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EcoTools Review

Published July 9, 2013 by laurrx

Recently i have been obsessed with EcoTools make up brushes, the finish they seem to give is amazing. i bought the Domed Bronzer Brush a while back and i absolutely loved it, so i bought a few more online and i got them cheaper than i would get them here.

Domed Bronzer Brush

bronzerbrushthis was around £13 i think and from from Boots.
I use this for applying bronzer all around the sides of my face and also to blend out in bronzer or concealer used to contour the cheekbones.
i am really impressed with this, as it’s quite a stiff brush. i was convinced it was going to apply the bronzer in a big blob but it applies even and really easily.
i once tried to use this for foundation, and it was a huge NO NO, the liquid went on my face in big blotches rather than evenly!

Deluxe Fan Brush

deluxefanthis is one of my newer brushes, which i love! this was $5.82 which was around £4.00. i can’t see it on the Boots website, so i don’t know how much the retail price would be.
i use this with Hoola around the sides of my face – and i know i just said this about the Bronzer Brush – and to contour my cheeks.
i also like to apply a highlighter on my cheekbones and the center of my face.

Custom Coverage Buffing Brush

buffing brush
this brush is not on Boots.com but i paid $5.75 for it, which is around £3.90, thats amazing for a make up brush this good!
this is beyond my new complete absolute favourite shiny amazing brush!! i’ve been using to apply my foundation/tinter moisturiser/BB cream. i can’t actually believe how perfect the finish is on it.

i’ve been using it with my Estee Lauder Double Wear, Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser and No7 BB Cream. So here you can see i’ve been using it with three completely different types of product, and they all have different consistences, coverage, purposes etc.
I pour some of the product to my hand then lift it up with the brush and apply it to my face, using swirling motions, buffing it or slightly stippling it on.
i am 100% satisfied with this brush, and would recommend this to strangers on the street.

Airbrush Concealer

airbrushconcealeri wasnt really sold with this brush until around now to be honest, the only thing is that you need to be careful that you don’t pick up too much product. i merely dab the brush into a concealer before using it on my face.
i also find it works best with a concealer wand applicator. i use my Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer and i apply it under my eyes, then i use my brush in light, circular motions. Lighter around the eyes, as this is the most sensitive area.
using it with a cream concealer i find you need to be a little frugal with the concealer you use, if you use too much you end up with far too much product and
1. the concealer looks too cakey
2. the “airbrush” effect, that the brush is meant to have, just doesnt work

Six Piece Essential Eye Set

6piece
this contained 5 brushes and a travel bag for them, but i ditched the bag ’cause i wouldnt use it really. the brushes are travel size, so i wasnt sure what i really thought of them, i like 2, maybe 3 out of the 5 i got.

large eyeshadow brush – the website says “the large eye brush to blend a base shadow over the entire eyelid.” i use this brush to set concealer under my eye with a setting powder or a MAC MSF powder, which works so i don’t actually know how effective this is at applying eyeshadow.
angled crease brush – this “adds definition to the outer crease of your eye”, i use my no7 Crease/Blending brush to add the crease colour and then i use this brush to go back in with the final darkest colour to really make the crease stand out. Looking at the brush i thought it was too big, and looked like it was make a mess, but it’s really good and a handy brush!
petite eye shading brush – this “s perfect for an accent color.” i like this brush for applying the highlight colour in the inner corner. If i’m doing a really dramatic cut crease look, i use this brush or other small brushes to do the crease as it needs to be more defined to achieve that look.
highlighting brush – this is used to “accentuate the brow bone and inner corners of the eye”. this isnt used for either of these things. i use this to blend colours in the crease and outer corners. i couldnt even imagine applying anything into the inner corners with this thing! it’s a really big brush for that.
smudge brush –  this is for “mudging the shadow and liner along the lash line for a smoky finish” it’s probably my favourite in this pack actually! it does EXACTLY what it says and i use it for EXACTLY what i’m supposed to! the brush is stuff enough to manipulate eyeliner and shadows to achieve the perfect smokey eye!

this blog seems horrifically rambly, but i had to share it with. i am in love with ecotools and everytime i’m in boots i always just standing in the aisles just staring at them. i would definitely recommend this brand of brushes to anyone and everyone. they are amazing, and not too pricey!! especially if you get them on ebay! or anywhere else.

and they’re ECO FRIENDLY!

what more could you ask for

LCx

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spring fling – essentials for the season

Published March 28, 2012 by laurrx

the weather in scotland has been gorgeous this week. there was constant blue skies and the sun was out all day, in work i was sunning myself and actually got some colour. not bad for March, i thought!

but finally spring has sprung and the sun had shone, so i thought i’d share some of my favourite spring/summer products…

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream Normal/Dry, Medium
so, i only got this like a week ago but i already LOVE it. i think i’ve used it a bit more than i normally would because of the weather.  this BB Cream is SPF 15 and has 5* UVA technology which protects the skin. it’s great for this season and the weather we’ve been having – of which i hope we get more of – with it being really light on the skin. i use this in the day time, and set it with my MAC powder. with this BB Cream i don’t use concealer, well really in this weather i don’t use concealer (only because i’ve yet to come across a good one that will stay!), i only don’t use concealer because the shade of this i have seems to cover up enough with just one layer.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original
primer is a great invention in the warm weather, there’s NOTHING worse than extreme panda eyes and smudged eyeshadow when you’re getting your tan on. this is the best primer i’ve ever used and it’s UD’s #1  best selling product and i can fully see why. primer potion makes colours pop and it’d make the colour on your eyes look great in this season. i’m sure i read that pastel colours were in and there’s nothing i dislike more than pastel eyeshadow, but after trying it out using the primer it looks really cute and would look great on holiday or just in the park with your friends, or sitting in a beer garden finding your next spring fling…

NARS Blush – Orgasm
i am just in love with this pinky-peachy-corally coloured blush. this picture does NOT do the colour justice (give the NARS website a visit and check it out). it highlights the cheeks as well with the subtle accents of gold shimmer. it’s a great colour for the time of year, really natural and bright. a big plus for this being a blush and faint highlighter, is that it’s a 2-1 which means the less product packed on your face when it’s warm or humid outside

MAC Lipstick – Girl About Town
the things i love the most about MAC lipsticks are probably…
1. the smell
2. the pigmented colour
3. how moisturising they are.
the strong pigmentation really helps in the weather and maybe fun spring activities, where you’d forget to re-apply so it really stays and you don’t need to worry about it. the lipsticks are so moisturising which is great, especially for people like me who forget to use product to prevent the lips from being burnt. and after the lips are burned they need to be moisturised and this not only helps the burnt lips, looks amazing on…the smell is just a bonus.

Some fun flower hair clips from various shops
i love putting flowers in my hair, at the weekend me and my sisters were rocking about Aberdeen with daffodils stuck in our hair. it always looks so summery and pretty. i need to stack up on them for the summer – TITP and Zante – so i can shove them in my hair for something cute to add to the style.

hope you loved my spring fling blog, what’s your favourite product for the sun and the season?

LCSx

Palettes and Catseyes

Published August 10, 2011 by laurrx

I wanted to do a blog on my eyeshadow palettes (don’t get excited – i have 3!) but also a blog on the look i done on my eyes for my friend Allan’s 21st. Both would be short and boring so i just mushed them. Hope you enjoy.

My Eyeshadow Palettes

First up
COASTAL SCENTS 88 MATTE PALETTE

I bought this off eBay for £25!! TWENTY FIVE!! Can’t believe it! I heart eBay! This palette is amazing, it’s got every colour for every look for every occasion for every part of the face. The light colours are great for highlighting, the brown/bronzer colours are great for contouring, the pink/purple/reds are great for the lips (apply lipgloss, then with a lip brush just apply over the lip gloss). The colours are so, so pigmented, it is great and they are so fun to work with!

FRONT COVER RAINBOW EYES PALETTE

I bought this in Boots for £15 (usually £30, woo! half price! BARGAIN!). My favourite are the five at the top where you can make a natural every day/every night look. This is a look i created and added to my youtube channel (amateur video but hope you enjoy the look).
Gossip Girl – Blair Waldorf Makeup Look – Nude, Natural, Pretty
The colours, i hate to say, arent as pigmented as i’d hope – sad face – but if you wear primer definetly and apply enough it should work fab!

SMASH BOX PALETTE

This hardly looks touched. To be fair, i haven’t used it much really. I got it on the plane to Zante last year and i have used to about 5 times since! So it’s not a “favourite” but its a palette i have. It comes with the smashbox photo lid primer, which i have used loads and its really god! It came with an Eye Wish Look Book which has loads of looks for you to try, whenever i’ve used this palette i’ve used the book and the looks have worked out really well!! I will try it more and maybe do a review on it? Perhaps.

Next Step!!

 

(Please so ignore the blemish about my eye, only the eye make up had been done. Also picture quality isn’t good!)
I was wearing to this party a pink dress i got from Zara and I was accesorizing with black. So i went for black eyes, nude lips!

For the eyes:
Urban Decay primer potion applied all over the lid and below. Using Benefits Talent Brush and MAC eyeshadow in Carbon, patting the colour all over the lid, then use the very tip of the brush to shape out the wing, then fill the shape out.  Bring the wing down to lower lash line and using a cotton bud just to blur out the harsh lines. I then used the No7 Smokey Eyeliner brush to slightly blur the edges of the shape on the lids.I then applied a thick layer of Lancome’s Le Crayon Khol in Noir to the the top and bottom waterlines and right into the corner of the eye. After that i used CoverGirl LashBlastFusion mascara and moved onto the faced.

Finished look. Just without good picture quality!! (i need to not take pictures in front of my pink feature wall as the colour reflects and i look right red in the face!!)

The rest of the face:I used Estee Lauder double wear in Pale Almond, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze and NARS blush in Orgasm and Bobbi Brown blush in Pale Pink. Then i applied MAC Viva Gaga II with a Gap lipgloss over it for added shine. I also used the Shimmer Brick and a small eyeshadow brush to contour my nose and my MAC 168 crush to contour my cheek bones.

Hope you enjoyed this blog, and this look. Chat soon!

LCSx

Review – Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly

Published August 4, 2011 by laurrx

Hey readers.

So today I was going through my hair things, looking for something to blog about and thought of this baby.

Umberto Gianinni  – Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly.

I have natural curly hair, so when left to dry on its own its rather frizzy, goes dry and just pretty much has a mind of its own. So i was given a small travel sized bottle of this in a little gift set with the shampoo and conditioner. These two i couldn’t get too excited about, but this ‘jelly’ was really good with my hair.

When to apply – when hair is wet, when it’s damp and when completely dry. Probably not what it says on the bottle but i find it works better that way. I also apply it every now and then, not scrunching it into my hair but just running it through my hair.

How to apply – just use a walnut sized blob on your hand and rub your hands together (que disgusting squelchy noise – ewe):
When hair is still wet/damp – run fingers through hair and rub it int the scalp.
When hair is dry – running it down – not through – large sections of hair.

It takes away the frizziness of my natural curly hair and lately i’ve been applying it so my hair is wavy and not full on curly.

 

These three pictures are of me on holiday in Greece last July. When the weather was really hot and the curls managed to stay intacts through all the hot clubs and warm  temperatures.

So if any of you out there are curly gurls like me, i definetly suggest you get yourself a bottle of this. It’s £4.79 from boots and probably round about the same in other drugstores or supermarkets etc.

Stay tuned for a new make up look soon.

Love and Hugs

LCSx