BEAUTY REVIEW :W7

Dear Internets,

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Have you ever had someone behind a makeup counter kidnap your face? It happens to me every time I try to buy new cosmetics and as a result I tend to shy away from purchasing anything besides my over priced but reliable brands. Throwing caution to the wind generally follows a bout of make up running out and emergency face fixers.

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With the moisture sucking winter upon us and the amount of travel I do, I couldn’t help but say yes to trying out the budget cosmetics brand w7. With 500 products in the line ranging from foundation to eye-shadow I was hard pressed to pick one thing but since the range is typically $4.99- $9.99, I decided on a face worth.

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So let’s start at the beginning.

Not to prime, is a crime: W7 prime magic is a non greasy clear primer with a dream mousse matte type finish. It’s great for people like me who hate tinted primers, easy to apply and doesn’t feel heavy on your face.

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You’re making me blush: On days when I want to be presentable without being fully made up, I find a little mascara and blush is all you need to bring colour to your face. I used the blush on my cheeks and lips since I’m not a daily lippy girl. The pigment was rather strong so it didn’t take much to go a long way. While a brush is included, I always have a blush brush in my make up kit which goes a long way.

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Calm your balm: My lips hate gloss so a layer of atomic apple lip balm gave me the perfect non-greasy yet dewy look I prefer while protecting my skin in the winter wind. The fact that I smelt like a mocktail all day the cute little tin it comes in was a total bonus.

Contour and colour: Cheeky and perfect for everyday, the “in the nude” eye colour palette looks gorgeous and is subtly pigmented, so you won’t look like you’re in a dance recital every time you put it on. The darkest shade which was my favorite is the only one that is quite strong so like the blush, a little goes a long way. The palette also comes with a two tipped brush for application and blending which is perfect on the go.

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Frame your face: My eyebrows are a major aspect of my face and they do have a few spots that need filling. I used the W7 blackest black gel eyeliner for this as well as to line my mascara’d lids.

What really impressed me apart for the quality to price ration was that it passed the “push a heavy pram up a hill in the sun test”. The make up stayed put, felt comfortable and looked as good at the end of the day as when I had put it on.

Verdict: While I probably won’t be giving up my favorites, I will definitely be incorporating a few of these in my rotation. My travel make up kit is fully stocked with W7 so I no longer need to buy doubles of my expensive stuff only to have it become old and expire before I can use it all.  The full range is exclusively stocked at Chemist Warehouse or you can purchase it online.

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BE BRAVE

Dear Internets,

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“Oh you look lovely and bright!”

Cold weather always seems to bring the gloomy color palettes out in people’s aesthetic. While black is increasingly becoming my friend, color will always be a part of my wardrobe and it seems to have a community effect. The number of times I’ve been told “it’s nice to see someone cheery in the weather” based purely on the rainbow that’s hugged my body is somewhat depressing.

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So this is just a little encouragement. The next time you go to the shops to pic up a jumper, cardigan or lightweight jacket, be brave. You probably have black and tan covered so take a risk on a color you adore! For me it was this Glassons open front trench coat. They don’t seem to have this yellow in stock anymore (go you risk takers!) so maybe the Glassons blue ashes trench?

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photos by @lpmmags  Pixelhazard wears:
Dress | Asos
Snood | from Japan
Open front trench | Glassons
Loafers | Diana Ferrari | similar
Patent Handbag | Coach
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IN AN INSTANT

Dear Internets,

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In the age of digital photography, it’s a rare occasion for us to capture three generations on film, least of all on the Mother’s day weekend. Thank goodness for our long standing obsession tradition of having our photo’s taken by In an instant Photography at The Finders Keepers markets. Mum normally opts to stand on the side lines and watch her crazy kids be themselves but not on Mother’s day weekend dammit! My request for her to hold that “total babe” sign  is my fondest styling decision to date.

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Cute headgear, signs and props in tow with a lovely new backdrop behind us, we were like contestants in one of those “you get to keep whatever you can grab in 10 seconds” game shows. With all the confusion and giggling it was fortunate for us that the creative minds and hard workers behind In an instant, Jess and Seb are patient.So accommodating and enthusiastic, they manage to extract that feeling of awkwardness anyone but a Victoria’s secret model must feel in front of a camera.

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So deep is our dedication, we appear on one of their flyers, which mum may have collected 5 of on the day because she is a mum and her daughters are on a flyer and that’s just what mums do. Since we buy photos each time we go, getting on that flyer had nothing to do with our good looks but don’t tell mum, she says we get it from her. Grand delusions aside, you can hire In an instant for your own wedding, birthday or ‘just because’ party.

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Polaroid Packages

  • Custom made craft backdrop or pre-made options(extra)
  • Props
  • 100 Polaroid photos
  • 2 photographers
  • Unlimited digital images (delivered post event)
  • Handmade wooden DVD box & USB stick with high res images (delivered post event)
  • Online gallery
  • Set up and pack up

Prices:
2 hours: $950
3 hours: $1150
4 hours: $1300

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Digital only packages include: 

  • Pre-made backdrop
  • Props
  • 50 Polaroids*
  • 2 photographers
  • Unlimited digital images
  • USB stick with high res images (delivered post event)
  • Online gallery
  • Set up and pack up

*We decided to sneak in a few Polaroids!!

Prices:

2 hours: $650
3 hours: $800
4 hours: $950

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