PERFECTLY CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES USING SOMETHING YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT

Good afternoon :-)

Most of us who own makeup brushes know how important it is to regularly take the time to clean them. I try to wash mine every 2-3 uses as I hate the idea of bacteria building up and being brushed and buffed into my skin.

I was cleaning my makeup brushes one evening and noticed that I’d ran out of my usual cleaner. I looked in my cupboard for something else to use and I came across a face wash which I didn’t get much use from so I decided to try it out on my brushes. The name of this face wash is Visibly Clear Pore & Shine daily wash by Neutrogena
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I don’t know about anybody else but I’ve always had issues with cleaning my makeup brushes. I’ve tried a lot of products from soap to shampoo to high priced brush cleansers but I’ve never been completely satisfied with the results. Dry bristles, leftover residue and colour staining are just a few of the problems I’ve had.

I can’t even begin to express how happy I was when I tried out the face wash. I dispensed two pumps into a small clean candle jar and swirled my brushes around. As soon as I began to swirl the brushes into the liquid I noticed such a difference compared to anything I had ever used in the past. Stubborn stains and hardened foundation were melting off the bristles. After around 1 minute of gently swirling my brushes, I rinsed them clean with warm water.

I began to dry my brushes against a face cloth and was shocked at how perfectly clean they were. If I had of shown them to you, you would of thought that I had just bought them and taken them out of the packaging. The bristles felt so soft and fluffy against my skin.

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The face wash is priced at under £5.00 and is easily available in most stores. I think this is something I’ll continue to repurchase. If you have issues getting your brushes clean make sure you pick this up and try it out, I promise you won’t regret it. I’m over the moon to have finally found something that leaves me feeling satisfied after a brush cleaning session!

What is your go to brush cleaner?

MY MAKEUP STORAGE AND DRESSING TABLE SET UP

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Good afternoon everybody :-)

A very quick post today. I thought I’d share with you my dressing table area. I rent a house, and I have to make do with the furniture that came with it. I’ve always wanted a dressing table but sadly I was left with a boring, plain desk. I decided to try and add a personal touch to the desk by using things like pretty wooden signs and photo frames and even wallpaper.

I thought maybe this post would give some of you some inspiration. If you’ve got an old bland desk or a dressing table, think about what you could turn that into. It doesn’t have to be expensive. The wooden sign I used was £1.99 from Poundstretcher and the teal and white wallpaper was only £2.99 from eBay for a huge role. Go out shopping, have a look online and don’t forget to reuse things like food containers, candle jars and even plant pots. Grab some paint and crafty bits and let your imagination run wild.

I hope you’re all having a lovely day! I’d love to see how you store your makeup so leave me a link to your blog or tell me about it in the comment section!

NOTD – CHUNKY PURPLE, BLACK AND GOLD PARTY

Hello lovely people :-)

I haven’t attempted nail art in a very long time. Due to personal problems, most of this year I have had no motivation or energy. But now that Autumn is here, my spirits are starting to lift and I can feel the motivation coming back into my life. A short while ago I purchased some false nails to start practicing nail art with again and this is the look I came up with.

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I think it turned out pretty well for my first attempt in 5 or so months. The picture above really doesn’t do this justice.

Here is a list of products I used to create this look:

e.l.f nail polish in Purple Dream
Saffron glitter nail polish in 08 Gold
Nail glitter in black
Nail caviar beads in gold
Nail gems in black

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First thing I did was paint my nails. Straight after doing this while my nails were still wet, I sprinkled on some black glitter to add a feminine touch. After this I added some caviar beads to the polish and gently placed on some black gems to add texture and chunkiness. To finish off the look and seal everything in place, I took my gold flakes nail polish and painted over the whole nail which finished the look off perfectly.

What was your last nail of the day? How often do you play around with nail art? Make sure to leave me a link to your blog so I can check out your nail art!


MUA HAUL & SWATCHES

I think I have a problem. I’m obsessed with MUA cosmetics.

I haven’t had a good splurge in a while and decided last week that I needed ( or should I say wanted? ) some new eyeshadows. As usual, I got a little too carried away and ended up adding a few more items into my basket. The total cost of what you’re going to see in this blog post cost me less than twenty pounds which is money well spent in my eyes!

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How pretty are the eyeshadows? I love the colours and I like that they all compliment each other beautifully when blended together. I thought the pinks and browns would be a nice change for the Autumn and Winter months. They are very pigmented and long lasting and blend like a dream. I might do a little tutorial with them over the next few weeks with some pictures to show you just how good they are.

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I’ve had my eyes on this baked bronzer for a few weeks now. I’m really into products that add a little glow to the skin and this is perfect for doing just that. I love the different tones in the bronzer and the dewy shimmer it leaves on my skin.

I already own a highlighting powder from MUA in the shade Pink Shimmer which I love so it was only natural that I would want to try out the other shade. I find the Iridescent Gold much more intense than the Pink Shimmer highlighter. I’m a big fan of the gold shade but I do think it is a little too shimmery for everyday wear. I’ll only be reaching for this on those special occasions!

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Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the Lilac Belle shade? I haven’t stopped wearing this lipstick. It’s the most adorable colour I’ve ever seen.

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Finally, we have two newly released Luxe Lip Laquers in the shade A Flush and Serene.

I’m sorry that I don’t have swatches of the lip products but I haven’t had the time to try all of them out and the lighting drastically changed while I was finishing off taking these photos so it would of been a difficult task getting some true to life colour swatches. Don’t worry, I’ll be writing a more in depth review of these products with swatches sometime in the next week.

If you’d like to try out some MUA products make sure to check out their website http://www.muastore.co.uk/

If you haven’t tried out this brand, make sure you do! You won’t regret it.

ESTEE LAUDER – HIGH INTENSITY LIP LAQUER SHADE: VINYL ROSE

Good morning!

How are you? I hope that you are all keeping well and having a lovely day.

About one year ago I was lucky enough to win an Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Laquer in the shade Vinyl Rose. The gloss retails at £21.50 and is available in a wide range of colours. I was very happy to have won it because it isn’t something I would of picked up myself due to the heavy price tag. As much as I love high end products, they are a very rare treat and when I do have a little splurge I tend to opt for foundations as my skin is very problematic.

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As you can see from the picture Vinyl Rose is a delicate and deep pink rose colour. I wouldn’t really describe the texture as a gloss. If I had to describe the consistency I would say it feels like a creamy lipstick that has been blended and put into a tube. I seriously adore it. It is highly pigmented and gives a rich opaque finish in one single coat. Despite the heavy coverage this gloss gives, it feels very lightweight on the lips.

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The soft and delicate colour makes it a great option to wear with a whole variety of looks. I find that the colour is very natural looking and would compliment many skin tones. The staying power is impressive, I can eat and drink while wearing this and it doesn’t fade away. I can easily go 3-4 hours without needing to reapply.

The wand in the tube makes application very simple. It is small, but the shape is perfect for my lips. I never have any issues such as the wand wiggling around making application messy, it is a well built wand and applies very precisely.

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Here is a swatch of the lipstick. In both pictures I’m only wearing one layer of Vinyl Rose. As you can see, the texture is very thick. The finish is creamy and dewy, not too glossy and not drying at all. The gloss leaves my lips feeling so moisturised.

I’d definitely recommend this to every lipgloss/lipstick addict. It’s perfect and one of my favourite ever glosses. I’ll probably end up treating myself to another shade at some stage.

You can purchase this gloss here: http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/647/27108/Product-Catalog/Makeup/Lips/Lip-Gloss/Pure-Color/High-Intensity-Lip-Lacquer/index.tmpl

Have you tried out this? What are your fave lip products?