Mary Kay Timewise Foundation Primer, Brush & True Dimensions Lipstick

I love discovering and trying new products from brands I’ve never used before, so today I’m going to be reviewing Mary Kay. For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, Mary Kay has been a part of the beauty scene … Continue reading

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad & Models Own Brushes


L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in 'E4 Marron Glace' £7.99* Models Own Shading & Blending Brushes (2/5) £10

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in ‘E4 Marron Glace’ £7.99*
Models Own Shading & Blending Brushes (2/5) £10

Looking for a 5 minute makeup wonder? Then look no further. I love experimenting with eye makeup, but when in a hurry, I don’t always have the time to dabble with more fiddly products like eyeliners. Earthy, neutral tones are my go-to, daytime eyeshadows, and this palette by L’Oreal has become my new favourite. This nifty quad boasts 4 divine shades, each highly pigmented and enriched with shimmer particles. Like most palettes, the colour riche eyeshadows include a double-ended applicator, but I find that using a brush creates a smoother, more even finish. As a beauty product fiend, I have become no stranger to the extortionate prices of fine quality brushes, and so I was delighted to discover that the Models Own brush kit is the perfect budget buy. The kit includes 5 excellent quality brushes for just £10 – working out at a mere £2 per brush – and in no better colour than fluro-orange (hurray for neon!).

To create my look, I used just two of the brushes; I started by working the lighter eyeshadow (number 2) across the lid using the shading brush, and taking the blending brush, I used small, circular motions to blend the shadow out, particularly concentrating on the outer corners – this produces a smokier effect. On my lower lash line, I used the darkest eyeshadow (number 4) and gently brushed it across using the tip of the shading brush, gradually lightening as I reached the inner corners – this makes the eye appear brighter. I then took the blending brush to slightly blend it out, this time using a small, sweeping motion. I finished by adding Bourjois Volume Glamour mascara, blogged about here. Despite the rather wordy description, this took me no more than 5 minutes to create!

What do you think of this look? Have you used any of these products before?

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Disclaimer: I am in no way claiming to be a professional when it comes to applying makeup (I’m sure the pictures display this). I just enjoy using makeup and decided to share some tips which I have picked up from practicing over time.

Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Kit


L-R: Contour, Pointed foundation, Detailer, Buffing

L-R: Contour brush, Pointed foundation brush, Detailer brush, Buffing brush – £21.99

After reading SO many rave reviews and watching countless makeup tutorials, I was desperate to try out the Real Techniques brushes, designed by Samantha Chapman from pixiwoo. Since base makeup is my most essential beauty product, the core collection kit was a must. The brushes aim to create a smooth, flawless coverage, which was exactly what I was on the hunt for. A problem I find with my old brushes is that the bristles are quite flimsy so it’s harder to achieve an even finish. The real techniques brushes are made with fine taklon bristles that feel super soft on the skin whilst being sturdy too.

Contour brush – This is perfect for using on more delicate areas of the face. I use this brush to apply concealer around my eye area and highlighter along the top of my cheekbones. It feels light on the skin and only needs to be brushed gently to create a smooth, sheer finish.

Pointed foundation brush – This brush works best with liquid foundations. To be honest, I prefer using my MAC 190 since the brush is wider. However, the pointed tip of the real techniques is useful for creating more precise coverage around the nose and chin area.

Detailer brush – The detailer brush is ideal for cream based concealers and helps to disguise blemishes. It can also be used to apply lipstick, although I’m too lazy to do this!

Buffing brush – This is my favourite brush of the collection. I use it to apply my MAC Mineralize powder (pictured), by carefully sweeping it over my face. It provides even, full coverage and I also find it works well for blending blusher and bronzer on the apples of the cheeks. This produces a more gradual flush of colour rather than a distinct line between your foundation!

Have you tried out the Real Techniques brushes?

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