In the most exciting celebrity/beauty collaboration of the year, Gwen Stefani has released a range of incredible nail varnishes with OPI.
Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “PUNK: CHAOS TO COUTURE,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. She also says that they wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse, and glamorous as its namesake, the incomparable Gwen Stefani.
The seven shades, which match Gwen’s own style, also experiment with textural finishes such as matte glitter, creme, glitter and chrome, which requires a special base coat (included).
Known for her dedication to a look – in the nineties it was braided hair knots and a bindi and in more recent times, black eyeliner, perfect platinum locks worn in victory rolls and Marilyn Monroe-esque curls and those red lips – Gwen is always polished from head to toe. Her style ranges from rasta grunge to fifties pin-up to futuristic cool and timeless glamour and with the range of colours in this collection you can emulate all of Gwen’s looks or try out your own.
I tested out a hand full of Over and Over A-Gwen with accents of Love Angel Music Baby. Over and Over A-Gwen is a striking red that is rich and thick. To me there is nothing worse than a too-sheer polish in a deep colour that requires layers and layers that inevitably smudge. This was lovely and went on smoothly with OPI’s exclusive Prowide brush.
This particular colour also includes some cool nail art add-ons, including Swarovski elements, as well as a booklet with design ideas. The embellishments are really nice, not tacky, and the glue is very strong. I loved mixing and matching the looks and the possibilities are endless.
I’ve never used a metallic/glittery polish anywhere near as nice as Love Angel Music Baby. I usually dread glittery varnishes because when you remove them you’re left with particles of glitter and they never quite feel or look clean. Perhaps it was the matte look that made the difference, but the removal was easy. I also loved the fact that a glittery polish was not so in your face and tizzy. It is a very sophisticated look and it could be described as a pale gold, which I think looks a lot classier than a bright, brash, bronzy one.
Overall I am mightily impressed by this range. There’s something for everyone – fun brights, classic must-have hues, moody, dark tones and memorable metallics in fashion forward textures. You can see the link between the artist and the brand and I imagine this is a collaboration that will be remembered as one of the best. I look forward to testing out more colours – I particularly love the look of Hey Baby (hot pink) and Push and Shove (mirrored chrome).
The Gwen Stefani by OPI collection is in stores now. Individual polishes are $19.95 with the set of minis and Over and Over A-Gwen (with crystals and studs) packs priced at $24.95. For stockists please ring 1800 812 663
Has anyone else tried this range? Are you loving it as much as me?
A couple of weeks ago I had my first hair cut in about a year. Yeah, I know. Pretty bad. Until then, my hair was very split and dry, however, my friend introduced me to this, Suigo, and their amazing products.
I wish I’d done some before and after shots from when I first tested it out. My locks went from a frazzled mess to sleek and shiny and even though I know it is impossible, it felt as if my split ends had sealed up and healed themselves. What can I say? *~*~*~*Magic happens*~*~*~
Now my hair is in much better condition but it hasn’t stopped me from using Suigo. The range I am using is designed to thicken and, trust me, I need all the help I can get in that department. I’d been planning to do this review for the past 10 or so days, so I swapped over to a generic shampoo and no conditioner for a few washes. Here are some before and after pics from last night and this morning. Last night I took my hair out of a loose bun and bent forward. So dry it was that it stayed in its position, standing up in the air. Normally it would slip down and be silky straight. This morning, after washing, conditioning and straightening, it was sleek and smooth and with no frizz in sight.
Mainly I’ve been trying out the Ultimate Control Shampoo and Conditioner, but I also gave the Aboslute Keratin Volumizer Treatment a go. I must admit I found the treatment to be way too heavy on my hair. It’s not something I would use again in a hurry. While it did indeed make it look and feel thicker, I felt there was just a little too much residue for my liking and I have a ritual of products I like to apply for styling, so it sort of took over their real estate.
On the other hand, my friend Sara loves the treatment so maybe it’s just not for everyone. My tip – if you have very fine hair like me, stay away from the treatment or perhaps apply it to really wet hair (as opposed to towel-dried) and wash it out thoroughly (as opposed to rinsing) so it dilutes more than it would per the instructions. The shampoo is thickening enough for me – more so than any other thickening shampoo I’ve tried (and I’ve been trying them all since I was a teenager) – so I don’t think I need the treatment.
Suigo’s mission is to ‘create high-performance, natural hair care that is powered by nature and proven by science.‘ They use ‘potent plants, organic ingredients and natural essential oils‘ and this is evident from the smell. The fragrance is beautiful, relaxing and lasting. I can still smell it in my hair even a few days after washing. The shampoo is oily in appearance and looks like honey mixed slightly with cream. You don’t need much – in fact I would encourage you to not use much – as a little bit goes a long way.
As well as shampoo, conditioner and treatment for fine hair, Suigo also aims to tackle dryness and scalp issues, such as dandruff. They also have a range of styling products and soap – how cool is this black bamboo charcoal one? (It’s for sloughing away dead skin, cleaning the pores and aiding with acne).
Suigo products are mid-range in terms of price. They’re not run-of-the-mill supermarket variety, so you pay accordingly. However, they’re also not the most expensive on the market and I’ve paid a lot more for thickening shampoos that have simply not worked. A 260mL bottle of Suigo shampoo, for example, is $22.50 and the soaps are just $3.49.
Have a look at their website for more product and price ideas. I’d highly recommend switching your shampoo and conditioning routine over to Suigo.
Alright, alright, alright. Everyone’s already voiced their opinions but I was emotionally (and financially) invested in these Oscars and I need to get some stuff off my chest.
First of all, thanks to Matthew McConnaughey for winning Best Actor. Putting money on him two months ago, (even pre-Golden Globes) meant the odds were good and I got lucky. All a bit of fun – NEVER gamble anything you can’t afford to lose. Woohoo!
Secondly, I’m sad that allllll my picks lost. That is: Jackass for Best Hair and Makeup, Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress, “Happy” for Best Original Song and Steve Coogan for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Philomena”. I truly think the best in those fields missed out today and while the winners were very deserving of commendation they weren’t the best.
Thirdly, and in the same vain, Jared Leto should not have won Best Supporting Actor. This article sums up my thoughts on his role pretty well.
Now the fashion.
There were heaps of hits and heaps of misses and a lot of ‘meh’, I think.
- The Best
Charlize Theron – Dior
I love how this accentuates the female form. Still a safe choice but we won’t be forgetting that silhouette for a while.
Amy Adams – Gucci
Aaahhh absolute perfection. I love that Amy Adams takes risks despite her colouring. Navy on pale skin with red hair is always a good thing. I really enjoyed her red/maroon number at the Golden Globes, too. Not many red heads would be daring enough to wear red but she pulled it off. A lot of fashion ‘experts’ are saying that they’re underwhelmed by this choice, but had Amy won the Oscar today I think she’d be quite pleased knowing that this was the dress we’d be seeing her win in for a very long time to come.
Cate Blanchett – Armani Privè
Ummm, yes! Cate’s fashion choices are spot on pretty much all of the time anyway so it’s no surprise that she looked stunning today. With her hair and skin shining along with the embellishment of the dress, she was a far cry from her winning turn as Jasmine Francis in Blue Jasmine. As most of you would know, Cate is a decade-long ambassador to the beautiful skin care brand SK-II. She says of their signature product, Facial Treatment Essence (buy it here), that ‘living in Australia where it’s summer at the moment, I like to keep my SK-II Facial Treatment Essence chilled in the fridge. Patting the chilled, nutrient rich liquid on my skin instantly soothes and relaxes me and is most certainly my favourite way to enjoy the product.‘ Perhaps Jasmine could have used a little of this liquid instead of the alcoholic kind when she was on the verge of a breakdown!? Congratulations, Cate. Not only did you so deservingly become this year’s Best Actress winner but you also won in the fashion stakes with this timeless, classic gown that looked as comfortable and as beautifully ethereal as you.
Lady Gaga – Versace
The scarf has to go but the dress? Meow! Just like Charlize Theron’s Dior gown, this Versace number is made for a curvy woman. I want it for myself! I’m loving Lady Gaga in all this Versace of late. The slick hair and (occasional) toned-down makeup is a very good look for her and I hope she goes further in this direction. The scarf, though…Burn it.
- The Worst
Mostly these are just random tid bits. Or, in the case of Liza Minelli, tit bits. Eew.
Guuurrrlll I love you, you’re a legend and you’ve had the most amazing career, which I deeply respect. I can forgive the shoes (they look pretty comfy) but WHY oh WHY can I see your areola through your pant suit? If you have the time to put a blue streak in your bangs, you’ve certainly got time to put on a bra or at least some nipple covers. I like these ones from ASOS.
I get that it’s his ‘thing’ but why did The Edge wear a skull-cap to the Oscars? Honestly, He couldn’t have chosen something a little more formal? Why not call up fellow nominee, Pharrell Williams, and ask for a loan of his Vivienne Westwood hat? Anything but looking like Usher in 1998.
I don’t normally like to rag on pregnant women’s fashion but that’s because pregnant woman tend to look absolutely amazing. Elsa Pataky puts the ‘tacky’ into her name in this not-made-for-pregnant-women dress. She’s gorgeous and I’m sure her body is banging but how would we know when she’s dressed as an Easter egg? Such a damn shame. Particularly when stunning Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde, who are both also pregnant, went for safe and classic. I don’t know, maybe it was baby brain but this was a big ol’ miss.
Ok, I’ll stop being a bitch now (ppfftt – as if!) and leave it there.
Again, a huge congratulations to our Aussie contingency. The now record-holding Catherine Martin and Cate Blanchett. Martin, our most successful Oscar recipient and Blanchett, the first Aussie to claim two acting awards. What legends!
Until next year…
I’m a HUGE Miley Cyrus fan. I love her and (pretty much) everything she’s ever done. It goes without saying, then, that I’ve been following news of her current tour very closely.
Some of the concert has been getting negative press because Miley’s getting a little too crazy up there on stage- simulated fellatio on a Bill Clinton wannabe, a whoooooole lot of crotch grabbing and barely-there costumes studded, bedazzled and fluffed up to the nines.
Mostly, it’s actually those costumes I am obsessing over. Firstly, I’m fascinated by how those tiny strips of fabric ‘covering’ her vagina stay in place but secondly and most importantly I’m completely in love with the way she’s taken to carrying a Chanel bag whenever she hits the stage.
Miley and Chanel is not a new relationship. Even when she was a tween in daisy dukes, cowboy boots and with waist length, brown hair, a Chanel tote was usually in tow. Nowadays, it’s generally a teeny wheeny quilted classic slung over one shoulder and resting on her stomach, worn with a red bejwelled two-piece.
I have been known to be highly influenced by celebrities, their endorsements and their fashion choices but this one has really taken over my brain. I’m LOVING the idea of always having a tiny Chanel strapped to your body- particularly inexplicably and in inappropriate situations. I mean, what does Miley even need a tiny bag for anyway? I know she pulled a
joint cigarette from yet another Chanel bag at the MTV EMA awards but aside from that, there’s not much else her stage hands couldn’t possibly manage. It kind of reminds me of when I was little when I used to fill my handbags with tissues, or recently when I had high tea with a friend and her two-year-old daughter carried her own handbag – filled with exactly one nappy – around with her.
So, I started going back through the archives and I was reminded of that ridiculous……LY AWESOME ankle bracelet-esque Chanel bag that was doing the rounds six or seven years ago.
It was so in the time when Karl Lagerfield was in love with Lindsay Lohan. That man certainly loves a starlet on the brink of destruction. But I digress. The anklet led me to a search for bumbags and now I have a new item for the wishlist:
A Chanel bumbag.
I’ve been sporting bumbags (or fanny packs) for years now. I have a couple of Gucci ones and they’re just great for casual occasions. Obviously you can’t fit too much in them but a phone, keys, lipgloss and a small purse is all you need and they’re more big enough for that kind of load.
It looks like Kourtney Kardashian is also feeling it:
See? Stylish and practical!
and, once again, Miley got in on the action:
I hope she has pepper spray in there.
Now, if you can’t stomach bringing back this trend, or looking like a style-conscious drug dealer (side story- I’m pretty sure I saw a dealer wearing overalls in Kings Cross yesterday. O-V-E-R-A-L-L-S on a grown man, worn with a Nike cap, a bumbag and a rat’s tail. He had the straps down and was wearing them like jeans. What in the actual?) then perhaps just the regular Chanel is for you. There’s a little Miley inside of us all and if you can’t twerk and don’t want to stick your tongue out for nine-tenths of the day then you can latch on to her style in a more chic way.
I like the way Alexandra from HRH Collection wears this Chanel bag. This is actually a really logical solution to the double-strap slipping and slide off your shoulder. Does this happen to anyone else?
Unfortunately I don’t think this is going to work with my jumbo! So a bumbag it is. Now all I need to do is save, track one of them down and get my beddazler and my favourite pair of undies ready for my Miley transformation.
Which look would you go for?
- Mini Miley style
- Regular sized Chanel worn across body
- Ankle monitor madness/Kourtney’s Kute fanny pack
I’m not usually one to blatantly promote competitions on my blog but as someone who cannot budget for but desparately wants to go to Future Music Festival this year, I thought I’d share this opportunity I’ve been given a heads up to.
With acts like Pharrell Williams, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phoenix and 2 Chainz playing the festival nationally, it’s no wonder this event has all but sold out but Rdio, in partnership with Future Music, is giving one lucky person and a mate flights to Melbourne, accommodation, transfers to and from the event and VIP access to ‘The Den’ so they can enjoy all the amazing artists Future Music 2014 has to offer in comfort and style.
Launched in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, the co-creator of Skype. Rdio is a digital music service that allows you to play what you want, when you want, or turn on a station for a perfect mix of songs. You can listen anywhere on the web, your phone or even offline — and, as we do with all social media these days, follow friends and artists to see what they’re playing.
To win this awesome comp all you have to do is go to http://onrdio.com/theden/ listen to the Future Music playlist, find out the last word in the last song on the playlist and then use that word to construct your answer to the question on the page. Pretty easy and you get to listen to some great music while you’re entering. There are also runner-up prizes of general admission tickets to each state’s festival to be won.
As I said, I’m sharing this because I am saving hard for a holiday, am still paying off my surgery from last year and simply (and unfortunately) cannot budget for a ticket. So, when thispopped up in my inbox I knew I had to share as I’m sure there are others dying to go who also cannot.
Good luck (but not too much because I want to win! :P) and for more information check out: www.rdio.com
Hidden beside one of Sydney’s busiest intersections is also one of its newest food outlets where the philosophy is that simplicity is key and home-made is best.
Specialising in piadinas – a traditional northern Italian flat bread with various fillings – FOLD – food, wine & bakery aims to focus on fresh and unique flavours and a menu curated to include a selection of made-on-site baked goods like cinnamon scrolls, sell-out almond croissants and focaccia, and condiments such as the nostalgia-inducing olive jam.
The piadinas are large but without leaving you with a sickly feeling. They’re cheap (starting at $9.50), the taste is comforting, and they instantly jump up the list of foods you could eat everyday for the rest of your life. Much like a gourmet pizza (yeah, one you’d pay $27 for), FOLD’s eight standard selections include vegetarian, meat choices and a tuna, cherry tomato, rucola and lemon ricotta version. There are also three options for breakfast albeit slight smaller and with ham and free range eggs or avocado, prosciutto, tomato, rucola and provolone. The breakfast piadinas start at $7 and a range of other breakfast classics like salmon, avo and ricotta on rye and toasted brioche are also available. I’ve heard gluten-free options are in the works – I’ll keep you updated.
If flat bread isn’t your thing (it will be, trust me), FOLD also offers light meals like smoked salmon, cucumber and mustard seed dressing or something more substantial from the grill like a red wine and garlic beef or some chicken or salmon that will go down very well when dressed in the aforementioned olive jam
The salads are robust and full of colour and life. Take the red salad for example, which features chunky pieces of beetroot, wafer thin crispy pancetta, a generous portion of goats cheese, and balsamic-tinted cabbage for a salty, sweet and bitter hit all at once without overpowering the light piadina.
The wine list is small, for now, and features a well priced, evenly selected range of reds, whites and bubbles with the choice of glasses, carafes and bottles for the reds and whites. Ciders, beer and spirits are also available as is the option to drink outside undercover, as you watch the city fly by on Liverpool Street.
As I dined, walk-ins looking for an after-work drink made themselves comfortable with a glass of prosecco and a mixed plate of meats and cheeses. Priced from $12, the cheese plates include crackers, house-made lavosh, muscatels and once again, that to die for olive jam.
The only thing you cannot guarantee at this stage is dessert. I am a dessert fiend and almost always finish my meal with something sweet. Due to the popularity of FOLD during breakfast/brunch/lunch, the baked goods are pretty much all sold out as I dine. A testament to FOLD’s bakers, but a bummer for me. Next time I will get my hands on one of those almond croissants I’ve heard so much about!
FOLD is open now, seven days a week, until 10:00 pm Monday – Saturday and 9:00 pm on Sunday.
I’ve worked in the CBD for a few years now and usually buy my lunch in or around the MLC Centre. Imagine my surprise, then, when I saw a huge poster of Barbie’s face just next door at the Theatre Royal. It turns out, in the April school holidays a new musical about Barbie and her friends will be touring the country. This is pretty exciting for me because I love Barbie and I love musicals so when you put the two together it’s kind of a dream come true.
Barbie LIVE! The Musical is set in Hollywood, where Barbie and her Best Friend Teresa are on the set of their new movie. Teresa begins to doubt her acting abilities so with the help of Barbie and a few of her past acting gigs in Princess and the Popstar, Mariposa and Fairy Princess and Swan Lake, Teresa learns to be confident and believe in herself while embracing the power of friendship.
A lovely and interactive story for the Barbie fan in your life (whether they’re 6 or 26) that is playing for just a short time throughout Australia. Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out what is sure to be a fun and fantastic time. I know I can’t wait!Saturday 5 to Monday 7 April Palais Theatre Melbourne Ticketmaster 136 100 Friday 11 and Saturday 12 April Brisbane Convention Exhibition Centre Ticketek 132 849 Friday 25 and Saturday 26 April Challenge Stadium, Perth Ticketmaster 136 100 Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 April Theatre Royal, Sydney Ticketmaster 136 100 or purchase tickets online here and for more information go to www.barbielive.com.au