maxim(um)a beauty

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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…




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!




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.




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!




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!




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




There is some sort of deception, that in 2010, wearing so much makeup the slightest knock would put your eye on your cheek, is the way we women are meant to look beautiful. As I said – deception. Is it true that some people don’t wear makeup and they should? Absolutely. But honestly the reality is that most people don’t know how to put their makeup on or how to suit it to their face shap/colour/texture and all of those personalised things.

So, here is a little insight on how to create a fairly quick and refreshed look for wearing in the day…

and thank you dear Rachel for being my model…

Firstly moisturize and apply primer if you like…

1. Use a sheer coverage foundation – I used Dream Matte Mouse by Maybelline. It has a nice consistency and just helps to even out the skin tone a little.

2. Conceal under the eyes, all over the eye lids and any pimples or red areas that maybe be drawing a little too much attention to themselves – I used Studio Finish Concealer by MAC.

3. Finally dust over all that creaminess with a press powder (for a little extra light coverage) using a big fluffy brush – I used Deauville Powder Foundation by NARS.

4. Firstly I primed the eyes in order for the eyeshadow to stay on the eye as you’re wearing it all day and don’t want it to crease. Just used your finger and spread it evenly across – I used Painterly Paint Pot by MAC which I adore, and if need be can be doubled as a concealer.


5. Firstly I used a pearly light pink and a touch of white shadow and put it in the inner corner of the eye, and right under the brow – I used unidentifiable colours from Maybelline and Lancome. Then all over the rest of the lid I dusted on with a fluffy brush a light nude shimmer – I used Kitten by Stila.

6. Using the same fluffy brush I started on the out corner of the eye and worked up just past the brow bone and no further than half way across the lid using a light shimmer brown – I used a brown from Stila that I can no longer identify due to it’s horrendous state. But this step just provides a light contour and allows for our next colour to easily blend.

7. Using a small domed brush I applied a darker brown to the outer edges of the eye lid going on and just above the brow bone and working almost straight up from the end of the last line – I used  Mekong by NARS.


So it looks a little crazy, but then…


8. Using a flat blending brush work around the edges of the dark brown to soften it, and blend it in to the initial colours.


Notice I applied the darker shadow on a fairly steep incline to lift Rachel’s eyes. Girls with top lids that curve around a lot should never put shadow or eyeliner to the very corner of their eye, but rather lift it slightly before the end to make sure they’re never droopy :)

9. Then apply a creamy pencil liner to the top lids, and this is just a lot quicker than liquid or gel liner for the morning.  – I used Black Khol Shaper for eyes by Clinique. Notice I started the liner very thin and only half way across the lid, then a pretty smooth gradient up pointing to the point my eye shadow ends.

9a. Then to set the liner use a small angles brushed and go over it with a matte black shadow. This also smoothes the line out – I used Ebony by Stila.

10. Finally, apply the same shimmer base colour (in this case Kitten by Stila) to the very corner of the eye and going slightly under the eye also to just brighten you up and make you look like you had a little more sleep ;)

And hopefully that will all take 10 minutes! But there’s more…

11. Apply a matter bronzer or dark face powder – I used Deep Dark Blot Powder by MAC – in 3 areas of the face to slenderize and to give dimension to the flat foundation…

Lightly on the temple

From slightly under your cheek bone toward your mouth

And under the jaw line right back to the ear. It’s important to have a matte contour so those areas will in a sense disappear and not be shining out.

12. Lightly brush a shimmered bronzer slightly above where you applied the contour, and sitting just on the edge of your cheek. This allows for a bit more colour and adds some illumination on your face, especially when the light hits you – I used Laguna by NARS (my favourite!)

13. Add a touch of blush startting at the apples of the cheeks and blending back for a youthful glow. Use a peachy pink with a touch of shimmer to really illuminate you – I used Orgasm by NARS. And by far the most versatile and used blush I own.

14. Using an angled brush choose a shadow appropriate for your hair colour (but not too light) to touch over your eyebrows. Start with the angle brush squared at the front of your brow and make small motions up toward the arch of your brow – I (appropriately) used Blondie by NARS. If you keep your eyebrows groomed, there is nothing better than a little filler to perfect the shape and fill in any gaps. If you don’t get your browns done and you don’t seem to have an arch – I suggest you go for it. It will change the whole fram of your face. Just a warning – steer away from the tadpole shape and don’t go too thin! (I love eyebrows by the way…)

15. Finally add mascara. I used Blackout Diorshow by Dior. Absolutely my favourite. As Rach has blonde lashes and we wanted to really lift her eyes I only applied it to the top lashes, but those who want to make their eyes rounder or have dark lashes in the first place, go ahead and put it on the bottom too (I always do!)

And that completes the 15 steps it takes to get a beautiful day wear look. Ooo doesn’t she look pretty…

And heres a little looky at those colours that I have no name for…

white on the left, lonely middle, and lightest on the right

pretty devastating, but thank God it still lives on

So there we have it. And just a touch of inspiration – we wear makeup to enhance the great features that God blessed us with (like Rachel’s insane blue eyes) not to change the way we look. We are made beautifully and we just need to take care of it.

That’s enough of that – go and try it all on!

Love Dan x