Monday, 30 April 2012

Makeup Monday: Makeup for Rainy Days

If only panda eyes caused by makeup looked this cute!

So, this is supposed to be a post about makeup...but I've been so busy for the past week or so that I haven't actually thought about what to write for today's post at all. The shame! Plus I must say that the most recent event in which I have glammed up for- my graduation from university- resulted in me looking like a panda crossed with a raccoon. Yes, the rain clouds arrived and decided that it wasn't going to stop pouring with rain all freakin' day. Hence the aforementioned raccoon eyes (and frizzy hair, eek!).

So I guess this post will have to be about what I have learned from my rainy graduation day makeup experience:

- When preparing for a loooong day (I had to be up at 4am for the drive to Toowoomba, ugh) of makeup wear start with a great primer to help your foundation last longer. I love Laura Mercier's Oil Free Foundation Primer, it makes your skin feel super smooth and silky and helps your foundation look more natural.

- Take a powder compact or oil blotting papers with you to take care of any shiny-ness before the obligatory photo session (after the ceremony of course, when you've already been awake for 8 hours and been hammered non-stop by wind and rain). I used Clinique's Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder.

- While we're on the subject of pre-photo prepping- chuck a little pop-up travel hair brush into your handbag to tame any unruly frizziness. Sarah kindly whipped out her Sephora one and groomed me before our photo session. Aww, aren't big sisters great?

- Wear a long lasting lipstick or lipgloss that requires minimal touch-ups. It's way better to go for a bright lip in rainy weather as a statement eye will be running down your face quick smart after you step outside! I used Lancome's La Laque Fever Lipgloss in Electric Pink, it's bright and super shimmery and lasts for ages. It's tried and true rainproof!

- This is an obvious no-brainer, but go for a waterproof mascara. Although I must say that even though I used a waterproof one (Diorshow, my fave) by the end of dessert at the celebratory dinner that night I was well and truly in panda eye town. Since this is inevitable in a downpour situation I would recommend popping a few of ModelCo's Eye Liquid Buds in your makeup bag. These ingenious little cotton buds (or q-tips to be American!) are filled with a small amount of makeup remover- perfect for little touchups to running mascara or eye liner. I definitely could have done with a few of these!

Gratuitous cute raccoon photo!

So even though the day was long, rainy and cold, we all still had an amazing time out together. I think some of the best (and most hilarious) times are to be had when something unexpected happens on a big day out, don't you think? Those kinds of days always lead to great stories and plenty of laughs later on too!

Have a beautiful (and hopefully dry) week!

xoxo Lauren

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award

Once again the awesome Wendy from Salt & Wine (go on, check out her blog- it's full of cool pics and healthy living advice!) made our week by passing on another award to us! Yay!

Here are the Versatile Blogger rules (if you choose to accept the award):

1. Get the Versatile Blogger button.
2. Thank the person who nominated you.
3. Include a link to their blog in your post.
4. Share 7 things about yourself.
5. Pass on the love to 15 other blogs.
6. Inform each nominee with a comment on their blog.
7. Include these rules in your post.

Seven Things About Us:

1. We love Japanese and Scandinavian design.
2. We are obsessed with Japanese fabrics- they're the cutest!
3. We both love travelling. Paris and New York are our fave destinations!
4. We both love to crochet. And who doesn't love a granny square?
5. Sarah is particularly awesome at sewing things (Lauren unfortunately is not!)
6. We love vintage things- especially typewriters and retro fabrics.
7. We both love cupcakes and macaroons (a little too much).

The 15 Lovely Blogs:

xoxo Lauren and Sarah

Monday, 23 April 2012

Makeup Monday: MAC at Fashion Week

MAC Cosmetics have released their new makeup collection, but instead of creating brand new products for us to swoon over MAC have selected the seven products their makeup artists would be lost without during the major fashion week shows. In honour of the collection I thought I'd pick out some of the coolest looks MAC has created so far this year (Warning: don't try some of these looks at home!)

MAC for Vivienne Westwood Red Label London Fashion Week S/S 12
Beautiful brights at Vivienne Westwood. Use a shimmery sea foam green eye shadow on your eyelids to get this magical look (without looking like one of those fairy's that perform at children's parties).

MAC for Jason Wu at New York Fashion Week S/S12
The tangerine lips were the standout at Jason Wu's show. MAC artist's used the Scarlet Ibis lipstick from Iris Apfel's limited edition collection for the brand. A classic makeup look!

MAC for Mary Katranzou London Fashion Week S/S 12
Cyanotic lips were big at Mary Katranzou's London show, a look later copied by Lady Gaga (check out her Marry the Night video). Not a look to try in real life unless you want random strangers to attempt CPR on you.

MAC for Prabal Gurung S/S 12
Peacock inspired brights stood out at Prabal Gurung. Try lining your eyes with an electric blue eyeliner to achieve a more friendly every day look.

MAC for Moschino at Milan Fashion Week S/S 12
The classic smoky eye never goes out of fashion, although I would advise less of the under eye smudginess to avoid the raccoon look in real life.

MAC for Jason Wu Autumn 2012
Gorgeous shimmering greens and blues blended to perfection at Jason Wu. This can be a bit tricky to pull off, but a single wash of colour looks just as pretty!

Of course, being fashion week a lot of the looks are way-out-there and crazy, but isn't that why it's so much fun? The MAC at Fashion Week collection is actually very user friendly and consists mostly of primer products and soft colours. My picks are ever-famous Strobe Cream ($55) a light shimmery cream that illuminates your skin, Fix+ ($27) a calming aqua spritz that helps set your makeup and finally the Lipmix ($25) lipgloss in a shiny red hue.

Do you have any favourite looks from a particular fashion week?

Have a beautiful week!

xoxo Lauren

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Loving Right Now: Terrariums

Terrariums: once the sole domain of forgotten 1970's design and the favourite pastime of the geeky shut in, terrariums have defied all the odds by becoming cool again. Once thought of as better left in the decade in which they began, terrariums are now the most awesome thing any self-respecting hipster can have in their home or -bizarrely enough- corporate office space. Our parents used to have a retro-tastic pyramid shaped terrarium from the 70's which lasted a good thirty years before the plant in it died- which makes them perfect for both the lazy and the plant murderers among us.

Here are some modern interpretations of the classic terrarium:

You can have a special underwater terrarium! This one by TyberKatz comes complete with glass bowl, Neko cat sculpture and five Marimo Moss Balls (I'm assuming you have to supply the water yourself- what a ripoff). Apparently these little moss balls are all the rage in Japan where people keep them as pets. Personally I'd prefer a dog to cuddle up to rather than a ball of slime but hey, to each their own, right?

You can even make your terrarium super kitsch (or super lame, depending on your opinion) by adding a garden gnome. Instructions on how to make this uber-stylish piece are here at Nat Geo for Kids.

This lovely stacked terrarium made by hammers&heels is a modern interpretation of the retro classic.

You can even get a terrarium necklace! Just don't forget to feed the wee bunny inside. By iluxo.

For the terrarium crazy you can even buy terrarium earrings with real moss living inside. Not to blamed for any subsequent fungal ear infections wearer may develop.

Always wished you lived on a farm? Well now you can have a little piece of the country life by having a terrarium complete with it's own wee cow. (Buyers note: while the grass is real, the cow is not- sorry).

Do you have a terrarium of your very own? We'd love to see any photos!

xoxo Lauren and Sarah

Monday, 16 April 2012

Makeup Monday: Miss Fisher's Fabulous Style

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is without a doubt the most stylish show on television (sorry Mad Men). Think embroidered silk kimonos, fur trimmed coats, velvet evening dresses, sequin trimmed's a vintage lover's dream come true!

Based on the super successful book series by Aussie author Kerry Greenwood, the thirteen-part TV series has meticulously re-created the look and feel of 1920's Melbourne.

Phryne (pronounced Fry-nee) Fisher is a fabulously glamorous- yet courageous- private detective with a taste for adventure and a knack for solving mysteries. An advocate for women's rights and society's underdogs, Phryne is like a heroic super-detective with a pearl handled pistol and a killer lipstick shade to boot. 

Miss Fisher is played flawlessly by actor Essie Davis who is literally the embodiment of Phryne. She truly portrays the heroine's pluck, sassiness and sense of humour.

Did I mention that the show also features some very handsome and well dressed men?

The costume department certainly went all out in their efforts to recreate Phryne's 1920's wardrobe. The original outfits are created with sumptuous silks, velvets, furs and prints finished off with plenty of crystal and beaded detailing. And they're all topped off with some seriously amazing hats- I've never been a hat person but now I seriously want to steal Phryne's collection. (And I'll take all of her stunning crystal headpieces too while I'm at it). 

Now that is a vintage fur wrap!

Some stunning brocade fabric made into a winter coat, topped off with matching hat and a fabulous red lip.

The makeup artists have also beautifully recreated the 1920's makeup trends- think flawless skin highlighted with rich red and plum lipsticks (matte, of course), soft grey eyeshadow and a good dose of black eyeliner. This look has truly stood the test of time and still looks just as fabulous on women today as it did back then. Go on, whip out that red lipstick and channel some of Phryne's glamour today!

I seriously need her hat. Right. Now.

You can see Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Friday nights at 8.30pm on ABC. If you can't catch it on TV, watch the episodes on ABC's iView website here. Or get a taste by watching the trailer below!

Have a beautiful week!

xoxo Lauren

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Liebster Blog Awards

The super-lovely Wendy from Salt & Wine made our week when she told us that she had selected us for a Liebster Blog Award! Thank you Wendy! 

The exact origins of the Liebster's are mysterious, but it is believed they began in Germany. Liebster means "favourite" or "dearest" in German and the awards are given to smaller blogs with less than 200 followers. They recognise the blog author's creative writing and dedication while also bringing blog owners together to exchange ideas and information.

Since we have been given an award by Wendy, we know have the fun (but really hard) job of passing the award on to five of our favourite blogs. Since we love reading so many wonderful blogs out there it has been really hard to choose just five, but here they are!

Do A Bit:  Lamina is an awesome, super-crafty mum from Sydney who seems to be able to make anything! From screen printing, sewing and knitting to drawing and designing patterns for textiles she loves trying new crafty things. Lamina definitely has a talent for anything handmade, which makes us a wee bit jealous! We're sure her gorgeous screen print designs will make their way onto some fabric and textiles a la Lotta Jansdotter one day soon... 

Pannikin: Pannikin a.k.a Holly Leonardson is a super cool, Brisbane based illustrator and accessories designer who also has awesome-ly coloured hair. Her work includes illustrations, earrings, brooches, rings and tote bags which you can find on her Etsy shop. Her latest designs are handmade from wood and feature brightly coloured geometric shapes and cute little animals.

Vintage Sweetheart: Em is someone seriously gifted in the art of thrifting! Her beautiful vintage finds are always envy inducing, if there's a gorgeous retro frock somewhere odds are she'll snap it up! We love seeing her photos of the pretty thrifted outfits she has put together and the other accessories she has found on her op-shopping adventures. 

Pretty Quirky: Vicky is a fashionista from Northern Ireland who posts photos of her amazing outfits on her blog. Vicky is seriously talented in the fashion department and we love seeing all the different (and gorgeous) outfits she puts together, and seeing where she's picked everything up from. But be warned, reading her blog may induce some definite wardrobe envy!

Bec I Am: Bec is a crafter and mum who especially loves sewing and creates pretty tote bags available for sale on her Etsy shop. We love reading her posts about crafty things and seeing the lovely sewing projects she comes up with! Her section of photos of the cakes she has made is seriously awesome- Australian Women's Weekly eat your heart out! 

Here's what you do if you have been chosen for a Liebster (if you choose to accept):
-Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.
-Reveal your five selections for Liebster Blog Awards.
-Inform the five other bloggers by leaving them a comment on their blog.
-Copy and paste the award to your blog.

Have a great weekend everyone!
xoxo Lauren and Sarah

Monday, 9 April 2012

Makeup Monday: Vera Neumann for MAC

MAC have once again created another lust worthy limited edition collection, this time inspired by the art of textile designer Vera Neumann. If ever a makeup collection was made for crafters and fabric hoarders, this is it!

Vera is considered to be a pioneer in the design field, who in the 1940's translated her works of art into colourful, cheerful prints that adorned fabrics, scarves and accessories. Vera started her business with her husband in their tiny kitchen, creating place mats using their handmade silk screen printing press.

Vera Neumann

During WWII Vera was the first designer to create the signature scarf, using surplus parachute silk because linen was too hard to source at the time! These "Vera Scarves" became hugely popular (especially with the celebs of the time, including Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly) and officially launched Vera's design career.

One of Vera's beautiful silk scarves entitled "Springtime in Central Park"

Vera's signature is bright, happy colours paired with bold brushstrokes. Her cheerful work embodies many of the features of certain decades, especially the 60's and 70's, yet still remains completely timeless.

Painting in her studio- with some help from her cute little Daschund!

MAC have created a collection that embodies Vera's joyful prints, featuring mainly pop colours in pinks and purples. They have also created amazing shimmering Crushed Metallic Pigments ($75), three sets of four stackable jars of pigment which you can use as an eyeshadow or as a highlighter for your face and body. All of the pigments resemble the bright colours featured in Vera's artworks.

The entire Vera collection- if only I could afford to buy them all...

My pick of the collection however is definitely the Pearlmatte Face Powder ($47). Each compact is embossed with Vera's signature ladybug motif and are, quite frankly, too pretty to actually use! 

Check out all the gorgeous products before they sell out at MAC's online store here. Are you already a Vera fan with a favourite picked out from the collection?

Have a beautiful week!

xoxo Lauren

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Hang In There, Baby

The classic inspirational slogan to live by, made super awesome by illustrator Gemma Correll.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Makeup Monday: Sephora + Pantone Universe

All of the design and colour geeks (ahem, guilty as charged) out there already know that Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2012 is Tangerine Tango. The bright, tropical hue is deemed to be the It colour of the year, predicted by Pantone to feature in everything from paint colour, design accents, fashion designs (Alexander McQueen and Oscar De La Renta have already featured the colour in their 2012 collections, check them out below) and - my favourite- cosmetics.

Beauty giant Sephora (simply known as Mecca to beauty buffs) has collaborated with Pantone to create the limited edition Sephora + Pantone Universe Colour of the Year Collection in Tangerine Tango. The 12 piece collection includes all of the staples including an eyeshadow quad, lipstick, eyeliner trio, lipgloss and even a set of tangerine bristled makeup brushes and eyelash curler!

My picks of the collection would be the lipstick and the lipgloss and nail polish sets. These products will give you that pop of tangerine colour without the risk of you being mistaken for a circus clown! Thankfully though it looks like Sephora and Pantone didn't go too overboard with the colour saturation of the products, so you should be able to show off your love for 17-1463 with pride! (Just don't wear all the products at once, otherwise you may well resemble that circus clown). Moderation with bright makeup colours is key!

If you're crazy for Tangerine Tango then the Colour of the Year Collector's Edition Set is for you. It contains everything you need to re-create the tangerine inspired look and at $68 is amazing value. If you're lucky enough to have any friends or family living in the US you might be able to wheedle them into sending you this set or some other pieces from the collection. Just order some extras to send to me, ok?

I also had to show everyone a picture of the amazing pop-up shop Sephora created for the launch of the collection in New York- it's a Pantone Colour Guide! I'll say it again- amazing!

Have a beautiful week!

xoxo Lauren
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