7 days of special offers: department store goodies

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Let me guess… After discovering all the supermarket and pharmacy beauty buys on sale this very minute, your beauty cabinet is looking rather plump right now. Well, consider this a forewarning, beauties: it’s time to make just a wee bit more room.


Well, our favourite departments stores are rolling out massive discounts at the moment, and who are we to say no to more beauty loot? So get your cash and credit cards out, because the end of financial year sales are calling us and they’re calling us now...


Exclusive to MYER:
Until July 15, you’ll snag 25 per cent off the total Max Factor range, and 20-40 per cent off Illamasqua. (Note: this excludes their new Naked Stranger Collection.) Can’t get your toosh into a store? You can still get your Illamasqua discount at myer.com.au. Phew! And finally, you’ll find a lovely 25 per cent off all Manicare and Artiste products, too. (Hello, new make-up brushes!)

Exclusive to David Jones
shu uemura – a brand LOVED by all beauty editors – is offering a beautiful ‘purify and prime’ icons set, which includes the must-have classic cleansing oil (150mL) and UV under base mousse in beige. By combining the two, you’ll save more than a few pennies off the RRP of the individual products, and they come in a deluxe black shu uemura cosmetics pouch, too. Double win! 

MYER and David Jones
Do you love Natio? Then prepare to have your brilliant mind blown with these deals. Until the end of June, it is offering 20 per cent off its entire product range (gift sets excluded), and it has five bargain-tastic beauty packs featuring the following much-loved Natio ranges: Skincare, Ageless, Wellness, Meditate and Men’s. Sidenote: these beauty packs make the perfect girly birthday gift, so maybe you should grab more than one…

And that’s a wrap! There are bound to be many, many more goodies on sale at the major department stores right now, so don’t be surprised if you spot us scouring the shiny, product-filled cosmetic counters as well. We’re only human, after all. Beauty-obsessed, yes, but still human…

Want to see some Manicare goodies in action? Here, Deb shows you how-to apply blush and bronzer like an absolute pro...



Cherie Herrmann






Are you keen to act on any of these beauty bargains? And have you hit up the end of financial year sales already? Bought anything grand?


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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I'm keen to get in on the Illamasqua & Shu Uemura bargains - they are brands I've been wanting to try for ages, all the youtube makeup gurus seem to rave about them. And I MUST have one of those Manicare retractable brushes :-)

Posted on: June 21, 2012 (Jun 21, 2012 5:47am)

Posted by: Trudz (Australia)

I might need to go check out the Illamasqua stand today:p

Posted on: June 21, 2012 (Jun 21, 2012 8:00am)

Emma Stone: when good girl goes goth

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We’ve told you all about why darker, berry hues are in, in, in – but nothing really brings it home like a usually-pretty-in-pink celebrity rocking a totally vampy, slightly gothic make-up look. 

Enter our prime celebrity example of the trend - Emma Stone (and cue jaw-drop). Seen just the other day at the French premiere of The Amazing Spiderman, we couldn’t help but ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over Emma’s foray into a fiercer form of make-up. Gone are the pretty pink lips and soft coral cheeks that we’re used to seeing – and in are the blood-red lips, the porcelain complexion and the subtly glam eyes. Quite frankly, we’re welcoming the change.

Want to know how you can channel some of Emma’s vampy sass? It’s easy; just follow our simple steps below…

  • - Start with a skin-perfecting foundation that will make your skin seem as flawless as a porcelain doll’s. We like Dr. LeWinn’s Skin Perfect Foundation for its matte, slightly powdery finish.
  • - Contour just underneath your cheekbones with a matte bronzer that won’t leave your face too shimmery. A few sweeps should do the trick. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer will work like a dream.
  • - Contrast your matte bronzer by adding a little shimmer to your eyes. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Champagne will impart an eye-catching sheen without looking too OTT. Take it all the way up to your brow bone to accentuate your peepers.
  • - Define the outer corners of your eyes with a deep green or charcoal eye liner, then finish with a few sweeps of jet-black mascara.
  • - To mimic Emma’s perfect ‘just bitten’ lips, simply watch our video on how to achieve amazing dark lips below…

What do you think of Emma Stone's foray into darker-style make-up?

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Posted by: Sharrr (Australia)

I just love Emma Stone in general! She's so funny and just real. I think she looks great rocking darker Makeup =) the vamp look suits her well.

Posted on: June 20, 2012 (Jun 20, 2012 8:04pm)

Posted by: Stephanie xx (Australia)

She looks good but I prefer her less goth looks.

Posted on: June 20, 2012 (Jun 20, 2012 8:10pm)

Pass the...err...emu oil

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You’ve no doubt heard about the skin care benefits of rosehip and jojoba oils. You probably even know a thing or two about grape seed and argan oils, too. But emu oil – what the??

Believe it or not, the oil derived from our very own native bird is packed full of all sorts of goodies and not only has amazing therapeutic benefits, but also helps in the beauty department, too.

The reason being is because pure emu oil is naturally high in linolenic fatty acid, as well as omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9 – which we all know work really hard to keep our cells healthy, skin glowing and hair shiny. Emu oil is also a brilliant natural treatment option for those who suffer from joint and muscle pain, arthritis, or other inflammatory conditions, and can be used topically to relieve sprains, bruises and blisters.

But that’s not all, folks. Emu oil is also an excellent soother of eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, nappy rash, cradle cap and sunburn (it’s no wonder this bird’s on our coat of arms!)

So where can you find this great oil? Look no further than OP Therapy. The brand specialises in natural skin care and therapeutic products that combine ingredients that are natural and unique to Australia, one of which of course being pure emu oil! Here are our fave three products from the range:

OP Therapy Body Hydrator with Emu Oil (Unscented) – awesome for our sensitive skin friends, this thick body cream can be used once daily on adults, kids, babies and during pregnancy for a moisture burst that simultaneously soothes and nourishes.

OP Therapy Muscular Balm – sore joints and muscles will love this balm, which contains a warming blend of emu, wintergreen, eucalyptus and peppermint oils.

OP Therapy Emu Oil Capsules – looking for a way to up your omega intake and reduce joint and muscle pain? Yes? Then these daily supplements will have you sorted. They’ll also help to reduce skin irritations, such as eczema and psoriasis.


Have you ever heard of emu oil? Would you be keen to try it?

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Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

Funnily enough, I have been seeing lots of products lately containing emu oil, and I actually got a full sized sample of the body hydrator in my last beauty box, but I haven't tried it as yet! Great timing, BH and thanks for this article, it's making me more inclined to try it now!

Posted on: June 20, 2012 (Jun 20, 2012 5:02pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I have heard of emu oil, although I have never used it. Golly some good benefits by using it if you have aches and pains like I do. Will have to check out my local pharmacy to see if they have any emu oil products.

Posted on: June 20, 2012 (Jun 20, 2012 5:16pm)

Snow White premiere: Kristen Stewart's perfect winter beauty look

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When you place Kristen Stewart on a red carpet, you expect the following: a little bit of attitude, a few frowns and scowls, and more than a handful of awkward poses. But there is one K-Stew red carpet result that delights me more than a sneaky smile, and it is a winning hair and make-up combo.

Last night’s Sydney premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman came through with the goods in terms of beauty, as it allowed the Twilight star to not only deliver us an exceptional messy top knot, but a brilliant two-toned cat eye and berry lip make-up look, too. It’s the perfect beauty combo for winter, which, of course, is the season we are currently battling.


REASON #1: Your hair is naturally frizzy during the cold, wet winter months, so make like K-Stew and embrace your fuzzy strands. Notice the textured, wispy finish of her top knot? It’s stunning. To copy, tease the top sections of your hair to create volume before creating the top knot, then use your fingers to loosen the knot as well as create texture and flyaways around the hairline.

REASON #2: When it’s dark and cold outside, we instantly feel the need to dress in darker clothes, so why shouldn’t our make-up follow suit? This two-toned cat eye make-up look is rather smoky, sultry and alluring, making it perfect for this time of year. So, make like a movie star and apply a bronze/copper eye shadow hue across your eyelid and along your outer lower lash line, too, before using a black gel liner to create a strong winged eye.

REASON #3: Berry lips are outrageously popular in winter, and the subtle sheer lipstick K-Stew is sporting perfectly complements her striking eye make-up. Take a balm, stain or lippie in a similar hue and it will not only make your eyes sparkle, but give your naturally fairer winter skin a healthy glow.

Now, if that wasn’t enough to convince you this look is brilliant and worth copying, The Veronicas are here to reinforce the power of a winter-eqsue berry lip and winged eye combo, too:

Sure, Jessica and Lisa Origliasso didn’t sport cold weather-friendly updos at the premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman, but their dark, moody, winter make-up look is most certainly exceptional. (Copy it! I dare you…)

Cherie Herrmann





What do you think of Kristen Stewart’s hair and make-up at the Snow White and the Huntsman premiere in Sydney? Are you keen to copy it? We'll have more exciting how-tos from the movie soon...

 PS. Want to see Lily Collins, the 'other' Snow White, with delicious berry lips? We've also got a video how-to on adopting this trend, too... 

Oh, and bh's Debbie was lucky enough to attend the premiere last night, where Kristen introduced the video in a rather questionable outfit...


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Posted by: modjo72 (Australia)

I saw Snow White last night in KL and it was brilliant. She is so beautiful the lucky girl! I prefer her all pale though.

Posted on: June 20, 2012 (Jun 20, 2012 12:10pm)

Posted by: Sumaya (Australia)

Kristen Stewart is beautiful but a smile wouldn't hurt lol

Posted on: June 20, 2012 (Jun 20, 2012 12:15pm)

7 days of specials: the eyes have it

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They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. And if that’s the case, you certainly can’t have the view obstructed by lines, puffiness, and lacklustre lids.

And because we know that sometimes forking out your hard-earned (and very wisely saved) money for non-essential items isn’t exactly at the top of your list, we thought you’d love to hear about these beauty bargains that are sure to pretty up those peepers.

Pay only $60 for either the Advanced AHA Cosmeceuticals Smoothing Eye Serum, Idebenone Complex Superceuticals Eye Serum, or Coffeeberry Natureceuticals Radiance Eye Serum when you purchase the matching moisturiser from the PRIORI range.

Decleor Paris
Pay only $20 for either the Expression De L’Age Relaxing Eye Cream, Experience De L’Age Eye and Lip Cream, or Excellence de L’Age Regenerating Eye and Lip Cream when you purchase the matching moisturiser for the Decleor Paris range.

ColorOn™ Professional
Create any eye look imaginable with these super-easy-to-use eyeshadow applicators. During June, purchase the 10-pack kits for $18 each (usually $37.95), the 5-pack kits for $12 each (usually $24.95), or the entire range for $130 (usually $300).

Interested in purchasing ColorOn™ Professional? Email carli@beautyheaven.com.au for an order form.

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What’s your favourite kind of beauty special?

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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Love GWPs, but the Decleor special above is super tempting - the regular price is just over $100 making this an amazing bargain, especially as it has my two favourite words in the blurb "reduce puffiness" :-)

Posted on: June 20, 2012 (Jun 20, 2012 5:25am)

Posted by: discomilk (Australia)

i like 'but this x amount' of products and get a 'x' amount of products free deals.

Posted on: June 20, 2012 (Jun 20, 2012 7:39am)