Monday, 17 September 2018

3 Cheek Brushes I Can't Live Without

I talk a lot about makeup pieces on my blog, however I am a firm believer in investing in the right tools to help makeup perform it's best. Today I wanted to talk about three of my favourite cheek brushes that I use on a daily basis. 

I got this angled blush brush off a brush set on amazon when I first started getting into makeup around 6-7 years ago and it is amazing. Firstly it's angled and so you can really work product into the apples of the cheek and blend product upwards and outwards towards the perimeter of the face which gives you a more natural, diffused look. Secondly, this brush is slightly dense, however still allows movement - for a blush brush I think this is important as it allows the brush to pick up product, however still has the ability to move so that the product is able to blend out and so can create more subtle blush looks. All the features of this brush is perfect for applying blusher and I love it to bits - also it's super soft which is always a good thing.

This Real Techniques Blush Brush (£.9.99) is a brush I use almost daily but not for applying blusher. I think my face is too small for it, but it is perfect for applying bronzer, or any all over face colour that doesn't need precision in application, only great blend-ability. There are no harsh lines, as this brush is a dome shape and so the top of the brush picks up a nice amount of product and the dome shape helps to blend the product in until it's one with the skin. This brush is more dense, and so ensures that product will definitely be picked up, however again is not packed too densely that ensures that products will be blended and not just layered on the skin. This is a great brush for bronzer, and I've been known to use it for applying powder too. 

Despite having oily skin, I love highlighting my skin, because it's a glow I can control. This Real Techniques Fan Brush  (£19.99/3) is another gem I love, I got this in a set with two other brushes which I also love dearly. I love this fan brush for highlighting as it's super precise, I can highlight the tops of my cheek bones, and control the amount I want on the skin. I can also highlight smaller areas such as my cupids bow, underneath my eyebrows and also the bridge of my nose. You can really build up a glow with this brush too by layering highlighter which gives a blinding finish. I think this brush is great for quickly applying highlighter in a fuss free, no nonsense way. I've also been known to use this for powder too, for an untraceable finish as the it picks up a small amount of product that can just set makeup so well. 

So these are my three go-to cheek brushes, I would love to know what yours are and if you do have other preferences, what makes you go for it? I would love to know, so be sure to let me know in the comments section below.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Review: Garnier Skinactive Moisture Bomb Eye Tissue Mask

A face mask is the epitome of a luxurious pamper night in. There is just something about a mask which can make a pamper night truly feel spa-like. I try to do a face mask at least once per week, and I am constantly on the hunt for anything new - so when I heard that Garnier released some eye masks, I had to get my hands on them straight away...

I got my hands on two of these masks, the Garnier Skinactive Moisture Bomb Eye Tissue masks with Coconut water and Hyaluronic acid (£2.99/6ml), which is in the blue packaging and I got the orange packing too, which is the same but with Hyaluronic acid and Orange juice (£2.99/6ml). So I might just refer to these as the blue one and the orange one because I think that might be easier to follow. The blue one contains properties to help hydrate the eye area to reduce the look of lines, and the orange one is to help brighten dark undereyes.

I didn't realise this at first but the shapes of the two masks are different, the orange one is just for under the eyes, but the blue one is for all around the eyes. Initially I thought I would prefer the orange one just because it's your stereotypical idea of an under eye mask, and I thought the blue fuller eye mask would be too big. You know when you put on a sheet mask and it's too big for your face, so you end up readjusting it all the time because the eye/nose/mouth holes aren't exactly perfect and then gravity starts to take effect and the whole thing just starts sliding down your face. Yeah, that's what I thought I was letting myself in for. However, the blue one wasn't like this. It fit around my eyes, and after applying it, I did not need to readjust it at all, it wasn't heavy and just felt nice and most importantly, comfortable. So if you are like me and did not want to give the blue one a go because of bad experiences with sheet masks, then be sure to try this one because I didn't know tissue masks could be so low maintenance.

I'm going to group my review together, as I have tried both of them once and so cannot talk much around long term effects. In terms of packaging, this is really nicely done. The product is encased in a thin foil packaging, just slightly bigger than the product itself and it's easy to tear along the side and get the eye mask out without crumpling anything. I like how they haven't used excess packaging, this makes it super easy to travel with and even to pop in the fridge. Once you have got the mask out, it's nicely soaked with product, and like I said before, really easy to apply onto the eye area and then you are free to continue your pampering session, safe in the knowledge that this won't be slipping and sliding anywhere.

The results is a more plumped up eye area which just looks thankful to have a shot of hydration. The masks are cooling on the eye, I used one normally and the other I stuck in the fridge, and they both get cold, so a fridge is not necessary however it will keep it colder for longer. It just feels nice and refreshing on the eyes, and is a perfect treat before an event, or the morning after for a pick-me-up. I think these are so nice and handy to keep on site.

I'm just super happy with this product, I would buy it again, and would recommend it to anyone whose eyes just need some TLC! I would love to know if you have tried this product, or if you have tried a different eye mask! Let me know in the comments below!

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