Since I’ve moved to Australia, I haven’t really maintained a strong night life due to my busy schedule of school and work. I went out from time to time if there were birthday parties or events, but I am definitely not a every night of the weekend, every week kind of girl (like my ASU days). Now that I have recently graduated from UQ and have a bit more free time on my hands, I have been trying to make an effort to go out more often. I worked in nightlife and on top of that had my fair share of night time activities during my time at ASU so now I don’t particularly love going out unless it’s with some of my amazing friends and/or partner – and of course the place has to be worth getting ready for (Food is always an awesome way to encourage me to get ready).
When getting ready, I sometimes drink wine (or I love a good cider) – but more importantly than that I have to be comfortable and relaxed. I hate being rushed so even if it takes me 30 minutes to get ready if it’s going to be a big night and I need to look on point, I will still allow myself an hour just so I can take my time and go at my own pace. Another ESSENTIAL factor of getting ready and really just my life in general is having candles burning. Since I was young, I have always had candles in the house and it really just settles any anxiety for me and makes any space I am in feel like home. When I am getting ready it’s one of the only few moments I have in my life that I can truly enjoy being a woman and have the opportunity to reflect on myself – and I mean not just in the mirror. Being a not so girly-girl these moment are even less frequent for me. I might say I hate getting ready sometimes, cause I definitely do, but by the end of hanging around my room with my dog and getting ready with some wine and some dim candles – I always feel so much more relaxed and ready for what ever the night holds.
One of the few things that I truly do despise about getting ready is the process of washing my hair and then having to do my hair (blow dry, straighten, etc) before I get ready. I RARELY DO THIS. I will usually plan out when I am going to wash my hair – whether thats in the morning or the night before, I will do anything to avoid the blow dryer and then putting on make up (especially in the summer – no bueno). This breaks the first rule of getting ready for me – which is being comfortable. And trust me, I get so easily hot that the second I turn on the blowdryer, I would feel like I have been immediately transported to Death Valley. So like every other night, tonight I washed my hair in the morning and then let it air dry the whole day. I usually rinse off with an ugly hair net or just my hair up before I start getting ready and then put on lotion. Again referencing back to the fact that I easily reach a heightened body heat of 105 degrees with no effort, I tend to get ready either naked or in underwear. For the sake of all my readers eyes I decided to throw on some pieces of clothing to increase the modesty of this post.
When going out the goal of my make up is to look fresh faced but also almost like my skin is wet and dewy. For this effect I start by putting a primer all over my face. Then I mix a combination of Bobbi Brown liquid foundation, Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser and Mac Strobe Cream. The strobe cream isn’t tinted but it’s this amazing luminous lotion that adds a subtle highlighting and glowing effect to my foundation. I then cover up any blemishes I have with my MAC concealer stick. I apply either the same concealer or I have loved using my NARS luminous concealer under my eyes in a triangle, down the bridge of my nose and a tiny bit under my eyebrows. I apply a little bit of bronzer under my cheekbones and around my face to create a subtle contour effect (I never go full Kardashian) and then apply my MAC Blush Powder in Dame on the apples of my cheeks and brush on MAC Mineralize skin finish in Soft & Gentle on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and under my eyebrows. I also love putting the mineralise skin finish on the inner corners of my eye.
Whenever I go out my eye makeup has to be either really minimal (as it is everyday), I usually only wear mascara OR I love to go a bit more dramatic in a rock n’ roll , french, I didn’t mean to look like this kind of way. Since tonight I was going to a cocktail party I wanted to go for a bit more of the amped up version of my eye make up. I first start by rubbing a mixture of light gold, pink and brown/gold eyeshadow on my eyes. I use all Bobbi Brown eye shadows. I then put MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil around the top of my eye and my water line and blend. I blend sporadically so it gets that “this just happened” look as well as a subtle “this might be my make up from last night”. The MAC eye pencil I have is AMAZING because it allows you to smudge it but it still stays on so well, even in the waterline! When I am blending the eyeliner on my watermark I try and blend it out toward the lower part of the eye so it really gets that smokey look also.
Since dying my hair a platinum blonde, brows are one of my most essential arts. I use my Hourglass Eyebrow pencil and then finish them with a gel to hold them in place and make them look really thick and blown out.
Right before I go out I spray on heaps of my Chloe perfume and of course deodorant – you never know how much of a sweat I am going to work up dancing the night away.
My dress tonight is a ribbed turtleneck dress by Acne Studios. It goes a little bit past my knees but really gives me a chic and sexy look. I love that something so subtle in its shape can really deliver a sexy understated look. When picking my outfits, if I am wearing something sexy, it either has to be easy or I have to pair it back with something that doesn’t have so much va-va-voom. I know, you wouldn’t believe it, but I am a modest girl (at times). I paired it with my Celine boots – because what doesn’t look good with a little bit of Celine (similar here). And Voilá! My outfit is sorted.
Now off to have a few bubbles and Vodka Sodas. Then subsequently ending the night eating pizza in my room with my boyfriend. But don’t all good nights end with eating pizza?
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