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8 Piece Brush Set

So quite a few weeks ago I had my birthday, and since then I have been on holiday and this is the first chance I have had to blog! Honestly over a week without WiFi and 3G hurt me a lot! Anyway I am back with WiFi, but back to school next week *sad face* so I am taking the time to schedule posts in advance to prepare for all the revision coming my way... Before I fully get into this post I do want to say that I am not at all trying to brag about what I received, I simply like reading these type of posts and hope that you will too.

 My birthday list this year mainly consisted of makeup and makeup tools because, as you might know, I am a makeup lover. I have been after a new set of affordable face brushes for a while and came across this set of eight whilst looking on Amazon and thought they looked great. My grandparents kindly got me them and I am in love with the set! The feel of these brushes is so soft to the touch, they're even softer than the RealTechniques ones, (hard to imagine I know.) Obviously they don't feel as well made and probably won't last as long, however, for the price they are brilliant!
The four large face brushes are all great for foundation; but I prefer to use the tapered brush for working product under the eye, as it can get right into the corners, perfect for under eye concealer. This is a really useful brush as you can use the flat side to blend over larger areas or the top of the brush for more precise application. I want to see how well this does when I try Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer for the first time...(Yes I gave into the hype...Yes it was inevitable... No I am not sorry...)

The next is an angled flat top brush, which I am currently using with my Glow All Out powder by Soap & Glory as it gives a beautiful dusting to the tops of my cheeks. As it is angled I can see that it could do well as a bronzer brush and possibly even a contour brush if used slanted. For the moment I think I am going to keep it for highlighter, however, I'm sure it will get used for foundation on more than one occasion.

The rounded top brush, although I don't use it a lot at the moment, would be really good for blending in cream blush to give a natural flush, because of  its shape it shouldn't pick up too much product and should make cream blush application a dream. Although I don't own many cream blushes at the moment I will be trying it out soon!

My current favourite for foundation however, is the flat top brush as I can really work the foundation into my skin and get a flawless finish. I use the brush in circular motions all over the face, concentrating on problem areas such as my forehead and cheeks, where I get most spots and redness. The bristles in this brush are really nicely packed together and flexible, giving me more control over where I deposit most product and how evenly it's spread.
The smaller four of the set are basically scaled down versions of the larger face brushes, but I use them for different things. The angled flat top brush is really good for concealer, because it's angled you can blend the concealer into the more difficult places that other brushes cannot reach.

The more rounded top angled brush is quite good being used as a base eyeshadow brush. It covers the whole eye in a couple of swipes and is really useful for blending shadow into the crease.

The tapered brush is my favourite at the moment for precision highlighting! Because it's tapered it is perfect for using in the inner corner of your eye and also in your cupids bow.

The last brush is a flat top brush. I'm currently using this as a crease brush to blend shadow out. I can also see it would be useful for buffing concealer on those days when I am going without foundation.

Overall these brushes are great if you're just starting out in makeup. They have so many uses and if you're looking for a gift to give, I'm sure these will be much appreciated by anyone that receives them. Granted they are not as good quality as brushes costing twice the amount, however, they are not half bad for the price.

Primark Hair Chalks

I'm not a fan of writing bad reviews of products, but as we all know there are products that, try as you might, you absolutely hate. It's the same with this hair chalk set from Primark, looks like it could be the most innovative hair chalking product, very much isn't...

For £3, four chalks and an application tool, this looks to be a really good product. There was a choice of other colours, but I like chalking my hair pink mainly because I find it shows up better, and I have also wanted to chalk my hair baby blue for a while. Also included in the set is something I thought would ease hair chalk application.

First to the chalk...I started off by attempting to apply both colours dry to my hair, which with other chalks works well and I get a nice colour pay off, not such luck however with these two. This may sound slightly strange...but the chalks are almost too chalky, and do not have any pigmentation at all. So I wet my hair to see if it would help the colour show up. (Just a note to say that chalking on wet blonde hair is not advised due to the risk of staining. However, in my experience, if I want the colour to stay for longer I have to wet the hair as it creates a sort of dye, increasing the longevity of the chalking.) Alas, even when the chalk was wet there was next to no colour pay off whatsoever...

Onto the not so innovative applicator, it looks like you can place the hair inside and use it like you do a hair straightener. Sadly it is not this easy...as the application does not fold in the middle meaning you had to force it to close over your hair which restricts movement, which inevitably does not apply chalk to hair at all.

As you can probably tell, I dislike this product immensely, it does not do any of what it is meant to, and it does certainly not surpass products such as the expensive, but effective, Kevin Murphy Color Bug. If you do happen to see this in Primark, I would recommend you steer well clear, however for £3 if you do pick it up it's not going to break the bank. I hope I have just got one of a bad batch, I'd love for you guys to prove my verdict wrong!   

Mango Peach Salsa Yankee Candle

Mango Peach Salsa Yankee Candle
I love candles so much you can rarely walk into my room without one lit, making my room smell like every scent you could ever imagine. So when I won a candle from ThirtySomethingOAP I quickly set about choosing a scent that I thought I would absolutely love. I eventually settled on Mango Peach Salsa, and I was not disappointed! (I did intend to take a photo of the candle when I first got it, however, I may have lit it as soon as it arrived...bad blogger I know...)

This is one of the Yankee Candle small jars, they are the perfect size to give as a gift, and if you've ever had a Yankee Candle before, you'll know how well they make the room smell! This one in particular is an amazing bright orangey yellow colour and will add colour to any room it is put in, as well as giving out a nice glow in the room!

Once I have completely used this candle up, (it shouldn't be too long,) I'm thinking of using it to store my travel size makeup brushes and qtips as it would look amazing on my dressing table!

I really need to pickup some more candles, I'd love to know your favourite scents, mine are currently Mango Peach Salsa, (probably not a surprise,) and anything smelling of apples!

Spending Ban End

I am very pleased to say that I managed to finish my spending ban on Sunday, (my birthday,) without caving and spending! I was also ecstatic that I managed  to restrain myself from buying any lipsticks off the Debenhams website during their Lipstick Day Offer! In the next few days I'm sure my good deed will be undone by some hauling, but oh well!

Sorry for the short post, I thought I should do an update, normal posting should resume Saturday!