Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Eye Set


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These are, without a doubt, the most beautiful brushes I have ever seen- I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to buy them (even though I’ve been in pretty desperate need for proper eye brushes since I bought my first eyeshadow palette, which was maybe five years ago?). They’re wonderful- super soft, wash well, the bristles have been remained perfectly intact and they’ve made eyeshadow application an absolute dream. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Real Techniques (mainly for the face brushes- revolutionary), but I feel like most of the eye brushes are sort of awkward. There’s not really a blending brush or even an applicator brush that I love for eyes, and I’ve found that they tend to be the wrong size, so I’m pretty thrilled with this Zoeva set. I’ve been deliberating over MAC brushes for a while too, but now I don’t think I’m going to bother- I’m pretty sure there are dupes in this set for at least a few of them (217, 219 and  239, from what I can tell?), and honestly I feel like I’m sort of set for eye brushes for now. I know, I know, it won’t last.

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230 Luxe Pencil / 228 Luxe Crease / 234 Luxe Smoky Shader / 231 Luxe Petit Crease / 224 Luxe Defined Crease / 227 Luxe Soft Definer

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 237 Detail Shader / 226 Smudger / 142 Concealer Buffer / 322 Brow Line / 317 Wing Liner / 315 Fine Liner

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My favourites so far are the 234, 231, 227 and 317, but I’ve actually used every single one of these. Zoeva really have put together a nice selection of brushes here, and the case is just so. damn. gorgeous. Now all I need to do is convince myself I need the Luxury Set, too…

Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Eye Set is £55 from Zoeva and £56.95 from LoveMakeup.

Currently Loving #3


No- Makeup Makeup

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £9.99

Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (part of the Starter Set) £21.99

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation in Porcelain £9.99

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair £4.19

Bourjois Happy Light Primer in Matte £10.99

Revlon Lip Butter in Macaroon £7.99

MAC Lipstick in Syrup £15

Bourjois Java Rice Powder £9.99

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder £6.99

Urban Decay Naked Basics £20

I’ve been wearing very natural looking makeup at the moment- so not the most exciting of posts but I have been loving all of the products I’ve been using. A lot of these are new (which you might remember from one of my more recent haul posts?) and I’ve been using them pretty much every single day since I bought them. *I’ll be updating my favourites soon for a more Spring-esque look, so if pastel colours are your thing then stick around for my next ‘Currently Loving’ post.*

I’ve been starting out with the Bourjois Happy Light Matte Primer, which is lovely because it’s not too intense but it keeps most of my natural oiliness at bay. I’ve then been buffing on some Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer with the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush on just the areas where I tend to have redness and spots- using this brush with the Collection concealer gives a really natural looking but full coverage finish, which makes a perfect base for the L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation. This foundation is very light coverage but it’s so easy to build, and it literally will not go cakey. When this was first released I was adamant that I didn’t want it, but now I’ve tried it it’s definitely one of my favourite foundations. It feels like a very light powder on the skin, but looks like absolutely nothing while still giving me a little bit of coverage. I’ve even looked at this in natural sunlight with one of those horribly unflattering magnifying mirrors and it’s honestly invisible. My only problem with this is that it’s ever so slightly too dark, but I can get away with it because I normally only use one or two drops. I blend this foundation in with my fingertips, but I like to just double check that everything is blended with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. 

At this point in the makeup application, everything looks a little bit too matte, so I’ve been using just a teeny, tiny bit of the Bourjois Java Rice Powder on the high points of my face. It leaves a really pretty, natural looking sheen- nothing too sparkly. Next, I’ve been using the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder very lightly around the outside of my face with a Real Techniques Blush Brush, just to put a little bit of colour back in my face after using the high coverage concealer. I love this blush for bronzer, you can read all about that here, if you want.

For eyes, I have literally just been dabbing W.O.S from the Urban Decay Naked Basics (review) palette all over my eyelid to hide the redness or veins, and then I’ve been using Venus to highlight my brow bone and inner corner. Very lazy, but it just makes everything look that teeny bit more perfected. For my lips, I either use MAC Syrup which is a beautiful, neutral plum colour or a Revlon Lip Butter (reviewin Macaroon. Both are really pretty natural colours, which just give a little bit more than most my-lips-but-better shades.

What do you use for no-makeup makeup looks?

Currently Loving

Currently Loving #2

Real Techniques Brushes | Review & Collection


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Why has it taken me so long to get around to writing this post? I love Real Techniques brushes, and I’ve built up quite a collection over the past few months, so I’m going to attempt to type up a bit of a review.

Warning- I apparently cannot move my thoughts to the keyboard today so this could be a bit of a mess.

Flawless Base Brushes

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Powder Brush- I love using this brush with setting and mattifying powders, which need to cover a large surface area and don’t need to be precisely applied. It’s super soft and the bristles aren’t too dense, so you can get a light but even coverage of powder.

Buffing Brush- This one is great for quickly buffing in liquid or powder foundations. It has quite a large surface area and very dense bristles so it’s perfect for building foundations to medium/ full coverage.

Expert Face Brush- I use this one for buffing in liquid foundation too, but I actually prefer it to the Buffing Brush. It’s slighter smaller and more of a domed shape, so you can be more precise with where your foundation goes. 

Contour Brush- This brush gives a really precise but blended effect, which is great because I’m bloody useless with contouring. I find it works better with powder products, though, because the bristles aren’t very dense.

Pointed Foundation Brush- My least used RT Brush, purely because I don’t like the whole ‘painting on foundation’ thing. I’ve used this with powder to set under eye concealer a few times, though, and it works quite nicely for that.

Detailer Brush- Quite nice for concealing small areas, but again, not really one that I reach for. 

Duo-Fibre Face Brush- This brush is perfect for blending away harsh blush/ bronzer lines. Honestly, I think it’s pretty useless for applying products, but when used on already-applied-makeup it gives a really flawless, airbrushed finish. 

Perfected Finish Brushes

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Blush Brush- This brush is awesome, it’s a really unique shape and I think it’s perfect for kind of three-shaped-bronzer (do you know what the hell I’m talking about here? Sorry). I’ve used it for blush too, but I find it’s a little bit too soft and that makes the colour quite difficult to control. 

Multitask Brush- This brush is my current favourite for powders. It’s a great size, so you can be precise but still cover a large surface area, and it seems to pick up the perfect amount of product.

Stippling Brush- My ultimate favourite for foundation. I’ve mentioned before that this brush seems to hide any spots and even out my skin, while still keeping coverage to a minimum. The bristles are quite sparse (when I bought this, I was expecting it to be denser than the Buffing Brush, but it’s actually much flimsier) so it’s awesome for blending, too.

Setting Brush- I use this one for setting under eye concealer because it’s tiny, but still a really nice domed shape. It’s kind of a very, very small version of the Blush Brush, and it’s perfect for precisely applying setting powders or highlighter.

Duo-Fibre Contour Brush- This ones nice for a really, really light contour. It doesn’t pick up much product and it blends like crazy, so I also quite like it for very light blusher.

Enhanced Eyes Brushes

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Deluxe Crease Brush- If you ever go for a concealer-only look, you need this brush. It’s perfect for blending small amounts under the eye and around the nose and works like a tiny Buffing Brush.

Base Shadow Brush- This brush is nice for a really blending in a really soft, barely-there crease colour. I find it’s a little too rounded to apply darker all-over-lid shadows, but with lighter colours it works fine.

Essential Crease Brush- I think that this brush is kind of the better version of the Base Shadow Brush purely because it’s slightly smaller, which means it’s easier to apply colour and blend at the same time. 

Shading Brush- This one’s the perfect size and shape for applying colour all over the lids. It’s super soft and picks up the right amount of colour- love!

Brow Brush- The thickness of this brush is almost exactly the same thickness as the thinner end of my eyebrows- so it’s not the best for filling them in. It’s also way to thick for eyeliner, but it can be useful for doing a really defined crease colour or shaping the outer-v for cat eyed eyeshadow.

Accent Brush- Perfect for highlighting the tear duct and brow bone.

Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush- I love this one for pin point concealing, but I personally think it’s way to thick to be an eyeliner brush. It might be good for blending eyeliner, though?

Fine Liner Brush- Again, not one I’d really be able to use for eyeliner, but it’s great for very precise concealing. 

Duo-Fibre Eye Brush- Great for blending your finished eye shadow for a really perfect finish.

*My Favourites— Expert Face Brush, Contour Brush, Blush Brush, Stippling Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, Essential Crease Brush, Shading Brush, Duo-Fibre Eye Brush.*

All of these brushes are amazing quality, don’t shed, are incredibly easy to wash and they’re all synthetic and cruelty free. I love the colour coded handles, too- they’re so pretty! Real Techniques are amazing and they’re so affordable- I honestly don’t feel like I need to try out any other more expensive brands (looking at you here MAC).

I hope this was helpful! What do you think of Real Techniques Brushes, and which ones have you tried? I’m really excited to get my hands on the new retractable ones (I think they’ll be so useful for throwing in my makeup bag) and the Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Real Techniques Sam’s Picks


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Look what just arrived on my doorstep! Aren’t they pretty? I’ve been wanting to get my hands on these brushes for so long. I actually ordered them from Escentual forever ago, but there was a problem with shipping or something. Anyway, they’re here now and I literally cannot wait to start using them. The set exclusive looks so lovely, arghh!

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The Real Techniques Sam’s Picks Collection contains 6 brushes- the Multitask Brush, the Setting Brush, the Buffing Brush, the Pointed Foundation Brush, the Essential Crease Brush (set exclusive) and the Fine Liner Brush. They’re all amazing quality, and, of course, they look absolutely beautiful.

I’m going to be doing a review/ collection type post of my Real Techniques brushes very soon, so keep an eye out for that if you’re interested!

This set is available from feelunique.com for £29.99 and escentual.com for £25.40.

Makeup Collection & Storage


I’ve been putting off doing this post for so long! I kept thinking, ‘there’s just one more thing I want to buy first’, or ‘I’m just going to move a few things around’ but the excuses are getting ridiculous so I’ve decided it will be a nice start to 2014 to talk about my make-up collection! Maybe it can be a yearly thing, that would be pretty cool.

Just as a little disclaimer- I don’t have an insane amount of make-up, but I definitely have more than I need. I love collecting make-up and trying new things but I’ve bought everything with my own money and quite a few things were gifts from friends and family. I’m writing this post purely because I think it’s something some people might be interested in and because I think it’ll be nice for me to look back on in a few years:) .

I store all of my make-up, nail polish, hair care, body care and some of my skin care in the Ikea Alex 9 Drawer unit, what a surprise, which is absolutely perfect. I’m only going to talk about the cosmetics drawers in this post but if anyone’s interested I could maybe do a post with all the other stuff too at some point..? But anyway:)

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These are the random things I keep on top of my cabinet- mostly everday things or things I’m still trying out. My collection of lip balms is getting a little out of hand, too. *Also, five points to the first person to spot the Supernatural merch*.

Starting out with the top drawer (my favourite) which is where I keep all of my lip products. Everything’s a little bit of a mess at the moment, I need to move some things around and maybe donate a couple of things to my sisters. Some of my favourites from this drawer are my Revlon Lip Butters, the lip crayons (particularly Soap&Glory, Clinique and Bourjois’) and my MAC Lipsticks- Plumful (x2, long story), On Hold, Syrup, Sunny Seoul and Patisserie (absolute fave!).

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The second drawer is where I keep all of my face products. If I could only keep one of my make-up drawers it would definitely be this one, I have a bit of a thing for foundations and highlighters. My favourites in this drawer are Bobbi Brown Skin, Rimmel Match Perfection, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Soap&Glory Glow All Out and Becca Ever Matte Perfecting Primer.

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The third drawer is where I keep all of my eye make-up, which is basically palettes and eye liners. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on my blog before, but I haven’t worn mascara for about three years. Crazy, but I can’t stand having anything on my eyelashes, it just makes me feel really uncomfortable. Luckily my eyelashes are ok-ish, I can kind of get away with it:) I used to be fine with it and wear mascara every single day when I was about eleven, but now I don’t even like how I look with long eyelashes, it’s really weird.

I just thought I’d mention that in case anyone thought it was really weird that I don’t have any mascaras:D.

Anyway, my favourites in here are my Naked palettes, the Laura Mercier artist palette for eyes, Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoos, Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeliner and my Soap&Glory quad.

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The final ‘cosmetics’ drawer is my make-up brushes- do they count? I think they count:) My favourites in here are my Real Techniques brushes (literally all of them, maybe I should do a more in-depth review?) and my Shu Uemera Eyelash Curlers. I love them so much, they’re kind of a must for me because of the whole mascara thing, they just make me look a little bit more awake.

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I really hope that was a little bit interesting or helpful! Let me know how you store your makeup, my organisation is a bit of a mess:). If you see any products here that you want a review for, feel free to let me know in the comments too!

*I’m actually ashamed of how awful these photos are, I’m sorry. The lighting and weather has been really really bad recently, but I wanted to get this post up asap.*

Happy New Year!

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Urban Decay Naked 2


Have you heard that Urban Decay have officially confirmed the existence of a Naked 3 palette?

The rumours started quite a while ago, but then a few days ago a very lucky person managed to get hold of one that had been accidentally put on the shelves in Sephora in France. http://www.natacha-birds.fr/leblog/naked3-urban-decay/

Doesn’t it look beautiful?!

Then there was the denial and the arguing and the claims that it was fake, but now Urban Decay have released a video proving it is real and I am very very happy. http://www.temptalia.com/urban-decay-naked3-eyeshadow-palette-coming-soon

All the hype has kind of reminded me how much I love the Naked palettes, so I decided to use Naked 2 for the second instalment of Project Use Eyeshadow. It’s taken me a long time, but I think I’ve finally chosen that this is my favourite Naked palette. That is a very scary claim, but it just has such beautiful, light shimmery shades, which I think are far easier to apply than the slightly more dark, matte tones of the first palette.

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I’m still trying to learn how to apply eye shadow, so I’ve been sticking to a very basic everyday look which isn’t all that noticeable unless I close my eyes. I was going to try and put a picture in but the light is awful because it’s all rainy and dark and England.

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I’ve been using the brush that comes with this palette for my eye makeup for the past few days. It’s really perfect- you can use one side to apply the colour and the other to blend it out. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to have a quick look at my original review?

So, anyway, i’ve basically been applying either Bootycall or Foxy across my eyelid right up to my eyebrow, and then just using Chopper from the lashline to the crease. Next, I put a little bit of Snakebite right at the outer corner and kind of wing it out a little bit.

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Then I either use Pistol or Busted in the crease, and as they’re both pretty dark I literally dab my brush in them and then use it to lightly blend everything out. Finally, I’ve been dabbing Verve right on the centre of my eyelids to keep everything really pretty and light, and then using it as an inner corner and brow bone highlight too.

And that’s it! It actually sounds much more complicated than it is, I literally just throw a few colours together, get a bit carried away and hope for the best:). These shadows are all really easy to work with, and they last at least six or seven hours on me without a primer.

Have you tried the Naked palettes? Are you planning on buying Naked 3? I think it’s supposed to be released in December, so it’s going to sell out pretty fast in the Christmas rush:)

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