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.  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.

Match of the Mascaras

I’m a big mascara junkie. I don’t buy many or have lots at any one time but I rarely ever stick to one. I just like to test the waters and see what I’m missing out on. Let’s crack on! First up is the Seventeen Back Lash Mascara. I got this free when I spent over I think it was £10 and it isn’t that bad. When I say that, I mean it’s not bad layered underneath other mascaras. On it’s own it doesn’t give the volume that it promises and it doesn’t do anything for my bottom lashes but for a freebie you can’t really complain. Next is the l’Oreal Telescopic Mascara which I was given by a friend who wasn’t really getting on with it. I really like this mascara. It’s super lengthening and is perfect for applying a more volumising one on top. It’s clump free but I don’t put it on my bottom lashes as it makes them look like creepy spiders, urgh. Last, but certainly not least, is the Clinque High Impact Mascara which I got free in Glamour magazine ages ago. This. Is. Incredible. When it says volume, it means volume. It makes my lashes look the best they’ve ever looked and I am in love. The only downside is that when this runs out I don’t think that I can afford to get a new one *cry face*. This is definitely my favourite out of all three but what I do if I’m going on a night out is put them all on and they make my lashes look insane. I am such a rule breaker.

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

Lash out of the Lipsticks

Time for the lipsticks! I was never the biggest wearer of lipsticks but over the past 12 months I’ve built up a nice little collection so let’s get going. First up is my Kiko Smart Lipstick in 902 Pastel Pink. I bought this whilst I was in Barcelona in the summer and I’m so glad I did. It’s pretty much the same as my natural lip colour so when I put it on it’s a my lips but better kind of thing. It was super cheap (just €3) and is balmy and lasts a decent amount of time on the lips. Next up is the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 28. This was the first lipstick that I ever bought because I thought it would look good on a night out. It’s not a matte formula but I’d say it’s 90% matte with a little bit of shimmer and not as drying. I don’t wear this that often but when do I wonder why I don’t because it gives a pop of colour that is really flattering. The second lipstick I ever purchased was the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Heather Shimmer. I bought this thinking it would be a good nude but it’s quite a bit darker than my normal lips. It takes me quite a while to apply this as if I do a ‘one sweep’ motion it goes on a bit too dark and looks like a crayon, weird I know, so I have to use a lot of coats to dab it on. However, when it’s on it looks really nice, a bit Velvet Teddy-ish, the only problem is that it doesn’t last too long on the lips. Another nude in my stash is the Rimmel Lipstick in Pink Nude. I’d say that this was more coral than pink but it’s a really good lipstick. The colour is flattering, similar to the Kiko one in terms of application and lasting power. The only thing that lets this down is the fact is has quite a pearly finish and sometimes looks a bit strange on the lips. Last but not least is Mac Shy Girl Lipstick. This is such a beautiful coral colour that sits nicely on the lips. This is my go to smokey eye lip as it looks gorgeous. The only problem with this is if it’s not dabbed on it can look a little streaky. The winner of this is a tie, I just can’t choose, between Kiko and Mac. I use them both so much as they are both beautiful colours with my favourite type of formulas.

28, Heather Shimmer, Nude Pink, Shy Girl, 902

Punch up of the Palettes

Today is not just any face fight, it’s a special birthday face fight! If you didn’t guess my birthday is today and I thought that because palettes are my all time favourite thing this is what I’d put head to head to see who comes out on top. First palette on the list is my Virgin Vie Palette. It is nearly an all matte palette with just one shimmer shade. When I first received this palette I used it not stop, mainly the oranges and the browns. My favourite shade is the shimmer shade and reminds me a little of amber lights from Mac. The most used shade is the light brown as this is what I use to do my eyebrows, it’s a good colour that’d not too light or too dark. Next up is the Sleek Brights Palette. I bought this purely for the fact that I thought this would make a great addition to my fancy dress wardrobe. The pigmentation is insane and there is a good mixture of colours so, especially for fancy dress, you can really do anything. The Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette is next and as you can tell from my multiple posts about it in recent weeks I am in love with this thing! The mix of mattes and shimmers, the shade range and the insane pigmentation. My favourite shade is Sonic, it’s different and colourful but not OTT that you couldn’t wear it everyday. The Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette is one of my most used. It’s a really handy travel size and the mix of mattes and shimmers makes it perfect for everyday or a night out. My favourite shade is push up, it’s a rosy copper which is stunning all over the lid and also works in the crease. Finally it’s the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. My first ‘proper palette purchase’ and it was a goody. Good for a natural day look and even though I’ve had it over a year I’m dying to use it on a night out and see how it turns out. My favourite shade is liar because in some lights it turns from a shimmery brown to a stunning plum/ purple shade. My most used shade is strange, the perfect highlight colour. I can’t pick a favourite but as I said before my most used is Too Faced, but not Vice 3 is making a catch up!

Natural Eyes, Naked 3
Virgin Vie, Sleek, Vice 3

Fight of the Foundations

Face fights! Foundations! I have serious foundation problems, my skin can get quite oily and a lot of the ones I’ve tried turn me into one big greasy chip. Here is the base of my face-drobe and let’s dive in. First up is the Rimmel Match Perfection in the shade 101 Classic Ivory. I went through a phase about a year ago where I only ever wore this foundation. But then my skin decided to get really oily and now this one doesn’t last very long on my skin with separating which makes me really sad. However the colour is an amazing match, hence the name I suppose, and I still wear it when I know I’m having a short day. Next up is the Rimmel Matte BB Cream in Light. Me and this little fellow have a roller coaster like relationship. When I first got this last spring I thought it was the best thing ever, really light, perfect colour match and lasted all day. Then after a little bit of usage things started to go wrong. My face got really oily it looked orange on my skin and it didn’t seem to offer any coverage. I haven’t used this in a long time but when the warmer months roll around I’m going to give it another try but if it doesn’t work I might have to bid farewell. My oldest foundation in this mix is the Rimmel Stay Matte in the shade 100 Ivory (kind of a Rimmel theme in this post). I am in love with this foundation! The texture is light, the colour is such a perfect match and it stays put on my face, for good. As far as I’m concerned there is nothing wrong with this foundation and the fact that it’s SPF free means on a night out there is no fear of flashback face, winner! Finally is the Max Factor Face Finity Foundation in the shade Light Ivory. I bought this just before I went on my summer holiday because I wanted something really long lasting and I’d heard good things about this one. This is such an amazing foundation. I used to just wear it on a night out but I’ve bumped it up to everyday as well because it’s that good of an all rounder. I’m really upset because I’m coming to the end of this one, which shows just how much I love it. It lasts all day and the coverage is the best I’ve ever used. I think that overall my favourite foundation has to be the Max Factor one for the fact that I wear it so much and I don’t know what I’d do without it.