Saturday, May 16, 2015

Becca 'The One Perfecting Brush' - A Great Multi-Use Brush

So lately I have been having a bit of a love affair with my new Becca 'The One Perfecting Brush' and the main reason is that it has seriously cut down on my makeup application time.

I mainly purchased this brush because I am a bit of a sucker for hype over certain products and this brush was something that I had my eye on for a very long time. Now that I have had it for a couple of months I am definitely in love with it and have been favouring it over most of my other makeup brushes when getting ready in the morning.

The One Perfecting Brush is meant to be used for virtually all makeup products from liquids to creams to powders. It is made of non-porous goat hair which is meant to allow the product to sit on top of the bristles rather than being absorbed by them, therefore saving a lot of wastage on your makeup products and allowing for a more seamless application.

What I love the most about this brush is how soft the bristles are and how easy they make blending products onto the skin. The shape is really convenient too and allows you to get into all of the crevices on the face with ease while also allowing for more precise application on a specific area if needed.

I did notice a fair bit of fallout from this brush the first few times I used it but that wasn't really anything that bothered me too much and is usually expected when using a new brush for the first time anyway.

I also love the fact that it comes with detailed instructions on the multiple ways it can be used on the face which I have shown below.

I initially tried using this brush for everything as suggested, such as applying foundation, powder, contouring, blush and highlighting but found it a bit tricky to get into some of my smaller compacts for some of my contouring and highlighting powders because it is quite a large brush.

I found that I definitely love using it for applying my foundation as due to its size it literally covers my whole face in just a few sweeps. I also love using it for blending out my blush and for contouring as the long shape means it gives great definition to the cheekbones. I still prefer to use a smaller brush to apply highlighter and concealer though so it hasn't replaced everything as far as I am concerned.

Also, because some of the compacts or palettes I have are a bit small I find that using a blush brush to initially get the product out and first apply to the skin and then using the One Perfecting brush to blend the product out is the easiest way to go.

Have you used The One Perfecting Brush or another similar multi-use brush before and liked it? Or do you prefer to use a brush made for a specific task?

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Michelle XX

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FOTD - A Subtle Everyday Blue Eyeshadow Look

The other day I was feeling a little flat and decided to have a bit of a play with my pro-palette to create a pretty but subtle blue eye look.

Blue eyeshadow is always something I get nervous wearing but I am slowly starting to find certain ways to make it work without making me feel like I've stepped out of the 80's.

This look is very subtle and a nice way to add a pop of colour to the eyes for an everyday look without looking too overdone.

The eyeshadow shades I used are circled below:

On the top palette I used the two pale cream shades blended together all over the eyelid to start, then I applied the light blue shade on the bottom palette to the outer corners and blending into the centre of the lid. I then took the slightly darker light blue and added a little more colour transitioning out towards the outer corner. Then I took the darker blue and blended it very carefully into the crease as well as using it to line below my eyes. I then took the gold shade on the bottom palette and added this to the centre of my lids and blended everything like there was no tomorrow. I then finished the look off by lining the top lids with the black shade.

Here is a breakdown of all the other products I used for this look:

* Napoleon Perdis Sheer Genius Liquid Foundation in Look 2.
* Savoir Faire Concealer in Light
* Physicians Formula Translucent Powder
* NP Set Shimmer Highlight Duo in Peach/Pink
* Ardell Brow Defining Kit
* Almay Intense i-Colour Volumising Mascara in Midnight for my top lashes
* Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara in Black on my bottom lashes
* Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Just-Pinched Pink
* Face of Australia Lip Quench in Pink Champagne

What do you think? Can blue eyeshadow be an everyday shade?

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Michelle xx

Friday, April 3, 2015

March 2015 Favourites

March has been a bit of a mixed month for me. My skin has just decided it doesn't agree with pregnancy and has gone absolutely crazy breaking out all over the place and no amount of foundation or strategically placed concealer is making me feel much good right now.

In an effort to take some of the focus off my horrid skin I have been opting for more brighter products on my eyes and lips so here is a quick round up of a few of the products that have been on high rotation during the past month.

1) Australis Conceal & Correct 4-in-1 Concealer Corrector Palette - This little beauty has been a bit of a life saver for me lately as it contains two concealer shades (a light and a darker one), a green shade to combat redness and a lilac shade to brighten up dull areas and dark circles. It's so handy to have all these products in one little pot and until my skin calms down I'll be getting a lot of use out of this.

2) Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Just-Pinched Pink - I picked this up on sale at Coles a few weeks ago and just love it. It's such a pretty light pink shade that suits my skin tone perfectly and makes me look a lot fresher and more awake than I feel most days. I do plan on doing a review on this in the near future so stay tuned.

3)  Clinique Face Compact - This was in the last Clinique gift with purchase I fell for which I wrote about here and the lazy girl in me has been using it almost every day since. The two eyeshadow shades are just so easy to throw on without any thought and the blush is also a great everyday shade.

4) Mirenesse Inside Out 27hr Eye Kohl in Isis - I have been loving this pretty shade of blue as a pop of colour underneath my eyes when I am wearing nothing but a nude or cream shade of eyeshadow. It just seems to brighten up my eyes without much effort required at all.

5) Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Poppin' Poppy - This was another product I got in the last Clinique gift with purchase and although I wasn't very impressed with it initially, I have really grown to love it. It's a great little balm to swipe quickly over the lips when I want a teeny hint of colour and it is surprisingly moisturising too.

6) Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon in Macaron - After being so disappointed in the last FOA lip crayon I purchased in Peach Parfait which I recently reviewed here, I ended up rekindling my love for this pretty pink one instead. It's a great shade to wear for a little bit of a pick-me-up when I'm not wanting a full-on opaque lip.

7) Cherry Brown Lipstick in Hot Pink - I recently reviewed this lipstick here and have been wearing it quite a lot when I don't want to do much with the rest of my face but still want to look awake. It's a shade that just automatically makes you feel better when you're wearing it.

So, that's it for the products that I have reached for the most during the last month.

What products have you been reaching for the most lately?

Michelle xx 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Face of Australia Glossy Lip Crayon in Peach Parfait

So I grabbed this lip crayon a little while ago during a random Priceline visit as the shade looked really pretty when I swatched it in store.

Unfortunately I was severely disappointed when I got home and tried it on my lips and I still haven't really warmed to it yet.

This frosty peach/orange shade just doesn't seem to work at all with my skin tone and I actually think it makes me look years older whenever I wear it. The colour seems to really bring out the orange in my freckles too which I absolutely hate!

Face of Australia Glossy Lip Crayon in Peach Parfait - Natural Light
Face of Australia Glossy Lip Crayon on Peach Parfait - With Flash

It's such a shame really as I absolutely love the other three Face of Australia lip crayons that I have in Macaron, Sundae and Cupcake (previously reviewed here) and was looking forward to adding a new love to my lip crayon collection.

Oh well, I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

There seems to be a few different shades in this range now and I'd love to know if anyone has tried any of the others and recommend them?

Also, huge apologies for the lack of actual lip swatches lately but pregnancy has not been very kind to my skin at all and I have pimples and redness galore all over my face that no amount of foundation or concealer seems to make acceptable for face photography. I'm really hoping it calms down soon. Sigh!

Have a great week!

Michelle xx

Friday, March 27, 2015

My Latest Sephora Haul

This latest haul from Sephora was again care of my great personal shopper, aka. my hubby. Today was his last day working virtually across the road from the store (sob!) which means I won't have such easy access to this wonderful place anymore.

After a couple of days of deciding I gave him my wishlist and sent him on his way and this is what he ended up bringing home:

1) Cowshed Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel - This wasn't on my list but when I'd mentioned to him how much I loved the Lazy Cow one he got me last time he decided to get this one for me to try as well. And no, I couldn't be angry with him for getting Grumpy Cow this time as it pretty much fits how I feel these days being five months pregnant and totally over the whole thing already.

2) Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince - This was something I was really excited about as I've heard so many good things about these pencils. I originally had two different shades on my list but apparently they were both out of stock (Typical!) so hubby took it upon himself to choose this one as being the closest to one of the others I'd chosen. Quince is such a bright, rich magenta shade that I'm still working up the courage to try applying it to my lips as yet but will most likely put up a review once I do.

3) Becca The One Perfecting Brush - Hold on while I take a moment to actually think about how much I just spent on one makeup brush! This was a bit of an impulse addition to my list and I guess I was almost secretly hoping deep down that they would be out of stock so that I wouldn't have to feel guilty about buying one. But, low and behold they had plenty of stock and now I am the proud owner of one of these beauties. I don't know why I had to have one but I just did and I can't wait to see if it is worth all the hype.

4) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Fearless - This was on my list and the exact shade I wanted too! I am probably the only beauty lover in Australia that did not already own one of these puppies so I can now breath a big sigh of relief.

I did have a couple of other items on my list that apparently weren't in stock or just weren't stocked in the Australian store (bummer!) so I will have to keep these on my wishlist for the future.

Due to the fact that hubby spent so much he also got given a couple of free gifts at the checkout which was a nice little surprise. These were an Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection which consists of a Truth Serum Collagen Booster, an Invigorating Night Treatment and a Sheer Transformation moisturiser plus a small sample of the Balenciaga B. fragrance.

I haven't ever tried either of these before so was quite happy to get them as samples.

So, that was my latest (and quite possibly last) haul from Sephora. One day I might be able to ditch my son and my work and take a trip down into Sydney myself to go through there but I won't hold my breath!

Have you tried any of these products? What other things should I have had on my wishlist instead?

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Michelle xx


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