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These brushes have been showing up all over social media, first originally by the brand Artis and for quite a hefty price tag. The dupes followed appearing on Ebay & AliExpress so I thought i’d give them a shot. I didn’t feel too bad about spending $13.99AUD (including shipping) on this set to just give them a try.

Honestly, I’ve only used the first 2 brushes because I still don’t know exactly what to use the others for. The first brush I use for foundation and while you need to get used to the “sweeping” technique, it really does give a pretty flawless finish. The next brush I use for concealer in much the same way, I do find it a bit harder to blend right under the eyes so generally will go over it with my Real Techniques Sponge. If you know how I can use the smaller brushes, please let me know.

The only negative I have to say about these brushes is that sometimes the handle feels a bit flimsy and like it might snap, it hasn’t yet though and i’ve been using these brushes almost daily since I received them.

Are these good brushes? Yes!.

Would I purchase the original more expensive Artis ones? Nope, the Ebay versions will do me just fine.

If you would like to purchase off the same seller as I did Click Here. Otherwise just search on Ebay for Toothbrush Foundation Brushes / Toothbrush Makeup Brushes and heaps of options and different sets will appear. Keep in mind these do get shipped from China so sometimes shipping can take awhile (I think mine took about a month to arrive).

 

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to purchase this mainly because I thought to myself… ugh another contour kit that’s going to be average. However, Rimmel had a 50% off sale at Priceline recently and for some reason I ended up buying it. No regrets!

The kit contains a highlight, contour powder and blush and is housed in a sleek rose gold compact (definitely Instagram worthy!).

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The blush is just average, yes it’s a pretty coral shade but really not that pigmented and not something i’d reach for too often over my other blushes. The stars of the show are for sure the other two powders in the palette. The contour shade is fantastic, it isn’t overly pigmented which makes the product easier to use and build up if you need to. It does have a slight shimmer similar to NARS Laguna, but still works to chisel out the face. The highlight… oh my word. I’ve been using this on the reg’ and it’s the most used part of this palette for me. The shade leans more gold and it has a slight sheen but isn’t packed with glitter so it’s perfect for everyday wear.

I’m not usually one to do the whole contour/highlighting my face for work but because this palette is so subtle that I’ve been reaching for it even on my work days and it just gives that little extra oomph.

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That glow though!

I’ve only seen this in the shade I purchased 002 Coral Glow in Australia, but I have noticed there is another shade or 2 available internationally.

If you’re just getting into the whole contouring/highlighting aka Kardashianing (it should be a technique!) this is a great starting point and even purchasing this full price at $16.95AUD is well worth it, even with the blush shade being average.

 

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Recently Australis added to their popular Velourlips range with 4 new shades.

I knew from the sneak peeks that Oh-Saka! which is described as a dusty rose would be coming home with me.

If you haven’t tried out the Australis Velourlips formula, I suggest you give it a go. The formula is quite moussey similar to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams but I find they last a little longer on the lips, just try and keep the application light, so it doesn’t crumble. At only $10.49AUD a pop they are one of the better and cheaper liquid lipstick formulas on the market and also one of the most readily available. Plus they smell like blackcurrant lollies… yummmm

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When I first swatched this I thought it was quite similar to a few other liquid lipsticks I own, I thought i’d do a bit of comparison showing it with Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita.

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As you can see above, this isn’t really a dupe for either of those shades but they are in a similar shade range. Oh-Saka! is definitely much more rosey than the other 2. I’m kind of glad it makes me justify the purchase more! lol!

I did look at it a bit further though and also have compared it with Colourpop Lippie Stix in Lumiere, which i’ve shown below. This is definitely a closer match shade wise; with Oh-Saka! being just that bit deeper and again more rosey. Lumiere being a lipstick formula (even though it is a matte) is a also little more hydrating. However, Colourpop shipping to Australia is RIDICULOUS! So if you’ve had your eye on Lumiere this is a great and cheap alternative.

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Have you tried the Australis Velourlips? Is there another shade I must own? (help me buy the things!).

 

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It’s been awhile since i’ve posted a favourites video! I thought this time i’d also add in a couple of duds as well so you know what to not look out for when your doing your Priceline hauls!

I’d love if you watched the video, but if your short on time here are some quick notes on each product.

Favourites –

L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation (RRP $29.95AUD) – Such an easy base to work with. It doesn’t give a whole lot of coverage but a good quick option for the weekends when you just want to even out the skin and keep things pretty light.
 
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Shade 10 Light (RRP $14.95AUD) – Said to be a good dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I agree somewhat but I actually prefer this because it doesn’t settle into my fine lines as much. The colour selection could be a little better but for a cheapie i’m not complaining!
 
Rimmel Sculpting Palette in 002 Coral Glow (RRP $16.95AUD) – Go and buy this immediately!!! The blush isn’t really for me, I have better options. However, the contour and highlight are EVERYTHING. The palette isn’t overly pigmented but that’s what I like about it, the contour blends out beautifully and just gives that extra oomph to your makeup. The highlight is the best i’ve found in one of these drugstore palettes, it’s a subtle glow which is perfect for everyday wear.
 
Maybelline Master Precise Liner in Blackest Black (RRP $15.95AUD) – Have you seen that meme of the girl doing wing eyeliner and she ends up with just a huge panda eyes? That was me, before I discovered this eyeliner. If you’ve ever struggled with doing wings, I recommend trying this eyeliner out. I just press it where I want the flick to go and drag down to my eye, they may not always be perfectly even but they get pretty darn close.
 
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin (RRP $18.00USD) – Ughhhh so you may be aware there has been some drama surrounding Jeffree Star lately. I’m not sure if i’ll be supporting the brand anymore but I do adore this liquid lipstick shade, I’ll be searching for a dupe (any ideas?).
 
Pixi Glow Tonic (RRP $46.00AUD for 250ml) – I remember hearing Caroline Hirons talk about this product ages ago so it’s always been a wishlist item. I picked this small bottle up in the US earlier this year and will definitely be buying a bigger bottle next time. It’s a great introduction into the world of chemical exfoliants and just makes your skin feel so smooth (especially now that it’s Winter).
 
Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion (RRP $12.95USD) – I got this one off iherb from a Skincare Addition subreddit recommendation. This is a beefier chemical exfoliant with 10% glycolic acid (the Pixi Glow Tonic is only 5%). When my skin is feeling really rough and dull this is what i’ll put on it at night. If you want you can use my referral code at iherb to get $5 off your order! CODE = VUL257
 
GlamGlow Thirstymud Mask (RRP $98.00AUD full size)- I didn’t get along with the GlamGlow mask in the black packaging that everyone was raving about, so I was a little concerned buying this that I might have a similar feeling. Nope. Love it! I don’t actually use it as a mask, well I do but more as an overnight mask just lightly putting it on my skin so it’s not completely sinking in but isn’t super thick. Next morning; radiant, plump skin. I need to start a piggy bank fund for a full size I think.
 

Fails –

Mode Lip Cream in Sleeping Beauty (RRP $3.00AUD) – I’m not overly mad about this one because it was so cheap, I also don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this shade (was it the bright lights of Coles, or a work stress induced purchase?). I will try and make this work with different lip liners underneath and may come back to you!
 
Rimmel Wonder’full Volume Colourist Mascara (RRP $18.95AUD) – This is the mascara that is meant to tint your lashes over 2 weeks, I have fair lashes and didn’t notice a difference. I also didn’t get much volume or length from this mascara. I haven’t had much luck with any Rimmel mascaras to be honest and should really just stop buying them.
 
Covergirl Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara (RRP $18.95AUD I think!) – I don’t think this is actually available anymore, hence no link. THANK GOODNESS! The Covergirl Lashblast mascaras are among some of my favourites & when I saw this for half price I grabbed it. If you see it, walk straight past. I had such a hard time removing this that I was rubbing at my eyes! No where does it mention it’s waterproof or anything. Yuck Yuck Yuck!
 

Did you have any Faves & Fails for the month?

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Oh my! It’s been a hot minute since I uploaded a video, this was actually filmed back in February when it was summer, hot and my hair super flat. I’ve had it sitting in my to edit folder for so long and after filming a couple of videos this weekend I thought I better get it out there before these new ones hit.

These are the goodies I picked up while in the US of A, including some thoughts on IMATS LA and what I bought there. Hope you enjoy, I think I may have gotten the YouTube bug back again this weekend.

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This past weekend was a long weekend in NSW, Thanks Lizzie!. We had one of my friends come up to stay for the weekend, which gave me a chance to go and see some of the more touristy parts of where I live that I would normally avoid.

We started off Saturday morning right with breakfast and coffee at a local cafe and then headed out to do a bush walk at South Lawson. We did the 4 waterfall circuit which was a 2hr round trip and graded medium (I was still feeling the pull on my legs for days). I bought a new camera bag last week (this one if you’re interested), so it was a good chance to pack up the DSLR and take some photos.

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The walk was a bit challenging particularly towards the end, but it was nice to get out in the fresh air and get a bit of exercise. I think I’ll start doing these walks more often and even try and get better at this particular route. I’m really lucky that I have so many of these types of walks a stones throw from me now so I may as well take advantage of it!

My friend also mentioned to us that he started Geocaching and we downloaded the app and went on a couple of hunts for Geocaches. We managed to find 4 that day! It’s a lot of fun and I recommend it for finding spots you’d never think of exploring. One of the spots was on the side of the highway around this rock i’d never even noticed before, and the view down to the city alone was amazing. I’m definitely keeping my eye on the app to see if I can find more!

We then headed up the mountain to go and check out the Three Sisters @ Katoomba, this was just a quick stop to take a couple of photos because it was packed with tourists. I always forget how beautiful the view is until I go back there, it’s absolutely stunning.

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Shane (the husband) cooked some amazing beef short ribs on the smoker for dinner!. These are becoming a bit of a staple for when we have people over since they’re easy to cook and taste absolutely delicious. Hungry?

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The next day started off a bit colder and we headed up to check out the Hydro Majestic @ Medlow Bath. I was hoping we could find a nice breakfast spot in here but the cafe didn’t open until 11am and for lunch only. Wasted opportunity! I think a cafe that did breakfast would do amazingly well here. So we had a look around and then headed up to Blackheath for breakfast and to check out the growers market.

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Then, if my legs weren’t sore enough from the bush walk the day before they were soon going to be!. We attended Vivid Festival on Sunday night. I love going every year but the crowds just seem to be getting worse, I think I’ll try a mid week night next year. We didn’t get to see as much as we wanted to but we did manage to see the new installations at the Botanical Gardens before it closed down for the night.

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Taking a break from being a tourist in my own city, I had a day of getting pedis and shopping with my mum on the Monday. We managed to score a few bargains (yay!). I actually took some photos of my purchases to do a blog post about (coming soon!).

I also set up a new Instagram dedicated solely to the blog, so it won’t be as random as my personal account! Go follow me Here!

Hope you enjoyed this little post about what I’ve been up to, hopefully I can try and do some more of these types of posts because I certainly love reading them.

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