Curbside makeover: bh hits the streets

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When you’ve got exactly 10 minutes to get ready (whether it’s because you overslept or you’ve just had a crazy, hectic day), it’s hard to create a make-up look that makes you feel in any way put-together or glamorous.

Thankfully there is a little trick that can help with that, and all you need is about five seconds and a mirror. That little trick? A bright, bold lip colour.

bh’s Deb took to the streets of Sydney with the entire range of L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire lip colours to show the city’s busy women just how quickly the vibrant colours can add a finishing touch to transform their looks. Plus, the combination of the seven micro-oils in the formula ensures the  ladies’ lips felt as good as they looked.

Watch the video above to see what happened at the Sydney Curbside Makeover.

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Member Comments

Posted by: Muser (Australia)

That's such a great video, awesome work, Deb! As for the lip colours, they looked amazing on all the ladies, will have to check them out! :-)

Posted on: August 11, 2014 (Aug 11, 2014 4:13pm)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

My instant glamour look is some pink blush, quick coat of mascara and lip gloss!

Posted on: August 11, 2014 (Aug 11, 2014 4:32pm)

Daring lip colours for brave beauties

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You’ve mastered the red lip and pulled off the bright pink, but now it’s time for a new challenge.

And it’s not going to be easy.

I’m not talking nudes and oranges either. I’m talking about the colours you see on catwalks and fashion shoots that you’d never dare to wear in real life.

Well, I’m daring you.

If you choose to accept, Cathy Cerovac, make-up mrtist at Beauty Ink, has offered her top tips on how best to proceed.



Yellow is a hard colour to pull off no matter what product you’re trying it out with. As it’s such a light colour it can be difficult for it to show up on your skin. Cathy suggests concealing and powdering the entire lip area first. This will create a neutral base to allow the colour to be really prominent. Cathy recommends lining and filling the lips with a highly pigmented yellow pencil before finishing off with a yellow matte lipstick.

Try: NYX Macaroon Lippie in Citron (



“Blue lips would suit someone that has dark features; dark hair, dark eyebrows, olive skin tone and brown eyes – someone that has a warm tone,” explains Cathy. “Somebody that is a cool colour can also wear blue lipstick but it would have to be more of a pastel shade and I would recommend matching this with a touch of grey on the eyes.”

Try: Sleek Pout Paint in Peek A Bloo ($13.95,



Rihanna managed to pull it off, so why can’t you? For green lips, Cathy suggests using a foundation shade that’s slightly darker than your natural skin tone to make your skin glow and not looked washed out against the green. “I would then base the rest of my colours on golds and neutral browns to ensure there’s no clashes with the green.”

Try: Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Shoot (



You don’t have to turn Goth to wear black lips, but Cathy does admit it can be tricky not to look pale while wearing this lip colour. She suggests to again use a foundation slightly darker than you’d normally wear: “I would also contour the check bones, hair line and jaw line and line the eyes with a grey liner to keep the focus on the lips.”

Try: Manic Panic Matte Lipstick in Raven Black ($16,



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Member Comments

Posted by: Rose_P (Australia)

Definitely not for me!

Posted on: August 11, 2014 (Aug 11, 2014 9:16am)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

These suit a fun night out or a glam party, but I'd just look ever scarier.

Posted on: August 11, 2014 (Aug 11, 2014 9:47am)

Expert trial team: Beauty-enhancing buys we love

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Do you love products that not only enhance your beauty look, but deliver extra benefits such as hydration and nourishing ingredients? If you answered ‘yes’, this week’s Expert Trial Team has reviewed just the products for you. Rosie trialled a highly-pigmented yet moisturising lipstick, while Carli tested a long-lasting foundation that promotes skin regeneration. When it came to hair, I experienced a repairing mask that that made my mane shiny, soft and smooth, and Olivia’s nails were transformed with a jazzy gel nail polish that’s LED/UV-free.
Here’s what our triallers had to say about the products…

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire

bh’s Rosie says:

“As soon as I put this glossy and ultra-pigmented lip gloss on my lips, I fell head over heels. The leaf-shaped applicator made smoothing this gloss across my lips a dream. It picked up just enough product to cover my bottom lip, before I dipped it in again to apply to my top lip. The pointed tip on the applicator was excellent for lining my cupid’s bow with pigment without smudging above my lip. Bursting with a bright, ruby-red colour and incredible shine, my lips looked evenly covered, and very full and bold. The creamy texture kept my lips feeling moisturised, and the colour remained vibrant for hours on end. The glimmering gold packaging made it super easy to find in my bag, and it looked much more high-end than it’s price point. I think it’s well worth showing off!”




Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

bh’s Carli says:

“My T-zone usually gets oily after about two or three hours of wear, so I was incredibly impressed when I hit the eight hour mark and my forehead, nose, and chin were still shine-free. I loved the coverage of the foundation, and found that it stays put all day long, and the finish is exactly right for me (a velvety matte finish). I did find that it didn't glide on as easily as I would have liked, but it still blended excellently and I could easily build up the coverage.”






Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

bh’s Liv says:

"I am such a fan of gel nails, though for someone like me (who thinks she can do a perfectly good job of painting her nails at home), I wasn't too keen on paying to achieve the look every few weeks. I've seen the at-home kits with lights and they're great, but Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is quite unique, as it allows you to achieve bright, gel-like nail colour without the use of a lamp. It applies to your nails easily and is ​incredibly pigmented, which means for some, one coat may be enough. I personally loved the fact that my nails looked so bright and gel-like, as if they'd been done in salon. Six days in and my nails still look polished and ready to go with only some very minor chipping on the very edge of my nails. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is definitely the next step in at-home nail colour.​"



L’OCCITANE Aromachology Repairing Mask for Dry & Damaged Hair

bh’s Beth says:

“Since getting balayage a couple of years ago, my hair has become quite dry and brittle. Shampoo and conditioner alone don’t cut it anymore and with it’s very pretty pink and green packaging, L’OCCITANE's hair mask seemed like just the repairing treatment I needed. While for me the scent is a bit overbearing, a little bit of this super-rich hair mask goes a long way. You only need a small amount and while the instructions advise to apply it to the length of your hair, I only applied it to the bottom, colour-damaged half. To get the most out of any hair mask, I recommend combing it through your hair and leaving it on for a bit longer than suggested (in this case, 3 minutes). L’OCCITANE’s mask left my hair feeling strong, soft and smooth. I’d highly recommend it to anyone with coloured hair like mine!”






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Member Comments

Posted by: Sam91 (Australia)

I'll definitely be trying the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel.

Posted on: August 11, 2014 (Aug 11, 2014 3:58am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

What a brilliant bunch - like a moth to a flame I'm drawn to the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire gloss, the Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Foundation and the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. Can't wait for Thursday night shopping!

Posted on: August 11, 2014 (Aug 11, 2014 4:59am)

Two fancy evening hairstyles anyone can create

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Do you struggle to find a style for the important events in your calendar? Are you after quick and easy options that are fun and a little bit fancy? Perhaps you’re on the search for that ‘wow’ factor that will make your friends think you’ve been for a visit to the hairdresser?

Then you’ll definitely want to learn how to create these super simple evening hair looks…


ghd IV styler
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TRESemme Extra Hold Salon Finish Hairspray
Ombrello Jewelled Side Comb



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Posted by: May318 (Australia)

Very nice!

Posted on: August 10, 2014 (Aug 10, 2014 2:11pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I love them both!

Posted on: August 10, 2014 (Aug 10, 2014 2:20pm)

Grey: how to use this underrated make-up colour

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When I think of beauty, I think in colour. It’s always a red lipstick, a pink nail polish, or a mauve eye shadow.
But one of the colours that rarely comes to mind is grey.

Perhaps it’s because it’s more of a shade than a colour, or because its more commonly associated with hair ageing, but grey beauty products is one thing I’ve never really explored – until now.

As it turns out, this colour can actually produce some pretty spectacular and flattering beauty looks.


#1 Smoky eye

If you usually steer clear of a smoky eye for the fear of looking like a panda, I urge you to replace the dark blacks of a traditional smoky eye with different shades grey. The softer shade is excellent for creating a smoky look; simply begin with a dark grey on the outer corners and work your way inwards, using lighter shades of grey as you go. You can also alternate grey with a navy blue eyeshadow for a touch of colour.

Try: Innoxa Eye Shadow Compact in Gorgeous Grey


#2 Nail polish

Despite what you may be thinking, grey nail polish is far from boring. It’s sophisticated enough to wear to work, but playful enough to go with any lipstick colour or outfit. Choose a dark grey for when you’re feeling moody and a light grey with a bright lip for when you’re feeling fresh and carefree.

Try: Sea Siren in Sea Fog and Essie in Over the Edge


#3 Eyeliner

Black isn’t the only option for defining the eyes. In fact, for those with fair or ageing skin, black eyeliner can sometimes do more harm than good. Grey eyeliner is a lot less harsh than black and can define the eyes without making them look smaller or drawing attention to under eye bags. Not convinced? You can try it out using a grey eyeshadow and angle brush before you commit. Start off lightly and build colour only as you need it. You may find your eyes look a lot bigger and more awake.

Try: Max Factor Kohl Pencil in Charcoal Grey


#4  Hair

Who says grey hairs always have to be covered up? Take a look at Lou Teasdale, stylist for famous band One Direction and Fudge Urban Global Brand Ambassador. She’s managed to turn what’s normally considered as a sign of ageing, into a glorious mane of silver locks. The trick is to keep the hair as shiny and bright as possible, so that it looks metallic instead of dull and dreary.



“I love having silver hair. Having such white hair used to be a bit crazy but now if you wear it with nice clothes, you can totally pull it off. You don’t even need to wear loads of make-up with it. I wash my hair with a silver shampoo and conditioner like the Fudge Professional Clean Blonde Violet Shampoo & Conditioner every time to keep it looking fresh. I do think there is something sophisticated about a good silver shampoo finish. I also love playing with the Fudge Urban Colour Chalks in Pumped up Purple and Iced White to create a lovely pastel violet shade on the ends.”



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Member Comments

Posted by: Marza (Australia)

still could use it

Posted on: August 08, 2014 (Aug 8, 2014 2:37pm)

Posted by: May318 (Australia)

Such a beautiful colour but I wouldn't use it for my hair.

Posted on: August 08, 2014 (Aug 8, 2014 2:51pm)