Monday, December 31, 2012

Aussie Curves: LBD (Little Black Dress)

Time for another Aussie Curves challenge, and this one is a true classic - the LBD, or "Little Black Dress". While everyone else is looking gorgeously chic and fashionable to celebrate the New Year, I instead have a DJ gig at an event where I've been asked to dress in the theme "Animalistic/Lord of the Flies".

So, I went super grungey. Dredfalls, leopard print tights, thigh high boots... and of course a black dress. This is one of my favourites, it's from the collection "Damn you Alexis" did for City Chic years ago. It has a panel of leatherette down the middle front and back, and a little bit of padding in the shoulders - I have worn this to swanky cocktail parties and nightclubs and everywhere... even to work, toned down with a blouse underneath and a jacket over the top.. it's really versatile.

That's the beauty of an LBD, it creates a backdrop to show off your accessories, other items or whatever you want to be the focus. It's an appropriate choice for almost any event and everyone (yes even you) should have one in the wardrobe. Or two. Or more.

For my makeup I got out the paints and did a red/black/glitter swathe of leopard print right across my face. The loose glitter I used had heaps of fallout, and, anticipating this, I was happy to be very sparkly all over for the evening. I piled the dreds high on my head, and did deep shadowing and contours in red and black.

Whenever I do a wild makeup like this people say "Oh! That's great but I would never find the time!" This honestly took me less than 10 mins - and that included putting on my clothes. If you practice you can get really fast.

It's an extreme look, well over the top, as called for by the theme of the evening! I'm ready to see the new year in with a vengeance!

I hope the new year brings you all the good things you're hoping for, and I look forward to showing you lots of fun stuff in 2013.

I want to thank my fellow Aussie Curves women - you are an amazing, inspiring, cool and fun bunch of ladies and I love seeing what everyone comes up with each week (and adding a little dash of wildness to the mix too).

To all the rest of my readers, thanks for being here... keep commenting, sending me emails and keeping in touch because your messages and comments really are what keeps me going.



Friday, December 28, 2012

Review: John Frieda Collection Root Awakening Leave in Conditioner

Now, this might look like a leave in conditioner spray.. and it is, but it's also more than that - for me these sorts of products are the difference between misery and woe and happy smiles.

There's a lot of long hair in our household. I have hair well past my shoulders but there's several others here who have much longer hair than me. We also have regular visitors who are very small people with very long hair. A rambunctious, adventurous four year old can get a lot of knots in her hair, and when her hair is past her waist, well.. you can imagine. Even with the best intentions and plaited up hair it still gets pretty tangled - so detangling sprays are an absolute must.

This is a good one - it's got eucalyptus and peppermint in it amongst other things (but it doesn't smell strongly of either of these things). It seems a little goes a long way, you just spray a bit of this in and the job of brushing hair becomes a lot more easy and pleasant for all involved. It also doesn't seem to weigh the hair down, nor does it seem to make the hair greasy or oily, as some overly rich products can do for me. All in all I'm really pleased with how this works.

What about you? Do you have long hair? 


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Imperial Leather Foamburst Moisture Delight Foaming Shower Gel Passionflower & Jojoba

I have to say it, this stuff is really cool. It's based on the same tech they use to make that cool gel-to-foam shaving gel but this is soap instead. It makes a really amazingly luxurious feeling lather - and unlike some soaps, that feel nice when you're using them but dry your skin out, this seems to have a longer lasting moisturising effect. 

I've gone through a few of these now and they're really nice to use in the shower. I'm getting the sort of result I would normally expect by using a nice moisturiser after my shower, but this stuff makes it a one-step process.

It seems to last a long time, too. All in all I think it's a bit of affordable luxury I'm going to keep around for a while. 


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wild Makeup Looks: Xmas Electric Boogaloo

So, I had a DJ Gig for an Xmas-themed alt club, and I decided to get a bit kooky. I put my hair up into buns and wrapped holographic green holly tinsel around my hair.. and because that wasn't quite wild enough, I also added two strings of battery-operated red LED lights.

For my eye makeup I went with green, green and more green! Topped it of with red lips, because it's the one time of year you can mix red and green to your heart's content. 

It was fun to carry my own lightsource around.. I think I might see what other wild looks I can incorporate lights into! 


Monday, December 24, 2012

Aussie Curves: Shorts

I have to confess, the dress code I struggle the most with is "casual". I am just not a "jeans and tshirt" kind of woman, and no matter how hard I try to dress casually, I always seem to be a bit overdressed. 

I have always lived by the maxim "better overdressed than underdressed" though, so it really doesn't bother me that much.

All of the above might be the reason that have no shorts at all in my wardrobe - untill today, that is. For the first time I actually purchased something for Aussie Curves - I wasn't planning to but these babies were sitting there on a discount rack and I just couldn't resist.  They're made of a stretchy ponte fabric and have cute cuffs. I like the fact they sit over the knee.. A little bit shorter than capris, but not "short shorts" which suits me.

Here's how I styled them up - with a lovely cool printed chiffon blouse, belted over the top, and my trusty black flats. Cool, comfy, and even managing to be pretty casual, I think.

I took these photos in the gorgeous gardens of my mother in law down on the Mornington Peninsula, where we are spending a few days. Wherever your travels take you, I hope you're having a lovely time too!

You can check out some of the other short-wearing women of Aussie Curves below.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Review: Lust Have It December 2012

The December Lust Have it box arrived... so what's inside?

Indola Smart Traveller

 If you need to stuff the stuffing of someone who's about to head off on a holiday, I have a great idea for you. I have waved off a number of close friends jetsetting their ways around the globe lately, and from my own travels I know that one thing that always comes in handy is toiletries in the right size.

When they are really good stuff it's even better, so these packs are worth keeping your eye out for. I got sent the one for coloured hair, which is perfect for me, and after using this for a few washes I was really impressed with how fresh and bouncy my hair was.

There's three products in each one - a shampoo, a conditioner and a serum - just what you need to keep yourself looking gorgeous while you're touring the world. At $14.95 for the pack it won't break the bank either. Maybe put this one down on your Giftmas List?


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Swatched: Outdoor Girl Super Glistening Art Baked Powder Eyeshadow Palette

The folks at sent me some goodies to try out, one of them is this cheap but awesome palette, it's "Outdoor Girl" brand.

It's only 8.95 but packs quite the punch.. I love rainbow palettes, I can very rarely resist them. This one is really good - the colours have a lot of pigment and a lovely shimmer. You can use one sweep for a light blush of colour or build them up to be bright (guess which I am going to do?)

There's 10 shades in this palette -  white, yellow, orange, light pink, hot pink, plum, purple, blue, green and bronze. If you can resist the urge to wear them all together these would be very wearable shades as a highlight or accent colour.

I'm really impressed with this, the quality is very high for the price. If you fancy picking up one of these for yourself, you can do so by clicking this link Tell them Omega sent you!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Swatched: Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette

Here's something gorgeous you might want to put on your Giftmas list.. it's the "Shades of Fame" palette from Smashbox. I came across this in Kit Cosmetics and couldn't resist swatching it for you.

There's 9 pressed powder shadows and two creme shadow/liners in this, so you get a lot of options for your money. The colours come on strong and stayed for a long time, I actually had to scrub these off with cleanser when I got home from the store. 

These are the colours:
Bliss – pale golden beige
Honey – soft translucent yellow pink
Sandstone – soft sandy beige
Nude – matte soft caramel
Sherbert – shimmery coral
Safari – deep golden green
Pacific – shimmery aqua
Praline – bronzed
Mocha – toasted brown with gold flecks
Gold – gold creme shadow / liner
Bronze – bronze creme shadow / liner
Photo Finish Lid Primer (mini size)
Eye shadow brush

This is definately something I'd be keen to find in my stocking.. what about you? Like the look of this? 


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Review: Wotnot Facial Wipes

 Here's something nifty I got sent - they are facial wipes from wotnot.

I have been keeping wipes in my bathroom for a while now, I find them a really quick and easy way to remove my makeup. On evenings when I am just too tired to do a full cleansing routine, wipes make sure that I don't go to sleep in my makeup. I think my skin is a lot happier as a result.

I've tried a few different brands, these ones are a bit different though - according to their marketing they are the first and only 100% organic and biodegradable wipes.

They don't have any alcohol or parabens or other nasties in them, and they've got certified organic jojoba, roseship and sweet orange oil, along with aloe vera.

They don't seem to have trouble removing any of my makeup - lip tars and mascara included, and they seem really gentle on my skin.

I also love the super sturdy case they come in with a nice big mirror on the back, it's made of recycled materials and is totally airtight, keeps the wipes nice and moist if you shut it properly - I'm thinking it would make an awesome makeup travel case for a night out, just the right size to store a few essentials.

All in all I am really liking these, they do the job nicely and are all green and feel-good on top.

Do you use wipes?


This item was sent for consideration, my opinions as always remain my own.