Two New Makeup Brushes from The Body Shop for Contouring & Highlight

Hey Sweeties,

Following my recent opportunity to try out The Body Shop’s new colour crush matte lipstick in 429 Osaka Plum (here), and the matte lip liquid in 022 Paris Peony (here), I now have the pleasure of reviewing two makeup brushes from The Body Shop; the contouring brush*, and the point highlighter brush*.

The first thing to note is their appearance, both brushes (which are of course cruelty-free) have super soft synthetic bristles and gorgeous wooden handles which are incredibly dreamy to look at and hold. As you guys know, I have a fairly large collection of makeup brushes (here) and on appearance, the contouring brush and point highlighter brush both make a welcome addition.

The Body Shop Makeup brushes contouring and highlight

The Body Shop Makeup brushes contouring and highlight

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How I Clean my Makeup Brushes & Primark Makeup Brush Cleaner Pad Review

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Why is cleaning our makeup brushes such a chore? It’s not a difficult task, it’s just timely. For me also, I do find my brushes often need the full weekend to properly dry out so I have to clean them when I’m not up to much, or can rotate various spares. Not that long ago I showed you all my makeup brush collection (here) and I have a fair amount, probably more than I actually need but I can say the same for my makeup collection overall, ha! However, I have always cleaned my brushes using the same techniques, but recently I came across a makeup brush cleaning pad from Primark which I just had to try!

Primark makeup brush cleaner pad

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My Collection of Makeup Brushes feat. Real Techniques, Nanshy & Sigma | August Blogs

Hey Sweeties,

I’m not yet in the position where my content is highly requested, but a post on my makeup brushes has been asked for by a couple of friends and it also completes my series of posts that has looked at areas of my makeup collection (foundations, lips, eyes, blushers, highlighters) in detail.

I do agree that I have a lot of makeup brushes, but much like makeup (which some could say that I also have too much of), they seem to just accumulate almost by accident. If you’re someone that alternates between several eye looks, then I do think it helps to have several brushes that you can assign to each of those looks to prevent the constant demand to keep washing them. But each to their own, eh?

Makeup brushes

Real Techniques –

Without any kind of doubt, Real Techniques are the best brand available for makeup brushes on the high street and I would highly recommend them, particularly if you are new to makeup and/or looking to purchase a couple of starter set makeup brushes. I own three of the sets –the core collection, the starter collection and the limited edition Sculpting set. I also own the blusher brush which I purchased separately and use every single day. All the brushes pick up and distribute product really well and wash nicely.

The only two brushes I have had problems with however are the Expert Face Brush and the Buffing Brush. The Expert Face Brush after a while, no matter how many times I wash it, has lost its softness and now just feels a bit clogged; and the buffing brush while being fantastic to use to apply foundation, started malting which is such a shame. However, for the price, the Real Techniques makeup brushes are great quality and value.

If you’re looking for good dupes, TK MAXX always usually have stock and you’ll recognise them instantly.

makeup brushes - real techniques

Nanshy –

I was lucky enough to win the Masterful collection that contained all of the makeup brushes and it’s a fantastic set that I would again highly recommend. These brushes are also cruelty free. For a full review, I need to take you back to the original post I wrote in December, here.

Nanshy Masterful Collection makeup brushes

Sigma Sigmax Kabuki Kit

These were the first makeup brushes that I properly invested in and I haven’t looked back, although I would still class them as perfectly affordable. I am not a makeup artist and therefore arguably I don’t need a professional set of tools, but if makeup and good application is important to you, then I think Sigma are your brand. Again I have done a separate review of these which you can find here.

Sigma Sigmax Kabuki kit

Best of the rest

Wet ‘N Wild –This fabulous little eye brush I purchased in America last autumn, and in my American Haul post (here), I said that I regretted not picking up more from the range.

Look Good Feel Better – I first discovered this brand within one of my Look Fantastic beauty boxes (here) and while the eye brush is perfectly okay, I later purchased the contour brush in TK MAXX which I use every day to blend out my bronzer and it’s brilliant. Definitely worth checking out if you come across them anywhere. All proceeds go towards a great cause too!

Lottie –I know people everywhere go wild over this brand for the pretty rainbow colours their makeup brushes come in, and while I do like this eye makeup brush that I again got in a recent beauty box, I need to try more of the range before I can confidently recommend them to you myself. But it is a very pretty looking brush.

Makeup brushes

What are your favourite makeup brushes?

Until next time x

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Sigma Sigmax Kabuki Kit | Blogmas Day 4

Hey Sweeties,

If you cast your mind back to my American Beauty Wish list (here), Sigma make up brushes were on there as I have been looking to upgrade my collection for a while. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to locate them while in the States but quite conveniently, they became available in the UK so I took the opportunity and invested.

I have been using Real Techniques brushes for ages and they still remain some of my favourites but after months of using, the Everyday Face Brush stopped cleaning well and then my next favourite, the Buffing Brush, began malting uncontrollably. Rather than replace them I saw the opportunity to try a different brand and Sigma came out top.

Sigma Sigmax Kabuki kit

Sigma Sigmax Kabuki kit

On reflection, I probably only needed to purchase one or two of the brushes rather than a whole collection but I am delighted with the Sigma Sigmax Kabuki Kit, which contains five face brushes: F80 Flat Kabuki; F82 Round Kabuki; F84 Angled Kabuki; F86 Tapered Kabuki; and the F88 Flat Angled Kabuki. All of them have been designed to apply powder, cream and liquid products creating flawless high definition application.

However, one of the things that is said about the brushes is that the bristles don’t absorb the product (i.e. liquid foundation) but I have to disagree with this. The F80 brush is the one I have started using first and while it does apply foundation beautifully, it drinks up the product from the back of my hand like nothing I have yet witnessed before. This has made the brush clog up fairly quickly so weekly brush cleaning is an absolute must. But here presents another disadvantage, maybe it’s just me but they take ages to properly dry, like a good 2-3 days. This is why having a few brushes on rotation definitely works in your favour otherwise you’ll be using your hands!

Sigma Sigmax Kabuki kit

Sigma Sigmax Kabuki kit

That being said, everything else about the brushes is true –they are lovely and soft making blending a dream, all the brushes have a lovely smooth thick handle and while I do consider this purchase an investment, I didn’t totally break the bank and individually the brushes are certainly affordable. They also look fabulous, I love the black handle and the silver chrome detail.

In all, I think these a fabulous brushes and investing in Sigma was definitely worth it. Have any of you tried any of the make up brushes from this brand?

Until next time x

 

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