31 December 2014

Review: Ebay Makeup Brushes

Hello, remember me? I know it's been a while but I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and ate/drank far too much! This will officially be my last post of 2014! Crazy. Anyway, onwards and upwards...

A few months ago, I invested in a cheap brush set from Ebay for the messier parts of my makeup course. I didn't fancy using my nice brushes for applying fake blood or clogging them up with gunk in prosthetics. I did a quick search and found this 32 piece set for under £10. You can find the same one here.

I have to admit I wasn't expecting much from these brushes but I was pleasantly surprised. Of course they are nowhere near as good as your MAC, Zoeva or Sigma to name a few but I've tried worse! The brushes are all really soft and the majority of the brushes are of a good quality. There are a couple that malt all over the place and eat up all the product but I can live with that for the price I paid.

 I was quite impressed with the range of smaller brushes in this set. Usually cheaper sets don't tend to have small detail brushes so I was surprised that there was such a variety in this set. I really like the thin eyeliner brushes and the other small flat top brushes are great for getting right into the lash line with colour.

If I've learnt one thing over the last few years, it's that you can never have enough eyeshadow brushes. I don't know why but I always seem to use so many, especially when doing someone elses makeup. These are a great variety of sizes and some are fluffier than others, which is great for blending. 

The larger brushes in the set are slightly more hit and miss. The flat foundation brush is fairly good, although I don't tend to use this sort of brush for my own foundation. The fluffier brushes aren't so great so I don't tend to use them very often.

Overall this is a great brush set if you are looking for something very low budget. Admittedly I would never have bought these if it hadn't been for my course and needing some brushes that could potentially get ruined. However if you're just starting out with makeup or have younger siblings that steal your brushes then these are great to start out with. 

What do you think of these brushes? Do you have any low budget brushes that you like?



24 December 2014

A Little Life Update & A Very Merry Christmas

You may have noticed over the past few months that I've posted less often and a little more randomly than usual. I've apologised many times for not keeping up with my posts and not taking part in the lovely blogger chats on Twitter. And although many would say I shouldn't apologise, I do feel guilty. I love my little blog and like to keep you up to date with my life and bring you new content that you enjoy. I also love reading and commenting on all your blogs which I've not been able to do much either. 

BUT, I also have a life outside my little blogosphere bubble. And it's time to update you all on a few happenings ...

As you may or may not know earlier this year I decided that I wanted to train to become a makeup artist and hair stylist. Many people questioned my decision as it had only been a year since I complete my Geography degree. Many thought it was a waste to not use my degree, but that degree is mine now and no one can take it away from me.

I started my training to become a makeup artist and hair stylist in September and now only have 6 weeks left after Christmas! Scary times. My course has been full time and very full on, which has left me with little time to blog or even take pictures! In the evenings I'm usually too tired and end up falling asleep on the sofa and at the weekends I've been catching up on all the other bits and pieces I don't get done during the week. 

December is also a particularly busy month with lots of birthdays, which has cut out most weekends. With the end of term looming I've also lost all motivation to do anything other than get through til the Christmas break. And now of course I've got time off, I'm busy catching up with all things Christmassy!

Hopefully in the new year I can be a little more organised and not as sleep deprived. I want my little blog to continue growing and for you to enjoy my content but equally know that for this to happen, I need to put some work in. I mentioned recently about starting to blog on set days so I think I might put this into place in the next couple of weeks. 

If you've made it this far then thanks for sticking with me! I would love for you to leave me your blog links in the comments so I can do some catching up and find some new blogs to read! And on that note, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!



18 December 2014

Quote of the Day #12


First off I have to apologise for failing miserably at keeping up with Blogmas. I wasn't confident that I would keep it up and this past couple of weeks have been crazy! End of term tiredness and lots of birthdays have meant I've not really had a spare 5 minutes to sit down and blog. As I'm pretty busy I'm thinking of starting to blog on certain days of the week, maybe 3 set days? I would love to know what you think of this idea?

My idea to blog on certain days ties in with the quote I've chosen to share with you. In the new year, I will be finishing my course and will be a fully qualified makeup artist and hair stylist. It's safe to say that I'm pooping my pants about finishing and looking for work but unless I put myself out there and show how passionate I am about it, I wont get very far! 

I think we can all take something from this quote as many people like to stick within their comfort zones. You just have to think how much more you could achieve by stepping out of that zone, even if it's only every now and then. I'm definitely going to be keeping this in mind when I'm launching my new career. 

What do you think of this quote?  


9 December 2014

Winter Warmers - Christmas Jumpers

Every year I look forward to seeing what Christmas jumpers the shops have to offer. I love a good Christmas jumper. Last year I had one that had a burgundy, grey and cream fairisle pattern on, however after a few washes and some piggy eating recently, I no longer fit into it (oh the shame). So ... I had to go out and buy a new one. I bought one with a penguin on, very similar to number 2. 

I have to say if I hadn't already bought my jumper I would definitely have bought number 4 as I have a Westie so this would have been perfect! I also want to point out that number 10 is actually a do-it-yourself jumper. So the tree comes blank and you put the decorations on where you want them. How fun is that!?! If you haven't already got yourself a festive jumper then I suggest you hit the shops asap before it's too late! 

What do you think of my picks? Which one is your favourite?


8 December 2014

Delamar Week 11 & 12 - Hairdressing & Barbering

After airbrushing and bodypainting, we moved onto hairdressing and barbering. It was nice to be doing hair again and although quite a few were apprehensive about cutting hair, we actually found it quite enjoyable. 

Obviously we weren't let loose on a real head of hair having had no training so we were given a female and male dolly head to practice on. On the female head we started off with longer styles and as the week went on, we progressed onto shorter styles. After each cut we had to blow dry the hair in a certain way depending on the style. We covered basic cutting, different types of layers and learned how to cut a fringe in.

 After just about conquering female hairstyles, albeit with a few hacked hairstyles along the way, we moved onto the male heads. When we received the male heads they closely resembled Jesus with long hair and beards. We had the task of clippering short back and sides but leaving the hair longer on top. I really enjoyed clippering, once I got the hang of it. I have to say it was lucky we practiced on the facial hair first because I did managed to hack the moustache off accidentally. I then decided that I wanted to shave my male head completely to see what it would look like. 

Finally we moved onto trimming the facial hair. We were allowed to be as creative as we wanted to be, without making the same mistake as before and just hacking it all off. It was really fun learning how to use the clippers and I'm hoping to get my own so I can do Ben's hair for him.

At the end of the 2 weeks, we were given the chance to cut each others hair. This was so daunting but we had all agreed to it and were watched very closely! Most people just went for a trim and I'm pleased to say my cut went well on Melissa and she did a very good job on my hair too!

So that sums up our fortnight of cutting hair. I really enjoyed cutting hair and have since cut my 2 year old nephews hair! I figure if I can cut his hair with him moving the whole time then I stand a fairly good chance at safely cutting other hair! 

What do you think of my haircutting and barbering?



5 December 2014

Review: Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin

Although I no longer work for Dior, I still love their products and this is certainly one I can't live without! For those of you who don't know about Dream Skin, you are well and truly missing out. It works wonders as it helps with signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pores, hydrates the skin, diminishes redness and gives radiance ... what more could you ask for?

The consistency is somewhere between a moisturiser and a foundation and despite it's pinky colour, it actually has no coverage and is to be used more like a primer. As you can see from my swatches as you rub it in the colour disappears, leaving a much more even and radiant skin tone. 

A small amount of product goes a long way too so you can use it sparingly. The amount on my hand would cover my face and trust me you want to save it as it costs £79 for a 30ml bottle. It's fairly pricey but completely worth it and will last a good few months. I try and save this for more special occasions rather than using it on a daily basis but it's so hard when it leaves skin feeling so lovely and creates the perfect base for makeup. 

I would definitely invest in this again as I am yet to find a product which matches, let alone exceeds dream skin. It's also great as anyone can use it and take from it what they need. As well as covering a variety of needs across all ages, it can be used by people with oily skin or dry skin, a definite bonus.

Have you tried dream skin? What do you think of it? If not what is your favourite luxury item?


4 December 2014

MAC Haul

 Okay, so as you've probably guessed by now, I went a little crazy in MAC! We recently had one of the MAC senior makeup artists come to do a demo for our course, which was then followed by a discounted shopping evening a couple of weeks later. I decided to take advantage of the amazing discount and may have gone a bit mad.

 I invested in some of the face and body foundation as this is a staple in most makeup artists kits. I bought a couple of shades and one of the other girls bought a couple so we can halve them and share them. I also bought the white mixer so I can create a variety of shades.

 I also bought a range of shades in the Pro Longwear Concealer so I have a couple of warm shades and a couple of cooler shades.

 There was no way I could go into MAC and come away with no brushes. Their brushes are amazing and I definitely had to reign myself in otherwise my bank balance would be non existent! I decided on 130, 217 and 266.

 One thing I knew I definitely wanted was some pigment. I was originally going to buy Vanilla but when I got there they had sized to go pigments in Vanilla and Naked so I decided to buy those instead as they last so long! I also bought the In Extreme Dimension 3D mascara which I love and the clear brow set.

Top: Carbon, Copperplate, Sketch, Satin Taupe & Twinks.
Bottom: Soft Brown, Knight Divine, Omega, Embark & Quarry.

Finally I wanted to get an eyeshadow palette. I was going to buy a premade palette but I wasn't 100% on the shades so I decided to create my own. I had 5 individual shadows so thought I would buy another 5 and then fill the final 5 at a later stage. However I got a tad carried away and bought 10 so I now have a full palette ... oops!

So there you have my rather large MAC haul. Definitely need to be saving some pennies after this little lot, but no doubt there will be something else on my wishlist within a few weeks!

What do you think of the bits I bought? Do you own any of them? Or have any other recommendations for me?


3 December 2014

November Favourites

 Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid

  Last month I was loving my Dior Airflash foundation and that still stands. However I've also been venturing into the world of high street foundation and for once have found one that doesn't turn my pale skin into tangoed tangerine. This is perfect for those days where I want a bit of makeup on but I'm not making an effort. It saves me wasting my nice foundation so I can keep that for special occasion. 

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Scrub

I recently mentioned my love for this face scrub in my Pamper Yourself Pretty post. It smells amazing and I just can't get enough of it! This is definitely going to be a staple in my skincare routine from now on. 

L'Oréal Miss Manga Mega Volume 

When it comes to mascara I'm pretty fussy. I'm not usually a fan of bristle wands as I find the mascara clumps and gets everywhere. However I've heard good things about this mascara so thought I would give it a try. I'm loving it so far and find it really easy to apply and it goes on well without clumping.

Illamasqua Multi Facet Palette in Semblance

This palette featured in my Illamasqua Event & Haul post a couple of weeks ago. I've been loving the variety in this palette. So far I've only really used the eyesahdows, not that you can tell! They aren't necessarily shades I would go for but look lovely when on. I'm looking forward to getting a lot more use out of the other bits a pieces in the palette so this will probably be a firm favourite for a while!

Balmi Mint Lip Balm

 Last year I received this Balmi lip balm in my Boots Beauty Advent Calender. I love using this on dry lips so it's perfect for this time of year. I always find when I'm under the weather my lips get really dry so having felt a bit sniffly this last couple of weeks it's been a little saviour. 

Tesco Leopard Check Scarf

I'm loving the shawl/blanket scarf trend this winter. I was on the hunt for one a while ago when my mum found this one in Tesco and bought it for me. I love that you can wear it as a scarf or a shawl. I've even used it as a blanket when I've been really cold. It's the perfect colour to go with my wardrobe but it's so cosy I now want another!

What were your November favourites? Were any of the the same as mine?


2 December 2014

Beauty Gift Guide

I always love seeing what gift sets will be bought out at Christmas. Each year I'm always amazed at how brands manage to come up with such unique gift set ideas. I had a little mooch the other day at some of the best ones from each brand and I'm well and truly gutted that most of these didn't make it onto my Christmas list! I definitely think I'm going to be hot on the sales this year. 

Ben if your reading this - quickly go out and buy my birthday and christmas presents as I know you're not organised for either yet! Or for any of you reading this point your boyfriends in the direction of this post to give them some easy ideas for you.

What do you think of these gift sets? Which one is your favourite?



1 December 2014

November Birchbox

Apologies for my birchbox post being a little late. I was tidying my room at the weekend when I stumbled across my November Birchbox buried under a mountain of junk. I can't believe I completely forgot about it so snapped away to finally bring you my post!

Dr Jart + Pore Refine Tight Effect Toner

I've never tried any of the Dr Jart products so I'm really looking forward to trying this out. What's even better is that it's full size so I can get a really good feel for whether I like the product or not. Perfect timing too as my toner is right down to the last few drops! This costs £18.

Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask

I love this range of haircare products and always get really good use out of them so I'm excited to try this mask. I'm not entirely sure if I was meant to get 2 pots of this but I'm not complaining! A full size pot costs £16.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil

Ooh I do love a bit of Weleda. However I've never actually used a body oil so this will be interesting to try. Full size version costs £15.95.

OPI Turn on the Haute Light Nail Polish

Again, another full size product in this months Birchbox. Definitely a very happy bunny with this too as I'm a sucker for nail varnish. And what a perfect colour for the festive season! In fact I'm going to pop this on a bit later! OPI nail polish costs £11.95.

Jane Iredale Purelash Lash Extender & Conditioner

So from big to little. I've never heard of this before but I absolutely love my Dior Lash Maximiser so I'm hoping this will be just as good. It's the perfect size for taking away on holiday. A full size costs £15 so if it's good I may have to ditch my slightly more extravagant Dior one.


This was the little lifestyle extra included. I've never heard of these capsules before but they seem like a really good idea. Just a shame that I don't drink anymore so can't put these to the test. Maybe I'll give them to Ben to try at his work Christmas party!

November's box was pretty good so December's box had better not let me down. I can't believe I've got just one box left of my subscription. Birchbox, it's been a good year!

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you get in your box? Or have you tried any of these products?


30 November 2014

Quote of the Day #11

Having felt a tad under the weather recently, I spent most of yesterday tucked up in bed keeping warm and sniffling the day away. After catching up on a fair amount of TV and planning a few blog posts I took to Pinterest to have a mooch. It's been quite a while since I had a good nosey and today I ended up on one of my favourite topics ... quotes. 

I love a good quote (incase you didn't know!) and ended up looking up some very relevant quotes to my life right now. Due to various events this past week, I started thinking about how peoples actions and words can have such an effect on others. Words can be completely harmless, yet mean so much to us at the same time. What one person may see as a joke, another may be insulted. What one person means can be completely misinterpreted by someone else.

So that got a bit deep but I hope this makes you think a little more before you speak. You never know who you might upset or what damage you may unintentionally do. 

What do you think of this quote? Do you agree with it? 


26 November 2014

Delamar Week 10 - Airbrushing & Bodypainting

After an amazing 2 weeks doing casualty and character makeup, we moved onto airbrushing and bodypainting. On the first day we went through how to take the airbrush apart and put it back together as well as doodling on some tissue to get the idea of how it works. In the afternoon we paired up and practiced on each other. It's fair to say that Melissa and I didn't really get along with the airbrush!

 On day 2 we had the task of creating 3 looks. We had to start with a basic day look before transitioning it into an evening look. We then had to develop the evening look into a fashion look and throughout the process we weren't allowed to remove makeup at any point. It all had to be layered on and transition smoothly.

 I worked with Sophie for our 3 transition looks. I started off with a flawless base, some light contouring and a touch of blush. On the eyes I did some eyeliner and left it at that for my day look. For my night look I added more of a smokey eye into the look. I used some shimmer on the eyes too and accentuated the brow bone with this shimmer too. I then applied lip colour. Finally I added some pinky purple to my look and winged the eye out all the way to the hairline. I also made the eyelids a lot more intense and finished off by lining the lips in black. Given my disaster yesterday I was pretty pleased with todays efforts.

On day 3 we spent some time on tattoos. We spent the morning applying temporary tattoos to each other and filling them in as well as learning about the process behind covering tattoos. 

On On day 4 we were set the challenge to create a masked look. We practiced our looks on day 3 and did the real thing on day 4. I went for a monochrome look on Alice. I went for a grey base with a white mask and black eyes. I stenciled on black detailing and finished off the look with a pop of colour. As Alice had a red bow in her hair I decided to give her a red lip. I went for a very simple design but it took ages to perfect the edges and get the stencil on without smudging. Alice then airbrushed me. I love the finished look she created and the floral crown really finishes the look. 

Finally, at the end of the week we moved onto bodypainting. The tutor gave us a demo of a khaki shirt on Caroline. It's amazing how you can paint a piece of clothing on and make it look 3D. The tutor made it look so easy but it was actually pretty difficult to master! I had a go with Fran and for a first attempt was pleased with the outcome. There are bits that I would change but it was good fun. 

And that was airbrushing and bodypainting done and dusted. I think it's amazing what you can do but for now I think I'll stick with a traditional set of brushes to apply makeup. I'd love to learn a bit more bodypainting in the future but for now I don't think it's for me. 

Have you ever airbrushed or bodypainted? What do you think of my attempts?