Sew Is Life

Sew is Life is written by E. It is a little space of blogging bliss inspired by art, design, craft, fashion, beauty and wellness. Based in Perth, Western Australia. Read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of three and wife to an amazing creative man. The second me makes fresh skincare at SELF Organics. These are my stories sewn together with love.


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Are you ready? Plastic in hand? I know this sounds all too scary and bad of me to think about spending more money and hitting the sales even before the crazy Christmas season begins. I think the idea behind the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales is to save shoppers money and get their present shopping done earlier. There is definitely some logic in that!

I’m too excited because some of my favourites are going to have some very tempting sales. 

Here are a few names that I will be having my alarm clock set to…

Lime Crime is offering 30% off their entire online store and FREE Shipping within the US if you spend over $50. Use code LOVE30. Plus they will be releasing the NEW Pink Velvetine. The Velvetines are becoming a cult favourite, so will you be adding this one to your collection? Plus if you are shopping with Lime Crime Australia, they are offering FREE SHIPPING.

Blackmilk clothing is representing Australia and getting in on the Cyber Monday sales with a 30% off offer on selected items. We won’t find out until the actual sale starts. But I had a sneak peek of their reversible skater dresses on the Facebook page, and they are such great value!

Another Aussie store, Sambag Sydney is also offering 40% off selected items for 2 days only. They stock pretty footwear such as sandals and ballet flats made with quality and with classic styles. They also have apparel for those down-times where you just want to kick back and relax :)

And another makeup favourite, Lipstick Republic has started their Black Friday Sale already. Just use code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout to get 30% off your cart, this includes sale items too! 

Wahhhh….so many awesome deals to behold and so little cash. I have lots of pressies to buy family and friends, but I wonder if I would pick up any worthy bargains during the sales. I may just set the alarm to allow browsing time…but will have to indeed implore some restraint with the credit card!

What sales do you have your eye on? Like any of my choices here?

Let me know if you do shop any of these picks…I’m nosey when it comes to hauls and bargain hunting :) Because I won’t be able to shop :/ Can I live vicariously through you??

HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY everyone (even though it isn’t technically a black Friday - 13th…although one is coming up in December)!!! Have fun shopping the sales.

E x

PS/ HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my lovely readers. I am thankful for your support for following me thus far!

Wowzers! Only 2 sleeps left till we are ringing in 2013!! Where did the time go? And what a ride 2012 was, it was a busy year for me and for this blog. I couldn’t have imagined myself still writing till this very day. There were moments of weakness in 2012 that I was seriously considering closing down ‘Sewislife’…not because I didn’t love what I do but because there was too much happening beyond the blog that I thought I couldn’t keep posting any longer.

It was YOU, my lovelies, my Ahhhh-MAZING readers who have supported me with your ‘likes’, comments, hits and shares that have pulled me through to believing I can achieve anything. I have met so many wonderful people this year through the blog and have made new friendships and connections…I can’t imagine it all ending now.

So thank you ALL for visiting ‘Sewislife’ in 2012, I hope to share loads more exciting, beautiful and motivational things with you on the blog in the coming year. 

I leave you with a ‘New Year’s Eve’ inspired look that I created using the two new uniliners from Lime Crime ‘Rhyme’ and ‘Reason’. Which are a gold and silver eyeliner. I have used one on each eye to show the contrasting looks. Which one is your favourite? I tied the look together with a dark lip and a messy side braid. 

Metallics are coming back in a BIG way for 2013. So let’s ring in the new year with loads of molten and glitter! 

Wishing you a Happy New Year full of love, joy, prosperity, well being and positivism :) 

Where will you be this New Year’s Eve?  Share your NYE looks here too. I wanna see!

E x

You can shop for ‘Rhyme and Reason’ at the Lime Crime Online Shop:

Around pre-Halloween season, Lime Crime released their ‘Alchemy’ range to celebrate the spooky occasion including a new pressed eye shadow palette and two new lipsticks. This is the first time that Lime Crime have launched a fantasy range. In the past they released the China Doll, Mary Antoinette and Aquataenia eye shadow palettes…but it wasn’t a part of a complete range. I would have loved to see lipsticks inspired by those themes…

I’m so thrilled to share this review with you…because there was no doubt that I was going to purchase this palette. It was a no brainer really because I have been into this stuff since I was a little girl. When I say ‘this stuff’ I mean anything to do with spells, cosmos, witchery and alike. Not that I was working towards being a witch, but I definitely had a keen interest in all things to do with magic, fantasy and potions.

So I hail the newest ‘Alchemy’ range from Lime Crime! I was super excited to have received this package all the way from the US the same day I was to attend the Betty Tran Grand Opening and immediately wore poisonberry lips to the event.

Here is the signature purple tin with gold scale like pattern on the cover of the palette. It exudes gorgeousness and fantastical beauty. Definitely a stand-out in the beauty cupboard.

Here are the 5 duo-chrome pressed eye shadows, from the left: Incantation (metallic copper with fiery sparks), Lucky Charm (forest-green/firefly green shift), Love Potion #9 (purple and mint shift), Spellbound (white and gold shift) and Divination (slate blue and peacock shift). All of them pressed with the same fan/scale-like pattern of the tin. I find it hard to break-in these eye shadows because the pattern is just too lovely! 

Here are the swatches, under natural light. I did not use any primer with these swatches and they are dry. You can use these with a hint of water which will bring out the vibrance in the shades. Highly pigmented even without primer or water. The strength of the colour is totally up to you ;)

And here are the two amazing lipsticks in their cute purple packaging, love the fact that there is a holographic/shimmery unicorn on the tube too. This is not a sticker mind you, it is like imprint so it is difficult to remove. Although, I do hope they don’t fade with wear…I must find a safe place for these babies and look after them.

Here I’m wearing the shade poisonberry on my lips. One of my all time favourites! So pigmented and stays on for ages, reapplication is not necessary unless you are having food/drink. The perfect purple/pink shade which makes your lips appear toxic :p

And this is ONE magnificent colour that I have never come across before… ‘Serpentina’. As the name suggests, your lips will resemble the shininess of snake-skin or you will be rocking lips like Medusa but you won’t have the special ability to turn people into rocks ;) Notice the slight green shimmer? Isn’t it mesmerizing?

I hope you enjoyed reading my review, because I was so excited to present it to you as you can probably tell! I’m having a lot of fun experimenting looks with this range and other Lime Crime products. Ever since discovering Lime Crime over a year ago, I can’t help but share my praises for their cosmetics. Their products are 100% vegan and against animal testing.

They have inspired me not to treat beauty one-dimensionally or to follow what is ‘on trend’. But make up should be about what makes me feel comfortable in the way I express myself and to inspire artistry in the looks I create depending on my mood.

Have you tried the ‘Alchemy’ range from Lime Crime? What do you like most about these swatches? Please share your comments below.

Have a great weekend good lookin’ peeps ;)

E x

*These products were bought by me and this review has been written in accordance to this blog’s disclosure policy. 

What is Black Friday you ask? For those who live in the US they are very familiar with the term Black Friday as it is the day after Thanks Giving. It has become an unofficial holiday where retailers hold sales specifically for shoppers to get their Christmas shopping done. Rather than retailers being in the ‘red’ zone, they are actually turning a profit on this day and will fall within the ‘black’ zone.

For many of us, around the world the term ‘Black Friday’ is known as Friday 13th or an unlucky Friday. But these are all silly superstitions whether you believe it or not! And if ‘Black Friday’ is a labelled a SALE day for Americans, shouldn’t the rest of us take advantage of completing our Christmas shopping on time too? We can brave the sales online without having to put up with the rowdy, wild-eyed bargain hunters that have sharpened elbows and stompy boots. 

Please raise your hand if you are super organized for Christmas :)

Let the shopping begin! From makeup, to fashion, to stationary. Here are some Black Friday sales to check out:

Miss Selfridge Retail Ltd (US)

20% OFF Molton Brown (US) Black Friday


Moleskine store - Free Postal Notebook with any orders! Use also the code: ship2012 to get free delivery.

That reminds me I have to get a calendar and diary for next year! I am such a stationary addict…and I love to be organised before the new year rings in.

Get more bang for your buck this Black Friday! :) Sales start today Thursday 22/11 and will end on Monday 26/11.

What will you be shopping for this Christmas?

E x

Some sad news came from Lime Crime Head Quarters today. They have stated that they will no longer be producing their loose eye shadows, or also known as ‘Magic Dust’. The loose powder collection will cease and they will continue to make pressed eye shadows. I’m more partial to the fact that these were loose powders rather than pressed eye shadows because the application is much easier (in my opinion) and more versatile. These loose powders have been known to create interesting lipstick and nail polish shades which have enabled Lime Crime fans to break out their creativity!

This is your last chance to pick up your favourite shade in the loose magic dust, just enter the coupon code at the checkout: EXTRAMAGIC  to get 15% off

(The complete Magic Dust Collection is exempted from this offer)

Be quick as they will be sold out within 2 months, I won’t be surprised if they sell out before then! Click here to shop NOW (some colours are already low in stock…)

Here is some photos of the entire collection I bought last year at one of their online sales. My favourite shade is ‘Cupcake Theif’, a light soft pink shade that is great for highlighting cheekbones too!


Picture courtesy of Lime Crime Make Up

Do you prefer loose or pressed eye shadows?

E x

Lime Crime launches another new product today from their eye make up range. Not too long ago they shared their Palette D’Antoinette with the world and now a killer liquid eye liner range to go with it. These will be available for purchase at the Lime Crime online store from May 23rd. 

There will be seven colours to choose from, from $13.99 each. To save even more Lime Crime will be selling them as a collection for $73.99.  You save around 25% off if you purchase all seven. Check out the campaign photo below:

From the left: Citreuse (yellow-green), Blue Milk, Quill (shiny-black), Orchidaceous (violet-purple), Lunar Sea (pure white), 6th Element (Orange) & Lazuli (bright blue)

I love their signature purple packaging, and how they have gone with a floral gothic design. Each comes with a highly precision brush to draw sharp, intricate lines. The formula is smudge proof and easily removed if you make a mistake. The liquid eye liners come in 1.3 ml / 0.04 fl. oz tube.

Here are some examples of the eye liner being used, in the Palette D’Antoinette campaign

You can start buying them from tomorrow! Don’t be afraid of colours, make them work with your Lime Crime eye shadows or your current make up and stand out from the crowd! I’m keeping my eye on Citreuse and Blue Milk…must start saving for these ;)

Also available for purchase from mid-June by Australian online retailer, Makeupnet. At AUD$14.99 each.

Which is your favourite colour eye liner from the collection?

E x

What a kind gesture for Vogue Australia to host an Online Shopping event for online shopaholics on June 8th during the wet and rainy season. It is like Fashion’s Night Out without walking in heels down a red carpet, but in the comfort of your own home, sitting in front of your laptop in ugg boots and jammies. Judging from all the activity on Twitter it sounded like Vogue had a successful first online shopping night, so I hope there will be more to come!

But what comes with online shopping is the patience of receiving the goods. I have developed this sense of anticipation for quite some time now. It is worth it in the end when you scored a bargain with item + shipping equaling less than what you paid in the stores. Not to mention the amazing competitions that several retailers were running during the event!

While shopping at Napoleon Perdis, I was one of the first 80 shoppers to snap up their Deco Deluxe Lip Gloss. A limited edition set of gorgeous, glimmering, lip smacking lippies that I was so surprised to receive in the mail with my Palette Patrol. I swear all the lip glosses that have gone astray in the last four years amaze me, they have ended up in the car, in my hand bag, in the other hand bag, in the nappy bag, in the jacket I wore last Winter and so on. I hope to take care of this set of pretties to last me a while.

Deco Deluxe Lip Gloss


Napoleon Perdis Palette Patrol

On VOSN I stumbled across the StyleSofia shopping website (first time I heard of it!), which I instantly thought “this is a sign” because they have my daughter’s name! And their fashion is fun, feminine, flirty, easy to wear and a price tag that makes me grin like a Cheshire cat. I was also very fortunate to be one of the shoppers that picked up a KustomKix pack with my purchase. I received a Lime Crime lipstick in Retrofuturist,it is the perfect red to suit all skin tones. Ever since then, I have become a fanatical Lime Crime follower! And some goodies from Space Factory, including their nebula scarf and ‘We Believe’ t-shirt.

  Hillarys Boat Harbour

Lime Crime Lipstick in Retrofuturist & Me at Hillarys Boat Harbour wearing a Space Factory Nebula Scarf

I hope you guys make it to the next VOSN, because it was such an exhilarating experience for me (minus the RSI from frantic clicking through sales) and I think anyone who has an eye for a bargain, especially when it comes to fashion, will have a ball. ‘Like’ the Vogue Australia’s Facebook Page or subscribe to their mailing list to keep up to date with their next VOSN. 

On September 8th 2011, Vogue will be hosting their Fashions Night Out around the globe. In Australia, the festivities will be happening in Sydney but keen fashionistas can also participate online. Go to the website to check out more information about the night. Support our Australian designers and local fashion industry! Keep our economy going strong ;)