How-to: Angelina’s chic red carpet waves

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Normally when we covet Angelina, we’re trying to find ways to imitate her pout or her sultry stare, but we’re happy to report that her chic red carpet waves from the 2012 Oscars have left us all abuzz with inspiration for our own ‘dos.

After seeing the red carpet rundown, we couldn’t get the how-to fast enough, so we sought help from a professional - KMS California Artistic Director, Clive Allwright from Sydney’s Our Place Salon - who showed us how to achieve this sophisticated-style of beach waves in just five steps…

But before you begin, a word from the wise: "a lot goes into the preparation of this style,” advises Allwright. “So you need to prep the hair with the right products to maintain a great foundation and a lasting style."

-    On damp hair, apply KMS California ADDVOLUME Body Build Detangler and spritz through your hair.
-    To ensure the style lasts, liberally apply KMS California HAIRSTAY Style Boost – this will guarantee that any product you apply after Style Boost will last three times longer, which is needed for a big night out or a long awards ceremony!
-    Blow-dry both products into your hair using a round barrel brush and an upward motion to create volume.
-    Once dry, protect your hair from the heat styling tool you’re about to use by spritzing KMS California FREESHAPE Hot Flex Spray onto your hair.
-    Using a wide barrel curling iron and working on the front sections of your hair, wrap your hair around the curling iron to create loose, flowing curls.
-    To finish, apply some KMS California HAIRSTAY Anti Humidity Seal to minimise frizz and flyaways, and finish with a spritz of KMS California HAIRSTAY Medium Hold Hairspray.



Who's hair did you like best from the Oscars?

Member Comments

Posted by: Michelle Sweetheart (United States)

I liked Rose Byrne and Gwyneth Paltrow from head to toe. Maybe we can nudge Olivia to do a video for Angelina hair. Reading those instructions did nothing for me.

Posted on: February 28, 2012 (Feb 28, 2012 5:17pm)

Posted by: Beautifulnightmarex (Australia)

gorgeous red lips!

Posted on: February 28, 2012 (Feb 28, 2012 5:19pm)

Get the look: porcelain pretty with a pop of colour

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Looking for a way to incorporate a pop of colour without looking too OTT? We couldn’t get past the standout, yet subtly beautiful make-up look that Rooney Mara sported at the Oscars.

And the best part is that it’s super-achievable to recreate at home! Just follow our simple how-to and you’ll be porcelain pretty with a pop of colour before you know it.

Your face
-    The first step for any make-up look (well, those that you want to last!) is to apply a primer over your entire face. Try: Mary Kay Foundation Primer.
-    Next, opt for a lightweight, matte foundation to give your skin a smooth, velvety finish. Try:  Maybelline New York Dream Matte Powder.
-    Give your cheeks a light flush and added definition by blending a cream blush just under your cheekbones. Try: Max Factor Touch Cream Blush.

Your eyes
-    Apply a light, natural shade of eyeshadow across your entire lid (opt for a shade that has a bit of shimmer but not too much sparkle), before blending a darker shade into your socket to contour your eyelids. Try: Sheer Cover® Eyeshadow Palette.
-    If your lashes are lacking the curl you need, use a heated eyelash curler to give your lashes some extra lift and then apply a volumising mascara. Try: Xtreme Lashes® by Jo Mousselli Xtreme Length and Volume™ Mascara.

Your brows
•    Your brows are an important part of this look, so before you do any defining make sure they’re well groomed. Follow these quick and easy steps to ensure your brows are looking their best.
•    Choose a brow powder that best matches the natural shade of your brows and apply to your brows for extra definition. Try: Ardell Brow Defining Powder.

Your lips
-    Line your lips with a red lip liner to ensure your colour doesn’t bleed outside of your natural lip line before  filling in the rest of your lips with the same liner. This will not only help your lipstick to stay put, but it will also ensure that if your lipstick does fade, your lips will still maintain some colour. Try: Ulta3 Lip Liner in True Red.
-    Pick a matte red lipstick that matches the shade of your lip liner and apply it over your lips for that extra depth of colour. Try: Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red.

Loved Rooney’s make-up look? Check out the rest of her Oscars look…


Which celeb had the best make-up look at this year’s Oscars?

Member Comments

Posted by: Thepinkshoe (Australia)

I have very pale skin so I was very happy to see Rooney Mara and Emma Scott with their natural skin tone and avoiding the fake tan. Absolutely gorgeous they were! I need to find the courage to try such a bold lip colour, perhaps I will go to the beauty counters and see what they recommend :)

Posted on: February 28, 2012 (Feb 28, 2012 12:26pm)

Posted by: Michelle Sweetheart (United States)

I liked Gwyneth Paltrow's whole look from the Oscar's.

Posted on: February 28, 2012 (Feb 28, 2012 12:26pm)

Word power

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“Because I’m worth it”. It’s no doubt a tagline with which you’re all familiar, but did you know that this famous phrase has just celebrated its 40th anniversary?

In 1972, Ilon Specht, a 23-year-old copywriter at a New York ad agency was given the daunting task of creating an ad campaign to position L’Oreal Paris Preference hair colour as THE hair colour on the market. The brief came at a time when the ideals surrounding feminine beauty were set by men, at a time when women weren’t expected to think for themselves, when they were only just beginning to find their voices in society.

In creating the tagline, “because I’m worth it”, Specht was breaking from tradition, putting forward an entirely new way of thinking. One that said, “It’s no longer to please others or to be like everyone else that I choose this product...I’m doing it because it makes me happy and makes me feel good about myself. In the end, I owe it to myself to choose the product that is the very best, even if it’s more expensive, because it’s the best for me.”

Although the powerful tagline has evolved over the years from, “because I’m worth it” in the 70s, to “because you’re worth it”, in the 90s, and now to “because we’re worth it”, it continues to hold as much meaning and relevance as it did 40 years ago, and now empowers women all over the world.


What does the tagline, “because I’m worth it” mean to you?



When asked what the tagline meant to them, here’s what some of L’Oreal Paris' most famous ambassadors had to say:

Member Comments

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I remember this campaign - I was in my 2nd last year of highschool, and starting to work part time on weekends. A most interesting era when there was a lot of movement to bring issues out in the open that had previously only been whispered about behind relatively closed doors, especially where women were concerned. I didn't ever buy the hair colour, but it probably influenced me to some degree all the same - I couldn't wait to get paid (my meagre part-time wages) so I could race out and purchase skincare, perfume or makeup items.

Amazing that the slogan is still being used - it's all a bit sad that women still need to be reminded of their value, or that wanting to look and feel good is "ok"...

Posted on: February 28, 2012 (Feb 28, 2012 7:45am)

Posted by: lilpreeny (Australia)

It's about doing things to make ourselves feel good, not to make ourselves look better for others :)

Posted on: February 28, 2012 (Feb 28, 2012 8:48am)

Turn the spotlight on your skin

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There’s no better time than a change of season to reassess and address your skin concerns. Post-summer skin tends to be dry, tight and may even be suffering from sunlight-induced pigmentation. So in spite of the fact you may not be happy that the winter months are winding their way to your doorstep quicker than you might like, think positively about the possible skin benefits of a ‘new season skin evaluation’.

If you’re not one of those women who religiously books in for a facial every six weeks, you’re not alone – in fact you’re probably part of the majority. Nevertheless, making the time to visit a skin therapist for a facial at the start of each new season will certainly see your skin looking more radiant.

Your skin health can change based on the season, your inner health and your life stage (i.e. during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, during menopause etc), so it’s important to note external changes and amend your skin regime to suit.

Don’t have a rigorous skin care routine? That’s okay. Even if your skin regime involves just two steps: wash face, apply moisturiser, you can change your products to bring about skin benefits. But the whole point about making the effort to book in for a quarterly facial in sync with the changing seasons, is to identify your skin needs and issues.

I recently had an Eminence facial to turn the spotlight on my post-summer skin. The timing was perfect; Eminence has just released a range of new cleansers and moisturisers (Firm Skin, Calm Skin, and Clear Skin) that offer a fully targeted skin care regime, and as with all Eminence products, they contain organic ingredients that are good for skin health.

My skin was treated to a facial using the Firm Skin VitaSkin solution, which helps to address many of the telltale signs of ageing like loss of elasticity, dehydration, fine lines and a dull complexion.

Despite the myriad products used during my facial my skin wasn’t left feeling heavy or overburdened – instead it felt revived, plumped, nourished and smooth.

One of the key elements of having a facial is not just how wonderful your skin feels post facial (although that is, of course, a massive benefit and the main reason for forking out) but the renewed determination to let after and care for your skin.

Isn’t it about time you turned the spotlight on your skin?


Leanne x



How often do you have a facial – if at all?

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Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

I'm in desperate need of a facial and intend to do one this weekend when I will have some spare time. I try to either do one at home or at my friends spa at least once every few weeks if not once a month, however I have been a little busy and it didn't start out as being the best year. So I am going to book it in for this weekend!!! :)

Posted on: February 27, 2012 (Feb 27, 2012 5:05pm)

Posted by: Anita87 (Australia)

Ive never actually had a facial before but will soon hopefully!

Posted on: February 27, 2012 (Feb 27, 2012 5:17pm)

You’ve won everything trialled in January!

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Summer’s almost over, and we know, it can be kind of depressing saying goodbye to the sunshine - which is why we make sure we come up with some pretty cool ways to lift your spirits. How about winning everything trialled by our Trial Team in January? All of the juicy, fabulous products that you’ve seen people rant and rave about on site?

Well, the time has finally arrived – one lucky member is about to get a bumper beauty package filled with every single product road-tested by our Trial Teamers in January. Plus a whole heap of extra goodies too! (If only we could enter this competition too – oh boy would life be sweet then!)



We hope your letterbox is big enough to fit the prize pack coming your way!!

For those of you that entered but didn’t win, don’t despair we’ll have another ‘win everything’ comp sooner than you think! Keep an eye out for it…



Which new beauty product are you gagging to try?


Check out our 2012 Oscars red carpet run-down!

Vote to win in our beautyheaven Glosscar awards...


Member Comments

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

congratulations. enjoy your win, sounds awesome

Posted on: February 27, 2012 (Feb 27, 2012 12:12pm)

Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

Congrats on the win Nina! I have soooooooo many new products I can't just pick one! :) But if I have to it would have to be the Lancome New Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation, after reading the reviews I was quite impressed. I might see if I can snag a sample in case it isn't for me. :)

Posted on: February 27, 2012 (Feb 27, 2012 12:12pm)