FACE | Depotting Australis’ AC On Tour palette, an exercise in destruction


Wow, time is really passing, huh? This week was my last at school so fingers crossed this will be the last post apologising for not posting in a while. Anyway, let’s continue my journey through depotting everything I own. After my success with the Benefit tin I though I’d give depotting the Australis AC On Tour palette a whack. If you recall, I hate this thing pretty intensely so if it didn’t go well, I wasn’t going to be too fussed. And while the palette on its own isn’t too cumbersome, it’s always useful to condense things, so this might be a useful post for other people out there too.

SKIN | DIY clay mask


The other week I tested all those face masks, and came to the conclusion that they were all fairly comparable, except for in price, and that the best solution would be to make my own. I ordered up some clay powder from iHerb at a very affordable price, and deliberated over which liquid to mix it with, until the Linden Leaves Miraculous Facial Oil* arrived. It’s designed for all skin types and the internet is always telling me to counter-intuitively put oil on my oily skin, so I did.

TOOLS | Brush cleaning 101

There was a time in my life when I didn’t use makeup brushes. I used whatever applicator came with an eyeshadow or blush, and if there was none, it went on with fingers. After I started using makeup brushes it became apparent I needed to clean them in some way. And as you accumulate more and more, it becomes a larger and larger undertaking to clean them all. I did a big clean last week and took some photos of the process. I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve learned about brush cleaning along the way.

P.S. I’m writing this from the Mount where we are visiting Callum’s great-grandmother. I’m using my cellphone as a data hotspot so if I’m slow getting back to comments that’s why!

DIY | Angled brush

DIY angled eye makeup brush

I like brushes. I like bargains. I especially like when I get bargains on brushes. The local art supply store had a 40% off sale on brushes and it reminded me that I’ve seen people suggest using artist brushes instead of cosmetic brushes to save money.

I bought two brushes for around $8. One is a large goat hair mop brush. It looks a lot like a giant version of everyone’s favourite blending brush, the MAC 217. The second is a regular synthetic flat brush, which I very quickly and easily transformed into the perfect stiff angled brush. You can use this type of brush for brows or gel liner. Both cheap and expensive brow kits (like from ELF or Benefit) come with mini angled brushes, but you can get much better control from a full size brush. Here’s how to make your own!