For me, the arrival of Spring / Summer every year sparks a big change: clothes, hair, attitude and (perhaps the easiest to do) make up. The B. Sweet collection has some absolutely gorgeous bits and pieces that will help me transition and embrace the glowy, pretty look I tend to gravitate towards in warmer months.
(P.S. I’m currently only my hols in New York – eeeee! – but I somehow got organised enough to schedule some blog posts).
A few weeks ago I was invited to the launch of the new cosmetics range by Barbara Daly. It is called Barbara Daly ‘Trade Secrets’ Collection and has been designed to be an easy to use, non-intimidating and easily combined range.
When the lovely folks at Glo & Ray asked me to pick some items to review, I had to take my time: I’d not heard of the brand before but the range is quite wide and has a good mix of exciting looking products. I was on the website for ages before I could whittle my choices down but in the end I chose a lipstick (of course), a blusher/bronzer and an eyeliner.
I had heard a lot about Nanshy make up brushes from various blogs and had been very intrigued so when Nanshy contacted me and asked if I’d like to have a play with their brand new Masterful Collection I was super excited.
I had never been into an & Other stories shop or bought anything from there before, so when I was walking past with Aaron at the weekend I knew I had to have a quick peek. A few of their items were on my wish list so I went straight to the make up (of course).
I actually wasn’t planning on getting a blusher but just LOOK AT IT. I am a sucker for clever or pretty packaging, so a Shakespeare quote embossed on the top of a blusher? Done. I chose ‘Satin Magenta’, a very pretty light pink and it was £10 which I think is very reasonable. You can buy it HERE.
The Total Re-Touch pen is marketed as a concealer and highlighter but my under eye circles need something with a bit more oomph than this, so I have been using it as a highlighter only. It is a lovely subtle shimmery highlighter in a click pen (similar to the YSL Touche Eclat one). When I first used it, I thought it was broken as I was clicking for about 5 minutes with no product coming out so be patient on the first use! This was £10. I can’t find this online anymore but hopefully it’s available in store.
I am definitely going to pop back and have a look at some other items (the contouring cream is calling to me…)
Have you tried anything by & Other Stories? What would you recommend?
I have reviewed the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush before (HERE) but wanted another one so that I could replace my foundation brush midweek to save on washing it so often. This brush is £9.99 from Boots.
When I saw that Real Techniques brushes were on ‘buy one get one half price’ in Boots I thought it would be rude not to get a few more! So I also got the following:
Real Techniques Stippling Brush: this has actually replaced my expert face brush as my favourite foundation brush. It is so soft and the different lengths of the bristles means that you get better manoeuvrability with the brush and a smoother, cleaner finish. You can also use it with blushers and highlighters, which is handy when you’re going away and only have room for one brush! As with all of the Real Techniques brushes, there are brilliant tutorial videos on the website HERE. This brush is £11.99 from Boots.
Real Techniques Blush Brush: I had my eye on this brush for a while as I heard it was a great blush brush but also good for contouring due to the tapered end. This is a lovely big brush that picks up a good amount of product but is so fluffy that you can easily buff and blend to your heart’s content! This brush is £9.99 from Boots.
Real Techniques Shading Brush: There isn’t much to say about this brush other than it applies eyeshadow very well! It’s not particularly groundbreaking or different, it just does the job well. It’s sturdy but soft so it doesn’t feel harsh on the soft skin around your eye. This brush is £7.99 from Boots.
All in all I’m pretty happy with my Real Techniques haul. Which of their brushes do you love? Are there any I should add to my collection?
I’m not going to lie when I first contemplated the 5 Product Face Challenge it filled me with fear. I usually have an 8 or 9 (or 10 – 15…) product face so this was always going to be tough. Luckily I was working at home today so my panic was quite short-lived!
So, in order, my 5 product face is as follows:
Rimmel ‘Lasting Finish’ foundation. Base was my obvious first choice as, due to my rosacea, I would never ever consider a make up look without foundation.
Collection ‘Lasting Perfection’ concealer. My under eye bags are dreadful and I think concealer under your eyes is one of the easiest way to brighten your whole face.
Soap & Glory ‘Archery’ eyebrow pencil. As a blonde with very fair eyebrows I *needed* brow products!
Sleek ‘Sweet Cheeks’ blush palette (I used ‘Cupcake’). After covering my rosacea redness, I needed something to put some life back into my cheeks.
Rimmel ‘Scandaleyes’ mascara. Again, blonde hair is a curse!
I don’t think this look is too bad for 5 products, but I definitely won’t be making the 5 product face a regular thing. I doubt this would last long without my primer and powder and I miss eyeshadow and lipstick!
What would you choose for your 5 product face?
(This was for the #supergorgeoussept challenge on instagram. If you want to see my other pictures or are doing it as well, come say hi – my name is talontedlex on instagram 🙂