Last Chance to win tickets for the Sex and the City Tour in NYC!

Last chance to enter for your chance to win 2 of these fabulous tickets for the Sex and the City Tour in NYC!
Competition closes today and I will announce the winner next week!


To enter:
– Tell me which Sex and the City character you are most like and why.
– You must be a subscriber of Kirsten’s Style Report.
– You can email your entry to itsmekirsten@hotmail.com or leave a comment below. Please include your name, age and the email address you have subscribed from.
– You can also tweet about this contest. Please include @kirstenpetersn in your tweet and a link to this post. Leave me a comment to let me know you have tweeted.
This contest will close on the 30th April, 2010. The lucky winner will be announced afterwards!

To find out more about these tours, visit On Location Tours at www.screentours.com/tour.php/satc. (They also have tours for The Sopranos, Gossip Girl, and other New York TV shows and movies!)

Good Luck!

Love Kirst xx

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Life after Acrylic Nails

I recently had acrylic nails for a wedding I was in. I opted for the french tip and loved them. This was until they started growing out. Once they start growing out you need to get refills or remove them. Shabby nails are a beauty no-no and must be attended to regularly.

I decided to remove them. My main reasoning for this was that I couldn’t really afford to keep up with it. I would also prefer to spend my hard-earned cash on nail polish instead. As you are all aware by now, my new love at the moment is OPI nail polish.

If you decide to remove your acrylic nails like I did, it is best to have this done at the salon where you got them. Removing acrylic nails the wrong way can damage your natural nails. Nail salons have the skill and patience to remove them properly.

If you are going to try to remove your acrylic nails at home DON’T rip them off. You can end up hurting yourself and damaging your natural nails if you’re not careful.

The easiest way to remove acrylic nails at home is to soak them in acetone. Most nail polish removers contain acetone. Acetone can irritate the skin so a lot of brands are acetone-free, so check your bottle and make sure it contains acetone or it won’t work.

Find a comfortable work space and cover with a towel. Acetone can damage furniture – believe me! Next, pour the acetone nail polish remover into a glass bowl. Pour enough so that it will cover your fingertips. Cover your cuticles and the tips of your fingers in Vaseline or petroleum jelly to protect your skin and leave your nails bare. Soak your fingertips in the acetone for about 20 minutes. After this the acrylic gel should soften and start to dissolve away. Use a cuticle stick to gently scrape away the acrylic. It can get sticky and it can also take a few times of soaking and scraping to remove the glue and acrylic. Avoid scraping the surface of your natural nail as this will damage it. You can also wipe the acrylic nail with a rag or towel soaked in acetone. When the acrylic is nearly gone, wash and dry your hands. Use a nail buffer to take away any remaining bits of acrylic. This is so that you avoid damaging your natural nail. Lastly, apply moisturizer or a hand and nail cream and then some nail repair or hardener.

Another way to remove your acrylic nails is to soak cotton balls in acetone, place them over your nails and then wrap your fingertips up individually with aluminium foil. This will dissolve the acrylic without having to soak your fingertips in acetone. Leave the cotton balls for at least 20 minutes and remove them the same way as before.

If your at home experience is too painful or you find your skin is sensitive from the acetone, then stop. Wash your hands with some gentle soap and go to a salon. It isn’t too expensive and they are professionals who know what they are doing.

Try not to do what I did. I got fed up with trying the above. I’m very impatient and couldn’t wait to paint my fingernails with my brand new OPI nail polish – Mod about you. So I carefully cut them back after soaking them and I bit them off instead. I know, very naughty – but I was really careful and they really aren’t too damaged. They are paper thin now so I put on some nail repair polish and they are gradually getting better. My nail polish looks pretty though!

Love Kirst xx

I heart… OPI

I have been converted and am now an OPI nail polish lover. I didn’t realise how good it was until I used it for the first time the other day. I was out shopping at DJ’s and walked past the OPI section and thought it’s about time I found out what all the fuss was about.

I instantly fell in love with all the fantastic names of all the colours. Each bottle was A$19.95 and I was pleasantly surprised by their large size. I came across a set of 4 OPI Spring Cuties miniature nail polish sets and thought that this would be great for me to try out and see if I liked them – I did!
The set was A$24.95 and included:
OPI Mod About You
OPI Don’t Know…Beets Me!
OPI Plugged in Plum
RapiDry Top Coat

When I got home I put on Don’t know… Beets Me! on my toes, and Mod about You on my fingers. I am hooked! They glide on super smoothly and don’t bleed in between your nails and skin. I didn’t even need to use a cotton bud to touch up the skin around my nails – and I am no expert at applying nail polish! I hardly used any so they will last me for ages and they literally dried in less than a minute.

I love the idea of the mini sets. Most of my friends probably wouldn’t buy nail polish for themselves  so the make really great presents. Who doesn’t like nail polish? They are also really cute and are great for colours you don’t wear all the time.

Love Kirst xx

Get Perfect Brows @ Benefit Brow Bar

Eyebrows are one of our best beauty features. They can make or break your face. If you have bad brows, nobody notices the rest of your pretty face. So don’t take any chances with an at-home job and wind up with uneven brows. Leave it to the professionals.

Drop into the Benefit Brow Bar… no appointment necessary! Perfect brows have never been easier. Let the professionals at the Benefit Brow Bar achieve the perfect eyebrow shape and make your brows look groomed and fabulous. You really have no excuses for messy eyebrows now.

Remember not to tweeze in between visits. The growth cycle of your eyebrows grow through at different times of the month which can cause an unclean wax at your next visit. So make sure you visit the brow bar regularly to ensure your brows are perfect all the time.

Benefit brow bars offer a number of services to make you feel and look great!
Brow arch wax $25
Brow arch tweeze $30
Brow & lip wax $35
Lip wax $15
Chin wax $15
Lip and chin wax $25
Lashes – Full strip lash $25
Lashes – Individual half lash $25
Lashes – Individual full lash $35

Benefit BROWbar
Myer Chadstone
(03) 9567 6297

Love Kirst xx

The language of love – trés sexy!

There is something very sexy about the language of love. When I hear a French accent I can’t help but look around to see where is has come from. The French accent was one of the main reasons I watched My Kitchen Rules. Manu Feildel, the chef on the show has a beautiful French accent. It is trés sexy.

My Mum and her side of the family are from Mauritius. The language spoken in Mauritius is Creole, which is extremely similar to French.

Growing up, I remember my Mum speaking for hours on the phone to my Grandma in French. It used to be frustrating because I couldn’t understand what they were saying and my name would pop up in the middle of a sentence all the time.
I went to Mauritius a few years ago to visit my family and to celebrate my Great-Grandma’s 100th birthday! My family from Australia, Mauritius and Ireland gathered together and had an amazing time. Most of them I had never met before and we ended up getting along fabulously. I would love to go back with my husband one day. It is paradise and absolutely breathtaking. This is one place you should definitely visit one day.

Here are my favourite French words:

Love – amour
I love you- Je t’aime
I love you too – Moi aussi, je t’aime
I adore you – Je t’adore
I love you with all my heart – Je t’aime de tout mon Coeur
Yours forever – À toi, pour toujours
Will you marry me? – Veux-tu m’épouser ?
present – un cadeau
flowers – des fleurs
candy-  des bonbons
clothes – des vêtements
perfume – du parfum
jewellery – des bijoux
dear, sweetheart – chéri, chérie

It’s funny, but as I’m writing this my voice has suddenly acquired a French accent! Oui, but it is true!
The French language is so romantic. What could be more romantic than a hollywood dip in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris? I hope my husband is reading this and is getting a very big hint!

I really wish that my mum taught me how to speak French when I was younger. I know a little bit but not nearly enough to depend on.
Maybe one day I will learn how to speak it, but for now I will just have to be satisfied with the romantic tones of this beautiful language.

Tendres baisers (love and kisses),
Kirst xx

There are people who don’t like shopping?

It has been brought to my attention that there are people out there that don’t like shopping. It’s true. These alien beings exist in our material world and they are certainly not material girls. I find excuses to go shopping, they find any excuse not to. I just cannot comprehend this. What is wrong with these people? They are definitely not my people.

A few of my friends have recently admitted to me that they don’t actually like shopping. Shocking, I know! I’m not sure how we have been friends for so long and I hadn’t realised this. I just cannot think why they wouldn’t like it. What did we actually talk about up until I was assaulted with the news that they didn’t like to shop. Do we still have anything in common? Can we get past this? What have they been wearing in all the time we have been friends? I must have been too wrapped up in my own shopping expeditions to notice.  They have never been my shopping buddies, so I really should have caught on a lot earlier. I generally like to shop solo unless I’m in the mood for a stroll and not on a mission for something in particular. If I need a second opinion I choose my shopping companions very seriously. I cannot be rushed, and I will always show the same courtesy to my fellow shoppers.

I asked my friends if shopping had done anything to them in particular. Was there a reason they hated it so much? Did they get RSI in their hands from carrying too many bags? Did they get shin splints from walking around the shops for too long? Do they suffer from Agoraphobia – fear of shops and open spaces? What could possibly make them hate my favourite thing so much?

Apparently there is no big reason. Basically, they just can’t be bothered. Can’t be bothered? Now this is definitely a foreign concept to me. I am totally out of my depth here. The only thing in my world that stops me shopping is lack of funds. I have back-up plans though. Oh, no cash – Do you take credit card? Sold! I can justify any purchase. Seriously, try me.  If I literally don’t have any cash or cards left, I can always window shop for next time.

Nothing can deter me from satisfying my shopping and spending needs. So what, I love shopping, I’m superficial… whatever. It makes me happy.

Love Kirst xx

Reminder: Sex and the City Tour Giveaway

Only just over a week left until this competition closes.
Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win 2 tickets for the Sex and the City tour in NYC!!

To enter:
– Tell me which Sex and the City character you are most like and why.
– You must be a subscriber of Kirsten’s Style Report.
– You can email your entry to itsmekirsten@hotmail.com or leave a comment below. Please include your name, age and the email address you have subscribed from.
– You can also tweet about this contest. Please include @kirstenpetersn in your tweet and a link to this post. Leave me a comment to let me know you have tweeted.
This contest will close on the 30th April, 2010. The lucky winner will be announced afterwards!

To find out more about these tours, visit On Location Tours at www.screentours.com/tour.php/satc. (They also have tours for The Sopranos, Gossip Girl, and other New York TV shows and movies!)

Good Luck!

Love Kirst xx