australis cosmetics velourlips

This is my first beauty review post. Every since 2012, when I did my first skincare collaboration with Manenocte, I’ve had readers requesting that I review more beauty and skincare products. Four years later, I finally relented. To be honest, I wanted to the whole time, and the only reason I didn’t is because I am terrible with makeup and skincare. Godawful. I’m scared by it all, frankly. But now I’ve realised, why not do a guide for those of us that have no idea what we’re doing? The red wine-loving smokers who want to wear lipstick but always ruin it? The ones who pick up a colourful blemish wheel, and have NO IDEA WHAT IT IS OR WHAT TO DO WITH IT?! The ones who have been buying the wrong colour foundation for years because they just cannot fathom the options now: colour correcting cream, tinted primer, bronzing primer, liquid foundation, powder foundation, BB cream, CC cream, blurring cream – WHAT?! So these posts; they are for you people. I know next to nothing, my skin is far from blemish-free, and it took me ’til the age of 18 to buy my first lipstick: this is how I get by. This isn’t so much to teach you, but to reach out to you in solidarity. Red wine stains and all.


VELOURLIPS

I contacted Australis Cosmetics about their current range, and they kindly sent me some of their products to review. I contacted Australis because they are currently absolutely killing it with their branding, their digital presence, and most importantly, their product. Australis sent me two colours from the Velourlips range – PA-REE (a dark nude), and NY-CEE (a bright red). The range’s bio on the Australis Cosmetics site advertises long-lasting coverage, a matte finish, no flaking, and highly pigmented colour. IMG_5819

Coverage

I’m impressed. Personally, I am a smoker (so along with leaving half my lipstick on a cigarette every few hours, I also have slightly dry lips), I’m constantly drinking from a bottle of water every few minutes, and I also love red wine. I have tested all of these things while wearing Velourlips, and the coverage is damn impressive. The coverage lasted around 4 hours after a night out on the red wine. A reapply is necessary every 3-4 hours, but just in the centre of your lips – anything that goes on as a cream will become revert back to a bit more of liquid texture if you immerse it in another liquid. It depends how messy an eater and drinker you are, I guess. 3-4 hours with just the centre of your lips needing a slight touch-up is completely excellent in my opinion. Haven’t found a matte lipstick with better lasting coverage yet.

Matte Finish

I’m always very cynical about matte lip colour. How many times have you bought a ‘matte’ lipstick, and its still slightly glossy? I bought one once, and it ended up being glittery – those bastards. This isn’t something you have to worry about with Velourlips. Its slides on glossy and creamy, but give it a few minutes to dry (DO NOT DRINK RED WINE AT THIS STEP. I REPEAT, NO WINE YET) and its perfectly, completely and wonderfully matte.

Flaking

I find this an interesting selling point by Australis, purely because I thought flaking of lipstick had a huge amount to do with the lips that its being applied on. Again, I’m an idiot smoker, so my lips can get quite dry sometimes. However, they’ve claimed ‘no flaking’, so I’ll go ahead. They must have some kind of magical moisture powder in there, because my dry lips didn’t cause either of the colours to flake at all. When I tried PA-REE, I put a light layer of clear balm underneath. But when I used NY-CEE (to test out the flaking theory) I didn’t use a spot of balm, and it still didn’t flake. Quite amazing really. My lips are only dry-ish though, so if you have super dry lips, use some balm first – anything that’s matte zaps the moisture.

Highly pigmented colour

Well this barely even has to be talked about – there’s some serious pigment going on here. Go over your lips once with the wand, and the full force of the colour is there – no need for a second layer. Putting on a second layer literally does nothing more for the intensity of the colour, and it makes your lips feel weird, so don’t do it. The only thing I hope is that they bring out a bigger range of colours. Some darker reds and browns would be too perfect with this lip range.

Other notes

  • It moves with your lips. Its always a paranoia of mine that when I use a stain or cream on my lips, that it will make me feel like I just had Botox and can’t move my mouth properly. Its a bit of a strange feeling at first, but it definitely moves with you when you talk, laugh and smile.
  • The next day you might have to give the lippy a rest, and overnight cover your lips with Vitamin E oil or something else super moisturising. This isn’t a reflection of this particular product. It purely comes from what I mentioned before – anything that’s super matte gets rid of all moisture, so you need to make sure you make up for it after you’ve cleaned it off.
  • I’m pretty bad at trying to clean off red lipstick; I somehow always make my entire face a lovely shade of pink. I thought this might be the case with this product, because of the strong pigment. The clean-up for Velourlips: I wiped this off with Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water, then washed my face with my normal cleansing routine. It came off easily, and there was no residue or pink colouring left on my lips. The PAR-EE colour came off with ease too, and also left no flecks or pigment. Australis really did think of everything with this product.

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SO, all up. Velourlips is well worth your time. If you have dry lips, it might be a bit more difficult to work with (but all matte lip colour will be). It’s perfect for a night out, because the touchups will be extremely minimal, if any. And thank you, thank you THANK YOU Australis Cosmetics, for finally creating a truly matte, affordable lip colour – you are lifesavers. I’d love to see more of a colour range, but knowing Australis Cosmetics, they’ll already be well ahead of me on that one.

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marni by day

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My friends are the best. The best. They love me, and they support me, and laugh with me, they cry with me, they celebrate with me. And I love them for all of that. The other thing that they occasionally do, is buy clothes in the wrong size then leave it too long to return, and give me them. My best friend Maggie bought this Marni dress. It didn’t sit right on her, but she forgot to return it. And now it is mine. Thank you beautiful angel, it’s so wonderful.

This dress is an all rounder: sack-like midi-dress with boxy shoulders, during the day with flats it looks relaxed as hell, and at night with heels it looks dressy and on point. The pins at the waist keep a little bit of shape, but it essentially fits straight with tapering around the calves.

I’ve decided to blog this dress twice; at day and at night. My day look pairs it with Windsor Smith black leather slides, an oversize Sportsgirl tote, and layered necklaces. Simple as it comes, and it feels beautiful on. Relaxi-dress.

Keep watch, I will post the night look of this dress very soon! Which will be my last outfit post from Adelaide; I’m going to start working on some outfit posts from my new hometown, Sydney.

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STYLING NOTES

Dress: Marni
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Bag: Sportsgirl
Wallet: Comme des Garçons
Necklace (shortest): Nanna’s pendant, vintage
Necklace (middle): rose quartz pendant, vintage
Necklace (longest): Alexander McQueen

an open letter to media makeup

To Media Makeup,

Recently, on local creative page that I am a part of on Facebook, I came across a post from one of your students. The student was seeking a model for a shoot as a part of one of her assignments for you. In her post, she claimed that for a whole day’s work, the model would receive one image for her time, and would have to purchase every other image for her portfolio.

Is the way Media Makeup conducts their assignments? I couldn’t find any information on your website about it. IMG_4225

FIRSTLY

[I spent half an hour staring at my computer; dumbfounded; trying to start this paragraph.] A model having to purchase her photos? I can’t honestly believe how ridiculous it is that I should have to explain it. I’ve had modelling agencies warn me that if someone tries to charge you for your own photos, to get outta there quick smart, because they are scamming you. Creatives have been fighting this for years, amateur or professional. Listen to us! We are not slaves or servants. You are seeking models (or any type of creative) out as amateurs/professionals that deserve to have their time compensated in one way or another. Why? Because they have a skill that you do not possess, that you need. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE HIRING THEM.

Your student sent me a personal message after I commented on her post, asking why I was so upset, and that I shouldn’t be because she herself has to purchase the images too. Which, of course, made my head nearly implode. You charge $11,800 for a diploma in Makeup, plus the student has to buy pictures of their own work? Who are these photographers you are are using, and why are they and you yourselves, scamming students who are just trying to learn? I’m beyond astounded.

I’ve been modelling for six years, and working as an editorial stylist for three. I consider my skill of considerable worth, and I charge accordingly. Now, considering how you are conducting and letting your students be a part of the aforementioned shoots, I’ll have to assume that perhaps you’ve never been a part of a professional, creative photoshoot for example a magazine, or advertising. IMG_4226You see, the way it works is that each creative person (photographer, creative director, model, makeup artist, hair stylist, so on) are compensated for their time, in the monetary amount decided by themselves, or an agent. Photos that are created on this shoot are not exchanged for monetary value (unless being used for licensed advertising, but thats a whole other issue), they are distributed to the team because they deserve those images; those images are their work.

SECONDLY

You are a school. You are responsible for students. These people are passionate fresh minds, and you are responsible for helping shape their ideals, their creativity, their confidence, and their self-worth, both today and for the rest of their careers. By showing them that people in creative fields will pay money to work, you are not only lowering their inevitably low self-worth when they launch themselves into the creative work force, but you are also lowering the standards of local creatives everywhere. By the end of their course with you, they should know that 1) you do not pay for images you work on yourself, 2) sometimes it’s okay to work for free when starting out, but only if you feel confident that the images will be worth it for your portfolio or experiences, and 3) you deserve to get paid for what you do, because what you do is important and wonderful!

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Advertising on a creative Facebook page is not the greatest of ideas for your students. The page itself is used for TFP or paid work, and generally, trying to charge creatives for their own time while receive incredibly hostile feedback – not something that students need at the blossoming stages of their career – ESPECIALLY if they expect the creative to be experienced/skilled (like in this post, ‘Model needs to be confident with posing’). Professional people will get angry (somewhat like I am now) at your students for trying to get them to work for free or trying to charge them for their time and skill. If your students are planning on advertising for amateur models or creatives for their assignments, it comes highly recommended that you allow your students to do it TFP. That means time for prints, by the way. I can confidently assume you might not have heard of that term because you were too busy trying to make money. Please feel free to get back to me via email to explain this process, and why you are ripping off local creatives, and the students that you are entrusted to protect and teach.

Thanks,

Chloe Sargeant

– I have protected not only the student’s name (as she is at no fault whatsoever) and also the name of the creative Facebook group, to protect the admins who played no part in the interaction at all -

CARA DELEVINGNE FOR GIVENCHY

OKAY. We all need to talk about Cara for Givenchy.

I know a lot of people in the fashion industry dislike her, for, y’know, having a personality beyond a brick wall, but fuck them all, I love her. She have given me so much inspiration by being a personable, energetic model, that likes to have a laugh. She also has my exact measurements, where I’ve struggled to meet “agency requirements” over the years. Models like Cara give me an really loving hope for the modern fashion industry.

Cara bleached her eyebrows for Givenchy SS15. I mean, almost every model did. But Cara’s ‘thing’ is her eyebrows. They are huge, they are rebellious, they do what they want – just like her. And in that show, they are non-existent. And she looks fucking amazong. She looks high fashion, she looks edgy as fuck, she looks incredible. Appreciate.

A woman’s known feature does not make the woman; she is so much more. In the words of Kenneth Parcell, “this mess is gonna get raw like sushi, so haters to the left.”

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balenciaga virgin

Balenciaga was one of the first labels I ever truly loved. I got a ‘chucked in the deep end’ kind of education to high end fashion labels when I started modelling at the age of sixteen, and Balenciaga was one of the first labels I looked at and went ‘oh yeah, I get it.’ (I remember the first collection I ever loved, it was Ghesquière’s spring RTW 2007, with those jewelled science lab goggle sunglasses.)

It’s taken me seven whole years since then to get a piece of my own from the label. I knew I wanted my first piece to be something quintessentially Balenciaga, that I’d be able to wear all the time. So I decided on the Arena Wrap Bracelet. Those riveted Balenciaga studs; you can spot them a mile away. I’m a happy gal.

 

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you don’t have to be rich

IMG_0448   These Maurie & Eve jeans and Windsor Smith slides have featured before. But we should all be honest with ourselves here: do bloggers that post outfit photos weekly with brand new clothing have some magical endless wardrobe or income? I certainly don’t. I can’t afford a brand new addition to my wardrobe every week, just like most women my age. I blog to share my knowledge and style, learn, write, and to post things I like. Quality and passion matter most to me with style posts, not quantity. Innovation isn’t buying new stuff to shoot all the time, it’s working through adversity, being creative and styling the same pieces in unique ways. Speaking of unique personal style, I got told the other day over dinner that I looked like I was wearing pyjamas. It’s not something I haven’t heard before. I wear a lot of black, and it’s always slouchy and relaxed, no bra, you know what I’m talking about. My wardrobe is almost wholly made up of oversized tees. It’s fucking amazing. Like at the end of dinner and everyone’s complaining about wanting to unbutton their jeans, and you’re sitting there in stretch dropcrotch pants and you are SO FUCKING COMFORTABLE. Couldn’t recommend it more. Use the Olsen twins as inspiration – their ‘look, I love expensive labels but fuck off if I’m not going to be comfy’ vibes have inspired me for years. This outfit is slouchy, comfortable, and perfect for running around on those ‘I have a thousand things to do and no motivation to do any of them’ kind of days. The tee is soft cotton and I’ve had it for too many years to even remember where it’s from. Maurie & Eve’s ‘Word Jean’ is in my top 5 favourite pieces of clothing I own. I really need to photograph the back of them so you can properly see the dropcrotch detail, it’s fantastic. The Windsor Smith slides have barely come off of my feet since spring hit Adelaide. The sunglasses are my favourite newbies – a darling friend runs a incredible label called Supa Sundays. He gave me these wonderful ‘Maximillion’ sunnies, and I adore them. The leather-look caps on either side of the frames are just so sick. You can find them here. IMG_0453 IMG_0505 IMG_0413 IMG_0521 IMG_0430 IMG_0542

STYLING NOTES

T-shirt: unknown
Bra: American Apparel
German shirt (around waist): Aussie Disposals
Jeans: Maurie & Eve
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Sunglasses: Supa Sundays
Clutch: Comme des Garçons

photos by Daniel Freer

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oskar ss14

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I just received these images of the spring/summer release from Australian label OSKAR, and I’m over the moon that a label has created a whole range that I can see myself wearing during the upcoming hot summer days, as well as the sweaty summer nights. White, black, and just a hint of navy blue is something I very obviously identify with, and clean monochrome minimalism is truthfully, pretty easy to screw up. Multiple black pieces not matching properly (it sounds idiotic but it’s 110% true); layering can look clumsy. This collection has eradicated the fear of a minimalism faux pas, and offers origami tailoring and neoprene to add something interesting to your layers. There’s a very youthful energy to this collection, while still being worldly, casually elegant – wearing any of these styles with slides or sneakers is my summer vibes for 2015. I’m bloody excited to get my hands on some of these pieces.

all images from OSKAR, via Bespoke PR

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