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

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yCz-2PWjis&w=560&h=315]

2. Tanya Burr - Smoky Evening Makeup For Glasses

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIWDYbmyz2I&w=560&h=315]

3. Pixiwoo - Makeup for Glasses wearers

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0HV8SqKBqQ&w=560&h=315]

4. Lisa Eldridge - Makeup for Glasses

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arh5ODTuAm8&w=560&h=315]

10.2 Friday Favourites: Things I've Learnt about Dressing for my Body by Ilsa Melchiori


Since last weeks Friday Favourites: Things I've learnt about make up post was so well received I've decided to do another along the same line. Things I've learnt about dressing for my body type. Firstly some context for you. I'm in my late 20's, 170cm tall, a size 12 (AUD), 32E. But more importantly to this post, I have very short legs and a very long torso. My friends never fully believe me until I prove it. I've clearly learnt to hide it over the years with the way that I dress.

So here are the things I've learnt, in case there are any other short-legged, long torso girls out there who want some tips and tricks.

1.  Skirts and dresses become your best friend. Basically if they can't see where your legs start then you can trick people into thinking they are long.

2.  High waisted skirts in particular have been kind to me. If people are focusing on your waist then they just assume you legs  aren't far away. They'll never know there's this 'extra' bit of torso hanging out.

3.  'Mini' anything probably wont work for you, unless you like showing your vagina off in public. Remember that 'extra' bit of torso, well that makes mini dresses shirts on you.

4.  Pants will be hard to find but not impossible. I totally still wear pants and jeans. Good hint, if something is labeled 'cropped' or leg 30' it will probably be the perfect length on you.

5.  Speaking of pants, I find that having a touch of exposed ankle between my jeans and my shoes makes my legs seem longer.

Most importantly though, please wear things that make you feel great!

20.1 Friday Favourites: My 10 Current Favourite Youtubers by Ilsa Melchiori


Today's Friday Favourites is all about the ever-growing YouTube monster. Below are a few of my current favourite creators. Enjoy!


1.  Helen Anderson What to expect: an alternative/creative take on YouTube classics. Helen's best content comes from when she is being true to herself and lets her creative freak flag fly. Love, love, love her spin on things.

2.  Lily Pebbles What to expect: beauty/make up videos, vlogs, but most importantly zero pretension! Lily is known primarily for her beauty content, which I love, however the reason she is one of my favourites is for her vlogs. There is just something so very relatable about her for me. It's a bit like watching myself (is that weird?).

3.  Lauren Toyota What to expect: What I eat in a day videos they are actually believable. Whether you are vegan, or like me, a hardcore carnivore, Lauren shows that cooking is about playing around and experimenting.

4.  Fleur de Force What to expect: all you YouTube beauty and style favourites done with class. Fleur was one of the first YouTuber's I found. She has been making videos for her channel for around 9 years nows, yet somehow her content always feels fresh. She always seems to be coming up with new video ideas/takes on old videos. Her real-time hauls are fantastic!


5.  Claire Marshell What to expect: beautiful/different beauty and style content. Claire's videos are beautifully crafted works of art. She has a unique style and voice which translates amazingly to film.

6.  Melanie Murphy What to expect: Piercing green eyes and a mesmerizing Irish accent. Melanie covers a range of 'taboo' topics from periods, to acne, body image and sex. She is that funny friend I want to get drunk with and talk about girl stuff.


7.  Victoria aka IntheFrow

What to expect: style videos, make up tutorials, hauls, expensive shoes. Victoria has a PhD in fashion marketing from the University of Manchester. She knows her stuff. Huge high-end fashion lover.

8.  Lex Croucher What to expect: books, vegan beauty and sarcasm. I just believe that Lex is exactly the same in real life and that makes me so very happy.

9.  Nikki Limo What to expect: Tasty Tuesday; where she tries to cook, lots of puns & (great) bad jokes. There is something hugely satisfying about watching someone try to do something they know might fail. She tries so very hard, and 'sometimes it works'.

10.  Jen aka Clothesencounters What to expect: Style videos with a really high production quality. Jen has a slightly off beat style, she loves a great vintage find. Her style videos are some of the best (and  some of my favourite) on YouTube. Also worth a look are her vlogs featuring her BF and adorable puppy called Cheeky.

Who are some of your favourite YouTube creators or favourite Youtube channels?

All images sourced from creators Instagram accounts.

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?

13.1 Friday Favourites: My 6 Current Favourite Podcasts by Ilsa Melchiori

I'm addicted to podcasts. I just love listening to them while I'm working, exercising, driving, whenever!

Here are a few of my current favourites.

Ladies Who Lunch

YouTube stars Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes discuss all kinds of topics one would normally discuss over a meal, or drinks, with a close girlfriend. Sex, indignity, relationships, their careers, you name it!

Betty in The Sky With a Suitcase

Air hostess for a major airline tells stories of her travel and working experiences. Funny short anecdotes about the weird stuff the happens in planes.

Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin

That voice...

Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig

The ever dry, weird and sarcastic Grace Helbig asks all the questions no one was wondering about. Hilarious. Approach with caution at work, I've burst out laughing at my desk on more than one occasion getting disapproving looks from my coworkers.

Home Coming

Akin to an old radio drama, this is the first attempt at this style that has truly worked in my opinion. This psychological thriller is brought to you by Gimlet Media and stars Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer.

Alt Ctrl Delete.

New favourite. Love Emma Gannon.

What are some of your top podcast picks?