Saturday, April 25, 2015

Event: Red My Lips 2015

Red My Lips is an organisation that runs a campaign every April to raise awareness about sexual violence. This year, I decided to take up on that challenge and wear red lipstick for the month. I invited one of my friends to join me because she loves red lipstick and could contribute to a cause. It also would push me to use some of the red lipsticks I own and finish off my Chanel.

I only had three lipsticks that I would consider "red":

I have yet to complete this challenge as the month is not over but so far, it has been a difficult endeavour.

Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo (62)

Easy to put on when you just want a little bit of colour. This is not a true red, more like a strawberry-pink/red. I wore this most of the time.

Day Out / Happy Medium
Lipstick: Illamasqua Maneater

Great colour if you like something suitable for day time. It's a classic cherry red. Formula's a little dry but that is what I expect from a completely matte lipstick. I like it best when sheered out but I can build it up for night.

Bold Day Out/ Night Out
Lipstick: Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet

I'm not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks. Great if you want instant opaque colour but I like the versatility of an ordinary lipstick bullet, where I can build it up or sheer it out. It's a must for dates and this was the one I wore to Fashion Week.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Event: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney 2015 - The Innovators

I was invited to see my friend's collection in The Innovators earlier this week and to support her. I thought it would be nice to share with you the photos from my view.  Her collection was under the eponymous label 'Onticha'.

Yeah, no crisp fashion shots here since it was all taken with a mobile phone camera. I wasn't even in my best outfit -- I came along with something I wear on a regular day. The only thing different was the makeup: my end-of-year ball makeup because one of my friends loved the look that she wanted to see it in person. Nevertheless, it was an exciting event because it was my very first experience of a fashion week. Also, I got to see my friends all glammed up for the event but I wasn't going to sacrifice comfort for fashion. Something I rarely ever say to myself but I knew it was a trek to the venue, especially on 4" heels.
My two glamorous friends, all dressed up to support Onticha. I had to get their shoes in the shot.
The designer's in the middle.
Here are some photos I took of the place:

Here's some snippets of my friend's collection:

There were quite a few pieces from other designers that I really enjoyed and thought it would be nice to share:

Mat Lee
Jai Saunders
Jack Huang
Jai Saunders
I've been a little hesitant to show this photo since it's so blurry but if you can catch Jack Huang's first piece on a photo gallery somewhere, it definitely speaks for itself.

Jack Huang's opening piece
After the show, some staff were handing out goodie bags to everyone around and it contained some sample-sized products from Redken and a tube of Papaya Ointment, which can be used as a lip balm because it has a lip applicator. It also contained a portable phone charger, which I thought was a very thoughtful gift, especially for the tech-savvy fashionistas going around all day.

I enjoyed the experience very much. I saw some familiar faces of prominent fashion bloggers and even Jessica Mauboy (Australian singer).

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Beauty: New Makeup Acquisitions

There had been a few good deals on for cosmetics recently, so I took advantage of them and picked up some.

I also wanted to replace the poor Stay Matte powder that shattered on me, all over the floor and into the bin when I tipped the compact to remove some small pieces that had broken off. Lesson learned. I know powder could be saved but I wasn't fond of having a concoction of powder, dust and hairs and I certainly was not going to save the powder that landed on a pile of snotty tissues.

Apparently, there are two types of packaging for the Stay Matte. One was designed to be a refill for compacts, with a hole at the back to allow for easy removal. That would've saved me the agony of prying into packaging and ripping out the plastic that surrounded the pan. I was particularly aggressive about the removal of the pan, hence why I had lots of trouble with my powder cracking.

Priceline, offered a 40% off all cosmetics promotion. They hold 40% off sales a few times a year. I picked up two different pressed powders, two blushes I've had my eyes on and a lipliner.

  1. Max Factor Creme Puff is a classic, smells of something like Chanel No 5 (essentially soap) and is one of two brands I know that has pans that fit right into a Stratton compact. This is designed to be a refill for compacts, with a hole at the back. I used a push pin and a little bit of force and it popped right out with no mess.
  2. Australis Fresh and Flawless is fragrance-free and oil-free, it also happens to be a cruelty-free brand. It's a lovely powder but has a very limited colour range of 3 shades. 
  3. Bourjois Baked Blush in Rose Frisson is a beautiful rose pink that I lack in my rotation of blush colours. It has a slight sheen that doesn't make it look very flat like a matte blush would but there is no chunky sparkle to ruin a day look.
  4. Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve is a marbled baked blush that is reminiscent of the Milani blushes and the Hourglass ones. It comes off as a brown colour on my cheeks, which is another colour I lack in my limited number of blushes. 
  5. Essence Lip Liner in In the Nude is a beautiful nude that isn't too close to my skin colour and has a pinkish hue that doesn't make me look dead. I adore the lipliners from Essence but I don't use lipliners often. I bought this to pair it with a good red lipstick.