Yes, yes, yes, summer is finally here! It’s time for beaches, barbecues and bronzing. But that’s no excuse to fry your skin.

Thankfully, the good people at Trilogy are giving three of our readers the chance to glow with their Instant Bronzing Gel (valued at $27.95). All you need to do is subscribe to our e-newsletter.

How To Win

1) Subscribe to our e-newsletter.

2) Check your inbox by 5pm Monday, 9th of December to see if you’re the winner. 

After some help on how to achieve a flawless tan? Check out our post on tanning tips and tricks.

The competition is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only and closes at 5pm Sunday, 8th of December. Winners will be contacted via email on Monday 9th of December and will have five days to claim their prize. Good luck.


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We’re going bonkers for bronzers here at My Fair Lipstick. We’ve already published our tanning tips and tricks. And now the lovely people at Sukin are giving you and two of your friends the chance to WIN a tanning pack to the value of $90.

There’s no denying we are huge Sukin fans. Besides being animal lovers they also tick all the boxes when it comes to being paraben-free and environmentally aware. So we were super excited when they offered to give away three of their much-loved Purifying Body Scrub ($12.95) and Sunless Bronzing Gel ($17.95).

How To Win

1) Like us on Facebook (if you haven’t already)

2) Find our Facebook post promoting this competition

3) Tag two of your friends in the post’s comments

4) Check our Facebook page on Monday 11th of November at 9am to find out the winner

The competition is open to Australian residents only and closes at 5pm Sunday, 10th of November. Good luck.

An Ethical Guide To Buying Cosmetics

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We lead busy lives and researching every item in the supermarket would be exhausting. Thankfully The Ethical Consumer Group has done the work for us. Their Shop Ethical guide is a comprehensive look at thousands of companies and where they stand on issues such as deforestation, carbon footprint, child labour, palm oil, price fixing, misleading information and more.


A quick squiz on their site revealed they have called for a boycott on beauty companies including L’Oreal and The Body Shop. It got me thinking about where my favourite brands stood on the list.

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Em’s Big News


Woah Mama. There’s a baby in mah belly. This should explain why I’ve gone AWOL.

The main problem is that I’m not one of those glamorous pregnant types. Especially, not in the beginning.  Unfortunately I spent most of the last few months hugging the toilet bowl. Smells and beauty items I used to love made me want to puke. Also, my skin has became both dry and oily so the though of taking selfies made me want to hide under a rock forever, or hide my iPhone under a rock anyway.

So I decided to take some time out. And I’m glad I did. I didn’t want to write crap blog posts when my heart wasn’t it. Funnily enough, the Saturday just passed I had an overwhelming urge to rediscover my beauty love. I painted my nails and whacked on a hair mask. I wrote some draft blog posts and had fun doing it. Hopefully this means my love for this blog has well and truly been resparked.

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Sunday Style Icon: Kristin Bauer


Kristin Bauer van Straten is best known for playing a ruthless bloodsucker on HBO’s True Blood. But in real life she is a huge animal rights activist who wouldn’t hurt a fly. She has worked tirelessly on campaigns to end whaling, rhino poaching and the trade of elephant ivory.

In 2011 she wrote to the EU about their impending deadline for the cosmetic testing ban. “No animal should suffer and die to test lipstick or eye shadow,” she said. “That’s why I’m writing to urge you to keep the European Union on the path to modern, innovative cosmetics testing.”

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Sunday Style Icon: Michelle Obama


A few weeks ago I started my new column. In my Marilyn mania I didn’t really think the whole thing through. I briefly mentioned that Ms Monroe wore fur but when it came time to choose my next style icon I was shocked at how many modern-day celebs are now wearing fur. I might have given the late Monroe a pass but the buck stops there. No peeps who wear fur will feature on this blog.

So how stoked was I to discover that Michelle Obama has sworn to never wear fur. And she’s also an animal lover who adores her dog, Bo. Awwwww.

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Trilogy’s 100% Unretouched Campaign



When I first started this blog a big fear was whether I would be contributing to women’s low self-esteem. I was also worried I’d be called out as not being beautiful enough to write about beauty. It didn’t take long to realise these concerns were silly. Writing or reading about nail polish and moisturiser isn’t the problem – it’s comparing ourselves to an unrealistic ideal.

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