I was at a kids’ birthday party a couple of weeks ago and got chatting to a friend of mine about what I had coming up for work over the next month.
And then she pinched me.
I had to think … was it the first of the month? Would a punch soon be following? No, this is someone, with whom I’ve worked alongside in various forms of media for many years now and she was dutifully reminding me that the stuff I get to do as part of this blogging gig is really VERY COOL.
Surely I pinch myself sometimes, she asked.
Rewind 30 seconds and you would have heard me mention in conversation that I was heading off to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (it’s next week … EEK!), blogging for the second year in a row at MBFWA for Maybelline NY.
That’s pinch-worthy, right?
Yes, there’s a bit of an army-style organisation required on the home front to “release” me for six days during school holidays (thanks Mr SY, my gorgeous part-time nanny Kristen and my beautiful sister-in-law for stepping up to help). And there is the small matter of some serious outfit planning to be done but I’M GOING.
That pinch was well and truly justified.
Maybelline NY is official makeup sponsor of the event. What really works for me and this blog is that even though Maybelline NY will be creating catwalk makeup looks for eight fashion shows between April 8-12, each of those created looks will easily translate to our everyday and special occasion life.
This “catwalk to sidewalk” philosophy really resonates with me – and I know it does with you too.
Being able to experiment with a new makeup look with products picked up while shopping for the weekly groceries is do-able. It’s budget-friendly and accessible. I like that A LOT.
This year it will all be about colour and I can’t wait to see what Maybelline NY Australia’s makeup director Nigel Stanislaus (pictured below) has come up with. Apart from being incredibly talented in this department, he is an absolute hoot and I’ll be
pestering asking politely for as many tips as possible.
Last year he told me that wearing pink makes us look younger. Based on this theory and the amount of pink now in my beauty cabinet, I must now look about five years old. Nigel, if you’re reading this, I think I may need an intervention or at least an alternative anti-ageing solution.
Maybelline NY is for the first time collaborating exclusively with Australian label We Are Handsome to create three limited edition Color Sensational Vivids Lip Colors (Vivid Rose, Hot Plum and Shocking Coral). I’ll have the low-down on these colours for you … you know how I love a pop of lippy colour. They’ll be available in store this month.
What happens when you are lucky enough to be working with one of fashion week’s major sponsors is that you can sometimes end up sitting front row with the beautiful fashion people. And beautiful fashion people I am not. Especially when juggling a phone, camera and iPad … and a laptop bag under my legs.
I will practise the correct placement of front-row legs every day from now until fashion week begins.
Wish me luck.
Maybelline NY shows:
We Are Handsome
Watson X Watson
Michael Lo Sordo
Haryono Setiadi (previously An Ode To No One)
New Generation group show
Swim group show
Hello Elle Australia (closing show and launch of magazine)
Want to follow along?
Have you got any makeup questions you’d like me to ask Nigel backstage? Hit me with them below and I’ll make sure I ask him.
Update: Maybelline NY ambassador Ruby Rose was to have been at MBFWA for Maybelline NY but is taking time out to recover from depression. Maybelline NY fully supports Ruby in her decision to do so.
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