Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Ecotools Fresh & Flawless complexion set

HI there everyone! This is just a follow up post to give an overview of the Ecotools Fresh & Flawless complexion set that I used in my most recent Chit Chat getting ready / vlogtorial video.

So I bought this set from iherb which is where I've bought all my real techniques and ecotools brushes. It's an amazing place to find the cheapest rates for these brushes (which let's be honest, can be a little overpriced in Australia). You can purchase the set of brushes for $16 AUD here: CLICK

Full Powder Brush

So I'll start of with the powder brush. It's a nice fluffy and soft little brush that you can use to apply any of your powder products - blush, bronzer, finishing powder. It's a little less dense than I would have liked, so when you apply bronzers and blushes it applies the colour quite sheer.Also because it has a lot of give and flexibility it's sometimes hard to blend out face products. So if your bronzer/blush applies patchy, it would be difficult to blend out the hard lines using this. The density of this brush is truly more suited towards applying setting powders/finishing powders than blush and bronzers. Nonetheless, a beautifully soft brush and that still gets the job done.

Complexion blending brush

This is by far my favourite brush from the set. It's a small paddle-shaped fluffy but dense brush. I've been using this brush for the past few weeks as my foundation brush. It works wonderfully despite it's small size. According to ecotools, you use this brush primarily to blend the foundation after applying it with the precision foundation brush. That being said, you can just skip the foundation brush all together and apply foundation straight with this. It really does just buff the foundation out creating a lovely flawless finish. The application reminds me of something like the MAC 109 brush, but in the shape of the real techniques expert face brush. You can use it for liquid, cream and powder foundation! As you can see from the pictures below it's pinched on the sides giving it a paddle shape, This means it also works great to contour under the cheeks.  I really rate this brush and hands down the best from the set.

Precision Foundation Brush

Now if you see this in real life, almost would not believe that anybody would be in their right mind suggesting to use this as a foundation brush. It's absolutely TINY! It would be almost impossible to apply foundation with this! However, I wouldnt give this a miss just yet! It actually is amazing at applying concealer under the eyes! It has a wonderfully pointed tip, which gives you absolute precision. And even though it's too small as a foundation brush, it actually is the perfect size for a concealer brush! It's really quite a wonderful little brush.

Flat Concealer Brush

Now this was supposed to be the brush used to apply concealer - and it works just fine for that. However I've actually been reaching for this to apply shadow on the lid (like how I use most of my other flat concealer brushes). It's just your classic synthetic stiff flat brush. There's really not too much more to say about this brush, but it's hard to really go wrong with brushes like this.4

Concealer Buffing Brush

And finally the last brush but certainly not the least, is the concealer buffing brush. Now for those familiar with the sigma mini flat top concealer brushes and the sedona lace buffing concealers, this is very reminiscent of those. It's purpose is similar to the foundation blending brush, which is to buff and blend out the concealer once it's already on the skin. It's flat top also makes it perfect for stippling on concealer to your blemishes for spot concealing. It's quite a small brush so I've also been able to use it in my crease to blend out my shadows. Very versatile!

What's the verdict? 100% recommend!

If you guys couldnt already tell, love this cute little brush set, and for the price available on iherb it's totally worth it! A wonderful brush set that is compact and travel friendly, but still very versatile and functional! 

And it all fits in this cute little pouch here!

Believe it or not, there's 13 brushes in there! Stay tuned for my post on the othere brushes in this pouch! ;)


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Life Update - Euro pics!

Hi everyone, so my last blogpost was about being MIA... and today's post is yet again about being MIA. -sigh- Wow, just wow. Good job there June!

So, the past few months have been pretty busy. Going to the UK and around touring around Europe was one of the best experiences of my life. The first month involved going on placement in the UK and on the weekends we would spend it sight seeing around England. Despite being there for 4 weeks, I didn't really feel like I was able to see everything that the beautiful country had to offer. I will definitely HAVE to go back there!
After that I rendezvoused with my childhood friends in Athens and we travelled for 2-3 weeks around Greece, Ireland and Spain. We then made our way to France where we joined the Topdeck crew on a tour around Europe.

It was a CRAZY hectic few months. Mainly because the first half I still had assessments to do, and towards the end we really got very lethargic and homesick. One of my favourites would definately be the placement in the UK and travelling on our own. As great as the topdeck tour was, it was definately very rushed. Having barely 1 day to spend in each country and another 1 day of travel was really not ideal. But I have to say, going on the bus was a lot easier than going on a flight everytime we moved.
My favourite country would definately have to be france - as if it wouldnt. It was absolutely stunning! It's always been my dream to visit france and it totally did not disappoint. Marseille was just GORGEOUS! And the people of southern france were just amazing. I would love to go back there when lavenders are in bloom! Runners up would definately be Prague and Amsterdam. Just such beautiful scenery, and architecture! And not to mention Switzerland... just wow!

All in all, I'm already looking forward to making plans to go back, hopefully with my boyfriend. It was such an amazing experience and I could not have been happier to spend it with some of my closest friends. I have literally THOUSANDS of photos and I really want to edit them and upload them slowly onto my blog. It'll just have it sporadically and I think it'll break up all the beauty/fashion posts.

Before I leave you, please tell me what are some of you favourite travel destinations! Where do you recommend I visit next? Please comment below I would love to hear!


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Life Update - Where I've been and where I'm going!


Alright, for all those who want to stone me, please feel free. I've been a HORRIBLE blogger/vlogger/youtuber! As I will mention in an up coming video, life has just been a complete whirlwind and I'm still trying to catch my breath! I honestly don't know where the past couple of months have been, and there have been no signs of it slowing down.

For all those who have been tweeting me/instagraming me - yes! I'm still alive! I'm not dead I promise! Thank you for all your concerns and for simply thinking about me, and I feel like I owe you all an explanation so here it is!

So the start of this long hiatus began with my birthday month - July. It was epic. During this time I had two trips planned (gold coast for AMSA, and then  adelaide and melbourne the following week), my birthday party to plan/organise, a huge assignment to do, and finally internship allocation/preferences. And all of this happened while I had Uni everyday!

What happened during August/September then? UNI! It was my final rotation here in Australia and I as I took a couple of weeks off to travel, I had to make it up. And finally, there are some upcoming changes/trips that I've had to prepare for keeping me very busy still!

So, what are these changes I'm talking about?

1. I'm going to the UK! 
For those who don't know, I'm a final year medical student, and as part of this year we are required to do an elective clinical rotation overseas. I've chosen to go with my mate to the UK for 4 weeks and after that, we will be travelling Europe! My best mates from Darwin will also be meeting me in Athens after my clinical placement and then we will be travelling to Dublin, Barcelona and then Paris, where we will meet up for a topdeck tour going to Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium (not in that order), etc. It's my first time to go to the UK/Europe so I am excited beyond words! My placement will be located approx 30-40mins away from London, so on the weekends we plan on going to London/Bath/Brighton, etc. If you've ever been to the UK or live in the UK, please let me know whats the best way to go about transport! Also if anyone's been to Europe, do let me know how you loved it, where you went and any advice you have for first time travellers!

3. I'm graduating!
After my europe trip, I'll be flying back to Manila, before returning to Australia for my graduation. While this doesnt really seem to be a reason for keeping me busy right now, you will see in the following dot point why it has! 

2. I'm moving to Adelaide!
As I mentioned internship allocations were revealed late July and whilst I was really hoping for Brisbane, Adelaide was my 2nd choice. I'm pretty happy with the move as I'll finally be with family again who will be relocating to Adelaide also, but at the same time it sucks that I wont be with some of my closest mates to start our first day of internship. Not to mention having to make completely new friiends in Adelaide which I'm pretty apprehensive about...but I'm sure things will just work itself out. My biggest worry with this is the move - while trying to pack for the UK, I've also been trying to pack up most of my stuff so that when I come back I will not have that much to do. I'm still also trying to find a new place to live in in Adelaide, but luckily my brother is there right now and can help me out on this. It's just been crazy hectic, needless to say!
So there you go. That's my life store for the month of July/August/September. I know I've let you all down by being MIA these past weeks, but I promise you, it was for a good reason! Hope you'll all still forgive me and this gives you all a good idea of what's happened and what will be happening to me!

And before we part, here are just some photos of my trip for you to enjoy :D

Birthday Party:

Gold Coast

Adelaide to Melbourne Road trip

PHEW!!!! And that's about everything!!

Sorry for the MANY MANY pics everyone, but I could not be bothered splitting it up into several different posts.

And for all the curious minds - no, my boyfriend is NOT in any of the photos I've posted! The asian guy I'm taking pictures with is my brother before anybody asks :)

Lastly, don't forget to check my vlog channel & follow me on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter to stay updated with my travels!
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