1000 words: will the real radiant orchid please stand up?



sunscreen causing sunscream?


If you’re Aussie, you probably know the slip! slop! slap! mantra, and elsewhere in the world, sunscreen is not a new phenomenon. Rain or shine, sun safety is a wonderful thing and I am preparing to abide by it even more strictly as summer fast approaches.

Most foundations and moisturisers nowadays have inbuilt sun protection. Usually, this is a token SPF 15 – pointless! I have even seen SPF 9. We have a hole in the ozone above us here in Australia – SPF 15 ain’t going to cut it. So, if you’re like me, you apply additional sunscreen around the SPF 30 mark before getting the war paint on.

If you’re finding your skin gets shiny by 11am or you keep breaking out, you may have assumed that your foundation is to blame. It might be. But as I found out, the culprit was my sunscreen.

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review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua ultra-light skin perfecting makeup


A foundation that’s been on the circuit for a few years now and has great reviews: Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua was not a natural choice because I have poor luck with finding a good match even with higher end brands offering broader shade selections.
The Beige Ambré (BA) shades are yellow based/warm toned, Beige Rose (BR) shades lean pink/ cool tones while the Beige (B) shades are neutral. Given this makeup has quite a following and Chanel has made allowances for different skin undertones, I succumbed to curiosity and got myself a bottle.

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review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua ultra-light skin perfecting makeup

colour me purple


Mademoiselle B is a creature of habit. She finds something she likes and she sticks with it. This applies in general life but also to her skin care and makeup routines. That’s a pretty good formula for making sure things go as planned. I’m all for it, especially given I’ve just found a solution to my winter skin troublesHabit does have its drawbacks. It stifles creativity, novelty and the opportunity to learn from mistakes.

B is classically elegant – her petite frame is usually dressed in sombre colours with minimalist silhouettes; her sleek dark hair worn loose and her neutral makeup clean and simple. It is a look that many work hard to perfect to look natural. For B though, it is effortless because it is synonymous with her personal style – clutter free and classic.

A departure from the norm is what we went for with this look. B has the beautiful Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Palette which has gorgeous Lavender and Plum Orchid shades, neither of which B has used.
Seeing as every woman and her cat is into radiant orchid – the colour of the year according to the global authority on colour, Pantone (roll your eyes now) – this was a good excuse to wipe away the dust and get some colour going on. You know, just for a change!

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colour me purple

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ethiopium | jazz and a curry

Doro wat

Perhaps it’s just been too long since I was last in Africa, but I’ve been rather homesick lately. Yes, Australia is my home. I meant my other home. Lucky girl, I have two.

Anyway, I’ve been doing what I usually do to feel a little more like I’m at home – listening to 90s Afro-pop and making my favourite childhood dishes. Perennial diva, Angelique Kidjo, was on heavy rotation until I felt like I would become physically sick if I listened to any more Wombo Lombo. Time for a change of rhythm. I rediscovered a more recent Ethio-jazz album I hadn’t listened to since dubstep became a thing (guilty pleasure).

Out came the Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics album, Inspiration Information. Mulatu (ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ) is legendary as the father of ethio-jazz and this album is pure magic. Listening to the album one night, one thing led to another and I found myself making a version of doro wat, probably the most famous of all Ethiopian dishes.

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ethiopium | jazz and a curry