Obsession: Smashbox Cosmetics

I am OBSESSED with Smashbox Cosmetics. Every Thursday night (pay-day), I find myself visiting Kit Cosmetics (love!) to ‘play’ with all their gorgeous makeup. Kit Cosmetics stock the Smashbox brand and I always manage to find something new that I need  and must have, every time, without fail.
The first time I came across this brand, I thought it would be way out of my price range. All I knew about it was that celebrities loved it, makeup artists raved about it and that I had to have it. I was pleasantly surprised by how affordable it was and the high quality of each product.

I decided to do a bit of research about my new favourite makeup brand and came across a few interesting facts.

Smashbox Cosmetics was founded by brothers Dean & Davis Factor. Does their last name ring a bell? They are the great-grandsons of makeup legend Max Factor.

Before creating their own makeup brand, these two entrepreneur brothers were recognised as style icons in Los Angeles.They combined their skills and together created Smashbox studios in 1991. They then created their own makeup brand, Smashbox Cosmetics in 1996.

Dean is a business guru with an MBA and oversees all business matters for Smashbox Enterprises. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Shannon and two young children, Claire and Alexander.

Davis is one of the world’s top celebrity and Fashion Photographers. He travels the globe on photo shoots and has photographed countless famous faces and has shot for numerous fashion and beauty magazines.

Smashbox strive to keep us all up to date with new makeup application, tips and tricks, beauty solutions and quick fixes. They are privy to insider beauty secrets and trends straight from the experts. They don’t believe in keeping secrets, and they share their knowledge and create wonderful products for women everywhere.




His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was “I do”


I absolutely love this poem that Carrie wrote for her friends on their wedding day in Sex and the City. It was no question that I would use it as one of the readings at my own wedding.

My husband and I are not particularly religious. My mum’s side of the family is and while I was growing up, I always thought that I would be married in a church. While we were planning our wedding, I wasn’t sure how to introduce this poem to our reverend at the church where we were married. During one of our meetings at our home, I decided to just show her the poem along with another one that I had decided on. I hadn’t yet fessed up that I hadn’t chosen any religious readings and there were not going to be any hymns so I was a little nervous of her reaction. She read it and thought it was beautiful and asked where it came from – to my horror! I said I just came across it on the internet…. It just slipped out! Does that make me a bad person? To make my little fib even worse, she then asked if she could make a copy to keep and show other couples for ideas for their readings….. So I said yes. What else could I say? It is a beautiful poem, but I just didn’t feel right telling her it was from an episode of Sex and the City.

After this little mishap, our new puppy who was quietly lying on his bed decided to start humping his bed. Karma? I hope she didn’t notice, although I think she did and chose to ignore it and be polite.

The Karma did turn up on our wedding day though. Paintings from an exhibition held inside the church, that were supposed to have been moved to another location for our ceremony were in fact not moved when I turned up. In my hazy marital bliss I did not actually realize that they were still there until about half way through the ceremony. This is when our reverend decided to make a sales pitch to our guests telling them to take a look at all the beautiful paintings around the room. They might even like to purchase one after the ceremony! Are you serious? Can you imagine! At this point, I looked around the church and finally noticed that these paintings were everywhere! It was such a beautiful church, but it was covered up with these not so beautiful (hideous actually) paintings. I couldn’t believe it. Our photographer did an amazing job in hiding most of the paintings in our photos. All except for the massive portrait of Jesus, dead (can I say that? Sorry…) centre of the altar. Extremely hard to miss. Extremely awful. Jesus has now been tagged in all of these photos on Facebook. That’s how obvious he was!

Anyway, a year and a half later, my husband and I are very much happily ever after. So I can now only hope that my bad karma has all been used up!

Click… Urban Artisty …Click

Urban Artistry are amazing photographers. We used this company on our wedding day. I just wanted to give a special shout-out to Richard who shot our wedding and thank him once again for such an amazing job. All the staff were extremely helpful and really fun to work with.

I remember our first appointment with Richard. He was so passionate about his work and talked us through what we would be doing on our day, what sort of look we were after and suggestions on where we could go and what we could do. We were so excited and when we told him we were definitely going to book with him, he seemed genuinely excited to share in our wedding day. After booking our photographer it really started to sink in that we were getting married! I think it was because we had been talking about the day and what we wanted and what we could do. It was funny because my husband didn’t really want to go and couldn’t be bothered trekking through the traffic after work for our appointment. On our way home, my husband and I could not stop gushing about how wonderful everyone was and how excited we were for the day.

It’s so hard to choose a photographer. The pricing is so similar and you really want the memories from your wedding day to be amazing and well, memorable.
A friend from work recommended Urban Artistry to us. His sister used them and he showed me a few of their pictures. I looked at a lot of photographers and was blown away by the beauty of the photographs and by how unique they were.

Their non album packages range from $1500 to $2400. The most popular album packages range from $3200 and $3700. You don’t have to decide what package you want until after your wedding day. So you can look at what you can afford after the big (and very expensive) day and decide then.

I would recommend getting an album. I know so many brides that have opted for the non album package meaning to make one themselves – it never happens!
We went ahead with the package for $3200. This included unlimited photos, groom’s preparation, bride’s preparation, ceremony, traditional family photos, unlimited locations, a mock cake cutting and even a framed photo. We also ordered a DVD with all our photo’s from our album on it. All the photos taken were developed and put in a special box to keep and they were also put on a CD. The album cover we chose was black leather and inside all our photos were airbrushed and set in a beautiful ivory classic matt style and a few of the pages were in a full-page magazine style. The album also came in a special bo to keep.

Urban Artistry also have an Oxfam Australia Offer where a $100 donation can be donated to Oxfam Australia and in return you will receive a CD with very high-resolution and colour correction files of all your wedding images. This will enable you to print all your wedding photos as big as a large poster size. You will also be helping to end poverty in developing countries.

I found that the team at our appointments and also on our wedding day made us feel extremely comfortable. The atmosphere was casual and relaxed and I found myself thinking, why aren’t I nervous? I never got nervous! They were punctual at each location and made everyone feel extremely comfortable and never missed a shot. We never had to re-do anything. By the end of the day I think we had it down pat. Smile, Look at each other, Kiss. Everyone loved our photographer and when we saw the photo’s a few weeks after the wedding we were ecstatic. So many of our friends have asked for the name of our photographer or have told me that they will definitely use them when they get married. I cannot rave about them enough.

Here is my favourite photo which we had framed.

Here is another one of my favourites. This was shot on the tram tracks in the middle of Collins Street. I don’t know anyone else that has these sorts of photos and I really like the idea of not having the usual shots seen in most wedding albums.

We also arranged our thankyou cards with Urban Artistry. The photo was put in a black card where we wrote on the opposite side of the photo a note in silver pen to each individual guest to thank them for their gift and sharing in our day.

The team of photographers at Urban Artistry have 25 combined years of photojournalistic experience and technique. On their website their aim is to record a moment as it happens or to have the ability to pre-empt what is about to happen and document these important moments. Spontaneous wedding photos are as exciting as they are memorable. These moments and memories will be cherished not only by us but by the generations to follow.

Weddings are just one of the things that Urban Artistry are committed to. They are also experienced with photography for family, Baby, Children, Pregnancy, Glamour and Portfolio. When we decide to have children I will definitely be getting pregnancy portraits then babies, children and family portraits. When you go into their studio, you can just see their imaginations run wild and there are so many special and unique portraits displayed on their walls.

Urban Artistry Photography

74 Johnston St
Collingwood 3066
Phone: 9416 5076

By Appointment:
Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 7.30pm;
Friday 10am to 4.00pm;
Saturday 10am to 2pm

Happy Snapping!

Love Kirst xx

*Apologies about the quality of photo’s. These were downloaded from Facebook and lost the quality in the process.*

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do….

I love a wedding – especially when it happens to such great people. My best friend Tegan got married on the weekend to the love of her life, Simon… and I was a bridesmaid! – head bridesmaid actually. If you want to get technical, it’s matron of honour – but I think this makes me sound old and chubby. So I’m sticking with head bridesmaid – or chief kahuna as I’ve heard other head bridesmaids referred to as. Tegan was also a bridesmaid at my wedding, so I understand and feel privileged to be part of their wedding day. 

The Happy Couple


We all woke up insanely early on Saturday morning and were poked, prodded and made up by the hairdresser and make-up artist.
The videographer was hilarious and made us pose and do all kinds of crazy things while we were getting ready and throughout the day and night, so I’m excited to see how that turns out. 

The wedding ceremony and cocktail reception were held at Mandala Wines in Dixons Creek in the Yarra Valley.
It was a beautiful ceremony held outside in front of the vineyard.
The reception was so much fun and the band were amazing. We danced on the checker-board dance floor under the retro coloured lights and did not stop laughing all night. 

My husband’s highlight of the night was when a woman came up to him at the reception and told him he looked exactly like Sam Worthington. Her husband said that she was going on about it all night and was asking everyone if they had seen the guy that looked like Sam Worthington yet! Well, I do think my husband is a spunk and he was pretty chuffed indeed! 

After the reception we made our way back to the rooms most of the guests were staying at. We had booked out the entire place so we created our own party in a few of the adjoining rooms. I hit the wall around 2am, however the bride and groom partied on until 5am. I have no idea how they kept going for so long but am glad to hear that they enjoyed themselves. 

The Wedding Party



I was also asked to do a speech at the reception. I wrote it and re-wrote it until I thought I had the perfect speech. I was quite confident that there might be a few tears – and there was!
When I was writing the speech I had to laugh and think of all the other speeches written before a wedding. It’s always a given that the bride will look stunning, the groom will look handsome, the bridesmaids will look fantastic and the groomsmen have scrubbed up well. We just know that this is what everyone will look like on the day. They did – thank god! So I didn’t have to re-write my speech at the last minute! 

The bride wore an ivory wedding dress with embroidery, crystal and beading detail. The dress had a sweetheart neckline and pinched skirt with lace. Ah-maz-ing! Tegan looked absolutely stunning in her gorgeous wedding dress. The bridesmaids wore beautiful knee length dresses with a V-neck and satin braided belt. The colour was called dusty lavender and they were divine. The Groom and Groomsmen wore a silvery coloured suit with black shirts and black thongs. I think we were a pretty attractive wedding party. 

It reminded me a lot of when Tegan and I used to play dress-ups when we were little. We were 5 or 6 years old and I remember Tegan wearing a beautiful white wedding dress made of silk with lace arms and strappy shoes with a little heel. She had a veil and some strategically placed lipstick of course!
Ever the trend setter, I was wearing a Mickey Mouse T-Shirt, Green Ra-Ra skirt, mighty ducks socks pulled up to my knees and Tegan’s Mum’s grey ankle boots where the heel kept getting stuck in the decking! 

Tegan & Kirsten


My bridesmaids shoes were amazing and sky high – we all referred to them as the hooker heels. So I came prepared and took a pair of thongs with me. No bare-foot skanky bridesmaid here!
During the ceremony we had to walk on grass and found it extremely hard to walk and stand still in one spot as we kept sinking into the ground. I lasted in my hooker heels for the ceremony, photo’s and about half of the reception, then my poor little feet couldn’t handle it anymore and I changed into my flats. 

T & S Wedding


I have known Tegan for just over 22 years. We met at 3 year old kinder, and we must have made some kind of impression on each other, but I can’t really remember it! We went through kindergarten, primary school, part of high school, and played netball and softball together. We even sung in the Victorian Children’s choir together with Darryl Cotton. Intense! Growing up, we always had a love/hate relationship. Like most kids we had a fight every other week, but made up again in time to go to Rollerama together on a Friday night! 

Tegan is not only my best friend, but she is basically my sister. We have shared many laughs together, cried many tears together and have gotten very drunk together. I will never forget the feeling of Tegan’s room spinning one New Year’s Eve when we were about 14 years old after one too many raspberry UDL’s. Oops – don’t tell our parents! 

The first time I heard about Simon was almost 7 years ago. Tegan and I were sitting on her bed gossiping about boys and she told me about this guy she had met at a party the night before. She told me he was totally hot and that she couldn’t wait to see him again.
When I finally met Simon, I could tell that they were smitten with each other. I had never seen Tegan like this before. In the past she had been very blaze about boys. She certainly kept them keen and treated them mean. But when I saw her with Simon it was different and I remember thinking to myself that I thought she had found, ‘the one!’ 

About 6 years later, I received a phone call from Tegan telling me she was engaged! We were screaming and jumping up and down on the phone together. I was absolutely thrilled for her. My best friend couldn’t have found a nicer guy, if I went and picked him out myself. 

The Kiss


Tegan and Simon, I am ecstatic for both of you. You truly complement one another and you are clearly very much in love. Love after all, doesn’t make the world go around… Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. And it’s a wonderful thing when two people who were made for each other manage to fall in love. I wish for them a wonderful life together filled with health, happiness and love. 

Have fun on your honeymoon in Fiji. Bon Voyage! 

Love Kirst xx