The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

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When I lived in London (I still think it was yesterday, but truth be told, we have been back in Sydney now for nearly two years!) I was taught how to do the trademark London eyeline flick that so many of the young women wear there. Seriously, every young woman I saw on the tube was sporting this cool look. I was introduced to it during a free make over at the Bobbi Brown make up counter at Harvey Nichols, Westfield London (couldn’t afford anything in the store back then!) and I have used the technique almost every day since! Bobbi Brown use eye gel and a special brush which looks fantastic but I’m going to tell you about a easier (and cheaper) way to get the same effect.

You can imagine how excited I was to get my hands on Maybelline’s new Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner so that I could do that London flick to perfection back in Oz. First of all, the liquid application means it is easy to just glide the eye liner on in a few simple strokes, and the precise tip allows you to create as thin a line as you want.

But be careful girls, the liquid eyeliner has a bit more staying power when first applied, so have some make up remover close to fix any mistakes.

The London flick basically starts off with a thin line at the inner corner of the top eye lid, and then graduates out to a thicker line towards the outer edge of the eye lid. I’ve added a picture here to show how it can look. This picture features an exaggerated flick at the end which can be great for night time or if you are comfortable with wearing your eyeliner that way.

The flick style is great to wear during the day as it just accentuates the top of the eye lid, it really makes your eyes pop. To wear during the day, don’t add any liner or shadow on the bottom of your eye – and then to enhance the look for ‘after five’, simply add some dark shimmery eye shadow or smudged pencil liner under your eye for that ‘smoky’ look.

Admittedly it took me a while to get the London flick just right, and there are some days when it just doesn’t work for me. But my tip is to grab this liquid eyeliner from Maybelline as the precise tip helps with application, and then just wear it as often as you can to make it work! ImageImage

I first came across this when I went for my first make-up appointment at Napoleon Bondi Junction, the day of my university graudation. The make up artist applied Napoleon’s primer underneath my make up and I also got a sample which I used only for special occassions – when I needed my make up to last all day.

Seven years later, I picked up the set of primer at the famous Napoleon sale in Alexandria, scoring the normal primer as well as the BRONZER primer. Lucky me!

I’ve alternated between the two primers over the differing seasons and can always rely on the primer to set my make up all day, as well as protect my skin. I rarely use foundation without this primer, and I have a few other primers ear marked to try in future.

This primer has a very lightweight formula that goes on easily, but you should wait a few minutes before applying your foundation.  If you are in a real rush you can mix your foundation and primer together for a one off application.

Primers can be seen as unneessary steps in the beauty routine but they really can protect your skin from any nasties in your foundation.  This pronzing primer is one of a kind and I can’t wait to start using it again in the summer months.Image

This moisturiser is wonderful if you love the feeling of soft, hydrated skin 24/7.Product-Detail_Body-Lotion_11115_BodyMilk_essential-nourishment_lrg439-111541 Now that we are in winter, our skin is constantly covered, and we can start to feel the effects of dry flaky skin. This moisturiser combats dry skin with a lightweight milk that is easy to apply. Its moisturising properties are so intense, it really should be a body butter! Thank god it’s not!

This moisturiser comes at a great price for fail-proof soft, hydrated skin all day long. Highly recommend!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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In my effort to get rid of pesky little spots on my face, I read that witch hazel has been proven to smooth skin, while removing dirt and impurities from pores GENTLY.

The results replicate exactly that! My skin is smoother, there are less spots, or potential for spots, and a little goes a long way.

This natural product is available from any chemist and an $8 bottle will last you about three months. Use it as a toner after cleansing and before moisturising.witch-hazel

I’d been desperate to try this product for ages, but was waiting for summer to arrive. Le Tan have released a gradual tanner moisturiser with SPF 15 – a perfect combination of sun protection, gradual tanner and moisturiser all in one!

I used this on a holiday in Fiji in September – I was VERY white with my winter skin – and within one day I was sporting a good enough ‘tan’ without the sunburn!

The smell, while not unpleasant, does stay with you all day, and I would recommend reapplying more regulalry than your regalar 30 SPF sun cream of course.

I’m going to continue to buy this one and keep it in my car with my beach bag. letan


jasmine-soap-tinLooking for last minute Christmas gifts for that hard to buy man or woman? I have the perfect beauty gift that’s bound to be a pleaser.

Scottish fine soaps, available at David jones, have released cute soaps in tins that you just won’t want to throw away.

The luxurious soap is perfect for those who travel, or for those who like to enjoy a little bit of luxury at home.

I tried the jasmine soap and it was soft and gentle, but moisturising on my skin. My tin is a lovely lime green which I’m keeping, and there are other creative tin designs in the range.

I don’t want this soap to end!! Great stocking filler also.

Well, I might have to take back that Palmer’s Gradual Tanning Moisturiser is the best on the market in my opinion.

I’ve been using Vani-T Bronzing Custard (a gradual tanner) for a month now and I am just continually amazed at the results. It gives skin a very smooth, tanning glow that doesn’t look too heavy or bronze. I use it every second day after exfoliating to maintain a subtle tan, but if you want a heavier tan or have a special event on, using this two days in a row will definitely do the trick. No wonder Dannii Minogue buys it in bulk!

It has a thicker consistency (probably where the name custard comes from), which makes it a bit more of a task to apply in summer, nonetheless, doing it after you shower and exfoliate will ensure a little goes a long way.

It only has a very subtle scent, which does not stay with you all day.

In fact, the tan is so nice from this product that I would even consider using it during Winter, which is normally a big NO NO from me. This product enhances a healthy glow which doesn’t look obvious or overdone.

I would definitely recommend asking Santa for this product! Online purchase recommended.

This body lotion is to die for in winter. It is cheap and will keep your dry skin cheerful in the cold months. I’ve found it to be better are more moisturizing than some other top of the line body butters. It definitely keeps skin hydrated for at least 24 hours.
It is a thick consistency so it can be hard to spread on, so I can recommend doing it while your skin is still moist from the shower or bath if you are lucky enough to have one of those!
This product gives off that good ol Nivea clean scent – you would be able to recognize it anywhere.
I’d recommend it as a good cheap alternative to body butter in the winter months.