Monday, 30 May 2016

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette Review.

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Hello my little bee's! 

It's the end of the bank holiday!!! For me it's been an eventful one to say the least and not in a good way. 

Friday, Papa Hutt started my car which he had left in gear previously (which I have told him to stop doing) and oh what is this?! Yep my nice, shiny car goes slamming into the side of our house!!! Oh yeah, my front bumper needs replacing. I was upstairs at the time and felt my room shudder and I heard pops shouting "noooo, noooooo NOOOOOO!!!" Lol. 

Obviously I wasn't happy but it was an accident and he was absolutely gutted so I didn't want to make him feel worse. I am gutted though because I have never damaged it and I am still paying the car off. 

*Insert sad face here*

So, I hope your bank hol has been a lot better than mine. Ha ha. 

Today I am presenting you with a step by step on how I clean my makeup brushes with a little review thrown in. 

Aren't you lucky! 

C'mon lets be honest, cleaning our makeup brushes is a serious ball ache. It's not riveting in the slightest, especially for me anyway. It takes forever to get all the grubby makeup off the brushes, then the drying process takes forever. For me it's a major chore. Is it for you? 

I thought my hands were doomed until I found this little contraption, but is it actually any good? 

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My usual regime to clean my brushes involved my hand and the shower head pinned under the taps of the bath (don't ask). I would then proceed to clean. It took FOREVER!! I  mean snore!! 

I had seen that Real Techniques recently bought out this brush cleaning palette and it really caught my eye. I took the plunge and I bought it. 

Is it any good? Is it worth the money? Does it save time?

Yes, yes and yes. 

I LOVE this palette A LOT. 

I love Real Techniques anyway and have lots of their brushes so I was hoping it was going to live up to my expectations. It has a handle on the back to slide it onto your hand so it sits securely. 

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It really did. I will be honest, I am not a fan of the cleansing gel that came with it as it didn't remove any of the makeup off my brushes, just moved it around. Is this the same for anyone else? 

So I just stuck to my usual cleansing method ( I will explain in a minute). 

This palette removed the makeup off my brushes so quickly I was actually sat in the bathroom talking out loud at how impressed I was. It has saved me SO much time and it cleans each strand thoroughly!! 

I am genuinely impressed.

There are three different sections with three different cleaning nibs. I just whirl mine around all three to ensure everything is off the brush. 

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This little beauty retails at around £12.99 in Superdrug and I am so glad I have bought it, okay it's a bit of bendy plastic but lets be honest if you're prone to skimping on the cleaning then you NEED this in your life. 

It's affordable and does the job well. 


HOW OFTEN DO I CLEAN MY BRUSHES?


I used to clean my brushes once in a blue moon but now I do it once a week to ensure everything is clean and germ free. 


WHAT DO I USE TO WASH MY BRUSHES?

There are a lot of cleansing products out there on the market, I have tried and tested a couple and they haven't really worked for me. 

What I have tried and it works, is to add a drop of Fairy Liquid and a drop of Carex antibacterial hand soap onto my brushes and it cleans the brushes beautifully. It has never harmed my brushes either and it's cheap. 

Score. 


HOW I CLEAN MY BRUSHES - ROUTINE.




STEP ONE - Cleanse


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I start off by adding the cleansing products to the palette. Simple as that. 

I then rub my brush into the liquid dry and then add the water. 

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STEP 2 - THE WASH


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This step is pretty self-explanatory really. I just swirl my brush around and rinse and then repeat that process until the brush is absolutely clean. With this palette and the amount of foundation I carry on my brush this takes around two attempts. 



STEP 3 - DRYING


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 To dry my brushes I don't have anything fancy I just line them up against my wall on kitchen roll with the applicator facing down to allow the excess water to drain. 

And that's basically it really. 

My routine is pretty simple but I just wanted to show you that you don't need an expensive cleaner to wash your brushes with, just household items are sufficient enough. I also wanted to prove that you can get something pretty decent from the drug store as a tool to clean your brushes. 

Let me know your thoughts, do you have this palette, if so what do you think? If you don't have anything like this I would seriously give it a go, it won't break the bank and it's such a time saver. 

Well played Real Techniques. Well played. 

:) 

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

My Birthday Wishlist | Ft Foxylocks, Makeup Geek, Zoeva, Huda, ABH, New Look & More.

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Evening my lovelies. 

I hope everyone is well? Lucky sods too because it's pay day weekend and bank holiday weekend all rolled into one!!! I have forgotten what it is like have a 'pay day' these days. Ha. 

I have an apology to make too, I bet some of you were wondering where Monday's post was? Unfortunately I came down with tonsillitis the night before. It was so sudden too. I noticed when I was trying to do a cover of Busted's '3am' my throat felt scratchy. I uploaded the vid anyway and heard it back the next day and had to take it down. It was freaking awful maaayynnn. Ha ha. 

But yeah, that night I had zero hours sleep and I was in so much pain and I couldn't swallow. I literally was all achy, had a headache, my throat was swollen and I couldn't swallow and to top it off I occurred a cold, so I couldn't breathe either. 

You okay there Mother Nature?!

Illness aside, it's my day of birth in a couple of months (August 7th to be exact) so what better time to think up a birthday wish list?! 

I love writing lists at the best of times, especially Christmas lists as it keeps me organised and I get all excited. I am literally a freak. Nothing new.

There are so many things (mainly makeup) that I am lusting after right now, some of which I have been eyeing up for quite a while. 

I will go through the picture situated at the top of the post from the top left all the way down to the bottom right.  

Let me know your thoughts on whether you have tried and have any of the items or if you haven't I would love to know what you want to try off the list. 

Here's to hoping that I may get some of these.

*fingers crossed*. 



1.Zoeva Rose Gold Eye Brush Set

I have wanted this eye brush set for freaking years now it's an absolute joke. I see so many people with the brushes and I am in awe. They are highly rated, rose gold (of course) and most of all THEY ARE SO PRETTY!! 

These have been on my Christmas list each year, so I am thinking that this year I may have to buy them myself. Job or no job. 


2. Morphe Eyeshadow Pallets - Warm and Brights.

I have been lusting after these pallets for a while now and the warm toned one (350) is always out of stock as it's extremely popular. I have heard mixed reviews about their eyeshadow's but I would like to try these myself and make up my own mind up. They are reasonably priced too which is 100% a score. Most of the makeup items are from Beauty Bay, I am on the waiting list for when the 350 comes back in. 


3. Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

If you have read my previous posts it's no secret that I love doing my eye makeup and everybody is harping on about Makeup Geek shadow pans. They are based in America I think but again you can get these shadows on Beauty Bay (thank the lord). There are a range of shades that I want, some being; Cocoa Bear, Bitten, Peach Smoothie, Duochrome Blacklight, foiled Grandstand and Creme Brulee. I love a lot of their bright colours too and their pigments. 


4. Lit Cosmetics

I head about this brand from Amysmakeupbox when I was watching one of her vids. They look amazing! They provide a glitter base (which is the clear stuff)and this awesome glitter. I love anything sparkly and again this was on Beauty Bay and I really want to try it. Let me know if any of you guys have!! 


5. Morphe Fan Brush

I keep seeing everyone use these fan brushes to apply their highlighter perfectly and yep I am jumping on that glowing train ride because I want one of those too. I don't know if this brush will be any good but it sure looks good. 


 6. Chaos Makeup 'Rainbow' Highlighter.

Oh my goodness how amazing does this highlighter look?!! It's what dreams are made of!! Actually Unicorns! I have seen it in action too and it's so freaking beautiful. Again it's from America ( I think) and I really want to get my hands on it. I think it's around $20 but I rarely buy from abroad because of the custom charges. I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!! 


7. Huda Lashes

I follow Huda Beauty on all Social Media accounts and I love her beauty range!!! Her lashes are super cute and everyone has them right now. 

8. ABH Dip Brow.

Wow I am believing in all the hypes going around at the moment as everyone is using this brow product and I want to try it. I don't know how well it would work on mine though as you can hardly see my brows, therefore leaving me looking like a hard boiled egg. 


9. Neewer Ring Light.

This is totally needed in my life, especially as I want to start recording more videos to put on my YouTube channel. I currently have one on there. Ha. And that's for a competition. I have a mini ring light that attaches to my camera lens and it makes me skin look lovely and my makeup pop. I WILL be getting this don't you worry!


10. Huda Lip Liner.

Need I say more? :) 


11. River Island Chain Belt.

I saw this belt today as I was browsing the web and thought that this belt is totally cool and something I could (hopefully) pull off. It's super cute and would be great teamed with some black ripped jeans or a pair of cut off shorts. Festival ready guys. 


12. Ikea Alex 9 Draws.

Again, these have been on my wishlist for ages now and I seriously need them as I have too much makeup and just general beauty items around my room. I would take great pleasure in organising these bad boys. Just wish there was a sale on them as they are too expensive for me right now. 


13. NYX Glitter.

As mentioned I love glitter and I love NYX and seeing as I don't currently have one near me I went searching in Merry Hill for these glitters and I couldn't see them there either. I was saddened by this. Ha. They seem so pigmented and just fun to work with. 


14. Black New Look Bomber Jacket.

Whether this would suit me I don't know as I like longer jackets/coats. I do however love black and New Look so this could be a win win situation. 


15. Too Faced Glitter Insurance.

I went into Merry Hill to get this and they didn't have it and then I went into my local TK Maxx to see if they had it and they had frickin sold it moments before I had arrived. I was gutted. I wanted this to keep the fallout of the glitter to a minimum when applied on my eyes! I will get my hands on this if it kills me. Any decent alternatives? 


16. Foxy Locks Extension.

I will only wear Foxy Locks extensions as I think they are the best. I have tried  few brands but nothing really compares. They are expensive but for the amount of hair you get for the price it's worth it. You don't get that anywhere else. My hair colour has changed so I need a new set but looks like I will need to get some once a job has landed my way. Ha. 


I have loads more items that I would of featured but you would of been here all day. 

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Unique Makeup Looks | Inspired By My Creativity | FT NYX, Makeup Revolution, Morphie And More.



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Whaatttssssaaapppppp?! 

How is everyone? 

I keep thinking it's Friday today because I went food shopping today instead of tomorrow and this is because...

Tomorrow is the day I see BUSTED!!!! 

Oh yeah guys, it's happening. I cannot freaking wait!!
I have heard that their shows so far have been amazing. I just cannot wait to have a little boogie in my seat. Ha. 

I am such a little saddo going on my own. I wonder if I can bring food?

Ha ha. 


My post today is going to be showing you a selection of my makeup looks that I have created recently. I have had a lot of requests to do video tutorials on my makeup application but I am a little too nervous about it right now. Although I am investing in lighting and some other lenses because it is something I want to do. 

I did a poll on Twitter to find out what people wanted to see and this one was the most requested. I love doing the polls because it gives me an idea of what people are looking for a such. 

I love everything about makeup, from writing/creating wishlists, buying the products to applying the products. The whole process for me is exciting and it makes me super happy getting something new to try. 

I am obsessing over quite a few brands right now, MakeupGeek, ABH, Morpe makeup, Certifeye, Huda Beauty, Sephora, Tarte Cosmetics, Gerard Cosmetics, Melt Cosmetics, DOSE of Colours and so many more. Mainly American companies. Which cost a bomb to ship over... IF you can ship it over that is. MAAYYYYNNN. 

The list is long for days. Ha. 

When creating my looks, I don't have a plan, I just go with the flow. I have never watched tutorials to teach me how to apply or get creative with makeup, it's just something I have self-taught. I like to do things myself and have originality in my work and I do not like to copy others. Sure sometimes I will look for inspiration but that usually comes from my own creative mind. 

I am by no means a professional, it's just something I love doing. It's an art form, a way of expression. I have been asked to do makeup for a few events and weddings now but I need to build my confidence up first. :) 

I hope you like my looks and I would love to know which ones are your favourites and if you have any ideas for what you would like to see me do next. 


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 I have bought some new makeup and I am partial to creating something bright on my eyes... Watch out.  

I am hoping to do some more looks as soon as my eye infection has gone... For the second freaking time. 

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