At STYLED BY JADE we are always looking for affordable cues from the runways of New York, London and Paris to keep you head to toe feeling up to date and glamorous. 

Wearing the current seasons lipstick can easily modernise last seasons wardrobe creating a fresh on trend look.

We want you to be on everyone’s lips wearing the latest spring lipstick colours. This season we can’t get enough of the popping bold hues of pink and glossy textures. Infuse your pink lips with a glitter gloss to create plenty of sparkle.

If pinks are not your thing, have fun with the new seasons vibrant energetic bold semi matte orange hues. We are totally obsessed with this seasons chic lip looks.

Nicole xo


At the ripe young age of 39 (ok I’m turning 39 in 10 days) lol I’m all about taking care of this maybe not so well oiled machine, I call my body!

But I have been trying to take care of my skin more so in the past few years, so I can prolong having to go under the knife, or just look like a old leather hand bag! Lets be clear…. I love Summer, I don’t use additional sunscreen that isn’t already in my moisturiser or foundation and I’m all about having a natural tan, for as long as I can. 

I never get facials, but I was hearing chatter about Microdermabrasion and this new Yellow Light treatment from Laser Clinics Australia. 
I have been seeing Danai and her gorgeous team from LCA at Wollongong Central for just over two years now and trust them with not just my laser hair removal, but my skin care regime as well.
So if I was going to have something new done, they would be my people to do it. 

I went in last Saturday and was ready for my first Microdermabrasion, which was then followed by the new Yellow Light treatment.

Microdermabrasion is an intensive yet gentle exfoliation treatment that evens, tones and rejuvenates the skin… basically removing all dead skin, removing pimples and congested pores like black heads. I don’t have overally troubled skin, but I do have oily skin and I find working under harsh lights all day, I get little sweat pimples….however I have always had congestion on my nose and chin. Not overally visible, but I know they’re there. 
From $50 per treatment. 

Yellow Light (aka LED Light Therapy) is a healing light that penetrates deep in to the layers of skin causing rejuvenation, cell repair and increased circulation… a perfect treatment to have, after an intensive treatment. 
$69 per treatment.

I’m now 3 days after my treatment and I noticed the following day, that my skin was glowing. I felt that my skin was a little dull and definitely not smooth to touch before my treatment, but as I said it wasn’t overally noticeable. But I couldn’t stop touching my skin the following day. I was able to go makeup free, which was nice and just continued with my normal skin care regime. The past two days back to work and I have noticed that my skin definitely as a more natural shine to it and my congested nose is DEFINITELY so much clearer and smoother. To be honest, I can’t wait to go again in about a week and so and have another treatment! 

Here’s a little behind the scenes of how the treatment went. xo 




“Sharing my personal teeth whitening experience!”

We all want the gorgeous Hollywood Smile….
I know for me personally, I had quite discoloured teeth…. from my daily routine of coffee drinking and then add a glass of red wine or two in there.. and bam, my teeth aren’t as bright as what they should be!!

I have always wanted to get my teeth whitened, but knew it was quite an expensive process at the dentist… and the ‘at home’ treatments from the chemist, just weren’t going to cut it!!

However last week I was THRILLED TO BITS to be invited by the team at Pure Smile in Sydney, to experience their Signature Cosmetic Teeth Whitening treatment.

Pure Smile are the official teeth whitening partners, for the latest Miss Universe contestants.. so I thought, if it’s good enough for them….then it has to be good!!

I went in on Friday to their Chatswood store which is located in Westfield Chatswood and was greeted by the lovely Lena, who went through the whole procedure and process with me.

I eagerlly sat down like an excited school girl, hoping that I would leave at the end of the process and feeling more confident with my smile!! And I did just that… as you will see below, my teeth were definitely not white and after my treatment.. they had a lovely natural white to them!!

Because my teeth were so discoloured, I didn’t achieve a porcelain white look… but I am planning on going back to have another treatment, to help achieve a whiter and brighter smile!! xo




DARK LIPS… The Autumn Winter trend for 2016

What’s the latest lip trend for the season?

Let’s face it… dark lips are all the rage for this Autumn/Winter. Although this new take on the gothic classic is a bit more romantic, it’s still a beauty look with impact, which means you want to get the look right.

Out with the conventional colors, lips are dark shades of Bordeaux, plum and deepest black.  In matte or iridescent, play it dramatic with a dark lip.

The best way to prepare your lips for wearing a dark color is to keep them in great shape, which means keeping them moisturized. A great lip balm is essential, but try to get one that’s not too glossy because if you use it as a base under the lip color, it’ll sheer the color out or cause it to slip past the lip line. Go for balms that are more matte, like Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. I use this balm a lot when using a dark lip colour, as the matt finish is perfect!

I personally love more of a merlot/cabernet purple based color on fair-to-medium skin. It gives a vintage, vampy, renaissance look. However, if your skin is more olive, go with more of a mahogany/terra cotta underlay to the color, like a deep burgundy. If you have very deep skin, I love the merlot color but try and mix in a very tiny amount of black or brown, to give the color depth and impact. It looks unbelievable on women with deep skin tones because their lips tend to be super dark, so by adding just a little black or dark brown you get a deeper look that helps their lips stand out more!

I started to play with dark shades last Winter and really loved the impact, however I also had Platinum blonde hair. So I will definitely have to see how the look goes this year, with my blue black hair…

Who’s already this new trend, or who will be adding this look to their go to look for Autumn Winter? x sbj












What is the Balayage Effect?

Balayage is still one of the most requested hair trends, in Salons everywhere!!!

Everything you need to know about the biggest colour trend since Holly Golightly’s highlights.

First aflutter in Vogue forums in 2005, balayage is the most popular hair colouring request in salons today. The go-to for modern, chic hair, balayage creates depth and dimension, and leaves you with a sun-kissed finish.

Vogue speaks to colour expert Rosie Hardy of Sydney salon Colour Lounge to find out everything you need to know about this popular technique.

What is balayage?
Balayage is a French colouring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the colour is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques. Balayage can be used in even the shortest pixie crop however the best results is in hair below the shoulders.

The appeal
You can achieve so many different effects from soft, natural highlights to something strong and punky. The fact it’s so low maintenance is such a drawcard for women too. People want to look fashionable and feel good about their appearance but in this day and age we don’t all have the time to be in the salon every few weeks for a touch up.

It’s also a very economical way to colour your hair as you never have a solid demarcation line or regrowth, so if you can’t afford to get it done for another month it won’t look atrocious. However, if your balayage isn’t done correctly you can end up with excessive overlapping that can cause damage.

How it’s done
The process varies depending on the length of the hair and the desired result. You can expect to have individual strands coloured with a brush and a backing board. Some colourists like to separate their sections with cotton wool or foil, others tease the hair in sections first then freehand colour the ends.

I find that all my balayage clients are going for different looks and need to maintain it at different rates. You will need to have a minimum of three appointments to really build up the colour initially. These appointments are spaced six weeks apart. From there you could go up to four months without having more balayage. You would just need to come in for a toner and a treatment to freshen up the colour in between appointments.

Is it for me?
Balayage is best done on natural hair, but never fear, most of the work I do to create a balayage look is initially done with foils until the hair is ready to have only balayage. There are many different techniques that people use to create this look. If you’re seeing a colour specialist they should always be able to come up with a technique to achieve the look you desire that best suits your hair type and colour history.

The best hairstyles for balayage
I always love to see balayage finished with loose curls or a beachy, tousled look where you can see the colour variations ribbon through the hair. Sharp, strong haircuts like a bob require a stronger colour or a block colour to show off the cut. Balayage is best left to more flowing hairstyles.

Top maintenance tips
Balayage will dry your hair out no more than classic foiling as long as you have a trained professional applying your colour. As with foils you should always use salon professional shampoos and conditioners as well as have regular treatments. No matter what the technique, your colour will always look its best if your hair is in good condition.

Does balayage have an expiry date?
The technique has been around for so long and will remain an integral part of the way we colour in the salon for as long as I can foresee. However, the trend at the moment with the heavy graduation from dark to light is constantly changing. It started out about five years ago being very subtle with people like Gisele Bundchen being a favourite. A more natural, sun-kissed effect was desired then. In the last few years we have seen much stronger effects being worn, for example [stylist] Pip Edwards, who has really taken it to the next level. This winter we have seen the same techniques used but with a warmer, deeper feel. Lots of celebrities have their balayage finished with copper or red glosses and this is now being called the new ombre look.

Alternatives to balayage
At Colour Lounge I love to use different foiling techniques to create a more structured, gradual fade out effect. I put more ribbon-sized weaves with a lighter colour through the interior of the hair then I work up to deeper colours and softer weaves as I work up to the hairline and partline. It’s a truly beautiful way to create variation in the colour while maintaining a more structured technique that can be worn in many different styles.