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The SoSueMe ProBlender

It’s seems every single product that beauty blogger and Youtuber Suzanne Jackson brings out get so much hype and excitement over it and her ProBlender was no different. This is basically the SoSueMe brand’s version of the iconic Beauty Blender sponge and because of all the hype I was honestly expecting great things. I can unfortunately say I have been sorely disappointed as this blending sponge is one of the worst I’ve ever tried.

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Bold claim, I know. To be honest though I don’t say it lightly, so let me break it down for you guys as to why I don’t like it. Firstly the sponge texture when you get it out of it’s plastic packaging feels rather rough. It’s also got little to no bounce to it whatsoever but this is me talking about it un-dampened.

Dampened the sponge didn’t increase it in size at all, and visually it also looked like it didn’t soak up any of the water while I was running it under the tap either. Applying my foundation with it was terrible, it basically placed the foundation on my skin like a coating rather than blending it in/sheer it out to be skin like. This made my makeup look heavy and caked on. I also found it so hard against my skin, to the point where I would considered it sore to bounce against my face.

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Personally I think this is a product to be avoided from the SoSueMe line. Oh I should mention that the sponge costs 7.49 euros which considering Primark/Pennys sells two beauty blender sponges for 1.80 euros is very up there in price.

I’m still looking for the day where I will actually find a product from the SoSueMe makeup line that I actually like so if you guys know of any please let me know.

-Talk Soon xx

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Bronx Colors Cosmetics

Bronx Colors is a Swiss cosmetics brands that loves to keep up to date with every trend that happens in every season. I was very lucky recently to get sent a few pieces from their brand to try and test out and of course I just had to share my thoughts with my readers.

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Gel Liner is a product that is very hard to get right 90% of the time. It has to be creamy yet have some thickness to it texture wise. It has to be opaque and super black (except when its meant to be colored) and it has to not dry out within a month of taken the lid of the first time. The Bronx Gel Liner Pot definitely  ticks all those boxes for me.

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This liner comes in a nice light plastic pot with a good strong lid to it. It also comes with a handy mini liner brush that it actually decent for a change and definitely can be used as a lip liner brush for the purse in the case you don’t need it for liner. I personally like to use my Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush for get liner as it can just be wiped clean after use and that way it doesn’t got hard with product on it.

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Speaking of brushes, I got two amazing brushes from Bronx Colors to talk about too. The first is the BRP01 and this is a nice fat, fluffy brush that is super soft. The size and shape of it make it perfect for blush, powder and bronzers. It doesn’t leaves any harsh brush stroke lines behind and it blends out everything beautifully.

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The other brush that I got is the BRP05 and I personally found this brush to be a great shape and size for using it to blend and buff shadow on the lower lash line. The bristles are just as soft as the powder brush so you can definitely see the consistence when it comes to the Bronx Colors products.

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Last product I have from this brand is their 12 pan smokey undercover eyeshadow palette. I really have mixed feelings about this palette. The colour selection for it is simply beautiful and looking at it when you first open it up, it looks like the perfect palette for a great smokey eye. That said the eyeshadows themselves are a bit hit and miss.

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Some have great pigmentation and blend smoothly with little to no fallout. Whereas others are super chalky and have little to no pigmentation to them and a crapload of fallout. I personally think there are better palettes on the market nowadays than this one, it’s definitely not one I would recommend.

If any of these products have caught your interest I have linked the website where you can pick them up from below

-Talk Soon xx

Bronx Colours

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Essence ‘Hello Happiness’ Trend Edition

Even though January is considered to be the month that the New Year starts in, I always feel like September is the month where the year really starts. It’s probably because it’s the month that indicates the end of summer, the start of schools and colleges and the beginning of a new season. For me whenever September comes around, I love to re-vamp not only my wardrobe but also my makeup and brush collection and it just so happens that Essence Cosmetics seems to be in the same mindset as me with the launch of their new trend edition ‘Hello Happiness’

 

This trend edition is dedicated in it’s entirety to makeup brushes and keeping them clean, pristine and in great condition. The collection in total is composed of seven brushes in total along with a cute brush bag and brush cleansing soap for keeping your brushes clean. From this collection I was kindly sent the foundation brush and the cleansing soap. I did try to get some of the other brushes to add to this review but it seems they’re flying out of the stores like there’s no tomorrow.

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The foundation brush is the smallest of the brushes handle-wise, coming almost like a travel brush to be frank. It has super dense and very tightly compacted bristles which stops it from absorbing to much of your foundation as it is applying it. Application wise it applies almost any base I’ve used with it (Urban Decay Naked Skin, Bareminerals BarePro, Garnier BB Cream and Rimmel Fresher Skin) flawlessly and without any brush stroke marks or streaking.

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I did wash this brush after every application with the cleansing soap and it washes beautifully. No shedding and no soap residue remains on the brush either. Also the brush itself is super soft when you first get it-it stays soft even after washing. The cleansing soap I found worked really nice to remove almost all traces of makeup from this brush.

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I did try it with some of my other brushes and found that with synthetic hair brushes it did great but with natural hair brushes it kind of left a residue on them. It made them feel almost plastic, like there was some sort of coating on the hairs of the brushes. The packaging of the cleansing soap does clearly state to use only with synthetic brushes but I personally never follow the rules when it comes to makeup and products. Also I simply rewashed the brushes my usual way with baby shampoo and they went back to normal.

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I highly recommend these brushes and the cleansing soap for any of your synthetic brushes. They are amazing quality and that’s not the best part. Every single one of these brushes retails for less than 5 euros and with brushes being so expensive these days that’s definitely a bargain.

-Talk Soon xx

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BrushWorks Silicone Sponge

A weird concept has recently been hitting the beauty world and that’s the use of silicone sponges to apply makeup. Since making it’s appearance almost every single brand under the sun has decided to jump on board and create their version just in case it takes off like the Beauty Blender did. To be honest, for me, I just can’t see something made of a type of plastic giving me a flawless finish. Sponges work so well because they work with the dampness in them to sheer out the foundation and slightly airbrush it on application.

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I was recently sent the BrushWorks Silicone Blender in the shape Teardrop to try out. Even though I was very sceptical about it, I did try it out with an open mind. The Silicone itself is a nice pink colour and has the BrushWorks flower logo embossed on it in the centre. It’s covered in two very thin plastic films almost as if it has been laminated. You don’t need to remove these films. It also comes with a handy pouch that you use to store it in.

I tried this sponge out but using it to apply foundation, concealer, powder and primer. For primer I found that it worked great. It spread it out beautiful and I personally just used swiping motions, almost like I was painting it on to apply everything. I hated this for foundation. It states to use less than you normally would and spread via circular motions to apply. I found myself using more product just to get it to spread evenly and even then it applied cakey and it was very obvious I had very heavy makeup on.

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The same can be said for concealer so I definitely don’t recommend this for liquid products. Lastly powder, it works amazingly good for this. I highly recommend it for powder application as it gives a nice even layer especially if you pat it in using pressing motions. The great thing about the whole silicone concept with these sponges is that once your done all your makeup and using it, you can just rinse it under the tap and dry it using a clean towel and it’s ready for use for next time.

Now that I’ve tried out the silicone sponge I definitely don’t think it’s going to be the next beauty blender. Is it good? For powder yes and I do recommend for everyone to have a nice affordable version of it in their makeup collection. There is no need to splurge on this whatsoever.

-Talk Soon xx

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Rubis Switzerland Tweezers

When the legend in the beauty world, that is Sali Hughes claims that Rubis Switzerland Tweezers are some of the best on the market than it simply makes all the sense in the world to want a pair. I was lucky in enough to get my hands on their brand new Action Painting Tweezers in the colour blue.

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There is a total four different colours to pick from when it comes to these tweezers and each one is unique because no two have the same paint splatter on them. These tweezers are super robust and sharp which means there is no risk of accidentally plucking your skin instead of the hair. Also the sharp edge ensures that the hair doesn’t snap when you’re trying to yank it out.

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I never thought that I would honestly rely on these tweezers as much as I have. They have replaced all the other ones I own including my Tweezerman, they are simply the best in my opinion. I think every beauty lover who loves to do her brows and apply lashes should have one in their inventory.

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These tweezers retail at 25 euros a piece which I think is the traditional price for good tweezers. These will last you for life if you take really good care of them. I personally love how unique they are in both shape and colour. I have added a link below which will take you straight to the Rubis Switzerland Website where you can pick up a pair for yourself.

-Talk Soon xx

Rubis Switzerland Website

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BrushWorks Multi-Tasking Sponge

After being hooked on The Makeup Gallery sponge for so long and then trying out the Basic Beauty Tools Superdry Sponge and finding it amazingly good, I’m officially on the biggest hunt ever to try every single brands sponge I can get my hands on. Recently I was kindly sent this Brushworks Multi-Tasking Sponge to try and test out and to be honest I think I have found another favourite.

SAM_3052When I first saw this sponge I automatically thought Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge dupe but this in all honesty is so much better. It expands more when it’s wet and is softer to use. The main thing I like about this sponge is that it’s got two different sized points to it. The smaller side I found great for applying my concealer and the bigger I simply use to apply my foundation. The rounded edges of it is amazing for any buffing out you may want to do.

Probably my most favourite thing about this sponge is that it’s great for buffing out any cream highlighters over powders/foundations, lessen the chances of it becoming cakey. Brushworks sponges are available to purchase from Tesco’s and sometimes I can find them in TKMaxx Stores.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.
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So Eco Brushes

The type of brush and the brand of brush you use can sometimes make or break your make up. Brushes that are too dense can make your makeup go on too thick and cause it to cake. Brushes that are not well made can cause brush strokes to be visible on the skin when trying to blend out your foundation into that perfect base. My favourite brands for good quality brushes is Real Techniques, EcoTools and So Eco and recently I was lucky enough to have two new brushes added to my So Eco brush collection and so I thought I would share them with you.

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The first of the brushes is the So Eco Stippling Brush. This is a dual fibre brush, which means some of the bristles of the brush are short and some of them are long. This stops the brush from picking up to much product and so it makes it great for applying highlighter and bronzer to the skin.

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All of So Eco brushes are 100% recyclable and eco-friendly. Plus they’re cruelty free. Which makes the bristles super soft and of a high quality, so you definitely don’t get any brush strokes with these brushes. The handle of these brushes is made of actual wood, so no synthetic or look-alikes but actual wood, so they of course have that high-end feel to them even though they’re super affordable.

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The second brush that I own is their Multi-Tasking Brush which is a big, wide fluffy brush that looks perfect for the application of powder foundation, regular powder and blusher.

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These brushes also wash beautifully without shedding or losing their softness. I wash my brushes with the Primark/Pennys makeup soap in case anyone was wondering.  These definitely are some of the best affordable brushes on the market and I totally think everyone should have a few in their collection.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.