Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Week 10 - Starting Off Project: Week 10: Make up tools

Hi everyone!

Hope everyone has had an awesome week!

It is the FINAL week of The SO Project (#theSOproject)... where has the past 10 weeks gone?! Really sad to see the project end!

The category this week is Make Up Tools. 
Lets commence…

Make up tools are used to aid in the application of cosmetics to ultimate give a flawless finish. There are many different types of make up tools available and it can be quite tricky to choose the correct applicator and use them for accordingly. Numerous brands sell their own brushes but I do like to look around since prices and quality do vary. Also bear in mind that paying more for an item does not always equal to quality.

Makeup Brushes
The following brushes are would be great to check especially if you are on a budget.

There are many different types of brushes and for many different functions from applying foundations and concealers to applying eyeliners and eyeshadows. 

Makeup Brushes
The following brushes are would be great to check especially if you are on a budget.

There are many different types of brushes and for many different functions from applying foundations and concealers to applying eyeliners and eyeshadows.

 The above image consists of brushes from Ecotools and E.L.F.

If you would like to read my review of these Ecotool brushes please click here.
Click here to read all about my E.L.F. haul!

1.       Blush Brush
I use this as a powder brush. I have found the rounded shape to be very useful when powder be it pressed or loose powder.

2.       Lash and Brow Groomer
The comb side is great for separating the lashes after applying mascara. The brush side is ok. It does the job relatively well, however I have noticed that the bristle does tend to fan out and separate.

3.       Concealer brush
The shape of the concealer brush is great for applying concealer on the delicate areas under the eyes.

4.       Eye shadow Brush
Great for application as well as blending the product. I prefer using eyeshadow brushes to apply the products rather than the eyeshadow sponges.

5.       Eyeliner brush
My favourite! This little beauty is wonderful for applying eyeliner. I have especially been using it to apply eyeliner to the bottom lash line. Also great for smudging out the product, be it liner or eye shadow, on the top lid to achieve a more smokey eye effect.
This type of brush is also very useful for defining the eye brows.

 6.       Contour brush
The shape of this brush makes it nice and easy to add shadows/highlights to the face creating lovely contouring and accentuating the facial bone structure.

7.       Eyeshadow brush
Lovely for applying eyeshadows and blending the product.

8.       Lip Defining brush
Helps in smooth application of lip products. Especially useful when your lip stick has finished- you can use this brush to nicely get to the remainder of that gorgeous lip stick stuck in the tube!

9.       Smudge Eye Sponge
This brush can be used to smudge/ blend eyeshadow. It can also be used to smudge khol eyeliner to create dramatic smokey eye looks.

10.   Eyeshadow sponge brush
These applicators are usually supplied with eyeshadows. However I do not always find them useful for applying the product. I feel that they tend to absorb the product making it difficult to use.

 I sure do love powder and blush brushes!


Sponges! Lets not undermine the usefulness of these applicators! Although I do like using brushes to apply make up, I do like going back to my sponges every now and again.

I use these when applying products to specific areas that I would like to conceal such as blemishes. They are gentle and easy to use.

At times I also use sponges to aid in the application of contours or blushes.


 Tweezers- great for some facial grooming!

Eyebrow pencil and brush
I really like this Rimmel eyebrow pencil. To read my review on this product please click here.

So this is the final post for The Starting Off Project (#theSOproject). Really sad to see this project end. 
I would like to thank Steph from Steph’s Inside Voice for creating it!

I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in this project. Along the way I have learnt a lot and introduced to many lovely blogs.

I will be doing an additional post with a summary of my posts for this project so please do check it out!

I hope you have enjoyed reading these posts :)

Stay tuned since there is another project coming up soon!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Week 9 - Starting Off Project: Lips

Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone is well!

Welcome to week 9 (already!) of The SO Project (#theSOproject). The category this week is Lipgloss/Lipstick!

From Left: Collection 2000 Cream Puff Lip Cream; The Body Shop; No 7 Stay Perfect Lipstick; Sleek' L'Oreal Paris GlamShine Stain Splash; Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Now who doesn’t love some fabulous lip colours!

For the past few years my preference has switched from Lipgloss to Lipsticks.

However, recently there has been some lovely lipglosses that have been released that excludes those aspects of the gloss that tend to put people off… such as the stickiness of the product!

I recently found out that lipsticks are believed to have originated from Ancient Mesopotamian women. They crushed gemstones to decorate their lips! Another interesting fact is that a British law was proposed to the Parliament in 1770 that a marriage should be annulled if one wore cosmetics before her wedding day… wonder what would happen if that law existed today?!

Lipglosses are a type of product that provides shine and sheen with a dash of colour to the lips.
Lipglosses were invented in the 1930’s by Max Factor. They were created to make lips appear glossy on film. Today the formulation of lipglosses can also be moisturising and provide SPF protection against UV rays.

Choosing your lip product
Today lip products exist in many different shades and come in a variety of packaging.

I think a nice place to start when choosing a shade would be to select one you would be comfortable wearing.

I found that starting off with a sheer lipgloss and progressing from there to lip products with a hint of colour worked well.

For a day time look, I think that a nice subtle shade such as peaches and pinks are lovely whilst reds and plums are great for evenings.

Remember to balance your lip product with the rest of the makeup you are wearing!
If you have heavy eye make up then balance the look with a subtle lip shade and vice versa.

But do bare in mind that makeup is an expression of you… so don’t let rules dictate what you should or shouldn’t wear… you rock whatever shade you wish girl!

I will be doing separate posts to review the lipsticks and glosses. Would love to know which products you would like to read about.

What are your favourite lipglosses or lipsticks? Any recommendations? :)

Saturday, 12 October 2013

The House of Rush- Rush Blogger Meet

Hi everyone!
On Thursday 3rd October I headed down to the Rush Blogger Meet up (#RushBloggerMeet) at the House of Rush flagship salon in Piccadilly Circus.

The event was organised by Becky (Lipgloss and Lashes) and Laura (Lauzzenger).

On first impressions all I can say is that I have never been to a salon as beautiful as this! From the marbled floors to the crystal chandeliers and the white and gold chic d├ęcor, this place is truly mesmerising.

I had the pleasure of choosing between a Bliss Fabulips treatment or Oxygen Facial (Oxygenator). I opted for the oxygen facial after hearing that it can be performed over makeup without risking it smearing all over! I was informed that the oxygen blast is also good for dry eyes, which is certainly something I experience. All in all this was a very refreshing and relaxing experience.

There were a number of products ranging from beauty to skin and hair care on display. The salon also offers products and services for male clients…so no one is left out :)

Botox demonstrations were also shown on the night. RUSH offers anti-ageing treatments and injections through their partnership with Epsom Skin Clinics. A number of services are offered including pigmentation removal and medical skin peels.

There were manicure stations both upstairs and downstairs which were very popular. I opted for a lovely rich red O.P.I manicure. Thought I would choose a shade that I would not usually go for in terms of nail polishes… some what stepping out of the box… it is also a very festive colour and very appropriate as Christmas is only round the corner!

The event was absolutely enjoyable. It was a delight meeting so many lovely bloggers. Truly great when you finally get the opportunity to meet people behind the blogs and twitter accounts!

I want to thank the House of Rush, Becky and Laura for organising the event and invitation as well as everyone who made it an absolute joy :)

Now, there is also a special something for all of YOU courtesy of The House of Rush! All you lovely readers can use the following codes to receive discounts on some of the services offered at the salon. Simply quote the discount codes when booking your appointment to receive the offer (cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers).

20% off any beauty services (not products or hair services)- Quote BLOG20
 50% off Microderm Treatment- Quote MICRO50

The offer expires on 31st October 2013.