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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New and Noteworthy

Being a beauty blogger and obsessive quite a lot of new products grace my desk from week to week.  I thought I would share with you a couple of new and noteworthy products currently at On A Beauty Bender HQ.

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I was generously gifted a stunning package from Sisley Paris containing an Express Flower Gel Mask and 3 Phyto-Eye Twists. I haven’t had much experience with this particular brand, so I am looking forward to giving these products a try. The packaging is classy and elegant, and immediately caught my eye. The Express Flower masks boasts a high concentration of hydrating ingredients such as lily, iris and sesame extracts. It also claims to fight any traces of fatigue and stress in three minutes and leaves the skin brighter, glowing and radiant. I am really looking forward to using this beautiful product in my next pamper session. Stay tuned for a review.  The Phyto-Eye twists are long-lasting,  water-proof eye-shadow pencils full of active botanicals. The pencils are beautifully packaged with zebra print gracing the tubes. The pencil itself is mechanical and is a  great size making it easy to grip and use. The formula is smooth and velvety and glides on with ease. They blend amazingly and seriously last forever. I first swatched them on my hand and carried on with my daily chores – washing up, vacuuming etc and I noticed the swatches were still intact on my hand while I was cooking dinner several hours later.  I have worn these a couple of times and really love them. They are perfect for a swipe of colour for an easy make up look. Sisley Paris are sold exclusively in David Jones stores.

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Flawless foundation application with the Lottie London foundation brush.

Lottie London is a beauty accessories brand that has recently been released in Australia and will be sold exclusively at Target. I adore the beautiful bright colours and they stand out in my current brush collection. The brushes themselves are really soft and pick up product easily. They are dense and fluffy and enable a perfect application of eyesahdows and foundation. Lottie London is vegan and cruelty free and really great value for money. If you are after an affordable and effective brush Lottie London is a great place to start.

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I was lucky enough to pick up The Estee Lauder new Flawless Start primer from the Beauty Heaven Beautorium. I am so so so glad that I used my points to purchase this – It is amazing. It applies so smoothly, instantly covers pores and creates the perfect canvas for makeup. My foundation glides on and lasts all day without any shine, my skin is brightened and hydrated. This little guy is a winner.

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I picked up Mario Badescu drying cream from Mecca recently as I have notices an increase of blackheads on my nose (Yuck!) and nasty hormonal breakouts.  I have read really impressive reviews on this treatment cream and thought I would give it a go. Stay tuned for a review in a couple of weeks time.

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Touch in Sol is a brand that I have really been enjoying lately. It has sparked my interest in Korean cosmetics. I own quite a few of their primers and so far love them all. The No Poreblem primer is so lovely. It feels so soft on the skin and really disguises pores and evens out skin tone. I have only used this bad boy once or twice but I already know it is going to be a frequently used product. I have also tried the Dark Out primers. These primers are coloured and are used for specific skin complaints. Purple covers dark spots, Green covers redness and the Peach disguises gray skin tones. These little tubes are really beautiful primers and are right on trend at the moment. Colour correcting is a great way of creating a flawless base. Stay tuned for a brand spotlight on Touch In Sol shortly.
Have you come across any new exciting products?

 

Camille x

*Although some of these products were kindly gifted to me for consideration all opinions are 100% honest. I only include products that I believe are worthy of a mention.