Friday, 23 October 2015

Taking A Break

Hello everyone,

My end of year tests are coming up, and I've been struggling with balancing studying, dance and my blog, so I think I am just not going to post for three weeks, and by then all my tests will have been completed. 

I will start posting again as soon as my exams are over :)

Wish me luck!

Spring Baby aka Jess

Friday, 16 October 2015

Nude By Nature Brush Set Review

 Hello everyone,

So recently I purchased the Nude By Nature Brush Kit, as it had many different makeup brushes that I had heard were great quality, and it was pretty cheap. It was $29.95, but it contained 8 different tools.

It contains:

- a kabuki brush
- a defining powder brush
- an eyeshadow brush
- an eye shadow blending brush
- a concealer brush
- a double sided brush with one side being a lip brush and one side being an angled eye brush
- a makeup pencil sharpener

I absolutely love the kabuki brush, powder goes on so nicely with it. It is super soft and not at all scratchy. I use it to apply powder where I have concealer, and I love using it. The defining powder brush I use when I apply blush. Because it isn't angled at all, the blush goes on looking slightly more natural. The concealer brush is great for perfectly placing the product.

The eyeshadow brush is the perfect size for applying eyeshadow all over your eyelid. I also adore the blending brush, as it blends out the eyeshadow in basically 1-2 swipes. It is easy to create a smoky look using this brush. I like having the lip brush and angled brush on the same tool, as it saves space. The sharpener is handy, as it has two different sized holes for sharpening different sized makeup pencils.

All the brushes are very soft and work very well, and I am extremely happy with this purchase. They came in a little zip case that holds the brushes in separate compartments with space for more brushes.

I am very happy with this purchase. 7 good quality, soft makeup brushes plus a case and sharpener for just under $30 is an amazing deal if you ask me! This kit would be a great pack for those of you with little to no other makeup brushes, as it has a good amount of brushes to start you off with. The only way it could be better is by coming with a foundation brush, but I personally prefer sponges so that doesn't affect me too much.

What are some of your experiences with Nude By Nature makeup brushes? Or if you don't use these, what brand of makeup brushes is your favourite?

Bye for now,

Spring Baby aka Jess

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Enhancing Your Natural Beauty // My Tips

Hello everyone,

I was inspired by Glossier to create a post about ways that I enhance my features without covering up, hiding or changing how I look. I believe that makeup is best used for enhancing features, such as your cheekbones for example, rather than used to modify how you look and change your appearance drastically. I like using the term "less is more" when it comes to makeup - that's my personal preference. I'm always about keeping it natural.

My first product I use when enhancing my natural looks, is concealer. My favourite concealer is the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer, it has good coverage and blends really nicely. I rarely apply concealer over blemishes such as my acne, I only use concealer vary sparingly, only under my eyes to brighten my face, conceal my genetic under eye circles and make me look more awake.

With mascara, my go to is probably the Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express, as it isn't clumpy if you don't go overboard with it and it makes your eyelashes look very long and curled. With mascara, I only use 1 or 2 coats, to avoid getting all my eyelashes stuck together or clumpy and keeping my look as natural as possible. Clumpy lashes are not a good look, so use mascara if you want, but don't use too much. Avoid clumpy lashes at all costs!

I think bronzer is a great product for enhancing your features, as when used in small amounts it is good at contouring your face. Don't use too much, and don't apply it where your face isn't contoured. This can look rather over done, quite unnatural and changes how you look. Enhance, don't change your looks. You're beautiful, don't hide that. (That may sound clich̩ but it's true РI promise :) )

Tinted lip balm is another great product for achieving a natural, subtle and pretty lip colour. Maybelline Baby Lips is my favourite brand when it comes to tinted lip balm, and recently I've been loving the Baby Lips ElectoPop in Oh! Orange for a pretty, subtle, coral orange colour for my lips.

Your eyebrows can very easily enhance your beauty or drastically change your look, be very careful when tweezing them yourself! Eyebrows frame your face, and your natural eyebrow shape is suited to your face shape, so don't change them too much. That's why you should always make sure that when you shape and tweeze your eyebrows (or when you get a professional to do it), keep them the same shape that they were originally, just neater and more defined. Disclaimer: It's ok if you don't have your eyebrows done or you don't want to do them, it's okay for that to be your personal choice. Some people choose to have them done, others choose not too, and both these choices are totally fine!

Last but not least, moisturiser. Don't forget to moisturise! Even with oily skin you still need to moisturise. If you have oily or blemish-prone skin, you can purchase moisturisers suited to your skin. Any kind of skin type, for example dry, oily or combination, there are moisturisers available for your type. I have oily skin, so I use the Neutrogena Oil Free moisturiser. Moisturising will keep your skin looking healthy, hydrated and glowing. This means you may not want or need to use a heavy layer of foundation every day and you can keep your skin more natural. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Check out Glossier's skincare products for products that can help you to enhance your natural beauty. 

Bye for now,

Spring Baby aka Jess