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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

april favourites

Published May 1, 2012 by laurrx

i have been really bad on the blog front but i’m not gonna lie life’s pretty boring!! but in April i tried a couple of new shower products, no new make up products as i’m on a make up buying ban!

since i got blond put in my hair i have been a mega “i-love-my-hair” girl and i try my hardest to take care of it. i get in the shower with every intention of washing my hair, then i think of how long it takes to dry and style and change my mind. it’s a lot of effort, it tires me out to be honest. i probably wash my hair 2-3 times a week. i’ve never been one to wash my hair every day cause that just ruins your hair.

i always try different shampoos, conditioners and treatments etc, and i’ve tried a few specifically for blond hair, and when i was in Boots i seen the John Freida Sheer Blond Go Blonder range and bought the shampoo and conditioner.
these products contain citrus extracts and chamomile, and these ingredients help to maintain the healthy colour in your hair, by tightening the cuticles and strengthening the hair shaft. for all shades of natural, colour-treated or highlighted blonde hair, which means you don’t need to have naturally blond hair, which i don’t. a few people have reviewed the product online and claimed it’s allowed them to get their hair coloured every 8 weeks instead of 6 weeks, some other people have claimed it hasn’t worked at all. i don’t really understand why it works on some and not others, but i can say it’s not gave me colour so i can get my hair done after longer breaks, but it’s made my awful roots look less bad. another thing i have noticed, i just noticed tonight as i was washing my hair, i go through conditioner like nobody’s business but i feel like this has lasted really long, so i was definitely paying the price for the quantity. i think the formula is quite concentration, so i feel like after the first few times i learned that i don’t need to use as much as i do with other brands.

i am really loving all American TV right now, i’m so wired into Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, 90210, 2 Broke Girls (new on E4 – AMAZING) but last week the winner was totally and completely Glee – Wanna Dance With Somebody. the amazing tribute episode would have done the late Whitney Houston proud. i was so impressed. when i seen they were doing a Whitney tribute i was a bit unsure and thought “who can do it as well as Whitney” but i love love loved it. my favourite was Santana and Rachel singing “So Emotional”. i loved that a couple of the songs had their own spin, with a different beat and change of the words (Dance With Somebody).
i have a total and complete girl crush on Santana, and i absolutely hate Rachel, but i really enjoyed this one. Also, normally i can’t watch Kurt on TV but he absolutely KILLED “I Have Nothing”, he was amazing!!! i just loved it, and i think i may have watched it about 3 times since thursday and it’s saved on the Sky+ planner for more screenings!

 this has been a short favourite blog, it’s just that i haven’t had much going on. i’m planning the “30 photos” for June myself. I’m going to find a scavenger photo hunt for the month and try find at least one each day! it’ll be a fun one, i hope!

LCSx

Review – Revlon 3-Barrel Jumbo Ceramic Waver

Published March 19, 2012 by laurrx

i always forget about this purchase, and always always forget how good it is!

i seen someone review these on youtube before i went to Florida, and i’d never seen them here so when i was over there i bought them. i got them in Target for about $25-ish – can’t fully remember. i was impressed by both the price and how well they worked. i have curling tongs which cost around £30 in stores and my hair doesn’t hold in the curl for a full night out, and i paid probably about £20 for these wavers and my hair is wavy for at least 2 days!

they actually look ugly as hell, like big transformers and look mega tricky to work, but they are really easy – unless you’re my sister and burn yourself…

another feature is changing the temperature – there’s settings 1-30. mines are always set at 30 cause they work best and make more prominent waves. i assume the lower settings make a subtle wave.

the barrels heat up really quickly – i burnt my hand today… and theres a clip right at the bottom of the handle, near the cord and it clips the handle down for easy storage. i find it really helpful because i have these, tongs, a hairdryer and straighteners in my drawer and they’re all entwined together…

this is the best picture i could find, i’m actually quite annoyed at myself for not using them more than i have. this was my 21st last July. (the dress is from a department in Macy’s…Grass Collection). it was a beach party and i’d been running around all day preparing the hall and buffet and that, so it was a quick idea. And the “beach waves” were fitting for my beach party theme.

in Target it was $25 as i said, i just found it on Amazon and it’s $22ish. but i can’t find it on UK amazon…?

i’m going to Aberdeen this weekend, and i’m planning on taking them since my hair worked out nicely today until the RAIN got it’s hands on it!!! i was not pleased.

i recommend these wavers 1000000%! they are really impressive and really inexpensive!

LCSx

February Favourites

Published March 3, 2012 by laurrx

hola!

why has my font changed…?


it’s such a gorgeous day outside and i’m sat, still in my jammies, abusing my sky+ planner. February was such a quick month, and when i said this someone replied “oh that’s cause it’s got less days!”. No smart ass, it’s got like 3 less days than any other month but in this case only two less days than any other month…

in February i was loving…

*New Girl
Zooey Deschanel is slowly becoming one of my favourite actresses. I love love love New Girl. i now want to live with those three guys. It makes a Friday night in more bearable. I’m actually watching last nights episode again, i loved it. If you haven’t watched it, i suggest you do!

*Rules of Engagement
i don’t know how comedy can get any better than David Spade and Patrick Warburton. I love David Spade in 8 Simple Rules as CJ, so when i seen that he was in Rules of Engagement i HAD to watch it, then when i seen Patrick Warburton (Nick Sharp in 8 Simple Rules and the voice of Joe in Family Guy) was in it, i was already online watching it. It is hysterical! WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT!

*Bobbi Brown Mini Brights Palette
 i got this for my 21st, but as you know i have a disgraceful amount of eyeshadows so i need to rotate ha! this season is all about pastels and the colours in this cute palette are perfect.

*Soap and Glory Righteous Butter
i use this after i’ve showered and used the pulp fiction scrub from S&G, this is one of the company’s first products. i remember first buying it when i worked at those Tiny Taxi’s in braehead. i will not go on about how much i love the products or the smell. but this is actually one of the best moisturisers i have ever used. i always have really dry skin, but after i started using this as often as i do now, i have noticed my skin is soft and hydrated. i would recommend this moisturiser above any expensive brand one. S&G have just brought out a LITRE tub of this. i’m dying to finish this one so i can buy it!!

*Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow – Fantasme
i love love love this eyeshadow. i bought it in Gran Canaria last year, but recently i’ve been wearing it more often. i always wear it over a really bright colour. But last week i wore it over Mac – Carbon eyeshadow. And it was really nice .it is really long lasting, it’s not like a pigment that will fall out or smudge it’s a gel formula and it stays in place all night. i’ve never wore it on it’s own but it’s like a glitter so i’d always recommend it be worn over a colour, because i also think that over a colour it really pops.
*iPhone apps – Instagram and PicFrame
i got instagram a while ago but i just got PicFrame this morning and i’m loving them. they’re both really easy to use, and they work really well together. you can use PicFrame then send them to Instagram to edit them and post them on your account. Both apps cost 69p, which isn’t much if you aren’t completely skint! i am obsessed. I suggest you download them if you have an iphone right now!
my mum called me about 2 hours ago to tell me to do some housewifely chores…but instead i’ve been making a playlist for Linda’s houseparty, i’ve showered, eaten a load of crap and wrote this blog. i also have to make some dinner, so i should scoot!
LCSx

S&G – Thick and Fast Mascara Review

Published February 20, 2012 by laurrx

so i was extremely pleased when i received a free mascara with my Elle subscription at the end of January. I was running out of my Lash Blast and Bad Gal, and i was thinking i would like to try a new mascara.

I use three mascaras on my eyes. Bad Gal is really good for intensity, it makes my eyelashes really dark and i like that ’cause i don’t like to wear false eye lashes as i muck up my eye make up when i try to put them on. After that i put on my Covergirl Lash Blast, i LOVE the brush wih this mascara it helps separate the lashes. Then after that i’ll use my No7 Extreme Length on my bottom lashes.

So i thought i’d use the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara which i got free with the magazine. I decided to use it instead of the Bad Gal as the brushes look really similar. The first time i used it i was going on a night out, so i was really careful when applying it, and i was really impressed with the outcome and how much coverage of the lashes that it gave.

The second time, however, i think i was just going to work maybe, i cant remember. So i just kind of rushed it and then went to the mirror closely and i had mascara gloop EVERYWHERE…i wish i took a picture it was horrific. my lashes are quite long so when i am applying mascara i need to pretty much close my eyes so the tip of the lashes wont hit my eyelid. so i corrected the make up and took a closer look at the wand.

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you can see it in this picture…at the bottom of the wand there is so much excess mascara there and even at the tip too.

i was really disappointed in this product and thankful that i received it for free because i definitely would not buy it. it may be a cheap mascara at only £10 (yes thats cheap…i hate my new “anything under £15 thats a make up product is crap” attitude…that’s where my money is!!) but i would rather buy a cinema ticket than buy that.

and i would tell anybody this.

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