Sunday, 12 July 2015

ESSENTIAL BEAUTY TOOLS

Anyone who's anyone knows that flawless makeup looks cannot be achieved without the right balance of workable products and correct equipment. Here are my favourite, and personally essential, picks for the beauty tools that I think everyone should have in their cosmetic repertoire. 

BEAUTY BLENDER
Ahh, what did I do before investing in a sponge blender? This one from Real Techniques is my go-to for flawless application. It's such a versatile tool to have in your makeup bag. I like to use it to apply foundation, cream products and, most recently/often, concealer when contouring and highlighting. It helps to evenly perfect your base and is really handy for cleaning up areas too.

BOBBY PINS
Oh my god, the amount of bobby pins I've been through in my lifetime... Seriously, where do they go? Well, they may disappear into Narnia every so often but I couldn't be without them. I bought a tin box of 100 blonde 'Get A Grip' pins from a hairdressing wholesalers for about £2 a few months ago and I don't think I've lost one yet. Tin boxes over those little card holders are the way to go!

COTTON BUDS
Another cheap tool I wouldn't be without. Aside from the obvious uses (cleaning ears etc.) I like to use cotton buds to clean up any eyeshadow or mascara drop-down on the lower eyelids. The skin is quite delicate under the eye so a little dip of the end of a cotton bud in some micellar water and the cleanup is quick and easy. Similarly, I use them when painting my nails too. Simply dip the cotton into some nail polish remover and clean up around the nail - works a treat.

EXPERT FACE BRUSH
This is my favourite brush to apply foundation with. I'm a pretty loyal follower of the Real Techniques brand; I've used them ever since they were released and I actually have two of these expert face brushes because they're so affordable. They have an ultra-firm and broad head full of plush synthetic bristles so it's great for applying liquid products. When I'm done with foundation and there's a little left on the brush it serves as a tool for blending contouring on the cheekbones and jawline. I do love a bit of duo-purpose in both my products and tools.

EYELASH CURLERS
I love eyelash curlers. More specifically, I love Shu Uemura eyelash curlers. They're a bit of a luxury buy but I really think they're worth every penny - although I'm not entirely sure how they're so fabulous at lifting and curling eyelashes they way that they do... I guess it's like magic! If I'm having an off-day makeup-wise (and god knows there are many of those) then a little tweak with these curlers and I know I'm good to go. 

EYELASH ADHESIVE
Duo Eyelash Adhesive is arguably the best eyelash glue I have tried. I love to wear false eyelashes - hell, I'm wearing them right now on a rainy Sunday with no intention of leaving the house - and I know that these bad boys will stay on all day with the help of Duo. I use the striplash clear adhesive, if you're interested. It tends to go tacky within about 30 seconds once applied to the false lash (due to the latex-based formula) and dries clear so there's no need to worry about having to go over any mistakes with black eyeliner. The little tubes last forever as well. I bought two together last Christmas and I'm still on my first one!

MAC 217 BLENDING BRUSH
Blending eyeshadow is a real treat with this brush. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but I believe that it's worth it. I actually have three of these brushes because I'm totally lazy when it comes to cleaning them, and it's always nice to use one for dark eyeshadows, one for more neutral eyeshadows and one for brights. And that's me justifying my spending decisions... But in all seriousness, it's such a lovely brush to work with, it's really soft and blends like a dream. 

TWEEZERS
I received Tweezerman Tweezers for Christmas last year and I haven't looked back. They're so sharp and precise, they can grab even the shortest hairs. I owe the neatness of my eyebrows to these guys! I also use them to hold onto false eyelashes and apply them really close to the top lash line. The thin tweezers are great for tucking in the end of the strip lashes so they don't look too fake or like they're about to fling off at any moment!
What are your essential beauty tools?
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  1. Hear loads about the Duo glue for lashes, I'm only just getting the hang of lashes lately so think I'll invest in some once I start wearing them more. Love the RT face brush though, I love it for creamy contouring products! x

    www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. If you're not allergic to latex then I'd definitely recommend the Duo glue! Xx

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  2. Really need to invest in the Duo glue - I haven't tried it yet!

    Amy | Get Glam

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  3. My bobby pins are always disappearing, I'm definitely going to find a tin to put them in now!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

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    1. Such a simple solution yet it's worked so much for me, haha! Xx

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  4. That RT brush looks fabulous! x

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    1. It's a great little tool to have! Xx

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  5. I love the Real Techniques beauty sponge - it's something I use daily! : ) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. It's brilliant, isn't it? I can't believe it took me so long to apply my makeup with a sponge! Xx

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  6. I really want the Mac 217 but I have a Zoeva set that has a dupe of it so can't justify buying one!

    Just Little Things xo

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    1. I've heard such great things about the Zoeva brushes - you've probably bagged yourself a pretty decent dupe there! Xx

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  7. Eyelash curlers are a must for me! Call it an obsession but I can't leave the house (ever) without giving them a good curl with the S.U curler and lashings of mascara! x

    ⇢celineavenue⇠

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    1. I'm the same! That curl though! Xx

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  8. Cotton buds are my actual LIFE! I don't think I could do my eyes with wings without them to be honest!! The MAC 217 brush has been on my list for ages and so has the eyelash glue, I MUST purchase them one day!! :)

    Melissa | Lemonmel

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    1. Yes, when I'm using gel eyeliner and a brush it really helps keep the flick on track! I'm sure you'll get round to buying both eventually! Xx

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  9. Cotton buds and my Real Techniques beauty blender are two of my must haves as well! I love the coverage the BB gives and how flawless it makes my skin look, and cotton buds are essential for anyone, like myself who often wears winged liner-I keep them in my coat pockets and handbags to clean up any liner that may have transferred :)

    LOVELY ROSE PETAL | Beauty | Fashion | Lifestyle

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    1. Ooh, I never thought of carrying cotton buds around with me. That's actually such a good idea I might have to start doing it! Especially as you never know when you're going to get caught in the rain and have makeup running everywhere, haha! Xx

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  10. I am so, so obsessed with the Real Techniques sponge! I use it everyday, and it blends out even thick products like a dream. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Lots of fans of the sponge it seems! Xx

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  11. love the sponge!

    www.wonderlandclothing.com

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  12. The beauty blender is personally one of my essential make-up tools! It works great for concealer too

    Aliya x
    thecatandthegirl.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I love using it to blend out concealer - it gets a big thumbs up from me! Xx

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  13. I love the expert face brush, I use it all the time to apply foundation and I love how easy it blends the product in x

    Lauren xx
    daisy-drops

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    1. So true, I don't think I could be without it now! Xx

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  14. Is it weird that I call bobby pins, kirby grips?! I lose all of them and always use them same with cotton buds, they're just a life saver when your lipstick smudges!

    www.thebeautybaker.co.uk

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    1. Nooo, I call them kirby grips too sometimes! Xx

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  15. All of these products are so so important to me as well! Bobby pins always go missing though,aghh! I haven't yet tried a blending sponge, I think I really ought to though!

    Chloe x
    www.chloepaigee.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Couldn't agree more! I use everything on this list except the Mac 217 blending brush but I've heard a lot of people say amazing things about it so it's definitely on my Wishlist! Lovely photos. :) x

    http://littlemissmexo.com

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    1. Oh god, you NEED it - it's amazing! Thanks lovely! Xx

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  17. I still don't have a beauty blender, but I do have all the other things on your list ;)

    xx Izzy | Qthee

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    1. I couldn't recommend it enough! Xx

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  18. Agree with all of these especially the cotton buds! Couldn't cop without them xx
    Glossy Boutique

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    1. So simple yet essential, right? Xx

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  19. Thanks for your link in the #bblogger chat.
    Your blog photography is absolutely amazing, i've found a new blog to stalk as your posts are just so detailed and helpful.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    - Chloe // chloexlogan.blogspot.co.uk x

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    1. Aw thank you so much Chloe, means a lot! Xx

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  20. I'm such a huge fan of the beauty blender, I don't use anything else to apply my foundation now! I've heard mixed reviews on them but I'm completely addicted and really need to get a new one soon as mine is looking a little worse for wear where I use it so much!!
    Love Holly x

    www.thehollydays4.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's so great, isn't it! Mine's starting to look a bit shabby too now - excuse to go shopping! Xx

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  21. I couldn't cope without cotton buds they are such a life saver. I love my expert face brush too. I really need to get a beauty blender though.
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise

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    1. Multi-purpose and cheap! Ahh get one, get one, get one! Xx

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  22. I couldn't agree more, I use all of these daily! Minus the beauty blender of course as I don't tend to wear foundation :)xx

    Lissy | lissyslife.com

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  23. I love my expert face brush! :) I'm yet to try a beauty blender as I'm so used to brushes.. but I think it's about time.
    I love your blog photography!

    Chloe // chloexlogan.blogspot.co.uk x

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    1. Thanks for reading (again) Chloe! Xx

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