Whilst I love buying makeup, there is nothing I love more than buying fresh makeup brushes. I have always said that I would rather buy a new brush than wash an old one but unfortunately I'm not made of money so I don't buy them regularly but when I do, there is nothing I like more than seeing a fresh makeup brush all clean and sparkling new in its packaging.

I feel like whenever I buy new eyeshadow brushes, my eyeshadow application dramatically improves. A couple of years ago I applied my eyeshadow with ELF brushes and they were fine. Then I moved onto Morphe and Spectrum brushes and suddenly my makeup skillzz dramatically improved, even though I was using exactly the same products. I used to buy really cheap brushes and whilst they can be okay, I have learnt to pay a little bit more to get a more quality application and product.

I was recently in Selfridges in London and came across a whole section of Zoeva makeup products. I had no idea Selfrisges was a stockist for Zoeva so of course I couldn't resist a makeup brush purchase or two! I really wanted to buy a couple of the palettes as well as I know they are so highly spoken about but do I really need another soft neutral palette? Not right now so I decided to buy two pretty much identical eyeshadow brushes instead! They didn't have the rose gold versions just the standard original black handles but a brush is a brush so I went for the Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush & the Zoeva 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brush.

About the Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush:
"The ideal beauty tool for creating perfectly defined, radiant eyes, 228 Luxe Crease Brush is an essential makeup brush for professional crease definition and a perfect eye contour. Designed to effortlessly blend eye shadow and shade colour transitions, 228 Luxe Crease Brush has a unique fluffy design which fits into the contours of the eyelid crease and takes the edge off colour."

About the Zoeva 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brush:
"It's all in the details when it comes to professional looking eye makeup; 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brush allows you to create stunning ombre effects and create the smoothest transitions from light to dark with your favourite eye shadow."

The Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush and the 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brush both look pretty damn similar. Both are designed to fit into the crease of the eye and to blend eyeshadow out effortlessly. The only difference between them is that the 221 brush is more rounded whereas the 228 is pointed. Both blend out eyeshadow perfectly in the crease of the eye so there is no such thing as a bad makeup day when you use either of these two - or no unblended out eyeshadow, anyway! My eye makeup is my favourite part of doing my makeup and I have definitely improved when it comes to blending and applying liquid eyeliner. Whilst I am no Instagram guru and won't be filming any makeup tutorials any time soon, I do get asked about my eyeshadow and how I apply it and all I can say is blend blend blend!

I really love both of these brushes as they both make the application of eyeshadow ever so easy. They are both really soft to the touch and on the eyes without being scratchy or irritable and they are great quality. They are perfect at defining and contouring the eyes and blend all eyeshadows out effortlessly. If you have been after a really fluffy crease brush then I definitely recommend either of these two as they will work wonders for your makeup!


Review | Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease & 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brushes

When your sister comes home from university bearing gifts wrapped up in a Jo Malone bag, there is no doubt that the gift inside will be a much loved one. I've been feeling a bit down recently so my sister very kindly decided to treat me to a few little luxuries in order to cheer me up and boy, did it work.

Inside the Jo Malone bag, within a box wrapped ever so beautifully was the heavenly Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Room Spray which smells just as delightful as it sounds. I have only tried candles and cologne from Jo Malone before and whilst I was impressed with the candle, the cologne was a slight disappointment for me. I found that it didn't last too long on the skin and before you knew it the scent was practically undetectable which is a real shame considering it is a luxury therefore on the pricey side. But enough about that, let me share with you the Lime Basil & Mandarin Room Spray, something I would never have thought to purchase for myself!

About the Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Room Spray:
"Our signature fragrance. Peppery basil and aromatic white thyme bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze. A modern classic. A burst of enticing scent. Instantly create an impression with a Scent Surround™ Room Spray.

The Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Room Spray smells utterly perfect. Fresh and zesty, the Lime Basil & Mandarin fragrance is a scent made up of citrus, green and spicy notes. It isn't sickly sweet or overpowering, it has just the right amount of spice to it to take it from a completely citrus-y, lime based scent and to turn it into something a little more interesting. We all know how hard it is to put the smell of something into words but even if you don't think citrus fragrances will be for you, it is definitely one to take a look at next time you pass a Jo Malone counter.

The product itself comes housed in a 175ml spray bottle and as the scent is rather strong, you only need a short spray to fill the entire room with. I love to spray it in my bedroom before I get cosy to binge watch Love Island and it makes my room smell absolutely wonderful. I have also been known it spray it onto my body as a body spray and I can confirm that it lingers for just the same amount of time, if not longer, than the cologne so make of that what you will!

I believe that the Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Room Spray will make for a perfect house warming present, or simply just for a gift to yourself to brighten up your day. It smells too good for words and yeah, let's not pretend it isn't expensive at £44 a bottle but as a special gift and a little treat of luxury, it is perfect.


Review | Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Room Spray

Following on from my previous review on The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, I loved it so much that I found myself going on a little spending spree on their website for more heavenly products. I originally only wanted to buy another High-Spreadability Fluid Primer for my sister as I wanted her to experience the good stuff too and before I knew it, I had 2 other skincare products and 4 foundations in my basket. Don't you just hate it when that happens?! 

When I first heard about The Ordinary I knew that they were soon to release a range of foundations which had over 25,000 people signed up to a waiting list for. Unsurprisingly they sold out pretty damn quickly and have been sold out ever since. That was until the day I decided to buy another primer and would you believe it? The foundations were back in stock and as I was unsure as to which colour I was, I bought 4. I managed to buy 2 of the Coverage Foundations and 2 of the Serum Foundations. At just over £5 each, it is no wonder they sold out so quickly.

I ended up buying quite a few skincare products and of course the 4 foundations but even with all of those, my order only came to just over £30 which is amazing considering everything I bought. If you hadn't heard about The Ordinary before then they are a skincare brand from umbrella company DECIEM which houses brands such as Hylamide and NIOD. The Ordinary promises to deliver effective clinical technologies within the skincare world, just like Hylamide and NIOD offer but at more of an affordable price. If you are interested in The Ordinary then I would really recommend reading their About section on their website as their mission statement is very inspiring and I really like what the brand is all about. They aren't just a brand which spurts out products for quick money, they have values behind them and I like that.

Let me share with you what I bought! I wouldn't usually treat myself to this amount but as everything was so reasonable price it was really hard not to get carried away.

This primer is the first product from The Ordinary that I have tried and it is the product which has enabled me to do this haul! The primer itself is designed to increase the spreadability of foundation, acting almost like a velvety soft film to the skin to ensure your foundation doesn't cling to any dry areas on the face. This primer is really thick and gloopy in consistency and actually it looks rather unpleasant and unappealing when you see it on the applicator but it practically melts into the skin and it makes applying foundation effortless. This is the only product out of the bunch that I have actually tried but goodness me, is it good.

Another primer, this time rather than being designed to help the application of your foundation, this primer is designed to act as matte, hydrating blurring primer which also claims to make your foundation stay on for longer. This primer can also be used as a moisturiser which reduces the look of pores and imperfections. The primer has the consistency of a creamy moisturiser in comparison to the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer which is more like a serum.

The Argireline Solution is a really lightweight serum which is designed to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. You are supposed to apply it directly to the forehead and around the eye area in hope that it will improve the appearance of wrinkles but as I am only 23 and don't currently have any, I will be bathing in this morning, noon and night in hope that it will prevent the inevitable. After all, prevention is better than cure!

Onto the good stuff, the foundation! The Serum Foundation is a very lightweight foundation with a light coverage. I have been after some sort of BB, CC Cream for the warmer weather when I still want to wear a little bit of something something on my face to hide dark circles and blemishes without the heaviness of my usual foundations so this range of lightweight, light coverage foundation sounds perfect. I went for the shades 1.0N and 1.1N which are their very fair, neutral shades. I couldn't decide between two shades of pale so I decided to buy both and they seem fine but I will find out when I give them a try!

The product I was most looking forward to! All of my current foundations are running out and they are all high end so having the possibility of trying out a high coverage foundation in paler shades for £5.90 sounds too good to be true. The Coverage Foundation offers higher pigment levels than the Serum Foundation but still offer a smooth finish that avoids the heavy make-up look that can make skin appear aged. The consistency is that of a lightweight, non-oily cream and the foundation offers a semi-matte finish. I decided to buy this foundation in the shades 1.0N which is the very fair neutral shade and 1.0NS which is the very fair neutral shade with silver highlights to give the effect of a glow from within. I am so excited to try these foundations and I can't wait to share my opinions with you!

So, that was my little but quite substantial The Ordinary haul! I am really looking forward to trying everything out, especially the foundations. I struggle to find foundations in shades as pale as I am and from first appearances they all seem to suit me quite well but we will have to see what they will be like when I apply them to my skin. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary?


Other | The Ordinary Skincare and Foundation Haul

I think it is no secret that I love make-up. I have too much of it, I don't particularly need it but I just can't stop buying it. Some of it is justitified, like this purchase for instance as I only have 2 blushers but the majority of the time I buy for the sake of buying. And it is hard not to when so much beautiful make-up is released so often. One brand in particular I believe release perhaps a little too much. 

I remember buying my first item from MAC about 6 years ago and I thought I was so grown up. Buying my first item of 'proper' make-up! Wow! Since then I have continued to admire MAC make-up and although I still love it and I will repurchase my beloved Paint Pot in Painterly until the end of time but I feel like MAC has been pushed to the back since all of these amazing other brands have since come about. Tarte, Morphe, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Colourpop... That said, MAC continue to bring out collection after collection of limited edition items endorsed by some celebrity or tv show or film etc etc. And, in my eyes, that is where they have gone wrong. They bring out so many collections so often that it is hard to keep up. How can you possibly buy everything you want if everything is limited and for such a short period of time? Of course a lot of people will buy it quickly as they genuinely want it but I do find MAC and their quick regurgitation of limited edition products hard to keep up with, so I tend not to bother. Because of the above, I am not interested in the limited edition collections and to be honest, I never have been. I once considered purchasing the Viva Glam hot pink mess all those years ago but chose against it which was rightly so as I knew I would never have used it. 

I recently went into a Cosmetics Company Store which is like an outlet store for last seasons make-up. They sell makeup from brands such as Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, MAC.. Which is where I spotted this hot pink blush. Completely out of my comfort zone, I only swatched it to see how bright it would look on my skin and I was so surprised at how flattering it was on my pale skintone. Housed in beautiful packaging, let me share with you the MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in You've Got Me Feeling.

About the MAC x Mariah Carey Collection:
"We’ve long been dazzled by the chanteuse of the century. Now, Mariah Carey brings her impeccable glamour to a makeup collection that’s all you’ll ever want and a lot more, with sexy nude tones sparkling like champagne and glimmering like diamonds! The online-exclusive Lipglass in Butterfly Bling adds just the right amount of flash. Luxurious packaging in silver glitter with champagne gold accents and Mariah’s signature."

The MAC x Mariah Carey collection was impressive, as MAC collections go. Not only was the packaging absolutely beautiful with champagne gold detailing and embossed silver glittery accents, but the make-up itself was truly stunning. 2 eyeshadow palettes, 5 lipsticks, 5 lipglosses, 2 powder blushers.. And that's just the start. I wasn't tempted by this collection when it came out as I can't say the name Mariah Carey would particularly encourage me to buy but the products do speak for themselves.

The MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in You've Got Me Feeling looks fairly intimidating in the pan but once on the skin it looks beautiful. You've Got Me Feeling is described to be a light candy pink and for someone who isn't too keen on bright colours, it is definitely outside of my comfort zone but it makes a nice change from the two other blushers that I own - a coral orange and a muted pink. Pigmentation wise this blusher is just as great as the others from MAC. Rich in pigmentation, a little goes a long way making them so long lasting, they can last for years! 

I'm so pleased I decided to buy You've Got Me Feeling. There is no denying that it is out of my comfort zone shade wise but as soon as it is on the skin it is incredibly flattering, as long as you use a light hand! It can be easy to get carried away when applying blusher but when dusted lightly on the apples of the cheeks it looks lovely. I think I paid about £12 for this blusher which is a great investment really as they last for such a long time. I still might not be a MAC collections fan but I do really like this shade and it has taught me not to instantly dismiss MAC's limited edition collections, even if it does seem as if they are brought out every other week!

MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush - £12.00


Review | MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in You've Got Me Feeling

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