I have battle with under eye concealer for sometime now. Most of the them have settled into fine lines or looked cakey. I accidental picked up the bye bye under eye concealer, the SA suggested I try the light and applied a little under my eyes, I looked well rested and a little brighter. I have been using it for a few months now, I manage to achieve a slightly brightened well rested look, the look I have been trying to achieve for sometime while appearing to have made little or not effort. I love this concealer, I place and blend it with my finger tips, it lasts the whole day and looks great. The amount I use is literately the size of a pin head for both eyes. The tube will last me a lifetime. I am thinking about buying the medium as a face concealer.
I have been buying Hakuhodo brushes for 2 years and have accumulated 60 or brushes so far. I have found the brushes to be above and beyond expectations. The quality and service is outstanding. For those in Australia $12 shipping I think is a fair price. The brush I wanted to review is the J242G eye shadow brush round & flat. This brush is made from goat & synthetic fiber. This brush is my preference to the Mac 239. The price is $17 compared to $54 for the Mac 239 (Australian pricing). I love the Mac 239 and have not been able to buy a comparable brush till I found the J242G, fiber length is the same as the 239, narrower in width and a little less fluffy. The J242G is part of the J Series of brush that previously where only available at trade shows. I have smaller hooded eyes, I find this brush to be firm, small enough to do detail work and large enough to pack colour on the eye lid, smudge liner on the top and lower lashline. I have 2 of these brushes and planned on picking up a few more. A great all round eye brush at a great price point.
I have been using Mac Paintpot in Painterly for approx 2 years. I have found it to be the best primer for my eyes. It evens out the colour of my eyelids and allows my eye makeup to last a full working day. This paintpot lasts me about 1 year with daily use. To keep it from drying out I store it upside down and use a spatula to stir through it every few months, the paintpot is as creamy as the day I purchased it.
I recently watch a video by Lisa Eldridge, one of the recommendations she made was the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm as a primer. I did some research and thought I would give is a try. Christmas is a great time to purchase skincare, I ended up purchasing a gift pack for a $15 extra and received quite a few other products to try. For reference I am 44 years of age with combination oily skin. I used the Beauty Flash Balm as a primer with several foundations, high end and budget. Each foundation went in smooth leaving a flawless finish. The budget foundations I am not really keen on worked beautifully which was a pleasant surprise. My skin looked moisturised, not greasy. I don't think it extended the wear on the foundation but what it did do was allow the foundation to wear evenly, at the end of the day I did not have the tiny cracks of foundation and uneven wear. Overall I recommend the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and will continue to purchase.
I am a recent convert to Nars blushes. I didn’t feel the price tag of $62 Australian dollars was worth it, way too extravagant for me. We I am happy to say I just love Nars blushes and I can even get passed the price tag. I started off with Orgasm which is very nice, followed by Douceur which I love. I am also a little mixer so I tend to dip the brush into 2 blush pans and create a colour on my cheek. I was always striving for that clean clear colour. I like my make up to be clean, clear and polished with a look of minimal fuss. Exhibit A does just that, I just touch the blush into the pan and sweep my cheeks, I follow with a powder brush to blend, blend, blend. The colour is fantastic, giving me that natural well polished look. It is a definite must in my make up routine. And as all the reviews state the colour is scary, you need to apply with a light hand. But thanks to the Sales Assistant and Mecca Cosmetica Mosman planting the seed to try Exhibit A. For reference I blend NC25 and NW25 Mac foundation.