Sometimes it’s the products that you never even knew you needed which completely blow your mind. Case in point? Bobbi Brown’s Dual-Ended Bronzer/Face Blender Brush which was included in a PR parcel a few weeks back, and I’ve used it daily since.
Combining pretty much the only two brushes I use regularly, the brush combines a Bronzer Brush with a Face Blender, which can be used for baking powders, blushes or even highlight. Considering brushes are an investment, the combination gives you real bang for your buck – you’re getting two full sized brushes for pretty much the price of one. Before receiving Bobbi Brown’s version, I used a huge fluffy brush for bronzer, but this version is oh-so-much better. Big enough to give skin a beautifully diffused look, it’s small enough to use in cheekbones and under the chin to provide a subtle hint of definition. It also fits into smaller pans (Benefit Hula is normally a nightmare to dig a good brush into) so it’s incredibly versatile.
Quite a few years back, Bobbi Brown’s Face Blender Brush used to be my go-to. So much so that I literally wore it out, and I’m not quite sure why I didn’t get a replacement. I’m overjoyed to have one back in my collection, because it’s one handy tool to have around. If you’re a fan of baking or finishing powders, this one works well. It also sweeps blush on like a dream, and I’ve been loving it to apply subtle powder highlights.
The brush could not be more useful, and it slips right into my makeup bag for easy touch-ups on the go!
If you had to describe Too Faced’s aesthetic, chances are you’re going to say pink and glittery. It’s such a fun brand, and I love how much fun they have releasing collections which are so ahead of the curve. The Tutti Fruity Collection feels like a breath of fresh air now that we’re firmly in winter, and I’ve fallen head over heels for their Juicy Fruits Lip Glaze in Totally Smashed.
It’s a true and opaque Barbie pink gloss, which is chock-full of glitter and sparkle, so it’s not my usual go-to, but for the upcoming festive season, it feels perfect! Applied directly with the doe foot applicator, you get an intense hit of colour straight off the bat. It feels quite lightweight to wear, and it’s hydrating on the lips. I’m obsessed with the hit of colour, and the added sparkle is just so fun! It’s a seriously festive update on your favourite bold lip!
Too Faced Juicy Fruits Comfort Lip Glaze in Totally Smashed is priced at £16 and is available here
Whenever the weather takes a turn, I tend to find myself in the bathroom for a lot longer than normal. There’s nothing more relaxing than lighting a few candles, grabbing a book and spending an hour or so enjoying my own company. Since we were headed down to Cheshire last weekend, I took it as an excuse to pop into Lush and stock up on a couple of bath bombs, so I could kick back after the drive down.
I couldn’t help but pick up a bag of the Cheery Christmas bombs. They’re absolutely gorgeous – who doesn’t need a flamingo pink bath at the end of a busy day?! And they smell absolutely glorious too! Wonderfully fresh thanks to the Sicilian Lemon oil in the formula – it’s fresh and uplifting. I love the subtle fruitiness which comes courtesy of the Buchu Oil – it’s just the thing for beating winter blues.
Lush Cheery Christmas is priced at £3.95 and is available here
It feels like Too Faced release a new collection each month, and to be honest, I’m living for it. Nights are increasingly long and dark, so the online-only Tutti Fruity collection feels like a fun respite from all the blackness. Filled with copious amounts of glitter, and some great pops of colour, the collection is a whole lot of fun! One of the first bits I’ve tried have been the Fresh Squeezed Sparkling Pink Grapefruit Highlighting Drops – one of two available colours, which promise to give skin radiant sparkle (with a hint of a fruity scent).
Depending on the finish you’re after, you can use the drops in a variety of ways. If you’re after a full on glitter-glow, you can apply all over, while if you’d like a more subtle shimmer you can apply strategically. For a subtle hint of sheen, I love a single drop blended onto lids, and it can also be used as something of a base if you’re looking to create a more dramatic look.
The drops themselves have a super-light, almost water weight consistency, so they’re perfect if you don’t like makeup to feel too heavy. Blended out over foundation or tinted moisturiser, the drops melt into skin, leaving a delicate sprinkling of glitter behind. The Sparkling Pink Grapefruit has a delicate pink tone which look beautiful when the light hits them. The drops are also perfect for using on the body – blended across the clavicle and shoulders, it’s perfect for festive nights out!
Too Faced Fresh Squeezed Sparkling Pink Grapefruit Highlighting Drops are priced at £25 and are available here
One of my favourite skincare routines has to be cleansing. It’s hard not to feel like you’ve accomplished something when you see the remains of the day’s makeup swirling down the drain hole, and the more thoroughly I cleanse, the better my skin always looks and feels. On a daily basis I tend to do a double cleanse – a balm to remove mascara, and then a foaming cleanser for the whole face. Now, I’ve introduced a third step – a swipe of Kiehl’s new Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water. Its a perfect closing step in my routine, as it feels so gentle on the skin, and it’s perfect for melting any last scraps of makeup or pollution from the skin.
I absolutely love the fresh fragrance which comes courtesy of the Thyme Essential Oil and Lemon Balm Floral Water, which the formula is infused with. Formulated with 99.8% naturally derived ingredients, it’s a gentle yet effective cleanser, which is perfect for all skin types – even sensitive. Not only does the water thoroughly cleanse, but it also works to improve hydration – a key issue now temperature are dropping!
Kiehl’s Herbal-Infused Cleansing Water is priced at £24 and is available here (UK) and here (US)