FACE | The changing shape of brushes

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It’s hard to believe these two brushes started out looking identical – although if you’ve owned a Real Techniques Blush Brush you might. It was only once I got my second one that I realised how much the bristles had changed shape over the time I’d owned it. Given most people buy the RT Blush Brush for its narrow shape and tapered tip, it can be a bit disappointing. (That being said, the blown-out version makes a great powder brush.)

I realised it was entirely stupid to replace my brushes when they did things like this, and set out to see what else I could do about it.

FACE | Base makeup with SPF protection

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Last week I talked about decent stand-alone sunscreens, but I know some people aren’t committed enough to add that extra step to their routine. If that’s you, you should probably find a way to start caring more. It’s really important to wear sunscreen! If you need instant gratification, think of how terrible it is when you’re sunburned. If that’s not a big deal to you, think about the possibility of getting skin cancer. If that seems unlikely, think about whether you’d rather look 65 when you’re 50, or 50 when you’re 65. Sun damage ages your skin terribly!

If you still don’t care enough to wear sunscreen separately, here are a few of my favourite face base products with decent SPF. Makeup with SPF might put you off, but it’s seriously easy to find and easy to wear.

FACE | Sephora VIB sale haul

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I’m feeling a bit better and I have these photos uploaded, so let me now tell you about what I bought in the Sephora VIB 20% off sale a few weeks ago. The sale happens once a year in mid-November, and it’s the only way to get a decent discount on lots of brands. It was a good incentive to get the Christmas sets I was excited about. Plus, we have friends staying at the moment and I think my makeup hoarding is rubbing off on Ania, so I got to grab some things for her as well.

LIFE | Girl, where you at?

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It’s been a week since my last post and while I’m sure most of my readers won’t have noticed at all, I wanted to throw something up to explain what’s going on.The long and short of it is, mental illness is a bitch. There’s not much more to it than that. For some reason, December is always my worst month for mental health, and playing around with my medications hasn’t helped that either.

But quick, while you’re here, let me remind you to fill out my reader survey! There are two days left and you can win a bunch of cute tiny things. Find out how in this post. And hopefully soon I’ll have a post up about the things in the photo above, which is what I got in the Sephora VIB sale. New things!

 

 

GIFTS | Medium-sized gifts to give – a guide, of sorts

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Christmas is coming and I don’t like it. I mean, I like Christmas, I just don’t like how soon it is and how under-prepared and under-financed I am. Gift-giving is so stressful! I want to give meaningful gifts for people and not just useless crap.

I don’t know how many of these ‘guide’ posts I’ll be doing, but here is one about medium-sized gifts to begin with, anyway. Gift guides are hard because I don’t know who you all are buying for, so I have made lists of pros and cons for each of these ideas.

LIPS | Four blood red lip colours I could have worn to get my blood taken

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My name’s Morgan and I don’t like thinking about what goes on inside my body. I started typing that I don’t like needles, but it’s not precisely true; I’m fine with a tattoo machine and when I get blood taken, it’s not so much the needle that I have a problem with, but the fact it’s going inside my veins.

I got blood taken recently (for only the second time in my life, thank goodness) and it was a minor ordeal. The nurse (probably not a nurse, but I’ll call her that for brevity’s sake) stuck the needle in my left arm for a very long time. I had dragged Callum along with me and I told him all about my work day, in great detail, and she was still trying to draw enough blood to fill the vial. It wasn’t enough, so I ended up with a needle in my other arm too. FUN.

I made Callum get fries with me afterwards, and the anticipation of fries made it almost bearable, but I worry what I would be like if he wasn’t there to hold my hand. How would I be brave?! I think red lipstick would help. 

SKIN | When basic is best

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The skincare market is crowded to saturation, which makes it very hard to know what you should be putting on your skin. I hope I’ve been somewhat helpful with my What the hell is…? series – which I have no intention of stopping any time soon. I’m thinking peptides and retinol should be next on my list!

There are two mistakes people make when managing problematic skin. One is going to the shelves of the beauty section in Farmers and looking for magic potions labelled with buzzwords. The second is dismissing ‘basic’ and affordable products as worthless. On the contrary, the simplest, fragrance-free, single-focus products in bland packaging are often the best. Today I want to talk about Physiogel (new to the New Zealand market), and Benzac AC.

EYES | The Younique 3D Fibre Lash saga

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Younique Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lash mascara needs no introduction if you spend any time on the beauty-focused part of the internet. If you’re not familiar, it’s a ~revolutionary lash technology system~ sold in an aggressive pyramid scheme. To be fair, the seller who supplied me with this set for review was polite and not aggressive at all. I didn’t pay for it, nor would I, but I was desperate to try it out to find whether my eyelashes would be transformed into something I have only dreamed of. That’s the line, for real. This turned into quite a saga, so let me recount my experience.