Archive for January, 2009

The Sydney Morning Herald

January 29, 2009

Makeup Meltdown

How are you surviving the heat? Looks and composure still intact? I’ve found some great products that are making life easier this week and a little bit lovelier; come, let me share.

To keep my cool, I carry a tiny Evian water spray ($9.95, 50ml) which has the added cool factor of being an Australian Open limited edition (a special Jean-Paul Gaultlier edition will be available in Australia in late March). To keep the mosquitoes at bay on these sweltering evenings, I layer the acceptably scented Y-Yo products, including the body cream ($29.95, 200ml) and cologne ($39.95, 50ml). After a swim I wash with Aveda’s lovely new Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser ($39.95, 250ml) to rid myself of chlorine or salt residue then slather on St Ives Vanilla Body Moisturiser ($6.99, 532ml). Beach days also mean major waterproof sunscreen gloop: I remove this easily with Shiseido’s Ultimate Cleansing Oil ($35, 150ml) before using my normal cleanser.
Makeup is still sometimes required in summer – even, alas, on 43C days. I prep with Laura Mercier’s Foundation Oil-Free Primer ($62), use my BeautyBlender makeup sponge ($29.95) to gain the lightest possible coverage and finish by misting Clarins Fix Make-up ($32) so it stays put. I don’t go anywhere without oil-blotting sheets. Mascara of the moment is Bobbi Brown’s Lash Glamour Lengthening in Smoke ($44) – it looks natural on sunny days. Ditto Sisley’s Phyto-lip Shine ($50). Its claim to fame is shine but I choose it, in cherry, for its sheerness. And I’m flying this weekend with Ciao Bella Travel Hair and Face Single Shots ($25.95) in case my luggage goes astray. Or melts.
What is working for you during the heatwave? Any recommendations?

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Nessasary Makeup

January 19, 2009

MAC Collection – Brunette, Blonde & Redhead

I picked up a few things from this collection, and even though I am a brunette, I ended up buying from the other ‘hair colors’ instead! LOL. The lipsticks and lipglasses are really pretty, although I just ended up getting “Red Devil”, “Strawberry Blonde” lipglasses and “Flip”eyeshadow. “Red Devil” is a bright coral-pinkish color with shimmer and “Strawberry Blonde” is a gorgeous medium rose pink with shimmer. I also picked up the #226 brush which is the baby of my #138 rosebud brush. This brush is PERFECT for contouring eyeshadow on the crease as it’s small tapered tip shades those tiny areas perfectly. Here is the eye map diagram I made again just so you can see the various areas you can use this brush for…

And here it on the very right compared to some of the other blending brushes I have, as you can see it’s quite unique!

Also, I will be answering more of your reader questions soon (hopefully in between Gossip Girl commercials!), but many of you asked where you can get the beauty blender sponges and you can get them at various places, like beauty stores such as Planet Beauty, or online from my friend Robyn, or even Amazon. To see my review on it as well as a quick demo on how to use it, CLICK HERE.

So here is my haul from the collection as well as a few impromptu swatches, “Strawberry Blonde” is such a gorgeous color!

Closer look at “Strawberry Blonde”:

We had a photographer take updated pictures of the staff at work (as they go in our email signature) since we hired so many people since the last time, and of course me and my best gals at work had to squeeze in something funny while the photog tested the lighting…

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A Watercolour Sky

January 10, 2009

My Favourite Products of 2008

Beauty Tool

Beauty Blender

I haven’t even blogged about this yet but its definitely my favourite way to apply foundation now. So far I’ve used it for mineral makeup wet, and also with the La Mer tint and they both go on much more naturally than if I used brushes / fingers. In my opinion, this beats out any duo fibre brush for foundation application.

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Makeup Kitty

January 9, 2009

Beautyblender & Blendercleanser

At the International Makeup Trade Show, I was introduced to this cool looking egg-shaped makeup sponge.  BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge Applicator and Cleanser are the perfect duo.  This latex-free, anti-microbial tear drop shaped makeup sponge makes your foundation look flawless.

Designed by two top hollywood makeup artists, this unique makeup sponge makes application in those hard-to-reach places foolproof.  You can use BeautyBlender either dry or damp, I prefer using it damp.  Be aware it does expand when wet.  BeautyBlender can be used with all types of foundation, liquid, cream, mineral makeup, cream blush, powder, etc.  Stipple or “bounce” BeautyBlender sponge for a flawless, airbrush-type of finish.  For problem skin or blemishes, use the pointed end of the BeautyBlender to stipple and twist foundation over the blemish.  After each use, you’ll want to use the BlenderCleanser to cleanse your sponge.  This soy-based, earth-friendly cleanser, is lightly scented of lavender, free of dyes and other skin irritants, maintaining  the integrity of your BeautyBlender makeup Sponge.  Remember lavender is a natural anti-microbial and soy is a natural moisiturizer.

I hope you enjoy your BeautyBlender and BlenderCleanser as much as I do!

Keep Glowing~

Makeupkitty :K

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Cult Beauty Blog

January 7, 2009

Beauty Vending Machine from U’Tique

Britishbeautyblogger had a cool post on a new beauty vending machine about to be rolled out in Fred Segal this month. Another cool design/beauty hybrid, no? It reminds me of something you could have seen in Tokyo or Copenhagen 10 years ago.

These luxury vending machines are called U*Tiques and designed by a veteran consultant for companies like Dove and Absolut. And there are big plans for this new method of selling luxury cosmetics, with an eye to roll it out in hotel lobbiesgymsnightclubsairports,malls and anywhere else you often find yourself lacking beauty and grooming products when you need them most. This way, you can get exactly what you’d normally use instead of some crappy trial-sized tat. So far, W Magazine reports that brands that have confirmed space in the vending machines already include ‘[Frederic Fekkai]… New York–based apothecary Malin + Goetz, indie skincare company Clark’s BotanicalsMD Skincare (a line formulated by New York dermatologist Dennis Gross) and popular makeup brand Smashbox Cosmetics.”

Other brands I’d love to see in a U*Tique at Heathrow Terminal 5 (where I think one would do very well) whilst waiting to catch a plane? Go SmileBorbaRescue BeautySpanx,Mariann Newman Nail PensEylureLipstick QueenNudeTeraxBeautyblender,Makeup Forever… man, I would love to get a crack at stocking a limited-edition range of these suckers… would be my dream job.

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A Beautiful Sentiment

January 5, 2009

ABS Wants:  Beautyblender

What it is: A makeup sponge applicator. Technique is everything when it comes to creating a camera-ready, flawless look. So imagine all the prettifying possibilities you’d score if a makeup artist’s skills were wrapped up in one innovative tool. Meet your new makeup must-have: beautyblender® —the makeup sponge designed to create absolute complexion perfection. This award-winning, hot pink number gives you amazing coverage and blending capabilities with its easy-to-use shape and suede-like texture. Use the wide end to blot on makeup and blend effortlessly. Or, work with the pointed end for hard-to-reach spots or delicate areas around the eyes. There’s no foundation line or eyeshadow crease that can hide from the beautyblender sponge’s super-blending powers. Get ready to absorb the benefits.

What it does:
beautyblender® is the first ergonomically designed non-disposable sponge applicator that allows you to flawlessly apply your makeup. It’s designed to be cleaned with its partner blendercleanser®—making it super eco-friendly. It comes with an instruction disc so you can quickly master your application technique.

While having dinner with my friend Cathy tonight our conversation happened to land upon the beautyblender, touted as THE tool for creating a flawless, air-brushed finish by makeup fanatics. Since she’d never heard of it I figured I’d pop in this little post with some info in case she decides she wants to check it out! 

I’ve had my eye on this bouncy little pink egg for ages but could never bring myself to spend $20 on a glorified makeup sponge. Enter my brother with a Sephora gift card and the fact that Sephora finally started carrying this line–guess who’ll be owning a beautyblender of her own very soon?

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Arizona Spa Girls

January 3, 2009

Makeup Must:  Beautyblender

I’m feeling chatty today. I think it’s because I’m still on a high after finally catching a really good flick yesterday. Go see Slumdog Millionaire. It’s so good. That’s all I’ll say because I knew nothing about it before I went and it was such a joy watching the story unfold without the media barrage spoiling all the good scenes. So since I’m all talkative and it’s entirely too early to wake the spa boy from his deep and snoring slumber, I’ll spill on another favorite beauty item. Diane Aiello, the owner of Glam Lounge and beauty and fashion stylist, introduced the beautyblender to me one day while visiting her chic boutique in Scottsdale. I was drawn to it of course because of its brilliant hot pink color (I’m so predictable, it’s just sad) and it has since become part of my makeup starting lineup. I previously used those wedge-shaped cosmetic sponges to blend my foundation, which work fine. But once you try the beautyblender, you’ll never go back. You simply douse it under the sink with water, give it a squeeze and then I roll it in a clean towel to remove excess water. I apply foundation with my fingers and then blend away with my little pink egg-shaped wonder. It’s as soft as can be and is latex and odor free. You can purchase it as a set with a sponge cleanser but I rinse it with hand soap after use and let it dry. Remember to always let your beauty brushes and tools dry completely before storing them. For more on the beautyblender, visit or pick one up at Glam Loungeor

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Blogdorf Goodman

January 1, 2009

Best of 2008 Picks from Blogdorf

9. The Beauty Blender Sponge

It offers the most perfect coverage and application of foundation. I have ignored all my foundation brushes since Beauty Blender came into my life. It can be purchased at for $18.50.

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Life was meant to be lived in style

January 1, 2009

A Life of Style:  My 2009 Shopping List

2009 shopping list beauty, home, fashion by citydiva19

Just a few items I want to get this year and everyone knows this list WILL get longer as the year goes on, LOL!


– Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick

– An FHI Flat iron

– Sedu Hair Styler

Beauty Blender Sponge & Beauty Blender Cleanser

– Loreal Hair Fixer

– Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler

– Rapid Lash Eyelash renewal

– L’Oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner – NEW!!!!

– L’Oreal Color Presso – NEW!!!!

– Rene Furterer Vitalfan Vitality Supplements


– New bookcases

– Vacuum cleaner

– Vases

– New glasses from Crate & Barrel

– Leather storage ottoman


– Maxi dresses

– Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 – My dream bag *sigh*

– 1 pair of Christian Louboutin shoes (I can dream…Can’t I?)

– More skirts

– Killer job interview ensembles (I HATE suits)
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