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The Hot List: Luxury Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Spoil yourself, or add these highly covetable items to your wish list this Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 14. Flowers are so 2014. And who doesn’t love a little gift to self, or from a loved one? Of course, true love is the greatest gift of all. Happy V Day!

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Supermodel style: The new feminine and elegant Heidi Klum Intimates range is certainly causing a stir; knock his socks off in this stunning Valerie set featuring underwire bra, $119.95 (pictured at top), and suspender belt, $69.95, and thong, $54.95 (pictured). I’m loving the stunning eyelash lace mixed with silk and chiffon for a textural twist. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Sparkle and shine: Make your skin glow on Valentine’s Day date night with Bare Blossom’s divine mineral Body Shimmer Cream, $31.99. Available in three beautiful, shimmery shades of pink, gold and translucent, this baby will add a delicate sparkle to your skin. The added bonus is all Bare Blossom products are made from natural ingredients, are gluten-free and vegan. Visit www.bareblossom.com.au.

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Velvet goldmine: Perfect your complexion via Issada Cosmetics’s new Mineral Velvet Cream Foundation, $69. On-counter in February, the triple-whipped, mousse-like cream texture is said to give weightless, flawless coverage. The 12 shades are paraben-free, vegan, gluten-free and contain natural mineral sunscreen. Fun fact: each shade is named after a different international city, and in a nod to the brand’s heritage, there’s a shade called Brisbane. Cute. Visit www.issada.com.

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Edible blooms: I’m loving this adorable Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom 2-Tiered Cake Stand, reduced to $139. Have him serve you some sweet treats, or treat your lady friends this Valentine’s Day on this gorgeous, hand-drawn beauty, complete with an intricately detailed pattern featuring English and oriental flowers and butterflies. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Say I do: Love a pink lippy? Pink Holiday Lipsticks from NYC celebrate women’s love affair with pink. From soft pale to vibrant, high-energy pinks, there’s a perfect shade for everyone. The creamy formula delivers highly pigmented, full-coverage colour for a luxe, long-wearing look. My top picks for V Day include Wedding Day, $28.75, the perfect blush pink shade, and Marry Me, $28.75, (pictured) a bright, deep geranium pink with a hint of coral. Gorgeous! Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.

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The black arts: No one does lingerie better than the Italians; case in point: luxury label La Perla, which will have you looking a million bucks in this divine Maison Paragina Chemise, $699. This silk beauty, which also comes in a range of colours, features intricate embroidery and adjustable, over-the-shoulder straps. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Pocket rocket: This swoon-worthy Valentino Rockstud Wristlet Nappa Flap Clutch, $1999, is small but mighty! Exclusive to David Jones, its silky smooth leather has a studded trim and it also comes in an array of colours. Love! There are three compartments too, for all your lady needs. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

Valentine's Day, V Day gift guide, loveThe cat’s pyjamas: This iconic Kitty Flat from Charlotte Olympia, $949, is pure perfection. Even your hardest-to-buy for fashionista will adore these! Exclusive to David Jones, these fancy leather flats feature a luxe velvet finish, gold-tone heel and the brand’s signature embroidered cat face on a rounded toe. Want! Find them at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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January 29, 2015

Get Gorgeous: Valentine’s Day Lust-Haves

Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 14, is a great excuse to get glam, grab your beloved, and hit the town for a date night, so here’s some handy, new tools for your beauty arsenal. Single and ready to mingle? Fear not – the celebration of romantic love is also an opportune time to pamper and gift thyself! These are a few of my favourite things, new-to-counter. Here’s hoping they help you activate your mojo! Love (and good beauty products) is all your need…

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Love me, thrill me: Pucker up, baby, with the new Guerlain Kisskiss Lipstick, $41, in bold, vampy 324 Red Love. The elegant and versatile lipstick has a silky texture, ensuring softness and long-lasting comfort. What’s more, it’s the perfect, easy-wearing shade of red. Va va voom! Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Fifty shades of sex: The clever people at OPI are cashing in on the February 12 film release of Fifty Shades of Grey with six new limited-edition nail lacquers, including five grey nail lacquers in varying shades and textures, along with one rich red hue. Sexy stuff! Individual nail lacquers are $19.95, or a Fifty Shades of Grey Mini Pack, containing six nail lacquers, is $29.95. The collection will be on-counter from late January at selected Myer, David Jones, Sephora stores and salons nationally.

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Smoking hot scents: The latest fragrance collection by Juliette Has A Gun – The Luxury Collection – which features seductive, new scents Oil Fiction Eau de Parfum, $390 (pictured at top), and Moon Dance Eau de Parfum, $350 (pictured), is a great way to spoil yourself this V Day. Oil Fiction plays with oriental notes of saffron amber and iris, whereas Moon Dance is an extravagant mix of violet, bergamot, rose and Aphrodite’s flower, heightened by a touch of musk. Find them at Libertine Parfumerie via www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, selected David Jones and Myer department stores and niche perfumeries.

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A crowning glory: Shower time doesn’t have to be boring – add some razzle dazzle to your routine, and protect your blow-dry, with the divine Louvelle Dahlia Turban, $40, at Lulu and Lipstick. Created from stretch, quick-dry fabric with waterproof lining, the pleated turban style is fabulously fun and practical; it also doubles as a hair protector when removing or applying make-up. Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.

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Fresh as a daisy: You’ll be irresistibly sweet thanks to the new Daisy Marc Jacobs Sorbet Editions: two seasonal scents on-counter this February. The first, Daisy Marc Jacobs Sorbet Edition Eau De Toilette Spray, $79 (pictured), is a succulent blend of sheer florals with a hint of fruit. Lush and playfully fresh, it opens with a juicy blend of pear and passion fruit, as crisp jasmine brightens the floral muguet and woody notes leave a warm dry down on the skin. Next up, Daisy Eau So Fresh Marc Jacobs Sorbet Edition Eau De Toilette Spray, $89, is dewy, fresh and fun and said to evoke happiness with a sweet blend of fruity florals. Find the collection at major department stores. Phone 1800 812 663.

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Eyes on the prize: Your beloved may be spellbound by your mesmerising eyes this Valentine’s Day thanks to Issada’s pretty, new Ultimate Eyeliner collection of mineral gel eyeliner pencils, $36 each. On-counter in February, this baby is said to deliver the budge-proof benefits of a gel with the versatility and ease of a pencil. What’s more, it treats the delicate eye area with anti-aging botanicals and minerals. The 10 runway-inspired colours include turquoise, emerald, gold and more. Gorgeous! Paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan, find them at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. Visit www.issada.com.

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Colour your world: Love yourself sick this V Day with the new Juuce Love Conditioning Colour Treatment, $25.95. An Australian hair care brand, Juuce blends quality ingredients with styling performance and is developed by hair care experts. Its Love Conditioning Colour Treatments are infused with Argan Oil and said to restore colour intensity and shine, refresh brightness and tone in between salon visits, and revitalise dry and dull hair. The colour treatment comes in seven colour levels for all hair types. Find it at Price Attack stores, salons and stockists nationally.

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January 27, 2015

Become A Make-up Ninja With Glam Affair

When Brisbane’s Crystal Dawson, 33, had her first baby, she gained new insight into how and why motherhood and a busy lifestyle can cause many women to neglect their own self-care.

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Having studied make-up and personal styling  at the Australian Institute of Creative Design, Crystal (pictured below) achieved a long-held dream when she launched her professional make-up parties, workshops and tutorials business/etailer Glam Affair soon after in 2009.

As Creative Director of Glam Affair, via www.glamaffair.com.au, Crystal takes great pleasure in showing women how to skilfully apply and choose make-up correctly.

“At Glam Affair, we believe that by highlighting her best features, every woman can look and feel amazing,” she says. “Now, Glam Affair is a leader in pop-up make-up workshops for all ages across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney.”

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Crystal relishes the freedom of running her own business, which allows her to care for her two children at home during the week. “I love teaching – it’s what I’m good at,” she says, “Glam Affair doesn’t feel like a job to me.

“You meet lots of interesting people, the classes are fun and we always have a giggle, and you even get a few men coming through.”

The workshops are aimed at busy people in need of a total makeover, beauty boost, or just a new style. “Glam Affair is on a mission to ensure all women (and men) feel glamorous and special by imparting professional knowledge of make-up application, colour analysis and image,” Crystal says.

Even better, the creative director believes you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a hot, new on-trend look. Her three-hour workshops, which attract women from varied backgrounds and ages, offer expert advice on topics such as make-up brushes and how to care for them; basic skin care and then step-by-step make-up application.

Participants come out with a full face of make-up, having learnt how to apply: primer, concealer, foundation, highlighter and contour, three-step eye technique, eyebrows, eyeliner, mascara and lips.

“There’s nothing like a little make-up wizardry to boost your confidence and lift your spirits,” she says.

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Crystal’s own professional mineral make-up range, which is suitable for any skin type – especially those with ultra-sensitive skin – is for sale at events and via her website.

In addition, given she believes “every woman loves a party”, Cystal offers people the chance to host their own make-up parties to experience her products in a fun, informal and relaxed setting.

For more information, visit www.glamaffair.com.au or phone 1300 033 635.

December 30, 2014

New-Season Make-Up Trends: Summer Brights

Nothing says summer more than a bold, glamorous splash of colour. Brighten your world with these amazing, new hot make-up hues of the season. Wall flowers need not apply. All items are available at www.davidjones.com.au, David Jones stores and other leading stockists. Phone 133 357 for more details.

The colour purple: Make like super-cool New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, who loves a good purple lip, and who collaborated with M.A.C to produce this beauty: Pure Heroine Lipstick, $36. This limited edition, powerful purple number is vibrant and matte in a deep, rich shade of plum with an amplified finish – definitely one to wear when feeling sexy and confident as you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. Prince would SO approve, too.

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Eyes on the prize: I adore the new YSL Couture Palette, $98, in #11 Ballets Russes. There’s something a little bit 80s about the electric blue, pink and purple – it’s pure, intense colour bound to make your eyes pop! Each palette contains a base colour and a highlighter colour to sculpt and illuminate the eyes, plus three signature colours to create your own unique YSL look. It’s a luxury spend, but YSL eye shadows are long-lasting, crease-proof and contain both matte and satin shades. Love!

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Totally nailing it: This super pretty nail shade reminds me of Tiffany & Co., plus springtime – NAILS INC Nail Lacquer, $19.95, in Royal Botanic. Playful and pretty, it’s the perfect pop of pastel to add to a feminine ensemble. The new on-trend shade also has a gloss finish.

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Lipstick, with a twist: Add this one to your wish list, ladies – it’s lipstick, but not as you know it – the SISLEY Phyto Lip Twist, $50, in Cherry. A concentrated lip colour, this baby is tinted like a lipstick, cocooning like a balm and shiny like a gloss. The holy trinity! What’s more, it’s non-sticky, twists up easily and no sharpener is required. Suitable for buildable coverage, it’s a great summer go-to to add to your make-up bag.

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Red hot chilli woman: I love a hard-working product and this one delivers: The Balm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush, $27.95. It will earn its keep in your make-up bag as a sexy eye shadow, striking blush, subtle highlighter, or light-reflective lip finisher – all in a pretty peachy-pink hue which will flatter most skin tones. And, if you’re a busy businesswoman or mum on the go, ain’t nobody got time to apply 20 different products. This is genius!

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From Brazil, with love: This baby is a dead-set party for your nails, this summer: OPI Nail Lacquer, $19.95, in Live.Love.Carnaval. Part of the Brazil collection, this classic polish – like all OPI beauties, glides on perfectly. I love this gorgeously bright coral hue that brings a touch of a Brazilian summer to your hands. Don’t be shy – rock it at high volume and intensity.

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August 16, 2014