I guess most people do this, but I started this years Christmas preparations feeling very organised. I knew what I was getting people, I even started ordering things in September, but somehow I was still Christmas shopping today! How does this always happen? Next year I’m starting in June!Continue reading
I’ve never really got on with the standard foundation brush, or most of them anyway, as they seem to more push the foundation around than make any of it stick and I always ended up with way more product on my face than I actually wanted. I’ve been loving my beauty blender style sponges but on a recent browse of HQ Hair’s online store I saw the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £11.99 (£9.59 full price when I bought it) and it intrigued me. It’s supposed to buff the product in and it’s dense but soft so it seems somewhere between a brush and a sponge, at least that’s what I was expecting.
I’ve bought Real Techniques brushes before, one of their eye brushes is the one I use every time I apply makeup, so I knew the quality I’d be getting. The only negative I’ve had for any Real Techniques Brush is how big some of them are, I’ve had so many big fluffy eye brushes I don’t know what to do with them all! I love how they colour coordinate the brushes depending on what they’re meant for, this is a base brush so it has an orange handle, and they’re soft and cruelty free. They are more expensive than a lot of the brushes I’ve bought in the past but they’re worth it to me.
I didn’t really do much sales shopping this year, well compared to normal anyway, but I saw that Unicorn Cosmetics were having a sale and couldn’t resist a peak at what they had on offer. They’re the original creators of the unicorn brushes that have been everywhere this past year and the makeup brushes are so pretty I did end up getting some. This first one is the Bubbles Fan Brush and is from the Mermaid brushes collection, which has four brushes with different colours and styles of mermaid tail one them. In the sale this costs £14.99, normally they’re £17.99. The mermaid brushes are all face brushes and they each have a flexible tail, it’s made from silicone which is easy to clean and feels slightly rubbery so has a great grip.
This may sound like an odd thing to say but, when I first started to use makeup (I was late compared to a lot of people) the fan makeup brushes always seemed to be one of those brushes you had to know what you were doing with. I’ve never had one and I realised that there are definitely gaps when it comes to my makeup brushes now that I’ve started to expand what I do with my makeup beyond basic eye looks and some liquid foundation. I guess I bought this one over the others as it is so different and I’ve recently started to try highlighting and it’s just so pretty.
Real Techniques have recently revamped their range, at least a lot of the sets, so there are a lot available at TK Maxx for a discounted price. This set is the Eyes Starter Set and cost £14.99 so you save £6, over 25%, and it has five brushes in a case that doubles as a stand. If that link doesn’t work then search as it has it listed three times separately. I have to admit that when I first saw these sets when they were first released I was a bit unsure about how useful the stand would actually be but I can see it working now I’ve actually tried it.
The brushes included in the set are all for eye products and it includes a mix of eyeshadow, liner and brow brushes so you really do have everything covered. The five brushes are: Base Shadow Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, Accent Brush, Fine Liner Brush and Brow Brush. They’re all in the standard style of the Real Techniques brushes, the matte ferrule takes up a lot of the brush and they colour coordinate the eye brushes with purple so they stand out.
If you’ve been following me for a while you may be aware of my love of makeup brushes, I have more than I need but you can never have too many right? So I was very happy when I got the Mini Powder Brush from Look Good Feel Better in the Marks and Spencer’s advent calendar in December. As far as I can see this brush isn’t available to buy separately but is part of a mini travel set which costs £20 or you can buy the full sized brush for £13 on its own, I think the only difference is the handle size really.
Look Good Feel Better is a company that I’ve been looking at getting brushes from for a while though I haven’t needed a replacement since finding them. It is a charity that helps people who suffer from cancer with the visible affects of the disease and treatment and money from the sale of each of their products is donated to the charity. So not only do you get a makeup brush you also help a good cause. The brushes are cruelty free and are designed for sensitive skin so if you have problems with brushes irritating your skin they may be a make to consider. I’m not sure how easy they are to find outside of the UK but I know they’re sold in Marks and Spencer and Boots here as well as a lot of online stores.
I’m very happy with today’s advent calendar presents, the Marks and Spencer beauty advent calendar has a Look Good Feel Better Mini Powder Brush to add to my growing makeup brush collection. The Yankee Candle tea light today was Snowflake Cookie, a very sweet one but still one I use to sweeten others and the Ciate Mini Mani Month has a very sparkly Fortune Teller glitter top coat. I also think that the box for the Ciate one may be my favourites from the calendar, I just like the mini boxes in this year’s one and going to keep them for wrapping presents.