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

No7 Skin Illuminator|Review

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No7 Skin Illuminator in Peach£11.00

As the weather gets brighter I am looking for products that are going to brighten up my still winter dull skin, one of my favourite products to do this with is the N07 Skin Illuminator available exclusively to Boots. Its a gold shimmer highlighter, that I like to mix in with my foundation to add a subtle glow to my skin – no disco balls around! You could also use this as just a cheek highlight if you want even more of a subtle shimmer.

NARS does a similar product called Illuminator and the shade laguna is very similar to the No7 Peach but instead of spending £23 you only have to spend £11.

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