The only blush palette you will ever need : Benefit Cheekathon

Hey Internet Friends,

I have a confession, an admittance if you will. Ive fallen in love. A special kind of love. Make up Love. I also have a secret for you my loyal readers, I have found the blush palette to end all blush palettes. I showed it you last week, in my London Haul but I tend to write blog posts for this site well in advance, I have actually had the Benefit Cheekathon for a whole month so its time for a little review. You ready?

 

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Benefits new cheekathon palette is the dream team of blushes and bronzers combined in the most beautiful, value for money and special palette I have ever seen. And you probably like me have never heard of it before.
At the weekend I was at my local Benefit counter and the women working there hadn’t even heard of it. So I am going to tell you everything you need to know about why you should 100% buy this product.

Firstly lets start by explaining why its such good value for money.
One blush or bronzer box from Benefit is £23.50.
This palette is £44.50 and you get 5 blushes and bronzers.
Now I know what your thinking, but there not full size products?
But the amazing thing is they are!
For less than the price of two Box O Powders you can have 5?

YES! YES YOU CAN!

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So why should you buy it?
The shades flatter pretty much any skin tone, I am deadly pale as you all know and I can easily wear every shade.
Lets have a shade breakdown shall we:
Dandelion is a sheer pink tone that makes for a pretty everyday blush, this doesnt have to much shimmer and is super wearable.
Hoola – you guys know this is my holy grail bronzer. The perfect Matte finish thats both build-able and subtle. Perfection.
Rockateur is a rose gold shimmer blush that gives the skin a real flush with insane colour payoff.
Dallas is a blush and bronzer combo that gives your face a flush of colour, this works incredibly well to give definition and warmth.
Coralista is a warm coral blush with a strong shimmer, perfect for the summertime.

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From the wrist down – Coralita, Dallas, Rockateur, Holla and Dandelion.

The literal only downside to this palette is the fact that the packaging is absolute enormous. But its just as beautiful as it is big, with Benefit you could to expect beautiful and quality packaging and whilst I appreciate the massive mirror and the brush I will never use it doesnt feel as innovative as some of the other Benefit packaging.

But my faithful ladies and gents, its whats inside that counts!

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The brushes I would pair with this palette is the Blush brush which is perfect for both bronzer and blush especially when trying to add definition, I use the expert face brush for popping a bit of blush on the apples of the cheeks and the powder brush for some real smooth blending.

These brushes are the perfect cheekathon palette.

I honestly give the Benefit cheekathon a solid 9/10! It only looses a point because of that annoying brush nobody uses!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post.

Whats your favourite blush shade and product? Let me know in the comments. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

London Haul : Benefit, Lush & Libertys

Hey Internet Friends,

As promised here are the lovely goodies I picked up whilst in London. HAUL TIME!

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Lets start with….

Lush Oxford Street

As you saw from my last post lush oxford street is a place of dreams but I had to show some self control! As I am moving to a new place soon that finally has a bath I decided it might be a smart idea to stock up on mainly bath products but as always with a visit to lush I had to get a little something extra too…

I decided to go for some oxford street exclusives and some everyday Lush addict staples.
I picked up:
Butterball Bath Bomb – So cute, so pure and so fresh!
Intergalactic Bath Bomb – because you just have too don’t you.
Two Bath Melts – so cute, so cheap and smell divine!
Hottie Massage Bar – Luxury in bar shaped, if you thought chocolate was your favourite thing shaped as a bar think again!
Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb – How can something that looks so pretty not be amazing?
Big Blue Bath Bomb – Sometimes bigger truly is better!

Then I went for a little nosey in Liberty’s…

Liberty of London is known for a lot of things but mostly for being incredibly luxuries, walking into that beautiful atrium of scarves that flows beautifully through cosmetics, chocolates and designer accessories how could you not feel transported into a simpler more beautiful time.

I know what your thinking, is that it? Well yes my loyal and brilliant readers that is it and let me tell you for why.
I received a sample of this lip moisturiser a while ago and I’ve been absolutely OBSESSED with finding it again ever since. Its amazing, its super nourishing and they sell it at Liberty’s.

Now this is where I went a tiny bit mental….

The Benefit Shop

If you come to this blog often then you know that Benefit is one of my brands, I am loyal to all my favourite brands but theres just something about the benefit products that really deserve my attention. The products, the packaging and the overall atmosphere of the brand. So when I found the benefit shop I just couldn’t resist.

The lovely lady at the Benefit shop gave me a bunch of free samples.

I bought the new Cheekathon palette that contains 5 blushes and bronzers all of which I love and I think are incredibly versatile. Beautifully packaged and with an amazing mirror.
I love the idea of having all my blushes and bronzers in one place so this product is perfect for me.

I also grabbed the Porefessional Pore away kit, I feel I owe porefessionl another shot.
So lets see how I get on with this.

Hope you guys enjoyed this Haul post.

What products have you picked up recently that you’re super happy with?

Speak Soon

HollyPop xx

London Trip including LUSH OXFORD STREET

Hey Internet Friends,

Recently I spent the weekend in London with Jay and to watch my mum run the London Marathon, do a blogger there is nothing more exciting then a trip away because it means new experiences to share with you, when your trip happens to be to the city that has a GIANT lush store things get even better.

 

These are most of the photographs from my trip and the Lush Oxford Street store. Don’t worry theres a massive london haul next week for you showing all the amazing goodies I picked up.

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The Tower Of London in the rain!

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DSC06505Gorgeous Sweet Treats in Lola’s at Harrods

DSC06506Stunning breakfast at Kings cross followed by a beautiful stroll in St. James Park…

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Then off to see the royal guards and Number 10!

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And now for the photographs you’ve been waiting for….

LUSH OXFORD STREET STORE
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Three amazing floors of pure bliss, amazing smells and exclusive products. Its the place of beauty blogger dreams. I was in heaven!

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Just imagine the best smell you’ve ever smelt and multiply it by a million. Every product you could ever imagine and all the time in the world to explore, that is Lush Oxford Street in London. The amount of self control needed to not buy every delicious smelling thing you see is unexplainable.
The colours and the brightness are overwhelming and the calming influence amongst the hustle and bustle of central london just washes away.
If you can get to Lush Oxford Street and you haven’t already then you really must!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post about my little trip to London?

Whats your favourite city to visit and why?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

LIFE UPDATE: Where have I been?

Hey Internet Friends,

Its been a crazy insane month. Absolutely ridiculous actually. Im in over my head.

I can give you no excuse as to why I haven’t been blogging, it deeply saddens me to not be writing to you every week but I did warn you this may happen.

This month I’ve taken on 3 of the most stressful things you’ll ever do in your life. Start your career, buy a home and plan a wedding. Am I insane? Probably a little bit yes.

These are all super exciting things and honestly I couldn’t be happier but life is a little hectic at the moment. So here are the things I’ve done this month that I think you should know about. Ready?

  1. Started my new job
    This job isn’t just a ‘job’, its the beginning of my career. Its a job using my degree and in the UK thats a rare thing at the moment, a lot of university graduates really struggle to get a job in their field and I’m incredibly proud of myself for managing it.
    Now I just have to keep it…
  2. I had an offer excepted on a new home
    I like many people my age am renting an apartment in the city from a private landlord but that annoys me because this isn’t helping set me up for my future.
    So I have taken the plunge into being a homeowner with the help of my parents, I’m moving out of the city which isn’t as convenient and definitely doesn’t have enough decent Thai places. Its very early days and a million things could go wrong, but I’ve got a good feeling about it. Its a start and its a home and thats whats important.
  3. I had my 23rd Birthday and it was amazing! I plan on doing a full post on what I got for my birthday as us blogger types do, but I spent the day with Jay and saw all my family throughout the week which in this mental time was very welcome.
  4. I bought my wedding dress. I say my wedding dress instead of ‘a wedding dress’ because strictly speaking it isnt an actual wedding dress. It wasn’t from a bridal shop and it isnt white but its casual, relaxed and very very me. I wish I could show you and share it with you but unfortunately you have to keep some things a little bit secret!
  5. I’m off to london next weekend which although hasn’t actually happened yet I am very excited. Expect a full post dedicated to it! My mums running the marathon but Im there for an extra two days so I plan on doing lots of shopping – especially at the Lush Oxford Street Store! And my new pad actually has a bath so that means BATHBOMBS

I hope you guys feel a little bit more up to date and I can get back to posting more regularly.

Thanks for understanding.

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for HER 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

Look! A post outside of my normal schedule, oh how I spoil you! Just kidding of course, but I wanted to give you a little festive treat and thats why this weekend you’ll be getting a post Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Now, Its always difficult knowing what to buy for people last minute. Maybe you get paid later in the month and haven’t had time for Christmas Shopping yet well don’t worry because I’ve got you covered! All of the things in this post are available for next day delivery or next day collection AND make excellent presents!

Soap & Glory
I love Soap & Glory products because the fragrance and quality of the products feels like High End with a High Street price tag.
There Christmas Gift Sets is no different, fantastic quality and range of products without breaking the bank!

It’s the whole She-Bang
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Retailing at £30 you really get a lot of bang for your buck here, this selection includes:
Clean on me Moisture Shower Gel
Sugar Crush Body Buffer
The Righteous Butter
Hand Food Hand Cream
Heel Genius Foot Cream
Thick & Fast Mascara
Peaches & Clean Cleansing Milk
The Righteous Butter Sunkissed tint lotion
Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss
And a gorgeous Cosmetics case.

Thats Make up & Skincare all in one gift set, a very fair find

Belle of the Ball
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This is the CUTEST gift set I have seen this year and it contains some amazing miniature products for just £12.
The set includes:

Smoothie Star Body Wash
Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub
Smoothie Star Hand Food
And a Cute little body polisher.

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This gift set is absolutely define, I love the fact its practically a full face in a set, it makes it an amazing product retailing at £20
The set includes:
Super Cat Eyeliner Pen
Thick & Fast Mascara
Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer
Two applicator brushes
Glow all out Face Powder
Three eyeshadows in the shades Cream Soda, Copper and Choccy

All of these products are available HERE

Benefit Cosmetics
If you come here often then you know what a massive fan of Benefit Cosmetics I am, this brand provides excellent quality products and even more amazing gift sets.

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This set is practically a miniature night time routine in a box. Its perfect for both skincare newbies or full on pro’s! It retails at around £15.50 and contains:
Flamingly Clean facial wash
Refined finish facial polish
Moisture Prep Toning Lotion
Facial Emulsion
Facial Cream
It’s potent! Eye cream

I can promise you 100% that any lady that you buy this for will absolutely LOVE it.

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WOW! I might buy this for myself. Look how amazing this is, even the packaging is to die for and the products inside are some of my absolute staples!
The gift set is selling for around £29.50 and contains:
Pore fessional Mini
They’re Real Mascara Mini
Hoola Bronzer & Brush
Roller Lash Mascara Mini
Four neutral eyeshadow shades

How to look the Best at Everything complexion Kit
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These really are a genius idea as they come in three different variations light, medium and dark so you can actually pick the right one for almost any complexion.
The set also includes a cute little leaflet that tells you how to get the most out of the products and really enhance your natural beauty.
The sets retail for around £25.5o and contain:
Pore fessional Primer
Boi-ing concealer in two shades
Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation
And a powder cover up.

This is really a fantastic gift and the fact you have a choice of skin tones really does show you have thought about the gift and genuinely care about what your giving.

All of these products are available HERE

Lush
I don’t know a single one of my girlfriends that doesn’t love Lush products, all of them would be more that happy to wake up to some lush products on Christmas morning. If you think a gift set isnt personal enough why not grab a box and fill it with a mix of products yourself?
Here are some of the Gift sets that I think are great…

Sweet Christmas Gift Set
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Perfect for Bath Junkies this set retailing at £35.5o contains 7 luxury products that will REALLY make her feel special.
The set contains:
Magic Wand Bubble Bar
Rose Jam Bubbleroon
Yog Nog Bath Bomb
Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb
Tooth Fairy Tooth Powder
The Comforter Shower Cream
Snow Fairy Shower Gel

All super sweet scents that will set your recipient up for a few really relaxing evenings.

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This set is perfect for people that love lush but don’t always have time for baths. Three luxurious products all packaged gorgeously for £16.95, the set contains:
Love and Light Hand Cream
Rose Jam Shower Gel
Respect Your Elders Soap

This scent contains gorgeous floral scents that feel super natural and a real treat for your skin.

Little Snow Fairy
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Super cute little set based around Lush’s incredibly popular Christmas Scent Snow Fairy. This set is a brilliant little stocking filler selling at £8.50 containing the Shower Gel and The Lush Fun!
A fantastic little set.

You can buy all these products HERE

Liz Earle Gifts
Liz Earle is the absolute top of my Christmas List this year, super luxurious products that deliver fantastic results for a reasonable cost.
I have chosen three of my favourites for you to consider.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit
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The infamously popular hot cloth cleanser by Liz Earle is a fantastic product fully complimented and hyped up by the beauty community. My gosh is it worth the hype. This set comes with the cleanser and two muslin  cloths for the standard price of £15.50

Liz Earle Sparkling Skin Duo Skincare Gift Set
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This set includes the everything in the previous set plus the instant boost skin tonic and for £28 really is incredible value when you consider how much more of an amazing gift set it looks like.
Sometimes when giving gifts Im often faced with feeling like ‘this doesn’t look like a lot’ but not only does this look like a whole lot but to the beauty lover in your life it will be everything to them.

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask™ Starter Kit
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This is a really nice relaxing gift for any skincare lover in your life, with active ingredients like green clay to draw out impurities, soothing manuka honey and propolis and rose-scented geranium to help tone and balance you really cant go wrong.
The set itself contains the Deep Cleansing Mask and two sponges for the price of £15.75

All of these products can be found HERE

Hope you guys enjoyed these Christmas Gift ideas for Her.

Make sure you check out the Gifts for Him post coming on sunday!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

 

 

 

A Lush Christmas!

Hey Internet Friends,

I love an excuse to be festive and my local Lush shop really gives me that excuse, even the most grinch like people in the world couldn’t walk in there and not feel a little Christmas Spirit. So whilst I was there filling up on Christmas Cheer I might have picked up a few little Christmas bits…

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I couldn’t buy everything I saw in Lush but I did manage to take you some lovely photographs,
Products seen above:
Snow Fairy Range, Snowman Shower Jelly, Snow Angel, Father Christmas, Yog Nog Soap, Holly Golightly, All the pretty Gift Sets.

Now for what I bought…

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Joy to the world gift set, Snow Fairy Shower Gel & Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly.
SO FESTIVE!!

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This is such a gorgeous gift set and would make an amazing stocking filler for anyone who loves Lush! Its under £10 and comes with the Love and Light Hand Cream and The Yog Nog Soap.

Love and Light Hand Cream is incredibly luxurious smelling like orange blossom and is really great for this time of year when your skin needs a little more help that usual to be moisturised.

The Yog Nop soap is probably one of my favourite Lush Festive scents, its so strong and warming with heavy fudge scents and a touch of nutmeg. As soon as I got this home I took all the other soaps out of my bathroom so everyone will have to use this one because it smells absolutely amazing!

The packaging for this gift set is so special with thick luxury paper and gold ribbon it really does make it look like a real treat! And its perfect for things like secret santa as it was a low budget with great products and you don’t need to know whether the person prefers baths or showers.

Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly
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Shower Jellys get sort of a mixed review in the beauty world but I’m rather fond of them, especially as a novelty or gift, its far more interesting and creates a real talking point.
The Shower Jelly products are so versatile, you can use them straight from the pot in the shower, freeze them and cut them into manageable chunks and use the to create bubbles for baths. Brilliant!

This Christmas red product is packed with little golden stars, apparently made from seaweed and is based on the popular previous Christmas Scent So White so fresh apple and vegan red wine. Very Christmassy indeed!

Snow Fairy Shower Gel
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This scent is iconic to Lush Christmas products, people look forward to this all year round, I know of some that stock pile it for the rest of the year. For me?! Its ok but any longer than december and the sickliness starts to get to me.
I couldn’t really imagine Christmas without it though!

This has a super sweet smell that leaves your skin feeling unbelievably nourished and soft. Its a real Sweet Treat!
There are tiny sparkles in this that will remain on your skin to an extent but its Christmas so a little sparkle won’t hurt.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little Lush Christmas Post,

Whats your favourite Lush Christmas Product?!

Any new releases your desperate to try?!

Link me to your Lush Christmas Posts in the comments!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Payday Haul: Victoria’s Secret & Other bits

Hey Internet Friends,

So, when payday comes around me and my fiancé like to have a little splurge (within our means) and really treat ourselves. This month was no different and me and Jay went to Meadowhall Shopping centre and had such a nice day full of shopping, wagamama’s and fun! So I’d like to show you what I bought….

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Victoria’s Secret purchases
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I must say, this was the purchase that I was so pleased to get, I’ve had my eye on these Victoria’s Secret Joggers for so long and they’re ridiculously comfortable and look super cute too!
There perfect for lounging around the house in the winter months and make me feel super snuggly!
You can see them on the VS website HERE

I also picked up some new underwear bottoms because Victoria’s Secret do a fantastic offer of 5 pairs for £20 and I find these so comfortable and fantastic value! The waist band from VS is really sturdy and looks so unbelievably cute.
You can see the ranges in the offer HERE

Nicky Clarke Desired Hairdryer
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My old hairdryer has been very poorly recently and overheating constantly so I set out today with the idea of getting a new one. When I saw this all Shiny and red I thought it was perfect for me.
What Nicky Clarke Says
Bring the glamour of red carpet celebrity into your home with the Desired range by Nicky Clarke, from the UK’s leading celebrity hairdresser.

Featuring a powerful 2000W long life A.C. professional motor and compact lightweight design, the Professional A.C. Dryer has the substance to match the style, with salon performance and great features.

Ionic technology helps to control frizz , the dryer has 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings for maximum versatility, a cool-shot button to add the finishing touch to enhance any style, a removable air filter and a professional styling concentrator.

The Desired by Nicky Clarke range: bringing salon standards and red carpet glamour to your home, because we all want to be Desired.

Sounds good to me! You can check it out on the website HERE

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fter recently picking up some Soap & Glory products (you can read the post about it HERE) I have completely fell in love with the brand and especially the amazing Shampoo and Scrubs so today in the boots 3 for two offer I picked up the following:
Glad Hair Day Shampoo – “No build-up formula with raspberry fruit vinegar, panthenol, glycerin and phytantriol to gloss, smooth, repair and strengthen. For all hair types including highlighted and heat processed.
Glad Hair Day Conditioner – “No build-up formula with raspberry fruit vinegar, shea butter, panthenol, phytantriol and glycerin to help detangle, gloss, protect and strengthen. For fine to normal hair types.”
Rich & Foamous Shower Gel – “Almond and honey milks, oat extract, and our soft and frothy M-SUDS™ MoistureBoost system leave skin clean, supple and irresistibly scented. The next best thing to waking up to the smell of fresh baking is taking a shower with RICH & FOAMOUS™ Body Wash. Super creamy, ultra sudsy, conditioning on dry skin, it’s everything you ever wanted in a wash.

Im really excited to try the two new products I picked up as they smell absolutely divine!
You can check out Soap & Glory at boots HERE

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Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Colour in Midnight Blue – I feel like when it gets a bit cooler and my hair starts loosing its colour I like to go for a darker colour and this year Im trying a really dark Midnight Blue. Fingers crossed it turns out ok.

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Theres absolutely nothing finer than after a long day shopping then taking home some Millie’s Cookies. I absolutely love these and think there the perfect treat while Im cuddled up in my new Joggers watching TV. Bliss!

Hope you guys enjoyed my little payday Haul!

What are you guys looking forward to buying the next time you feel like a little treat?

Link me to any posts you think I might like in the comments!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxxx

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel Review

Hey Internet Friends,

I recently saw Sam from Pixiwoo and Real Techniques post on twitter about their very own Deep Cleansing Gel and as a massive fan of both their youtube channel and brush products I was gobsmacked that I’d never heard of it! I quickly began researching the product and sent her a tweet asking where I could get it from and she replied so quickly! Honestly, its so lovely that social media gives us this platform to find out about these things direct from the source. So, lets get down to the nitty gritty shall we?!

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel
DSC03466he Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel is made by the same people who make the majority of my brushes, so obviously I was expecting brilliant things. It makes logical sense that people who make great brushes should make great products to support them!
Before purchasing the cleaner I watched the youtube tutorial by Nic on the Real Techniques website so I had an idea what I was doing with it and read a few reviews obviously!

Where you can buy it
You can buy this at all the usual places, basically anywhere you can buy the make up brushes. I did try ordering this from boots however they were all sold out so I opted to have it shipped from the Real Techniques website. 
Amazingly this only cost me £5.92!! (but I had to pay the shipping)
Boots retail it at £7.50
Superdrug retail it at £6.99

Regardless, its pretty cheap for a good quality brush cleaner and when its specifically designed for your brushes its even more of a bargain!

What Real Techniques Say
Designed for deep cleaning, with the cleansing power of a concentrate, this formula is laboratory proven to effectively remove nearly all makeup residue. It removes what you see…and even impurities you can’t see for a new brush clean.
> dermatologist tested for gentleness
> no alcohol or phthalates
> quick, clean rinse
> tested safe for all Real Techniques brushes

How I use it
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Everyone has there own way and I am in no way a professional, If you want to see how a pro does it check out the Real Techniques Website

1. I lightly rinse my brushes under warm water ensuring I am just wetting the ends of the bristles and going nowhere near the part where the glue lives (the ferrule?)
2. I then apply a tiny pea sized amount onto the very ends of the bristles and rub the brush around my hand to work the product in and let it work its cleaning magic.
3. Rinse the brush ensuring all the product is off the brush and no soapy suds remain. (Again being careful not to damage the Glue part)
4. If trying to remove stubborn make up like foundation or eyeshadow primer you may need to repeat the above steps.
5. Gently squeeze down the bristles to remove any water residue.
6. I then re shape the brush and lie the majority down flat and the super fluffy or hard to try ones (like that tricky RT sculpting brush) I let them dry facing down in a stand.

You should be washing your brushes fully about once a week, not washing your brushes can lead to rubbing bacteria all over your face. Theres zero point having amazing make up, flawless application skills and a strict skincare regime if you don’t wash your make up brushes.
Plus, they look so pretty when there clean!

What Did I think
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Hallelujah! My prayers have been answered. This cleaner has made my friday night brush cleaning an absolute dream, it takes nowhere near as long and they are completely spotless. They smell super fresh and amazing, they dry quicker and I know the product Im using is specifically designed to work with my make up brushes so I don’t have to worry about damaging them.
For the price this stuff is absolutely fantastic, I can safely say I will continue using this as long as I can get my hands on it.
The texture of this is a little weird, I couldn’t really get my head about using a gel on something so delicate as a make up brush but once I saw it completely remove Mac Studio Fix foundation from my notoriously tricky to clean buffing brush I was completely and utterly sold.
My only slight tiny moan is that I find the actual bottle a little tricky, its a hard plastic and it makes it a little tricky to squeeze the product out with one hand. But if thats all I can find to moan about then I think its pretty good.
Do I wish I could buy a larger bottle a time?! Of course I do. I wish that about all products I love but Im guessing its going to last a fair while and even if it doesn’t, its that good I really don’t care.

If you haven’t tried this wonder cleaner yet, please I encourage you too. 
Verdict – 9/10

Hope you found this post useful guys!

Have you guys tried this cleaner yet?!

Link me to your posts about brush cleaning in the comments. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

National Pet Show 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

Bit of a different post then usual today but I had a fantastic day last week at the National Pet show in Birmingham and really wanted to share with you all the photos I took and a little bit about the people I met.

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Before getting to the show I was super excited for all the cute animals and to see the legendary Noel Fitzpatrick do a talk about One Medicine (more on that later).
It was all a bit overwhelming and I met some lovely people and beautiful animals.


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SuperVet Live!

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For those of you that don’t know about Noel Fitzpatrick and the amazing work he does for the veterinary profession you can find his website HERE

Noel is working towards an amazing future where Human and Animal medicine work as one, allowing doctors and vets to bridge the gap and learn from each other so both the animals and people can benefit. Its an amazing charity that really can make a massive impact to our future. If you would like to find out more about the charity you can HERE. I’m sure you’ll support it as much as I do.
Why shouldn’t we have access to the same prosthetics and revolutionary medicine available to animals already?
Why should animals be used to test medicine for humans and not benefit from the results?!
Its just common sense.


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Made friends with these absolutely gorgeous dogs!
I wanted them to come home and be my new animal soulmates.

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And I got to do all this super fun stuff with my Mum & Grandad!

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If you ever get the chance to attend something like this, please do!
It filled my heart with so much joy and happiness, everyone was so lovely and sometimes you need a day like this to get things into perspective and realise whats truly important in life and what really makes you happy.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and don’t mind that its a little different then usual.

Sometimes you just have to do things that make you happy, you know?

Do you guys have any pets?!

Whats your favourite animal?!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxxx

UPDATED Make Up Brush Collection

Hey Internet Friends,

Since I posted my first Make Up Brush collection post that you can read HERE it has gotten a lot of attention, people seem to like having a look at other peoples collections and I am no different, there one of my favourite posts/videos to see. They make me happy, just as shiny new make up brushes do. This post isn’t about showing off or anything like that its just about sharing things with you.

There are 21 brushes in my collection so I have broken them down into manageable chunks, this makes them a bit easier for me to talk about.
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Sorry about the image quality, it was taken on my iPhone.

Real Techniques Core Collection
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The Real Techniques Core collection contains four face brushes

Buffing Brush – I use this for really working liquid foundations into my skin for a flawless and airbrushed finish. This brush is certainly worth the hype everyone gives it and it’s the perfectly structured so that the fibres bend easily as you’re using it.

Contour Brush – I absolutely love this brush! Its perfect for getting into the hollows of your cheeks and under your eyes for brilliant contouring. I tend to use it for a powder matte highlight under my eyes and above my jawline, I honestly don’t know what I did without it.

Detailer Brush – I use this for mistakes, its like my perfect little smudge eraser. Its just a general multi purpose brush thats forever useful.

Pointed Foundation Brush – This brush allows for precision application of both foundation and concealer. The brush is designed to allow for you to choose the coverage of your foundation and allows for you to really build a product.

Real Techniques Starter Set
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The Real Techniques Starter set contains five eye brushes

Deluxe Crease Brush – This brush is designed to fit in the crease of the eye but seen as my eyeballs are unnaturally tiny I use this iF I want a quick full colour lid or a nice base colour. Its also perfect for blending out a full smokey eye.

 Base Shadow Brush – Super soft and fluffy brush thats perfect for smoothing out harsh lines and blending more intricately. I probably use this brush the most when it comes to everyday make up.

Pixel Point eyeliner brush – I don’t use this for eyeliner, in fact Ive never even tried using it for eyeliner, I predominantly use this for cleaning mistakes like those annoying mascara smudges.

Accent Brush – This is one of my favourites, I find it just perfect for highlighting the corner of my eye and taking shadow below the waterline.

Brow Brush – I absolutely love this brush for doing my eyebrows, it works perfectly with my benefits brow zings kit. Super soft so it is really easy to create both natural and dramatic brow looks.

Face Brushes
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Real Techniques Powder Brush – Large and super fluffy this is absolutely perfect for both loose and pressed powders and I use it every single day without fail.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – Incredibly multifunctional face brush, Ive used this for so many things and its never failed at a single one! My current way of using it is for applying blush, I find because the apples of my cheeks are so small this works amazingly. I have also used this for foundation and find the finish absolutely beautiful and easy to apply, its that good Ive even bough one for my mum and best friend because I strongly believe every woman should have one!

Real Techniques Foundation Brush – I don’t use this for foundation but I do find it works incredibly well with a cream highlight like watts up by benefit.

Real Techniques Blush Brush – Again, I don’t use this brush for its purpose! I use this for bronzing as I feel the softness of the bristles really allows for a light dusting of my favourite Hoola bronzer. Perfect for a paler complexion.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush – I find this brush works well for a lot of uses, both as an amazing foundation applicator (really flawless finish) and for getting rid of annoying under eyeshadow fall down.

No7 concealer brush – I rarely use this brush anymore because the Real Techniques brushes sort of blow these out of the water. But it is ok for concealer blending.

No7 Powder Brush – This is so old the bristles fall out, if I’m being truly honest I mostly use this for things I don’t want my Real Techniques brushes being used for like liquid latex on halloween or watching new products.

Eye Brushes
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Urban Decay double ended shadow brush from Naked 2, Naked 3 and Smoky – Perfect for eyeshadow application with the smaller end to pack on the product and the fluffier end to blend and smooth eyeshadows. I find it incredible the quality of these brushes considering there sold with a palette, I was them every week just like my Real Techniques Brushes and they are still perfectly soft and like new.

Revlon Double ended brush – I use this for liquid eyeliner application on the angled side and correcting mistakes with the rounded end. This brush is a lot denser than the majority of my brushes and the quality isnt amazing but for how inexpensive it is I think its a great little brush.

No7 Eyeshadow Brush – I use this for one thing and thats highlighting under my brow bone but it is a great little shadow brush for packing on product.

Wow, this post took so long to write!

I love seeing other peoples brush collections so please link me in the comments?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxxx