And OtherStories Haul

Top: &OtherStories Eye Pencil in 'Bronze Naquet'//Left: The Balm Cosmetics 'Mary Lou-Manizer' // Right: The Balm Cosmetics 'Shady Lady' Eyeshadow in 'Just This Once Jamie'

So excuse the awful posing, but I think that they really show off just how beautiful these products really are. I 'stumbled' into &OtherStories expecting to love it anyway, but nowhere near as much as I actually did. It's a wonderful shop, and I'm really excited about going again so I can explore a bit more. I left there smelling amazing, and sparkling from all the swatches I had on my hands, and maybe forearms... If you do walk past it, I suggest you don't, I say you waltz right in there and commence swatching (at your own risk of buying the whole shop).

&OtherStories Eye Pencil - 'Bronze Naquet
Oh boy, now I'm not usually a kohl eyeliner kind of girl, I never tight line nor line my water line but recently you may have noticed I've been opting for a slight smokey eye, and have been darkening just below my water line and smudging it out. I saw this and just thought, YES! It's a really subtle bronze colour, sometimes it looks brown and then when in the light it has a slight metallic, bronze tinge to it, and it really caught my eye. As for the formulation its really nice and creamy and it smudges like a dream. It is really inexpensive as well, on the same level as Topshop or a drugstore costing a marvellous £6! 

The Balm Cosmetics - 'Mary Lou- Manizer
Now as I mentioned in my video, I saw Essie Button with this, and just knew I had to have it. So after I swatched it, I fell in love with it, looked at the price (£17), almost died, but decided that it was too beautiful to leave behind. It is a very yellow highlight, which I shouldn't really use with my skin tone, and after having a bad time using Topshop's 'Sunbeam' highlighter. However once you blend it out, it just turns into the most beautiful thing I've ever laid eyes on. In the bottom two photos you can really see how much of a wonderful glow it gives you. It takes a bit of blending to tone down the yellow but the result is simply stunning. 

The Balm Cosmetics Shady Lady - 'Just This Once Jamie'
Right so this is just like one of my favourite eyeshadows of all time, MAC's 'Satin Taupe', but me being me had to go ahead and purchase it anyway. They are ever so slightly different as Satin Taupe is a bit more grey toned. The main reason I fell for this eyeshadow, other than the colour, was actually the formulation of the eyeshadow. It is so incredibly soft and blends really nicely too which is perfect for if I just want a light smoky eye, and I can just blend it upwards into my crease, and it looks beautiful!

Happy, happy bunny, I will forever love that shop and I'm already planning my next 10 trips. 


My Everyday Brushes

So here we have my favourite brushes on the planet at the moment. I use every single one of these on that face of mine everyday for applying my make up. I really must applaud Samantha Chapman for her brushes, and I know everyone feels the same, but she really has done a solid job on them, and I'm reallyinterested in trying out her new duo fiber collection. I think most people who have even the smallest interest in beauty owns at least one of her brushes so I won't go too far into detail as you probably all know it all already, but instead I thought I'd tell you what I use them for and how I use them.

Real Techniques Powder Brush
Pretty self-explanatory but I use this brush for my powder and my bronzer. I think it is perfect for those jobs purely because of the size of it, it is amazing at covering large areas at one time, so makes applying powder really quick and effortless. I don't know if you can tell from this photo, but it is ever so slightly tapered at the top which makes bronzing precise and it gives an almost airbrushed effect and I love it.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush
This brush is absolutely perfect for applying cream products, in particular cream blush. It picks up and distributes the right amount of product and I really like the effect it gives. I also used to use this for foundation, and it works in the same way, however I do find that it doesn't completely buff the foundation into your skin and I have to powder quite heavily, but for cream blush its perfect, which brings me onto the next one.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush
I used this brush for a number of products, but primarily for foundation. It perfectly blends foundation into the skin leaving it looking lovely and natural. I also used it for powder blush, because of its dense bristles, it was really good at giving a precise finish. 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
This has to be one of my favourite discoveries, I was pressured into owning every single one of her brushes so I caved and added this one to my collection. Having already had a brush for my foundation, I was a bit stuck onto what to use this for, so I used it to apply my foundation and it was love. It's like the perfect mix between the stippling brush and the buffing brush and it gives a natural dewy effect which I'm a big fan of. Although it doesn't necessarily buff the product into my skin, I just prefer how this makes my foundation looks. Tanya Burr also claimed that this brush was good for applying cream products such as the 'Soleil Tan De Chanel' which I own, and I must admit it works a lot better than the contour brush which I failed at using alongside the bronzer, because its probably one of the densest brushes in the collection it makes actually getting the product on the brush and applying so much easier. 

Real Techniques Contour Brush
Another one of my favourites, and I call this my 'everything brush', as I use this for most things. I use this brush for contouring (obviously). The slight point makes it really easy to define what cheekbones I have which is much appreciated. I also use this for highlighting as I think the shape of it is perfect for just sweeping onto the tops of my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow but slightly too big for the brow bone but it really does the job. And finally I occasionally use this for buffing in my concealer because again I think its the perfect size for using under my eyes and around my nose.

MAC 217 Blending Brush
Again pretty self-explanatory, I didn't actually think this would be a staple in my kit as I had the Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush, but this is just a different level of blending brush. It fits into the crease so perfectly and does an amazing job at blending out eyeshadows, I definitely see the hype.

Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush
I use this brush for my all over the lid jobs. It's very soft and again picks up a good amount of product, and easy to control. Also when I'm lazy, I use this to blend my eyeshadow as well as it does a good job of that as well!

Real Techniques Brow Brush
At first I thought the size of this would have put me off using it in my brows as it is quite big for an angled brush, but again it is very dense so distributes product evenly and good for getting well defined and precise brows which I'm all about at the moment. 

Do you have any of these brushes in your collection/ used this brushes before? If so what are your opinions on them?