Trend Report 2017 – Yellow eyeshadow

Without diving into all the drama, let me just say this. The Anastasia Subculture palette gets me excited. Why? Because I believe it in the next step on our journey from seemingly endless neutrals to the wonderful world of colour!

Allow me to explain. As a beauty community, we’ve come a long way since the turn of the decade. In the past 7 years we’ve moved from neutrals to pinky neutrals, to warm neutrals, to straight out pinks, red and oranges being worn on the eye. (If you want to see more about just how that went down, check out my blogpost ‘Eyeshadow Trends from 2010 – NOW’). With help from palettes like Too Faces’ ‘Sweet Peach’ and Anastasia’s ‘Modern Renaissance’ we’ve journeyed from the taupes of Naked 1 to brave experiments with colours like red, fuschia, mustard and orange. Colours many of us never thought we’d wear, yet here we are!

I believe that now, we stand ready. Ready to explore the rainbow,and really see what beautiful color pairings it has to offer. And it seems that the first stop on the tour is yellow.

Wait! I hear you screech. Yellow??

Now I get that the idea of yellow eye shadow seems very out. I had that same reaction. But if you think about it, yellow is actually quite easy way to start exploring the rainbow. I mean, is buttercup really that far from the golds you wear everyday? Isn’t mustard rather close to the warm browns we’ve been throwing in our crease for years now?

So jump on board and give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed!

For fail safe experimentation, try a slightly muted matte shadow. Shadows like ColourPop’s Paper tiger will help you try out yellow eyeshadow while staying chic. You could also go with a paler, more shimmery shade of yellow if that’s your thing. How about Coastal Scents’ Hot Pot in Daisy Shimmer or Citron?

Yellow eyeshadow trend


You can work your way up to the really bright shades, like Makeup Geek’s Lemon Drop or Coastal Scents’ Bright Yellow.

But, you say, how do I wear these colours? The best way is to just pair it with something simple. Choose a shade close to your skin colour to blur out the edges and let the shadow do the talking. If you want to go a little more elaborate, a little bit of a darker orange or warm toned brown in the outer V will anchor the look without over complicating things.

And now, if you’re really getting into it, consider buying a palette with some of these tones, like ColourPops new offering, the ‘Yes Please!’ palette. Only $16 on their website, it gives you lots of complementary colours, as well as one really true bright yellow shade.

So relax, have fun and remember, it’s only makeup!

Happy Sailing



Eyeshadow Trends from 2010 – NOW

From Neutrals to Rainbows, a journey.

Since 2010, there have been huge changes to the makeup industry the rise of the eyeshadow palette being perhaps one of the most obvious. In today’s world, big-brand eyeshadow palettes call the shots. These curated collections of shades determine what we’re all obsessing over, experimenting with and blogging about. As eyeshadow reaches a tipping point on its journey from neutral quads to rainbow glory it’s worth pausing to have a think about the last 7 years of eyeshadow history and how they’ve brought us to where we are today.

It all began with, you guessed it, the infamous ‘Naked’ Palette. Released by Urban Decay in 2010, the original ‘Naked’ palette revolutionised our attitude to eyeshadow. The collection of 12 neutral, easy to wear shades, was just people needed to make makeup simple. It’s massive popularity got us hooked on the concept of large palettes of eyeshadows being released in colour combinations that are designed to go together.

This concept was explored further in Urban Decay’s next release, the aptly-named ‘Naked 2’. More of the same as Naked 1 it was followed by Too Faces’ ‘Chocolate Bar’ and ‘Semi-Sweet’ palettes. With plentiful neutrals and appealing packaging, these palettes dominated the market. The attention of the beauty world became focused on comparing and reviewing them, and people becuase accustomed to waiting excitedly for the next release of these large, neutral eyeshadow palettes.

Eyeshadow Trends 2010- NOW


Naked 3 was the first departure from the ‘neutral’ world into the landscape of colour, but it was only a dip of a toe into the water. Tired of monotonous neutrals, people were excited by the chance to work some rosier, pinker tones into their looks. It was still easy to combine the colours, but it gave us a taste of the possibilities of colour.

This idea was continued by Too Faced, who were really rising to the top at this time. Where Naked 3 gave people rosy-toned neutrals, Too Faces’ ‘Chocolate Bon-Bons’ palette combined pinks with neutrals. Mediumly successful, it acclimatised people to the idea of pairing bright colours with the taupes and browns we were all so familiar with by now.

The stage had been set, and with the lights firmly on them, Too Faced stepped it up with the most colourful palette yet, the ‘Sweet Peach’. It was an instant success. Anyone who’d enjoyed pinks was assured that peach wasn’t that far off, and so, inspired by these new yet pleasantly feminine tones, people begin to really experiment with adding more colour to their looks.

It was around this time that a new player established themselves. Anastasia Beverly Hills, previously known for their eyebrow products, catapulted into massive widespread popularity with the release of their palette, aptly named “Modern Renaissance’. Despite troubles pronouncing the name, YouTube Beauty Gurus recommended the product en masse. And with tutorials being pumped out left right and center your average makeup junkie was given plenty of tips on how to incorporate the bright pinks, reds, mustards and oranges the palette contained.

What followed was an explosion of warm toned makeup. From NYX to Morphe, smaller companies rushed to feed the demand, eventually saturating the market. Desperately trying to catch up Urban Decay released their palette ‘Naked Heat’. But they failed to realise where eyeshadow trends were moving. It wasn’t JUST warm tones that people were after. It was excitement. Late to the game, and with too much monotony of tones, the Naked Heat palette could only ever be moderately successful.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey through the past 7 years of eyeshadow trends with me. It really has been the ‘rise of the rainbow’. Next time we’ll look at current trends, including the oh-so-controversial Subculture palette, and try to determine where the world of eyeshadow is headed next.

Thanks for reading, until next time

Happy Sailing


Makeup Kit for the Teenager Beginner

As a high school student, and a bit of a tomboy, my sister has only just started coming to me for advice into how to enter the world of makeup. However in a fairly shot amount of time we have managed to build up a great little makeup collection, perfect for any teenage beginner. Thus today I have decided to collaborate with her to bring you guys a short interview, to get the facts from the lion’s mouth, so to speak.  I will then show you guys my recommendations for what products will make easy and cheap beginner kit for the highschooler in your life. 🙂


Tzukeet. 17. Style- relaxed, unisex, modern.

What makeup do the girls at your school wear?

Most of my friends don’t, but the girls who do wear makeup tend to go for a lot of mascara and cakey foundation (that looks really uncomfortable!) Occasionally however, I’ll notice a girl wearing pro-as winged eyeliner, and some of them get really creative with the colours.

What made you interested in experimenting with makeup?

By hearing and seeing you use it and talk about it lots, I learned about it without even trying. I realised that there’s not one way of doing it, but so many options and that made me interested to see what would suit me.

What is your favourite item in your makeup bag?

I think my favourite is the Groomer Brush. I’ve seen some super clumpy mascara at my school which has made me not so keen to use mascara. But I really enjoy using the groomer brush to make sure my eyelashes and eyebrows are just right.

So, what’s in her makeup bag?



The Essentials

Foundation – The first thing we bought, and the most expensive, this mineral foundation by Thin Lizzy is absolutely perfect for beginners. Although it is slightly more expensive that your typical liquid, it does comes with a brush plus the compact has a decent mirror in the lid. The pressed mineral formula is designed to buildable so it won’t end up cakey-looking, nor will it melt off oily teenage skin like BB Creams often do.

Mascara- The ‘Multi Action’ mascara by Essence is great for beginners because it has a very thin wand, and at under $6 from Farmers it’s a total bargain!

Concealer- For my sister’s dark under-eyes this L’Oreal True Match is a total godsend, but if you’re looking for a cheaper option, I highly recommend the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair. Available from countdown, it’s perfect for covering up teenage acne.

Blush – A more recent buy, these Jordana blushes are fantastic. Available from most $2 stores they have a wide range of colours to suit any skintone. My sisters’ is in the colour Rose Silk, a nice neutral pink.

Lipstick – This one comes down to personal preference quite a bit. As a teenager I know I felt more comfortable in sheer lipgloss, but a nice nude lipstick is also a solid bet, and this one by Revlon has a nice, creamy formula that feels very comfortable.

Eyeshadow – These little palettes by Bronx are amazing, just choose whatever colours you want, and pop them in! I recommend buying one neutral and one fun metallic/bright colour for maximum versatility. Just be sure to let the makeup beginner choose them herself, since it’s so much fun!
Optional Extras


Brows – This $4 clear brow gel from Kmart is perfect for taming thicker eyebrows, though may not be essential for every beginner. Plus, look at the cut polka dots! ^_^

Groomer Brush – Again, this cheap Elf eyebrow groomer is great for those with thicker brows, or which find mascara clumps particularly irritating, as my sister does!

Eyeshadow Brush – I put this in optional, because for the beginner who just wants a sheer wash of colour over the eyelid, fingers will often suffice. However if you think they’d prefer a brush, these white ones, again my elf, are fantastic in both quality and price!

So there you have it. Let me know if this post helped any of you to welcome the teenagers in your life into the wonderful world of makeup!

Happy Sailing





Shaaanxo Palette Review

Curious about the Shaaanxo palette? Never heard of it? Read on!

It was not too long ago that the Shaaanxo palette burst onto the scene, and exploded all over the page of any instagramer who’s both a kiwi and a makeup lover. With 9 eyeshadows and 9 lipsticks, all in one slim, affordable palette, it was sure to be a hit. Created to be affordable to us NZ ladies, it is currently on sale for only $21.50(NZ) at!

As a fan of it’s creator, 23 year old Youtube sensation Shannon Harris, I was online on the launch night, and was among the first to receive my palette. Now that I’ve had a chance to play with my new toy, I’m happy to review it and let you know weather you should get excited about this palette from BH Cosmetics. 🙂


To start with price, shipping – both are both fantastic. This whole palette cost less than your average lipstick from Farmers and travelled from America to my doorstep in New Zealand in under 2 weeks. This with the most cost-effective shipping and at the time the company was busiest! It also came packed very securely, they clearly aren’t taking any chances. It has a very pretty, classic design with soft pink ‘bokeh’ and ‘Shaaanxo’ stamped on in metallic silver.


So, once I got my hands on it, what did I find? We’ll start with the eyeshadows, since I think that’s the number one reason most people are interested in this. The Shaaanxo BH Cosmetics palette comes with 9 eyeshadow shades and I have to say, they give you a ton of variety. With everything from a matte fleshtone to a matte black you can do the most natural of ‘No-makeup makeup look’ to the most dramatic nightclub looks there are. It’s not a completely neutral palette either, along with the browns, bronze and champagne there are flashes of colour. Green in a duochrome shade, a pinky-gold shimmer top right, and of course the brick and tangerine shades in the middle row.


It’s on the lipstick side that things get dramatic. Oxblood, barbie pink, neon peach, orange, soft purple, this side is definitely for those who like to experiment. That said, there’s a classic berry/red and two nude shades to keep the rest of us happy.

So, who is this palette for? Honestly, I would recommend it to anyone who’s interested as the quality, price and packaging are all fantastic! That said, I think it would suit very warm toned people especially well. If you look great in gold jewelery and tan easily the shades here will really suit you. The eyeshadows would be especially flattering on someone with hazel or green eyes, as the reddish tones are complementary to green. I think those with darker skin tones in general will love this palette as those bright shades will be true and vibrant even on very pigmented lips.

So there you have it, the Shaaanxo palette gets a big A+ from me! Will you be trying it? What do you think of all the shades?


Pantone, where are we now?



It’s been 3 months since Pantone released their ‘Colours of 2016’. I know, I know, this year is going by so quickly! At the time the colours dubbed ‘Rose Quartz’  (a pale, very neutral pink) and ‘Serenity’ (a soft light blue) were pretty much everywhere. Now three months on, I’m wondering whether any of it translated into real life. Have you bought anything new this year in either of these colours, weather it be clothes, jewellery or décor. Do you find yourself using these shades more often in your beauty routine?

I got the idea for this post when I realised that I  have picked up something in this colour scheme, and it’s something I have worn constantly during 2016.


These shorts with their cute little scallop hem detail are almost the exact shade of ‘rose quartz’. I found them on sale at my local farmers in January, and every since I’ve been wearing them constantly. Can you guess what’s my favourite colour to wear with them? That’s right. 

I swear this was not deliberate though it may have been all the blog posts I read influencing my colour choices in sneaky, subliminal ways. Or it may just be the fact that I am almost literally a walking Pantone 2016 palette. Take a look at my profile photo again next to the colours.


The Pantone Pirate? Should I be worried about 2017? 😉


Because it harmonises so well with the colour of my eyes, the pale blue colour of serenity is one of my absolute favourites.Case in point, mid last year I found my perfect winter coat, at millers of all places! Everywhere I go in this thing I get compliments, and I think it’d be fair to say that it is definitely related to the colour Serenity. Now that we’re heading towards the cooler months in the southern hemisphere I’m so excited to wear it again. And now this blog post has got me thinking what I’ll wear it with? Who knows, maybe this year I’ll get a ‘rose quartz’ coloured bag to go with it.

Pantone 2016


What about you?

Excited for Autumn? Here’s how to transition your wardrobe!

It’s only just beginning to feel cooler here in New Zealand, but I’m already so excited about transitioning from summer to autumn. Here’s my top tips to keep you moving with the seasons.

Summer to Autumn Transitions


1. Scarves

Throwing a scarf around your neck is one of the easiest ways to make any outfit feel more autumn appropriate. Of course you don’t want to be bundled up in your woolen blanket scarves just yet, so make sure you choose a lighter material like cotton or my personal favourite, viscose.

2. Ankle boots

Swapping your sandals for ankle booties is the perfect way to signal the end of summer, plus it keeps your toesies warm when the cold winds start to blow. Bonus points if the colour matches your nails!

3. Tan/brown nail polish.

Not to light, not too dark, this one’s perfect to transition you between the seasons. It’s also a chic neutral that’ll go with everything. This one from essence (available at some Farmers) fits the bill perfectly

4. Bronze makeup

The colour of summer tans and falling leaves, a warm bronzey brown around the eyes is sure to see you to the next season in style. I recommend Maybelline’s colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, available from the Warehouse, Farmers and Kmart.

5. Tights

Cringing at the thought of putting your dresses away for winter? No problem, just throw a good pair of tights or leggings underneath, and you’ll be sitting pretty for months to come! Just be sure to check first that they haven’t got any holes, snags or fuzz over the summer. (These have an integrated ankle sock for wearing with number 2 😉 )



So there you have it. Which of my top 5 tips will you be trying out?


Happy Sailing


Top Beauty Trends of 2016 – Fresh and Bright

Welcome to the third and final instalment in my series on the top trends of 2016. If you missed the second one, ‘Top Beauty Trends of 2016 – The Retro Bump’ you should go check it out here.

This past week I’ve been taking part in Farmers Beauty Week by entering their selfie competition on Instagram (see my entries here). For my final submission, I chose to combine two of the looks from the Farmers blog taking the bright pink lips from Autumn Beauty Update and the minimalistic eye makeup from the Fresh Faced look.


The final creation reminded me strongly of some tutorials I’ve seen on big Youtube channels lately.

You’ll notice both these tutorials have the word ‘Fresh’ in the title and I think that really captures the essence of what this trend is all about. The focus isn’t on glamour or experimentation like the previous trends in this series, but about feeling fresh, bright and ready to take on the day. It’s perfect for work and can easily be boiled down into just 3 key elements – lips, lashes and skin.


An easy step on busy mornings, we all know how far a slick of lipstick can go towards making us look brighter and more awake. The key to this trend is to use the right colour of lipstick, generally a midtone pink somewhere between the browny roses and the barbie brights. It can have a small dose of peach in it for those of us who are more warm-toned and it’s important to use a creme finish for this look. Though beautiful, matte lips give more drama than freshness, whilst wearing a vibrant pink colour in a high gloss finish can be a bit too strong and might look unbalanced with minimal eye makeup.

My Picks : Natio Candy, L’Oreal Shiny Grapefruit, Ulta3 Vixen 


Mascara is one thing so many people can’t do a day without, and it’s amazing in it’s ability to really open up your eyes without looks ‘makeup-y’. For this look you need a decent amount of good quality mascara, since it’s the only thing giving your eyes definition without any eyeliner. My recommendation is the Collection ‘Does It All’ mascara a hidden gem which is only $18.50 from Countdown. Once that’s done you can go light on the eyeshadow, skipping it completely if you don’t have much redness or veining on the eyelid that you want to cover up.


Lastly for this trend you’ll want to freshen up your skin. Using your normal foundation or BB cream is fine as long as it’s nothing thick or heavy. Once that’s on try popping a good dose of highlighter on the cheekbones, it’s really helps with looking ‘fresh’. Another good trick is to use a setting spray to settle down any powder and make things look lighter and more natural. My recommendation is the australis makeup finishing spritz. It smells like rosewater, has very fine mist and a bottle last for aaaages.

So, will you be giving this one a go? Farmers Beauty Week may be over, but I still want to see your selfies, so feel free to send me photos if you do try out this look. 🙂

Happy Sailing