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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Brushes for newbies.

I’m a relative newbie when it comes to all things beauty and makeup related. I still struggle applying eye shadow, and I don’t even attempt eyeliner, (even though I’ve watched enough tutorials, so I should probably be able to).

However, there’s one thing I think I have gotten down, and that’s the brushes I need to use to apply my base.

L-R: Real Techniques Powder Brush, Setting Brush, Stippling Brush, Expert Face Brush.

At the moment I use all Real Techniques brushes (which you can get here and here), and I have to say, they make my whole life a lot easier.

First I apply liquid foundation, and after using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to do so, I’ll never use my fingers again!  It makes the process so much quicker, and with the slightly domed shape of the brush, it works well to get into all the creases that you need to.  My second choice for foundation is the Stippling Brush, which is a more flat brush, it’s not quite as efficient as the Expert Face Brush, but it still does the job fairly well.  I’ve tried using these brushes with BB and CC creams too, and I don’t think they work as well applying these products.

Then I get my trusty  Setting Brush, to blend concealer, and to apply setting powder on those important areas, like under the eyes and on the nose. 

And last but not least, I apply my setting powder, or any other powder products with (surprise, surprise) my Powder Brush.

(Excuse the slightly dirty brushes, I had just washed them... Clearly didn't do a very good job!)

I love these brushes because, not only are they easy to use (and there’s tutorials online by the creators Pixiwoo), they also clean really well, and so last a long time. I’m lazy when it comes to cleaning my brushes, so when I do, they need a really good, harsh clean, and they come up perfectly!

At first they seem pretty expensive – the cheapest brush available to purchase in Australia is $12.99 – but in my opinion, they’re worth the investment.  I’ve had mine for more than six months and they’re still looking beautiful.

The only downside, is the fact that I now feel the need to build my collection, and buy brushes for all different purposes… (I have a core collection and a blush brush from here in the mail as we speak!)

Have you tried Real Techniques? What do you think? Are there any other brushes/brands of brushes I should be adding to my collection?

Beth. x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

That song that you can't get out of your head #1.

I'm not going to lie, I'm a huge (note: huge), fan of The Jezabels. And when their second album 'The Brink' came out earlier this year, I had it pre-ordered months in advance.

Every song on the album is a winner to me, but the one that I keep coming back to for a pick-me-up is 'Beat to Beat.' I'm not sure if it's the catchy drum and piano line throughout the song, or Hayley's soaring vocals on the chorus that get me in, but it's just one of those songs that you end up humming at work in front of customers without realising it... (Not the best thing to be doing, but at least it's a good song.)

I saw The Jezabels perform this live, and it was just as good (if not better) than the recording, which just makes me love it even more!

My favourite lyrics have to be:
From beat to beat,
We find our own melody;
It's natural. It's a perogative.

What's your favourite song at the moment?

Beth. x

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Getting deep up in here #1.

Love is a funny thing. The second you accept that it’s not coming your way, is the second someone finally comes out of the woodwork. 

I’ve never been one to do things simply or halfhearted, I fall unquestioningly, deeply… Probably to my own detriment.

When you’re in a situation where you need to get to know a person so quickly, before you have to leave – to go to the other side of the world mind you! – All your senses and feelings are heightened. You are so blinded by lust, by love, by excitement, that you don’t look for those little qualities that might irk you. You don’t even question that this person may not be compatible with you, that your relationship might be flawed.  You’re so in the moment, and you’re certain that this person is the one, the person who you are meant to find.

You spend every waking moment together, doing things that you only imagined would happen in a romantic movie. He is the perfect gentleman, and already you’re both planning your life around this relationship.

However, the thing with whirlwind romances is that you reach the high so quickly, and are planning ahead so early, that it takes a lifetime to fully digest what actually happened after it came crashing down. Things are so wonderful and cute and fun… Until they’re just… not. 

Suddenly, you finally see all the things that you couldn’t before.  Suddenly that love that you were blinded by is gone.  You can see it in his eyes too.  He knows that this isn’t working, but what can you say?

And then it all just stops.  You’re not particularly sad, but just kind of empty, confused, and wondering what the hell just happened.  But as much as you question your decisions and the things that happened during that short period of time, you’re kind of happy… Look at all the things you learned!  Look at how much you grew!  Look at how differently you now look at your life! Because even though the relationship may be over, you will live with the lessons.

This week was a bit more personal, a good cleanse of the soul. Let me know what you think!

Beth. x

Thursday, 12 June 2014

An alternative to candles?

I love nice smelling stuff as much as the next person, but is it just me, or do you need to have a candle burning in every room of your house just to get the scent throughout?  No matter how cheap or expensive the candles are, I just can't get the scent to travel... Until now.

Wax or oil burners are ceramic models that have a dish-like shape on the top, and are hollow. Basically, you light a tea light and put it in the hollow part, and put a scented 'melt' in the hollow dish to melt down and release fragrance.

The melts (I use this brand), can be burned over and over again (or until you get sick of the scent).  So there's no need to constantly buy large candles, (only tealights - which are much cheaper - are required). Also the scent pay off of the soy melts is amazing,  and depending on the fragrance you choose, your whole house can end up smelling lovely. Soy wax is an economical way to go because it is a renewable source, unlike in traditional candles.

Personally, I got my lovely owl burner and Elume soy wax melts from Wen and Ware.  But if you're
not in Ballarat or Malvern, Dusk has a good range of burners and melts, and so does Elume.

With scents like cinnamon (my favourite!), cranberry, chai tea, beach crush and lemon myrtle, the choices are endless. 

What do you think?  Will you trade in your candles for a wax burner?

Beth. x

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Subscription boxes #2: Violet Box

So, my second subscription box landed on my door just recently. (Much to my excitement!) So here's the rundown for you.

I received another Australian beauty box called Violet Box. Violet Box is a bit more expensive than Bella Box, as it retails at $22.95 per month.  However, I used the code VIOLETBOX10 to get $10 off mine.

This subscription box comes with 6-7 samples, and I was much happier with the selection than I was with my last box. Violet Box has a different range of product suppliers to Bella Box, and this seems to suit me so far. Also, can I just point out the purple factor... Bonus points for that!

This month's box included:

  1. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. - Which is a multi-purpose oil for dry skin... Very apt for this weather!
  2. Eve's Ready To Wear Lipstick by Teeez.  - I am a lip product addict, so this was a welcome inclusion in this box! So far this lipstick seems really moisturising, but isn't as pigmented as I thought it would be... Perfect for a no-lipstick-lipstick day though. (And... This lipstick retails at $32, so with the price of the box, this is a steal!)
  3. Nuxe Creme Merveillance. - Supposedly meant to target visible expression lines, I will definitely be getting this one onto my frown lines!
  4. LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub. - I've used this product before, and it's good if you, (like me) wear lipstick a lot, and your lips end up in bad shape. 
  5. Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil. - This product excited me greatly. I've been contemplating getting a highlighter for a while now, and now I can try one out!
  6. StyleSign Sleek Perfection. - I don't often use heat tools on my hair, but I think I might have to start so I can try this heat protectant spray.
  7. Timeless Truth Miracle Rejuvenation Mask. - Face masks aren't kind to my sensitive skin, but my mum is excited to give this one a go.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this one! Not sure if I'm willing to fork out the $22.95 a month though.  What do you guys think?

Beth. x