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My top products for a pretty Valentine’s Day look

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day right around the corner so, in the spirit of all things lovely and pink, I’ve decided to put together a post featuring some of my favourite products which say ‘Valentine’s Day’ to me.

1. Nails
First up we have some of my picks for pretty nails. I decided to include a variety of shades from nude to vampy. 

From left to right: NYC nail color in Apple Berry, Essie Topless and Barefoot, OPI We’ll Always Have Paris, OPI Indi-a Mood For Love, Deborah Lippmann Some Enchanted Evening and Orly Rock-on Red.

NYC nail polish’s are my budget beauty favourites at $2 a pop and they have a variety of beautiful shades to choose from. The Lippmann polish is perfect for layering but still looks gorgeous on its own for a subtle glitter look.

2. Cheeks

Next are my 3 top picks for a pretty pink flush of colour.

from left to right: Make Up For Ever HD Blush in shade #3, Becca Hyacinth Cream Blush and Smashbox Radiance blush.

The MUFE blush is for those of you who like your cheeks to take centre stage while Becca Hyacinth blush is the perfect choice for a more natural look. Smashbox Radiance is my univeral pink blush that I think every girl should own, light or dark!

3. Lipsticks

From left to right: YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Culte, Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in Modern Mauve, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul, MAC Girl About Town lipstick, Milani Color Perfect Lipstick in Rose Hip and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Sensuelle.

MAC Girl About Town, YSL Rose Culte and Milani Rose Hip (NARS Schiap dupe) are some of my faves for a bright lip. Milani Modern Mauve is great for a subtle hint of colour while you can’t go wrong with Chanel La Sensuelle for a vampy look. I haven’t used NYX Milani that much but it works great for a neutral pink nude lip.

4. Lipgloss

Trying to find gloss shades for this post made me realise I own far too many ‘My Lips But Better’ shades and lots of nude’s. Time to get some pinks I think!

From left to right: Mirenesse 3D Forever Gloss in Geisha, MAC Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait, MAC lipglass in Nymphette, NARS Turkish Delight and Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Rouse.

I love Mirenesse Geisha for a softer red lip while MAC Boy Bait is the perfect shade to go with any look. NARS Turkish Delight goes well with a smokey eye and is one of Kim K’s faves. MAC Nymphette is my go to for a gold toned look while Illamasqua Rouse is one of those shades that gives you a glossy lip minus any colour.

5. Eyes

I had a hard time picking eyeshadow shades because I have so many I love but in the end I decided to go with those in the pinky/mauve/neutral family. Apologies if some of the shades look very similar! Also, I didn’t swatch Chanel Illuison D’Ombre in Ebloui but you can find my swatches here.

First up we have swatches of the MAC shades. From left to right: Antiqued, Tan pigment, All that Glitters, Naked Lunch and Satin Taupe.

I use Tan and All that Glitters as lid colours while Anitqued and Satin Taupe tend to be my outer v and crease colour shades. Naked Lunch is one of my fave inner corner highlights for when I do a pink or purple EOTD.

Next is the Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon palette in Silent Treatment:

This palette is great for a purple toned smokey eye that goes with most skin tones. Pair it over a purple base to bring out the purple in the tones or over a bronze to make the shades more neutral.
Last but not least is the Dior Quint in Rosy Tan:

This is one of my favourite palettes for eye looks that carry from day to night with little effort. The shades all work well together and are pretty fool proof in my opinion!
What are some of your top picks for a Valentine’s Day FOTD?
Disclosure: Some items in this post were sent by PR for consideration only
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Summer Faves

Summer is well and truly showing itself here in Melbourne with temperatures hitting between 35-40 °C (95-104 °F). With the sun shining and the heat rising, I’ve been pulling out some of my summer faves which have been a bit negelected in the colder months. I’ve got so many favourite products but I think there are three things that really mean summer to me.

1. Bright Lips
Bright lippies are made for summer days (and nights) and I’ve been favouring NARS Schiap paired with NYX Bloom lip pencil as it’s the perfect bright pink lip.

2. Bright tips:
Bright nailpolish is fun any time of the year but they’re the most seasonally appropriate in summer. I’ve got many that I love including some of these $2 NYC polishes which are fun and cheap!

At the moment though I’m wearing Blue Collar by Orly which is slightly more turquoise then it looks below. It’s one of those shades that makes you feel happy when you look at your nails as it’s so bright and cheerful!

3. Metallic eyes.
I know you probably thought I was going to go with bright eyeshadow but, for me, the best summer eyes are those that have a metallic sheen. I love pulling out all my warm toned metallics including bronzes, golds and coppers and coming up with glowing eyes that compliment a bright lip perfectly.

One of my favourite shadows for summer is MAC Amber Lights which I’ve paired below with MAC Cork eyeshadow in the crease.

What are your summer faves?

January Favourites: Ecotools Large Eye Brush and Deluxe Concealer Brush

I go back and forth between so many different products that it’s actually quite hard to pick a favourite from the month. For something to make it as a favourite it has to be something that I’ve become so used to that I reach for it without even thinking about it. These Ecotools brushes fit that category and I’ve been using them nearly every time I do my makeup since I purchased them about a month ago.

Left to right: Large eye brush, deluxe concealer brush.

The large eye brush is smaller than my Sigma E50 (which is similar to the MAC 227 large fluff brush) but it’s bigger than my Sigma ss239 brush. I like the SS239 to pack colour on the lid and the E50 to apply my brow bone highlight but the Ecotools large eye brush is perfect for applying a wash of colour on the lid. It’s made out of synthetic fibres but it feels like a really soft natural hair brush and it’s dense but quite fluffy. It has a tapered tip so you can maneouvre it into smaller areas of the lid and it’s fluffiness means you can blend with it too.

left to right: Sigma E50, Ecotools Large Eye Brush, Sigma SS239 brush

These brushes are both quite big and dense and that’s why I like them but the deluxe concealer brush is my favourite. I use it everyday to apply my paint pots or what ever base I’m using on my eyes and it works really well. It’s synthetic so it doesn’t eat up product, it sheers the product out really well and applies a thin layer and the tapered tip means I can blend the edges out. It’s denser than both my Sigma ss252 brush and my MAC 195 brush which I also use for application of my eye bases. I find the MAC 195 is good with my hard to blend paint pots, the Sigma ss252 is great with my more emollient bases such as the NYX Jumbo eye pencils and the Ecotools brush works really well with my creamier paint pots.

Left to right: Sigma SS252, Ecotools Deluxe Concealer Brush, MAC 195 brush

These brushes were both relatively cheap and I think I paid less than $10 AUD for each of them and they haven’t shed and are both really soft on the skin. I think they’re a good alternative for those of you who may be starting off or who want an eco friendly option for brushes.

I also did a really quick look using the brushes to show you how they apply colour. I always use at least 2 eyeshadows when doing my makeup so it was a nice reminder that a wash of colour can look equally as nice.

Here’s my bare lid:

I then applied MAC Rubenesque Paint Pot with the Deluxe Concealer Brush. This paint pot is my hardest to work with but it applies well with this brush:

I applied MAC Warming Trend eye shadow all over the lid using the Large Eye Brush. This eyeshadow is really soft so the brush picks up alot of product so you’ll probably need to tap off excess when using this brush.

I put on a coat of Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

Can I just say that Warming Trend is fast becoming one on my favourite ‘my lids but better’ eyeshadows. I like it as much or even more than I like Woodwinked and that’s very high praise from me! It looks like a slightly lighter and not so orange toned version of Woodwinked and it blends really well, has a really nice finish and it’s such a pretty colour. I think I’ll need to hunt down a backup because I can see myself hitting pan on this one!

Have any of you tried the Ecotools brushes? Did they work for you or do you wish you’d saved your money? Also, what are your favourite eyeshadows for a wash of colour on the lids? Leave a comment below!