Friday, 7 February 2014

beauty basics: How to sanitize your makeup

Over time your makeup can build up bacteria and could course you to break out. This also shortens the life of your makeup! So it is VERY important you disinfect/sanitize your makeup, especially if you are a makeup artist or share some of your makeup. This tip that I am going to share with you is perfect for a makeup artist. A makeup artist should be doing this because you do not want to spread germs, infections, diseases etc. This is also great for someone who just wants sanitize there makeup, avoid bacteria build up, and extend the life of your makeup.
this guide will teach you a cheap and easy method to sanitize your makeup and also show you what can't be sanitized.

You will need: at least 70 or 90% rubbing alcohol.

Lipstick: Poor some rubbing alcohol in a cup or a little jar and stick your lipstick in the alcohol for a couple of seconds. Take it out and shake off any alcohol that might be dripping from it and then wipe down the lipstick with a clean tissue or paper towel. You can also scrap some lipstick off with a spatchula and put it onto a palette and use it from there.

Lip pencils and eye pencils: These you can just do the same method as with the lipstick. You can also sharpen it, as this removes the top layer. and then just wipe it down with some rubbing alcohol that as been pored onto something like a cotton pad, tissue etc. Remember using the sharpening method will cross contaminate the sharpener but you can clean the sharpener by wiping it down with some rubbing alcohol. To also get in the hole and between the blades use a cotton bud and rubbing alcohol to sanitize that area of the sharpener.

Pressed powders: This includes eyeshadow, face powder, blush, bronzer etc. Use a spray bottle for this, just pore some rubbing alcohol into the bottle. You can remove the top layer first by wiping the product with a clean tissue or paper towel, and then Spray some rubbing alcohol all over the product like for example a eyeshadow and then set aside to dry. Tip: it's ok not to worry to much about sanitizing these if your only using these on yourself because the product is dry and bacteria is drawn to moisture. 

Cream/gel products: This includes blush, foundation, concealer, and eyeshadow. Spray the alcohol over the product or pore some of the alcohol onto paper towel and wipe down the product. NOTE: when using the wiping method make sure the product as a smooth surface. These you can also use a spatchula to scrap off on a palette.

I have also listed some Products that cannot be sanitized and ways to keep these products sanitary and avoiding cross contaminating.
Mascara: You can't sanitize these but you can keep it from building up bacteria and getting the product dirty by making sure your mascara wand/lid is on properly and tight, And this will also stop it from drying out. Also you can avoid cross contaminating them (important for makeup artists!) by using disposal mascara wands and only dipping it once and twisting the wand around in the mascara, to get enough product and because if you pump it in and out it will pump air back into the mascara and dry out the product. Do NOT double dip the wand! Its ok to double dip the wand on your own mascara but make sure to chuck out your mascara every 3 months. (btw don't share your own mascara, as this is cross contaminating and could give someone an infection and once used on someone else it could also give you an infection. This is also why makeup artists have to use disposable mascara wands)

Loose powders: You also can't sanitize these but because it's a loose product you can just tip some of the product onto a palette and use it from there. (this is also goes for loose eyeshadows) Avoid the double dipping. And also again this is a dry product and bacteria is drawn to moisture so don't worry to much about these if you only using it on yourself and you keep the lid on. As For makeup artists do the separating method, as I mentioned before. 

Liquid foundations and concealers: These can also be separated because they are liquid. Pore/squeeze the product onto a palette and use it from there.

Liquid eyeliners: For makeup artists, its best not use these, as there is really no way to sanitize these or avoid cross contaminating. Instead use gel or or pencil. And just for your own makeup kit its fine to use any way you like but make sure to chuck out your liquid liners every 3 months.

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

society6 | helen green haul #2

Happy new year everyone!! :D I hope everyone is having a great start to 2014. Wow christmas comes so quickly! And that means i have another society6 haul. I have another society6 haul that i did around after christmas 2012, so btw everything in this haul is some of what i got for christmas. Everything i got is from (i will post better pictures soon, when i figure out my new camera haha.) And sorry i do not post very often, i am really busy with school and work and i am also getting ready for starting beauty school on wednesday. yayyy, i am so excited!

NOTE: I am NOT bragging about anything i got, i just love hauls and i did a society6 haul in the past and i know everyone liked it and i got a lot of questions, which i answered in my last society6 haul. So i'm doing another one since i got stuff from society6 again. 

I love helen green, she is so talented, was also the first little monster to be invited to the haus of gaga and I absolutely love her art! So of course i have ton of her drawings on things like art prints, mugs, t-shirts, iphone cases etc and btw everything i got has lady gaga on it (which is usually what she draws but she draws other people too!) cause well you know that i love lady gaga! There's lots of cool stuff on society6 and other artists but i only have gotton from helen green and only gotton gaga stuff haha. Everything is good quality and at pretty good prices.

I love artprints, they are one of my favourite things to get from society6! All artprints are $15 each (helen green artprints are but other artists might have different prices) i got 6 artprints all were in the in the sizes Mini - 7" x 10" and it cost more if you get a bigger size artprints. note: some things will come on and off the site so for example if you wanted to get the princess high artprint it might not be on there but it might also come back on!

The artprints are Gallery quality GiclĂ©e print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing. I copied and pasted that from the site to show you what the artprints are made of. They are really good quality and look awesome on my wall haha.

links to the artprints i got: Take me to your venus, MANiCURE, ARTPOP era, La chameleon, Teal lady and Princess high.

Throw pillows:Wow this site gets new things all the time, they actually just recently got wall clocks and onesies! hahaha. I got 3 pillows in the size cover 16" x 16" with pillow insert, which was $27 each (it was $7 more when i added a pillow insert)

The throw pillows are made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, a stylish statement that will liven up any room. Individually cut and sewn by hand, the pillow measures 16" x 16", features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care. Includes faux down pillow insert. 
Links to the pillows i got: ARTPOP princess VI, ARTPOP era and V mag.

Also a new one. Funny story about what happened to one of the handles of my new gaga mug haha... My cat did it! I drink anything out of these, no not coffee! ewwwwies i hate coffee haha. I got 2 mugs both in the size 11 oz  and they cost $15 each.

The mugs are Available in 11 and 15 ounce sizes, our premium ceramic coffee mugs feature wrap-around art and large handles for easy gripping. Dishwasher and microwave safe, these cool coffee mugs will be your new favourite way to consume hot or cold beverages.

Links to the mugs i got: Aphrodite lady and Gagallery.

T- shirts:
Yes, i got more t-shirts, what can i say i love having gaga printed on me! I got a womens fitted tee in the colours black and white and in my size and they cost $22 each.

American Apparel Fine Jersey T-shirts are made with 100% fine jersey cotton combed for softness and comfort.

Links to the t-shirts i got: La chameleon and NYC pride rally.

Iphone cases:
I was probably most excited about getting some new gaga iphone cases. These are seriously really good quality and looks great on my iphone! I got 2 iphone 4 cases and they cost $35 each.

Protect your iPhone with a one-piece, impact resistant, flexible plastic hard case featuring an extremely slim profile. Simply snap the case onto your iPhone for solid protection and direct access to all device features.

Links to the iphone cases i got: Vamp and Princess high.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

DIY beauty holiday/Christmas gift ideas

Hey everyone!! Sorry i have not been posting a lot lately, i have been very busy this time of the year with school and work. I cannot promise you i will post more often cause i don't make promises i can't keep! Its just a busy time of the year so please bear with me.

Do you have a friend that loves little beauty gifts? Well if so, you come to the right place! I have some fun and easy DIY gifts for any friend who loves makeup or beauty gifts.

DIY Bubble bath

This is a perfect gift for someone who loves to relax in a bubble bath! I know a lot of people loved this DIY that i posted and its perfect for a gift.

DIY Lip scrub

It's nearly summer (Here in Australia it is) and your lips like mine, can get burned and chapped during summer and the same in winter so its good idea to use lip balm but that won't remove any dead skin from your lips so a lip scrub is a must have!

DIY Crayon lipsticks

Yep, you read it, lipsticks made out of crayons! Don't worry this a safe and non-toxic recipe. I can't wait to try this DIY myself! it looks so fun and easy to do.

DIY Lady gaga born this way jacket

This is more of a fashion DIY so This last idea is perfect for any lady gaga fan! (like me! lol) Do you have a friend or family member that loves gaga and her amazing born this way leather jacket? Well if so this is perfect for them! This was really fun for me to make and so easy! (i might have some ARTPOP DIY's coming soon!)

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Beauty basics: makeup brushes!

To achieve the look you desire, you need the right tools. (brushes) from sponges to eyelash curlers - all a key part of your makeup routine and will help you to achieve the look you desire. Investing in a good quality, basic set of brushes is something you will need to achieve your look, make your application easier and the tools themselves will last longer.

I will show you the basic tools you will need, what they are for and some brushes I Recommend. (if you want to know how to clean your brushes go see my post on How to deep and spot clean your makeup brushes)


Flat brush:
A flat brush is used to apply eyeshadow to the lid. Use a flat brush by patting eyeshadow all over your lid. I like bigger ones because I have more bigger eyes and more lid space, and I also like stiff ones because they pick up more eyeshadow. Use a smaller flat brush if your have less lid space and smaller eyes.

Sigma E60 large shader $5.99

e.l.f studio eyeshadow 'C' brush $14

Dome Crease brush:
A domed shaped crease brush is for a applying eyeshadow to your crease and is also perfect for creating a more smokey eye. You can also get a soft dome shaped brush that is designed for blending, which is a softer more bigger brush, though you can get thinner/smaller ones Especially if your concentrating colour in a certain area.

Sigma E47 - shader - crease $12

e.l.f essentials blending eye brush $2

Pencil brush:
This is used to smudge eyeliner or apply eyeshadow to your top or bottom lash line.

Sigma E30 - pencil $12
e.l.f studio small smudge brush $5.99

Eyebrow and lash comb:

Used to brush and neaten eyebrows and to comb mascara clumps out of eyelashes.

e.l.f studio brow brush $5.99


foundation brush:
A flat brush that has soft bristles that are held tightly together to apply and blend foundation.

Sigma F60 - foundation $18

e.l.f studio angled foundation brush $5.99

Powder brush:

Is used to apply powder all over the face. It can be used to apply blush or bronzer also.

Sigma F20 large powder $29

e.l.f essential powder brush $2

Stippling brush:
Used to stipple foundation on your face creating a more flawless, airbrush finish.

Sigma F50 - duo fibre $23

e.l.f studio stipple brush $5.99

Contour brush:
This brush is used to apply a darker powder (like bronzer) under your cheek bones and other places of your face to contour your face, making your check bones stand out and your face to appear slimmer. I like to contour to mainly make my face appear slimmer in certain areas and it also give my face a more tanned look cause I have really pale skin.

Sigma F05 - small contour $18

Blush brush:
Used to apply blush to your cheeks by applying it on the apples of your cheeks and sweeping up to the top part of your ear.

Sigma F10 - powder/blush $21

e.l.f studio blush brush $5.99

Angled blush/contour brush:
This brush is not necessary but I like to use it to apply blush and to contour my face. But I recommend this to makeup artists.

Sigma F40 - large angled contour $19

e.l.f essential blushing, bronzing and blending brush $2


Lip Brush:
This is used to apply lipstick to your lips to create a more precise easier application. This is def recommend to makeup artists.

Sigma L05 - lip $12

e.l.f essentials lip defining brush $2

Disposable lip Brushes:
These are optional but if your doing someone's makeup you will need these, You do not want to double dip and spread germs... it's just very un-hygienic! You could use a lip brush and spot clean it after every application but when using lipgloss it's a little harder to get out of the tube. So that's why you need lip gloss applicators/disposable lip brushes for lip gloss.

Other tools and disposable stuff:
This stuff i recommend to anyone especially makeup artists.

Eyelash curler:
This scissor-like tool has rubber pads that press on the lashes giving them extra lift and curl. they are used for upper lashes and can be used before and after mascara application.

These are metal and angled and the end, used to remove unwanted hairs.

These come in many shapes and sizes, wedge ones are the best to apply and blend foundation and to get around the area's like your nose and eyes.

powder puff:
Used to press on face powder to give a smooth finish and keep foundation in place.

Cotton wool pads and balls:
disposable pads and balls, Used to remove makeup and apply toner and loose powder.

Cotton buds:
Can be used to dip in makeup remover to fix up any makeup mistakes.

pencil sharpeners:Make sure to get one specially designed for lip and eye pencils because a ordinary pencil sharpener will break the soft led in the pencil.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Beauty basics: how to get makeup ready!

Hey everyone, I'm back with my new series beauty basics! This is based on anything beauty or makeup related. If you have any requests please feel free to leave it in the comments below.

Achieving the perfect base is the first step in your makeup routine, to help your makeup last longer and create a smooth, even base. Keep reading to learn how.

1. A clean face:
After you have cleansed your skin, leave your face a little damp (but not soaking!) this will help your moisturiser to work better.

2. Moisturise:
The creaminess of your moisturiser can cause your makeup to thin out if it hasn't had enough time to soak into your skin, seriously this a step you should consider! If you don't it can make your foundation blotchy and can affect its staying power throughout the day. Wait 60 seconds until your moisturiser is absorbed or if your in a rush use a tissue to blot your face after moisturising. 

3. Prime:
Me, probably you and other makeup artists swear by this step! Face primers do lots of different things: fill in creases, smooth out the skins surface, even out skin tone, help your makeup stick and last longer, helps to disguise blemishes by helping your makeup blend more evenly and reduce shine. Maybe this will teach you to use a primer more often or at least everyday/when you do your makeup. To apply a primer just use your fingers to apply all over your face (don't forget to bring it down your neck) like you would with your moisturiser.

Now your makeup ready! Hope this was helpful and you enjoyed this blog post of my new series beauty basics, I will have more up soon! Again PLEASE leave requests below in the comments!! Don't be lazy or afraid to leave a comment :) xo

Saturday, 24 August 2013

How to deep and spot clean your makeup brushes

Keeping your makeup brushes clean is very important, especially if your a makeup artist doing makeup on other people. It should be part of your beauty routine. You do not want to be putting all that makeup, dirt, oil and bacteria build up back on your face, which can cause You to break out! So it's very important to keep your makeup brushes clean. You should be deep cleaning your makeup brushes once a week and you can spot clean your brushes everyday. I will show You a cheap and easy way to deep clean and spot clean your makeup brushes.

What you will need:
Mild shampoo or baby shampoo
Olive oil
Plate (optional)
Clean towl

Deep cleaning: 
You should deep clean your brushes as least once a week to remove makeup, dirt, oil and bacteria. There are specially formulated makeup brush shampoos but they can be quite exspensive! coastal scents and e.l.f have a cheap brush shampoo you could try. I have never tried them but you can always look up some reviews. I think they are pretty popular cause they are usually always sold out!

1. Start by wetting the bristles under Lukewarm water. You are only wetting the bristles, so try to avoid the metal piece of the brush where the handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue from the bristles and your brush will fall apart.

2. get a plate and squirt some baby shampoo and olive oil on the plate, dip the tip of the bristles in the baby shampoo and olive oil and work a lather into your hand. This is working in the products to the hairs and cleaning all the makeup, dirt, oil and bacteria build up. (the olive oil is to soften the bristles and it will also break down any waxy stuff like lipstick, eyeliner etc and remove any makeup stains to make the hairs go back to its original colour. the shampoo is cleaning everything and removing all the makeup, dirt, oil and bacteria)

3. Rinse the brush hairs under running lukewarm water, repeat this step while squeezing out the water from the bristles until it runs clear.

4. Wipe the bristles with a clean towel/tea towel to remove any access water, while reshaping the bristles.

5. Lay your brushes flat on a towel to air dry. Do not have the hairs facing up as the water will sink into the brush and loosen the glue from the hairs, as this will make it fall apart.

Spot cleaning:
This is something you can do everyday, after every time you use your brushes. This is a good method and is also very important especially for makeup artists because for example you use a eyeliner brush on someone and then don't clean it and use it on someone else, and they might get a eye infection or something! Also to clean the bristles from like when you use a black eyeshadow and then you use another colour but that black eyeshadow ends up on your face/your clients face and messes up your look! And it keeps the brushes clean Inbetween applications. Again there are brush cleaners specially for spot cleaning, the only one I can think of that you can try, that is really good (but quite exspensive!) is the one from Mac. 

What you will need:
Makeup wipe
Paper towel

Using a clean makeup wipe, wipe the bristles on the wipe until no colour comes off. Then just wipe the bristles on a clean dry paper towel to dry them or just give them a few seconds or a minute to dry.

And there You have it! Squeaky clean, soft and makeup, dirt, oil and bacteria free! 

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Review: Australis neutrals and neons eye shadow & eyeliner palette

 Last week I went shopping at priceline to go shopping to buy some new makeup that I wanted to try + they were having a sale, so I just had to buy something! I picked up this palette from australis, that I sooo had to get, it had some beautiful colours in it and I really wanted try it out. And so far I love this palette! I don't think I have ever done a review before so I thought i would do one. I will be having more reviews on australis cosmetics, so stay tuned for that.

You have your neutral eyeshadows on the top row and your neons on the bottom row.
These eyeshadows can be applied wet or dry and used as eyeliner. (swatches down below of them wet and dry)              

The palette is a shiny black case with a big print of the 'australis' logo.

A tick on my yes list is australis cosmetics loves animals (free of animal testing!)

The palette did come with a applicator but I lost it. it had one side for applying the eye shadow as you normaly would and then it had a angled side for applying it as eyeliner. I prefer to use brushes but a applicator might be good for traveling or if any of you are in a rush or are just starting out with makeup. It also has a really decent sized mirror, which I love! I hate palettes that come with a really tiny mirror! it should not come with a mirror at all if its not a decent size mirror. As for the shadows, we have a white base, a medium brown, a light brown and a dark brown for the neutrals and a blue, orange, green and pink for the neons. 

(Neons dry, with a primer)

When I was swatching the eye shadows I noticed how different the texture was with the neons prepared to the neutrals.
The neutrals are very smooth and powdery and the neons feel more hard and smooth and less powdery... or it that just me?
Except the pink was more the texture of the neutrals and first 3 neons I guess are the odd ones out!

The colours are very pigmented especially the neons but the white eye shadow took a couple of layers to build up the pigmentation! (btw the white shadow is not showing up on camera very well but it is much more pigmented then it looks) and pink I found the most shimmery or almost sparkly.

(Neutrals dry, with a primer)

I think you definitely need to use a base or primer. I used for the swatches in these pictures a white matte eye shadow  primer, so the colours are more vibrant and will last longer. I also swatched the shadows with no primer and I noticed they wore off very quickly after swatching them and the ones with a primer on my other arm are actually still very there but the ones with no primer were on bare skin. but the first time I wore these eye shadows, I had no primer on and they still were very pigmented and lasted longer but I think its because I had concealer on my lid!

(Neons wet with no primer)

I did not realize that I had no primer on and this how pigmented and long lasting they are wet with no primer! it says on the packaging that the neons are for eyeliner but of course they can be used as eye shadow... ohhhh  maybe that's why the texture felt different to the neutrals?! lol anyway I love neon eyeliner so this is so my go to colours/palette for neon eyeliner! maybe you might not wanna wear bright eyeliner or eye shadow but seriously try it, its gorg and its something different to maybe something you have not tried before or you usually wear. to apply wet: Just wet your brush with either water or mac's fix + spray and dip into the shadows to apply wet or you can mix the eye shadows with water or fix + spray. (for this method I prefer fix + it worked so much better then water) btw the pink was my favourite wet and not just because pink is fav colour!

(neutrals wet with no primer)
Again these neutrals are so much more pigmented wet and absolutely gorg! they look very metallicy and the white is showing up so much more and is so pigmented now! I still recommend a primer when using these eye shadows wet especially for the neutrals.

So overall do I like this palette? YES! This is a amazing palette and I learned new things about this palette when I was writing this blog post lol I definitely recommend you buy this palette.

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