The Beauty Tool Kit

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Boots Cosmetics Buds|Garnier Softening Cleansing Lotion|Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream|Carmex Lip Balm|Clinique Repairwear Eye Cream|Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge|Eylure Lash Applicator|Soap&Glory Dr Spot|Nivea Express Hydration Primer.

The top drawer of my make-up storage is dedicated to all the beauty tools and essentials that I use everyday, not always the most beautiful or interesting things but essential none the less.

One thing that I can’t live without are these Cosmetics Buds with a pointed and a flat end they are perfect for sorting out make-up slip ups without having to re-start the whole face. Other tools I like to have on hand include a large supply of cotton pads, my Eylure Lash Applicator which is great for helping position the lashes and my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge my go to tool for concealer, cream blusher and contouring.

Skin care is constantly revolving in this drawer and some lives in the bathroom however a constant tenant is my Nivea Express Hydration Primer, I cannot live without this primer moisturiser hybrid. Currently when not wearing make-up and I just want moistusier I am using the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, this is great for dry skinned girls and soaks in super fast without leaving a greasy feeling. Clinique eye creams are my personal favourite and the Clinique Repairwear is my go to morning eye cream it tightens and smoothes and gets my under eyes ready for concealer.

I also have the Garnier Softening Cleansing Lotion, just in case there are any traces of make-up from the night before. Another product that doesn’t get used very often but resides in the tool drawer is the Soap&Glory Dr Spot; I am very lucky that I am blessed with rather good skin – other than its dryness and so spots often only plague me during stressful times. Dr Spot helps bring the spot to the surface and helps them fade quickly and effeciantly. My current lip balm of choice is the Carmex Strawberry Lip Balm which I apply before whatever lip product I am using.

What products do you have in your tool kit?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Models Own Brush Kit|Review

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Models Own Travel Brush Kit£10.00

I am a sucker for a brush set and these hot pink Models Own ones really caught my eye. There are five brushes in the kit – I have lost one on a set somewhere. A powder brush, shading brush, lip brush, blending brush and angled brush. My favourites are the powder and blending brush.

Super soft and none of them shed these are great for either someone just starting out or a professional. These I think are only available at Boots in the UK but you might be able to find them online.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

M.A.C Vex|Review

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 M.A.C Shadow in Vex£13.00

As you may know I am not the biggest fan of M.A.C eye shadows I don’t like the price tag and there are so many dupes out there some which are better! However one shadow that I absolutely love mainly due to its beautiful duo chrome is Vex. It doesn’t photograph well but its a gorgeous grey based shadow with silver, green and pink running through it.

Not so stunning on its own but over a matte base shadow it creates instant glamour. I love pairing this with Maybelline Permanent Taupe. If you are a slightly ‘lazy’ make-up applier – read as you have better things to do with your time. Then this is a great swipe and go shadow.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

The Porcelain Girls Contour

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Inglot AMC Bronzing Powder|Soap&Glory Glow Job|Illamasqua Hollow.

As much as I love my pale skin it can be hard to find make-up products that suit it, especially contouring products. A lot of the highstreet brands are too orange, or muddy on my skin but I have three in my collection which are great for chiselling out the cheekbones.

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow£17.50

If I could only recommend one product it would be the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow, the main selling point of this is the colour, it’s a gorgeous taupe colour so creates the idea of a shadow on the face instead of a block of orange. It is super creamy and blends easily using either your fingers or a brush – I love applying this with my fingers as I can create a really natural contour.

Inglot AMC Bronzing Powder in 80£17.00

If you are more into a powder formula then I love the Inglot Bronzing Powder. It’s a collection of five different shades that can be used individually or altogether which is how I prefer to apply it. It has a very subtle glow to it but still works to contour with but what I love is how natural it looks once applied to the skin. Great pigmentation and lasting power.

Soap&Glory Glow Job£11.00

This is actually a facial fake tanner but works perfectly as a cream contour, the darkest out of my three choices its great for extreme contouring and warming up of the face. It applies as a white cream but as it is blended – this is best done with your fingers, the micro beads inside burst to change the colour of the product into a natural tan. It sounds very scientific but its an amazing product.

What are your favourite contour products?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

The Perfect Lip Duo

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M.A.C Whirl|Soap&Glory Naked Beige.

I never used to be a lip liner girl but I fell in love with Whirl by M.A.C and now I can’t stop using it! M.A.C liners are so creamy and don’t drag on the lips so it makes lining the lips really simple. Sometimes I just fill my entire lips in with Whirl but if I want something a bit glossier and moisturising then I love using Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Naked Beige.Packed full of Vitamin E and Shea Butter they make your lips feel amazing with the added plus of great pigmentation and a pretty good wear-ability. Naked Beige is a lovely pink toned nude with just a hint of brown making it the perfect 90’s nude – the above photo is making it look pinker than it is!

The perfect lip duo.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Best concealer ever?!|Maybelline The Eraser Eye

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 Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer£7.99

Its not secret that I love concealer and this beauty from Maybelline is fast becoming a holy grail product.

The main selling point for me is that it is super full coverage, it’s perfect for use on dark circles but also on any blemishes or imperfections. A super creamy formula that blends perfectly with either a beauty blender or your fingers. I know a lot of people are turned off by the sponge applicator but that really doesn’t bother me at all. The only thing that slightly annoys me is that it only comes in two shades – Light and Nude(I think there may be more shades in the US). I have both but Light is really the only one that works on my pale skin tone, Nude is too dark so I use it as a cream contour.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

My Top 4 Cream Blushers

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Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush|Soap&Glory Sexy Mother|Topshop Cream Blusher.

Cream blusher is not everyones cup of tea and it certainly wasn’t mine to start out with but I have been completely converted! Easy to blend, full of pigmentation and with a better staying power than powder blushers here are my favourites.

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blusher in Pinched£7.99

The first cream blusher I ever tried and the easiest to use for anyone just starting out. Its a very natural peach blush perfect for fair skinned girls but would also look great on darker skin. Easy to blend, best applied with fingers for a fresh faced look.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Blush in Onamatopecha£9.00

If you prefer a more shimmery cream blush then this offering from Soap&Glory is for you, slightly less creamy than the Revlon one but still blends easily and is full of pigmentation. I love applying this one with my fingers and then buffing it in with a stippling brush.

Toshop Cream Blusher in Afternoon Tea & Head Over Heels£7.00

The cream blushers from Topshop look pretty scary and bright in the pan but once they are applied – I love applying these with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge they become gorgeous natural blushers that blend easily. Also the packaging is adorable! Afternoon Tea is a dolly pink whereas Head Over Heels is a more peachy orange colour.

What are your favourite cream blushers?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

The Pale Girls Foundation|L’Oreal True Match

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L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory £9.99

Pale girls rejoice there is an affordable foundation out there for us! L’Oreal True Match has everything a high end foundation has but with an affordable price tag. Being a pale skinned girl with a cool undertone is a nightmare when looking for a good foundation but L’Oreal has pulled through with their amazing range, with around 20 different shades for all skin tones the True Match Foundation blends effortlessly into the skin giving you a natural medium coverage.

This does cling to dry patches a little but with a good primer its great and lasts for a good 8 hours before starting to fade. It really helps to brighten the complexion and with an SPF of 17 helps protect your skin at the same time.

If you struggle to find your skin tone then check out the L’Oreal True Match range!

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Project Pan #1

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I have way too much make-up then is healthy so this new year I have decided its time for operation ‘Hit Pan’ to come into effect before I am buried alive in blushers, concealers and any other make-up items. I have selected eight products to use up as fast as possible, some I will repurchase they just need using up before they go off and others I will be glad to see the back of.

MAC Face&Body in C1

I really do love this foundation its great for super lightweight coverage but also can be built up to a medium coverage perfect for someone who doesn’t want to have multiple foundations but wants different coverages. However MAC doesn’t really cater for my cool toned pale skin, C1 is far to yellow based for my skin – I am going to try N1 just in case it suits me as I do love it. Not the cheapest of foundations coming in at £21.50 but its well worth it if you can find your skin shade.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory

I have a love hate relationship with this concealer, perfectly lightweight in the summer but not heavy enough in the winter and it doesn’t have a long enough wear time for my liking. I probably won’t repurchase this concealer but if you prefer a lightweight concealer which helps brighten under your eyes then this is the one for me and at a bargain of a price – £5.49

Glossybox Blusher

This is a beautiful blusher for us pale skin girls as it’s a lovely dolly pink however as its limited edition I sort of just want to use it up and get it out of my collection. It is a little powdery however blends beautifully and has great pigmentation.

Bourjois Bronzing Powder

I have had this for far to long in my collection I am slightly worried its out of date and I am getting rather bored of it. It is a great bronzer and for slightly darker skin tones would be perfect for contouring however for a paler skin tone a light hand makes it wearable but I have found better products since I purchased it.

Bodyshop Lightening Touch

This is a product I can’t wait to see the back of. A bad version of the Benefit High Beam, it is designed like the Touch Eclat but the product gets all gunked up at the end. It is also super shimmery making you look slightly like a glitter ball with the product being hard to blend.

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes

I love this palette and I already have a fresh one lined up waiting to step in when I finish this one. The Boin-ing concealer is impossible to use as its orange on me but the shadows are so buttery and full of pigmentation that I will have no trouble using them up. Easy to blend they are an easy starter kit for people just getting into make-up. The only downside to this product is the high price tag – £25.50

Seventeen Maximum Volume Mascara

This is another product that I can’t wait to get rid of. I love big in your face lashes and this barely tints your lashes. If you prefer a more subdued look then this mascara might be for you but it just doesn’t cut it for me.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nottinghill Nude

I do like this lipstick but its the old formulation so isn’t as creamy as the new versions, the shade is a little to pale for a nude so i’m not 100% sure if I will repurchase but I love Rimmel lipsticks they are super affordable – £6.49, the formula is super creamy (even creamier in the new formula) and the lasting power and pigmentation is fantastic.

Anyone else doing project pan?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Naked Beige|Review

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Soap&Glory Super-Colour FabuLIPSTICK in Naked Beige£9.00

It may be a new year but I am still loving the 90’s nude lip trend and this beauty from Soap&Glory is my new favourite. It’s definitely a warmer beige than some of them on the market with a distinct red undertone. The formula is similar to MAC Cremesheen very moisturising and creamy due to the shea butter and vitamin E in the formula but with a more Satin finish. Perfect for people who want moisture without high-shine. The pigmentation is also amazing and with a pretty long wear time (around 3 hours) it’s the perfect everyday lip.

I love pairing this with a bronze smokey eye or lashes of mascara with a naked lid.

Have you tried this lipstick which shade is your favourite?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO