Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set & Miracle Sponge Review

Well hello there! What’s been happening peeps? We came back holidays last month so we’ve been trying to catch up with a few life admins and working on the backyard to make it more “presentable” and hopefully be able to plant some pretty flowers.

Today I’m going to talk about some new goodies that joined the Real Techniques range – Ultimate Base Set, Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge and the Miracle Sculpting Sponge.

Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set & Miracle Sponge Review

Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set & Miracle Sponge Review

The Expert Face Brush has taken the beauty community by storm. There are over 1800+ reviews on a leading online store, how impressive is that? First impression of this brush is that it’s similar to the Buffing Brush. After testing this baby out, the expert face brush is more dense and has shorter bristles. Because of the shorter bristles, it’s better at buffing in liquid foundation. I’ve tried this brush with NARS Sheer Glow and Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation. Both products applied smoothly without any yuckky streaking. The brush does soak up foundation and I would recommend to wash often.

This Deluxe Concealer Brush is perfect for around the eye area to help blend concealers. I use this with cream concealer and then a bit of powder to help set the concealer. The brush is dense with rounded bristles making application so easy.

The great thing about using makeup sponges is you can either use it damp or dry. I personally prefer to use mine damp because it creates a nice dewy coverage. The Miracle Complexion Sponge has rounded edges for large areas around the face and a flat surface for the hard to reach places like eyes and nose. When using this sponge with liquid foundations it creates a smooth flawless surface.

Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set & Miracle Sponge Review Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set & Miracle Sponge Review

The Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges were created to help with erasing any mistakes and with buffing/blending. I love using mine to correct my eyeliner when I’m too heavy-handed on my wing and also to help blend in my concealer. Depending on the eyeshadow, I found that it can smear eyeshadow fallout.

The Miracle Sculpting Sponge is by far my favourite sponge of all. This sponge has a total of 6 surfaces and I reckon if you’re new to the makeup sponge craze, this is definitely the one to start off with. I really love this oddly shaped sponge. I use the larger side on majority of my face and the small end under the eyes and nose. Again you can use this damp for a dewy glow or dry for full coverage. I’ve only used this sponge with liquids and powder but you can definitely use with cream products too. When damp the sponge expands to about 1.5 in size and feels really nice on the face.

Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set & Miracle Sponge Review

Not only are Real Techniques great quality, their products also are very Instagram worthy. Anyway I hope you enjoy this post, please leave a comment below if you also love Real Techniques as much as I do!

Get Unready With Me!

Get Unready With Me

I love the feeling of a freshly cleansed face.. nothing beats this after a long day at work. Lately my skin has been playing up a bit. I’m getting a lot of hormonal acne consistently popping up on my cheek so I thought I’d share a Get Unready With Me detailing step by step my night time skincare routine for healthier and clearer skin.

My everyday work look is pretty basic which consist of foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush and brows.

Here’s my skincare night time routine step by step:

Step 1: Firstly, I tie my hair up in a pony tail and then put on a headband to get rid of those pesky baby hairs around my forehead.

Step 2: Soak a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe around the face. I’m pretty thrifty and don’t like wasting so I usually turn over the cotton pad to the other side and use it to go over my neck. If I’m travelling, I replace this step with makeup remover wipes.

Step 3: Taking a cream cleanser (or foam cleanser), I massage my face in a circular motion to thoroughly remove any residual makeup. Then I wash off the cream cleanser and dry my face with a small towel.

I would like to emphasise that using a single cleanser to remove makeup is not enough. Even if it looks clean, there might still be some makeup residual left. By not removing all traces of makeup, it can block pores and cause acne. I have always double cleansed since I started wearing makeup.

Step 4: Depending if I have acne, I would apply some acne treatment. Products like diluted apple cider vinegar or drying lotion works a treat for me.

Step 5: As my skin is generally dry all year around, I apply a thick layer of moisturiser so it leaves my skin feeling amazing.

Step 6: Apply a thin layer of anti aging eye cream and now I’m set for bed time!

Get Unready With Me-ego-skin-health-tip

I was invited by Ego to contribute a couple of beauty tips to be included in their new skincare hub. If you haven’t heard of Ego, they are an Australian owned and manufactured skincare company that is available exclusively in pharmacies. This post is a collaboration with Ego and I hope you enjoyed it. You can check out more skincare tips on Ego’s Skincare Hub.

What are your skincare tips or tricks? I would love to read about it. Please share in the comment section below!


This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Ego Skincare. My opinions are 100% honest.


Palmolive Oil Infusions Review + Giveaway [Closed]

palmolive oil infusions

When it comes to body moisturisers, I’m pretty fussy. I like my moisturisers nice smelling but not too over-powering. I’m also not a fan of the thick ones that are hard to apply. I’ve been trialing the new Palmolive Oil Infusions range for the last four weeks and have been pleasantly surprised. If you read until the end, there may even be a giveaway☺.

Inspired by the essential oils trend exploding in health and beauty, the Oil Infusions range is enriched with an infusion of essential oils and botanical extracts including avocado oil, jojoba oil, jasmine extract, macadamia oil, rose oil and citrus oils.

The Palmolive Oil Infusions skin care collection consist of:

  • Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Moisturiser
  • Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Wash
  • Palmolive Oil Infusions Liquid Hand Wash
  • Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Bar

Body Moisturisers, Body Wash & Hand Wash range is available in:

  • Jasmine with Avocado Oil
  • Citrus with Jojoba Oil
  • Rose with Macadamia Oil

palmolive oil infusions

Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Moisturiser

This moisturiser has the perfect consistency. It’s ultra hydrating, absorbs quickly into the skin and does not leave skin feeling greasy at all. I use this straight out of the shower and 3 pumps is more than enough to moisturise my entire body. All three blends smell amazing and my favourite is the rose with macadamia oil.


palmolive oil infusions

Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Wash & Body Bar

Both products lather really well. For the body wash, use only a small amount is required. I like to use two pumps with a cleansing puff but there are bubbles everywhere so you can definitely use just one pump. The body wash leaves skin feeling cleansed less the dryness afterwards.

Palmolive Oil Infusions Hand Wash

I’m pretty impressed with the packaging. I’ve placed the hand wash on my kitchen sink since receiving it and four weeks later the bottle still looks good as new. The hand wash feels luxurious and my hand feels clean but not dry. It’s our go to hand wash in the kitchen now. I’ve tested this hand wash on some seriously greasy hands and it has passed the test!

palmolive oil infusions

Now onto the GIVEAWAY!!

The lovely and kind peeps at Palmolive has provided me with three awesome pamper packs to giveaway.

Each pack contains:

  • 3x Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Moisturiser
  • 1x Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Wash
  • 1x Palmolive Oil Infusions Liquid Hand Wash
  • 1x Palmolive Oil Infusions Body Bar

To win this fabulous prize, all you have to do is tell me in 25 words or less

“How do you pamper yourself at home?”

Terms & Conditions - click here
  • Open to Australian Residents Only
  • Must comment on this blog post
  • One entry per household
  • If you are under 18 yrs old, please make sure you get your parents permission
  • Winner will be chosen by me and an email will be sent to the winner
  • Winner must respond within 2 days or a new winner is selected
  • Giveaway ends on the 2nd of October at 5pm Melbourne time
  • Winner will be announced on this post on/before the 8th of October – please check back
  • Postal details will be passed onto a PR representative who will then mail out the prizes.
  • Beauty & Things will not be held responsible for lost or damaged mail
  • Beauty & Things reserve the right to change the terms of this giveaway at any time

Good Luck!!

The winners are Amy, Sarahmary & Jayne!

Congrats and please check your email!

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