Friday, 27 March 2009

Earth Hour


Have you signed up yet? Read a very funny post from a very lovely lady about Earth Hour here. She says it better than I ever could.

See you in the dark!

SALE: 50% off Stem Organics and Shizen

That's right, take 50% of all Stem Organics and Shizen products in stock.

As this is an A List only sale, the price will not be reflected when you checkout but will be adjusted before payment is processed.

Available on all orders placed online in the next 2 weeks. No other discounts apply except for the Stem Organics Gift with Purchase. Available only on products in stock. Some Stem Organics items will be expiring shortly.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Bloom + Jessica Mauboy = Hot New Nail Colours

First there was Bettina Liano, Yeojin Bae and Lisa Gorman. Now Bloom is mixing colours with musician Jessica Mauboy for the latest Designer Collection. Not an unusual choice for a collaboration, given the link between beauty, fashion and music these days. Available in 2 colours, Jessica says she turned her “fave winter hues and turn(ed) up the volume by adding a touch of shimmer”.


Sangria red and myrtle green, both packed with shimmer make them perfect colours for winter. I haven’t seen them in person yet, but it looks like the red will be my pick.


See Jessica Mauboy perform at Myer Sydney this Thursday at 12:30pm, with a signing at the Bloom counter on the ground floor.

Feel good about purchasing either colour as $2 from the sale of each of the polishes will go to the Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia to fund research into childhood illness.

Can’t make it to the in-store? The polishes will also be available at the Bloom flagship store in Chapel St, Melbourne and Bloom online for AU$19.95.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Last Chance to Be Genki!

Don't forget our Be Genki giveaway - we are giving one lucky Aussie a bottle of Be Genki Bath & Shower Oil.
I have had lots of emails, so I am closing it off at midnight tonight.

Tomorrow I will draw your name out of a hat and send one of you a lovely treat. There are more samples and other goodies in my stash so stay tuned and I will give more away.

Forget Me Knot ring by Kiel Mead

Tips & Tricks: Marie Claire & L'Oreal Beauty Workshop 2009


Couldn't make it to the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival this year? Missed the Marie Claire & L'Oreal Beauty Workshop? Panicked over what colour lips you should be wearing in winter? Dreading being the only girl wearing matte lips? Ok, slightly melodramatic, but you get my point.

Fear not my beautiful friends, you can check out the stunning Marie Claire Beauty Director & host of the aforementioned workshop, Emily Taylor detailing all the latest trends over at Marie Claire online.

Recessionista Tip: Look through your train case & beauty stashes to find older products that are on trend and only buy what you don't have. If there are products that you don't think you will use that often, go for the cheaper brands which give good bang for your buck. Priceline is a budget girls heaven.

pic: Marie Claire

Looking Forward To: Dermalogica ChromaWhite TRx

Lightens skin and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation with concentrated doses of algae extracts, vitamin c, peptides, fruit acids and whole host of scientific words that sound impressive. Moisturises with shea butter and hyaluronic acid. That is the claim from Dermalogica on their new ChromaWhite TRx range launching next month.


The theory behind the 6 step range is that in order to fight skin pigmentation, you need to attack from every angle of your skincare routine. Sounds like a lifesaver for us pale folks who would like even skin tone.

At AU$92 for a 150ml Tri-Active Cleanse to AU$192 for the C-12 Concentrate, it is quite pricey, but my experience of Dermalogica is that a little goes a long way.

Available from April 1.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

REVIEW: Be Genki Bath & Shower Oil

After spending the past few days in hospital, all I could think about was feeling clean & fresh when I got home. However, since I'm not really a bath kind of gal, I didn't think there would be anything in the house that would fit my requirements - relaxing, but not put me to sleep. No surprise to those who know me, I found the solution in my bathroom cupboard - Be Genki (Japanese for 'be happy') Vitality Bath & Shower Oil. It aims to uplift and invigorate with a blend of Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils.

After my bath my skin felt soft and moisturised, I smelt great and I felt good. Not bad for 4 tiny capfuls of essential oils in a sweet almond oil base.


The packaging is simple yet striking, the range would look great on a store shelf with the different colours all lined up. It's good for your hip pocket too - you only need the tiniest amount in a bath & according to the box can last up to 20 baths.

Want to try it for yourself? I have a full sized bottle of Be Genki Vitality Bath & Body Oil valued at AU$30 to give away. Just send me an email (see right) with your name & address and one lucky reader will be able to be genki with Be Genki (Australian addresses only).

Be Genki range is available online.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Lindsay Lohan Launches Spray Tan


Perennial party girl/revolving rehabber Lindsay Lohan is releasing a spray tan called Sevin Nyne (after her favourite numbers apparently). Erm, yeah.

Designed in conjunction with her ‘tanning expert’ Lorit Simon, it uses “caramels for colour and chardonnay extracts and gogi berry for the skin. It’s a sugar coconut base so there are no harsh chemicals either” and lasts 4 to 5 days.

It will be available at Sephora in May for US$35. A quick look on Sephora & it seems it will be one of the most expensive tanners on the site. In this economic climate and when you can buy 3 of the Sephora brand for around the same price makes me wonder if it will be successful given the lack of a brand name and any prior success with other items. Stay tuned folks.

P.S. I just remembered her tanning disaster from October last year...



Images: Sevin nyne & news.com.au

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Calling all Designing Geniuses

Just a short year ago there was a girl called Erin Morris, a young design student who drew some pretty designs and submitted them to Kit Cosmetics for their inaugural Kit Design Awards. Kit perused the squillions of entrants and deemed her designs to be the fairest in all the land. Erin was lucky enough to have her designs on bags & products in every Kit store.


A year has passed and it is time for a new designer to be crowned & for me to wish I had any artistic ability. If you have some of that ability that I so sorely lack, and you are a design student, you would be C-R-A-Z-Y not to give it a go! You win $1000 cash, $1000 Kit voucher (awesome!) and the incredible chance of having your designs everywhere.




My Design Awards makeup bag is my 'handbag makeup case'

So what are you waiting for? Get on your pooter and start designing! Entries close March 20.

MAC Backstage Tips

This is one of the best backstage vids I have see in ages. Detailed & you can actually hear the people talking! Shock. Also features CariDee from ANTM.



Thanks to StyleITOnline.com

Myer Gift With Purchase Time!

Check out the latest finds at Myer beauty counters:

Clinique
Spend $60 or more in one transaction and receive: Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo in strawberry fudge and blushing blush in precious posy, High Impact Mascara in black 4g, Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in air kiss 4g, City Block Sheer 25 SPF 15mL, Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream 7mL, Liquid Facial Soap mild 50mL, Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips 30mL and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion 30mL, all presented in a large cosmetic bag.



Laura Mercier
Spend $99 or more on Laura Mercier and achieve a truly great complexion with this 7 piece gift featuring products from the new Flawless Face range. Gift includes mini Thickening Building Mascara 0.85g, mini Flawess Skin Créme 5g, mini Lip Colour in Discretion 1.117g, mini Chocolate Truffle Créme Body Wash 28.35ml, mini Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser in Bare Radiance 14.7ml and full size Créme Cheek Colour in Oleander 2g, all in an exclusive Laura Mercier cosmetic bag. Valued at $121.
Spend $150 or more and also receive a Crème Brûlée Hand Crème 50g valued at $35.

Elemis
Purchase any 2 products from the Elemis skincare range and receive a 5 piece gift valued at $83.

Biotherm
Purchase any 2 products from the Biotherm range and receive a full size Lip Gloss 15ml as your gift.Valued at $38

SKII
Purchase a 3rd SK-II product (excluding single treatment mask) and receive an additional Signs Eye Mask 1 piece and Signs Treatment Totality 15g.

Lancome
Book your Pink Irreverence makeover ($45 redeemable on the day) and receive a compact mirror as your gift.

Clarins
Purchase Super Restorative Foundation True Lift SPF 15 30ml and receive a Super Restorative Serum 10ml as your gift. Valued at $59.
Purchase a Serum Perfection Set and receive 2 bonus travel size products tailored to your skin type.

no!no!
Purchase a no!no! and receive two short Hot Blades as your gift. Valued at $19.95.

Versace
Spend $80 or more on any Versace female fragrance and receive a Versace parfums tote.

Prada
Spend $90 or more on any Prada fragrance and receive 5 miniatures including ‘Tendre’ EDP 7ml, ‘Prada Man’ EDT 9ml, ‘Infusion d’Iris EDP 8ml, ‘Infusion d’Homme’ EDT 8ml, and ‘Amber’ EDP 7ml as your gift.

Yves Saint Laurent
Purchase any ‘elle’ fragrance and receive an Yves Saint Laurent Summer Fuchsia bag containing ‘elle’ EDP natural spray 10ml and mini Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils No.1 in Black.

Giorgio Armani
Purchase a Giorgio Armani 50ml fragrance and receive this Giorgio Armani Parfums wallet as your gift.

Marc Jacobs
Purchase any Marc Jacobs fragrance and receive a luxurious tote as your gift.

Rocawear
Purchase 9IX Rocawear 50ml EDT and receive a 75ml deodorant stick as your gift.

Jennifer Lopez
Purchase Jennifer Lopez ‘Sunkissed Glowby Jennifer Lopez’ EDT 100ml and receive a ‘Sunkissed Glow by Jennifer Lopez’ Body Lotion 200ml as your gift.

Britney Spears
Purchase Britney Spears ‘Hidden Fantasy’ EDP spray 100ml and receive a large metallic tote bag as your gift.

Natio
Spend $35 or more on the Natio range and receive your exclusive 8 piece gift, including full size Maximum Curl Mascara in Black, Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 in Neutral, Pep-Up Body Cleanser 30ml, Ageless Hydrating Mask 20ml, Ageless Illuminating Primer 20ml, full size Renew Radiance Day Cream 75ml and a mirror, all in a beautiful cosmetic bag. Valued at $61.36

Artiste
Spend $45 or more on Artiste brushes and receive a bottle of Artiste Brush Cleaner as your gift.
Valued at $14.95.

Tweezerman
Save 20%

Apivita
Purchase any product from the Wine Elixir range and receive a mini face oil as your gift.

Hissyfit
Spend $58 on the Hissyfit range and receive a 3 piece gift as your bonus.

Juice Beauty
Purchase any 2 products from the Juice Beauty range and receive a starter pack containing 4 mini products in a gorgeous beauty bag as your exclusive gift.

Dr LeWinns
Spend $69.95 or more on the Dr LeWinn’s range and receive a 6 piece gift including Line Smoothing Complex High Potency Treatment Mask 1 piece, Revitanail Top Coat 14ml, Line Smoothing Complex S8 Hydrating Day Cream 5g, Hand & Nail Cream 50g, Gentle Facial Cleanser 118ml and cosmetic purse. Valued at $76.41

InEssence
Spend $44.95 or more on the In Essence range and restore your body with this exclusive 6 piece gift, including Blissful Body Bar 150g, Hydrating Hand Cream 50ml, Cedarwood Pure Essential Oil 9ml, Refreshing Shower Gel 40ml and Ultra Rich Body Balm 220ml, all in a luxurious cosmetic bag. Valued at $92.75

L’Oreal
Spend $39 or more on L’Oréal and receive this L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival ‘constructed’
tote plus a Glam Shine 6hr Lip Gloss in Cinnamon Addict and a Color Minerals Eyeshadow in Desert Shimmer as your gifts. Designed to carry a laptop, A4 folders or just your purse, this is
a must-have item for the season. Valued at $84

Revlon
Purchase any product from the Revlon Age Defying range and receive an Age Defying Powder or Age Defying Primer as your gift. Choose from Age Defying makeup with Botafirm, Age Defying
Compact Makeup and new Age Defying Spa Foundation. Excludes Age Defying skincare.

Innoxa
Purchase an Innoxa foundation that’s right for you and choose any skincare product as your gift. Must be of equal or lesser value than the foundation.

Chi Chi
Spend $25 or more on the Chi Chi range and receive a Twist of Colour set containing 12 lip colours, 8 eyeshadows, 2 bronzers and 2 blushers.

Bloom
Spend $35 or more on the Bloom range and receive Off, Off and Away Cleansing Wipes as your gift. Valued at $9.95.

Scented Space
Purchase 2 fragrance diffusers save 20%. Purchase 3 fragrance diffusers save 30%.

Evodia
Purchase one full size product from the Evodia, Trelivings or Evodia Earthly Possessions range and receive a Hand and Nail cream of your choice as your gift. Excludes the purchase of soaps, lip butters, minis and discounted lines.

Juicy Couture
Spend $135 or more on Viva La Juicy and receive an EDP 7.4ml single roller ball as your gift.


Buy 2, get 3rd free on the following brands:
Grown
Elle Macpherson ‘The Body’
Trilogy
Maybelline
Max Factor

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Bags: Hmm

I couldn't figure out why this Fendi Paillette Spy bag looked so familiar:

Then I remembered I saw a picture on Cute Overload that looked eerily familiar:



Needless to say that when a handbag looks like an ostrich ass, you should really reconsider who you use as your fashion muse.

Available at eLuxury for US$4890. Don't worry if you can't afford it right now, I'm sure it will be on sale reallllly soon.

Celebrity Skin: Becki Newton

It is hard to really know what is real and what is fake these days when it comes to skin with just about everything airbrushed, so when I see someone in a video who has amazing skin, I'm like a dog with a bone.

Check out my favourite Ugly Betty star, Becki Newton in a clip from her shoot with Nylon magazine. How good does her skin look? Damn. I want.



See more of Becki, including how she met her husband Chris, and who taught her to walk the red carpet in style here.

If you know how she keeps her skin looking so good under a mound of TV makeup, let me know.

Monday, 2 March 2009

VIDEO: MAC Hello Kitty Ad



Looks like the ad company dropped a bit too much acid when coming up with this one, but its still nice to watch!!

The collection (courtesy Specktra.net):

Lipstick (LE)

* Fashion Mews - Sheer pale lavender
* Strayin' - Description not available to me at this time
* Fresh Brew - Creamed coffee (Lustre) (Permanent colour in LE packaging)
* Big Bow - Sheer bright intense blue pink
* Cutester - Sheer peachy pink with pearl
* Most Popular - Sheer deep berry


Lipglass (LE)

* Nice to Be Nice - Sheer bright intense orange with pearl
* Nice Kitty - Sheer neon pink with blue pearl
* Mimmy - Light creamy pink with pink and gold pearl
* Sweet Strawberry - Sheer berry with blue pearl
* She Loves Candy - Pale blue pink with gold pearl
* Fast Friends - Sheer bright intense purple with pearl


Tinted Lip Conditioners (LE)

* Pink Fish - Soft neutral pink
* Popster - Lively coral pink


Eye Shadow Palettes X 4 (LE)

Lucky Tom Palette

* Stylin' - Mid-tone violet pearl with multi-dimensional pearl(LE)
* Lucky Tom - Dark chocolate brown with gold pearl (LE)
* Creme Royal - Yellow wheat gold (VP) (LE) (Repromote: Antiquitease Royal Assets: Metallic Palette
* Paradisco (Permanent) - Soft bright pinky-coral with golden shimmer (Frost)


Too Dolly Palette

* Too Dolly - Frosty mid-tone mint (LE)
* Stately Black - Rich blue with silver sparkle (L) (LE) (Repromote: Antiquitease Royal Assets: Metallic Palette
* Yogurt (Permanent) - Soft pale pink (Matte)
* Romping (LE) - Rich magenta with pink pearlized pigments (Frost) (Repromote from C-Shock)


Pigments

* Milk - Frosty pale silvery pink (LE)
* Deep Blue Green - Rich, deep bluish green (Pearl) (Pro repromote)


Reflects Glitter

* Reflects Very Pink - Sparkling fuschia pink (Pro repromote)
* Reflects Blue - Sparkling blue (Pro repromote)


Glitter Liners (LE)

* Kitty Power - Pink with multi-dimensional glitter
* Her Glitz - Blackended gold with multi-dimensional glitter
* Glitterpuss - Orangey bronze with multi-dimensional glitter
* Girl Groove - Clear/white teal reflects with multi-dimensional glitter


Beauty Powder Blush (LE)

* Tippy - Mid-tone blue pink
* Fun & Games - Soft orange peach


Beauty Powders (LE)

* Pretty Baby - Soft sunny pink with gold (Repromote for Icon: Diana Ross)
* Tahitian Sand - Soft coral peach (Repromote from Icon: Catherine Deneuve)


Nail Lacquers (LE)

* Something About Pink - Pale pink fuschia
* On the Prowl - Light creamy gray
* Vestral White - Creamy White (Repromote from Antiquitease)


False Lashes (LE)

* Hello Kitty Lash: Half lash with overlapping hairs to emphasize outer cat eye.


Mascara

* Plushlash in 'Plushblack' - Black