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POP Tip: Humidity Ruining Your Face?

17 Jan

Frizzy hair, blotchy cheeks, lipstick running down past your chin. Sounds all too familiar don’t it? Summer is hatin’ on our faces and don’t we know it.  Luckily there are some winner products out there to help keep you looking as fresh as a new illuminator.

Invest in a primer. Any primer. I hate to be repetitive peeps but prime! Prime! Prime!  Primer will not only help to smooth out any fine lines, enlarged pores, and even in some cases, even out redness and skin tone, but will also prevent your make-up from slippin’ and slidin’ around and your face from eating all your make-up. If this isn’t some kind of miracle product, I don’t know what is. One that I love is the Laura Mercier Primer however another cheapie that I found which will essentially do the same thing for a fraction of the cost is the Australis Primer.

Tinted moisturiser or a water-based foundation such as Model Co’s Fluidsplash 3 in 1 Foundation will be your new best friend. In hot and humid weather the last thing you want to do is be slapping on thick and creamy foundations. A light base is all you want and if you do need a bit more coverage, pop on a bit of concealer then set it all with a light dusting of powder.  Less is more folks, less is more.

Model Co Beauty Fix Airbrush Face. Need I say more? This wonder product is literally like hair spray for your face. But not quite as sticky or smelly or strong or well, you get it. Beauty Fix sprays onto the face in a fine mist, which will set and leave your skin with a luminous finish. Viola! Face. Set. Match!

Last but not least, if you are enthusiastically embracing the bright lip or orange lip trend be sure to prep and prime you lips beforehand to avoid clown like lips. Using an invisible lip liner, line around the outside of your lips before filling in the lips with the same or similar shade liner as the lipstick you’ll be wearing. Lightly dot on the lippie until desired coverage. For extra staying power, dust over with a little translucent powder for a matte finish.

Now go rock it!




Really late Halloween make up look post!

12 Nov

So let me backtrack a little bit. On Thursday 28/10, I was told that I would be going to a dress up Halloween Party in Sydney. “Yessssss”, I thought, “I LOVVEEE dressing up!!” I am after all, a bit of a show off when it comes to stuff like this. I think it’s because I have a chance to let my inner freak fly when I usually have to keep it confined to my lips and nails. Who am I kidding, I always let my freak flag fly. Own it girls!!

I'm normal.

Anyway, so long story short. I panicked because I had nothing to wear, no idea what to wear or where to find whatever it is that I would be wearing. So because I’m a bit of a glitter slut and had nothing to wear, I decided just to chuck on my maxi dress, wear heaps of gold jewellery and make myself up like I had been dipped in gold. Or rolled around in a bucket of glitter…either way.

The end result? Ta-daaaaa!


(This is a little more than a little embarrassing. I hate putting photo’s of myself up but thought I’d better get used to it if I want to show future make up ‘looks’!)

Yes, I am taking the pre-req bathroom shot of myself. No shame haha

EN-EE-WAIIIZZZ, this is what I used to create this not-very-Halloweeny-more-like-I-have-a-glitter-fetish look.

BASE: My usual prodz, as detailed here (up to and including mascara).


1. Benefit “Stay don’t Stray” eyeshadow primer all over up to brow bone.
2. Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in “Gold” all over eye lid blended up past the crease, as a base.
3. Bare Minerals Glimmer Eyeshadow pigment in “True Gold” applied with a damp fluffy eyeshadow brush to the centre of my eyelid, just above the pupils. Pack it on and slightly fade it out to the sides.
4. Benefit powder Eyeshadow in “Hey Bellboy!” (discontinued) packed on from the inner ‘v’ to the edge of the gold and from the other edge of the gold to the outer corners of your socket. Blend the gold and plum together slightly with a clean brush with a golden copper eyeshadow. I then used a plummy purple eyeshadow from a Guerlain eyeshadow quad “Violette Du Soir” #461 in my eye socket (or what I like to call, the banana -for the obvious shape reasons lol) just to add some depth and definition. You can use any purple plum colour you like or leave this step out altogether.
5. Popped my fake lashes on (I stuck two Ardell ones together, one on top of the other, that I bought from Priceline cos couldn’t find the ones I wanted) and finished off with a swipe of MAC “Rapidblack” Penultimate Liquid Eyeliner.
6. Applied Benefit BadGal Black waterproof eyeliner all along the bottom lash line and on the waterline. Set it with some Hey Bellboy! eyeshadow and highlighter the inner ‘v’ with the “True Gold” pigment.

7. To get the glitter to stick, I used my eyelash glue as the well, glue and applied it randomly with my finger then using the good old fashioned way of when I was in kindergarten, stuck my fingers into the glitter and pretty much whacked it on my face. Viola! Perfecto!

8. Oh and last but not least, I used the Bare Minerals “True Gold” pigment as a highlighter on my brow bone and cheekbones, applied with a stripple brush so it didn’t look like I’d gone toooo nuts, even though I did.


HO-KAY! Well, I don’t know if any of the above make ANY sense whatsoever, but hey! I hope you got the general gist of it. I think I may just make a Youtube video next time. I’m so bad at explaining things!

What did you guys think? Yay? Nay?

Please stop rambling?

POP Nailing It! Moon Mani

3 Nov

Apologies for the dodge photo quality, this was taken with my phone camera which I dug up from the archives since I’m in Sydney and don’t have any nail polishes to swatch and review!

Before cleaning up the cuticles and edges.

This was my first attempt at doing the moon manicure and I must say I quite liked it! It was different, fun and awesome to look at.

I used two Bloom nail polishes in Zooey and Josephine.

Zooey, a metallic glittery silver. Awesome!

Josephine, a deep opalescent purple.

I started off by doing the usual clipping, filing and base coat. You know the drill. Then started off by popping two coats of Josephine on the whole nail bed. I found one coat wasn’t enough as it still looked quite opaque and I wanted a strong, metallic finish. Oh and quick tip, I know this might sound ridiculous but don’t worry about painting on the cuticles, because once you wash your hands or have a shower, any stray nail polish should just flake off revealing perfectly painted nails!

Then the fun begins. Using a fine point eyeliner brush, dip it into a glob of Zooey and carefully paint on a semi circle where your natural moon would be. I did one nail at a time.

Then taking the nail polish applicator/brush, ‘colour in’ the rest of your nail with Zooey by painting it as per normal taking care to remain outside of your drawn on semi circle. Don’t worry too much about keeping it neat and on the nails (refer to above tip).

Let it dry then go over it with a top coat. I love Essie ‘good to go!

And there you have it. An easy way to give the moon mani a go without the need for pro manicurist skills. Have fun!!

Take a snap and show me if you have a go, I’d love to see your version!

Price: Bloom nail polishes are $19.95 each

From: Myer, Bloom boutiques and Bloom website.


Ps, remember to enter yourself into my POP Comp to win a Benefit “Valley of the Stars” kit!

POP Tip: Scrub it off!

1 Nov

Summer is just around the corner which means long days at the beach, sipping cocktails by the pool and awesome music festivals which all involve showing a LOT of skin. If your skin is still in denial that summer is approaching and you need to whip it into summer-goddess mode, then keep reading! These few tips will make you look like that chick <—– (ha, I wish.)

Get ready to scrub. I never buy body scrubs or polishes cos you can make them yourself at home for a fraction of the cost with twice the added nutrients! Double win! A quick and easy one I made up and like to use which also helps get rid of fake tan is an oil based one.

Heat half a cup of olive or almond oil with 2 tablespoons of honey in the microwave for about 30 to 40 seconds. Add in roughly half a cup of salt (table, sea or Epsom it doesn’t matter) and about half a cup of sugar. Mix in until it’s all combined to form a paste. Add more or less sugar/salt depending on how runny it is, it’s up to you how you’d like it really.

Time to scrub it in! Rub in a circular motion working from your feet up. Focus on dry areas like your elbows, knees and heels. For extra smooth hands scrub it in vigorously after you’re done.

Rinse off and pat dry. Whilst skin is still damp use an light but ultra moisturising moisturiser all over. I love the L’occitane Organic Olive Tree Body Lotion.

This scrub is super easy to make and even better at removing dead skin. The olive oil or almond oil will help slough off the dead skin and any fake tan you may have on while the honey will work in conjunction with the oil to keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevent drying. Honey is also a natural antioxidant and has anti-microbial properties that help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays, supports the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin to leave it feeling silky soft and supple.

I like to mix both sugar and salt so there’s a combination of both fine and course exfoliators and both sugar and salt are anti-oxidents as well as anti-bacterial.

How many body scrubs do you buy pack this much punch for $0?

Try this out next time you feel like a good scrub and let me know how it goes!

Ps, remember to enter yourself into my POP Comp to win a “Benefit Valley of the Stars” kit!

POP Tip: Beachy Waves Overnight

26 Oct

I love the whole beachy wavy hair look. It’s no fuss, easy to do, looks amazing and can be as messy as you want it to be! Another plus, it’s super duper easy to do and it literally happens overnight. Don’t worry about braiding hair or curling it with your curling tongs or GHD, all you need to do is follow these few simple steps.

First, wash your hair. You can use a volumising shampoo and conditioner if you’d like but I don’t. Simply because I’ve found a shampoo and conditioner combo that works with my hair and can’t be bothered. Lazy I know, but hey, this whole post is for lazy-people-who-want-fab-hair. Then scrunch in a volume boosting moose, which will help hold the style and give it some extra oomph.

Secondly, grab random sections of your hair and twist into mini-buns, secure with a bobby pin.

Now you can either choose to go to sleep with the pins in if you’ve done this at night, or if you’ve done it during the day, wait for your hair to dry, take out the pins and shake out that sexy sexy hair. Ola Giselle.

Either way, once you’ve taken out the pins lightly run your fingers through your hair to define the waves and spritz with a little sea salt spray or my personal fav, Redken Wool Shake. And there you have it! Perfectly sexy dishevelled, oh-i-just-woke-up-like-this waves (which technically you did).

(Image: Allure)

Ps, remember to enter yourself into my POP Comp to win a Benefit “Valley of the Stars” kit!