Wednesday, 23 April 2014

THE EDIT: Primers

I’ll be honest, primer is not something I’ve ever thought I’ve needed. But I can see differences when I do wear primers, and for those days where just foundation won’t hack it, I’ve come across my fair share of some pretty awesome bases!

Lately, I’ve been singing the praises of radiance primers - for their glow power and serious reviving skills. I can highly recommend both the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer and the Dior Glow Maximiser for the job, Laura Mercier being probably preferable for added lasting power, and the Dior for some serious glow action – great for those days where you wake up looking a little on the dull side and need a bit of extra help (aka me on Tuesday after our four day long weekend).

For a primer that has some serious smoothing abilities, you can’t look past Benefit’s Porefessional, a heavily silicone based primer which on the skin creates a velvety smooth, matte base. I have heard a lot of people say that using this makes their makeup lip, but I have yet to experience this problem, and I have fairly oily skin, especially around my t-zone.

My last favourite is the Clinique Superprimer – this one in particular is aimed to correct redness, which I do suffer from across my cheeks. I personally…don’t find it corrects my redness at all, which is unfortunate because I was quite excited about this product initially, but as a stand alone primer I still think it’s fantastic. Very good at smoothing over troubled skin and decreasing pore size, and leaves the skin smooth and soft. I wouldn’t recommend putting this on too soon after applying moisturiser though, I find the moisturiser and the primer tend to ball up on my face – does anyone else get this? I thought I was shedding dead skin at first and totally got the heebie jeebies!

Do you use primer underneath your foundation or mixed in? What are your thoughts on radiance primers or silicone based primers, do you have a preference?

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

THE EDIT: Concealers

Ahh concealer, you magical thing you. I'm not ashamed to say that sometimes...I have used all four of these products on my face all at once. I mean, it's happened maybe twice, three times...who's counting. But they're all different, and all have their own uses, okay? Most days I get away with just one, but here's the rundown on my four favourites!

Up first, the peoples favourite - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. This is just an all round goodun' in my opinion. Not too dry, not too slippy. Good coverage, but not too good, ya know? NARS is one of those cringe-worthy priced products in Australia (along with so many others, let's not go there) but I honestly think if you were going to splurge on a concealer, make it this one. It's just...lovely.

An older favourite of mine is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, which I actually quite like to use as a brightening concealer, or to use for highlighting. This is mostly because I actually accidentally bought a shade too light for me, but it definitely has brightening properties and is a great under-the-eye brightener. It comes in super cheap too, a great one for the handbag.

I splurged on the MAC Studio Fix Concealer last year when I was in New York, and even though I don't tend to pull it out as often as I should (no applicator - the effort I tell you), it is certainly my go to for days or nights where I really need my face to not budge. Some people find it a little drying, but I personally am lucky enough to not suffer from dry skin so it works perfectly for me. I bought a slightly warm shade to help cancel out any blue undertones under my eyes, but I also find it excellent at covering up blemishes.

The last is a personal favourite at the moment, and I've been using it either alone or paired with the NARS offering. The Bobbi Brown Corrector in 'Bisque' certainly set me back quite a bit, and it did make me cringe when I realised how little product I got for my money, but once I saw it work it's magic I was sold. I had heard many good things about the Corrector and it's proved itself over and over. If you suffer from dark circles like I do, then you want to aim for a product that is going to cancel out the blue undertones that come with dark circles, like I mentioned before. This corrector is a solid peachy colour, much warmer than your concealer, but once applied, I find it absolutely eliminates that dark colour. My biggest problem previously was that my concealers were just making my dark circles look ashy, instead of covering them up, but the Corrector, as it suggests, corrects that colour tone!

I never used to have concealer in my makeup routine, but now I almost can't live without it. What concealers do you like to use? Have you had any that have worked wonders for you?

Monday, 21 April 2014

THE EDIT: Foundations

My lovelies, I want to share with you a new feature that's going to be popping up on your feed every evening this week! I've always loved reading about bloggers 'Top 5's' or 'Most Loved' products. Here in Blogland, we tend to get locked on a particular product and sometimes it's all you hear about, but in reality, I still tend to grab different products everyday depending on what suits the situation, or what look I'm going for. There is never just 'one' foundation for me, or 'one' mascara I always reach for, so I wanted to share with you all my beauty favourites, and each day I will showcase my selection of go-to beauty products, from drugstore to high end!

Today I want to talk foundations, getting down to the basics for a good base. For days when I need that little extra sumfin sumfin, I've always turned toward my old faithful Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. From the moment I first touched the brush to my face, I was in love. The coverage is unbelievable, and doesn't leave you with that 'caked on' appearance. I'll always turn towards this foundation for days when my skin needs a little extra help, or when I need it to last all damn day. 
Another goodun' I've recently discovered is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. It's been all over your feed, I'm sure, so I won't go too in depth, but there is a reason everyone raves about it. I have received so many compliments whilst wearing this foundation, it sits so well on and it doesn't budge!

For days when I just want to slap on something light and easy, but with good coverage, I use the Loreal True Match Foundation. I've raved about this foundation so many times before, and even after the Luminous Silk entered my life, I still have reached for this foundation countless times. For a drugstore foundation, it is so surprisingly good! It does contain SPF though, I think, so I wouldn't be using this on nights out when I know my face might see a flash (ugh).

My last two have been go-to foundations in the past, before Laura Mercier made it's way into my drawers, and I still find myself reaching for them on occasion. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is one of those foundations I can use on days where my skin is treating me well, and I just want something light to even out my skintone. I can apply it with fingers, and it's on and done in a matter of seconds. The Rimmel Match Perfection I generally use in the same way, but the coverage is slightly fuller, but leaves the face looking and feeling fresh and dewy. Both these foundations do tend to have quite a strong fragrance to them though, so if this is something that bothers you I would probably stay clear! The Rimmel offering in particular has quite a unique scent, which does bother me on application, but does tend to settle down eventually.

I would like to make a special mention to the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation which just made it's way into my life a day after I shot this photo. I've only used it twice but already I'm in love. I would place it in between a medium to full coverage, as it is very buildable. I would not exactly say it's 'sheer' at all, actually. But I do tend to apply foundation with a heavy hand, so perhaps it could be classed as a light coverage too!

We all have our 'Holy Grail' foundations I'm sure, but are there other foundations that you still find yourself reaching for every other day?

Up Next: Concealers!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Life & Nonsense Etc. #1

Wahh, so many blogging woes lately! You know, the usual. No sunlight, the paying job ruining my blogging visions etc. What a downer, eh. But, I am back with a few posts up my sleeve, including a new and semi regular (hopefully) post where I thought I would share with you all what's been happening in my riveting life (let's be honest, it's mostly based from the couch, and sometimes my bed).

I actually really enjoy these posts from fellow bloggers - as much as I love reading about hair and beauty and fashion (obsessively, my Bloglovin feed is insane lately, and I'm still not satisfied), sometimes it's so nice to actually learn about the person behind the blog, like their non-beauty interests and life outside the blogging realm. My favourite's to read are of course, the lovely Tenneil and her 'Life Lately' posts, where she always talks about all the amazing movies and TV shows she's watched lately. Also, her insanely good taste in music in on point (plus girlfriend includes a playlist at the end of every post - win!). I also love reading Lily's 'Wear Life Eats' posts, Suzi's 'Sunday Post'sBrittany's 'Sunday Edit's, and From Roses has just started her own 'Life Lately' series which I already know I'm going to enjoy.


Thing's have been a bit up and down the past year (or more like five), and I really need for this year to be different, so I've adapted this new outlook on life, I guess, where I've come to terms with the fact that nothing I choose to do is going to be easy. I wish I could have stuck to my Business degree and gotten myself a big girl job three years ago, but that didn't happen, and now I'm stuck with a Fine Arts degree and still no idea what I want to do with my life. I've gone through lists of possible outlets, all creative and none specifically listed on any job websites - y u so hard, creative industry!

Lately, I've had a few people suggest to me that I should get into the Makeup Industry. I initially laughed because the idea was absurd to me, but the more I think about it, the more it appeals to me. Sometimes when I think of hopping off to 'Beauty School', I think of those girls in high school, and the general stereotypes that are attached to that side of the industry. It's so silly, but I can't help it. I know it's not like that, but I can't shake it off. There's also the part of me that would dread telling everyone I know that 'Hey, I've decided to be a makeup artist!', only because I am the Queen of career changes. The looks of disbelief I would receive are already making me cringe.

But at the end of the day, I shouldn't care what people think. I've not felt this strongly about a potential 'career' before, and every day I get more and more excited about the idea of potentially being able to do something that I love and am so curious about. So I'm going to sit on it for a little while, see if it still appeals to me in a few months before I start to take some serious steps towards it.

But for now, I remain in my awful retail job, devoid of sunlight, intelligent people, and phone reception (don't ask).


I'd been in a bit of a music slump for a while, so I decided to just go for it, and download a bunch of new albums that have just recently been released. Two have been on high rotation lately: the first, and my absolute favourite is the new Band of Skulls titled 'Himalayan'. This album is so damn good. Personal favourites are Himalayan (everytime I get into my car, this is the first song I play), Asleep At The Wheel, and Hoochie Coochie. I'm not even sure how to describe it, but I guess if you're into the likes of The Black Keys or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club then you might enjoy this!

I've also been loving the Pixies first album in almost ten years, 'Indie Cindy'. I love, love the Pixies and this album does not dissapoint. It's technically not out yet (April 28th officially, and starting today selected record shops will be stocking it for Record Store Day) but if you can get your paws on it, I'd highly recommend! Bagboy is so good!

As far as TV goes, like 90% of the world I have been utterly ripped apart by the most recent Game Of Thrones episode. No spoilers, but so many feelings. So many. This TV show completely ruins my life.
In between getting my heart ripped apart by Game Of Thrones, I've started re-watching all of the Skins series - backwards for some reason. I thought maybe I was a bit too old for this show now, but apparently not, because I am hooked all over again! The music, the drama, the life I almost wish I had as a teenager!

My final point for today's post is mostly just to mention that I've recently been re-discovering the fun you can have in Photoshop, and just with photography and video in general. Three years of being a Photomedia major and burning out had put me off Photoshop for a while, but I've slowly gotten myself reacquainted and I'm beginning to remember it all over again! Not only has it inspired me to get creative with my photography again, but I've had a bit of an urge to translate this into my videos as well. Lately, I've been obsessing over Lily's videos and her editing, and I think that I'd love to start experimenting more with my filming techniques and post processing. Obviously, I need to learn how to get the basics down first (God, I'm still learning, so slowly) but it's good motivation to keep practising!

Well, that's it from me! Sorry this got quite long and rambly, I got a bit carried away with my 'life' venting, had to get it off my chest I guess! I'd love to know your thoughts on whether you like these kind of personal posts from bloggers, and if you guys ever have any music can throw them this way ;)

As usual, you guys can always keep up to date with me on my Instagram and my Twitter, but if you have Pinterest you can also follow me there! I have been pinning like a mad woman, lately!