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10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

High-end makeup might not be a reality for most of us on a daily basis, but sometimes it’s nice to splurge on a luxury product every now and then.

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Rather than taking a leap of faith and buying anything in sight, we have compiled our list of the top ten tried and tested luxury products which are worth every cent.

Lipstick

A creamy, pigmented lipstick is a must-have in every girl’s makeup collection, especially a bright red or burgundy shade for those special events. Givenchy has a large collection of matte lip colours which look and feel luxurious (with leather packaging) and will last you for years to come.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick – 304 Mandarin Bolero, $63

Bronzer

Keep that skin looking sun-kissed all year round with a shimmering, lightweight bronzer. Rather than some drugstore formulas which are heavy and difficult to blend, Chanel have made the perfect cream bronzer which melts seamlessly into the skin.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, $67

Eyeshadow quad

Every woman needs a luxury eyeshadow quad which boasts at least one shimmery shade for a special event, and Charlotte Tilbury certainly doesn’t disappoint. The Dolce Vita palette comes with 4 matte and 1 shimmery shades and shows you exactly how to use them.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Colour Coded Eyeshadow The Dolce Vita, $74.48

Highlight

A good highlighting shade is a must-have since it creates a subtle glow without making your skin look too greasy. Hourglass are renowned for their collection of shimmery highlighters, which glide on easily and last for ages.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, $59

Sheer lipstick

If you’re not the type of girl who wants to splurge on a product to never use it, then a sheer, everyday lipstick is just for you. The sheer lip colours by Tom Ford are available in a multitude of colours and give a glow to your everyday appearance. The packaging is also super-luxurious and feels amazing!

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer, $68

Foundation

A flawless foundation for those special events such as a wedding or graduation is a must-have, especially one which doesn’t leave a white caste. The Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani comes in over 12 shades to suit your skin-tone, and is suitable for all skin types.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $92

Lip liner

The secret to larger, luscious lips all comes down to a killer lip liner, namely, one by Charlotte Tilbury. The creamy formula glides seamlessly and gives your lips a natural look for all occasions.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, $31.72

Mascara

Give your lashes a boost of volume with a concentrated formula by YSL. The mascara boasts a clump-free formula which lengthens your lashes without the use of falsies.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis Shocking, $55

Primer

Prep your base with a light-reflecting primer which offers maximum protection and also boasts some serious skin-loving benefits. The Veil Mineral Primer is oil-free and creates a porcelain-smooth complexion for all skin types.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, $96

Blush

A bronze and blush duo, which is just too cute to handle (see below), adds the finishing touches to any makeup look. Combine the colours for a sun-kissed glow, or just use the corner for more of a concentrated finish.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer, $46

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March 24, 2015

5 Unisex Fragrances Everyone Can Enjoy

Who doesn’t enjoy having just one unisex fragrance in their perfume collection? The scent is unique, doesn’t smell too much like flowers and peonies, and can be shared by both yourself and your partner. Actually, scratch that last mention!

If you’re looking for a new signature scent, try some of these incredible unisex fragrances instead.

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Diptyque Do Son, $148

If you have ever had the pleasure of owning a fragrance or candle by Diptyque, then Do Son is just a no-brainer. While it might possess some floral notes (just a few), it has a spicy scent which is perfect to wear during a hot summer.

5 Unisex Fragrances Everyone Can Enjoy

Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Eau de Cologne, $180

For more of an intense fragrance, try something like the Acqua di Parma. With top notes including warm citrus and light musk, you only need one spray which lingers all day long.

5 Unisex Fragrances Everyone Can Enjoy

Le Labo Rose 31, $198

So we might have lied about the fresh floral scents, but anything involving a hint of rose is a must-have. Overall, the scent is actually quite warm and spicy, with a subtle background of Gaiac wood which gives it body.

Each scent is handmade, and you can also have your own message printed on the bottle. We’re thinking something along the lines of ‘property of…’

5 Unisex Fragrances Everyone Can Enjoy

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum, $295

While there’s no denying that Tom Ford fragrances are on the pricier side, they will last for years because they’re extremely concentrated. If you want something fresh and crisp, then Neroli Portofino is just the perfume for you. It doesn’t feel too overpowering like some of his other fragrances do.

5 Unisex Fragrances Everyone Can Enjoy

Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne, $180

Featuring peppery basil with a hint of thyme, it is a modern classic which can be worn all year round. The scent is light and breezy, but has the staying power of a classic cologne when applied onto the pressure points of the body.

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March 1, 2015

Stylish Gifts For Father’s Day

Forget about that magazine subscription or same old collared shirt for your dad this year, it’s time to inject a little style into your annual Father’s Day gifts. Perfect for the man in your life who loves nothing more than to indulge in his favourite fashion, skincare and of course sophisticated taste of liqueur. These presents will prove to be a god-send for your dad this Father’s Day!

Glen Grant Ten Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, $59.99

This easy-drinking liquor is packed with flavour and makes for the perfect gift this Father’s Day. Named as a ‘superstar whisky that gives us all a reason to live’ this special blend is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol, $269

Why break the bank on a stylish watch when you just don’t have to? Daniel Wellington is known all over the world for their minimalist and often classic approach when it comes to watches. The classic leather band and large face is sure to be a hit.

Clarins After Shave Energiser, $37

Create the perfect shave by using this specialised after shave energiser which is packed with purslane and centella to purify skin and reduce razor burn. Apply a light patting motion onto problem areas after cleansing and shaving the face.

Tom Ford For Men Eau de Toilette, $112

A light, unisex perfume with scents of spice, modern wood and a touch of blush to create a luxurious fragrance for both day and night. Available in both 50ml and 100ml bottles.

What are you buying dad for Fathers day?

September 3, 2014

Top 5 Oriental Fragrances

Whether you’re in the market for a new perfume, it’s always best to understand the science behind some of your all-time favourite fragrances. Oriental perfumes are some of the most classic scents since they are distinctly feminine and linger on the skin all day long. Below are some of our top 5 oriental fragrances that you really can’t pass-up.

Tom Ford Fleur de Chine 50ml, $299

A classic oriental fragrance which is for the woman who wants to make a statement with her choice of perfume. Released in 2013 and a little on the pricey side, this fragrance is packed with magnolia, exotic floral notes, hinoki wood and jasmine for a truly individual scent.

L’Eau Diptyque 50ml, $120

Launched in 1968, L’Eau is a unisex scent which is both spicy and soft at the same time. Featuring cinnamon, rose, geranium and sandalwood which easily makes this one of Diptyque’s best sellers.

Coco Mademoiselle EDT 50ml, $159

If you’re looking for a touch of floral in your fragrance, definitely try Coco Mademoiselle. Not only does this fragrance have classic oriental notes but combines a fresh floral scent which isn’t too overpowering either. Featuring patchouli, bourbon vanilla and light musk.

Byredo Black Saffron 100ml, $229

Launched in 2012, this signature fragrance is your classic oriental-spicy perfume with a touch of raspberries in the base notes. Featuring chinese grapefruit, saffron and leather which is perfect for both men and women.

Yves Saint Laurent Opium EDT, 50ml $120

A must-have oriental fragrance if you want something classic and long-lasting. More than just a household name, Opium is filled which patchouli, carnation and vanilla which makes it a one-of-a-kind scent to have in your collection.

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August 30, 2014

Most Stylish Boots Of Fall 2014

Every gal needs a good pair of boots to get her through those colder months. This fall, the boots – like the clothes – are wild. Sixties-mod styles dominate, but there is no shortage of quirkiness if you’re brave enough. Be inspired by these fall runway looks.

Knee-high and thigh-high boots

You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of knee-high boots, like Valentino‘s wide-legged, heels – perfect for both day and night occasions. However, we also love Alexander Wang‘s fresh, modern take on the style, with his low-heeled, tri-toned thigh-highs.

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Block heels

On-trend with the popular mod look, are these Lanvin (left) and Gucci (right) boots with square, block heels. Blue is a popular color this season, as is the tan leather.

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Textures and prints

Snakeskin patterns and reptile textures are hot – just see Tom Ford and Gucci (left-right). However, Valentino is also making waves with his colorful retro-print ankle boots (pictured top).

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Straps, buckles and laces

Adornments of all kinds were seen on the fall runway, but my personal favorites are the Isabel Marant stiletto boot, and Louis Vuitton‘s tan ankle boot with a patent finish.

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Flat and casual

Calvin Klein showed a range of sporty sneaker-boots at his show, but the velvet-textured Doc Martin replicas are the street-friendly winner. Also loving Rick Owens‘ boots/tights/sneakers combo shoe.

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August 26, 2014

The Stars turnout for McCartney Wedding

The stars turnout for McCartney wedding

Stella McCartney‘s wedding guest list read like a who?s who of global celebrities, everyone from gal pals Madonna, Kate Moss,Gwyneth Paltrow and the man of style himself, Tom Ford – Stella?s boss from Gucci ? were all in attendance. James Bond aka Pierce Brosnan even made an appearance to witness the marriage. Stella and publisher, Alasdhair Willis were wed in a private ceremony at Mount Stuart House on an island off the west coast of Scotland. Other groovy guests included singers Chrissie Hynde and Sharleen Spiteri, as well as Gwynnie?s boyfriend (not fianc?e!) Chris Martin, of Coldplay and actress Liv Tyler.



Around 150 guests attended the lavish party in the Victorian Gothic house owned by the former racing driver Johnny Dumfries, the Marquis of Bute, last weekend. Hynde, formerly the lead singer of the Pretenders, said that the bride looked “beautiful” in a fawn wedding dress said to have been inspired by the outfit worn by her late mother Linda McCartney when she married Sir Paul McCartney. It is rumoured that Sir Paul paid almost $6 million Aussie dollars to keep those pesky papparazi away from the wedding in attempt to keep the marriage of his fashion- designer daughter Stella a private affair.



Celebrity Cash Cows

According to the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records, Cameron Diaz topped the list as the biggest earning female celebrity for the year 2001/2002 with a massive AUS$80 million pay cheque for the year! Diaz wrecked Julia Roberts quest to be Queen of Hollywood by out-earning her for the first time and catapulting Diaz to the top of Hollywood’s A-list actresses. The pair were closely followed by Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez in the rich chicks stakes. Funny man Adam Sandler earned almost $90 million Aussie buckaroos, in taking out the male stakes for biggest, fattest pay cheque in one year just beating Demi Moore?s ex-old man Bruce Willis by a whisker. Who wants to be a millionaire? Or is that mullionaire, as Eddie Maguire would say?



We want you as a new recruit…

?says the CIA to Alias star Jennifer Garner. According to officials, the spunky star said she has been asked to contribute to an official CIA video promoting the government agency to be shown to university graduate students and prospective agents. “We feel that Miss Garner, both in character as agent Sydney Bristow and as herself, embodies the intelligence, enthusiasm and dedication that we’re looking for,” Chase Brandon, from the CIA told reporters. “Her participation would add a human touch to the message we’re trying to convey.”

September 2, 2003