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Beauty Event : My Experience At Salon Melbourne

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Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Salon Melbourne.  Now before you get confused, Salon Melbourne is not a beauty salon to get your hair and nails done.  In fact, it’s a hair and beauty exhibition catered towards salon professionals featuring beauty brands, the latest products and the best in the creative industry education.  {http://www.salonmelbourne.com.au}

Before I went into the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, I was a little bit apprehensive because I was there on my own and I felt a tad silly for bringing my it’s-not-a-DSLR-but-it’s-still-bulkier-than-a-point-and-shoot-camera.  I told myself that I’d do a quick walk around, snap some pics and leave in 30 minutes.  30 minutes turned into 2.5 hours!!!  There was so much to see.  It was so much fun!

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I watched a mini fashion show and catwalk parade with the latest must-haves in hair, make-up and fashion.  (Dayummm, those models had legs that went on forever!!  My cankles trembled in shame!)

I learnt about the new hair trends and how to use a hair rat to create the big oomph-y bun.  (Sorry, I’m not too familiar with the hair jargon so I just invented my own!)

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There was a wall filled with editorial photos of Australia’s talented peeps.  I loved the creativity, the colours and the photography.

I spent forever at make-up stalls admiring at the products and wondering what to buy.  OPI were selling all nail polishes for $10 AUD – bargainous!!  (It was like make-up display porn!)

I bought some goodies and I ended up getting toe cramp!  I know, right?!  Thank God there was a Media Lounge where I could rest my feet and Tweet!

What did I end up buying?  I’ll show you tomorrow so join us again :)

So how did you spend your Saturday?  Were you at Salon Melbourne too?  I wonder if it’s an annual event because I would definitely go back next year!

UPDATE :  Yay!  It is an annual event.  Next year in 2013, the dates are Sunday 14th and Monday 15th of April!

My Evening At The Australian Open Thanks To Dove

Can you remember what you were doing on Tuesday evening?  Do you think you’ll remember what you were doing on Tuesday evening in 5 years time??  Well, I am 99.9% sure that I will always remember what I was doing on the evening of Tuesday 17th of January 2012!  My hubby and I had the pleasure of attending the Australian Open thanks to one of their sponsors, Dove.  (Pictured with me is the beautiful Laura, the Dove PR)

And to me, it was a BIG deal because I’ve always watched tennis (Wimbledon, might I add) on TV so this was my first live tennis match at the Aussie Open (There’s no grass!!  It’s blue courts!!) and I was seated in the second row at the Rod Laver Arena!!!  I got to watch these famous tennis stars – Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams – wiggle their bums and play tennis.  I got to listen and giggle at their tennis grunts!  Very memorable indeed!

When I heard that it was the first time Dove has sponsored the Australian Open, I was delighted for them.  I have always been a big fan of Dove and have previously blogged about their hand cream, make-up remover and body wash – and I have used their hand wash, deodorant and hair products too.

If you’re heading down to watch a bit of tennis yourself at the Aussie Open, be sure to check out Dove’s ‘Discover the Beautiful Truth’ Marquee where you will be able to experience Dove products and collect samples too.

Other #MBBE beauty bloggers – Tina, Val and Tine – attended this evening session too.  We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!  Thanks so much Dove!!!

For the next few days, my eyeballs will be glued to the TV to see who wins Australian Open 2012.  For the men, I’m thinking Roger Federer and for the women, Serena Williams.

So are you an Aussie Open fan too?  And what are your favourite Dove products?

A Weekend Of Mixed Emotions

Hi ladies, how was your weekend?  I had a weekend of mixed emotions :-


I Was So Happy!!!

I was at my first #MBBE – Melbourne Beauty Bloggers Event – which was held at Miss Fox, a glamorous beauty salon on Little Collins Street; kindly organised by Ponikuta who did a fantastic job.  All the ladies were dolled up and looked gorgeous.  We were pampered with mini mani’s, hand massages and mini makeovers.  We were fed with too-pretty-to-eat cupcakes and watered with Pimm’s cocktails – UH-MAZING! We were all inspired by Kate Morris from Adorebeauty’s talk.  It was a great evening.  Thanks for all the hard work you put in Val!

If you want to see more photos of #MBBE 2011, then head to our Facebook page or click on this link.

I Was Shocked!

I discovered that I was a Finalist at the Beauty Directory Awards for Star Beauty Video for this video.  I was so shocked!!!  I can’t remember but I must have submitted my video (because no-one else would :P) and to be shortlisted…woweee!  Kicking myself for not attending the awards ceremony in Sydney, but yay, what a pleasant surprise!

I Was Still Am Stressed To The Max! 

In case you didn’t know, the blog died over the weekend.  I nearly died too.  Some stupid server person with no authorisation messed up some files…and now, at least 30 unpublished posts and published comments which were made from 8th November onwards are missing FOREVER!!!  *cries*  I put in SO much work and it’s all gone!!!  I apologise for all the confusion, but it wasn’t my fault.  My only fault is not changing my password and not performing regular back-ups myself.  Anyway, let’s move on and not dwell on this…

I’m Freaked Out

So…it’s not technically the weekend anymore…but I just found out that someone googled me with the words “lingtung wrinkly ling” and spent over an hour on my website and browsed 41 pages.  Is that creepy or it is just my imagination?  Are you reading this??  That’s mean!  I’m not wrinkly!  So there!  And if you want to ask me anything, you can email me directly or use the Contact form.  But then again, if you’re an ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend, keep stalking me silently.

Anyway, enough about me and tell me about you and your weekend!  Please forgive me and the lack of posts for the next few days as I try to find the energy to rewrite my lost blog posts and fix the blog from behind the scenes.  There are missing plugins and whatnot.  Thanks for the support!!!  And speak to you all soon!!!!  

The Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend Awards 2011

Welcome to The Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend Awards 2011

As you all know, The Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend was the brainchild of two fantastic  beauty bloggers, Jacie from You’ve Got Nail and Kimmi from The Plastic Diaries.  It was created to bring beauty bloggers from all over Australia together to meet and greet each other, to swap beauty blog business cards, to attend beauty events, to meet the people behind the beauty brands and to do what we do best – go gaga over beauty products!

In its debut year, ABBW was jam-packed full of events : the International Make-Up Artists Trade Show (IMATS), Beauty Directory event, Maxted Thomas PR Beauty Blogger Gala, Breakfast With Alpha-H, FACE OF AUSTRALIA Make-Up Masterclass and Keynote Speaker of ABBW 2011 was Bahar Etminan from Rescu.  I have to say that I enjoyed each event thoroughly and not one yawn was stifled!

85 Australian beauty bloggers were in attendance and we unanimously agree that ABBW 2011 was a resounding success, thanks to Jacie and Kimmi and the ever-so-generous sponsors!  *cue : round of applause*

I felt very blessed and very honoured to attend ABBW 2011 and call me weird, but it somehow reminded me of my dating days.  I was nervous, yet excited and it felt like a first date meeting the beauty bloggers I had admired from afar.  There were glimpses of online dating sprinkled in there too as I met beauty bloggers I had tweeted and formed an online friendship with for the last few months.  Blind date came to mind when we were introduced to people behind the brands.  Dolling up for the Gala event was almost like a prom date and when we went round checking out all the brands – Nivea, Burt’s Bees, Sebastian Professional, ORLY, Coty – I imagined it to be something similar to speed dating.

Everyone knows that a first date isn’t complete without post-analysis to relive the date and to choose your memorable moments and that’s why, after much deliberation, I give you The Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend Awards 2011, as judged by yours truly.

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Most Informative Speaker At ABBW 2011

The winner is… Jackie Maxted, the CEO and Founder of Beauty Directory and Beauty Heaven.  Being relatively new to dealing with PR’s, from press releases to attending beauty events, I had no idea what was expected of me, so the talk from Jackie was very useful indeed as she gave us her top tips on how to deal with PR’s.  Basically, it’s important to be professional, polite and courteous.  The answers she gave at the panel discussion were also very insightful.

The close runner-up is Bahar Etminan, Editor of Rescu, who sparked controversy with her comments on hobbyist vs professional beauty bloggers – but I found her story very inspiring.

Most Stylish Female Speaker Award At ABBW 2011

The winner is… El Pendleton, Beauty Editor of Instyle magazine in Australia.  Not only is El stunning with every girl’s dream job, but the girl has style too with her casual chic look.  I love the cut out blazer she was sporting at the Beauty Directory event.

The close runner-up is Bahar Etminan, Editor of Rescu.  She was glam from head to toe with her beautifully coiffed hair to her sexy shoes.

Most Stylish Male Speaker Award At ABBW 2011

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The winner is… Ian Thomas, the Managing Director of Maxted Thomas PR.  To be honest, the first thing I noticed about Ian wasn’t his smart attire, but it was the passion in his eyes.  Call me corny but I was really moved when Ian gave his speech.  He thanked us, the beauty bloggers, for the hard work we do in maintaining our beauty blogs and how this has helped women’s lives and impacted the beauty industry and it really motivated me to continue with beauty blogging.  When I first started beauty blogging, there were a few friends who laughed and teased me for doing this, but now I’m loud and proud to be a beauty blogger!

The close runner-up is Peter Vranes, the Managing Director of lapureté.  Their products are marketed as “nature’s alternative to Botox” and being a Botox user, I’m interested to see if it lives up to its claims, but meanwhile, I did not notice any wrinkles on Peter’s face and attire!

Favourite Make-Up Brand At ABBW 2011

The winner is… FACE OF AUSTRALIA.  Regular readers of my blog know that FOA is my favourite Australian drugstore cosmetic brand with products that work wonders at great prices.  Next on my FOA wishlist is the new lippies that will be launching soon.

The close runner-up is Mirenésse who kindly gifted all of us with products from their new Boutique M collection.

Favourite Skincare Brand At ABBW 2011

The joint winners are Alpha-H and Burt’s Bees.

With Alpha-H, I love their Gentle Daily Exfoliant so it was great to hear about their philosophy.  My skin did a happy dance when we were gifted Alpha-H Liquid Gold Skin Perfecting System to use.

I have to thank Burt’s Bees for making my skin feel and smell good with all the honey goodness.

Sexiest Scent Award At ABBW 2011

The winner is… L’Essence by Balenciaga.  Divine!  Absolutely divine.  It was love at first whiff!  I am not a huge  perfume lover so I can’t tell you what fragrance notes are what, but let me tell you that this baby smells delicious.  I’m putting this perfume on my Christmas wishlist and may I remind everyone that Christmas is less than ten weeks away!  However, knowing my Husband, it’ll be NEXT Christmas before he gets the hint!!

The close runner-up is Oh, Lola! by Marc Jacobs.  I am a sucker for pink products and the added benefit is that this scent smells young, fresh and flirtatious.

Best New Brand I Was Introduced To At ABBW 2011

The winner is… Royal & Langnickel.  If it wasn’t for ABBW, I would never have been introduced to Royal & Langnickel which produces high quality make-up brushes at extremely affordable prices.  Their stall at IMATS was packed full of people buying their products and I regret not buying more from them.  Royal & Langnickel were also very generous to the ABBW-ers and provided snacks, drinks, manicures and makeovers at a suite above IMATS and even gifted us a beautiful brush set from their collection.  The brushes are oh-so-soft!!!!

The close runner-up is ORLY with their gorgeous nail shades – I’m looking at you, Sweet Peacock!  Some beauty bloggers got to try out their new Gel FX manicure and the results are stunning.

Coolest Gadget At ABBW 2011

The joint winners are... Nivea Photobooth and Remington Perfect Curls.

The Photobooth supplied by Nivea was super-fun and produced photos which will forever be treasured.

Remington Perfect Curls is a fantastic hair tool which will be launched very soon – it’s a curling tong which produces beautiful curls without burning any fingers in the process and it’s pink!!  Fantabulous!

Yummiest Food At ABBW 2011

The one true winner is… the food at the Maxted Thomas PR Beauty Blogger Gala Event which was held in Establishment, Sydney.  Every beauty blogger I have met so far, appreciates food as much as they appreciate beauty products.  Many moons ago, when I registered for ABBW, I had mentioned that I was lactose intolerant and it was at this glorious event, I was served a delicious lactose-free, 3-course meal which was delightful with every mouthful.  Bellisimo!!!  So yummy that I just broke out with an Italian word meaning “beautiful” even though I didn’t consume anything Italian that night!  (Unfortunately I was suffering from the dodgy sushi I bought myself for lunch that day, so I didn’t eat all of the melt-in-your-mouth beef cheeks…but that’s another story for another day.)

Favourite Power Couple At ABBW 2011

The winners are…  Jacie and Kimmi.  Like, duh?!  Without their brains and beauty accompanied with blood, sweat and tears, ABBW would never have been born!  Everything was so well organised.  Thank you ladies for an “awesotastic” weekend!

The runners-up are Jackie Maxted and Ian Thomas.  They must have the most interesting conversations at dinner time with updates from Beauty Directory, Beauty Heaven and Maxted Thomas PR!  What a team!

Special Mentions At ABBW 2011

A special mention goes to all the beauty bloggers at ABBW 2011.  I can come across as shy and reserved, so forgive me if I didn’t get a chance to meet you.  But for those I spoke to, it was a great experience to know that we were all at ABBW 2011 for the same reason – because we love beauty blogging.

Last, but not least, another special mention goes to the Liz Giacco, the official photographer of ABBW 2011.  Everywhere we went, she papped us with what looked like a hefty but very gizmo-like camera with a gigantic lens, but she did it in a really stealthy manner.  I was really impressed and the highly professional images you see in this post were taken by Liz Giacco for The Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend, and are not to be reproduced, republished or reused without the inclusion of this credit.  All the other non-pro photos were either taken by me or from Google and you can laugh at them if you wish.

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And that concludes The Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend Awards 2011.  What an epic weekend!  Bring on ABBW 2012!!

Did you attend ABBW 2011?  Who would your winners be in the categories mentioned?

Kiehl’s Price Drop For Aussies (And Other Stuff)

Are you a Kiehl’s fan?  Do you live in Australia?  Have you heard the latest about the awesome Kiehl’s price drop??  Yes, Kiehl’s have slashed their prices permanently on over a quarter of their best-selling lines.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream was $105 but is now $64
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps was $89 but is now $68
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel was $68 but is now $48

Awesome huh?!

If you haven’t heard of Kiehl’s before, where have you been?  Kiehl’s is an American beauty brand retailer that specialises in making high quality skin, hair and body care products.  In contrast to its market competitors, Kiehl’s is distinguished for its unorthodox marketing approach (Kiehl’s rely on word of mouth), large male clientele base and its products’ simple and recyclable packaging.  They are also famous for giving out generous samples.

For more information, please check out www.kiehls.com

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Melbourne Beauty Blogger’s Event

There was a Melbourne Beauty Blogger’s Event for Kiehl’s last week which I had the opportunity of attending.  Inside I was squealing with delight and so overjoyed to be attending a blogger’s event and it was for Kiehl’s!!!  It was my first time attending any kind of blogger’s event and I was more nervous than going on a blind date!!  (Not that I have actually had a blind date before…)  The purpose of the event was to announce their price drop which is a big YAY!

The event was held at the Kiehl’s section in Myer in Melbourne city.  I had a skin consultation with Michael and he supplied me with a few Kiehl’s goodies to try.  Will be reviewing them once I get a chance to use them.  Tracy was a big help too because we had been chatting about her hair – I like her hair!  I mentioned that I had tried a couple of Kiehl’s shampoo and conditioners before but they did not agree with my scalp – so she gave me some other products to try.

I also got to meet a bunch of the Melbourne beauty bloggers!  They were really really REALLY nice!!!  But I was so nervous LOL!  Next time I shall be more daring and ask to take a photo with them!  (…and ahem, I won’t forget to bring my camera!! Thank God for my iPhone!)