When I first set eyes on the Platinum makeup brushes I fell in love. I adored the metallic handles and the brush hairs looked so soft. I was lucky to be sent four of the makeup brushes and two makeup sponges.
I received a base blending brush, blush brush, eye shadow brush and contour eye brush along with a traditional egg shaped makeup sponge and a more unusual shaped makeup sponge. *
The brushes just feel really expensive and high quality, the handles are a sturdy metal along with metal ferrule and super soft bristles. Not what you may expect from an affordable makeup brush available at Woolworth’s.
I was so impressed with the quality of the brushes that I went to my local woolies and purchased a set of face brushes. I know , I know I already own hundreds of brushes, but I also live with two teenage girls so more brushes in my personal collection never go a stray.
The set contained a buffing brush, contour brush and a small powder brush. With the addition of an angled liner brush for eyeliner and brows you wouldn’t need any others to complete your makeup arsenal.
Platinum brushes are available exclusively at Woolworhts supermarkets and range from $10 to $30.
* products were provided in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.
If you suffer from rosacea or any form of facial redness. I am sure you have tried to figure out how to cover redness at some stage. I have quite sever rosacea from some medication and I also have a lot of broken capillaries on my cheeks from when I received radiation treatment. I have tried so many techniques to cover it, this is the best method I have found.
I have been putting of any tutorials or post that would involve me having to put my face on the blog, because the medication that I mentioned that causes the rosacea also causes a lot of facial swelling commonly termed “moon face”. I hate the way it makes me look, but have decided to try and move past it and do what I love regardless.
So here it is my bare face with all the redness, it tends to effect my cheeks and chin mainly. But can at times cover most of my face. I find a multi prong attack works best.
After I have applied my skincare products I start with a primer specifically designed to combat redness. My favourite is the Dermalogica redness relief primer.
After applying primer
It is a fantastic primer i love the way my foundation applies after using it and it does a fantastic job of neutralising the redness. I sometimes just wear it without makeup.
I then apply a green colour corrector to the red areas, I have been loving this NYX corrector paler lately. I use the green to correct redness, the peach colour to correct blue under eye bags and the beige to cover spots, and the dark brown to contour.
You could either use your fingers to dab the corrector onto the red areas or a damp makeup sponge. I find as i have such large areas to correct a sponge works better for me.
Applying the green colour corrector
I then apply what ever foundation I want to wear. After a chat to the lovely Belinda at my local priceline discussing facial redness she suggested this Loreal nude magique CC cream. It is a colour correcting CC cream specifically aimed at combating redness. It actually come out of the tube green and when rubbed between your fingers changes colour.
So I applied the CC cream with my fingers and hands patting and pressing the product onto my skin. I think the end colour is slightly to dark for me but not overly so, apparently they have changed the formula the end colour used to be much darker.
The final product
The coverage is light to medium but does a great job at covering any left over redness and makes the skin even. So this is the finished product before I applied my other makeup. What do you think? Do you suffer from redness? If you give this method a try let me know how you go. xD
I receive a lot of emails asking about my skincare regime. My skin ranges between normal to dry, the only skin issue I have is some pretty severe rosacea and some broken capillaries over my cheeks. My daily skincare routine is fairly simple, I do add other masks and treatments during the week when needed.
My Daily Skincare Regime
Starting off the day, I use the Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel. I love this cleanser and am on my second bottle. It is a non-foaming formula which is perfect to use with my Clarasonic.
Which brings me to my second product/tool. I love my Clarasonic Mia it makes getting my skin clean of all the makeup and grime of the day so effortless. If I stop using it I really notice a difference in my skin.
After this, I use the DR. Brandt pore dermabrasion once or twice a week after I have cleansed. I give my face a good scrub and then leave it on my face while I wash my body, then rinse.
On the days I don’t use the Dr Brandt I use the Nip Fab+ glycolic fix daily cleansing pads.
In the mornings I apply Bio oil* to my face and neck then I apply the Racinne delicate soothing cream. Both products keep my skin smooth, nourished and hydrated.
Then at night…
At night instead of the bio oil* I apply the Estee Lauder advanced night repair.
I love to use a sheet mask at least once a week my favourites are the Trefiel* lace anti ageing mask.
The only other products I forgot to include are my eye cream and of course my sunscreen.
* Indicates I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way
The Doll Connection event
I had heard of The Doll Connection and the events they hold and thought maybe an event like this would be just what I needed to get my mojo back.
Mid last year I got into a bit of a blog/content rut and was really struggling to create great photos and content for my blog and instagram.
So when they announced the next event I was quick to jump in.
The event was held at the Brunswick hotel in new farm. The event was a mix of meeting some new fabulous people and discovering new brands and products, to panel discussions that were funny and also informative.
Stunning garnish with 24k chocolates
Apart from the guest speakers (Amber Lowther,Kodi Brown,Tho Gardner) I also met some incredible bloggers and had lots of fun chatting and comparing notes.
I was lucky enough to get my nails bedazzled by the team from Mermaid Julisa who were sharing there stunning polishes with us.
I also really enjoyed playing with the Racinne skincare products, and was lucky enough to come home with some to trial along with lots of other goodies.
My other firm favourite products from the event were the Teza drink iced tea. We all received on at the event and I was lucky enough to win a prize pack to take home, the only problem was keeping the kids hands of them.
The event was lots of fun and really informative. I look forward to sharing all the new products I received with you so keep an eye open on the blog. Have you attended a blog event like this one before? xD
Her shave club
When Her shave club contacted me asking if I would like to try their subscription razors I was so excited. Living in a house with hubby and two teenage daughters having a fresh razor in the house is rare as hens teeth these days. So the idea of having high quality razors like these delivered right to my door step each month was very appealing.
The razors themselves
I was a little worried how my sensitive skin would go with the razors as I have had issues in the past with cheaper razors causing rashes and skin irritations. I had no such issues with the Her Shave Club razors. I tried the consultant (pink) razor first and was blown away at the super close shave it achieved, but also that it didn’t irritate my skin at all. My husband also has quite sensitive skin and has trouble with razor burn and skin irritations, but had no such issue with the her shave club razors. With two choices available the date night designed to have less aggressive blades for less irritation. Then the consultant a simple three blade razor.
How it works
For a small monthly fee ($6-$8 a month) a parcel containing a razor handle and three or four cartridges depending on the type you choose gets delivered to your door. No more forgetting razors at the supermarket. With no lock in contracts you have nothing to loose. If your a large house hold, no problems just add another set to your subscription. Can we take a minute to talk about hoe cute the packaging is too, You all know what a sucker I am for cute packaging.
Have you tried a razor subscription service? if not, are looking for a great reliable razor sent directly to your door each month (no lock in contracts) for a minimal cost then Her shave club is for you.