Gold Eyeshadow

Gold eyeshadow is the new white. Seriously. I stopped using white shadow to ‘open’ my eyes and switched to gold about six months ago. I love it.

Gold eyeshadow doesn’t have to bring connotations of over the top, showy looks, it can be used for a glam night out but also as a casual day look. Use it in the day time to brighten your face, make eyes pop and add some subtle glam.

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The best part is, gold eyeshadow is super easy, you don’t have to layer it to build colour and it looks fantastic even without other makeup! Just swipe some on your eyelids and the inner corner of your eye, for an instant pick me up {it is my go to if I am tired} and it looks good on all skin types/tones.

If you do want to dress it up from day to night but still keep it low-key, try adding tinted moisturiser, a flick of eyeliner, some mascara and a berry toned lip.

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Have you got a bright-eyed makeup trick of your own?
Kooklah xo

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Oscar Fashion

I really enjoyed the Oscars this year, I was with friends and we had some bubbly, good food and watched The Oscars. It was interesting to watch the red carpet with a group and see what looks were loved or hated, and what ones divided the group. The awards ceremony didn’t disappoint either, we loved the Ellen selfie & the pizza delivery, Pink’s performance of ‘Over the Rainbow’ and the heartfelt speeches of Jared Leto & Lupita N’Yongo {I was teary as Jared paid a loving homage to his Mother and then showed acceptance, love and support to anyone who is discriminated for who they are or who they love}. Despite knowing Matthew McConaghey was the ‘favourite’ for Best Actor, I was so disappointed that Leonardo DiCaprio did not get it… what more does he have to do? Yes, I am #TeamLeo – he has such great acting skill and I cannot wait for the year that he is not passed over but receives the Oscar.

But now to the fashion and styling … There were sensational gowns, amazing accessories and beautiful looks. I have put together For the Style Seeking Girl’s favourites {including ‘Suits Worn Well’}, least favourites, honourable mentions, eye-catching couple, and best beauty look.

Favourites

Lupita in Prada

Lupita in Prada

This dress blew me away, I love the Grecian style with the flowing fabric and gorgeous train. Lupita swung the train allowing the beautiful, draping pleats to be viewed as often as she could, the ice blue looks sensational against her skin. Classy, understated and completely unforgettable. Perfectly paired with simple, golden accessories + her beaming smile. Best dressed – without a doubt.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Very old Hollywood. A sexy, glamourous look with eye-catching detail. This gorgeous gown has the cape draped over her shoulders and is backless. With a plunging front and short train, this is not for the faint hearted. Smokey eyes, sweeping curls and simple accessories complete this Screen-Siren look.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

 

Necklace draped over her back

Necklace draped over her back

Jennifer looked radiant in this red gown, as the face of Dior I could think of no one better to wear this beautiful column gown with peplum detail. I love her hair, it has a slightly 90s vibe which is on trend right now. The styling is brilliant, adding unique detail by draping the necklace over her back.

 

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Julia looks radiant wearing a gorgeous dress from the design house behind Audrey Hepburn’s original little black dress. This dress is stunning, I love the classic detail of lace used in playful ways – bodice insert, edging at the shoulders and on the peplum. It is understated and feminine.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar De La Renta

Jennifer Garner in Oscar De La Renta

This long, flapper style dress sparkled in silver, when Jennifer presented an Oscar onstage the strands bounced and moved as she walked, whilst glistening under the lights. A simple dress became a standout. Jennifer is the Queen of low-key elegance and she cemented this at The Oscars. I love the pop of berry coloured lipstick and the complementing accessories.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

I love this gown on Sandra, she has chosen a timeless look with a modern twist, the huge layer of fabric that is ruched and then falls into the train is a stunning aspect. This is a very flattering gown and the colour contrasts well with her ivory skin and dark hair. Adding some frosting with the bracelet, earrings and hairclip finishes off this look perfectly.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

This dress is amazing, the use of a classic silhouette with almost futuristic detail is clever and works well. I love the Perspex straps that add some mystery and fun to the gown, I also like the train overlay that can be seen through. Charlize is the perfect woman for this dress, she takes control of the look and was hard to stop looking at on the red carpet!

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Romantic and Grecian, this dress is soft, playful and ultra feminine. Penelope proves once again that she is all woman in this sensational gown. The draping suits her well, with a fabulous splash of fabric hooked over arm for some added volume. The black fabric sash and bow add dimension. Simple accessories with a topknot complete this elegant look.

 

‘Suits Worn Well’

Ellen

Ellen

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

 

Jared Leto - Best Dressed Male. Loved the pop of burgundy against the white, his hair and attitude

Jared Leto – Best Dressed Male. Loved the pop of burgundy against the white, his hair and attitude

Honourable Mentions

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma looks sensational, loving the mix of black with gunmetal grey, red lips add some sexiness.. I would have liked to see a less ‘school girl’ like hairdo. But overall a stellar look for a presenter!

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry looks beautiful in this mauve gown, I like the simple detail, but it is just that, simple. She packs some impact with the dark lip. Stunning pregnant woman – she definitely glows.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

This gown reminds me of Amy Adam’s from last year with the detail in the skirt. I adore the embellished cap sleeves and bodice. I feel her hair really lets her down, too casual for this look – a classy chignon or swept up curls would have made this look shine!

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

A gorgeous gown choice for the ‘Frozen’ star. This gown highlights her slender frame, although it does give me a ‘wedding’ vibe. A pop of colour would have lifted this look too.

Sally Hawkins - Valentino

Sally Hawkins – Valentino

Beautiful embellished gown, very simple in cut and fit. I do not get an overall ‘Wow’ factor from this look, especially with the casual hair and the fringe she kept running her hands through during her red carpet interview – it was distracting and made her look uncomfortable.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Naomi showcased a look completely suitable for a presenter, she looked classy and had a simple elegance but didn’t use a gown that would take all the attention off the nominees. She shone in this gorgeous white gown and added glamour with a red lip and defined eyes.

Pink  'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

Pink ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

Even though it was not her red carpet look, I couldn’t go without mentioning Pink’s look as she paid a beautiful tribute to The Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland. Not only was her performance wonderful {and incredibly moving} but she sparkled in this ruby-red gown. Loving the neckline and full skirt.

Least Favourites

Amy Adams in Gucci

Amy Adams in Gucci

Classic shape. Check. Exciting detail? No. The dress is lovely, but it doesn’t look striking or stand out. I found this a disappointing look for someone who was nominated for TWO roles and also in comparison to her heavily detailed princess gown from last year. I think even choosing a different colour for this gown would have made a difference. I think Amy really flew under the radar in this dress and also with her makeup. Keep in mind – this is The Oscars.

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel

Ok, I appreciate the huge risk taken here. I like the red, I like the skin showing section … but it stops there. I think this dress would be ideal for the Golden Globes or the BAFTAs where left of centre outfits are huge {like Angelina in a fitted suit?}. To me, this looks more like a high school dance than The Oscars. Points for having a go though!

Cristin Milioti in Reem Acra

Cristin Milioti in Reem Acra

This look is way too monochromatic. I hate to say it but Mrs Mosby got it wrong. I love the dress, with the cupped bodice and falling skirt. This had the potential for an ethereal look when paired with her gorgeous ivory skin. Nude or soft pink lips with shimmery eyes would have bumped this look into favourites.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

So last year Anne wore a similar cut from Prada – deciding at the last minute to leave her custom made Valentino behind – and follows it up this year with a futuristic column gown. The cut, shape and fit of the gown is sensational. I don’t like the metallic bodice – which has been likened by some critics as a ‘breast plate’, this aspect impedes on the rest of the dress and seems like an odd choice for this event.

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

I like the halter style cut of the dress, and that is it. I look at this dress and see a huge, walking doily. I think Portia could have done better, apparently the inspiration was snowflakes… but I just don’t see it, it makes her look older than she is.

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

This look is a bit plain, the nude looks fabulous with her skin, but there is no pop of colour at all {she had nude lips too}, when watching her, I felt she looked washed out. I see fish scales when I look at the dress, but a guest at the party I was at stated “All I can see if keys on a rack, like a hotel wall”. While I am not a huge fan of the gown, to take this look from drab to fab, a striking lip {pink or red} and well styled hair would have done the trick. I think Cate got lucky because this dress photographs well, and stands out more in photos than it did when watching the red carpet and awards ceremony.

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli

This dress reminds me of a mermaid. I think the skirt detail and small train is really pretty and I love the colour. Though overall this was a least favourite because it isn’t totally flattering for her. Though it is much better than last years!

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Jessica Biel could easily make best dressed lists everywhere, but she always chooses gowns that are basic and similar. Instead of cementing a certain style it creates a I-have-seen-this-all-before-feel. Nothing stands out in this look and the hair pulled lazily over one shoulder drags the look down. Even by piling the hair in a towering bun or keeping it to one side but in a chignon or curled ponytail would have lifted the look. I would love to see her pick something a little more daring – even just colour wise like red, emerald green or purple.

Pharrell

Pharrell

Saving the BEST of the WORST till last. Shorts. Really? At The Oscars. Oh. Dear. This is school boy trying to dress up, and failing. There is a dress code, and that should be respected. He could have worn a nicely tailored suit and played around with colour, patterns/prints or textures and that would have been amazing.

Eye-Catching Couple

Joseph and Emma

Joseph and Emma

What a cute would-be-probably-should-be couple. They were so cute when they were presenting on stage together and definitely had all eyes on them! They look striking together… one to watch!

Brad and Angelina

Brad and Angelina

The love between these two is so obvious and sweet. From holding hands and flirting with each other on the red carpet, snuggling during the awards ceremony and looking at each other with admiration and affection – I couldn’t stop looking at them whenever they appeared on screen. How beautiful was it in the montages shown where Angelina had accepted a humanitarian award and spoke of her belated mother, camera pans to Angelina watching this with tears in her eyes and Brad looks at her then leans in to kiss her. Awww. I felt they looked striking together. Angelina’s dress wasn’t my favourite, despite been from one of my favourite designers Ellie Saab {felt it didn’t flatter her bust – but am wondering if she purposely wanted that after the surgery she has had} but she looked healthy and glowed.

Best Beauty Look

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

I felt this look was most complimentary to the outfit paired with it. I love the bold, red, Hollywood glam lip, paired with defined eyes, brows and a minimal base. It is striking but maintains a natural look which allows her true beauty to shine through.

Which Oscar looks did you love or dislike? Which gown from this year would you choose? For me, I would choose Penelope Cruz’s Grecian style gown or Julia Roberts’ classy, sexy black gown.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! If you want to wander down memory lane, read 2013’s Oscar post.

Follow us on Facebook and look back here around midday for an announcement, and a BIG change!

Kooklah xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Lipstick Dare – Challenge Accepted

It is the colour of Dorothy’s shimmering shoes, Ariel’s hair and the one that makes for a high impact outfit on most brunettes … that’s right, the colour is red.

{seriously if you have dark hair and DON’T have a statement piece of clothing in red – go get one. It is a must for days when you can’t decide what to put on or want some wow factor}

Anyway I am getting off track. Foxy-lady, style dare extraordinaire Andrea from Fox in Flats announced last week that this week her Style Dares were starting up again and it is been kicked off with a bang! The Red Lipstick Dare is a dare to wear red lipstick every day, for one week. I love these kind of dares as it forces you out of your comfort zones and in this case, takes something that many women would consider an evening or formal occasion look to the brightness of day. I have taken part in Andrea’s month long dares previously and attempted a 7 day hair one but I had never taken the red lips dare. The past year or so I have been loving red lipstick and have worn it often – so I jumped at this dare. Click the link above for more information on the dare + A’s great tips at making red lips last!

redlipstick dareI am house-sitting currently and was surprised to find that I had many of my red products, a couple I had purchased recently to try and one had arrived in a prize pack I won. I am without my trusty Smashbox red lippie, but I have enough for 7 days – different product each day. The main brands I am using are Savvy, Ultra3, Models Prefer and Bite Beauty.

red lipsticksWhat I love about red lipstick is the confidence it can bring you. I also love that there is a shade for anyone – from the lightest of corals to the dark plums and mahogany. You can rock the look as sweet flower child, rock chick, glamour queen, edgy punk. Something for everyone – it shines with attitude, spunk, and is so womanly. Two lips never looked so good 😉

I have been sick, and despite not feeling like going out and been told by my GP to do nothing but rest, drink fluids and watch movies I have stayed determined to complete this dare. So I have. No makeup, hair unwashed and red lips and it has lifted my spirits definitely… as Elizabeth Taylor famously stated, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together…” well Liz I’ve tried, water or Mum’s cure all lemon-honey-vinegar drink in hand, red lips and a blanket on the lounge.

red day oneA touch of Snow White look here at the GP (used Savvy lipgloss ‘Cinderella’ for light berry base + high pigment pencil lipstick ‘pomegranate’ from Bite Beauty on top)

red day twoRed lips watching chick flicks… (Laura Mercier lip liner + Savvy ‘mahogany’ lipstick with a Sephora shimmer gloss in ‘night out’)

red day threeRed lips and my Mum’s home remedy cure all (lipstick is Ultra3 – Cherry Wine)

Three days down, four to go! Hopefully I can kick this sick business to the curb and actually take some good pictures where I am not trying to hide my face! It is good to know though, that even in my pjs, red lips still feels Glam!

Also, it is not too late to join. You don’t have to complete the same 7 days as me – you can start the 7 Day Red Lipstick Dare at any time, to complete it you just need to have red lips for a week straight.. I’d love to hear if you are playing along so I can look out for your pics or posts! All you have to do is upload your shots and use the #redlipstickdarefoxinflats on instagram or twitter.

Mwah! Kooklah Xo

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

Find For the Style Seeking Girl on Facebook || Pinterest || Instagram

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