1. MAC Lipstick in Heroine 2. Dior Lipstick 3. NARS Lipstick (Scarlett Empress) 4. YSL Lipstick  (Prune Avenue) or (Golden Lustre) 5. Topshop Lipstick (Inhibition). 6. Tom Ford Lipstick (Bruised Plum)

 

 

How to wear purple lipstick is a question I’ve explored.

I mean, hey, that’s purple lipstick we’re talking about – super sexy, super edgy, super chic yet, unfortunately, super difficult to wear. Dark lipstick can make it seem like you’re trying to be Rihanna or just confused about when Halloween is. A lot of dark and vampy looking lips have been floating around in the AW14 fashion press. Without having any tenancies to start my Twilight vampire story — I’ve always been obsessed with the smoky Gothic look. There’s something sexy about bright, but mysterious eyes and oxblood lips. With the right makeup, anyone can rock this look (even though it’s more appropriate to wear in cold seasons or you’ll end up looking like a confused Emo).

To make it work for you: warm skin tones will suit a reddish to purple lipstick whereas cool skin tones will suit more cooling lipsticks. Keep your eye makeup natural, it’ll work to your advantage. In this shoot, Neon, my lovely Makeup Artist, didn’t build dark layers in the eyes. Opt for sexy, nicely lined cat eyes, or give a natural looking smoky eye a try. Lastly, flawless skin makes the perfect finish, you kind of want to keep the rest of your face neutral and shine-free, so grab your fave matte foundation and aim for full coverage, it’ll polish your skin up to that porcelain-like perfection. I’ve listed my favourite plum lipsticks and some of my other favourite gothic treats. Happy lipping!

Location: South London

1. MAC Lipstick in Heroine 2. Dior Lipstick 3. NARS Lipstick (Scarlett Empress) 4. YSL Lipstick (Prune Avenue) or (Golden Lustre) 5. Topshop Lipstick (Inhibition). 6. Tom Ford Lipstick (Bruised Plum)

Credits:

Photographer: Jon Reid

Make-Up Artist: Neon Velvet

 

black gothic dress

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It’s Winter!

That was sneaky. Winter has crept up on us. See you next year: sundresses, bikini and short shorts — under the bed you go.

It’s time to break the friendship with light and sleeveless wear.

[Insert best attempts at winter faces]

Now, before the weather sets in, the skies turn grey, and the wind starts to chill our British nips — you need to get your wardrobe in order.

I love snuggling up in a cosy jumper with a hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course) by the fire — and eating hearty foods like cottage pie and err, pie, all kinds of lovely pie. I’ve written pie three times there. Ah, I love pie.

With Christmas approaching (one of my favourite times of the year, I’m too excited), it’s all about double wrapping your socks around your cold feet and layering your woolly scarf. You’re probably also wondering, what the f**k shall I wear? Well, besides digging out last years Winter stuff, the staples you need for AW14 are below.

The statement winter dress that meets the criteria for being work appropriate but suitable for evening dinner at that fancy-pants restaurant or at the after work cocktails.

Here are the dresses that have caught my eye:

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And the AW14 dresses that are calling my (and your) name for the upcoming festive season:

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A long sleeved smart collared blouse (I love the Peter Pan collars ones ATM) or a nice silky blouse:

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The tailored trouser:

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Warm layered wool coat:

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Good old chunky boots:

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*Phew*, I hope you find at least one piece that you end up wearing all the time.


Location: Hampstead Heath

 

Dior Airflash Foundation | Shiseido Eyebrow Pencil | Elizabeth Arden Eye Pencil | Lancome Mascara | Urban Decay Naked Palette

Credits:
Photographer: Przemek Czaicki

 

She’s one of my favourite dresses, meet the Jolie Maxi. I name her Jolie because it’s similar to the piece that caught press attention at the Oscars (2012) by Angelina Jolie. I could be the only weirdo that names her dresses (correct me if I’m wrong). This one is a thigh-high split, fitted band, lightly textured with intricate hand-crafted vertical stitch lines.

A feminine, effortless and timeless dress by Alice by Temperley. The timelessness and sophistication of black are welcome to any wardrobe.

And where do you capture the elegance of an independent British luxury brand? At The Tate of course!

After the rain had stopped (hello British weather) we took my lovely dress for a spin in the park by the blossom trees, quiet pathways and a serene of London. Paired with a pinky red lip, we went for a makeup look of a hybrid of natural & glam; the products that the lovely Rachel used are below this post.

Location: Tate Britain, London

Alice by Temperley Dress | Jimmy Choo Heels

 MAC Prep and Prime | M·A·C FOUNDATION | M.A.C Powder | Lancome Mascara | NARS Blush | M.A.C Liquid Liner | MAC Lip Pencil | M.A.C EYE BROWS | MAC Lipstick in Pink Nouveau |

Credits:

Photographer: Ella H

Makeup Artist: Rachel Williamson

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Pro Photo Mag

Maxi dress

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Once upon a time, I wanted to start a Blog.

A place where I could log my experiences and create a scrapbook to look back on my life — while hoping that at least one poor sod would read it (that person most likely being myself).

With a full-time job, I have limited time to dedicate to my love of blogging. I’m thrilled to announce that as of today, I’m free as a bird. I quit my job to travel the world. They say your dreams. I’ll let you know if it was the right decision.

Today I relaunch this Blog with an editorial called Fire, shot by super talented Photographer: Ella H and creative Makeup Artist: Rachel at the Tate in London. A wonderful way to say goodbye to my beautiful city where I have lived for five years.

I name this post, Fire because red is the colour of energy, passion, and action; it’s also a symbol of luck in Chinese which I’ll be needing when embarking on my new journey. This ASOS billowing red chiffon maxi dress could quickly breathe new life into anyone.

ProjectM is a style, travel, beauty, and lifestyle Blog.

I will be launching my travel and foodie posts early 2015.

You’re welcome to join me in my adventure.

Monica x

Location: Tate Britain, London

 ASOS Red Maxi Dress | Jimmy Choo Heels

MAC Prep and Prime | M·A·C FOUNDATION | M.A.C Powder | NARS Blush | Lancome MascaraM.A.C Liquid Liner | MAC Lip Liner | M.A.C EYE BROWS | YSL Red Lipstick |

Credits:

Photographer: Ella H

Makeup: Rachel Williamson

Published in:

Flawless Magazine

Pro Photo Mag

Red Dress

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About:

Hi, I’m Monica: Wanderluster & Dreamer. I fill these pages with my life & adventures.

What are you like if I met you in person?:

Weird. I’m the girl who always looks lost and has her shirt on back to front. I’m that girl.

What’s your blog about?:

It’s a lifestyle, style, travel and food blog — all of my favourite things, across various chapters of my life, under one roof. My aim is to be different from the other bloggers. I want to give you more than pictures of my face and outfits in various angles. I want to pass on my life-learnings to you. I want us to build a life we love, life in colour.

What is ProjectM?:

In 2014, I decided to quit my job to live my dream of travelling around the world, which I can wholeheartedly say was the best decision of my life. Subsequently, throughout my blog, I encourage you to run for your dreams. My blog originally launched as a style diary. During my backpacking adventure, I released a travel category. I named my experience ‘ProjectM’. In 2016, I changed my blog name to The Wong Blog, but I kept the name of my travels.

 Are you also a model?:

Yes. I’m a commercial model (the non-catwalk kind). I occasionally appear in adverts and films. My portfolio is here.

How do you stay so slim when you eat so much?:

You can read about that here

What camera do you use?:

I use my iPhone 6S – as a big camera is a faff to carry around. I’ve recently brought this DSLR camera to take get better at photography — tips would be much appreciated.

Can I contact you?: 

Yes, of course! If you have a burning question, please get in touch via my social media channels.

Lots of love Monica x

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