Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Inglot Brush Appreciation Society

Hello! Today I'm reviewing my stippling brush from Inglot! Sorry, it's a bit dirty- I did spot clean it before this photo. The tips are normally white!

So, this is Inglot's stippling brush- the 27TG. It retails in AUS for $60- $15 lower than MAC's 187. I believe the black hairs are squirrel substitute, and the white bristles are taklon, so as far as I can tell, it's a synthetic brush- something you don't see very often. On initial inspection, the bristles are quite soft, albeit not as soft as MAC's 187, but still soft.

Use...well, I've never used MAC 187, so I have nothing to compare to. I use this brush with my MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation, and it applies well; better than a foundation brush.

The only quarrel I have with this brush is that it SHEDS. Not like mad, but it's irritating when buffing in foundation, and you've actually got a hair on your face...and it's a bit difficult to try and pick this hair off your face; you'd be surprised. It also smells a bit...I'm not quite sure what of, but it smells.

Don't get me wrong, I'm quite happy with this brush, I don't really regret buying it, however I'm slightly disappointed I didn't just wait for $15 and buy the MAC 187.

VERDICT! Dun dun dunnn...
  • Good brush for thicker foundation
  • Soft bristles, however it sheds
  • If you can get the MAC 187 or 188, do it. I wish I had.

Until next time, chickadees!

Much love, J

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My favourite makeup sites/channels!

So, as I said in my introductory post, I said I'd post links to the best makeup websites and youtube channels; the places where I learnt everything I know.

This is the most amazing website. I cannot give this site a good enough review. So helpful, so many tutorials, sneak peeks on new collections, info on all makeup including high end to drug store, video tutorials, and so so so much more. I love this site so much, I'm on there several times a day. Do check it out :)

This is a great website for looking at things you're interested in before you buy. Karla swatches everything- she has all MAC lipsticks and blushes up, including d/c pigments. Such an amazing, site.

Youtube Channels

This is my favourite youtube channel! Megan is amazing at what she does, she started out as mainly a MAC collector, but has now branched out to less mainstream brands, including drustore brands. She has heaps of tutorial vids, lots of haul vids, really helpful videos on storage, makeup collection videos, and even videos featuring her fiance with guy advice! She always responds to video questions, and is very friendly and helpful. And being the Australian I am, I'm sometimes really irritated by accents from the US, but I can say confidently that Megan's voice is nowhere near annoying.
Check her videos out, you'll learn so so much :)


I've actually only just started watching Blair's videos, but I'm already in love with them. They're really cute and fun, and Blair adds a lot of cute conversational comments. She really knows what she's talking about when it comes to beauty and skincare, and I am so shocked to learn she is only 17! She has tutorials, informative videos, and then just random videos that are still fun to watch. Check her out.


This channel is made by Marlena. Marlena is quite possibly the nicest youtuber I've watched. Her voice sounds so calming and kind. Oh, and she has makeup videos! Haul vids, collection vids, storage, how to clean brush vids, and tutorials (including offtopic topics!). This is another one of my ultimate favourite channels, please check her out, you'll fall in love!


This girl is so cute and nice! Her videos are so well done, and her tips are amazing. I especially love her favourites of the month videos. Also has really fabulous tutorials, and I love watching her haul videos.

I really hope this video was useful, and subscribe to all of these youtube channels- they are so helpful, and I've learnt so much from watching them.

Much love! J

Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover

I was actually given this by a friend (hello friend!), as she is ridiculously obsessed with clinique and had too much apparently, so she was lovely and gave me some :) One of these items was their Makeup Remover. It's basically a two level (?) remover, which you shake to combine before use. It takes off your makeup...funnily enough.

Unfortunately, I cannot stand this remover. It is oily, greasy, does not remove all traces, and...well, it's oily! For someone with oily skin, I don't need any more oil!

It takes off eye makeup okay, but doesn't do too well with mascara (it does say, 'for lids, lashes & lips'). But honestly, I try to use this as little as possible, because it is so stupidly oily.

Such a short review, this product doesn't deserve anything longer. Poor form, Clinique, poor form.

Much love, J

MAC Studio Fix Fluid + Powder

So, I bought the powder first, after much 'research' on the net. It had good reviews on mostly all sites, offered good coverage, and flawless finish. I was sold. (This was also my first ever MAC product!)

I marched into my MAC counter at Myer, and bought my Studio Fix Foundation (powder). It cost me $8...because I had a $30 voucher (an x-mas pressie from my best friend), and a $10 voucher from my mum who had a myer one gift voucher. So, with my $8 foundation, I marched home so very, very excited. Using the Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot makeup primer, the powder was fairly good. It had fabulous coverage, covered the redness, and application was simple.

With more internet research, I decided I desperately NEEDED the Studio Fix Fluid. So, I went into MAC Myer, and picked up my SFF for $48 (no vouchers this time). I was matched as an NW15. I took it home (I had bought brushes that same day). I applied it when I got home, and wow! I was so, so impressed! The coverage was AMAZING. The application was next to flawless. I loved it so, so much.

I still love it today. HOWEVER. As I have been converted to MAC in David Jones, I was then informed a couple of weeks ago that I was matched the wrong colour. I was fuming, furious, and several other f-words-meaning-angry. That night, whilst in the shower, I thought of my argument in my head as to why I deserved an exchange! So, the next day, I marched into MAC Myer, foundation and receipts in hand, ready to put up a fight. Fortunately, the fight was unnecessary, as the MUA understood, as was very happy to give me an exchange to the right colour fluid foundation, NC15. I kept the same powder, NW15, as it tones down the yellowness of the NC.

I can say though, that a lot of people have had problems with this breaking them out. I can safely say this has not happened to me, and my skin is both acne prone and fairly sensitive (burning whilst walking down the mall for a couple of minutes sensitive). So do be warned, and make sure that you check that you can return the foundation if it breaks you out (so keep your receipts!!).

A note though, invest in a good stippling brush. A foundation brush is okay for application, but the foundation is so heavy that the bristles stick together after a use, and make your foundation streaky- so wash your brush in between uses if you're going to use a foundation brush.

If you want any other information, comment!

Much love, J

Monday, April 19, 2010

Upcoming reviews!

So, just to let you know what is coming up! I'm just charging my camera batteries now, so I'll be taking photos (hopefully) tomorrow.

  • Inglot Stippling Brush
  • Inglot Freedom System Pallette
  • MAC Brush Cleanser
  • Clinique Eyeshadows
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid + Powder
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer
  • Body Shop Shading Brush
  • Ecotools Brush Set
  • Inglot Under Make-up Base
  • Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot Primer
Hauls + Review
  • MAC Give Me Liberty of London
  • MAC Prepped For Glamour
  • MAC Lipsticks
I can probably think of a million other things I could do as well, but I'm sure these will keep me busy until my next pay!

Much Love, J

Welcome to my Beauty Bag.

Hi, I'm J.

After many months of being obsessed with makeup, I decided to start my own beauty blog. I've perused the beauty blog world for a while now, and have my old favourites list. :)

I'm not a make up artist, but I plan to save up for a cert. II in make-up services course. I honestly love make-up to death, and most of my friends and family can't understand my obsession! I do spend too much money on make-up- it is all worth it, though!

My main purpose for this blog is reviews and general thoughts, tips, etc. I may even post unrelated makeup posts from time to time. I most likely won't swatch things or talk about upcoming collections- there are so many blogs out there that already do that.

To be honest, I've only been collecting makeup since about January or February of this year. I've taught myself everything I know, mainly from watching youtube videos (there are some amazing channels out there, I shall post some links to the most helpful). My favourite cosmetic companies at the moment are MAC and Inglot. I plan on purchasing some items from Chanel, and am getting a couple of items from Guerlain soon. I also have a couple of items from Clinique.

I'm from Australia, so there are so so so many brands that are just unavailable here (I'm looking at you, NYX, Urban Decay, Wet n Wild). I'd love to just go to the US for a week just for Sephora! there is honestly nothing here like that, and it is so disappointing.

Anyway, hope to see you back soon, and feel free to drop suggestions, requests, etc.

Much Love, J