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How to… do a smoky eye with a twist

15 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Smoky Eye

Image sources: fashionising.com.

I know this sounds like some sort of new cocktail in one of those bars where the wank factor is turned up to 11, BUT this is actually an eye makeup tutorial! Which woman doesn’t want that classic “I’m going to go out looking incredible and sort of dangerous in a sexy Bond villain way and come home after a big night with shoes in hand” look? These eyes can also be applied for classier evenings where you don’t choose to argue with your cab driver about politics if you so wish – but the fantastic thing about this makeup is that if it wanders a little (from, say, the eye watering strain of belting Mr. Big’s classic anthem “To Be With You” at an impromptu karaoke session), nobody will ever know.

So, the look we’re going for (pictured above) is from the runway for a designer called Francesco Sconamiglio (don’t worry, I don’t know who he is either). It’s basically a winged smoky eye with a touch of glitter. As you can see, the shape of the makeup varies greatly depending on your eye – all of those models were parading in the same show but different aspects are played up depending on the shape of their lid and their bone structure.

Smoky Eye

Image sources: 1. Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes, $59, from Myer; 2. Benefit Bad Gal waterproof eyeliner, $39, from Myer; 3. BYS glitter crème, $4.95 each, from Gloss.

If you’ve never managed to get the hang of a smoky eye, Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes kit is basically the best starter’s kit you could ever hope for. It has everything you need – brushes included- AND it comes with illustrated step-by-step instructions. It’ll work for our smoky eye, too. You’ll also need a black kohl pencil (or something with a bit of smudge) and fabulous glitter.

  1. Leave your under-eye concealer for last, but do apply a little foundation on your lids first –it helps the makeup to stick. Curl your lashes.
  2. Draw the eyeliner across the top lash in an extended wing shape (following out past the end of the eye) and fill in between your lashes. Run it along the bottom outer corner of each eye, blending in toward the inner eye.
  3. Take the lightest colour on your palette and brush it over the entirety of each eyelid. Take the middle brown and use it to shadow over the back end of each lid leaving a light spot on the middle to inner eye. With the mid brown, trace up and into the crease of your eye. Use this to create the base “wing” shape.
  4. Take the darkest colour and run it into the crease of your eye, darkening your wing shape as big and dark as you want it to go. To keep your eyes looking big, you want the heaviest of the dark shadow to be in the end corner of each eye, and then feathering out to the “wing” – which traces up toward the brow and to the under eye to blend with your eyeliner.
  5. Apply your glitter to the light sections, and remove any excess with a bit of sticky tape.
  6. Brush away excess eye shadow from under your eye, and apply your under-eye concealer and mascara.
  7. Celebrate with a drink.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Trends

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I love you, dad

08 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

GUYS Father's Day is totally coming (ahem, September one, but you already knew that) and if you haven't already bought him Hot Chocolate tickets, I've got some ideas to help buy him a gift he'll actually appreciate! Yes, you know, the sort of thing that will make him feel really loved and set you ahead of the rest of your no-good siblings. This week, we take a look at things for dads who love anything with moving parts, and ones who love anything they can safely put in their mouths.

Electro-dad

I Love you Dad

Image sources: (1)Canon twin lens kit camera, $498; (2)Turntable and radio, $69.98; (3)Pedometer, $13.84; Dick Smith.

This one is for dads who love toys (fun fact: this is all dads who have ever or will ever live). If your dad feels like he's ready to take his little point-and-shoot digi-cam to the next level with something more spectacular and intrusive, he will love the opportunity to stalk you and your loved ones with this new Canon. And it comes with an additional lens for extra sweet fatherly cred. The turntables are perfect for any dad with a big, dust gathering record collection - this is for those who love the beauty of vinyl, and love even more to tell you about said vinyl beauty. And if like mine, your dad likes to get up at 6am for a walk and gossip with his man-pals, he'll definitely get a kick out of knowing how far he went and how many calories he burned (pedometer cannot measure calories burned by your dad's motor mouth).

Gastrono-dad

I Love you Dad

Image sources: (1)Sunbeam multicooker deep fryer, $79.95; (2)Vue acrobat 10 bottle wine rack, $69.95; (3)Larousse Gastronmique, $99.95; Myer.

For dads who love to eat, drink and dance pants-less in the kitchen, count yourself lucky: your gift has pretty much selected itself. If your father feels the world of fried snack foods still has a place for invention, he probably needs this Sunbeam deep fryer in his life. Just imagine all the beer battered possibilities! If dad takes his cuisine a little more seriously, the Larousse Gastronmique is a must have. Considered to be *the* classic culinary reference book, this impressive tome was originally written in 1938 and today contains over 900 colour and black and white images. Plus, it comes with a slip cover. Ooo, shiny. And lastly, if your dad likes to swirl his red wine around, take a big sniff and say things about berries before he actually takes a drink, he will probably love the opportunity to shelve his favourites in a 10 bottle wine rack that will sit beautifully at the bottom of most pantries.

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Tags: Dad, Myer, Trends

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Staving off the cold

01 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Staving off the cold

Image source: favim.com.

About a month ago, I made a life-altering move and bought my first oversized fleecy koala onesie (although I don't know how koala-ish it appears, it's bright blue and there's not a hint of surly). It was a wonderful mistake - wonderful, because I, the most whimpering, cold affected girl in the universe finally found a garment to keep my chill-prone body warm and my whining mouth shut. A mistake, because I'm self employed, and If I'm not working from home in the koala, I'm scheming ways to make it digestible in public. Luckily for the world around me, I work primarily in fashion and have not yet achieved a koala-in-the-wild look I am comfortable sharing. As a side note, I think I finally understand people who wear Uggs in public. The koala onesie is my Ugg, and now I know it must remain behind closed doors except for that one time when my boyfriend's neighbours saw me getting into the car in it. So what now? If I cannot (and therefore, you cannot, because this whole blog is just a ruse to impose my life values on you) wear what is essentially a glorified blanket with an animal hood OR fleece lined slipper boots in public, what will possibly keep me as warm in this bitter cold? Well, I've been experimenting, and I've got answers in list form:

Staving off the cold

Image sources: 1. Heidi's panama hat, $29.95, from Sportsgirl; or Jenny knit scarf, $65 each, from Pigeonhole; 2. Basque Melton swing coat, $120, from Myer; 3. Thora boot, $119.95, from Nine West.

  1. Accessories. A hat or scarf (or both together, but I always feel a bit crowded and/or like a Russian spy when I try both at once). Mittens if you are an intense cold whimp. Things like these are wonderful because they keep your extremities snug and they're easy enough to peel off when you wander somewhere heated.
  2. A coat that is heavy enough to keep you warm and break the wind. You want something solid and impenetrable. Leather or heavy wool. No knits.
  3. Boots with a sole thick enough to give you insulation from the street. This tip is also crucial for anyone planning northern hemisphere Christmas holidays - buy something thick and with a rubber bottom if you're heading to snow.

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Tags: Myer, Sportsgirl, Trends

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Stocked up on stockings

25 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Vogue fritts

Image source: Raymond Meier, US Vogue.

If you’re anything like me (and I'm assuming most Perth people are) there is just no point in a wardrobe full of winter clothes. Aside from about one cold month out of the year, every other day is above 25 degrees and your summer wardrobe is always going to take precedence. So this basically means that every winter outfit is made up of something from summer + stockings + coat + boots = ready for public consumption and icy winds. That’s fine though - it’s great to get the miles out of your summer buys, plus you can get away with not shaving your legs. But, my washing has started to look like a crowd of very thin Greek widowers. Black stockings seem to be the staple winter fashion accessory and it's beginning to feel like every day I’m forcing my legs to mourn even when they might not have anything to be sad about. And while I’d never suggest you stop living your life stocking clad, I’m going to suggest you look into patterned stockings: because for about $20, your outfit has been given some lift – and at least that party on your leg will not look like a wake.

Working girl

Working girl

Image sources: Voodoo ‘Empire’ 70 denier, $12.95, from Myer; Spot tight, $39.95, from Witchery; Voodoo Metro Rib tights, $19.95, from Myer.

Pop on these bad boys if you work in a corporate environment and are interested in keeping your soul alive – there’s a little bit of punch without crossing the line.

Cute as a button

Cute as a button

Image sources: Ditsy floral tight, $7.95, from Sportsgirl; Miss Shop heart print full length tights, $14.95, from Myer; Miss Shop leopard tights, $19.95, from Myer.

If florals, ukeleles and fixed gear bikes with puppies in the front basket are your speed, you’ve probably already got a closet full of stockings like this already. Here are some more to add to your army of whimsy.

Ooh la la

Ooh la la

Image sources: Basque flower seam pantihose, $15.95, from Myer; Leona Edmiston Elegant stay ups, $22.95, from Myer; Jonathan Ashton back seam fishnet tights, $19.95, from Myer.

Got a hot date lined up, or a night on the town? Be quite cold but incredibly sexy in this classic hosiery, a splash of lipstick and a pair of slowly batting eyelashes.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl

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