Saturday, January 23, 2010

I'll be away for a while... see you in a week!

I'll be offline line for a week hanging out here at Gwinganna, where I'm aiming to gather a few tools to start the year off right. It will be my second visit and I'm going with a whole new set of expectations. Last time I was determined to return a brand new, shiny me, which can often lead to disappointment and guilt - especially if you've got a personality like mine! This time I'm looking to bring back a few lifestyle changes to make permanent, and a fresh, slightly more polished and focused version of my old self. I'll be a guest this time in one of their new Signature Villas (above), and can't wait to check it out. See you on the other side x

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In love with Oribe 24K Gold Pomade

The women I know seem to be constantly on a journey when it comes to their hair - cut, colour and care – and it seems that it is a common conundrum to grow bored or frustrated with your look. Sure a drastic chop or journey to the darkside seems like it can cure all ills, but if you just want to amp up what you’ve got then there’s always a super fabulous product out there that will keep you happy for at least a few weeks. One that I keep hearing about and absolutely crave getting my hands on is Oribe Hair Care’s 24K Gold Pomade. Oribe, the eponymous product line from one of the most influential hairdressers of all time, defines luxury in hair care. The man has been one of the most sought after hairstylists for fashion, editorial and advertising work for the last 30 years and his product range reflects just how in love with what he does he really is. His collaborators include countless photographers, like Bill King, who introduced him to the fashion editor Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, a co-conspirator during his Steven Meisel years. Then there was the meticulous Irving Penn, who Oribe still refers to as Mr. Penn; and Helmut Newton, who shot Cindy Crawford for American Vogue with hair that Oribe teased to infinity; and others like Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Francesco Scavullo and Horst. He’s a man that loves making women look gorgeous, and his signature is super luxurious locks. Which takes us back to 24K Gold Pomade - yep, you heard right, it’s a lustrous balm that actually inputs a brilliant gold shimmer into your locks. Next best thing to highlights? I think so, and a lot cheaper. Stemming from a line of other totally exquisite products, Oribe’s Gold Pomade uses pieces of precious metal that will play up your hair’s natural dimension and give you a literal luminosity. A bonus being the beautiful metallic packaging it comes in. Excellent for use on all pleasure craft, in convertibles or anywhere a little 24-karat seduction is needed.

Smooth onto wet or dry hair and style it up. As an optional extra, add a string bikini and dark glasses.

Daily delight: discover

One of my favourite websites to check regularly right now is, an eco living venture created by three very passionate – but not in the seaweed sandal wearing way – women. Actress Rachel McAdams (pictured) and her gal pals, Megan Kuhlmann and Didi Bethurum have been living environmentally responsible lives for a while now and wanted to share their “green” tips for making simple changes that have a maximum impact to limit your environmental footprint. With simple suggestions like carrying your plastic bottle from lunch until you find a recycle bin, to homemade recipes for flavoured water (so you stop buying the sugar-filled crap usually found in your local supermarket) this website has a little something for everyone, as well as some super clever beauty tips on what to look out for in some of the most seemingly innocuous of products. They acknowledge that the perception of eco-friendly may not have shifted completely to eco-chic just yet, but the movement is gaining momentum. “We think being green is sexy. To us, being green means being informed, intelligent and proactive, which are all sexy qualities,” they say. What is unusual is that McAdams and Co. are making this a real casual affair and looking for your input on tips, sexy green people, and other issues that might help make a difference. From the site:
“green is sexy is about tiny changes, big impact. Why sexy? Because being informed is sexy. Being responsible is sexy. Being eco-friendly is sexy. Making a difference is sexy. Green is sexy. We invite you to become part of the green is sexy community by helping us change the world one day at a time.”
I encourage you to check it out – and you won’t come away smelling like a communal yoga mat, I promise!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Daily delight: St. Tropez Gradual Tan for Body

It’s been called the best on the block by St Tropez fans, make up artists and those in the know, so it was about time that I had a try of St Tropez’s Gradual Tan for Body ultra rich moisturiser. An enriched, nourishing body moisturiser, it cleverly combines serious skin care benefits with a healthy touch of bronze – amd the sun need not apply. Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion helps give you smoother, yummier skin while building a gradual golden tan, every day. Like all St Tropez products, it uses their innovative Aromaguard fragrance technology to eliminate that musty smelling tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70 per cent, and instead has a beautifully subtle fragrance that won’t cancel out your perfume. Exfoliate well in the shower before massaging this luxurious lotion in from top to toe, and it doesn’t matter if you go over the same area twice as it’s only the missed areas that’ll look uneven. Wait for the lotion to be absorbed before getting dressed. I’ve already got a bit of a glow on so I’m giving the medium/dark formulation a whirl and so far so good… and unlike with many other gradual tanners I've slapped on, I don’t smell like a wet dog!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Oh, exciting day: a Kiehl's close to home...

I just received an invite to the launch of the first Kiehl's store in New Zealand, which is tremendous news indeed. Their Original Musk Body Lotion is one of my favourite products ever, and I've had to make do with trips to the US and more recently, Melbourne, to satisfy my cravings. One of those fragrances that gets a million compliments, I never tire of giving it a good old sniff myself!

Daily delight: the magnificent Ombre Rose

I am like an addict when it comes to being unable to pass the WORLDbeauty store in Ponsonby Road, they always have such a fabulous selection of unique treats in there to lather on, sniff and spray, and their selection is always impeccable. I just received an email from their wonderful PR man Matt announcing the arrival of Jean-Charles Brosseau’s prestigious ‘Ombre Rose’ across all WORLDbeauty stores, which for local fragrance hounds, is dreadfully exciting news. After graduating from the High Fashion School of Paris, Jean-Charles created his own label and founded his Parisian fashion house in 1955. Since then, he has been highly celebrated in the Parisian fashion scene, but it is his magnificent creation that is Ombre Rose that has made the man a celebrity in his own right. After accidentally discovering a formula made up of musky notes, vanilla, heliotrope and rosewood, which were used as a bonding agent, in 1978, Jean- Charles found a perfume base which was by itself - and without any complimentary additions - a fragrance that he loved, and he soon took his great love to the world. With a four-star rating in his book Perfumes: The Guide, fragrance expert Luca Turin refers to Brosseau’s most famous creation as “way ahead of its time” and “a powdery fruity-woody rose that has been imitated a hundred times since.” Since the original launch in New York City in 1981, Ombre Rose quickly gained international appeal which saw, in 2004, Jean-Charles launch the two collections Fleurs d’Ombre and Collection Homme, cementing his reputation as one of Paris’ greatest perfume creators. His fragrances are timeless and super elegant, and do not require flashy finery and unecessary frippery to reel you in. Ombre Rose is available exclusively from WORLDbeauty stores in New Zealand- I urge you to race in and grab a sniff ASAP.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Golden Globes delight: Marion Cotillard

The Gallic glamour girl pulls out a great look once again, with a dark lined eye and nude lip making her peepers truly pop. Nice work matching deep emerald frock with cat like eyes too. This woman takes a risk here and there and it always pays off.

Golden Globes delight: Rose Byrne

I'm loving the Australian actress' simple, fresh make up and borderline-undone hair - with the seriously fabulous clip helping keep things red carpet. Her gorgeous, column-style strapless Balmain frock isn't half bad either!

Essential reading: Beautiful Eyes

One of the hottest international make up artists right now is Aussie Rae Morris, whose wit, work and wisdom has seen her travel all over the world to work on some of the hottest editorial and celebrity looks. Her words are also highly sought after - her first book, Makeup, was published in 2008 and quickly topped the bestseller lists, remaining there ever since. Makeup is now widely considered by beauty industry insiders, as well as thousands of makeup lovers, as THE indispensible guide to modern makeup techniques, tricks and trade secrets. Towards the end of 2009 she released her second book, focussing primarily on one of the essential parts of any “face”: Beautiful Eyes. She partnered up once again with the formidable photographic talents of Steven Chee (Vogue, Marie Claire, Oyster) to create a simply gorgeous book that works for the top of your dressing or your coffee table, and I for one can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. The weighty tome features in depth, step by step guides to looks from the edgy and dramatic to the simplistically beautiful; using world-renowned faces like Catherine McNeil, Lara Bingle, Miranda Kerr, Cheyenne Tozzi and Emma Booth as guinea pigs. There are detailed colour charts for every eye colour by shade and depth, which are then sub categorized by eyeliner, enhancer and hero colours recommended for each. She also gives tips on eyebrow shaping, eyelash preparation and the entirely daunting and ever growing market of false eyelashes. I’m definitely tracking down a copy today – this sounds like essential reading for beauty freaks.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Celebrating Way Bandy, and his super fresh, timeless “American Look”

Way Bandy is still a name that makes many in the make up industry bow down and give props all around the world, and his pioneering work is the reason that a legion of beauty professionals exist today. He arrived in New York City in the mid-1960s and began working at a modeling school as a makeup teacher, back when there was no such thing as an editorial force like Pat McGrath or a mass-market phenomenon like Bobbi Brown or Nars. Before Bandy, models were asked to apply their own makeup, and when he started showing up with his kit at photo shoots around the city to lend a helping hand, the profile of the make up artist started to go through the roof. A major face on the editorial scenes in the 70’s and 80’s, Bandy really was the first beauty superstar. He was also the man behind the creation of what is still known as “The American Look”: fresh faced, unabashed sexiness that made you look twice at the girl next door. Think freckles that aren’t hidden away under layers of foundation, well groomed, thicker brows and a glossy pink lip, paired perfectly with healthy, thick, seriously tousled hair (a perfect example above, starring Rene Russo). This is a look that still inspires to this day, and if only Bandy could still be around to celebrate its longevity.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Why not try: Ego SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte

There are plenty of great sunscreens out there for use on the face, but a hell of a lot of the pharmacy brands have a hefty price tag that often only reflects the fancy packaging. I just came across Ego’s SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte though, which sounds like a super beneficial, well-priced (NZD $29.95) product that also protects from the sun. It is a new anti-ageing sunscreen specifically designed to combat premature ageing caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, but is also a tinted matte formula with the addition of iron oxides to help blend invisibly over your skin. So many heavy duty sunblocks remain on the surface of the skin and make it hard for make up to sit easily on top, but you hardly know that this puppy is there. It also includes AHAs (vitamins E and B3) to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and has a deeply moisturising base that softens and rehydrates without feeling greasy. Last up, it’s broad spectrum; blocking UV-A and UV-B rays. Check it out.

Read all about it: Kosmea’s Eighth Natural Wonder

If you’re one of those people who’s always gagging for info about the newest offerings from science when it comes to beauty, you’ll be well into hearing more about Myoxinol. Obtained from the seeds of Hibiscus Esculentus, it offers a natural and pain-free solution to the visible signs of ageing and is the key ingredient that gives legendary Australian brand Kosmea’s Eighth Natural Wonder Revitalising Facial Serum its power to combat wrinkles and fight the signs of premature ageing. Kosmea also added a high content of super-hydrating, free radical fighting rose hip oil to the formula to create what they call “nature’s answer to cosmetic surgery”. Kosmea founder Marie Jenkins is one of those people I’ve mentioned in my intro, and says that “creating great natural products and discovering new ingredients,” is a passion. This philosophy inspired her to look further into Myoxinol, which has been proven to relax facial muscles and smooth out wrinkles. While exploring new developments in anti-ageing, she came across research from the French institute Laboratoires Sérobiologiques that indicated the properties of Hibiscus Esculentus offer a natural and pain-free solution to the visible signs of ageing. Intrigued by her discovery, she spent two years developing the world’s first serum containing Myoxinol, ie. Eighth Natural Wonder.
Two factors are responsible for wrinkle formation - biological factors such as the slowing of the metabolism and oxidation cause skin cells to age and deteriorate over time. Mechanical factors are caused by the stress we show on our faces every day, as muscle contractions create expression lines like crow’s feet and smile lines that become more marked as we grow older. Expression lines are reversible as long as our skin’s elasticity and mechanical properties allow tissue to recover its initial state. Studies conducted by Laboratoires Sérobiologiques using genuine muscle and neuronal cells showed that Myoxinol’s patented botanical peptides work to combat wrinkles by reducing muscle contraction and reducing the formation of expression lines. As a soothing topical treatment it has been found to inhibit the mechanical factors responsible for the appearance of expression lines after only three weeks of treatment. It’s also a natural antioxidant, protecting the skin from mechanical and biological stress. It reinforces the skin’s natural defence against the damaging effects of free radicals that accelerate biological aging. Last but not least, it’s super mild and safe for most skin types.
Eighth Natural Wonder is available online at

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Into the future III: Wella Trend Vision 2010

Each year, Wella Professionals unveil their key looks for the upcoming twelve months in terms of cutting edge cut and colour, under the moniker Trend Vision. Trend Vision 2010 is something very special though, as for the first time, Wella Professionals Global Creative Directors – and living beauty legends - Josh Wood and Eugene Souleiman were the creative minds behind the looks. Unveiled at International Trend Vision Award in Berlin late last year to nearly 2000 top international stylists, the new trends will now be starting to hit the high streets with a bang. For 2010 the four looks take inspiration from a blend of culture, nature, dreams and theatricals: Nomad Couture, Nature’s Goddess, Techno Poetry and Midnight Stage, with a plethora of carefully resreached references behind each trend. In the words of the experts:
Nomad Couture
This is inspired by a new chic and the effects of modern mobility. Colour takes on its own meanings and language as we use it for individual style expression. This look witnesses a collision of eclectic cultural influences thanks to an ongoing love affair with travel. Different inspirations come together to create new things that transcends cultural and regional barriers. A life without limits that opens up new perspectives that go beyond our imagination. Traditional symbols from diverse cultures are reworked with modern twists as strong acid-bright colours beat at the heart of this trend. For hair this means it’s ultra stylish with structured cuts showcasing a mix of different textures and styles in one look. Colour is reddish brown tones that incorporate natural base colours mixed with hot bright accents. Souleiman summed this look up best when he said, “I drew inspiration from lots and lots of travelling for this look, especially around the Far East. This is a very Eastern look for me. There are contrasts between the really dark ebony tones and vibrant reds that you find in a lot of art and design. Such true colours hint at ancient culture.”

Daily delight: discovering Indah

Founded in Bali, Indah was created by Teisha Lowry, a young Melbourne model who was passionate about producing a 100 per cent natural and luxurious, but affordable range of skincare. She says that Indah - meaning beautiful in Balinese - has been "made with love", and a lot of thought has gone into every aspect of its creation. Using the ancient traditions of Tri Hita Karana, every ingredient is hand selected, then carefully blended to create a perfectly balanced product. Organic herbs, spices, fruits and flowers, picked fresh from the farm leave the skin feeling replenished and soft. I'm loving the sound of the Coco Love, Dreamland and Lovina Beach body butters for slathering on after a day in the Summer sun, whilst products like Fresh Soul Surfers Balm (a wax moisturiser for use on just about anything that ails you) make for the perfect beachside companion; continuously keeping skin fresh and moist even on the driest day. Teisha, being very passionate about the environment, has ensured all packaging is 100 per cent recyclable and made from soy based inks and recycled paper. Indah also supports fair trade and Mitra in Bali- a non governmental non profit organization which helps improve conditions for Balinese farmers and their families.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Daily delight: the first look at Vanessa Paradis for Rouge Coco

I always knew that Chanel’s re-association with Vanessa Paradis was going to be a great thing for the legendary brand, but this just-released image of their new campaign with the Gallic pixie (courtesy of La Chanelphile) is just beyond gorgeous. It’s to celebrate the release this March of Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour – and the lost art of sexily applying your lipstick.
Paradis, the French actress (and Johnny Depp’s leading lady) is the face of the campaign and this is not the first time Paradis has worked with Chanel. Andrea D’Avack, president of Chanel Fragrance & Beauté, stated: “Vanessa has been very linked to the house over the years, and she represents a young, sophisticated woman who we also believe will be the consumer for Rouge Coco.” The Rouge Coco line has an amazing 30 shades under its banner and each hue is named after an influential part of Coco Chanel’s life – Camelia, Mademoiselle, and Paris – to name a few. The shades come in one of four color families Roses-Pinks; Reds-Corals; Violets-Berries, and Neutrals-Browns and will be available in different global markets. Like many Chanel cosmetics, the packaging takes it’s cue from Chanel’s history with black and gold detailing, interlocking C’s and the Chanel name embossed into each lipstick bullet. Bring on March!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Daily delight: Poudrier dentelle de Dior

I recently saw a photo of this delicious new illuminating powder from Christian Dior and realised that I just had to have it. A true celebration of femininity, it is a soft pink powder formulation with a dentelle lacework pattern pressed into it that will last well into a few applications. The same pattern is etched into the case, making it far too cute to be left languishing at the bottom of a drawer. Perfect for cheeks, eyes or all over the face, it is sheer gorgeousness personified. It has a late January release in France, so fingers crossed it doesn’t take too long to get down to the other end of the world and into my make up kit.

Into the future II: think BIG, think BOLD

For another look into the future, one of the big guns - Lancôme Celebrity Artist Darais – recently predicted the makeup looks that he can envisage really taking flight in 2010. And yet again, it appears that 2010 is influenced by some of the top styles from past decades, reinterpreted in a thoroughylu modern way. “Celebrities are tired of playing it safe,” he said, “High-definition TV scared them and their makeup artists, so everyone's makeup got toned down and safe.” Safe no longer gets the attention, though, and thanks to supernovas like Lady Gaga (pictured above) and punk trends from the 80s, “glam rock is back and should be taken advantage of in 2010”.
His key looks to watch out for were:
* Natural skin from the Seventies combined with a powerful comeback of the eighties on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. “Minimise any imperfections while maximising your eyes, cheeks, and lips.”

Eyes will include too many shades, “but go for it! It won't be forever. Green, blue, pink, and purple will all have a place in 2010”. Line the eyes on top with a green pencil and line the lower lash line with blue. Use pink and purples in the crease, and then reverse the color placements the next day. Lashes will be heavily coated with more than two coats. 

* Brows will be thicker, fuller and darker to give the face a more youthful frame.

 So, if you're think of getting all couture on us and bleaching them, think before you highlight!
* Blush make a comeback. For cheeks, think pink. “In some instances, you will see pink blush run all the way up into the eye makeup and through the crease,” he says, “and also, strong cheek highlights will be applied using not only white eye shadows but also beads, plastic, accessories and small crystals and diamonds glued onto the tops of cheeks and around the highlights of the eyes”. Eyelash glue will be a must.

* Lips will be leaning towards peach and pink. Try a peach lipstick with a pink gloss or a pink lipstick with a peach gloss, “both give an amazing custom color blend! When it comes to the intensity... you get to be the judge of that."

Friday, January 8, 2010

Daily delight: THE perfect coral

In case any of you remain unconvinced, this is exactly the shade I was referring to when hailing the much-maligned Coral as a lipstick shade... this is fresh, modern, chic and universally flattering, and reminiscent of my Lipstick Queen fave. Gorgeous.

Holiday essential 6: St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

If you’re a regular spray tanner then you’ll be familiar with the fact that your legs seem to fade a lot quicker than the rest of your bod, making even the best applied tan appear more than a little patchy in an area that’s often on display. The answer to keep that tan looking hot as long as possible is a great at home product, and my tanner – the wonderful Wai at Beauty Within – says there is none better than St Tropez’s Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, from the company who are synonymous with high quality fake bakes. Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is a super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse that delivers a streak free tan, and dries in just 60 seconds so you can whip it on anytime, anywhere. It’s perfect for day five of a holiday when your legs are starting to look a bit on the patchy side, and is works with your skin tone to avoid Fanta tan. Infused with conditioning aloe vera and long-lasting colour, it also contains an innovative fragrance technology that helps to take away the tell-tale tanning aroma to make way for a subtle, fresh fragrance. If you like to tan, then this is one you can’t do without.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Holiday essential 5: Orly French Polynesian Island Balm Ultimate Strength Foot Creme

Part of Orly Beauty's French Polynesian Pedicure Line - and one hell of a mouthful - French Polynesian Island Balm Ultimate Strength Foot Creme is an extremely thick cream that soaks in quickly and seals and protects the usually manky skin on your feet.
Used in nail salons and spas and also for use at home, it is one of the thickest, most hydrating foot creams I've come across and, with the inclusion of Vitamin A, you can be sure that the condition of your dry feet will improve with continued use. It leaves a cooling sensation that lasts long after the product is applied, making it the perfect choice to use on a day that your feet felt hot, tired and swollen. It also smells sweet and delicious but the scent doesn't linger too long, so you get that initial hibiscus and lime burst but it won't mess with the other fragrances that you're wearing. Lather this on ASAP.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Summer hair treat: test-driving Sebastian’s Texture Tandem treatment

In the lead up to Christmas I was lucky enough to be the first person in the country to try Sebastian’s latest treatment, known as Texture Tandem. A revolutionary texturising treatment that let’s you pick exactly how you want your hair to feel, it enables you to totally re-design the structure of your hair, giving you a smooth and soft result whilst turning up the volume on fullness. It uses a heat activated formula that is painted on your hair almost like a colour, and which combines a silkener and a thickener – all personally remixed by your stylist to produce maximum results according to your hair type. The Silkener acts to compact the hair cuticle to ensure it is at its shiny best, and its effects last for up to three days after a blow wave. The Thickener works hard on fine hair to puff out the cuticle, giving the appearance of much thicker hair that again, lasts several days. I had a mix of 3/1 applied to my hair by Senior Stylist Kate Murphy at Ponsonby salon Stephen Marr and came away with a silken bounce to my colour-frazzled, sunburnt locks that hadn’t been there for a long while, and was still there a few parties down the track. A true “service” for you hair that lasts a lot longer than your standard blow wave, this is the perfect choice for ladies who like to turn on the heat several nights in a row*, and never lose their style.
*A bit like Sebastian's latest style visionary and musician Micky Green, seen above!

Holiday essential 4: Wella Ocean Sprizz

This baby has been around for years and won numerous awards for its ability to help create perfect “beach hair”, but a stylist I was speaking to recently also divulged an alternative use – as a tool to mask greasy roots. Not just the key to those fresh-from-the-ocean tousled waves, it is also the answer to wanting a great summer blow wave to last that little bit longer. Spray a little on greasy roots and gently dry in using your fingers and a blow dryer on low heat and… voila! A little more volume at the roots and another day of looking effortlessly well put together.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Holiday essential 3: Essie apricot cuticle oil

A guaranteed way to make a pedicure go further is to keep your cuticle oiled – starting with the morning after you’ve had your tootsies twiddled with. The best cuticle oil I’ve used in a long while is by Essie, and is simply called Apricot Cuticle Oil. A soothing, apricot scented massage oil, it works hard to rehydrate and revitalize cuticles and nails. It uses a distinctive combination of cotton seed and soybean oils to seal in moisture and aid in the aforementioned rehydrating and revitalizing, while providing maximum nourishment. It also softens overgrown cuticles for easy removal and absorbs quickly, leaving cuticles soft and silken as it helps nails grow. Massage it into nails and cuticles twice a day for maximum results.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A glimpse of the future: time to go matte...

In the December 2010 issue of British Vogue, the beauty team 'nailed' the trend for matte nail polish, highlighting it as the key manicure trend for Winter 2010. I’ve always been a fan of matte over glossy, but until now there haven’t been too many products that can help you take things too matte without looking powdery and just plain over made up. In the last year however, recent make-up ranges have been specifically designed to give you that soft, suede finish without the build up, and nothing looks quite as polished as a perfectly powdered complexion. Revlon's Matte Collection - an selection of easy to wear eye shadows, blushers, liners and lipsticks, all densely pigmented but smooth in texture - are as soft and flattering as any shimmer. Beauty giant L'Oreal Paris have reportedly integrated a primer with light-reflecting pigments into their Matte Morphose Foundation which, whilst leaving a soft velvety finish, also adds luminosity, to take away that 'cakey' effect. Meanwhile, with highly respected runway make-up artist Dick Page on board as Artistic Director at Shiseido, some great things are coming out in the brand’s new collections, including Perfect Rouge Glowing Matte lipsticks. Formulated using their Smoothing Matte Powder, it gives the lipstick a lasting power and sheer pigment that is universally flattering on just about any woman. Lipstick Queen - my new rave brand – do a brilliant line in matte lipsticks and amazingly, gloss. Cleverly titled Oxymoron, it feels as smooth and sheer to wear as a gloss but looks matte on the lips. It comes in four super sweet and subtle shades inspired by the colors of cheek blush so that finally a lip product can do to your lips what blush does to the cheeks...make them look glowing and romantic. Go matte, young lady, I dare you!

Holiday essential 2: Lipstick Queen’s Coral Sinner

Finally, a perfect shade of coral - and proof that it’s not just a favourite with grannies – Lipstick Queen’s Coral Sinner. A super chic, matte coral with just a hint of brown, it is the ideal match for a warmer summer complexion and is absolutely guaranteed not to go fluro on you. It’s also of the “Sinner” variety from Lipstick Queen ie. all pigment with no shimmer or frosting, meaning that it doesn’t have that sticky, overtly glossy look that is usually accesorised with a “Fanta face” style tan and white polyester bandeau top. It is positively naughty to get lipstick this opaque, rich and creamy with a matte yet silky finish. Sinner is lipstick that makes you look so damn good you can go ahead and be bad!