I was mugged on my way to work a couple of days ago. Apart from a bruised arm and ego, I'm ok.
I’ll be back posting shortly.
Paul Starr, celebrated makeup artist, was found dead in his home overnight. Author of Paul Starr on Beauty: Conversations with Thirty Celebrated Women (2005) Starr was well known in celebrity circles, having made the faces of most of
Scuze me while I go beauty crazy.
If it is anything like the Milk & Honey scent of other brands, I’ll be pushing my Mango products to the back of the cupboard and stocking up on these ones.
Cover Girl concealer in Creamy Natural
MAC Studio Fix in NC15
Benefit Lemon Aid
Maybelline Full n Soft in Very Black
NARS Multiple in Maui
Shizen Lip Hydrating Serum
MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink
MAC See Thru Lip Colour in Lovin’ It Light
MAC Slimshine in Scant
MAC Frost Lipstick in Skew
MAC Cremestick Liner in Pink Treat
Scunci hair clip
Clear hair elastics
What’s in your makeup bag?
With 2 broken nails before we even made it out of the garage, I was wondering how the weekend was going to turn out – did I have everything a girl needs over 4 days?
The Boyfriend quipped that it was ok, because I had my go-anywhere repair kit pulled out of my handbag before we made it to the first corner. Hmpf.
Our rest stop was at Oliver’s Real Food – a healthier alternative to the usual McDonalds. After we ate, I hit the ladies to wash my hands. Seeing as though I am a bit of a beauty guinea pig, I thought I’d try the Lavender Hand Cream provided in the bathroom. Big mistake. By the time we hit the freeway, my hands were burning and I was desperate to get the 2 tiny drops of evil off my hands. The Boyfriend offered to stop, but I had my trusty (and slightly retentive) kit of car staples to save me. Wet wipes and tissues in the glove box cleaned my hands & a little container of Pure Fiji body lotion hidden in the centre console kept them moisturised.
In the age of resorts stocking deluxe beauty brands, I was quite surprised by their offering. Tataia – a Peppers created beauty brand based around orange & cedarwood essential oils, is sufficient if not a little boring. The smell was pedestrian while the products were rather drying and seemed like a very basic formulation. They were quite easily left behind.
Apart from my inability to apply liquid eyeliner, I also can’t paint my nails. Fingers or toes, I really don’t discriminate – I suck at both.
Scrangie is a blog dedicated to all things polish related. Quite possibly the biggest polish collection I’ve ever seen, she does nail swatches for all her colours and gives great reviews on what is good, and what you should leave behind in the store despite its calls to be taken home.
Her fingers always look incredible, the colours look flawless, and she is a delight to boot.
I love reading her blog, it lets me imagine how my stubby little fingers would look all prettified and polished without the annoyance I feel when I get a miniscule chip.
I can only dream of being able to a) paint my nails that well and b) be able to tolerate having anything on my fingers longer than about 3 minutes.
Check her out here. She also does requests if you ask really nicely :)
I went to my parents place for dinner last night (Dad makes a mean spag bol) & while I was there, I managed to pinch the David Jones Summer Beauty 2008 catalogue. 58 colourful pages filled with DJ’s exclusives and other fun picks for summer.
Available until August 31.
Here are my picks for the best value GWP:
Spend $68 or more and receive a 9-piece gift pack including eyelash curler, eye shadow palette, Bi-Facil makeup remover, Colour Fever lipstick, Virtuose mascara, makeup bag & 3 week supply of Day Cream 15ml, Eye Cream 3ml and Boosting Serum 5ml from either the Renergie Refill, Primordiale Skin Recharge or Absolue Premium Bx range.
Valued at over $164
Spend $48 or more and receive a 6-piece gift pack including lipstick palette & brush, full-size ColourBox Eye Pencil in black, Mini Glow Summer Bronze, Flat Blush Brush, mini LashXtend Black mascara and bag.
Valued at more than $90
Purchase 2 OPI products* and receive an Avoplex Hand & Nail Cream valued at $19.95
*Excludes polish remover & Swiss Guard.
Spend $70 on the Mineral Makeup range and receive $20 off the total product purchase.
Spend $49 or more and receive the radiance elixir 15ml and gentle exfoliating gel 20ml
Valued at $57
Spend $69 or more and you will also receive a full-size lightweight eye cream 30ml
Valued at $65
Spend $34.95 or more and receive a bonus gift containing Milk & Honey Body Lotion 29.5ml, Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub 15g and Citrus & Ginger Root Body Wash 29.5ml.
Purchase 2 products and receive a Skin Replenishing Kit containing Lavender Hydrating mist 15ml, Wrinkle Softening Cream 15ml and Moisture Replenishing Mask 15ml.
Valued at $64
Spend $40 or more and receive either a Purifying or Vitalising Cleanser.
Valued at $40
Spend $39.95 and receive a gift tote filled with Energising Body Bar 150ml, Lime Pure Essential oil 9ml, Hydrating Hand Cream 110ml, Moisturising Body Lotion 250ml and refreshing Shower Gel 40ml.
Valued at $88
Spend $35 and receive and 8-piece gift including Extreme Volume Mascara, Ultra Shiny Passionfruit Gloss 15ml, Sun Kissed-Glow Self Tanner 200ml, Ageless Firming Night Cream 20ml, Ageless Lifting Day Cream 20ml, Renew Radiance Foam Cleanser 20ml, a mirror and cosmetic bag.
Valued at $57
Here are the others:
Spend $99 and receive a 7 piece gift pack valued at $146
Spend $150 and receive a full sized Crème Brulee Hand Cream valued at $35 in addition to the gift pack above.
Spend $250 or more and receive a 5-piece gift valued at $72.
Purchase 2x ‘The Makeup’ products including foundation and receive a 5-piece gift.
Receive 3 travel sized products when you purchase your prescribed Day Cream. Valued at $207
Receive a 3-piece gift when you purchase any 2 products, including one from the Joli Rouge Lipstick collection.
With the purchase of any La Prairie eye product, receive a 4-piece gift.
Purchase any item from the Sisleya range and receive a 3-piece gift valued at $98
Spend $150 or more (including 1 item from the Mineral Makeup range) and receive a six-piece brush set.
Valued at $60
Spend $45 or more and receive the new De Luxe Spa Room Spray.
Valued at $30
Spend $150 on Giorgio Armani women’s fragrances & receive a Giorgio Armani Bathrobe.
Purchase any 50ml or 100ml fragrance and receive a gift bag.
Purchase 100ml Daisy fragrance and receive a 3-piece gift.
Purchase any 100ml or 150ml fragrance from the ckIN2U range and receive a 20ml spray.
Spend $115 or more on the Angel range and receive a 3-piece gift.
Spend $95 or more on the Alien range and receive a 2-piece gift.
Purchase ‘Eighth Natural Wonder’ serum at $64.95 and receive a Daily Facial Exfoliant 60g.
Valued at $22.95
Purchase any 2 items (one being fragrance) from the Mediterranean Breeze collection & receive a tote bag.
Purchase any moisturiser and receive a Mineral Cleansing Concentrate 35ml.
Valued at $40
Spend $30 on full priced products and receive a 3-piece gift.
Spend $23.95 or more and receive a bonus full sized soap.
Valued at $9.95
Spend $44.95 or more and receive a bonus.
Valued at $29.95
Save $5 on each Age Defying product.
A 4-pronged beauty assault - Instant colour, gradual tan, bronzer & cellulite buster all rolled into one handy pink can.
Kristen at Beauty Addict has a great review that has convinced me to step out of my pale skin and give it a go.
Due out 31st August online at ModelCo & in David Jones stores.
Speaking of obsessions, the TV commercial for Calvin Kleins new fragrance 'Secret Obsession' has been banned. Why? Eva Mendes and her lack of clothes.
According to the website:
Eva Mendes is the perfect interpretation of modern sexiness. She has an aura of mystery that perfectly fits the concept.I could think of another reason...
7 different shampoos, 4 conditioners & 2 treatments available to choose from makes it easy to find the right one for you. Sulphate-free & pH balanced, it has left my scalp feeling clean with no flakes and no irritation.
No fly-aways, without leaving my ultra fine hair flat & lifeless.
The herbal smell of the conditioner lingers long after you step out of the shower, but can be rectified with the unscented versions if it’s not to your taste.
I wouldn’t say that it is bad, but it does take a couple of weeks for your hair to acclimate to using sulphate-free products. At first, the shampoo wouldn’t lather and took at least 1 repeat to feel clean. My hair was fairly unmanageable during this period, and stayed mainly in a bun or pony tail. After around 10 washes, my hair suddenly changed - I could lather in 1 wash & my hair was controllable.
The conditioner wasn’t moisturising enough for my blonde hair & I would look at using either a different one from the range, or supplement it with a leave-in conditioner or masque from the range.
Don’t expect your hair to feel squeaky clean like your usual chemical & silicone-laden shampoos would, but it leaves your hair clean, manageable & soft. One of the best natural shampoo & conditioners I have ever tried. A richer conditioner may be required if you have colour treated hair.
AU$13.50 each for 225ml or AU$25.95 for 500ml. You may be able to score a 225ml shampoo & conditioner duo for AU$19.95.
Your local pharmacy
If dark, broody shadows are more your thing, the rest of the Exceptionnel range will blow you away. These colours are H-O-T. Smoky black, charcoal, platinum & white make up the Les 4 Ombres palette and a black & charcoal sparkle eyeliner set. Rounding out the collection are retractable, waterproof eyebrow pencils and a couple of shadows.
Not convinced? Check out the Exceptionnel mini-site.
Just a word of warning about the link – turn the volume way down. The music is generally unpleasant, but the tips & details at the bottom (scroll down to view) are worth a look.
My tip – skip the mascara & head straight to the liners. These babies are coming home with me.