by Diptyque “Philosykos” is now being made into a rich spreadable form of fragrance heaven. The black metal old-fashioned compact is a statement in itself. A cheaper but just as delicious version? LUSH Honey I Washed The Kids is a personal favourite; a mouth-watering honey-toffee scent. They also have a large range of LUSH scents that you can check out at any store in your area.
5)Australian Fashion - The fashion trends of different places around the world are exclusive in their own way and Australian fashion reflects a vivacious, creative, rich in color, fresh and exuberant style. Australian fashion labels are now sought after around the world because of their innovative designs. The bold colours of sunny Australian beaches and the starkly contrasting hues of the country’s central desert landscapes are captured in Australia’s fashion palette. Fashion models like Elle McPherson, Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward and Megan Gale have reinforced Australia’s image as a modern, fun and fresh culture. Australia excels in latest fashion trends for both men’s as well as women’s fashion. The products of Australian designers will make you have an exclusive style statement of your own. Looking for some Aussie style you can find in Toronto? Check out jacflash for the latest MINKPINK pieces to add to your wardrobe. Being one of the fastest growing Australian labels to hit Canada you can never go wrong with a fun and casual yet chic piece of Oz inspired design. So next time you think of upgrading your wardrobe, don’t forget to check out the designs of Australian fashion designers. Visit different fashion websites and fashion forums of Australia to know more about them.
I hope you enjoyed the winter cheer up and you try out some of these fun beauty tips.
Revival will host Haiti, Je T'aime tonight, with all proceeds going to Plan Canada in an effort to raise funds for the earthquake-torn country.
The evening promises DJ sets from Eon of Bedouin Soundclash, k-os, Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene, Blk Btlz, Starting From Scratch and DJ Paul E Lopes with MTV's Nichole Holness and Aliya-Jasmine Sovani hosting.
The live auction features fifty different items to bid on, including kicks signed by the entire Raptors team, concert tickets, jewelry, gift cards and more. Doors at 8 and a $10 minimum donation is required at the door, with the auction closing at 11:30 sharp.
Twin brothers, "Dee and Ricky Jackson, have been a part of downtown’s back drop since modeling for a handful of streetwear brands that started picking them out of the scenery. 5 years ago they began designing belts with XBox game controller buckles as part of a marketing scheme for the gaming system. Evolving their idea, the Staten Island boys are now creating versions of their belts using other brands’ controllers and mini Etch-A-Sketches, but their big break looks like its on the verge of happening right as we speak!
“We met Marc Jacobs through his boyfriend Jason Preston at a party in the Hamptons… Jason was feeling the belts so we gave him a couple. He showed Marc and Marc called us up personally, going crazy like ‘I want these belts for my show for fashion week!’”
Dee and Ricky’s Lego version belt and buckles appeared in the Marc by Marc Spring 2008 show in several forms including brooches, barrettes, and bolos and immediately became a favorite of Kanye West. Currently the twins are ironing out details for an exclusive deal with the luxury designer. They’ve already created a solid gold version of their Lego buckle and are currently working on several other big projects.
Dee and Ricky are keeping a tight lid on their creations but you can find them at Kid Robot and Colette (Paris)," and now at jacflash!!
FlashBam (jaclyn genovese of jacflash, and augustina valenza of bambi world) are coming together again perform "nasty naughty boy" and "it's a man's man's man's world" tonight at Jezebel Burlesque (227 Ossington Ave, entrance at rear of building). Come out for our dearest friend Eric Omikunle's (omineeekewlllll to some of us) 26th Birthday!!
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated cream moisturizer is great for winter's dry skin. It is also said to help and prevent stretch marks, scars, and blemishes. (warning: this solid formula feels quite "greasy" if you don't like very thick moisturizers you can go for the liquid serum.)
Also amazing as a lip chap. How can you go wrong?
2) Nivea Body Sunkissed Firming Moisturizer
Yes, I use self tanner and I am proud to say it, since I stopped using tanning beds and without such a "tan" I would look disturbingly deathlike. I love the Medium to Dark version of this Nivea lotion and the smell is not so bad. This formula is very thin (especially in comparison to my usually desired solid cocoa butter consistency), but it actually moisturizes pretty well. The almost runny consistency is easy to spread evenly.
3) Rubbing Alcohol
As soon as I feel a zit coming on I zap it with rubbing alcohol. Take a Q-Tip, dip it in the bottle of rubbing alcohol and simply apply on the zit. It disinfects as well as dries out the area.