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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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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

All Time Faves.

Published August 4, 2011 by laurrx

Hi everyone and thanks for tuning in.

I’m going to dive right in and start my very first blog.

When I was getting ready to go to a party last night, every make up item i picked up made me think “this is one of my favourites” or “I always use this, I love it” blah blah blah such and such.

I always watch make up gurus on youtube who tend to do “July favourites” and since i really haven’t plucked the courage up to make my own videos, I thought, why not a blog? So now I’m going to share my all-time favourite make up products with you. Please enjoy

LCSx

(the picture quality isn’t as good as i thought – oops!)

  Bobbi Brown Blush Brush – £35.00

I bought my blush brush in Paris last year. Some people don’t get the  big deal with brushes, neither did I until i purchased this bad boy. It’s the softest brush ever and applies blush perfectly! I recommend this 100%.

 YSL Touche Eclat – £24.50

I bought this on an aeroplane once just because it was cheap, and ever since I have relied on this baby to cover my dark eyes and dark shadows on my face. I apply it, not directly under my eyes where the concealer goes but, to right above the cheek bone – always before blusher. Its not a concealer its a radiance touch. It brings light right toward where applied. So on the cheekbone, brow bone is a must, the ridge of the nose to slim the nose and then your cupids bow.

 MAC Lipstick – £13.50

My MAC Lipsticks are all fairly new so I don’t know if they can be classes as “all-time” favourites, but i still love them!! L-R Viva Glam GaGa II, Amplified – Full Fuschia, Amplified – Girl About Town. I bought the nude lipstick when I was in Paris and accidently lost it on a night out so I was really gutted about that an bought myself another one in Florida last month, along with Girl About Town. I borrowed a friend’s GAT for a party and I really liked the colour so i bought my very own.VGG is a really nice shade, not too false and not too boring and realistic. And Full Fuschia was given to me as a gift for my birthday. It’s really pretty and out of the three I’d probably wear this one more. I really like MAC lipsticks and I’m definetely going to buy more in the future. They are very long lasting, they don’t smudge of the lip line (especially if lipliner is worn) and they are really moisturising, as i really hate lipsticks that dry your lips out. I also think they are quite inexpensive and they last really long apparently so I’m looking forward to enjoying my colours for a lot longer. I could quite literally gush about these lipsticks. But no. Let’s move on!

Cover Girl Last Blash Infusion Mascara – around $8

I bought this in Florida in a Target store. I honestly thought Covergirl was a really good brand and quite expensive. I was right about the good brand but wrong about the price. Everything was really fairly priced and this happens to be the best mascara I’ve ever used (also just found out MaxFactor has brought out EXACT same – not even a dup!). It has really fine bristles (I should have probably have taken a picture…) and they catch all eyelashes and the actual mascara brush itself is really chunky. It really lengthens the lashes and darkens them and i feel with this mascara on I don’t have to wear false eyelashes.

MAC Venemous Villains Cruella De’Ville Eyeshadow in Carbon – £11.50

I’m not 100% on this price, as this was given to me as a birthday present. I am not keen on black eyeshadow as i feel it always tends to smudge and you look like you’re just in from a night out – just as your stepping into the club. But this eyeshadow managed to cling for the whole night. It was so easy to apply with an eyeshadow primer on and its such a solid black colour. Sometimes you need to apply 3 or 4 times before the colour starts to look black. This one is very impressive and i really love it! I don’t think this colour is just from the VV collection, i think Carbon has always been a MAC colour.

 Lancome Le Crayon Kohl 01 Noir – £15.30

BEST. EYELINER. EVER. Doesn’t smudge, doesn’t fade. I have fallen right in love with this baby. There are no words to describe how good it is. Just buy it! i completely recommend it!

 MAC Tartan Tale Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Beauties Play It Cool – Around £30

The colours are really not as good as they really are purples, blues, greys and silvers. My favourite one is the top right one (Silverwear). I like this palette because I could go to work, a meeting, hangout with my friends, out for drinks, a family do and a full on night out all in one day with it. You could make 100 different looks with these 6 colours. I also love the packaging (again, should have took a pic). Just the whole tartan and MAC “crest” detail is very cute. I hate that they’re always bringing out limited editions. It’s heartbreaking.

Apologies for this quality.
Lancome La Base Pro Primer – £26

This primer completely trumped Benefits That Gal for me. It mattifies the face and leaves the skin dry for the application of foundation or concealer. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and imperfections and if anyone was to ask it’s definetly the primer i’d suggest.

Bobbi Brown Blush Pale Pink – £17.00

There is nothing PALE about this blusher. I’ve now got to that stage where i can say “oh i’ve been using this product for…years.” It’s five years i’ve been using it for now. And I will love it forever. Its so cute and gives a gorgeous  colour around the cheeks. I use this on top of another blushed, brushed right on to the apples of the cheeks, and then dabbed on the nose and then the chin for a natural all over colour.

 MAC MSF Natural – £20.50

My mum brought me this back from Vegas last November and that’s me just running out (so i was smart, thought ahead and bought one in FL). I’d  never used any MSF before and i really, really like it. Its another fab long lasting fave of mine. I either use it over tinted moisturiser or as a setter for my foundation and i am really impressed with it.

 MAC Venemous Villains Collection Cruella De’Ville – Darkly My Dear

This is the blush under which i put the Bobbi Brown blush. It’s a great base so that the pink isn’t just splattered on like a little dolly. It looks a lot pink/red thanit is. It’s a kind of light plum shade. I really like it, although i don’t know how much it is because, again, it was a birthday gift.

 Benefit Georgia – £23.50

I got totally conned into buying this when i thought that it made absolutely no difference to my face at all. But up until about a month ago i realised it really does make the difference. Its not brightening, i can’t think but the back of the box says “for a fresh complexion” and i can agree with that. It is really fresh and if you ever even wake up thinking your skin looks dull/boring, apply this to cheeks, forehead, chin and nose.

 Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze – £30.50

This is my favourite bronzer, which has completely taken the shin from Benefits Hoola. Its not that false shimmering kind and its not too matte. It’s the prefect amount of shim!! I use this all over my face then take a smalled face brush and apply the top colours to my cheek bones to highlight and the darker colours in the hollows of my cheeks/temples to contour. It’s  multi-tasking bronzer! My boyfriend bought me Hoola two Christmases ago and I lost it (same night I lost my Viva Glam lippie) and when he gave me this wrapped up last Christmas the tag said “Don’t lose this one!!” and i had no idea, as I’d forgot i asked him for it ages before the holiday and assumed he would forget and he didnt! This one’s a special one! (The bronzer not the boy.)

 Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Pale Almond – £26.50

This is one of the best foundations i’ve ever used! I always find on nights out when i perpsire on if my face gets oily, the foundation i have on seems to run away with it. Double Wear just stays put amazingly, it’s so impressive. It’s meant to be 15 hour stay in place make up, and it really does what it stays and probably stays on longer. I also use it as a concealer sometimes! It’s amazing and I was so impressed with how long it lasted and would 100% recommend this also!!

Sorry if I rambled. I’m sitting thinking “ohmygod this would take forever to read, but i suppose not. It just took forever to write.

Enjoy.