Saturday, February 8, 2014

Like a charm

Jumpsuit - Glassons
Jumper - Country Road
Watch - Nixon Time Teller
Sneakers - Converse
Sunglasses - ASOS

Settling into a whole new city sure does take a liiiiitle bit of getting used to...
Recently my days have been filled with lots of unpacking/organizing and exploring, as we've just made the big move to Auckland.

I've been focusing on comfort and chucking together outfits right before I head out the door, if I'm totally honest with ya.
This orange jumper set off my loose patterned jumpsuit like a charm, and you can't go wrong with popping on some trusty converse for casual everyday wear :)

On a side note; Who has some tips for making new environments feel more homely? I'd love you to let me know in the comments below :)

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Friday, January 31, 2014


Fedora - Forever 21
Status Anxiety Audrey Wallet
Birkenstock Arizona Two Strap
Tshirt Dress - ROMWE
Mac Rebel

Recently I've been l.u.s.t.i.n.g over these items above big time!
While on holiday I came across Status Anxiety Wallets in a small beach-town boutique and I've been obsessed with the brand ever since. I think their Audrey Wallet in either Olive or Purple is just beautiful and I can't get it off my mind.

I've also been weirdly keen on the really ugly/Istillthinkthey'recool birkenstock sandals - I had some of these babies as a kid and I feel like I'll be in possession again soon...

Also, I should probably address the elephant in the room - I've been MIA for way too long and truthfully I've really missed blogging.
I'm back and have a bunch of new inspiration for the new year so I shall talk to you soon :)

Sam xx

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial

Celestial is as close to a nude as I would ever dear to go - I just can't pull off a true nude... it washes me out like there is NO tomorrow.
The Apocalips formula is so dreamy to wear, it goes on like a gloss and dries to a beautiful opaque matte.  Check out my previous post here, where you can read all about my thoughts on formula, application and lasting power.

P.s don't kill me all you MAC lovers out there, but I think I prefer these to the MAC mattes... eeek.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pants - Federation / Watch - Casio / Sandals - Winsdor Smith Chunk / Lips - Rimmel Apocalips Celestial

So I've been super MIA lately because I let the goings on of life getting in the way. But I'm back with probably my favourite photos to date... I love how dreamy the lense makes the background of these images look.
I'm embracing the beautiful day by wearing my trusty Windsor Smith sandals which never fail, paired with a bright graphic printed pant and my favourite lip product of late, Rimmel Apocalips.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rimmel Apocalips - Big Bang: Review + Swatches

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer - Big Bang - $25.00 in store or $9.25 off ASOS :)

After seeing the gorgeous swatches on many UK blogs, I could not wait to get my hot little hands on Rimmel's Apocalips range of Lip Lacqures. Rimmel claims these lacquers have the intense pigment of a lipstick but with the shine of a gloss that 'lasts and lasts', and I'm with them on that one!
I picked this colour as well as Celestial up off ASOS - by doing this the two products combined came to less than I would pay for one here in NZ ($25.00).

Big Bang is a pure, true red with more blue undertones than orange, which is ideal as it helps to prevent the nasty yellow teeth look that some more warmer toned reds can give. I was sceptical at first because I thought with these being so glossy that they would slide right off your lips but in no way do they do that. The formula settles in to a matte finish after about 30mins wear and then lasts forever, which I really like. I wear this to work and it stays put for a good 8hours minus one touch-up after eating. I find the application wand a little difficult to use but my best advice would be that less is definitely less when applying this product as an overload could get very messy! Also, a lipliner is important to stop the not so hot feathering look. 

Big Bang is super pigmented and lately I have been pretty partial to a good red lip - this is 100% my go-to red lippy!

Have you tried any of the Apocalips Lacquers? Do you feel they live up to the huge hype?

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

xoBeauty Flat & Tapered Top Synthetic Face Brushes

xoBeauty Flat Top Synthetic Face Brush $26* & xoBeauty Tapered Top Synthetic Face Brush $26*

I'm just going to begin by saying these brushes are of an amazing quality for the price. I received them a few weeks ago and have used them every single day since. The Flat Top brush immediately replaced my Real Techniques Buffing Brush - the xoBeauty bristles are a a lot softer and the brush is very dense so I feel like it really buffs my foundation in to give a more flawless look.
The Tapered Top brush would be ideal for contouring as it has the perfect shape and is once again very dense and has extremely soft bristles, although I use it for highlighting and it does a fab job.
When I first opened these beauties up there were a few bristles that had shed - I quickly removed those and totally expected more to fall out but to my surprise I haven't had one single bristle come out since then.
All in all I think these brushes are of such a lovely quality, I use them on the daily and don't have a bad word to say about them. The xoBeautyShop also has free shipping throughout NZ and Australia which is a sweet bonus.

Have you tried out any of the xoBeauty Brushes? Let me know your favourite or any you have been eyeing up in them comments below :)

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Typical Comfortable Outfit

Lippy - Barry M 162 / Boots - Luichiny / Woollen Cropped Vest - Op-Shop / Kneehigh Socks - Farmers / Plaid Vest - Op-Shop / Skirt - Glassons / Necklace - Equip
Once again another casual, comfortable outfit from Me... I don't know if I'm the only one but I never feel comfortable wearing jeans, they're too restricting and I never feel 'ready'. A skirt and top is the only way to go, it's a no brainer.

I also had my hair cut again while visiting my parents house. You can't really tell here (plus I'm having a bad hair day) but the back is cut quite a bit shorter than the front and I love it. Short hair is so addicting because it's so easy to do, it literally takes me 5mins max to curl + style my hair.

This necklace has practically become a part of me since I bought it last week, it hasn't come off my neck - I love it. I also added a nice big coat and scarf to this outfit to make it wearable for the day in this crazy Winter weather :)

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Uni Fashion Collection + Illustrations

Mood/concept board:

Collection line-up:


This is the final hand in work for my Fashion Studio Paper I've just completed at Uni.
Our task was to design a collection with a minimum of 8 looks for Autumn/Winter 2013, and it had to build on previous work from the beginning of the semester. The collection was aimed at the mid-market. 

My collection Urban Tropics is an exploration of my two very different homes, Tauranga and Wellington.
Through the juxtaposition of elements extracted and inspired by each environment, a very unique collection was born. Wellington is very much a man-made, angular concrete jungle; this is expressed throughout the collection through the use of geometric pattern and print, along with angular sharp lines.  Tauranga on the other hand is more of a tropical environment, surrounded by nature and flowing organic lines. I have used the very vibrant colour palette and the occasional more soft, draped garment to represent Tauranga.

This collection is not designed for the faint hearted. It contains a lively mix of tropical colours, contrasted with strong angular lines and geometric patterns.
Urban Tropics has a very strong sense of confidence and a high-spirited atmosphere accompanies the bold garments.
­­This collection certainly packs a punch and will add a unique twist to any Winter Wardrobe.

To someone who simple looks at the designs it may look like an easy task, but if you've ever designed and worked digitally you'll understand it's definitely not as straight forward as it seems. Also there is obviously a huge body of work supporting these finals but though I'd just show you a snippet of what I've been doing.
Also the 'Samantha McLean' was not on the images for hand-in.

Soooo, let me know what you think in the comments below  :)