Quick tip from Marcel of NARS


Introducing NARS’ Very own Marcel


Marcel says:

“Everyone wants a dewy complexion. But there’s a fine line between a dewy glow and greasy skin.

Keep your face hydrated without looking oily by blotting with a tissue to remove excess cream or moisturizer.”

Madame B


ps Too too too cute right!

My favourite Gossip Girl for Herbal Essences


Madame B


Hair Tutorial- Oscars Inspired Messy Up-do / Bun for day or night


During the awards season I noticed a few messy up-do’s. This is my version of it.

This can easily be worn day or night and is best achieved with dirty hair, (as with most up-do’s). I would recommend  using a hairspray to finish, I just seem to be losing everything lately!

This style can be as neat or as messy as you would like and is a great hairstyle to try if you don’t have much time or need to wash your hair but want a ‘pulled together’ look.

If you don’t have hair extensions to add volume to your do you can easily use a rolled up stocking with the toe cut out and thread your ponytail through it. Or you can use a rat.

The makeup worn in this video is the Napoleon Perdis Walter Runway Inspired look.

The shine spray I used was by Evo that was sent to me, I do have to say its lovely. It smells like watermelon candy!

Madame B


Benefit Smokin’ Eyes palette

They say,

"Benefit Smokin’ Eyes is a complete brow and eye kit to create a sexy, smoky professional look. Each kit contains eye bright, three eye shadows in pink, pewter and deep charcoal, liner, shaping wax, a fluff shadow / hard angle brush, tiny tweezers and an illustrated lesson."


image I say,

Retailing at $68(AUD) this nifty little palette contains not only all you need to create that smouldering smokey eye but is also versatile enough for many other looks. I was originally planning on creating a smokey eye with the palette, but then I realised that since it already contains instructions to in a cute booklet I might as well show you that it can be used for other looks too.

Both the eyebright and pencil liner can be used as base shadows or the original intended use as a highlight and liner. The shadows can be used all together to create a smokey eye or individually to create other looks. Having added the brow wax, ‘tweezies’ and dual ended applicator this is also a great idea if you are staying overnight somewhere or travelling. All else you would need would be a multi-purpose lip and cheek product, such a poise-tint, mascara and maybe a gloss or a balm.


Here is the tutorial I created with this palette, hope you like it!


Madame B


Sophia Loren Inspired with Benefit Smokin’ Eyes Palette

I really wanted to do a Sophia Loren look and I also wanted to show you that palettes can be used for other looks than intended.

I wish I could have gotten great picture of the look  but unfortunately I didn’t. This is a screen cap, hence the bad quality.


So here’s the video

Sorry that the lighting isn’t great!

The Benefit Palette was given to me for PR consideration, please don’t think this influences my opinion. As you can see the palette is versatile and you can use it for other purposes than just a Smokey eye, you can see from the tutorial!
The Primer was given to me by a fellow blogger for reviewing purposes and I won the Napoleon liner.

This is a tad on the dramatic side but you know me I can’t help it!

For more about the palette I wrote up a review here http://madamebfatale.blogspot.com/2010/03/benefit-smokin-eyes-palette.html

Madame B


As of Today the wait is finally over – Nars Illuminator!

The new Nars Orgasm Illuminator ($69), already reaching cult status for 2010, is finally being released exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica on March 8th.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator - Lo Res
For the look (and details) of what Rihanna wore see my earlier post

Tips for use –
Mixed into foundation to get a glow from within
As a highlighter on the cheekbones, cupids bow, brow bone and bridge of nose
You could even use it on your décolletage and shoulders on a night out!

The Orgasm Illuminator will be the fourth product in the Orgasm range that aso includes the Blush, Lip gloss, and always popular The Multiple. They have long been hailed as must haves by many in the know as the colour and finish seem to flatter almost all skin tones.

These are some pretty cool facts I got sent –
Each day there are more than 400 searches on Google for Nars Orgasm products!
Each minute there are two Nars Orgasm products sold, (that’s in the US alone!)
The weight of Orgasm products sold each year is 3,620 lbs (1.642 004 379 4 tonne), which is the same weight of a Lamborghini Diablo

Available exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica March 8th 2010
Stockist details1800 007 844  or online at 

Madame B


Playing around with my Mehron Palette

The weather is too noisy to film so here’s how I was passing the time. I used a black liner and mascara . Then all the colour is from my Mehron Tropical palette.100_8714


Madame B


Milan Fashion Week – Angelo Marani‏

Knight Sam McKnight created the following look “The New Nothing” for Angelo Marani’s Autum /Winter 10’ Milan show.  Inspired by both the New York East Village girl’s and Patti Smith.



"It’s about naturally healthy looking hair, shampooed, conditioned and left to dry."

Starting with fresh and clean hair, using Pantene’s Volume & Body Shampoo and Conditioner. Then combing through a small amount of the Volume and Body Magnifying Mousse,


then Knight suggests

“For girls with really curly hair, we blow dried it slightly, just to leave some texture, and for girls with straight hair we added a small amount of movement and texture using tongs," says Sam. Instead of a defined parting, the hair was left to fall naturally. "

If you are strapped for time and need your hair ready faster, I would suggest after applying mousse blow dry hair up-side down running your fingers through it to ‘tousle ‘ it up a bit. When your hair is dry flip your head back and let it fall naturally. If your hair gets frizzy as soon as it see’s a hair drier (like mine) you may then want to follow with a light anti-frizz or shine spray.


I love this look because a: it’s easy (really anyone can do it), and b: I feel its going to be a cute way to toughen up your trans-seasonal wardrobe eg. Floral dress and biker jacket combo.

Aussie? Don’t forget to enter my Pantene giveaway ending March 5th!!

Madame B