Makeup Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Hi every­one! Today I’ve got Amy Mia Gold­smith tak­ing the wheel with a guest post about 6 makeup mis­takes you didn’t know you were mak­ing. Enjoy!

Makeup is a woman’s best friend – it can help you hide traces of sleep­less nights, tell-tale signs of aging and a range of unpleas­ant skin con­di­tions. Still, even with its stun­ning prop­er­ties, maquil­lage does involve cer­tain rules of appli­ca­tion and removal and norms con­cern­ing main­te­nance of makeup prod­ucts and tools. Most women often over­look these rules either because they are unaware of them, or sim­ply for­get to fol­low through.

Here we bring you sev­eral makeup mis­takes you prob­a­bly didn’t even know you’re mak­ing so scroll down for more if you feel like your maquil­lage hasn’t been effec­tive of late.

1. Over­look­ing cleanliness

If your skin is prone to occa­sional acne break­outs and blem­ishes that appear for no appar­ent rea­son, there’s a chance your makeup kit is not clean enough. To pre­vent nasty skin con­di­tions, clean your makeup brushes at least once a week – this will elim­i­nate germs and bac­te­ria that crowd on unclean sur­faces and infect the skin once in con­tact with sen­si­tive spots.

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2. Over­do­ing makeup layers

If your face tends to get all cakey, faded or heav­ily built-up in cer­tain parts of your face, odds are you’re not apply­ing your maquil­lage ade­quately. Instead of end­lessly lay­er­ing your foun­da­tion, pow­der, primer and blush, use less makeup – but make the lit­tle you use count. Whether you know it or not, less is more in the world of beauty, and a qual­ity makeup ensem­ble will cover all your needs far bet­ter than a hoard of cheap, short-lasting alter­na­tives. You can also choose organic makeup, as nat­ural ingre­di­ents found in organic makeup are very good for sen­si­tive skin.

3. Not sync­ing your makeup with weather

Even though you love that mat­ti­fy­ing primer and intense mois­tur­izer and enjoy wear­ing them in any sea­son, it doesn’t mean that this par­tic­u­lar makeup for­mula plays well with just about any weather con­di­tions. Before apply­ing your daily makeup, check the weather fore­cast and exam­ine makeup labels for rec­om­mended use based on weather con­di­tions. Some makeup prod­ucts tend to fade or cake over when exposed to high humid­ity, so before you go and pile it up on your face, you’d bet­ter check twice.

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4. Not remov­ing makeup before sleep

Another fre­quent mis­take most women make when deal­ing with their makeup, the fail­ure to remove your facial maquil­lage before turn­ing in for the night may cause seri­ous skin prob­lems and con­di­tions like acne, blem­ishes, spot­ting and pre­ma­ture aging of the skin. So, before you go to sleep, make sure you wipe your face with a qual­ity makeup removal tonic, like the ones you’ll find in Soci­ete skin­care prod­ucts (Aussie read­ers, you can get Soci­ete skin­care prod­ucts from Alive Skin+Hair). How­ever tired you may be, not remov­ing your facial col­ors will make your skin look even more tired tomor­row morning.

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5. Apply­ing makeup directly to skin

If your skin has gone flakey, dry and irri­tated, you may be apply­ing your facial maquil­lage all wrong. Some women for­get to use primers and foun­da­tions before apply­ing their makeup, which can result in dry, sen­si­tive skin. Before you start lay­er­ing blush, eye shad­ows and con­tour­ing pow­ders, make sure you apply a light mois­tur­izer and/or primer to keep your skin well-protected from heavy makeup – this will also help your col­ors look bet­ter and more evenly and last­ingly dis­trib­uted across your face, too.


6. Apply­ing maquil­lage in inad­e­quate light­ing conditions

How­ever well-lit your bath­room may be, it still doesn’t guar­an­tee that your face will shine at its best of lights once you get to work or your friend’s party. Light­ing con­di­tions play a major role in the over­all look of your makeup-covered face – makeup applied under strong neon bars may come across as com­pletely out of place in nat­ural light because of dif­fer­ence in tone nuances and light prop­er­ties. To stay on the safe and the pretty side, you’d bet­ter pick your makeup appli­ca­tion loca­tion care­fully, based on the light­ing con­di­tions of the place you’re going to spend the rest of your day.



About the Author

Amy Mia Gold­smith is a lit­er­a­ture grad­u­ate from Mel­bourne who loves to write short sto­ries and reviews. Amy is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor at High Style Life. Her pas­sion is beauty and makeup and she loves to spend her free time trav­el­ling and of course – make up shop­ping! You can con­tact Amy on her Face­book page.




The Last Days of Winter feat. Izabel London


There’s only a few days left of win­ter down here in Aus­tralia and I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Spring! If Melbourne’s weather is any­thing to go by the cooler weather will be stick­ing with us for quite a while, and although the cold and rain can be a total pain some­times, win­ter does have it perks — the fash­ion! I love lay­ers and cardi­gans and all things warm and cud­dly, so when Izabel Lon­don con­tacted me to col­lab­o­rate on a style post, I couldn’t wait to jump on board! They kindly offered to send me a few items to try and I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the qual­ity of them. I hate the uncer­tainty that comes with shop­ping online — there’s no way to touch and feel the clothes before you buy them, so how are you sup­posed to know if they’re worth the money? I can tell you now that Izabel Lon­don is now book­marked and on my list for brands that I can trust.

Izabel Lon­don has just recently begun ship­ping to Aus­tralia which is great news for us fash­ion lovers down under. I found the web­site super easy to nav­i­gate and there is a huge col­lec­tion of items, includ­ing shoes. The prices are very afford­able, the clothes are fem­i­nine and flat­ter­ing and there’s a great range of styles from hot new trends to time­less basics to eclec­tic state­ment pieces. Con­sid­er­ing the ship­ping is only $4.99 in Aus­tralia (or free for orders over $60) I will def­i­nitely be mak­ing a return trip for some clas­sics like these Slim Fit Trousers and this Boat Neck Sun­dress, along with about 6 mil­lion other things (hel­looo, payday!)

Onto the lookbook…



First out­fit I have today fea­tures this stun­ning Con­trast Knit­ted Cardi­gan ($59.99AUD) from Izabel Lon­don. It is super thick and (oh my god) com­fort­able and so much warmer than I thought it would be. I don’t need to wear a scarf because the col­lar fits snugly around my neck, keep­ing it toasty warm in the cold. This is def­i­nitely a qual­ity gar­ment; it’s been my favourite thing to wear ever since I tried it on. I paired this with some sim­ple black skinny jeans (Tren­ery) and lay­ered tops in black and white. I wanted to keep every­thing plain and sim­ple so the cardi­gan could steal the show (maybe that’s just an excuse for my addic­tion to black and white) and it’s def­i­nitely wor­thy of the attention.

My next item of cloth­ing is this Colour Block Dip Hem Vest (19.99AUD.) The black and white work per­fectly for mono­chrome colour-blocking and it’s also avail­able in turquoise and pas­tel pink if you want to bring some colour into your wardrobe (if you can’t tell, I love wear­ing black!) The top itself is made of a soft, strechy cot­ton and I love the chif­fon at the hem! I kept this nice and sim­ple with some leather-look leg­gings (Boohoo) and heeled boots (Famous Footwear) as we finally got some milder weather with the sun out. This could be worn alone or under a coat when Mel­bourne does it’s trade­mark back­flip and the sun disappears!


These Tie-Front Harem Trousers (19.99AUD) are so com­fort­able. The fab­ric is soft and stretchy and falls in a slouchy fash­ion while the elas­ti­cated top cinches in your waist to accen­tu­ate your curves. They’re the per­fect pants to wear casu­ally or dressy, depend­ing on your style. These could be worn dressier with some strappy heels but for casual day-time wear I chose some chunky, fur-lined boots (Boohoo) and a tucked white 3/4 sleeve shirt (Supre $15AUD.) The mate­r­ial of these is soft and light­weight but holds a sur­pris­ing amount of warmth — between the pants and my heavy boots I was actu­ally a lit­tle too warm by the end of the day. I wore this out­fit out with a silky kimono to add some colour. (Not pic­tured, woopsies.)

Last, but cer­tainly not least, are these gor­geous Bohemian Tie Detail Trousers (29.99AUD.) Izabel Lon­don have a whole selec­tion of trousers sim­i­lar to these and in dif­fer­ent pat­terns and colours, but I loved the colour com­bi­na­tion of this pair! I orig­i­nally chose these because I thought they would be a fan­tas­tic pair to wear to fes­ti­vals while the weather is still quite cool, but they’re so com­fort­able and eye-catching that I like to wear these all the time when I’m out run­ning errands. They sit com­fort­ably mid-waist and have lit­tle ties at the bot­tom hem, allow­ing you to wear them two ways. Con­sid­er­ing that the fit of these is quite breezy and they’re unlined allow­ing your legs to breathe, I actu­ally haven’t felt the cold in these (go fig­ure.) I wore these here with a black crop top (Boohoo $8AUD) and a long­line black cardi­gan (Cot­ton On.) to let the colour­ful pat­tern of these pants do all the talking!

So just to recap: Awe­some, awe­some, awe­some, awe­some. Each of these items have wrig­gled their way into my daily wardrobe (and my heart *wipes tear*) and I’ll con­tinue to be able to wear them as the weather slowly thaws.

The items fea­tured in this post were gifted to me by Izabel Lon­don for my con­sid­er­a­tion, but that has in no way influ­enced my opin­ion of them or encour­aged me to talk them up — I’m gen­uinely impressed by the qual­ity and fit of all the items I received and will def­i­nitely be going back for more! You can check out some of their styles your­self at their web­site

Let me know what you think of the clothes in the com­ments below! Have you pur­chased any­thing from Izabel Lon­don before? Were you super-duper impressed like I am?


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Spotlight On Chaos Makeup

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If you haven’t heard of Chaos Makeup, I’m here to tell you that boy, have you been miss­ing out! Here’s a snip­pet from their ‘About’ page on their web­site, which I think will tell you all you need know:

“Chaos Makeup is an offi­cial cos­metic line for artists, Makeup made for Artists by an Artist. Cre­at­ing prod­ucts which are not only nat­ural, easy to use but also vegan friendly and cru­elty free. Chaos Makeup uses all high end ingri­di­ents, pure pig­ment and zero fillers. Hand pressed and home cre­ated per­son­ally by Megan and team. Devoted to cre­at­ing cos­met­ics un-like any other, cus­tom for cre­ative artists and clients. 

From sup­ply­ing ani­mal food, water and mis­sion­ary goods, Chaos Makeup is com­mit­ted to giv­ing back! Together, we can be the change we want to see.”

Cre­ated by Megan Mar­tinez (on insta­gram here) Chaos Makeup is a cos­met­ics com­pany with a mis­sion — to be the change they want to see in the world — and that really res­onates with me. Best of all, they’re an entirely vegan-friendly and cruelty-free com­pany, which is a huge fac­tor for me when I’m con­sid­er­ing new brands!

Why I’m In Love…


If you haven’t been liv­ing under a rock these past few months, you’ll have heard of strob­ing and the huge focus on a glow­ing, ultra-highlighted com­plex­ion. I’ve been on a mis­sion to find qual­ity high­lighters that can give a soft, hydrated glow but can also bring the drama when I build it up. I love a nat­ural, dewy look but I also love to go crazy with high­light some­times and I’ve found it so hard to find a high­lighter that packs a punch with­out look­ing too glit­tery. Chaos Makeup answered my prayers with their ultra-reflective, amaz­ing high­lighters. They’re avail­able in a stun­ning array of nat­ural and unique shades and also offer shades that are glitter-free with zero reflects — and they have a fin­ish like you wouldn’t believe! You have to see these for yourself:


If you’ve been look­ing for wet-look, shiny high­lighters, you need to get onto Chaos Makeup’s web­site for their high­lighter primers and high­lighters. They offer high­lighters with reflects for an more intense shine, high­lighters with zero reflects for a stun­ning wet-look, eye­shad­ows, brow pow­ders and face charts. All prod­ucts are hand-crafted by Megan and her team. (Like you needed more incen­tive to check them out!)

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Above: Chaos Makeup’s Extreme Shine High­lighters
All Pho­tos Credit to Chaos Makeup

For more gor­geous pic­tures of their prod­ucts in action, visit Megan’s insta­gram here, and to get them for your­self head over Chaos Makeup’s web­site here. What are you wait­ing for?


Have you had a chance to try Chaos Makeup? Are you totally in love with the high­lighters like me?

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Fashion Wishlist August 2015

I am a window-shopping addict! How many hours of my life have I spent shop­ping online and never check­ing out? There is always a few items on my mind that I would love to get my mitts on, and I thought I’d share some of them with you today. It’s win­ter down in Aus­tralia at the moment and while I can’t stand the cold weather, I do love the fash­ion! Read on the have a peek at some of the fash­ion lust-haves on my wish­list this August.

August 2015 Fashion Wishlist


Fash­ion Wishlist


1. Ser­ena Water­fall Scuba Duster — Boohoo $36.00
The duster is the ulti­mate piece this win­ter for effort­less layering.

2. Moto Black Ripped Jamie Jeans — Top­shop $88.50
A good pair of high waisted black jeans to carry you through the cooler months. A very ver­sa­tile sta­ple with this season’s ripped-knees.

3. Sun­day Girl Sun­glasses — Quay Aus­tralia $50.00
Sun­glasses can be a lit­tle tricky to pull off in the mid­dle of win­ter, but these are a stand-out pair that will com­ple­ment your out­fit and look hella styl­ish any time of the year.

4. Chunky Roll­neck Crop Sweater — Sports­girl $79.95
There’s noth­ing like a knit­ted sweater for ulti­mate warmth and com­fort in win­ter. This winter’s loose fit­ted cowl necks are per­fect for nail­ing casual win­ter chic and look great lay­ered under a warm coat or duster.

5. Rever­ber­ate Pouch — Mimco $179.95
Def­i­nitely on the pricey side but look at that detail­ing! This would be the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch to add extra glam­our to your outfit.

6. Nora Struc­tured Day Bag — For­ever New $59.99
In win­ter it’s too easy to end up wear­ing all black every­thing — this creamy suede bag would be per­fect to add a touch of light.

7. Chloe Flo­ral Blan­ket Scarf — For­ever New $34.99
You can never have too many scarves! The grey flo­ral pat­tern will go with just about any­thing with­out look­ing too ‘blah’.

8. Bat Your Lashes Bra — For Love And Lemons $124 $74 sale
Okay, this has noth­ing to do with win­ter but I am in love with these drop-lace bralets! For a cheaper alter­na­tive, I love this bralet from Showpo that’s just $39.

9. Cow­boy Tas­sel Heels — Wind­sor Smith $179.95
I saw these on insta­gram and I fell in love! Com­pletely imprac­ti­cal for win­ter? Maybe. Still want them? Yup.


Do any of these items catch your fancy? What’s on your wish­list right now?


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Love Fash­ion? Check out these posts…

Fir­moo Glasses Review
Spring ’13 Wish­list
Iri­des­cent Trend 2013

Firmoo Glasses Review

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Today I’ve got a post for all you spectacle-wearers! A few weeks ago I was con­tacted by to par­tic­i­pate in review­ing a pair of their eye glasses. I was super excited for this oppor­tu­nity because I des­per­ately needed a new pair of glasses but didn’t have the bud­get to spend hun­dreds at my local stores. After perus­ing the web­site for a while, I found myself wish­ing I’d heard about Fir­moo ear­lier — I could have saved a lot of money! They have a huge selec­tion of frames to choose from at very good prices, and the pack­ages avail­able are cheaper than any­thing I could find in my local area. They have pre­scrip­tion and non-prescription lenses avail­able, as well as sun­glasses, and there is no charge added to the price of the frames for a stan­dard pre­scrip­tion with anti-scratch coat­ing. The web­site was easy to use and there’s a handy built-in fea­ture to vir­tu­ally “try-on” the frames before you buy to see how they will fit your face. This was extremely help­ful for me because the hard­est part of shop­ping for glasses is find­ing frames that suit the shape and fea­tures of your face. Also avail­able for each frame are the mea­sure­ments of the lens, bridge and length to com­pare against your current/previous frames; yet another fea­ture to help you make the right decision.

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I ended up choos­ing these frames; square-shaped in Tor­toise­shell. The entire pack­age included my cho­sen frames + my pre­scrip­tion + Anti-glare, Anti-Scratch and Anti-UV coat­ings, a case (super sturdy), a sleeve, a microfi­bre cloth and also a repair tool. The full price of these glasses had I pur­chased them would have been $29, which is an incred­i­ble price!

The frames avail­able range in price from around $10–40, so to be totally hon­est I was expect­ing them to feel cheap and flimsy. But while the frames are light-weight, they feel sturdy and well con­structed. I’ve heard that some peo­ple had trou­ble with their glasses, find­ing them to be cheaply made and eas­ily bro­ken, but for me that was def­i­nitely not the case. I have worn these glasses every day since I received them and they have def­i­nitely stood up to the test! The pre­scrip­tion is spot on (obvi­ously impor­tant!) and the anti-glare, anti-scratch and anti-UV coat­ing have been a blessing.

One rec­om­men­da­tion I have for you if you want to pur­chase your glasses online: Get your PD (Pupil­lary Dis­tance) mea­sured by an optometrist rather than try­ing to do it at home with a ruler. I got my house­mate to mea­sure mine at home but it’s def­i­nitely not a reli­able method and I was wor­ry­ing the whole time that I had got­ten it wrong! Being a mil­lime­tre or two off might not seem like a big dif­fer­ence, but the last thing you want is to get your glasses and not be able to see out of them properly.

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Over­all, I’m very happy with my glasses. They’re excel­lent qual­ity, espe­cially for the adver­tised price. Only time can tell how durable they will be, but they’re com­fort­able and sta­ble and have not scratched eas­ily. I’ll def­i­nitely be buy­ing my glasses from Fir­moo from now on! In fact, I’m due for some new read­ing glasses…

So visit and have a look at their col­lec­tion if you’re look­ing for new pre­scrip­tion glasses, sun­glasses, or just some non-prescription glasses to style up. I hope this helps you next time you need to buy glasses!

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Hair and Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment Review

Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment - Maklina Makeup

Have you got dry, life­less hair that needs a lit­tle boost? Unfor­tu­nately — as we all know — life can really get in the way of hav­ing the soft, lus­trous mane of your dreams. Heat styling, per­ma­nent colour, bleach and even the weather can all take its toll on your hair so it’s impor­tant to give back some of that lost mois­ture and pro­tec­tion! The best way to pam­per your locks is with a treat­ment or mask, and Hair&Me have got you cov­ered with their organic Hair Reju­ve­na­tion Treat­ment*. Hair&Me is a nat­ural hair care com­pany based in Aus­tralia and their prod­ucts are cruelty-free and vegan friendly so def­i­nitely check them out at

The Hair Reju­ve­na­tion Mask is a nat­ural oil-based treat­ment con­tain­ing Coconut Oil, Macadamia Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil — and I’ve writ­ten “Oil” so many times now it’s start­ing to look like a made-up word! Oil, oil, oil… Any­way, mov­ing on from my non­sense. It claims to strengthen and hydrate your hair from the inside out, mois­tur­is­ing your scalp to fight dan­druff and dry skin. It’s designed to be used as a pre-shampoo leave-in treat­ment that cuts blowdry­ing time by 30–50%… so does it live up to its promises?

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At A Glance


- Nat­ural and Organic Ingre­di­ents
– Cruelty-Free & Vegan Friendly
– Good, Thick Con­sis­tency
– Heav­enly Smell
– Super Hydrat­ing!
– Saves Time Blow Dry­ing
– Soft (soft, soft,) Shiny Hair!
– Very Convenient/Easy Application


- A lit­tle expen­sive for 2–3 uses

My Expe­ri­ence

The treat­ment has a trop­i­cal coconut and macadamia smell that makes me dream of warmer weather — damn this Mel­bourne win­ter! I left the pouch in the fridge for half an hour prior to appli­ca­tion as Hair&Me sug­gests and it really helped to keep the tex­ture thicker and creamier. I didn’t need to chase lit­tle trails of oil down my arm like I’ve had to do with other treat­ments (hal­lelu­jah!) which makes this the eas­i­est appli­ca­tion of an oil-based treat­ment yet. As an added bonus your hands will feel baby soft when you’re done! Appli­ca­tion only took a few min­utes and once I’d fin­ished coat­ing my hair I popped a cheap shower cap over my head to pro­tect my clothes and sat back and let the treat­ment work it’s magic.

The min­i­mum time rec­om­mended to leave the reju­ve­na­tion treat­ment on is 45 min­utes and you can leave it on overnight if you pre­fer. I got a great result with 6 hours, so if you’re a busy gal you can def­i­nitely get away with much less. I’ll admit, I was a lit­tle skep­ti­cal of Hair&Me’s claims that this could cut my blow dry­ing time in half — but wow! I spent about 5–10 min­utes less than nor­mal and my strands were left feel­ing silky, smooth and hydrated. Speak­ing of hydrated; my thirsty, dry hair goes through con­di­tioner like nobody’s busi­ness but after using this treat­ment, I ended up need­ing about half my usual amount of con­di­tioner. If that’s not a def­i­nite indi­ca­tor of my hair being well hydrated and pro­tected, I’m not sure what is!

I’m very happy with the Hair Reju­ve­na­tion Treat­ment, it has def­i­nitely lived up to its promises and I have no com­plaints. The pouch con­tains 90mls of prod­uct which looks like it will last me 2–3 uses (I have medium length fine hair, falling to about mid-chest) but if you have shorter hair you should be able to stretch it out fur­ther. My only mis­giv­ing is that I have made home-made coconut oil treat­ments in the past that have given me more uses for a lower price. Home-made treat­ments, how­ever, require more work on your part to gather the (many) ingre­di­ents, try new recipes and then find some way to get the liq­uid on your head with­out mak­ing a huge mess! So Hair&Me gets a big thumbs-up for con­ve­nience and qual­ity but I wouldn’t be able to afford to use it reg­u­larly on my bud­get — and you will want to use it reg­u­larly after you’ve felt your silky, frizz-free tresses. (Yes, you can do the Pan­tene hair flip after using this!)

If you’ve been search­ing for a non-chemical treat­ment that can make your hair and scalp feel like new, I def­i­nitely rec­om­mend head­ing over to Hair&Me’s web­site here to take a look at their Hair Reju­ve­na­tion Treat­ment. ($19.95 plus ship­ping.) Have you tried it, or any sim­i­lar prod­ucts? Let me know on twit­ter @maklinamakeup or in the com­ments below!

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Love Hair Prod­ucts? Read These:

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Ther­apy Review
Organix Nour­ish­ing Coconut Milk Hair Care
Batiste Dry Sham­poo Review