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.

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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.

Swatches 

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 

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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!

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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 –

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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 – 

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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! ♥