Getting lipstick to stick all starts with the perfect nude lip pencil, no matter what the lipstick shade. After exfoliating and moisturising your lips, use a flesh-toned pencil to fill in the entire lip area. Then apply whatever lip colour takes your fancy, blot, and reapply for the perfect finish.
Juliette Has A Gun’s Mmmm is an intoxicating blend of neroli, raspberry, geranium, orange fl ower, jasmine, iris tuberose, patchouli and sandalwood. “I was thinking about this indescribable onomatopoeia when I created the fragrance,” says the fragrance’s clever creator, Romano Ricci. Juliette Has A Gun Mmmm EDP, 100ml, $209, libertineparfumerie.com.au.
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This week I try … abhyanga and kizhi massages
The lowdown Extreme jet lag and a stiff lower back are my gripes and I am about to have a soothing all-over abhyanga massage, topped off with a kizhi herb-pouch massage, which targets aches and pains as well as sluggishness. For kizhi, 18 healing herbs are warmed and infused with oils, then tied in a muslin pouch.
Juliette Has A Gun Mmmm EDP, 100ml, $209.
The massage therapist dips two pouches into therapeutic oil to coat the outside, then works them firmly over my troubled lower back. This treatment is designed to open up the pores of my skin, allowing for the release of toxins and reabsorption of nutrients. After the massage I sit with a herbal tea and rest quietly.
Pain factor The heated pouches are wielded quite fi rmly but I soon get used to the sensation.
Downtime Abhyanga: 30 minutes; Kizhi: 30 minutes. This is followed by a further 30 minutes of quiet time in the relaxation room. Note to self: keep hands off mobile!
Results The tension in my back has gone and I feel an overriding need to go straight home and get horizontal.
Marc Jacobs (P)Outliner Longwearn Lip Pencil in Invisible, $35.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, $35. Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Peche, $25. Bare Minerals Gen Nude in
Where to get it Sydney: Ayurvedic Wellness Centre, ayurvedicwellnesscentre.com.au. Cost: $175. Melbourne: Ayurclinic, ayurclinic.com.au. Cost: $130.
At home try a Wheatbags lumbar wrap, $60, wheatbags.com.au.
As the weather cools down, what’s the best treatment for dehydrated hands?
It may sound obvious, but apply hand cream morning and night. Store tubes and jars of the stuff everywhere – bedside, desk side, in the glove box – and get it on. Try Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream, $6.70, chemistwarehouse.com.au.
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