Monday, 13 July 2009

Sunday/Monday Short n Sweet: Everyday Glam

Most ladies wear the same makeup face every day, so I have to ask - when was the last time you updated your look?

I love this look, perfect pink cheeks, bronze eyes and nude lips:

UPDATE: I just realised that this is very similar to my look from the MAC Technique class - hope you like it too!

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Sunday Short n Sweet: Postponed

Due to YouTube being down (is that a first?), Beauticology's Sunday Short n Sweet is postponed until tomorrow.

Until then, here is a picture of a puppy:

Stay beautiful xx

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

MAC Technique Class

If you are a big MAC fan, but find that there are always far too many people swarming the counters and never enough artists to help, MAC have created the perfect thing for you: MAC Technique.

They host a range of classes held in the store when there is no-one else there - I had to resist the urge to run around the Myer beauty floor (come on, tell me you wouldn't feel the same way). It is $120 (fully redeemable on the night), but if you have a number of products you already have your eye on, that money will disappear in a flash!

There are around eight of you sitting down watching one of the artists make up a face (or two) from the group. You can ask questions, write notes with the pad & pencil provided, all while sipping champagne and nibbling snacks.

You are then broken up and divided between the artists, who then sit you down individually and basically create a face for you. I chose a darkish eye based on the colours that I like (browns, bronze, etc) and they suggest products and colours to suit. My sister wasn't sure, so told the artist what products she had already and was then given a range of products that compliment what she has.

They create a whole face, and send you home with a detailed sketch:

Here is their handiwork on my eyes:

The products used include:

Select Moisture Cover in NW15
Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering
Eyeshadow in Retrospeck
Eyeshadow in Tempting
Fluidline in Blacktrack
Dazzle Lash Mascara in Black Dazzle
Powder Blush in Sunbasque
Select Sheer Powder in NW15
Cremestick Liner in Gingerroot
Tinted Lipglass in Prrr

All up, it take around 2-2.5 hours, and is a whole lot of fun. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants some extra tips, would like more information on recent collections, or needs to mix up their makeup routine.

MAC Technique is typically held a couple of times a month on a Tuesday at MAC counters nationally. Phone your local counter for more details.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Sunday Short n Sweet: Applying false lashes

Applying false eyelashes is a bit of a talent. Far too often you see women with two distinct layers of lashes which makes it obvious you're wearing falsies, and ruining the illusion of your lashes being your own.

This is a really detailed video from the famous YouTube-er Panacea81:

This is a bit quicker from xsparkage:

Thursday, 2 July 2009

NEWS: Origins moving to Kit Cosmetics

Breaking news: As of Monday July 20, Kit Cosmetics will become the exclusive stockist for Origins.

Origins was one of the very first brands to start the natural and organic trend. Being owned by the Estee Lauder group, they are always at the forefront of technology. You've probably heard of their 'A Perfect World' range of white tea based products in the media and being raved about by celebs or the Dr Andrew WEIL for Origins collection.

The best bit: To celebrate the launch, the first 1000 customers to shop Origins at Kit Cosmetics stores beginning on Monday 20 July, will receive a skin diagnosis with a kit skin expert, an Origins sample pack and, in line with Origins philosophy to look after the planet whilst looking after your skin, their very own seedling (complete in a decomposable jiffy pot) to plant and nurture at their own home.

You what this means? I'm going to start raving even more about Kit brands. I wonder if they have any cheerleading jobs going?

REVIEW: YES To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter

I have the flu (again), and with the flu comes blowing your nose a squillion times a day and the redness, flakiness and general yuck look of the nose & lip area. Aloe Vera tissues don't help. Moisturiser just doesn't stay put. Exfoliating the flakes away is out of the question.

While I was at the Chemist buying more cold & flu tablets (did you know you now have to hand over your drivers license in order to get the real drugs these days?!), I wandered past the Yes To Carrots stand as I always do, but this time I stopped. I was drawn by the colourful display and best of all, the price! The products are all quite reasonably priced, but the lip butters, they were about $5. Perfect for a gal like me who loses them after 3 days.

The C Me Smile Lip Butters come in 5 fun flavours including Berry, Melon, Citrus, Mint and um, Carrot. Seeing as though I have no smell or taste at the moment, I would go with the one I would normally choose, which was the Berry Lip Butter. Polling the office, the girls (and guys) think it is quite a nice scent, so you'll just have to take their word for it until my senses come back!

Many stick lip balms tend to leave a thick layer of product over your lips, but this one is different. It seems to melt on contact and leave just a light layer that lasts for ages. There isn't any real shine, but my lips feel so much better than they did a few days ago. The ingredients are packed with 99% organic goodness including coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter and of course, carrot root extract, all while giving it a 3 year shelf life, which is pretty amazing.

So even if I wasn't on a recessionista spending ban due to my car dying and costing thousands to repair, I would highly recommend these. The price is just the icing on the top. As for the carrot flavoured balm, I'll have to get back to you on what that is like.

Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter is available from some chemists, Priceline, David Jones and Big W for around $5

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

REVIEW: ModelCo Star Smile

Having a small obsession with multi-tasking products, I was really looking forward to this product arriving. A whitener on one end and a lipstick on the other that enhances whitened teeth - what could be better?!

Sadly, my excitement didn't last. I received the package & excitedly opened up the package to find that the whitener didn't actually work. Drama ensued trying to get one that worked & after I did, I was feeling rather meh about the whole thing.

The lipstick looks like it is sitting on your lips rather than getting right in there and becoming bosom buddies. You want it to look like it enhances your lips, rather than spotlighting every crack & scale you didn't know you had.

Overall, a bit disappointing.

Available at ModelCo for AU$46 in 5 shades