24.2 Friday Favourites: 4 Youtube Tutorials for Makeup for Glasses by Ilsa Melchiori


I am a glasses wearer. I have been since I was 13 years old.Over the years I've worn contact lenses for a large chunk of the time, however, in recent years I've found myself wanting to wear my glasses on the reg.

Enter my dilemma: make up for glasses? It's not as simple as 'do your makeup as normal and then whack on your glasses.

I find that you need to do things differently. Mostly I find that you need to just do more. More eyebrows, more mascara, more eyeliner etc.

Below are a few of my favourite tutorials for makeup for glasses that the beauty gurus of Youtube have to offer. These are in no particular order.

1.Tanya Burr - Everyday Makeup For Glasses


2. Tanya Burr - Smoky Evening Makeup For Glasses


3. Pixiwoo - Makeup for Glasses wearers


4. Lisa Eldridge - Makeup for Glasses


3.2 Friday Favourites: 5 of the best Things I've Learnt About Make up by Ilsa Melchiori


I started my make up education fairly late in life. My mother never wore it when I was growing up, I didn't have any sisters, and I was the 'girly' one in my friendship group in school. For this weeks Friday Favourites I decided to switch things up a bit and share with you 5 of the best (favourite) things I've learnt since the commencement of my make up education.

1.  Make up artists and sales assistants will ALWAY try and sell me foundation that is too dark for my skin tone. Yes I'm half Italian, yes I have yellow/olive toned skin, but I am pale as can be.

2.  The scent of a product can totally ruin it for me.

3.  Contouring is actually very simple. Here a tip, if you've been applying your bronzer is a 3 motion along the side of your face, you've basically been lightly contouring this whole time.

4.  Ran out of eye makeup remover? Olive oil works wonders, just try not to get it in your eyes.

5.  Hydration is the key. If your skin is dehydrated, then it doesn't matter what you do, your make-up will end up looking cakey and gross throughout the day.

What is your favourite piece of make up related advice?

17.1 Summer Saviours: Products to Get You Through Summer by Ilsa Melchiori


I, like many other women in the world, get sweaty! And I'm not talking a ladylike glisten. Me and extreme heat DO NOT get along.

Over the years I've developed a list a products/tricks to help me get through Australian summers whilst still looking vaguely presentable.


1. Bike Shorts To be worn underneath skirts and dresses to combat leg chafing (or 'chub rub'). This has been a constant problem for me because of the shape of my body, whether I'm a size 8 or 14, it doesn't matter.

2. Body Glide Anti-Chafing Stick Basically a Lady Speed stick deodorant for your inner thighs. Not a bad product, although I found that it wore off very quickly if you were sweaty...

3. Jurlique Rose Water This is my favourite refreshing facial mist on the market. It was also the first Jurlique product I ever owned. A classic that I carry in my handbag for when my need a little freshening up.

4. Spray Sunscreens I'm currently using the Mecca Cosmetica Sunbrella Invisible Superspray SPF 50+ which is a clear, spray, water resistant, broad spectrum face and body sunscreen. This is great because you can spray it on over your make up throughout the day without messing up your carefully applied face. Supergoop also do a great one called the Defence Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50+.

5. Benefit Fake Up Concealer This is one of the few concealers that will stay put under my eyes in the hot weather. I have very dry/dehydrated skin and my normal concealers just can't cut it when you introduce sweat to the equation.

TIP: Use a water proof mascara on your bottom lashes, or forego mascara on your bottom lashes entirely. I do find that I get mascara transfer.

6. Water Lastly, but most importantly, water! It is so important to stay hydrated in the hot months. I always carry a bottle of water around with me and aim to drink at least 1-2 litres a day.

So there are a few of my Summer Saviours.

Remember to Slip, Slop, Slap and stay hydrated!

What are some of you Summer Saviours?

14.9 MAC Lipstick Dupe by Ilsa Melchiori


  I have long been a red lipstick lover (much to my boyfriends despair). Over the years I have tried so many different shades and brands, from this trial and error I've discovered that orange-reds suit my skin tone/colouring best.

My holy grail orange-red lipstick has to be MAC So Chaud, which is from their matte range. This particular lipstick ticks all the boxes for me in regards to colour pay off, wear and comfort.


Only problem, here in Australia MAC lipsticks are around $36 a piece! Not always within the budget. So Chaud will always be my holy grail however I have discovered a pretty damn good dupe in the form of Rimmel lasting finish by Kate Moss in 12. The colour is a near exact match, the formulae is supper comfortable, I will say that it doesn't wear quite as long as the MAC lipstick but at $12.95 I'll reapply!

What are some of your best drugstore lipstick dupes?

13.9 Skincare Haul - Moisturisers & Serums by Ilsa Melchiori


  I recently did a MECCA order to get some skincare bits and bobs. Some replacements of must haves and a new addition to my skincare routine.

I have very dry, dehydrated skin, I am also on the other side of 25 which means I need to treat my skin a little better to keep it looking fresh.


I find that a lot of moisturisers just don't quite work for me. The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is exactly what the name would suggest, a very intense hydrating mask, put it on, sleep, wipe off excess. For me however, it is the perfect night cream that my skin loves. Excess? What excess? My skin sucks up every last bit. I would highly recommend this product to my dry skin friends!

Eye cream is something that a lot of us seem to forget about, but using a light hydrating cream eye cream, such as the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, in the morning is a step I now cannot miss. I always struggled with concealer creasing and drying out under my eyes (no matter what product I used). However, by simply applying an eye cream first, my cakey eye bag problems are solved!

Lastly in the little skincare haul is a product I am yet to try. I've heard so many positive reviews of the Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum that on my 27th birthday, I decided it was time to treat my skin and give this product ago. I will post a full review of this serum once I've properly put it to the test.

What moisturisers and serums are you loving?