Current Favourites: Western Products

wpid-20150911_191133.jpgMy makeup table has grown to look like this.
It’s getting a bit silly at this rate but it’s forcing me to use different looks and products more often than I usually do.

Let’s start with skincare. Most of the products I use for my skin are Korean but there’s a few Western items that I really like. My two favourites are from Palmer’s. There’s the facial scrub with crushed walnuts that’s great for mechanical exfoliation. I also have a moisturiser from them that’s designed for sensitive skin and it’s amazing, sadly it seems it’s no longer available.

Body: Still from Palmer’s, there’s their amazing cocoa body butter. It’s the standard one you can find almost anywhere and it really is amazing. I’m also loving the exfoliating gloves from Soap and Glory, they really do get the job done. On a less exciting note, I have realised just how much I love my regular deodorant after having to spend a few days using another one. It’s Dove’s Original 48h anti-perspirant one, the stick formula that’s creamy rather than liquid. It just works so much better than anything else I’ve used. A while back, a flatmate left me with a body lotion when she moved out. It’s from Bath & BodyWorks and it’s the warm vanilla sugar body lotion. It smells amazing.

Base products: I’ve started using NYX’s Pore Filler since my skin is acting up a bit and it helps my makeup look good longer, I have the tendency to rub the tip of my nose and thus having a primer is really helpful. Because my skin is really showing sings of stress (it’s that time of the semester), I’ve used Urban Decay’s Naked Skin concealer in Light Warm and I’ve found that once I started using my fingers to blend it, it worked a lot better. I’m trying to get through my Chanel foundation so that I can move on to a Guerlain one I bought, I’ve had the Chanel one for ages and I’m not too happy with it. However, when a product costs that much, I can’t justify throwing it away.

Lips: Firstly, I’ve started using a lot more lip care products as opposed to just lip colour. The first product here is the Kissable wpid-20150831_213652.jpgLips Smoothing Lip Exfoliant from Mecca Cosmetics. It’s a really good mild scrub that also happens to taste good. I recently picked up a lip butter with Pomegranate & Grapeseed from Crabtree & Evelyn, it’s good but I wouldn’t have bought it if it wasn’t on sale. My Guerlain lipstick is still a favourite. For new products, I’ve fallen in love with Besame’s Red Velvet lipstick and it’s one of my all time favourites. I’ve also bought three giant pen sticks from MaxFactor’s Colour Elixir collection and I’m really pleased with them. Another drugstore product I’ve really enjoyed lately is the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color in All Day Cherry.

Eye products:  I’ve found a fair amount of western products when it comes to eyes. Firstly, there’s the What’s Your Type? Mascara in Tall, Dark, and Handsome from TheBalm. Secondly, there’s Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara which I’ve only tried once but that was really promising. I’m currently loving just the very basic black eyeliner from Essence since it’s extremely opaque and I can use it for Character Creator. The same thing applies to a black single eyeshadow from Paint, which doesn’t have a name beyond being called black. In terms of cream eyeshadow, I’m still enjoying the Bobbi Brown one in 24 Karat. I’m still adoring my NYX natural palette which is my everyday go to one. Their bigger Wicked Dreams palette is also pretty good and far more versatile since it has four times as many eyeshadows. A shadow I came across recently that really impressed me is Geek Chic Cosmetics the One Ring that is one of the few truly golden colours I’ve ever encountered.

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Retro Essentials: Maxi Lengths (Currents)

wpid-20141228_193917.jpgCasual maxi dresses weren’t really a thing during the 1930’s-1950’s. You do see longer dresses and gowns for formal occasions, but for casual wear, it seemed lengths around the knee were more common. However, given Australia’s extreme weather, maxi dresses are some of the most wearable items you can have in a wardrobe. So let’s see if we can find a number of dresses that are both maxi and retro friendly.

Casual

For casual maxi dresses there’s always the basic retro patterns (stripes, polkadots, and florals), but I personally prefer dresses in one colour. This dress offers a relaxed shape with a fitted waist and a v-neck, combine it with a vintage belt and sandal wedges. Here’s an option that uses florals combined with a casual top which draws focus to the waist. This classic colour and relaxed fit looks like a good combination for a hot day, just add some nautical accessories. For a dress that you can wear over swimwear, I’d probably opt for this one.

Mid level

By mid level I mean going out for lunch with a group of friends, a somewhat casual date, or just an occasion where you would normally dress one or a few steps above your casual look. It’s elegant rather than casual but not as elaborate or eye catching as the formal options. Due to its elegant cut I’d put this blue dress with white stripes in the middle category rather than the casual one as it follows the body a bit more closely. This is one I’ve ordered but haven’t tried yet, the draping around the bust and the deep colour means that it looks more formal than causal but due to the fabric it ends up in this category. This classical black dress can be worn to almost any occasion and it looks very easy to dress up or down. Love the unusual prints from modern retro styles? This one has pineapples on it, which reminds me of the tropical prints common in retro dresses.

Formal
Formal includes a range of formal occasions, I’d say cocktail and above. One thing that can bring back the luxurious elegance we tend to associate with vintage formal wear is to use a fabric with metallic inlays as they look similar to embroidery. If you’re like me and prefer some sort of sleeve or straps, there’s the option of using a dress with lace as lace overlays don’t make the dress too warm and can still be used to create straps or sleeves. If you want to be a little daring, I’d go for a bold typical pinup pattern but a cut that’s traditionally formal. This black polkadot dress will certainly not be forgotten. This dress feels like a hybrid of the 1920’s and 1930’s and is a good option if you prefer a dress with sparkles. Out of all the dresses I’ve looked at for this post, this is probably the one with the most late 1940’s-1950’s resemblance due to the cut. This one is another option with a very vintage friendly cut.

Retro Essentials: Currents – October Dresses

October is only a few days away and it is one of my favourite months. Why? Two reasons. Halloween and my birthday. Elsewhere in the world it’s the last light to go out before winter, when the leaves are still golden, and the cold can still be chased away with a cup of tea. Anyhow, I thought about making this series a monthly thing with occasional themed posts.
So yeah, here’s some of the items currently available going into October.

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