Who’s a spoilt girl? SS Beauty Swap Haul

A weekend or two ago I met my beautiful friend Samantha of SamanthaSmith.com.au for a coffee in the city. I love an excuse for brunch. Any excuse will do. We just needed a catch-up, ooh and we took the opportunity to exchange our goodies for SS Beauty Swap (a swap that Samantha arranged for Aussie beauty bloggers.) It was kind of like Christmas. And my birthday. All wrapped up into one wonderful coffee-laden, berry tart and chocolate volcano cake-filled morning. Samantha chose some killer picks for me. And being the big kid that I am, I couldn’t wait to get them home and play with them!

From top: Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons in Macaron, Cupcake and Sundae, Maybelline The Falsies Flared Mascara in Blackest Black, Essence Lipstick in All About Cupcake, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Too Cool and Audacious Asphalt, L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Colours in Parisian Rooftops and Perle De Jade.

And one gorgeous Sportsgirl Pout Line lip pencil in Beauty Queen, who in my over-excitable state, I forgot to photograph was too shy to have her picture taken. The lovely S also gifted me a legendary chunky gold bracelet from Colette, which I am just loving to death. (She’s the pretty one on the left.)

My beauty cupboard feels refreshed, renewed and re-wonderful-ised. (Yes, I made up a word. Deal with it.) I am so overjoyed with my swap goodies! Samantha chose things that I really wanted but either hadn’t had the time to purchase, or hadn’t been able to find. Her colour choices are just so ME. And I am already wearing almost everything (and those things that I’m not wearing I have plans for…) *finger pyramid of evil contemplation*

I can’t wait to share my reviews with you!

Did you participate in SS Beauty Blog Swap? What excellent goodies are currently re-wonderful-ising your beauty cupboard? Let me know!

Love,
Rosie xox

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5 ways to easily (and cheaply) work a trend into your wardrobe

Coco Chanel said “Fashion changes, but style endures.” Amen sister. It’s easy to get carried away with fashion: what’s hot, what’s new, what’s next, and forget that the very best clothes and accessories are the ones that suit you and your lifestyle. However, not getting involved in fashion can be downright boring. So here are some easy (and cheap) ways to work a trend into your existing wardrobe.

The iPhone Case: you take it everywhere with you, it’s always in your hand, so why not make it a fashion statement? Neon Catherine iPhone Case from Forever New $14.99

The Arm Candy: Quick, easy and cheap. Pop a brightly coloured cuff or statement bracelet on with your watch and a few other complementary pieces and boom, you’re rocking an arm party and you’re bang on trend. Diamonte Stud Stretch Cuff from Colette by Colette Hayman $12.95.

The Scarf: keep yourself warm and work a trend at the same time? Yes please! 3D Handstitch Scarf in Chartreuse from Sportsgirl $29.95

The Inexpensive Knit: There are plenty of chain stores around that get their trend pieces on the shelves quickly. Keep an eye out for inexpensive (but relatively good quality) knitwear in key fashion colours. Easy to pair with skirts, pants, jeans and leggings, a knit will ensure you look like fash pack material with minimal effort. Neon Yellow Knit from Blockout Clothing in Queen Victoria Building $49.95 (not available online yet, but similar here).

The Nail Polish: Feel like just dipping your fingertips into a trend, rather than jumping in head-first? No problem. Lavish some attention (and some fashion cred) onto your nails! NYC Nail Lacquer in Glow Worm $2.95 available from Coles, Woolworths and selected pharmacies.

What’s your favourite easy (and cheap) way to work a trend into your wardrobe?

Love,
Rosie xox

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