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#AccessoriesCrush: My top 10 make-up brushes

Before I begin, let me re-iterate the fact that I am NO professional make-up artist or anything! I just LOVE make-up and have managed to master a few key looks by researching my favorite blogs and watching tons & tons of Youtube tutorials!

The one thing they all have in common? Brushes. All of them recommend different ones from professional sets to drugstore cheaper options and after speaking to a few make-up artists I recently met, I’ve built myself a little ‘tool kit‘!

Here are my top 10 make-up brushes which I have used and trusted everyday for the past few months!

Eye Make-Up Brushes

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1. MAC Brow Brush (FREE sample) – I got given this little eyebrow brush when I purchased a MAC Eyebrow pen! I use it to blend the colour into my brows for a very natural look

2. Sephora Pro Blending Brush (27) – I know ALL of the bloggers rave about the MAC 217 BUT these brushes are a little too pricey for my liking and since I am not that good of a make-up applier (does that make sense?) I opted for a cheaper yet good option. This one by the Sephora Pro range is great to apply and blend eye shadows!  I do however keep it for special occasion or when attempting to create a ‘smokey eye’ look.

3. Sephora All over Shadow Small Brush (23) – This little brush I use to apply a light shadow in the inner corner of my eyes to give it a brighter look. The small size of the brush makes it very easy to use

4. Sephora Pro Crease Brush (10)  ($20) –  This one was kind of a treat! I noticed a lot of the bloggers used a crease brush to create their smokey eye look and even though I don’t do that everyday I thought I’d treat myself to a special crease brush. Well, now that I’ve used it a few times, I must admit it does help a LOT! It somehow applies the shadow in the right spot and just make blending the pigments into the crease a lot easier so very very pleased with myself here!

5. Sephora All Over Shadow Brush (22) – I do have a few of these in case I’m using different colours.  They are just perfect to apply your everyday eye shadow all over the eye lid.

6. Sephora Smudge Brush (14) – Again, this is another one that was strongly recommended by the expert make-up bloggers & artists! When you line your eye pen over your lash line, you simply run the brush over and it smudges the colour for a more natural blended effect. I use this one most days actually and really like it.

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Face Make-Up Brushes

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1. The Body Shop Face & Body Brush – This one I recently got from The Body Shop when I bought a Bronzer there. I really like it actually, it just deposits your bronzer or face powder very lightly on the skin, allows you to build up the colour and is just super soft!

2. Sephora Pro Stippling Brush (44) – Look at me with all my Pro brushes?! Hehe! I picked up this one when I bought my eye shadow and crease brushes from Sephora. I kept on seeing a couple of my favourite bloggers using a Stippling brush to apply their foundations or BB creams and thought I’d do the same. Not saying I don’t like it BUT somehow I still find it easier to apply these with my fingers… I must give it another go this week and really learn how to use that one properly because it is said to give you a much lighter, even & natural coverage so….!

3. Yves Rocher Blusher Brush – I think this may have been one of the very first brush I bought! I’ve had it for years and got it from my local Yves Rocher store in France. They have these everywhere though so you can get yours from Sephora or any other make-up stores. The angled brush makes it easy to apply your blush and/or bronzer to contour your face.

 

Tip: Don’t forget to clean your brushes on a weekly basis to avoid bacteria build-up! You can either use a proper brush cleaning product (MAC and Sephora offer very good ones) or, like me, use water and a little hand-wash soap. Pat dry with a tissue, re-shape and leave them to dry out properly overnight.

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 PS: Si vous voulez cette poste en Francais, postez un petit commentaire! 😉

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#Make-UpCrush: Drugstore Make-Up Look

Greetings from a grey & rainy day in France!

Since I am kind of stuck at home, I thought I would try something a little different. I had a look through my make-up stash and decided to work on a ‘drugstore natural day-time’ look!

Here is what I used:

L’Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream – I picked this one up in my local supermarket having heard LOADS of positive comments. The coverage is fairly good, the colour seem to work by adapting to your natural skin tone… It does even out any redness or blemishes but the coverage is super light so would keep it for a good skin-day!

Bourjois Paris Concealer Stick in 73-Golden Beige – I don’t really use Concealer but on those days when I haven’t slept much and need a little brightening under the eye area, I use this one in a shade lighter than my natural skin colour. I am no concealer expert but this one seem to hold a pretty good coverage. It doesn’t look cakey or anything… I apply it with a concealer brush and good to go in seconds.

L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Blush – Yes, they do have BB Blushes! I never knew either and so I decided to try! This one came in a ‘Universal Rosy Tint’ which again, adapts to your natural skin tone. It looked a little scary at first as it goes on very very pink but after blending it out with my fingers it left a very subbtle ‘flushed’ colour which looks very natural.

Maybelline New York Eyestudio Intense Chic Palette– I love a smokey eye me! So I picked up this very cute palette which include 4 ‘Vivids Plums’ shades. I followed the tutorial at the back of it to create a very chic eye look. The colour pigments aren’t the greatest but it still makes for a good drugstore option. I had to use my own Sephora Pro brushes though as I found the ones included in the kit very hard to manipulate…

Bourjois Paris Fan-Tastic Volume in 21-Fan-tastic Black – Y’all know I am a massive voluminous lashes person and so always on the look out for the next best mascara! I had very high hopes when I picked this one up… I was however a little disappointed and didn’t really get the volume I was hoping for until after I applied 3 coats. The fan-like brush is quite easy to use though and the result is very natural without any clumps.

Yves Rocher Colour nature 3 in 1 Eye Pencil in 01-Brun – to add a bit more ‘drama’ to my eye look, I ran a very subblte brown eye pencil down my water-line and used this one which I’ve now had for about a year!

So, the result is again, a very natural, fresh day-time look! Check out these detailed pics below:

 

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#BeautyCrush: WOMF #1

In case you were wondering, WOMF stands for What’s On My Face!!

Every month I shall blog about my skin care routine, the products I am using, what I love about them and what I don’t! In doing so, I hope to inspire you to try out new things!

As always, please feel free to share your favourite products, recommend some I should try out etc…! I LOVE to hear your feedback :).

WOMF #1 (July 2013)

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This month I’m using:

  • Bioderma Sebium Purifying & Foaming Cleansing Gel

I’ve used the Neutrogena Deep Clean for a few weeks and absolutely loved it (see my review here) but when I ran out, I went back to using my good ol’ Bioderma cleaner. I had forgotten how I use to love this one too! It just gets rid of all the make-up and dirt that can accumulate on your face after a long & hard day of labour! It doesn’t dry out your skin and leaves it all refreshed, cleaned & polished!

  • Soap & Glory ‘Scrub your nose in it’ 

Twice a week I make sure to give my skin a little exfoliation to make sure I get rid all dead cells, clean out my clogged pores (in the weather your skin can build up a lot of oil!) and just give it a good polish. One drugstore brand I discovered back when I lived in the UK is Soap & Glory! I just loved the packaging, the quirky product names and gave it a try! I’ve now used their scrub for a few years and still love it.

Bonus beauty tip: Layer the scrub all over your face and leave it on for a few minutes for a quick deep cleansing mask

  • Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate

When the weather gets this hot, my skin gets ubber sensitive and just goes red in the T-zone. I recently started using the Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum which came highly recommended by one of my “beautista” friend. So far, it has given me great results. The redness has gone down dramatically and it seems my skin has adopted it so I shall carry on using it twice a day, throughout the Summer.

  • Yves Rocher ‘Cure Solutions’ Eye Cream 

Right this one you can’t actually get it here sorry! Yves Rocher is a French brand, very similar to the Body Shop whereby they sell natural products. I get my YR fix every time I go home and have been loving their eye cream for years! PLUS it’s super cheap! Like 2-3 euros so bargain I say! The cream is green which (apparently) cancels out any dark shadows under the eye… I don’t really get dark circles so certainly won’t recommend using this particular product if you suffer from it but with me, it does the ticket!

I’m almost at the end of the tube and intend of switching to a new one over the next week or so… watch this space!

  • Dior HydraLife Skin Perfect Pore Refining Moisturizer

This is my latest ‘lux’ beauty buy! I was on the look out for a new moisturizer and thought I would treat myself to a little Dior! Why not?! I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and am not unhappy with it! It does claim to soothe & uniform your skin tone, buff out your pores and smooth out small lines… I’m not saying this isn’t a great product but I am missing the WOW factor here… haven’t seen any difference to my previous (MUCH cheaper) day cream from Dermalogica.

I’ll give it another few weeks and see what happens!

  • Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF30

I said it and I’ll say it again, you MUST wear an SPF, every single day! No exceptions and NO excuses! And because I actually do walk the talk (or is it talk the walk… mmmm…) I do wear one which I apply liberally over my entire face & neck (oh and ears! We always forget about the ears but they do catch the sun too!!!).

I discovered the Neutrogena UltraShee Dry-Touch SPF a couple of months ago and haven’t looked back! (Read my full review here). I use the SPF30 but if your skin is a light or very pale, they have SPF50 and evern SPF100!

 

There you have it! I’ve already selected a few bits & bobs I’m gonna be using next month during my holidays and cannot wait to report on these!

Until then, stay glam and WEAR YOUR SPF EVERYDAY!

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