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Mini reviews of some beauty stuff I accumulated recently.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Nip + Fab Dragons Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
Queen Of Oil Argon Oil- **USE CODE QUEENY FOR 20% OFF!**
No.7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in Honey
NYX Doll Eyes Mascara
Colour Pop Eyeshadows in Nillionare & So Quiche, Matte X Lippie Stick in Topless, Gel Liner in Swerve
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Evil Twin & Mrs. Roper

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Saved By The BRUSH

Hiyerrrr.

I’m gonna do a bit of a brush lowdown today because I’m still seeing flat foundation brushes knocking around and it’s making my teeth itch.

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Real Techniques Buffing Brush

The Real techniques range are the best brushes on the High Street in my opinion and actually stack up pretty well off the H.S too. The quality is excellent and they’re v. reasonably priced. They’re the brainchild of Makeup Artist and YouTuber Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo fame and the brand is growing more and more. This buffing brush has been my go to foundation brush for ages now and it is my all time favourite face brush. Soft dense bristles that are tightly packed but fan out enough to blend foundation seamlessly. It comes in the ‘Core Collection’ set with the contour brush (mentioned below) a small detail brush which makes a good lip brush and a flat foundation brush which you can throw out straight away. Its an award winning set at a great price so go buy it now from Boots, Superdrug or online.

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Morphe E6 Flat Top Buffing Brush

Because I watch a lot of YouTubers from the US I tend to want to try a lot of the stuff that they use out there and boy do they all rave about Morphe brushes. Luckily there are some UK sites that have started stocking a selection so you don’t have to pay for shipping, I got mine from Cocktail Cosmetics. They are crazy cheap in the US, I think they’re a bit more pricey from here (but again you save on shipping) but are still super reasonable and really good quality. I bought this just to try an alternative to the above, I’ve seen a lot of YouTubers using flat top brushes and I do really like it, the bristles are ridic soft and does a good job of blending. I would say you definitely don’t need this if you buy the Real Tekkers one but I’m obsessed with buying brushes and really wanted to try it so I flit between the two.

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Morphe E53

I love this brush for using powder to set the area under my eyes, it’s the perfect size and shape thanks to the tapered end. It would also work really well for contour application and blending and also blusher.

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Real Techniques Contour Brush

I use this brush to apply and blend out concealer under my eyes, on my nose, forehead and chin and then anywhere I have blemishes. Again its a really good size. I apply the concealer with the wand or my finger and then use a combo of a dabbing & sweeping motion to blend out, if you just sweep you’ll rub the product off. Also would work well for contour as the name suggests but think it would be better with creams rather than powders. It comes in a set with the Buffing Brush (above) and a couple of others.

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Real Techniques Dup Fibre Powder Brush

I’m not sure if this particular Duo Fibre set was limited edition or not but tbh any Real Tech powder brush is gonna be good. I use it to apply finishing powder and then if I need to tone down blushes or contour I’ll blend it away with this. I like it because it doesn’t pick up too much product so you’re not caked and it blends well too. Would also work well as a bronzer brush.

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Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush*

I use this brush for powder contour, its perfect because it has a tapered end to fit into areas where it needs to and its fluffy so good for blending. It would also work well for highlight but I think it’s pretty expensive (I was luck enough to get it for free) and you can probably find a dupe that’s just as good. It is good quality though.

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Real Techniques Blush Brush

I’ve tried a lot of blusher brushes and this is the only one I really like, I do think it’s slightly big but it is tapered and the bristle are packed in a way that it picks up and deposits a good amount of product but also blends really well and it’s really soft. Would also work well with finishing powder or bronzer.

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I wash all of my brushes with hand soap (gel) but baby shampoo or a gentle, non stripping clarifying shampoo would be a bit better, I also use a rubber brush cleaning glove with little bumps that I found on eBay (swirl the soapy brush around in it, the bumps get out all the remaining product). Hold them upside down so you don’t get water in the ferrel (it’ll fuck with the glue). Gently squeeze out excess water then wrap the end in a sheet of paper towel and leave on their sides to dry. I dry mine upside down in a brush holder that I also found on eBizzle. Make sure you wash all the soap out thoroughly or the brushes will be kind of sticky when they dry. I only use my brushes on myself so I’m kind of lazy with how often I do it as it’s a ball ache but obviously I’ll always wash them if I’m going to be using them on someone else.

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Kiko Milano Have Done It Again

Well well well, someone’s been a little video heavy lately haven’t they? Today I thought I’d go back to my roots and do a good ol’ fashioned written post.

If you know me you’ll know my go to face doesn’t normally involve eyeshadow. I usually reserve it for bigger events like weddings etc. mainly because I’m not as skilled in that department and I find it more of a faff. However since acquiring both the Lorac Pro Pallet and Pro Pallet 2 and constantly drooling over various smokey eyes on YouTube, I have been dabbling a bit more.

The recent abundance of eyeshadow sticks being released from both high end and high street brands alike has made my foray even easier. The first that came to my attention were the By Terry Ombre Blackstar offering. I mean I have no idea what that name has got to do with anything but I guess it stands out… Though I’ve not tried them myself (£29 a pop?! Give over) every Bblogger under the sun has been gushing over them, particularly the shade Misty Rock, which does look gorgeous. Factor in the offerings from Bobbi Brown, No. 7, Laura Mercier, Bourjois and more and you’re bound to find some within your budget.

I however headed straight to the glorious Kiko Milano to try out their version and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I can’t remember why I chose to go straight to Kiko, probably because I knew they’d be affordable but still excellent quality. I bought them online where you have to spend a minimum of £25 for some reason so I *had* to buy 5 (#SorryNotSorry) Or at least I could’ve sworn I bought 5 but I can’t find the 5th one and have no recollection of what colour it might have been so maybe I did just get 4 and I’ve gone crazy…
Anyway, they really are very good. First of all, extremely easy to use. You just draw the colour directly onto you lid and blend out with your finger or a brush, it takes mere minutes. They are really creamy and easy to blend but eventually set really well and do not budge AND they’re cheaper than the No.7 ones (wuutt!) with a wider range of shades (although Boots.com seem to be doing a 3 for 2 on selected No.7 products at the mo.)

I’ve swatched all the shades I currently own but just being on the site to link it for you has prompted me to add another 4 to my shopping cart. Oops.

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The shades I have are: 37- Burgundy, 15- Lilac, 21- Passion Fruit and 06 – Golden Brown. I really recommend them and they ‘ain’t lying when they say long lasting! You’ll need more than just a makeup wipe to get them off or you’ll be scrubbing for a while. As with any eyeshadow look I always use an eye primer first. I’m wearing the shade Lilac in my last video and Burgundy in a vid I have coming up so check them out.

Matte Lips Sink Ships

So you may have noticed that liquid lipsticks have been having a bit of a moment lately. From Rimmel to Anastasia Beverly Hills, everyone and their mother has been jumping on the bandwagon.
In case you’re not familiar, a liquid lipstick is basically a lipstick, usually matte, in liquid form so it goes on like a gloss but is more opaque and has the finish of a lipstick. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll know that I have a mild ( read: severe) obsession with the offering from Bourjois- the Rouge Ediition Velvet lipsticks. I have 4 shades, Hot Pepper which is a bright red leaning towards the orangey side, Pink Pong which is a bold fuchsia and just the most untouchable pink lip product IMHO, Nude-ist! which is a perfect Kylie Jenner, neutral and Happy Nude Year (brilliant) which is a pinky peach nude.

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I have nothing negative to say about this product, it’s a dream come true. They are amazingly pigmented, they go on creamy and set down to matte but aren’t hugely drying on the lips and are so comfortable to wear but most of all they last FOREVER! For someone who is a big fan of a bold lip this is SO important to me. I hate having to constantly top up or keep checking a mirror to make sure it hasn’t faded, leaving you with that gross ring of colour around the edge of your lips (ugh!) You can eat, drink, be merry and these will hardly budge, you don’t have to think about it. I usually will top them up once throughout the night and that’s it AND on New Years Eve I wore Pink Pong, fell asleep in my makeup at like 6:00am (GAHH I know, sorry Caroline Hirons!) and when I woke up my lips were still perfect! It comes off easily when you want it to with a bit of makeup remover.

So these are clearly the holy grail but I’m always on the look out for other options. A friend suggested the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer which excited me because they’re only £3! I bought the shade Reckless and I LOVE the colour (a deep, darkish red) but I’m sorry to say it just didn’t last. As soon as you have a sip of a drink the formula starts to break down where the liquid had touched it so you can image what happens when you eat. I’ve worn mine about 3 or 4 times and the amount I had to top up it just didn’t seem worth it, I was constantly paranoid that the colour had gone weird and patchy. The formula is similar to the Bourjois ones but dries quicker when applying and then after a while almost feels kind of crumbly on the lips. Great if you’re only wearing it for an hour or two with no food or drink but just not practical for me sadly. Major bummer.

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The next one I tried was the Rimmel Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet in Orange-ology (an orange toned red). Now from the name I expected these to be much the same as the others in formula. They are not. The consistency is much thinner so you need to put on a lot to get an opaque finish but even then you struggle. It doesn’t dry or set down at all so the more you put on you’re kind of taking the underneath layers off. Also the doe foot applicator has a little dent or well in it where all the product gathers but then doesn’t transfer onto you lip, it kind of just sits in there. Most importantly it is not matte, the finish was shiny and felt almost oily on the lips! It doesn’t dry down so you constantly worried that its going to slip right off but it’s one redeeming feature is that it does kind of stain the lips so when the gloss wears off you are left with a somewhat even wash of colour. But no. Not happy at all.

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The final product is one I’ve only tried once but I think is going to be a good one. It’s the BEAUTIFUL Lime Crime Velvetine in Pansy (I can’t link it at the mo. because their site is down). This colour is so gorgeous and unique I just love it and I think it would work on nearly all skin tones. While applying I was aware that the formula felt more watery than the Bourjois or MUA versions. The colour is super pigmented though so you only need a couple of layers. Anyway because of the thin consistency I was really paranoid that the colour was coming off every time I took a sip of liquid but I wasn’t really in a situation where I could constantly check. I think I re-applied once to be sure and when I got home a few hours later it was still all good. I definitely need another test drive to be sure but at the moment I’d day they sit just under the Bourjois ones in terms of lasting, which is fine by me because those things are bionic! Oh, and it smells like cake! Anyway I adore the colour so I hope it isn’t as disappointing as the other offers and I still want to try all of the other offerings out there!

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2 Thingz

I was bit naughty today and picked up a couple of things in Boots that I really don’t need but really wanted to try.

The first is Indeed Lab’s Hydraluron which actually I do need because I don’t own any good serums and this is meant to be the absolute one. And it was on offer so instead of £20 something it was like £16 I LOVE YOU BOOTS!

And the second I actually don’t need because I already have 2 in different colours EXCEPT I DO because I own hardly any nude/ neutral lip products! ‘Tis of course the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipstick thingy in Nude-ist! Luxurious, super pigmented, matte loveliness. Can’t wait to get my Kylie Jenner own with this bad boy.

And with that all justified I bid you Adieu!

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The Bioderma Dupe- Believe The Hype!

So most people are familiar with the Bioderma H2O Micelle Solution. It’s works great as a gentle make up remover or a toner or whatever you want to use it for really. You can buy it online, I was getting mine from Escentual but it is also available on Amazon as well as most French pharmacies and some Boots stores I think. On Escentual it ranges from £4.50- £18.40 and if you’re going to be using it everyday then your probably going to want the largest size. It does a good job and removing both face and eye make up and makes a nice transition to proper make up removal if you’re a bit of a makeup wipe fiend as I was once upon a time.

However it isn’t the easiest thing to get hold of and if you order online you need to wait for it to arrive and pay postage and blah blah. So I decided to try the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which, as far as I can tell is the same thing (even the packaging is v. similar) but for the more handsome sum of £3.99 for 400ml. I know there are a few other Bioderma dupes out there that don’t really cut the mustard but this one really does. It does the same job just as well, it feels the same on the skin, it even smells the same. Whats not to like?!

It’s available at Boots online and in store and of course if you’ve got an Advantage Card you bag yourself 399 points. Back of the net!

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