The Violin Process

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Recently I've been working on a new project, a day in the life of a Violin Maker. I decided to call this series Gilga II, the name of the first violin I ever owned. I went back to the maker of my first violin and asked him if I could document his day, the creative and business side of things. 

After graduating high school, Allen Irwin enrolled himself into the Violin Making Course at London Metropolitan University and became the first student to graduate with an Advanced Diploma four years later. He continued working for Boosey & Hawkes, a general music store before returning to his hometown Edgecliff, Sydney to open up A.R Irwin Violin which was founded in 1988.

The traditional violin is an instrument that has always moved me with it’s immense sound and beauty. An instrument that has practically remained the consistent since it’s first appearance of paintings from the 16th century in Italy. This challenged my curiosity for the violin making process. Whether or not it had changed as technology advanced rapidly, to which Allen replied ‘it has not’ as he showed me the first and last issue of a violin magazine he collected.

Upon my arrival into the store, I picked up on the distinct smell of varnish and wood. Both vital materials for the creation of a violin. I wanted to capture such aspects to help the viewer catch a glimpse into the daily life of Allen Irwin. Through out my shoots, I gathered huge respect for the craft of violin making. The fine precision and patience to not disrupt the delicate fibres of the violin body, a craft only a perfectionist could handle.

The name Gilga II and this location are both special to me. It was here with that violin that I began my journey into the world of art. 
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Quick trip to Sydney

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Last weekend, I went to Sydney to see some of my old friends as I actually used to live there! I ended up having such a lovely time as I wondered around feeling extremely nostalgic. I didn't have much internet while I was there apart from phone data which I always go over which explains my MIA. For the first couple of days it was pretty cold and even rained a little but on the last day, the weather was just amazing! I was also there to photograph a project I've been working on so I'll share that with you sometime next week when I've finished it but I'm quite pleased so far with how it's going!

The first day I arrived in Sydney, I decided to head to the Harbour and watch the sunset over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House which is where I took these photos! It was such a beautiful sight. It's weird that when I used to live in Sydney, I hardly ever went to Circular Quay. I wish I got a chance to see Sydney's Vivd light festival but my schedule was so tight that it just wasn't possible.

Thursday afternoon, one of my besties and I headed to the Grounds of Alexandria where we practically had so much sugar we went a little crazy to be honest. I also had a lot of Chai Lattes on this trip, something I always have when I'm on 'holidays.' That evening we went to Ichiban-Boshi, a Japanese ramen restaurant in Bondi Junction. Unfortunately I was already so full from all the cake I had earlier that I couldn't finish my noodles let alone make room of dessert.

The next day, I went to pick up one of friends from the airport. The traffic was so bad that the car barley moved and she ended up claiming her luggage before we could even park in the carpark. I also almost fell asleep in the car (Her mum was driving, not me!) because I kept waking up the two nights before as it was so cold. I ended up sleeping really well that night and woke up at 9am the next day which is crazy for me because my natural body clock likes to wake up up at 7am.

On Saturday I didn't end up doing to much, apart from eating Thai food again and catching up with my friend. Everyone seems to know how much I love Thai food so they always suggest Thai when I meet up with them. Nothing to complain about! On the Sunday morning we walked down to Clovelly Beach which was so lovely. I forgot how 'hilly' Sydney is compared to Melbourne. Walking to the beach was easy but walking back was a different story. That day for lunch, I met up with my dad in 'The Rocks' by Circular Quay and we shared some fish and chips as well as a shepherds pie which was absolutely delicious.

After that, my Sydney trip had come to an end and it was time for me to return home.

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The Autumnal Sun

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The weather had been horrible, raining day after day. Now and then however, the sun wants to come out and play. When it does, it's beautiful. Natures spotlight, to remind us we all special the way we are, to add light and positivity to any negative space surrounding us. The golden lights to warm up a frozen soul, the sun blinding me as I run faster and faster through the fresh air as the fallen autumn leaves crunch beneath my very feet. 

Winter is approaching.

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Autumn Colours Make Up Look

Friday, 13 May 2016

I feel like it's been forever since I've written a blog post but since I had the day off today I decided to get back into it by showing you an autumnal coloured make up look. Last week, in truly felt like autumn as I bought out my coat and boots. Plus it decided to rain heavily everyday (my favourite weather)! This week strangely, the weather has decided to head back into the 20's with blue clear skies. 

For some reason in my mind, the colour purple fits in with the autumn feel which is why with this look, I stuck to the colours gold, orange and purple. The thing about where I live is that someone decided evergreen trees were a good idea so we don't get to experience the whole seasonal change apart from the cooling of the temperature. Gosh I love complaining about the weather don't I?! 

Products Used
Urban Decay Original Naked Palette
Sleek 3 Form Palette in Light
Revlon Cream Lipstick in Rum Raisin
Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara
Make Up For Ever HD Powder
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundatoin
Dolly Wink Liquid Liner
Smashbox Brow Tech Palette
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
NYX Stick Blush in Orchid
Purple Eyeshadow

For the eyeshadow, I firstly used Half Baked from the Original Naked Palette and put that all over my lid. Next in socket area, I used Dark Horse to add some depth to my eye. After that I used Hustle on the other thirds of my lid, it wasn't exactly the colour I wanted so I finally grabbed any old random glittery purple eyeshadow and applied that to my outer thirds. I made to blend the colours along the way. On my lower lid I used Side Car going from the centre to the outer edge. I then used Dark Horse again just on the very outer edge. For the inner corner and brow glow, I used the beautiful highlighter from the Sleek 3 Form Palette. I also used the same highlighter on the tops of my cheek bones and cupids bow. 

I've also been really loving the Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara. A definite favourite of mine! If you have straight-ish lashes like myself, I'd highly recommend giving it a try along with a good eyelash curler like the trusty Shu Uemura. Also be sure to get the mascara in waterproof as it'll hold a curl better.  

The Revlon Rum Raisin lipstick colour is a staple of mine that I keep in my bag just incase I suddenly need a quick glam up! I'm always weary of taking luxury products with me on a daily basis but I have no problem with this one. Plus the colour and quality is beautiful and the formula is actually extremely moisturising being cream based. I feel like it just tied up this look as it's quite brown in colour, similar to autumn leaves. The NYX blusher is one I don't use too often but when I do, I often question why it's at the back of my cupboard. It's very easy to apply being a cream formula and it's very beautiful too.

 I hope you enjoyed this post, thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post (Smile You're Beautiful). I was so blown away by the feedback! I'm still getting back to you all, I always try to reply to everyone so please bare with me. Uni assignments have been kicking up a storm!

Are any of the products I used in your favourites?

Smile You're Beautiful

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

For university I decided to do start a little project called Smile You're Beautiful and it's exactly as it sounds. It all started when I had to go around photographing strangers in the City for an actual assignment. To be honest it was terrifying to begin with, I mean the thought of just interacting and having to ask complete strangers to do me a favour was a little daunting. I soon realised a lot of people didn't mind having their photo taken and those who did mind were usually just a little shy and would say something like, 'why me - there's plenty of younger beautiful people'.

Another thing I noticed was that a lot of people weren't very comfortable in front of the camera. It made what should be a warm and relaxed smile look uneasy and unnatural to look at. That's when I decided to tell them one thing I liked about them whether it be their smile, clothing or just a small some small chat to create social interaction. I found that immediately, it relaxed people and often triggered a laugh. Even though everyone's reactions were different and some people were a little more reserved, I ended up really enjoying this project as I took pleasure in seeing people laugh, finding the positivity within people and even learning more about myself along the way.

Here are some of the final pictures! Have you ever tried doing something similar? 

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The Time I Met My Star! #DearLife

Friday, 29 April 2016

You know when people ask you, who is that one person you'd love to meet? Well my person happened to be Delta Goodrem since I was the age of seven when she released her Innocent Eyes album in 2003. Yesterday happened to be the best day of my life because I finally got a chance to meet her face to face. Sure at first glance you might be thinking, wow she's stunning. Well she is so much more than that, she's got a heart of gold.

Two days ago, Delta dropped a new single called 'Dear Life' and announced she'd be doing a mini performance in Melbourne the next day. I actually had a uni lecture that morning but you won't believe how fast I ran when it was done. I caught the train for about an hour, walked a good twenty minutes and queued for a blooming five hours for this moment. Yes I realised how mental I sound right now but it was worth every minute. Those of us who got there early got to have a quick chat with her which was so lovely, she stayed back to meet first 400 of us and ended up leaving the venue at 11pm. Respect.

For those of you who think her name sounds familiar, she used to be on Neighbours which is how she launched her music career. She played Nina Tucker from 2002 - 2005 but was unfortunately diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) and had to leave the show for treatment. Thankfully she's looking happy, healthy and radiant now.

Anyway, she ended up singing her new single for us as well as a couple of her more recent songs which all sounded amazing. She's one of those artist that actually sound better live, pure talent. Then we got to go up and meet her, I literally couldn't stop smiling and probably looked like an idiot. She's someone I've looked up to for a long time so it was like a dream come true. I even went home and recorded the single! It's released early next month so be sure to check it out! As you can tell, I'm still beaming with happiness, it's incredible how change a small gesture can make. So, so happy!

Sun Protection

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Living in Australia, it's vital to protect your skin from the sun. Unfortunately for me, I haven't exactly been one to do so until very recently when the lady in Boots gave me a warning about UV and the dangers and damaging effects it has on our skin. From that moment on, I started wearing any old suncream on my face but absolutely hated it. It was sticky and greasy, stung a little and just smelt bad. A couple of weeks later, I ended up breaking out all around my nose and forehead and the idea of sun protection was long forgotten.

Subsequently, I did end up doing some more research and realised that there were suncreams made specifically for the face and there were also two different kind of suncreams, chemical and physical. Chemical suncreams work absorbing the suns UV rays, turning it to heat and sending it back into the atmosphere. Physical suncreams work by bouncing the suns UV rays off. It's also noted that physical suncreams tend to be a lot thicker than chemical suncreams. (Is the word suncream starting to sound weird?!)

Then we get to more nerdy stuff, UVA and UVB. We have three main skin layers, the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous. 95% of the suns rays in our atmosphere are UVA which cause the skin to age by effecting the dermis. Also note that UVA is prevalent in our atmosphere even during an overcast day. UVB peaks mid-day and are the rays that cause superficial sunburn on the epidermis. A suncream with SPF 15 can protect you against 93% of the suns rays; SPF 30 will protect you from 97% and a SPF of 50 will protect you from 98%. As you can see there isn't a large jump from SPF 30 to SPF 50 so if your skin is particularly sensitive, it might be worth while sticking to SPF 30 which generally has less chemicals. I've also learnt that you should be using about one teaspoon or 35ml per body party to get the advertised amount of protection stated on the bottle. That means 35ml per arm, leg, stomach, back, face and neck.

Unfortunately the SPF 15 in your make up is not enough to really protect your skin at all as I assume you don't slather on your foundation.

Anyway if you read my previous post, you'll know I'm all about saving money at the moment. Therefore I decided to pick up the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face SPF 50+ after reading through some reviews. It's definitely very lightweight and hasn't broken me out which are two things on my check list. Also it was only around the $10 mark which is ideal for me. As you can see on my swatches below it leaves zero shine or residue and for now, most importantly I haven't been sunburnt yet! It's perfect to wear under make up as well which is what I've been doing, so I'm very happy and trying to become more diligent with my skin.

How aware are you of the effects of UVA/UVB? What is your current sun protection regime?