Posts Tagged 'Beauty'

News: Kiehl’s Are Dropping Prices!

Some of you may have already heard this on the speed-of-light grape vine that is the Internet – but it’s worth repeating:

US cult beauty brand Kiehl’s are dropping their prices by up to 50% for the Australian market!


Can I get a woop woop? I’m in love with the whole idea of Kiehl’s (New York since 1851), which was only cemented when I visited their flagship store in NYC last year.(Seriously, check it out, best store!) Apothecary-style, no-fuss packaging and most importantly, effective products that do what they say – what’s not to love?

The news was announced to the Melbourne cohort of beauty bloggers last Thursday night at the newly revamped Bourke St Myer. I absolutely love what Kiehl’s has done with their counter; created an intimate yet quirky ‘shop feel’ (complete with faux brick walls) in the most non-intimate of settings.

So why can they drop prices of over a quarter of their line, including icons such as Creme de Corps? Well, Kiehl’s have always been committed to being a caring, sharing kinda brand, and with their huge global growth (up 50%!) in a period where beauty as a business is generally struggling, they’ve decided to give back to the people that have helped them grow! Aw, bless!

Huge props to Kiehl’s for recognising that us beauty lovers are a savvy bunch – it doesn’t take long to do a quick Google search of overseas prices, and 99.9% of the time, it’s double in Australia. Of course, import costs and taxes do play a part, but when the Aussie dollar is currently kung fu-ing the US’ bum, it only makes sense to purchase online, or load up our international friends like Makeup Mules – therefore lowering sales on Australian soil. So really, it’s a win-win for Keihl’s and Australian lovers of the brand, and more beauty companies should follow suit!

Luckily, I went away with three Kiehl’s products to trial, including the famous Creme de Corps, nourishing Lip Balm #1 in Cranberry and my new love, the Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion (review to come soon!) I’m still lemming after their Ultra Facial Cream (was $105 now $64!) and the Calendula Herbal Extract toner… they’re on the ‘to-buy’ list!

So, what do you think about this price drop?
Smart cookies them Kiehl’s, hey! Do you think more brands should follow suit?
Have you tried Kiehl’s? Been to their amazing NYC store?

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Byron Bay: My Picks

Gorgeous Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Some of you who follow me on Twitter may have noticed I had a quick three-day jaunt in Byron Bay last week. The reason? To review Rae’s on Watego’s boutique luxury hotel, day spa and the new Rae’s Fish Cafe for Onya Magazine. Hard life I know… Of course, I had to add an extra night beforehand, make the whole trip to the airport a bit more worth it! Wouldn’t you?

It was my Byron Bay debut, and if I may say so myself, I did it in mighty fine style (I’m looking at you, Rae’s…) and lucky RK got to tag along!

I sure like sticky-beaking at what other people got up to on their holidays, if not for the tips on hot spots, then just the pure pleasure of a stickybeak. Come on, why do you think Facebook is so popular? However, if you’re repulsed by one too many poses with colourful looking drinks, then I suggest you click exit now!

STAY: FM on Lawson (or Fridays on The Beach)

Situated on Lawson Road, our first night of accommodation was at FM on Lawson. A new take on the old motel style of accommodation, Lawson’s was renovated, modern and clean, but still held onto the old charms of the traditional motel. A perfect 20 second walk to the beach across a green foreshore complete with a tightrope walker practicing his act that morning, Lawson’s also provides stripey deck chairs for you to relax and soak up the sun. I loved that it all felt so open, as without any front gate or other borders, the front of the motel simply spilled out onto the foreshore. We paid $190 for the night, which I’m sure had something to do with the renovations to the rooms (clean, modern bathroom and lacking any gaudy yellow walls) but it was worth it for the location, rooms and friendly service. A final winning touch? NATIO mini-size prods in the bathroom; love me some Aussie beauty brand support!

Hopefully you can see what I mean about the proximity to the beach with this picture!

EAT: Kinoko Sushi

I’m sure true, die-hard Byron Bay locals and hippies felt their skin crawl as they learned that Witchery, Sportsgirl and for the-love-of-God even SUPRE were opening on the main street. And where do you go to eat after you’ve shopped up a storm like you’ve been at Chadstone? A funky looking sushi train that’s just buzzing with cool of course! Kinoko sushi was packed, but we managed to pull up a seat for a quick and easy snack at the sushi train bar. All the regular favourites were there, but a new delight had me in raptures. Think a mayo and salmon roll, covered in vegetable tempura batter.. and then tempura-ed aka fried into a heavenly delight. The salmon was cooked, the mayo was warm and the outside light and crisp with some vege’s for (slight) nutritional bonus. YUM!

WAX: Paradiso Beauty

A lady’s pre-holiday to-do list includes a few essentials, one of them being a lady-bits tidy, especially if the destination means an appearance in bikinis is more than 60% likely. Being the busy ping-pong ball that I am (unpredictable, bouncing from place to place, at times seemingly an air head) I had run out of time for this top-of the-list essential, and therefore spent (wasted) the first hour or so of my Byron stay trudging from one beauty salon to the next, searching for someone that was a) open, b) available c) reasonably priced and d) looked sanitary. Luckily I found the lovely Simone at Paradiso Beauty who squeezed me in. She was fast, efficient, friendly, relatively pain-free and very well priced. (G-string for $30) Beach disaster (for others more so than myself!) narrowly avoided!

RELAX: Thai Sabai – Thai Massage and Foot Spa

Having walked past Thai Sabai earlier in the day, I decided to make the most of this short trip to get some much needed relaxation. A massage a day keeps the doctor away, as they (should) say. The lovely ladies, and men, at Thai Sabai were oh so accommodating and so friendly I wanted to spend the rest of my afternoon there! Luckily we had just scraped in before closing time, and they were more than happy to take us as walk-ins. (However the next day when I went back – greedy I know – they were booked out for the next few hours so you might want to book just in case.) I had the 30 minute Traditional Thai Massage for $40 (a combination of firm pressure and stretching) while RK chose the 30 minute Thai Deep Pressure ($49); pain is gain for his corkscrew muscles! I was surprised yet delighted when they brought out a warm foot bath complete with tropical flower and washed out feet with a slight massage before we were brought to the bed to change into our Thai fisherman pants and top for the treatment. For those who don’t like the intimate feeling of massage, Thai massage is perfect as you remain fully and conservatively clothed the entire time, while still reaping the benefits.

Quick little foot rub before our treatment!

The setting was gorgeous, with my lovely Thai lady telling me all the fit out was brought over from Thailand for the most authentic experience. I should have asked where she got them – the day beds and materials were beautiful!

Beautiful attention to detail; folded towels with frangipanis!

After my massage which was the best Thai massage I’d had, we came out to find two cups of tea and a dried apricot each waiting for us at the table. Budget prices for day spa service and decor – Thai Sabai has certainly raised my standards on the walk-in massage service!

NIBBLE: St. Elmo’s


After an afternoon spent watching CNN coverage of Barack ‘da man’ Obama giving his post bin Laden raid speech, we got ready and headed out in search of drinks and eats. I’d previously done a Twitter call out for some restaurant suggestions in Byron, and seeings as we only had one night to experience it all, we decided to have a nibble at St. Elmo’s before our main meal. Definitely were the trend-set would spend their evenings, St. Elmo was an uber cool tapas bar and restaurant which had a delicious sounding, decidedly Spanish influenced menu; staying true to the origins of tapas. If you don’t like ham, or jambon, (like me!) there won’t be much on the tapas menu that you’ll like! RK and I chose to share the chickpea, capsicum and chorizo tapas dish which was delish and superbly presented. Oh, and a cocktail:

I've forgotten the name, but it had the word 'dancefloor' in it!

If we were going to have our main there was well, I had my eyes and stomach firmly set on the slow-cooked beef cheek, but alas, we had other places to be. Note to one of the waiters though; lighten up, you were far too gruff and just a little too rude! Take a lesson from the other younger guy, he was lovely!

EAT: The Balcony

Another Twitter suggestion, we ambled on over to The Balcony for our main meal. Upstairs in a historic Byron building, The Balcony had a kind of tropical jungle, Bali-chic influence to it which made it relaxed and intimate. Indeed, the outdoor balcony where we sat did its name proud, although it would be far more gorgeous out over the beach side rather than the street. Nonetheless it was a fun place to eat, with the most monstrous and delicious paella I’ve had!

Paella for two!

Oh, it was an effort, and I think I’ve permanently stretched my stomach beyond repair, but we did it!

And then topped it off with this molten choc pudding of deliciousness….

COFFEE & EAT: Fishheads

After a morning stroll from FM on Lawson’s we stumbled across one of the best located eateries in Byron; Fishheads. In front of the community pool and right on the water, Fishheads has prime position over the water – the perfect holiday breakfast spot. Surprisingly, the prices didn’t reflect the real estate, I had expected much more expensive meals, as amazing location generally equals unwarranted jacking of prices. I was in paradise as the warm sun sunk in (SPF applied prior of course) and I sipped my cappuccino and ate my eggs Benedict – heaven.

Darn iPhone's inability to capture the view just 'cos there's a bit of backlight!

DRINK: Byron Hotel

What else does one do when the sun is out and the clock strikes 12 on holiday? Why, head on over to the Byron Hotel and order a drink of course! I ordered the ‘Byron Breeze’, which was the most delicious cocktail ever, I could have had five! Luckily I stopped at one, there were other things to enjoy!

SHOP: Madame Butterfly Beauty Bar and Temple of Light

Amongst the bounty of great boutiques Byron has to offer, I was particularly taken by Madame Butterfly Beauty Bar and Temple of Light. These gorgeously and unashamedly girly boutiques were owned by the same lady, I was told, and were right up my alley. (RK remarked on entering MB, “Oh, you’re in your element here!”) Madame Butterfly is a beauty boutique absolutely bursting with the best of beauty, every brand you could think of, or maybe never heard of! (I’ve now been introduced to Lollia, and I liked what I saw!) A fantastic balance between Australian and international brands, this intimate, decorative boutique could give Mecca a sure run for its money.

Temple of Light was a fragrance fanatics dream, with floor to ceiling filled with as many candles, fragrance reeds and room sprays as the eye could see. It was fantastic for expanding my knowledge of brands for Onya, as so many were Australian made and owned. Watch this space for word of soy wax melt company, Elume.

STAY: Rae’s on Watego’s

Rae’s is just… I was speechless. Beautiful! Luxury! Amazing! How and where do I sign up for this lifestyle like, now?! I had to keep my cool – this was a work trip after all! Definitely a treat and a highlight stay of my life (and life to come, I’m sure), Rae’s is a boutique place of bliss. With only 7 rooms, (we stayed in the Mirabella Penthouse) it’s intimate enough to feel like you’re the only ones there, and while it is bespoke luxury, the casual Byron feel is not lost. I can’t give too much away, so look out for an upcoming Winter Special and review in Onya Mag!

Outdoor view of Rae's

The entrance in the Mirabella, one of the 7 areas of the room!

The outdoor terrace and day bed - Yep, I'm feeling right at home!

Four poster bed; check. Luxe leather chairs in front of fireplace; check. Open bathroom with sunken spa bath; check.

EAT: Rae’s Fish Cafe

Recently revamped, Rae’s Fish Cafe is fine dining a la Byron; an open terrace overlooking the beach foreshore, the waves crashing the only interruption to your conversation. Oh, the food was divine! Amazing fresh seafood, and one of the best Cosmopolitans I’ve had! Again, you’ll hear more in Onya Magazine but a sneak peak of the food can’t hurt!

Entree; cold seafood platter with zucchini flowers in place of oysters.

Main; hot seafood platter with papaya, chilli and mint salad.

Desert; brownie and lemon tart.

Breakfast in the room; fruit salad, hot bread basket and french toast with marscopone cream

Lunch entree; Yamba prawn salad with avocado.

Lunch main; Lemongrass BBQ'd Morton Bay Bugs... as if I didn't get enough seafood the night before?

So there it is, my Byron Bay work trip holiday. Clearly, writing this post has brought up some traumatic feelings of loss… loss of my dream life I fleetingly had for three days. Ah, suck it up sunshine, back to reality! The current freezing temps in Melbourne haven’t helped, especially as I’m trying to avoid my skinny jeans like the plague after that intense period of delicious gluttony!

So, have you been to Byron Bay?
What tips/hotspots do you recommend?

One more cocktail pose, just for good measure – bonus points for the palm trees!

"This should make the plane trip a bit more bearable..."

Review: Dermalogica PreCleanse

I’ve spoken before (read it here) of double-cleansing with an oil-based cleanser, and I’m back again with another winner of a product, Dermalogica PreCleanse. Not just winning Charlie Sheen style, but an actual winner, one of its awards being the prestigious Prix de Marie Claire Award for Best Splurge Skin Care Product. Take that, Charlie.

RRP $65.50

Daily application of sunscreen (you know you should..), primers, coupled with modern long-lasting makeup techonolgy means that your regular cleanse-and-go routine may not actually be cleaning your skin at all, rather just removing some make up. Your blackheads love it, and then invite more friends to the Pore Party. Using an oil-based pre cleanser, like Dermalogica PreCleanse, can help to initially cleanse your makeup and skin oils away, leaving your prescribed cleanser to get to the business of cleansing your skin, not just the stuff sitting on top of it.

Formulated with a bevvy of wonder-ingredients (safflower oil, kukui nut oil, rice bran oil and vitamin E)  PreCleanse is an olive and apricot kernel based oil cleanser that is applied to dry skin to begin the cleansing process. Warm water is then added, which creates a light, milky emulsion. Simply wash off, and already your face is lookin’ good! I have been using PreCleanse daily, needing to use only the smallest amount, and I find it a fantastic way to begin the makeup removal process before cleansing (my current cleanser is Kosmea Clarifying Cleanser), which I do in the shower. I find that some make up removers leave an oily residue on my skin, and to be honest, I don’t often have the time to use cotton buds (a whole bins worth!) and remover lotion, then have a shower and wash my face.

Simple, fast and effective, I am definitely on board the double cleansing train with PreCleanse!

What do you think of double cleansing?
Anyone else a fan, and find their skin feels cleaner?

Rid Your Booby-Wrinks

As a lifetime, paying and front-seat-sitting member of the Tiny Tittie Committee, chest wrinkles have not been a huge concern as of yet during my seven years of breast ownership. However, as a dedicated side sleeper, I do find that I’ve acquired two big lines down the sides of my chest. So, what’s a gal to do?

Skinvigor8, are the Australian distributors of the most novel way to cease the crease in-between your bosum boulders (oh, we’re going to have some fun with this one!) with their Decollette Pads, a reusable medical grade silcone pad that adheres to the skin between your mams, and comes up around the top of them. Designed to be sticky enough to wear while asleep, the pads aim to stop the skin from creasing, which over time and with skin aging, forms lines. Tip: make sure that your skin is clean and free from any creams or oils, which will affect the adhesive on the pad.

The pad, when worn in its proper position, didn’t reach my side-sleeping wrinkles (of course, because that’s not its aim, just stop sleeping on your side!) so I would love to see a similar design in smaller ovals, so you could place them where you like.

As I said, I don’t have any chest wrinkles as of yet, so the results may not have been has obvious as with some ladies who try the pad, however in the morning when I removed the pad my skin was super soft. With regular use, I think the Decollette pads are a fantastic preventative tool.

I think it might be too late for this lady though…

www.skinvigor8.com.au

Ciccone – Just Another Lippy In Your Bag?

This post was written by the gorgeous and irrefutably talented Katie Found, who just so happens to be my Beauty Writer at Onya Magazine (where this first appeared), and also my room mate. We were both looking for a place, got along soaringly and neither fancied a cardboard box, so here we are – a lovely apartment in Melbourne and far too many beauty products! PS. Can definitely vouch for Ciccone lippies, I adore their glitzy tubes, and Oceanus, being a perfect peach-pink, is not often off my lips!

Whoever posited the above question is either deluded, male…or just giving a bit of lip! If I were to rank the ridiculousness of this question, it would sit neatly between ‘Chanel No. 5: Just Another Scent to Offset Your Sweat?’ and ‘Hermes Scarf: Just Another Square of Material to Warm Your Neck?’. You get my point!

The Onya Beauty Department is a happy little family, so it puts a smile on our lips to hear about other happy little families, such as the Ciccone’s. Helen and Frank gave life to Ciccone Cosmeticsin 2001. Ten years on, their bright-lipped baby is quickly growing into a boisterous, force-to-be-reckoned-with teen. CC is certainly holding its own in the battle with the lipstick heavyweights – watch out Chanel Rouge Coco, Ciccone is coming! Ciccone lippies come in a range of unmissable and oh-so kissable colours. This lippy-obsessed gal is pouticularly taken by Hera, and no, not just because she was the Goddess of women…although that does sound like quite the fabulous role.

Combine hot pink, diamante-laden packaging, Greek Mythological figures, and some naturally beautifying ingredients such as jojoba oil and evening primrose oil, and you’ve got Ciccone Cosmetic’s pout-inducing line of lippies. Used by makeup artists, paraded by celebrities, and adored by all worldwide, it is no wonder why CC is taking the (beauty) world by storm. And, if its staying power in the global makeup market is as strong as its staying power on the lip, then this liptastic range is here for good. Xx Kiss Me Katie Words: Katie Found

http://www.cicconecosmetics.com/

Bloom Has THE Perfect Nude.

Originally published at Onya Magazine.

Ladies, ladies, you can stop looking – I’ve found it. No, not your car keys, or your dignity from Two Dollar Tequila Tuesdays, you can keep looking for those.

I’m talking about the nude. The perfect, utterly kissable, enhancing, natural, complimentary nude lipstick. The Urban Myth has officially and completely been debunked; it does exist, and I have been wearing it for days on end with elation.

Well, only up until recently when Bloom Cosmetics launched their Gypsy Glamour Winter 2011 collection. The crystal ball has spoken, and this Autumn, embrace warm, earthy tones to help you reach your sophisticated hippy best. Not a bad way to exit bright and floral Summer and transition into Winter, methinks.

The Gypsy Glamour collection contains a Kohl Eyeliner pot, Cream Bronzing Duo, Bronze Eyeshadow, Nude and Peach Lipstick, Gypsy and Wanderlust Lipgloss, with nothing ringing in at more than $40.

Gypsy Glamour is all about a natural sensuality,” explains Natalie Bloom, founder of Bloom Cosmetics.

“It is about being confident in an effortlessly, individual look.

Have you found your perfect nude?

Interview with GYX Search

‘Oh, so you’re back…’ she says. ‘Only with a bigger head it seems – how crass to have a week off and then open back up with a post about YOU. Ha! Why I never…’

It seems that Am I There Yet? has taken a little too well to scotch (straight up) to cope with my short absence, so let’s just ignore her…

I am indeed posting an interview that GYX Search published on their blog. Yep, an interview with moi! So very exciting I know, mostly that people in the ‘real world’ have actually seen or heard of this little ‘online world’ blog!

So who are GYX Search? Well, you know when you meet that person, male or female, and they tell you about their seemingly awesome lives and their uber cool job? And you stand there nodding and smiling, a mixture of awe and jealousy jostling for top position in your brain? ‘How did they get that job and where do I sign up?!’ you think. Well, are you with GYX Search?

As the name suggests, GYX Search are focused on the younger generations; the ‘tribal talent’ of us youngin’s – with their main categories of career being Fashion & Beauty, PR & Marketing, Retail, Media and Sport & Entertainment. And with their funky office, cute puppy dogs roaming around, and every day ‘Casual Friday’ dress code (how does an entire office manage to be so fashionable?) and a boss that climbs Mt. Everest, I wouldn’t mind working for them myself!

So here it is, their interview with Holly Curtis. Oh hey, that’s me!

PS. Don’t get too excited, that sultry minx at the top isn’t me – scroll down.


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