First off, sorry for the major blogging fail recently – I don’t even have an excuse as to why i’ve been neglecting my blog! But I’m back and I’m talking about one of my obsessions – make-up brushes!
I’ve been lusting over the Bold Metals collection from Real Techniques ever since their launch, but I never seemed to get round to picking some up. Compared to the original Real Techniques line, they are on the higher price end, having said that, the quality of these brushes are insane. Firstly, the handles are stunning (especially the rose gold ones). They’re designed in a pyramid shade, enabling them to lie flat once placed on your dressing table – such a simple yet great idea!
Out of the whole collection, the powder brush has to be my favourite. The bristles are so soft and disperse powder like a dream. It’s also big and fluffy enough to be perfect for applying bronzer. I do love however the contour brush also. It’s dense and neatly packed meaning it gives you a great sharp contour. It would be the ideal brush to use for cream contour because of this.
The most unusual brush out of the collection has to be the foundation brush. It’s like no other foundation brush I’ve come across before because of it’s shape. It is shaped like a pyramid meaning you have a flat side to ‘paint’ on the product, with narrow sides making it easy to get into the contours of the face. The tip can also be used to buff the foundation into the skin. It has taken me a while to get used to, but so far I’ve been loving it. Because of the fact that it doesn’t really buff the product into the skin, I find that it gives a higher coverage than the Expert Face Brush for example.
The eye brushes are also gorgeous. There are 3 in the collection all with silver accents. The base shadow brush is the one I have probably got most use out of so far, however, the crease brush is also great for defining the crease. The eyeliner brush is also really good – i’ve been enjoying it to apply black eyeshadow as a more smokey liner along my lash line.
If you’re unsure or having doubts, I would defiantly recommend you to pick up these brushes. If not all of them, then at least one. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
I may have had another splurge..this time it’s MAC (again). There’s been a couple of lipsticks that I’ve wanted to pick up and try for a while now, and I’m always wanting to buy more eyeshadows to add to my palette.
Starting with eyeshadows, and they’re all very Autumnal themed, though I’m guilty of wearing these tones all year round anyway! Sumptuous Olive is a gorgeous Khaki green colour, something I’ve wanted to try for a while as I wear so much of this shade in my clothing. Although it’s colour, it’s subtle so even washed all over the lid it’s not too in your face and gives a beautiful pop.
Antiqued is another that I’ve had my eyes on for a few months. It’s the perfect rusty shade for this time of year and looks great on it’s own with loads of mascara. I love this one for nights out, it’s so pretty and makes blue eyes (like mine) look so much more exaggerated!!
And last but not least for eyeshadows is Patina. This was a Lily Pebbles inspired purchase as i’ve seen her talk about this in the past. I wanted a colour that I could easily put all over the lid on fuss free days and for it to still look put together and gorgeous. I think i’ve found just that in this shadow.
(Left to Right – Sumptuous Olive, Antiqued, Patina)
The two lipsticks I picked up are two hugely popular ones on both youtube and in the blogging world. Brave is a stunning pinky mauve, the perfect “Kylie Jenner” lipstick which I think suits so many skin tones. I did buy this for a friend however, but I am defiantly going straight back to MAC and getting one for myself as it’s just too pretty!
Velvet Teddy was the lipstick I bought for myself on this MAC shopping trip. I’ve wanted this for SO LONG and am so glad I finally bit the bullet and picked it up. I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it and I love it. The formula is so comfortable on the lips and because it’s a matte, it lasts so long. I’m thinking of doing a post on this soon with the lip liner i’ve been loving wearing alongside, so stay tuned for that!
(Left to Right – Brave, Velvet Teddy)
After hearing Kylie Jenner mention that this is the serum she uses in an interview recently, I’ve wanted to try it! It’s a “lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin and leaves skin looking plumper”. With my skin being more on the dry side, this sounded right up my street.
It has three main ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid is meant to hydrate the skin leaving it looking and feeling plumper, Velvet Flower adds extra moisturisation and Dragon’s Blood comforts and restores the skin through skin hydration. Now i’m not going to lie, i’m not entirely sure what Dragon’s Blood actually is..I mean dragons aren’t real..
I use this morning and night under my moisturiser and so far i’ve been loving it. I find that it’s a great base for foundation as it has an almost tacky/primer like feel once applied. I’ve defiantly noticed that my skin has been more hydrated, as i’ve seen less dry patches than I usually get. However, I wouldn’t say i’ve particularly noticed my skin looking plumper, perhaps I need to test it out for a while longer to see more results.
I love the packaging as far as the box is concerned, but I was expecting the actual bottle to be a bit better in terms of quality than what I received. For the price (£19.99) it looks pretty cheap.
All in all I would recommend this serum. It’s a great budget alternative compared to other serums being over the £20 mark. If you head to Superdrug at the moment it’s around £13 so defiantly go in now while you’ve got the chance!
I’ve had my eye on this product for a while before I finally decided to give it a go. I haven’t tried out many makeup setting sprays before, so I was curious to say the least. It retails for £15.50, which I honestly don’t think is too bad compared with Urban Decay’s sprays costing more in the region of £20. The website describes this product as “A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup.”.
How I personally like to use this product is by spritzing my face before and after applying my makeup. I find that spraying on top of your makeup gives it a more dewy finish. I also spray a little onto my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and use that to blend out my concealer under my eyes. I’ve also heard of people using it to make eyeshadows more sheeny – a great tip if you’re after that wet eye look.
I love the packaging. The spray makes it super easy to apply and it delivers the right amount of mist onto your skin. It has no real scent – great if you have sensitive skin. It feels just like water on your skin, so perfect for days when you want a instant boost of hydration and at the same time refreshing your makeup.
Overall I would say that is isn’t something you ‘need’ in your collection, but for makeup lovers like me, it’s a great all round product that defiantly is more of a treat to use than anything. I would however recommend, I’m a little obsessed with this now!
It makes me sad that summer is nearly to an end, but before we dust off the wooly jumpers and booties once again, I wanted to share with you my favourite scents this summer.
So there have been 3 stand out scents that I have been alternating between this year. One of my all time favourites has to be Daisy by Marc Jacobs. This to me is summer in a bottle. The packaging first of all is to die for. But the scent itself is sweet, yet still has hints of floralness running through.
Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy reminds me a lot of Daisy. As the name would suggest, this is my more evening summer perfume. Again, I love the packaging, and whats even better about this scent, it’s so affordable and lasts a really long time!
As we probably would have already gathered, I’m a massive lipstick junkie. And because of this, i’ve accumulated my fair few over the years. Most of them are tucked up nicely in my muji drawers, but when I was riffling through my bag recently, I discovered a handful laying at the bottom. I thought it was be fun to show you a sneak peak of what products have managed to make their way into my bag in recent weeks.
I’m going to warn you, most are pretty much the same colour – a nudey pink. Only because it’s the colour I wear the majority of the time.
I have a couple of Mac in my bag. Creme Cup is a lovely straight out light pink. I tend to mix this with Patisserie to make the perfect pinky nude. I find Creme Cup looks a bit weird on me on its own.
A recent discovery a one that I have been obsessed with is Beehive from Seventeen. I think this was popular a while back, but I have only just found it in my collection. It feels so balmy on the lips and gives you a lovely nude tint, with a hint of gloss. A perfect throw on shade.
Kate Moss no8 is my go to lipstick all year round. It’s such a flattering shade that suits everyone and that goes with everything. I find you do have to top it up quite a bit throughout the day, hence why it’s made its way into my bag.
When they came out, I was obsessed with the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. When they came out with new formulas about a year or so ago, I picked up 105 Demure and it’s one of their Lacquers. It’s a great slap on shade that is really comfortable on the lips. Again, it’s a lovely nudey pink that goes with everything.
Last but not least is a shade that I think is very similar to creme Cup. It’s by Max Factor and it’s called Stardust Pink. This is a gorgeous girly pink, which is so flattering on my skintone.