Monday, 30 July 2012

Makeup Monday: What's New at the Cosmetics Counter

There's nothing better than discovering a new beauty buy- especially when it's the start of the week and we deserve a reward for actually getting out of bed and into work on time. Hey, it's a totally valid achievement so take your pick of the latest lovelies to hit the shelf at a department store near you...

1. The Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette ($64.95) is just the thing to pep-up a tired, beige-eyeshadow-overloaded makeup bag. The palette has nine shimmery eyeshadow colours and two matching creamy eyeliners so you can mix-and-match the shades to your little hearts content. (I'm seriously loving the summery Safari green and Pacific blue shades.) You even get a little tube of eye primer so your fabulous new look stays put for longer.

2. Dior Couleur Eye Gloss in Seashell, Sunset, Azur and Tan ($46). These cream and gel eyeshadow hybrids are a busy gal's makeup lifesaver! Simply sweep the eyeshadow on with the applicator, blend a little and you have budge proof eyeshadow for the rest of the day. Hoard these limited edition babies for the humid summer months when your regular powder eyeshadow ends up somewhere around your chin.

3. Thakoon for NARS Nail Collection ($32). Inspired by the dazzling hues of an Indian spice market, this collaboration between fashion designer and makeup maestro is a sure fire way to brighten up your winter time look. (And if it's good enough for the First Lady, then why not the rest of us?) With five gorgeous colours to choose from, I really want to have them all so that I can pull off some killer rainbow nails!

4. Dior 5 Couleurs Croisette Eye Shadow Palette in Swimming Pool ($90). Shimmery eyeshadow goodness in colours that are different, but actually wearable! The shimmer offsets the bright hues so you're left with a soft statement colour that doesn't make you look like an escapee from a clown rodeo. Which can only be a good thing. Instead, imagine wearing these fresh hues in springtime, frolicking through flowers, having a picnic in the grass and gorging daintily eating Laduree macarons.

Are you coveting a new product from the cosmetics counter? What do you love to reward yourself with when you're feeling down at the start of the work week?

Have a beautiful day!


Monday, 23 July 2012

Makeup Monday: Sherbet Dip Hair Colour

You may have noticed that dip dyed hair is big at the moment. Many a celebrity is sporting a version of the trend and a gazillion fashion designers went statement colour crazy at the fashion weeks earlier in the year.

Dip dyed hair is a colour-shy gal's best friend. Too scared to go full on pink or purple? No worries, just dye the ends of your hair in your fave shade and you can have some fun with colour- without any of the stress! As someone who has experimented with many colours and application methods over the years due to my serious obsession healthy interest in hair colour, I think dip dyeing is one of my favourite hair colouring techniques. Like going ombre, it gives you a big dose of colour but without the worry of having to get your roots re-touched all the time. Win!

So how can one achieve the dip dye look? You have many a choice!

1. Normally I hate bugs, but I make a special exception for these cute little Colour Bugs by Kevin Murphy. These ingenious Bugs are filled with a powder hair colour- think eyeshadow, but for your hair. To use, cover your shoulders with a towel (to avoid getting colour on your clothes) then simply swipe the Colour Bug on to your hair- that's it! When you've finished showing off your coloured hair around the town you simply wash it out. Colour Bugs come in pink, orange and purple and you can find them at hairdressing salons for around $25. 

2. Colour your hair at home with a product such as my personal (and every school kid in Australia's) fave, Fudge Paintbox Creative Conditioning Colour ($15 from chemists). Available in 16 awesome colours, you can literally have any colour of the rainbow on your hair. My personal fave is the fairy floss hued Pink Moon, but why not try a trio of coloured ends? Try Blue Hawaii, Pink Flamingo and finish off with Clockwork Orange on the ends- my hairdresser did this awesome combo on my hair last year. The only downside is that unless you have blonde hair the colour won't last as long. Oh, and at home hair dying can be kinda fiddly (and super messy) so enlist a friend to help!

My tri-coloured ends (before I went the whole hog and bleached it).
3. Clip in hair pieces are another no-commitment way to work the trend. Simply buy a hair piece, trim to the appropriate length and clip it in underneath a section of your hair. The downside of clip in extensions is that they can sometimes fall out (or get pulled out by annoying younger siblings). 

The alternate option is to have the professionals do it for you, which is always a must if you want to bleach your hair first and then apply a colour to get maximum staying power. So if you have the spare cash and like your hairdresser enough to spend a whole day with them while your butt gets numb from sitting down, go for it! (I did). And please, please please never, ever bleach or peroxide your hair at home- no matter how "quick and easy" some take-home kits claim to be. Only go down this route if you don't mind having a few bald patches, a burning scalp and scary highlighter yellow hair.

Do you like the dip dye trend? What colour would you love to try?

Have a beautiful week!


Friday, 20 July 2012

Excuse Me: The Wonderful World of Sarcasm in Daria

Daria. Your wit, sarcasm and spot-on insight into modern society is a beacon of light (or should I say "sanity") in a world full of bimbo reality TV stars, absurd political correctness and where really bad spray tans are now considered a lifestyle necessity. 

For those of you who may have missed it the first time 'round, Daria was an animated series that ran for five wonderful sarcasm-laden seasons until it sadly ended in 2002. It focuses on the title character Daria, a wonderfully different teenager trying to survive in a typical American high school.  Let's just say that Daria possesses an intellect far superior to her peers (and her parents and teachers) and her sarcastic barbs are her way of coping in an often dumbed down and condescending world. 

The ultimate outsider, Daria is a role model to all of us who have ever felt that we don't quite fit in to mainstream society. Those of us who would rather read Kafka than Cosmo, dye their hair blue instead of getting eyelash extensions, who would rather sit on the sidelines than play a sport, or kill themselves rather than having to watch an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
It's actually hard to believe that a TV series with such an amazingly accurate, satiric insight into the ridiculousness of the vapid, consumerist and celebrity obsessed culture of life today came from MTV, the harbingers of idiotic (and just plain godawful) reality series like The Jersey Shore and The Hills. Excuse me MTV, but I don't think Daria would approve of your current programming at all. (Where's Sick Sad World when you need it?)

For your viewing pleasure, here are some of Daria's awesome sarcastic quotes. I highly recommend buying the complete series of Daria on DVD, where you get all five seasons plus the two Daria movies. I promise you will watch them over and over again (I have!)

Are you already a Daria fan? Do you have a favourite quote or episode? Or could you recommend any other awesome outsider chicks from TV, movies or books for us to check out?


Monday, 16 July 2012

Makeup Monday: Spun Sugar Meets Neon

I love magazines. Love love love! I buy far too many, and justify my purchases on the basis that I have subscriptions to some, so therefore I'm actually saving money and can afford to buy more. Ahem. (Don't you love fake logic?) Magazines are awesome because they provide us with a tonne of inspiration, whether it be for crafting, design, writing, beauty or fashion. Personally, I love the photo shoots, the wackier the better! A model wearing nothing but a beret while sitting on top of an elephant? Why the hell not?! It's fashion darlings!

A couple of months ago I stumbled upon the UK magazine Company while ferreting through my local newsagent for something new to read (as you do). It has become my new magazine love! It is thankfully devoid of those "100 Ways to Please Your Man" articles so prevalent in other women's mags and instead focuses on fashion, music, beauty and craft. It's like having all my favourite things in one place! Company also focuses a lot on bloggers and features many of them in their articles (another thing that attracted me to the mag in the first place).

I really love their beauty shoot in the latest edition (well, actually it's the May edition, we get the issues a bit late here) which features a real woman showing off some seriously cool hair and makeup looks. In fact the whole issue is full of real people, no models at all. Cool huh? I had to share the gorgeous-ness of the shoot, with it's macaroon pastels, neon and print clashes that look oh-so-amazing!

So loving the turquoise eyes with a pastel pink lip. The hair has a very modernised Kate Bush feel to it as well. Love!

These statement nails look even more amazing with a dishevelled up-do, finished off with a pretty bow headband. 

Love the spun sugar shades in this shot! The mint green jacket contrasts so beautifully with the pastel purple lip. This photo also reinforces my wish of knowing how to braid my own hair. It's a sort of sexy milk maid look- without the requisite cow milking!

1. Try NARS's Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Abbey Road to rock a neon turquoise eye. If the colour is a bit intimidating, just line the inner rims of your eyes for a subtle look that still pops.

2. Go for ladylike jewels to clash with your hot neons, just like Company did in their shoot. Try this pretty Rose Cross necklace from ASOS. At only $16 it's totes Prada-esque at a fraction of the price!

3. Stila's Long Wear Lip Colour in Exhilarating will give you a matte fuchsia lip that stays on all day.

4. This Pastel Spike Aliceband from ASOS is a true mix of pretty and punk- perfect for our clash-y chic look.

5. Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens will give you the multicoloured macaroon nail art from the shoot. Just  pick out some gelato shades and randomly swipe them over your nails. It's meant to look messy so any mistakes simply add to the look. Win! 

6. OPI's A Roll in the Hague from their Holland Collection is the perfect tangerine (and FYI it matches Pantone's Colour of the Year for all you design buffs out there).

7. MAC Lipstick in Pink Popcorn not only sounds seriously tasty, it gives you a perfectly pretty lavender pout too.

What do you think about clashing prints, brights and pastels together? Yay or nay? Do you also happen to have a magazine addiction like I do? What's your vice? Whether it be fashion, craft, interiors or fly fishing, I'd love to know!

Have a beautiful week!


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Coming Soon to the Whimsy and Juno Online Shop...

Chocolate and Steel Jewellery!

These adorable pieces are created by the super-talented Christine Street who hails from Los Angeles. Christine only uses reclaimed silver to make her handmade designs, so they don't just look lovely, they're environmentally friendly too.

If some of the characters on the jewellery look familiar that's because Christine has collaborated with some awesome illustrators for her designs. Susie Ghahremani of the super popular boygirlparty (the owls, cats, bunny, hummingbird and fawnihuahua are her creations) and my personal favourite, Gemma Correll, she of "Pugs Not Drugs" fame (check out Mr Pickles the Pug and the Rainbow Unicorn) have lent Christine their drawings to be turned into new forms of artwork. So now you can wear some of your fave illustrations everywhere you go. Cool, huh?

A Gemma Correll illustration featuring Mr Pickles the Pug gets turned into cute a pendant necklace.

Susie Ghahremani's original drawing is re-imagined into this sweet silver necklace.

These creations will be available when the Whimsy & Juno shop launches soon!

If you'd like to see more of Christine's designs check out her lovely Chocolate and Steel website here.


Monday, 9 July 2012

Makeup Monday: Loving Beth Ditto's Look

Beth on Love Magazine's first issue circa 2009
I have a total girl crush on Beth Ditto. In a music scene full of lookalikes and blah sameness she stands out as someone who truly doesn't give a damn about what anyone else thinks. Which can't be easy in a profession (and world) that puts such a high value on being skinny and has such a narrow definition of what "beauty" is.

The word "unique" gets bandied about a lot these days (almost to the point where it has no meaning anymore) but Beth definitely qualifies for the genuine "unique" label. And it isn't just the fact that she's a bigger woman in a sea of entertainment industry size zeros. She doesn't subscribe to the bland "sexiness" that so many pop stars of today do, which gets old pretty fast.

It's the fact that she has a killer voice, is in an awesome band (Gossip), is openly gay and supportive of LGBT and feminist causes, her fun and colourful fashion sense, love of bright makeup, a willingness to experiment with crazy hairstyles and reluctance to shave (hey, to each their own right?)

Now that I've finished gushing, let's get to the beauty! I love Beth's constant makeup experimentation. And it seems that MAC does too, since they've collaborated with the singer to create a limited edition makeup collection.

You can get a bit of Beth's awesome look with these products from her MAC collection:

1. Add some colour to your makeup bag with the Powder to the People compact ($55). Use the cute coloured polka dots to experiment with creating different eye shadow shades.

2. A super bright lippie is a must! I bought the Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Dear Diary ($40), a true neon pink to die for, and I'm in love with it!

3. Using a coloured mascara in an easy way to add a pop of colour to your makeup without being too crazy. Try the violet Plum Reserve or navy Blue Charge Zoom Lash Mascaras ($33).

4. Have some fun by using all of the Nail Lacquers ($22) to create some seriously cool nail art designs. Or buy two polishes and paint a shade alternately on each of your nails for an easy statement manicure.

5. If you're not big on bright pink, try the Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Booyah! an on-trend tangerine hue. Or if you'd rather something more subtle check out the shades You're Perfect Already or Love Long Distance.

6. Use the Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner in Drag, Strip ($48) a handy double ended stick with eyeshadow on one end and a contrasting liner on the other. Makes creating a statement eye super easy and quick. Win!

7. A fan of the statement lash, it just wouldn't be a proper Beth Ditto makeup collection without a set of falsies would it? 7 Lash ($18) will have you turning a few heads, guaranteed.

Are you a fan of Beth too? Or do you have a crush on another music idol?

Have a beautiful week!


Friday, 6 July 2012

Mouth Watering Goodness from Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar hands down sounds like the most awesomest place on earth for anyone with a sweet tooth (like me!) So when Sarah informed me that Christina Tosi (aka the Queen of Momofuku Desserts) had released a cookbook Momofuku Milk Bar, being the sugar addict that I am I knew I had to hunt down some recipes from it. Sarah came across the lovely blog Kitchen Heals Soul where the writer actually made the Momofuku Birthday Cake from the recipe in the book. This might not seem like a huge deal, but when you actually read the recipe and find out the amount of effort and detail involved it is actually quite a feat of baking! I would reprint the recipe here but it would literally go on forever.

Lets just say it involves a two day process of baking, freezing and soaking. But the end result looks totally amazing. It really is the ultimate birthday cake- full of sprinkle-y, cake crumby, salty and butter icing-y goodness. Although attempting the recipe would probably cause me to have a nervous breakdown, if I lived stateside I'd so be ordering one off Momofuku's online store right now! (If you're brave enough to give it a go the full recipe is over here).

Something much easier - yet still so tasty- are the Compost Cookies: Pretzels, rice bubbles, potato chips, chocolate and oats all combined together to form the ultimate salty and sweet cookie deliciousness! Further proof that Americans truly are the Gods of sweet and salty food combinations.

Love cereal so much that you not only eat it for breakfast, but for lunch and dinner too? Then Momofuku's Cereal Milk Ice Cream, topped off with caramelised corn flakes is the sweet treat for you! You do need an ice cream maker though, plus the willpower of the saint to prevent you from eating the caramelised cereal and the milk mixture that you create from it.

Crack Pie. A pie filled with sweet sugary, butterscotch-y, caramel-y gooey goodness. Has been known to cause withdrawal symptoms among it's fans. Individuals may also resort to stealing valuables and money in order to feed their pie eating addiction. But now you can make it at home! Momofuku Milk Bar's cookbook spills the secret Crack Pie recipe so you alone can devour every last, delicious crumb hunched over like a junkie in the corner of your darkened bedroom. Awesome.* 

Momofuku Milk Bar's Christina Tosi will be in Australia for the Crave Sydney Food Festival as part of the World Chef Showcase on October 6-7. For more info on how to get tickets, check out the website here.

Do you have a massive sweet tooth? Would you ever attempt to re-create something like the Momofuku Birthday Cake recipe?

*Warning: Sugar induced coma may result.


Monday, 2 July 2012

Makeup Monday: The Look of Snow White and the Huntsman


Let's face it- Charlize Theron makes being evil look good. Unlike the stereotypical warts - n'- chin- hair witches usually depicted in fairy tales, Theron's Queen Ravenna just looks damn hot. Is it wrong to want to be evil just to have access to the accompanying wardrobe?

Ribcage inspired shoulders anyone? Such a romantic addition to any wedding dress.
The makeup and costume department must have had a field day designing the looks of Queen Bitch Ravenna- fantasy movies would have to be the most awesomely fun thing to work on don't you think? The costumes were designed by Colleen Atwood (Tim Burton's go-to costume designer gal) and are amazingly beautiful -albeit in a glamorously evil sort of way. And if you look closely you can see the "touches of death" Atwood and her crew integrated into each design- we're talking shark's teeth, animal bones, crow feathers, know, the typical evil stepmother ensemble stuff.

Sharks teeth add definite creep factor to this outfit.
One of the things I loved about the makeup in the movie was how they kept Ravenna's makeup more understated. Instead of going typical evil makeup treatment- think full on smoky eye, black eyeliner or a dark lip, they kept her quite fresh faced. Sort of like a fake friendly surface that hides the evil underneath. In that vein I bring you Queen Ravenna's Makeup Kit! (We're such close friends that she let me rifle through her makeup bag).

1. Get Ravenna's shimmery eye with Bobbi Brown's Metallic Long Wear Cream Shadow in Antique Gold, Black Pearl, Starry Night and Goldstone ($50). These babies are super easy to apply with your fingers, stay on forever and give you just the right amount of colour and shimmery goodness.

2. Pair with a nude matte lip like Bobbi Brown's Lip Colour in Sandwash Tulle ($44). 

3. Finish with a swish of pink-y colour to the upper cheekbones with something like Bobbi Brown's Blush in Tawny ($58) and you'll definitely be the fairest of them all!

4. It always helps to have something glamorous to stash your makeup in, although at around $600 this Jimmy Choo clutch is out of most peasant's people's price range! If only there were a spell to make one magically appear...

That crown could take someone's eye out you know...
While I highly recommend giving Queen Ravenna's fresh faced, shimmery makeup look a try I wouldn't recommend copying her age-defying trick of, erm, literally sucking the life out of young women. Yes, it will get rid of those pesky crow's feet but you'll probably also end up in a) prison b) a padded room or c) get vanquished by the heroine of the fairy tale. Might I suggest trying a nice anti-wrinkle cream instead?

Have you fallen in love with the evil-chic look of Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman too?

Have a beautiful week!

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