I’ve always been pretty obsessed with bushy eyebrows but it seems that in the past year or so the whole world has become obsessed as well.
Models like Cara Delevingne and Bambi Northwood-Blyth lead the charge with amped-up eyebrows and have made many women ditch their tweezers and pick up brow-enhancing tools instead.
Despite my dark eyebrows I am partial to an eyebrow tint. Tinting picks up the fine hairs that might otherwise make you look like you’re thinning or have bald patches and can really define the facial features and bone structure. However, not everyone is sold on the idea of dying their eyebrows and this is obvious by my number two search term “what are the benefits of an eyebrow tint?” (number one is “Marlo Perry”, in case you were wondering). If you are one of these people who just can’t see the value in an eyebrow tint then perhaps Benefit’s Gimme Brow is the product for you. It can be wiped off if you apply too much and/or go too dark, it enables you to shape the brow as well as pick up those fine or lighter hairs and it sets them into shape, unlike a tint where you then need a second product to keep their shape.
Applied like a mascara, Gimme Brow comes in two different shades Light/Medium and Medium/Deep and is compact enough for you to have total control over the wand.
Here’s me with my right eyebrow ‘naked’ and the left darkened and defined a little with Gimme Brow.
Since I have fairly thick brows already the benefit of Gimme Brow for me is that it gives a more finished look. Where the rest of my face would be ‘done’, I now have the polished eyebrow to complete the face. Without it my brows are slightly lighter than my eyelashes and have the potential to lose their shape during the course of the day. I do not, however, wear Gimme Brow every single day as I think, for me, it is a tool that fits in with a full made up look and not something I ‘need’ on a daily basis. Ie- it is akin to lipstick; I don’t look like a zombie without it so it is something of a luxury item rather than a necessity like foundation!
If you have fair or patchy brows and really need a product to fill them in, then this one is a winner. It’s long lasting, doesn’t budge (I’ve even tried to smudge it and it doesn’t seem to smear) and is small enough to fit into your clutch with other essential items on a night out.
The negative is that it took me two or three goes to get it perfect. I found I was loading up the brush a little too much at first and also starting at the wrong point. I’m not a huge fan of the way it turned out the second time I tried it as I followed the natural line of my brows too much and they ended up looking a little thin but dark (below). The trick is to basically fill in the desired shape and then blend until you achieve the look you are after. Whether this means a little or a lot of product is up to you.
Gimme Brow is $32 and at Benefit counters and boutiques now!
Starting tomorrow and running until C.O.B Wednesday, everybody’s favourite cosmetics vortex (as if you’ve ever walked out of there with only one thing) is marking down all their cosmetics by 40%.
I’m on a super strict budget right now so unfortunately I won’t be spending, but I started thinking about all of my Holy Grail products that come from Priceline, are already super cheap and are going to be practically FREE with this week’s markdowns.
So, if you’ve only got $50 to spare but you’d love a whole new face- read on.
Rimmel is one of my favourite makeup brands. It is so cheap but the products are of such a high quality and I am constantly impressed by them and their new products.
I don’t wear lipstick on a daily basis but I do wear it when I go out. My favourite right now is Kate Moss’ ‘Lasting Finish Lipstick’and I’m partial to a dark nude colour. If nude isn’t your thing there are plums, reds and pinks for every taste. The packaging is a sexy matte black and who can look past that price?
I have this palette in both ‘Black Cab’ and ‘Union Jack’. The latter is a little more fun and is handy when I want some colour but ‘Black Cab’ is the perfect smokey eye tool. Use the light silver as an undercoat to make the eyes pop (that’s Kim Kardashian’s secret!), the darker greys to build up colour and the black as an eyeliner. Perfection in a tiny piece of plastic! If you’re after an everyday look, ‘English Oak’ or ‘Green Park’ might be good for you.
I can’t even put into words how much I love this product. It’s silky, moisturising, longlasting and never irritates my skin. Match Perfection also seems to last forever (in terms of coast/wear) so it’s even more budget friendly.
All hail the one and only, the everlasting, the Madonna of the makeup industry. Actually, it’s not even Madonna because this baby’s image has never changed. It’s more like the Dolly Parton of the makeup world – colourful, compact and clever. Also, very loveable. Your mum used it and your daughter probably will too- there’s a reason why this mascara is still as popular 42 years after its release.
This blush isn’t my all-time favourite but it is one I use often. The pearlescent effect gives a beautiful healthy glow and, although it is hard to see in this picture, there is a slight touch of bronzer throughout the pigment. This goes on very easily as the various shades of pink will blend into the skin’s natural tones and the big, broad case allows for even loading onto the brush.
Another innovation from Australis, this little lifesaver has helped me get the perfect eyeliner wing in mere seconds. Pop off the cap, press the tip in the desired angle on your lid and that’s it; now you have more time to get the perfect Brigitte Bardot ‘do to match. LOL at something so amazing being only $14.95…oh, but it’s not.
So, new foundation, blush, eyeliner, lipstick, eyeshadow and mascara for…
Ok. Shit. So, I went over budget. Just forget your lunchtime can of coke and you’ll be fine! Don’t forget to swipe your Priceline card, too.
For more shopping ideas, check out http://www.priceline.com.au and have fun at tomorrow and Wednesday’s sale!
I haven’t done an outfit post for ages but since I’m home in bed on this rainy Sunday arvo and actually have some photos of my outfit yesterday, why not?
I went to polo yesterday at Centennial Park. The weather wasn’t ideal but I refused to change my outfit just to suit the rain. A lot of girls had obviously just chucked gumboots on with their dresses but I wore open-toed wedges and I had no problem at all. I guess I was lucky or just really good at choosing the least muddy spots?! Either way, it was lots of fun and by drinking Pimms all day I managed to not wake up with a hangover today. Woohoo!
So my outfit went as follows:Hat – Sensi Studio from Net-A-Porter Shirt – Zara Pants – Dries Van Noten Jacket – Charlie Brown Shoes – Midas Bag – Louis Vuitton pochette with the long strap on it Bracelet – Louis Vuitton favourit bow bracelet
I love these pants, they’re so different! I really hate how they were loose on the runway. I think they’re much cuter fitted.
Did anyone else make it to the polo yesterday? What did you wear?
What else do you do on a Friday night when you’re supposed to be at Katie Price’s Sistar Shoes launch but you’re too sick to leave the house? Spend a few hours on Facebook, of course!
Full credit to my friends Anton and Anni for posting about http://what-would-i-say.com/- a site that generates a Facebook status for you based on things you’ve previously posted. Generally they come from status updates but I’ve seen a couple of words from my Check-Ins and others comments in there, too.
I thought I’d share some of the ones that cracked me up the most. Please remember, these aren’t my realy statuses- just a bunch of words mixed together by a bot.
There were some really, really hilarious ones but
they all sound like my status passive aggressively the way they’d cut together made me sound like I’d said some nasty things people and companies so I left them out.
Dat Uni Lyf
Words of Wisdom
Writing to Mark Zuckerberg
All About Marlo
And The Plain Ol’ Weird
So if you’re as bored as me, go to http://what-would-i-say.com/ and have your own fun!
If you live in Sydney you’re probably like me and wondering WTF is up with this weather? Supposedly we’re in the middle of spring but these off days where I find myself getting into my onesie after my nightly bath are not putting me in the mood for summer, which is now only a few weeks away.
I was sent this Skyla heat pack to test out back in winter and it was my closest companion for the freezing months. I don’t have an electric blanket so whenever I needed something hot to snuggle into I’d just plug in the Skyla, and in 15 minutes I had what was effectively a hot water bottle but without the burns, the gross rubbery smell or waking up with a cold lump of rubber in the middle of the night.
The Skyla is fluffy and soft, lasts for HOURS and is fuss free. I’ve busted mine out again for these chilly nights and it has especially come in handy over the past few days when I’ve been suffering from a fever associated with this cold I have right now. You know what it’s like- hot one minute, freezing the next. Urgh!
However, the Skyla heat pack is not only suitable for comforting warmth but also medical reasons, or easing of pain. Nothing helps period pain like a heat pack and this one doesn’t smell like hot wheat so it won’t make you feel sick. It’s also squishy and somewhat malleable so is, therefore, perfect for muscular pain from sporting injuries and the like.
My only problem with it is that I have the plain red one and not one of these adorable animals! How cute is the piggy?!
Skyla is available at chemists around the country and is $39.95. Perfect if you’re about to travel to Europe or America for the holiday season (but don’t forget an adaptor!)
A couple of weekends ago I was a very, very luck guest of The Langham, Melbourne. I remember seeing The Langham on Masterchef a few years ago, thinking how grand it looked and wondering why I’d never stayed there. Since then I have looked into it but I always seem to go back to the same places. I guess the thing that put me off was that it seemed like it was not as central as some of the other popular hotels but how wrong I was!
The Langham is nestled in a little hub of Melbourne I didn’t even know existed. With the Yarra to one side and the National Gallery of Victoria to the other, a range of boutiques, restaurants and bars sit underneath one of the hotel’s entrances, with Federation Square just a short walk across the road. Long story short, The Langham is no further from all of Melbourne’s hot spots than say, The Westin or The Grand Hyatt- it just has a different feel.
During my stay I mentioned on Twitter that this is the only hotel I had stayed at in Melbourne that actually had a decent view.
Obviously I haven’t stayed in every hotel in the city but I have stayed at some of the better ones and with the exception of the Park Hyatt (which looks onto gardens), The Langham is the only other that doesn’t make Melbourne look like a grey expanse of half-constructed high-rises and ageing train tracks. The view from the Club Lounge on level 24 was magnificent and sitting there with some afternoon tea or a glass of champagne was the perfect way to wind down at the end of the day.
Not that I was doing much anyway…
I spent most of my trip in the beautiful Chuan Spa.
Guests of The Langham, Melbourne are invited to use the gym and pool facilities and can book spa treatments with the ever-professional and highly-knowledgeable staff at Chuan Spa (see the menu of services here). I had a manicure (with tips done in “Langham Love“, The Langham’s own OPI colour), a cosmeceutical facial with Kristen Florian products (these are incredible by the way!), a one hour Harmony massage and a full body scrub with another massage. Each trip to the spa took me away to another world simply by changing into a robe and slippers before relaxing in the lounge with a cup of herbal tea and then heading into room ready for the treatment. As I mentioned earlier the staff are very professional and I left every session with new knowledge in Chinese medicine, skin care and general health tips.
I took part in two meditation sessions- something I hadn’t really done before. I’d meditated as part of drama class and school retreats but never with someone as learned as Nadine Cameron PhD, the resident expert in meditation and its effect on the psyche. She was a wealth of knowledge and I was so impressed by her ability to make me relax so easily. Early one morning I went for a jog with Rob, one of The Langham’s personal trainers (the health club is open to non-guests like any other gym with membership packages), around the stunning Botanic Gardens and when I returned I had a bit of pain near my kidney (just due to the pain I’ve been experiencing all year), I meditated through it and it disappeared by the end of the class. I felt as if I had been on a 4-week holiday. It’s quite amazing what some deep and focussed breaths can do.
The hardest part of the weekend was choosing what to eat at Melba Restaurant. Melba is famous for its neverending buffet with offerings of seafood, curries, pasta and noodles made on the spot, a million and one desserts, salads galore and every roasted meat you could possibly want.
I dined at Melba Restaurant on my last night in Melbourne and it was quite an overwhelming experience! I started with salad, having enjoyed a beautiful pomegranate and grapefruit salad the day before in the spa, moved onto freshly made cheese and garlic naan bread and some curries from the Indian section, followed by perfect stir-fried noodles with tofu and veggies, duck pancakes and then some of the many desserts including an ice cream cone adorned with hundreds-and-thousands- perfect for the little princess in all of us!
That’s what my experience at The Langham was, really- a royal one. Every square inch of the place is well thought out. From the way every room in the hotel smells of ginger blossoms, the super cute toiletries (including a mini talcum powder that stole my heart. Squee!) and a gift shop with cute, quirky and practical gifts as well as essentials you actually want to buy.
It’s a great time to start planning for the 2014 Spring Carnival or one of the many other fabulous events Melbourne has to offer: The Australian Open, the 2014 AFL season and all the wonderful exhibitions that visit the NGV or Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Otherwise there’s always the great shopping and fabulous restaurants (Vue de Monde FTW!) to try out.
If you don’t feel like leaving the hotel then you can experience a weekend like I had with a Residential Wellness Retreat. These retreats are available in two or five-day packages and your itinerary will be tailored to you and may include Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments, private yoga, Pilates, personal exercise training and whole foods. They are perfect for new parents and parents-to-be and prices start at $1870 for a two-day retreat including accommodation.
If you’d like more information on The Langham, Melbourne or Chuan Spa then head to: http://melbourne.langhamhotels.com.au
On Tuesday night I attended such a gorgeous event for the launch of The Season at The Langham hotel on Kent Street in Sydney.
Not to let Melbourne have all the fun during spring, The Langham has put on a few different events throughout the month of November to celebrate the Spring Racing Carnival, champagne and all that comes with the best season of the year.
Presented by Laurent-Perrier, each event will have the beautiful champagne flowing and flowers by Pearson’s Florist with something to suit every taste and lifestyle.
From November 2 – 9, all the action from the Spring Racing Carnival can be viewed at The Langham with guests invited to enjoy cocktails, tapas or, of course, a glass or two of Laurent-Perrier.
If it’s racing you love, the Melbourne Cup lunch at $79p.p (or $94 with dessert) offers an entree tasting plate, choice of main and a glass of Laurent-Perrier on arrival. Lunch starts at midday and bookings can be made on (02) 9256 2222.
If you’re like me and you don’t have the luxury of attending an out-of-work Melbourne Cup lunch perhaps the Champagne Tiffin Tea is for you. A lazy Sunday afternoon filled with scones, sandwiches, petit fours and an upgrade to a glass of Laurent-Perrier Vintage when you book in for the Champagne Tiffin Tea. Champagne Tiffin Tea runs daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm (weekdays), 12:30pm to 2:30pm (Saturdays) and 3:00pm to 5:00pm (Sunday and Public Holidays) and is $64 on weekdays and $74 on weekends. You can see a bit about the Tiffin Tea here.
It’s commonly known that I do not eat seafood but if you love it then you cannot go past this deal. For $25 on any day throughout November you can have 3 freshly shucked oysters and a glass of Laurent-Perrier. How is that even possible?! A glass of champagne in most bars will set you back at LEAST $22 these days so you are getting an incredible bargain here. As it was mentioned at the launch, for $50 you can have half-a-dozen oysters and two glasses of champagne- it actually seems cheaper the more you buy.
Last but most certainly not least, The Season Champagne Degustation will take place on 27 November. A five-course dinner including Hamachi Kingfish Carpaccio, Robbins Island Wagyu beef and a Valrhona Satilia 62% chocolate fondant will be matched with wine or chamagne in the decadent surrounds of the Gallileo Restaurant.
If there’s something listed there that doesn’t get you excited you surely have your priorities out of whack! The Langham is just a short walk from the Rocks and with the beautiful weather we have coming our way there is no excuse not to get out and about and enjoy a cold glass of bubbles to complement the warm weather and magic in the air.
To confirm your booking, contact The Langham, Sydney (02) 9256 2222, or email firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Langham Sydney
89-113 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: (02) 8248 5250