Thursday, 29 August 2013

'Our Moment' a fragrance by One are my thoughts about it.

'Our Moment' EDP 30ml $49.00 50ml $59.00 100ml $79.00 available from Myer from 26th August.

Ok ok settle down, put your undies back on One Direction have released a perfume....It was inevitable right?!
The campaign is an adorable black and white spoof of traditional fragrances and the bottle is so hideously cute it hurts. But I know you're all like 'Nella what does its smell like?' Here are the notes that the fragrance people told me are in 'Our Moment':

Top: Pink Grapefruit, Wild Berries & Red Currants
Mid: Jasmine Petals, Fresh Freesia & Frangipani
Dry: Creamy Musk, Sheer Woods & White Patchouli

So basically everything teenage girls love, if I was a 13 year old girl I would be spraying it on every 10 minutes and I would have thought it ruled my 13 year old girl world so hard. 'Our Moment' smells like teenage girls should without that sickly cheap lollie smell that some celebrity fragrances have. It is quite intensely fake floral but settles to a softer vanilla musk when it dries on the skin.

Would I wear 'Our Moment'......YES! Not everyday but during summer to the beach on a casual day it would be perfect nothing too intense. I am obsessed with the bottle though, pink tulle and a crown, its so cute, I hate it, I love it.

If you are a mother of a teenage girl who is begging for this perfume and you are scared your house is going to end up smelling so sickly sweet it gives everyone a headache, then fear not 'Our Moment' is subtle enough to not turn the whole house into smelling like a bath bomb.

If you love Diptyque Duelle, then you are not going to be into 'Our Moment' but if you like Marc Jacobs Daisy or Ellie Saab then I think you might have found your new favourite fragrance.

Bored of my review? Sorry here is a GIF of Harry and Zayn almost making out:

So anyway I was invited to the launch of 'Our Moment' and Michaela and I were VERY excited to pose with the life size 1D cut outs after 2 or 5 glasses of champagne....

Thank you to Sarah and Platnium MC Pr for inviting me to the launch.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Rimmel SCANDALEYES Eye Shadow Sticks Collection Review

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Sticks $12.95each available from

Wow Rimmel are killin' it in the high street makeup stakes at the moment with the new Kate Moss collections (Love the new nail polishes) and now the Scandaleyes Eye Shadow sticks. 'Go Rimmel, Go Rimmel'
The Rimmel shadow sticks are the first on the lower end of the market to 'impressa me much. Cream shadows in general high and low end can be hit and miss, with chunky formula's that crease like a mother. On first impressions the shadow sticks glide smoothly without dragging or pulling on my eyelids, blending is easy with fingers and a brush and creasing is kept to a minimum all day. 

Lighter colours (Witness White and Bulletproof Beige) are great as inner corner highlights, I actually applied Whitness White as a cheekbone highlight blending well with fingers and it looked great!

Darker shades (Blackmail and Guilty Grey) are good, but do transfer so I would advise to use them as a base to create a depth to a smokey eye applying powder shadow on top to keep them in place.

Bronze (Bad Girl Bronze) is amazing with blue eyes used to line the waterline and upper lash line, and smudged in with fingers to give a subtle shimmering bronze smokey eye.

Brights (Blamed Blue, Paranoid Purple, Tempting Turquoise, Gossip Green) can be applied on there own all over the eye but I like to blend them out to have a pop of colour in a smokey-kohl lined eye by lining just the lower lash line with the bright shadow stick and blending slightly with a pencil brush.

Shadow sticks are great for travel or popping into your day makeup bag, instead of carrying around loose powder shadows and brushes. They are also a great if you are quite a minimal makeup wearer and are intimidated by the process of applying powder shadows and blending. If you are looking for an inexpensive cream shadow and would enjoy the convenience of the shadow stick I would totally recommend trying out the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks.

xxx Nella

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Beauté Gazette LOVES Tumblr.....and a Harry Styles Gif or 10!

Guess who is obsessed with her new Tumblr account? ME! I promise I wont neglect my beautiful Pinterest boards but for the past 24 hours it has been all about TUMBLR.
I have been posting some of my work that has been featuring on Oyster, inspirational pretty pictures and LOTS OF HARRY STYLES GIFS!
Please check it out and click the little 'follow button at the top of the page because it would make me very very happy!

xxx Nella

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Beauté Gazette LOVES Lanolips Golden Ointment

Lanolips Golden Ointment $28.95 available from

Lanolin has always been a Japanese tourist specialty, when we had a Japanese exchange student stay with our family (Shout outs to Maiko!) she bought giant tubs of lanolin to take home, Mum and I were baffled. Since then I have learnt about the miricales of lanolin, Lanolips Golden Ointment 100% pure concerntrated and refined contains ultra pure medical grade lanolin. It also contains Manuka Honey and  Vitamin E which are total healing super heros too.
I've been sick with an annoying winter cold sneezing and blowing my sore red nose every 5 minutes which has been a real buzz kill. Lanolips Golden Ointment was gentle, soothing and cleared up the effected area in a day. Most other lip balms and moisturizes have been stinging and not giving any relief to the dry raw nose lip area.
Golden Ointment is my first Lanolips product and the cute packaging has also totally got me excited for more, then ViviannaDoesMakeup used the lemonade Lip Aid in her latest video....How quickly can you say 'Add to cart'!
xxx Nella

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

MUK. Style Stick 230-IR Reviewed

The hair straightener biz seems to be dominated by one brand, I'll give you one guess who...3 letters...GHD...I have never even known what GHD means or stands for?!? If you are in the market for a straightener there are other options out there which are more affordable and give the same results. Over the past year my hair has gone through so much dying and the damage has been starting to show, so I had stopped heat styling all together to try and bring back my hair to a somewhat healthy state.

My hair has needed to be 'done' recently for a few events and Muk Style Stick 230-IR has come to the rescue, providing heat styling without damaging my hair. The first thing I noticed when using the Style Stick was how it glided through my hair without snagging or pulling, this is because of the tourmaline ceramic plates and ionic technology. My favourite thing about the Style Stick is the adjustable heat setting which can be set between 80 - 210 degrees, which is means if you have thinner-fine hair like mine which doesn't need too much heat to style then you can set it to a lower heat setting meaning less damage will be done to your hair. I usually set it at 120 degrees if I am looking to smooth over dry hair to create a straight and polished look, only needing to go over my hair once with the iron rather than a repeated heat damaging action. If I am looking to create a loose curls or texture I set the Style Stick to 180 degrees and curl random sections to give texture and body to my hair, the curls or wave stay in all day or until I need to wash my hair.

I would highly recommend the Muk Style Stick, it has been fantastic on my fine hair making split ends almost unnoticeable.

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The Muk Style Stick RRP $199.00 and is available from Hair House Warehouse Australia wide.

xxx Nella

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

What's in my make up bag? Feat. Prada Vela Wristlet, Jane Iredale Glow Time, Uriage, Rimmel, Mirenesse, Make up Store & Sally Hansen

My lack of posts is terrible....I am a terrible Beauty Blogger #badbblogger! There is a reason for this....I have taken over Oyster Beauty this month posting 90'S NAIL MONTH! Check Check Check it out
AND have been blogging away on Schwarzkopf's Style Studio blog HERE! Which is an exciting project to be part of and I can't believe that they chose me to blog alongside Christina from Hair Romance!

So as you can imagine it has been very busy at Beauté Gazette HQ with launches, shoot and fun times and my make up bag has taken a very minimal turn for the best:

Make up Bag: Prada Vela Clutch $395.54 available from
Posh out - I know! But this doubles as a clutch as well. It is nylon and so I have justified it as ok to keep my makeup in it.

Uriage Bariederm Smoothing Barrier Repair Lip Balm $19.95 available from
It is winter in Australia at the moment and my lips have been dry and chapped from the cold (it's actually not that cold 26 degrees - shout out to global warming!) but this Uriage barrier lip balm is incredible! I have been using it at the gym, whenever I'm outside and need to create a protective layer on my lips also it works well when applied overnight to soften lips.

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage BB Mineral Cream SPF 25 $61.20 available from 
This is not a BB cream in the traditional sense, this is a high coverage foundation with very luminizing properties. I love love love this product, it is an amazing hybrid base which covers without being to heavy on the skin, conceals and luminizes skin giving a 'glowy' effect. A little goes a long way with this product - I use the size of a peppercorn amount to do my whole face for medium coverage. Best sheered out with fingers, I use a setting powder down the middle of my T-Zone because that can become too glowy!

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in Bronze $9.95 available from
Instead of carrying around eye shadows and brushes that equal too much effort, I am into soft blendable liners! During the day I apply a little to my water line and the base of my lashes which gives a pretty shimmery glitter lash illusion and at night I draw messily on top of my lash line and smudge it in with my finger! Hmmmmm this doesn't sound too professional or the right type of advice I should be giving out but what the heck! It looks great and is so easy and can be done in car on a bus or in the toilets at work.

Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Concealer $26.95 available from
I haven't found another concealer that matches my skin like this does, I tried to buy the NARS creamy concealer over the weekend but my colour was sold out. This goes under my tired sleepy eyes to brighten and give the illusion of sleep, rest and relaxation.

Make Up Store Hi-Tech Lighter $32.00 available from
I'm into really whorish slutty full on Victoria Secret Mariah Carey video clip highlighting. Because my skin is so damn glowy from the Jane Iredale BB Cream I can only use a cream highlighter. I loves this Make Up Store one it has a pretty pink pearlesent moonstone shine. It goes on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, brow bones and cupids bow. Told you I am really into it!

Loreal Riche Shine Caress in 200 Princess - $23.00 available from
These have had mixed reviews as far as being 'long wear' - I don't really give a shit about long wear. Does this look good on? YES! It looks damn good and glossy. It is a stain and a lipgloss all mixed up together and so it will become a bit patchy and you are going to have to keep an eye on it if eating and drinking but I love it rubbed in with  my finger and also layered up for a bold glossy lip.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 'Mauve Along' $14.95 available from
Tralling through tumblr I found a 70's Chloe ad, it would have been of the era when Karl Lagerfeld was designing and the girls had these mauve nude nails which were everything! They were heaven and so since I have been on the hunt for a mauve nude, last week I was sent this little babe from Sally Hansen and it hasn't been off my nails since. It is an update on foundation coloured nude nails which don't suit most white girl hands.

Mirenesse Skin Clone Mineral Veil Powder Bronzer $47.03 available from
Scared of bronzing? Me too! I'm new to this Mirenesse brand, but I like/love this bronzer. The powder is so fine and glides onto the skin. I apply lightly with a smaller blush brush NOT the traditional huge bronzer brush, and then build it up to a point which is verging on a bronzer/blush look. No one has said it looks weird yet so I'm just going with it.

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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Skin Care Secrets with Dermalogica's Emma Hobson

My current skin care must have Dermalogica's Ultra Smoothing Eye Serum $69.00

The world of Skin Care is a little baffling for most of us with companies spending millions of dollars in marketing claiming to have invented a face lift in a bottle. As a confused and frustrated customer like many of you out there, it was refreshing meeting Emma Hobson Dermalogica's Education Manager for Australasia. Her take on skin care was very simple and impressive there was no big scentific words or promises of instant change it was about routine and working with your changing skin. Emma kindly answered some of my skin care questions de-coding a lot of skin care buzz words and sharing some of her valuable skin care tips.

There are so many ‘buzz’ skin care words being used to entice consumers at the moment. EG: Peptides, AHA’s, BHA’s  Glocolyic Acid. What are your suggestions that women should look out for when shopping for skin care? 
I am a great believer in you get what you pay for, so look for quality companies that don’t promise the earth with their advertising. If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is!  Peptides are fantastic ingredients so it is good to have these in your products, but don’t get caught up on the hype of just one ingredient - you need well rounded products that address your complete skin care needs. For example, a person concerned with ageing who has a sensitive skin needs products that address inflammation and skin sensitisation (this is a given) but they also need to have ingredients that can address hydration, skin texture and prevent premature aging using peptides and anti-oxidants.

Peptides: what are they?
Peptides are signalling molecules, they are made synthetically in a lab and are small protein fragments. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and therefore peptides, the amino acids are constructed into chains to create a protein/peptide. The structure and order of the amino acid chain created to make the peptide will then determine the response the peptide has on a human cell. Change the order or number of amino acids on the chain and you will change the response in the cell. But it is important to note that not all peptides are created equal, some are much  more effective than others because the peptides are made synthetically, so the ‘quality ‘of the ‘science’ that creates them is immensely important.

And what are they going to do for my skin?
They are often termed ‘the work horse’ of a product as they have such a definite and dramatic impact on the skin and can evoke various reactions. They can, for example, stimulate collagen synthesises, act as sugar traps to prevent GAGS (glaciation of the proteins in the skin) that leads to premature ageing and they can control melanin formation in the treatment of hyper-pigmentation.

Acne breakouts for women in their mid to late 20’s and 30’s, should treatment be differently to a teen acne treatment?
Clinical studies indicate that between 40- 55% of the adult population in the 20-40 age group are diagnosed with a low grade, persistent acne and oily skin. The primary aggravating factor leading is stress and hormonal fluctuations. Adult acne tends to have more inflammation and less congestion (blackheads and under the skin congestion) and a more sensitised skin. It is essential to find products specifically designed for 'adult acne/skin congestion' and avoid  the ones for resilient teenage acne. The reason being, teenage products tend to be addressing a very oily, thickened skin (which adults don’t normally suffer from) whereas products designed for adult acne focus on healing the persistent lesion, treating the inflammation and also addressing the other issues an adult skin can suffers from. I’d advise you seek out products that are medicated and will gently clear the skin and contain a powerful mix of anti-inflammatories.

When using an Acne focused products, how is it best to keep using Age defence products at the same time?
If you are using products designed for adult acne they are extremely easy to integrate with your age defence products. It is very easy to keep using targeted serums, eye care products, spritz toners whist combining these with antibacterial cleansers, targeted spot treatments, and treatment moisturisers. Ideally you should consult your professional skin therapist to seek their advice as to how best to integrate your products to achieve maximum effectiveness.

Exfoliants: Can exfoliant be damaging to the skin if it is granulated? 
Exfoliants can be irritating and sensitise the skin if used incorrectly. For example, using the wrong type of exfoliant for your skin condition or incorrect product use by yourself (including the frequency at which you use the product). It is advisable to only exfoliate 2 to 3 times per week and not on consecutive days. Granular exfoliants can be used on an oily skin with under the skin congestion, but not on inflamed lesions (spots), as this could cause increased irritation and inflammation as well as the possibility of spreading the bacteria from one lesion and creating another!

Can exfoliants be used to treat acne breakouts?
Yes they are an integral part of the successful treatment of acne. As previously mentioned, non-abrasive exfoliants should be used such as hydroxy acids or digestive enzymes. One of the best exfoliants to use on breakouts is Salicylic acid - a beta hydroxy acid.

For newbie’s to Dermalogica, what are your star products and what would you recommend for someone trying out the brand for the first time?

For all skin types the PreCleanse, a true cleansing genius. Total Eye Care SPF15 a super hero eye care product . Multi-Active Toner and Skin Hydrating Booster which both are tremendous for rehydrating a lack lustre skin.

For a normal to combination skin you can’t go past Special Cleansing Gel,  Daily Resurfacer and Skin Smoothing Cream.
For an oily skin it has to be Dermal Clay Cleanser, Gentle Cream Exfoliant and Active Moist.
For adult acne from our MediBac system; Clearing Skin Wash, Overnight Clearing Gel, Oil free Matte SPF30

For Age defence from our AGE Smart system; Skin Resurfacing Cleanser, MultiVitamin Power Serum, Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF30
For sensitised skin from our UltraCalming system; UltraCalming Cleanser, UltraCalming Serum Concentrate and  Super Sensitive Shield SPF30.

 For more information please visit or visit your closest Dermalogica counter to speak with an expert.

I would like to thank Emma for taking the time to answer these questions.
xxx Nella

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