YSL Touche Éclat ♡

Hello there!

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!

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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! ♥

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My Favourite Makeup Brushes ♡

Hello there!

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! ♥