Jessie Kathleen

Quick & Easy Brush Cleaner!

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I found this brush cleaner at Priceline one day, I was searching for something that I could use in between properly cleaning my make up brushes. 

This is an alcohol spray, it does have a strong smell to it, so make sure you don't use too much of it at once. I really like to use it with my eyeshadow brushes everyday. Especially as my MAC 217 brush is very well loved, I tend to reach for it whenever I apply my eyeshadow, and if you start to use a couple of colours, they end up becoming muddy.

The Balm: Mary-Lou Manizer

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I have been putting off buying this for ages. I don't know why, I heard SO many good things about it, I kept putting it in my Amazon cart, then never going to checkout. After Nikkie Tutorials mentioned it in a tutorial, and she raved about how highlight-y it actually was, I finally ordered it. As many of you would be aware, make up is damn expensive here in Australia. Some brands are literally double the price. MAC lipsticks? $16usd vs $36aud. I know, right?! Insane. Luckily, some brands try and keep their pricing as similar to the US pricing, taking into consideration taxes, gst, and exchange rate. I picked this up from Amazon for $21.84, and shipping was about $6, but I had ordered something else as well. This usually retails for $34.95aud. You can order a lot of The Balm products from Amazon cheaper than you can buy them here, which is amazing!

I really like the packaging, it is super cute, sturdy, and has a mirror inside. It is a lovely golden colour, and it is really, really shimmery. I have ordered a bunch of Real Techniques brushes, and there is one in the order which I am excited to use with this. At the moment, I use a Real Techniques contour brush to apply my highlighter. When I get my order in, I will be sure to do a Real Techniques post, I absolutely adore their brushes! I order them off a site called iHerb, where if you spend over $40 you get free shipping, plus a 5% discount. How awesome is that? And the brushes are waaaay cheaper than in Priceline. 

I like to apply highlighter just under the arch of my eyebrows, on the tops of my cheekbones, sweeping up towards my temple, down the bridge of my nose, on the tip of my nose, and a little smidgen on my cupids bow. As this particular highlighter is so shimmery, you don't need a lot, unless you're going for a glowing unicorn look, then you do what you need to do. 

I have been wearing this every day since I got it. I absolutely love it! The colour is perfect, there is so much product in the pan. It makes you look fresh-faced and glowy even though it is only 6am. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out. I highly recommend it!

Jessie x


This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own. 

Favourite Eyebrow Products!

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I used to think because I had thick, black eyebrows, that I didn't need to fill them in, or define them. Now, looking back at pictures of me a few years back, I look at my eyebrows and think to myself, why?! I always had to pluck my eyebrows, thanks to my Italian heritage, and I think we're all guilty of over-plucking, especially in the early 2000's. After I graduated high school, I started getting my eyebrows waxed, and the beautician told me that I needed to really let them grow, so I did. I looked like Ernie from Sesame Street, but then when I went to my next appointment, she was actually able to shape them. It took a while for me to adjust to my newly thick brows, but now I absolutely love them! 

I was reading a blog at the time, called MaskCara and I noticed whenever she did a makeover on someone, she always filled in their brow. Her weapon of choice was an angled brush, and MAC eyeshadow in the shade Brun. I ordered Brun, and began filling in my brows with a Real Techniques angled eyeshadow brush. I started to see the difference, and how it really made my whole face. I finally realised just how important eyebrows are to your whole face. Have you ever seen those articles, like 15 celebrities without their eyebrows! and noticed just how strange they look? Like little aliens. 

Below are my current four favourite eyebrow products that I use. 

First off we have the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, along with the Anastasia Beverly Hills duo brush #12. I picked these up at Sephora. but you can purchase them from, direct from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website, and some local shopping centres have brow bars which sell the Anastasia products. The shade I have is Chocolate, which I feel may be a little to warm for my brows, and should have gone a more ash-y colour. 

To apply this, first I use the spooly end of the brush and comb through my brows in an upward, then outward way. I then use the angled brush to pick up a small amount of product, you can see on the edges of the pot where I have picked up too much, and had to wipe it off. I tend to start on the bottom of my eyebrow, towards the start of the brow, as I have a little area where the hair refuses to grow. I kind of just draw a line along the bottom, and work my way towards the arch. I then draw another line in the middle of my eyebrow tail, and take it down to extend my eyebrow. I then get a little more on my brush and start to fill in the middle of my brow, and begin filling in the start of my brow, but in an upwards motion. I then take the spooly end of the brush, and brush through my brows to blend the product in. Depending on how serious you want your brows to be, some people take concealer and a brush, and then outline the brows to give a really defined look. Unless I am going out to a party, dancing, or something like a wedding, I don't ever really do that. Mainly because I am usually running late!

I really like this product, as I find it tends to really last all day. For some reason I always rub my hands over my face, and when I was just using the eye shadow, it would all come off. 

For my lazier days, or if I'm just heading to the shops, I will use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz crayon, and a little bit of Benefit Gimmie Brow on top to hold my brows in place. 

The Brow Wiz works the same as any eyebrow pencil, bonus points because this one has an inbuilt spooly! I comb out my brows, fill in the sparse areas, comb through again, and then add a coating of Gimmie Brow. This is a tinted eyebrow mascara basically, it also helps make your brows appear thicker. Plus it keeps your hairs where you want them to stay! I used to use this on its own, until the mysterious bald patch appeared, now I always have to use the pencil! 

I did try the Maybelline eyebrow 'mascara', but the wand was super weird, and I hated using it. This is my second Gimmie Brow, and it will now be something that I always repurchase. It is also available in a lighter colour. 

You can purchase the Gimmie Brow from Myer for $35, or you can also order it from the Benefit US Website for $24usd, they ship internationally for $18.95, free international shipping for orders over $125. So if there is a few things you want to stock up on, or have some friends that want Benefit products, It would probably work out cheaper in the end ordering it online!

Anastasia Beverly Hills products are available direct from her website, or you can purchase the Dipbrow Pomade from Beauty Bay for $25.40 inc free shipping, the Brow Wiz for $26.20 inc free shipping. Unfortunately they don't stock the brush, but you can order that direct from Anastasia Beverly Hills for $18usd. Of course if you are in the USA, you can get all of this from your local Sephora! You lucky people! I'm not sure if Sephora Australia sells this, if anyone has been there and seen these products, let me know in the comments!

I hope this has helped any brow queries you may have had! How do you like to do your brows? What are your go to products? Let me know!

Jessie x

ColourPop Super shock Eye Shadows!

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If you're a YouTube / Instagram addict like myself, chances are you would have seen everyone talking about ColourPop. There are a lot of brands out there, that seem to go viral across the two social media sites, but I always wonder their legitimacy as it seems every time someone talks about them, they always have a discount code. Are these products actually any good? Or is someone just talking about them for a sponsorship deal?