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June Favourites 2011

27 Jul

It doesn’t look like I will get around to doing a June Favourites video, just like it doesn’t look like I’ll be 5kg lighter this summer. Oh well. You win some you lose some. Some major tooth pain from a root canal procedure, coupled with a sense of blah has really put my mojo off this month. Being in a drugged up stupor wasn’t very conducive to blog writing/youtube videos either (that may work for some people, but not me). Hopefully the worst of it is behind me now, I don’t want to be mojo-less for much longer.

So I know it’s almost to the end of July, but better late than never right??! Here is the rundown of my favourite products from the month of June:

White D-Tox [Bright Cell] Cleanser – $49.00 (AUD) for 125ml

This instant brightening micro-scrub cleanser is formulated with Biotherm’s ‘Bright Cell’ complex and Pure Extract of Thermal Plankton to help minimise the appearance of pigmentation and dark spots on the skin’s surface. And it does just that! Don’t you love products that do what they actually say they should. Let me answer that for you, YES! Hence why it is one of my favourites for the month (and every month mind you).

Napoleon Perdis Blush Patrol – $60.00 (AUD)

The swirl of rich pigments in this baked blush creates a natural flush that lasts all day. The shimmering shades imbue skin with a ravishing pop of color – who doesn’t want that? Blush Patrol is enriched with Vitamins A and C. I love the fine gold flecks in this blush, that would suit any skin tone. The colour pay off is incredible, and gives your face that glowy gleam that we crave so much in Winter. I have been reaching for this blush a lot the past month to instil some colour and glow to my dull complexion.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator – $58.00 (AUD) for 30ml

Another shimmer inducer! This luminous cream magically transforms lackluster skin into a flawless, glowing complexion. I love the faint gold fleck combined with the peachiness of this, as I always like to wear coral blushes. The Orgasm Illuminator gives me glowing cheeks and a lit-from-within look that perks up my lack-lustre complexion.

Biotherm Skin.Ergetic Night Cream – $65.00 (AUD) for 50ml

Biotherm creates SKIN.ERGETIC NIGHT, its first overnight visible high-recovery moisturiser with five tea & seed fractions. A formula with a purifying complex that promotes the elimination of impurities generated by free radicals on the skin’s surface and diminishes visible signs of fatigue. As a non-user of night creams, this one was PERFECT for me. I was always scared that a night cream was going to be too oily and heavy for my skin, but this night cream from Biotherm is such a winner for younger skin. It hasn’t broken me out and I don’t wake up with a oil slick. Phew!

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Minis Collection – $24.95 (AUD) for 4 x 3.75ml

A limited edition collection of four mini swashbuckling shades from the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection. The OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Minis Collection contains: Skull + Glossbones: a khaki gray shade; Planks A Lot: a lavender shade; Sparrow Me The Drama: a strawberry pink shade; Stranger Tides: a sage green shade. I love all the colours and they all apply like a dream!

Rahua Finishing Treatment – $65.00 (AUD) for 2oz

A finishing treatment that rivals the famed Morrocanoil (in my opinion). 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. Rich with organic and 100% natural ingredients… oh and it smells nommy!

Have you tried any of these? 

Tell me, do you have any favourites that I MUST try?

[Image Source: www.bathingbeauty.com.au  www.clubbiotherm.com.au  www.adorebeauty.com.au  www.napoleonperdis.com.au ]


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?

May Favourites 2011

3 Jun


My favourite products from the month of May.

Products mentioned:

  • Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid (purchased from Addicted 2 Lip Balm – www.addicted2lipbalm.com.au )
  • Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick in Twist
  • Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
  • Benefit Cosmetics Foundation Brush
  • Napoleon Perdis Blush Patrol
  • Activance with Rhodanide Hair Stimulant (which you can find online at www.activance.com.au)

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section. And thanks for watching! xx

nearly nude

6 May

As Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) comes to an end, I have noticed a huge trend in many of the shows with regards to the lips – they are bare, understated but certainly not forgotten.

I like to call this trend the ‘nearly nude’ – using a nude coloured lipstick close to the colour of your lips, to perfect the nude lip look.

Napoleon Perdis mastered this look at the Carl Kapp and Thurley shows at RAFW 2011, which saw the models look polished and innocent, with flawless skin and a nude lipstick that would have us tricked into thinking that they woke up with those perfect pouts and inner glow.

Carl Kapp


For both these shows, Napoleon Perdis used the Napoleon Perdis Devine Goddess Lipstick in Hess (AU$33) on the models. This is a slightly pink nude and would look perfect with a smokey eye or just a bare face look.

For that flawless base, the Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum and Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer were both used for each look to create a perfect working canvas, with the Carl Kapp look using the China Doll Foundation, Mighty Concealer Pen and Mattifying Mineral Powder to give a porcelain matte finish; and the Thurley look using Advanced Mineral Makeup.

And to achieve those luminous cheeks from Thurley, Napoleon Perdis used Light Patrol Luminizer Palette in Pink Ice.

The ‘nearly nude’ look is so easy to do yourself, and isn’t high-mainty or time consuming. Join me in jumping on the nude bandwagon (not literally guys… gross! Who rides nude on a wagon?! sheesh)

Another trend I’m noticing is the un-kept, brushed up brows…do any of you like that look? I don’t know about you, but I like my brows to look neat and well groomed.

[Image source: Napoleon Perdis, The Facial Company]

Winner! Napoleon Perdis Mother’s Day Giveaway

4 May

First of all, I would like to say thank you to Napoleon Perdis who made this giveaway possible, and secondly, to all my beautiful readers who entered and continue to support me! I can’t think of a better bunch of followers… you guys rock!

Now, which beautiful reader has won the Napoleon Perdis ‘All About My Mother’ Gift Pack to give their beautiful Mother this Mother’s Day?

All of the entries were so touching and heart-felt and I wouldn’t have been able to pick a winner myself as they were all beautiful sentiments to the strong women in your lives; so I have used the trusty ol’ Random.org number generator to randomly pick the winner.

So without further ado, the lucky entrant is:

Number 15!!! Which was…..

Congratulations Kylie!! I hope that your Mother enjoys this awesome gift courtesy of Napoleon Perdis. I will email you to get your details.

Thanks again everyone for entering my first giveaway. And please, still make sure to let your Mother know how much you love them this Mother’s Day, whether it be with a gift or any other way.

Be sure to check out my Mother’s Day Gift Guide for some gift ideas to give your Mum this Mother’s Day.

*CLOSED* Napoleon Perdis Mother’s Day Giveaway!

29 Apr

**********GIVEAWAY CLOSED**********

Hip & Haute has teamed up with makeup artist Napoleon Perdis—who attributes his own passion for beauty to his glamorous mother—for a special giveaway to one lucky reader. Keep reading to see how you can enter!

The Giveaway:
Mothers of the world should be spoiled on Mother’s Day. That’s why Napoleon Perdis, who attributes his own passion for makeup to his glamorous mother, is a big believer in properly gifting the important women in one’s life. With this in mind, the makeup guru has created a luxurious Mother’s Day Box Set to make mums everywhere swoon. 
The luxurious limited edition Mother’s Day Gift Box includes the Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad 5 (soft pink and grey shadows), Luminous Lip Veil and the new Nickie’s Rose Cream Blush, a vintage-inspired coin purse all wrapped in a chic ribbon wrapped white and black gift box valued at $100 for US and $129 for AU. Check out the luxurious gift box on the Napoleon Perdis site by selecting your location here:http://shop.napoleonperdis.com/p-270-mothers-day-gift-box.aspx 
One lucky reader could win this gift set to gift to their Mum on Mother’s Day!
How To Enter:
Enter to win Napoleon Perdis’ Mother’s Day Box Set. We’re choosing one random winner to receive the kit, valued at $129. Entering is easy! 
To enter the Mother’s Day giveaway to win a Napoleon Perdis Mother’s Day Box Set follow these 4 easy steps (make sure you follow ALL 4 STEPS and leave your contact email in the comment below):
1. Answer the question “How Has Your Mother Inspired You?”, post your answer in the comment section below. Make sure to leaver your contact email address.
2. Subscribe to Hip & Haute by clicking on the ‘Sign me up!” button in the email subscription right down the bottom of the page.
3. Follow @hipandhaute and @napoleonperdis on Twitter.
4. Retweet This Phrase On Twitter: “How has your mother inspired you?” Enter the @hipandhaute and @napoleonperdis Mothers’ Day Contest! http://wp.me/p1aiuj-cS #spoilyourmother
*If you already follow Hip and Haute & Napoleon Perdis on Twitter you still qualify to win. 
Conditions and Deadlines:
Contest is open to Australian and US residents only. Entrant must abide by all four contest entry conditions listed above. One entry per person. Contest BEGINS Friday April 29, 2011 and ENDS Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 9pm EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and I’ll announce the winners Wednesday, May 4 on my blog. Good luck Hautees!

About Napoleon Perdis 
Napoleon Perdis picked up his first makeup brush at the age of 13 to help his glamorous mother primp for a soiree. Since then, the self-taught makeup artist has long dreamed of spreading his glamour gospel. A native of Sydney, Australia, and now based in Los Angeles, Perdis has always sought to demystify makeup, and transform runway and red carpet trends to reality. In addition to taking his company global, the leading artist has a line exclusively for Target called NP Set. Since its unveiling in the U.S., the brand has attracted celeb fans including Jessica Szohr, AnnaLynne McCord, Leighton Meester, Kelly Osbourne, Debra Messing, Jessica Lowndes, Shenae Grimes, Amanda Bynes and among others. 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

28 Apr

I know, I know, you’re just getting over your chocolate hangover from Easter… but I must warn you that Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 8th)  and if you know what’s good for ya, you’ll get a smangin’ gift for that gorgeous creature you call mum/mother/other words that cannot be said on the blog depending on your/her mood. (I kid, I kid)

So to help you out, I have done up a little gift giving guide… for when you are stuck for an idea.

1. Napoleon Perdis All About My Mother Gift Set

RRP AU$59 ($129 value)

The luxurious limited edition Mother’s Day Gift Box includes the Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad 5 (soft pink and grey shadows), Luminous Lip Veil and the new Nickie’s Rose Cream Blush, a vintage-inspired coin purse all wrapped in a chic ribbon wrapped white and black gift box valued at $100 for US and $129 for AU.

Napoleon Perdis is available at Napoleon Perdis concept stores, David Jones and in over 650 pharmacies and salons throughout Australia. Stockist: 1800 814 572.


2. Mor Cosmetics Hand Over Heart Gift Set

RRP AU$19.95

This adorable Soapette and Hand Cream scented with Snow Gardenia, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla and Sandalwood will leave your heart jumping with joy. Hand over heart, what’s not to love!

Mor Cosmetics is available in Myer, David Jones, selected pharmacies and online.


3. Lush Happy Mother’s Day Gift

RRP AU$34.95

As an extra special treat for Mum, choose this unique gift to hold all three Mums ballistics. The vase is made from bath ballistic mix, scented with the decadent Keep It Fluffy fragrance of jasmine and vanilla, and wrapped in a gorgeous mini Knot Wrap hanky. This is another of Lush’s innovative unpackaged gift ideas, which means less waste heading to landfill … Mother Nature would approve!

Available at Lush stores nationwide and online.


4. O.P.I Tickle Her Heart pack


O.P.I Tickle Her Heart contains nail polishes in Tickle my Franc-y (nude) and Sweet Heart (sheer nude with a hint of pink), an OPI Top Coat, and a Grit Edge Natural Nail File, all housed in a vibrant cosmetics bag.

OPI is available in leading beauty salons and David Jones stores Australia wide.


5. Benefit Cosmetics So Hooked on Carmella Gift Set


Benefit so hooked on Carmella set includes an eau de toilette and silk scented body lotion both scented with the so hooked on Carmella fragrance. The products come housed in a custom-designed gift box. Your mum will be so hooked (zing!). 

Available in Australia at Benefit Boutique, MYER stores nationally, adorebeauty.com.au or 02 8353 5000


Have you got any great gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Tell me about them and feel free to link if you do a post on great gift ideas for Mother’s Day.

[Image Source: www.morcosmetics.com www.beautyheaven.com.au Napoleon Perdis, Benefit Cosmetics Australia ]

Brisbane Beauty Blogger Event – a BIG thank you

18 Apr

Something BIG happened yesterday (well big for me and the Brisbane blogging community anyway), the Bloggers Collective [Brisbane] hosted the first official Brisbane Beauty Bloggers Event (#BBBE). So for all of you wondering what went down yesterday in old Brisbane town, let me give you a little palate pleaser (a little taste of the event). I will be doing a full post-event banquet after I have all the photos.

So who is the Bloggers Collective you ask? Well the Bloggers Collective was a joint initiative between myself (Hip and Haute) and Annica (Haute and Stylish) aka the ‘Haute Girls’. This collective has expanded to include all the Brisbane Beauty bloggers that attended the event and is a nice way to group all of these girls together in a “Collective” – a joint force in the Brisbane Beauty community. Look out for this logo:

Sunday afternoon saw the best of Brisbane’s beauty bloggers come together to meet, mingle and experience first hand some beauty pampering from some of Australia’s best beauty brands. The event was held at Orb Hair & Beauty on the corner of Merthyr Road and James Street, New Farm and was the perfect venue to cater for the 11 beauty bloggers in attendance.

I just want to thank all the Beauty Bloggers who attended, and also all the companies who got involved to make this event a smashing success!

Thank you to:

Orb Hair & Beauty – the lovely Deborah (owner) and Anna (manager) who agreed to hold the event and went above and beyond to help (even putting together little goodie bags), and Lily who came to the event just to give all the girls Essie “minicures” (mini manicures).

Cloud Nine Hair Australia – especially Lauren (Cloud9 stylist), Chantal and Rebecca who came along to the event and did styling sessions and an informative product demonstration using the awesome Cloud9 flat iron and the revolutionary ‘The O’.

Napoleon Perdis – and to Kaitlin, our NP make up artist for the event who came along and did mini makeovers and demos on how-to do a winged eyeliner with staying power and a how-to on the hottest coral lip trend.

Nikki Parkinson from Styling You – for not only being a guest but also a super awesome guest speaker! What an inspirational woman!

Casella Wines – for sponsoring the event and providing all the guests with an endless supply of Yellow Tail wines (white, red, bubblies – you name it!). Yummo!

Face of Australia – for sponsoring the event and providing all the bloggers with FOA goodie bags (featuring the soon-to-be-released Molten Metallics nail lacquers)!!

And all the companies/PR that got on-board and provided product sponsorship for the awesome goodie bags that the girls received – Danne Montague-King (DMK), Ciccone Cosmetics, Australis Cosmetics, piCture pOlish, Schwarzkopf, Sweaty Betty PR, Yellow Tail Wines, and Napoleon Perdis.

And of course to our families for being a great support and helping out where needed! Especially my gorgeous mother who helped with the food (she made the delectable Red Velvet Cupcakes and Vietnamese Spring Rolls with homemade dipping sauce) and my boyfriend who made his most popular and moorish Mexican layer Dip (all the girls now want his secret recipe!)

There will be a more comprehensive follow up post which will delve more into the night’s events and will include links to all the beauty bloggers who attended and also more photos from the event. But to satisfy the cravings, I leave you with a few teaser photos from the night. Enjoy!

Napoleon Perdis Mascarathon

10 Mar

From March 7th – April 10th Napoleon Perdis celebrates Mascarathon – take in any full size Mascara, from any brand, and receive $5 OFF the purchase of any Napoleon Perdis Mascara.

Whether it be volumising, lengthening, defining or conditioning, there are 8 different formulas to choose from ranging in price from AUD$25 – $35. To take advantage of this special offer head into your nearest Napoleon counter or shop online here (if buying online don’t forget to enter MASCARATHON at the checkout to get your $5 OFF any mascara purchase).

complexion perfection

7 Feb


I have just come across a miraculous combination of products to ace my base and provide a facial glow… introducing hip & haute’s ‘complexion perfection’ products:

1. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

2. Benefit Boi-ing

3. Tarte Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum

4. NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

5. Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder


Now that your base is done, add your favourite blush and highlight powder; a dash of mascara and lipgloss and tada! An everyday  makeup look that will make you look radiant and glowy and also ensure your make up stays on your face all day!


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