Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TBX (The Beauty Exchange) - Magnetic Brushes Review!

Hi lovelies,

I was recently sent some magnetic brushes and accompanying accessories (the Clique rectangle brush holder and medium cosmetic bag) from new(ish) Australian brand The Beauty Exchange, also known as TBX, and the nerd in me was super excited to try these! Something about the idea of magnetic brushes just gets me excited, and I also love that they're an Aussie company.

The Beauty Exchange - TBX Magnetic Brushes 

First up, let's talk about the brushes. Each brush is sleek, slim and black, all of which rendered them immediate hits with me! The bases of each brush are flat, which enables you to easily attach them to any magnetic surface (but more on that later). I was generously gifted with the six brushes below, namely the fan highlighter brush, foundation brush, eyeshadow brush, foundation buffer brush, stippling brush and concealer brush.

The Beauty Exchange - TBX Magnetic Brushes 
Keep reading after the jump!

The Beauty Exchange - TBX Magnetic Brushes
L-R: Stippling, foundation buffer, foundation, fan, concealer and eyeshadow brushes.

The Beauty Exchange - TBX Magnetic Brushes.

The stippling brush retails for $22.95 and consists of soft, densely packed synthetic fibres. While it can be used with cream, liquid and powder, I prefer using this with my liquid/cream blushers, and I sometimes also use it to apply powder to set my foundation.

TBX Stippling Brush.

The foundation buffer brush ($22.95) is also made up of synthetic fibres. It's incredibly dense, but it's so small that it does take a while to go over your entire face. The application it provides is pretty good, but I prefer using my Zoeva Grand Stippling brush for the whole face and then using this brush in tighter spots like around the nose/eyes. I quite like using this with my Hourglass Vanish Foundation stick.

TBX Foundation Buffer brush.

The foundation brush also retails at $22.95. It's synthetic fibres work quite well at applying liquid and cream foundations without leaving streaks. I do like this brush but out of personal preference, prefer using my BeautyBlender or the Zoeva Grand Stippling brush as it just seems a lot faster.

TBX Foundation Brush.

The highlighter brush ($22.95) is probably my favourite out of all the brushes. Made of natural badger hair, it's a little stiffer than some of the other fan brushes I own, but still works beautifully at dispensing the right amount of highlighter on the cheekbones. I also like using it to gently brush away any fallout from applying my eyeshadow.

TBX Fan Highlighter Brush.

The concealer brush and eyeshadow brush (both $14.95) are pictured below. The concealer brush is synthetic while the eyeshadow brush is made from natural fibres. I've used the concealer brush more on blemishes, as I prefer to use my fingers for under eye circles. The eyeshadow brush, on the other hand, is my second favourite brush of the lot, as it's great for packing shadow on the mobile lid, while the domed head is good for creating a cut crease!

TBX Concealer and Eyeshadow Brushes.

Just a quick mention, I also really like the mesh cosmetic bag ($29.95) from the brand. It allows you to see inside so you can easily identify the products inside, and is both large and compact enough that you can carry a decent amount of products inside (together with the brushes, of course), and yet still fit it comfortably in your handbag. Perfect for both daily touch ups and also the occasional overnight stay!

The coolest feature, though, would have to be the Clique rectangle brush holder. This is magnetised so that you can hang your makeup brushes upside down once you've washed them! This prevents water from seeping into the ferrule and damaging the brush. Isn't that nifty?! You can still attach the brushes to anything magnetic to dry them upside down, but the Clique just adds an extra 'cool' factor, and makes a lovely display.

TBX Clique Rectangle Brush Holder.

Verdict? I really like these! The only downside is that it's hard to store the brushes in a cup holder, as the magnetised handles tend to stick together. Still, it's not impossible, and just more something to be aware of.

I'd definitely be keen to try the other brushes in the brand, and they also have a range of accessories which look quite pretty. What do you think of these brushes, lovelies?

You can shop the range online here, make sure to check out the GWPs on offer!

Much love,
MM.
x


PS- I'm linking up with the lovely Ingrid from Fabulous and Fun Life so don't forget to check out the other links this week here!

Note: These products were kindly provided for editorial consideration. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Shu Murakami - Shu Uemura x Takashi Murakami Limited Edition Collaboration Review + Swatches!

Hi lovelies,

Did you know that Shu Uemura have collaborated with renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for the cutest collaboration? This is actually the second time they've collaborated, the first time was back in 2013! This 2016 holiday collection focuses heavily on Takashi Murakami's 'Flower', which is meant to represent love, hope, peace and the wonder of poetry and magic in this world (aside from being intensely adorable, of course).

There are quite a number of things in the collection, of which I have three to show you in the photo below. I was kindly gifted with an eyeliner and a lipstick from the collection, and being the crazed Shu Uemura cleansing oil fan that I am (you can read my mini review on one of the Shu cleansing oils here), I also leaped at the chance to pick up a new cleansing oil in the limited edition packaging, so I dashed into the Shu Uemura counter at my nearest David Jones to snatch this off the shelf *ahem* buy the Anti/Oxi+ pollutant and dullness clarifying cleansing oil ($50).

Shu Murakami - Shu Uemura x Takashi Murakami Limited Edition Collection.
Isn't the collaboration just too gorgeous for words? Keep reading after the jump!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween 2016 Makeup Look!

Hi lovelies,

As I mentioned in my Lush Halloween post yesterday, Halloween is one of my favourite times of year!

I wanted to do something simple this year, so here's what I came up with. I'm not very happy with it as I tried to use a glow-in-the-dark base underneath the makeup, and not only did it NOT glow, it also made it really hard for me to apply makeup on top, which is why some of it looks so blurry and smeary. The lighting was also pretty bad as I took it in the light of my vanity table after work, and natural lighting would have been much better! Never mind, more room for improvement next time!

 
Keep reading after the jump!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Lush Cosmetics Halloween 2016 Collection!

Hi lovelies!

Oh my, Halloween is almost here! It's one of my favourite times of year, though regretfully, I didn't have too much time to do much about it this year. I did still come up with something though, so check back tomorrow to see what I have up my sleeve!

In the meantime, I wanted to share a quick post on the adorable offerings from one of my favourite skincare shops, Lush Cosmetics! Now, they have a tonne of stuff in their Halloween collection, but I was kindly gifted with a few of the things pictured below.

Lush Cosmetics Halloween 2016 Collection 
Bath Bombs

They have a total of five bath bombs in the Halloween collection, which include the three pictured below. Monsters' Ball ($8.95) is a mash up of lime and neroli oil and smells so refreshing, Lord of Misrule ($7.95) smells spicy with its blend of patchouli and black pepper oil, and Sparkly Pumpkin ($8.95) is just a glittery gold treat.

Keep reading after the jump!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer Review (and Swatches)!

Hi lovelies!

I've got a short and sweet review post today on some pretty Clinique lippies to share! The Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer is one of the newer releases in the Pop lipstick line, and is Clinique's response to the latest matte liquid lipstick trend. Like the others in the Pop line, this is meant to have a built-in primer to keep your pout looking freshly applied. You can read my post on the original Lip Colour + Primer here.

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer 

The spiel on the Clinique website states:

"Lightweight liquid lipstick covers lips with lush pigment and a modern matte finish. Wears all day. Moisturizing formula with built-in primer provides a smooth, even glide so lips feel as fresh as they look."

First up, let's talk packaging.

The lipstick is packaged in a square tube with a frosted base that lets you easily identify which shade you're picking up. The lid is the classic silver lid that is true to most of the Pop line, and screws on tightly to prevent accidental leakage. The applicator, a teardrop-shaped sponge as seen in the photo below, is great for spreading colour over your lips, but a little unwieldy as compared to the precise application that a doe-foot applicator affords.

Keep reading after the jump!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Huge October Haul featuring ColourPop, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Mecca and Sephora.

Hi lovelies,

I hope you've all been faring well of late. I've been loving the bright sunshine and warmer weather that's upon us now that it's spring! It's also a lot easier on this blogger now that daylight savings has kicked in, because I have a lot more time to take photos instead of having to cram everything in on the weekend!

October has been a rather heavy haul month for me. It started off with one or two things and then just snowballed from there. To be honest though, most of what I bought was either something I had really wanted for ages (I'm looking at you MAC and Charlotte Tilbury) and the rest I chose to stock up on since the opportunity presented itself (this is all you Sephora, ColourPop and Mecca)! Either way, a part of me is feeling quite guilty (I can't be the only one who feels guilt when I've 'treated myself' a bit too much, can I?) while the rest of me is exulting in all my pretty new beauty goodies! Let's take a look, shall we? Word of warning, this is going to be quite a large post so do bear with me!

First up, we have a single lipstick from the MAC Selena limited edition (two dangerous words if I ever heard them) collection. I first heard about this collection months ago and I'd been hanging out for it ever since! Selena was one of my favourite singers, 'Dreaming of You' was literally the first song I ever fell in love with and I also fell in love with J. Lo when I saw her play the part in the movie (also titled Selena). For those of you who don't know her, Selena was a Latin American singer, songwriter, actress and fashion designer who was tragically shot dead by an ex-employee at the age of 24. While 'Dreaming of You' was my favourite song, I picked up 'Como La Flor' instead, as I preferred the Amplified formula and the shade. This collection sold out within minutes of its release in the US, but strangely, is still very much available on the MAC Australia website, so it's not too late to grab something if you're keen. I also got a free sample of strobe cream which is always nice.

MAC Selena Como La Flor
Next, ColourPop, a brand you all know that I absolutely love...had a free shipping deal. Now, all their products are extremely affordable but international shipping is always a killer, so I couldn't not stock up! I bought two more highlighters, 7 shadows (including a collaboration quad) and five lip products (an Ultra Matte, two more Ultra Satins and two Metallics). Most were from the new Fall Collection. I'll review them in a separate post but here are photos of everything I picked up.

ColourPop Haul

The two highlighters are Might Be and Wisp, and I honestly love them both.

Keep reading after the jump!
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