But first, hydrate

What's your number one skin priority?

Maybe you focus on getting clear skin, fading sun spots or preventing facial lines. Actually, its more like all of them!

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Non-comedogenic: fact or fiction?

Ever broken out from a non-comedogenic product before?

They are technically not supposed to clog pores. So why did the opposite happen?

The origins of comedogenicity
'Comedogenicity' is the ability for something to cause comedones or clogged pores . This concept came about in the 1970s to explain how acne can be caused by cosmetic products. 

The original study involved applying different ingredients on rabbit's ears and see if they caused comedones. The...

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Good Hair Day, Everyday

By Anita Scuderi, Adam & Eva Hairdressers
Don't wash too often. But when you do, wash it well.
Most clients wash their hair every day or every other day, which is too often! Ideally, you should be washing your hair once or twice a week! Your hair's natural oils are designed to condition and protect your hair, so when you shampoo daily, it removes these vital oils away.
To help stretch your regular wash out a day or two, double (or even triple!)...

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Marie Claire Feature

Marie Claire, The Smooth Operator feature in 'The Beauty Edit: Need to know'.
Printed for Australia Dec 2017.

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Woman's Day Feature

Woman's Day Magazine, 'The Rise of Customisable Beauty'.
Published 7 August 2017.

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The truth about dark and light

About 80% of the people I encounter struggle with hyperpigmentation.

It is difficult to resolve for many people as they don't understand it enough. They also find it confusing to navigate through products as they don't really know what works.

If this is you, keep reading!

Hyperpigmentation 101
Melanin gives our skin its natural colour. The dark spot or patch we see is a result...

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When less is more

The more active ingredients there are, the more effective the product is. Right?

Product ingredients are always listed in decreasing concentrations on the label. There is a common belief that a fantastic product should have all actives high up in the ingredients list (i.e. used in large amounts). When active ingredients appear at the bottom of the list, many people assume that the product won't be effective.
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Our favourite ingredient

Out of all ingredients I use, there is one that I love the most.

Actually it is a group of them called humectants. What are they and what makes them so special?

The power of humectants
All humectants have one thing in common. They attract water to themselves.
When we use humectants on our skin, they attract water from their surroundings, resulting in an increase in the amount of water on our skin surface....

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Beauty Breakdown - Moisturise

Why is moisturising essential?
Because moisturisation increases water content, making it imperative for all skins types, even the oiliest.

Water and skin health
Skin is a protective barrier against water loss and harmful pathogens, through a film called the acid mantle.
The acid mantle is a mixture of our natural skin oils, sweat and natural moisturising factors (NMF; think of it as skin's natural humectants) in water. Thus, water is crucial in maintaining the strength of the barrier to


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The Making of A Moisturiser

Moisturisation is achieved through humectants and emollients.
Thus, they play a big role in how well moisturisers perform.

Types of humectants and emollients
Humectants attracts water; emollients reduce water loss. The figure below illustrates some examples.

How do we pick which (and how much) to use from so many choices? For humectants, it mostly comes down to compatibility with other ingredients in the formula, but emollient selection requires more consideration.

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Moisturising FAQs

Why do moisturisers break me out? Are hyaluronic acid products the best at hydration?
Today we're answering everything to do with moisturising.

Why do most moisturisers break me out?
These moisturisers contain oils/emollients unsuitable for you. These ingredients are often waxy or solid at room temperatures, giving a nice, smooth consistency. However, they can result in clogged pores for some people. Common examples are cetearyl alcohol, beeswax and shea butter.

Are thick moisturisers best for dry skins?
No. A thick product might...

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Byrdie Feature

Byrdie, '#Addtocart: The Autumn Skincare Staples You Need Now."
Published 15 March 2018

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popsugar feature

Popsugar, 'Beauty Brands Created by F*cking Awesome Females.'
Published 8 March 2018

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The First Ever hop & cotton Pop Up Store

Something exciting is coming to Brisbane...!
We are having our first ever pop up!

Hosted at Beaut. Space, Teneriffe from 21 - 24 March, come visit us for a one-on-one skin consultation with the person creating your formulas (yours truly), check out behind-the-scenes insight on formulation design, or just to say hi! You can also order your very own custom-formulated products in-store.

To inspire and celebrate beauty from the inside out, we'll also be hosting a series of activities...

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Lip Care FAQs

Is my lip balm making me an addict? Can the dry lip vicious cycle ever be broken?
Today we'll answer questions all about lips!

My skin isn't dry whatsoever, but why are my lips so chapped all the time?
It doesn't matter how oily your face is, your lips won't be the same. Unlike facial skin, lips do not produce any sebum and is a lot thinner. Its thinnest and lack of natural oils make lips exceptionally prone to dryness.


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Lowdown on Lips

Lips are easily the most neglected part of our face.
Although they look nothing like facial skin, they are in similar in some ways.

Structural similarities and differences
Like the skin of our face, skin on lips are also consists of 2 main layers - (outer) epidermal layer and (inner) dermal layer.
Unlike facial skin, lips
Are much thinner
The lips' outermost layer of epidermis (stratum corneum) is about 5 times thinner than that of normal facial skin.

Does not produce oil
As lips lack oil...

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The Making of A Lip Balm

The skin on our lips is different from the rest of our face.
If you are chronically chapped, you will know that not all lip balms are made equal, although they might all look or feel similar.

Good vs Great
A great lip balm provides more than temporary relief. It will

Form a protective barrier
Shields against the environmental elements

Condition lips

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Find your perfect Valentine's Day red lip

By Tahlia Knowles, Beauty Compass

Another year, another Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re heading out on a hot date with your love, having a picnic in the park with your ride or dies, or bar hopping through the city on a Galentine’s Day expedition, there is no better day to rock a red lipstick. Get to know the different shades of red and find your perfect match.

True Red
True love is the definition of a perfect romance,...

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Popsugar #Nochangenofuture Feature

Popsugar, 'The Aussie Beauty Brands Pushing For Industry Change in 2018.'
Published 4 Feb 2018

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Focus & Fixes - Hyperpigmentation

Last in this series but certainly not the least, is hyperpigmentation.

Types and causes of hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation exists as age/sun/liver spots, melasma or freckles. They result from excess melanin production due to sun exposure or hormonal changes (i.e. contraception or pregnancy).
We won't be covering post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (from scarring), but you can read about it here.

Daily routine focus
The following actives reduce hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanin production or transfer. They work best in combination. Vitamins C and E also serve as...

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