Sunday, 31 May 2015

Try It On Tutorial! (Video)

Hi guys, me again popping a video on the blog even after I've uploaded it... I need to get better at that! If you don't want to miss a video from me be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to be kept up to date as to when I post! In this viddy I try on a bunch of new products I've recently put on - and they all happen to be from the drugstore so whoopee for cheap make up!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Real Techniques Contour Brush Showdown

Contouring. A technique once reserved for professionals and drag queens has found itself in the daily routines of many. Speaking of techniques, Real Techniques (see what I did there?) - Pixiwoo's famed brush brand keep slowly but surely expanding their brush range and currently has three brushes set aside for the duty of giving dimension to your money maker. I just so happen to own all three (and the vast majority of their brushes, if you were wondering) and I thought some people would be confused as to which would work the best for them so I thought I'd have a little showdown - hold on to your earrings ladies, things are about to get ugly.

Contour Brush - The Beginner's Brush
This brush comes in the core collection, which just so happened to be one of my first reviews on this fair blog. There's several reasons why I think it's the best for beginners, firstly being it comes in a set with 3 others brushes to help start up that brush collection, it's also fairly small and tapered which means it's very forgiving if you happen to be a bit trigger happy but also precise at the same time so you really can have a play around and get a feel for that whole contouring malarkey! Although I now opt to use this for either setting under eye concealer or highlighting (which works wonderfully by the way) I do think it is a good place to start if you want to give the whole contouring thing a go!

Bold Metals - The Precision Brush
This brush is a step up in price, quality and precision so I think this brush is the tool of choice for seasoned shadow shamans. The flat edge means you get a definite line on your face, this brush blends out beautifully but if you're new to contouring you leave yourself open to stripe face, which just ain't cute. However this brush really allows you to carve out a cheekbone so if you're up for the investment and contour regularly I say go for it!

Sculpting Brush - The Cream Brush
This brush is the newest in the contouring line up for RT and I picked up the sculpting set up recently which came with a fan brush and a setting brush - although this brush is also sold separately. When I first saw this brush I saw it as almost an angled buffing foundation brush which led me to pair it with a cream contour product, which it works beautifully with! Although all of RT's brushes are synthetic so work well with both creams and powders, I find the densness of the bristles really helps you work a cream product into the skin and meshes it to make it look the most natural, in my opinion. It is the least precise of the brushes but I think that lends itself to the more natural look a cream contour can give you anyway so if you're a cream product lover I think this would be great!! One thing I will say this is the first RT brush of mine which actively sheds, unsure whether or not it just happens to be mine or not, but I wouldn't be staying true if I didn't mention it!

So a brush for every cheekbone out there, I think all these brushes do a cracking job, I just think it all depends what you're after! If I'd have to pick only one, I think I'd opt for the Bold Metals offering because I've been contouring for a fair while now and usually use powders (although I've been having a bit of a love affair with my Illamasqua Hollow cream pigment of late!) But I would recommend every one of these brushes and Real Tech in general!!

Do you have a favourite contouring brush?
What's your favourite product to contour with?!

Let me know in the comments!!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

April Favourites! (Video)

Whoops, I'm super duper awful at posting my videos onto my blog! Here's my favourites from last week! If you want to be updated when I upload be sure to subscribe to my channel, and/or follow me on twitter as I always post my video there as soon as it's up! I hope your May is treating you well so far!!

The Dupe List! (Video)

Hi guys - here's this week's video! I compiled a list of a few things which I think are fairly similar to high end products so I thought I'd share and save you some pennies! Subscribe to my YouTube channel to keep up to date as to when I put up a new video!

Monday, 11 May 2015

HD Brows: A Retrospect.

If you had asked me when I started this blog what my #1 brow product was without a waver in my voice I would say the HD Brows palette. I've used up a whole palette before but since then there has been a tremendous influx of brow products at a wide range of price points, and I've dabbled in a whole host of them. I have never written down what I thought of the palette and struggling to find other brow products in my stash the other day,  I turned to my old faithful.

A few years back brows were big and not necessarily natural looking, however now while I think the majority of the Western world are aware of just how important brows can be to the face I think people (including myself) are after full, but natural looking brows. My old method of and brushing broadly through my brows with the product looks both powdery and blocky, and attempting a method of drawing individual hairs leads to fallout and not enough pigment to stand as hair-like and the brush included isn't thin enough to be conceived as hair-like either. I think if you're blessed with nigh on perfect brows and just need to fill in a bit in the middle, I reckon this will work just fine. If you're needing to add a little more than just the odd touch up, I think you'd struggle to pawn your brows off as au natural.

Maybe not the kindest words to say about an old friend, but what can I say? Trends change, opinions change. I'm a girl with simple pleasures, and my brows being en fleek is one of them, and I just don't think this is up to par. I do know since I dabbled in HD Brows products they've repackaged their stuff and maybe a better formula and maybe a better brush? Sure these guys were pioneers for the mainstream brow game, but now many other brands are up to speed and killing it in the brow palette/powder area. My current weapon of choice is Illamasqua's Brow Cake in Thunder with a tiny bit of Eyeko's brow gel. I'm not going to be throwing this away, because I'm a sentimental hoarder like that, this was one of the first beauty products which spurred on my obsession, but I can't see it being reintroduced to the daily rotation any time soon, and just maybe, ever.

You must have a product like this lying around, and I'd love to hear about it!
Also other brow recommendations are welcome below!