My Favourite Brushes!

I absolutely love brushes! I love buying them, I love using them, washing them… to me they make makeup even more fun! And even though I have a fair

amount of brushes, more than I need really, I always want more! So although I love all my brushes! I have tried to select my absolute favourites, the ones I

cannot live without for this post. Oh and by the way they’re a mixture of affordable and high-end and I believe they are all synthetic!

 

 

Dusting and Powder Brush by the Vintage Cosmetic Company 

I bought this one because I just liked how it looked lol! Its basically a big

fluffy brush, great for dusting powder all over the face whether you want to

set your makeup with powder or softly bronze. Its a synthetic brush, very soft,

it doesn’t shed and its very easy to clean. Plus it looks lovely!

 

 

 

 

 

Blush Brush by Real Techniques

Also a synthetic brush (I believe all Real Technique brushes are synthetic), it

doesn’t shed and its very fluffy and soft. Although its labelled as a blush

brush you can also usethis to contour and highlight (its tapered end allows

you to softly highlight the tops ofyour cheekbones). Good with both cream

and powder products. I mainly use it for blush and to set my under-eye area.

You could set your entire face with it if you so wished.

And did I mention its pink, I love pink!

 

 

Setting Brush by Real Techniques

This is my favourite brush to apply highlight with, especially when I want an

intense highlight. Of course you can also set your under-eye are with this

brush. Also tapered at the end but a bit more dense than the blush brush so

you can use it for more precise application of product. Again it can be used

with either cream of powder products.

 

 

 

 

Powder Brush from the 10 Piece Pop Art Brush Set by bhcosmetics

I like to use this brush to buff in powder foundation; it blends my foundation well and gives me a lovely natural finish. You can also use it to blend liquid

foundation although I generally prefer to use a beauty sponge for that.

Angled Powder Brush from the 10 Piece Pop Art Brush Set by bhcosmetics

Personally I never use the Angled Powder/Blush brush to apply blush but its my favourite brush to contour with.

Tapered Eyeshadow Blending Brush from the 10 Piece Pop Art Brush Set by bhcosmetics

I use the Tapered Eyeshadow Blending brush to apply shadow to my crease and also to blend out the shadow.

 

 

 

Blending Brush by Colourpop, Base Shadow Brush by Real Techniques, Medium Shadow Brush from the Metallic Pink collection by bhcosmetics

From left to right, first the Colourpop Blending brush is a flat fluffy brush. Good

for applying as well as blending eyeshadow. Next the Base Shadow brush from

Real Techniques, to me this is a fluffy blending brush, I use it blend different

shadows together for a seamless transition of colour. The Medium Shadow brush

by bhcosmetics is also quite a flat brush with shorter hairs and less fluffy than

the Colourpop one. I use this one mostly to pack colour onto the lid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

209 & 210 Eye Liner Brushes by MAC

And last but not least my favourite eye liner brushes! I use them to apply gel liner

(obviously!). I use the 210 if I want a very fine almost not there line. When I want

something bolder I use both, I start with the 210 and then go in with 209 to build it

up. For a nice wing I use the 209!

 

So these are favourite brushes! I didn’t include a lip brush as I don’t tend to use them. Hope you found this post useful!

Which are your favourite brushes?

Till next time, T

Makeup Look: P for Purple

 

Face

Benefit hello flawless oxygen wow! in Ivory I’m pure for sure

Benefit boi-ing concealer in 01

Mac prolongwear concealer in NC15

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro palette; Cream

Benefit hoola bronzer

Benefit sugarbomb blush

Makeup Geek Kathleen Lights highlighter palette; Nightlight and Starlight

 

 

Eyes

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion in Original

NYX Jumbo Eye pencil in Milk-604

Urban Decay Naked 2 palette; Tease

Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette; Sketch, Delirious, Faded, Iced, Minx

Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in Woodstock

Rodial smokey eye pen in Black

Rodial Glamolash XXL mascara in Black

 

Lips

Colourpop ultra satin lip in Tiny Chum

 

Hope you liked this look!

Till next time, T

Review: ScrubLove Detoxifying Activated Charcoal body scrub

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I received the Detoxifying Activated Charcoal ‘Cucumber and Bamboo’ body scrub by ScrubLove in my May Glossybox so I decided to find out more about the company and their products. I love body scrubs and exfoliators but I’m disappointed with most products. They often contain cosmetic micro-beads which are bad for the environment and not as effective as natural ingredients anyway.

ScrubLove is a UK based company; they make body scrubs using natural ingredients such as argan oil, Himalayan pink salt, coconut, sugar, etc. According to their website their products are free from artificial colours, fragrances, parabens and preservatives. As someone with very sensitive skin I was excited to say the least. Not to mention their products are not tested on animals. So far I’m a fan.

The activated charcoal scrub I received contains cucumber and bamboo and claims to absorb pollutants from your skin, tighten your pores and leave your skin glowing and nourished. You’re supposed to gently rub the scrub into the skin using circular motions, leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off. ScrubLove recommends to use this scrub 3-4 times a week.

The first thing I have to say is unfortunately a negative, but it is the only one and that is the smell. I really do not like how this scrub smells, I’m not sure if its the bamboo or something else but it just smells… unpleasant. I don’t even know how to describe it but it certainly doesn’t make me want to rub it on my skin. And the smell almost gets worse when you add water to rinse off.

However it works really well on the skin. It left my skin feeling so, so soft. I used it on my entire body, but the area I mostly struggle with is my legs as I get a lot of ingrown hair not matter what hair removal method I use and how often I exfoliate. So I used this scrub to exfoliate my legs and then shave and it worked beautifully! After one use it got rid of most of my ingrown hair but left my skin silky soft. Now, it does leave a greyish tint to my skin so I would recommend soaping after using it as water alone did not remove the greyish colour. The only issue for me is the smell so I hope that one or both of the other two Detoxifying Charcoal scrubs they have, one in Avocado and Aloe Vera and one in Prickly Pear will have a better scent but be just as great exfoliators. I also look forward to trying out their coffee body scrubs!

All in all I love this product I just wish it had a more pleasant scent! So I will use up the one I have and then try the others, wish me luck!

Have you ever tried this scrub or any other products from ScrubLove? Did you like them?

Also what is your favourite body scrub?

Till next time, T

Makeup Look: Smokey Gold

 

 

Face

Mac Prep+Prime

NARS Copacabana illuminator (mixed into the foundation)

Mac Pro Longwear SPF10 foundation in N18 and NC15

Mac Pro Longwear concealer in NC15

Collection sheer loose powder in Translucent

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro palette; Sculpt to contour, Ice Queen to highlight

Benefit Hoola bronzer

Benefit Sugarbomb blush

Colourpop Smokin’ Whistles to highlight

Mac Prep+Prime Fix+

 

Eyes

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion in Original

Mac eyeshadow x15: Warm Neutral; Brule, Saddle, Dance in the Dark, Dark Brew, Honey Lust, Amber Lights

Mac eyeshadow x15: Mellow Moderns; Persuade, Carbon, Trax

Maybelline Master Ink matte in Charcoal Black

Rodial smokey eye pen in Black

Mac False Lashes Extreme Black mascara

Ardell Demi Wispies

 

Lips

Mac lip pencil in Nightingale

Mac satin lipstick in Amorous

Mac cremesheen lipstick in Creme in your Coffee

 

 

 

Hope you like this look as much as I do!

Till next time, T

Review: bliss fabulips

I was first introduced to bliss a couple of years ago when I came across their fabulips sugar lip scrub and decided to give it a try… I loved it! I have been repurchasing it ever since. When I went to repurchase last month it was out of stock so I decided to try out this set. The set includes four products; a foaming lip cleanser, the sugar lip scrub, a lip plumper and a lip balm. Four products, four steps to “full, healthy, beautiful lips that look ‘pout’-of-this world”.

 

Step 1

The foaming lip cleanser is supposed to remove lipstick and get rid of impurities. Once applied to the lips it starts foaming (as the name suggests!), you wait 20-30 seconds then rinse. Now I can’t exactly see impurities so I can’t comment on how well it removes them. My lips did feel cleansed and refreshed afterwards but you can probably cleanse your lips just as well with cleansing wipes or micellar water.

However, I decided to see how well it removes lipstick. I tested it on liquid lipstick since these are normally the ones hardest to remove, often leaving our lips sore and inflamed. The lipstick I chose is one of my favourites, Colourpop ultra satin lip in Hutch. The reason I chose this one and not a matte one is because this is the darkest liquid lipstick I own, so to me this is harder to remove than a light colour matte as darker colours tend to stain the lips. Also, in my experience Colourpop’s ultra satin lipsticks are just as long-wearing as their ultra mattes.

When I tested it on lipstick I forgot that you’re supposed to rinse it and I simply wiped it away (thus smudging lipstick around my lips… anyway)! It did a good job removing most of my lipstick without having to rub it off. As you can see in the picture there was a little bit of lipstick left on my lips which I removed easily with some micellar water.


So all in all it does what it says on the box. Now, will I repurchase it? No. Simply because I find it easier to cleanse my lips with the micellar water I use on the rest of my face. And when it comes to removing lipstick I prefer using a cleansing oil and finishing off with my face cleanser or micellar wipes if I’m feeling lazy.

 

Step 2

My favourite product in the set is the sugar lip scrub! It contains finely granulated sugar and almonds and walnut shells, leaving my lips beautifully exfoliated and silky soft. Flavoured with vanilla and orange, it smells divine! Personally I don’t smell the orange, to me it smells like vanilla bubblegum and I love it! Lightly rub on your lips in circular motion and then wipe away with a damp washcloth.

I use it almost every night as part of my skincare routine, then apply some lip balm to keep my lips hydrated and soft. I also use it when I know I’ll be wearing a long-wearing lipstick; I use it before I start applying my makeup, then I put on some lip balm to soften my lips while I apply my makeup, then I wipe it off and apply my lipstick.  I’ve noticed that lipsticks, especially liquid lipsticks sit a lot better on my lips if I exfoliate first.

If you are someone who loves wearing liquid lipsticks, like I do, then you need this sugar lip scrub!

This is a must-have product for me and I actually use it on my entire face, it works really well on my t-zone, getting rid of blackheads without drying out my skin. I tend to use it on the days I don’t use a charcoal/clay detox mask.

 

Step 3

The instant lip plumper; mint-flavoured and containing cork tree extract and peptide-packed complex, is supposed to give your lips long-lasting lushness. Now, I have never tried a lip plumper before so I have nothing to compare it to.

If you are looking for a product that will visibly plump up your lips, this isn’t for you. I’ve used it several times so far and on my lips at least it doesn’t really have a great plumping effect. It does plump my lips, but its very subtle. It feels a little tingly but in a refreshing minty way. What I found surprising is that it keeps my lips hydrated for a long time, hours. I’ll apply it in the morning and its still on my lips at lunchtime.

However, I don’t like the packaging, I find it frustrating especially if I’m in a hurry like I am every morning when I’m getting ready for work. You’re supposed to twist the bottom bit which clicks, to dispense the product. But I always find myself twisting, and twisting, and twisting not getting any product and then getting a lot more than I need all at once.

So definitely not a fun of the packaging, but I like the product although not for what its advertised for!

 

 

Step 4

Lastly, replenish your lips using the softening lip balm. Containing shea butter, jojoba and grapeseed oil, its supposed to leave your lips pillow-soft.

This must contain some of the same ingredients as the lip scrub, because it has a similar scent; not as potent but just as delicious! This lip balm almost melts into the lips when you apply it, and it does leave my lips silky soft.

It has a very thin consistency so it doesn’t feel heavy on the lips, which I love. I don’t feel as if I’m wearing lip balm yet my lips feel very hydrated. Its a great companion to the sugar lip scrub and I will be repurchasing it!

 

 

 

 

This kit costs £39.00 on feelunique.com and all four products are full size products not samples. The foaming lip cleanser costs £13.50, the sugar lip scrub £14.00, the instant lip plumper £17.00 and the softening lip balm £13.00, bringing the total to £57.50! So if you want to try even 3 of these products I would recommend buying the set.

My favourite products are the sugar lip scrub (what else!) and the softening lip balm. And even though £14.00 is pricey for a lip scrub, to me its worth it. Plus, if you only use it for your lips, which its intended use, then 14g of product lasts for quite a while. Now. on to the lip balm, £13.00 is expensive for a lip balm, especially when you can buy an EOS lip balm for £6.00 at Superdrug, and they are just as good. Maybe not as lightweight but very hydrating. Whether or not its worth the price? I leave that up to you! Personally I like using both, that way the fabulips softening lip balm lasts me longer and I don’t feel as bad when I splurge and buy it again (excuses, excuses…)! The instant plumper I like, but not enough to repurchase especially as I don’t like the packaging (too frustrating!). I have to say the cleanser is my least favourite product in the set, I just don’t see it becoming part of my routine as I prefer my cleansing oil and micellar water.

Don’t get me wrong I like this kit and if you’re willing to spend the money its a good set to try, I just won’t be repurchasing all of the products.

Have you tried any of these products and what did you think of them? Also are there any products you’d like to see a review of?

Till next time, T

Makeup Look: Pink Obsession

Hello and welcome to my blog! And my first ever post! I thought I would start with a makeup look

 

Face

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Mac Pro Longwear SPF10 foundation in N18 and NC15

Mac Pro Longwear concealer in NC15

Nars Copacabana illuminator

Rimmel Clear complexion clarifying powder

Benefit Hoola bronzer

Nars Seduction blush

Colourpop Flexitarian

Mac Prep+Prime Fix+

 

Eyes

Benefit boi-ing concealer in 01 (as eye primer)

theBalm Matt Moskowitz from the Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette

Colourpop super shock shadows; Stereo, Drift, Glow

Mac Spellbinder shadow in Gravity’s Pull

BH cosmetics 88 matte colour eyeshadow palette

Colour pop creme gel liner in Honeydude

TooFaced 3-way lash lining tool

Rodial smokey eye pen in Black

Eylure fleur de force Fleur Loves 3/4 lashes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lips

Colourpop lippie pencil in Bound

Colourpop lippie stix in Cami