I LOVE Australis…

I own a plethora of makeup – it’s true – you should see my makeup drawer it is STUFFED full of makeup! I love makeup and beauty treatments because they help you feel amazing, beautiful and they are so much fun to experiment and play with. I have tried many different brands, and will often try new products that come on the market.

There are a few brands that I use often but one brand that I LOVE, it is my absolute favourite – Australis Cosmetics. There are many reasons that I love this brand, particularly they are such an honest brand, they are completely Australian and make high end, high finish, beautiful products. The product description is always exact to what the product actually does and the look it achieves. They are also ethically conscious and do not test on animals.

Australis are affordable and a great deal. It is rare that a product is over $20. They also offer a discount program for students {a MASSIVE discount at 25% off}, if you are a student make sure you head to Australis’ UNIDAYS for more. There are often also amazing sales at Priceline keep an eye out for those too!

They are across all social mediums including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. Unlike some brands they actually respond to comments posted by followers, which makes them so much more accessible and a brand consumers can bond and relate to.

Some of my favourite products include – the Curve Ink Eyeliner which provides amazing lines and is so easy to handle with its ergonomically shaped handle {For the Style Seeking Girl wrote a review on this product in 5 Favourite Beauty Products}

The Voluptulash Mascara for intensely curled and high volume lashes

My favourite blusher also comes from Australis – it is called Paparazzi Perfect High Definition Blush which is a blended blush compact with different tones (not sectioned), the ones I use is called ‘Screen Siren’.

In a post that will go live this weekend, I will review some products sent to me by the Australis Cosmetics team to trial.
Do you love this brand? If so, what do you love about it or it’s products?

Here are some looks I created using Australis products

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Sarah/Kooklah Xo

 

5 Favourite Beauty Products …

Hello my stylish readers – old and new – I have decided every couple of months or so I will write a post with my 5 favourite and much used beauty products….read below for this month’s. I am always on the look out for new products to try, trial, review and of course add to my burgeoning collection! {If you have any suggestions or offers please let me know in the comments or email kooklahstyle@gmail.com}

This month I was overseas and I always find trips like this help to sort out what products are becoming essentials and which ones you can do without if need be.

Below you can find the product, a link and a mini-review {would love to hear your thoughts if you have also tried these products as what works for one may not for another}…

“They’re Real” Beyond Mascara from Benefit Cosmetics
I first used this mascara when a friend I met on my USA Contiki trip gave me one of her samples she had gained from Sephora. I still have the sample bottle. I loved the effect the mascara had and made sure to purchase a full-sized wand the next time I was somewhere that sold the brand.

This mascara perfectly separates and lifts the lashes whilst extending and finely coating them. The result is amazing, they look long, full, curled and lush! With this mascara you can get away with some tinted moisturiser or illuminator and lipgloss for a fresh look – your eyes will pop without eyeliner or eyeshadow. The mascara is not thick or overpowering which means you do not have ‘gluggy’ looking eyelashes and your eye is not irritated. I have long eyelashes anyway but this mascara makes this more noticeable, I also have a fear of eyelash curlers but you would think I had curled my eyelashes as well as applied this fantastic product when I wear it! {pssst! using eyelash curlers is a fear I hope to conquer but as one friend states ‘they look like medieval torture devices’} This product smells good – which is something I notice when applying, sure this may not add to the overall appearance but it adds some points for me! The product also goes the distance – I work 12 hour days and find this product lasts perfectly for 12-16 hours. For customer reviews plus tips/tricks click here. Locally you can purchase at Myer but Benefit products are available from the site (just click the links) and they ship internationally!

‘Complete’ Nightcream from Olay

Until this year I used to use a simple moisturiser (or even my day moisturiser) at night. I quickly began to notice that my skin needed something more, and like anyone I wanted to protect my skin and keep it looking young and fresh for as long as possible. I decided on this nightcream because I already use Olay’s Complete Defence Daily Moisturiser every morning before applying any beauty products and have done so for years. My skin remained soft and supple all year which makes me love {and trust!} the brand. So when I decided I needed a dedicated night cream it seemed to be the obvious choice to trial a nightcream from Olay. The Complete Night Cream is one of their newer products. It is a rich cream but light on the skin and I find that a large amount is not required. I have been using this cream for three months and can already notice the difference in my skin; it’s general condition has improved, it is well hydrated throughout 24 hours, feels supple and I have noticed that any blemishes clear faster.

Curve Ink Eyeliner from Australis Cosmetics

My favourite brand created this eyeliner which has a specially designed, ergonomically shaped handle that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand with grip for your fingers…
I wasn’t sure about this at first, I didn’t find it as easy to use as a wand, but I stuck with it and once I got used to the feel of it I found it pretty easy to use{something other bloggers I have spoken to have also agreed on}. This product creates a beautiful line with easy fit-in-your-hand shape of the handle aiding to create the perfect curve – a good, solid cat-eye. I find it especially helpful if I am in a hurry {one flick and the look is done} especially as it dries quickly. I find this eyeliner keeps it’s depth of colour well for roughly 8-10 hours. It does gradually lighten {of course depends on what you are doing, the weather etc} but is easy to tuck in your bag or clutch for touchups. It is affordable – find it at priceline and kmart or buy from the Australis website.

Silk Creme Foundation by Laura Mercier
I am quickly developing a love affair with this foundation! It spreads on to my skin easily {with either fingers or brush} whilst providing good coverage. The bonus is {well there are many, but lets start with this one} you don’t need to use a large amount, which means the product lasts longer so don’t be deterred by the 35ml for around $40 – I have honestly NEVER got so much out of a tube of ANY product.

On the Laura website for this brilliant foundation (check it) in the product details they have stated that this product is ideal for use on skin that has colour or pigmentation issues and I can see why – if I use this product I don’t need to apply concealor to any blemishes or dark circles, it provides good coverage of these – they are invisible! It is great used on its own or with some powder/illuminator. I find it lasts really well over 12+ hours {of course dependant on the amount of times you touch your face}. I have been told my face looks fresh, flawless, vibrant when wearing this. Will give you a confidence boost! Great matte finish, providing the perfect base to extend your beauty look and is available in  shades.

‘Heavy Metal’ Glitter Eyeliner from Urban Decay 
Those who really know me or follow this blog (or my instagram feed) know that I absolutely adore some sparkle and glimmer. I found these eyeliners on my USA trip and purchased two. On my most recent trip I purchased a few more! They are fun, bright, easy to apply and blend into a look. They provide a perfect amount of shimmer – either by using a small amount for some subtle glitz or more liberally for addition to a glitter eye look. I wear them often and they last for longer than 12 hours. I love to combine them with black eyeliner to get a great contrasting look. They are inexpensive and there are multiple colours to collect! They stay put and you don’t end up with glitter attacking your whole face. Easy to remove. Check out the amazing colours {and their awesome names} here. My favourites are Midnight Cowboy and Groupie – I really want Spandex but they were sold out in Dubai… I think I will be putting in an order on the website.

Hope you have enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any products you want me to try and review, and also if you have used any of these products plus what you thought of them!
Kooklah Xx

 

Style Seeking Silence

So I have been pretty M.I.A on this blog for the best part of a month. For that I really apologise. I have had some pretty stressing personal things happening and needed to make the time to be with family and help out. Due to this I did not have the time, focus or energy to spend on creating, formatting and publishing posts how I normally would have.

I had to make a decison to forgo little, half-hearted posts as I have really tried to make this blog about quality and not have a heavy emphasis on quantity. I will definitely be amping up my posting as much as I can in the next two weeks as I will be overseas on a holiday next month and will publish posts occasionally during this time but will be mainly living it (and shopping it) up – then reporting back of course!
While I have been absent from publishing here, I kept up regular posting on my instagram feed – if you love this blog and don’t already follow or look out for me on instagram – you really should (look for @saregiak and click follow for daily style tidbits, quotes and a look into my life). I have kept up April Style Dare by Fox in Flats and am thoroughly enjoying May’s Style Dare – you should really join this style dare, fashion and beauty loving, foxy/sexy/fun-loving community if you: a) love fashion b) want to push your boundaries c) want to add life (or rekindle the life) of your wardrobe. We all try not to buy anything new JUST to complete a dare! The daily prompts make me think outside the box…

So now that I have apologised for my silence – and I hope you are all still reading (I have noticed a good amount of readership filtering through which I really appreciate!) as there have been some exciting things coming our way lately! I have a few projects in the works… more on some of these as they develop in future posts!

As for now?

Here are some posts/things you can expect from For the Style Seeking Girl in the next two weeks:
{in no particular order}
* 5 quick/much needed Travel essentials – beauty and fashion
* Logies wrap up
* Product Reviews – Laura Mercier, Australias, Bite
* 5 of my favourite and go -to beauty products
* Introduction post to Exquisite Jewels for Hire
* How-To Style: Grunge
* How-To Beauty: Winged-Eyeliner
* Campaign for a Cause – Kiss Goodbye to MS!

As always – please email me kooklahstyle@gmail.com or comment below with any queries, questions or thoughts.. find me on twitter @sarahgiak @styleseekgirl or on instagram @saregiak
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Look forward to writing for you… I’ve missed my ‘Little blog that could…’
Kooklah/Sarah

*** Sarah loves styling and planning events. Is studying wedding planning and consultancy. She is available for beauty, fashion, styling or wedding product reviews, brand ambassadorship, collaboration, sponsored posts or guest posts. Email kooklahstyle@gmail.com for a media kit (can be made available as soon as possible). If you think For the Style Seeking Girl could be a good fit for your brand or company – we would love to hear from you! Xo

Wednesday Wishlist…

I am often looking in stores, online or at things other people are wearing thinking something like – ‘I want that’ or ‘I’d love that’ … on my various Pinterest boards I collect shots of pictures of many items and have a wishlist board too. This spurred on the idea of regular posts of a wishlist nature. So here is is, the first For the Style Seeking Girl Wednesday Wishlist post! Enjoy….

A Dream Closet…

 The gorgeous Jennifer Hudson showed Ellen late last year her dream closet. One of my best friends recently showed me the video and I fell in love! I had been talking to my friend about how I have always wanted my wardrobe to be a ROOM. Jennifer created hers to look like a boutique so she would feel like she was shopping everyday. It is pure luxury, with lounges, a chandelier, huge mirrors and purple/white theme with carpet floors. Absolutley amazing, for the interview clip – click here
 
 
 

A Maxi Dress from BooHoo

 Boo Hoo is one of my favourite online stores. Their clothes are so stylish and beautiful. I own quite a few things purchased from this site. In particular I have had my eye on their maxi dresses, I love a good maxi dress and the one called Felicity is fabulous… I would love to have this for my trip to Europe. I think it would be such a lovely item to have and could be so easily dressed up with wedges, accessories and a jacket aswell as easily worn with gladiator sandals. The Felicity Maxi only has limited sizes are available but there are many more beautiful options!
 
 

An Infinity Bracelet

I have been looking for an infinity bracelet that is stylish and not tacky. Through the power of instagram I have found an online boutique called Open Closet … They have some amazing accessories (plus clothing and shoes). The infinity bracelet is sleek and beautiful! I want, I want!
 

Amazing Eyeliner

I love using liquid eyeliner to create winged eyes (anyone who reads this blog can attest to that!)
My favourite make up brand Australis Cosmetics have come up with a fantastic eyeliner to enhance your ability to apply eyeliner without making mistakes. It fits comfortably in your hand, is long lasting with intense cover. I really cannot wait to get some and try it out! Check out – The Curve
 
 
 
Do you have wishlist items? What do you think of these? I’d love to hear from anyone who owns or has tried out these products …. I am very very keen to try them! Venture over to Facebook and check out our page – For the Style Seeking Girl or follow me on instagram @saregiak
 
Sarah/Kooklah Xo
 

March Style Madness Week Three

Ahhh another week of work, socialising, planning my holiday… busy, busy, busy! The good part is, that another week means another week completed of the fabulous Fox in Flats style dare for March …

The guidelines of the style dare are pretty simple, you look at the list of prompts that Andrea provides which are allocated to particular days. Then, using that prompt, you style a look or outfit, and share on facebook, instagram, twitter, your blog – where is up to you! Use the hashtag #foxinflatsstyledare so people can find your shots. There are a huge amount of people who take part so the more unique or ‘outside the box’, the better!

I have had so much fun looking at other people’s shots – some people are so creative! In my final wrap up I am thinking I might just put together a collage of some of my favourites – with credit to those who posted the shots. It is amazing to discover all the shots been shared on instagram, a great community to be a part of and share a love in beauty, fashion and style with people I would never have met. From the moment I wake up I am buzzing to check my feed and see what gets uploaded. Work sometimes gets in the way, so I usually take the shot when I get home and upload after I finish a run of shifts. For a look at Andrea’s post and her explanation of the prompts have a look at Style Dare A Day {March} …

Here is the list of prompts:

Here are the shots for week three (15.03.13-22.03.13) which I share to my instagram account (follow @saregiak) which is linked to facebook and twitter.

Day Fifteen – Chains
 
Six different types of metal chains form this statement necklace. I love this necklace, it adds a perfect amount of edge to an outfit. It can be worn twisted or untwisted. I prefer it twisted. I picked this up from Dotti, it has quickly become my favourite.
 
Day Sixteen – Cold Shoulder
 
This was a really uncomfortable humid 32 degree day. Took this at 8.30pm – was still 24 degrees. The perfect choice for a day like this? My no sleeve light blue midi maxi dress (long at the back and shorter at the knees), light and cool to wear.
 
Day Seventeen – Swishy Swish
 
A floaty pink top that moves as you walk with gorgeous fabric rosettes…
One of my favourite items in my wardrobe at the moment
 
Day Eighteen – Statement Shoes
 
Beautiful pink heels with butterflies from Babyboo Shoes … I originally purchased these for my friend’s bridal shower that I hosted with a vintage, floral theme. They definitely make a statement and get a lot of compliments when I wear them. Comfortable too despite their height.
 
Day Nineteen – Less Than $5
 
An embellished headband that I picked up with a different one in a 2 for $5 deal!
 
Day Twenty – Got The Blues
 
 
This was my Mum’s birthday. Took her and my brother out to lunch. Wore a bright blue shift top with a sneaky sheer section down the front which I had picked up in SoHo in New York City, paired with a black skirt and a woven top knot, tinted moisturiser and a big smile!
 
Day Twenty One – Fresh Face
 
Fresh face, only wore some tinted moisturiser from Laura Mercier and a slick of Australis Cosmetics mascara. Perfect for a sunny day and paired with my current favourite floral item!
 
Day Twenty Two – Braid
 
A simple bun with the bottom section of hair turned into a tight braid on the right side and looser to the left. Had never done this style before but I really liked it….
 
A few days into the last week, I cannot wait to complete it… but also find myself wondering what will I do without the daily prompt? I enjoy it as a challenge to dress outside the box and take chances with styling.. plus it totally feeds to my obsession of beauty, fashion and styling!
 
Follow me on instagram- @saregiak  and twitter- @saregiak or @styleseekgirl for more. Also, head over to the facebook page – For the Style Seeking Girl
 
Sarah/Kooklah Xo
 

March Style Madness Week Two

I could not believe how quickly the second week of the March style dare from Fox in Flats had come and gone. This was an exciting week for me, I had one of my photos picked by Andrea from Fox as part of the wrap ups/highlights of each day during FABruary, but in week two of the March dare THREE of my shots were picked by Andrea herself.. Absolutley put a huge smile on my face!

If you need a refresher – Andrea provides a list of prompts allocated to each day of the month. Using that prompt, you then style a look or outfit, there are a huge amount of people who take part so the more unique or ‘outside the box’, the better! Here are the prompts:

 
Here are my shots uploaded to my instagram account (follow me – @saregiak) and then linked to my facebook and twitter accounts. Week Two: 08.03.13-14.03.13
 
Day Eight – Red Lipstick
 
Loving red lips lately, so was thrilled for this day. Minimal makeup, red lips and mascara. Pout!
 
Day Nine- Gold
 
A big statement necklace, multilayered gold chain and coin design
 
Day Ten – The Talking T
 
I love this t-shirt, and have had this for a few years. A light-hearted way to make a political statement. This was the first shot to be chosen by Andrea and included in Day Ten’s highlights..
 
Day Eleven – Pointy
 
I absolutely love this studded clutch. It has rounded edges and is a great size as it fits comfortably in my hand. I love it, I feel it adds a touch of edge and luxury to an outfit instantly. My matte bronze mani from Day One suits it perfectly. This photo was chosen by Andrea in Day Eleven’s highlights.
 
Day Twelve – Matte
 
Matte makeup courtesy of Australis Cosmetics – used fresh and flawless foundation, paparazzi perfect blush (in screen siren) and a slick of mascara.
 
Day Thirteen – Yellow
 
Wearing my mustard hued light-weight knit picked up in SoHo in New York City. Perfect for a slightly cooler day with a touch of rain! How I miss New York….
 
Day Fourteen – Madonna
 
This has been my favourite day of the challenge so far! I loved creating this look inspired by a picture I had of Madonna (see below). Dark eyes, red lips, blushed cheeks, faux beauty spot, cluster of chunky necklaces, a massive quiff with a black hair tie. Also used a sequin bra originally purchased from Kiss My Button Vintage ..would love to style more looks inspired by pictures of style icons. This shot was included in Andrea’s Day Fourteen highlights too.
 
The picture of Madonna I used as inspiration. I like to call this The Material Girl Vs The Style Seeking Girl! So much fun! Thankyou Andrea for also choosing my shot for Day Fourteen in one of your highlight uploads. A small part of me hopes Madonna sees all of them! Imitation the most sincerest form of flattery?
 
Are you taking part in the challenge? If so leave me a comment with where to find your pictures and I will have a look! Would love to see them. You can follow mine on instagram – @saregiak or just wait for my weekly updates here. Do you have a favourite shot from Week Two?
Don’t forget to check out my March Style Madness Week One wrap up.
Kooklah Xx