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The Start of Skin Season

DanDressedMe,  Outfits,  Spring

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yep. you got it – skin season is upon us.

with this current weather, we need to be prepared. one day i will be wearing jeans and a jumper, and the next day i’m practically forced to show my skin in some way on some limb, and i freak out! i feel like this happens every year. it’s always a terrible push in the deep end. no learning to swim and wading in shallow waters – straight in! so, what i have been trying to do is show one main area of skin at a time. the whole singlet and shorts thing just isn’t going to work for me right now. in order for me to leave my house i need to be at least 60% comfortable with showing my skin. so i’m doing it in sections. today i opted for the legs as i thought they were a little lower than the average persons eye line. so, you know, less attention? not sure if the theory works at all, but it does in my mind. i must say however, my skin looks rather smooth with this little edit that i did on these pics. but don’t be fooled, a little fake tan and some nifty photoshop can make any pale, blotchy girl look ready for summer. but unfortunately we don’t all see through photoshopped glasses, we see reality. so, it’s official time to get this skin prep happening so we are all free to wear whatever we want! woohoo!

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

foolproof dressing

Outfits,  Winter

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blouse: Seed Herritage
jacket: From a Boutique in Brooklyn
jeans: Nobody Denim

boots: Wittner

 

so here we have it. what i call fool-proof dressing. a comfortable pair of jeans, and a leather jacket. for me the shoes and top are changeable. the options there are endless. i love the brown jacket here instead of black. i think that black is slightly more predictable (though still amazing and something that i always wear) and gives a slightly less ‘matchy’ feel to the outfit. when the basis of your outfit is black and white, you really can add whatever colour you want. this blouse is actually sleevless. i kind of love the shape because it’s essentially a sack. it allows you to manipulate the shape a little. it still looks flowing when you tuck it in to your jeans. it’s actually 3 sizes too big for me, but because of the style the size is far less important. (it was also on sale for $30, which played in persuading me!) also on sale were these boots! I have been wanting a pair of lace-up boots for a while now, but for some reason i found it hard to spend the money on them. you know there are some things in life that you just buy without reason! you don’t care about price you just want it! (me on so many occasions) but then there are those things that no matter how much you wish it was in your wardrobe every time you’re getting changed, you just don’t quite want to pay for it. this could just be me, or the nature of a woman??? i just want what i want, not always what i need! (like all i really needed was a pair of lace-up boots.)

anyway, enough babble. perhaps one day i will get better at controlling my thoughts. maybe i will even collect them in such a way that they could be understood. i do wonder if i used correct grammar whether it would make my random thought processes slightly easier to follow? and here i go again. jotting down my continual train of thought in a series of short and unrelated sentences. so, in true reflection of what this post is about, i would like to set a challenge to all readers. find a pair of jeans and a leather jacket that you love, and see just how many outfits (casual and smart) you can create with this as your shell. you might be surprised just how quickly you can pull together a great outfit under pressure!

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