Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Affordable Makeup Brushes I have been Loving Lately (M&S Autograph Brushes, Lola, Louise young, W7, Royal Brushes all under £11)

 I just realized that most of the brushes that I have been reaching for lately in my kit are somewhat affordable ( compared to some high end brands). So I though I'll do a little blog post on them.

First brush that I am loving is from Marks and Spencer's brand Autograph. To be honest before these brushes came out I didn't have great expectations from them as M&S Autograph (at that time) was not a big name in the makeup industry. But I have to say that Autograph has definitely surprised me and I think ever since I got my hands on Autograph brushes I have been using them almost on daily basis and they are a prominent feature in my makeup kit.

The Autograph brushes have synthetic bristles (cruelty free yayee!!) and are incredibly soft. In the picture below is the big powder brush from Autograph. I have compared it to the C309  Jumbo Chisel Powder Brush from EnKore (Crown Brush), although the C309 is slightly flater; I thought it'll give you an idea of size of the Auto brush. The Auto brush is round and dense, perfect for setting power or bronzer. The Autograph Powder Brush is £11.

In foundation brushes the ones thats I reach for the most are the W7 Flat foundation brush and the Autograh Foundation brush. I think the W7 one is my  most favorite, excellent quality, I have been using it for more than 4 years and I have never had any fall out plus it has the best size and desity for quick application without wasting any product. You can get the W7 brush in less than £5.00 and the Auto foundation brush is £8.50

For contouring I am loving the Autograph and the Limited Collection (M&S) angled blusher brushes both are equally good and very reasonable priced. In the picture below I have compared the Autograph Angled Blush brush with MAC 168 and EnKore C405 (Crown brush). The Auto Angled Brush is £7.50.


The Autograph Blusher brush is the conventional blush brush that you will always need to have in your kit. I love the size of it, its not too big or too small. Here I compare it with the MAC 109 brush. It is synthetic but still picks up the colour really well and is super soft like rest of the M&S brushes. It's around eight pounds.

Another great product is the flat eyeshadow brush by Autograph, its dense and sturdy and perfect to pack on the eyeshadow. A tiny bit bigger and fatter than the MAC 239 brush but that just means quicker application. It is sold as a part of the brush set at £19.50

M&S recently started stocking up LOLA cosmetics which have a great collection of brushes, out of which my favorite is the Flat eye shadow brush. The brush is really similar to the MAC 217 but just a tiny bit smaller. It would be perfect for packing on and blending darker eyeshadow at the outer corner of the eye or for someone who has smaller eyelids. It is sold at £10. In the pic below its compared to Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush and MAC 217.

Another one of my top favorites is the No.7 Smokey Eyeliner brush which is sold at £7.25 but I recently found the Royal Cosmetic Connections Smokey Eyeshadow Brush which I got from my local shop for only £1.99 which is a bargain and means that I can have a few of them, to keep in my kit. In the pic you can see the MAC 219 brush to compare sizes.

A good eyeliner brush is really important to me and after trying and testing many brushes my search has narrowed down to the Louise Young Fine Eyeliner brush LY24 £11.00 and Lola Pointed Eyeliner brush £10.00.
For people who dont like the thin pointed conventional eyeliner brushes I would recommend the Autograph Eyeliner brush which makes the application much easier and can also be used as a lip brush. It is sold at £5.00

That's all folks. I hope you liked the post. If anyone of you have used these brushes, I would love to hear your comments on them. Ta!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Which Is The Best Mascara

"Which is the best mascara?" is a question in every girls mind, but the answer to this question might be different for different people as they might be looking for different results.
So what do we want from a mascara? we want it to be lengthening, curling and volumizing. 

 Unfortunately not all the mascaras will give you all three effects in one. Usually a mascara will either be lengthening, lengthening and curling, lengthening and volumizing or curling and volumizing.

So to decide which one is the best for us we need to assess our eyelashes whether they are short, long, straight or naturally curled.

If someone who has naturally long and think eyelashes they would need a mascara that would give them a little curl and deeper color. If they go for a lengthening mascara it will only cause the mascara to transfer to their cheeks when they blink as the long lashes will be touching their cheeks when they close their eyes.

Anyone with really short and curled lashes should go for a lengthening mascara to make their eyelashes look longer.

And for someone who has thin straight lashes need to enhance them with a curling and volumizing mascara which will make them look fuller, longer and curled.

The finished effect that you will get from a mascara totally depends on the wand. So either you ask a beauty adviser for help when buying a mascara ( as they should know which shape of brush will give what kind of effect ) or just test and try and with time you would start noticing the difference in results from different wands. Most of the mascaras will mention what they will do for you but sometime I feel that they can be misleading as not always I have found that the mascara does what it says.

 Usually narrow brushes like shown in the picture below lengthen the eyelashes.

Lengthening Mascaras

For lengthening and curling the plastic brush wands are best as they lengthen and separate each lash and give curl.

Lengthening and Curling

Length and Volume you can get from wands that are narrow and have tiny bristles like shown in the pic below.

Lengthening and Volumizing Mascaras
And last but not the least, my favorite kind, the curling and volumizing mascaras. Usually they come with big fat wands for that amazing curl and give you that sexy looking volume.

Curling and Volumizing Mascaras

So hopefully now you girls can find that one perfect mascara that suits you best.