Saturday, July 19, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
iFOTD - Indie Face of the Day! - where I share the everyday looks I'm creating with indie makeup. Today it's a pink/brown/white combo that came together for a nice understated look.
Shiro Cosmetics "The Truth" - from the Fullmetal Alchemist Collection
Shiro Cosmetics "Chimera" - from the Fullmetal Alchemist Collection
Shiro Cosmetics "Destiny's Princess" - from the Zelda Collection
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
iFOTD - Indie Face of the Day! :)
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
As regular readers know, I've been devoting a lot of time and energy to my online indie makeup store, Beauty Bohemia. If you already know all about indie makeup and why it's awesome, then you might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of people, I'm learning, who don't really know what indie makeup is, much less why they'd be interested in it. So - here I go, attempting a bit of an explanation. You can consider this an Indie Makeup 101!
Indie Makeup is makeup that's handmade by small businesses. Most of the cosmetics in the stores are made in big factories by huge companies. Indie Makeup is made in small sterile workshops, and the operations are usually run by young women.
So why would you buy Indie Makeup instead of heading to your local department store makeup counter? Here's some of the reasons I love indie makeup:
1. It's Handmade.
The "handmade revolution" has gained huge popularity amongst people who are seeking to be a bit more mindful and ethical in their consumption - by supporting artisans and buying handmade, you get goods of better quality, that have been ethically produced, rather than increasing the profits of a big company who might be employing sweatshop labour, you're instead putting your money right into the hands of the person who made the item from scratch. A lot of people though, who support handmade with their fashion and homewear purchases haven't yet fully embraced the idea that you can do this with makeup, too!
2. The Quality is Amazing
In the highly competitive world of indie makeup, only the best survive - the colours are are meticulously blended, and because they are made in small batches, the makers can create all sorts of amazing colour blends. From subtle mattes and neutrals to the most sparkly iridescent duochrome pigments you've ever seen, you can expect high pigmentation, long lasting formulations and a dazzling variety of shades to choose from. Because the makers are in direct contact with their customers, they are constantly monitoring feedback from their customer group, so the quality stays really high. The packaging is handmade and might not be as glossy as a high-end product, but what really counts is what's inside - people that get accustomed to indie pigments often find it really hard to go back to other mass manufactured brands.
2. It's Individual and Fun
A lot of indie makeup makers create collections in various themes. Whether it's your favourite TV show or movie fandom (be it Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter) or even themes from a certain era of history, Internet memes or computer games. Indie Makeup is full of quirky, fun names and themes that let you celebrate your personality and what you love in a way that can be as subtle or bold as you like. You'd probably raise a few eyebrows if you showed up to work in cosplay, but with indie makeup, you can participate in your fandom in a fun way, and no one else need know, unless you tell them.
4. It's much cheaper than you'd believe.
Unlike other "handmade pledges" you might make, this one could really save you money. With eyeshadows, lipsticks and blushes all clocking in at under $10 a pop, you can save a lot of money. Many people are very pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the prices are.
While there are some Aussie indie makeup makers, the majority of the most popular brands are in the US or UK - when they do ship to Australia, the shipping costs can be dire, erasing the savings made in the makeup. Organising a group order or freight forwarding can be a real pain. That's the main reason I decided to take the plunge to bring in the best indie makeup brands into Australia in bulk - and I also decided to match the price of the makers on Beauty Bohemia as well. I'm hoping a lot more people get into the indie makeup!
If you've got any questions or want to know more, let me know in the comments!
Monday, July 7, 2014
|Left to right: City Chic Dresses X2,. Susanne Gray, Target and City Chic again.|
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Recently I did a DJ gig at a fantasy costume event called "The Goblin Ball" - each year a different theme is set and people really go all out with their outfits - last year was an ice theme, this year it had a Fire theme called Ember Rule.
Of course I need very few excuses to go all-out with the red so this was an easy theme for me. I was going for a dark fae/demon kind of look, and based my look around my awesome horns from The Fable Workshop.
As you can see I dove deep into my red eyeshadow collection, and was also very liberal with the glitter - here's what I wound up with!
If you fancy trying this look yourself, or perhaps a more toned down version, you can see all the amazing red toned things I have in the store here: http://beautybohemia.com/collections/all/red
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
There's a lot of people looking for Velvet-finish liquid lipsticks at the moment, without having to pay a hefty price tag. Velvetine dupes aren't easy to find but after some searching I happened upon a great option from chinese cult brand MeNow.
These are seriously long lasting - really seriously long lasting. Once they dry, they are there to stay. You can scrub at them even and they won't budge.. check out this quick video I made and you'll see what I mean:
Here are the colours available in my store.. there's lots to choose from.
|01 Baby Pink|
|02 Dusky Pink|
|03 Mushroom Pink|
|05 Rich Red|
|06 Malibu Pink|
|07 Rosy Pink|
|09 Orange Red|
|23 Frosty Pink|
|25 Hot Pink|
|26 New York Pink|
|32 Currant Red|
|36 Berry Pink|
Saturday, April 5, 2014
So, here in Melbourne the fashion world has been abuzz with the news of our iconic GPO being converted into a massive concept store for H&M. The store opened to the public today but on Thursday night there was a VIP launch party with 1000 guests - celebrities, models, socialites, the famous, the notorious and me!
I did a quick count and it looks as though there are about 30 lines in the plus size section. I got told that this is the largest plus size section of any H&M store in the world - so, that's good.. but if this is the biggest, what does the smallest look like? (Yes, that's right - it's just non-existent)
There were some great pieces there, but nothing that I thought "WOW, I MUST HAVE THIS!" - there were probably at least 20 things I really, really liked in the non-plus-size range.. but we're all familiar with that sad feeling... "Why don't you make this for me? Look! Here is my money! Now, you won't have this money, because you only made this in small sizes. "
There was only one way to deal with my disappointment.. to drink many free cocktails and drown my sorrows. Truly - It was an incredible party. The amazing cocktail bar 1806 had a special menu of cocktails and there were delicious canapés by Adam D’Sylva, they'd flown in famous DJs and everyone seemed to be having an utterly fabulous time.
What did I buy? Not much, actually - but I did get this very silly hat - it's a woollen riding hat with kitty ears on it.
I'm grateful to have been invited. I'm grateful that they have a plus size range at all, because many (many many) other brands don't. I'm glad the pieces look on-trend, are fairly affordable and that there's now another much-needed place to pop in and get a plus size garment in the CBD. I hope that if it's successful they will look at expanding this range in the future, and maybe (a girl can dream), expand the size range of their "main" ranges as well.
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