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In Opinion

Do it for yourself.

Quite shamefully, I spend a significant chunk of my time watching vlogs on youtube. Often, these bloggers respond to their fan questions, with many asking them how they could start a blog or a youtube channel. Most of these bloggers say that you can’t start a blog/yt channel with the intention of getting famous. I always scoffed at the answer, because being the skeptical, cynical and pessimistic person that I am, I believed they were just saying what everybody wanted to hear. Like many “bloggers” out there they attempt to elude people from seeing how disingenuous the internet world can really be; it’s only too easy to place on a facade under the cloak of “fame”, and when a few hundred thousand followers can offer security from being exposed¬†(I talk about purchasing followers here).

But after hearing the same righteous response again from yet another blogger, I began to believe this statement. Perhaps it was her conviction, but also perhaps this was the first time I properly reflected on why I blog and where my motivations come from.
I like to create things. I like to create them on my own. I like to have creative control over the things I make. I like having the ability to turn things that start off as just visions, into a reality. It’s a much more meaningful kind of satisfaction when I produce and design creations that seem like unattainable ideas concocted in my head or that money (or lack of it) simply cannot buy.

Creating content is my way of expressing my ideas visually. It’s the process I enjoy; and “posting” or “publishing” it for the world only supplies short lived gratification. Despite knowing that only one or two people actually pay any attention to the content I create, I do it regardless – why? Because more than anything, I do it for myself.

 

See the first vlog I am actually proud of, hopefully I’ll be able to get some more up sooner than later. Vlogs take ages to make, I have so much footage I have to cull through.

My A/W Make-Up Picks

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So I thought I’d share with you all what I’ve been using lately, and my thoughts on them! I recently got my hands on the Stila “Eyes are the Window” palette. It took me a long time to get on the bandwagon as I was always so happy with my UD Naked palettes I didn’t feel like owning another one was necessary. Although my favourite palette is the Naked 3, I had been searching for a warmer earthy/red/berry toned combination. Since red-toned eyeshadow aren’t exactly the most popular, it was difficult to find a palette that included wearable reds that did not make you look like you were dressed as a vampire or got beat up the other night. But STILA did it. The “Pigalle” and “Jezebel” shades bought me, among the other wonderful colours that mix brilliantly with the warm tones I sought after. The shades are buildable (not overly pigmented) and of fine consistency (not as great as the Naked though in my opinion). Most shades are shimmery but hardly noticeable (I do wish that there were more mattes though – but I’ve found that the matte shades in the STILA palettes are harder to work with, not as pigmented, and harder to blend when used with eyeshadow primer). Moreover, I realised at MECCA that each STILA palette is encased in different mirrored covers – mine was rose gold, and others include a gold and/or silver. Who can say no to such beautiful packaging?

stila-front stila-underWhile this palette was the latest and greatest find for the season, it, of course, couldn’t be without the rest of my long-time favourites I use on a regular basis.

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Spidery doll-like black lashes can always be achieved with the trusty Benefit “They’re Real” mascara – definitely worth the price point and found that this eliminates the desire for falsies. A good primer is always a must for me, and the Nars eye primer has always been my go-to, trumping the UD potion primer. The Stila All Day Waterproof liner has been my utmost favourite for years. There are several reasons for this; the felt tip brush is just the right thinness, it is flexible not stiff nor flimsy, it doesn’t dry out and it’s pigmented! I’ve also been using the Nars soft touch shadow pencil – I probably don’t use it like it’s meant to be used though. I like to take an angled eye liner brush directly to the product, get it saturated enough to draw a soft liner to add definition to the eye with a slight smokiness. I’ve also been using the Chanel stylo more recently, it’s like a shadow stick but not as powdery and adds just enough lavender/pink brightness to the inner corners of the eye and the brow bone.

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I’ve been leaning towards a blush mid pink for the lips as opposed to the regular plum/red lip this season. This seems to give a more ‘mature’ or ‘my lips but better’ kind of refined, clean look. I love the texture and preciseness a lip liner can give. I usually don’t bother with lip liners but now I know what I’ve been missing out! The 24/7 UD liner is soft enough to wear on its own, and truly glides on the lips!

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I have used the SIGMA classic makeup brush set for years now, and they’re beginning to show age! (bristles shedding and handles cracking) So I decided to invest on Real Techniques Bold Metals brush. These were incredibly pricey and almost abandoned the idea of purchasing them. But then I yolo’d. These brushes don’t come in a set, and so had to be bought separately ($$$). Despite the hefty price tags, I decided to grab all but one (the large powder brush). Everything about these are beautiful, each feel like an absolute luxury, almost forbiddingly so. The brushes are dense and feel extremely high quality and durable. Personally, however, I do enjoy a brush with bristles that can be pressed and moved around the face more freely (these don’t do that so much because of how densely packed they are). Still great nevertheless and worth the adjustment.

wintermakeup-flatlayThis final photo features the Chanel universal cream bronzer and aqua vitalumier foundation I’ve used for as long as I can remember.

Hope this was interesting and gave you some ideas of what to purchase next for your make-up collection ūüėČ

 

 

 

 

 

In Fashion

Trending: Tying the knot.

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It’s coming back and we all know it. Tying the knot – on shoes. What a great transeasonal trend that covers the toes but creates the illusion that you’re showing some skin by actually covering it with some string. It’s the old gladiator sandal but much more elegant and ‘chic’ if you will. Tony Bianco has released a few lust worthy heels from cut-out-esque for those who don’t like them too stringy (ie. “Lash”) to all-tied up (ie. “Avar”). What’s very much on the radar though is the lace-up flat. I think these are going to be all the rage, with (what I predict) many brands will replicate and make them dirt dirt cheap (Rubi Shoes). If you’re on the look-out for snatching a piece of this trend, I would wait until the more affordable brands release their version just incase it’s a trend we see come and go. Already, Therapy Shoes have released a pair for $60 – it ain’t leather, but it definitely competes with any others out there with that price point (available at our Emco Shoes store & online soon).

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“Ezard” from Therapy Shoes – Photograph taken by me.

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“Ezard” from Therapy Shoes – Photograph taken by me.

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“Lash” Tony Bianco, Courtesy of @tonybianco

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“Avar” Tony Bianco, Courtesy of @tonybianco

I’ve never been much of a shoe lace-up person, always finding it very cumbersome to take on and off. However, I do have my eyes dead set on a pair of TBs that are lace-up without the kerfuffle. A zip at the back or on the side of any lacey shoe does wonders and makes it so much more desirable.¬†

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“Dakota” Tony Bianco – My Must Haves!

But it doesn’t stop there! I’ve seen the lace-up trend popping up on tops for that laid-back, minimal boho look – a must have for the Spring & Summer.

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Outfit goals: Clothing with simple silhouettes paired with lace-up shoes, and delicate jewellery! Hopefully an ootd post soon ;)? Too bad the weather is still too cold for lace-up shoes though!