Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: Bellabox March 2013

Very happy to have gotten my bellabox today, as usual it's full of cool things! Here's what's inside..

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Aussie Curves: Military

Barely scraping it in before the linky closes this week.. it's just been that kind of week. For the "Military" theme I was absolutely spoiled for choice.. this is a trend I can't resist, whether it's currently popular or not. I also live the kind of life where I regularly attend events where showing up looking like the Generalissimo of an imaginary dystopian army is totally okay. 

This dress is years and years old, it's from City Chic - I like the chaos star embroidered on the back and the cute details - it has nice buttons, and shoulder epaulettes, a zip and press studs down the front and can be buttoned right up to your neck if you wish. I find it a versatile piece that can be dressed down or up - you don't have to go all out costumey like I've done here! Of course it was also a good opportunity to wear my Garrison Cap from Lenny's Custom Clothing

If you're going military you really have to wear boots, so I tromped out my old favourites - I look forward to the colder weather every year so I can wear these again. 

My other absolute favourite military inspired thing is my leather jacket - I bought it at sportsgirl (would you beleive?!!) years ago now and I am enthusiastically wearing it to death. It has only gotten more shabby and worn over the years, I love it. 
Went pretty classic with the makeup to go with the 40-ish updo - red lips, lashings of mascara, all very simple, but a staple for a good reason!

Be sure to check out the other Aussie Curves participants below!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: Macadamia Natural Oil Flawless

My grandfather used to have a magnificent, huge macadamia tree in his back yard. It produced thousands of nuts each season and as kids my brother and I gave ourselves stomach aches countless times from eating so many of the delicious nuts.
Years later I was shocked to see how expensive they were to buy in the store! They'd been so commonplace in my childhood I'd totally taken them for granted. 
Not any more! Now I know the value of the macadamia and it seems as though others have caught on to - it's an ingredient that's popping up in all sorts of things, both edible and in the world of cosmetics. 

I got sent this to review and it's a great example of this ingredient's growing popularity - a hair treatment that uses macadamia oil. It's called "Flawless" and it's a beauty. It's a foam formulation, but it's not light and fluffy, it's really dense and heavy - almost like a mixture of foam and gel. The rich texture makes it feel as though you're really pampering your hair with something substantial. 

This is meant to be an all-in-one formula that cleans, conditions and treats, all in just five minutes. I also tried using it after my usual shampoo and conditioner in the shower.  (In my usual glamorous fashion I usually give the shower a bit of a scrub while I am waiting for something like this to do it's thing - I'm already in there and the shower is already wet.. I keep a sponge/scourers in the shower for this purpose).

With the amount of bleaching and dying I subject my hair to, it really needs moisture and treatments, and this one seemed to do the trick nicely, my hair felt really soft and bouncy the next day. 

It's $42.95 a bottle, but a little bit goes a long way, so you'd get a lot of washes out of this I think. If you'd like to try it for yourself you can pick it up at www.i-glamour.com

This item was sent for review - our opinions, as always, remain our own. 


Monday, March 4, 2013

Aussie Curves: Retro

 The Aussie Curves theme this week is "retro" - Regular readers will know I am all for a bit of retro flair - I sweep my hair up into victory rolls to go shop for groceries sometimes, just because it's fun.

For the theme, then, I couldn't just show you one of the usual 40s, 50s or 60s inspired outfits I tromp out in regularly, no, for this I had to dig deep, and bring out one of the treasures at the back of my wardrobe.. it's probably far too old fashioned to be properly called "retro" but I thought you might enjoy seeing it anyway.

I was invited to a debaucherous costume party and the theme was "black and white" (too late for the Aussie Curves black and white week, alas!) but it was a good opportunity to get rather silly!

This black and white striped monstrosity is from Fan Plus Friend, and I've owned it for years. Despite appearances it is very comfortable to wear! They do custom sizing which is well worth the little extra it costs - accustomed to the normal sizing of most merchants in the "elegant gothic lolita" realm I'm well acquainted with looking at pretty things I'm not able to find in my size, so to be able to get this stuff at all is really good.

I feel as though I'm lucky to live the kind of wild life that sees an outfit like this get fairly regular outings - I wear it to steampunk events and costume parties and  DJ Gigs.

 I took some shots of my wild makeup and headed out for the night, and I had such a rollicking good time I quite forgot to take any photos of my outfit at all! So, just for you, the next day, (quite hungover), I put it on again to take some more shots. That's why I'm not wearing the same wild makeup in the outfit photos!

And wild makeup it was - I was going for a very dishevelled 18th century sort of look, I swept up my hair over a black ringlet wig for massive volume, perched ostrich feathers on my head, and then I painted an eye-mask on over whiteface makeup. The eyes are just black eyeshadow with white liquid eyeliner (Illamasqua Scribe) over the top.

I kept it nice and easy and instead of attempting a symmetrical design I went with some abstract Roccoo swirls instead. By doing a couple of layers of eyeliner it made for quite a three-dimensional effect, and people at the party couldn't work out how I had done it!

I did two-toned lips - Illamasqua Box on the top lip and Pristine on the lower lip. I couldn't resist adding a beauty spot as well!

I had an awesome time at the party, it really is very fun to dress totally silly sometimes!

Make sure you check out the other Aussie Curves ladies in their far less silly retro outfits.