Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MBFWA 2014: Day Two - Backstage Beauty at Gail Sorronda

Hair: Jon Pulitano for Redken

Hair Look: "It's a little bit animated in a sense, it's all about an alien mermaid moving into another realm, a bit futuristic.

[There is] a bit of a mermaid texture through the back. We want to keep it really sexy and really beautiful. The sides are tight, height on the top. A slightly alien shape. A little bit of crimping on the top to give padding.

Random braids at the back, some at the roots. Spray and iron them to heat them up then take them out. We then used Smooth Lock Heat Glide, which is a serum/blowdry lotion, through the mid lengths and ends of the back of the hair to create a slight wet look.

It's like this mermaid has come out of the water, hair is still a bit wet. There is a high gloss finish and multi-textured at the back. It is really piecey and beautiful." - Jon Pulitano

Key Products:

  • Redken Rootful: To give the hair grip, to style the hair in the direction needed.
  • Fashion Work 12 Hairspray: To keep the sides in tight and to give a smooth finish to the look.
  • Forceful 23 Strong Hold Hairspray.


Makeup: James Molloy for M.A.C

"Gail is working with Disney on a print this season, so it is kind of like The Little Mermaid, but without looking twee. I wanted a very liquid, mother of pearl skin, like light on water. It's very delicate and pretty but the key is the luminosity to the skin." - James Molloy.

Key Products:

  • Strobe Cream: All over the base of the skin.
  • Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle: All over powder to the skin, taking it on to the limbs.
  • Cream Colour Base in Hush and Shell.
  • Brow Set.
  • Studio Fix Lash Mascara.

Nails: Cherie Pollard for CND (Creative Nail Design) 

"Today's look is oceanic. The colours that we're going for are a beautiful nude in Powder My Nose and we've done a custom-blend to make a moon to accentuate that on some of the nails. That custom-blend is a reference to Oxblood. Some of the nails have also been done using Oxblood over the total surface of the nail. The two polishes used in the custom-blend are Fedora and Decadence. Very elongated and feminine in shape," says Cherie Pollard. 

Note: Any photos or quotes marked with an *have been sourced from Beauty Directory. Otherwise all copy and photos are my own. Please credit me if you would like to use.

MBFWA 2014: Day Two: Backstage Beauty at bec & bridge

Makeup: Nicole Thompson for M.A.C

"It's a different direction [for bec & bridge] this season, which I love. It's much more rugged and organic than they've been in the past. bec & bridge has always been a glamour girl," says Nicole Thompson.

Inspiration behind the makeup look: The girl is part of a summer tribe; earthy, textured, amazing.

Thompson says she wanted the models to look like they've been sunkissed. This was achieved by bronzing from the centre of the face and outwards. Bronze across the nose and wherever the sun would hit.

Freckles were added and brows were simply brushed up and set in place.

The most striking aspect of the look is the gold paint smeared through the eyelids. "It needs to look like they've done it themselves, like glamorous war paint. If you take too long with something, you lose the magic", says Thompson.

Key Products:

  • Pro Pigment in Old Gold, mixed with Fix + to create the gold paint.
  • Lip Pencil in Stone and Eye Pencil in Coffee to create the appearance of freckles on the skin.
  • Brow Set to hold the brows in place.
  • Cream Colour Base in Pearl and Hush.

Hair: Alan White for ghd

The bec&bridge girl is sexy! And guess what? She is still sexy, but she's grown up a little bit. She's travelling the world, she's got a bit of cash, she's got beautiful hair, bit dusty, but it's natural. It has that natural kink, that natural wave, so we are going to put a beautiful blow dry, not put any obvious wave in it. We are just going to bring out what we can. What is important about what we are trying to do today is the volume of it, represented by dust in the hair. We are going to give it a bit of style, so we are going to go low part, literally falling off - sweeping across the fringe, and then we've got a section that hangs out through the front, so that the ear is exposed. This way, when she walks the whole hair moves, and the hair in front of the ear moves, so that a few wispy bits move around the face. The look is really about the most beautiful blow dry you can do. We are putting ghd Total Volume Foam in it, which gives us a nice dusty feel, it's kind of a modern finish, its more matte then polish and shine, and this represents that beach vibe you get with salt spray, minus the grit. So you get the texture, volume and hold but you don't get the shine. I am also using the Oval Dressing Brush, and the reason I am doing that is to brush the blow dries to aerate them, stimulating the hair and we will get it to own its 
own movement," says Alan White.* 

Nails: Karen McKendrick-Taylor for OPI
Key Products:

  • OPI Nail Lacquer in L.A.M.B
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Samoan Sand

*Quote sourced from Beauty Directory

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MBFWA 2014: Day Two - Backstage Beauty at By Johnny

Makeup: Nicole Thompson for M.A.C

"There is almost a 60's vibe to the clothes and we wanted to bring that to the makeup without overdoing it. At the end of the day it has to be really quick, it can't be too glamorous. It's raw yet perfected skin. We are all about skin prep," says Thompson.

Key Products:


  • M.A.C Softening Lotion: "It's like a creamier Fix +, the effect is hydrated, creamy, incredible skin." 
  • Mineralize Skinfinish Natural: "You need to powder in the right areas, otherwise the whole [face] will look shiny. Press in under the eyes, in between the brows and around the mouth. It makes the highlights jump out even more."
  • Fluidline Gel Eyeliner in Blacktrack: "We landed on black because we wanted to have real power to this girl, she's still got a bit of toughness even though she's so elegant, like a young New Yorker," says Thompson.
  • Cream Colour Base in Luna
  • M.A.C Pro Pigment in Kitchmass

 Hair: Janelle Chaplin for Original & Mineral

Inspiration: Androgynous. "We wanted her to look like she had been in her boyfriend's product. We wanted to create a whimsical quiff through the top but we wanted it to be about mixing wet and dry textures," says Janelle Chaplin.

To recreate at home: Create a more wearable version of this look with a bit of gel slicked through to give the hair a really slick look.

Key Products: 

  • Rootalicious Root Lift: To give the hair a floaty effect.
  • K-Gravel Texture Clay and Frizzy Logic Shine Serum: To get the wet look at the top of the flick.
  • Style Guru Styling Cream: To polish the ends.
  • Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray: To set the look.

Nails: essie
Key Products:

  • Grow Faster: Apply one coat.
  • Nail Color in Blanc: Apply three coats.
  • Matte About You: Apply one coat. 

Alex Perry MBFWA 2014

Victoria's Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio opened and closed the show for industry heavyweight Alex Perry on day two of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia yesterday.

The collection seems to be going in a slightly more youthful direction for the designer, evidenced by the pops of pink and bright yellows and orange tones thrown into the otherwise subdued colour palette of black, white and navy.

Alessandra really stole the show for me. I love that she has such a fit and strong looking body too. It's a refreshing change amongst all the waifs strutting down the runway.

What do you think of Alex's designs? 

Stay tuned for more fashion and backstage beauty coverage from MBFWA!

Monday, April 7, 2014

MBFWA 2014: Day Two - Backstage Beauty at Alex Perry

This is my first post in this year's series of Backstage Beauty posts from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. I'll be posting run-downs of the various beauty looks from a bunch of different shows. Check out my behind-the-scenes look at Alex Perry's show below.

Makeup: Napoleon Perdis

The inspiration for the makeup look was sport luxe and fresh faced glamour 'that only an Australian girl can pull off'.
The focus is on the skin, natural but luminous with an 'almost translucent texture'. Matte Bronzer was used on the cheeks for a natural flush. The finished look is all about minimal effort.

Key Products:


  • Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Mask to stimulate the skin.
  • Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Primer applied to the high points of the face.
  • Auto Pilot Concealer Primer applied to the under-eye area to smooth and brighten.
  • Stipple Highlight Champagne Days over the tops of the cheekbones and cupid's bow.
  • Peep Show Mascara Madame Curl Curl, coat the lashes from root to tip.
  • Matte Bronze applied through the socket.
  • Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Primer mixed with Loose Eye Dust in Copper Element applied to the mobile lid and a small amount to the inner corners.
  • Color Disc in Blushing Bride applied to the mobile lid.
  • The One Concealer mixed with China Doll Gel Eyeliner in Yang to line the waterline.
  • Eyebrow Pencil in Pale Rider or Chocoholic applied through the brows.
  • Auto Pilot Lip Service to hydrate and prep the lips.
  • Cotton Butter Lip Balm in Doreen applied to the lips to complete the look.

Nails: Ali Magliveras for essie

"Alex Perry is always classic, but this year we wanted to add a little bit of colour - so we've gone with navy because it was huge at New York Fashion Week. With Alex's collection, the navy adds a pop of colour. The No More Film shade that we're using is a glamorous blue which looks great with all the girl's skin tones and is a really easy colour to wear," says Ali Magliveras.*

Tan: Rachael Brooke for St. Tropez
"Today we're doing a really natural light bronze, a golden glowy look on the girls to make them look really healthy and glowing. We have used the Instant Tan and the Gold Illuminator, and before the show, the girls have all prepped their bodies with the Body Polish that is an exfoliator," says Rachael Brooke. *

Hair: Sophie Roberts for ghd
"We're taking inspiration from the girls themselves. It's all about creating really beautiful, effortless styling today - starting with a great hair cut, freshly washed hair and working the Total Volume Foam from roots to ends and air drying it. We're just activating a hair cut, giving the hair some spirit and life. It's really about hair that's not overworked this season. We're letting the clothes speak, the natural beauty of the girls speak and the hair inspired by the models themselves. We used ghd Volume Foam for body and for texture, the Final Shine Spray to add the piecyness, and the Final Fix Hairspray for hold," says Sophie Roberts.

*Quotes borrowed from the lovely girls at Beauty Directory.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat Review

In all my years of being beauty obsessed and the thousands of times I have painted my nails, I have never really had a holy grail base coat. I was always trying new things that were either sent to me for consideration, or things I'd picked up on other people's recommendations. I can now honestly say I have a favourite base coat that I have been using exclusively since I purchased it late last year.

You'll notice in this post that I had just started trialling a whole bunch of new product releases with the Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat being one of them. I have used this product quite a bit since purchasing it and I can confidently say it is one of, if not the best base coats I have used.

I must say, personal preferences do vary when it comes to something like a base coat. For me, what I want is a product that will prevent staining to my nails, and keep the polish chip-free for longer. A lot of people will want something that may strengthen their nails or prevent peeling, and while these things are important to me also, I have dedicated treatment products that I use to cater to these issues.

The Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat creates a super-smooth base for your nails to apply varnish on top of. The best thing about it though is the way it extends the life of my manicure. I can generally go about 2-3 days before I notice a chip or my polish starting to peel when using other base coats, but with this one my nails can remain chip-free for about a week! To me this is a big deal, as I'm constantly needing to change my nail polish as I hate the look of chipped nails. Now, I can leave the colour on much longer before I feel the need to change it.

This product is available wherever Revlon products are sold (I picked mine up at Priceline) and retails for $16.95.

Do you have a holy grail base coat? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Camilla Grand Showcase: Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

Happy Friday, everyone! I thought I'd start off the weekend with a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible hair design for the Camilla Grand Showcase from this week's Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.

I'm a huge fan of Camilla, mostly because she is so unique and has a very distinct and memorable aesthetic. I was lucky enough to sit front row at her MBFWA show last year which was amazing. She always manages to leave you feeling so inspired.

The hair for this show was care of Brad Ngata and Showpony Hair Extensions

The brief: The Camilla girl is a warrior, has a primal energy and tribal.

I love the look the team achieved, though not for everyday wear! I have a feeling textured hair will be on trend this year, as well as hair extensions in varying lengths and colours!



Check out the video below to see Brad work his magic on the models' hair!

What do you think of this hair look?

Photo credit: Lucas Dawson
Videography credit: Chris Baker
Photos care of Stephanie Mason, owner, Showpony Hair Extensions