CosBeauty Magazine #80


CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia. In this issue we look at:
• Breast Surgery - augmentation explained
• Celebrity Beauty Ranges
• Is your phone ageing you?
• Bridal Makeup Trends
• Under the influence - The Instagram Stars shaping the Beauty Industry
• Share the Dignity - Be part of the new movement giving products to this in need.


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is your phone

ageing you?




under the


the insta stars

shaping the

beauty industry

Share the


be part of the

new movement

giving products

to those in need



augmentation explained


australian capital territory

Riana’s Health & Skin Care Clinic, Greenway

02 6166 2265

new south wales

Beauty Matters, Moree 02 6752 2323

Douglas Pereira Clinical Skin Therapy, Sydney

0407 443 350

Dr Peter Laniewski, Erina 1300 322 337

Dr Van Park, Woollarah 1300 945 539

Flawless You, Hunters Hill 0490 544 302

Glenrose Beauty Gallery, Belrose 02 9453 5100

HD Cosmetic Clinic, Alexandria 02 8095 9577

Helena’s Day Spa, Roselands 02 9153 5533

Laser Sydney, Carnes Hill 02 8798 5636

North Coast Anti-Ageing, Lismore 02 6621 6699

Refresh Rejuvenate, Yamba 02 6646 8903

Skin Renu, Balmain 02 9555 9506

Spa D’or Beauty Centre, Blacktown 02 9622 0111

Sydney Mobile Medispa, Kings Park 0420 260 260

The Ritz Relaxation & Wellbeing, Kogarah

02 9587 2118

northern territory

Palmerston Day Spa, Palmerston 08 8932 8622

south australia

Elixir Skin Fitness, Beulah Park 0407 703 870


Radiance Clinic, Samford Village 07 3289 2997

Skin & Light Medi-Clinic, Cairns 07 4041 5105

Townsville Injectable & Laser Clinic, Hyde Park

07 4772 7214

Valerie’s Beauty Clinic, Upper Mount Gravatt

07 3216 8804


Appearance Clinic Australia, Aberfeldie 03 9331 2566

BeautyMedix, Brighton 03 9596 7320

Dermedique Pty Ltd, Glen Iris 03 9885 1888

Dr Dream Australia Laser Clinic, Richmond

03 9427 1899

Elita Cosmetic Medicine, Glenroy 03 9300 1942

EST Skincare Technology, Box Hill 03 9890 2800

Indulgence Medi-Spa, Wheelers Hill 03 9560 2835

Indulgence Medi-Spa, Doncaster East 03 9841 4827

Instant Laser Clinic, Kew 03 9851 8900

Katrina Face & Skin Cosmetics, South Yarra

0414 589 998

Medical Skin Clinic Australia, Torquay 03 5261 6171

Skin Guru, Northcote 0408 594 894

Skin Temple Medi Clinic & Spa, Melbourne

03 9867 2992

The Skin Boutique, Elwood 03 9453 5100

The Skin Boutique Southland, Cheltenham

03 9583 0111

Victorian Dermal Group, Kew 03 9853 9264

western australia

Assure Cosmetic Clinic, Subiaco 08 9380 0380

Auspoint Skin Cancer & Health Clinic, Como

08 9313 1187

City Beach Skin Revision, City Beach 08 9245 2040

Desert Goddess Beauty Clinic, Port Hedland

0447 393 763

Dr Anh Nguyen, Perth 08 9322 2659

Face Forward - WA, North Fremantle 08 9385 5544

Karen Bowen Dermal Therapy, Applecross

08 9316 3836

Lauren Wood Skin Clinic, Karrinyup 0409 438 211

Luminous Skin Clinic, Joondalup 08 9301 4469

Medivive Cosmetic & Medical Clinic, Cockburn

08 9417 3337

Ora Skin, North Perth 08 9242 3155

Sanctuary Beauty & Wellness, Southern River

08 9398 5532

Skin Agents, Guildford 08 9279 4661

Skin Plus Beauty & IPL Clinic, Bunbury 08 9791 9417

SKYN, Nedlands 08 9389 9022

The Skin Nurse, Perth 0447 025 894

Youth Lab, West Perth 08 9324 1604




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46 Lip Trends

We look at changes in lip

fashion over the last century

and explore what’s hot in 2018

46 Black Market Cosmetic Drugs

Seized in Back-alley Clinics

Raids on Australian cosmetic

clinics have uncovered

thousands of illegal

cosmetic drugs

46 A Year of Global Festivals to

add to your Bucket List – part 2



10 Editor’s letter

12 Beauty insider

108 Ed’s Faves


20 Celebrity Beauty Ranges

54 Is your phone ageing you?

38 Bridal Makeup Trends

From Boho to Glamour, we have

every makeup style covered

for today’s brides

26 Under the influence

The Insta stars shaping

the beauty industry

96 Share the Dignity

Be part of the new

movements giving products

to those in need

66 Breast Surgery

Your guide to augmentation


16 Welcome to the Beauty Bank

A new movement in the UK is

tackling hygiene poverty one

beauty product at a time

30 Milennials on a Mission

Milennials have shifted their

focus – they want a face to

their brands and transparency

all the way

35 Ethical Beauty

Brimming with good intentions

but don’t know where to begin?

We’ve outlined the best in

vegan, cruelty free and

ethically produced products

to get you started

52 Seasonal Lip Shades

On the hunt for some serious

lip-spiration? It’s 2018 and the

bolder the better

94 Perfect Lines

From barely there to full-on cat

eyes, eyeliner has the power to

make or break a look

96 Get the Blues

It’s one of the most polarising

beauty trends in existence. But

whether you love it or loath it,

blue makeup is back

30 Hitting the right notes

A breakdown of heavenly scents

so you never buy the wrong

perfume again


36 What’s your type?

The bad news is your skin

type is largely determined by

genetics, but the upside is there

is plenty you can do to optimise

your type.

62 Get Red Carpet Ready on

your Lunchbreak

If deep hydration, nourished

skin and a refreshed complexion

are what you want, Hydrafacial

could be the answer

92 Banish the Blemish

Cosmelan is a new generation

pigmentation treatment

providing real results for

melasma sufferers


74 Ahead of the Curve

Whether breast augmentation,

lift or reduction - we talk all

things breast

82 Is Non-surgical Rhinoplasty

Right for You?

Did you know there’s a way

to smooth a bumpy nose and

correct minor irregularities

without any surgery or


86 The Stats Report

Cosmetic procedures are on the

rise according to the American

Society of Plastic Surgeons, but

which procedures proved most

popular in 2017?

90 Take Control

Management of female stress

urinary incontinence

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From the



eauty is in the eye of the beholder’ must be one of the most

frequently quoted sayings whenever the question of defining

beauty is raised. In reality, beauty has many definitions. Edgar

Allan Poe 1 and Karl Lagerfeld 2 found there is no beauty without

‘strangeness’ and one of my favourite quotes is from Coco

Chanel: ‘Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life

shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.’ To me,

that’s not just about how much care you take of your looks, but also whether you are

happy, healthy and feeling fulfilled.

One of the most prominent trends in the industry at the moment is that of

‘ethical beauty’ and by this we mean vegan, cruelty free and consciously sourced

products. Read ‘Millennials on a Mission’ on page 30 and ‘Ethical Beauty’ on page

35 to learn about the way consumers are challenging brands to further their

sense of social responsibility. Since philanthropy is also part of being beautiful,

on page 16 we have a feature on ‘Beauty Banks’ and their rise in the UK, plus

on page 18 an article on ‘Share the Dignity’, an Australian charity helping

homeless women and fighting domestic violence.

With our current understanding of beauty constantly being shaped by online

influencers, we profile the hair and beauty Instagrammers who are using social

media to share their skills (page 26) and shape the industry. And with new

celebrity beauty brands popping up at a rapid rate, on page 20 we check out the

latest star studded offerings.

In all of this it is clear that beauty trends come and go. On page 46 we track

the changing shapes of ‘ideal’ lips over the last century, plus show you the latest

lip colours for this autumn/winter season. Since every bride wants to wow on her

wedding day, on page 38 we have a guide to looking your best while walking down

the aisle, no matter what style of event you have chosen.

Our main enhancement feature runs from page 66 and is on breast augmentation,

and on page 82 we have an article on non-surgical nose jobs. As always, we have our

Beauty Insider and Editor’s Favourites features to keep you up to date with the latest

news and products. Enjoy!

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Beauty insider



Fake tan has allowed us to look

sun-kissed without the risk,

but while there is an array of

self-tanning options available

for women, the same can’t

be said for the opposite sex.

Enter BEN Tan by Ms Lova,

$35.90, an organic fake tan

formulated specifically for men.

This Australian product is easy

to apply, dries quickly and has

a neutral (read: not girly) scent.

The matte formula is parabenfree

and glides through facial

hair without going patchy.


Having long been banished to

the pit of unwearable colours,

it seems yellow is having an

unlikely makeup moment. And

while we certainly had our

reservations at first, I, Tonya star

Margot Robbie has settled our

neon-coated nerves. Appearing

at the London premiere of

Goodbye Christopher Robin

last September, the Queensland

native wore a striking shade

of canary from her lash line to

her brows and, by all accounts,

totally rocked it. Yellow shadow

has since been spotted on

former Disney actress Zendaya

and High School Musical

songstress Vanessa Hudgens.


With her wedding to Prince Harry

set for May 19, all eyes are on

American actress Meghan Markle.

Having long been a source of

style-spiration for women around

the world, fans are now turning

their attention towards the Suits

star’s beauty regime. According

to a host of online reports,

Ms Markle’s favourite lipstick

is Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte

Revolution in the shade Very

Victoria – a $49 taupe-nude matte

inspired by fashion designer

Victoria Beckham.





There’s only one thing better

than finding a great product and

that’s when that product supports

an awesome cause! Through

the Pretty Powerful campaign,

Bobbi Brown has worked with

organisations like Dress for

Success and Girl Rising to help

women develop job skills, re-enter

the workforce and gain access to

educational resources. This year,

the brand has created a limited

edition, universally flattering

shade of its iconic Rouge Pot,

$50, to support Kiva, a nonprofit

that helps women secure

micro-loans for educational and

entrepreneurial purposes.


It’s unclear whether Rita Ora or

Rihanna is responsible for Insta’s

latest trend, but #bathleisure

has officially taken hold. The

aptly named fashion statement

combines the glamour of

accessorising with the comfort

only a fresh bath towel can provide

to produce a striking – yet oh so

‘grammable – style that’s bound

to bring in the likes. Think cat eye

sunglasses and your grandmother’s

pearls topped with your favourite

cotton towel.


Love a good manicure,

but could live without the

chemicals? We hear ya! And,

thankfully, so does SCOUT. The

Aussie cosmetics brand has

released a breathable vegan

nail polish range that contains

high performance superfoods,

broccoli, bamboo and essential

oils to help stimulate nail growth

and repair damage. Eco-Luxe

Breathable & Water Permeable

Nail Polish comes in 35 colours

and retails for $19.95.


It seems we’re finally accepting

that great makeup starts with a

beautiful base as consumers are

now buying more skincare products

than cosmetics. According to a new

report by the NPD Group, skincare in

the US grew nine per cent last year,

while makeup grew six. Commenting

on the study’s findings, beauty

industry analyst Larissa Jensen

said: ‘There’s been a turnaround in

moisturiser, launches and a language

shift – it’s less “fix your wrinkles” and

more “take care of yourself” which is

propelling the category forward.’

REFERENCE: https://www.

business/consumers-are-buyingmore-skincare-than-makeup 13


I think happiness is what

makes you pretty. Period.

Happy people are beautiful.

They become like a mirror

and they reflect that happiness.

Drew Barrymore


Feature 15


Welcome to the



A new movement in the UK is tackling hygiene poverty

one beauty product at a time. Words by Maria Leahy.

You’ve dropped

produce to the

foodbank, spare

change in the bucket

and preloved clothes to

the relevant charitable

organisation. But have you

ever considered giving away your

unwanted beauty products?

For many of us, there’s a stark

disconnect between beauty and

poverty: beauty equates to luxury,

poverty does not. So when we give

to those with fewer resources than

ourselves, we offer what we believe

to be the essentials. But a new

campaign in the UK is drawing

another side of poverty into the

public consciousness and asking us,

once again, to reflect upon the true

realities of homelessness.

While working on a documentary

for the BBC, Guardian columnist Sali

Hughes came across a stack of plastic

crates ‘filled with mismatched tubes

of toothpaste, little travel bottles

of shower gel and an assortment of

individual tampons and sanitary

towels’. As she wrote in her now

viral article for The Pool, ‘Every

last product had been donated by

either members of the public or

staff members. I was told that when

a homeless woman got her period

and invariably had no money to buy

adequate sanitary protection, she’d

approach the busy, often chaotic

front desk, ask for a towel or tampon

and wait for one of the dedicated

support workers to retrieve one of the

precious items from the crate.

‘Likewise, a homeless man might

approach the same desk for a razor

or deodorant ahead of an important

interview in which he may become

housed, employed or eligible for

support schemes.’

The experience highlighted a



diffi cult truth for the Pretty Honest

author: that of the 13 million people

still living below the poverty line in

Great Britain, a signifi cant number

fi nd it impossible to stay clean

because, when faced with the choice,

‘almost anyone would prioritise

eating over washing’.

In February, Hughes and beauty

PR Jo Jones launched the non-profi t

organisation Beauty Banks with the

intention of supporting existing

charities in providing hygiene and

grooming products for those who

need them most. Utilising their

contacts in the beauty, blogging

and media industries, the pair have

already managed to assist high

schools, food banks, shelters and

the National Health Service (NHS)

with toiletries, personal hygiene

products and beauty items. They have

attracted the support of X Factor star

Stacey Soloman, who donated her

pay cheque from a corporate job to

pay for couriers, vans and delivery

cars; infl uencer Huda Kattan, who

made a ‘bumper donation’; and big

brands like Bobbi Brown, Burt’s Bees,

Percy and Reed, and BaByliss, who’ve

helped with products and logistics.



Obviously, hygiene poverty is not an

issue exclusive to the UK. According

to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’

most recent report, 116,000 people

are currently homeless in Australia.

This fi gure marks a 14 per cent

increase in homelessness between

2011 and 2016 and includes those

staying in cars, at crisis centres, in

overcrowded accommodation and

rough sleeping.

Three years ago, Rochelle

Courtenay founded Share The

Dignity after reading about hygiene

poverty in homeless women and

women escaping domestic violence

in Australia. The charity now works

to combat this issue by collecting

sanitary and personal care products

for women in need. It also runs

sporting activities for children in

crisis and pays for the funerals of

domestic violence victims.

In a recent Mamamia article,

Courtenay spoke candidly about

how she greatly underestimated the

complex nature of hygiene poverty

when starting the charity. ‘I was a

bit foolish to believe I could solve

this problem,’ she wrote. ‘Back then

I thought “right 44,000 homeless

women, surely, they don’t all

menstruate right? So that’s maybe

30,000 that need our help monthly”.

Doable, I thought.

‘But the sad reality is the problem is

so much bigger than I ever imagined

and starting Share The Dignity

was simply scratching the surface.

More than 175,000 women turned

to homelessness services last year, a

staggering number.’


In the context of hygiene poverty,

beauty products may appear

somewhat trivial, but the Beauty

Banks founders have experienced

a surprising level of interest in

makeup from both the supporters and

recipients of their service.

Speaking on The Emma Guns

Show in early March, Hughes

explained how people had reached

out to her on social media asking

if it’s insulting to donate makeup

to Beauty Banks or a worthwhile

endeavour. Hughes encouraged it.

‘Who are we to decide that

something can make us feel good,

but it’s not a priority for people who

can’t afford it?’ she asked. ‘If we’re

able to give it, then we will. You can’t

underestimate the little boost

[a product] can give you. Of course

the most important things are

sanitary towels, deodorant, etc; but if

we’re able to give somebody a little

bit of a boost in their day, then that’s

a good thing.’

As How To Build A Girl author

Caitlin Moran wrote in The Times,

‘Yes, food stops you dying; but

deodorant, shampoo, tampons and

lipstick start you living.’ And we all

deserve to live, right? CBM

References The Pool: https://www.the-pool.



The Emma Guns Show: http://


Homelessness Australia:



Share the Dignity:


Caitlin Moran:

article/caitlin-moran-i-know-how-it-feels-to-bepoor-and-unwashed-qhp3hnvj0 17


Share the Dignity





The story of a girl my daughter’s

age that reminded me why I

started Share the Dignity

It’s been three years since I

fi rst read the article published by

Mamamia talking about the 44,000

homeless women that were having

to go without a bed to sleep in and a

shower to clean themselves.

But what I considered the worst

part was that they had no access to

the basics of necessities like sanitary

items when they got their period.

Wow, where have those three

years gone?

I was a bit foolish to believe I

could solve this problem. You see,

back then I thought ‘right 44,000

homeless women, surely, they don’t

all menstruate right? So that’s maybe

30,000 that need our help monthly’.

Doable, I thought.

But the sad reality is the problem is

so much bigger than I ever imagined

and starting Share the Dignity was

simply scratching the surface. More

than 175,000 women turned to

homelessness services last year, a

staggering number.

That doesn’t include the droughtstricken

farming girls and women

using towels – not towels you and

I would have in our cupboards,

we are talking spit through towels

that are cut up and used – because

putting food on their table is far more

important to them than the dignity

they deserve to deal with their period.

Nor does it include the grand

problem that exists in our remote

Indigenous communities or

Indigenous communities full stop.

This is a problem all on its own and

the numbers of girls and women going

without is too great to measure.

You would think in this instance

we could just supply them with pads,








tampons, menstrual cups and reusable

pads, and hope this would fi x the

problem but that is just the tip of the

iceberg. There is a lack of education

and culturally sensitive information

around menstrual hygiene. There

is also the problem of how do they

dispose of sanitary items when bins

are not sometimes available and

toilets also do not work.

Last month, a school chaplain we

were working with to get access to

sanitary items into an Indigenous

school told us about her friend, a

13-year-old girl who used the same

tampon for two days because she had

no access to sanitary products.

Another example is a woman who

had fl ed domestic violence and is now

living in her own safe haven with her

three daughters, but clearly living

well below the poverty line.

Her 11-year-old daughter got

her period for the fi rst time. This

mum then made the heartbreaking

choice to feed her children before

buying sanitary items. She had to

cut down a large pad to make three

makeshift pads for her daughter’s little

underpants and sticky tape it in. The

thought of how this would feel makes

my stomach churn.

These stories are endless and that

number I fi rst thought attainable has

grown bigger than Ben Hur! I feel like

we are putting out spot fi res all over

the nation and we are feeling very


But Share the Dignity is proud as

punch that we have collected over

one million packets of pads and

tampons and 2,000 menstrual cups

since we started. At the same time,

we’re sad that our sheds are empty

and our stockpile is at an end. If we

all just contributed one packet of

tampons or pads, the difference that

can make to a girl or woman cannot

be measured. CBM



For many Australian women, dealing with their period is something they take for granted. It may mean

a quick dash to the shop for last minute supplies or discomfort for a few days, but for the most part, it

is fairly easy to continue with everyday life. For women experiencing homeless, girls in poverty stricken

schools, women in drought stricken farming communities or those experiencing domestic violence, their

monthly period is something very different.

When faced with the decision of buying pads and tampons or

feeding their family, these women will always put themselves last

and go without sanitary items. There is no ducking to the shop for

last minute supplies, the price of sanitary items often beyond their

limited resources. Discomfort for these women takes on another

meaning when faced with no way to keep clean during a natural

process. This is an everyday reality for these women and girls in


According to Share the Dignity Founder, Rochelle Courtenay,

“Access to sanitary items has been declared a human right by the

United Nations. Yet, we know that in Australia there are thousands

of women who don’t have access to pads, tampons, menstrual cups

or period-proof underwear.”

So how do these women manage their period?

Makeshift pads of wadded up toilet paper, newspaper, socks;

using public restrooms in an attempt to remain clean and feel some

level of personal dignity.

Share the Dignity began as a grassroots Australian charity, with a

small collection of pads and tampons in Brisbane, QLD. The charity has

grown in the past three years to now incorporate over 3,500 volunteers

across 3000 locations that have successfully collected and distributed

over 1 million packets of pads and tampons.

How you can help?

You can donate online at or by...

1. Donating sanitary items in April & August

2. Purchasing a Handbag with Heart

3. Attending our DigniTea & Istand Up events

4. Putting together an #itsinthebag donation

for Christmas

5. Hosting your own event or DIY DigniTea

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO FOLLOW THE Movement sharethedignityaustralia sharingthedignity sharethedignity # sharethedignity

In conjunction with sanitary drives and bag collection, Share the Dignity runs a number of other initiatives all with a focus on giving dignity to women

and girls experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. Further information about the charity’s work and how you can support the can be found

on their website at or by following the charity on social media.





The Rise

of the




Remember when every celeb had a

signature scent? Well, now they’ve

got entire product lines. From Bad

Gal RiRi to our very own Miranda Kerr,

our favourite stars are enhancing

their personal portfolios with

beauty empires of their own.

It’s the era of the slashies – a

generation defined not by a single

job title, but by the collection of

skills they use to generate an income.

While this term is typically associated

with up and coming blogger/

content creator/influencer types, it

is now increasingly applicable to the

celebrities we’ve admired for years.

Stars like Gigi Hadid, Victoria

Beckham and Jennifer Lopez are

going beyond their initial model or

pop princess statuses and becoming

business women in their own right.

No longer just the face of big brands,

these Hollywood A-listers are

getting involved in every stage of the

production process as they become

the driving forces behind their

personalised product lines.

Although it’s difficult to pinpoint

where exactly the celebrity beauty

range really began, its reach seems to

have been propelled by social media

and the personal brand phenomenon

apps like Instagram and Facebook so

eloquently support. Factor in the way

fans have long pursued the products

celebrities endorse and the way Kylie

Jenner used her lip kits to separate

her fame from that of her family, and

adding a makeup range to an already

successful celebrity résumé becomes a

very attractive prospect.

This issue, we look at some of the

best known celebrity beauty lines and

offer a sneak peek at what’s to come. 21



More than just a cosmetics brand,

Fenty Beauty is a movement.

Since the launch of her product

line in September 2017, Rihanna has been

celebrated internationally for her dedication to diversity.

Her decision to include 40 shades of foundation in her

first collection highlighted the limited nature of existing

makeup ranges and further fuelled the ongoing debate around

restrictive beauty ideals.

‘Fenty Beauty was created for everyone,’ the Diamonds

singer explained. ‘For women of all shades, personalities,

attitudes, cultures and races. I wanted everyone to feel

included. That’s the real reason I made this line.’

Must try The Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter. It’s like

powdery golden goals.

The Kardashian-


As the youngest member of the

Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kylie Jenner

was always destined for fame. But it

wasn’t until 2016 that the young reality

star found her true calling as the head

of Kylie Cosmetics. After sending fans

into a frenzy with her now legendary

lip kits, Kylie expanded her range to

include eyeshadow palettes, concealers,

highlighters and makeup brushes.

According to Women’s Wear Daily, Kylie

Cosmetics is on track to become a billion

dollar business by 2022.

Clearly inspired by her sister’s success,

Kim Kardashian West also has her own

product line, KKW Beauty. While Kim’s

focus has mainly been on contouring,

the 37-year-old recently teamed up

with her long-time makeup artist

Mario Dedivanovic to create a ten pan

eyeshadow palette, full coverage lipstick

and high shine gloss.

Must try Kylie’s award winning

Posie K Lip Kit, a cool mid-tone berry

matte liquid lipstick and matching

pencil liner. Kim’s Beauty Crème

Contour & Highlight Kit for next level

sculpting on the go.

Jessica Alba

Inspired by the birth of her first child, Honor, and her own

history of childhood illness, actress turned entrepreneur

Jessica Alba founded her wellness business The Honest

Company in 2012, which she followed with Honest Beauty

three years later.

This non-toxic line of beauty and haircare products has

been created without parabens and phthalates. ‘I founded The

Honest Company because I wanted safe, effective products

that perform,’ the Fantastic Four star shared. ‘After all, you

shouldn’t have to choose between what works and what’s

good for you.’

Must try The Beyond Hydrated Moisture Milk Leave-in

Conditioner for a perfectly detangled mane.




Miranda Kerr

Since 2009, Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr

has been keeping our beauty bags stocked with her

KORA Organics skincare range. As the names

suggests, KORA Organics works with certified

organic ingredients to provide nourishment for the

skin. Last year, the range launched in Sephora in

the US and by the end of 2018, it will be stocked in

more than 2,500 stores across 25 countries.

Speaking of the brand’s success, Miranda recently

told InStyle, ‘It has taken a lot of work, but it has

been worth [paying attention to] every intricate

detail to get us where we are while still maintaining

the honesty and integrity of the brand.’

Must try The Noni Radiant Eye Oil for bright

eyed beauty all day, every day.

Jessica Hart

With a philosophy like ‘enhance –

never conceal’, we can certainly get

behind Jessica Hart’s LUMA line.

Having initially started her multipurpose

cosmetics and skincare

brand in 2014, the Sports Illustrated

star relaunched LUMA last year

because she wasn’t happy with the

direction it had taken.

At the time, she told Husskie,

‘I really feel strongly about

authentically promoting things, and

I just wasn’t quite proud enough of

it. I felt like I could do better and

I don’t settle, so I was like: “Sorry

guys, we’re starting again!”’

Must try The Just A Touch

Lip & Cheek Tint, a true

multi-tasking master. 23

The Collabs

Gigi Hadid x


Perhaps not quite ready to commit

to breaking out on her own, Gigi

Hadid teamed up with Maybelline last

year to create the Jetsetter Palette,

a handbag ready combination of

concealer, lip balm, eyeshadow, blush,

bronzer, highlighter and mascara. The

Hilfiger favourite quickly followed

Jetsetter with the East Coast Glam

and West Coast Glow collections,

which include everything from tinted

primers to gel eyeliners. The 23-yearold’s

collab has off-duty model vibes

written all over it, making it a great

reflection of Gigi’s own personal style.

Must try The Gigi Hadid

Matte Lipstick in Austyn for a

coral coated kiss.

Victoria Beckham x

Estée Lauder

Style maven Victoria Beckham first

joined forces with Estée Lauder in 2016

to create her beautifully formulated

and perfectly packaged debut makeup

collection. The designer’s ‘dream

collaboration’ quickly gained the

respect of critics around the world and

so the former Spice Girl began work on

her equally impressive second season.

In March this year, VB revealed

she now working on her own skincare

range. Speaking in a Facebook live

video, the 44-year-old said, ‘I am

currently in the process of creating my

own colour, my own line of skincare

creams and a perfume. As a woman, I

want to make the things that I need in

my life, the things that are missing.’

Must try The Eye Matte Duo,

a glorious pair of navy blue and

autumnal rust eyeshadows that are

almost too pretty to use.



The secret to that famous J Lo glow could soon

be in your makeup bag as the Ain’t Your Mama

songstress has just dropped her fi rst beauty

collection with Inglot Cosmetics. Containing a

massive 70 items, J Lo’s range features eyeshadows,

lipsticks, blushes, bronzers, highlighters, nail

polishes and even a customisable palette.

Speaking of her decision to move into beauty,

the American actress told Women’s Wear Daily, ‘It

is something I have been wanting to do for a very

long time…A makeup line seemed like a natural

progression since people are always asking about the

products I use and how I get the glow to my skin.’

MUST TRY The Viva Las Lashes mascara

for more definition and volume than your

lashes can handle.



Despite the host of celeb inspired products

currently on the market, our hunger for star style

is all but satisfi ed. Having previously collaborated

with Urban Decay, Gwen Stefani is rumoured to

be launching a cosmetics brand of her own called

P8NT Beauty. According to TMZ, the No Doubt

singer fi led documents in March to trademark

‘P8NT’ across 21 product categories.

Similarly, Serena Williams recently moved

to claim the name ‘Aneres’ (Serena spelled

backwards) for a makeup, haircare and skincare

company. And in late April, it was revealed

that RuPaul is launching his own product line

in early 2019.

REFERENCES: Kylie Jenner:,

Rihanna: https://ca.hellomagazine.


Miranda Kerr: https://, Jessica


Victoria Beckham: https://www.newbeauty.


Jennifer Lopez:

a20052157/jennifer-lopez-inglot-cosmetics-fi rst-look/ http://,

Gwen Stefani: https://www., Serena


RuPaul: https://www.huffi


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Social media infl uencers ‘draw more

attention than Prince Charles’ was

the Sydney Morning Herald’s analysis

of the opening ceremony of this year’s

Commonwealth Games. And while the

idea of a ‘pouting social media princess

supposedly “outrank[ing]” a real life prince’

is amusing, is anyone really that surprised?

According to the 2017 Sensis Social

Media Report, 80 per cent of Australians

now use social media, with over a third of

people checking their accounts more than

fi ve times a day. While the dark side of social

is well documented, when used effectively,

apps like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube

allow us connect, create and be inspired by

people all over the world. So, who to follow?










As the founder of Gritty Pretty and

a former beauty editor at FAMOUS,

Eleanor Pendleton is an expert on

all things beauty. And just as her

innovative digital magazine rose to

prominence, so too did her personal

social media accounts. The digital

entrepreneur’s no BS attitude

and honest skincare advice have

gained her an impressive 74,000

followers on Instagram. In addition

to her stylish feed, keep an eye on

Eleanor’s stories for info on all the

latest products.


recommendations, regular product

reviews and a sneak peek of some of

Australia’s most stunning locations.

eleanorpendleton/ 27





As the Global Beauty Director of Estée

Lauder, Parisian makeup artist Violette has

quickly become a poster girl for effortless

French beauty. Her 185,000 YouTube

subscribers are regularly treated to

refreshingly calm hair and makeup tutorials

suitable for those of us who can’t quite

fit an hour of contouring into our daily

regimes. While Violette’s skincare routine is

somewhat more intense, the results would

certainly tempt you to try it!

FOLLOW FOR: French girl beauty tutorials

and an Insta feed that’s been curated to





Founded in 2012 by celebrity makeup

artist and photographer Robin Black,

Beauty Is Boring is adored by aspiring

MUAs and beauty editors alike. Both the

Beauty Is Boring Instagram account and

the corresponding website use flawless

complexions to highlight a more striking

beauty element (like green lipstick or yellow

eyeliner) and have a high-end editorial

quality about them that remains a rare find

on social media.

FOLLOW FOR: Minimalist shots that allow

the makeup to speak for itself.



With 25 million followers on Instagram

alone, Huda Kattan is one of the world’s

most successful beauty influencers. The

34-year-old Tennessee native started her

career in finance, but quickly gave it up

to pursue her makeup artistry dreams.

She moved to Dubai with her husband

in 2008 where she began building her

beauty empire. The mother of one is now

the CEO of her own cosmetics company,

Huda Beauty, and the creator of Kim

Kardashian’s favourite false lashes.

FOLLOW FOR: Dramatic contouring,

impressive fan tutorials and Huda’s

unique sense of humour.




She’s worked with Katy Perry, Jennifer

Lopez and the entire Kardashian clan,

but Jen Atkin’s claim to fame does not

end there. In addition to launching the

hugely successful hair care line OUAI

and creating the digital magazine Mane

Addicts, the 39-year-old entrepreneur

has been named ‘the most influential

hair stylist in the world’ by The New York

Times and entertains no less than 2.3

million Instagram users with her celeb

filled style posts.

FOLLOW FOR: Behind the scenes

celebrity banter, serious hair-spiration

and insights from an all out girl boss.







This Irish health and beauty

influencer is worth following

for her curls alone! With 45,000

YouTube subscribers and almost

20,000 Instagram followers, Ceira

Mi Lunasa is a freelance model

who creates hair tutorials for those

blessed with naturally curly locks.

Her accounts offer a perfect blend

of style and substance, with beauty

posts being mingled between

fun-filled lifestyle shots. And since

she’s just moved from Australia

to Bali, we predict some serious

wanderlust is in store.

FOLLOW FOR: Beach vibes and

curly hair guides.




This artist turned hairstylist has

taken coloured hair to a whole new

level. And when she’s not creating

rainbow toned buzz cuts, Janine

Ker is practising her own unique

brand of hair graffiti. Inspired by

floral patterns and the revival of

80s and 90s fashion, the Californian

uses a combination of hair carving

and stencils to create truly novel

styles. Scroll through her account

for hair tattoos, undercuts and rose

tinted vibes.

FOLLOW FOR: A welcome splash

of colour with an artistic edge.



Whether your interest is hair, art,

feminism or politics, Laetitia Ky’s

account is worth a visit. The Ivory

Coast artist hit headlines last year

when she used her hair to share

a powerful #MeToo message and

has since become something of an

internet sensation. Having never

studied hair in a formal setting,

the aspiring fashion designer’s

hair sculpting abilities are beyond

impressive and have attracted the

attention of everyone from the

BBC and Vogue to Elle and Allure.

FOLLOW FOR: Gravity defying

styles with thought-provoking

messages. A wow factor you won’t

get anywhere else. 29




on a mission

Millennials have shifted their focus. They want a face to their brands and

transparency all the way. Words by Emma Kelly

They’ve been dubbed the

‘snowflake generation’, but

there’s more to millennials

than society gives them credit for.

Born between 1980 and 2000,

millennials link their identities to

brands that are committed to ethical

and fair consumer practices in a

way their predecessors did not. This

shift has moved this generation from

indiscriminate consumers to ones

with heart, a group who genuinely

care about where their products come

from, how they’re made, what they’re

made of and how the person who

created them is treated.

Although separated by oceans and

deserts, mountains and cities, each

country has its own demographic of

millennials and, largely thanks to

social media, millennials of various

nationalities are more connected

and like-minded than you’d think.

This generation wants transparent

consumer practices, which is why

campaigns like Oxfam Australia’s

#WhatSheMakes was launched in

2017 to specifically target companies

who do not pay their employees a

living wage.

A Time magazine article by Joel

Stein entitled ‘Millennials: The Me

Me Me Generation’ noted the unique

power this generation has. By tallying

up their own numbers of friends and

followers, they can turn themselves

into a brand. Through social media,

they can also make or break existing

brands at an alarming pace.

In this climate, successful brands

are the ones you can trust. They

need to be authentic, available,

visible, ever-present, transparent and

genuine, as well as consistently selling

great products. Nail this formula and

success is almost a guarantee.

Deliciously Ella is the British

success story of Ella Woodward, a

vegan chef who has amassed over

1.3 million followers on Instagram

alone. Diagnosed with a rare illness in

2011, Woodward gave up meat, dairy,

sugar, gluten and anything processed

overnight and began researching

holistic and natural approaches to

wellness in search of a cure. Today,

she invites her social media followers,

Deliciously Ella app users and website

visitors to join her on her health

adventure. Ella documents all aspects

of her life, not just her recipes, at

regular intervals, including cute

pictures of her photogenic finance

and springer spaniel. She connects

with her followers on more than a

one-dimensional level - and they love

her for it.

Stella McCartney is another

fully transparent brand. A lifelong

vegetarian, McCartney has never

used leather, fur, skins or feathers

in her designs. She is credited with

making ethical fashion fashionable,

before everyone got caught up on the

sustainability train. McCartney is

committed to using green energy and

is a member of the Ethical Trading

Initiative (ETI).

Closer to home, Miranda Kerr has

stacked up 11.7 million followers

on Instagram and has almost given

up the catwalk to run her KORA

Organics business. Delivering beauty

products that are both cruelty free

and vegan, KORA Organics will be

stocked across 25 countries worldwide

by the end of 2018.

Companies have come to the

realisation that millennials expect

sincere interactions, even if those

interactions come through their

Instagram feed. Brands with a human

face and approachable personality are

rated as more trustworthy.

For businesses today, no matter

how big or small, the demand from

millennials to have a conscience is

not going away. Every year Oxfam

Australia publishes a Naughty or

Nice list where you can check on

major stores’ progress or lack thereof.

Apps like Good On You and Ethical

Fashion Fast Finder can point you

quickly in the direction of companies

like The Ark Clothing Co who

promise ‘full disclosure from fibre

to finish’.

While millennials might be busy

posting, commenting and following

brands on an increasing number of

social media platforms, with few

places to hide, brands will do well to

remember Stein’s words: ‘Millennials

don’t need us. That’s why we’re

scared of them’.


Time magazine:

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Are your products free

from potentially toxic or

questionable ingredients?

Cosmetic chemist and

Synergie Skin founder

Terri Vinson outlines

the elements to AVoid in

skincare and cosmetics.


The skin is the largest organ of the

body. It is also the only organ that is

constantly in contact with both the

internal environment of the body and

the external environment with all its

aggressors, solar damage and pollutants.

Our skin is able to defend against external

environmental aggression, regulate body

temperature, eliminate toxins, mount

immune defences and absorb nutrients.

Whilst our skin is an excellent absorber

– there are some exciting medical trials

on the treatment of Alzheimer’s with

skin patches impregnated with medication that can reach

the brain via the skin – recent EPA tests concluded that

ingredients in personal care products may affect hormonal

balance over time. Further studies show that women

absorb over three kilograms of chemicals from cosmetics

and toiletries annually – some good, some bad and

some ugly!

The terms ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are often overused,

misrepresented and applied too loosely in the cosmetic

industry. Natural is not necessarily best. It is important

to understand the concept of ‘natural’ in our industry

and realise that natural ingredients can also be harmful,

irritating and even toxic. Arsenic, for example, is 100 per

cent natural but less than 1/8th of a teaspoon can be fatal.

Whilst there is much fear mongering, we should be

aware of many undesirable ingredients that are added to

our skincare products and be aware of the safer alternatives

that are available. Applying products with questionable

ingredients may be safe in the short term and may not

cause serious effects on all consumers, however long term

repeated exposure to certain chemicals may have negative

side effects so it is important that consumers are given

the information to make informed choices about their

personal care products.

Effective skincare should:

• generate positive change in the skin

• penetrate the skin for optimal delivery

• be cosmetically elegant to use for the consumer

• be safe for use and free of potentially toxic or

questionable ingredients


As a formulator, what I don’t include in my product

is often as important as what do include. I have my own

checklist of what I refer to as ‘questionable ingredients’.

These are chemical additives that I believe can be harmful

to cells when allowed to accumulate over time.

The following ingredients should be avoided in

cosmetic products:

Paraben preservatives

Dr Phillipa Dubre published in the Journal of Toxicology

a study concluding that 90 per cent of women with breast

cancer had paraben preservatives in the tumour tissue and

this ingredient may disrupt hormone function. Whilst

using parabens may not harm all users, there are currently

many safer preservative options with a high safety profile.

Artificial colour (FD&C dyes)

Synthetic colours are derived from petroleum and may

contain lead and heavy metal salts. These particles are

small enough to absorb into the skin and can result in

irritation and cell damage if used for extended periods.

Although more limiting in the colours produced,

natural iron oxides and micas are more desirable

colour alternatives.

Artificial fragrance

These ingredients comprise one of the major causes of skin

sensitivity and allergy. Common symptoms can include

headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration,

coughing, and skin irritation. Clinical data suggests that

synthetic fragrance can also affect the central nervous

system, causing cognitive changes such as depression and

irritability. Pure essential oils are an excellent alternative

to artificial fragrance, without the harmful side effects.


Phthalates are used as fragrance enhancers, solvents

and flexible film former. This ingredient has been

linked to hormone disruption and Dibutyl phthalate

is banned from use in Europe. It is not mandatory to

list phthalates on labels as part of artificial fragrance

ingredients. Pure essential oils do not require phthalates

to enhance their aroma. 33


SLS and other foaming


SLS is considered the benchmark of irritation in many

cosmetic safety tests and is used in over 80 per cent of

foaming products in our industry. Young eyes (children

using liquid wash daily) may be exposed to damage to eye

proteins from SLS during development. Using a number of

milder foaming agents in combination is less irritating for

the consumer.

PEG (Polyethylene glycol)

This ingredient acts as a skin lubricant, penetration

enhancer and emulsifier. It is a petroleum derived

ingredient that can cause irritation and reduce the ability

of the skin to retain moisture. By disrupting the barrier,

it makes the skin more susceptible to infection and

more prone to ageing. There are many naturally derived

alternatives available to formulators who prefer a less

irritating option.

Propylene glycol

A petroleum derived solvent, thinner, humectant

and ingredient used to increase penetration of other

ingredients which may also be undesirable, and has been

linked to irritation and long term accumulation. Glycerine

is a natural and safe alternative.

Isopropyl (SD-40) alcohol

This ingredient is a solvent and skin degreaser made

from propylene, a petroleum derivative. It can act as a

penetration enhancer of other harmful chemicals into your

skin and is fatal when ingested at a dose of 30 ml or less.

Grain derived alcohol is the best alternative but should

only be used in low concentrations as this can still be

drying for skin if overused.

DEA (diethanolamine), MEA

(Monoethanolamine) & TEA


This ingredient is use in skincare as a pH controller and

foam enhancer in cleansers. This group of ingredients has

been linked to skin irritation and Dr Samuel Epstein has

discovered that with long term use DEA can result in cell

damage and possible mutations. Safer alternatives to adjust

pH include lactic acid, citric acid and sodium hydroxide in

very low concentrations.

Mineral Oil

This petroleum derived ingredient in its pure form is

not considered toxic to cells. However, inferior quality

petroleum by-products can contain harmful impurities

and heavy metals so it is important to obtain a pure

ingredient. Petrolatum is also an occlusive, which acts like

‘It is important to

understand the

concept of ‘natural’

in our industry and

realise that natural

ingredients can also

be harmful, irritating

and even toxic’

a plastic coating over the skin. This can prevent the skin

from eliminating toxins and impurities and functioning

normally. Occlusion is only recommended when the skin

surface is damaged or compromised due to laser, peels or

chemical peels and needs time to resurface. Ideal botanical

alternatives are carnauba wax, medical grade lanolin

and castor oil.

Chemically absorbing


Opt for mineral based sunscreens containing zinc oxide

over chemical absorbing (organic) sunscreens such as

Oxybenzone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane and Octyl

Methoxycinnamate. Zinc oxide, a physical sunscreen is

a naturally occurring mineral and offers broad spectrum

(UVA and UVB) protection whereas most chemical

sunscreens must be used in combination as they often only

offer either UVA or UVB protection. Furthermore, many

chemical sunscreens, due to their low molecular weight,

penetrate the skin surface and have been found in the

bloodstream hours after application. Chemical sunscreens

have been linked to photosensitivity, skin irritation and

may possibly influence hormone levels with long term

use. Zinc oxide on the other hand, exhibits anti irritant

benefits and does not penetrate the skin surface.

Don’t panic! Short term and occasional use of

questionable ingredients is not going to have a severe

impact on your health. However, long term repeated

exposure is not recommended and may cause cell damage

and imbalance. It’s often worth paying more for products

with a higher safety profile. Bottom line – always read the

ingredient labels, try to avoid questionable ingredients

where possible and know what’s in your products. CBM





Brimming with good intentions, but

don’t know where to begin? We’ve

outlined the best in vegan, cruelty

free and ethically produced

products to get you started.

Australia has one of the fastest growing

vegan markets in the world, but this

interest in breaking ties with animal

ingredients is by no means limited to food.

With consumers becoming increasingly

committed to aligning their personal beliefs

with the products they invest in, vegan, cruelty

free and ethically produced beauty and skincare

lines are more in demand than ever before.

While there is an ongoing debate

surrounding the relevance of animal testing

both in Australia and abroad, those who

believe it is unnecessary are opting for brands

that are marked as cruelty free. In a similar

fashion, people with an interest in the

environment are seeking out eco conscious

beauty, and those who are concerned with

questionable manufacturing processes are

researching the way products are made before

they hand over their hard earned cash.

Just as there are a variety of beliefs attached

to any trending topic, beauty and skincare

brands that appear morally appealing to one

will not necessarily complement the views of

another. In this way, ethical beauty is about

choice – the choice to use products which best

reflect your understanding of what’s right. CBM 35



Synergie Skin

MineralWhip, $84


Lush Emotional

Brilliance Translucent

Powder, $19.90


Youngblood Mineral

Radiance Highlighter,



Ella Baché Botanical Skin

Treatment Oil, $69


Davines LOVE

Hair Smoother, $37.95


LUMA Natural Radiance

Bronzing Primer, $29.95


Kester Black Luna Nail

Polish, $20


C Lab & Co Coffee Scrub

Travel Pack, $9.95


Make Soft Shampoo/

Conditioner, $23.95 each












Nude by Nature Natural

Mineral Cover, $39.95




Kat Von D

Everlasting Lip Liner, $27


Karen Murrell

Cordovan Natural

Lipstick, $29.95


Model Rock Liquid

Silk Lip Gloss, $25



Immortelle Divine

Cleansing Balm, $65


MAAEMO Purifying Gel

Cleanser, $47.95


A’kin Sensitive Facial

Moisturiser, $17.95


Bondi Sands Wash Off

Instant Tan, $17.95


Embalm Luxurious

Face Cream, $37.95



Rose Skin Toner, $48


Trilogy Certified Organic

Rosehip Oil, $25.95







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Combining a fl awless base

with dusty pink hues and an

iridescent glow is the essence of

classical bridal beauty. It relies

on subtly shaded contours,

rose kissed lips and cheeks,

and matte neutral or delicate

champagne coated eyes.

The traditional bridal look

is soft and romantic, pure and

timeless. It’s the type of makeup

people see past, focusing not on

the products involved but the

bride herself.

Look to the ever-fl awless

Chrissy Teigen for traditional

bridal beauty inspiration. For

her 2013 wedding to John

Legend, the Lip Sync Battle

host made the most of her

clear complexion with a gentle

contour and barely there nude

lip. Her hair was pinned back,

allowing her natural beauty to

take centre stage.




1. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish

in Soft & Gentle, $54, 2.

Dermalogica SkinPerfect

Primer SPF30, $76.50, 3.

Benefit Dew the Hoola Soft

Matte Liquid Bronzer, $49,

4. Nude By Nature Natural

Illusion Eyeshadow Trio in

Nude, $29.95, 5. Sisley Phyto-

Blanc Cushion Foundation,

$150, 6. Elizabeth Arden

Plush Up Lip Gelato in Nude

Fizz, $42, 7. Skindinavia

Makeup Finishing Spray in

Bridal, $49.95, 8. Inika Organic

Cream Illuminisor in Rose, $45.

6. 41





While certainly distinct, there is

an innate softness to bohemian

bridal beauty. Even if hours of

thought went into every detail,

on the day it appears effortless,

allowing the bride’s own beauty

to shine through.

Ideal for a beach or outdoor

wedding, the boho look is

inspired by nature. It works with

bronzed cheeks; brown, orange

or berry-based hues for the

eyes; and subtly shaded lips.

In recent years, the full fl oral

headband has become the

boho go-to, but for a more

delicate style look towards the

Marchesa 2015 autumn bridal

showcase, where small pieces

of Baby’s Breathe were woven

throughout the hair.

Celebrity inspiration can

be sought in Kate Moss’ 2011

wedding to Jamie Hince, where

the British model wore a 1920s

style lace cap veil embroidered

with fl owers over loose curls and

minimal makeup.






1. Marc Jacobs Light

Filtering Contour Powder,

$72, 2. Charlotte Tilbury

Hollywood Lips in Sweetheart,

$49, 3. LUMA On the

Glow Highlighter, $29.95,

4. Charlotte Tilbury The

Classic Liner in Sophia, $34, 5.

Kjaer Weis Certified Organic

Cream Blush, $78, 6. ELES

Lip Stain in Boho Chic, $47,

7. Too Faced Sweet Peach

Eyeshadow Collection, $70,

8. TIGI Bed Head Queen

Beach Texture Spray, $24.95, 9.

Bondi Sands Everyday Liquid

Gold Gradual Tanning Dry-Oil,

$19.95, 10. ELES HD Luminous

Foundation, $71.





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Dark lips and smokey eyes

can be used to add a vintage

feel to your big day, evoking

images of Marilyn Monroe

and The Great Gatsby, or to

embrace modernity, as on the

Galia Lahav spring 2019 bridal

runway, where a classic matte

red with coupled with undone


Finding the balance between

a striking look and appearing

overdone is essential to the

success of glamorous bridal

beauty. Sofi a Vergara famously

created a custom CoverGirl

lip shade called ‘Sofi a in Love’

for her 2015 wedding to Joe

Manganiello. The Modern

Family star wore the deep

merlot colour with carefully

defi ned eye makeup and her

curled hair partially pinned

back with a bejewelled clip.

While using your wedding

day to experiment with colour is

not to be advised, if glam is your

style, by all means embrace it.



1. Marc Jacobs Shameless

Foundation, $70, 2. Too Faced

Better Than Sex Mascara, $33,

3. Charlotte Tilbury Eyes

to Mesmerise in Jean, $44,

4. La Roche-Posay Bronzing

Powder, $39.95, 5. Kat Von

D Metal Crush Extreme

Highlighter Palette, $36, 6.

Sisley Instant Correct Colour

Correcting Primer in Just

Lavender, $105, 7. Charlotte

Tilbury Matte Revolution in

Opium Noir, $49, 8. MAC

Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $36.





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Marilyn Monroe






Joan Crawford

Fashions change over time,

and every decade since the

beginning of the last century

has had its own distinct look -

defi ned by clothes, hair, makeup and

even favoured facial features.

There have been numerous

studies on the infl uence of lips on

our culture, their social psychology,

sexuality and position as a fashion

accessory. Here, we explore the way

lip fashions have evolved and the

directions they have taken in the

new millennium.

In the 1920s ‘rosebud lips’ of deep

red were fashionable and popularised

by pin-ups such as Gloria Swanson.

In the 1930s the natural lines of

the lips were accentuated with the

upper lip being wider than the lower.

Joan Crawford, renowned for her

wide mouth, sported this arrogant

look – and by all accounts an

attitude to match.

Marlene Dietrich in the 1940s also

had an arrogant look, but the 40s

somewhat reverted to the ‘cupid’s

bow’ upper lip of the 20s, while

keeping the broader upper lip of the

30s. Judy Garland had these lips

accentuated with strong colour and

Ingrid Bergman wore hers with a

natural look.

In the 1950s Marilyn Monroe

epitomised the ideal in lips (and

everything else). Her strong mouth,

with a shorter lower lip emphasised

Judy Garland 49


Jane Fonda

Kylie Jenner

by natural lines, was sensually

highlighted by her open-mouthed

smile, exaggerated by lip gloss.

Shunning the vividly coloured lips

of previous eras, the ‘free-love’ decade

of the 1960s saw pale colours and

nude shades prevailing, taken from

the hippie look and worn successfully

by Twiggy and Natalie Wood.

This carried through into the

1970s, a decade where clothes

seemed more important than makeup.

It was lucky for Jane Fonda that

the absolutely natural fashion of the

time supported her social/political

views so strongly.

In a complete turnaround from

the hippie and vagrant look of the

previous 20 years, the 1980s heralded

shock, gloss and glam. Kim Basinger

and Kim Wilde pouted in pinks and


Elizabeth Hurley

Angelina Jolie

Pamela Anderson

violets and frosts and slicks.

This trend increased up until the

1990s, which is best summed up

by the words ‘extremely big lips’.

With lip augmentation growing in

popularity, it didn’t matter what

colour was being worn – lips were

full on the top and full with a slightly

slack-jawed expression (think Pamela

Anderson and Elizabeth Hurley).

An icon since the 90s, Angelina

Jolie continues to be a source of lip

inspiration today; but in this era

of reality stars and social media no

one has been quite as influential as

20-year-old Kylie Jenner.

The Keeping Up With the

Kardashians star has built a career

on her transforming smile, with her

infamous lip kits repeatedly selling

out in seconds and making liquid

matte lipstick the new beauty go-to.

While examples of ‘trout pout’

are still easily found in cities across

the western world, lips with naturallooking

volume are increasingly

in vogue.

With advanced products and

techniques now more accessible

than ever before, lip augmentation

has become a highly customisable

procedure that works with each

patient’s unique features to create a

style of lip designed especially

for them.

Most people don’t necessarily

want a radically different lip size and

shape, but are more interested in

replacing volume and definition lost

through the ageing process or that

which may never have been there to

begin with. CBM 51




On the hunt for some serious lip-spiration? It’s 2018

and the bolder the better, but before applying a

swathe of mismatched swatches worthy of a place

in Jackson Pollock’s studio, allow these molten,

pink and fuchsia hues to guide you through the

winter months one pop of colour at a time.

1. Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato in

Plum Perfect, $42. Give your lips what they’ve

been craving with Elizabeth Arden’s Plush Up Lip

Gelato. This creamy gel formulation leaves the

lips with a sheer, shiny touch of colour and

dreamy gelato taste.

2. Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Metallics

in Hot Lava, $17.95. Mattes go metallic this season

with Maybelline! Featuring a sophisticated brushed

metal texture in a lavish metallic hue, your lips will

glint from all angles with this unique product.

3. MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva, $36. Give your lips

some added dimension with this ultra rich formula

by MAC. A true classic, Diva boasts a high colour

pay off and no shine matte finish. Smudge on

lightly during the day for a barely there style or load

up at night for full on glamour.

1. 2. 3.





4. Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip

Balm in Peach, $8.99. Uniquely prepared with

healing properties, Carmex Moisture Plus lip

balm retains all the goodness of the traditional

Carmex formula, but with the added benefits of

SPF and a dash of colour.



5. Model Rock Forever Mattes in Venus, $25.

Love the longevity of a liquid matte but prefer

a more traditional means of application? The

Forever Mattes by Model Rock have the same

long-wearing properties of a liquid lippy with

the velvety feel of a cream finish.

6. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon $38.

This creamy lip crayon melts into lips with a

soft, liquid sensation, providing ultimate colour

payoff. Its subtle shimmer is visible at certain

angles, giving the lips a uniquely modern finish.


7. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Believer,

$19.95. This is one hot gel ink formula that

creates a true matte finish. It features a unique

arrow applicator for enhanced control and lasts

for 16 hours without crumbling off or drying out

the lips.

8. Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist Matte in Drama,

$55. Adding another must-try colour to its

breakthrough Phyto-Lip Twist range, Sisley

is on to a winner with this uber wearable

purple shade. Try for a stay all day velvet feel,

impeccable coverage and packaging that is

simply extra.


9. Nu Skin Power Lips Fluid in Reign, $55. This

high performing lip colour contains nourishing

ingredients to help soothe and smooth the

skin. Its weightless formula cushions the lips,

leaving them feeling soft for hours without

colour bleed or feathering.

10. Youngblood Color Crays Matte Lip

Crayon in Rodeo Red, $36. This ultra-hydrating

retractable lip crayon is packed with intense

colour. Combining convenience and a smooth

application, each swipe glides on and stays put.



11. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

in Mother, $29. Romantic and edgy, classy

and sexy – this lipstick combines the cushiony

comfort of a cream based product with an

attractive weightless feel. Made with smooth

spherical pigments and nourishing macadamia

oil, it’ll keep your lips in luxury all night long. 53


Is Your





Move over tech neck, there’s a new

problem in town. Screen face has arrived

and it’s affecting your skin in more ways

than you think. words by Maria leahy.

In recent years, our beloved digital

devices have been credited with

limiting our attention spans,

raising our anxiety levels and, perhaps

worst of all, ruining our beauty sleep.

But since this hasn’t been enough

to send us into a prolonged state

of digital detox, experts are now

suggesting our hand-held BFFs are

playing havoc with our skin.

High Energy Visible Light (HEV)

is the official name for the blue glare

that comes from phones, laptops and

tablets. Until now, researchers have

primarily been concerned with the

way blue light impacts the eyes; but

interest is growing in how HEV may

be affecting the skin, with emerging

data indicating that prolonged

exposure to blue light can accelerate

the visible ageing process.

HEV Light makes up the blue

portion of visible light in the

electromagnetic spectrum and is

a natural part of sunlight. Unlike

UVA and UVB light, blue light is

not linked to skin cancer, but it does

share UV’s potential for accelerating

free radical damage. When exposed

to free radicals, the proteins which

support the skin’s strength and

elasticity, collagen and elastin, grow

weak, which in turn gives fine lines

and wrinkles a chance to take hold.

Continuous exposure to HEV Light

also impairs the skin’s protective

barrier function, a situation that

can result in inflammation and


What can be done?

Since blue light penetrates deep into

the skin, sunscreen will not keep it

from damaging the complexion. With

this in mind, brands like Murad, Dr

Sebagh and Ocinium have become

focused on developing products

that include HEV Light protection.

The secret to existing blue light

resistant products is their antioxidant

ingredients, which help shield the

complexion from environmental

nasties and limit the extent to which

blue light can penetrate the skin.

Blue light filters are also available

for phone and laptop screens.

Switching your devices to night mode

can limit their blue light emissions

by counteracting HEV Light

with a yellow filter. Keeping your

phone away from you face by using

headphones when chatting is a simple

way to minimise blue light exposure.

Or, of course, ditching your device

altogether and creating a bit of digital

distance could do the trick.

Become body


Unfortunately, blue light isn’t the

only issue at play when it comes to

screen-related skin ageing. While



postural problems and shoulder pain

are among tech neck’s most frequently

discussed symptoms, constantly

looking down at your screen also

creates the perfect environment for

neck wrinkle formation.

As New York dermatologist

Dr Jeanette Graf told Elle: ‘The

horizontal creases on the neck have a

lot to do with positioning. The more

movement, the more you’re going

to reinforce the way those lines are

falling. If you’re going to always be

on your phone, it’s best to bring it eye

level, rather than looking downward.’

Stress is another factor that

can be linked to both phone use

and skin health. According to the

American Psychological Association’s

2017 Stress in America survey,

almost 20 per cent of Americans cite

the use of technology as a ‘very or

somewhat significant source of stress’.

Just as constantly furrowing your brow

can create future lines, ‘smart

phone scowl’ could lead to facial

tension and, in turn, premature

ageing. CBM

References: Blue light study:




Stress in America: http://www.apa.



Cosmopolitan: https://www.




Contact Dermatitis: https://home.



than just

fine lines

Unfortunately, our hand-held

friends can mess with our

complexions in more ways than

one. If you suffer from breakouts

or contact dermatitis, your phone

could be to blame.


Our phones have become our

technological shadows, coming with

us everywhere we go. This includes

some less than hygienic places

like the bus and the bathroom,

which means our devices are often

covered in germs. Bacteria is one of

the main causes of acne.

As New York-based dermatologist

Debra Jaliman told Cosmopolitan,

‘when you hold your phone up to

your face…there is a mechanical

stimulation (the pressure against

the oil glands) that triggers them

to produce more oil…Then, the

bacteria from the screen – and the

heat that it gives off that breeds

more bacteria – mixes together and

results in a blemish.’

Contact Dermatitis

Believe it or not, it is possible

to be allergic to your phone.

According to a study published in

the Pediatric Allergy, Immunology,

and Pulmonology journal, using a

phone for 30 minutes or more

every day can increase the risk of

allergic contact dermatitis (ACD)

for those with nickel, cobalt and

chromium allergies. Because

chromium and nickel are found in

phone cases, covering your mobile

and its screen with a plastic case

and screen protector can prevent

the itchy rash that accompanies

ACD from forming. 55





The bad news is your skin

type is largely determined

by genetics, but the upside is

there is plenty you can do

to optimise your ‘type’. The

four commonly accepted

basic skin types are normal,

dry, oily and combination.

Of course, it’s not always

that simple, but identifying

your type will help you

lay the foundations for a

clearer complexion.

Words by Tara Casey.



While most skincare products and advice

are focused on fi xing or controlling ongoing

complexion concerns, ‘normal’ is the most widely

used term for well balanced skin, where sebum

and moisture are at their optimum levels and the

skin is neither too oily or too dry.

The scientifi c term for healthy skin is

eudermic. It is usually characterised by fi ne pores,

good blood circulation, no blemishes and a soft

and smooth texture. It is not prone to sensitivity,

but as a person with normal skin ages their skin

can become more dry.

Compared to its more troublesome

counterparts, managing normal skin is relatively

easy. Having a good skincare routine, which

includes the daily removal of makeup and a

dedication to SPF, will help keep normal skin

functioning at its peak.

1. L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Water Gel

Cleanser, $32, 2. Mesoestetic Hydra-Vital

Factor K, $129, 3. La Mav Firming Eye Lotion,

$39.95, 4. Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian

Thermal Water, $80, 5. SAMPAR So Much

Dew Day Crème, $65, 6. Pevonia Gentle

Exfoliating Cleanser, $70, 7. O Cosmedics

O-Biotics EGF Booster, $129, 8. Garnier

Skin Active Soothing Botanical Cleansing

Milk With Rose Water, $9.95.




4. 5.











‘Dry’ is used to describe a skin type that produces less

sebum than normal skin. As a result of reduced sebum,

dry skin lacks the lipids it needs to retain moisture and

build a protective shield against external infl uences.

Skin moisture depends on the supply of water in

the deeper skin layers and on the amount of

perspiration and trans-epidermal water loss. Dry skin

is caused by a lack of natural moisturising factors

(NMFs) like urea, amino acids and lactic acid that

help to bind in water, and epidermal lipids such as

ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol, which are

needed for healthy skin barrier function.

Naturally, retaining and replenishing moisture is

key when dealing with dry skin. While some mild

exfoliation is required to remove dead skin cells,

people with dry skin should avoid harsh exfoliants,

cleansers and scrubs. Serums can be used along with

more traditional moisturisers to boost hydration.

Because serums have smaller molecules than creams,

they are better able to penetrate the skin and should

be applied before your moisturiser.

Making some minor lifestyle adjustments can also

help control dry skin. Drink plenty of water; choose

foods that are rich in good fats like avocados and olive

oil; limit your caffeine and alcohol intake; and opt for

warm over piping hot showers.

1. L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Moisture Essence, $36,

2. Medik8 Hydrate B5, $79, 3. Dermalogica Skin

Hydrating Booster, $91.50, 4. Phytomer Hydra

Original Thirst Relief Melting Cream, $105, 5.

Avène Skin Recovery Crème, $38.95, 6. Skeyndor

Power Hyaluronic $75, 7. Andalou Coconut Water

Firming Cleanser, $13.95, 8. Du’it VE+ Vitamin

E Face Crème, $12.95, 9. La Mav Hydra-Calm

Cleansing Crème, $32.95, 10. Image Skincare Vital

C Hydrating Water Burst, $45, 11. Dermaviduals

DMS Base Cream, $95,



7. 8.



11. 59


‘Oily’ is used to describe a skin type with heightened

sebum production. This overproduction is known

as seborrhea. A number of issues trigger the

overproduction of sebum including genetics,

hormonal changes and imbalances, medication, stress

and comedogenic cosmetics (makeup products that

cause irritation).

Oily skin is characterised by enlarged, clearly

visible pores, a refl ective shine and is often paler than

other skin types. Oily skin is prone to comedones

(blackheads and whiteheads) and to the varying

forms of acne.

Because there are many potential causes for the

overproduction of sebum, oily skin can be diffi cult

to treat, but implementing the right skincare regime

can defi nitely help. Many people with oily skin avoid

oil based products, but oil cleansers were actually

made for greasy skin types. The oil in the cleanser

attracts facial sebum and so the two can easily be

wiped away together.

Lightweight moisturisers are also essential for oily

skin sufferers. Again, adding moisture to oily skin may

seem counterintuitive, but when the skin is deprived

of moisture it can react by producing more oil which

in turn leads to increased grease, further breakouts

and potentially the development of acne.

1. Sisley Gentle Cleansing Gel With Tropical

Resins, $110, 2. Image Skincare Clear Cell

Salicylic Gel Cleanser, $53, 3. Andalou Acai &

Kombucha Oil Free Moisturiser, $29.99, 4. Avène

Cleanance Cleansing Gel, $24.95, 5. A’kin Clarifying

Cleansing Mousse, $14.95, 6. La Roche-Posay

Effaclar Duo(+), $29.95.

Spot on

Let’s face it, no matter how well you

look after your skin, every now and

then a blemish will emerge. While on

the spot treatments are not a long term

solution to breakouts, they can help

clear rogue spots when they appear.

Dr Spiller’s Acnoderm Roll-On, $48, is a

targeted antibacterial spot treatment that

treats blemishes, pimples and ingrown

hairs, while helping to prevent the build-up

of future congestion.

1. 2.

3. 4.









Combination skin is, as the name suggests, skin that consists

of a mix of skin types and generally varies between the

T-zone and the cheeks. Depending on the individual, the

T-zone can differ substantially – from a very slim zone to an

extended area.

Combination skin is characterised by an oily T-zone

(forehead, chin and nose), enlarged pores in this area

perhaps with some impurities and normal to dry cheeks.

Finding the balance between hydrating the dry parts of

the face and reducing an oily appearance can be a challenge.

With combination skin there is no one-size-fi ts all solution

because you need to treat the different areas of the face

according to their primary concern. Just as you would apply

an on the spot treatment directly to the target blemish, use

hydrating products on dry patches only and those with oil

absorbing ingredients on greasy zones.




1. Mesoestetic Regenerance

Active, $92.00, 2. La Mav Sweet

Orange Foaming Cleanser,

$32.95, 3. Bioré Baking Soda

Cleansing Scrub, $10.99, 4.

Sisley Cleansing Milk With Sage,

$130, 5. Dr. LeWinn’s Private

Formula Low Foam Cleanser,

$24.95, 6. Garnier Skin Active

Purifying Botanical Gel Wash

With Green Tea, $9.95. 61



the Blemish

Cosmelan ® is a new-generation pigmentation

treatment providing real results for melasma sufferers.

Words by francis herron.

Skin discolouration issues have

seen a wide range of treatment

methods over the years. But

few have produced as impressive

results as cosmelan ® , a depigmentation

product from Europe that is available

in Australia.

cosmelan is a one-time, professional

skin brightening treatment developed

by mesoestetic to eliminate

pigmentation spots and even out

skin tone in a matter of weeks with

minimal side effects. The clinically

proven results are truly impressive,

achieving up to 95 per cent clearance

rates in the majority of cases.

Treatments with the cosmelan

topical solution are tailored to each

individual and the results are long

lasting. It involves a two stage process:

the in-clinic treatment and the

at-home skincare routine. cosmelan

has a short-term action for removing

superficial pigmentation via chemical

exfoliation and a longer-term

action during which the ingredients

actually inhibit the production of

future pigmentation. Each stage

acts on the cells that are responsible

for skin pigmentation, cleverly

slowing down melanin production in

hyperpigmented areas.

Until now, mechanical or

skin abrasion techniques such as

microdermabrasion and topical

exfoliants have been limited to

epidermal (superficial) melasma

due to their injurious nature which,

at deeper levels, can cause postinflammatory

hyperpigmentation and

occasionally scarring.

Darker skin types have often

been unsuitable for treatment

with both light and chemobrasion,

due to the increased risk of adverse

outcomes. cosmelan treatments

are suitable for a variety of skin

types and can be used all year

round, due to the incorporation

of chemical UV filters.

Dr Ceylan Yilmaz, a cosmetic

doctor based in Victoria, has been

profoundly impressed by the results

she has achieved with cosmelan. ‘We

have been seeing great results for

our patients with melasma, clearing

epidermal pigmentation and evening

out skin tone, as well as general

rejuvenation and brightening of the

skin,’ she says. ‘I feel other treatment

methods such as laser are not as fast

or effective at producing results. We

track all of our patients’ progress with

the Melasma Area and Severity Index

(MASI) and Visia Skin Analysis – the

results are exceptional. Generally,

results can be seen in 10-14 days.

For some candidates, it may take

around three months and results

will continue after this.’

Dr Yilmaz says she does need

to prepare her patients for some

downtime, although for lifelong

pigmentation sufferers the promise of

smooth and clear skin far outweighs

the recommended recovery period.

‘Some downtime is expected, but the

severity of it varies according to the

client’s skin type and sensitivity.’

Dr Caroline Taylor-Walker also

recommends the cosmelan treatment

for her patients. She explains: ‘I bring

clients back to the clinic 48 hours

after treatment for a regeneration

facial to aid skin repair.’ A day after

treatment, swelling, redness, burning

or stinging sensations can be expected

for one to two days.

‘Around day three, skin typically

starts to feel tight and dry and peeling

commences, lasting until day five

or six. The peeling varies from some

dryness to significant peeling. It’s

important to note that this peeling

is an important step, as it helps shed

superficial pigmentation. Usually

after one week the skin is looking

back to normal.

‘After this first step (the in-clinic






mesoestetic, a global leader

in topical depigmentation,

recently held their second ever

Specialised Depigmentation

Centre training course in

Australia, as part of a global


Conducted by mesoestetic

International Trainer, Cristina

Casaldáliga, the course gave

54 Specialised Depigmentation

Centres nationwide a cutting

edge advantage in this hard-totreat

skin concern.

The course provided

advanced training for clinics

that work with depigmentation

treatments on all related

products and treatments.

Topics included:

• What causes pigmentation

and how to treat it

• Detailed protocols for

treatment and home care for

best results

• An exclusive first look at

melan recovery, the latest

launch from mesoestetic

• Special considerations for

treatment options and ‘after

care’ for specific cases or


• Introduction of new

advanced protocols to

include microneedling,

with ‘hands on’ practical


treatment), pigmentation should

be reduced by around 70 per cent;

the home maintenance then increases

this to 80-90 per cent,’ says Dr


A common condition in Australia,

pigmentation is perceived as the

third most important skin problem

after wrinkles and sagging. Over

90 per cent of Caucasian people

aged over 50 have skin blemishes.

Today, depigmentation treatments

represent over 20 per cent of the

total cosmetic market.

Pigmentation of melasmic origin

has many causes including genetic

predisposition; post-inflammatory,

i.e. sun, acne, hormonal;

photosensitising medications;

photosensitising products; and

skin ageing. Fortunately for

Australia’s chronic pigmentation

sufferers, with cosmelan, help is

now at hand. CBM



cosmelan ® is available at select skin

clinics across Australia. For stockists,

visit www.advan cedcosmeceuticals. 63

If deep hydration,

nourished skin

and a refreshed

complexion are

what you want,

HydraFacial could

be the answer.

Words by Maria leahy





on your


Whether you’re preparing for

a big event, holiday or just

everyday life, glowing skin

is always in vogue. The issue? Well,

with such an array of products and

procedures on offer, transforming a

troubled complexion into clear, radiant

looking skin can be both challenging

and confusing.

Thankfully, with HydraFacial great

skin is easy. This non-surgical, no

downtime skin resurfacing treatment

uses a five-step process to create

better skin in just 30 minutes. Each

HydraFacial treatment noticeably

decongests and shrinks pores, while

plumping the skin with antioxidant

and hyaluronic acid infusions. It

improves the appearance of fine

lines and wrinkles, congested and

enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin,

hyperpigmentation, and brown spots.

In addition to aiding problem skin,

the HydraFacial can be used to revive

dull, dehydrated or lifeless complexions.

Best of all, it is suitable for men and

women of all ages and skin types.



This advanced facial treatment is based

around five key steps: cleansing and

exfoliation remove dead skin cells,

an acid peel dislodges grime from the

pores, and a vortex suction extraction

system unclogs the pores completely.

This cleansing is followed by the

infusion of a highly active hydrating

serum to nourish and protect the

skin. Results achieved in-clinic are

then supported and maintained

with HydraFacial’s Daily Essentials

skincare products.

‘When I saw the results being

achieved by the HydraFacial, I knew

that it was a modality that we needed

to have in the clinic. Colleagues of

mine were raving about the results they

were seeing,’ says Melbourne cosmetic

dotor Dr Sean Arendse from Flawless


‘The treatment combines a

number of modalities, including

cleansing, exfoliation, an acid peel,

extraction, hydration and skin

protection, all in one 30-minute

treatment, which is far superior and

more comfortable than traditional

microdermabrasion,’ he says.

While a lot of work is done during

each half hour HydraFacial session,

the treatment itself is a comfortable

experience that hydrates the skin

surface without causing irritation,

discomfort or downtime. It can be

combined with a variety of other skin

boosting treatments, such as LED

therapy, and may be used post-surgery

(following procedures like facelift and

blepharoplasty) to aid recovery and

enhance the outcome.

Does it work?

The HydraFacial is a results orientated

treatment with visible benefits. One

of its most striking features is the way

the excess serums, impurities and

debris drawn from the skin during

the extraction phase are collected in

a waste jar where they can be viewed




Its ability to produce both

instant results and ongoing

improvements to the skin further

separates the HydraFacial from

the typical spa facial.

‘Many of my young patients

want the impossible: great results

with little or no downtime. The

HydraFacial is one of the few

modalities which indeed delivers

this,’ says Dr Arendse.

‘We have seen consistently

reproducible reduction in the

effects of sun damage, blemishes

and fine lines, and improvement

in overall skin texture, with

regular treatments. A standout

feature of the HydraFacial is

that we can deliver these results

with zero downtime. It’s a real

lunchtime treatment

where patients can go straight

back to work with glowing

skin,’ he says.

Immediately after a HydraFacial

treatment it is not uncommon

for the skin to look and feel more

hydrated and gently plumped.

Fine to moderate lines may be

less visible, and there can be

a notable glow, or radiance, to

the skin. Makeup is easier to

apply post HydraFacial, making

it an ideal way to prepare for an

important event.

With repeated treatments

the skin begins to look and

behave better, which is why it

is usually recommended to have

a HydraFacial once a month.

This consistency helps to keep

the skin looking and functioning

at its peak. CBM



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Costs will vary between

patients and surgeons;

however as a guide

you’ll be looking at

anywhere between $6,000

and $15,000 for breast

augmentation in Australia.

Length of


one to three hours,

depending on the

technique used and your

individual anatomy.

Recovery time

You can typically return to

work within a week, and

to full activity within a few

weeks; however the final

results of your surgery

may take several weeks as

swelling subsides.

reast augmentation,

implants, boob jobs…

whatever your preferred

nomenclature, breast

enlargement surgery is more popular

than ever and continues to be the

number one cosmetic surgery.

For many women, whether

they are naturally small chested

or their breasts have changed

in size and shape over time,

enhancing their breasts can be

a life-altering event that reaps

significant rewards, both physically

and emotionally.

The term ‘breast augmentation’

was once synonymous with large,

obviously fake breasts that were

often disproportionate to the

patient’s build. In recent times,

breast augmentation trends have

increasingly favoured naturallooking

enlargements that balance

a woman’s figure.

These days there’s a wide range

of different breast implants, shapes,

sizes and textures. Modern day breast

augmentation is all about natural

looking breasts – gone are the days

of rock-hard, noticeable implants.

An experienced and skilled surgeon

will ensure a tailor-made breast

implant for each patient to offer the

most natural looking and feeling

result possible.

Research spanning decades

has helped formulate surgical

and aesthetic techniques that

have placed breast surgery at the

forefront of today’s plastic and

reconstructive arena.

The expertise garnered through

years of investigation from leading

surgeons around the globe means

breast surgery today offers more

individualised results, with less

scarring and reduced downtime

following surgery.

The implants used in breast

augmentation have been

finessed through both design and

manufacturing. Features to reduce

the risk of capsular contracture

and prevent implant rotation, gel

diffusion and implant rupture help

achieve superior results with fewer

incidences of complication.

Surgical techniques have

also changed. Different implant

placement and incision sites afford

breast augmentation patients more

options in scar placement and

aesthetic outcomes. Surgical advances

in breast reduction have lead to

improved results, with less downtime.

And a greater understanding of

breast anatomy and aesthetics has

made correcting deformities, such as

tuberous breasts and asymmetry, more

effective than ever before.

These have changed the concept

of breast augmentation from a

purely volumetric to a 3D

architechtural approach offering

predictable outcomes.

Generally, the preferred breast

implants used in Australia are

silicone-gel filled, which is regarded

as one of the most common and

compatible materials for implanting

into the body. They tend to feel softer

to the touch and more like natural

breasts than saline implants.

There are a number of choices

to discuss with your surgeon,

including the location for the

incision, the type, shape and size

of the breast implant, and its

placement. These are all dependent

on your body shape and size,

natural breast tissue, as well as your

expectations and desires. As every

woman’s physiology and presenting

conditions are different, the way

breast augmentation is carried out

varies with each individual.

It’s important to choose an

experienced surgeon who will not

only consider your desires but also

take into account your height, weight

and natural breast size and shape.

Choosing an appropriate implant

and positioning it correctly are keys

to achieving beautiful results. With

the extensive range of implants now

available, alongside ever-evolving

technology and surgical techniques,

there is an ideal fit for everyone.


the size and

shape of

your implant

Choosing the right shape, size,

projection and placement of breast

implants is vital to the success of your

surgery and your final breast shape.

The perfect implant for you

is dependent on your existing

breast size, shape, symmetry and

projection, body type, and your

personal preferences. There is no one

breast implant shape that is best for

everyone. Your surgeon is the best

resource for determining what

breast implant is best for you and

your body type.


Implant shape

Round and teardrop implants are the

most commonly used implant shapes.

Round implants are circular with an

even projection of volume. They are a

good choice for those who want more

fullness in the upper part of the breast

and tend to give greater cleavage.

Many surgeons agree round implants

are typically the best choice for those

patients with well-shaped natural

breasts who desire a straightforward

breast enhancement.

Teardrop, or anatomical, implants

more closely resemble the natural

shape of a breast, gradually sloping

downwards to produce an attractive

straight line from the collarbone to

the nipple. Teardrop implants tend

not to be as full as round implants;

but because they are fuller in the

lower half they can also provide

greater projection in proportion to

the size of the base, making them

particularly suitable for women with

little natural breast tissue. Mild

elevation of the breast and the nipple

can also be achieved, making them

particularly suitable for women who

have mild droopy or tuberous breasts.


Implant size

Breast implant sizes are designated

by their volume, which in Australia

ranges from 90 to 900 cubic

centimetres (cc). The most common

sizes range from 300 to 400cc.

They are also made with different

diameter bases to suit different

widths of chest wall and with

low to high profiles (amount of

forward projection). For this

reason, each manufacturer produces

a number of ‘styles’.

It’s important to take your natural

breast width into consideration.

Your surgeon will measure the base

diameter of your chest to determine

the ideal width of implant. If the

implant is too wide for your chest,

you may get ‘webbing’ between your

breasts (symmastia) or too much

‘side boob’. If the implant is too

narrow, it will not fill the chest

appropriately and have difficulty

creating a shapely cleavage.

The choice of implant projection

is to a large extent a personal one. A

woman with adequate breast tissue

and a shape she is happy with may

opt for a low-profile implant that

will simply increase the size of her

breasts. Another patient seeking to

create cleavage, or a patient with

some degree of sag, may prefer a

high-profile implant that can help

achieve these results.

During your consultation, your

surgeon will take into consideration

the width of your chest and breast

tissue and advise you on the most

suitable implant size and style for your

individual anatomy.



Implant fill:

saline or silicone

The type of fill used inside the

implant is either silicone or saline.

Both have an outer silicone shell;

however they differ in material,

consistency and techniques used

for placement. Both types of

implants have their own advantages

and disadvantages.

Silicone gel-filled implants are

used more commonly in Australia.

Silicone implants contain a cohesive

gel, designed to mimic real breast

tissue. It has a slightly firm, nonrunny

consistency, which can give

a more natural feel. As the gel is

not liquid, the risk of dispersal if the

implant ruptures is minimised. It also

typically maintains its shape better

than a saline implant, especially in

the upper part of the implant.

Saline-filled implants use a

medical grade saltwater solution,

which makes the implant feel like a

water-bed. This can be controlled

to an extent by the volume of fill

in the implant. If implant rupture

occurs, the saline is absorbed by

the body. However, saline implants

feel firmer than silicone implants

and have a higher risk of visible

folds and ripples.

Unlike silicone gel implants,

saline implants can be filled through

a valve during surgery. Because of

this, the insertion of the implants

generally requires a smaller incision

than that associated with silicone

gel implants. The amount of fill

can also be adjusted after surgery,

which is not possible with fixed

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Implant shell:

smooth or


Implant shells can be smooth or

textured. Smooth-shelled implants

are easy to insert and make the breast

move and feel more natural than a

textured shell. However, they have

increased risk of capsular contracture

(hardening of the breast), which is a

common reason for re-operation.

Textured implants have a thicker

shell and the very nature of their

surface means they can grab onto

and adhere to the surrounding

tissue, causing less friction between

the implant and breast pocket and

therefore helping to reduce the risk

of capsular contracture. Many

surgeons also believe it offers them

greater control over the ultimate

shape of the breast.

Round implants come in smooth

and textured shells; but anatomical

implants have textured surfaces only,

to allow for better integration with

the surrounding breast tissue.


Incision site

There are four incision options: the

inframammary crease (under the

breast where it meets the chest),

periareolar (around the nipple),

transaxillary (inside the armpit) and

transumbilical (through the navel).

The inframammary incision is the

most common breast augmentation

incision used today, made in the

crease under the breast close to the

inframammary fold. The surgeon

creates a pocket for the breast

implant, which is slid up through

the incision, then positioned behind

the nipple.

This incision offers the best

exposure for visualisation and allows

the implant to be placed over,

partially under or completely under

the chest wall muscle. The scar is

hidden in the crease under the breast

and is not normally visible when

wearing a bikini top.


Implant placement

Experienced surgeons base their

implant placement decisions on

factors such as the patient’s quantity

of breast tissue, natural breast size

and symmetry, the dimension and

shape of the chest wall, the amount of

subcutaneous fat and the quality

of breast skin.

Generally, there are three

placement options: subglandular (in

front of the muscle), submuscular

(behind the muscle) and dual plane

(partially under the muscle).

With subglandular placement,

the pocket is created between the

breast tissue and the pectoral muscle.

This position resembles the plane of

normal breast tissue and the implant

is placed in front of the muscle.

Sometimes the implant is covered by

a thin membrane, the fascia, which

lies on top of the muscle. This is

called subfascial placement.

This position is suited to patients

who have sufficient breast tissue to

cover the top of the implant. This

procedure is typically faster and may

be more comfortable for the patient

than submuscular placement. There

is generally less post-operative pain

and a shorter recovery period because

the chest muscles have not been

disturbed during surgery. The implant

also tends to move more naturally in

this position.

However, subglandular breast

implants may be more visible,

especially if the patient has little

breast tissue, little body fat and

thin skin. With subglandular

implants, there tends to be more

of a pronounced ‘roundness’ to

the breasts, which may look less

natural than those placed under

the muscle; but this is a matter of

personal preference.

With submuscular placement, the

implant is placed under the pectoralis

major muscle after some release of the

inferior muscular attachments. Most

of the implant is positioned under the

muscle. This position can create a

natural-looking contour at the top of

the breast in thin patients and those

with very little breast tissue. The

implant is fully covered, which helps

camouflage the edges of the implant,

as well as rippling.

There may be more post-operative

discomfort and a longer recovery

period. The implants may appear high

at first and take longer to ‘drop’.

The dual plane method places the

implant partially beneath the pectoral

muscle in the upper pole, where the

implant edges tend to be most visible,

while the lower half of the implant

is in the subglandular plane. This

placement is best suited to patients

who have insufficient tissue to cover

the implant at the top of the breast,

but who need the bottom of the

implant to fully expand the lower

half of the breast due to sag or a tight

crease under the breast.

This position minimises the

rippling and edge effect in thin

patients, while avoiding abnormal

contours in the lower half of the

breast. Generally, this placement is

able to achieve a more natural shape

to the upper portion of the breast,

instead of the ‘upper roundness’

that can be more common with

subglandular implants. However,

it involves more complex surgery,

which if not performed correctly may

result in visible deformities when the

pectoral muscles are contracted.


Is small

the new big?

The size and shape of the “ideal”

breasts have ebbed and flowed

throughout the ages, primarily

influenced by the political and

cultural climates of the time.

Fast-forward to 2018 and women

are increasingly moving away

from the ‘bigger is better’

attitude when it comes to breast

augmentation surgery.

Attributable to the ‘wellness’

movement and the rise of lean,

athletic body types ubiquitous

on Instagram and in Victoria’s

Secret fashion shows, surgeons

are seeing a shift in the look many

breast augmentation patients

are asking for - away from the

round, prominent oversized

breast towards something more in

keeping with their natural shape,

to balance their figure rather than

dominate their appearance.

Compared with several years ago,

the average size has gone from a

Double DD or E cup to a D-C cup.

It seems today’s typical patient

wants the best of both worlds:

ample cleavage and a generous

bust to complement fashion

trends, while still being able to

work out without any restriction

or discomfort. 71


Is breast


right for you?

A good candidate for breast

augmentation is mentally

and physically healthy and

understands the reality, and

limitations, of what this

surgery can achieve.

Before you decide on breast

augmentation, there are

some important questions

to ask yourself:

Why do you want to have

implant surgery?

Is anyone prompting you to

have the surgery?

Do you suffer from an emotional

or psychological disorder?

Would you be prepared

to handle a complication

if something goes wrong

after surgery?

Do you accept that breast

implants are not guaranteed to

last a lifetime and future surgery

may be required to replace one

or both implants?



to ask

your surgeon

Stay informed

about your

implants and

know your risks

As cosmetic surgery becomes more and more

normalised, it becomes especially important to

remember that breast surgery is major surgery.

Breast augmentation is not a “set and forget”

surgery. While less likely when performed by

a skilled and experienced surgeon, there are

complications and risks associated with breast

augmentation, including capsular contracture

(hardening of the breast, usually requiring

secondary surgery to remove the implant),

rippling of the implant and displacement

of the implant.

Breast implants have a limited lifespan and may

have to be removed or replaced at some stage. On

average, the majority of implants will need to be

replaced by the time they are 10 years old.

It’s a good idea to sign up to the Breast Implant

Registry (BIR), a public health initiative focusing

on patient safety. The Registry collects relevant

patient, surgeon, procedural and implant data

relating to breast implants. The aim is to provide

a tracking system to see how the products perform

and what the patient outcomes are post-surgery.

It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor to make sure

your details are added, so you can keep up-to-date

with any issues with the implants you choose.

Choosing to become part of the BIR allows

you to keep up to date with any issues relating

to the implants you chose and to be contacted

should there be any concerns. The Registry is

administered by the Australian Society of

Plastic Surgeons. CBM

What are your qualifications

and experience?

How many times have you

performed the procedure?

How many times have

you performed it in the past

six months?

Can I speak to previous patients?

Can I look at your before and

after case photos?

If complications do occur or the

procedure is not successful, how

will you deal with this?

Where will the surgery

be performed?

Will a qualified anaesthetist

administer the anaesthetic?

Who will be looking after

me during the surgery and

immediately after?

How much time will I

need off work?

Are there post-operative

side effects?

Will there be any visible scarring

following the procedure?

How can this be minimised?

What ‘aftercare’ will be provided

and will this be included in the

treatment costs?

E nhancement

A of the


Breast augmentation, lift

and reduction – we talk all

things breast with Dr John

Flynn. Words by aimée rodrigues.

Cosmetic surgery is a very personal journey and

everyone’s needs are different. Cosmetic breast

surgery is perhaps the best example of this,

and can involve augmentation with implants, tissue

reduction or a lift (mastopexy).

“The overall aim of breast rejuvenation procedures

is to balance the body’s proportions into a pleasing,

feminine silhouette,” says Dr John Flynn from

Cosmedic & Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast. “Although

changing your breasts will not, in itself, change you,

it can be effective in improving self-esteem and

body confidence.”

Dr Flynn offers a range of breast surgery procedures

to enhance a woman’s bust, improve comfort and

achieve an aesthetically pleasing body proportion.

“Most of my patients are simply looking to

bring their body into proportion, perhaps due to

underdevelopment, asymmetry or changes associated

with pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as the

natural ageing process,” he explains.



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‘perfect’ breasts

Social media is a pervasively persuasive tool, and

the more we are swamped with stylised images of

celebrities and influencers on Instagram and Snapchat,

sadly the more we want to replicate the enhanced,

retouched images that are passed off as reality.

While there are more than 60 million images

uploaded to Instagram every day, it would be

interesting to see just how many are untouched.

There are apps out there that can change everything:

your eye colour and size, your cheekbones and, you

guessed it, the size of your boobs.

Dr Flynn says: “Part of what I am noticing in the

younger age group are exact ideas about what

they want to achieve after surgery – they are quite

demanding about what they want, but it’s not

always feasible.

“There are no such things as perfect breasts. It’s

wrong to be thinking about perfect breasts, because

everyone is different and the size and shape of your

breasts often reflect how your body is built. This is

where social media is quite negative.

“When a woman comes in with a collection of

photos, to help her explain what she wants, social

media is beneficial in that sense. But there is no way to

trust if these social media photos are real or if they are

just unrealistic images. It definitely has both a potential

advantage and disadvantage. Reality is hard to find

these days.”

As cosmetic surgery becomes more and more

normalised, it becomes so important to remember that

breast surgery is major surgery. It’s essential to educate

yourself of the risks and limitations involved and

whether it is right for you.











Breast implant surgery is the obvious

solution to increase the size of the

bust, to counter what Mother

Nature has given or to restore

volume lost through pregnancy or

the ageing process.

Breast augmentation is one of the

most popular cosmetic procedures

across the globe. It uses implants

to add volume to the breast and

enhance the body’s contours. There

is no ‘best’ breast implant type, size,

shape, texture, location placement

and incision site; and a thorough

consultation is essential in tailoring

the procedure to suit each patient’s

natural body shape and expectations

going into surgery.

“Much has been written about the

different shapes and styles of implants

available, and the reason there are

so many options to choose from is

because breast augmentation is not a

one-size-fi ts-all issue,” says Dr Flynn.

“There is a variety of shapes and sizes

to choose from because each woman

is different and it is important to fi nd

a solution to suit every individual.”

Dr Flynn says there are further

choices in terms of the surface of the

implant, namely whether to use a

smooth or textured fi nish. Each has

its own advantages and disadvantages

and should be addressed in detail

during consultation with the doctor.


E nhancement

Breast Lift

A natural part of the female ageing

process is sagging of the breasts.

Women who have breastfed or

experienced extreme weight loss

can also experience breast droop.

If it causes concern, mastopexy –

commonly known as a breast lift –

restores height, volume and shape to

the breast. Implants may also be used

in conjunction with this procedure

to achieve the desired result. The

lifted breasts will have a more pert,

youthful appearance.

Dr Flynn says there are various

methods for achieving this, but

patients do need to be aware that

mastopexy involves a different

pattern of approach from breast

implant surgery. “Typically this type

of surgery involves an incision around

the nipple, and in some cases there

may also be a vertical scar from the

nipple to the inframammary fold (the

breast crease),” he says.

A breast lift, whether alone or

combined with augmentation or

reduction, is a popular option and

encompasses a total rejuvenation of

breast tissue. The size and shape of

the breasts are adjusted, excess skin is

removed and the tissue is remodelled.

“Certainly, restoring volume using

breast implants is a key measure;

however there are times when lifting

and tightening of the breast tissue is

of equal importance and sometimes

I perform a combination of these

procedures,” Dr Flynn explains.



Breast reduction (or reduction

mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure

to reduce, lift and reshape the

breast. The procedure is aimed at

removing excessive breast and fatty

tissue, leaving an overall smaller

and better-shaped breast. It may

relieve symptoms caused by very large

breasts, including back and neck pain,

breast tenderness, shoulder grooving

(from bra straps), intertrigo (rash

between folds of skin) and discomfort

in everyday activities.

As well as removing excess bulk

and weight from the breasts, Dr

Flynn says it is also important to lift

the breast to restore a more pert and

youthful appearance.

“Many articles published about

breast sagging concentrate on

increasing volume by using implants.

But there is also a large number of

women with the opposite problem

of too much breast tissue,” Dr Flynn

says. “This can be accentuated as

they grow older, partly due to

genetic background and family

history and partly due to certain

hormonal effects.”

Most breast reduction procedures

call for just one vertical incision

around the areola down to the

breast crease and, in some cases,

along the crease as well. A portion

of fat and excess tissue is then

removed. The nipple and areola

are then repositioned and the skin

under the breast is re-sculpted.

This results in smaller breasts that

have a more aesthetically pleasing

shape and improved support, lift

and overall fullness.

When contemplating breast surgery,

education and realistic expectations

are paramount to achieving a positive

result. Dr Flynn believes women who

are well informed of the procedure,

and realistic in their expectations, are

most likely to be pleased with

the result.

“We recognise that patients

may differ in what they regard as

ideal body proportions, so this

is something that needs to be

discussed with their chosen doctor

at consultation,” he says. “In an

initial consultation, the surgical

options should be fully explored,

including the risks, limitations and

potential complications. Setting

a realistic expectation of what may

be achieved is most important.

There can be a big difference

between what is desired and what

can be realistically achieved.”

Whether it is to fill volume, reduce

tissue or lift heavy breasts, cosmetic

breast surgery is a highly personalised

process and everything – from the

initial consultation to choosing the

most suitable implant type – should

be a personal decision. “Each woman

is different in their reasons for, and

expectations of, breast surgery. Even

in deciding upon an implant, there is

a variety of shapes and sizes to choose

from because every patient is unique.

It is important to find a personalised

solution to suit each individual,” Dr

Flynn concludes. CBM




Dr John Flynn

Cosmedic & Skin Clinic,

Southport, Qld

Ph 1300 88 13 88 77



you buy



Virtual reality

technology is helping

patients experience their

new look before they go

under the knife.

Words by Maria Leahy.

Since the announcement of her engagement

to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has become

a major source of inspiration in the fashion

and beauty worlds. But while the Suits star’s style

was expected to become the envy of many, her

nose has gained a following of its own!

Like many celebrities, the American actor’s

features have become a popular point of reference

for those seeking cosmetic enhancement. The

issue is Ms Markle’s nose won’t necessarily work

on everyone.

3D and 4D virtual reality imaging systems are

now being used by plastic and cosmetic surgeons

to show patients their predicted outcomes before




they go under the knife. Crisalix is one such

virtual aesthetics device that enables cosmetic

enhancement candidates to ‘try on’ the potential

results of various face and body procedures in

real time.

Working with a 3D scan of the patient that

Crisalix can create in seconds, doctors can use

special Crisalix software to create simulations of

the outcomes the patient would like to achieve.

The client is then given a virtual reality headset

to view the intended outcome of their procedure

on their own body. One major benefi t of this

technology is that it shows the patient what

their face or body will look like in a mirror and

as they would go about their everyday life. For

example, a breast augmentation patient can see

their new breasts from multiple mirror angles and

look down at the size and shape of the breasts as

if they were their own.

Crisalix creates 3D imaging for all

types of cosmetic procedures, including

breast enlargements, reductions, lifts

and reconstructions; nose jobs, face lifts,

blepharoplasty, cheek implants and lip

augmentations; and tummy tucks, liposuction

and body contouring. You can try on a

variety of alterations to contrast shapes, sizes

and techniques, so in the case of a breast

augmentation, you can tell how a 300cc implant

would compare with a 400cc implant on your

body. With the Crisalix app, you can share your

simulation with friends and family for added

feedback or post it anonymously to the Crisalix

‘before and after’ 3D community to get the

opinion of other patients.

Compared to traditional enhancement

consultations, Crisalix helps the patient visualise

and experience how their body or face will look

post-procedure. While there are no guarantees, it

strengthens the line of communication between

the patient and their doctor, ensuring that any

concerns the patient may have are discussed

before they enter the operating theatre and that

their expectations in terms of results are realistic.

In this way, Crisalix is a valuable information

and visualisation source that empowers the

patient in making an informed decision about

their enhancement journey. CBM


To find a practitioner in your area,


Dr Steve Merten of Pure

Aesthetics in Sydney is no

stranger to 3D simulation

software. As an Australiantrained

specialist plastic

surgeon with over 20

years experience, he is a

recognised leader in the field

of cosmetic plastic surgery

and has been using Crisalix

technology for 10 years.

Here Dr Merten shares his

and his patients’ experience

with 3D imaging technology

to achieve best-possible,

predicatable outcomes:

I use Crisalix for most of my

breast augmentation patients

to assist in the consultation.

During the first consultation, I

use the Crisalix laser scanner

to get a high quality near 3D

image of their chest. Using

this, I can add implants of

various sizes and shapes so

the patient can get an idea

of what she will look like with

implants, in different sizes and

shapes. This is implant-brand

specific, so when I choose a

particular implant style and

size, the software simulates

the dimensions of this specific

implant. The Crisalix software

then allows my patients to

view these images at home,

moving the image of their

chest around fully, including

from above and below.

Patients really like being

able to see both what they

look like ‘from the outside’

and then what various

implants will look like after

surgery. Seeing the results

on themselves is much more

helpful than showing results

of other patients. I find

patients particularly like being

able to look at the images at

home with family and friends,

and then at their second

consult they have a much

better idea of what implants

they think will match their

desired outcome. The Crislaix

system also allows a 3D view

with VR goggles, but I haven’t

used this myself.

There is also a Crisalix

app, whereby patients can

log in at home and look at

their own images, rotate

them around from all different

views, with the implants we

have selected. The system

doesn’t allow patients to

input their own implants,

which may be fun, but I

think it is best that the

surgeon chooses implants

that are surgically suitable.

I usually input a range of

shapes and sizes that I think

will give the best outcome,

and they can look and

compare these at home.

The key to achieving a

great result is by listening

to my patients’ concerns,

careful planning and

meticulous surgery. Crisalix

is a useful planning tool

in determining the most

suitable breast shape and

size for each individual.

Reference: Meghan Markle’s nose: https://www.huffi

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Non-invasive body

sculpting is changing the

way we approach stubborn

fat. Here we explore two

popular treatments that

are producing big results.

Everyone has the right to feel

great about the skin they live in, but

unfortunately many of us aren’t quite

there yet. And with seemingly unmovable fat

deposits resisting our every effort, it can be

difficult to maintain the motivation needed to

eat well and work out.

While the pursuit of perfection is by all

accounts a lost cause, it is possible to boost the

results achieved in the gym without going under

the knife. It’s not about recreating your look –

far from it – but about knowing who you are and

working to bring your best self forward.

Non-invasive body sculpting and contouring

treatments are quickly gaining popularity and,

with increased affordability and ever advancing

treatment methods, it’s easy to see why. Viewed

as an accessible and less invasive alternative

to plastic surgery, this new wave of treatments

offers few side effects and big results.




As the largest and most established

clinic to specialise solely in noninvasive

fat reduction and body

contouring, Body Catalyst is a leader

in its field. ‘Our philosophy is simple,’

says founder Samantha Barakat

Light. ‘Focus on one thing and be

the best at it.’

Three years ago Samantha, who

now has five clinics across New South

Wales and Victoria, discovered that

irrespective of how well some people

ate or how often they exercised, they

could still retain weight in certain

areas. ‘Coming from a health science

background, the disconnect between

the two fascinated me as much as it

frustrated me,’ she says.

What was even more concerning

for Samantha was the way this

phenomenon could impact a person’s

confidence. She recognised that

the harder we work at keeping our

bodies healthy, the more frustrating

it can be to have pockets of fat that

just won’t budge.


stubborn fat

One of the biggest breakthroughs

in non-surgical body contouring

occurred in the early 2000s when a

group of Harvard researchers noticed

how teething babies who sucked on

ice cubes for prolonged periods of

time appeared to lose the chubbiness

in their cheeks. This observation

sparked years of research into the

role freezing plays in the destruction

of cells.

It was found that, under carefully

controlled conditions, subcutaneous

fat cells are more vulnerable to the

effects of cold than the surrounding

tissue. This information has since

been used to develop a non-invasive

alternative to liposuction called

cryolipolysis or ‘fat freezing’.

The latest technology offered by

Body Catalyst is the CLATUU 360°

FREEZE, which can be used to reduce

fat on the stomach, flanks, waist,

hips, chin, thighs, buttocks and arms.

During treatment, a special vacuum

applicator is applied to the target area

to cool unwanted fat to -9°C. This

process causes the cells to crystallise

and die. Over the following 12

weeks, the treated cells are removed

from the body during a natural cycle

of elimination.

The treatment is gentle, non-toxic

and takes around 60 minutes; so you

can literally freeze your bum off in

your lunch break! Because it requires

no downtime, you can return to your

daily activities immediately. As fat

freezing is non-invasive, the skin is

not penetrated during this process

and so the risk of infection is reduced.

Overall, a 20-30 per cent reduction in

fat can be achieved in the target area

with each fat freezing session.

It is worth noting that not all fat

freezing treatments are created equal.

So if you’re exploring this area, it is

best to look for medical grade, state

of the art equipment that is TGA

approved, along with skilled staff

who know what they’re doing.

With cryolipolysis, the results

can vary depending on how the

treatment is performed and which

technology is used.


loose skin

As we age, our ability to produce

collagen is reduced. This can result

in loose, sagging skin on the face

and body. Radiofrequency (RF)

technology is now commonly used to

tighten and tone lax skin.

RF delivers sound wave energy

to areas of unwanted fat by driving

controlled heat deep into the cells,

causing mechanical disruption

and subsequently destroying them.

This stimulates apoptosis – the

breakdown and removal of intra

cellular waste over a period of weeks

or months through the body’s natural


elimination process.

Dalyance, offered exclusively at

Body Catalyst clinics, uses the latest

RF technology to visibly tighten

the skin. During treatment, the RF

waves penetrate the skin to tighten

it from the inside out, stimulating

the production of collagen and

elastin proteins, which in turn have

a rejuvenating impact on the body.

It is a gentle and non-invasive

approach capable of triggering

significant results previously only

achieved with surgery.

While the technology itself is

scientifically cutting-edge, the

treatment stimulates the body’s

own natural processes. Effectively

it behaves as a catalyst for change

without adding artificial toxins

to the body.

So, if you’re happy with your

efforts at the gym, but want to look

and feel more toned, RF provides a

non-surgical option which is both

gentle and effective. CBM



Images courtesy of Body Catalyst

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for you?

Did you know there’s a way to smooth

a bumpy nose and correct minor

irregularities without any surgery or

downtime? Words by aimée rodrigues.

The nose is the central feature

of the face and changing

its size or shape can truly

transform a person’s appearance,

enhancing facial harmony and


Rhinoplasty is traditionally surgery

to reduce or increase the size of the

nose, change the shape of the tip or

bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils

and width of the nose or change the

angle between the nose and upper lip,

as well as improve breathing function.

A relatively recent breakthrough

in the cosmetic industry is nonsurgical

rhinoplasty, ideal for those

patients whose nose doesn’t require

significant remodelling. Irregularities

can be corrected using dermal fillers

(either temporary or long-lasting),

which allows patients to change their

appearance without having to undergo

surgical rhinoplasty. For example, a

hump on the nose can essentially be

‘removed’ by having tiny amounts of

filler injected above and below, so the

nose appears straight.

For people who have realistic

expectations of what can be

achieved without surgery, nonsurgical

rhinoplasty using cosmetic

injectables can offer an effective

option in achieving a harmonious and

aesthetically pleasing result.


Feature 83

Did you know

the first recorded

“nose job” is found

in ancient

Indian Sanskrit

texts (600 BC)?


does the



Non-surgical rhinoplasty is quick,

with no anaesthetic required and

there is minimal pain involved.

It is performed in the doctor’s

rooms, the result is instant and

there is no downtime.

Most fillers will leave a residual

redness and slight tenderness for

up to a few days and patients can

expect slight swelling and bruising.

The results are immediately evident

and can last years, depending on

the filler used and the individual

patient response.

Fillers available are both temporary

and more permanent. By trying a

temporary filler first, the patient can

be comfortable with the proposed

outcome before committing to a longlasting




Who is

a good


Candidates for this procedure are

typically those with minor external

nasal deformities, depressions,

asymmetries or who have a collapsed

nasal bridge or saddle nose. It can

also be effective for post-surgical

rhinoplasty corrections, where the

result has been less than satisfactory.

Other applications for non-surgical

rhinoplasty are bridge augmentation,

correction of a hump on the dorsum

of the nose, making the nose rounder

if the bridge is squarish or beaky in

shape, and rounding and shaping of

the nasal tip. The tip of a drooping

nose can also be lifted by 1 or 2mm by

injecting the filler at the base of the

nose, so that it forces the tip upwards.

For many patients, including

Asians, non-surgical rhinoplasty

can offer an effective alternative to

surgery, often giving outstanding

results in suitable patients.

It’s important to note that nonsurgical

rhinoplasty cannot correct

impaired breathing caused by

structural abnormalities.

And the


Unlike other areas of the face,

repeat treatments are often not

required as there is less movement

in this area. However in some cases,

a top-up treatment may be required

after a few years.

For suitable candidates without

extensive remodelling requirements,

non-surgical rhinoplasty offers an

effective alternative to traditional

rhinoplasty. CBM

What are

dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected

into the skin to plump out wrinkles and

depressions on the face. They are also used to

augment areas of the face, such as the cheeks

and lips, where extra volume is needed.

More permanent fillers can be used to

reshape the nose and jaw line to create a

more balanced and harmonious face shape.

There is a large range of different fillers on the

market that vary in longevity, composition

and viscosity.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) gel, which is

biocompatible and biodegradable, comprises

the vast majority of contemporary dermal

fillers. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the

body throughout connective, epithelial and

neural tissues and is particularly abundant in

the dermis. It can attract up to 1,000 times

its weight in water and is one of the main

agents in maintaining hydration and a fresh,

youthful appearance, as well as a major

component of tissue repair. Results can last

for around six months to a year, again

depending on the patient.

A ‘permanent’ filler option is Aquamid,

which many practitioners are using as a means

of enhancing facial features, creating a similar

effect to using facial implants. It can be used

to fill nasolabial folds, enhance cheekbones,

lips or the nose, and to smooth wrinkles

or folds in the skin. It is composed of 97.5

percent water and 2.5 percent polyacrylamide

and, once injected, it integrates with the

body’s tissue.

Aquamid does not migrate from the

injection site, is biocompatible, non-toxic and

non-absorbable, which means results last for

a number of years – as many as 10. Therefore,

practitioners usually advise patients take a

‘practise run’ with a different filler first, to

ensure they are happy with their new look. 85




Cosmetic procedures are

on the rise according

to the American Society

of Plastic Surgeons, but

which procedures proved

most popular in 2017?

The American Society of

Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS)

annual report has revealed

that surgical and non-surgical

cosmetic procedures are increasing

in popularity, with 17.5 million

procedures being performed in the

US in 2017. This represents a two

per cent increase overall since

2016, with interest in minimally

invasive treatments growing at a

slightly higher rate than that in

surgical procedures.

Released on March 1, the figures

highlight the demand for fat

reduction and body contouring

treatments that utilise ultrasound,

radio frequency and infrared

technologies. While three of the top

five surgical procedures focused on

the body, the top minimally invasive

procedures centred on the face.

Top surgical


Last year, nearly 1.8 million cosmetic

surgical procedures were performed

in the US. This included 300,378

breast augmentations (up three per

cent from 2016), 246,354 liposuction

procedures (up five per cent),

218,924 nose shaping operations






in 2017





2 Liposuction



3 Nose reshaping





Eyelid Surgery


no change

Tummy tuck









in 2017





2 Liposuction



3 Nose reshaping





Eyelid Surgery


no change

Tummy tuck








in 2017


Toxin Type A

7.23 million


2 Soft tissue fillers

2.69 million





Chemical peel

1.37 million


Laser hair removal

1.1 million






(down two per cent), 209,571

eyelid surgeries (no change) and

129,753 tummy tucks (up two

per cent).

Notable changes in the surgical

sector involved an 11 per cent

increase in breast reductions, a

procedure that had suffered a four per

cent decline in popularity between

2015 and 2016. Commenting on the

statistics, ASPS President Jeffrey E

Janis, MD, said: ‘Breast reductions

are consistently reported as one

of the highest patient satisfaction

procedures because it positively

affects a woman’s quality of life.

It addresses both functional and

aesthetic concerns.’

Having dropped from the top

five most commonly performed

cosmetic surgical procedures in

2016, tummy tucks took fifth place

in the latest ASPS report with 2,000

more taking place last year than the

previous 12 months. Liposuction

experienced a five per cent surge,

while the figures for eyelid surgery

remained relatively stable.

Top non-surgical


Minimally invasive cosmetic

procedures have increased

nearly 200 per cent since 2000.

The 15.7 million non-surgical

treatments performed in 2017

included 7.23 million

Botulinum Toxin Type A

procedures (up two per cent),

2.69 million soft tissue filler

treatments (up three per cent),

1.37 million chemical peels (up

one per cent), 1.1 million laser

hair removal sessions (down two

per cent) and 740,287

microdermabrasion appointments

(down four per cent).

Interest in cellulite treatments

soared by almost 20 per cent,

so-called ‘fat freezing’ technologies

were used seven per cent more often

and non-invasive skin tightening

procedures increased by nine per

cent. CBM

Source: American Society of Plastic

Surgeons (ASPS) 87

Black market

cosmetic drugs

seized in



Raids on Australian

cosmetic clinics

have uncovered

thousands of

illegal cosmetic

drugs. words by

Aimée Rodrigues

Illegal and potentially deadly

substances, including dermal

fillers, topical anaesthetics,

human placenta extracts and medicalstrength

peels made in China and

Japan, have been uncovered in raids

on cosmetic clinics across Sydney.

The ABC has obtained footage

of several recent raids conducted

by the NSW Health Department

showing officials seizing hundreds

of contraband drugs and treatments

from illegal operations, so-called

‘back alley clinics’.

‘It’s actually been horrifying. It’s

far worse than what I could imagine

as Health Minister,’ NSW Health

Minister Brad Hazzard told the ABC.

Authorities are intercepting

increasingly large shipments of the

black-market items, according to

Bruce Battye, who is NSW Health’s

deputy chief pharmacist. ‘These are

not coming in in someone’s handbag.

These are coming in in bulk,’ Mr

Battye said.

Health authorities are warning

Australians that they are risking

their lives by getting cheap and

illegal cosmetic procedures from

back-alley clinics, which could result

in disfigurement, burns, paralysis,

blindness and even death.

‘These procedures are potentially

dangerous,’ Mr Hazzard said. ‘You

could die, you could be disfigured, you

could spend many, many thousands

of dollars getting yourself back to the

state you would like to be in.’

‘Cosmetic procedures are medical

procedures, and fillers and toxins can

cause a number of complications in

the wrong hands. Unfortunately we

have a marketplace that downgrades

the importance of proper training,

and if you judge a product or



will be examining the handling

of complaints about cosmetic

health service providers in NSW

in a new inquiry.

‘I welcome the news that

the NSW Government is truly

following through on its previous

announcement and has in fact

stepped up its level of concern with

concrete action following raids on

“back-alley” clinics in Sydney. It

would be good to see this type of

response in other states.’

Several cosmetic surgeons told the

ABC they had increasing numbers

of patients come to them for help

after botched operations at secret,

unlicensed facilities. The doctors

were too scared to go on the record

because they feared reprisals from

illegal providers.

‘We have fly-in, fly-out, so-called

experts coming in from Korea and

China, who definitely don’t meet our

medical requirements. And they can

be in and out of the country before

you know it,’ Mr Hazzard said.

‘The importance of seeing a

registered health professional who

focuses on cosmetic procedures

cannot be stressed highly enough,’

says Dr Mary Dingley of the CPCA.

‘Registrations and licences are there

for a reason – to ensure that people

and products meet standards and can

be tracked and held accountable in

the event of any concerns. Going

to see those who flout regulations

and deliberately skirt standards,

usually because they can’t meet those

standards, is just asking for trouble.’

Dr Magnusson added: ‘While I can

‘It’s actually been

horrifying. It’s far worse

than what I could imagine as

Health Minister.’

procedure purely on how cheap

you can get it, then you have to

think very carefully about how that

particular clinic can obtain it cheaper

than everyone else,’ Dr Russell

Knudsen from the ACCS told

ABC News.

‘In the past four to five months

the suspicions that many of us in the

industry have held have proven to be

true by the investigations conducted

by the NSW Health Department.

They found a number of clinics in

the Sydney area that are flying under

the radar and breaching so many

regulations. It’s outrageous.’

President of the Australasian

Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

(ASAPS) Dr Mark Magnusson

said: ‘Earlier this year the NSW

government announced that a

Committee from the Health Care

Complaints Commission (HCCC)

‘I’ve treated women with burns and

serious infections after visiting these

places,’ one Sydney-based cosmetic

surgeon told the ABC.

The ABC was also told that

one Sydney provider, who has no

Australian medical qualifications

and works out of her apartment, offers

botulinum injections in calves to

streamline the legs. ‘I see her patients

hobbling around because she’s

effectively paralysed their calves,’

another cosmetic surgeon said.

‘There has been a case of blindness

in Victoria, and there has also been

a case of skin necrosis to a woman’s

nose following filler injections,’ said

CPCA spokesperson Dr Catherine

Porter. ‘Both were done by these

fly-in, fly-out medical professionals

who have not been registered with

the Australian Health Practitioner

Regulatory Authority.’

fully understand the lure of cost being

the main decision-driver for a person

in many aspects of life, this should

not be one of them. Compromising

on the quality of care due to cost

comes with an increased potential for

poor outcomes. We see patients left

with disappointing results, suboptimal

scars, infections or in the worst case

scenarios, blindness, skin loss and lifethreatening

situations at the hands

of providers who should have never

picked up a syringe or used products

that are not legal in Australia in the

first place,’ he concluded.

While these back alley clinics do

exist, they are far from the norm. The

key message for patients is the need

to check practitioners’ credentials

and see the original packaging of the

products you are being treated with.

No need for panic, but definitely

knowledge is power. cbm 89





Gynaecologist Dr Oseka Onuma says its better to seek

medical advice earlier rather than later and explains

The Management of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is defined by the

International Continence Society (ICS) as an

involuntary loss of urine that is objectively shown

as a social and hygienic problem. Stress, urge and mixed

(stress and urge incontinence combined) incontinence

account for the majority of urinary incontinence suffered

by women. Urinary incontinence is estimated to affect

between 10-35 per cent of adults in the American

population. The incidence is much higher, at least 50 per

cent, in institutionalized patients.

Table 1. Prevalence of Urinary

Incontinence (American


National Centre for Health Statistics. (1989). Vital Health

Statistics Series 13 (No. 102).

Age (Yrs) Female (%)* Male (%)*

60 4.5-44 4.6-24

Institutionalized/Impaired 22-90 22-33

*The wide prevalence ranges are due to the variability in

the definition of urinary incontinence.

Incontinence can be a significant problem for women of

all ages and the prevalence does rise with age. However,

it would be wrong to conclude, as many women and

clinicians do, that urinary incontinence is a ‘natural’ part

of the aging process. In fact, the majority of older women

remain continent of urine. There is no doubt adverse

changes in urinary function are more prevalent with

increasing age, however, this does not make then either

natural or inevitable and certainly should not consign

any woman to believe, de facto, that there are no

treatments available.

Regardless of age, if one day you were completely

continent of urine and able to socialize without the fear of

wetting your clothing and the next day, whilst out at, say,

a shopping centre, you experienced sudden, uncontrollable

and complete evacuation of your bladder whilst walking,

what would be your response? Panic, embarrassment and

fear are likely and the chances are you would, as a matter

of urgency, make an appointment to see your doctor.

So, why is it that many women will experience urinary

incontinence for many years (typically 10 years or more)

before seeking medical attention? There are likely many

complex reasons but one of the most obvious to me

relates to how the events evolve. The onset of urinary

incontinence can be sudden but more often than not its

development is insidious with infrequent, small volume

loss. Initially the degree of bother may not be strong

enough to motivate further action by the affected woman

until some significant event precipitates a need to

address the problem.

Stress incontinence is the symptom of involuntary loss

of urine associated with physical exertion. When a clinical

diagnosis is made we then use the term ‘stress urinary 91


incontinence.’ When the diagnosis is made on urodynamic

(bladder studies) testing we use the term ‘urodynamic

stress incontinence.’ In most cases, stress incontinence is

associated with a weakening of the supports of the urethra

and/or bladder neck. One of the most common causes

of this weakness is related to the changes in tissue and

damage done by pregnancy and vaginal childbirth.

Any activity that produces a rise in the pressure within

the abdomen (intra-abdominal pressure) may cause stress

incontinence. Imagine that the abdominal cavity is a

container, the boundaries being the diaphragm above, the

abdominal walls in front, the pelvic structures below and

the spine and retroperitoneal structures (such as kidney

and pancreas) behind.

During physical activity the movement of the diaphragm

increases to facilitate air into and out from the lungs.

As the diaphragm descends during inspiration the space

within the abdomen is compressed and the pressure within

the abdomen rises. There is no space for movement in the

posterior compartment of the abdomen. This leaves the

anterior abdominal wall and the pelvic structures as areas

in which the transmission of pressure within the abdomen

can cause significant movement. In most cases there will

be limited displacement of the anterior abdominal wall as

movement is restricted by the rectus abdominus muscles

and the fascia (connective tissue) of the rectus sheath.

Thus, common activities such as coughing, sneezing,

hiccupping, jumping, laughing, getting up from a sitting

position, playing sport and doing gym work, produce

significant increases in the pressure within the abdominal

cavity and thus may result in stress incontinence. Less

commonly, stress incontinence can occur on walking or

even during intercourse.

Diagram: The management

of female stress urinary


Platelet Rich



Laser or






The management

of female stress


Pelvic floor




pessaries or



Assuming that you have made the appropriate lifestyle

changes (weight management with attention to diet

and exercise; appropriate fluid intake type and volume;

cessation of smoking; reducing episodes of constipation;

management of a chronic cough) and undergone some

form of pelvic floor rehabilitation (bladder retraining;

pelvic floor exercises; Pilates) and you are continuing to

suffer from bothersome stress incontinence, then surgery

may be of benefit.

Table 1. Features of the most common surgical procedures for

female stress incontinence



1.Cure rate (%)

2.Risk recurrence

within 10yrs

Use of

implanted foreign


(Not including



of days in


Return to




1.Major surgery


invasive option


complication rate

2.Difficulty of


Difficulty of





Fascial slings























Suburethral slings

(‘tape’ procedures)

1. 89-91 2.Low




1. No

2. Yes

1. Very low



Trans or



1. 50-60

2. High




1. No


1. Very low

2. Low



The Australian Centre for Female

Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation


Surgery for stress urinary


There is no surgical procedure with a cure rate of 100 per

cent. Surgery, like any other treatment, is not without

its own inherent risks. Even if surgery cures the stress

incontinence, it does not mean that in 1, 5, or 20 years

down the road it will still be as effective. Nevertheless,

stress incontinence surgery may allow you to regain quality

of life and give you the confidence to return to a ‘normal’

lifestyle where fear of leaking urine determines your

activities is not foremost on your mind.

There have been numerous surgical procedures described

for stress incontinence. This article will only cover those

most likely to be offered by your clinician and which carry

the most evidence for efficacy:

• Fascial slings

• Burch colposuspension

• Suburethral sling (‘tape’) procedures

• Trans or para-urethral injections

Suburethral sling (‘tape’) procedures were introduced

into clinical practice in 1996 and for at least the last 12

years have been considered, by every major national and

international gynaecological body and association to be

the ‘gold’ standard procedure for female stress urinary

incontinence, replacing the Burch colposuspension which

previously held that accolade. This is despite the current

controversy relating to the use of mesh within the vagina.

Although the suburethral slings are made of mesh

and are placed beneath the urethra, which technically

lies within the vaginal area, these slings are not used

for prolapse surgery and, in practical terms, should be

dissociated from the problems recognised with the use

of vaginal mesh for prolapse surgery. These differences

are fundamental and the only way to avoid confusion

is to have a discussion with your treating surgeon who

should have some experience of most of the above

mentioned surgical techniques. To all intents and

purposes, a well-placed synthetic suburethral sling, from

a company using ‘Type 3 Prolene’ mesh, by a surgeon

who does this type of surgery on a regular basis, in an

appropriate, well prepared patient, has a success rate and

durability as high as the more invasive fascial slings or

colposuspension, but has a significantly lower intra and

post-operative complication rate (i.e. blood loss requiring

transfusion, injury to organs, difficulty emptying the

bladder, delayed return to normal activities).

When it comes to stress urinary incontinence, it is

important to know that you have options but unless you

are pro-active about helping yourself (see diagram above),

it is likely that your quality of life will continue

to deteriorate. CBM

Empowering women through

knowlege, choice and access to

world class care

Dr Oseka


Gynaecologist & Pelvic

Reconstructive Surgeon

BSc. (Hons), MJur., CCST,




4 Robe Terrace, Medindie SA 5081

08 8344 6085

Facsimile 08 8344 6087

Email 93




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It’s one of the most polarising

beauty trends in existence. But

whether you love it or loath it, blue

eye makeup is back.

Forgoing the neutral smokey eye of

recent years, Dior’s Autumn 2018

show was all about coloured liner

with Peter Philips, Dior Beauty’s

creative and image director, applying

the Diorshow On Stage Liner in four

different blue shades to mirror the

glasses his models were wearing.

While Dior opted for a clean graphic

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the new Editor-in-Chief of British

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star Lupita Nyong’o has worn a blue

shadow and liner combo on the red

carpet, Rihanna embraced baby blue

powdered eyes at Coachella and

Kim Kardashian West has taken to

Instagram to debut her own shade of

cobalt blue shadow. CBM






1. MAC Rockin’ Rebel Palette,

$79, 2. Sisley Paris Phyto-Ombre

Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue,

$55, 3. Youngblood Pressed

Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in

Glamour-Eyes, $69.95, 4. Marc

Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Eyeliner in Blue Me Away!, $36,

5. Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel

Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Wave)

length, $36, 6. Sisley Paris Phyto-

Khol Star Waterproof Eyeliner in

Sparkling Blue, $62, 7. L’Oreal

Paris Infallible Eye Paint in Infinite

Blue, $19.95, 8. Elizabeth Arden

Eyeshadow Trio in Something

Blue, $28, 9. ELES Felt Tip Liner

in Sapphire Sky, $32.







9. 97









Billed as the ‘ultimate health

retreat’ on its website, Living

Valley is a retreat in the true

sense of the word. Set amongst 145

acres of lush green hills, valleys and

pristine countryside in the UNESCO

listed Noosa Biosphere Reserve, it is

only 30 minutes from Noosa itself,

but a million miles from the hustle

and bustle of daily life.

There is a team of naturopaths,

massage therapists, health educators,

physical trainers, counsellors – not

to mention the professional cooks

and kitchen staff – all dedicated to

making each guest’s stay tailor made

to their particular requirements.

Whether it’s to lose weight,

strengthen their immune system,

kick a bad habit or just reboot their

lifestyle, Living Valley has it covered.

The biggest surprise is that the

food is not vegetarian – every meal

includes meat and often it is lamb.

The founder, Gary Martin, explained

the Living Valley ketogenic diet

program as being based on science

and the latest research into the

biochemistry and nutritional needs of

the human body. Dinner is usually a

bowl of bone broth which is packed

with nutrients that can increase

energy and motivation, help with

more sound sleep, and also makes

the skin look smoother, softer, and

more supple.

A seven day stay at Living Valley

involves 2 – 3 days of liquid fasting

where protein and vegetable shakes

are consumed during the day, and a

cup of bone broth at night.

There is a fully-equipped gym with

experienced trainers, a guided walk

every morning, followed by either

a stretch class or pilates mat class.

During the day there are plenty of

activities and each stay includes

massages, colonics, facials and there

are plenty of additional treatments

to choose from. The steam room is

recommended at least twice a day

and the swimming pool is a popular

meeting place for guests on all

the different programs to discuss

their experiences.

Guests undergo the InBody body

composition analysis at the beginning

and end of their program to measure

results along with a live blood test

where a fi nger prick of blood is


examined under a microscope and

the changes mapped from start to

fiinsh of the program. The difference

just seven days of healthy diet and

fasting, relaxation and clean air

makes is amazing and the changes

are visible when looking at the

before and after results.

There are lectures and activities

every day, including cooking

demonstrations and exercise

classes, and pe4rsonal training is

also an option.

According to Time Magazine, the

quest to lose weight and get fit is one

of the most commonly broken New

Year’s Resolutions.

The latest offering from Living

Valley is the ‘Weight Management

Program’. Designed using the most

up-to-date therapies, science and

psychology, this program helps guests

to reduce cellulite, gain muscle and

shed unwanted fat. It focuses on

a holistic approach by seeking to

identify and address the personal,

emotional and physical blockages to

weight loss. CBM



For more information

please visit

or call 07 5485 4344





The ketogenic diet is well known

for being a low carbohydrate diet,

where the body produces ketones

in the liver to be used as energy. It’s

referred to by many different names

– ketogenic diet, low carb diet,

low carb high fat (LCHF), etc. It is

important not to have too high an

intake of protein.

When you eat something high in

carbs, your body will produce glucose

and insulin.

• Glucose is the easiest molecule

for your body to convert and use

as energy so that it will be chosen

over any other energy source.

• Insulin is produced to process the

glucose in your bloodstream by

taking it around the body.

Since the glucose is being used as

a primary energy, your fats are not

needed and are therefore stored.

Typically on a normal, higher

carbohydrate diet, the body will use

glucose as the main form of energy.

By lowering the intake of carbs, the

body is induced into a state known

as ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural process the

body initiates to help us survive

when food intake is low. During this

state, we produce ketones, which are

produced from the breakdown of fats

in the liver.

The end goal of a properly

maintained ketogenic diet is to

force your body into this metabolic

state. We don’t do this through

starvation of calories but starvation

of carbohydrates.

Our bodies are incredibly

adaptive and when you overload

it with fats and take away

carbohydrates, it will begin to burn

ketones as the primary energy source.

Optimal ketone levels offer many

health, weight loss, physical and

mental performance benefits. 99


A year of

Global Festivals

to add to your

bucket list



in part two of our

travel feature,

we take a look

at the most fun

and flamboyant

festivals running

from july

to december.

There’s no better way to understand a country than

to take part in a festival that proudly celebrates its

individuality. Witness some of the most colourful,

exuberant and unique celebrations from across the globe

– from the lederhosen-adorned Oktoberfest to Thailand’s

famous Full Moon Beach Party and Spain’s most epic of

food fights. How many will you participate in?


La Tomatina

Destination Valencia, Spain

Date Last Wednesday of August

La Tomatina is a festival that attracts thousands of people

from all around the world to fight in the ‘World’s Biggest

Food Fight’ where more than one hundred metric tonnes

of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. After

one hour the fighting ends and no more tomatoes can

be thrown. Be it tomato fights or the enormous water

showers that follow, La Tomatina is one event that is

guaranteed fun.


Running of The Bulls

Destination Pamplona, Spain

Date July 4 -15

This one is not for the faint-hearted! The festival of

San Fermín, or the Running of the Bulls, is a practice

that involves running in front of a small group of bulls

(typically a dozen) let loose on sectioned-off streets. A

first rocket is set off at 8am to alert the runners that the

corral gate is open. A second rocket signals the bulls have

been released. The third and fourth rockets are signals

that all of the herd has entered the bullring, marking the

end of the event. So, are you up for it? 101




Destination: Munich, Germany

Date: 16 days from late September

to early October

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held

annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. More than

6 million people from around the world attend the

event every year to enjoy gallons of beer, eat pretzels,

sing, dance and enjoy the festivities. Imagine signing

along with tens of thousands of party-goers clad in

lederhosen and feathered hats, dancing on tables.

This is one you don’t want to miss!




Balloon Fiesta

Destination: New Mexico, USA

Date: October 1-9

One of the most photographed festivals on earth,

the 9-day Balloon Fiesta brings together balloon

teams from 17 different countries and has around

750 balloons. The event is the largest hot air balloon

festival in the world. Once the balloons are let off,

they paint the sky with their vibrant colours and

hues. The festival also features live entertainment, a

sky race and a laser light show.




Dia de los muertos

(Day of the Dead)

Destination: Mexico

Date: November 1

Intriguing and unusual, the Day of the Dead festival is

both a celebration of ancestors and a vibrant party, with

concerts, exhibitions and other special events starting

days beforehand. Homes, cemeteries and some public

buildings are decorated with beautifully crafted altares

de muertos (altars of the dead); streets and plazas are

decked with tapetes de arena (coloured sand patterns

and sculptures); and comparsas (satirical fancy-dress

groups) parade through the streets. 103





New Year’s Eve

Destination: Sydney Harbour,


Date: December 31

Everyone should treat themselves

to at least one New Year’s Eve on

Sydney Harbour – it’s the perfect

party city to welcome in the New

Year. Held against the backdrop

of the iconic Sydney Harbour

Bridge, its main features are the

two pyrotechnic displays, the

9pm Family Fireworks and the

Midnight Fireworks.

The perfect stage for an

unforgettable end-of-year party,

this will be an atmosphere you’ll

never forget.

Full Moon Party

Destination: Haad Rin Beach,

Koh Phangan, Thailand

Date: Dec 31

There are parties on the beaches of

Thailand’s islands all year round,

and the mother of them all is New

Year’s Eve on Koh Phangan, home

to the world’s wildest and most

famous full moon party. It is the

island’s nightlife capital and has the

biggest concentration of beach clubs.

If you’re a party animal, this is the

place to be! CBM 105









In February this year, Xiao Li’s

innovative and playful designs

took over the DiscoveryLAB in

London’s Soho district as part of the

city’s fashion week.

While the China-born, UK-based

designer’s work is often seen as a

reaction against the world of fast

fashion, her ready to wear AW18

collection was clearly inspired by

1970s skate culture. Calling on the

work of celebrated photographer

Hugh Holland, Li’s display worked

with vibrant blues, soft pinks and an

array of amusing patterns, including a

car wash sign.

For the event, Xiao Li teamed up

with evo to create an ‘undone skate

style’ that perfectly complements her

designs. Commenting on the fi nal

look, evo’s lead stylist Mark Francome

Painter said: ‘The Xiao Li AW18 hair

look is inspired by the skater girls of

LA’s Venice Beach with that textured,

lived-in look that says she’s just come

out of the surf and straight onto the

board, whether she’s wearing her hair

down or scraped up nonchalantly into

a deconstructed, messy topknot.’


evo is a straight talking haircare

brand with a conscience.

All damaged evo stock goes

to homeless shelters, its

packaging is 100 per cent

recyclable and it refuses to test on

animals. Where possible,

evo uses natural ingredients and

the company plans to reformulate

its products to replace the

synthetic elements it does use

with natural alternatives as they

become available.






Prepare roots with shape vixen

Prepare roots with shape vixen

volumising lotion to add body.


Taking large random sections,

spritz salty dog salt spray and

loosely braid the hair away from

the root area. evo’s salty dog salt

spray adds texture and creates a

matte texture.


Diffuse with a hair dryer until dry.


Work through the top sections

with a small amount of easy tiger

smoothing balm. This product

tames curls and flyaways while

conditioning the hair.


Use the roy wide tooth comb

to pull back the hair into a high

ponytail with plenty of tension for

defined separation.


Twist into a bun and secure with

an elastic, whilst moulding the

hair and leaving pieces out for an

undone, deconstructed look.


Tease out wispy baby strands

on the hairline. Mix easy tiger

smoothing balm with crop

strutters construction cream and

run through the ends for tamed

separation and texture.


evo shape vixen

volumising lotion, $34

evo salty dog

salt spray, $34

evo easy tiger

smoothing balm, $34

evo roy wide

tooth comb, $18

evo crop strutters

construction cream, $38 107

Feature B eauty








L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Thirst

Quenching Crème, $56 instantly

recharges skin with moisture leaving

it replenished, radiant and plumped.

Its velvety, light texture combines the

refreshing thirst-quenching benefits

of a gel with the softening and

smoothing properties of a cream.


POREfessional Face

Primer, $53. Helps

quickly minimize the appearance of pores while priming

the skin. Apply this silky, lightweight balm for translucent

pore coverage and smoother-than-smooth skin.

Benefit Hello Flawless! Powder Foundation, $59. This

famous powder cover-up glides on naturally sheer and

layers beautifully for customised coverage. The silky

formula comes with a newly designed brush plus a

sponge for any degree of coverage you desire.

Inika Baked Mineral Foundation, $59 This compact

foundation lets the skin breathe while offering

buildable coverage plus it also has light reflecting

technology to leave you naturally glowing.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in Dreamer, $19.95.

Finally a gel ink formula that creates a true matte finish

and lasts 16 long hours. It wont dry lips or crumble off

and it’s available in 10 super saturated shades!


Kate Spade Walk on Air, $89. This fragrance

celebrates the graceful confidence of its wearer with

sweet and tender layers of lily of the valley, the flower

of happiness and joy. Magnolia and crinum lily extracts

caress the skin like a breath of fresh air and the

fragrance is an invitation to seize the day and envelop

yourself in the promise of something wonderful.

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut

Gel Highlighter, $63. This luminous

gel highlighter instantly lights up

the complexion and builds for the

ultimate sheen. Plus it’s good for

you too with 5 forms of coconut and

provitamin B5 to help hydrate and

nourish skin.

Designer Brands Longwear 24 Hour

Foundation, $16.99 helps to even out

skin texture for a flawless complexion.

The foundation has been formulated

with Vitamins C and E, a peptide

infusion to plump and firm the skin,

and aloe vera extract to ensure that

skin is left feeling soft and supple. 109

B eauty


1. O&M Know Knott Conditioning Detangler, $31.85

detangles with a perfect union of nourishing Australian

natives. Cold-pressed organic argan and macadamia oils

combine to recondition the hair, leaving it glossy and knot free.



2. Grown Alchemist Hand Cream: Vanilla and Orange

Peel, $27 is a rich and deeply nourishing, yet non-greasy

hand cream perfect for rough or dry skin, cuticles and nails.

A serious must-have.

3. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Oil, $20. Glides

on easily and is touch dry within seconds. It develops over

eight hours and lasts for a week. The formula is enriched

with argan oil to hydrate and nourish the skin.

4. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion, $17.90 is a

lightweight, moderate-strength emulsion with low irritation

levels. Use it at night, post shower – pre bed and it leaves

skin looking dewy and super moisturised.

5. DNA Renewal Restoring Mask, $89. The power of DNA

Repair Enzymes and Vitamins E and C are harnessed in

this dermatologist formulated, research based treatment

that works to instantly refresh your skin without irritation.

It also helps boost cellular renewal for an instant glow and

eliminates dullness for a refreshed, vibrant appearance.



6. mesoestetic hydra-vital face mask, $78. This hydronourishing

revitalising face mask provides an intensive

moisturising, nourishing and revitalising action and prevents

early skin ageing thanks to its antioxidant properties.

7. Babor Matte Finish, $117. Comes in 7 ampoules

that contain an extract of resin from the wild mastic tree.

An effective skin refiner that creates blurring effect

makes pores less visible.



8. MAAEMO Hydrating Face Cream, $57.95 brings you a

harmonious balance of organic natural ingredients to purify,

protect and nourish the skin, leaving you with the radiant

glow you’ve always dreamed of.

9. Embalm Invigorating Body Scrub, $44.95. Hydrating and

softening, this sumptuous blend of sugar and extra virgin

olive oil will sweet talk even the driest skin into submission!

Apply to the hands, feet and body, and soak up the

nourishment of potent antioxidants as dead skin cells are

gently sloughed away.




10. Herbivore Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil, $79.95.

Inspired by the gemstone rose quartz, which corresponds

to the heart chakra, this body oil gives you deeply hydrated,

glowing and subtly luminous skin. It is formulated with the

very best oils and infused with an aromatic blend of

moroccan rose and jasmine.


Instant non-invasive eyelid lift







LIDS BY DESIGN ® is a non-surgical

correcting strip, available in different sizes,

to instantly lift eyelids and widen eyes, hiding

the excess skin in the natural fold of the lid.

Virtually invisible, quick and easy to apply, they

last all day and makeup can be applied over

the top. They are ideal for:



• Loose sagging skin hanging over lashes

• Asymmetrical lids

• Excess skin covering the natural fold of the lid

• Enlarging the appearance of the eyes

• Dermatologist Tested

• Medical Grade • Hypoallergenic

• Latex Free

To purchase or to become a stockist:


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With so much emphasis on

the dress, it can be easy

to neglect your bridal

beauty goals. But finding

the perfect products for

your walk down the aisle

will keep you looking

your best until the last

guest leaves.

Just as daytime makeup is clean and fresh,

and party cosmetics embrace the glitz and

glam of their surroundings, bridal beauty

has a unique code of its own.

When applied correctly, a bride’s makeup

will be fully synced with her character,

working to highlight her natural assets and

allowing her to present the best version of

herself to the world.

But just as in everyday life, there is more

than one bridal personality. Here we look at

three key styles that can be adapted to suit

any budding bride. 39

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