• Sugary Pastel Easter Nails

    by TG's Claire | Mar 19, 2014
    Hi TGs,

    I looooove it when the Easter Bunny visits me. Somehow this guy knows that my fave kind of choccy is peppermint chocolate - it is the BEST. 

    But OMTG I've already had a visit from the lesser-known but very cool Beauty Bunny

    Want to see what I've got? Check out these eggcellent Easter manicure ideas!

    Pastel Easter nail polish colours

    Pastel nails are massive, girls, and these ulta3 ones are a little more spesh because they've got dark flecks in them that makes them set with a speckled finish!

    The speckles are just like the marks and mottles on pretty bird eggs and the colours are sweet like sugared almonds.

    The colours have names like Hot Cross Fun and Hippidy Hop and that's adorbs. 

    These nail colours will make you say, "Cheep, cheep," (LOL, let me know if you get my punny gag) because they're totes not exxy - they're $3 a bottle. 

    Speckled Pastel Nail Polish Colour Samples

    Top pick: The robin's egg blue. The speckling isn't easy to see but the colour is joyful like a clear, sunny sky.

    Surprise smash: Yellow - the speckles stand out and look cute.

    Egg fans only: The grey-green shade is cool and fascinating as it totally does look like an eggshell, but it's a bit quirky for most. 

    Which colour is your fave? What's your Easter manicure idea TGs? Leave a comment below!

    Love and Easter chocolate
    Claire xx

  • How To Use A Hair Straightener

    by TG's Claire | Mar 12, 2014
    Heya TGs!

    OMTG overnight I heard that Lorde, New Zealand’s own singing superstar who has two Grammys at the age of 17, is doing a beauty collab with totes famous brand MAC

    Need a Lorde style shortcut? Try a super dark nail polish!

    Maybe her close friend Taylor Swift will give her products a try?!

    As we’ve been talking about hair so much lately, I want to take some time to answer TG Amy’s question posted in the comments of my ‘How To Dry Your Hair’ blog entry.

    Hi Claire

    I got a straightener for Christmas and don't know how to use it.
    It didn't come with instructions so I was wondering if you have any tips?

    From Amy

    Hi Amy, follow these tips and you’ll be BFFs with your straightener in no time!

    XOXO Claire

    How To Use A Hair Straightener - Hair Tutorials

    1. Safety first. Like an iron, hair straighteners are hot, can burn and can start fires. Don’t go there! Hold the appliance by its cool, outer plastic parts and never touch its hot plates – my own straightener heats as hot as 230 degrees! That’s hot like an oven cooking your pizza.

    Do not let the straightener cook YOU

    Avoid touching your skin
    with the straightener and don’t leave it clamped around your hair – it can burn it. Also, don’t leave it on and forget about it.

    2. Protect your hair. Heat and hair are not best friends. Yes, straighteners can make your mane look smooth and glossy, but too much heat can damage your hair and make it dry out.

    You might want to use a heat protecting spray first.

    3. Prep. Your hair should be wet or dry depending on the model of straightener you have. Detangle first before you start.

    4. Straighten in sections. Got too much hair in there? The straightener won’t work well on a huge chunk of hair. Use the straightener on sections of hair, and try to go systematically around your head. Start at the top and smoothly glide the tongs from the root of the hair to the tips of each section. Keep going until you’re all done!

    Finish with some hairspray for extra hold – your hair will stay straight until it gets wet again.


  • How To Blow-dry Your Hair

    by TG's Claire | Mar 05, 2014
    Hey TGs!

    So here I am in exciting new animated form. Yay. Go me!

      Hair-drying lessons for tweens

    Anyway, ever wondered how to dry your hair? It seems pretty easy - plug in, point the hot air at hair, and you're done! But wait, there's a little more to it than that. 

    A couple of things: safety first! Don't mix your dryer with water and definitely don't blow dry in the bath! Your dryer wants to be dry. Clue's in the name. 

    So ... you're freshly showered, your hair is wet, what next

    1. Wring out as much moisture as you can with your hands. That'll save you heaps of time. You can also (gently!) towel dry your hair. One celeb tip is to use a soft, old T-shirt for drying.

    2. Choose the heat setting that's right for you. I have stacks of hair. SO MUCH HAIR. I use the hot setting, but not all the time. You might want the medium setting. You might want the odd blast of cool. Suit yourself.
    3. Dry your hair in sections and, as you go, finger-comb out any knots. You might also like to use a wide-toothed comb for less snagging. My fave thing? It's a Tangle Teezer. Looks kind of like a pet brush but works super, super well on knotty hair. 

    4. Want a profesh finish? You'll need a round brush and some patience and practise. Run the brush through sections of hair and roll it through the underside. Your Mum will be able to show you how to do this. 

    5. Don't dry for too long - too much heat isn't good for your scalp or your hair. 

    6. You can finish with a touch of glossing spray. Ta-dah!

    Hope this helps! 

    Oh, hey, do you have any beauty questions for me? I'm doing a cool beauty Q&A so hit me with your best beauty Q's and I'll give you some A's in an upcoming mag!!! Leave your questions below. 

    XOXO Claire
  • How To Choose A Fragrance

    by TG's Claire | Feb 26, 2014
    Hey hey gorgeous things!

    Let's talk about pretty scents, perfumes and all things that smell like unicorns. Yep, I've never smelled a unicorn (have you?) but I'm more or less certain they smell GREAT. 

    Best perfumes for girls - Beauty blogger Claire's review!
    Some of the perfumes at TGHQ: left to right - Crabtree & Evelyn pear and magnolia fragrance; Jeanne en Provence rose fragrance; Harajuku Lovers Love perfume; Pavement Petals Arielle perfume; and Pink Glitz perfume.

    If you've ever been to a perfume counter, you've probably been overwhelmed by choice. It's all so shiny (those bottles!) and after a while - and 10 or so tester strips later - your nose can get muddled by things that smell same-y.

    So, here are some of my fragrance tips for you:

    1. Find a perfume that suits your personality. Sweet and girly? You'll want florals. Sporty and active? Try something that smells fresh and clean. There's a scent out there for everybody. 

    2. Perfumes can be a little exxy. You'll need to save your coinage, or else maybe give Mum a hint around your birthday. A lot of perfumes come in cheaper, smaller sizes (say, 30m or so), or in a body cream and these are usually a lot more affordable. 

    3. Don't fall for a pretty bottle. I know, SO hard to do, right? I've totally done this. Remember, though, you're not going to wear the bottle, so no matter how beautiful it is, make sure you actually like what's inside. 

    4. Celeb perfumes are usually a good bet. They're made with girls like you in mind, and it's pretty cool to go out knowing you smell like Taylor!!!

    5. Don't overdo the spritzing. It's easy to get carried away when you find one you like, but less can be more unless you want to bowl people over when they get within metres of you. Try this trick - spray into the air, then step into the space you just sprayed. If the scent is milder you can spray directly onto your skin, but keep it to just a squirt or two.

    What scents do you like best? Leave a comment below!

    XOXO Claire
  • Glitter Bomb Nails! How To Do A Super Sparkly Mani

    by TG's Claire | Jan 22, 2014
    Hi TGs!

    Reaching for a new nail polish colour, I felt some regret setting in. 

    I mean, sure the polish was pretty good. But I kept trying to figure out why the sight of my nails was making me so queasy. Like, bleuggghhh.

    I worked it out - liver nails! I was wearing a colour the shade of a squishy internal organ. Uhhhhhh so gross!!! Trust me, I Googled livers and the shade is like super on-point for a real, actual raw liver. But I don't want to gross you out, so here's a nice illo.

    Claire explains how to fix gross nails

    See - liver hands of doooooommmm.

    Anyway, on with the story. TG's Lattitia was working on one of her amazing DIYs and she had a whole heap of spare glitter on a plate. It was already mixed with glue so we couldn't keep it. 

    So, I stuck my hands in it. Like this: 

    How to do a glitter bomb manicure

    Obvs it was super messy. To seal the deal, I added a coat of Rimmel's finishing touch glitter topcoat. Then I washed my hands to get rid of the excess glitter (it went EVERYWHERE). 

    Result! Glitter-bombed nails. It's, like, 10 times shinier than normal glitter nail polish. Give it a try!

    Glitter manicure tutorial

    Would you try extreme glitter nails? And do you actually like liver nails?! Leave a comment below! 

    XOXO Claire
  • Tropical Escape Beauty (Without Actually Going Anywhere)

    by TG's Claire | Jan 15, 2014
    Hi TGs!

    I don't know about you, but I'd quite like to be here:

    Holiday beauty and glam ideas. Photo: Getty Images

    You know what I mean: nothing but white sand, palm trees and pineapples. Also bright cotton dresses, jewel-coloured birds (that talk!) and lots of seafood to eat. Ahhhh!

    When it's not possible to actually run away to a tropical island, summer's a great time to try a few products that make you feel like you have

    I found these

    Tropical-themed beauty products

    Clockwise: pineapple-flavoured lip-balm from Bomb Cosmetics; a mango bath melt from Lush; Garnier Fructis surf hair texturising paste; Beachcomber frangipani lip balm, and Pure Coconut glossing spray, also for hair. 

    If you want that island fantasy feeling, just look for scents inspired by island fruits and flowers and you'll soon be in an endless summer. 

    Don't have the pocket money for new beauty goodies? Don't sweat it. Coconut oil is cheap as chips and looks and smells lovely rubbed into dry, scaly limbs. Tuck a frangipani behind one ear, or weave a few into your wavy locks. If you want 'just had a swim' surf-tousled hair, get a clean spray bottle and mix up some water, salt, hair conditioner, then work it through your mane.

    Aloha, girls!

    XOXO Claire

  • Nail SOS! When Fingernails and Toenails Need TLC!

    by TG's Claire | Jan 08, 2014
    Hey TGs!

    HAPPY 2014!!! A big thank you hug to all you girls who sent me a birthday message – you TGs are the sweetest girls ever!

    Guess what I did on my break? I painted some walls! This was totes hard on my hands and nails, and I thought I’d do a post explaining some thing you can do when your nails are having a tough time.

    Nail dramas are easier with a BFF. Photo: Getty Images 

    The sitch

    I painted my nails before bed and woke up with a weird sheet pattern all over them. Eeek.

    The fix

    Sheet-pattern nails can be fixed with a quick glitter topcoat the next morning.

    The sitch

    My pinky toenails are weird.

    The fix

    Pinky toenails are smaller and more vulnerable than your other nails. They can get squeezed and rubbed by shoes and can spilt, crack, have a strange texture or grow a bit lumpy. They might need extra care and trimming. Try and keep them coated in polish to add some extra protection and to prevent them from snagging your socks and stockings.

    The sitch

    My nails have split.

    The fix

    Your nails as made up of thin layers, like a delicious pastry. Try not to clip or file them when they are wet. File in one direction only, don’t use a see-saw action. And don’t use them as a kind of all-purpose tool – go easy on them. And if they do start to come apart, carefully buff the split part to avoid further damage. Get a block buffer – they’ve usually a light foam covered in various rough surfaces, like sandpaper, and gently sand away at the split area, then buff to a high-gloss shine.

    The sitch

    My nail has torn into the pink part – ouch!

    The fix

    If your nail begins to rip horizontally, act fast. The last thing you want is for the torn edge to catch on something and rip any more than it already has – owwie! Carefully cut the white part as short as you can, and try to clip off the pointy or rough part of the torn bit. File the edge. Now all you can do is wait for the nail to grow out again – it’ll look a bit funny and lop-sided as it grows back, and it will need TLC until the part that tore has grown right out again.

    What do you do when your nails need rescuing?

    XOXO Claire
  • Beauty Lessons from Cats and Dogs Because Memes Are So LOL

    by TG's Claire | Dec 18, 2013

    Hi Total Girls!

    If there's one thing I love, it's memes. See?

    Claire loves ALL the nail colours

    That's why I thought I'd make a few more. I mean, what's the internet for if not adorbs and totes hilarious memes of cats and dogs (or, in lolspeak, kittehs and goggies). 

    So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite beauty lessons, as told with memes. 

    Dog likes lowest hairdryer setting

    Did you know applying heat to your hair isn't the best thing for it? Try not to blast your locks with super hot heat for too long – that can be damaging

    Try the lower setting with occasional blasts of cool air, or in summer skipping the dryer altogether. If you want to use a heated tool, such as a straightener or curler, try adding a heat protecting product to your hair beforehand. 

    Cat suggest sun protection

    Listen to the kitty! Protect your peepers in the summer months – and all year around – with cool shades. You'll thank yourself one days and in the meantime, you'll look pretty cool. Don't forget your SPF30 sunscreen, your long sleeves and your hat! Keep an eye out for Jan's mag for more cool sun safety tips from a super Aussie swimmer (guess which one?!)

    Kitten should not bite

    I get soooo many emails from girls who bite their nails and want to stop (you'd be surprised at how many grown-ups have this problem too). 

    If you've tried the chemist remedies such as foul-tasting products to discourage biting, try some good old willpower. This is definitely one habit you want to break!

    What are some beauty tips you'd like to see as a meme?

    XOXO Claire

  • I Heart Quirky Nail Polish Colours

    by Claire | Dec 11, 2013
    Hey girls, do you like my grey nail polish?

    Grey nail polish on fingernails.

    That background you see is a Christmas card from the TG festive card kit, get yours with your December issue of Total Girl!

    I would never have thought of grey and nails as being a good combo. Grey can often be thought of as more drab than fab. But think of all the great grey stuff: kittens, silvery rain-slicked pavements, your grandparents’ hair. Grey is a cool colour and it was fun to break free from the usual nail colour suspects (pink! red!) and go for something different.

    It’s fun to take a beauty risk and shake up your manicure. Here are my top four quirky nail colours:

    Four different nail polish colours: yellow, white, green, metallic

    1. Canary: It’s bold for summer, it’s sunny, it’s optimistic, it’s the colour you want to wear when you’re enjoying the sand and the surf. I guarantee it will make you smile.

    2. Green: any shade is okay by me as it’s one of my favourite colours. There’s a green for every mood. Try a pastel nail if you want to be summertime sweet, a hit of fluoro lime if you want your nails to be loud and proud, or a darker forest green if you want to be a bit mysterious.

    3. Metallics: Bling bling! Silver and gold nails are like jewels for your fingertips, but surprising shades of colour done in metallic are also as cool as it gets.

    4. White: A bit stark, a bit bleak? Nah. A white nail is your ultimate canvas for nail art. You can do all kinds of things against white – one really cool thing to try is to get some Sharpies and do some graffiti-style doodles, then seal in the art with a clear topcoat.

    What's YOUR fave unexpected nail colour?

    XOXO Claire 




  • Four Reasons to Love Short Hair

    by Claire | Nov 20, 2013
    1. Hey hey glam TGs!

      TG Aish has some hair-related blues

      I have really short hair, and it's making me feel a bit self-conscious. It is as short as the average boy's hair, and sometimes people mistake me for a boy. My school doesn't allow fancy clips and hair accessories as it doesn't mix with uniform well, so how can I look like a girl and still abide by school rules? I am growing my hair out, but for the time-being, I don't want to be confused for a boy.

      If you can't wear fancy clips, you can probs still wear simple bobby pins, perhaps in the same hue as your school uniform or house colours. 

      Keep your short 'do girly with cool texture: try messing it up with mousses and gels.

      People know you're not a boy. Also, try not to focus too much on your hair. I bet there's 10 million things more interesting about you than your short locks.

      A little girl rocking short hair. Photo: Getty Image
      Love your hair instead! Here are four reasons to embrace it:

      1. Summer is coming and you'll adore the feeling of a breeze on the back of your neck instead of that sweaty sensation. 

      2. Hate waiting for your hair to dry? No probs! When it's short, it's so easy to care for. Drying time is practically non-existant.

      3. Without lots of hair to hide behind, you just might discover a confident new you.

      4. Short hair is made for experimentation! On weekends, try adding some hair chalk for some cray cray colour, tie a headscarf over it, or tuck a fresh flower behind one ear. 

      XOXO Claire

  • Feather Hair Extensions

    by Claire | Oct 22, 2013

    Claire wears three feathery hair extensions.
    Cray cray hair? Yeah, yeah!

    Take one sizzling pink curl of clip-in hair and add two fancy, flouncy clip-in feathers. There’s a party on my head and you’re all invited.


    I’m testing out some feather hair extensions from Vixen Body Art ($11.95 each) and also a Headlines Hairpieces Splice Curl ($15.40 to $24.20 depending on length) in an amazeballs pink worthy of Nicki Minaj. Yeah, you’d probs wear these one at a time, but hey, more is more, right? Sometimes, it totally is.

    Feathers are meant to be eye-catching – in nature, they’re a look-at-me display of beauty. That must be why my feathered hair is grabbing so much attention over at TGHQ.

    These hair decorations are easy and comfortable to wear – they feel about the same as any other hair clip, but they do tend to wave their crazy colours around the edges of your line of sight. They can easily be clipped out again when it’s time for school or hair-washing, and they are reusable.

    Here’s a picture by TG’s Lattitia who dared me to wear this whole set-up home on the train.

    I did the dare and guess what? No one was especially surprised by my fluffy, feathery, crazy tresses. Anyway, this approach is not necessarily recommended – these kinds of pieces are best suited to a party when everyone wants to show their true colours.


  • Claire Answers Beauty Questions

    by Claire | Oct 09, 2013
    Hi Claire :)
    I don't chew my nails but they don't seem to grow. I put Diamond Clear Strength nail polish on to help them and I clean them every morning and night to make sure there is no chemicals under them. Can you help?
    From Gemma

    Hi Gemma,
    Nails grow slowly, like, really slowly. Seriously, waiting for nail growth is like watching paint dry. Chill out about your nail growth. One thing you can take care of is the food you eat – include protein and stay hydrated. Keep your hands away from any harsh products and keep washing up gloves on. Still kind of bummed about your nail length? Fake nails could be your friend, but keep these for special occasions only. I personally like my nails on the short side because I type so much. It can get kind of hard to use a smart phone with long nails. Good luck.
    XOXO Claire

     Hi Claire
    My fringe is really annoying. It always goes curly or bumpy. it usually looks really bad and even when I try to blow dry it nicely, it stays like that for half the day and then it curls again. I don’t want to straighten it everyday ‘cause I don’t want to ruin it. Do you know any ways I can make it stay nice? Thank you! :)

    Hi Monique,
    I have naturally curly hair too. Your hair will pretty much do what it wants to do, which is curl up in your case. You might be happier without a fringe at all – this could be easier to live with than a fringe behaving badly. If you’re really into having a fringe, pick a great hair straightener and give your fringe a good spray with strong hold hair spray (remember to protect your eyes). Don’t like using a straightener? Try experimenting with a fake fringe that you can clip in, or else try pulling back the fringe and hiding it under a cute headband when it gets out of control.
    XOXO Claire

  • Nail Bella's Look

    by Claire | Oct 03, 2013
    Firstly, get your hands Bella-rific. As you can see, Bells goes for super-neat nails in a 'squoval' shape – that's like somewhere between a square and oval. Get this shape with a nail file and gently shape your nails somewhat flat at the top with rounded sides.

    Easy peasy!

    Smooth the surface of your nail with a buffer. These usually have multiple sides with slightly abrasive surfaces, kind of like sandpaper, that you can use to carefully remove any ridges in your nails. The final step of buffing delivers a natural-looking shine which can look super nice even when you have no polish on. There, all prepped and ready!

    Look #1: Pearly Pink

    Bella Thorne's Pink Manicure. Photo: Instagram

    To get this look, try a whisper-soft pink worthy of a ballerina. We like Sally Hansen's 'Pink at Him' shade in its complete salon manicure range – it gets you looking immaculate, fast. 

    Look #2: Sparkle Time!

    Bella Thorne's Blue Sparkle Manicure. Photo: Instagram

    Bella's blue sparkle mani is party-perfect. Copy the look with Mariah Carey for OPI in 'Get Your Number'. This delivers sparkle by the bottleful and happens to dry to a totes cool 'liquid sand' matte finish. 

    Look #3: Multi-colour Floral

    Bella's Multi-Colour Manicure. Photo: Instagram

    Wow, this multi-coloured madness mani is crazy and we think it's gorgeous. Get your hands on some bubblegum pink polish, stick-on rhinestones and a handful of different fluoros like these ones from BYS. To get the multi-coloured artistic effect, work with one colour at a time and let it dry a bit before reaching for the next one so they don't all run together like a hot mess. To get fuzzy florals, dilute some of your colours with white nail polish or buy pastel shades and go for an artsy-looking blob.
  • Guest Post: Fantastic Freckles

    by TG Intern Emma | Sep 27, 2013
    Hi TGs

    While our brilliant beauty blogger Claire is away, the excellent Emma (our intern) has written guest blog: Fantastic Freckles.

    TGHQ xx

    Calling all wonderful TGs, this one is important!

    We’ve had a reader ask us how to get rid of her freckles, and I think this is a good opportunity to talk about loving yourself exactly how you are. I know you’ve heard it before, but seriously… accepting you for you is vitally important!

    Fab intern Emma!Trust me, my face is absolutely covered in freckles and I LOVE them! Why? Well, when I was little my Gran used to tell me that they were fairy kisses! Cute, huh? Not everyone has freckles, which is exactly why you should love them. They give you a unique look that is different to everyone else, and if you have a lot of them, imagine how many fairies have kissed you! LOL!

    This not only applies to freckles, but to any part of your body! You are one of a kind, which is exactly why you should embrace what you have. If you have freckles, work ‘em girl! Our differences add to who we are… it makes us special. Plus, those fairy kisses totally gave us magical powers, hehe!

    Fantastic freckles! Photo: Getty Images
    Nobody’s perfect, but we are all beautiful in our own way. Wear your stunning smile, hold your head high and be confident in yourself. The TG team, your family and your friends all love you exactly how you are, freckles and all! There is only one of you in this world, so make sure that YOU are invincible! And don’t forget… if you’ve got freckles, the fairies love you too! 


    Emma xoxo

  • My Perfect Holiday Beauty Tips

    by Claire | Sep 04, 2013
    Hi TGs!
    I’m in a holiday state of mind! You know – sand between the toes, long afternoons of shopping, watching the sun set over an exotic city – I want it all!
    Are you off somewhere amazing soon? Tell me in the comments and make sure you bear in mind these holiday glam tips:
    1. More is more! Hey, you’re on a break. No school, no rules, right? Especially if you’re off somewhere warm, feel free to break out the body glitter, shimmer and sparkle, cray cray nail art, coconut oil and amazing accessories and bling. Flower in your hair, fluoro nail polish on your toes? Time to hit the beach!

      Summer holiday glam tips! Photo:Getty Images

    2. Be flight-ready. Planes are fun if you’re into sitting for hours and chilling with movies (hey, sounds pretty good). Your in-flight glam essentials are:

      * Bottled water – you have got to stay queen of hydration nation.
      * Eye mask and ear plugs. Block out the light and noise to get some beauty sleep.
      * Your fave lip balm – pick something nice and moisturising because the air-conditioning inside an aeroplane can be killer and super dry.
      * Moisturiser – because the soap inside the tiny toilet is usually super harsh.

      Fun holiday beauty tips! Photo: Getty Images

    3. Be sun smart. Your other holiday must-have? Sunscreen! It doesn’t matter whether you’re off to the blazing sunlight of the beach, the chill of the snow or the middle of the city – sun protect like you mean it, even if it’s just a moisturiser with an SPF.
  • 1D Perfume Launch!

    by Claire | Aug 23, 2013
    Hi glam TGs!
    OMTG, I went to THE most ah-mazing launch last night! It was a party for the one and only 1D fragrance, Our Moment, a super girly perfume the boys say is what they like girls to smell like!

    Claire at the One Direction Fragrance Launch, Sydney
    It was out in Westfield Sydney and we got to admire the glittery lights of the city through huge windows while enjoying delish food and bottles of the fragrance sitting on floral-draped tables. Suuuper lush!
    So what does Our Moment smell like? Well, it’s a blend of pink grapefruit, frangipani, creamy musk and sooo much more. It’s fresh and girly and you TGs are going to love it! The boys say they were involved with bottle design: it’s multi-faceted (like them!) with a crown to nod to their British and Irish roots and pink to reference the florals in the fragrance.

    1D Fragrance: 'Our Moment'
    The boys said some seriously cute stuff via video and I have a feeling Directioners are going to looove the amazeballs TV commercial for the perfume.
    Niall had a special message about the perfume just for Aussies: “Enjoy, it smells very nice. I gave it to my Mum, she enjoys it. G’day, g’day, g’day.”
    So what was in the goodie bags? My very own 1D fragrance, obvs, which is causing a huge stir at TGHQ right now, and a 1D cupcake, plus a huge dreamy poster of the boys! Am I the luckiest TG or what?!
    Get your own bottle of Our Moment, the One Direction fragrance, from Myer from August 26.
    Form an orderly queue Directioners!

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  • I Answer Georgie & April's Beauty Questions!

    by Claire | Aug 14, 2013
    Dear TGs,
    When I was your age, I had a lot of questions! I still have a lot of questions to this day. Now that I think about it, having so many questions in me is probs why I grew up to be a journalist. As you might have guessed, I LOVE questions: asking them and answering them, and I especially love questions from readers like you. I’ll field a couple of them right now: 

    Claire answers beauty questions! Photo: Getty Images
    Dear Claire,
    Yesterday morning I woke up and found out that my nails had turned orange overnight! Please tell me how I ended up with them and I'll try to prevent it.
    Thanks, Georgie

    Dear Georgie,
    Hmm, that’s a bit strange! I’m assuming you didn’t sleep walk over to a bag of Cheetos. A couple of things could cause your nails to discolour. One is nail polish – if you’re not in the habit of using base coat, certain colours could cause some discolouration. Also, have you been eating stacks of carrots lately? Sounds crazy, but this can cause a build up of carotene and make you look orangish (I know, SO weird). Finally, if the orange tint doesn’t go away and is bothering you, talk to Mum and Dad. The condition of your nails can reveal a lot of about your general health so you might want to go to a doc to be super sure you’re doing okay. 
    Love, Claire XOXO

    Hi Claire,
    I've got another drama. When I rub my head some of it has sand coming out and sort of falls out. Do you have any recommendations for that? If you do I'd be really grateful.
    Thanks, April

    Hi April,
    Unless you’ve been to the beach lately, ‘sand’ coming out of your hair when you rub your head is probably dandruff. That’s a fairly common scalp problem where the skin flakes off in little white pieces. Not harmful, but kind of a downer. Just invest in some special anti-dandruff shampoo – 'Head and Shoulders' is pretty well-known – and when you’re using it, take extra care to keep it out of your eyes because these kinds of shampoos have special ingredients you don’t want in any sensitive areas. 
    Love, Claire XOXO

  • How to Avoid Haircut Shock!

    by Claire | Aug 08, 2013

    Claire's tips to avoid a bad haircut!

    Hi TGs!

    If you've been following the adventures of Jessie in this month's TG, you'll know our fave blogger had a haircut shock of her own. Happens to us all! It can be a bit hard to take, even though we know hair grows back. Here are some things to bear in mind to avoid this problem.
    Jessie wasn't happy with her haircut! Illustrations: Anna Radcliffe
    Jessie's haircut was NOT what she expected


    • Be realistic. If your hair is thick and wavy, don’t bother bringing along a picture of a celeb with fine, straight hair. Even if the hair stylist can create something that kind of looks like that with straightening tools, you’ll have trouble recreating the look at home unless you have heaps of time and specific hairstyling tools (or maybe an in-house hairdresser … a TG can dream, right?)
    • Think before you chop. Do you like having long hair? Have a very careful think about it before you go asking for a pixie crop like Miley. You could get stuck in an awkward growing-out stage for ages. Same goes for fringes – do you really think one would suit your face shape? Will it just blow into your eyes and frustrate you? 
    • Be specific. Communicate your exact wishes – if you want five centimetres off the ends, say so! Don’t be vague and leave your hairdresser guessing – they could easily trim off too much before you can say stop! At the salon, there is no undo button.
    • If all else fails, cheer up – it’ll all grow back anyway, so just play with hair accessories to cheer up about your locks in the meantime. Don't get too down about it – remember, it's your inner beauty that really counts, not your hair.
  • Natural Beauty - How Not To Get Busted At School! (Like I Did)

    by Claire | Jul 17, 2013

    Hey TGs,

    My school didn’t allow make-up, even nail polish.

    But that didn’t stop me. I loved nail polish and nail art – I still do – and they were one way I expressed myself.

    One time my teacher lined up my class for nail inspections. He even had remover on hand for troublemakers.

    I kept my hands shoved in my pockets because that particular day I had bright blue polish on all 10 nails and had also painstakingly dotted on tiny flowers using a paintbrush. It was a DIY floral mani, it had taken AGES, and I was about to get busted. Boo.

    The big surprise in all of this was my teacher didn’t set me up for a date with the nail polish remover. He was so impressed with my floral nail art that he let me keep it on, just this once.

    Anyway, I don’t necessarily recommend this approach. If you’re at a school with a strict uniform code, here are a few things you can do to stay glam – and out of trouble.

    School Style!


    1. A colourless manicure
      If you can’t slick on your fave shades and blingy nail art, the best approach is to keep your nails neat and glossy. Invest in a nail buffer (available at supermarkets and chemists) to keep nails ridge-free. You can apply a clear nail polish too.
    2. Hair accessories – in your school or house colours only.
      Track down some glossy ribbon in the exact same shade as your uniform and you’ll look totes pulled together. You could try a scrunchie too – they’re making a comeback. You can probably get away with some clips or pretty bits and pieces if they, too, match your school or sports uniform.
    3. Body glitter.
      It’s super fun and usually flies under the radar – adults tend not to notice it, but your besties will. Just don’t go overboard.
    4. Lip-gloss.
      If it's clear and completely colourless you'll get away with it. You could always use my personal favourite: paw paw ointment.

    Tell me – what do you do to stay glam and out of trouble at school? 

    Love and natural beauty,
    Claire XO

  • How to Use Hair Chalk

    by Claire | Jul 08, 2013

    Hey hey TGs!

    You’re on holidays again, that’s so awesome. If you’re in a party mood and you’ve got some amazeballs places to be, why not do a few mad streaks in your hair?

    Get your hands on some hair chalk and get colouring! The great thing about hair chalk is that it works amazingly well, even on pitch-black hair (like mine).

    Claire's amazing hair-chalk hair!

    Here’s what to do: take your hair chalk, hold your hair taut and apply it to parts where you want colour. Streaks look great, as do ‘dip-dye’ ends. Try a colour-striped bun with more than one chalk hue. Pretty cool, huh? Don’t go overboard – this is not the thing to use if you want your whole head of hair in one colour, it’s more about creating crazy highlights.

    When using hair chalk, hairspray is your best friend. Spray it on before applying hair chalk if you have dark hair; it makes the colour go on a little more intensely. Once you’re done, spray again with hairspray to seal the chalk in place.

    Warning! Hair chalk can get messy and can go EVERYWHERE. Don’t apply it when you’re wearing white or anything easily stained (look out, pillowcase!). You might end up with it all over your hands or all through your hairbrush (I did!). Just take care and remember – it does wash out.

    Watch out for my reviews of two amazeballs hair chalks in a future issue of Total Girl!