Monday, 29 August 2011

The Ugly Truth

Apologies for poor picture quality, my cameras not great and the lighting was bad.

Continuing my make-up post, here are my make-up brushes and the tweezers I use - The main two brands I use are Jemma Kidd and Bobbi Brown. The Jemma Kidd set was given to me as a birthday present when I was 17 (so I've had them a long time!), they were just bought from boots and came with a little pot but I keep them in my Starbucks mug. The Bobbi Brown collection was the basic set I bought but if anyone's looking to buy Bobbi Brown brushes, I strongly advise against it.
Out of the two sets, the Jemma Kidd collection is definitely better quality than the Bobbi Brown set. After washing the Bobbi Brown set, the brushes tended to lose shape and hairs constantly fall out of them, especially the white powder brush, whereas the Jemma Kidd collection stays in shape and good condition.

Foundation: I use two foundation brushes depending on which foundation I use, I tend to use the Bobbi Brown foundation brush if I'm wearing Estee Lauder double wear because the foundation clogs up the brush because it's very thick. The other foundation brush is just from a brand in Boots (Mister Mascara I think?) and retails around £6 (again, not entirely sure) but it's definitely better than the Bobbi Brown brush, and I use it to apply my MAC studio fix foundation. It has a little concealer brush at the bottom which I use when I apply my Boi-ing concealer.

Blush/Powder: When I apply bronzer I use the Bobbi Brown bronzing brush (1st brush on the left) to my cheeks and all over my face. If I'm wearing powder, I will use the powder brush - as I said before, when it's washed, hairs tend to fall out of the brush and can be left over my face which is annoying. The brushes don't blend well and sometimes I can look like a clown when applying bronzer.

Eyes: I regularly wear eyeshadow and I use different brushes depending on the eyeshadow effect I want to achieve. When I apply a white eyeshadow base I use either the Bobbi Brown brush or the bigger of the two Jemma Kidd brushes to cover my whole eyelid then I use the pointed Jemma Kidd brush to blend it into the crease of my eye then when I apply darker colours to my eye, I use the smaller of the two.
For my eyebrows I just use some tweezers, I've no idea what brand they are but they are good. Ideally I would like a pair of tweezerman tweezers.

To clean my make-up brushes, all I use is a mild shampoo, cleaning them twice, rinsing and leaving on my windowsill to dry.

I seriously need to invest in a new set of make-up brushes, do any of you have any recommendations? I know MAC are the holy grail of make-up brushes so they may have to be my next investment.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Everyday Make-Up

This is the make-up I use everyday, it's nothing overly fancy, just the essentials!

Foundation: If I have any blemishes or spots, I use Benefit Boi-ing concealer which admittedly is a little dark for me but blended well it does the job, it's really industrial. Then depending on if I'm out all day/going out on a night I'll wear Estee Lauder double wear (Shade Ecru) so it lasts all day, the foundation really does what it says but if I don't moisturise beforehand, it looks very cakey. If I'm just popping out into town or want a light coverage, I wear MAC's studio fix (Shade NC15) which gives a more natural lighter coverage which is build-able.

Blusher/Bronzer: I'm more of a bronzer type of girl and I use the MAC Surf, Baby! bronzing powder (which I blogged about previously), the bronzer is really light and very golden so I usually apply it to my cheekbones, forehead, nose and neck.
Out of my collection of blushers, NARS Orgasm is definitely my favourite because it gives a soft peachy look without being too pink and in-your-face, the colour is very subtle so that's why I like it. You can tell by the pot that I don't use it often but if I choose blusher, it's usually this one.

Eyes: I usually wear neutral colours such as white/cream eyeshadow base and then golds and browns to create a neutral smokey effect. I prime my eyes with Benefit's Lemon Aid - I've yet to try Urban Decay's Primer Potion so when this runs out, that'll be my next purchase - but the Lemon Aid is very good, you don't need a lot, I just lightly rub it over my eyelids then apply my eyeshadow and it lasts all day/night. The two eyeshadow palettes I use are just basic ones, the main one I use is a Body Collection set which I was given as a present ages ago, I never used it because I thought it would be rubbish, but actually, it's really good and heavily pigmented. The second is just one from Rimmel which I think is useless, you really have to apply a lot of the eyeshadow to get the colour to show but it's not brilliant, I'm sure there are better high street brands which sell better quality palettes. I only really use the white for a base. I'm quite interested in trying MAC's eyeshadows, can anyone recommend them?
For mascara I use L'oreal's Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black, which is my mascara of choice and I've sworn by it for years now. If I'm wearing false eyelashes, I usually apply eyeliner which is the Eyeko Graffiti eyeliners - It's my favourite eyeliner I've bought so far, the pen style makes it easier to apply the eyeliner and the nib is small and pointed so good for apply in the corners of eyes and creating flicks.
I've got quite mousey brown eyebrows which I fill in with a cheap eyebrow pencil which I got from a local make-up shop, I just apply it to my eyebrows and blend with an eyebrow brush.
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