Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween Horror: Heidi Klum

You've got to love a supermodel. A supermodel with a wicked sense of humour? Even better. Heidi Klum loves Halloween more than anyone I know (children included). Having hosted the biggest and best Halloween bash for the past 10 years, Heidi takes her costume duties very seriously. Over the years she has been a robot, Lady Godiva, an Indian Goddess, and even a poison apple (cleverly hiding her 8 month baby bump).

This year is definitely no different, but with a rather creepy twist. Heidi transforms herself from German glamazon over the course of several hours into the most amazing costume to date.

Even with no makeup she still looks amazing - damn!

 Check out her transformation below:

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sunday Short n Sweet: Newspaper Nail Art

Following on from our nail-packed week, why not end it with a nail video?

I love the simplicity of this idea, and it also means that a nail dunce like myself can do it without completely stuffing up my nails, or leaving polish from one end of the house to the other.

Check it out, and make sure you send me a pic if you try it, I would love to see your take on it:

Friday, 28 October 2011

NEW: Nicki Minaj for OPI Collection

Nicki Minaj, of fairy floss coloured hair and round rump fame, is the latest celeb to collaborate with OPI and release a collection of nail polishes. There are six colours, including a new Shatter called Super Bass, which looks like it is purple with a gold fleck. My favourites are Super Bass Shatter and the dark metallic colour called Metal 4 Life (middle row, right).

Super Bass, Save Me, Pink Friday, Metal 4 Life, Fly, Did It On Em.

Would you buy any of the Nicki Minaj for OPI Collection? Which is your favourite?

Not sure if they will be seen in Oz, but I will let you know when I find out. OPI Polishes are typically $19.95 and are available in most nail salons.

Image from colourfulvanity

Thursday, 27 October 2011

REVIEW: Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Have you ever tried to accomplish the crazy nail effects seen on many a beauty or nail blog, and failed miserably? What if I told you achieving the nail design on my fingernails below was as simple as rubbing a sticker on my nail, and it lasts up to 10 days?

Apply to clean nails

Sally Hansen has released a range of nail polish strips, so beautiful nails are in the reach of even the most uncoordinated of beauty addicts (i.e. moi). Almost foolproof, they are feather-light strips of nail polish which can be cut or filed into shape after being applied.

Are they as good as nail polish? They don't give a shine like polish, however a simple swipe of top coat would fix that.  In terms of obtaining the same effect with polish and nail stamps, it would have taken hours (for me anyway), and the strips took all of 15 minutes (for a first time user).

Are they worth the price? Well, that is up to you to decide whether the ease of the strips outweighs the cost of them. At $14.95 and around 2 applications a pack, they are not cheap. Although, if you weigh up the cost of the strips versus the cost of going to a nail salon, they are a downright bargain - it really depends what works for you and your budget.

Each strip

If your nails aren't too long, each strip can do two nails, and they come in a range of different sizes to suit all nail widths. To apply, you simply take off the protective layer, peel off the polish strip, smooth onto your nail and file the edges. That's it. If you don't believe me, check out the video below.

I'm wearing '360 - Laced Up'

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips come in a range of colours and patterns and are available at Priceline for $14.95

NEW: OPI Gold Shatter

The latest colour in the OPI Shatter range is GOLD! I can't wait to try this with maybe a black or other dark colour underneath.

OPI Shatter in Gold is now available for $19.95

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

MAC Celebrates Halloween... with Snooki?

You read that correctly, MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with Snooki (of all people) for their annual Halloween competition. 6 finalists from around the world compete against each other to come up with the wildest Halloween beauty look.

Here is the first episode where we are introduced to the six finalists:

I have to admit (not that I have ever watched an episode of Jersey Shore), Snooki didn't grate on me as much as I thought she would. But, I still think there are a million other people who would have been more suitable than someone who is famous only for getting drunk and punching people.

Does Snooki being involved make you love MAC more or less? I'm still deciding.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Rihanna's Esquire Cover

The latest issue of Esquire magazine is out later this week and the cover girl is none other than music superstar Rhianna, who is looking AMAZING. I know we've all seen more than enough of naked celeb skin of late, but this girl is h-o-t.  

I'm not going to suggest there was no photoshopping involved, however it is great to see a woman who hasn't had everything that makes her a woman erased by the click of a mouse.

Stripped of the crazy clothes and wild hair, Rihanna looks stunning with little more than a smokey eye and nude lip:

What do you think of the new pictures of Rihanna?

Pictures courtesy Esquire 

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

When Beauty Goes Bad

I've had blue and pink hair, wore green frosted eye shadow (don't ask), had the dead skin eaten off my feet by small fish and eaten food no self-respecting person should ever try - all in the name of beauty. So to say I am fairly open-minded, is a generous description.

I draw the line at things that are dangerous, uncomfortable, or just plain ridiculous. 

Case in point:

When I was a teen working the McDonalds drive-thru (as you do), I remember a woman who would come through with nails so long she had to scoop the coins out of her purse with her super long garishly painted nails. The woman above makes my drive-thru woman look like she has chewed her nails down to the quick. How on earth does she get dressed? Brush her hair? shake hands? Drive a car? I'm baffled how someone can live a normal life with talons like that.

These toenails look like they belong on a velociraptor, rather than a human:

I'm guessing she doesn't wear closed-toed shoes very often...

 What crazy things have you done in the name of beauty?