Beauty Wishlist: My Current Top 10!

I’m someone who loves making lists and I’m constantly writing to-do lists, lists organising study for Uni and (my favourite type) wishlists! I have a wishlist operating all-year-round and the beauty section is always the longest. Seeing as my birthday is pretty soon (a month away approximately!) and I’m midway through the Uni semester so will probably buy myself a celebratory makeup gift in the near future, I thought I would share my top 10 most wanted items (loosely ordered by preference) and included my favourite advertising campaigns- the Charlotte Tilbury and Armani ones are so stunning!

 

1- Hourglass ‘Ambient Lighting Blush’ in ‘ethereal glow’ or ‘luminous flush’

I don’t have anything from Hourglass, so I would love to try the brand for the first time in the form of their famous blushes! For those who don’t know, they combine a powder blush with one of their ‘Ambient Light Powders’ to create the perfect combination of colour and highlight. From all the reviews I’ve seen, these blushes seem pretty amazing and appear to leave a really beautiful wash of colour. One of my FAVOURITE YouTuber‘s and bloggers ever, Kat from Kitsch Snitch (she’s an Australian YouTuber who I love because her reviews are so honest and informative, so I trust her opinion on everything and always love her recommendations) is giving away one of these blushes on her blog, so hopefully I’ll win and my birthday will come early (!!!) or one of my followers will!

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2- Too Faced ‘Chocolate Bar Palette’

This is actually another product that Kat from Kitsch Snitch is giving away (in collaboration with Talia from Glossy Confidential- another favourite definitely!) Obviously, we have similar tastes! When I first heard about this product I was super excited because it smells like chocolate! Then when I saw more photos I was a bit unsure because the colours (not swatched) all looked a bit the same. However, after watching heaps of YouTube videos reviewing the palette or doing looks in tutorials and swatching this in store, I have fallen in love and have decided I NEED THIS! Unfortunately, it’s pretty much sold out everywhere so I’m hoping I will miraculously win one or Mecca/Kit will re-stock it eventually. I love Too Faced eyeshadows and I think they’re such good quality products so I really want to try this beautiful palette!

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3- Giorgio Armani Belladonna Palette Highlighter

Every Armani makeup item is beautiful; from the sleek packaging, to the array of gorgeous colours, to the natural and comfortable textures- Armani is KING.I’ve been watching this beautiful palette for months and I think it’s finally available in Australia. Basically, this is a golden highlight for the face that sheers out so it doesn’t look bronzed. It just gives that beautiful lit-from-within glow. The packaging on this is beautiful and the imprint on the actual powder is amazing. I want this highlighter so badly and I’m going to have to get it quick because it’s limited edition and it’s going to sell quick!

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4- Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Rebel’ pack

When legendary makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury released her makeup line, I was so excited to look at all the products online and hoped they’d make it to a store in Australia. Unfortunately, they are only available on Net-a-Porter, but after extensive research, I just know that this is the perfect eyeshadow palette and makeup kit for me.While this isn’t the palette that is receiving an insane amount of attention online, I have looked and looked at the really popular ones but just think they are really boring. ‘The Rebel’ palette is very unusual and something I haven’t seen before; there are three complimentary shades of bright metallic green and one highlight shade. The colours are beautiful and creamy. Basically, this palette is the perfect thing for me. In Australia the palette cannot be bought on its own, but it does come in a cute value set (and when I say value, it really is value- for a luxury brand it’s pretty amazing). It features a lovely peach blush (peach is the one colour blush I don’t own so this also sold me on this kit), a black kohl pencil (which from reviews seems to be amazing), a mascara (that is Charlotte’s magic formula of three cult mascaras (see here) all in one) a pink lip lustre & a lip liner (both the prettiest colours everrr),  and a gorgeous red lipstick that looks like the perfect pin-up Hollywood red. This kit is basically everything I want from my makeup; it’s exciting, bright, amazing texture and something different and fun! I’ve already started saving for this kit, because the more I write about it, the more I need it! See it here on Net-a-Porter.

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5- Giorgio Armani ‘Luminessence CC Cream’

The only CC cream that I’ve tried is Stila‘s and I really like it, but feel like it’s not quite perfect. My favourite thing about CC creams is (as the name ‘colour correction’ suggests), that they block out the redness in my skin so any other products look as vibrant as possible. I don’t need the coverage of a foundation and I think foundation, generally, is aging. So for me, a CC cream is perfect. Without even swatching them yet, I know that the Armani version will be perfection in a tube and I’m dying to try them. I predict a velvety and natural finish, with just enough coverage to make my skin look flawless and help my blush POP!

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6- Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 389 (pale pink) and 872 (hot pink)

Like the ‘lip maestros’ above, I already own two of these! I bought them recently (planning on a review soon) and have fallen completely in love with them. I love them equally to my ‘lip maestros’ because they are very different but just as beautiful. The ‘fluid sticks’ are a hybrid product (similar to a YSL ‘glossy stain’) between a lipstick and gloss. They offer the opacity and longevity of a matte lipstick, with the sheen and finish of a high-shine gloss. They truly are the perfect lip product, so I want to try a pale pink (389) and a hot pink (872) since I already have a red and a vampy shade!

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7- YSL ‘Rouge Volupte’ in ‘Red Muse’ or ‘Provocative Pink’

There appears to be a universal pact that agrees that the YSL ‘rouge volupte’ lipsticks are the best lipsticks ever created, so it makes me want them even more! I own a YSL ‘rouge couture’ lipstick but the volupte apparently sit at the top of the lipstick hierarchy because of their incredible pigmentation, texture, hydration and colour range. After watching Chloe Morello (another favourite YouTuber’s) swatch video about 10,000 times and swatching for myself another 20,000 times in-store, I’ve decided on some colours; ‘red muse’ is my ultimate favourite because it is a vibrant red that looks like it would flatter my pale and warm skin perfectly. ‘Provocative Pink’ is another gorgeous colour that looks similar to my favourite lipstick EVER, Nars ‘schiap’! This one seems less purple and a bit brighter so I really want to try it out. And of course, like every review ever, I have to mention the amazing packaging on these lipsticks- it’s so glam and classic (hopefully one day I’ll have a nice collection that I can display beautifully in my room).

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8- Nars ‘duo shadow’ in ‘Kaui’ and ‘Bouthan’, and single shadow in ‘Tropic’

Along with their lip and face products, I love a good Nars eyeshadow. The duo shadows are such a cute idea, because you get two complimentary colours in one little compact. I am on the waitlist at Mecca for the ‘kaui’ duo (it’s a limited edition and absolutely stunning colours and quality, so I’m not surprised by the high demand!) and have wanted ’bouthan’ for a while because, despite how most people don’t like them, I love pink shadow. As much as I love the value and practicality of a duo, sometimes a single eyeshadow is just too hard to resist; ‘tropic’ is a colour I’ve literally wanted for years since seeing it in the US two years ago and it being sold out everywhere. I’m still super sad that I wasn’t able to get a hold of it overseas and I still lust over it whenever I’m in Mecca, I just haven’t taken the plunge and purchased it yet!

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9- Nars ‘Matte Multiple’ in ‘Siam’

Nars is one of my favourite brands too and I’ve loved every single Nars product I’ve bought. Their original  ‘Multiples’ are such great multipurpose products and I’m really keen to try the new matte version. I love that these can be used dry to create a more intense look, or wet for a sheer wash. I’ve decided I want the colour ‘Siam’ because I love vibrant red, and it reminds me of my favourite red blushes (Chanel ‘Chamade’ and Nars ‘Exhibit A’) but a bit easier to use and definitely more versatile because you can use it on your lips.

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10- Mecca Cosmetica ‘Lip De-Luscious Night Lip Treatment’

This is a bit of a random product and is the least exy thing on my list. I love lipstick, lipgloss and lip balm- basically everything related to lips- so when I saw this new overnight lip treatment, I knew I would love it. I used to have the original Mecca lip balm and it was by far the best lipstick I’ve ever used so I know this night time one will be amazing. I’m currently using a Korres lip butter, but I’m going through it so quickly even though I only use it at night so I think this thicker and more intensive treatment would work better.

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(11- sneaky product slipped in) 

This one is not actually a beauty product (which is why it’s number 11), but since moving to a new home, I’ve decided that I really want to be person who owns lots of nice candles and want to always have a nice fragrance wafting around my room. At first, I didn’t like this scent, but I’ve decided now that I like it and that the gorgeous neon pink container is reason alone to buy this beauty. Another great thing is that the sales of the candle support the Breast Cancer Foundation (see it here)!

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*all photos from relevant brand websites and Sephora Online, unless otherwise linked.

How-To: Monochrome & The Perfect Black Bag

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While I am a total colourful-clothes-lover, I can just as easily appreciate a good monochrome look. Wearing colour is fun but whenever I’m wearing monochrome I feel so chic and sophisticated. I’m sitting here, wishing I wasn’t in the midst of Uni assessment, and was thinking about how much fun I had when I went to Melbourne a while ago. I’ve already done a few posts on the trip, but I remembered that I still have some photos that I never blogged because I forgot about them (I’ve also been consumed by beauty posts lately, partly due to a recent bout of discovering great new beauty YouTuber’s)

I think the Melbourne atmosphere induced me to pack monochrome because when I look back at most of my photos, I am wearing black, white, grey or some sort of denim. So today I bring you one of my favourite outfits; I wore this when we went to the museum and the aquarium.

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I didn’t realise it at the time, but my tshirt, skirt and vest are all from Country Road, one of my favourite brands. I think there’s something at Country Road that suits everyone, no matter your age, shape or (to a certain extent) your style. They’re particularly great for basic pieces and I pretty much exclusively wear Country Road tshirts because they fit so well. I’ve found that a lot of people around my age think that Country Road is a bit of an ‘old-lady’ brand which I think is so weird; there’s also something there that I think is fab. It’s tricky to see in the photos, but my skirt is a cream colour whereas my vest is a true-white. I love wearing different shades of the one colour, particularly white, and I think head-to-toe white always looks great.

Now we get onto my FAVOURITE part of this outfit and my ode to the perfect signature handbag. I’m not sure whether this has featured already on The Oldest Fad before, but it’s definitely one of my most used bags. I watched this for months and months and months in Myer, trying to decide whether I should buy it because it was definitely an investment. I’m so happy I finally got it because it is my perfect black bag (and accompaniment to my perfect lbd).

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It’s black leather with cream leather panels on the side, BUT, it isn’t just a plain black bag. It looks like a book! I’ve realised since I started blogging that I totally have a thing for accessories that look like other things (like in the post linked above) and in particular handbags. A black leather bag is a staple piece, but I think a plain black bag is so booooring.

My ‘notes’ bag is the perfect balance of timelessness (black & cream leather, classic gold chain, beautiful lining), and distinctiveness (it looks like a book! But it’s not!). It’s also a great size because it’s big enough to fit everything I need when I go out for the day. I just know I’ll love this bag f.o.r.e.v.e.r.

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Of course, I couldn’t keep this outfit completely monochrome because that just ain’t me, my friends. As my favourite Melbournian, the fab Gina Liano, said: “I tend to be a little more glitzy”. So while an orange lip may not be glitz, it added a lovely pop of colour. With my favourite lipstick, I wore a light wash of blush and kept my face and eyes bare.

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Except to see more of my prized ‘notes’ bag in the future!

TSHIRT, VEST, SKIRT: Country Road
SHOES: Melissa Shoes
BAG: Moschino Cheap & Chic
NECKLACE: random boutique in Bangalow

CHEEKS: Nars blush in ‘Exhibit A’
LIPS: Armani lip maestro in ’300′

 

Finally, some more tourist snaps featuring me at the aquarium (my favourite is my penguin #selfie!).

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MARCH FAVOURITES: Bobbi Brown finishing powder in ‘porcelain pearl’, MAC ‘flat out fabulous’ lipstick, MAC ‘viva glam nicki’ lipstick & lipglass, Essie ‘butler please’ and ‘secret story’ nailpolish, Philosophy ‘living grace’ shower gel, Stila ‘coral’ blush & Stila number 24 blush brush- reviews

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March was a mix of new discoveries and remembering some old favourites!

 

Bobbi Brown- Brightening Finishing Powder in ‘porcelain pearl’

This is a new purchase that I’ve quickly fallen in love with. I think this is limited edition, because it’s disappeared from the Bobbi Brown website, and I haven’t seen it displayed on any of the counters for a while, so I’m glad I picked this up on a whim!

The powder is for finishing/setting makeup (so it’s sheer), but also has colour-correcting properties so it can be used on it’s own. I’ve been using it either after my moisturiser has sunk in on light makeup days, or after applying a CC cream/ tinted moisturiser to stop the shininess from the SPF. The powder gives a lovely glowing, air-brushed effect.

The only downside is that it can be a bit tricky to apply; if you use too much it leaves a white cast on the skin, so you need to apply very lightly and build it up.  Once I worked out the best way to apply it, I fell in love and have been using this powder non-stop. It’s such a nice way to finish a look, and is also really good for calming down any redness (or dusting over blush if you’ve been a bit heavy-handed). I’m wearing the powder alone in the photo below and it gives a nice glowy-ness to the skin (nothing under the powder except moisturiser).

I almost didn’t buy this, because I thought it would be very similar to my Guerlian pressed meteorites but they are quite different. I’m planning on doing a comparison and review soon. I would definitely recommend buying this if you can still find one!

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MAC- Flat Out Fabulous lipstick

I bought this lipstick at the beginning of the month and have been crazy for it ever since. I’ve never been an obsessive MAC fan like many people are, but as soon as I see a lipstick and fall in love, I need it immediately! Flat Out Fabulous is described as a “bright plum” which I think is pretty accurate: it’s very cool-toned and has a strong fuschia undertone. I’m wearing it below with Nars ‘amour’ blush and the Bobbi Brown finishing powder mentioned above.

This is one of MAC’s retro matte formulas, so it is tricky to apply but it’s a beautiful and unique colour with the perfect balance of pink and purple. I’m planning on doing a MAC lipstick review soon, because I bought a few other ones too.

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MAC- Viva Glam Nicki satin lipstick & lipglass

I hate when I read/ watch favourite posts and people feature something that’s limited edition that I can’t get anymore, but these lip products were so prominent this month, it seemed wrong to exclude them. I bought these YEARS ago (and bought back-ups) and haven’t used them for ages, but for some reason this month I decided to embrace them again. The Viva Glam Nicki lipstick is a satin finish and the lipglass is the classic MAC lipglass formula.

The formula of this lipstick is perfect: it’s got the gloss and opacity of an amplified MAC formula, and the staying power and thickness of a matte MAC formula. Both the lipstick and gloss are extremely comfortable to wear, and look beautiful on their own or worn together.

The colour is an orangey pink/ peach and I love how easy the colour is to wear: it looks beautiful paired with minimal makeup but can also look great with a strong eye. I wore this colour to my school formal, so I guess there’s some sentimentality coming in here too (follow the link if you want to see the lipstick on!).

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[Left to right= lipstick, lipglass, lipglass layered on lipstick]

[Left to right= lipstick, lipglass, lipglass layered on lipstick]

Essie- Butler Please & Secret Story

These polishes are all recent purchases that I picked up during the big Priceline 40% off sale. I’ve wanted Butler Please for a very long time, but it was always sold out! I’m so glad I finally have it now, because it is a beautiful colour and the perfect blue polish. It’s a very thick formula and takes a while to dry, but it’s definitely worth it. I love that it’s a deep, rich blue, but is still very bright and fresh.

The pink polish, Secrety Story , is also an Essie polish but a very different texture. It’s a thin, almost watery formula, and needs three coats for almost full opacity. Normally I would find this annoying but I actually like that this colour is a bit more sheer (good choice by the Essie creators). I have this colour on my toes too and because it’s quite muted it goes with every colour shoe which is nice.

also goes perfectly with MAC‘s Flat Out Fabulous mentioned earlier! I bought another two Essie colours in the sale, so hopefully they’ll feature in a favourites post soon when I’ve tried them out a bit more!

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Philosophy- Living Grace shower gel

I’ve professed my love for this before, so all I’ll say is that this smells amazing, makes my skin feel squeaky clean without feeling like all the moisture has been stripped, and the bottle looks pretty sitting in my shower!

Stila- Coral Blush

I feel like everything by Stila is just so good and can often look ordinary sitting in the pan, but looks really beautiful when it’s actually applied. I often look at my Stila eyeliners and shadows and think they don’t look that special, but as soon as they’re on, the colours always look stunning.

So again, Stila knocked it out of the park with this gorgeous glowing blush which is a lot more impressive when you actually put it on. This blush came in the ‘Stila Pro Artist Palette’ (see here), but is available separately. Peach is traditionally quite a summery colour, but I think it always look nice even now as it’s starting to get colder! In the photo below, I applied the blush very lightly over the Bobbi Brown finishing powder for a subtle lit-from-within kinda feel.

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Stila- Blush Brush #24

It is not an overstatement at all when I say that this brush has changed my life. This brush also came in my Stila Pro Artist Palette but you can buy it separately. It’s a blush brush, and the hair is AMAZINGLY soft. I’ve been using this with powder blush mainly, and love it because it is soft enough to prevent fall out and picks up a lot of colour, but at the same time, doesn’t pick up so much colour that the blush looks crazy.

Sold separately, this brush is really expensive. For me, I would buy this brush again if this one disappeared (which would be devastating), but I think someone who isn’t that into brushes, or an avid blush powder collector would think this was a waste of $$$. If this brush is a 10/10, then I’d say my Real Techniques ‘blush brush’ is probably an 7/10 and is considerably cheaper. BUT if you appreciate perfect blush application, see blush as a staple in your makeup routine, and appreciate a beautiful makeup brush (it looks so professional and pretty!) then it is well worth the money. Recommend to any other blush addict and devotee.

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If you liked this, then maybe you’d like to see my other ‘favourites’ from this year-  January 2014 favourites & February 2014 favourites

L’Wren Scott

Today’s post is very different to what I usually write about on my blog, and that is because yesterday was L’Wren Scott’s funeral; since L’Wren Scott’s death was reported, I’ve noticed a trend in how it’s been reported. L’wren Scott was a former model, fashion designer and costume designer, and on the 17th of March, L’Wren committed suicide. The vast majority of news stories have focused on the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, rather than L’Wren Scott, one of the most talented modern designers.

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I’m certainly not the first person to point this out; The Huffington Post published an article analysing the recent news stories and their emphasis on ‘Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott’. Of course, a headline with Mick Jagger’s name will gain more readership because he is extremely well-known and those not interested in the fashion industry may not know L’Wren Scott.

I understand the need for an attention-grabbing headline (particularly as a journalism student) and I’m not trying to say that her relationship with Mick Jagger should be excluded from stories. My point here is that leading with ‘Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend’ seems to somewhat diminish the many achievements of L’Wren Scott during her long career. At this point, you’re probably wondering why I’m saying all this. As Jack Mirkinson from The Huffington Post wrote, it makes me think that this “successful and accomplished woman was defined, in part, by the man”.

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[sayslive.com]

Mirkinson’s article has caused controversy; one commenter wrote that it was a case of “the PC police”, while another said that “99% of the people in the world didn’t know who she was, everyone knows who Mick is”. One person even went so far to say that L’Wren’s death “should not be getting headlines at all… suicide is a last grab for attention”.

On the other end of the spectrum, many users on Twitter expressed their dismay that the self-accomplished L’Wren Scott was reduced in nearly all the major headlines to a famous person’s girlfriend, one user writing “L’Wren Scott was an acclaimed fashion designer. That she was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend shouldn’t be the lede in her obit”.

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[sheknows.com]

Since these articles have started to come out that are criticising the mainstream media for their approach, it’s slowly starting to turn into a feminist debate. However, I don’t think this is necessarily a feminist issue; if the self-rightly famous boyfriend of a ‘more famous’ female died, the headlines would likely read the same (for example, if Adriana Lima’s husband Marko Jarić- hugely successful basketplayer- died, the headline would probably lead with his connection to Adriana as she is more well-known and his sporting achievements would be mentioned after).

L'Wren Scott in her famous 'Headmistress Dress' [fashion.telegraph.co.uk]

L’Wren Scott in her famous ‘Headmistress Dress’ [fashion.telegraph.co.uk]

Whenever I would hear the name L’Wren Scott, the first thing that would come to mind was her cult celebrity following, acclaimed career in costume designing and styling, and her signature designs that have the unique ability to flatter women no matter their age, height or body type. Lastly, I think of L’Wren Scott as an incredible business woman, who built a huge fashion empire that rose to extreme success soon after the launch of her first collection.

So whether you think this is a feminist issue, simply a case of attaining peak readership or arguably insensitive reporting, I thought it would be appropriate to look at some of L’Wren Scott’s achievements that could have been at the forefront of the recent coverage instead:

  • Guy Bourdin photographed L’Wren for Vogue France in 1985 when she was 21
  • Later that year, L’Wren had her runway debut in Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Haute Couture Show
  • Two years later, she appeared in Vogue Italia
  • Designed Sharon Stone’s wardrobe for Diabolique
  • Consulted on Nicole Kidman’s wardrobe for Eyes Wide Shut
  • Was appointed as the official stylist for the Academy Awards in 2000
  • Inspired by being unable to find the perfect black dress, L’Wren releases her first collection (titled Little Black Dress) in 2006. Every collection L’Wren re-releases a new version of her now iconic ‘headmistress dress’.
  • Designed a capsule collection for CoutureLab in 2007
  • Styled Ellen Barkin’s wardrobe for Ocean’s Thirteen
  • Released shoe line in 2009
  • Became a member of the CFDA in 2010
  • Created a 2010 holiday collection with Lancome with her signature colours of bordeux and gray distinct in the line. Mario Testino shooted the advertisements featuring Daria Werbowy
  • Designed a capsule collection for Banana Republic

Some of L’Wren Scott’s best designs:

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[vogue.com.au]

Christina Hendricks in L'Wren Scott [vogue.com.au]

Christina Hendricks in L’Wren Scott [vogue.com.au]

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Marion Cottilard in L’Wren Scott [vogue.com.au]

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Naomi Campbell & L’Wren Scott (both wearing L’Wren Scott) [vogue.com.au]

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Sarah Jessica Parker in a L’Wren Scott jacket [vogue.com.au]

Penelope Cruz in L'Wren Scott [dailymail.co.uk]

Penelope Cruz in L’Wren Scott [dailymail.co.uk]

Sandra Bullock in L'Wren Scott [dailymail.co.uk]

Sandra Bullock in L’Wren Scott [dailymail.co.uk]

Sarah Jessica Parker in L'Wren Scott [dailymail.co.uk]

Sarah Jessica Parker in L’Wren Scott [dailymail.co.uk]

Madonna wearing 'The Headmistress Dress' by L'Wren Scott [dailymail.co.uk]

Madonna wearing ‘The Headmistress Dress’ by L’Wren Scott [dailymail.co.uk]

Jennifer Lawrence in L'Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Jennifer Lawrence in L’Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Sarah Jessica Parker and L'Wren Scott in L'Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Sarah Jessica Parker and L’Wren Scott in L’Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Amy Adams in L’Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Angelina Jolie in L'Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Angelina Jolie in L’Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Shaileen Woodley in L'Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Shaileen Woodley in L’Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Naomi Campbell and L'Wren Scott in L'Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

Naomi Campbell and L’Wren Scott in L’Wren Scott [cosmopolitan.com.au]

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tribute to L’Wren Scott and her incredible impact on the fashion industry

 

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The Denim Appreciation Club: Chambray Day

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One of my favourite things is denim. I’ve always been a denim-lover, and appreciate the perfect pair of jeans, chambray shirt or denim dress as much as I appreciate a great leather bag. Maybe it’s because I see denim as an investment; something that can last forever if you look after it well and really take your time finding the right piece for you. Or maybe it’s because I’m a huge Justin Timberlake (and *NSYNC) and Britney Spears fan, pioneers of ‘fashion’ denim.

You may think that finding the ultimate denim item is an easy task, but to an incredibly picky denim-wearer such as myself, the task is very difficult. Looking for jeans? If they’re skinny, they need to be tight all the way to the ankle, but not too tight. If they’re boyfriend style, they need to be straight, but still flatter the waist; and they need to be loose, but not too loose. That’s all about the fit, but you also need to consider the colour and wash, and how they’ll look after they stretch. I read in a magazine the other day that the average American female owns seven pairs of blue jeans. An almost instantaneous feeling of jealousy and sadness washed over me when I realised I only have three!!!!!!!!

In an attempt to comfort my jean-deprived self, I started to think about how great all my jeans are and deliver some jean-lovin’ therapy inside my own head. I reminded myself that my everyday jeans are tight enough to look like actual skinny jeans, but not tight enough to show undie lines. I visualised my high-waisted suspender jeans that manage to look truly high-waisted and avoid a FUPA situation. Then I looked at my beautiful baggy boyfriend jeans that look good with every pair of shoes ever created and are ripped in a surprisingly sophisticated manner (although quite different to the rippage Kelly sported circa Destinys Child days).

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Destinys Child fully embracing denim and killing it! [photo credit: http://au.launch.yahoo.com/galleries/g/-/17093276/best-and-worst-band-photos-ever/17093313/%5D

So this 7-pairs-of-jeans statistic, and my love of good denim, got me thinking; why not start a denim appreciation club?!?! And instead of actually going to the effort of starting and maintaining a legitimate club, why don’t I just write a series of posts on The Oldest Fad all about my denim?!?!

The humble denim piece has gone from a workers uniform, to a high fashion item (like the looks below). Some are so fancy you can’t even wash them, you can only stick them in the freezer when they’re feeling off and hope for the best. So really, denim is the ultimate success story; it worked hard, and now it’s living the good life.

Rachel Zoe killing it [photo credit: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/1829656072282536/]

Rachel Zoe killing it [photo credit: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/1829656072282536/%5D

Chanel Pre-Fall 2014, officially in the Denim Appreciation Club [photo credit: http://fashionbombdaily.com/2013/12/21/show-review-chanel-pre-fall-2014/]

Chanel Pre-Fall 2014, officially in the Denim Appreciation Club [photo credit: http://fashionbombdaily.com/2013/12/21/show-review-chanel-pre-fall-2014/%5D

When trying to work out how to start this denim focus, I decided to start at the top with shirts. These photos were taken when I was in Melbourne a while ago. I really embraced my denim-ness in Melbourne; it was an overwhelming force that just took over.

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This was just a casual, everyday type of outfit that surprisingly did not centre around my denim shirt. Looking back, I’ve decided that I prefer this shirt buttoned up because it creates a more flattering line, but it still looks pretty good loose and unbuttoned (more of a farmer vibe, am I right?).

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I bought this shirt probably two years ago now and it has been worn and worn and worn. To most, it’s just a plain chambray shirt, but to the wearer, it’s the perfectly fitted, perfectly faded, perfectly perfect chambray shirt. I love everything about it, including the cream coloured buttons because I like pale buttons; it’s such a small difference but they make everything look soft.

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My cute skirt is another staple item- a black skirt that is not boring and not stupidly skin tight like so many are. I love trumpet hems because they are so feminine and pretty, plus they go with anything so they’re easy to wear. The material of this one is great because it’s nice and thick (so it keeps it’s wavy shape), but it still breathes.

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Another star of this look is this beautiful necklace. I bought this in Melbourne and it’s just so me. I love big, chunky jewelery, that looks like it could be a bit painful if you reached out and touched it; this necklace fits the criteria. I really love when jewelery is heavy and I love when you can feel your jewelery partly weighing down your neck.

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Makeup this day consisted of cream blush and gloss, simple & classic- exactly how I like ma denim. I hope you’ve enjoyed my ode to the magical material that is denim. This shirt, and a LOT more denim, is sure to feature again soon. The Denim Appreciation Club will live on indefinitely.

SHIRT: Country Road
SKIRT: Country Road
NECKLACE: Arthur Gallan
SHOES: Salt Water Sandals
BAG: Moschino Cheap & Chic
SUNGLASSES: House Of Holland 

FACE: Clarins ‘Beauty Flash Balm’
BLUSH: Chanel cream blush in Chamade
LIPS: Yves Saint Laurent ‘Golden Gloss’ in Golden Whisper #11

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES: Avene Thermal Spray, Real Techniques ‘Expert Face Brush’, Chanel ‘Chamade’ cream blush, Giorgio Armani palette, Nars ‘Turkish Delight’ lipgloss and Essie ‘Lilacism’ nailpolish

The month of February proved to be a challenging month for my product-loving self. Unlike last month, February was very much focused on skincare.  I think it’s due to the heat lately, but the whole month my face has been irritated and really sensitive, so I’ve been avoiding using almost all makeup. Despite this, there were a few things I did love this month!

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Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
Essentially, this is just French water in a can, but it was a necessity this month! I’ve never tried this before, but I decided to try it in the hopes of helping my itchy and irritated skin, and it worked! It’s soothing, hydrating and refreshing. I use a mini can (pictured) throughout the day when my skin is feeling tight, and keep a large can in my bathroom and spray it all over my face when I get out of the shower morning and night. Highly recommend to anyone with sensitive skin for some instant tlc.

Real Techniques- Expert Face Brush
Everyone talks about Real Techniques, and this brush is a particular favourite here on the net. Even though this is for face products (foundation, powder, etc), I bought it to use with cream blushes. I know that there is a Real Techniques blush brush and stippling brush, but I chose this one because it just looked really good. It’s densely packed while still remaining soft and makes it super easy to blend blush. It’s the perfect brush for cream blush because it gives a beautiful natural flush without making it too natural (I’m a strong believer in a strong blush). It was particularly perfect for my new favourite cream blush coming up next…

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Le Blush Creme de Chanel- Chamade (#67)
As soon as I saw this lovely blush featured on Temptalia I knew it had to be mine! I love vibrant and bright blushes, and I love red blush because it looks so youthful and fresh. One of my favourite blushes is Exhibit A by Nars, which is the perfect vivid red powder blush. Chamade is just as gorgeous as Exhibit A (and is slightly more pink, less red), but serves a different purpose for when I want to use a cream rather than powder. When my skin feels dry, I tend to opt for a cream because it feels more comfortable on my skin even though it doesn’t wear as well. This blush is crazy pigmented; tapping my brush lightly in the pan is more than enough for both cheeks, and it lasts pretty much all day. Definitely my go-to cheek product at the moment! (Below- swatched on right and blended in on left).

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Nars Larger Than Life Lipgloss- Turkish Delight
I’ve mentioned this lovely gloss previously on The Oldest Fad. It’s a pretty pale pink that goes with everything, and feels lovely and moisturising on the lips. One of the best lipglosses ever because it looks great with a bold eye, but looks equally stunning on a bare face.

Giorgio Armani- Holiday Collection 2012 Make-up Palette
This is a bit of a random product that I bought in the US in 2012, lost shortly after I came home, and finally found again a few weeks ago. It’s a really cute compact with a pressed powder highlight on top (that used to be super glittery, but the glitter unfortunately was just on top of the powder), and an eyeshadow duo and eye base in the bottom of the compact when you flip up the highlighter. I haven’t used the eyeshadows much since rediscovering them, but I’ve been wearing the highlighter  on the tops of my cheekbones most days. Really simple and easy to wear!

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Essie Nail Polish- Lilacism
I’ve been trying to have a nail polish detox this month, so I’ve only been wearing polish when it’s a special occasion and lilacism is my choice every time. It’s a very feminine and pretty purple, with pink undertones. The Essie formula is always really opaque without being overly thick. I love this colour because it’s subtle and reasonably neutral; a nice change when I want a simple colour but don’t feel like wearing pale pink.

What’s in my travel bag?

Tomorrow, I am going away on holidays! My mum and I are going to Sydney for four days, then Melbourne for five days to go to musicals, shop, eat, visit art galleries and chill owt. Inspired (again) by YouTube, I thought I would share my travel makeup bag, featuring all the essentials that will be making the trip to Sydney and Melbourne with me (in my cute yellow Harajuku Girls bag and free Marc Jacobs bag)!

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SKINCARE

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Cetaphil: There is already enough on the internet about this cleanser, so I’ll just say that it’s the perfect basic cleanser and never irritates my sensitive skin.

Sunscreen: My most important skincare item of all. I wear sunscreen everyday, particularly when there are really high UV levels (you can download the official SunSmart app to check UV levels everyday). I always buy the highesy SPF even though sunscreen can sometimes look a bit oily on the skin, and often leaves a white tinge; invisible tint matte finish cream is PERFECT for my face because it’s tinted so it blends into my skin seamlessly without making me look super white. The larger bottle is the kids spf 50+ that I use on my body; I use kids sunscreen because it is less likely to irritate my skin (because I have allergic reactions to sooo many different suncreen brands). 

Clarins HydraQuench Cream: I’ve talked about this cream before (here and here). It’s the perfect cream to use every night, and during the day if my skin is feeling dry.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm: This has also made an appearance before. I use the BFB most days over my sunscreen because it brightens my skin, leaves it feeling hydrated and the tinted pink colour gives me a rosy glow!

Clarins mask: I’ve decided to take this mask along in case the change in weather makes my skin feel really dry and itchy (particularly due to the likely erratic weather in Melbourne). This tube is a sample so it’s a good size for travel too.

Philosophy fresh cream body lotion: I love all Philosophy stuff (here and here). I bought this cream after Christmas when it was reduced because it was part of the annual Christmas Philosophy packs; I ended up buying a second tube because it was so cheap, super moisturising and smells AMAZING (makes my whole room smell like cupcakes).

Dot body cream and roller perfume: I like to use perfumed body creams that match the fragrance I’m wearing during the day, so I’m taking Dot since it’s the only perfume I own in a rollerball, and the body cream is lovely and light.

MAKEUP:

Face: I’ve decided to pack my favourite primer from YSL because it’s in a small bottle, and can be worn over sunscreen and under any other makeup. It makes my skin look matte and lasts for the whole day. This is my second tube and I have another one stored away that I bought in the US, and it’s since been discontinued in Australia which is really sad. I’m also taking my Guerlian pressed powder because it’s magical and my new Stila CC cream, which I’m now unsure about. I loved it the first few times I wore it, but hated it the last two times I put it on. Hopefully it will deliver in Sydney and Melbourne! My Too Faced shadow insurance and lip insurance are also necessities for priming my eyes for eyeshadow, or my lips for a very opaque lipstick. Last face product is my YSL cream highlighter to wear at night time for some extra shimmer.

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Cheeks: I’m a bold-cheek-lovin-gal, so having a comprehensive blush collection while travelling is vital. I’m taking my three Nars blushes, because they’re the best blushes ever created, always look great and are pretty compact for travel. I’m also taking my new(ish) YSL lilac blush (seen in my yearly favourites). Taking only powder blushes would be far too restrictive, so I’m packing two cream blushes; my beautiful new bright red Chanel blush which I’ll be reviewing soonish, and my YSL bright orange cream blush which I’ve had for aaaages.

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Eyes: Like I said last week, my Clinique mascaras are currently reigning supreme over all my other mascaras so they are a coming on the trip. Whenever I go away on holidays, I always get really into bright eyeshadow; so I’m taking this random Aphrodite Cosmetics pigment which is a glittery purplely-aquamarine colour and a dark maroon Illamasqua cream shadow. I’m also going to take my favourite Too Faced palette because it has a great selection of colours, a foil finish Stila eyeshadow which looks amazingly metallic and my staple Shu Uemura bronze eyeshadow that goes with everything. Lastly for eyes, my Nars felt-tip eyeliner is essential if I feel compelled to do a cat eye (which is rare, but you never know what could happen).

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Lips: My one true makeup love is lipstick, and lipstick is by far my favourite thing to buy so I have lots of them. I’m taking a Stila lipgloss from my Pro Artist Palette (seen here), my favourite Nars turkish delight lipgloss, my insanely sparkly YSL and finally my sample Clarins instant light. All these glosses are great for during the day when I’m not really wearing much makeup, or for when I’m wearing a strong eye.

To cover all everything, I’m bringing at least one lipstick from every colour family. For pinks, I’m bringing my favourite lipstick of all timeNars schiap. I’m also bringing my Armani lip maestro which is a perfect Barbie pink, and my Tarte amazonian clay lipstick in case I want a rosy pink. For reds, I’m bringing my FAVOURITE red- Nars jungle red and if I want something a bit brighter, then I’ll wear my trusty Lady Danger lipstick by Mac. I love bright orange lips, so I’m packing both my orange Armani lip maestros; the true neon orange one that I’ve had for a while, and the newer bright pastel orange. My most moisturising lipstick, Stila colour balm in Gemma is also included in the makeup bag in case I feel like a bright purple. Lastly, I’m going to hope it’s nice and cold one night in Melbourne so I can wear my favourite dark vampy Chanel matte lipstick (crazy crazy level of matte-ness) that rarely gets an outing.

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I’ve got lots of blog posts based around my Sydney/Melbourne trip planned, so keep an eye out over the next few weeks!

JANUARY FAVOURITES: Dior eyeshadow ‘stylish move’, Clinique mascara, Nars ‘amour’ blush, Clarins ‘instant light lip perfector’ & Armani ‘Si’ perfume

Welcome to my first ever favourites post! I’ve decided to start doing monthly favourites on The Oldest Fad because they are my favourite blog posts to read and by far my favourite YouTube ‘beauty guru’ videos to watch. Monthly favourites give a quick summary and mini-review of beauty and skincare products;  so below are the things I’ve been reaching for the most this January! 

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Dior 5 Couleurs palette- #970 Stylish Move
 I’ve actually had this palette for years (who needs expiration dates?); it originally belonged to my mum, but then I started using it regularly for ballet concerts when I was really young and I eventually made it mine. I usually opt for a strong lip colour, rather than a strong eye colour, but it’s been so incredibly hot this month that the thought of wearing a thick lipstick or lip gloss is not pleasant. I had been neglecting this palette for a while, and randomly started using it again on New Years Eve. Since then, I’ve been hooked! I’ve always known that these shadows were fantastic but I never realised how versatile they were. I’ve been wearing the pink and light brown almost everyday for a light and pretty daytime look. At night time, I’ve been using the dark purple as my crease colour, the muted purple on my lid and the white as my inner-corner colour. The purple-based shadows are a nice alternative to black, brown and grey eyeshadows, and look more summery and much softer. All 5 colours are deeply pigmented, creamy and feel very comfortable to wear. Even without an eye primer, there was little creasing which is no surpise because Dior products always look and feel amazing, particularly their eyeshadows. Even though this is from years and years ago, it’s a permanent palette and I’m sure I’ll repurchase it when I (one day) hit pan on all 5.

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Clinique High Lengths Mascara, Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara, Clinique High Impact Mascara & Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara- all in #01 black
In keeping with being focused on eyes this month, I’ve been wearing mascara everyday. I have extremely sensitive eyes, and find that my eyes always start stinging after about an hour of wearing mascara, so I used to avoid wearing it during the day. Ironically, I have heaps of different mascaras, the majority from gift packs, so I decided to start testing them all this month to find the ones that didn’t sting. My favourites by far have been my ones from Clinique; as expected, they are gentle, don’t sting my eyes at all and last all day. The ‘high lengths’ mascara is the only one I actually bought and is great for everyday because the rubber comb gives a ‘my lashes but better’ look (such an over-used phrase on blogs, but so true). The ‘lash doubling’ mascara was a sample and probably my favourite of the three. It has the wettest formula, which a lot of people don’t like, but I find it looks the least clumpy but is still very voluminous. The brush is angled so it’s easy to get into the corner of the eye. The ‘high impact’ mascara is my go-to for more dramatic looks; it has a thicker texture and makes the lashes look thick, long and gives plenty of volume. The teeny tiny little mascara is a ‘bottom lash mascara’ designed specifically to give volume and length to the bottom lashes, without making them spidery like a normal wand. It’s not really a necessary item, but it’s very cute and fun to use.

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Nars blush- Amour (from blush duo with Deep Throat)
Nars blushes are definitely a holy-grail product for me, and I always want to buy more even though I don’t need them. I bought this blush as part of a set when I was in San Fran. It was part of the ‘Andy Warhol by Nars collection’ in the ‘Edie Sedgwick‘ set which also came with a lipstick, eyeshadow and eyeliner. I was actually really surprised that I liked this blush, because in the pan, it looks a lot darker and more brown than I’d normally opt for. When it’s actually on though, it’s a dark pink colour, probably best described as a darkened coral colour. I’ve been wearing this blush almost every day this month, and I find that it highlights my cheekbones really nicely and compliments my pale skin tone perfectly. Like all Nars blushes, it’s very very very pigmented and goes with everything. I have this in a ‘blush duo’ with the colour ‘Deep Throat’, but unfortunately I don’t really use it because I find it’s too brown on my pale skin. When I finish ‘Amour’ I’ll definitely buy it in a single because I loooove it and I know it will feature in a favourites again!

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Clarins Instant Light ‘Natural Lip Perfector’- #01
This is another sample that I’ve been using frequently that I was given when I bought a few different things at Myer (see the haul here). It’s a really basic, pretty pink lipgloss with a foam tip applicator and squeezy tube. I’ve been wearing it heaps this month because it’s light and sheer, which goes perfectly with the Dior palette and current hot weather. I’m not really sure if I’d buy a full-size; it’s a nice lip gloss but it is expensive for something so sheer, but for now, it’s a definite favourite.

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Armani Si body cream, wash and perfume
For Christmas, I was given a pack with the new Armani Si perfume, body wash and body lotion (featured in my 2013 favourites). My skin has been crazy dry because of the heat, so I’ve been moisturising like a crazy woman, but during the day I like to use something lighter than my usual Kiehls Creme de Corps on my body, so I’ve been turning to the Si lotion. It’s weightless, very hydrating and the scent is strong without being overpowering. I also started using the body wash in the morning to double the fragrance, and the triple the power by using the perfume too! I generally use the lotion all over my arms and legs, then use the fragrance on the back of my neck and pulse points. Si has quickly become my go-to scent, because it’s lighter than most of my others (like Dot, Lola or Balenciaga) but a bit more sophisticated than Daisy which I wear regularly too. I love floral perfumes, and Si is floral but also has some fruity notes, making it really different to any other fragrances I wear. 

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Sooo hello to ‘favourites’ posts and farewell to the month of January!

Seeing RED

I’m currently on uni holidays, and have gotten to the point of being bored and actually wanting uni to start again soon (total #firstworldproblems, am I right?). I’m going to Sydney and Melbourne for a short trip in a few weeks, but until then, I’m planning on watching awards shows for the majority of my holidaying days.

A considerable amount of my time recently has been dedicated to watching The Golden Globes and then the SAG awards, as well as the accompanying red carpet shows and next-day coverage. I’m already starting to get excited to spend the day watching The Grammys live on Monday! So in honour of the approaching Grammy Day, and Taylor Swift’s multiple nominations and performance, I thought  it would be the perfect time to share my photos of the outfit I wore to her RED concert.

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I’m a total Taylor lover, and looooved the concert. I always forget to take photos of my outfits that I wear to concerts, and I forgot to take photos when I went to Beyonce recently, so I was really dedicated to rectifying this with T-Swiz. The video below is one of my favourite Taylor videos; it’s so happy, fun and happens to be for the song Red!

It was basically compulsory to wear red because it was the Red Tour. It wasn’t actually compulsory obviously, but anyone without a little bit of red on just didn’t have the true Swift spirit in my opinion. I didn’t want to wear head-to-toe red, or a red dress because it just seemed so cliche and predictable, so instead I wore a winter white dress with red accents.

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This is a Staple The Label faux leather dress. It’s my third dress from this brand and they are always so flattering and sophisticated. The dress does not photograph particularly well (but looks pretty good here)- I think partly because it’s white but also because it’s faux leather, so it doesn’t fall as straight as a soft material. I love this dress because of the creamy colour, the simple neckline and ‘boxy’ shape. It feels very 60s shift dress, and I love me some leather, even if it is faux.

I also just really really like Staple The Label as a brand- it’s ridiculously affordable, and their pieces are all very unique. They seem to make mainly monochrome pieces, and add one other colour to the collection. The Staple The Label section really stands out against all the other brands in David Jones even when you just walk through the ‘young fashion’ section because it’s so different, and a weird balance of minimalistic colours, with dramatic shapes and materials.

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I took my sparkly red Coach bag that I bought in San Fran three years ago because it was an obvious choice (red, duh). It’s a really handy little bag and is simple but pretty. My shoes are my beautiful Golden Goose. I wore flats because I’m smart. WHY DO PEOPLE WEAR HEELS TO CONCERTS?!?! It makes no sense to me, and is one of life’s greatest questions in my opinion.

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Makeup was super obvious. Pretty much everyone I saw was wearing red lipstick; and if you weren’t, then you truly were lacking the Swifty spirit. I wore red lips and red eyeliner. I loooove red eye makeup and think people should wear it more, particularly anyone with brown eyes. It makes the brown look so deep and intense.

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I feel like red makeup always looks very strong and exudes confidence. I know people think that red eye makeup is weird but I just say embrace the power of red; it’s just like any other eye colour and looks great. I used my eye primer, followed by a neutral shadow and then the red liner. I followed this with one coat of Armani‘s Eyes To Kill mascara, and one coat of Dolce and Gabbana mascara on top (don’t know why, but that combination and layering works really well). My lipstick is one of my favourite matte reds, Lady Danger. I used a tiny bit of primer on my t-zone and then my favourite Nars blush. I blow-dried my hair straight instead of straightening it, and just let my mane run free.

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I am a total merchandise junkie (similar incident occurred here). I picked up a program, a glow stick and a blanket. You read it right, a blanket. I have it on my bed and it’s the best- nice and light, but still cuddly.

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I only have a few photos from the concert because I think it’s so pointless going to a concert and spending the whole time filming/taking photos because you miss stuff! The photos never turn out very well anyway, but there is a video on my Instagram from the finale song (if you want to see, my username is lydia_md).

I can’t wait to see what Taylor Swift wears to the Grammys because last year was pretty damn gorgeous. The thing I’m definitely the most excited about is Beyonce and Jay Z’s performance together, and anything involving the legendary JT because I love him soooo much! I hope everyone has a very very happy Grammy Day (and also a great Australia Day for my Australian readers!).

DRESS: Staple The Label 
BAG: Coach 
SHOES: Golden Goose Deluxe 

EYELINER: Illamasqua medium pencil in Feisty
MASCARA: Giorgio Armani ‘Eyes To Kill’ and Dolce & Gabbana ‘The Mascara’ in black
EYESHADOW: Nars single eyeshadow in ‘Edie’ (from the Andy Warhol ‘Edie’ makeup set)
EYESHADOW PRIMER: Too Faced ‘Shadow Insurance’ 
LIPSTICK: MAC in Lady Danger
FACE: Smashbox ‘Photofinish Targeted Pore & Line Primer’ 
CHEEKS: Nars blush in Exhibit A

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