• Captain Marvel-ous! Nail Tutorial

    by | Mar 07, 2019

    Hey TGs, 

    GET EXCITED coz Captain Marvel is in cinemas, now! 🚀🌟⚡️
    I was super lucky to attend a special preview of the movie featuring a very ~cool~ red carpet guest... I can't give away too much away but OMTG the movie was sahhhhh good! 😆😆😆

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    Oh hello kitty. You guys, there was a cat on the red carpet. An ACTUAL cat (and one of my fave characters in the movie!). 🐈💛

    Speaking of fave characters, 
    Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson) is the ultimate girl boss and I think she may be my new favourite superhero. There, I said it! 🌟🌟🌟

    Brie Larson Red Carpet
    Image Getty Images // Meanwhile in America, Brie Larson shines at the World premiere.

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    Image // I heart this so much - Brie Larson at the UK premiere. 

    OK, so after the movie, I was feeling totally empowered and I wanted to do something spesh for my blog! So here it is, Captain Marvel inspired nails. I think Carol Danvers would 10/10 approve. 👊

    What you need
    🌟 Nail polish in red, blue and gold
    🌟 Sticky tape 
    🌟 Nail art stickers (we used KISS 3D nail art) 
    🌟 Glitter top coat 

    What to do 

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    Don't forget to tidy up the edges 🙈😂😂

     Paint two coats of polish as a base. I alternated between red, blue and gold. ❤️💙💛
    Leave one nail as a statement nail. 

    2. For the statement nail, section your nail into thirds and paint each third a different colour (the sticky tape can be used as painitng guide!). It's best to paint one colour at a time - wait for the colour to dry and then repeat). 💅🏻

    3. Once dry, decorate with nail art stickers (think, stars!) and a glitter top coat to hold everything in place. 🌟🌟🌟

    Yay! OMG who's excited to see the movie?! Let me know in the comments below! 👇
    And if you have any nail art ideas pleeeease let me know, maybe I can do a tutorial for you! 😆

    Catch ya next time!

  • Back to School Hair

    by | Feb 06, 2019
    Hey TGs,

    I can't believe it's Back to School already! Who's excited for the new school year?! Anyone starting high school? Eeeep! 😬😬😬 

    If you are, my best advice would be: get organised (with super cute stationery, of course!), don't be afraid to put yourself out there (sign up for the school play, join the sports team, go for a leadership position!) and most importantly, be yourself. 💜📗

    OK, side note. Who's ready to see a school pic of me in Year 6?! OMG I actually haven't changed a bit! LOL! 😂 

    Rosie school pic
    Obvs, my go-to look was a low ponytail. 💁🏻 But the ca-utest hair pack by Scunci landed on my beauty desk this month and I was super keen to try some new lewks! I took inspo from the January issue of TG (where you'll find the full tutorial)!

    Look 1: Mad for Maddie 💛

    Look 1 Maddie
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    This look is my faaave and was defs the easiest to do! I secured my high ponytail with a hair elastic, then covered the elastic with a scrunchie. How adorbs is the blue and white striped one?! A quick burst of hair spray held everything in place. 

    Look 2: Zendaya will slay ya! ⚡️

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    I LOVE this look by Zendaya. Confession, I’m terrible at braiding hair! OMG, I know! Is there anyone out there who can teach me?! I went for the easier version and plaited my hair instead. I secured my plait with an elastic and upped the glam factor with glitter clips! 

    Look 3: Kenzie frenzy 🌸

    Look 3 Kenzie
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    This weekend look takes a bit more time –  the longer you leave your plaits in, the tighter the curls! I used poly bands to secure all my little plaits. When ready, I gently brushed them out and gave my hair a side part. I finished the look with glitter clips (coz clearly, they’re my new fave accessory! LOL!).  

    What I used for these looks: Scunci Summer Essentials Style Pack, $12.95


    Yay! How do you wear your hair to school? Let me know in the comments below! 😁
    👇 AND comment below if you know how to braid! 😂😂😂

    Catch ya next time,
    Rosie xo

  • New hair alert!

    by | Jan 15, 2019
    Hey TGs,

    This is not a drill! Dove has been spotted with brunette hair oh-my-Total-Girl we are DIGGING it! 😍🙌

    No longer with platinum blond locks, the Descendants star shared a snap of her brand new 'do and it's almost unrecognisable.✨


    "Was I wrong to be blonde this whole time," she captioned. 

    While we have a feeling this could be a wig (she's defs rocked a few in the past!), we wouldn't rule out that Dove is totally considering this hair style for reals. It is, after all, a brand new year, she's working on some exciting new projects AND IT'S HER BIRTHDAY TODAY!!! Woo! HB Dove! As if that wouldn't be a reason for a new 'do?! 🎉

    Speaking of birthdays and wigs, Sofia Carson posted the sweetest b'day photo for her co-star and nawww. 💜

    Sofia Carson's post

    So, what do you think of brunette Dove?! Or what colour what you like to see her rock next? 💁🏻
    Let me know in the comments below! 👇

    Catch ya next time, 
    Rosie xo
  • Concert Hair: Space Bun Tutorial

    by | Dec 20, 2018

    Hey guys! 🚀

    OK. Are you... Ready for it?! LOL! I've pulled together a tutorial for my all-time fave concert look. Katy and Ari have been seen rocking this hairdo - and it's no wonder, this playful style is sahhh much fun and super easy to do. I've even used the Twirlies that came free with the December issue of Total Girl - so you can grab your Twirlies and try it too! 🙌✨ 

    Katy buns
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    What you need

    • 2 hair ties
    • 2 Twirlies
    • Bobby pins
    • Hairspray
    • Face glitter

    What to do

    1. Brush your hair free of knots, and then part it down the middle.
    2. Create two pigtails, sitting high on top of your head and secure with hair ties. 


    3. Take the first pigtail and twist it away from your face. The tighter you twist your hair, the sleeker the bun will look. (Can't get the twist right? Try plaiting instead!) 

    4. Wrap the twisted hair into a bun and secure with a Twirly! You may need bobby pins to help secure it in place. Repeat with the second pigtail and spritz with hairspray. 


    5. Complete the look with your fave gloss and a touch (or lots!) of glitter. 
    6. Now you're ready to Shake It Off! 

    See, twinning with Katy! 

    Such a fun look! OMG you have to tell me about your fave hair style! Let me know in the comments below! 👇

    Catch ya next time, 
    Rosie xo

  • Concert Hair: Inside my VIP Tay experience

    by | Dec 18, 2018

    Hey guys! 

    OMTG! Who was lucky enough to watch Tay perform during her reputation tour?!💃
    I am still buzzing from the incredible experience; the amaze set, the songs, the fireworks, the... rain! LOL! (Yes, it was pouring rain during the Sydney show, but it was still SO much fun!)

    Taylor Swift on stage during her reputation tour
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    My bestie and I saved up for aaaages to get our hands on Tay tickets, and we were lucky enough to score a VIP package! We were so excited when our spesh package arrived (squee!). It was filled with cool Tay merch and a super sweet message recorded by Tay herself. ⭐️

    Taylor Swift VIP box
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    Oh heyyy, Tay 

    Here a few pics I snapped from the concert. Her set was incredible and the snake theme was so cool. 🐍🐍🐍

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    Taylor Swift dancing in the rainTG Rosie at Taylor

    Tay dancing in the rain vs. my bestie and I dancing in the rain. LOL!

    Inspired by Tay's tour (and the festive season - who's ready for 2019?!), I want to share with you my all-time fave concert look 🙌. So stay tuned! What's your fave hair style? Let me know in the comments below 👇 and maybe I'll do a tutorial on it! 

    Speak soon, 
    Rosie xx 

  • Plastic Ain't So Fantastic: Part 3

    by Laura | Jul 13, 2018

    Hey guys!


    So you’ve finally made it to part 3 – the last section of my ‘Plastic Ain’t So Fantastic’ post. Well done you! It’s been quite the journey, hey? Once again, if you haven’t read parts 1 & 2, I do suggest going back and reading them before you hit this up. That said, this one pretty much stands on its own, so if your current mood is lazy gal x 100, no judgement here! Most of my moods tend to fall into that category, TBH :P


    OK so I promised to spill the T on my fave packaging-free prods that my besties over at LUSH hooked me up with, so I’m going to dive right in like a sassy sea turtle on a hot day. You ready? Let's go!

    Shampoo bars



    What can I say, these cuties have literally transformed the way I think about hair care. To tell you the truth, I was a little wary at first. I wasn’t convinced that they would be able to give my hair the TLC it needs, but after trying them, I am a lifetime convert! So far I’ve tried ‘Seanik’ (blue), ‘Jason and the Argon Oil’ (pink) and ‘Honey I Washed My Hair’ (cream). They are all great for different things; for example, I find that Seanik is super clarifying and adds killer volume, Jason gets me Katy Perry-worthy shine, and Honey makes my locks suuuper soft and smells absolutely divine.


    Don’t be fooled: these bars foam up like crazy, so you don’t need much product to get a good lather going. After you’ve used the bar, either leave it on a soap holder rack in the shower, or sit it on its side in one of the cute little reusable tins (you can buy these separately) so that it can dry out properly.


    One of the best things about these bars is that they are really cost-effective: they are $14.95 each and last up to 60 washes (that’s about 25 cents per wash!). And if you’re like me and only wash your hair twice a week, each bar should last about 6-9 months.


    Solid conditioner


    I’ve been using the ‘Jungle’ solid conditioner, and it’s pretty interesting! To be perfectly honest, it takes a little getting used to as it’s a very different experience from the thick, liquidy products we’ve grown accustomed to. It’s fairly thin, so it kinda doesn’t really feel like much is going on – and this troubled me the first time. BUT, I can confirm that my hair feels incredible after use. V lush indeed, LOL.



    Avocado co-wash


    This product is a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, aka, the lazy girl’s best friend! (It would be hilariously ironic if any TGs out there miss out on seeing this coz they were feeling too lazy to read this whole post, haha!) I‘ve only tried this product once, and as far as two-in-ones go, it was super impressive. My hair felt lovely and soft after use, and because it gently cleanses without stripping the hair of its natural oils, I think it could definitely be used more frequently than regular shampoos. I’m going to start using it for those ‘in between’ washes when it isn’t actually my usual hair-washing day, but I’m craving those freshly-washed hair feels.


    Hair treatment sticks


    This has gotta be one of the most inventive ways of delivering a packaging-free product I’ve ever seen! You know those delish hot choccy sticks you can buy? They’re basically just like that! You just pop the stick in a mug of boiling water and stir until it has completely melted. Just like magic, it transforms into a thick, luxurious treatment for your locks! FTW!


    Massage bars


    These massage bars are simply magical! I use my ‘Pearl’ bar (left) as a post-shower body butter and it makes my skin feel off-the-charts soft. And I rub the ‘Wiccy’ (right) into my sore muscles after a long dance sesh – it instantly relieves the tension and leaves my skin silky smooth.




    My absolute fave product! And not just from LUSH, my fave EVER! This little guy is an in-shower body butter and gentle exfoliator (YAY for another lazy-girl prod!) and he permanently sits on my soap rack in my shower. About twice a week, I rub it all over just before I’m about to hop out of the shower and it makes my skin literally radiate with a glow reminiscent of Ariana Grande’s all day long! I swear! The smell lingers on your skin for hours, and it’s so heavenly that I have to actively stop myself from smelling my forearm all day. No word of a lie.


    So there you have it, TGs! Just like that, you’ve made it to the end of my 3-part blog about packaging-free prods. Mammoth effort, guys! Thank you so much for staying with me – you all give me LIFE! But before I love and leave you, I want to know:


    If you could create a plastic packaging-free beauty product that would change the world, what would it be?


    Submit your answers in the comments below for the chance to win a LUSH Scrubee, worth $14.95! (Only TGs living in Aus are eligible. The winner will be notified via email on Friday July 20.) Good luck!


    Xo Laura

  • Plastic Ain't So Fantastic: Part 2

    by Laura | Jul 11, 2018

    Hey guys!


    Welcome to part 2 of my ‘Plastic Ain’t So Fantastic’ post. If you haven’t read part 1, I suggest going back and having a squiz before powering through this one :)


    So I’m pretty sure you all know by now that I am totally obsessed with LUSH, right? I love the brand for countless reasons – aaaall the reasons – but here are just a few:


    • The prods are fun, bright, inventive and saaah pretty!
    • The stuff actually WORKS! It does exactly what it promises to do, which is super rare when it comes to cosmetics.
    • The products smell like tiny drops of heaven, ahhhh – Can.Not.DEAL!
    • Everything is handmade, 100% vegetarian (over 80% of the products are vegan) and all
    • ingredients are ethically sourced (more on this later!).
    • The glitter is biodegradable! Yaaass! (Thank goodness we don’t have to live a sparkle-free life. I mean, what kind of life would that be?!)
    • They stand firmly against animal testing – PREACH!


    No matter which way you look at it, LUSH is next-level awesome – it’s practically the Taylor Swift of cosmetics. Woah, huge call, right?! OMG, can you imagine if Tay brought out a cosmetics range? And she launched it by throwing a super secret glitter ball especially for TGs?? And she entered the ballroom riding a unicorn and sprinkling glitter everywhere???? And then she performed her entire Reputation album LIVE for us????? OMTG!          
    *Happy sigh x 1000*


    Wow, OK. I got a little carried away on a Tay Tay tangent for a minute there… Sorry about that. Where was I? Oh, right: LUSH IS AWESOME. You’re probably thinking, ‘Well that’s cool and all, but how does that relate to your longwinded story about reducing plastic usage?’… but it all ties in, I swear! You see, feeling extra motivated and inspired about my new mission, I reached out to my friends over at LUSH to find out more about their plastic packaging-free products. Turns out they are LIGHTYEARS ahead of me and have been super passionate about this for, like, EVER. (Just when I thought I couldn’t love them any more…) The superstars at LUSH have been hard at work inventing new ways to get us the prods we love, minus the plastic. YAY! So anyway, they sent me on my way to my local store to get a full tour – and I was in no way prepared for the magic that was about to unfold…





    I was greeted at the Bondi LUSH store by Paige; aka, my LUSH spirit guide; aka, my new BFF! Paige brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘eco-warrior’: she’s fiercely passionate about saving the environment, and she has spent the past few years learning everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) there is to know about LUSH. I spent two whole hours with Paige as she showed me all the ‘naked’ (packaging-free) products. I was in absolute awe because she could not only tell me exactly where every single ingredient in every single product has been sourced, but she also told the most beautiful stories about HOW they have been sourced – and with such detail and passion that I felt like I was there.


    (Oh dear. I feel another teenie tangent coming on… Brace yourselves, TGs…)


    When the peeps at LUSH say all their ingredients are ‘ethically sourced’, they reeeeaaally mean it. Every single thing they use to create all their squee-worthy prods has 100% traceability, so they always know exactly where everything has come from and under what conditions. In a nutshell, everything has been obtained responsibly and sustainably, and all the workers involved in producing all the ingredients are safe and being treated fairly. So what does that mean for you? Well, it means that you can totally bliss out with all your fave LUSH products with a conscience as clear as the Indian Ocean; it means you can bask in the glow of your ethical choices, all the while getting the softest skin and silkiest locks of your life. Sign. Us. UP.


    OK, where was I? Ah yes, my tour of LUSH Bondi. So after two hours of learning, smelling, testing and laughing, Paige sent me on my merry way with a bunch of her fave naked products to try at home. I was happier than a seagull with a hot chip, let me tell you!!! Here’s a snap of my heavenly haul:





    OK guys, I best leave it there for part 2. Don’t worry, I’ll be telling you all about these amazing prods in my next post on Friday (and YES, I have tried all of them, hehe). But one last thing: I’d love to know if you’ve tried any awesome LUSH products lately, and if so, what’s your favourite and why? My current fave is the Scrubee, coz it makes my skin feel suuuuper soft and the smell is incred.






    Thanks for reading, TGs! Catch you on the flip side :)


    Xo Laura

  • Plastic ain't so fantastic

    by Laura | Jul 06, 2018

    Hey guys!


    OMTG, I am sooo excited to share this story with you! Hehehe! That said, it’s a pretty lengthy story... and I know all you TGs are busy little bees, so I've decided to split it up into three parts which I'll post as separate blogs over the next week. That way, it should be as digestible as that delish piece of vegemite toast you ate for brekkie this morning – YUM!


    So heads up: this first part of the story isn’t exactly about cosmetics, soz. It’s actually about something a little serious, but super important. It’s somewhat of a teenie tangent – a backstory, if you will. I know you’re probs thinking, ‘Um, what kind of beauty blog is this?!’ – but trust me, it’s all leading somewhere pretty spesh, so stay with me! Plus I’ll throw in a cute snap of my doggo Wesley at the end of part 1 to sweeten the deal. Sound good? OK cool!


    Part 1: My plastic-free mission


    I’ve always been a fairly eco-conscious kind of gal; my mum raised me to care about the environment and do my bit when it came to saving the planet. But I didn’t realise how many bad habits I had picked up over the years without even thinking, espesh when it came to plastic usage. I know it’s not nice to think about, but plastic – especially the single-use kind – really is destroying the world we live in. Did you know that there is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way? Or that 100,000 marine creatures die every year from plastic entanglement (and that’s just the ones that are found)? Pretty scary stuff, huh? And unforch, that’s just the beginning :(


    It’s so easy to let yourself believe that your individual actions don’t have an impact, but when it comes to the environment, EVERYTHING has an impact. As Vincent Van Gogh once said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” – every little bit counts, TGs. And it’s never too late to start changing your habits.


    So long story short: I’m trying my best to become an eco-warrior by drastically reducing my plastic usage. I still have a looong way to go, but at least I’m on my way to that sweet, plastic-free life. I have managed to significantly reduce the plastic in my bathroom/grooming routine (which is pretty cray for a cosmetics-loving girl like me!), and I’m going to show you how you can do the same. There are plastic-free solutions to practically everything, you just have to go out there and find them. I’m on a mega mission, and I would love all you planet-loving TGs out there to join me! There is strength in numbers, guys, and I truly believe that we can and WILL change the world. Who’s with me??? Yaaass, queens! Let’s DO this.

    Stay tuned for part 2! It will be up next Wednesday. Spoiler: it's SAH MUCH FUN! 

    Xo Laura


    Oops, I almost forgot! Here’s a snap of my boy Wez wearing his new bandana from Doggone Gorgeous. (So squee, right?!)  Enjoy :)


  • Batiste's new dry shampoo

    by Laura | Jun 25, 2018

    Hey TGs,


    Sorry I’ve been off the glam grid for the past couple of months. Inspired by our TG Goes Global issue (on sale now), I jumped on a plane to Mexico! For reals! I spent almost three whole weeks relaxing on the beach and sipping on fresh pineapple juice. I also went swimming in all the underwater caves along the Yucatan Peninsula, and guess what?! I got to swim with turtles!!! Defs one of the coolest experiences of my life. Anywho, that’s enough about my travels (this is a beauty blog, after all!), so let’s get down to business…


    I have come across sooo many cool products lately, and I’m more excited than a cute doggo with a squeaky ball to share them with you! So without further ado, I introduce to you this week’s Product Pick of the Week: the Batiste dry shampoo in ‘Pink Pineapple’!


    The lovely ladies at Batiste sure know how to make a gal feel spesh – when I walked into TGHQ the other week, this totally gorge fresh bouquet was waiting for me at my desk! Squee!

                             Batiste resize

    Attached to the bouquet was a little parcel that contained their brand new, delightfully fruity dry shampoo. TBH, I wasn’t sure whether the product could possibly live up to the grandeur of this whole presentation, but I was WRONG! It smells like actual heaven – every time I have a whiff, it transports me back to that beach in Mexico, ahhh <3 But beyond the lovely scent, it’s actually quite miraculous how well it works to absorb excess oil. That said, I have come to expect nothing less from Batiste – their dry shampoo game has always been hella strong.


    If you are yet to jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon, girl, get ON it! It will honestly change your life. You see, before I found dry shampoo, I was faced with an ongoing dilemma: do I sacrifice 30 more precious minutes of sleep to get up and wash my hair, or do I let my inner lazy girl win and embrace those greasy roots? I’d be lying if I said the latter never happened, but every time it did, I’d be longing for those oh-so-fresh and fabulous locks all day. Thanks to dry shampoo (espesh Batiste – they are legit the bee's knees), I never have to deal with that problem anymore! Whenever I can’t be bothered to wash my hair, I simply spray in some Batiste, give it a good rub/brush and away I go! Not only does it soak up the oil, but it also gives your hair some serious volume. And with the added benefit of a light fragrance, what’s not to love? 


    If you’re keen to try this tropical wonder prod, it’s available exclusively at Chemist Warehouse for $9.95 (worth.Every.CENT). It comes in a bunch of other fragrances, and they’re all pretty delish – not to mention the squee-worthy packaging. Let me know if you try it! I’d love to know what you think.


    Before I let you get back to living your rad little lives, I want to know if there are any fellow lazy girls out there! Are you like me and love your beauty sleep, but also love looking cute? If so, I want to hear some of your time-saving beauty hacks! Hit me up in the comments below ;)


    Xo Laura

  • Kooki U Cosmetics

    by Laura | Apr 05, 2018

    Hey TGs!


    Did you all have the most eggcellent Easter long weekend? I know I did! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend the majority of the time curled up on the couch in my PJs, eating waaay too much chocolate and cuddling my doggo, LOL. It was such a treat *happy-sigh* – anyway, I’m back at TGHQ now and feeling refreshed and ready to bring you guys all the latest in glam! Woo hoo!


    On that note, I want to tell you about a brand new cosmetics range that I’m super excited about! It’s called Kooki U, and my gut tells me it’s a brand with a BIG future. (For reals. Watch this space.) The prods are so lovely and come in super cool, vibrant colours. Even more importantly, the brand is ethically responsible: all Kooki U products are 100% cruelty free and made in Australia with all natural/mineral ingredients.


    All the prods are super spesh, but I’m vibing so hard on the glitter nail polishes! I was rocking the ‘Tutti Fruitti Glitter’ over the top of a baby pink base coat last week, and I swear, I’ve never had so many compliments on my nails. The glitter specks are really chunky and come in different sizes and colours, which gives such a dazzling effect. It almost looks like each of the specks has been meticulously painted on one by one, and believe me when I say I don’t have the time, patience or skills for that! TBH, I’m always impressed by a product that makes it seem like I’ve put in way more effort than I actually have. (Fellow lazy girls, rejoice!)

    1. Tutti Fruitti                                                                2. Glitter Disco

    3. Glitter Rose Petals                                                  4. Glitter Galaxy


    Check out the full range of glitter polishes here:


    I’m also pretty pumped about this body shimmer cream, coz I’m all about that shimmer life! (Well, aren’t we all?) I love anything with a super soft shimmer because it gives your skin a natural glow. Now excuse me while I cover myself in this from head to toe!


    Before I love and leave you, I’d like to know if you’re a fan of this new range – which of the sparkly polishes suits your vibe? I think ‘Glitter Rose Petals’ sounds so luxe. Hit me up in the comments below :)


    Xo Laura

  • Everything's peachy!

    by Laura | Mar 27, 2018

    Hey TGs!

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m obsessed with all things PEACHY! I love the word, the fruit, the feeling, the smell, the emoji (hehe, sah cute, right?), and I especially love the phrase, 'Everything's just peachy'! I even own a shirt to prove it:


    So you can imagine how excited I was when the BYS ‘Peachy’ range arrived on my desk. Yep, the whole range is peach scented! Squee!!! It was like it was made for me :)

    The first thing I tried was the lip oil. If you read my Glam Zone column in the mag each month, you’ve probs realised I’m a pretty big fan of lip balm…. But lip oil? I was intrigued, and a little unsure, TBH. But let me tell you, this cute prod is an absolute delight! It is suuuper moisturising (like a balm), high shine (like a gloss) and it smells ah-mazing! I can defs see it becoming one of my beauty staples. Well played, BYS. Well played.



    There are three shimmering nail polishes in the ‘Peachy’ range: ‘Caribbean Crush’, ‘Sweet Peach’ and ‘Wanderlust’. They are all so pretty, and surprisingly pigmented for shimmer polish. There is also a super cute lip exfoliator to buff away dry, flakey skin – I can't wait to try it! I reckon it will prep the lips perfectly for the lip oil. 

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    Don’t make the same mistake I did! The polish only becomes scented when dry! (Haha, oops. My poor little nostrils didn’t know what hit them when I took a huge whiff straight from the bottle, expecting it to smell like peach straight up!) Anyway, CAN confirm that it smells totally delish once dry – I gave my nails one quick coat of 'Sweet Peach' yesterday and they are still smelling lush. (It’s subtle, but lovely.)


    So what do you guys think of these new prods from BYS? Everything’s just peachy if you ask me, LOL. But for those of you who don’t obsess over peachy things quite as much as I do: what would be your perf scent for a cosmetics range? I’d be pretty keen on salted caramel and peanut butter. Mmmm.

    Catch ya next week, TGs!              

    Xo Laura 

  • Unicorn ThermaColour

    by Laura | Mar 14, 2018

    Hey TGs!


    OMG, you are not going to BELIEVE what arrived today!!! Spoiler: It’s probs the most magical package that has ever been delivered, like, EVER! It is seriously as if someone crawled inside my brain and brought my daydreams to life… Can. Not. Deal.


    OK so the package came in the form of a unicorn piñata – yes, a UNICORN PIÑATA! So it was off to a cracking start. (Full disclosure: you could put pretty much anything inside a unicorn piñata and I’m going to be well impressed.) It was obvs way too pretty to beat with the stick, so I carefully opened it from the bottom. Colourful confetti poured out like little drops of heaven, and inside was a small parcel wrapped in brown paper... The suspense was almost too much. And do you know what was inside??? It was a bunch of samples of the new Unicorn ThermaColour range from BRITE!

    Now I know what you’re thinking – not worth all the hype, right? WRONG! This new washout hair chalk is unlike any chalk you’ve ever used because it has a magical power: it completely changes colour when exposed to heat, like a blow dryer or straightener! Even the sun or the warmth of your hands can change the hue. Ah-mazing, right? The colour combos are TDF; you can go from purple to blue, pink to invisible, purple to pink, blush grey to peach, just to name a few.

    They popped in a couple of pre-chalked hair pieces too, as well as an adorbs mini hair straightener. These pieces are pink to invisible and purple to blue:


    Needless to say, we spent the better part of the day playing around with these little wonders. It was such a dream. I’d love to know what you guys think! Let me know what your dream colour combo would be in the comments below. (Mine would have to be mauve to rose gold!)


    Laura Xo

  • Introducing the LUSH Easter collection!

    by Laura | Mar 05, 2018

    OMTG, you guys! Look what arrived on my desk today!!! It’s the LUSH Easter range, and it’s so cute, I don’t even know what to do with myself… I’ve just been lovingly staring at this rainbow-coloured dream of a collection all day, and let me tell you, it smells as good as it looks.

    Easter LUSH

    This range has everything you could ask for: bath bombs, bubbleroons, bubble bars (one in the shape of an adorbs bunch of carrots – squee!), sparkly melts, bubble spinners, soaps, shower creams, and my personal fave, a shampoo bar in the shape of a bunny face! And you know what’s even more awesome than their dream-like appearance and heavenly scent? The fact that every single ingredient used in these cuties – and every single finished LUSH product for that matter – is free from animal testing.

    OK so I guess that confirms my plans for the Easter long weekend… If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the tub!

     Xo Laura

    P.S. Are you a fan of this egg-cellent collection? Hit me up with a comment below and tell me which prod you’re vibing on the most. 

  • My mermaid-hair mission

    by Laura | Feb 20, 2018

    Hey TGs!


    OK so it seriously feels like I’ve been growing my hair foreeeeeeever. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a silly habit of growing my hair super long and then cutting it all off on a whim, only to immediately regret my decision and spend the following weeks sulking, vowing to never cut it again, desperately wishing it were long – but do you know what happens every time that day finally comes? Yep, you guessed it: CHOP! Goneskies. And so the cycle begins again…


    BUT, not this time. Well, not yet… Not since I declared my mermaid-hair mission in December last year’s Glam Zone. I’m not gonna lie, if it weren’t for my fab hairdresser keeping her promise to not let me cut it off “NO MATTER HOW MUCH I BEG”, I might be sitting here typing this right now with a cute pixie cut and a grumpy face… Ah, she knows me all too well!


    Anyway, one thing I’ve learnt is that resisting the urge to chop is a whole lot easier when your locks are super soft and healthy, so I try to use a moisturising hair treatment at least once a week to keep my strands in tiptop condition. On that note, I would like to introduce my Product Pick of the Week:


    BRITE hair masques, $16 each. 



    These cuties landed on my desk today and I am so excited to try them! Espesh the unicorn one, coz, well… UNICORN!!! So squee. And the best part about all BRITE prods? They're 100% vegan and cruelty free, which is SO important for animal lovers like you and me.


    Well that’s it for me today, TGs. But I’d love to hear about any products you’re loving right now – or celebs with cute short ’dos for inspo, maybe? Ha! Here comes that itch again… Thank goodness for my hairdresser.

    Xo Laura

  • DIY knot bracelets!

    by Laura | Feb 12, 2018

    Hey TGs!


    OK so just putting it out there: I am utterly OBSESSED with making friendship bracelets. They are so much fun to make and are so preeeetty! *Heart eyes emoji*


    So anyway, our Totally Squee issue hit the stands today! Yaaass! But you totes already knew that, right? Hehe. If you’ve already had a chance to pick up a copy and flip through the pages, our super cute friendship bracelet tutorial may have caught your keen eye. If you want to learn how to make the adorbs knot bracelets, which are featured on the page 53, grab your bestie and follow the instructions below.


    Happy crafting, TGs!


    Xo Laura

    P.S. Knot bracelets are quite tricky to master, so be patient while you’re learning. Practice makes perfect!



    What you need:

    * Cotton thread in various colours cut into equal lengths (50cm), 4-10 strands


    What to do:


    1. Knot strands together at the end and secure it to the edge of a hard surface (a table works great) using tape – ask the Mum and Dad first!
    2. Hold your first colour on the far left and take the colour beside it and form a ‘4’ with the strands, tuck colour one under colour two and form a knot, do this twice.
    3. Colour one has now moved one space to the right. Repeat step 2 with colour one and the next colour beside it.
    4. Keep going as colour one travels over to the right, until you have a complete row of that colour. Yay!
    5. Your next furthest colour at left is colour two. Repeat steps 2-4 to complete another row.
    6. Keep going! Repeat with all your colours to form a colour sequence you like.
    7. Finish with a plait, or tie off to secure. 


  • Hi, my name is Laura!

    by Laura | Feb 01, 2018

    Hey TGs! 

    It’s Laura, your glam-fix provider and beauty inspirer :) It has been the most magical six months as Total Girl’s new beauty editor (like seriously – dangerous levels of fun), and you know what I’ve realised? There are just way too many perf prods and cool beauty trends right now that I’m dying to share with you, so I’ve gotta get blogging to keep you guys in the loop.

    But before I get too ahead of myself, I should start with the basics and let you know a little bit about me, because hey, we’re going to be besties soon! I can’t wait to start learning about all you awesome TGs too.

    So besides all-things beauty, and obvs TG, I heart:

    • Dancing
    • Singing
    • Baking fantastical cupcakes
    • Hitting the beach with my squad
    • Making friendship bracelets
    • Laughing so hard that no sound comes out
    • Cuddling my puppy, Wesley (so squee!!!)

    And loooooads more, but we’ll get to the rest another time. I’d love to hear about the things that give you life, so let me know in the comments below.

    I’ll love and leave you now with my Product Pick of the Week: The Dessata ‘All You Need Is Love’ brush! It comes in three different sizes (spoiler: the mini is ADORBS) and its colourful pattern is sooo groovy! A true treat for the eyes and hair. Enjoy!

    Xo Laura 

    Dessata All You Need Is Love brush
  • Is That A Cake? No, It's Beauty Products!!!

    by Cassie | Sep 06, 2016
    Hi TGs! 

    The life of a beauty editor is pretty exciting! One minute I’ll be painting my nails (yes, really), and the next an exciting parcel will land on my desk filled with cute new prods. 
    Here are the most exciting deliveries to land on my desk this week.

    A watermelon filled with fruit and lip balm!


    This guy cam from Blistex to celebrate their new melon flavoured lip prods. Obviously the whole office squealed when the post man rocked up!

    A cake filled with nail stuff! This is the cake before we totally demolished it… 


    And after…


    What could be better than an insanely cool tropical cake? Answer: an insanely cool tropical cake filled with Manicare prods. 

    What exciting beauty discoveries have you made this month? Let me know in the comments below.

    Xx Cass
  • Meet Cassie, TG's New Beauty Editor!

    by Cassie | Mar 07, 2016

    Hi TGs,

    It’s me, Cass, Total Girl’s new beauty girl! It’s my job to talk lipgloss, hairspo and nails with you errymonth, and I’m as excited as a puppy at the park to become beauty BFFs. Here are some fun facts about me!

    What is your middle name?: Lee

    What was favourite subject at school?: Japanese

    What is your favourite song at the moment?: Same Ol' Mistakes by Rihanna

    What is your favourite food?: Chocolate and sushi!

    Favourite Colour?: Blue

    Do you have any pets?: No, but luckily there's a super-cute dog next door called Olive who I get to hang out with!

    How many siblings do you have?: Two! A younger sis and a brother.

    Favourite Movie?: Inside Out!

    Favourite animal: All of them! But dogs are pretty cool.

    Favourite sport: Dancing!


    One of the most exciting parts of my job so far, is all the mail that I get! I’m constantly opening cute, new products to try out and test for you. Here are three of the cutest things that have landed on my desk this morning (and it's only 9:18am). 

    Pixies bow

    Pixie’s Bows, $24 (for two).

    If I went to school still (ahh, memories) I would totally rock these in the playground.

    Tribal Vibe Nail Polish

    Rhythm Blue Nail Polish

    Silver Nail Polish

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Vibe Polish, $16.95 each.

    New nail polish colours! Enough said.

    Pink Flamingo Soap

    Lush Pink Flamingo Reuseable Bubble Bar, $10.95.

    Yes, this is a flamingo! And yes, this is soap. And yes, I’m obsessed!


    Tell me TGs, what prods are you loving at the moment?


    (*runs off to play with nail polish for the rest of the day*)


    xx Cass

  • Star Wars Rey's Hair Tutorial

    by Cassie and Claire | Feb 11, 2016

    Hi TGs!

    I'm Cassie, Total Girl's new features and beauty editor. I was SO busy during my first week here (playing with lip gloss and nail polish), that Claire from Claire's Goss Blog helped me out with this beauty tutorial. Here's how to rock Rey's hairstyle in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  

    May the beauty force, be with you…  

  • Summer Beach Beauty Essentials!

    by Mel | Dec 09, 2015

    Hi TGs!


    I'm all about the beach at the moment - Sydney has had the most amazing weather! I've been going every weekend and sometimes, even in the afternoon during the week! I don't just like to swim and hang about in the water though. My favourite thing is taking a ball down to the beach, like a soft one, and doing "count to 10". Basically you have to have a group, and one person hits the ball up with their hand, and someone else has to hit it up again when it comes down. But coz you're in the waves, it's REALLY HARD to get it sometimes and it's so funny!


    Coz I'm loving the beach so much I thought I'd share my fave beach beauty essentials with you. I always have these in my bag!

    Hair brush 

    Wet Brush Detangling Hair Brush in Pastel Green, $14.95 

    I love these brushes because they make detangling my curly hair really easy. The bristles bend so there's almost no pulling happening! 

    Everyday Clear Spray

    Banana Boat EveryDay Clear Spray SPF 50+, $16.99

    It's so so important to keep re-applying sunscreen so you don't get burnt. I like these mist ones because they're really easy to get on, so you can quickly get out of the water, dry off, mist it on, and they dry pretty quickly so you can get back in the water in no time!

    Scunci Hair Ties

    Scunci Active 6pk Knotted Ponytailers, $6.95

    When I get out of the water my hair looks SO GROSS, so I like having a cute colourful hairtie to sweep it up into a messy bun. Then it looks really cute!


    What are your beach essentials? And have you been swimming a lot in this lovely hot weather?


    Mel xx