September 2015 | Alexis Adrienne

29.9.15

Nail Art: Black and White Hairspray Nails

Hi everyone!

It feels like forever since I've had some nails on here! I thought I would try a new technique today known to many as hairspray nails.
nail art nz hairspray nails

nz nail art
The two colours I used for this were OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Sally Hansen Black Out. Instead of hairspray, I used Isopropyl Alcohol which did the job well enough for me.
My MOST IMPORTANT TIP for doing these nails, or any watermarble nails is having room temperature water. I had tried (and failed!) so many times at this technique because I was using water straight from the tap, which was still too cold or warm for this technique.
I've been using this new top coat from Essence, and I am honestly pretty impressed with it. I grabbed this at Priceline when I was in Aussie for a few bucks, and it's been my go-to lately. I definitely recommend getting this if you're ever at an Essence stand!

Have you tried hairspray nails?

Lexie xx

23.9.15

My Holy Grail Products for Oily Skin!

Hey all,

I just posted a photo of my three holy grail makeup products for oily skin, and just realized that I could probably stand to write a blog post too... So here goes.
nc25 oily skin nz
So to start off, I'm going to say that I definitely know I have oily skin - not dehydrated, just straight up oily. It's something that I've tried to control my entire life, and I finally recently realized that I needed to stop trying to control my oil (thus making it worse), and use products that don't exacerbate or increase the oil. I find that these three products together are fantastic for doing so.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
An amazing silicone-based primer that really helps with oil. NYX Angel Veil is extremely similar, but the Hourglass product works better with the two other products.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte

This is the best foundation I've tried for a long time. The formula is excellent - it doesn't settle into my pores as MAC Pro Longwear tends to do, and doesn't budge even while blotting. While I wouldn't describe the wear as 24 hours, it does stay intact for a long time. The only things I do not like are the shade selection and the difference in packaging/shades between the versions released here and of that in the U.S. 22 Radiant Beige is just a touch light for my NC25 skintone, while 24 Golden Beige is FAR too dark.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Cheap as chips and this stuff lasts FOREVER. The only drawback is the talc in the formula, which can lead to some ghostface when doing flash photography. Other than that, it's the bees' knees.

A honorable mention goes NYX Angel Veil Primer, which is IMO a fantastic dupe for the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - you can see my full analysis in this post.

Have you tried any of these? What are your holy grail products for your skin type?

Lexie xx
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13.9.15

My Everyday Makeup Tools: MAC, Zoeva, Real Techniques + more!

Hey everyone!

I've been meaning to do a post like this for a while - today I'm sharing with you the different brushes that I use every day and where to get them!
real techniques hakuhodo MAC elf Zoeva makeup brushes za furless cosmetics

real techniques miracle complexion sponge
I HIGHLY prefer using a shaped sponge for applying foundation - I just can't seem to get brushes to give me that same flawless, skinlike finish. I also use non-name brand sponges and find that they work just fine, too. I'll also sometimes use sponges to 'bake' my makeup if I am taking the time to do it that day.
furless cosmetics makeup brush eleanor dorn
Powder Brush: Furless Cosmetics Couture Brush (AU $29.99)
I previously reviewed this brush + the set it came with here. This is the largest size brush, and it's perfectly fluffy and dense for applying setting powder.  

Highlighter Brush: Eleanor Dorn #19 Pointed Face Brush (NZ $18)
I simply adore this brush for highlighting - it's perfectly shaped, and hasn't splayed or lost any bristles at all. It's my go-to highlighting brush! It's also the perfect size for setting undereye concealer. 
za eyelash curler eleanor dorn brow spoolie brush
Eyelash Curler: Za Eyelash Curler
I actually received this in a set with a mascara to review from BeautyReview, so I'm not sure how much it is and Google isn't being much help. I found the mascara to be so-so, but I really, really like the curler! It's a great fit for my eye shape, and what I like to do to help get a better curl is warm the curler for a few minutes by sticking it in my bra or in the band of my pants. 

Spoolie/Brow Brush: Eleanor Dorn #18 Brow Brush (NZ $14)
I think that spoolie brushes are absolutely essential, even if I'm not necessarily putting product in my brows - they help to smooth and groom eyebrows, which really finishes a look. I got this when I purchased the Eleanor Dorn Eye Set, and I've used it pretty much every day since. 
angled eyeliner brush elf eleanor dorn
I think it's important to have multiple angled brushes, as I use them for so many things - gel eyeliner, eyebrows, and even tidying up my lipstick application with a little bit of concealer. The e.l.f. brush is GREAT value for money! Like the spoolie brush, I got the Eleanor Dorn brush in the Eye Set and have used it daily ever since. 
mac 239 zoeva 234 makeup brush
Flat Shader Brush: MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush (US $25 / NZ $73) / Zoeva 234 Luxe Smokey Shader (NZ $16.25)
I typically use these brushes for patting highlight into the inner corner of my eyes, my cupid's bow, and my eyebrow highlight. If I'm using eyeshadow in my look, I'll use them to apply the base colour. 
mac 217 hakuhodo j5523 makeup brush
Blending Brush: MAC 217 (US $25 / NZ $48) / Hakuhodo J5523 (US $19)
These brushes make blending eyeshadow so unbelievably effortless! For a more complex look I might use more than just a blending brush, but these are perfect for every day. 

So there you have it! What brushes/tools do you use every day?

Lexie xx

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