Get The Look – Olivia Wilde @ Golden Globes 2011

Olivia Wilde was definitely one of the stand-out fashion moments on the Golden Globes red carpet today, and to compliment the high impact dress her makeup was kept simple and chic. Celebrity makeup artist Spencer Barnes used NARS products to create this look on Olivia, based on her own personal inspiration. “Olivia’s look was inspired by images she collected of what she refers to as ‘the French girl.’ I wanted her skin to be fresh and clean with eyes that extended outward. Touches of rose gold and sheer pink-veiled lips completed her youthful coquette-ish look,” Spencer said. The look was created using the following NARS products: Sheer Glow Foundation, Pro-Prime Multi Protect Primer with SPF (new for Spring 2011), Copacabana Illuminator (new for Spring 2011), Amour Blush, Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Nouveau Monde Duo Eyeshadow (new for Spring 2011), Hollywoodland Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (new for Spring 2011), Mambo Eyeliner Pencil, <a href="http://www.meccacosmetica.com.au/shop/Nars/LargerThanLifeLengtheningMascara/" target="new"<Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara, Fantasia Lipliner Pencil, Madere Pure Matte Lipstick (new for Spring 2011) and Frivolous Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (new for Spring 2011). NARS products are available exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica within Australia. And the world continues to mock me with the NARS Hollywoodland Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil being simultaneous utterly amazing and unavailable as it has not been released in Australia yet. Roll on February 2011.

Product Review: NYX Round Lipgloss in Strawberry

For $5.25 AUD, you can’t really deny that the NYX Round Lipgloss is a bargain. But as with most low-priced cosmetic items I was doubtful that the quality of the product would supercede the price range. Happily, I was wrong. I currently have 3 of the NYX glosses in my makeup collection, and if I could justify owning more than 10 glosses at once (when it’s unlikely that I will be able to use up all of the products before they go bad anyway) I would probably buy a few more. The glosses are surprisingly long-lasting, and manage to stay on my lips for around 5 hours before I need to re-apply. (far longer than any high end glosses from brands like Chanel or YSL have lasted on me) The NYX glosses are in the middle of the range when it comes to pigmentation, which I really like because it means I get some colour on my lips without it being too overpowering and opaque.

‘Strawberry’ is a gorgeous pink toned gloss with some small glitter particles that help add a bit of shimmer to the lips without being too obvious. My biggest issue with the NYX glosses is the smell. They have a very strong plastic-citrus sort of smell that doesn’t appeal to me at all. Also the packaging is kind of tacky, but for such a low price point I don’t think I can really complain. If you’re on the lookout for a decent quality yet inexpensive lipgloss, the NYX Round Lipgloss is just that. You can purchase the NYX Round Lipglosses for $5.25 AUD online from Crush Cosmetics.

Hair Inspiration – Lauren Conrad

Around 2 years ago, I made a huge decision and lopped off around 75% of my hair. It went from halfway down my back to a short concave bob just under my ears. I loved it at the time, but god was it painful to grow out. 2 years later I have all of my hair back and once again I am itching to try something new. My best friend and I have a pact that neither of us will cut our hair because once one does, the other will want to and then it will take years for us to grow the length back again. So now I am considering a colour change. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to pull it off, but I am seriously considering taking the above picture of Lauren Conrad into a hairdresser and demanding that they make me look as fabulous if not more. What do you guys think? With my cool-toned super fair skin do you think I could pull off the above hair colour?

Top 10 Haircare Products

I have previously posted my top 10 makeup and skincare products, so I thought it might be a good time to post my top 10 haircare products! It was actually a lot harder for me to choose my top 10 hair products than in the other categories… I don’t think I am 100% there yet with my “holy grail” of hair products just yet. In any case, these are the 10 I have chosen today. Toni & Guy Iron-It Heat Defense Spray, Moroccanoil, Terax Crema Conditioner, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner, Pantene 3 Minute Miracle, Pantene Stay Smooth Hairspray, Fekkai Apple Cider Clearing Rinse, Unico Hair Serum, Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo. What are your top 10 haircare products?

Product Review: Beauté Pacifique Puffy Eyes Gel

I have never been 100% keen on posting eye cream reviews as I am still on the fence about eye creams in general. Personally I have never seen any long term effects or benefits from the various eye creams that I have used over the years. Having said that, I will continue to use them for hydration benefits and also in the daft hope that one day when I am in my 50’s I will look back and be thankful that I did use them when I am wrinkle free and fabulous. The Beauté Pacifique Puffy Eyes Gel was pitched as a saviour product to aid in the aftermath of the festive season, an eye gel to help combat tired and puffy eyes. (something that I suffer from on a daily basis, not just in the festive season!) This definitely sounded like a product I needed in my beauty regime. The Puffy Eyes Gel claims to tighten and firm the eye area instantly. And, in all honesty – it sort of does. You can pretty much feel the product working the instant you put it on your skin. The eye area tightens up and feels “refreshed”. Now this, for me, is where the problem has set in. I have been using this eye cream for a few weeks now, and I’ll be honest with you guys – I have a love/hate relationship with it. There is one aspect in particular about the product that I’m not sure if I like. Basically after application there is a cooling sensation that feels similar to cold air blowing on the skin surrounding my eyes. This quickly turns into a warming sensation followed by a slight tingling feeling in the skin. I am putting this all down to the product working it’s magic, but if it could do so with minimal sensation I would definitely prefer it. If you’re looking for a quick caffeine shot to the eye area, this is the product for you. Be warned though, you are only supposed to use a tiny amount of product – around the size of half a grain of rice per eye. The Beauté Pacifique Puffy Eyes Gel retails for $75.55 AUD for 15mL and is available at selected stockists and online. For more information visit Beauté Pacifique online. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review.)