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Product Review – Byron Bay Bronze – Fake Tan

It's 2019 and most people are "sun smart" and therefore avoid harmful sun-baking…because of this, the good old fake tan has become increasingly popular!!!  This is true for most of my clients, especially my brides and their bridal parties.The advice I give all my brides is to have a "fake tan trial" at least a few weeks prior to the wedding to make sure you love the colour you end up with on your big day.  Most of them do adhere to this advice, thankfully!  Unfortunately, however, there is still a minority that end up with a fake tan that is not ideal.  Too green…. too orange… streaky… patchy… dirty… smelly….. uneven!


Before the 2019 spring wedding season started, I decided that I was going to find the perfect fake tan to recommend to all my brides.  Something that wasn't smelly, that wouldn't transfer onto their gowns, and importantly one that was even and natural looking with no sign or green or orange anywhere!!!!


I did my research.  I spent hours reading online reviews and looking at "real life" photos from customers.


I discovered Byron Bay Bronze and didn't find one single bad review… so it had to be good, right?


Byron Bay Bronze's natural and organic ingredients are sustainably sourced and their products are NOT tested on animals.  Their tanning products are odourless, easy to apply, and will not stain your sheets or clothes.  Their packaging is made from ocean waste plastic and $1 from the sale of every bottle is donated to charities that help enhance our planet.


I purchased two bottles of dark tanning foam, a luxury microfibre tanning mit, and of course a bamboo exfoliating glove so I could prepare my body properly before applying the tan.  You can purchase all these online directly from   


Now, I don't have much experience in fake tanning as I have always been "turned off" by the bad tans I've seen over the years… but I knew I had to try it for myself before I could recommend the product to anyone.


BBB dark tanning mit

The first thing I noticed when applying the tan was the "instant" colour! I looked tanned instanty!  There was also no smell and the product dried immediately.  I slept in it overnight on my WHITE sheets, and there was zero transferance.  Not even a single stain on my clothing.  A quick rinse in the morning and voila! I looked like I had spent a couple of days tanning at the beach!  I was so impressed that I decided to go even darker so I re-applied the following evening. 


The results – a very natural looking tan with NOT A SINGLE TINGE OF GREEN OR ORANGE!  It went on evenly, my hands, feet, elbows and knees look evenly tanned and there are no dirty patches anywhere!  I have converted!  I am no longer afraid of the fake tan and know that I will be using Byron Bay Bronze fake tan regularly.  I cannot recommend this product enough.


This is NOT a sponsored post, and I purchased these products myself.


Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

Product Review from LUXOLA – The Balm Bahama Mama, Betty-Lou Manizer and Mary-Lou Manizer



I recently purchased The Balm Bahama Mama matte bronzer, as well as the Betty-Lou Manizer and Mary-Lou Manizer highlighters.

I've read so much about these products online and thought I would give them a go.


The Bahama Mama matte bronzer is a beautiful matte bronzing powder which can also be used to contour and is great as an eyeshadow.  What I love most about this bronzer is that it gives that sun-kissed look without any orange undertones (so there's no risk of looking like an oompa loompa!).  The pigment is intense and long lasting.  A thumbs up from me!

Bahama mama

The Mary-Lou Manizer is a honey-coloured highlighter powder that is also great as an eyeshadow.  I love it to highlight the cheekbones, the brow bone, the tear duct, and the cupids bow.  It can go on intense, or you can use it lightly.  It's not as chunky as a lot of other highlighters on the market but the pigment is super intense!  The skin lights up and looks completely luminous with this product! I am really liking it!! Luminous skin and 'strobing' is all the rage at the moment!

Mary lou

The Betty-Lou Manizer is a shimmery bronzer that adds the right amount of shimmer and subtle colour to your face. It is great as a highlighter and gives your skin a subtle glow.  Another great product from The Balm.
Betty lou
The verdict – LOVE The Balm products and would definitely purchase again!
Here's one of my client's, Rebecca, wearing all three products.

I purchased all these products through LUXOLA at

The service at Luxola was SUPER fast and I got my package within a couple of days.

And the beautiful people at LUXOLA have offered a 15% discount to all my readers – so make sure you enter the code BLX-MAKEUPARTISTRY at the checkout to get your 15% off products!!!!!!!! The offer is valid until 31 July 2015, and cannot be used on the non-discountable brands.


Thanks for reading and HAPPY SHOPPING!

Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artist

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

Sydney makeup artist, bridal makeup sydney, wedding makeup sydney

Product Review – Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

I have been lusting after this Charlotte Tilbury face sculpt and highlight duo for ages!  The reviews were pretty much amazing, and lots of my makeup artist friends were saying it was a must have in their kits!


I finally gave in and purchased it online from Net-a-Porter for around $100 – you can buy it here


After the first time I used it I was blown away!!!  No other sculpting powder is as natural and uplifting as this one.  And the highlight is so subtle, yet effective.  I fell in love instantly!!!

You can see an incredible video of how to use it by the sensational Charlotte Tilbury herself here:

There are so many over-the-top contour powders and highlighters (and artists!!) on the market at the moment.  And anyone who knows my style knows I am just not into that OTT sculpting that looks like mud smeared across the cheekbones, down the nose, and across the forehead!  It's all the rage on instagram at the moment, but I think people have forgotten that contouring is not meant to make women look like drag-queens!!! It's meant to softly and subtly sculpt the face… which this Charlotte Tilbury product definitely achieves!  The subtle pearl also creates a lovely bronzing effect for that sun-kissed look!  But remember – less is more!

The highlighter is delicious!!! It has a golden base that flatters most skin tones.  The Light reflective technology captures the light and gives a luminous complexion.  And as you can see from the video, it can be used to highlight not just the face, but the decolletage and parts of the body like the arms. 


I absolutely love this product and I think everyone needs it!!!!

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Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

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What do I apply first, foundation or concealer?

I get asked this question all the time – what do I apply first first, foundation or concealer? 

There are no real "rules" when it comes to makeup, and everyone does things differently.

I can only offer advice based on what MY preference is. 


Generally, if I have to colour correct, I will do that first (so correcting under eye darkness with a peachy corrector, for instance.  Or correcting redness with a green colour corrector).  I only do this when really necessary and use a small amount of product.

I will then apply the foundation all over the face (I tend to use at least two different coloured foundations on various areas of the face).

Then once the foundation is applied I will then conceal ONLY WHERE NEEDED in a shade close to the natural skin colour.  Some people say to go one or two shades lighter than your natural colour, but I prefer to closely match the natural skin colour, and then brighten under the eye with an under eye brightening powder!  When applying concealer under the eye, make sure you bring it down into a V like the picture depicts below:

under eye

The problem I find when concealing before foundation, is that you are concealing areas where you probably won't need to because the foundation will do a good enough job!

Applying concealer AFTER foundation means you are applying less product, ( saving you money AND you're avoiding excess makeup or a cake face!)

My favourite concealers at the moment include the M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer (pictured below).  The M.A.C. Select Cover concealers are also very good:

mac concealer

I also really like the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (pictured below).  The trick is to use the TINIEST amount, however, and to lightly set with a powder:

IT-COSMETICS-BYE-BYEYou can purchase these from PM STUDIO  for $39.

My favourite way of applying concealer is with a small fluffy brush like the  Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (in the purple eye set) – second from the left, pictured below :


This brush is great for applying concealer under the eye area.  A flat brush like the "accent brush" is great for patting concealer onto pesky pimples and blemishes.

By buffing the concealer into the skin as opposed to patting it over the top, it creates a more natural finish! Let's face it, no one wants to have an obviously concealed under eye area!



Once the concealer is lightly buffed in, I then set it with a light powder like Ben Nye setting powder, and then an under eye brightener like the Laura Mercier Under Eye Brightening Powder.

My favourite brush for setting powders under the eye is hands down the Real Techniques Setting Brush, pictured below:

real techniques setting brush

You can buy all the Real Techniques brushes from PRICELINE

So in a nutshell, foundation first followed by small amounts of concealer buffed into the skin (or patted onto blemishes) and set with powder!




If you have any questions you want to ask me, please contact me via email at or via my facebook page at

I am happy to answer any beauty and makeup questions you may have.


Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

PRODUCT REVIEW – Clarisonic Mia Skin Care Brush

Every makeup and/or beauty junkie I know has been raving about the Clarisonic skin care brush for a very long time.  With the $250+ price tag, I wasn’t in a huge rush to get it.


So while I was in Hawaii last month on a family vacation (and makeup/skincare purchasing expedition!!!!) I saw the Clarisonic Mia for US$99 in Sephora.  In the basket it went, without hesitation.  The Mia is the one-speed version of the original (as opposed to three-speed), but that suited me fine.  I just had to see what all the fuss was about!  (The price of the Mia in Australia is AU$150+)

Straight from the website, the Clarisonic sonic method is explained:

Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action created between the outer and inner brushes work to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.

I am not exaggerating when I say that I noticed results INSTANTLY!  My skin has always been quite dull, with regular breakouts, dry in some places, large pores, super sensitive, with an oily t-zone.  If I leave the house I have to at least have some BB cream on to even out the skintone a little as I just hate the look of my naked skin.  At times my skin looked and felt like that of a teenager, which was quite depressing for someone in her twenties (ok, ok…. thirties).

I have been using the Clarisonic now for about 4 weeks (together with my new Boscia Skin Care, also purchased from Sephora, which I will also be blogging about at a later date) and my skin has never, ever, ever felt or looked so good.  It has transformed my skin!!  My pores are disappearing, the texture is smooth, my skin feels and looks radiant, and the breakouts have decreased significantly.


Highly recommend this vibrating little gadget to everyone!!!!

You can buy them here:


Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist

Multi-functional makeup – cost effective makeup with more than one use.

There are so many makeup products on the market that have more than one use. Using a product for more than one area not only reduces the size of your makeup kit, but is also cost effective!!!!

Here are a couple for you:



It's not a new trend – women have been using lipsticks as blush or "rouge" for decades, probably even longer! 

Using lipstick as a blush is almost tradition!

I personally like using cream blush or lipsticks before going over with a powder blush for more colour pay off.

Stila seem to be really good at creating multi-use makeup.

The Stila Convertible Colour Palette is designed for both lips and cheeks.  This palette was a limited edition, however, you can buy each convertible from Mecca Cosmetica

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These little cream pots of goodness are a beautiful lipstick, and double as an amazing cream blush with a dewy finish! This is a must have for my kit!

Another good convertible product is the Nars Multiples.  This product has shimmer and was also designed to be used as an eye base.

nars multiples







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Cream or gel eyeliners can often be used all over the lid to form a base for more vibrant, long lasting eyeshadows.

Again, stila seem to have nailed this.  The Stila smudge-pot is the perfect liner and/or shadow – great for a smokey eye.

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You can purchase these smudge pots individually from Mecca Cosmetica


I also love using the Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams all over the lid.  They can also be used as a liner. Some colours can also be used on the cheeks or lips. Once these set they are smudgeproof, creaseproof, and waterproof.  Karla Sugar has done an amazing blog post on the colours available (with swatches)

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There's often no need to buy a separate brow powder if you have an array of brown matte eyeshadows to choose from.  M.A.C have a great variety of matte shadows which could double as a brow powder, like CORK.

MAC cork







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Why buy a separate contouring powder when you have a perfectly good matte bronzer?

My favourite matte bronzer is M.A.C MATTE BRONZER available here

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Everyone owns eyeshadows – but have you ever thought of using them wet as an eyeliner!?

Apply along the lashline with a wet angle brush


Hope these tips have helped!


Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist, Sydney

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah



Makeup Atelier Paris – why it really IS the best foundation in the world.

It’s no secret that I adore Wayne Goss.

For those of you that don’t know who he is, he is a UK based makeup artist who has his own You-Tube channel with almost 2 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS.  Famous for his product reviews as well as makeup tutorials, he knows his stuff, has the most amazing makeup collection, and is lovely to watch (not to mention easy on the eye! I am convinced that that wink he does at the end of every video is directed at me…). So you can imagine my delight when I saw a You-Tube video where he asserts that Makeup Atelier Paris HD Foundation is probably the best foundation in the world.

I have been using this professional brand of makeup for around 7 years now and feel confident in saying that there is no other foundation like Makeup Atelier Foundation.  I have foundations like Make Up For Ever, MAC, Cinema Secrets, Face Atelier, and Graftobian in my kit – they all have their place and I do love them… but the Makeup Atelier Paris waterproof liquid foundation is my go-to foundation, providing medium to full coverage for almost all skin types.  The thing I love about it is that it is not noticeable on the skin so it looks really natural, even though the coverage is phenomenal.  And as Wayne Goss says in this video it is SO waterproof you will have a hard time getting it off!  So you can see the appeal for bridal makeup where it is required to last for over 15 hours on the skin without touch-ups!  I have often received messages from my brides telling me that the makeup did not move all night!

See Wayne Goss in this video on You-Tube – Probably the best liquid foundation in the world

Here are a few examples of my work using Makeup Atelier Paris waterproof liquid foundation.  You can see how it not only evens out the skin tone, but provides exceptional coverage without looking caked on.

Bear in mind that many of these photographs were taken with my iPhone, and I am not a professional photographer by any means!






If you’re in NSW or ACT you can purchase Makeup Atelier Paris from Making Faces Makeup Studio at

If you have any questions about the products, Meryll is always more than happy to help and can be contacted via telephone on 02 4232 2248.



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Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

My top 13 products of 2013!

I have quite a large makeup kit, and it’s hard to pin-point my favourite products because I love them all.

Now that 2013 is over, I thought I would list my top 13 products of 2013!!  All of these products are items that I discovered and fell in love with over the past year or two.  Products that I now cannot live without!



This is a staple in many makeup artist’s kits.  It is a rich moisturising lotion that acts as a moisturiser, primer, and makeup remover.  It is simply amazing.

You can buy Embryolisse from any of these stockists:




This beautiful silicone foundation truly looks like skin and is my go-to foundation for mature and dry/normal skins.  It gives a beautiful dewy finish with great coverage, and looks great on everyone!  You can purchase Face Atelier products at PM Studio –




This anti-shine primer can matiffy even the oiliest of faces.  Results are instant and long-lasting. A truly amazing product!

You can purchase this primer online from CCA Cosmetics




There is no other product that gives life to skin like MAC Strobe.  It brightens and clarifies the skin with iridescent particles and anti-oxidants.  It also enhances the effect of light on the skin.  This product is amazing when applied on certain areas of the face before foundation, or when mixed in with foundation.  I am obsessed!

You can buy MAC online at or in any MAC store.  Do not buy MAC from other “sellers” as there are a lot of very good looking fakes around!




This is a beautiful tinted powder that is matte, not shimmery, and gives a natural tan colour to the skin.

You can buy MAC online at or in any MAC store.  Do not buy MAC from other “sellers” as there are a lot of very good looking fakes around!




This velvet soft powder looks AMAZING on the skin, and provides a gorgeous highlight to cheeks and other areas of the face and decolletage. I love to brush a little across the cupids bow to enhance and highlight the lips.

You can buy MAC online at or in any MAC store.  Do not buy MAC from other “sellers” as there are a lot of very good looking fakes around!




NARS blushes are my favourite powder blush.  This warm colour adds a luster, glow, and warmth to cheeks, with a slight sheen (and no shimmer, which I love).

I buy all my NARS from Kiss and Makeup NY –




It’s no secret I am in love with the Eye of Horus eye pencils.  My favourite and most used is the black smokey eye pencil.  The waxy texture glides on with such a strong pigment.  These pencils are great as a base on the entire lid for smokey eyes.

For your nearest stockist of Eye of Horus products visit here:




I bought a couple of these little beauties at IMATS and adored them instantly.  They are a great base for the eyes and perfect for bridal.  I use the champagne colour most.  The bronze is also lovely!

You can purchase Make Up For Ever products at




So many makeup artists rave about this gel liner so I just had to see it for myself.  I was impressed from the beginning with the strong pigment, creamy texture, and longevity of this product.  I have oily lids and eye liner rarely stays put for me, but I can wear this gel liner for 12 hours and it still looks perfect. AMAZING!

There can be purchased from Inglot stores or online at




Without a doubt this eyeshadow palette is one of my most used – the colours are gorgeous, and the pigment is great.  It’s the perfect “Naked” palette!

I purchased mine from Beauty Bay –



These are a recent acquisition – creme blush AND lipstick in one.  These glide onto the cheek and give a beautiful soft and dewy colour that powder blushes just cannot give.  Simply delicious!

You can purchase this product from Mecca Cosmetica –



These lip glosses are my obsession.  They glide on as a gloss, but dry a matte velvet.  The colours are smoking hot – Red Velvet, Suedeberry (an orange/red) and the new Pink Velvet.  Nothing makes a woman feel more sexy than a bold lipstick!

You can purchase these babies from Modelrock Lashes at


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So there they are – my top 13 products for 2013!!


Feel free to comment on this post to ask any questions about these products, or email me at



Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah


When I got my delivery of Eye of Horus eye products, I felt like a child at Christmas.  These products, particularly the smokey eye pencil have been the talk of the makeup artist industry.  I knew I was going to love these products the minute I tried them!!


Eye of Horus Goddess makeup range is based on ancient egyptian ingredients and formulas.  The girls behind the brand suffered from sensitivity to the eyes and fine, brittle lashes so researched how the ancient Egyptians used natural waxes and oils in their iconic eye products.  They used the ancient formula as a basis for their eye makeup range to provide products that are long lasting, non irritating, nourishing and great for sensitive eyes, avoiding the use of nasty chemicals. And anyone that knows me knows that I am all for natural skin care and makeup products, so this was RIGHT up my alley!  All products are paraben-free and are not tested on animals.

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Let's start with the stand out performer – the GODDESS SMOKEY EYE PENCIL

Three words to describe this pencil: SMOOTH; PIGMENTED; SMUDGEPROOF!

What I love about this eye pencil is that it glides on so smoothly, is highly pigmented and it just doesn't budge!!! It is also great inside the waterline.  I absolutely adore this product and I doubt I will ever find an eye pencil as good as this.  A customer for life!!!

The teal pencil is SUCH a beautiful colour and is very on-trend this season.

It is also a good idea to purchase the eye of horus pencil sharpener when you buy this product, as the pencil is quite soft and a high-quality sharpener is a must!


I did a little experiment with these pencils.  Here they are on the left (intense, yes?)

I have some other brands that I like and use on the right.

Eye pencils before

And here they are after i've rubbed down the middle with a wet cotton bud.  The staying power of Eye of Horus is phenomenal!

Eye pencils after


This mascara is so nourishing that I can actually FEEL my lashes getting healthier and fuller by the day. The mascara is not only volumising, but nourishing and strengthening to the natural lash.

It contains plant-based incredients including Carnauba wax, Moringa oil, Rice bran wax, and Candellila wax.

Another great thing about this mascara is you will never get panda eyes!!!! It is wax based, and when you wash it off of an evening, it comes off so easily, and is not runny.  I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this mascara – it is amazing and I will definitely be using it daily for a long time!


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The first thing I noticed when I opened this product was the texta-like appearance of the eyeliner.  A winged liner usually takes a little while for me to do with a generic brush.  With this texta-like eyeliner pen I can do a winged liner in a few quick strokes.  This liquid eyeliner is beautiful.  Before using this product, it's a good idea to watch this you-tube clip to learn how to activate the product before use, and how to take care of the pen.  If you don't activate the tip, it can appear to be a little dry after a while.  Just push the tip into the side of the lid of the pen and it is activated.


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So my verdict on these products is that they are amazing.  I totally understand all the hype.

Do yourselves a favour and go and buy yourself some Eye of Horus products – you can see a list of retailers on their website at


Rebekah Foxe

Makeup Artistry by Rebekah

Top product for July 2013!

It's time to tell you what my top product for July is.  It's always so hard to decide on just one – but this month I am going to have to choose:

Lime Crime Velvetines

I waited MONTHS for these little babies to come back into stock after being sold out WORLDWIDE!!!! All I can say is they were worth the wait… they glide on your lips like gloss, and dry like a velvet matte lip stain.  I can eat and drink for 8 hours straight and they do NOT budge.  The colours are exquisite – Red Velvet is a deep red colour, and the Suedeberry is a gorgeous, on-trend orange/red.  I wear these so often, and they are very popular in my kit!  Brides love them as it means they can rock a red lip without worrying about transfering their lip colour to their new husbands lips!!!  You can purchase these from Makeup and Glow (my favourite online makeup store!) for just $21.95 each!

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On the left is the RED VELVET and the right, SUEDEBERRY.



And my beautiful client wearing Lime Crime Velvetine in Suedeberry

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My advice: Get one of each!!! You will not regret it.


Rebekah Foxe
Makeup Artistry by Rebekah