• TG's Nickelodeon Challenge: Say Yes To Everything!

    by Mel | Aug 21, 2015

    Hey TGs! 

    We're super excited here at TGHQ because there is a brand new TV show coming out on Nickelodeon called 100 Things to Do Before High School. It's totes amaze, we know you're going to LOVE it as much as we do! 

    It's about this girl called CJ who has a list of all the things she wants to do before high school. She and her BFFs, Fenwick and Christian go on all these fun adventures trying to tick all these crazy things off CJs list!

    Sounds fun, right? We thought so too, so some of the TG team are going to take on a few of the challenges from the show, like having to say yes to everything for a WHOLE day, or facing your worst fear!

    Get ready for some fun adventures TGs!



    Hi guys!


    So, to celebrate the brand new TV series from Nickelodeon, 100 Things to Do Before High School, team Total Girl are gonna take on some fun challenges that we get to tick off our own bucket lists! I was the first to go and I gotta say my challenge seemed pretty hard – for a WHOLE DAY, I had to say “Yes!” to everything I was asked. Aaagh!


    I decided to do it on the weekend coz then I would have cool, fun stuff to tell you! And I decided not to tell anyone that I had to say yes, otherwise my sister would DEFINITELY start asking me to do silly things because she can be the WORST like that.


    The first thing that happened was my friend called and asked if I wanted to go for a walk with her and her cute Italian Greyhound, Hugo. Um, YES! That wasn’t a hard one to say yes to, haha! We had the best time – we went for a huge, long walk through the park and let Hugo run around off his lead to play with other dogs.


    When I got home, Mum asked me if I could water the garden. She was a bit surprised when I said yes with absolutely no whinging! It was actually really nice to help Mum out, she was really grateful and then she asked if I wanted to have lunch with her – yes again!


    We bought some stuff from the grocery store and had a mini picnic outside. My sister came too, so it was a big family affair! It was really nice. Then I got another phone call – my friend Aimee wanted to go to the movies. I had actually already seen the movie she wanted to go to (Pitch Perfect 2), but because I had to say yes, I agreed to see it again! I thought it’d be really boring seeing the same movie, but I actually loved it – I laughed even harder at all the jokes!


    At dinner my sister asked if I wanted to get Thai food and even though I really felt like pizza I said yes – but it was still delish.


    All in all, a pretty great day! I should say yes more often!


    Mel x

    FYI TGs, 100 Things to Do Before High School starts this Saturday, August 29th and will be on Nickelodeon every Saturday from 5pm! 


  • TG’s Mel goes to Disney's Descendants Premiere – in LA!

    by Mel | Jul 31, 2015

    OMTG. Do I have a cool story for you! Last week I got to do the most amazing thing ever – I got to visit Los Angeles in the USA for the premiere of Disney’s new movie, Descendants.

    Mel Descendants Premiere

    Me at the premiere!

    The movie is all about the kids of your fave Disney heroes and villains. They’re all grown up as teens now, with the villain’s kids living on the Isle of the Lost, and the heroes kids in Auradon, which is all the Disney kingdoms united as one under King Beast and Queen Belle, from Beauty and the Beast. When their son, Prince Ben, is about to become King, he invites the kids of the villains to come to Auradon and attend school with all the heroes’ kids. Sounds pretty exciting, right? Totes wanna know what’ll happen next, right??


    Well, I’m not gonna tell you coz I don’t want to ruin it. What I WILL tell you is that Descendants stars the super talented Dove Cameron from Disney’s Liv and Maddie, except she has PURPLE HAIR guys and is nothing like Liv OR Maddie! It’s pretty cool to see Dove playing a totally diff role. I’ll also tell you that there are loads of super catchy songs and amaze dances in the movie. Plus, I LOLed so many times, it’s super funny.

    Dove Cameron

    Dove Cameron!


    But anyway, back to the premiere! We went to the Walt Disney Studios for it, which was SO COOL coz it’s a real actual movie production studio and I kept thinking I might run into a famous person! I didn’t – BUT there were famous people galore on the red carpet for Descendants!


    Wait, did I say red? I meant PURPLE – yup, the carpet for the Descendants premiere was purple just like Dove’s hair in the movie! I got to talk to all the stars, and everyone was super nice – but best of all was Dove, because she was like “Total Girl! I know you guys! I love you guys!” – GUYS DOVE LOVES US ALL!!!!


    I have video proof of this, but I can’t show you just yet. Keep checking back on the TG website though coz we will totes be putting a video up for you of the premiere!

    Mel and Sofia Carson

    Me and Sofia Carson (Evie!) 

    For now, tune in to the Descendants premiere – it’s on Saturday, 1st August at 7pm on Disney Channel. I reckon you guys will love it sooooo much! I know I did.

    Mel x
  • The Cutest Hair Accessories!

    by Mel | Jul 13, 2015

    Hey TGs!


    My current obsession is hair accessories. Today I’m wearing a really cool new headband from the Lady Jayne LUXE collection that just landed in the shops, and I love it! It’s totally hiding the fact that I really need to wash my hair – haha!


    Melissa Lady Jayne headband LUXE 

    See? Totally cute!


    Celebs also love a hair accessory. I've rounded up my faves, and found some really great style matches so you can get started with your own hair accessory collection!

    Taylor Swift headband

    Taylor Swift

    I love when Tay wears a headband – which she does a lot! If you have a fringe, wear your headbands at the point where the fringe starts like Tay is doing here. But if you don’t have a fringe, brush your hair back and use the headband to hold it in place. Super girly and super adorbs!

    Lady Jayne headband

    Lady Jayne LUXE Headband, $19.99


    Bella Thorne headband

    Bella Thorne

    How pretty is Bella’s hippy hair? It’s so easy to do on yourself, too! Just put half of your hair up, pop the headband on so it goes across your forehead, and then let the top half out to hide the band. Easy!



    Floral headband

    Supre plaited Daisy Garland, $5


    Camila Cabello bows


    Camila Cabello




    The lovely Fifth Harmony singer is all about a girly look, and I love this half-up bow style she wore recently! Clip-in bows are a really fun way to hide hairties – for this style, just do a half-up ponytail, and clip the bow across the hairtie.



    Bows colette


    Colette by Colette Hayman 2 Barette Pack, $7.95



    Mel xx
  • Lip Balm Frenzy!

    by Mel | May 14, 2015

    Hi TGs!


    So, with the crazy weather changes lately, I've become pretty obsessed with lip balm. Is anyone else dealing with SUPER dry lips coz the air is so cold? *puts hand up in the air* I AM! Now, coz I have this awesome job where I get loads of beauty products delivered to my desk every day, I have quite a lot of lip balms I can try – probably over thirty, to be exact! I’ve had a bit of a play, and these are my current top five. In no particular order…


    Maybelline New York Baby Lips Lip Balm

    1. Maybelline New York Baby Lips
    , $3.95

    I loooove the smell of this one! They all have different scents, but the one I’m using is “Cherry Velvet” and it seriously smells like a cupcake. Yum! I also find this one super moisturizing.

    Banana Lanolips Lip Balm

    2. Lanolips Banana Balm
    , $15.99

    Another one that smells amaaaazing (this time like delish banana lollies), this one REALLY helped my lips, they were way less dry by the end of the day after using it a few times.

    Honeymania Lip Balm

    3. The Body Shop Honeymania Lip Balm, $9.95

    Yummmm! Honey! OMG can you tell I just love things that smell delicious? This one – you guessed it – smells like honey, but I also love that it’s in a little pot coz it’s really cute.

    People Plants

    4. People for Plants Peppermint and Evening Primrose Organic Lip Balm, $9.95

    This one was cool coz it had a little tingly peppermint feeling, and was super fresh like you have just brushed your teeth.

    Kiehl's Lip Balm

    5. Kiehls Lip Balm #1 in Coconut

    Coconuts! What lip scent will they think of next! This one reminded me of summer, and I love summer so that was definitely a good thing. It also soothed my sore, chapped lips really well.


    So there you go! I do love these lip balms but I always like hearing about new things! So if you have a fave lip balm, let me know in the comments!


    Mel x

  • Signature Celeb Hair

    by Mel | Mar 17, 2015

    Hey TGs!


    Do you have a favourite way to wear your hair? I do. I love to have a middle part, and I add a few curls with my hair straightener. I do like to mix it up – sometimes I wear it all natural, which is like, super curly – and if I’m going to a party I might wear a high ponytail or a fancy braid. But most of the time, it’s all about long waves!


    Celebs are like this too. Sure, you might see them getting super stylin' for a big event, like the Grammys, but loads of celebs have a signature hairstyle. Here’s a few I've found for you to check out!

    Taylor Swift Side Sweep

    Taylor Swift – Side sweep

    Tay has a long fringe, and she loves to wear it swept across her forehead with a low side part. 

    Zendaya Bun Hairstyle

    Zendaya – High bun

    Zendaya does some pretty cool things with her hair – everything from dreadlocks to super, super long curls have been seen on red carpets from her! But one style she goes back to all the time is a high bun. 

    Katy Perry ponytail hairstyle

    Katy Perry – Rainbow colours


    It feels like every time we see her, Katy has a new hair colour! At the moment it’s pastel purple, but the pop princess has also rocked pink, blue, and green hair – just to name a few!

    Ariana Grande High Ponytail

    Ariana Grande - high ponytail

    Miss Grande has amazing long locks, and her high pony style is the perfect way to show them off – don’t you think she looks like a beautiful mermaid with those cascading curls?

    What is your go-to hair style? Are you a ponytail girl like Ari, or maybe rock a bun like Zendaya? Let me know in the comments!

  • Summer Nail Colours

    by Mel | Feb 18, 2015

    Hi TGs!

    Waaaah! That’s the sound of me crying because summer is almost over. I love love loooove summer, it’s definitely my favourite season. I’m always at the beach, or in the pool, or shooting the hose at my sister before mum comes out and catches at me… basically if there’s water involved, I am there!

    With only a couple of weeks left before the leaves turn brown and we start the chilly months, I thought I’d show you how I plan on keeping the sunny feels alive. With nail polish! Having colourful fingers and toes helps me to remember all the good stuff about summer, especially on grey, cloudy weekends. Here are some of my favourite colours...

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

    Blue reminds me of…

    The ocean, and the clear blue sky on a sunny day.

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Sugar Fix, $16.95, 1800 812 663

    Ice Cream Nails - Yellow 

    Yellow reminds me of…

    Mangoes! My favourite summer fruit.

    I Scream Nails Polish in Juicy Juicy, $14.95,


    Orange Nail Polish

    Orange reminds me of…

    Summer sunsets, especially coz the sun doesn’t go down til late so you get to stay up past your bedtime.

    Ulta3 Nail Polish in Tangelo Twist, $2,


    Turquoise Nail Polish

    Green reminds me of…

    My bare feet in the grass and tropical rainforests!

    Rubi Nail Varnish in Mint, $4.95,


    What colours remind you of summer? Let me know in the comments section!

  • Pretty Summer Hair

    by Mel | Dec 19, 2014

    Hi TGs!


    My favourite thing about summer, besides swimming, and mangoes, and making frozen popsicles, and basically everything EVER, is pretty summer hair. I feel like in winter we’re all so cold we don’t wanna do anything with our hair except for ponytails, but in summer it’s like plaits! Buns! Complicated headband braids! And I loooove it. I had a look at what some celebs have been doing lately to give you guys some hair inspo over the summer. Hope you like!

    Laura Marano pulled out plait

    Laura Marano

    I love this undone plait style! She’s actually got a fishtail braid going on, which are REALLY hard and would need a full on tutorial to explain to you, but you can get the same feel by doing a normal plait, and pulling little bits of hair out of it to make it messier.

    Bella Thorne bun hairstyle

    Bella Thorne

    Bow bun forever!!! How cool is this! It's really easy too – just do your hair up like it’s gonna be in a pony, but at the last loop of the hair tie just go halfway so it's like a loopy bun. Then just split this in half and pin down the bottom strands on either side so it looks like a bow!

    Debby Ryan bun hairstyle

    Debby Ryan

    This style is soooo good after the pool or the beach. After swimming, pull your hair up into a high bun, but pull the front pieces out and let them dry naturally so they get a bit of a wave to them. If you have to go to a friend's house, add a bow to make it a bit more dressy!


    What are your fave summer styles? Let me know in comments!


    Mel xx

  • My fave beauty things!

    by TG's Mel | Nov 20, 2014

    Hai TGs!

    You’ve probably already met me in-mag, but it’s nice to internet-meet you! I’m the fresh new beauty gal for Total Girl, so obviously we need to do introductions. I feel the best get-to-know-you game in beauty land is “what’s your favourite beauty thing EVER?”. I have, like, a million. But I'll narrow it down for you guys!

    Zendaya top knot


    OMTG. How great are top knots! SO GREAT. I have really thick hair so in summer it can make me really hot, and my fave thing to do is just throw it up in one of these so it's off my neck and still looking amazing! 

    Nail glitter

    Nail glitter

    I wore glitter nails to a glitter party I went to recently – they looked so cool! I wish I could have glitter nails every day. I used a BYS Glitter polish set and it was so easy to use; I just dunked my finger into the glitter while the base polish was still wet and WOW!

    Cupcake lip balm

    Cupcake lip balm

    My favourite lip balm flavor is cupcakes. SO. YUM! I used to be only about grape flavor and then I discovered this Maybelline one that’s called Cherry Velvet, but it actually tastes just like a yummy cake. I was sold!



    I know, I know – how borza. But sunscreen is a total fave of mine because I looooove being outdoors, swimming or doing sports or whatever, and getting burnt is super bad for your skin. So I've always got a sunscreen stashed in my bag! I like the spray ones 'cos I'm lazy, haha.

    Love Mel x

    What your your favourite beauty things? Let me know in the comments section!

  • Perfect Purple! Claire's New Beauty Edit

    by TG's Claire | Oct 16, 2014
    Claire's edit of purple beauty products
    BYS sugar for nails $9.95; Lush vegan bath bomb $5.50; The Body Shop white musk shower gel $4.95 for 60ml; Sportsgirl triple zip purse $12.95; Nicole by OPI nail polish in fanatical fuchsia $14.95; Lip Smacker Disney princess balm $3.49; Guess Girl Belle perfume $49 for 50ml (start saving); Elegant Touch nail wraps $8.99

    Hey TGs!

    I'm stoked that heaps of you seem to love my colour edits - that's awesome. Keep the comments and colour requests coming. Who knows which colour you'll see next?!

    I've had some requests for purple so here you go! Purple is brilliant - mysterious and regal. It's a colour that makes me think of creative girls with depth like Lorde

    The best purple things are: amethyst crystals; violets, that crazy Minion, distant galaxies and hummingbirds.
    The tastiest purple things are: grapes, grape-flavoured Zappos, M&Ms, plums and beetroot. 
    You're in a purple mood if: you're feeling girly, dramatic and dreamy. 
    Your purple soundtrack would be: Royals by Lorde, Once Upon a Dream by Lana del Rey and Lego House by Ed Sheeran.

    Purple's not your fave? No problemo. Keep the colour requests coming by leaving a comment and I'll get to your most-vibed colour really soon. 

    Love and sugared violets, 
    Claire x
  • Blue For Y.O.U! The Blue Edit

    by TG's Claire | Sep 30, 2014
    Blue Beauty Products
    Fudge hair chalk $9.95; Lady Jayne detangling comb $5.39; Katy Perry Royal Revolution $39 for 30ml or $49 for 50ml (start saving); Nicole by OPI nail polish in blue lace $14.95; Lush blue skies and fluffy white clouds bubble bar $10.50; Colette by Colette Hayman headband $9.95; Sportsgirl denim spot beauty bag $9.95.

    Hi TGs!

    OK, so HEAPS of you guys wanted to see me do a blue edit and here it is! Blue is actually my fave colour, but I also love green! Blue is a great colour because it's so chilled-out and flattering on pretty much any TG.

    The best blue things are: the sky, butterflies, the Cookie Monster, parrots and Gumball from The Amazing World of Gumball.

    The tastiest blue things are: blueberries, blue Nerds, blue macarons and blue jelly. 

    You're in a blue mood if: you're sad. Oh no! I think a blue mood can also be blissed-out, calm, relaxed and zen. 

    Your blue soundtrack would be: Blue Moon from Grease. Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65. Yeah, that song's kinda old, but it's really, really, really blue!

    Kinda not into blue? Cool with me. Comment and challenge me to a different colour instead!

    Love and blueberry ice-cream,
    Claire x

  • Hello, Yellow! Sunny Beauty Goodies

    by TG's Claire | Sep 23, 2014
    Beauty blogger Claire's fave yellow products

    Banana Boat Kids SPF50 spray, $16.49; Miss Shop pop heart mirror, $9.95; Burt's Bees radiance body lotion $24.95; Rise by Beyonce, $49 for 50ml (start saving); Nicole by OPI nail polish in Yellow, It's Me, $14.95; Lush honey bee bath ballistic, $6.75; Batiste tropical dry shampoo, $9.95.

    Hi TGs!

    I'm bringing you another colour edit - cool beauty bits in a colour chosen by Y.O.U. A couple of you guys wanted to see sunshine yellow, so here you go! It's all perfect for the warmer weather and the coming summer, don't you think?

    The best yellow things are: canaries, labradors, smiley face emojis and dandelions.

    The tastiest yellow things are: bananas, butter, lemon-flavoured cakes and custard.

    You're in a yellow mood if: you're very, very, very HAPPY. Happy like 1D just showed up at your b'day party.

    Your yellow soundtrack would be: Happy by Pharrell Williams. Yellow by Coldplay. Yellow Submarine by the Beatles.

    Kinda not into yellow? No problemo. Comment and challenge me to a different colour instead! I'll be waiting. 

    Love and buttercups,
    Claire x

  • Pinky Promise! I Heart Pink

    by TG's Claire | Sep 04, 2014
    Beauty Blogger Claire's fave pink goodies
    Miss Shop cosmetics bag $9.95, Lush 'think pink' bath ballistic $5.50, bath bomb, Seed Heritage ice cream hair elastics $12.95, Miss Shop lip lacquer $9.95, essie nail polish $16.95, Fudge style whip $19.95, Guess Dare $49 for 50ml (start saving)

    Hi TGs!

    Do you LOVE pink? I do! I'm in a kinda pink mood today. Makes me want a strawberry milkshake and maybe a handful of marshmallows. 

    I've got my little edit of cool pink beauty swag - what's your fave?

    The best pink things are: sunsets, flamingos, ballet shoes and new TG Cassie's car (seriously, she's got, like, Barbie's car). 

    The tastiest pink things are: fairy floss, salmon, strawberries-and-cream Life Savers, cupcakes.

    You're in a pink mood if you: feel like doing some ballet, feel dreamy, or feel, you know, like blushing!

    Your pink soundtrack would be: Get The Party Started by P!nk

    But what if you're not so into pink? Cool with me! Suggest a colour in the comments and I'll do my best to bring you an edit of that colour! 

    Love and candy,
    Claire XO

  • How To Do A Frozen Plait

    by TG's Claire | Aug 22, 2014
    Hey TGs,

    Hands up who saw (and LOVED) Disney's Frozen? Thought so! Let It Go is only one of THE most ah-mazing musical numbers as sung by Elsa. Did you know Elsa's beautiful voice comes from Idina Menzel who you might recognise as Rachel Berry's mum on Glee

    Anyway, the singing is one of many things to adore about Frozen. I'm also really into the hair. Check it out: 

    Elsa and Anna in Disney's Frozen
    Here's how to get hair like Elsa and Anna. Obvs it helps to have long hair that is all the same length. 

    Elsa's plait
    1. If you want your hair to have lots of height like Elsa's, use a hairspray and a comb to raise a quiff over your forehead. 
    2. Work a smoothing serum through your locks, comb them and pull them over one shoulder. 
    3. Plait the hair without tying it off with an elastic first. 
    4. Secure it at the end with a bit of ice-cool sparkle. For extra Frozen magic, ask an adult if you can lightly dust some silver glitter through your hair, or use a glitter hairspray.

    Anna's pigtails
    1. Work a smoothing serum through your hair and part it to one side. 
    2. Divide the hair into two sections and pull them forward over your shoulders, then neatly plait both sections.
    3. Take some of the hair in the tuft at the end of each plait to wind around and hide each band. Secure with a bobby pin at the back. Optional: finish with a glossing spray. 

    These are super easy and way simpler than a French braid. Try them and let me know how you go. And tell me all about your fave things about Frozen in the comments!

    Love and icicles,
    Claire XO
  • OMTG it's a New Katy Perry Perfume!

    by TG's Claire | Aug 13, 2014
    Hey hey TGs!

    My fave cat-loving kooky chick Katy Perry has done a new take on her Killer Queen fragrance (which, by the way, might be the best celeb fragrance line ever, soz Tay!).

    Katy Perry's Killer Queen Royal Revolution puts a cool blue spin on the now-iconic bottle that looks like a huge, regal jewel. You know, big and sparkly like Katy's personality. 

    Katy Perry Killer Queen Royal Revolution

    Katy says a great fragrance is a big confidence booster: "like an invisible suit of luxurious armour ... your secret weapon!"

    Smells like: pink freesia, pomegranate, sandalwood, orange flower, jasmine petals, and lots more!

    Wear it when: you need an extra burst of awesome: maybe you want to land a spot on the debating team, or you made it into the netball finals!


  • Chalkboard Manicure Glam Inspo

    by TG's Claire | Jul 09, 2014
    Hey gorgeous girls,

    Today I'm having a play with some of the awesome swag I've been sent (luckiest girl alive or what?!). 

    The vibe: Yep, it has occurred to me that you TGs possibly don't associate blackboards with school - you all have interactive whiteboards. So bear with me - I guess this look is kinda old-school cute

    The product: ulta3's blackboard nail art set ($12, find it in Aussie pharmacies). You get a black nail polish that dries matte, plus a bunch of sweet pastels that paint on with a thin nail art brush. You also get a metal tool for your art. 

    Photo: blackboard nail art kit. For DIY chalk-effect manicures!

    The verdict
    : The box says to do two coats of black but it's so thick and gloopy I reckon one coat is okay. It really does dry to a chalkboard-y finish. Cool! 

    It takes a bit of time to get used to the long, skinny brush in each pastel bottle. Take care not to get too much polish on your brush. The brushes work really well for straight lines so letters are a great choice but you can draw whatever you want. I suggest letters like F-A-N-C-Y. Can you tell I've been listening to lots of Iggy Azalea? Make sure you listen to the radio version only, TGs.

    Iggy Azalea nail art: chalk board manicure ideas!

    I'm testing the product on my workie, Monique. Cute, right?

    Would you try the blackboard look? You can DIY it with black nail polish, pastels and a nail art brush. Have fun!

    XOXO Claire

  • How To Get Princess Aurora Hair

    by TG's Claire | Jun 18, 2014
    Hey beauties, 

    Have you been to see Disney's Maleficent yet? It's dark and gorgeous and I think you'll love the way Elle Fanning lights up the screen as the beautiful princess who must be awoken from her cursed sleep. 

    Watching Elle I had a major lighting bolt of hair-spiration.

    Elle Fanning is Princess Aurora in Maleficent. Photo: DisneyIn the movie Aurora has amazing, long blonde locks that are actually as achievable as they are pretty. 

    To get the Princess Aurora look

    1. Wash your hair and work through some texturising product. Aurora lives in a magic forest and is kind of free-spirited so this is a slightly messy look. You can use styling mousse or salt water spray. Work it through damp hair, pull it into a low ponytail, plait the ponytail and leave the plait overnight.

    2. Carefully undo the plait the next morning and gently finger-comb out the waves.

    3. Pull back two thin sections of hair from either side of your temples and wind them around each other. Pull them together at the centre of the back of your head. 

    4. Leave lots of wispy bits of hair around your face. If you like, you can decorate the twists of hair with little flowers like Aurora does. 

    Check out Aurora in the trailer for Maleficent:

    Would you try the Aurora look? Leave a comment below!

    Love and Disney princesses, 

    Claire XOXO

  • Hair Inspo: The Topsytail

    by TG's Claire | Apr 29, 2014
    Hey hey TGs,

    My TG friend Annabella came to visit TGHQ to test out some cool hair widgets from Scunci.

    Hair styling ideas for girls

    Here's what she thought:


    This fab design will make your hair look beautiful in minutes. With the six amazing different styles you will definitely get creative. My fave design is the half up style as I found it pretty easy to do. I love that it has such an amazing effect that isn’t that hard. This style works for many different hair types, as it is basically the half up, half down style just glammed up!

    School Hair Ideas: half-up half-down

    Another one of my favourites from the topsytail packet is the basic style. Even though the steps are pretty basic to get to the end result it looks really cool. This hairstyle would be great for most types of hair except if your hair is really short like a bob. The amazing end result would work beautifully for a special occasion like a wedding or even just casually.

    Cute ponytail hairstyle ideas

    Claire's tip: you don't need a tool to do these hairstyles. You should be able to pull your hair into either a ponytail or a half-up style, pull the elastic down a bit, gently create an opening and then flip your hair through for a similar look. 

    TGs, would you try a cute ponytail with a twist? What's your fave way to do your hair? Leave a comment below!

    XOXO Claire and Annabella

  • Monochrome Polka Dot Manicure!

    by TG's Claire | Apr 10, 2014
    Hey TGs!

    What do you do on a Sunday night? For me, this time is all about a fresh mani to set me up for the coming week. 

    I dug into my big box of mani things and found Elegant Touch nail wraps in a super adorbs black and white with contrast spots and even a few flashes of silver!

    I totes fell in love because I just finished reading an ah-maze book about a magical night circus that is all black and white. Inside its striped tents you find delights such as an ice garden and cloud maze. It was so beautiful that my mani of the moment HAD to be black and white. 

    Here it is: 

    Black and white nail art inspiration

    Nail wraps are pretty tricky to get perfect. In my case, the key is to give them a bit of a trim so they're not too wide, and when applying them, to stretch and pull them to avoid crinkles popping up at the edges. 

    Want to get this look without using nail wraps? You'll need a black nail polish, a white nail polish and a dotting tool. You can get real nail art tools for this purpose, or a nail art pen, but you can also use patience and a toothpick

    Would you try a black and white mani? Let me know with a comment below!

    Love and dotty dreams, 

    Claire XO
  • Lush's Adorbs Easter Beauty Bits

    by TG's Claire | Apr 02, 2014
    Hey beauties!

    OMTG it's April and you know what that means ... Easter is a hop, skip and a jump away!!!

    Helllloooo chocolate!

    But why restrict yourself to treats that come wrapped in brightly coloured foil? Lush has sent over some fresh Easter swag and trust me, you'll find it super adorbs

    Lush Cosmetics Easter gift ideas

    See? Squee! That, by the way, is my TGHQ desk's resident grass bunny. He doesn't have a name just yet - perhaps you'd like to suggest one

    Those carrots are Lush's fruity bubble bath, the golden eggs are bath bomb melts, the big, bright egg produces 'sunny citrus' bubbles and the carrot soap is actually made of lemon oil, cocoa butter, carrot oil and more. 

    Best of all, Lush promises this is cruelty-free beauty. That makes me a happy bunny!

    Want some tips for a clean, green Easter? Pick up an April Total Girl mag now and flick over to Eco Zone.

    What kind of Easter surprises do you want to get? Leave a comment below!

    Love and chocolate
    Claire xx
  • How To Fix A Fringe Fail

    by TG's Claire | Mar 26, 2014
    Heya beautiful girls

    Did you know? A new look Total Girl is coming and I am sooooo excited!!! Just wait until you see May! You will love it, I promise. 

    Anyway, we're doing a bunch of cool, new things, including the Ask Me Anything section in Girl Talk. You TGs get to ask us, well, anything!

    Fix your fringe - Tips to help with a bad hair day!


    I was sent this question and I liked it so much I want to devote a blog post to it: 

    Hi Claire, I think you're really cool. I was wondering - I've got school photos coming up and mum recently cut my fringe and it was a massive FAIL. Do you know any cool styles to hide the fringe? Thanks, Tess

    Hi Tess,

    OMTG, a fringe fail? I've so been there. In fact, it was my fault. I was the one with the scissors. Totes do not do this. DIYs are fun, but DIY haircuts are a no-no. 

    Don't sweat your school photo day. It's way less of a big deal than it seems. 

    In the lead up to photo day, experiment with your fringe. You can try: 

    • A slicked-back ponytail. Depending on the length, it might be possible to use a lot of mousse and bobby pins to make the fringe lie flat against your scalp, like it's not there at all. 
    • A headband. Try one of those ones made of wire, with 'teeth'. The teeth will help pull the fringe back and keep it back. Mousse will probs help here too. 
    • A hair-piece. Yep, you could buy a fake-fringe in the same colour as your hair to disguise the fringe you kinda don't like. 
    • If all else fails, put on your most dazzling smile! It will light up your face and no one will worry about your hair. 

    XOXO Claire

    What else could Tess try? Leave a comment below!