Best Beauty Tools in the Biz.

I am super passionate about good quality beauty tools. I think the saying ‘you’re only as good as the tools you use’ rings true, even when it comes to beauty. You can have the highest quality foundation, but if you apply it with a ratchet scratchy foundation brush, it will always be patchy and streaky – And vise versa. Use a high quality sponge or brush and your drugstore foundation will look like an airbrushed dream.

Here is a run down of my favourite brushes and brands.

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The best brush kits and basics – Zoeva

These brushes and flippin’ magical. Seriously. A couple of years ago I invested in two Zoeva brush sets and I never looked back. These babies have lasted insanely well. They are as dense, in-shape and effective as the day I first got them. While these aren’t the most expensive or inexpensive brushes on the market, I personally believe they perform the best. The Complete Eye Set and the the Vegan Face Set would be ideal places to start, but I do have my all-time favourites as well. Oh, and they come in a range of finishes to match your vanity 😉

The 234 Luxe Smokey Shaper brush is perfect for patting on an eyeshadow with high pigment or shimmer. It transfers the shadow perfectly and is great for laying down any base eyeshadow.

The 244 Luxe Defined Crease Brush  has completely changed my eyeshadow game. It fits perfectly into the crease of my hooded eyes and blends out eyeshadow like a dream. It really allows me to add depth and dimension to my crease subtly, and allows product build up without going over board. This is seriously my #1 when it comes to a smoky eye. I think it is a fantastic brush for a beginner, because you cannot go wrong with this little gem.

The 228 Crease Brush is ideal for blending out your finished eye look. It a lovely tapered fluffy brush that diffuses your dark outer corner and blends all shows together to complete the look. I can create a whole eye look just with this trusty brush alone.

The 322 Brow Liner seriously changed the way I did my eyebrows. I remember trying for months to get my eyebrows on point with the ABH Dip Brow, but I just could not get the results I desired. When I got this baby in brush set, it changed everything.The pomade applied perfectly and I was able to get a really defined line. To this day, it is still my go-to brow brush.

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Best Base tool – The Beauty Blender

Hands down the best beauty tool in the biz. This little squishy tear drop of magic blends like nothing else. While is does tend to sheer out foundations a touch, it makes your base melt into your skin and prevent the dreaded mask effect. It is great to use after a brush application of foundation as well, to even out and ensure no streaky coverage. I use my BB everyday, without fail. Not only for foundation but for creme blush and contour, and liquid illuminisers. It has been replicated a fair bit, and there are great inexpensive options, but the original will always be my pick. I do prefer the black pro version too, purely because of the colour.

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Most practical and unique – The Beauty Exchange*

This is the best idea I have seen in a long time. The bottom of these gorgeous brushes are magnetic and stand ever so stylishly in the rectangle stand.  Not only do they add a little chicness to your vanity but they are great quality and really practical, too. The brush range isn’t huge, but the tools they do have are fabulous. I particularly love the  stumpy little kabuki brush, which is lovely and dense and super soft.  Perfect for blending out powders and making things look seamless.  I also really love the Foundation Buffer Brush which is oh-so perfect for …you guessed it, buffing out foundation. But also the size is great for getting in around the nose and chin area to reduce caking and patchiness.

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Best base and cheek brushes – IT Cosmetics*

Even by just looking at IT Cosmetics brushes you can tell how soft and luxurious they are going to be. I was kindly gifted a gorgeous set of these brushes and have been on the hunt for more since. The Heavenly Luxe Flawless Foundation Brush is the most perfectly dense foundation brush I’ve ever used. It is a great size to effortlessly blend out product, and the brush hairs are so soft and leave a gorgeous even finish.

I pick my Heavenly Luxe cheek brush over most of my other brushes to apply blush. The size is perfect to add pigment to the apples of my cheeks, and the shape is perfect for blending out and diffusing.  The bristles pick up just enough product to disperse enough pigment.

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Best affordable options

 Platinum*

These shiny guys have only recently landed at Beauty Bender HQ , but it was love at first sight. I love the gun-metal gray aesthetic and love that they don’t have a wooden handle. These brushes are super soft and are actually weighted better than other more expensive alternatives. I honestly cannot pick a favourite out of the brushes that I own. Platinum Brushes are definitely comparable to IT Cosmetics, but for a fraction of the price. Would you believe that these gorgeous little things are available from Woolworths exclusively? Get on to it ladies.

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 Eco Tools*

Eco tools make some really great quality beauty tools. They have recently updated their range with new handles and new brush styles. I am currently obsessed with the ECO Tools Sheer Powder Brush. With its soft bristles and tapered shape, I have been using this little dude for dusting away translucent powder used for baking. Eco Tools also have great brush sets in Priceline, usually with dual ended brushed that are so practical and perfect for travel, but not sparing on the quality.  Eco Tools have recently released some new Beauty Sponges too, which look great for baking. I’ve been keeping a keen eye out for these little green babies.

Nude By Nature

Nude By Nature just keep coming out with the goods, whether it be cosmetics or tools, they are really ahead of the drugstore game at the moment. I only have a few of their brushes, but I adore what I do have. The Ultimate Perfecting Brush is absolutely fabulous! The shape and density is great for adding a shadow underneath your cheekbone. It fits into the contours of the face perfectly and delivers product like a dream. It fits in my hand comfortably and feels oh-so soft.  I also love the BB Brush* to spread out sheerer foundations. It applies and blends product really well without to much tugging and dragging across the skin.

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Natio*

I have a fab little brush from Natio that I have been loving for quite a while now. It’s a dual ended foundation and concealer brush that is so handy. I actually love using this brush for dabbing on under-eye concealer. It is the perfect size and shape to gently pat on product and then blend out. I also take this brush with me in my handbag to touch up through the day. It really is a great option for an inexpensive price.

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Best luxe – Real Tech Bold Metals

I’m not going to pretend that these brushes don’t cost an arm and a leg, but man, just look at these pieces of art. They are weighted perfectly and I just feel so glamorous just using them. I especially love the rose gold cheek brushes which really work well with bronzers and blushes. Do you need these highly priced babies? Not really, no. But they sure are pretty.

Most gorgeous – Vani-T*

This brush doesn’t need many words to sum up why I love it. I mean, just look at it. Apart from being eye-catching and deliciously luxe, the dual ended brush is beautifully soft and works like a charm. I NEED the whole set of these bad boys.

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What are you favourite brushes?

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille

 

 

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*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

 

copy-of-gifting-guide-stocking-fillersI adore Christmas. I transform into a jolly little elf come December 1st. Come by my place and you will find Elvis’s ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas‘ blaring, there are fairy lights, tinsel and glitter in every available space. I opt for Christmas themed movies at night, and red and gold themed looks for the day. I am an absolute Christmas sucker.

I especially love buying presents. There is no better feeling in the world than putting a smile on a loved one’s face.

I fly up to Brisbane to catch up with my family each year, and to say I am excited is an understatement. Living away from my Mum, Dad, siblings, and especially my nieces is can be quite difficult during the year, but seeing everyone at Christmas  makes it that little more special. The only challenging aspect is getting the presents up there. I try to opt for smaller gifts that are easily stuffed into my suitcase. Which is why I thought my gifting guide would focus purely on stocking stuffers – Small, usually inexpensive gifts, but I am never one to overlook quality.

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Fragrance 

Evodia has the most incredible fragrance range. Their scents are fresh, robust but subtle at the same time. This year the Victorian Rose collection really stands out to me.  It is so elegant, soft and feminine, and immediately reminds me of my grandmother’s rose garden. Inexpensive but incredible quality, any of the Evodia a range is a perfect gift for anyone that appreciates smelling delicious, and I mean, who doesn’t?   I will actually be wrapping up the Victorian Rose collection and popping it in my suitcase to give to my Grandmother who just adores anything rose.

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Another fragrance range I have to touch on is NEST fragrances. Nest have been recently released in Sephora Australia and I was luck enough to attend their launch event. As a fragrance junkie, believe me when I say that these are perfection! Everything about the brand screams elegance and class. They say love is in the details, well these little babies are overflowing with special little touches. The packaging, artwork and fragrances have been personally curated by Nest creator Laura Slatkin. The bottles look like a piece of art and would add a beautiful touch to any makeup vanity. But the fragrances themselves are insanely beautiful. My picks are Midnight Fleur, an intoxicatingly sexy scent, full of vanilla, orchid and jasmine. I also adore Citrine. Citrine is a bottle of happiness and sunshine. The scent is a combination of lotus, freshia and citrus. Not too sweet, not too citrusy – just perfect.

Skincare and Cosmetics 

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Active Skin is a new website to me, but man are they good. Not only to they carry the most luxurious brands around, they also stock affordable options. There is haircare, skincare, cosmeceuticals, cosmetics, fragrances and even candles. Plus they always have a promo going. Shipping is fast and your purchases are accompanied by a little Kit Kat. I love that they have done all the hard work for you, and have a page dedicated to Christmas gifts. My picks would be the Lancome Juicy Shakers Trio Pack, I love these little lip balm/gloss/oil hybrids. They are so so so comfortable on the lips, they add a touch of colour and sheen, all while hydrating those little smoochers to baby’s bottom status. The Becca Blushed with Light palette is also another great pick.It contains 3 universally flattering shades of blush, all in the one handy trio. Candles always make great gifts for Secret Santa’s or someone who is hard to buy for. The Ecoya Mini Maddison Gift set is a great option, with three different scents.

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Discovering new and innovative products is my favourite thing about being a beauty lover. Just recently I came across probably my favourite beauty discovery this year. CINCH Face Cheat is amazing. It is a 5-in-1 product that comes in a gorgeously packaged spray. Face Cheat is first and foremost a moisturiser that continues to hydrate for 72(!) hours. It also illuminates, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pores and primes the skin. I also like using it as a setting spray that makes you glow like nothing else. This would be the perfect addition to anyone’s skincare and makeup collection.

I think that subscription boxes are a fantastic gift idea. They are the perfect option for the beauty lover who has everything. These services are a gift that just keeps giving. While I have had my fair share of bad experiences with beauty boxes, Maslow & Co have absolutely restored my faith. These boxes are full of high-quality, interesting products that aren’t easily found in Australia, allowing the recipient to experience many new items. Maslow & Co have even have on offer one-off boxes and specifically curated holiday boxes.

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I love the Wanderer Collection from Ulta3. This gorgeous set is actually ideal for me and I’ll be holding onto this one myself. Featuring Elyse Knowles‘ favourite travel essentials, this pack is perfect for anyone that travels regularly and loves to look glowy and put-together. The strobing kit is just gorgeous! The cream and powder products blend seamlessly into the skin. The liquid lip shine is the perfect all-rounder and would suit almost anybody. Plus the bag-tag and sleeping mask are just too damn adorable. Ulta3 have a complete collection dedicated to Christmas gifting, I would definitely check out the other items.

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I could write forever about beauty gift ideas! Mostly because I want all the beauty!!!! ECO Tools is a great little gift, it contains 3 double-ended brushes and a little travel bagg. The brushes are oh-so soft and such a high quality, that not only are practical and durable but super cute as well. Stila Stay All Day minis are gorgeous, and a great way to try a couple of different shades, it is probably my favourite liquid lippie formula to. Lastly, Mecca is absolutely killing it this year with their holiday collections, head to their website and you are bound to find the perfect gift.

Accessories 

Frankly My Dear have been designing primo jewellery for quite a while now, and usually feature heavily on my very own Christmas wishlist. Their pieces are to die for! They are also really reasonably priced. They do gorgeous dainty little rings and chains. But even if you’re after something a little more bold, they got you covered too. I have had my eye on these White Turquoise earrings for the longest time. I also love their gemstone pieces and detailed statement necklaces.

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I am a huge watch lover and I have noticed a lot of online boutique watch shops pop up, like Barbas and Zacari and Uncle Jack. These shops carry gorgeous unique timepieces that are great quality, and really good on the wallet.  There are many colour options which allow you to match your watch to your outfit and both stores allows you to purchase extra bands to change-up your look even more. My picks are the Rose timepiece from Barbas and Zacari and the brand new Megan Gale Collection from Uncle Jack.

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Misc.

Clothes are always a good option too. Roll up a t-shirt and pop it in a stocking. Done and done. I have really been enjoying Few and Far Collective for both Men and Woman’s styles. They are a local Australian brand that create incredible designs. Their range is huge and I any dude would be stoked with a Few and Far tee.

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For those beauty and food lover, I don’t think you can go past The Beauty Chef‘s brand new cookbook. This cookbook was created on the philosophy that “beauty is created in the belly.” It is a gluten and dairy free cookbook that contains over 150 recipes. As a big lover of The Beauty Chef powders and skincare, this was a natural next step for me. Although this is a little large to be a stocking stuffer, It is square and compact which makes it a great, thoughtful little gift. I love the idea of eating nourishing foods that not only are nutritional that good for your skin.

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I was fortunate enough to be gifted a few goodies from Colette  over the last couple of months, and each item seems to be ideal for small Christmas gifts or even Secret Santas. Their range is adorable and definitely suited to the young female. When you think of Colette you immediately think costume jewellery and bags, but no, they are so much more than that. My picks are the initial key rings, Coffee travel mug, Cocktail shaker and stunning beach tote.

 

 

What do you want Santa to bring you? I REAAAALLLY want a stand-up paddle board, but that is a big ask, haha.

 

Happy festivities and shopping,

Camille xo

*DISCLAIMER – While some of the above products have been gifted to me over the year, this post is not by any means sponsored. These items were not gifted to me for the sole purpose of being included in a gifting guide. The products included in my gift guide have been personally picked by me, based on my own opinion and taste.  I make no money from any of the links.