Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Botanics Radiance Balm

I read about this a while back and have been dying to try it so I picked up it and the BB cream at the weekend. 

The balm aims to provide the skin with an instant brighter and fresher complexion that lasts all day. It contains hibiscus which is a natural brightener. After using it for the past few days I have to say it does exactly that. 

I applied it after my moisturiser as a primer before I applied my foundation. It gave my tired looking skin an instant glow and once my foundation was applied I still had a dewy glow which I love when doing makeup. It is a peach/pink colour to it but almost looks pearly when applied. And the best bit? It's costs €3.99!! 

Since then I have been applying it every day along with the BB cream. I don't really like wearing foundation everyday so as soon as the weather gets nicer I swap it for a BB/CC cream. I have been loving this cream. It's really lightweight but gives a medium coverage and a nice dewy glow. It contains ginkgo which is packed with antioxidants to help protect the skin as well as spf 30. I'm so lazy when it comes to my own makeup that I love the idea of using something that you can just throw on with your fingers on the go. 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Nima Brushes

I attended the Irish Beauty Show at the start of the month with buying new brushes in mind. I have my Sigma, Blank Canvas and real real techniques brushes for doing makeup on clients which I love. But I wanted some new ones for doing my own makeup. I had intended on buying more blank canvas but I came across the Nima Brush stand and fell in love. The design and packaging is so beautiful  As I'm not too adventurous with my own makeup I was just after the basics. I went for the starter kit as it contained everything I needed for my everyday makeup.

The set contains 7 beautiful brushes in a black/white case to keep them protected. The brushes are as follows:

1 Medium powder brush 
1 Medium duo fibre brush
1 Large shader brush
1 Concealor brush
1 Crease blender brush
1 Pencil smudge brush
1 Angled brow/liner brush 

They are an absolute steal at just €45 (€35 at the show)

I've been using these everyday since I bought them and I have to say I absolutely love them the bristles are so soft and they cover everything I need for a basic daytime look. I also used them to do a more detailed night time look at the weekend and they were great.

The quilted case is perfect for keeping them together and clean in your makeup bag and would be perfect for travelling. 

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The brushes I choose are part of the Elite Collection, there is also an Artistic Collection that come with stunning matte duck egg handles that I'm obsessing over at the minute. I'm definitely paying a little visit to their site to pick up a few more bits. At the top of my wishlist is the Nima tube in duck egg for my professional brushes. Also the two piece duo fibre brushes.