Work Style Monday – Coat Shopping

The weather has finally decided to cool down here in Australia (more so on the East than for us sandgropers over on the West coast…) and as the temperature takes a steep nose dive, it’s time to start digging those coats out of the back of the closet. If all you find in the back of your wardrobe is dust, or the woodland realm of Narnia, or if you’re just sick and tired of what you packed away at the end of last Winter it’s time to go coat shopping. Personally I am on the hunt for a gorgeous red coat, simply because I’ve had a few friends tell me that I should get one. (Easily impressionable, me?) I thought it might be a good idea to put together a little checklist of things to look for when searching for the perfect work-friendly winter coat. So here we go:

01: Know your needs. Living in Australia means that you will very rarely need a big, heavily padded winter coat. In fact I tend to get away with a relatively lightweight trench coat during Winter. It’s a good idea to think about when and where you will be wearing your coat, so you don’t end up hot and bothered and standing on a crowded train full of people like me in a thick houndstooth tweed number last year.

02: Pick a flattering shape. Not everybody can pull off a floor length trench coat, and not everybody (especially me) can easily wear crop style jackets. It’s a good idea to think about your body shape, and pay attention to what style of coat will flatter your body.

03: Think about colour. If this is your first time winter coat shopping, a neutral shade in a colour flattering to your skintone will work best. If you already have one or two basic coats in your wardrobe and you want to splurge (again, me) think about investing in a brightly coloured coat, or a coat to suit the trend of the season. If you’re brave, why not opt for a gorgeous leopard print coat? And if you don’t like it, feel free to email me for my postal address and I’ll take it off of your hands.

04: Budget wisely. Coats are not the cheapest items on the rack, so it’s a good idea to think about how much you want to be spending on a coat before heading out into the bright and influential lights of the shopping world. Keep in mind that you will get quite a lot of wear out of your winter coat, so if you pick a classic style & spend a little bit more money on it, it will pay you back with a lifetime of big, warm, coaty hugs.

One final note, if any of you are out shopping and happen to spot a coat in the same shade of red as in the picture above (though I think that might actually be a dress…) please let me know ASAP and I will thank you and shower you with love and affection and cookies and such.

Product Review: ASAP Super A Serum

I have minimal experience with the ASAP Skincare Brand, but judging by the products that I’ve used in the past, I really like their range. The Super A Serum is one of the newer products from the ASAP range, and I think it’s going to be a hit. “ASAP’s new Super A Serum is an advanced anti-ageing revitalising treatment developed specifically to help diminish the appearance of sun damage and pigmentation.” Though I am still not 100% on anti-ageing products (I don’t know if I will ever really be on board with them), I am happy to work with preventative skincare to help keep pigmentation at a minimum. This serum feels like a dream to apply. It’s smooth and silky and glides over the face to make your skin feel like satin. (It’s a good idea not to stand there stroking your face in amazement at how good it feels though, because you’ll just transfer all the nasty germs & bacteria from your hands to your face, which will cancel out all of the good that the Super A Serum is doing…) I am yet to see any long-term effects of this product, but as miracles don’t come in a tube I don’t know that I will see anything too dramatic. As a serum in general, this product is great and leaves my skin feeling soft and plumped through the night and into the following day. (note: When using Vitamin A/Retinol products it’s a good idea to introduce them to your skin slowly and build up your usage as time goes on) the ASAP Super A Serum retails for $79 AUD and can be purchased from Australian online beauty retailer Adore Beauty. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)

Product Review: SAX Wonder Lash Dramatic Volume Mascara

I had never heard of Australian cosmetics brand SAX Cosmetics, until recently when a little care package including some of their products arrived at my door. I am very glad that I now know about this brand because I am absolutely loving their mascara (and their eyeshadow palette, but that uber-gushing review is for another time). The product is designed to be “A wonder mascara that works as an all-in-one creating volume, leaving lashes ultra-thick, conditioned and curled from base-to-tip”. I find that it does all of these things really well, and lives up to all that it promises. It didn’t smudge throughout the day (bonus) and after the first wear, didn’t seem to flake at all. For some reason on that initial wear it did flake, and I didn’t like the consistency of the product as much. Now that I’ve used it a couple of times I really like it.

As you can see from the picture, the mascara does a pretty good job of lengthening and adding volume to my lashes without being too clumpy or creating gross spider-leg lashes that some mascaras can grace us with. I quite like the packaging as well, it’s sleek and attractive and it kind of reminds me of a silver version of the big fat gold YSL mascara tubes. The SAX Wonder Lash Dramatic Volume Mascara retails for $17.50 AUD and is available for purchase from pharmacies across Australia. To find a stockist near you, please visit the SAX Cosmetics website. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)

Project 10 Pan

The time has come to embark on another Project 10 Pan. I usually force myself on to these when I’ve been spending way too frivolously on cosmetic items that I don’t necessarily need. This week I ordered a makeup palette that contains products that I’m pretty sure I already have dupes of in my collection. But gosh isn’t it pretty? Anyway, it seemed like a good time to start up a Project 10 Pan as I want to start saving for my upcoming trips to Sydney, Bali and the US that will be happening over the next year and a half. So this P10P will encompass all beauty products (makeup, skin care, hair care and body products) and will only include products that I don’t plan on repurchasing straight after finishing the first one up. I used to include those sorts of products in the past, but it doesn’t really make much sense when the purpose is to try and use up some of the products in my stash that never see the light of day. So here we go! Each end of month “empties” post will now also double as a Project 10 Pan update post. Wish me luck!

Random Beauty Haul

The Aussie dollar has been performing like a champion lately, and I know a lot of my fellow beauty bloggers have been taking advantage of the strong exchange rate and doing a bit of online shopping. I am no exception, and have placed a few orders at MAC, Bath + Body Works and Sephora (the elusive Urban Decay Naked Palette shall be mine at last!). Pictured above are my most recent beauty acquisitions: Bath + Body Works Black Raspberry Vanilla Shower Gel & Triple Moisture Body Cream, Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment, Barrier Repair and Sheer Tint Redness Relief (all sent for consideration for review), MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof, Eyeshadow in Orb, Softsparkle Eye Pencil in Iris Accents and Mineralize Blush in Buddy Up, Benefit Cha Cha Tint (sent for review), Bobbi Brown Lipgloss in Hot Pink, Co Bigelow Apple Rose Salve, Co Bigelow Blueberry Rose Salve, Liplicious Signature Vanilla Berry Tasty Lipgloss, Liplicious Pineapple Juice Tasty Lipgloss and Co Bigelow Organics Strawberries & Cream Moisturizing Lip Shine.