current makeup routine summer
current makeup routine summer
current makeup routine summer

We’re smack bang in the middle of a heat wave, and while I’m melting at the thought of having anything more than eyeliner and a bit of mascara on my face right now, I wanted to share some of my favourite beauty products that I’ve been reaching for most days as of late.

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to base. In the summertime, I always, always reach for the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser; this is so lightweight and I love the way that it looks on my skin. I like to apply this with a flat top kabuki brush from Sigma, it’s just a perfect match (and their brushes are so soft!).

I tend to find myself getting a lot of redness around my nose – eczema that I just can’t seem to beat – so for those days when it’s really flared up, I’ll apply a bit of concealer to help mask the redness. I absolutely love the Urban Decay concealer but most days I’ll reach for one from Rimmel, either the Perfect Match or the Wake me Up concealer, applied with a tapered brush from Real Techniques. To set that down I’ll use the it Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder, which is just one of the most incredibly mattifying setting powders I’ve ever come across.

When it comes to brows, there’s really only one product that’s been doing it for me lately, when I want a bold brow; the Precisely My Brow Pencil from Benefit. I went to a Benefit breakfast a few months back and felt inspired to pick this up after having a little play around with their products, and honestly, I haven’t looked back since. I used to be all over the Anastasia Brow Wiz but personally I think that this is – dare I say it… – much better, and it’s taken out the top spot as my currently holy grail brown product.

Eyes are definitely my favourite part of my makeup routine, and I seldom will leave the house without eyeliner on. I’ve been reaching for two eyeshadow palettes a lot lately – the Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay palette (limited edition, unfortunately!), and the MAC palette I put together when I was in New York. For eyeliner, I’ve been using my Tom Ford Eye Definer pen, which while it isn’t my favourite, I’ve come around to it a lot more than when I first picked it up. Given I tend to get quite oily eyelids, a good mascara that doesn’t smudge (and that isn’t waterproof) is a must for me. Lately, this has been the L’Oreal false lash wings mascara which truly makes your lashes look like no other.

Peachy cheeks are a must for me in the summer time, it just seems to go hand in hand with a good tan, and my go to is from NARS, their blush in the shade Gina. This is matte, has incredible colour pay off, and blends really beautifully on the skin. When I want something a little more glowy, I’ll reach for my Milani blush in the shade Luminous. And to highlight, I’ve been loving the Photoready Highlighting Stick from Revlon – this is such a pretty pink-toned pearlescent highlight, and it is so easy to apply. I’ll always pick a cream highlight over a powder one any day, and this is no exception.

I don’t always wear lipstick, and when I do, I usually like to go bold with a bright red. But, a formula that I have been absolutely loving since my wedding are the Lip Pops from Clinique. I have the shade Beige Pop which is the perfect cool-toned MLBB shade, and one that is really easy to apply (and forget about, and then re-apply). While I can safely say that I don’t really need any more lipsticks, I’d love to add a few more Lip Pops to my vanity come the new year…

What are your current makeup essentials? x

grana navy silk slip dress
grana navy silk slip dress

Grana silk slip dress* (also love this alternative), Public Desire heels (high end version)

I think you all probably know by now how I feel about easy dressing, and this little silk slip of a dress is just that. But rather than opting for my standard – classic black, of course! – this rich royal navy shade is all kinds of special, and definitely the kind of dress I could see myself wearing to ring in the new year.

We’re planning to head down to Malua Bay to spend the new year with family, eating prawns by the bucketload, and drinking probably a little too much champagne – a classic Aussie New Years by all counts.

So I think I’ll be slipping this dress into my suitcase (see what I did there?), along with a few pairs of shorts and simple tees, as it adds a little bit of luxe to what will be a fairly laid back evening. I’m always one for multiples, which would explain why I’ve been eying this same number up in black – because why wouldn’t you, right? And the ruby red is pretty cute too. What are you ladies wearing for New Year’s Eve? x

summer minimal style wardrobe

I’m still reeling over the fact that there are less than two weeks left in the year – something that always seems to hit me as soon as we start winding down in the office for the year – and even though I’m working right through the break, I’m looking forward to spending the festive season with loved ones, and enjoying some of that summer sunshine.

While there’s been a few new additions to my wardrobe which have quickly found their way into regular rotation, I love this time of year as it’s an opportunity to pull out some of my old favourites, like the vintage denim shorts I scored for 99 cents on eBay two years ago, or the Karen Walker boucle skirt that’s been a staple for the last five years.

I’m mostly settled on the fact that as hard as I try, I’m never going to be the girl who goes for full on colour, all day, every day, and I’ve found myself reaching for that same primarily neutral colour palette which I’ve long favoured. What can I say? I’m undeniably a creature of habit. Summer for me is the epitome of easy dressing; no layering necessary (and when the thermostat is hitting 33 degrees celsius, why would you want to?).

If you’d like to get more than just a little peek into the foundations of my summer wardrobe, then have a watch of the video that I shared on my YouTube below, which features all my favourite wardrobe pieces that I’ll be reaching for over the next couple of months.

what to wear for christmas asos jumpsuit
what to wear for christmas asos jumpsuit
what to wear for christmas asos jumpsuit

ASOS jumpsuit (also love the silver version!), Black leather clutch, Givenchy sequin heels (similar or these are really special), Mejuri necklace

While I think you all know what I’m planning to be wearing come Christmas day, this year I figure that it’s worth bucking tradition in favour of a chic and sleek jumpsuit to celebrate the festive season. This one from ASOS certainly packs a punch – from the structural bow at the waist, to the slightly bell flared trousers – and I love the fact that a simple fitted black skivvy worn underneath is all it needs to make it winter appropriate.

It’s not the most likely of choices, particularly for me, as I’m all over anything with a simple silhouette (and usually in black, white or grey!). But, I’ve had a little bit of fun picking out some of my favourite jumpsuits which I think are perfect for the festive season – I’ve love to know which one is your favourite! x

grana silk camisole slip dress rio red emerald
grana silk camisole slip dress rio red emerald

Grana silk camisoles in rio red and emerald *, Grana silk slip dress in navy *

Over the last five years, adding colour to my wardrobe hasn’t quite been my strong point, unless you count my current obsession with everything pink. But, in the spirit of trying something new, I jumped at the chance to test drive some of Grana’s newly launched colours. Their silk cami in ivory has fast become a wardrobe staple of mine, and with temps in Sydney currently sitting at 37 degrees (who doesn’t love a heat wave..?), I’ve been all for anything that is made of natural fibres in a classic cut. So to mix things up a bit, I’m looking forward to adding the beautiful rich garnet and emerald hues into regular rotation (plus it helps that they’re just a little bit festive).

I also get the feeling that I’ve got my Christmas day outfit sorted (for when I’m not at the beach, that is!) with their v-neck silk slip dress in a vibrantly dreamy shade of navy. Silk is one of those fabrics which always feels like a little taste of luxury and this slinky number is no exception, and I’m all over the minimal and streamlined silhouette. They’ve upped the ante by releasing this style in rio red and emerald as well, just in case you’re still on the hunt for a little – colourful – dress for your office Christmas party.

And for those of you planning to treat yo’self this Christmas to some new wardrobe essentials, don’t forget that you can get 10% off your order at Grana and free shipping using the code JAMIExGRANA (as if you needed more of an excuse!). x