16 July 2010

MY TOP 10 BEAUTY FAVES


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
1/. The Beauty Blender - I tried this foundation sponge when it first came out a couple of years ago. I wasn't really keen on it the first time I tried it, but after giving it a second go I don't know how I ever lived without it. Used by makeup artists worldwide, its unique shape makes it easy to perfectly blend your foundation. I have tried and re-tried using various foundation brushes over the years (because that's what all the professionals recommended). Well, i have to say, the beauty blender kicks butt over ANY foundation brush!

2/. Nars Sheer Lipstick in Barbarella - This is the perfect peachy tone and can be worn sheer (with just one coat) or more opaque (with a few extra coats). It is also beautiful when combined with a hint of red to create a juicy watermelon shade.

3/. Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - Literally feels like silk on your skin and gives your face a luminescent dewy glow. It is the perfect consistency and leaves your skin feeling fresh and hydrated.

4/. NARS Illuminator in Orgasm - Yes, you heard the name right. With sprinkles of peach and gold, this illuminator can be used on your whole face, either under or over makeup, blended in with your foundation, or as a highlighter for your cheekbones. It looks incredible when mixed with the Armani foundation.

5/. Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil - This product is a cleanser and makeup remover in one. I have really dry skin, so my face just loves the Olive and Jojoba oils in it. 

6/. Moroccanoil Hair Treatment - I just got introduced to this must-have product... yesterday, at my hairdressers (Stephen Marr @ The Department Store). It is a miracle oil treatment that gives your hair extra shine, strengthens and conditions  and reduces drying time, not to mention it smells amazing. It is actually so popular that I had to be put on a waiting list to get a bottle. I secretly envy brunettes because their hair always looks so shiny and healthy, it is hard for us blondes to achieve that same glossy appearance. I was surprised, after having my hair treated with Moroccanoil, how shiny it looked (especially after just having it saturated in bleach). Can't wait to get my hands on some!

7/. Georgio Armani Bronze Mania Skin Tints in #03 - Great for replacing your bronzing powder in winter. Contour the underneaths of your cheekbones with it. Glides on beautifully with the Beauty Blender. You can even use it as an all over face tint in summer to give you a healthy bronzed look.

8/. Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer - I am a HUGE fan of YSL's Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch) highlighter and concealer, BUT i use bucketloads of it and its price tag restricts me from supporting my obsession. I was psyched to find this Revlon alternative, which is a fraction of the price and dare I say, just as wonderful. 

9/. Duwop Revolotion in Deep - THE best body bronzing lotion hands down! You need to make sure you buy it in the Deep shade, which is a rich milk chocolate colour. The Medium shade makes you look like you have rolled in a bed of clay... pretty *_*.    I originally found this product at Sephora in New York last year. It gives you that perfect olive colour and can be used all over your body. I swear it is the best thing for disguising cellulite and evening out skin tone. I have tried to find it everywhere in Oz and NZ, but no luck. I was so excited to revisit Sephora when I was in the States last month so I could purchase a supply, only to find out they don't stock it anymore :( Bad move Sephora! So, I searched online last week and ordered two tubes from BeautyBay.com 

10/. NARS The Multiple in Copabana - A silvery/pink stick that reflects light and is great for highlighting and contouring. Can be used on eyes, cheeks, lips and body. One stick will last you 5 years, I swear.

ONLY IN JAPAN

Now this is how to eat junk food in style. Burger King in Japan has installed the "Sound Shower" in its booths. You can attach your ipod/ iphone to the docking station, eat your grub, and bounce your head to your own playlist. If you are anything like me, food + good music make me HAPPY :)

Images via Gizmodo

IMAGERY #3


TREND WATCH: IT'S SHEARLING DARLING

Watch out, shearling is back in a big way. It was seen all over the Fall 2010 runways. If you are looking for a cheapy, keep your eyes on stores like Just Jeans, I am almost certain they will catch on and start stocking them soon :)

KATE + MARIO = BLISS

Kate Moss is an international fashion icon and Mario Testino is arguably fashion's favourite photographer. The good guys at Taschen are publishing a limited edition, hard cover book featuring Testino's most intimate photos of Kate Moss. Each book includes: Foreword by Mario Testino, Exclusive essay by Kate Moss, Over 100 images in black-and-white and colour, including many unseen private photographs, Boxed hardback special edition - limited run of 1500 signed copies.


You can pre-order your copy at Amazon.

THERE GOES MY BABY...

Even though I think Usher looks a little like a Ninja Turtle, I have loved his music since his debut self-titled album in 1994. This is my favourite track off his most recent album "Raymond v. Raymond". Love the lyrics and the old school RnB feel. Way to be proud of your woman Usher!

TOMORROW THE GREAT

Finally Sass & Bide's website is back online after being under construction for what feels like a lifetime. While their new online store isn't quite up and running yet, their new collection Tomorrow The Great is in stores now. If you are in Australia you are probably lucky enough to have a flagship store near you. If you are in NZ, the best place to shop for Sass & Bide is Superette. And until the S&B online store is operating you can order pieces from MyCatwalk.
I am loving black and white stripped pants right now, as seen on Natasha Poly and Barbara Palvin below. The Sass & Bide "Got That Beat" pants are on my wish list!
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