Minimal Beauty with Eleanor Pendleton

  Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending a ‘Minimal Beauty’ masterclass at the Canberra Centre with the founder and director of Gritty Pretty, Eleanor Pendleton. For those who don’t know, Gritty Pretty is an online beauty magazine and e-commerce site. After enjoying the Centre’s new beauty precinct every day since it launched (the joys of being unemployed), I was very keen to try out some of my goodies, including a vivid turquoise cream eyeshadow from 3ina. I built my entire outfit for the day around this eyeshadow, choosing a brightly printed dress that matched it in colour.… Continue Reading

An Interview with Makeup Artist Lilah Gow

  Today is a special day for the incredibly talented makeup artist Lilah Gow as she relaunches her successful business under her own name: Lilah Gow Makeup Artistry. Lilah is known for her dedication to her craft, her beautiful personality and for creating unique looks tailored to each person she works with. She is passionate about empowering individuals through beauty and makeup.  We caught up with her to find out more about her love of makeup, her career so far and what is next for her business.   Emma: What first drew you to makeup? Lilah: Coming from a dance… Continue Reading

Wraps With Style

  Let these winter looks inspire you to try something different on the days when you just don’t know what to do with your hair. For the longest time I have been a big fan of scarves and headscarfs. I find it’s a great way to create a pulled together look without trying too hard. I like that if my hair is working, I can tie a scarf in way to add a bit of colour and style but on the days when I wake up and my hair looks like a birds nest, I can use a scarf to… Continue Reading

Harlotte Cosmetics and Diana Cheetham at Fiji Fashion Week

  With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia having just wrapped up, we are feeling the come down. Yes, plenty of Romance Was Born posts are still popping up in our Instagram feed, keeping the magic alive that little bit longer. And yes, the Cannes film festival is happening, taking away some of that end of fashion week sting, but to tell the truth, we are more than a little tired of seeing Bella Hadid in yet another revealing gown. Enter Fiji Fashion Week. Now in it’s tenth year, Fiji Fashion week combines local design talent with overseas labels, a mix… Continue Reading

Why I Choose Cruelty Free Beauty Products

  If you like smothering yourself in lovely skincare products and can’t leave the house without makeup on but also think animals are just the greatest, then you might one day face the same dilemma I did. I was always aware that most cosmetics are tested on animals, but I never thought about it too much until one day it really started to bother me. I suddenly couldn’t deal with the fact that animals were being tortured just so that I could look nice(r). So I did some research and discovered Choose Cruelty Free, a not for profit Australian organisation… Continue Reading

Makeup for the Gym

  I am of the opinion that wearing makeup to the gym is absurd. So absurd in fact, that I mercilessly mock the shit out of people that do it.   When I am lifting a kettle bell or running on the treadmill like I am being chased by a bear through the Canadian woods, the last thing I care about is how perfect my skin or eye shadow blending abilities appear to others watching me, while I work out. I am however, a makeup artist and I know how important it is to many of you, so I feel… Continue Reading

Make Up for Men

  You look in the mirror and you see a handsome specimen. You think: I’m alright but I could use a little refining. You see dark circles, a few blemishes, and uneven skin tone. As you study your chiselled face, you’re wondering if it’s okay to maybe consider using a few products to enhance your rugged good looks. Maybe some concealer under your eyes or that stuff that makes your skin look evenly toned. How would you go about finding some products to suit your needs, especially when you’re led to believe that makeup is something that’s predominately girly territory? In… Continue Reading

Review – Laura Mercier Highlighters

  Highlighters. So many to choose from. Shimmery, glittery, pearly, embossed with brand names and swirly patterns that make them look so pretty you won’t want to ever put your little paws in them. So about a year ago when I officially became a Beauty Bitch for an entire cosmetic department, I would walk around trying to familiarise myself with everyone’s star products so that I would be on top of current trends and so that I would know what the hell I was talking about when people asked me about products from different brands. Look I’ll be honest here,… Continue Reading