Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Artis Oval 6 Brush

This has to be the strangest beauty release in my opinion and for ages I'd been deliberating whether to try these; I'm an avid lover of my Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush so to swap that for something that can only be described as an oversized toothbrush was going to be strange. The Artis Oval Brushes are some of Space NK's best selling make up brushes and after a lengthy conversation with a very informative and helpful assistant, I walked out with the Oval 6 which was best suited to what I needed this for and the type of application I was wanted.

The Oval 6 is one of the smaller brushes in the range and because of this it's designed for application of foundation, eyeshadow, blush, concealer, finishing powder, bronzer and even skincare. The easy grip handle makes use of this brush easier than I've ever experienced, long gone are the days of the brush slipping out of my hand, its easy to grip and the curved style means it rests in the hand comfortably.

The fibre bristles on the brush are designed to pick up product and distribute it easily over the face; I've found that whenever I'm using this I don't have to spend ages blending in brush lines, the product seems to buff effortlessly onto my face leaving a streak free finish. Depending on the foundation you're using and the consistency of it, it can be harder to blend some more than others but I've found for picks such as Nars Sheer Glow or Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation it's been the answer to a flawless base. The tapered edges get into all the hard to reach areas such as around the nose, corners of the eyes and under the eyebrow so I no longer have to worry about swapping brushes which makes it so easy in a morning - anything for an extra 5 minutes in bed.

There's no denying these brushes are expensive and £44 for a make up brush may seem excessive to some but the quality is outstanding, I've not experienced any shedding, it doesn't drink up my foundation and leave me none for application and as well as the quality of the brush, it's also cruelty free. It's an investment to your beauty collection and a total luxury piece which will make you look forward to putting on make up everyday.

Have you tried these brushes before? What's your favourite make up brush?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

An Unexpected Primer

I never thought in my time as a beauty lover/blogger I'd be writing on this little space about my love for a mens skincare item but boy I cannot get enough of the Nivea for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm. I first saw this on YouTube where NikkieTutorials was raving about it claiming how it makes her foundation last all day and I just had to try it... One month on and I'm loving it more than ever.

As a dry skin sufferer, I don't tend to need a primer, my foundation is pretty good at lasting the majority of the day but for those special occasions I like to add a primer into my routine to help my foundation see me through. Previously in the past I have struggled to find the right primer; those which are silicone based slide over my skin and make application of foundation a nightmare and other primers which are water based tend to soak into my skin and don't make any improvements to the longevity of my base. The Nivea balm contains a high concentrated amount of Glycerin which dries and live the skin tacky and creates the perfect primed base for any foundation application.

Although this isn't being used in the conventional sense, it really does work as a primer; I find after using this product my foundation has lasted way over 14 hours. The consistency is a opaque white non-greasy fluid which glides over the skin almost like a lotion and even though the initial smell is typically masculine it wears off almost instantly after application. I find a little goes a long way; I apply a 50p sized amount into my hands and smooth it over my face and it seems to cover everywhere without needing to go back for more. Unlike most primers on the market, this has a little retail price of £5.35 which is a bargain especially as for that price you receive a 100ml bottle. Just a heads up, Its currently on offer in Boots for £3.50!

Have you tried this before? Do you use a primer in your routine?

Monday, 8 August 2016

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifiant

Is this a tinted moisturiser? Is this a spot treatment? I am an avid lover of the original Effaclar Duo and when the Effaclar Duo Unifiant popped through my letterbox, I was beyond excited to try it. A targeted spot treatment with a hint of tint to remove any redness with the original formula to reduce any blemishes.

For me personally, I like to apply this all over my face as a tinted moisturiser; around summer with the excess heat I always find my skin suffers more with blemishes so applying this all over my face keeps any spots at bay, unclogs any pores as well as giving my skin some colour. I was sent the light shade which suits my NC15-NC20 skin tone perfectly.

When using this I've noticed that the product glides onto the skin so easily and doesn't leave that tight drying feeling I've previously experienced with the original formula. This product is targeted to those who regularly suffer with blemishes and combination\acne prone skin but I find on my dry/dehydrated skin this works well too. If you're like me and suffer with dry skin and worry it may not be suitable, I find just applying a good moisturiser underneath helps keep skin hydrated.

This product is surprisingly long wearing especially as it's marketed as a skin care item instead of make up, I've worn this out when shopping and to work with a good powder and it's lasted around 6.5-7 hours before a touch up was required. This will be coming with my on my holiday to keep my skin in check and the slinky tube means it takes up zero space.

Have you tried this product? Do you like the Effaclar range?

This post contains a PR sample. As always, my opinion is 100% honest.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Monthly Favourites: July

With exactly 2 weeks to go to my holiday I'm amazed how much these months are flying by; this month has mainly been about hair and getting my locks into the best possible condition in preparation of 2 weeks sun exposure. I've found some new beauty favourites and rediscovered an oldie in my stash so lets get onto the good stuff.

Benefit 3D Brow Tones | This product has been a life saver in the run up to getting HD brows! The tinted brow gel adds a hint of colour to my brows creating a natural tamed look and also keeps them sealed in place all day. If you're after a brow gel that adds some dimension to your natural brow, I highly recommend this. I wrote a full review on the Benefit brow range here!

Lee Stafford Argan Oil | A beautiful smelling hair oil that leaves my bleached ends feeling silky soft and flyaways tamed. I couldn't say if this is a nourishing oil or one that contains silicones that coats the hair but either way it works for me and it's a staple in my haircare routine now; this will be the first thing I pack in my travel bag.

Kerastase Bain Force Architecte Shampoo & Conditioner | For so long I've just bought high street shampoo and conditioner and not really invested in my hair but due to the length and the amount of times I get it bleached, I needed a haircare routine that would help strength my hair for the future as well as repair. The Bain Force Architecte range really has worked wonders for my hair, I've noticed very little breakage in my hair and the overall condition is improved, my hair looks healthier and shinier than ever.

Mac Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish | This product really does give some glow in comparison to my subtle Kevyn Aucoin highlighter; I don't know if it's because it's summer but I'm really embracing highlighter and this has been my go-to glow giver every time I apply my make up. The powder is a beautiful almost white highlighter with tones of blue, peach and lilac running through it but these colours all blend perfectly to create the most amazing glow. Kim K eat your heart out!

Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving in July?
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