It’s beauty review friday and let’s just say… TGIF!
Today is about a little treasure that I came across about 6 weeks ago. If you’re a fan of Napoleon Perdis, you have most likely heard of the Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Mask. If not, I’ll tell you a little bit about why I love this item so much.
One of my dear friends at work had been going on about this new mask at Napoleon and how beautiful it made your skin feel! It just so happens that I have to walk past Napoleon every time I walk to my car from work so I had to pop in and see what all the fuss was about. The lady just asked me to apply it to my hand and I couldn’t believe how soft it made my skin feel (and how wonderful it smells)! It’s advertised as a mask that I can wear whilst I sleep, however I can also use it under my make up. I chose the latter.
I now can’t go a day without this mask – it makes my face so soft and smooths out the surface of my skin. It’s important to remember that when applying make up, it’s like painting on a canvas and it’s so much easier to apply when the surface is smooth! It really helps applying concealer over blemishes that I really want to cover up and I also save on make up like concealers, BB creams and foundations that glide on so easily when I wear this mask. I wasn’t sure whether I liked the feeling of it on my hands when I first started using it, but the way it softened my face certainly outweighed that feeling!
I’m usually not a fan of spending a bit of money on such a small item that I have no idea about. It was certainly an impulse purchase but was so worth it in the end!
PS loves this Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Mask
You may have noticed the criss-cross top that I have taken a fancy to lately from Billy & Boo! I wanted to know a little more about this Melbourne-based label and took five minutes to speak with the Designer & Creative Director at Billy & Boo, Belinda Lapenta.
Belinda was taught the basic techniques of sewing from a young age by her grandmother and at the end of 2013 launched her life-long dream into the clothing label called Billy & Boo.
I thought I’d ask Belinda a few questions about her label and dreams for the future!
1. What made you start Billy & Boo?
Billy & Boo started with me making outfits for friends and family. This gained a lot of exposure and many people were asking where their dresses were from, which then evolved into me deciding to start making dresses and selling them online. In such a small space of time, Billy & Boo has kicked off and has definitely surprised me with the amount of positive feedback and exposure it’s gained.
2. What do you love the most about following your dream and starting the label?
The thing I love most about following my dream of being a designer is that I get to wake up every morning and actually enjoy what I do. I am so passionate about designing and sewing that I get a real buzz seeing a project from it’s beginning stages to it’s final product and on a customer. It’s great!
3. Where do you get your inspiration for your pieces?
I get my inspiration from everyday things. I might be driving one day and see something out of the ordinary that will spark a few flames and I’ll come up with a really good concept for inspiration! Sometimes, I actually dream of my next project and become inspired in my dreams – when I wake up I suddenly grab my phone and start flowing out a whole heap of ideas before I even get out of my bed! When that happens that’s always a bonus!!
4. How would you describe your Billy & Boo girl?
My Billy & Boo girl is someone who is fashion conscious – she is sleek, sophisticated, she loves to be bold, she is someone who is confident and outspoken, and is always looking for a standout piece.
5. Where do you see Billy & Boo in 5 years time?
In five years time, I see Billy & Boo stocked in boutiques around Australia and some international stockists. I’d also see Billy & Boo stocked in my own boutique here in Melbourne. That is where I am heading with my label and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.
We all aspire to follow our dreams and achieve our goal and there’s no doubt that I would love to be as lucky as Belinda to wake up everyday and love what you do. I can’t wait to see where this label goes as there is nothing better than something handmade with love. I am completely obsessed with my criss-cross top that can be found online HERE
You can follow Billy & Boo at
http://www.facebook.com/billyandboo or on instagram @billyandboo
PS. All other outfits to come in blog posts this week!
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It’s beauty review friday and what a week it has been!
I was at Priceline a couple of weeks ago making the most of the 40% off skin care sale when I came across this brand. Grown Alchemist, a new range of organic skin case, has become my new favourite brand.
After 20 minutes of staring at all the products, I finally came to a decision. I went home with the following:
– Hand Wash: Sweet Orange, Sedarwood & Sage
– Hand Cream: Vanilla & Orange Peel
– Antioxidant Treatment Serum: Rosehip & Camellia Seed
I’d always pictured that perfect white bathroom with Aesop products at the sink but this will do, for now. Some might think, why would you pay $30 for a hand wash? Good question, even my mum asked me. But, at 40%, I just wanted to give it a go. So many hand washes dry my skin out and I hate the feeling afterwards. With this hand wash, it’s like I don’t even need the hand cream. However, the two are a match made in heaven! I have never been so impressed with a hand wash & cream duo before. It’s so rare for me to find one that actually keeps my hands soft and nice to touch!
I’ve been having a little bit of trouble with my skin lately, especially my forehead. I’ve been looking for that one item that just makes it all better and I’ll be honest, I think I’ve finally found it!
It’s taken a few years to get a skin care routine that actually works wonders for me. My skin is a combination and very sensitive so I have lots of trouble with the typical recommendations like proactiv, nutrimetics, dermalogica and the like. I gave the Antioxidant Treatment Serum a go and I was amazed from day one! I’ve heard many things about Rosehip Oil and I’ve always wanted to give it a go. Rosehip Oil is known for it’s healing powers that deeply nourish the skin as it’s filled with fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. It’s said to help with uneven skin tone, blemishes, dry skin and skin suppleness. I can vow. I usually wake up in the morning with pink cheeks and a completely uneven skin tone!
This post is me reminiscing on the things that once were and the things I still love to today. Mainly, my obsession for gossip girl and my longing for the summer nights ahead. First, to get through the last few weeks of winter and three months on spring! We can do this!
All photos sourced from tumblr.com, none of these are my own
TOP: Billy & Boo // SKIRT: Punk Rose // HEELS: Senso
I received this top from Billy & Boo last week and I couldn’t wait to style it!
It was Saturday and I was sorting out what to wear for a party I was going to that night and I knew that this was a match made in my peachy mind. I’m wearing this Billy & Boo crop with a midi lace skirt and pointed boots for what I think is a great, evening outfit. The criss-cross top is handmade and is the ideal choice for that outfit you’re trying to figure out for the weekend. I chose to wear it in this ‘criss-cross’ formation, however, it can easily be changed into a few different looks. This is the most basic, sleek option that I choose to wear with this skirt. It shows off your cleavage (if you’re lucky enough to have one, unlike me!) and compliments the jawline with the wrap around the neck. I love this crop top as it’s something adds a bit of edge with the cross over at the chest and high neck. It adds edge with a little bit of sex appeal and I can’t resist it!
I chose to wear these boots with the look to keep it more appropriate for the cooler nights we’ve been experiencing in Melbourne! If I pop on a blazer or coat, I have the perfect evening or party outfit. Summer comes along and I swap the boots for a pair of heeled sandals or wedges. It is versatility at it’s best!
The next post will demonstrate another way to wear this chic, simple crop top!
Find this crop and other beautiful, handmade pieces at Billy & Boo
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KNIT: St Frock // DENIM: Res Denim // HEELS: Tony Bianco // BAG: Monki
I talk a lot about outfits for the weekend and night time. But, let’s be honest… if you’re in Melbourne, you know how cold it is right now!
It’s time to opt for jeans and comfy knits. I’ve got my boyfriend jeans, however no boyfriend – who cares though, right? My clothes are my boyfriend for now. I am wearing the RES Denim Boyfriend Slacker Jean here and I have to say it’s the only boyfriend jean I’ve ever liked. To be honest, I’ve hated the boyfriend jean trend lately. I just don’t think it’s very flattering and will usually always purchase skinny leg jeans or pants! I thought I’d give these slackers a go because they looked pretty slim and if I didn’t like them, I’d just send them back. However, to my surprise, I was stoked with how they fitted! These jeans didn’t make you look awkwardly uneven and out of proportion. Perfect!
What are your thoughts on the boyfriend jean?
TOP: Sportsgirl // SKIRT: St Frock // COAT: St Frock // SHOES: Witchery
Neutral, as always.
I’m not the biggest fan of Winter but I still find a way to wear a crop top during the chilly season! Hello, warm coats. Where would I be without them? I got this beauty from St Frock and love pairing it with black and white. The pattern adds a little something something to the outfit!
I’m feeling a little Kim K in a white crop top and leather midi skirt and I’m not complaining – I’d do anything to have her wardrobe!
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Out with the old and in with the blue! I do love my black and white looks but something drew me to this dress and I was so eager to put it on. This dress is TO DIE FOR.
It speaks for itself and I don’t feel the need to add jewellery, a coat or anything in fact. I chose the simplest shoes I own because this dress stands out all on it’s own! I don’t wear dresses like this often or at all in fact – not since I finished high school anyway. Personally, I really really take fancy to the slit in the middle of the dress – it adds a little more skin, which I’m certainly not afraid to show.
DRESS: St Frock // SHOES: Witchery
Photography by Boom Photography – see his work at http://www.instagram.com/boom_photography