Archive | June, 2011

bronze beauty

30 Jun

Absolute Perfection!

Oh how I wish I could look this flawless and bronzed. This gorgeous look makes me wish it was Summer again.

It’s not just the bronzing and contouring that makes this look absolutely perfect, it’s the highlighting as well.

She truly shines, but not in a ‘oily pan’ kinda way.

I’m missing Summer in a big way, so I’m going to do a few “bronzed” looks very soon featuring a few new products that I think will be great to achieve this look.

Stay tuned Hauties

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feeling ‘so-so’ today

28 Jun

Dear cute things,

Thanks for being there to cheer me up and make me say “Stop being a dingus Sarah, things will get better”

Yours in much appreciativeness,


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the yoggie bare face mask

24 Jun

I got talking on Twitter one day with Audra from Audra James Botanicals about natural ingredients that you can buy from the store and use as facial treatments/face masks at home. A few that popped up were Avocado Oil, Avocado, Yoghurt, Honey, Egg, Lemon etc. This spiked my curiosity, as I had some natural yoghurt leftover in the fridge, and I had never made my own face mask before.

So I decided, I would head home and try out a Yoghurt and Honey face mask, as Audra said that the lactic acid in yoghurt is great for exfoliating and fading discolouration (which is exactly what I needed!!). The honey would help moisturise.

Externally, lactic acid and enzymes in yoghurt help to hydrate and sooth the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. The cleansing properties which make it beneficial to digestion, purify the skin as well, both when applied directly to the skin and when ingested. When combined with honey and lemon juice, yogurt makes a moisturising and exfoliating mask, great for softening the face and neck and minimising discolouration.

Benefits from using yoghurt on the skin:

  • Clear skin
  • An effective remedy for sunburn
  • Helps with blemishes
  • Tones down freckles
  • Whitens the skin
  • Exfoliates the skin due to the lactic acid contained in yoghurt
  • Moisturises the skin

Yoghurt can be used alone or blended with other natural ingredients in your own home. You must be careful to choose yoghurt with live active cultures in order to get the full benefits. When using yoghurt topically it is best to use plain, not flavoured yoghurt.

So here I bring you……… the YOGGIE BARE FACE MASK (corny but oh so clever… I’m smarter than your average bear! So I like to think)

YOGGIE BARE FACE MASK – a DIY Natural yoghurt and Honey face mask

All you need is:

1 Tablespoon of Natural Yoghurt

1 squeeze of Honey

Small bowl and spoon

Add a spoon of yoghurt to a bowl and then squeeze a small amount of honey in (how much you use is up to you).

Mix together well.

Spread all over face and leave on for 15-20mins.

I just used the back of a spoon to spread it all over my face, but you can use a brush or fingers, whatever you please.

After leaving it on for 15 mins, I washed the mask off with warm water and a washer and was presented with  clear, radiant skin! The face mask didn’t cause any skin reactions (there was slight tingling but nothing major) so I would say this would be great for most skin types, no matter what your concerns. And because you make this at home, with natural ingredients – you know what has gone into it.

Not only is a DIY face mask at home using natural ingredients great for your skin… it’s great for your hip pocket too!

Information Source: here 

avoid winter’s cold kiss

22 Jun

Feeling dull? Winter not only takes its toll on your complexion, but can also be a prime suspect for chapped and flaky lips. Just as we pay extra attention to exfoliating and moisturising our skin in winter, we need to see the same is done for our lips.

More often than not, our poor lips are left neglected resulting in a less than ideal lip condition that ultimately sees us skip the lippy in the cooler months.

Follow these simple steps to get your lips back to prime condition and flaunting a statement lip in no time.

Scrub Up! 

As the temperature drops, the need to exfoliate your lips rises. The best way to get rid of forbidden flakes is to use a lip scrub, such as Lush Sweet Lips Lip Scrub (1). Over the sink, apply a small amount to your lips and scrub away. The sugar granules will naturally exfoliate your lips and the scrubbing action also stimulates blood flow and will add some plumpness to your pout!

Tip… If you can’t get your hands on a lip scrub, DIY lip scrub at home by mixing brown sugar with a small amount of olive oil.

Balmy Nights

Once you’ve ditched the dry lips, keep them in top condition by applying a conditioning lip balm during the day and before bed. Keep and eye out for super moisturising balms, such as Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid (2) a rich and creamy whipped lanolin lip treatment with organic lemon oil that naturally exfoliates dry skin on lips; or Blistex Lip Conditioner (3) which contains two proven moisturisers – Aloe Vera and Cocoa Butter along with Vitamins A & E to replenish moisture, soften and smooth the surface of your lips – great to apply before lipstick.

Twice as Nice
Don’t shy away from colour this season. While you’re typically going to wear black in the colder months, why not inject some colour into your look with new hybrid lip products, a perfect mix of a lip balm and lipstick, these products are a double delight. They contain a range of moisturising ingredients to keep your lips flake free, all whilst giving your lips a pop of colour.
During the day, opt for products that offer a mix of natural colour and hydration, such as the Face of Australia Mineral Lip Shine (6) or the Clinique Chubby Stick (7), which come in a range of colours and contain super-nourishing ingredients to keep lips soft and hydrated.
For a bit more glamour, try Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Colour (4) a lightweight lipstick that features a Hydratendre complex to help soften, soothe and condition lips – even boosting their ability to hold in moisture – for plumper, smoother and healthier-looking lips.
Try a bold look; rock a bright statement lip using a long lasting lipstick containing ingredients that stop your lips from drying out. Ciccone Cosmetics Lipstick in Voluptas (5) is a high coverage, lasting red lipstick with the added benefits of Evening Primrose oil and Jojoba Seed oil to nourish the lips, and is the most gorgeous shade of red to take you well into the night.

Abide by these cold season commandments this winter and your lips will love you for it.

Written for and originally posted in Charlie Magazine Issue 4

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Tag: What’s In My Bag?

20 Jun

I was tagged to do the ‘What’s In My Bag?’ tag by the lovely Yolanda from Shopping Intervention (go to her blog to check out her video of this). I don’t know about you, but I just love snooping into other people’s bags/private lives… hahaha…. that makes me sound so stalkerish.

I am also going to tag some other beauty bloggers to do this tag, they can either do a video or photos.

So I tag:

Tara from Keeping Up With Me

Tess from Parlour and Loot

Eleanor from Days Like This

Stef from The Lip Print

Below is the video and I have included photos after. Enjoy!

ABC of ME tag

16 Jun

This tag has been showing up on a lot of beauty blogs lately, namely Annica of Haute & Stylish (here), Stef of The Lip Print (here), Sarah of Dempeaux (here), and Tina of Chasing Elixir (here).

I thought that this tag would be a lot of fun to do, and also let you know a little bit more about me.

A. Age: 24 (approaching 25 next month! Cue: quarter life crisis)
B. Bed size. Queen
C. Chore you hate: gosh where do I begin? Ironing (I just don’t do it until I really must), Folding, Picking up doggy doo doos.
D. Day: Today is Thursday, but my favourite day would have to be Sunday
E. Essential start to your day: Coffee! Skinny cap with two thanks.
F. Favourite colour: Without a doubt – PINK
G. Gold or Silver: Silver, more preferably, White Gold.
H. Height: 165 cm
I. Instruments: umm none… does Garage band on my iMac count? haha. I was never one for playing instruments.
J. Job title: Project Manager
K. Kids: 3! 🙂  (one – boyfriend; two – dogs)
L. Lives: Brisbane
M. Mum’s name: Margaret
N. Nicknames: Cookie, Sah, Sarey, Sare bear, S, Sazdog
O. Overnight hospital stays: Once when I had 12 teeth out.
P. Pet peeve: people being self absorbed, people being rude, people who walk and smoke
Q. Quote from a movie: Anything from Mean Girls wins in my book. Like: “If you’re from Africa, why are you white?” “Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white”
“I want my pink shirt back! I want my pink shirt back! ”
“It’s like I have ESPN or something. My breasts can always tell when it’s going to rain.”
R. Right or left handed: Right handed
S. Siblings: Four. All younger. All Girls.
T. Time you wake up: That’s a bit wishy washy… hahaha around 7am
U. Underwear: Yes! and it would have to be anything comfy… Bonds briefs, Kayser briefs, Calvin Klein etc…
V. Vegetables you dislike: None. I like all vegetables, haven’t come across any I dislike yet!
W. What makes you run late: My ability to be distracted so easily and also I dawdle a lot thinking I have heaps of time, when I DON”T
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth, Finger
Y. Yummy food you make: I make a great potato bake which includes sweet potato and bacon. I would like to think that all the food I make is yummy!
Z. Zoo: This is a bit random? I have no idea what this is supposed to be, so I will just list the zoos I’ve been to: Alma Park Zoo and Taronga Zoo.

If this is something you would like to do, please do so and let me know in the comments. It’s a great way to learn a little more about our blogging friends! 🙂

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my article in charlie mag

15 Jun

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Excitement plus!!! My name in a magazine? AHHHHHHHHHH how awesome is this? My first beauty piece has just been published in Issue 4 of Charlie Magazine – an online Brisbane based magazine. I wrote a beauty article on how to transform your lips from drab to fab this winter. I will do a post using the article for all to read. But if you want to check out the article RIGHT NOW (squealllll) then head over to and click through the flip magazine online. You will find my beauty article towards the back.

Charlie Magazine is an awesome mag started by fellow Brisbane girl, Katie Goss. Go and have a squiz at the magazine online, and you can also follow Charlie Magazine on Twitter and Facebook.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to Katie for letting me contribute to this issue. 🙂

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10 Jun

Thank god it’s friday! Especially as it’s the start of a long weekend here. Yipee!

This week I have come across a mix of beauty and fashion inspiration with these blogs:

Drool over the gorgeousness that is Jules, from Sincerely Jules and check out the gorgeous lip colour she is wearing in her post Beach Brites

I wish I went to RAFW, and I wish I could have had outfits half as cool as Jess from Tuula Vintage – ahh well a girl can keep dreaming

25fLONDON has finally got her hands on the Jemma Kidd Rose Gold Dewy Glow, and finds that it is a close dupe for the Dior Amber Diamond Highlighter

Last Friday I attended the Brisbane Blogger meet at Illamasqua, read all about it over at the Illamasqua blog

I think it’s about bloody time I get a Chanel lipstick, and Roseanne has cemented that fact even more with her post on the gorgeous Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Super

Stacey at Add to Cart blog shows off her awesome Sephora Haul… so jealous!!

So Happy Friday hautees and I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Till next time…


Blow out your candles. Make a wish.

10 Jun

Birthday Wish List


Tag: The 5 Product Challenge

7 Jun

I was tagged by Jess from MissJShopaholic  to do this 5 product challenge – where you have to stick to only FIVE products to do an entire face of makeup!

This video comes with a warning: I have a bare face at the start…so apologies if I scare any small children (haha)

So Enjoy!


Now I tag:

Mez from MsMadameMakeup 

Caroline from XOFemmeBeauty

Brie from MadameBFatale

Have fun!

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