GIVEAWAY: M.A.C and Benefit Giveaway – NOW OPEN!

To celebrate my Facebook page DANEE SUNSHYNE MAKEUP ARTIST hitting 200 likes recently, I’m running a big free juicy giveaway! Woo hoo!

I’d like to take this opportunity to bestow much gratitude and cosmic kisses to all of you who have supported my page since its inception in late 2011. As you know all things must start small and I’ve been slowly building my readership up over the last 12 months.  It’s very exciting to me to reach 200 likes and I’m humbled and very honoured to each and every single one of you. Thank you.

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So to celebrate, I’m giving away a special prize pack to ONE LUCKY READER! Some beautiful goodies from cult global brands M.A.C and Benefit could be all yours- for nothing!

Here’s the loot:

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1 x MAC Prep and Prime Beauty Balm (BB Cream) SPF 35 in Shade NW 25. 30ml (full size)  RRP $30

If you have yet to dive into the realm of beauty balms (BB cream), in a nutshell they are one major multi-tasking face product that imparts skincare benefits, along with concealing/foundation and moisturiser qualities.  There are many on the market, literally hundreds, and the choices are virtually limitless. I’ve had varied success with a few different brands and they are a great lightweight alternative to richer and thicker foundations when you want to give your skin a bit of a break, but still want some coverage. This one by MAC works best as a face primer, alone or underneath a tinted moisturiser. Its  soft, sheer shade of yellowed beige with soft shimmer-sheen. Lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin with the added bonus of high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.

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1 x Benefit Lip Plump. 7.0g Net. RRP $22

The brainchild of twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford, Benefit specialise in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas.  Benefit thrives on a quirky sensibility—a “laughter is the best cosmetic” policy that’s an extension of the founders’ own lighthearted approach to life.  If you haven’t yet experienced Benefit for yourself, now is your chance to indulge in some of their cute-as-pie products with the irreverent names, feelgood philosophy and retro-styled, creative packaging.

For full, sexy lips use lip plump before lipstick. This neutral-toned lip enhancer helps to smooth and fill in fine lines while building up the contour of the lips, making them appear fuller and younger. This is the original lip plump since 1995! Contains jojoba oil, known to smooth and soften skin.

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M.A.C Cream Colour Base (Colour Cream) in ‘Movie Star Red’ 3.2g Net. RRP $20

M.A.C’s creamy smooth cream blushes have reached near cult-status over the world and with good reason : they are so versatile, easy to apply, and they pack a punch.  Guaranteed to brighten up yours eyes, cheeks and lips.  Their smooth, lightweight consistency means that with a light hand you can layer these up to build intensity. Just a tiny amount will give you a sheer hint of tint, or build the layers for a more intense pop of colour.  It takes the tiniest dab on cheeks and blends really well.  It has great staying power! The color has a much more magenta/pink hue than red and that is what makes it great for the cheeks.  It is truly reminiscent of that beautiful old 30’s/40’s blush shade that all the actresses of the day wore.  Works for a variety of skin colors from light to deep. Add a tiny dab on the lips and you’ll look like Botticelli’s Venus.

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I’m sure you’ll agree these products are all very lovely and much coveted and I’m thrilled to be giving them away to one of you to enjoy!

Here’s how to enter!

1. You must be a subscriber of my Facebook page and you must be 16 years or older to participate.  Australian residents only.

2. Go to DANEE SUNSHYNE MAKEUP ARTIST and write “I want to win!” on my wall (this is v important!)

3.  For extra entries, share the link to this comp on your wall with your friends and ask them to visit my page!  Once they have they will need to follow the rules above- ie. LIKE my page and write “I want to win” on my wall, also letting me the name of their referer (ie YOU)

5.  The more times you enter, the more chances you have to WIN! You can enter as many times as you like simply by asking your friends to like my page.  The more people you refer, the more entries you get.  Boom!

6. This giveaway will close on March 21 at midnight AEDT.

7. I will choose the winner via Random.org and announce on my Facebook page and here on my blog.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Best of luck to you all!

Hugs, kisses and gratitude ❤

xDS

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GIVEAWAY ‘200 LIKES’ M.A.C and Benefit Giveaway!!

On  February 21st, my Facebook page DANEE SUNSHYNE MAKEUP ARTIST hit 200 likes! Pop the corks!

To celebrate and to say a big ‘thank you’ I am hosting a giveaway of a special prize pack of some beautiful goodies from cult global brands MAC and Benefit, plus another couple of surprises.

All brand new , boxed and ready for one of my lucky subscribers to enjoy and primp with! Ooh la la indeed!

Here’s the loot:

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1 x MAC Prep and Prime Beauty Balm (BB Cream) SPF 35 in Shade NW 25. 30ml (full size)  RRP $30

If you have yet to dive into the wildly popular realm of beauty balms (BB cream) then let me just preface this by explaining that in a nutshell they are one major multi-tasking face product that imparts skincare benefits, along with concealing/foundation and moisturiser qualities.  There are many on the market, literally hundreds, and the choices are virtually limitless. I’ve had varied success with a few different brands and they are a great lightweight alternative to richer and thicker foundations when you want to give your skin a bit of a break, but still want some coverage. This one by MAC works best as a face primer, alone or underneath a tinted moisturiser. Its  soft, sheer shade of yellowed beige with soft shimmer-sheen. Lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin with the added bonus of high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.

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1 x Benefit Lip Plump. 7.0g Net. RRP $22

The brainchild of twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford, Benefit specialise in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas.  Benefit thrives on a quirky sensibility—a “laughter is the best cosmetic” policy that’s an extension of the founders’ own lighthearted approach to life.  If you haven’t yet experienced Benefit for yourself, now is your chance to indulge in some of their cute-as-pie products with the irreverent names, feelgood philosophy and retro-styled, creative packaging.

For full, sexy lips use lip plump before lipstick. This neutral-toned lip enhancer helps to smooth and fill in fine lines while building up the contour of the lips, making them appear fuller and younger. This is the original lip plump since 1995! Contains jojoba oil, known to smooth and soften skin.

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M.A.C Cream Colour Base (Colour Cream) in ‘Movie Star Red’ 3.2g Net. RRP $20

M.A.C’s creamy smooth cream blushes have reached near cult-status over the world and with good reason : they are so versatile, easy to apply, and they pack a punch.  Guarantees to brighten up yours eyes, cheeks and lips.  Their smooth, lightweight consistency means that with a light hand you can layer these up to build intensity. Just a tiny amount will give you a sheer hint of tint, or build the layers for a more intense pop of colour.  It takes the tiniest dab on cheeks and blends really well.  It has great staying power! The color has a much more magenta/pink hue than red and that is what makes it great for the cheeks.  It is truly reminiscent of that beautiful old 30’s/40’s blush shade that all the actresses of the day wore.  Works for a variety of skin colors from light to deep. Add a tiny dab on the lips and you’ll look like Botticelli’s Venus.

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Nice? Nice. You want? You know it.  So hop to it, here’s how to enter!

1. You must be a subscriber of my Facebook page and you must be 16 years or older to participate.  Australian residents only.

2. Go to DANEE SUNSHYNE MAKEUP ARTIST and write “I want to win!” on my wall.

3.  For extra entries, share the link to this comp on your wall with your friends and ask them to visit my page!  Once they have they will need to follow the rules above- ie. LIKE my page and write “I want to win” on my wall, also letting me the name of their referer (ie YOU)

5.  The more times you enter, the more chances you have to WIN! You can enter as many times as you like simply by asking your friends to like my page.  The more people you refer, the more entires you get.  Boom!

6. This giveaway will close on March 21 at midnight AEDT.

7. I will choose the winner via Random.org and announce on my Facebook page and here on my blog.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Best of luck to you all!

Hugs, kisses and gratitude ❤

xDS

MUSINGS: the importance of listening to your heart

It’s often cited that nourishing one’s soul with things that you LOVE to do is a sure fire way to get on the path to true happiness.

Many a wise person has mused and reflected on the art of enriching one’s life through self-fulfilment. Following your dreams, taking the time to indulge in your passions, and just taking the time out to do the stuff that YOU want to do. Seems perfectly simple and obvious doesn’t it?

Yet sometimes we get so trapped in the minutiae of routine and existence that we lose sight of what it is that makes us happy. Everything external to us in our immediate periphery seems to be dull, boring and eating away at our soul’s pure intent. It’s too easy to lose the rays of sunshine and happiness when your time is sucked away by things you’d prefer not to be doing.

I know that my happiness definitely tends to derail when I am too busy working, and I disconnect from those things that make my heart sing its true song. The little things that make your EVERYTHING smile. That make time stretch…and sometimes stop altogether! You catch yourself in a magical moment, truly and utterly feeling blissful and blessed.

These past few months for me have been another kind of crazy. I’ve embarked back into the full time corporate world again after a small period of searching for the NBT. I’m in great industry, in a role where I am more than capable and very experienced. It offers plenty of challenges and scope to learn. And the culture is great.

Yet, I’m left lost and lonely at the end of every working week, wondering where the hell my time, mojo and energy went. Wondering which damned corner my joy disappeared around. Confused and afraid that my life is slipping by in a whir of daily grinds, to do lists and constant deadlines. During the working week, serenity and zen are two words that tend to vanish from the soul’s vernacular and are replaced by stress, limits, errands, timelines, and looking after other  people’s needs well beyond my own. 4 months in and I am really struggling.

I told myself this year would be the year I would HAVE to do this. I would have to bury myself in a full time job and get myself financially back on track, slowly chipping away at the last vestiges of debt that have been trailing me for some time. Although mostly mopped up now, there is a still a good amount of knuckling down to do before I can survey my surroundings and not see any lingering financial worries in my periphery. Though deep down I chose this, and remind myself of this very fact every day, it doesn’t get easier. In a nutshell I am over this full time thing; it’s slooooowly wearing me down and a thick black cloud has been blooming over my head, growing fatter and more ominous with every passing day.

Above all I yearn for my time back. Commuting for hours a day is starting to wear thin, especially in this bitterly cold and gloomy winter. I crave one morning a week where I don’t have to rush, not be on the clock; where I can be myself and not feel like a f*cking robot. I wish for just one day during the week where I don’t have to jump on that wheel, join that queue and be battered and hammered by the proverbial mass drudging their sad, unfulfilled souls along the path well worn.

I’m sure every full timer feels this way from time to time. There are some that are blessed in that they TRULY and utterly LOVE their day job: I have yet to find that synthesis. So I’ve set myself a limit of when this will have to end, before I lose all remnants of sanity and my passion for life. When that time comes I will seek that all elusive work life balance and commit to it hard. Until then I must listen to my heart as much as I can, and take the time to re-connect with my passions again. I have to. My happiness depends on it.

This weekend, I’ve committed to doing lots of what I absolutely adore, whatever that entails; lots of time to do some yoga and meditation would be a great start. To get some writing done would be another win. I’d also love to spend half a day out of the city, far away from the traces of the rat race, perhaps hiking through the hills or finding a hidden waterfall. The smell of fresh air is beckoning! I’m also planning lots of family time and merriment with my some very quality friends, seeing some bands, and just celebrating being! All the things that make me forget the creeping, pervasive unhappiness I am starting to feel on the regular because of this working life.

On a good weekend, when the time stretches out (very rare) and there aren’t too many errands to be done or commitments to be adhered to, makeup is always on the cards. Coming up with a concept to transform a face or body; painting some crazy colours, or some intricate design or some gory SFX (I love making myself look like a creepy scary mess) – these all very much ignite the inner fires. I am safe in the knowledge that the savage beast will be temporarily sated whilst I am in my zone.

There are other things that make my soul fly to its happy place and they are always on my list of things I’d love more time to do: art of any kind. Photography. Dancing in whatever form takes my fancy. Cuddling my awesomely handsome and cuddly cat. Cooking something ultra-magnifique. Travelling. Staring at the clouds. Taking a long luxurious soak in a hot tub (never happens, but damn its great when it does).

It doesn’t matter what it is –skating, building, biking, redecorating your office, sowing a veggie garden, playing with your pets – anything that puts you in a place of zen is a good thing, and you need to nourish this. Knowing where to get your kicks and connecting with your true inner fire is a gift that you should always give to yourself.

I’m re-committing to making time for my heart’s passions, as often as possible- regardless of what the clock says.

Let’s do this together.

xDS

 

NOURISH: health inspirations

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and articles lately on the topic of a more natural way of living, getting back to basics if you will.

In particular Jessica Ainscough’s site ‘The Wellness Warrior‘.  Jessica is just an amazing and inspiring person, and has such a wonderful story.  After developing a rare form of cancer a few years back she managed to avoid having her arm amputated, which was what her doctors suggested she do as the only way to stop it from spreading.  Instead she chose an alternative holistic pathway to healing as she believed that chemotherapy and radiation therapy are truly toxic to the body and can massively debilitate its ability to heal. Now, several years on and after following a strict (and hard!) natural regime and healing herself with food, Jessica has beaten the cancer with a holistic, healthy and natural approach.  The particular brand of therapy she underwent is called Gerson Therapy and its pretty hardcore- we’re talking several coffee enemas a day, frequent fresh juices (as in, being chained to a juicer practically) and shots of castor oil every other day. Blech. But hey- it seems to have worked for her and countless others- so its pretty amazing. Google it if you’re interested in what it entails – it’s a really intense but  interesting treatment protocol.

Jessica is living proof that with the right mindset and a will to discover alternative ways around things, anything is possible. She’s a hugely inspiring person with her amazing strength, resilience and motivation. She possesses and inspires a huge sense of faith in the body healing itself if given the right tools and support.  Her blog is a great read, with a wealth of information on nutrition, healing and clean products and ways of life; it really does make your own battles oh-so-insignificant.

The fact is, after enduring my own set of concerns (nothing as serious as cancer mind, let me put that into perspective) I’ve really opened my mind up, more than I ever have before, to the possibilities that exist in the natural world for healing and living abundantly. A couple of posts on Jessica’s blog about what products she uses and those she avoids have really driven this home for me.

I quit smoking 4 months ago (yay me! a massive milestone) and have recently decided to abstain from alcohol for a length of time greater than my previously held record of 6 days. I’ve embarked on a pretty rigorous detox program prescribed by my naturopath, with the aim of stimulating and kickstarting my immune system out of its state of rigidity; involving lots of water, clean eating, supplementation, homeopathics, no baddies, plenty of sleep and exercise.

However, it’s occurred to me that despite the steps I take to minimise exposure to hormone-altering nasties in my environment, there’s still a lot more I can do, especially in the area of personal care.  If I’m eating pretty cleanly, and living as cleanly as I can, wouldn’t it make sense to only put clean products on my skin?

It’s becoming scarily clear that we have much higher incidences of diabetes, cancer, hormonal imbalances, thyroid issues, obesity, food allergies, sensitivities, and digestive ailments, than ANY other population before us. Why? Mass industrialisation saw the introduction of a slew of toxic preservatives and chemical compounds to manufactured goods in order to improve productivity, efficiency, shelf life and reduce costs. Most, if not all, having detrimental effects on our health and that of the greater ecosystem and planet Earth.  And as one of your body’s major organs, your skin is the first point of entry for many of these harmful toxins and additives. Sometimes it seems to much to comprehend. Its overwhelming how much junk we come into contact with every day that pollutes our air, our space, our skin.

For me, its time to get empowered to make the changes towards a more improved and healthier life.  I need to go all the way, Mae.  And that starts with what I put on my skin. I know I want to lead as toxic-free life as POSSIBLE, whilst learning and educating my dear friends, family and readers about the hidden nasties in top-selling beauty & lifestyle brands.  Enough dipping my toe into trying natural this and natural that, whilst still succumbing to the allure of a tried and tested old trusty brand that is full of junk.  I’m going to reassess my living needs and my ideas about what I use and make a commitment to better my world.

So now over to you. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this. Are you ready to give toxic preservatives and chemical compounds in our manufactured goods the boot? Have you already done so? How are you finding your way?

Please leave me a comment below and lets start a dialogue!

Good health be yours lovers!

xDS

ICONICA : Caroline Saulnier

Introducing another one of my absolute favourite artists, the insanely and divinely talented, Caroline Saulnier.

With 25 years of experience up her sleeve, Saulnier has developed from technical excellence to conceptual visionary. She has worked successfully across editorial features and high end commercial campaigns.

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Saulnier’s style is classical and avant-garde in equal measure; she finds her vision through exploration of the dark and light within her personality. Unusual texture and bold pigments are experimented with frequently with amazing results; allowing the makeup to transcend itself and become a bold work of art.

I really love the collaboration with Rankin for his third book in the Beauty in Motion  series, Caroline Saulnier by Rankin, following on from his previous striking collabs with Alex Box and Ayami Nishimura.  Rankin and  Saulnier have managed to create a beauty book of stunning artistry, showcasing the talent and strong aesthetic styles of both artists in a series of sensual, visually compelling images.

In the glamorous tome, Saulnier’s astonishing work is captured by Rankin in an example of photography and makeup artistry at its finest.  The pair have a long-standing working relationship and Rankin’s individual style is instantly recognisable in the images.

‘Technically, her precision is mind-blowing. What I couldn’t know from working with her on a commercial job is that she is a creative visionary – her work is conceptually fascinating. There is a lot of sensuality in her images, as well as a real raw edge to them. Working with Caroline is inspiring.’ Rankin

Check out the wonderful short by Rankin encapsulating Saulnier’s work for the book, plus a series of still images below showcasing Saulnier’s amazing vision and talent.

I think she’s killer! Let me know your thoughts below!

x DS