Friday, 25 July 2014

It's come around again to that day I tend to put off longer than I really should. If you're a brush addict like me, then this task can easily turn into a chore. However, once I get started there really is a therapeutic nature to it. Trust me! Especially when you use the Dr Bronner's Magic Soap in Lavender

Plus there is no need for any fancy gadgets or tools, other than a good quality liquid soap and a wash cloth. This is by far the best method I have tried to thoroughly clean your brushes, without damage. To begin I decant some of my liquid soap into a small container, which makes it far easier to clean brushes on mass! I then drape my wash cloth over the edge of my sink and use each corner for a different purpose. This may sound a bit OTT, but this ensures you don't mix the "dirty" side with the clean. I use one corner to work the soap into the brushes after a quick dip into the soap. I then slightly wet the brush and use the next corner to help break down any make-up residues. The third little corner is for the deep cleanse, where I soak the brush and  the little corner with water and wash away the make up.

The final little corner is used to ensure all soap is removed and there aren't any traces of make-up left.

To dry my brushes I lay out a towel and let the tips hang over the edge of my counter.

Some side little tips are:
  • Use warm,  not hot, water to wash your brushes. Otherwise you run the risk of melting any glue holding the hairs in place
  • Try to wash your brushes facing down to minimise the risk of water ending up in the ferrule part of the brush

Do you have any other tips you use?

Ellen Rozalia xx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sometimes  I find myself sitting in front of the TV with a cup of tea, with an almost itch to do something. It's usually in the realms of self-pampering, so I'm talking face mask, lighting candles,face massage or tonight it was painting my nails. Since it's now feeling Wintery in Australia I thought I would go for a deeper hue. I'm sure I've already featured this particular Essie Shade - Bobbing for Baubles, but I couldn't resist!

Base Coat: Sally Hansen Triple Strong
Colour: Bobbing for Baubles
Top Coat: Seche Vite

What do you wear on you nails these wintery nights?

Ellen Rozalia xx

**Disclaimer: All items mentioned were purchased by me and my opinions remain honest and entirely my own.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

As per usual, I was on Cherry Culture looking for one thing and ended up buying another. I also ended up spending much more than I intended. Does this happen to you too? Anyway, I saw that Cherry Culture  had released their own Jumbo Shadow Liners, with a vast array of shades, and it sucked me in. They are $4 a pop and so I added quite a few into my basket in the hope that their claims of a "creamy, smudge resistant formula" would hold true.

I'm sure when I purchased these initially they also had a long-lasting claim in the description and I've also noticed that for an all-day-wear they suggest priming and setting with a loose powder. Which is what I would also suggest, as these without a primer and setting powder do sink into crease lines, however on the other hand don't smudge after setting.

L to R in Natural Light: 319- Platinum, 307- Spotlight, 306 – Temptation, 308 -Hit List , 310 – Groupie, 309- Frenzy, 313 –Muse, 312-Standout, 317-Oscar , 331- Glamorous, 328-Paparazzi, 333 – Access, 324-Velvet Rope, 311-Taboo, 318-A-Lister, 320-Studio

 L to R in Natural Light: 319- Platinum, 307- Spotlight, 306 – Temptation, 308 -Hit List , 310 – Groupie, 309- Frenzy, 313 –Muse
L to R in Natural Light: 312-Standout, 317-Oscar , 331- Glamorous, 328-Paparazzi, 333 – Access, 324-Velvet Rope, 311-Taboo, 318-A-Lister, 320-Studio

When it comes to the formula, I would definitely agree that they are creamy, very pigmented and once set are smudge resistant. So for $4, with the shades they offer I don't think you can go wrong. Just don't expect a long-lasting look without putting that extra effort in.

Then again, my search for the Maybelline Colour Tattoo's in pencil form still continues!

If you have any suggestions, feel more than free to leave them below :)

Ellen Rozalia xx

**Disclaimer: All items mentioned were purchased by me and my opinions are honest and entirely my own.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

If you're like me, it probably isn't until you sit down at work, on a date or anywhere away from nail polish remover really, that you notice your nails are well and truly chipped. Beyond saving and beyond hiding. It's usually in these situations that you don't want to be that person with your cotton wool pads, furiously scrubbing away at your nails before anyone notices.

This is where I suggest a new release from Beauty Theory, who are now selling a portable, convenient little pot of nail polish soaked sponge with a hole in the middle. Now this isn't something new on the market by any means, with the most notable to mind being the Bourjois 1 Second Magic Nail Polish Remover (Link). Unfortunately for those in Australia, these weren't available in stores.

So what is this offering like I hear you ask.

Does it remove nail polish? Why yes it does.

How well does it remove nail polish? Very well, I was quite impressed! It took a few little finger swirls in the bottle and it did help if I pressed my finger up to the sponge as I swirled my finger, but it left my nails residue  and importantly chip free.

Was it easy to use? Super easy! I think this is something that is hassle free, mess free and should be in reach at all times for the nail conscious.

Plus this Nail Polish Remover is also Acetone Free, so for those with allergies or wanting to steer away from acetone, this could be the perfect little hand bag addition

This will be retailing for $10 AUD for 80ml, so perhaps not the cheapest nail polish remover on the market, with the comparable product on the market being the Maybelline Express Nail Polish Remover $9.95 AUD for 75ml (link), but it does contain that little bit extra and works very efficiently and effectively.

Are you interested in this product? Have you tried similar ones on the market?

Ellen Rozalia xxx

** Disclaimer: This item was supplied to me for consideration, with no requirement to blog about it. As always my opinions remain honest and entirely my own.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

This post is a little bit different than what I usually write about, but I thought I'd take a chance! It's now starting to feel Wintery in Australia and to celebrate I wanted to share two pairs of boots I find myself wearing most days.

Whistles Lauren Cross Strap Flat Ankle Boots
These little babies have been sported all across the blogosphere and for good reason! Lovely soft leather, comfortable and stylish they smarten up any outfit. I purchased mine on sale on ASOS for AUD $195, down from $324(link) and you might be lucky to pick up a pair if you're quick!

See by Chloe - Chain detail leather ankle boots

I honestly didn't think I'd ever be able to afford a pair of See by Chloe boots on my student wage. So you can imagine how my heart leapt when I was on and saw these bad boys on sale for $99! I was dubious of course, as the same pair (link) are currently being sold on Amazon for $334 down from $445. Luckily I had purchased from before and I had faith that the shoes were genuine, which they are. The buttery soft leather and craftsmanship give it away.

So these pairs of boots are what are my go-to boots this season, what are yours?

Ellen Rozalia xx

** Disclaimer: All items mentioned were purchased by me and all opinions are honest and entirely my own.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

As the mornings get cooler and I tend to hit the snooze button more and more often, I look to quick easy eye looks. To me, jumbo eye pencils could be the answer, however with my oily, crease-inducing eye-lids - it's a challenge. After seeing some positive reviews on this product I decided to purchase them off Cherry Culture for $7.00. They claim to be 12 hour wearing, water proof, creamy and of course long wearing.

First swatch impressions were promising - I'm talking smooth, ultra pigmented and they set in a way that passed the finger smudge test.

 L- R: 11 Sand Dunes, 12 Golden Bronze, 10 Almond Cream, 08 Expresso Line, 09 Cafe Au Lait

However, from the first wear I did notice the dreaded crease line toward the end of the day. If you are like me with oily eyelids you will have to prime first. Whilst this isn't a deal breaker, when in a rush it can be a bit of a push to add that little eye primer to your routine. This is probably why the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze is still my most reached cream eye product - totally creaseless!

Would I repurchase these? If I'm honest I probably wouldn't. They are a lovely creamy pigmented product, but they certainly don't make it up to their crease-less claims. Although, if you don't have my oily eyelids and enjoy the shades, you may well thoroughly enjoy this product.

Ellen Rozalia xx

**Disclaimer: All products mentioned were purchased by me and my opinions are entirely my own.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

A little while ago, I made a few purchases at Cult Beauty during one of their sales. Needless to say I spent much more than I was planning, but it was a fun exercise to try out some new products all the same.

On the purchase list was:

Jane Iredale:
PurePressed Blush - Cotton Candy, Whisper and Sheer Honey

Ellis Faas:
Creamy Eyes - E125 and E127

Sunday Riley:
Blush - Honest

The overall process was very pleasant and I received my products in a timely manner. Now it seems since I've purchased these products Cult Beauty no longer stock Jane Iredale or Ellis Faas, however Jane Iredale can be found at Facial Co.

If there are any products you would like a review on, please don't hesitate to ask :)

Ellen Rozalia xx

**Disclaimer: All items mentioned were purchased by me and my opinions are entirely honest and my own.
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