Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set

After a long long wait for this beautiful brushes... I finally have my hands on them and they do not disappoint! If the look of these brushes isn't enough for you with their rose gold features and classic black handles then the quality of these brushes will certainly not let you down. I am a massive fan of real techniques and Sigma brushes so was unsure on whether to take a chance on a brand I had not heard a lot about before, but I am extremely pleased I took the plunge and ordered these little gems.

Within the set which comes with it's own handy little clutch bag to keep the brushes clean, you get a variety of 8 make up brushes. This gives you a selection of brushes so you can complete an entire make up look where you don't have to reach for any other tools! Although, I think this is a brilliant set for any make up addict like myself, I also think this would be a brilliant present or starter kit purchase for someone starting out with make up so they have all the essential brushes needed.

The price for this brush kit is around the £50.00 mark depending on where you buy it from, I purchased mine from Beautybay and it came to £56.95 (http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/rosegoldenbrushset/). Considering you get 8 brushes in the set, this is not a bad price at all. To get good quality brushes that aren't going to shed on your face as soon as you start using them I would suggest going for a brand like Zoeva, Real Techniques or Sigma. These are brands that I personally trust using and think you get amazing quality for the price of the products. I know a lot of people also like using MAC brushes as well, but I unfortunately have not tried these out for myself yet! 

From left to right: 106 Powder, 102 Silk Finish, 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek, 110 Face Shape, 142 Concealer Buffer, 227 Soft Definer, 231 Petite Crease & 317 Wing Liner

106 Powder Brush - A brush which can be used for face powder, bronzer, blush or even buffing in foundation.. quite the multi tasking tool! 
102 Silk Finish Brush - A beautiful dense buffing brush which can be used for blending in foundation to achieve that flawless, airbrushed finish. 
127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush - A angled brush which is the perfect shape for blusher on the apples of the cheeks and for blending out contour.
110 Face Shape Brush - A small brush which can be used for blending in concealer, making contour outlines and highlighting the tops of the cheekbones. 
142 Concealer Buffer Brush - A petite buffing brush which can be used to blend out concealer or foundation under the eyes, around the corners of the nose and in those hard to reach places! 
227 Soft Definer Brush - Eye brush which can be used to pack on eyeshadow to the lid, blend out product in the crease area and blend out all eye make up to get a flawless look.
231 Petite Crease Brush - Small brush with pointed tip for blending out product in the crease and highlighting inner corners and below the brows. Can also be used to highlight cheekbones. 
317 Wing Liner Brush - Perfectly shaped angled eye brush to achieve that easy winged liner look. I have also used this as an eyebrow filler which worked well. 

I have cleaned these brushes a few times so far with my beauty blender solid cleanser and they have come out beautifully and dried extremely quickly. Overall, I'm so happy with this purchase and will certainly try out more of the Zoeva range. 

What make up brushes do you recommend?


Beauty blender solid cleanser

One thing I've always hated about makeup is cleaning my make up brushes. It has always been one of those chores that I put off doing ... It takes such a long time and my brushes always seem to take such a long time to dry off afterwards. However, recently I've really enjoyed cleaning my make up brushes! (Something I thought would never happen) and it's all down to the beauty blender solid cleanser.

I know this made look fairly ordinary product but it honestly is the best make up brush cleaner I've tried. This is pretty pricey at £13.00 per cleanser but I am willing to pay this every time for the quality of this product. It is simple to use, all you have to do is wet your brush, swirl it in the cleanser, massage the cleanser into the brush and then wash it out and the brush will be completely clean. It has a minty smell but nothing too overpowering and it does not linger after the brushes have dried off. Another thing which I love about this product is that my make up brushes dry off so quickly after using this! Normally I would wait half a day or so for my brushes to dry off, but with this my brushes dry in around 2 hours.

For me this is the perfect product and I will continue from now on to repurchase again and again. A lot of different people like different skincare items and make up products due to different skin types and preferences, but I feel that this make up brush cleanser will be something everyone can enjoy and love as much as I do! I know they have a liquid brush cleanser in the range as well which could be interesting to try out to see if it gives the same results. 

What do you use to clean your make up brushes with? 


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Benefit Pop Up Shop - New Majorette blush and Christmas box of blushes

Working at a PR company often means that I get to set up exciting events, a couple of weeks ago Benefit got in contact to set up a pop up shop for us all. They showcased their new Christmas selection, offered us a 10% discount off all items and had a pop up brow bar where they could wax eyebrows and  tint lashes! It was fair to say that it was a good Friday....

One of the items I have really been looking forward to purchasing was their new blush Majorette, I have read so many blog posts about how amazing it is and I always love a peachy blush as I think it suits my skin tone really well. This blush retails for a price of £23.50 and I think that it is pricey, however this is such a versatile product that I personally think it's worth it. You can either wear this by itself for a pop of colour on the cheeks or you can wear it underneath another blush to amplify the colour, pigmentation and provide longer staying power. I have been using this both ways and think that it works just as well either way depending on what look you want. It is a creamy blush and as I have combination skin sometimes my face can get oily so I was slightly worried about that, but actually it dries like a powder and is completely matte  after a couple of seconds. I think this would suit so many skintones and I really do recommend it if you are looking to try out a new blush product. On a side note I know these aren't the most important factors but I think the packaging is sooo cute and the scent is absolutely lovely as well, so a winner all round. 

 Another item that also caught my eye was one of the new Christmas gift sets that Benefit have brought out this year. This is the Cheeky Sweet Spot Box of Blushes and retails for £29.50, it is such a steal product as normally a seperate blush from Benefit will cost you £23.50. 

This set includes 5 blushes (Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, Corlalista and Rockateur), a bronzer (Hoola) and a highlight shade (Watt's Up!), it also provides a small brush. I have already tried out the majority of the blushes before but I love how there are a few in the set that I haven't used like Rockateur and Sugarbomb, I was also really excited that they have included the highlight and bronzer as I think this will be a useful kit to travel with as there are three face products in one palette. All of the blushes are very pigmented and have great colour pay off, the bronzer is also one of my favourites to use! 

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Above are some swatches of what each product looks like on my skin, from top to bottom we have: Rockateur, Coralista, Hoola, Sugarbomb, Bella Bamba, Dandelion and then Majorette. I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and have found it useful if you was thinking about buying some new cheek products, what are your favourites to use? xxx

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Muji Storage and Make Up Collection 2014

After having a little clear out of my make up drawer the other day I realised that A LOT of the items I didn't use enough. I think this was purely because I couldn't see everything I had to alternate between as most of my make up was completely hidden away in make up bags etc. 

I decided to look into getting some new storage which meant that most of the products I own would be fully on display in my bedroom, so I would be able to choose between different products every single day and not get stuck in a rut with a same old make up routine. I was searching for hours on the internet for storage, and although the storage I came across looked amazing.. they were all just so expensive. 

I had never heard of MUJI before looking on their website and after having a glimpse at the acrylic drawer boxes I knew I had to buy one. This storage was identical to other ones I had seen online but just a fraction of the price. In the end I went for the Acrylic 5 drawer box for just £24.95 which is a good size to hold almost all of my make up (apart from a few lipsticks, my foundations and big loose powders). As soon as my make up collection grows though I am sure I will purchase more of this storage as I have fallen in love with it! 

As you can see from the picture above, this storage has five different compartment drawers which allows me to separate out my make up into groups. This makes it so easy in the morning when I'm getting ready for work or a day out as I don't have to spend ages going through make up bags to find one product. I literally just open up one of the drawers and can see everything. I also think that it will help to use up the products better as you can keep a track on how long you've had a piece of make up for. 

I tend to keep my favourite YSL lipsticks on the top of the storage as I use these the most and normally take one colour in my bag for the day, this is also where I keep my eyeshadow palettes as they don't fit in a drawer. All of my foundations are to the right of the storage in my Ted Baker make up bag along with any loose powders that I have, my Urban Decay setting spray and my make up brush cleaner. My make up brushes are kept separately, however I do want to find some storage for these so I can put them with my make up. 

My make up is roughly organised at the moment, so in my top drawer I have all lipsticks, lipglosses and chubby sticks.

In  my second drawer is most of my mascaras and then some lip balms and butters that didn't fit in the top drawer. 

Third drawer down I have my eye products so eyeliners, eyeshadow sticks, brow products, eye primers, eye shadows and my tweezers. 

My fourth drawer is one of my favourites as it has most of my blushes in and my bronzers, along with a tint blush. 

And then my final drawer has my concealers in, some BB creams and then primers and highlights. 

I hope this has helped you if you are looking to organise and sort out your make up drawers like I was. Muji is definitely the first place I will look from now on and I'm really excited about growing my make up collection futher. Thank you for reading and let me know in the comments how you store all of your make up. xxx

Monday, 8 September 2014

Marc Jacobs beauty collection

When I went to New York in April with my boyfriend one of the first things I knew I had to purchase was some of the Marc Jacobs beauty collection which I found in Sephora (my favourite shop!). Although this beauty range was fairly new I had already seen countless bloggers and youtubers talking about the eyeshadow palette below - The Lolita 206. The colours in this palette are some of the prettiest, girly shades and work so well with one another to achieve either a matte day time look or a sparkly going out eye.

At 59 dollars this is certainly not a cheap product but I think the classic eyeshadows won't go 'out of season', each shade is really wearable and out of the seven eyeshadows there is not one colour in the palette that I dislike or don't think I will get use out of. I think the simple packaging makes the products look so luxurious and beautiful and is definitely very well made so you know there is no chance of it breaking. It also comes in a little sleeve which you can keep it in to keep the palette nice and clean.

I have swatched each shadow below so you can see what they look like on the skin, I don't think the shades have names as they are not stated on the palette anywhere. I really like how there is a selection of mattes and shimmers/glitters as so many different looks can be put together. The matte shades are very buttery against the skin and glide on without any creasing and the glitters are also very smooth, although for the price I do wish they were slightly more pigmented. It can take a while for the glitter/shimmer shades to notice on the lids, however they are very buildable so you can put layer after layer on.

Overall, I am so happy with this beautiful palette. This was a massive splurge for me and I think I will be waiting a while until I buy another Marc Jacobs palette, although 'The Dreamer' one has recently caught my eye as it is lovely shades of pinks and golds so that could be on my Christmas wishlist!

The other Marc Jacobs product I bought while in NYC was this gorgeous Shameless Powder Blush in the shade Promiscuous 214. I can't get enough of this rosy pink shade, it is one of the most pigmented blushes I have tried and completely worth the 30 dollars as I have used this so much since purchased and it looks barely touched. You need the tiniest bit of product and it comes out so bright and vibrant on the cheeks, it looks incredible even with the tiniest amount of make up on the skin as it gives you that 'naturally flushed' look.

There are 10 shades of these blushes to pick from and looking at the website I honestly want to try every single one, they are all such rich colours which would work so well with every skintone. I have swatched the shade I purchased below which shows you how pigmented the product is. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a high end blush as I don't think you could be disappointed by this product. 

Hopefully I will be able to try more of the range soon, although it is fairly pricey and there are lots of other equally as nice cheaper brands out there. Have you tired anything by the Marc Jacobs beauty collection? I would love to know your thoughts! xxx

Tanya Burr's Lipglosses

I've honestly been meaning to write this blog post for ages as I picked up my first lipgloss of Tanya's about 4 months or so ago.

The first shade I went for from the range of 12 lipglosses was the colour 'chic'. I love nude, pinky lip products sooo much and for me this was the PERFECT shade of nude. I would say it has a coral-y, peachy shade to it as well which just makes me love it even more. I purchased mine in Superdrug and picked it up for £6.99, I think the products were on 3 for 2 however so I also chose two of her nail varnishes as well (Which I also love the formula of!).

A lot of nude lip products I love look completely beautiful in the tube and then when I try them on they are completely sheer and have no colour to them. This product couldn't be more opposite, although it's a nude shade it has such amazing pigmentation and I literally just needed one coat to cover my lips in this gorgeous colour. The formula as well is perfect for me.. it is non sticky and lasts up to 4 hours on the lips. I posted a photo of me on my instagram wearing this 'chic' shade and used the hashtag #TanyaBurrCosmetics and was lucky enough to be featured on Tanya's blog!! I have posted this photo below just in case you wanted to see what the colour looks like on my lips. If you want to see the full blog post Tanya created then click the link here >> http://www.tanyaburr.co.uk/?blog=blogs/archive/2014/05/21/tanya.burr.cosmetics.aspx.

Considering I loved her 'chic' gloss so much I'm sure it would come as no surprise to you that I also purchased 'just peachy' and 'picnic in the park' as well which are also both completely to die for! Another thing which everyone loves about these lipglosses is their scent, they smell really fruity and fresh, almost exactly like my favourite sweets strawberry laces. They honestly tick every box for a lipgloss so if you can get your hands on one of these I would definitely recommend trying them currently as they are all £4.66 in Superdrug stores (which is a complete bargain considering they feel like high end products). 

Above is a picture of the swatches of each colour that I have so you can see what they look like on the skin, this is literally one sweep of each so you can see how pigmented they are. From left to right we have Just Peachy, Chic and then Picnic in the Park. I am definitely looking forward to purchasing more of these lip products as it will be interesting to see what the darker shades are like and how they perform. 

I think the packaging is really sleek and looks like a high end product. I love the fact that you can can see exactly what colour the lip product is before you buy it and you can see how much product you have left because of the see through tube. I hope you have enjoyed reading about Tanya Burr's lip products and it has given you a little insight into what the glosses are like. Let me know what shades you have tried and whether you love them as much as I do! 


August favourites 2014

There are quite a few products I have been using throughout August so it was hard to narrow it down to my favourite 6 items, however these are the products I have used the most and near enough every single day for my everyday make up and skincare routine.  

Antipodes - Grace Gentle cream cleanser 
I'm absolutely obsessed with cream cleansers and have wanted to try this this organic Antipodes one for quite a while. This was on the pricey side at around £24, however I think it's definitely worth the price tag as it has really improved my skin texture and cleared the impurities that were on my face. I have been using this with a muslin cloth and the combination of the two work really well together at thoroughly removing all make up. This will be a product that I will repurchase again and I'm very excited about ordering some more items from the Antipodes range. 

Estee Lauder - Double wear foundation in 2C1 Pure beige 
I have been using this foundation for a couple of months now on and off but this month I have been wearing it almost every single day. It is an extremely high coverage foundation and you literally just need the tiniest amount to cover all imperfections. It is quite a thick consistency and very fast drying so you have to buff it in quickly to achieve that flawless look, I work it in to one section at a time so it doesn't look patchy. This is a foundation that would be perfect for anyone with oily/combination skin. 

Barry M - Bold black waterproof eyeliner 
This eyeliner is the most pigmented liner I have ever used! I love gel liners as well but find them hard to use so having the gel in a pencil form is perfect to achieve that cat eye flick without getting the product everywhere. The only downside of this product for me is that it can smudge after a few hours on the eye so I wouldn't say it's very long lasting. 

Tarte - Amazonian butter lipstick in Angelic nude 
I LOVE this lipstick, it is my perfect nude lip currently and I have been wearing it every day as I am so obsessed. It is completely moisturising and buttery as the name would suggest and it smells like mint which gives it a very fresh, cooling feeling on the lips. I love how the lipstick is completely organic and think that the packaging looks so cute. I just wish it was easier to purchase tarte products in the UK. 

Rimmel - Exaggerate full colour lip liner in 18 Addiction 
I have been pairing this lip liner with my tarte lipstick and I honestly think they look amazing together. I have never particularly worn a lip liner before although I think from now on it will be a staple for me as they make my lips look so much fuller and shaped. Although I've been using this combination together, I do think that this liner will be easy to use with most other products as it is a natural lip colour. 

Maybelline - The colossal go extreme volume mascara in very black
I am a big fan of Maybelline mascaras so the fact that I bought this and loved it did not surprise me, I love the falsies mascara and would say that I prefer this colossal one as it adds more volume. I think this gives a dramatic look and makes my lashes look so much longer than they actually are. This provides a great look for a night out and I think it is great value for money. I will continue to repurchase Maybelline mascaras as I think they are great quality. 

What are your August favourites? xxx