Glow tools

Happy birthday! 2017 marks 10 years of EcoTools and as I mentioned before, the brand has revamped their winning collection and added some pretty (and do-good) surprises to celebrate.

And the official celebration piece is the Limited Edition Anniversary Collection that comes in a gorgeous (and very handy) rose gold circular tin.

There are six brushes to help you create an illuminating glow:

Airbrushed finish: duo fibre that works well with powder, creams and liquid foundation, to buff that base right in. Personally, I think this one could be a bit firmer but does a great job creating that foundation for the makeup.

Controlled setting: tapered for precise highlighting and setting on cheekbones and brow arches.

Angled crease: great for smoking, in any proportion; just to create a bit of definition and dimension of smoke away.

Flat eyeliner: a hero for upper or lower lining that works a treat with powder, liquid and gel.

Eye/Lip blur: so soft to diffuse shadows and liners. Great to blend harsh lines on eyeshadow, eye or lip liners.

Spoolie: great brow and lash combing.

The sturdy canister is great to protect brushes while in transit. And looks great on a dressing table.

All brushes are super soft on the skin and have a bamboo handle with recycled aluminium ferrules and cruelty free bristles.

This lovely EcoTools Limited Edition Anniversary Collection is available at Boots (with a buy 1 get 2nd half price on EcoTools*) and Superdrug (at the moment with a 3 for 2 on EcoTools*) for £19.99.

And hurry because it’s limited edition, so be speedy!

written by Dani

*Information correct at the time of publishing (21 May 2017).

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Women empowerment and flawless makeup

Now, in my book, makeup and women empowerment go hand in hand. Makeup makes my outside look like I feel inside and ready to take on the world.

Think what you like of that. Haters will disagree and say that too pretty cannot be powerful. Thing again. It comes from within so suck it up.

And EcoTools is not only supporting female empowerment but also enabling it via their Women’s Empowerment Collections raising awareness (and money) for women’s education.

The #MyTrueBeauty campaign continues the brand’s commitment to Global Education by supporting Glamour’s The Girl Project with a $100,000 donation and the launch of 3 limited edition makeup brush collections raising awareness to the project’s work.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Glow for it collection, which comes with all the tools to unleash your glowing true beauty.

It comes with an angled powder (great for bronzer, blusher or highlighter), eye shadow applicator, pointed concealer (for spot on application), highlighting fan (glow, glow!), eye shading brushes and a pretty mini mirror reminding you to, well, just Glow for it, girl!

The EcoTool brushes are super soft, durable and extremely efficient tools. Their light-coloured bamboo handle is comfortable and the pink ferrules make this set super sweet.

Also, they are made of renewable and recyclable materials (such as tree-free paper and RPET clamshell packaging), to help reduce the amount of waste into the environment.

See? Prettier on the outside and the inside!

Eco Tools, the gorgeous eco-minded brand, is celebrating 10 years young and has re-vamped their extensive collection. They called it New Modern Eco Collection and the brushes have been redesigned, featuring tapered light-weight handles, ombre bristles and brighter ferrules.

The limited edition Women’s Empowerment Collection is composed of three sets: Glow for it, Prepped for change and Eye am courageous, each £19.99, available at ecotools.com and selected Boots and Superdrug.

And go on, support a woman like yourself (or like one in your life), by supporting The Girl Project. Only $5 will help provide school supplies to take a small – or big – girl through education.

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

One shape, many ways

Many a time I have raved about multi-use products. And every time I find one, well, I rave about it.

It is no secret I am a big fan of Real Techniques makeup brushes and the amazing women behind it, Sam & Nic Chapman, so it is always a pleasure to try their new creations.

The new MultiTech line is very different from all the lot. First, all the brushes have the same shape, called Point, in different sizes, from XXXS to XXXL, plus a sponge.

What really sets them apart from the brushes we know is that they are not specific for one area of the face/body or type of product. Because they all have the same shape, you use them as you find fit, and all brushes can be used with powder, liquids, creams and gels.

Now, the design is sleek: monochrome with the brand in bright pink. The bristles are ever so soft, the brushes are packed with them and the shape really works in a multitude of ways. Plus, they are comfortable to grip.

For the ones I have, L and XXXL, powder seems to be the preferred medium. But don’t be fooled. Point L is amazing with foundation, with good buffing action.

The versatility of the shape really works: the L Point, a bit more tapered, will do well for highlighting and also blusher if angled.

I will stick with powder for XXXXL Point: one sweep covers a huge area. Great for a healthy sweep of bronzer. I see this being my hero for subtle body shimmer application in the summer, especially legs! It will fare really well with shimmer cream, and for those who use it, body foundation and cover ups.

The Real Techniques MultiTech small Points come is a pretty set of four in a metal holder (£29.99 for XXXS, XXS, XS and S, all can be used on face, eyes or lips) and L (£15.99), XL (£17.99) and XXXL (£17.99), as well as the sponge (£9.99), can be brought separately.

You can get all the information on the brushes from the Real Techniques website, where you can also find the amazeballs tutorials on these brushes, and many more, from the ladies behind the brushes!

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

 

The torment of makeup brush cleaning

stylpro-makeup-brush-cleaner-dryer-review-1Cleaning my makeup brushes has always been torture to me. So much time is spent, it is a dull task that not even the feeling of a squeaky clean brush on your face is able to numb the pain.

Add to that the fact I am a bit lazy busy and it is really the thing nightmares are made of. Did I mention I am a bit dramatic? No? Ok.

stylpro-makeup-brush-cleaner-dryer-review-3When I first saw videos of the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer, I knew that at some point I would get one, it was just a matter of time.

Fast forward to Olympia Beauty, the fabulous  yearly beauty trade show and there it was, staring me in the face and asking to come home with me.

stylpro-makeup-brush-cleaner-dryer-review-2Although there was no discount on the £49.99 retail price, I got a bottle of their fab brush cleaner thrown in as a gift, which is a saving of £14.99.

The device, another brainchild of the amazing (and lovely) inventor Tom Pellereau (from The Apprentice/Stylfile fame) is quite small and sleek.

stylpro-makeup-brush-cleaner-dryer-review-4The different sizes brush holders will cater for most brands (I have many and there was one for every single brush I cleaned). Attaching is easy and quick, just what you want when changing between brushes.

After swirling the brush around, rise it up a bit and let spin for a bit longer. This will fan the brush (which is what happens when it’s being cleaned anyway) and air it to dry, so not only your brush comes out clean, it’s also dry, pretty much ready to use again.

Sometimes, as the brush fans out in the cleaning motion, which thoroughly cleans the inside bristles, it is difficult to clean the bottom of outside ones, which forms the outside of the brush; a bit of swirling around proves useful to get those parts clean.

The only thing for me is that is only seems to work perfectly and quickly with the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleanser Solution, which is rather fabulous but at £15 a pop, quite steep.

Overall, a lovely gadget for those looking to make their lives easier (me!) and make such a dull task a little bit of fun.

You can buy the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer from the Stylfile website, and it costs £49.99. And it will be available at 180 bigger Boots stores from the end of November!

Mind you, the device is so popular that at the moment, you can pre-order for delivery which will start shipping in a few days time – that’s a common occurrence as this always sells out!

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Live and Breathe Beauty

lab2-makeup-brush-review-1When I left my dark ages of makeup and stopped using my fingers to apply makeup and finally started using brushes, there weren’t many options in the market.

They were professional brushes that carried the professional price tags.

lab2-makeup-brush-review-2Fast forward a few years (ok, maybe more than a few) and there are so many fantastically affordable options that it’s really hard to pick.

The L.A.B.2 (Live And Breathe Beauty – nice, eh?) brushes are among those good brushes that won’t break the bank. Plus, they are made with high quality synthetic filaments which have a micro studded surface to mimic natural hair, making the brushes very soft and efficient. They are also hypoallergenic and vegan-friendly.

I tried four of their thirteen brush collection: a powder, a kabuki, an eye shadow applicator and a blender.

lab2-makeup-brush-review-4The On a Powder Trip Brush (£11.99) has a good weight to it, bristles are soft to touch and on the skin and it has a good amount of bristles that are not too floppy. The soft rubber handle is non slip and it has a little reminder of what kind of brush it is. It picks up, applies and blends powder very well.

Now, I was funny with kabuki brushes for a while, not sure why. Recently I started using one I was sent ages ago and fell in love.They are perfect to carry in the makeup bag.

lab2-makeup-brush-review-6The L.A.B.2 Just Face It Kabuki Brush (£11.99) is also great; it is well packed with bristles in a firm-ish dome and has great weight.

It picks up and buffs makeup so well, it’s my favourite to apply bronzer gently all over the face, for a healthy, natural finish.

lab2-makeup-brush-review-3The Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt Brush (£4.99) eye shadow applicator is one of this bigger ones, which is great. It covers the lid efficiently with one sweep. Soft bristles are packed tightly for some firmness and feels very comfortable on the sensitive lid skin.

lab2-makeup-brush-review-5The Just Blending In Brush (£4.99), an eye shadow blender, is probably my least favourite, but that doesn’t mean it does I do not like and it does not serve a purpose.

Personally, I find it a bit too floppy for hardcore, more precise blending. However, it does a fab job of soft blending, which is perfect for everyday smokey eyes.

Overall a good selection of great quality brushes, at a fair price. In the UK, you can get the L.A.B.2  brushes from Superdrug and also online from Amazon and sites like Sensationail and makeupbrushes.co.uk. They also have very good value brush kits, well worth checking out.

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You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

 

Review: lottie London Powder Power and Conceal It makeup brushes

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The tools are as important than the materials themselves, I always say.

New brand lottie London comes in to help make that task not only effective, but fun with their colourful makeup brushes – and I tried the Powder Power and Conceal It brushes.

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Review: Real Techniques Bold Metals makeup brushes

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There was a lot of talk about the Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes. The main one was pricing, followed by their sheer prettiness. But how do they do the job?

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Review: Vera Mona Color Switch Duo

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Eyeshadow lovers all over will agree that it is indeed a pain when you are using multiple colours on your lids and need to either clean the brush or use another one.

Vera Mona Color Switch is a handy little tin that helps us with that. The Duo version, apart from cleaning the brush for the next colour, also has a “wet spot” in the middle, for wet eyeshadow application.

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