Archive | December, 2010

Bling in the New Year!

31 Dec

I still can’t believe today is New Year’s Eve. Wow… didn’t 2010 just fly by!? I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to 2011!

I believe that the New Year is going to be a fantabulous one… so I’m going to “bling” in the New Year with a statement necklace as part of my NYE outfit. Statement necklaces are the most affordable way to vamp up an outfit, and/or if you’re just like me, can’t be stuffed battling middle earth the shopping centres trying to hunt down ‘THE’ party dress (that no other man and his dog is already wearing).

I love Kim Kardashian’s style, so I’m thinking of opting for a sleek modern statement necklace in black like that of the House of Harlow 1960 leather stations necklace, as seen on Kim below.

Tomorrow I am going to head straight to Lovisa, the fashion jewellery and hair accessories mecca! They have some awesome statement necklaces that won’t break the bank! Huzzah!

Loving the black Edgy Short Necklace (AU $29.99) from their burlesque range (my first pick because it looks similar to the House of Harlow 1960 necklace).

 

 

Here are some other favourites from Lovisa.

 

 

I will be teaming my statement necklace back with a black top or singlet, my purple Sportsgirl bodycon skirt and my Sportsgirl Shia Cut Out Wedges in Mushroom (AU$149.95), see below.

As I will be wearing a purple skirt I was thinking of doing a baby pink lip using Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in #7 Lingerie Pink (AU $55). What do you think? I think the gold packaging is trés chic and oh so suitable for NYE.

 

Happy New Year everyone. Hope you all “bling” in the New Year with a bang!

xx h&h

[Image Credits: nicolerichiefashion.blogspot.com, lovisa.com.auwww.yslbeautyus.com, fifi.com.au ]

Ruby Woo

19 Dec

When I finally got the balls to try a red lipstick, who did I run to for help? The lovely girls at M.A.C of course! I love their lipsticks and if anyone was going to bring out the inner vixen in me, it was going to be M.A.C. So when I sat down and told the girl I was looking for a red lippy (preferably matte), she came back with this beauty – RUBY WOO!

M.A.C Ruby Woo (RRP $35) is a vivid bluish-red in a matte finish. The formula doesn’t dry out your lips surprisingly, but beware, your lips must be in top condition to wear this matte lippy, as any flaking is sure to stand out. My tip: before you start make up application, clean your lips and pop a small amount of Lucas Paw Paw Ointment (or any conditioning lip balm) onto your lips, finish your make up and by the time you get around to doing your lipstick last, your lips will be conditioned and ready to roll! You must use a lip pencil to outline your lips beforehand, and I also then continue to fill in my entire lips with the red lip pencil so that the lipstick holds to your lips for longer by minimising lipstick smudging and bleeding. My pick, Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner Pencil in 021 Red Dynamite.

A red lip, especially of the Ruby Woo variety, is not for the faint hearted. But let me tell you a little secret – this look works best with a flawless and bare make up look, which means less time in the bathroom which is great for those times when you can’t be bothered or you just don’t have much time and you need to look sexy and sophisticated in seconds. Just make sure to amp up the bronzer for this look as you don’t want the rest of your face to look washed out. The colour is a true red and you are bound to get many compliments wearing it.

Being a matte finish, this lippy has serious staying power. If you’re anything like me, that’s a winner because I hate fretting that my lipstick has gone south or MIA. You’ll love that there are minimal touch ups needed with this lippy.

OH Ruby Woo… I love you xxx

Blooming Beauty

14 Dec

Boy has this little flower bloomed, she has come out lately with the most GORGEOUS makeup. And I just want to say, I like your style Miss Selena Gomez. You are really coming out of your shell and experimenting with makeup all while still looking age appropriate (yes, we are glaring at you Miley Cyrus!). I may or may not steal a few of these looks, you don’t mind do you Selz?

 

 

 

 

Isn’t she cute? I love that watermelon red shade of lipstick on her. Great colour for younger girls who want to try out a bold lip.

[Image Credit: Getty]

 

Top five favourites

13 Dec

 

As the year is coming to a close, I want to share with you my top five favourite products from the year that was 2010. This was suggested by Anita at lovevulcanella.com so pop over and check out her site as she will be doing a ‘Beauty Blogger’s Top 5′ post featuring the favourite products from some of us beauty bloggers. It was so hard to choose just five, so I chose mine based on what I repeatedly purchase (must make it good right?!) and what I couldn’t possibly live without.

Let’s go backwards (as to build up more suspense). I don’t want to hit you with my most loved straight up now do I?

Number 5 is…

 

Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish in Look 4 ($59)  – a silk finish powder foundation compact, 3-in-1 that conceals, covers and sets. Perfect for when you know you will be in front of the camera and you don’t want “the eagle” – pale face/tan body (rookie mistake). Also great if you are in a rush and just want to add a bit of colour to your face and even out skin tone.

 

Number 4 is…

Bloom Organics Certified Organic Rosehip Oil ($25, 20ml) – rich in Vitamins A and essential fatty acids, this Certified Organic Oil is a powerful antioxidant. It naturally hydrates the skin, decreases the appearance of fine lines and improves skin elasticity. I use Rosehip Oil religiously as I find it great for my oily/combination skin. It doesn’t make my skin oily (common misconception about oils) and is SO GREAT for the dry parts on my face (cheeks and around the nose).

 

Number 3 is…

M.A.C Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle ($46) – a luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. I have received so many compliments wearing this as a highlighter. It’s gorgeous. Love this so hard! :)

 

Number 2 is…

Ella Bache Great Moussetan ($44, 150ml) – a creamy moisturising mousse that is quick and easy to apply, as well as fast absorbing, providing a streak-free golden tan that develops over 1-4 hours. Instant bronze tint allows for easy flawless application. pH balancing and stablished to deliver a natural looking tan adjusted to suit your skin – won’t turn your skin orange! Believe it girls. You won’t ever turn back from this baby. Most amazing natural looking colour ever! Apply with the Ella Bache Great Tanningmitt ($15) to achieve a flawless, streak-free application of this tan (and NO.ORANGE.HANDS!! Girls it doesn’t get any better than that, get to Ella Bache stat!).

OK you ready? Drum roll please!!!

Number 1, Numero uno, first place, winner product for hip&haute for 2010 goes to…

 

 

Benefit Hoola bronzing powder ($51) – This soft bronze matte powder gives your complexion a healthy, natural looking tan. Dust it lightly across cheeks, chin and forehead to bring the warm tan of the island to your skin and spirits. Use hoola for a year round healthy tan. This bronzer is AMAZEBALLS!! Best bronzed colour ever, giving you exactly what it says – a “natural” tan complexion. Boy oh boy, I rarely go a day without popping this hero product on. So great for contouring used with a slanted powder brush. Remember when contouring to apply UNDER the cheekbones and place a highlighter/illuminator on top of your cheekbones. Do this and you’ll be sure to have gorgeous cheeks like fellow bronzer lover, Lauren Conrad here.

I’m not the only one who thinks this is a winner of a product. Check out the awards this baby has received:

  • 2010 Life & Style Awards – Best Bronzer
  • 2010 TotalBeauty.com Total Beauty Awards – Best Bronzer (Readers’ Choice)
  • 2008 Best of Sephora: “Best Bronzer”

What are some of your hero products? Anyone keen to try out the Hoola Bronzer? Or has anyone tried it and loved it sick? Let me know.

[Image Credit: weheartit.com napoleonperdis.com bloomcosmetics.com kaboodle.com ellabache.com.au adorebeauty.com.au ]

Dear Santa…

7 Dec

Would you be so kind to get me any of the following for Christmas (pretty please):

Philosophy Limited Edition The Gingerbread Girl Foaming Bubble Bath & Shower Gel

$38AUD

NARS Limited Edition Sweet Disposition Mini Multiple Set

$89AUD

Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System

$225USD

 

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Pure Colour Lipstick SPF 15 in #13 Le Orange

$30USD

Asics Gel Nimbus 12 Q310 Women’s Running Shoes

$239.99AUD

 

Talulah Ruffle Me Up Skirt

$155AUD

What have you got on your Christmas wish list? Do share.

I hope to see pictures of your xmas goodies posted on Twitter on Christmas day.

Merry Christmas everyone.

xxxooo h&h

[Image Credit: meccacosmetica.com.au clarisonic.com yslbeautyus.com rebelsport.com.au talulah.com.au ]

Le Orange Obsession

5 Dec

I am beyond obsessed with The Kardashians, so when one obsession flaunted another obsession of mine…YSL, I was spell bound. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying a Yves Saint Laurent lipstick, I say “WHY THE HELL NOT? GET ON IT QUICK STICKS!!” Here is one beautiful creature, Kourtney Kardashian, wearing another object of beauty – Yves Saint Laurent, Rouge Pur Couture #13 Le Orange. L.O.V.E!!

Isn’t she devine? I’m talking about the lipstick now. Rouge Pur Couture is the latest lipstick range released by YSL and I’m needing #13 Le Orange (above) in my life right now. The latest range is inspired by the three YSL emblematic colours: Red, Fuchsia and Orange. Its Couture gold case unveils a highly pigmented, moisturising, protective texture that leaves an exceptional silky finish on your lips that will make people stare (in a good way!). I have one of the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks and it’s so creamy, I love it to death, but I’m afraid I’ll chew through it because it’s so creamy – it doesn’t stay on too long. I’ve heard that the Rouge Pur Couture are little less creamy which is good for longevity. The other shade that I’m eyeing off in the Rouge Pur Couture range is #17 Rose Dahlia (below).

Wonder if I could pull #13 Le Orange off? I am that way (coral) inclined. It would help if I had Kourtney’s gorgeous hair, skin, eyebrows, oh hell chuck in her make up artist and income too! I think the Rouge Pur Couture retail for around $50/$55 (ooh ouch) but they are worth it. You can find YSL at Myer and David Jones.

In other news, I ordered the Kardashian’s new book “Kardashian Konfidential” from Amazon.com and I can’t wait to get my hot little manicured hands on it. If you want to purchase it from Amazon you can do so here.

aaaahhh Kris and Bruce Jenner… adopt me!!

[Image Credit: officialkourtneyk.celebuzz.com www.ysl-parfums.com www.yslbeautyus.com ]

 

Sugar and Spice and all things Nice

3 Dec

Yay! Christmas is fast approaching (22 sleeps till Christmas, SAY WHAT!?). At the shops on the weekend I got to choose an early Christmas gift so I made a beeline for The Body Shop to see what awesome smelling gifts they had in store, and they did not disappoint! Upon entering the store, they had the New Limited Edition Christmas season range on display out the front and the Spiced Vanilla range caught my eye nose (as I am a sucker for anything vanilla scented). The range also includes Cranberry Joy and Jolly Orange.


Even after browsing and smelling the entire contents of the store, my mind was made up. I WANTED the Spiced Vanilla goodies. Nothing compared to THAT SCENT! It’s sweet in an exotic way and it should come with a Warning: “Please refrain from licking/eating these products, they are not edible even though you may think otherwise”.

Spiced Vanilla Body Lotion (250ml, $22.95) – A lightly fragranced body moisturiser containing Community Fair Trade Sesame Oil. Delicately fragranced with the deliciously sweet scent of vanilla with a hint of spice. All the goodies in the christmas range include Community Fair Trade ingredients. The body lotion contains Community Fair Trade Sesame Oil, The Body Shop buy this Community Trade sesame oil from the Juan Francisco Paz Silva Co-operative. Their trade helps the 275 members receive a sustainable income.

The lotion is very light and easy to apply (which is why I opted for it over the body butter) and comes as a pump pack (WIN!). This baby resides on my bedside table and I am constantly slathering it on because it smells A.W.E.S.O.M.E! It’s very moisturising (from the sesame seed oil and cocoa seed butter) and it absorbs quickly so you aren’t left with any oily/sticky residue. I can’t stop using this, it’s everything you could want in a body lotion. The only bad thing? That it’s Limited Edition. Waaahhhhhh! :'(

 

Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub (200ml, $27.95) – Delicately fragranced with the deliciously sweet scent of vanilla with a hint of spice. Leaves skin exfoliated and smooth. Contains Community Fair Trade Honey. The Body Shop use Community Trade honey from Ethiopia. Their trade enables African beekeepers to practise traditional beekeeping, using hives handcrafted from locally sourced materials. This method helps promote strong, healthy bees and deters logging.

I love The Body Shop scrubs and this one is right up there! The product is very gritty and it sure does “scrub”. I recommend using a pair of exfoliating gloves with this product as all the gritty pieces will get lost in a loofah and your hands, while they could be used, probably just won’t cut it. Anything  bad? Not with the product itself, but it is quite tricky screwing the lid back on when you have exfoliating gloves on, AND they are covered in product.

 

Spiced Vanilla Lip Balm (15ml, $9.95) – Delicately fragranced with the deliciously sweet scent of vanilla with a hint of spice. A moisturising balm with delicate shimmer and Community Fair Trade Beeswax to leave the lips soft and smooth. The Community Trade beeswax is supplied by Guide D’Espoir in Cameroon. It comes from hives handcrafted from locally sourced materials in the remote Adamaoua region. This traditional method of beekeeping helps promotes strong, healthy bees and deters logging.

I originally wasn’t going to get a lip balm, but the sales lady said it was really good and now I’m so glad that I did – because IT IS REALLY GOOD! It smells divine, it’s ultra moisturising and it leaves a slight shimmer on your lips. This balm has taken over from my beloved Paw Paw ointment (thought I’d give her a little rest as she works overtime the poor thing). And a little bit goes a looooong way (be careful not to apply too much) so I foresee this tin of vanilla-ry goodness will last forever and will be sitting on my work desk for awhile.

So if you find yourself wandering aimlessly around the shopping centre, like myself, trying to think of an awesome christmas gift idea, then head to The Body Shop for a bit of a looksie (seriously, even if it is just to smell the range, it’s so yummy). Not only will the recipient love it, you will be helping The Body Shop in its support for community fair trade, and I think that in itself is a glorious thing… the excellent body products you get as well? Just icing on the Christmas pudding really!

 

[Image Credit: The Body Shop]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 112 other followers

%d bloggers like this: