Love or loathe: Olivia Wilde’s new blonde ‘do

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I’m all for switching up your hairstyle and colour, beauties, but a little part of me dies inside when I see a stunning celebrity switch to a ‘do that doesn’t exactly leave them looking their best.

Cue the latest snap of Olivia Wilde sporting new blonde strands. Yes, the colour transition occurred because of an upcoming movie role, but I can’t help but feel sad. Olivia is a GORGEOUS human being, and when her hair is a beautiful chocolate hue she radiates with health, her greeny blue eyes sparkle, and her clear complexion simply glows.

Don’t believe me? Check out these full fringe and balayage styles on Olivia:

I think I’ve proved my point. Apparently she’s chopped off her long strands into a textured lob, too, but this I’m totally fine with. It’d look fresh and modern on her.

But let’s get back to the new blonde hue… Despite warming up her fair complexion with faux tan and a bit of bronzer (a very important step when you’ve made the transition from brunette to blonde), I think a fuller, darker brow would’ve given her face a little definition, as would, say, a bold fuchsia lip. Her skin tone is very similar to her hair hue, you see, so she needs to create some contrast.

Who knows how long she’ll be working this lighter hue, but fingers crossed she jazzes up her make-up a little from here on out, huh? A little colour would do her the world of good.

Cherie Herrmann







What do you think of Olivia Wilde’s new hair colour? Do you think she looks better as a brunette too?

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Posted by: Tinaaa (Australia)

i agree Cherie, she looks so much better as a brunette! the blonde colour completely washes her out :( and i am so in love with her eyes (and eye makeup!)

Posted on: April 23, 2012 (Apr 23, 2012 5:15am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I don't mind her softer look, but I'm in agreement that she needs to up the lip colour - the nude shade is too pale with her blonde locks, a touch more peach on her cheeks wouldn't go astray either...

Posted on: April 23, 2012 (Apr 23, 2012 5:23am)

How-to: ace the sexy smoke (and win Zac Efron’s heart)

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I’ve disclosed details about my gripe with smoky shadows many times before. It’s not their fault you know. I blame my lack of mobile lid for my hesitation to go down the dark and smoky route. It just isn’t the right look for me, and over the years I’ve come to terms with that.

I haven’t even been that inspired to try a sultry dark look on my peepers for quite some time, I was happy to leave it to the large-lidded girls out there. The ones that could really rock the socks off a smoky eye – that was of course, until I stumbled upon this photo of Taylor Schiling.

Schiling is the female lead in the new chick flick, The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron. In this Notebook-esque movie, Schiling stays fairly neutral in the make-up department (she wouldn’t want to wear too much – not with all the smooching she has to endure with Efron – poor thing) – but at the premiere, she was seen with a subtle sexy smoke

 that I just had to try for myself. Here’s how I did it…

  • - Begin with a light shadow over the base of your eye. A sheer light grey or silver hue will work best. We like Hello Kitty Duo Eyeshadows in Drug Stone (double grey). Use the lighter grey shade on the whole lid for a subtle hazy shimmer. Note: be sure to blend the edge of the colour so that you can’t tell when the eyeshadow finishes and your skin starts.
  • - Next, grab a charcoal liner and run it along your top lash line, from the outer corners all the way in. Do the same to your bottom water line. We love Benefit BADgal Liner Waterproof in Charcoal for a line that won’t budge. Note: if you don’t have much mobile lid like me, choose grey tones, not black, as the darker the hue, the smaller your eyes will appear.
  • - Grab a slightly darker grey shadow (like the one on the other half of the Hello Kitty eyeshadow duo) and apply it over your eyeliner line using an eyeliner brush. The eyeliner will act as a foundation for your dark shadow to stick to and will help it to stay in place. Then use your finger to smudge the colour up onto your eyelid until you’re happy with the result.
  • - Finish with a few coats of lengthening mascara and you’re ready to break some hearts!


What do you think of the subtle smoke look?

Have you seen The Lucky One? What did you think?

Member Comments

Posted by: Ms Jelena (Australia)

I haven't seen it yet, but from the trailer it looks pretty good!

Posted on: April 20, 2012 (Apr 20, 2012 5:04pm)

Posted by: Zenna.X (Australia)

Omg i jus saw the trailer yesturday and i love it!

Posted on: April 20, 2012 (Apr 20, 2012 5:08pm)

Debbie does (not do) dehydration

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Hands up if you like to go on holiday? It’s one of my personal favourite pastimes, and something that I recently indulged in over the Easter break (went on a fabulous trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan with bh’s Kate).

I love everything about travelling; exploring a new city, learning about a new culture, shopping with a different currency, eating new foods…believe it or not I even love packing and plane food (there’s something about a compartmentalised meal that excites me).

The only thing I don’t love about jet setting is the way it dehydrates my skin – just because I’ve spent the last 10 hours on a plane, doesn’t mean I actually want to look that way. So when Kate and I discovered that there was a Dermalogica Skin Bar at Sydney Airport Terminal 1, we made sure it was our first port of call before we boarded the plane.

Not only can you stock up on all your travel-sized skin supplies (at duty free cost!!), but you can also prep your skin for your plane journey with a complimentary face-mapping consultation during which a trained skin care consultant analyses the different zones of your face and identifies all your skin concerns. Plus, you also get FREE use of the ‘Hydration Station’, where you can try and test Dermalogica products and slather your skin with as much moisturiser as you like before your flight! Totally brilliant for warding off any in-flight skin dehydration.

As you can see from the gallery above, Kate and I certainly got amongst it, and there’s no doubt about it, our skin definitely benefitted (my personal fave product was the Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist, which I spritzed throughout my flight).

So if you’ve got some time to spare before boarding the plane, you’d be mad not to pop in and have a play with all the Dermalogica products. The Dermalogica Skin Bar is open to everyone travelling – and like I said before, the products are duty free, and the skin consultations/assessments are totally free, so head on over and get the holiday indulgence started early!



What do you think of the Dermalogica Skin Bar?

Do you like to travel? What's your favourite thing about going on holiday?

Member Comments

Posted by: Chicklet (Member since 2008, Australia)

How fabulous! I will be making sure I fly through Sydney on my next international trip. I love to travel, but am a little embarassed to say that one of my favourite things is to do nothing, just relax! Also love exploring new places, eating new food, and of course, doing some shopping!

Posted on: April 20, 2012 (Apr 20, 2012 12:20pm)

Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

Have a wonderful holiday!
I've done a skin consult before and it wasn't as bad as I feared...always room for improvement though!

This is such a great idea! And I can't believe how gorgeous you both look without make up!

Posted on: April 20, 2012 (Apr 20, 2012 12:24pm)

Guess whose steps?

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We know that you that you guys are pretty good at guessing which celebs wore which dress, and you’ve got a keen eye when it comes to putting a name to a buff chest, but how good are you at picking the shoes worn by celebs?

If you fancy yourself the kind of girl who knows her red carpet fashion, then get ready to put your skills to the test. We’ve gathered together pictures of some pretty out-there celeb shoes, but only from the ankles down.

So have a flick through our gallery and see if you can guess which celebrity is wearing each pair of shoes.

Want to find out how you went? Click here to see which celeb wore which pair of shoes…

Think you’re pretty good at this? See if you can guess whose dress…

Try your hand at guessing the celebs that own these buff chests…


Member Comments

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Wowee what a collection! Some of these would bring on a vertigo attack if I wore them - love the turquoise fringy ones, and the leopard prints are fabulous :-)

Posted on: April 20, 2012 (Apr 20, 2012 5:36am)

Posted by: lynx (Member since 2008, Australia)

I love Helena Bonham Carter, she's so quirky, guess that's why she wore the odd shoes-Loved her acting along side Johnny Depp in Alice In Wonderland. As for my favourite shoes, I like the black ones on Jennifer Lawrence.

Posted on: April 20, 2012 (Apr 20, 2012 7:24am)

Benefit’s Global Brow Day: breaking records and supporting a good cause

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Are your brows in need of a little re-shape, wax or trim? Yes? GREAT! Because the legends at Benefit Cosmetics are attempting to set a Guinness World Record this Saturday 21st April and they need your brows to do so.

If you’re in Sydney this Saturday, head to the Benefit Browbar in Myer Sydney City from 11.30am-7.00pm for a waxing session and you’ll be helping these talented brow bandits in their attempt to claim the Most Eyebrow Wax Services Performed in a 24 Hour Period title. Benefit babes around the whole globe are joining in on the fun, too, with Browbars in the US, UK, Europe and Asia getting their wax on at the same time.

Better yet, Benefit is donating $2 from each brow service to Look Good, Feel Better, which is wonderful cosmetic industry initiative that helps cancer patients. Nice one, huh?

So, get your toosh to the cosmetic floor of Myer this Saturday, Sydneysiders. Your brows are required to not only make arch history, but put a smile on the dial of those with cancer, too. And as we all know, bad brows are basically a crime, so get yours in order, stat. (And then maybe play around with the new brow trend we spotted on Rosie Huntington-Whitely just recently…)

Cherie Herrmann







Are you keen to get involved in this Benefit Cosmetics Global Brow Day on April 21st? And how often do you get your brows tended to by a professional?

Member Comments

Posted by: beautybabe(: (Australia)

Sounds like fun! And for such a good cause as well! (:
Too bad I don't live in Sydney.. :/

Posted on: April 19, 2012 (Apr 19, 2012 5:09pm)

Posted by: Hippy (Australia)

Great idea! A bit bummed that it isn't in Canberra ...

Posted on: April 19, 2012 (Apr 19, 2012 5:27pm)