So today I’m going to be reviewing the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush which I’m pretty excited about, however first a word of apology.
I can’t believe I’ve not blogged since the 19th of May. I have just literally been so stressed I’ve not even had a spare bit of brain power to think about blogging, never mind do it! However, it seems that now I’ve reached the point where I am ready to start blogging again for the distraction, not just that but I’ve acquired quite a few new products in my absence thanks to birthday money and vouchers.
I’ve gone a bit Urban Decay mad if I’m honest. Having always been impressed by Urban Decay I decided I really needed some new treats.
The first item I purchased was the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush (£21).
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad word said about this brush and I wasn’t really in love with my Real Techniques Stippling brush, which just left me with an ancient ELF brush which is great but very much past it’s best so I took the plunge.
This cruelty-free brush was designed specifically to go with the Naked Skin Liquid Makeup (which I love but have run out of!), but it claims to be great for any liquid, cream or powder foundation. I’ve only tried this with liquid foundations (Clinique Anti Blemish, Urban Decay The One & Done and Mac ProLongwear) and it’s been great with all of them.
The brush is densely packed with the softest bristles which pick up your foundation and distribute it evenly over your skin. I’m not sure if I’m imagining it but I seem to be using far less product with this brush…
The optical blurring effect is a bit of a misnomer really, but there’s no denying this buffs your foundation flawlessly leaving as perfect a finish as you’ll get with any brush, well, better than any brush I’ve ever tried and it just glides with such ease.
I’ve washed it once, it hasn’t shed so much as one hair, nor has it left any on my face either, feels light in my hand, soft on my skin and applies my foundation like a dream. Highly recommend. I loathe spending money on things like brushes, always seems such a waste when I could buy pretty make up, but I don’t regret this purchase one little bit and agree it’s worth all the hype. Now I just need to get some more Naked Skin liquid foundation to try it with the product it was designed for… oh what a chore 😉
I bought mine from Debenhams, in store, but it is available online also, here.
Washing your make up brushes is a necessary evil. Alas I wasn’t doing mine nearly enough so I decided to invest in products that would make brush cleaning quick easy and more pleasant.
The first thing I bought was the Cozzette Aromatherapy Brush Cleaner (£13.95) which I use for spot cleaning my brushes every single time after use. A quick spray on a tissue and then wipe your brush over the damp until it’s clean, and done. But even though I’m doing this regularly now my brushes still need a regular deep clean and this is where Enkore’s Make Up Pro Brush Soap come into play.
This little beauty is amazing! I chose the pomegranate scent but you can also choose from unscented, apricot, canteloupe, english rose, french lavender, gardenia, jasmine, lemon, mango, pearberry, and tangerine. I’m really happy with my choice, the pomegranate one smells incredible.
So anyway, what we have is a solid bar of soap/shampoo, which comes in it’s own handy little pot, but the brilliant thing about this is that it is has a loofah on the other side!
To use, this couldn’t be simpler. Moisten your brush, then lather it on the soap before flipping and working your brush on the loofah side to loosen any dirt and really deep clean. I was a little worried it might be too harsh, but my brushes are still as good as new. It’s so simple and so quick, all these years of using shampoo and still having dirty brushes, those days are gone. This leaves things spotless, although my most regularly used foundation brush needed to goes to get it super clean.
The other thing I was worried about was how long it’d last as it seemed to be going down fast as I used it but when I’d finished doing all of the above brushes, I was left with this.
I think it’s going to last me a few deep cleans!
Simple and quick to use portable thanks to it’s little travel case, and effective. And it’s very reasonable £8.50.
I bought mine with my own money from Cocktail Cosmetics. I’m thinking Pearberry next, just because I don’t have a clue what it is!
Some lovely pretties from Eye of Horus to show you today!
Firstly the Isis Sun Goddess Eye Shadow Palette (£29.95).
A trio of baked precious metal shades, Enigma Myst, Chalice Bronze and Sacred Husk all are sort of shimmery, but seem to hold the light. You can use them wet or dry but at the time of writing I’ve only used them dry.
With the palette you also get a handy little guide, I love guides!
They are incredibly soft and smooth to apply, a little dusty, but nothing problematic. The finish of these shadows is beautiful, they do glow. My problem with them is probably to do with my lack of finesse, but I find the colours are so similar that they merge into one and try as I might I can’t get them to look like the guide pictures at all. No matter, they are lovely.
I’ve been applying with a Eye of Horus brush, which I can’t find on the retailer’s site at the moment but it’s very nice, super soft, and picks up a good amount of product.
The other item I’ve been wearing a lot is the Nubian Goddess Pencil (£13). I already have the Teal one which I reviewed here. Nubian is a deep, matte brown.
A beautiful brown pencil that smudges like a dream, or stays put just where you want it.
Here’s how I’ve been wearing all of the above!
Very nice, I think the Eye of Horus Pencils are really spectacular and whilst the eye shadows are really lovely I think they are a little on the pricey side for three shadows in a cardboard container. I’d love to see what someone with real skill could do with them though!
The Eye of Horus range is available from the wonderful Cocktail Cosmetics.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
So today I’m blogging about two amazing products both of which I’ve mentioned before as they were used on me when I went for my Bobbi Brown Make Up lesson recently. You can see my post here.
So today I want to blog in a little more detail about the Bobbi Brown Ltd Edition Lilac Rose Eye Palette and the Long-Wear Gel Liner in Sepia Ink.
Starting with the amazing Eye Palette.
If you only have space in your life for one eyeshadow palette in your life, make it this one. Price wise it’s a hefty £45 but for your money you get eight shadows, giving you all you need for day or night looks. It’s incredibly versatile and the range of colours suit everyone. It’s a good mix of shimmer and matte neutral shades with the addition of a shimmering lilac. At first glance it seems out of place in the palette but on the eye it blends in with the neutrals perfectly to add a certain depth and something just a bit special, without giving you a lilac frosty look. It’s actually rather clever.
I have worn this literally every single day in different combinations and different ways, but funnily enough, every single time I make use of the lilac shimmer. Adding it to the centre of the mobile lid and blending. Just as I was shown in my make up lesson. Can’t rate this highly enough. Its a fantastic palette. And I much much prefer it to the UD Naked Palette. It’s just more… subtle and in my opinion more sophisticated.
Next, the Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink which is £17 and also the Eye Definer Brush which is £23.
I have heard much about these Gel liners over the years and indeed they are not award winning liners for nothing. Coming in a range of shades these apply easily and do NOT budge one tiny bit over the course of day’s wear. The liner brush is also fantastic, working very well with the liner to apply a great opaque line. In my make up lesson they used the Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush which I think I’d like to use in addition to this one as I think it would make a nicer point on the end when doing wings with your liner. But regardless, this is no doubt fantastic. No transfer to the upper lid at all, not even with my hooded eyes.
There are several other shades I fancy adding, Black Mauve Shimmer, Violet Ink and Forest Shimmer Ink to name a few. Really a fantastic product.
Now here’s an example of how I’m wearing both the palette and the liner at the moment, but please, before you look, I’m booked in to have my brows done at the exact time this post goes live so please forgive the state of my brows, and secondly, my eyeliner isn’t even on each eye, I know this, I suck at eyeliner, what can I say?
Both products get my seal of approval. Highly recommended.
You can purchase from your local Bobbi Brown counter or from www.bobbibrown.co.uk.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
You gotta love a good quality brush and brushes don’t come much better in quality than those produced by Denman.
Hair this year is set to be big, voluminous and tousled and to get the look you’re going to need a Vent Brush.
Retailing at £5.69, it’s not a hefty price tag and it’s a brush you’re going to use over and over. For me, this is the best brush for untangling when my hair is wet. I use it every single time I wash my hair. Without fail. It just seems to glide through my hair and I get EPIC tangles after washing!
If that’s not sold it to you, here’s some tips from Mark Woolley, the Creative Ambassador for Denman.
Denman Brushes are available from Boots, Superdrug, John Lewis and Tesco, as well as www.denmanbrush.com.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
You can be forgiven for not having heard of Pur Minerals if you are in the UK as they have only just launched here via Marks & Spencer. Known as “The Complexion Authority” they have created a range of amazing mineral cosmetics that not only work as cosmetics but that also have skincare properties. The formulas are designed to work with the skin to correct, prevent and interrupt common concerns, even after the make up comes off.
As you probably have come to expect from a company producing mineral cosmetics, there are no chemical dyes, petroleum based oils, fragrance or fillers.
I really am not too sure what the 4 in 1 part of the name means. Obviously foundation is one, sunscreen is another, otherwise I’m not too sure!
Anyway, I’m going to just start with the negative, the Chisel make up brush (£13). It picks up and transfers the product well, it also buffs well, but sadly I found it shed hairs all over my face, so I’m using a kabuki I bought from another brand a few years ago which works perfectly.
Onto the good stuff. The 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make Up Compact (£24).
So we’ve a pressed mineral powder in a sturdy compact with a mirrored lid. I estimated I would be the shade “Light” which seems to be about right for me, and there are ten shades available.
As with all mineral powder foundations you buff this into your skin in circles and build up to your desired level of coverage.
I’ve it’s been a while since I’ve used a Mineral Powder foundation with any regularity, and this is the first pressed version I think I’ve tried and I have to say I really really like it. It covers beautifully, even with my horrible skin at the moment, I managed to not need concealer and that’s really saying something. I don’t own another foundation that lets me skip concealer!
Love the finish and it’s so incredibly quick and easy to apply. Lasts well throughout the day too, but even if you need to touch up, it’s the work of seconds.
I don’t have a bad thing to say about it. It’s fantastic.
Lovely stuff. Not mask like either, strangely, for saying it has such good coverage, my freckles still show through!
Available now, along with the rest of the range exclusively from Marks & Spencer’s Your Beauty and online from the Marks & Spencer website.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*