In spirits

by jamie-lee on January 22, 2015, 5 comments

acne studios copy tee karen walker benah bag josh goot skirt
acne studios copy tee karen walker benah bag josh goot skirt
valentino rockstud kitten heels

Acne Studios ‘copy’ linen t-shirt (in white or cheaper alternative), Josh Goot skirt, Valentino rockstud kitten heels, Karen Walker x Benah ‘sloane’ satchel, MBMJ katie bracelet

This week has just been one of those weeks; you know, the ones which are so mentally and emotionally draining that you cannot wait for the weekend to finally roll around – and a long weekend at that (because, ‘Straya day’).

While it probably would have served as the perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway (especially now that we have a car – !!), I for one am glad that we’ll be keeping it pretty low-key. And if the weather manages to hold up (rising up to 37 deg C this Sunday), I think I’ll be sweatin’ it out in nothing but this Acne linen tee and a pair of vintage denim shorts. Only thing missing is a pair of jandals (sorry, “thongs”), an esky stocked up with a dozen ice cold beers, and a cool bevvy (stubby holder and all) in hand.

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Everlane ryan tanks – a review

by jamie-lee on January 20, 2015, 7 comments

everlane ryan slouchy tank muscle tank review

Word on the street is that the barometer hit 44 degrees (Celsius, that is) in Perth just the other week. And we’ve still got another two months of summer to enjoy (or endure – depending on how you look at it).

As a bit of a precursor to the hot summer days, I picked up a few of Everlane’s ‘Ryan’ tanks after coming up short on my hunt in Sydney. I wasn’t asking for much; a modest neckline, lightweight fabric, loose fit through the body and armholes which weren’t oversized – basically a tank which was relatively office friendly. The Ryan tank seemed to fit the bill, and so I did what any girl with a wardrobe lacking in summer basics would do; I ordered multiple in varying colours.

I ended up with the muscle tank in white, and the slouchy ryan tank in marle grey and charcoal; the latter two of which have been in regular rotation since they arrived in my PO Box. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

> The slouchy ryan tank
The fit: I’ve gotta warn you guys, these tanks are incredibly oversized – much more than I’d anticipated. I’m generally an AU 8 so opted for the size S and regretted not downsizing to an XS once they arrived. It’s quite a bit looser than what I was after however at $20 USD I’m not complaining – and given how much I’ve worn these tanks since receiving them, it’s not the be-all-end-all. The S measures 50cm underarm to underarm, and bear in mind that the fabric is light and has a bit of stretch to it. Moral of the story? Size down if you’re planning on picking up one of these tanks for a loose, streamlined fit.

The cut: One of the things I love most about these tanks is the cut. They’re modest, but not overly so, with a rounded neckline which is not too low (you won’t have much – if any – cleavage showing), the armholes are comfortably loose yet conceal any bra straps underneath, and it is cut straight down through the body, ending at the hips.

The quality: The quality was everything I expected, and then some. Incredibly soft, and they wash so well. The fabric is thick enough that it is opaque yet lightweight enough that you can comfortably withstand the Sydney heat. I’ll definitely be buying back-ups.

> The muscle tank
The fit: Again, just like with the slouchy tank, this is an oversized fit. If you’re looking for something loose, but not overly so, then you are going to want to size down.

The cut: This fits just like a muscle tank; it has a high neck, and is a boxy cut across the shoulders. I personally like this particular style however if you have quite broad shoulders this might not be the most flattering tank for you.

The quality: Honestly? I was most disappointed with this tank out of the three I ordered. The fabric is incredibly sheer (a nude bra is glaringly obvious when you have this tank on) which has made it very difficult to wear. It’s certainly more of a weekend top and I get the feeling it would look quite good with a black lace bralette worn underneath (because, why not?). In saying that, the fabric is incredibly soft and feels lovely against the skin. I haven’t washed this one yet so I’m hoping that when I do, that it fares well in the wash as I didn’t have much luck when I used the steamer on it (so cold water only with this one I think!).

For those of you thinking of placing an Everlane order, I’ve done a much more detailed review which you can view here. I’ve given it a bit of an update to include measurements for those not too sure about sizing.

I’m already thinking about what to order next (the box cut poplin shirt is pretty tempting!) what with the release of their Breton stripe tops scheduled for the very near future. What’s on your Everlane wishlist?

Charlotte Tilbury – My impressions & review

by jamie-lee on January 18, 2015, 6 comments

charlotte tilbury cosmetics make up colour chameleon filmstar kissing lipstick
charlotte tilbury cosmetics make up colour chameleon filmstar kissing lipstick

So unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll probably already know that Charlotte Tilbury everything has been getting a lot of love on the internet recently. Since hearing so many good things, I couldn’t resist picking up a few bits and pieces for myself.

Like with any make up that you buy online, it can definitely be a bit ‘hit-or-miss’, especially if you have no way of swatching or testing the product before purchase. Thankfully my order(s) were more hit than miss, but I’ll get into the details in a minute. For those of you wondering where you can get your hands on a little bit of Charlotte Tilbury, I ordered mine from Net-a-Porter and Beautylish. Of the two sites, Net-a-Porter has a wider selection (like the Matte Revolution Lipsticks – yes please!) however Beautylish has a much lower minimum spend for free shipping (and they currently have a promotion running for $25 off a $150 order…) and the parcel comes with a sweet handwritten note – I truly am a sucker for the details!

Lip Cheat in Pink Venus $22 USD – I have heard this absolutely raved about on so many YouTube channels, that it seemed like a no-brainer to add to my cart. Pillowtalk wasn’t available (sadly), so I opted for Pink Venus instead, a slightly pinkish nude colour. But unfortunately, it’s probably one of the products I’m most disappointed with. The colour is lovely, mind you, but I find that the formula of these ‘Lip Cheats’ is a little too drying on the lips. A bit of a sharpen ensures that the pencil draws on smoothly (although it’s stiffer than some of the other ‘pencils’ I have), although it’s the matte finish which doesn’t sit well with me. I know that an increasing number of people having been wearing the ‘Lip Cheat’ on its own for a more natural or subtle lip look; I tried this, and I looked ridiculous – so maybe it’s the colour, maybe it’s my lips, or maybe it’s just the lip pencil. Personally, I’d rather spend the money on a lip pencil from MAC; they’re creamier, you get a lot more product, and the colour payoff is so much better.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Stoned Rose $32 USD – I have to start off by saying how much I love the formula of this lipstick. It’s creamy (but not too creamy), yet dries down to an almost matte finish without feeling drying on the lips. It’s long-lasting enough to survive more than five hours sans lipliner underneath, through drinks and a meal, and it’s just so easy to reapply. It’s also worth noting that the packaging is gorgeous – I mean, who doesn’t want rose gold everything?

Colour Chameleon in Champagne Diamonds & Dark Pearl $27 USD – Charlotte Tilbury’s Colour Chameleon sticks are essentially a creamy eyeshadow stick in pencil form; incredibly easy to apply that will not budge once they have set. Oh, and they’re also waterproof. I’d heard so much hype about these eyeshadow crayons, so it goes without saying that I was more than excited to try these, but they definitely have not lived up to expectations. There are 8 Colour Chameleon eyeshadow sticks available, split into day or night shades for blue eyes, hazel eyes and so on. I’ve worn ‘Champagne Diamonds’ all over the lid with a transition shade in the crease, and the result can be quite natural looking. I’ve also used it as a highlight or inner corner shade just to brighten up my eyes a little. I prefer ‘Dark Pearl’ more for the outer V and in the crease for a little bit of subtle smokiness for everyday.

These have such an incredible colour payoff and are blendable, although you have to work fast as the formula sets quite quickly. Once set, these can feel slightly leathery on the skin without that silkiness to the touch that you get with most powder eyeshadows, although I believe this is mostly down to the formulation of the colour. ‘Dark Pearl’, for instance, is seriously a dream to wear, and quite quickly becoming a part of my everyday make up routine.

If you can’t tell, I have mixed feelings towards these cream eyeshadow sticks. I first purchased ‘Champagne Diamonds’ last year, and wasn’t really ‘feeling’ it. More recently, I decided to give ‘Dark Pearl’ a go (I am all in favor of a bit of purple splashed across the eyelid), and I’ve really fallen in love with it. I guess the moral is, that these cream eyeshadow sticks are not created equal, so make sure that you test these out if you can!

I have to warn you all, ‘Champagne Diamonds’ contains a LOT of glitter. I can’t wear it without resembling a human disco ball; you get a lot of fallout with these, and it is gradual over the course of the day. I just want to quickly mention that I have a feeling that there can be inconsistencies within each product; a friend of mine also has one in ‘Champagne Diamonds’ and hers had a lot less ‘loose’ glitter meaning she didn’t suffer the same problem that I have. Personally, the fallout all over my cheeks has been a bit of a dealbreaker for me when it comes to this shade, as pretty as it is. It’s probably more suited for an evening look, or worn liberally applied all over the eyelid during the silly season when wearing a bit (or a lot) of glitter is completely acceptable.

‘Dark Pearl’ on the other hand has a slight sheen to it which is very subtle. It looks absolutely gorgeous when drawn all over the lid and blended out to really soften up the edges. I will definitely be repurchasing this once it’s been sharpened down to a little nib!

If you’re not too keen on risking getting glitter fall out all over your cheeks, I’d recommend spending a little bit more cash on something like the By Terry Ombre Blackstar which are incredibly creamy (and super easy to blend), have a larger colour range, and are more lustre than straight glitter.

Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in The Golden Goddess $52 USD – One thing I really like about the selection of eyeshadow palettes is without a doubt, the range of colours. Each palette is carefully considered, and includes a Prime shade, Enhance shade, Smoke shade, and a Pop shade to achieve a natural everyday look or give you the option to vamp it up for an evening out. These eyeshadows are slightly creamy, and slightly powdery to the touch (for those wondering); they are incredibly pigmented and give you a great colour payoff.

I’ve been wearing the sand-toned Prime shade all over the lid with a little of the ash-toned Enhance shade in the crease for a simple everyday look (just add a slick of eyeliner); for a night out, I’ve added the chocolate Smoke shade to the outer V, and pressed a little of the glitter Pop shade to the centre of the lid. The simplicity of the palette makes it practically foolproof to use (even for a beginner), and the complete look is so easy to replicate. I’ve been reaching for this palette a lot in the morning while getting ready for work as it is so fast, and the product is incredibly easy to work with.

Full Fat Lashes Mascara $29 USD – I’m not usually one to buy new mascaras; I’ve been a pretty staunch Lancome loyalist for years. But, when I saw this mascara applied, I knew that I just had to have it. The product really delivers on the promise of full, fat, lashes; the first coat adds length and a little volume to the roots, and a second coat really amps up the effect giving you really full on lashes, no fakes required.

The mascara has a fibre bristle brush (a bonus for those who aren’t fond of plastic mascara wands), and I’m a big fan of the formula. It doesn’t clump on my lashes nor does it flake off or smudge onto my brow bone like some mascaras do. This is something I will definitely be repurchasing when it dries out.

Filmstar Bronze & Glow $68 USD – Of all the pieces I picked up, I think the Bronze & Glow palette is probably my favourite, for so many reasons; I really did save the best for last. I’d been on the lookout for a bronzer which wasn’t a terracotta shade, and would give a nice, natural looking sunkissed glow to my face. And wow, does Charlotte Tilbury deliver.

The palette itself is incredibly luxurious, a gold engraved case with a mirror, and two large pans of product inside. Both the bronzer and the highlight are incredibly pigmented – a lot goes a long way – and the bronzer has a slightly ashy tone to it, and it creates the most beautiful and natural looking shadow on the face. The highlighter is very luminous, and you have to be careful not to use too much (as happened with me the first time I tried it!). If there is a downside, it is probably only the fact that there is a bit of shimmer/glitter in both products – I usually tend to avoid powders with any sort of glitter in them, but I’ve made an exception for Charlotte Tilbury; if you try it, you’ll understand why.

So, I guess there you have it – a few new favourites (hello full fat lashes…), and a few things that didn’t terribly excite me, but I think that’s partly down to all of the hype (and gosh has there been h-y-p-e), and partly down to personal preference. I have to say, my experience with Charlotte Tilbury products has been overwhelmingly positive so far, and I will definitely be looking to add a few new items to my collection (namely more of the eyeshadow palettes, eyeliner pen, the foundation and the lipsticks). There is such a careful attention to detail in every aspect of the products, from the design of the packaging (which looks and is luxurious) to the quality of the make-up, and the simple how-to instructions peppered on the backs of the products. I also absolutely adore the mini video tutorials that accompany each product so that you can see it in action before purchase, and learn how to use it to its full potential.

I would love to know whether you have tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury (or if you’re considering it), and if it lived up to your expectations. For those of you still on the fence (these aren’t exactly on the cheap end of the beauty scale) or wanting to see these products in action, I’ve put together a mini review video over on my YouTube channel which you can check out here.

Jupiter

by jamie-lee on January 16, 2015, 11 comments

lover the label jupiter broderie lace midi skirt everlane silk cami
lover the label jupiter broderie lace midi skirt everlane silk cami
lover the label jupiter broderie lace midi skirt everlane silk cami
lover the label jupiter broderie lace midi skirt everlane silk cami
lover the label jupiter broderie lace midi skirt everlane silk cami

Everlane silk cami, Lover the Label ‘jupiter’ midi skirt, Valentino rockstud kitten heels, Cuyana tote bag (similar)

Today I had a realization – not a groundbreaking one – but it occurred to me that I’ve been living in Sydney for close to a year now, and yet I feel like there’s still so much more of this city that I haven’t experienced, streets I haven’t lazily wandered down, suburbs I’m yet to eat my way through. That saying really is true, time does fly when you’re having fun.

Given that it’s Friday (or Fri-Yay! depending on which way you look at it), I thought I’d share an outfit that I wore the other week, when the weather was a little cooler. I’ve been finding that having a Lover store so perilously close to my apartment (it’s a short bus or bike ride away) is proving to be dangerous, given how incapable I am of walking out empty-handed. The Boxing Day sales only added to the temptation, and I ended up leaving the shop with this picnic-perfect cotton broderie lace midi skirt. Phew, that was a mouthful!

While I’m not quite game enough to wear this on an actual picnic yet (grass stains, spilled food, or worse – wine sloshing out of the glass!), the pretty broderie lace is just begging to be worn during the balmy summer evenings. The best part? It was the last one in my size; meant to be, right?

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Givenchy Le Rouge

by jamie-lee on January 14, 2015, 6 comments

givenchy le rouge lipstick brun vintage

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in ‘Brun Vintage’

I’ll admit it. I caved – completely, utterly, undeniably caved. After a month of semi-stalking Sydney’s Sephora store (I’m not really one to wait in a queue if I can avoid it), I finally ventured in and like any addict, made a beeline for the lipsticks – naturally. January has already been a little heavy on the beauty front for me, but having spent the last month eying up Givenchy’s Le Rouge lipsticks on Escentual, it was a given that I wouldn’t be leaving the store without a tube in my handbag.

Yes, it is a total splurge –ruinously so – but my oh my is it worth it. The packaging is sleek; a black grainy leather and a simple silver tube engraved with the Givenchy logo (although there’s no satisfying click when you snap the tube shut). The lipstick itself is long-lasting (when worn with a lip liner underneath), rich and creamy, applies evenly and keeps my lips feeling moisturised – getting four thumbs up from me. Naturally, I played it pretty safe with this one, opting for a neutral over a bold lip. I pick up the shade ‘Brun Vintage’, which is a stunning warm-toned muted rose shade with a velvety satin finish.

It hasn’t taken long for this lipstick to earn a permanent place in my handbag, or to become one of my favourite everyday shades. Somehow, I get the feeling this is going to be the first of many.

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