Monday, February 10, 2014

Fashion Icon: Julianne Hough

I love this girl. I first came across her in Burlesque, then in Footloose, Rock of Ages and finally Safe Haven. Obsessed with her, and might I say, what an awesome name!! :)

She is so fun and interesting. She loves to dance and sing and be silly. She has an awesome Instagram account (@julieshough) and is best friends with my girl Nina Dobrev. Whats not to love about her?

Ive wanted to emulate her hair, her makeup and finally her fashion sense. She is very much like me with her mixes basics with a statement piece in a street/casual style.

Below are some of my favourite looks from Miss Hough.

Julianne Hough

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Everyday Makeup: January 2014

I absolutely love makeup. I collect way to much of it, and my daily makeup kit is actually bursting at the seems.

I do however, have my few products that I ALWAYS reach for when I am doing my every day makeup looks, and these are pictured below.

For my base, I always use my Maybelline Age Rewind brightener under my eyes and follow with Maybellines Fit Me Concealer. I also use Fit Me on any blemishes that I have. I then use my Sedona Lace Round Top brush to buff in my Maybelline Superstay Foundation. I then set it all with Australis Setting Powder.

For contouring I have been grabbing my E.L.F. Contour Duo (great dupes for Nars Orgasm and Laguna).

For my eyes I use my L'oreal quad in brown and I usually contour my eyes with the lightest colour and mid brown colour. I then use the darkest brown to etch out my crease and line my lower lash line. I also use the mid brown to fill in my eye brows!

Lastly I use Essence liquid liner and coat my lashes with Covergirl's Lashblast Fusion.

If I wear a lipstick, it will usually be an Ulta3 lipstick in a mid-pink shade. My favourite lipstick of all time would have to be Revlon Colorburst in Carnation.

makeup routine Jan 2014

{ Maybelline Superstay Foundation || E.L.F. Contour Duo || Australis Setting Powder }
{ Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener || Maybelline Fit Me Concealer || Covergirl Lashblast Fusion || Essence Liquid Liner || L'Oreal Eyeshadow Quad }

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Trend: Asymmetrical Hems

I absolutely LOVE this trend. It has been very big for this summer, and Im sure that it will go into winter as well. Its the asymmetrical hemline that has been seen everywhere from on skirts, dresses and even jackets!

I find that it is very flattering and a somewhat unexpected twist on a traditional shape. For those of you with long legs, you can get away with the mini skirts and dresses that have a little more a peep show.

For those who want a little more modesty, you are not left out. You can wear a pencil skirt or knee length dress. If you aren't a skirt/dress kind of girl, then for a jacket or vest with an unexpected twist.

Below are some of picks to embrace this trend.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Skincare Routine: Jan 2014

Fashion is such a big part of what I write about on this blog. In fact its the main thing that I write about.

But as most of you know, I am also a makeup artist, and therefore anything makeup or skincare holds a special place in my heart. It has been a couple of years since I put up my skincare routine, and alot has changed since then.

 My skin is still the same... oily/combination with mild acne.

Acne is a constant problem for my skin and I am always trying to find ways to improve it. Right now I am loving the Natio acne line. Its gentle and i can actually feel it working. I do still get the odd breakout or two, which is very frustrating as I am trying to clear my skin up before my wedding but I will continue to use this routine for another month  to see how i go!

My current routine for night time is to cleanse my face with Natio Dual Action Cleanser & Toner, remove any extra eye makeup with the Garnier 2 in 1 Makeup Remover, and swipe my face with Biore's Complexion Clearing toner. I then use Garniers Age Lift Eye Cream and moisturise my face with Garnier Dark Spot Corrector. If I have a breakout, I use the Nation Antibacterial Spot Treatment under the moisturiser.

In the mornings (if I am being good) I will cleanse my face as above and tone and I will then use the Natio Daily Radiance Eye Cream. Depending on what my day holds for me, I will alternate between SPF moisturiser and SPF free. If I am going out at night or will be in the office all day, I will use Palmers Cocoa butter (which I know might get alot of flack because its a body moisturiser but I LOVE it for my face). If I am going to be out a little bit in the sun I will use the Palmers Daily Facial Moisturiser with SPF 15. If I will be at the beach, at a park etc, then I will use my Nivea Daily Moisturiser with SPF 30. I dont like the feel of sunscreen on my face, and it always gets in my eyes so I don't really use it unless I need it.

I realise this is bad, as I live in Australia which has the highest sun factor in the world, and as a makeup artist i DO know better. But I just haven't found one that I am willing to wear every day... and so the hunt continues....

skincare Jan 2014

skincare Jan 2014

{ Nation Antibacterial Spot Treatment || Biore Complexion Clearing Toner || Natio Dual Action Cleaner & Toner || Garnier Dark Spot Corrector}
{ Palmers Cocoa Butter || Nation Daily Radiance Eye Cream || Garnier 2 in 1 Makeup Remover}

Friday, January 31, 2014

Grammy Awards 2014

The Grammys are renowned for being one of the more relaxed carpets of the award season. In saying that though, I found that alot of the celebrities either played it too safe and simple or were just down right boring.

I did however find six lovely ladies that stood out, head and shoulders, above the rest with their edgy outfits and beautiful gowns.

Firstly, I thought that Ciara was positively glowing in her gown by Pucci. Pregnancy certainly does agree with this singer.

Taylor Swift has finally been taking some risks this season on the carpet and stepping out of her sweet persona. Although this dress by Gucci was a little more 'sweet' than vixen, it still looked amazing on her, and I love her hair and makeup.

Giuliana Rancic is absolutely killing it this season!! There's alot to be said about the interviewer outshining the interviewees on the red carpet. I love LOVE her and this dress by Aussie designer, Alex Perry!!

Zendaya, a Disney Channel starlet stood out in this awesome outfit; mainly because it was so different to what others were wearing. She was wearing an ensemble by Emanuel Ungaro and her intense slicked hair was so on trend for this season. I am expecting to see great things from her on the red carpets.

Louise Roe, another interviewer on the carpet, is also making waves this season. I love this gorgeous dress by another Aussie designer Manning Cartell . Her outfit was simple yet seductive and she certainly knows what looks good on her.

Lastly another person that I am unfamiliar with but sure to get to know through the fashion waters, is country singer Kacey Musgraves. This dress by Armani Prive was a standout for me. It was angelic and flowy, yet fitted and flattering to her figure. Pure perfection.

Grammys 2014
Grammys 2014

{ Ciara || Taylor Swift || Giuliana Rancic }
{ Zendaya || Louise Roe || Kacey Musgraves }

Thursday, January 30, 2014

SAG Awards 2014

I must say that I was really disappointed with the dresses on the red carpet for the Screen Actors Guild Awards this year. I know that this particular awards ceremony is alot less stressful than the others, but I dont necessarily means that you should relax on the fashion too! Where's the fun in that??

So this year, to be honest I had to pick the best out of a measly bunch. Sad sad sad.
I cant say that they looked bad, because honestly who can look bad when they are dressed in designer gowns and had a makeup and hair team around them all day... but I guess the best way to express my disappointment is that the red carpet was boring!! Nothing daring, nothing exciting. Its was all pretty straight forward and too the point, and "lets get off this carpet and through to the party" type of dresses.

So in saying all that. Here are my top picks from the SAG Awards 2014.

Firstly I pick Michelle Dockery in the J.Mendel. Next is Giuliana Rancic, who I pick for best dressed, in Basil Soda (never heard of them but keep an eye out!). And lastly, mainly due to the fact that she cant do any wrong, and she actually took a risk, Cate Blanchett in Givenchy.

SAG 14

{ Michelle Docherty || Giuliana Rancic || Cate Blanchett }

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lusting: January 2014

Its time for a little lusting. It has been awhile since I have sat down and really thought about what I want or "need" in my closet. I guess my mind was focused on other things in my life, and shopping and fashion took a little bit of a backseat (GASP!)

 But as always, I am back in the fashion frame of mind and have already collected quite the lust list for January 2014. As most long time readers would already know, I always find myself craving the next season, around midway through the current season. Blame my ADD but yes, being January and only half way through summer, I am super  keen to move back in Winter ASAP please!! So my list revolves around some current season wants, but mostly some winter cravings.

 The following items, hold a strong need to reside in my wardrobe :)

1. A yellow dress
2. flat knee-high riding boots (brown wouldn't hurt either)
3. A great soft leather jacket for all occasions
4. Printed pants and/or leggings
5. A linen shirt
6. A statement necklace, preferably in coral
7. A lighter coloured sweater
8. Some sort of winter hat
9. A powder blue chain bag
10. Asymmetric skirts (already have leather... floral would be lovely!)
11. Brown or camel ankle boots

January Lust