I’ve been working on decluttering for the past couple of
months, I’ve actually been pretty good and my cupboards look so much tidier. I’ve
been sorting out my makeup recently and realised how much of the stuff I was
keeping is just not me at all, or at least not any more. I’ve actually counted
up how many things are in this declutter post and there’s fifty three pieces of
makeup or accessories that are going! I didn’t realise I had that much!
I did start this off with a little review of each of them,
but when you have fifty three to get through it would be so long, so instead I’m
just going to link to any that I’ve already reviewed on here and say why I’m
getting rid of them. I have to say there are a few that I never thought I’d declutter
but they’re so old that if I did decide to reach for them I don’t think they’d
do me any good. I have a new rule; if it smells like wax crayons, get rid of
Onto the decluttering….
This wasn’t going to be my original post for today, but as it says this set is limited edition and it seems to be out of stock online already I wanted to put this up so you might be able to find it in a Boots near you. This is a sort of first impressions or look at what’s inside the Smashbox Superstars Box that’s on sale in Boots for £30 and has £88.50 worth of products in it. I have to admit I was sceptical about whether it was truly worth that much but I’ve put the links to each of them individually and it does add up.
Smashbox is one of those brands that seems expensive, or more expensive than I’d often spend on the products I’ve been interested in trying from them. However, they seem to get such good reviews they were one of the brands I put on my to try list this year so when I saw this set I had to get it. It’s supposed to contain some of their best selling products, with a Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette in Ablaze, Light Photo Finish Primer, Photo Finish Primer Water, SuperFan Mascara and their Contour Shadow Brush. I do have a weakness for brushes and have wanted to try one of theirs for a while but £20 for one brush was a bit out of what I spend on them, maybe this one will convert me.
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 love all the unicorn brushes around and have had my eye on the Unicorn Cosmetics unicorn brush set for months, but when I saw their Halloween edition Heat Sensitive and Spookalicious set was in the sale it’s even more me and I wanted it. It’s a limited edition set with five brushes (three face and two eye brushes), colour changing handles and a coffin shaped brush bag with unicorn studs on it. It’s also pretty much half price, £17.99 rather than £34.99, but being a limited edition it’s one of those sets you get now if you want it as when it’s gone it’s gone.
The fact that the set is half the size of the original unicorn brush sets definitely was a plus for me, I love the look of the full set but I’m not sure I’d need all ten different styles and I can always use eye brushes and your standard face brushes. The five brushes are; fluffy eye brush, precision blush brush, powder brush, foundation brush and an eyeshadow brush so you do have most of the basics covered there. They all have suitably spooky names to go with the orange and black colour scheme.
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.
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.
Years ago I used to buy the Elf brush shampoo and then they stopped selling in the UK. Since they re-opened for sale in the UK I have bought a bottle and had been putting off washing by brushes for ages. As I actually finally did it, and they really needed it, I thought I would do a review of the Elf brush shampoo as well. It’s been a few weeks since I used it so they’re probably due another wash. It’s one of those jobs I hate the thought of but it’s never as bad as I expect it to be, does anyone else find that?
Anyway, on to the review. This bottle is 120 ml (4.1 fl. oz.) of product and costs £4.50 on the Elf online store. I don’t know anywhere else that stocks them consistently in the UK, I have seen some Elf products in TK Maxx fairly often but not on a regular basis and never the same products twice in a row so it might be worth looking in there. The brush shampoo isn’t meant as an everyday wash kind of thing but a big wash after a while to completely cleanse any product off them. They do a daily use spray that I’ve never tried but wanted to, maybe with the next order I’ll get it. Have any of you tried it?
For Christmas one of the things my parents got me was a mascara from No7 and with it came a set like they do with free things in it including a makeup brush. I have never tried a No7 makeup brush before so was surprised how soft it was. I ended up buying the makeup organiser in the sale after Christmas because it had the four brushes I wanted and came to less than they would have cost, though to be honest I think I’d happily pay full price for these as a bit of a treat in the future. I was planning on including the original brush in this review but I can’t find it at the moment so I’ll have to review that later. I could almost do separate reviews on each of these but I thought I’d put them all in one place as I have quite a few posts I want to do and don’t want these to get pushed down the list.
The makeup brushes I have are the Powder Brush and Foundation Brush for your face, Eye Colour and Smudger Brushes for the eyes and the Retractable Lip Brush so it covers most of the basic types of brushes. These cost between £8 and £17.50 with the powder brush being the most expensive and the lip and eye pencils being the cheapest. These do cost more than any of my other makeup brushes but I thought I’d treat myself as I was impressed with the first. I have had a bit of a play around with the different products I have to see how they work best. I’ve also done a comparison to similar brushes in my collection, if you just want to see that then scroll to the bottom of the post.
When I saw the list of products on the back of the advent calendar the So Eco brush was one that I was most interested in trying and today’s products was the foundation brush. I always choose cruelty free brushes and at the moment my go to brands are Elf and Eco Tools so it’s always nice to try another brand especially when it’s one I’ve never heard of. The only physical shop I can find in the UK that sells these is Sainsbury’s and their range online can be found here, it shows that this brush was £8.00 so more than the Elf ones but still not overly expensive if it works well.