Aussie Girl Style: How to Achieve Their Laid-Back Beauty (Guest Post) Guest Author: Sophia Smith

Aussie Girl Style - Featured Image

Aussie Girl Style - Featured Image

Sure enough, there are gorgeous women all over this lovely planet of ours, and they all have that special something that makes them unique and distinctive. When it comes to Aussie girls, they’ve been blessed with a wonderful climate for a good part of the year, which enables them to rock that laid-back effortless look, both in regards to fashion and beauty.

You might think that it’s easy for them to look flawless and sun-kissed given the fact that they’ve been blessed to live in such a wonderful and sunny country, but that nonchalant beauty can be yours. Today, our goal is to give you the skinny on their fashion and beauty secrets so that you too can look as ‘slightly-underdone-stunning’ as they do.

Don’t take clothes too seriously

Aussie Girl Style - Don't take clothes too seriously

The first thing to bear in mind is that clothes and fashion are here for you to play with. Never be a slave to trends but embrace the ones you truly like and make them your own. An Aussie girl, even when she’s ‘dolled up’ doesn’t look like she’s trying too hard or that she’s overdressed. Don’t be afraid to put comfort first, because fashion doesn’t need to and shouldn’t be uncomfortable. These women look so laid-back precisely because they know which garments make them feel good, and that shines through.

An abundance of accessories is a myth

Aussie Girl Style - Don't take clothes too seriously

You might have this preconceived notion that Australians take forever to get ready when it comes to going to the beach, and that aside from perfect swimwear they spend hours accessorizing. Well, we’re here to shatter that myth into a million pieces. Aussie girls are completely unfazed by accessories. What’s more, they actually prefer singular statement pieces and clean simplified lines.

Yes, the bohemian style has been characteristic for the gals Down Under, but in the recent years, they have been turning to simplicity and sophistication as their guiding stars. Less is more, and that’s another secret of a laid-back style.

Anything goesAussie Girl Style - Anything goes

As said previously, a true Aussie girl isn’t afraid to play with clothes. Given that the tides have turned and now designers are catering to the needs and demands of people instead the other way around, just looking at the collections of some of the most promising Australian designers will make you realize that these gals have mastered the art of mixing different prints and incorporating diametrically opposing styles into one single outfit, and they make it work. Avant-garde tops with simple jeans, geometric cuts with simple striped shorts, oversized pink with red bags and zebra shoes – you name it, they’ve pulled it off.

The lesson: never be reluctant to match the unmatchable – with the right ‘who cares’ attitude, you can pull off any combo that pops into your head.

All about that care

Aussie Girl Style - All about that care

Yes, yes, fashion tips are valuable, but we know that the truly priceless secrets you’re after are the beauty and skincare ones. You just look at Margot Robbie and you’re filled with a mixture of admiration and envy.

Well, buckle up, because these secrets are about to be revealed. Good times and breathtaking Australian beaches are something you simply can’t put a price on. However, these girls of summer know that sun protection is not a matter you want to take lightly.

Aside from always turning to trusty sunblock and moisturizers with a serious SPF, these gals don’t shy away from seeking additional help to keep that skin radiant, plump and healthy. The ‘better safe than sorry’ motto is what they’re guided by and touch-ups in the form of microdermabrasion at a professional skin care clinic are the equivalent of their fountain of youth. Even the goddesses of summer need a helping hand to remain as healthy and youthful-looking and they’ve definitely discovered their Holy Grail.

Stranger things

Aussie Girl Style - Stranger things

Now, the list of much beloved and cherished skincare products Aussie girls swear by will come as a bit of a shock – but just remember their flawless complexion and you won’t doubt them. First in line is emu oil, yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The scent is a bit sharp and overwhelming, but given that it has the power to shrink an angry zit, help nix bikini-line bumps and reduce inflammation and even ward off minor infections – it’s totally worth putting up with.

Mineral foundations that contain kaolin clay are also one of the favorites, because nothing saves you better from a shiny T-zone than the mighty clay. Now, there is one product developed by Australia’s very own Miranda Kerr and her team and Kora Cosmetics and it’s the Luxurious Rosehip Oil. The reason this product is receiving so much love lies in its ability to reduce wrinkles, and give the skin that glowing dewy look – AKA the Australian signature look. Finally, the biggest secret of them all is plenty of time in the water; even if you’re not graced with an ocean nearby, there’s always the pool. Hydration is crucial, so fill up that bottle and don’t stop before you see the bottom of at least 8 glasses.

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian-based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and natural beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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Read Other Articles That Sophia Has Written For The Style Bouquet Below:

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Perfect Skin Secrets from Celebrity Dermatologists

Celebrity Makeup Artists Reveal Their Beauty Secrets

Spice Up Your Business Style with Statement Pieces

What is the Key to a Defined Personal Style?

Pinterest Predicts the Biggest Beauty Trends for 2017

Celebrity-Inspired Outfits to Wear on Valentine’s Day

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4 Foods that Will Give You the Skin of Your Dreams (Guest Post) Guest Author: Corinne Keating

4 Foods for Healthy Skin

4 Foods for Healthy Skin

Blackheads make you feel like you dressed up as a comic book character for Halloween. Pimples develop secret missions to pop out in the middle of the night because the “pizza face” look is so in. Dry skin doesn’t mean you love walking in the Sahara Desert. Is your skin rebelling, and why?

Clear skin makes you feel confident and refreshed, while blackheads, pimples and their evil friends can wreck your confidence and self-image. In summer or winter, your skin may shift from normal to dry or oily, but what you eat is one the major factors that affect your skin health. Here are four foods that will give you the skin of your dreams:

  1. Chocolate

Food for Healthy Skin - Chocolate

Chocolate has a bad rep for the myth of making your skin break out when consumed, but that’s not the whole truth. Overly processed chocolate that doesn’t contain high levels of cacao (a.k.a. real chocolate) will be more prone to upsetting your skin and overall wellness.

Choose dark chocolate for better skin health, due to its high level of flavonols (an antioxidant). Treat yourself to a bar, with at least 70 percent or more cacao, and store it in the freezer. Eat one square, or a few squares, daily to boost your skin’s luminosity. Topical application of a cacao cream helps to reduce puffiness of your skin due to the caffeine content in chocolate.

  1. Fish

4 Foods for Healthy Skin - Fish

Is your skin constantly dry? Up your intake of fatty fish to maintain skin moisture, thickness and suppleness as you enjoy a delicious meal. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like herring, mackerel and salmon help to maintain your skin health, reducing inflammation to clear up acne and redness. The Vitamin E in fish protects against free radicals and inflammation. The zinc in fish regulates inflammation and produces new skin cells, and a zinc deficiency may delay wound healing and prolong the appearance of skin lesions.

If you’re not a “fish person,” consider taking fish oil supplements to get the healthy skin benefits, which may also help stabilize autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that contribute to ill skin health.

  1. Fruit

Food for Healthy Skin - Fruit

Are you getting enough water in your diet? How about fruit? Fruit maintains your skin moisture and clarity, especially with the powerful skin-loving antioxidant Vitamin C found in blueberries, strawberries, oranges, papaya and kiwi.

Introduce your skin to antioxidant heaven with a fruit face mask, with ingredients from your pantry and fridge. This face mask has skin beneficial properties: alpha hydroxyl, lactic and salicylic acids, Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients. Mash three strawberries with a fork, and mix in one tablespoon of regular yogurt with one teaspoon of raw honey. The mask will harden and dry. Wash it off after twenty minutes.

  1. Veggies

Food for Healthy Skin - Vegetables

Eat your veggies! Just imagine the broccoli as trees, and you’re the monster destroying the forest. Maybe the green vegetables have grown on you as an adult, but the end goal of healthy skin is worth the imagination!

Those leafy greens are good for your skin. It’s all about the vitamins and nutrients those veggies contain, such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C and carotenoids:

  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your skin from toxins and free radicals, which age your skin. Eat dark leafy greens, yams, sweet potatoes and avocado (also a healthy fat).
  • Vitamin C: You’ve learned that Vitamin C is also an antioxidant guarding your body against free radicals, but it’s also important for collagen production to maintain skin elasticity. Eat broccoli, potatoes, leafy greens, potatoes and green peppers.
  • Carotenoids: Carotenoids are in red, orange and yellow vegetables and help make vitamin A in your body, another antioxidant. Eat peppers, carrots and pumpkin. Leafy greens also contain carotenoids.

To get the healthy skin you always dreamed of, remember to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, particularly leafy greens, and don’t forget to include fatty fish in your diet. Best of all, you are allowed to eat chocolate, dark that is!

Maintain a balanced diet full of nutritional foods, and your skin will reflect your healthy diet. Go a step further and make lotions or face masks from the items in your refrigerator or pantry. Your skin will radiate with the new-found confidence you feel inside as a result of eating and beautifying with healthy foods.

Author Bio:

Corinne Keating is a health and lifestyle blogger who loves coffee and hiking. Find her blogging at Why So Well, her health & wellness blog.