One size fits all? No worries, this top barely holds both boobs, but all women are built the same, true?
Three cities in three days? Totally possible. Continue reading
Since I was 16 I have been loyal to one foundation, and that is the MAC studio fix fluid. Lately, I haven’t really been liking the consistency and coverage that it was giving me, so I made an irrational decision to try something new. In those uncontrollable moments when you realise it’s pay day and you haven’t bought yourself anything exciting in a week, sometimes you make irrational decisions. I however, did not.
195 AUD – stuartslondon.com
99 AUD – yoox.com
1 115 AUD – valentino.com
5 565 AUD – barneys.com
1 505 AUD – farfetch.com
10 630 AUD – luisaviaroma.com
1 100 AUD – luisaviaroma.com
195 AUD – ahalife.com
57 AUD – selfridges.com
24 AUD – maccosmetics.com
14 AUD – lushusa.com
11 AUD – lushusa.com
13 AUD – lushusa.com
If there’s one Australian brand that I absolutely love, it’s Witchery, and every single winter they manage to release the best jackets and coats. This season in particular includes the most versatile colours and styles that I can guarantee will be investment pieces that you can wear for years to come.
You can shop the Witchery outerwear in the links below!
It’s no secret that if I found a briefcase with at least $15,000, the first thing I would do is go to the airport with an empty suitcase and move to London.
It’s okay, I’m not being completely unrealistic, I have family there and accommodation can be organised so it’s not a stupid idea, I assure you.
Lately, the wanderlust has been real and every time I shop, a motto runs through my head: “This would look awesome in London”.
With that being said, my “If I lived in London” shopping wishlist continues to grow every time I open a new internet tab.
PS: Don’t try to tell me that these items of clothing aren’t as cool as I think they are. I won’t listen.
I also have devised a list of 10 legitimate reasons why I should go to London.
1. I miss my family who live there.
2. I like cold weather.
3. I can experiment with fashion with desirable results.
4. I speak English.
5. British Pound Sterling. Have you seen how low the cost of living is there compared to Australia? (let’s forget about the crap exchange rates) MAC lipsticks are £16 compared to $36 AUD.
5. There are endless paid internships available in the fashion industry (I know this because I follow @fashionworkie on Twitter)
6. I love Shakespeare.
7. I’m studying probably the most versatile degree ever, London offers plenty of courses that co-inside with my degree (I have also looked into this with great detail)
8. I like British bands
9. I’m happy with the monarchal government (and it’s future leaders)
10. I can do the best British accent ever.
PS: This is all hypothetical, Mum…
I know, judging by the title you’d assume this was a makeup post… I would too but then once you look at the radiating effortlessness from this edit, you can understand why I called it “Au Naturale”
There’s nothing I’m loving more at the moment than completely neutral, block coloured outfits with detailed accessories. This set is one of my ideal outfits to wear both casually during the day, or more dressed up at night, only needing to change your hairstyle!
This edit also features a good mix of high end designers and economical statement pieces, such as the beige coat which is only $26!!!
You can shop this look in the links below!
18 AUD – topshop.com
26 AUD – choies.com
1 525 AUD – farfetch.com
510 AUD – piperlime.gap.com
290 AUD – couture.zappos.com
255 AUD – daisyjewellery.com
2 280 AUD – truefacet.com
175 AUD – selfridges.com
240 AUD – pinkmascara.com
42 AUD – selfridges.com
27 AUD – toofaced.com
27 AUD – naturisimo.com
13 AUD – etsy.com
30 AUD – eyelashesdirect.co.uk
Literally a compilation of the chicest pieces that you need in your wardrobe this season! Combined together and you get this cool, effortless yet elegant look, featuring:
125 AUD – nordstrom.com
70 AUD – lipsy.co.uk
54 AUD – boohoo.com
1 255 AUD – nordstrom.com
5.59 AUD – yoins.com
36 AUD – sephora.com
84 AUD – burberry.com
59 AUD – neimanmarcus.com
71 AUD – selfridges.com
140 AUD – nordstrom.com
60 AUD – denydesigns.com
10. Mim Pouches $49.95 -$69.95
Nothing says “merry christmas” like a cute, versatile, little leather pouch that is perfect for the girl on-the-go who needs to quickly put her phone, keys, money and lipgloss in one perfectly sized pouch that comes in a range of different colours and styles!
See the whole range of Mimco Mim Pouches here
9. Personalised leather accessories from Mark and Graham
Yes, I did just say personalised leather. Check them out, you can customise a monogram that will be laser cut into the leather, perfect for the close friend or relative who loves custom, one of a kind accessories!
8. Glasshouse Christmas candles
Glasshouse candles are a little piece of candle luxury for anyone at any time of the year, but the limited edition Christmas candles are things that only come around during festive season, and only last so long, so take advantage of the beautiful scents “White Christmas” and “Night Before Christmas” before they’re gone!!!
(featured above and linked below)
7. Travel books and city guides of their dream destination
If there’s one thing I love, it’s giving a gift that you know the person will treasure for years to come. When it comes to travelling, people develop emotional attachments to the places that hold beautiful memories, such as the first new city they went to, the town that they grew up in, the building that they baffled them with it’s beauty, the culture that changed the way they saw the world and approached life… You can take them back on an emotional trip with collectable travel books, such as these ones from Taschen ($38.40 AUD) and Louis Vuitton ($65) (without actually leaving home or damaging the hip-pocket!)
Taschen books are featured in the edit above, but you can see the whole range here
You can also take a look at, and purchase the Louis Vuitton books here
6. Personalised metallic prints
Not only are they an awesome, incredibly inexpensive gift idea, but while you’re getting creative for you friends, you can make some for yourself too! All you need is heat reactant foil, a laminator, and some graphics ready to print with a toner printer.
First create/download the graphics, then print them with a printer that uses toner, not ink. Then place the foil on top of the printed sheet, and place another blank sheet of paper on top of that (think like a paper, foil, paper sandwich) then put it through the laminator. The heat from the laminator will make the foil adhere to the graphics. Peel the foil off e voilá!
You can purchase the foil from your local art supply store, and DIY the rest! It’s also a nice idea to frame them so they’re ready for use and so that they don’t get scratched!!!
5. Designer phone cases
Perfect for when you want to make a “I buy designer as presents” impression or for that person who absolutely loves the Kenzo tiger print, but you can’t afford to buy them the sweater! Here are some super cool ones from Kenzo, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Moschino here, here, here, and here!!!
4. Subscriptions to their favourite magazine
I would die (in a good way) if someone got me a subscription to Elle or Vogue… why? because that saves me from forking out precious $$$ every month plus it ensures that I never miss an issue for the whole year! It’s a gift that never stops giving!
3. Peter Alexander pyjamas
So we all are guilty of unintentionally (mostly completely intentionally) splurging at Peter Alexander for ourselves, but how nice would it be if you could share the PA love with someone else this Christmas?! You can go for the classic and jolly seasonal Christmas collection, or even get a little more personal with their new Disney, Marvel and Breakfast at Tiffany ranges! You can see the full range here
2. Assorted LUSH products
After the stress, preparation, hard work and dedication that goes into the festive season, why not make sure that your giftee can wind down while welcoming in the new year? LUSH have an incredible range of soaps, bath bombs and cosmetics, and what’s better is that they’ve conveniently packed and wrapped them just for you! I know I could spend quite some time in-store figuring out what to buy, so instead the pre-wrapped sets are perfect! You can see the full range here
1. Personalised candles from Candles by Alexa-Rose
Yes, I know, more personalised apparel, but seriously why wouldn’t anyone want a candle that fits perfectly into their space and not only soothes, but reminds them of the things that they love. You can send in photos, logos or choose from Mira, Bec, and Kate’s designs, and they can create a totally unique candle just for you! Now, I’m not being biased or anything, but seriously try and see what you think about the great work of these lovely ladies! I’ve collaborated with them and one lucky winner will receive two free candles which are pictured below! (Competition coming soon!!!)
So there you have it! Last minute gift ideas that can adapt to everyone’s budgets, needs and giftee’s!!!
Yes, I ‘created’ a word. No, I do not care if it doesn’t happen. Did Gretchen care that “fetch” didn’t happen??? Well, yes, but that doesn’t matter!
Merry Christmas and happy shopping!!!
$35 – peteralexander.com.au
$37 – peteralexander.com.au
$35 – peteralexander.com.au
$62 – net-a-porter.com
There isn’t much that makes me feel like it’s christmas and i’m five years old anymore, which is a bit sad, but nonetheless, a makeup haul sure induced that feeling!
Between my makeup application at Mecca Maxima Highpoint, Priceline’s 40% off sale, and email notifications about Smashbox’s limited edition lipsticks all in one week, it was safe to say that maybe I over-splurged on cosmetics…
I must admit, I have no regrets what so ever! So what I was short $0.25 to buy a friend’s birthday present this week?! Who cares that my purse is left with a very lonely $0.10 piece? not me!
Smashbox Be Legendary Limited Edition Lipstick Trio – $25
Umm who wouldn’t buy three perfectly sized mini lipsticks in a pack with gorgeous, vibrant colours?! Did I mention that they’re limited edition?
Maybelline New York Color Elixir lip gloss – RRP $17.95
Did someone just say 40% off at Priceline? Not only that, but I had a $10 reward voucher, so technically, I bought two for the price of half of one… winning.
NARS Albatross Highlighter – $39
I caved. It’s been on my wish list for too long and contouring without highlighter just doesn’t seem right! I’ve literally used this highlighter non stop since purchasing it! Originally, I couldn’t justify spending $39 on a highlighter, but since I did, I do not regret it one bit!!!
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – $35
There is literally nothing better than being able to hide imperfections without caking your makeup. Thanks, NARS.
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick – $35
Every body needs a quality nude lipstick, okay?!
Kit Cosmetics False Eyelashes – $17
What’s a makeover without false eyelashes? Go hard or go home!
Now, I don’t know why I felt I needed to justify my purchases, but it seems like my hip pocket nerve feels a little better now…
However, my beauty wish list is rather long, and instead of listing the items, i’ll link you! I like to call this the “if I could, I would” wish list!
So I must admit, most of these products I have had before July/August but I have become absolutely hung up on these products, and have or will use them excessively, and recommend you do the same!
Let’s start with the basics which should become of your skin care regiment (if they aren’t already). I absolutely love the Formula 10.0.6 skin care range, and I use So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser which is a 2-in-1 cleanser and toner, which doesn’t require any water. All you do is use makeup remover pads, a few drops and voila! Of course, I only use this when I feel very lazy or don’t have time to wash my face properly, but this definitely does the trick. It cleanses well and leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth.
Also from Formula 10.0.6, I use the Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser which uses passionfruit and green tea to keep my skin clean and oil free, while the green tea exfoliates!
But, I don’t just use these products alone. For Christmas in 2012, my mum bought me the Models Prefer Skin Cleanser, which is almost exactly like a Clarisonic Cleansing System, but is a quarter of the price! This system comes with four attachments: A soft bristled brush, a normal brush, a sponge applicator, and massage fingers. I found that the normal brush is too harsh on my skin, as I have very sensitive skin, but after cleansing with it, I feel like I have also taken away a layer of skin, which is actually a good thing. Normally though, I use the soft bristled brush because I don’t wear that much makeup (normally just foundation and concealer). The sponge applicator is good for moisturiser, but I don’t use it often because I noticed that it doesn’t apply the moisturiser in a way that makes it blend into my skin, but rather leaves a thin layer in certain areas which I then need to massage in by hand. As for the massage fingers, I find them a bit awkward to use, but they do feel relaxing! When my jaw feels tense from clenching (which I do often), I use the massage fingers to hover over the sore area (externally) and find that it does release tension, but unless you open your mouth and separate your teeth, you might feel a very discomforting vibration through your teeth! The system is battery powered, which is fine by me because the batteries last for a very long time! If you are considering purchasing a Clarisonic (which can range from $100-$250), I suggest you try the Models Prefer which you can purchase at Priceline or Target for $15, which basically does the exact same job, and even comes with more attachments with no extra cost!
Now, moving on to makeup tools!
One of my gorgeous friends bought me Real Techniques Core Collection Cosmetic Brushes, which automatically makes her my makeup guardian angel, because since then, my foundation, concealer and lipstick has been flawless***
The Detailer Brush is so perfect for applying lipstick without a liner or perfecting lip arches, but also for concealing problem areas with precision!
The Pointed Foundation Brush is my best friend. It literally applies any liquid foundation evenly and the point is perfectly angled to reach all areas of the face and neck!
Finally, I use the Buffing Brush solely for powder foundation, which I use to blend around my jaw line, chin and neck to ensure that my coverage is even and that I have no foundation lines!
What I noticed, however, is that sometimes I would be in a rush and would be unable to spend 10 or so minutes applying concealer and foundation with the brushes and taking all the precautions to make sure that everything was blended in properly, so, intrigued by the colour and desperate to buy a product from Mecca Maxima, I purchased the Kit Cosmetics Blender Sphere which has once again revolutionised my makeup routine, and I cannot urge you enough to join in on it’s impeccable and immaculate makeup blending powers!
The Kit Cosmetics Blender Sphere is the highly economic price of $14.99 and is literally one of the best cosmetic tools I have bought! The Blender Sphere speeds up the process of applying makeup while providing unblemished and accurate coverage. The sphere shape means that the slightly pointed ends can be used to reach smaller areas or places that require more detailed blending, while the middle of the sponge can be used to blend in the larger areas of the face.
Honestly, the Blender Sphere is a tool that I can’t imagine not using, and works so perfectly hand-in-hand with the Real Techniques cosmetic brushes!
This month, being August and 4 months away from the opening of Sephora in Sydney, Australia, I have decided that I will continue to use the best mascara I have ever purchased.
It was the Sephora Collection Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara in Ultra Black. This mascara is perfect. I am not even exaggerating. It lengthens, volumises, perfectly separates (I hate clumped eyelashes!), and curves your lashes without the need of an eyelash curler! Not only is the quality amazing, but it does wonders for your lashes! Before this mascara, I would apply an annoying amount of mascara repetitively to my lashes, which not only damaged them, but felt uncomfortable! With the Sephora Collection mascara, I found that I only need one or two layers before my lashes look great! What’s even better? It’s affordable!
It seems as though the Sephora Collection eye makeup products dominate above the other brands which Sephora sells, because I also love the Sephora Collection Long-lasting Eyeliner in 01 Noir Black. The precision I get with this liquid eyeliner is incredible! Before this eyeliner, I barely even bothered with liner because I already knew that it would take a miracle before I could perfect my liner, but with this product, I have been able to master the art of eyeliner multiple times thanks to the high precision ultra-fine bristle brush.
After all of that eye makeup, you’re going to need a good, gentle product that can remove the liner and mascara without tearing out lashes, creating ‘panda eyes’, or your average cleanser where you risk going red-eyed from accidentally opening your eyes to make sure you’ve removed everything before rinsing!
I use the Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. I was given this product as a sample when I purchased the mascara and liner, and I wish I purchased a bottle bigger than 25ml! All you do is apply a few drops of the serum to a makeup remover pad and gently wipe your eyes. The serum not only removes makeup, but strengthens the lashes with it’s lash strengthening complex, which is perfect for people who wear contacts and others with sensitive eyes! The product is literally for everyone so try it!
Lip balm seems like an easy product to buy, but a quality balm is hard to come across! A few years ago I was on a very strong medication for my skin, where dry lips were a major side effect. It was so harsh that laughing was painful, and giving people a polite smile was out of the question. Out of desperation I used Vaseline but it was so impractical, especially when I was in class, the last thing I wanted to do was pull out a jar of Vaseline. My troubles came to end end when I discovered Maybelline Baby Lips.
I’m not sure what it is, but Baby Lips has continued to be my favourite lip balm that I have ever tried. At the generous price of $3.95, Baby Lips moisturises your lips almost instantly. First, a few minutes after application, you begin to shed the dry skin (if there is any), which then leaves you with smooth and cushioned lips that taste really, really nice! I just finished my favourite Menthol flavoured balm, and today replaced it with the Mango Pie flavour, which I hadn’t tried before, but am really liking! Since trying Maybelline Baby Lips I don’t think I can use any other balm!
Last year I won a competition, and included in the package was a voucher for a makeover with Gorgeous Cosmetics in Melbourne Central, which I redeemed and discovered the incredible lipsticks! A little short on money, I could only purchase one item that the lovely makeup artist used on me, but I am so happy I decided on the lipstick! The colour is a deep, dark red called Shiraz (M29), which is the perfect winter colour!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love my two Chanel lipsticks for their quality and vibrance, but I can honestly and justly compare the quality of Gorgeous Cosmetics to the quality of Chanel! The lipstick is long lasting and remains vibrant, and I love the canister that it’s in! Yes, the Chanel quality is slightly better (which you would expect) but Gorgeous Cosmetics lipsticks are very close in standard for a little over half the price of a Chanel lipstick!
Finally, my 13th favourite beauty product of July/August is…
My M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in ‘More To Love‘ This hot pink liner of perfectness is exactly as described: Long wearing. What I love about this lip pencil is that the quality is so good that if I wanted to, I could wear it without lipstick by lining then filling in my lips. The colour is bold and makes a statement on it’s own! It also brings back memories, as I purchased it in Dubai Airport on the way home from Italy! The crayon texture makes it glide on accurately and smoothly, while staying on without smudging!
It’s the perfect mediator when you don’t feel like wearing lipstick, but want a beautifully vibrant colour on your lips!
So that’s it! Those are my favourite beauty products of July/August which are gracing my makeup bag for the month!
Also, check out my review on the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer here
H&M: My favourite international store ever has finally opened up in Melbourne’s GPO building!
With me were five other friends, two of which were Italian exchange students! Unluckily enough for my friends, I made them wake up early on a Saturday morning, jump on a train, and endure the incredibly long line that would gain us entry to the largest H&M concept store in the world! After almost two hours of waiting in line, we entered into the three story GPO building in the heart of Melbourne. The wait was very well worth it! The store seemed like a never ending heaven, beautifully lit with white walls; an overwhelming feeling to buy everything surged through me and everything on the shelves attracted my attention. The displays neatly presented every item in a way that made each item seem unique and special. I honestly cannot tell you if this was the reality, or my excited, hazed mind that found everything to be so perfect.
Admittedly, I had been preparing for this opening for a few months in advance, and so, I had printed a shopping list of my desired items, ready for the day where I could finally purchase them!
I am proud to say that I did purchase 4/5 items. The mesh dress, the platform boots, the pleather bag and the striped jersey skirt. Sadly, I couldn’t find the pouch bag in store, but then again, the store was massive and filled with a few hundred people so I guess I can’t complain at all!
H&M Melbourne is the most recent of 3,200 H&M stores that are spread across 54 countries. The first H&M store opened in Västerås, Sweden in 1947 and was known as Hennes. In 1968, after Hennes expands to Norway, the founder of Hennes, Erling Persson, buys a hunting and fishing equipment store called Mauritz Widforss. Hennes is now changed to Hennes and Mauritz and now sells women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing. By 1967, stores outside of Scandinavia open in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, and then in 2000, the first store outside of Europe opens on Fifth Avenue, New York.
In 2004, H&M begins collaborating with designers to create affordable, yet fashionable and ‘labelled’ items. Collaborations with designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Madonna, Roberto Cavalli, Comme des Garçons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Versace, Marni, David Beckham, Anna Dello Russo, Maison Martin Margiela and more recently, Isabel Marant.
The Fashion Journals is proud to announce H&M’s latest collaboration, with my personal favourite designer and creative director, no other than Alexander Wang! Expected to launch on the 6th of November this year, H&M announced this news on Sunday April 15 via the Alexander Wang official Instagram, sending both H&M and Alexander Wang fans into a spiral of excitement and anticipation! Wang commented on the collaboration Sunday morning, stating that:
“I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations,”
“The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to pushing boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”
With an expansion to Australia and H&M reaching success in each one of their stores that are spread out worldwide, I believe that H&M is at it’s peak of success, and 2013 is just the beginning of their Australian and international expansion and recognition, as H&M has been making headlines across Australia since it’s arrival.
All in all, the H&M store in Melbourne’s GPO building is a fantastic store that caters for everyone, regardless of style or size, and is also affordable for everyone, and further is of a great quality for the price!
I will definitely be returning to H&M as soon as I can, ready with a new shopping list!
Photos courtesy of Sarah C!
Christmas is only 10 weeks away, and so, I thought I would get a head start on my christmas wishlist!
These items I have been absolutely drooling over for months now, and one way or another, I will get my hands on them!
Dear Mum (or Santa, you choose who you want to be):
For Christmas this year I would like:
- Boyfriend Jeans
- Black leather jacket
- Denim jacket
- Black Skort (Zara)
- White Skort (Zara)
- Platforms (Windsor Smith)
- Nude patent heels
- Black Fedora
- Sunglasses (as similar as possible to the style in the photo)
- M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick (Colour: Pure Zen)
Don’t think that I am expecting to get all ten items. This is just something to choose from. Happy Shopping Mummy! 😉 xxxx
I am only joking, my dear readers!… I am not that selfish, materialistic or acquisitive!
Plus, Christmas is about much, much more. If you are not a religious person, Christmas is a time to spend with family, friends and people who you hold near and dear. I love having my (extremely large) family come together. It is the one time throughout the year that every single member of the family is together. It is a season of happiness, forgiveness and gratefulness… A time to reminisce in the past and make memories to speak about in the future.
It has been a while since I have posted anything new, but never fear, for I am back and ignoring my homework more than ever before!
So, in my absence, I have fallen in love with two very statement-making pieces; Zebra print shoes and pink coats. However, that’s not all… I love the two together.
They’re like two peas in a pod, like Beyonce and Jay-Z and like bacon and eggs… both great individually, but combine them together and que the fireworks!
Granted, you need to have a certain type of style and lifestyle to wear these, but if you can, why wouldn’t you?!
The coat is the biggest shock for me though… I personally don’t like pink all that much.
But hey, if its working at the moment, utilise it while you can!