Wednesday, 21 January 2015

REAL TECHNIQUES BOLD METALS COLLECTION MAKEUP BRUSHES



Hook line and sinker! The minute The Real Techniques Bold Metals came on the scene I knew I wanted all of them (insert base and finish brushes, not the eye brushes so much). Their stippling and buffing brushes are my favourites and I was hoping to fall in love with these guys as well. Well yes I have. My favourite is the tapered blush brush (£24) I use this to apply my powder and my blush and I love it for both. I'm obsessed with the arched powder brush (£25) too. But I use this for putting on bronzer. It's larger size allows for the product to be dispersed and goes further, rather than mud face. I love the flat contour brush (£22) I don't find it difficult to use at all. Secret? Maby I don't use as much product as everyone else. Dab in the contour powder, dab on your hand, carve the brush into the back of your check bone and swipe upto blend it out. Blend what's left onto your temples and jaw and then repeat for intensity. And finally the triangle foundation brush (£22). Probably my least fave as honestly I'm more of a hands on or stippling kind of person when applying foundation. The bristles are more dispersed slash less compact than other foundation brushes I own, which may prove tiresome. Remember less is more and work into the skin bit by bit to avoid the streak face look. Also the end is designed in such a way so you can buff the foundation in too. The triangle aspect is cool but it hasn't changed my life you know. You don't need the triangle foundation brush. A normal one works the same in my opinion.

So yes. Bold Metals. Beautiful brushes. Extremely soft, amazing quality, make me happy to be alive but you don't need the contour or triangle foundation brushes . They're cool and if you want to play with new shapes and learn new (real) techniques (lol) then buy them, have fun. The powder brush and blush brush on the other hand are essential to your health and well being so sort of need to be bought at your earliest convenience. Xoxox

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

BEAUTY Q&A... LETS GET GOING


If you could only use one makeup brand ever again what would it be?
Charlotte Tilbury for sure. At present everything in my makeup bag, including my makeup bag, is Charlotte Tilbury and everything I've used so far is awesome. Apart from the mascara which smudges like a bitch on me, but I guess I could just wear eyelash extensions and I'm golden.

If you could only use one skincare brand ever again what would it be?
REN. Looking over the whole range I like pretty much everything I would need to do the full beauty routine. So I'm sorted. REN is really good and price wise is really reasonable too. 

What is your most disappointing beauty product you have ever bought?
Om I was really disappointed with the Estée Lauder day wear plus. It was just far too dark for me and I could never make it work. I was really disappointed with the Loreal True Match foundation too. After all the hype I thought I was on to a winner but I hated it.

What has been your biggest surprise? AKA what was much better than expected?
How much the formulations and longevity of high street pencils and lip liners have improved over the years. Rimmel do really great lip liners and eyeliners, shadow crayons. I love my Rimmel lip liner and Soap and Glory eyeliner. I don't have anymore but I'm sure I'd love them to. It proves you don't need to pay a fortune for quality.

What is your favourite beauty task?
It's a tie between putting all the makeup on and putting a luxurious face balm and cleaning my face, taking all the makeup off. The former brings calm and satisfaction the latter brings an awe of relief and satisfaction.

What is your biggest beauty bore?
Shaving, body moisturising, waxing, threading. The painful and the dull stuff. Putting on false eyelashes!!! 

What is your number one Winter beauty obsession?
I get back into the sensitive moisturisers and hydration facial masks. My skin turns on me quick so keeping hydrated helps keep the burning at bay.

What is your number one Summer beauty Obsession?
I should say building up the SPF but nah. That's just essential. My obsession is getting a bronze glow. Every summer that comes around brings with it a new determination to be a bronze goddess. It has yet to be realised though haha.

What would you reccomend a beauty newby buy?
Buy gift and travel sets. It's a really good cost effective way to try out new products from a range without wasting your money on something you don't like. 

Do you prefer high end or high street brands more?
High end MORE. There's some great products from the high street but in general you get what you pay for. But be warned it is a dangerous slippery slope. Once you've paid forty quid on a cleanser that's it. The game has been elevated and your hooked for the rest of your life.

What beauty words of wisdom have you learnt along the way?
Blend till your bored, double cleanse, add highlight, clean your brushes. Read beauty blogs.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Makeup that made it x


Happy New Year one and all. And back to blogging. Last year I wrote a blogpost on a mega clear out I had and the base makeup that made the cut. Then life happened and I forgot about it. I have a few more bits now and I'm considering disposing of a few more bits but this is what my makeup stash looked circa early December 2014. Rather than wasting a good photo session I thought I'd upload it anyway. If you have any questions about anything comment below and I'll either direct you to another post or write up a review on it. Take care xxx