10 Super Easy And Affordable Halloween Costumes

Regina George From Mean Girls

Get in losers we’re going shopping… for the easiest Halloween costume of all time. All you need is some scissors and your outfit is complete!

Regina George, Mean Girls, Easy Halloween Costume

Carrie Bradshaw From Sex And The City

I’m just going to go ahead and confess that I already own this outfit because it’s cute af and I went through a real Carrie phase in my early twenties when I decided to embrace my natural curl. If you want to pay homage to the original style queen, this is the easiest (and cheapest) look to imitate.

Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City, Easy Halloween Costume

A Contestant From The Bachelor

If you are looking for an excuse to pull out that formal dress that’s been collecting dust in a garment bag at the back of your closet, then here it is. Add a single rose and you’re an instant Bachelor contestant.

The Bachelor, Easy Halloween Costume

If you lose you rose in the middle of the night, simply smudge your mascara and you’ve got yourself a new costume…

Rejected Bachelor Contestant, Easy Halloween Costume
Rejected Bachelor Contestant

A Contestant From Bachelor In Paradise

Continuing on from the rejected contestants theme, this one is just an excuse to have a cocktail in your hand all night. If you already own a bikini, you can steal a rose from your neighbours garden and this costume is pretty much free (especially if you find a hot real-life bachelor or bachelorette to keep your cocktail glass full all night).

Bachelor In Paradise, Easy Halloween Costume

Where’s Wally

Looking for a way to hide from that creep at the haunted house who won’t leave you alone? There’s no way he’ll be able to find you in this nostalgic costume.Where's Wally, Easy Halloween Costume

Edna Mode From The Incredibles

Think you can get a more stylish costume than Edna Mode, fashion designer extraordinaire and go to super suit engineer?

Easy Halloween Costume

In the words of Edna, you can’t darling, it’s impossible! So here’s how to pull it together.

Edna Mode, The Incredibles, Easy Halloween Costume

Amy Shark

If you adore Amy Shark as much as my four-year-old does than this costume is perfect for you.

Amy Shark Easy Halloween Costume

Oscar, the brains behind the Amy Shark costume.

Rosie The Riveter

Show the world that you’re a badass feminist with this super easy but very effective Rosie The Riveter costume.

Rosie The Riveter Easy Halloween Costume

Holly Golightly From Breakfast At Tiffany’s or Madeline Martha Mackenzie From Big Little Lies

The cutest and most comfortable (because it’s basically pyjamas) costume in the world was made famous by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Reese Witherspoon made it her own some 56 years later in the epic finale of Big Little Lies. Whether you are a fan of Audrey or Reese this costume is just so ridiculously easy to pull together, with a classic oversized white shirt, a mask and earrings that can be purchased on eBay or Etsy.

Breakfast At Tiffanys Easy Halloween Costume

Fries Before Guys

Hoes before bros.

Uteruses before duderuses.

Ovaries before brovaries.

FRIES BEFORE GUYS.

This girl gang costume is bought to you by Kmart! The fries costume is now available for just $12.00. Add a polaroid of your ex and you’re ready to go.

Fries Easy Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween!

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We Tried 5 K-Beauty Masks Under $3 And These Are The Results

I am hopeless when it comes to skincare. In fact, my skincare routine mostly consists of wiping my makeup off with a baby wipe before I go to bed and the occasional Frank Body Coffee Scrub, whenever I remember that I have it. My 17-year-old sister, however, is a skincare queen with a nightly 10 step K-Beauty routine. I am constantly asking for her advice and she always comes through with the goods, so when she told me that she had ordered a cart full of K-Beauty masks I was keen to try some.

K-Beauty Mask
Alex, a 29-year-old writer and skincare novice with Eilish, a 17-year-old student and skincare queen.

What Is K-Beauty?

With a surge in popularity around the world, K-Beauty, which stands for Korean Beauty, has found its way to the Australian market and is taking the beauty industry by storm. As the K-Pop craze started to grow so too did the demand for South Korean beauty products and now women all over the country are looking to K-Beauty gurus for all the latest skincare tips. I wanted to get the low down on this beauty phenomenon so I went straight to my own guru…

Alex: Eilish how did you get into K-Beauty?

Eilish: I was watching YouTube tutorials one night and a K-Beauty video came up as a suggestion. I am really into K-Pop so I was really interested in learning about K-Beauty.

Alex: You know so much about it now. Who are your main influences?

Eilish: I get most of my information from The Klog, it’s a blog by Charlotte Cho. That’s where I learnt about the 10 Step Routine for Treating Hormonal Acne that I do every night. I also watch Joan Keem’s YouTube tutorials and follow her on Instagram.

Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon.
Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon with an Instagram account that defines the term GOALS!

Alex: What do you like most about K-Beauty?

Eilish: It has really transformed my skin. I have oily skin with hormonal acne. Since I’ve been using K-Beauty products, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin. I also love the whole culture surrounding it and I look forward to doing my routine at night. I think K-Beauty is really innovative and they are always ahead of all the latest trends.

Alex: Where do you buy your products from?

Eilish: I mostly buy all of my products online but lately there have been more stores popping up which is really exciting! W Cosmetics has quite a good selection of masks and makeup and they have stores in selected Westfield Shopping Centres.

W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale
W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale

The Masks

We bought all 5 masks from the South Korean site, I Buy Beauti for under $3.00 each (this is in Australian Dollars, the site is in US dollars so make sure you convert the currency before you checkout). Shipping is calculated by weight, it was only $4 for our order, but it is free if you spend over $65.00. We went with 5 of the most popular masks and though it did help having Eilish to translate some of the Korean, most of the site is in English, as are all of the ingredients on the packets.

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The first mask we tried was the Power 10 Formula by It’s Skin. According to the website, the Vb mask is supposed to balance and moisturise oily skin, leaving it feeling refreshed. Which is perfect for us as we both have oily skin.

K-Beauty It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

Prepare yourself, the following image is genuinely terrifying and could definitely be used to promote the horror film, Goodnight Mommy. You’ve been warned…

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: I liked the It’s Skin mask. The texture of the mask itself was thick and not as breathable as some of the other K-Beauty masks that I have tried. The formula was cold and left my face feeling nice and fresh. I’d definitely like to use it in the morning to wake me up. It made my skin look… is glowy a word?

Alex: I don’t think so… luminous? I feel like you look luminous. I loved this mask! It made my skin feel tight and refreshed. It did feel really cold which I liked. I feel like if I used this every day it would really help with some of my fine line wrinkles.

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin

It’s Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Aloe Relaxing Mask also by It’s Skin is described on the site as soothing and cooling. I was worried about trying this one because I have reacted to creams containing aloe vera in the past.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet
K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: This one was very cooling and refreshing as well. I think it would be good to do when your skin is feeling inflamed or puffy. It didn’t affect the redness of my acne but it did soothe the pain. I think it’s a good one to do in the morning before school.

Alex: Or when you’re hungover! I like the ingredients in this one, it has cucumber, ginger and liquorice which are all anti-inflammatories. It didn’t give me the same ‘glow’ as the other one but it didn’t irritate my skin which was surprising.

Eilish also informed me that the reason that this mask didn’t fit our faces properly is because our features are too small for our very round faces. This was news to me but could explain why I always found it so easy to peak through the ‘Pin The Tail on the Donkey’ mask as a kid… using my big lemon-shaped head to make lemonade.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Etudehouse is a popular K-Beauty brand and Eilish is a big fan of their other products. The description on the website says that the Manuka Honey Rich Moisturization mask improves wrinkles, so I was very excited to try this one! I am turning 30 this year and I feel like my wrinkles are getting worse by the minute. Although I don’t believe that there is actually a mask on the planet that can help with my ‘smile lines’ or ‘judgement frown line’, I am willing to give anything a go, especially when it is only $1.70.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air MaskK-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

The Verdict

Alex: This mask was my absolute favourite. The cream was so soft and when I took it off, my skin felt as smooth as a baby’s butt. More importantly, this mask fit my face which helped my recently bruised ego. It made my skin look so tight and fresh that I would feel confident going out without makeup after doing it. My friends reading this might not think that that means too much as I often leave the house fresh/zombie faced depending on how much sleep I’ve had but, I mean I would go ‘out-out’ with no make-up on after this mask, like to a restaurant.

Eilish: This mask definitely made our skin glow. I really liked the essence of this mask. There was a lot of extra cream which I love. I learnt the best tip from one of my favourite YouTubers, BeautybyBriddy, in her Formal/Prom GRWM + Vlog 2017 video, that when you are left with excess cream on the mask, squeeze it together and rub it on your legs as a moisturiser.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask Sheet / Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask

For our final mask of the week, Eilish was keen to try the Watermelon Beauty In A Mask, mask by SkinFood as she uses their other products. I love anything rose water flavoured so I decided to try the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Rose mask.

K-Beauty K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask
The Verdict

Eilish: This mask was my favourite. It smelt amazing, good enough to eat! It did exactly what it said it would on the website, it left my skin feeling moisturised and looking glossy. The mask itself was really thick and it was freezing which was cool considering it was only kept at room temperature. My skin felt hydrated for the whole day which is a lot longer than it does when I use my regular moisturiser.

Alex: The Innisfree Rose mask was a gel rather than a cream like the other masks we tried. It made my skin feel kind of sticky but very clean. I think I would use this mask before doing my make-up for a special event.

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20 Affordable & Unique Valentines Gifts That Aren’t At All Lame ​

So Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you love it or hate it, the chances are, there is someone in your life who you love a little or like a lot and would really like to shower with gifts… however, if you are like me and are still recovering from Christmas then funds are tight. Never fear! It is possible to retain your ultimate gift giving status even when you are totally broke.

Here are 20 Affordable & Unique Valentines Gifts That Aren’t At All Lame

(Sorted from low to high because that’s how I roll when shopping online.)

1. Something Personal – $0.00

My secretly very talented friend Bryce drew these amazing pictures for his girlfriend and she loved them so much that she had them framed! If you are not this talented why not try your hand at some poetry… A is for awesome, L is for lovely, you went to primary school, you know how to do it! If music is more up your alley then create a super sick playlist that they can blast on their way to work. If all else fails everyone loves a good old inappropriate stick figure illustration.

2. Swizzels Giant Love Heart Roll – $1.60

Swizzels

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with lollies and with these giant candy hearts from Candy Time you can express all those feels without having to say a word. You can even make a cute personalised message on the Swizzels website to go along with it.

Swizzels

3. Penguin Little Black Classics – $2.95

These Little Black Classics by Penguin are perfect for the literary lover in your life. You can order them from Angus & Robertson Bookworld for just $2.95!

4. Doughnut Time – $6.95

Doughnuts… need I say more! Doughnut Time has the most amazingly, indulgent doughnuts on the planet and with gluten-free and vegan options you’re bound to find something for even the trickiest gift recipient. Individual doughnuts start at $6.95 or you can splurge and have a pack delivered by Foodora for $32.00.

5. La La Land Valentine’s Day Cards – $6.95

These Australian made cards are so luxe and quirky that your loved one will want to frame them! Check out their online store lalalandshop.com.au, where you will find something to suit everyone, and trust me the struggle to pick just one is very real.

6. The Falcon Soap By Soap Cultcha – $8.00

Soap Cultcha

Never has there been a cooler and cleaner gift to impress your Star Wars lover with. You can find these Australian made Millennium Falcon soap bars and more online at Soap Cultcha’s Etsy store. May the suds be with you!

7. Soap & Glory Gift Pack – $9.00

Soap & Glory bringing us the budget beauty goods once again with these super cute gift sets. Both available for just $9.00 each from Mecca.

8. Mox & Co Earrings – $9.00

Brisbane based jewellery designer Mox & Co, create the most unique acrylic earrings at incredibly affordable prices. While you’re on their site be sure to check out their sale section to grab yourself an insane bargain. If your Valentine is into mermaids, flamingos or science then you absolutely need to check out their new Quirky Dangles statement pieces!

9. Alcoholder TraVino Spillproof Wine Sippy Cup – $14.95

Alcoholder

THIS IS A SIPPY CUP FOR WINE!!! You can order it online from the geniuses at Alcoholder… you’re welcome!

10. Frank & Oli Soy Candles – $15.00

Frank & Oli

Frank & Oli create the most delicious soy candles in flavours that you have only dreamt of… Smokey Bacon anyone? I discovered this Brisbane based business last year and now I have one of their candles in every room of my house. They are amazing value with the 230ml jar available for just $15.00 with over 35 hours of burn time. You can find these little scents from heaven online at Frank & Oli’s Etsy store.

11. Lush Wild Gift Pack – $15.50

Drive your Valentine wild with this super fun gift pack from Lush. They’ll never want to leave the shower after discovering Lush’s signature Keen Green Moulding Machine cleansing dough!

12. Søciety6 Mug – $15.99

With designs from artists all over the world, you are sure to find the perfect mug for your lover online at Søciety6. There are mugs celebrating everything from Friends to the fall of the patriarchy and a percentage of each purchase goes directly to the artist.

13. Marvling Bros Hot Stuff In a Matchbox – $16.00

Marvling Bros Hot Stuff In a Matchbox - $16.00

Looking for a gift that’s as hot as you are? The Hot Stuff In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros. is available from Hard To Find and is guaranteed to add some spice to your love life.

14. Shortstory Sushi Socks – $16.95

Is your Valentine still rocking holy socks from the mid-00’s? Update their wardrobe with some seriously funky Sushi Socks, available online at Shortstory and Glue Store.

15.  Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub – $16.95

Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub - $16.95

A Nylon review claims that Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub “Very well may be the greatest body scrub of all time.” and they’re not wrong! This scrub will leave your lover’s skin feeling softer than a babies butt and smelling good enough to drink. It is available online at Frank Body or in-store at Mecca.

16. Kikki. K Leather Key Ring Heart – $16.95

Your Valentine won’t lose their keys again with this adorable leather keychain from Kikki.K! You can make it even more special with their new monogramming service for an extra $10.00. “But I don’t have an extra $10.00 Alex, that’s why I reading this article”, you say? Don’t worry I’ve got that covered too, sign up to Kikki.K online and you will receive an email containing a $10.00 welcome voucher.

17. Mrs. Fields Signature Heart Tin Cookie Cake – $19.95

Mrs. Fields Signature Heart Tin Cookie Cake - $19.95

If you think $19.95 is too much to spend on a cookie then you probably haven’t tried Mrs. Fields. The Signature Heart Tin Cookie Cake is available in nine different flavours and can be ordered online or in store.

18. “Where We Met” Prints By Pixel & Flourish – $20.00

Where We Met Prints By Pixel & Flourish - $20.00
If you are looking for something that is truly unique to you and your partner then look no further, for we have found the ultimate way to celebrate your serendipitous first encounter (or schoolies in my case).  You can order these gorgeous, Australian made, custom “Where We Met” prints from Pixel & Flourish’s Facebook page.

19. Rose Quartz Tusk Pendant by Kirsten Ash – $23.70

If you are wanting to spoil your loved one with something really special then check out the sale section on the Kirsten Ash website. There are hundreds of beautiful bespoke pieces on sale from as little as $17.70. The stunning small rose tusk quartz pendant featured above is 18k gold plated and is available for $23.70.

20. Personalised Plectrum Holder Keyring by Parkin & Lewis – $25.00

img_7660Personalised Plectrum Holder Keyring by Parkin & Lewis - $25.00

This hand-stitched personalised plectrum holder keyring by Parkin & Lewis is perfect for the muso in your life. It is available online at Hard To Find, sign up while you’re there for lots of exclusive offers and discounts.

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