Sunday, 27 March 2011

Sunday Short n Sweet: Steal Elizabeth Taylor's Makeup Look

What better way for a beauty blog to celebrate the life of actress/ businesswoman/ philanthropist/ general great dame Elizabeth Taylor than to show a brilliant tutorial on how you can achieve her famous look?

Here is pixiwoo with her take on one of the worlds most well known faces:  

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

New Face of Lancome: Emma Watson

 She's young, she's pretty, she's smart, and now, just a week after announcing she is taking leave from her studies at Brown University, it has been revealed she is the new face of Lancome.

Emma Watson has grown up before our eyes as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series and now she has grown in a gorgeous woman. I think the pixie hair has really helped define the next stage of her career and helped shed her teenage Hermione look.

‘Lancôme is pleased to announce the arrival of Emma Watson as new ambassadress of Lancôme. “Thanks to her charm, romanticism and her incredible modernity, Emma Watson has become the icon of her generation. we are delighted by this new collaboration with Emma who brings a fresh spirit to Lancôme”, says Youcef Nabi, President of Lancôme International.’
Look out for the ads online and in magazines soon.


Friday, 4 March 2011

Touching Up Your Roots

Today I am going to admit one of my beauty secrets. It isn't something I have told anyone recently, but I need to get it out there. Ok, here goes:

I used to colour my hair with a Sharpie/Magic Marker/Texta.  There. I said it.

In my defence, it was the late 90's, I was in high school and all the kids were doing it... Some would even do it with a highlighter. It was the time when girls used to paint their nails with Liquid Paper and boys used to colour theirs in with a black texta. We were so cool.

Obviously, I am a little older and wiser these days and look for products that aren't designed as stationery to use on my hair. One thing hasn't changed though: I still need to cover up my roots when I am between visits to the hairdresser.

There are a multitude of products out there, all claiming to instantly cover your greys and hide your skunk roots in between salon visits. I'll tell you now, some are hideous. Sparkly, gluggy goop in a mascara tube does not fool anyone.

Unless your hair looks like this, avoid glittery products

Some of the latest products are more sophisticated and are designed with more than one hair colour in mind. In my search, I found so many different products, all claiming to flawlessly cover roots and hide grey hair. I even found something that resembles a crayon. Please explain to me how a crayon can possibly look natural?!

The latest product is from Rita Hazan. You may have heard her name from the Sunsilk ads (she is the hair colour expert), and her product Root Concealer is similar to a hairspray, where you spray continuously along the root line to cover the section you desire. It has received a 4.3/5 star rating on the Sephora website, which is quite impressive. It is also available in a red colour, which many others aren't. Again, it is not available in Australia, and if/when it is, you could probably only buy it in stores due to its flammable nature. If you are in the US, you can pick it up from Sephora for US$24 for a 30ml can.

Oscar Blandi's Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up & Highlighting Pen is a pen that looks similar to a lip brush, which you apply colour to your hair. It comes in a range of six colours, but isn't available in Australia. It only scores 3.3/5 on Sephora, with many saying it is thick, messy and hard to apply.

The only product I have tried with any success is the Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder. It works as both a dry shampoo and as a root touch up, because it comes in a number of shades. This is perfect for those who are after a dry shampoo but find the white powder shows up on their dark hair. The only downside is the cost. At AU$72 at Mecca Cosmetica (only US$35 in the US), you may as well go to the hairdressers a week early.