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  • 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!

     

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  • Beauty Mood Boosters

    by Claire | Jun 20, 2013

    Hey TGs!

    Ever get kind of down sometimes? Let's face it, we all do. The great thing about some beauty tricks is they work as an instant mood booster. 

    Here are my fave ways to get a smile back on your dial: 

     

    1. Try a high ponytail. Sounds silly but it's true – a high, perky ponytail can really lift you up. I know some girls use this hairstyle to signal to their besties that they're feeling high on life. A high, swishy ponytail not only gets your hair out of your face, it also looks great, is easy and manageable and can be done with a super cute twist. 

      You could try wrapping a small chunk of hair from the underside around the elastic band to hide it for a super polished pony, you could add a bow in the colour of your choice, you could tuck a fresh flower under the band, you could team it with a preppy headband
      .

      Want more proof the ponytail lends itself to a cheery mood? When was the last time you saw a cheerleader looking sour? 
       
    2. Try bright nail polish – the brighter the better! Fluoro nails can look great, or you could try any bold sunshine shade, electric blue, fizzy purple, whatever takes your fancy. When your nails could light up the room, you’ll feel great in no time.

      Beauty Mood Boosters! Photo: Getty Images
    3. Try a quirky accessory. As the weather cools off, now’s the time to whip out an animal ears beanie (trust me, I’ve got half a dozen of them). When you’re wearing cat ears or teddy bear ears or any sort of hilarious, adorbs ear, you’ll find yourself grinning madly, as will others around you.
    4. Try a new fragrance. I love doing this – the pretty bottles and sweet scents are bound to give you a buzz. Perfumes can be a little exxy, so if your funds are a little limited, just go to the perfume counter with mum and spray a few on for fun.

     

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  • Beauty Lessons from my Mum

    by Claire | Jun 14, 2013

    Like every girl in the world, I think my mum is just gorgeous. It's true. A combination of taking excellent care of herself and being very fortunate in general has made her look, well, really great. 

    Mum was never shy about giving me advice and here are just a few of the things I learned from her: 

    Moisturise like you mean it. 

    The love of moisturiser runs in my family. I think between my grandmother, my mother and myself we could fill a swimming pool with the total amount of moisturiser we’d ever used. Mum always recommended rubbing moisturiser into my face with circular motions that gently pushed upwards, like you're defying gravity. Moisturiser for the body was always said to be best after a shower for legs and arms, elbows and knees, tummy and back, or any area prone to getting dry and scaly.

    Always moisturise!

     

    Vaseline is your friend.

    To this day Mum carries a mini pot of Vaseline with her everywhere she goes. It's her skin-soothing lip balm of choice and does a great job of healing up chapped lips. More advice from Mum – never lick your lips if they'll feel dry, relief will be temporary and you'll make things worse. 

    A little perfume goes a long way.

    Mum, like most mums, seems to have super senses. In her case, she wasn't crazy about strong smells and taught me that a gentle whiff of perfume was far better than an overpowering blast that would repel anyone who got within two metres of me. 


    Cute pedicures!

     

    Paint your toenails. Just do it. 

    Mum's a bit of a glamazon and you'll find her toenails neatly lacquered in a subtle pink shade, even in winter when no one's going to see them. I'm all about this, too, because nail polish is one of those fun flourishes that makes you feel good. When it's on your toes, it's not going to break any school uniform rules either, so paint away, TGs!

    Now it's your turn TGs – what's the best beauty advice YOUR Mum ever gave you?

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  • Cool Candy Manicure

    by Claire | Jun 10, 2013
    Hi TGs!

    It's mani time again. Here's one for all you pastel fans - I know you're out there! Pastels are really associated more with spring and summer, but there's no reason not to embrace them all year long. 

    Cool Candy-Coloured Nails

    This is probably the easiest nail art effect I've featured so far. I also recommend it for my TG who asked for a rainbow manicure - do one nail in each colour. This is way less fiddly than trying to do several colours all on one nail, which is really best suited to advanced nail-painters.

    What you need:
    • Three or four different pastel nail polishes.
      Go to your local Target, Kmart, chemist or supermarket. 

    What to do:
    1. Easy-peasy! Just paint each nail the colour of your choice.

      The funny thing about pastel polishes is they sometimes tend to be a bit see-through. You might need two or even three coats to get a smooth, even colour. 
    2. Be patient and allow drying time.
    3. Finish with a high gloss top coat, or even a matte coat if you'd like to try something a bit different.
    Simple, huh? Now your nails are candy-licious. 

    Love and candy,
    Claire XOXO
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  • What's in Claire's handbag?

    by Claire | May 29, 2013
    Hi TGs and happy Wednesday! 

    Today I thought I'd open up my handbag and share with you some of my glam essentials

    Take a look:



    1. Hot pink Tangle Teezer: I have heaps of long, thick, wavy hair. The Tangle Teezer (which looks almost like a pet brush, I know) does a great job of taming my mane.

    2. Pair of sunglasses: Duh. Protect your eyes whenever you go outside, TGs! These look a bit different because they fit over my regular specs. So smart!

    3. Sally Hansen nail polish. I'm obsessed with the idea of a complete salon manicure in one bottle. I've tried the hot bubblegum pink shade, now bring on some rich, dark purple.

    4. Lucas' paw paw ointment: Everybody needs a tube. It can be a quick fix lipgloss on sore, chapped lips; help soothe bites and stings and even stand in as an on-the-go moisturiser.

    5. Lanolips herbal treatment body oil: Don't let the green colour put you off. I find this oil indispensible for use as a moisturiser on my hands and elbows. The smell of it is so dreamy that every time I use it, TG's Lattitia swoons.

    6. Bloom super glossy lipgloss: I slick this for extreme shine. Glossy, glossier, glossiest! 

    7. Hello Kitty for MAC mirror: I love Hello Kitty, you love Hello Kitty. I say more Hello Kitty for all. By the way, I'm stoked about the Hello Kitty collection at diva. This necklace shows my fave feline in glasses -too cute!

    Now it's your turn to tell me - what's in YOUR handbag?


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  • How to paint nails left-handed!

    by Claire | May 29, 2013
    Hi TGs! Today I'm answering a snail-mail letter from Mia

    Q: I'm always asking others to paint my nails on my right hand since it's almost impossible for me to use my left and do a good job. Is there ANY way for me to paint my nails of my right hand myself?

    Claire answers: Mia, I totes feel your pain! I have been a nail polish fan for years and, being right handed like you, did a pretty wonky job when using my left hand when I started out. Like most things you'll get better at it the more you practise! Trust me,it gets easier.

    Try these tips (which, by the way, should also work for left-handed TGs who struggle to paint the nails on their right hand):

    Slow and steady: Go for precision and care, no matter how long it takes. Try painting each nail in three strokes: left, right, then straight down the middle. This should minimise mess.

    Do a repair job: if you paint some of a nail's surrounding skin (as even professional manicurists sometimes do!), you can fix it up. Wait for your nails to dry, then take a toothpick, wrap a small amount of cotton wool around its tip, dip it in remover and use this as a tool to tidy up your nail. Sorted!

    Choose carefully: you might find a wide brush easier to work with. It might be easier, too, if you find a brush attached to a nice chunky bottle cap to hold.

    Mia, I hope this was helpful. 

    Love, 

    Claire XOXO
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  • Hair Bling!

    by Claire | May 29, 2013
    Hello, lovely TGs!

    I don't know about you, but I can't get enough of hair accessories! They liven up any outfit and also do all sorts of useful things, such as keep the hair out of your face, keep a growing-out fringe under control, tame wisps and wild bits of hair and also dial the cuteness factor up to 11!

    Have you noticed how they can also lift your mood? It's pretty hard not to smile when you've got a bow or a ladybird on your head!

    Here are some I found and just had to share with you
    . They might give you a bit of style inspiration.



    1. Ladybird and flower hair elastics, $2.99, Diva. Two hair charms? Too cute!

    2. Pastel fantastic bow pack, $9.99, Diva. The more bows, the better.

    3. Perfect bun mini two-pack, $6.99, Forever New. Tried this style yet? It's easy and looks polished.

    4. Flower and pearl headband, $9.74, eQUIP. So girly chic!

    5. Large bow hairclips, $4.95, Gumboots. These are so TG.

    6. Star hairclip, $6.95, Witchery 8Fourteen. Because YOU are a superstar.

    7. Crystal flower hairclip, $8.95, Gumboots. Coral is a great hue and the bling is sweet.

    Have you tried making your own hair accessories? 

    You can paint bobby pins with nail polish to make them your favourite colour and add stripes or spots. Try a craft store for some plain clips, pom poms, fake flowers, sparkles and anything that takes your fancy. 

     

    With glue, supplies and imagination, you can revolutionise your accessories box.


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  • Claire's Tips for Healthy Skin!

    by Claire | May 29, 2013

    Hey hey TGs!

    A lot of you ask questions about looking after your face so I thought I'd share some of my best skin care tips.

    1. Try a simple skin care routine. Before bed, get a gentle foaming facial cleanser and use it on your face, avoiding your eye area. Use it over a sink and rinse with cold water; do not scrub. Your facial skin is delicate compared with other parts of you so go easy! Afterwards, carefully moisturise your face. Use a light moisturiser so you won't feel too greasy.

    2. Use a sunscreen every day, in all weather. You can get agood moisturising sunscreen and make sure you put it on every morning. The Australian sun is a tough cookie so get some protection on!

    4. Eat yummy, healthy foods including lots of fruits and veggies and drink plenty of water. This will keep your skin so healthy it glows! Steer away from too many lollies.

    5. Pimples are a downer for sure. The above hints should help you prevent some of them. Also avoid touching your face with your fingers too much and do not share face products with your besties. The sad news about pimples is there pretty much going to do what they want to do so it's really best to leave them alone. Don't be tempted to squeeze or pick them. 

    What's your best skin care tip? Leave a comment below!

    Love and fragrant moisturiser,

    Claire XOXO

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  • Gorgeous Glitter Nail Art

    by Claire | May 29, 2013

    Hello TGs!

    Nail art would have to be one of my fave beauty tricks
    . What you can do with your nails is limited only by your imagination! If you want to do something epic, go for it!

    I get so many emails from TGs asking for nail art ideas, I've decided to dedicate a whole bunch of my beauty blogs to it!

    Gorgeous Glitter Nail Art!
    Instructions:

    1. Wash your hands thoroughly, making sure to clean any dirt out from under your nails
    2. Once dry, give them a quick trim, and file the edges smooth (never do nail art on super long nails - it doesn't look quite right! Neat, squoval (square-oval) shaped nails are perfect.
    3. Instead of spending hours painting layer upon layer of glitter polish to build it up, instead paint your nails in the same colour as your chosen glitter, then, while the nail is still wet, carefully dip it in the glitter (or you can grab a pinch of glitter and sprinkle it on).

      BYS
       sell glitter pots in loads of cute colours, or you could buy glitter from a $2 shop. Glitter can be messy, maybe put down some newspaper first.
    4. Seal the glitter in with a clear top coat.

    Want to sparkle up just the tips of your nails?
     Do an ordinary basecoat of colour, let it dry completely, then paint some clear nail polish over the tips of your nails and then dip the wet bit into your glitter pot. Let the excess fall off and you're done!

    Tip: 
    Try two different sizes of glitter to get the effect you can see here! Even tiny diamantes will work!

     

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  • Funky Polka Dot Nail Art

    by Claire | May 28, 2013

    Hey TGs! Welcome to the second post in my series of blogs on DIY nail art. 

    This week I'm going dotty for polka dot nail art! This effect is fun, girly and best of all it's really easy.


    Blue and white polka dot pedicure!


    Let's get started. 

    You'll need
    :

    • One nail polish colour to be your base colour;
    • One (or more!) nail polish colours to contrast;
    • A skinny paintbrush or toothpick


    What to do: 

    1. Prepare your nails: get them clean, free from grease, dry and neatly shaped with a file. 
    2. Apply your base coat - two or more thin coats should build up a nice base colour. Allow drying time.
    3. Here's the fun part. Dip the tip of your fine paintbrush or toothpick into a contrasting nail polish colour and gently place dots of colour onto your nails. Go easy: just a little pressure should form a nice neat dot. Also, try not to get too much polish on your dotty tool - you might accidentally make a splodge! 

    Don't worry if the dots are not all the same size. It can be cute with a few different sizes of dot. You could do just one colour of dot, or go crazy with multi-coloured dots! Seal your art with a clear top coat.

    Tips: This can be a bit fiddly, especially with your left hand (assuming you're right-handed). You could either ask Mum for help or else try a 'feature nail' - just decorate one of your 10 nails. The ring finger is best for this. Or, you could try this effect on your toes, like in the picture. That's cute too.

    Which cute nail art looks would you like me to explain? Leave a comment below!

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