Vegan Makeup Brush Review. My new favourite brushes.

I’m back! Apologies for disappearing off the face of the planet, I will explain where I’ve been in a different post. I hope all you lovely creatures are thriving. I am really REALLY happy, here is a photo of me in my beloved unicorn sweater…. Sometimes I just like to dress like a child, a very tall child…

Pretty smug in my unicorn knit.

Pretty smug in my unicorn knit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this post I’m reviewing/raving about the Black Beauty Makeup Brush set by Furless Cosmetics. Before we get started, a bit of information behind the brand. Furless Cosmetics are a cruelty-free and vegan Australian company, they manufacture the makeup brushes I swear by and also stock some of the best nail polish I’ve ever lacquered my claws with (review on their nailpolishes coming very soon). The lovely Coralie at Furless sent me this amazing brush set quite awhile ago and  I’ve been using it solidly for the past few months. This review is by no means a ‘first impression’, I’ve used these babies every day, all day, for ages. If you watch my videos on YouTube you would have noticed that I always use brushes from the Furless Professional Makeup Brush Set. They are the business and make me happy, they also make my face happy.

Black Beauty Makeup Brush Set *click image to get your own set of these bad boys*

Black Beauty Makeup Brush Set *click image to get your own set of these bad boys*

You get eight silky soft, super luxurious, full-sized brushes in the Black Beauty makeup brush set. The set consists of:
Large multi-purpose powder brush
Angled contour brush
Multi-purpose blending brush
Angled eye kabuki brush
Eyeshadow brush
Angled liner brush
Small domed crease blending brush
Precision eyeliner brush

I’m going to keep this review simple and to the point. I’m not going to explain how to use each brush individually because when it comes to brushes, there are no rules, use them however you like, play around, experiment, and find a method that suits you.

Firstly, I love the colour of these brushes. The tip is a glowing clean Aqua that blends down into a smooth glossy black, the handles are beautiful and the whole set feels like quality… Does that make sense? They look good and they make you feel good. I like my makeup applications to feel like the luxurious indulgent rituals that they are. I expect a lot from my tools, they have to perform, apply product perfectly and they have to feel beautiful in my hands. These brushes do that and then some.
The bristles of these brushes are silky soft, packed firmly together and I have not had one single instance of shedding, even after numerous deep cleanings I haven’t had any stray bristles. Nor has the aqua colour faded, it is still as bright and glowing as ever. The brushes have maintained their shape perfectly, after 5 months of continuous use they seriously look like new, even the fine eyeliner brush (which as we all know, is usually the first brush to freak out and die a frazzled death) still looks new. My personal set is covered in makeup at the moment but I will post a photo of them when I wash them. I love how these brushes feel on my skin, all of Furless brushes are silky soft, and they stay soft. I just wash mine with dishwashing detergent and air dry, no conditioner, nothing, my brushes are as soft as ever, softer than a baby’s butt, softer than the softest butt… I’m getting gross…

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The Black Beauty makeup brush set comes housed in a classy, sweet little case, I love it. The case is made from soft polyurethane and has the Furless logo embossed on the front. It zips all the way around and  is the perfect size for travel. Dimensions for the case are:(closed) 24cm tall, 10cm wide / 9.44 inch tall, 3.93 inch wide. (Open) 24cm tall, 22.5cm wide / 9.44 inch tall, 8.85 inch wide.
The set retails for AU$79.99, which is crazy good value. I’ve bought individual brushes in the past for nearly the price of this entire set.

I don’t have anything bad to say about these brushes. Naturally when you use them to apply product the aqua tip gets discoloured but they look like new again as soon as you wash them, you can’t complain about your tools looking like you’ve used them when you have, in fact, used them. It’s like complaining that you have paint on your paintbrush.

Also, maybe you’re wondering how they compare to Ecotools and Real Techniques makeup brushes? I have both of these brands in my collection and they’re good, but what makes Furless better (in my eyes) is the range of brushes, the different styles and colours on offer and the price. Furless smashes Real Techniques and Eco Tools out of the ballpark when it comes to price. Quality wise, I feel that Furless bristles are packed firmer and the ferrule is sturdier. Furless also have brilliant customer service… In case you were wondering.

All in all, I think if you invest in these vegan makeup brushes you will not be disappointed, your face will be happy and I will be happy that you’re happy. The quality for price is seriously mind blowing.
If you want to have a snoop around the Furless website and try some of their products for yourself *click here*

Do you already own Furless makeup brushes? Do you love them as much as I do? Let me know! I love hearing from you.

Peace & Love my little lovers
Veruska
xox

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Massive Cruelty-Free Makeup Haul!

I pillaged IMATS Sydney 2013 and I thought you might like to see what cruelty-free products I bought. I’ll be using all of these products in coming tutorials on Youtube, so don’t forget to subscribe to my cruelty-free channel by *clicking here*.
This is a photo heavy post, I’m not reviewing these products but I will give a little opinion on each. I’m going to start with the products I bought from Ben Nye.

Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder

Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder

 

This finely milled setting powder wears beautifully, I’ve really enjoyed using it.

The lovely people at the Ben Nye stand gave me these two palettes of their HD foundation as a little gift. Such a gorgeous creamy foundation that looks natural and beautiful when I applied. I’ve also been using the darker shades to contour my face.

Ben Nye Foundation Palettes

Ben Nye Foundation Palettes

Ben Nye Creme Contour

Ben Nye Creme Contour

I really love cream blush and I couldn’t resist this one. It’s a gorgeous coral colour that looks flattering on all skin tones. Also, it’s extremely pigmented so I’ve been using it sparingly which means this bad boy is going to last me a long time.

Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette

Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette

How great does this palette look? 12 amazing, highly pigmented eyeshadows all packaged up in a sweet little tin. The Lumiere Grande Colour Palette comes with a brush (as pictured) and all the colours can be used either dry or mixed with water to create an intense paint.

Ultimate F/X Palette

Ultimate F/X Palette

This special fx palette is just phenomenal! I love that it contains every colour I could need all housed in one palette. No more stuffing about with colour wheels. I’ll be using this in all my Halloween tutorials as well as for any and all special fx projects. This is my favourite buy from IMATS, hand down.

Next up, we’ll look at the products I got from Make Up Store, I had so much fun at that stall and pretty much had to be dragged away!

Make Up Store Skin Serum

Make Up Store Skin Serum

The Make Up Store Skin Serum is basically a primer that has some lovely skin soothing ingredients in it. I’ve been using it every day since getting it and I love the staying power it gives my foundation.

Make Up Store Eyeshadow in Zone

Make Up Store Microshadow in Zone

I picked up this Microshadow by Make Up Store in the colour ‘Zone’. It’s a gorgeous khaki/olive green with soft gold micro reflective pigments. Absolutely beautiful to blend, this eyeshadow applies true to colour and wears flawlessly for 13 + hours.

Make Up Store Lipstick. From left to right. Culture, Dare, Magic Spell and Drama

Make Up Store Lipstick. From left to right. Culture, Dare, Magic Spell and Drama

I am in LOVE with the ice-cold metal packaging these lipsticks come housed in. Beautiful and butter-soft to apply, Make Up Store lipsticks wear extremely well, are highly pigmented and contain lip soothing ingredients such as avocado oil, jojoba and shea butter.

Glitter Eyeliner in 'Choco Lux'

Glitter Eyeliner in ‘Choco Lux’

Make Up Store Eyeliner in Czar

Make Up Store Eyeliner in Czar

This beautiful glitter eyeliner is the most gorgeous warm, chocolatey colour. It has a very fine applicator tip that makes it a breeze to apply a very fine line. I found this eyeliner dried to a comfortable soft powder-like finish and lasted until I washed it off.

The metallic eyeliner by Make Up Store in Czar is such a lovely product. I’ve personally found this pencil to be neither soft nor hard. It has plenty of slip, is extremely pigmented and doesn’t transfer, smudge or run!

I picked up another cream blush, this time by MehronMehron produce high-quality theatrical makeup, but there is plenty of makeup in their range that is perfect for everyday use.

Creme Blush in Geranium

Mehron Cheek Cream in Geranium

Geranium is the perfect pink. Extremely pigmented, this cream blush is easy to apply and blends beautifully for a naturally flushed and pretty look.

I love glitter, but not all glitters are made equal. I like to wear it on my eyes so naturally it is extremely important for the glitter that I use to be free of glass or metals. Most glitter comes with a very VERY tiny disclaimer that reads ‘Not to be used near eyes’. Even Lime Crime’s glitters have this warning, though you have to search with a magnifying glass to find it. Finally i have found a range of glitter that is amazing and free from anything that could scratch your eyeball. LASplash produce high quality glitters that are designed to be used on your eyes, they are free from metal and glass and are made from a soft film that doesn’t irritate or scratch.

LASplash Glitter Eyeshadow and Splashproof Eyeshadow Base. Colours from left to right. Renaissance, Tangerine and Rock Star.

LASplash Glitter Eyeshadow and Splashproof Eyeshadow Base. Colours from left to right. Renaissance, golden Tangerine and Rock Star.

I grabbed three different glitters along with the Splashproof Sealer. The Sealer is what actually makes the glitter adhere to the skin. Traditionally you would apply a thin layer of latex to the skin to make the glitter stick, but this sealer is far more comfortable and the glitter is so fine and beautiful that is doesn’t feel heavy or cakey at all. I’ll be buying everything from the LASplash range!

I visited the Makeup and Glow stand and picked myself up this airbrush foundation pack by Elementwo

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Canvas Blend Airbrush Makeup

Airbrush foundation has a completely different formulation to regular liquid or cream foundation, I love how amazingly natural it looks and the staying power is out of this world. You don’t need an airbrush to use this foundation, I’ll show you how to use it without a machine in a Youtube tutorial very soon.

Kryolan are another leading theatrical makeup company with such a beautiful range of products. I wanted everything but settled on a lip stain.

Kryolan Lip Stain in Jazz

Kryolan Lip Stain in Jazz

Jazz is a beautiful baby pink colour. These stains really last, I applied a thin layer and it stayed true for close to 8 hours without a touch-up.

I also bought myself a Beauty Blender. I’ve never liked using makeup sponges, I find them daggy and serious product wasters. The Beauty Blender is absolutely fantastic however and I restocked as soon as I could find them at IMATS. They make your foundation look flawless and are also fantastic for applying cream blush and blending out contour products.

Beauty Blender in Black

Beauty Blender in Black

Lastly, I bought a tonne of false eyelashes from Model Rock.

So many eyelashes!

So many eyelashes!

Model Rock do beautiful eyelashes that last a long time. I’ve found I easily get upwards of 20 wears out of each pair. The top left lashes are so cute!

That my friends, is my cruelty-free makeup haul!
Until next time.
Peace & Love,
Veruska xoxoxo

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Furless Makeup Brushes. Cruelty-Free, Affordable and Professional!

I am so excited to share with you all the magnificence that is Furless makeup brushes! In this video I’ll be reviewing the Pro-Range, and may I say, the brushes are unbelievable! Cruelty-Free synthetic brushes that are amazing quality, apply makeup like a dream and are affordable to boot! Furless are an Australian brand but they ship internationally, so you can get your hands on some of their fine bounty if you’re not in Aus (or Oz). Dig my video, at 04:24 of the video I do a quick run-through of all the brushes you receive as part of the Pro-Range.

Want to see the brushes in action? I only used Furless brushes in my latest tutorial, so give the video below a little look, watch these brushes do their amazing thing!

These brushes are seriously something special, Furless do a whole range of different brushes, they have this amazing pink set of makeup brushes on their site that I’m eyeing off, I want them all! Also, the red tiger print brush roll, how cute is it? It’s lovely and spacious and feels so lush, I just want to carry it around and show it off. *Click Here* to go to the Furless brush site and peruse their amazing items, they also do mineral makeup, so check that out!

Do you love the floral crown I’m wearing? It’s handmade and to die for. Check out Band of Blooms, *Click Here* to go to the etsy site, there are so many beautiful pieces!

Do you dig Furless brushes? Already own some of their range? Let me know if you give them a try! Buy these luxurious brushes by *Clicking Here*

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Peace & Love sweethearts. Hope you’re all having a marvellous day!

Veruska xox

Aphrodite Inspired Cut-Crease & Double Wing Tutorial (Eye shadow inspiration)

Hello beautiful people! In this video I’ve taken inspiration from the Greek Goddess of love and created a gorgeous cut-crease & double-winged eye. A gorgeous girl suggested I do an Aphrodite inspired makeup so I took that on board and was playing with ideas, then I went to a Greek festival, ate haloumi till I started hallucinating and came up with the look in this video. The Greek festival was packed with gorgeous women wearing double-winged eyeliner, which inspired me to create something dramatic. Enjoy!

I’ve used Eye of Horus‘ amazing Liquid Define to create the double wing, remember to use coupon code “Review” at checkout to receive 15% off your total purchase, *click here* to be taken to their site.

*Click Here* to check out Furless brushes!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, please hit like and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already, I only use non-animal tested, cruelty-free cosmetics and brushes from ethical companies in each video.

Peace, Love & Eyeliner,

Veruska xox

Simple Soft Smokey Eye (Eyeshadow Tutorial) Cruelty-Free Makeup & Cosmetics

Aloha all! In this video I’ll show you how to create the easiest smokey eye that is absolutely beautiful and only takes a second to do! It’s fool-proof, all you will need are two eyeshadows, a highlighter, mascara and an eyeliner pencil. This look is perfect for those of you who find the conventional dark brown/black smokey eye too harsh, or if you’re wanting to wear a smokey eye during the day but don’t want to look too made up. As always, I only use cruelty-free makeup from ethical companies.

To experience Eye of Horus for yourself, enter code “Review” at checkout when you purchase anything from the Eye of Horus site to receive 15% off your total purchase price, *click here* to go to their online store. If you’re after EcoTools brushes at amazing prices, head on over to http://www.iherb.com and use coupon code ” WDT563″ at checkout to receive $10 off on orders over $40 or $5 off on orders under $40, even with shipping it’s still cheaper to buy off iherb! Did you enjoy my video? Feel free to share it with anybody who you think might like it too, I would love and appreciate that so much! Don’t forget to come and chat with me on Facebook!

All my love

Veruska xox