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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

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When I lived in London (I still think it was yesterday, but truth be told, we have been back in Sydney now for nearly two years!) I was taught how to do the trademark London eyeline flick that so many of the young women wear there. Seriously, every young woman I saw on the tube was sporting this cool look. I was introduced to it during a free make over at the Bobbi Brown make up counter at Harvey Nichols, Westfield London (couldn’t afford anything in the store back then!) and I have used the technique almost every day since! Bobbi Brown use eye gel and a special brush which looks fantastic but I’m going to tell you about a easier (and cheaper) way to get the same effect.

You can imagine how excited I was to get my hands on Maybelline’s new Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner so that I could do that London flick to perfection back in Oz. First of all, the liquid application means it is easy to just glide the eye liner on in a few simple strokes, and the precise tip allows you to create as thin a line as you want.

But be careful girls, the liquid eyeliner has a bit more staying power when first applied, so have some make up remover close to fix any mistakes.

The London flick basically starts off with a thin line at the inner corner of the top eye lid, and then graduates out to a thicker line towards the outer edge of the eye lid. I’ve added a picture here to show how it can look. This picture features an exaggerated flick at the end which can be great for night time or if you are comfortable with wearing your eyeliner that way.

The flick style is great to wear during the day as it just accentuates the top of the eye lid, it really makes your eyes pop. To wear during the day, don’t add any liner or shadow on the bottom of your eye – and then to enhance the look for ‘after five’, simply add some dark shimmery eye shadow or smudged pencil liner under your eye for that ‘smoky’ look.

Admittedly it took me a while to get the London flick just right, and there are some days when it just doesn’t work for me. But my tip is to grab this liquid eyeliner from Maybelline as the precise tip helps with application, and then just wear it as often as you can to make it work! ImageImage

I first came across this when I went for my first make-up appointment at Napoleon Bondi Junction, the day of my university graudation. The make up artist applied Napoleon’s primer underneath my make up and I also got a sample which I used only for special occassions – when I needed my make up to last all day.

Seven years later, I picked up the set of primer at the famous Napoleon sale in Alexandria, scoring the normal primer as well as the BRONZER primer. Lucky me!

I’ve alternated between the two primers over the differing seasons and can always rely on the primer to set my make up all day, as well as protect my skin. I rarely use foundation without this primer, and I have a few other primers ear marked to try in future.

This primer has a very lightweight formula that goes on easily, but you should wait a few minutes before applying your foundation.  If you are in a real rush you can mix your foundation and primer together for a one off application.

Primers can be seen as unneessary steps in the beauty routine but they really can protect your skin from any nasties in your foundation.  This pronzing primer is one of a kind and I can’t wait to start using it again in the summer months.Image

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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I’d been desperate to try this product for ages, but was waiting for summer to arrive. Le Tan have released a gradual tanner moisturiser with SPF 15 – a perfect combination of sun protection, gradual tanner and moisturiser all in one!

I used this on a holiday in Fiji in September – I was VERY white with my winter skin – and within one day I was sporting a good enough ‘tan’ without the sunburn!

The smell, while not unpleasant, does stay with you all day, and I would recommend reapplying more regulalry than your regalar 30 SPF sun cream of course.

I’m going to continue to buy this one and keep it in my car with my beach bag. letan

 

Thanks for all your great support for my Changing Beauty blog over the last 18 months or so. I am very excited to share with you all that I have been shortlisted for a BeautyHeaven Australian BlogStar Award for my blog post about Physician’s Formula Concealer Duo: https://changingbeauty.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/physicians-formula-concealer-duo/ 

If you like, you can vote for me here or by clicking on the image below. You will have to sign up to be a member of Beauty Heaven, which is something I’d highly recommend you do anyway as it is a top site – I always look forward to my beauty updates from their regular emails.

Thanks! xT

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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Thanks to guest blogger Bethany Poore for this great post about make up bargains online. Most importantly, be sure to check out her Facebook page ‘Sephora: please ship to Australia’! It is a VERY worthy cause ladies (details below)!

I’ve been searching for years now for my favourite makeup brands at the lowest prices. It’s time to share what I’ve learnt with this my top three hall of fame favourite makeup web sites.

These tips are designed for Australians, but if you live anywhere other than USA they’ll still be useful. Northern Americans: you already get the bargains everyone else wants.

1. Winner – lowest cost, quickest delivery: StrawberryNET

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For anyone living under a rock who’s never heard of Strawberrynet, it’s the bargain basement of makeup.

Pros:

  • free shipping
  • items typically arrive quickly (to Australia) because they ship from Hong Kong
  • great prices
  • well established business, I’ve been a customer for 5+ years and know many people who have used Strawberrynet, never heard a complaint

Cons:

  • popular products and/or popular shades often not available

2. Winner – big brands at a decent price: All Cosmetics Wholesale

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I use Studio Tech face powder by MAC. At Myer, it’s $54. It took a long time to find a well-priced alternative, many online
makeup stores don’t even stock it, but then I came across ACW. It cost me $37 (without postal insurance).

Pros:

  • great prices
  • good range of popular products eg full range (all shades) of MAC

Cons

  • web site lay out could be better
  • moderate shipping costs (in some ways offsets the very cheap prices they offer, but you’ll still come out well ahead).
  • slow delivery to Australia (mine took 3 – 4 weeks to arrive)

3. Winner – best range: eBay

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That’s right, good ol’ eBay has a huge range of makeup.

Pros:

  • Great range
  • Vendors compete for your business, driving prices down
  • Great easy-to-search site
  • You can see check the track record of each seller.

Cons:

  • I find the additional shipping charges from some of the US eBay vendors steep.

4. Wishlist – Sephora

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Having given my top three, it is time for a wishlist entry – Sephora. Sephora wins on every front: great prices, huge range, excellent web site experience… but they don’t ship to Australia. Please like my ‘Sephora – please ship to Australia’ facebook page to try to change this. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sephora-please-ship-to-Australia/151042028314484

I know this product is not in a similar price range to any of the products I have reviewed on my blog so far but I just have to share my review of this mascara with you all after trying it out in a free Dior eye make over session. I have always been skeptical of coloured mascaras (outside of brown and black), I think I must be traumatised by the hair mascara phase in the late 1990s – that stuff was bloody hard to get out, and why would anyone want green hair?! Anyway, I digress…This plum mascara, from Dior’s new range, is amazing. It is dark enough to darken and plump up your lashes but it is also soft enough in its colour to really soften your eye look. It does not look plumb in colour but you can tell it that your eyelashes are not covered in anything as harsh as heavy black mascara. The beauty of this plum mascara, therefore, is that you can do a few coats and it won’t look overdone – if anything it will enhance your eyes. I think it would suit most skin/make up types but I would recommend asking the Dior sales assistant to try it on you before you buy, just to be sure – as it is one expensive mascara! To all the girls in the UK, Dior is offering free eye make overs until the end of July, book yourself in for one now!