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Happy Tuesday all! I hope you guys have started your week off happy and full of positivity! I thought I would start off this week focusing on a post educating you guys on something I love, something I am passionate about and something I actually get to incorporate in my amazing job, Skin care. Ive been a skincare specialist now for over 2 years and I cannot put into words just how passionate I am about looking after my skin, and helping others look after theres. Today, I thought i would share with you some of my favourite skin care products and why Ive chosen them by giving you an insight into the ingredients and what they do for your skin.

My morning and night routine consists of 14-15 steps, so I thought instead of sitting here and making this posts impossibly long for you all to read, I would pick out some of my current favourites within all my routine and let you in on why they are SO good for your skin!

Guys, I suggest if you haven’t got yourself a skin care routine, to slowly start to educate yourself on the importance of having a routine and using the right products to benefit your skin. Everyone is different and each individual requires their own range of products/range of products to enhance their skin. If you feel lost or need some help with this, please do not hesitate to ask, I’d be more then happy to help you!

So, lets get started, I’m excited to introduce to you guys some of my all time favourites, maybe they will become yours too!

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I absolutely adore this product. I use the micellar water to remove the base of my foundation base, eye makeup and lipstick. The product is super soft on my skin and makes the removal of the rest of my makeup SO easy!

BENEFITS: refreshing, soothing and calming on the skin, leaves a beautiful glowing complexion!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains rose flower extract and cornflower extract which not only soothes the skin, but helps with congestion and redness!

WHEN TO USE:  Morning and Night – Morning: to cleanse skin of dirt/sweat from sleeping and to prep the skin for other skincare/makeup.  Night: to remove foundation, eyes and lip makeup before thoroughly cleansing the skin with other products.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $29.00 (150ml)

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This is hands down one of my top 5 favourite cleansers. Not only does it remove any excess makeup but it is super creamy and lasts forever. A small 5 cent piece size is all you need to remove any dirt/excess makeup and leaves the skin feeling so soft!

BENEFITS: This product is a large size, meaning you will get many months use out of it when using it 2 times a day. It is super soft and creamy on the skin and just by using circular motions with your hands on your face, the formula removes any excess dirt/makeup on the skin and prep you for your next skin care steps!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains French green clay and Moroccan Rhassoul clay – these products will work to cleanse deeply and remove the excess oils/sebum to unclog the pores.  These ingredients also purify the skin. This cleanser is filled with Vitamin C and black pepper – these two ingredients work to tighten pores, brighten the skin and help leave it looking fresh and plump. They are also an anti ageing property as they enhance the skins natural collagen production. You will notice when your using this cleanser your skin is left glowing and SO soft.

WHEN TO USE:  Morning and Night – Morning: to cleanse skin of dirt/sweat from sleeping and to prep the skin for other skincare/makeup.  Night: to remove foundation, thoroughly cleanse the skin and to prep for other skin care.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $66.00 (125ml)

 

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This has been my go-to eye cream for a while now! Its one of the only eye creams that dont irritate my eyes and leaves my under eye area looking brighter and much more hydrated! It also works so well placed under concealer to help with creasing

BENEFITS: Super creamy formula, and lasts forever as only a small amount is needed. The cream is super hydrating and brightening which is exactly what you want after them sleepless nights from too much coffee!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product is PACKED with vitamin C and mineral manganese, these ingredients help to reduce any under eye dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the area looking fresh and prepped for concealer/foundation.

WHEN TO USE:  Morning and Night – Morning: to help hydrate and moisturise the eye area after a night of sleep, to help brighten the area and prep for makeup.  Night: Used consistently at night to benefit from anti ageing properties, to reduce fine lines and dark circles.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $55.00

 

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This mask has become my best friend this winter! Applying the clay-like formula to the skin, letting it dry for 15-20 minutes and removing with warm water, leaves your skin feeling soft and gentle and reveals a plump, glowy complexion!

BENEFITS: This mask is cooling, easy to apply and gives instant results. I use this mask 2-3 times a week to prep my skin for upcoming work shifts when I know ill be wearing a full face of makeup and want my skin to be in the best shape for the products.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains so many ingredients that are super beneficial on the skin! The chamomile extract and Balsam Peru is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient which benefits the skin by helping with redness, sensitivity, and easily irritated skin. The product also contains Kaolin clay and wheat starch to help absorb impurities in your pores. This product is suitable for all skin types!

WHEN TO USE: You can use the mask morning or night depending on your schedule/requirements. Morning: After cleansing and exfoliating to prep the skin for makeup or to help with dehydration and redness  Night: To hydrate, replenish and soothe the skin after a long day of wearing makeup and building up dirt/impurities in the skin.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Unfortunately, this product is not stocked at mecca anymore, however can be purchased on http://www.beautybay.com

PRICE: $25.50 (56g)

 

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This sheet mask has been one of my go-to’s on the weekly and always leaves my skin feeling plump, hydrated and so super soft! I love that it is so easy to apply, SO cheap at only $3.00 a mask, and the excess product once you remove the mask off the skin can be used as moisturiser to further hydrate and plump!

BENEFITS: This easy to apply sheet mask is easy to take travelling and a great option to place in the bag for a go-to mask when you need that extra skin hydration boost.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This mask is full of collagen enriched properties which work to restore elasticity within your skin, boosting your collagen production and helping increase the skins firmness. The hyaluronic acid will help hydrate the skin as well as soothe the skin for a smoother, brighter complexion. These ingredients are also anti-ageing helping to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

WHEN TO USE: You can use the mask morning or night depending on your schedule/requirements. Morning: After cleansing and exfoliating to prep the skin for makeup or to help with dehydration, leaves the skin glowy and hydrated Night: To hydrate, replenish and soothe the skin after a long day of wearing makeup and building up dirt/impurities in the skin.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $3.00 per mask or a pack of 10 for $20.00

 

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This has been my absolute life saver over winter! My lips get SO dry and I’m definitely a lover of lipsticks, especially matte finishes – this lip scrub helps to prep my lips, remove the dry skin and leaves them hydrated, perfectly preps my lips for any lipstick I choose! I also suggest using the frank lip balm with this lipstick for further hydration!

BENEFITS: this coffee based scrub is the perfect size to place in your bag for a long day, is super easy to apply and smells so delicious! The scrub removes any dead skin while also hydrating and plumping the lips prepping them for any balms, glosses, lipsticks and liquid lipsticks!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: Ground robusta coffee and coffee seed oil worked together to buff away dead skin and hydrate the lips. Super natural ingredients that all work together to leave the lips plump and prepped for any lipstick/gloss choice. Cold pressed macadamia oil and ethically sourced beeswax will leave your lips feeling smoother than ever.

WHEN TO USE:  Morning and Night – Morning:  Use on clean lips to prep them for your day ahead. Using the scrub will prep your lips for any balms and lipsticks and will leave your lips hydrated and flakey-lip free. Night: to remove any excess lipstick and to hydrate, replenish and soothe the lips after a long day of wearing lipsticks. Use the frank lip balm after for further hydration

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au) and Frank Body (www.frankbody.com)

PRICE: $12.95

 

This night oil has been my go to oil this winter and is multi use! Sometimes I will use it on its own or sometimes mix into my moisturiser or even my foundation before a night out! Super hydrating, soothing and leaves my skin looking brighter and plumper!

BENEFITS: This night oil is soothing, filled with Vitamin C and E and helps to plump the skin, removing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum keeps my skin feeling soft through the drying winter months and always gives me a hydrated, glowy complexion.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This oil is full of beautiful natural plant oils such as clary sage, pomegranate and cranberry seed which works while you sleep to lift dead skin cells, as well as soothe and plump the skin. This product is high in salicylic acid and vitamin C an E.

WHEN TO USE:    NIGHT: I use this oil in different ways. I like to use it nightly after cleansing, exfoliating and after applying a mask. I use it before my moisturisers to give my skin the extra hydration boost it needs. If i’m heading out for the night, Ill place 2 drops into my foundation for a more dewy, brighter complexion.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $62.00

 

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Now that we have gotten through the tongue twister name, I NEED you guys to know about this product! This elixir is SO versatile and is sometimes the only skincare product I need, I ALWAYS take this life saver travelling with me when I dont want to weigh my bags down with too many products!

BENEFITS: This elixir is suitable for ALL skin types and is infused with the immense antioxidant power of one-day fresh Greek saffron to universally correct all visible signs of ageing. The elixir can also be used in foundation for a 12 hour glowy complexion.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: A fun fact, Korres do 5 years of research when creating each product to ensure they are the perfect formulas with the most beneficial properties for each skin type. This elixir contains Organic Greek Saffron Extract: Rich in crocin, a potent antioxidant found in Krocus flowers that enhances the action of other antioxidants.  This product also contains Beta-glucans, these work to strengthen the skins resistance to daily damage, helping to improve the skins appearance and aid in keeping the skin stay younger longer, while correcting all visible signs of ageing.

WHEN TO USE: Morning and Night – MORNING: I use this product after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and after the use of a mask. I use it on my face as well as neck and chest. NIGHT: after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and after the use of a mask to prep my skin before bed and to help with dehydration and fine lines.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: http://www.sephora.com

PRICE: $98.00

 

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One of the lightest serums I have ever used! Ive been using this serum daily for just over a month and I have been blown away by the hydration boost and the moisture the serum gives to my skin! Not to mention the high list of natural based ingredients!

BENEFITS: This serum is anti ageing and will help reduce the appearance of fines and wrinkles. It also helps to restore the skins hydration and radiance.

 

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains powerful botanicals and anogeissus which are anti ageing properties. The ingredients will help the skin and create a firmer, smoother and more radiant complexion.

WHEN TO USE: Morning and Night – MORNING: I use this product after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and after the use of a mask/oil – I use it on my face as well as neck and chest. NIGHT: after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and after the use of a mask and facial oil to prep my skin before bed and to help with dehydration and fine lines.  I also use this product to help boost my collagen production.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $85.00

 

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Have you guys heard of the peel off mask craze thats been going around? multiple videos of poor gals and guys in tears trying to pull off masks that are stuck to their face like glue, and ruining their skin? Well this mask does NOT do that and is so easy to remove off the skin. What I love is that there are 3 steps that help you soften the blackheads, easily remove them and prevent them from coming back!

BENEFITS: 

STEP ONE: HEATING GEL THAT OPENS THE PORES – This gel used in circular motions on the skin will help open up the pores preparing them for the black mask. You can physically feel the mask warming up your skin too!

STEP TWO: PEEL OFF BLACKHEAD MASK: Easy to apply, easy to remove and you can physically see your blackheads be removed once you peel the mask off!

STEP THREE: CLOSING PORE COOLING SERUM: I love this product most, its soothing, cooling and prevents the pores from being clogged up!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains charcoal, black garlic and milk proteins which work to remove blackheads without drying out the skin. The 3 steps will help remove excess oil, unclog the pores and dissolve dead skin cells leaving your t-zone area fresh, cleansed and excess oil free.

WHEN TO USE: Morning or Night  1 x a week – I suggest using it after cleansing, toning and exfoliating before continuing with other skin care.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $26.00

 

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Guys! If you haven’t heard of this product you have not lived! This is another one of my favourite go-to life savers for both summer and winter. The spray is super hydrating and can be used for a daily hydration boost or to set the makeup leaving a dewy, glowing complexion!

BENEFITS: Super beautiful, refreshing spray that hydrated the skin, helps with tightness and soothes the skin instantly. Can be used after moisturisers and creams for an extra hydration boost, to set the makeup or through the hair for extra moisture.  Safe for all skin types, gentle, non-irritating.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: Completely Vegan, the rose water will calm, soothe and hydrate the skin while the fragrant herbal extracts will hydrate your dry skin, boost your makeup looks and help your dry hair!

WHEN TO USE:  You can use this product literally all day, every day, I use it first thing in the morning, after applying all my creams/serums. I use it to set my makeup, through my hair after using other drying hair products. I also use it during the day to keep my complexion looking dewy and fresh, then again at night to give my skin that extra refreshing hydration boost!

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: 118ml: $9.00  |  236ml: $17.00

 

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Im absolutely adoring this cream at the moment! i use this formula for its anti ageing properties, as its clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

BENEFITS: this super buttery formula is not only anti ageing, but hydrating and brightening on the skin. The hydrating cream leaves the skin looking youthful, radiant and plump.

Concentrated Restorative Treatment is a powerful anti-aging cream that helps to resurface the skin’s texture whilst visibly smoothing lines and wrinkles. Formulated with DMAE and Vitamin C Ester, elasticity is improved to firm and tone the skin, while wrinkles and fine lines seem to disappear. As skin is resurfaced, discolouration and pigmentation appear brighter while pores appear smaller. This hydrating treatment leaves skin looking more radiant, even and youthful.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains DMAE and Vitamin C Ester – these products help with the elasticity and plump the skin. The ingredients in this product will also help resurface the skin, help with discolouration and pigmentation. This product will brighten the skin and hydrate, also leaving the skin looking fresh and radiant.

WHEN TO USE:  i suggest using this product at night on the face, neck and decollete in gentle circular motions before bed.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima/Mecca Cosmetica (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $168.00

 

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Guys, this product is definitely a traveling essential as you can multi use it! This mask is used at night but is one you keep on while you sleep. Its basically a bottle of water for your skin and leaves it feeling soft, hydrated and super replenished!

BENEFITS: This mask is all about replenishing hydration. By using it your skin will restore moisture, leaving it plump and glowy! It is the perfect product to take traveling for the extra hydration boost!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains apricot kernel oil, avocado  and Japanese seaweed which all work together as a team to replenish, hydrate and nourish the skin. They also work to minimise the signs of ageing, preparing the skin for the next day!

WHEN TO USE: I suggest using this product at least twice a week. right before bed, leaving the mask on to let the skin soak up the product. You will wake with soft, plump, radiant and replenished skin!

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $37.00 (100ml)

 

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Just a few of my current favourite skin care products that Im using and loving! Like I said earlier, skincare and knowledge on your skin is SO important and i hope you guys learnt something about some of these products and what the ingredients can do! Please do not hesitate on reaching out to me if you would like any further help with your skin or would like to know anything else about the products I use, I love talking about skin and love getting my brain picked when it comes to skincare so ask away!

I hope you all have an absolutely beautiful week filled with positivity and good vibes!

Until next time,

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Happy Monday all! Its crazy to think in just a week, we will have already gone through the first month of the year! Time is going so, so quickly, dont you agree? Last night I was sitting in my personal beauty room, doing my own makeup and thinking about what I wanted to improve in the room and what I want to add to it. Now, I only use this room for personal use and for my close friends and family when they need a free massage or a quick manicure, But Ive had a few questions regarding what my room looks like and what products I have, so last night I took a few snapshots so I could show you guys and let you know where some cheap places are to shop for beauty supplies and where I got some of my equipment from! So lets get started.

 

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Okay, I know- the table is nothing special and isn’t set out well, this is because I only recently purchased the table and have been planning/buying a few things online so that I can organise the table correctly and have it set up exactly how I want it. Its definitely a process and it takes a while, but I need to be patient. As I stay at my boyfriends on the weekend a lot of my favourite/go to makeup is in my travel bad, So ill make sure I do a post on my travel bad ASAP too! My makeup station is based on the side wall as soon as you walk into my beauty room I chose this spot because if my curtains are open the natural light hits the area perfectly and the table in this spot doesn’t clutter the room up at all. I use a simple beauty stool too (I got two of them on eBay for $86.00) The stools make it so much easier to move around and Its so easy for me to use them in different sections of my beauty room.

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Ive recently been going through all my extra foundations and ones I haven’t opened yet. Ive decided to just put them in the drawers until my new dividers arrive and then I can unpack the rest of my un opened facial products. As you can see on this side I just keep some foundations, translucent powders, concealers, contour kits, blushes, highlighters and lip care products.  In the drawers I also keep brush cleaners, eyeshadow palettes and random products just until I’m happy with my collection. Then I’m going to set up one side for eye products and the other side for facial products such as concealers, powders, contour kits and of course, foundations. Its going to take time to get it how i want it though, Thats for sure!

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My go-to foundations. These 4 are my life savours and I wear them all depending on what I’m doing each day. This is what I use these 4, for!

GOING OUT/NIGHT LONG WEAR:

  • Kat Von D – Lock it tattoo wear.
  • NARS sheer glow

These two are flawless and stay on perfectly all night! Because they are both a little heavier I prefer to wear them at night, and prefer something lighter for all day wear.

LIGHT WEIGHT/DAY WEAR:

  • Stila all day wear
  • MAC studio fix foundation

These two are amazing to wear during the day and are super light, well I think so anyway. If I’m just heading out with my friends, boyfriend or out for the day and I know Im going to be doing things, I opt for one of these. Its a lot lighter and not as full coverage as the above two in my opinion.

 

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My massage table area. My table is massive and I’m actually, obsessed with it! Its literally the size of a single bed and is super comfortable. My Mum got it for me as a gift on eBay and paid around $150.00 which is a reasonable price for a table that folds up, down, adjusts and is portable. Underneath the towels the table is black and super comfortable to sit on. I have the table closest to the window as its the most practical spot and i can easily pull it out if my Mum, Dad or friends want a quick massage. I usually have a few candles and display a few of my achievements/certificates on the table if its not being used. Under the table, I store my foot bath machine, spray tan machine and some other equipment.

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 6.57.33 PM Either side of my massage table I keep my go to skin products which I use when I remove makeup and on the other side I keep a few of my essential oils, candles, massage oils and in the tray I keep a range of nail art. When I have spare time I love to practice on fake nails different nail art and I often keep it in these drawers so I can access the supplies easy!

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In the drawers I keep my GEL FX kit and tools – Which gives me the option to paint my nails with shellac. Ive also got some tools to remove shellac and maintain healthy nails. In another drawer I keep some glitters and nail art supplies as well as cotton pads and nail polish remover (Im always stuffing up my designs so the remover is a big saviour haha) In the top drawer I keep my fake nails which I use as canvas’ for my nail art practice, some nail clippers, nail art pens and some nail art tape and stick ons. These are always SO fun to play around with!

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This is probably the most colourful spot in my beauty room due to all the nail polishes. On this shelf I leave everything I use to do my nails and my friends nails. On the top shelf i display a few of my nail art  designs as well as the plastic hand (It looks creepy but it makes doing nail art designs SO much easier!) The top shelf also has the products I use most, such as the top coat and matte coat selections, nail art pens and stick ons, colour pamphlets, nail dryer and some of my favourite colour choices.

On the second shelf I keep a range of different brands and colours. I recently just ordered a keep of new OPI colours so Im super excited for them to show up! Once my collection grows and I’m happy with what I have ill do another post on my favourite nail supplies/colours too!

On the third shelf I keep a few colour sets, such as my pastels, neutrals and neons. On this shelf i also keep more GEL kit supplies such as the light and other tools, my bottles of SUNFX tanning solution and some soft hand cream.

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In this area I also have a simple table which I use to create my nail art. In this spot i also display my nail files, my nail nutrition, cuticle care and nail art brushes.

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In the corner of my room I have a little round table which I keep some ‘Tegan Audrey Beauty’ display cards my boyfriend got me as a gift, as well as some ‘Tegan Audrey Beauty’ pens, notebooks, candles and a bamboo style tea set. Marilyn Monroe is a beauty icon so I of course, had to incorporate her in one way in the room.

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Im definitely very passionate about makeup and its one of my favourite things to do, I love that i finally have a real makeup table, however there is A LOT of work to be done and more products to buy. I need to have it perfect before I’m 100% happy with it, but hey! having a table is a start (haha).

I also love the nail art stand. Its bright, it catches your eye and its super fun displaying some of my favourite nail designs and colours!

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I dont like the carpet in the room and how small it is. I definitely want to focus on making the colour scheme and style of the room match and just focus on making it exactly how I want it to look. Theres so much room for improvement and I’m excited to slowly get it how I want it to look, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, I know that!

Thank you guys so much for taking your time to take a sneak peek into my beauty room. It was hard for me to post this just because I’m not 100% happy with how the room looks yet, but I share a lot with you guys so I wanted to share this. If you have any questions or want to know anything about the products/equipment do not hesitate to ask me, I am more than happy to answer any of the questions you may have.

Until next time,

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Happy Tuesday all! I hope the start of your week has been productive and positive! Over the weekend I noticed that this month, there had been SO many things that I’ve been obsessed with and things that I think are really cool and addictive and thought I would share some of my current favourites with you all! The below showcase some of my favourite make-ups, clothes, brands, foods, places and things to do as well as so much more! Ive also added some things that are getting to me, things im stressed about and all around things Im doing/Obsessing over! I hope some of my favourites give you guys some ideas on things to do/thinks you also might think are really cool/dope! Okay, lets do this!

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Anyone who knows me knows loved JB since he began bringing music out in 09′. I’ve been to all his Melbourne shows, spent thousands of dollars on concerts, met him 3 times. He is a large part of my life and seeing that everyone is starting to jump on the Bieber wagon is so dope! I am so super proud of him and his new album ‘purpose’ is for sure album of the year for 2015! I’ve chosen Sorry as my favourite song because not only is it so easy to jam too, but it has incredible lyrics and such a good beat! perfect for summer, I love it!

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Okay- I’m obsessed with Grill’d. I only really allow myself to have one cheat meal/day a week and I swear i ALWAYS end up at grill’d I’m lucky that my boyfriend loves it too! The burgers are the healthiest ive ever had (I mean high in calories but they hit my macros well – carbs,fats,proteins) However, I ALWAYS order the same thing!!

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Okay so this brand is so dope! I’m literally obsessed! Recently I have had to force myself off their website! I became familiar with the brand a month or so ago, then I saw that Kylie Jenner (who i think is so incredibly beautiful and her style is to die for) was spotted in some really amazing tights, and I noticed they were Dead Studios! They are super affordable and they have a range of pants, tops, jumpers, socks- all really cool ‘active wear’ which you can dress up or down, I’m hooked!

You can check them out at: http://deadstudios.com.au/

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Okay so I recently did a post on my beauty instagram about my favourite brands, I named three of them, but If I really dug deep, Id say my most loved and definitely my favourite brand currently is ‘Morgan Taylor’ the bottles are super cute, the colour range is to die for and not only is the varnish SO easy to apply but it sits well, dries well and looks so nice on! Check out some of my favourite shades/colours!

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Oh my goodness. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I complained to my boyfriend over the weekend about how much I wanted one of these things! I only enjoy bad food like, one day a week if that so because I didnt get it on the weekend, my craving is still so STRONG for one of these bad boys! The closest Starbucks from my house is the city, they removed it from my local shopping centre (no idea why it was amazing) I order the white choc mocha frappuccino with half strength coffee, as I’m not a large coffee drinker. Honestly, this frappuccino is to die for, you all have to try it! Its my treat this weekend for sure.

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Seriously.. This is such an addiction.. I’m obsessed. I pay like $5.00 a month and its so worth it as I’m constantly scrolling through it and watching videos, tutorials and other crazy cool things.  For those of you who don’t know, the ‘Kylie’ app is an application that was created by Kylie Jenner and is a private app which you can only access if you pay for it. Its also available to sign in via the computer. The app literally showcases Kylies life. Her make-up tutorials, her favourite products, favourite clothes, private videos, question and answers, house tours! Its legit such an incredible app and ive learnt so many cool tricks from it!

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I actually adore all aspects of the app- I didnt want to post videos obviously as its copy right but My favourite is Kylies tutroials and house tours! So fun to watch! You can buy it from the app store or visit https://www.thekyliejenner.com/

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Okay dont judge me, Ive had a set of these in my make up containers for SO long but never used them because I didn’t like the design. Dont ask, I know its such a stupid reason, but on Friday night I left my favourite MAC brushes at my Dads and needed something for the weekend so I found them at my Mums in my room and I am SO glad I did! These are so good! They are super soft, super easy to apply makeup with and so good with product. I adore them! I have not stopped using them at all this week! They are SO cheap too! Like 6-7 dollars a brush!

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Okay so it isn’t a surprise that my fav TV show is Supernatural! It has been for years, but recently ive been addicted to the new Season (11) of Geordie Shore as well as the new Season (11) of Keeping up with the Kardashians! I’m hooked! So good! Such funny shows and so much drama!

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EXAMS: I have 2 weeks left of school so exams are becoming super crazy! I’m always stressing about school and my grades!

PLANNING MY 21st: I turn 21 in less then 2 weeks and I have so many things I need to plan for my DIY family party its crazy! ah!

MY WEIGHT: I suffer from body dysmorphia so im constantly stressing about how i look, what I eat and feeling fat!

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I adore this foundation. Im always SO picky with my foundations because I want to hide all imperfections- Im deffinetley not a ‘light’ ‘natural’ type makeup girl, thats for sure haha! I dont love spending $70.00 on a foundation..but its worth it and its long lasting! Some of my favourite things about this base is:

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WISHES

Okay so before anyone thinks I want these because materialistic things matter most to me, I promise that’s not the case! I’m due for a new car and the Voloster is everything! I’m obsessed with it! I also blog off my ipad and my main imac and I really really want, well need a Macbook to be able to blog, work and do school work anywhere, any time! These are just two wants of mine, and they have been for so so long!

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EXCITE

So November/December are definitely my FAVOURITE months of the year! My birthday, summer, Christmas! so many things to look forward too!

THIS WEEKENDS FIGHT EVENT: My boyfriend, Ryan works for a sporting company called ‘Sting Sports’ they are incredible guys, check them out! (stingsports.com.au) Anyway, so my partner has gotten hold of some tickets to a Muay Thai event this weekend! He took me, his Dad and his best mate to a boxing event a few months back and we had the BEST time, so the fact that there is a new event and we get to watch it and watch the fighters fight in sting merch is the best! Im so proud of my boy and excited to watch some knock outs!

MY 21ST BIRTHDAY: Eep! I cannot believe in less than 2 weeks Ill be 21! My parents always say to enjoy the moment while I can because after you turn 21, time flies! I feel like that was the truth when I turned 18! Im excited and sad at the same time, just because… well.. once you are 21.. that’s the best birthday! what other ones are there to enjoy? haha! 7th of December is the date… just in case you all were wondering ;)!

MY 21ST PARTY: The week after I turned 21 im having a party at home, nothing major and I didn’t even invite most of my friends! Its literally just family, my boyfriend, his family and like, 5 close friends! Nothing major, just small  but i am SO excited to see everyone and celebrate the milestone! Ive planned the party along side my Mum and we have done a lot of it DIY so im SO keen to show off our hard work!! Ill definitely be blogging about these events!

CHRISTMAS: Okay anyone who knows me knows im OBSESSED with Christmas! Its my FAVOURITE holiday event! Ive had my christmas tree up since October! I love celebrating with family, I love the atmosphere, the tree, the food, the faces on my close friends and family when I give them a gift, its just beautiful! My boyfriends Mum is coming down this year, she lives in Sydney so im super excited to spend a Christmas with her and her husband too!

So guys, these are just a few of the things on my mind/what im loving currently! Let me know if you want any further info/details on the brands/products/things Ive stated!

I hope you all have an incredible week!

All My love and well wishes

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OPEN MY BELLA BOX WITH ME – JULY EDITION.

hey beauty lovers! My July Bella Box recently arrived and I tested the products just so I could review
them for you straight away! Haha! I was actually so much more excited about this box then I was with he last because this box came with the proper cute little blue and white poker dot bb gift box and my last edition didn’t haha! I know I know, such a small thing to get excited about but it did! This box was very different to my last, this box was basically filled with products that were mostly dedicated to skin care and skin products, there was only one product in the box that was makeup related. I had a lot of fun testing all these products and hope that my review on all of them help you guys decide whether or not the individual products shown are right for you, and hopefully save you guys some money in the long run! Okay, Let’s get started.
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PRODUCT ONE; MODEL CO SHADOW STICK.
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4 piece gift set RRP: $39.00
available at: http://www.modelcocosmetics.com

okay so the colour I was provided with in my Bella box was a shade called ‘purple haze 04’ . This colour is super pretty and goes on more like a darkish glittered brown mixed with purple rather then a straight up purple pigment. The colour goes on so easily and blends well with other eyeshadows If blended correctly. What I found with this eyeshadow was that using brushes over it becomes a challenge. Because this shadow is more cream based, it is best applied from the stick to the eye rather then using brushes. I tried applying this product both ways and it works a lot better from stick to eye rather then using a burst. The product sticks to the brush and the finished look does not look as professional or clean. It’s a newly launched eyeshadow stick, however there are many other brands out there that supply these types of eyeshadows also. The compact design of the stick makes it very easy to store In a makeup bag or even in your hand bag to use on the go, as the stick Simone colour you don’t have to try and carry a whole eyeshadow palette out just to touch up your eye shadow.

PROS:
– Easy to apply
– Eyeshadow is VERY long lasting and sticks to the eyelid very well, I noticed after wearing the shadow for 12 hours it was still on my lids with a high amount of shimmer and colour still noticeable
– Compact and easy to travel with.
– Good amount of shimmer within the product
– Range of colours are great.

CONS:
– Much cheaper highly appreciated brands out here who stock the same type of eyeshadow
– Although this contradicts with the ‘long lasting’ pro, it’s an extremely hard shadow to get off. I tried using my hands and it was impossible, makeup wipes were used and I still needed to scrub a little, can be painful for the eye
– Price for the 4 pack- you can get this cheaper for individual colours and pick the colours you want and make your own 4 pack.
-Stick is easy to break, you need to be very careful when using it.

OVERALL:
If you are a makeup lover, I would try this product just to have your own opinion on it, especially if you work long days like myself I can guarantee that the colour will stick to your eyelids and last throughout the day, however if you do more research within the eyeshadows on the market you will be able to find similar products from different brands for a cheaper price and of better quality. I suggest if you are a drug store product lover even look into portal, maybeline and Rimmel, they offer a great range with many more colour options to choose from. If you are someone who is really into looking after your skin also like myself I don’t suggest always using this product as it can be hard to remove and no one likes to scrub at their eyes or bring out erythema by just trying to remove makeup. Product also contains alcohol which is stripping on the skin which isn’t a positive either. Definitely a product I could live without however handy for hose on he go, long day working makeup lovers who need a product that will stay in place all day.

PRODUCT TWO; PROACTIV+ COMPLEXION PERFECTION HYDRATOR.
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89ml RRP: $60.00
Available at: proactiv.com.au

This is a sample product of a lightweight moisturiser that is suitable for all skin types. It’s purpose is to hydrate the skin and also help reduce the appearance of post acne dark marks, excess oil, shine and redness. I have never been a real big fan of proactive, and the ingredients they use to strip the skin and reduce the acne. The ingredients aren’t ones i agree with but then again, I personally have never suffered with acne in my life and haven’t used the proactiv line personally. My cousin however did and she swears by proactiv and how it helped clear up her skin. This product is something I did a test on as you will be able to see from the below photos/results. The smell of this product was lovely, and what I was very surprised about is it comes with a little spoon to scoop up the product and apply it to your face. Another thing that surprised me about this product was the amount. It states you need a fair mount for your face however I beg to differ, to cover my entire face all I needed was one small scoop! Pit covered my entire face and I still had product left over. The product was cold and smooth easy to apply and smells nice as well. Nothing worse then applying a product that doesn’t smell nice to your face and you have to smell it every time you breath! I’m not a proactiv fan as stated but I did like the feel of this product. I left it on my face for 8 hours and checked to see if my redness had gone down and it had! My face was also a lot softer then before placing the product on my skin.

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PROS:
-Only a small amount is needed for your entire face
-Product does exactly what it states it does
-Soft on skin
-Easy to apply
-Comes with spoon to apply the product.
-Smells lovely
-Reduced my redness/erythema.

CONS:
-Some of the ingredients are ones I try and avoid in skin products.
– Proactiv advertise to use this product with z4 other products showing they just want you to buy all their products. I know this is the aim and what they need to do for their business but when they are pushing you to buy other products to get the full effect, that annoys me
– Expensive for a moisturising cream.

OVERALL:
If you do suffer from acne and redness of your face, I suggest trying this product. I don’t condone the ingredients in their acne products but I know a lot of people who do and who swear by proactiv and what their products do. The product did reduce my redness and make my skin feel soft and smooth which is what the product states to do. I am going to continue using the tester bottle but personally wouldn’t pay $60.00 for the retail product, I prefer using sothys, payout or skeyndor products with ingredients I agree with and are specifically made for my skin type.

PRODUCT 3; NEUTROGENA DEEP CLEAN GENTLE SCRUB
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125ml RRP $12.99
Available at: Priceline and My Chemist Warehouse.

I personally like to steer clear of drug store skin care products if I don’t agree with their ingredients however I still wanted to give this product a try. I’m a lot more strict when it comes to what I use on a daily basis when it comes to my skin as I always want to ensure I use the best products that will benefit my skin in every way possible. This deep clean scrub is described as a gentle daily scrub that is developed with beta hydroxy and gentle micro beads to clean deep down into the skins pores leaving a smoother healthier looking complexion. There a multiple ingredients in this scrub that I don’t like to use on my skin at all however I still tested it to be able to review the product correctly. When it comes to a exfoliant/scrub for my face I like to use natural exfoliates. There is an amazing walnut scrub facial exfoliant made by sothys that is so natural and beneficial on the skin, I’ll defineltey make sure I do a review on it for you guys- that’s defineltey my first choice in facial exfoliant so but back to this product- the first thing I did was place a small pea size amount on my hand to feel the texture and smell the product and I was surprised. The product smelt amazing, like summer flowers. It’s a pale pink colour and the texture of the product was thick and very grainy, which is obviously expected for a exfoliating scrub. What I liked about the granular a in this exfoliant was how small they were, they were not irritating yet they felt like they were massaging my skin, like small pieces of salt instead of an irritating ball that feels uncomfortable on the skin. Before placing the product on my face I dampened my face with warm water then spread the product evenly through my fingers and placed it onto my face evenly, avoiding my eye are. I used my hands to make circular motions around my face to ensure the granules were moving and exfoliating the skin. I left the product on my face for 3-5 minutes just to check if the product would make my face sting or not, I’ve noticed with many drug store exfoliants or toners they can make my face sting like crazy and I hate that it just shows how bad some of the ingredients are, however this product didn’t make my face sting at all. Washing it off was easy aswell just warm water splashed into my face a few times. I then used a towel and dabbed my face dry. After my face was dry I run the back of my hand down it and I was amazed at how soft my face actually was I couldn’t believe it. My face smelt Amazing and felt amazing. I am actually very surprised by this product.

PROS:
-Price. Retail product size is under $13.00. As the product didn’t give my skin a bad reaction I find that, that is a good affordable price
– Smell. The product smells so summery and so pretty, the smell remains after you clean the product off your skin as well.
-Texture. the texture was great. As stated above the granules are not uncomfortable and it is very easy to apply to the skin
-Softer skin. After applying the product my skin was super smooth and dead skin was removed.

CONS:
– I don’t particularly love all he ingredients in this product. I deffinetley try my hardest to use products with natural ingredients that are most beneficial for my skin.

OVERALL:
If you are someone who doesn’t focus on all ingredients in a product and are just trying to mainly focus on a product that does the job for you I would deffinetley say give this a try. It’s affordable, smells amazing, easy to use and I personally had no negative reactions. I really do love the granules within this product and how soft and smooth my skin felt after using it. Not much product is needed either when using so you will not be going through bottles and bottles and wasting money.

PRODUCT FOUR; PALMOLIVE BODY POLISH EXFOLIATING BODY WASH.
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400ml RRP:$6.79
Available at: Woolworths, Coles and IGA.

Okay so I loves this product as soon as I opened the bottle. I am an extreme strawberry lover. I love the fruit and I love products that smell like strawberries so as soon as I saw this product in my Bella box I had a shower straight away so I could try it. I a, a lot my lenient when it comes to drug store/cheaper exfoliant a when it comes to my body. I am a lot my strict in what products I use on my face but for my body I like to try different products and see what works best for me. This body wash/exfoliant not only smells incredible but does exactly what it says on the bottle. The description of this product is ‘ a delicious exfoliating body wash, available in tantalizing fruit sents of Acai berry, passion fruit and strawberry. Promises to renew and revitalise the skin. Throw into your travel bag for fresh and invigorated skin wherever your adventures take you’ what I loved is that not only did the product remove dirt from my body after a long day outside in the dirt and sweating it out at gym, but it also removed all the deed skin from my legs. Before using this product I checked my legs and because of being sick my skin looked horrible. You could see the dehydration and dead skin build up and I hate that. My legs are chalky white and so easy to see imperfections. When I used this product with both a Loofa and exfoliation mitt I was so happy with results. I jumped out of the shower, dried and checked my skin again and I was incredibly happy. They looked hydrated, healthy and super soft to touch and still smelt like strawberries! I then applied a moisturiser and went to sleep and when I woke up my legs looked 100% better then they did 12 hours prior! I was so incredible happy with the results from this product and it will be one I keep in my shower always.

PROS:
– Super affordable
-Easy to apply
– Smells amazing
-Super soft and nourishing on the skin
– 2 in one- exfoliant and cleanser for the skin.
– Great consistency.
-Does exactly what the bottle says it will do.
-Works so well combined with a moisturiser, you will tell the difference instantly.

CONS:
– being picky I would say a fair bit of product is needed to exfoliate the entire leg however it does soap up and can be moved across he leg surface with circular hand movements.

OVERALL:
Overall as you can see there were many more pros then cons to this product. Like I said it would be a different story and I would be a lot more strict on this products ingredients if it was a product for my face but because i was exfoliating my body specifically my legs I was not as strict or worried about the products. I deffinetley suggest this product to you all. So easy and quick to use, comes in a range of fruity flavours to suit what you guys like best and really does hydrate, moisturiser and exfoliate the skin. It is so super affordable and so super handy to have in your shower!

PRODUCT FIVE; NEUTROGENA MAKE-UP REMOVER CLEANSING TOWLETTES;
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25 pack RRP: $7.99
Available at Priceline and my Chemist Warehouse.

I have to give it to Bella box this time around! Everytime I receive a box and their are makeup wipes of facial wipes to try, they usually only provide you with one wipe to test and this makes it incredibly hard to review a product/properly try the product. I don’t know about you guys but it takes more than one small facial wipe tore move my makeup or excess dirt from my skin and to review a product correctly I require more than one small wipe to do so, what I loved about this Bella box was Nuetrogena has provided a pack of 7 wipes to try which is very generous!

When I opened these wipes I was actually incredibly surprised. They are a very large wipe and smell incredible. I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely hate using a makeup wipe or any product if it doesn’t smell nice. These wipes were super super soft to touch and super moist. I refuse to use makeup wipes if they don’t have a good amount. Moisture in them as I feel like I am using sandpaper on my skin if they are too dry. The description of the wipes state that they remove all traces of makeup, even water proof mascara, so I tested that as seen below. I placed a small amount of the above reviewed ‘modelco shadow stick’ on my wrist and let it sit there for a few hours. At the same time I also placed water proof mascara on my eyelashes and let that dry aswell. I then grabbed one of the wipes and used one small part of the wipe on my wrist. I had to move the wipe back and forth a few times to remove all of the product however it did not make my skin red as the wipe was super soft and had heaps of moisture so it wasn’t irritating on my skin at all. I then felt my skin after the moisture had dried. My wrist was super soft and smelt great!

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Next was the waterproof mascara test. As you can see in the photos he results were fantastic! The mascara came straight off! I didn’t have to force it’s no I didn’t have to push super hard either! The mascara came off so easy! What I noticed with these wipes as well as they leave a oil on your face which is highly moisturising and highly hydrating! I really was impressed by these wipes.
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PROS;
– Super soft wipe and so easy to use
– Glides over the skin so easily and moisturises the skin while removing dirt and makeup.
-Removes heavy pigments and thethick makeup.
-Removes waterproof makeup easily and without effort/force.
– Large wipes
– Does exactly what they say they will do.

CONS;
– Price. I don’t agree with how much it costs these days just for makeup wipes that get thrown put after one use. This is my only con for this product and it probably wouldn’t be a con of I hadn’t discovered targets $2 makeup wipes that remove all signs of makeup and exfoliate the skin.

OVERALL;
If you don’t mind paying almost $8.00 for makeup wipes then I highly suggest this product. They are super soft, super hydrating and super effective when it comes to removing makeup, dirt and other build ups such as sweat after a workout and excess oils from the skin. Deffinetley a great product.

PRODUCT SIX; NUXE CREME PRODIGIEUSE ENRICHIE.
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40ml RRP: $44.99
This is a bonus product added to the Bella box. It’s only a one time sample. The product is a an anti fatigue moisturising cream. I tried this product after cleansing my skin and I was very surprised by it. The cream was so so soft and super hydrating as soon as I placed it on my face. I felt super awake and surprisingly super relaxed! It’s hard to say if this product would continue to work as you only get a small amount to test. I’m not going to do pros and cons of this product as it’s very hard to review. It’s harder for me to give you guys advise on if you should use this product or not with the little bit I tried. From first impressions though. I deffinetley loved the feel and effect of this product and once I buy a retail bottle I’ll do a further review.

Spain guys, that concludes my product review on my July Bella Box subscription! I hope you guys got some vital information on the skin products used today and you are intrigued by some of the products and want to try them yourselves! Hopefully I can save you all some money when it comes to the products and you loved them just like I do! Stay tuned as still to come this week are my July favourites for my purchased products this month and my August wish list! Products that I would love to purchase this August!

If you guys have any questions please hit me up via twitter or Instagram! My username on both are @teganaudrey

Until next time Guys!
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OPEN MY BELLA BOX WITH ME- JUNE BOX REVIEW.

Hi Beautiful People! Hope the start of your week has been incredible! Today I’m doing a review on my June Bella Box, Yes I know its July but the box for June has only just recently been delivered to my house due to a mishap with my first box which I will explain, so I’m finally doing the review for My June Box!

So, some of you may think I’m crazy and be wondering what the hell a ‘Bella Box’ is. I was the same when I first heard about it. A Bella Box is a small box of beauty products that is mailed to you each month to try for less than $15.00 a month. The boxes are sent out every month to subscribers for you to test, review and then you can even purchase the full size products from the website. I know that in different countries, there are different types of company’s who do these types of subscriptions, but In Australia, Bella Box supplies the products/service. So about a month ago I decided to subscribe to Bella Box, for obvious reasons, I love to try new products and review them, plus I work in the Beauty industry and its my profession so I definitely wanted to keep up with what is hot and what isn’t currently. I paid for my first June Box direct debit from my account and received it after about 1.5 weeks after ordering. I was so excited and I opened the box straight away, but as soon as I opened the box I was very disappointed, their shower gel product had cracked through all of the products, and they were all ruined! I had nothing out of all the products that I could salvage, they all had the shower gel soaked through them and I had to throw the whole thing out. The good news was, I emailed Bella Box and they sent me a new box out free of charge because I sent them photo proof of my damaged products. They were very prompt and quick with their service, I’ll give them that! So, I received my new box last Friday and immediately opened it up because I wanted to check to make sure everything was intact and not broken ha-ha! Thank god, it wasn’t.

I was very pleased with the products in the box, they may be small but they do give you the right amount of product to be able to test things and see if you do like them enough to buy a full size. The sign up process was very easy as well. They keep you up to date via email as to where your box is when its being delivered so you know exactly when you are going to receive it. Their website is https://bellabox.com.au the steps will take you through exactly how to sign up and how to custom your box and order. Okay, let’s move away from the boring stuff and move onto what I received in my June Bella Box and what I thought of these products!

JUNE BELLA BOX PRODUCT REVIEW:

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Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm tube:

RRP: $6.95 also available at burtsbees.com.au

I adore this lip balm! So the one I got in my Bella Box has Vitamin E and peppermint in it, and if you know me you know I love peppermint! Peppermint chocolate, Peppermint Tea, Peppermint candles, Anything! I adore peppermint so I love putting this balm on my lips! Its incredible! The balm is also loaded with coconut and sunflower oils and essential fatty acids and its perfect to keep your lips hydrated and soft. Its obviously very compact too so it fits in your bag or makeup bag so easily and it bright yellow, so its not hard to find when you need it!

PROS:

– Compact

– Easy to find

– 100% Natural

– Very beneficial, I noticed a difference in the health of my lips within 3 days of using this.

– Long lasting

CONS:

  • I believe paying almost $7 for a small stick is a bit steep.
  • The Peppermint can be a bit overpowering, if you aren’t use to it, it will feel like your lips are burning a little.

OVERALL:

I would recommend this product to others for sure, Yes I don’t agree with the price, but it is such a popular product and you do get what you pay for, Burt’s Bees is 100% natural and you can tell that it does exactly what is says it does. My lips felt amazing after just 3 days of using this product. Its long lasting too so you aren’t using tubes and tubes of it all the time. Burt’s Bees balm also comes in different flavors so done worry if you aren’t a peppermint lover like myself. If you are looking at hydrating your lips and bringing back the softness, then this product is definitely for you!

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Universal Beauty Cosmetics Siren Tint Stick:

RRP: $19.99 Available at bellabox.com.au

I’m half and half with this tint stick. On one side, I think it’s a great idea and an awesome way to tint your lips, however on the other side; I feel like the colour option provided is way too bright and fake for the colour to ever look somehow natural or correct. The first time I tried this product, I tried it wearing no makeup, and I looked ridiculous, it obviously just didn’t suit, The second time I tried it was when I was just about to go out with my friends and my makeup was done, and it did look a lot better that time. I personally, don’t use this product too much, But for others who love a tint and pop of colour on their lips that’s lasting for a night out, then this is a product you should definitely try.

PROS:

-Compact stick

-Easy to apply

-Lasting

-Does exactly what it says it’s going to do.

CONS:

-Price. I personally wouldn’t spend $20.00 on this product.

– The colour of the lip tint isn’t personally my first choice, I toned down colour would be a lot better and definitely more natural

-The smell and taste of it when you either accidently lick your lips or smell the stick. Others may love this smell, but I personally didn’t.

OVERALL:

I would suggest this product to a MUA or a Beauty blogger. Someone who is always buying the latest products or someone always experimenting with makeup and loves stand out lips. I would not suggest this product to someone who wears make-up just on the weekends, or has a set way they love their make-up to look or who is not confident in making their lips bolder and more noticeable. I personally won’t buy this product again, unless I can see a colour that I would like as a base.

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Original Source Skin Quench Watermelon and Jojoba Oil.

RRP: $4.99 Available at Coles, Woolworths or Chemist Warehouse.

Okay so when I started this post I wrote about an issue with my first bellabox and needing to get a second one delivered due to a complication, My issue was that my box was not secured properly and this product had snapped and all of its contents had ruined all my products in the box. The team at Bella Box obviously replaced my box thank god, but I could not get the watermelon smell off my floor and kitchen bench for days, It was so funny, Well-Not funny then but funny now. Moving on. I do love this product though, I’ve used it in the shower the last few times, and it smells amazing. Its really soft on the skin as well and when using a sponge or luffa the soap really builds up making it so easy to clean your body. The product is also really moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling nourished right before I place my moisturizer on. The product has Jojoba oil in it and it definitely helps nourish your skin throughout winter which is always dehydrating for my skin.

PROS:

-Super, Super affordable! $4.99 for a 250ml bottle.

-Lasting. A small amount will clean your entire body

-Smell. The smell of this product is amazing, and It does come in different flavours.

-Super Nourishing on the skin and so easy to use and apply.

CONS:

The container is a cheap plastic and can break very easily (trust me I know) Ha-ha! Just be careful when using it in the shower, you don’t want to drop the Soap. Ha-ha, Get it? Okay ill stop now.

OVERALL:

I would definitely recommend this product. The price is incredible, crazy cheap. The branch offers such a variety of different smells to suit your liking and is super lasting. I love this product and how easy it is to use. It does exactly what the bottle says it does and nourishes and hydrates the skin perfectly, and you smell amazing after using it too! Highly recommend to all!

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Romy Nouveau Moisturising Body Balm.

RRP: 300ml $38.00. Available at romybeauty.com

This Body Balm is used to nourish and hydrate your skin, To test it, I started to use it on my legs after applying the above shower wash. So once I dried off, I would apply this balm to my legs, and I must say It is such a great product! The Product combines eucalyptus and lemon grass as well as super moisturising ingredients to keep your skin hydrated, moisturised and soft. The bottle they give you makes it easy to apple aswell.

PROS:

-Easy to apply

-Natural ingredients

– Not much product is needed to hydrate the skin

– Smells amazing

CONS:

-Price.  All though I love the product, I personally don’t agree with it costing $38.00.

– Website. As stated on the card Bella box gives you with product information, there are similar products available online. It is very hard to find this exact product on their website.

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Model CO Double Sided Facial Wipes:

RRP: $7.99 For 25 Wipes. Available at Priceline and modelcocosmetics.com

These wipes are to remove makeup, exfoliate and cleanse. I felt like for the price of 25 wipes, they should have been a lot better unfortunately. I don’t think the wipes are moist enough, which causes the makeup to not come off as easy. I found that with one wipe, not much makeup was coming off my face, I was actually pretty disappointed with them. One side it used to exfoliate and the other to cleanse, however you can use both sides of many different wipes to do so. I personally believe that the $2.00 facial wipes you can get from Target (Target brand) that come in exfoliation form, sensitive form, combination form, and are only $2. They work a wonder, so I would definitely suggest them over these.

PROS:

-Smell Nice

-Soft on skin.

CONS:

-Cost

-Not as effective as they lead on.

-Don’t take all your makeup off as easy as they lead on.

-Do exactly what cheaper brands do.

So these are the products received in my June Bella Box, Im currently awaiting my July box! I hope this little review was helpful for you all and you took some great information away from this. I hope I save you guys some money on products that aren’t worth buying aswell guys! If you have any questions, feel free to tweet me @teganaudrey.

Until Next time

Tegan Audrey

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Kmart shopping Haul- What I got for under $100.00
Hey guys! Hope your week has been amazing! So I thought I would change up my posts this week and let you guys in on some of my shopping favourites. I’m currently a student so adjusting from earning a full time wage last year to now halving that and having to budget on everything it isn’t only stressful but extremely hard! Being a student, beauty therapist and makeup artist and having to buy equipment/products can often leave you out of pocket- spouse need to know where to shop and what to look out for! Now I’m not saying buying products that are poorly made or beauty products that have nasty ingredients- just products that are affordable and work well! This is my first hall post/affordable product hall and blog post about it but I’ll definitely start to do more depending on where I shop etc.
This post is about my shop to Kmart – for anyone who is into fashion or beauty and makeup stick around- this post is definitely for you! Okay let’s get started!
I only get paid monthly from my job (I know it sucks, it makes it so much harder) so I need to budget and even that can be extremely hard so choosing what products to buy and what I can spend. The other day I went to Kmart and did a complete hall and got so many products for under $100.00 it was insane! Okay so enough of my babbling on I’ll get into the products and items I bought and what I like about them and their cheap prices!


Kmart Woman’s Boots: $29.00

I adore these! They are super cute, super girly and so stylish! They go so well with black jeans or white jeans too! They’re high and surprisingly easy to walk in! The reason I purchased these is because I am a major boot buyer! They are my favourite shoe to wear! I am not a big high heel fan so when I go out I usually wear a nice pair of boots and these are perfect! They have a massive range so I suggest checking them all out, they’re are so many different styles. And they were only $29.00!!!

 

 

Scrap book album: $11.00

X2 Paper stacks for scrap booking: $1.50 each.

So as you guys may know I am majorly into arts and crafts and folio work- I have just started a new project where I’m creating folio looks and makeup looks to go with them from inspiration! That’s a Whole other project that I am so excited to shows you guys but for now let’s continue. The album has over 1000 pieces to use and the 2 books that were only $1.50 each with many pages of cute designs are perfect for my new folio creation! Earlier that day I checked out spotlight and art riots and they were so overpriced for anything to do with scrap booking! To get all of these for under $15.00 is incredible! (Pictured above)
Leopard print canvas shoes: $10.00

I cannot get enough of these cute little canvas shoes! I have different colours but have always had my eye on getting a leopard print canvas shoe but was not paying $100 for them like I saw them for at my local shops! Hell no. I’d rather spend that on makeup.. That isn’t much better… But it’s true haha!!! Honestly though for $10.00 could you really go wrong? They are super cute, super comfortable and go with so many of my clothes! They’re on sale from $20.00 so get your little butts to Kmart!! (Pictured above)
Baked eyeshadow quad: $8.00

I can not get enough of this palette! It is super super cute and super affordable! The colours are so pretty and pearlescent, in the photo I’ve added the colours do not look very visible but once they are on the eyes they do stand out! I highly recommend this quad to any makeup lovers out there- and for $8.00 you can’t go wrong.


Elf Concealer: $8.00

This cute little 4 coloured palette is my go too for cream contouring. I use the darker colours to emphasise my cheeks and the lighter colours to highlight under my eye area and cheek bones! It’s such a handy little kit and so easy to store! It’s nice and compact and the product is easy to apply! When I bought this kit I was worried about the quality and how it would stay on after powder and I was so happy that it stayed on and worked well! Elf has such a great product range and is super cheap and affordable!


Elf eye primer and liner sealer: $8.00

Okay so this was one product I bought and was amazed by it! It is super cool and fun to use! Okay so this stick is double sided- one side is an eye primer which you place on your lids before applying eye shadow and the other side is a brush that you can dip into any eye shadow you want.. And turn it into a liner! It absolutely amazes me- I love this and think it is so smart! Now you can have a glittered liner so easily! I always say how I wish some of my eyeshadow colours come in eyeliners and now that wish has come true- most Elf products are only $8.00 so you really can’t go wrong!


Eyelash curler: $3.00

Yes you read right- $3.00! This Curler is super cute! Smaller then my other ones yet works very effectively and well it comes with a spare liner too which is effective and helpful!


Mint cork board and whiteboard: $3.00

I’m obsessed with this! I am super into organising myself and knowing what I have planned for the week- this cute little half cork board half whiteboard is perfect for that! And $3.00 come on! What an absolute bargain! I’ve never seen one of these boards so cheap! It even comes with 2 magnets for your whiteboard!


X3 OXX eyeshadows (2 quads and 1 duo) : $2.00 each, $6.00 all together.

These are so cute! The two quad eyeshadows supply glittered colours that you can use all 4 for one look. I bought the brown neutral quad and the blue/purple quad. The colours a super stand out and look great on the eyes- I’m a massive fan of eyeshadow quads so these really hit the spot- and they were only $2.00 each so the choice to buy them was a simple one! I also bought x1 duo glittered kit whichever was also only $2.00 – this is a dark purple/black duo and I’m obsessed. The colours work so well for a smokey eye and again, for only $2.00 you can’t go wrong.


Not very important, but I also bought some glue and glitter- but they are average and prices were the same so it’s not something I’m going to bother talking about haha!
All together I paid $92.75 for everything and I was very impressed with all my products and purchases! Super affordable and products that last and are quality products!
I have some exciting news to share about adding videos to my blog by starting up a YouTube Chanel! I hate recording videos with me talking to a camera and I’m absolutely horrible at editing but I want to be able to show you guys products properly and explain myself better so I’ll be doing that very very soon!

until next time guys

Tegan Audrey

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KEEPING YOUR TAN NATURAL, FRESH AND LONGER LASTING!

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Hi Guys! I hope you have all been well! In the last few months I have been so busy with school and work and extra study, I am finally happy to announce that I became qualified to provide Spray Tans recently! I decided to do this blog post because one of the most common questions I have been getting is ‘Tegan, How do I prepare for a spray tan?’ or ‘How do I keep the tan for as long as possible’ For one, Whenever you get a spray tan done your Beauty Therapist should be giving you Pre-Tan advise/directions and Post-Tan Care- However if you are into the whole DIY thing and love to give yourself a tan with commercial products but don’t know how to prepare or maintain your Tan, I am here to give you those instructions/tips to do so!

A spray tan is a great way to have a natural, professional tan for a limited amount of time. I highly recommend spray tans if you have events on such as weddings, parties, weekends away, festivals etc or simply just to keep naturally bronzed, the healthy way. Getting a Tan is easy, Its preparing for the tan and maintaining it which can be the hard part! Follow these simple tips to ensure your tan looks natural, smooth and is long lasting!

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PREPARATION – SKIN, NAILS AND HAIR:

NAILS: From my experience and from my knowledge, it is better  if you have nail polish on before your tan. This doesn’t mean you have to go and give yourself a full manicure- even if its just a simple clear coat. This just protects your nails and avoids staining them. It is perfectly fine to have acrylic nails or gel nails. DO NOT freak out! A spray tan will not stain/ruin your nails. Just simply wipe the tan off them after you have been sprayed.
EXFOLIATING: This is very very important! If you do not exfoliate before your spray tan it will not last long at all, as your dead skin falls off the top layer, so will your spray tan. Ensure that you exfoliate the night before your tan. I even suggest exfoliating x2 nights in a row, before you recieve your spray tan. Every time I have done this my tan has come out looking better then only exfoliating once. Exfoliate with a non-oil based, gritty scrub or exfoliant prior to your tan.  You want to remove all dead skin so your tan looks as even as possible and lasts as long as possible.
WAXING: Ensure that you wax before your spray tan. Do not get waxed after your spray tan and before your innitial shower. Not only will it ruin the tan but you will look patchy and uneven. Ensure that you get your hair removal done prior to your  spray tan appointment.
 
 SHAVING: Ensure that just like waxing, shaving is done before your spray tan. Do not leave any hair removal to be done after your spray tan. As stated above, this will ruin your tan and provide you with an uneven, patchy tan- trust me. A unrealistic, patchy tan is NOT  a good look.
 
PREPARATIONS: LOTION AND MAKE-UP:
 
 
•Please remember that you can not show up to your spray tan appointment wearing moisturiser, lotion, make-up,sunscreen, oil or deodorants.  These products create a barrier which stop the tan from hitting your skin. As soon as the lotion/make up etc is removed, the tan will also be removed. Please ensure you show up to your appointment with a clean, clear face and body.
 
• It is perfectly fine to wear Chapsticks and lip balms as well as glosses and lipstick to a spray tan appointment. I haven’t had an issue with any of my clients wearing mascara either. These products are okay to have on.
SPRAY TANNING- WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT/BRING?
 
​• LOOSE CLOTHING: It is crucial that once you receive your spray tan you put loose clothing back on. If you came to your appointment wearing a bra, I suggest not putting it back on just to be sure, as it could rub on your skin and cause the tan to be uneven and blotchy. You will be dried with the spray tan gun hose however you will still feel slightly sticky- this is normal and is the reason why loose fit clothing is essential.
NO TOUCHING YOUR SKIN: Try not to touch your skin if you do feel sticky. The spray tan solution does feel this way as the tan develops and before your first shower – it is normal. If you touch your skin and do not wash the insides of your hands, your palms may end up becoming stained because palms are not supposed to come in contact with the spray tan solution. If you do accidentally touch your skin wash the insides of your hands as directed by your spray tan specialist! Lotion/moisturiser should be offered to you at the beginning of your spray tan  as a barrier for your palms.When needed, wash only the insides of your hands while the spray tan is developing. The most effective way to do this is with hand sanitizer or an antibacterial wipe. If you do not have these available, you can also use a paper towel or towel with soap.
KNOW THE FORECAST:If it is raining or snowing the day of your appointment, it is recommended that you bring an umbrella and/or wear protective clothing – such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a sweatshirt just so the tan does not drip.
• KEEP IN MIND: The bronzer may get on the inside of your clothes or on your sheets. It shouldnt stain, If this happens ensure you wash your sheets and clothes etc straight away. Dark coloured clothing is recommended and wearing long sleeves and long pants to bed can prevent the bronzer from coming off on your sheets.


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Immediate After Care
  • SHOWERING: Ensure that you do not shower 10-12 hours after your spray tan if you use an original solution and 2-6 hours if you use an express solution. However, keep in mind these times can vary. Depending on what spray tan you get ask your beauty therapist to give you an appropriate time. I find it easier to receive a tan late in the afternoon and not shower until the following morning just to be sure. Showering before the 10-12/2-6 hour time frame may lighten up your colour and impact the results of the spray tan.
  • SWEATING/WATER: No sweating, swimming, getting wet or exercising until your first shower after your spray tan. Doing so may cause streaks and these make your tan look fake and blotchy.
  • FACIAL WASHING: DO NOT wash your face before your first shower. This also goes for not washing any makeup off your face before you go to bed.  Sleep with your makeup on! Putting makeup on after your spray tan is okay, however you CANNOT wash your face until your initial shower. I would suggest after your spray tan not putting makeup on though, its just more of a hastle and sleeping with makeup on is NOT good.
  • IMPORTANT: Go easy around water the day you get sprayed – this includes everything from doing dishes to brushing your teeth. While you can still do these things, it is recommended that you use caution when you are near water to ensure you do not mess up your spray tan.
  • WORKING OUT: Shower before working out or sweating.  Working out with the bronzer on may cause your tan to streak.  I recommend rinsing the bronzer off, then working out and then taking a full shower – just so you do not have to take two full showers back-to-back. I suggest to be sure though, don’t work out before your event/reason you are receiving your spray tan.
  • REMEMBER: There is a bronzer in the solution, which means that you will have some color immediately after you are sprayed.  The color will continue to darken as the solution develops.  Your color will lighten after you shower off the bronzer.  You will see colour coming off in your first shower. This is normal.  Your spray tan is not washing off, it is just bronzer. Bronzer can make you look fake to begin with but DON’T freak out, as I said- after your first shower this bronzer will come off and you will be left with the developing tan.
  • SLEEPING: If you are wearing your spray tan to bed, I do recommend placing a towel down underneath you and wearing long sleeves and long pants or covering your hands with socks while you sleep.  This will prevent the spray tan from transferring to your hands while you’re sleeping and making them extra dark!  This step is extremely important. Your hands can become dark while you sleep and you do not want this.
  • TIMES: If you are coming later in the day/night and you can put on the clothes that you are wearing to bed, this is useful!

LONG TERM AFTER CARE:

  • AFTER YOUR FIRST SHOWER: Pat dry after your shower.  Vigorous rubbing will exfoliate your skin and your tan will not last as long.This can also cause blotching and discoloration in your tan.
  •  MOISTURISING: I recommend moisturising your skin x2 daily after your first shower. This will act as a barrier for your spray tan and help it stay on longer. I really believe this tip is so important!! Moisturizing helps extend the life of your tan and it helps your tan to fade more evenly. I recommend using a hydrating, non-scented/fragrance-free lotion!
  • EXFOLIATION: DO NOT exfoliate with loufas, body scrubs, body washes or soaps with exfoliating beads until your tan starts to fade away.  If you do this while your tan is still fresh – you will ruin it.
  • OILS/BODY WASHES: DO NOT use scented body washes.  Non-scented/fragrance-free body washes and soaps are RECOMMENDED.
  • SHAVING: Limit the shaving of your legs, as this is also a form of exfoliating. If your tan is still fresh shaving will only ruin this. I suggest not shaving until you are ready to remove the tan. Avoid hair removal creams also.
  • REMEMBER: The tan is not going to just disappear, you are going to notice it fading.  You can start exfoliating when you notice it is starting to fade and/or in preparation for your next tan.
  • TAN TIMES: Spray tans typically last 4-8 days, however they can last longer or shorter than this.  The more you moisturize, the longer the tan can last. You can also apply your sunscreen – especially after prolonged exposure to the sun, being in the ocean or being in the pool.  This will help extend the life of your spray tan.
  • FOR ALL YOU WATER BABIES: Wait at least one day before going in the ocean or a pool after your tan.  Chlorine may make your tan fade faster, however it is not going to remove the tan immediately.

I hope you guys enjoyed these tips and you learnt something about how to maintain a tan and keep it looking natural and real! If you guys want any further information please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Until Next Time

Tegan Audrey X

TEGANS TUESDAY TIPS: CLEANING YOUR MAKE-UP BRUSHES!

Over my time studying beauty I am constantly asked by friends and family what is the best way to clean your make-up brushes, as they are sick of spending $20.00 on a bottle of make-up brush cleaner. Now let me just say, make-up brush cleaner is the biggest waste of money! I spend less then $7 on my product and it lasts me months even though I wash my sets of brushes once a week! It lasts ages! Okay so let me take you through the steps of products you need and how to clean the brushes!

PRODUCTS YOU NEED:

                                     

1. JOHNSONS BABY COND435929ITIONING SHAMPOO- Make sure when you buy this you select the orange bottle. There is a similar product Johnson’s sell, but that is only a shampoo, you don’t want that one. Always ensure its the orange bottle that says conditioning shampoo.

      

2. BRUSH CLEANING MITT OR MAT (OPTIONAL) – Dont Panic though, You Sigma-Brush-Spa-6133don’t need to spend heaps of money on these. Sigma do offer a great cleaning mitt, however they cost $30.00 or over and if you are a student or low on money, you don’t want to spend that much! I picked up a little rubber mat with small spikes in it from Daso for $2.80! You can find them at $2 shops as well, as long as it is not a flat surface and there are spaces for your bristles to move around, then that will work! However, if you don’t want to use a mat, you can also use your hands if you don’t mind them becoming dirty with foundation etc!

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3. A RUNNING TAP/CLEAN WATER- To clean the brushes and remove product you are going to need a running tap or multiple cups of clean water. I suggest cleaning brushes by the sink so you can remove all traces of make-up and cleaning shampoo.

download4. A TOWEL- Having a towel present to place your brushes on once they have been cleaned. You want this towel to be clean and completely dry when you use it so your brushes stay cleaned and can dry quicker.

clock-045. TIME AND SUNLIGHT- One mistake people always make when cleaning their brushes are that they don’t give their brushes enough time to dry naturally. Give yourself 24 hours or at least 8-10 hours. If possible, also leave the brushes to get natural sunlight when they dry.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. PREPARING: First thing I do when I clean my brushes is line my brushes from smallest to biggest, just so i can get an idea of how much product I am going to need. Once this is done, ensure that you grab a small bowl and place your product into it, just enough for your brushes. The shampoo/conditioner I use gives you the option of a pump bottle or squeeze bottle. If you are to buy the pump bottle you can also use it to pump product onto your brushes before cleaning. I personally prefer the bowl though.

2. RUNNING WATER: Make sure your water it running Luke warm, You do not want it cold and you do not want it hot, Just slightly warm.

3. CLEANING YOUR BRUSH: Slightly wet your brush Dip your brush into the product or pump product onto brush depending on which way you choose to distribute your product. Using circular motions either place your brush onto your mitt/mat or onto your hand and swirl. ensure you are constantly moving your brush to make sure that all the bristles are able to be cleaned. Once you can see a fair amount of product has come out of the brush, rinse your brush again and use your fingers to move the bristles around to remove any excess cleaner and make-up. If there is still product on the brush and the brush is not the same colour as the day you brought it – complete the process again- Make-up WILL come out of a brush, trust me. Just make sure you are constantly cleaning your brushes.

4. DRYING- Once you are happy with the state of your brush and you know all the product is gone and there is no cleaner left on the brush, use one side of your towel to dab the brush and stroke it onto the towel like you are painting to remove any excess water. Then place your brush on the towel in front of a window and let the brush dry. Complete this process until all your brushes are present on your towel.

5. CHECKING- As stated, make sure you give your brushes at least 8-10 hours to dry naturally (if worse comes to worse, you can use a blow dryer to lightly dry the brushes if you are desperate to use them before cleaning, but doing this too much will wreck your brushes, so try and avoid it). To check if your brushes are dry, run your finger through all the bristles. If they are soft and no excess water/dew is on your finger, you are good to go! If they are still damp, give them another hour or two.

6. KEEPING YOUR BRUSHES HYGIENIC AND CLEAN: Once my brushes are dry, I then wrap glad wrap around the top of the brush where the bristles are present to keep them separate and clean, This is the most hygienic way to keep your brushes and doesn’t take long to do at all!

7. STORAGE: Place your brushes in your brush holder, make up kit, or storage unit and you are good to go! Enjoy your clean brushes that will feel like new each time you use them!

If you guys need any further information or need clarification you can follow me on instagram! @teganaudrey or @teganaudrey_beauty

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