Game Changing Mascara

I have been searching for years, literally years, for a mascara that doesn’t smudge onto my skin each time I wear it.  My bottom lashes aren’t the problem, oh no, the mascara still manages to give me panda eyes from my top lashes!! I mean come on!  Seriously, whose lashes do that!?!  Mine apparently.

Anyway, I’ve tried everything from drug store to luxury brands, researched new formulas, tried different techniques, you name it I’ve tried it.  Even waterproof versions aren’t foolproof on these peepers.

So my last mascara Babydoll by YSL which had done a pretty good job at convincing me it could be the one when it suddenly went dry, crumbly and yep you guessed it gave me big black eyes. Sigh!

With renewed vigour I googled the life out of mascara formulations, recommendations from celebrity makeup artists, pretty much anyone and everyone.  I appeared to find the holy grail of mascaras for ladies like myself, then to my horror learned you could only buy it in USA unless I wanted to paid double luxury prices for a cheap drug store product.

Feeling a bit dismayed I headed into town for a much needed trip makeup shopping to replenish some key items for my kit. I swung by Space NK and while there I relayed my tale of woe to the assistant who was grabbing all of my purchases.  Without hesitation she asked if I’d tried Kevyn Aucoin’s mascaras.

I hadn’t so I was all ears.  The curling
mascara is formulated to shrink to the lash making it smudge proof, not crumbly basically everything thats been the bane of my mascara wearing life.  Also when you remove it it is a bit stretchy so takes a little more care to get it all off.

Well I’m in love with this mascara its bloody brilliant!  My lashes look healthy, long, with volume, not loads granted but enough for me.  But best of all it doesn’t move!  No smudges even in the heat or rain.  So super confident am I in the awesomeness of this mascara that my next challenge is to try it in the shower!  Wish me luck x



No more orange faces – brush hygiene

Just recently I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a number of ladies about the contents of their makeup bags and more specifically their makeup brushes.  Here’s what I found…

Average number of brushes in bag – 1 eyeshadow brush and 1 do everything else brush

Frequency of cleaning – twice a year or when I remember

Ladies, I know many of you are from Yorkshire and that we love value for money but you can make the cheapest makeup look great if you have a set of good quality brushes.  As with anything it is important to have the right tools for the job.  Now I’m not advocating that you must apply all of your makeup with a brush and never use anything else but there are certain times when nothing but a brush will do.  For example, your foundation will look flawless if buffed into your skin with a brush, eyeshadow blends like a dream if you have a fluffy little number to apply it.

With so many brushes on the market how do you choose?  Well my personal favourites are Real Techniques as they have flat bottoms and white tips so I know when they are clean plus they have some great starter kist that you can buy from Boots or Superdrug and earn points with.  Then there’s Space NK , their brushes are soft and don’t lose bristles easily.  But I also like to mix and match and select different brushes for different jobs.

Brush hygiene is really important.  On average we touch our faces around 2-4 times every minute.  Now that will include touching things like door handles and then touching our faces.  At some point you’ll put a makeup brush to your face, possibly picking up a few bugs along the way and then stuff said brush back into your makeup bag and so on…  Not a nice thought when put like that?!

At least once a week before bed give your brushes a good wash using warm water and either baby shampoo or antibacterial hand wash.  Leave your brushes flat to dry, do not stand upright as the water will soak into the handle and damage the brush.  In the morning your brushes should be dry and ready to use again.

Its also necessary to clean your brushes regularly to ensure that you are applying true colour to your face.  For example you may use a soft pink blusher and a bronzer on your face but apply it with the same brush.  With use the blusher will look the same as your bronzer on your skin as the stronger colour will dominate.  2 brushes. cleaned once a week = beautiful face.

Hopefully, this post has given you enough tips about brush hygiene and care to encourage you to start building your brush collection today – and no more orange faces from using one do everything brush!

If you’re not sure what to buy then get in touch I’d be happy to help.