Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Light It Up Like Missoni S/S13 with Neon Lips

There’s little I like more than an unexpected pop of colour to really pull together an outfit or beauty look.

My love of a coral lip is well documented throughout this blog however even I was pleasantly surprised by the intensity of the super-hot neon pouts stomping down the runway at the Missoni S/S13 show.

Lips coloured hot pink and warmed up with orange/coral tones were handcrafted by make up genius Lucia Pieroni. But don’t get your hopes up beauties; this custom shade won’t be available for retail purchase.

"I wanted it to have a felt tip effect so I've mixed MAC pigment in orange, pink and white,” said Pieroni.

The moral of the story? Sometimes no matter how hard you might fall in makeup lust, the product(s) may be unavailable in your country (like my favourite lilac nail polish I bought in a pharmacy in France) or be a limited edition prod.  If you can no longer buy your favourite shade of gloss, polish or in this case with Missoni, the tangible product does not exist, simply mix it up! All you need is an old gloss pot, or even a jar lid, a cuticle stick (for stirring) and a lip brush. And your perfect pout is mere seconds away.


I will be attempting to re-create the above look using a mixture of Innoxa Couleurs D’ete in Tangerine (bright, matte orange), Revlon Colorburst in Magenta (fuchsia-pink) and Topshop Lipstick in Ooh La La (neon, pale coral).  

A dusting of bronzer is the perfect complement to a neon lip as it further enhances the brightness of the eyes, the whiteness of the teeth, and a healthy, youthful glow. Finish with a swipe of black mascara to define the eye and you’re ready for Spring!

Speaking of Springtime neon’s, here is a happy snap of my girlfriends and I at the races last week. I’m in love with this bright coral maxi from ZARA!

Tell me beauties, are feeling the neon hues for Spring/Summer?

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Bali Hai ... Where the sky meets the sea

I sincerely hope one of you lovely Parlour and Loot readers either A) studied music in high school or B) enjoys watching old musicals and are therefore catching on to the South Pacific musical reference going on above. If not, then sorry for boring you with such trivia however this is the tiny space on the net I can call my own so I can drop as many obscure 1940s show tune references as I want. Right?!

Random Fact: The song Bali Hai actually has nothing to do with Bali or in fact the country of Indonesia.
Any hoo, I actually am off to Bali on Tuesday for ten days so I decided to post some lush beach beauty images that will serve as inspo for my holiday looks while in Bali, plus my must-have beauty guide for any tropical holiday.

I work for a skincare company, so it has been absolutely drilled into my head day-in-day-out how damaging the sun is on the elusive fountain of youth. This means that if you don’t want to look like a total hag by the time your thirty five then you better slip, slop, slap like it’s going out of fashion when spending time in the sun. I love Le Tan’s Coconut 30+ Lotion because it’s light, non-greasy and moisturising with no white residue and it absorbs fast. It also has a lovely, subtle coconut fragrance. Winner!  

Sea Salt Spray – Going with the flow of your mane is the motto one must heed to while on a beach get away so I plan to embrace this fully by swapping my Kerastase shampoo for the ocean and adding some oomph with David Babaii Bohemian Beach Spray. Spray -> scrunch -> go!

This one is a no brainer! Shellac all the way babyyyyyy, I don’t want to be worrying about pesky things like a chipped manicure while busy lounging by the pool. I’m thinking Romantique (a lovely, creamy French pink) for my nails and something bright and fun like Tropix (a fiery, hot coral) for my toe nails.

This is where most gals go wrong when on holidays. There’s absolutely no need to be taking your Diorskin Forever Foundation ok?! It will look heavy, overdone and end up melting off anyways so leave that one at home and find a good tinted moisturiser or BB Cream with SPF in it. I quite enjoy Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector. If you are a shiner lass like me with combination or oily skin then feel free to take a mineral pressed powder for touch ups. I go between Youngblood’s Pressed Mineral Foundation and GloMinerals Pressed Base Foundation. Now all you need is waterproof mascara (I still dig Maybelline’s Full and Soft waterproof mascara in Blackest Black) and a good lip stain/tint, may I suggest Benefit’s ChaChatint – a divine peachy coral that you can also use on your cheeks  and you are set.

So go on! Embrace your inner Brooke Shields circa Blue Lagoon and go for voluminous hair, flawless bronzed skin and a pouty mouth.
I plan on pairing all this beauty goodness with chunky gold jewellery and a whole lotta floral prints.
Terima kasih (thank you) for reading!
Have a fabulous weekend y’all xx

Friday, June 8, 2012

If you ever find yourself in France ...

Over the Christmas holidays of 2011/2012 I spent a week and a half in Paris indulging in far too much fromage, fresh baked croissants and divine French wine. Between trolling the back streets of the Marais and Latin Quarter for vintage fur stoles and taking the metro to the famous St-Ouen flea markets (take metro line 4 to Porte de Clignancourt) in search of bric-a-brac, I also managed to score some impressive beauty buys.

Typical tourista!

In France, the shop signage that sends ripples of excitement and anticipation through me is not the black interlocking double-C of Chanel, nor the beige-on-chestnut LV monogram of Louis Vuitton, but the simple, ubiquitous, green cross of the pharmacy.
French pharmacies are worlds away from their Australian counterparts. For starters they ALL seem to be staffed by elegant, quintessential French women who have an unmistakable air of knowledge when it comes to the serious business of skincare. I say serious because French women view skincare as much more of a necessity than makeup and their pharmacies reflect this.
French products are not marketed as indulgences, or fun things to cheer oneself up with after a hard week. Skincare products in France are like prescriptions, mandatory items that a woman must have to preserve a certain quality of life, a human right almost.
That said I am indeed Australian and therefore spent approximately 4.5 hours at Sephora on the Champs-Élysées elbow deep in the best cosmetics buffet Europe has to offer.
I’ll stop waffling on now and give you my five must-have products if you ever find yourself in a French pharmacy.

1.       Remove

Bioderma Sebium H2O, this is the sister product of Creolin H20 – a staple in any serious makeup artists kit, or so I’m told. I chose the Sebium H20 as this hybrid makeup remove/toner is formulated for oily/combination skin and is used to regulate sebum and purify the epidermis. The Bioderma company from Lyon, France was developed closely with dermatologists and was the first independent laboratory that catered to French dermatologists. 
This cleansing water is soap free, non-foaming and no rinsing is required. The solution is very soothing yet refreshing. I like the idea of a quick swipe with a cotton pad on those lazy nights in front of Made in Chelsea.
Unlike most skincare products for oily skin, the skin is left moist and supple with no pulling or tightness. The good news? It’s only like 13 Euro. The bad? You can only buy it in France. If anyone has found an online shop where it is available then please do share as I am almost out!

2.       Replenish
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, this beloved moisturiser is a staple in most French beauty addict’s closets. In 2007, over 10 Million tubes were sold and this milestone was commemorated with a limited edition vintage tube.

Truthfully, the luxe cream was a bit rich for my combination skin during the Australian Summer months but now that it’s turned quite brisk, my complexion and I are really enjoying it. The cream penetrates deeply and does not make the skin feel at all greasy. It provides serious hydration yet makes your skin feel light and soft. Some have compared this prod as a lighter version of the La Mer - oh la la! This is another France only non-export but you can find it online.

3.       Hydrate
Caudalie Grape Water. Yes I am all about aerated facial sprays and cleansing water whatnots. When travelling I always like to pick this one up: very calming and refreshing on the skin and I admit I love the phrase ‘grape water’ as much as anything else.

4.       Repair
Now for you ladies who are eternal suffers of cracked, dry lips (most of us probably are thanks to our obscene beauty blogger lipstick collections – we all know how drying they can be!) Dermophil Indien is truly the “bees knees” when it comes to fixing a chapped pout.

The tube is large, medicinal-looking and unbreakable. The smell is pleasant and the hydration is incomparable to other lip balms. This is not your pretty, “my lips feel dry and I need some subtle luminescence,” oh no, Dermophil Indien is serious! My only complaint is that it is so hydrating that if you use too much, you can get a white smear on the lips. One pass is enough.

5.       Nourish
Probably the most well known French beauty product in existence - Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (Multi-usage Dry Oil) I could take a bath in this stuff. Put it on your dry elbows, massage it into your cuticles, slather it on your décolletage and legs. This dry oil is easy to spread and fast absorbing, no greasy film is left as it softens and moisturisers the skin and hair – genius!  This one is available from a range of online shops.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Winged Eyeliner Made Easy (or at least achievable)

Lauren Conrad - the queen of winged eyeliner.
Sounds like a simple enough concept right? However, according to my female friends, colleagues and family members this is one of the most daunting makeup looks one can attempt when standing in front of the bathroom mirror preparing for a night out.
This is a terrible shame beauties as few things make a woman look as pulled together and chic with just a hint of seductiveness as a well-winged eye.
Luckily, you don’t need to be a liquid liner pro or a make up artist to achieve this look. I’m going to talk you through it step by step and show you how easy it really is!
·         black gel liner pot
·         thin angled brush
·         black liquid liner
·         volumising mascara
·         cue tips
·         eye makeup remover

 Suggested Prods:

M.A.C Fluidline in “Blacktrack” RRP: $32 available from major department stores or online at

M.A.C Small Angle Brush 266 RRP: $39 available from major department stores or online at

Face of Australia Liquid Eyeliner in “Black” RRP: $8.95 available from Priceline, Kmart and Big W  Australia wide. (I love this budget friendly find as the ultra-fine applicator creates precise definition to the shape of the eye.)

Diorshow Mascara in “Black” RRP: $52 available from major department stores and selected pharmacies.

Gently run your angled brush through the gel liner pot then remove any excess product by gently wiping on a tissue.
Starting at the inner corner of the eye, gently drag the brush along the lashline to the outer corner. You can do this in short strokes if you prefer.
Don’t make things more difficult for yourself - rest your elbow on a counter in front of your mirror. This will give you a steadier hand because the only movement possible will be at the wrist.
Then imagine an invisible line from the outside corner of your eye to the end of your eye brow. That becomes the angle for the wing/flick. With light brush strokes, slowly draw the wing at that angle.
Tip 1: The harder you press down on the brush, the thicker the line will be. This goes for liquid eyeliner too.
Now, using your liquid eyeliner, slowly and gently draw a second line over your gel liner handiwork.
By adding a second coating in the form of liquid you are defining the line without having to worry so much about getting the thickness of the line and angle of the wing correct. It also adds extra staying power as it dries over the first “gel’ line, setting it into place.
Ideally your liner should be a its thinnest in the inner corner of the eye and become gradually thicker towards the outer corner (achieve this by applying more pressure).
Tip 2: If your wing is too fat or slightly wonky, clean up the line with a cue tip soaked in a little eye makeup remover.  
Add two lashings of a volumising mascara to your top and bottom lashes and VOILA! Winged eyeliner perfection.

My handiwork.

If you have any other tips or tricks I’d love to hear them.

Coral kisses,

P & L x

Friday, January 20, 2012

Diamonds on my wrist whiskey on my tongue: The allure of the 1960s femme fatale

The 60s were a decade punctuated by historical milestones such as the Vietnam War, Beatles Mania, the Civil Rights Movement, the assassinations of both John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King and Woodstock.
It also signalled the emergence of a new type of woman, one who wholeheartedly embraced her feminine allure with brushed-out bouncy curls, flicked eyeliner and shit loads of mascara.
These were just a few key attributes served up on the beauty menu throughout the 60s and nobody did it better then the era’s finest femme fatales: Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress and of course Marilyn Monroe!

Brigitte Bardot

Raquel Welch

Ursula Andress

Marilyn Monroe

There is something incredibly desirable about the beauty looks these dolls were dishing out. The rouge was matte, powdered and perfectly applied. The hair was big, back combed and hairsprayed into submission.

Last year Beyonce paid homage to these vixens in her “Why Don’t You Love Me” film clip and more recently controversial Indy-Pop Goddess Lana Del Rey in her “Born to Die” video.

Beyonce "Why Don't You Love Me" film clip

 Still image from Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" film clip

In my humble awesome opinion, I think both ladies did a stellar job evoking a charming 60s aesthetic. In a society where Snooki’s roam among us, cashing in on their “underwear is optional” catch-phrases, abusing fake tan and killing many a mink for their eyelashes I’d  prefer to go down the 60s route any day.

My prod picks for recreating these looks:

A smooth base and flawless finish is imperative for emulating some 60s glamour. Try MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation available in a whooping 32 shades RRP: $48.00 available online at

Get perfectly winged, sultry eyelids using Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in “Black Ink” RRP: $45.00 available from selected David Jones and Myer stores nationally.

These beauty looks were really about playing up the eyes, so go for a neutral lip with the likes of Natio’s Mineral Lip Colour in “Nude Peach” RRP: $15 available from Priceline stores nationally.

Tell me beauties, what beauty era do you covet?