Wednesday, 31 October 2012
AUTUMN FAVOURITES 2012
Here is my top four beauty items I've loved using during the autumn months;
1. Real Techniques Stippling Brush - Yes, believe the hype! This is my daily foundation brush now which I use to apply my tinted moisturiser in the mornings. It gives a flawless finish and works well either with a heavy or light foundation, depending on how much coverage you're looking for. I got mine in Boots for about £12.99 which, for a brush this good, is great value for money. I like the sleek design and the pink colour which makes it stand out amongst my other brushes. It also had a flat bottom so you can stand them upright - if you want to. I also realised that it can be a multi-use brush and is compatible with a lot of products from face primers to cream blushes; so defiantly make sure you snag one of these soon.
2. Laura Mercier Blusher Brush - I bought this a few years ago and thought I had lost it. That was until I was packing up my room to move house and discovered it under my bed! I was so happy as this was quite an expensive brush and longed to feel its super soft bristles again. This is the best blusher brush in the world! I know that's quite a bold statement however, when it comes to blusher brushes, I've been around the block (if you know what I mean) SEVERAL times and know what works! Invest in this and you will not be disappointed, it just blends out cheek colour so beautifully and looks so natural - giving a true beauty from within look.
3. Primark Foundation and Concealer Brush - I payed £1 for this. £1! The cheapest makeup brush I've ever got therefore, technically, making it the most impressive brush. It does the job. I had practically zero expectations when I purchased this at the tills - impulse buy - however when I used it, with my MaxFactor Lasting Performance Foundation, I found that it blended well without much need for touchups. If you are new to makeup then this is a definite must have item. Such a great bargain and let's not forget that it has a concealer brush on the other end, which also works great at perfecting small areas of the face.
4. Bioderma Crealine H2O - The cult Parisian product. This is the one every makeup artist in the world speaks of! You will never find a beauty Editors bathroom without it. So, the big question is, "is it worth the hype?", and the answer is - OUI! To take your makeup off, just squirt a bit onto a cotton pad and wipe off. It works brilliantly on the eye area as it is so gentle and, for that removal, place the cotton pad over the eye and hold for about 30 seconds, then gently slide off. I think one of the min problems with this product is how hard it is to find at a reasonable price outside of France. The markup is pretty steep for this and with P&P you are looking at paying about three times the original price. I bought a couple of small, tester/travel sized bottles from ebay for £6 all in, so, if you're looking to sample this for the first time then online is the way to go. I must warn you though, once you start you won't be able to stop. If I come across the UK versions of this which work just as well, then I will do a post on it.