5 Makeup Brushes Every Girl NeedsΒ 




A hairdresser would never be without their scissors, and I for one could not be without my makeup brushes! 

Whilst working on counter I would often be asked ‘why do you use a brush, what’s the point ?’ Well, in short, you get better application, a smoother finish and more control. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t need a whole load of brushes (promise I don’t! πŸ™ˆ) for average makeup use, but it is extremely handy to have a collection of brushes that work well for you that you are confident in using that will make you’re makeup look amazing! 

Here are my picks of brushes I cannot live without!

Real Techniques Buffing Brush


If I had to have a desert island brush, this would be it! I started using this not long after it was released around 3 or 4 years ago and have never looked back where foundation application is concerned! 

I use it for Double Wear, lighter foundations and BB creams alike and it will continuously give such an amazing finish I will never be without! (I currently have three!)

You can get a gorgeous light ‘buffed’ look with it, but you can also stipple the brush to build coverage – this is especially good where Double Wear is concerned! The thing I love about it is that it gives such quick application. It has quite a wide dense set of bristles so application can be as quick or detailed as you like! 

*Buffing Brush is part of a 4 piece set Β£21

Real Techniques Blush Brush


Another RT brush, again for good reason! 

I simply use this every day for my blush and highlight. It’s the perfect size so doesn’t leave me with a streaky line that some smaller brushes can, and it’s not too big that I’m covered in blusher on my entire face! 

And similar to the 217, the way the bristles are shaped means that the product is only picked up on the top, so the bristles around the edge will blend everything out really softly. Extremely foolproof!

Real Techniques Powder Brush


You will see I’m a big fan of RT brushes, but they really are amazing! This brush is what I use for loose powder to fix my makeup in place. I know I could use something more delicate, but again I like the size, and picks up just enough product to apply without leaving you ‘powdered’! 

It’s a great one for bronzer too, used in sweeping motions around your temples to under your cheekbones and jawline. Because of its size, the outer bristles will buff and soften any excess application and do the job for you – easy peasy!

MAC 217


I only have a couple of MAC brushes, but this is my fave! It’s perfect for socket and crease work on the eyes. 

It fits perfectly in the socket line, and you can use with product on for a subtle smoke, or without product to blend out excess that you may have already applied. It’s so soft, and because the bristles are white you can see how much product you’ve got on the brush. 

My Mystery Brush


I have to include this brush, but unfortunately I don’t know what it’s called, who it’s by or where it’s from! 

I’ve had it in my collection forever and it doesn’t have any distinctive markings to help know what it is! All I know is that it’s perfect for a sublime smudge of eye liner pencil, and to soften eyeshadow under they eyes. It seems to give the perfect smoke for lower lash line, and I will often use it purely for that! 

But if you like a nice softly smudged eye pencil and a slick of mascara for every day, this brush is brill! 

I would say a ‘pencil’ shading brush would be the best type to look for if you’re looking for something that will give a similar effect to what I get with this one. 

I hope you’ve found this useful, I’ve had quite a few people ask about the brushes I used in one of my live videos of Facebook so thought this would be a good idea! 

Make sure you follow me on all my social media – I’ve a got a brush cleaning post coming up next!! 

Beauty Haul April 2016

So this morning I decided to do something I was extremely nervous about… a live video on Facebook! πŸ™ˆ 

I have picked up quite a few bits over the last few weeks so I thought I’d show my choices in a haul video! I will not claim to be any ‘good’ at this, but I always personally prefer watching hauls rather than reading about them! I felt that because it was live, I could quite naturally talk about what I had bought, and also knowing that I couldn’t edit anything made me relax a little bit as well!

Nothing has been insanely expensive, all drugstore or eBay. 

I am tending to upload different things to my Facebook page and Instagram account, so be sure to follow me to keep up to date with everything I’m doing, I’d love to see you there too!

Enjoy! … 

WOMF #4: How much is your face worth?

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I’ve seen this tag floating around for a while and I’ve been intrigued to see the real cost of what goes on my mug every day! This makeup was a pretty regular day, it’s my easy ‘go to’ look when I want to look like I’ve made a bit of an effort, but not gone too OTT with it all!

Here goes:
1. Real Techniques Buffing Brush (from the Core Collection, price based on cost per brush) Β£5.50 | 2. Crown Brush C224 Oval Camouflage Brush Β£3.49 | 3. Real Techniques Contour Brush Β£5.50 (from Core Collection) | 4. Real Techniques Powder Brush Β£12.99 | 4. LancΓ΄me Eye Shadow Brush (no longer available) replacement Β£21 | 5. Crown Brush BK45 Deluxe Angled Liner Brush Β£2.19 // 6. MUA E3 Β£1.95 | 7. *Mystery brush* (Crown Brush IB132 Stiff Brow is similar though) Β£2.19 | 8. MAC 116 Β£27.

1. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (Deauville) Β£30.50 | 2. Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer Β£10 | 3. Smashbox Halo To Go Hydrating Perfecting Powder (Light) Β£39 | 4. MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow Β£12.50 | 5. LancΓ΄me Le Krayon Kohl (Noir) Β£16 | 6. Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow (Charcoal) Β£17 | 7. Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow (Hot Stone) Β£17 | 8. Maybelline Colossal Volume Smokey Eyes Mascara (Black) Β£7.99 | 9. Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow (Cement & Hot Stone) for brows Β£17 (already accounted for one of these shades) | 10. Natural Collection Powder Blush Β£1.99 | 11. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (Pink Quartz) Β£32 | 12. MAC Lipstick (Patisserie) Β£15

I literally cannot believe how many products and items I’ve just listed! When I whack it all on at 7am it doesn’t feel like that much makeup! Eeeks!

Total cost: Β£297.79

Ok so that is one of the most expensive I’ve seen! But, in my defence, I do get to buy quite a lot of high end makeup with a discount because of where I work. So I didn’t pay that much for everything I use! Some things I would pay the price for, others probably not; there’s some amazing quality in the drugstore these days!

Hope you enjoyed having a snoop at how much my face is worth!

Have a lovely day!
xx

The Winter Project | Gift Guide for Her

There are plenty of these posts floating around the moment so there no excuses for getting rubbish gifts this year! I’ve split the guides into under Β£20 and over Β£20 gift ideas. I’ve not kept it all beauty related as I went a little wild when searching online so there’s a few other picks too! Continue reading “The Winter Project | Gift Guide for Her”

The Starting Off Project – Make Up Tools | The Beauty Spot

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This is officially the final week of #theSOproject. If you saw my post on lips last week, you’ll know that I have joined the party very late. I will be completing the series in the coming weeks or months so don’t forget to press the ‘follow’ buttons either on Bloglovin or on my blog itself to make sure you don’t miss any of my posts. Continue reading “The Starting Off Project – Make Up Tools | The Beauty Spot”