Would you like to try a luxury foundation for less?

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Call me easily pleased, call me a little lame, but I get a wee bit excited when I find my favourite instant coffee is on special at my local supermarket. I also find a cracker of a smile spreading across my face when I head into my favourite clothing store only to find it’s offering 30 per cent off storewide for that day only. Talk about brilliant timing!

So you won’t be surprised by the glee that resulted when I stumbled into a department store recently to stock up on a much-loved foundation and found it was no longer $68, but $50 instead. FIFTY DOLLARS! That’s an $18 price drop, people. I mean, I could buy another lipstick with that leftover coin.

But what was the foundation in question, you ask? Lancôme Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator SPF 15 in 01 Beige Albatre, actually. (It’s a glorious foundation, by the way. It leaves my skin glowy and natural looking, and covers imperfections without looking like a mask.) I’ve been using it on and off for around 11 months, and now that the bottle is empty, I am only truly feeling the effects of the Lancôme price harmonisation that occurred back in August 2012.

Were you aware that Lancôme had aligned its Australian prices with those around the globe? And have you heard of its new “Love Lancôme, Love Our New Foundation Prices” campaign? It’s all about the brand’s commitment to lowering prices (its Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation was $68.00 and is now $55.00, and the new Teint Visionnaire foundation duo is only $65.00) and making buying luxury products a reality for more of us. This is also wonderful for those of us who are keen online shoppers, because it means we can get great value on our own turf. (And no more waiting for the postie to arrive!)

But do you know what’s even better than a price drop? Trying something for nothing. Nada. Zilch. And right now, Lancôme is giving us all the chance to take these three foundations for a spin. You can find your perfect shade here, and once you fall in love with your ideal foundation, you can thank me for alerting you to its new purse-friendly price when it comes to purchasing your own bottle. We beauty lovers need to look out for each other, right?

Are you a fan of luxury foundations? Are you pleased to hear Lancôme has price-matched its products in Australia with those overseas? Will you be signing up to trial any of these foundations?






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Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

I have both the Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator SPF15 and the Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation and love both of these and now it's much less it's also fab. Now I only need to try the new Lancome Foundation and for $65 for the Duo it's good value in my eye's as I just love Lancome products. :)

Posted on: March 21, 2013 (Mar 21, 2013 5:35pm)

Posted by: Phaine (Australia)

Im happy to see more and more brands are aligning our prices to the OS prices, I hope this continues. I havent tried any high end foundations which i have enjoyed so much that i made a purchase, there are plenty of products at lower prices that work amazingly well.

Posted on: March 21, 2013 (Mar 21, 2013 5:52pm)

What is a stippling brush?

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Have you ever stared at a wall of make-up brushes only be to dumbfounded? Not only by the sheer volume of brushes available, but by the confusion of what they’ve each been designed for.

A foundation brush is a pretty easy one to get – it helps you apply your foundation. Same with a blush brush, it’s meant for blush. But what about a brush like the stippling brush? What the heck is that meant for?

Luckily, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for…

What is a stippling brush?

A stippling brush is used for – you guessed it – stippling. But stippling what exactly? As it turns out, it can be used for a lot of things. The brush can be used to apply foundation, blush, bronzer, powder and highlighters. It also works a treat in applying liquid and cream products.

What does a stippling brush look like?

Many stippling brushes feature two sets of bristles: white synthetic fibres at the top to pick up the product and help deposit it on your skin and a black natural fibres at the bottom, which are denser.

How do you use a stippling brush?

To apply foundation, squeeze some foundation on to the back of your hand, then dab the stippling brush in the foundation, making sure that the product is sitting on the white bristles only. Then, lightly pat the brush on to your skin (almost like you’re dotting the product on). Once you’ve dotted enough product on your face, lightly swirl the brush in small circles to blend in the foundation. And Viola! A flawless finish that looks completely natural.

To apply blush or bronzer, follow the same instructions as above (you may not need to put any product on the back of your hand if you’re using a compact or if the product is a pressed powder), but focus the blush only on the apples of your cheeks and the bronze under your cheekbones. This will give your cheeks sheer colour that isn’t too intense – perfected for those blushes and bronzers that are a tiny bit too pigmented.

Stippling brushes to try:

MAC Duo Fibre Face Brush 187
Artiste Popping Pink Duo Stippling + All Over Shadow Brush
Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Cosmetic Stippling Brush
Cosmetica Stippling Brush

Have you ever used a stippling brush before? What’s your ultimate make-up tool?
How often should you wash your make-up brushes?
It may be time to spring clean your make-up bag…

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Posted by: RockieHazel (Australia)

I love the real techniques stippling brush, I use it to apply my everyday foundation and bb cream. When I need extra coverage on a stop I dab on that area and it works like a charm

Posted on: March 21, 2013 (Mar 21, 2013 12:37pm)

Posted by: Marie:) (Australia)

I still dont understand how this is different to a normal foundation brush! But i do agree that I get a little overwhelmed with all my brushes!

Posted on: March 21, 2013 (Mar 21, 2013 12:41pm)

Essential travel make-up tips

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As some of you know, I travelled overseas last year. It was beyond amazing! One thing that I tried being really conscious about was the amount of make-up I was going to take with me, because I knew I was going to buy more stuff while I was away.

So here are things that I was going to take: primer, foundation, setting powder, bronzer, blush, gel eyeliner and pencil eyeliner, mascara, an eyeshadow palette, two lipliners and three lipsticks.

Then panic set in, so I packed a few more things. To be precise this consisted of way too many eyeshadows, two more blushes (in case I wanted a different shade), three more eye pencils (that I didn’t use at all), another two mascaras and a few more lipsticks. Not that I use them very often at home, but still, I’d be miles away and what if I really wanted to use them?! It was better to be prepared, right? Well, wrong…

Anyways, I was set and ready to go! I boarded my plane, I got off the plane and waited for the connecting one... And there was a bit of duty free time-killing activity. So I ended up buying three Lancôme Rouge in Love lipsticks (thank you, bh, for introducing these to me), a mascara and eyeliner set, and a blush! This was before I got to my destination.

And then when I landed and my holiday began, I used my make-up, of course I did! And I used the Lancôme lippies a lot – so that was a fantastic buy! But truth be told, I didn’t really use all (or any) of that stuff I manically shoved into my suitcase later on to have with me in case I needed it.

I bought so much make-up while travelling that I would have easily survived with just bringing my foundation, primer and setting powder and buying everything else – that’s if you want to buy make-up overseas (and given that you are on beautyheaven and reading this - well, you probably do). And let’s be honest here, make-up is cheaper overseas, so you won’t feel as guilty to go crazy and buy lots of stuff!

Chances are if you bring fewer make-up products with you, you will look for more things over there and you will find new HG products (Maybelline BB, I am talking to you!).  And trust me, I bought so much that it was really hard not going over the weight limit at the check in on the way back!

The point of the story is this: plan what you need to bring and stick to it! Don’t panic and bring more – you won’t use it. And remember: if you don’t use it at home, you won’t use it overseas either.

My tip is to bring your Holy Grail products. You’ve searched for them forever and you know there’s nothing else better out there, so bring them so you don’t stress.

And at the end of the day, don’t take my word as gospel – do what makes you most comfortable!

What would/did you take with you when travelling overseas? What are your travel tips – BYO or have a shopping spree once you get there?


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Posted by: Nda (Australia)

This is so so true - no point taking lots of makeup if you're going somewhere with cheaper makeup than Australia...which is basically any other country in the world lol!

Posted on: March 21, 2013 (Mar 21, 2013 9:00am)

Posted by: Chickybabe1 (Australia)

Great article! It's so true it's better to bring a little bit less of most things with you when you go overseas like clothing and beauty products which gives you an excuse to do some shopping on your holiday :)

Posted on: March 21, 2013 (Mar 21, 2013 10:32am)

Kate Moss goes Matte (and you should, too!)

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Are you sick of high-gloss, so-shiny-you-could-see-your-reflection lips? The kind you rocked each and every day a few years ago? The very same ones you see tweens piling on just before a Justin Bieber concert?

The fact is, super-shiny lips just aren’t the pinnacle of lip looks that they once were. Kate Moss is well aware of that. The global superstar has been at the forefront of fashion and beauty trends since her career began, with no signs of slowing down. Especially now that she’s spearheading yet another big beauty trend – matte lips – and they’re going to be big news, let me tell you.

Now you may have flirted with matte lips before, but you’ve probably never seen matte lips, Kate Moss style. Kate has re-established the matte lipstick trend in the form of her newest beauty offering: Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick. This super-nourishing, long-lasting, bolder-than-bold collection provides beauty lovers with the matte fix they’ve long been waiting for.

Here are five reasons this is one trend you need to try…

REASON YOU NEED A MATTE LIPSTICK #1: They’re bang on trend
We’re having a matte-attack over here. Whether it be foundation, nail polish or indeed lipstick – matte finishes are the way forward. Matte is the perfect way to provide you with a fresh, clean make-up look that seems as though it’s been pulled straight off the runway (and Kate’s lips, don’t you know.).

REASON YOU NEED A MATTE LIPSTICK #2: They’re winter-appropriate
You pull out your suede boots and your velvet jackets as soon as you start to feel the chill of winter in the air, so it only makes sense that you rock a lipstick with a bold, velvety finish, too. No matter which of the six wearable hues you choose, they tend to look warm and inviting and won't fade away at the first sign of hot cocoa.

There are timeless tales of traditional glosses and high-shine lipstick causing havoc as soon as the wind picks up. These matte lipsticks are smooth as a baby’s bot, won’t act as a sticky trap for your locks and allow you to rub your lips together with ease (without a hint of that tacky feeling you get with some matte lip products).

REASON YOU NEED A MATTE LIPSTICK #4: They’re luxurious-looking
Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick contains ruby powder to provide a feather-light, rich, pigmented colour that transfers effortlessly on to your lips. The colour sits comfortably, kind of like a velvet blanket that fits like a glove. Such a super-smooth, luxurious-looking finish of the lipstick is complemented by its striking red packaging, which features the signature of the supermodel herself.

REASON YOU NEED A MATTE LIPSTICK #5: They can be nourishing, too!
Well, this one certainly is. The formula contains a triple blend of lightweight lip-loving emollients that make for one easy-to-glide-on lipstick that makes your kissers feel nourished and protected - and fabulous!

How would you make matte lipstick work? What's your favourite way to wear matte make-up?

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Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

Love the matte lipstick., but a nourishing one is even better. Think I need to check this one out

Posted on: March 20, 2013 (Mar 20, 2013 5:52pm)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Matte make-up is the best invention since sliced cheese. Love it! It means I don't need to put a powder on over the top of my foundation like I used to do when I was in my twenties - quite some time ago when the usual thing to do was to apply foundation then apply a translucent powder to eliminate shine. It looked good for night time but was too heavy for the day really I think.

Posted on: March 20, 2013 (Mar 20, 2013 6:04pm)

5 classic scents get a fresh new twist

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When some fragrances are born, they become instantly popular. But it's the ones that continue to shine year after year that become the classics. Or the cults, as some say. Their divine blend of notes remain modern yet ever lasting, and the bank of memories they evoke continues on and on.

Despite their flawless note combination, perfumers often can't resist tweaking their originals. And this curiosity is wonderful for us. It allows us to play with a new blend of ingredients, without straying too much. It's a like giving your scent wardrobe a mini-revamp, really.

That's where these five perfumes come in. Each one was born of the success of an original classic, and their genetics ensure their note makeup is nothing but outstanding. But which new juice will land your senses in a flutter? And are you willing to put aside a cult scent for its offspring? Let's find out...


THE ORIGINAL SCENT: Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey EDP

THE NEW TWIST: Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Absolue EDP

Unlike the crisp, fresh, water-like original, Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Absolue Eau de Parfum contains the intense notes of night-blooming jasmine. Add to that a mix of tuberose and provence honey absolute and you've got a wonderful richness and intensity. However, top notes lotus flower and freesia accord treat your nose to a delicacy all Issey Miyake lovers are used to. 




THE NEW TWIST: Gucci Guilty Black pour Femme EDT

Gucci is known for its love of the base note patchouli, and this new darker twist on the original juice doesn't stray from this signature note. Like Guilty, it also contains pink pepper, but mixes a delicious palette of fruits (read: raspberry and peach) with lilac and violet to create a truly feminine oriental floral scent.





THE NEW TWIST: Bottega Veneta Eau Légère

Adopting the signature leathery floral chypre notes of the original, the soon-to-be-released Veneta Eau Légère is a little more gentle, a little more fresh, and a little more feminine. Don't let this fool you, though – the combination of musk and oak moss allow this juice to leave a lasting impression.





Utilising the fresh notes of mandarine and orange, Spring Cherry is a little less flowery than the original, which contains the divine lily of the valley. And although the signature note of cherry blossom still reigns supreme, the magnolia, freesia and base notes of musk and iris still stand their floral ground.



THE ORIGINAL SCENT: Juicy Couture Eau De Couture

THE NEW TWIST: Juicy Couture Couture La La

Feminine. Daring. Sparkling. This juice by, well, Juicy Couture embodies all of these superb qualities. Blending delicious mandarin with bold white florals ensures it makes for a delicious fruity floral fragrant experience; one that is somewhat different to the fresher original.



Have you worn any of the original versions of these fragrances? Are you keen to try out the new versions of the cult-like scents? What is your favourite 'classic' perfume?



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Posted by: MACjunkie (Australia)

I've tried the original juicy couture and loved it, I pretty much love all the Juicy Couture fragrances so I'm looking forward to this one!

Posted on: March 20, 2013 (Mar 20, 2013 1:19pm)

Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

The l'occitane one sounds very promising!

Posted on: March 20, 2013 (Mar 20, 2013 1:51pm)