I swear that my TV show references on this site will never be as out of control as they are in real life.
But onwards with that leather jacket, I call home and squiggly markings on these pictures.
I’ve come to the realisation that I collect a lot of testers. Sometimes they come with other products that I purchase, and other times I get given them (like when Mecca Cosmetica gives their members a little something extra around Christmas), so I thought I’d share with you the most recent ‘goodies’ that I’ve received. I’m going to be honest with you here, I think that ‘goodies’ is such a weird word. Who came up with it, and why?
I’ve started to become a little bit obsessed with lipsticks recently. It doesn’t matter if I already have a similar colour, there are always different textures and wearability when it comes to different products. I don’t have as many lipsticks as some other people might have but the amount I do have seems like a fair bit to me, considering that everyone I know doesn’t have as many lipsticks as me (oops) but I love makeup and I’ll continue to collect more lipsticks. So, I thought that I would share with you the three lipsticks that I wear the most.
I have looked at so many foundations recently. My skin has been at its worst (it’s getting better now) and I have pigmented areas that I would prefer to cover, as well as some red areas. This usually happens in summer here in Australia, and as it is spring now, I can already see that my skin is starting to become redder as the heat sets in. During summer, I usually prefer a light weight foundation, similar to a BB creme but they usually make my skin look oily, and doesn’t have much coverage.
So recently, I’ve been looking at various foundations, as the ones I currently have aren’t doing the trick and the colour match isn’t the best for me. When I went into David Jones they offered me some foundation testers from Chanel; Les Beiges, Perfection Lumiere and Perfection Lumiere Velvet.
I have, again, been nominated for another blogger’s awards, which is pretty cool. This award is the Blogger’s Recognition Award which I’ve been nominated for by the lovely Rachel! You can check out her blog Cookie And Cream here and her post for this here! Thank you Rachel for nominating me. The last nomination that I got required me to answer several question, this one is a little bit different.
So, fashion week has just started here in Perth, and I know the New York Fashion Week has also started, so this week I’ll be posting an extra post in celebration, starting with what I’m bringing along in my bag to Perth’s opening night. There are a mix of things I always need to bring with me depending on the event, things like a water bottle and my phone are always essentials.
The beauty in the bag.
So makeup is definitely something that I bring along with me when fashion week occurs, and this week is no different. You never know if something will smudge or if something might need a touch up. Lipstick is the first thing that’ll go in my bag, whether it’s the loving red from Chanel that I’ve featured here, or the light pink, almost nude lipstick from YSL, I always bring along some topnotch lipstick. Concealer is another must. I wouldn’t go to any event without concealer in some form, because you never know when you might break out or need to cover something up. I’ve chosen the Yves Saint Laurent Eclat Touche, as it’s a pen that can easily be used and blended when I need to use it. Eyeliner and mascara are also on the menu of things in my bag for fashion week. I’ve taken the Chanel noir eyeliner pen (which I’ve also written a post about: Here) which is easy to carry with me, and the small Dior Iconic mascara is just so easy to use, as well as carry. I always take this mascara with me everywhere as it’s such an easy travel item. The last on my list is this mini ‘travel sized’ Chanel powder that I received in Melbourne. I can take this powder with me anywhere with ease as it fits in all of my clutches and bags. These are all the different makeup items that I’m carrying along with me to each even through out Fashion Week.
The Practical Essentials.
Other than makeup bits and pieces, there are other things that I absolutely need during this week! My travel wallet that holds everything I need in one places, along with my phone in it’s handy little Ted Baker sleeve, there are so many thing that are absolutely essential! During the day, when the sun is shining for some shows, I’ll be bringing along my sunglasses which I don’t leave the house without. And for every event I’m bringing my small little Coach pouch which holds any business cards I’m given or may need throughout the event. The Body Shops’ tea tree oil, is something I’ll bring a long just in case. If I’m having a bit of an acne prone day, I’ll bring it along to ensure that if another spot decides to appear I can get rid of it quickly (and I’ll have some concealer on hand to hide that spot). I usually don’t bring along a ‘Vicks Inhaler’ but as I recently got a cold, I’m keeping it on hand so I can clear my stuffy nose and won’t annoy anyone during the show.
So those are the little things that I’ll be bringing along to each show this week for #PerthFashionFestival which may also remind you of what you might want to keep in your bag or might need to bring to fashion week. These all fit in my clutch that I usually bring to events and each of these items work well for me. I’m looking forward to what I see this week at the Perth Fashion events, as well as the runway shows from New York Fashion Week.
Ever since Cara Delevingne’s rise to fame, we’ve experienced the new trend of thick, bushy eyebrows. Eyebrows have gone through a lot of changes throughout the makeup/fashion industry, now we’ve gone back to the more ‘natural’ eyebrow look. Although, some of us don’t have very thick eyebrows or have the stains of old trends stuck to us. As the eyebrows frame the face, when you play around with them, it can change your look completely, and sometimes that’s not a good thing. Especially since trends go by so fast. So here are some tips and tricks I’ve heard of (and done) in order to enhance my eyebrows to follow this trend, as well as grooming them the best way possible for the future. So, if you want lovely eyebrows like Emma Watson or power brows like Emilia Clarke, this is the place to be for some tips, tricks and advice, as we talk about eyebrows.
Wax or Pluck?
So, this is a debate that’ll probably go on forever, when it comes to brows. Is it better to wax or pluck? Well, this really depends on what you aim to achieve with your brows and what works best for you. I feel, that if you want to reshape your eyebrows because you’re unhappy or you want to restart your ‘eyebrow regime’ then you should go and get those eyebrows waxed. Go to the brow bar that suits you best and get a professional to wax your eyebrows, so that they get a clean crisp shape. Sometimes waxing doesn’t work as expected because it is done to your standards, but that’s okay, hair grows back. When you’ve dealt with that and you start to work on make you’re eyebrows thicker, or if you want to retain that shape, then pluck the odd hairs that stick out. Now when growing eyebrows, some of the hair’s that look odd may not need to be plucked if they’re close enough to your brows, let them grow, but if they’re in a really odd place then pluck them. This helps to create the desired look you want, and plucking these hairs, helps to stimulate growth in where your brows are. I personally feel that you need a little bit of both in your life to get what you want, but plucking occurs more than waxing.
The Mascara Trick
This is a little trick that I’ve seen so many times, and I’ve actually tried it out myself. There are two different ways to work with this trick. The first, grab an old bottle of mascara, clean the bottle and the brush, then use the brush to help brush out your eyebrows to keep them in place. The second, use a small amount of mascara, similar to your brow colour if possible, or dilute it with water, and then lightly brush your brows with it so they’ll stay in place, as well as become more lengthy. This creates a bushier effect, and though it works (well), it still feels very weird, and I wouldn’t recommend doing that all the time. But, there are now brow brushes that work the same with different brow colours in order to help keep them brows in place.
When Dealing with Powder
Powder is one of the many ways to enhance your brows, in order to get a better shape. When you’re growing out your brows or dealing with a new shape, powder can be very helpful in order to keep your desired look. When it comes to powder, you should start from the middle of your brows and go back to the ends. The ends obviously need to be a lot darker in order to create a more natural look, and the start of your brows should be lighter. Powder helps to retain this look as you can feather out the powder at the front of your brows in order to created a more natural graduate. Another neat trick is to draw your shape from the ends to 3/4 the way through your brows, in order to keep a better shape. This way you just fill it in and fade outwards, which works well with eyebrow powders.
Pencil it out
Some people prefer to use pencil on their brows, usually because pencil will give off a more natural look. Well, when it comes to pencil, it should always be sharp, and you should work through your brows slowly by drawing in little hairs. This should again be lighter towards the front and darker towards the ends. Pencil may take a while to work through your brows compared to powder but it gives a better effect. If you don’t have much time to do your brows but you prefer pencil, then outline your, brows, draw them in quickly, use a brush of some kind to feather it out, and the quickly draw in some hairs towards the back. That’ll maintain the appearance of a natural eyebrow.
Those are a few little eyebrow tips and tricks to keep in mind. When doing your brows be super careful because these are the features that frame your entire face. These little things will further enhance any brow for whatever you’re going for, and hit me up on instagram ( @ thetkennedy ) with pictures of your brows for #makeupmonday.
(Header image taken by Guy Aroch)
(First image – Joanna Halplin by unknown)
(Second image – Kassi Smith by Kenny Sweeney)
In Perth, we’ve seen a number of well known fashion stores to come to our shores and Topshop is no exception. The brand with some of the most ‘cult’ products, the brand with Cara Delevingne as their face, is a brand that everyone has heard of. This empire has a wide range of clothing, with those affordable by students to the ‘Unique’ range which hones clothes that are often featured in various magazines. And let’s not forgot about Topman! Lovely suits and the perfect casual wear all in one place, that works for both teenagers and adults alike (even if you’re in an awkward teen stage, this is the place to go.) Topshop has it all, and maybe one of the reasons why they’re on top is because they know how to sell.
The Perth Topshop store is hosting a party called ‘Student Lates’ which is occurring tonight. It supplies free food, free drinks, music from spotify and 20% off of all Topshop clothing. This party is for students only, which makes it a little bit more enticing for the students who would prefer it if their parents would get out of their hair for once. It also creates a great environment for other students to mingle. I mean, who doesn’t want free food and discounts on all Topshop products? This is exactly why I’m heading over there. I can’t miss out on an opportunity such as this. Wearing an outfit that has just been photographed in a studio (and displayed here), I put on my coat and head out to tonight’s Topshop event.
Another #makeupmonday has come around on Tiffany & Couture! This time featuring some nail polishes that I absolutely love, and I hope you guys do too. Use the hashtag on instagram to show your make up favourites today, and tag us (@ thetkennedy) so we can have a look at what you’re loving!
Burberry’s Gold No. 447 nail polish
Burberry’s Antique Gold no. 445 nail polish
Revlon’s Clear top coat
(You can use other colours to create this look or similar colours that you already have. I use these particular colours because I think they look the most effective and they give a beautiful finish.)
I think it’s quite clear that I love the nail polishes that Burberry creates, and every time I have a chance to buy another nail polish, I will. They just have this perfect shimmer in the sun, with brilliant colour creations, in a beautiful little bottle. So, here I’ve combined two of my favourite nail polishes in order to create a simple yet elegant manicure for any occasion. I started with the Gold nail polish (which is the more paler white gold colour) and after it was applied, I waited for it to try completely before starting the next part. Once that was all fully set I used the Antique Gold colour on my index finger. Using the brush across a larger amount of the nail, with a steady hand, it added something to the manicure. And yes, it’s perfectly fine to get a little bit on your finger, or if you put more or less than I did, you can always fix this with nail polish remover if you need to. I then do the same with my ring finger but this time I only use a small amount in the top corner of my nail on an angle, this adds to that ‘geometric’ look with angled lines. The last area I did was at the top of my thumb. This will look similar to my ring finger but a used a little bit more nail polish just to emphasise that Antique Gold colour. Once I’ve applied the nail polish on both hands and I’m happy with it, I’ll then wait for it to dry so I can apply the top coat. When everything is dry you can use nail polish remover and a q-tip to remove the nail polish that got on your skin. Now, hopefully your nails will resemble mine in these images, showing an easy chic way to add a little shimmer to your day.