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03 Oct, 2018

5 Tips for a Casual Makeup Look

You’ve got a lunch date with that special someone or heading to the movies with friends.  You want to look nice but don’t want to look like your heading out to the club for shots either.
At times like this you need a casual makeup look.  So how do you get it?  Check out my tips below for a fresh look that won’t have you feeling overdressed and out of place.

DITCH THE FOUNDATION FOR BB CREAM
Instead of a full face of foundation, reach for the BB Cream.  BB cream will help to even out your skin tone and give your skin a nice glow without appearing heavy like foundation can do.  If you insist on using foundation, make sure you work it into your skin well and try a dewy finish rather than matte.

SKIP THE CONTOUR AND ILLUMINATOR
A strong contour screams diva so playing down your contour game for that lunch date will serve you well.  You can still do it, just use minimal product and a light hand.  I’d skip the illuminator all together though.  Sparkling cheeks and eyebrows doesn’t really say casual.  Save that for the gala ball you’re going to with that new squeeze after you win him over at lunch.
 
 
Simple, soft and natural looking makeup.  Image: Stylechum.com
 
USE A NEUTRAL EYESHADOW
OK, so common sense is telling us this is not the time for a smoky eye.  Pick a neutral eyeshadow close to your skin tone and wash the colour over your whole eyelid.  This will make sure you don’t look washed out but won’t make you look like your about to step out on the red carpet either.  You can get away with using which ever finish you like, satin, matte or shimmer.

PASS ON THE EYELINER
Eyeliner can really do up a face so passing on it will keep your eyes simple.  Stick to the eyeshadow and a good licking of mascara and your eyes will shine without blinding everyone in sight.  Run your eyeshadow over your bottom lash line to add a bit of definition if need be.

USE A LIGHT-COLOURED LIPSTICK
Fun, fresh and oh so girly, a lighter lipstick is perfect for a casual look.  Deeper colours give an impression of glitz and glamour and can be hard to pull off when the rest of your look is simple.  A simple nude or light pink or coral will do the trick.  You could even go one step further and just use lip gloss.  Oh, and make sure your lip liner matches your lippy colour, so you don’t have a harsh outline.

 
Our pick for a coffee date outfit.  Shop the look here.

It can be hard trying to get your look right when the dress code for an event is somewhere between black tie and pyjama party but following these simple tips will mean you won’t have to worry about your makeup being over the top.  Still not sure what you’re going to wear?  Go with our coffee date look or check out our current range for some inspiration here.

Shelley is a local makeup artist who has a passion for educating others on all things makeup.  For makeup tips and tricks visit If Looks Could Kill Makeup Artistry.


Follow Shelley on Instagram at @iflookscouldkillmua


If you're interested in becoming an AMANDA MONIQUE Guest Blogger, feel free to send us an email at hello@amandamonique.com.au. We'd love to hear from you!

19 Sep, 2018

Beauty Tip: Winged Liner


I’ve been an artist for 15 years now and I’ve picked up a few tips along the way. 

My career stared off at MAC cosmetics, I still use mainly MAC as you can see in my videos. The staying power and colour pigment in their products is excellent and looks great on camera.

In the winged liner video I have used MAC fluid Liner with a thin brush, it makes life so much easier to use sticky tape to mark out where you want the liner to go.

Before sticking it on the skin just take off the extra stickiness by tapping it on your clothes just so that it doesn’t rip your skin when you take it off.

Nicola Beverley
Make-up Artist

www.themakeoverdolls.com.au

Follow Nicola on Instagram at @themakeoverdolls

If you're interested in becoming an AMANDA MONIQUE Guest Blogger, feel free to send us an email at hello@amandamonique.com.au. We'd love to hear from you!

22 Aug, 2018

Beauty Tip: Basic Smokey Eyes


Here I have used a combination of MAC matte eyeshadows called Quarry, Sketch and Embark.

Quarry eyeshadow is a great matte eyeshadow with a lilac undertone, it’s great on its own or teamed up with these other eyeshadows to create a stronger Smokey eye.

To create a good Smokey eye it’s all about blending. You want seamless blended eyeshadow to create a Smokey feel.
It’s definitely worth investing in good blending brushes. 

I highly recommend the 217 brush from MAC for blending your eyeshadows. It makes life a lot easier and your make up look so much more professional.

Nicola Beverley
Make-up Artist

Follow Nicola on Instagram at @themakeoverdolls

If you're interested in becoming an AMANDA MONIQUE Guest Blogger, feel free to send us an email at hello@amandamonique.com.au. We'd love to hear from you!

08 Aug, 2018

Why dress for your body shape?

“Dress for your body shape”

What does that even mean? How is this possible? Is it even a thing?
Yes, there actually is!
And it involves a bit of Science, Art, Design and surprisingly MATH.
 
Flattering the body visually is a matter of harmonising one’s proportions.
 
In the realm of Personal Style, we often use the ‘hourglass’ figure as a benchmark for women. The hourglass is not about perfection but rather about balance and harmony. This is because the top of the hourglass and base of the hourglass share the same/similar width across.
 
So how does this translate to the female body?
When we map the shape of the hourglass onto the female body from the front view, the top becomes the width of the shoulders and the base becomes the hips, and the middle of the hourglass represents her waist area.
 
So for a lady to have this body shape by default, it is rather ideal.
When dressing this body shape, she must remember to wear style elements that will maintain this visual harmony from head to toe.
An example of this is a dress that has some decorations around both shoulders and the hips.
 
Not all women have this body shape though! I hear you. That is when I can get creative as a Personal Style Confidence Coach and use different style elements to minimise certain features and direct attention to areas that need it, to cause balance and harmony.
 
This is definitely not to say that there is anything bad or wrong with our individual bodily features, as every human being is unique and that should be celebrated. As humans, we naturally appreciate harmony in all things, and we can use Personal Style to cater to that craving, and we can use the Science of Style to work in our favour.
 
To get a taste of Personal Style Coaching benefits for your career or love life, please visit my online Free Trial of Personal Style Coaching at bit.ly/trialstylecoaching.

Thank you,

Mya Le
Personal Style Confidence Coach
Melbourne, Australia
RealiseStyle.com.au
Styled@MyaLe.co

Follow Mya on Instagram at @realisestyle

If you're interested in becoming an AMANDA MONIQUE Guest Blogger, feel free to send us an email at hello@amandamonique.com.au. We'd love to hear from you!

 

Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

20 Jul, 2018

Beauty Tip: Urban Decay Heat Palette

This is a great palette with wearable colours. Great for doing different looks from natural to more evening looks.

Works for all eye colours, but particularly blue eyes. This is to do with the colour wheel chart. Warm tones like orange are on the opposite side of the colour wheel to blue and as they are opposite, the warm tones compliment blue eyes the most. This doesn’t mean you can only wear warm tones on your eyes, it just means that these colours compliment blue eyes.

Purple tones compliment green eyes, and brown eyes can work with any tone depending on the tone of the skin. This is just a basic guideline, but as a makeup artist I’m all about experimenting.

Makeup is fun, so play around with colours and see what works for you.


Nicola Beverley
Make-up Artist

www.themakeoverdolls.com.au


Follow Nicola on Instagram at @themakeoverdolls

If you're interested in becoming an AMANDA MONIQUE Guest Blogger, feel free to send us an email at hello@amandamonique.com.au. We'd love to hear from you!

16 May, 2018

Styling: Monochrome Chic

Black and white is always a classic choice when it comes to women's fashion and styling.

The combo is classy, flattering and timeless.

As a casual wear label, we're all about designing clothes that compliment your personality and show your uniqueness and beauty. Whatever your personal style, get creative and have fun when choosing your outfit to give it that extra WOW-factor!

We love our Feather & Arrow long dress in black styled with a chunky lace up boot, striped bag and all-black accessories. Add a bold lip colour to make an even bigger statement!

All AMANDA MONIQUE dresses are designed and made locally on the Gold Coast. Prints are hand-drawn and unique to the label, and printed locally. We are an independent fashion label focused on creating timeless, sustainable fashion that lasts a lot longer than one season. #FuckFastFashion 


Image created using Polyvore. Sorry, we can't tag the accessories since the Polyvore website went down.
RIP Polyvore...

TVM Designer Profile: Amanda Yarsley

Recently our Designer Amanda Yarsley had a chat with Marissa from The Village Markets...

 

Tell us about your background, in a nutshell?
A: I was originally undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology whilst working casually in fashion retail, which was where I ended up finding my real passion. I decided to leave my current course to study Fashion Design and Technology and went on to work for a major Australian Swimwear brand.


What made you pursue your creative passion?
A: I’ve always enjoyed being creative. I love fashion and how there are no limits to what you can do with it. The support and encouragement I received from my fiancé helped push me to pursue my dreams too.


When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
A: The creative process began in 2016, but a lot of the hard work was done last year before the launch in late July 2017.


What does your brand consist of?
A: Women’s casual clothing. I wanted to start with a range of functional and comfortable women’s dresses and go from there. I have just introduced a range of t-shirts now too, which is pretty exciting.


Where is the label designed and made?
A: My whole collection comes from right here on the Gold Coast. The design process takes place in my Burleigh studio and is made locally here as well.


What inspires you?
A: Creating unique and fun staple pieces. I like getting inspiration from my environment, different eras and cultures, and I love the idea of reworking different elements of fashion. I don’t want to make disposable pieces – I’m not into fast fashion.


What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
A: My plans are to grow the brand into something amazing and unique, and I hope it takes me everywhere!


What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
A: Of course, taking the plunge financially was always in the back of my mind, but doing everything for the first time was the biggest challenge for me, especially as I was doing it all on my own. Each step was a learning curve, but I’m all the better for it.

 

What is the best thing about having your own business?
A: I love the freedom it gives me to pursue my ideas. Being in charge gives me a chance to explore creatively as well as being able to stick to my moral compass by using local companies in the production process and having the freedom to gather all of my materials from ethical sources.

 

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?
A: Start as soon as you can, and don’t listen to anyone telling you that you can’t. Figure out what you really want to do and don’t spend too much time trying to get it perfect before you start – you can always build and change things along the way.

 

To read the original article, click here. We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Styling: Be Free

It's that time of year again - Coachella!

If anyone else is feeling some serious FOMO for not having tickets, we get it.

I don't know about you, but to make us feel better, we're going to pretend we're not missing out by creating an outfit perfect for dancing in the desert with our main squad.

We love our Feather & Arrow mini dress in Army - it's stretchy, super soft and most importantly, comfortable! - styled with a pair of brown desert boots, and some mustard accessories! Stay fresh-faced with a subtle bronze glow and mascara to finish.

06 Mar, 2018

It's Breakfast Time!

Say Hello and Good Morning to our new range of T-shirts! Inspired by our designer's love of food and a good pun, these cute AF tees are available online and you can catch us at The Village Markets in Burleigh Heads.


  


The prints are designed and drawn at our HQ and printed locally on the Gold Coast, because, as a small business trying to make our mark, it is really important for us to support local Aussie businesses and do what we can to keep any outsourcing in Australia.

AMANDA MONIQUE is all about quality, comfort, fit and feel, so our tees are made of a mid-weight cotton to avoid unwanted transparency while also being cool enough and breathable for an all-year fashion staple.

At AMANDA MONIQUE, we're for sustainable fashion, not fast fashion.

We hope you love them just as much as we do!

The Village Markets

On Saturday we had our first appearance at The Village Markets on the Gold Coast. The weather could have been better, with on-off rain and high humidity, but it was still a good day.



There is such a good vibe at these markets, with plenty of food options and live music. The variety of stalls is great too. You can be sure to find at least one that you'll love! The consistent amount of market-goers makes for an energised atmosphere adding to the whole experience.



It's really nice being able to attend our local designer markets and meet new local customers as well as travelling customers too. You can be sure to find us regularly at The Village Markets, and if you haven't been yet and you're in the area, put it on your to-do list!

Styling: Beach Vibes

Tomorrow marks the first day of Summer and we couldn't be more excited for everything that comes with it! Barbecues, beach days, family fun, and so much more...

...but the fashion is our favourite!
No matter your personal style, there's something for everyone.

We are loving this cute set featuring our Feather & Arrow mini dress in Lotus paired with neutral accessories. The beach tote is one of our faves, and how cute are those espadrilles! The blue tint sunnies are perfect to finish off the look.

Who else is ready for the beach?

 

Soludos slip on espadrille
96 AUD - bergdorfgoodman.com

 

 

Roxy summer beach hat
38 AUD - roxy.com

 

For Art's Sake geometric glasses
255 AUD - lanecrawford.com

 

 

Shiseido suncare
43 AUD - orchardmile.com

 

02 Nov, 2017

Designer interview with SASSYBELLA.com

If you want to know a little more about the label and it's designer Amanda, read below an interview for the established fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog SASSYBELLA.com.

Q: It’s clear you have a real flair for design. Is this your first fashion venture or have you been in the industry for a while?
A: This is my first fashion venture, although, I have worked in the fashion retail industry for the past 9 years, and studied my Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology here on The Gold Coast.


Q: What inspired you to create your label, Amanda Monique?
A: I have always loved being creative and doing creative things, whether it’s drawing, painting or craft projects and I have always been a fan of making my own clothes too. Both my mum and grandmother sew, so I probably picked it up from them. I just wasn’t as good as them until I went to college. I loved the idea of creating my own prints and designing the clothes that I wanted to wear so I created Amanda Monique.


Q: How were you able to create dresses that flatter such a broad cross section of different body types?
A: After struggling to find clothes for myself, with most things made for a small bust, I wanted to create designs that would be flattering on girls or women with a bigger bust. I tried the styles on girls without a bigger bust and they still looked really good, just a little looser in the top. Because the styles come in at the waist, it doesn’t make them look too baggy on the slimmer girls, but also keeps the nice shape of the waist on the curvier girls. The styles were designed so that they could be worn either fitted to show the figure, or more relaxed and loose. The dresses look different but amazing on everyone and the style of fit you will get really just depends on your body type.


Q: Do the locally sourced fabrics you use also contribute to the fit?
A: They sure do. Having worked in fashion retail, I was exposed to a lot of different fabrics over the years, seeing how they wear, hang, wash, etc. My favourite soft, casual fabric for dresses and t-shirts is viscose jersey. I specifically wanted to use this fabric for that reason. There are some pretty rubbish types out there though, so it took a little while to find one that I was really happy with, that had the quality and feel that I wanted.


Q: We are glad you finally found the one! Your designs are not only designed in Australia but made her too. Why did you decide to keep your garments Australian made?
A: I wanted to keep the garments Australian made because I think it is really important to support not only the Australian economy, but local businesses. With everything outsourced to developing nations due to cruelly low labor costs it is damaging what we can offer in our own country, because how can anyone compete? It is more expensive to manufacture here, but I know that my garments are made ethically and locally and gives me a chance to be more hands on during the manufacturing process.


Q: Why is ethical fashion so important to you as a designer?
A: Ethical fashion is important because we should all be trying to better our world instead of doing anything to make a quick a buck. I want to be proud of what I am doing, and I don’t think I could be if I wasn’t doing it in an ethical way.


Q: It’s so unique that you hand drew all of your own prints. What was the inspiration behind them?
A: One of my friends loves a star print so I think that’s the main inspiration behind that one. I like the idea of using shapes, but not in a perfect way, so that was the x’s and triangles print, and I have a few pieces of jewellery with feathers or arrows, which I love, so this inspired me to create a print with these.


Q: What can we expect for future collections?
A: More prints for sure, but besides that, we will have to wait and see.

Interview by Kristy Hawkins for sassybella.com

Click here to read the original article.

Styling: Spring Dates

Spring is so amazing because it's not so cold anymore (yes, the Gold Coast doesn't actually get that cold during Winter, we know), and it's not too hot yet, which if you're familiar with Gold Coast Summers, you know it gets freaking hot!

It's the time of year where we as women start wearing our shorter dresses, either because we want to show off our new tan, it's getting too warm, or we just have killer legs and why not?

Whatever the reason, having a fresh look is always a good idea!

We love this set mixing our Feather & Arrow mini dress in Army with natural tan accessories for an effortless and chic look. The subtle blush pink is feminine and pretty - perfect for your next coffee date!

 

Peep-toe ankle booties
sportsgirl.com.au

 

Faithfull brown handbag
150 AUD - everythingbutwater.com

 

Madewell leaf earrings
36 AUD - madewell.com

 

Leather jewelry
145 AUD - fossil.com

 

Fendi blue lens sunglasses
330 AUD - tradesy.com

 

Too Faced Cosmetics face makeup
38 AUD - toofaced.com

 

Collaboration - The Sunday Co.

As a new Gold Coast fashion label, being able to work or collaborate with other local businesses and brands to support each other is fantastic!

One of those brands is The Sunday Co.
The Sunday Co. started in early 2016 in the stunning beach markets of the Gold Coast, Australia, and named after the best day of the week 'Sunday'.

Lead by Liam, the team at The Sunday Co. design a great range of eyewear, some of which we used to style our first collection photo shoot, and we now sell via our website. If you haven't had a look yet, head over to our eyewear page and check them out!

  


They also design original and super fun pins! Find them on Instagram @thesundayco_

Canvas Market

On Saturday we had our first ever market event! The Canvas Market Brisbane (@canvas.market).

There was a lot of preparation to do beforehand including buying everything for the stall set up, purchasing Public Liability Insurance for the day, making sure we had all of our packaging and payment options ready, and knowing where to go once we got there!

The day started at 5:30am, giving us enough time to get ourselves organised and finish packing the car. I like to pack the clothes last thing so they stay as crinkle-free as possible!

Once we got there, we had a couple of hours to set up before the market started at 10am. The event organisers made sure everything went smoothly, which was great.


The day could have gone better. There weren't many people walking through where the market was, which was a little disappointing for all of the stall holders, as we had all gone to so much effort for an awesome day.
At 4pm the event finished and we packed up and left.

If I can offer one piece of advice to any newbies trying out a market - Make sure you check the location of the market, and what the usual foot-traffic for that area is.

21 Aug, 2017

What is Viscose Jersey?

Viscose Jersey is a knitted fabric. The type used in Amanda Monique dresses is made up of 95% viscose and 5% elastane/spandex. It is super soft to the touch, light to mid-weight, stretchy and drapes beautifully, making it the perfect choice for comfortable casual dresses.

What is Viscose though? We've all heard of elastane, or spandex, or lycra, but viscose is a bit less commonly known.

Viscose is actually a type of rayon which is a man-made fibre. It shares similar properties to cotton, but is manufactured from regenerated cellulose.

Other benefits of viscose include:

  • Retains brilliant colour
  • Comfortable
  • Moisture absorbent (more so than cotton or linen)
  • Breathable

Hopefully this has given you a better understanding of what viscose jersey is and why it has been chosen for our garment production.(https://www.barnhardtcotton.net/blog/q-and-a-what-is-viscose/)(http://www.swicofil.com/products/200viscose.html)

 

To take the best care of your viscose jersey dress, follow these care instructions:

  • Cold machine wash on delicate cycle with like colours
  • Do not soak, bleach or rub
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Dry flat in shade
  • Gentle iron inside out
  • Do not dry clean

21 Jul, 2017

The Launch

After months and months of designing, creating, sorting, organising and planning, the label is finally ready for launch, which is so exciting! Also crazy, but mostly exciting.

It's been amazing being able to have the production and manufacturing done on the Gold Coast. Supporting local and Australian business is something that is important to the brand, as well as supporting ethical manufacturing.

  

We had the photo shoot in May of this year with an amazing team of people: 

Photographers: Nick (@itsjoshmars) & Patricia (@patricia_cartmill_photography)

Models: Dani (@danibonnor) & Rach (@rach_mann)

Hair & Make-up: Shannon (@vlinderhmua) & Katerina (@katerinakotzapetros)

Accessories: The Sunday Co (@thesundayco_) & Country Road (@countryroad)

  


A special thanks to my fiance, sister and friend for being a huge help on the day!

20 Jul, 2017

The Design Phase

The aim was to design easy-to-wear comfortable dresses for all women that have something a bit extra in the way of style than the usual casual "t-shirt" dress. After coming up with the designs that are now available on the website, it was time to come up with the print options.


  


Each of the three prints were hand drawn on sheets of paper, scanned and altered into what you see now through Adobe Photoshop. It was a lot of fun creating them and it's a nice add on to say that these prints are unique to the label, and a limited edition feature.


   


 After finding the right sublimation source and manufacturer, and making and grading all of the patterns, it was time to turn the drawings into reality.

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