Antipodean Beauties – Lashes

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This week’s Antipodean Beauties theme is LASHES. I love falsies (false lashes) – ok, I love buying falsies, the more dramatic the better, as I have such short, pathetic, poker straight Asian lashes. I am absolutely rubbish at actually applying falsies though, every time I try I end up with teary, bloodshot eyes and with fewer original lashes than I started out with.

My husband on the other hand, is blessed with gorgeous long, curly lashes (why, oh why!) and my little boy has inherited this from him. He is going to be such a little heartbreaker when he grows up – how are the girls going to say no to those lashes batting back at them?!

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I then had a make-up lesson with an amazing make-up artist here in Perth – Chandra from CKT Makeup Artistry (Chandra did my make-up for my wedding and I always turn to her when I need my make-up professionally done) who taught me how to apply falsies properly. Armed with my new knowledge, I thought I’d give falsies another go for this week’s Antipodean Beauties challenge!

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Because I was taking my little boy to Gymbaroo today, I thought I had better choose the most natural set of falsies I owned as I didn’t want to freak the other mums and bubs out 🙂 I received this set of Eyelure Naturalites ‘Natural Volume Lashes’ in 020 in one of my subscription sample boxes a while ago and thought they would be perfect for a subtle bit of extra length and volume.

These Eyelure lashes came with their own small tube of white adhesive which turns clear when as it dries. The lashes were the width of about 3/4 of my eye so I didn’t have to trim them which was a bonus; the seam was thin but still easy to handle and held up to my brutal application (I’m still learning!). I curled my natural lashes first, applied a coat of mascara, applied my falsies, gave the whole lot a final squeeze with my eyelash curler and then applied another light coat of mascara.

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All in all this went relatively well – no tears or loss of lashes! As a newbie, I found the Eyelure lashes really easy to use and this set definitely gave me the more subtle look I was after. I’m definitely looking forward to trying a more dramatic look next time!

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Do you like and use falsies?

Make sure you check out the other lovely ladies participating in this week’s Lashes challenge!

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Antipodean Beauties – Winter

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Sorry for disappearing on y’all – my little boy picked up a bug last week which then spread through the rest of the family like wildfire, rendering us all useless. Don’t kids make the best ‘patient zero’?

I’m thrilled that the Antipodean Beauties concept has been so well received! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last post. Here is my take on Week 3’s theme – WINTER 🙂

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This is my new favourite palette – I picked it up last week during Target’s sale on Chi Chi Cosmetics (25% off!). This is the Chi Chi Glamorous Eyes Palette in ‘Sultry’ – isn’t it gorgeous? My biggest weakness is palettes – show me a good palette and I go weak at the knees (yes, I probably need to get out more!). So when I saw this week’s Antipodean Beauties theme, I knew I just had to use this palette – not for the typical bronze and nude shades, but for the gorgeous deep purple, plum and lilac shades!

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FACE PRIMER: Face Of Australia ‘Face Base Primer’
FOUNDATION & CONCEALER: Stila ‘Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer’ in Honey
POWDER: Australis ‘Ready Set Go Finishing Powder’
EYE PRIMER: Urban Decay ‘Eyeshadow Primer Potion’ in Original
EYESHADOWS: Maybelline ‘EyeStudio Colour Tattoo’ in Painted Purple, Chi Chi ‘Glamorous Eyes Palette’ in Sultry (various shades), Clinique ‘Colour Surge Eye Shadow Trio’ in Night Plum and Blackberry Frost
EYELINERS: Designer Brands ‘Kohl Eyeliner’ in Black, Smashbox ‘Limitless Liquid Liner Pen’ in Jet Black
MASCARA: Maybelline ‘The Falsies Volume Express Waterproof’ in Black Drama
CONTOUR: Estee Lauder ‘Soft Matte Bronzer’ in Bronze Goddess, Estee Lauder ‘Shimmer Powder’ in Estee Lauder Signature
BLUSH: NARS ‘Blush’ in Taos
LIPS: Estee Lauder ‘Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick’ in Pinkberry, Lancôme ‘Juicy Tubes’ in Moulin Rose

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to check out the other great blogs participating in this week’s theme below!

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Antipodean Beauties – My Favourite Lipstick

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Antipodean Beauties is a brand-new group of Aussie and Kiwi bloggers participating in a weekly series of themed make-up challenges, organised by the lovely Omega from Fashion Adjacent. If you are interested in joining in, please check out the Facebook page here – there more the merrier!

Our very first theme? ‘My Favourite Lipstick’

Now I haven’t been the biggest lipstick person (I’m more of an eye make-up kinda gal) – I’ve only just embraced ‘throwing on a bit of lippy’ in the past few months and have been know to *gasp* omit the lipstick even with a full face of make-up. I don’t mind a bit of lip gloss here and there though, plus I am quite fond of the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer range which is actually more a of lip balm with a hint of colour. I am lucky that my lips are naturally quite pigmented so (I think) I can get away without lippy sometimes.

My favourite lipstick is one that I wouldn’t have ever dared to pick out for myself. It was actually chosen for me while I was testing out different foundations at Mecca Cosmetica and the girl doing my make-up suggested I try something a bit outside my comfort zone. I must have been feeling a bit more daring that day and I am so glad she suggested it now as it is such a fabulous colour and instantly peps me up! I love the packaging, those little cartoon flowers are just so darn cute.

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Stila Long Wear Lip Color – Matte in ‘Intriguing’ is a bright pink, highly pigmented, matte lipstick that comes in a thin pen-like applicator. I like the smaller tip with this lipstick as it gives me greater control of how much I apply – when I first got it I only used to dab it onto my lips really lightly as the colour was soo.. pink, but as I have become more confident with the colour I have gradually used more. It is also a fantastic base colour under various shades of lip gloss – I just can’t leave my lips matte 🙂

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Here it is with Lancôme Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in ‘Moulin Rose’ over the top. It’s such a pretty colour!

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I hope you enjoyed my first Antipodean Beauties post. Why not check out the other blogs below to see what lipsticks are their favourites?

What is your favourite lipstick?

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Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleaning System

Hello, my name is Tracey and I have terrible skin. I’ve always had terrible acne-prone and blemished skin – from when I was a teenager well into my 20’s. Then I got pregnant and my skin went all hormonal on me and has never really recovered, even more than a year after giving birth. That, combined with the fact that I’m now 30 and really should be properly taking care of my skin to prevent wrinkles and further pigmentation, means that I am always on the lookout for new products to help me manage my skin. I was therefore very excited when I heard about Olay’s new facial cleansing brush – I had read about the Clarisonic brush before but wasn’t keen on forking out a couple of hundred dollars to try it.

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“A cleansing system designed to clean your skin up to four times better than a face wash alone. The rotating brush gently works cleanser into the skin for a deep-clean feel while giving the face a soft massage, and problems such as blemishes and dry patches could be dealt with by concentrating the brush on troublesome areas.” – olay.com.au

The Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleaning System retails for $32.49 (I bought mine from Priceline at the introductory price of $28.99, the day after the 40% skincare sale had ended. Gah!) and replacement brushes are about $9.00 each, which is a significant saving from the Clarisonic system where replacement brushes are nearly $30.00 alone.

Out of the box I received a brush unit, a rotating brush head (very easy to ‘click’ together), 2 x AA batteries and a tube of Olay Regenerist Skin Renewal Cleanser. I like it when companies include batteries with their products – how annoying is it when you come home all excited to open a new gadget or toy to realise you don’t have batteries for it?

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Because I didn’t want to shock my skin too much straight up, I decided to use my own cleanser with the brush. I am only using the brush once a day when I cleanse my face at night (even though Olay say you can use it twice a day), on the lower setting which feels perfect. I’m not actually sure why the faster setting is there – perhaps if you don’t use it every day and need a “stronger” clean?

This system is water resistant so you can even use it in the shower if that is where you cleanse your face. The instructions state to use the brush for approximately 60 seconds (I used the timer on my iPhone) which is plenty of time to slowly run the brush all over my face, getting into all the areas where make-up, oil and daily gunk can build up. You have to be careful to avoid your eye area though as the rotating brush can pull at the delicate skin.

I love how my face feels after cleansing with this brush – my skin feels so much softer and lighter, plus my face doesn’t feel “raw” like after I use a scrub or exfoliator. It is also amazing to see how much residual make-up it takes off my skin even after I have used make-up remover or a wipe, so I am confident that I will see some sort of improvement in my skin from just that alone. It is quite alarming actually considering I am such a stickler for making sure I take off all my make-up before bed no matter how tired I am. How much make-up have I actually been leaving on my face?!

I also love the fact that this brush gently removes the gunk and dead skin on my face which allows my moisturiser and eye cream to be absorbed more effectively. I’ve only been using this for a couple of days but my skin already seems brighter. I will keep you all up-to-date on my skin journey but am really liking this product so far and it is great value for money!

Have you tried the Olay system, or any other brush system and what did you think?