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Aug. 02.

Face Friday: Metallic Eyes

ff-eyes-thOn Tuesday I was looking at the Sleek Eye Dust in Vintage, and was thinking that working with other metallic colours would be ideal for this, really making the eyes intense. So, for this slightly delayed Face Friday (I have a spot that refused to behave yesterday, ick) I decided to give it a go and see what I could do.

First up, let’s take a look at the products used:



  • Foundation: Maybelline – Fit Me Foundation (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Powder: Physicians Formula – Season to Season Bronzer, all over face (summer shade used as contour on nose)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (Light)
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana
  • Highlighter: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)


  • Brows: Benefit – Brow Zings (Medium)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow – Base (Birthday Suit)
  • Shadow: Sleek – Eye Dust – Centre Lid (Vintage)
  • Shadow: Urban Decay – Naked 2 Palette – Inner Eye (Chopper)
  • Shadow: Urban Decay – Naked 2 Palette – Crease (YDK)
  • Shadow: Urban Decay – Naked 2 Palette – Outer Eye (Snakebite)
  • Shadow: Sleek – iDivine Celestial Palette – Browbone and tear duct (Galactic)
  • Liner: L’Oreal – Gel Intenza Liner (Golden Black)
  • Mascara: Lancome – Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara (01 – Black)


  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Color Riche Collection Privee Nudes (Douzten’s Nude)
  • Lipgloss: Lancome – Juicy Tubes (shade unknown)

And the brushes. Yes, a lot of eye brushes were used for this.



  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Ecotools  – Powder Brush – Powder
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Highlighter blend
  • Blank Canvas – E25 – Shadow (base)
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Shadow (centre lid)
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – Shadow (inner lid)
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Shadow (crease)
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Shadow (outer lid)
  • Royal & Langnickel – C260 Taklon Shadow Brush – Shadow (Browbone, tear duct & final blend)
  • Real Techniques – Fine Liner Brush – Eyeliner
  • Blank Canvas – E30 (brush end) – Brows
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lips

And finally, let’s have a look at the finished product, both with and without flash.

Face without flash:


And with:


Eyes without flash:


And finally with:


There is so much that I am happy with about this look. I really love the nude glossy lip, which looks nicely made up without taking anything from the eye, and the highlighter added to the glowing skin in all the right places. The eyes are the stars of the show though. I wanted them to be quite intense, so that they really stood out, and once I perfect the eyeliner flick, and practice smoky eyes a bit more, I think this will be a really spectacular look. What do you think?


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Feb. 28.

My Brush Collection

brush collection-thFollowing on from my Best of Beauty: Makeup Must-Haves post from last week, where I mentioned brushes. I thought it would be wise to share with you my whole brush collection, as I really do believe that they make all the difference. Continue on down for some brushy goodness!

Behold! I only have a few brushes, primarily by Blank Canvas Cosmetics, but also by Real Techniques, Royal and Langnickel, Sigma and Ecotools, among others!

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Just a few brushes then

Now, obviously this picture isn’t enough to do justice to the collection, so lets go into a little more detail, and we’ll start with the 4 odd brushes in the middle.

Top - Bottom: No. 7 lip brush, Royal & Langnickel Taklon Shadow brush. Urban Decay Shadow Brush (Naked 2 Palette), Sigma Eyeliner Brush

Top – Bottom: No. 7 lip brush, Royal & Langnickel Taklon Shadow brush. Urban Decay Shadow Brush (Naked 2 Palette), Sigma Eyeliner Brush

These are my odd brushes that aren’t really part of any section of my collection, but are still very important. The Sigma brush is one of my favourite eyeliner brushes, because it is small and easy to use, with a fine tip, while the Urban Decay brush can go into its palette for if I’m travelling super light. The Royal and Langnickel is also one of the softest, nicest brushes I own.

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L-R: Multi Task Brush, Setting Brush, Buffing Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Essential Crease Brush, Fine Liner Brush

This is the Sam’s Picks set from Real Techniques, which I was really fortunate to win from the Delightful Make Up Monster. They are excellent brushes, but not quite as nice as my Blank Canvas ones. That said, if I could only fit a couple of brushes into my bag, I could grab these, knowing they would do the job.

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L-R: Shadow Brush, Liner Brush, Shadow Brush, Powder Brush, Brow & Lash Brush, Concealer Brush

These were my first brushes, and are great for those starting out, as they do the job for a great price. No particular set will cost you much money, which is always welcome. They’re also eco friendly with wooden handles.

And now for the main part of my collection, my Blank Canvas Set, starting with face brushes.

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Top-Bottom: F02, F03, F10, F16, F20(x2), F21, F23

These brushes have been a revelation to me. I love them to bits! (almost literally) They provide such a great finish, and are so so soft. And yes, I know I have 2 F20’s, but one’s PINK and if a brush is that good you should always have a spare!

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Top-Bottom: E23, E24, E25, E28, L29, E30, E32

Having the right brush for the right moment is very important, which is why all except for the liner brush are in use here (I use my Sigma liner instead). Once again these give the most amazing finish!

And finally, you need somewhere safe to keep them, which is why I use this:

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Blank Canvas Brush Pouch

My Blank Canvas Brush pouch houses all my current collection of brushes, with a bit of creative packing, and as they’re al together it’s easy to grab when I need it!

What to you think of my collection? What brushes do you swear by? Tell all in the comments!



Note: Brushes are a collection of bought, won and supplied for review


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