Monday, October 31, 2011

How to wear cheap blue eyeshadow.. without looking cheap.

Better believe it, blue eyeshadow is making a comeback! It's a colour lots of people are scared of trying though, maybe because it's a look that can go very, very wrong!

 Here's a fun blue-gold eyeshadow look I did recently.

The products I used are:
(You can click the links to see my reviews of each product!)

And for the eyes..
  • Ulta3 Eyeshadow Quad in "Nude Navy" (now there's a military initiative we can all get behind! :D )
Ulta3 is an ultra-budget product, this quad cost about $6.  I used it to demonstrate that even with a cheap product you can avoid a cheap look if your technique is right. 

The big trick is very easy - just keep the blue "below the crease" on your eye.. as long as you keep it on the lid and not above, it looks great!

If you put the blue too far up on your eye, you'll wind up looking like Mimi from the Drew Carey Show. 

Of course Mimi is awesome.. but that look of hers is a HARD one to pull off. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but as awesome as you are? You are probably not quite as awesome as Mimi. I mean - look at her. Best just stick to my instructions instead. 

So.. the quad's four colours are a very light yellow-gold, a darker antique gold shimmer, a vibrant cobalt blue and a navy blue.

I used the light yellow-gold under my brow, all the way down to the crease. I used the cobalt on my inner eyelid, tracing the line of my crease over about halfway.. and used the navy on the outer lid, tracing it inwards to meet the lighter blue. Right in the middle of my eyelid and on my lower lash line I used the antique gold colour as a highlight.

I blended. A LOT. Don't be afraid to start out with a light hand and build the colour up. Keep adding, keep blending... it is a lot easier to add more product than to take it away if you've overdone it. 

When you're done, you should end up with something like what I've taken pics of below. 

This a an especially great look if you have green, blue or hazel eyes. My eyes change colour a lot, I find that wearing blue really makes them pop.

To finish off this look, I swept my hair into a twist-and-pin side chignon   This was totally inspired by one of the tutorials on the brilliant blog "Hair Romance".  Was easy to do and looked stylish.

So.. do you dare to wear the blue?? If you do, what's your favourite blue? If you don't, are you going to try it now? 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: Lancôme Genifique youth activator

This was another one of the goodies in my "Lust Have It" sample box.

It's "Genifique Youth Activator" by legendary brand Lancôme.

This product certainly doesn't hesitate to make big claims. The marketing material says it will "reactivate your genes and stimulate the production of youth proteins." it goes on to tell me this will result in skin that is "breathtakingly radiant, as if lit from within".

Wow. All right. Also, all this magic will take just one week.

Youth activator eh? If you notice me rolling my eyes, saying "wot - ev - aah" a lot and refusing to do chores you'll know it's working.. Wait! That's already happening!! This is a powerful serum indeed!

So. My seven days of "Youth Activaton?"

Day one: it's a clear serum that smells like.. Nothing at all, really.

On the face it is light, sinks in straight away and feels a bit tingly after a while. It definitely feels like it is "DOING SOMETHING". Even the finger I used to apply the product stays tingly for a long time. It's not exactly a pleasant sensation, but nothing too unpleasant either.

It seems as though a little goes a long way with this product.. With a RRP of  $115 for 30mls that's a very good thing!

Days 2 through 7: I found the tingling a bit distracting at night so started applying it in the morning. It's definitely making my makeup application smoother and my skin feels good.

The final verdict? Well, I don't think I have taken any breaths away with my radiance.. (not any more than usual, anyway), and I wouldn't say my face looks "as though lit from within" (which is a relief, that sounds a bit scary actually).. My skin does feel tighter, more firm and plump and I do have a bit of a glow.

Hyperbolic marketing claims aside,can see that a week of using this has made a difference to my skin, and I can only imagine that a longer course would continue to do so.

If you feel like a splurge and you like products that "wake you up" then this one might be for you!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Resistance is Futile: Reviewing Kerastase Haircare

So, as you know, I was delighted to recently receive the "Lust Have It" sample box, and I promised faithfully that I would review the products within..

In the Oct box was a whole suite of sachets of Kerastase products from their "Resistance Range". 

  • Bain De Force Shampoo
  • Ciment Thermique Reconstructor Milk.
  • Climent Anti-Usure Treatment

Did you know that on electrical diagrams the symbol for resistance is an Omega? This might be the brand for me!!

To be honest, whenever I hear the word "resistance" I am such a geek all I can think of are "The Borg" from Star Trek. Specifically, the Borg Queen. She is so sexy. But she doesn't have hair, so I am not sure she uses shampoo. 

Right. Where were we? Oh yes. Reviewing. 

According to the manufacturer, this range is designed to strengthen weakened, damaged or fine hair. I bleach and colour my hair a lot (I know you'll be shocked to learn that my fire-engine-red isn't natural, but there you have it..) so this sounds like it will suit me nicely.

 At between $30 & $40 a piece this a lot more expensive than the shampoo, conditioner and treatments I usually use, so I was keen to give it a go!  

I started with the shampoo, naturally. Normally I'd wash my hair twice but there was only enough in the sachet for one wash. It smelled.. ordinary! I quipped to my partner, "Hmm, this smells like cheap hotel shampoo.. oh, wait! Maybe that's WHY cheap hotel shampoo smells like this.. maybe they perfume it so it smells like expensive shampoo!!" I don't know if that's true or not but I was surprised that this doesn't smell delicious like many of the cheaper shampoos I use.

I was also expecting a really rich lather.. but I didn't get one. It didn't feel sudsy at all, and I really wondered whether or not it was doing a good job cleaning my hair. On the upside I noticed it didn't seem to be stripping any colour out of my hair, either, but this also made me wonder if it was too mild to clean my hair properly.. 

I persisted, gave my hair a good wash and then put the conditioner on. It too, smelled pretty ordinary. And it felt pretty much like any other conditioner. 


As I rinsed it off.. my hair felt silky smooth. Dead straight in the water, no tangles. No roughness at all.

And when my hair dried? WOW. Silky, bouncy, positively glowing with shine and gloss and health. Manageable and easy to style.. my hair looks AMAZING.  This is my hair with no other products in it at all, no blowdry, nothing. I'm not sure the picture really captures it but it's just full of body and bounce, but no frizz or flyaways. 

So while it wasn't very impressive while I was using it, the results certainly are. This is a quiet achiever you should check out!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Dita Von Teese Launches Muse in Melbourne

I have already blogged a little bit about the upcoming release of Dita Von Teese's clothing line "Muse". 

This morning I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of fashion icon Dita Von Teese as she launched her new clothing line "Muse", at David Jones' Melbourne CBD store.

We now have a little more information about the range, and we got to look at the clothes themselves! I was especially pleased to see they'd chosen a plus-size model to show off a spectacular black velvet gown.

The range is going to be available in early February, and it's going to cost between $600 and $900 a piece - start saving those pennies now if you want to nab one of these!

The dresses themselves are very beautiful, and the trench coat is also gorgeous.  Here's some video I shot of the models:

Dita herself was modelling one of the dresses, it has a custom made print on silk that Dita designed herself.. the pattern is of roses with her graceful hands sporting a red manicure (of course) and a "Dita" signature.

She recently tweeted a picture of her adorable cat Alister cuddling up to the silk.. obviously even her pets have excellent taste!

Dita Von Teese's photo Aleister is also rather fond of the silk prints we created for my #Muse dress line!
Dita Von Teese on WhoSay

I really loved that she was wearing a gorgeous pair of red shoes, with silk stockings that had red seams and cuban heels..  as always her styling was timeless and gorgeous. I am no photographer (obviously!) but I did my best to snap a pic of them amongst the jostling crowd!

Of course I wasn't the only one who wanted to see Dita, there were some other lovely bloggers and some burlesque girls there as well!

The gorgeous ladies of Hi Ball Burlesque:

And the charming and lovely Esme from "Esme and the Laneway" fame:

I got to shake Dita's hand and she said "I love your hair!". It was all I could do to blurt out "What an honour to meet you!!" It was a very exciting morning indeed. I can hardly wait till February! I heard an exciting rumour that Dita is going to be adding lingerie to her line as well, very soon. Stay tuned for more updates...

Adding Vintage Glamour Part 5: Accessorise!

"The Devil is in the Details", they say, and it's true that with a few simple additions to your outfit, you can add some vintage glamour to any outfit.

Whatever your style, whether you prefer elegant Victorian  or art deco reproductions or chunky, modern, quirky pieces, the addition of a brooch, necklace, ring or bracelet can make an outfit sing. Accessories can add an important point of interest, and make even the plainest outfit something special. Don't be afraid to mix it up - a string of pearls with jeans & a t-shirt, something blingy with a summer dress, see what works and experiment!

I love costume jewellery, because it means I can afford a wide variety of pieces. I wear a lot of necklaces and (surprise surprise) they are nearly always red! 
The Devil in the Details - Accessorise
Have a dig in your jewellery draw, or hit some of the costume jewellery shops and the op shops. Buy what speaks to you and give it a try!

This is part 5 in a five part series about how to inject vintage glamour into your everyday outfits without looking like you're going to a costume party. 

In the picture above:
Wet Seal facets jewelry
$13 -

Forever21 flower jewelry
$8.80 -

Pin brooch
$25 -

Wooden jewelry
£22 -

Dorothy Perkins vintage style jewelry
£7.50 -

Vintage jewelry

Brass necklace

Rose jewelry

Crystal jewelry
$27 -

Vintage style jewelry
$2,280 -

ASOS stone ring
$26 -

Stone jewelry
$15 -

FOSSIL crystal jewelry

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Adding Vintage Glamour Part 4: Do the Updo

Grab some bobby pins, some clips, or a hairtie or two and get your hair off your neck. There's thousands of ways to do it, from super casual, to super formal, and everywhere in between. Regardless of how you do it, sweeping your hair into an updo is another easy way to add some vintage glamour to your look.

To avoid anything that looks too "Mumsy" keep it fun, a little bit messy and avoid exact symmetry in your stylings. Most importantly, have fun with it! 

This is Part 4 in a five part series about easy ways to inject some vintage glamour into your look, without looking like you're on your way to a costume party

Part Two is "Try a Cat's Eye"
Part Three is "The Scarlet Pout"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Adding Vintage Glamour Part 3: The Scarlet Pout - How to get red lipstick right

As I've mentioned before, a red lip is one of the staples of my look, and it is another one of those simple things that can really give your look a touch of glamour. I hear so often that people struggle with even trying a strong red lip with their looks, let alone making it a regular part of their go-to looks.
It's true that red can be tricky - you need to pick the right tone for you (I've given some tips about that in this post), but once you've got that sorted, the hardest part is over. All you need to do then apply it properly and you're good to go.

Here's a video tutorial I made on how to do it: 

As I say in the video, for a perfect scarlet pout, take the time to use a liner and don't try to draw yourself a new lip shape - just work with what you've got. Apply your favourite red, blot, reapply, and you're good to go.

How about you? Do you love your red lip, or are you too chicken? 

This post is part 3 of my five-part series about "Ways to inject vintage glamour into your everyday wardrobe.. without looking like you're headed to a costume party." 

Part Two is "Try a Cat's Eye"

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

100 FB Likes Giveaway - Clairns Luscious Lips Pack

Update: This Competition has now closed and the winner has been announced here!

So, Fashion Adjacent recently cracked the big 100 "likes" mark on its new Facebook Page, and to celebrate, I am very excited to be able to offer this giveaway!

It is one of the brand new shiny Clairns Christmas Gift Packs, and it's called "Luscious Lips". Unsurprisingly (given the name) it is full of some gorgeous lip products..

It contains:

  • 2 Lip Glosses:
    • Gloss Appeal No 1 "Ylang" (very light pink with irridesent pearl glitter in it) 3ml
    • Gloss Appeal No 4 "Sorbet" (candy pink with gold glitter) 3ml
  • 2 Glossy Lip Balms:
    • Colour Quench Lip Balm No 2 in Peach Nectar (peach and shimmery) 7ml
    • Colour Quench Lip Balm No 3 in Candy Pink (pink and shimmery) 7ml
  • 2 "Lip Perfectors" (colour/treatment with a little sponge applicator in a tube)
    • Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in No 1 (pink) 5ml
    • Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in No 3 (apricot) 5ml
  • A gorgeous red velvet cosmetics bag for it all to go in.

According to the blurb there's over $100 worth of product here.

So... what do you have to do to win?

It's easy! Just do two things:

  1. Subscribe to this blog through Google Friends Connect or Networked Blogs (both of these are in the right-hand column of the blog, just click on the one you prefer) ----->
  2. Comment on this post, telling me which one you subscribed with.
I will pick a winner via random number generator on the evening of Monday 7th November. You'll have 48 hrs to respond, or I redraw it! 

Australian entries only, sorry - I can't afford the postage otherwise! :)

Good luck, and tell your friends to "like" Fashion Adjacent on FB. I'll do more giveaways when the numbers go up, so there's something in it for you, too! :)

(Disclosure: This gift was not provided by Clairns. I bought it with my own hard earned cashie monies!) 

Adding Vintage Glamour Part 2: Try a Cats Eye

A really quick and easy way to add a little vintage glamour is to wear some eyeliner in a cats-eye shape.

No matter what the occasion, and no matter what the rest of your makeup is, whether subtle neutrals or something very colourful, a cats-eye eyeliner will give it a little hint of vintage glamour.

Wait. Quick and Easy? Yes, that wasn't a typo, this really is a very quick and simple thing to do.

I thought showing was easier and better than telling so here's my (very first!) youtube tutorial video on how to do it.

I've demonstrated both how to do it with a pencil, (for a smoky, casual look):

And with a liquid eyeliner for more dramatic results:

As I have said in the videos - this is not about expensive products, it's all about technique. The key with the cats-eye is getting the angle of the "wing" or "flick" exactly method is foolproof!

So.. why not add some glam to your next outing with a cats-eye? Let me know how you go with it!

These are my FIRST EVER video tutorials. I can already see that I need to invest in some better lighting, which I will be doing just as soon as I can. Did you find them useful? Would you like to see more of these? Any requests? I'd love to hear what you think.

This post is part 2 of my five-part series about "Ways to inject vintage glamour into your everyday wardrobe.. without looking like you're headed to a costume party." 

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Adding Vintage Glamour Part 1: Rock the Frock: The big secret about Dresses

I might get in trouble for this... but I'm going to let you in on a big secret. Wearing a dress, or as I prefer to call it, "frocking up", is the very epitome of making an effort, right?  When you show up in a dress, people know you made an effort. You care about being wherever you are, and you put a little time into getting dressed for it. Wearing a dress is the way you say "This is important to me!" with your clothes. 

... right? WRONG.

That may well be what people THINK when you show up in a dress, but the reality couldn't be further from the truth. Without a doubt, wearing a dress is one of the laziest, easiest ways to dress.  Easier than track pants and a hoodie. Easier than tshirt and jeans.  And if you choose the right dress - just as comfortable.

With a dress, you can just throw it over your head and walk out the door. No fussing about trying to match top to bottom, just one piece and you're done. You instantly look "put together" and get all the benefits of the assumptions above. But the effort you've made is very little indeed. This is the secret that all dress-wearers, (and you, now) know! Maybe you already knew this, in which case I hope this is a helpful reminder.

There really is a dress for every occasion: 
A dress for every occassion

Oh, I can hear you. "Its not that easy!" some of you are saying. "Choosing the right dress is hard!" 

Well, that bit can be easy too. If you know how. 

So.. how to choose the right dress? Here's how I do it.

At the store, I ask myself..

  • Will I need to iron this, ever? (You can naughtily scrunch the fabric in your hand a little, and see if creases form. If they do, you'll need to iron.) Unless I really, REALLY love the dress (and everything else about it is perfect) AND I'm prepared to put in that time commitment every time I wear it, I leave it in the store.  See also - Will I need to dryclean this? 
  • Is it sturdy? Are the buttons/embellishments etc attached firmly? I don't want to be fussed with repairs or finding replacement buttons if one comes loose and gets lost.
  • Does this fit? If I am unhappy with how tight or how loose it is, it's not the dress for me. If it's gaping or straining across any point, it's not the dress for me (no matter how much I love the design). Take a good long look from every angle and decide if the fit is good or not. If it's not - leave it in the store. There's plenty of other options. 
  • Does it hit me in the right spots, on the sleeve, neckline, and hem? If my bra straps are showing, or it's gripping me uncomfortably on the sleeve, or the hemline looks frumpy or wrong - unless I am willing and able to alter the dress.. I leave it in the store.
  • Where would I wear this? It's all good and well to fall in love with the amazing ballgown with the bustle skirt (and believe me, I have, many times)  but unless you have a suitable formal event coming up, that dress is going to sit in the back of your cupboard gathering dust, a waste of money. Think about where you could wear the dress you're considering. If you can see yourself happy in it, out and about, then it's the right one for you.
  • Does this fill a gap in my wardrobe? If you already own something just like it, maybe you don't need this one as well. Keeping your current wardrobe in mind when you're shopping can save you a lot of money. 
So, keeping these things in mind you've acquired yourself a few (or more) lovely dresses.  How to choose which one to wear?

When dressing for an event, I ask myself..
  • What's the weather going to be like? Am I going to be mostly indoors or outdoors? What fabric weight and sleeve/skirt length is going to keep me suitably cool/warm? Maybe adding another layer or a different choice will be needed, and it's best to have thought about this before you've headed out and its too late. 
  • What is the formality of the event I'm attending? Is it a wedding? A shopping trip? Meeting friends for lunch? A job interview? Thinking about this will inform my decision on which dress to choose. 
  • What shoes (accessory, etc) do I want to wear, and which dress will match them? Sometimes the outfit planning doesn't have to start with the main piece. If I want to wear a particular pair of shoes, or my new necklace I want to show off, or something else, I'll start with that, and build what works around it. 
  • Will I feel good in this? Think about where you're going, how you will be feeling, and how you want to look. I always try to choose something I know I will be comfortable in and feel good in. Fashion's meant to be fun, after all - otherwise, what's the point? 
So - there you have it. Every reason in the world to "Get your Frock on"! I'd love to hear your thoughts. Are you a dress lover or a dress hater? Why? 

Go on to part 2, and Try A Cats Eye

This post is part 1 of my five-part series about "Ways to inject vintage glamour into your everyday wardrobe.. without looking like you're headed to a costume party." 

Dresses featured above:

Red Day Dress 
$68 -

Trixxi plus size dress
$180 -

Plus size dress
$55 -

Rose dress
$20 -

Plus size dress
$140 -

ASOS short sleeve dress
$105 -

Short dress
$97 -

Calvin Klein metallic dress
$140 -

$30 -

Print dress
$59 -

Sleeveless dress
$41 -

Sleeved dress
$99 -

Elie Tahari pleated dress
$134 -

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Red & Black Bridesmaid Ideas (or how to spend nearly 20 grand on a party frock.)

No, I'm not getting married. I don't really believe in marriage, to be honest. But the awesome Danimezza has a competition up on her blog to make a set with polyvore on the theme of "bridesmaids", and I do so love playing with polyvore!

So I decided that price was NO object, and put together some pretty things. Of course the theme has to be red and black!

I think this dress is just stunning, and if they made it in my size, and I could afford it, I would HIT that thing (like the fist of an angry god).

I have to admit I find it difficult to imagine being able to, let alone wanting, to spend six thousand dollars on a dress. I mean.. seriously?!!

Examining this set, I think this would also be suitable for a swank party.. which I guess is how I think bridemaids ought to be dressed - none of this "hideous gown you can never wear again" nonsense.

What do you think of my choices? Love them? Hate them? Red Wedding - Bridesmaids Ideas
What's in the set: (are you ready to gasp at some of these prices? Go on, gasp..)
Roberto cavalli dress
€4.340 -

Alexander McQueen platform wedge heels
$930 -

Christopher Kane brown clutch
$1,020 -

Bow ring
$6.99 -

Vintage necklace

Repossi gold diamond ring
$9,680 -

Falke High Heel Tights
$36 -