Romantic Movies

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Whether they make you laugh hysterically out loud or sob into some tissues, there is no denying the warm and fuzzy feeling that a romantic movie can evoke. A good romantic movie should have a strong and original storyline, while providing enough laughs and touching moments to please even the most hardened cynic. Even if romance is not usually your favorite genre, these romantic movies are definitely worth the watch.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)
When Harry Met Sally is a classic romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. The storyline focuses on the two title characters who share a cross-country car ride, frequently arguing about whether or not it is possible for men and women to ever be platonic friends. This movie is a great example of how excellent dialogue can really take a film to another level, with the entertaining banter really bringing the comedy genre into the movie.

Amelie (2002)
Amelie is a quirky French film that makes no apologies for its unusual camera angles, effective pauses and extremely striking colors. The plot is about a French waitress that decides to devote her life to making the lives of others better, by carrying out secret good deeds. Along the way, she realizes that she has fallen in love with a man whose photo she has discovered in an album. While it may not immediately stand out as being a romantic movie, the way in which Amelie charmingly falls in love with the world makes it quite unique.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle is a romantic comedy/drama that follows a recently widowed man and his son, who attempts to find a new partner for his father. While it may be more of a drama than a comedy, there is definitely plenty of humor within the film, and it is the movie’s romantic concept of destiny that made it one of the most popular romantic movies to ever be filmed.

Notting Hill (1999)
A British romantic comedy, Notting Hill stars Hugh Grant as a London bookstore owner, and Julia Roberts as a famous Hollywood star. Grant ends up falling for Roberts after a chance encounter, and the love story follows the pair as they attempt to find a place for themselves in each other’s lives. This is another romantic movie with some fantastically clever humor, and is one that will have you rooting for the characters, hoping that they manage to make it work.

(500) Days of Summer (2009)
While most romantic movies tell the story of a couple that ends up living happily ever after, (500) Days of Summer is quite different. Instead, this non-linear movie focuses on one couple’s romantic journey, from start to finish. This is most certainly not your average love story, and while there may be plenty of heartache along the way, it is, in essence, a feel-good film that teaches you that life and love still go on, even when a romance comes to an end.

Romantic movies are not for everyone, but there are some that manage to break the mould and charm viewers that don’t normally enjoy such films. With unique storylines and beautiful sentimental moments, these are romantic movies that just about everyone will enjoy.

Find a Hobby You’re Passionate About

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Studies have shown that having a hobby is most definitely good for you, bringing about many health benefits while encouraging creativity and cultivating new skills. So if you don’t yet have a hobby that you love, now is the time to find one!

Think Back to Your Childhood
Childhood is a time in our lives when we are extremely open to new experiences, and you likely tried a variety of different activities. Think back to those, as some of those things that fascinated you as a child is just as likely to interest you again, but in a new way, as an adult. Whether you used to enjoy adventuring around the woods collecting insects or sewing tiny dresses for your dolls, your childhood interests could very well point the way to a new passion.

A Solo Hobby or a Social Hobby?
Generally, a hobby is usually either solo or social, meaning that it is either something that you do on your own, or something that you do with others. If you are looking for a hobby that will allow you to escape from the world for a while, then you should seek out solo hobbies, whereas if you want to meet like-minded people, then a social hobby would suit you best.

Find a Hobby That Fits Your Personality
Your best chance of finding a hobby that you can really be passionate about is if you try things that fit your personality. For example, if you are an active person, then a sedentary hobby is likely to bore you quite quickly. If you are quite an impatient person, it would be a better idea to look at quick projects rather than long-term ones.

What Catches Your Interest?
When trying to find a new passion, think about the things that already interest you, and things that you already enjoy doing. If trying new dishes at restaurants is something you love to do, you may enjoy recreating these at home and teaching yourself new cooking techniques. If there is a certain painting or image you see that catches your eye, use this inspiration and pick up a paintbrush or a camera.

Ask Your Friends
You may be quite surprised to discover that your friends have hobbies that you never knew about, and you will only find out by asking. Trying a new hobby with a friend will always make the experience more enjoyable as well, and your friend is likely to be able to offer you plenty of advice, as well as share materials.

The most important thing to remember when you are trying to find a new hobby is that you need to keep trying new things. Carve out a small portion of your day or week and dedicate this to discovering your new passion. The beauty of a hobby is that you can start and stop at anytime, and it is perfectly fine to try a new activity for a while before moving on to something else, as there are an endless number of hobbies that you can discover in the world.

Date Night Skin Care Routine

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While the outfit and makeup that you choose to wear for date night is important, your skin is the foundation of your whole look, and needs to be glowing and radiant. Whether it’s a first date or a 20th anniversary, this date night skin care routine will help you to strike that perfect balance between alluring and effortless.

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Exfoliate the Night Before
Getting your skin ready for date night is all about the preparation. Exfoliating the night before will clear your skin of any dead skin cells, ensuring that your skin is bright rather than dull. It will also mean that any products that you apply before your date will be able to thoroughly penetrate into your skin. It is important to remember to moisturize immediately after exfoliating, or your freshly exfoliated skin will quickly turn dry.

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Thoroughly Cleanse
On the night of your date, the first step to flawless skin is to thoroughly cleanse. Use a gentle foaming cleanser, and make sure that it is one that you have used before, as you don’t want your skin to react to it right before your big night.

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Hydrate and Brighten
Once you have cleansed, a hydrating facial mask will provide your skin with essential moisture and nutrients, while drawing out any dirt that your cleanser may have missed. As soon as you remove the mask, be sure to apply a hydrating serum, as well as any other serum that you need to use for specific skin issues. The mask should leave you with a healthy glow, and the serum will help to maintain this throughout the night.

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De-Puff Eyes
Puffy eyes are never an attractive look, but luckily, there are many products that you can use to reduce any eye puffiness as well as clear your eyes of any dark circles. Once you have done this, follow it up with an eye serum or an eye cream, as this will instantly plump up the area around your eyes, making it look much more youthful while giving you a clear canvas to work on when you apply your eye makeup.

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Moisturize Before Priming
The next step in the routine is to apply a moisturizer to your skin, as this will keep it hydrated throughout the night while giving it some extra protection from the environment. An oil-free formula is best if you frequently experience breakouts, while a formula containing oil should be chosen if you have dry skin. It is important to apply the moisturizer before your primer, as this will help to ensure that your primer is applied much more evenly. When it comes time to applying your primer, remember that a little goes a long way. Start at the center of your face and work your way outwards, leaving it to dry for a few minutes before applying anything else.

When it comes to preparing for date night, your skin is the canvas for the rest of the look, so it needs to be as flawless as possible. Luckily, this simple date night skin care routine doesn’t take long at all, leaving you with plenty of time to choose a fantastic outfit and perfectly apply your makeup.

Bestsellers You Should Actually Read

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Books make it on to bestselling lists for many different reasons, and, for many of them, it is largely due to the hype that surrounds the book rather than the contents of the book itself. Rather than scrolling through thousands of titles in hundreds of bestselling lists, here are a few bestsellers that are most definitely worth reading.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner book was adapted into a movie in 2007, but, like is the case with many novel adaptations, the book depicts the story in a way that the movie simply cannot compete with. The plot follows the lives of two boys in Afghanistan, and while Afghan culture plays a significant role in the book, the story is essentially about friendship, humanity, loyalty and acceptance. Each of the characters are interestingly complex, enabling the reader to really get attached to them. While there may be some upsetting and graphic scenes, this book is, without a doubt, a brilliant page turner.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Another book that has now been turned into a movie, The Martian is, once again, a much better story when read rather than watched. The Martian is a science fiction novel that begins with a space crew traveling to Mars. After a dust storm, they are forced to leave one of their members, Mark Watney, behind, thinking him dead. However, Watney is very much alive, and the novel follows the way in which he manages to survive as the only human being on Mars, as well as his subsequent attempts to formulate a rescue plan. The book is absolutely thrilling while having quite a humorous side, and is definitely a good one for people who have not yet ventured into the science fiction genre.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Published in 2003, Shantaram is based on the author’s life experiences, telling the story of how he escaped from a prison in Australia and fled to India. Set in Bombay’s contemporary underworld, this book is a long one, but manages to encompass everything from burning slums to five-star hotels, and from criminal wars to spiritual gurus. It has been widely commended for the way in which it is able to paint such a vibrant visual portrait of life in Bombay, and it is no surprise that a film adaptation of Shantaram has been in the works for a few years now.

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
Escape from Camp 14 is an international bestseller by Blaine Harden, who tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, currently the only North Korean escapee known to have been born in a prison camp. After his parents were granted a rare conjugal visit, Shin was conceived, and the book tells the story of his life within the horrifying camp, as well as his subsequent escape. After its publication, Shin became the main witness to the UN’s inquiry into North Korean human rights, and was also adapted into a film in 2012.

A good book can transport its reader into a completely different world, immersing them in its story. From the sprawling slums of Bombay to the vast emptiness of the planet Mars, each of these books will take you on such an incredible journey that you won’t want them to end!

Top US Films of All Time

America may have released a staggering amount of movies throughout history, but only a small number of these films have staying power, and continue to be watched and talked about to this day. From classic dramas to crime thrillers, these are some of the top US films of all time.

Citizen Kane (1941)
Written, directed and produced by Orson Welles, Citizen Kane is considered by many critics to be the greatest film ever to be made. Welles was given a huge amount of creative freedom with this movie, and its success is perhaps due to the fact that so much of it came from such an artistic genius. With a number of incredible performances, as well as creative cinematography and narrative structure, Citizen Kane is considered to be extremely innovative and ahead of its time. The movie features Welles playing the role of Charles Foster Kane, with the movie depicting his life in the publishing world, as well as his subsequent pursuit of power. Although the film was not a commercial success at the box office, largely due to its delayed release and limited distribution, it received unanimous praise from critics and special editions are still being released today.

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The Godfather (1972)
Unlike Citizen Kane, The Godfather was the box office leader for the year that it was released, and is regarded by many to be one of the greatest films in world cinema. The film stars Al Pacino and Marlon Brando as the leaders of the fictional New York Corleone crime family, and every role in the movie has been so perfectly cast that you simply cannot imagine anybody else playing those characters. The movie resonates with many due to the way in which it focuses on immigrant life, bringing the gangster theme into it in an extremely clever way. The cinematography is also widely revered, as is the overall moral message that the movie conveys.

Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca, an American romantic melodrama, finds its way onto so many different top ten film lists, and while it may not have done spectacularly well when first released, it earned its reputation over time. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, and, set during the second world war, depicts a love triangle in which both men are vying for the love of the same woman. While the film may focus on something quite inconsequential when compared to the war going on in the background, it is full of loaded political messages that give viewers a fantastic insight into the military situation at that time. The dialogue boasts several memorable lines, and the musical score is full of suspense, adding a rich element to the film. Whether you enjoy a romantic movie plot or not, Casablanca’s charm is sure to steal your heart.

Not only are these movies the top US films of all time, but they are also considered to be some of the greatest films in the world. Each of these movies have had a huge impact on its viewers, and, with such strong staying power, they are likely to continue having an influence on generations to come.

Top Ways to Stay Pretty On a Plane

Woman in an airplane.

Don’t you miss the days when flying was glamorous? When the flight attendants wore neck scarves, the cocktails were served in glasses, and there were more high heels than flats on any given airplane…

But alas, those Mad-Men-style days are long gone. Flying is a much more pedestrian activity nowadays: dehydrating high altitudes, a less-than-glamorous security line, and strict TSA ounce regulations all impose significant barriers to beauty. But don’t fret: from figuring out how to fit your seventeen beauty products in a 3-1-1 bag to saving your skin from high-altitude dryness, this handy guide will help you stay beautiful from liftoff to landing!

Hydrate Your Heart Out
One of the most annoying parts about airplane travel is the havoc the circulated air system can wreak on your skin. Of course, the obvious solution to this is to make sure and hydrate like crazy before a flight: while you might be using the lavatory a bit more often, benefits like increased skin elasticity, brightness, and smoothness make it totally worth it.

And if you’re not too keen on hydrating on the inside (don’t worry, we won’t tell!) make sure to at least hydrate on the outside with a great hydrating facial treatment. We love facial spray formulas for their convenience and glamorous attitude…because there’s nothing more high-class than a gentle spritz of rosewater and sage to help keep your skin glowy and smooth!

Go Solid
From shampoo to facial cleanser, using solid versions of your favorite products helps narrow down your 3-1-1 bag so you can save that space for other liquids you need. Instead of a mini shampoo bottle, try solid shampoo bars as a space-saving (and money-saving!) alternative. Facial towelettes make a great alternative to cleanser, and you can even sub out your bulky deodorant for handy deodorant wipes. Our personal favorite? Lose the risk of carrying your expensive perfume bottle and try a solid perfume instead: you can even make these yourself!

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Treat While You Fly
So you’re sitting in a chair doing practically nothing for a couple hours: why not use that time as a mini-spa experience? Before you head to the airport, massage some leave-in conditioner (coconut oil is my favorite!) into dry, dull hair that needs some love. Wrap it in a cute headscarf or turban and voila, instant hair mask.

Make Your Cosmetics Jostle-Proof
It’s not really a secret: your checked baggage isn’t exactly carried around on a silver platter in the cargo hold. It’s likely to be tossed around quite a bit, so if you value your beauty products, it’s important to package them appropriately. There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Keep your powder products from breaking by placing a clean cotton ball under the lid, taking the pressure out of the container.
  • Place a plastic wrap under the caps of shampoo, moisturizer, and other beauty products in order to prevent leakage.
  • Planning a short trip? You can easily pack a few days’ worth of product into empty contact lens containers. No more exploded foundation bottles!

For those of us who have early flights and zero motivation to pull a full face of makeup on our flights, use the opportunity to do a mini-facial mask while you’re in the air! After cleansing, try a travel-sized clear mask all over your face and neck. No one will even know about your secret in-flight spa session.

How to Have Your Best Vacation Ever

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When you think back to all the vacations that you have previously taken, it is likely that some of them brought you much more happiness and enjoyment than others, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? It turns out that there are a variety of factors that contribute to how happy your vacation makes you, and, once you understand exactly what these are, there is absolutely nothing to stop your next vacation from being the best one that you have ever had.

Planning
While spontaneous trips are often fun, a certain level of planning is essential if you want to make the most of your vacation. Not only does planning your vacation in advance allow your excitement to build up over the weeks or months, but, once you are actually there, it takes away some of the decisions that you may have otherwise needed to make on the spot, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy yourself.

Try Something New
For children, a vacation seems to last forever, and that is because of all of the new experiences that their brain takes time to process. The best way to replicate this as an adult is to make sure that you fill your vacation with as many new experiences as you can. Whether this may be trying new foods or trying a new type of activity, all of these new experiences will contribute to making your vacation your best one yet.

Manage Any Work
If you are able to completely take time off from work whilst on vacation, then you should most definitely do so, and this means staying away from your work emails and messages the entire time you are away. If, however, some work whilst on vacation is unavoidable, then you need to be sure to manage your working time properly. Set yourself some limitations, such as responding to emails in the morning but then putting your phone or computer away for the rest of the day.

Have Fun
It goes without saying that fun is absolutely necessary in order to have your best vacation ever. Be sure to make time every day to relax in between all of your vacation adventures, socializing with others and sharing your experiences, whilst reflecting back on the past day. Having fun also means leaving the mundane tasks behind. If you don’t want to worry about having to find a babysitter, arrange for one in advance, or you could even bring a family member along on the promise that they act as a babysitter when needed. If you are renting a vacation house rather than staying at a hotel, it may be worth finding someone to cook and clean whilst you are staying there, so that you won’t need to worry about those things yourself.

Once you have had your best vacation ever, don’t forget to sort through all of your photographs and memorabilia, displaying the ones with the most sentiments behind them. While it may be hard-hitting to immediately get back to your everyday routine, these tips will ensure that every vacation you take will be even better than the last!

Give Yourself a Face Lift with Makeup

Makeup has the power to transform, and there are certain techniques that you can use to instantly give yourself a youthful and radiant appearance. From knowing how to contour to learning where to highlight, OROGOLD has put together some top tips on how to give yourself a facelift through the clever use of makeup.

Make Contouring Your Very First Step
When applying your makeup, contouring should be the first thing that you do, even before applying your foundation. To create the illusion of high cheekbones, OROGOLD suggests using a darker shade under your cheekbones and a lighter shade above. This will all help to accentuate your cheekbones, making your appearance immediately seem much more youthful.

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Use A Pearlescent Highlighter
One of the best ways to give your face an instant lift is with the careful use of a pearlescent highlighter. This can be in the form of a powder, liquid or cream – OROGOLD suggests choosing the formula that best suits your skin type. Apply the highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, as well as to the apples of your cheeks, the arch of your brows and the bridge of your nose. The pearlescent qualities of the formula will emphasize the way in which the highlighter catches the light, giving your face a bright and youthful appearance.

Minimize Age Spots
Age spots can be frustrating to cover up, but there are now many products on the market that are designed to do just so. Color correcting products come in many different forms, from serums to primers to concealers, so choose the ones that work best in your daily makeup routine. Age spots are usually best erased with an orange or peach corrector, while a green shade is extremely effective at hiding any redness. Once you have applied the corrector, layer your foundation over it, making sure that your foundation is a moisturizing one, to give your face a dewy appearance throughout the day.

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Maintain Your Brows
Well-sculpted brows that show no signs of thinning can really bring out the youthful qualities of a face. OROGOLD recommends brushing your brows upwards, tweezing away any stray hairs that are underneath the arch, as this can give the illusion of dragging your brows down and making you look older. If your brows have any sparse or thinning areas, OROGOLD would suggest filling them in carefully with an eyebrow powder or pencil. You should also use these products to make sure that your arch is well-defined, as this will give your whole eye area an instant lift. Once you have perfected your brows, don’t forget to apply a brow gel or a clear mascara to set them.

You don’t need to be an expert with makeup to understand how to give your face a bit of a lift with a few techniques. From contouring and highlighting to bring out your natural features, to using color correcting products to even out your skin’s appearance, these makeup tricks will each give you fantastic, and immediate, results.

Organize Your Vanity for an Easy Morning Routine

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In the same way that a neat work desk helps to make your day more productive, an organized vanity will ensure that your morning routine can be carried out quickly and efficiently. Whether you are a naturally organized person or not, it is definitely worth taking the time to follow some of OROGOLD’s tips on how to organize your vanity for an easy morning routine.

Easily-Accessible Storage
A cluttered vanity will slow you down significantly in the mornings, and also frustrate you as you try to locate certain items that you need. OROGOLD recommends making the most of whatever storage options you may have, adding to these if you need more space. In-drawer compartments are always convenient for organizing, while in-door compartments and roll-out shelves and appliance trays are fantastic if you are tight on space.

Relocate Electrical Outlets
If you are someone that uses electrical outlets in your morning routine, whether it be for an electric toothbrush, a hair dryer or some straighteners, may want to consider moving their electrical outlets and mounting them on the inside of cabinets, so that you can easily use and put your items away without having to wait for them to completely cool down. This will save you the extra clutter on your vanity in the mornings, keeping your routine running as quickly as possible.

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De-Clutter
It goes without saying that it is easy to build up drawers full of products that you hardly end up using, and one of the most important steps to having an organized vanity is by regularly going through all of the products you own and discarding the ones that you don’t often use. If you don’t like the idea of throwing them out, OROGOLD suggests storing them in a box elsewhere, so that you know that they are near if you ever really do need them.

Multiple Light Sources
It can be frustrating to apply your makeup in the mornings, only to find that it doesn’t look quite right when you move to a different light. OROGOLD recommends having multiple light sources at your vanity, so that you can efficiently groom without having to worry about pesky shadows or uneven lighting.

Pre-Planning
In addition to organizing your whole vanity, you should also be reorganizing it each night, to cater to what your needs will be that next morning. It is likely that you already plan your outfits in advance, so it only makes sense to plan your hair and makeup too. OROGOLD suggests laying out the products that you are going to be using on your vanity, and putting everything else away, making your morning routine as simple as possible for yourself the next day.

Mornings are not for everyone, but an organized vanity can definitely make your morning routine run much more smoothly. The next time you feel as though your morning routine has become quite the chore, try implementing some of OROGOLD’s tips and organizing your vanity, as you will soon find that this will make a huge difference.

Australian Beauty Trends

OROGOLD always finds it interesting to look at beauty trends from different countries, as you never know what exciting styles you may discover. Whether you are looking for a complete beauty overhaul, or simply want to add a unique twist to your own look, OROGOLD has put together some of our favorite Australian beauty trends to inspire you.

Metallic makeup

Metallic Makeup
Metallic makeup is a trend that seems to be making its way around the world, and has recently hit the shores of Australia. While you may have used gold shimmery body products and light reflecting illuminators in the past, this year will be all about turning it up a notch, opting for rich bronzes and bold golden sheens. From metallic smoky eyes to shimmering frosted lips, this is a beauty trend that OROGOLD believes we will be seeing plenty more of, no matter where in the world you are.

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Natural Beauty
A trend that is now becoming quite big in Australia is focussed on natural beauty with the bare minimum when it comes to makeup. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you need to face the world bare-faced. If you would still like some slight coverage, OROGOLD suggests dabbing some concealer underneath your eyes after applying an eye cream, before using some soft blush on your cheeks and a swipe of mascara for your lashes.

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Vivid Eyes
Bright eyeshadows are making beauty headlines in Australia, and it is easy to see why. Whether you simply go for an elegant line of colored shadow on your lids, or use a variety of bright bursts of color, this trend will definitely brighten up the winter months that Australia will soon be facing.

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Bold Brown Lips
You may think that brown lips are extremely 90’s, but they are now making a comeback in Australia. The great thing about this trend is that the shade and texture of the brown isn’t of importance, leaving it up to you to find a shade that works for your skin tone. Whether it be metallic brick or matte cocoa, brown lips are a gorgeous look that works for so many different people.

Dewy skin.

Dewy Skin
This season sees a huge emphasis being placed on the skin. Natural-looking, dewy skin is in, which is fantastic news for the health of your skin. Of course, it may take some time to naturally achieve this look, but this trend makes it a great time to focus on your beauty regime and ensure that the products that you are using are working for you in the way that you need them to.

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Mini Braids
With effortless, natural beauty being all the rage in Australia this year, mini braids are a trend that works well with this. It is an easy look to create and will instantly give you a cute, feminine, hippie vibe. Simply add a few thin braids at different points around your hair for this sleek look with just the right amount of texture.

Just like every other country around the world, Australia has their own beauty trends that become popular each year. From mini braids to metallic makeup, the trends this year are all ones that you can easily incorporate into your own look the next time you want to go for something slightly different.