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16 May 2015

Japonesque Velvet Touch Brush Collection

When it comes to make up brushes I will openly admit I am pretty picky. My feeling is there is little point in investing in expensive make up if you try and apply it with poor quality brushes and having owned some of my brushes for longer than I care to remember I also think you get value for money if you make the initial investment. With that being said I am not averse to trying out some more affordable brushes and I own some that I use on a daily basis so when I saw this Japonesque velvet touch brush set for such a bargain price I had to try them out and I am really glad I did.

The set contains four brushes with a combined value of £39 for just £19. Included is a powder brush, a fluffy shadow brush, a crease brush and a lip brush and they are all synthetic. The powder brush is quite small and incredibly soft – they really do live up to their name. I have been loving this brush for applying blusher but it would also work really well to powder smaller areas of the face such as through the t-zone or under the eyes. The fluffy shadow brush isn’t actually all that fluffy, it’s really dense and stiff enough to pick up and place shadow easily. The crease brush is my favourite from the set; it is like a smaller version of the MAC 224. I like it because it’s so soft and its slimmer than most blending brushes meaning you can be more precise in the crease or under the eye. I like the lip brush but I will probably use it more for under the eye or for highlighting the inner corner of the eye and under the brow bone.

These are the first brushes from Japonesque I have tried but I’m so impressed I will definitely be picking up a few more. Have you tried any Japonesque brushes? If you have any recommendations please let me know!  

2 October 2014

Current favourite MAC Eyeshadows - Haux, Star Violet & Twinks

Clockwise from left: Twinks, Haux, Star Violet
I go through phases with my Mac palette; sometimes when there is a new eye shadow palette on the scene it gets relegated to the back of my palette drawer and then when i go back to it i really enjoy using it again and finding different combinations that work. Lately the three shades i have been

23 September 2014

Zakynthos (Greece) Holiday June 2014

Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach
This is probably the most delayed post in history given that our holiday in Zante was three months ago and we have actually been away again since then! I thought i was still worth sharing though because i know i am often inspired by other peoples holiday photos and when i was looking into going to Zakynthos i couldn't find a single blog post about it.

17 September 2014

Garnier Ultimate Blends with The Saturdays - Backstage experience

Beautiful, talented and globally successful super-group The Saturdays recently embarked on a greatest hits arena tour to promote their new greatest hits album and Garnier have collaborated with them to produce a range of hair care products called Ultimate Blends. I went along to one of the tour dates to find out a bit more.

8 September 2014

August Favourites

My first favourite from August might be slightly premature because i only got it half way through the month but it was pretty much love on first use! St Tropez Gradual Tan Firming* (£20) is said to tan, tone, firm and moisturise in one. I can't really say if i noticed any toning or firming action yet - i

3 September 2014

A picture says a thousand words #2

Clockwise from top left - What's in my handbag guest post on my friend Stacey's blog : One of the stunning views on our holiday in Zakynthos, Greece : My gorgeous other half Jim and I at our friends wedding : Baby Elsa looking ridiculously cute :  Jo Malone fragrances.
A few bits i picked up on one of many, many trips to Boots! : A recent eye look using MAC shadows : Decisions decisions, which four MAC shadows to take away with me?! : Eye look created with the Nars Narsissist Palette with a little added sparkle : My new favourite red nail  - Cherries in the snow from Revlon.
Clouds : I am so lucky to have the beautiful Lake District on my doorstep : My handsome boy Digs : Alcudia, Mallorca by night.
Its been ages since my last instagram related post so i thought i'd share a few of my more recent favourite pictures. I absolutely love taking photos and i see i picture in almost everything i do - i have a ridiculous amount of photos on my hard drive dating back to around 2007, and loads of photo