iFOTD - Glamor Doll Eyes Juicy Mango / Calypso


Both of these colours have a lot of amazing duochrome stuff going on, and they play together very nicely. Plus Juicy Mango and Calypso totally sound like the sort of cocktail you'd have on holiday.

In this look:


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iFOTD - Shiro Cosmetics The Truth / Chimera / Destiny's Princess


iFOTD - Indie Face of the Day!  - where I share the everyday looks I'm creating with indie makeup. Today it's a pink/brown/white combo that came together for a nice understated look. 

Colours used:

Shiro Cosmetics "The Truth" - from the Fullmetal Alchemist Collection
Shiro Cosmetics "Chimera" - from the Fullmetal Alchemist Collection
Shiro Cosmetics "Destiny's Princess" - from the Zelda Collection


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OOTD - Work Week


Another week of work outfits, a red white and blue outfit for Bastille Day, and then lots of red, black and grey as per usual.. we're having a cold winter so there's lots of layers happening here. 


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iFOTD - Divine Justice (Shiro Cosmetics) / Blue Ribbon (Glamour Doll Eyes)


iFOTD - Indie Face of the Day! :)

Combined these two shadows for a nice blue/brown look:

Brown: Divine Justice by Shiro Cosmetics (Part of the DeathNote collection)
Blue: Blue Ribbon by Glamor Doll Eyes



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Indie Makeup.. What it is, and why you'll love it!


As regular readers know, I've been devoting a lot of time and energy to my online indie makeup store, Beauty Bohemia. If you already know all about indie makeup and why it's awesome, then you might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of people, I'm learning, who don't really know what indie makeup is, much less why they'd be interested in it. So - here I go, attempting a bit of an explanation. You can consider this an Indie Makeup 101!

Indie Makeup is makeup that's handmade by small businesses. Most of the cosmetics in the stores are made in big factories by huge companies. Indie Makeup is made in small sterile workshops, and the operations are usually run by young women. 

So why would you buy Indie Makeup instead of heading to your local department store makeup counter? Here's some of the reasons I love indie makeup:

1. It's Handmade. 
The "handmade revolution" has gained huge popularity amongst people who are seeking to be a bit more mindful and ethical in their consumption - by supporting artisans and buying handmade, you get goods of better quality, that have been ethically produced, rather than increasing the profits of a big company who might be employing sweatshop labour, you're instead putting your money right into the hands of the person who made the item from scratch. A lot of people though, who support handmade with their fashion and homewear purchases haven't yet fully embraced the idea that you can do this with makeup, too!

2. The Quality is Amazing
In the highly competitive world of indie makeup, only the best survive - the colours are are meticulously blended, and because they are made in small batches, the makers can create all sorts of amazing colour blends. From subtle mattes and neutrals to the most sparkly iridescent duochrome pigments you've ever seen, you can expect high pigmentation, long lasting formulations and a dazzling variety of shades to choose from. Because the makers are in direct contact with their customers, they are constantly monitoring feedback from their customer group, so the quality stays really high. The packaging is handmade and might not be as glossy as a high-end product, but what really counts is what's inside - people that get accustomed to indie pigments often find it really hard to go back to other mass manufactured brands. 

2. It's Individual and Fun
A lot of indie makeup makers create collections in various themes. Whether it's your favourite TV show or movie fandom (be it Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter) or even themes from a certain era of history, Internet memes or computer games. Indie Makeup is full of quirky, fun names and themes that let you celebrate your personality and what you love in a way that can be as subtle or bold as you like. You'd probably raise a few eyebrows if you showed up to work in cosplay, but with indie makeup, you can participate in your fandom in a fun way, and no one else need know, unless you tell them. 

4. It's much cheaper than you'd believe.
Unlike other "handmade pledges" you might make, this one could really save you money. With eyeshadows, lipsticks and blushes all clocking in at under $10 a pop, you can save a lot of money. Many people are very pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the prices are. 

While there are some Aussie indie makeup makers, the majority of the most popular brands are in the US or UK - when they do ship to Australia, the shipping costs can be dire, erasing the savings made in the makeup. Organising a group order or freight forwarding can be a real pain. That's the main reason I decided to take the plunge to bring in the best indie makeup brands into Australia in bulk - and I also decided to match the price of the makers on Beauty Bohemia as well. I'm hoping a lot more people get into the indie makeup! 

If you've got any questions or want to know more, let me know in the comments!



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OOTD: WorkWeek

When I work with people in my capacity as The Body Positive Stylist, while I'm sometimes helping people look their best for a special event, more often I'm helping them make more use of their clothes day to day. 

Most of us can pull together something nice for a big occasion, but the day to day grind of dressing in a way that feels and looks good can be hugely wearing. 

In the past I have simplified things by only wearing a few colours - when all your clothes are red, black or grey it's a lot easier to put outfits together. This is still very much the core of my daily wardrobe, but lately I have been experimenting with other colours too. 

I thought it might be of interest to show you a typical week of work outfits - as a freelancer my schedule is normally pretty open, albeit totally hectic, but I have been working a short contract for the last couple of weeks - and the office I work in happens to have a bathroom with a great mirror for outfit shots. 

Here's my week of work outfits:

Left to right: City Chic Dresses X2,. Susanne Gray, Target and City Chic again. 
It wasn't until I lined these up I realised I'd worn dresses all week, usually there's a couple of days with pants as well, but not this week. Most of these dresses have featured on the blog before, I tend to choose things that have a lasting style so I can wear them for years, that's certianly the case with many of these dresses.

Together they form a pretty cohesive look that's work appropriate but still feels like it expresses my personal style, and as an added bonus all of these outfits are comfortable to work in all day. 

I'm interested to hear what your challenges with work clothes are - Let me know in the comments!



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