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Mother’s Day Shopping with OPENPAY

I feel like as with most special holidays (or Birthdays), Mother’s Day always creeps up on us and all of a sudden we need to pull together our funds so we can spoil out Mum’s – which is exactly what they deserve! Little did I know, until recently, that Openpay lets you shop in stores and use interest free payment plans, so you won’t be out of pocket! And the best part is, is that you can use Openpay on not just clothes and shoes, but services as well. So you’ll be able to use it when you buy Mum a lovely spa package for Sunday. Not only, is Openpay a fantastic was to be financially savvy, but you can even pay for your items directly from you phone using the Openpay app. So easy! So get shopping, and find your Mum the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Learn more and find all Openpay stores here. Advertisements

Spring Racing 101

It’s finally that time of year again…Spring Racing carnival. My absolute favourite time of year, that combines fashion with socialising and of course a very historical sporting event! This year I teamed up with Oscar Oscar to prepare my race day hair looks for each event, and here I speak to the team about my hints and tips if you’re planning to hit the track this coming week. Check it out now!

Day Time/Natural Makeup That Won’t Scream OOT

Okay so finding the right balance between a natural look and then too much makeup for broad daylight can be troublesome to say the least. I’m talking makeup that is suitable for casual brunch catch ups, trips to the shops and sneaky afternoon drinks. Nothing feels or looks worse than girls who pound on layers of makeup when the sun is shining and exposing all those unblended and patchy areas of foundation, not to mention that false eyelashes for a day time activity is a big no-no! I can sum this ideal balance up for you in three words; base, brows and lashes (all real of course). If you can get these three elements right then you’re well on your way to perfecting day time/natural looking makeup. But here’s my ritual outlined with all the products I use: Step 1: Prepping the oven (skin) So I would HOPE that you’ve all moisturised already! If not, this is step one every day, even when you’re not applying makeup. I use Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme. Next you’ll want …

Diner en Blanc Is Coming To Melbourne

For 25 years, although the tradition was born in Paris, cities all over the world host an annual dinner unlike any other. The location is kept a secret, despite hundreds, if not thousands, of invitees preparing themselves for an eloquent and elaborate evening of fine food, champagne and entertainment. Attendees embark on a journey to the top secret location, from all over the given city, and it is only upon arrival that the whereabouts of each Diner en Blanc (DeB) is revealed. (pictured above: Diner en Blanc, Paris 2014) Sound exciting? If you’re like me and enjoy your food and drink as much as your fashion and sharing a special occasion with friends, then the inaugural Diner en Blanc Melbourne is an event not to be missed. I am extremely excited to be getting involved with DeB Melbourne and hope many fellow Melbournian’s will join in this exclusive celebration. As the name suggests, the theme is always white. Both women and men must be dressed in white, appropriately of course and strictly white wine and …

Products That Nail It And Why I Won’t Buy O.P.I

Having well looked after nails is becoming as chronic and important as the icing on the cake. Honestly, if my nails are not ‘did’ for an event/outing of significance then I feel like I am missing an important element to my overall appearance. I also choose my nail colour in advance to make sure it’s appropriate for my choice of attire and I make sure my nails are painted at the prime time so they look fresh for the outing, but have had sufficient drying time. The ability of a nail polish to dry efficiently and sleekly is everything when it comes to choosing a particular product. The number of times I have painted my nails hours before bed and still woken up to smudged, dented nails is too many for me to be wasting any more time on those less than adequate shades again. So, when picking the right colour, you also want to know that the brand can be trusted to do a good job. No one has time to a) be waiting around …

A Useful Guide: ‘Casual Friday’

The concept of ‘Casual Friday’ is office jargon that is usually undefined, which leaves employees (especially new to the workforce employees) feeling uncertain on the actual appropriateness of what ‘casual’ means to their respective employer. Here’s my guide to Casual Friday to help you defog the ambiguity of the common workplace tradition. Firstly, if you know you have external meetings, or important internal meetings ABORT Casual Friday! At the end of the day, as great as it is to tone down your wardrobe and feel comfortable, you are at work and it’s important to remain professional. So if the day’s schedule calls for it, best to keep it corporate. As a rule of thumb, I generally make sure one piece of my outfit is still quite corporate. For example, I might wear casual black pants, a t-shirt and then a blazer. Or, a pencil skirt with a t-shirt. But a super easy option is a neat casual dress with tights and boots (winter) or sandals with a thick heel/wedge (summer) – no more than 10cm …

The Evolving Fake Tan Phenomenon: From Orange to Essential

I love a good tan; it makes your teeth look whiter, your legs look longer and your outfit look better. I’m often mistaken for a naturally olive skinned individual. But that’s only because I have perfected the art of fake tanning. Circa 2006, fake tan was a contentious beauty product. Fake tanning was often frowned upon as a dirty and tacky thing to do, in a futile attempt to make ones skin darker. With many less than adequate products available, women often abused fake tan and ended up boarder line shades of ‘pumpkin’. The problem was that these products were not that good, and they did terrible things to the skin when they were wearing off – i.e. blotching, drying, even scaling the skin. If you could perfect the fine art of fake tanning a good 10 years ago, you were doing better than most. But today, fake tan has come a long way, and it’s actually a fundamental part of my personal beauty prep for any key social engagement. I don’t tan naturally. I …

My Evening Makeup Look

When it comes to night time makeup, I usually stray from using blacks. I’m not a fan of thick eyeliner and prefer eyes to look sultry, yet not heavy or dark. My preference is in using brown and bronze tones. This works particularly well because I have auburn hair, but I believe using a neutral palette works on most skin tones and hair colours. Going for a more natural look is the way to go, and finding a good routine (with good products) that are long lasting, will make this very achievable and help you avoid the urge to use too much makeup. Prep and Prime I’ve spoken in depth around a good skin care routine; you can read about it here. So as I have previously mentioned, I always moisturise before applying makeup. It hydrates the skin and will also make for an easier application. After you have moisturised, apply a good primer. My go-to primer is a Laura Mercier that has a subtle shimmer in the formula which makes your skin glow. A Light Foundation If …

The Importance of Eyebrows

The importance of eyebrows, and well maintained ones at that, is something I cannot stress more. I myself was guilty of eyebrow negligence until I hit the age of about 22. By negligence, I don’t mean waxing – most women have that under control (although if you don’t please get on to it, because that’s the most primitive step to great eyebrows). Now picture this; you’ve lathered on your moisturiser, primer, foundation, powder and bronzer. You have slicked winged liner like a goddess. In other words, your makeup looks fab. So you leave the house feeling great and ready for a night out. But hang on…you didn’t touch your eyebrows. So despite applying about 5 different products to your skin, you haven’t touched your brows… Unless you have the most gorgeous, thick, dark eyebrows a girl could have, your poor unattended eyebrows can’t possibly look their best with all that other gunk on your face. Am I painting a picture yet? Here’s some celebs with and without their eyebrows – which is essentially what you …