X5 2017 Masthead

Canberra Style Market set to launch in October

A first of its kind market event is coming to Canberra this October, featuring a showcase of local style, beauty, fashion and wellbeing products and services. On Saturday 7 October, from 10am, Canberra Style Market is kicking off its first day of trade at the Old Bus Depot Building in Kingston and boy, do they […]

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Top 10 finds in Canberra’s new beauty destination

Canberra Centre’s new Beauty Precinct is a full sensory experience. As one lady who strolled through put it, “it’s like 10 minutes in Europe” but besides its beautiful aesthetic, the precinct is home to some amazing products that you’ll be powerless to refuse (and you’d be crazy to try to resist, quite frankly!). Looking down […]

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Bokeh Beauty

Smokey tones and contrasting textures combine to create a unique beauty editorial from an all-Canberran team. “We called the set “Bokeh Beauty”,” explains makeup artist Marie Donnell. “It was a beauty shoot we put together with minimal planning, and just went with the flow.”  Step One Always prime the eyelid area, from the lashline to […]

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What on earth is dermaplaning?

Who would have thought that women would adopt this part of a man’s beauty routine? I’m talking about shaving the face – well, ‘dermaplaning’ – because it has to sound a little fancier if we’re going to do it. Some call it a form of exfoliation – removing the dead skin cells and vellus hair […]

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MAC is giving you free lipstick tomorrow

This is not a drill, we repeat, this is not a drill.  News spread like wildfire overnight that MAC Cosmetics will be giving out free lipsticks tomorrow to celebrate National Lipstick Day, Saturday 29 July. At first, we thought it must just be the US but after chatting to the lovely staff at the MAC […]

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Brows, banter and babes: celebrating two years of The Lab

I still remember my first visit to The Lab (formerly known as Browlab), two years ago. I had just started interning at HerCanberra and there was a buzz in the office that a new brow space had popped up in the city. I rocked up with no appointment and met two bubbly brow artists, Tegan […]

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The beauty product that has me intrigued

Not many beauty products have this effect on me. I normally do a little happy dance when something new hits the market and then read all about it before considering adding it to my collection. But this one required some extra thought only because it is something that just seemed too good to be true. It’s […]

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Winter Metallics 101

Think ‘future’ and you think sleek, shiny metals.  We show you how to incorporate one of the hottest trends for AW17 into your wardrobe and makeup. Metallics are everywhere this season, and it’s never been easier to incorporate a bit of sparkle or shimmer into your wardrobe. Stylist Hayley O’Neill advises introducing the trend to […]

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The skincare ingredients to use and avoid

It’s understandable to read the ingredient list on your skincare products and have no idea what those letters forming words actually mean. I’m talking about names like niacinamide and propylene glycol. Are those ingredients what we should really be putting on our skin? Or are we just being blinded by the scientific sounding word and […]

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To prime or not to prime?

Aussie makeup king Napoleon Perdis says not to prime is a crime. He believes it’s an integral step to apply the right primer, after you moisturise and before you put on your makeup. Disclaimer …There’s no doubt Napoleon knows his stuff. His primer mantra has been around for a while so it’s worth asking, does […]

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