Ebay Makeup Brushes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Being labelled as 'Sigma dupes' I couldn't resist buying myself a set of these off eBay a couple weeks ago. I was originally only going to buy a few to test out but of course I convinced myself into thinking I needed the entire set. Plus I'm a sucker for any type of dupe so these were right up my alley. Now, Sigma have to be one of my favourite makeup brush brands and I'd recommend them to anyone starting off at makeup or even at a professional level. In my opinion, I find them the same or if not better quality than MAC brushes which retail at double the price.

First off, let me just point out that this set only cost me $10! How crazy is that. And yes, that's including shipping too. Still can't get over it. I purchased the 8 piece set but you can also get them individually or in 4 piece sets as well. They come in all different colours and I opted for gold so I'm able to differentiate them from my other brushes which all seem to be silver (smart thinking hey). They're made of wood and are all synthetic hair brushes.

I've also noticed a remarkable resemblance to the xoBeauty brushes by Shaaanxo and so have other people after looking up reviews and comparisons which has sparked some controversy. Her brush sets here are literally identical to these ones - including the quality, design and colours. Considering this set would cost you $130 with xoBeauty, I'd be really disappointed to find out that they are the same brushes (which I'm pretty much convinced they are) and the only difference is the label.

I've washed them once since getting them and I've had close to no fallout which I'm really impressed about. They feel so incredibly soft which is not at all what I was expecting. I spent the first 10 minutes just brushing them across my face (which I think is completely normal considering their softness... trust me you'd do the same ;)

These brushes took a bit of getting used to after using Sigma synthetic brushes religiously. They do work so nicely if you're looking for a more affordable alternative. They're soft, blend out smoothly and apply products quite well. However, they aren't very dense which is a bit of a shame. The hair is a bit too long for my liking and there isn't enough of it in the brush. If I push the bristles all to one side I can see a bit of a gap where there is space for extra bristles. In saying that, it's pretty much the only downfall here and at just over $1 a brush - how can you really complain! Just make sure to use a lighter hand :)

Angled Kabuki - This is a great brush for contouring and buffing blush or bronzer into the skin. It works best with cream or liquid products.

Tapered Kabuki - This would probably have to be my favourite brush out of the set. I've been using it to apply under eye brightener or liquid/cream highlighters.

Flat Kabuki - This is supposed to be used for foundation but I don't find it works that well. However, it's great for blending or buffing out bronzer or blush (especially if you've put too much!) and for applying powders on the face.

Round Kabuki - I find this one works best to apply your liquid foundation with. Just dab and buff it in around your face and voila!

I wasn't as impressed with these brushes as I was the others. I don't think I'll be getting any use out of the Precision Flat brush as it is no where near dense enough and there aren't enough bristles on the brush. Personally, besides the tapered brush, I find these brushes a bit unnecessary and they aren't as precise as I'd like them to be.

Precision Flat - It's supposed to be used to stipple concealer on sun spots and blemishes but I don't find it works well at all.

Precision Tapered - This is a great little brush to apply concealer around the eyes and nose, chin, around the mouth and hard to reach places.

Precision Round - This is used to apply eye shadow base or primer onto the lid.

Precision Angled - Used to contour the nose with cream or liquid products. The round and angled precision brushes could also pretty much be used for the same thing!

If you'd like, you can check them out on eBay here. They ship from China and took about 12-14 days to Australia. Of course, you can always find many other sellers that ship the same brushes for different prices. This was just the lowest I could find at the time :)

NP Set Eyeshadows

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On my last shopping trip I managed to pick up a couple pieces from Napoleon Perdis Set Cosmetics. I've never tried any of their eyeshadow palettes or duos before so I really didn't know what to expect. I purchased the Eye palette in 'Atlanta' and the duo palette in 'Saint Croix'. For those who don't know, NP Set Cosmetics is a second cosmetics line from Napoleon Perdis that's available in drugstores. I believe they retail in Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada.

Eyeshadow duo in Saint Croix, $11.20
A gorgeous duo of a pearly pink and shimmery grayish plum, I really liked the packaging of these. As you can see from the swatch, the pigmentation is amazing. The formula is described as silky and long-lasting which this duo definitely lives up to. A bit pricier than most drugstore duos but you certainly get your moneys worth. I've only worn these a few times as I don't find myself reaching for it that often because I naturally gravitate towards my bronze neutrals (...how exciting). I think they'd compliment any eye colour well and as they do have shimmer in them, I find it looks gorgeous for any night-time smokey looks. If you're looking to try and step out of always wearing bronze shades like me, you should give this one a go!

Eyeshadow palette in Atlanta, $17.50
At first impressions, I wasn't a big fan of the packaging of this one. The embossing of the stars in each individual eyeshadow just seemed a bit tacky to me. Apart from that, I do like the rest of the packaging. It's very simple and sleek. It came with a little two-sided brush however as usual, quite bad quality and I think I'll end up just throwing it out to be honest. As you can see, I've been reaching for this palette more often than the other because they're more suited to everyday. The colours are really gorgeous, blend nicely and are complimentary of each other. I use the lightest shade on the lid, the middle one in the crease and the darkest shade in the outer corners of my eyes blending into the crease. Not as pigmented as the duo but still a great purchase, especially if you're just a beginner at makeup.

$2 Shop Finds: Jars

Friday, July 18, 2014

Most of you will know about the jar revolution that seems to really have taken off, starting from Instagram and Tumblr this year. Most cafes I go to now have all their drinks (smoothies, juices, milkshakes, ice coffees, etc) all in jars. Personally, I love it! I love the look of jars and as weird as it sounds it sort of keeps me healthy. Since buying some, I've been making smoothies and juices for breakfast as well as using them just for water to remind me to have my daily 2 litres (which I still struggle to do haha).

At first I was almost tempted to splurge out on a Mason Jar, which are considered the original drinking jars. As much as I love them, to ship to Australia it would cost me almost $20 for a standard 440ml so I decided to look elsewhere first - $2 shops!

I love $2 store shopping, there's just bargains everywhere. These 3 jars I found in my local store (but I've seen them in many others) ranging from only $1.50-$3.50. As well as being used for drinks, I also love to put candle tea lights in them. They look so pretty anywhere - around the bath, desks, kitchen. They add a bit of a 'homely' feel to the house which I looove so much.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. :)

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Giveaway haul

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Recently, I won the Jasmine's giveaway over at her wonderful blog Sweetaholic Beauty. If you're beauty obsessed like myself, make sure to check it out because you'll love it! I won some amazing products which I've actually had my eye on for a while so I thought I'd do a haul on what I received. (P.s Jasmine: the packaging was adorable (!!) but I was too excited to open everything I didn't get to take photos haha)

With always being compared to the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, I've heard quite a bit about these. This colour is called Tip Top Taupe and is actually one I'd choose for myself, it's so neutral yet versatile. I used my fingers to apply but found it better to use a brush as it has better colour payoff. They're a thinner and lighter consistency than the colour tattoos and apply quite sheer which I love because it's so much easier to build. Overall, a great base for your eyes!

I was so excited about these. I've wanted to try Rimmel's Scandaleyes for SO LONG. I don't even know why I haven't bought these yet, I just seem to keep forgetting to pick them up when I'm in-store. The staying power is amazing. I swatched them on my hand before and it took a bit more scrubbing than usual with my makeup remover to get them to budge. I'm sold! The colours here are Sparkly Black and Bronze.

Is this not the prettiest pink you've seen?! This Rimmel Moisturise Renew lipstick in 150 Piccadilly Pink has gone straight into my handbag. I've been looking for an everyday pink and this is just perfect. I'd recommend to anyone.

Already a lover of NYX butter glosses I knew I was going to love this. I already have a few of the more pink/nude shades so this one suits me perfectly. I can't rave about these butter glosses enough, I've been using them everyday for the past week. This one is called Cherry Cheesecake (NYX come up with the best names - so fun and cute!). It's a medium orange with warm undertones. Love!

I'm a massive mascara hoarder and addict so this was right up my alley. Surprisingly, I haven't tried any Bourjois mascaras until this one. It basically has two types of bristles as you can see in the photo. Long bristles to lengthen lashes, and shorter bristles to emphasize roots for a liner effect. As I've been using mascara on my bottom lashes more often, I find this mascara with the shorter bristles gives the perfect look. They don't look spidery or separated, they just elongate them and give a subtle liner effect. As for the top lashes, it does the job by elongating them and adding volume, although not as dramatically as my Benefit's They're Real mascara. Still, a lovely everyday mascara I can see myself getting much use out of.
Now for the most exciting product (for me, anyway!), the NYX butt naked palette. I'm already in love! How gorgeous are those colours?! A combination of matte and shimmer blushes, eyeshadows and highlighters. This palette has pretty much everything you need in creating a neutral or even going out eye makeup look. I swatched a few of the colours earlier, the shimmer ones aren't as pigmented as the matte ones but that's to be expected. A gorgeous palette which I probably would've even bought myself. If you'd like a more in-depth review, please let me know. :)

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Monday, July 14, 2014

Now, I'm sure the majority of you have already heard about the hype surrounding this product being a cult status product of 2014. It retails for $11.95 AUD for 400ml and is compared to the popular Bioderma micellar water which retails at $39.95 AUD for 500ml.

What is Micellar water? Micellar water gained its name because of the micelles oil molecules in its water-like formula. When applied to the skin, these molecules latch onto the dirt, make-up and other impurities sitting on your skin, removing them in an effective and gentle matter.

Being a huge fan of the Bioderma micellar water, I was really tempted to try this out when it was released as it was almost a quarter of the price. It works exactly the same, you squeeze some into a cotton pad and wipe it on your face to remove makeup. Not a lot of makeup removers work with my makeup - it's so stubborn and I have quite sensitive eyes so taking off mascara and eyeliner is a real pain sometimes. Fortunately, this isn't the case here.

This stuff removes every trace of makeup (even my waterproof mascara!!) and leaves your skin feeling so refreshed and hydrated. I also use it sometimes to wash my false eyelashes for reuse as it just melts away the glue but does no damage whatsoever to the lashes. Amazing. I really didn't think I'd be so impressed by this. I even use it to prep and clean my face before applying any makeup.

I've been using this for a week and absolutely swear by it. For me, it does exactly the same thing as the Bioderma one but is so much more affordable. My new holy grail product.
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