Cheaper Makeup Brands V’s The Expensive Brands (Highlighters!)

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So these options aren’t going to be for everyone and some products are what work for me at home and some I take with me.

Ok, so lets chat about highlighters actually this post ended up being only about highlighters lol.. There are so many on the market and it depends on how bright you want to shine girl!~

The W7 highlighter (I have only seen this brand at Chemist Warehouse I think it may be only sold at here and I think stock varies per store from what I have noticed) for a price of $4 you cant go wrong in trying it..

Hopefully it hasn’t changed as they recently changed there bronzer to a bronzer shimmer and being the 2 products I use of there brand I was just a little devastated..

The colour is more of a champagne gold and I have actually used it on different skin tones and it works well.  I can build it up which is what I like because we all like our own level of glow.

A fluffy fan brush that isn’t too thick works well to apply it on the cheek bones and I also add a little above the eyebrows down to the temples (even just what’s left on the brush) this can finish off the highlight perfectly.

I have tried the Farsali Jelly Beam which was more of a pink base it was ok though expensive and it dried up on me very quick I think half way or less into the jar and it struggled to work with products such as dura-line which is a product from Inglot that helps with dry makeup. It could have been a faulty batch I didn’t think of that till now to be honest..

The Huda beauty pallet at the time was highly recommended it was ok but for the price point for that range it needs to work better than what is affordable on the market, more than just a name if that makes sense.

There are others but I cant remember them all and wanted to give you a cheaper option to explore.

For dewy skin (not recommended for oily skin) add your oil, use a hydrating foundation, limit your powder (add to places like the nose and around the eyes) and add a great hydrating spray and set. For this look I would use hairspray to hold in place.

Till next time..


Cheaper Makeup Brands V’s The Espensive

glam makeup, red lips, winged eye, published photoshootsYears ago the cheaper brands were like their name might suggest pretty cheap and yep they were pretty nasty!

Eyeshadows had really low pigment content and you would use half a tub to apply one look and blending was pretty non-existent! Eyeliners were pretty much the same and super hard or really soft, lack of colours from lipsticks to foundations etc though a lot has changed..

Like any brand cheap or expensive unfortunately we still have to sort through what’s great, so so or just a miss. You can find a few gems in so many places so don’t forget to look through the isles at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse because you might be pleasantly surprised and have a happier bank account and then you can splurge on your favs!

I’m going to break this post down into 2 parts so this is a few prep, base and finish ideas and then ill do another for shadows, additional products, setting etc

Skin is important so find what skincare works for you and stick to it you’ll thank yourselves later, trust me I feel you I am very lazy but once it works its magic you will do it! X

If your skin is dry and most of us suffer on the drier side of life 😉 I really liked the Farsali oil 24k Gold it was moisturising though absorbed through and didn’t look oily once finished… Bonus!

If your skin is very oily I apply a mattifying powder, then primer and on top of your makeup. I really like Arbonne’s Mattifying powder. I have had it for ages so I hope it is still available.

Ok, foundations.. The hardest part for most of us I think. I personally haven’t found one I love in on the cheaper side though to be fair I haven’t really tried them all.. I am also really fussy with how they feel on the skin. I find the ones I have tried feel drying, heavier than what I am used to and make my skin look dry and unnatural?? I like them when they almost feel non existent and just like my own skin.

I go to my fav Swiss primer and foundation from Arbonne.. Yes it is a MLM brand, no I don’t sell it and to be honest you really have to try it!

So concealers and stick foundations for me and clients I tend to pay a little more for a light weight feel of the cover which I can add to for a cover we want that feels great and hydrates.. That’s a definite bonus for me!

I have mixed Fit Me by Maybelline into these and found it works well though don’t use it on its own.

You defiantly want this when you are contouring as you need to blend.. blend and blend  again.

Powders whether it is for baking, light coverage or a translucent I’m still looking around so I will get back to you on that one.. Australis had a baking style powder though it was white it worked pretty good though the lid I could never get back on 😦

As you get older they can add volume to creases and settle which I am not a fan of. The back of the hand test can be great judge on how it settles and if you can blend it, yes you will have product on to which can help. Though I may have found a winner so I will give you a few in my next post 🙂

I found a really nice bronzer from W7 which was around the $4 mark and it was on par with two I had bought for around the $45 mark so I was impressed though I think it has been discontinued as when I went to purchase a new one from Chemist Warehouse it was a bronzer glow which is not what I was after.

Much Love





Renewing my vows on our tenth year!!

I love weddings, I work with brides and its just a happy place to be when there is little drama..? 🙂

I love magazines more so than jumping online, the smell ripping or folding over my favorite pages. Even though I was married 7 years ago i want to celebrate again which will be our 10th year wedding anniversary and 20 years together! I dont feel old enough! And that deserves celebrating don’t you think??

We didn’t have a photographer and missed the important shots and it was small and intimate and still perfect but this is what this girl wants to do excuses aside hehe!

Ok so were moving into our new home in a year or so, so I thought I would have the ceremony and party there maybe… Depending if i can be bothered with the clean up before and afterwards with work and kids!!

I would love a photo shoot with us and my 3 kids in a field and just capture as many as possible, come home take some getting ready with my daughter and then of course everyone who attends x

I have attached a few ideas of what i have stuck with over the last year or two..The female brain changes its mind so much..

I love the look of the flowing skirts or even a structured gown that is simple.

With food I just want a gorgeous antipasto nibble table and lots of whisky to enjoy into the night! 🙂

Well that’s the start, I want to share it with you because its fun and i love the diversities in weddings and the options are really now endless!

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I haven’t posted for awhile, on here for 6 months and not on YouTube for ages! Time really is flying this year!

Life is crazy as a business owner, mum and all of that.. Though I thought I would post my makeup channel as there are a few looks that you may enjoy.

Chat soon 🙂

Karly Drever


Happy New Year!

I hope you had a fabulous start to 2018. Bring in the new year with new hope, goals and excitement.

Have you noticed there is just too many makeup brands to choose from now! its getting hard for everybody and a very expensive task to try them all.

When watching Youtube or Instagram and you hear brands being mentioned, please try and test before you buy as I have made the mistake of trusting too many bloggers etc and just not personally enjoying the product for me or clients!

I hope to post some good products to try shortly, affordable and on the upper spectrum to help in any way. Though as I mentioned go into the store and try before you buy or take home a sample.

Chat soon xo

Is my complexion Warm or Cool?

sw_skin_tone_graphicWarm complexions comprise of about 75 percent of the worlds population with their beautiful golden sun glow.

Think sun colours… gold’s, coppers, oranges, bricks… any colour with more prominent yellow undertone. These colours look most natural on a warm complexion. However that does not mean that you cannot wear cool colours, it will just look more vibrant against your skin.

Am I cool Toned?
ON the other hand comprise the other 25 percent of the worlds population, cold tones is having pink, rose or blue tones.

Tones of jewels such as amethyst, sapphire, ruby, emeralds and silver, blue and grey.

Once again cool tones can venture into warm tones though will look more vibrant.

To see pictures of women of warm and cool skin tones click on

Red hot lips! How to choose the perfect red lip.
A red lip is a staple and the age old question is “which red works for me?”

Now that you know if you are warm or cool you need to decide if need to wear a natural red or drama.

Warm complexions should look for a brick red for a more natural look. To be bold try wearing a colour with cool undertones. Such as orange/tangerine red.

The most natural red for a cool complexion will be a blue based or berry red. if you wish to dramatic look choose a burgundy or wine shade.

Play around and mix a few shades and feel which works best for you and which makes you feel sexy or most comfortable.



How to beautify before your big event!

In the week leading to your day after you have already confirmed with your Hair and Makeup Artist etc its now just about getting your hair, skin and nails ready.


I recommend getting your nails done the week of, especially if your not used to having acrylics.. They take some time to get used too!

If your not having your toe nails done at the salon I would wait until the day before when you have a quiet moment to apply them beautifully and allow yourself the time to sit and let them dry.


The skin does need extra time though don’t stress if you haven’t been looking after your it. The stress of your day can cause breakouts so if anything drink lots of water and eat as good as humanly possible amongst the chaos! If you do get a pimple don’t pick at it, its hard not to I know!

Make sure your cleansing with a PH balanced cleanser if possible at least daily. The skin can be quite dry so I would recommend a good organic coconut oil if you don’t have a good moisturiser. It is one oil that can be fully absorbed and good for the skin. If your worried just apply a small amount to hydrate.

I recommend cleansing and moisturising both the night before and before Hair and Makeup arrive.


Exfoliate and moisturise a few times the week of your wedding to ensure its smooth and looking fabulous! This will also help if your having a spray tan or applying a tan yourself.

If you are having a spray tan I would test out the company your using twice before the day to ensure the quality is spot on (I see too many horrible spray tans!!!)

You can also apply yourself as long as you rub in your tan with a mitt (to stop it rubbing off and lingering on your fingers) until your skin tugs I find there fabulous. Try the home solutions in the lead up to the day to ensure your happy with the colour and tone and also how many times you need to apply to reached your desired intensity.

When you have the right one apply after dinner two days before then allow it to dry with no restricting clothes on or none at all :;). You can then reapply to get the level you need. moisturise the skin the night before and when your getting on the day


I recommend using a quality conditioner with as little chemicals as possible always though especially at this time.

I would have a hair trim only if needed! Speak to your hair stylist at your trial. If needed have one at least a week out so the hair has time to settle. Make sure to tell the hairdresser how much or how much not to remove!

If you are colouring your hair and or extensions I would also get this done a week out to give you time if needed to change any horror stories and allow it to settle.

This is also not the time to try a new hairdresser make sure you have one you rely and depend upon to give you the colour you need or die trying!

Get yourself a really good leave in or treatment from a hair store and apply twice that week though not to use the day before.

I recommend my clients washing their hair the day before and having a blow dry at a salon if possible to allow it to settle.


Have a fabulous day beautiful!


Creating Dewy Skin When You Suffer With Dry Skin

Women’s skin can be really dry and dehydrated at times and makes for a dull or dry makeup finish.

Here a few things I recommend to give you the best finish.

You have to look after your skin, quality skincare look for Swiss and German brands work better I find. Cleanse daily and if all you have is coconut oil then use it will absorb to a deeper level than many skincare products.

I use a quality Swiss Arbonne primer to hydrate and allow the foundation to be buffed into the skin though it adds a layer of protection.

if the skin is still dry I use an oil over the foundation and buff so that it absorbs and if the skin is dry it will happily absorb it anyway.

I like to Farasali 24 carat rose gold oil. I apply it with a stippling brush and dab gently you can add a little more foundation if needed. This will give the skin a healthy even dewy look if desired.

A little highlighter on the cheek bones, nose cupid bows and on the brow bones will also go a long way to adding light and the appearance of beautiful skin.



How do you get your curls to stay!?

Its tricky but can be done right if its done right?!

Ok so if your curling your hair I would suggest your hair a day old so it has settled.

To prep the hair, I either add a light texturizing hairspray and then pining the hair for the hair to curl remove and then lightly spray.

You can add mouse to keep the curl hard till you style though its not as soft as the previous option.

If you NEED your curls bouncy and to hold I would go with trick number 1 for as long as possible.




Trialing your Hair and Makeup, q and a’s to ask.

When you pick your hair and makeup artist and you have booked in your trial there are a few things you can do to ensure it goes smoothly.

I recommend having a think about the style of wedding and dress you are wearing? Would you like it to all fit together in some way? For example is your wedding a Boho, vintage, relaxed beach or classic theme or is your dress have a particular feel? This may help in the process decision making.

Then I honestly recommend sitting down by yourself or with a good friend and really think about how you would feel with your hair.. Down, or an up do and then working your way to whether you would like a side part any detail through the hair, hair to sit to the side or visible from the front. Go with what you like and what you feel most comfortable wearing?

Don’t stress if you haven’t decided on a hair piece for your trial I will be able to alter the hair slightly if needed and we will discuss the headpiece before styling on your wedding day.

Even if you know your style, jump online and create a folder and paste any picture at this stage you like for you. Spend quite a while with this process, don’t leave to the last minute as it takes time and is crucial to your final look.

To narrow down your search I would keep shortlisting your options and adding the ones you like least in a sub folder, soon your favorite look will come about and if it doesn’t you can always incorporate the favorite parts of certain hairstyles you like or get the advice from the stylist as to what suits you, your dress and the shape of your shape.

With your makeup it is a similar process. I would recommend staying within a similar feel to what you may normally wear. Obviously on this day you will wear more though if you wear natural makeup I would personally keep with the natural look though with the right intensity for your day. This will also avoid a slight shock from some husbands who prefer you with as little as possible.

With photography it can lighten all colours and intensity on the day. If you want to go very natural and nude lips without a depth of colour in your photos it can appear you aren’t wearing any so that’s where it is up to me to get your intensity right on and off camera and to a point where it isn’t too much for you in real life.

I also recommend false lashes unless you are wearing extensions. Even if you have long lashes I would still add a pair or a couple for definition, length or fullness. They make your photos and eyes look fabulous and you won’t regret choosing them. There are many different styles so there will be a style suited to you.

Here are a few questions I recommend having a think about and for example I will ask you before or during our trial.

If you have a range of shots look at the height of the hair or the intensity of the Makeup?

Would you like a similar effect?


Hair Styling

Hair Down
Would you like your hair down?
To the side?
Pinned up at one side?
Would you like a middle, side or deep side part?
Will you be wearing a head piece or veil?
Do you need to style according to your head piece?
Are you after a soft romantic look, classic or slightly messy?
Would you like your hair visible from the front?
I recommend seeing some hair from the front, it does soften your look?

An up style?
would you like a soft romantic style?
Slightly messy?
Sleek hair?
Side, middle or deep side?
Natural or high volume?
Curly texture?
Will you like detail such as twists, braids, curls etc?
Would you like a side or back do?
Visible from both sides
Would you like hair slightly visible if wearing to the side (recommended?)
Are you thinking of wearing a head piece or veil?

With your Makeup
Intensity of the eyes, lips etc?
Also think about your eye liner would you like it softened, winged or a stronger line? Underneath the eyes will you like shading, waterline or just mascara?
What do normally wear?
Contour, baking?
Natural shaping?
Dewy skin, matte, or highlighted?
False lashes?
Eye shadow colours?
Nude, deep, light or bright?
Do you like additional blush?


The above are just a few things to think about and with images together will mean if you can communicate and your artist does listen, you will have an easy going trial and a happy one!

Good luck xo


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