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Brush Hygiene Made Easy

Being a makeup artist takes its toll on your time when its time to clean your brushes. Between clients, nights before early calls and you’re sat there scrubbing away. Hygiene is key after all. However, even though I am quick to preach to all my clients and anyone I come across who complains about having bad skin that “cleaning your own makeup brushes is key”, in reality, my personal brushes that touch my face daily, sometimes twice a day – get left a little to long. Longer than I wish to divulge and like the proverbial mechanics car, they get neglected. BRUSH EGG

I have eyed the Sigma makeup glove cleaner for a long time but the price has always deterred me from even going there. After all, cleaning brushes, although part of my job cannot possibly need to be that expensive. Fast forward a couple of months ago and all all the international artists I admire were talking about a BrushEgg that was a lot cheaper and as effective as the Sigma makeup brush glove. Anyway, I forgot about it and it went to the back of my mind. Then, 2 weeks ago while browsing for some supplies on Beauty-Worx, I saw that they were now stocking them in South Africa and only for R100. You read that right, a whole R100 – it wasn’t going to break the bank, and I got excited and ordered my mint egg immediately.

Now, I felt a bit silly when it arrived a few days later because I don’t know why but I thought it would be bigger – but its all in the name right – Brush EGG. It is the size of a large egg and you can fit, at a push 2 fingers into it but I prefer to use it with one finger in it as its easier to manoeuvre, rinse and repeat.

To test it for the first time, I washed my own personal makeup brushes. *gleams with pride*.  The most outstanding points to note on this was that it made my MAC 217 brush white again (I never thought I’d see the day) and my Beauty Blender is now back to its original shade of pink and not orange as it has been previously.

The only parts or should I say brushes I struggled with cleaning were my big face brushes but the aim of the game with them is slow movements and patience (brush cleaning always require lots of patience anyway.)

Along with the obvious part of water to aid cleaning I used for the first time my antibacterial makeup brush shampoo which aided the process into something quite pleasant and fairly quick.

Brush Egg styles

Final verdict: it is still cleaning brushes… but with my BrushEgg it might be a little less annoying and time consuming. I’m off to clean my makeup kit brushes from a wedding and I will be making use of this little magical egg – so it cant be too bad. The fact that I own a BrushEgg now means that there is no excuses for my own personal brushes to need a clean.

If you want your own – get one you can find them here on Beauty-Worx.

P.S. Quite a cute Easter present for those who are not looking to give Chocolate as presents!

xo flea143

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Skin Renewed With Juliette Armand

Would you like to wake up every morning and have that “exfoliated the night before” feeling that gives your skin natural radiance and softness? Well, we can’t exfoliate every night for fear of over exfoliation but I might have the next best thing sitting in my bathroom. Having been using the Juliette Armand Elements 6% AHA fluid for the past few months I am both in awe and at the same time complete shock of how different my skin looks, feels and responds to my products since including this fluid as part of my night time skincare regime.

Left - 150ml for professional use only Right - 30ml for home use

Left – 150ml for professional use only
Right – 30ml for home use

This is a multi-action fluid, to be used on your skin after cleansing in the evening which boosts the natural regeneration process. It contains 6% AHA (glycolic acid, lactic acid), sodium hyaluronate, aloe vera, cantella and because of its very active (although minimal) ingredients this product is not needed to be applied in excess. This means that my little bottle of 30ml is going to last me for at least another couple of months. Every night I dispense a small pump and spread the fluid over my cleansed face. It smells divine – like grapefruit! Let the fluid absorb (my skin just soaks it up) and then follow it with my bedtime moisturiser. It is important when working with active ingredients in your skincare to make sure that you wear the sufficient SPF coverage everyday – even when you don’t think that you will be in the sun. Prevention is better than cure, ladies!

I did not take before and after pictures because I was sceptical about the product being so active and that my skin would not like it, quite the contrary, my skin LOVES it and cannot get enough of it…

You can get your best face to put forward with Elements 6% AHA fluid for R590.00. Juliette Armand is distributed by Poise Brands and is available at selected salons and spas. Visit their website here ; Facebook , and follow them on Twitter @Juliette_Armand.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: This product was given to me at an event. This has in no way altered my view of this product in anyway.

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Veaudry myEASYcomb

Hair styling has never been my forte in life. In fact, when working on set doing faces and getting asked to assist with doing hair I always end up stressing so much on the inside. I never let my fear be known that my hair skills are in actual fact rubbish. Anyway, for shoots you can wing hair for weddings – that’s when I step down. I’d rather leave that to professionals and not steal anyone’s thunder. Especially on their wedding day!

I got home last week to a surprise box, sent to me from Retail Box and in this box was a comb. Not any comb, I’ll tell you, it was a VEUDRY MYEASYCOMB which at first glance I thought what on earth is this contraption? It is essentially a zooped-up comb. For home or salon use specifically when you are straightening your hair. The comb comes with a built in hair sectioning guide to assist with separating pieces for extra speedy hair straightening and even blow drying because that’s what I’ve been using it for and it works like a bomb.

PRO TIP: from the not-so-pro-hair stylist – for hair fall when using the comb to comb through my hair before styling the sectioning guide catches all hair that has fallen which makes it easier to put this in the bin and not all over your body.

Retail price: R195

Retail price: R195

I honestly believe this zooped-up Veaudry comb must of been made by a man that was tired of waiting for the lady in his life to “get on with styling her hair” because they were always late wherever they were going. After only using this wee comb for the past few days my mornings have been left with at least an additional 10 minutes to colour in my face – this results in better looking hair styled by a self confessed hair noob and a beautifully coloured in face (I even contoured this morning – you guys!). I think the people in my office are confused that I can be so prepared for early mornings. Don’t tell them my secret is just a new comb!Thank You

Thank you to Retail Box for allowing me to test this little beast. It has, although very recent, improved my getting-ready morning time. Maybe I need to start timing myself… on the other hand – maybe not, le boyfriend might start getting ideas.

Be sure to follow Retail Box on Facebook and Twitter @RetailBoxSA

xo flea143

This product was sent to me for review purposes – this has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway!

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Liebster Award

Ooookay, this is not my usual type of post but because my darling friend Heather from Femme Lifestyle nominated me for a Liebster Award and its physically impossible to not say no to Heather…. So, here you have it (although be it a bit a late)

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The questions

  • What is your favourite beauty product you cannot live without?

special cleansing gelmac-studio-fix-fluidThis changes quite often. I fall in and out of products very frequently. Can anyone say brand fidelity? My longest standing beauty products would have to my Dermalogica skin care products and my MAC Studio Sculpt Fluid foundation and MAC Mineralize powder. I have always used these products for years and always restock them even though I am fortunate to have a countless amounts of brands that have moved through my dressing table/ bathroom cabinets.

  • Who is your ultimate date?

dateThis gorgeous man and just FYI ladies, he’s been my date for the past 7 years.

  • If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be and why?

HomeHome… or anywhere that feels like it. FYI, its people that make places feel like home. I love being at home with the people I love. With all my creature comforts. Bliss!

  • What is the last thing you take off at night ?Business

You nosy buggar…. none of your business. In all honestly, I don’t really know, depends what method I use before bed. I like to mix it up. It would be between hair clips/jewellery/makeup.

  • What would you spend R5000.00 rand on, if you were given 1 minute to make a decision right now?holiday

A holiday with le boyfriend. Somewhere…

  • What is top of your bucket list?happy

To be happy and have those around me be happy BUT I don’t really believe in bucket lists… if you are interested you can read about my ramblings on that, here.

  • Name and shame your worst public blooper … as in ever!blooper

I’m honestly so tired I can’t really think of anything worse than this… and this is pretty mediocre. When I was 11 years old I was given a mobile phone from my mother and at the time I was the only one at school who had a phone.. You also were not supposed to take mobile phones to school. Anyway, we had a morning assembling every Wednesday morning and I had forgotten to switch it off and my mum was only calling to leave a message to tell me to have a good day but it rang and interrupted the assembly and in front of the whole school I had to hand it to the principal. At the time it was the worst thing in the world, now I wouldn’t care less… lol. Sooo… sorry that’s a bit boring!

  • What is your favourite comfort food?

comfort foodChocolate is my day-to-day comfort food and anything super tasty like curry, stew with dumplings or when I’m back home in the UK nothing beats a steak and kidney pudding!!

All the blogs I frequent have been doing the rounds with these awards so I’m not going to nominate anyone :)

xo flea143

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Essence Maximum Volume Mascara

My latest go-to every day mascara is… Essence Maximum Volume Mascara! ess_MaximumVolumeMascara_offen.jpg

It lasts the whole day…  I’ve been applying about 3 strokes to each eye for the past few months and it really builds so well on your lashes, giving lots of volume and lift to your eyes, its a semi-wet consistency but dries quickly and it doesn’t flake off your eyes during the day. It is a super magic mascara for anyone looking for added volume but I think the trick is down to the wand. Its a plastic rubbery mascara wand.

a full days wear of the Essence Maximum Volume mascara, after experience 37 degrees Celsius heat. The mascara stayed put the whole day!

a full days wear of the Essence Maximum Volume mascara, after experience 37 degrees Celsius heat. The mascara stayed put the whole day!

The wand helps to separate the lashes individually and because of this it doesn’t result in unsightly clumped up lashes while building some length. I’ve been using this mascara for the past 4 months (I know you are not supposed to do this – but it is still fine), the consistency has not changed and the formula has not gone dry which is a huge bonus.

One eye with mascara, the other waiting to be applied. Perfect for everyday volume!

One eye with mascara, the other waiting to be applied. Perfect for everyday volume!

A real steal for anyone lashes as the retail price is only R53.95 and is available from selected pharmacies.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was a prize I won, this has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway

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