When I was in Sydney a little while ago, I went to the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) with my Mum. The main exhibition was ‘War Is Over (If You Want It): Yoko Ono’, which featured sculptures, installations, texts, films and sound compositions created by Yoko Ono.
I’ve never been a huge Yoko Ono fan, but I was interested in seeing the exhibition because the advertising around the Sydney CBD looked really cool, and I love visiting galleries anyway. My favourite thing about the exhibition was the interactive art works, like walking through a perspex maze (pictured below- shout out to my photographer peeking through there (ie- Mum)).
Some of the other interactive pieces included writing notes/drawing pictures on colourful paper, playing chess and picking puzzle pieces (with photos of the world printed on them) out of floating helmets. These were all fun and stuff, but I didn’t really understand the obviously ‘deep’ meaning behind them to be perfectly honest, but I’m probably just not arty enough.
I loved the wall covered with photos compiled by Yoko Ono, another wall plastered with maps of the world, a big installation with big rocks and strings (even if I didn’t exactly understand the artistic meaning, it was impressive to look at) and finally a room with pretty yellow doors in it (again, artistic meaning was lost on me, but yellow is my favourite colour so I liked it).
I probably would have enjoyed the exhibition more if I was a devout Yoko Ono fan, but it was fun nonetheless, and I liked looking at all the old cool photos and bright installations because I love a bit of colour in ma life. So after going to the Yoko Ono exhibition, it was time for food! We went to the cafe at the top of the MCA so here is a picture of me with a pretty and stereotypical-tourist Sydney view behind me.
After food, we also looked at the other exhibitions running at the MCA including ‘Volume One: MCA Collection’ which is dedicated to Australian contemporary artists. This was my favourite part of my visit because the pieces were all so diverse, different and interesting like this little installation of an angry-looking red face pictured below.
One of my favourite pieces in this exhibition is pictured below. It was basically just a room painted in vivid, bright, rainbow colours, with a chandelier hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the room. It sounds really weird that this was one of my favourite things but it had everything I like: it was bright, colourful, big, shiny, sparkly and extravagant.
Some of the other cool thangs in this exhibition included a mirror with a deep quote printed on it (that my photographer is perplexed by). There was also a statue, created by Stephen Birch, of Spiderman looking at a creepy little face with a weirdly long neck. Last was a display called ‘Give A Dog A Bone’ by Fiona Hall, which featured a photo of a nude old guy with a furry blanket wrapped around him.
Final piece I wanted to mention was Maria Kozic’s ‘Double Portraits’ which was the trippiest thing of all. I tried to photograph it and show how the faces change depending on where you’re standing; the photos kind of show it, but it’s obviously better in real life.
The MCA was a fun way to spend some of my time in Sydney, and I would definitely go visit again. I have one more instalment in my ‘Feeling Arty’ series to go and it will be up next week! See part one here.
TSHIRT: Country Road
SKIRT: Cosi by Jennifer Hawkins
SHOES: Melissa Shoes
NECKLACE: from a random little boutique in Bangalow
BAG: Moschino Cheap and Chic
Information about exhibitions from MCA website
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!
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…
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).
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!
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.
Recently I went to Sydney and Melbourne with my Mum. We visited the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), so I thought I would make a three-part series with all my favourite photos from the current MCA and NGV exhibitions, as well as some photos from the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) exhibition.
I went to see Cai Guo-Quiang’s ‘Falling Back to Earth’ exhibition at GOMA a few weeks ago. I’m no art connoisseur, so despite it being a somewhat naive view, I generally decide if I like a piece of art because it looks pretty or cool. Cai Guo-Qiang’s first installation, ‘Heritage’, epitomises something “just looking cool”. It features 99 replicas of different animals, surrounded by white sand and drinking from a blue lake.
The animals are all amazingly life-like, and the drop of water that makes the surface of the lake move makes the installation even more realistic. This was definitely my favourite piece at GOMA, and my favourite piece when comparing the three galleries I’ve visited in rapid succession.
I think all of us can appreciate how cute and tiny the adorable baby animals are, and everyone loves a good giraffe family (linking arms!!!).
One of Cai Guo-Quiang’s other installations, ‘Head On’, also features 99 animals, but a giraffe ain’t one (classic Jay-Z joke).
‘Head On’ showcased 99 artificial wolves jumping in tandem into a huge glass wall. This installation was equally amazing and impressive; slightly less picturesque and actually quite scary, which is why I liked it a bit less than ‘Heritage’.
Close-up of some of the terrifying wolves.
Finally, as part of a different exhibition currently at GOMA I visited Kathy Temin’s ‘My Monument: White Forest’ which actually (sadly) closed yesterday. The fun I had in this majestically white room was endless.
The room was painted sky blue, and was filled with fluffy white trees that looked like something from a cartoon. One of the best things about the piece was that you could walk through the room, sit down on a fluffy bench, touch the trees and bask in the fluffy marshmallowy-whiteness.
The room zig-zagged around, so you could peek around corners and hide between the trees. In one word, it was FUN. Also, all the photos turned out looking really beautifully, including this cute selfie with Mum.
GOMA is a place that always has something interesting and fun going on. I always love going and spending the day there, and it’s definitely one of my favourite museums/galleries that I’ve been to. I’ll soon be posting all about my Sydney and Melbourne holiday, including my trips to the MCA and NGV, and other fun things. If you’re interested, you can see what I packed in my travel bag here!
Here is what I was wearing on GOMA day;
SHOES: Salt Water Sandals (seen here)
BAG: Steve Madden
WATCH: TW Steel
LIPSTICK: Armani Lip Maestro in #302
FACE: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
(both seen previously here)
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)!
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 time, Nars 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.
I’ve got lots of blog posts based around my Sydney/Melbourne trip planned, so keep an eye out over the next few weeks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Last night I went to see the Rocky Horror Show at QPAC with my mum. I’m a total musical addict, and particularly looove seeing musicals based on movies that I already love, like Rocky, Grease, Billy Elliot and Legally Blonde. In the last 12 months, Mum and I have gone to HEAPS of shows (like when we went to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which you can read about here) and we always have such a fun time.
One of Mum’s greatest talents is definitely buying really awesome tickets, she always books months in advance and we get amazing seats; last night was no exception as we were in the FRONT ROW! (Play the video below when reading this post if you want to get into the Rocky spirit with me!).
Rocky was so fantastic! It was fun, the band and all the performers were all excellent, the costumes were spectacular and it was just a really great atmosphere throughout the whole show. After the last few shows we’ve seen, I’ve gone to the stage door if there was someone I particularly loved in the show. After Grease I met Todd McKenney who I always loved on Dancing With The Stars (because the mean judges are always the best on reality shows), and last night I met some of the cast.
I met Erika Heynatz who was definitely one of my favourites in the show as Magenta. I’ve always really liked Erika because she was the original Australia’s Next Top Model host, and I was completely obsessed with AusNTM when it first started back in 2005. I also saw her was in Legally Blonde and she killed it last night in Rocky. She also complimented my lipstick (which happens to be my favourite lipstick of all time), so it made me love her even more.
I also met Craig McLachlan who was the star of the musical as Frank N Furter. He was hilarious, had an awesome voice, killer legs and made it really fun and involved. It was also exciting to meet him because I’m a massive Neighbours fan, even though I never actually saw him on the show because it was from yeeeears ago (as in before I was even born). Regardless though, it’s all about the Neighbours nostalgia and watching old Neighbours YouTube clips with him and Kylie has become my new holiday hobby. Excuse my weird eyes in the photo.
Lastly, I got a photo with Rocky played by Brendan Irving, who was fabulous, looked great and perfectly pulled off the covered-in-gold-sparkle look! Everyone I met from the show was incredibly nice, polite and really keen to talk to the people waiting afterwards- solidifying a really perfect night.
Part of the fun of going to musicals is always getting dressed up. I decided to wear an outfit that was predominantly black and sheer; it felt like a wearable way to incorporate some Rocky into my outfit without having to don a corset, fishnets and ankle-breaking platforms.
My top was given to me as a gift last year from my Mum. I love it because it is patterned, has a high neck and very full sleeves. All my favourite things. It’s so easy to wear and goes with everything, and I wear it a lot. It’s a piece that just feels really beautifully made; it’s delicate but has a very strong and feminine shape. I like wearing this top with something tight, because it’s a voluminous cut from the neckline, so contrasting with something tight on the bottom is most flattering.
My skirt is another easy piece to wear with anything; it would be my most plain staple ‘black skirt’ that I own (similar to a staple black dress), but the sheer panel stops it from being a boring tube skirt. It can be worn just above the knee, or as a midi skirt if you pull it down low. I find midi length skirts and dresses really hard to wear though, because they shorten the leg, and I think they only look good on people who are very very tall with very very svelte long legs.
My flatforms are a new purchase, and this was their first outing. They are insanely comfortable, and barely rubbed which is amazing for the first wear. I love the mix of the patent and suede; the contrast makes them very transeasonal and adaptable to any outfit.
One accessory that I’ve never mentioned before is one of my newest iPhone cases that I bought just before Christmas. It’s so blingy, almost tacky and very pretty. Craig McLachlan said how Rocky it was when the photo was taken, which was pretty cool. I bought one of the Rocky themed nail polishes too!
I bought this beautiful beautiful beautiful clutch around 4 years ago when I was in Sydney. It’s a treated leather and looks gorgeous with anything. It’s definitely a statement piece and stands out whenever I wear it, adding something very luxe to every outfit. I love how big it is with it’s intense metallic finish and vivid pink, that perfectly accentuates my favourite lipstick.
My makeup was very minimal because I wanted the focus to be on my lips. I wore my new Stila CC cream which comes out of the tube green, but matches to your skin when it’s applied. It gives skin a nice even look (as colour correct cream would suggest!), but is extremely sheer so it makes your skin look really flawless yet natural. I received this mascara as part of a free gift with something else I bought at Myer so I used it because it’s my newest one and some of my other mascaras have died. Like my sensitive skin, my eyes are very sensitive to mascaras, and by the end of the night my eyes were a bit sore and stinging, so I don’t think I will use this mascara again anytime soon.
My lipstick is definitely my holy grail makeup product! It’s a Nars lipstick in the colour schiap which is now a cult colour that’s mentioned a lot in magazines and online. Nars lipsticks are by far the best lipsticks available anywhere in the whole entire world. They’re always creamy, richly pigmented and feel nourishing. Mum first bought this lipstick years ago when I was in primary school, when Nars hadn’t been in Australia for very long.
I ended up stealing it a few years ago when I first started getting into makeup, and bought another two tubes in the US as a backup for when it runs out. It’s such a beautiful pink, that isn’t too bright or garish; it looks a bit purpley up close and is fully opaque. It looks amazing with all skin tones, and is just the perfect pink for any occasion, day or night. Nars is available at Mecca, and while they aren’t the most expensive lipsticks ever, they aren’t cheap but are definitely worth the investment. Nars is just the best and schiap trumps all other lipsticks.
I was originally going to wear my hair in a ponytail, natural and wavy, but it looked so casual compared to my angular outfit and sleek makeup. So I straightened it instead and pulled it into a loose but styled ponytail. Next week I’m going to see The Illusionists 2.0 (show season ain’t over yet), so ANTICIPATE that outfit in the near future!
TOP: Sass & Bide
SINGLET (worn underneath): Country Road
SKIRT: Living Doll
LIPSTICK: Nars in schiap
FACE: Stila CC Cream in Fair #01
MASCARA: Revlon ‘lash potion by grow luscious’ in blackest black #001
As a colour-loving gal, I’ve never been one to profess my love for LBD’s. I understand why a simple black dress is pretty much always listed as an essential wardrobe staple, but I’ve just never really coveted a plain black dress. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with a simple black dress, and I’m sure one day I’ll see a beautiful black dress and think ‘wow, now I get it. This is the one,” but that day is yet to come.
Now, that isn’t to say that I don’t own any black dresses. Quite the opposite- I own quite a few black dresses; but I’ve somewhat made my own LBD definition. What differentiates my few black dresses from the ‘classic LBD pack’ is all in the detail. Black is an essential in any wardrobe because it’s everywhere, and it would be stupid to say I don’t like black. It’s nice because it makes other colours look more vivid and exudes a certain level of sophistication rarely matched (which was perfect for this night because I was going to see the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at QPAC). Plus, it’s the most flattering colour, which is always a positive.
One of my favourite black pieces is this black dress from Country Road. I bought it late last year, not expecting it to look good at all because Country Road had a top with the exact same body and sleeves, and it was U-G-L-Y on me. It was honestly a really distressing clothing experience, because I was obsessed when I first saw it in white and wanted it to look good sooo badly. Then Country Road decided to also release it in black and two different stripes, which was really just rubbing salt into my wounded shopping heart, because it obviously looked great on other people and was selling well- so why not me! WHY!
Anyway, I didn’t hold much hope for this dress, but figured that I had tried on the top so many times hoping it would look different on different days/with different pants/in a different CR store, so I owed it to myself to also try on the dress. As soon as I put this on, I was SOLD (and also a bit shocked that it looked so good after the tumultuous top journey).
The thing I love the most is, of course, the frilly and full sleeve. Why opt for a simple black dress when a frilly sleeve is so readily available? The cut-out shoulder accentuates the shape more and adds a bit of sexiness to the flamboyant silhouette. The shape is so pretty and feminine; it also reminds me of the clothes from that weird clowning/krumping challenge from the 6th cycle of America’s Next Top Model that always makes me laugh because it’s so odd.
The material is thick and is quite stiff, so it maintains it’s shape, but feels very light on. There is a very fine shine to the material and the length is perfect. I actually went down a size in this because my ‘normal’ CR size looked too big and wasn’t as flattering (I use the word ‘normal’ loosely because Country Road probably has some of the most inconsistent sizing I’ve tried).
While the sleeves stop this dress from being just a normal black shift, accessories also have an important role to play because there are no small roles, only small actors in this outfit. Black and red together never looks bad, it’s such a fool proof combo. This beautifully crafted bag is one of my most prized possessions (I feel like I say that a lot, but it’s true). I just love it more than words on a screen can express.
I bought this baby in Soho which already sounds mega-chic. It’s the softest, brightest and most buttery-feeling leather, has a vibrant print with classic block colours, and is such a timeless investment piece. I love all of Kate Spade‘s bags and purses; there always such great quality, maintain their beauty and never look dated, despite being such unique designs. The lining in the bag is also really lovely; it has writing on the inside that tells a story about a young girl at a party. It feels really special when you open it and see the script (pictured below), and the dust cover has some of the story too.
My shoes are by Wittner. I love Wittner because there shoes are inspired by runway shows of the season, but don’t look like total imitations (unlike some pieces from stores like TopShop or Zara, which I feel sometimes cross the line on designer imitation- this awesome article on Manrepeller analyses this topic extremely well). These shoes are very reminiscent of Robert Clergie but are obviously A LOT more affordable! These flatforms are the comfiest heels I own (a low heel, but still a heel), and I wear them probably 70% of the time when the occasion calls for a heel.
People say that you should add colour to a black outfit, but I think all black can look really chic and beautiful on the right person. Occasionally (and this is very very very occasionally) I like to wear all black CLOTHES in winter, because I think it can look very cool, but I cannot go without some colour in my makeup, even if it’s just a bright blush. The makeup this night was incredibly easy and quick. All I used was some Lady Danger on my lips and some Guerlian meteorites. When I want to wear my hair out and straight, but not just boring old ‘straightened long hair’ I usually opt for a deeper part. It makes my feel fancier, even if this is just an illusion in my mind.
So for all the LBD-lovers out there, preach it and raise the roof if you agree that LBD does not equal a plain black dress; it means so much more. I’ve decided to make this instalment number one of ‘My Affinity for the non-LBD LBD’ for the next time I wear one of my other black dresses, so I can further express my developing definition of the LBD in a series. So tell me, what is your idea of a perfect LBD and do you think it’s still a wardrobe necessity?
DRESS: Country Road
BAG: Kate Spade
GOLD RING: Wallace Bishop
FACE: Guerlian ‘meteorites voyage’ in mythic 01
LIPSTICK: MAC ‘Lady Danger’
Aaaah, 2013 was a year filled with wonder. Some of the top moments were starting uni and being really happy with the course I’m doing, making new friends (in particular a new best frand- shout out to Chelsea who will be reading this as one of my most loyal subscribers), turning 18, being able to vote, seeing Beyonce and Taylor Swift live and going to billions of musicals. Also Beyonce’s surprise album that everyone in the world is also obsessed with (not an exaggeration) and Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience (I’ve been a Justin lover since approx grade 1, and I just think he’s so amazing. Defs tied in first place on my mental list of favourite artists. Saving all my money to buy the best tickets for his tour in September because he is just the ultimate music God. ALL PRAISE JT IN 2014).
On another note, I saw American Hustle on New Years Eve, and it was the best movie ever- did not get bored at all (and I usually get bored at least once in long movies), everyone in it was amazing, the costumes were gorg and I want Jennifer Lawrence’s red nails so badly (totally off-topic, but movie loving was a big part of 2013).
So now to the actual reason you’re here. Listed above were some really fab moments, but there were also some excellent beauty discoveries. I’m planning on doing more makeup stuff in 2014, so hopefully this is a nice start. Below is my personal round-up of my favourite beauty discoveries (somewhat preference ordered in categories- makeup, skincare, hair) so get ready for a lengthy post covering the last year!
TOP 13 OF 2013
1- ARMANI LIP MAESTRO
Giorgio Armani and Nars are generally my favourite makeup brands, and this year Armani was spectacularrrrrr. My favourite lip product EVER is the Armani Lip Maestro; they are a mousse-like lipstick with a doe foot applicator. They go on creamy, with full pigmentation and feel amazing. They are also very hydrating and wear well all day. I first bought #300 in 2012- it’s a bright true orange and I wear it all the time (see here). Then this year, Armani released 3 limited edition lip maestro’s and a blush called eccentrico. I received the blush and two lipsticks as presents, and bought the other one myself. The lipsticks are ordered by number and look stupidly similar because of my camera.
Eccentrico is a highly pigmented blush with fine shimmer, and also looks really great as a peachy eyeshadow.
#302 lip maestro is my favourite; it’s a bright yellowy neon orange that looks like an orange highlighter mixed with an orange mentos. It’s so bright and such a vivid and unique colour. #303 is a perfect peach colour #505 is a classic bright Barbie pink colour that looks amazing with bronze eye makeup.
Also want to quickly mention my new Si perfume; it was a Christmas present but I’d wanted it for ages. The pack also had a great body wash and cream. It’s a more sophisticated scent than my others and stronger but I really love it. Everything Armani makeup is fantastic and I just want to buy the whole entire counter- ultimate life goal.
2- GUERLIAN METEORITES
Guerlian’s Meteorites have been around forever and are a total cult beauty product that everyone knows. I always thought they looked really cool, but also thought they were a bit of an ‘old lady’ product, so while I wanted to try them, I never did. But 2013 was the year of the YOLO lifestyle for me so the Meteorites happened.
I didn’t get the classic ones, instead I bought the pressed meteorites in Mythic because it’s obviously more compact, apparently a bit less glittery/more mattifying and my favourite beauty blogger wrote a glowing review of the pressed version (which you can read here on Temptalia). The pressed is more expensive but I really love it so I think it’s worth it. Basically it is a transparent powder!
I wear this everyday. Most people wear it over foundation, but since I don’t wear foundation it just goes over my sunscreen and moisturiser. It’s such an amazing powder; it mattifies but also gives nice dimension and glow. It gets smooths out the skin (kind of has a photoshop effect) but isn’t designed for coverage, so you still see your skin- it just enhances. The different colours act like different coloured concealers (addressing redness, purple under the eyes, sallowness etc). One of my favourite things is the smell of the powder, which is really weird, but like all French makeup it smells amazing! It’s like a classic French perfume smell, that’s very fresh but sophisticated, and I feel very fancy when I use it. The packaging is really beautiful too and it’s refillable too so when I run out, it won’t be as big a cut to my bank balance as the first time. Will defs continue to use this daily!
The other products are from the free gift I received with the powder. They are a moisturiser (way too heavy to wear until winter), a cleanser (haven’t tried yet), mascara (basic but good) and a Meteorites primer (awesome but not as good as Mythic!).
3- YSL LILAC BLUSH
I’d been looking for a lilac blush for about 6 months when I randomly saw this one at the YSL counter. It’s the second best blush I’ve ever used (nothing can beat Nars). Blush Radiance #3 is extremely finely milled, so so so soft (and needs a very soft blush to apply) and has beautiful colour pay-off. You can see some photos here from when I wore this blush at Christmas because swatching this does not show the colour very well.
I also love that it has the dark purple and lilac separated too, and that the dark purple has shimmer so it isn’t glitter overload but it adds some shine. The packaging is like all the YSL packaging- mirrored gold. I want to find out if it’s limited edition and if it is I’m going to buy a second one (and possibly the other colour) because it’s so damn good.
4- STILA LIMITED EDITION PRODUCTS
Stila would be in my top 5 brands, mainly because of their Colour Balm Lipsticks, but their limited edition releases this year sealed the deal of makeup love. Firstly they had a summer release focusing on bright colours. I looove the tie dye eyeshadow and pretty jacaranda coloured eyeliner called periwinkle- they look so summery and fresh. The lip crayon called electric pink was part of that release too- it’s meant to glow in the dark which was a total lie, but it’s a nice lipstick anyways, so it still makes my favourites (it’s also very similar to Nars schiap). The swatches below are electric pink, periwinkle and tie dye (firstly all the colours together, then the three individually).
The spectacular collection pictured below was an amazing Christmas present from my Mum; it’s the Artist’s Signature Set. It has 12 eyeshadows, 4 blushes, 15 lip glazes, 3 eye crayons, 8 smudge sticks, a ‘look book’ and 3 brushes.
Everything in the kit is perfect; the eyeshadows are creamy and opaque, the liners are easy to apply and great colours, the glosses are shiny but not sticky, the blushes are vibrant and the brushes are the softest yet most precise brushes to ever be in my possession. It’s such a good kit and I know I’ll use it all the time. There’s a good range of colours and it’s very versatile. The packaging is really impressive too and makes me feel very profesh!
5- ELIZABETH ARDEN
I’ve always felt like Elizabeth Arden was a mature brand, so I was pleasantly surprised when Mum bought some of her stuff when it was on sale at David Jones and I loved it. Mum bought me the Pure Finish Radiant Bronzing Powder in the lightest colour, and some lipsticks. I always feel like bronzer is a good idea until I actually use it, and then remember that I don’t like it. I like using it as a light dusting on my cheeks but I don’t like how contouring looks on me (which will be a makeup sin for many, particularly anyone who watches YouTube makeup gurus). This is definitely the best bronzer I’ve tried though, and because it has light pink and shimmer through it, it’s pale enough for my skin. I usually just use it on my cheeks, or as an eyeshadow. It’s nice to add warmth to my face and looks nice at night time because of the shimmer.
The lipsticks are soooo good. They are incredibly thick, full colour in one swipe and really moisturising. The pale pink is actually my Mum’s, and the hot pink and purple are mine. They feel great on and I would definitely try Elizabeth Arden lipstick again.
The other two things I bought recently during Priceline‘s skincare sale, because I loved the makeup so much. The Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment is really nice and thick; it’s surprisingly inexpensive and Priceline is basically always on sale so it’s easy to get it reduced. I usually use Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, but this is good too.
The Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF 15 is one of the best lip balms ever; it’s quickly absorbed, great for under lipstick and has SPF which is perfecto in my opinion. I’m glad I got over my negative Elizabeth Arden conceptions (which were based on nothing really) because her stuff is fab.
6- TOO FACED
Too Faced is a brand I’ve wanted to try for ages, and stupidly didn’t buy lots of in the US. I bought their Shadow Insurance to use as an eyeshadow primer and it’s perfecto- nothing creases and no matter how crappy the shadow is, it stays on. I occasionally use it under my eyes too if I have rings but I don’t really think it’s designed for that. The palette pictured was one of the brand’s Christmas releases and is called Jingle All The Way.
It has eleven shadows (some better than others), bronzer and blush. The bronzer is too dark for me, but the blush is perfect. It seems like it’s a staining blush so it needs to be applied really quickly. The eyeshadows are all really creamy except for two (which are a bit faint). Despite that, it’s an excellent palette; I’ve found it’s been perfect for going away because it has a diverse range of shadows and some basic face stuff. It also came inside a cute iPhone case (so it’s a good size for travel too). Swatched below is a squirt of the primer, the eyeshadows in order, the bronzer and the blush.
7- KARDASHIAN BEAUTY
Another big surprise was how good the new Kardashian Beauty range is- it’s a small line of products, but everything I’ve tried has been really good. I first bought one of their en-joysticks in retro red which is just a wind-up lipstick. It’s a bright red, very similar to Lady Danger but less thick and less matte. It’s a really beautiful red; I imagine it would be universally flattering and feels comfortable to wear. My aforementioned friend Chels bought me one of the honey sticks as one of my Christmas presents and I looove it; it’s a perfect nude/peach with shimmer. I also bought the week of kisses set with 7 lipglosses- the packaging is super cute because each gloss is labelled with a day. The only thing I don’t like is that 3 of the colours are very similar and a bit too brown for me, but the other 4 colours are great (favourites are friday and saturday for winter). Putting all feelings about the Kardashian’s aside, the makeup is really great and a very good price- definitely worth trying them out. Swatched below are the week of kisses in order, retro red and the honey stick.
8- CLARINS BEAUTY REGIME
I’ve raved and raved about Clarins before, particularly the HydraQuench range but I hadn’t used the mask or the Beauty Flash Balm. The mask is a pretty basic dry skin mask; you just leave it on for 15 minutes and your skin feels nice and hydrated. The Beauty Flash Balm is the real winner here; I’ve already repurchased a full one after using the sample up. It’s a light, pinky peach cream that can be used as a primer for under foundation or just as a day cream. I use it over sunscreen and under my Guerlian powder, and it makes my face glow. Sometimes I don’t feel like using the powder, so I’ll just wear this and it keeps my skin hydrated and dewy. Perfect day cream!
9- PHILOSOPHY BATH GELS
My new favourite thing in the whole wide world is nice body washes. They’re just so indulgent and nice, particularly when they smell amazing and make the whole room smell good. Philosophy are bath gel royalty; I first bought their stuff in the US in 2010 when I used their Candy Cane bath gel. It legit smells like candy canes- I don’t understand how, but it’s so amazing. Their Christmas things are always so cute and the packaging is awesome. This year I bought two; Homemade Honey Buns (with a body cream as well- really thick and moisturising and also smells delicious), and Peppermint Stick (same as 2010′s Candy Cane).
Then, because I’m addicted, I bought another two gels because their was an awesome gift with purchase at David Jones. I picked up a peony scented Field of Flowers and a Living Grace (there’s a whole Grace range, but the Living ones are my fave). My favourite out of all of them is probably Field of Flowers because it smells like beautiful fresh flowers, and the scent lasts on my skin for hours after showering. It also reminds me of my favourite Jo Malone perfume.
The free gift was insanely good; Hope In A Jar moisturiser (that everyone raves about, but I still haven’t tried yet), Hands Of Hope hand cream (really really really good- would defs get again, Purity face wash (basically a fancier Cetaphil that smells amazing and makes my skin feel even cleaner than Cetaphil), the Microdelivery Peel (another famous product that I still haven’t tried yet) and Amazing Grace perfume (super nice, but still like Living Grace more). Philosophy is one my new favourite brands and I’m so glad I started using it again in 2013- they really just manage to bottle amazingness, and I’m in love.
The GlamGlow Supermud is a cult product, which I didn’t realise until after I’d bought it. It claims to be a clearing treatment for common skin concerns; it’s a thick black clay mask (that I apply with a foundation brush so I use less product than using my fingers) that you let dry completely on your skin and leave it on for as long as you want after it’s dried. I usually leave it for about 15 minutes. This mask is INSANE. You can watch heaps of videos on YouTube of people using the mask where they show what happens- basically the clay sucks all the congestion out of your pores and pulls it to the surface of the clay. It’s kind of gross but really cool at the same time. I’ve never had bad skin, but I get blackheads on my nose sometimes, so I apply it on my nose and when I wash it off, it’s completely clear. My skin feels so clean and soft, and looks really bright. Highly recommend!
Mecca had a Christmas pack with a full size of the original mask, and a small pot of the YouthMud mask which is more targeted at anti-aging and revitalising the skin (particularly for a special occasion). I used this one before going to a party, and it made my skin feel very clean and bright.
Both masks tingle intensely and tighten on your face which can feel a bit unpleasant, but it isn’t as intense with this mask. The Christmas pack was really cute, because it was in a reversible box that could be made to suit a boy or girl (like those striped glasses cases that flip around). Both masks are insanely good and definitely the best masks I’ve used. The only downside is that my skin sometimes feels a bit dry the day after using the Supermud but this is easily rectified with a thick cream. Best masks EVER.
This is a really random category. I used lots of oils in the last year so just stuck them all together; I used occasionally get an oily T-zone so thought oils would be bad, but now I love them. The Shu Uemura skin purifer is a famous product (for good reason); I use it after cleanser if I’ve worn lots of makeup. The Dermalogica precleanse is similar, and I think works even better, than the Skin Purifer. You use it when your skin is dry, and just rub it all over your face; it doesn’t hurt my eyes, so I rub it all over my eyelids and on my eyelashes, and once you wash it off, all my makeup is completely gone.
The Lorac gold lustre (actually from America in 2012 but I didn’t start using it for a few months) is a face highlighter, that is safe for eyes so it can be used to make eyeshadow glossy. It’s nice to use on special occasions but takes a while to perfect because it’s so runny.
The Kerastase initialiste is the best thing ever for hair; you just put it on the tips of the hair and it stops split ends and fluffiness, and I use it once a week. The Clarins tonic (sample) and Palmer’s moisturizing body oil are great if it’s too hot to use cream on your body or you want to put clothes on straight away because they absorb super quick.
12- TERAX HAIR
Terax hair products make me think of eternally cool supermodels like Jerry Hall with bouncy, voluminous and healthy hair. Terax products are certainly an investment: they are EXY for shampoo and conditioner but defs worth it. I have fine hair but lots of it, so it often becomes really puffy. Terax makes my hair feel super clean, glossy and healthy.
Bosco shampoo is an everyday revitalising shampoo- the one problem I’d have with my hair would be oiliness and this stops it. I use Latte once a week as a clarifying shampoo because I use finishing spray and heaps of heat protectant whenever I blow dry/ straighten my hair, so Latte gets rid of any build up.
Crema conditioner has made the ends of my hair really soft and I don’t get any split ends at all. I also like the cool old-school American-looking packaging (the shampoos are the old packaging and the conditioner is the new style). It’s pretty regularly on sale at David Jones so it’s not hard to get it at a cheaper price. Crema is definitely my holy grail hair product, it is amazzzing- no other can ever compare. Plus, Liv Tyler uses Terax (see here on Into The Gloss) and her hair is beautiful.
13- TANGLE TEEZER
Bit of a random choice; everyone talks about how great these hair brushes are, so when they were 40% off on Asos I bought one in my two favourite colours!
It really does live up to the hype; detangles easily and doesn’t pull hair when it’s wet or dry. Some brushes can make my hair kind of oily and this doesn’t which is good. I use this constantly now and feel like my life was incomplete when I didn’t own it- big call for a plastic brush but it’s true. I don’t know why or how, but it’s crazy amazing.
LEAST FAVOURITE OF 2013
I bought a huge amount of beauty products this year that were not included (I blame going to uni in the city for my makeup shopping addiction- such easy shopping access!), but there was really only one product I disliked this year (pretty good considering the amount purchased)- Australis velourlips. I know that some people are obsessed with these and love them, but I just find them super drying. I bought the pink, purple and peach colour when they were 50% off at Priceline. The purple is probably the best, but I find them all insanely drying, I hate the scent and the texture feels yucky. The colours are great, but there are heaps of dupes out there for all of them, so I would definitely opt for them over the velourlips.
Hope you enjoyed! Happy New Year to everyone- I hope you continue to read The Oldest Fad in 2014 and have an amazing year!
Christmas is over for 2013 and I’m feeling the usual post-Christmas depression as the festive elation slowly dissipates. I’m not a big new years person, so Christmas is my favourite celebration.
I love the decorations in stores. I love how happy people are. I love all Christmas songs. I love putting up our pretty white tree. I love Christmas movies, shows and the classic David Jones advertisement that plays every year. I love giving and receiving presents. I love walking into beautifully decorated department stores and seeing all the Christmas packs. And most of all- I love choosing my Christmas outfits!
Picking Christmas outfits has always been a very important decision in my household. I remember cute outfits I would wear as a young bouncing kiddling that required zero effort to look good because my chubbiness and the accompanying cute outfit did all the work. Now that I’m an adult, I need to work a little harder. This year, I went with my Mum to Christmas Eve dinner at the Stamford Plaza. (The intense Christmas lights around the hotel and on the bridge created this super weird lighting, but hopefully the eeriness adds to the Christmas magic).
In recent years, I have opted for the all white Christmas look and went with it again this year. I love wearing white in summer; it’s so fresh, clean and chic. But wearing all white is silly when any sensible person knows that Christmas = sparkles.
This Sass & Bide blouse is a recent addition to my closet. I think silver and white is such a beautiful combination. As soon as I put this on, it just feels right. I think there’s something very cool about wearing separates rather than a dress; it feels put together and thought-out. I cannot actually explain how much I love this blouse and the photos do not do it justice; the sequins are just the shiniest sequins in the universe. The blouse material is so light, sheer and elegant, and the pleating is really flattering and perfectly tailored. Another Sass & Bide obsession that will remain in my ‘favourite’ section of my wardrobe forever!
[bit of an ode to Beyonce's Single Ladies in this oddly coloured photo]
These shorts are just the best. White denim is the most difficult thing on earth to purchase, because it needs to be thick so it doesn’t show skin and covers obvious VPL. I like that they have the rips as well; makes them a bit more casual. These shoes have made an appearance before and were an obvious choice with the silver blouse. My purse belonged to my Granma and is the perfect creamy white colour. It looks great with any outfit, formal or casual, and just feels really nice to hold. I know that sounds really weird, but it just feels good.
Now onto the situation happening on my arms. I love mixing silver and different types of gold; it feels so modern and exudes glam. The silver cuff was a gift when I purchased my Emmanuel + Cox agate cuff (which I discussed in detail here). I was able to choose what I wanted to have engraved. For a split second I contemplated getting something deep and meaningful, and then remembered that I find things with words like ‘dream’, ‘wish’ and ‘live’ really irritating. So I had my name engraved instead- it’s like the Carrie necklace but is hopefully big enough to avoid slipping into my purse lining and inducing intense panic (Paris Carrie led a hard life). The other cuff is Cat Hammill, as are the three matching bangles in silver, gold and rose gold.
I love the clashing textures and colours when the bangles are grouped together- it feels so fresh, edgy and contemporary.
These two awesomely huge rings make me feel like an awesome combination of Beyonce (for the fabulousness) and Leandra Medine (for her borderline obscene jewellery layering). I love in-your-face blingy rings and strongly believe bigger = better. The size of the jewellery is provocative yet feminine; looks effortless yet seductive and alluring.
On the less busy hand are my gold ring and bangle, both gifts from my Mum. I wear the ring every day and the bangle most days, I just put them on without thinking about it. Mum has a ring very similar too which makes me love it even more.
The makeup on this fine summer evening was also based around shine, silver and glossiness. I wore my favourite gloss; it has chunks of 18ct gold, smells delicious and shines like crazy. The eyes were simple, instead going for a bold blush (my lilac YSL) and putting it on quite intensely so the purple showed clearly rather than just a flush of colour. For the rest of my face, I used my awesome Guerlian powder to mattify just enough but also keep my skin healthily dewy (sounds impossible, but it’s some sort of crazy magic).
[definitely think it was fate that I ended up with a white Christmas hat- thanks Stamford]
Since we were staying at a hotel for the night, I packed my Too Faced- Jingle All The Way 2013 holiday palette because it has a bit of everything; I used the pink shadow. Also used two coats of my Dolce & Gabbana mascara because it’s my favourite at the moment. The eyes really weren’t the focus though- Christmas Eve is dedicated to blush for moi.
I got some amazing Christmas presents, including a cool camera where the photos pop out straight away (super technical explanation), great makeup and some gorgeous clothes which will appear in due course here on The Oldest Fad. I also made some great purchases at the David Jones boxing day sales which will soon make an appearance too! Here’s some cute Christmas photos with my Mum #wooh #mileywearewithyoustaystrong (get onto Twitter if you don’t know what that last one means even though it’s completely unrelated- you won’t regret it).
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! My next post will be about the best cosmetics of 2013 and will be in the next few days because I’m running out of time!
BLOUSE: Sass & Bide
SANDALS: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand (from Camargue)
SILVER CUFF: Emmanuel + Cox
GOLD CUFF: Cat Hammill (from David Jones)
GOLD, ROSE GOLD, SILVER BANGLE: Cat Hammill (from David Jones)
GOLD DIAMOND BANGLE: Hardy Brothers (gift)
GOLD RING: Wallace Bishop (gift)
BIG BLINGY RINGS: Adorn
LIP GLOSS: Yves Saint Laurent ‘golden gloss’ in #11
BLUSH: Yves Saint Laurent ‘blush radiance’ in #3 (I think this is possibly limited edition because it’s on a different display, separate from the permanent collection but I’m not 100% sure)
MASCARA: Dolce & Gabbana ‘the mascara’ in black
EYESHADOW: pink shade (#5) from Too Faced 2013 Jingle All The Way holiday palette
POWDER/PRIMER/ILLUMINATOR/MAGIC PRODUCT: Guerlian ‘meteorites voyage’ in mythic 01 (in the pressed meteorites, not the original meteorites form)