Beauty

New Hair!

Here’s a quick update for you – I got a haircut. Not exactly front page news, but it’s great to get back to what was a signature do for me for many years, a blunt fringe.

Lady Melbourne tries MarulaOil by Paul Mitchell | www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Beauty Review: Marula Oil

I’m not sure entirely whether it’s the shampoo or my left over pregnancy hormones, but as you can see in these photos after using the products, my hair does look super shiny. Would I recommend it?

House of Maxx Boutique Skin Clinic, Melbourne | www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Meet House of Maxx

The founder of House of Maxx, Makayla Herdman suggested that we might like to meet as two women from Melbourne who’ve both started their own fashion and beauty related businesses

Brow Perfect with ‘Eye Of Horus’

I’ve discovered a new way to define your brows that’s simple, easy and only requires two products. Really and truly, you could use just the one, but as I like them to look a certain way, two pencils is still a pretty good solution!

Lady Melbourne reviews the best botanic bathroom products

Botanic Blast: Bathroom products from around the world

Some people like sugary sweet vanilla, or marshmallows and cocoa butter for their morning shower ritual. For those of you who prefer something on the botanical side, I’ve done the research and found some great products that will have you scrubbed, polished and coming up roses. Or smelling like essential oils – your choice!

Lady Melbourne's shiny hair after using apple cider vinegar

The beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar

Vinegar and hair care – not two things you’d immediately expect to find in one sentence. However, I’ve started taking diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV) as an aid for digestion and have noticed, being someone with more than a passing interest in beauty products, a perceptible boost in the shininess of my hair.

Micellar cleansing water from 'Simple' skin care

SKINCARE MADE SIMPLE

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is an innovative cleanser which gently removes make-up and impurities so that skin is cleansed with no need to rinse.

What’s inside a fashion week gift bag?

Ah the gift bag, usually found under the hallowed seats of the first and second row, it can be a highlight of attending fashion week. They can also be a complete wasteful showcase of stuff you don’t need, filled with teeny, tiny samples that might be appropriate for, oh I don’t know, a smurf.

Lady Melbourne's beauty flat lay

Beauty Products & Accessories That You Want Now

Beauty and accessories are two of my favourite things, but I think you all know that by now. Such easy things to pick up, it’s not like investing in an entire new fashionable wardrobe, rather you can just buy some hope in a jar or something ‘jolie’ to wear around your neck.

Large J'adore perfume bottle

Melbourne’s Dior Perfume & Beauty Boutique

Christian Dior has opened it’s first Melbourne beauty and perfume boutique at Highpoint. Preceeding it’s flagship store opening this week on Collins St, the 74sqm boutique is a grand premiere entirely devoted to Dior fragrances, make-up and skincare.

Lady Melbourne tries a skin peel

What is a skin peel?

The image most conjured up when talking about skin peels is of the character Samantha from season five of Sex And The City, when she gets a chemical peel right before Carrie’s book launch.

The results are pretty shocking, and because it’s not something a lot of people talk about, or well explained, it’s a lasting image for most women.

But skin ‘peels’ are actually an effective treatment if administered correctly, and can certainly change the appearance of your skin in terms of sun damage, ageing and pigmentation.

Lady Melbourne wearing 'Eye of Horus' cosmetics

Beauty Review: Eye of Horus Cosmetics

If you’re going to try and recreate eye make up inspired by ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, then I would imaging you’d be after the blackest of black pigment.

Enter Eye of Horus, an Australian brand developed to bring high quality products that can be used on sensitive skin.

Super foods: What are they?

What are superfoods?

It’s beyond a trend when you can buy what were once obscure seeds in the aisles of your local supermarket, and celebrity chefs promote activated almonds as part of your everyday diet. Superfood it seems, is here to stay.

So where do you begin?

Lady Melbourne's beauty regime

Win the ultimate day of indulgence with Manicare!

One thing I love about reading blogs and watching YouTube, is the amount of beauty advice you can gleam from every day women just like you and me. Want to know how to braid hair? Youtube. Want to know how to apply the perfect winged eye liner? Head over to Chloe Morello’s blog.

New beauty review: Clean teeth and radiant skin

New beauty review: Clean teeth and radiant skin

If there is one thing that I love in my beauty routine, it’s cleansing. I’ve spoken about various products that I use before, and I’m also not immune to trying out all manner of treatments in pursuit of a sparkling visage.

Two things came across my desk in January that piqued my cleanliness interest: the Oral B Black 7000 electric toothbrush and a microdermabrasion and neoOxygen facial at neoSkin.

Shiny, health, lustrous hair

Try this: Shu Uemura Hair Ceremony

Have you ever had a hair cleansing ceremony? Shu Uemura are now offering what they call their ‘Deep Ceremony’ at Oscar Oscar salons and I had the pleasure of discovering what it’s all about on a recent visit.

Beauty Tips for Long Haul Flights

Flying long haul means different things to different people. Four hours on a plane may be your limit, or perhaps (and if you are Australian) you might be used to up to 14 hours for one flight.

Flying to New York from Australia for example will see you clock up 20 hours flying time. Kind of insane, right?!

As I’ve done my fair share of overseas travel this year I thought perhaps I’d share what I use pre, during and post flight to keep my skin, hair and nails in shape.

Summer Beauty Reviews

I get a lot of beauty items come across my desk, but not all of them make it to the blog. I won’t put just anything on my face- would you?!

Here are some recent arrivals that I’ve really been enjoying, from beauty classics through to new kids on the block.

Red tip manicure from Miss Fox

Shellac Manicures: Your questions answered

Will Shellac ruin my nails? Will Shellac strengthen my nails? How can I remove a shellac manicure at home?

These are all questions I get asked about my manicures, and I’m not even a nail technician! But I thought it was about time I answered some common questions to dispel myths and satiate your curiosity.

Today’s Face: How to create a simple vintage hairstyle

I am no expert when it comes to hairstyling, but over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work with hairdressers and have tried to glean as many tips as possible. I’m also a huge DIY gal, watching how-to clips on YouTube or finding out to do things on Pinterest.

So here is a tutorial on how I create a simple, vintage looking hairstyle in just a few steps. It’s easier than you think!

Today’s Face: Golden Ratio Brows

So I’m back at the Miss Eyelash studio in Elwood where I’ve been a handful of times before to see Emma, the founder of Miss Eyelash whose services are dedicated solely to eyelash extensions and care. Working out of the same studio these days is O’Connell of Golden Ratio Brows who brings her expertise as a beauty therapist and spa owner to Miss Eyelash’s range of services.

Today’s Face: Pop!

Recently I had this comic book inspired manicure done by Sara at Miss Fox and while we were chatting away about what I wanted to do for the corresponding blog post, someone said, ‘Why don’t we just get Luna to do it?’
Who is Luna you may ask?

Road tested: Lancôme’s UV Expert BB Complete

BB and CC creams- what does it actually mean? I was curious to find out because I’d heard so much about these wondrous creams and their amazing properties. Primer, sunscreen, brightener, and makeup all in one, I set off to trial Lancôme’s UV Expert BB Complete along with 5 Lady Melbourne readers who I enlisted to give the product a go.

Today’s Face

So here is this weeks installment of ‘Today’s Face,’ a new beauty segment on Lady Melbourne that really came about because you guys seem to love beauty as much as I do!
If you missed it you can catch last weeks here, otherwise lets crack on with today’s face which is more of a fun, evening look.

Win a Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream pack!

I would love to know what you think however, so, courtesy of Clinique one lucky Lady Melbourne reader is going to have the chance to win a Repairwear Laser Focus prize pack that will include:

Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream 15ml

Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 50 ml

Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector 30ml

Your invitation for a free haircut at Oscar Oscar

I’ve been working with Oscar Oscar salons the last couple of years to achieve my long, glossy locks and to generally keep my hair in shape. Over the years they have been so generous to Lady Melbourne readers with offers of makeovers, products, services and of course free haircuts. More on that later!

I thought it might be interesting to meet Oscar Cullinan, the man behind Oscar Oscar and talk about their expansion into the Victorian market.

Lady Melbourne sports an Eco Tan

Gone are the days of baking in the sun for hours on end trying to achieve that slight glow to make you feel on top of the world. Enter Eco Tan who approached me to see if I’d like to try their products to see if I could lather up in the morning and later that night sport a stunning honey glow.

Beauty from the Deep: Biotherm

Just in time for Christmas (of course!), Biotherm has released limited charity editions designed by Swedish illustrator Ingela Peterson Arrhenius. With Biotherm I am giving Lady Melbourne readers the chance to win one of five of these limited, charity edition packs!

How to create the perfect cat eye make up

Have you ever wondered how to create the perfect cat eye make up?

This look is much easier than you think to achieve, specially if you have good products. I like to combine my eye liner with an ink/pen and eyeliner cream because I like a dramatic and strong, deep black.

The Light Belongs To Yves Saint Laurent: Touche Éclat

One Touche Éclat is sold every 10 seconds around the globe. It’s really quite staggering when you think about it. I started to use it years ago when I bought it on a trip to Europe, so when YSL asked me if I wanted to talk about the product, and of course offer you the chance to try it, it seemed quite a natural synergy.

Oscar Oscar Winner Makeover

You may remember that I recently hosted a competition for one of you to win a hair makeover courtesy of Oscar Oscar Southland. Natalie the winner and I went along to check things out.!

Inside

In addition to shooting outside at The Vibe Carlton there were a couple more indoor shots taken indoors but that didn’t fit with the last ‘story’ but that I wanted to share.

Miss Eyelash: Love & Lashes

Last week I dropped in to see the queen of eyelashes in Melbourne if not Australia, Emma of Miss Eyelash. Her work is really perfection when working with such a delicate area of the face and although I was once sceptical about eyelash extensions, my mind has now well and truly been changed.

Happy Friday!

I have me a new set of shellacked nails courtesy of Clara at Miss Fox. I took her a couple of photo inspirations that I’d sourced online, namely the most amazing work from Illamasqua.

Miss Fox Day Spa

And so I ended up at the beautiful Miss.Fox yesterday for some serious pampering, and to find out what this new Melbourne delight had to offer.

Say Hello To Shellac

As you know I do love to do my nails but never have manicures. Being a poor student taught me how to do-your-own nails many years ago and since that time I’ve never really returned to the salon.

Beauty Week: Hair at home

As mentioned in my previous post, I am extremely lucky in that for events and when I need a killer ‘do,’ I have Oscar Oscar to help me out. Otherwise, my everyday hair or what you see on the blog here is done by yours truly. I’ve had all sorts of styles and colours over the years, but since 2003 I haven’t coloured my hair and I can honestly say I don’t think I ever will again.

Beauty Week: Health and Wellbeing

Hooray, it’s beauty week on Lady Melbourne! And what better way to start things off than with health and well being, specially in light of me coming down ill last week. Thank you for all your well wishes, it’s definitely helped.

Next week is beauty week on Lady M!

I do get asked quite a fair bit about my beauty, hair and fitness regimes so I thought why not just make a whole week of posts all about it? It’s quite exciting really because I’ve recieved some great products lately (ie mineral makeup) that have changed how I wear my make up. There are things such as my manicures that I only ever do myself however and my good old tried and tested $13 moisturiser so quite a mixed bag that makes up Lady M.

Oh my!

Ah readers, why am I smiling like an idiot with bright yellow nails in today’s post? I’ll tell you why. I was driving on…

Happy Friday!

Ah Fridays, how I love them!
I look quite vital and healthy in this shot but it turns out I have bronchitis that entails very dark circles under my eyes. I thought, ‘How am I going to take a photo that fits with Happy Friday where I don’t have to show my face in full?!’

Reverse plait pony tail

This hairstyle is one that I do when I want an up do, but not a simple pony tail. It’s really simple, I copied it off a style I saw at fashion week last year and believe me- if I can do it you can too!

Saison, Saison, Saison!

I was absolutely deeeeeelighted when an invitation arrived to visit Saison’s head office and private show room- all things fragrant and beautifully packaged easily…

After the fact…

Normally I punch all of your details into a ‘random name picker’ and post up screen shots of the competition results, but for last weeks Oscar Oscar package give away I actually chose the name myself.

LoataBavadra you are the winner of the package simply because I could hardly believe that a day after giving birth you were back reading blogs, and mine no less 🙂 What an effort that’s all I can say! Just email me with to collect your prize.

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday to you all! I need to apologise for the lack of posts this week, I just haven’t been able to get inspired…