Favourite Makeup Brushes

Over the years I’ve built up a trusty collection of makeup brushes that I either use on a daily basis or specific styles for when I’m going out. When I first started blogging I had a very basic selection of brushes that I used for everything. Looking back I don’t know how I managed it as with experience I find I need certain brushes to create and achieve certain looks. Whether I’m carving out my brow, sculpting my contour or touching up my highlight, I need the correct tools to accomplish a flawless look.

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Gordons Chemists, Blogger in Residence, Week Three

I have to say, throughout my month of covering Gordons Chemists, Blogger in Residence, I seem to have started up quite a collection of make up brushes. Personally, I think that you can never have enough cosmetic tools. Each brand is different and depending on the look that you are creating, you need multiple brushes. I often find that two brushes which are designed for the same purpose, may not work identically to each other hence the need to several tools. (Below illustration: Sarah Spratt, The Lust List).

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One of my favourite brand is the amazing, Real Techniques. You may remember that in my second post as Gordons guest blogger (you can read it here), so you all know how much I adore their brushes. Over the past year, I built up a great collection of Real Technique brushes, I already have their face kit and new kabuki brush. My latest purchase courtesy of Gordons Chemists is this fabulous eye brush set. I am beyond excited to start using these brushes, they’re such great quality tools and the travel case is brilliant for carrying around.

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The set comes with five different brushes designed to boost your look with effortlessly enhanced eyes.

Base Shadow Brush:

Applies a smooth, flawless foundation of colour. The holy grail of make up brushes. (Left of the picture.)

Deluxe Crease Brush:

A soft and oversized brush designed for effortless contouring around the crease area of your eyelid. (Right of the picture.)

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Accent Brush:

Short headed brush designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting and smudging your shadow. (Left of the picture.)

Fine Liner Brush:

The ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner. I’m obsessed with this little beauty! (Right of the picture.)

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Brow Brush:

The distinctive shape of this specific brush helps to create and emphasis the shape of your eyebrow. It’s thin enough to create the ultimate brow. Everyone knows what a brow brush looks like! ūüėČ

Call me silly, but I’m a sucker for detailing. I love how the brand distinguishes a difference between their face and eyeshadow brushes. They’ve also got a separate colour for their fabulous kabuki brush. It’s great for when you’re in a rush as you know what colour to look for.

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So far, I’ve really enjoyed being part of Gordons Chemists project. They have been so good to me and helped me throughout my shopping sprees! ūüôā

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Happy Friday, I don’t know about you all, but I’m so excited for the long weekend. Enjoy rascals! ūüėČ

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Gordons Chemists, Blogger in Residence, Week Two

Back to reality this week with a bump having spent 10 glorious day jet setting between Boston and New York. Most importantly, I got to spend time with my man friend. ‚ô•

For my second week of Gordons Chemists, Blogger in Residence post, I thought I would concentrate on some make up tools that I chose. I opted for Real Techniques and their new kabuki brush and an Eco Tools sponge held brush.

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This Real Techniques brush is incredibly soft to use and it blends my blusher perfectly with my foundation. I like how it’s angled, it is great for contouring and giving you that perfect blush look. What I love most about this brand and their brushes is that they last for so long and are easy to clean. This brush is great for travelling on the go and it has a retractable bottom.

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Now onto the Eco friendly sponge brush. I’ve used a sponge for concealing for a while now. My one is quite big and better for blending my foundation and any imperfections. I love how petite this little beauty is. It fits in the corner of my eye making it the perfect concealer tool. The flat area of the brush allows me to pat down my make up for a more flawless look.

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Again, it’s super soft and easy to use. I love that the sponge comes in a brush form as you get more of a hold on it. My concealer also seems to go on better with it. The sponge evenly blends my make up without soaking it up.

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Again, stay tuned for more posts from my Gordons Chemists purchases. I’m down in Kerry for a few days, so I’ll not be blogging as often this week. Hope you all have a good one! ūüôā

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Vintage Florals

When it comes to applying make up there is nothing more important than picking the best make up brushes. Maintaining them is also equally important from cleaning them every couple of weeks to buying the correct storage.

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I was over the moon when I was given this beautiful vintage floral make up brush bag as a gift. It’s a roll style which makes it perfect to travel with.

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The soft and sweet floral design and colours are perfect for spring/summer. It holds twelves brushes, although some of my brushes are thin enough to double up. At the top of the bag there is a zip where I store liners, tweezers and glosses.

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Hope you had a great weekend. ‚ô•

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Superdrug Haul

Yesterday I ventured into Superdrug¬†with the intention of buying some nail polish remover. Next thing I know, my bank balance was ¬£60 down but I could be happier. Sometimes it’s the small things in life that make me happy like buying a new blusher, trying out a new product or treating myself to my new favourite make up brushes by Real Techniques. (That makes me sound extremely materialistic but you know what I mean! )

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I’m going to start my haul with something Simple. I used this brand before¬†for all of my skin care but since converting to another brand, I’ve recently found heaven again¬†in their eye make up remover pads. They’re soft on my eyes, which is great since it’s such a delicate area. There is no alcohol or oil, artificial perfume or colouring which is important when taking care of your skin.

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Next up on the big haul,¬†is these stunning Bourjois¬†blusher, eye shadow and lipstick. I’m going to kick it off with this beautiful blusher¬†in a smouldering Rose Coup shade. It is a fine, lightly textured and incredibly transparent blusher which is perfect for blending. It gives such a healthy glow and looks perfectly natural.

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Moving onto my new favourite colour shot eye shadow, it literally sparkles like a diamond and is perfect for the summer season. I love how it offers an intense and high coverage look while lasting long throughout the day and night. It’s highly concentrated pigments blend into a very silky and easy to apply powder. You can even use it as a liner by applying it¬†with a slightly wet brush, perfect!

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If there is one beauty product that I love, it’s the trusty and timeless lipstick. I picked up this gorgeous coral shade from Bourjois¬†and their Rouge Edition range. I love how soft it is yet provides you with a serious pop of colour. Once again, it’s perfect for the summer months and can be worn during the day or on a night out. It adds a touch of moisture to my lips which I absolutely love. I bought all three Bourjois products and got these pretty summer sunglasses free with my purchases. Not bad, eh? ūüėČ

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I’ve recently become addicted to Samantha Chapman’s Real Techniques make up brushes, they’re soft and professional and perfect for applying make up with.¬†A while ago, I bought this brush set ( you can view my post here¬†) and I wanted to expand my collection. I bought myself a blusher, powder and stippling brush. Each brush provides you with a flawlessly blended look for an air brushed and highly defined¬†look. I can’t recommend these enough, they’re perfect and are sold at such an affordable price!

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I bought¬†a few other pieces, but, I don’t think you ladies need to see my hair spray and nail polish remover! ūüėČ Hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend!

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