Thursday, 18 September 2014

What's This Brush For? Eye Edition

There's so many different brushes out there that it can get confusing knowing which one to use for what. But don't worry, I'm here to help with todays ultimate guide to eye brushes. If you missed it I also did a a face edition recently going through everything from foundation brushes to fan brushes, you can check it out here - link. Like the face edition these are all available at great prices - no dropping £20 on an iddy biddy eyeshadow brush around here! 




ELF Eyeshadow 'C' Brush
(£3.95, ELF's Website)
When you think eyeshadow brush, this is what you think of! They're the best thing for packing on colour all over the lid. The denser the brush the more colour it's going to lay down and the stronger the colour will be. Something like this one from ELF is firm, yet slightly fluffy (tappered!) around the edges which helps to distribute colour evenly. The 'C' shape around the top of standard eyeshadow brushes (like this) is the perfect shape for the eyelid. If you want something very precise or to pack more colour on, I'd definitely recommend trying a flat concealer brush instead. 

MUA E3 Blending & Shadow Brush
(£1.95, MUA's Website)
When it comes to blending I like something more fluffy, narrower at the base and tappering out towards the top. I actually use two of these to blend colour into my crease. One to apply the colour with and a second to blend the edges out - this way you get a more flawless/seamless blend. You can also get more domed blending brushes that don't narrow in at the base such as the ELF Essentials Blending Eye Brush. These are less precise so great for softer looks and the days where you just wear one eyeshadow all the way from the lid, right up through the crease.


L-R: ELF Eyeshadow 'C' Brush, MUA E3 Blending Brush, Real Techniques DuoFiber Eye Brush, MUA E7 Eyebrow Brush, ELF Smudge Brush, Blush Professional Brow Brush


Real Techniques Duo Fiber Eye Brush
(£23.99 as part of a set, Boots & Feel Unique)
You may have heard of duofibre face brushes, but have you heard of diofibre eye brushes?! I generally use this with a very dark shade such as black, right in the socket of my eye. It's more precise than the standard blending brush, so gives more definition in the crease. Being duofibre it has two layers of 'hairs', the ones at the top are less dense, they pick up the colour and deposit it on the eye. The layers underneath are more dense and work to blend the colour that the longer hairs at the top has deposited. I hope that wasn't too complicated, I don't have a way with words!


MUA E7 Eyebrow Brush
(£1.50, MUA's Website)

Of all the face brushes, this is the most versatile, I must have at least 5 or 6 of these kicking around as I use them for so many different things. As an eyebrow brush like this is intended it works great for applying both powder and wax with precision. It also works really well with gel eyeliner (although if you're doing anything more intricate you may want to opt for a finer detail brush). My most recent discovery is that angled brushes like this are also perfect for highlighting under the brows too - with both cream and powder products!


L-R: ELF Eyeshadow 'C' Brush, MUA E3 Blending Brush, Real Techniques DuoFiber Eye Brush, MUA E7 Eyebrow Brush, ELF Smudge Brush, Blush Professional Brow Brush



ELF Smudge Brush
(£1.95, ELF's Website)

As you can see I haven't featured every different type of eye brush today - the post would have gone on forever! Instead I've opted for the ones I use on a frequent basis! This one I use less than the others, but it's still a perfect little brush to have. I personally use it for smudging out eyeliner, be it on the top or bottom lashes. It can also be used to apply eyeshadow along the lashline - I don't use it for this as my eyes can't take having loose powder that close to them - it results in a watery, smeared mess! 


Blush Professional Brow Brush
(£12.99 as part of a set, Blush Professionals Website)

AKA The Spoolie! For years I thought these were pointless and didn't ever use them. But I've recently discovered them and now can't go without them. They are perfect for combing your brows into place, keeping them looking neat and tidy. My favourite way to use a spoolie is to run it through my brows after applying any kind of product. It takes the edge off them and makes them look more natural. The spoolie is also great for using in the lashes to clear up any clumpy issues your mascara may have left behind! 


L-R: ELF Eyeshadow 'C' Brush, MUA E3 Blending Brush, Real Techniques DuoFiber Eye Brush, MUA E7 Eyebrow Brush, ELF Smudge Brush, Blush Professional Brow Brush

What's your favourite eye brush?

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Review + Swatches: MakeUp Revolution Salvation Palette - Colour Chaos

If you've been lusting after the Urban Decay Electric Palette but aren't willing to splash the cash on it then I have just the thing for you! Having never tried the Urban Decay Electric Palette I couldn't claim it was a dupe, but it sure looks promising! Whether you're a hard core rainbow lover or just want to experiment in your own home this is just the palette to excite you!

As always I've included a summary at the end :)




The Basics
A few days ago I was raving about how much I love the Sleek Palettes, but these Salvation Palettes* from MakeUp Revolution* are quickly beginning a new favourite, for many of the same reasons! Like many of the Sleek Palettes the Salvation Palettes are limited edition, which definitely gets me excited! They also come in cheaper than the Sleek palettes at just £6! Inside is 18 shades - 6 matte and 12 shimmers, although this bright palette breaks the rules a little and one of the 'shimmer shades' is actually a matte! This has 13g of product and is available from the MakeUp Revolution Website for just £6*.




The Formula
This is without doubt the brightest palette I own - if Sleeks Acid Palette & Urban Decays Electric Palette had a baby, this would be it! For me the quality is really good, the shades are pigmented (with a exception to the mattes) and really come together to make a bold eye. There is a little fallout, I can't lie, but the colours do apply and blend well. Like with all my eyeshadows I use these over a primer, where I find that they last all day long. For a real colour pop, press these over a cream base (such as NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk). Some of the pinkier shades do stain - especially the bright pink in the top row!




Gleam - A super pigmented, pale metallic silver.

Wkd - If you live in the UK you will know Wkd as being a vile alcoholic drink. It's also blue, like this shadow. This is a matte pale blue with a super subtle silver shimmer in it. 

Tom Tom - A matte red toned orange. 

Pink Obsessed - I'm surprised at how pigmented this matte is! A super bright, cool toned pink, almost neon!

On A Mission - A shimmery blue toned teal green - this is going to make a beautiful smoky eye! 

Over-bored - The pigmentation of this is a little poor, you'll want to use a base with it! The colour is a slighly deeper matte blue.





Needed to... - A medium purpley pink with a blue duochrome. 

Me Three - A blue toned purple with a slight pink duochrome.

Do It Now... - Acid green! This is a shimmery yellow toned green - nice and bright too!

Toxic Apple-tini - Even more of an acid green. A green/yellow cross with an ever so slight silver shimmer to it. 

Amunition - A dark black based plum shade with a strong shimmer to it. 

Deliver Me - Another beautiful smoky shade, this time a black based emerald shade. 





Super Y - A matte neon yellow, it's a little sheer.

My Demons - Again quite sheer, this is a medium, slightly blue toned purple. 

TipX - Such an appropriate name for a matte white shade, like the other matte shades a little sheer. 

I Said Go! - A bright, neon slime green, slightly yellow toned with a matte finish.

Beyond Real - Another matte neon, this time pink. I hate to say it but it's rubbish compared to the other pink in the palette! 

Calm Me Down - It's great to see this matte beige shade in here, perfect for blending colours out, however poorly pigmented. 




Click here for a tutorial on this look - link.



The Good - Cheap, value, a good range of fun bright colours, 13g product, huge mirror, shimmery shades have good pigmentation, last all day with a primer.

The Not so Good - The matte shades lack pigmentation, some of the more pink shades stain, 

Price & Availability - £6*, MakeUp Revolutions Website


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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tutorial: Red Lip That Last All Day Long!

Do you ever apply your make-up and find that an hour later you look a hot mess? It's not just you I promise! Today we're talking red lips and how you can get them to last all day long - it doesn't involve anything expensive so you're not going to need to sell your soul for the privilege! Of course you can use the tips for any lip colour, but I'm all about the reds, so I've just used that as an example! 





We're all in a routine of prepping our skin before we apply make-up on our face, whether it's doing a proper cleanse o just giving your skin a quick spray of toner. But we're less likely to think about prepping out lips. I use a lip scrub such as the ELF Lip Exfoliator (£3.95, ELF's Website), it's sugar based, deliciously scented and works a treat. Then I go in with a pigmented lip stain to really lock the colour in at the core (if the scrub you've used is oil based you'll want to wait a few minutes for it to sink in before you move onto this step!). The one I use is the GOSH Long Lasting Lip Marker in Red (£6.99, Superdrug) - but SEVENTEEN also do some brilliant ones. 




The next step is to use a lip liner, and not just around the edges, you want to use this baby all over. I opt for one that isn't super duper creamy and has more staying power - the MUA Lip Liner in Red Drama (£1, Superdrug). For the actual lipstick something matte is going to have more staying power than something glossy - on that note, don't put a gloss over the top of this is you want it to last all day long! My absolute favourite matte lipsticks (for more than a year!) are the ELF Matte Lip Colours, I of course used Rich Red! (£3.95, ELF's Website).




You've read my tips, why not share yours too? Maybe we can make our red lips last even longer if we put all the tips together!


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Monday, 15 September 2014

Review + Swatches: SEVENTEEN Phwoarr Paint Heavy Duty Concealer

A heavy duty under eye concealer at a light weight price! Could you ask for more?! I think not! I've been using this little guy on and off for months now and I'm only finally getting around to sharing a review - bad blogger I know! If you struggle with discoloration anywhere on your face, not just under the eyes then you'll want to keep reading, this may change your life! 

As always I've included a summary at the end :)





The Basics
The world has many different concealer formulas to offer, but if you want something with good coverage you're best going with a cream formula - in my experience anyway! This one from SEVENTEEN comes in a pan, making it easier to use with a brush. It also has a little mirror inside, making it perfect for touch-ups on the go. I have this in the shade 'Fair' and disappointingly there is only one other shade 'Medium'. I do think you need to sell a concealer in more than 2 shades! This is priced at £5.49 and available exclusively at Boots. 




What did I Think?
The texture of this is quite a thick cream, if you're anything like me this make set off alarm bells in your head. It's going to be cakey and crease! But despite the initial worries this works brilliantly on my skin. I've been using it both under my eyes and on other areas of my face, mainly with a fluffy eyeshadow brush (clean of course!) where I find that it blends beautifully, not getting cakey, nor looking dry. I do set with a powder to help prevent creasing and haven't had much of a problem with creasing at all. The colour is a reasonably good match for me, perhaps a smidgen too yellow, for use all over the face but combined with foundation and powder too this isn't really an issue. The yellowy/salmon colour does help under the eyes though! 



Worn Under my Eye


The Good - Good coverage, not cakey or dry, doesn't crease if set with a powder, great for on the go. 

The Not so Good - Only available in two shades, a touch too yellow. 

Price & Availability - £5.49, Boots

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