Sunday, 19 April 2015

Two Concealer Brushes You Need in Your Life

Best Concealer Brushes / Real Techniques Detailer brush and Zoeva Concealer Buffer brush

Best Concealer Brushes / Real Techniques Detailer brush and Zoeva Concealer Buffer brush

Concealer is the number one product that I never leave the house without. There, I said it. But it’s true – it covers all signs of the what I like to call “I watched way too much Made In Chelsea last night and now I look dead” syndrome, it could cover all blemishes and imperfections and it’s basically the one thing that could give me tons of confidence. I used to buy new concealer every week, trying to find the best one that could help me hide all my skin problems but with the time I actually came to the realization that even if you have the best concealer on the market if you don’t have the right brushes to apply it with you are basically wasting your time. So after a lot of trial and error situations (some of it quite hilarious if I may add) I finally fund the winning duo that works a total treat and makes my skin oh-so-flawless. Let’s talk about those bad boys, shall we…

Real Techniques Detailer Brush // here
Shout out to the best blush for covering blemishes! The tiny size of the Detailer Brush and the fact that it’s rather stiff and pointed makes it perfect for covering small areas on the skin. The brush offers great precision and I like to use my ‘concealer-powder-concealer-powder’ rule with it and it works an absolutely brilliant job at covering the blemish and setting the concealer in place for the day. I always take a minimal amount of product onto the brush and just press (never wipe) it into the skin for best results. The Detailer Brush has synthetic bristles and I find that it works equally well with both cream and liquid concealers, plus it makes everything look as natural as possible and no cakey. What I love about this gem is that it also washes well and dries within seconds, so I can clean it every time before doing my makeup and make sure I don’t disperse any bacteria into the trouble areas. The only bugbear with this brush is that you need to buy the whole RT Core Collection Kit but the rest of the brushes are bloomin’ marvelous as well, so it’s totally worth the splurge. Hello flawless complexion!

Zoeva Concealer Buffer // here
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I am never applying concealer with my fingers again! Not after I’ve discovered the Concealer Buffer brush and the way it blends my under eye concealer. This medium sized babe is one of the softest brushes that have touched my face and I love how gentle it is on the skin. The bristles are pretty dense, which means that it gives full coverage and it also blends the product so seamlessly into the skin. The Concealer Buffer applies the concealer really evenly with no harsh lines or strokes, which is usually an issue with most brushes. I tend to use it with liquid concealer and under my eyes, around my nose, and on my chin. This brush is what every girl should own really, so don’t forget to pop it to your wish list ladies!

Which is your favorite concealer brush?

Lots of love,
Andrea

Thursday, 16 April 2015

YSL Rouge Volupte in #11 Rose Culte

YSL Rouge Volupte in #11 Rose Culte

YSL Rouge Volupte in #11 Rose Culte

YSL Rouge Volupte in #11 Rose Culte

YSL Rouge Volupte in #11 Rose Culte

YSL Rouge Volupte in #11 Rose Culte Swatches

I do apologize in advance if this post makes you want to storm out to your nearest YSL counter and get your mitts on a new lippy. At least that’s how I felt when I stumbled upon this YSL Rouge Volute in #11 Rose Culte (here) for the first time.

It took me some time to get hold of it but now that it’s being added to my collection I think it’s safe to say that it is downright incredible. We bonded with the very first application and its uber bright and bold deep fuchsia / rose shade is literally to die for. The color of the lipstick is rather unique and I can’t really compare it to anything in my stash. It’s really vibrant but still pretty wearable and I love how classy and sophisticated it looks on the lips. Rose Culte is one of those shades that make me feel 10x more sexy and feminine and boost my confidence on the spot. I’d say that the color is pretty neutral so I imagine it would suit a lot of deferent skin tones. I like to pair the lippy with a hint of pink blush, a dash or eyeliner and lashes coated with volumizing mascara – Victoria’s Secret bombshell vibes right here!

The Rouge Volupte lippies are the crème de la crème of lipsticks in my books and Rose Culte is no exception. It is cushiony soft and buttery, which makes it a breeze to apply. It goes on smooth and even and feels super hydrating and comfortable on. Rose Culte is really rich and pigmented and you get full-blown color with one swipe across the lips. The good news don’t stop here though and there is no awkward fading or bleeding in different areas with this one. The glossy finish is absolutely beautiful and if you fancy getting more of a stain effect you can lightly just dab the product on the lips and the results are beautiful. As with any Rouge Volupe lipstick, Rose Cult is not the longest lasting of the bunch and it stays on for no more than two hours. Ouch. The good thing, however, is that I don’t really mind taking the snazzy packaging out of my bag and reapplying the lippy, plus it does stain the lips a bit so it’s all good. Apart from that though, Culte Rose has stolen my heart and I am in looooooove.

Have you tried Culte Rose before?

Lots of love,
Andrea

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Spring Blush Picks

spring blushes

benefit lollitint



When it comes to spring shades there is nothing I love more than a hint of pastel or a pop of pink, paired with the look of fresh and dewy cheeks. My blush menu for Spring 2015 ticks all those boxes and thanks to this lovely lot my cheeks are perfectly set for the warmer weather…

Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet // here
Kicking things off with an old favorite, this Bourjois babe has been an inseparable part of my spring makeup bag for years now. The pastel peachy shade of Nude Velvet is any fair skinned gal’s best friend and it brightens up the complexion beautifully while adding all the right amounts of color to the cheeks. The shade is really natural and subtle and I love that it makes everything look polished and put together. The cream-to-powder finish is beautiful and the vevet-y texture of the blush makes it a dream to apply. It blends seamlessly and makes the skin look somewhat perfected. Pigmentation wise, Nude Velvet rocks and it could be build up or down depending on the look you’re after, plus it sits in place for yonks. Total winner. Review here.

Topshop Cream Blush in Flush // here
I love a good cream blush for spring and I just cannot get enough of this Topshop offering at the moment. From the formula to the oh-so-stunning color, I am in love. The cream-to-powder formula applies like a charm and I just use my fingertips to pop some of the blush on the apples of my cheeks for a uber natural flush of color. You get no patchy / uneven application with this one and it hangs around for some good eight hours as well. Flush has stole my heart with the first application with its gorgeous coral pink shade that’s just ideal for spring / summer and is a total people pleaser. It compliments all skin tones beautifully and doesn’t go flat, rather it wakes up the skin and brings life to it on the spot. If I’m having a dull skin day I like to pop this gem on and it never fails to perk up my complexion. Definitely go have a swatch – I’m sure you’ll looooove it. Review here.

Benefit Lollitint // here
The Benefit lip & cheek stains have always been a weakness of mine but the one that I am especially fond of is Lollitint*. I love me some lilac makeup so Benefit really did hit the nail on the head with this unique cool-toned lilac-y pink that screams romantic and feminine. The stain compliments my skin tone incredibly and enhances the complexion like there is no tomorrow. Once the product sets it stays in place until you say so and looks completely natural. Lollitint is being applied on days when I am going for the ‘I woke up like dis’ makeup vibe and it works a treat. I like to work one cheek at a time though as the stain does dry really quickly but if you’re fast enough you’ll be left with beautiful and even flush of color. You can also pop some of it on your lips and the color is equally brilliant and natural – ideal for those springtime afternoon walks in the park. Review here.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Rose // here
I am sorry for getting your heart beating a little too fast but this Physicians Formula gem had to be added to the list. This complexion cheerleader of a blush is the dream for days when you don’t fancy adding a ton of color to your cheeks but still want some oomph added to your complexion. Rose gives light wash of color but highlights the area beautifully and the sheen is just marvelous. It makes my skin radiant and luminous and instantly lifts the face. The shade is pretty neutral, so  I reckon it would pep up all skin tones equally stunning. The formula is spot on as it’s not chalky or powdery; rather it is soft, super buttery and blends effortlessly. The blush stays on for about eight hours without budging so if you are after a good glow-injecting cheek companion, I suggest you look this way. Oh and P.S, how stunning is the packaging! *insert all the heart eyed emojis*

Have you tried any of these products? Which is your go-to blush this season?

Lots of love,
Andrea