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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What To Take To University 

University is the most fun but nerving experience. Especially if you’ve ever lived alone it’s more than likely going to worry you for weeks. What do you need to take? Well by now I can assume you’ve read years worth of Freshers week guides and shopping lists. However, take it from a recent graduate and soon to be masters student, you don’t need to take everything including the kitchen sink to last you through your degree. Here’s my list of things to pack and purchase to be prepared for you time as a newly found fresher.

Remember before you begin o pack check your accommodation for the appliances that they supply, you don’t want to turn up on moving day and find all 8 of you have a kettle and toaster. Not necessary and a waste of money especially since a lot of the time you’ll be provided this in the communicable areas. 

Reminder: YOU CAN PURCHASE THESE THINGS ONLINE AND IN STORE WHEN YOU ARRIVE. You’re not moving to the middle of the sea. Get the basics and buy what you need. 

Kitchen: 

The most important and worrying for me was to know what to pack kitchen wise. It’s hard to prepare for every single meal you’ll ever make for the whole year. I’ll continue to repeat this, so just take the basics. 

  • 4 pieces of cutlery. 
  • 2 dishes. 
  • 2 plates. 
  • 2 glasses. 
  • 2 mugs. 
  • Culinder. 
  • Bottle opener. 
  • 2 sharp cutting knives. 
  • chopping board. 
  • Baking tray. 
  • 2 sauce pans. 
  • 1 frying pan or wok. Both are useful but can be used. No need for both.
  • Tin opener.

These things will get you buy for several weeks and anything extra buy from amazon or your local wilko. 

Personal items: 

If you don’t need too, don’t take everything. You honestly don’t need to take every book you’ve ever read or ever film you may watch eventually. 

  • Computer/laptop 
  • Printer – isn’t necessary as the universities have their own, although it is useful.
  • 2.5 weeks worth of clothes. You don’t need more than that, washing machines are a wonderful invention. 
  • Lots and lots of underwear – I bought extra because you lose these in washing machines, things get old and tear. Buy them whilst you have the money. 
  • 4 towels – again, useful. 
  • Medication.
  • Glasses (if needed). 
  • Makeup and other beauty tools (straighteners, hair drier, tooth brush). 
  • Photo graphs. They’re nice to make a room feel a little more comforting. 
  • Posters – walls look lonely. 

Anything necessary you see fit. Again, you don’t need to take your whole bedroom. 

Other: 

  • Duvet 
  • Pillows 
  • Bedding x 3
  • Bath mat. 
  • Some books. 
  • A TV may come in use with an console if wanted but remember, you have to pay for your own TV License (see your accommodation pack for more information).
  • Stationary – you will need this! A lot of it. I totally recommend the wilko budget brand, don’t break the bank. You will run through a lot and lose plenty. 

I totally recommend doing a food shop when you arrrive instead of buying before you set off. We don’t live in the Stone Age, there will be supermarkets available. 

Favourite Pinterest Finds

Take a look at some of my favourite Pinterest finds. You’ll find that these are mainly home decor because well.. I can dream about what my non-existent house should look like.. right?

📸: Industry Standard Design

These hanging shelves as so easy to make and you can make them to style any room. I personally would paint them an off white colour and match with pale pink ornaments and mirrors.


📸: Ashlein Quiroz  

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📸: [Top left picture: DIY & Crafts Ideas Magazine] [Bottom right picture: Ashley WestBrook] [Bottom left picture: Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons]

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  • Top left photo: A beautiful custom designed shelving unit made of an old chest of draws. I like how the inside of the shelves are painted a bright colour to match with the white and wooden theme. It looks very modern and very fresh. Would definitely add a lovely bit of colour to a simple room.
  • Top right photo: I love everything about this room. It’s exactly what I would have my own bedroom like, I would perhaps add a few more mirrors (I have  thing with mirrors) but it’s my ideal room.
  • Bottom left photo: I love books and this would be perfect for a living room to show off all of your fantastic novels. I’d probably change this and paint it wooden but it’s beautiful regardless. I also think this would be quite easy and simple to make (perhaps time consuming though).
  • Bottom right photo: The perfect way for every nail varnish lover to show off their favourite shades. I think this is so elegant and adds such a beautiful touch to a bathroom or beauty room.

Send me the links to some of your favourite pinterest finds!

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Goodbye New York, Hello Wales

You might be a little confused by this title. It only seems like 5 minutes ago that I was saying my goodbyes and heading away for a 3 month trip. However, a month passed and I’ve been back in the UK for a month now, wondering where my next adventure will be.

You’re probably, was she fired? No I wasn’t. I quit working at the summer camp and booked a flight home for the next day. Camp life isn’t easy and I wasn’t prepared enough for it. 

Before I left I thought all I ever wanted was to travel the world and it turns out, it isn’t for me. I missed the familiarity of home, the little things in life that made me comfortable and mostly, I missed who I was before I went to camp. 

Camp was ruining me emotionally, I was caring for the same children all day, everyday. Slowly I began to feel very suffocated and isolated in the camp bubble. Camp bubble? What is that, you may think. It’s like living, working, breathing and existing in the smallest village ever and never being allowed to leave (except for a 24 hour period each week on my day off). 

From the minute I arrived at camp I knew there was something I didn’t like, I couldn’t describe it but I knew that it wasn’t for me but I gave it a shot, a really good go actually. 

I had everything thrown at me during my time in the states and I powered through until I had enough. I reached a point where I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed in the morning. I was emotionally and psychically tired every single day and my anxiety was reaching an all time low. I was crashing and knew I had to come home. 

I don’t regret coming back to the UK, not a single bit. I do miss the little family I made at camp with all my friends but I don’t miss anything else. I don’t miss the children, the job or the camp itself at all. When I was at camp I missed everything and everyone and it consumed me. 

I feel like a failure. I’m not one to give up on anything ever, I took a lot for me to decide to leave but I knew it was best for me. So now I am home and looking forward to my many adventures. Although for now I don’t want to leave Wales but my experience hasn’t frightened me from wanting to do more travelling. Perhaps my trips will be short time period but I’ll still do them. 

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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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The Addams Family Musical 

This past Sunday afternoon I had 2 tickets to visit the Wales Millennium Center to watch The Addams Family Musical. It’s probably been the best decision I’ve made in weeks and I’m so pleased with picking this musical to see with Mum who has never been to a show before! 

I’ve been an avid fan of The Addams Family for as long as I can remember and when I found out that there was a musical I couldn’t wait to go. I wasn’t sure if I’d actually be able to see it due to my trip to New York but since I’m back I knew I wanted to go and I was determined. 

My main reason for wanting to see this show specifically was 1. Because I love the story, movies and TV series. 2. Carrie Fletcher is one of my favourite Youtubers/Authors and the sister of Tom Fletcher from my favourite band, McFly. 


The performance was outstanding and I especially loved that it was based when Wednesday was a lot older. The actors played the roles so well and I was so impressed with Samantha Womack as before I went I couldn’t stop picturing her as Ronnie Mitchell. It was a mixture of emotions and I felt like I couldn’t take my eyes off it for the whole show. The humour was dark but so funny and it had such a different twist to it than the movies/TV series.

It’s been my favourite musical so far and I couldn’t recommend it enough. 

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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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