A better night’s sleep ♡

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During the last year, I’ve noticed myself not only getting less sleep but also not sleeping as well! This has affected everything, from my mood and energy levels to my appetite. We all know how important sleep is not only to our appearance but also to our wellbeing, but I still let my little bad habits get in the way. These last few weeks I’ve begun to find the little things that are stopping me from falling asleep and sleeping well, and after small adjustments I am happy to say that I’ve never slept better!

So here are the little things I learnt along the way to help you have a better night’s sleep!


What you do

The biggest mistake I have made is to use technology before going to bed. Whether it be watching YouTube videos on my laptop or scrolling through Instagram, not only does the harsh light make my eyes sore before bed but it actually makes it harder to fall asleep. Further research led me to discover the science behind the effect of technology, and multiple articles all suggest that the light your technological devices shines actually confuses your brain’s secretion of melatonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for making you ‘sleepy’!

Having seen the effects first hand, I highly recommend limiting the time you spend on your phone, laptop or even watching tv directly before bed (research actually suggests switching off all devices two hours before bed!). Instead, opt for reading a book, taking a bath, applying a face mask, meditating or writing in a diary – find something you can do that is relaxing and calming! Often it can be winding down our busy thoughts that keeps us awake, and these activities definitely help.

However if you can’t help switching off that phone, try listening to relaxing music or watching videos which are calming (meditation!).

Light up your room with some scented candles and dim-lighting, creating a warm and calming atmosphere perfect for ‘winding down’. I know this has made such a difference for me, after turning off technology and either reading or taking a bath, as soon as I hop into bed I am immediately more tired and fall asleep more quickly (and stay asleep!)

What you eat

What you eat particularly in the evening is so important to a good’s night’s sleep. Not only what you eat but also when you eat, really does affect how ‘awake’ you feel!

Foods to avoid/eat less of: I find eating sugary processed food such as chips, ice-cream, chocolate, or even fruit high in fructose can actually keep me awake for hours, unable to fall asleep! If I am eating fruits like raspberries, mango and especially grapes – I try to eat them a few hours before bed to let the sugar process (these fruits are amazing for you and although it is a good form of sugar, perhaps just not before bed!)

If you are looking for a snack closer to bedtime, try a cup of tea, glass of milk, or fruit that isn’t too high in sugar, so your

I’ve also found eating dinner earlier can improve my night’s sleep, as by the time I go to bed the food has processed and I’ve used up more of the energy!

Extra tips ♡

Some extra techniques I like to use when I am really stressed or finding it hard to sleep, is to use lavender oil or natural sleep remedies. A couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillow is a great simple way to improve ‘sleepiness’, it smells lovely and is super calming.

So go and get your beauty sleep, and comment below your top tips for a better night’s sleep! ♥

June Favourites ♡

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Can you believe it’s already July? While this means I am one month closer to my final exams and we are almost half way through 2015, the one fun thing about the ending of June is it’s time to reflect back on some favourites…and this month I fell in love with some real beauties.

IMG_04751. Batiste ‘Tropical’ Dry Shampoo – For those days when you’re hair is looking a little flat or feeling a little greasy, this dry shampoo smells absolutely amazing (think coconuts and tropical fruit) and does a great job at removing shine and giving hair texture and volume.

2. Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer in ‘Fair’ (15) – I finally got around to trying this concealer, and after hearing it’s a sure dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, I have to admit I am impressed! I have been using this every day now to cover darkness underneath the eyes, blemishes and any redness on my cheeks, and while the coverage is great I have to admit my favourite thing about this product is the texture…it’s so creamy!

3. L’oreal ‘Miss Manga’ Mascara in ‘All Black’ – this mascara is incredible! I cannot believe I have swapped out my Maybelline’s ‘The Falsies’ for this mascara this month, but it’s formula creates the most amazing long, thick lashes which really open up your eyes. The bendy wand curls and lifts your lashes for that curled lash effect.

4. Calvin Klein ‘IN2U for Her’ Perfume – Now that’s it’s coming into colder weather in Australia, I like to switch up my perfume for something less ‘fruity’ and sweet, and I have been loving this CK scent of sugar orchid, pink grapefruit, amber and vanilla. The scent is fresh, woody whilst still being just sweet enough (and an added bonus is it’s longevity…it lasts all day!)

5. TYPO pink mini cactus – TYPO seriously has the most amazing room decor! I love this little pink faux cactus, which sits on my bedside table to add colour and some quirkiness. In June I decided to change up my room decor and incorporate a pink and blue colour scheme, and this little cactus was definitely my favourite piece!

6. Karyn in La Moonstone Crystal Necklace – I have been wearing this necklace all of June with literally every outfit. It’s perfect for both high-neck skivvies and low-cut tops, adding a boho vibe!

7. Too Faced ‘Shadow Insurance Primer’ – I received this eyeshadow primer with my Too Faced ‘Sexy Eyes’ palette and will definitely be repurchasing! It has a silicone feel which mattifies the eyelid making the eyeshadows you place on top last all day and night!  It also prevents creasing and has a slight tint which removes discolouration from the lid!

Let me know what you’ve been loving this month in the comments below! ♥

YSL Touche Éclat ♡

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Now I don’t often splurge on high-end makeup but after hearing about the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat highlighting pen, I knew I wanted to try it out. I also have a slight obsession with concealers and new face products, so I was very excited to try this!


I’d heard that this product can sometimes be misunderstood and now, I totally understand why. While some do use it as a concealer, I definitely love this as a highlighter as I’ve found that it’s not the pen’s coverage that makes it special but its amazing reflective highlight. Because of this, I love to use it as a highlighter on top of foundation and concealer, placing the highlighter under the eye, on the top of the cheekbones and in the centre of the forehead.

The product is lovely and silky smooth, making it easy to blend particularly with the little brush applicator. The way this highlights is gorgeous, it has a light & thin consistency with a pink undertone to create a natural, blended glow. I particularly love this under the eye both on top of concealer to add brightness and on it’s own when I don’t want too much coverage (however I do use less concealer under the eye when applying this on top so they don’t become too thick and crease!)

Because of the lovely thin consistency, the product doesn’t look thick on the skin and you can use it in a variety of places to highlight:

  • the brow bone: to create a stronger arched brow
  • cupid’s bow: to create the illusion of a larger, poutier top lip
  • nose bridge: to slim the nose draw a straight line down the centre
  • forehead centre: to slim the face
  • inner corner and under eye: to cancel out under eye darkness and add brightness (helps you look wide awake and well-rested!)
  • cheekbones: draw a line on the tops of the cheekbones to lift them

These tips for highlighting can be used with a range of different products, including liquid highlighters and illuminators, and some powders. The same effect can also be used by using a face powder that is a few shades lighter than your own!

While this product is high-end and pricey ($42) , it is definitely worth the splurge as a little goes a long way so it will last a long time, and it adds a beautiful, natural highlight & glow to the skin. I love the way it brightens the under eye area making your eyes look more open and awake!

What are your favourite highlighters? Let me know in the comments below! ♥

Chi Chi Baked Eyeshadows ♡ Review & Swatches

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I love looking for eyeshadow palettes way too much, but sometimes there’s just that one colour you really want for your collection and for this, individual eyeshadows are great! I recently picked up these two Chi Chi baked eyeshadows and am super impressed with the colour range and quality. I’ve been wanting a deep maroon, plum shade shade to do a smokey eye with for ages particularly since I have green eyes, and purple/plum shades complement green eyes really well. And after swatching ‘Rock with you’, I knew I wanted more and found ‘Beautiful Day’ which is a lovely every-day lid shade. IMG_0429Shades: ‘Rock with you’ (burgundy plum) & ‘Beautiful Day’ (shimmery champagne)

I love pretty much everything about these shadows…the quality, colour choice and the price! I was super impressed with the quality of these eyeshadow, they are creamy and very richly pigmented. Even though I’ve tried ‘baked‘ eyeshadows before and that this usually means the eyeshadow is baked on a tile in the sun, I was curious as to how these ones were made, and found that they are actually baked in Italy on a terracotta disk and then pressed into the little palette. With baked eyeshadows you can use them dry for a sheer finish and wet for a rich, high pigmentation, however with these ones I haven’t found the need to use water and apply them wet as they are so pigmented on their own!

For best application I like to use my finger rather than a brush! I apply the eyeshades to my lid with my finger, and then use a brush to blend it out. These two shades are gorgeous and very versatile, they would suit a range of skin tones and I love using them when I want shadows that are rich & pigmented.

Chi Chi Cosmetics is also cruelty-free with no animal testing!

Swatches (dry)


Rock with you‘: I love this shade to use on the entire lid for evening makeup looks, and also in the crease to blend out. It is beautiful on it’s own, and I also love applying this to the lower lash line to smoke out my bottom lashes.

Beautiful Day‘: this eyeshadow is beautiful and very versatile, you can apply it on the entire lid for the daytime, or use it as an inner-corner/brow bone highlight. I have also recently discovered that this works amazingly as a face highlighter, particularly on the cheekbones!

They retail for $14.95 however you can usually find them on sale (especially at Myer) and I bought mine for $11.20. For this price I love that you get a lot of product, and compared to my MAC, Makeup Geek and Urban decay individual eyeshadows, these are by far the largest! I also love the names of the eyeshadows, they are really unique with names like ‘If I could turn back time’, ‘Living on a Prayer’ & ‘Girl’s Just Wanna have Fun’.


highly pigmented colour & quality: you only need to apply a small amount for rich colour, and the eyeshadows are creamy in texture rather than chalky like some baked eyeshadows

lots of product: the size of these individual eyeshadows are great as they are much larger than individual shadows from other companies such as MAC or Makeup Geek, with a very similar quality

colour range: there are 24 shades to choose from, ranging from matte highlight shades to rich, shimmery blues, browns and greens


availability: If you live in Australia Chi Chi products are sold in Myer, Target and a range of retail stores. However for overseas customers, there is a shipping fee until you spend $100.

These are great for every day eyeshadows but I really recommend them for if you’re searching for a particular colour like I was and don’t need an entire new palette – then these eyeshadows are perfect as they are amazing quality, have a great colour range and will last you ages!

If you try these little beauties let me know in the comments below! ♥


Everyday Foundation ♡

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Trying out new foundations is always exciting and I love when brands come out with new ones, especially when the range includes fair shades! However I have to admit, when it comes to everyday wear I can’t help but stick to my two absolute holy-grail foundations that I know will look lovely on the skin and last the whole day and night! I have to give a mention to two foundations (well technically one is a tinted moisturiser!) as I love them both for different reasons, and wear them both for different occasions. I love wearing something light and glowy during the daytime or for an everyday makeup, but for long wear foundation for an event or special occasion where I know I’m going to be photographed, I prefer something more matte with a higher coverage. IMG_0373

Everyday wear – Perfect Potion Tinted Moisturiser in ‘Beige’

For a light foundation to wear everyday which still lets your skin shine through, I like to use this tinted moisturiser by Perfect Potion (in ‘Beige’) which also has SPF 15 to provide sun protection. It evens out my skin tone however any blemishes will show through, which I prefer for during the day as I can conceal them with my trusty concealer but the rest of my skin doesn’t look like it has tons of foundation. This tinted moisturiser has a lovely glow and after trying it on all different skin types, it seems to suit a range of tones and both dry and oily complexions. I also love this because it eliminates one more step in your makeup routine as this is a moisturiser and base all in one, I just like to put some of my Rimmel Stay Matte powder over the top and it lasts all day.

Long wear/Special occasion – L’oreal Infallible foundation in ‘Rose Beige’ (145)

This foundation is absolutely incredible for full coverage and long-lasting wear. The finish is completely matte and leaves your skin looking perfect and flawless. You only need to use a small amount of this foundation and buff it all over your face, starting with the areas you want the most coverage (usually the centre of the face). I use my Real Technique’s expert face brush and I love the finish this gives, it photographs well and looks flawless for a super long time. After powdering, I hardly ever need to touch up and reapply powder, this really is my ultimate long-wear foundation (and it’s drugstore!)

Comment below what your favourite everyday foundation is! ♥

5 tips for picking the perfect eyeshadow palette ♡

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The other day, I was shopping at Sephora with one of my friends who was looking for the perfect palette. After looking around she found a palette that had lots of colours, and to my suprise immediately asked the store attendant to grab one from the back and put the purchase through. I quickly whispered to her, ‘It’s only the first palette you’ve seen, there are so many others to look at, you could find better!‘ And then she admitted she didn’t really know how to find the perfect palette or what to look for to ensure she makes the right purchase. So here are five tips or questions you can ask yourself before you commit to purchasing that palette!11068861_966390210080183_55557624_n1. Consider what you already ownDo I already own these shades? I have been guilty many times of purchasing a palette of gorgeous colours…that I already own dupes for! While you may find a palette with lovely colours, think about whether you already own similar or the exact same shades. If you’re looking to buy your first palette, pick palettes like Urban Decay’s Naked palette, Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette or Maybelline’s The Nudes palette which contain a variety of matte and shimmer shades to create both day and evening makeup looks. However if you already own a couple of palettes and own basic nude shades or matte shades for the crease, you may want to think about a palette such as Too Faced’s Sexy Eyes Palette, or something that has a variety of unusual, accent colours to add to your collection, instead of another palette of basics!

2. Colour selectionAm I in love with the whole palette, or just one or two amazing shades? When you’re looking at a palette, look at the combination of colours and think about whether you’re actually only drawn to a couple of the shades. I often really want a palette, but then realise it’s only for one or two amazing shades that I don’t own, while I probably won’t get much wear out of the other 10! Look for a palette where you will use most of, if not all, the eyeshadows, this way you can get the most for your money and create a greater range of makeup looks.

3. Complement your skin tone and eye colourWill these colours suit me? While eyeshadows may look lovely in a palette, it’s always best to consider whether the colours and tones will complement your skin tone and eye colour. There are of course no set rules, but I personally think if you have green eyes – go for purples, golds and maroons, and for blue eyes –  bronzes, copper and rusty shades, as these colours will make your eye colour stand out and pop. Brown eyes look great with any shade, so find a palette with a range of colours you can experiment with. To complement your skin tone, swatch the shadows on your skin to see whether they will suit you.

4. Value for money: How many eyeshadows am I getting? Sometimes two palettes may have very similar prices and both be great quality, but one has 4 eyeshadows and the other has 12! Consider whether your getting your money’s worth and whether there may be another palette with more shades for the same price.

5. Swatch, swatch, swatch: Are the eyeshadows good quality? One of the amazing things about stores now is you can usually swatch all of the eyeshadows in a palette to ensure they will apply well and look just as great on your eyelids as they do in the pan! When your swatching an eyeshadow, rub the eyeshadow with your finger and swipe it onto your arm or hand – this way you can see what it looks like on skin. You may be able to tell by simply wiping your finger onto the shadow that its poor quality, you want to avoid shadows that are crumbly, chunky or have poor pigmentation. You want the eyeshadows to apply smoothly, and be creamy in texture to leave a pigmented swatch of colour.

What does a good and bad quality eyeshadow swatch look like?

Poor quality swatches

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Left to Right: Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in ’07 Golden Up’, Models Prefer ‘Naked’ eyeshadow (Shadows palette)

You can see in the first shade, the glitter in the eyeshadow is chunky and crumbly, meaning not only will it not apply smoothly to the lid, but the chunky glitter may fall into your eye and cause irritation. The second shade barely shows up on my skin and has low pigmentation, so unless you want a really sheer and neutral colour – if a swatch barely shows up on your skin, its not going to show up on your lid!

Good quality swatchesScreen Shot 2015-03-18 at 7.29.00 pm

Left to Right: MAC ‘Honey lust’, Sportsgirl ‘The Metallic Edit’ eyeshadow palette, Too Faced ‘New in Town’ (Sexy Eyes Palette), and Urban Decay ‘Sin’ (Naked palette)

These eyeshadows feel really creamy and have great pigmentation (the colour is thick and not translucent). The gold shadow is a perfect example of an eyeshadow that is glittery, but not chunky. While glittery eyeshadows will always have pieces of glitter in them – good quality shadows will have a creamy base, the glitter will be fine and the pigmentation should be smooth (no gaps or chunks missing when you swatch). These colours are all thick and pigmented, which also means you won’t need to use too much to get an even coat over your lid!

I have many times fallen in love with a palette at first glance, but it’s important to consider all of these things before you make a purchase (especially since eyeshadow palettes usually aren’t cheap!) If the palette you’ve been eyeing up has a variety of great quality eyeshadows, then go for it! Always keep in mind these five tips, to ensure you’re picking the perfect eyeshadow palette for you!

Some of my favourite eyeshadow palettes…

Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette: a variety of matte & shimmer shades which suit a variety of skin tones (12 shades)

Stila ‘In the Moments’ palette: highly-pigmented shades perfect for green eyes (10 shades)

Too Faced ‘Chocolate Bar’ palette: great quality eyeshadows with a variety of shades, and made with real cocoa powder! (16 shades!)

Let me know what you’re all time favourite eyeshadow palettes are! ♥

Night Time Skin Care Routine ♡

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There is nothing more important when it comes to beautiful skin than taking good care of it, particularly at the end of a long day. No matter how late it is at night, I always recommend properly removing all your makeup and using a skin care routine to cleanse and nourish your skin (even if you don’t wear makeup daily, a skin care routine is still important to remove daily oil and dirt). Finding the right products for you and a skin care routine that works can sometimes be a process of trial and error, however by looking through reviews and recommendations I find you can narrow down the selection and try products which other people with similar skin have loved. I have been loving this night-time skin care for the past couple of months as it has not only cleared up my skin, but also improved redness and left it nourished and glowing.

Skin Care Products 

IMG_0114Makeup Removal: the first thing I do is take the Perfect Potion ‘Rose Petal makeup remover’ and use this to remove my eye-makeup. I pump a pea-sized amount of this onto a damp cotton pad and hold this onto my eye for 20 seconds – this way I’m not rubbing my eyes and stretching the skin. I love this, as not only does it contain lovely ingredients which smell amazing including jojoba and rosehip oils, but it also removes even the toughest water-proof makeup without irritating my eyes.

Exfoliation: I like to exfoliate my skin at least three times a week, and since my skin is quite sensitive I love to use this Sukin ‘Revitalising Facial Scrub’. It’s super gentle with a creamy formula of bamboo extract and ground walnut shells to lightly exfoliate, and aloe vera, chamomile and rose hip oil to replenish and nourish.

Cleansing: To remove the base of my makeup and cleanse my skin I use the L’occitane ‘Angelica cleansing gel’, which creates a lovely lather and does a great job of removing all my makeup. I only need to use two pumps of this for my whole face, and I find this cleanser perfect for my oily to combination skin, as it’s strong enough to remove makeup but still gentle enough to not irritate my skin or leave it feeling dry.

Toning: To remove any leftover makeup and give my skin a final clean, I use a spray of the L’occitane ‘Gentle Toner’ which is an alcohol-free toner with Shea extract and orange blossom waters. I spray this onto a cotton pad and gently wipe my face, avoiding the eye area. It is lovely and gentle, and leaves the skin feeling refreshed and clean.

Moisturising: My favourite part of my skin care routine is moisturising, as I love the way it hydrates my skin leaving it soft and nourished. I use the L’occitane ‘Angelica Hydra Vital cream’, which is a light moisturiser that absorbs very quickly. Since I have oily to combination skin, I prefer to use a lighter moisturiser that isn’t too rich. Even if you have oily skin, moisturising is still extremely important to not only nourish the skin, but to actually help fight shine and the production of too much oil. Applying drying products can lead your skin to actually produce more oil, so a light moisturiser is important to balance oil and prevent shine.

This skincare routine takes roughly 5 minutes, and always leaves my skin always feeling lovely and clean afterwards. While I love trying new skincare products, these are definitely my favourites especially since most of them are made from natural ingredients that don’t irritate my sensitive skin.

Let me know your favourite skin care products below! ♥

February Favourites ♡

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As the month of February comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on all the little things that made this month great! During this month, I have been loving a range of bits & pieces, from jewellery and candles to rediscovering makeup essentials. Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 6.57.00 pm

1.  Anthropologie Mini Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle in ‘white volcano’ – Even though it’s summer in Australia, I love lighting candles all year round to create a sense of cosiness and warmth in my room – and this candle from Anthropologie is perfect for the summer time as it’s  citrusy, fresh and has hints of orange, lemon and florals.

2. Tiffany and Co. ‘Mini Heart Tag’ Earrings – I have worn these Tiffany and Co. heart shaped earrings almost every day this month as they go with every outfit and aren’t too overpowering! They also come in gold and a beautiful rose gold colour, and I absolutely love them for a simple stud which you can wear everyday.

3. Rimmel ‘Stay Matte’ powder – My skin is combination to oily and while I have always loved my holy-grail Rimmel ‘Stay Matte’ powder, during these warmer more humid months this has been an essential for me! I can honestly say after trying face powers from all different price ranges, this is my absolute favourite and nothing works nearly as well! While it doesn’t add much coverage (if this is what you’re after), for setting your foundation and concealer it is incredible. I find without this – my makeup doesn’t last nearly as long and becomes shiny very quickly (and not in a good way!) If you have oily skin I definitely recommend trying this powder, especially since it’s  very affordable ($4-$10 depending where you live). I love to use this with my Eco-tools powder brush for an all-day, shine-free face. I recently did a post dedicated to all my favourite makeup brushes!

4. Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Lapiz of Luxury’ – I love changing up my nail colour, and during February I have been wearing my favourite colour purple in Essie’s ‘Lapiz of Luxury’ for a subtle, pastel shade. This shade works well with my skin tone as it’s pastel but not too light, and perfect for the summer months. I adore Essie nail polishes for their unique colour range, but also quality – I find these easy to apply and with most shades, you only need to apply one coat!

5. Ardell ‘Wispies Black’ false eyelashes – For those night outs, I have been loving my newly-purchased Ardell ‘Wispies Black’ false eyelashes! These are the first Ardell lashes I have tried, and I absolutely love them – they have a thin, clear and flexible band making application simple (even for false eyelash beginners like me) and look lovely on the eyes. They are super full and wing out at the outer edges, and what I love about them is the eyelash hairs are all different lengths so while they add volume and length, they still appear relatively natural and don’t completely hide all the hard work you’ve done on your eyeshadow underneath!

6. Smashbox Always Sharp lip liner in ‘Nude Fair’ – This lipliner is perfect for an everyday nude lip, and I love to use this as part of my go-to lip combo. It’s super long-lasting and the lid of the liner is even self-sharpening. I find defining my lips with lip liner gives them more definition, and also ensures the lipstick I place over the top will last all day.

7. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Yogurt’ – I have also fallen back in love with my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Yogurt’, especially using it as an inner-corner highlight on my eyes to brighten them up. The formula is super pigmented and smooth, and the colour is a beautiful rose gold. This would also be lovely as a base for the entire lid, on it’s own or underneath a

That’s all for my February favourites, let me know what you’ve been loving this month! ♥

Go-to Lip Combo! ♡

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Finding the perfect lip combo is quite the accomplishment! Especially if like me, you’re quite fussy when it comes to lip shades. My favourite lip products to wear are usually baby pinks or nudes (but never lighter than the shade of my skin!). The combination of these three products creates the perfect everyday lip look, and together are super long lasting! During the day, the only product I’ll take with me to touch up is the gloss as it has it’s own lovely pink sheen.

Picture 32Products (left to right):

Lip liner: Smashbox Always Sharp lip liner in ‘Nude Fair – I always love applying lip liner even when I’m wearing a pink/nude lip, as it frames your lips, and when applied correctly – can make them appear bigger and more full. I like to line my lips, and then extend the lip liner into the centre so that even after my lipstick and gloss have faded, the lip liner is still coming through!

Lipstick: MAC Lustre lipstick in ‘Patisserie’ – the formula of this lipstick is really creamy and smooth – even though it’s quite glossy with some shimmer. It never leaves my lips looking dry and adds a really subtle pink hue, matching the lip liner perfectly!

Gloss: MAC Cremesheen Glass in ‘Just Superb’ – I don’t often find lip glosses that I enjoy wearing as they can sometimes be really sticky and uncomfortable on the lips. However this gloss from MAC while being super glossy, is comfortable to wear and surprisingly moisturising! It has just the right amount of pigment to add a final layer of colour to my lips.


Picture 33All three products share a similar undertone and together, they create a lovely and natural, ‘your lips but better’ wearable shade.

How they look together 

11016771_950480148337856_1099728892_nThese products are available online from:

Lip liner: Sephora

Lipstick and gloss: MAC

What’s your go-to lip combo? Let me know in the comments below! ♥



My Favourite Makeup Brushes ♡

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Brushes are possibly your most important makeup tool! They ensure your makeup is blended to perfection and evenly applied. Brushes come in a range of shapes, sizes, prices and materials – and the selection can sometimes be overwhelming. The best quality ones aren’t always the most expensive, but looking for soft and dense brushes is usually the way to go. Here are my favourite brushes for the face and the eyes, and how I like to use them!


I use brushes from a range of brands and price-tags, and love them all! I am always on the lookout for ones that are soft, dense and long-lasting (that it’s hairs don’t start falling out after a week)! If you’re looking for new brushes for your collection or are looking to buy your first ones ever, I definitely recommend all of these well-loved brushes. They have all been tried and tested, and I can say they are all good quality and will last you a long time.

– Face Brushes –


Foundation: Real Technique’s ‘expert face brush’ – this brush is amazing for blending out your foundation to a flawless and even finish. It’s soft and gentle on the skin, and honestly makes applying foundation so much easier – it’s quick and ensures the foundation is spread evenly. If you’re a beginner to using foundation brushes, I definitely recommend this one – it’s very hard to use wrong!

Concealer: Artiste ‘Foundation/Concealer brush (50)’  – perfect for blending concealer into the inner corner or any other areas of the face that are difficult to reach.

Powder: Ecotools ‘Large powder brush’ – a super soft brush that applies just the right amount of powder! It’s nice and big too so applying face powder is really quick.

Blush: Artiste ‘blush brush (21)’ – I love the angle of this brush, it makes applying blush along your cheeks really simple and I find turning it on it’s side gives the most precise application.

Bronzer: Artiste ‘Stippling brush (17) – having fair skin, applying bronzer can be difficult as I don’t want to apply too much! I find this brush perfect as it’s duo-fibre meaning it’s going to apply less product and really blend the bronzer out.

– Eye brushes – 


Eye-brows: ‘Brow brush’ (p014) – this brush is super dense so it’s perfect for applying a powder to your brows. I don’t like my brows to be too precise or defined, and this brush is perfect for quickly filling them in.

Lid: MAC 239 ‘Eye shader brush’ – while it’s lovely and soft, this brush packs the eyeshadow on! I find it’s shape perfect for the lid and it really makes your eyeshadow apply with full pigmentation.

Socket: Louise Young ‘Large socket brush (LY12)’ – this little dense brush is great for really putting on lots of product, especially when using darker colours. I use this brush in the socket, particularly at the outer edges of my eyes to really build colour and depth.

Crease (definition): Artiste ‘Rounded crease brush (33) – I love how thin this brush is making it ideal for defining the crease. I use this when applying dark colours in the crease to really create a dark and precise shadow.

Crease (blending): MAC 217 ‘Blending brush’ & Sigma ‘Tapered blending brush (E35)’ – I love using these two brushes to blend out my eyeshadow. I will usually use the MAC brush first to initially blend as it’s smaller, and then when it starts to get too much product on it – I’ll switch to the Sigma brush. This way my eyeshadow is really well blended and I have no harsh lines. They are both soft, fluffy and very good quality (I’ve had the MAC brush for almost four years!)

Where I buy some of my brushes 

Artiste (from Priceline): https://www.priceline.com.au/cosmetics/cosmetic-accessories/cosmetic-brushes-and-applicators

MAC: http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/flash/brush_finder/index.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT1751

Sigma: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Individual_Brushes_s/51.htm

I absolutely love these brushes and if you have any you’ve been loving, let me know in the comments below! ♥