Skincare/Beauty Tool Reviews

I received my Clarisonic in a swap on MUA (makeupalley) and immediately fell in love with this incredible skincare tool!

As I use Retin A and Taz I wanted to give this a try in the hope that it would help with the occasional 'peelies' I experience and I am happy to say that I am very pleased with the results.

However, it is very easy to get 'carried away' with this piece of equipment and over use it. The Clarisonic uses gentle pulse waves supposedly 300 sonic movements per second! Stupidly, I felt the need to give this beauty tool some additional help by using circular movements whilst on my skin and also applying this is where the problems can start! I cannot reiterate enough that the Clarisonic does 'not' need any additional help as it is very capable of doing the job on its own:-)

As to 'how often it should be used' it really is a personal choice. When I began using the Clarisonic I used it on a once a day basis slowly increasing usage to twice a day (morning and night). However, I did find that to be 'overkill' and have now chosen to use it 4 times a week in the evening only.

I must add that on the occasion's I haved used my Clarisonic in the morning 'prior' to applying my foundation my makeup always applies so much easier and looks flawless.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers Link

Oh how I love these tweezers! this is another (like makeup brushes) that is worth spending a little more money on. They are precise and will 'grab' the tiniest of hairs and will last a lifetime if you take care of them and remember to place the plastic cap on the top of them after every use.

Makeup Brushes
I was always under the assumption that it was a complete and utter waste to spend large amounts of money on makeup brushes. I spent years (yes years) wasting time and money on useless brushes that either shed, fell apart after a few uses or were just to 'prickly' to use. Finally I decided to give a MAC brush a try. I admit that I had to take a few deep breathes before purchasing but now understand what all the hype is about. No matter how wonderful the foundation, blush, eyeshadow etc is you will never get the best out of it unless you have some good quality applicator brushes. However, I do want to emphasize that not all expensive brushes are good and of course some of it is down to personal preference. I have tried numerous brushes and below are the ones that I personally reccommend.

MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush
I originally bought this as a stippling brush to apply my foundation but found it a little to large especially around the eyes and nose area. The brush itself is fantastic, shedding is very minimumal and it is so so soft. Rather than waste this I now use it as a blush brush and it works perfectly.
MAC 188 Small Duo Fiber Brush
This is the baby sister of the 187 and I love it for stippling foundation. It is large enough to cover areas speedily but small and soft enough to get close to the eyes and around the nose.

MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush
This is perfect for applying and layering your eyeshadow. It does not shed and is so so soft on the delicate eye area.
MAC 217 Blending Brush
This in my opinion is one of the most important brushes you should consider investing in along with the 239. The 217 Blending Brush does exactly what it is supposed to do....blends. I had always struggled in the past trying to create that beautifully blended smokey eye but this brush (with a little practice) makes it so easy. Just like the 239 it does not shed and is extreamely soft but firm enough to enable you to have control.
There are a few other brushes I use but the above I feel are the most important so as to get the best out of your makeup application.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for this! as someone who paints, I definitely know my brushes in said department, however, when it comes to makeup brushes, I'm much less knowledgeable and get totally lost.
    tl;dr: your post is appreciated and I'll def be looking into some of these. :D