Things To Do When You're Feeling Uninspired

 

Hello Lovelies!

TOPIC OF THIS POST: Inspiration. I honestly wish someone had written something like this when I was in the biggest creative rut of my entire existence. I'm talking extreme loss of motivation to do anything creative - most likely caused by overwhelming amounts of pressure that I put upon myself. As most of you probably noticed by my absence on this blog, this happened recently. I've compiled a list of things to do if you are struggling to find your creativity. These are the things that helped me get back on track.

BOOKS

Some of the best days I've had have been spent glued to my bed, my mind immersed in a whole other reality. Books are important to me. They've given me a passion for visualisation through writing and have given me an appreciation for words. There's no better way to get you inspired than to read a good book.

Here are some of my faves: Of Bees and Mist, The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter (all of them), Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Rosie Project, Nasty Galaxy (click here to see my post on this book), I'll Give You The Sun, Live Love Life and The Sky is Everywhere. 

MUSIC/ MY FAVE ARTISTS

Laid-back, chill vibes: Petit Buscuit, Supercruel, Chet Faker, Troye Sivan, Ed Sheeran ,Lorde, Bon Ivor, Broods, Ellie Goulding, Zayn

FILMS

Amelie - A French film about a girl living in Paris as a waitress. She falls in love with a stranger and steals his photos after he accidentally leaves them behind and zooms off on a bike. Tres Francais.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - This one is a bit sad, but it gives you a sense of appreciation. It's an unoriginal story told in an original way.

Begin Again - Keira Knightley portrays a heartbroken girl determined to not be heartbroken. This movie is a feel-good film that makes you want to grab a guitar and start busking.

The Devil Wears Prada - Only one to be enjoyed if you love fashion and Anne Hathaway. While you're at it, go ahead and watch Love and Other Drugs too.

Midnight in Paris -A film that follows Owen Wilson in Paris through the ages. 

About Time - My all-time favourite movie. Time travel, romance and self discovery through someone else? Yes, please. 

WEBSITES

For all things artsy, head on over to: The Messy HeadsLa Veine

For all things beauty, go to: Caked to the NinesInto The Gloss

For all things Fashion go to: Icing and GlitterToo Gold Street,

YOUTUBE

Spirituality: Hitomi Mochizuki (my all-time favourite Youtuber), Cartia Mallan

Best Vlogs: Shane Dawson (to make you laugh), Margot Lee

Best for tips on Veganism and happy living: Margot Lee, Cartia Mallan, Hitomi Mochizuki, Wild Daze

Beauty: Sammy RobinsonIsabella FioriMichael FinchGlossier

ACTIVITIES

Make a mood board: use Polyvore

Write a Journal entry on what your life would be like if you lived in: Barcelona, Paris, New York, 

Do the 30 days of journaling challenge. Do the 30 days of taking photos challenge. Go somewhere and write down exactly what you see around you and how it makes you feel. If you don't want to write it down, just think about it.

Before you go, what are some things you do to get inspired?

Current Favourite Skincare Winter Edition

Good morning lovelies,

Today I wanted to delve into the ever changing realm of skincare routines and talk about some of my favourite products for the colder months.

In Australia, it is currently the beginning of Winter, which means Autumn quickly transforms (into what we believe) is freezing cold. People bring out the layers and the gloves, hot coffees glued to their hands. For me, I mainly just wear oversized sweaters and pyjama pants on a regular basis because the cold turns me into a crazy person. I love it, though.

The first product I wanted to talk about was my current favourite cleanser: 

The Simple Oil Cleanser 

This product is an absolute lifesaver if your goal is bright, healthy looking skin. It leaves your skin feeling incredibly moisturised and glowy. I've never been so impressed by a $4.99 cleanser in my life.

I generally take my makeup off with a makeup wipe and follow it up with this magical creation. It is an absolute dream and really truly does nourish your skin. I highly recommend it.

Next up I wanted to talk about one thing that has been a life saver for me whenever I get bad breakouts. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 is Mother Natures' miracle for problem skin. 

It's made by fermenting apples. It's an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal pH balanced natural formula perfect for restoring the original protective layer of your skin that is usually destroyed by pollution, cosmetics and other environmental factors.

Make sure you grab a bottle with "The Mother" in it, which sounds and looks gross but is really important as they contain raw enzymes that are extremely beneficial for more than just your skin . I love the Braggs one, as well as the Just Organic one. I put this on with a cotton pad with a little bit of water on it every night before I go to sleep, and if you can stand the smell, the results will astound you when you see your face in the morning.

You can read more about the wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar 

here

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Goodness Chia Seed Oil & Sukin Bio Skin Oil

Oils either break me out or fix all my skin issues, and these two oils definitely do the latter! I like mixing the Chia seed oil into my moisturiser, whereas with the Bio Skin Oil (which I've mentioned before in a previous post), I just lather onto my face alone before I go to sleep and I wake up glowing. 

Mario Badescu Rose Water With Aloe facial spray

This stuff is heaven. It doesn't change the appearance of your skin, but leaves it feeling incredibly hydrated and loved. I use it as a primer, makeup setting spray and a finishing touch to my skincare routine. You can even spray it in your hair to leave it feeling fresh.

LANATE Face Cream * 

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This product was sent to me (don't worry, all opinions that follow are completely my own), and when I heard what it did and how it worked, I was ecstatic.

LANATE works to gently remove the surface layer of the skin, repairing the skin through aiding with faster cell renewal and exfoliation of the dead skin cells. Its creamy, light texture glides onto the face easily and leaves skin silky smooth. I've been in love with this for the winter time as I suffer from dehydrated and dry skin during this season in particular. 

LANATE is dermatologically created and is primarily used to help with the treatment of small bumps or dry patches of skin known as Keratosis Pilaris, however it is perfect for anyone who is looking for soft, smooth and hydrated skin. I personally suffer from small, flesh coloured bumps that pop up on my face and can last for weeks at a time. These are hormonal and caused by stress. I've tried

everything

 and really do believe that LANATE combined with my Apple Cider Vinegar routine is dramatically improving the condition of my skin.

I actually held out on writing a review for this product because I wanted to try it for 

at least

 a month to see if it actually worked, and my gosh it does. 

 Read more information about this product 

here

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For something a little different, I also wanted to mention a tool that I've been loving using when washing my face. It's from Kmart, it was $2 or $3 and it's a

clea

nsing pad.

 You may have heard of these, you may have not - whichever it is, I

really

 hope you give it a go. It's small, oval in shape and made out of silicon with little pore-sized raised bumps. It's used to exfoliate the skin whilst cleansing and it

works

.

Heaps of different brands have come out with their own version of this (including Sephora), so you're bound to find one somewhere.

Here's one from Models Prefer, available at Priceline.

There you have it! My complete list of favourites (so far) for winter skincare. Until next time,

Imogen x

Frank Body Glow Mask - Is it worth the hype?

🌹.。・:*:Frank Body Glow Mask Review // FAUX SILK  ・・:*:・。.

FIRST THING'S FIRST - WHAT'S IN IT?

5/5

This particular mask has intrigued me for a while considering it's designed for the morning as a quick-fix to smooth over tired complexions. Some of the ingredients include arabica seed extract, shea butter, goji berry extract, licorice root extract, grape seed oil, coconut oil and cocoa seed butter (just to name a few). I've compiled together a little research on exactly what some of the main ingredients can do for you and what their overall benefits are.

SHEA BUTTER

Among being an anti-inflammatory, Shea butter is known for its moisturising properties due to a number of components - one of them being fatty acids. These don't sound good for you but are amazing for your hair, nails and skin. You can also find beneficial fatty acids in foods such as avocado and almonds. 

In addition to the heaps of skin-loving vitamins, Shea butter has been known toincrease collagen production which as most of you probably know smoothes out skin texture and speeds up the healing process of scars and hyperpigmentation caused by acne. It also has been used as ananti-ageingproperty in many cosmetics. 

GRAPE SEED EXTRACT

The list of benefits from grape seed oil, extract and grapes in general could go on forever, however I'll narrow it down briefly to what exactly it can do for your skin.

Grape seed extract is crazy high in antioxidants, is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. If you have problem skin, I strongly suggest investing in products with this in it. It's natural, safe, amazing for sensitive skin and is all around very beneficial. Studies show that eating grapes could even be a preventative for certain cancers ( !! ), so it kind of makes sense to put some of its extract on your face.

ARABICA COFFEE SEED EXTRACT

This natural plant derivative is high in antioxidants and has been proven to contribute to smoother skin as it helps with moisture retention and improves circulation. All of Frank's products contain this super ingredient! These are only a few of the many benefits to this mask. 

Check out Frank's website for more details on these ingredients.

HOW IT APPLIES & IMMEDIATE EFFECTS

5/5

Think thick vanilla icing being smothered across your whole face and that pretty much sums up the application, feel and smell of this product. I'm pretty sure I nearly started crying happy tears when I first applied this purely because I was so excited to be able to put this on my face three times a week. 

In terms of the immediate effects, the one thing I noticed is that you can literally feel it condition your skin. Over the last month I have used this mask twice a week and although I can't say it gives you perfect glowing skin that lasts the whole day, it does definitely make your skin feel incredibly soft. It smoothes your pores over and works as like an Au natural face primer that also goes wonderfully under makeup. Did I mention that you only have to leave this on for five minutes? As suggested by Frank, I usually pop this on after a shower and before any moisturiser, make myself a coffee and hang out on my balcony as it sinks in. 

FINAL THOUGHTS & LONG-TERM EFFECTS

4.5/5

So for the important question of whether this product makes you glow, this was kind of heartbreaking for me because after taking the vanilla goodness off of my face, I didn't see any difference in the radiance of my skin at all.

 In saying this, it has helped me create a healthier, smoother complexion whenever I use it. I would suggest leaving this mask on for around 15-20 minutes for more benefits (although it's still a nice, luxurious treatment for your face if you're short on time).

I would still 100% recommend this mask as it really is a wonderful combination of skin-beneficial properties for a pretty good price of $21.95 AU. 

Let me know if you guys have tried this and whether you've had different results/ or if you want to give it a go in the comments!

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You can buy this mask on Franks Website or in Mecca.

References:

  1. https://wellnessmama.com/27324/shea-butter-benefits/
  2. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/01/11/grape-seed-benefits.aspx
  3. http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/definition/Coffea-arabica--coffee-seed-oil

Little & Instant Ways to De-stress

Small ways to help with understanding and eliminating stress in your every-day life


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Staring uni has got me really inspired in terms of the little therapeutic ways I used to clear my head when I was stressed and under a lot of pressure; ways I still do. I think that looking after yourself if so incredibly important and should never be underestimated or overlooked. So, I've compiled a few little tips and tricks together that may be useful when you're trying to brave the worst of a storm - whether it be work, school, uni or just any abundance of problems that seem to be getting you down.





THERE'S A LIST FOR EVERYTHING

Let me tell you a story. Way back when I was suffering immensely through my first semester of university, I was a giant stress-ball with no organisational skills. It was hard. I was locked inside my own head without any help as to how to get myself out of whatever it was that was stopping me from accomplishing things. I passed, but with grades that weren't astonishing.

Come second semester and I was determined to change my work ethic. It started as it always did - which freaked me out. Eventually I came across a Youtuber called Margot Lee , she's around my age, lives in America and basically only does college vlogs. I noticed that she writes lists on literally everything. Even if there was nothing to list, she'd find something. 

It was the middle of semester and I began picking up a notebook in the beginning of every day so I could plan out step-by-step exactly what I needed to get done. I took it little by little; focusing on accomplishing a few paragraphs/ research on my each of my assignments for each of my units a day. I wouldn't sleep until everything on those lists were done. When exam block rolled around, I had my organisational skills down and I was on top of all my work. I'm not even kidding, I handed the majority of my assessments in early. My grades also went up crazy amounts, which is  a bonus. I now use lists in my every-day life, as I usually have a billion things I need to do.


INDULGE

This is an important one. Indulge every once and a while. Splurge on skincare or beauty products, buy those clothes you've been eyeing. It's important to acknowledge hard work, and if you can, treat yourself to something you love!








GET ACTIVE

Maybe it's the future nutritionist in me, but exercise is one of the best stress releases. Not only emotionally but for your body as well. 

As you may know, your skin is your biggest organ and the only way for it to breath is through sweat. Ridding your body of toxins and making it stronger is a huge confidence boost. You don't need to exercise with the specific intention to loose weight if you don't want to, you can do it just to pick yourself up and give yourself an endorphin rush.



UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT YOUR ISSUES

Understand exactly what it is that is stressing you out or making you feel less than happy is probably the most important point of them all. Once you realise what's the cause of your distress, the rest will follow. Give yourself a specific time of the day to deal with it/ worry about the thing that's getting you down. This is a super useful tip I've learned whenever I'm overthinking things and working myself up. I usually call this my "worry time". Tell yourself you'll deal with your emotions then, and when that time comes you're allowed to freak out. But after it's done, let it go and wait until the next day. By doing this, every time you start to worry, you'll push it away until that time. After a while, you'll probably forget about your worry time and you'll realise you've been a lot more stress free! 

Take steps to slowly but surely eliminate the cause from your life without putting pressure on yourself. You are the most important person in your life.




DO MORE OF WHAT YOU ENJOY 

This one is pretty self-explanatory, and it's the reason I started this blog in the first place. Find a hobby you enjoy and stick with it!


Until next time

xx














Minimal Jewellery Pieces Every Girl Should Invest In

Introducing my Newest Series: The Modest Minimalist 


In this image: Runway Goddess cross earrings, Christian Paul Watch, Pandora Bracelet & Charm, Swarovski ring, Wallace Bishop ring












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Welcome to my first post from my Modest Minimalist series that will be a part of my blog over the next few weeks. I'm really excited about this series because I'd like to think of myself as a minimalist in a lot of aspects of my life (which I will further delve into throughout these posts), despite the fact I was once a hoarder with no organisational skills.

I'm pretty excited about this post because I'm a huge advocate for understanding that accessorising can make or break an outfit. As you can probably tell by these images, I have a pretty minimal style preference when it comes to jewellery. I much prefer dainty, small silver pieces as opposed to chunky gold chain necklaces full of a thousand different coloured crystals. However, that's just my personal taste and if you love that, go for it! I do like to incorporate a few statement pieces in my collection, which brings me to my first item:

The Statement Earrings: I noticed that this trend basically blew up last year, with everyone and their cats wearing oversized, gold statement earrings with every outfit. I didn't really understand it at first, but after seeing these ones from Runway Goddess, I was converted. They are absolutely stunning; very rustic yet modern, and somehow minimal despite the size. I honestly believe that adding these can dress up a dull outfit, or completely change your look from day to night. I've added them to the minimalist series because these literally go with everything. Who needs twenty three pairs of earrings when you can have these gorgeous statement ones and wear them every day, all day?

The Watch: Watches are one of my absolute favourite things ever. They are a universally accepted accessory that is so incredibly versatile. You can wear the same watch every day of the year and it will never go out of style. This one is from Christian Paul Sydney, and was actually a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas. It's a classic white with silver trimming and a marble watch-face (what can I say, he knows me so well).

The Ring: If you're going for minimal, small and petite is definitely the way to go unless you find a style that is more geometrical (like the Wallace Bishop one in the images). I have two rings that I wear every day, which were both gifts from family members (somehow these are the ones that mean the most). The smaller one is from Swarovski and is so incredibly stunning.

The Bracelet: My boyfriend was lovely enough to get me a Pandora for my birthday, and honestly I never take it off. The charm I chose is also one of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery I think I have ever seen. When you're aiming for a minimalist approach to jewellery, the more empty space, the better (if that makes sense). Minimalism is modest!

The Chokers: I am obsessed with chokers. Some people love them, and some hate them but honestly I never feel like an outfit is complete without one. My favourites are actually from Lovisa; One is a thin black velvet, another is a green velvet and the last is white chiffon. I love wearing chokers paired with grungy t-shirts and black jeans for a causal but chic look.  I also picked up a Diamond one (not real diamonds, guys) from Pretty Little Thing which I save for special occasions or paired with a sweater dress to dress it up a little more. However, if you're looking for a low-key approach, I would suggest going for a single, tiny chain choker in a colour like gold. I did have a few from Glassons but unfortunately I have misplaced them.

KEY NOTE: Never wear a choker with an outfit that is already busy in colours/ layers as it will look unorganised.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know your favourite jewellery pieces in the comments below xx

Imogen







Silk and Lace



 STYLE TIP: Pair this playsuit with a grey trench coat or with a turtleneck jumper for winter vibes.
Outfit Breakdown: Miss Shop playsuit, Christian Paul watch, Princess Polly denim jacket,  Princess Polly choker, Runway Goddess earrings, Zara shoes,

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So I'm currently writing to you guys one day away from starting Uni again for the year, and it's a mix of emotions for me right now. Half of me is beyond excited that I finally get to study my passion and do what I've been wanting to do for the last three years, but the other half is sort of scared to death knowing how crazy it's going to be for me in a few weeks. I'm hoping to use this blog as a kind of outlet to assist me in not going insane over the stress. Faux Silk will hopefully help keep me grounded and focused on giving myself time to do something I love that isn't studying.

To start off my little chat on this outfit, I have to say that I'm so obsessed with this Miss Shop playsuit and it's probably all I'm going to wear for the next few weeks.  I know that this style of playsuit in particular and even these kinds of dresses are super on-trend right now.You can either dress it up or dress it down, but because my last few looks have been super fancy, I wanted to bring back some of my personal street style to this blog. 

This denim jacket (if you've been following me from the start) is actually already in one of my posts (Denim Obsession - if you wanted to check it out), and these earrings are from the one and only Runway Goddess (check out my previous posts for more cute things from them). The shoes are actually from Zara and I picked them up last time I was in Sydney on sale down from something crazy like $200 to $50... Yep. You read that right!

Please enjoy these photos taken by my boyfriend, Kai, and Let me know your thoughts on the outfit in the comments below! 













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Colourpop Perfectly Peach Review & Swatches // + Soft Peachy Glam Look

Detailed review of the Perfectly Peach collection by Colourpop // First impressions, packaging, formula, wear & swatches. Read until the end for a look created using these products!



Eye Shadows: Kennedy (bright orange/ apricot), Cornelious (soft matte brown), Bandit (Deap warm-toned matte brown), Crimper (Gold Pearlescent/ metallic) // Lips: Instigator (ultra matte), Speed Dial (ultra matte ) & Screenshot (Ultra Satin)


Happy Thursday!

Today I'll be reviewing the Colourpop Perfectly Peach collection, which consists of three liquid lipsticks (one ultra satin finish and two with ultra matte finishes) and four warm-toned eye shadows.

I ordered this collection and a few other bits and pieces (if you would like me to do a "Colourpop collection" post, let me know!). In this post I'll go into detail of my first impressions, the quality of the formulas and also the wear of the products. I've got a lot to say about this collection so please keep reading!





FIRST IMPRESSIONS: PEACHY KEEN EYE SHADOWS // PACKAGING

3 / 5

Before I even opened the packet, I was already imagining the looks I could create with the colours. The eyeshadows looked so pigmented and creamy, and the colours were the perfect tone and vibrancy.


However, when I opened the first product, Kennedy , it immediately fell apart: The glue was still wet, and I had to play around with it as the eye shadow was stuck in the lid. When I finally did manage to press it down and get to the product, it was so loose that I thought it would completely fall apart and that would be the end of it. Not only this, but the packaging on both the lip trio and the eye shadows were quite beaten up. There was dirt on the surfaces and it appeared to have been knocked around. It's safe to say that I was very disappointed.


*In saying this, these things are always a possibility when ordering online, and the parcel was filled with protective material. However, the products just kind of looked like they had been sitting in a box for too long in not-so-great conditions.





*For the sake of this review, I did not brighten the swatches whatsoever so you guys can get a better understanding of the pigmentation of each individual product.


PEACHY KEEN EYE SHADOWS
FORMULA, WEAR & SWATCHES

3.5 / 5

Earlier I mentioned my disappointment in the quality of the packaging, however now I get to move onto the formula and wear of each of the eye shadows.

Firstly, I'll start with pigmentation. These eye shadows on first glance look super pigmented, however I found it really hard when doing the swatches to really get a good swipe of colour (I needed to apply 3 layers to get anything to really show up on camera). They definitely weren't as pigmented as I'd hoped, however for the price they are still a super good deal in terms of value for money.

My favourite out of the collection would definitely have to be Crimper as the colour payoff is the most stunning out of the four. I would comfortably say this is a universally flattering gold shimmer, and would make any eye colour stand out. 

With the others, Cornelious and Kennedy, I noticed the colours were a lot softer than how they first appeared in the pot. They were almost transparent unless the product was packed on and blended carefully.  The next product, Bandit, I was extremely impressed with. The pigmentation matched the description and it was as rich as it looked in the pot.

In terms of blending, this is a subject that I'm sorry to say just didn't work for me at all. I did actually experience this with a previous Colourpop eye shadow purchase, but I was honestly hoping it was a one-off thing. However, when I did manage to blend the product out (it took a while, geez) they lasted all day! I'm not even kidding; I work 9-5 and when I got home they were still looking flawless.







JUST PEACHY : INSTIGATOR, SCREENSHOT & SPEED DIAL LIQUID LIPSTICKS // PACKAGING

4 / 5

I love Colourpops' liquid lipstick packaging. They're sleek, modern and hold a fair amount of product. The case is simple; silver and holographic in appearance. However, the labels fade within two weeks in my experience (let me know if this has happened to any of you guys?)

These three lipsticks look almost identical when compared against each other in the bottle, however when swatched (see pic below) they are actually quite different.

*I did not see any issues with the packaging on these products like with the eye shadows as mentioned earlier.





INSTIGATOR, SCREENSHOT & SPEED DIAL
FORMULA & WEAR

4.5 / 5


I understand that all lipsticks were warm/ peach-toned however I was slightly disappointed with how pink they went after wearing them for a while. Each shade ended up oxidising in a way that I was not very fond of. However, they lasted all day. I actually had to get the two layers I applied through the day off using a heavy exfoliator. This is something I'm not keen on in liquid lipstick formulas, but If you love a super matte look that will not budge whatsoever (despite your best efforts), then definitely pick yourself up one of these!


In order from bottom to top from the swatch above

Screenshot (satin)Described as a "mid-toned peachy nude" on the website as well. Goes on like a nude peachy/pink (see photo below - which was taken 1 min after application) and dries red/pink.


Instigator (matte) : Described as a "mid-toned peachy nude" on the website. I would have to disagree - it's definitely not a nude (for my skin type, anyway). It goes on slightly apricot and dries bright pink.


Speed Dial : Described as a "Rich peach in matte finish" -  probably the closest description to match the actual product out of the trio.



Wearing : Screenshot




FINAL THOUGHTS

3.5 / 5

All in all, these products were quite nice, however there is definitely room for improvement in terms of attention to detail in the care of the packaging and the blend-ability (is that even a word? you guys get what I mean!).

There were no issues whatsoever in regards to how long the products stayed on - all of them lasted all day (especially the liquid lipsticks). I hold mixed emotions about this collection, and I will continue to wear the products but will not repurchase. 


PS: This was my first detailed product review, what do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below! xx

Imogen

Gray Days // Runway Goddess ☆

Part two of my collaboration with Runway Goddess // Classy & Chic


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Today I've got two stunning outfits brought to you by Runway Goddess, featured in the second part of my collaboration with them (check out the first post here). It's not every day that a girl gets to dress up like this, and honestly I felt so lucky to be able to wear such beautiful, high quality gowns. Let me know which one is your favourite in the comments below!

Also, please don't forget to check out their website if you like what you see!












WWW.RUNWAYGODDESS.COM.AU












Blushes & Neutrals // Runway Goddess ☆

PART ONE:  Feminine, classy and timeless statement pieces that are a necessity in any girls' wardrobe. // Introducing: Runway Goddess


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I've got so much to say about these gowns, but firstly I'd love to thank the lovely girls at Runway Goddess for giving me the opportunity to shoot in them! They are all such high quality, beautifully constructed dresses. The first thing I noticed about their products is that they are all extremely flattering. Somehow, these dresses manage to drape on your body in a way that is perfectly tailored to your shape. Their new stock is stunning and I was lucky enough to wear some of them for the purpose of this blog. I urge you guys to definitely go check them out if you want to feel like a million dollars!

 This is the first instalment of two separate posts showcasing two different collection of pieces. There are three outfits in total pictured below, and they are all available on their website here!  Enjoy!




OUTFIT ONE








OUTFIT TWO
*Unfortunately my camera erased some of the images for this outfit, so I only have a few - which is a shame because it was one of my favourites!





OUTFIT THREE











OUTFIT DETAILS:

These items are not yet available online, however they have heaps of gorgeous stock: www.runwaygoddess.com.au

 OR visit them in store:  Popup shop at Macarthur Central Shopping Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia  

Instagram: @runwaygoddess








ACCESSORIES:

Cross Earrings from Outfit #1: Royal Large Gold Cross Earrings
Cross Earrings from Outfit #2 and #3: Cross My Heart Earrings



What do you guys think of these dresses and which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

Much Love,

Imogen












Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse Review

 Is it Worth the Hype?


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I'm pretty excited about this review for a few reasons; firstly, I wasn't sure whether this would be a positive or negative outcome, and I was really hoping it would result in me raving about how amazing this product is (and yes, I was right!) and also, I feel as though I put my money somewhere that I would happily support consistently. If you're interested in learning more about this product, please keep reading! xx




Loving Tan blew up last year, with celebrities and your every-day girl of the like purchasing and loving this product. I was unsure because, well, it's a little more pricey (about $35 for a 120ml bottle and about $55 for the larger one, and I'd rather spend that money differently) however, I decided to bite the bullet and see what all the fuss was about. I'm normally quite pale. In saying that, I'm part Spanish and tan really quickly, but tans usually fade on me within a few days.

I've always stuck to Bondi Sands despite the fact I despise the colour payoff on me (I go orange) because it's cheaper and more accessible. Loving tan was that one thing I told myself I'd try out even though it took a year for me to actually do.

A few days ago, I picked the less expensive, original Deluxe Bronzing Mousse (the six hour one) up at David Jones just in case I didn't like it. 
I was very wrong!

Guys, this product is insanely good. I'm sorry if many of you have already tried it and and are sitting there rolling your eyes at my late attempt at this. If this is so, please let me know your thoughts below!








The product claims to produce a streak-free application every time, and while that is mostly true (I say "mostly" because it depends on how well you do it, and how experienced you are) There are obviously some points that you should cover before you apply the product.

Firstly, Exfoliate! Have a shower, scrub and then dry yourself completely. After this, go in with moisturiser (this is actually mentioned on the bottle as well) and moisturise everywhere you will be applying the tan- making sure to focus on knees, elbows and wrists are they tend to patch a lot in those areas. If you follow those simple steps, you should notice the application is a lot smoother and mess-free. 

PS: I strongly recommend a tanning mitt. 

Personally, when I have a bit of colour I feel a lot more confident and healthy. This product is definitely worth the $$$, especially considering it's salon strength. The bottle will probably last you about 10 applications. In other words, it's a yes from me!


A few things I love about this product:

Fragrance:

The smell is amazing- coconut, musky and very feminine.

Colour:
It really gives you a natural olive complexion with cool undertones that result in a brown tan, not an orange one.

Flattering:

It highlights and shades your body in the most flattering way / makes you appear a lot more toned and healthier.

Wear:

A light application lasted me about 5 days (of smooth-wearing) before it started to go patchy. Which leads me onto the next point...

Things I disliked:

After the product wore off, the patchy-ness was horrible. And it was really hard to get offHowever, in saying that, even salon tans go terribly patchy. It's not surprising. I recommend investing in a coffee scrub like Frank Body to aid with getting old tan off.


Have you guys tried Loving Tan? If you have, tell me what you think in the comments below!

xx