5 DIY Easy Beauty Hacks

Who doesn’t love a sneaky DIY? I have 5 easy-peasy beauty tips to get the most out of your products and most importantly,  your budget!

[ 1. Get instant 3D lips by adding frosted eyeshadow! ]
Add a soft coating of shiny eyeshadow over the top of lipstick or lipgloss for a fuller look
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[ 2. Instant ‘plumping’ lipgloss ]
Just add peppermint oil to any of your favourite lipglosses for that plumping tingly effect! Easy as pie
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[ 3. Touch up french manicures with… anything! ]
Any smooth, long, bendable surface can be used to touch up a french manicure! I’m talking tape, rubber bands, even paper! Just hold sturdy in place and paint!
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[ 4. Banish split-ends between hair cuts! ]
Simply separate hair into sections, twist, and cut any hairs that are sticking out!
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[ 5. Coloured lips using eyeshadow ]
Coat lips with a sticky lipgloss (thin lizzy lipgloss is crazy sticky) and apply any eyeshadow on top! Get creative! Today I’m a mermaid…
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xo

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The September Selfie Challenge

It’s September Selfie Challenge time!! – “sorry, what?” I hear you say…

Let me explain, as a blogger, it’s strange for me to admit it but outfit posts drive me a little crazy… I like an outfit post as much as the next internet crazed, fash-a-holic but I feel the authenticity of an ‘outfit’ post online seems to have gotten a little lost in translation – cough, free clothes  –

What I really want to see are REAL outfits that REAL girls wear on a daily basis! The good AND the bad. Nomsayn?

Then it came to me! After a post I recently did on 7 days of fashion drawing, I decided to challenge myself – and document my outfits for the entire month of September! A whole month of legitimate day-to-day looks.

As today is September 2nd I have only done two so far – (my dressing gown is practically my uniform on Sundays…)

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If you want to join me (and have a great excuse for some shameless selfies) simply tag #septemberselfie on instagram or twitter with your OOTD and a little description! You don’t have to do the entire month, but occasionally seeing what you guys like to wear would be amazeballs!

I’ll be posting my images to my instagram for the rest of the month! Get amongst xo

Things I will never understand about fashion…

1. One thing I will never understand is why designers try to make their runway models look as unattractive as possible.. I understand if they are trying to make a statement about a new style of makeup or hair – but keep it for pictorials, in my honest opinion. I have too many times searched for a collection, just to find a parade of asexual man-women. I don’t want to be a man, I really enjoy being a girl, why are you styling these clothes in this way? I am so confused!

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Modelling as a teenager, I remember dreading runway shows. Too many times I had my hair slicked back, or worse poofed up like my fork had got stuck in the toaster, using handfuls of  moose, and nothing but one coat of mascara… why?? I stopped wanting my friends and family to come watch me because I knew I would look masculine and, well, unattractive. Bad memories. If I am ever lucky enough to have my own runway show (projecting good vibes!) I would style my models to look like super-hot-beach-babe-Victoria’s secret-style-goddess-amazon-mega-babes! Now THAT would sell clothes.

2. Fashions obsession with fur. YUCK. Are you serious? Why-oh-why do you have a desire to wear a dead animal on your back?? Wool? Great! Faux fur? Awesome! Skins and fur? No way!
But what makes fur a taboo, and leather ok? There are several reasons, the way I see it leather is an animal by-product, taken from animals used in the meat processing industry in which all parts of the animal are used for something. With fur, the animals are often raised and killed solely for the purpose of obtaining fur, while the rest of the animal is often discarded. Leather also has no man-made alternative, whereas there are many fake furs, and insulation material which actually surpasses fur for warmth and handle. ALSO many animals caught for fur are killed in inhumane means, such as traps. Where do you stand on the debate?
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3. Why do some people shave off their eyebrows, only to draw them back on? There were TOO many awesome pictures on the internet to explain this, but I don’t have the heart to name and shame. Instead, here are two patrons guilty for setting a bad example… Miss J. Harlow, and P. Anderson. Cheers guys…
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And then there are these… and I don’t have all week! idontunderstand

Save the Whales: Beauty against animal testing

I’ve always been strongly opposed to animal testing, but after witnessing a viral video featuring beagles being released from an animal testing laboratory (you know the one) I have taken it upon myself to research where our favourite brands stand on the animal testing debacle!

When it comes to shopping ethically, it can be difficult. So many brands throw out organic sounding buzz words in hopes of attracting customers, while distracting us from what’s happening behind the scenes with bright colours, fun words and DISCOUNTS! These can be so hard to ignore… why oh why?

While I’m not one to talk smack about brands on my blog, even those that use harmful chemicals and -gulp- animal testing what I will do is praise a few of the brands who set the ethical standard in the beauty and cosmetics industry!

1. LUSH
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Lush have been proudly fighting against animal testing for the last 30 years!
Not only are they against animal testing, but they buy their products from small-scale businesses across the globe, driving positive change in small communities! Read their testimonials here and here

2. Mirenesse Cosmetics
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It’s no secret I love Mirenesse, but what’s even better than their cosmetic and beauty products, is the fact that they are proudly cruelty free, they use organic and safe ingredients AND they support a range of causes including Diabetes Foundations, and breast and ovarian cancer. Investigate for yourself here

3. Antipodes
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This organic, New Zealand-based skin care line never tests on animals,
plus, all products have international vegetarian approval!

4. Australis
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I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Australian brand Australis was 100% cruelty free!
I have used their liquid eyeliner for years and will continue to do so after seeing this.

Curious to see how your favourite brands stack up?
Have a snoop at this online cosmetics guide for ethical shopping and maybe you’ll think twice about the baby beagles before you make your next purchase.
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Say what?! Know your fashion lingo

Never feel like a fashion-noob again with my short hand list of fashion lingo!
From fabrics to fashions and all in-between – I’ve got your back ladies
Alrighty, let’s start from the top…

Acrylic
Acrylic fabric is a synthetic man-made polymer fabric. Acrylic Fabrics are lightweight, soft and tend not to crease. Acrylic is often used as a substitute to wool in jackets, jumpers, tops and scarves etc. However it is not as warm.

A-Line 
A dress or skirt silhouette that is narrower at the top, flaring gently out to make an ‘A’ shape silhouette. Flattering on most figures in particular pear shapes.

Asymmetric 
An asymmetric design is a garment in which one side is long than the other. Asymmetric cuts are common in necklines, collars and hems.
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Bias 
A diagonal cut made against the grain of a fabric. Garments cut on the bias have a fluid movement and drape; following the curves of the body.

Bishop Sleeve 
A long sleeve that fullness in the sleeve and is held by cuff at wrist.
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Brocade 
Originating in the 17th Century Brocade is italian for embossed cloth. A rich, ornate fabric with elaborate design – often reversible and featuring motifs such as flowers, foliage and scrollwork. Made with a jacquard loom.

Brogue
A flat heeled, leather, laced-up shoe with a perforated pattern design.

Cap Sleeve 
A small sleeve (shorter than a normal sleeve) that sits on the shoulder.
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Chemise 
Loose fitting dress that hangs straight from the shoulders with out a defined waist.

Empire Line
Low cut dress with high waistline and short bodice.

Fit and Flair 
Refers to a dress style characterized by a form-fitting Bodice with a skirt which flairs out towards the hemline, often with pleats or folds.

Harris tweed
A soft thick tweed woven from hand dyed woolen yarns. Popular fabric for coats and suits for both men and women.
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Haute Couture 
Exclusive custom-fitted fashions that are the pinnacle of the fashion industry. French for high sewing or dressmaking!

Hounds-tooth 
A duotone textile pattern of checks and four-pointed shapes, used particularly for outerwear, jackets, and skirts.
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Lapel
the two triangular pieces of cloth that extend from the collar of a suit jacket.

Mary Jane 
A flat female shoe with rounded, closed toes and a buckled strap across the instep.
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Mohair
A silk-like fibre made from the hair of the angora goat.

Opaque
Non transparent or sheer.

Plaid 
A patterned, woollen cloth with repeat horizontal and vertical blocks of colour such as tartan.

Scuba
A style of dress which resembles the shape of a scuba-diving costume. Usually has a high neck and comes in around the arm holes.
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Tea length 
A dress or gown that extends to the end of the shin.

Tapered Leg
Pant legs that become progressively narrower toward the ankle. Tapered Leg has a relaxed fit through the thigh and knee and tapered from the knee to the ankle.
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Tulle 
A very fine mesh like net fabric, used in eveningwear and bridal gowns – think tu tu’s

Velour 
Similar to velvet, Soft material of short pile. Used for tracksuits and other sports wear items, made popular in the 1970s.

Vogue 
Not just the magazine, but a word describing the current fashion trend.

Feel slightly more educated? We’re learning everyday at slightly oddley

How to: Shop online (disappointment free)

Online shopping is my ultimate guilty pleasure! The worldwide selection, the waiting, the checking the letterbox twice a day just incase. It’s like Christmas, only soo much better.

But, unfortunately every now and again you receive an item that didn’t quite meet your expectations, and frankly it sucks. Stick to some of my online shopping tips and every experience will be a good experience!

1. Stick to what you know
Just because it looks hot on the model, doesn’t mean it’ll be right for you.
You’ve been shopping for yourself for the last (insert age here) years, and you know what suits you. If you want to branch out and try something new – great! Just try it on in-store first before opting for the online (usually cheaper) version.

2. Be a bitch
Scrutinise the model, for the sake of fashion. In all honestly, if the model looks fat, you’ll look fatter. Look for unwanted curves, and where the fabric puckers. A good rule of thumb, especially with bodycon styles, block colours will not hide anything. If you want to rock a skin tight dress but don’t want to show-off your food baby, opt for prints.
Note below: The body bumps exposed by the blue dress, and the wide girth of the back and shoulder blades in the grey dress.

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3. Check yo self
If ever in doubt measure, measure, measure! Although I must say some online size guides I swear aren’t right… apparently I’m a size 14 from ASOS.com. I usually go one size up from the model for dresses, and looser garments an S or M. For accessories and shoes, ALWAYS measure, especially for necklaces when the length often makes the piece.

Here is an easy visual guide I like to use when buying necklaces:

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4. It’s what’s inside that counts
Check the fabric type! Unfortunately online shopping removes the all-important judgement of touch which can completely change your perception of a garment. The only information they tend to give you (if any) is the fabric type and %. 

Typically, cotton will be cooler than polyester and have less stretch than a knit. Any synthetic fibres (polyester, viscose, rayon etc.) will be very smooth to the touch as they have longer individual fibres. Obviously anything containing elastane, nylon or lycra will have a lot of stretch.

5. Watch it walk
The drape of a garment is so important! To assess this online there are a few things you can do, the best being to watch it walk. Most large online stores will have a ‘catwalk video’ that you can watch, if not then analyse the pictures they do have! They will reveal a lot if you know what to look for. Here is an extreme example of difference in fabric drape:

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Bag Burning: Burning our future

It’s rant time again – but for good reason.

Not many consumers realize this, but high class couture brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton actually BURN their excess stock at the end of each season.
From a historical perspective, it’s understandable – Coco Chanel herself initiated the tradition. Counterfeiting is a huge problem for luxury brands, and disposing of end-of-season stock ensures that product wont end up in the hands of people wanting to replicate the designs. Louis Vuitton is famous for not having item on sale – this helps to maintain the high-class reputation of the brand and keep its elite clientele.

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From a marketing perspective, it’s genius. This tradition was however started in the early 20th century, when resources were in abundance (or so we thought). But, this is a new generation, an almost completely new world – in a cultural sense. Our resources are at a detrimental low, and making prestigious items in the knowledge that X% of them will end up in the furnace seems not only stupid – but selfish. 

These are the people and the brands that we look up to. It’s time to take one for the team and change traditions, setting the standard for others and bringing our generation into modern, sustainable times. Nomsaying?
Time for a cocktail x

Spot the Difference

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I bought these baby’s online for almost nothing! They were advertised as (insert designers name here) replicas, so I can’t blame ignorance. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with counterfeit products in any way – they make money by exploiting the hard work and branding of others to make a profit. But these were so cheap – and a great excuse for a rant. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

I was having a yarn with a fellow student the other day about the possibility of a world where money didn’t exist. As a Marketing student I was quick to point out the 101 ways this would never work (at least in our lifetime) but in regards to fashion, it made me rather excited.

Imagine if there was no money, money wouldn’t have dictation over taste. We wouldn’t express ourselves by what expensive brand we were wearing, but by what we could do with the items we owned or made. Fashion would be SO much more expressive and individual. Fashion wouldn’t be wearing what someone you don’t know tells you is cool, it would involve wearing what you love, just because you love it.

Now I’m not anti-label, there are many many designers I love and really admire – I only wish we don’t take what they say too seriously. I’m imagining a world of Helena Bonham Carter’s, Lady Gaga’s, Bjork’s, and Dita Von Tease’s. This isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, but just IMAGINE.

JC Embraces Girl Power

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Jeffrey Campbell! I’ve embraced the platform heels, the spiked toes, and the gravity defying ‘nightwalker’ – but this whole platform/flatform trend has just been taken to a whole new level with their latest footwear range, including the Wednesday Boot, and Stein shoe:
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Do people actually wear these off the runway? And if so – please tell me how!
I don’t think I could honestly wear these baby’s and actually take myself seriously…
I’m pretty sure even Baby Spice’s pumps were at least an inch shorter than the Wednesday Boots. Perhaps these were best left in the 90’s?
Just me?
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Search the new Jeffrey Campbell range for yourself at solestruck.com

Is there something on my face?

This is one trend I just can’t make up my mind about…

Caterpillar eyebrowes were big in the golden days, but these sneaky critters have been making there way onto the pages of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar in the last few years. And as of recently, they have become an acceptable fashion statement. I’m not going to lie, I have tried to pull this look off myself – but just as Demi discovered after the first few episodes of X Factor, it doesn’t quite work on girls like us. Perhaps we should leave it up to the blondes?

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