With beauty more accessible than ever thanks to online shopping and havens like Mecca Maxima opening left right and centre, we're often knee-deep in makeup trends that go as quickly as they came. One thing that never changes? The tools we use in our day-to-day regimes. Often overlooked in a world of bright colours and fancy fragrances (roll-on perfume, anyone?), these pieces of equipment have been by our sides for years and we'll never stray. From nail buffers and disposable mascara wands, to mini hair straighteners and top-quality eyelash curlers, there's no rhyme or reason for the brands in this gallery — all we know is that these tools make our lives that little bit easier and deserve some love. Click through to check them out!
- Cloud Nine The Micro Wand
- ghd Eclipse
- L'Oréal Professionel Steam Pod
- Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash
- Parlux 3800 Eco Friendly Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer
Editor's Pick: Cloud Nine The Micro Wand. "I have really fine, straight hair, and all I ever want is volume and body. I know, the grass is always greener. I find using The Micro Wand so easy and because it is small, I can get closer to the roots. Just simply wind strands around the styler, hold and release. Salt spray beforehand really kicks things up a notch. . ." — Alison, POPSUGAR health and beauty editor
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What do you get the girl who has everything? Beauty tools, that's what! If you want to spend a wee bit more than $20 on a gift, a luxe brush set is something many women would never buy for themselves, and the same goes for the more expensive styling tools like a ghd Styler or the Cloud Nine The Wand. And then there's the icons like the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (in 24K gold!) and the self tanning must-haves to consider. Step on in...
From the London world premiere of Les Misérables to New York's fashion-forward screening of HBO's In Vogue: The Editor's Eye, there's been more than a few notable celebrity beauty looks to surface this week. Anne Hathaway is rocking her pixie cut with more edge, Amanda Seyfried looked like a screen siren beside her, and Kerry Washington stepped out with a fringe for The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast yesterday. But there's two more looks we're loving, so click through to zoom in and snoop the celebeauties.
After announcing their partnership with Cloud Nine and Valonz's Renya Xydis last month, sass & bide's hair look for their show at London fashion week was structured and seductive. Renya created a textured, playful and relaxed ponytail to complement Heidi and Sarah-Jane's most recent collection; with in-demand model Cara Delevingne leading the model pack. The makeup was very minimal soft, counteracting the strong lines in the collection. To get this very wearable, masculine-meets-feminine hair look at home, click through.
Photo courtesy sass & bide
Sass & bide designers Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke have teamed up with celebrity hairstylist Renya Xydis for their show at London Fashion Week 2012 next month. This exciting collaboration will see Renya, who's worked with Cate Blanchett, Eva Mendes, Miranda Kerr and Mary-Kate Olsen to name a few, using Cloud Nine tools exclusively for sass & bide, to create directional hair looks that'll complement the collection. It's pretty much like a match made in hair heaven — we've admired Renya's work for years (check out the braid she did in Sarah-Jane's hair at the Myer Spring/Summer 2013 Collection), we're all crazy for sass & bide, and Cloud Nine is one of the strongest brands in the market. It's pretty safe to say that we'll be seeing some amazing stuff strutting down the catwalk come September, and we can't wait!
It's that time of the week again, where the Sugar editors reveal their most wanted beauty product. PopSugar editor Jess is keen to get some waves in her naturally straight hair, and associate editor Alison fully committed to the Winter tan — fake of course. Not that you'd know... Publisher Marisa is all about adjusting her beauty routine since hitting her 30s, and BellaSugar editor Sarah is channelling the one and only, Kate Moss. Click through to see them all — what are you lusting after right now?
"She's Brazilian, she's chic, she's beautiful," Linda Jefferyes said when we asked her to talk inspiration backstage at Oroton. "It's bronzed, but not overdone, just sun-kissed." Working with Mecca Cosmetics, Jefferyes used NARS Laguna and Irrésistiblement bronzers to contour and the lighter shade of NARS Hungry Heart Blush on the cheekbones, centre of the nose and chin to highlight. All products were also used throughout the eye to give the look unity. Inspired by the main print in Oroton's collection, Renya Xydis (Cloud Nine) created a "wearable take on cornrows." Using the Cloud Nine Iron to add shine, models hair was then sectioned and twisted back into a low ponytail. The Cloud Nine Wand was then used to add movement and texture to the ponytail. Miss Frou Frou were in charge of nails painting on Cream as a base colour and then painting half of the nail with either Zest, Tequila Sunset or a navy colour.
The brief from Kirrily Johnstone was gypsy chic, think "Romanian farm girl," Renya Xydis (Cloud Nine) said of the two different hairstyles she created. One up, one down, they both featured textured, twisted strands and were finished with headscarves and gold clips. Nicole Thompson (MAC) brought the gypsy look to life through creamy, highlighted skin. "It's all about the highlighting," she said. Take a closer look at how it all came to life.