Young, rich … miserable: how near death and a ruthless banker boss led to cosmetics success

FOR most of his 20s, Chris Glebatsas was what SOME might call a ‘banker wanker’.

He was young, rich, drove a flashy sports car and lived the high life in central London, working as global head of hedge fund valuations for a mega financial firm.

When he wasn’t pulling 14-hour work days, the ambitious Australian was splashing cash on lavish nights out and all manner of boys’ toys.

“I was your classic high-end banker,” Glebatsas recalled.

“I suppose I was obnoxious. I was definitely a different person, but it’s hard not to be in that bravado-driven environment.”

It wasn’t until he was struck down with meningitis meningococcal septicaemia, an often lethal illness, that he realised how meaningless those pursuits had been — and how alone he was.

He was on his death bed, barely conscious, his organs failing and brain dangerously swollen, when his boss waltzed in, shoved a mobile phone in his hand and tried to coax him to make a few final trades.

The bank had been losing millions in his absence. It didn’t matter that doctors had given him a 10 per cent chance of survival — money simply mattered more.

“I was in a bed, not sure if I would survive, told if I did that I’d almost certainly lose a few limbs, and that happened,” Glebatsas said.

“I thought, something is wrong with this picture. If I survived, I decided I had to change my life.”

It was eight years ago now that Chris Glebatsas, founder of men’s skincare brand Lqd, nearly lost his life from meningitis meningococcal septicaemia.

It was eight years ago now that Chris Glebatsas, founder of men’s skincare brand Lqd, nearly lost his life from meningitis meningococcal septicaemia.Source:Supplied

Eight years on, the co-founder of men’s skincare brand Lqd — a homegrown success story taking on the world’s biggest cosmetics names in Bloomingdales, Harrods and Sephora stores around the globe — is fit and healthy.

But back then, doctors weren’t hopeful he would pull through, with the rare blood infection wreaking havoc on his body.

His mum Shona rushed from Melbourne to be by her son’s side, after doctors phoned to tell her the end was probably near.

“It’s not something you want your mum to hear,” Glebatsas said.

“I’m from a single parent family, my dad passed away just before I was born, so mum lived for us children. She gave us everything and sacrificed everything for us.

“Thinking about her sitting on a plane for 23 hours, not knowing if I’d be alive when she got to the other end, breaks my heart, still.”

Despite the many people in Glebatsas’ life in London, his mum was one of the few he saw when he opened his eyes.

They couldn’t manage to get away from work to visit, they’d say.

“Where were my friends? I had no one. I had more money than I knew what to do with, all the toys I wanted, and it brought me no happiness.

“It took me to a point of needing to make a big change in my life. Mum said, ‘just be the person you are’ and encouraged me to live my life as best I could. She was so supportive.”

Chris Glebatsas says it was his mum who encouraged him to “just be the person you are”. Picture: Pat Lee

Chris Glebatsas says it was his mum who encouraged him to “just be the person you are”. Picture: Pat LeeSource:Supplied

Against the odds, Glebatsas pulled through and began to recover.

But his body was so battered by the bacterial infection, and the flood of drugs given to try to beat it, that he had to endure six months of rehabilitation.

“I was on the cusp of 30. I’d spent months regaining my motor and neuro skills. Then it was like, what do I do now? So I came home.”

He also came out to his family, acknowledging he was gay as part of a determination to live a more authentic life.

“A week after I arrived home, I met my partner Anthony — at the gym, would you believe. A classic love story.”

A week after moving home to Australia, Chris Glebatsas met his partner Anthony McDonough — at the gym, naturally. Picture: Christian Gilles

A week after moving home to Australia, Chris Glebatsas met his partner Anthony McDonough — at the gym, naturally. Picture: Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia

Chris Glebatsas and Anthony McDonough of Lqd Skin Care met at the gym and fell in love. Picture: Jonathon Tether

Chris Glebatsas and Anthony McDonough of Lqd Skin Care met at the gym and fell in love. Picture: Jonathon TetherSource:Supplied

Anthony McDonough was a chemist who’d gone into the world of marketing. They fell in love and started to build a life together.

“He came to a point in his career where he wanted something new, and that’s how we came to build the business,” Glebatsas said.

With Lqd, their booming cosmetics operation, Glebatsas focuses on the finance and logistics while McDonough navigates the right combination of ingredients.

It’s the perfect partnership, they say.

“We built it online first and it got a real cult following,” Glebatsas said.

“We started to be approached by retailers — Sephora Asia first … a year later we went into Bloomingdales in America, then David Jones at home … last month we went into Harrods in London.”

That latest retail deal came as Lqd launched at London Men’s Fashion Week to rave reviews and a flurry of buzz.

Elton John’s husband David Furnish threw the boys a party at his and the iconic pop star’s plush mansion.

Chris Glebatsas and Anthony McDonough with David Furnish, pop star Elton John’s husband, at London Men’s Fashion Week. Picture: Supplied

Chris Glebatsas and Anthony McDonough with David Furnish, pop star Elton John’s husband, at London Men’s Fashion Week. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

For this interview, Glebatsas is in Las Vegas for one of the world’s biggest cosmetics trade shows.

“And I just heard that we were the number one men’s skincare brand in Bloomingdales across America. It’s fantastic for two crazy Aussies taking on the world’s biggest.”

Gone is the well-paying but soul-destroying finance job, the Ferrari and the luxury London flat, which he realised hadn’t really made him happy and probably never would.

And in their place he has a loving family, a blossoming career and, most importantly, happiness.

Chris and Anthony have “a very modern family” — pictured here with Anthony’s daughter Grace, ex-wife Jane, Chris’ mum Shona and Spartacus the Great Dane. Picture: Tony Gough

Chris and Anthony have “a very modern family” — pictured here with Anthony’s daughter Grace, ex-wife Jane, Chris’ mum Shona and Spartacus the Great Dane. Picture: Tony GoughSource:News Corp Australia

“We have a very modern family — Anthony and I co-parent his 13-year-old daughter with his ex-wife Jane, and we have an 83-kilo Great Dane.

“Mum lives around the corner — it’s very My Big Fat Greek Wedding — and rings for us to come pick up food she’s cooked.

“Me being sick was one of the absolute worst things to happen in my life, but it was also the best. I’m pinch myself — life has given me some fantastic things in the past (eight) years.

“I’m in a fantastic place. I’m happy.”

Women go overseas for plastic surgery, get stuck when faces no longer match passports

TRAVEL didn’t go “swell” for three Chinese women — who were detained at an airport in South Korea because their puffy post-plastic-surgery faces looked nothing like their passport photos.

The unidentified women flew last week to the nip-and-tuck mecca during China’s Golden Week, a national holiday in which residents are encouraged to take paid vacations, Asia Wire reported.

The three pals, who appear to be in their 20s, went under the knife and emerged with mugs so badly swollen, they looked like completely different people, according to the report.

The women — wrapped chin-to-dome in bandages — were barred from boarding a flight home at an airport in South Korea, detained and questioned by immigration officers at passport control.

They showed officials their tickets and travel documents but still could not prove they were the same people in their passport photos, the outlet reported.

The women — wrapped chin-to-dome in bandages — were barred from boarding a flight home at an airport in South Korea.

The women — wrapped chin-to-dome in bandages — were barred from boarding a flight home at an airport in South Korea.Source:New York Post

An image of the travellers — which shows them pouting, passports in hand — went viral on Monday. It was liked more than 51,000 times and shared more than 23,000 times.

It was unclear whether the women had returned to their home country on Monday.

South Korea has a booming and inexpensive plastic-surgery industry complete with travel packages that include cosmetic treatments followed by safari trips in Africa, where people can heal — if they can make it past airport officials.

But when they arrived at the unnamed airport for the return trip — seen in the photo with severely swollen faces and bandages around their heads — immigration officers at passport control didn’t believe them when they tried to prove their identity, despite displaying their tickets and various documents, according to the report.

It wasn’t clear how long they remained at the airport — and if they were able to return to China as of Monday morning.

The photo racked up 51,000 likes and 23,000 shares on social media, according to the report.

South Korea has become a popular destination for Chinese women looking to go under the knife — even offering cosmetic package treatments followed by safari trips in Africa

According to science, this is the world’s most handsome man

YOU probably already knew it, but now science has backed it up.

George Clooney has the world’s most handsome face.

George Clooney ... undoubtably dreamy.

George Clooney … undoubtably dreamy.Source:Getty Images

The 56-year-old actor’s face was found to be about 92 per cent accurate, according to the Greek golden ratio of beauty.

The measuring tool is thought to hold the secret formula for the perfect face.

George Clooney has the world’s most handsome face, according to the Greek golden ratio of beauty. Picture: Dr Julian De Silva

George Clooney has the world’s most handsome face, according to the Greek golden ratio of beauty. Picture: Dr Julian De SilvaSource:Supplied

Bradley Cooper is the second most handsome man in the world, according to science. Picture: Dr Julian De Silva

Bradley Cooper is the second most handsome man in the world, according to science. Picture: Dr Julian De SilvaSource:Supplied

Computer mapping technology using the theory also found Ryan Gosling had the perfect nose, Harry Styles had the most beautiful eyes and the best chin, and David Beckham had the most perfectly shaped face.

Experts have used computer mapping techniques using the Greek golden ratio of beauty to determine who is the world's most handsome man. Picture: Dr Julian De Silva

Experts have used computer mapping techniques using the Greek golden ratio of beauty to determine who is the world’s most handsome man. Picture: Dr Julian De SilvaSource:Supplied

Clooney, who last month became the father of twins Ella and Alexander with his lawyer wife Amal, had his looks put to the test with facial mapping techniques by Harley Street surgeon Dr Julian De Silva.

His eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw and facial shape were measured and came closest to the Greeks’ idea of perfection.

Bradley Cooper came second with 91.8 per cent, Brad Pitt was third with 90.51 per cent, One Direction singer Harry Styles was fourth with 89.63 per cent and David Beckham was fifth with 88.96 per cent.

Harry Styles came in fourth place, according to the ratio. Picture: Dr Julian De Silva

Harry Styles came in fourth place, according to the ratio. Picture: Dr Julian De SilvaSource:Supplied

Dr De Silva, who runs the Centre For Advanced Facial Cosmetic And Plastic Surgery in London, said: “George Clooney has been feted as the world’s most beautiful man for decades — and it is great that his status has now been proved by science.

“He has beautiful facial symmetry and gets closer than any other man to having what the Greeks considered the perfect face.

“George had a near-perfect ratio of nose-to-lip dimension of 99.6 per cent, and his chin and eye spacing were almost perfect as well.

David Beckham is the fifth most handsome man. Picture: Dr Julian De Silva

David Beckham is the fifth most handsome man. Picture: Dr Julian De SilvaSource:Supplied

The world’s most handsome men, according to the phi score

Taken from the average of the 12 key markers over the whole face including lips, nose, eyes, eyebrow, chin, forehead and facial shape, these are the top scoring men on the Phi scale

1. George Clooney 91.86 per cent

2. Bradley Cooper 91.80 per cent

3. Brad Pitt 90.51 per cent

4. Harry Styles 89.63 per cent

5. David Beckham 88.96 per cent

6. Will Smith 88.88 per cent

7. Idris Elba 87.93 per cent

8. Ryan Gosling 87.48 per cent

9. Zayn Malik 86.5 per cent

10. Jamie Foxx 85.46 per cent

Jamie Foxx came in tenth place. Picture: Dr Julian De Silva

Jamie Foxx came in tenth place. Picture: Dr Julian De SilvaSource:Supplied

“Across the 12 key markers, he had the highest combined score.

“These brand new computer mapping techniques allows us to solve some of the mysteries of what it is that makes someone physically beautiful.”

The Golden Ratio was a mathematical equation devised by the Greeks in an attempt to measure beauty.

But the ratio can be applied to anything and was used by Leonardo da Vinci for the perfect human male body in his famous work the Vitruvian Man.

The premise behind this is that the closer the ratios of a face or body are to the number 1.618, the more beautiful they are, known as the Phi ratio.

Ryan Gosling is the eighth most handsome man — although some may disagree. Picture: Dr Julian De Silva

Ryan Gosling is the eighth most handsome man — although some may disagree. Picture: Dr Julian De SilvaSource:Supplied

How to calculate your own Phi ratio

• Take a picture of your face close up on your phone, don’t smile and look straight forward and have your hair off your face. Print out the picture on an A4 piece of paper, then start measuring.

Nose

• Measure the length of the nose from its widest point at the nostril

• Measure the width of the nose at its widest point

• Divide the nose length by nose width, this is your nose ratio

• If bigger than 1.618 then divide 1.618 by your nose ratio

• If smaller than 1.618 then divide your nose ratio by 1.618

• This will give you your percentage for your nose Phi score.

Eyebrows

• Measure your eyebrow from the end nearest your nose to the arch in a straight line

• Measure your eyebrow from the same end to the opposite tip in a straight line

• Divide the full length by the arch length to get your eyebrow ratio

• If bigger than 1.618 then divide 1.618 by your eyebrow ratio

• If smaller than 1.618 then divide your eyebrow ratio by 1.618

• That will give you your percentage for your eyebrow Phi score.

Lips

• Measure the length of the lip from end to end

• Divide pip length by nose width, if it equals 1.618 then it’s perfect

• The distance from the corner of the lip to the opposite edge of the nose should also be equal to base of the nose times 1.618

Nivea embroiled in race row in Africa after releasing ‘lighter skin’ moisturiser commercial

NIVEA has become embroiled in a race row after an “appalling” moisturiser advert that promises ‘visibly lighter skin’ for black women.

The beauty brand is advertising its new Natural Fairness moisturiser to women living in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal, reports The Sun.

Billboards show former Miss Nigeria Omowunmi Akinnifesi using the moisturiser to lighten her skin.

The German company have also got a TV advert for the product showing a black model’s skin becoming lighter after she applies the cream.

People have taken to social media to express their outrage and disgust that they should want “fairer” skin, and have been using the hashtag #PULLITDOWN to demand the removal of the adverts.

Nivea faces accusations of racism after releasing an ad that promises "lighter skin" for black women in Africa. Picture: Supplied

Nivea faces accusations of racism after releasing an ad that promises “lighter skin” for black women in Africa. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

London entrepreneur William Adoasi slammed the TV commercial.

Sharing a clip of it online, he wrote: “This is why black businesses need to rise up and cater for our needs.

Nivea can’t get away with pushing this skin lightening agenda across Africa. Appalling.”

Fuse ODG, a British hip hop artist of Ghanaian descent, has also slammed the Nivea campaign.

On his Instagram feed, he posted an image of the ad, writing: “Kindly take down these billboards you have placed all over our beloved countries in Africa.

“I saw this one with my own eyes today in Ghana and we love our complexion the way it is. And if you don’t take these down. We will.

“Every African everywhere should stop buying any Nivea product. Tag the Nivea branch from your country so they understand how foolish this is!”

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The advert comes just one week after Dove was forced to apologise after an advert appeared to show a black woman turn white after washing with its products.

The beauty brand acknowledged it had “missed the mark” after the Facebook ad sparked a backlash that saw the company accused of racism.

The advert showed a black woman removing a T-shirt revealing a white woman underneath. The white woman then removes her T-shirt to reveal an Asian woman.

Hundreds of furious social media users have called for a boycott of Dove products calling the ad “disgraceful”.

Aussie Muslim Miss World contender Esma Voloder says yes to gay marriage

OUR unconventional Miss World contender has declared her support for same- sex marriage as she prepares for the prestigious pageant.

Esma Voloder is due to fly to China today for the annual competition, vying for the crown against 139 other women from across the globe. The title will be announced on November 18.

The 25-year-old stunner told The Daily Telegraph yesterday she believed acceptance and respect were important parts of Aussie life.

Esma Voloder has waded into the same-sex marriage debate. Picture: Christian Gilles

Esma Voloder has waded into the same-sex marriage debate. Picture: Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia

“I think it is Australian culture to have acceptance and these are the things we should continue to focus on and continue to talk about with respect,” Voloder told The Daily Telegraph, adding when asked about the marriage equality debate: “I believe that everyone has equal rights.”

Voloder worked as a criminal profiler before winning the Miss World Australia title in July and dedicating herself full-time to the cause for the next year.

Her Islamic faith sparked some criticism when she was handed her Australian crown, but the former social science and psychology student said she was prepared for that.

“I believe that everyone has equal rights”: Voloder Picture: Christian Gilles

“I believe that everyone has equal rights”: Voloder Picture: Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia

“I am not a representative or a teacher of Islam. I try to be really careful with what I say because I just do the best I can from my understanding,” she said yesterday.

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“Whether it is about my faith or my looks, criticism is something that is to be expected. Coming from a psychological background, I guess I am just trying to learn how to remain positive.

“If we want to talk about my faith and bring that into it — it teaches me why I am here and to focus on the ultimate goal, which is to do charity, do good … and to do the best you can with the time you have to be the best person that you can.”

The 25-year-old was born in a refugee camp after her family fled the Bosnian war of the early 1990s. The family settled in Australia a short time later.

The 25-year-old is set to fly to China to compete in the Miss World competition. Picture: Dylan Robinson

The 25-year-old is set to fly to China to compete in the Miss World competition. Picture: Dylan RobinsonSource:News Corp Australia

Voloder said her faith was an important part of her life but did not solely define her.

“I never focused on (Islam) as something that ­defined my identity,” she said.

“It is something I bring into my life to find a way to live it to the best of my abilities and I practise it in my life and I guess I am the example of what I believe in.

“I believe in an afterlife and I believe in God and I believe that our ­actions here are really important.”

Voloder said her faith informed her work as Miss World Australia.

The same sex marriage debate has ignited in recent weeks.

The same sex marriage debate has ignited in recent weeks.Source:AAP

“Knowing that I am watched constantly and knowing that my deeds are being held accountable and I have a responsibility to humanity while I am here, that is what I tend to focus on,” she said.

“I always do my best to be the representation of what I find in my faith to be the truth.”

How Sportsgirl’s new range of budget cosmetics stack up against the more expensive brands

WHEN it comes to cheap cosmetics, most of us don’t have a lot of confidence.

Will it cake? Will it last from day to night? Are panda eyes inevitable by lunchtime? It’s a pretty scary thought.

For apparel brand Sportsgirl, the beauty category hasn’t ever been at the top of their list.

But since the beauty boom, the category has quickly become one of their fastest growing — with consumers inhaling their budget line of lipsticks, eyeshadows and foundations.

This week, the well known Australian retailer relaunched their branding strategy by including a “Beauty Hub” and a ‘‘Beauty Bar” — which will allow customers to enjoy 20-minute makeovers at an affordable cost of $20 per session, which is fully redeemable on ‘Sportsgirl Beauty’ products.

But with cheap prices and a competitive market — what can a consumer expect from the new range?

Speaking to news.com.au, beauty content director and makeup blogger Rachael Brook has put the new Sportsgirl range to the test against the more expensive brands to see which product comes out on top:

Sportsgirl Pout About It ($9.95) vs. MAC Lipsticks ($36)

“Sportsgirl lipsticks play a huge role in their beauty collection, and it’s no surprise why,” she said.

“They come in a huge variety of shades and multiple formulas, so you have creamy, long lasting matte and now ‘silk’ options.

The Pout About It lipsticks are just $9.95.

The Pout About It lipsticks are just $9.95.Source:Supplied

MAC lipsticks retail at $36 per unit.

MAC lipsticks retail at $36 per unit.Source:Supplied

“Formula wise, they’re actually quite similar to MAC. They’re very comfortable to wear and the quality is equally as great, so it really comes down to the pricing being the biggest difference, at $9.95 for Sportsgirl and $36 per unit for MAC.

Sportsgirl On The Glow Illuminating Palette ($14.95) vs. Anastasia Glow Kit ($72)

“I have to start off by saying that I’ve run out on multiple Anastasia Glow Kits in ‘Sundipped’ as it’s been a long time favourite of mine.

“I love an out of this world highlight and both of these palettes really deliver that.

The On The Glow palette comes in four shades and retails at $14.95.

The On The Glow palette comes in four shades and retails at $14.95.Source:Supplied

The Anastasia Glow Kit retails at $72.

The Anastasia Glow Kit retails at $72.Source:Supplied

“The On The Glow palette is quite a lot smaller than the Anastasia Glow Kits, however this is also reflected in the price. I actually love how compact the whole package is, it’s great for travelling. You get four shades in each palette which are stunning highlights, but they also look gorgeous on the eyes.

Rachael has compared Sportsgirl's budget makeup range against more expensive brands, and loves the glow of the $14.95 Sportsgirl palette.

Rachael has compared Sportsgirl’s budget makeup range against more expensive brands, and loves the glow of the $14.95 Sportsgirl palette.Source:Instagram

“I really studied these hard to try and find a difference between the formulas, but the best thing I can come up with is that the Anastasia formula has an ever so slightly more ‘wet’ look about it. “If you’re looking for an affordable highlight palette — the Sportsgirl one will definitely live up to your highest expectations.”

Sportsgirl CC Cream (AU$12.95) vs. IT Cosmetics CC+ (AU$58)

“The biggest downfall with the Sportsgirl base products is their lack of shades. Their CC cream comes in four shades, where as It Cosmetics have seven shades (although that’s still a small range in my opinion).

“I have a feeling Sportsgirl will expand their shade range over time, but what I do love is that for now, while they only have limited shades they do also sell Lightening and Darkening Drops which means you can customise your foundation or CC cream shade to suit your skin tone perfectly — it’s genius.

The IT Cosmetics CC cream is a cult favourite, and comes in seven shades.

The IT Cosmetics CC cream is a cult favourite, and comes in seven shades.Source:Supplied

The Sportsgirl CC Cream is $12.95, but only comes in four shades.

The Sportsgirl CC Cream is $12.95, but only comes in four shades.Source:Supplied

“I’d recommend owning the adjusting drops whether you have your perfect foundation shade or not, as your skin tone constantly changes throughout the year.

“The formula blends beautifully onto the skin and it delivers a medium to full coverage whilst still feeling lightweight.

“The Sportsgirl formula sets as a slightly more matte finish — I’d call it a velvet finish- compared to the It Cosmetics which looks a little more luminous.

“Both products are on par for colour correcting dark circles and I haven’t had any problems with creasing.

Rachael is a big fan of Sportsgirl's cheap base range, including their $12.95 foundation and CC creams.

Rachael is a big fan of Sportsgirl’s cheap base range, including their $12.95 foundation and CC creams.Source:Instagram

Sportsgirl Eye Shade It Burgundy Palette (AU$19.95) vs. Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette (AU$53)

“I use Kylie’s eyeshadow palettes very regularly — The Bronze Palette is my jam. I haven’t used The Burgundy Palette as much because while I think her colour selection is gorgeous, I’d personally really only use two-three (out of nine) shades regularly.

“This is where I think Sportsgirl have really shone through — their colour selection is on point. All of the colours are very wearable.

“You have everything you need in the one palette; base shades, transition shades, highlight shades and deeper tones to take your look from day to night time.

The Sportsgirl I Shade It Burgundy looks very similar to the popular Kylie Cosmetics palette.

The Sportsgirl I Shade It Burgundy looks very similar to the popular Kylie Cosmetics palette.Source:Supplied

The Kylie Burgundy Palette retails at AU$53.

The Kylie Burgundy Palette retails at AU$53.Source:Supplied

“There’s also a couple of cooler tones in the palette which makes it even more versatile.

“Kylie’s palette really misses a great highlighting shade, and all of the tones are quite warm. While you get 9 shades in both of these palettes, the Sportsgirl one is noticeably larger, so again you’re getting more bang for your buck.

“Both formulas are incredibly buttery, pigmented and blend beautifully and there’s a nice mixture of matte and shimmery formulas. Also, don’t even get me started on the Kylie Cosmetics shipping! It can take weeks to arrive, so I probably don’t even need to mention how much easier it is to get your hands on the Sportsgirl product.”

Sportsgirl Brush with Fame Set (AU$24.95) vs. Zoeva Rose Golden Brush set (AU$126)

“The big difference between these brands is that Sportsgirl brushes have synthetic hairs and are vegan friendly. Zoeva do have a bamboo range which are 100% synthetic hairs, however most of their brushes have a blend of natural and synthetic hairs.

“To cut a long story short — natural hairs are always going to feel softer and they generally blend powder formulas such as eyeshadows better than synthetic hairs will.

“In saying that, the Sportsgirl brushes are made from great quality synthetic hairs, and they blend cream products brilliantly.

“The Sportsgirl brushes come in a 7 piece set, however I have different feelings about each one so I’ll give a general breakdown of that.

“Firstly, at this stage I would always reach for a Zoeva Luxe Soft Crease Brush over the Eye Blend brush in the Sportsgirl set for blending powder eyeshadows. They’re soft, fluffy and make blending a breeze.

The seven piece brush set retails at $24.95.

The seven piece brush set retails at $24.95.Source:Supplied

The Zoeva eight piece brush set will cost you AU$126 from Sephora.

The Zoeva eight piece brush set will cost you AU$126 from Sephora.Source:Supplied

“The Eye Blend brush from Sportsgirl is quite flat so I’d be more likely to use it for applying cream eyeshadows or for pressing a shimmery powder eyeshadow onto my eyes, not for blending the edges.

“In that way, I feel like they’re missing a fluffy, blending brush in the Sportsgirl kit. Their Shade brush is great for adding details or for using under the eyes, but again, it’s not really fluffy enough for blending.

“Sportsgirl have their face brushes sorted in this kit, the Buff brush is awesome for blending in foundation or even for applying cream products, and their Bronze and Powder brushes are great for any powder applications — blush, bronzer, highlighter if you wanted to.

Rachael Brook says natural hairs in brushes are always going to feel softer and they generally blend powder formulas better than synthetic hairs.

Rachael Brook says natural hairs in brushes are always going to feel softer and they generally blend powder formulas better than synthetic hairs.Source:Instagram

“I don’t use the Foundation brush often as I prefer a buffing brush for that, so I’d reach for the Buff brush instead, but that comes down to personal preference.

“Their Line & Define brush is great for brows or for defining your lash line. I think the Sportsgirl brush set is a really great option for anyone who is just starting to use brushes or for anyone on a budget — it is great quality for the price and suits everyday use, however as a professional makeup artist I’m probably going to get more use out of my Zoeva brushes as the quality is perfect for professional use.”

Are you over-moisturising?

We reveal just how much product you really need…

When your skin is dry and dehydrated, it’s tempting to slather on a thick layer of cream. But you could be harming your skin and wasting your money. ‘On average, your skin can only absorb up to 60 per cent of what you use on it,’ says Hilery Dorrian, co-founder of Barefoot Botanicals. The excess is likely to sit on your skin, clog up your pores, affect your skin’s functions and cause breakouts.

Face

Dehydrated skin will obviously absorb more moisture,’ says Dorrian. ‘Oily skin will still absorb product, but slightly less as the skin is not as thirsty.’ A heavy moisturiser can lead to blockages and cause your skin to over-produce oil. Rub a pea-sized amount of cream into your palms to warm it up before applying. This helps it spread and absorb easily into your skin. Exfoliation rids your skin of excess oils and dead skin cell buildup so that more moisture can be absorbed. Applying moisturiser to damp skin will make it go further and maximise absorption. The herbfarmacy Divine Light Organic Face Cream(£19.50, 50g; herbfarmacy.co.uk) is a light moisturiser that’s perfect for oily skin.

Eyes

The skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, and has fewer oil glands, so will absorb more moisture that’s applied to it. ‘Use a grain of rice size amount of eye cream, and apply gently, using your ring finger in a dabbing motion,’ says Dorrian. It’s important not to rub or tug the delicate skin around your eyes as this can contribute to premature ageing. Try the Yes To Blueberries Intensive Firming Eye Repair Cream (£14.99, 15ml; Victoriahealth.com) to improve skin elasticity.

Body

Hop out of the bath and apply your body moisturiser within three minutes of towel drying to ensure maximum hydration. ‘Aim to leave no residue behind – rub in every last bit,’ says Dorrian. ‘Start with a 50p-size amount per limb and apply more as you need to.’ For a smooth finish, apply rich body butter to your legs after shaving and exfoliating. We love the Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream (£28, 200ml; origins.co.uk).

Lips

Are you addicted to lip balm? Over-application prevents the skin on your lips from producing its own oils. ‘Too much greasy product can also lead to small spots appearing around the lip area,’ warns Dorrian. ‘If you’re using a good quality, natural balm, a smaller than pea size amount is enough,’ she says. Opt for an organic salve such as the EOS Lip Balm (£6.50; boots.com) with shea butter and vitamin Eand free from nasties.

Hair

‘It depends on how much hair you have, but a blob of shampoo the size of a 10p piece should be sufficient,’ says Dorrian. ‘Too much conditioner, on your roots can lead to greasy and limp hair so only apply to your dry ends.’

Guilt free beauty treats

These naughty ingredients are way better out than in!

If you’re on a health kick, streamlining your diet is the first step to reaching your goals. Out goes the caffeine, sugar, salt and carbs, and in comes the fresh fruit and veg, healthy fats, lean meat and wholegrains. Hey, it’s a good plan – but don’t ditch the naughty stuff altogether. Move it to your beauty cabinet instead!

Who’s the expert? Janey Lee Grace is a BBC Radio 2 presenter and a passionate representative and media spokesperson for the Organic and Natural Health world, and has been voted No1 personality in the 2014 Natural Beauty Yearbook. She recommends natural products and services at imperfectlynatural.com and is the author of five best-selling books on Natural Health.

Those nasties that do your body damage when you eat them could be a godsend for your beauty routine. ‘It’s a great idea to use food in your skincare as the live enzymes contained in foods can be therapeutic,’ says natural beauty expert and author Janey Lee Grace. ‘Don’t clean out your cupboards just yet!’

So, get ready to indulge your cravings in a very different way this month. Stock up on your favourite guilty treats to give your skin a taste of their super-secret beautifying components.

 MAYO: The hair mask

Mayonnaise, with its calorific combo of eggs, oil and sugar, is a fat bomb. But all those oils, plus tangy vinegar, do brilliant things for your hair, locking in shine and softness. Exposure to winter nasties can take its toll on hair health, so a weekly mask is a great way to nurture your locks. ‘Lather on some mayo and leave for 10 minutes before washing it through twice,’ tips Janey.

SALT: The foot smoother

On average, Brits eat about one and
a half teaspoons of salt a day – way above the recommended intake. Too much salt can raise blood pressure, leading to heart disease and strokes. Cut back on the shaker and leave those crunchy granules for your body. Put an end to foot odours by giving tootsies a daily salt bath. Sea salt is antibacterial and contains magnesium which helps improve nerve function, and potassium, which reduces water retention. ‘Add one to two cups of sea salt to a bowl of warm water and soak feet for 10 minutes,’ says Janey.

COFFEE: The cellulite blaster

Overdo the caffeine and you can throw your hormones out of kilter and send your stress levels soaring. Better redirect that espresso to your thighs instead! Coffee is often a key ingredient in cellulite-busting products because it has a tightening action on the skin. ‘Apply freshly cooled coffee grounds on a sponge and work around the affected areas in circular movements before rinsing,’ says Janey. This should instantly banish the appearance of those dreaded dimples.

SUGAR: The dry skin smoother

It’s no good if you’re battling stubborn pounds, but sugar can deliver some awesome results when applied topically. The sweet stuff’s small granules work as an excellent exfoliant, sloughing off dead skin and boosting cell turnover for healthy, smooth skin. ‘Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a little water and use to exfoliate all over your body,’ suggest Janey. For a more moisturising treat, add olive or coconut oil to your mix.

TEA: The skin soother

Too much builder’s brew can leave you wired, hookedon sugar and, annoyingly, with stained teeth. Give the cuppas a rest and use your tea bags to soothe your skin instead. Cut yourself shaving? Regular black tea contains tannins which help to slow down the bleeding while acting as a pain reliever. Steep a tea bag in warm water and once cooled, place on the affected area, leaving it for a few minutes to work its magic.

POTATOES: The eye brightener

Ah, spuds! We love deliciously salty,
crunchy crisps as much as the next girl, but nutritionally, they’re pretty lame. They’re often rich in trans fats and offer little but starch to keep you going. Raw potatoes, on the other hand, contain an enzyme called catecholase, which can help to banish eye bags. Your peepers are the first place to show the telltale signs of a hectic lifestyle as the area around the eye is really fragile.
‘A thin slice of peeled potato placed over
the eyes can really reduce puffiness,’ says Janey. ‘It feels cooling and soothing.’

CHOCOLATE: THE INDULGENT FACE MASK

Sugary, fatty chocolate won’t do your diet any favours, but it’s all good news for your skin. Dark chocolate, which is low in sugar and high on the cocoa scale, is an awesome source of anti-ageing antioxidants called flavonols. ‘Mix a large spoonful of raw chocolate powder with coconut oil and apply to your face for a really guilt-free, antioxidant facial treat,’ says Janey. Leave your mask on for 10 minutes to allow the nutrients to absorb then rinse and follow with moisturiser (or more coconut oil!).

Feed your face. Beautiful skin is only a few bites away with these complexion-loving munchies. Add them to your daily diet for an instant glow

BEETROOT This purple veg is a powerhouse of anti-ageing antioxidants that ward off free-radical damage.

MANGO Orange fruit like mangoes contains beta-carotene, which repairs skin cells.

SPINACH The green leafy veg helps to detoxify the liver – essential for a blemish-free complexion.

TOMATOES Cooking tomatoes releases the lycopene they contain, which can help to protect your skin against year-round sun damage. So cook up a tomatoey storm to protect skin.

NUTS Raw nuts are packed with essential fatty acids that keep skin looking radiant. Keep a bag in your desk drawer.

Be a natural beauty

Nourish and pamper your skin with organic skincare and supplements made from cannabis sativa

Looking for a natural way to look and feel your best? Carun manufactures high-quality skincare and supplements made from organic active hemp, extracted from Cannabis Sativa, famous for a host of healing properties.

Carun Active Hemp products are high in cannabinoids and terpenes – the beneficial compounds of cannabis – totally legal and without any psychoactive effects. The Cannabinoids in active hemp work by supporting the body’s own immune system and promote healing, balance and health. Carun products are made from the whole hemp plant, retaining the maximum therapeutic benefits of active hemp.

The products are also high in the antioxidant vitamin E, essential fatty acids Omega 6 and Omega 3, important proteins and amino acids, as well as being rich in fibre and vitamins A, B, B2, B3, B6, D and E.

CARUN ACTIVE HEMP BEAUTY AND SKINCARE

Choose from these nourishing natural products for all your skincare needs.

Carun Active Hemp Skin Cream is perfect maintenance for your skin. It hydrates, nourishes and regenerates, effectively reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Carun Active Hemp All-Purpose Ointment treats dry, irritated skin, assists scar prevention and can also be used for grazes, burns and insect bites.

Carun Active Hemp Shower Gel is soothing, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, protecting your skin in the bath or shower. The range also includes
• Hemp Shower Gel
• Hemp Seeds
• Hemp Soap
• Hemp Loose Leaf Tea
• Hemp Bio Syrup
• Hemp Pasta
• Hemp Body Oil
• Hemp Intimate Hygiene
• Mouth WashBody & Skin Oil to massage into the skin after a bath or shower.

Carun Active Hemp Intimate Hygiene Gel for women is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and maintains the body’s natural PH. It is non-allergic and non-irritating so can be safely used during menstruation and pregnancy.

Carun Active Hemp skincare products have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and sores.

ACTIVE HEMP SUPPLEMENTS

Nourish your health from the inside with Carun’s range of nutritional products.

Carun Active Hemp Oil is know to help digestive disorders, IBS, anxiety and helps to maintain a healthy heart. Perfect as a dressing for salads you can also take a teaspoon a day for maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

 Carun Organic Peeled Active Hemp Seeds offer high levels of protein and beneficial plant sterols that are vital to the human body.  Their essential fatty acids help maintain healthy cellular activity. Carun Active Hemp seeds also help maintain a healthy hormonal balance so promote healthy skin, hair and nails. Active Hemp seeds also assist healthy lactation for nursing mothers and can increase the amount of gamma-linolenic acid in breast milk.

Carun Active Hemp Bio Syrup helps respiratory problems, coughs, colds, indigestion or weakened immunity. It can also help mitigate physical or mental fatigue, enhancing performance and offer a positive impact to the immune system.

For extra vitamin C try Carun Active Hemp Bio Syrup with Sea Buckthorn. Sea buckthorn contains 10 times more vitamin C than oranges and has been taken by astronauts as a necessary vitamin supplement. It’s suitable for adults, children and diabetics.

Mainstream is boring: After squiggle brows, it’s time for wavy lips

Wavy Lips

Last month, we were introduced to one of the weirdest eyebrow trends, the squiggle brows. Beauty enthusiasts were immediately taken with it, sharing photos of their unique but hilarious creations on Instagram. But as expected, it was just another flash-in-the-pan viral sensations which made us squirm. As if things were not bad enough, a few weeks later, we came across an equally bizarre and intricate squiggle phenomenon taking over social media. This time it travelled down south and landed on the lips.

We first caught wind of the trend when beauty YouTuber Lexington, who goes by the name of ‘looks_by_lexington’ shared a photo on her page as a light-hearted joke. The caption read, “New trend alert!!!1!!1! Wavy Lips… ???? or ????? Obviously this is MAKEUP and NOT FaceTune, any haterz will be #BLOKT (update – issa joke).”

It doesn’t matter even if the experiment was a part of a joke and the photo was clearly photoshopped because bravehearts lapped it up happily and started sharing their own versions of the wavy lips. A few of these designs by make-up artists and beauty bloggers are actually interesting with them using bright lip shades, liners and concealer to pull it off. Needless to say, it requires a lot of effort!