Makeup Brushes: What? Also why? Also featuring: where, and how much? (Part 3: Eyes)

Eye brushes are definitely the thing I feel most confident about in terms of use. That’s not to say that I don’t have anything to learn – I’m constantly learning new things but as I’ve always been an eyeshadow lover, I have had the most practice with these babies.

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Just a few there. I CAN STOP ANYTIME I WANT

So first up, the liner brushes. I have three of these, well, two and a ring-in. Eyeliner is one of those things that is so strongly personal choice based. Some people like to use a liquid liner in a pen, some people prefer to use a gel liner and within that group there are those who like to use an angled brush, and those who prefer a fine, pointed liner brush. I haven’t figured out which one I am yet, and both definitely have benefits, so I am really on the fence.

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Going from the top, you can see that teeny little one is the Napoleon Perdis 2h fine liner brush. It really is quite teeny. The bristles are very stiff which is what you want with these brushes, IMO. If they are too soft and flexible, they don’t give you the precision that you really want with this application technique. You want to be able to use it almost like a sharpie. One advantage of a tweeny little brush like this is that I find it easier to do very small, fine details such as the outside corner of a graphic wing (a graphic wing is where the wing is kind of triangular and filled in, as opposed to a more flicky wing that’s just a line). Some would say that this is a better eyeliner brush for those who are more advanced in technique and I’d probably agree with that. Nevertheless brushes like this are available in all brush ranges, this particular one is $25 from Napoleon Perdis.

The Real Techniques detailer brush is kind of a mystery to me, not gonna lie. It’s again from that garbage pack that I hate (apart from my beloved buffing brush). The only thing I’ve used it for so far is doing the very inner corner of my eye if I want a tiny smudge of colour there but honestly, you could use the edge of any brush for that. I’ve also used it as a lip brush but it’s not great for that, you really need it to be more dense for that purpose. I’m in the market for a good lip brush and would love to hear opinions, by the way! Anyway if you like the look of this one you can get it here.

This one is the ring-in. It’s the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Brush and it is MAGICAL. I love this brush for filling in my brows, obviously, but it’s also a fantastic brush for a fine eyeliner effect. Use it for graphics or a flick, it’s great for both. The advantage of the angled shape is that you can use the whole edge of the brush to “stamp” your line, creating a framework to work from, instead of drawing a line with shaky hands. The other end of this brush has THE BEST brow brush you can imagine, it’s a nice wide but dense spoolie type brush and it’s honestly the best one I’ve found. Can’t recommend this one strongly enough and really what with its dual purpose, I consider it something of a “must have”. That’s if you’re a brow person, I suppose! You can get it online at Hairhouse Warehouse for $35 or in-store.

The last is the Real Techniques angled eyeliner brush and it’s fabulous. See all comments above except it’s just a bit more dense, therefore not as great for filling in brows and has no spoolie (tbf, that’s NOT what it’s designed for so it gets an obvious pass). The extra thickness along the bottom means that you will get a thicker line on your eyeliner so if you’re more likely to tend towards a dramatic line then this one is for you. It’s part of that amazing and wonderful pack from Real Techniques that I strongly recommend you buy (more on that in this very post, my friends).

Next up is .. well, I don’t really know what to call these but they are not blending brushes or fine liner brushes. Other.. brushes….. yeah.

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~The Others~

The Napoleon Perdis 7r Smudging & Sculpting Brush isn’t really what I wanted when I ordered it. I was looking for something more soft. However, it has really come in handy for when I need something very stiff and dense to smudge out a smoky liner, or get into a closed area such as the crease and apply colour a bit more densely than I would with a blending brush. It’s not strictly for applying colour but it won’t blend out to the extent that a fluffier brush would. Kind of hard to explain but it’s a good one for smudging out the lower lashline when you don’t want to lose too much colour density. Hopefully that makes sense. It’s extremely dense and very stiff, almost like a little sponge? Anyway you can get it here for $40.

Hakuhodo is a new entry for me, I’ve only got two of these brushes so far but they are quite good. Unfortunately, the site is utterly enormous and impossible to navigate unless you are pretty experienced and know exactly what you’re looking for. I found it immensely overwhelming. However, if you have a fair idea of what kind of brush you want, and you find it in a brand that you consider to be too expensive, you could do a search to see if anyone knows a Hakuhodo dupe and you’d be VERY likely to find one of great quality. They are well priced brushes for the most part. Hakuhodo is the brush maker behind a lot of luxury brands including Tom Ford, an incredibly luxe brand. So if you are willing to put in a bit of research they’re well worth the saving!

Anyway, the Hakuhodo B533 is a pencil brush which has a soft but dense pointed tip. It’s great for softly smudging out a smoky liner. Sometimes I find it a bit too soft, I find I have to use it very promptly after applying anything that dries fast that’s for sure. But it’s lovely and soft and can also be used as an inner corner application brush, that is what I use it the most for. Is it a must-have? No. However if you think it’s for you, grab it here for $19 (horse hair, other hairs are also available). Important note: Hakuhodo brushes are natural bristle but cruelty-free, meaning that the animals are brushed to obtain the hair that naturally comes out of their coats.

The Napoleon Perdis 9b Tapered Shader brush is fantastic. I have had this brush for a very long time and it is still going strong. It’s quite dense-bristled and very smooth. It is best for picking up product and applying it to the eyelid fairly precisely. It’s not for blending but absolutely nothing that I have tried beats it for just plain ol’ putting shadow onto the lid / eye area. Enough said. It’s a superstar. However, it is $30 (get it here) and I reckon you can probably do better for value. Not that I’m saying that $30 is an awful lot to pay for a brush, it’s really not, but it’s such a commonly made brush shape that I bet if you went to priceline and had a look at the EcoTools section you could find something very similar. I have no complaints about this particular brush though, and expect my love affair with it to last for many years to come. Great brush! A brush of this TYPE is a must-have, in my opinion.

Blending brushes have been a relatively recent love for me, but it is a true love. A strong love. A love that will last forever.

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These all have a very similar use, so I’m not going to talk about them each in turn. They’re for blending and smoking out eyeshadow. Using two colours and want to blend them together so they appear seamless? Blending brush. Just want a wash of colour over the lid rather than a dense, opaque shadow look? Blending brush. Want to blend the edges of your eyeshadow so that there’s no stark line against your skin? Blending brush. They are bloody fabulous. You need one.

As for which one, well, this is one of the only times when I will suggest a more expensive brush. It is my dream brush, the only brush I have two of, the MAC 217. I. LOVE. THIS. BRUSH. It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s the exact right density and softness. The end of it is angled and tapered, so that you can use it two-sided. There are lots and lots of videos, reviews and such on this brush so if you are on the fence after these I really suggest checking them out. You can use it to apply colour if you just want a light wash but usually I’m more likely to apply with either my finger (cream shadows) or the flat NP brush (loose / pressed powder) and blend that colour out using this brush. You can use it in a windscreen wiper motion to blend colours or in the crease to create definition, or in small, feathery circles to blend and smoke out the edges of your eyeshadow. It is magical.

HOWEVER! If you’re thinking about buying my beloved Nic’s Picks pack from Real Techniques, just hold your horses on the ol’ MAC online ($37, or instore) purchase. The base shadow brush is just about as good. I really like it and use it all the time. I would say that it doesn’t have the tapered tip that the 217 has, so it’s not quite as versatile, but the duofibre bristles make it nice and soft and great for blending out any harsh lines.

The RT angled shadow brush, however, I am more likely to use for blending out undereye concealer. This isn’t because it is bad at blending shadow, it’s not, but it’s VERY good for concealer under the eyes! The shape makes it just perfect for getting up into the inner corner with the concealer but it’s large and fluffy enough to not make it a chore. So that’s just a quick side-note about that one. It’s great for eyeshadow as well, but I have enough blending brushes that I don’t need to use it for that. It’s from that same amazing brush pack as above.

The one I use the least is the Hakuhodo J142. It’s great, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I do not think it’s a dupe for the 217, as I had read. It’s possible I bought the wrong brush because I do find that site so overwhelming. It has a rounded top rather than a tapered top but it works very well for blending. It’s a smidge more dense than the 217 I think, which means it doesn’t blend out as much which can be a good thing when you don’t want to lose any colour density. You can get it here for $19 (goat hair).

So after all that, let’s summarise. Which of these brushes do you truly NEED? Well, none of them. If what you’re doing is working for you, and that is using your hands or a sponge, go nuts. Sometimes I use those things too. But if you’re in the market for brushes or you want to up your game and think they could help, I have some ideas for you.

A great place to start is the Nic’s Picks pack from Real Techniques. The only things it doesn’t have in it that I’d really recommend is a buffing-style brush and a flat eyeshadow brush. For a buffing brush (foundation application), you can pick up the Expert Face Brush (as mentioned in part 1) or you can investigate any flat topped kabuki style brush like the Sigma F88 which is extremely popular and well-priced. When I get to the USA, I will probably be picking up a few Sigma brushes as they are incredibly good value and highly regarded. For flat eyeliner brushes, Sigma has those too or check out EcoTools, a brand created by Alicia Silverstone of fully recycled brushes that are extremely well-priced. Perhaps this set? I haven’t tried it but for the price, you can’t go wrong!

To treat yourself, grab the MAC 217. When I first got this, Ray had picked it up for me in Guam on his way to Australia and I may have squealed out loud and said “oh my god” when I first used it. It’s seriously wonderful and I guarantee you’ll love it.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. I’m sure there’s stuff I’ve left out!

I will post about brush care and cleaning very soon.

Things are going to get crazy for me over the next 6 weeks. My visa medical went great, I passed (pending xray and blood tests) and I also received my visa interview date which is the 17th of March. As long as I pass that, about which I am confident because the love I have for my husband is self-evident (and we have tonnes of evidence anyway) and I’m healthy and crime free, I will be heading off at the end of March. Wowsers. But bear with me! I promise to keep posting whenever I have the time – it’ll keep me sane.

Love+++

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Makeup Brushes: What? Also Why? Also featuring: where, and how much? (Part 2 – Cheeks)

Right, on with it.

The first thing I should admit is that I’m garbage at contouring. I just can’t seem to make it work. I try to build up slowly and it’s like nothing … nothing … still nothing…. OH GOD I ROLLED AROUND IN A PAN OF BROWNIES APPARENTLY. Terrible. I look at photos of my makeup professionally done and I’m like HOW. DIVULGE YOUR SECRETS, VILE TEMPTRESS! DAMN YOU.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, take my advice with a rather large grain of salt.

Cheek brushes in my possession:

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Another couple of Real Techniques brushes here, plus a debut from Napoleon Perdis, a brand I’ve mostly gone away from in the last couple of years. He’s changed, man. And more importantly, the product has changed. Anyway.

First on the left is the Real Techniques contour brush.

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Close up of RT Contour Brush

I got this in that bad collection and I still don’t really see the point of this. I feel like it’s too round to do any good, it needs to be longer/flatter and less thick so that you can kind of “stripe” on the contour for lack of a better word, stamp perhaps, then blend that line. But like I said, I’m not a major contouring expert it’s still very much something I’m still trying to master so take my advice how you will. Perhaps you guys can teach me how to use this one?! I’ve heard that this is a great brush for buffing in under-eye concealer so I might try that.

Next is the Real Techniques cheek brush which is from that wonderful collection, Nic’s Pics (for those just joining us, this pack is more expensive than the Core Collection but the difference is it OWNS and I use all the brushes all the time). If you are a blush fan, and like your blush to be fairly well in the spotlight, then this baby is for you.

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Close up of RT Cheek Brush

The dense but soft bristles means that this one deposits quite a bit of product but also blends really well. So this is one for someone who likes their blush to stand out, because as we all know it’s easier to add more product than it is to take product away.

Next is the Napoleon Perdis 15b which is one of those very chisel-shaped angled cheek brushes designed to get in under the cheekbone to carve out a contour. The problem? It’s huge.

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Close up of NP 15b

And … spiky.. I don’t like it. It’s bristly and unpleasant. I only keep it because it was expensive, and also out of some form of self-flagellation in order to punish myself for being bad at contouring. It’s too big! It’s impossible to do anything precise or subtle. The product gets everywhere and suddenly you have a huge stripe of bronzer or whatever on your cheek and it’s impossible to blend out without making it bigger. And for $35? Don’t bother. DO NOT LIKE. NEXT.

Ah yes. Hello, my love. One of only two brushes I have purchased twice. The Napoleon Perdis Chisel Blush Brush, 22b.

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Close up of side view, NP 22b

I love this brush. I really do. It is soft but quite fluffy and the bristles aren’t awfully dense so it picks up minimal amounts of product and just blends it so perfectly. This is an absolutely idiotproof blush brush. I strongly recommend this brush to any beginner or anyone who is a little bit wary of looking like a clown. It helps you achieve a beautiful subtle blush look but enables you to build colour up as well.

Out of these, this brush or one like it is the only thing I would say is a “must have”. Of course, if you love cream blush then you could just stick with your Expert Face Brush or Buffing Brush. But for powder brushes, something shaped like this with nice long fluffy bristles is the way to go. You can get it from Napoleon Perdis online for $35, or from your local stockist.

Tomorrow I will conquer the big one. Eyes. Hooooooo boy. You’ll need a coffee for that one. Or a wine, depending on the time of day. I will probably have both.

Love+++

Makeup Brushes: What? Also why? Also featuring: where, and how much? (Part 1 – Face)

This could end up being a seriously long post so I don’t want to go on too much in an intro. Lots of people have been asking me to make this post so I hope I can answer some questions for you guys.

Before we get started, I will say that although I’m a brush lover, there’s a lot I don’t know. I’m learning all the time, just like anyone else. I will do my best to pass on the info I have learned in the last little while.

So, here’s my brush collection.

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Yep.

I will break those up for you in a sec. But first let’s have a chat about price points. I have a pretty good range of prices here. I think it’s totally possible to get good brushes on a budget. To an extent. ELF, for example, does good cheap brushes. Are they great? No. But they’re cheap! And that’s really important for those of us who might not have a heap of spare cash to spend on brushes, or might be a little unsure as to how serious they want to get about their makeup collection.

A really good budget range of brushes is Real Techniques. It’s the creation of the Chapman sisters from Pixiwoo, one of my ultimate guru youtube makeup channels. You can get this range at Priceline, but I recommend buying from iHerb for price reasons. These will be discussed at length throughout this post, and all links will link to iHerb but if you can’t wait, definitely give Priceline a go.

Okay, onto the brushes.

Foundation Brushes

I’m a fan of putting foundation on with a brush, let’s just get that little factoid out there. It’s hygienic (as long as your brushes are) and it gives a better finish to your makeup. That’s just my opinion. If using your hands does it for you – go crazynuts. Do not let me stop you. I just prefer brushes.

It used to be that back in the day you’d use a paddle-shaped brush, a flat brush, to paint on foundation. Let it be known that these days are over.

It’s bad. It is for stage makeup. Nowadays, the best way to get a beautiful, flawless but natural finish is to use a densely packed, round top brush. Let’s talk about the two that I use the most, both by Real Techniques:

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Top: Expert Face Brush, bottom: Buffing Brush

The Expert Face Brush (iHerb, $12) is a domed, round top brush. The synthetic bristles are short and very densely packed. This means that it creates a more flawless, smooth finish on the face than something with more loose bristles, like…

The Buffing Brush (iHerb, $23 in Core Collection pack) which is probably my most used brush. At least it’s definitely my most used face brush. It’s bloody magical. It still gives a lovely coverage but it also does a great job of keeping things natural and sheer, because the bristles are longer and a little less densely packed. I think this brush is so versatile and just wonderful. The major drawback? It’s only available in the stupid Core Collection pack which I think contains mostly total garbage apart from this brush. It’s not good value. You could just about toss the other brushes. So annoying! But if you can get the pack cheap, this brush will not let you down.

So to use both these brushes, I squidge (technical term) a pump of foundation / BB cream etc onto the back of my hand then I dip the tip of the brush lightly into the product. I then start applying the product to my face, using small, even circles. A buffing motion, if you will. You can sheer out the product to your liking, then just repeat with more product. I have turned quite a few of my friends onto these particular brushes. They are magical.

Powder Brushes

Look, we’ve talked about this so I won’t go on but I’m oily. My t-zone, and also other zones, are pretty bloody oily most of the time so I really need to powder. If you don’t, by all means skip this step.

I used to always use a kabuki for this, which is a shortish-bristle dense brush but the problem I was running into was that the brush was moving around the foundation / concealing work I had done because it’s kinda stiff. You want more fluffy brushes for applying powder, IMO. You can even use those terrible powder puffs if you want, there’s a way to do it, but I don’t recommend them generally.

These are the face brushes I have, that I use for powders / bronzers:

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You will notice that two of these brushes are duo-fibre. That means that they have some short, thicker, black bristles and then longer, wispy, soft white bristles. What isn’t widely known is that the black bristles are only there to hold the white bristles vertically. Don’t mash these brushes into your face then complain when you get black bristles everywhere – that’s not their job! They’re just stability! The benefit of duofibre brushes is that they both pick up and deposit less product, and apply it more evenly on the face. Remember in the last section we talked about bristle density, and how it differentiates the coverage? Same thing here. The more dense the bristles, the more product it will apply to the face.

In saying that, I find the MAC 187 (bottom, from MAC online $85) a little bit meh. I mostly use it for applying primer, to be honest, rather than powder. I know a lot of people absolutely swear by this brush so I think it’s probably more that I don’t “get it”, than any actual failing of the brush.

The middle brush, the Real Techniques Duo-fibre Face Brush (iHerb, part of Nic’s Pics Pack* for $38), is a WONDERFUL powder brush. It’s so soft and gentle. It has enough bristles to get a good amount of product but not so much that it dumps a tonne of product on your face that you then have to frantically blend out. It’s great stuff.

*One thing I want to mention at this point is that, yes, that pack is pricey compared to the other one. But it’s EXCELLENT value. I use ALL those brushes, all the time. I use 3 out of 5 of those brushes almost every day of the damn week. It’s fabulous. A+ would literally buy again.

The one on top is the holy grail for me. I bought this as a treat to myself in the Boxing Day free shipping Beautylish sale. It’s the famous Wayne Goss Holiday Brush (Beautylish, US$85). First of all, I LOVE the shape of this brush. It’s fluffy but tapered so that you can use just the tip of it for highlighting if you just want a small shape. By the way, I keep the taper and shape of these brushes and others by using the Brush Guards – you can get them from Crush Cosmetics. They are a mesh cover that goes over the bristles so they dry naturally and freely but keep their shape. Wonderful inventions! Anyway, this brush is soft as a kitten’s paw. The bristles are natural goat hair but cruelty free – the goats are brushed and the hairs that come out naturally are used for the brushes. The density of this brush means that it picks up more product than the duofibre but it is so soft that it still deposits the product evenly and blends it out wonderfully. Is it a “must have”? Nope. But it’s bloody lovely.

EDIT: On that subject, what do I really think *IS* a must-have? My amazing fraunt (friend/aunt) and a good mate, Jess, made comments on my instagram that made me think of what the average makeup wearing woman actually NEEDS. Again, if what you have right now is working for you then you should keep doing that. I think that a brush similar to the buffing brush or the EFB is a definite must have, in this context. I also think a fluffy, soft, loose-fibred powder brush is a must-have for applying powder. The traditional kabukis are too stiff and move the foundation around (plus any careful concealing), and unless you are very careful, precise and slow, powder puffs and sponges will have a similar problem.

I’m going to leave it here for tonight guys because I realised when I started typing this that trying to do all my brushes at once was just a hilarious impossible joke. Sorry if you wanted to hear about all of them right now, but I promise not to dilly-dally. I will have the rest up by the time I go to Brisbane on Wednesday night. Thursday is my visa medical! This is exciting. We got our case complete last week so now it’s all systems go, and lots of hoping for a March interview.

Thanks for reading. All feedback welcomed, as usual!

Beauty: January Favourites!

Quick one from me today because as much as I did buy things in January, a lot of it was things I haven’t had enough time to really try to see if they’re actual favourites. As for these, well they were instant wins, in my book.

KEVIN.MURPHY Young.Again Immortelle Infused Treatment Oil

GOOD GOD. Okay so, for my wedding, I went blonde. Super white, icy platinum blonde. I went blonde from bright red. No matter how slowly we did it, my hair suffered. Badly. It was fried by the end. I’m still rehabbing it, even though I went dark for awhile (have gone back to red now, see later in post). It’ll take some time, but it’s getting there.

I bought this on the recommendation of a few people in a makeup thread I frequent, and I have not looked back.

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Shiny purple bottle of goodness!

Like all KM products, you don’t get much for your buck. That is my only complaint about this brand. However, I will say with this one that you only need a little tiny bit. Half a pump is plenty for my hair, PLENTY.

After I wash and towel dry my hair, I squeeze some of this into my palm then rub my palms together and run it through my hair, concentrating on the last third. It smells lovely and feels really nice. I then comb my hair and either let it air dry or dry it with the hair dryer. The oil just really softens everything so much, and eliminates that crunchy feeling that dry, damaged hair can have.

I also use a smidge of this through my dry hair before I straighten it, just to give it a bit of a coating before I apply heat. It’s great stuff, I’d highly recommend it.

Pros: Smells amazing, makes my hair feel great. A little goes a long way. Can be used dry or wet.

Cons: Expensive. Smallish bottle for the price.

You can get it from Adore Beauty for $49.95.

Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment

I have talked about this before but oh my god, my skin. It’s a jerk. It hates me. I spend so much money on it and do all kinds of nice things to it but it continues to rebel against me at every turn. It is a horrible naughty teenager and I don’t know what I did to deserve this. I really don’t. But it has gotten better lately, I guess every jerk teenager has to grow up sometime huh?

Regardless, I still get the odd pimple. More than the odd pimple. Hormonally I get them pretty regularly, otherwise I can get them for the most random reasons. Who knows. Anyway, I find this stuff to be rather fabulous.

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MAGICAL POTION ??????

It is a spot treatment that you leave on overnight. It is an overnight treatment because it looks like you have little spots of plaster on your face. Nobody wants to walk around like that. And you can’t wear it under makeup. So, the product description on the Mecca page is thus:

“This treatment for problem skin synthesizes salicylic acid with active sulfur to effectively target breakouts.”

The sulfur sediment sits at the bottom of the jar, you are instructed never to shake the bottle. The first ingredient is isopropyl alcohol which is usually a red flag for me, it indicates that something will be very drying, but since what you’re trying to do with products like these is dry out your spots then it’s not so bad. Also, the alcohol is just the solution that the sediment sits in if that makes sense – if you look closely at the above picture you can see that there’s a layer of clear liquid above the white stuff. It keeps the sediment solution nice and hygienic which, as we know, is very important for skin like ours.

So you just do your night routine, then dip your cotton bud / q-tip into the sediment and dot it on, right onto your pimple, let it dry and go to bed. If you don’t let it dry first, it will smear on your pillow so you do want to give it a few mins.

The first time I used this stuff I was so happy! The next day my red, angry pimple had largely gone away. That trend continues. Some are more stubborn than others and I SERIOUSLY need to stop squeezing them, ugh, but I think this is a wonderful product and I really recommend it for those of us who get the odd spot. Would I recommend it to someone who has a full face of acne? No. It’s not cost effective and it’s not really the kind of thing you want all over your face.

Pros: Works like a dream. You only need a tiny bit. I can’t imagine ever running out of this though I am sure it will happen at some point. Reasonably priced.

Cons: Smells very strong, it’s not bad as such, but it is a strong medicinal / sulfury type smell. Makes you look weird. Your husband will make jokes. Because he is mean.

Grab it at Mecca Cosmetica for $29.

REN T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid

Oh my god. I just realised this isn’t available on the Mecca website. So I won’t talk too long about it!

I am CONSTANTLY on the hunt for a daily moisturiser that won’t make me an oil slick by 11am. And this is a total winner. My skin feels soft and moisturised, not that horrible tight-dry feeling that some of the more gel moisturisers can leave one with. My lovely mum sent me a HUGE PACKAGE of skincare, some requested and some she and her partner Dann (Mumma 2) chose themselves. One of those was a cute little travel / sample set of a mask, moisturiser and cleanser. I’ve started using the cleanser and it seems really nice, needs more time to make a full decision. The mask I haven’t given a go yet because I’m still polishing off a sample of the Chantecaille clay mask.

But THIS. Oh my word, this:

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Hello, beautiful.

It’s just lovely! A light texture, you only need a little bit and it spreads over the face so nicely. It sinks in super fast and doesn’t leave the face feeling greasy at all.

I really like REN and am looking forward to using more of their products as that made up the bulk of what mum sent me. You can get this one online at a few places, though nowhere in Australia. However, she also sent me the REN Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing gel-cream and that one is certainly available at Mecca. I won’t bother with pros and cons because you can’t get it here anyway. Sorry team!

Bourjois Healthy Balance Pressed Powder

I have been using a translucent powder for a few years now. Specifically the Make Up For Ever Translucent HD powder. It’s really nice. But sometimes you just want a bit of colour and extra coverage in your setting powder, right? Right.

This little baby is just perfect for the job. It’s still super light, it’s very finely milled and pressed.

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Bonus roof reflection. You’re welcome!

It’s super slim, in sturdy packaging and just gets the job done. It’s soft enough that your brush picks up enough powder but not too soft so it cakes on the brush. Not much more to say about it really. I use it to set my makeup when I want just a bit more coverage and colour. For a drugstore type product, I find it pretty damn impressive!

Pros: Very finely milled powder, a little goes a long way. Not too soft. Brush picks up just the right amount. Comes in 4 shades (I have the lightest). Packaging is sturdy, price is right.

Cons: I honestly can’t think of any. It’s just a basic powder, it’s hard to think of what could go wrong?

You can grab this nifty little number for $20 from Priceline.

That’s it from me for today, tomorrow is my birthday and I’m taking the day off work for the first time ever! I am going to the pub at 9am to watch the Super Bowl – my team is playing (the New England Patriots obviously). I hope you all have a magical week!

Love+++