Beauty

The £5 Rose Gold Brush Set That Is Actually Pretty Good

Rose Gold Brush Set

If you checked out my 7 Blog Posts I Love, then you might remember that one of the bloggers I mentioned – Loafers and Lattes – wrote about a rose gold brush set she found for £2.50 on Amazon. What I didn’t mention is that I bought them as soon as I read the post! I already have a kabuki brush set from Tonsee that I’ve had for 2 or 3 years, with most of the eye brushes still going strong! I’ve been looking for a few extra blending brushes to add to my kit and for £4.38 (which I’m going to go ahead and round up to £5) I really couldn’t complain if I didn’t like all of the brushes.

The white bristle brushes are a bit different that what I expected, with the bristles being a lot more synthetic than I thought they would be. Saying that, they still feel super soft on the eye and so far have been great at blending out eyeshadows. I usually use an angled brush for eyeliner, so the pointed liner brush is a bit of a challenge for me to use. It gives amazing precision and once I get the hang of it I feel like it will be a firm favourite.

I’m excited to try out all the brushes and discover the best use for each, especially all of the blending brushes!  I’ll write an update post in a month or so once I get to use all of the brushes and shampoo them a few of times, but I have high hopes for this set! It’s perfect for someone just starting out with make up, as it had everything you could need for a variety of eye looks!

Have you tried out any cheap brush sets? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Perfect Red Lip 

Today is a day that people seem to either love or loathe entirely – I know, right now you’re picturing a certain GIF of The Grinch 😉 – but for me, I’m not really fussed! I do however, love all the cutesy stuff that comes with the Valentines theme  – pinks and reds everywhere, little heart shapes and of course, pink and red make up! I always love a classic red lip with winger liner, so today is the perfect day to show you my top tips on perfecting the art of the red lip.

The first step is to prep the lips. I’ve been wearing liquid lipsticks almost every day recently as I don’t have many opportunities for top ups, so my lips are in a little bit of a state. I’ve incorporated MAC’s Vanilla Lip Scrubtious and Primark’s Coconut Lip Jelly into my morning skincare routine to help combat my dry lips. I scoop out a little lip scrub with a damp cotton bud, apply to my lips and rub with my finger, using light circular motions. I remove any excess sugar particles that haven’t emulsified with a damp cotton pad and apply a thin layer of the lip jelly. I love that the jelly sets in, it feels like a protective barrier and doesn’t end up sticking to any wild locks. I then continue with my usual skincare and make up routine, where I always leave my lips as the final step.

Before starting your red lip (or any lip for that matter) it’s important to make sure you remove any moisturiser/lip balm as it will cause the lipstick to slip off. I find putting lip liner straight onto the lips really difficult as it drags on the skin, so I always, always use a lip primer underneath. Not only will this help with the longevity of your lipstick and liner, but it makes the liner literally glide on. I apply the liner using the flat of the pencil rather than the tip, starting from the outer corners and drawing in towards the middle with small strokes. I then lightly fill in the lips with liner to give the look extra staying power! I don’t spend a lot of time perfecting the lip liner until I apply the lipstick as I find I end up going back over it anyway, it’s so much easier to see if the lips are even once the lipstick is on. Most people have one side of their lip which is slightly plumper than the other, so once I have the lipstick on, I go back over the liner and overdraw my thinner side to even my lip shape out.

My personal ultimate red lip combination is MAC Cherry lip pencil and Habanero Liptensity lipstick. Habanero has a slight orangey tinge, which I love on my skintone, especially with the new copper tones in my hair. The Liptensity lipsticks are amazing as they last for about 8 hours and have a gel based formula, which is comfortable on the lips and gives an amazing pigmentation in one swipe!

What is your favourite red lip? Do you like to go bright, or do you go for a darker, vampy look? Let me know your must have products in the comments below!

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Lifestyle

7 Blog Posts I Love

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After writing my first Blog Posts I’m Loving, I’ve come across so much great content! I still try to retweet posts I see on twitter that interest me, but a lot of the posts I love I haven’t found on twitter. Even though I’ve been blogging for 3 months now, I still feel like a massive newbie so a lot of the posts I’ve been reading are on blog improvement. I think my photo’s are slowly getting there, so here’s hoping I keep improving. Here are links to the posts that have been inspiring me this month –

Little Things With Jassy – 5€ Make Up Brush Set From Ebay

Birds and Lilies – Why Blogging Stats Don’t Really Mean A Lot

Dorkface – Feel Good Basics From Misfit Cosmetics

Gill McLaughlin – Husband Does My Blog Post | Living With A Blogger

Through The Mirror – Mastering The Tech Side Of Blog Photography

Loafers and Lattes – £2.50 Make Up Brushes

Pint Sized Beauty- How To Generate Ideas For Your Blog

If you have a post similar to this, feel free to link me to it in the comments below! I love discovering new bloggers so I’ll never be less than appreciative for a cheeky self promotion!

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First Impressions | Origins By All Greens Foaming Mask

It’s not very often I impulse buy products, but when I spotted the Origins By All Greens Foaming Mask I was instantly interested. A quick google brought up the sound bite “gently deep clean and unclog pores without stripping the skin,” sounding perfect for my drier skin type, as sometimes I feel that deep cleaning masks are extremely drying!

The mask contains green tea, spirulina and spinach to help detox and deep clean the skin. Other antioxidant ingredients I spied on the bottle are lemon and orange oil, spearmint extract and blueberry extract. Of course, kaolin is also included, a staple in any deep cleansing product!

The bottle is pressurised so I gave it a quick shake and put a small amount on my fingers. The mask comes out as a gooey liquid and the instructions say not to blend or rub the product with your hands, as it will activate the product too soon. The next step is to let the mask develop into a foam over the next few minutes. This part I’m a little unsure of, as for me the mask didn’t really foam, but settled onto my skin. I think I maybe didn’t use enough, or need to wet my skin first! I could feel the product sinking in to my skin and when looking closely I could see it settling into all my pores and pulling out all the grossness. After about 5 minutes I wet my hands, massaged the mask until it foamed up again and washed it off with a face sponge.

My skin definitely felt like it had a deep clean, with a soft tingling sensation and a smooth feel. I followed up with the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask, as I always feel like my skin is a little tight after a mask. The recommended usage is 3 times a week, which I think I will actually manage for once as the mask doesn’t need to be kept on for more than a few minutes! After one use my skin definitely feels like it’s had a deep clean, which is great as I’m used to masks that need to be left to dry on before they give a deep enough clean for my clogged pores! Wearing make up almost every day always leaves my pores visibly congested, but as it’s dry a lot of deep cleansing masks sting and dry out my skin even more.

Have you tried any Origins Products? I love everything I’ve tried so far, but I’d love to hear your recommendations! Leave me a comment with your favourite skincare products!

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