BB, CC or BS?

Remember the good ol’ days when all you had to do was cleanse, tone and moisturise? It’s time to kiss those days goodbye! The latest craze in over-the-counter beauty products has got to be the BB cream. BB stands for Blemish Balm, and is said to be an all-in-one that hydrates and protects your skin from the sun, while evening out skin tone with a light toned tint. This is great when you don’t want to wear a ton of makeup!

CC creams are like a BB cream but better! Like a BB+, standing for Colour Correctors. They do the same as the BB cream, except they claim to effectively even out skin tone by decreasing redness! Watch out, there is a soon-to-be DD and even rumoured EE creams coming out on the market… no joke.

But with a light tint and high SPF factor, are these creams that different to tinted moisturisers? Well… kind of.
BB creams first became huge in south-east Asia where its purpose was to protect freshly peeled skin from the sun – an area of the world where porcelain skin is desirable. The high-sun protection factor and anti-blemish helped to keep skin light, fresh and pigmentation free, especially after peeling treatments. While tinted moisturisers have a moderate SPF and a tint, they do not even out skin tone!

I like to use mine like a primer, as it smooths and evens out my skin before applying foundation! Want to get amongst? Give one of these a try:
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Clockwise from top: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 BB Cream, Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream SPF 30, Lioele Triple The Solution BB Cream 50ml, Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF30, L’Oreal Magique CC Cream, Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream


Illustration inspiration

Last week I posted my first attempt at fashion drawing: 7 days of fashion drawing. Since then, I have been crazy obsessed with researching (googling) all the amazing styles of professional fashion illustration! I find it so strange and beautiful the way the female form can be interpreted in fashion. My new MUST HAVE is a canvas of a Robert Best Barbie illustration! Cannot get enough.

[ Click to enlarge and scroll through the images!
The last one is particularly cool!! ] xo

Life according to Instagram

My first few weeks of fashion school have been a blast! I’ve learnt so much already and I actually look forward to going to class for the first time in EVER. I’ve been trying to get as many snaps as I can to send to friends and family but I’m honestly so bad at catching up with people who don’t live with or around me  –  and Dunedin is very far away from home!

The easier option? Making a post using my instagram and snapchat photos!
(click to enlarge xo)

Trending: The Evil Eye

I swear every time I try to buy something new I end up seeing it every where! Now the evil eye is no original feat – I’m pretty sure ebay is the last stop for the trickle-down effect. BUT, ever since I received it in the post I have been seeing them ev-er-y-where this season!! I found a lot of different information on the interwebs about the origin of the evil eye, but the more common claims include:

The eye stems back as far as the 6th century BC, most commonly found in the Middle-East and Mediterranean (Greece and Turkey), where it was used as a good-luck, or protection charm. The eye has become used for commercial purposes in modern Greece, while it is still a widespread belief in Turkey. Alternatively, it was said to cause injury or harm to those that the eye is directed at! Another source tells me that those with blue eyes were more prone to cast an evil eye on someone – hence the common blue colour choice!

Thanks Google!! 
Learning everyday!

My eye is brown to match my own, so I don’t think it means anything particularly evil… I like to think he keeps watch for me whenever I’m distracted.
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[ Now you’re officially educated on the subject, shop for your own evil eye! I’ll start you off with some of my faves… ]

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House of Harlow 1960 pave jewelry

Gathering Eye evil eye ring
$14 –

Silver jewellery

Cuff bangle

Bracelet bangle

7 days of Fashion Drawing

I just finished my 2nd week of Fashion Studies at the Otago Polytechnic! Totally loving it!

I’ve put off doing practical study since high school… I never took fabrics class because I was terrified that I would suck at sewing and my dream would be over! Instead I took academic textile studies at University and put off anything that required me to actually MAKE anything. Now that my degree has finished I figured what the hell – I’m going to do it. I enrolled at the polytechnic down the road, and I’m actually loving it! And I don’t tooootally suck at it! Yay! 

Each day of the week is dedicated to a different discipline, and Thursdays is fashion drawing!! Probably my favourite class so far, closely followed by production. Now, I have literally never drawn anything since I was about 9, and weirdly enough I used to draw pages and pages of girls with different clothes on. It was meant to be! Awkwardly enough, my first attempt at drawing hadn’t changed too much since then…

Our homework was to draw ourselves everyday of the week leading up to our next class! I decided to take a photo of myself everyday so I could compare my drawing skills. Although I must note that fashion drawing is supposed to be a little distorted and exaggerated… I’m still working on that. I made a conscious effort to wear as simplistic and pattern-free clothing as possible to make it easier for me :p
Lets see how I went…

ThursdayThursday: My first attempt! The skirt looks a little drunk and I refused to try and draw hands so I hid them behind her back. Feet were also a tad stressful!

FridayFriday: Why did I wear a scarf?? I regretted this as soon as I started drawing! Attempted a hand, but avoided feet!

saturdaySaturday: Saturdays I have work so I wore my maroon jumper from Cue (I work at Cue). My best attempt at drawing skirt movement!  Didn’t realise how much I wear my black skirt until this assignment… awkward. I also figured out a sort of claw-like technique for hands that I stuck with for the rest of the week.
Slowly getting better!

SundaySunday: Enough said.

MondayMonday: Got the claw hands down! Snip snip. I wore my favourite velvet hair-bow and new shoes!
Proportions getting better!

TuesdayTuesday: Tuesday is sewing class so it’s ponytail day! I tried to make add more wrinkles in my clothes my tucking in to practise movement…
Maybe next week.

WednesdayWednesday: My first day wearing pants! Yay! Legs and neck could be a little longer on the drawing, but overall a moderate improvement from the first one me-thinks! 

I didn’t realise until uploading this, but my fringe is on the opposite side than I thought it was. Weird.
Have a good weekend!! xo

Mix ‘n Match: 4 lipstick colours you didn’t know you had

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo on my instaglam of a lipstick colour I had created by mixing two of my favourite lipsticks! I don’t know if this is an existing thing or not – but I felt like the person who created sliced bread! No longer do I look at my makeup collection and say to myself ‘hmm which of these 9 lipstick colours should I wear tonight?’ I say ‘WOH which of these 72 lipstick colours should I wear??’ (9×8 options?) although some of them do look terrible together so it’s probably more like 50, or 20 – but still, it’s more than 9! Also I may need to clarify for any boys that may happen to read this – by colours I mean shades, because yes, they are all pink xo

Here are my FOUR fave combos! (I actually discovered another goodie but you’ll have to wait for that one)
I like to apply each colour to a different lip – this isn’t just for a funky photo, but it stops you mixing the colours on your actual lipstick!

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[ Mirenesse Stiletto + Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent = ]

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Barbie Pink! ]
This is such a cool colour – the orange tone brings out the pink to make it that much brighter

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Revlon in Soft Nude + Lime Crime in Countessa Fluorescent = ]

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Baby Pink! ]
I love my Countessa Fluorescent, but it can be overwhelming! Mix it with a little nude and your away laughing!

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Mac in Morange + Mac in Russian Red = ]

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[ Tangerine! ]
Can’t decide between red and orange? Try both!
It makes it that much more vibrant and that much more fun!!

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Mac in Lady Gaga + Revlon in Berry Smoothie = ]

lipstick, colour, mix, beauty[ Baby Gaga! ]
I tend to find that Gaga is a little toooo pale for me and tends to wash me out.
Mixing it with Berry Smoothie gives it that little extra colour that I need!

Try mixing some of your own lipstick shades before rushing off to spend your hard earned pennies!

Style Stalker: 60s/70s costume party

I must start off by saying this is a bit of a fail photo-wise. Last week was re-orientation week here in Dunedin, and being the scarfie I am, I ended drinking and/or being hungover majority of that week. Several of the weeks festivities involved costume! And as great as this was, it became frustrating when I planned to do an awesome costume post – but after simultaneous drinking and getting ready, I just simply was not in the mood to take outfit photos. The result? Trawling through party photos and creating a dysfunctional collage! Yay for Kiwi ingenuity! …..

So anyway, my flat threw a 60s/70s party on the Thursday night and I was torn between going for the 60’s mod look, and the 70’s hippie look. My conclusion: to do a clash of them both! I decided I was from 1969. It counts.

The inspiration: 

I was drawn to the makeup of the 60s! And I refused to change this after I failed to find a suitable mod shift dress. I also kept my white socks, while opting for a Donna inspired hippie get-up including a tussled vest, shear dress, pendant and headband. Groovy baby.

The result:

Does it stress anyone else out that a mystical ghost is lifting up the back of my vest?? I feel a little violated.
The night was a success and much fun was had! So many great costumes! Groooovy.


[ My flat ❤ love these ladies ]


Spotlight on: NOM*D

My second official ‘Spotlight’ post!! Wooo and this time it is featuring New Zealand designer NOM*D and a cheeky peek at their upcoming 2013/14 Summer collection ‘Fans’.

‘Fans’ features a clash of print textiles and texture to create cutting edge kiwi design! You can definitely feel the designers Dunedin roots coming through in this collection. 

[ Dark and wittily sombre, NOM*D has created an iconic image on the New Zealand fashion landscape. The label’s designs, which reference traditional tailoring and use reworked vintage garments, are anchored by a utilitarian approach and the concept that clothes must, above all else, be wearable. ]

NOM*D has been making a name for itself in New Zealand and abroad since 1986!! This was news to me, with NOM*D showcasing in London Fashion Week in 1999! Wa-what? I love the stamp NZ design is taking on the world stage!

Take a scroll through my favourite pieces from ‘Fans’ and see what all the buzz is about:

Keep an eye out for the upcoming collection hitting their website in August! xo

DIY Studded Headband

I love me some DIY, but I seem to come up with 101 ideas but never actually get around to getting it done! A good friend of mine is crafty craftsman when it comes to leather, (I’m talking wallets, pouches, book covers and even a pair of leather boots)!! Its crazy genius. He ended up leaving Dunedin and let us less skilled plebs rifle through his leather off-cuts! Yay! Rather than writing ‘DIY’ in my diary and hoping it will magically happen, I decided to actually make something! My first creation? A headband – not as fancy as boots, but it totally still counts!! 

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[ I went with a blue leather, and both small and medium sized black pyramid studs ]


[ What you will need: A headband (around 2cm in width), fabric shears, a hot glue gun, leather or thick fabric, studs (I used 3 medium and 4 small pyramid studs ]


[ Measure the leather to fit the size of the headband and cut to fit. NOTE you don’t want the leather to overlap under the band as it will feel uncomfortable! ]


[ Measure and mark where you want your studs to sit! Stab them through the leather and fold down backing. If any look dodgy, add some glue! ]


[ Glue along the top of the band, pressing each stud in place at a time. Fold under and lightly glue along the underside. NOTE for a clean look add felt or ribbon on the underside to hide the raw edges ]

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BOOM and you have a new accessory made especially by you! xo

Loving Eugenie

I just stumbled across this look book on! Love love love this range by Eugenie ❤

I first saw/heard about the  label ‘Eugenie‘ when I was on the blog, Love Aesthetics.  Ivania (the writer behind the blog) was wearing this absolutely, positively amazing speckled jacket by Eugenie and when I read the brand came from New Zealand, I was very excited…and astounded that I hadn’t heard of it before. The designer behind the label, Liz Wilson previously worked as a design assistant for Karen Walker, however in September 2012 she went out on her own to start Eugenie; a label described as having an asthetic focussed on refined cuts and sculptural silhouettes, paired with a fresh approach to textile print. This label will go far, I have no doubt….to keep up-to-date with when new collections are released you can join the mailing list here.
















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