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Brown eyes
Wednesday, 7 January 2015

I've been working on a constant for the past few months that I barely have time to fully do my makeup. But in a sense, it has been rather refreshing. It has taught me to be quick in getting ready and to bat on merely the essentials. That includes discarding the foundation step and going straight for the mascara. A subtle lip liner smudged with my mojito balm to add colour to my drab morning face. If I have the time, I'll add depth to my brows and brush some mascara for a fuller effect, and a quick smudge of eyeliner.

The aftermath of less - notably clearer skin and I feel more comfortable going out in a more natural setting.
And its always nice when your boyfriend can barely tell the difference because he thinks you look beautiful either way.

But today, I've done a look I'd be quite happy to wear out for a special date night. Eyes lined and smoked out with Urban Decay's Naked Palette 2, lashes curled and darkened with Sephora's matt mascara (I only swear by Sephora and Maybelline's mascara) and curled again. I used to only invest in eye make-up until I realised the bolder effect achieved by enhancing my brows and lips. I find that a lot of girls work their brows too harshly, either going too dark or too shaped and obviously drawn. My scarce brows are shaped with Lancome's brow liner in blonde (it's already a dark shade if too much pressure is applied) in feather-like strokes, and finished with a brush of mascara for a natural looking enhancement. For fuller lips, there's a special trick I like to use; I like using a L'Oreal lipliner in my natural lip shade just around the edge of my lips, sometimes a slightly darker shade to define the mid-lower lip. I lightly dab the inner middle parts of my lips with a darker MAC shade very subtly and around the corners of my mouth - blend well. Then finish with Sephora's light peach shade on the bridge of the upper lip and blend. I used to dab a dot of foundation when I didn't have a lighter lip shade. It's all about the illusion of lighting and shading ! (p.s. Sometimes I like to dab on a tinge of sweet lipgloss in an orangey peach hue to shy off the pinky lip.)

When I do want to look my best, I'd use a Maybelline or Dior foundation, and dust the &otherstories Organza Coral blusher on the upper cheekbones for a sweet blushing glow.
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christmas in london
Wednesday, 24 December 2014

 Can you believe it's already Christmas ?! The only time of year I'd pull out the vivid crayon red jumper. I've successfully gotten presents for each family member; such as a cocktail and meat recipe book from meat bar Pitt Cue & Co and a Hugo Boss mossy suede jacket from a charity shop for my brothers, Victoria Secret bejewelled bra for my sister, an Italian Emporio jacket for the dad, and Shay & Blue's almond and cucumber perfume for my mum. It's going to be a busy Christmas this year in our flat in London, as the year ahead only gets hectic with the release of my final collection.


However, I am looking forward to the new year and graduating. This year has been wonderful; meeting new friends at the gym, getting into weightlifting, and meeting the man of my dreams. I can't wait to start the new year and beginning a new chapters in life.
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Kenzo
Wednesday, 8 October 2014


 [ Kenzo jumper, All Saints striped tee, AG jeans and tote, Nike trainers ]

During my brief trip to Paris, I was offered a VIP shopping experience at La Vallée Village (the French Bicester Village). I bought a navy ba&sh cashmere vest and this Kenzo jumper. The other day I unravelled my bag and asked Dave his opinion on it (because his opinions are honest and he has the perception of a six year old). He laughs at me and says I look like the sheep back home in Yorkshire. I think I will take that as a compliment.

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While in Paris





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Rue de Castiglione



[ All Saints striped tee, MNG skirt, Miu Miu sunglasses, Zadig et Voltaire bag, Jack Wills chelsea boots ]


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Louis Vuitton Printemps Été SS15



 Louis Vuitton Printemps Été SS15

It was a hectic morning as our Louis Vuitton concierge had picked up the wrong Yeangs from our hotel (what are the chances, right?). But all was well when our celeb-driver returns - Slim, (who tells us how Marc Jacobs never sleeps before a show and that André Talley Leon is such a great drinking friend), speeds past the Champs-Élysées while swearing at slow French cyclists. With the pressure of the show starting at 10am sharp, we managed to grab our seats before the show begins not a moment later.

Nicolas Ghesquière sets out for round two this season for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week and reminds us exactly what ready-to-wear is all about. Elegant textured dresses combatted with leather striped jackets, velvet chameleon-like carpet-print ensemble and sequinned tops moved across the runway, and not to mention the amazing must-have terracotta and cornflower blue velvet trousers that remind me of the bum-hugging seventies. Hair was let down in natural waves that depict the perfect French look. The perfect finish with my Danish model crush, Freja Beha Erichsen, closing the show in the simplest black ensemble.

The show ends with Nicolas running backstage with an achieving smile on his face and the bumble of chatter arising, complimenting the collection to their next door blogger best-friend. PRs rush towards the back as I make my way past model Liu Wen on my way out, sharing eye contact with Anna Wintour and Selena Gomez. That day had such an odd feeling of recognising all your old favourite Australians - like walking out with Gary Pepper girl, Nicole Warne; seeing Shine by Three writer Margaret Zhang in Marais, and Favela Punk in a showroom. It really wasn't your ordinary day, but really a typical fashion week.

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