Alternatives to Winged Liquid Eyeliner

Winged liquid eyeliner is as essential to a lot of people as foundation or a chapstick. It’s also hellishly difficult to get right. So in the interest of being beginner friendly in this series, I thought could discuss some alternatives to winged liquid eyeliner.

Here are four alternative looks that are similar to the liquid eyeliner look but that don’t actually include liquid eyeliner. Keep in mind that I have hooded eyes and that these looks have been adapted to work with that kind of eye.

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Makeup for the tropics

This really applies to anywhere terribly hot and terribly humid. As y’all know, I just got back from spending some time in Cairns and Darwin, two places that are terribly hot in summer even by Brisbane standards.

The combination of hot and humid presents unique challenges to makeup, simply because makeup tends to be designed to be used in more moderate temperatures. Because hot climates also tend to have aircon set to bloody cold, your skin is going to be exposed to a lot of external stimulus and very varied conditions. ┬áLet’s have a look at some steps I found helpful in deciding what to bring. (Please note that the photos are all from different trips).

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Exfoliation is an underestimated and under appreciated part of skincare. Sure, it’s not something you should do every day, but that doesn’t make it less important. It’s also a form of product that seldom gets reviewed or given any time in the spotlight. So, naturally I thought it was time to dedicate a post to products that get rid of dead skin.

20151203_221909.jpgLet’s start by talking about feet and scrubs to be used on them. It’s about to get really freaking hot and your feet will sweat. Dead skin contributes to that sweat smelling horribly. In other words, exfoliation has more benefits than purely cosmetic. Not looking after your feet can lead to such pleasant things as calluses and other minor disfigurements. In addition to scrubbing and moisturising, look after your feet by wearing shoes that fit you. Skip pointy toed shoes as they can actually deform your feet in the long run. If you wear heels, it is especially important that they fit properly both because they’re easier to walk in and because it minimises the risk of your feet being damaged. Anyhow, scrubs.

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Retro Essentials: DIY Gift Ideas

I’ve done one of these for beauty related gifts and another aimed at the male members of the community. This is meant to be the DIY version of that. I know I included the occasional DIY idea in the other lists, but this one is purely DIY.

  1. Candles in Cups
    Ok, it doesn’t have to be a cup. However, a cute coffee or teacup with a vintage design is a pretty common way of holding home made candles.
  2. DIY soap and dispensers.
    There’s plenty of formulas for home made soap out there and you should be able to find some of them with a quick search. Bar soaps work well for a vintage feel, but if you want to do something liquid, I’d recommend putting it in a cool or quirky bottle. Here’s an example
  3. Needlework
    Crafting is for natural reasons associated with the retro subcultures, especially the more vintage focused ones. Personally, I’m more likely to stab myself than I am creating nice needlework. However, if you enjoy this type of crafting, it can make for some awesome gifts. No matter if it’s a tea towel, a fabric shopping bag, or a pillow cover, it puts a personal touch to an otherwise bland gift. It doesn’t have to be the type of needlework you’d actually find on vintage items though. May I suggest a Storm Trooper?
  4. Perler Coasters
    This is like cross stitching for people who can’t handle needles. Perler’s create a similar structure to the pattern that you would get with cross stitching and they’re a lot faster to make in my experience. These ones may show a Pacman theme, but you can use any pattern you want. I’d even recommend looking at cross stitching patterns for inspiration.
  5. Personalised Gift Baskets
    This can include things like baked goods, preserves, home made beauty items (sugar scrubs are usually popular), or a Christmas survival kit as seen here. This can be as much or little DIY as you like, from just decorating the items to making everything from scratch.
  6. Personalised Kitchen Items
    Cutting boards, cheese platters (chalkboard), sharpie decorated coffee cups… There’s an endless length of options for items like this.
  7. Terrariums.
    No, not the kind that comes with reptiles. Or at least not live ones. More like this one
  8. Comic Book Crafts
    Comic books can be used to decorate almost anything, ranging from shoes to fake flowers to tables. Want a simple project? Try a cuff style bracelet.
  9. Budget Whiteboard
    Ok, so it’s not actually a white board. It’s decoratively framed note paper. It’s a good thing to keep in hallways to write messages to the family on, to keep on an office desk instead of Post Its. Decorate the frame in a typically vintage style or use more formal letter paper. A variant of this is to skip the class and turn it into a chalk board instead.
  10. Food
    Yes, this is basic. However, if you’re going to some sort of Christmas party, it’s worth talking to the person hosting it to see if they want you to bring anything. Hosting Christmas parties (or any other party really) can be really expensive, so decreasing their cost might be worth more than giving them a gift that’s nice but that they don’t need. Include the recipe on a hand written card or note, put it in nice packaging and you have a gift ready to go.

10 Retro Inspired Gift Ideas For Men

Yes, it’s a bit outdated to do “gifts for him” and “gifts for her”. However, the retro community seldom highlights items that are ‘gender neutral’ or aimed at men. This makes gift shopping for men who are a part of the subculture pretty difficult. Sure, there’s always things like tickets to events, creating a playlist/mixtape, or gift cards. However, sometimes it’s nice to give an actual item. If you don’t know where to start, these ten suggestions might give you a few ideas.

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Rainy Day Retro

Not all days are sunshine and 35 degrees. Sometimes, the weather betrays us even here in Brisbane. This post is about what to wear on rainy days when you might want to wear something simple, comfortable, and pretty casual compared to what you usually wear. Rainy days is a phrase that has a bit of a dual meaning and I’ve noticed that days that are literally rainy and days that are metaphorically rainy tend to result in me wearing the same type of outfits. So perhaps it’s worth thinking of these outfits as “Bad Day Wear”.
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Steps to Developing a Skin Care Routine

wpid-20151117_114803.jpgThis is my face, if you follow this blog it should be a fairly familiar sight by now. Or if you know me in real life. Anyhow, I decided that the best way of starting to talk about skin care was to show my skin.

So yeah, let’s have a discussion about how to develop a skin care routine.

Firstly, you need to familiarise yourself with your skin. A lot of people focus heavily on simply covering up with makeup and either skip skincare or use the completely wrong products. Remove all makeup, let your skin settle, and then have a good look at it. Resist the urge to try to fix things, just try to have a neutral approach. Don’t judge, just assess.

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