Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wantable March Box Review

Subscription boxes have taken the beauty world by storm, but with so many on the market, it can be a nightmare choosing one.What drew us to Wantable is the fact that all the products are full sized which is something we look for in a subscription box. There's nothing we hate more than receiving a small sample sized cream that would barely cover the face of a new born let alone a grown human being! 
 
The unique site allows subscribers to take a 'personal style quiz' to build what we like to call a "beauty profile" of the products and shades you'd love to receive in your box and those you are not so keen on. The monthly contents of the boxes are a surprise, but this way you can avoid the disappointment of receiving something that you probably will never use.


On opening the box, we were immediately impressed by the packaging with each product packed in its own velvet draw string bag. It's clear that the deisgn team over at Wantable have put plenty of thought into the presentation of their boxes which we can appreciate.
 
Now on to the goodies...
 
 
Glam Natural cream blush in Ashley, Ashley
The consistency of this blush is more like a mousse then cream, but what we love about this product is that it is quite light and true to it's claim, it is extremely velvety on application. What we like most though is that it gives you the perfect natural, Miranda Kerr-esque blush. However we found that the product is quite difficult to build up. So if you're a happy little Vegemite and prefer a more dramatic look, then this probably isn't for you. As with any cream blush, this product was slightly, for lack of a better word, greasy. So if you've got slightly oilier skin, you might want to stay away from this product or save it for the cooler months when your skin may be drier. With that being said, we think the dewy finish gives a nice glow when placed on the apples of the cheeks.
 
 
 Do excuse the mess of a hair!
 

La Bella Donna Mineral Light Lip Colour in Shell
The packaging of this lipstick is quite luxurious and really does reflect the product. The lipstick is extremely creamy and glides on like a dream. This is the perfect your lips but better colour which will make it a permanent fixture in our handbags!
 




 Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer in Talisman
If you haven't caught on already with our glitter polish obsession, then where have you been?! The metallic polish has fast become one of our favourites. The formulation is spot on with only one coat required for an opaque finish. If this particular nail polish is anything to go by, we will definitely be hunting down some more Liberty Republic polishes to add to our collection.




Three Custom Color in Brown Sugar
Call us boring, but we'd choose neutrals over bright and wild coloured eyeshadow any day! So of course we were thrilled to get this little guy in our Wantable box. Ok, if you ask our mum she'd probably tell you that we have more than enough brown shadows to last us a life time. But in our opinion, you can't ever have enough of them! This Three Custom Color eyeshadow is silky and extremely versatile. You can blend it into your crese, wet an angled brush for a more natural liner or even use it to fill in your eyebrows. However, like the blush it is not extremely pigmented. We haven't tried it with a wet brush yet, so hopefully that will help to get more colour pay off.






We know this is Wantable's March box, so we're extremely sorry for the late review! We've just finished our uni exams, so we  pinky promise that we'll get our posts in order, but overall we were quite impressed by our box and the goodies that were selected for us. We think the products are very true to our 'beauty style' which made unboxing it that much more exciting.
 
If you aren't already, make sure to follow us on GFC, Bloglovin', Twitter and Instagram and let us know what subscription box we should try out next. 
   © M + K
                                                               
DISCLAIMER: These products were kindly sent to us for consideration, but as always, our reviews and opinions are honest ones.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

An Elitist Experience

We've always been passionate about putting our support behind home grown brands, especially when they are just starting out which is why we were excited to attend Elitist Code's launch last Thursday. Elitist Code is an Australian online store which specialises in women's fashion and prides itself on making a woman feel confident and glamorous with their unqiue designs.
 
The event was held at Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness which we thought was appropriate considering the brands philosophy of empowering women.
 
 
One of the highlights of the nights was definitely the catering which was provided by Top Juice.

 
Here's a pre-show snap of us!  

There were quite a few pieces that caught our eyes, but these are these were by far our favourites of the night.



 

We were also lucky enough to speak with the owner, Jessica, of Elitist Code (second from left) who is pictured here with her gorgeous models.


 
And here is us being interviewed by Red Scope Films.  
 
We know the quality of the photos aren't up to our usual standard, but the lighting was terrible inside. Hopefully you still enjoyed seeing glimpses of this new brand.
 
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© M + K

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Argan Dew review


Our quest for the perfect product to give our hair that shampoo ad, hair flicking shine has been rather unsuccessful...until now. If we're honest, we've always been hesitant about oil based hair products. Most of them are pricey and we thought that it may have been one of those products over-hyped by beauty bloggers. So when Argan Dew contacted us to sample some of their products, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to try Argan oil for the first time, and of course it's only right that we share our thoughts with you guys. 


We can safely say that we wished we had jumped onto the bandwagon earlier!! We've only tried their Miraculous Argan Oil daily hair treatment so far, but having used it daily for a week, we're impressed. One thing we were afraid  of was that as an oil, it would leave our hair and hands feeling unpleasantly greasy , but that definitely isn't the case. The oil is quiet thick, so a little goes  a long way!!


Our hair has definitely fallen out of its tangly ways, and we're noticing that it feels a lot softer too. Whether this is a permanent change, we're not entirely sure, but one thing we know is we'll be sticking with it as long as our hair continues to feel this good!

If you want  the same smooth hair experience, make sure you check out Argan Dew.

We'd love to see what else is out there in the hair oils world, so let us know, what hair oils have you tried?

We'll also be trying out the Replenishing Hair Mask in the next few days, so make sure you follow us on GFC, Bloglovin'Twitter and Instagram to find out how we go!
                                                                  
                                                                  © M + K 
DISCLAIMER: These products were kindly were sent to us for consideration, but as always, our   reviews and opinions are honest ones.




Monday, 31 March 2014

Styling Double Denim

It was a look many of us vowed never to go near after Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's infamous AMAs macthing double denim ensembles. But it looks like the days of head-to-toe denim being a style no-no are well and truly behind us. The double denim trend is back with a vengeance!
If you're anything like us, many of you probably have your feet firmly planted within your style comfort zones, cringing at the idea of dripping in denim. But by no means do you have to stick to the same denim from head to toe. Our advice? Experiment with contrasting denim washes and colours for a more subtle double denim look. And most importantly, have fun with it!

 Lacey Days
We're always banging on about accessorising, but the right statement necklace really can up your fashionista status. We know that white denim can be a scary thing, especially since tomato sauce always seems to be attracted to it! But white shorts like these are perfect to pair with darker washed denim, and who can resist the lace trimming?!!



 


Shirt: Target
Shorts: Just Jeans
Necklace: Lovisa
Shoes: MissShop



Stripe a Pose
Break up your denim pieces by layering them with your favourite basics. Opting for a cropped denim jacket also creates the illusion of longer legs!





Jacket: Dotti
Top: Glassons
Rings: Lovisa

Stonewashed Siren
Play around with textures by mixing acid and stonewashed pieces  or embllished styles, or be adventurous and combine both wtih a top like this. The floral embroidery adds a fenimine touch to the 80s and 90s styled denim.






Top: Cotton On
Jeans: Glassons
Shoes: Portland
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© M + K

Sunday, 23 March 2014

PopBasic Review: Sunday Collection


Subscription boxes are the latest internet sensation. Whether it's clothes, jewellery, cosmetics or even food, you can get almost anything delivered to your doorstep monthly in little nifty boxes. We're embarrassed to admit that we have never tried one of these subscription boxes before. "Why?" you ask, well because we're not prepared to commit to something that can often be a hit or miss, especially since you don't get to preview the box beforehand. We stumbled across Popbasic a while back and immediately fell in love with the concept behind their monthly collections. Like a subscription box, you still receive stylist picked pieces (in a cute little box of course!), but there aren't any of the other usual strings attached. So we jumped at the opportunity to review and style their Sunday Collection.

The website offers monthly micro collections which centre on the idea of building your wardrobe around timeless and basic (hence the name!) pieces. If you've followed us for long enough, you'll realise by now that we are big advocates of investing in versatile and staple pieces that will carry you across seasons and transcend trends. As we always say, it's all about making the most of your existing wardrobe with smart styling and smart accessorising.


Trust us when we say that this Blueberry Silk Blouse is the softest thing we have ever felt. We've never owned anything that is 100% silk before, so we were quite impressed with the quality. Often, shopping for blouses can be quite a headache for us with our petite build making it difficult for us to find sleeves that fit our arms nicely and blouses that actually look like blouses rather than dresses! So we were relieved when we tried on the blouse. The sizing chart is very true to size. Following the measurement they had online, we ordered an XS, and the blouse fits us perfectly!

As you will see from our outfits, a basic blouse like this is is such a handy piece to own, because it goes with almost anything you throw it at!




We have a slight, ok a big obsession with wishbones, so this ring and bangle set got us really excited! These White Gold plated pieces are the perfect accessories for any and every outfit, which is why we've chosen to include them in all four outfits. It's a shame though that both the ring and bracelet were quite big on us.



Casual Chic
If you're ever in doubt, throw on a pair of light wash denim! A blouse and jeans are the perfect no-fail, no-fuss choice. We love the contrast between the different shades of blue, and of course the much needed pop of colour! Rolled up jeans and a clutch will take you from casual chick to casual chic faster than you can say pop!

*Blouse, bracelet and ring: Popbasic
Jeans: Just Jeans
Bag: Fiorelli
Shoes: Sandler


Happy
This ensemble screams lazy day at the beach. Just imagine having Pharrel William's Happy cranked up while working on your tan (safely of course!). Whether you want to layer the blouse like we did, or throw it over your cossie, it makes for a great beach cover-up. Again, you might have noticed the light wash denim trend. You can't deny the fact that the navy blue blouse and light denim are a match made in heaven!


*Blouse, bracelet and ring: Popbasic
Top: Dotti
Shorts: Cotton On
Shoes: Ipanema

Green With Envy
The fitting of the blouse makes it ideal for tucking in to skirts, shorts and pants. While other tops can have you looking frumpy, this silk blouse flatters in all the right places. Here we've changed it up and stepped away from the denim to show you how versatile this piece is. Another tried and true way of styling a basic blouse is to pair it with patterned bottoms. Experiment with loose rather than short form fitting shorts for a more relaxed look.

*Blouse, bracelet and ring: Popbasic
Shorts: Portmans
Shoes: Betts



Ode to Office 
Put a spin on office wear by tucking the blouse into a bright, note bright, high waisted skirt. There is no better way to stand out from the sea of black and white suits than with a splash of colour.

 Dressing for work doesn't mean you have to neglect accessorising all together. The subtle White Gold plating makes the wishbone set oh so office appropriate, tying in perfecly with the sliver detailing on the shoes.
*Blouse, bracelet and ring: Popbasic
Earrings: Lovisa
Skirt: Supre



 Overall, we were very impressed with this collection and would definitely try out their future collections!

Keep an eye out for Popbasic's Ashbury Collection, and let us know in the comments below if you've tried any of their micro collections before.
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© M + K

DISCLAIMER: the items marked with a * were sent to us for consideration, but as always our reviews and opinions are honest ones.