Wednesday, 30 April 2014

the review: bobbi brown creamy concealer

Sick of waking up early in the morning after a late night and seeing the eye bags the size of Everest under your eyes? Welcome to my world. University has provided me with late nights and early starts and I was hating on my dark under eye circles… until now.

This Bobbi Brown creamy concealer has been raved about in the past, a good couple of years ago now but I decided to give it ago now to try and keep the bags at bay. As it is Bobbi Brown it is not cheap but for my first product from the brand I am very impressed. The creamy concealer on the left works wonders at hiding those dark circles and with a little bit of the powder dusted on the top the product is set for the day.
I absolutely adore the sleekness of the packaging and it's the perfect size to just throw into your makeup bag. I would not necessarily recommend this for blemishes and spots as it is pretty heavy duty and may drag on the skin a bit.

Overall I'm really enjoying using this product and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to invest into a product that works really well…

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

brushes: current favourites

Makeup brushes are those tools which you can rely on daily to help you apply, smudge and blend in makeup. I've got a fair few brushes (most of them Real Techniques) and this post is going to be a little insight to my favourite brushes and the ones I use the most. I'm going to branch out into other brush brands but for now these ones are excellent and all-in-all great value for money!

The Face Brushes:
The RT powder brush is arguably my all time favourite brush - it's absolutely massive and works a treat when applying translucent or mineral powder. It ensures all of the powder is blended evenly over the face without looking too much or too cakey. For concealer I use the RT deluxe crease brush - although it's intended to be an eye brush it's absolutely amazing for patting in concealer and has a much more flawless finish than a finger.

The Cheek Brushes: 
The RT contour brush is also a firm favourite of mine and I use it for a few things. I use this brush to attempt contouring, applying powder highlight and sometimes even dotting my blush to the apples of my cheeks and blending. For cream blushes or highlighters I tend to opt for the RT stippling brush as it's dense and picks up the right amount of product and helps to blend in the creamy consistencies well and without much effort at all.

The Eye Brushes: 
For the brows I always groom through them first with a spoolie - these can be picked up anywhere and are all pretty much the same - I happen to have a Daniel Sandler one which I picked up via ASOS. It does it's job well and was inexpensive too. Finally for blending shadows and whatnot my favourite brush without a doubt is possibly the Queen of all blending brushes - the MAC 217. This brush is absolutely foolproof and is so easy to use and blend in all of that shadowy goodness.

If you have any recommendations for any types of brushes then please do not hesitate to comment as a girl can never have too many makeup brushes, right?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

pretty lids

I'm pretty sure the whole of the UK is aware that Spring is definitely on it's way. I think it's the perfect time to have a clothes and makeup sort out. I did this a week back and rediscovered how many cream eyeshadows I own and how I've been neglecting them slightly, but now the sun is making an appearance I have no excuse for hiding away all of the glittery goodness!My favourite quality about cream eyeshadows is how easy they are to apply, blend, add a coat of mascara and then you're good to go. These can be worn on their own or as a base with more powder shadows packed on top, to ensure they stay smudge free all day/night long. For a more glittery or shimmery look I tend to opt for either the Maybelline colour tattoos or the Benefit creaseless cream shadows. On and on Bronze, Permanent Taupe and Eternal Gold from the Maybelline collection are all so beautiful to blend, I tend to wear them on their own with a coat of mascara. The Benefit shadow in Sippin' n' Dippin' is a much more peachier tone, I like to wear it with shadows on the top, such as MAC rice paper or soba. For an everyday natural makeup look I will always and I mean always go for Painterly by MAC, it's such a staple in my makeup routine and I love how it just softens the lids and evens out the skin smoothly ready for shadows or liner. If you're after something quick and easy to add to your makeup routine to spruce it up a little bit then I recommend you invest in one of these… 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

the review: b.pure micellar water

After giving the L'Oreal Micellar water a go a few months ago and have bought at least two ever since I was shocked to find it wasn't on it's usual offer when I was in Superdrug the other week. This B Pure Micellar Water was on the stand next to it for about £3 so I thought that I'd give it ago. 

I'm not usually one to be negative about products, I bought this on a whim because of the cheap price tag and thought I would save myself a couple of pounds. As I don't have sensitive skin I thought I'd have no problems with this product however I was mistaken. 
This Micellar Water seems to be everything but 'pure' it's quite heavily scented which put me off a bit and once it's been used if you accidentally lick your lips or something (?) you can taste it and it's really strong and horrible. It doesn't do that good of a job in removing makeup either and I found myself having to go back to remove excess makeup with hot water and a flannel. 

Overall I'm really not impressed with this and would not recommend. It's definitely worth paying a bit extra for a L'Oreal or Garnier one so don't be like me and try and be clever as it did not pay off!