Tag Archives: bronzer

A quick FOTD + 100th post

4 Jul

This is just a quick FOTD featuring my natural “going out soon… shit son I only have 20mins to get myself looking decent” look. And yes, apologies, I know the photo is crappola! My camera is out of action unfortunately… hurry up birf-day so I can get my snazzy new camera!!!

You all know the one… the natural ‘why yessum I do just look this good naturally’ look, using more than the average amount of makeup. Now let’s get into it…


  • Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Skin Primer
  • Mixture of Face of Australia Liquid Mineral Makeup in Beige with equal parts of Maybelline NY Mineral Power Liquid Foundation in Creamy Natural (applied with a stippling brush for a flawless finish)
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer under the eyes and to cover any flaws
  • Set base with Maybelline NY FIT ME Pressed Powder in 225 Medium Buff
  • Illamasqua Powder Blush in Hussy
  • Face of Australia Pressed Powder in Bronze as contour
  • Benefit instant brow pencil in medium to dark to fill in the brows


  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P all over lid from the Primpcess palette
  • Benefit Powder Eyeshadow contour from the Primpcess palette (middle highlight shade) on browbone
  • Benefit Powder Eyeshadow brown liner from Primpcess palette (dark brown shade) in the crease blended out and followed underneath the eyes in the lash line
  • Lashes curled and then coated twice with Benefit Badgal lash mascara


  • One coat of Face Of Australia Mineral Lip Shine in Oyster Shell
  • Followed by MAC Lipstick (frost) in Angel

Tadaaaa… semi-useless FOTD picture:

And a poor attempt to capture my whole outfit. 😦 This look was for my date with Yolanda from Shopping Intervention. We went to Freestyle Tout for dinner and dessert… na na na naahhh nahhhhh look what we had:

Bread and Butter Pudding FTW! droollll

Let me know, was this of use to you? Or was it as useless as tits on a boar?


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

Image source: Beautylish

Chic Cheeks

21 Mar

Ladies, let me introduce you to a company that has done a wonderful thing and created a product that will cut our make up spending in half!! (you’re going to want to stay tuned)

Introducing… Chic Australia!

This Aussie owned cosmetics brand was founded by make-up artist and beauty therapist Lois Yaghoubour, who launched the brand out of a personal passion to create an all-in-one product that would have the ability to leave one looking perfectly preened and beautiful all day without any touchups whatsoever. After in-depth research and development, Chic Baked Contour Powder was born, a 7-in-1 wonder product.

Chic Australia Baked Contour Powder features a lightweight, easily blended formula to define and sculpt the face and body for 12 hours of radiance. This long-lasting, dome shaped powder is slowly baked on a terracotta plate for 24 hours to reduce mess and includes light-reflecting pigments to highlight and contour the face and body for added luminosity. Formulated with liquid minerals, the powder includes mica, kaolin clay, mother of pearl, iron oxides, titanium dioxide and silica. It is versatile and travel-friendly, packaged in a convenient, stylish black compact with a handy mirror (of good size).

This product has 7 actions in 1 compact. It can be used as a blusher, bronzer, eyeshadow, lip colour, eyeliner, highlighter and contouring powder and can transform your complexion from drab to fab anytime! The powders produce a lightweight high frost finish that will accentuate your features for a natural radiant look.

There are eight different shades in the Chic Baked Contour Powder range, to suit every skin type and colour. The range of shades include everything from a pinkish highlight colour, a rosy blush colour, to your bronze colours (see range of colours below).

The shade that I have been using is BanksiaBloom (RRP $49.95 AUD), a deep cocoa colour with specks of gold for an even and natural tan glow. I found this shade to be perfect for everything from contouring and bronzing to a perfect coppery eye shadow. Even though the BanksiaBloom shade features a gold fleck throughout, the pigment is so finely milled and smooths on the skin so evenly that the result is natural and luminous. It’s great as a contour as it eliminates the need for a matte contour bronzer AND a highlighter – just apply this and go! Perfect for travelling when you’re forced to downsize your make up stash (OH the Horror!!). I also love that this baked powder is mess-free, unlike so many other bronzers that leave powder over every surface.

The below pictures show the colour swatched heavily on my hand with flash, applied under the cheekbones as a contour, and lastly, applied all over the eyes as an eye shadow.

Here are some other ways to use the Chic Baked Contour Powder:

Tip 1: Dust this shade lightly over your lipstick to accentuate your lips and give them a subtle glow.

Tip 2: Apply this shade with a big powder brush all over your decolletage to give the illusion of a nice bronzed tan without the fuss (and orange hands).

An added plus, Chic Australia does not test their products on animals. To find your nearest stockist click here and to find out more about Chic Australia visit their website – www.chicaustralia.com.au

[Image source: Chic Australia and my own, please do not use without permission]

I was kindly sent this product for consideration, as per my disclosure statement, this did not influence my opinion in any way and all reviews are of my own honest opinion.

playing with the new kid on the block

12 Feb

Last Saturday, Annica and I decided it was about time we check out the Illamasqua counter at Myer in the Brisbane Queen Street Mall and treat ourselves to a day of makeovers and retail therapy (and some scrumptious sushi thrown in for good measure). Illamasqua is relatively new to Australian shores and the response from bloggers nationwide is a resounding YIPEEE! We booked ourselves in to see Suzanne for a tour and a bit of a play.

After ‘ooooh’ing and ‘ahhh’ing over all the amazing make up, we both decided to pick out a few eye shadows that we normally wouldn’t go for and see what look Suzanne the MUA could create for us. Naturally I gravatate towards the more natural browns/taupes (typical smokey eye colours), so I decided to go for pastel pinks and purples.

Here is what was used for the eyes:

Powder eye shadow in Toxic

Powder eye shadow in Cancan

Powder eye shadow in Synth

Used as a highlighter on my brow bone and above the crease was Halcyon, an awesome liquid Illuminator

Finished off with liquid eyeliner and mascara, taadaaaa!… the finished result on the eyes!

The face was touched up with the Rich Liquid Foundation in #200 and Powder Foundation in #210. Cheeks were contoured with Powder Foundation #325, gorgeous pale pink Powder blush in Nymph high on the cheekbones and bronzer to finish in Writhe.

Used on the lips was Lipstick in Over, a bright coral pink with a matt finish; and Intense Lipgloss in Mistress over the top. I loved Mistress (the intense lip gloss) and I bought it for myself.


Here is the overall finished result, I felt like I should have been attending a Miami beach party afterwards. The look was very bright but still suitable for the day time. Loved all the products used, and loved the finished result!

Annica and I all done up thanks to Suzanne at Illamasqua counter Brisbane.

I picked up a few products (reviews to come) and I really want to go back and get some more, especially that pale pink blush Nymph which was all sold out at the time 😦

Everything is such high quality and highly pigmented. It would make a great addition to any make up lovers stash!

If you want to check out Illamasqua for yourself, here are the details:

Online at:


At Myer stores nationwide.


Myer Brisbane City, 91 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Myer Robina, 167-191 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina QLD


[Image are my own, please do not use them without prior permission]

Summer Beauty Routine

19 Jan

So I’ve decided to do my version of the Summer Beauty Routine that Jess of the belle lumiere did here

Feel free to re-post (as I did) on your blog as well.

Without further ado, here is my current beauty routine:


Cleanser: Alternating between L’Occitane Foaming Rice Cleanser and the Clarisonic refreshing gel cleanser with the Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System

Toner/Mist: Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner

Exfoliant: ASAP Daily Exfoliating Face Scrub with AHA

Moisturizer: Ultraceuticals Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+

Facial mask: Lush Cosmetics Cupcake mask

Makeup Remover: Nivea Visage 3 in 1 Waterproof Makeup Remover

Night Treatment: Ultraceuticals Ultra A Smoothing Complex/ Trilogy Rosehip Oil

Eye Cream: Trilogy Rosehip Oil

Spot Treatment: Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum


Shower Gel: Palmolive Naturals Nutra-Fruit Shower Gel Pomegranate

Body Lotion/Cream: The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Lotion / Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion for Medium to Dark Skin

Anticellulite/Firming Treatment: PriceLine Body Essentials Body Brush (dry body brushing)

Body Exfoliant: The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub

Hand Cream: Vaseline Dry Skin Conditioning Lotion (at work) or HissyFit Handy Work SPF 30 (at play)

Lip Balm/Treatment: Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (day) and Lucas Paw Paw Ointment (night)

Perfume: D&G No 10 La Roue De La Fortune (day) and Kim Kardashian EDP (night)

Nail Polish: Essie Haute As Hello, Essie Ballet Slippers, Essie California Coral


Shampoo: Care Shampoo by Nak

Conditioner: Lush Cosmetics American Cream

Leave-In Treatment: Moroccanoil

Mask: Wella System Professional Luminous Hair Mask

Heat Protection: Nak Sea Potion Leave-in Repair Treatment

Volumising Product: Juice xagerate styling and volumising mousse

Shine Product: Wella System Professional Luminous Hair Mask

Hair Spray: Sunsilk Co-creations Plumped Up Volume hairspray


Primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Foundation: Maybelline Mineral Power Liquid SPF 15 Foundation in Creamy Natural (day) / Napoleon Perdis Foundation Stick in Look 1 (night)

Tinted Moisturiser: HissyFit Saving Face SPF 50 in Sand

Concealer: Benefit Boiing in Medium (02) and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector

Powder: Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish in Look 4

Cream Blush: Bloom Cosmetics Sheer Colour Cream in Coy

Powder Blush: MAC Blush in Peachykeen / Benefit Coralista / Benefit Dandelion / Benefit Hoola (Bronzer)

Liquid Highlighter: Revlon Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator in 020 Pink Light

Powder Highlighter: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle / MAC Highlight Powder in Rose Olé

Mascara: Maybelline THE FALSIES mascara

Eyeliner: Napoleon Eye Pencil in Brown Sugar

Cream Eyeshadow: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in RSVP

Powder Eyeshadow: Napoleon Perdis Colour Disc in Irid Taupe and Napoleon Ultra Pearl Shadow in Champagne

Highlighter Shadow: Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust in White Gold

Lipgloss: ModelCo Lip Lights in Pink Sea Shell

Lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte in Lingerie Pink #7

[Image Source: weheartit]

Get the look: Kim Kardashian

18 Jan

I don’t know about you, but I think Kim Kardashian always look amazeballs (seriously, she must spend 80% of her life in hair and makeup) and the (wo)man behind the mug is Kim’s talented MUA Joyce Bonelli.

Joyce shared her steps behind the lovely luminous look she did for Kim’s 30th Birthday party (well one of the many b’day parties).

Here’s the look:

And here are the steps:

STEP #1: Kim’s Skin

“It’s very important to keep up on your skincare regimen to keep it’s glamour & help to stay away from breakouts. On Kim I apply PerfectSkin, LaMer lifting serum, & PerfectSkin eye cream. To condition lips I use Keihl’s lip balm. *Don’t be lazy, this also goes for washing your face at night! Use makeup remover wipes if you are too tired.”

STEP #2: Primer

“I use Mister Mat Mattifying foundation primer by Givenchy.”

STEP #3: Foundation

“I like to keep Kim’s overall skin to appear matte so I use Sheer Matte by NARS. Blend into the skin with a foundation brush for a flawless touch.”

STEP #4: Undereyes

“I use Lift Concealor by Make Up For Ever.”

STEP #5: Set

“Finally I set Kim’s entire face with translucent powder by Laura Mercier. *Don’t get all cray cray & over do it, only dust your brush with a touch & then gently apply powder.”

STEP #6: Brows

“I tweezed them using Tweezerman tweezers. Then filled them in with Lingering brow pencil by M.A.C.”


“All over the lid I applied the golden shade of NARS Duo eyeshadow in Mediteranee. On the outer corners of the eyes, crease, & along the lower lash line apply Chopper eyeshadow by Urban Decay. On the inner rim of the (tear duct) & the brow bone I apply what I call the magic to the eyes, Lust Duster by benefit. I then lined her top inner rim with Eye Kohl in Smolder by M.A.C. Then to line the lower inside rim I used Costa Riche by M.A.C. To finish off her eye I curled her lashes using Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Then I coated her lashes with LOREAL Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. *Yay it now comes in waterproof!”

STEP #8: Kim’s Cheeks

“To bronze & add warmth to her skin I used Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine in Amber Matte. On the hollow of her cheeks I applied Suntan Matte Bronzelights by Smashbox. *Using matte bronzers helps to stay away from a possible muddy effect. For blush I brushed onto the apples of the cheeks The Bronze Natural by Dolce & Gabbana.”

STEP #9: Kim’s Luminous Glow

“I applied Lust Dust by benefit right above the hollows ofher cheeks & bridge of her nose.”

STEP #10: Kim’s Lips

“First I lined her lips with Cremola Cremestick liner by M.A.C. Then I applied lipstick in Soft Nude by Revlon. Lastly to add a chic shine I applied 24K gloss by Lip Fusion. *Who needs injections when you can pump up the volume with just gloss!!”

Uhuh. Just gloss hey Joyce? Have you seen the pictures of Kim’s trout pout in this week’s Famous mag?

[Source: kimkardashian.celebuzz.com]

Endless Summer

10 Jan

As the weather this summer in QLD has been shithouse to say the least, I needed some help in the sun-kissed sector. I had a wedding to attend, and even though it was pouring rain, I didn’t want to look pasty and white. So off I headed to Myer, I had my eye on the latest release from ModelCo, their TAN MOUSSE.

You can purchase ModelCo from Myer, David Jones, Priceline or any other participating retailer, but I headed to Myer as I had a few other things to get. As a promotion before Christmas, Myer had a gift pack containing the TAN MOUSSE (AU $35.00 for 180ml) and the TAN EXTENDER (AU $24.00 for 200ml) all for only AU $39.00. It worked out to be only $4 more to get the tan extender, YEHHAW!

ModelCo TAN MOUSSE is a super lightweight, easy-to-apply, self-tanning and instant bronzing foam for body (I don’t use this on my face), that provides a deep, fast tan that will last for days. And when I say days, I mean DAYS. Try 7 days, that’s how long mine lasted. That rivals the longevity of a salon spray tan!

Now, I’m an avid fan of the Ella Bache Great Tan Mousse, so this poor lass had major high standards to compete with. My favourite product of ModelCo’s was their Spray TAN IN A CAN, and I was hoping that the mousse would give me the same great colour, but with easier application. The pleasant smelling foam, is caramel-tinted leaving a bronze glow as you tan so you can see where it’s applied, leaving you with perfectly streak-free tan everytime. The DHA self-tan develops within hours, the colour is great and definitely streak-free. TAN MOUSSE contains 6% DHA (the highest amount of tanning agent used in ModelCo tanning products) and Caramel Extract for its unrivaled natural colour.

The TAN MOUSSE features a new innovative fragrance technology which is supposed to lock out any chemical odors, so there’s no tell-tale ‘fake-tan smell’ – this was true for when I first applied it, I was left with a somewhat sweet caramel scent. However, after a few hours of it developing, the tell-tale ‘fake-tan smell’ reared it’s ugly head. I guess that just comes with the high percentage of DHA.

I applied the tan the afternoon before the event with my Ella Bache buffing mitt (see below for ModelCo alternative) and slept in it overnight. I awoke the morning of the event, stumbled into my ensuite and looked at myself and thought “Holy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, I am ORANGE!”

I then jumped into the shower faster than you could say “Wonka Nerdilicious Sour Sticks” and scrubbed feverishly to try and tone down the colour by exfoliating the hell out of my skin. I think it worked, because the colour didn’t seem so orange after that.

Here is the result of the colour, sorry the image isn’t very big and there isn’t too much to show of it. I had to crop other people out of it.

I was happy with the end result and I will keep using the ModelCo TAN MOUSSE.

Tips for application of ModelCo TAN MOUSSE

STEP 1. Shake bottle well before each use. For optimum results, apply to clean, exfoliated skin within 10 minutes of showering. For even, streak-free results, apply using ModelCo BLEND BUFFING MITT (AU $11.95).

STEP 2. Gently massage the foam into the skin, working on one area of the body at a time. Use sparingly on knees, elbows & ankles. Wash hands immediately after use.

STEP 3. Wait 10 minutes before dressing and at least 4 hours before washing.

TAN EXTENDER is the latest exciting addition to the ModelCo TAN range – use it to intensify or extend the life of your tan, whilst nourishing and toning your skin. Or, simply use TAN EXTENDER on it’s own for a natural-looking sun kissed glow all year round.

TAN EXTENDER contains nourishing active ingredients such as Green Tea, Caffeine, Ivy Extract, Bladderwrack and Horse Chestnut Extract, which all work to improve the skins tone and texture.

• A potent anti-oxidant, acting as an anti-inflammatory & preventing the visible signs of aging.

• Stimulates blood flow in the skin,
• Rich in tannins, acting as an astringent, constricting blood vessels and the skin
• Skin feels more toned as puffiness is reduced.

• Works as an astringent and a decongestant, firming body tissue by eliminating excess water.

• Contains skin-softening properties as it improves the skin’s elasticity through its water binding properties.

• Has astringency and anti-inflammatory benefits.
• Skin appears more toned and smooth as fluid retention is reduced by increasing the permeability of the capillaries and allowing the reabsorbtion of excess fluid back into the circulatory system.

I haven’t used the TAN EXTENDER long enough to report on the skin benefits above, but the product lives up to its tan amplifying effects. I believe this helped extend the life of my tan to a week and made sure I didn’t get the patchiness when the tan eventually started to wear off. The lotion itself is sweet smelling and rubs into the skin considerably well. I would use this self-tan extender only when I have a tan on, as the product contains Mineral Oil which I am not keen on, however I can’t deny it does a wonderful job at keeping my skin hydrated and provide a longer lasting, natural-looking tan.


[Image Credit: ModelCo]

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 ]

Latest haul

16 Nov

So I just thought I’d share my latest haul with you guys from the last week or so. Gotta a few different goodies and I will do a few reviews on some of the products at a later date.

I needed a new cleanser so I thought I would try the L’Occitane Foaming Rice Cleanser. What drew me to this product was the fact that it’s a rich foaming cleanser (and soap-free) which removes make-up, impurities & excess sebum. The red rice powder helps absorbs surface oil & mattes out shine, whilst the zinc helps to rebalance & control oil production. Just what my oily/combo skin needs (and the fact that it’s a pump pack and you only need a small amount was just the icing on the cake really).

The Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation SPF36+ in Ochre which I have previously raved about in my post ‘Beach Bag Beauty’. This product is such a winner, so much so that I have started to wear it everyday! It lasts all day, provides broad UV sun protection and leaves me with a healthy “glowing” tan complexion.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Melonade 180 – this lipstick provides intense colour and moisture. And is so on trend for summer. Will post on this soon!

Lush Cosmetics Gingerbread House Bubble Bar – when I went to Pacific Fair on the weekend, I dragged the whole of my family (some willing, some not) into this store and put my nose to work. My pick was this bubble bar because it just smells SO.DARN.GOOD! Seriously I just want to crush it up and stick it in my nostrils. And how cute is it!? I spent the whole next day smelling it repeatedly. There needs to be a candle/melt made of this scent because it’s to die for. I think it was only $6.50 or $8.50? Can’t remember. But you only have to use a 1/3 for each bath. Review to come!

Australis ‘Paint The Town’ Nail polish exclusively for Target – I got the light blue colour as that was the only one left at Target when I went. But I am hoping to go and pick up some more of the colours in the range. I’ll keep you posted.

And lastly, Benefit Hoola Bronzer because I am starting to see the bottom of my first one 😦 and this is the BEST bronzer I have ever come across. Well for me anyway. It’s perfect for conturing and it’s not a oompa loompa colour, it looks natural.


%d bloggers like this: