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Let it glow


We’ve long paid heed to a ‘more is more’ aesthetic when it comes to our makeup cabinets after all, a girl can never have too many products, right? And while that may certainly be true, luminous skin has become a trend of its own and, rather than adding layers of makeup, the pared back look is making a serious return.

 

 

Less truly is more when it comes to achieving a luminous glow, so it might be time to ditch the heavy foundation and contouring palette and dig out your illuminating products. We’re all about soft, shimmery highlights with a hint of bronzer on a base of flawless, hydrated skin for a radiant, dewy look.

HIGHLIGHTS
Until recently, contouring was the hottest thing in makeup. Now we’re all about the highlights. While they both have the same end goal, highlighting is all about giving lift and dimension to the skin. This is done by using illuminating products a shade lighter than your natural skin tone on the high points of your face – think cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, brow bone and the upper centre of your forehead.

RISE AND SHINE
Keeping shine at bay can be tricky, especially when using highlighting products on the skin. If you have oily or combination skin, using a mattifying product on the T-zone or switching to a powder foundation will help to keep the centre of your face from becoming greasy. However, if dry skin is your Achilles heel, a hydrating primer with a pearl radiance will glow through your base.


 

Amazing Greys


Going grey? Don’t conceal it… flaunt it! It’s time to embrace the grey! We’ve pulled together some of our top tips for making a mane of grey your greatest asset.

 

PART WAYS: When growing out your greys, it’s recommended not to have a strong parting. As you can probably guess, having a straight even line makes the roots look more obvious. It’s best to try and allow for your hair to fall at its natural position, then style it however you wish to blend in the baby greys with your other colour.

GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME: If you’ve previously been dying your hair to hide the grey, then the process of going from faux-do to silver fox won’t happen overnight. If you’re ready to grow out your greys, then there will be a six to 12 month growth period of ‘awkward’ greys, as your new natural starts to grow in. Why not lob it off and rock a bob or pixie cut so that the grey blends into your dyed or natural hair colour? Better yet, why not chat to a silver grey specialist like V For Hair?

EMBRACE IT! Going grey is all a part of the natural process! Women shouldn’t hide their signifier of a long and hopefully happy life. Everyone lets their greys grow for different reasons; maybe it’s too costly, too time-consuming or you’re just over the harsh chemicals. For whatever reason you’re jumping ship from the hair-dying days – it’s time to embrace it!

DON’T FORGET TO WASH: There are shampoos on the market specifically designed for silver and grey hair. Their job is to cleanse the hair, remove any brassy tones and strengthen your luscious locks against the harsh environment. L’Oreal Professional serie expert silver clarifying shampoo is an excellent product. Of course every head of hair is different and requirements in a shampoo and conditioner are unique to each individual.


 

Smoothie Moves


Smoothies – a breakfast lifesaver that packs a nutritional punch like no other. When made with the right ingredients, they can offer almost all of your required daily vitamins and minerals. What better way to start your day? Here are some of our favourite things to add to smoothies.

 

 

FLAXSEEDS & CHIA SEEDS
These super seeds may be just what your diet needs! Brimming with fibre and protein, they also offer good sources of omega 3 and 6. It’s recommended you soak your seeds in milk or water overnight – soaked chia/flaxseeds are easier to digest, and the nutrients are much better assimilated by the body.

SPIRULINA POWDER
This mysterious green sea vegetable deserves a lot more recognition! Dried spirulina is considered one of the plant-based sources of ‘complete protein’, making it an excellent dietary supplement for vegans and vegetarians. Not only does this superfood also contain calcium, niacin, magnesium and B vitamins, it’s also one of the most alkaline foods on earth!

DARK, LEAFY GREENS
Spinach and kale are great staples for a supercharged smoothie. Greens are typically low in sugar and calories and provide more iron and protein than fruit. They’re also bursting with fibre, folate, and phytonutrients like carotenoids, saponins and flavonoids.

NUTS AND NUT BUTTERS
If you want to improve the nutrition of your smoothies without adding protein powders, consider using nuts. Nuts, nut butters and nut powders are excellent smoothie additions that will provide your body with satiating protein and heart-healthy fats, helping you go the distance.


 

You got us floored


When it comes to the home, flooring is something you spend a lot of your time cleaning, walking on, dancing on and (if you’re brave) sliding across. We check out what we’ll be walking on in 2020.

 

 

HORIZONTAL WHO? Having horizontal wood piece flooring is feeling all a bit plain Jane nowadays. Break the conventional side by side look by laying out your pieces in unique patterns. Those could be a herringbone or chevron pattern – each with their own quirks.

A PERFECT PAIRING: If you’re looking for more of a retro feel, black and white tiles might be the choice for you. The pattern designs available are endless and will fit nicely in a bathroom or kitchen.

WARNING…GRAPHIC CONTENT: This next recommendation is not for the faint of heart, in fact, it almost needs a warning sticker with it – graphic tiles! Yes, graphic tiles are a trend that any art lover can get behind with a wide and unique variety of patterns available.

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME: While bleaching hair at home might be possible… it’s probably not best to try the same technique when it comes to your flooring. While you should leave bleached flooring to the professionals, this softer white-washed wood is peaking in popularity.

In short, traditional materials and patterns are old news and when it comes to flooring, it’s out with the old and in with the new we say!


 

Thrive through winter


Your little garden projects don’t take a break just because it’s coming into winter… and neither should you. We’ve pulled together all of the tips and tricks to making sure your Garden of Eden stays alive and thriving.

 

 

  1. Don’t forget your roots: While we’re certain Six60 wasn’t being literal… in this case, we are. Winter is the perfect time to replenish your soil and make sure that it has all of the nutrients it needs to fight off that winter weather. Just as we need lots of vitamin C in winter, your garden needs good fertiliser.
  2. Catalogue your crops: You wouldn’t go out in the snow in your swimmers; the same goes for your choice of vegetables in your garden. Make sure you plant the appropriate crops to the season – broccoli, garlic, kale, onions, silverbeet and spinach are just a few.
  3. Too much at stake: Understandably you can’t be in your garden 24/7 to hold down the fort. Ensure your plants are protected from the cold winter winds by staking them – it’ll provide them with the extra support they need to make it through the chilly months.
  4. Ring-a-ring-a-roses: The colder months are the best time to plant your new roses. It’s also a perfect opportunity to prune any existing ones you have growing. This will help them with growth and help them avoid any pesky diseases.

If you want more help and advice, head into Terra Viva Home & Garden. They have all the tips, tricks and tools to meet your gardening needs, while also offering a full landscape design service that is very popular with customers.


 

Lather Up


It’s always cool to keep clean and soap is soaring in popularity again, as a low-packaging, plastic-free option. We’ve pulled together our top tips for getting sudsy.

 

 

I’m melting! Don’t let your soap follow in the footsteps of the Wicked Witch of the West and melt away from a splash of water! A slatted soap dish is a handy way to allow the soap to dry.

High = dry: When it comes to soap, the higher the dryer. Keep the soap bar up high and away from the direct shower stream.

Piece by piece: cut your bar of soap into pieces, a smaller surface area means less soap touches the water. Therefore there’ll be less waste.

Love the loafer: Your hands aren’t the best option to create lather, so you’ll be rubbing it for longer to get those soapy suds. A washcloth or loafer will get you nice and soapy much more efficiently.


 

Sheer Genius


Cool weather woes got you craving a minimal, no-fuss beauty regime? Well we’ve got you covered – both figuratively and literally! Because innovative new products mean you can get the coverage without layering up the foundation. We check out some top tips to get sheer coverage before winter really lays in.

 

 

Power of the prep
Yes we know, you’re going for an au-naturale looking finish here, but prep is still critical. For a boost of radiance, hunt out a primer designed to give your skin the glow-factor. However, if you tend to err on the side of oily, stick with a mattifying product.

Ready, set!
Even though it’s light cover we’re after, you still want it to last as long as possible, right? So finish off your makeup with a few squirts of setting spray, which will help prevent your makeup from slipping right back off.

Sheer delight
When it comes to application of sheer or light coverage products, you need to apply this in a thin, even layer over your entire complexion and down your neck. A damp beauty blender (or makeup sponge) will help to create a natural finish.
The added bonus of sheer foundations is that the product won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles, so it is great for mature skin, providing just enough coverage to give you a beautiful, even skin tone. You glow girl!


 

Get your gardening on


What’s flourishing in the gardening world in 2020? From supersized houseplants to 80s flower inspiration, we give you the rundown on some of the coolest gardening developments expected to blossom over the coming year.

Super-sized species

2020 – the year of the houseplant? It’s no surprise that these indoor beauties are top of the list, but this year sees super-sized greenery take centre stage in many homes.

Forget the small decorative plants and modest, lonely aloe vera – it’s all about bigger, bolder species. Increase the health benefits of greenery by making a statement with showstopping varieties like the giant-leafed alocasia, the deep green monstera and the fiddle-leaf fig.

Don’t totally discount your miniature favourites, though – horticulturists predict 6-9cm plants will remain popular.


Grow-your-own

Your garden should always be a place of peace and purpose.

With environmental welfare at the forefront of many minds, what better way to take advantage of your outdoor space than sustainably sourcing your own fruit and veges?

Herbs, beans and peas are still high on the agenda this year, alongside highly nutritious microgreens, chillies, legumes and soybeans.

Sit back and reap the rich rewards of a fruitful vege garden; like fresh organic food and a reduced weekly grocery spend – not to mention the satisfaction that comes with it.

Add a creative touch to your food with edible flowers, flavour a cocktail with homegrown herbs or berries, or whip up a fresh vegetable salad, all with the fruits (literally!) of your labour.


Bug-friendly backyards

The new decade is all about being kind to wildlife thanks to growing concern over the catastrophic decline in insects and the overall impact of this on the environment.

In 2020, overgrown gardens teeming with wildlife take the top spot over neatly manicured lawns, as gardeners ditch pesticides and promote pollination.

Dubbed ‘rewilding’, the trend has sparked interest in outdoor spaces with a more natural aesthetic, which incorporate eco-friendly gardening concepts such as bee hotels, wildlife ponds, log piles, pollen-rich plants and compost heaps.

Plastic-free gardening is also a hot topic; consider using compostable plant pots made from rice husk and sustainable wood and bamboo fibres over wasteful black plastic ones.


80s flower power

The wild and beautiful blooms of the 80s are having a well-deserved revival with nemesias and diascias front of the line.

Not only do these pretty flowers offer a compact size, long flowering period and sweet scent that attracts bees and butterflies, they’re also incredibly flexible supporting plants that can be grown at the edge of any basket, bed or pot.

Expect to see a wider range of these beauties as new breeding programmes produce sensational colour schemes such as ‘berries and cream’.


 

Oh my… autumn


Guys, you don’t have to go through a massive makeover movie montage to change up your look. In fact, it could be as simple as putting on a nice shirt. Cutler & Co Menswear Store Liam Strachan has some recommendations for all your autumn essentials.

Love me or leaf me: You won’t find more autumn appropriate attire than the Cutler & Co. Leaf Print shirt. With the signature Cutler detailing of the shirt that everyone knows and loves – it’s the new bold design that takes centre stage for this one.

Camel chic: Name a more comfortable knit jumper… we’ll wait. Comfort is key but colour is cool, especially when it’s camel. The DStrezzed Knit Jumper in camel is a must-have this transitional season.

Oopsy daisy: Clap back at anyone who says flowers are feminine with the DStrezzed Daisy Print shirt. This bold black background makes the perfect base for the complementary blue and orange daisies.

Check out this season’s best sellers online or in store.

Culinary Downsizing


We’re all about embracing our inner foodies and even more so when it comes to entertaining after all, this is your opportunity to show off your inner Nigella.

 

But who wants to try balancing a plate of pasta while mixing and mingling, right?

Pint-sized portions are the name of the culinary game when it comes to cocktail-hour convenience, after all, it’s called finger food for a reason!

The ability for the edibles to safely sit at the end of a toothpick makes for a smear-free, quick and easy eat for your next event.

We wouldn’t recommend downsizing without giving you a few options to try out. We check out the latest and greatest in bite-sized entertaining.

1. Mr Meat-yagi: Give your next event a (karate) kick with cocktail meatballs. By adding a dipping sauce that’s sweet, smoking or salty – this appetiser will fight its way into the heart of your guests. Sauce on, sauce off: either way is enjoyable.

2. Mamma Mia: We all know a lover of lasagne. The creamy cheese combined with the hearty meat sauce is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. Bring the classic from plate to platter and watch as everyone’s eyes light up when it’s brought around the room in bite-sized portions.

3. Ex-skewers me: Meat on a stick… what’s not to love? Insert various other foods in between each bite-sized meat piece and we have a winner. Eat them separately or altogether in one mouthful – it’s up to you.

4. Mini morsels: The world really is your oyster when it comes to bite-sized portions after all, just about anything can be shrunk. So get clever, get creative and try something random like baby burgers, pint-sized pancakes or itty-bitty ice creams.

PRO TIP: Fancy toothpicks with decorated ends are a must when it comes to bite-sized party favour utensils; just because you’re downsizing doesn’t mean you’re downgrading!