They’re the hottest cuffs we’ve seen since LiLo was done for DUI: ponytail cuffs. The perfect garnish for this season’s poker straight tresses, the full and semi-cuffs instantly turn garden variety ponies and plaits into glam up dos. We love this space age number from Lady Jayne’s Metal Ponytail Collection ($9.99). To learn how to get the look in a video from celeb hair and make-up stylist Max May, scan this page on your smartphone via our new In-Site app.
WH&F TESTS IT… Golden ratio evaluation
What it is: The golden ratio (or ‘phi’ for the maths freaks) represents scientific ‘beauty’. First applied to bodies in illustrations published by Da Vinci in 1509, its application to faces explains why supermodels are, well, supermodels (the math is hardwired in the human brain). The closer your measurements to the ratio, the more ‘beautiful’ you are.
Who tested it: Rebecca Long, editor?
The procedure: First point, it’s painless. Second, it takes less than five minutes. Third, I didn’t walk out with a complex or cosmetic surgery wish (I was scared I’d leave with hang-ups I didn’t know I had). Using what looks like a slim line nutcracker, Dr Mary Conti measures my face in sections – starting with my forehead (slightly off the mark but saved by the fringe).
Next up between my eyes (the only distance that doesn’t change as you age) As she sizes up my chin, cheeks, nose and lips, the good doc provides a running commentary that makes me feel pretty good. (Sure my noggin’s a bit long, but I’ve got an A-grade nose.)
The rub: At the end I get a brief report of my proportions, including what’s bang on and what’s a bit off. There’s no sales pitch for facelifts (although when I put the pressure on I learn that a small, undetectable amount of dissolvable dermal filler in
my chin and top lip would give me a Jolie jawline and perfect pout).
Should you? For me it was a great way to understand small things I can do at home to look my scientific best (never get a bangs free haircut and use Joanna’s jab free lip plumping tricks, p. 64). If you tend to fixate on flaws, it may be helpful to focus on enhancing your best bits. However, some people may find the scrutiny triggering.
For a free GR assessment, collect the voucher in this issue (Vic only). Visit vci.com.au for more info
De-potting (v.) As in, I’ve deported my fave eye shadow, foundation and bronzer.Into this handbag-size palette, so bring that camera. (A pleb-rity can never be too careful.) As well as preventing Pinterest mishaps, decanting frees up precious bathroom real estate. We love the window on Emmy award-winning make-up artist Zena Shteysel’s magnetic Z-Palette. $US14 (small) to $US25 (pro), zpalette.com
Emo candles blend evocative scents to make you feel anything from feisty to sentimental. Or, in the case of these special ed candles from Running Bare and Pink Hope, hopeful, inspired and courageous. Support women affected by breast and ovarian cancer by buying a candle ($14.95) at pinkhope.org.au
Buying shampoo off the shelf is a bit like buying one size- fits-all shoes. And since what you wash your hair with is the first factor in how shiny and smooth it looks, it’s a negligent guess. Enter the shampoo equivalent of couture, from UK brand Concoction. Just choose one of four fragrant bases and add two functional serum shots to customize your blend (we chose ‘beautiful brunette’ and ‘turn up the volume’). About $24.20 µ
For a hint of dazzle that won’t elicit a dress code reminder from HR, mix a bit of Gorgeous Cosmetics’ Superstar Liquid Highlighter with your ‘serious face’ foundation. You can also use the gold or bronze gloss to give your chest and legs a healthy glow. $40 (30ml) at gorgeouscosmetics.com.au
Feeling like you’re fighting fine lines, pigmentation and sagging: $248.95 (per jar). Actually combating signs of skin ageing: Priceless.
Sleep quality has been singled out as a key factor in skin ageing in a Case Western Reserve University school of Medicine study commissioned by Estee Lauder. Research found poor sleepers aged 30 to 49 showed greater signs of premature skin ageing than well rested peers, who also recovered more quickly from sunburn.