australis cosmetics velourlips

This is my first beauty review post. Every since 2012, when I did my first skincare collaboration with Manenocte, I’ve had readers requesting that I review more beauty and skincare products. Four years later, I finally relented. To be honest, I wanted to the whole time, and the only reason I didn’t is because I am terrible with makeup and skincare. Godawful. I’m scared by it all, frankly. But now I’ve realised, why not do a guide for those of us that have no idea what we’re doing? The red wine-loving smokers who want to wear lipstick but always ruin it? The ones who pick up a colourful blemish wheel, and have NO IDEA WHAT IT IS OR WHAT TO DO WITH IT?! The ones who have been buying the wrong colour foundation for years because they just cannot fathom the options now: colour correcting cream, tinted primer, bronzing primer, liquid foundation, powder foundation, BB cream, CC cream, blurring cream – WHAT?! So these posts; they are for you people. I know next to nothing, my skin is far from blemish-free, and it took me ’til the age of 18 to buy my first lipstick: this is how I get by. This isn’t so much to teach you, but to reach out to you in solidarity. Red wine stains and all.


I contacted Australis Cosmetics about their current range, and they kindly sent me some of their products to review. I contacted Australis because they are currently absolutely killing it with their branding, their digital presence, and most importantly, their product. Australis sent me two colours from the Velourlips range – PA-REE (a dark nude), and NY-CEE (a bright red). The range’s bio on the Australis Cosmetics site advertises long-lasting coverage, a matte finish, no flaking, and highly pigmented colour. IMG_5819


I’m impressed. Personally, I am a smoker (so along with leaving half my lipstick on a cigarette every few hours, I also have slightly dry lips), I’m constantly drinking from a bottle of water every few minutes, and I also love red wine. I have tested all of these things while wearing Velourlips, and the coverage is damn impressive. The coverage lasted around 4 hours after a night out on the red wine. A reapply is necessary every 3-4 hours, but just in the centre of your lips – anything that goes on as a cream will become revert back to a bit more of liquid texture if you immerse it in another liquid. It depends how messy an eater and drinker you are, I guess. 3-4 hours with just the centre of your lips needing a slight touch-up is completely excellent in my opinion. Haven’t found a matte lipstick with better lasting coverage yet.

Matte Finish

I’m always very cynical about matte lip colour. How many times have you bought a ‘matte’ lipstick, and its still slightly glossy? I bought one once, and it ended up being glittery – those bastards. This isn’t something you have to worry about with Velourlips. Its slides on glossy and creamy, but give it a few minutes to dry (DO NOT DRINK RED WINE AT THIS STEP. I REPEAT, NO WINE YET) and its perfectly, completely and wonderfully matte.


I find this an interesting selling point by Australis, purely because I thought flaking of lipstick had a huge amount to do with the lips that its being applied on. Again, I’m an idiot smoker, so my lips can get quite dry sometimes. However, they’ve claimed ‘no flaking’, so I’ll go ahead. They must have some kind of magical moisture powder in there, because my dry lips didn’t cause either of the colours to flake at all. When I tried PA-REE, I put a light layer of clear balm underneath. But when I used NY-CEE (to test out the flaking theory) I didn’t use a spot of balm, and it still didn’t flake. Quite amazing really. My lips are only dry-ish though, so if you have super dry lips, use some balm first – anything that’s matte zaps the moisture.

Highly pigmented colour

Well this barely even has to be talked about – there’s some serious pigment going on here. Go over your lips once with the wand, and the full force of the colour is there – no need for a second layer. Putting on a second layer literally does nothing more for the intensity of the colour, and it makes your lips feel weird, so don’t do it. The only thing I hope is that they bring out a bigger range of colours. Some darker reds and browns would be too perfect with this lip range.

Other notes

  • It moves with your lips. Its always a paranoia of mine that when I use a stain or cream on my lips, that it will make me feel like I just had Botox and can’t move my mouth properly. Its a bit of a strange feeling at first, but it definitely moves with you when you talk, laugh and smile.
  • The next day you might have to give the lippy a rest, and overnight cover your lips with Vitamin E oil or something else super moisturising. This isn’t a reflection of this particular product. It purely comes from what I mentioned before – anything that’s super matte gets rid of all moisture, so you need to make sure you make up for it after you’ve cleaned it off.
  • I’m pretty bad at trying to clean off red lipstick; I somehow always make my entire face a lovely shade of pink. I thought this might be the case with this product, because of the strong pigment. The clean-up for Velourlips: I wiped this off with Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water, then washed my face with my normal cleansing routine. It came off easily, and there was no residue or pink colouring left on my lips. The PAR-EE colour came off with ease too, and also left no flecks or pigment. Australis really did think of everything with this product.



SO, all up. Velourlips is well worth your time. If you have dry lips, it might be a bit more difficult to work with (but all matte lip colour will be). It’s perfect for a night out, because the touchups will be extremely minimal, if any. And thank you, thank you THANK YOU Australis Cosmetics, for finally creating a truly matte, affordable lip colour – you are lifesavers. I’d love to see more of a colour range, but knowing Australis Cosmetics, they’ll already be well ahead of me on that one.



t r y s t

I’ve been involved in some pretty amazing projects recently, so I thought I’d share some of them!

This video, shot by the gifted Luke Eblen, was created in Adelaide while shooting Jason Fassbender’s AHFA Collection, Tryst.

Jason, a renowned hairdresser and creative director from Parlour Hair Unley, is a forward thinker in the Australian hair industry. He creates not only beautiful hair, but stunning collections that are easily mistaken for fashion editorials. More of his work can be found on the Parlour Hair Unley Facebook page, here.

The collection, photographed by the always brilliant Sydney fashion photographer Daniel Noone, showed eight glistening looks, featuring luxurious satin and silk – a nod to a rich hotel lifestyle, and the alluring women who enjoy a opulent manner of living.

All round talented team, which turned out incredible results. Some images are are below. Very proud of everyone.


Film/editing: Luke Eblen

Hair/styling: Jason Fassbender

MUA: Stacey O’Leary

Models: Melissa ‘MJ’ Johannsen (Finesse Models), Kat, Chloe Sargeant


miracle hair treatment

You guys know I am usually strictly fashion, however, you seemed to enjoy my post about skincare company Manenocte so much, I thought I’d give the beauty post another go-around!


So not long ago, I got to work with hair genius Joey Scandizzo, and aficionado of hair and beauty photography, Andrew O’Toole. They made me look pretty in a photo and it was great fun, because they are all-round good dudes. But they are also the creators of new product company Eleven Australia, and they were kind enough to give me a sample of their first product, Miracle Hair Treatment, which was super lovely of them. I had been having some hair troubles recently (read: it was basically snapping off), what with all the bleaching my naturally dark brown hair regularly goes through.

I had a bit of chop (which you probably noticed if you follow me on Instagram), but I also use this after every time I wash my hair now. It makes my hair feel silky smooth, even though I still have to bleach my hair and blowdry it all the time. I think one of the things I love the most is that it’s not super heavy, like some other leave-in treatments. I really struggled with Moroccan Oil even though everyone recommended it, it was super heavy and left oily residue on my hair, no matter how little I used. This Miracle Treatment is the complete opposite, you can’t feel it at all, and it leaves no residue whatsoever. And obviously, it’s excellent if you are lazy like myself and really can’t be bothered doing those hot oil, wrap plastic on your head, wash out treatments twice a week. They take a whole bunch of effort and moving etc etc, plus its super messy. This is so simple, perfect for the lazy person who has to maintain coloured hair.

It boasts 11 wonderful qualities:

  1. Adds shine, smoothness and softness
  2. Controls frizz and flyaways
  3. Moisturises
  4. Strengthens fragile hair
  5. Prevents split ends
  6. Detangles and creates manageability
  7. Protects against heat styling
  8. Enhances natural body
  9. Repairs dry damaged hair
  10. Protects hair colour with UVA and UVB filters
  11. Prevents chlorine and sun damage

So basically, everything. Obviously perfect for summer too, what with all of that protection, from both natural elements and styling-wise. It smells coconutty, but not in a super dominating way, really just light and fresh.

I noticed a big difference in my hair from using Eleven Australia’s Miracle Hair Treatment. My hair was softer, fresher, it grew faster, and just overall shiny and healthy. Excellent work Joey and Andrew 🙂

You can buy Eleven Australia’s Miracle Hair
Treatment from selected salons, for$24.95 RRP




So when I was at MBFWA, the always amazing Candice Lake took a beauty photo of me. I couldn’t believe that such a highly regarded photographer wanted to take a photo of little ol’ me! I was so starstruck, which she could probably tell from all my babbling. Little did I know, that she was taking this photo for new skincare company, Manenocte. This is the photo:



A few weeks ago, Manenocte sent me a little email asking me to answer a Q&A for a profile on their website. To say thank you, they sent me a parcel of Manenocte goodies – I was so over the moon.

I am so so lazy with skincare, which is terrible, as I am smoker AND a lover of bad, bad food. So I really should be taking care of my top layer. My skin has never been overly bad, I have had quite clear skin throughout the years, but recently my skin has started to show the signs of the unhealthy writer lifestyle that I live. It’s actually been stressing me out a bit, since modelling calls for a fresh, clean complexion when you rock up to a job with no makeup on. No client wants a girl who looks like she hasn’t slept in weeks! So basically, the goodie bag from Manenocte couldn’t have come at a better time.

Manenocte comes with two cream pots – one for day, and one for night. You apply the daycream in the morning, and the nightcream before you go to bed. It’s seriously as simple as that. The perfect skin care routine for the busy modern woman. The only other products I use are makeup remover wipes at the end of day, and an organic wipe-over cleanser. Both of the Manenocte creams smell absolutely and amazing, sort of like what walking through a gorgeous fresh produce market smells like. They feel great on your skin, and don’t leave that annoying greasy residue some cremes do; they melt right into your skin and you can’t feel them after a few minutes. It just feels soft. The email from Manenocte said to wait 2 weeks for the results of their product, so I did. I thought I’d give you a before and after photo. The first I took on the day I received the Manenocte package, and used the night cream for the first time that night. The after photo, is from today. Neither are edited, both are taken in natural afternoon light, and in both photos, I have absolutely zero make up on. Look at the difference! I’m still in awe.






So there you have it. This skincare routine fits in with my daily life (read: laziness), and it works so so well. My skin looks brighter, I have less pimples, and apart from a few blemishes here and there, my skintone is overall more even. Even the bags under my eyes are less noticeable. I cannot actually stress enough that neither of these photos were edited, and I have zero make up on – not even brow pencil for my half grown out eyebrows! I didn’t change my diet or exercise routine either, these changes are purely from using Manenocte, instead of harmful chemical products that I was previously using.

Thanks so much Manenocte, you’ve found a lifelong customer!


Bright lips.

I love them. I would spend all of my money on Mac lipsticks if I didn’t have like… bills to pay, and stuff.

There’s a orange one, and a purple one I have my eye on right now. I suppose colour names are a bit lame description, so I did a HUGE amount of research (Google Search: mac lipstick) and found out that it is:




So hot.

Some inspo.

Apologies for blog is very short on writing. Is that good or bad?

C x

2011 RTW – Makeup.

I’ve never really focussed much on the beauty aspect of runway. Perhaps it’s because I don’t wear a lot of makeup myself (admittedly because I’m shite at it) – my counterpart Maggie has always been one educated on, and talented with, all things cosmetics. It’s only really since I’ve really enjoyed being on shoots myself, that I’ve begun to notice just how intricate make-up artistry is. So, in celebration of my enlightenment, I am posting about my favourite makeup looks from fashion weeks all over the globe. 1. Chloé (Paris) I can’t imagine a more perfect eyecolour for cooler weather. The warm, ochre brown, with a tiny bit of black/brown eyeliner and huge lashes. Beautiful. It’s such a flattering look as well, surely would suit everyone.

2. Lanvin (Paris) The wings. Almost feline, it was a beautiful animal+tree = nature feeling.

3. Anna Sui (New York) Edie Sedgwick inspired, except a little longer horizontally, if that makes sense. Absolutely gorgeous though, made every model look doll-like. How very Anna Sui.

4. Loewe (Paris) The lipstick. I’m all about dark lipstick, being a fan of all things grungey. That paired with the leather in this collection: HOOOOT.

I’m sure there’s more that I haven’t noticed yet. I’m so terrible with makeup! But I am slowly but surely picking up on more and more. Bear with me, oh gentle readers. I’ll add more to this post when I find more to add! Love! C x