Myer Must Haves for August ’17

 

Myer is where Australia lives —

Wanna get the edge with some of the latest make up trends from Dior, fashion from Wayne Cooper and of course, bags? Look no further. For whatever reason, I am a night owl. So herein lies my procrastination from sleep.

Read on, if you dare…

Myer has positioned itself well with some of the most successful fashion labels on the Australian fashion scene. It is interesting to watch how the Myer brand adapts its history in its marketing today.

In this blog, I’ll share what enthuses me about the Myer brand as well as my weekly favourites during a sneaky window shopping session in store.

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I’d like to share some of my favourite Myer items for this week. I’m loving the pinks at Wayne Cooper as well as their heels. I’ve taken the liberty of crafting a little collage for you guys. The dress will work for someone who’s used to high neck lines. It’s got some beautifully styled sleeves, which I thought were really elegant with the shoes in the bottom of the collage. These are new season Wayne Cooper shoes. Depending on whether you like a bit of shimmer in your outfit, you could go for gold or simply opt for classic black, which is a versatile purchase in my eyes. The black shoes will go with so much more.

It seems this week my window shopping has truly become about the Wayne Cooper brand. On the left hand side of the collage, I’ve got some golden purses from WC, all tied together with their signature ribbon. Finally, if the gold isn’t for you, I was looking at Cellini Sport for their basic hobo chic bag. I’ve got a Cellini Sport myself, and it’s got great functionality at a reasonable price. It’s also black. Black just works.

Top it off with some pearl earrings from Gregory Ladner for an effortless look.

So for all the beauty buffs, this month Dior has released a new range of what I like to call metallic paints.

Boom!

Didn’t see that one coming (yes, untimely alliteration is my specialty). This is a big contrast to Dior’s classic products which include its signature lipsticks and mascaras. The Dior brand is definitely catering to its millennial customer base with these new make-products. Sometimes, taking a risk in business pays off. Let’s see how sales go on the floor!

I did a swatch test on these brand new shadows, which can also be used on the lips. They are in all senses of the word, paints. They are highly pigmented, but a word of caution – they are not for the feint-hearted. For the seasoned make-up artist, it’s a matter of picking up your make up brush as well as applying a decent eye base underneath.

In other news:

Today, I was handed an Esprit magazine, which is a fantastic publication for all beauty therapy industry professionals. As a beauty consultant myself, I’ve read the magazine, keenly interested in reviews of major upcoming products as well as marketing and business news on recent acquisitions in the Beauty Industry. Awards in Beauty Journalism have been given to bloggers just like myself. This branch of journalism concerns the research of upcoming product innovations in the field of beauty as well as new methods of customer acquisition and management of the client files in a beauty business.

Whilst reading this magazine for the first time, the scope of the beauty industry was once again reinforced to me.

Okay, so, back to Dior Metalizers.

Source: New In Beauty 2017, by Tessie Maloo, Pinterest.

The Dior Metalizers are quite pigmented, and I would most likely use them to create new eye shadow looks. Using the product on the lips can be complimented with Dior glosses, to add shine to the Dior Metalizer itself. There’s a lot of fun to be had with these products, and beauty Vloggers are already beating me to the punch.

But if Dior is a little bit out of the price range, there are some equally pigmented alternatives.

Source: YouTube 

Beauty Vlogger, Julia Salvia has done some amazing swatches with the new L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint, which is available in both matte and metallic. My favourite is Cinna-bomb. It is such a bright, red colour, perfect for nights out as well as if you want to downplay the eyes and really zone in on the lips. The advantage of L’Oreal’s range of Lip Paint is that it comes with a proper applicator. So there’s no messy disposables and it’s easy to apply on the go. Dior’s Metalizers on the other hand do require a plastic make-up palette or a lip brush at the very least. This means a whole lot more cleaning than if you were to use the L’Oreal ones.

I hope that this post has been informative and that it might have piqued your interest in the beauty industry further. I sure have learnt a lot from Esprit Magazine today. Click here to shop this chic look!

♥ Empower Me Mag ♥

 

Napoleon Perdis’ Sarah Reese Stunning in her New Look #makeupisart

Napoleon has done so much with their brand over the last 25 years. Competing with the likes of Clarins, Shu Umera and Laura Mercier. Who would have thought that the Napoleon family would be such an authority in the beauty industry in such a short period of time?

Who is Sarah Reese? 

Napoleon Account Manager/Education Manager for Napoleon.

Fascinated by her look, I asked if she could tell me what she had used on her face. There was so much innovation in that face, that I had to take a photo.

When I say innovation, a lot of tech comes into mind in 2017, maybe even a little sci-fi fiction with robots and androids. But no! I’m talking about innovation with colour.

Featured below, Sarah has used all Napoleon products, bar her lashes which are from her best friend’s newly launched faux-mink lash business: Bambi Lashes, no doubt a clever ode to Disney’s Bambi (sweet!).

Ok, let’s break down the look and start with her hair, which is amazingly purple! I love a bit of purple.

BASE:

For the base, she has used some Napoleon BBB cream combined with Napoleon’s Personal Trainer Serum foundation. Mixing foundations has created a beautiful photogenic look for her skin.

LIPS:

My favourite part of her look is the ombre lips. These are definitely a lot of work, but if done correctly, they can brighten up your lips and really define them. Sarah has used Napoleon’s Venus lips mixed with Onyx factor eye pencil, combined with the Wintry Lilly loose eye dust on the lips.

BROWS:

Finally, let’s take a look at those super shaped brows. She’s used Wand-er brow in brunette beauty, simply following the shape of her natural brow. It’s amazing how brows can change a face. If you’re looking to work in the beauty industry, especially at Napoleon, you’ve got a lot to learn about brows!

EYES:

The final step is the eye shadow, liner and of course the beautiful faux-mink Bambi lashes. An eye base is recommended to ensure that the eye shadow and liner stay for a prolonged period of time. After that, Sarah has used white eye pencil in the waterline, to open her eyes up. This has been followed by eyeshadow, for which she has used Napoleon’s Wild Sunflower colour disk, blended out with the Orange Sherbet Colour disk. Lashes of course are by her best friend and entrepreneur Alex Rosas. These lashes are available through his website.

You can use a blending brush or beauty blender to really get those eyes blended properly. It’s crucial to ensure that the products you use, no matter what brand they’re from, are blended into the skin to give a professional finish. If you are in beauty school right now, make sure you start up your portfolio just like Alex Rosas! It would be great to also build a blog presence.

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Shhh…

Want a little bit of insider information on Napoleon’s exclusive training program? Dream of doing make-up for a living? Here’s the scoop on the levels of training inside the Napoleon brand:

What you need to know

Napoleon has an extensive training program to acquaint all their sales associates on new products.

  1. The Online Modules: extensive videos with details on Napoleon’s upcoming launches.
  2. The Counter practical training: Napoleon has their education manager and account exec, Sarah to go around to all NSW counters, training them on the new products and how to sell. This means that each employee gets one on one training exposure on the counter.
  3. Finally, the follow up! Okay, so this isn’t as scary as it sounds. It’s a written component to their training program. Essentially, the written test allows Head Office to find out just how much their sales team have retained from all that educational investment and training.

Apparently, this 3-step training program has allowed sales to rise in the last quarter by 22%. You know what that means? The system works! Taking advantage of company online, practical and written tests to train you up will ensure your success at Napoleon.

From a business perspective, it looks like a fantastic education model to drive their bottom line. Compared to other brands, Napoleon definitely has delivered to the business world a surefire training method that brings about results. Other brands should take a leaf out of Napoleon’s book.

Over the course of 2017, Napoleon has appeared in Who magazine, New Idea, The Urban List, Women’s Day, Professional Beauty magazine and so many more. They’re also the official make-up partners for Mercedes Benz Fashion week! It could be an opportunity for students of beauty and newcomers to the beauty industry to step in and work on a variety of fronts, which includes not only their retail branches throughout Myer and David Jones, but also at Fashion week events. That sort of exposure will get you a hell of a portfolio boost as well as tonnes more freelance work. Fashion shows would be great fun to cover!

Finishing off with a link to a video on Napoleon Perdis’ Make up academy. Hope you’re feeling empowered readers!

 

 

Wedding make-up on YouTube

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Source: Beautify You Beauty Facebook Page

Beautify you Beauty is a business that specialises in Wedding Make-up, run by Anant Sidana, a friend of mine.

I’ve been going through some wedding make-up videos on YouTube and I was not disappointed! There’s so much to learn on there.

After catching up with a friend,  at the Grace of India restaurant in Milsons Point, I discovered the hefty bill some of these brides pay just to get their make up done all special on their wedding day!

Curious explorer that I am, I went online to check out some of the work that’s done on Indian brides. I’d love the opportunity to do some of this make up for my make-up portfolio!

Check out these beautiful brides:

 

Hope you enjoy these videos as much as I did. The only flaw I can see is that the make up artist doesn’t talk you through the make-up as is done on the following video. So, if you’re looking to learn like I am, then check out the one below!

She’s got a good point in her video; she’s done another Eid video, and her point is to unite women in the YouTube community, which I love. She’s an atheist like me, but she believes that Muslim women are ostracised at times. I like that she’s outspoken about her views. She’s got crazy product knowledge and pure talent! Beautiful Chloe Morello was introduced to me last week by Rachael Brook, another beauty blogger.

Sigma brushes seem to be on trend also! I was alerted to this at brunch yesterday, and she appears to be using them as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Differentiate between different nail shapes 


At college today, I was about to start doing some treatments but realised I didn’t know the names of nail shapes. Found this on Pinterest for anyone who’s interested in knowing the different nail shapes and their names. My favourites is the Stiletto nail but as a beauty therapist I’d go for a short oval or square shape so I don’t scratch clients!

Bisous and good luck finding your ideal nail shape 💋

Q&A with the YouTube make-up sensation Rachael Brook

Rachael Brook beauty blogger came to visit Nuvocca beauty salon and I asked her a couple of questions about achieving success in the blogging industry! Here’s a short summary of what I learnt:

1. Get yourself a good apprenticeship- she worked under some of the best make up artists in the industry for free before she was able to master make up artistry

2. Contact PR people from your favourite brands and ask for product knowledge. This is more subtle than actually asking for an invite to one of their exclusive product events.

3. Visit fashion shows/trade shows, where you can meet like minded people who love make up artistry.

4. Don’t forget to make your contact details very accessible through your blog site so that people or PR executives can contact you when they need to. This is how she got a lot of her opportunities.

5. Join an agency which manages your bookings for you! She was with DLM

6. Go to events pro bono so that you can talk and become an influencer in the make up industry. Make up schools are recommended.

7. She was also very open about giving tips and advice to us in person. Instead of a presentation, she had an ongoing dialogue going with the students at Nuvocca.

Visit her blog here: http://www.rachaelbrook.com

J.cat beauty – perfect 3D Texture Nail Art strips review

Hi all!

In this post, i’ll talk all about the J.cat nail stickers. As you know from previous blog posts, I’ve got an obsession with Hello Kitty! These nails go hand in hand with that theme. I found them at Paddy’s Market. They’ve got plenty of make up stalls if you do give it a chance!

These stickers were kind of a new thing for me, so I was very excited to get my hands on them! They were easy to apply and easy to get off. The only complaint i’d have would probably be that they do get a little lumpy as time goes by. Having said that, they were great to have on for a week. The packet says they last 11 days, but it would be best to use them for a week and discard them. The ones I chose were obviously pink because I love pink. You can choose whatever type of design you want and the best part is you don’t have to be particularly talented to get that pop art look!

I went to Nail Pop Art on George street, and some similar designs, were $8 per nail. This would be over $100 for a full manicure set. So these are great for saving money.

They cost me $6 and lasted a full week. The ones at Nail Pop Art will last you two weeks because the nail artists do Shellac manicures. So it is a bit of a time trade off.

They go well with my Hello Kitty phone case!

 

Kim K. inspired nails with O.P.I

I did these for a friend at beauty school! She wanted the Kim K look and here it is:

Love the white nail look especially on her skin tone! Hope to do this look again for my future clients. White nails are so simple and yet so stunning. I’ve used an OPI base coat, with two coats of white nail polish along with an OPI top coat. The nails have been shaped and buffed also. I performed a full manicure!