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 -

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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 

Monday, 6 May 2013

April Favourites - Skincare + More!

I thought this month as I have so much to show you (and sadly I'm loving too many things!!) that I'd break my 'favourites' video into two.

The first video is a very important one - SKINCARE.

Uriage Bariederm Creme 
I feel like I've discovered the Holy Grail in a way. I've never been a fan of hand creme as I've always found them to be very oily, greasy and basically just sit on top of your skin. Eww!

So, with a lot of convincing at a trade show I decided to try this creme and to my pleasant  surprise it was amazing. The creamy product when rubbed into your hands transformed into a liquid/watery texture then disappeared into my skin - gone! The formula adds a waterproof barrier and protects the epidermis which makes this ideal for anyone with skin irritation or everyday environmental stresses.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, Effaclar A.I. & Lipikar Lait

'For over 30 years, La Roche-Posay has worked with dermatologists throughout the world to invent skincare and make-up products that meet the needs and requirements of sensitive skin, by selecting leading dermatological active ingredients, associated with La Roche-Posay thermal spring water'.

They are amazing!! The three products I've been trying over the last month have definitely delivered results. As mentioned in the video, I often experience breakouts particularly around my jaw/chin area which indicates its hormonal. I cant say its acne or even pimples as such but more smaller bumps under the skin which can look rough (I loathe it!!). Anyway with the help of both the Effaclar products I certainly feel I have it under control.

The body moisturiser feels quite luxurious and very moisturising. It has left my skin feeling very supple and definitely stayed like that until the next application. This is great for drier skin and definitely an ideal winter saver.



Bioderma Sebium H20
Hello!!!! Have you not listened to me for the last 5 years - I want to marry this stuff! I have been an addict to their Bioderma Crealine H20 and decided to recently give the Sebium H20 for combination skin a go. It cleanses exceptionally well and doesn't feel like its stripping your skin of its natural 'must needed' oils. Unlike its sister product (Crealine H20) it cant be used around the eye area so please avoid that area.

Bioderma Sebium H20

Smith's Rosebud Salve Review
A cult product amongst local and international makeup artist, Smith's Rosebud Salve is a lovely scented, moisturising lip balm. Great in the cooler months to assist in replenishing all that lost moisture from the harsh environment but also ideal in summer a lovely soft gloss look. I find a lot of lip balms/ointments much of a muchness, the difference I find with this one is the texture, scent and longevity!

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Beauty Cleansing Oil

"Shu Uemura cleansing oil was developed from the knowledge that Mr. Uemura gained while working as a foremost Hollywood makeup artist in the 1950s. The Secret to Shu Uemura cleansing oil is protecting the skin's delicate balance while removing make-up and impurities in a single step."

This has fast become a favourite of mine. I love that I can cleanse my whole face with it (including eyes) at the same time. The honest truth is I'm time poor and the thought of using 17 different products kills me. The oil is gentle and cleanse makeup and impurities really well. It's a common phobia that people with oily or combination skin refrain from using this type of formula due to the fear of breaking out. I'm here to tell you its phenomenal!! You will love it.

Diptyque Rose Duet Candle
I adore nice smelly things and this is one of them. Although expensive and totally luxurious I find these candles to last, and the perfume it produces when burning is true to the scent and lingers for a long time. Even when its not burning the gorgeous smell is still in the air......

Diptyque 34 Boulevard St Germain
And finally my new love - Diptyque 34 Boulevard St Germain. Again another pricey one from the brand but with any boutique brand the product is generally inferior to all its counterparts.

'Developed around a chypre backbone, the base notes of wood and balms add comfort and create addiction. It is a rich and voluptuous fragrance which is suitable for men and women'.

The scent is dark and woody and will have everyone asking what you're wearing!'

Friday, 3 May 2013

Nicole Richie Inspired Makeup!

Ive recently become a massive fan of The Voice Australia and I think it's due to the fact Joel Madden is a judge - Im just being honest! In true Australian style we have claimed him as one of ours, and I have no doubt we will somehow convince the rest of the world that he is one way or another!

And with Joel, comes the ever beautiful Nicole Richie. I absolutely adore that gorgeous thing! Starting from her fashion, makeup and sweet disposition! I've recently fallen in love with her new hair cut which has me thinking I may just have to conform to a NR mini her!!

I recently saw Nicole on Fashion Star, where she is a mentor to a group of up and coming designers. She had the most incredible makeup on and I wanted to recreate the look for you all. When researching her look it became very apparent she has her own style. If not for the show and red carpet appearances, her most worn look is beautiful creamy skin, natural toned smokey eyeshadows with a defined liquid eyeliner and nude lips. I have chosen this look, from the show,  as I think it looked sensational on her. Hope you like it x

Below are the reference shots to the tutorial: