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Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Makeup | 0 comments

The best value make-up brushes around?

The best value make-up brushes around?

I’m a sucker for make-up brushes, I have jars full of them on my dressing table and still I can’t resist more! Particularly when they’re cruelty free, vegan friendly, handcrafted from 100% ethically sourced materials and OH so soft like this Face Brush Kit from So Eco. You may have seen the comparison I wrote last year between So Eco Blush Brush and another similar brush, and ever since I’ve been hooked on So Eco brushes. They really are so amazingly soft and beautiful and I think that the bamboo handles look so natural and pretty. The Face Brush Kit contains four brushes, from left to right in the photo above they are: Round Foundation Brush A smallish face brush with a highly domed head, personally I use this brush to contour rather than to apply my foundation. This brush reminds me very much of the Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter brush which has something of a cult following, and it gets into any nooks and crannies, like the corners of the...

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Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Makeup | 4 comments

So Eco vs EcoTools make-up brushes

So Eco vs EcoTools make-up brushes

Make-up brushes are big business at the moment with many brands jostling to take over the market. There are cheap brushes, expensive brushes, coloured brushes, mini brushes… the list goes on. But the niche that I’m going to be looking at today is natural eco-friendly brushes. Made from natural renewable materials, cruelty free bristles and with recyclable packaging these socially responsible brands target those of us with a conscience when it comes to our make-up brushes and applicators. I’ve been trying out two brushes – Skin Perfecting Brush* from EcoTools and Blush Brush* from So Eco. Both of these brands produce eco-friendly make-up brushes (hence their names both have ‘eco’ in them) and whilst you might have already seen EcoTools brushes for sale online and in Boots stores the So Eco brand may be one that is new to you. EcoTools Skin Perfecting Brush – this brush has short squat bristles which makes it excellent for pressing cream products into the skin, a bit like a stippling brush but...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Makeup | 4 comments

Budget eye make-up from W7

Budget eye make-up from W7

I love discovering great budget make-up products and W7 is one of my favourite brands for this. A couple of months ago I reviewed a selection of their affordable lip products, and today I’m going to be telling you about some of their eye make-up… W7 Pearl Eyes pencils* – first up are these chunky eye pencils in Park Lane and Easy Does It. Park Lane is a dark chestnut brown and Easy Does It is a reddy bronze. Both shades have a pearlised shimmer to them and smudge nicely with a cotton bud. In the swatch image below, from left to right – Park Lane, Easy Does It. Park Lane is easily my favourite and has replaced my trusty black eyeliner for a while now. I just draw on a little at the outer corners of both my upper and lower lash lines then smudge with a cotton bud for a low key look. You could also use them all over the eyelid as a shadow, they’re long...

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Makeup | 3 comments

L.A.B.2 – Strokes Of Genius Brush Kit

L.A.B.2 – Strokes Of Genius Brush Kit

If you’ve never heard of L.A.B.2 it stands for ‘Live And Breathe Beauty’, and their philosophy is to provide ‘Luxe For Less’ which I for one am all in favour of! The L.A.B.2 range of brushes encompasses FiberLuxe™ Technology, synthetic bristles specially designed with the softest and highest quality filaments that enable superior pigment pick-up and release for even colour distribution. I was sent this great little eye make-up brush kit to try out, I’ve been using the brushes for around two weeks now to create various eye looks. The Strokes Of Genius Brush Kit* contains five eye make-up brushes, here’s a brief description of each brush and what it’s for (from top to bottom): Eyeshadow Brush – distributes colour evenly all over the lids, crease and brow bone. Brow & Eyeliner Brush – fills in brows and lines eyes for extra definition. Pointed Eyeliner Brush –  delivers a precise, firm, even line for either upper or lower lashline. Crease Brush – accentuates the crease and blends colours seamlessly together...

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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Get ‘Beach Body Ready’ with Temple Spa

Get ‘Beach Body Ready’ with Temple Spa

There’s been uproar in the press and on social media recently about the phrase ‘beach body ready’ and the pressure put on women to lose weight, tone up, and look good in a bikini. Everyone should be allowed to feel comfortable in swimwear no matter what their size or shape and there should be no pressure on women to conform to a certain body shape. Having said that, no one wants to step out onto the beach looking un-groomed and there are lots of bodycare tips and tricks that anyone can do to give them that little extra piece of confidence when stepping out in a bikini or swimming costume for the first time. I’ve been trying out a selection of bodycare products from Temple Spa that are perfect for Summer bodies and promise to make everyone look great on the beach (or just in your back garden!). Sugar Buff – the first product in my ‘get beach body ready’ regime is Sugar Buff, a Mediterranean body scrub that includes...

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Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

Magnitone – Lucid Cleansing Brush & Discount Code

Magnitone – Lucid Cleansing Brush & Discount Code

Cleansing brushes are really popular at the moment, and one of the leading brands is Magnitone. I was sent this pink Lucid Daily Cleansing & Exfoliation Brush* to try out and see how the Magnitone 7-Day Challenge worked for me! The Magnitone Lucid brush is designed to deep cleanse your skin in just 1 minute a day, by using Active Electromagnetic Technology™ whereby tiny pulsations send vibrations into the skin helping to unclog pores, remove dead skin cells and generally improve the skin. The Magnitone Lucid comes conveniently packaged in a box with everything you need to get started, the packaging is so well designed. There’s a handy travel charger (plus a two-pin adapter if you need it for travelling abroad) and an instruction leaflet. As if by magic the charger cleverly attaches to the brush via a magnet so there’s no hole or plug where water can get in. The battery lasts for ages too, I’ve been using the brush for over a week now and haven’t needed...

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Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Skincare | 4 comments

Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush

Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush

I’d been thinking about investing in a facial cleansing brush for a while, so when Magnitone asked if I’d like to review their Lucid Daily Cleansing & Exfoliation Brush* I jumped at the chance! It’s available in 4 bright colours and I chose Sunshine Yellow. The aim of the Magnitone Lucid brush is to help deep cleanse your skin in just 1 minute a day, by using Active Electromagnetic Technology™ whereby tiny pulsations send vibrations into the skin helping to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. The Magnitone Lucid comes conveniently packaged in a box with everything you need to get started. There’s a handy travel charger (plus a two-pin adapter if you need it) and an instruction leaflet. The charger cleverly attaches to the brush via a magnet so there’s no hole or plug where water can get in. Magnitone claim the Lucid cleansing brush can give you softer, clearer and brighter skin in just 7 days… so how did I get on? I’ve been using the brush...

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Makeup | 0 comments

USpicy – 10 Piece Make-Up Brush Set

USpicy – 10 Piece Make-Up Brush Set

OK, has anyone heard of make-up brush brand USpicy before? Because I certainly hadn’t! I was asked to review their 10 Piece Make-Up Brush Set* in white and I wasn’t really sure what to expect…. After doing a bit of research I found out that USpicy is an American branding offering low-cost health and beauty products worldwide – mainly make-up brushes, nail lamps and hair extensions. When my brush set arrived I was really impressed with the packaging. The 10 brushes are packaged inside a hard black box which is printed with sparkles and a bow, and a drawer pulls out at the front via a gold ribbon pull to reveal the brushes. The box means that the set would make a really lovely gift, and the sturdy box could be used to house the brushes on a dressing table. There are 10 make-up brushes in the set, the white wooden handles have ‘U-Spicy’ printed on them and the ferrule (the metal bit up near the bristles) is a...

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