Wednesday, 21 August 2013

REVIEW: Sportsgirl - Pout About It Lip Colours

I'm forever into lipsticks, particularly fashion colours which makes these inexpensive, amazing quality lip colours the perfect choice!

With 16 gorgeous shades to choose from,  and two popular finishes - matte & creme, you are sure to find a lippy to suit your need and one to take you out of your comfort zone for some fun! And if that's not enough to send you racing there they are also NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS!!!

Colour swatches of the shades below
COLOUR: Wonderlust
COLOUR: Beauty Queen
COLOUR: Berrylicious
COLOUR: Bombshell
COLOUR: Fruit Tingle 
COLOUR: Mad About You

COLOUR: Orange Crush


PRICE: AU $9.95 each ($2.48 per gm)

CONSISTENCY: Matte or Creme

HOW TO APPLY: The lipsticks can be applied with a lip brush or straight from the bullet.

WHO IT WILL SUIT: With such a large array of colour and tones there is a colour to suit everyone. I'd suggest getting a few and mixing your own signature colour!

PROS: Lots of colours to choose from, available at your local Sportsgirl store, inexpensive, not tested on animals, matte finishes are still moisturising on your lips - very comfortable to wear, long lasting.

CONS: Darker colours can stain the lips (but that can also be a good thing!!!).

Thursday, 8 August 2013

TOM FORD Eyeshadow Review & Application!

Well, well, well do I have some amazing news for comes in the form of the very best eyeshadow you ever have set your eyes upon and once you try it your eyes will not know what to do with themselves and the incredible colour that will wash their lids. A little dramatic - No!

I had gone a little crazy finally went on a massive Tom Ford makeup spree and picked up some incredible goods which I will review in the coming weeks. I was desperate to start with the eyeshadows as my expectations of the quads was completely blown the best way possible!

Tom Ford Packaging  

Packaging: Plastic with metal embossed trimmings 
Total Weight: 10g
#3 Cocoa Mirage
Cocoa Mirage swatch

#5 Silvered Topaz
#5 Silvered Topaz swatch 
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Prices:
AU       $100
USA     $78
Euro     €72
Pound   £68

Consistency: Extremely fine pressed powder.

How to apply: The applicators supplied with the palettes are sufficient especially as they have thoughtfully included a cute blending brush. Alternatively any type of eye blending brush is ideal.

Who will it suit: There is a vast variety of colours the covers a large spectrum of the colour wheel. I have no doubt there is a palette to suit everyone. The two I have chosen are suitable to most skin tones and gives me a variety of matte, sheer sparkle, satin and shimmer finishes. 

PROS: Exceptional quality, colour blends very easily and pigment is strong. Large variety of colours to suit everyone and packaging is luxurious particularly the large compact mirror when the palette is opened. Applicators supplied are ideal and it's terrific they have included the small blending brush. Compared to other brands on par with Tom Ford and slightly below the value for money is favourable. Wears well and longevity is great.

CONS: Can be perceived as pricey when compared to other high end palettes. THATS ALL!!

To see a full review check out my detailed video.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Cara Delevingne Makeup Look!

We all love her, her look, her attitude, her style and now her makeup!

Cara Delevingne is me.....and the world.

It was so hard setting out to do a makeup inspired by her as there is only one Cara, and this Zoe looks nothing like her. The amazing thing
is we don't have to look like her to get the same makeup look - promise!

I recreated a look she so beautifully wore at a Issa London Spring/Summer 2013 show.

Cara Delevingne Makeup Look-  Issa London
Cara Delevingne Makeup Look Issa London
Cara Delevingne Makeup Look Issa London

My recreated look!

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer
Cinema Secrets Foundation Kit #3 & #5 
Cle De Peau Concealer - Ocher
TOM FORD Illuminating Pen - Amber Eclat #7 

Anastasia Brow Wiz - Medium Ash 
Anastasia Brow Duo Powder - Medium
Tom Ford - #3 Cocoa Mirage 
Inglot Gel Liner #77
Lancome White Eyeliner -
MAC Pigment - Vanilla
MAC Carbon 
Le Volume De Chanel #10

Soleil Tan De Chanel 
NARS Exhibit A

Smiths Rosebud Salve 
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner 16C
Lime Crime Velvetine - Suedeberry

Melbourne Makeup Artist Zoe Karlis -

For all enquiries please email:

Friday, 26 July 2013

REVIEW: Soleil Tan De Chanel

Whether it be Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring the much loved bronzer is certainly a product we religiously use. This cream bronzer is a natural winner......

Soleil Tan De Chanel

Soleil Tan De Chanel
Packaging: Plastic

Size: 30gm

Cost & Cost Per Gram (estimate):
AU       $78 / $2.60
USA     $48 / $1.60
Euro     €40 / €1.35
Pound   £32/ £1.05

Consistency: Creme

How to apply? Can be applied with a flat foundation brush, stippling brush, buffing brush, sponge and fingers.

Who will it suit? To get a rough idea my foundation colour is Chanel 40, Giorgio Armani 7, MUFE 155 or MAC Face & Body C4. If you are similar or slightly darker it will be fine anyone much darker Id recommend skipping this product. Very light and pink under toned skins should be careful when applying it. Ensure you start of lightly and blend, blend, blend!

PRO'S - I really really like this bronzer and it has a matte finish.......thats what you want in a bronzer!! The colour is quite natural and can be applied to give a lovely warm bronzed glow. The formula is very easy to work with so ideal for beginners and the under-colour of the product is not orange but more of a caramel tone. As there is only one colour available there is no stress in choosing the right one!!

CONS - The packaging is quite big so if you like to carry your bronzer in your bag ensure you take a suitcase to accommodate. The only other disadvantage is if you have dark to very dark skin you wont get much use from it - the depth is not there.

If this product is not for you maybe try:
Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer
Hourglass Illume Creme to Powder
Two Faced Bronzer

Need to know more? Check out my video......

Thursday, 18 July 2013

May & June Skincare Favourites!

So it's that time again where I have been trialling and loving new or rediscovered products! 

As we are right, smack, bang, in the middle of winter I tend to, even more so, use products that are moisturising and protects the skin. Often during winter we forget how much the harsh environments (heating, wind & cold) effect and harm the skin. The following are my loves and Ive been religiously using for the last couple of months.

Dermalogica precleanse: 
This extraordinary oil based cleanser is filled with gorgeous and nourishing Olive, Apricot and Kukui Nut oils. Ideal if you are a heavy makeup wearer, use sunscreen daily, suffer from poor skin or like to know every single trace of makeup, pollution or debris from the skin. I love that you can use this product all over your skin and eyes which makes it super convenient and easy to remove waterproof mascara and makeup.  Simply rub it all over dry skin and massage for a little while. Then add some warm water and watch it emulsify right before your eyes!

Where to buy: 

Bioderma Crealine AR 
It's no secret that I'm completely in love with Bioderma products......if I could, Id bathe in Bioderma Crealine H2O!! And now to have discovered another beauty from this range is truly amazing. Bioderma Crealine AR (anti- redness) is perfect if you have sensitive, inflamed, irritated skin and particularly great for Rosacea sufferers! The slightly green tinged moisturiser will instantly help cover redness and makes it ideal as a makeup base.

Where to buy: 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
As I mentioned in my intro with winter truly here I have become a little obsessed with skincare. La Roche-Posay is another French brand I cant recommend enough. I suffer from regular breakouts and this is one product that has been able to control it - miracle I know! The formaula works by unclogging pores and gently exfoliates to remove dead skin which can cause unwanted breakouts. Reasonably priced at only $26 this treatment is a must have for clearer skin!

Where to buy:

Caudalie Beauty Elixer
There seems to be a clear theme here - the French certainly know their skincare! Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth, this treatment smooths away fine lines, 
tightens pores and gives the complexion a real boost of radiance. This spritzer of youth is filled with Grape, Orange blossom, Rose, Balm mint, Rosemary and doesnt contain any of the nasties such as Parabens, sulfates, gmo's and the rest!

Where to buy:

Grown Alchemist Body Serum 
This body serum is so highly absorbent that that my skin has remained well moisturised and hydrated despite the awful cold we are experiencing. Formulated with a sensuous and potent blend of botanical bio active ingredients including essential fatty acids omega 6 & 9 and antioxidants from tamanu oil it helps restore skin elasticity while providing maximum hydration helping protect against premature ageing. 

Where to buy:

NARS Pro Prime - Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base 
Already featured in my last favourites blog and youtube review I have continued to love this product even more! Its a fact that the oiliest part of our body is our eyelid - I know who would have thought..... And because of this fact a lot of us find our shadow creases, disappears or smudges throughout the day. This nifty product was produced to help with that and help it does!

As its a colourless formula it will not interfere with your eyeshadow pigments in fact its polymer and mineral powder blend establishes a firm grip on colour ensuring hours of wear.

Where to buy: 

TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray 
This Sea Salt Texurising Spray is a must have to create a lived-in, beach look. Since getting the big chop I found my dead straight hair often looked limp and quite boring. This product has changed my life (and hair)! Just a quick spray either on towel dried or dry hair I quickly run my fingers through my hair and mess it around...bed hair that easy!!

Where to buy:

By Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow 
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT LIKE A FIRST BORN!! Following my April favourite of the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer I decided to give this a go and Im equally in love with it. In all honesty I have found them to be quite identical, the only difference is this one contains colour which I don't mind as I can wear it alone if I want a light coverage. When worn as primer I found the foundation truly stayed fresh and lasted all touch ups required here!
I found it also filled out my pores and left my skin looking plump and healthy. LOVE!!
Where to buy: 

We need to thank Makeup and Glow ( for bringing these extraordinary professional lights into Australia for distribution! I take these lights with me everywhere. I can have the best products in the world but if my lighting is bad (and lets face it, us makeup artists are often shoved in a dim corner!) no makeup will look good. Super light and compact I have no issue adding this to my kit. But rest assured you don't have to be a makeup artist to enjoy the bright light! I find people who live in apartments/flats/hotels are subjected to horrific lighting and there is no way you can apply your makeup effectively, or more mature ladies who need that extra bit of light to assist in application can also benefit from it.

Where to buy: 

Kosmea Skin Clinic® Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil 
Im sure we're all familiar with Rose Hip Oil and how beneficial it is for our skin! Well now you can add certified organic to that sentence. Ive been applying this luxurios oil to my face nightly and after a few days of use I feel the texture of my skin has smoothed slightly and existing blemish scars have started to fade......thats enough for me! And if you like that dewy finish to your makeup add a couple of drops to you foundation! Your skin will thank you for it!

Where to buy:

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Kim Kardashian Red Carpet, Red Lip Look!

I wont deny it, I am a Kim Kardashian fan! After all, if it wasn't for her I wouldn't be inundated with requests to recreate her looks. Kim's makeup is forever immaculate and her contouring is one not be messed with........we ALL know that famous image of her looking quite alien like and then once expertly blended AMAZING! This recreated look however is a little more wearable and great for an event or a night out.

Hope your enjoy xx

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Bellabox......Christmas every month!

This month I was fortunate to try Bellabox, a monthly subscription that delivers wonderful beauty samples straight to your door. I say samples but lets be honest they are substantial sized samples AND even include full sized products for $15 a month!! See Christmas every month!!
So pretty on my desk.....
Being an open beauty addict/junkie (whichever way you look at it), with a slight obsession beyond Pantene, I was so happy to finally see a subscription that included prestige products or products that are harder to get your paws on. And if that wasn't enough the cult products included in the box are ones you actually are happy to try.

May's Bellabox contents
In my moment of euphoria I jumped on their website to check out their beauty partners and to my pleasant surprise they included some of the best:

  • Bioderma (OMG, I know right!!)
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Clinique
  • Estee Lauder
  • Fendi
  • Klorane
  • La Perla
  • La Roche - Posay
  • Lancome
  • Modelco
  • Nuxe
  • OCC
  • Rimmel
  • Twistband
And the list goes on.........

Now, I know you're all frantically opening a new browser to check it out for yourself but don't forget they also make a great gift!! For the man in your life there is the Bellabox for Men and for all those precious bubs - Bellababy.

To see all of May's exquisite goodies check out my full review on my Youtube Channel xxx

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

L'ete De Papillon De Chanel Summer 2013 Collection

L'ete De Papillon De Chanel Summer 2013 Collection

Thanks to a gorgeous friend, I was fortunate enough to try selected products from the much anticipated L'ete De Papillon De Chanel Summer 2013 Collection. Chanel is notorious for releasing innovative and amazing products come the change of season and this is with no exception.

Chanel's Summer Collection only just recently launched in Australia (ironic its winter!) but seems it was sent to brighten up our gloomy days ahead. The inspiration for the range was taken from the extraordinary blue coloured Papillon - or as most of us would know them Butterfly.

The range is vibrant, luminous and colourful! My absolute favourite from the collection are the waterproof coloured mascara. Rarely do you find coloured mascara that actually when applied looks just as vibrant! 

Below are the products I was lucky enough to try and to see them all in action check out my video further down:

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Multi-Dimensional - 
Lime Light
My favourite of the range (and it was tough to decide!) was their new Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Multi-Dimensional - Lime Light. It comes in a range of vibrant, bright, fresh colours that I can happily say remain that way when applied. This particular colour is a must and looks so beautiful on summer skin! Wear it alone or part of a smokey eye to make a statement. Oh and its running mascara for us!

Chanel Summer Stylo Eyeshadow #47 Blue Ray
As stated it has a cooling, water infused formula that you really can sense when applying. It glides on effortlessly and finishes with a very pretty shimmery icy blue. Its long wearing too so ideal for a hot summer evening! Personally, this colour isn't ideal for my eye colour (dark brown) or skin tone (olive) but there are plenty in the range to choose from so go for your life!

Chanel Summer Stylo Eyeshadow #47 Blue Ray

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner #57 True Blue
Blue, Green, brown eyed people take note......this will look AMAZING on you!!! I totally love this liner. Another waterproof, smudge proof product making it perfect for summer wear. No need for wastage it has wind up/down packing that rids you of your sharpener and because its silicone loaded it glides on like a dream!

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner #57 True Blue

Chanel Le Vernis 667 Bel-Argus Nail Colour
This electrifying blue colour is just amazing!! Right on trend and perfect for a summers day. A couple of coats will give you a gorgeous deep sea blue!

Chanel Le Vernis 667 Bel-Argus Nail Colour


Monday, 27 May 2013

How to create amazing cheekbones!

Cheekbones are the envy of every women......and possibly man!

We all have them, some more defined then others, but I can quiet happily say it is very achievable with the right tools and products!

When selecting your contour kit/colours ensure you go for a browny/grey/ash colour that has a matte finish. Anything with shimmer or glitter defeats the purpose.......we can add that later! Next, suck in your cheeks, check the natural shadows created on your face and in that dark area go for your life. Blend the product so there are no sharp lines, we want a wonderfully blended area.

I like to add a nice shimmer, cream or powder, it doesn't matter just as long as it compliments your skin tone and you contain the products to the highest point of your cheek.

And for the rest of the look check out the step-by-step video!

Melbourne Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Zoe Karlis.

Instagram @zoekarlismakeup

Cinema Secrets - Kit #5 
MAC Studio Finish - NW25 -

Shu Uemura Orange & Pistacchio Palette
Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner - 001 Onyx
YSL Mascara Shocking - Black
MAC Eyeshadow - Omega

Senna Face Sculpting Kit - Shade 1
MAC Blush Well Dressed
MAC Mineralised Skin Finish Soft & Gentle

Bobbi Brown Lip Liner - Sandwash Tulle
Revlon Lipstick - Nude Attitude 001 -

For all enquiries please email:

Sunday, 12 May 2013


So as promised I'm bringing to you my April Makeup Favourites!! 

This is always a hard one to categorise and to say I'm loving one product one month and another the next makes  me sound a little bipolar. The thing is, it doesn't mean I'm over the past I just like to bring the best of the new or what I'm currently enjoying to you! Everyone is different and we all enjoy different products so I'm sure my variety will satisfy even the fussiest of beauty connoisseur. 

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat
This bottle of glowing, dewy skin is one definitely to be tried. Due to the popularity of YSL's Touche Eclat highlighter pen (not be confused with a concealer people - its not!) the lovely people of this beauty mecca have outdone themselves in providing us with a gorgeous foundation. After trying this formula it is ideal for dry/normal/ and some combination skins. For those of you with oilier skins don't bother with this one it will only make you look like you've taken dewy to a whole new level, one that olive oil may be made out of! 
As demonstrated in the below colour chart there is a great array of shades to choose from catering for both cooler and warmer toned skin which I find a lot of foundations don't cover sufficiently. If you're super lucky and have the opportunity at purchasing two get one a couple of shades darker and lighter then your skin then customise your shade to suit you whatever season you may be in.

NARS Light Reflecting Powder - Crystal

Personally, finding a good setting/translucent powder is not an easy task. Some look cakey, way too powdery, give you a 2D look and the rest.....

This product does non of the above. Its light reflecting property Photochromic Technology, ensures there is no look of build up assists in diffusing various lighting depending on your environment. Great for prolonging your makeup and to top it off its Paraben and Fragrance Free AND Non - Comedogenic! Depending on your preference is comes in bot a loose and set formula.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer

Talking of prolonging your makeup, this MUST HAVE primer will certainly do that and control oil at the same time. Ive been on the hunt for a new primer (formally a Laura Mericer Oil Free advocate!) and wanted to try something new. Before forking out $90 something dollars I was fortunate to grab a sufficient sample of this product which in-turn has me addicted.

Ideal for normal/combination and oily skin, this product ensured my foundation stayed looking fresh throughout a long hard day and most certainly prolonged the life of it. Its full of all the new filling technologies and although its a mattifier in many ways its innovative formula ensured my skin remained luminously matte. Sadly I will now be forking out that $90 something dollars - ha!

NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Continuing with the theme of Primers this eyeshadow primer will. make. your. eyeshadow. last! Its a fact that the oiliest part of our body is our eyelid - I know who would have thought..... And because of this fact a lot of us find our shadow creases, disappears or smudges throughout the day. This nifty product was produced to help with that and help it does!

As its a colourless formula it will not interfere with your eyeshadow pigments in fact its polymer and mineral powder blend establishes a firm grip on colour ensuring hours of wear.

Rae Morris - 12 Chiseled Smudger

Rae Morris an International and beyond talented makeup artist has created her very own brushes. Being owner to several of her brushes the standout one for me is her #12 Chiseled Smudger. With is tapered soft bristles it allows me to easily blend shadows close to any lash line particularly darker colours!

Gino McCray Small Dome Brush

This last minute Thai purchase has proved to be a little gem. Unaware of how much Id love this brush I'm sooooo devastated I didn't stock up. Its small soft dome head gently blends eyeshadow into the crease of my eye so easily and effortlessly. I wont continue to make you jealous as I have found it really hard to find stockist unless you live in Thailand!!

Cle De Peau Concealer

The Crème de la crème of concealers is here. Hailed by makeup artist as the best concealer ever, I now know why. Not only did its creamy formula NOT settle into eye wrinkles (you know those annoying little things under your eyes that can be accentuated with the wrong product) it also hid those annoying black circles under the eye!! Falling under the same manufacturers as the Japanese brand Shiseido this formula is innovative and pigmented enough to cover any imperfections.   

Benefit Brows A Go Go

This product has been in my kit for a long time and I recently rediscovered it while rummaging through my collections. I enjoy its versatility and compact convenience but most of all the fact I can do my brows, eyeshadow, highlighting and even contouring has made it a favourite. It truly is an all in one product ideal for any ones cosmetic bag. The colours are ideal for most skin tones and the packaging even features a step by step how to! I personally really like to use the eyebrow powders as eyeshadow.

YSL Pure Chromatics #19

Its not the first time these eyeshadow palettes have featured in a favourite review but its a testament to the product. This particular #19 palette features gorgeous shimmery colours ideal for everyone! Ive used them both wet and dry (which is what they're made for) and both ways of application offered a beautiful result. If you feel these colours aren't for you rest assured there are plenty to choose from and the below are just a sample. I also am a huge fan of #8 and if you love bronzy/champagne colours you will be too. The only thing you will need to be aware of is that you may experience fall out so when applying ensure you tap excess off your brush first!

Make Up For Ever - Star Powder 917

Another favourite which has remained a favourite of mine is Make Up For Ever's Star Powder. This particular one I featured is their #917. Its gorgeous bronze/burgundy iridescent colour will make many eye colours literally pop. To achieve this I highly recommend using it on top of a dark smokey eye. Although the powders are shimmery when pushed gently onto your eyelid it actually sticks and remains there I have yet to really get annoyed with any fall out. There a so many lovely colours in this range that you are bound to find a few that you like. If you prefer more natural colours or like to use shimmers as a highlight you cant go past #947

Hair Brush Cleaner/Scraper
I will apologise in advance as this MASSIVE favourite was purchased from a department store in Bangkok for like 90cents and I cant find it anywhere to link it to!! Basically this little invention has saved my daily routine of picking hair out of brushes  EWWWW!! I'm going to treasure this like a first born!!

Zoe Karlis Melbourne Based Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist. Watch this review