I know I’m late to add to the wave of Thanksgiving themed blog posts. I only decided to write one today after reading this Thanksgiving post by Paris.
I’m thankful that I have an amazing man in my life. I could go on and on about this, but I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to just leave it there. The kissy picture has already sent the cheese-meter over the limit.
2013 has been a good year. My overall fitness has improved significantly with the introduction of more weight training and high intensity circuit type workouts, and I’m currently training for my very first half marathon. It’s empowering.
Living away from Sydney makes me realise how much I miss my (batshit crazy) family. I’m thankful for loving parents and the fact that my siblings have grown to be intelligent, well balanced individuals, despite early signs to the contrary.
In the last 12 months in Melbourne, I met quite a large number of great people (sometimes in the most random places) who have become close friends.
As some of you know, I’ve been doing a bit of locum optometry block work in different Australian towns/cities. I feel very fortunately that the practices I’ve worked at have been great examples of *real* optometry- full scope primary eye care, with advanced ocular health management and co-management with ophthalmology and general medicine, as well as in depth assessment of visual function (more than just prescribing spectacles for “20/20″ vision) in normal and abnormal eyes. Practices where the highest standards of patient care was expected, and supported.
I’m one of those people that fortunately or unfortunately am very dependant on my work as a source of happiness. I have worked (locum days) in large chain “Shop-tometry” practices where I never really needed to go to university to practice the brand of optometry required for the job. Those days KILLED my soul.
My skin has been pretty awesome this year. Just thought I would put it out there.
What are you thankful for this year?Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 7th, 2013 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 92810 comments. Giving+Thanks+For+2013+2013-12-07+05%3A24%3A11myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9281
You’ve heard about the multitasking wonder that is The One Perfecting Brush by BECCA Cosmetics. Now you have the chance to try this beauty for yourself!
BECCA has very generously given 3 My Funny Valentine blog readers a chance to win a One Perfecting Brush, worth $65 each. The giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY.
I will draw the winners using a random number generator and email the winners by the 22nd of December 2013. If I am unable to reach a winner by 1 week a new winner will be redrawn.myfunnyvalentine on Dec 4th, 2013 in Giveaways | 92750 comments. BECCA+The+One+Perfecting+Brush+Giveaway%3A+Win+one+of+three%21+2013-12-04+09%3A08%3A54myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9275
Flinders Street at night
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Dec 3rd, 2013 in Photo Diary | 92250 comments. Photo+Diary%3A+Melbourne+B+%26+W+2013-12-03+07%3A20%3A08myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9225
From start to finish, primer to powder, The One Perfecting Brush can be used with liquids, crèmes, powders and anything in between. Non-porous, high-quality goat hair allows product to sit on top of bristles rather than absorbing, ensuring a seamless application with no wasted product.
Price: rrp $65 AUD
Availability: BECCA counters worldwide, beccacosmetics.com/au
When I first got the press release for The One Perfecting Brush, I must admit I was a bit sceptical. I found it difficult to believe that a brush that you use for your base, contouring, highlighting, and blush from start to finish could possibly work without leaving your face a complete shiny oompa loompa burnt mess.
But somehow, The One Perfecting Brush seems to defy logic. I’ve been successfully using the one brush to buff liquid foundation into the skin, contour with bronzer with long edge of the brush, highlight my cheekbones, and apply blush – and all the colours come out true and unmuddled (is that a word?). Becca says that the type of non-porous goat hair that is used doesn’t absorb the product, allowing for multiple uses.
I still think it’s black magic.
Becca claims that you can use this brush daily for 2 weeks before washing! I’ve tried using this three days in a row (mostly with liquid/cream products) with a quick wipe of the bristles with a paper towel between uses, and remarkably, my foundation does not come out orange on day three! I haven’t tried using it more than 3 times without washing, because the idea kinda grosses me out.
For the makeup look pictured above, I’ve used the One Perfecting Brush to apply liquid foundation (BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Foundation), bronzer (MAC Bronzing Powder), a small amount of champagne powder eyeshadow to highlight the nose bridge and cupids bow, and liquid blush (BECCA Beach Tint in Guava). For the liquid products I first buffed it into the back of my hand before apply to the face. BECCA has published a demo video here if you want to see the brush in action.
The goat hair bristles are dense and super soft. I love how even and ‘airbrushed’ my foundation looks after buffing it in with this brush, and how perfectly glowy my blush comes out.. I would suggest either keeping to liquid/creams from start to finish, or powder products- you can certainly mix it up if you wish, but I find the application isn’t quite as seamless (I noticed this when I used powder bronzer).
Contouring takes a little bit of practice with this brush, but after a few goes you can carve out a cheekbone reasonably well (I like to use the long edge of the brush to contour).
Just in case you missed the giveaway post to win one of three – you can also enter directly here:
note: this product was sent by PR for consideration. See editorial policy in PR tab for more details.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 2nd, 2013 in BECCA, Blush, Reviews | 92010 comments. BECCA+The+One+Perfecting+Brush+Review+2013-12-02+05%3A21%3A31myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9201