From innovative mascara formulas and wands to colour-adjusting makeup, there are so many things to buy, try, and fall in love with at the chemist. And with such great prices, you can afford to make a mistake or two when it comes to choosing a new foundation or lipstick. But of everything you bought this year, which makeup brand came out tops? Vote below and tell us what you think.
Today marks the date 12/12/12, and what better way to celebrate than with our top 12 party-ready lipstick picks? A bright lip is a bit of a commitment, so be sure to keep everything else relatively low-key in the makeup department. We love a matte, bright lip with very full lashes and nude eyeshadow, for example, because it's a look that's both office Christmas party and girls night out appropriate. If you want your loud lips to stay put through more than one champagne, be sure to exfoliate and moisturise with balm, and then go in with a similar-coloured lip liner all over the lip before applying lipstick. Ready for our top 12?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and what better way to show our support than by donning a number of pink products on our hands and faces? This week, we turned our attention to all things pink and pretty when it came to beauty prods. It wasn't exactly a punish — pink is one of the most universally-used makeup colours in the world because it looks good on everything from cheeks to nails and even under your arms (kind of). Click through the gallery to scope our best picks when it comes to pink products, and don't forget to show your support for sufferers of breast cancer and their friends and family, by donating through Pink Ribbon products or directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. And of course, make sure you add a little pink to your life!
If you weren't already aware, today is International Kissing Day in the UK, so we thought, what better way to celebrate than dedicating our cheap thrills gallery with 10 of the most kissable lipsticks under $20? A new lipstick shade is the easiest way to revamp your current beauty look — from bold pops of colour to neon and muted nudes — think of it as a makeover in very compact packaging! Click through to see our top 10 picks and get ready to pucker up...
This year's Met Gala brought forth one surprising beauty trend: deep, dark lips. This bold look was seen throughout the fashion world's most glamorous night, with everyone from Kate Bosworth to Lana Del Rey sporting rich cabernet tones. Watch now to see who wore the trend and how this runway style made it to the red carpet.
Try this look at home with:
- MAC Dark Side Lipstick ($36)
- Innoxa Boysenberry Classic Colour Lipstick ($14.95)
- NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga ($40)
Emily Blunt's never shied away from a bold lip, but this is the first time we've seen the The Five-Year Engagement star work a seriously enviable watermelon pink hue on the red carpet. She's in New York to promote her new film, and we have to say that this is one of the best beauty looks we've seen around celeb-land lately. From her fuss-free sleek hairstyle — which shows off her emerald drop earrings perfectly — to her thick winged eyeliner and fresh-faced skin, this is a modern take on classic glamour done oh so right. Step inside our gallery (with in-built zoom function!) to get a closer look at Emily's winning look.
Once again we were spoilt for choice when it came to finding the week's best beauty looks. After much careful consideration we narrowed it down to our top five, which includes a beautiful old Hollywood hair and makeup look from Kate Winslet at the premiere of Titanic 3D, a fashion-forward eyeliner look from January Jones, a flawless French complexion courtesy of Melanie Laurent and a couple of hot party looks from two of our favourite Aussie beauties. Take a closer look.
If you love to support local brands and are always on the hunt for a bargain, have we got good news for you! Heritage Brands, whose brand portfolio includes Australis, Le Tan, Innoxa, Nailene, Cedel and more has just opened a factory outlet in Melbourne, selling products from as little as 50 cents! It's open weekdays from 9am to 3pm so swing by for a lunchtime beauty haul — you'd be crazy not to check it out. What product are you most hoping to find there?
Factory outlet is located at the rear of 30 Bando Road, Springvale VIC 3171.
"I love wearing lipstick at the moment. I also love the look of matte, which I’ve been wearing, but my lips have been getting dry as the day goes on. When I put lip balm on in the morning, it’s harder for me to get the right coverage. What should I do?" — Jessica
Good question, Jessica! I'm guessing if you've applied lip balm and then tried to do a matte lip straight afterwards that the colour is going everywhere and looking patchy, right? Because of lip balm's waxy texture, it doesn't make a good match for matte lipstick unless the balm has sunk in. The best way to avoid having to wait is to ensure that your lips aren't dry to begin with.
We're stepping things up in our budget bonanza to a cool $25. Still pretty reasonable, we think, especially for some of these skincare saviours. From tools you'll need for your very own at-home facial to do-it-all face creams, there's something for every budget, every level of effort you're willing to make, and every skin type. Check it out and tell us your fave buys now!