23.7.14

STYLE SNAG: TAYLOR SWIFT

 
Just like her music, country sweetheart turned pop diva Taylor Swift has undergone a massive style reboot. Since the last time we snagged her style, Taylor has ditched her preppy hipster ensembles for a vintage and retro look. Like something straight from a 1950s catwalk, her outfits are dominated by floral prints, polka dots, A-line cuts and shoes  cute to boot!

Fortunately, looking like a vintage pinup doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. In this post, we've recreated one of Taylor's looks for under $30!!

SOURCE Just Jared Jr. 
 
 
The first rule in Dressing Vintage 101 is florals and polka dots are your best friends! These timeless prints are the key to retro glamour. We managed to pick up ours for $10, a very small fraction of what Taylor's would set you back.
 
 
 
Now onto shoes. Let's be honest, we aren't seasoned runway models, so we can be forgiven for being less then graceful in heels (right?!). But there's no doubt that Taylor loves them, and she clearly has the runway walk down pat. For those, like us who prefer more comfy foot attire without compromising style, opt for a pair of flat loafers.
 
Go the extra mile and curl your locks, and smack on the reddest lippie you own for a true vintage look with a T Swizzle twist!
 
DRESS: Dotti / LOAFERS: Valleygirl / EARRINGS: Lovisa

 


Let us know which celeb's style you want to see us snag next!

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18.7.14

BEAUTY REPORT CARD: ELES POWDER LINER



 
 
The wonders of a good eye liner should never be underestimated. With a little bit of
 blending and building, you can immediately transform your everyday, girl next-door look into a sultry and intense smokey eye. If you've read our previous posts, you'll know that ELES is on their A game when it comes to every lippie, so we were curious to see how their eyeliners measure up.
 
We were quite impressed with ELES' Powder Liner in Copper. Like every girl, we love ourselves a little bit of shimmer, so the subtle gold specks proved a hit with us! Here's a break down of our first impressions of the product:
 
Powder Liner in Copper

 

 

Packaging and design: A
There's nothing we appreciate more than a multi-purpose product which is why the smudge end of this pencil has our big tick of approval! We love that it spares up room in our makeup bag. The smudge end also makes achieving the perfect smokey a breeze.

Formulation: B

This powder liner is ideal for those looking to create a softer smokey eye rather than an intense look. We found that the colour was difficult to build up, and application wasn't as smooth as we'd like. However, the product does blend very well both with a brush and your finger. Personally, we've always preferred a natural no-makeup-makeup look, so we love the subtle and natural look that we can achieve with this pencil.

Range: A
There are quite a few shades to choose from, so whether your looking for something more wearable or something more fun, there's something for everyone!

Price: B
At $43.25, this liner is a bit too pricey for us. Some of our favourite liners are well below the $30 mark and even cult favourites from high end brands like MAC do not come with such a hefty price tag. A good liner is definitely something you should invest in, but considering that the colour pay off is not that fantastic, we think this product is a few dollars too much.
 
 

Before
 


 After
 


Overall grade: A
All in all, we think that the ELES Powder Liner in Copper will serve us well this winter. We definitely recommend everyone try their powder liner pencil range out. However, with a price tag like that, we may have to give re-purchasing the product a second think.
 
 
What is your most reached for eye liner? Let us know in the comments below.
 
 
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DISCLAIMER: The product was kindly sent to us for consideration, but as always, our reviews and opinions are honest ones.

9.7.14

BEAUTY REPORT CARD: ELES SUPER GLOSS


When a new season rolls in, we always look forward to seeing what new products our favourite brands are bringing out. We were especially intrigued by ELES and their Big Smoke range which is built around helping you achieve the perfect smokey eye. But of course like the philosophy of ying and yang, ELES balances the grungey glamour of the sultry smokey eye with a their fruity Super Gloss that will leave your lips oh so kissable.
 
Alongside blush, lip products are our Achilles heel when it comes to makeup. So, after being nothing but impressed by ELES' LipToxyl Sheer Lip Gloss (review here), it would have been a crime to turn down the opportunity to review the new Super Gloss from their The Big Smoke collection. With the lip gloss in the shade "Pomegranate" gracing our lips for the last few days, we must say that ELES is well and truly on top of their lippie game!! Despite having a price tag a little dearer than what we're used to coughing up for a lip product, the Super Gloss definitely lives up to it's name, giving a glossy, pucker-worthy finish to the lips.
Eles Super Gloss in "Pomegranate"

Eles Super Gloss in "Pomegranate" over Rimmel's Lasting Finish Lip Liner in "Indian Pink"

 BREAKDOWN
Formulation   A
There's something about the fruity, candy scent that transports us back to our childhood. It's not an overly sweet scent, but the kind that will have you reminiscing of afternoons spent making flower chains in the backyard. There's no other way to describe "Pomegranate" than the perfect pink. It's one of those universally flattering shades we're sure we'll be reaching for all year round. The Super Gloss is enriched with vitamins A & E to keep your lips nourished, and is a slightly sticky formula, which we're not too bothered by. It's definitely pigmented enough to wear on its own, but also adds a nice shine to just about any lipstick. 

Longevity   A
Probably down to it's slightly sticky formulation, the Super Gloss lasts well on the lips and lives up to the online product descriptor which promises to protect dry lips.

Packaging   B
You can't really go wrong with the simple packaging, however, we're not a big fan of the squeeze tube. It may make application quick and easy, but we find that it can get a little messy.

Affordability   B
ELES is more of a luxury brand, but $33.75 is definitely more than we've ever paid for any lip gloss.

Range   A
The Super Gloss comes in 8 shades, including clear. We wouldn't object to adding a few other shades to our lippie collection!

 OVERALL GRADE   A
If the LipToxyl Sheer and the Super Gloss are anything to go by, we're looking forward to trying out some more of ELES' lip products. The Super Gloss gets a super tick of approval from us!
 
 
What lip products have you been loving? Let us know in the comments below, and follow us on GFC, Bloglovin'Twitter and Instagram for more beauty reviews!

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1.7.14

LAYERING LIKE A PRO

Winter has well and truly settled in, but before you push your lightweight pieces to the back of your wardrobe, read on and see how you can style them for a warmer look. The art of layering can be a minefield, and unfortunately, there is no manual or step-by-step guide. But we've put together a few quick tips that will have you layering up a storm in no time!
 
 
1. Mixed Vibes
It's no secret that we love mixing prints (read here). And stripes and florals have to be our favourite prints to mix. Throwing on a summery scarf is the perfect way to make the most of your wardrobe all year round. Bright accessories are also a great way to liven up your darker winter layers.
 
 Blazer: Cotton On / Sweater: H&M / Scarf: Portmans / Bag: Valleygirl / Oxfords: Rubi
 
2. Lumberjack Chic
For most, any mention of a flannel shirt probably brings to mind images of cut off denim shorts and cowboy boots, either that or lumberjacks logging down trees! But flannels are a mainstay in our wardrobe year round. They're an amazing layering piece under jackets, like this anorak, and even with the collar peeping over a sweater.
Anorak: Cotton On / Flannel: Cotton On / Jeans: Cotton On / Shoes: Singaporean brand
 
 3. Denim Darling
Seasonal trends come and go, but the good ol' denim jacket has managed to stay in favour with fashionistas the world over. This wadrobe staple is a lifesaver, making your sheer, lightweight blouses winter appropriate.

Denim Jacket: SES fashion / Blouse: Just Jeans / Tights: Cotton On /  Shoes: Rubi /
Rings: Lovisa / Necklace: Lovisa
 
4. Sweater Weather
Wearing a buttoned up shirt, like a chambray, underneath a sweater is officially our favourite combination when it comes to layering in the cooler months. Get the geek-chic style with the preppy sweater-over-collared-shirt ensemble.
Sweater: Gap / Chambray: Target / Tights: Cotton On / Boots: Miss Shop / Rings: Lovisa
 
 
  
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26.6.14

OUTFITS OF THE WEEK

 We've compiled a few of our outfits from  last week to show you how we dress for uni. As you'll probably guess from most of the outfits, we have a weak spot for florals! We love that florals are such a versatile print that can be transitioned into any season, especially with Sydney's current weather, which is a bit of everything at the moment!

Jacket: SES / Top: Paper Scissors / Tights: Cotton On / Shoes: Rubi

Top: Don't Ask Amanda from General Pants Co. / Bag: Oasap / Rings: Lovisa / Jeans: Cotton On / Shoes: Wittner

 Top: Paper Scissors / Necklace: Lovisa / Jeans: Valleygirl / Shoes: Ipanema

 Hat: Sammy Dress / Earrings: Lovisa / Top: Jeanswest / Jeans: Cotton On / Shoes: Rubi


If you missed our last post, we're hosting an amazing GIVEAWAY with Avalina Leather. We're giving one of you guys the chance to pocket a $50 voucher for the store. To be in the running, all you have to do is follow the simple conditions in the original post.

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        ♥ M + K