Posted on June 5, 2014
I think most people who have any type of skin care or makeup routine have at least one holy grail product that they couldn’t live without, that product that they’d take to a desert island.
Mine is a strange one…
I was unfortunately or fortunately blessed with the oiliest skin on this planet! I have tried oil free, I’ve tried oil, I’ve tried primers, I’ve tried powders, blotters, you name it, I’ve tried it.
So about a year ago I went on the hunt yet again to stop the oil slick. I recall sitting there one night googling until all hours of the morning, reading blogs, reviews, watching You Tube, then voila I hit the jack pot.
Girls in the USA that were suffering like me where using a product called Phillips Milk of Magnesia. I thought to myself what on earth is this Milk of Magnesia you speak of. Well after some research I found that its main ingredient magnesium hydroxide was actually a natural laxative that had been been around since 1800’s, first used by Sir James Murray as a fluid magnesia preparation of his own design to treat the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Marquis of Anglesey, of stomach pain.
Can you imagine putting a laxative on your face, but I though what the hay, if you can drink this natural product, why on earth couldn’t you put it on your face? Can you imagine what the Lord Lieutenant would be thinking…?
So off I went again on a hunt, in and out of Pharmacies, to find that it’s no longer sold in Australia. I was left feeling totally defeated and thoughts crossed my mind that I really needed to move to the USA!
Anyway, long story short I found an online supplier and had it shipped immediately.
So every day, once I complete my skincare routine, I apply only a few small drops of this milky liquid to the palm of my hand, and work it all over my face, patting until absorbed and blended. Then I go ahead with my makeup routine.
I use this product as a primer and it keeps my makeup in place all day long. I do still get some oil throughout the day, but it takes at least 6 hours for this to start to happen, not the usual half an hour.
I also found that prior to using this marvellous preparation, that many foundations would oxidise on my skin due to the high level of oils on the surface and on some occasions changing the colour of the foundation leaving me looking like an Oompa Loompa (very orange!)
So there you have it, not your usual must have moisturiser or mascara, but a laxative for the face!
Please share your Holy Grail products no matter how weird they may be.
Until next time…
Posted on April 17, 2014
I recently picked up seven of these lipsticks through Australian online discounter Ozsale. Each one was at a bargain basement price of $3 and I’m already kicking myself I didn’t buy more. Where can you seriously buy a decent lipstick for that price?
Picutre 1 left to right Mulberry 31145, First Kiss 31104, Flutter 31110, Orange Too 31112
Picture 2 left to right Venus 31114, Victorious 31136, Rose Rush 31137 and all colour swatches
These are beautifully pigmented and super creamy, with a fruity fragrance and apply to a smooth matte finish, with an ever so slight hint of sheen. They wear well, with great staying power, and fade off evenly without looking patchy on the lips.
I believe when originally marketed they came out in the high end range, but are now available at various online discount cosmetics stores from Fragrances and Cosmetics to StrawberryNet and even eBay.
The lipsticks are 3.5g of product each and come packaged in a gloss black plastic casing, similar to other brands like Inglot and Gorgeous. A nice simple packaging.
These lipsticks are not as luxurious as the title may have you believe and are certainly no Dior or Chanel, however they are very nice and a great every day lipstick – something you can throw in your handbag. They look lovely, come in a great colour range and at the end of the day if your lippy goes missing between work, a night out with girls or the cab ride home, you’re not going to be kicking yourself the next morning.
If you can pick these up cheap and the postage isn’t too much of a pinch, then I’d definitely give them a go.
Comment below on your favourite shade, if you’ve tried these lipsticks or if you’ll be thinking about adding one of these to your collection.
Until next time…
Posted on April 10, 2014
Most woman love a gorgeous red lip, but never on ourselves. We admire those gorgeous red lips from afar and are spell bound by celebrities in their gorgeous gowns and hot red lips.
So why are most of us so scared to take the plunge?
I put this down to colour choice. The truth is a red lip is flattering on everyone, but there’s a bit of science that goes into choosing the perfect red lipstick for you.
So what colour will suit you. Whilst some of the lucky ones can pull off any colour, there are generally some rules you should follow. And the first step is to pay attention to your skintone, hair and eyes.
Cool Reds that have pink, purple & blue undertones, generally suit ladies with darker toned features.
Warm Reds that have orange & coral undertones, generally suit ladies with fairer toned features.
A perfect example for those MKR fans, are Victorian twins Helena and Vicki, one blonde, one brunette, both red lips, but different undertones.
So what next? Well not only do you need to choose the right shade for you, but you need to prep those lips. Make sure your lips are well hydrated and are free of any dry or chapped skin. A daily dose of your favourite lip balm is extremely helpful, and if you’re prone to dryness, then try a weekly lip scrub.
You should next apply a base to your lips, so a bit of concealer or left over foundation you have on your brush or sponge. This will help the lipstick last and have longevity. Line your lips in either a neutral shade as close to your lip colour as possible, or a matching liner to your lipstick. Lip liners help stop your lipstick from bleeding.
Apply your first coat; I prefer a lip brush for a precise line. Then taking a tissue, fold it in half and press your lips between the tissue, this will take off any oils and excess product . Then take a small amount of translucent no colour powder on your finger tip and dab the lips. This will set the first coat. Then apply a final coat and your good to go!
So the question is will you be rocking a red lip this weekend? I dare you…
Until next time…
Posted on March 27, 2014
Last Sunday I was up at an ungodly hour, getting ready to make my way in by train to Salon Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Salon Melbourne is Victoria’s ultimate hair and beauty event and unfortunately for those not in the biz, it’s an industry only event. Showcasing some of the best products and tools, live shows, masterclasses and entertainment. And best of all, major discounts off RRP.
This was my first year at Salon Melbourne, and I knew that I’d need to make a deal with myself before stepping foot through those doors – keep a clear head, don’t become dazed and confused by % off signs and only use the credit card in extreme emergencies.
Being a makeup artist, my main interest for the day was the live makeup shows, getting around to all the makeup booths and hopefully picking up a bargain or two.
My first port of call was the live show “Makeup Secrets Revealed with Rae Morris”. I have many of Rae’s published books, and have seen some video footage, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Well Rae blew me away, she came onto the stage so full of life and a real wanting to be there and reveal her trade secrets. My only disappointment was that this show was 20minutes, as I could have listened to this woman speak all day.
Another show I really wanted to see was “Secrets of Beautiful Bridal Makeup”, with Joanna Blair. Again, these shows are not long enough. I had a brief opportunity to speak with the Joanna Blair’s School of Makeup team, and they were all so warm and friendly.
The highlight of my day was meeting Rae and asking if she wouldn’t mind taking a few selfies.
Well she was so enthusiastic, Rae grabbed my phone, grabbed my daughter Ava (who was tagging along) and proceeded to click away, even giving Ava a few pecks on the cheek. More than I could have hoped for.
I was really hoping to see more brands that aren’t that readily available in Australian stores, or don’t have a huge presence here. Unfortunately that wasn’t really the case. This might be due to the fact that this is a Melbourne only event, unlike its rival show IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show), it’s worldwide.
I was also disappointed in the Inglot live show, and I absolutely love this brand, but the Main Stage had 2 large viewing screens for the audience to get an up-close view of what was happening and unfortunately Inglot chose to leave their advertising on the screens. So unless you were sitting in the front row, directly in front of the model, you basically couldn’t see a thing.
Product of the Day
Lash Replublic’s false lash placement tool. Such a simple yet genius invention. With rubber grips, it won’t blend or ruin the lashes, and makes it easy for self or client application. This was the best $10 spent!
Here’s my very small controlled haul:
Lash Republic Application Tool, Lime Crime Pink Velvetine, Duo Lash Glue, Model Rock Lashes, Gorgeous Brow Gel and Opi Nail Polish
Will I return next year? I think so, maybe attend a Master Class or two and definitely save my pennies well in advance.
Until next time…
p.s apologies for the lack of photos, Salon Melbourne strickly stated no flash photography, so I resorted to the iPhone. Annoyingly there were people with cameras everywhere and my iPhone had died by half way through the day.
Posted on March 20, 2014
So I recently decided to purchase one of the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows to see what all the hype was about.
The shadows come in 8 gorgeous shades and I have to say it was a hard decision to make as I could have quite easily purchased them all.
Row 1 from left – Hour Glass Beige, Flashback Silver, All Night Blue, Endless Chocolate
Row 2 from left – Purple Obsession, Permanent Kaki, Forever Pink, Eternal Black
They retail for $19.95, however I picked this up at Target when they recently had 30% off for $13.96; which was a bargain.
I purchased the shade Endless Chocolate; it’s a beautiful rich chocolate brown, with a hint of bronze. It’s very soft and creamy, with amazing colour pay off. As the shadow is quite thick, creamy and shimmery, it’s best used on the lid, or the lower lash line, and applied with a flat shader brush or fingertip. The lighter colours like Hourglass Beige would make a gorgeous highlight on the inner corner of the eye. This shadow is like a 3 in 1 product – cross between a loose pigment, cream shadow and pressed shadow all in one. The product is long lasting, crease proof and blends easily.
Each shadow comes packed in a square plastic pot, with a black insert lid to keep the product compressed and an outer lid that has product specs. On the flipside of the pot you can see the colour of the shadow through a clear window. Each pot holds 3.5g of product. The packaging is good, not amazing, but good.
On more occasions than not, I find that pharmacy brands lack quality and don’t seem to have the lasting power, pigment and blendability that a good shadow requires; this was certainly not the case for these eyeshadows, and they certainly stack-up against the major high end brands.
So, the question is will I be purchasing more of these shadows, hell yes! Well ok, maybe not full priced, but I’ll definitely wait for the next big pharmacy sale and get myself a few more of these babies to add to my collection.
FYI the other products I’ve used in this look are:
Inglot YSM Foundation, Freedom System Pressed Powder, Under Eye Concealer
Nars Douceur Blush
Sleek Contour in Light
MAC Paintpot in Painterly as my eyebase
L’oreal Infallible Endless Chocolate on lid
Inglot #461 to blend, # 452 Outer V and into the crease, #11 to highlight the inner corner
Paintbox paint pot in black for liner and inner rim
Rimmel Extra Super Lash in Black
Calvin Klein Brow Definition Crayon in Brunette
Calvin Klein Incognito Lipgloss
Until next time…
Posted on March 17, 2014
Welcome to the Ava Jane Makeup Artistry makeup, beauty and fashion blog. My name is Jane, and I am a freelance makeup artist based in Melbourne Australia.
I am super excited to start this blog and bring to all my followers (yes you, please follow me), makeup tips, product reviews, tutorials and general chit-chat about anything makeup, beauty and fashion related.
So why have I started this blog? Well not simply because I just love makeup, but because I wanted to have an outlet where I could give an honest opinion on a product or service, share my thoughts, impart my knowledge and hopefully help someone out there make a wise decision if wanting to invest their money into a product.
Having previously worked in the corporate retail world for more than 15years, I spent my long arduous days communicating, communicating and doing a bit more communicating. So whether I was on the phone, sending emails, writing articles, in meetings, or when I could squeeze it in, catching up with the guys and gals for a coffee, I was communicating in some way shape or form.
I left the corporate world in 2011 and have honestly never looked back. (heel click). So fast forward to 2014, going from the corporate world to full time Mum and part time freelance makeup artist, my mind is becoming overloaded and is filling fast with thoughts and ideas that must be released.
My husband (god love him), is really my biggest fan and probably knows more about makeup brands than most females; but there’s only so much he can take. My two kids (Ava, 6 and Benjamin, 2) are of course more interested in Peter Pan, Lego, Trampolines, Bikes and how they can convince mum for another special treat!
So this is where you all come in, I write, you read and hopefully you get to enjoy and learn something new along the way.
So until next time…