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mad and i went to the new mecca maxima store in joondalup the other day. and we picked up a few (heaps) of products and wanted to share them with you all. sometimes with products you have to use them for a while to really know if you like them or not, but we have seemed to have almost immediate affection for every product! so here they are…

 

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NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil “Red Square”
the ultimate summer colour. an orangey-red that’s more like an orange. i think that there is something tres chic about a bright orange lip. a hint of highlighter on the eyes, tons of mascara and a strong bold lip, i think is the coolest makeup around. pretty much any skin-tone can wear this colour, but it does look exceptionally good on tanned and dark skin! and if you have green eyes, ah-mazing!

SOAP & GLORY – Butter Yourself
i have always suffered from a bit of keratosis pilaris (also known as chicken skin) on my arms, and it has always bothered me! however, the one way that i know to keep it under control is to use a good AHA/BHA exfoliating pad and hydrate! the most awesome thing about this moisturiser is that it has Fruit Acids in it, so it doesn’t clog your skin but helps to lightly exfoliate it while hydrating. it also smells good and not overly sweet which i hate!

EYEKO – Liquid Liner
approved by alexa chung herself, this is an awesome liner if you tend to struggle with the whole felt tip pen thing. it’s a bit sturdier than other liquid liners of the same style. that makes it a little easier for the amateur (or slightly advanced) liquid liner-er to apply!

CLINIQUE – Quickliner for lips “Sky Violet”
i have become a major sucker for deep pinky, nude colours (thanks kylie jenner) and this is such a great colour for that defined lip that’s not in your face! i don’t think i could ever wear a true true nude colour, so i opt for more of a dusty pink. the liner is wind up so no sharpening required, and lasts really well. like really well i must say!

 

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MECCA COSMETICA – To Save Body SPF 50+
this is one of the most awesome body sunscreens i have ever used. the scent is really fresh and doesn’t smell like sunscreen at all (more like summer coconuts and cocktails!) it’s broad spectrum and doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky, which is one of the worst traits of sunscreen! awesome.

 

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EVE LOM – TLC Radiance Cream
for anyone with a dry – normal skin, this is amazing. antioxidant rich which vitamin A and C, it helps to brighten the skin and ultimately plump and soften. radiant is the right word to describe your skin after using this moisturiser. it sits really nicely under makeup (maybe a little too emollient for those who like matte skin) but leaves your skin soft and supple! but like anything skin related, what works for one doesn’t work for all.

JOSIE MARAN – Agran Illuminator
i love illuminators. and i love a liquid illuminator. the best thing about it is how versatile it is. you can mix it in with your foundation for an all over glow. or just add it on to your cheekbones and cupids bow (or any area you want to highlight) before or after foundation. i like to tap it on with my fingers. you can also use it in summer when you want you skin to look nice and healthy and you haven’t got any other makeup on. to the beach i wear sunscreen, a bit of concealer and lots of highlighter to look glowy and healthy!

PHILOSOPHY – Cinnamon Buns Shower Gel
this is delicious smelling! it’s nice when your body wash isn’t so heavily scented or sweet that it clashes with your perfume, but you also want to smell good when you get out of the shower. so this is awes. it also just does a generally good job of washing your skin and leaving it feeling soft, not stripped!

 

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KARORA – Express Bronzing Mousse
i am pretty obsessed with fake tan. since i have started i haven’t really  been able to stop. maddy (and my other two sisters) have been blessing with olive skin that can soak up the sun, but i however, i am just white and freckly. so fake tan is my friend, well, except when it’s not my friend. karora is owned by two irish girls, so you know it must be good. one of my pet peeves is having to sleep in my fake tan! my sheets get all orange and i feel horrible. with karora you can leave it on for 1 – 3 hours depending on how dark you want it. so i can put it on, do all my other bed time things and read a book or watch a TV show and then wash it off an hour later  before i go to sleep. i am literally SO HAPPY that my sheets can now stay white! hallelujah! and, it’s also a lovely colour and easy to apply. i’m obsessed!

 

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GHD – Creative Curl Wand
i have always wanted a curling wand, and this one took my fancy because you can get really nice beachy curls with it. i feel like i can get perfectly round curls with my classic GHD straightener, so i wanted to get a bit of a different look. i haven’t used it enough to know if i really love it. but it does heat up quickly and curl the hair really fast. and it makes a little magical sound when you turn it on which is cute.

GHD – V Gold Classic Styler
maddy got herself a brand new classic straightener. it’s super slick and beautiful and as always, does an amazing job of straightening the hair. can’t really go wrong with a classic GHD. and i always like the safety features on the newer GHD’s. such a good idea to have it turn off after a certain time unused!

 

if any of you have tried any of these products for yourself, please let me know what you think of them. also check out the new maxima store in joondalup. it’s totally worth a visit!

dan xx

Got That Baby Glow

Makeup,  Photography,  Styling

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recently i had the privilege of capturing some shots of this beautiful pregnant woman, Mardi. she is gorgeous and it was a lot of fun chasing the sun and trying to find appropriate fields without animals.  davo came along to help me out with some shots and assist me with reflectors, that kinda stuff. we didn’t want this shoot to be your typical maternity shoot. i feel like this is one of the most exciting times of your life and you want to look beautiful and radiant, so a sunset seemed pretty appropriate. essentially we just wanted them to look really pretty and girly and to reflect that pregnancy glow. and in true caboodle style, we did everything. hair, makeup, styling and photography of course. i dono. i think she looks pretty darn beauteous! let a sista know ya thoughts.

dan xx

Beauty Go-To’s

Makeup

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hey people.

so i just wanted to share with you my go-to look when i need to look nice, but don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to be overly made up. this is probably a classic look for me. dewy skin, soft eyes, lots of mascara, and a berry lip! i’m all about the lip colour! so i’m going to go through what products i used and how i used them. hopefully this will be helpful for those of you interested in what products i use to polish myself up. i’ve been meaning to show you this for a while, and didn’t know whether i should do a video or not. i think i will attatch a demonstration video next time. lemme know what you want to see!

 

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1. VERSO Day Cream.
moisturising before applying makeup is such an important step. you need to protect your skin throughout the day, and you want a nice plump canvas for applying your products. my skin is more toward the dry side so i look for slightly richer, hydrating textures. verso has retinol which may be more anti-aging than i need at this stage, but i love that it evens out my freckles a little. also it has an SPF which is so important! if you’re not currently using one during the day, i highly recommend putting this in to your regime. you will notice a big different in the even tone of your skin!

2. STILA Illuminating BB Cream.
this is my ultimate product. here i have literally squeezed it on to my fingers and applied it all over my face like moisturiser! the finish is a stunning glow. it’s great for mixing in with foundations, wearing on its own, and for touching up through the day/night.

3. HOURGLASS Hidden Concealer. 
the coverage is great and the texture is so easy to use and leaves the skin looking radiant. a problem that i have found with a lot of fuller coverage concealers, is that they dry on to the skin to last longer. however this product will not dry you out, and is another one to keep in your bag for touch ups throughout the day. i’ve applied it under my eyes, and around the edges and centre of my nose.

4. CHANTECAILLE Gel Bronzer.
it’s summer glow in a tube! i squeezed a little out on the back of my hand and used the BARE MINERALS Soft Focus Brush to buff it all around the edges of my face and along my cheek bones. this can also be mixed in with foundation if you want to warm it up, or worn alone during summer for a beautiful glowy complexion! (if you’re brave enough to go without the coverage!)

5. HOURGLASS Ambient lighting powder – Dim Light.
i find the best way to describe the finish of this, is like a soft focus film from the fifties. you know how the ladies on the screen always looked almost airbrushed, or like their skin was kind of blurred? that’s how i feel when i put on this powder. it bring everything together so nicely. i used the NARS Yachiyo Brush and applied it softly all over to finish the complexion.

6. BY TERRY Ombre Blackstar – Bronze Moon.
for those of you who want to wear a little something on the eyes, but don’t have time to conjure up a masterpiece, this is for you! i drew it along the lashline, and then buffed it out with my finger just up to my crease. this can be worn a lot heavier and fuller in colour, but for an everyday thing it’s nice to just have a little wash of metalic across the eye to slightly highlight but also add shape/dimension to the eye. the texture is creamy when you put it on, but then it does set. so just be aware to not leave it sitting on the eye for too long before you start to buff it out!

7. ELLIS FAAS Mascara.
amazing, even, long, and separated lashes. it’s a stand out for me! and once i’ve curled my lashes with the KEVYN AUCOIN Lash Curler, it’s a breeze. i didn’t always curl my lashes, until i realised i was taking too long to do my mascara, and i need a quicker way to get that really open eyed look. so now, i’m a lash curler. i would highly recommend it to all!

8. HOURGLASS Arch Brow Pencil.
if you struggle with getting a good finish with a brow pencil because it looks so heavy or unnatural because you’ve drawn to many lines, then this is the brow pencil you need. the unique angled shape of the product makes it so easy to apply, and it lasts really well! i brush out my brows with the spooly end, and then fill them in focusing on the arch, and squaring off the front of the brow.

9. YVES SAINT LAURENT Silky Lipstick – Forbidden Burgundy.
i love the smell, i love the texture, i love the colour. a very easy product to wear. although it’s not super long wearing, it’s a great one to have in your bag to keep touching up with. when the lip product is a bit more sheer it tends to be a bit more forgiving with your application, and also keeps the lips more hydrated throughout the day. you may wear whatever colour you love! i believe that adding a wash of colour can just glam up any makeup look. even with nothing on the eyes, a bit of lippy just says ‘i’m here, and i care about today.’

 

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now, in terms of hair products, i really need to work a little harder in this area. i’ve always been great with skin care and makeup, but when it comes to hair care i’m a bit lazier. but i’ve found that these products have just been amazing for my hair lately. especially with the colour washing out, i have so much of the previously bleached areas of my hair coming through. it’s crazy. every week someone asks me if i’ve lightened my hair. but no. i’ve just washed it…

1. LIVING PROOF Restore Shampoo and Conditioner.
this range has been really good for my hair. especially with it leaning toward the dry side. i need to add that moisture! depending on how my hair is feeling after one shampoo, i sometimes go again. then i deposit most of the conditioner to the ends of my hair and then use the remaining product on my scalp. i also use the mask from the same range, when i can be bothered. i will admit, my hair is better when i use the mask. i normally just put it in the ends of my hair where it’s really dry, but i’m too lazy to do it every time!!

2. BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.
this is awesome on wet or dry hair. i normally use is in the ends of my hair after i’ve towel dried it, before combing it through. but it’s also great on dry hair. so once it’s been styled, adding it the ends to take down frizz is awesome, and one of my biggest problems!

so they’re just some things that i’m loving at the moment. and how i use them. let me know your own experiences with them. it’s one thing i love to talk about is product and how people use the same things in different ways. also, and hair product recommendations are welcome!

dan xx

liner and lips

Makeup

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we all want to look a bit hollywood and glam sometimes (or in my case every second day), so here is a video demonstrating the way i do a liquid liner and red lip. pretty much it’s that classic fifties look. it always works. i will say though, that there are many different eye shapes in this world. some lids are more hooded than others, and some are more open with hardly any crease. so don’t be discouraged if you find this hard, or your liner doesn’t have the exact same finish as mine. i will share a little more indepth on eye shapes and liner that suits different eye shapes soon. in the meantime enjoy this video. hopefully it is helpful in creating that fifties pin-up, winged liner and red lip look! my fave!

 

 

EYES
NARS Eyeshadow Base
Stila “In The Light” Palette
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

EYEBROWS
NARS Eyeshadow “Bali”
Mecca Flat Brush (a flat angled brush would also work)

CONTOUR/FACE
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish (in a deeper shade than your natural skin tone)
Chantecaille Bronzing Compact “Saint Barth’s”
NARS Blush “Sex Appeal”
NARS Kabuki Yachiyo Brush – BEST BRUSH EVAAA

LIPS
MAC Lip Pencil “Cherry”
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil “Dragon Girl”

hope this was helpful. let me know if there are any looks that you want to see

dan xx