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The Best Aussie Skincare Brand You’ll Ever Use

By July 16, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

I rarely find a brand where I have a genuine and undying love for every single product that the brand in question produces. This happened for me this week with an Australian brand, Karinda Skincare. Oftentimes we (myself included) can be so focussed on finding amazing overseas brands in the French, Korean or British markets that we forget that Aussie brands have some amazing products. As well as that, the Australian bush is full of botanical extracts that can make one hell of a difference to that craggy facade.

Karinda has a four product range of uber high quality skincare. Featuring botanical extracts from the Australian bush, it’s guaranteed to help refresh and revitalise your face in only the best way.

Overall I would say the range is better for combination to dry skin, with products designed to help manage oil, hydrate and brighten the face, as well as refresh the overall complexion.

Kakadu plum extract runs through the entire range. This powerful plum has the highest vitamin c content of any fruit. Vitamin C is an essential ingredient for collagen production, meaning that the skin can replenish and repair itself in the highest way.

The Natural Purifying Cleanser is a gentle, milky cleanser that contains antioxidants from Snowflower, Mountain Pepper and Emu Bush, in addition to Finger Lime extract which hydrates the skin. Overall this means that skin is left soft and supple after use. All dirt, grime and makeup is gone from the skin and the skin looks refreshed, yet not dry or tight.

Following up the cleanser, I use the Rejuvenating Serum. I’m actually quite amazed at how quickly this sinks into the skin. Usually a serum will take a minute or two to fully absorb, but this one really just melts in and makes the skin feel amazing. What I think this comes down to is the Quandong extract. This fruit means that vitamin c (from Kakadu Plum) works more effectively, therefore speeding up the cell renewal and really rejuvenating the skin.

Then you go on with the Sacred Youth Oil. This oil contains Kakadu Plum and Australian Sandalwood Oil. Sandalwood oil is very rich in Ximenynic acid, which helps to remove fine lines (hollah!) and improve skin tone. This is a lightweight oil which I don’t find leaves too heavy a residue on the face. A lot of people say they don’t like their skin feeling oily. Suck it up princesses! It may feel a bit greasy for a bit but oils are one of the absolute best things for your skin.

Finishing up the routine is the Nourishing Moisturiser. This lightweight moisturiser locks in all of the goodness that we have previously slathered on and doesn’t leave the skin feeling oversaturated or greasy. It also contains anti-ageing Crown of Gold extract, so perfect for those of us feeling the attack of those fine lines.

Make sure you stock up on all of your Karinda goodies here. You can get 25% off the entire range with my code MATT30.

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Why Relaxed Attire can be the Most Rewarding

By July 7, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Deliberately understated, carefree attire can sometimes be the most impactful clothing statement. You aren’t dressed to kill, you aren’t extra, you’re just unapologetically you.

Now whilst some people may take relaxed clothing to mean slobby, “comfortable,” or *shiver* a tracksuit, I for one don’t want to look like an extra in a John Waters film. No, by relaxed I mean carefree, artlessly disheveled if you will. The perfect visualisation of “model off duty.”

The crisp white button-up has certainly been making the street style rounds lately. But this truly is a classic piece that works with any type of look. I agree that the white shirt worn casually can get a little too romance movie 101, so I’ve created a point of difference here by unfurling the french cuffs into an insouciant masterpiece that Anna Quan would be proud of.

I’ve teamed this with a pair of cropped statement jeans, sans shoes and socks for maximum comfort, and I’m surrounded by my favourite things: magazines, books and coffee. My highlight is popping (MAC Lightscapade ftw) and I’m ready for a day of doing absolutely nothing.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

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Shirt and Jeans – Asos | Rings – Joshua Hall

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Get The British Look

By June 16, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

In the olden days, Blackfriars was a salacious district of London. Prostitutes abounded and Shakespeare’s Globe was almost directly across the river. The area was a derelict hub of creativity, poverty and uniqueness. Today the area features Victorian architecture and is the setting for the film and TV versions of Sherlock Holmes and David Copperfield.

So when I happened across Blackfriars Lane in Sydney and I got the same Victorian British vibes, I knew that ti had to shoot a British-themed look there.

I’ve updated it somewhat – Victorian steampunk isn’t exactly in my repertoire – so it’s a modern take on British fashion. Naturally I’ve included the ubiquitous trench coat. This version is a wrap tie one in a thick wool. Obviously it’s completely impractical for Brisbane, but fuck it, it’s pretty.

I’ve also drawn inspiration from Anna Quan and the oversized cuff trend that’s dominating women’s fashion at the moment. By unrolling (and ironing the wrinkle out) your french cuffs you can achieve a similar look that’s still masculine. Plus I really love the crispness that a fresh white shirt adds to a look.

Topping off the ensemble with cropped, distressed jeans and cuban heel boots, I’m ready to tackle the London rain. Like not really cos these boots are suede, but ya get the gist.

Sidenote. Guys, invest in a good pair of cuban heeled boots. They add so much height, they make your legs look better, and they just elevate your outfit so much. It’s actually insane how much I love these.

What do you think of this outfit? Did I get tha lundun look?

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

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Coat – Topman | Shirt – Asos | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Asos (similar)

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The Best Skin: Korean Skincare with Style Story

By June 5, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

Unless you’ve been living under an Uluru-sized skincare rock, you will know about the amazing products that Korean beauty brands have been bringing out. Pioneers and innovators in the skincare world, Korean brands are responsible for some of the beauty innovations that we now take for granted (cushion foundation, peel exfoliators, essence lotions anyone?).

I first stumbled across Korean skincare a few years ago when it blew up across the youtube skincare world. Then a fortuitously-timed trip to India meant that I could pick up some basics in the asian airport boutiques (I think there’s a sneaky haul vid on the internet somewhere). But after that I had no idea how to explore more of this world.

Well now Aussie skincare enthusiasts (aka me) can get their Korean beauty fix with Style Story. Founded in 2013, this entrepreneurial brand lets you pick and choose the products most suited for your skin, for your own skincare style story.

I tested out a few of Style Story’s most popular products and have provided my observations below for you.

Benton Fermentation Essence: I mean firstly isn’t this the most perfectly minimal packaging ever? This brightening essence has a high concentration of Galctomyces Ferment Filtrate – basically a type of yeast. This works to really even out tone and texture and brighten up the skin. An essence is an uber light lotion that sinks immediately into the skin, sinks to a very low level in the skin and really works at the dermal level. Definitely a fan of this product, it’s great for lots of light layers to build up that hydration. Plus it’s at an affordable price point so I definitely see this bad boy being a regular in my skincare cupboard.

Vlancvere Power VC15 Ample: FYI ample means serum. This Vitamin C serum has 15% strength – the best amount for your skin to reduce irritation and provide the brightening benefits that Vit C is known for. The consistency for me is a cross between an essence and an oil. Meaning that it sinks in quickly but there’s a slight tackiness with it (totally fine for me!). The other key ingredient in this bad boy is Ferulic Acid. This helps to really reduce any melanin in the skin (the pigment that causes dark spots). Meaning that anyone with blotchy or pigmented skin can use this to assist in decreasing them. Serums are really like the middle child of skincare; always there, but never truly appreciated. Serums are actually the powerhouses of your regime, and the ones that will have the greatest affect on you. So invest wisely and do your research. If you need brightening, this one is for you!

Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream: Oh. My. God. I can’t even physically deal at how much I love this product. I am shook officially. Containing 92% snail mucin (the mucous that repairs a snail’s skin as it crawls) this bad boy really works to rehydrate, refine and protect the skin. Encouraging cell turnover is always a good thing as it enables the collagen production of the skin to increase (hence meaning that your skin looks young and fresh), and this bad boy does this. I woke up looking like a baby’s butt. Shook I tell you.

Simply When Snow Song Mask + Leaders Insolution Melatox Skin Mask: I must confess, whilst I enjoy sheet masks, I’ve never really made the time to integrate them (or any mask for that matter) into my routine. I am unfortunately one of those people with whom they just slide straight off unless I’m horizontal so I always make the too busy excuse. Testing these out gave me a perfect opportunity to stop all that Master’s work and really take 10-15 mins out to really rehydrate my skin after spending all day in the library air con. Both were highly enjoyable and certainly revitalised my skin. Definitely recommend picking a few up to force yourself to take a breather!

Make sure you pick up some of the amazing products at Style Story here.

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Akira Resort ’18 Review

By May 21, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

A perpetual embodiment of the androgynous, oriental aesthetic, the Akira show is always one of brilliant craftsmanship, inspired ideas and unique silhouettes. Think longline layers, loose fits, and a largely white colour palette.

Highlights of this collection included a turquoise coat/pant set with a white and beige granddad collar shirt. It was cinched at the waist with the accessory of the season – a primal red karate belt, the new obi. A few extreme long line shirts skimmed the ankle and were offered up as shirts or coats. A pure white boiler suit was layered over a beige granddad collar shirt and a candy pink cocoon coat made a statement over red layers.

The Akira signature floral was back, this time in an abstract Magnolia print supersized onto shirts and shorts. Another warm-toned abstract print was made into a kimono, referencing Akira’s Japanese heritage.

Box-cut shirts and extreme wide pants rounded out a solid collection from Akira. Was this his strongest collection? Probably not. But did it push the boundaries of androgynous and unisex fashion that little bit further? Definitely. I already have my eye on what I want!

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Vmajor Resort ’18 Review

By May 20, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

As the international show for MBFWA, Vmajor had a lot of expectations to meet, and they didn’t disappoint.

Bringing back the sexy 70s in a retro-modern way that I certainly didn’t see coming. Think fringing added to skirt and top edges and sides. Retro plastic earrings, billowing silk dresses with large buckle chokers, and drop-shoulder raw-edge cotton. This is sport-luxe elevated out of the doldrums it has been in the past few seasons.

Strong looks included a longline chiffon 3/4 sleeve top with palazzo pants, a few nods to modernity with the addition of extended french cuffs to a few looks, and a severely distressed striped two piece (worn on the beautiful Alanda from White and Capsule on the day).

Elongated scarf-like sleeves on several of the garments was a great update on the extended cuff trend and provided a necessary point of difference from the other brands showing. Another clever move was the use of pleats in some of the outfits. Instead of presenting them in your basic ass skirt, pleats were used as stylistic and practical way along the front or sides of the garment. They added a textural, eye-catching element, plus allowed the garment to expand as necessary. Now if only they could do that for menswear… perfect buffet-visiting shirt? I think so!

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The Innovators Resort ’18 Review

By May 20, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

The Innovators is a show that highlights the most astounding and avant-garde fashion that Australia has to offer. Last year, this was my absolute favourite show, and it wowed me completely.

This year, it still had a high calibre of designers, but it was significantly tamer.

A.N.X

A.N.X presented an oversized oriental inspired show that served to wow the crowd right off the bat. There were some definite standouts; a swallowtail collar shirt with extended french cuffs was a great layering piece. A fringed corset gave a new take on the corset belt trend, paired with a handkerchief hem front shirt it perfectly summed up the androgyny of fashion.

 

Yohana

Featuring hand painted Aboriginal patterns, Yohana gave us a well conceptualised collection.  A johnny collar cotters with a contrasting neck scarf was a buyers piece. Cocoon wrap dresses served to accentuate the female form with plunging necklines.

Richard Giang

Can we just firstly discuss how Richard is the cutest thing ever? I mean unf. Anyway. He presented a successful vampy line of white, black and burgundy. Tulle overlays, long duster coats, interesting use of leather and infinitely wearable layering pieces were the backbone of this collection. The frontbone (so to speak) was the faux crocodile skins (complete with legs) that were worn as bustiers. Too much? Potentially. Statement? Yes.

Ewol

If you ever wanted to combine an acid trip with snorkelling on the barrier reef, look no further than Ewol. The collection was a celebration of colourful childhood innocence, exemplified by the vajazzled dummies adorning several of the model’s mouths. The frilled leg warmers were a fun twist.

Handsy Swimwear

I must admit, I’ve never really thought about getting handsy with a model in swimwear. Oh how times can change. Really structured bathers, held together with laced up eyelets, was quite an interesting and stylish take on your regular swimmers. Laser cut midriff panels resembled the lattice of a cicada wing. All in all a very solid collection.

Akle

A unique take on the sleepwear trend, Akle took oversized waffle knits and spliced them with tartan and lashings of tulle. Silken coats and pants gave a wearable perspective.

Casea

Probably the most strongly curated of the Innovators collection, Casea utilised pan-asian influencers in order to present an orientalised collection that was both reverential and wearable. Chinese silks were paired with indian panel skirts. Western keyhole halters were there and so were Japanese obi belts. Denim patchwork reminiscent of the American south and Chinese Qin dynasty-esque headdresses. Russian tiered skirts with ruffled edges. It was a conflagration of colour and texture that just worked. Brilliant.

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Yousef Akbar Resort ’18 Review

By May 18, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

It’s official. Sequins are back. Back in a big way.

The Yousef Akbar woman takes reference from the hedonistic Studio 54, 70s glitter punk and 80s prom queens.

There were moments of brilliance. A skin tight pair of dusty pink sequinned pants, a matching turtleneck layered with an emerald green slip. An all in one khaki look including face covering (very Grace Jones) with Ostrich tufts was a pleasant avant-garde interlude. A studded biker jacket with a back slit and gold riveting is a phenomenal buyer piece – it’ll fly off the shelves.

The use of small wooden planks to hold dress slits together and as shoulder detailing was phenomenal. It added the perfect craftsman touch to the outfits, a bit of roman centurion, which is always great.

Not every look hit the mark for me personally, but overall the show was a success.

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We Are Kindred Resort ’18 Review

By May 18, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Have you ever wondered what Mary Lennox would be wearing if The Secret Garden was set in the 21st century? Well now you know. We Are Kindred presented a sophisticated, romantic and insouciant collection that answers that very question.

Wisteria-hued bishop sleeved dresses and blouses drifted down the runway, anchored by floral handkerchief hem slips. Dame Edna eat your heart out. An accordion-pleated sky-blue two-piece with japanesque floral motifs was a clear highlight.

The early 00s made a triumphant return with halter-neck wide-leg jumpsuits and handkerchief hems. But don’t think that you’ll look tragic a-la Britney and Justin. These are chic, elegant designs that will make a luxurious addition to your wardrobe.

A slouchy lace two piece was another highlight. The perfect mix between daywear and night(y) wear. We Are Kindred takes pyjama dressing to an entire new level, and I for one am damn thrilled. Ps this was one of my top 3 shows. XOXO

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Zambesi Resort ’18 Review

By May 18, 2017 Uncategorized

Words by Matt Huxley

As the proud owner of approximately 20 highlighters, I am absolutely a fan of anyone highlighted af. Zambesi’s models were absolutely highlighted to the gods. What’s even better is that the clothes EXACTLY matched the shade of highlight on the cheeks.

I mean. Brilliance.

The clothes were phenomenal too. Sheer metallic overlay coats came in blazer, coat and bomber jacket form, some with rose motifs emblazoned on them. Layered over tight pants and Clarks-esque school shoes, the entire effect was one of a rebellious school boy. That may sound shit, but trust me, this is a school you’ll want to go back to.

Marigold, moss green and pistachio are the new it colours, breathing life into revere-collar shirts, jumpers and carryall bags. Paired with cropped high waist loose trousers, they took relaxed to a high fashion level. Socks were layered over the physical shoes, matching the high athletic socks present on most of the models. This had the added benefit of softening the clip clopping of the shoes on the runway – sometimes intrusive at other shows.

Metallics came into play in another big way with the addition of pleated tops and skirts, cinched with matching jackets. An off the shoulder asymmetric cropped jumper over a pleated skirt was another highlight. Side stripe hotelier pants were paired with a gold vest for the men. Understated, yet a statement. This is the type of clothing that I expect from an international brand at fashion week.

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