Let Me Upgrade Ya: A Beauty Essentials Wish List


Makeup can be a daunting thing for some people. It can be intimidating walking into a makeup store knowing you need to grab things for yourself, but not having a clue where to start. The prices you see at a makeup store might not be justifiable if you don’t know how to use it. Or, if you’re younger and don’t have the budget for it. Drugstore products are always a good starting point when figuring out what specific traits you prefer in makeup products.

But if you’re ready to move to the next step, I’ve compiled a list of beauty essentials that could do with an upgrade this Christmas.


Creating a good base is key to any makeup look. Whether that’s a full coverage look or if you prefer sheer coverage, it’s worth treating yourself to a good quality foundation.


Eyeshadow can be a step that people skip. But, it doesn’t have to be daunting. You don’t need a whole palette at first. You can start off with a smaller palette and work your way up. These Smashbox mini palettes are perfect to start experimenting with eyeshadow. Even if you start by applying one colour and blending it out.


Bronzer is a must-have this summer for a makeup look. Bronzer can add a little colour and glow to your face, especially if you skip eyeshadow. There is no doubt Hourglass makes beautiful bronzers, highlighters, and blushes. It’s definitely a splurge but their pigments have the perfect balance of colour and glow that can be used as a 3-in-1 product.

Blanca is the Editorial Manager for Maidenhair Press. She deals with mostly behind the scenes of the magazine. She also dabbles in some writing with columns and reviews each issue. She loves all things Film & TV, as well as beauty and fashion.

Cool For The Summer: Festival Looks with Staple Pieces


The season of giving has well and truly arrived! You’ve purchased amazing gifts for your loved ones, and now your broke ass has nothing to wear to that music festival you’ve been SO looking forward to. Little do you know, you probably have the basis to a bomb ‘fit sitting in your closet already. All you need is a little creativity!



You can’t go wrong with a pair of denim shorts. Literally. Anything goes with this. Elevate your look by pairing your shorts with a statement top and accessories. Finish it off with a belt and a cool pair of sneakers or classic boots and you’re good to go!

Blanca Wears: IAMGIA Naomi Top, TOKEN Nancy Belt, WRANGLER Hi Bells Short in Roxette Stone, DR MARTENS Pascal 8 Eye Boots, EARRINGS by LarissaLeaArt

Hamish Wears: GUESS Originals Sayer Stripe Tee, LEE Z-Roadie Denim Short in True Black, VANS Classic Slip On in B/W Checker



How your shirt fits you will determine your overall aesthetic. A baggy, oversized tee is comfy and casual - like you didn’t try hard at all. For a more tailored and put together look, opt for a fitted tee.

To make your look festival friendly, accessories will be your best friend! A bum-bag worn across the body breaks up the starkness of a plain white tee, while a statement scarf makes for a unique focal point. Add a bucket hat to stay stylishly sun-safe!

Blanca Wears: Oversized plain white tee, THRILLS Thelma Short in Reckless Blue, SWOP Leopard Print Bucket Hat, Thrifted Bum-bag, CONVERSE One Star Platform Whites & Brights Low Top Crimson Pulse, LOVISA Hoop Earrings

Hamish Wears: Fitted plain white tee, ZARA MAN Checked Trousers, ZARA Baroque Print Bandanna, VANS Classic Slip On in B/W Checker, KMART Sunglasses, Rings are borrowed



Button down tops aren’t just for business casual anymore. Take your look to the next level by leaving your top unbuttoned and wearing it over a plain outfit. Or in our case, wear it as a throw over with your favourite swimmers and call it a day!

Blanca wears: THRIFTED Button up floral top, GLASSONS High-waist bikini set, LOVISA Choker, SHADE SUPPLY STORE Sunglasses, DR MARTENS Pascal 8 Eye Boots

Hamish wears: KIMBRALOU Reworked top, LEE Z-Roadie Short in Stone, ZARA Floral Print Bandanna, DR MARTENS 8 Eye Boots

Andi is a columnist for Maidenhair Press. She mainly writes about fashion and life advice as these are the things she is most passionate about. She also curates fashion shoots each issue for the magazine which you can find in her fashion columns and the gallery.

behind the scenes

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Looking Back & Moving Forward


As the year comes to a close, it’s not uncommon to find yourself reflecting on the last 12 months of your life. Think about the good, the bad and... the ugly. These are all the things that have brought you to this moment - to the person you are today, and to the person you will become in the future.

When I look back on my past self, I think about where I was in my life this time last year. More specifically, how my mental health was.

Managing my depression and anxiety has been my main focus for 2018. Navigating my way through this ongoing process was quite daunting to begin with. Taking the first steps to looking after my mental health was like diving into deep, muddy, childhood-trauma-infested waters. I had to face issues and events in my life that I didn’t even know affected me as deeply as they did. And oh man, it wasn’t easy.

While going through therapy, there were a lot of moments where I felt that I had taken one step forward and a million steps back each time I was anxious or depressed. It was frustrating and I was so hard on myself that I couldn’t just “get better” straight away. What can I say - I’m impatient when I’m determined!  

Now here I am, nearly a year later, writing about my experience from the other side of the dark tunnel. I’m going to tell you one of the most cliché things ever and you’ll probably hate me for it, but it honestly really does get better.

Although I believe that you can start whenever you want, the New Year is a perfect time to start fresh and set yourself some personal goals. “New year, new me,” right??

Most people hear the words ‘self care’ and what usually comes to mind is bubble baths and facemasks. That’s all well and good, but to me, self care is facing your fears in order to better yourself.

Opening up and talking to friends and/or family you trust is a step in the right direction. As difficult as it may be, it’ll help you feel less isolated and is a good start to building your support system. The more I talked to my friends about my experiences, I found that they were also going through similar things which not only allowed us to support each other even more, it also assisted in normalizing conversations about mental health.

Australians are privileged enough to live in a country that offers free health care so take advantage of this. Once I got my mental health plan from my GP, it took me months to even make an appointment with a psychologist. I did get there eventually and although I was shit scared at my first session, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Headspace is a youth mental health support service with centres all around Australia and is a great place to start if you aren’t exactly sure what kind of help you need. Everyone deals with things differently and needs to have support tailored for them. Headspace allows you to do just that. I didn’t feel restricted to the psychologist I was initially assigned to. When I found that we didn’t click, I simply requested to see a new one and it wasn’t a big deal at all (no matter how much my anxiety told me otherwise)!

You will always have moments where you feel like you’re taking one step forward and five steps back, but that doesn’t matter as long as you keep moving forward and facing your fears - progress is progress. Because at the end of the day, the choices that scare you the most are the ones that will help you grow.

Andi is a columnist for Maidenhair Press. She mainly writes about fashion and life advice as these are the things she is most passionate about. She also curates fashion shoots each issue for the magazine which you can find in her fashion columns and the gallery.



Typecasting in Hollywood is an ongoing issue, perpetually thrust upon the world of the silver screen. It’s a lazy habit, seemingly unshakeable. Its firm grip wraps the studios, who continuously pump money into safe films with actors who have made a career out of playing the same role over and over. It is something like a tide, rolling in and out of theatres. You can count on something typecast coming around every movie season.

It is most notable when trying to describe a movie you can’t quite remember in detail, but you know the lead actors name. For example,“I watched a really good movie on Netflix on the weekend with Hugh Grant in it.”

“Oh, what was it called?”

“I can’t remember, it was about him falling in love with a girl who he wouldn’t normally fall in love with, but does.”

“Oh, which one?”

Hugh Grant is a classic example, and it doesn’t stop there. Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, as well as so many more, are actors who seem to select films to star in which showcase their dramatic abilities in a way seen numerous times in previous films. They are typecast.

Samuel L. Jackson in  Pulp Fiction  - Image sourced  Herald Sun

Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction - Image sourced Herald Sun

But is it really the actors fault they play the same roles? Well, kind of. They could reject these films, but it’s a nice superannuation for them I suppose (not that they need it). Much of the responsibility is on a system which doesn’t promote higher risk, higher reward films. Films that would be unprecedented.

While not every film can be completely unique, the current nature of creating and casting films seems lazy on all fronts. South Park marvellously pokes fun at this in Season 8, Episode 5 ‘AWESOM-O’ which if you haven’t seen, is worth the 22 minutes of your time. Why make something potentially great, that no one has seen before, when you can just make another Adam Sandler film?

It’s easy to spot the problem, but difficult to fix. The two degree principle could help mend the issue: incremental change over a sustained period will eventually have outstanding effects. It has been proven possible not to typecast. Heath Ledger did it, as did James Dean. Each of Ledger’s characters were different, and he hopped across numerous genres. He specifically accepted different roles not for financial benefit, but to inspire and leave an outstanding legacy. He was always moving forward. James Dean’s career was mighty short however he also lead a similar path, playing Jett Rink in ‘Giant’ to avoid the teen angst typecast. It seems Dean and Ledger’s initiative is lost in many actors and executives.

Heath Ledger in  Lords of Dogtown  - Image sourced  E! Online

Heath Ledger in Lords of Dogtown - Image sourced E! Online

Wouldn’t it be nice to go into a Liam Neeson film just once and it not be a grumpy old man finding some sort of conflict. Or maybe a Morgan Freeman film where he isn’t so wise, or something where Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t have to yell ‘Mother Fucker!’ at somebody.

It’s strange that it is a unique thing to the art form of filmmaking. If an artist were to paint something twice, it isn’t nearly worth as much. Its exclusivity is tarnished. If a musician released an album the same as their last and just changed the title, do you think people would accept it?

Audiences should try to push for something a little different. Birdman’s success both at the box office and at the Academy Awards is a fine example of why more films should take the leap and do it a little different, as well as the rewards audiences could gain. Hopefully films such as Birdman have fascinated people enough to want to continue pushing the boat out a little and seeing something different. If these unconventional films are being watched, more will be made. Let’s diversify what we see.

Cam is a columnist for Maidenhair Press. He frequently writes about the film and music industry which are his main interests. He is currently a university student at QUT studying Media and Communications.