For those of you who check in with my blog each week, you may think I have been neglecting the beauty section. I also feel I have been too, hence this current beauty post. The truth is, I've been testing out different products over the last few weeks, and I've finalised my favourite pieces into one blog post collection for you all.
So the products I will be reviewing in this post are:
OUAI HAIR TREATMENT MASQUE
Because my hair is so silky and fine, I'm not one to usually use hair masks. However, I wanted to try this one just as a little treatment to help revitalise my hair which has been exposed to pollution, UV, colour and heat styling - we're all guilty of it! The treatment comes in a sachet which you apply evenly through the hair and wait 5-10 minutes for it to do its magic. After, simply wash your hair as normal, ensuring you rinse the product out properly. It's worth saying that I don't usually notice a massive difference after using hair masks. As expected, I would say my hair felt a little softer and I'm assuming more revitalised and conditioned. It's a lovely product to use from time to time, when you want to give your hair a little TLC. The smell is amazing and it doesn't take too much time out of your day before a hair wash.
THE BODY SHOP DROPS OF SUN
In the Winter months, my skin can start to look a little dull and grey (if you have brown skin, I'm sure you'll know what I'm talking about!). So I am all for using foundation over the Winter months, however sometimes it's nice to have a little something extra, just to warm the skin tone up. The Body Shop's Drops of Sun is essentially a liquid based bronzer, which comes in one colour - honey bronze. I literally add 1-2 drops and mix it in with my foundation. I feel it adds a little more colour to my face and warms up my complexion, whilst still looking natural and glitter free. You can build the intensity by adding more drops. I think it's a really good product for £12.
REAL TECHNIQUES BASE/CORE MAKE UP BRUSHES
I'm a big believer that you should have good brushes in order to apply flawless make up. So I was very happy I was recently gifted this base brush set by Real Techniques. I've only heard good reviews about their brushes but have never actually tried them out. In this particular core collection, there is a buffer brush, contour brush, pointed foundation brush, detailer brush and a very handy panoramic case, to keep them in good condition when travelling. The bristles are so soft allowing for the make up to blend into my skin effortlessly. I particularly love the foundation and buffer brushes when mixing The Body Shop's Drops of Sun with my foundation. They help both products literally melt into my skin.
SIGMA F41 FAN BRUSH
I've always wanted a fan brush to apply my highlighter but was never sure on which one to go for, or if they were simply a farce in the make up world (inventing brushes for the sake of it)! Anyway, I was gifted a Sigma F41 fan brush which feels gorgeous! The bristles are so soft allowing me to lightly apply my favourite NARS highlighter across my cheekbones, brow bones and Cupid's bow. I previously used my finger to apply highlighter, which was fine, but since having this brush it has made me question what the hell I've been doing all these years. A lovely, essential tool to highlight!
ILLAMASQUA SKIN BASE LIFT
I'm a massive fan of NARS and their creamy concealer, but every now and then I love to change things up a bit. I've tried lots of different concealers over the years, not bringing much luck - either they're too thick and cakey or there's not enough coverage. However, this Illamasqua concealer (official name: Skin Base Lift) is pretty good! Unlike the NARS concealer, it's alot more brightening which is what I need for the under eye area making me look more awake. As the concealer has peachy undertones, it helps conceal my dark under eye circles like magic! I love that it does all this in one layer, meaning I don't have to layer product after product under my eye area which adds to the horrible caked look! A really good product which I got for a bargain with the handy Black Friday discount (roughly £14).
All statements and recommendations are purely my own opinion. I have not been paid to feature or advertise any product, brand or service in this post.
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