Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Must own brush guide - eye brushes

Hi Beauties following on from yesterdays face brush guide, here is my guide for the brushes you need to achieve most eye makeup looks.

MAC 224 - Sigma ss266 - SigmaE30 - Real Techniques base shadow brush - Sigma ss252

MAC 224 is a soft fluffy brush designed to blend colour through the crease of the eye, I love that the 224 is fluffy enough to really diffuse shadow and bend beautifully, but also not so large that it spreads the colour to far.

The Sigma ss266 is one of my most used brushes. I use it to fill in my brows either with a brow gel or powder. It is also fantastic for lining the eye either as one solid line or for a beautiful soft smokey line.

Sigmas E30 or pencil brush as they are commonly called is a must have for adding definition to an eye look, be it for adding depth of colour to the other corner of the eye or along the lash line. This brush can also be used to smudge eyeliner or shadow along the top or bottom lash line.

The Real Techniques base shadow brush is perfect for as its name suggests applying shadow to the mobile lid of the eye it is dense enough to give a good coverage of colour on the lid but also soft enough to turn on its side and use to blend shadow through the crease of the eye.

The sigma ss252 is similar to the Real Techniques as it is great for providing a full coverage of colour to the lid, it is denser and firmer than the real techniques brush and probably would not be a good choice for blending, but perfect for packing colour onto the lid.

As I said for the face brushes, you don't have to own these specific brands or all the brushes, as some of them perform a duel purpose so have a read and find what will work for you.

If you would like any further knowledge or makeup brush advice please let me know xx

Real Techniques Brush Giveaway winner

Thank you to all that entered my Brush Giveaway, I really appreciate it and wish you could all be winners, but alas I only have one set to give.

Drum roll please ..........

The winner is Angela congratulations please contact me with your postal address so I can send out your prize.
If you didn't win this time keep your eyes peeled I have some more giveaways coming up in the near future.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Must own brushes - Face brushes

Hi lovelies, thanks for joining me today. I wanted to share the basic brushes that you need to have in your collection that will make makeup application a piece of cake.

Firstly face brushes, from foundation to bronzer there is a brush for each job, and some that work for a few all rolled into one.
MAC 188 - real techniques buffing brush - Sigma ss187- sigma f60- real techniques contour - sigma ss168 -MAC 109
The MAC 188 I love for highlighter across the tops of cheek bones, it can also be used for blush and other powder products.

Real Techniques Buffing brush is my personal favourite for liquid foundation, it can also be used for a
full coverage powder foundation.

Sigma ss187 is a bigger version of the MAC 188, i love it for finishing powder or a light coverage of powder foundation. It can also be used for liquid foundation.

Sigma f60 is a traditional foundation brush, I also use it to apply primer.

Real techniques contour brush is my go to for contouring, it is dense but with a pointed tip.

Sigma ss168 is a beautiful brush for applying a contour either liquid or powder, it is also great for blush application, or highlighter.

MAC 109 is my most favourite blush brush its flat rounded top is perfect for just the right application of cheek colour.

You don't have to have these specific brands of brushes, I am only suggesting the style and as stated some of these serve multiple purposes so pick which works best for you. If you would like any further information feel free to ask. 
Tomorrow I will be sharing my must have eye brushes. 

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Real Techniques Brushes and a Giveaway

One of the questions I get a lot is "what brushes do use?" Well in my kit I have 5 different brands of brushes each for different reasons. But one of the newest brush brands I have fallen for is Real  Techniques by Samantha Chapman. I added my first real technique brush to mu kit about twelve months ago and haven't looked back.

The brushes feel and perform like top of the line professional brushes at a fraction of the cost. Samantha Chapman is a Makeup artist and a very successful beauty video blogger on Youtube, and her brushes reflect the quality required by professionals.
I have found a great website the sells these brushes at a lot less than Australian retail prices. I love to shop online but hate having to wait for slow international shipping. This was not an issue at all with iherb. The order arrived 3 days after I had placed my order, I was so impressed.

I purchased the core collection, the starter set a powder brush, the foundation brush and the stippling brush.
I also purchased a second set of the core collection to give away to one of you. I love these brushes so much that I wanted you to have an opportunity to see for yourself.
Core Collection
The core collection contains a Detailer brush, a pointed foundation brush, a buffing brush and a contour brush and a case that makes the set freestanding.

To enter is simple, just leave me a comment telling me what makeup or beauty product you wont leave the house without.

I also have a discount code for you all, iherb have given me a discount code for you to use simple use code : BSH025 at checkout and receive $10 of all orders over $40 or $5 off smaller orders.
                                          check out there range at

                    The winner will be chosen by random on wednesday the 15th of may,good luck

Monday, 6 May 2013

scalp help is here

If you, like me are suffering with a dry, flaky or itchy scalp look no further.
 I have noticed my scalp is extremely dry and flaky, its not itchy at all and I feel it is due to the massive doses of radiation my poor head has been exposed to.

 No matter what the cause I have stumbled upon a fantastic product that delivers what it promises.

XMA is an Australian owned and operated company that makes natural based products. The Hair 'N Scalp overnight scalp treatment was purchased for me by my mum who knew I was having trouble with my dry scalp, She had met the owners of XMA and was really impressed with not only the products they produced but also how beautiful their skin was.

I have been using the overnight treatment each night for 2 weeks now and I couldn't be happier with the results. It is super easy to use I just rub a small amount of the product onto my scalp before bed and shampoo it out each morning.
I have noticed not only a huge reduction in the dry flaky skin coming from my scalp and my hair is shiner and looks and feels much healthier than it had previously.
I will continue to use the treatment less frequently now to maintain my scalp health, and am hoping to talk hubby into giving it a go as he suffers from mild dandruff and I think he would really benefit from the product.
The scalp treatment is a 150 ml bottle and retails for $24.95 and there is a great online store where all the XMA products can be found. Check out the other beautiful natural based products available, I will be adding the goat and oat shampoo and the avocado and oat conditioner to my collection. Check out the website Here .

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Look no further for the next beauty bible

If like me you love all things makeup and beauty related ( your here so I assume you do) you need to get your hands on Heart Beauty Magazine. I am always looking for information and inspiration and Heart Beauty has it all covered.
The fall issue is currently available and have a look at this a sample of what the magazine has to offer, its like makeup porn.
This amazing creation is the work of amazing Aussie makeup royalty Rae Morris.

The March issue is current available and is a wealth of knowledge, containing other awe inspiring images like above. Interviews,  product information on all the latest and greatest beauty products and treatments available.
Have a look at there Facebook page 

And there website its easy to subscribe
I have added Heart beauty to my must read list, where do you get your beauty info and inspiration from?