Goddess Spotlight with Michelle Greene from JAGGAD

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Hey Michelle, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for our Goddess spotlight!

Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.

I’m a mum of two, Beau 9 and Leila 7. I’ve been married to my childhood sweetheart Steve for ten years and together with our close friends we founded JAGGAD, a fashion forward sports performance brand. I studied a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne, and I am currently the Creative Director at JAGGAD. I’ve always loved fashion and strive to live an active healthy and balanced lifestyle so it is really a dream job for me. I love hanging out with my family, travelling, good food, and being active.

Michelle with her two kids Leila & beau and her husband Steven.

Michelle with her two kids Leila & beau and her husband Steven.

Favourite movie?

Notting Hill

Red wine or white?

Either!

Morning person or night person?

Definitely a night person. My me time is mostly after the kids are in bed. Catching up on the day with my husband, a little bit of work and some reality tv.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

I have a long list, but right now Dubai, Japan or Mexico.

Where and how do you work best?

It’s quite varied but generally in the office which is above our Brighton store, otherwise I’m out doing research, at photoshoots, or working from home.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Believe in yourself

Favourite quote?

I’m not a big quotes girl but this is quite a simple one “Stay Humble – Work Hard – Be Kind”

Michelle at the launch of the JAGGAD shop in Brighton, Victoria.

Michelle at the launch of the JAGGAD shop in Brighton, Victoria.

Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

There are a lot of people in the fashion industry that I am inspired by however my dad is my biggest inspiration by far.  I admire what he achieved in his business life in the retail industry and he gives me confidence every day.

 What has been your biggest challenge so far?

My biggest challenge has been learning how to find balance between being a mum, performing my role to the best of my ability, dealing with the stresses of owning a business and finding some time to myself. The juggle can be difficult at times but I go with the flow and always make sure I schedule some time out to myself at the end of each week.  

What’s your best advice for handling criticism?

Don’t take it personally, know who you are and what you stand for and be confident in that. Tomorrow is a new day.

What’s next for you and JAGGAD?

We have some fun collaborations and events coming up, watch this space…

Michelle with JAGGAD co-owners Chris Judd & Steven Greene.

Michelle with JAGGAD co-owners Chris Judd & Steven Greene.

If a young girl or boy walked up to you asking for your advice on life, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and see the positive in any situation.

For us, lipstick is something which gives us that extra boost of confidence, what gives you confidence to take on each and every day?

Being around great people - My family, friends and colleagues are my biggest support network and give me the confidence to tackle anything.

We know you are a big fan of Lou Lou Lips and we are so grateful for that! Which colour is your favourite from the Goddess range?

My favourite LLL shade is Dea Dia.


Find out more about Michelle and JAGGAD by visiting their websites and instagram pages below

www.jaggad.com

@michellegreene_

@teamjaggad

 

Makeup by Goddess makeup artist Shannon Hope. Model wears Lou Lou Lips Dea Dia 

Makeup by Goddess makeup artist Shannon Hope. Model wears Lou Lou Lips Dea Dia 

This week we're taking you into the world of our Goddesses and why it was that we based our first range around these ancient Goddesses and what they mean to us.

Lou Lou Lips wants to give women confidence to be themselves. Lou Lou Lips lipsticks add to your beauty, we don’t want to change you. We want to help all women find their confidence inside and out.

That’s why we’ve named our lipsticks after the early Roman and Greek deities. The spirits of these Goddesses were closely linked to the physical and spiritual needs of people. The Goddesses acted as an idea that people could believe in to give them strength and hope. This is what Lou Lou Lips wants to be for women through lipstick, a symbol of strength, hope, and confidence, helping them get through every day.


Aurora, the Goddess of dawn in Roman mythology, renews herself every morning and flies across the sky, announcing the arrival of the sun. Her energy represents renewal and the new hope that comes with each day.

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Dea Dia was the ancient Roman Goddess of growth. Every May, Dea Dia’s priests held a three-day festival in her honor. Dea Dia gives women the strength to continue to grow, learn and explore themselves and the world around them.

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Flora was the ancient Roman goddess of flowers and of the season of spring. She was a symbol for nature and flowers and was also representative as a goddess of youth. We are continuing to grow every day at Lou Lou Lips and Flora believes it’s never too late to grow into yourself.

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In ancient roman mythology Luna is the divine embodiment of the Moon. The moon was associated with the divine feminine and was important in ancient calendars helping people to measure time. The moon and the stars were also important in navigation. Luna represents the strength to continue navigating your own path in life.

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Nemesis was the Greek Goddess of Revenge & Divine Retribution. Nemesis was described as a remorseless Goddess, intent on her task which was “to give what is due”. We like to use Nemesis when we need strength to go out and get what we deserve. We hope she gives you your strength when you most need it.

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Venus is the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and desire. Venus is one of the most widely referenced deities of Greco-Roman mythology as the embodiment of love and sexuality. Venus encourages love to all, beginning with yourself.

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Victoria was the ancient Roman personified Goddess of victory. She was a major part of Roman society. Multiple temples were erected in her honor. Victoria was a symbol of victory over death and determined who would be successful during war. Victoria encourages women to aim for success.

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All of our lipsticks have a special meaning to us and we hope they will for you too, whether it’s the strength given to you from Victoria to face the day each morning, or the sexy confidence boost from Venus when you’re heading out for drinks, wear them whenever you need a little bit extra to get through the day.

Tory, our marketing goddess told me she's recently learnt that mascara expires which basically means that she's been using out of date mascara more often than not!

She thought that "for some reason mascara is something that would last forever, never expire or go off. Lipstick on the other hand is something that always seemd like it would have an expiration date. Perhaps because of the possibility of ingestion... whatever the reason It always as though it must have an expiration date attached to it. but my recent mascara discovery made me realise that perhaps others didn’t know this about mascara or lipstick."

So we’ve answered this question as well as a few others like: what to look for when purchasing lipstick, application tricks from lll founder lou, and colour choice. And if there’s anything we’ve missed or any burning questions you have let us know! Get in touch with us here and we'll get back to you directly.

Does lipstick expire?

Most lipsticks have a shelf life of about 3 years after opening so if you have some old lipsticks in your makeup bag (that could even be vintage lipsticks your mum owned in the 60’s) it might be time to give them the flick.

Should you pick colours based on your skin tone?

This may be a contentious answer as many people believe that you should select lipstick, eyeshadow, and clothes around your skin tone. we disagree. Other than your foundation (idealy this should match your skin tone), we say wear what you like! Confidence is the only colour you need to pull off any outfit, and if you’re happy wearing it you’ll look good no matter what colour it is. If you love a lipstick colour, and more importantly love wearing it, and love the way it makes you feel, go for it!

What is the most important quality in a lipstick?

Should it be long lasting? should it be moisturizing? Should i be looking for a particular ingredient? We all want quality ingredients in everything we buy, especially when that product is going on our skin or lips. Which is why lou lou lips has been tried and tested, is made with quality ingredients... and a bit of TLC.

Generally speaking, a high quality lipstick should be somewhere between rigid and oily, and stiff but not crumbly. But mostly it comes down to finding a brand and product that you trust and like, if you don’t like it you won’t wear it.

Lou lou lips uses limnanthes alba seed oil and jojoba oil, both highly moisturising ingredients. jojoba oil is unique in that, unlike most other vegetable oils, it closely resembles sebum, a waxy substance produced by our skin glands, so it can act as a natural skin conditioner. Limnanthes alba has excellent moisturising properties which are very good for dry sensitive skin. this oil adheres easily to the skin and does not easily disintegrate, meaning that moisturizing benefits last for hours after application.

You can read more about the ingredients we use and how lou lou lips came to be here.

What’s the deal with lip liner?

If you’re buying a good quality lipstick than you shouldn’t need a lip liner for everyday use. You might want to invest in one for those time you want to look super fancy and polished but these days most quality products don’t bleed like they used to.

Is there a trick to applying lipstick?

When applying lipstick there is no exact rule, however if you feel that every time you try to apply lipstick it doesn’t turn out the way you want I would recommend starting from the cupids bow (that's the top centre of your lips) and trace around the lips using the point of your lipstick (think of the point of the lipstick as being there to guide you) and always remember to connect the outer edges of the top and bottom lip to ensure the lips look finished.

The most important thing to remember is to pick a lipstick that is good quality. Pick colours you want to wear and that feel good on! We love using lipstick everyday, dea dia is a personal favourite, and also to glam up any outfit – luna or aurora especially if you’re really looking for a bold statement.

Love Lou Lou and Tory xx

 

As the weather continues to cool down (and with actual snow falling in the Victorian alps!), we thought we’d go through what’s making makeup news for Autumn. We all know the classic Autumn makeup looks (don’t worry we've got a quick refresher for those who are still coming to grip with seasonal makeup) but then there are all the new trends gracing the catwalks around the world... Get your notepads ready.

As Autumn fashion dictates, all the usual colours were seen – browns, oranges, and burgundies – the general range of colours that come to mind when you think of fallen Autumn leaves or any American Rom-Com set in Autumn. Think ‘When Harry Met Sally’, right in the middle, when they’re walking through the park. Divine.

This year we saw either a natural eye with a Bold lip or a bold eye with a nude lip. If it's the bold lip your going for, either keep the lashes completely bare or focus on loading them up with several coats of mascara achieving that twiggy-esque lash look.

Classic looks of smudgy smouldering browns, grey/blacks, moody maroons and deep oranges on the eyes is looking very popular. To achieve this look try not to be too particular on the placement of the eyeshadow and eyeliner. As its a smudgy look, pull back on your blending, we're wanting the overall finish to be messy-chic, clean it up too much and you're going in the wrong direction. Practice the art of intended imperfection. Finish with a gold highlight on the inner corners of the eyes.

Natural brushed up brows are still on trend and we love it! Fill them in with a brow pencil slightly, enough to define but not too much that it's noticeable. finish with a strong clear brow gel.

More often than not a dark matte or glossy lip was seen on the runways to add to the drama. If you're not a fan of the matte lip as it can be too drying for some, a hint to achieve the matte look without going full matte is to blot your lips with a tissue after applying a pigmented glossy lipstick such as one from our Goddess range, it'll give you the matte look you're going for but your lips will still be getting the hydration they need. The colour will last longer too!

Now we can’t be dramatic and moody all the time, so if you’re less about the deep dark drama and more about a bright fun finish, reds are still allowed and can be a great way to brighten up an Autumn lip. Any shade of red – deep velvety berry-red, a pop of bright pink-red or an orange-red hue, as long as it’s red you’re on the right track.

While a classic look never goes out of style, things seem to be changing. The fashion industry are doing their darnedest to celebrate all styles, cultures, sexualities and religions, and while they have a long way to go, they are definitely moving toward a more all-encompassing sense of expression in both makeup and fashion. Women of all sizes were seen on the runway: plus size models, women over the age of 70, the first Muslim model wearing a hijab. And Missoni had models wearing pink pussy hats which have become a symbol of feminism since they were first seen at the Women’s March on Washington D.C.. We believe in nothing more than self-expression, individuality, and using lipstick, makeup, and fashion to express yourself... But more on this in another blog post. Back to makeup!

 

If you’re one for mixing styles, turning up the drama or throwing out the rules entirely, then you’ll be enjoying the more modern trends.  A modern Autumn look uses similar colours as well as plenty of mixing old with new, and a strong movement toward the two-tone. Two-tone eyes and a nude lip to be exact. We’re still seeing a smudgy eye but it’s more on the side of smoky, with a mix of classic Autumn colours and a smoky dark cat eye. Brighter colours are great to mix with the classic Autumn colours creating contrast and warmth to the face.

& And to finish, there’s always room for some sparkle, and sparkle is coming back in a big way in the makeup world! This season we're seeing more golds as apposed to silver - golds work particularly well with classic Autumn colours.

So this Autumn go for a classic smudgy, natural or the two-tone eye trend, all are gorgeous. And if you really need a rule to stick to (although we generally go for the do-what-ever-feels-right rule), then it's this: if you have a bold lip go for a more subtle eye, and bold eye means a more nude lip. Or bold on bold, we enjoy it all!

Love Lou Lou & Tory xox

MET GALA TOP PICKS

Our marketing Goddess Tory has shared her top picks from this years Met Gala. From the classically beautiful tot he weirdly wonderful you can read about her views below...

Love Lou Lou xox

It’s everyone’s favourite fashion event, The Met Gala, where there’s no place for conservatism and the more feathers the better. This year’s event celebrated Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, and as always it’s given us the exquisite and the confusing, but always interesting. We saw unexpected silhouettes, trains for days, colour galore, and the most outrageous of hair styles. It hasn’t been an easy task but we’ve narrowed down our top picks from this year’s Met Gala – enjoy.

Liu Wen, Chinese Supermodel, wearing Comme des Garcons.

Liu Wen, Chinese Supermodel, wearing Comme des Garcons.

Who knew we’d be seeing denim back on the red carpet outside of the 90s? Surprisingly it is back, and even more surprisingly we don’t hate it. Wearing the designer of the night, Comme des Garcons, Liu Wen looks gorgeous and somehow manages to make denim look elegant. With sleek, pulled back hair, she’s got clean, natural makeup and a bright, bold, red lip. Combine this with a simple eyeliner and mascara, the dress and lip colour are the clear focal point of this look and we think it’s perfect.

Model Aymeline Valade wearing Marni.

Model Aymeline Valade wearing Marni.

We love a good power suit and this could possibly be our favourite ever. French model and actress, Aymeline Valade, looks stunning in this Marni blue suit with chain detailing. The colour is incredible and the pop of shine from the chains add an exciting element. Juxtaposed with a bright red lip, the glorious blue stands out even more and complements her gorgeous blue eyes.

Rhianna looking every bit Avant Garde in the designer of the night, Comme des Garcon.

Rhianna looking every bit Avant Garde in the designer of the night, Comme des Garcon.

Ri Ri can do know wrong. No matter how outrageous the outfit, Rhianna never looks out of place. Mixing architectural structure with soft floral patterns and echoing the colours in her outfit with strong pink eyeshadow and a deep red lip. Her eyeshadow picks up the pink tones in the dress and the plumb red lip picks up the plumb in the dress. And apparently her shoes took an hour to get into!

Cara Delevingne in a Chanel pantsuit.

Cara Delevingne in a Chanel pantsuit.

How could we not love Cara Delevingne with a painted silver head? It’s our second favourite power suit of the night, this time with a straight leg, bold belt and plunging neckline, it’s the sexist futuristic look we’ve seen in a long time. On top of a sexy sparkling suit, Cara has painted her shaved head silver and embossed it with diamonds (surely they’re real?!). This look could have ended up being Tin Man/robot, but in true Cara style she’s more alluring than aluminium.

Janelle Monae in a custom black and white Ralph & Russo feathered creation.

Janelle Monae in a custom black and white Ralph & Russo feathered creation.

If I could I’d have an entire list of my favourite full bodied skirts from the Met Gala (and every other event) I would, but I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that not everyone loves big skirt as much as I do. So I’ve carefully selected one that I couldn’t go past. Janelle Monae looks stunning white ruffled skirt with black feathers leading up her neck to frame her face and create the ultimate sense of drama. Her hair is a sleek throwback to the thirties with a bold rep lip continuing the drama.

Lily Rose Depp wearing bright pink Chanel.

Lily Rose Depp wearing bright pink Chanel.

If it’s not a full bodied skirt than my next favourite look has to be anything channelling the 80s. This rich shade of pink instantly takes me back to the florescent colours of the 80s but with some added femininity in the camellias and climbing vine. Paired with simple haitr, a dark eyem and a soft pink lip. she’s found the perfect balance between girly femininity and pink power.

Zendya wearing Dolce & Gabbana.

Zendya wearing Dolce & Gabbana.

Last, but by no means least, (and my personal favourite) is Zendaya in a parrot print Dolce & Gabbana dress. Zendaya is a guide to how someone can change their look solely through hair and makeup. She’s ever changing but always gorgeous. The go to hair style for an extravagant ball gown is generally a more subtle up-do, but as always Zendaya has mixed it up and rocked a bold big do. Her lipstick choice echoes the gorgeous tones of orange in the dress and is paired with a more natural eye. She’s taken a classic silhouette in as bold print and paired it with extravagant hair resulting in a subtle but Avant Garde look. And my favourite look of the night. 

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on thursday last week we worked with goddess women tess leopold @tessleopold_ and dani shreeve @danishreeve shooting our beautiful goddess range. it was a fantastic day working with these two women in their element. check out the video below for a sneak peek.