Tuesday, 25 June 2013

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Cleaning makeup brushes can sometimes be a hassle to anyone, especially to those who really doesn't have the time to do it, or for people who are always on the go. I, myself, also feel that it can be a pain sometimes to clean my brushes often, especially when I am busy with uni or other things. I have done some research on what methods or products other people use in cleaning their makeup brushes, and I've found out that some use antibacterial soap with oil for thorough cleansing, while others prefer to buy cleansers that are specifically made for cleaning makeup brushes. I personally like those cleansers because I feel like they're more convenient and less time consuming, which makes it hassle free and easier for me.

The brush cleanser that I am currently using for my Sigma brushes are Mecca Cosmetica's Brush With Success Conditioning Brush Cleaner.  I bought this online, at Mecca Cosmetica's website, which you can find here, and the price was $28 NZD for a 125 ml bottle. Though I do think that they only ship across Australia and New Zealand, but I bet hundreds of similar products are sold throughout other countries.

From the website's description, you will see:

"Brush With Success cleans, purifies and conditions natural and synthetic cosmetic brushes. This quick-drying formula swiftly removes makeup from brushes between applications and preserves their longevity. Contains alcohol, silk protein, pro-vitamin B5 and a clean scent to leave brushes smelling fresh.To use, spray directly onto brush fibres and gently wipe brush onto a tissue until brush is clean. Let the brush air-dry for a few moments before makeup application; no rinsing is required."

What I think about it:
I have been using this brush cleaner for more than a year now so it is safe to say that I do trust this product with my Sigma brushes. In terms of the price, I feel like this brush cleaner is affordable ($28), since I have been using this one bottle for more than a year now, and it's yet to run out. It comes in a spray bottle, which makes it very convenient to use, and makes it easier for me to control how much of the product I get to use. The description above is also accurate. It does what it says it does, which is not only to clean, but to condition my brushes as well. I use this on a weekly basis, and I always notice my brushes to be completely clean and softer after. It also makes my brushes smell clean, which I just love, and gives me the feeling of comfort that I am not rubbing dirty brushes on my face. I know that if I've ran out of this brush cleaner I would definitely repurchase this again.

Clean brushes are a big thing for me. I think dirty makeup brushes are major contributors of break outs, so cleaning my brushes have always been a priority! I also think that it makes my brushes last longer, which is a significant thing, especially if you've invested in makeup brushes that are a bit pricey.

Let me know if you clean your brushes differently, or if you know of better and more convenient ways of doing so. I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!

By the way, I got my Sigma brushes here! It's the Mr. Bunny Essential Kit, and they are amazing, which I bet many of you already know, so I am not doing a review on them anymore. I highly recommend this kit for makeup beginners, especially if you have no idea which brushes to get yet, since this kit is fuss free and already contains the twelve brushes needed for both face and eyes applications.


Monday, 24 June 2013

Benefit's Cha Cha Tint Review

I bought the Cha Cha Tint during the opening of Benefit at Smith & Caughey's Queen Street. It was retailed for $57 NZD for a tiny 12.5 ml bottle, which is really pricey I know, but I have been wanting this for ages, which is why I finally got it! The Cha Cha Tint is one of Benefit's famous cheek and lip tints, along with their original Benetint (rose-coloured) and Posietint (pink-coloured). I decided to get Cha Cha tint because I've always been drawn to corals and shades of orange, and I am not really a fan of pink. It's described as a "juicy mango lip & cheek stain".

The tiny bottle and the applicator remind me of nail polishes. It is not at all difficult to apply these on the cheeks and lips, which I think is a plus, and it also does not have any scent to it. The consistency of this is thicker and creamier compared to that of Benetint's, which is more watery. Okay, so here comes the important bit, make sure you blend it fast once you put it in your face. Do not wait, even for a few seconds, before you do. Blend it immediately, unless you want orange dots on your face. (Saying this from my own experience.) Also, you will only need the tiniest amount of this when you use it. Trust me when I say that a little goes a very long way. It really is very pigmented. Some people might be skeptical about this because the colour is shockingly too orange, but that's why you will only need a tiny amount of it, and once you blend it, it looks absolutely amazing, especially on warm skin tones.

Here's a swatch of the Cha Cha tint, and see just how pigmented it is. I do like this tint, as I love corals, and I think this shade is just perfect. I do only use this for my cheeks, and not so much on my lips because I prefer using my nude and coral lipsticks instead. This tint also stays on the face all day, so you shouldn't worry if it's going to last on you. It was even difficult to remove! Overall, I am liking this product, and the only downside of this is the price. I think it is pricey, however, I do think that a bottle of this will last me ageees, because a tiny amount of this product does go a long way, so it does compensate for the price. I am open to the idea of repurchasing this, but at the same time, I am willing to try other tints, and I think I can live without this product. In short, I like it, but I am not loving it.

The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil and Toner Review

I have been using The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner and Tea Tree Oil for about three months now, so I think it's now a good time to make a review about these products. I figured it's best to wait for a couple of months before making a review on skincare products because it does take time before you see the effects on the skin. So what I do is try the skincare products religiously for a few months, and that's when I monitor their effectiveness. Anyway, going back to the Tea Tree products, I bought these at The Body Shop a couple of months ago. They are marketed for people with "blemished skin", promising for a "clearer looking skin", which got me hooked because I do have some spots and scarring on my face that I would like to get rid of. In terms of affordability, the toner is very affordable, retailed less than $20 NZD, for  a large 250 ml bottle. I have been using it for months, yet I am just almost halfway through the bottle. The Tea Tree Oil, on the other hand, was retailed for $27 NZD, for a tiny bottle containing only 10 ml, so it is a bit pricey.

The Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner contained those white particles that would settle at the bottom, so you have to shake them before using them. When I applied this on my face, I did feel a cooling/mint effect, which I liked, and it does have a slight scent to it. I cannot explain the scent, it smells like leaves, or the forest, something like that. Probably the smell of tea tree? It must be, but for me it was a bit unpleasant, but I managed to get used to it. I did like this product, it cleans the remaining dirt or makeup off my face, that my Cetaphil and Clarisonic couldn't catch, and I did notice my skin clearing after a week of using this. So overall, I do like this toner, and I would continue to use this, and probably even repurchase it if I ran out.

Going to the Tea Tree Oil, I was surprised because I was expecting an oily consistency, like that of a Rosehip oil, but it's not oily at all. It's watery and it dries quickly when I put it on my face. The scent of this is similar to the toner's, but not that strong, so it did not bother me at all. I only put this to the blemished areas on my face every night before I go to sleep, and I noticed that it made those areas dry. Almost like a drying and peeling effect, to get rid of the blemishes. I love everything about this product, except for it's super tiny size and price, and I do like to buy this again. I think this is perfect for my blemishes, because I don't like putting harsh chemicals on my face, and this, although not fully natural, doesn't contain those chemicals.

After using these two products for months, I noticed I did have clearer, and almost glowing skin, which makes a better base for my foundation. I don't know if it's solely because of the toner or the tea tree oil, but I've always used both at the same time, so it must be the combined effect of the two. I would love to repurchase both of these products, however, I am always on the lookout for other skincare products, which is why my skincare routines change from time to time. Let me know if you've tried these, or if you recommend other products!