Battle of the Brushes

The final face fight, I know shed a tear, is all about the brushes! I love brushes to the point where I’ve had to stop myself from buying more because it will just be an unnecessary purchase. I’ve picked my most used brushes, one from each ‘application category’ and I’ll be putting them against each other to see which is my favourite. Let’s begin!

First up is foundation and let’s start with the Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques. I’m very fond of this brush. It’s the brush that I never adore but it’s always there when I want my foundation to look a bit more natural. It’s soft but dense so it buffs in really well but sometimes it can be a little bit too small when I’m in a rush. Then there’s the Sephora 49 Brush. I love this brush. Some people find that these types of brushes ‘paint’ the foundation on instead of buffing it into the skin but I like the flawless finish that this brush gives me and paired with the L’Oreal True Match foundation it’s like perfect skin in a bottle.

Eyes eyes eyes! The first eyeshadow brush I ever got was the Mac 242. I love this for packing shadow onto the lid and it’s especially great with pigments. The Mac 217 is infamous in the beauty world for being amazing and it’s definitely worth the hype! It perfectly puts product in the crease and blends out edges beautifully. I don’t know what I ever did before this brush. Another similar blending brush is a little fluffy brush I got in an Avon kit about eight years ago and it’s a nice, soft and reliable little brush.

To finish with the rest of the face brushes is the Real Techniques Blush Brush which I use for bronzer. Β As with all of these brushes it’s really soft and fits well into the hollows of my cheeks to contour and is also big enough to give an all round bronze. Last but not least is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I used to use this for foundation, and I really liked it as it made everything look really natural, but now I use it for highlight as it doesn’t apply too much product and make the face look too shiny.

Who’s come out on top? I think that the Mac 217 has literally changed my life so much that it has to be my favourite brush.

Bang of the Brows

Brow time! I love my eye brows. I know it’s a bit weird but I think that they’re a good shape and the colour isn’t too shabby either. That means that the brow products I use must keep to my high standard. Without further ado, let’s dive in! First up is the light brown shade in my Virgin Vie palette. This is definitely the quickest way to put something onto the brow that still looks good. The colour is just how I like it, not so dark that they look like harsh lines on my face and not orange so they look unrealistic. I apply this with my Body Shop angled brush and it takes me literally five seconds and then I’m good to go. Next up is my Sleek Eyebrow Pencil in the shade Dark. This is a really creamy product so is really easy to apply and blend, but the problem is that it goes down quite quickly. I got it in the shade dark which works for me but for people with really dark hair I don’t think that this would be dark enough. The nib is quite thick so it doesn’t take too long too fill in and it comes with a spooley (no idea on the spelling) on the end which is great. Last but not least is the Soap and Glory Brow Archery in the shade Blonde Bombshell. I usually go for the darker colours but I fancied something to do a more natural brow which this product is perfect for. The nib is very thin, meaning it takes a little longer to do, and the colour is a very nice light but not too light blonde. I use this on days where I have a little more time. For this category I can’t pick a winner because they are all good for different things and I love them all equally!
Virgin Vie, Sleek, Soap and Glory

Clash of the Concealers

This week in the ‘face fights’ series is the battle for the best concealer. I’m a huge fan of concealer and am constantly on the lookout to find the best one to cover up the suitcase sized bags I have under my eyes. The first concealer on the list is the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. The first time I tried this I was like ‘No, not for me, too shiny’ but then when I stopped using it as a cover up and used it as a highlight I quite liked it. How I use it is I put one of the other concealers under my eyes and then put a large triangle to the bottom of my nose and the top of my cheekbone to highlight a bit and it works fine. Next up is the Revlon Colorstay concealer which is possibly my biggest lifesaver. It makes my face glowy and awake and is really easy to use with the doe foot applicator. The formula is really creamy and gives high enough coverage to just about get rid of my dark circles, but on some days it’s shiny tendency draws attention to them accidentally. The Seventeen Phwoarr Paint is my dark circle life saver. One swipe and they disappear and it is just insane! The downside of this concealer is that it sometimes separates on blemishes and makes me look like I have a skin disease, but tired eyes are a thing of the past. Last but not least is the Mac Pro Longwear concealer. The coverage is insane, it’s my perfect colour and the texture is light but it gives a heavy coverage. The only problems are the price, little bit too steep, and the pump, why pump why do you dispense too much product! The winner of this debate is probably the Mac Pro Longwear concealer for the fact that it’s a good all round product which stays put all day and the downsides in the grand scheme of things are that bad, although it is closely followed by the Revlon one as it is a good dupe.

L-R: Rimmel, Revlon, Mac, Seventeen

Battle of the bronzers

This post in the first in a series of ‘face fights’ where I delve into my makeup draw and see which product is best in each category. To start this off I’ve gone for the bronzer category (partly because battle of the bronzers sounds really cool). Up until recently I’ve only had one bronzer at a time, which was fine for me because I never really go over glowy. I’ve been using the Boujouis chocolate bronzer for just under two years and it’s been treating me well for that time, still going strong and I’ve not had to purchase a new one. It smells so good, not like chocolate but a really nice sweet smell and it not too orange or too muddy. The only problem I find with it is that it takes a lot of building up if you want to go for a darker contour kind of thing. A few weeks ago I took the plunge and bought the ever so popular Soap and Glory solar powder bronzer. This is incredible. It’s soft, not too orange or muddy and applies just the right amount of product. I like the fact that there are too different sides so if I’m not really feeling a full face I can just use the lighter side. I feel like the only problem with this is that I might need to repurchase a little more frequently than the chocolate bronzer as it uses more product. Although both products are great I think the winner of this fight is the solar powder bronzer for its versatility, and it has a mirror, bonus!

R-L: Boujouis, Soap and Glory (dark, light)