Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Aussie Curves: LBD

This week's Aussie Curves theme is "LBD" - the Little Black Dress. It's a wardrobe staple for a good reason - a black dress can take you anywhere, it's appropriate for (almost) any occasion.. if you're not sure what to wear, what the dress code is, or what others will be wearing - the LBD is the solution.

I have about a dozen of them. I'm a goth, of course I have lots of black dresses. Then there's this one. I know it mightn't look like an LBD at first glance, but it is. It's a plain, black, bodycon dress with a pencil skirt.. but it also has an overlay top, in fiery colours that forms a peplum.. I love this dress, it's so versatile, I can dress it up or down, and wear it anywhere - it's everything a LBD should be, with the added bonus of not being entirely black. I got it from City Chic.

I've kept things simple here and paired it with a super comfortable pair of red riding boots from Autograph.

This is the sort of outfit that takes less than 5 minutes to throw over your head, you're out the door and ready for whatever the day brings..

I thought I'd also show you one of my newest acquisitions that I just can't get enough of - it's the galaxy jacket, also from City Chic.. I just love this thing to death. It's another really versatile piece that will go with anything and everything but still be a bit interesting, as versatile as a plain black jacket but a lot cooler.

So, there you go, my LBD, quick and easy but still quirky enough to please me :)


Monday, August 26, 2013

Antipodean Beauties: Lashes

This week's theme is LASHES. Now I was tempted to be really wicked and show you a collection of whips, but I thought I'd better stick to the intended makeup theme!  I don't wear false lashes very often but now that I've got the hang of putting them on and wearing them I'm doing more often - I love the drama they add to any makeup look!

You can get lashes really cheaply on ebay, of course they're not as nice as the expensive ones but when you consider the really nice ones cost about $20 a pair, and I got all this for the same amount of money:

That's hard to pass up! When they're this cheap I don't worry about reusing them, I can just wear them once and throw them away, though even these cheap ones are good for a few wears if you're careful with your glue.

So, how do you get them on? I did a tutorial about this ages and ages ago on my youtube channel, here it is:

Here's some photos that will hopefully help illustrate the process, too. In the top picture I just have eyeshadow and winged eyeliner on, then I add the top lashes, and then, to go totally over the top for a real "SPOOKY DOLL" look, I added some lashes to the bottom as well - not recommended unless you're doing a costume look or some other wild look :)

The key to wearing these and making them comfortable is to trim them to the size of your eye, you want them a little short rather than a little long in length - if they poke you anywhere when you blink, they're too long and you need to lop a bit off each end.

Investing in a glue is always a good idea - I have a black glue which is really good, totally blends in with the rest of my makeup and is a lot more forgiving if I get generous with it.

False lashes add an unmistakable touch of glamour to any look, I recommend you give them a go if you haven't already!

If you're wondering about the lovely grey/silver eyeshadow I am wearing, it's from the new
Lancome Hypnose Drama Eyes 5 Color Palette - it's totally gorgeous and I'll be showing it to you in more detail soon.

Be sure to check out the other Antipodean Beauties and their lashes as well..


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review: Lust Have it Sample Box August 2013

Love the Lust Have it Box, always guaranteed to bring a smile to my face when it shows up on the doorstep. Here's what's in mine this month:

  • Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator - Full size sample worth $29.95 - Revlon is one of those reliable brands that just keeps putting out great products, so it's fantastic to get a full size sample from them. I'm looking forward to trying this out. 
  • Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup - a tiny sachet of every shade they sell... I will probably use these for highlighting and contouring. 
  • KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray - I've used this before and liked it, it makes your hair big and bouncy when you use a hair dryer. 
  • Sinful Colors Nail Enamel - Full size sample worth $4.95 - Hooray RED!! This colour is called "Under 18".. it's a lovely red, and I feel like I won the colour lottery with this one!
  • LUSH Moisturiser - a cute little tub of "GORGEOUS" face moisturiser, we'll see if the product matches the name!
  • La Roche Posay LIPKAR Balm - sample of fancy french body balm? Don't mind if I do!
  • Paula's Choice Super Antioxidant - this is a new brand for me, always cool to check out something new.. 
So, once again a solid offering from the LHI team - two full size makeup samples is awesome! If you want to get boxes of goodies yourself, then use my code (ADJACENT as you can see below in the banner) and you'll get $5 off. 


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Antipodean Beauties: Winter

This week's theme - winter! Jack Frost has definitely come knocking at my door, I currently have a lovely winter cold and am feeling quite miserable.. I couldn't let the weekly challenge go unanswered though!

I was looking even paler than usual, so I thought I'd run with it. For me the classic winter look is smokey eyes and dark lips.. it's the time of year I can wear all my "goth" shades of lipstick and if I am dressed in chic head to toe black it's hard to tell if I am a goth or just someone who lives in Melbourne.. thank heavens for Chanel Vamp helping to make ultra dark lips and nails super stylish - honestly I'd wear them anyway. 

Everyone's gone Gatsby mad at the moment, and I have always thought 1920s inspired looks are a lot of fun, so here's my hedonistic flapper face for winter.

 It's a totally over the top look with very dark wild smokey eyes, midnight blue blended into black, and dark teal lips with a spot of gold just for added impact. Very glittery and not at all subtle, one for a big night out on the town rather than the office, I'd suggest :)

Midnight blue and gold is a classic Art Deco colour combination, so I went all out with the wild colours in homage to the 1920s aesthetic. If you want some more flapper makeup ideas, check out this post I did last year all about flappers.  

So, what did I use to create this? Illamasqua "Pure Pigments" galore!! I confessed my glitter love last week, and I suspect that's the reason I just can't stop buying these gorgeous pots of glittery goodness. Recently the UK headquarters had up to 70% off on these beauties and I picked myself up three new pigments for my collection. 

Beguile is a white holo-glitter.. frosty, sparkly goodness, looks like snow does on Xmas cards :)

Then there's Alluvium - a midnight blue with gold glitter in it, so pretty. It's got several tones of blue in it, some almost black and others startlingly bright, it looks really rich and interesting on the lids. 

Last but not least - Zeitgeist - a black that manages both to be blacker-than-your-soul black but also has really sparkly silver flecks of glitter in it that stand out against the black. 

On my lips, an old favourite - Illamasqua's iconic teal lipstick, "Apocalips". Not an everyday shade but one that can't be beat for impact. It's got a great matte formulation and I just love wearing it. 

For the splash of gold, I used my Lush "happiness" eye colour - this stuff is amazing. If you haven't tried this range out, you totally need to - the colours are really gorgeous, it's totally opaque, so it's really versatile, like here, you can see I have layered it both over the pigment and the lipstick and it's come up clear and true colour.  Super impressed with the Lush range. 

 So, what do you think, fancy a trip in the time machine to the Roaring Twenties?


Monday, August 19, 2013

Sponsored Giveaway: Science + Comedy = An awesome way to spend Thursday night.

One of the things I just love about Melbourne is the huge variety of events that are on. You could go out and do something awesome every night of the week if you wanted to, no matter how obscure your tastes. 

For instance, if you're interested in the part of the nerdy Venn Diagram that overlaps "Science" and "Comedy", then you're in for a real treat.
I have been given some free tickets to the Science Week Comedy Roadshow that's happening this Thursday and Friday in Melbourne & Ballarat respectively to give away. I have one double pass for each show - so if you want to take one of your awesome nerdy friends along to a great comedy gig, keep reading!

Here's what they say in the press release:

Hosted by Good News Week’s Claire Hooper, two separate shows will run over Thursday 22 August and Friday 23 August, held at RMIT’s Kaleide Theatre in Melbourne, and 1870 Founders Theatre at the University of Ballarat.

A line-up of comedians will mix up a test-tube of wit, sarcasm, slapstick and irony with explosive results. A science in its own right, learn the funny side of human biology, physics and energy, health and medical science, space, astronomy and technology and much more.

Claire Hooper says the Science Comedy Roadshow is an opportunity to celebrate all that is inherently funny about science, and win science a few more fans along the way.“If you doubt that science is funny, consider this: farts are science in action!”

“I’ve always loved putting a little science in my comedy; it’s fascinating and a fertile ground for jokes. We’re going to make this the National Science Week event that has people rolling in the aisles as well as understanding the kinetic energy affecting their bodies when they do.”, she added.

Tickets are $15 or $10 concession and are available to purchase online at trybooking.com/DCEY

So, if you want to win, it's really easy - comment on this post with why you think science is awesome and funny (bad science puns and jokes welcomed), tell me your email address and I'll pick some winners tomorrow!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Aussie Curves: Feminine

It feels like only a little while ago that we did this theme in the last round of Aussie Curves.. last time I spoke about how the descriptor "Femme" appeals to me a lot more than "Feminine", and that hasn't changed.. but rather than go over old ground, I thought I'd just show you something fun I love to wear.

I thought I'd show you the next generation of feminists I'm raising too, this is the little one - Astrid. She's two-and-a-third, and you can see her here being the very object of femininity - dirt on her face, scuffs on her knees from climbing and running and roughhousing, having a lovely time clambering around on the rocks and challenging herself.. we had a lovely time picnicking in the park. She's wearing a coyote tail because jumping and running around and howling "AWWWWW-OOOOOOH!" at passers by is a lot of fun. That's from her father's side of the family.. 

I'm trying to raise her to be resilient, and independent, and strong - brash and outspoken and opinionated - you know, all the things "ladies" are not supposed to be but that women definitely need to be! I'm also trying to teach her to be kind and gentle, caring and compassionate.. not because she's female - she's two, and who knows what her gender identity might be when she's old enough to decide such things, but just because I think they're worthy traits for human beings. 

Oh, yes, the clothes - we were meant to be talking about clothes, weren't we. This dress is from 
"Rock Steady" and many many years old, I love the whimsical stripes and skully motif, and the fact that it's super comfortable to wear. 

Underneath I wore a black long sleeved tshirt, because it's still cold, even when the sun comes out, and leggings from City Chic, along with my winter staple, my Autograph boots. 

I did something really cool with my makeup too, a cats-eye of dark red glitter - if you want to get a closer look at that, you'll have to look at yesterday's post, which I put up as part of a new Makeup Challenge I'm running called Antipodean Beauties - if you're Aussie or Kiwi and like makeup you should totally join in. 

 Be sure to check out the other Aussie Curves participants, they are always worth a look!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Antipodean Beauties: Glitter

Week two of the Antipodean Beauties makeup challenge and the theme is GLITTER!

Glitter polarizes people. It's one of those things that very few are "meh, take it or leave it" about. You either LOVE it, or you totally hate it. I'm ready to admit it, I am a glitter lover. In fact, I might have a bit of a problem. I find anything with shimmer or glitter in it pretty hard to resist.  That's the bowerbird in me coming out, maybe?

I've collected so much, I have a whole drawer in my makeup organiser just for glitter. 

I thought though, for this challenge, I would try something a little bit different for me - something subtle. It's easy to do elaborate wild glitter makeups (and oh how I love them) and rock those to a party, but I thought I might show you one way I use glitter in a daytime look. Perhaps not for the office, but for the day I had planned, a picnic in the sunshine with my polytribe friends, it was perfect. 

What I did was a classic cats eye - but in glitter - dark red glitter dust from Eye Kandy, to be precise. 

It was a subtle but striking effect - people would look, and then look a bit closer when the glitter caught the light - I had several people ask HOW DID YOU DO THAT??!! And some express concern about glitter being so close to my eye - it's a fair thing to worry about, I always make sure if I am putting it anywhere near my eyes that I only use "eye safe" glitter. Eye Kandy is one of those. 

It comes with  it's own "liquid sugar" sealant which works really well even for intricate and complex designs. I have used this stuff in all sorts of dress-up and costume makeups and have found it really easy to use. It's superfine glitter - I would call it "glitter dust" to describe it's texture -very very fine. 

Girlee Glitz Glitters

I thought I'd share some swatches from my two favourite glitter brands so you can see some of the gorgeous colours they have available. 

In the Eye Kandy brand, I have:

Candy Apple: A dark red
Sour Blast: bright sky blue
Confetti: holographic silver
Yellin Melon: holographic gold
Sour Grape: Dark Purple

For even more combinations you can mix these together too, just in case you fancy holographic purple or something like that. 
Eye Kandy Glitters
If you want something more chunky, then I also really recommend the Girlee Cosmetics "Girlee Glitz" glitters too - they are coarser in grade (but still gentle on your face, and fine for around your eyes too)  which means they are more sparkly, they're a more dramatic effect than the Eye Kandy - I find that both of them work really well for a wide variety of applications. 

The "Girlee Glitz" colours I have (and have swatched for you) are:

Fanta Sea: Bright Sky Blue
Beach Bunny: Bronze/Gold
Party Girl: Light Turquoise/Teal
Gold Digger: Bright Yellow Gold
Silverado: Dark Silver/Grey
Envy Us: Bright Emerald Green
Berrylicious: Lavender Purple

No matter how many I have of these, I always feel like I could use a few more.. can you ever really have enough glitter?

These can be challenging to wear, I know - and there's always the dreaded "fallout" - where you place your glitter where you want it and it winds up... well, everywhere. A good sealant, and remembering to wash it off before you go to bed will help with that but I think you have to expect a bit of fallout when you wear glitter - I just try to incorporate it into the overall look and embrace it as the price you pay for being super sparkly! 

If you want to see the rest of my outfit, I'll be posting that tomorrow as part of the Aussie Curves challenge. 

I was absolutely blown away by how many amazing participants we had last week, and I can't wait to see how this challenge progresses. So much fun, I wish I'd done it 18 months ago when we first started talking about it :)