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Nikki Philips

Nadine Monley - Monday, June 13, 2016

Nikki Phillips is one of those natural beauties who can do everything…and I mean everything… She has been in the industry for a while now; previously a model and now full time blogger and TV presenter you can’t deny she’s sure got a hell of a lot of experience. Her blog By Phillips offers an intimate insight to the world in which she works, from red carpet events, fashion week and exclusive interviews. So now we’re turning the tables and putting Phillips on the other side. Instead of asking the questions, she’s answering them.

First things first, what does beauty mean to you?

Beauty is what’s beneath. In order to look good on the outside we need to concentrate on within. Maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle shows on the skin.

What are the beauty products you swear by and why?

Cosmedix benefit clean cleanser, The clinic moisturizer and simple paw paw ointment.  I’ve always been a less is more girl, so I don’t down my face in a million products when it comes to my beauty regime. These three products help my skin feel clean, clear and nourished.

What is your go-to beauty look and who is your muse?

My go to beauty look reflects my muse. A classic dewy skinned clean look with a defined brow, lashings of mascara and depending on my day a red lip. So who is my muse? Grace Kelly! She epitomises classic chic and that classic elegance resonates today as loudly as it did decades ago. A true beauty icon and a true inspiration. 

You’ve just been to fashion week and we loved your looks, but what did you learn this week in terms of beauty trends and the next big thing? I saw alot of minimalistic dewy skin, that flawless base is back giving of that “no make up look”. Also trending was the subtle smokey eye in different tones from warm browns to charcoals.

How would you do your make up for the following:

Drinks with the girls – Brow game would be strong, winged eye maybe and a good lip, loving a matte nude currently.

Family BBQ –  To be honest, this would be a no makeup look. If anything mascara, BB cream and lip gloss.

Red carpet -  This is when I call in my makeup guru, Michael Brown. He is my make up artist and has been for a few years now. When will generally pull out my outfit for the night and brain storm a look. We always love to experiment with shades and trends, but always making sure it suits my personality.

Date night – I’m married, so the poor hubby gets me as I am... again this would be a no makeup night. Maybe a red lip and mascara... if we were doing a dinner. My husband is obsessed with the movies, so this is generally date night haha.

What tips can you give for using the following products?

Lipstick – Always use a lip liner, to avoid bleeding.

Eyeliner – Follow the shape of your bottom eye line up, then create a dot. Draw a line from the corner of your eye up to the dot to create the perfect winged liner  ( Refer to my Loreal tutorial for the full video on this tip )

Mascara -  Addicted... the one thing in my bag always. I always curl my lashes first then apply mascara to top and bottom creating a wider eye look.

Bronzer – I am not a huge fan of bronzer... and actually don’t use it personally.

Concealer – Always use under the eye and if those pesky pimples come to visit I also cover them with concealer. Little powder ontop to set also.

Since working in the fashion industry and transitioning from model to personality, has your idea and perception of beauty changed? Absolutely. When I used to model the looks that were being created were out of my hands. You are being a canvas so to speak for your client. Today, I get to be myself, express my style and beauty looks the way I want to. Beauty is extremely personal, which is something I didn’t understand when I was younger.

Has there been anything you now know you were doing wrong? What are three things you’ve learnt since being in the industry? I have always been a firm believer is staying true to yourself. We all make mistakes, it’s about being experimental until you find what fits for you. Beauty comes from within, don’t follow trends but adapt them to suit you.  Every skin type is different so use products the work for you, not because they are the IT product of the moment.

Lastly, what has been your biggest stuff up in regards to beauty? I think it would have been when I was a teenager and eager to try new things. Instead of realising it wasn’t for me, I would just rock it due it being the cool thing to do. Yes I’m talking about that white glitter eyeshadow, followed by that punk rock stage of black panda eyes and yes black eye pencil on the lips.

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Coconut Oil benefits

Nadine Monley - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

We Love Coconut Oil

It might be time to put away all those expensive potions and lotions after trying coconut oil in your daily beauty regimen. It’s loaded with Vitamin E and fatty acids (such as lauric acid, myristic acid, capric acid and more) which are anti-fungal, anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial, just the sort of stuff that our body happily responds to!

It can be used as an all-over moisturizer (with excellent results, apply right after showering and throughout the day), but here are different ways to take advantage of its natural goodness and treat problem areas.

For Dry & Damaged Hair:

Work some into the damaged ends half hour before showering.

Glossy, Shiny Locks & Frizz Buster – Use a small amount into the ends to get rid of the frizz and tame your locks with a beautiful shine.

Exfoliating Facial Scrub: Mix the same amount of baking soda and coconut oil massage on the face, rinse with warm water. Feels amazing.

Dark Elbow Patches: Rub morning and night, you will notice such an amazing result.

Dry Scalp: Rub a small amount into your scalp before going to bed, don't over do it though. Wash out in the morning.

Keep oil in overnight, cover your pillow with a towel so you are protecting your linen. Wash out in the morning with shampoo, do this once a week and you will notice a difference.

Banish Rashes, Eczema, Psoriasis or Severe Dryness:

Rub a small amount into affected area and allow your body time to absorb the oil. Repeat daily.

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Written by Lian Monley

Lucie Ferguson - babyanything

Nadine Monley - Thursday, June 02, 2016

Lucie Ferguson - the brains and brilliance behind the gorgeous fine jewellery line, Babyanything. A product born out of a creative pulse with incredible execution and steady hands. Jewellery is something that most women wear daily, feeling naked without it. It also plays a huge part in the way a lot of women view themselves and think of themselves as beautiful. In a previous interview I once read, Lucie mentioned that “jewellery is so personal, it is the only thing you still have on your body when you’re naked. It is an extension of your body” something I believe truly resonates with the idea of beauty. SO I thought it would be interesting to talk to the woman behind the jewellery line that really does make one feel beautiful.

First things first, beauty is not focused on one particular thing, it’s not just about make-up it can be about flowers, colours, landscapes and in this particular case – jewellery. I want to know what beauty means to you?

I have truly come to believe that beauty comes from the inside out. I watched my mother who battled for 11 years with a terminal illness and yet for such a long period she never looked ‘sick’, people would stop her in the street and ask her what face cream, or hair dye she used and we would laugh because she literally couldn’t use anything because of her illness. She had the kindest soul and generous heart and it literally shone out of her face. I see it in my sister Elle, her kindness can be seen in her face.

Babyanything, tell me about it. Why jewellery and what inspired you to venture into it?

I originally applied to University for a Fine Arts degree for sculpture, when I went for my interview the panel noticed that my pieces had a really strong fashion aesthetic and offered me a place in the coveted Jewellery department. I had never thought I wanted to be a jeweller but in hindsight it has always been a passion of mine and I have many tattoos over my hands and body that resemble jewellery pieces, so it is a natural career path I guess.

Everything is hand-made correct? How on earth do you get so much detail into your products? Some of them are so small and dainty, it’s amazing – definitely need a steady hand! Everything is handmade! It is such a powerful connection when you dream up an idea from a product and then you create it with your two hands and then eventually you see someone wearing it in the street and they tell you how much they love it. It is addictive! I am taking on more custom engagement pieces so I have relinquished some production work to a staff member, it was hard to give up making every single piece myself though.

They are so fine and dainty and I believe it is much harder to make things at that scale, it is easier to make a larger ring as you have more surface area to hold and make mistakes with. I have trained for 9 years to be a jeweller though and I am still learning.

If you can describe the baby anything wearer who would they be? What would they wear, where would they travel, what would be their dreams?

I am always surprised by the #Babyanythingbabe and I get so excited when I see people wearing it that I would not expect. As a MUSE the Babyanything girl is a chameleon, she grew up in the 70’s, she wears every shade of denim, but loves leather and lace, she travels the world, but is never far from the ocean. She disco dances till dawn and her dream is to be creative in life and be kind to all.

How do you define the link between beauty and jewellery? Obviously there is the connection of stones and gems and precious metals but what else is there that makes it so interesting and for you to continue to work with it?

I think that jewellery can help highlight a wearers beauty, perhaps it’s a statement earring that gives the wearer extra confidence and makes them shine when they walk in the room. Or it can be the engagement ring that puts a permanent smile on a girls face everytime she looks at her hand. Maybe it is the beautiful wrinkles on a grandmothers face when she hands one of her rings down to a grand-daughter. Jewellery for me holds energy and stories and there is so much beauty in that.

Now, do you wear a lot of jewellery or are you more minimalist. As in you have your key pieces and that’s it? And adding onto this, are you a gold or silver type of person?

When I am at the bench I have to ditch all my rings as they just get wrecked, that’s why I love my finger tattoos, I still have something to look at. Ever since I got engaged I have worn less jewellery as everything seems to fail in comparison to my ring, but when I do go out and make an effort I pile on the jewels. I love stacking a particular fine style, like the Destiny rope ring en masse so my hands glitter with the gold, or have seven giant sterling silver signet rings over my two hands, I like to change it up. I will have an amazing collection to pass onto my kids as my mum passed onto my sister and I.

And lastly, to date, what has been your most treasured piece of jewellery?

My engagement ring! I always thought I would make it myself but my fiancé organised it with my sister from a picture I had drawn of my ‘perfect ring’ when I was doing my apprenticeship. They planned it for 3 months with my friend who is a fellow jeweller and he surprise proposed in Hawaii. I was so surprised at the proposal and then when I saw it was my ring, my design come to life I was literally in shock. I became one of the ‘ugly crying’ girls, just completely shocked at the thought and effort of my loved ones. Apart from the stunning diamonds the most special part is it has ‘Aloha’ engraved on the inside band. check out this fantastic and inspiring brand