Makeup Tools

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

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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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

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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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.

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Basic Beauty Tools Superdry Sponge

Ever since the day the Beauty Blender made it’s iconic appearance into the beauty community, sponges have been the go to tool for applying ones makeup. There have been a lot of dupes since it’s release but some companies, such as Basic Beauty Tools have gone a whole different route and designed a sponge that is unique to their brand and niche.

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The most unique thing about Basic Beauty Tools approach to the design of their sponge is the holder that stores it. This holder is called the Spongedry and it’s a means of placing your sponge in a area, that isn’t an unhygienic surface and keeping it clean until it dries after use.

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The Spongedry holder is super compact and slim and can be reverted from holder form to a flat set-up in order to slot it into the travel pouch that it comes with. This means that you can take your Spongedry stand wherever you go, to any hotel room, to any vacation home and still have a place to keep your sponges safe and bacteria free.

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The holder can be used for any brand of sponge, not nessacary the Basic Beauty Tools sponges though I have to say the Basic Beauty Tools Foundation Blender is one of the nicest sponge that I have used in a while. I typical use the inexpensive sponges from The Makeup Gallery (which is a brand available in Dealz Ireland Stores), and these sponges have the same bouncy texture and softness to them that those do.

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Basic Beauty Tools sell these sponges in various different colours, and the same goes for the holder. So if purple isn’t your favourite colour like it is mine, you can totally pick up the Spongedry in white or black or pink depending on your preference. I have linked the Basic Beauty Tools website below in case you wish to pick up one for yourself. Keep in mind that both the holder and sponge come together so it’s definitely good value for your buck.

-Talk Soon xx

Basic Beauty Tools Website

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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Youngblood Christmas Gifts

I can’t believe we’re already in December and only a few days away is Christmas. I’ve already begun to notice that people are getting more and more shopping crazy and that the stores are getting busier and more crowded as the days pass. It can be difficult knowing what to get your friends and family but that’s why I think this post should help anyone who has a person in their life who loves makeup. I’m going to be showing you everything that Youngblood Cosmetics are going to be bring out for Christmas.

Contouring is a trend that has hit the cosmetics industry hard and by hard I mean every brand under the sun wants to get in on it with their product. The star for this year has got to be the SoSueMe by Suzanne Jackson contouring palette but because that’s in such high demand it can be a tad bit hard to find. Youngblood Cosmetics has their version, and even though it’s a little bit more expensive (coming in at 43 euros) than the SoSueMe one it’s comparably similar.

“An all essential palette to shade and highlight like a professional, whilst incorporating the additional skin nurturing benefits of mineral make-up.”

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If your looking to purchase for someone whose just starting out in makeup than this kit should fit the bill. The Youngblood Purely the Basics kit contains everything that a person could need for their first experience with makeup. As an added benefit it’s all mineral makeup, meaning they aren’t clogging their young healthy skin with bad ingredients that can be in some less expensive kits. This kit comes in at a price of 42.50 euros and contains a total of 4 full sized products.

“This kit gives you everything you nee in order to achieve a flawless look without clogging pores and flaring up acne including mineral foundation, mineral rice setting powder, crushed mineral blush and a kabuki blending brush.”

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A kit that goes great with the one I just featured is the Youngblood Whiplash Mascara Set as no look is completed without a bit of mascara. This retails for 35 euros but the great thing about it is that your getting a lash primer in the kit as well as a mascara so you know that whoever receives this will have incredible looking lashes.

“Our whiplash mascara set includes a mineral lash primer and our signature mascara. Perfect for an eye-catching look.”

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One of the best presents to give and receive during Christmas is a good quality brush set especially because buying brushes individually these days can be a bit expensive. Youngblood have decided to put together a 6 piece brush set in a handy travel case that contains almost everything brush wise that you would need to create an entire face. Price is 40 euros.

“Made from the highest-grade natural and synthetic materials, this brush set can be used to sculpt, bronze and complete any look on the  go!

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Everybody loves a good lipstick/eyeshadow for the holidays and I personally think they make the best stocking stuffer. These lippies and eyeshadows may be a little bit pricey but their formulation cannot be doubted on how good it is. Best to give something that will be used and loved.

Intimatte Lipsticks (19.50 euros each)
“Formulated with emollients and vitamin E, the luxurious lipsticks will give you a beautiful matte look that will last for hours.”

Pressed Eyeshadow Duos (25 euros each)
“Our pressed eye shadow duo’s come in four dazzling shades, Virtue, Graceful, Charismatic and Desire. These colours which come in matte and shimmery shades are perfect for a party ready look this season!

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I hope these posts help out any of you who are reading and if your interested in reading other posts like these for inspiration please check out the links I’ve left below.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: All images used in the post have be acquired via brand PR representatives and are for illustrative purposes only. All images remain property of Youngblood Cosmetics™

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