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KAT VON D LOCK IT TATTOO FOUNDATION REVIEW

Since I was 16 I have been loyal to one foundation, and that is the MAC studio fix fluid. Lately, I haven’t really been liking the consistency and coverage that it was giving me, so I made an irrational decision to try something new. In those uncontrollable moments when you realise it’s pay day and you haven’t bought yourself anything exciting in a week, sometimes you make irrational decisions. I however, did not.

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Yeah but can your bronzer do this?

Mine can.

Like I mentioned in my MAC Cream Colour Base review, I am obsessed with products that I can use multiple ways.

Rightfully named, the NARS Le Multiple makeup stick is possibly the coolest product i’ve purchased. It comes in 10 different colours, and I bought the shade Na Pali Coast, which is a beautiful copper colour with a shimmer. The best thing about it is that it’s intended that you use it on your lips, cheeks and eyes, even simultaneously.

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The consistency of the product itself is a cream to powder formula, so when you apply, it blends really easily but still has the pigmentation and durability of a cream.

I use Na Pali Coast as a bronzer more than anything because I find the shade works really well in creating dimensions in my face under my cheekbone to contour, but also doubles as a blush if I build it up. That was actually what persuaded me to buy it, because I was looking at the shade Orgasm, which is gorgeous, but I already have the powder blush, and wanted something slightly more versatile.

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I’ve used it on my eyes as well, and it’s really pretty, but I think it’s more suited to someone with brown or darker eyes, because my hazel eyes were too light for it. I also feel like it’s a colour that looks awesome with a dark crimson lip, which I did, but my skin is also a bit too pale for both products together.

With that being said though, I think Na Pali Coast is a great colour for anyone. It’s so unique and the contrast of the silver shimmer with the copper really doesn’t tailor it to a certain person.

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Overall, I’ve got nothing but praises for this product, and would love to try out some of the other colours in NARS’ The Multiple range.

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Style Crush: Kylie Jenner

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It’s been quite a while now that i’ve been keeping a close eye on KJ’s style, but there’s something about the cliché blue lob and over lined lips that has stopped me from sharing my observations. I think I was just worried that I would seem like another basic trend follower, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t care because… why should I?

Kylie can literally go from elegant and sassy to Coachella ready in 0.00 seconds and no matter what style she tries, she pulls it off. Not only are her outfits on point all the time, but so is her makeup and hair. It’s literally like she doesn’t put a foot wrong, which reminds me, Kylie could (and does) wear plain jeans and a singlet top, and always has the most incredible shoes which make the whole outfit. Here’s what I mean:

kjI think what I like most about Kylie’s style is that it reminds me that anyone with any means can look chic without breaking the budget. Say you invest in good, gorgeous pairs of shoes in neutral colours, you can easily add an air of effortless style to an otherwise plain outfit. Finish the look with unique jewellery and you’ve got yourself a super easy, super chic look with minimal effort!

 

2014/2015 beauty favourites!

I know i’ve spoken about some of these products before, but I literally couldn’t have started 2015 with a bang without them!!! They are very basic, simple products that have managed to revolutionise the way I apply and think of makeup.

First up is the Maybelline New York Colour Elixir in Blush Essence

What a little pocket rocket! This lip gloss is literally the only gloss that I like!!! It’s not sticky or gooey and my hair doesn’t get stuck to it! It’s a miracle! The colour stays on, and is durable, especially during work, but I found that it comes off really quickly after devouring tacos so… take care.

favouritesNext is the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer 

This was my first bronzer, which I purchased because I was too scared to spend big $$$ on another brand just in case I couldn’t contour properly. Originally I tried the NARS Laguna Bronzer at Mecca Maxima, when I asked one of the girls to show me what it would be like to contour. She matched my colours to a perfect blush as well, which was the Bobbi Brown Nectar blush. However, I couldn’t justify spending $45 on a bronzer in the event that I couldn’t replicate the look, so instead I went to Priceline and purchased this bronzer. Lucky I did because it’s so good, especially for a drug store label! Since purchasing it, I have worn it everyday, and now i’m addicted to bronzing and contouring. It’s very easy to apply and it’s pressed formula makes it very easy to control when applying. It blends well and the shade is great for many different skin tones!

I also really love the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 

It’s actually perfect in many ways! I find it hard to find a good concealer because my skin has a lot of imperfections and scars, and some concealers crease into the scars or highlight the imperfections, rather than hide them! This concealer, however, makes my skin look flawless!!! Of course, it doesn’t make the 3D seem 2D, but it does hide redness, dark circles, scars and the appearance of imperfections. What I like about this product is the consistency, because it’s quite thick and you don’t need a lot of it. Dark circles literally disappear and there are no creases under my eyes! I have and will continue to recommend this product to everyone I know, because everyone deserves a perfect concealer #you’rewelcome

The best beauty purchase I have made to date is the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Trio which included mini versions of Primrose, Fig, and Legendary

I use Primrose on a daily basis because it’s literally the perfect shade of nude ever. It’s visible, trans-seasonal and requires little to no effort! It’s the type of shade you can wear with the most simple base and it seems like you’ve really put an effort into your makeup, when really, you put it on in the car on the way to the train station.

Fig is a really unique colour, and I absolutely love it! It’s a mix of red and purple (but mostly purple) and it’s probably the only purple pigmented lipstick that actually suits me! I’ve also seen this shade swatched a few times on different people and it seems very universal!

Legendary is a great shade of red, however i’m still hung up on my Chanel red (104 Passion), but because of the convenient size of Smashbox’s ‘Legendary’, I bring it with me to touch up when i’m out. It blends really nicely and I love the texture, even when I use it as the base colour.

Only recently have I gotten into body mists, and my favourite is the Victoria’s Secret Bombshell. It’s classic VS and the scent matches perfectly with my favourite perfumes (Vera Wang Pink Princess, Calvin Klein Euphoria, D&G La Roue De La Fortune). It’s a very unique, fresh fragrance but it isn’t very fruity, which is what I like about it. I’m not a massive fan of fruity, light fragrances, which is why Bombshell is perfect because it’s not a heavy scent, but it’s very iconic. It has hints of musk amongst blond-woods and oakmoss which tones down the top notes of tangelo, pineapple, strawberry, and purple passionfruit, which would be a very fruity scent without these dry-down notes. It also has middle notes of Jasmine, peony, and white orchid  (my three favourite flowers). These scents combined create the perfect body mist that blends well with other fragrances and suits many people.

I’ve spoken about the NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok before, but I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. Why? you may ask: because I’ve experimented and have learned the best way to apply it. I always loved the colour of the lipstick, but I had a constant battle with the product once it was on because the matte aspect of it dried out my lips quickly and would peel my skin, making my lips look flakey. I even stopped using it for a while because I was wearing it to work, and didn’t have time to re-apply during my shift to re-hydrate my lips and re-apply. Then I invested in an invisible lip liner from Too Faced, and that’s when everything changed! I would line and fill in my lips with the invisible liner, which not only moisturised, but formed a primed base for my lipstick. Since using the two together, the lipstick doesn’t crumble, it stays on for hours, feels really comfortable, and applies easily! I would definitely recommend that you use a moisturising liner underneath NARSpure matte lipsticks to get the ultimate effect of the product, and value for your money!

These past few months I’ve barely ever left the house without eyeliner on, and I mostly use the Sephora Collection Long Lasting Eyeliner [with] High Precision Brush, which is my favourite liquid eyeliner ever, but sadly I’ve run out, so to save myself from heartbreak, I’ve been using the Maybelline Eyestudio gel eyeliner, which is actually really good! At first, it’s a little hard to apply, especially if you’re used to liquid eyeliner, but once you get the hang of it, it is a really great product! It hardly smudges in my creases (which the Sephora liner does) and it doesn’t flake off (like other gel liners i’ve tried). For a drugstore purchase, it was very worth it! Just be aware that the brush that comes with it is horrible and no matter if you’re an eyeliner expert, you will not be able to get incredible results, or make the most of the product with that applicator! which is why I invested in the

Real Techniques silicone tip brush

I’ve dedicated a whole post to this brush, which you can read here. It still appears in this post because I really do love it!

Usually i’d say that my favourite lip liner is my MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, but I only have that in one colour, which is frustrating considering I have many shades of lipstick and my MAC liner is hot pink. I needed something that was universal, that I can use for every lipstick that I had. When I found the Too Faced Borderline Invisible Lip Pencil, I wasn’t too sure about how good it would be. Then, when I saw it on sale, I didn’t even hesitate to purchase it and try it. Now, I have never looked back.

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I think this liner has absolutely revolutionised how I wear lipstick. It’s the most convenient product I have ever tried, and not only that, the product itself moisturises and primes the lips, creating the perfect base for which ever lipstick you want!!! This is one product that I think is severely underrated! It’s probably my equal absolute favourite to the…

NARS Albatross highlighter!

I’ve saved the best till last! This is the perfect product that will help you to get the perfect summer, bronzed, glowing look (the highlighter provides the glow… obviously) I use this highlighter on my cheek bones and along my jaw line to give extra definition to those areas, then I use a little bit of blush on my inner cheeks to finish the look. The highlighter also goes above my brows to define them a little more and give them the illusion of perfect shape even if the shape isn’t actually on point. I heard a lot of warnings about looking like a disco ball after using Albatross but I’ve noticed that if you apply gently to your brush, it’s very easily avoided. Also, this product blends out easily if need be, while still being durable. It’s actually the perfect product!!! I recommend NARS Albatross 100% to anyone and everyone who wants the best contour!!!

 

There you have it! My favourite beauty products of 2014/2015! Let me know what you think about these products if you’ve tried them and feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Beauty Haul & Wish List!

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There isn’t much that makes me feel like it’s christmas and i’m five years old anymore, which is a bit sad, but nonetheless, a makeup haul sure induced that feeling!

Between my makeup application at Mecca Maxima Highpoint, Priceline’s 40% off sale, and email notifications about Smashbox’s limited edition lipsticks all in one week, it was safe to say that maybe I over-splurged on cosmetics…

I must admit, I have no regrets what so ever! So what I was short $0.25 to buy a friend’s birthday present this week?! Who cares that my purse is left with a very lonely $0.10 piece? not me! 

Smashbox Be Legendary Limited Edition Lipstick Trio – $25

Umm who wouldn’t buy three perfectly sized mini lipsticks in a pack with gorgeous, vibrant colours?! Did I mention that they’re limited edition?

Maybelline New York Color Elixir lip gloss – RRP $17.95

Did someone just say 40% off at Priceline? Not only that, but I had a $10 reward voucher, so technically, I bought two for the price of half of one… winning.

NARS Albatross Highlighter – $39

I caved. It’s been on my wish list for too long and contouring without highlighter just doesn’t seem right! I’ve literally used this highlighter non stop since purchasing it! Originally, I couldn’t justify spending $39 on a highlighter, but since I did, I do not regret it one bit!!!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – $35

There is literally nothing better than being able to hide imperfections without caking your makeup. Thanks, NARS.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick – $35

Every body needs a quality nude lipstick, okay?!

Kit Cosmetics False Eyelashes – $17

What’s a makeover without false eyelashes? Go hard or go home!

Now, I don’t know why I felt I needed to justify my purchases, but it seems like my hip pocket nerve feels a little better now…

However, my beauty wish list is rather long, and instead of listing the items, i’ll link you! I like to call this the “if I could, I would” wish list!

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Quite the formal occasion…

I have been incredibly delayed in posting these past few weeks. With the conclusion of my final exams, my year 12 formal, training for work, and finally, actually working, I have had little to no time to properly edit all of my drafts!

With that being said, however, here I am, finishing what I started and meant to do almost two weeks ago!

On November 19, at 2:00pm, I was free from the burden that was exams. After (accidentally)  swearing on my Italian exam, and stressing about my formal dress for weeks, the day had finally come; the day that I had planned to do none other than prepare solely for that night. I booked a makeup application appointment with Mecca Maxima at Highpoint, and then a hair styling appointment at my favourite local salon, Linear in Caroline Springs.

The makeup artist, I believe her name was Jess, was incredibly sweet, and so talented. I felt like crying when I had to wash off my eye makeup! They don’t call them makeup ‘artists’ for nothing!

As a result of the makeup application, I could redeem $90 worth of products!!! I was so excited because I had been planning and waiting for this for months!

I redeemed:

 Kit. Cosmetics False Eyelashes (paparazzi)

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (In Custard)

 Nars Albatross Highlighter 

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok

Yes, I know, Nars overload, but boy was it worth it!!! 

My formal dress was from a boutique called Seagulls of St. Kilda on Acland Street, and after a lot of deliberation, I fell in love with this dress!

The only complaint that I can make is that my ridiculously un-photogenic self doesn’t have one decent full length photo from the night! Regardless, here are my attempts!

Beauty haul and November Favourites will be up soon!

DS xx

This month’s beauty must have!

This month's beauty must have!

I literally just spent the best $15 of my life. I can’t even begin to describe the joy that this incredibly thin little brush gave me!

A few months ago I purchased the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner and was so disappointed that the brush that it came with just didn’t work. It was too flimsy and had no precision what.so.ever.

Due to this, I gave up on the idea of gel eyeliner all together. Instead I kept on using my Sephora Collection Long Lasting Eyeliner which is a fantastic product, but I did want to venture out and try a gel.

I looked into buying an Artiste Flat Liner Brush or their Angled Liner Brush. I also considered the Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush, but when I took a look at the brushes, I noticed that with a little pressure, the lines would be really think, as the bristles of the brushes widened.

That’s when I discovered the silicone tip brush.

Once I purchased, tried and tested the brush, It left me speechless. It was as if I suddenly became an eyeliner goddess. With a small dabble in the gel pot, and a quick, easy stroke, my eyeliner was flawless. I couldn’t believe it!

If you’re having trouble getting the perfect gel eyeliner look because of your tools, look no further than the Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush! 

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Real Techniques
$9.59 – thehut.com

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin review!

It’s a known fact that a good base provides the foundation for a good makeup day (no pun intended) and sometimes having a good base requires a lot of time and effort to ensure that coverage is smooth and flattering.

It’s no secret that my skin isn’t the easiest surface to cover, not only do I have way too many acne scars, but because of the stress i’ve been under this year, I also have my fair share of unwelcome blemishes. So, along with the redness and the new oil that has developed in my T-Zone (which never existed until 3 months ago) I have had many difficulties finding a decently priced foundation and concealer that would actually work.

For a few months I was using the Rimmel London ‘Wake Me Up foundation and concealer, and although it was a great product, lately I felt that “good enough” just wasn’t good enough. Once that ran out I switched to the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation, which is really good, the coverage is great and the consistency is comfortable but also reliable. A few days after purchasing this, however, I was given the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation and concealer. Since hearing about it’s release, I was very interested in trying it, but never got around to buying it, so when the opportunity to review the product came about, I jumped at it straight away!

Firstly, once I got past the excitement of receiving these products, I unwrapped the package as if I were a five year old and was unwrapping the biggest christmas present ever. Looking at the two bottles filled me up with pride – I was finally seeing physical results of blogging! (or as I like to call them – “Blogger Perks”)

Then, once the excitement subsided and I showed the unopened products to everyone on my Snapchat list, I ventured off to try the products!

The foundation at first seemed like it had a very thin consistency, which worried me because I thought “great, imagine how quickly i’m going to get through this!” because one pump didn’t seem enough to cover my face. Before adding a second pump, I thought I should see how much product comes out with one pump. It was actually the perfect amount! Then the second thing that crossed my mind was “Okay, so if the consistency is so thin, but the amount was good, should I use a second pump to make sure that I have a good coverage?”. The answer was no! The SuperStay Better Skin foundation gave me an even coverage that hid a lot of my scars… and this was without concealer!

Then I added the concealer on top of my scars and blemishes (mostly on my cheeks) and found that the scars disappeared and the redness no longer existed! It seemed almost too good to be true! Then I thought “okay so if it’s covering this well, I don’t think it will last in the heat this coming summer” especially considering how thin the consistency really was. Lucky for me, Melbourne weather pulled through to give me a beautiful 29 degree day, perfect product testing weather!

Here is just some background info about the SuperStay Better Skin products:

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin is Maybelline’s first vitamin enriched long wear foundation with skin improving Actyl-C. It provides all-day coverage and even has SPF 14!

So to break that down, it’s a bottle full of facial goodness that not only covers imperfections, but helps to improve them, while protecting your skin from the harsh UV rays that you may encounter!

May I just say that after almost 5 days of using the SuperStay Better Skin products, I am not disappointed! For the price, this product is fantastic! The only (somewhat) negative comment I can make about this product is that sometimes I accidentally dispense too much concealer just from holding the bottle, so honestly, if packaging is the only concern, I wouldn’t worry at all about the abilities of this product.

I am happy to say that I’ve found a economically priced foundation and concealer duo that actually works for me, and provides my skin with the coverage it needs! I can only imagine how great this product would be for people who don’t have as many skin problems as I do.

This product also claims to give you “better looking skin in 3 weeks” – Although i’ve only had it for almost a week, I can see that it actually does help my skin. The oil that I complained about earlier doesn’t build up when i’m wearing it, and i’ve noticed that it hasn’t aggravated my skin like a lot of other products do. I’ve also noticed that I can use this product without primer and the coverage lasts all day!

… To think I was going to spend $59 on a NARS foundation!

I will do a product update in 3 weeks to confirm whether the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation and concealer really does give you better skin… I have very high hopes!

For now though, I do recommend this product to everyone who is in need of a great foundation for a great price!

You can get the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation ($21.95) here, and the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer ($14.95) here

Beyoncé: Get the look!

This is probably one of the best outfits i’ve seen Beyoncé in! It’s so effortlessly elegant, cool, and collected!

You can get the look below! 

Topshop blue crop top
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Daniel Hechter skirt
$97 – zalando.co.uk

How to: smart casual

Got somewhere to be? Do you have work meetings or interviews and never know what to wear? Well, I can give you a run down of the basics!

In the cold, corporate world there is a strict dress code, and first appearances mean almost everything. Here are some rules to abide by for the next time you find yourself in a spot of bother.

1) Block colours are a necessity. In many instances, an employer is not only looking for professionalism, but also for personality. Depending on the work place, playing it safe and practical is probably the best way to go. Black and white is always perfect, because you can still wear things that are suited to your style, but also come across as a well put-together person!

2) Watch the length of your skirt. You don’t want to be walking up stairs while desperately tugging at your skirt. If it’s a loose fitting skirt, the wind is your worst nightmare!

3) Basic and elegant makeup. This means that you’ll probably have to save the electric blue eyeliner and baby blue eyeshadow for the weekend.

4) Practical shoes. What position are you applying for? What type of job? Wearing your gorgeous sky high heels is probably great practise for your next outing, but probably not the best idea for your interview! Heels are definitely acceptable, just make sure you know how to walk in them!

5) Coming from the person who adores ripped jeans – Don’t even think about wearing them for your interview! So maybe you want to wear black pants, great idea! You can probably get away with wearing black jeans and making them fit into the ‘smart casual’ bracket. Ripped jeans, however, are a massive no!

Stick to things like shirts (that actually fit you!), plain skirts, black pants and comfortable shoes!

Below i’m wearing:

  • Missguided Morticia Skull Lazer Cut Bodycon dress in black
  • Bardot oversized military coat
  • H&M Boots and Bag

Spring chic

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There is nothing about this look that I wouldn’t wear. I was actually quite proud of the sophistication that radiates from this edit! I’m going to try to bring this look to life in the near future, and I cannot wait for the day to come! This neutral look literally has me yearning to purchase every piece and wear it every day for the next two years (all practicality aside, of course)

As a side note, I’m also looking for every excuse to purchase the Urban Decay Naked2 palette, and the idea of this gorgeous form fitting, city chic look is making the temptation really really hard to resist!

You too can get this look below!

Altuzarra brown skirt
net-a-porter.com

Wonderland Shape Thong Body
$29 – nelly.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors leather purse
$500 – vanmildert.com

MARC BY MARC JACOBS watch
$265 – johnlewis.com

ChloBo star necklace
$565 – the-dressingroom.com

Michael kors cosmetic
$55 – escentual.com

Beauty product
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On Trend: Faux Leather Skirts!

One of the chicest skirts to ever grace the streets – Faux leather skirts!

 The versatility with the simple, leather look skirt is incredible. This skirt can be anything that you want it to be. Elegant? check, Casual? check. 

The faux leather skirt is the biggest staple in street style at the moment, for anyone and any style!

I want everyone to stop considering the leather skirt as a risk, and befriend the amazing piece, as there are styles and cuts to suit everyone, every shape, and every mood!

Here are some more examples of how you can style a leather skirt for various occasions! (Excuse the poses, i’m a writer and stylist, not a model!)

Favourite beauty products July/August

 

 

So I must admit, most of these products I have had before July/August but I have become absolutely hung up on these products, and have or will use them excessively, and recommend you do the same!

Let’s start with the basics which should become of your skin care regiment (if they aren’t already). I absolutely love the Formula 10.0.6 skin care range, and I use So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser  which is a 2-in-1 cleanser and toner, which doesn’t require any water. All you do is use makeup remover pads, a few drops and voila! Of course, I only use this when I feel very lazy or don’t have time to wash my face properly, but this definitely does the trick. It cleanses well and leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth.

Also from Formula 10.0.6, I use the Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser which uses passionfruit and green tea to keep my skin clean and oil free, while the green tea exfoliates!

But, I don’t just use these products alone. For Christmas in 2012, my mum bought me the Models Prefer Skin Cleanser, which is almost exactly like a Clarisonic Cleansing System, but is a quarter of the price! This system comes with four attachments: A soft bristled brush, a normal brush, a  sponge applicator, and massage fingers. I found that the normal brush is too harsh on my skin, as I have very sensitive skin, but after cleansing with it, I feel like I have also taken away a layer of skin, which is actually a good thing. Normally though, I use the soft bristled brush because I don’t wear that much makeup (normally just foundation and concealer). The sponge applicator is good for moisturiser, but I don’t use it often because I noticed that it doesn’t apply the moisturiser in a way that makes it blend into my skin, but rather leaves a thin layer in certain areas which I then need to massage in by hand. As for the massage fingers, I find them a bit awkward to use, but they do feel relaxing! When my jaw feels tense from clenching (which I do often), I use the massage fingers to hover over the sore area (externally) and find that it does release tension, but unless you open your mouth and separate your teeth, you might feel a very discomforting vibration through your teeth! The system is battery powered, which is fine by me because the batteries last for a very long time! If you are considering purchasing a Clarisonic (which can range from $100-$250), I suggest you try the Models Prefer which you can purchase at Priceline or Target for $15, which basically does the exact same job, and even comes with more attachments with no extra cost! 

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 Now, moving on to makeup tools!

One of my gorgeous friends bought me Real Techniques Core Collection Cosmetic Brushes, which automatically makes her my makeup guardian angel, because since then, my foundation, concealer and lipstick has been flawless*** 

The Detailer Brush is so perfect for applying lipstick without a liner or perfecting lip arches, but also for concealing problem areas with precision!

The Pointed Foundation Brush is my best friend. It literally applies any liquid foundation evenly and the point is perfectly angled to reach all areas of the face and neck!

Finally, I use the Buffing Brush solely for powder foundation, which I use to blend around my jaw line, chin and neck to ensure that my coverage is even and that I have no foundation lines!

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What I noticed, however, is that sometimes I would be in a rush and would be unable to spend 10 or so minutes applying concealer and foundation with the brushes and taking all the precautions to make sure that everything was blended in properly, so, intrigued by  the colour and desperate to buy a product from Mecca Maxima, I purchased the Kit Cosmetics Blender Sphere which has once again revolutionised my makeup routine, and I cannot urge you enough to join in on it’s impeccable and immaculate makeup blending powers! 

The Kit Cosmetics Blender Sphere is the highly economic price of $14.99 and is literally one of the best cosmetic tools I have bought! The Blender Sphere speeds up the process of applying makeup while providing unblemished and accurate coverage. The sphere shape means that the slightly pointed ends can be used to reach smaller areas or places that require more detailed blending, while the middle of the sponge can be used to blend in the larger areas of the face.

Honestly, the Blender Sphere is a tool that I can’t imagine not using, and works so perfectly hand-in-hand with the Real Techniques cosmetic brushes!

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This month, being August and 4 months away from the opening of Sephora in Sydney, Australia, I have decided that I will continue to use the best mascara I have ever purchased.

It was the Sephora Collection Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara in Ultra Black. This mascara is perfect. I am not even exaggerating. It lengthens, volumises, perfectly separates (I hate clumped eyelashes!), and curves your lashes without the need of an eyelash curler! Not only is the quality amazing, but it does wonders for your lashes! Before this mascara, I would apply an annoying amount of mascara repetitively to my lashes, which not only damaged them, but felt uncomfortable! With the Sephora Collection mascara, I found that I only need one or two layers before my lashes look great! What’s even better? It’s affordable! 

It seems as though the Sephora Collection eye makeup products dominate above the other brands which Sephora sells, because I also love the Sephora Collection Long-lasting Eyeliner in 01 Noir Black. The precision I get with this liquid eyeliner is incredible! Before this eyeliner, I barely even bothered with liner because I already knew that it would take a miracle before I could perfect my liner, but with this product, I have been able to master the art of eyeliner multiple times thanks to the high precision ultra-fine bristle brush.

After all of that eye makeup, you’re going to need a good, gentle product that can remove the liner and mascara without tearing out lashes, creating ‘panda eyes’, or your average cleanser where you risk going red-eyed from accidentally opening your eyes to make sure you’ve removed everything before rinsing!

I use the Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. I was given this product as a sample when I purchased the mascara and liner, and I wish I purchased a bottle bigger than 25ml! All you do is apply a few drops of the serum to a makeup remover pad and gently wipe your eyes. The serum not only removes makeup, but strengthens the lashes with it’s lash strengthening complex, which is perfect for people who wear contacts and others with sensitive eyes! The product is literally for everyone so try it! 

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Lip balm seems like an easy product to buy, but a quality balm is hard to come across! A few years ago I was on a very strong medication for my skin, where dry lips were a major side effect. It was so harsh that laughing was painful, and giving people a polite smile was out of the question. Out of desperation I used Vaseline but it was so impractical, especially when I was in class, the last thing I wanted to do was pull out a jar of Vaseline. My troubles came to end end when I discovered Maybelline Baby Lips.

I’m not sure what it is, but Baby Lips has continued to be my favourite lip balm that I have ever tried. At the generous price of $3.95, Baby Lips moisturises your lips almost instantly. First, a few minutes after application, you begin to shed the dry skin (if there is any), which then leaves you with smooth and cushioned lips that taste really, really nice! I just finished my favourite Menthol flavoured balm, and today replaced it with the Mango Pie flavour, which I hadn’t tried before, but am really liking! Since trying Maybelline Baby Lips I don’t think I can use any other balm!

TFJ1Last year I won a competition, and included in the package was a voucher for a makeover with Gorgeous Cosmetics in Melbourne Central, which I redeemed and discovered the incredible lipsticks! A little short on money, I could only purchase one item that the lovely makeup artist used on me, but I am so happy I decided on the lipstick! The colour is a deep, dark red called Shiraz (M29), which is the perfect winter colour!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love my two Chanel lipsticks for their quality and vibrance, but I can honestly and justly compare the quality of Gorgeous Cosmetics to the quality of Chanel! The lipstick is long lasting and remains vibrant, and I love the canister that it’s in! Yes, the Chanel quality is slightly better (which you would expect) but Gorgeous Cosmetics lipsticks are very close in standard for a little over half the price of a Chanel lipstick!

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Finally, my 13th favourite beauty product of July/August is…

My M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in ‘More To Love‘ This hot pink liner of perfectness is exactly as described: Long wearing. What I love about this lip pencil is that the quality is so good that if I wanted to, I could wear it without lipstick by lining then filling in my lips. The colour is bold and makes a statement on it’s own! It also brings back memories, as I purchased it in Dubai Airport on the way home from Italy! The crayon texture makes it glide on accurately and smoothly, while staying on without smudging!

It’s the perfect mediator when you don’t feel like wearing lipstick, but want a beautifully vibrant colour on your lips!

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So that’s it! Those are my favourite beauty products of July/August which are gracing my makeup bag for the month!

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Also, check out my review on the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer here

Some of the best for a lot less

When I first immersed myself in the glittering world of makeup, I said to myself that I would only use “the best” of brands and products. At the time, I mostly saw makeup as a time consuming burden… I had just turned 16 and was never a massive fan of painting my face.

On my 16th birthday, I decided that I would use my birthday and christmas money to go on a shopping spree, and I had a long list prepared, and at the time, American Apparel Disco Pants were #1, but #2 and #3 were the basics of every girl’s makeup collection: Foundation and a classic red lipstick.

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I chose M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid in NC25 and Chanel Rogue Allure Lip Colour in 104 Passion. At the time, the foundation cost $49 AUD and the lipstick cost another $50. I’m about to state the obvious, but that came to a total of $99, not mentioning the extra $10 I had to spend on a foundation pump that the foundation didn’t come with. At the time, I felt like I was ballin’ because not only was I working most days of the week (during summer holidays) but my birthday and christmas fall within 13 days of each other, so $110(ish) didn’t seem like a lot.

Now days though, I definitely do not have the luxury to spend $49 on a foundation, but I ran out and desperately needed a replacement, and all I could spare was a very minimal $15. I felt like I was going from Tiffany’s to Target, but instead, I went from M.A.C to Rimmel… and I liked it.

Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, I tried the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation in 200 Soft Beige and found that I got a good coverage, no irritation and a natural looking shade! The foundation applied easily, was smooth and was long lasting. I must admit that I was very impressed; I bought a $15 foundation and was happy with it?

It was like the cosmetic gods were looking down on me, and graced me with a quality foundation for an affordable price!

One thing that I did notice, however, was that the Rimmel London Foundation required more than one pump and did make my skin become oily in the T-Zone. This isn’t much of a problem, as throughout the day my skin felt smooth and comfortable, and the oiliness would go away with some concealer or primer underneath. I also noticed that I didn’t need to use primer with this foundation. 

A few weeks later I also purchased the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer which visibly helped my skin with a regard to coverage. I don’t have the best skin, so finding a concealer that actually works isn’t that easy, but with Rimmel Wake Me Up, I was pleasantly surprised. At the RRP of $14.95, I purchased it for $12 at Priceline.

So, Inside my pretty pink makeup bag (which over time has become fuller and fuller due to a small obsession with cosmetics, specifically lipstick)  is Rimmel London’s Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer and I couldn’t be happier with the quality for the price!