A few things we’re loving this week…

1. Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer: There’s nothing like a bit of illuminator to give an instant pick-me up. This gel-based formula is designed to conceal and blend away imperfections, fine lines and any signs of fatigue while delivering a touch of light to give a more radiant appearance.  All for just $17.95. A definite Aphrodite buy.

2. Jane Iredale Just for Me My Steppes: Imagine not having to carry around your entire make-up kit, and having everything that you need in a quality all-in-one. Well dream no longer, Chasers, Just for Me by Jane Iredale has made this a reality, combining a blush, bronzer, two lip glosses and a mirror in a compact for $108.00. The My Steppes Compact features a colour solution that is perfect for your skin’s undertones and easy touch-ups when you’re on the go.

3. Lush Tiny Hands: Why not lend a hand to someone you love with Lush’s Tiny Hands solid hand serum? It is a softening bar that leaves hand’s smooth, protected and fragranced in sweet vanilla. Hold the bar between your hands and let your skin melt the rich cocoa and shea butters to moisturise your skin while the aloe vera soothes and rehydrates. It’s the perfect substitute for hand creams and is just a little dose of luxury for only $7.50.

4. Maybelline New York Colorama Mini Nail Color Collection: Maybelline’s latest nail polish offering is sure to appeal to those with an adventurous side. The range features four fruity shades – Urban Lemon, Urban Orange, Urban Coral and Urban Turquoise – that are guaranteed to make any outfit pop. And they come at only $5.95 so you can still save some of your hard earned pennies, too.

5. Harlan Coben’s latest bestseller, Miracle Cure ($32.99): It follows the story of the ideal celebrity couple, Sara and Michael, and their lives after being struck down by a deadly illness. A miracle cure has been found for the millions of sufferers, but as each patient is getting well, one-by-one they are being targeted by a serial killer more deadly than their disease.

The secret to SUPER skin

 

We all want the secret to perfectly clear and radiant skin, and unless you’re a freak of nature (and even then), it’s going to take some TLC.

Luckily for you, I have found something that is sure to fix the biggest skin woes. Regardless of your skin type and needs, the SUPER range by Kit Cosmetics and Dr. Perricone is bound to help you out.

Dr Perricone is Oprah’s right-hand man in the skin department, so we can trust that he knows a thing or two about good skin. And if you can’t trust him, trust me, because Aphrodite isn’t in the business of recommending anything sub-par.

I’m of the belief that when it comes to skincare, natural ingredients are best. The strong chemicals in many of our skincare collections are harsh on our skin and as we get older, our skin becomes less resilient to their damage. That’s why it’s important to keep things natural, which is exactly what Dr. Perricone and Kit have done with SUPER.

The range is made from all natural ingredients and powerful superfoods that have amazing nutritional value and great health benefits. He combines these with patented science to create the SUPER range that is sure to feed our skin. There are no parabons, silicones, synthetic colours or fragrances or any other nasties. It’s all natural goodness.

The range comprises of fourteen products targeted at specific skin types. My top three picks?

  • Sweet Clean Face and Eye Cleanser (RRP $44.95): The basis of every good skin routine is a great cleanser that removes all the dirt and impurities every morning and night. This one is a winner and is laced with acai, a powerful antioxidant that is sure to purify your skin.
  • Acne Solution Benefit Treatment (RRP $76.95): This treatment exfoliates, brightens and balances your skin using green apples to fight away blemishes. Always act fast when you feel acne appearing, and apply this little gem directly on any spots.
  • Three Minute Facial Intensive Treatment (RRP $75.95): This was without a doubt my favourite product of the range. It takes only three minutes and uses ginger to stimulate your skin and leaves it tingling with hydration. I was so impressed with this baby that I took it home.

What’s more is that every single product smells delicious. But you know, Chasers, we wouldn’t expect anything less.

On your marks, get set, chase:

Stockists: SUPER by Dr. Perricone is stocked at Kit and Mecca Maxima stores and online at www.kitcosmetics.com

Bye Bye, Panda Eye

 

I’m assuming, Chasers, that like me you get really frustrated when your mascara runs and it smudges down your cheek, or when the lashings of mascara you applied earlier leave tiny little dots around your eye. Am I right?

It truly is a pain in the ass. There are no other words for it.

Well, Chasers, I have a solution for you. Let me introduce the Panda Pen.

All of your panda eye incidents can be removed by this small corrector pen that squirts eye makeup remover onto a thin, revolvable cotton strip. It isn’t oily yet it slides easily across your skin and removes even the most stubborn eye makeup, waterproof varieties included.

It is small enough to fit into your handbag or clutch and is perfect for when you’re on the go, having a night out, post-work out at the gym or tearing up while watching a chick-flick. PS. I Love You, anyone?

Better yet, if you have an unsteady hand it will easily perfect your eyeliner or smokey eye to create those much sought after straight lines.

The formula contains no added perfume or colours and is suitable for sensitive skin. But what I like is that the formula and cotton strip are gentle on your skin. The area underneath your eye is so very delicate and constant tugging will cause premature wrinkles. If you’re not careful, tissues and cotton tips can end up doing just this and smudging makeup across your eye instead of removing it.

So next time you have panda eyes, all you need to do is grab your Panda Pen, squeeze the triangular buttons to release the make up remover, attend to the problem then click the side button to give you clean, new cotton for your next panda moment.

It really is that easy. And honestly, why shouldn’t it be? You don’t have the time to get eye makeup remover then reapply your makeup! You’re quickly dashing into the bathroom while that cute boy is waiting outside, or about to go into a very important meeting, or you really just can’t be bothered with all that effort. Heck, I know I can’t.

So tell me, Chasers, when have you needed a Panda Pen?

The Panda Pen (RRP $ 34.95) by De-Coy is stocked selected boutiques and is available at www.de-coy.com

Interview: Celebrating Ten Years with MOR Cosmetics

There’s nothing more Aphrodite than a brand that’s committed itself to delivering beautiful products in every possible fashion. MOR is such a brand, packaging its amazing scents into products you love to use on your skin or to add a little ambience to your home. Chasing Aphrodite Intern Tara Anderson had a chat with co-founder Deon St Mor to find out a little more about the brand that’s just celebrated its first decade in the bodouirs of Australian women.  

  1. Tell us about your MOR journey so far?

As per any journey through life, MOR has taken us on a 10 year journey of various experiences.
Some of these have been absolute highs, yet on the flip side there have been times we have encountered road blocks with some disappointments along the way.

All of these varying experiences have given Dianna Burmas (MOR Co founder) and I the strength and understanding that anything is possible. In many ways it has also given us the insight to build a better brand for the future. Hindsight and experience are wonderful things.
 
2. What inspired you to launch the MOR brand ten years ago?

Inspiration behind the launch of MOR came from varying influences. Having our home wares brand prior to MOR allowed us an insight to consumer wants and needs. Having this knowledge inspired us to create new categories that lead to the exploration of beauty and lifestyle products. It was literally through experimentation and a growing love for what we refer to as ‘modern apothecary,’ in blending age old and contemporary ingredients, which lead the way to the brand as it stands today.

3. Did you ever predict the success of MOR because it is now a globally recognised brand?

Yes, we had always thought about MOR being a global brand. We have always been inspired to grow the brand beyond Australia and allow consumers globally to have access to the MOR offering.
 
4. MOR is recognised by its beautiful fragrances, what is the process of making your scents??

Firstly, fragrance selection and development is actually quite a complex process. It is quite difficult to balance that fine line of what will be a commercial success and what we personally love.

At MOR sometimes we conceptualise a new range from a scent or fragrance we have fallen in love with and then we may be inspired by a colour, texture, social or cultural theme.

We then take the steps towards designing a fragrance around this. For example, if the theme is bright, light and pastel in colour, then the fragrance will be developed to reflect this.

5. We find Aphrodite in your packaging, why is it important for you to create beautiful designs?

Ah, how can one not be inspired by the Goddess of Love and Beauty!

Creating beautiful designs in our packaging is the foundation of the MOR brand.  We work hard to remain known and admired for beautiful packaging and are considered market leaders as demonstrated by our awards. This in turn is delivered to our consumer who appreciates the finer details in our exquisite presentation.

6. What inspires each of your collections?
Inspiration for our collections comes from many areas. We never limit ourselves in where we find our inspiration. That is the beauty of MOR.

Sometimes our inspiration comes from a global trend that is happening; a travel destination we have visited; old books; a theme we want to explore; or a fragrance we have created.   It comes in so many guises. To give you an example, our Marshmallow collection was inspired by botanical gardens.  

7. What inspired you to launch the range for Target? Do you think it’s important to have a range that is more accessible to Aphrodite chasers on a budget??

Dolce by MOR was inspired by a previous collection that was brought back to life and re-designed. This range is exclusive to Target and made available in three popular fragrances; that being Sorbet, Honey and Pomegranate.

Dolce by MOR enables us to give consumers a price friendly option and bring back some old time favourites.  We believe that beautiful products should be accessible to everyone from all demographics.

8. What products are a must-have for your customers?

A few must-have products for our customers are our heavenly scented candles from our Emporium Collection. These candles create a beautiful ambient atmosphere, delivering room filled fragrance. The other must have product is our Little Luxuries Hand Cream, which is silky and rich in texture and is small enough to fit in an evening clutch.
 
9. MOR Cosmetics has come a long way in ten years, how are you celebrating the ten year anniversary?

As part of our 10 Year Celebration, MYER invited us to dress their windows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, which was a wonderful success. We basically bought our “Wonderlandia” campaign to life.  The feedback was absolutely amazing, with people literally lining up to take a look. That brought us enormous pleasure. We even had Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle request to see our window display!

In addition, we are also doing a lot of MOR Website promotions and facebook for our fans. One might say our celebration has been very understated, and although 10 years is a wonderful milestone, overall we feel it is important we remain focussed on growing our business and product offering so we may welcome more people to the “World of MOR”.

10. What are some other goals that you want to achieve at MOR in the next ten years?

So many goals! To give you some ideas we are looking at the potential of concept stores and also possibly moving into skin care and colour cosmetics. Increasing our global distribution will also remain a priority. For us the passion will always remain in pushing the boundaries in innovative package design and producing unique fragrances in bath, body and lifestyle products. That alone will always keep us busy!

Aphrodite is in soft skin: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Part of the perils of winter as far as I am concerned is that super-dry skin I get from standing for far too long under super-hot showers. I always plan to give them up as a result of the scaly legs I sport when the colder months roll around, even though I am smart enough to:

A) own a variety of MOR body butters and Nivea Body Creams; and
B) know that only good scales (mock or not) belong on a handbag or purse.

What I always neglect in spite of also knowing better, is the dry skin on my face, and apparently that was evident at my recent consultation with the lovely people over at Kiehl’s, because my skin consultant took one look at my cheeks before regarding me with the disapproval that was bought to Camilla when she signed the register as Prince William’s step-mummy last month.

Luckily, his looks were fair game, and I took home a 125ml tub of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream to rectify my mistakes. And rectify them it has.

The everyday formula promises to hydrate for 24 hours thanks to its extracts of Glacial Glycoproteins and desert plants, which I clearly know nothing about because I didn’t know you could get plants in the desert. What I do know is that I’ve been using the formula for about two weeks now, a few days here and there just before bed, and my skin has undergone subtle transformation.

The cream is actually very light-weight, and absorbs so well into the skin without making it feel greasy. Better yet, I have been using it around my nose because I have the flu (and the very runny nose that comes with it) and I couldn’t handle the harshness, redness, and all-round unattractivesness that manifested itself around my nose. And it has really worked to diminish the damage.

A perfect facial all-rounder to maintain hydration and keep skin looking nice and fresh, from the New York Apothecary brand that’s been around since 1851. And don’t forget, the Kiehl’s prices have shrunk, which means that this skin-saver is down to $64 – a huge saving from its original price of $105.

Style Files: The perfect casual cape this winter

Aphrodite always runs rampant in Dotti, and this season’s range is no exception. You’re guaranteed to find a few key pieces to get you through winter, and if you spend over $100 online, you get free postage. On my wishlist is this Kennedy Cropped Cape ($89.95)…and everything in their Parisian window display, from the midi-skirts to the striped knits. What are your wardrobe must-haves this season?

L’Oreal reveals more of its make-up Studio Secrets

In 2009, L’Oreal Paris launched Studio Secrets Professional, a range of cosmetics inspired by professional makeup, so that the women of the L’Oreal) world could make themselves up in the same approach used by their favourite models and celebrities.  The range was created in close collaboration with internationally renowned L’Oréal Paris Make-up Director James Kaliardos, and L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador and supermodel Linda Evangelista, based on their vast knowledge and experience in the industry.

Upon its launch, the range featured foundations, shadows, liners, powders and more, but L’Oreal has now enriched the promise of the range by expanding it to include:

  • A Duo Sculpting Blush: This product is premised by the way that a make-up professional will use their products to enhance a model’s natural beauty, by applying contrasting colours to the cheeks. This powder duo sculpts the face too, thanks to the shape of the brush, which was specifically designed so that a lighter shade is applied to the upper cheek and a darker shade to the hollow of the cheekbones at the same time. 
  • Mascara Primer Base: Simplify your mascara’s job by applying this primer base first. It has a false eyelash effect thanks to the fibres that attach to lashes for visible lengthening and volume.    
  • 90’ Easy Mascara: Readers of beauty blogs and beauty pages ought to know by know that the only way to apply mascara is to bend the brush first, because that’s what all the pros are doing. Kidding, it’s because it aids application and allows a better result. However, there’s no need to bend thanks to this wand, the first L’Oreal product with an innovative 90° flexi-brush that bends for higher precision – allowing each and every lash to catch from the root to the very tip, lifting and curling them upon application.More time to get ready no?

The new additions to the range have already hit priceline stores, so if you’re no pro where make-up application is concerned, take note. And if you see me heading out of the store, arms full of mascara wands, don’t be alarmed. I’ve been practising for years, and yet, I still need all the professional help I can get.

What about you? Do you bend your mascara wand? Do you know how to sculpt perfect cheekbones? Don’t answer that, because if you do, I might just ask you to come over and show me…

News: Kiehl’s prices are going down, down, down, down*

* Sing to the tune of Jay Sean’s hit single for effect.

The other night, when I turned 25 but was desperately trying to forget about it because I was not ready to be a grown-up, I was invited to hear some news about cult beauty brand Kiehl’s at their Paddington store. While I was there, I talked the ear off some beauty PR gals and probably assured all of us there that I will not be granted an invite to anything again for a while. Not because I ate all the sushi they were offering us, but because they did not need to hear about my husband’s tonsilitis and the pink bike I wanted to buy for my birthday, even though I live in south-western Sydney where the transportation modes of choice where giant SUVs to match the giant wog palaces, and hotted-up ‘rexy’s’ with immensely loud speakers (that’s a Subaru WRX to you non-residents) to match the un-hotted-up mullets of the wannabe gangsta drivers. Anyway, I digress from the point (which I do alot).

What I did hear about when I managed to stop talking will alarm you all: The Kiehl’s brand was, drop your jaws for effect, LOWERING ITS PRICES. By a significant amount (not by 33 cents).

I can see some of you rolling your eyes, and I beg you ladies, stop. I know Coles and Woolies are currently engaged in a price war, but this is an American brand, therefore justifiably a bit pricier than the average Aussie-owned and made product on account of delivery and such. And yet, it was letting us in on a bargain. And on its most popular, best-selling products no less.

Some examples:

  • The ever-popular Creme de Corps, slashed from $89 to $68
  • Ultra Facial Cream from $105 to $64
  • Acai Cleanser from$55 to $36
  • Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub from $52 to $38
  • Lip Balm #1 in Pear from $19 to $12
  • Dermatologist Solutions Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate from $116 to $89 
  • Ultimate Man Facial Fuel from $68 to $48.

I find myself particularly impressed with this. Admittedly, I had not known much about the brand before stepping into the store but loved that it was borne out of a New Yorker’s apothecary (and the Paddington store’s layout really reflected this, which was awesome, thanks to the apothecary jars and the giant chest of many teeny-tiny drawers).  but that is just my silliness talking. (Shut up, silliness).

Anyway, I bagged myself a few different products and samples to try out and review, and booked myself in for a mini-facial in their cool relexation room, complete with old-school record player and snazzy quotes on the chalkboard. Shall trial and report back about their Aphrodite factor shortly. In the mean time, head to their store in Sydney’s Paddington and check out their apothecary-ness for yourself.

Until the next chase,
Sarah, aka the Chaser-in-Chief x

Aphrodite’s Offers: Remington Tribal Pro Hair

We’re giving away three of these Remington Tribal Pro Hair Packs, valued at $63.95. For your chance to win, like us on Facebook and write in to intern[at]theaphroditechase.com with 60 words or less on the three things that you’d miss most if you went tribal and lived a nomadic, jungle life. Competition closes Friday May 20th, 2011.

 Dear Aphrodite,

I’m in desperate need of a hair makeover. My ancient hair dryer stopped doing its job about four years ago and I am sick of slicking my hair into a boring bun only to have it frizz up again after a work out or a run to catch the train. Today I noticed that the cute guy at work was laughing when the office clown (not exactly a Channing Tatum look-alike) was pretending to look for eggs in my hair, (which he’s named the Bird’s Nest) while I was at the photocopier. I’d love so much to sport long and smooth locks, the likes of which I imagine I’d see you sporting, if I ever pinned you down. Can you help me? Love, Frizzy Fiona

Dear Frizzy Fiona,

I do sport long and luscious locks, and this is something that all the cute office boys notice (along with my derriere, no less). Of course, it does come with the goddess territory, but word on Mount Olympus and beyond is that the super-friendly people over at Remington have injected their latest Tribal Pro styling tools with the Aphrodite Factor  - making them just as worthy of the hunt usually reserved for me by Aphrodite Chasers. Together, Remington Tribal Pro tools and I can totally solve your dilemma, we just need you to follow these instructions to the finish:

1. Get your hands on a Remington Tribal Pro Pack (available from all good eletrical retailers for $63.95). We don’t care if you choose pink or purple, it’s what you do with them that counts.
2. Wash your hair with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner, courtesy of Sebastian Professional (from $33), and, after towel-drying, spray with a little Sebastian Professional Voulpt Spray, a volume building spray-gel for extra oomph.
3. Blow dry your hair with a round-bristle brush. This is where your new Remington Tribal Pro hair dryer comes in: It’s 2200 watts which means it’ll do the job properly, especially because it’s equipped with six switches that combine cooling shorts, two speeds and three heating buttons.
4. Get acquainted with the mini-straightener that comes in the pack. You’ll want it to keep your new smooth ‘do in tip-top condition, so carry it in your gym bag – it’s only 15cm long so it won’t burden you at all, and features a hinge lock to ensure you don’t burn your gym gear (unless said gear is hideous and you want to). 5. You might want to keep the straightener in your work drawer, because the titanium-coated plates won’t ruin your hair if you regularly use it and the fast, 30 seconds to 210 degrees heating time means you can touch up on your toilet break.
6. Now that you’re rocking a Kate Middleton (sorry, a Duchess Catherine of Cambridge) ‘do, you’ll need to wear your favourite outfit to work, take your confidence up a notch and flatten the misplaced ego of office clown in the next meeting.
7. And when cute guy asks you out, tell him you’re busy. Until Thursday. Nothing like making them work for what they want. And word on Mount Olympus is that he wants you baby.

Happy Styling!

Love, Aphrodite

7 to Chase: Beauty buys for the week ahead

A mix of new releases and current faves that are definitely worth chasing:

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Image Courtesy of Adore Beauty

Bloom’s Gypsy Glamour collection: Drop layers, Peter-Pan Collars on long, pussy-bow blouses in floral prints. Lace. Floaty dresses worn with lace-up ankle boots. Long midi-skirts. Fashion this season is all about bohemian grunge and glamour, and the beautiful people over at Bloom have responded to the trend with a collection of beauty buys that are SO Autumn 2011. Get the ethereal and dreamy look with warm desert eye colours, on eyes that are rimmed in khol, and complete the look with a rosy flush, slightly bronzed complexion, and luscious lips in nudes and peachy colours. These perfect winter updates to your make-up cabinet start from $24 for the multi-purpose Sheer Colour Cream, with the priciest item being the Cream Bronzing Duo at $38. Expect to pay $25 for eyeshadows and lipglosses and $28 for lipstick. We’re loving the Khol Liner Pot in midnight black gel – at only $25, it’s a dream to use and comes with an inbuilt brush for on-the-road application. Well, such is the gypsy life!

2. Shop Loves Kit Nail Polish in Sunset: We love free nail polish almost as much as we love our Nannas, and when it’s by the trendy peeps at Kit, we know we’re getting a good deal (glossy and long-lasting, it is). Buy the May issue of Shop Til You Drop magazine, tear out the paper inside, take it to your nearest Kit counter, and voila, a full-size bottle of polish is yours in that dreamy colour hand-picked by those beauty gurus over at Shop. Just as pretty as staring at a real sunset. Well, almost.

3. Steamcream in Vinyl: Still with Kit Cosmetics, we’re loving the latest multi-purpose cream they’re stocking, in two uber-cool, limited-edition tins (one that’s modelled after a rocking record (Vinyl) and the other a bright companion with a peacock on it (Gaudy). Steamcream is convenience in a cream that’s good for your skin, thanks to its steam-infused manufacturing process to help lock in all the good bits that your skin needs – think oatmeal, lavendar oil and orange flower water. The best bit? Its 75g, which means it’s perfect for the on-the-go moisture. $24.95 at Kit and Mecca Maxima. It’s also won ‘Beauty Insider’s Choice’ in the Cosmetic Executive Awards in the UK. And really, it feels like a dream (and smells so pretty too).

4. Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment: From the team that delivers smooth skin thanks to their Daily Microfoliant (a personal fave), comes an upgraded and updated version of the Medi-Bac clearing range’s concealing spot treatment. The original formulation, which came in a glass bottle-dropper, has been modified to a creamier, more highly concentrated product that’s easier to apply for a flawless finish that disguises – and treats – those wretched blemishes. $40.

5. Face of Australia Tinted Moisturiser: I’m a big fan where tinted moisturisers are concerned. I prefer their feel over thicker foundations, and to help them set, I always dust them with a light coating of Benefit’s Hello Flawless. What bothers me is that tinted moisturisers will either come in one or two shades, so you can imagine my joy upon discovering that Face of Australia has really jumped on the realistic beauty wagon and released its tinted moisturiser range in three shades – light, medium and dark. I can’t believe no one else realises how much this makes sense. Kudos to you, FOA. [Note: I'm fair, so I have always gotten away with using most shades. But it just makes sense to have more than one].

6. MOR Black Emporium Collection Soap in Tonka Bean Musk: You all know how much I obssess over this brand, who I sincerely believe can do no wrong. Everytime I discover a new scent, I want to proclaim it from the rooftops, but usually resort to doing on Twitter to via a conversation with my sister or mother-in-law. My latest fave is one of their most recent releases, Tonka Bean Musk, which smells so good I want to eat.; Pretty bad that it’s called a cake of soap, aye? MOR’s soaps are enriched with Vitamin E and Shea Butter, so they’re not harming your skin either. And there’s more where that scent came from with many fragrances making up their current range. In addition to my permanent love affair with Lychee Flower and Marshmallow, I’m also currently loving Feijoa Lime. Check out their website or go to a Myer store to smell for yourself. Soaps are $19.95.

7. EyeMajic from Glam Beauty Bar: Imagine not having to fuss around with pots and compacts and powders and brushes when you apply your eyeshadow, doing it in under 2 mins and making it look as though it was expertly applied? This was the dream that Grace Mommone had when she appeared on Oprah in 2007 to showcase eyemajic, her miracle eyeshadow application method that was just about applying and swiping. Eyemajic is now available exclusively in packs of 2 or 5 in Victoria’s Glam Beauty Bar, as well as on their website and comes in a variety of colours – the applicator is even biodegradable.

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