Top 10 Makeup Brushes

Out of all the beauty tools, I own to help me do my makeup I always manage to go back to my trusty and loved brushes and sponges that I swear by. I’ve seen this post travelling around and I absolutely love it! I think it’s fantastic to see the variety of brushes that people love and rely on and I thought I would share with you guys a few of my favourites. 

#1 Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush in 301. I love to use this to apply contour, bronzer as well as to add powder under my eyes. The shape of this brush really helps to get a really nice, sculpted look but as well to evenly distribute powder under my eyes to set my concealer and make it last longer. 

#2 Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush in 203. I use this brush to blend away eyeshadow. I also like to use it to add darker shades to the outer v of my eye. It’s also incredibly soft which I love for my eyes. 

#3 Real Techniques Bold Metals in 200. I like to use this brush generally to apply concealer under my eyes and even to blend around blemishes. It’s also brilliant to apply a base colour to my lids after applying an eye primer. 

#4 Real Techniques Contour Brush. This brush is from the original face collection and oh my god. I bloody love this brush, in fact it’s probably my favourite out of all the brushes I’ve mentioned. It creates a beautiful contour and because the tip gradually becomes smaller it really helps to make a precise line. I also love this brush for setting my base with powder and applying highlight to the high points of my face. I can imagine it would be good for blush as well.

#5 BH Cosmetics brush in 110. I love this brush to add bronzer and it really helps to create a natural and gorgeous looking dimension to my face. 


#6 BH Cosmetics brush in 109. This is a duo-fiber brush and I love to use this to buff in my base and to really make my makeup look flawless. 

#7 Morphe Brushes. I got these next two in a set (check it out here on beautybay.co.uk) for £20 but my favourites are a medium sized fluffy brush. I use this for bronzer and I always love how natural it looks. 

#8 Morphe Brushes. This is a fan brush which is also from the same set and I just love how it applies highlight. It really does help to make it really precise. 

#9 Morphe Brushes in B39. I love this brush, it’s a fluffy blender brush and I use this to apply crease colours and blend them away. It’s so fluffy that it blends like a dream. 

#10 Spectrum brush in C06. This is such a large fluffy brush, ideal for blending away product. You can also use this to apply lid colours. It’s incredibly soft and really changes the way your eyeshadow looks. 


There we have my 10 favourite brushes! Let me know some of yours, I never say no to trying some new brushes. 

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Revlon Foundation Stick 

DISCLAIMER: This is not me being horrible towards Revlon at all. I do enjoy products from the brand and will more than likely purchase more, just not this foundation. It simply didn’t work for my skin and I didn’t like it. 

I don’t enjoy slating products at all, especially when I do enjoy other products from the brand. However, the Revlon Foundation Stick was the most disappointing foundation I have ever used. I’m combination skin between dry/oily which I’m fine with and I generally control it quite well but this foundation literally did nothing, it didn’t even stay on for more than 2 hours and sometimes less. 

Regardless of whether I used a primer, moisturiser or whatever, it doesn’t bloody stay on. I got it from Superdrug in the 3 for 2 deal but it’s normal price is £9.99 and it’s not worth it at all. It isn’t even worth the 3 for 2 deal and it was a free product! 

Within 2 hours it literally looked like I hadn’t applied anything. The texture felt awful and just didn’t ever set. No products would stick to it at all. So, overall rubbish product. 


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USA Beauty Haul

As you know, I recently spent 4 weeks in America and whilst there, I obviously bought some makeup. I did try and pick items up that I couldn’t get in the UK or that are cheaper in America than the U.K. I only picked up a few things, simply because I’m not a millionaire and almost all of these things I had planned to purchase before I went.

 
Firstly, the biggest item that I purchased is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, which I got from Sephora for $45. I’ve had my eye on this palette for SO LONG. So yes, I’m aware that Im super delayed at getting this. Until a few months ago I hadn’t even thought about getting it since I thought i had a lot of the same shades in other palettes, however when I swatched it in store I couldn’t get over how soft and gentle the shades are and how the pigment blew me away. I haven’t ever tried anything from ABH before so I thought this would be a good time to trial and test the products. I’m over the moon with the palette and can’t wait to test it out to its full potential. 
I also got the Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control setting spray. I loved the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray so I jumped at the chance of trying out this one. I do get very oily throughout the day and I’m hoping that this changes the way my makeup looks and sits on my skin. I did purchase a travel size and this was around $13.

The hype of this product has been around for so long now and I just knew I had to get it. So when I saw it in Target I didn’t hesitate to purchase it. The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer has been an absolute storm in beauty and everybody talks about how amazing it is, especially the scent. This was around $14 dollars and having only tried it twice, I can’t give a full review but I can say that the smell is gorgeous.  


Just like the bronzer, I just had to try one of the Wet N Wild blushes, I got a shade that is a coral tone as I find that it compliments my skin well, especially with a tan. I honestly don’t remember the price of this product but it was definitely lower than $5 and again, I’m yet to try this as I wasn’t wearing makeup during my time in America. 


I also come across Elf Brushes at $3/$4 a piece. I know these can be purchased in the U.K. but I couldn’t help but purchase some due to the pricing of these. I bought an angled foundation brush that I’ll use for highlighter and concealer. The other is a fluffy contour brush, but can also be used for other products. These brushes are super soft and apply makeup generously and comfortably. 

Finally, I was desperate to pick up something from Tarte and I especially wanted the Tarte Shape Tape. However, I went to so many Sephora’s and I still couldn’t find a store that sold it. Instead, I went ahead and purchase the Tarteist Pro Glow To Go palette. This is just a 3 pan contour and highlight palette. I do want the larger contour and highlight palette but I didn’t want to spend the money if I didn’t like it. I opted for the smaller palette that has 2 highlight shades and 1 contour/bronzer. The bronzer/contour is quite dark and I thought it would look like mud on my face but fortunately it doesn’t at all. It blends amazing and I can’t wait to use this repeatedly to give it a proper trial. I got this in the till section so I’m unsure about the pricr, approximately between $15 – $20. 

Let me know if you want reviews on any of these products! 

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How to: Beach Waves

I love a beach wave look throughout the summer, especially when I’ve used no heat to create such a pretty and easy style for the hot days. I know a lot of people use a curling wand or straightener to do these waves but I can’t seem to achieve this look just as I want too when I do use either a wand or straightener.

However, I really enjoy creating this look by French braiding my hair the morning before, sleeping on them and then taking them out when needed.


Once I’ve taken the braids out I’ll start by running through a pea sized amount of Moroccan Oil through my hair, mostly aiming it for the tips as I find that it can make my roots look greasy. I’ll then continue with combing my fingers through my hair to separate the curls and use a bit of dry shampoo to add texture to my hair. I find using dry shampoo let’s it to stay longer and sit nicer too! That’s pretty much all I do and if I find them dropping throughout the day, I’ll maybe add a little mouse or hairspray to give more volume and tidy it up a bit but generally it doesn’t drop.

That’s exactly how I style my hair to create beach waves! Check out my social media:

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Summer Nail Colours

Summer is here and although I don’t always pain my nails, when I do I like to pick seasonal shades. In the spring I tend to wear a lot of pastel colours and I do again for the summer but usually I like to include a lot of pinks and nudes throughout the summer more than most colours. This summer I’ve definitely mixed it up a bit and I’ve been reaching for shades that I never usually do. 

Buying nail varnish is normally the last thing I ever do. I rarely by nail varnishes, nails just aren’t my thing. I do like to update them once/maybe twice a year though because nail varnishes do expire just like all beauty products. I have several in my collection that I reach for throughout the summer and these are what I’ve been enjoying this year! 

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry shade in number 27 (the name has worn away, sorry!). It’s a pastel purple shad but looks beautiful and summer, especially gorgeous with a tan. 

Barry M Nail Paint in 272 Shocking Pink. It’s a very bright barbie pink and I’ve just enjoyed feeling a bit more brighter when the sun’s out. 

Barry M Nail Paint in 262 Bight Red. This is the brightest red nail varnish I’ve ever bought and worn and I bloody love it. I especially love wearing it when an all black dress and heels (not sure why, just feels glamorous). 

NAILSINC Gel Effect in Porchester Square. This is a very neutral nude shade and that’s basically all it is. I like the finish it gives and I find it’s long lasting and not that easy to chip. 

Missguided nail varnish in Misstique. A very dark teal shade but at the same time, in different angles does look bright. It’s got a lovely long-wearing finish and isn’t matte which is what I like most. 

What have been your favourites? 

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Tanya Burr Cosmetics: My Escape Palette

Tanya Burr has been one of my favourite beauty youtubers since forever. She creates these beautiful, soft and effortless looks that at the so flattering. She truly is beautiful and I just find all of her tutorial so easy to follow. A few years ago when I found out she had released her own makeup line I jumped at the chance to try some of her products. I especially love the lipgloss in Lunch Date and the Galaxy Eye Palette but she is released a small collection recently and I totally fell in love with the My Escape palette. In particular, the kahki shade. So I bought it and tested it out by creating this smokey look using the quad and decided to give you my review! 

Firstly, the shades are gorgeous. It comes with 4 shades, 2 matte and 2 shimmery. The shades start with a shimmery beige (new perspective), a kahki green shimmer (wild jungle), a matte brown with grey undertones (tree tops) and a matte darker grey (master plan). 

Truthfully, the shades are lovely but I wish the beige was a white matte shade instead. I like to start my eye looks using a matte white or bone shade all over the lid for a base and new perspective just wouldn’t work since it has too much shimmer. It’s a lovely inner corner highlight but I like to use just one palette that I can create easy and different looks with, but I had to dip into another palette for a matte. 

I also like to start with a lighter transition shade and this palette doesn’t have that. I ended up using the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette for a long transition shade before going back into the Tanya Burr palette with tree tops. 


I started with a bone shade across the lid to set down the concealer. I went in with a pale pink toned shad in the crease and then packed on wild jungle (kahki shade) across the lid. I used tree tops in the crease and only went half way across, mainly focusing on the outer corner and constantly building it. I used clean brushes to continue to blend and then went back in with wild jungle to intensify the colour. I finished with using master plan on the outta corner and swiping it along the lower lash line. 


The shadows are pigmented and incredibly buildable. They do have massive fall-out though so I recommend doing the eye look first as it’s easier to clean up. However, this palette is wonderful and the price is outstanding (£5.99 in Superdrug and on Feel Unique). I recommend this palette highly and I’m eager to test more of her products. 

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Birchbox Misses

Since September I have been purchasing a monthly beauty subscription that I’ve really been enjoying, although I’ve not enjoyed every single product. Some of them I’ve loved and I’ll be likely to repurchase but others just didn’t work for me and my skin, which is totally OK. 

The BirchBox is £12.95 a month which includes delivery and you receive 5 products. Sometimes you get 1 or 2 full sized samples and other times you don’t. They come in the most gorgeous draw boxes that I love and wish I had kept most of them since they’re so cute. I’ve loved receiving my BirchBox each month and I often forget about it so it’s like a gift to myself. 

With that in mind, I didn’t like every single product that I’ve received. Most of them I’ve enjoyed and like I said, will probably repurchase for full sample. However, there are 5 particular products that I don’t really care for as they haven’t cooperated with me. 

I’m a fan of colour correcting and when I received the NIP+Fab colour corrector in the yellow shade I was excited to try it. I tried it and I could not have been more disappointed. I used it under my foundation and my foundation looked cakey all day. It wasn’t pretty and due to this, I won’t ever purchase a NIP+Fab colour corrector through absolute fear. 

I cant remember which month but I received a sample trio of the POP Beauty eyeshadows. I had never heard of this brand before so I gave it a go and it just didn’t do anything for me. The shadows weren’t anything special and the trio had all shimmery shades. It includes a shimmery dark brown which I would have used to smoke out but it just was too shimmery. It also includes a shimmery pink shade and a shimmery neutral shade. Like I said, they just didn’t do anything for me and I had no feelings towards it at all. 

In a recent box we got to choose a full sample size and I picked the Mannakadar beauty powder. I think this was priced crazily expensive, something like £27! It’s the smallest product I’ve ever seen. Normally, powders are a fair size and worth the money. This is a small pan which actually looks like an eyeshadow. This is probably the bit that disappointed me the most. Also, the product wasn’t good at all. Again, it made my base look cakey and I wouldn’t recommend using this under the eyes at all. 

Now, these next two products are fairly similar. I have the Amika: Bombshell Blowout Spray and the Beauty Protector protector and detangle spray. I do like to use products in my hair when I blowdry it just to make it look nicer and a more fresh but these products do nothing for my hair at all and it’s as simple as that. I don’t think they’re good or bad I just don’t think they do anything to my hair but they might do something to someone else’s. They smell good though! 

Check out my posts on my BirchBoxes using the links below: 

September 

October 

November

December 

January 

February 

March

April 

May

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