Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Autumn/Winter 2010

It's Autumn here in Australia and pretty soon Winter will be upon us, so what's on trend for this season....

Taupe: creamy, soft, chocolate milk, hues.  As seen here in the Chanel Taupe range.  For ethereal, vintage glam give this a go but please if you delve into the taupe trend, keep nails short and neat, taupe colour on long nails will leave you looking like a Grandma.

One for colour, I personally prefer the new Hong Kong range from O.P.I 

As seen in the D&G runway in Milan, the look is classic. Beautifully stained crimson lips, with winged eyeliner.  Nudes, neutrals, bronze, gold, browns are all IN for this season.  Keep eyes golden and simple and lips with a pop of colour
Be careful, not to overdo the lip, no lipliner here girls.  You can recreate the look using Benefits Benetint and a crimson gloss like Mac's tinted lipglass in Russian Red - both available in Myer.


Go for a sultry brown smokey eye with a delicious nude pout!  As seen here on Diane Kruger at the Oscars.  
Keep complexions creamy and even with peachy cheeks. Love this look for the Michael Kors runway

HOT TIP: balance is key -  less eye colour/more lip OR more eye colour/less lip
Forget thin, over tweezed, over plucked eyebrows.  Keep them natural yet bold - brush upward, fill in any gaps and if they are unruly, set with clear mascara or brow gel. 

HOT TIP: very thin eyebrows will make your appearance more aged. Soft, fuller brows shaped well looks youthful and frames the face beautifully.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

cheap thrills

I often get asked for recommendations by my friends for eye shadows that have a good colour payoff but don't have the department store pricetag.

So my budget conscious beauties, here's some eye shadow products I can recommend to keep your spending down but your makeup supplies up.

Eyeshadow palettes:  Obviously purchasing a pallette with numorous colours is going to be more beneficial on the wallet than buying many single eyeshadows.  Here's a few goodies for you:

Chi Chi eye shadow pallettes, 6 colours available at Target and Myer RRP $19.95

NP Set (napoleon) gift set palette, 10 colours available at Target RRP $12.99

88 Palette available through Crush Cosmetics online RRP $35.00
I use Chi Chi and NP Set for my personal daily use and they are very nice products. I have not tried the 88 Palette but know of many MUA's that actually it.

The biggest suggestion I can make is to also purchase an Eye Shadow Primer.  This is going to allow the colour to grab and stay put on your eyes without creasing or sliding during the day.  Highly recommended, I use one every day, Bare Minerals on myself and Urban Decay for clients.

I'd love to hear any other recommendations you may have.  I'll get some more product listings up soon for other cost friendly items i.e eyeliners, blushes, lipsticks etc.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


I came across this message I received today on Formspring from an anonymous person:

Its not a question, I just stumbled across your blog via the comment you posted on nine msn and wanted to say I really think you have a talent in make up. You prob already know this but your blog is refreshing and not pretentious. Thanks. 

That makes me feel so great, someone has gone out of their way to say this to me, and I feel honoured.  Whoever you are, thank you for taking the time to make my day :)


money honey

How many times can you say you've spent $50 for 17 items?  NEVER I hear you say.  Myer, ahhh Myer I love you.
Went to the Natio counter, got myself the Gentle Foaming Face Wash, Yellow Colour Corrector and a packet of Gentle Makeup Remover Wipes for my kit.  So then because I had spent $30 on Natio products, I also got on top of that a Natio gift pack, THEN I had the option of paying an extra $15 for a bonus gift (a promotion the store has on at the moment) and inside that bonus gift are various brands of items.  Stoked!

The freebies include, Loccitane repairing shampoo (which smells fantastic by the way) Revlon nailpolish in Papaya, Chi Chi eye pallette in Cheerleader, Max Factor false lash effect mascara, Sohum Gingersnap perfume petite (yum smells great!), Manicare glam lips in California Girls, Trilogy vital moisturising cream, Natio mineral lip gloss in grape, Natio wellness hand cream, Natio eye treatment gel, Natio mineral eyeshadow in bronzed, Natio ageless day cream, Shea butter body wash.
I love Natio products because they have that real natural smell to them. I am really sensitive to fragrances but their products always smell clean and herbal.  The gentle foaming cleanser didn't particularly make my face feel clean though, was not great at removing makeup so I'm going to keep that for use in the mornings only. The trilogy moisturiser I used last night, fantastic! I'm going to look further into that brand.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

she glows

here's a couple of pics from the last TFP shoot I did.  The model requested makeup and hair for her pregnancy shoot.  I love pregnancy shoots and despite people saying that the pics won't be useful for a portfolio, I disagree, she is beautiful and anyone should be proud to have a glowing, soon-to-be mother in their port.

Model - Michelle
Photographer - Dreamperceptions photography
Hair - Nicole
Makeup - by me