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


Top Beauty Trends of 2016 – The Retro Bump


Welcome to the second part in my series on the top trends of 2016. If you missed the first one, ‘Top Beauty Trends of 2016 – Red Eyeshadow’ you should go check it out here.

I first noticed this one while watching the Golden Globes. Whilst enjoying all the fashion and glam it struck me that my favourite actresses of the moment all had something in common (besides being generally gorgeous, that is). Weather it was Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer or Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggat, they all had slightly messy hairstyles with a bump of retro volume at the crown of the head, and they all looked stunning.  

I figured that their hairdressers were only something, so I did some research. It quickly became clear that they had hit on a style that was sure to be the Next Big Thing. When you think about it, the Retro Bump is really quite a smart trend. It combines the undone feeling which pretty much defines the decade, with a sleeker 60’s vibe which is perfect for 2016. I believe the popularity of this look also has something to do with the rise of Adele, who has been the Queen of the full, 60’s hairstyle since she was uh, I don’t know, 19? 😉

Don’t worry if you’re not big on 60’s fashion though, you don’t need to skip out on this one as there’s still plenty of room within the trend to express your own individual style. The critics may have ridiculed Katy Perry at the Globes but you don’t have to go as all-out as she did (I mean really, when would we ever?) You could do as Rachel McAdams did and go for a more texturised version of the trend, or be like Eva Longoria and just dip your toes in with a very toned-down bump. Famous Youtube Beauty Guru Nikkietutorials is an example a ‘normal’ girl who totally rocks this trend. Her signature style at the moment is slicked down at the front with a boost of retro volume at the back. It’s super on-trend and does great things for her face shape, so round-faced girls take note!

Regardless of the way you choose to style your retro bump, there is one thing we will all need to create it, and that is a teasing brush. I got mine at kmart for $5 and it’s perfect.

Cheap, cheerful, does the job.

You can also find them at various chemists as well as at The Warehouse. However make sure you stay away from anything that looks like thisAlthough it’s advertised as a teasing brush, smooth plastic bristles aren’t ideal for getting maximum volume from your hair. What you need is a boar-bristle brush like this one.

So, will you be trying out this trend in 2016? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Happy Sailing


P.S.I actually have a confession to make. I used to hate any 60’s inspired looks (blasphemy I know!) This only changed a few months ago when I watched a few episodes of Australian TV Drama ‘Love Child’. Not only is it a compelling drama about the struggles of young, unmarried pregnant women who were forced into adopting out their children, but it has some fierce fashion moments. Each character has her own way of wearing the 60’s style and some of them manage to make it look so chic. If you’re wanting some inspiration, or even just something fantastic to watch, I highly recommend you check it out.

Top Beauty Trends of 2016 – Red Eyeshadow

What makeup trend is so big it has Lady Gaga, Gigi Hadid, Olivia Wilde and Selena Gomez all over it? Red eyeshadow! Weather it’s sparkly, matte or metallic, reds have been all over the carpet lately, with some of the world’s biggest names trying their hand at pulling off this creative new makeup look.

Now there’s a reason most of us shy away from red around the eyes, and that’s because it’s all too easy to make yourself look like you’ve been out too late, or even like you have an infection. However the remedy from this common problem is actually very simple. Just make sure to line your waterline. The colour doesn’t matter so feel free to experiment, just cover up any natural redness around your eye and you’re good to go. It also helps if you’re getting a good level of coverage from your foundation and concealer to camouflage any red tones in the skin (no BB creams please!)

See? Not so hard.

I encourage you to break out of your comfort zone and give it a shot, I think you’ll be surprised at just how beautiful red eyeshadow can look. For inspiration check out Youtube makeup Guru Nikkie Tutorials. She has uploaded a ton of fantastic videos lately covering this trend, so weather you want to mimic Selena at the AMA’s, or even Gaga’s look from the Superbowl, Nikkie’s got ya covered.

Once you’ve jumped on the boat the next question becomes getting your hands on the right colour, since most of us probably don’t have the perfect red eyeshadow sitting around at home. Here are my recommendations –


Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk

This is a very popular eyeshadow in the makeup community and is by far the easiest way to try out this trend. Just apply all over the lid and up to the crease with a finger and you’re done! This creates a soft, grungy interpretation of the trend that’s easy to wear and perfect for Autumn.

Left: Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk. Right: Color Infallible in Golden Mahogany

L’Oreal Infallible in Golden Mahogany

The next level up is a little known colour in the fantastic L’Oreal Infallible range and let me tell you THIS ONE IS A BEAUTY. It’s a cherry red which is surprisingly easy to pull off, and the formula is supremely long-wearing and beautifully metallic. Because it’s a colour that’s fallen under the radar, you can find it quite easily at heavily discounted prices, which is just one more reason to pick it up and try out this trend.

For those who prefer a more matte option, you’re in luck as there’s not one but TWO famous youtubers coming out with their own palettes right now, both of which feature a superb matte red. The first is the collaboration between MakeupGeek and famous Youtuber Mannymua. It not only contains a deep matte red, but is also full of many other gorgeous shades to wear with the trend. It’s so good that it’s already sold out but they promise more will be on their way within days.

Finally there’s our own Shaaanxo, who’s collaborating with BH cosmetics on a palette that’s surprisingly similar to Mannymua’s. The release date is yet to be announced but let me tell you, I am VERY excited. Sign up here to stay informed.

So, what do you think of the red eyeshadow trend? Will you be trying it out in 2016? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Happy Sailing