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18 High-Impact Holiday Makeup Looks You Can Totally Pull Off

We’re in the thick of holiday party season. Shining bright like a diamond is no longer reserved for Rihanna. Now’s the time to cover your eyelids in glitter. Rock deep blue-blue-blue-red lipstick and cover that sh*t with lip glass. Debut a multicolored smoky eye the likes of which your family, friends and colleagues have never seen (on you, IRL).

In order to come off classy-glam and not David Bowie-glam, we highly suggest you pick just one feature to highlight, keeping the rest of your makeup fairly minimal. Not only will this keep you looking chic, it’ll also minimize the amount of time you spend prepping for the evening’s festivities. Win-win.

Click through the slideshow above for 18 such high-impact, low-effort holiday makeup ideas. Keep ’em on file for the party-filled weeks ahead.

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Here’s How This 23-Year-Old Model Used a Uni Degree to Style a Self-Employed Career in Fashion

Aussie model Danielle Collis is living proof that there’s no ‘right path’ to landing your dream career in the fashion industry.

At just 23-years-old, she’s modelled for some of the country’s biggest brands, interviewed celebrities like Timomatic, Alli Simpson and Reigan Derry for the ARIA Awards and clocked up 13K followers on Insta. Now, to cap it off (much like this year’s baker boy hat trend), she’s gone and earned herself a business degree from Swinburne University of Technology to help her style her many talents into a self-sustained career. In fact, you could say she’s building a bloody pop culture empire!

But like many of us, Danielle didn’t graduate high school with any solid clue about what she wanted to do with her life. In fact, homegirl started out over in WA with her career headed in a very different direction — animal science. But, after much umming and ahhing, she decided she wanted to steer her life in a different direction, towards her PASHUN 4 FASHUN. So she switched up unis and degrees, but something still wasn’t right…

See, much like a pair of denim skinnies, a uni degree needs to be ~just the right fit~ if you want to be able to walk out the door with the confidence to kick life goals.

(or.. you know.. at all)

But, as Danielle’s story proves, it’s totally OK to try a few on before you settle on the choice that’s right for you.

For Danielle, that was a business degree with a PR major from Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology, which allowed her to keep studying online despite being abroad for a year on a presenting contract in Budapest. And it’s now helping her turn her beauty, talent and passion into a bonafide business that she runs herself.

As of RN, she’s taking her modelling and presenting work to new heights, but she’s also using her tertiary business savvy to branch out and tackle everything from fashion collabs to social media blogging to influencer work all while attends big, swanky events every week and making bank doing it.

So we thought we’d hit her up to share some work #inspo with all of you budding young fashionistas, who might be feeling a bit stuck on how to turn your passion into a bonafide career (also for added reassurance that it’s totally OK to change your mind about what you want to do with your life — sometimes more than once!)

There’s rarely a solid roadmap to forging a career in fashion, especially in the brave new social media-soaked world of 2017, but as Danielle’s story shows, you can get yourself there by following your stylish yet affordably booted feet (and having the right uni degree definitely doesn’t hurt, either).

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Signet Rings Get the Official Street Style Stamp of Approval

Signet rings ruled street style in 2017.

Signet rings ruled street style in 2017; Image: Imaxtree

While we’re not ashamed to admit that we scrutinize every street style outfit from New York to Paris to see what tricks we can pick up, there’s often one aspect we overlook: rings. We always notice those eye-catching, shoulder-grazing tassel earrings and are immediately drawn to flashy necklaces, but a stack of rings usually flies under the radar. So you may not have realized that signet rings have become as popular as statement sleeves and socks with sandals.

Signet Ring Set, $22 at Urban Outfitters

Signet Ring Set, $22 at Urban Outfitters

A signet ring has a flat surface, usually engraved with a signet, seal or monogram. They used to be used as a signature with the wearer pressing the symbol into wax or clay to leave their mark. Nowadays, the rings are less personalized and frequently feature stones, pretty designs or even a designer’s initials.

And it’s not just the street style set signing off on the trend. Fashion’s go-to shopping resource Lyst reports that searches for signet rings increased 38 percent this year. We went ahead and rounded up 17 of our favorite signet rings to make it easier for you to find your signature piece.

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Kim Kardashian’s New Fragrance Has Been Banned in Australia

Well this stinks.

Aussies’ attempts to ~Keep Up With The Kardashians~ have been foiled by Customs officials, who’ve reportedly banned Kim’s lush new fragrance from being shipped to Australia.

Kim Kardashian West’s new Crystal Gardenia scent has been a hit since it went on sale last month, but Aussie fans who ordered it online have been left with a foul smell in their nostrils, after it was reportedly blacklisted for containing “flammable/hazardous material”.

According to TMZ, the perfume’s alcohol content has been ruled too damn high, with members of Kim’s team telling the publication that she had no idea it might present a problem when the product went on sale.

The Sun reports that Kim is now offering full refunds to Aussie and NZ customers who’ve missed out on smelling like the enchanting combination of gardenia, pink jasmine, orange oil, purple passionfruit, rose and — apparently — a tray full of long island ice teas.

The reality star previously revealed that her new fragrance was inspired by her dramatic robbery in Paris, which saw her held at gunpoint, telling Entertainment Tonight: “After my whole Paris situation over a year ago, all my friends would come over and bring me healing crystals.

“I wasn’t really into them. I didn’t know much about them. Enough people brought them over that I love the shape, I loved holding it, and I felt like, ‘OK, this is it. I want something that I feel like calms me, is healing…’

“And I wanted the bottle, especially the smaller one.”

Kim’s Crystal Gardenia scent range — which is available in OG, citrus and OUD — is retailing for around AUD$80 per 60mL bottle.

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Natalia Vodianova, Irina Shayk and Others Get in the Party Spirit on Vogue Italia’s December Covers

Vogue Italia delivers yet another themed issue for December, dubbed ‘The Celebration Issue.’ Photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott captured a festive crew having fun at a Parisian eatery for the occasion. Cover one (below) features Natalia Vodianova tucking into a burger and fries, cover two (after the jump) catches Joan Smalls, Anja Rubik, Catherine McNeil and Jamie Bochert in their swimsuits taking a quick break in the kitchen, and cover three gives us a smiling Irina Shayk as she crawls across the dining table.

Vogue Italia December 2017 : The Celebration Issue by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

Was the Italian Vogue themed issue a success with our forum members? “YEAH, THIS is Vogue Italia cover worthy!” rejoiced Bertrando3. “It’s glamorous, sensual, fashionable and a real supermodel is on the cover where she belongs.”

“Yeah, this is the VI that’s been missing the last few years. Love all the covers,” declared MyNameIs.

“Love all three covers. The Vogue Italia vibes are back!” applauded StockholmFW.

Sharing the same positive attitude was forum member Sensation: “All three covers are great with perfect model choices!”

Vogue Italia December 2017 : The Celebration Issue by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

Not everyone was a fan, however. “I desperately want to like this, but I cannot. It’s the silly layout and the way they’re posing with food as if it’s props, LOL. The one with Irina is executed the worst. One would think she’s got a stole over her shoulder instead,” ranted Benn98.

Cottonmouth13 wasn’t pleased either. “These covers are so desperate. Even if you have these well-established models, the theme that you are going for is tedious, you will end up producing a more tedious result! But what I do not get is the fact that it has been themed issues since the new EIC took over. What’s the point?” he asked.

Conbothsides agreed, writing, “This is depressing. Mert & Marcus have been copying other photographers’ work to much lately but they never get it right. They lost it. Should get Testino or Meisel for this instead.”

“Haven’t we seen all this crap before in W Magazine?” slammed mikel. “Where are the days that M&M transported us to another world with their work?”

Vogue Italia December 2017 : The Celebration Issue by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

Oh well, you can’t win them all. Check out Mert & Marcus’ huge cover story and let us know your thoughts here.

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Carey Mulligan and British Harper’s Bazaar Give Us the Festive Cover We’ve Been Waiting For

If there’s one thing about our forums this time of year, they absolutely crave festive magazine covers. The British edition of Harper’s Bazaar gives us exactly what we want with its beautiful January 2018 edition. Actress Carey Mulligan makes a stunning return to the cover as the title rings in 2018 on a high. Photographed by Richard Phibbs, Carey wears a white ostrich feather Saint Laurent dress in the dreamy newsstand cover (below) and looks ethereal and demure throughout the entire cover shoot.

UK Harper's Bazaar January 2018 : Carey Mulligan by Richard Phibbs

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

Members of our forums were in awe. “I absolutely love this – finally a festive winter cover!” rejoiced SallyAlbright.

“Beautiful cover and she’s such a great actress,” cheered mepps.

“A joyous cover, and Carey somehow seems just right for it,” echoed a delighted tigerrouge.

Also quick to show the cover some love was HeatherAnne, commenting, “Festive, cheery, not overly airbrushed — love everything about it.”

Honeycombchild shared the same enthusiasm. “This is lovely, very festive without being over the top. She looks beautiful too. Alexandra [Shulman] (formerly of British Vogue) was always so narrow-minded about her covers, they always must be looking directly at the camera etc etc, but I genuinely think the most effective cover images don’t play by the rules in that way at all,” he pointed out.

“I love it! So pretty,” voiced RuthEB.

“I think it’s a cute cover and will look perfect on December newsstands even though it’s a January issue. Would’ve been even better if she faced us. Love the fact that British glossies are going glamorous this Christmas! ELLE, Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s,” Benn98 appreciated.

UK Harper's Bazaar January 2018 : Carey Mulligan by Richard Phibbs

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

See what else the issue has to offer and join the celebrations here.

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Soz Festival-Goers: Scientists Are Calling for a Glitter Ban

It’s small, shiny and a nightmare for music festival cleanup crews, but the days of plastic glitter might soon be over, following renewed calls from scientists for the tiny particles to be banned.

Microplastics like glitter can be ingested by animals and make their way into the food chain, and while moves to ban them in Australia have so far been unsuccessful, scientists have put out fresh warnings about how your festival makeup might affect the planet, just in time for festival season.

Dr. Sherri A. Mason from the State University of New York’s geology and environmental sciences department thinks glitter should be all-out banned, because it can carry chemicals which are ingested by animals and can eventually make their way up the food chain to harm humans.

“Yes, there are going to be pains associated with reducing our use of plastic, but we have to think beyond ourselves,” she says, as Fairfax Media reports.

“This isn’t about your New Year’s celebration. It’s about humanity, and our ability to survive as a species.”

In Australia, a 2016 Senate inquiry found that toxic chemicals inside microplastics could negatively affect marine life and therefore human health, and some cosmetics companies have since begun to phase-out their use of microplastics and glitters.

Melbourne’s Three Mamas, for example, sells an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic glitter made from eucalyptus, dubbed Eco Glitter.

“When I started learning a bit more about the environmental impacts, I said no more glitter,” co-owner Kim Makk said. “We found this and it fixed a big problem for me.”

Some glitter and craft supply shops have been hesitant to stock more eco-friendly glitters due to concerns about their quality, but it’s clear that biodegradable glitter is the future.

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Found: The 11 Best Drugstore Blushes Under $12

Blush never goes out of style, whether you want to make a bold statement or simply add a subtle amount of color to your face. It instantly livens up your complexion and accentuates the natural rosy hue of your cheeks, so no wonder it’s a staple in every woman’s beauty arsenal.

The good news is, a great blush doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. Drugstore aisles hide true gems that are waiting to be discovered and used on the regular. Pay a visit to your favorite store and you’ll find numerous options for both powder and cream blush formulas that won’t blow your beauty budget. Click through to find the best drugstore blush products starting at just $3.

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7 Best Flat Irons That Won’t Damage Your Hair

As much as we adore beach waves and voluminous, bombshell curls, sometimes we’re in the mood to go sleek. The timeless elegance of shiny, perfectly straight hair somehow makes us feel instantly powerful and put-together, without a hair out of place (literally).

Taming our not-naturally-straight hair into something resembling supermodel sleekness is easier said than done, however. It requires a good blow dry cream, heat protectant, straightening brush and, of course, a trusty flat iron to finish the look. If it’s been a while since you shopped for flat irons, you’ll be surprised to see how far they’ve come in the past decade. Today’s best flat irons are safer for hair than ever before and offer features like multiple heat settings, ionic technology, damage protection and faster heating time. Many also come with advanced hair care features like titanium, ceramic or keratin-infused plates. Add to that a wide range of prices and shopping for the best flat irons can be quite confusing.

That’s where we come in. We’ve talked to experts, analyzed ratings and browsed customer comments to find the best flat irons for every budget. Click through our picks above and get ready for gorgeous, shiny, sleek hair in minutes.

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How Aussie Actress Gemma Forsyth Unwinds After a Day on Set

A day in the life of Australian actress Gemma Forsyth can be a tough grind. Sure, she might have spent a lot of her on-screen time camped out on a magical mermaid-ruled island, in her role as Evie McLaren on fave Aussie TV show Mako Mermaids, but life back home isn’t always as serene as mermaid island life. Sometimes, a girl just needs to unwind.

That’s where Samsung’s Sound+, comes in. With its simple and sleek design, the new soundbar fits seamlessly into Gemma’s elegantly-styled Bondi home, making relaxing after a long day on set that much easier.

Plus, she explains, the Sound+’s all-in-one design means there’s no need to find space for an extra subwoofer – an added bonus for a certain someone who loves a boogie in her living room on occasion and has been known to trip over pesky, errant cables!

theFashionSpot caught up with Gemma at her Bondi home recently, to find out how Samsung’s Sound+ works for her – whether she’s listening to music, watching a movie or researching for an upcoming role.

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