Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Gifts for Loved Ones: Love Bands by Ole Lynggaard

In 2010 Charlotte Lynggaard has created the sophisticated and fine Love Band collection for Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen- which is now available in Australia. The Love Band collection makes a perfect christmas gift for someone special in you life - your mum, sister or yourself! Team with the Sweet Spots and Sweet Drops collections for the ultimate look!

The essence of the design is found in its fine jewellery details and many possibilities of different combinations. It is a collection that has already become a favourite classic for women worldwide, as the rings are simple but with a lot of finesse and elegance. Charlotte created these beautiful rings to be worn in different combinations. Vary the look by mixing materials, form or amount of rings.

Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen has emerged as the premier jewellery company in Denmark and was  appointed Purveyor of The Royal Danish Court in 2008. The Royal Warrant indicates Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen’s superior performance in the Scandinavian jewellery market, where pieces from the collections are real must-haves among Royals and Celebrities. Also the fashion-orientated, wealthier customers have taken a keen interest in the designs and the genuine look that Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen offers.

Visit www.olelynggaard.com

Monday, November 29, 2010

Divine Tanning

In conjunction with the release of an all new online store at www.divinetanning.com, Sarah Cuschieri, brand owner of Divine Tanning, made a one off appearance on Channel 9's "The Block". The episode, which aired on November 17th, showed Sarah spray tanning several of the contestants with the all natural 'Inspired by Nature' range.

Divine Tanning has brought sheer elegance to the self tanning industry. The company creates, designs and distributes a diverse range throughout Australia for both men & women who want a flawless, natural looking tan. Divine Tanning's range has become a huge success and a household name.

"My 'secret' is that the self tanning spray is made from naturally derived ingredients and adjusts perfectly to each individuals skin tones and pigmentation, giving the user sheer, natural looking, golden skin each and every time", says Ms Cuschieri.

Just in time for the hotter summer months, Divine Tanning tries to educate the public on the risks of sun exposure and allowing them to understand that there is a safer more natural alternative to having a natural looking tan.

Under-18s and those with sensitive "Type 1" skin would be banned from solariums. Type 1 includes those who burn and never tan, as stated in "Health Reporter".

Further, research published in January 2010 showed that NSW teens were the highest users of solariums, with a prevalence rate of 12%.

The study by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research also showed that solarium users aged under 35 had almost double the risk (98%) of developing melanoma than those who did not.

Divine Tanning has evolved from the desire of wanting to create an elegant self tanning range for men and women that is easy to use, golden brown, quick drying and convenient. Divine Tanning has become the exclusive online retailer and tanning studio for Australian made self tanning products for both men and women across Australia and Spray Tans and supplies the range to both Channel 7 and Channel 9.

"Divine Tanning caters for individuals of all ages who want to have glowing, bronze skin, in the comfort of their own home also giving them the opportunity to look and feel great at a small cost", said Ms Cuschieri, a former nominee for the "Business Women of the Year" award.

Vist www.divinetanning.com

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Gifts to Impress from M•A•C

This December, wander down to M•A•C counters to marvel at the latest make-up masterpieces and be inspired by a sophisticated collection from Dutch industrial designer Marcel Wanders. The luscious make-up collection comes encased in jewel-like compacts - the perfect gift to impress your loved ones this Christmas! The edgy, high-style designs reflect the M•A•C aesthetic and fit perfectly with Wanders' design dream of creating art out of everyday items.

"Air of Style" scent concentrate (above) is a delectable solid fragrance that comes in a covetable futuresonic compacts, perfect for touch-ups and is sure to be a handbag favourite.

Wanders' lipsticks will delight design sophisticates, with a play on every colour classic - be bold with timeless fuchsia and reds or opt for elegance in a shade of champagne frost.

Go glossy with Marcel Wanders' lip glosses - a rich palette of shades presented in stylishly chic packaging.

Signature brush and clutch creations, as well as sheer powders and mascaras complete the collection and are fine collectors items bound to wander quickly off shelves.

The Marcel Wanders Collection is on counter 6th december 2010 at David Jones M•A•C  counters only. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Fragrance Foundation raises over $16,000 for Charity Look Good... Feel Better

Parfums Gourmands, the Fragrance Foundation of Australia’s annual end of year gala dinner, last week raised over $16,000 in its live auction and raffle for the cancer patient’s charity, Look Good…Feel Better.

Held on Thursday 18th November at the multi-awarded and three-hatted restaurant est., the 2010 Parfums Gourmands was a celebration of fragrant wine and food, with a three course degustation menu created by head chef Peter Doyle together and with head sommelier, Franck Moreau, matching aromatic wines to each course.

Guests on the night hailed from all sectors of the fragrance industry for the annual celebration and charity auction. A highlight of the evening included the speech given by est. sommelier, Tristan Hollbeck, demonstrating the unique olfactory experience between fragrance, food and wine.

Both Edwina McCann, editor of Harper’s Bazaar, who hosted the night as MC, and auctioneer Justin Miller, art advisor, donated their time and expertise for the evening.

Michel-Henri Carriol, president of the Fragrance Foundation Australia and Trimex, praised his industry colleagues for their generosity in supporting the cause:

“Parfums Gourmands is a highlight in the fragrance industry’s social calendar. We all look forward to this opportunity to come together and celebrate fragrant wine and food in a prestigious venue such as est. Of course, to raise funds for our industry charity Look Good…Feel Better, is a fitting end for the evening,” said Mr Carriol.

The money was raised via a live auction and raffle of luxury personal and travel items donated by British Airways, Shangri-La Hotels, Tempo Travel, The Golden Door Health Retreat, Dior, Bally, Atout France, Chanel, Hydrogen Bikes, Collette Dinnigan, Establishment Hotel and est.

Monday, November 15, 2010

WIN a fabulous Avado Skincare Pack

Avado Organics and The Bride's Diary are giving you the chance to WIN a fabulous skincare pack, valued at over $60.

The Bride's Diary team love to give our members free give-aways throughout the year. We are always excited when new products are launched and our members are 'in the know'! And like everything we do at The Bride's Diary, we only promote the highest quality products and services available. So enter today for your chance to win and don't forget to visit often to see what other fabulous products we are giving away.

The wonderful soothing properties of avocado oil have been kept a secret for too long! Avado Organics brings you a range of certified skin care products formulated with the 'wonder-worker' that is pure avocado oil. Rich in anti-oxidents and vitamins A, C and E, avocado oil also boasts lecithin and potassium - the 'mineral of youth'.

Extracted from organically grown avocados, the avocado oil used in Avado Sensitives hydrates, nourishes and moistures the skin, leaving it plump, smooth and radiant, while the anti-bacterial, anti-wrinkle and healing properties help to keep dry and sensitive skin soft and supple. The soothing and healing properties of the Avado Sensitives range make it perfect for all the family, especially those seeking relief from the dryness and itching caused by dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.

Pack includes:

• Organic Gel Exfoliant (100ml)
• Body Lotion (200ml)
• Organic Avocado Oil (50ml)
• Organic Cleanser (100ml)
• Organic Face Moisturiser (75ml).

To enter, simply email your name, address and contact number to mail@bridesdiary.com.au with 'Competition – Avado Organics Skincare' in the subject line. Entries close 26th November, 2010. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Goddess Retail Range by Naked Tan

The weather has definitely taken a warm turn lately, and of course thoughts in The Bride's Diary office have turned to our tans! We love the new 'at home' range of tanning products from spray tan favourites Naked Tan...

In 2007 Naked Tan pioneered the rapid spray tan, launching a rapidly developing tan to wash and wear within 2 hours. With a 5-year proven formula and 3000 salons, day spas and hairdressers across the Australasia region, Naked Tan has now released The Goddess Retail Range! The Goddess Retail Range  is a fantastic range of products designed to help your Naked Tan look it's best between visits to the salon. And for those of you who are not quite ready to take the step into spray tanning, there are some truly fantastic instant tan and gradual tan products, as well as shimmer products to give your skin a sun-kissed glow in the summer months! 

Body Cleanser An Organic cleanser that will wash away the day and not your Naked Tan. Your skin will feel invigorated and your tan will glow fused with inspiring vanilla-bean blended with organic coconut oil (SLS Free)

Walnut Body Polish Prepares your body for tanning, by gently exfoliating and polishing your skin. Created with organic Shea Butter and enriched with jojoba, gold mica shimmer, crushed walnut to polish your whole body. 

Creme de la Creme This crème will hydrate and nourish your skin giving you a silky and smooth finish. Organic Shea butter, blended with Organic orange oil, daisy derived calendula and the scent of vanilla bean and coconut will spoil you in true Goddess style!

Goddess Bronze Transform yourself instantly into the Bronzed Goddess Aphrodite. Goddess Bronze is a sensational self tanning product to bronze and radiate your skin. Apply one coat evenly to entire body for an instant tan. Enriched with Organic Shea butter and Aloe Vera. 8% Active DHA – wash ‘n’ wear in 2 hours. 

Goddess Glaze
 Extend the longevity of your tan, with this exquisite tanning product that enhances the perfect reflection of you, while offering a natural glow. Goddess Glaze can be applied daily until desired depth of tan is achieved.  Goddess Glaze is enriched with Organic Shea butter and Aloe Vera. 3% active DHA 

Goddess Shimmer 
Illuminate your skin with the natural shimmer of mica. Highlight and enhance your inner sparkle and shine, transforming you into a goddess who will shimmer every time. Enriched with Organic Shea butter and Aloe Vera. 

Visit www.nakedtan.com.au

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Experience New York as DKNY Launch Their First Australian Flagship Store

To celebrate the launch of the DKNY JEANS brand and the opening of their first flagship store in Australia (located on Level 2 of the new Westfield Pitt Street Development) the global brand will bring New York City to Sydney through a unique street experiential event activation on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday13th November 2010 between12-3pm.

Located in the heart of the CBD, DKNY JEANS will transform the Westfield Pitt Street Shopping Mall pedestrian footpath into a New York inspired streetscape offering raw entertainment, underground culture and an iconic taste sensation to shoppers and CBD workers.

To set the New York scene, 12 male dancers from the Darrio Street crew will bust out various uber-cool, energetic and entertaining krumping, jerking, locking, hip-hop, break-dancing and free style dance moves to bustling New York City beats.

Watch the city of New York rush through renowned graffiti artist AZ ONE’S veins when he produces three original graffiti artworks live using spray-paint, acrylics and paint pens. Inspired by New York City’s icons and the DKNY JEANS state of mind, AZ ONE will create 3 original artworks over the three days. To go into the draw to win one of these original artworks and a pair of DKNY JEANS simply join the DKNY JEANS mailing list.

Feel like eating something delicious on your lunch break? A New York inspired hotdog stand will be serving authentic hotdogs with tomato and mustard on a tasty white bun offering a signature bite from the streets of New York City.

Launched by Donna Karan in 1990, DKNY JEANS is all about attitude and a New York infused energy. The brand’s philosophy embraces raw ambition, sensibility, get-up-and-go, courage, rebellion, gritty culture, creativity, urban exploration and the spirit of a city that runs through your veins. No matter where you are in the world, you can have a New York state-of-mind.

When Thursday 11th November 2010 between 12:00-3:00pm
Friday 12th November 2010 between 12:00-3:00pm
Saturday 13th November 2010 between 12:00-3:00pm

Where Westfield Pitt Street Shopping Mall Pedestrian Footpath

Who Graffiti artist AZ ONE, Darrio Street and an iconic hotdog stand will create a buzzing atmosphere where local Sydney pedestrians can enjoy and get involved with the DKNY JEANS New York City experience.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Napoleon Perdis Event Week is here!

This week is Napoleon Perdis Concept Store Event Week and the National Creative Team will be visiting stores from Thursday-Saturday in key areas.

Indulge yourself with the complete experience of the new Swept Away holiday collection and enjoy half price makeovers during an exclusive one week only event. Get ready for an endless summer with shimmering shades like coral, turquoise and sand. Secure your appointment today.

Exclusive to Napoleon Perdis Concept Stores from Mon 8th November - Sun 14th November, 2010.

All makeover bookings will receive a complimentary VIP gift bag, valued at over $80.
*Booking fee of $40 is redeemable on product at time of appointment. Subject to availability. Half price makeovers not applicable to formals, debutante, bridal, or Redballoon makeovers.

Visit napoleonperdis.com for more details.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Smashpiece - Bringing Overseas Fashion & Accessories to Australians!

Here at The Bride's Diary we love to be at the forefront of fashion and design trends, and we know that you, our readers, do too! Which is why we are so excited to share with you the news that Smashpiece, an fantastic new online fashion store, is now live! Smashpiece provides Australian fashionistas with access to the hottest overseas brands of affordable jewellery and accessories to meet the insatiable local demand for the latest in overseas fashions.

Smashpiece joins the likes of Zara and Gap, who recently announced their expansion into Australia, in trying to make fashion more affordable in Australia.

Have you ever admired a girlfriend’s beautifully accessorised outfit and enquired as to where she found her fabulous necklace, only to be disappointed when she uttered the words we all know too well: “holidays” and “overseas”? Then Smashpiece is for you.

Created by sister and brother team, Rachel and Jonathan White, 
Smashpiece features international designer brands such as Gorjana, Kenneth Jay Lane and Anna Lou of London, as well as own brand pieces sourced globally. Many of these pieces are available in Australia for the first time.

As an online shopping regular, marketing professional Rachel immediately saw a gap in the market
for affordable fashion when she moved to Sydney from London in early 2009.

“While there are some amazing Australian designers, I really missed the choice of high street brands
and online stores that I relied on for everyday fashion in the UK. When I asked around, this was a common experience. So after regular compliments on my accessories and numerous requests to bring back jewellery from overseas trips, the concept of Smashpiece was born,” said Rachel.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jet Set in Style this Summer Season

With summer in full swing it’s time to pull out all stops and prepare for the jet-setting holiday season ahead. From sun and windburn on the beach to the dry, recycled air on a long-haul flight, Dr. LeWinn’s understands that travel can often wreak havoc on your skin. Throughout summer, Dr. LeWinn’s is offering two specially selected holiday gift sets.

Perfectly polished skin is made easy with the Dr. LeWinn’s Body Indulgence gift set for only $34.95. Including a travel sized Facial Polishing Gel, Liquid Loofah Mineral Body Scrub and NEW Revitalising Hand & Foot Polish, this 4-piece set provides the perfect preparation before you dare to bare beautiful skin these holidays.

The Liquid Loofah Mineral Body Scrub (75g) is enriched with loofah and fruit derived ingredients, such as walnut shell and apricot seed powder, to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. The Facial Polishing Gel (75g) contains natural herbal extracts and nutrients to gently polish and condition the skin to reveal a glowing complexion. The NEW Revitalising Hand & Foot Polish (85g) is a luxurious natural exfoliant rich in minerals, moisturising oils and invigorating natural essences. Enhance your indulgent pampering experience with a bonus orange loofah.

The Dr. LeWinn’s Glowing Skin 5-piece gift set, comes with a travel sized Facial Polishing Gel, full size Gentle Facial Cleanser and full size Refining Toner to ensure your skincare routine isn’t compromised while you travel. Maintaining your glowing complexion is easy with this skin cleansing solution that comes in a handy zip-up toiletry bag. RRP $39.95, valued at over $80.00

Wake up each morning feeling refreshed with the Facial Polishing Gel (50g) which contains natural herbal extracts and nutrients that gently polish and condition the skin. For a softer, more gentle cleanse that’s perfect after a day in the sun try the Gentle Facial Cleanser (178ml), an aloe based cleanser with a unique blend of vitamins and nourishing oils to deeply cleanse and rejuvenate. The Refining Toner (178ml) will remove excess oils and balance the skin’s pH level. It is an alcohol-free blend of natural herbal ingredients that will help to refine the pores and promote clear, glowing skin. A bonus headband keeps hair tidy and out of the way.

Give your skin the TLC it needs for a glowing summer complexion with a Dr. LeWinn’s Body Indulgence gift set or Dr. Lewinn’s Glowing Skin gift set this holiday season.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Join the Aztec fashion tribe with Lovisa

Aztec is the fashion tribe to be in this season! Lovisa gives you the hottest fashion jewellery and hair accessories to release your inner Aztec queen.

The Melbourne based Lovisa team work closely with their design office in London, enabling Lovisa to present the most extensive fashion jewellery and hair accessory collection in Australia and New Zealand.

Totally on-trend and super stylish, with a hint of effortless cool, the Lovisa girl gives a fashionable nod to the hottest looks seen on the designer catwalks, editorials and the street.

Visit www.lovisa.com.au

Thursday, November 4, 2010

NP Set delivers fashion-forward looks at budget-friendly prices for Spring/Summer 2010

Glamour supremo Napoleon Perdis, who directed the makeup at a slew of shows at both New York Fashion Week and Australian Fashion Week this year, knows a thing or two about the runway to reality paradigm. As the architect of
NP Set, the dynamic cosmetics line available at Target, David Jones and beyond, Perdis crafts in-demand, on-trend products. This spring/summer, NP Set will add three new compelling products to its lineup. Whether it’s shimmering highlights, zinging colour or a luminous complexion, each introduction references chic catwalk looks and makes them accessible to all. Additionally, the formulations are paraben-free and boast skin-boosting natural ingredients.
Shimmer Highlight Duo (shown above)

Perfect a shimmering glow with this duo of brilliant crème highlighters. The coupling of rich creamy colors creates a sheer glittery finish, making this portable compact a match made in makeup heaven. With ingredients like Vitamin E and Candelilla Oil to nourish skin, each color melts into the cheekbones, brow bones and décolletage flawlessly. Available in Bronze/Gold and Pink/Peach combinations, and suitable for all skin types, these duos are ideal for transitioning makeup into fall without losing that healthy summer glow. 
Napoleon’s insider tip: Add these to your cheekbones, lips and eyes for gleaming effects. Using fingers or a brush, apply each color individually or blend the shades to highlight your best features. Use under or over foundation.

Luscious Lip Shine 

Dazzling, glimmering and deliciously juicy, this is a lip gloss that no pout should be without. Luscious Lip Shine delivers a vibrant color finish and is available in a variety of truly delectable fruity scents—lip beauty and lip service all in one. Packaged in a sleek and sophisticated square tube, the new formula features a host of hydrating ingredients including like Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil and Vitamins A and C protect your lips. Six new shades including Manila, Berlin, Bermuda, Honolulu, Brisbane and Marrakesh, deliver the latest runway looks, from look-at-me orange to subtly seductive nude.
Napoleon’s insider tip: Using the tube, blend into lips and gently rub lips together. To create fuller lips, use a lip liner after you apply the lip shine. Or apply on top of lipstick to create an ultra-glossy effect.

Rewind and Replenish Facial Serum

Revitalize your complexion with this antioxidant serum that boosts skin elasticity and suppleness, and defends against environmental pollutants and external aggressors. The blend of all-natural ingredients includes rare flowers and Hyssop Extract cultivated in the Swiss Alps. Used day and night, this weight­less formula helps prevents the visible signs of ageing and reveals a glowing new complexion. Keeps skin hydrated for extended periods and is suitable for all skin types.
Napoleon’s insider tip: After cleansing, smooth a small amount of NP Set serum over the face and neck. Use both in the morning and evening. Follow with moisturizer, primer and foundation.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Viva! The New Summer Collection from Orly

Add some festive flair to your look this summer with ORLY Professional Nail Care’s latest Limited Edition Collection, Viva! Choose from four vibrant, Latino-inspired shades and channel the fashion-pack summer stylings of fashionista, Mary-Kate Olsen, blog-star, Rumi Neely and California girl, Whitney Port.

Complement soft, luminous summer skin with nails that shine and pop in ORLY’s Limited Edition Viva! colour collection. ORLY Australia’s Creative Director and celebrity manicurist, Fiona Hay says “these shades will become your summer staple. Passionate and fun, they’re perfect for the holiday party spirit. Fiesta (deep pink shimmer) is a stunning hot pink with the finest shimmer, while Olé (rich coral crème) is THE perfect coral, a gorgeous pink-orange crème.”

What to wear with floaty florals or silver finger armour? Fiona recommends Viva! Bailamos (azure blue shimmer) – “a gorgeous teal with super fine shimmering gold undertones”. To pack a sophisticated, yet playful punch against sun-kissed summer skin, “La Playa (royal blue crème) is perfect, especially for those who prefer a dark polish”, says Fiona.