Not Long Now.

I have quite a few bits and bobs from the gorgeous M.A.C. METAL-X Collection which is due to get all the Alchemists in a lather come Monday December 3rd, 2007. But I could not, to save my soul, actually bring myself to swipe the products in order to sample them. Oh the shame. They were just too darn pretty to touch. *hangs head*

But then, not quite out of the blue, I was able to summon up a bit of courage and give this beautiful collection a spin. I suspect my new found courage had a lot to do with that fact that my darling and ever so cheeky 4 year old daughter asked with the most perfectly straight (albeit angelic) face, with two METAL-X shadows already in hand, if she could use them on her dolls seeing that they were just sitting there! Eek! It was then…that I knew it had to be now, by me or what’s that expression… “If you’re slow, you’ll blow”? Yep. That’s it. So, I took a few deep breaths and planted the brush on the divine cream to powder shadow and applied. Oh.My.Goodness! *then faints* Luckily for me, as I have not yet regained command of speech/type post faint, the M.A.C. brief is 100% spot on:

M.A.C. METAL-X. A simple trace elevated to the richest most opulent extreme found in the creamy, colour-rich METAL-X Cream Shadow. An amalgam of pigment, shine, and dimension that through its intensity forges an unforgettable mélange.

To be perfectly honest, nothing more needs to be said, except for a big “sorry” for being such a big baby and not cracking these beauties open a lot sooner. METAL-X is just pure unadulterated alchemistic magic!

METAL-X Cream Shadow

Virgin Silver White with silver pearl
Pure Ore Metallic green gold
Goldspice Metallic coppery gold
Fusion Gold Light pinky beige with gold pearl
Pink Ingot Mid-toned blue pink with gold pearl
Metalblu Navy blue with silvery pearl
Cyber Metallic silver with silver pearl
6th Sin Forest green with silver pearl
Plum Electric Deep purple with red pearl

Glitter Eye Liner

Blitzed Yellow gold with multicolour glitter
Wonderwhite Silvery white with multicolour glitter
Enbronze Deep brown with multicolour glitter
Pewterpink Blue purple with multicolour glitter
Lime Dandy Mid-tone yellow green with green glitter

*METAL-X Collection is available on December 3rd, 2007 from all M.A.C. locations and online.

November 30, 2007. makeup, new products, beauty trends, makeup trends. No Comments.

What A Lovely Email.

I just had to share…

Dear Beauty Marked!,

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate all of the different type of beauty stuff you have in your blog and online magazine, Beauty Marked!. I haven’t actually ever read anything that has such a variety of different things in it as does your stuff. I especially love the inspirational things you liberally mix across your writing. It’s such a breath of fresh air and very inspiring. I especially like how you make it okay for me to like myself. This alone, is definitely something you don’t read anywhere else. You also don’t prey on everyone’s insecurities which is perhaps what I love the most about Beauty Marked!. Thank you! Please keep up the great work.

*blush* Thank you so much for your generous and encouraging words. I can’t even begin to tell you how much they mean to me. I absolutely love what I do and can’t imagine ever not being able to write or talk about the beauty that moves and inspires me so. Prior to creating Beauty Marked!, I too felt there was a need for there to be a dedicated safe space or arena for everyone to lovingly explore and express their own infinite beauty. It is because of my commitment to creating and maintaining this safe space, that not only inspires, but hopefully calls us all into action to be the magnificent individuals that we are, that Beauty Marked! was born. That’s why you shouldn’t find any trash talk or those “looks you love to hate” here, because it is my wish to only truly be of service by encouraging absolutely everyone (who’ll hold still long enough) to experience how beautiful they (already) are. It’s all about going forth and spreading beauty and light, if you ask me. If you like, you can consider that a Beauty Marked! promise. *wink*

All the very best…as always!

-BM! xx

November 29, 2007. All things beauty, beauty trends. 2 Comments.

Pure Genius!

“Beauty is a form of genius- is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the greatest facts in the world: like sunlight, or Springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.” -Oscar Wilde


November 28, 2007. All things beauty, beautiful quotations. 1 Comment.

What’s With All The Fruit?

I just had to squeeze in a post about this current fruit-filled frenzy going on in skincare these days. Well, I’m please to let you know that there is, indeed, a method to this fruit-a-licious madness. Here’s an ever-so-brief bite of info about a few of the gorgeous fruity bits finding their way into our skincare:

Apple Trés soothing on the skin and is chockers with tartaric and malic acids which gently exfoliate.

Grapes Also very soothing on the skin and act as a mild toning astringent.

Cantaloupe/Rockmelon Most excellent for hydrating and soothing inflamed and agitated skin.

Lemon Contains a bumper amount of citric acid that counteracts an overly basic skin PH that is often a result of product buildup and endeavors to clarify skin that has fallen prey to the excess alkalinity. The citric acid in lemons also acts as an anti-bacterial and astringent agent. It can also be mildly bleaching over extended period and in larger undiluted quantities.

Papaya/Paw paw Contains the active enzyme papain which is incredibly effective at dissolving keratin and can be used to rid the skin surface of expired skin cells especially when used in combination with other known exfoliators. Papaya is also soothing to angry skins.

Pineapple Bromelain is the effective exfoliating enzyme in this fruit which also rids skin of expired epidermal cells and can dissolve keratin over time.

Passionfruit Very refreshing to the skin and can be mildly hydrating.

Strawberry A scrummy smelling fruit that is ever so mildly bleaching thus has a slight brightening effect on the skin when used over an extended time and is wonderfully soothing and toning.

Tomato A mildly astringent fruit, thus its toning abilities are effective on oilier skins.

Mother Nature sure is one clever chook!

November 27, 2007. skincare, beauty tips, beauty trends, skincare tips, beauty glossary. No Comments.

For The Travelling Man.


Just because Beauty Marked! knows precisely how important it is to keep our men gorgeously groomed both home and away, we had to point you in the direction of this great travel kit from VitaMan. The VitaMan Travel Kit contains a stellar lineup of holistically minded skin and hair care products that are based on traditional native Australian plant and herbal extracts that have been expertly used by indigenous Australians for thousands of years. Every VitaMan product uses organic aloe vera as its base as opposed to mineral oil or lanolin which is pretty nifty within itself.

The VitaMan Travel Kit contains six 50-ml travel-sized tubes of great grooming products comprising of VitaMan Face & Body Cleanser, Face Moisturizer, Shave Crème, After Shave Balm, Shampoo, and Conditioner. But wait, it gets even better as all of this fabulousness comes in a soft and easily packable water-proof travel case with 6 internal pockets for the products and plenty more room for other grooming incidentals as well. He’ll just adore it…nearly as much as he adores you!

November 26, 2007. All things beauty, skincare, grooming, hair, new products, beauty tools. No Comments.

Unreasonably Beautiful.

“You don’t ever need a reason to be beautiful. Just be.” -Beauty Marked!

November 25, 2007. All things beauty, grooming, beauty trends, makeup trends, beautiful quotations. 2 Comments.

Spare A Spritz…

Spare a spritz of a gorgeously scented perfume for the darling young girl that adoringly watches as we get ready for the day. Just a petite spritz or dab on the wrist, neck, or behind the ears of our cherished little beauty allows her the opportunity to share in a glimpse of her rightful journey into the world of her own infinite beauty and to feel and smell the specialness that a luxe, heady fragrance brings. She then is gently and lovingly introduced to a part of what we prize about this beautiFULL world we gracefully exist in. Just one small loving spritz can have such a wonderfully big impact. So precious!

November 24, 2007. All things beauty, beauty tips, beauty trends, fragrance, beauty tools. 7 Comments.

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