Mecca Cosmetica – International Stila Event with Kaci Harabedian

Melbourne: Thursday 25th March 2010 – Saturday 27th March 2010

Kaci Harabedian has been working with the cosmetics brand, Stila for over 10 years. She has been using her skills of makeup artistry on catwalks, magazine shoots and red carpets from Beverley Hills to New York City.

Kaci will be visiting Mecca stores this month to show us how to achieve different makeup techniques with the signature Stila look.

I am a HUGE fan of Stila and cannot wait! Appointments are essential and $50 will secure your place. This payment will be redeemable for products on the day.

Mecca Cosmetica Events

Mecca Cosmetica at Myer in Vic
Friday 26th March
(03) 9661 3274

Mecca Cosmetica Chadstone
Thursday 25th March
(03) 9568 2655

Mecca Cosmetica Doncaster
Saturday 27th March
(03) 9840 7541

Love Kirst xx


Pucker Up: Nude Lips

A nude lip is my never-fail makeup must have! This shade goes with everything.  Nude lips look amazing when you have vamped up your eyes – but never wear too much makeup on your eyes and lips together or you can look like a hooker!

Look I love - Nude Lips

The nude lip also works for a more natural look. If nothing else, I always leave the house with a glossy nude lip – and concealer of course! I have hundreds (no joke!) of glosses and lipsticks and have been searching for the perfect nude shade for years. I also like to mix it up with a hint of colour when I’m wearing a natural look.

Here are my favourites that I have discovered so far:

Pucker Up - Nude Lips

Love Kirst xx

Lipstick: To Gloss or To Matte?

I have this conversation all the time and I have to say that I much prefer the look of a gloss lipstick. If I wear a matte lipstick, I always top it up with a bit of gloss. What can I say I love to shine!

Lipstick: To Gloss or To Matte?

I always start by conditioning my lips. Try putting on some lip balm (Lucas’ Papaw Ointment) and massaging a toothbrush into your lips. This exfoliates your pout and leaves your lips smooth and ready for your lipstick. There is nothing worse than lipstick on cracked lips! I then apply a lip primer to help with a smooth and lasting application (MAC Prep and Prime). I then line my lips with lip liner (same colour as lipstick – NEVER darker). A lip liner is a great tool to define your lips and outline their shape. It also helps your lipstick stay put. Then using a lip brush I apply my lipstick and then my gloss. Leave the gloss alone if you want a matte look.

I Heart Lipstick

Kirst xx

Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder $69.00

It was pay day yesterday and I went shopping last night and blew pretty much the lot! I just can’t help myself. If I have any money in my wallet I just have to spend it straight away. I have enough for dinner of Saturday night with a few friends so I won’t get in too much trouble (hopefully!) – if it’s any good I’ll blog about it next week!

I was on the lookout for a new bronzer. I bought one years ago from Napoleon Perdis and thought it was great until I saw pictures of myself. It was bright orange – Yuck! No matter what I did I couldn’t blend it. So I sort of avoided bronzers after that and decided to stick to cream blushes and highlighters in peaches and pinks. I’ve also never ventured back to Napoleon Perdis. I have had quite a few bad makeup experiences when using their products. I had a white shimmer dust shadow that turned blue half way through the night – ewww! My eyes are hazel and blue just makes me look like Mimi from the Drew Carey Show – not a good look! I think that there are much better quality products out there for much cheaper.

So back to my search for the perfect bronzer. Most of the ones I’ve seen lately are too orange for my complexion. So I went to Mecca Cosmetica, my favourite cosmetics store. I saw the Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder and instantly fell in love with the Bronze shade.

Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder $69.00

It is a modern shimmer with a warm bronze look that has an illuminating powder finish. It is so silky and smooth. Each shade has been developed to be worn on all skin types. I just sweep over my foundation and my face literally glows!

Each shade is gorgeous and if I didn’t have similar colours already I wouldn’t have been able to choose!

Love Kirst xx

Stila – Kitten Collection

Stila’s shade, Kitten is the universally flattering pink-champagne shade that looks great on everyone.

Stila Kitten Collection

Stila Lip Glaze – Kitten A$42.00
This is a global best seller ever since it was launched over 12 years ago. Stila’s website describes that it shimmers like the finest champagne – and it does! The moisture-rich gloss contains ultra-fine pearl shimmer that provides amazing shine and gives an ultra-lacquered finish in a non-sticky formula. It’s also enriched with Vitamins A, C and E for additional skincare benefits. Apply for a sophisticated shine, or touch it over any lipstick for a dazzling effect.

Stila Smudge Pot – Kitten A$42.00
The Smudge Pot is made with real crushed pearls. It is ideal as an eyeshadow, liner or even cheek highlighter. Smudge-proof, water resistant and illuminating. I am a fan of the Smudge Pot anyway and am really excited that they have introduced this seriously meow worthy colour.

Stila NEW Limited Edition Kitten Collection A$58.00
This is the ultimate all-round gift set featuring an Eye Shadow AND a Lip Glaze in the shade, Kitten. The Eye Shadow formula has staying power and does not crease or smudge.

This colour really does suit everyone.

Love Kirst xx

LOVE: Stila #30 Double-ended Shadow brush

I bought this brush from eBay and it is AMAZING! A few months ago I used this brush during my makeup lesson at Mecca Cosmetica and came across it again on eBay.

Stila #30 Double-ended Shadow Brush

The bonus was it was also only half the price. I have bought almost all of my makeup brushes from eBay. At first I was worried that they wouldn’t be the real thing but I have found that all the brushes I have bought are of proffessional quality – and only a fraction of the cost!

This brush is really easy to use and blends to perfection. You can just slap a bit of eyeshadow on with the thicker side and easily blend with the other side. The results are fabulous and I could not recommend this brush enough.

Love Kirst xx

Xmas Presents / Boxing Day Sales!

I was absolutely spoilt rotten at Christmas by my family and friends. They obviously know me better than I do myself! They are the best and I wouldn’t trade them in for anyone else.

Here are a list of things that I scored on the day:

Mimco makeup bag
Body shop shimmer body lotion, shower gel and soap
Car sticker – I love shoes, I’m superficial, whatever…
Tea set
Book – Gossip Girl, Meet the Carlyles: Love the one you’re with.
Mecca voucher
Inglot voucher
Candle snuffer

With the money I received I went crazy at the Boxing day sales. Surprisingly enough, this was actually the first time I have ever been shopping on boxing day. 

My plan of attack was to start early and know what I was looking for.I went to Chadstone Shopping Centre and arrived at 8:00 am. I couldn’t believe that there was no traffic and I just drove straight in and parked about 20 metres away from the entrance. I knew it was going to be a good day shopping after that – and it was! 

Here is a list of things I splurged on:

Silver Flower Ring – City chic: $15.00
Strapless yellow and black floral baby doll dress – City chic: $40.00
Purple and black Maxi Dress with braid straps – City chic: $65.00
T-Shirt – City chic: $10.00
Purple floaty top with frills – City chic:  $20.00
Light pink and black 3/4 sleeve floaty top with lace detail – City chic: $20.00 Black singlet with stud detail – City chic: $30.00
Jeans – City chic: $45.00
Underwear – Target: $50.00
Book / Target – I heart hollywood, Lindsey Kelk: $16.14
Book / Target – Hot on her heels, Susan Mallery: $11.04 
Book / Borders – Makeup – The Ultimate Guide, Rae Morris:  $45.00
Black patent Thongs – Target: $20.00
Multi coloured Heels – Target: $45.00
Duo Nars eyeshadow in Jolie Poppee (purples) – Mecca Cosmetica: $78.00
Duo Nars eyeshadow in Brumes (Black/Brown) – Mecca Cosmetica: $78.00
Mini Stila lip gloss pack of 6 – Mecca Cosmetica: $32.00
Inglot Eyeliner (White) – Inglot: $22.00
Inglot 3 palette eyeshadow (Gold, Lilac, Purple) – Inglot: $35.00
Inglot pigment (Copper) – Inglot: $25.00
Inglot pigment (Mahogany) – Inglot: $25.00
Inglot Brush Cleaner – Inglot: $17.00

All in one day – not a bad effort! I definitely shopped till I dropped and loved every minute of it!

Love Kirst xx