Beauty News / Weekly Roundup

> This week Estée Lauder launch their Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator, a breakthrough targeted eye treatment that dramatically diminishes the look of dark circles using a first-to-market cooling ceramic applicator. It retails for $95 AUD and is now available for purchase from Estée Lauder online.

> ORLY Australia are looking towards Spring with their fresh new polish collection “Happy Go Lucky”. ORLY Australia’s Creative Director Fiona Hay says “Rainbow nails are a new fun way to bring fashion to your fingers, experimenting with a different vibrant colour on each nail. We are also seeing the rise of ‘rebel nails’, which involves painting eight fingers in one shade and the other two in a contrasting bright tone.” The new shades are Fresh, Flirty, Frisky and Frolic.

> Another new product to keen an eye out for will be the custom designed makeup brushes from Benefit Cosmetics that will hit Australian shelves on July 23rd. The soon-to-be-released brushes feature a powder/blush brush ($39), foundation brush ($39), powder shadow brush ($31), concealer brush ($34), cream shadow brush ($31) & a hard angle/definer brush ($28).

Echlolife Blog & Weleda Giveaway – CLOSED

Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to write some guest reviews over at the Echolife blog, and my first post is up and running! Please head over to the Echolife blog to read the post, and be sure to add Echolife to your favourite blog following application (mine is Bloglovin, for those that are interested). For my first post, I reviewed the Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil and because I loved it so much Echolife have offered to give one away to a lucky Belle Lumiere reader. To win, simply leave a comment on this post. Be sure to include your email address so that I have a way of contacting you if you are a winner, and please note that this competition is open to Australian residents only. If you would like a second entry into the draw feel free to tweet about this competition but please be sure to let me know that you have tweeted, and where. I will be drawing the winner next Saturday the 23rd of July – good luck!

Day Zero Project – Goal #90

Last weekend I looked forward to what I assumed would be the awkward and uncomfortable experience of attending my high school reunion. Thankfully, it was actually a pretty good time. I’m not sure if it was due to the fact that my close circle of girlfriends happened to go to the same school as me, so I showed up surrounded by my best friends, the fact that the most embarrassing thing I did all night was forget people’s names (unlike some people who got so wasted that they fell over and knocked tables down, and then got kicked out of the bar later in the evening) or the fact that a guy pretending to be a student from our school was buying my friend and I tequila shots throughout the night but I definitely had fun. Not sure if I will attend the 25 year reunion… Time will have to tell on that one.

Product Review: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage

One of the more popular makeup lemmings floating around the beauty world at the moment is the NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in the shade Carthage. I first saw this amazing shade worn on the pretty little face of Emma Stone at the Met Gala earlier in the year, and at once decided that I needed it’s fluro pink beauty on my lips ASAP. Then I kind of forgot about it for a little while and remembered it again when placing an order with Kiss and Makeup NY. And now it’s mine, all mine! And it’s gorgeous. See?

Behold, bright pink wonder. It took me a while to get used to the matte formulation (word to the wise: you will need super moisturised lips or this lipstick will look like you smeared cracked crayon on your face) but now I love it. I receive so many compliments when I wear this, though I am yet to brave wearing this colour in the harsh brightness of day. Soon my pretty, soon. The wear is amazing, and I’ve only had to re-apply once or twice during a night out. Having said that, I have worn this both with and without liner and the colour does tend to stain the lips a little regardless of whether you have something underneath it or not. So be warned, you will have faded pink lips the next day. You can purchase the NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage for $25 AUD at Kiss & Makeup NY online.

August Wishlist

Once again I find myself with very few items on my “I NEED THIS OR I WILL DIE” list this month, but of course I was able to rustle up four items that I would certainly be more than happy to own. These are –

01: MAC Blot Powder – For some reason I have been really curious about this lately. I’ve heard great things about MAC’s blot powder and now I’m curious to try it for myself. 02: Seven Wonders Detangling Moisture Spray – My hair has been a knotted wreck lately, and I don’t know why. I don’t have 1 detangling spray in my repetoire and as I am loving the rest of the Seven Wonders range I figured I might as well give their detangling spray a shot!

03: Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream – I have been trying this out after being sent a small sample by Adore Beauty and I have to say, it’s amazing. I can’t wait to buy a full sized tube for myself. 04: Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum – I ran out of this over the weekend and nearly wept. It’s one of my holy grail skin care items and I have a hard time living without it! Must. Replace. Immediately.