How I clean my makeup brushes. Featuring; Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove

Cleaning your makeup brushes is known to be such a tedious task and I know a lot of you would avoid doing it and putting it of as long as you can!

There are so many reasons why you need to wash your makeup brushes regularly: 

  • Dirty brushes compromise your makeup application.
  • They contain bacteria, oils and dead skin cells that when transferred on our face can cause us breakouts- Eww!
  • Not looking after your brushes will shorten their life span!

You should deep clean your brushes at least once every 2 weeks and spot clean them regularly.

Dirty brushes ready to be washed, L’oreal Mythical Oil shampoo, Models Prefer brush cleaner, unscented soap and Sigma spa express brush cleaning glove.

I wash my brushes with;

  • Warm water
  • Unscented bar of soap
  • Shampoo
  • Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove

If you have any brushes which are difficult to clean as there is a lot of build up use a little bit of olive oil to break down the product first.

I rinse all my brushes under warm water, I very gently rub them on the bar of soap and then on the Sigma cleaning glove until it lathers. I rinse with water and continue a second time if needed. I then squeeze a little shampoo on the Sigma glove and swirl my brush into the product – I do this to make the brushes soft and to clean off anything missed from the soap. I rinse my brushes with warm water again and then leave them to dry overnight.

The SIGMA SPA EXPRESS BRUSH CLEANING GLOVE is new to my brush cleaning routine but I am so happy its in my life! It makes cleaning my brushes a lot quicker and easier. You are able to clean both eyes and face brushes with the glove as it has different textures and its also travel friendly so perfect for mobile MUA’s.

Sigma cleaning glove in action.

When I just want to do a quick spot clean of my brushes I use Models Prefer brush cleaner – This stuff is amazing to spot clean! I just spray some on to my Sigma Cleaning glove or a cotton pad and swirl my brush in the product.  The brushes are cleaned perfectly and dry within minutes ready to use again. The only downside of the product is it does have quite an overwhelming scent.   Costing only $12.99 its is very affordable, I picked mine up from Priceline.

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Collection

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I am going to share with you my Makeup Geek Eyeshadows (MUG) collection. I have placed two orders of Makeup Geek shadows so far and will definitely be making more orders. I absolutely love MUG eyeshadows they are amazing quality eyeshadows for a reasonably affordable price.  I also love the idea that you are able to build your own palette which means you will love and use all the shadows, so no wastage! 

My collection so far L-R: First Row: Corrupt, Mocha, Bitten, Cocoa Bear, Latte, Creme Brûlée, Glamourous. Second Row:  Drama Queen, Prom Night, Unexpected,  Desert Sand, Peach Smoothie, Vanilla Bean, Shimma Shimma. Third Row: Grandstand, Magic Act, In The Spotlight, Whimsical (all foiled) and Shore Thing.

They cost $6-$10 ($8-$14 AUD) for each pan which in my opinions isn’t too bad for such great products. For all my Aussie readers we are unlucky with the exchange rate at the moment, if the exchange rate was better I would own the whole collection of MUG Shadows!  But they are still worth the extra dollars 🙂

MUG have a great range of neutral eyeshadows and also more bold and bright eyeshadows. I am all about them neutral colours so as you can see by my collection 😉 ha.

I own 15 normal eyeshadows and 4 of the foiled eye shadows. 

All the eyeshadows blend out so easily and have a great colour payoff, you don’t need to use much of the product to get a pigmented look which means the eyeshadows will last longer! They do have little fall out so I would recommend if doing a dramatic eye to do your eyeshadow before your foundation.

Their foiled eyeshadows are insane! The pigmentation is incredible, they look amazing on and photograph well. The shadows are so buttery and have very little if any fallout. I find applying the foiled eyeshadows with your finger gives the best colour payoff. 

TOP: Magic Act, In The Spotlight BOTTOM: Grandstand, Whimsical


Swatches of foiled Eyeshadows L-R: Grandstand, Magic Act, In The Spotlight, Whimsical.

My most reached for eyeshadows from my collection are:

  • Peach Smoothie
  • Creme Brûlée
  • Cocoa Bear
  • Latte
  • Shimma shimma
  • Grandstand (foiled)

MUG eyeshadows can only be purchased directly from Makeup Geek Website:

http://www.makeupgeek.com

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RCMA VK#11 Shinto Foundation palette review

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Today I am going to talk about the most versatile product in my makeup kit..  My RCMA VK#11 Shinto Foundation palette. I cant rave about this product enough, I use it on myself and also on 90% of my clients. Having 18 shades it is perfect for my freelance kit as I can mix the shades to always have the perfect colour for my client.  RCMA foundation is considered the top choice for professionals everywhere and a staple in MUA’s kits.

Why I love the product:

  • Can be used for foundation, cream contouring & highlighting and concealing
  • Made with a 50% pigment ratio to waxes and oils for high coverage with little product
  • Contains only vegetable oils, pure waxes and FDA approved colors
  • No perfumes or lanolin (allergens)
  • Applies like a second skin, rather than a heavy coat of foundation
  • Long lasting coverage with little-to-no touch-up
  • No caking or separating

I know the product can be a little overwhelming at first glance but trust me it is super easy to use. I scrap out a tiny amount onto either my metal mixing palette or my hand and I warm the product up by mixing it. I prefer to apply the foundation with a damp beauty sponge as I find it blends the product out the best. As mentioned above you don’t need much of the product to achieve a full coverage, if you are wanting a light coverage you can mix a little bit of moisturiser in with the foundation and apply it as you would normally.

This foundation honestly looks amazing and so natural on everyones skin from young girls to mature age and blends out so easily. The product can also be layered up as well without looking to heavy on the skin!

Below are pictures of how I cream contour and highlight with the product and the result it gives me. I apply the cream contour and hightlight ontop of a thin coat of foundation from the palette and it blends out super easy and doesn’t cake up at all.

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This particular foundation palette RRP $99.14 and is 100% worth the money.

RCMA have a large range of products available they also sell 60+ individual shades of their foundation, 5 part series foundation palettes, highlight and contouring palette and loose powders.

I definitely recommend checking out their products and trying their foundation. I have just made a large order for more of the products for myself and for my kit.

I purchase all my RCMA products from Camera Ready Cosmetics as they were the cheapest and had the largest range available.

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My skincare routine

Skin care is extremely important;  I have become obsessed with looking after my skin and treating it with love.  Skin care is also an important part of achieving flawless makeup!

Over the last year I have tested a large range of brands and products to find my perfect match; I finally have!  Although all the products I use aren’t from the same brand they work perfectly together. I have normal – dry skin and suffer from redness and uneven skin tone.

The first brand of skincare I am going to talk about is Clinique, Clinique is an allergy and fragrance free product range. It was actually developed by a dermatologist and was only sold in clinics until they branched out and is now sold in Myer.

I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+  every day and ever night.  I LOVE this moisturiser. It is thin in texture but feels rich on the skin, it makes my skin super hydrated and gives me a nice healthy glow.

I also us Clinique’s clarifying lotion 2 (toner) morning and night. I apply a small drop to a cotton pad and swipe it onto my face mainly focusing on my T-zone. This is a strong toner and did take me a while to get used to, but once I did I was in love!  It works perfectly for my skin and I feel so fresh after using it.

The second brand of skincare I am going to talk about is ASAP. This brand is relatively new to me but as soon as I started using their products I was in love and it has now found a spot in my every day skin care routine.   ASAP skincare is 100% Australian owned and produced which is a huge plus for me, I love supporting local.   I was lucky enough to be sent their products from RY.com.au  when we were linked though Shopping Links – so a huge thank you!

*please note all opinions are my own*

I use their daily facial cleanser every morning and night. I apply it to wet skin and massage for 30-40 seconds. I love this cleanser it removes all my makeup and all the built up dirt and oils on my face and doesn’t dry out my skin at all unlike other cleanser I have used. The cleanser is oil free, non pore clogging and contains white tea, a powerful antioxidant with anti-ageing properties.  The texture of the cleanser is quite runny.

The second products from the ASAP’s skin care range I use is their daily exfoliating scrub. Although this is a daily scrub I only use it every second night. I apply to wet skin after cleansing and massage gently for 30 seconds. This is a very gentle exfoliating scrub it contains smooth round biodegradable beads which remove dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin.  It is important you exfoliate your skin to promote cell renewal and stimulate collagen, improving the appearance and texture of your skin.

The final product I use is ASAP’s Super b Complex Serum.  I cant praise this product enough, its a must have in my skin care collection.  I struggle with redness and uneven skin tone and this products helps reduce the appearance of these issues and boosts my skins hydration.  This serum contains high concentration of Vitamin B3 which aids in boosting collagen production. I use this before I moisturiser only once a day!

I am super happy with how clear and hydrated my skin is since using all these products and honestly can’t praise them enough.  Finding a skin care routine that works for you is extremely important, using the wrong products for your skin type is a HUGE no! It is worth taking the time to learn your skin type and use the appropriate products.

If you are wanting to purchase any of the products I have mentioned you are able to purchase all Clinique products from the Clinique counter at your local Myer and you can purchase ASAP skin care from Ry.com.au

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My Lash Elevate Experience + Before and After Pictures

I was first introduced to the “Lash Elevate” treatment when watching famous Australian YouTuber Chloe Morello.  After seeing her results I knew I had to give it a try!

Basically this treatment defines and lifts your lashes so that they sit upwards towards the brow line in order to open up your eyes. This treatment is a good alternative to lash extensions and causes zero damage to your lashes whilst having no maintenance.

I went to Vogue Beauty Clinic in Launceston for my treatment. They were amazing, they made me feel incredibly comfortable as soon as I walked through the doors. During my treatment my beautician spoke to me the entire time explaining what she was doing as she completed each step which I loved! As far as I know they are the only ones who offer this treatment in Launceston at this time.

The Lash Elevate Treatment consists of four stages:

1. Lifting solution
2. Setting
3. Lash tint
4. Lash conditioner

Expect results to last 4-6 weeks.

During my treatment.

The treatment feels a little strange but definitely not painful or uncomfortable, It takes around 45 minutes and the cost of the treatment is $69.

Both photos I am wearing no mascara or eye makeup.

I am over the moon with the results!  As you can see in my photos it has made quite a big difference.  It has made me feel comfortable enough to leave the house without my lashes being coated in mascara!

I would 100% recommend this treatment, I think it would be amazing in the warmer months as well when you are not wanting to wear eye makeup.

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