The Makeup Factory Unveil 'Vegan' Lippies

Throughout history, women (and arguably, some men) have adorned their lips with deep and luscious hues of colour to enhance their natural beauty.

From ancient Egyptian practices of using crushed red rocks to modern-day inventions of the swivel tube, lipstick has become a symbol for female liberation, rebellion and empowerment.

Inspiring women to look and feel their best naturally and affordably, certified organic and vegan-friendly Australian cosmetic label, The Makeup Factory (tmf) continues the lipstick revolution with their 100% natural and chemical-free range of sustainable lipsticks and lip gloss.

Edgy, stylish and fashion-forward, vegan lips offer 10 striking shades of long-lasting, matte colour.

Lush and hydrating, the vegan lips range soothes, softens and regenerates skin while delivering essential fatty acids deep within the lip for complete moisture control and colour vibrancy.

For a sheer look, or to enhance the vegan lips colour range, the tmf lip gloss palette is infused with the goodness of vitamin E, cacao butter and kaolin clay, boosting skin tone and enhancing the lip’s natural pigmentation in 5 flattering colours.

Source: The MakeUp Factory

Thredbo: The Australian Ski Town Is Celebrating Winter in Style...

Thredbo is celebrating its 60th anniversary this winter and there is a huge line-up of events and activities to commemorate the occasion, kicking off with a massive party on the Opening Weekend 10 -12 June.

Across the weekend visitors can take a trip down memory lane and stroll through the photographic display of Thredbo’s 60 year history dotted around the village, you might even see your old ski suit feature.

On Saturday 10th June with five hours of non-stop tunes in the outdoor Village Square thanks to Heineken.

Headlining is rising pop powerhouse Montaigne, her albumGlorious Heights debuted at #4 on the ARIA charts and went on to pick up the ARIA award for Breakthrough artist.

Her exquisite vocals with an 80’s influence are set to fire up the Thredbo crowd.

Before Montaigne we have Alice Ivy, one of Australia’s best up and coming artists and festival favourite, who’ll be bringing her new age groove to the Snowy Mountains and The Faders, Australia’s favourite hip-hop DJ group who are sure to get the crowd pumping and jumping.

The region’s biggest fireworks display will light up Kosciuszko with big booms and masses of colour at 6pm while the king of carving Kenji Ogawa, tunes up his chisel and fires up the chainsaw to create an icy village sculpture that becomes the centrepiece of the popular GH Mumm Village Long Lunch on Sunday (sold out).

The kids will be entertained too with lots to do including a village wide treasure hunt, face painting and art sessions.

Keep an eye out for the roving mischievous Magician he is sure to amaze all ages with his sleight of hand bag of tricks.

The village bars and restaurants will be open, the party program big and with activities galore, this is set to be a lot of fun. Come up and get involved.

Source: Thredbo

Hairdresser Sends Staff to Counselling Course as Clients’ Emotional Issues Spill Over

RECOGNISING her customers pour their hearts out to her staff on a daily basis, Melbourne hair salon owner Lauren MacKellin is enlisting her staff into a counselling course on how to manage the emotional needs of her clientele.

The Vision Blonde salon owner has decided to take action, sending her staff to a course on how to deal with others’ problems.

“Every day my staff are taking on my clients’ problems and each day is an emotional rollercoaster for them,” says Lauren.

“What my staff need is a hand in how to effectively help, to know how to nurture our clients’ emotional needs along with their own.”

Hairdressers and their clients share a very close and trusting relationship, and thanks to social media, social interaction with your hairdresser is now becoming even more valuable.

“At the end of the day, my employees are as important to my business as my clients, and I need to look after the needs of both. It’s not just about the needs of their hair”.

According to clinical psychologist Georgia Foster, being in “the chair” while someone is nurturing you not only makes you look better, but it also makes you feel good.

And the mind enjoys the attention; off-loading can be a way to release tension with someone who is not in their everyday life.

“A hairdresser, like any other profession that involves a one-on-one interaction, can often trigger burnout due to the demands of being a ‘free therapist’,” says Georgia.

“The best strategy is to find ways to ‘brush off’ clients’ problems by taking proper breaks when possible, going off-site or after work, finding ways to break the state such as a big walk or an exercise class.

“Any profession where you are one-on-one for a period time similar to a hairdresser can have client burnout too, such as beauty therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, pilates and yoga teachers.

“They all – to a certain extent – have to expect some level of being a ‘friendly’ therapist, but equally need know when to stand back and not take on board too much.”

Georgia really commends Lauren for her efforts as an employer in contacting her to counsel her staff over Skype.

“Employers need to put in place tools and strategies that give staff the right communication to know when and what to say, and when to retreat or change subjects,” adds Georgie.

“It’s important that when the staff feel supported, the domino effect means the client is happier too.”

A few helpful tips from Georgia Foster:

•Listen and be non-judgmental

•Don’t act surprised if you hear anything that shocks you

•Let them know you are not a qualified counsellor and suggest an appropriate support system

•Never commit suggesting a way forward, as you are not trained

•Encourage outside stress management tools such as a yoga class or meditation class

•Find a worse story to talk about that makes them become more grateful

•Try and turn a positive spin on the situation

•Find funny things to talk about that breaks their emotional state

Georgia Foster will be doing a one day seminar in Sydney this Saturday, May 27.

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Five Fluffy Cygnets Born at Moore Park’s Kippax Lake in Successful Second Year Environmental Trial

A second year trial of Centennial Parklands’ floating nesting pontoon has produced another successful outcome for a pair of Black Swans in Moore Park’s historic Kippax Lake, with five fluffy cygnets born.

“Kippax Lake is an important heritage feature in Moore Park, but it also plays a critical role for native wildlife,” said Amara Glynn, Environment Officer at Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands.

“We introduced the nesting pontoon last year after a park visitor suggested the idea.

“Before it was introduced, the resident swans had an inconsistent breeding history in that area.

They would try and nest on the side of the concrete platform, and while there were some successful breeding seasons, it is not uncommon for dog attacks or flooding to disrupt the nest.

“The arrival of these babies is a triumph for the Parklands team and a great surprise – it is extremely early in the breeding season!

The current pontoon, made of timber and a durable matrix of fibres formed from recycled plastic, will be retired once the cygnets are fledged and mature enough to leave the nest.

A sturdy new and improved pontoon will be established at Kippax Lake in time for the next phase of the breeding season.

For visitors looking to do their bit, Amara has some tips:

“While we’ll continue to monitor the welfare of the new cygnets, we ask park visitors to keep any dogs on a leash and not walk a dog within 10 metres of the lake.

Also please place rubbish in a bin to ensure it does not get washed into the lake and become a choking hazard for any of the wildlife in the area. Everybody can do their part.”

Source: Centennial Parklands

2017/18 Epic Australia Pass: The World's Best Value Ski Pass?

Monday, June 12, 2017 marks the final day to purchase the 2017/18 Epic Australia Pass, Australia’s most valuable ski pass.

Skiers and snowboarders who are planning a ski holiday to North America for the 2017-2018 winter season can lock in the best price on skiing at Whistler Blackcomb – the largest ski resort in North America – Vail, Park City, Breckenridge and more.

Priced at AU$849 for adults, AU$479 for students and AU$566 for seniors, the Epic Australia Pass pays for itself in just under four of days skiing.

The pass is sold exclusively online at

Australian skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 10 days at Whistler, Vail and/or Beaver Creek, combined; as well as unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada; and unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher.

Holiday restrictions apply to resort access in North America. With such iconic resorts on one ski pass, the Epic Australia Pass is the best value and most flexible ski-pass for Australians, offering year-round skiing at an unmatched price.

Now is the best time to save on accommodation, as well.

Guests can book early and save. Visit to find discounts of up to 40% off across Vail Resorts’ iconic mountains; but the pass value doesn’t stop there.

Because Vail Resorts’ believes pass holders should get the best perks, all 2017-2018 Epic Australia Pass holders can enjoy an additional 20% off the lowest available accommodation rates in the U.S.A. Additionally, all pass holders are automatically enrolled in the Epic Pass Club, an exclusive community that helps skiers and snowboarders get even more value out of their pass through exclusive deals on accommodation, airport transfers, mountain dining and more.

Source: Vail Resorts