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Haha, I thought that would get your attention! Well now you’re here I’m afraid I must disappoint you. This being, for the most part, a beauty blog I am actually referring to my three current favourite cheek-related makeup products.

Contouring and face-shaping is fairly new to me but I’ve been having fun researching and experimenting how to master it. I have at least now found my chosen products and will continue to perfect my technique. The products are as follows :-

The Contourer – Nars Laguna Bronzer

It’s a bit pricey but being a fairly cult product I felt it was my best bet for the job. The colour isn’t too orange for my pink-toned skin and it contains such a subtle shimmer it leaves a really nice natural glow. If I’m feeling a bit off colour I’ve been using a very light covering as an all over colour for my face too. I apply this with the Real Techniques Contouring Brush.

The Blush – Natio Blush in Rouge Glow

I’ve never been one to have a huge collection of blushes and tend to rely on a couple of pretty pink shades. If I’m not using my Bobbi Brown Pink Peony set (reviewed here) then my new favourite is Natio Blush in Rouge Glow which is a lovely dusty pink shade that goes perfectly with any look. I apply this with the Real Techniques Blush Brush.

The Highlighter – The Balm – Mary-Lou Manizer

Highlighters is something I have many of as I’m constantly hankering after a pretty dewy complexion I always see in magazines. I’ve tried cream highlighters such as Rimmel Wake Me Up and Nars The Multiple stick, both of which I love, but just pipping these to the post is this powder one from The Balm. It’s a light and neutral shade that will suit any skin tone and leaves a gorgeous glow that really catches the light. I apply this with my fingers.

What face shaping products have you been loving recently?

Em x

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By the River / New Organised Makeup / My Beautiful Princess

Drugstore Beauty / Cheers ;-) / Pretty iPhone 5 Cover

Chilling in a Hammock / Afternoon Reading / Beauty Buys

Beautiful Blue Sky

Hope you’re all feeling inspired too. :-)

Em x

PS. iPhone 5 cover purchased from this Etsy store. Worth checking out!

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Unless I was particularly unobservant before, I’ve noticed over recent years that the kind of makeup available to us is getting more sophisticated. It’s becoming more possible for us at home to purchase more professional products that would normally be only used by makeup artists and it’s more attainable for us to achieve a flawless and polished look. The explosion of beauty blogs over the past few years has also given us regular people the advice for the right products to use and the best way actually apply them to get the achieved look.

In this post I thought I’d focus on base products. When I was a teenager it was all about foundation and powder and that was about it. I vaguely remember tinted moisturisers being around but they didn’t really show up on my radar due to low coverage. As touched upon in my first ever post here, my makeup as a teenager was basic at best, with my base leaving a lot to be desired! Badly colour-matched foundation (cue orange eyebrows) applied poorly with fingers and caked on powder, also in the wrong shade. But now we are lucky to have an even bigger array of foundations on the market with endless different ways to make our skin flawless and other added benefits as well as the more user friendly tinted moisturisers that are no longer just for those with already perfect skin but who want to wear makeup anyway. Then there has been the explosion of BB creams recently claiming to be the miracle product none of us will be able to live without and CC creams just on the horizon.  Last but not least there have been the accompanying products such as primers, highlighters and illuminators and the huge choice of brushes and tools for application.

Personally I’ve been struggling over the last year to work out where each product fits in to my routine. On the recommendation of certain beauty bloggers I’ve made some choice purchases and experimented with what works best on my skin. My main discovery has been mixing and matching ie. either mixing two or more products together on the back of my hand or applying thin layers of the products straight on my face and as long as I’m careful with quantities I can get the best effect from each product without it looking caked on. My other discoveries that I feel are worth mentioning are my Real Techniques buffing brush for applying all base products and also the elimination of powder from my routine now that summer is on it’s way!

What changes have you made with your base products recently?

Em x

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With it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month there have been a huge array of pretty pink products on the market to raise money and bring our attention to this cause. Well any makeup in a shade of pink is guaranteed to catch my eye and I fell in love with this Bobbi Brown Pink Peony set.

It’s sold as an Illuminating Bronzing Powder but with it’s beautiful pink shade and subtle shimmer I’ve found this perfect as a blush especially now the sunny weather is on it’s way.  I’ve been applying this to the apples of my cheeks with the Real Techniques blush brush and it leaves me with lovely shimmery pink cheeks and the soft shade really suits my fair pink-toned skin.

The blending brush that come with it is also perfect for application and is a great new addition to my makeup bag for touch ups through the day. Oh and it’s pink too so it’s a win win in my eyes! ;-)

This is a really lovely set for a really good cause and is only available through October.

Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Set $70 AUD

Em x

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Pancakes / Getting Ready to go Out / Ready to go Out

My Clever Daughter / Lush Haul / Yummy Weekend BBQ

Nail Polishes / Pretty Label (& very tasty ;-p) / My Beautiful Butterfly

Beautiful Flowers from my Hubby / Beach Tomorrow!!

What’s inspiring you today?

Em x

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I think purple is my new pink. Anyone who knows me will be gasping in surprise, but lets be honest, it’s not a huge leap across the rainbow is it. ;-)

Revlon Nail Enamel in ’211 Charming’

OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘Purple With a Purpose’

 

What colours are people turning to now the seasons have changed?

Have a lovely day everyone :-)

Em x

 

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Bobbi Brown Makeup for a Great Cause / Cute Pumps for Summer / Women’s Fitness Magazine

 

Yummy Homemade Noodles / New Girl Series 1 – Hilarious! / 7 For All Mankind Bootcuts

Magazine Freebie / Most Favourite Shoes Ever!

My New Look Tumblr Blog – Take a look!

Hope you’re having an inspiring day :-)

Em x

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So BB creams have been around for a while now and while I realise CC creams are already just on the horizon I thought I’d share with you what I have now settled on as my tried and tested favourite.

As far as I know this was the first BB cream to be released in the UK about a year ago now and I remember purchasing it within days of it’s release as quite frankly I’ll jump at anything that claims to even out my skin tone without lasers! I didn’t expect a miracle as I’ve been using cosmetics long enough to realise there is no such thing but I have found it to make a real difference to the appearance of my makeup. I use the original version for my dry skin in shade 02-Light and for reference I have detailed my skin type here.

I’ve always felt I need a medium-high coverage of base to even out my skin tone so I’ve been using a small amount of this under a thin layer of foundation as I’ve found laying works well on my skin and lasts longer through the day. This method has always worked well for me and I’ve recently been brave enough to try Chantecaille Just Skin in shade Glow (thank you viviannadoesmakeup) and the combination of these two works really well on my skin and will hopefully serve me well through the Aussie summer. I will also add that the Garnier BB cream works well on it’s own as a minimal base option for a gym visit if you can’t bear to go bare like me;-)

What BB Creams have you been trying and loving?

Em x

 

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Cupcakes / Most Valuable Current Beauty Tools / Pink Sparkly Nails

 

Latest Beauty Buys / Summer Sunday Dinner / Chilling in the Sun

Me & My Baby

Have a lovely day everyone :-)

Em x

PS. Pink sparkly nails inspired by thesundaygirl.com. Amazing blog.

Rainy Day Cupcakes

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Well it’s a horrid rainy day here in Perth and what better indoor activity is there for a rainy day than making cupcakes!

So out came my most prized pink kitchen appliance ready for some action (which it hasn’t seen for some time due to my constant carb guilt) and I was ready to bake some yummy treats. My tricky dilemma: chocolate or vanilla? My simple solution: both! :-)

Now I realise cupcake recipes are probably the most common recipe there is but for reference here is mine:-

150g Soft Butter
150g Caster/Superfine Sugar
175g Self Raising Flour
3 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder (for choccie ones, obv)

I also mix in a couple of tbsp of milk to thin the mixture. This should make around 12 large cupcakes. Cook at 180 degrees for approx 18 mins.

For the icing:

150g Soft Butter
250g Icing Sugar
Vanilla/Cocoa Powder/Food Colouring

Yummy! And for my next trick I will try to eat some before my daughter gets near the pretty pink ones ;-)

Have a lovely day.

Em x