Beauty News / Weekly Roundup

> Esteé Lauder announced the release of their new Pure Color Sensuous Rouge LipColor range, set to hit shelves on August 21st. Two intoxicating formulas are combined to create a luscious, one-of-a-kind elixir that is introduced in 16 delicious shades. Taking cues from couture fashion, this lipstick fuses a creamy, luscious shell with a liquefied core for a lipstick that is truly uniquely decadent while marrying style and performance. The new lip colours will retail for $49 AUD and will be available for purchase from Esteé Lauder online. (you can see a sneak peek of the collection here)

> TRESemmé are proud to announce that they are once again the major hair sponsor for Australia’s Next Top Model. This year, you can catch up on behind-the-scenes news and hair-goss with TRESemmé Insider, the ‘morning after debrief’ in blog form.

> Jane Iredale is yet another amazing beauty brand stepping up to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October, Jane Iredale will donate $1 from ever sale of their new Roses & Lollipops lip duo to the National Breast Cancer Association. The Roses & Lollipops lip duo retails for $40 AUD and is available for purchase through selected destination salons, spas and medical practitioners.

> Benefit have announced the release of “Ring My Bella”, the latest Crescent Row fragrance, just in time for Spring. The top notes of the fragrance are – pink rose petals, soft lily and summer daisy, the middle notes are – egyptian jasmine and creamy peony and the base notes are – white patchouli, vanilla tincture and white musk. Ring My Bella retails for $59 AUD and will be available for purchase on August 20th 2011.

Beauty News / Weekly Roundup

> Dr Lewinn’s have announced a partnership with the McGrath Foundation to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Dr. LeWinn’s is incredibly passionate about contributing to this worthy cause,” says Dan Spira, Managing Director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Australasia General Manager. “Breast cancer currently affects one in nine Australian women of all ages and backgrounds, and by collaborating with the McGrath Foundation we are helping to support Australian women and families experiencing breast cancer. We hope our partnership both highlights the valuable work the McGrath Foundation does, and helps to raise vital funds needed for this to continue.” During Breast Cancer Month, Dr Lewinn’s are launching a full-sized Hand & Nail Cream packaged in the signature McGrath Foundation Pink. It will retail at the special price of $9.95 AUD (usually $19.95) and 50c from every sale will be donated to the McGrath Foundation. The limited edition Hand & Nail Cream will be available throughout October 2011 while stocks last from Myer, David Jones, Priceline and select pharmacies across Australia.

> With Father’s Day coming up in Australia, it might be a good idea to check out Dermalogica’s Shave System Kit. The kit contains: Daily Clean Scrub (44ml), Pre-Shave Guard (22ml), Soothing Shave Cream (74ml), Post-Shave Balm (10ml), Daily Defense Block SPF15 (22ml), Invigorating Shave Gel (foil sample) and retails for $68 AUD.

> Benefit have finally released their new “They’re Real” mascara. This bodacious breakthrough mascara lengthens, volumises & curls lashes for a spectacular look! A long-wearing, jet black formula that won’t smudge, budge or dry out… Your lashes will last all day. True Story! I’ve been hearing great things about this mascara and can’t wait to check it out for myself! The Benefit They’re Real mascara retails for $38 AUD and is available for purchase now.

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).

Beauty Haul: MAC, Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, Benefit & Chanel

This was my “last hurrah” splurge before embarking on Project 10 Pan recently. Any beauty obsessed girl worth her salt knows about the now cult-status Naked Palette from Urban Decay. They will also know that this precious gem has been sold out for A VERY LONG TIME. Granted, I could have traded one of my organs for enough cash to buy one from someone selling them on ebay but miracle of miracles Sephora decided to get them in stock. And lo and behold… They are still in stock. Also shown in this haul: MAC Lustre Lipstick in Lustering, MAC Fashionflower Beauty Powder in Apha Girl, MAC Cremeblend Blush in So Sweet, So Easy, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Adventure, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur, Benefit D’Finer D’Liner, the Laura Mercier Silk Road Eye and Cheek Palette and a tube of the Mirenesse Sexy Secret Weapon Mascara which was a gift from Adore Beauty.

Product Review: Benefit Cha Cha Tint

Benefit are one of my favourite cosmetics brands. They have created some of my favourite makeup products, High Beam, Girl Meets Pearl, Erase Paste, Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liners and their Ultra Shine lip glosses. When I initially received the press release for their new product ‘Cha Cha Tint’ I was beyond myself with excitement. It sounded amazing – a mango coloured liquid blush? Yes please. When it arrived on my doorstep I did a little happy dance and applied it to my face right away. The first thing I noticed is that the application is quite similar to Benefit’s Posy Tint in that you have to be quick because the product dries and sets rapidly once applied to skin. If you’re not fast enough, this can happen. As you can imagine, this can be slightly bothersome so if you’re not used to this sort of application I would recommend trying it out a few times to get a feel for the product and how it applies.

As with the similarly packaged Benefit products, Cha Cha Tint is applied with a thin brush that is quite similar to a nail polish applicator. To apply, it is suggested that you place three small dots on your cheek and blend, but I find it easier to apply a very small amount of product to my fingertips, pat them together and apply to cheeks (remembering to work quickly). The result is a gorgeous mango/peach flush that lasts a very long time, and manages to make it’s way through an entire work day without budging. (You might also want to make a note that because the product is long lasting, it can be quite difficult to remove from fingertips after the initial application…) This colour is going to be on my cheeks a LOT in the Spring/Summer months at the end of the year. Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint will be available for purchase from June 18 2011 and will retail for $66 AUD. For stockist information please call (02) 8353 5000. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)