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My favourite jewellery designer Samantha Wills had one of her infamous sales over the New Year. Some styles were seriously marked down (60% off) so I was able to pick up some great statement jewellery for a very cheap price.

I’d had my eye on the Helen of Troy necklace (was $145, now $58) for a while…

…it has a luxurious Cleopatra feel to it and would really pop against navy, which I wear a lot of. Imagine a Friday night drinks outfit of blazer, skinny jeans, statement heels and this necklace.

I really like tribal and aztec accessories, so the Adelpha Coin Ring (was $59, now $23) was a natural choice…

…it looks like something I would seal my letters with!

Shop Samantha Wills here:


I’m back from holidays and ready to announce the winner of my 2011 Christmas Giveaway!

I’m pretty excited about this because I know that the person that was drawn out will be super-excited when she sees this. So without any further adieu


Your prize is all packed up and ready to go, send your postage details to and I’ll mail it out to you straight away!

Thanks to everyone that entered, it was fun to read about all of the cool toys you got from Santa and it brought back some great memories from my childhood.

Keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways later in the year 🙂

Time for a Christmas giveaway, I say! One day I hope to be the Oprah of the blogging world, giving away iPads and cars at will, but for now, a small beauty gift featuring a few of my favourites will have to do.

This is what you could win:

1. 2011 Stila Lip Glaze Set featuring 8 x 1.5ml glosses in Kitten, Kaleidoscope, Apricot, Grapefruit, Fantasy, Starfruit, Dreamy and Believe

2. NARS South Beach Multiple Minis x 2 (4g each)

3. The Body Shop Mini Strawberry Body Butter

4. Nude Skincare Sample Box including Miracle Mask, Age Defence Moisturiser, Advanced Eye Complex and Cleansing Facial Oil

5. Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream Sachet x 2 (9ml each)

Entering is simple – Subscribe to this blog (see left) and leave a comment below telling me the best Christmas present you ever got. Ever. (Mine was Puppy Surprise – I remember my sister fighting with me because I got five puppies and she only got two!)

For an extra entry, follow @melbournebeauty on Twitter and retweet the following: “I just entered Melbourne Beauty’s Christmas Giveaway! You should too!”

This is a game of chance, the winner will be drawn at random.

You must subscribe to this blog to win

Entries close 11:59pm AEST December 24, 2011. Australian residents only.

Good luck!

I LOVE magazines! Every month, I go into my newsagents and come out with a stack of my favourites. InStyle is a must and SHOP is one that has come, gone, and recently returned to my pile. I went to Westfield Doncaster today and picked up these from Big W:

Did you see what’s stuck on the top of Madison? A FREE butterLONDON nail polish valued at $22! You can choose from Yummy Mummy or Trout Pout (pictured). I ended up going with Trout Pout, a pinky, salmony coral which would be perfect for a summer pedi. I think I’ll go back and grab Yummy Mummy as well since I’m loving nude nails at the moment. The magazine also comes with a coupon for $10 off when you buy any two butter LONDON polishes from participating retailers. Pretty good deal for $8.95!

**Did you know that “yummy mummy” is the most-searched term on my blog? You can find a swatch of this popular neutral polish here

BECCA is one of my favourite cosmetic brands, especially for natural beauty looks. I wouldn’t call them cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for – BECCA products are consistently high quality and always deliver. My first BECCA purchase occured back in about 2007 when I picked up the Luminous Skin Colour. I never wore much makeup then, but I loved how this evened out my skin tone while providing protection from the sun. Since then I’ve added to my stash with numerous creme blushes and one of my favourites, the Avalon palette.

One of the things BECCA does so well are their promotional photos for each collection. Today I am going to show you the Fallen Angel Palette from Holiday 2010, which is part of this gorgeous look:

The palette contains a mixture of lip and cheek products, including a lipgloss in Sunrise (sheer peach), lip and cheek creme in Nectar (tawny peach) and a highlighter in Narcissus (opalescent peach).

Packaging is minimalist, made of sturdy rubber similar to NARS packaging:

See pics below for swatches (L-R: Sunrise, Nectar, Narcissus, all swatched on NW15 skin):

and another one in bright sunlight…

Each product is 1.3g (a full-sized creme blush is 3g) and about the size of a 10 cent piece. The consistency of the products is excellent, especially the creme blush which easily blends into the cheeks. The lipgloss is sheer and smooth, but not sticky. The mirror is a good size (big!) and the little brush is very high quality and perfect for applying the lip gloss. For best results, I recommend using your fingers for the cheek products.

Overall I really like this palette and think it would be great for travel, just throw it in your bag and you’re set for the weekend. Unfortunately the colours are a bit too warm for me, especially on my pale skin but they would look great on those with warmer complexions or a summer tan. Check out this post on Makeup and Beauty Blog for an example. For what it’s worth, I’d snap up a cool pink version in a heartbeat.

The Fallen Angel Palette is no longer available on the BECCA website, but for a limited time, you can purchase it for half price (it usually sells for $64 but you can get it for $32) at Brands Exclusive who are also stocking a wide range of BECCA blushes, powders, lip glosses and eye liners. The sale ends in one day so be quick! 

Click here for a link to the Brands Exclusive BECCA sale.

Not a member of Brands Exclusive? Click here for a referral link.

Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to get the Fallen Angel look.

Giddy up! Yep it’s that time of year again – Spring Racing Carnival!

Got your dress? Got your hat? Got your accessories? How are you doing your makeup and hair? Manicure sorted? There’s always so much to do to get raceday ready, so why not take some of the hassle out and get your hair done by a pro? 

Salon M in South Yarra are offering a special for ALL raceday bookings – 10% off blowdry (normally $55) and 15% off updos (normally start at $82, prices vary depending on level of complexity) plus a free glass of bubbly! Sounds like a great way to get the party started!

About the salon

Salon M has been established for more than a decade, and is famous for it’s glamorous signature blowdrys – classic, chic ‘girlie’ hair. The salon also has a team of highly talented in-house colourists and stylists. Salon M uses Label M products and pride themselves on listening to what the client wants. The decor is modern and feminine (see pics below) and the staff are just lovely!

Visit Salon M’s website for more information and follow them on Twitter for the chance to win their weekly blowdry giveaway!

Buy the September issue of Shop Til You Drop with Jessica Alba on the cover, clip the coupon, take it to your nearest Kiehl’s counter and you will receive a full-size Lip Balm #1 valued at $12 absolutely free!

Lip Balm #1 is celebrating 40 years since it’s release and is one of Kiehl’s best selling items – one is snapped up every 15 seconds! Lip Balm #1 is ideal for relieving chapped or cracked lips, contains SPF4 and is not tested on animals.

I’ve already been using the Washable Cleansing Milk for six months with great results so I was looking forward to trying more products from the line. I dropped in at the David Jones counter on Bourke Street and the man that served me couldn’t have been nicer. He gave me the lip balm, plus three samples – Creme de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream and Creamy Eye Treatment (see pic below). Reviews to follow!

See Kiehl’s new Australian website at for more great products.