The Dark Side: Top 5 Autumn/Winter Beauty Products

The big chill’s coming, baby, and with it a plethora of fab, new autumn/winter beauty products to love, on-counter now. It’s time to embrace your dark side with sexy, new, heavier fragrances and makeup in these gorgeous, darker hues. You’ll also need some TLC in the colder weather, so it’s an ideal time to invest in some lush body-care products. These are a few of my favourite things!

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Go for gold: Soccer star and doting dad, David Beckham, has never looked hotter. His secret? It’s allegedly Instinct Gold Edition, which was recently launched to celebrate 10 years of the sexy men’s fragrance. This limited-edition fragrance is said to capture “the elegance, style and modern masculinity that is synonymous with David himself,” according to the PR, so you might want to get it for your man, girlfriend!

The new fragrance is a classic fougère, blending an instant flash of freshness with a vibrant heart. Dynamic and masculine, Instinct Gold Edition has an invigorating blend of lemon and bergamot oil. David Beckham Instinct Gold Edition Eau de Toilette, 50ml, is $39 at leading department stores.

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Pure velvet: Rimmel has launched a new era of matte colour with the launch of Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet and Velvet Matte Nail Collection. This means ‘the London look’ just got sassier. The Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet, $15.95, has a new, mousse-like texture which is said to quickly set to a unique velvety matte finish with a flattering soft-focus effect. It comes in a powerful palette of four volcanic shades from rose through to a zesty orange.

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Meanwhile, the Velvet Matte Nail Collection, $8.95, has some of the most opulent jewel shades of the season. I love them! These fashion-forward nails are the business, ladies – no top coat needed. Choose from slate grey, purply red, dark cobalt or inky black. Put it in your diary, ladies: these babies will be on-counter from March.

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Killer moves: There’s not a pop star alive, at the top of her game, who doesn’t have her own fragrance. So, try Killer Queen’s Spring Reign by Katy Perry for something different this autumn. The fourth fragrance to join Katy Perry’s royal fragrance family, Spring Reign is a fresh and fruity floral featuring notes of pink freesia, may flower rose and violet petals. Housed in a pretty jewel-shaped bottle, Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign Eau de Parfum, 100ml, is available for $69.

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Flower power: Waterlily Skin Body Spa, a new, luxury skin and body-care brand formulated with the purest botanical ingredients, will help save your skin this autumn. The Waterlily collection features a vast selection of daily cleansers, hydrating toners, smoothing exfoliants, rich mineral masques, performance serums, moisturisers, eye treatments and lip and blemish repair, all formulated with the highest quality aromaceutical essential oils and exotic infusions.

My top pick is the Pink Frangipani Collection, which has lashings of exotic frangipani absolute coupled with neroli blossom and sweet orange rind to promote beautifully rejuvenated skin. The Pink Frangipani Collection Body Wash is $37; Body polish is $50.50; Infused Salt Glow is $59; Body Balm is $53; and the Pink Frangipani and Pineapple Hand & Body Créme is $49.50.

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March 9, 2015

Hot New Beauty Trend Alert: Ombre Eyebrows

Forget the ombré or sombre hair trends as recently favoured by A-list celebs – ombré eyebrows are so hot right now. It’s the newest trend in precision perfect eyebrows, creating a subtle yet full and lush effect – perfect for standing out in the crowd during the festive party season!

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Now, SHESAID readers, you can try the trend too, thanks to the talented brow technicians from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Here, (see below) the eyebrow artists have shared their top tips to create an ombré look using their Brow Kit, $99, (pictured) available in an array of colours at beauty e-tailer Lulu and Lipstick via

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit contains five essential products to achieve perfectly arched and sculpted brows: precision tweezers, brow powder duo, brow stencils, mini duo brush and clear brow gel.

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Ombre Eyebrows 101

  1. Measure from the inside crease of the nose up and make a slight mark. When holding your Anastasia stencil make sure the brow is inside your shape. Hold firmly to avoid smudging. Apply the darker side of the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo 1cm into the brow with strong strokes, following down to the tail on the bottom row of the brow.
  2. Blend the lighter and darker side of your Anastasia Duo Powder back to the beginning of the brow where you have made your original measurement. Blend through to the top of the brow to join into the stronger tone to fill your arch and the tail.
  3. For an accentuated and defined look, use the Anastasia Brow Wiz to fill any gaps or holes. This slim pencil creates precise lines for a strong and elegant finish.eyebrows, celebrity style, beauty tips
  4. Apply one coat of the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, using upward strokes to lift the Brow hairs to widen and neaten the brow. Blend your Anastasia Brow Powder Duo for a perfect ombré finish. The Brow Gel is also available in tinted tones for touch-ups and a more dense finish.
  5. For lift and an elegant profile, apply Anastasia Duality Highlighter – this will define the finish of your perfect brow and gives a 3D affect.
    Next, lightly apply the matte end of your Duality Highlighter, aligning around the brow for coverage and a clean, defined finish. Finally, apply the shimmer end of your highlighter above the eye and follow the tail to lift the brow and open the eye.
  6. Lastly, apply a second coat of the Clear Brow Gel to set, blend and finish your beautiful ombré brow finish.

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December 25, 2014

10 Reasons To Love Lulu And Lipstick

Make like stylish beauties Beyonce, J-Lo and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by bagging yourself cult international beauty brands favoured by the stars at new luxe beauty etailer Lulu and Lipstick. Stocking thousands of on-trend beauty and skincare brands from around the world, Lulu and Lipstick is like the beauty world equivalent of a candy shop. Here are SHESAID’s top 10 Lulu and Lipstick must-haves ahead of Christmas – go on, spoil yourself – point and click on

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1. Velour Lashes You Complete Me, $34.50: The most luxurious of all fake lashes, these authentic mink babies – as flaunted by Queen Bey herself – can be worn up to 25 times. And if they’re good enough for the Queen…  Perfect for the upcoming party season, the handmade lashes offer a full and luscious frame to your eyes. Love!

makeup tips, beauty trends, Lulu and Lipstick2. Mermaid Perfume Body Oil, $79.95: US Vogue called Mermaid Perfume: “one of the world’s nine best beauty products flying under the radar”. And this divine oil is a definite must-have; laced with sweet orange blossom and coconut – it’s for every girl who’s ever dreamt of being a mermaid.

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3. Ayurda Cucumber and Basil Cleansing Milk, $69.95: Incorporating the wisdom of the ayurvedic philosophy, Ayurda takes a holistic approach to beauty with all-natural products designed to create “nutrition for the skin”. The beauty brand prides itself on being one of the first to link skincare to well-being, with products that go beyond organic. This cleansing milk is a great natural healer for fragile skin.

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4. Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème, $103.50: Recently labelled with celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe’s famous tagline “Maj”, NYC’s Tata Harper specialises in luxurious anti-aging beauty products which are completely free of synthetic and chemical ingredients. The products are 100 per cent natural and non-toxic, nourishing the skin and the spirit. What’s more, US Vogue called Tata Harper products “life-changing”.

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5. Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade, in Soft Brown, $39: The go-to precision perfect eyebrow products for A-listers ranging from Kim Kardashian to Oprah, Anastasia Beverley Hills was founded by beauty innovator Anastasia Soare. The award-winning beauty products work to balance and proportion features, with an extensive range of cosmetics, stencils and tools with which to create perfect eyebrows at home.

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6. Beetox Manuka Honey and Bee Venom Facemask, $110: UK skin sensation Beetox has been hailed as a natural alternative to Botox. This luxurious and unique beauty product promises to rejuvenate skin. It is said to provide deep penetration, improve micro-circulation in the renewal of damaged skin cells and stimulate the facial muscles, thus creating lifting, tightening and firming effects. Bees were not harmed in the sourcing of the ingredients. Yay!

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7. Lulu and Lipstick Make-up Bag, $24.95: This cute and cheerful cosmetics bag capitalises on the pineapple fashion and interiors trend that so hot right now. A pop of colour for your handbag, Lulu’s signature make-up bag is surprisingly large – you’ll easily fit a vast array of cosmetics in there. Bag it, baby.

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8. Pink Holiday Lipstick in Love In Portofino, $28.75: Renew your love affair with pink lipstick with this luscious lip smacker from the NYC beauty brand. Pink Holiday’s lip formula is colour-saturated; moisturing, but light on the lips; colour-true and anti-aging. What’s more, this beautiful, bright pink will give you soft, kissable lips. Pinkilicious!

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9. DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub With Chemical and Physical Exfoliation, $52.90: US celebrity cult brand DERMAdoctor Specialist Skin Care provides the latest solutions to common skincare problems such as rosacea, keratosis pilaris and melasma. And with Brazilian model and designer Camila Alves crediting this product for her recent, flawless Oscars skin – it’s worth a whirl, to be sure!

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10. Lime Crime Lipstick in Babette, $23: Make-up renegades from Los Angeles, Lime Crime strive to create the most kick-arse true-to-colour, cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics possible. This vampy pastel coral shade (pictured at top and below) is bold, opaque and colour-drenched. It’s perfect for hot, hot, hot summer parties and just the thing to complement on-trend maxis.

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October 16, 2014

New beauty news – March

Clinique Dewy Smooth Anti-Aging makeup SPF 15

Clinique Dewy Smooth Anti-Aging makeup SPF 15 ($45)

Looking for a protective, ultra-moisturising foundation to get you through the heat of summer? Clinique deliver the goods with their Dewy Smooth Anti-Aging makeup with SPF 15. The super-moisturising formula has excellent line-smoothing ability without looking cakey. It?s a fantastic sweat and humidity resistant foundation that has real staying power. This lightweight liquid-cream plumps the skin on application, minimising fine lines and creating a natural looking dewy finish. Available in 10 shades with the added protection of a non-irritating, broad-spectrum SPF 15 from Clinique counters nationally.Rimmel HYDRAsense Flawless Hydrating make up ($15.95)

Gorgeous, smooth skin can be yours with Rimmel?s new long-lasting gel emulsion foundation. Perfect for normal to dry skin, HYDRAsense Flawless Hydrating make up gives a naturally flawless, luminous finish. Floral milk extracts keep the moisture level at a comfortable level all day while sunflower seed extract lends softening and anti-oxidising properties. Soft-focus pigments help minimise imperfections and fine lines helping your skin look it?s best.

Available in a wide range of shades from Priceline stores nationally.

Glow on!

Don?t let your summer skin become a shadow of its

Nivea Shimmering Body Lotion

your summer sparkle all year with a delicious, shimmery body lotion.Nivea Shimmering Body Lotion ($6.20) has light reflecting pigment that gives skin a sexy all over sheen while providing a healthy dose of moisture to sun frazzled skin. Reward your skin a glamorous boost before a big night out. Your shimmering skin will make you feel every inch the goddess that you are.

Available from supermarkets, Priceline, Myer/Grace Bros, Target, Kmart, Big W and selected pharmacies.

Natio Spa Luminous Body Lotion ($14.95) gives a hint of sparkle and subtle highlights to bare skin. Packed with enriching vitamins and lush moisturising properties slather Luminous Body Lotion on your d?colletage, shoulders, legs, wherever you want to add a touch of magic.

Available from Myer/Grace Bros, David Jones and leading pharmacies nationally.

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February 25, 2003

New Beauty News – February

Isn’t It Romantic makeup collection

Romance is the order of the day in the fashion capitals of the world with fashion shows heralding the return of alluring, mysterious, flirty femininity. Get all girly and be gorgeous.Not so shabby

If the romantic shades and textures of shabby chic inspire you, you’re going to love the new Isn?t It Romantic makeup collection from Clinique. Create this season?s look of love with dusty rose, soft pink and plum shades for eyes, lips, cheeks and nail. It?s about being pretty, innocent and sophisticated all at once. Think gently flushed cheeks to seductive eyes and gorgeous rosebud lips.

Don?t miss Clinique?s Lips and Cheek Colour in Plum Passion. This limited edition two-in-one wonder is reminiscent of a time when ladies used a dab of lippy to add a subtle glow to their cheeks. Add a touch to your lips and cheeks to create a look of Victorian charm, all coy blushes and bitten lips. A stylish mirrored compact makes this product ideal for the new romantic in all of us.

$34 for a limited time from Clinique counters nationally.

Mull it over

Prescriptives new Surrender Collection is a

Surrender Collection

to come from the autumnal months ahead. Mulberry is the key to this new range and dominates the collection from eyes through to lips and cheeks.Try the lush Tint Balm for the Lips, a soothing, sheer lip balm with a slick of mulberry and a hint of flavour. Added SPF 15 makes this a great essential to see you through until winter.

$39 from Prescriptive counters nationally

Precious stones

Estee Lauder?s new colour story is Mineralites – and as the name suggests, these colour draw on the magic world of the earth?s minerals for inspiration. Think sparkling quartz, shimmering gemstones and lustrous pearls. Colour abounds in this glamourous collection from the stunning Pure Color Eyeshadows ($38) in Pearl Stone or Mocha Cup to the divine Pure Colour Gloss in Quartz ($40).

And while a dazzling rock for your ring finger might just be wishful thinking, you can add

Exaggerate Hydra Colour Lipstick

of your own to your fingertips with Pure Color Nail Lacquer in White Petal, Garnet or the limited edition Marcasite ($33).Available from Estee Lauder counters nationally.

Do Exaggerate!

New Exaggerate Hydra Colour Lipstick from Rimmel has a great moisturising formula that helps boost the lip?s natural hydration process. You?ll get softer, smoother lips from the very first application.

Rimmel delivers a great moisture surge for lips with this innovative formula that preventing moisture loss from the outside as well as increasing the moisture levels from the inside. Tiny moisture capsules penetrate the lips? surface to deeply replenish for up to 24 hours.

Rimmel?s Exaggerate Hydra Colour Lipsticks are available in 12 extravagant colours and at $13.95, a beauty bargain!

Available from Priceline stores nationally.

January 14, 2003

Hot beauty news

The brow has it

As Catherine Deneuve is famous for saying, “The brow has the ability to enhance the shape of the face.” With one of the most beautiful faces in the world, you’ve got to trust Catherine. If you have bad brows then you are in no man’s beauty land. The brow, in our opinion is everything. Getting hold of a good beauty therapist to do the basic shaping for you is the ultimate and recommended way. But to keep up on taming the stray hairs at home we have the products for you. Need to add a touch of natural sheen to your brows? Apply a sheer clear brow gel such as Bloom Brow Gel, $12.95. Patchy brows? Use powder first to fill them in. It is a much softer option than pencil. Go for Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duo, $45. If you want to clean up your brows, only pluck from the underside. Look out for Laura Mercier tweezers by Tweezerman, $40. All products are available Myer/Grace Brothers, David Jones and selected pharmacies.Go Natural

Don’t want to use a chemical-based deodorant? But worried that it could be a little on the nose? We’ve road-tested two natural deodorants for you and we can assure you they work. Go for either Miessence deodorant, jam-packed with clove, frankincense, cinnamon, vanilla and bergamot, $6.90, for stockists telephone (07) 5502 1499, or if ylang-ylang, lime, bergamot, patchouli and geranium are more up your alley, go for Genesis Tahitian Breeze, $7.95. For stockists telephone (02) 5502 1196.

Spiritual Healing

In need of a little escape? Why not head to one of Australia’s leading spa destinations – The Golden Door. Here you can detox, relax and find yourself. Try one of their 5-day packages that will entail all of the following: a detoxifying body wrap, Lomu Lomu massage, salt polishes and spiritual healing sessions. Rates start at around $1990. For more information telephone 1800 816 906.

Best Kept Secret

And we bet you didn’t know that to remove smells from delicate vintage chiffon, silks or linens all you have to do is soak them in cool water with a tablespoon of vinegar per garment. It works brilliantly.

October 15, 2002