Fashion Passion

This month marks Sydney Is Fashion – the time when the top designers, models and fashion bloggers come to the city to find out what’s in and what’s out.

Whether you enjoy dressing up, dressing down or following the latest trends, there’s something for everyone during the month of September. If you’re like me and love a bargain, you’re also in luck because lots of stores are holding special sales and discount days, so it’s the perfect time to start adding to your spring and summer wardrobe.

The most talked about event will surely be the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival which will run from 24 September, where the top Australian fashion designers will be showcased on the runway at Sydney’s Town Hall. If you can’t make it, follow all the action on the Festival’s Facebook Page.




There’s also a really cool Re-Fashion event happening so that you can get advice on how to mend or up-cycle a pre-loved piece of clothing. It’s proven to be very popular, so there’s a waitlist but why not put your name down!


If you’re in the chic Surry Hills area, why not try out the FREE Urban Walkabout Food Tour in the area on Saturday – the perfect addition to a day of browsing or shopping.

The city centre shopping district of Pitt Street will be buzzing with shoppers trying to pick out the latest key accessories and fashion pieces. Westfield Sydney is hosting a fashion event this weekend, but even better, why not enter the competition to win a $1,000 gift card to spend on a new spring wardrobe!

We know that lots of SIBT students are trend setters on campus and enjoy experimenting with lots of different looks. One student in particular, Mia Tran, loves fashion and make up, and has given us some top make up tips which are easily done at home! Mia has her own blog which you can check out at Some other SIBT students also went on a fashion tour of the city centre and picked out their top looks for Spring.

So whatever style you’re into, make sure to get involved and check out Sydney’s fashion scene!

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Student Fashion Trends

Recently, some SIBT students went in search of the latest Spring/Summer fashion trends in Sydney. Here’s what they found…


We were all really excited to find the latest spring/summer fashion trends in Sydney. We discovered that the upcoming spring and summer trends include using sorbet color, tropical pattern and Head-to-Toe White.  We looked at different stores in the shopping center such as Hugo Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo, Channel, Zara, Topshop to find out the newest fashion and accessories in Sydney.

Topshop and Zara were our favourite store picks. Both brands originate from European countries such as UK and Spain; and the majority of Australians love to shop in those stores because Europe is famous for fashion!

Zara’s clothing and accessories are tended to be smart casual and business attire such as suit for males; shirt, pencil skirt and dresses for females, the customers are around the age of 18 to 48 and the prices of the product are generally more expensive. In addition, Zara have a child/baby sections for younger customer.

group3While Topshop’s clothing and accessories tend to be more casual and informal so as to attract younger customers around the age of 14 – 25. Also, the prices of the product are less expensive compared to Zara so it’s a great place for students!

Students: Jamshaid HAKIMZADAH,  Tsz Ching HO,  Anthony HU,  Phuong Mai NGUYEN

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Student Make Up Tips

Hi, I’m Mia and I’m a past SIBT student. I studied at SIBT and now I’m studying at Macquarie Uni. It’s my dream to become a TV presenter but in my spare time I am a make up artist and I just love make up and fashion. Below are my make up tips for students. Trust me, I know this, because I’ve made mistakes too, many times!


Mia1The first makeup mistake is wearing the wrong foundation shade. As you can see, on the left side of my face, the foundation is way too dark for my skin.

The one on my right isn’t too bright, just because compares to the darker foundation of the other side of my face, it looks a bit too light in photo. However, even your foundation is slightly lighter than your skin, don’t worry because we can always darken it by adding bronzer and contouring powder to it.



Because I have a very oily skin, powder has always been a must for me. I use powder just set my foundation in place and keep it last all day. There is one thing that I have done many many times before and have seen many girls have done as well is using a foundation powder over foundation. Foundation powder is meant to be worn on its own, not over another foundation, otherwise it will make your skin look very thick and cakey, unless you want an extra full coverage.

Mia2On the left side of my face, I’m using the Bobbi Brown Foundation Powder. As you can see, the powder makes my skin look very heavy.

On the right side of my face, I’m using my Chanel Finishing Powder. This loose powder doesn’t only help me set my base in place but also brightens up my skin and gives it that flawless healthy looking finish.


A brown smokey eye is a great option if you want a dramatic look, without being too dark. Adding a pop of gold really open up and brightens up the eye and adds a bit of light to make the eye really stand out.

When it comes to eye shadow, it is important to take your time blending, because you don’t want to end up looking like a panda bear or you’ve been bruised. So be patient and take your time!

I highly suggest investing your money in good eye brushes. I use a flat top brush, a point brush, a fluffy brush and a blending brush.


Mia5If there is one thing completely changes my eyes, it is eyeliner. I don’t know whether you have noticed this, but Asian girls love big eyes. The thicker the line you draw, the bigger your eye will look. However, as you can see on my left eye, I have dragged the line way too far that it makes my eye look even smaller.

Another tip is that when you use pencil eyeliner, always make sure that the top is sharpened so that it allows you to achieve that accurate winged line.


Mia7And of course, lashes! Before applying mascara or false lashes, don’t forget to curl your lashes. This step will help to open up your eyes and to combine your real lases with the false lashes you are going to apply.

Using a tweezer will help you place the lashes more precisely.



Mia8I love brows! The problem is I wasn’t lucky enough to be born with thick full eyebrow.  So eyebrow pencils have always been my best friend!

Here I’m using The Face Shop eyebrow pencil to fill in my eyebrow and Maybelline Brow Drama Mascara to set my eyebrows in place. The mascara is not completely necessary but I guarantee the end result will be so beautiful! (Brush upward for strong, sculpted eyebrows)


I love contouring my face! It gives me cheekbones and a V-line chin instantly without having to do plastic surgery or photoshop my photo! Always start off with less than you need and apply more because it’s easier to add more than it is to take it off. Over contouring will make your face appear heavy and cakey.


Bobbi Brow Apricot has always been my go to blush since it gives me justMia13 enough color to my skin but also very neutral and not over the top on the cheek.

When it comes to blush, where you place it is just as important as what color you choose. The lower you apply your blush, the chubbier your face will look.




I love the Inglot Highlighter. When I’m not doing something too bronzy, this highlighter is perfect; because it is so vanilla, it really compliments my skin.

Don’t forget less is more. Too much highlight will make your face look oily.


WMia17hen the weather gets colder, I tend to move away from nude or dark lip colors and into brighter tones, and the YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01 is perfect for that.

Whenever I do a full bold lip, I like my lips to look as sharp and clean as possible. So after applying the lipstick, I always go back with a sharp flat top brush with a tiny bit of liquid foundation to clean out the excess.

Now if you want your lips to look fuller, this is a tip for you. Take any of your dark shade powders and a small point brush, go back in and place it right underneath your lower lip. This will contour your lips, gives it gradient to make it pop out even more.

Mia18Unlike the red lipstick I’ve used on my right face, as you can see in this photo, this nude lipstick is way to light for my skin. It dries out my lips and just makes them look very fake and flakey.




And here is the finished look guys! I really hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and have learnt something from it. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and channel to see more tutorial like this. Thank you x



Left face:
  • Lancôme Foundation
  • Bobbibrow Foundation Powder in Porcelan
  • MAC Eye shadows in Saddle, Amber Lights, Dark Brew, Dance in the Dark
  • Maybelline Big Eye Eyeliner Pencil
  • Pretesa Eyelash Curler
  • Beauty By Mia False Lashes – Gwiyomi
  • Maybelline The Falsie Volume Express in Black Drama
  • The Face Shop Eyebrow Pencil in Brown
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contouring & Highlighting Palette
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot
  • Inglot Multicolor System Highlighting Powder
  • Inglot Sparkling Dust Face, Eye, Body
  • ELF Lipstick
Right face:
  • Dior Star Foundation in
  • Chanel Finishing Powder
  • MAC Eye shadows in Saddle, Amber Lights, Dark Brew, Dance in the Dark
  • Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner
  • The Face Shop Liquid Eyeliner
  • Pretesa Eyelash Curler
  • Beauty By Mia False Lashes – Gwiyomi
  • Social Eyelash Glue
  • Maybelline The Falsie Volume Express in Black Drama
  • The Face Shop Eyebrow Pencil in Brown
  • Maybelline Brow Mascara in Medium Brown
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contouring & Highlighting Palette
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot
  • Inglot Multicolor System Highlighting Powder
  • Inglot Sparkling Dust Face, Eye, Body
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01
Brushes used:
  • Real Technique Stippling Brush
  • Real Technique Eyeliner Brush
  • ZOEVA 227 Luxe Soft Definer
  • ZOEVA 230 Luxe Pencil
  • ZOEVA 231 Luxe Petit Crease
  • ZOEVA 228 Cream Cheek
  • ZOEVA 126 Luxe Cheek Finish
  • ZOEVA 105 Luxe Highlight
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Brush
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