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Making the most of your Base.

If you have been following this Blog for a while you will know very well that I have incredibly oily skin. I like to complain about draw attention to the fact often. I have always been envious of my drier skinned pals. The fact that they can get away without wearing powder or re-applying anything throughout the day. I count my blessings if I can get to 2pm without blotting. It is completely normal for my makeup to have completely slid off my face by the end of the day.

I have always been and still continue to look for ways to combat the annoyance that is oily skin. While I know it is completely unrealistic to assume that I will find a magic cream/potion that will completely work, I have found a few holy grail products and some solid methods to keep the grease in check.

It is all about the three P’s.

  • preparation.
  • prime.
  • powder.

Simple, right?

Prepping the skin is, in my opinion, the most important step in this process. It is like painting your nails without a base coat, the makeup isn’t going to last if you haven’t properly prepared your skin. Even the oiliest of skin types need to moisturise. After cleansing I like to apply a mattifying moisturiser. Such as the Garnier Moisture Match for oily skin or the Simple Clear Skin oil balancing moisturiser. That way our skin is still getting the hydration it needs, but also the mattifying result we desire.

The next essential step is Priming. I am a huge believer in priming oily skin. Primers are designed to enhance longevity and finding one that suits your skins needs is only going to help to keep that base, in place (poet and I didn’t even know it). My favourite is Benefits The POREfessional. Not only does it keep my oiliness at bay better than anything else I have tried, but it also reduces the visibility of my enlarges pores. All the winning.

The next step I like to do is apply a translucent powder BEFORE my foundation. I know, that isn’t the way it goes, but trust me in the fact that it will keep your makeup in place all day/night. Do yourself a favour and watch this video by Wayne Goss. It will change the way you apply makeup.


Do you have any tips for Oily Skin?


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July Favourites.

Well it is that time of the month. Ew, what were you thinking, I was talking about Monthly favourites time. You’re Gross. *winky face*

Normally I film these things, but I decided to see how my Favourites fair on the ol’ blog. I also have a nasty case of Laryngitis which has now left me with no voice at all.

Lets dive right in, shall we?


My first two favourites are skincare items. The I have absolutely been digging the Simple spotless skin anti-blemish moisturiser. This magic stuff has been a godsend for my skin. As you will know if you have been following me on here and on YouTube, I have to constantly battle with my acne prone skin. So a moisturiser that also fights acne is something I am going to be interested in! I do love the brand Simple in general. Their products are gentle and effective.

The second skincare item is an eye cream from Indeed Laboratories called Eysilix. This eye cream is extremely lightweight yet moisturising and a little goes a long way. My concealer sits wonderfully over top of this product. I love the serum Hydraluron by this brand and the eye cream definitely doesn’t disappoint.

A rediscovered favourite is the Fragrance Allure Sensuelle by Chanel. I have been wearing Balenciaga’s Florabotanica scent for months now and I thought it was time for a bit of a change in the winter months (also, it was getting to the point that people were smelling my perfume and automatically knowing it was me without seeing me first). My Partner Tristan bought this for me on our Anniversary, I was so proud he picked up such a lovely scent all by himself! It is a heavier scent, very sexy and very Chanel.

A favourite that has not left my side is my Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde. No other brow pencil compares in my opinion. I have posted a comparison with the Anastasia Brow wiz previously, defs check that out!

A mascara I have been loving is the YSL Shocking mascara. I dont know what it is about this mascara, it is just on point. I haven’t used a mascara that separates and volumises like this product. I have it currently in sample size however I will positively be purchasing the full size on completion.

Lipstick wise, I haven’t been able to stop using MAC Kinda sexy. Ever since my obsession with finding the Kylie Jenner Lip first began, I have been using the shade daily. It is the perfect nineties beige nude, I am IN LOVE.

I have also been loving the Bobbi Brown skin foundation. I am in the shade Porcelain. This foundation is light but covers brilliantly. It has been my daily go-to, I also like to use this to mix with my other foundations to lighten them for use in the winter months. I was a bit skeptical at first, but this foundation actually does look like skin! It also lasts really well on my oily skin.

For my nails this winter I have been reaching for my Mecca Cosmetica nail polish in the shade Acai. It is the perfect deep berry shade. I really love the formulation of these polishes, they last well on my nails (which is a big deal in my day job!).

What have you been loving this month?





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The brushes you should own.


Just like painting on a canvas, with the right tools you are going to create a beautiful piece of art. The same principle applies to the process of makeup application.

I am a strong believer of investing in good quality makeup brushes. Not only will they change the way your makeup looks, they last an incredibly long time with the correct care. That being said, I understand that not everyone wants to spend a fortune on a brush for every single step of the makeup application process. I understand first hand how costly that can be. So I have narrowed it down to a handful of multitasking brushes that a makeup novice could put all their trust into.

The flat Eye Blending Brush.

Think a MAC 217 or a Sigma E25. A slightly tapered blending brush with a pinched tip. Something that can be used to not only blend shadow out on the eye, but can be used flat to pack a shadow on to the lid.

The small Face Brush.

Think a Real Techniques Expert face brush or a small kabuki. Something that is small but dense. A brush like this (especially something slightly oval shaped while looking at it Birds-eye-view) is great for not only blending in foundation, but is small enough to blend in concealer and get into the hollow of the cheeks with a cream contour colour. I have also at a pinch used this brush to apply blush and it did a great job. I do recommend cleaning or at least wiping off the brush while using for multiple coloured products.

The Angled Brush.

Think a Real Techniques Brow Brush or a Sigma E65. A small angled brush is great for a multitude of uses. Products such as the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade (gel brow colour), brow powders and Gel eyeliner all apply well with this type of brush. A clean angled brush can also work really well with concealer, either to spot conceal imperfections or to clean up the edge of the lip after Lipstick application.

The Powder Brush.

Think the Sigma F20 or the Real Techniques Powder Brush. These brushes are obviously great for the application of both loose and pressed face powders. A big powder brush can also be used for application of powder and Mineral Foundation and the application of bronzer. Using a big brush for bronzer minimizes the risk of applying too much product and looking streaky or muddy. I have also used a brush like this for cheek colour as it deposits enough colour for a healthy glow.

The Pencil Brush.

Pencil brushes can be sourced easily. I use the Sigma E30. This brush can be used for precise eyeshadow application, such as a cut crease or inner corner highlight. It is also perfect for smudging out eyeliner and cream eye products.

The Optionals.

These are the brushes you can do without, but it is nice to have them in your stash.

  • Eye Shader brush (for packing eyeshadow onto the lid.)
  • Blush Brush (go with an angled one, as it can also be used for contouring.)
  • A spoolie. (for brushing through the brows or de-clumping the lashes)

Other kit items you might want to consider.

  • A sponge applicator ( I’m talking, BeautyBlender or a Real Techniques Miracle complexion Sponge). These are great for seamlessly blending out foundation, concealer, creme blush, creme highlighters and creme contour colours. You could even purchase this instead of a face brush. I have been using my BeautyBlender more than a brush lately.
  • An eyelash curler. This is going to make you look more awake and give the appearance of larger eyes.
  • Tweezers. Not only to remove the pesky stray hairs, but these are a godsend when fighting with applying false lashes.

There is another tool you already have but probably underutilized. Your Hands. The hands are a great applicator for almost everything. Foundation and concealer, tapping on creme cheek products, applying powder and creme highlighters, blending out lipstick and patting on eyeshadow. I tend to forget I can use my hands (derp?) but hey, God gave them to us for a reason?

Is there a brush I have missed that you think is a “Holy Grail?”



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Three Designer Products worth the Money.

It can be a bit daunting purchasing a designer name Makeup product. Forking out a ridiculous amount of money for something you can get at the chemist for half the price can seem outrageous. Especially in Australia, where you basically need to sell your first-born to pick up a bottle of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

I have always spent a pretty penny on makeup. So after purchasing high end brands such as NARS and Lancome for years, the step up to the likes of CHANEL, YSL and Dior came relatively easy to me.

Through all my perusing, I have discovered three products which I will always now, repurchase. It is very rare for me to find something I like enough to repurchase as running a beauty blog means you are always buying and trying new things.


The first product is a CHANEL foundation called Vitalumiere Aqua. It is a watery, dewy/satin finish that is very lightweight but can be built to a medium coverage. As a girl who normally likes to stay on the Matte side of the spectrum, this was out of left field for me. I really like the way it sits on my skin. I have been suffering from quite bad acne and scarring as of late, so it hasn’t been my go to of the moment, but once my skin is back to its normal self it will be all back on that face. You know what I’m sayin.

The second product is a mascara. First picked up on a trip to the US, Dior Diorshow mascara has become a mascara draw staple. On my first trip to Sephora, where makeup is half the price of what it is in Australia, I was excited to find that Dior mascara was cheaper than MAC and even L’Oreal back home. So naturally, i left with a basketful of products. Diorshow was one of them. This baby works wonders for my lashes. Volume and length without clumpy-ness and flaking after hours of wear. It is still my fallback lash weapon of choice.

The final designer staple in my collection is YSL Touche Eclat in #2. A highlighting concealer, it is perfect for making the skin ultra radiant. I like to apply this in a triangle shape under my eyes and up my cheekbones, on my cupids bow and forehead for that ‘Kim Kardashian’ highlight. As a girl on the pale side, this type of highlight can be difficult to achieve with concealer alone. So a product such as the Touche Eclat is brilliant.

One thing I recommend with Designer products is try before you buy. You are spending a lot of money on these items- get matched, check that you like the way it looks and the consistency. There is nothing worse than spending a lot of money on something and then getting home and absolutely hating it.

Till next time-

Em x



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The Friday Review- Rimmel Stay Matte liquid mousse Foundation.

Foundation is my kryptonite. I tend to gravitate towards the bases rather than the eye shadows or the lipsticks. I dont know why, I just always have loved a flawless face over all the other stuff. A flawless face is like a blank canvas and I think that is why I like foundation so much- a great canvas is the key to any masterpiece.

I dont typically look to the drugstore for foundation. I find trying to match my shade in the isles of Priceline uncomfortable and stressful. I much prefer going to a counter or using findation.com (see what this is here). That way there is minimal interaction and stress. Get in, get coloured, get out.

However I had seen much hype floating around the interwebs about the new Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. It is exactly what it says, a mousse foundation that well- stays matte. It is super blendable and lightweight, which is brilliant for a matte foundation with a medium but buildable coverage. There is a limited colour range (as with most drugstore bases) but the shade I got (ivory) does match me quite well. The colours are quite neutral and due to its blendable consistency it can adapt to the tone of your skin quite well.

I am quite pleased with the durability of this product. I have a ridiculously oily complexion and I still get a wear of about 8 hours out of this bad-boy (acceptable wear- not my face is as patchy as a dalmatian wear). That isĀ  a pretty long lasting product on me. I did get a tad shiny towards the end of that time frame, but hey- that’s nothing a little powder cant fix. Not since I found Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation have I been as impressed with a drugstore find. It is no CHANEL Mat Lumiere or NARS Sheer Matte, But I do really like it for day to day wear.

Overall I would recommend- especially for girls like me who have a hard time finding a foundation to stay on our faces. Image

Till next time- Em x

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