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

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Instagram Photo’s

Hey Internet Friends,

Time for another Instagram update.  I try and post on Instagram as often as I can, I love taking photographs of my life and sharing them with you guys. You can find my account HERE and the good news is I usually follow back!


If you like what you see and decide to check out my instagram let me know in the comments on one of my photographs and I’ll probably follow you guys back.

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Hey Internet Friends,

Bit of a different post today, I hope you guys don’t mind! Just wanted to share some of the photos I took of the amazing animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park yesterday. You may or may not know that I am a massive animal lover and YWP is my happy place, its probably the only place I don’t care about what I look like and it sorts out any funk I may be in.

So here is my day in photos…

 

Hope you guys enjoyed a bit of a different post,

As always, leave me links in the comments of posts you think I’ll like?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

A week in photos | Instagram

Hey Internet Friends,

This is something I am thinking of doing fairly regularly so let me know if your into it?
A week of photos from Instagram. Instagram is something I’m really getting into at the moment and if you like what you see maybe you could give my insta a cheeky follow. You can find my account HERE

Let me know what you think?

If you comment on a photo on instagram telling me you’ve come from this blog I will happily follow you back! 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Whats on my iPhone?

Hey Internet Friends,

Ive only gone and got myself a new iPhone! So I thought seen as its all Ive been obsessed with all week we could have a little whats on my iPhone post.

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The iPhone Itself

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I went for the iPhone 6 in space grey in the 16GB model, this has a 4.7 Retina Display with a stunning 8MP camera and fingerprint identity technology.

The case that Im currently using is designed by Skinny Dip for urban outfitters.
I think the cute pink flamingos work well on the Space Grey.

The Home Screens

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For my lock screen I used a photo collage featuring most of my favourite people, this really does cheer me up overtime I see it and its nice to have them there all the time.
The actual home screen is clean and simple with all the apps I need right on the first screen, I keep a selection of apps organised in different folders that Im going to talk you through.

Some of my favourite apps on the home screen are social media apps, obviously wordpress so I can keep up with you lovely lot and my Virgin TV anywhere so I can never miss a TV show.

Two of the features I love about the iPhone 6 is the unique screen control that allows you to move the screen down by double tapping the home button (because my hands are too tiny for the larger display) and the brilliant apple pay feature.
If you don’t get an iPhone for any other reason, get it for the apple pay. Its honestly changed my life!

Photography Folder
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This where I keep everything for editing and uploading photos.
I have my trusty instagram app, the remote control for my Sony Alpha 500 and a few favourite editing apps.

My favourite app from the bunch is Over, it allows you to edit photographs to an outstanding quality and comes with loads of typographic options and cool pieces or artwork as you can see.

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I dont do a lot of shopping on my phone so this folder is probably labelled wrong, maybe I should change it to something more appropriate like lifestyle or something?

This is where I keep things like my online banking app, a few shopping apps and my trusty trusty Uber App.
I feel like everybody uses uber but if you don’t heres the lowdown.
Uber is the smartest way to get around. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go. And payment is completely cashless.
Its basically a cheap and convenient way to get your taxi’s, you simply tell the app where you want to go, your driver shows up and you can track your ride on the app and then you pay cashless either via paypal or apple pay.
If your new to uber and want a free ride on me use the code hollym684

Puzzles
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Im not much of a gamer, I pretty much can only manage Guitar Hero and thats my lot.
But cute little iPhone puzzle games really do get me.
The game I am currently absolutely obsessed with is called Two Dots and the idea is to get rid of as many dots as possible by connecting them horizontally or vertically. Like a modern day game of squares.
The thing I like most about this little game aside from its addictive nature is the simple and clean design. I think it really works well and doesn’t confuse and overwhelm your brain.

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Its no secret that the new iPhones have some brilliant health features featuring an in built pedometer and lots of other gadgets to get you thinking about your health.
My favourite app at the moment is the Calm app, I struggle a lot with sleeping and always have done. The app includes a bunch of different scenes and meditation techniques to help you chill out.
The company also sell a supporting book that goes along with App that I plan to buy as soon as possible.

Hope you guys enjoyed this Whats on my iPhone post,

Whats your favourite apps that I should know about?

As always, leave me links to any posts you think I’ll like in the comments. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

What I got for Christmas 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

Ive seen so many bloggers and youtubers doing posts like this and I absolutely love looking at them so I thought it would be nice if I did one too! As I sit and write this on Christmas Day evening I am quickly reminded of how lucky I am for the wonderful family that I have surrounding me and although this post is about material things that certainly isn’t what Christmas is about for me, the gifts are just an extra bonus. Now, lets do this!

crackerIm going to cut out most of the silly little bits for you guys and just show you the main big daddy beast presents!

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radleyOk, so technically I didn’t get the bag on the left as a ‘Christmas Present’ but my glamorous gran did give it to me on Christmas Day!
The one on the right is a smaller bag than I’d normally choose with softer leather and do you know what? I absolutely love it.
I love both of them so much that I think the next time I go out I’ll really struggle which one to take with me!

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How great is my fiancé?
He managed to pick me the Soap & Glory whole She-Bang and I absolutely love it! 
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 that I think I shall use to store the majority of my skincare as it really does need a proper home other than a box under my bed! 

Sony Alpha 5000 Lenses
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How exciting! My mum & dad got me a super amazing set of lenses for my blogging camera the Sony Alpha 5000 and a really cool case to keep it all in!
They very kindly got me the E mount 3.5/30 Macro Lense
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So not only will that allow me to create much more impressive blog photo’s but also really pursue my passion for photography!

Beauty and Skincare bits & bobs
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Burt’s Bees lips to tips set containing Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear and Coconut Foot Cream.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Christmas Edition
Barry M Sunset set
Portable Nail Dryer
A selection of Barry M Nail Paints.

Not a bad year at all!

I hope all of you had a fantastic Christmas and if you would like to link me to a similar post of yours that would be amazing?!

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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DSC03435Photobombed by an angry Alpaca!

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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