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July 9, 2015

Top 4 Budget Lipsticks for Every Girl

One of the things about working in beauty marketing is that gradually, over time, one-new-product-in-the-cabinet-at-a-time, you begin to develop a slight obsession with make-up. Prior to starting this job, I had the same stock-standard beauty routine that I did day in, day out. If I was going out at night, I’d add false lashes, boom, done.

However now, I’m all about micellar water/strobing/graphic liner/highlighting/contouring, etc, etc. And having tried nearly all the drugstore/pharmacy brands of cosmetics, I wanted to share with you my top 4 budget lipsticks that I can’t get enough of.

I don’t wear lipstick every day, but I think everyone should have at least one great nude, pink, red and dark shade that always makes them feel good. One of my friends told me her secret to always looking fresh, even when she’s absolutely exhausted, is just popping on a bright lip – instant colour!

Here are my picks:


Face of Australia Lip Quench in Lychee Crush

This is the perfect pale shade of peachy/pink. If you want something light, girly and that looks excellent on most skin tones, I think this is a winner. The formula is genuinely moisturising and feels great on. At under $10, it’s also one of the most purse-friendly beauty purchases you can make.


Rimmel Apocalips Matte Velvet in Meteoric Matte

I can’t tell you how many compliments I get when I wear this shade. It’s extremely on-trend for this winter, with dark berries and plums being everywhere, but it’s not as intimidating as some of the extremely dark shades on the market. I love the consistency and the brush makes it super easy to apply. I also find this shade makes teeth look whiter, who doesn’t want that?


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Audacious

Chubby sticks are so in this year and I can see why. Moisturising and smooth to glide on, the pigment isn’t as strong as some of the other formulas, but it lets you build it up to whatever you like. When it comes to reds, I like them to be more on the orange side – anything mandarin or tangerine is for me. I think orange-based reds are much cooler, younger and less serious.


Maybelline NY Colour Sensational Vivid in Fuchsia Flash

You can probably tell I have a thing for bold and bright. So Maybelline’s “Vivids” range is definitely for me. Though this is more a summer shade, I think it works beautifully all-year round to add a pop of colour to a black outfit. Luma Cosmetics by Jess Hart also does a fantastic bright pink!

Inspiration, Style Crushing


January 14, 2015


Brought to you by Dr. Lewinn’s

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Make-up is one of the first things I notice about a person. I guess, just like your outfit, it can speak volumes about who you are. So when the team at Dr.Lewinn’s asked me about personal discovery, I thought this would be the perfect thing!

For the longest time, my beauty look has been pretty unchanged – long hair, long fringe, exaggerated cat-eye eyeliner and the occasional pop colour lip…



I think it’s probably the association with rock and roll, the 60s and 70s and the timelessness of this look that I love so much. When I think of teased hair and smoky eyes, I instantly think sequins, leather and lace, late nights and loud music. I think of everyone from Brigitte Bardot and Anna Karina to Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller. All ultra glam goddesses with that little bit – or lot of – edge.

It was definitely when I was growing up and flicking through the pages of magazines and watching old movies that I saw these style icons and instantly knew that was who I wanted to channel.

Though I’ve worn this look (and not with nearly the same amount of glamour nor edge) since I can remember, over time I have definitely worked on finessing the application! (And I cringe when I look at photos of 15-year-old panda-eyed me).

It’s probably only since I have gotten older that I’ve realised the importance of a) purchasing quality products over quantity, and b) looking after yourself. Good skin is literally the foundation to a good beauty regime. Now I always take the time to cleanse, moisturise, sunscreen and prime, before I even apply the first lick of makeup.



Before bed it’s a similar routine. I ensure all of the day’s makeup and grime is removed and a night eye cream, night moisturiser and serum are all applied. After all, it’s during the night that your skin rejuvenates cells the most. Plus, I want to be one of those ridiculous women who have amazing skin, even at 90.

When people see a beautiful woman, what is one of the most common things they will comment on? “Oh, she just glowed!”

I may not be glowing just yet, but when you have the right base, all you need is a touch of foundation, a dab of highlighter and a flick of liquid eyeliner and you have yourself one pretty impactful look. Oh, and looking like Alexa Chung doesn’t hurt.


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