Ravageur means devastating in French. And while this perfume by Frederic Malle isn’t quite as harsh as the name suggests, the musk fragrance is…
Escentric Molecule: the perfume that’s not a perfume at all. Curious?
As the seasons change, does your makeup application? I like to wear a little bit less makeup in summer, particularly under a blazing Australian…
Sometimes a simple twist on a traditional manicure is all it takes to supercharge your nails. You don’t have to go cray cray with…
The Stila Stay All Day HD Illuminating Beauty Balm (um, why such a long name Stila?!) was a recent purchase where I was looking for…
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.
It was with great delight that Celeste, one third of The Natural Supply Co reached out to tell me about their digital venture.
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?
So, there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to hair styling and it’s called the VS Sassoon Curl Secret. No secrets…
Here’s a nice little beauty update for you: Sephora has launched their Australian website…..finally!
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
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!
Here’s some great products that have come across my desk of late that are sure to have you primped and preened to perfection!
I discovered Smith’s Rosebud Salve in New York two years ago and it very quickly became my FAVOURITE lip balm ever.
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!
When I wear a crown braid or post about it people want to know one thing: How do you do it?
APPELLES was developed with the intention of creating a good, honest skincare range utilising the finest Australian certified organic essential oils.
Here’s some lovely things that have come across my desk of late, plus a couple of old faithfuls!
On Monday May 4th 2015 in Seoul, South Korea, Karl Lagerfeld presented the CHANEL 2015/16 Cruise collection. In the heart of this futurist space…
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.
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.
Four new products from Napoleon Perdis came across my desk and I thought I’d road test them to see if they could pass the Lady Melbourne ’10-minute-ready’ test.
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.
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.
The half moon or ‘negative space’ manicure is somewhat of a trend at the moment, but I’ve discovered something brilliant about it: as it…
Annoyed and staring at the ceiling, my addled sleep-interrupted mind started drifting and I found myself wondering: “What the hell is contouring?”
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.
Ever wondered what it’s like to get a brow tint or your eyelashes extended? I find out with exciting results, see the before and after photos for proof.
I didn’t think I needed to learn how to define my brows…until I visited Ottoman 3 Brow Bar and had my eye brows threaded….
Summer is around the corner here in Oz, but whether you are reading this from a colder climate I think these ‘essentials’ still apply.
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.
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.
Charcoal and hyaluronic acid is where it’s at in the beauty industry and you heard it here first!
“Get naked. Get Dirty. Get Rough. Get Clean.” That’s Frank Body’s tag line and in a nutshell, it’s absolutely true. This is a simple…
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?
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.
Black eye liner is great, specially when you can get a nice straight line, but how about branching out into different colours?
So thrilled to bring you a beauty review via the Lady Melbourne TV YouTube channel! Here are all the details you might need mentioned…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oscar Oscar suggested recently we try a vintage hollywood glamour look or perhaps even an androgynous look as something rather new for Lady Melbourne….
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!
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.
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?
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.
While I was travelling I decided that I was going to introduce a new, regular segment to Lady Melbourne called ‘Today’s Face.’
I love, love, LOVE beauty and I get asked regularly about what products I used, so I thought to myself, ‘Why not make this a regular feature?’
I made the snap decision to chop it all off, rang Oscar Oscar to make an appointment and voila: a new me.
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.
In this post I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been using on my skin for the last couple of months, and give you a review of some products that have been sent to me, or that I’ve bought. Straight out this isn’t a sponsored post, I’m just sharing with y’all what I do/don’t like.
I’ve mentioned Fashiondacci on the blog before because it’s a rad Melbourne shop that is quickly becoming one of my favourites.
Just the other day I asked on Instagram if you would be interested to see a tutorial on how I create a ballerina bun. The overwhelming response went something like, ‘We thought you’d never ask!’ So here’s a video on the topic for your viewing pleasure.
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!
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.
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.
Just when I think that I’ve had my favourite all time manicure from Miss Fox Melbourne, I walk out with something like this.
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.!
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.
Natalie with her entry…
To share the love Oscar Oscar are offering a Lady Melbourne reader the chance to have a makeover of your very own at the new Southland Salon by Robert Weir their salon director, an award winning hairdresser with over 18 years experience.
At Pure Chica there are therapists on hand to tidy your brows, manicure your nails, do your make up or hair, but what makes it completely unique is that they also offer a powder room service where if you are prepared to DIY you can, for all of $5.
I have never owned a ghd so when I was offered one to give away despite the fact that I already have dead straight hair I thought, ‘why not?’
I’m not sure how many of you out there go to the hairdresser just to get your hair styled even when you don’t have an occasion.
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.
Here’s what makeup I use on my skin everyday and in the photos you see on the blog. It’s Natio, it’s from Melbourne and it’s amazeballs.
I just can’t seem to get on top of the blog this week despite the fact that I have plenty of photos to show you….just not enough time!
The Miss Fox team have designed exclusive nail art for Topshop customers in their Chapel St store and they’ll be applying these to your nails, all weekend.
Valentines Day is just around the corner so I’ve teamed up with MOR Cosmetics to give you the chance to win an absolutely gorgeous hamper that are exclusive to the e-boutique for Valentines Day.
Considering her offer for me to come in I decided to take the plunge- how bad/good could it be?
Oh yes, their famous tea parties have returned and this time things might get a little sticky…
I’ve teamed up with Oscar Oscar salons(who do my hair) to offer Lady Melbourne readers 25% off major hairdressing services for the month of September.
Victoria of Miss Fox offered to have me in ahead of my VRC Spring Racing Carnival luncheon at Flemington yesterday to have my hair and makeup done and to trial the Paperself lashes.
The good folks at MOR Cosmetics came to the fore yesterday via twitter when I asked if anyone had anything absolutely divinely fabulous to offer my readers for a give away.
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.
Long term readers of the blog will know that I have dead straight hair. If you see a wave, kink or curl it is…
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.
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.
So here it is: my latest health venture. Over the weekend staying with the Raife crew I was inspired to try spirulina in my juice for breakfast. It was promised to me as a super food that would make me feel on top of the world inside and out.
Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, you just have to find products that work for you.
I just love doing my nails, do you? I rarely get manicures done preferring instead to do them myself. This stemmed from my student…
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.
One of the questions I get asked the most(strange I know) is who does your hair? Well, I’m lucky in that Oscar Oscar do my hair pretty much where ever I am in Australia. Lucky I know.
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.
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.
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…
My friend Shi Shi and I were walking down Bourke St today and she took me into Tokuya which is like a Japanese $1…
People often want to know about my hair- who cuts it, where, do I style it myself, how do I re-create that ‘do.’
I don’t colour my hair and generally try to keep…
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?!’
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!
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…
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 to you all! I need to apologise for the lack of posts this week, I just haven’t been able to get inspired…
I’m going to take this opportunity to let you all know that I’ve been honoured with a nomination in this years Cosmopolitan ‘Fun Fearless Female’ of the Year Award in the ‘Blogger’ category. If you feel like clicking and getting behind Lady Melbourne I will send you cyber love FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. Nah not really, but I will continue to take photos and present Melbourne’s finest shopping and designers here for you. Lady loves you, love her back!
Just a quick post today but please come back tomorrow because I have a new give-away that includes a $100 gift voucher to spend on clothes. That’s all I can say at this stage!
I was thrilled inside when Bloom got in contact with me and wanted to have a chat about beauty- I love makeup and all things bold and beautiful. Their newsletter is out today for subscribers but you can also check out their blog with the interview and selected photos from my blog.
‘Scent is so primal it is what drives us and whether we realise, we are searching for scents all the time. The primal urge…
For quite a while now, I’ve been meaning to try a manicure a la Dita Von Teese with reverse tips, or over stated cuticles…
I don’t fit a lot of beauty into the blog, but not because I’m not obsessed with it, mainly because I don’t have time…