What Makes A Good Makeup Brush?

Most of you reading this like to wear makeup, and it may come as no surprise to you to learn that I too, like wearing makeup. But you can feel disheartened if even after endless hours of scrolling through blogs, and watching countless hours of YouTube videos, that your makeup still isn’t looking the way that you want it to.

Of course this can be down to the products that you are using, if they are not the same, or at least very good dupes for the products that the tutorial requires, then the final outcome can look quite different. It can even be down to pure practice, no one comes out of the womb knowing how to perfectly blend eyeshadow, or with the stability to conquer a winged eye.

But if you’ve been practising for a long time, and you have invested in high quality products, but your makeup is still not looking the exact way you want it to, the problem can be as simple as changing your makeup brushes. So today I’m talking you through some tips to help you choose better makeup brushes, in order to achieve perfect makeup looks!IMG_7833You Get What You Pay For | Like most makeup products, makeup brushes are no exception to the fact that you get what you pay for. If you’re just starting out with makeup, then it is completely understandable that you might not want to invest in 3 makeup brushes for £20. But if you’re more invested in wearing makeup, then even with applying higher end makeup with cheaper brushes, you aren’t going to get as high a quality with your blending and application.

Density | A good makeup brush is dense. If you can, when buying brushes that you haven’t tried before, try feeling whether the bristles are tightly packed, or if there are only a few of them. If the brush is dense, the product will sit on top of it, and apply easily to your face, meaning you require less product. Whereas with loose brushes, when you swirl the brush in the product, a lot of the product will be lost in between the bristles, and fall into the brush, meaning you use more product to actually get it onto your face.

Fallout | If, as I mentioned in the point above, you are able to feel the brushes before you buy them, try lightly pulling at the bristles. If any of the bristles fall away from the brush itself in your hands, then it is not a brush worth your time.

Fame | If a particular company are well known for making makeup brushes, then you can be pretty sure that their brushes are going to be of a high quality. However if you’re trying out new makeup brushes from a company that are well known for making lipsticks, you might have to expect, not getting a high quality brush.

Those are my top tips for choosing new makeup brushes, I hope they helped you out! Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you’ve had any bad experiences with a particular brand, or if a brand has surprised you with incredibly affordable brushes!

Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Event

Recently myself and a friend were invited to attend Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass tea party, and makeup master class, so I thought I’d bring you guys along, and let you know how it went!

When we arrived, we saw that the usual Urban Decay counter was decorated aptly, in a tea party, Alice in Wonderland theme. There was fake moss, cake stands (with cakes of course, Urban Decay knows the ways to our hearts!) along with their limited edition makeup items displayed in cute tea cups and tree stumps. IMG_2334There was also a makeup tutorial that featured most of the products. The makeup artist talked us through a half ‘natural’ daytime look, and half ‘edgy’ night-time look.

The daytime look featured the ‘Alice‘ shades from the limited edition palette, with their new ‘Beached‘ bronzer, and the lipstick in the shade ‘Alice‘ from the limited edition lipsticks in tribute to the film.

The night-time look featured a mix of some of the ‘Iracebeth‘ and ‘Time‘ shades, to create a really deep and smoky eye, along with the lipstick in the shade ‘Time‘ on the lips.IMG_2324I personally really loved the formula of the lipsticks, like most Urban Decay lipsticks, they are creamy and feel lovely on the lips, and I was actually really tempted by the colour ‘Mirana‘, but I stopped myself from buying it because I realised that the reason I loved it so much was that it reminded me of MAC’s Ariana Grande Viva Glam lipstick, (it’s matte too!), which I already own.

The other lipsticks really are quite unique and pretty, ‘Alice‘ is a beautifully shimmery pale nude, ‘Mad Hatter‘ is a heavenly pigmented shimmery purple, ‘Time‘ is an unusual and metallic-looking blue, and ‘Iracebeth‘ is a pinky-red matte fused shade.

Unfortunately all of the lipsticks are now sold out, and I don’t know if they are going to be restocked or if that’s it because they are limited edition, but you can keep an eye on them on Urban Decay’s site.IMG_2328I knew as soon as I was invited to this event that I wanted the eyeshadow palette. There was no doubt in my mind that even before I had seen it in the flesh, that I wanted it. When we first got to see it though, I was sold, purely by the shades ‘Gone Mad’, ‘Paradox’ and ‘Dream On’. I’ve really been loving orange eyeshadow shades lately, as they really compliment my eyes and skin tone, and the rest of the palette is just so unique, and insanely pigmented.

I won’t go too into detail on the palette because I do have a separate post going up after this one, so be sure to look out for that one!


That’s it for Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Event, I really enjoyed the event, and was so happy to be invited. I loved the makeup tips that we were taught, and I can’t wait to attend more makeup and blogger events.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve got any of the lipsticks, or if like me, you couldn’t wait to get the palette!

7 Deadly Sins Beauty Tag

Hey guys! I wanted to share a tag with you today, but I wasn’t sure which one to do. So I spent some time searching through the Internet, and I found this one. I thought it seemed quite unheard of and unique, so I’m going to give it a go! Hope you enjoy!

GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

Most inexpensive would be my Collection Extreme 24 hour Felt Liner (my favourite) and my most expensive item would be my Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette.

WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? 

My most love/hate relationship with any makeup item is just attempting to put any eyeliner in my waterline. No matter how good the product is, it just never seems to stay, yet I would love to wear it. (BONUS: Matte lipsticks. They are gorgeous but why do they have to be so drying? I mean, I know why, but still.)

GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

My eyeshadow palettes smell good enough to eat, but MAC lipsticks are deceptively delicious smelling and tasty on the lips…

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SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

Lipsticks, if I could put it on once and it’d stay all day I would, but reapplying is such a pain.

PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self-confidence?

Just about any felt liner, because I live for WINGED EYELINER.

LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Sense of humour, kindness

ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

I just always like trying out new things, so literally anything I don’t already have, ha!


That’s it for the 7 Deadly Sin Beauty Sins Tag, I hope you guys enjoyed it!

Pick 2 of your favourite questions and let me know your answers!

Ultimate Guide To Nail Care

Since I found a love for nail art, I also discovered how important it is to have a proper nail care routine, because with applying varnishes to your nails on a regular basis, it can make them weaker and prone to breaking, if you’re not giving them the proper care that they need.

A huge part of doing your nails is obviously removing the varnishes once they begin to chip, or just when you want to change the colour. This is where a lot of the damage can occur to your nails, because nail varnish removers contain alcohol, and this strips your nail of its natural oils, and therefore leaves your nails dry, brittle and highly prone to breaking.

So after a few years of trial and error, I’ve finally found a perfect formula for keeping your nails strong and healthy, even if you regularly paint them.Healthy Nails 2Cuticle Oil | Over time, I’ve learned of the importance of replacing any oils lost both on and near your nails through repeatedly subjecting them to varnishes and nail varnish remover. If you go to a nail salon, you’ll notice that after you’ve had your nails reshaped, and the polish removed, you have something called a cuticle oil painted across your unpainted nails, and massaged into your cuticles, and base of your nail. This step is essential for keeping your nails hydrated as they grow out, and it also helps keep your cuticles healthy and moisturised.

Nail Primer | This next step is another essential if you like your nail varnish to last. By using a proper nail primer, it can extend the length of your varnish by roughly a week! Most people like to use a base coat, which is helpful for keeping colours put, but they add a shine to your nails, which can mean that after a couple of days, the varnish can begin to peel away, as the combination of a base and top coat acts as a double-sided layer that essentially ‘traps’ the varnish, and results in it peeling away from your nail. The difference with a nail primer is that it goes on like a regular base coat, but it then dries matte, meaning that whatever colour you apply on top of it is absorbed by this layer, and it’s held by the nail, instead of being suspended on top of it.

2 in 1 Varnish | If you can’t find a nail primer, and you find that your base or top coat isn’t enough to keep your nail varnish put, it might simply be that they aren’t compatible. Instead I would also recommend using a 2 in 1 varnish because it works as both a base coat and a top coat, so it keeps your varnish from budging.

Nail Hardener | If you find that even with all of these recommendations, your nails are still quite prone to breaking, it could be down to your diet, so while trying to pinpoint how to improve your nails, a quick fix is to use a trustworthy nail strengthener, and paint that onto your nails before and after applying a colour.


Those are my top products for improving the condition and longevity after painting your nails. I hope you guys enjoyed it, and it’ll help you out!

Do you find painting your nails to be more of a chore, or a relaxing treat?

Makeup Revolution Blush & Contour Palette

Hey guys! As you may have seen, there’s a major love for Makeup Revolutions palettes among the blogging community, and who can blame us, look at how gorgeous they are!

I’ve had the ‘Golden Sugar Blush & Contour’ palette for quite a while now, and I’ve been really impressed with it, so today I’m going to talk you through why I really like this product.IMG_1939Firstly, there’s the formulation of this product. As Makeup Revolution describe this palette, “we explore the most amazing collection of bronzers, merged blushers, baked bronzer and 2 merged baked highlighters.” Each colour is incredibly creamy, particularly the baked highlighters and blushers.

Makeup Revolution actually are my favourite brand (apart from Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminated) for highlighters, as they are so beautifully pigmented and the shimmer makes everyone that wears them look like sparkling, radiant beings.

I was also highly impressed with the variations of shades within this palette. If you’re a Makeup Revolution fan, you’ll know that they have quite a wide collection of highlighters, bronzers, and blush palettes, but usually they conform to a particular shade, and include slight variations of that shade. Whereas this palette covers a much cooler variation of shades, which I think makes this palette perfect for many more variations of skin tone.

Overall, my favourite thing about this palette is the fact that it pretty much covers your entire base. With highlighters, blushers and bronzers, it’s perfect for including in a travel makeup bag, since it contains everything but your base.


That’s everything I can think to mention about this palette, I would definitely recommend picking it up and giving it a try for yourself, especially because just like all Makeup Revolution products, it’s highly affordable.

Have you tried this product? Let me know how you found it in the comments!

John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Serum

Hey guys! The other day I was wondering what kind of blog post I wanted to write, and I was trawling through my makeup while crying over how I couldn’t do an OOTD post because the weather was so awful, when I realised that for quite a while now, I had kept a secret from you all.

That’s right, I know.

I saw a product that I’ve come to adore, because it was everything I was looking for, and it delivered so much more than I expected from it, and I realised that I’d never even mentioned it. It hadn’t appeared in a favourites post, I hadn’t even mentioned how awesome it is on Twitter. It had sat, on my bedside table, helping me out every day. Almost like something so perfect, I didn’t want anyone else to know.IMG_1869Enough of this mushy love story, I am of course, as you can tell by the title of this post, talking about John Frieda’s Frizz Ease ‘Perfect Finish’ Polishing Serum.

I had been suffering from dry hair (especially on the very ends) for quite a while, as the lack of humidity during the winter months might be good for keeping my curls from going out of control, it’s actually really damaging to the lengths of my hair.

I had previously tried Vitapointe Leave-In Conditioner, and gotten on with it quite well, but I knew that I still wanted to try out an oil treatment that I could use for both a quick fix of moisture once I’d finished styling my hair, and an actual treatment on my hair.IMG_1870I actually found this Polishing Serum when I was picking up hair dye a few months ago because I thought it sounded like the perfect thing to put onto my hair once I’d dyed and blow dried it, as it might need a little moisture rescue.

To be honest, it was everything I expected when I first used it, but I highly overestimated the amount that I’d require. And as my hair is reasonably long now, that’s definitely saying something. I used two pumps (as the directions recommended adjusting the amount used for longer/thicker hair) but when running it through the ends of my hair, I realised it was too much because it started to sit and make them look a little bit greasy.

Overall, this product is ridiculously hydrating, and like I mentioned before, perfect for a finishing touch to your styled look, or for a hydrating mask before washing your hair. I also really like that it’s an affordable product because it’s recommend to be used ‘sparingly’, it lasts for much longer than other leave-in conditioners.


That’s it for my quick review of John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Serum, have you tried this product before? Let me know in the comments!

Guide To Face Masks

I love a good face mask, who doesn’t? But if you’ve got, like me, sensitive skin, you can be quite wary about putting anything onto your face, especially as many face masks can be quite strong and end up burning your skin.

So today I’m going to give you guys a run down to the face masks that I really like, that are also suitable for sensitive skin!backgrounder (2)IMG_1029My 7th Heaven | These are the face masks that we will all have tried, they are some of the cheapest on the market, and they have a huge  and diverse range available. Every pack has a guide in the top right corner as to what skin type they are most suitable for, but they are all so gentle, that from my experience they are all suitable for use on all skin types, but if you want a particular one geared for dry skin, or congested skin, just look for one with that in the corner. Like I said, they aren’t particularly strong, so I would recommend giving any of these a try as you’ve got so many options, from mud masks to honey peel off ones!IMG_1030Soap & Glory’s Scrub Your Nose In It| This mask is another one of my favourites because it comes in a tube, so you’ve got a lot more masks for your money, but it does contain a much stronger formula than most drugstore face masks, so I only like to use this one if my skin is completely clear, otherwise it can tend to sting, and no, that is NOT what face masks are supposed to do! As it is a bit stronger, it means that it does leave your skin feeling really new and refreshed, but I wouldn’t use it if you suffer from acne or any other skin issues.IMG_1031Azure Spa’s Collagen Woven Facial Mask | These face masks are my second-favourite to use, because they are woven, so you don’t need to worry about correctly applying them, or using too much or too little, you just open the pack and place it on your face. I find that these are much better for soothing the skin, because you’re not rubbing at it to apply the mask.IMG_1036Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask | These masks are my absolute favourite, because they are unbelievably cheap, and with my experience, you can get two face masks from one pack, because the formula is so thick. So I’d recommend using these with friends, because you can’t really re-seal the pack once you’ve opened it, and it is a bit too much to use in one go.


That’s it for all of my face masks, I hope this little guide has helped you guys out! I did also talk about an entire brand of face masks that I recently discovered HERE, if you’d like to check those out too. Do you like using face masks? Let me know what your favourite brand is in the comments!

Quick & Easy Valentine’s Makeup Look

Dudes, before you overlook this post thinking to yourself, “Corinne, I really don’t need to watch another video with far too many steps to be practical, with far too many products for anyone to necessarily own”, this post is different.

Yes it’s a Valentine’s Day inspired post, but it actually is really quick, easy, and there’s no red lip in sight.backgrounderI know most Valentine’s Day makeup tutorials talk about different shades of red to perfectly suit every skin colour, but the truth is that some people just don’t want to wear a red lipstick, so this look is a simple but romantic ‘loved-up’ look.All I’ve used to create this look is 6 products (and one tool, but I’m not counting that) and it takes roughly 10 minutes to be fully done.IMG_1255

Start out by prepping your skin with moisturiser, then complete your usual foundation regime. I’ve then lightly contoured with the Estée Lauder “All Over Face Compact” and highlighted with Makeup Revolution’s “Blush” Palette.

Then fill in your eyebrows and apply ‘Mink’ from Soap & Glory’s “The Perfect 10” palette all over your eyelid, then apply a little bit of ‘Nudecomer’ to define the crease of your eye, and finally a little bit of ‘Moon Mist’ to the very inner corners of your eyes.

Once you’ve finished your eyeshadow, draw a thin cat eye with eyeliner, and apply some glue to some light and fluttery lashes. I am in love with this set from Fleur De Force by Eyelure because they are actually only 3/4 of the usual size of eyelashes, so they focus on the outside of your eyes, making your eyes look super big, and your lashes natural and fluttery!

Once the glue has almost dried and become tacky, curl your lashes, and then apply the falsies, and fill in any gaps with your eyeliner. The final step is to apply Bourjois’ “Rouge Edition Velvet” in the colour ‘Nude-ist’.


And you’re done! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and like this look, I really wanted to give you a different option to a bold red lip for Valentine’s. Let me know if you’re going to be wearing a similar look for Valentine’s Day!

What are you getting up to this Valentine’s Day?

BLOGMAS Day 17 // Festive Makeup Look

Hey guys! Can you believe that today is exactly a week until Christmas eve?!

So today I thought I’d show you guys one of my favourite makeup looks for the festive season, with a little video!

I really love seeing everyone’s favourite festive looks, so that’s why I shared mine with you today, I hope you enjoyed it!

Drop me a little comment on the video if you did enjoy it, and let me know what kinds of videos you’d like to see from me in the coming year!


What are your go-to products/looks when it comes to the party season?

22 Beauty Hacks Everyone Should Know

Fotor0916134947This post is quite long, so without further introduction, here are 22 beauty hacks that I think everyone should know!


1. Apply Vaseline to your eyelashes before bed, this will make them easier to curl in the morning and enhances growth.

2. Use a DIY sugar scrub before you shave for the worlds softest legs which will be officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records – mix one part oil to two parts sugar, and add vanilla essence or lavender oil, whatever scent you most enjoy, and rub it onto your legs to remove dead skin.

3. Always apply a second coat of mascara, it’ll ensure your mascara doesn’t fade, and stays curled all day.

4. If your lipstick doesn’t have a great staying power, before applying it, apply some to a slanted brush and fill and line your lips with it, then apply your lipstick regularly, it’ll double the lasting time!

5. Apply a shimmer based white or silver eyeshadow to the middle of your lower lip for bigger, exaggerated lips.

6. When you apply foundation, apply it in downward strokes, as it flattens the tiny hairs on your face, meaning you’re left with a much more natural looking base.

7. After you’ve washed your brushes, turn them upside down and roll them in your hand, this will preserve the softness and fluffiness of the brush.DSCN22548. If you want to overline your lips, only overline the centre of your lips, and then bring the line back into follow your lips natural lines, this makes your lips look much more natural and just a little plumper.

9. Mattify any lipstick by adding a pressed or translucent powder over the top of it, it absorbs the moisture and leaves you with a matte lipstick.

10. If your hair is badly tangled, don’t brush from the roots, this will hurt your scalp and possibly tear the hair out, instead brush from the ends and work your way up to the roots, it’s much more delicate on hair and your scalp.

11. If you have a few split ends, but you don’t want to have any length cut off of your hair, simply twist all of your hair together and cut the strands that are sticking out; this removes the split ends and doesn’t take off any length!

12. If you can never get a clean cut line when you do winged eyeliner, take a little bit of masking tape and put it on the back of your hand and peel it off a few times (this is just to make it slightly tacky) then put it beside your eye mimicking the line where you’d like your eyeliner. Then you can confidently apply your eyeliner, remove the tape and you’re left with a clean line.

13. If you don’t have an eyeshadow primer, you can use a small amount of concealer on your lids to help the eyeshadow last all day.

14. Hair grips are supposed to be used with the flat side showing! Many people slide the flat side downwards, this makes it easier for the grip to slide out!

15. If you’ve created a hairstyle and you’d like it to last longer than it does, use your hair grips in a cross formation, this means they both hold the other grip in.

16. Talcum powder can be used as a dry shampoo substitute if you don’t have any.DSCN225617. If your nail varnish takes too long to dry, once you’ve finished, put your fingertips into a glass of cold water for about 2 minutes, after that, your nails will be dry!

18. If your mascara has dried up and you can’t buy more for a little while, by adding a few drops of makeup remover to your mascara will make it last for a few more uses until you can buy a new one!

19. Applying chapstick before lipstick keeps the lipstick from transferring to around your mouth, and also makes it have a longer lasting power.

20. Putting a white eyeliner in your waterline brightens up tired eyes and makes them look bigger.

21. If you’ve woken up with badly puffy eyes, putting two spoons in the fridge for a couple of minutes and then resting them on your eyes for a few more minutes will reduce the puffiness and soothe your eyes.

22. If you constantly suffer with puffy eyes, ensure that you’re sleeping with pillows that elevate you head above the rest of your body, this means your body is properly draining the fluids from your head, no more puffy eyes!


Those are my 22 beauty hacks that I think everyone should know, do you have any more? Let me know in the comments!