Monday, 27 August 2012

Welcome to the World, Sophie Elizabeth!

Sophie Elizabeth was born in the wee hours of August 22, 2012 to the very proud parents of Sarah and Sean! 

Days have since been filled with constant exclamations of "Oh, she's so cute!" which is literally said every five minutes whether she's awake or asleep. We also say it when she blinks, yawns, sneezes, burps, cries, throws up...basically at everything she does.

She's such a precious little angel, and is receiving many, many cuddles from family and friends!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

xoxo Sarah and Lauren

Monday, 20 August 2012

Makeup Monday: Baby Love

Since our family is about to get a lovely new addition as Sarah and her husband Sean are about to have their first baby in the next day or so, I thought it was only fitting to write a Makeup Monday post featuring some products for mums and bubs. (Although I'm not going to recommend any actual makeup for babies, but hey, if you want to doll them up to go on Toddlers and Tiaras that's your own business). So here is a selection of some bath and beauty products to pamper new mums as well as some soothing products for baby's sensitive skin.

For Mum:

1. The Body Shop's Shea Body Butter ($27.95) is just the thing for pregnant bellies! Full of fair trade cocoa butter from Ghana, it's super rich and moisturising and perfect for soothing dry winter skin. Plus it smells completely amazing, so it's really a win-win on all fronts.

2. Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 ($12.95) really is the best lip balm around- no foolin'! Perfect for winter time chapped lips, it's an essential always-have-it-in-the-handbag beauty item. Great for when you can't be bothered putting any makeup on because it gives lips a lovely natural shine. Intense moisturisation + it makes it look like you've made an effort? Total score.

3. Okay, so this isn't really an essential product for mums, but I love it so I couldn't resist including it anyway. But really it's a total time saving product because the gorgeously understated hue of Priti NYC's nail polish in Sweet Pea ($12.50) can be applied slapdash to fingernails and toes and still look super pretty. The nude colour suits everyone and would be particularly great for toes as the polish will last for ages and no one will notice any chips. Plus you also get extra fashion cred for wearing the shade especially designed for Stella McCartney's S/S 2012 collection shown at Paris Fashion Week. Tres chic, no?

4. This Coconut Shower Cream ($12.95) from The Body Shop is a little divine daily indulgence for all mums. It smells like a tropical holiday, is super moisturising and full of organic coconut oil from Samoa. Warning: Use may induce craving for coconut cream pie.

For Baby:

1. Gaia Skin Naturala Sleeptime Bath ($11.50) is an organic baby wash containing skin friendly evening primrose oil and baby sedatives relaxing scents of lavender and ylang ylang. Designed to help your baby relax and feel extra-sleepy for bedtime. 

2. This Baby Pamper Pack ($37) from the awesomely named Tasmanian company Beauty and the Bees contains five 100% organic, chemical free products for bub. Full of soothing herbs, beeswax and honey, the outrageously cute Baby Bee range is just the thing for mums who are concerned about chemicals and artificial ingredients irritating their baby's skin. In fact, all the mums at Hobart Private Hospital's Maternity Unit are given Baby Bee products for their newborn babes. That's one hell of a gift basket folks!

3. This mild, no-tears formula Buriti Baby Wash from The Body Shop contains creamy cocoa butter that's perfect for keeping baby's skin soft and moisturised. (Mums can also steal it and use it too!)

4. Gaia Baby Massage Oil ($11.50) combines sweet almond oil with pure chamomile and lavender to create a soothing oil for baby massage time. Being constantly fed, changed, entertained and massaged? It's not a bad life being a baby...

5. Nappy rash is a common baby ailment, so try using using Gaia's Skin Soothing Lotion ($10). Chock full of goodies like organic chamomile, calendula and beeswax, you can use it on rashes or irritated and dry skin.

Do you have any product recommendations for new mums and babies? We'd love to know!

Since Sarah's bub is due in the next couple of days the blog will probably be a bit quiet for the rest of the week. But we'll be back very soon with photos of the baby as well as launching the Whimsy & Juno online shop! Yaysies!

Have a beautiful week!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

A Music Video for Typography Lovers

As a lover of design and typography I just had to share this music video with you all. I know Kanye West isn't the first person you'd think of in regards to typography, but in his video for All of the Lights feat. Rihanna there is some seriously awesome font action happening. The use of colour, design and about a gazillion different fonts is seriously cool so if you're into that kind of thing then I urge you to check it out!

The whole video itself is great to watch (and will at least have you guessing about how Rihanna manages to avoid a complete wardrobe malfunction in that top she's wearing) but you can to skip to the font-y goodness which starts at about 1:10 and again at 4:30 minutes in.

Are you a bit of a typography buff too? What do you think of the video?


Monday, 13 August 2012

Makeup Monday: Beauty Gets Sporty

I'm not usually a fan of sportswear inspired fashion. I only really see the point of wearing sport clothes while exercising or, you know, actually playing a sport. Since I'm allergic to most sporting activities and have been medically diagnosed as being an un-co, I'm more a fan of sport inspired makeup instead (which is somewhat ironic given that no woman in their right mind - except one of the Kardashians- would wear makeup while working out). This isn't makeup to exercise in, it's makeup to have on when you're wearing that $300 tennis dress (with matching visor, wristbands and sneakers) from Stella McCartney's Adidas collection, even though you don't actually play tennis.

That's why I'm in love with Company magazine's beauty spread on sport inspired makeup. It's full of bright sportswear inspired colours with some killer nail art to boot. So enjoy the athletic-ness without having to even break a sweat! Total win.

Loving the grey nail polish paired with hot pink tips.
Not the most achievable eyeliner technique, but I love the creativity!
Love the cats eye flick done in an unusual bright yellow shade.
Hot pink lippie + jade green eyeliner= heaven! The geometric nail art is so big right now too.

1. The secret to getting the super bright eye shadow and liner from the Company shoot is to use a product like Napoleon's Cake Eyeliner Sealer ($22). This genius liquid renders any eyeshadow and eyeliner completely budge-proof and water resistant. You can squeeze a couple of drops into your eyeshadow to turn it into an eyeliner or -my favourite way to use it- mix a few drops with a loose eyeshadow or pigment powder so you have a gorgeous eye shadow or eyeliner. Actually, if you applied your eye makeup using this sealer you could exercise with your makeup on and still have it in place when you're finished! I like to mix the sealer with Napoleon Loose Eye Dusts ($33) to make a super shimmery and bright eyeliner. My sporty picks are Jaded Genie, Violet Femme and Electric Blue.

2. Speaking on budge-proof colour, Maybelline have just released the new Colour Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow which gives gorgeous, highly pigmented colour that will stay on all day, at the awesome price of $11.95 each. My faves are Painted Purple and Tenacious Teal.

3. To get the nail art from the shoot, try pairing the hilariously titled Billy No Mates (a soft grey shade) from Butter London ($22) with the fuchsia Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Tentation ($50). Apply two coats of the grey colour, wait until dry and then apply some french manicure nail strips to create new nail tips. Paint the hot pink shade on above the tape and when it's dry peel off the strips and you're rockin' some seriously cool nail tips (so much better than a french mani). If you're after a quick sporty fix, go all canary yellow instead with Maybelline's Mini Colour-rama Nail Polish in Urban Lemon ($6).

4. For a hit of sporty neon goodness try Sephora+Pantone Universe Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango ($13). I'm not exactly sure why tangerine is a sporty colour- perhaps because it matches the witches hats they use to mark out the lines when they're forcing you to play those stupid ball games? (Sorry- I was having a primary school sports carnival flashback there).

5. These geometric nail foils are just the thing for re-creating the sporty geometric nail art seen in the shoot. Geometric shapes are oh-so-cool right now so pick yourself up a set from Kit Cosmetics for only $9.95.

6. A sporty makeup look means illuminated, dewy skin. Try mixing an illuminator like Nars's Copacabana ($48, my fave shade for fair skins) into your foundation or tinted moisturiser for a subtle all over facial glow. No actual physical exertion required!

Are you a fan of sporty fashion or makeup? Would you actually wear makeup to play a sport or work out?

Have a beautiful week!


Monday, 6 August 2012

Makeup Monday: Mascara Must Haves

Mascara. It's one of those beauty essentials that most women say they can't live without (including myself). There also seem to be about fifty gazillion types of mascaras out there, each with a different promise to curl, lengthen and fatten our lashes. Basically mascaras today promise to do about everything but wash the dishes for you. So in a beauty marketplace where every brand is selling some new "innovative mascara technology" -insert snigger here- how do we pick the good from the gimmicky?

I used to be on an endless search for the holy grail of mascaras- the one that would give me such amazingly gorgeous eyelashes that Kim Kardashian would commit harakiri upon seeing them (a girl can dream, right?) Since I am a somewhat hopeless makeup obsessive, I have tried many a mascara that promises to lift, curl, fatten, strengthen and define my lashes. I have learnt a few things from this: 1) Most "new and innovative" mascaras not only leave with you panda eyes and gloopy lashes but a lighter wallet as well, 2) that the mascara you've been using since you were a teenager is still probably the best one around and 3) You don't need more than two products to have super pretty eyelashes.

So I figured I could put my years of mascara testing to good use and save other women the time, money and potential hazard of raccoon eyes by devoting this Makeup Monday post to the mascara essentials you need and the ones that you don't.

1. A metal eyelash curler is the only sure-fire way to get gorgeous eyelashes (don't buy those cheap plastic ones, they are nowhere near as good). These little torture chamber-esque tools really are genius and using one will give you curled, long lashes regardless of the mascara you use afterwards. I promise! They are really simple to use and once you get the hang of it you will be wielding them like a pro. Place the curler at the base of your lashes and press gently, then move or "walk" the curler upward and repeatedly press the lashes. You'll probably need to repeat this a few times until you get a good curl, and I promise that it's totally worth it! 

2. After curling your lashes, brush on the mascara of your choice. Whether it be your favourite cheapie or a more luxe option, as long as you love it, then use it! As long as you curl before hand, you'll get a great result- I'm talking false eyelash flutteriness here! My current fave is the cult Japanese mascara Fairydrops. It comes in super cute packaging (always a plus) and gives extra long lashes due to it's cool twisty wand and micro fibre formulation.

3. Heated eye lash curlers are not only a waste of money but are sooo annoying to use, what with waiting for it to heat up and then trying to get your lashes to curl with the tiny bit of heat that comes out of the damn thing. Save yourself an hour and use a traditional eyelash curler instead!

4. Eyelash primers. Just about every brand has one these days, and they're just not necessary. If you curl your eyelashes beforehand, you don't need a primer to "boost" your lash length or volume before applying your regular mascara. It's one of those add ons that companies try to flog and hopeless makeup junkies like me fall for!

5. Vibrating mascaras. (I feel like I should be making a rude joke about this right now). Yes, someone actually came up with this concept. Apparently making the wand of the mascara vibrate leads to super curled lashes. I say it leads to super cash loss (the Estee Lauder version costs $62 and mascara only has a shelf life of about three months) and your family thinking that you're up to something dirty in the bathroom.

I hope this little post has been helpful in demystifying the plethora of mascara products out there. But what do you think of my mascara have and have nots? Do you agree or disagree? What's your fave mascara? I'd love to know! 

Have a beautiful week!


Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Loving Right Now: Hillier's Squee Worthy Jewellery

The Paperclip Collection
Everyone who reads this blog will probably know that I have an obsession healthy interest in anything cute. Be it jewellery, clothes, makeup or accessories, if it's cute then I love it (and really, really want to buy it). 

The Bunny Love Collection
So when I discovered Hillier jewellery a little while ago, I knew I had to share the outrageous cuteness with everyone. Featuring the creations of designer Katie Hillier, the label's tagline is "luxury with a wink". A combination of fun, quirky and cute designs paired with high quality metals and jewels means that you can actually invest in a piece of squee worthy jewellery. No boring ol' diamond tennis bracelets here ladies!
The Snowball Hair Collection
The latest collection focuses on hair accessories with jewel accents and glitter embellishments. Think huge hair bobbles with bunny faces, bunny barrettes and bunny hair ties. (Did I mention that Hillier's signature is the bunny?)

The Snowdrop Vermeil Collection
The Snowdrop Vermeil Collection actually features white ceramic dots that glow-in-the-dark! How seriously awesome is that? I'll take the Dot Bunny studs, ring, bracelet and necklace please. (Hey, a girl's gotta have the whole collection right?)

Although I didn't have the cash for one of the 18ct gold pieces (sob!) I was able to treat myself to this adorable Dot Bunny Headband. It's now officially my favourite hair accessory. Although one of those Sparkle Bunny Clips from the Snowball Hair Collection would be nice...

My save-up-for-six-months-to-buy dream purchase! Glow-in-the-dark Dot Bunny Studs!

Prices vary depending on the collection and materials used. They start at around $100 for the hair accessories, $430 for my coveted Dot Bunny Stud Earrings, $600 for a silver Paperclip Necklace and up to $4,500 for the Bunny Love Ring with pave diamonds. A girl can dream...

Check out more cuteness at Hillier's website, or buy a piece for yourself at Opening Ceremony.

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