a senso hope

Outfits,  Spring

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dress: Supre
belt: Peter Lang
shoes: Senso
lipstick: Fast Ride from NARS


the other day i went shopping with noni, ready to spend (goodness knows why, i am meant to be saving!) but after so many failed attempts at buying a pair of boyfriend jeans (the search still continues) or dressy-casual shoes, we found ourselves at the supre warehouse store. it was actually the best decision we made all day, and despite only having 10 minutes until the store closed, i managed to leave that place with 5 items in hand, all for a grand total of $25! i was amazed that everything fit so well! isn’t it ironic, i’ve been there many times before and taken about 50 million things in to the change room and only come away with maybe 1 thing that fits properly, yet i go with 10 minutes and don’t try one thing on and they’re all great. silly. silliness of life. now, these shoes however were not such a fast or cheap experience. but, i really do love them. i think they were the perfect balance of dressy-casual that i was looking for. normally i don’t find myself really drawn to the ankle strap, just because it can really cut my little legs off, yet the double strap on these manage to somehow keep my legs at a reasonable length. that or i’m blinded by how much i like them. have no doubt you will see them appear again.

in other news, maddy and i are going to do a 30 day challenge coming up. they (whoever they are) say it takes 30 days to form a habit, so we are looking to blog every day for 30 days and hopefully by then we will be well and truly in the swing of things to blog every day for the rest of our lives! well, for a while. we will see how that goes. hopefully it goes nothing like the detox we recently embarked on. 7 days managed to shrink down to 1… i know, where is our self control? well you try eating fruit for 24 hours and see how much you just WANT A PEICE OF BREAD. wow. okay, i swear i’m over it. news on detox, diet, and other food related things coming to CASA soon!

dan xx

all white (nearly) everything

Outfits,  Spring

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singlet: Factorie
blouse: Scanlan and Theodore
jeans: Big W
shoes: Diavolina
watch: Marc Jacobs
lipstick: Red Square – NARS


the big w jeans make their second [bog] appearance. impressive for $10. they have served me well, unlike some others. remember my boyfriend-ish jeans from a couple of posts ago? well, they totally ripped like crazy to the point of no repair, and i had to return them. i was so disappointed because i so liked them, and i am now left with a light, distressed, nicely tapered, boyfriend jean shaped hole in my heart. so let the search recommence. i will keep you informed on my findings. back to this current post – it was definitely something a little different for me. i think my best intentions were totally there, but somehow the execution just wasn’t great. really to the point that i probably will never wear this ensemble again in this exact state. this could also be partly due to the state of my hair this day. it was pretty dirty. like, pretty dirty. but you do the best with what you can, and that was it.

to conclude, i don’t think it was a complete disaster, but definitely a good trial run. i think i was kind of going for that cool street style at Paris fashion week sort of thing (in my backyard) kind of like this or this. i know, it’s nothing like either. but at least i didn’t look like this. in saying this, i do quite like myself a bit of kim kardashian style, so for redemptions sake, a photo of kim doing all white beautifully. i’ll be back to revise this look at some stage. in the meantime, plenty of colour.

dan xx

oily skin


hi guys,

so i have done my video on the way i like to do complexion for dry skin, and now here’s how i do it for an oily skin type. i would like to add, if you have normal skin you may follow either of these processes, however you can tailor it according to how your skin is feeling, or what finish you like on your skin (dewy or matte corresponding with dry and oily routines.)



even though you have oily skin, you must still hydrate!! if you cleanse your skin you can strip it of it’s natural oils, which is fine to clean out your skin, but if you don’t put the moisture back in, then your skin can over compensate and start to produce more oil. so, a good oil free moisturiser will actually keep you more balanced! there are a million you could use!

primer will be an oily skin’s best friend! you want one that will fill your enlarged pores and give you a super smooth surface, but also one that will help to control your oil production throughout the day. i used the smashbox photo ready primer, which is green, so it helps greatly with red, blemish-prone skin. another one of my absolute favourites, that also makes everything water resistant and is used hugely on the red carpet, is hourglass veil primer with +spf 15 for added bonus. so, if you ever notice your foundation is slipping off at the end of the day and you have an oil free foundation, then you need a primer upgrade. ideally, the right primer will keep your foundation looking shmick all day!

once again, an oil-free foundation will be your best friend. the general vibe that i get from people will oiliness as a skin concern, is that they prefer a matte, shine-free finish on the skin. there are people who still want to look glowing though, but without stickiness. i used an old formula from lancome that they don’t do any more, but the teint idole ultra foundation is a great option. a good one for a slightly sheerer coverage is chantecaille future skin, which is gel based, so super fresh on your skin! the nars sheer glow foundation is another good option for medium to buildable coverage. it is a clay based foundation so works really well on oily skin, but still leaves the skin with a little more glow, and not so matte.

for concealer, you want to still use something hydrating and illuminating, but also something that will set. that’s why i chose to mix the mac pro long-wear concealer, and the by terry touche veloutee concealer brush. the coverage and setting properties of the mac is great, but is too drying under my eyes, so i use the illuminating and hydrating properties of the by terry for that.

a compact powder foundation is usually the way to go to set the skin. it will give you a little more coverage, but is also a great product to be able to take with you incase of needed touch ups throughout the day. the stila illuminating powder is nice because it totally sets the makeup and takes off shine, but doesn’t leave the skin majorly powder-y and flat.

to contour i love the mac mineralize skin finish powder because it is so light and is easily buildable. i just chose a shade a few steps darker than my natural colour to really contour/shade the face. this is what a matte bronzer/contour product is really good for. then the ones with the shimmer and gold are more about all over warmth to the face and catching the light. again my two favourite bronzers for pale-normal skin, is the nars laguna and the chantecaille saint barth’s. within the two same brands are another two great options for normal-tan skin. they are the nars casino, and the chantecaille tahiti.

let me know if you have any questions. that really is the way that i like to do foundation on oily skin. winged liner and red lips are coming up as the next video!

dan xx


makeup talk

Makeup,  Styling

here are some photos i took of my sister a while ago to build my makeup folio and her modelling folio. it was a lot of fun, but almost impossible to make her flawless skin look bad. so you could say it was easy. nonetheless, i think the makeup is pretty snazzy…





if you’re in need of a makeup artist / photographer / stylist, i’m your girl.

dan xx