Nov 15, 2011


GET.... EXCITED!!!!!!

Cause my new blog has finally arrived.

Stop looking here... & start looking there.

I hope you love it!

Sep 8, 2011


Hi lovelies!

I am very sorry for my lack of posts lately. 

There is a good reason for this-  I am working very hard on a new & improved site!

It will be launched within a few weeks.

Watch this space.

Aug 14, 2011

one hundred & twenty four.


In life.
more importantly,
when doing make up.

If you're scared of trying a new look, or using a different colour because you have a fear of it turning out wrong..

here's a great thing to remember..

not brain surgery.


Give it a go!

The more you play with it, the less scary it will become & you will most probably become so addicted to this new look/product.. you'll have to DRAG yourself away from it!

I'm Baaaaaack!

for the lack of posts lately.

My work has picked up A LOT & it has been a little crazy...

Except I haven't had a chance to do any posts...
But now,
I'm back in the game baby.

did you miss me?

Jul 24, 2011

one hundred & twenty three.

I was recently asked by one of my beautiful readers to do a step by step on how to fake tan!


Fake tanning seems to be hated by some, overdone by many & loved by too few!

I'm naturally quite pale, in fact flourescent if don't see sun for a while, but I don't want to subject myself to the sun too often to rely on getting a tan!

I have done so many make ups on 30 something women who have CLEARLY overdone the whole sunbaking thing...  & trust me, their skin is not good.
It gets this hideous leathery feel to it, age spots set in prematurely, & not to mention, their wrinkles are multiplied!

Don't get me wrong, seeing sunlight is definitely a good thing, just don't subject yourself to it for so long that you get an impressive tan!

Leather handbags are great. Leathery skin is not. 

So i say...
Fake it 'til you make it!

Firstly,  have a shower!
While you're in there, exfoliate your entire body.
I use Lux Exfoliating Body Wash (because it smells so delicious!!) with an exfoliating glove.
Rinse yourself off!
Dry yourself thoroughly & moisturize your toes & hands. If you have dry scaly skin on your elbows, ankles & knees, moisturize them as well!

Wait around 20 minutes for the moisturizer to soak in, then start applying your tan!
I use Le Tan Instant Foaming Mousse in Deep Bronze & Bronze & I will explain how to put both colours to good use!
Start by doing your feet with the Bronze (which is the lighter colour out of the two) & apply it all over, taking good care to cover every toe & around your ankles.
Then get the Deep Bronze (the darker colour) & do your legs, torso & arms. 
Use a strong sweeping motion, but don't rub it in too much so your skin can absorb the colour evenly.

Make sure you don't miss any parts of your body! You don't want to look blotchy!

Then grab the Bronze & cover your neck, face & ears, making sure to get every nook & cranny.
(Definitely do your neck, but doing your face is optional. Just make sure if you don't do it, you use a darker foundation to match your body)

I've noticed that there is one small patch of skin on my back that i can't reach very well.. If you have the same issue, grab a friend/partner/relative to do that part for you,
OR do my little trick- Instead of pumping the foam into the palm of your hand, pump it onto the back and spread it out so that you can reach up to that section with the flat, back of your hand rather than a wonky hand & a few little fingers.. which obviously leaves finger marks!

If you don't want your tan to be too dark. Skip the next step & jump to the last!

If you want to look like you've been holidaying in Hawaii, wait 20 minutes for the first layer of tan to dry, then repeat the entire process! 
You can do your entire body for the second time with the Bronze if you don't want to apply more of the Deep Bronze. 
That part is totally up to you & how dark you want to be.

Finish by washing your hands thoroughly with soap, making sure you wash properly between your fingers! Then grab the Bronze & pump a little onto my hands & wipe the insides VERY thoroughly with a baby wipe so they can blend in with the rest of my tan & my palms don't go orange.
Now go stand in front of a heater, fire, blow dryer to help speed up the drying process & send yourself to bed!

The next day you will wake up beautiful & bronzed!

Jump in the shower (if you don't do it overnight make sure you wait AT LEAST 8 hours before showering) & wash the excess tan off with a body wash (NOT an exfoliating one).
Then smother yourself with a yummy smelling moisturizer to cover the smell of fake tan!
I use Cocoa Butter, because I'm obsessed with it!

I repeat this entire process usually once a week.

During the week, moisturize yourself every day, in fact, twice a day if you can & apply either some gradual tan or the Bronze tan every three or four days to maintain your colour!

Losing your tan is very easy! 
I learnt this after frying myself in Bali a few years ago (tsk tsk. naughty Rachael) . I went to so much effort to get a tan which i was super excited about, then 2 weeks later I had a spa.. 
When i got out, i was white again & the bubbles were brown!

So here are my tips for a lasting tan..
Cut your showers down to 5 minutes.
In fact, don't spend too much time in water in general. 
Don't go rubbing yourself dry with your towel, instead pat yourself dry!
& moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! especially in winter!

Enjoy the healthy feeling of being tanned & think of the world of good you're doing to your skin (& body) by avoiding all that sun baking!!!


Jul 21, 2011

one hundred & twenty two.

 Check out some of my latest work!

Campaign images for the beautiful label 
& the look book for their Nostalgic Exposition range.

Behind the scenes from this shoot are coming soon...

one hundred & twenty one.

Here are a couple of 
Behind The Scenes shots that i found floating around on google,
from the Red Undies Week photo shoot that i worked on!

Doing Jessica Maloney's hair.
That's me in my favourite grey snuggy cape!  
Amanda Hinchcliffe, Tyler Atkins & one of Amanda's lovely friends!

Jul 20, 2011

one hundred & twenty.

In winter, i like to use a moisturizer that's thicker than my usual Cetaphil,

so that i feel like the cold weather won't be able to sneak in & dry my skin out!

So lately I've been using 

Shu Uemura's Depsea Hydrability Moisturizing Cream.

And I'm absolutely LOVING it!

I only wear it at night when I'm going to bed 
& it feels so lovely & thick & nourishing!

I then wake up in the morning with the softest, most beautiful skin with this fabulous healthy glow!

It's definitely worth a try for all you (possibly dry & scaly) winter snow bunnies out there!

one hundred & nineteen.

The one product i buy more than anything is..


Thats right.

Good old fashioned... 
fragrance free.. 
10 bucks a packet...
Baby Wipes.

They're the only thing i can trust to be gentle on even the most sensitive skin!
I use them twice a day!

In the morning to prepare my skin for applying make up
(or whenever i decide to wake up.. 
which is usually really the afternoon if i have a choice,
but to make my point, i'll say morning)
& at night to remove my make up!

I suggest everyone who spends hundreds of dollars a month on their 
"cleansing, toning, moisturizing" products to give them a go!
Replace your cleanser/toner with them &
you may find that they will do your skin a WORLD of good!




Jul 15, 2011

one hundred & eighteen.

Reader Question:

"Is it bad to wear foundation every day?"

This all depends on your skin & how it reacts to wearing make up, but no, it's perfectly okay to wear foundation as often as you like!
It's always nice to give your skin a little break from make up to just let it be, but you can do this at night time when you're sleeping!  
Just make sure you take off your make up before going to bed & moisturize your skin to keep it feeling soft & fresh!

In saying that, if your having problems with your skin & it seems to get worse when wearing make up, you may want to check it's not your foundation causing the issues.
I only recommend make up that I have never had any issues with sensitivity when using.
Everyone is different though,  so it's absolutely worth making sure it's not a product you're using on an every day basis that's causing the issue!

one hundred & seventeen.

Reader Question:

"Is eyelash glue bad for your eyes?"

The short answer to this is no.  
Eyelash glue is made to be used around the eyes, so it is absolutely safe!

However, When using eyelash glue to apply false lashes, you should be applying the lashes on top of your own lashes, not on the skin around your eye.
This is how the lashes sit best,
& I can't imagine it would feel good to have glue actually IN your eyes!

I will post a false lashes step by step (with photos!) in a later post!

Jul 13, 2011

one hundred & sixteen.

Life is too short to live the same day twice.

one hundred & fifteen.

Just like with everything you do,

Practice Makes Perfect.

Same goes for doing your make up.

Even though I'm telling you all the tips & tricks I can think of, it doesn't mean you are going to nail everything you try first go.

So try & try again & I promise it will become second nature to you.

That's when you can smile because you've nailed it

one hundred & fourteen.

If your skin is feeling a little dry & dehydrated & you're just about to apply your make up...

Instead of smothering it with moisturizer
(which will make your make up run as fast as it can!)

Spritz some hydrating Rosewater spray all over your face for instant hydration 
& that wonderful moisturized feeling.

It's super gentle & able to be used on the most sensitive of skins.
For a quick Pick Me Up,
You can even spray it very lightly over your make up towards the end of the day,
if it's starting to look a little dull.

Try Kosmea's Hydrating rosewater mist.
That's my fave!


one hundred & thirteen.

Here are some 
Behind The Scenes shots from one of my latest shoots 
for  Cosmopolitan.

Photos taken by Vanessa Low @ themondayissue

Jul 12, 2011

one hundred & twelve

My gorgeous friend Georgia & I at the
Yves Saint Laurent Winter Collection Launch

( Photo from The Daily Telegraph )

one hundred & eleven.


(image from google)

 !!!!!especially if it resembles one of these!!!!!


or at least get it bleached.



You will then be able to enjoy all the wonderful things in life.. 
like a beautiful, bold, bright pink lip!

Jul 3, 2011

one hundred & ten.

I know I talk about & recommend a lot of high priced items on here,

& I'm well aware that not everyone has a big budget for their make up collection!

So today I got a few cheaper products to try out

& I will be reviewing them on here over the next few days !


Jul 2, 2011

one hundred & nine.

Reader Question:
"I always try to get that perfect balance between smokey eye and 60's cat eye. 
I love top-lined eyes but i hate perfect looking make up, 
i like it a little rough around the edges, a bit rock n roll. 
how can i do this and which products are best?"

Give me a challenge why don't you! haha.
This isn't the simplest of make ups to explain in a post,
Or even to do on yourself.
So i'll take a few rough photos along the way to help keep you on track.

Prep your eyes.
(Baby wipe them to remove all oil. Apply foundation, concealer & translucent powder over the top)
Don't bother doing your foundation until you've finished your eye make up!

Product wise, you can go all out by using a black gel eyeliner with a brush.
MAC 'Blacktrack' gel eyeliner is what I've used.
If you find it easier to use a black pencil that will do the same job, or even a very black eyeshadow.
Using the eyeshadow option will be more likely be smokey than striking.

Draw an imaginary line (or an actual line if that helps) from the side of your nose, to the corner of your eyes & upwards to your temples.
This is the angle your "flick" should be at.
I did this after I'd done the make up just to show you
but you should do it first, as told in the step by step.

Then you have a choice.
Do you want to cover your entire eyelid in black?
If you do,
Put some sticky tape over this imaginary line.
Yes sticky tape.!
It helps you to keep on a straight line.
  Then using your brush cover your eyelid with the black eyeliner,
going into the crease of your eye socket, &  all the way to the end of the sticky tape.

Stay looking down and leave it to dry for a minute.
Or until you get too impatient.
Check to make sure the black is even & heavy enough to your liking
(if it's not you can go over it with the same product you've used or a black eyeshadow)
Then peel off the sticky tape, revealing a heavy black 60s cat eye.
Then grab a smaller brush with some more of your black product of choice & apply to the inner V of your eyes. 

If you don't want to cover your entire eyelid with black, 
place the sticky tape across your eyelid, leading into your imaginary line. 
Cover the space in between your lashes & the tape with your black product & again leave to dry for a minute before checking the colour.

Again, do the inner V corner of your eyes.

Clean up any mess you've made around your eyes, with some cotton tips with foundation on them
& Coat your lashes with lots of mascara!

If you need extra help getting the shape right, put the sticky tape on top of your eyelid as well as on the imaginary line, so there's really no way of going outside the lines!
That will guarantee the perfect flick to suit your eye shape!

Feel free to add on what i've taught you to personalize your look.
Add some extra black to thicken up the flick, or if you wanted it to be a bit thinner, adjust the flick freehand with a brush/cotton tip coated in foundation.

Just like everything you do, practice makes perfect & the same goes for when doing make up!
Hope this helps!

Jul 1, 2011

one hundred & eight.

Reader Question:
"I have trouble finding nice powders or foundations that apply smoothly and evenly, do you have any suggestions for someone who is ridiculously pale? 
The last one I bought was the perfect colour but looked really obviously cakey on my skin."

YES! I have a solution for you!
The trick is in the combo of foundations & powders you're applying.

I personally don't love matte skin, 
so I would only be using powder on the areas of your face that get very shiny.  
Invest in some blot paper & avoid the powder altogether!
I can imagine you saying...
 "What on earth is BLOT PAPER??"
It's a really lightweight paper that comes in cute pocket sized packs, which you pat your face with & it  removes the oil that's there!
You can try finding some at your local make up store.. 
Or look on ebay or scottysmakeup for some!

If you decide you want to stick with the powder,  then buy a loose, translucent powder.
L'oreal make a great loose powder called 'Translucide, naturally luminous powder'
& it even has vitamin C in it!

If you've been using a pressed powder, they can be thicker than wearing a foundation, so if you're combining the two,  you can only imagine how "cakey" that would look! 

As for the foundation,
I know it can be horribly hard to find pale colours especially in cheaper brands.
(I feel your pain, without fake tan i have fluorescent white skin myself!)  
You may have to splurge out a bit to find a colour that matches you, that has a smooth consistency. 

There are a few brands that i love that make lovely pale foundations...
It will depend on how much coverage you want as to which you would choose..

For light coverage:
MAC 'face & body' is a great foundation.
It only gives a small amount of coverage, say enough to even out skin tone, 
without covering scars or blemishes.
It's very lightweight & easy to wear with translucent powder as well.
You would probably be colours "C1" or "C2"

For medium coverage:
I know I don't shut up about Giorgio Armani 'Silk Luminous foundation',
but that's only because it is truly one of the BEST products out there. 
It gives good coverage but is no where near "cakey". 
It blends perfectly & will look fine with the powder i recommended over the top.
I'm not sure exactly what colour you would be without seeing you but possibly a 3.5 or lighter. 

For heavy coverage:
Shu Uemura 'Face architect' foundation also comes in pale colours.
However, it's a much thicker consistency with a lot more coverage.
Still a great product, but it may be too thick for your liking.

If you feel like you need more coverage than the light- medium coverage foundations,
you should try YSl's 'Touche Eclat' concealer in number 2.
 It will blend in beautifully with either foundation!

One other thing to keep in mind for your pale skin..
A lot of places will probably try selling you pink based foundations because of how fair you are.
Try your very best to avoid them & opt for a yellow based foundation instead.
It will make you look a healthier version of pale 
& you're more likely to find a colour that matches really well. 

All the colours i have recommended are yellow based & probably always will be!

Hope this helps!

one hundred & seven.

 Reader Question:
"How does a blonde do a smokey dark eye without it looking to full on? 
What colours are best to use?" 

For a smokey eye that isn't too full on I would say this is my favourite look:

Take note: I did this a little heavier than usual so it would show up well in the photo! 

It's also quite simple to achieve.

After prepping your eyelids,
(With foundation, followed by concealer & then a translucent powder.)

Apply a beautiful natural shimmery colour powder to your eyelids 
( I love MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle') 
& the inner V corners of your eyes to highlight.
If you don't want a shimmery powder on your eyelids just leave the translucent powder that you applied after your concealer.  Still do the inner corners of your eyes though!

Follow that up with some heavy black eyeliner on the inner rim of your eyes, top & bottom!
(I would use MAC gel eyeliner in 'Blacktrack')

Then get a black eyeshadow 
(& a smaller eyeshadow brush)
& smudge it all along your top lash line, creating a blended black line above your lashes.
Use the same eyeshadow & darken the outer V of your eyes, top & bottom.
If you feel that's too heavy you can leave out the smudging all the way along the lashline & just smudge the outer V instead. Just make sure you blend the black into your eyelashes so there are no harsh lines showing!

Curl your lashes, apply plenty of black mascara & you're done!

I have another option for you as well which I wear on an almost every day basis.
It's not quite a "smokey" eye but definitely a great look that isn't too full on, 
yet you still feel like you're eyes are strong enough to wear on a night out!

As i did in this picture.. 
Please note: this eye make up i am about to teach you, 
will not make you scrunch your face up or look as stupid as i do in this photo.
That was my own doing.

The process is quite similar to the first look

Prep your eylids.
Apply the shimmery eyeshadow... or not. Again, It's up to you!
Do highlight the inner corners of your eyes with the shimmery shadow though!

Again, apply lots of black eyeliner to the inner rims of your eyes.

Then apply a taupe eyeshadow on your eyelids
Apply it all over your entire eyelid if you skipped the shimmer powder step 
& only apply along your lashline if you did apply the shimmer powder to your eyelid.
(I use L'oreal ColourAppeal in '46 Crystal Brown')

Use the same colour & apply along the bottom lashline as well.

Curl your lashes & load them up with mascara & you've completed another great look!

Hope you love at least one of these looks!

one hundred & six.

If you happen to have any make up or hair styling questions

Send me an email on

& I will send you a reply via this blog


Jun 30, 2011

one hundred & five.

Reader Question:
"In between my eyebrows I get very dry skin. When I apply makeup it often makes it look worse. I exfoliate and moisturize and the problem is still there? What can i do to help this?"

It's hard to say what will definitely help this without knowing what's causing it.. & unfortunately I am no dermatologist!
I can tell you a few things to try that may help you though!

Firstly, I'm thinking it could be the products you're using on your skin that could be causing the dryness..
When you exfoliate, try mixing cetaphil cleanser with some bi carb of soda until it has a gritty texture, instead of using a brand name exfoliant. Make sure you wash it off properly while being very gentle with your skin!
I would suggest doing this every 4 or so days for a few weeks & see how you go.
Cetaphil is non drying & doesn't have as many irritations as other skin cleansers.

Follow it up with some cetaphil moisturizer as well. It's really great on sensitive skin! They have a light moisturizing lotion as well as a thick moisturizer. It's up to you which one you choose, whatever you prefer!
Use this twice a day, & especially after you exfoliate to help nourish your skin.

There is also a great product by Estee lauder called Advanced Night Repair.
It's quite expensive but it is incredible.  
There have been a lot of success stories with the product as it's been around for years & years & rumour has it that it was once upon a time used on burn victims in hospital.
I've had very dry skin myself in the past & Advanced Night Repair was so nourishing & wonderful & i would recommend it to everyone - even if they don't have dry skin!
For you, i would say to use it once a day BEFORE applying your make up in the morning! & if you want to, before you go to sleep at night! 

Also,  take a look at the make up your using.  Seeing as you said the tinted moisturizer is fine with it, I'm thinking maybe the foundation you're using is too drying.
If you have a big enough budget, use a great quality foundation like Giorgio Armani's Silk Luminous.  It's not as nourishing as a tinted moisturizer but definitely isn't as drying as some other brands.
If you've been using a matte foundation that would also make your skin look dry! So look for a foundation that has lots of sheen to it! Even MAC face & body foundation could be good on your skin!
Try not to use any thick cream concealers on the dry area either as these will show how dry it really is! Instead opt for a liquid concealer.

If none of these solutions help, I definitely suggest going to a dermatologist or doctor & having a chat to them to see if there is a more serious problem behind it.. maybe it's an allergy to something you're eating or a medicine you're taking!
 If you happen to be on roaccatane for having bad skin, this would almost definitely be the cause of your dry skin. 

I really hope this helps you!

one hundred & four.

We may as well call this 
"Reader Question Week" 
as i have so many great questions coming through that i would love to answer!

Reader Question:
"what colour is best to use on lips and eyelids to make the eyes look bluer?"

This depends on the shade of blue eyes you have.
However, as a general rule - Golden colours really make blue eyes pop!
Anything from a yellow-gold to a bronze-gold to an orange - gold.

You could use a golden bronze all over the eyelids which would be very beautiful, 
especially on tanned skin.  
If you're fair skinned then a lighter you could use the same shade, just a softer version.

Then highlight the inner points of your eyes with a true gold shadow.
Also line the inner rims of your eyes with a brown or even an antique gold eyeliner.
( find Antique Gold eyeliner at Make Up Store)
**If you use a gel eyeliner the colour will be much stronger & last longer. Check these out at MAC or Bobbi Brown. **
Load up with LOTS of black mascara.

If you wanted to be bolder, do a really beautiful black smokey eye with true black shadow
(not grey, BLACK!!! The blackest you can find!)
ID bare minerals had a great black eyeshadow. Shu Uemura also have a great black & even a metallic black. 
Add some metallic, dark blue-black eyeshadow under the eye if you're really brave,
  rim the insides of your eyes (top & bottom) with black eyeliner & really thick black mascara. 

Having tanned skin will also help blue eyes look bolder.

As for lips,  a really beautiful orange lipstick would be preferable.  
If you don't feel comfortable wearing something so bright, then anything yellow/orange based, or even a light orange gloss should do the trick.

When lining your eyes with the eyeliners i have recommended, make sure you line the INNER RIMS & make sure you do it TOP & BOTTOM
(yes it will tickle a little)
This will help to really frame the eyes & plays a BIG part in helping the blue to stand out as best it can.


one hundred & three.

Samoan Sand.


one hundred & two.

I should probably tell you my fave brands for the products I mentioned in one hundred & one.

Sea Salt Spray - my favourite is Wella Ocean Sprizz.  It completely changes the texture of thin hair.
It gives it a slightly gritty texture, as gross as that sounds it's actually REALLY GREAT for telling your hair how you want it to look & making it stay that way!
It can be found in Price Attack.
For those who can't deal with that kind of texture in their hair, 
try David Babaii's Bohemian Beach Spray.
It's cruelty free, smells DIVINE & gives more of a light hold to the hair.
And if you find these products don't work for you for whatever reason, try a few out until you find one that you love.
That's how i came up with these two suggestions.

Moroccan Oil can also be known as Argan Oil-
Type in Moroccan/Argan oil in ebay & see the bargains you can find!
If you don't feel like doing that, go to your local Price Attack & pay a bit more for it.
It's still worth it & it last's AGES!
Putting this oil through the ends will give it the glossy sheen that the sea salt spray takes away!

Jun 29, 2011

one hundred & one.

Reader Question:
"How do i make think long hair look delicious and voluminous without looking like I've spent 15 hours teasing it/drag queen?"
This is quite a detailed answer & there are a few different ways of achieving this...
The trick with very thin hair is to add lots of product until you get the texture you want to work with...  
* When your hair is towel dryed, spray it with lots & lots of sea salt spray, with lots going onto the roots.. 
Get a root lifting spray & spray into the roots as well... 
Add some moroccan oil to the ends to make them look healthy & shiny.
* Blow dry your hair with a large round brush & tip your head upside down to blow dry it..
Put the large round brush to the roots of your hair & blowdry pulling your roots upwards.
This helps it to get volume!
* Buy some Schwarzfopf Osis Dust-It & apply under a small layer of hair around your roots.. this also helps to give that extra bit of volume!
Try curling your hair a little on the ends to give it a bit of extra WOW factor!
Try this & let me know how you go!



I've made it too 100.
& it's about time.

To celebrate,  I am going to show you some of my Behind The Scenes photos going all the way back to when i first started doing make up, when i was 15!

Now, these are a treat for being such dedicated followers. 

at any unfortunate hairstyles or outfit choices you may see, 
as I was young & not exactly cluey about 'fashion'
Even though i was in the fashion industry, Believe it or not. 

Enjoy! xxx 
 I started off assisting the FABULOUS Rae Morris..
My first L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

 The nails i spent FOUR HOURS gluing diamantes on at early hours of the morning for the MAC opening show to RAFW back in 2006...
 As you can see it was a relief to finally put them on the model...
 I met some awesome people...
 Hugh Jackman.
Jackie O...
The Rogue Traders... Cam..
Natalie Bas...
Todd & Sonya...
The divine Miranda Kerr...
Made some amazing & very talented friends...
The incredible Rachel Montgomery..
Wined & Dined on the LMFF VIP boat...
Had some not so serious times....
& spent a lot of time looking after this little cutie!
Sometimes I would be the model...

& leave work looking like this....
Then it was my turn to start doing the make up...
I've now worked on beautiful faces...
In some amazing places...
& now i get to make my own beautiful make up mess...
& that's just the way i like it...