07 June 2011

Guest Blog Post- Haul & First Impressions - Elf Bamboo Brushes!

Hey Honey-Bees! 

Just thought I would share a quick haul with you beauties, a haul in which kind of made me over excited - I admit it. 

Oh yes, during the time when Elf stated they were having 50% off all of their Bamboo Brushes, I totally jumped head first into the offer and bought most of the collection.

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Elf Powder Brush - The rounded brush shape is designed to evenly distributes powder across the face for light-to-medium coverage. This is perfect for face powder.

Angled Blush Brush - Create perfectly sculpted cheeks and defined cheekbones with this soft-tapered brush! The slanted shape offers exact precision for colour application. This is perfect for bronzer, blush, highlighters and contouring powders. 

Complexion Brush - This tapered and plush brush is designed to fit the contours and crevices of your face for when you need more control for dusting, sweeping, and setting make-up to achieve medium-to-full coverage.This is perfect for face powder and bronzer.

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Elf Foundation Brush - Foundation is said to be perfectly blendable using this brush, to create a beautiful and even complexion. The tapered brush contours the face for easy manoeuvring to achieve flawless and natural looking coverage. This brush is perfect for foundation or concealer.

Elf Concealer Brush - The tightly packed hair and tapered edge contours eyes and blemishes for concentrated coverage. This brush is said to create perfectly blended colour for a smooth and even finish. Perfect for concealer or cream eye shadows.

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Flat Eyeliner Brush - Designed to create a precise thin line along your top and bottom lashline. The level brush distributes an even amount of product and creates uniform definition.

Smudge Brush - It's possible to create the perfect smoky look using this brush, by smudging in colour along the corner of the eye. The short hair and rounded tip of the brush are great for adding depth in the crease of the eye or applying highlighter on the brow bone. This brush is perfect for eye shadow and highlighters.

Contour Brush - Don't worry I'm the same, I though this brush was literally a face contouring brush. Nope, this little baby is designed for the eyes! This brush helps with a detailed contouring and blending in the crease and corners of the eye. Great for applying concentrated colour for a dramatic effect. This brush is perfect with any type of eye shadow.

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All-Over Eye Shadow Brush - The large flat brush head is designed to create a perfectly even and smooth colour application on the eyelid. The curved shape of the bristles provide easy manoeuvring and precision for colour where you want it. This brush is perfect for eye shadows.

 Blending Eye Brush - The flexible bristles blend out imperfections and dust eye shadow on for a natural, blended, looking finish. Perfect for eye shadows. (Definitely my favourite!)

 Brush bristles quality - The quality of these brushes seem really professional. These antibacterial Taklon bristled brushes are 100% cruelty free, luxuriously soft and can be used with wet or dry product. The flexibility of each is dependant on the type of brush, enabling perfect precision and application for each of the brushes. However they all all incredibly soft - I cannot stop touching these things!

Brush handle quality - The natural and sustainable bamboo handle fits ergonomically in your hand for comfort and precise application. The recycled Ferrule is eco-friendly for guilt free beauty. The Handles look and feel really (again) professional and stern. Personally I think these are just like any other top quality wood, and it looks simply gorgeous!

Overall, I think extremely highly of these brushes. The only downside is that they are a little pricier then the rest of the Elf brushes at the moment - Including the Studio Line brushes. These bad boys are priced at around £5.50 each. However, Elf has a tendency to whack out discount codes, including the 50% off's, so if you're keen on this collection, I would definitely keep a look out on the deals before disregarding them based on the price. 

I will be testing these Bamboo Brushes out a whole lot over the next few weeks, and of course I will let you guys know some more personal pros and cons in which I have found in regards to everything and anything I find that's worth telling.

Please have a look at the Mineral section to view all the brushes mentioned above!

Much love, 

Brittany xxx

Natalie -  Brittany - this post makes me want everything sooooo badly!! And well done for getting it all at 50% off!! Thank so much for such a great Haul and Review Everyone go check out her amazing blog!!!  xxx

02 June 2011

Guest Blog Post - My Summer Face

Hello to all of Natalie’s lovely readers,

As I am ambushing (well not quite) her blog while she was away I thought I would take this opportunity to do a post on some products I think I will be using a LOT this Summer.
I am always after an easy, light coverage make-up in the summer. I don’t like to have make-up dripping from my face but I also like to make sure I have enough coverage that can give me that naturally sun-kissed look.

The first product within my Summer face to rave about is Origins VitaZing. After hearing almost every beauty blogger talk about how amazing Origins VitaZing is, I thought I would give it a go. This product is certainly worth the hype. While it is essentially a moisturiser, I see it as being much more than that. You blend it onto your skin and as you start to rub it in you instantly notice a slight tan colour coming out that blends with your skin tone. You don’t look orange, you just look like you have an even skin tone with a really subtle glow.
I have been wearing the same products on my face for the past week so I thought I would share them with you.

Firstly we have Origins VitaZing which is simply amazing and totally worth £22.50.
Then we have MAC’s Blush in Well Dressed which is one of my all-time favourites. It is so easy and wearable and creates a lovely flush to the cheek. It is a light pink but it doesn’t make you look like you are a doll.

Then there’s concealer. My favourite for the past 8 months has been MAC’s studio finish concealer. I am in the colour NW15 and I absolutely love it. Even for summer, it is perfect coverage.

Then finally we have Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in number 52. I love this bronzer. It has some subtle shimmer and is so easy to apply on the face. I use my Sigma F25 brush and I can easily say it is such an easy product to work with. The bonus is that it looks like chocolate and smells like coconut – amazing!

Overall I would recommend all products I have mentioned and I fully plan on this being my Summer face routine. What is going to be in yours?


Natalie - huge thank you to alison for filling in for me whilst i'm away! Great recommendations for a summer face! Please if you haven't already go and check out her websites.. links below =)