Beauty In Bloom: Spring’s Hottest Makeup Trends by BrandsExclusive

Just as nature births new life in the spring, your beauty routine shouldn’t be far behind – and with the new season soaring in sight, why not plan out your new makeup bag before the warm up? To help you master the transition with ease, we’ve decided to provide you with the perfect source of inspiration by rounding up the most sought-after beauty looks that are in full bloom.

Blush Bomb

Get your blush brush ready because you’re going to need it this spring! This season, we invite you to get creative with colour and technique. That’s right, throw away your beauty inhibitions and take your blush game to soaring new sights with electric colour palettes such as matte cherry, metallic pinks and glossy lip-to-cheek textures. There are no rules when it comes to application either. Whether you brush from cheek to temple, apple to eye and all over the lids – the draping trend is back, and it’s all about sculpting your visage with the power of blush.

Bold Lip Service

Not a big on blush? Opt for a bold lip with fresh, dewy skin. However, don’t stress about choosing the perfect haute lip colour for spring, because this year, there’s more than just one! Create a colour riot in your beauty bag with anything and everything from electric orange, metallic shades, baby blue, chestnut rose, mad magenta, glittery sparkles and of course, ravishing reds!



You Glow Girl

If you haven’t got the memo yet, the 80’s are back – and in a big way. It was an era we salute for glowing skin and sexy smouldering cheekbones aka the epitome of healthy beauty. Needless to say, it’s a welcome comeback.

Ensure you skin is plump and moisturised before you apply your makeup. To help you get started, apply a good quality foundation or tinted moisturiser that matches your skin tone and use lip-gloss instead of highlighter on the cheekbones to really pull of the dewy, wet look! Add a touch of illuminator to your nose and eyelids, a couple of coats of mascara to your lashes and finish off your lips with a matte shade of your choice.


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Winter to Spring: How to Nail Transitional Style by BrandsExclusive

The signs have begun. The mornings have started getting lighter, nights are getting longer and pretty soon, the temperatures will (finally) begin to rise. Spring is on the way.

While the thought of the looming better weather is exciting, the transitional months can also prove to be a difficult time to know what to wear. But fear not, we’ve got you covered. From lightweight layers to pops of colour, we show you how to make winter-to-spring dressing a breeze.

Love Layers

Ahh, layers. Don’t you just love ‘em? Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, layers are the most important aspect to anyone’s transitional wardrobe. And, those chilly spring mornings followed by an often hot commute to work and warm afternoons and evenings, can lead to a lot of confusion about what to wear.

Spring

We’d suggest opting for some quality, lightweight cardigans, sweaters and jackets to throw on and take off depending on the temperature. For the guys, a deconstructed blazer (one broken down to its minimalist function, with no padding) is the ideal piece to add to his wardrobe. Perfect for rolling up and popping into a bag when on the move.

Far & Wide

Once the temperatures begin to climb, skinny jeans quickly become too uncomfortable to wear in our hot climate. Wide-legged pants are the perfect solution to this, not only because of their breathability but they also look damn cool.

With the obsession with all things 70s continuing to grow, a pair of wide-leg pants are essential for every woman’s wardrobe. Style yours with a short-sleeve crew-neck sweater and platform heels to complete the look.

Colour Burst

Spring is the perfect time to reintroduce colour into your wardrobe after a season of darker, wintry hues. From minty-fresh shades to chalky pastel hues, a pop of happy spring colours will make all the difference to your transeasonal looks.

Spring

We’d suggest starting with simple touches such as a lightweight scarf in vivid blood orange, or a pair of block-heeled wedges featuring a vibrant print. When it comes to welcoming the spring/summer months, the brighter the better!

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3 Easy Healthy Breakfast Recipes To Try by BrandsExclusive

Whether your cravings are sweet, savoury or something in between, we’ve carefully handpicked 3 delicious recipes that are guaranteed to jumpstart your day the right way and add the perfect amount of pep to your step, no matter what side of the bed you woke up on!

Spiced Maple Granola With Fruit & Yoghurt via HealthyFoodGuide

Shopping List

2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped
1/4 cup pepitas
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1.6kg low-fat Greek-style yoghurt, to serve
4 cups fruit, such as frozen assorted berries and figs (when in season), to serve

How To Master The Dish

1. First, pre-heat your oven to 150°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper
2. Combine oats, cashews, pepitas, chia seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add vanilla extract and maple syrup and toss to coat
3. Evenly spread mixture onto baking tray and bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes
4. Cool granola and then serve!

 

Toasted Sourdough With Ricotta, Banana & Honey via Taste

Shopping List

4 slices of sourdough bread (we recommend wholemeal or soy & linseed)
1/2 cup of fresh ricotta
2 ripe bananas, thinly sliced
Honey to garnish

How To Master The Dish

1. Spread a generous layer of ricotta over your sourdough toast, top with sliced banana and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

 

Baby Kale Breakfast Salad with Quinoa & Strawberries via EatingWell

Shopping List

3 cups of baby kale
1/2 cup of cooked quinoa
1/2 cup of sliced strawberries
1 tablespoon of salted pepitas
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp of olive oil
2 tsp of red-wine vinegar
pinch of ground pepper

How To Master The Dish

1. Combine garlic and salt together and mash into a paste
2. Whisk the garlic paste, oil, vinegar and pepper together in a bowl
3. Add kale to bowl and toss to coat evenly
4. Serve topped with quinoa, strawberries and pepitas

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5 Fashion Trends That Are In For Spring by BrandsExclusive

The finish line to winter is finally in sight and we couldn’t be happier! Now is the time to break out of your winter rut, update your wardrobe and prepare for the warmer months ahead. To help you swing into spring with ease, we’ve rounded up the season’s top 5 looks!

1. Stripes

While stripes have always been a staple for some, this spring – everyone will be showing their stripes. When it comes to styling your stripes, there are no rules this season. Whether you rock rainbow bright stripes, classic pinstripes or bold colour-blocked lines, standout on the streets with stripes on stripes!

2. Flatforms

Love the height but hate the heels? Then you’re in luck because flatforms are in! Put some pep in your step this season by replacing your go-to flats with a fashion-forward pair or flatforms and pair them with wide leg pants, a pleated skirt or even some fun socks!

3. Khaki

Word on the street is that khaki will be bigger than florals this spring!

While the khaki trend first turned heads on the runway over 40 years ago, it still stands the test of time today and we can see why. It’s Versatile, super chic and effortless.

4. 80s Glam

The 80s are back – and in a big way! Think metallic materials, disco leggings, one-shoulder styles and more. Pump up the volume with anything that’s high shine, full sleeved and snug around the hips this season.

5. Oversized Bags

Finally, a trend truly combines functionality with fashion. Larger than life tote bags, travel bags and duffle bags were all the rage on the Spring/Summer 2017 runways. Update your arm candy with with feminine floral prints or stay neutral with one solid colour or wistful woven straw.


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The 5 Best New Cafes in Sydney to Try by BrandsExclusive

Sydney’s cafe scene never takes a day off. These new openings put specialty coffee and convenience at the forefront. Enjoy these new spots as they may become your new favourite watering holes!

1. Chippenburg

Located in the middle of Chippendale, Chippenburg is designed to serve the neighbourhood’s growing number of creatives, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The cafe’s attention is on cold-drip coffee and takeaway lunch. There are soups in winter, salads in summer and sandwiches all year round. Obviously, there are plenty of power outlets to make the most of the cafe’s free wi-fi. The cafe space can also be reserved for meetings outside of cafe hours.

2. South by Dukes

Dukes is one of Melbourne’s most popular cafes, which is exciting for us Sydneysiders, as the iconic cafe has just opened it’s doors in Barrangaroo.

South by Dukes fills a void in the coffee market with its specialty roasts. The coffee beans change seasonally, however filter AeroPress and batch brew are constantly offered. The menu is modest with a couple of sandwiches and breakfast items.

3. Calibrate Coffee

Located in a key position beside Roseville Station, Calibrate is focused on micro-lot and high-end coffee beans. It goes as far as evolving different bean blends for white and black coffees. The cafe’s design matches its emphasis: the centrepiece is a custom-made, white Slayer espresso machine.

4. Hugh John Manors

Husband-and-wife team, Blake Rix and Mel Kendrick have taken over three shops in Engadine to open a cafe, coffee roaster and creative studio. The coffee is sourced from Rix’s own Drumroll Coffee Roasters next door where he experiments with different techniques.

5. Roomie Café

Right near Bondi Junction Station, Roomie has a street-looking takeaway window. Co-owner and furniture designer Alexander Kashin helped figure the cafe’s décor. The owner’s Siberian heritage is bold on the menu with the Syrniki, Siberian hot cakes sitting next to avocado on toast.

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5 Trending Hairstyles To Try This Spring by BrandsExclusive

The end of winter is finally in sight and what better way to say ciao to the cold weather than with a new and warm ‘do? To help you spring forward with ease, here you’ll find the latest hair trends and hairstyles to try this upcoming season (and to also screenshot for your stylist).

1. The Modern Bob

Short, sophisticated and low maintenance – who wouldn’t want to sport this style? Before you start snipping, ask your stylist which length and finish would best flatter your face and suit your hair type.

2. 70s Bangs

Freshen up with a 70s inspired fringe this spring! Whether you opt for a cut that’s blunt, full, and wispy or side swept and sultry, this fiercely feminine “Farrah” look will add a little pep to your step on the sand and off this season.

3. Thick, Wavy Curls

Blossom with bouncy curls or embrace your ringlets by the beach this spring. Short, long or medium, curly hair is back in a big way. Before you wave your magic wand, talk to your stylist about the right look for you. Think about where you’ll want your curls to fall, how they will frame your face and how to work with various textures atop your head.

4. Long Layers

Liven up your long locks and head to the salon for a new layered ‘do. Add highlights and bangs for a more “summery” vibe or style them super side swept for more volume. For a cute and classic look, run your comb down the middle and rock a centered part.


5. The Pixie Cut

Universally flattering, the pixie haircut is a style that undeniably stands the test of time. Mirror Mia Farrow’s pixie perfection or change it up with bleach-blond tips, choppy locks, side-swept lengths or textured layers.

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5 Reasons to Try Boxing by BrandsExclusive

Whilst not as fun as Zumba, or as relaxing as yoga, boxing has been keeping subscribers fit for generations. It requires a high level of athletic ability – strength, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, just to name a few! If you’re picturing several blows to the face and a couple of black eyes, don’t throw in the towel – this is one sport that will get you into amazing shape and improve your health. Here’s five reasons why…

1. Boosted Cardiovascular Health

You hear it all the time: cardio = fitness. But “doing cardio” doesn’t necessarily mean hopping on a treadmill for 60 minutes each day – because how boring is that?
The whole point of cardio is to place a reasonable amount of stress on your heart and lungs so that they’re challenged enough to make beneficial adaptations to support the higher level of physical activity. As long as you keep your heart rate up during your workout, there’s no reason you can’t punch, kick and jump your way to a healthy heart at your local boxing gym.

2. Strength

All that punching, kicking and jumping needs a surprising amount of strength. Think about it –professional punching bags can weigh up to 50kg. Get ready for the gun show!

3. Improved Hand-Eye Coordination

You may not think about the importance of hand-eye coordination and it’s effect on total health, but it sure plays an important role. Individuals with good hand-eye coordination tend to have better physical coordination as a whole.

When sparring a partner(with padded mitts, of course!), you must be able to see, react and hit the target, all while the target is moving and changing position. Doing this on repeat will keep your instincts sharp and agile.

4. Stress Relief

Struggling with your crazy boss? Going through a bad break-up? The killer combination of released endorphins and punching something with all you’ve got will do serious wonders towards releasing any tension you might be holding no to. Bonus? It’ll do wonders on your ‘revenge body’! Speaking of…

5. Feel good, look good

Boxing is great for improving body composition – and some might say it’s great for weight loss. All the combined lower and upper body work combines muscle-building strength training moves and calorie-burning sessions of cardio. It also works your core, hard giving you a lean, but strong physique.

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