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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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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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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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Roopa Pemmaraju Resort ’18 Review

By May 17, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

It was a bright and colourful debut for Roopa Pemmaraju. Debuting their Indian inspired range to a crowd of minimalists agog with anticipation is no easy feat. But boy did they deliver. With an ethnically diverse model cast (which should be on every runway tbh) they debuted stunning look after stunning look.

Particular highlights for me was a tangerine orange handkerchief hem skirt, the feathered and bejewelled chokers that adorned many a model’s throat, a sheer gold coat, and a one shoulder sheath dress in bright orange and marigold yellow. As pretty as a sunset.

A garden of eden style dress was another hit, with a snake motif spiralling near the model’s heart. A golden v-neck sheath was emblazoned with scarlet red floral appliqué, making a strong closing statement.

Whilst the collection may have been full of warm primal colours, it was anything but in your face. With the scent of incense wafting through the air, the entire collection took on a relaxed and breezy atmosphere. We were transported to a night in Jaipur, and we won’t look back.

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Next Gen Resort ’18 Review

By May 17, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Next Gen is always a mixed kettle of fish. On one hand you have the opportunity to discover the future faces of the Australian fashion industry, on the other hand you also get to see the result of overconfidence and ambition. Whilst none of the designers in today’s showcase truly flopped, there were definite hits and misses.

Stanzee

Hands down, best show of the bunch. This was a fully realised, fully conceptualised showing. The designer made excellent use of tailoring in order to deliver a collection that was wearable, yet inspired. The intricate splicing use of sheer, leather and sequins was clever, the use of corset belts to cinch in the models’ waists was smart, and a pair of chiffon flairs with a doubled up hem were artistic genius embodied in a flowy af pair of pants.

 

 

 

Stephanie Henly

Another showing that I strongly enjoyed. An edgy collection, the use of ruched up sheer fabric to create coats and jackets was fantastic, as was the Margiela-esque mask paired with a extended cream gown and matching gauntlet globes. Whilst the inclusion of tassels was really nothing knew, it added to the garments, instead of being the primary focus of them. This type of restraint will surely serve Henly well in future showings.

 

 

 

Sarah Hope Schofield

A collection of Gaga inspired cowgirl hats and Comme des Garcons like felt squares, the Sarah Hope Schofield regrettably had more misses than hits for me. I applauded the extended seam pants which were both unique and creatively wearable. An extravagant larger than life polkadot bustier was also inspired.

 

 

 

Meredith Bullen

Think Tibetan Yak farmer meets Deadliest Catch and you’ll get the gist for this show. it wasn’t a total miss for me, and the collection was clearly inspired and quite well crafted, however for me it was a case of too much. There was too much fur, too much rope and just too much of everything. An oversize jumper with extended cuffs and rope detailing was a standout piece for me. Good concepts, but just needed a tad more restraint and refining.

 

 

 

Victoria Bliss

For me this was the epitome of farmer chic. Believe it or not that’s not a criticism. Think rock patterned bustiers and corsets layered over stark white shirting. Woven hats and hands filled with barley strands. Tartan and gingham galore. Brilliant crafting. One of them was a real throwback to Gisele Bundchen in the 2006 VS Show. Such vibes. Let’s also spare a thought to the model who fell. Girl, ya got up and owned the entire rest of the runway, don’t beat yourself up. Props to you.

 

 

 

Isabelle Quinn

I’m honestly in two minds about this show. There were specific pieces I loved, but the overall star motif gave me a distinct Americana vibe that I just wasn’t vibin (such pun). A pair of capri length flute flair pants were completely and utterly brilliant. As was a bustier/cream shirting combo. But the stars emblazoned onto leather and sheer were just a tad too much. Crafting however was impeccable.

 

 

 

 

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Steven Khalil Resort ’18 Review

By May 15, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Do you remember that scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda Priestley is at James Holt’s atelier and purses her lips at the catastrophic dress that he had designed specifically for her? Well it unfortunately happened today at Steven Khalil for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

That probably makes it sound like the collection as a whole was bad. It really wasn’t. There were some truly standout pieces. A burgundy 50s silhouette dress was well structured, a cream dress had an elizabethan twist with a high ruffle neck, a boat-neck silver dress had exquisite shoulder ruffling reminiscent of an elegant cornice, and a peppermint tulle gown would’ve been loved by Frances Hodgson Burnett in all of her secret garden glory.

My ultimate fave was a thigh slit silver 90s style dress with a wrap sleeve. It clung to the stunningly curvy model with aplomb and was definitely my highlight of the night. Whilst it was clearly there as a buyers piece, it’s one that was successful and that I think will fly off shelves.

But. There was one catastrophe. A 50s style black and lemon creation with a gigantic cerise bow on the back. Unfortunately it was just irredeemable.

There were a few other misses; a drop waist wasn’t quite executed as well as hoped, one or two necklines were taken into J-Lo level of neckline plunge and a leotard with a lone strand of tulle went a tad too far into ice skater territory.

That being said, the entire quality of the collection was top notch. The fabrics were all of a beautiful quality and the cutting is always of the greatest precision. I’m a real fan of collections that have reference points, and this collection did have that, misdirected as some of them were.

Overall this wasn’t Khalil’s strongest showing, but it’s a showing that proves he’s trying to step out of his comfort zone, and that’s a step in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April Empties

By May 14, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

Let’s go through my trash:

Stefan Shave Oil: Phenomenal, loved every second of using it. It has this effect of clumping up your beardsy bristles so that they’re easier to remove. Great product.

Lush Snow Fairy: Made me smell like a candy scented goddess so what’s not to love?

Bathox Rose and Jasmine Shower Gel: I have bought this quite a number of times now and I always enjoy it. Grab this bad boy from chemist warehouse.

EOS Lip Balm: This was the vanilla mint scent and it was really enjoyable. These are really difficult to find however, so almost not worth the trouble?

Planet Earth Body Lotion: Bought this from Target years ago and it’s just hung on in my cupboard. Bit meh tbh.

Schwarzkopf Silhouette Hairspray: Like me, a bit iconic.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream: I know this is a cult fave, but I don’t rate it tbh.

Garnier Cleansing Milk: I enjoy a good cream cleanser, and this one was no different. I probably wouldn’t buy it again but if you have very sensitive or dry skin it would be a good option.

Moogoo Milk Wash: Possibly the first Moogoo product i’ve used that I haven’t loved.

Lush Mint Julep Lip Scrub: Nice and minty fresh, but seriously just use some caster suger and coconut oil, it’s the same thing.

Indeed Exfoliator: This is a bit of knock off of the Dermalogica Microfoliant. Probably a little less successful than that product if I’m being super critical, but it’s decent.

Savvy Primer: Whilst this may not have done wonders for my skin, it was great for just providing products a base to stick to. And realistically, isn’t that we want them to do?

The Body Shop Facial Oil: Holy shit, this is the best facial oil I’ve ever used. Trust me, try it. You will be blown away.

So Fresh Wipes: I enjoy a moist wipe, and these stay moist. What more can you ask for.

 

And because I’m lazy, y’all missed out on my March empties, here they are below. Let’s just call this my speed review.

Swisse Cotton Rounds – Did the job

Nivea Makeup Remover -Absolutely awful

Natures Organics Blueberry and Coconut Shampoo – Already have another

Nivea Refreshing Toner – Good

Cream Cleanser – Ugh.

Simple Light Moisturiser – Classic

Schwarzkopf Strong Hairspray – Great

The Body Shop Spiced Apple Hand Cream – My everything

Vitaman Shampoo – Great

Nak Shampoo – Good

The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion – Phenomenal

The Body Shop Maca Root Scrub – Don’t rate it

Calvin Klein Eternity – Ok

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Skincare Addiction Increased: Mokosh Skincare

By January 31, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

I am unashamedly a skincare addict. Every time I hear word of a new product launch, a new technology that’s being released or a new “miracle” product that has been discovered I actually get heart palpitations. I get more excited than at a buffet. Didn’t even think that was possible tbh.

However being a skincare addict comes with disadvantages. You’re in a permanent state of poverty, you are forced to send other people into Priceline for the basics like cotton rounds; lest you find yourself with a basket wandering the aisles, and you are required to undertake research to figure out exactly what is in the shit that you’re piling on your mug.

That’s where Mokosh Skincare comes in. I’ve been following these legends on Insta for ages, admiring their certified organic approach to skincare. Their products are made solely of ethically sourced botanical extracts, meaning that they’re fantastic for your skin. Plus they’re Aussie made. I was lucky enough to test out a few of their goodies, so you can get my thoughts below.

Facial Cleanser/Exfoliator/Mask
This Oat flour based exfoliant comes in the most epic jar tbh. Love it. It’s a gentle exfoliator that can feasibly be used daily (I found that I preferred it every second day as a scrub). I do struggle with 3 in 1’s most of the time, however I feel that this one works as all 3 pretty competently. The powder form is also cool in that you can mix it with other cleansers if you want to dilute it somewhat. It’s a versatile product.

Pure Hydrosol Toner
Ahhh I love misting toners, and this one is no different. Produced from damask rose and lemon balm, this cooling spritz is the perfect prep for moisturisers and serums. It’s really light and calming as well on the skin. My one issue? There’s not enough of it!

Raspberry and Pomegranate Beauty Serum
Whilst this is marketed as a serum, don’t be fooled, it’s a facial oil. And a damn good one at that. The blend of oils sinks effortlessly into the skin, leaving much less residue than others. I also found it to be very hydrating (obviously), but without saturating the skin. My actual favourite out of all the products I tried.

Light Face Cream
Look tbh, whilst I liked this cream, in no way in my mind is it light. On my skin at least it’s a rich blend of shea butter and oils. Having said that, it provides the utmost levels of hydration, and I have no doubt that on dry-very dry skin types this would get sucked up like ice cream in the same house as me. You get a shitload of product with this bad boy though. It’s a big jar for a face cream, and by only using the half pea sized amount that you’re instructed to, this will last for ages.

Coconut and Blackcurrant Lip Balm
A lovely, hydrating lip balm to get you through the day. It feels the same way as Lucas’ Pawpaw, but without any of the petroleum jelly. If anything, I wanted more and more blackcurrant! Can you tell that I love those sorts of scents?

Make sure you check out all the other fabulous products that Mokosh stock here!

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