Archive | August, 2011

CHANEL Perfection Lumière

30 Aug

I know news that Chanel was discontinuing the Pro Lumiere foundation range shook the boat for a few devoted users of the range, and when it was revealed that there would be a new foundation replacing Pro Lumiere, a lot of people were curious to know WHAT COULD BE BETTER? Well wonder no more beauties, as it has been revealed that the replacement for Pro Lumiere is CHANEL Perfection Lumière Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup (AU$86/US$55).

This new foundation uses a special technology to create a ‘second skin’ for the face, as well as featuring special light reflecting pigments and powders that will ‘perfect’ any signs of imperfections so that you can achieve a dewy, flawless base that looks like your skin – but perfect! Sounds good to me. You know what else sounds good? The fact that it is oil-free, SPF 10, long-lasting 15 hour wear time, and is suitable for all skin types – whether you have oily or dry skin, it will deliver a luminous semi-matte finish. WINNER!

I know a lot of girls have been hanging out to hear all about this new foundation. And quietly, I can’t wait to try it and see if it lives up to its hype. And hoping that I look half as good as these models below wearing  Perfection Lumiere Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup.

Chanel 2011/2012 Cruise Show Beauty – Fall 2011 Sneak Peek

Perfection Lumière will launch in Australia on the 2nd of October (launching in the US mid-September) for AU$86.

Will you be racing out to try the new Chanel foundation when it hits counters early October?

[Image Source: primped.com.au  temptalia.com ]

Birthday Haul/Presents

29 Aug

For my birthday last month I got given some Sephora Gift Cards (DREAM.COME.TRUE) and I also booked myself in at M.A.C on my Birthday to get a makeover so I could redeem the cost on some Semi Precious collection items and have my make up all done nicely for dinner that night. Cos if you can’t spoil yourself on your birthday… then when can you hey? Oh and talking about spoilt… I think I did pretty alright don’t you think? On top of my gifted Sephora goodies and self-gifted M.A.C makeover (I redeemed the Rose Quartz MSF, some falsies and Creme Cup, and my Mum bought me the Hint of Sapphire mineralise eyeshadow), I also got the new Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (thank you Boyfie), the Babyliss Pro Jumbo Conical Wand (thank you sis), Lancome Hypnose Mascara (thank you besties) and a Free Philospohy Shower Gel in Vanilla Birthday Cake (thank you Sephora for my free birthday gift)!

Check my swag yo!

My Birthday haulage/presents include:

  • Sephora Pencil Sharpener
  • Clarisonic Replacement Sensitive Brush Head
  • Nars Matte Lipstick in Carthage
  • Benefit to-go set including Stay Don’t Stray, Erase Paste and Creaseless Eyeshadow
  • Nars Blush/Bronzing Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
  • Givenchy Peach Gloss (free sample)
  • M.A.C Rose Quartz Mineralise Skin Finish
  • M.A.C Hint of Sapphire Mineralise Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Creme Cup Cremesheen Lipstick
  • Dr Jart+ BB Cream (free sample)
  • Caudalie Paris VinoPerfect Day Perfecting Fluid (free sample)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation in 02 Brunettes (free sample)
  • Ole Henriksen truth revealed super creme spf 15 (free sample)
  • Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate (free sample)
  • Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream spf 35 PA+++ (free sample)
  • Kate Somerville Trial Pack (free sample)
  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil (free sample)
  • Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation x 3 (free sample)
  • Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow Glide on Cheek Tint (free sample)
  • Bulgari Jasmine Noir (free sample)
  • Kate Walsh Boyfriend (free sample)
  • Philosophy Shower Gel in Vanilla Birthday Cake (free birthday gift)
  • Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in Shade 04
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara
  • Babyliss Pro Jumbo Conical Wand 32mm – 19mm
Sephora haul was done online at www.sephora.com (Sephora does not take Australian Credit Cards nor does it deliver direct. I was fortunate enough to have my boss over in the US that had a US CC and address, and he forwarded it on).
M.A.C Semi Precious items and lipstick from M.A.C counter at Myer.
Illamasqua foundation from www.illamasqua.com (they ship to Australia).
Lancome mascara from David Jones (and picked up the Gift With Purchase).
Babyliss Pro Conical Wand from Price Attack.
I love that you get so many free samples with Sephora online (I had to split the products up into 3 x $50 gift card purchases so I got 3 x the free stuff)
If you can, Sephora hauls are the best – they have so many good brands and the US retail prices are like half what we pay here in Australia.

July Favourites 2011

19 Aug

Products mentioned:

  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Rose Quartz (from the Semi Precious collection)
  • MAC Creme Cup Lipstick
  • Palmolive Body Butter Decadent Body Wash in Heavenly Vanilla
  • Manicare Glam nails enamel strips in Berry Rich
  • Dissh statement necklace

star.tattoos. + sass & bide.

16 Aug

First of all, sorry for my absence. I have had a hectic few weeks, first with birthday catch ups and now with job applications… I won’t go into detail but let’s just say I haven’t had time for the blog *sad panda*

So as you can tell, a lot has been happening/changing for me over the last week. One of those changes was of the “cosmetically enhanced varieties” (no no, not plastic surgery). My sister and I had an agreement that we were going to get matching tattoos. She went ahead and got hers, and I always put mine off. Partly because I didn’t want to part with the money and another part of me was a bit scared. Was it going to hurt? How does it feel? Does it resemble a needle at all? Was I gonna chicken out?

So for my birthday, my sister booked me in for my tattoo. I went and had it done last Tuesday, and I’m proud to say – I didn’t chicken out (and if you want to know, it doesn’t hurt that much. Just a slight burning sensation). So here is my new/first tattoo!

the new addition

Guess who else has matching star tattoos? The Sass & bide girls!

And guess what? Sass & bide are launching a stylish eyewear collection; and each pair is stamped with a symbol of creative duo Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton’s friendship: a star — featured on the tip of every arm — inspired by a tattoo which both designers have. Cute! Maybe if my sister and I ever design something together we can place a star on it yer?

The girls from the sass & bide team including senior creative & accessories designer Pip Edwards and marketing manager Sam Dekauwe join Sarah-Jane and Heidi as the faces for the campaign for the first time. The new eyewear range will be available in sass & bide boutiques, Myer stores and select optical retailers nationally from September 1.

[Source: http://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/fashion/first-look-sass-bide-sunglasses-collection.htm?index=2 ]

Rahua / Revolutionary Rainforest Hair Care

10 Aug

Bathing Beauty Organic Apothecary have launched yet another amazing exclusive organic brand – RAHUA. Born in the Amazon and perfected in NYC by Fabian Lliguin, this range is another level of hair care. The Rahua Amazon Beauty hair care range utilises the super fine oil of the Rahua nut, found only in the depths of the Amazon, to rejuvenate lifeless, dull and damaged hair. It’s unique molecular structure penetrates the hair shaft repairing the hair from the inside out, leaving your hair healthier and smoother than ever.

What’s great about this hair care brand is that even today, Amazon Beauty work in close partnership with the Quechua-Shuar tribeswomen. The Rahua oil is sourced and processed by these women in accordance with the traditional methods that have been passed down for generations. Rahua are advocate for fair trade and ethical sourcing of ingredients and gives back a percentage of sales to their sister organization Ecoagents.

I was lucky enough to be given the Rahua Finishing Treatment (AU$65.00 for 2oz) to trial. This finishing treatment prevents hair from splitting during styling, blow-drying, hot ironing and combing. Super-fine Rahua oil molecules deeply penetrate the hair’s cortex to rebuild even the most damaged tresses – strengthens strands and leaving hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free. Silicone-free, it strengthens and allows hair to grow longer while providing a glossy, weightless finish.

Everything about this product, from the treatment down to the packaging screams luxury – even the thought of using the oil of the Rahua Nut makes me feel like I am coating my hair in love… luxurious love, the kind that is often reseved for special occasions. Well, it doesn’t have to be so. You only need use the smallest amount of the cream to coat the ends of your hair (too much product and you run the risk of having any oily mess), so you can afford to use this just as much as you would any other finishing treatment. This jar will seriously last a looonnggggg time!

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luxe leather love

5 Aug

I stumbled across this insane makeup case here, and was immediately taken aback by the beauty of this simple, but incredible luxe piece by Natalia Brilli. It’s stylish and quirky and would certainly demand attention (no cooping this baby up). Kind of amazing hey?

For $450, this black leather makeup case may just have to stay being admired by me… I don’t think I could justify a $450 makeup case to my boyfriend.

[Image Source: finalepisode.com.au ]

WIWT / Jurlique Blogger Event

2 Aug

This is what I’m wearing today, well close to it. My blazer is a little more peach and my ring is coral.

I’m heading to the Jurlique blogger event tonight. I’m sure you’ll hear all about it in due time!

xx h&h xx

weekend.snapshots / birthday edition

1 Aug

Last Monday was my 25th birthday, so of course, being a girl, I claimed the weekend before and the week following as a kind of “festival of my birth” to enjoy being spoilt and relax. And it was great. Sunday we had a barbeque at home and the day was beautiful… glorious in fact! I had to wear sunnies and move out of the sun. The boy took on his challenge of making me a Hello Kitty cake, and as I’m sure you can agree, he succeeded well beyond many expectations (he fancies himself a bit of a chef). I finished off a great Sunday by watching my fave – One Tree Hill (I’m up to season 7).

Monday was THE day! I was given my new Canon Ixus 220HS by my darling boyfriend and after making sure I had perfect eyebrows (I actually said to the boy, it’s my birthday I have to have perfect brows!) we both headed off to Vue Lounge for a late breakfast. As always, the food was great. We then headed to the shops, where we met my Mum and had a look around before I headed off to my appointment at MAC to get my makeup done. The Semi-Precious range had been released that very morning, so I took delight in choosing out some pieces for the MUA to use (so I would know whether I wanted to get them or not – AND I DID!)

So with my makeup done, I then rushed off to South Bank with the family to have my birthday dinner at Bamboo Basket (dumplings… my fave!) and closely followed by a choco-verload at Max Brenner!

Now I guess I better get cracking on that quarter life crisis! :)

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