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ESSENTIALS

These are a few of my favourite things... {CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT}: Byredo Inez & Vindooh 1996 Eau de Parfum, NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave, Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Rubis, Diptyque Figuier Candle, Elle Macpherson Intimates Lace Bra, YSL Y-Mail Zip Wallet, Calvin Klein Rose Gold Watch, Aesop Protective...

18 November, 2013
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BRIDAL BEAUTY

On your wedding day, you want to look and feel beautiful. But, when it comes to selecting The Perfect Hair Style to complement The Perfect Dress and The Perfect Makeup, well, that's when things can start to get a little stressful. Here, Gritty Pretty asks the hard-hitting bridal questions to...

15 November, 2013
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DIVINE DIPTYQUE

Enter 34 Boulevard, Saint Germain, 75005 Paris into Google Maps because that's where Diptyque's story began in 1961. If you look closely, the address — which is where Diptyque's flagship store is still standing — marks the border of the brand's instantly recognisable candles. Diptyque began with three friends: Christiane Gautrot, an...

13 November, 2013
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BEAUTY THAT GIVES BACK

Kiehl's, who partners with Adoption Awareness, has unveiled a limited edition Ultra Facial Cream this month. Creating three million pots of the cult cream, 100% of the net profits will be donated to the foundation, which supports children and families going through the difficult and expensive adoption process. The Ultra...

6 November, 2013
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CATE THE GREAT

There are a lot of celebrities who lend their names to beauty giants but when Cate Blanchett fronts anything, we sit up and take note. Indeed, Blanchett is the (flawless) face of Giorgio Armani's new fragrance, Si, a sultry yet soft chypre scent. Si evokes notes of cassis nectar, which...

4 November, 2013
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DETOX DIARY

Over recent years, juice cleanses or detoxes have become increasingly popular. But, when it comes to such fruit and vegetable juices, flavour is key. Enter Lucky You Cleanse — a cold-pressed juice cleanse available in both Australia and Singapore, which is delivered to your door. Designed to re-balance the body, alkalize...

30 October, 2013
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RED VELVET

From Marilyn Monroe to Madonna, red lipstick has been worn by women for years. And in April this year, scientists discovered wearing red lipstick really does make a woman feel more confident. Normally associated with warmth and positive energy, studies reveal red is a colour which excites our emotions; triggering...

27 October, 2013
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LIGHT UP

As I've mentioned before, I'm a bit of a fragrance hoarder. And, my scent collection doesn't just stop at perfumes. Candles are considered equals. I have a gold West Elm tray which houses about ten of them — and that's just for the living room coffee table. Right now, however, I've...

22 October, 2013
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MODERN MUSE

Arizona Muse is as captivating as she is beautiful. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of U.S Vogue once quoted: "When I look at Arizona, I see shadows of Linda Evangelista and Natalia Vodianova, but most of all I see her, a gorgeous, smart, grown-up. And how could anyone resist someone with that...

21 October, 2013
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ALL MADE UP

It's the makeup launch that everyone's been talking about; world-renowned makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has launched her debut cosmetic collection, which is stocked at NET-A-PORTER. The collection is a tight edit of beauty must-haves with the Wonder Glow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash and the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette as...

16 October, 2013
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INSTAGRAM DIARY

Want colourful beauty bites by the minute? Follow me on instagram (@eleanorpendleton) to discover daily musings and behind-the-scenes snaps at beauty product launches and events. I'll even throw in the occasional cupcake (yeah, we're all guilty of those shots!) plus the odd gratuitous snap of my exceptionally attractive other half....

15 October, 2013
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BEAUTY SLEEP

They don't call it beauty sleep for nothin'. Yeah, that's right. At night, when we sleep, our skin cells repair and regenerate. And, as the scientists at Estée Lauder are only too aware of this, they have developed a new skincare range which repairs the damage sparked by nasty daily...

14 October, 2013
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BEAUTY BUSINESS WITH KIRSTEN CARRIOL

Lanolips founder, Kirsten Carriol, started her career in beauty as a publicist. She spent over 10 years running her own beauty PR agency before having that 'lightbulb moment' in 2006. "After all my time in beauty using some of the best brands in the world, I realised there was nothing...

11 October, 2013
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BAG RAIDERS

Still carrying around that dingy old makeup bag from years ago? If so, it's probably time for an upgrade. Attractive makeup bags can often be hard to come by. Some can look so boring that we keep them hidden behind bathroom doors. And, if yours is quite dated, it may...

8 October, 2013
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IT MAKES PERFECT SCENTS

Pink, like the walls on Collins Avenue; pastel, like the ones along Ocean Drive, Balmain's new fragrance Eau d’Ivoire is reminiscent of the ultimate Miami holiday. A perfume of pure designer luxury, this sparkling floral explodes with the vibrant energy of bergamot and sweet red currant. At the soul of...

4 October, 2013
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PRIME TIME

Here I go lecturing you about beauty staples again. Do you use a primer? Do you? DO YOU??? As a beauty journalist, it still surprises me just how many women don't use a primer or don't realise what a primer is for. So to clear the air, I'd like to...

2 October, 2013
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DAY TO DAY

Lately, I've received a lot of emails asking how to get into magazines. At first, I was hesitant about writing a post on my career because, well, it's weird writing about yourself. However, the more I thought about it, I soon realised that as a student interested in making a...

30 September, 2013
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CONTOURS + CURLS

There are few things that go hand in hand: cheese and wine, New York and pretzels and oh yes, contours and curls. At Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival recently, I relied on the latter. And, to show you that anyone can try these out these techniques, I've brought out the big...

27 September, 2013
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SIMPLICITY

Sometimes, life's greatest pleasures are the the simple things. Enter Australian skincare brand, Aēsop. Founded in 1987 in Melbourne and recognised all over the globe for their signature packaging, Aēsop's clean lines, no-fuss approach, and socially-aware brand values are what really set the brand apart. Aēsop believe in developing potent...

24 September, 2013
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CK ONE COLOR | POP UP STORE

Have you got any lunch plans today? Because now you do. If you're in Sydney, come and meet me between 12PM - 1:30PM today at Westfield, Pitt Street Mall (right next to Zara and Nespresso). I'll be hosting CK ONE COLOR's pop up store and I'll be chatting about makeup...

20 September, 2013