Friday, October 24, 2014

My Favourite Affordable Brush Brands

Makeup brushes can get ridiculously pricey, and while some may be worth the investment there are plenty of quality brushes you can pick up at a 'drugstore' price. There are so many brands on the market that great brushes, but I've compiled some of the brands I love and have had great experiences with.

Sigma Brushes

These are the priciest of the lower-end brushes that I'm going to be discussing (at least here in Australia), but they are of an incredible quality and stock such a diverse range that you will find exactly what you're looking for. My two favourites are their powder and crease brush and I find myself reaching for them almost daily. Sigma dominate my collection as they sell them in even more affordable sets and bundles. If you are wanting to dip your toes into Sigma brushes I definitely recommend picking up a travel set as they contain a bit of everything and retail for around $75.


EcoTools were the first makeup brushes I ever purchased so I have some serious nostalgia when it comes to them. This brush collection is more limited than Sigma, but there really is a brush to cover every base. I love their eyebrow and eyelash groomer to pieces and cannot do my brows in the morning without it! Their powder brush is also a stand out and I use it to give a light dusting of bronzer as it's fluffy and not very dense. You really can't go wrong with EcoTools, and I have heard amazing things about some of their foundation buffing brushes as well. Another great thing about EcoTools is how attainable they are - I can even pick them up in my local supermarket!

Real Techniques

This is a brand that I am majorly lacking in. I am currently in the process of researching their brushes so I can decide which ones to mass-order online. While I'm not super experienced in the Real Techniques department, my Expert Face Brush is close to my heart and works wonders for foundation and concealer. These are amazing because I can pick them up at my local drugstore and they aren't insanely expensive either, even if I would rather opt for an international online purchase.

What are your favourite affordable brushes and what Real Techniques brushes are a must-have?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tropical Print Everything

This may seem largely unseasonal to most of you, but here in Australia we are starting to get the thirty degree days that let us know that summer is well and truly on its way. I go through intense loves seasonally, so the warmer weather has definitely triggered something in me. In winter it was the mohair look sweaters, last summer it was pineapple print and this summer it's anything tropical and leafy. I can't even explain why it appeals to me so much, I've just found myself reblogging masses of ferns on Tumblr and my heart skipping a beat every time I see something in this lush, green print.

I can never resist a makeup bag, regardless of how many I already own, so this piece was a no-brainer. It was smaller than I expected, but it ended up working out much better for me as I tend to overstuff my everyday makeup bag with things that aren't everyday products. This can only fit my daily essentials which is great, as it's small and compact and I can grab it and go without having to rifle through my makeup stash making sure that I haven't forgotten something important.

I can also never resist a cute phone case, especially since I go through them so quickly due to being extremely clumsy, so this ended up in my clutches about two seconds after entering the store. I love that the background is white too, so it looks amazing paired with a white iPhone. There was also a beach towel in an identical print but I had to resist it for now because the lady in store was already side-eyeing my mass leaf buying spree.

Do you go through crazy periods of buying only one kind of thing as well?

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Review: Rimmel 'Match Perfection' Foundation

This is a foundation that needs no introduction. Much loved in the beauty community, it always appears when top drugstore foundations are lined up and for good reason. I am picky when it comes to foundations purely for the reason that I don't like anything that is apparent on my skin. Regardless of this being a medium to full coverage foundation, it doesn't have the obvious look that other foundations can, and in all the right ways.

This provides coverage and is highly perfecting while also being luminous, but isn't cakey or thick. It's probably the most liquid foundation I own as I always find myself being surprised at it running down the back of my hand since I'm not used to such a thin consistency. I do notice glitter-like reflects in the sun, which is why I stopped wearing it for some time during the day, but I think my tastes have changed because it doesn't bother me anymore. As for longevity I think this has quite a standard staying power and even longer when powdered down, which is what I tend to do.

I still reserve this largely for going out or days where I need to be done up, but that is for no reason except that I seldom wear a base day to day - even a BB cream is stretching it. This would be an amazing daily foundation for anyone who loves more coverage as it's quite thin and quick to apply, especially with a sponge.

What is your go-to, foolproof foundation?

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Sliders Trend

If you've been around here for awhile you will know I'm completely in love with the sliders trend, along with a lot of the blogging world it seems. They receive some hate, kind of the shoe equivalent of the leggings as pants debate, but much like leggings once you try them and realise how completely comfortable they are everything changes - at least for me.

I seem to have a magic radar when it comes to picking painful shoes, so wearing these is like a dream. It is hard to say they look "cute" with an outfit, but I really do think they add something different when paired with the right things. These are the ultimate shoes for casual days when you will be walking a lot or just for running errands.

How do you feel about the sliders trend?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Drugstore '90's Lip'

Australis is a brand most Australian girls will know well. It's super affordable, comes out with on-trend colours and products while also maintaining a really great quality. Their lip products have always been what stood out to me most due to some really out there shades that other drugstore-type brands just weren't offering in Australia.

I have been looking hard and trying lots of different shades that seem to make the cut when it comes to the perfect Kylie Jenner-esq lip, but I always find them being slightly more on the pink side with barely any brown undertones to them. Australis's lip pencil in the shade 'Tickled Pink' seems overwhelmingly brown on first swatch, the same way MACs 'Whirl' is, and leaves you wondering how it will actually look on the lips. It looks amazing - very 90's, very Kylie and the perfect balance between the brown and pink tones.

Upon first application the pencil does feel like it pulls and is overly waxy, however that seems to be a coating as after the first use it became very creamy but with still the right amount of tackiness that suggests that it will be long wearing. The formula is matte and the same rules apply as with most lip liners - exfoliate and moisturise before application. I find that applying the liner first and adding a little clear balm over the top on dry lip days works a treat if you're not too fussed about the matte look and still want to rock the colour.

If you have access to Australis and are looking for a cheaper version of the coveted MAC liners this is definitely something to check out! What is your favourite 90's lip shade at the moment?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tumblr Inspo #9

Today was a twenty seven degree spring day and I was unfortunately inside watching the world go by from my window as I studied for my upcoming exams. My fingers are crossed that it doesn't get too warm until after my exams are done and dusted so I can enjoy the hot weather.

I am never usually excited for summer as it can be quite hard to deal with in Australia, days shooting well into the forties sometimes. However, I miss the beach and can't wait to start swimming and laying out again so hopefully this year is more manageable than the last.

I have been spending a lot of time getting blog posts together for while I'm busy studying and have really gotten into the hang of scheduling things. I'm aiming to post every second day from now on, especially once my time frees up a little more in the summer break. I have been putting a lot of thought into my blog and I am so excited to be able to work on it more. I want to freshen up the design, work on my content and maybe even look into getting a better quality camera. Nothing is more exciting to me than the prospect of improving my content as it's something I think is so, so important.

How is the weather in your part of the world and what steps are you taking to improve your blog?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mimco's 'Mim Pouch'

This is a piece I have wanted to add to my collection for a long time. I had a cheaper patent leather-look pouch in place of this and adored it, however due to the quality and daily use it fell to pieces. That's when I decided to splurge on the real thing since it was an item I knew I would use every day.

Mimco is an Australian brand that originated in Melbourne and is best known for these luxe pouches. I decided on the classic Mim Pouch in black patent leather and embellished with a rose gold Mimco badge. These pieces come in so many colours, finishes and with different material badges that there really is something for everyone. I believe this design is one of the most popular which isn't hard to believe - it's beautiful. The quality is what you would expect from a designer piece, luxe feeling leather and weighty hardwear. This pouch came with a two year warranty, authentication and a dust bag which all feels very special when you're splurging on a new piece for yourself and provides reassurance on the quality of the product.

This is perfect for anyone like me who prefers to use a pouch in place of a purse. This is bigger than your standard coin purse turned wallet and could fit your phone, cash and a lipstick if you wanted to use it to dash out of the house or even as an evening clutch. This piece is diverse and can really be slotted into any use you may have for it.