Top 5 Beauty Tools

IMG_0077(Starting with the orange sponge, going anti-clockwise:  Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, Cotton Buds, MAC Eyelash Curlers, MAC 217 and Real Technique Contour brush)

Generally, you can’t use makeup without the beauty tools, so today I thought I would share with you my top 5 beauty tools –

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – I’ve recently spoken about the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, so I won’t go into too much detail on how these sponges work but check out my ‘Battle of the Beauty Blenders’ to find out more.  I’ve only been using beauty blenders for the past couple of years, and I now struggle to live without them – my favourite being the Real Technique’s sponge. They are great for either applying foundation or just bouncing over the skin to give you a more flawless look. I just find my foundation doesn’t quite sit right without using one.

Cotton Buds – The most simple/cheapest tool in my makeup bag but I wouldn’t be without cotton buds! They come in useful for soooo many things; cleaning up mascara or eyeliner mistakes, soaked in nail polish remover can help neaten the edges of your manicure and even holding as a straight line to draw on your winged eyeliner or contour. The possibilities are endless…!

MAC Eyelash Curlers  – My lashes are so straight and stubborn, so I cannot live without my eyelash curlers. I’ve tried and tested a lot of different curlers in my time and my two favourite brands for eyelash curlers are MAC and Shu Uemura.  Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers are amazing but often a little harder to find, which is why I generally opt for the MAC eyelash curlers plus these are a little cheaper at £16 (Shu Uemura rrp. £20). I’ve had these for a couple of year now and they’re stilling going strong!

MAC 217 – Any eyeshadow look is incomplete without using a fluffy brush like the MAC 217 to blend out the edges.  Even if you’re a newbie to wearing eyeshadow, your look is instantly better as soon as you blend the edges of your eyeshadow as it makes the shadow look less harsh on the eye. Perfect for also blending different colours together as well on your lid. Its definitely a brush I couldn’t live without!

Real Technique Contour Brush – This brush comes in the Real Techniques Core Collection set, and to be fair all the brushes in this collection are great so I would recommend buying the set. The contour brush however, is a brush I’ve not ever come across from other makeup brush brands. The head of the brush perfect size for tracing out your contour lines but the right amount of density/fluffy ratio to blend the lines out evenly whether your using powder or cream contour products.  A lot of brushes I’ve tried for contouring are either to fluffy and don’t blend cream products very well lot or they have been far too big that end up using the brush more for bronzer. This brush is the perfect companion with the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder (or any contour products!)

Have you used any of these beauty tools before? What are your favourite beauty tools?

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My Top 5 MAC Eyeshadows

eyeseyes 2Swatches Left to Right – Satin Taupe/Sable/All That Glitter/Naked Lunch/Wedge

MAC eyeshadow are my favourite eyeshadows. They were one of the first makeup items I started to collecting, buying then in pan form and adding them into my MAC 12x pan pallete – the colour range is amazing with excellent pigmentation. My favourites have always been the neutrals and today I wanted to share with you my top 5 favourite shadows –

Satin Taupe – I’m a sucker for a taupe, and this one is my favourite! If you are just used to wearing neutral eyeshadows (champagne/bronze/browns) then this is your perfect next step to a hint more colour. To me, it looks like a brown shade with a hint of purple which is really lovely on most skin types.

Sable – this was my first MAC eyeshadow I brought after Laura from lollipop26 (now formally known as Buy Now, Blog Later) raved about. It’s a gorgeous bronze which makes for a lovely wash of colour over the lid.

All That Glitters – If I had to pick one shadow to take with me on a desert island, it would be All That Glitters. The goldy shimmery colour over my lids really makes my blue eyes pop. As soon as the sun comes out it’s the first shade I reach for.

Naked Lunch – If I am opting for a dressed down make up look, but still want a little something on my lids – Naked Lunch is one. It’s a shimmery champagne colour which looks lovely on its own or a light base for a smoky look.

Wedge – quite simply, the perfect crease colour when you are looking for some definition. It’s also a great matt nude to put all over to neutralise any colour on lid.

What are your favourite MAC eyeshadows?

Current Favourite Lip Combo

fave lip duo

I’ll admit, a little bit Kylie Jenner inspired but I am loving this current MAC lip combo – MAC lip liner in Nice and Spice with MAC lipstick in Velvet Teddy.

I found the lip liner whilst doing my usual browse of the lip counter in the MAC shop in Brighton (you know, the usual Saturday afternoon) and after speaking to one of the make-up artists she suggested trying it with MAC’s Velvet Teddy lipstick. Well you don’t have to tell me twice! I picked up both and having been wearing them nearly every day to work since December.

It’s a gorgeous nude brown that looks really natural and perfect for the office. I hadn’t been the biggest fan on lip liners, apart from wearing a bold red lip but it’s made me really see the benefit in a lip liner. Not only does it make my lips look more defined, but layering the liner as a base really holds my lipstick in place for the majority of the day. I tend to only need to reapply after eating lunch at midday, or I perhaps need a quick touch up before going to a meeting.

Have tried MAC’s Nice and Spice Liner or Velvet Teddy lipstick? What’s your favourite nude lip combo?