Beauty Essentials for Busy Babes

Busy. You ask anyone how they have been, there’s a good chance they are going to tell you how busy they are. Whether it’s a demanding job, needy children, a time-consuming side hustle, or all of the above, we all could benefit from products that are no-bullshit, practical and effective.

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Busy. You ask anyone how they have been, there’s a good chance they are going to tell you how busy they are. Whether it’s a demanding job, needy children, a time-consuming side hustle, or all of the above, we all could benefit from products that are no-bullshit, practical and effective. If something saves me 10 minutes in the morning and gives me the luxury of a hot coffee, or a few extra minutes in bed, you bet your sweet little bum I’m going to use it.

Bobbi Brown 5-in1 Essential Face Palette*

This palette is almost all you need when it comes to make-up on the go. Including a concealer, corrector, foundation, face powder and blush, the 5-in-1 palette is an essential in any busy babes collection. All of the products are up to the Bobbi Brown incredibly high standard. The colour corrector and concealer are perfect for that under-eye discolouration. The foundation, powder and bronzer work so well at evening out skin tone and making me look alive.  This palette is great to pop into your handbag/babybag to have on hand if you’re looking like a hot mess and need to freshen up. I cannot fault it.

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Maybelline Tattoo Brow

If you had a gander at my previous blog post, you’d know that I recently had my brows tattooed. This has been my biggest time-saver yet. However, I understand that this isn’t the most budget friendly option. So, I give you the Tattoo Brow. This nifty little brow prod tints your brows for 3 days, so you can go without filling them in for a little while. The tint peels off after 15 minutes and gives you instagram worthy eyebrows without much effort at all.

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Now, as much as I am a makeup lover, I know that your makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath. Time and effort spent on getting your skin into tip-top shape not only makes your make up look its best, but also allows you the confidence to go without. Minimal makeup means more time on your hands to get shit done.

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Cinch Face Cheat

This. I am all about this bottle of magic. Face Cheat is another 5-in-1 product (Who knew there were so many?) that is all about glowing hydration on the go. The spray delivery makes it a ridiculously easy moisturiser to use. But not only does it hydrate, it illuminates, as well as acting as a primer, pore-filler and anti-ageing treatment. No other moisturiser makes me look as fresh and healthy in one simple spray. I keep this within reach to ensure my skin is getting a little bit of loving and to make me look as fresh as a daisy.

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Pre-Soaked Chemical Exfoliator Pads

If you have known me for any amount of time, you would know my undying love for chemical exfoliators.  But, if you are new to my little corner of the inter-webs, just know that AHA’s are my number 1 skincare product, by far. I have been drawn to pre-soaked pads recently, because it makes it all too easy to swipe all over my face one-handed while feeding Bubba Lou, blogging or carrying out all my domestic goddess duties. I have been using and loving the Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel*, First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads*, and Go-To Skincare Exfoliating Swipeys. Dr Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels are my ride or die, but because I am breastfeeding it is best to steer clear of BHAs.

These bad boys and a good moisturiser are absolute essentials in my day. Regardless of how tired I am, I make sure I at least follow this two step routine to make my skin look fresh and healthy, even when I am running on 2 hours sleep.

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Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon*

Speaking of moisturiser, this special little guy has been getting workout! What is better than a product that works its little butt off for you? It is one that does so while you sleep, while actually helping you drift off at the same time. This is actual sorcery. Sound Sleep is a gel like cream that works with your skin’s natural overnight recovery mode to replenish and repair, enabling you to wake up luminous and fresh without any sign of fatigue in sight. It contains essential oils (Lavender, Sandalwood and Patchouli) to promote a deep and restful sleep. This product is an absolute dream – pun most definitely intended.

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Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask*

While on the topic of sleep, it is really clever to utilise this time to make products work for you. This is another overnight mask that will have your skin glowing without needing to put in much effort at all. This particular mask targets  lifeless, sagging skin (the new mum type of skin) and transforms it into younger-looking, silky soft skin. This delicious smelling gel dries down pretty quickly, so you are not dirty-ing up your pillowcase (yay for less washing) and you wake up bright and fresh.

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Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask*

This is another little miracle in a tub. I have chronically dry lips, and I mean chronic. It has previously felt like a constant battle trying to make my lips feel plump, smooth and flake free. But this has been my absolute saviour. I no longer need spend half the day applying balm to my lips. This sweet smelling thick and creamy balm is applied before bed and gets to work treating that sweet little pout of yours. It is comfortable on the lips, not sticky but smooth and buttery. When I wake up there is still the slightest little slick of balm there and my lips feel so bloody soft. I have noticed a huge difference in the condition of my lips and feel so confident when wearing liquid lipsticks, knowing that I won’ t have any little dry scraggly bits. An absolute winner and time saver.

Hair

When it comes to hair, I have always been a bit lazy.  My hair is pretty oily, so most days I just wash it and let it air dry, only occasionally making the effort to actually style it. But with time being limited, I haven’t been able to wash or style it as often. Recently I have been reaching for products that refresh hair between washes and products that prolong my hairstyling. NAK Aromas Style Therapy* is a fabulous spray that acts similarly to a dry shampoo but with the added benefit of revamping styles while adding a touch of body to flat-looking slept in hair.  OUAI Memory Mist* is another similar product that allows you to get the most out of your blowdried, curled or straightened locks. This however is used before styling to make your style last longer. Both sprays include a heat protectant, so you get more bang for your buck.

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I know this was a hella long post, but hopefully there’s a few products mentioned that will save you some valuable time in the long run.

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. 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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My Eyebrow Feathering Cosmetic Tattoo Experience – Sydney Permanent Make-up Centre

My experience with Eyebrow tattooing via Sydney Permanent Make-Up Centre

 

Imagine a world where you could wake up with perfect brows everyday, without any effort.  I don’t know about you, but that’s my kind of heaven.

As a beauty tragic, my teenage years were spent plucking and preening my eyebrows to the point of almost disfigurement. Now that I know the importance of a strong brow, I religiously get my brows waxed and tinted once a month, but it can become expensive and tiresome, especially when I still need to fill them in most days. Although I have a decent amount of hair there, they are pretty patchy and uneven.  I have always struggled with the shape, especially on my right brow where the arch in pretty non-existent.

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Uneven and patchy brows

I have been curious about cosmetic tattooing, and micro-blading but I had heard not-so-positive feedback and honestly it was something that made me a little nervous. After I was given the opportunity* to give it a go, I jumped at the chance. Being even more time poor now as a mother, I thought this was as good a time as any.  Rita and the team at Sydney Permanent Make-Up Centre had an fabulous reputation and all the reviews were glowing.

Rita has 26 years (!) of experience in cosmetic tattooing and even teaches her own masterclass. Rita also explained that she has a particular passion for medical tattooing including nipples for mastectomy patients and scar camouflage. I could not be in better hands.

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The Process

I was a touch nervous the morning of, I mean it is a tattoo at the end of the day, but as soon as I walked into the clinic my mind was at ease. The clinic was gorgeous, I felt confident that Rita would do an incredible job.

First up, Rita examined my brows and filled them in with a pencil to get the idea of shape. After we were both happy with the shape, we discussed technique and colour. I had in my mind that my brows would be mircobladed, but Rita assured me that cosmetic tattooing was the way to go, as I already had hair there and I just needed more definition. The tattoo would still give off the illusion of brow hairs but it would just make my brows fuller and more sharp. Plus the tattoo option would be longer lasting (about 2 years) – win, win.

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Numbing cream has been applied

Numbing cream was applied while Rita organised her equipment. The first round of tattooing was fairly painful and it did make my eyes water – however it wasn’t unbearable and it was as expected.  This first round of tattooing allowed the numbing cream to penetrate further which really eased the pain for the remainder of the procedure. Rita was thorough but quick, ensuring we were both happy with the result. The whole procedure from walking in the clinic to walking out only lasted an hour – I couldn’t believe it. Rita explained that she does work particularly quick due to her many years of experience. As I left the clinic, I felt extremely positive about not only the result, but the whole experience.

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After the first round of tattooing

Healing 

Immediately afterwards my eyebrows felt like they were on fire. But as the day wore on the pain eased and soon there was no pain at all. After-care required me to apply cream 4 times a day for the next two weeks, among a few other details.

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Brows immediately after

Day 1 – My brows felt tender and looked extremely dark

Day 3 – There was no pain whatsoever, and scabs began to form

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Day 3

Day 5 – I noticed some slight colour fading. My brows were extremely itchy and scabby. It took every fibre of my being not to scratch. As I wiped away the Vaseline after my shower, I noticed that there was a lot of peeling and quite a few scabs came away

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Day 7

Day 7 – Brows looked and felt amazing. Scabbing was now at a minimum and they were only a  little itchy

After a week, my brows had faded a fair bit but looked incredibly natural. They itched occasionally but otherwise I felt like they had almost completely healed.

 

Results 

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Eyebrows before
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Brows fully heeled – no product

I am ridiculously happy with my brows, in fact, I could not be happier. However, I do think I will need to go back for a touch up as some areas just need a tiny bit more of a fill in, but that is normal. I cannot recommend the procedure, Rita, or SPMC enough. At no point throughout the journey did I feel unsure and I was provided with an incredible amount of support and information. I have received so many compliments about the shape of my brows and I am loving waking up each morning with my brows already looking on-point, and I love that the results should last 2 whole years  It saves me so much time in the morning, and I feel so much more confident not wearing makeup. Seriously, I cannot gush over my brows enough.

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It is a procedure that I would happily do again. The process and pain is definitely worth the results. I now will tell anyone who will listen how amazing cosmetic tattooing is.

A HUGE thank you to Rita and the team for looking after me so well. Please please please ask me if you have any questions as at all – I felt so much more comfortable with the procedure after I had more information about it. I want everyone to be able to experience perfect brows all day every day.

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although this procedure was provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. 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.