Sunday, 27 September 2015


I think that if you have the right tools for applying make-up you are halfway there, then it's down to your technique and the quality of the make-up your using to achieve your desired look. Obviously you can apply make-up with your hands but I don't always find that it works so I rely heavily on brushes. I apologise that the brushes in this photo are no where near clean, I guess it shows how much I love them. There are 4 main brushes that I reach for on a daily basis...

The Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush-£20.99 lives up to its name as you can use it for applying so many different products and comes in a set of three travel friendly brushes. If you're thinking of buying your first make-up brushes or have never tried Real Techniques brushes before, than this is certainly the set to buy. Recently I have been using this brush to apply foundation and it gives a light base which is what I have needed for back to school. 

The Real Techniques Stippling Brush-£10.99 is great for blending your foundation or concealer into the skin without leaving any harsh lines and can give you a very minimal look.  If you're heavy handed when applying blush or bronzer, it can easily be fixed by some blending with this Stippling Brush. Besides using it to apply foundation or blend makeup mistakes, it also makes applying cream blush easy and fuss free. 

I'm obsessed with the Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush-£31.00 at the moment, I love how soft it is, it's size and how easy it makes applying products. I'm usually quite lazy when it comes to applying blush and I have found myself applying it just so I can use this, and that's saying something. Despite the fact that you do get the odd hair shed onto your face, it does the job pretty well. It makes applying bronzer, highlight and blush a dream, and applies a thin layer of powder to set your foundation. The price tag is another downside but it makes a great investment and will last for years. 

Another member of the Real Techniques Travel Collection is the domed shadow brush. It applies and blends eyeshadows effortlessly and is super soft and fluffy on the delicate eye area. 

What are your favourite make-up brushes?


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Sunday, 6 September 2015


Seeing as strobing or highlighting is a very popular beauty trend at the moment, I bought myself a new highlighter (as if I don't own 4 already...) and I have been using it almost everyday since.The Seventeen Skin Wow Highlighter is a gorgeous champagne highlighter with peach undertones. Strobing involves applying highlighter to the high points of your face which hit the light and this technique effectively defines your face without you having to contour.

The Seventeen Skin Wow Highlighter can be used in three ways, as a primer, mixed with foundation or as a highlighter. My favourite way is to use it as a highlighter.The packaging is very sleek and the pump allows you to easily dispense product without it becoming messy. 

The formula has a liquid/cream consistency with no glitter particles, just subtle shimmer which allow you to look natural and healthy.

FOR PRIMING: For a daytime appropriate glow from within apply one pump to your fingers and massage into the skin on your face. Then apply your normal base.

WHEN MIXING WITH YOUR FOUNDATION: Apply some foundation onto the back of your hand and add a pump of the Seventeen Skin Wow. Mix together either using your fingers or a brush and apply to your face. I would recommend mixing it with a matte or semi radiant foundation for a base that is appropriate all year round. 

FOR HIGHLIGHTING: Apply half a pump onto the back of your hand and using your finger dab a small amount onto your cheekbones and blend initially using your fingers and then a brush to avoid any harsh edges. The highlighter also looks great in the inner corners of your eyes (to make them pop), on the bridge of the nose, temples, brow bone and cupids bow. 

I love how healthy it makes you look and it is visible when you walk past a mirror (particularly on the tops of your cheekbones) and in photos. 

Have you tried the Seventeen Skin Wow Highlighter? 


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