How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

First of all, it’s so important to clean your makeup brushes/sponges because they harbour bacteria that can cause blackheads, breakout and irritation. I wash mine (depending on how much pigment is on the eyeshadow brushes) once a week. It only takes me about ten minutes but is increasing as my brush collection is ever growing!  In this post, I’m going to show you how I clean them and hopefully this can help you too.

When you wash your brushes you’ll need:

  • A bar of soap or cleanser (either is fine)
  • A clean towel
  • Cleaning Mat
  • Acrylic brush holder (optional)

Step 1

I set up what I like to call my ‘cleaning station’ which is simply where I lay my brushes out, place the silicone cleaning mat in the sink and have my makeup remover balm at the ready.

 

Step 2

I run the tap and make sure the water is not too hot but hot enough to get some form of lather from the cleanser. I then wet all of my makeup brushes.

Step 3

One by one I swirl my brushes around on the mat that is covered with the cleansing balm and make sure that the brush is going back to it’s original colour so I know that all pigmentation has left the bristles along with the bacteria.

Step 4

I clean my mat of all previous balm and water, turning on the cold tap I allow it to flow onto the brushes to wash out all product. To aid getting rid of the product I swirl the brushes in my clean palm.

Step 5

Once all brushes have been cleaned, I pat the bristles with a towel and lay them flat to dry.

 

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Updated Eyeshadow Palette Collection

My family of palettes has expanded, I feel as though I now have enough colours that I can hold off collecting for a bit.  On my Instagram and even some blog posts I have showed my growing collection of warm-toned shadows and rainbow-infused shadows. I do a lot of eye looks with these over on my Instagram.

Alien Palette by Jeffree Star Cosmetics

I can say this goes up there with my top 3 palettes of all time, the formula is amazing! Extremely opaque and the colour pay off is insane. I was bought this for Christmas but it’s definitely worth the price point seeming as the pans are substantially big. If you have worked with purple shadows before you’ll know that they are very temperamental, sometimes they perform great and other times it’s a hot mess. This purple is perfect, out of this world!

 

 

Blood Sugar Palette by Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Again, this palette is in the top 3 favourites. The colour layout is perfect and I’ve managed to create so many different looks from it! Apparently, he’s releasing a part 2 to this and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am. Be aware though that the pink and red shadows do stain, unfortunately.

 

 

Ultimate Brights by NYX

A colourful combination of colours with the tiniest pan size, it’s at the bottom of the drawer because I hardly reach for it anymore. When using it you truly have to keep working with the colours and layering until fully opaque. It’s good if you’re starting out and want to experiment with bright colours.

I still have a couple of palettes left on my wish list but I’m starting to need some sort of better storage for all of them! If you’re UK based you can buy the Jeffree star Palettes from beauty bay and the NYX one you can get from Boots.

 

I really hope you enjoy posts like these, any feedback is always appreciated and love is returned! Thanks – Beth x

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My Favourite Christmas Lipsticks – Blogmas Day 19

Christmas feels to me like I can be a lot more experimental with glitter and bold lips which I adore.  So I am bringing you my favourite lipsticks I’ll be wearing throughout Christmas. I have previously talked about my favourite lipsticks before so there will still be some OG products mentioned again in this post as they’re products I use a lot. Some of these are high end, some are a drugstore.

Jeffree Star in Redrum

This comes into the top 3 of my favourite reds, it’s an absolute classic from him and it’s a well-used lippie in my collection.

Too Faced in  Hot Buttered Rum

The shade for this is just amazing, I was searching all over for the perfect burnt orange lipstick and came across this one in the Too Faced Christmas Gift Set. It tastes like rum too.

The Body Shop in Goa Magnolia 

  • It’s a beautiful berry shade and I’ve been rocking it with some glitter shadow.
  • Loreal Colour Riche in Paris Burning

    A demi satin red lipstick with gold flakes of glitter in! Absolutely stunning, its quite of an orange undertone for a red so I have been layering on top of a true red liquid lip, I am obsessed.

    We are nearly at the end! I am still not feeling festive, hopefully, I will soon. Take care – Beth x

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    Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation Review

    A photograph of this foundation launched and everyone went crazy. Sounds like a post apocalyptic mess but the new Revolution foundation had been announced and we all wanted to get our hands on it. I ran out to Superdrug and purchased the shade F1 which is a yellow undertone shade. This foundation claims to be full coverage and oh boy, is it!

    The first impression of this foundation I got was that it needed to be blended quickly but I expected that after using the concealers. Powder seems to layer beautifully on top of it too. When I swirled my brush around on my cheeks no product came off and I was genuinely blown away on the first try.

    I put it to the real test and wore it to work. I asked a select few of my colleagues how it looked and they all just said ‘nice’. So then I put my best friend on the spot and asked him what he genuinely thought. Did it look oily? How did my pores look? Did it look cakey?

    He said it looked really light and my pores looked none existant! Success! A foundation that blurs the pores. After a few hours my impression started to go downhill, the foundation fell into my creases, not horrifically though. With a touch up it should be fine, oil started to form after about 3-4 hours too but that’s normal for me.

    I cannot confirm or deny if it was this product that caused a reaction but after 3 days of using this foundation my skin has insanely broken out! I hope it isn’t this foundation because I do really like it.

    The con to the foundation is that it’s heavily scented! Smells like the Wet N Wild Photo Finish and the Estee Lauder Double Wear. Quite a headache-inducing smell, for me anyway.

    With all my reviews I would recommend you trying it for yourself, but I do really like this foundation and a price point of £9 you cannot really moan.

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    Wet N Wild Review​

    Wet N Wild landed in the UK last week so I placed an order with Beautybay as soon as it dropped. I bought 4 products altogether, 3 face items and 1 brush for packing on eyeshadow. Overall the brand seems very affordable, which if you’re like me and hate splurging with money then this brand is perfect. I picked the products that I knew the brand was mostly recognised for. So sit back and enjoy this review!

    Photo Focus Face Primer Matte

    Upon application, the primer was a lot more liquidy as I imagined to say it included silicone in its ingredients, disguised as polysilicon. Becuase it’s a matte primer the silicone obviously helps the product adhere to the skin and fight off any slick which could be in the form of liquids and oils. On the skin, it does decrease pore size which is great for me because mine appear quite large.

    Now, oil control. The primer most definitely controls oils that my skin emits through the day but what I will say that when I applied it all over my face, my skin appeared flat i.e no definition. Because of the slight lack of definition from all over application, I just apply it to those areas that need no oil to be there so that’s my T zone.

    Foundation

    The shade does slightly oxidise, the colour selection on the Beautybay site isn’t great right now as there are only 6 shades to choose from. The shade I purchased was soft ivory and it goes on as a perfect match but does oxidise a tad bit, not horrendously though. I have been using the foundation for about a week now, it’s drying down demi-matte without a primer, I’ve been to work on those days I’ve worn it and oh boy has it stayed put! The coverage is also very buildable which is great for me as my coverage preference does change from day to day. Powders and liquids also sit nicely on top of this. On their US site, there are 20 shades in the foundation, going from porcelain to mahogany so I am hoping that as time goes on, Beautybay will get these shades.

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    The shade is very similar to my everyday foundation from Maybelline 03 Superstay (left)

    MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

    The highlighter is pigmented and stunning, but it’s way too dark for my skin tone. I knew how quickly people were going to snap up these highlighters so I picked the only option that was there. In all fairness to me, the photo displayed looked as though I’d be ok with this shade. I went out wearing this product and it was stripes of shadows, how embarrassing! The shades are not great selection so far on Beautybay’s site but the formula is great. My pan arrived from the retailer slightly smashed which I was pretty annoyed about but these things do happen. I can give a better review when they actually get a shade that will suit my pale skin!

    Overall thoughts

    My overall thoughts on the wet n wild products I have tried so far is that their formulas aren’t too bad it’s more of the shades available. I believe that beauty bay will extend as time goes on but for now I’ll probably have to buy a white mixer for the foundation. I’d definitely recommend Wet N Wild, it’s purse-friendly so whats not to like. In any review I do, I’ll always recommend to buy the product yourself and make up your own mind about formulas, longevity, etc. Remember that everything works differently for different people.

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    Glossybox – August Edition

    Hi everyone, so you may or may not know I have had 2 previous Glossyboxes and I stayed on the subscription list to see what August had in store for me as I had actually been enjoying the contents they were sending me, unlike Birchbox. Find my previous Glossybox reviews here.

    So being on a subscription it was £10 for the month, which you can’t moan at. You do pay a small fee for postage too. Delivery is very quick, the order was dispatched on Monday the 6th and arrived on the 8th.

    What I enjoy about Glossybox is that they theme every box each month, last month it was a beautiful deep sea theme and this month we have been blessed with pride edition in aid to support the LGBT Foundation.

    The packaging is to die for! I feel like Glossy always is a little bit extra with their packaging and presentation, but beware, sometimes when companies make their packaging beautiful it takes our minds away from how bad the contents inside can actually be. Upon opening the box the products are wrapped up with a beautiful rainbow ribbon and there’s also a product description card included. From reading the card, the chosen products are there for you to wear to go out and celebrate pride. Paint the town rainbow!

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    Products I received:

    One thing to note before I tell you what I got, the August edition includes 6 FULL-SIZE products! Which I was shocked at as they usually just put minis/samples inside.

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    Rimmel Ink Me Heart Stamp Tattoo (Full size) RRP £4.99

    Rimmel Ink Me Sticker Tattoos (Full size)RRP £4.99

    Victoria’s Secret Pink Sheet Mask (Full size) RRP £5

    Trifle Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Jam (Full size)RRP £17.50

    Kaleido Cosmetics Astrolight Highlighter (Full size)RRP £13

    3INA Shadow Paint (Full size) RRP £8.95 

    Total Value: £53.43

    Pros – I will use 4/6 of the products in this box! I love how this edition is aimed more towards cosmetics than skincare or haircare. You must know how much I love makeup by now so I am pretty happy.

    Cons – The shade in the highlight will not suit my pale skin tone but will make use as a liquid eyeshadow. I probably won’t reach for the cheek jam often either, but I am willing to give it a chance. Also, the tattoos from Rimmel is something I probably wouldn’t use either as I’m not going anywhere soon that would be good to wear these.

    DISCLAIMER: Reading back this post I sound pro-Glossybox, sometimes I have been disappointed by subscription boxes. If you want to try them make sure you can afford the box in case you really don’t like it then you won’t be very bothered about wasting the £10. I said previously too that a subscription box is basically a lucky dip.

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