Beauty Giant Revlon Reportedly Files For Bankruptcy

CNN confirms that Cosmetics Giant Revlon just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after being in business for almost 90 years.

Revlon has reportedly lost its market share to newcomer cosmetic lines backed by celebrities, such as Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty.

CNN confirms though that Revlon is expected to receive $US575 million in financing from its existing lenders, which would enable it to keep its day-to-day operations running.

“Today’s filing will allow Revlon to offer our consumers the iconic products we have delivered for decades while providing a clearer path for our future growth,” Revlon CEO Debra Perelman said in a release. She also said, “challenging capital structure has limited our ability to navigate macro-economic issues in order to meet this demand.”

Revlon was founded in 1932 by brothers Charles and Joseph Revson and Charles Lachman. Revlon (REV) went public in 1996 and in 2016 it was bought by Elizabeth Arden. It’s home to several high-profile brands, including Britney Spears Fragrances and Christina Aguilera Fragrances.

CNN further confirms that Revlon’s sales dropped over the years and in 2021 fell 22% from its 2017 levels. Shares have reportedly fallen more than 80% since the beginning of the year. ABC also confirms that in the latest quarter that ended in March, sales rose nearly 8 percent, but still lag pre-pandemic levels in excess of $US2.4 billion a year.

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Sustainable label Gyre Unveils Its 2022 Collection At The Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022

Sustainable label Gyre dives into a creative ocean of ethereal simplicity with its 2022 collection, Oceania, which was launched Friday, 13 May, at the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. The Oceania showcase was Gyre’s debut showing at AAFW.

Launched in 2020, the Gyre brand is built on the philosophy of sustainability and a strong commitment to protecting the planet through local Australian manufacturing and the use of natural, recycled, and organic fabric in every piece. Each Gyre garment is carefully designed to ensure longevity, championing circular fashion.

“We are increasingly aware of the impact that traditional fashion industry practices have on the environment, but we believe that fashion and a healthy planet can co-exist,” says Gyre founder and Creative Director Elena Ballantyne.

“It is our responsibility, as an emerging brand, to be part of a more sustainable present and future in turn by being a lighthouse in the ocean of fast fashion.”

Oceania represents the essence of the Gyre brand. The collection captures a passion for classic and refined monochrome silhouettes and celebrates Australia’s natural beauty and creative talent by featuring hand-painted aquatic elements from NSW artist Prudence Demarchi.

The collection starts with luxurious resort wear, featuring classic flowing lines and lightweight linens. Expressed in the choice of stark black and white, these pieces represent boldness and empowerment. This is interspersed with pieces made from beautiful organic peace silk featuring gorgeous ocean-themed and floral prints.

Oceania’s swimwear complements the resort wear and includes a variety of classic and timeless one-piece styles and bikini pieces made from Italian ‘Econyl’- regenerated ocean waste.

Gyre showcased 29 looks throughout the show and was proud to welcome transgender model, speaker, author, and activist, Chaye Hartwell. This was also Chaye’s debut show and made a positive statement on diversity and inclusion on the runway.

Styled with beautiful hats by Lorna Murray, an ethical and sustainable Australian brand, where effortless glamour meets coastal bohemian, and thoughtfully composed elegant jewellery by local Newcastle-NSW Kate & Kole.

Photos Courtesy of Dave Choo

Five Ways To Be Fashionable On A Budget

So, the latest issue of the biggest fashion magazine is talking about the best concealer since sliced bread. You are excited beyond belief about it and make a mad dash to the counter and shell out thousands of dollars for it. But, when you try it for the first time, you realise you don’t like it and kick yourself for spending so much money on something that will probably still be on your vanity table six years from now, and still full. Of course, we never learn our lesson until it’s way too late and the same thing happens upon hearing about the next wonder product.

Make your life easier and your wallet full. Here are a few tips on how to be a budget beauty shopper:

Try the product before committing

If it’s the foundation, test on your jawline if it’s the right shade (it should disappear), check if you like the consistency, if you’re ok with it having SPF, and all that. For eye shadows and blush, check if it has strong pigment. Sometimes a color can look striking when it’s sitting in its container, but when you try it you find that you have to apply 3 to 4 times just to see a wash of color on your eyelids. Even worse, they sometimes fade off well before the day is over. Better yet, ask the people behind the counter if you can get a sample of the products you are interested in. Some of them may be able to give you trial-sized versions that you can test out for a week before you make a decision.

Make a list – and stick to it!

It’s like when you go to the grocery, you should never go without a list because you end up buying things you don’t need. Impulse buying is one of the worst ways to burn up your funds. More often than not, you come home and look at all your packages and don’t know what to do with half your purchases. Either that or you use it once or twice and forget about it. If it’s just loose powder and a new blush that you need, stick to that and don’t even look at the new lipsticks and eye shadows. Making a list of what you do need will give your trip to the mall some purpose and you will leave happy, fulfilled, and with still enough money to buy dinner.

Read between the lines

Don’t get carried away with product slogans that claim to perform miracles. You may just be disappointed when you buy a cream that claims to be a wrinkle eraser and you find yourself two months later, still with wrinkles. Read the labels carefully. The word ‘reduce’ is not the same as ‘eliminate’. Remember, this is make-up, not plastic surgery.

More expensive doesn’t mean better

Different products work for different people so don’t feel the need to buy the most expensive eye cream just because your best friend swears by it. Even makeup artists don’t agree with all products out on the market. What one loves, another may despise so if that $3 tube of lipstick works for you, then why not take advantage of its low price?

Ask for expert advice

Schedule an appointment for a consultation with a beauty expert so you can determine what products will be right for your skin and what colors will look right on you. If you must pay for the session, remember that it will be cheaper than buying everything and relying on a hit or miss process of elimination.

When to spend

So, now that I’ve officially made you unwilling to spend for anything, I am flipping it over because there are times when spending is acceptable, if not necessary:

If you have sensitive skin

Some products are made especially for people with ultra-sensitive skin and sometimes they cost a bit more. It is better to buy these products at a higher price than scrimping and ending up with a face full of rashes. Buy a quality item that you know you will use and is good for your skin. Usually, you don’t use too much at a time anyway so you won’t have to buy too often.

If it makes you feel smashing

There are some ‘wonder’ products out there, but all of these are subjective. If there is a certain bronzer that really lights up your face or mascara that gives you lashes for miles, then, by all means, buy it! Anything that will get that much time on your face is definitely worth spending for. We all have that one favorite product that we swear by. For me, it’s Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oils. It’s a bit expensive but cleanses and moisturizes my face in a snap. I don’t even need any other products in my bathroom anymore. Think of what your must-have item is, and give yourself a break. Let that be your luxury item whenever you go make-up shopping.

Source: The Australian Filipina

6 Gorgeous Makeup Trends to Try In 2022

By Chi de Jesus

“Beauty” is a billion-dollar industry that never goes into recession. Pandemic or not, this industry continues to be relevant by inventing and re-inventing to keep being relevant. As the beauty industry evolves with the needs of its market, forecasts, predictions, and recommendations are the most anticipated information one has to find out to get into the groove.

After scouring through different sources – Tiktok, Pinterest, YouTube, and online beauty magazines here’s some info that will give you a bit of an idea on what level of beauty everyone can be in 2022.

For the overall look, 2022 looks more natural, effortless, and fresh for the day look working with minimal concealer and barely-there foundation or tinted moisturizer which makes use of the terms “soft glam” and “chil.” For more glam situations, “luminous” is the keyword – focusing on the lips, eyeshadow, and highlights. Think shimmer with a sprinkle of glitter to enhance those dewy highlights.

Don’t be shocked though with the introduction of mood make-up. The last 2 years may have concealed our inner turmoils but 2022 divulges what you feel through make-up depicting self-expression. Burst of colours will be “in” for those moody times working neon and ditching the pastels. To edge it up a bit, say goodbye to blending! Lines, blotches, and strikes with the occasional futuristic embellishments accentuate this “back-to-the-80’s” look for when you’d want to roar, kill and devour … glamorously, of course.

For those arched wonders, brows still continue the upward trend with a feathered brushed-up look made famous by Tiktok followers. They are called “soap brows” inspired by the 1940’s-50’2 when make-up artists discovered that soap could be a better alternative to keep the brows in place creating a lifted or laminated look.

Given the mask situation in 2020 and 2021, drama was focused on the eyes with bold colours and sultry designs. This year, this trend continues with coloured eyeliners, bejewelled eyes, pastel matte eyeshadows, and “dopamine-fuelled eyes” using neon orange and other reflective colours. Though fab lashes are still in, a refreshing take on the winged liner will be in-trend – welcome “kitten eyeliner” which provides a more youthful look. This takes the place of uber elongated cat eyes. If you’re wondering what it looks like, the best example I always give is Gal Gadot’s diminutive flick of a liner – cute, savvy, and tasteful.

For the cheeks, subtlety takes a back seat with the bold blush. Reminiscent of the ’90s across the face, sun-kissed look. According to beauty sites, the monochromatic look is gone and the healthy glow takes its place giving more emphasis on being in the “pink of health.”

And finally, to seal the deal with a kiss, dark lip liners are back! So think ombre lips, extended pouts, and even “grunge” burgundy lips of the 90s can be a good reveal when you take off those masks – so make sure it’s long-lasting or super stay. However, in allowable situations, which right now may be a number of occasions, a splash of fabulous gloss provides the more in “high shine” lips. On more special events, “celebratory lipsticks” with specks of glitter and shine may be in order. So, glam up!

Get ready to get out of your comfort zone because 2022 will definitely shake this year to its fabulous core – even if it is making a moody statement. One thing definitely is a 100% in – multifunctional make-up. These are products that do not only colour your life with a lot of “luminosity” but also take care of your skin from the harsh elements of the environment and keep it hydrated because healthy will forever be in.

Source: The Australian Filipina

What is Streetwear? The 101 on Fashion’s Biggest Buzzword

Before we start, let’s make one thing clear – streetwear is not urban wear. If you’re visualising baggy jeans and white basketball sneakers – you’re thinking of ‘urban wear’.

Not many people agree on what ‘streetwear actually is, but most people agree that streetwear was born in Las Angeles in the late 1970s to early 1980s with heavy influence from the surf and skate cultures. As with all ‘street trends’, the style and definition of streetwear have continually evolved and today we see a style that is influenced by things such as hip hop, the ’80s and ’90s, and even couture fashion. The fashion-conscious generation today is managing to effortlessly blend all three influences together, combining smart cuts and tailoring with classic streetwear pieces.

Due to the combination of designs and styles that would have previously been considered contradictory, streetwear brands have begun to include items that are a lot more refined, but still, keep the authentic relaxed look of original streetwear. This shift in perception and acceptance has meant that high-end companies such as Burberry now include streetwear products in their runway lineup.

The people behind Unparalleled Apparel give their interpretation of the changes we see in the streetwear trend: “It’s like, the owners of the brands start the companies as teens and twenty-somethings and the designs reflect that. But as the owners and consumers grow up more, so do the brands. We see more fitted cuts becoming prominent, fewer materials, button-up shirts appear more in lookbooks. It’s because you can’t just be baggy jeans forever. Someday you have to grow up, at least just a little.”

In saying all of that, possibly the most attractive element of the trend of streetwear is that it is different for every person and encompasses so many ideas and interpretations. “There is so much opinion visually apparent on the street; its restless nature means that it is constantly evolving but in a totally disordered manner that can only be controlled by one’s personal style.”

One thing is for sure, in a world that seems to grow smaller every day; streetwear will be increasingly influenced and interpreted by people, trends, and cultures from all over the world. This is the beauty and the heart of streetwear.

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Top 10 Fashion Myths You Have to Stop Believing In 2022

Is your wardrobe ready for 2022? In case you haven’t heard yet, flattering our body through the trendiest and stylish clothes is a full time job. It requires a sophisticated sense and a smart discernment to know what fits our style otherwise, you’d be a full-fledged fashion disaster trapped in an awkward and highly-outdated collection!

Inexplicably, fashion has been a reflection of women empowerment and equality. We have Tory Burch, Donatella Versace and Coco Chanel whose names are all hailed in the glittery world of fashion. The truth is, as much as it holds a glamorous and powerful impression, dressing up in trends can sometimes be daunting especially if you are haunted by the enormity of misconceptions that might salvage your way towards dreamy couture and elegance. As the year kicks in, let’s take a fashionable glimpse at the most popular fashion statements that we might be holding on to for years.

1. Black makes you look skinny

Is your diet giving you false hope? Well, your pretty black dress won’t. A black outfit only works by using illusion. Women appear slimmer because of the colour black’s ability to blend into the background – smoothing away flabs and folds.

2. Maxi dresses won’t suit petites

This one absolutely holds no truth. Maxi dresses in summer are great and anyone regardless of height and weight can definitely pull this off so long as you know your body frame and shape. You should know your ideal length and wear it!

3. Denim on denim

Well, time changes. What might look unfashionable years ago may appear trendy in the age where anything can be styled and enhanced. Denim on denim may be a brave fashion statement but really it’s just a matter of elegantly mixing colours and design.

4. Sequins all day and night

Due to sequins’ highly-stylish nature, many deemed that it can only be worn at night but as fashion evolves, sequins are, in fact, a great piece to wear anytime of the day since they give a huge eye-catching factor.

5. Tall women should avoid high heels

Fashion icons know that high heels can make legs look great. Women gifted with height should not shy away from wearing heels as these complete a classy glam-up look.

6. Too many bold colours are too much

Like the comeback of vintage styles, mixing bold colours more than once is considered fashionable. Figure your body like a canvass waiting to be painted on. Combining different hues, either bold or bright can launch a posh take on your wardrobe.

7. Open-toed shoes and stockings do not go well together

Some might still argue about this but wearing stockings with open-toed shoes or sandals may appear really inelegant.

8. Horizontal stripes can make you appear bigger

Stripes are actually one of the famous prints that can turn your fashion look in an impressive direction. Choose stripes that are fitted well to your body and the ones that highlight your assets.

9. Your shoes, purse, and belt should match each other

Honestly, who bothers adhering to this fashion rule anymore? The tip is to find these accessories in the same colour family and make them complement your outfit.

10. Wear the real you

This, in fact, is the biggest truth in fashion. While following trends and styles may be fun and exciting, your taste should not be dictated by others’ views of it. Dress according to your personality and be proud of it.

7 Useful Tips To Keep Your Skin Glowing In Summer

After what seems like weeks of incessant rain, finally, much of Australia will have summer-like temperatures to look forward to, with some locations having highs of 40ºC.

Warm weather can form new challenges for all sorts of skin types. This seven-step guide is here to help you make the most of your summer and master the perfect glowy skin.

The experts at WeThrift have shared their seven top tips to help you live out your hot girl summer dreams and have the most desirable glowing skin.

Seven Tips for glowy skin this summer:

  1. Wear SPF

If you are a skincare enthusiast you’ve probably heard this plenty of times before, but wearing SPF is a vital part of your routine. You can go to your local aesthetician or your favourite skincare YouTuber and they will all most likely say this is the most important step to protect your skin from sun damage and help you to achieve that glowing summer look.

With how hot the sun gets in Australia it comes at no surprise that you may need to reapply that sunscreen to maximise the effect. Always make sure you apply SPF as the last step of your skincare routine.

  1. Use makeup that has SPF 

I know most of us would rather go bare-faced on these hot summer days. But for those of you who want an extra glam look or have exciting plans that you feel the need to wear makeup for. Make sure that foundation or BB cream has SPF in it, this helps protect your skin even further.

Pro tip: try and use a lightweight foundation to ensure your pores don’t get clogged up otherwise breakouts can happen.

  1. Wear protective clothing 

Dust off your favourite sunglasses, grab a sun hat, and protect yourself from the beaming rays –  this simple step can benefit your skin more than you think. It’s particularly important to protect your eyes and the skin surrounding them, including your eyelids.

  1. Make sure to exfoliate 

Regular exfoliation is important, this doesn’t mean exfoliating every single day, twice per week is considered the appropriate amount. Using a gentle scrub is enough to get rid of the dead skin which helps give your skin a fresh and radiant look.

Pro tip: make your own homemade face scrub that has natural sugars and oils to maintain a summer glow.

  1. Use a multipurpose moisturiser 

To reduce the number of products you use, try using a multi-purpose face moisturiser if you have acne-prone skin or you tend to have a lot of blemishes. A combo of moisturiser and SPF will be your new best friend.

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate 

Hydration is an extremely important factor when mastering your ideal summer skincare routine. Making sure you drink enough water throughout the day should be your priority, we often get extremely dehydrated without even noticing. So grab the biggest water bottle you can find and start drinking…

In addition to the many health benefits, drinking water can also help maintain your skin’s elasticity, reduce puffiness and prevent acne amongst other things. You can even switch it up and add lemon or strawberries to make your water taste even better.

7. Add vitamin C to your routine 

Many dermatologists will advise you to use serums or any products that contain Vitamin C. Particularly in the summer season, as it is known to protect against harmful UVA rays. All you need is just a few drops to help combat hyperpigmentation, improve fine lines, and aid collagen production.

Whatever your plans this summer, we hope a summer skincare routine is a priority for you!

Source: Wethrift

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Kudzai Chinez @ JBH

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Shoppers Asked To Pressure Popular Fashion Brands To Step Up

Major fashion brands in Australia, such as Just Jeans, Lorna Jane, Myer, and Peter Alexander, must be open about how and where they manufacture their clothes to help lift the women who make them out of poverty, Oxfam has declared ahead of the Black Friday sales and Christmas.

The international development and human rights organisation has released its updated Naughty or Nice list, which congratulates brands that have made commitments around living wages and calls out those that can do better.

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said it was particularly unfortunate that some brands had failed to make commitments to ensure the payment of a living wage during the pandemic – a time when the industry has grown yet many garment workers have lost their jobs.

A living wage means enough money is earned to cover basic essentials for a family including food, housing, healthcare, clothing, transport, education, and some money for unexpected events.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant, which is why transparency around issues of power, whether business or politics, is so important,” Ms. Morgain said.

“Three major clothing companies in Australia – Lorna Jane, Myer, and The Just Group – have failed to take the basic step of publishing key information about where they manufacture their clothes.

“It’s particularly disappointing to see brands that promote the wellbeing of women, such as Lorna Jane, failing to be transparent about the factories in which their clothes are made. This supports a culture of secrecy that is harmful to the wellbeing of all women, including those who make our clothes, and entrenches the massive power disparity between brands and garment workers.”

While those three companies have found themselves on the Naughty list, others have taken positive steps towards backing up their commitment to a living wage. Those on the Nice list this year are Best & Less, Big W, Bonds, City Chic, Cotton On, Country Road, Dangerfield, David Jones, Forever New, Gorman, H&M, Kmart, Mosaic brands (including Rivers and Katies), and Target.

Oxfam’s recent report, Shopping for a Bargain, revealed that poor business practices – including aggressive price negotiation, inaccurate forecasting of orders, short lead times, and last-minute changes to order – are having a profound impact on the lives of workers.

“To help combat this, last year we asked brands to commit to separating out labour costs to ensure there was clarity between factories and brands about the expectations of payment to garment workers. It’s been so heartening to see so many brands step up to the plate,” Ms. Morgain said.

Meanwhile, other brands – such as Jeans West and Zara – have made some progress, but still have work to do to catch up to the Nice brands on their living wage journey.

“What is at the heart of this issue is the garment workers – mainly women in low-income countries – who makes our clothes. These women aren’t paid enough to build a better future for their children, because their low wages keep them in poverty.

“It’s time for Australian brands to acknowledge and use the power they have to ensure these women are empowered to lift themselves out of poverty through the payment of a living wage.

“This Christmas, we want shoppers to demand better from the brands they love so that our celebrations don’t come at the expense of the women who make our clothes and their families.”

Shoppers can check where their favourite brands sit on the 2021 Naughty or Nice list here.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Medianet

Inside The Lives Of Social Media Influencers

Life as an Influencer is becoming an increasingly stacked game. In a world of paid likes/followers, fickle algorithms, and those ‘lurky bots’, it’s become even harder to market yourself in 2019. With more Instagram Models on the scene than ever before; this creates a higher level of competition overall.

Gaining traction on social media often means hitting that elusive fan quota. However, it’s often a vague figure that allows you to qualify. This begs the question: how many people have to follow you or like your page in order to make you a legitimate Influencer? What will warrant enough credibility amidst a miasma of hashtagging and 24/7 responsiveness? You should start with applying a thick-skinned approach to negative comments (ironically, with much skin on show) and all ‘round people-pleasing.

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. What does an Influence Marketer and/or Instagram Model actually do? Well, they create ‘sponsored content’. That means someone sends them something and they promote it to their audience, eg. “OMG this skin cream is the bomb, I now have no pimples”, or “this teeth whitening product is so great I can now allow myself to smile” – all the whilst being paid to give, let’s face it, an entirely biased review.

Influence Marketing is most usually carried out on the platform of choice: Instagram. According to Forbes Magazine, an Insta account with over one million followers can attract upwards of $50k for a single sponsored post: that’s certainly big bickies! What you may not know is that the social media landscape is continuing to change, and it’s not always in the interest of an Influence Marketer.

For example, have you heard of the term ‘Micro Influencer’? These are commonly described as ‘ordinary people’ (whatever that means) with a decent following of around 3000 followers. Usually, they aren’t ‘big-fish’ enough to score entirely free products, and they don’t always garner a genuine ‘hard-dried-ink’ modeling contract with, you know, an actual brand.

While the demand for Micro-Influencers grows (and will continue to do so during 2019); so does earning potential decline. This demographic is more often than not, underpriced. With so many people putting their hands up to assist e-commerce operators, for example, accepting the offer to post about a beach towel whilst wearing a bikini, this means that the value of a Micro Influencers’ engagement is vastly cheapened. It’s just supply and demand – economics 101.

The fact is, being a Micro-Influencer is generally not something to be taken too seriously. That’s because you can only ever earn a mere fraction of what your more socially mobile counterparts (you know those Insta peeps with the covetable green badge) can attract per post. What does this ‘Verified Badge’ on Instagram actually mean? Well, according to the platform itself, “a verified badge is a check that appears next to an Instagram account’s name in search and on the profile. It means Instagram has confirmed that an account is the authentic presence of the public figure, celebrity or global brand it represents.”

How do you get your very own Insta Badge? You can apply to get one by going into your platform’s settings tab, providing your ID, and waiting for that all-important response. However, there are no guarantees! But, that’s always the way, isn’t it? After all, there are no 100 percent shatter-proof formulas for achieving success in online marketing. Keep in mind that those ‘masterclasses’ will surely tell you differently, though.

Being an Instagram Model and marketing yourself is but a means to an end. It is not necessarily something to hinge your ‘bread-and-butter’ upon. If you are reaping the rewards as an Influence Marketer then more power to you. If you are still struggling and wondering why it’s not actually working for you, then remember things are never what they seem – especially when it comes to the world of social media/influencer marketing!

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