7 Insta-Worthy Beauty Deals to Get You Melbourne Cup Ready [Scoopon Blog]

Melbourne Cup Beauty Deals Scoopon

Here at Scoopon, we’ll take any excuse for a bit of pampering, and what better excuse is there than the hottest day on Melbourne’s social calendar, Melbourne Cup.

You’ve found the frock, picked the perfect pair of pumps and chosen a show-stopping headpiece – the only thing left to do is prep your face, body and mind. We’re talking facials, massages, hair makeovers, lashes and more to get you Insta-ready.

1. Pico Laser Facial Rejuvenation

Unlike other facial rejuvenation treatments, pico (short for picosecond) laser targets multiple skin concerns in one go, including congested pores, sun damage, acne scars and uneven skin tone. It also firms and softens the skin, giving you a more youthful look with minimal pain and downtime. Book in a few days before the race that stops the nation and you’ll be good to go!

At Complexion Beauty & Dermal Therapy in Croydon, you can try pico laser therapy during a 60-minute facial including microdermabrasion and RF cooling and lifting for just $99. Check it out here.

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Hottest Spring Racing Fashion and Beauty Trends for 2018 [Scoopon Blog]

Spring Racing Fashion Beauty Trends 2018 Scoopon

Pop the champers and don the fascinator – spring racing season is finally here, and with it, a slew of new fashion trends to try out on the field.

With just a couple of short weeks between now and the race that stops the nation, it’s time to start asking that all-important question: what to wear?

Luckily for you, we’ve taken the stress out of outfit planning and sussed out eight of the hottest trends hitting the track this year. Giddy up!

1. Monochrome

Black and white aren’t just for Derby Day! You can expect to see lots of monochrome throughout the season, with bold prints (polka dots are making a real comeback) and little pops of colour to add a little excitement to your look. Check out Erin Holland’s 2016 Derby Day outfit for some inspo – it may have been two years ago, but her look would be just as on-point at this year’s event.

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All the Hottest Beauty Treatments: Decoded [Scoopon Blog]

hottest beauty treatments decoded Scoopon

If, like me, your skincare routine consists solely of a daily cleanse and moisturise and your fitness regime has all but fallen by the wayside, you’re probably baffled by the seemingly endless number of beauty, skin and weight loss treatments on offer. And if, like me, that low-effort skincare sesh and 30-minute walk ’round the neighbourhood don’t quite produce the results you’re after, you might decide to actually try one.

But behind the complicated terms and impressive before-and-afters, do you really know what you’re in for? Today, I’m going to delve deep into the beauty world and decode some of the most popular treatments, so you can book that appointment with full confidence.

1. Microdermabrasion

This rejuvenating skin treatment uses a crystal-tipped (or, for the ultimate luxury, diamond-tipped) suction device to exfoliate, vacuum up all the dead skin cells, and buff the skin. Afterwards, you may experience a little redness, but this will fade to reveal the cleanest, smoothest skin you’ve ever had. You’ll likely notice a huge reduction in the appearance of acne, scarring, fine lines, pigmentation, sun spots, and enlarged pores – just make sure you apply sunscreen religiously for a few days after. With instantly visible results and no downtime, you’ll be hooked after one session.

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7 Movies You Have to See in October [Scoopon Blog]

Movies to Watch in October Scoopon

There’s something truly special about going to the movies. The big screen, the comfy seats, the smell of fresh popcorn and a chance to escape from the real world for a couple of hours – what more could you want?

We get it, life gets in the way, and a trip to the cinema seems like the last thing on your priority list. But you know what? You deserve a night out. And if you’ve been holding out for a killer flick to hit the box office, you’re in luck – October is absolutely bursting with blockbusters.

Check out our top picks for this month, and be sure to read till the end to find out how you can save big on your next movie!

1. A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga. Bradley Cooper. Need we say more? A Star Is Born may be the third remake of the iconic 1937 film of the same name, but it certainly won’t leave you with that “ugh, enough already!” feeling that comes with most remakes. The movie, which opened to rave reviews and is already considered a serious Oscar contender, follows an alcoholic musician (played by Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a young, up-and-coming singer (Gaga). And while the story itself is enough to draw us in, it’s the music and incredible chemistry between our two leads that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

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12 Must-Try Foods Around the USA and Canada [Scoopon Blog]

Must Try Foods USA Canada Scoopon

So far, we’ve taken our tastebuds across Europe and down through Asia. Now, it’s time to hop on a plane and head on over to North America – the land of fried food and oh-so-sugary sweets. Put on those stretchy pants, cleanse the palate, and join me as we embark on yet another foodie safari.

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1. Philadelphia Cheesesteak – Pennsylvania

Philly cheesesteak may sound boring (how good can some beef and cheese on a roll really be?), but just wait till you try one in the city where it originated. Think perfectly-cooked slices of rib-eye, gooey, melted American cheese, onion, mushrooms, capsicum and sauce on a long roll… I’m already drooling. If you’re heading to Philly any time soon, don’t leave without trying the O.G. cheesesteak from Pat’s King of Steaks – it’s iconic.

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10 Must-Try Foods Around Asia [Scoopon Blog]

Must Try Foods Asia Scoopon

A few weeks ago, I took you on a foodie tour of Europe. We dined on raclette, drooled over waffles, tucked into traditional Austrian schnitzels, and munched on Portuguese tarts. Now, it’s time to move on from pastries and cheese as we head to the vibrant, tastebud-tantalising Asian continent. Shall we?

1. Indonesia – Rendang

If you’ve ever been to Bali (let’s face it, 80% of Australia’s population practically lives there), you’ve probably tried rendang – but if you haven’t, it’s time to put it on the bucket list. This iconic dish features beef, lamb, goat, or chicken, cooked in coconut milk and all the spices you could ever want. It might not look the most appetising, but trust us, it more than makes up for its appearance with rich flavours.

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11 Must-Try Foods Around Europe [Scoopon blog]

I don’t care about shopping. Or museums. Or even getting that all-important Instagram photo. At least, not that much. No, for me the best part about travelling is the food. Each nation seems to have its own unique flavours and dining customs, and there’s nothing I want to do more than try every single one of them.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking you on a tour of all the essential foodie experiences every traveller must try around the world. Up first, it’s the land of cheese and wine, Europe.

1. Switzerland – Raclette

You thought I was going to say fondue, right? Don’t get me wrong, I’d never turn away a big vat of melted cheese, but some raclette would go over even better. For the uninitiated, raclette is a type of Swiss cheese, traditionally heated over a fire or on a specially-designed hotplate. The melted, gooey goodness is then scraped onto potatoes, gherkins, dried meats and more. Pair it with a glass of white wine and you’re pretty much in heaven.

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8 Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Bali [Scoopon blog]

When the time comes to choosing their next holiday destination, millions of Aussies are drawn to Bali’s stunning beaches, bustling nightlife, and vibrant culture. But let’s not lie to ourselves, one of this Indonesian island paradise’s biggest draw-cards is its seemingly endless Instagram opportunities.

Speaking of which, here are eight of the most picture-perfect places to add to your Bali bucket list.

1. Wanagiri Hidden Hill

Located in Munduk, a quiet mountain village about two hours from Ubud, Wanagiri Hidden Hill’s giant swing and human birds’ nest were reportedly built by the locals to attract Insta-obsessed tourists in mid-2017, and judging by the thousands of photos snapped there, we reckon it’s been pretty successful!

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7 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas [Cudo blog]

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and even though you told yourself you wouldn’t let it happen (again), you’ve left it so late that all the good stores have been cleared out and online shopping is no longer an option.

Sound familiar? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! From thoughtful handmade pressies to unforgettable experiences, here are our picks for the best last-minute gifts – and there’s not a tie in sight.

1. Event Tickets

Is dad crazy about footy? Or does he prefer the deafening rumble of amplifiers at live shows? Whatever it is that tickles his fancy, a ticket to a sporting event, theatre performance, or live gig is sure to make his day. The best part? Most are print-at-home or delivered straight to mobile, meaning there’s no waiting around for the ticket to arrive in the letterbox. Too easy!

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6 International Dishes You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong [Cudo blog]

A few weeks ago, I went out for lunch with a friend to our local Vietnamese restaurant and asked for my usual – a hearty bowl of rare beef phở. After I ordered, my mate turned to me and scoffed, “It’s not ‘foe’, it’s ‘fuh’.”

pronouncing foods wrong

Yep, just like that.

Much to my annoyance, Hermione my friend was right. But I’m not the first person to make that mistake, and I definitely won’t be the last.

And, as it turns out, it’s not the only menu item that’s been tripping people up. Chances are we’ve all been mispronouncing dozens of international favourites. Here are some of the biggest offenders…

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