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

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..

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KJ

Cheaper Makeup Brands V’s The Espensive

Years 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

KJ

 

 

 

YouTube Makeup Channel

YouTube Channel

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

 

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.

 

 

Should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding day?

www.makeupprofessional.com.auHelenSam004Using a makeup artist will be a new experience for many brides-to-be, so not only can it be daunting, it can be difficult to know how and where to source an expert makeup artist. Having a professional apply your makeup on the big day can be a lovely treat, but if you’re unsure if you want one, read on and your beauty blunders will be resolved.
Wedding makeup artist tip 1: The basics
If you’re in the process of searching for a bridal makeup artist then our top advice is to try and find one by recommendation. Ask married friends, your photographer, your hairdresser or you can request a suppliers list from the wedding venue.  Or you could always use forums to ask other brides. Once you’ve found two or three makeup artists with a promising portfolio, contact them to obtain a quote and to check their availability. makeup artist fees can vary and will be dependent on their experience, products and their location in relation to you. Do find out which makeup products the artist uses, as a good one should carry premium brands to ensure makeup longevity and a professional looking finish.
Wedding makeup artist tip 2: Getting started
Once you have found the right makeup artist you should book a makeup trial. A trial is recommended for a number of reasons; so you can get to know the makeup artist, discuss requirements and make sure the look created is right. Plus, it’s a great experience and gives you the opportunity to pick up a few beauty tips. Bridal makeup trials should usually take a couple of hours and are normally carried out around 4-8 weeks prior to the wedding date. Some handy hints here are to book your trial for the morning so you have the whole day to road test your makeup. Also, book your hair trial for the same day so you can see the wedding look as a whole. You should only need one trial if you have found a professional and if it isn’t perfect on first go your artist is there to alter and work with you. The only time you need to book in another artist is if they are incredibly unprofessional, unreliable or there final finish is hideous.
Please note: You do only need to book in the bride for both Hair and Makeup to save costs. For your bridal party you can supply a range of pictures for the artist to use as reference on the day.
Wedding makeup artist tip 3: What to expect
A makeup artist should always carry out a consultation before any makeup application commences. The makeup specialist will ask questions about the look you want them to create and about your skin type so they can select appropriate products for your skin’s needs.  Once you have had your makeover, this is your opportunity to give feedback – don’t be shy, ladies. Be sure to express exactly what you want for your wedding day. At the end of your trial your makeup artist will document the products and techniques used so they can recreate the perfect look on your wedding day.
Wedding makeup artist tip 3: Check list
Some brides might panic in the last stages of wedding planning and haphazardly contact the first makeup artist they come across. Perhaps they’ve had a run-in with their rouge or a bust-up with their bronzer and they seek professional help in a hurry. However, something so important shouldn’t be rushed into. Keep the following pointers in mind before you hand over your cash, and your complexion!
A skilled and professional makeup artist…
•Has the skills and professional products to keep your makeup looking fresh and flawless all day
•Understands how flash photography affects the appearance of makeup, therefore selects and supplies appropriate cosmetics
•Provides peace of mind and reassurance for those who lack confidence in their own appearance – they will put you at ease and assure you that you will look how you intend to
•Saves you time and money in researching and sourcing your own cosmetics
•Gives you professional one-to-one advice during your makeup trial, helping achieve the most from your beauty and skincare regime
•Is a useful member of the wedding team; a good makeup artist will not stop at the makeup. They will assist with buttonholes, dresses and fascinators where needed
•Is great for calming last minute nerves and will put any concerns at ease
•Provides an enjoyable pampering treatment so the bride can sit and relax
Wedding makeup artist tip 5: Still unsure about booking a makeup artist?
Even if you are fabulous at applying your own makeup nerves and jitters can make this job quite difficult. I couldn’t pass the brushes to another professional on my wedding day and it was just too much doing my own and my bridesmaids makeup. Once I got to the lashes I was a bundle of energy and just couldn’t get them on. Things like this can happen to professional artists and time definitely flies on your wedding day.

Good Luck xo

These Arbonne makeup brushes girls tick all the boxes!

As a makeup artist not using brushes is a little freaky to me. Iv tried using my fingers to apply my foundation and even beauty sponge blenders but its hard work and my makeup doesn’t seem to last as long and I love a flawless finish..

I have to let you girls know about these brushes because when we need to purchase brushes for home or for even for work there are just so many things we are looking for. When you just want to get a few good brushes for home the choices are a little blah to be honest!
Some of the ones iv seen there ok though but there still around $20 each. Most companies offer brushes separately and I tell you that becomes really expensive. I have spent $68 alone on one brush which is just nuts (though needed for work and used for each job so justified..)

The brushes I’m reviewing are Arbonne here are a Swiss company though you can purchase here in Australia so don’t stress and they are 100% synthetic and absolute genius. They tick the boxes for me, which are how well they blend, softness, strength, being economical, product pick up and minimal product waste so girls with these brushes girls im ticking..

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When you are working in the trade there are additional brushes you will need of course but most of your kit is here.

I use these brushes at home though I also take these to work with me every day. I have only changed my brushes twice in 5 years and that was just because I felt like doing so. The hairs don’t fall out and the glue is considerably strong.

Below is the large size which is perfect for most things like powders, blush, contouring, larger eye brushes, brows and a lip brush.

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This 10 piece brush set is only $50 which is so incredibly cheap for professional quality brushes. I have had mine for a long time and they withstand stand weekly or twice weekly cleaning.

The travel size brush set (below) I love for the eye brushes their smaller than the larger one. When you’re looking for eye brushes look for brushes that have a flatter tip so you can get into the corners though you can apply while shading both ways.

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If you use these brushes I’d love your thoughts, how do you find them?

If you want to purchase let me know I have a contact who can get your brushes out to you in a few days.

Hope you enjoy your week lovelies xx

My Rae Morris brushes have just arrived!

My Rae Morris brushes have just arrived, the selected few I purchased (for now anyway! We’ll see how they go with the finish product)

They look amazing and well presented. Each brush was individually sealed and the radiance brush was sent in a Rae Morris signature box.

I am excited to use them. They are super soft as mentioned on Rae’s website and I read a few great reviews from artists I scrolled though before purchasing, as you do!. I will post again when I use for the first time and may even do my first tutorial if I ever get around to doing one??

The brushes are quite small though I purchased the brushes I needed to smooth product around the eyes.

My negative comment is trying to choose which ones you want online. It was a little hard to choose in the separate brush section. There are brush packages though they are pricy and some have brushes you do and don’t need. I would love to be able to create my own package and receive a discount for the number of brushes purchased.

The four brushes cost my makeup budget approximately $260-$300

The brush I am looking forward to using from the Rae Morris range is the Radiance brush which I am hoping to use to apply and finish off my foundation perfectly.

Ill keep you up to date X

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Bleaching my eye brows for the first time!!

Bleaching my eyebrows

You have to love flash lights and bad lighting!

Ok, I bleached my hair blonde recently and I love it especially as my skin tone is white with pasty blue undertones.. I am a big fan of fashion pics and I also love the pictures of models with blonde or really light brows.

I did a little research about different bleachers and after a little miss information from a salon I used a 20v peroxide and a developer.

I was freaking out just a little so I first did the test patch and then left it on for about two minutes and washed off…Just in case I went very light especially as my hair bleaches very quick!

My eye brows are stubborn so I ended up leaving it on both for about 20 or so minutes and the result was pretty good… There no where near blonde though they are a few shades lighter and softer. I really like it

Do you know how to get that lovely blonde colour without the warmth as I throw quite a bit of gold??

P.S excuse my selfie, night lights and flash show everything especially no makeup Xx