Chubby never looked so good!

Short, sweet and good news today, gang! I was cruising over at The Style Insider recently and came across a VERY welcome discovery! Clinique have released a new range of their now-famous chubby sticks… in INTENSE colours!

The Chubby stick originally rose to fame for it’s innovative lipstick design, delivering their new product in a crayon-like shape dubbed the ‘chubby stick’. Packed with shea butter and marketed as a ‘moisturising lip balm’, Clinique’s original range of colours were quite sheer. But not this latest batch… the new colours pack a punch! Available in eight mostly-great shades, there’s a bold lip for everybody:

cliniquechubbystickintense swatches

After hearing the intense news (see what I did there?), I wasted no time on hotfooting it to my closest Clinique counter to smear chubby stick all over the back off my left hand in exaggerated testing of every colour. They did not disappoint! I settled on Plushest Punch as my pick! Here’s a peek:

Chubby Stick Sublime Finds

I’ll be honest; I’ve always felt a teeny bit clumsy with a lippy in my hand… and I feel way more ‘in control’ with a crayon! (Perhaps this is the real reason I’m also in love with Revlon’s Kissable Balm Stains which are in the crayon-shape too.) Either way, the chubby stick is suuuper easy to use and now Clinique really do offer a great range of colours! I’m thrilled to get a true lipstick look in the easy-enough-for-kindergarten-kids-to-use design.

I want one! 

Ok! Your quickest route is to your local Clinique Counter at Myer/DJ’s/Mecca Cosmetica or online from Clinique where you’ll pick one up for $35. If you’re happy to wait a little, try strawberrynet.com where you’ll pick one up for $23. If you’re happy to wait a little longer again or have some other online purchases you’ve been deliberating over… consider including it with your freight forwarding order ’cause you’ll get one for $17USDs outa the States from Sephora! (Sidebar: MAJOR “squeeeeee!” for Sephora coming to Australia! Let’s cross our fingers and toes they come with USA pricing!!)

I am a strong believer that a bold lip is a good pick-me-up! Moisture + bold + crayon-shape = winning!

♥AS

Tried the chubby stick? What did you think?

The world’s most iconic beauty finds!

I can (and will) harp on about the things I think are fabulous, but aren’t you curious to know what the people of the world love most? Today, sublime seekers, I give you: the world’s most iconic, best-selling and clearly sublime beauty finds of all time.

It’s likely many of you will own at least one item on the list below, and very possibly all seven! Either way, read forth (is that a thing?) to learn the stories behind these cult products!

Benefit Benetint Rose-tinted Lip and Cheek StainBenefit Benetint

Who doesn’t love a two-in-one? Created in the 1970’s for an exotic dancer (allegedly to colour her nipples!), the original potion is still what’s on sale today. Benefit’s benetint is a kiss-proof, water-proof and incredibly sheer wonder for both your lips AND your cheeks! Brush or dot on and blend quickly for that “what has she been up to?” glow.
$55* in Australia available from Adore Beauty or your Benefit counter at Myer.
How popular? One sold every minute around the world.

Nars Orgasm

Nars Blush in Orgasm

This cult classic was designed by makeup artist François Nars designed in 1999 he “wanted something audacious, yet easy for everyone to wear” and allegedly spent months tweaking the levels of pink pigment and gold shimmer to create the final product that flatters every skin tone. No doubt bouyed by it’s cheeky name, the women of the world agree; if you don’t have your own orgasm, you’re doing it wrong.
$45* in Australia available at Mecca Cosmetica or your local Nars stockist.
How popular? Two orgasms every minute.

Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum

Chanel No. 5

The world’s most popular perfume is unsurprisingly, the iconic Chanel No. 5. In the summer of 1920, Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel asked perfumer Earnest Beaux to create a “fragrance for a woman to smell like a woman, not like a flower”. Named “No. 5” as Coco allegedly preferred the 5th scent Beaux presented to her, it’s derived from over 80 notes! In the height of her stardom, Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore to bed and famously replied “Chanel No. 5, of course”.
Available everywhere but beware imitations! $250 (approx) for 100ml. Also available in 25ml, 50ml and 200ml varieties.
How popular? Two sold every minute.

YSL Touche EclatYSL Touché Éclat

Invented in 1991 by YSL’s Terry de Gunzburg, Touché Éclat (pronounced toosh eh-clae) was the first under-eye brightener and highlighter of its time. It works by reflecting the light to leave your skin looking radiant and has been described as “like 8 hours sleep in a magic wand”. Most commonly used around the eye area, there are lots of tips available on how to make the most of this famous product.
$55* and available in 22 shades at David Jones.
How popular?  Six sold per minute.


Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising LotionClinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion

Clinique launched their Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion back in 1968 following an article in US Vogue discussing whether a proper skin care regime is the secret to great skin. US Vogue editor Carol Phillips, Evelyn Lauder (daughter-in-law of Estée) and dermatologist Norman Orentreich worked together to bring cosmetics and dermatology together. The original formula prevailed for more than 40 years until it received an update last year in response to the different environmental needs of skin today compared to the 1960’s.
$49* for 125ml or $25* for 5oml at Clinique online or your nearest department store.
How popular? 14 sold every minute!

Loreal Elnett HairprayL’oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

At it’s invention in 1960, the Elnett Satin hairspray became the first hairspray on the market that could be easily brushed out. It’s clean, soft and shiny finish makes it a favourite for red carpet events. For a long while it was only available in France, forcing hair fanatics to sneak the aerosole home in their luggage… but now you, dear reader, can source it here at home.
$9.95 for 400ml at Priceline.
How popular? 20 sold every minute!


Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Great Lash Mascara

With an untouched receipe more than 40 years on, Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara was originally launched in 1971. It’s water-based formula gives you the ability to lengthen and build quickly to get anything from a lash-tinted look to full house glamazon. Maybelline credit it’s wet consistency and glossy blue-black colour as the secret to its success. And success it is; this is the world’s most popular mascara.
$12.95 at Priceline.
How popular? More than 40 sold every minute! FORTY! That’s one every 1.5 seconds!


Honourable Mentions:

  • Crème de La Mer was invented more than 50 years ago by a NASA scientest searching for a way to recover from his chemical burns and is infused with Sea Kelp. Celebs (Blake Lively, Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry ad the Jolie-Pitts) admit to using it by the bucketful. Lucky for them! 30ml of moisturising cream will set you back a cool $220. But don’t worry, the shipping is free.
  • Chanel Le Vernis “Vamp” is (surely?!) one of the only nail polishes to have it’s own wikipedia page. Launched in ’94 in at Chanel runway show, the polish was created to be the same colour as dried blood. It flew of the shelves, waiting lists followed and by the end of the year it alone had netted Chanel $1 million. The colour was discontinued then re-launched as “Rouge Noir”, a permanent colour in Chanel’s collection.
  • MAC Russian Red lipstick has become an iconic shade due it’s celebrity devotees. First donned by Madonna on her Blonde Ambition tour in 1990, the bold shade has since touched the lips of Dita Von Teese, Kim Kardashian, Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie, Christina Hendricks, Scarlett Johannson, Christina Aguilera and Anne Hathaway. Wanna look like the famous ladies? Get yours now for $36* at your nearest MAC counter or online.

♥ AS

*Cheaper in the USA, peeps! Did someone say freight-forwarder?

Own any of these products? Are they worth the hype? What makes icon status in your beauty cupboard? Tell us below! 

All hail the USA! Freight-forwarding at its best.

Despite the Aussie dollar falling, American shopping still has bucket loads to offer in terms of good value.  See that “Change Country” button in the corner of the website? Nominate the USA instead of Australia and you’ll quickly discover the price we pay for our wide open spaces on this pretty island we live on in the corner of the world… we can’t compete with the northern hemisphere’s economies of scale and subsequently suffer a mark-up of up to 200% (or more! Wah!).

Dubious? Spot the difference:

MAC USA    MAC Australia

ASICS USA ASICS Australia

Dang, that pink sole and lining sure be worth an extra $105 in Australia. *sniffle*

Even if you’re on the very noble support-local-industry bandwagon and don’t mind paying a smidge more, in lots of ways we struggle for the variety our Yankee friends enjoy. A quick flick around sites like Sephora and Zappos makes our options look minimal.

Which brings us to another issue with Australian shopping: the stuff us Aussie’s Just. Can’t. Get. Heard of C. Wonder? Did someone say H&M (which the entire-rest-of-the-world enjoys… did we offend you H&M)? And the one particularly close to my bleeding heart… kate spade. A visit to the FAQs to read “we currently don’t ship internationally” quickly turns this blogger’s eyes from blue to an envious green.

So what’s a dame to do?

The answer of the rich-and-famous is surely a quick jaunt to NYC to stock up supplies. The answer of the less-rich-not-famous is ask an American friend to help out. Don’t have any USA-dwelling friends? Me either. But I got myself a freight forwarder, and I’m pretty sure she’s better anyway!

Might I present to you one of my most bedazzled and sublime finds of all time, Parcel It On.

It works like this:

1) Shop online (on your fave US websites) ’til your beady eyes bleed.

2) When you find something(s) that you simply must have either

a) order it online and have it delivered to Parcel it On’s New Jersey address and email them a copy of your order confirmation to let them know it’s on the way OR

b) if you can’t shop with an Australian credit card or paypal, send the link to Parcel It On who will make the purchase on your behalf!

3) When your fab finds arrive, you’ll receive an email with shipping and insurance options to Australia (there’s lots at different price points and speeds). There are modest fees associated (all outlined on their website, here) and everything is paid via PayPal.

The amazing Lyka at Parcel It On is (literally) the top of my Christmas card list. She has sent countless packages to JS and me, all with super fast turnarounds. I trust her so much that if I’ve got something I need to move super fast (like a fabulous hand-made Swarovski crystal necklace ordered the week before one’s wedding) I have sent her money before she even receives my goods (which she received, on-forwarded to me and arrived with FOUR WHOLE DAYS to spare, a near impossible feat!).

So savvy shoppers, with the help of freight-forwarding, the USA’s online marketplace is your shopping-oyster. Get shucking!

♥ AS

Used a freight forwarder before? What American goodies would you love to be able to get here? Tell us below!