Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Homegrown beauty for the perfect photo finish

I am VERY excited about the new Australis makeup range, Paparazzi Perfect, due to hit beauty counters nationwide on April 1st. As a just-graduated-on-a-first-year-PR-chic-salary, I am a huge fan of Australian made, affordable cosmetics and Australis have really turned it on in recent years. Now they've come up with a range promising to make you look like Erin Wasson in photos! Ok, maybe I added that last bit, but hey a girl can hope.

With the babelish Tahyna Tozzi coming on board as the first ever brand ambassador in 2009, there was a noticeable shift in emphasis to trend based, quality products (which is exactly what I’m after). The Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick was one of the first products that really got me hooked; with SPF 15 and essential jojoba, evening primrose and avocado oils starring on the ingredient list, this is an extremely comfortable wear lipstick that lasts for hours and boasts a gorgeous assortment of colours. My (and my friend Katie’s) personal favourite is an ultra flattering nude shade called Mambo. I’m also a sucker for 90s cranberry coloured lips, so Boogie Woogie – a deep plum shade is another winner in my big brown eyes.

Above: Brand Ambassador Tahyna Tozzi, Below: Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick available from Target, Priceline, Big W and Kmart RRP: $12.95

But back to the new prods! I did a little research and stole borrowed these pics from Cherie's blog The Daily Gloss on Primped, from the Paparazzi Perfect launch held in Sydney last week for the beauty editors. The range consists of Paparazzi Perfect blush, eyeshadow, foundation and tinted moisturiser.

Images courtesy of PRIMPED. Above: Paparazzi Perfect Eyeshadow RRP: $15.95, Below: Paparazzi Perfect Tinted Moisturiser also RRP:$15.95
I can't wait to get my grubby little mitts on the eyeshadows which look simply delightful with their diamond pattern. Available in four palettes: Snap Attack, Totally Busted, Frock & Roll and A-Lister Sister. The tinted moisturiser also looks to be a real gem, promising to feature light-reflecting properties combined with sapphire and pearl powder to create a sheer complexion that corrects imperfections (we all need help in that department from time to time). This will be available in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark.

So what's the verdict beauties? Will you be stocking up come April 1st?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tangerine dreaming and a healthy dose of silver

There’s nothing I like more than an orangey/burnt-tangerine polish to bring out the leftover traces of a summer tan. Here is an example featuring my stumpy, undelicate childlike hand and my favourite lion-creature ring I picked up in Bali last July.

 Image courtesy of my iphone
When rockin’ the orange talons and golden skinned look ‘tis much better to stick with silver jewellery, so that one does not end up looking like a “working girl” from Atlantic City.
Sportsgirl is doing some amaze-a-balls silver boho pieces at the moment that work just divinely for dressing up an otherwise plain (and maybe boring) black dress. Starting at around a $30 price point I was thrilled w/ the selection on display and fell in love with this silver and turquoise necklace that reminds me of one of those Native American dream catchers you hang above the bed. 

Sportsgirl Aztec Turquoise Pendant RRP: $29.95, Rimmel polish in Tangerine Queen
RRP: $5.95 (Please excuse the face! I felt like an even bigger tool smiling).

On another note, even though it's still SUPER humid on the coast today, following on from New York Fashion Week's (Feb 10-17) Fall/Winter looks I got a bit excited and tried a berry coloured lipstick on the weekend. This was quite a big step for me as I usually favour a dark eye over a dark lip. Stay tuned in the next few days for a post on that experiment!

What about you beauties? Anyone been trying out any new looks lately? Please, share with the class.