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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Lush Christmas blogger event held in celebration of their Cruelty-free Christmas range and campaign. Of course, it was a splendid night that certainly tantalised all the sensations. We were treated to lessons on the art of wrapping presents with headscarfs (and also how to make them into flowers and bags!) and how to make Cupcake, a chocolate-y fresh face mask. It was an absolute treat to try out the products in the company of so many fellow Lush-fanatics!
There are only two more days until Christmas, so if you're in need of some decadent, delightful gifts (or if you need some soothing remedies from the end-of-year stress) then I suggest you head to a Lush store! A lot of items reviewed below are Christmas specials, but they also have related year-round citizens. I hope you find some inspiration, and remember that any time of the year is a good time for giving, gifting, and treating yo self.
CUPCAKE & GOLDEN FUN
With a base of Rhassoul mud and with the smell of dark chocolate brownies, Cupcake is a rather irresistible face mask. Besides the smell of chocolate, this mask leaves skin feeling soft and supple. Overall, I'm still a sucker for the tight and bright feeling of Love Lettuce but Cupcake is a close second!
Well the name says it all - Fun is an adult version of play-doh, with cleanliness as its excuse. Golden Fun is scented the same as the soap Honey I Washed the Kids, so has a sweet, honey smell and leaves the skin with a dessert-like aroma. Fun can be used as a bubble-bath, a body wash, and a shampoo. It does the first two quite well, acting like a cooler version of its cousin, the soap-block. I don't mind it as a shampoo, as it leaves hair squeaky clean, however I do find that I need to followup with a good conditioner.
Making Cupcake at the Lush blogger event. Once all the ingredients are added they are stirred together - just like making a chocolate cake!
Cupcake modelled by Emma of My Fair Lipstick
SHOOT FOR THE STARS
When Shoot for the Stars hits the water, it explodes with colours and swirls like a nebula. It also fills the water with glitter & the scent of Honey I Washed the Kids - an absolute treat for an extravagant bath!
CANDY MOUNTAIN, SANTA'S LIP SCRUB, SANTA BABY LIP TINT
Look Charlie, Candy Mountain! Candy Mountain bubble bar has the scent of Snow Fairy Shower Gel - like fairy floss and vanilla. It has a pearly shimmer finish and is high on the bubble factor. For some it's a sugar overload, but I adore it!
SANTA'S LIP SCRUB
The Cola flavour of this lip scrub is totally delectable. Like all Lush lip scrubs, I wouldn't mind grabbing a spoon and eating it all up! The Cola flavour is a nice alternative to my usual super-sweet Bubble Gum. Leaves lips feeling soft and fresh.
SANTA BABY LIP TINT
I am still undecided about Santa Baby, the first lip tint I have tried by Lush. I love the softness of the mixture, which is loaded with fair trade butters and carrot oil. It has a strong, bright red pigment which goes on the lips with full colour impact. That said, I am finding it a little messy and will perhaps try applying it with a lip brush. Overall, a fantastic colour with a lot of festive pop!
SNOW FAIRY & PONCHE
Snow Fairy is like Bubblegum Lip scrub's bigger sister. It has a sugary, vanillary smell and just a dash of glitter to leave your skin smelling and looking like a sugarplum fairy. When I travel, I like to take familiar beauty products and fragrances as a way of avoiding home-sickness, and this coming Summer will be the era of Snow Fairy!
I love the fruity fragrance of Ponche, which was inspired by a Mexican fruit punch. It has a subtle fragrance, and besides feeling quite moisturising, it leaves the skin smelling like winter spices.
An image from the Lush Blogger Event
Inspired by its namesake Italian drink - although many people think it is more akin to Harry Potter's butter beer - Bombardino is a decadent slow-fizzing bath bomb. Turning the water yellow, it is like slipping into a bath full of butter (which also reminds me of Butterball). Skin is left smelling sweet - a total dream.
Secret Santa is the ultimate Lush bath ballistic! Its scent is modelled on the Lush store - the combination of fragrances that give Lush that distinct smell that can entice you from a mile away. The ballistic itself is like a babushka doll of delights - floral scents, and sandalwood, and a bit of orange. A huge indulgence!
Anna holding a Secret Santa at the Lush Christmas event
A big thank you to Lush for inviting me to such a lovely event, for creating such divine and morally-conscious products, and for generously providing me with the above products.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
This is a photograph I took a few months ago, documenting a black & white film project I was working on (there are so many processes that can go wrong with film processing, I am always paranoid that all evidence will be lost so tend to shoot on multiple media!). Imitating the dramatic lighting aesthetic of Caravaggio's still lifes and tableaus, I used a single Dido light to create the dramatic shadows. However, when I finally printed the photograph in the dark room I found that although the composition, lighting and shadows evoked the desired period, the loss of colour - of the citrus fruits emerging from a black abyss - was a little bit of a shame. Although there are downsides to this digital image - such as the un-forgiving hyper-real detail of the lemon peel that I struggled to peel off with artistic accuracy - there are moments that I revel in, such as the pearl-like halo of the oyster shell on the far right, and the tiny pinpricks of light that glisten on the globe of each plastic grape...
Friday, December 13, 2013
As an avid magazine reader, since my early Total Girl days, the process of print publications and the curatorship of articles, photographs, shoots, ideas and editorials have been high on my list of interests. Reading Clements' recount of her early fashion days living in Kings Cross and experimenting with second-hand finds, was humbling and incredibly relatable for a fellow twenty-something, Sydney girl. The journey is often said to be the destination, and it was fascinating to read of how Clements' early trips onto shoots with editors eventuated into full-blown international affairs, including Elizabeth Arden and Chanel escapades. It was insightful to learn the gravitas that shifts in management and publication owners have on the staff and the production of magazines - these business details were fascinating at times, however later on were a bit tedious to relate to for an outsider. Clements' focus on the office and the changing staff dynamic was understandable and, in a way, showed that the fashion industry is not just inspiration, innovation and beauty, but also a workplace - and that includes the not-so-glamorous parts. Reading the backstory of magazine issues that I had previously only seen for face value was delectable. I find the process of a shoot - from idea, to execution, to publication - incredibly inspiring, and there were moments in this book (especially the recount of shooting Mary, Princess of Denmark) that I absolutely ate up. That said, I didn't find the chapters dedicated to parties and events to be particularly captivating - perhaps this is a bit of a cynical view in a time where the documentation and sharing of events is already such a visually ubiquitous force. Intermingled between recounts of falling in love in Paris, changing jobs between Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and trying to pin down Nicole Kidman, Clements touches on issues of skinny models, building the Vogue Australia brand, and its relevance in the global fashion scene. It is these moments, when Clement's speaks of her experiences as an Australian fashion editor, that I find most unique about this book. By the end, the recounts of events and shoots drag on a little - as if they were picked from a never-ending list of moments that could be made into chapters. This, however, does reinforce the overall tone a gratitude that Clements has in many of her recounts - her constant praise of fellow fashion-eers is humbling, however (as one review I read put it) can make the composition in sum seem like an elongated awards-acceptance speech. Overall The Vogue Factor, which perhaps could have been more aptly titled The Vogue I Knew or My Life In Vogue (as was the title of Clements' 2009 article pictured above), was quite an enjoyable insight into the world of publishing, the challenges of Australia's fashion identity, and the life of a Vogue veteran.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
A picture from brunch yesterday at Petty Cash. Besides delectable pancakes & a seriously good chai, the cafe was filled with nana-esque knick knacks like these adorable salt and pepper shaker cats. Thanks to Lucinda for introducing me to this lovely cafe, and more importantly to the deliciousness of lemon butter!
Monday, November 18, 2013
This semester I took a course about Writing for Art and Design, which culminated in the publishing of an issue of Artwrite. Artwrite is a magazine that has been produced by COFA students since 1992, and focuses on the exploration, discussion and critique of art. I had the pleasure of being a co-editor for this issue, and wrote a feature interview with my very talented friend, and artist, Jasmine Poole. Hope you enjoy the issue!
Monday, October 28, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Flat white & Mocha Thai chilli cashew nuts
Donuts Grilled corn
Mi piace il formaggio!
Parpadelle The Grounds
Photos taken at The Grounds of Alexandria's Spring Markets
The Grounds Avocado, haloumi, olives, tomatoes & poached eggs on toast